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No, America, It Wasn’t Russia: You Did This to Yourself

I don’t doubt that the Russian Federation employs hackers and PR people to influence public opinion and even election outcomes in other countries. But I am skeptical that anything the Russians did caused Donald Trump to become president.

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How We Can Fight Back Against Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency

With regard to fighting global warming, the American public is, at best, now on its own. At worse, the federal government will change its laws to encourage activities that make the environment dirtier, more dangerous and hotter.

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The Resilience of Colonial Borders in Syria

Whenever a country falls into civil war, there are always observers who suggest that the problem could be resolved by a partition of that country.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE



In the Shadow of Trump, a DAPL Victory and Global Protests Against Fossil Fuels

In the age of Trump, peaceful protests will likely increasingly be branded a form of terrorism.

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE



Trump’s Cabinet Members Want Jihad Against Political Islam, but Their Efforts Will Fail

The American right wing has substituted hysteria about socialism with hysteria about Islam.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE



Why Russia and the Assad Regime Want All of Aleppo Before Donald Trump Is Sworn In

Russia and Bashar al-Assad are not willing to risk Donald Trump changing his mind, what with all the hawks milling around him and on his new cabinet.

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 READ MORE



Conspiracy Theorist in Chief: Trump Lie About 2 Million Illegal Votes Is Only the Tip of the Iceberg

Americans have given the nuclear codes to that crazy uncle you have to sit through Thanksgiving with, who watches the likes of Alex Jones and red-facedly proclaims that FEMA is keeping Americans in concentration camps.

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 READ MORE



Fidel Castro’s Top Moments in the Middle East

The Cuban leader inserted himself into numerous conflicts, fighting what he saw as imperialism. The ventures were gradually abandoned over the past two decades.

Posted on Nov 26, 2016 READ MORE



Russians Want to Know: Is Trump ‘Pro-Russian’?

Russian op-ed writers are intrigued with Donald Trump, who has spoken of improving relations between the U.S. and the Russian Federation. But they want to know what the bottom line will be, given his equally strong “tough guy” bluster.

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CNN Caption Stirs Up Charges of Anti-Semitism

The controversy is symptomatic for the cable news organization in its two-year-long coverage of the presidential campaign. It almost nightly turned the airwaves over to Donald Trump, bloviating at his rallies and saying racist things.

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Five Donald Trump Headlines More Outrageous Than the ‘Hamilton’ Tiff

The New York Times ran the “Hamilton” story above the fold, while news that Trump had settled student lawsuits over the fraudulent Trump University for $25 million was placed below the fold.

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Why Internment of Japanese-Americans Is an Outrageous Model for Registering Muslim Americans

The internment of U.S. citizens during World War II was a massive crime against innocents who had not been proven to have done anything wrong.

The internment of U.S. citizens during World War II was a massive crime against innocents who had not been proven to have done anything wrong.

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Sting and Gandhian Anti-Terrorism: Your Paris Vacation Can Help Cripple Islamic State (Video)

Sting, 65, recently played at the Bataclan Theater in Paris, where Islamic State terrorists killed 90 people last year in one of the worst attacks in the West in recent years.

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Neofascist Trump Adviser Steve Bannon: Anger’s Good ‘If You’re Fighting to Take This Country Back’

Even Joe McCarthy would have thought Bannon a bit too suspicious, and Donald Trump is bringing him into the White House.

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Four Years of Donald Trump Could Sink the Planet (Video)

The U.S. is one of the world’s biggest emitters of carbon dioxide. If the next president doesn’t significantly pare down emissions, this country alone could cook the planet, even if China and others act more responsibly.

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Progressives Can Get Through the Next Four Years by Organizing

Democratic Party activism is the only effective vehicle we have to oppose Donald Trump on the national stage—but other kinds of organizing are also important. Here are some suggestions about what to do.

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Why the White Working Class Rebelled: Neoliberalism Is Killing Them (Literally)

Among the prime operators of the neoliberal system were the Clintons.

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Dear Ann Coulter: Ben Franklin Wouldn’t Have Thought of You or Trump as White, Either

Anxieties about white dominance are a perennial in American history.

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The Hatred That Donald Trump’s Lies Will Leave Behind

Whether Trump wins or loses, he will leave behind a toxic legacy of increased racial and religious hatred, which he has deliberately stirred up in order to take the focus off his policies—policies that would hurt workers and would throw even more money at the super-wealthy.

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The Top Five Most Urgent Climate Change Stories That Mainstream Media Suppressed in Election Year

I use the word “suppressed” quite deliberately. Corporate television outlets in the United States are colluding in a cover-up of the threat of global warming—and have specifically blacked out the crisis with regard to the presidential campaign.

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War Within War: Iraq’s Prime Minister Says ‘We Don’t Want to Fight Turkey, but We’re Ready’

Iraq was alarmed by the announcement by Turk military authorities that they are sending some 30 armored vehicles, tanks and artillery to the Turkish-Iraqi border.

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Turkish Government Arrests Opposition Parliament Members in Further Descent Into Dictatorship

This step is intended to give Recep Tayyip Erdogan the majority in parliament he needs to make himself president for life, and to give Turkey (currently a parliamentary government) an imperial presidency on the Egyptian model.

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Save America From Donald Trump to Fix America, or, Did Your Mother Drop You on Your Head?

America is drowning, and voting for Hillary Clinton is the equivalent of rescuing it. It is the stiff arm to deal with a hysteria that will otherwise sink us.

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Hezbollah’s Candidate Becomes Lebanese President After Sunni Compromise

Lebanon finally has a president, Michel Aoun.

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Another Saudi War Crime in Yemen as 43 Prisoners Die in Airstrike

It isn’t that hard, Riyadh. If you think taking the shot will possibly kill noncombatants, especially a lot of noncombatants, you can’t take it.

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Like a Halloween Nightmare, This Election Keeps Scaring Us to Death

Groping, sexting and “undead”  emails: In the 2016 campaign, dark deeds of the past are resurrected and ogres return to haunt our daily lives.

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10 Things Anthony Weiner Did That Were Worse Than Storing Hillary Clinton’s Emails on His Computer

Nothing produces upchuck in the throat like another headline about the disgraced former congressman. But here’s an opportunity for me to reprint a column I once did on other egregious things he has said and done.

Posted on Oct 29, 2016 READ MORE



Masoud Barzani Pledges That Kurdish Forces Won’t Enter Mosul

The president of the Kurdistan Regional Government presumably made this announcement to assuage fears of Iraqi Arabs that the KRG would take advantage of the campaign against Islamic State to annex part or all of the city to Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Starstruck and Party-Fanatic: The Moral Paradox of Trump Support

There is a moral deficit in anyone still willing to vote for Donald Trump, despite all the racism, fascism, sexism and sexual predation. If our two-party system and our current modes of communication have led us to this place, it is time to rethink them.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Says Hillary Clinton Will Start WWIII With Russia, but Moscow Disagrees (Video)

Despite the “Chicken Little” hysteria of the Republican presidential candidate about world war and nuclear exchanges, many in the Kremlin see him as less pragmatic than his Democratic counterpart and are expecting to work with her.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE



Why Donald Trump Is Wrong to Bet Against the U.S. Military-Backed Mosul Campaign

The Republican presidential candidate’s pronouncement that the campaign is bound to fail is an affront to the Iraqi and U.S. troops risking their lives against Islamic State.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Forces Take Bashiqa on the Road to Mosul

Iraqi forces continued their advance on Mosul on Sunday despite the car bombs and sniping tactics of Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 READ MORE



Big Profits Seen for China’s Wind Energy Companies

The Chinese government is committed to stringing eight new ultra-high-voltage power lines, designed mainly to transmit electricity from wind farms, across the country.

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Islamic State Diversionary Attack Fails in Kirkuk, but Hundreds of Civilians Die in Mosul Battle

The fundamentalist group launches fighting in two cities, amid the slow, steady advances being made by the Iraqi army and its allies.

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The Mosul Campaign and the Third Presidential Debate

Hillary Clinton pledges not to put United States troops in Iraq “as an occupying force,” but it baffles me that she would say this.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Boasts That U.S. Will Go Down to Defeat in Iraq

As guerrillas spread through the beleaguered city of Mosul, a news agency linked to the militant group is carrying video of an IS fighter insisting that he and his colleagues will achieve a decisive victory.

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Seven Things You Should Know About Mosul (Video)

The Iraqi government has announced that the campaign to take the large northern city back from Islamic State has begun in earnest. What is the significance of the city?

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE



As Islamic State Loses Territory, Will Weak States Gain Strength? (Video)

Political scientist Khalid Rif says that the organization’s forced withdrawal from the town of Dabiq in northern Syria has a religious symbolism that could be fatal to its esprit de corps.

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The Billionaire Oligarchs Don’t Give Out Bread Anymore, but They Gleefully Supply Circuses

The phrase “bread and circuses,” coined by a Roman satirist who said the commoners had to be provided food to prevent their rioting and public spectacles to distract them from Augustus’ tyranny, rings true today—with a key difference.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 READ MORE



Were Kansas Terrorism Suspects Self-Radicalized—or Were Their Actions Inspired by Donald Trump?

The three men, who allegedly stockpiled arms and explosives and had considered attacking churches, public officials and Muslim refugees, were arrested after an FBI investigation of their militia group, the Crusaders.

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U.S. Is Now Openly at War With Houthis in Yemen (Video)

The Obama administration should dissociate itself from the Saudi-led war and open its own lines of communication with the Houthis, because seeing the insurgents as proxies for Iran is geopolitical paranoia.

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Hillary Clinton Brings Back Al Gore and Talks Green, but She Still Opposes the Carbon Tax (Video)

Hillary Clinton campaigned in Miami with former Vice President Al Gore, attempting to shore up her credentials both with environmentalists and millennial youths.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE



Russia and Turkey Make Up: What Are the Implications for Syria and the Kurds? (Video)

Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Turkey on Monday for direct talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, in a bid to further normalize relations between the two countries.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 READ MORE



Die-Hard Donald Trump Supporters Want to Be Trump

I think that the men who back the Republican candidate no matter what are doing so because the celebrity real estate speculator and name-licenser provides them with an opportunity for ego inflation.

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 READ MORE



How Far Will Americans Take Anti-Muslim Hate?

The de facto criminalization of being Muslim or speaking Arabic is proceeding apace despite being contrary to every core American value and contradicting the First Amendment.

Posted on Oct 9, 2016 READ MORE



Yemen and Dubai May Be at War, but Both Are Going Solar Big-Time

There is news on the solar energy front, with the price of panels and installation falling rapidly and popular adoption for novel purposes on the increase.

Posted on Oct 9, 2016 READ MORE



U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Asks Rebel Group Linked to al-Qaida to Leave East Aleppo

The United Nations’ Staffan de Mistura (pictured) has addressed the Levant Conquest Front, whose leader has pledged allegiance to an al-Qaida leader. For reasons that remain extremely mysterious, the CIA ignores this group, with which some of its own favorites have sometimes formed battlefield alliances.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 READ MORE



Hurricane Matthew Is a Herald of Man-Made Climate Change

Today’s hurricanes are made worse by the climate shift that has already occurred, and future hurricanes will be made even more devastating by denial of that fact.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE



The VP Debate Served to Remind Americans Just How Extreme the Rest of the Republican Party Is

These days, with Donald Trump having dominated the news for more than a year, it’s easy to overlook the Republicans in Congress. But Mike Pence’s stances were a potent reminder of what a Republican Congress and White House would do.

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 READ MORE



Mike Pence Is a Trump in Politician’s Clothing—as Dishonest and Erratic, Just Much Smoother

Trump running mate Mike Pence continued the unreality of this election season in Tuesday’s debate by denying many things that are true and asserting many things that are not true.

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 READ MORE


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