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Obama and Trump Could Both Be Considered Guilty of War Crimes

A group of Obama White House lawyers—who defended the U.S. bombing of Libya, drone wars and the “proxy” war against Syria—is suing Trump for failing to legally justify his attack on a Syrian air base.

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Former President Obama Has a New Job: Control the Official Narrative of American Exceptionalism

Barack Obama now must protect the ruling class, the empire and his role in maintaining the empire: his legacy.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky: The Real Effect of the Recent U.S. Bombings in Syria and Afghanistan (Video)

The social critic and linguist comments, “In our culture and society, it’s considered very courageous to send a huge bomb somewhere”—but the consequences may not be those intended.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Putting the War in Syria in Full Context

It’s been more than a week since the Trump administration abruptly switched out of “America first” mode and into intervention mode in Syria, and the public should be asking important questions.

Posted on Apr 16, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Pandora’s Box of War

Amid the U.S. outrage over Syrian civilian deaths from banned weapons, we should not forget America’s role in creating and perpetuating the seemingly endless conflict.

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Court Takes Trump to the Woodshed for a Lesson on Judicial Review

The “Muslim ban” has been addressed under a time-honored scrutiny. But with the president’s team sending mixed signals, the question is: Has the administration learned anything?

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Trump Visa Denials Target Same Countries Bush Vowed to Overthrow

These are not countries that pose a danger to the U.S. They are countries that face instability and displacement when the U.S. comes knocking.

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Trump’s Visa Ban Is About Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Not Security

If the president announces a policy to halt visas for citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, Wednesday will be a day of ethnic hatred.

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It’s 2016: Do You Know Where Your Bombs Are Falling?

In how many countries is U.S. ordnance taking its toll in the nearly 15-year-old, apparently never-ending worldwide war Donald Trump will inherit?

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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.

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To Understand Today’s World—Syria, Brexit, Even Trump—Watch This Adam Curtis Film (Video)

In “Hypernormalisation,” the British documentary filmmaker delves into the intricacies of a “strange time” in which “extraordinary events keep happening that undermine the stability of our world” while “those in control seem unable to deal ... and no one has any vision of a different or a better kind of future.”

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The Return

“When Qaddafi took my father,” Hisham Matar writes in the long-awaited nonfiction account of his father’s disappearance, “he placed me in a space not much bigger than the cell Father was in. I paced back and forth, anger in one direction, hatred in the other, until I could feel my insides grow small and hard.”

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Comments of the Week: Getting Down to Business

The national mood is charged with tension and anticipation, and this latest roundup of notable and quotable comments certainly picked up on it.

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It’s Bombs Away for the USA in Libya

The United States has returned to aerial bombing in Libya on Islamic State sites, a mission that’s almost guaranteed to spread more misery across North Africa.

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Colin Powell’s Former Chief of Staff Thinks Hillary Clinton Is Too Eager to Resort to War

What exactly is “the playbook,” and why does onetime George W. Bush aide Lawrence Wilkerson say Hillary Clinton comes straight out of it?

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Bernie Sanders’ Endgame Is an Opportunity for the Radical Left

The fundamental premise of Sanders’ campaign—that his “political revolution” can be accomplished within the confines of capitalism—is incorrect. That will soon be clear.

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How Brexit Will Affect U.S. Foreign Policy

The decision of British voters to leave the European Union signaled the end of politics as usual in the U.K. Americans will have to wait until 2020 or later for a chance at real change.

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Numbers in Obama’s Drone Deaths Report Just Don’t Add Up

The administration’s tally is at odds with those of leading nongovernmental organizations, and its lack of transparency makes it impossible for the public to assess its claims.

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Obama Will Finally Release Information on Civilians Killed by Drone Strikes—Will It Be Accurate?

The administration is reportedly prepared to disclose that 100 civilians have been killed in the strikes, but critics argue that the number is much higher.

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We Live in an Age of Disintegration

Nowhere is the process of destabilization more evident than in the Greater Middle East and Africa, in places where it is possible to doubt that civilization will ever return.

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2008 All Over Again

Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union presages perhaps another global financial meltdown. Banks will again demand massive bailouts. We will be forced to again swallow austerity measures, and there will be a continued decline in living standards.

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World More Violent in Past Year, but Middle East Drives Deterioration (Video)

The 2016 Global Peace Index has been released, with the bad news that the world is slightly more violent this year than last. But if you subtracted the Middle East, in most of the world there was more peace, not less.

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Scenes of Horror: More Than 700 Migrants Feared Dead in Three Mediterranean Sinkings

“We found a little kid of a few months,” a rescuer said. “Most of them were young people—we found a [dead] couple hugging each other.”

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A Worrisome New Plan to Send U.S. Troops to Libya as ‘Advisers’

Gen. James Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States may soon send “military advisers” to Libya to fight Islamic State. But if the past is any lesson, the plan will presage a large combat contingent.

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To the Next U.S. President, the Unlimited Power to Spy, Imprison and Kill

By mutual consent of those in power in Washington, all resistance to illegal surveillance, detainment and murder is now firmly in the past, and the power to use them will pass to the nation’s next leader—whoever it is.

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Bashar Assad’s Brutality in Syria Is Matched by U.S. Devastation Across the Region

Why should Facebook users come down harder on the Syrian leader than on the United States government when it comes to horrific actions and war crimes in that part of the world?

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE


Old ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketch Shows the Genius of Ronald Reagan (Video)

The 40th president had a reputation as a rube, but that persona may have been an act. Look no further than the late Phil Hartman’s impersonation of the former commander in chief in 1986.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



We All Are Islamic State

The killings in Brussels or Paris and the killings in U.S. military strikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria or Libya perpetuate the same dark lusts. The savage tit-for-tat game will not end until we rouse ourselves from our hypnotized state. 

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE



How Hillary Clinton Helped Turn Libya Into a ‘Terrorist Haven’ for Islamic State, According to NYT

The second part of The New York Times’ investigation into the U.S. approach in Libya is a scathing indictment of the former secretary of state’s push for military intervention in the North African country five years ago.

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary the Hawk: NYT Calls Clinton’s Libyan Intervention, and Her Leadership, Into Question

The New York Times formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party’s nomination, but that stance might seem surprising after a close read of the paper’s in-depth investigation of her assured, yet ultimately failed, strategy for compulsory regime change in Libya five years ago.

Posted on Feb 28, 2016 READ MORE



Julian Assange Explains Why Voting for Hillary Clinton Will ‘Spread Terrorism’

The WikiLeaks founder tells Americans that his “years of experience in dealing with Hillary Clinton” and the “thousands of her cables” he’s read have led him to a crucial conclusion.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: WikiLeaks Reveals Classified Data on European Military Plan Against Refugee Flows

The “hactivist” site has released a classified report detailing Operation Sophia, a European Union military intervention involving “refugee boats” in Libya and the Mediterranean. According to WikiLeaks, the report “presses the responsible EU bodies to help speed up the process of forming a ‘reliable’ government in Libya that in return is expected to ‘invite’ E.U. forces to operate within their Territorial Waters.”

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



‘The Finest Fighting Force in the History of the World’

Here’s my 21st century rule of thumb about this country: If you have to say it over and over, it probably ain’t so.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Foreign Policy Judgment Is More Valuable Than Clinton’s Experience

Instead of criticizing Sanders’ “inexperience,” we should “be questioning why any of the candidates of either party are employing the same old foreign policy advisers—many of whom not only supported the Iraq War but every disastrous military intervention since,” argues Trevor Timm at The Guardian.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE



Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice

If the candidate’s foreign policy record is any guide, a Hillary Clinton presidency would perpetuate and bolster some of our most hateful national characteristics.

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Moammar Gadhafi Warned U.K.’s Tony Blair That Ousting Him Would Open the Door to Jihadis

Transcripts of two fraught telephone conversations between the men in 2011 show Gadhafi warning that his removal from power would enable jihadi groups to seize control of Libya and use it as a staging ground to attack Europe.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Bernie Sanders: Hillary Clinton’s Policy on Libya Helped Create Islamic State

Ahead of Saturday’s debate, the Democratic candidate has accused his opponent of encouraging militant Islam in Libya, saying she carelessly fomented regime change “without worrying” about the resultant instability that eventually enabled Islamic State to take hold there.

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Hillary Clinton Hasn’t Learned a Thing From the Iraq Experience

The former secretary of state could shatter the presidential glass ceiling for women, but as U.S. leader she’d leave the old boys’ military-industrial complex intact.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



Benghazi Hearing Was a Self-Defeating Travesty

Hillary Clinton must have been mindful of the old adage that you never interrupt an enemy when he is making a mistake. She sat in the witness chair with the patience of Job, hour after endless hour, while the House Select Committee on Benghazi did all it could to make her our next president.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



Top Five Things Congress Should Investigate Instead of Benghazi (Video)

The fruitless carnival-barking that was the GOP Benghazi inquisition did the nation the disservice of taking focus off the things really wrong with U.S. policies and the places where there really was wrongdoing.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE



An Idiotic GOP Is Looking at the Wrong Thing in Its Clinton Probe

The real issue is not protection of a diplomat but the bipartisan zeal for creating military mayhem throughout the Middle East.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



While the Republicans Snarled, Hillary Clinton Smiled

To watch Clinton’s Republican antagonists during Thursday’s public hearing of the House Select Committee on Benghazi was to wonder how they could possibly behave the way they did. Often, the sheer mindlessness was stunning.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE



Netanyahu’s Blood Libel Against Palestinians

In saying a mufti put Hitler up to the Holocaust, the Israeli prime minister is attempting to paint Palestinians as congenital Jew-haters—justifying robbing them of their remaining land, their livelihoods and their lives. Netanyahu is wrong on the history.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Defends Her Legacy as Secretary of State at Benghazi Hearing

Hillary Clinton showed up ready Thursday for hours of questions before the House Select Committee on Benghazi to defend her actions as secretary of state during the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Updated

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 READ MORE



Sept. 11, Beirut, Benghazi: It’s the Terrorists’ Fault

Bad things happen on every president’s watch—also every secretary of state’s—and the proper place to lay blame is on the perpetrators.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Blew It: He Sold Out Instead of Confronting Clinton

In Tuesday’s debate, the Vermont senator fell into the trap of mainstream politics when he failed to face down the front-runner on her policy positions and record.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 READ MORE



Why the U.S. Owns the Rise of Islamic State and the Syria Disaster

Over the past three decades, U.S. covert operations and wars have entered repeatedly and powerfully into the chain of causality leading to Islamic State’s present power.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



Hunting Hillary: Dim Speaker-to-Be Reveals Select Committee’s Partisan Goal

Ever since House Speaker John Boehner unveiled yet another committee to investigate Benghazi—the eighth congressional panel to investigate that September 2012 tragedy, along with a State Department Accountability Review Board—suspicions have festered that its purpose was purely partisan and political.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE



The Migrant Crisis: Arms That Welcome, Arms That Kill

Ironically, many migrants are running toward the very countries that sold the weapons that are fueling the warfare they are fleeing.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE


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