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Truthdigger of the Week: Andrew Cockburn

In reporting on decades of U.S. sanctions against Iran, Harper’s Magazine’s Washington editor fully uncovers a mass destruction and murder scheme on a Napoleonic scale.

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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

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The Hill to the Rescue on Syria?

John F. Kennedy once remarked that defeat is an orphan. Here was a war bereft of parents even before it had begun.

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Peace

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Hope in a Time of Permanent War

How might it be possible to imagine hope for a better world for humanity in a country that has sanctioned state torture, is about to bomb Syria and kill untold numbers of civilians, spies on its own citizens, extends the reach of the punishing state into all aspects of society, and inflicts violence on black and brown youths through racial profiling and the machinery of the mass incarceration state?

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Making the World Safe for Banksters: Syria in the Cross Hairs

Iraq and Libya have been taken out, and Iran has been heavily boycotted. Syria is now in the cross-hairs. Why? Here is one overlooked scenario.

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Hornet’s Nests

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Arab League Calls for ‘Deterrent Measures’ Against Syrian Regime

Patience is turning out to be a virtue for President Obama, who appears determined to launch a military attack on Syria but would prefer to have broader international support.

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Obama May Be Walking Into an Impeachment Trap

The solo-cowboy approach would make the phony Bush “coalition of the willing” that joined in the mistaken attack on Iraq look like brilliant diplomacy.

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Syrian Intervention Can Lead Only to Yet Another War

The United States is not in charge of international war and peace.

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Tariq Ali on Syrian Chemical Weapons: ‘The Fact Is, We Don’t Know’

The British-Pakistani historian, activist and editor of the New Left Review says that without publicly available evidence, Barack Obama’s claim that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against civilians and rebels is “totally unconvincing.”

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Pinup for Our Muslim Brothers

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Middle East Peace Talks

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Burqas Do Not Justify War

When the U.S. initially invaded Afghanistan, the terms “women’s rights” and “protection” were thrown around as justification for war. More than a decade later, it’s clear little has been done to promote women’s rights in Afghanistan, and the conditions created by military intervention have only worsened the prospects for equality.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



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How the GOP Libya Witch Hunt Made Us Close Our Mideast Embassies and Crippled U.S. Diplomacy

The GOP is inadvertently pushing the U.S. into a posture of dangerous diplomatic weakness. This weakness is clear in the unprecedented closing of 21 U.S. embassies in the Middle East this weekend because of a vague terrorist threat apparently emanating from “al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula,” based in Yemen.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE



Top 10 Ways Bradley Manning Changed the World

Bradley Manning will be sentenced on Wednesday, having been found guilty of 20 counts on Tuesday, including espionage. Whatever one thinks of Manning’s actions, that we deserved to know some of what he revealed and that his revelations changed the world are undeniable.

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Patrick Cockburn: Covering Syria’s Complicated Civil War

“As a journalist, no one tells you something because they like the look of your face, generally,” the Independent reporter told Truthdig in an exclusive interview. “They tell you to further their own interests or the interests of their party.”

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Conflicts Within Islam Complicate U.S. Foreign Policy

The unforeseen consequences of American Middle Eastern policy since the Second World War are now making themselves apparent.

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Mideast Negotiators Hope to Broker Peace in the Time It Takes to Make a Baby

Palestinian and Israeli peace negotiators have given themselves a nine-month deadline to reach a deal.

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Syria’s Jihadi Migration Emerges as Top Terror Threat in Europe, Beyond

Rachid Wahbi came to Syria from a Spanish slum, rushing toward death. And he didn’t plan to die alone. Wahbi killed 130 people in that suicide bombing on the al-Nairab military base in northern Syria on June 1 of last year, according to Spanish authorities. And the numbers get grimmer.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE


Jeremy Scahill Condemns President Obama

The investigative reporter slammed the Obama administration Thursday for the role he says it played in the continued detention of Abdulelah Haider Shaye, a prominent Yemeni journalist who was the first to expose an American cruise missile strike that killed dozens of civilians.

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Jail Break: 500 Detainees Escape Abu Ghraib

Hundreds of inmates are still free in Iraq after they escaped from two jails, including the infamous Abu Ghraib, following a series of military-style attacks that left at least 20 dead. A senior Iraqi official says that many of the 500 prisoners who escaped from Abu Ghraib were senior members of al-Qaida and had been sentenced to death.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE


What Happens in Egypt Doesn’t Stay in Egypt

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole says Americans should be very concerned about revolution in the Mideast; George Zimmerman goes free; The Advocate’s “Black, Gay, American” issue; and alt-labor.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE



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What Happens in Egypt Doesn’t Stay in Egypt

Truthdig Radio airs Thursdays at 4 p.m. Pacific time on 90.7 KPFK in Los Angeles. Check your town’s listings or ask your public radio station to carry Truthdig Radio.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Was Deposed Egyptian President Morsi Sabotaged?

A week after the Egyptian military removed President Mohamed Morsi from power, police are back on the streets, there’s no longer a shortage of fuel and the power is consistently on, all of which have raised questions among his supporters over whether Morsi’s opponents conspired against him while he was in office.

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Negotiating With the Taliban

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Erdogan Drunk

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This Will Not End Well

In Syria, the Obama administration seems to be stumbling back to the future: An old-fashioned proxy war, complete with the usual shadowy CIA arms-running operation, the traditional plan to prop up ostensible “moderates” whose prospects are doubtful and, of course, the customary shaky grasp of what the fighting is really about.

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Elections in Iran

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Note Reportedly Says Marathon Attack Blowback Against U.S. Aggression

A note that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is said to have left on an interior wall of the boat where police found him after the April 15 attacks claimed responsibility for the bombings and described them as retribution for the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying the Boston dead were “collateral damage” in the same way Muslims are in the American-led conflicts.

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Greenwald vs. Maher on the ‘Unique’ Nastiness of Muslims

Friday night on Bill Maher’s “Real Time,” Guardian columnist and former civil rights litigator Glenn Greenwald attacked the view that Islam is a “uniquely” threatening force in the world and that Muslims should be deprived of the benefits of the classical liberal values that many groups in the West have struggled to make into policy since the 18th-century Enlightenment.

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Stephen Hawking Boycotts Israel

Perhaps the most famous living scientist is backing out of a major conference in Jerusalem over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Stephen Hawking came under pressure from an international campaign, but says he made the decision after hearing from his contacts in Palestinian academia.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Weighs Syrian Intervention, Despite the Consequences

The present debate in the United States over making policy for a Middle East that has been profoundly changed by the events of the past three years unhappily echoes past policies that failed.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE



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The Life and Death of Words, People and Even Nature

After Roman legions invaded Egypt, during one of the battles waged by Julius Caesar against the brother of Cleopatra, fire devoured most of the thousands upon thousands of papyrus scrolls in the Library of Alexandria. A pair of millennia later, during George W. Bush’s crusade against an imaginary enemy in Iraq, most of the books in the Library of Baghdad were reduced to ashes.

Posted on May 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Jeremy Scahill

With his new book “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” Jeremy Scahill brings the last decade of the American government’s clandestine war making into the clearest possible focus.

Posted on Apr 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Don’t Ignore How Others See Us

What must the others in the Middle East theater of the American Empire think of a great city in total lockdown from an attack by primitive explosives when Iraqis, Afghans, Pakistanis and Yemenis experience far greater casualties and terror attacks several times a week?

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Stéphane Hessel

Stéphane Hessel, the French-German author of “Indignez-vous” who died in February at age 95, is a towering figure of 20th-century resistance and an example to those who hope to create the future.

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Egypt Violence

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Prominent Israeli Journalist Accused of Incitement

Amira Hass, the groundbreaking reporter who has lived in the Palestinian territories for most of the last two decades, defended the rights of Palestinians to throw stones at occupying Israeli forces.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE


Freedom of Speech in Egypt

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Obama Walks the High Wire, Eyes Closed

To broker a great peace in the Middle East, the president will have to mollify both the center-left and the right in Israel, balance Israeli and Palestinian demands, march with Netanyahu up to the edge of war with Iran, calibrate the ratcheting up of sanctions on Iran, and prevent the Syrian civil war from spilling into Israel, all while maintaining order between the left and right at home.

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Heritage

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American Anniversaries From Hell

Consider the plethora of blood-soaked little anniversaries that Americans could observe, if they cared to, from a decade-plus of the former Global War on Terror.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Can Obama Save the Two-State Solution?

The administration has set expectations for President Obama’s trip to Israel so low you’d think he was making another visit to Ohio. Yet this is a very consequential journey because it comes at a moment when hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are fading away.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 READ MORE


New Century Is Off to a Wobbly Start

This certainly is not the best of times, nor can it be called the worst of recent times, considering the years of totalitarianism, war and cold war the world lived through in the 20th century, recently closed. But the years since 2000 have provided no auspicious start to the 21st century.

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What Would a Rand Paul Libertarian Foreign Policy Look Like?

Paul’s strand of libertarianism, insofar as it deeply distrusts big government, typically opposes policies that increase the size and power of government, chief among them ones pertaining to war.

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 READ MORE


Documentary Reveals Pentagon’s Ties to Iraq Torture Centers

The Guardian has released a full-length documentary on the ties between “dirty wars” veteran and retired Col. James Steele, who played a crucial role in setting up and overseeing a network of detention and torture centers in Iraq that committed some of the worst acts of torture, and the top brass at the Pentagon.

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