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2014, As Seen from Syria

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Why Are We in Afghanistan?

It’s an old chestnut of a query, but now applied to a new locale, and with the same meaningless, misleading cliches for answers.

Posted on Dec 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Bill O’Reilly’s War on Jesus

Maybe it is time to put Christ back in Christmas.

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Making the Right Call on NSA

Blue-ribbon panels are often toothless and useless.

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Collapse of the Eighth Continent: Shangri-La Meets Global Capitalism

Madagascar’s graceful society and unique natural wonders developed over thousands of years; it has taken less than a decade to put it all on life support.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Invitation for America to Go Home Is Inevitable

The Ukraine crisis and the German-American dispute over American intelligence and National Security Agency practices are without much doubt the beginning of the end of the American-dominated Europe we have known since the collapse of Communism.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Family Values Hypocrisy

Politicians talk about family values but do almost nothing to help families. They talk about parental responsibility but do almost nothing to help parents. They talk about self-sufficiency but do precious little to make self-sufficiency a reality for those who must struggle hardest to achieve it.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE



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America’s Child Soldiers

The United States has the biggest, most efficiently organized, most effective system for recruiting child soldiers in the world. Its major public face is the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.

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Bloody Fashion Show

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The Drone Next Door

Drones are wonderful, said almost all the Americans I have talked to in recent weeks.

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How History Will Remember Obama (Hint: Not Well)

The man elected to end war and turn the page on George W. Bush instead expanded American militarism and persecution of dissidents.

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Hollywood Without the Happy Ending

Plea bargaining or persuading criminals to snitch on their associates—a tactic frowned upon by international legal experts—is widely used in the U.S. police and legal system. Over the last year or so, however, a trickle of information about the other secret program has come to light, and it opens an astonishing new window into the privatization of U.S. intelligence.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Egypt’s Revolution: Director Jehane Noujaim Talks About Capturing the Tahrir Square Uprising

The Egyptian filmmaker says what happened in Tahrir forever changed the consciousness of the country.

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U.S. Determined to Mend Fences With Iran, Critics Notwithstanding

Why do Americans hate the Iranians? Most Americans probably do not.

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Morally Questionable Go-To Weapon

U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries may be militarily effective, but they are killing innocent civilians in a way that is obscene and immoral. I’m afraid that ignoring this ugly fact makes Americans complicit in murder.

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Playing Chicken in the East China Sea

Just days after the U.S, Japan and South Korea flew through China’s freshly declared air defense zone over the contested Senkaku Islands and an untapped natural gas field, China deployed fighter jets and an early warning aircraft to the region.

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Ukraine Halts Eastward Expansion of NATO

Russia’s relations with the Western countries are troubled and dangerous in the Ukraine dispute, and an important opportunity may be lost.

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‘60 Minutes’ Reporter, Producer on Indefinite Leave After Benghazi Bungle

After issuing a retraction and an apology, CBS News is hoping a little disciplinary action will help put its credibility back on track.

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Heroic Diplomacy: How Barack Obama Finally Earned That Peace Prize

The deal with Iran is potentially an international game changer comparable to Richard Nixon’s opening to Mao’s Red China and Ronald Reagan’s overtures to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

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The Benefits of a Deal

The U.S.-led deal to freeze Iran’s nuclear program is a great accomplishment on many levels. Begin with the most basic: What if the talks in Geneva had failed?

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The Legend Will Never Die

Professors and pundits are downgrading President Kennedy’s legacy these days, seeing him as an ordinary, even ineffective leader. The people, three-quarters of them, according to polling done this month by the Gallup organization, rate him as the greatest of modern presidents.

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Sequestration: Getting Our Priorities Straight

Lobbyists for military contractors are swarming all over Capitol Hill these days in a frenzy to stave off automatic budget cuts as part of the second wave of sequestration, due in January.

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U.S. Pushing New Treaties at Expense of National Sovereignty

Being negotiated right now are American-sponsored corporate efforts to alter trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific international trade relations through new agreements that undermine or effectively nullify many countries’ existing national legislation on health, environment, pricing, food safety and other issues.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 READ MORE



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The Kennedy Myth? The Kennedy Legacy?

This month alone, at least 140 books about our 35th president have been or will be released.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE


NSA Megalomania Accomplishes Little Beyond Alienating Allies

Do you wish your taxes spent on gathering the numbers and addressees of every phone call made and every email sent in the United States (or Europe) during the next decade? This is madness.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE


One Day

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Our Good Old Todays

Years from now, when someday the nation is mired in another recession or bogged down in another ill-conceived war, these may be remembered as the good old days.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Q & A: ‘God Loves Uganda’

A gay filmmaker investigates how American Christians turned Uganda into arguably the most homophobic country on Earth.

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Veterans Day

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Congress Diverts Funds From Poor to Military

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The LAX Shooting, Domestic Terrorism and the NRA

Perhaps seeing gun violence as part of the pattern of domestic terrorism will do more to move the needle on gun control.

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Obamacare’s 787 Moment

The problems of the Affordable Care Act’s health care exchanges will not be solved by a new round of outsourcing. Just ask Boeing.

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Reading ‘Goliath’: Inconvenient Truths

Doorstop. That’s what publishers call 400-page books like Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.” But as I read it the term that came to mind was heart stopper.

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Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE


What the President Knew and When He Knew It

The president knew. Presidents always know, but are supposed to be protected from what they saw, heard and did when the best-laid plans hit the fan.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE


Lou Reed: A Tribute

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A special musical tribute to rock’s glam beat badass. Plus: The Syria dilemma, and the life and times of Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE


Lou Reed: A Tribute

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A special musical tribute to Rock’s glam beat badass. Plus: The Syria dilemma, and the life and times of Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE



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The Most Powerful Person in the World Is…

Forbes has ranked a list of political, religious and business leaders in order of their, uh, power, and guess what? Barack Obama, commander in chief of the largest military force in the history of the world, is only in second place.

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Spying Scandal Makes Clear That Europe Must Declare Independence

The crisis caused in Europe by American intelligence interceptions of its allies’ electronic communications derives from a problem Europeans have known and put up with since the Second World War. The time has come to call a halt.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 READ MORE


For a Budget That Is Both Morally and Economically Sound

When we talk about the national budget, it is vitally important that we remember how we got into this fiscal crisis in the first place and who was responsible for it.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE


Benghazi Report Makes Obama Administration Look Bad

“60 Minutes” has waded into the highly politicized wake of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and determined that the administration did not adequately protect or support its personnel in Libya.

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Obama and Drones

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Why Washington Can’t Stop

In terms of advanced and unchallenged military power, there has been nothing like the U.S. armed forces since the Mongols swept across Eurasia. No wonder American presidents now regularly use phrases like “the finest fighting force the world has ever known” to describe it.

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The French Method: How Africa’s Old Colonial Nemesis Fights Terrorism in the Sahara

Few Americans outside the Pentagon have been watching Mali, where a midsummer election marked the end of a painful year of civil war and incendiary Islamic radicalism.

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The Folly of Empire

In dying empires like our own, the people glorify idiotic leaders and blissfully ignore the looming collapse.

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Nobel Peace Prize 2013

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The Cost of Courage: Malalai Joya’s Life-Risking Activism

Contrary to her small stature, Afghan activist Malalai Joya is a towering figure among ordinary Afghans.

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Real ‘Iron Man’ Body Armor?

The U.S. Army is calling on the technology industry, government labs and academia to help build an exoskeleton that would give its troops “superhuman strength.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE


Syria Talks

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