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Syria A or B

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Egypt and Syria

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AP/Hassan Ammar

The Prince: Meet the Man Who Co-Opted Democracy in the Middle East

Now that the Arab Spring has been turned into a totally owned subsidiary of the Saudi royal family, it is time to honor Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the most effective Machiavellian politician of the modern era.

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Assad Must Be Punished

History says don’t do it. Most Americans say don’t do it. But President Obama has to punish Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s homicidal regime with a military strike—and hope that history and the people are wrong.

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Syria and Affleck

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Assad

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Nothing to See

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Syria and Egypt

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Three Good Reasons To Liquidate Our Empire

The failure to begin to deal with our bloated military establishment and the profligate use of it in missions for which it is hopelessly inappropriate will, sooner rather than later, condemn the United States to a devastating trio of consequences: imperial overstretch, perpetual war, and insolvency, leading to a likely collapse similar to that of the former Soviet Union.

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 READ MORE



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The Moment the U.S. Ended Iran’s Brief Experiment in Democracy

Sixty years ago this week, the United States, in collaboration with Britain, staged a coup in Iran to preserve the control of Western companies over Iran’s rich oil fields.

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A Lack of Spine on Egypt

There may be little the United States can do to end the savage bloodletting in Egypt, but at least our nation can be loyal to its ideals by bearing witness and telling the truth. In this, President Obama has failed.

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Egypt’s Transition Has Failed: New Age of Military Dictatorship in Wake of Massacre

The horrible bloodshed in Egypt on Wednesday marked a turning point in the country’s modern history, locking it in to years of authoritarian paternalism and possibly violent faction fighting.

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DOD/Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

With Sexual Assaults Way Up, Pentagon Announces New Protections

Faced with the oversight of a new independent panel, the military has announced a plan to combat sexual assault in the ranks. Such attacks were up 37 percent in 2012, according to the Pentagon’s own information.

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AP/Ahmed Gomaa

Murdering the Wretched of the Earth

The murderous assault by Egyptian security forces against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi is not only an ideological battle, but a war waged against hundreds of millions of Muslim poor who find in radical Islam their only source of hope, meaning and dignity.

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U.S. Army/Sgt. Derec Pierson

Endless War on Terror Far From Noble Cause

George Bush’s overwrought and misdirected war against global terror, conceived as a war of the Righteous to destroy Evil, having failed wherever it was launched, has now been reconceived under Barack Obama as a war against political dysfunction.

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AP/Ahmed Gomaa

Muslim Brotherhood Claims Thousands Killed as Government Shuts Protest Camps

The interim Egyptian government has declared a national emergency and killed 149 people, it says, while clearing camps of people protesting its existence.

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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.

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Sgt. Bales

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Fort Hood

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Obama Gives Russia the Hand

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

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A Little Bit of Everything

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

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AP/Patrick Semansky

Bradley Manning’s Possible Maximum Sentence Reduced

The sentencing phase of Bradley Manning’s court-martial continued Tuesday with a military judge deciding to cut the maximum amount of time the Army private could spend in prison from 136 years to 90 years.

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The New Al-Qaida Menace

If the new, decentralized al-Qaeda is such a threat that 19 American embassies, consulates and other diplomatic posts have to be shuttered for a week, we have a decade of wrongheaded U.S. policy to blame.

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AP/Shizuo Kambayashi

A Statement of Peace, or an Epitaph

August 6 marks 68 years since the United States committed what is arguably the single gravest act of terrorism that the world has ever known.

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Bradley Manning’s Convictions

“What a dangerous edifice War is, how easily it may fall to pieces and bury us in its ruins,” wrote Carl von Clausewitz, the 19th-century Prussian general and military theorist, in his seminal text “On War,” close to 200 years ago.

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U.S. Navy/MC2 Matthew D. Leistikow

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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AP/Patrick Semansky, File

Bradley Manning Trial Verdict Reportedly Reached

Presiding judge Army Col. Denise Lind is scheduled to announce her decision Tuesday, NBC News is reporting. 

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Violent World News

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The Guardian

At Least 65 Mohamed Morsi Supporters Killed in Cairo

Corrected: Egyptian security forces opened fire on a Muslim Brotherhood protest early Saturday morning, killing roughly 65 supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.

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AP/Patrick Semansky

Bradley Manning: Whistle-Blower or Attention Whore?

We’ve seen radically different presentations of Bradley Manning in the closing statements presented by the defense and prosecution at his court-martial. But it’s what the judge believes that will determine his fate.

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Sexual Assault Reform

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School Funding

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Let the Light of Mandela Shine on U.S. Injustice

As the world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, it is timely to reflect on his life, spent fighting for equality for people of color who long suffered under South Africa’s apartheid regime.

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AP/Jacquelyn Martin

Chris Hedges Responds to NDAA Defeat, Says It’s a ‘Black Day’ for Liberty

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit has dealt a terrible blow to Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky and the other activists and journalists suing to prevent the indefinite military detention of American citizens.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



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How Cash Secretly Rules Surveillance Policy

Have you noticed anything missing in the political discourse about the National Security Agency’s unprecedented mass surveillance?

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Listen: Egyptian Boy Criticizes Muslim Brotherhood

A video posted in March shows a 12-year-old Egyptian boy telling an interviewer that he is in the streets “to help prevent Egypt from becoming a commodity owned by one person.”

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White House/Pete Souza

The Groundwork Obama’s Laying for America’s Future

In an op-ed for the Financial Times, Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and American University professor Peter Kuznick argue that the National Security Agency’s surveillance program that began during George W. Bush’s administration and has been expanded by President Barack Obama “is laying the foundation for a frighteningly dystopian future.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Egypt’s Liberals Join Islamists to Reject Transition Plan

The National Salvation Front, which Nobel Peace Prize-winner Mohamed ElBaradei was leading until he was named Egypt’s new deputy president, has joined the Muslim Brotherhood and the anti-Brotherhood Tamarod movement in rejecting President Adli Mansour’s transition decree.

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U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey

Egypt Coup Earns $8 Billion Reward From Neighboring States

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have given Egypt $8 billion in cash, loans and fuel since military leaders arrested President Mohamed Morsi and shot dead dozens of his supporters.

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AP/Khalil Hamra

Egypt’s Dark Future

What’s happening in Egypt is not a second revolution or a “correction” to the first. It is a coup d’etat that puts the military as firmly in command as it was during the autocratic reign of Hosni Mubarak.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE


Military Harassment

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Remembering Why the Right Doesn’t Own the Stars and Stripes

Like many men who volunteered for the U.S. Army in World War II, my late father never boasted about his years in uniform. A patriot to his core, he nevertheless despised what he called the “jelly-bellied flag flappers.”

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AP/Amr Nabil

Egypt Has a New President, White House Is ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Coup

Adli Mansour, the chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, was sworn in on television Thursday as Egypt’s new president while his deposed predecessor, Mohamed Morsi, and dozens of Morsi’s top lieutenants were taken into custody.

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Freedom and ‘Our Sacred Honor’

We find ourselves, 237 years after the Founders declared us a new nation, in a season of discontent, even surliness, about the experiment they launched. We are sharply divided over the very meaning our founding documents, and we are more likely to invoke the word “we” in the context of “us” versus “them” than in the more capacious sense that includes every single American.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



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British Military Bends the Rules for Out of Shape Computer Warriors

If you’re good with technology, Her Majesty’s military no longer cares how many push-ups you can do.

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AP/Nariman El-Mofty

Coup Underway in Egypt, Morsi Adviser Says (UPDATED)

A top adviser to embattled Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said Wednesday that a coup had begun after the Muslim Brotherhood leader again stood firm against military demands that he resign. There are fears now that “considerable bloodshed” could ensue as a result.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Suicides and Homicides Linked

In 2012, suicide by active duty American soldiers exceeded the number of U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan. Why? In the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, young natives are lining up to become suicide bombers. Why?

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U.S. Intervenes in Syrian Civil War

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Immigration Reform Passes, Rep. Duckworth Shames IRS Contractor, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s latest concern about NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and how we’re already seeing results from the Supreme Court’s monumentally bad Voting Rights Act decision.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE


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