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Time to Rekindle the ‘Spirit of Glassboro’

Fifty years after the Glassboro Summit between President Johnson (pictured right) and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin, we should question the wisdom of leaders averse to any U.S.-Russia detente.

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Robert Parry Wins 2017 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism

The veteran investigative reporter and founder of Consortiumnews.com is honored for a career of truth-telling and dissidence.

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Hillary Clinton and the Fear of War With Russia

The candidate railed against Russian involvement in Syria, and for many this raised the threat that a Clinton presidency might lead to armed conflict with the second-largest nuclear power .

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White House Issues Warning to Syria, Surprising Many in the U.S. Government

Statement advises Assad he would “pay a heavy price” for using chemical weapons on Syrian civilians.

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New Cyberattack Wallops Europe; Spreads More Slowly in U.S.

Ukraine and Russia appear hardest hit by the ransomware, with Poland, Italy and Germany following in order of countries most affected.

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Serbia Prime Minister-Designate to Head Pro-Russia Government

With her early Cabinet picks, Ana Brnabic sends a strong message about her alliances with other nations. She also has made headlines as Serbia’s first female and first openly gay leader.

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Trump Takes Another Swipe at CNN Following Reporters’ Resignations

The president slams the network’s credibility after the resignations of three journalists involved in a retracted Russia-related story. (Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci, a subject of the story, is pictured.)

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Trump Accuses Syria of Planning Gas Attack as U.N. Ambassador Points Finger at Russia and Iran

There seems to be a faction of hawks around the president who want to maintain a condition of undeclared war with Russia and Iran.

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For the Left, Trump’s Obstruction Probe Is a Call to Action

Robert Mueller’s investigation is about more than ousting the president. It’s about respecting democratic institutions and protecting constitutional norms.

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Syria’s ‘Hell on Earth,’ Up Close and Personal

Footage of real-life bloodshed justifies the infernal title of Sebastian Junger’s documentary film, co-directed by Nick Quested.

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Russia Cancels Diplomatic Meeting With U.S. in Wake of Latest Sanctions

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says the U.S. move wasn’t constructive and warns of possible retaliation.

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Can the U.S. Establish a ‘Deconfliction’ With Russia in Syria?

Tensions are high after the Air Force shot down a Syrian warplane, leading Russia to announce it may shoot down any U.S. aircraft operating in western Syria.

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U.S. Shoots Down Syrian Air Force Jet

The military claims the action was taken in “collective self defense” of its partner forces.

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‘The Putin Interviews’: An Excerpt

Oliver Stone (right) conducted a series of meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a documentary. Read an exclusive excerpt from the director’s new film and book here.

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Why Don’t the U.S. Mainstream Media Report Vladimir Putin’s Take on the Ukraine Crisis?

In an interview with filmmaker Oliver Stone, Russia’s president explains his own perspective—which contrasts with what the American people have been allowed to hear.

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Trump Versus Comey: The Politics of Lawlessness, Lying and Fake News

Rather than see the president’s actions as another sign of a government unraveling, the mainstream press is largely focused on whether the adversaries are lying.

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NBC’s Megyn Kelly Pushes Intelligence Groupthink in Vladimir Putin Interview

The journalist says all “17 intelligence agencies” of the U.S. government agreed on Russian guilt in alleged 2016 election hacking. Former intelligence officials claim that statement is incorrect, but it keeps getting repeated.

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A Bernie Sanders-Led Party Would Still Be an Imperialist, Pro-War Party

Even if the Vermont senator ran with the People’s Party, he would remain, in the eyes of his critics, a warmonger by virtue of his positions.

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As His Defenses to Obstruction Charges Fail, Donald Trump May Fall Back on Pleading the Fifth

It could be the president’s only option if he ends up entangled by his own incriminating statements, and by evidence from others.

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The Tillerson-Trump Rumble Over Qatar Shows White House Divisions

The U.S. has two foreign policies: that of the former ExxonMobil CEO who is an old Middle East hand, and that of a Queens real estate mogul who became president.

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America’s Real Red Scare

More than a generation after defeating the Soviet Union in the Cold War, the United States seems to be emulating some of the worst aspects of its former rival superpower.

Posted on Jun 8, 2017 READ MORE



Leaked NSA Report Is Short on Facts, Proves Little in ‘Russiagate’ Case

The document allegedly leaked by whistleblower Reality Winner reinforces assertions made by President Trump that the Russia story is fake news.

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Allies Plan to Treat Comey Like a Political Opponent

The stakes for Thursday’s hearing are regarded as being nearly as high as those surrounding the “Access Hollywood” Trump tape crisis.

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Comey’s Prepared Testimony Is Leaked a Day Before He Testifies

What appears to be the written “statement for the record” by the former FBI director—scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee—surfaces online. Read the full statement here.

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NSA Contractor Arrested for Allegedly Leaking Report on Russian Hacking

The move comes hours after The Intercept publishes an article with a top-secret document on alleged Russian cyberattacks during the U.S. election.

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‘Russiagate’: When Progressives Sound Like Demagogues

The desire to resist President Trump has many people blaming our political predicament more on a foreign “enemy” than on powerful corporate forces at home.

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Trump Is Reviewing Whether to Try to Block Comey’s Testimony to the Senate

Former FBI Director James Comey, fired by the president in May, is scheduled to testify Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Robert Scheer on the New Cold War and ‘Faux Redbaiting’ (Video)

The Truthdig editor in chief sits down with “Watching the Hawks” co-host Sean Stone to discuss foreign policy under President Trump, the demonization of Russia and media bias.

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Beware of the New McCarthyism

Many Democrats and progressives want Donald Trump removed from office for understandable reasons. But the “Russia thing” could end with dire consequences, says journalist Robert Parry.

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 READ MORE


John F. Kennedy on World Peace in 1963: ‘No Problem of Human Destiny Is Beyond Human Beings’ (Video)

Fifty-four years after the “Peace Speech,” the 35th president’s words still inspire hope that building peace is possible.

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Hillary Clinton: ‘I Take Responsibility for Every Decision I Made, but That’s Not Why I Lost’

The 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee speaks at the annual Code Conference in California and discusses the lessons she learned from the election.

Posted on May 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump’s Boorish Behavior With NATO Could Have Unintended Benefits

By demanding nations put more money into the military alliance, the president may cause some Europeans to rethink anti-Russian propaganda.

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Are We Getting the Trump-Russia Story Right?

With scoops based on leaks and unnamed sources, news consumers should view all reports on the investigation with skepticism.

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Donald Trump Is Now in Sync With U.S. Imperial Policy in Syria

The United States has countered the Syrian-Russian-Iranian-Turkish de-escalation with a major escalation: “no-go” zones.

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Trump Will Be a Nightmare Client for His Legal Dream Team

Even the best defense attorneys may not be able to save the president from himself. (Marc Kasowitz, Donald Trump’s longtime attorney, is pictured.)

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Analyzing the Hypocrisy of U.S. Media Coverage (Video)

Glenn Greenwald (pictured) and Jeremy Scahill, co-founders of The Intercept, join Democracy Now! to discuss imbalanced coverage of terrorism victims and war victims, and the importance of WikiLeaks.

Posted on May 27, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Five Questions About Jared Kushner’s Alleged ‘Back Channel’ Request to Moscow

The report that President Trump’s son-in-law sought a private, encrypted line of communication to the Kremlin is hard to fathom except as a sign of something fishy.

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Down the Memory Hole: Living in Trump’s United States of Amnesia

As we struggle to keep up with the administration’s shifting explanations, it is difficult to remember the events of yesterday, let alone last week or last month.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE



Evidence of the Core Allegations Is Lacking in ‘Russiagate’

So far, the scandal has been smoke and mirrors, with no chargeable offenses and not a scintilla of convincing proof of Russian meddling in the election.

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Anti-Trump Sentiment Is Even Stronger in Europe Than in the U.S.

European governments, preparing for a round of major summits with Donald Trump, are wary.

Posted on May 22, 2017 READ MORE



Russians Are Laughing at the U.S., Not at Trump

Americans may not realize how their country’s internal political strife is being interpreted by other nations and the leaders of those nations.

Posted on May 21, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Reportedly Told Russians He Eased Pressure on Himself by Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey

A New York Times piece cites an anonymous source who read notes that purportedly summarized the Oval Office conversation.

Posted on May 19, 2017 READ MORE



Michael Flynn’s Turkey Connection Is Worth Pursuing

Flynn reportedly barred an attack on Islamic State after receiving more than $500,000 from a Turkish source. The implications could be key to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE



Movement for Impeachment Must Be Grounded in Opposition to Trumpism and the GOP

Many on the left are balking at pushing for Donald Trump’s impeachment because of the prospect of a President Pence. But that shouldn’t stop them.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE



Lithuania Opens Door to Gay Chechens Fleeing Persecution, While U.S. Slams It Shut

Gay Russian men are attempting to flee their country amid a wave of detention, torture and killing in the country’s southern region of Chechnya.

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Justice Department Inspector General Asked to Probe Jeff Sessions’ Role in Comey Firing

A group of Democratic senators is demanding to know whether the attorney general violated his vow to recuse himself from any investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

Posted on May 17, 2017 READ MORE


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