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Donald Trump’s Conundrum With Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his nation opposes the Trump-Putin cease-fire in Syria, and that Israeli position could push the U.S. toward wider wars.

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Here’s the Update All Trump Voters Should Read

So after six months, has the president delivered what he promised you?

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North Korea Wants to Deter a U.S. Attack. That’s Why It Has Nukes.

Kim Jong Un’s decision to maintain nuclear weapons is rational in light of U.S. regime-change policies toward Iraq and Libya, neither of which were nuclear states.

Posted on Jul 17, 2017 READ MORE



Trump and Macron Consult on Syria Cease-Fire in Shadow of Trump Jr. Scandal

Escaping the Washington feeding frenzy, the president discusses cooperation on Syria and Iraq with his French counterpart in Paris.

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 READ MORE



Can the U.S.-Russia Cease-Fire Agreement in Syria Stick?

While alleged 2016 election interference grabs headlines, the bigger test may be whether the Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin accord made at the G-20 summit holds.

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 READ MORE



Syria Cease-Fire Begins; Trump Eyes Cooperation With Russia

The cease-fire, which covers three war-torn provinces in southern Syria, follows months of strategy and diplomacy between the Trump administration and Moscow.

Posted on Jul 9, 2017 READ MORE



CNN Hired al-Qaida Propagandist for Award-Winning Syria Documentary and Wants to Cover Its Tracks

Star CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward worked with al-Qaida “media man” Bilal Abdul Kareem to gain access to her “heroes on the ground.”

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Donald Trump Meets With Vladimir Putin at G-20 Summit

The two held “very, very good talks,” Trump said. Meanwhile, news also broke that the U.S. and Russia had reached agreement on a cease-fire in southwest Syria.

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Syria’s Alleged Sarin-Gas Attack: Questioning a Flawed Investigation

The head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Ahmet Üzümcü (pictured), should resign over his role in the production of a biased report.

Posted on Jul 5, 2017 READ MORE



Russia-China Relationship Is Growing Closer, and That Could Hurt U.S. National Security

Global power is being shifted by Sino-Russian rapprochement, a development largely caused by American actions.

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Trump Did Us All a Favor: He Helped Us Agree That Health Care Is a Right

Trumpcare has turned single-payer opponents into unwitting proponents; nonpartisan journalism may be on its way out, and maybe that’s a good thing; meanwhile, much media coverage of the war in Syria has been questionable.

Posted on Jul 3, 2017 READ MORE



The Media Aren’t Telling the Real Story of Trump’s Missile Strike in Syria

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh cast doubt on the White House narrative in Syria, but mainstream media continue to maintain radio silence on his revelations.

Posted on Jul 1, 2017 READ MORE



Russians Alarmed, Washington Befuddled by White House Threat to Syria

The American statement that Syrian President Bashar Assad (pictured) is preparing to use poison gas could have dire consequences.

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 READ MORE



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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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.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Increased Military Spending Won’t Make America Great—or Safer

The president is slashing the U.S. domestic budget and putting money into a war machine that only continues to inflame tensions around the world.

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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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Seymour Hersh Casts Doubt on April’s Syrian Gas Attack

Behind the scenes of the U.S. attack on a Syrian air base, American military and intelligence officials doubted that the Syrians had used chemical weapons, according to the investigative reporter.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Christian Parenti on the Deep-Reaching Ramifications of Climate Change (Video)

The Truthdig columnist and “On Contact” host discusses heightened global conflict due to climate change with author and professor Christian Parenti (pictured).

Posted on Jun 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



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.

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jun 21, 2017 READ MORE



Killer Drones and the Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy

Continuing the use of drone warfare will exacerbate foreign distrust of American intentions, playing into the hands of our opponents.

Posted on Jun 21, 2017 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jun 18, 2017 READ MORE



Trauma Inflicted on Children in the War on Terror Is Clouding Global Society’s Future

If the defeat of terrorist groups means the destruction of childhood and the death of dreams across much of the world, what kind of victory will that be?

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U.N. Investigator: U.S. Coalition Airstrikes Causing ‘Staggering Loss of Life’ in Syria

The effort to retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State “has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes and becoming internally displaced,” the official says.

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jun 13, 2017 READ MORE



How a Washington Post Columnist Whitewashes Saudi Arabia’s Actions

The United Arab Emirates ambassador to the U.S. heaps praise on work by journalist David Ignatius and uses the media to push for war.

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 READ MORE


Capturing the Chaos of the Syrian Civil War

Truthdig columnist Jordan Riefe and Deputy Editor Kasia Anderson sat down with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sebastian Junger and Emmy-nominated producer Nick Quested to discuss their latest documentary, “Hell on Earth,” which reveals the carnage of the war.

Posted on Jun 8, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Arab American Left and Palestine: The Untold Story

Author Pamela Pennock pushes back against politically fueled stereotypes and makes a case for reframing Arab Americans’ present-day struggles.

Posted on Jun 5, 2017 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky on Climate Change, Foreign Policy and ‘the Facade of Trumpisms’ (Video)

The acclaimed political critic and philosopher delves into a number of pressing subjects in a special hour-long talk with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump Is Nearing a Decision on Whether to Exit the Paris Climate Deal

If the president withdraws from the agreement, he will break ranks with more than 190 countries.

Posted on May 31, 2017 READ MORE



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.

Posted on May 30, 2017 READ MORE



Pentagon Confirms Airstrike Killed More Than 100 Civilians in Mosul

This account is at odds with what the U.S.-led coalition’s top officer suggested during a Pentagon press briefing held 11 days after the strike.

Posted on May 25, 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



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.

Posted on May 11, 2017 READ MORE



What Foreign Policy Will New French President Pursue in the Middle East?

Although Emmanuel Macron seems to shy from furthering foreign military engagement, his positions on Middle Eastern foreign policy seem similar to those in Washington, D.C.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE



What Is the ‘Trump Doctrine’ of Foreign Policy?

At first glance, international relations under the new president seem inconsistent and arbitrary. In fact, he’s operating on four major principles.

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Does Not Belong in the Anti-Trump Resistance Movement

The Democratic presidential contender is back in public view, claiming she’s part of the “resistance”—but it’s just another selling point she and establishment Democrats are pushing.

Posted on May 4, 2017 READ MORE


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Donald Trump Is on Course to Be One of the Worst Presidents in U.S. History

Trump had a chance for a transformational presidency, but his decisions in his first 100 days in office have put him on an almost irreversible path to failure.

Posted on May 1, 2017 READ MORE



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



The Final Stage of the Machiavellian Elites’ Takeover of America

Neoconservatism was born during the Cold War with an overt mission to roll back Russian/Soviet influence everywhere. That mission continues today.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE



Russian Explanation of the Mass Poisoning in Syria Could Be True

Evidence shows the deadly poison could have come from the bombing of an ammunition depot, not from a nerve gas attack.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE



Where Is the Elizabeth Warren of Foreign Policy?

Since the election, Congressional Democrats’ silence on foreign policy questions has been deafening. It’s time for them to chart a new course.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE



The Honeymoon of the Generals

Trump has appointed generals to crucial posts in his administration, lifted restraints on how commanders in the field can act and let the military send more personnel into the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE



American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante’s Vision of Hell

This four-part series called “Universal Empire” examines the current stage of the neocon takeover of American policy that began after World War II.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE


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With Error Fixed, Evidence Against ‘Sarin Attack’ Remains Convincing

New results show even more strongly that a U.S. report on the incident in Syria was wrong. They also suggest that Donald Trump lacked information that justified a missile strike.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 READ MORE


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