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Guantanamo’s Ex-Detainees Find Little Solace in Uruguay

Release from the Guantanamo Bay prison to the South American country has not amounted to freedom for many of the men whom the U.S. government previously regarded as “high threat” members of al-Qaida’s global terrorist network.

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Ecuadorean Official: The U.S. Is the Threat in the Americas, Not Venezuela

The Obama administration is being criticized across Latin America for instituting new sanctions against Venezuela and declaring the country an “unusual and extraordinary threat to national security.” Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino says the U.S. has it backward.

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Tax Bracketology

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Netanyahu Wins

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Obama Sunshine Week

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The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

The BDSP is based on a bedrock belief in how America should work: that the only strength that really matters is military and that a great country is one with the capacity to beat the bejesus out of everyone else.

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March Madness

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GOP and Foreign Policy

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Hillary Emails and Iran Letter

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Is WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Close to Freedom?

Monday marks the 1,000th day WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has spent in political asylum inside Ecuador’s embassy in London, fearing extradition to the United States. On “Democracy Now!” his attorney Michael Ratner (pictured here) discusses whether Swedish prosecutors could be giving Assange a way out.

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The Politics of Extinction

Maybe baby steps will help, but the world needs a lot more than either the United States or China is offering to combat the illegal traffic in wildlife, a nearly $20-billion-a-year business that adds up to a global war against nature.

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The Global Drone Trade, by the Numbers

More drones are being transferred between countries than ever before, says the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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The Clintons

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Republicans Blamed Obama

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Hillary’s Email

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Arizona

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Iran Love Letter

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Are Pilots Deserting Washington’s Remote-Control War?

The U.S. drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in a kind of crisis: drone pilots are quitting in record numbers.

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Ten Commandments for a Better American World

My suspicion is that what’s right and moral is also what’s practical and realistic. In that light, let me offer Ten Commandments for a better world in general.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 READ MORE



President of Venezuela Announces Diplomatic Sanctions Against U.S.

President Nicolas Maduro announced Saturday that fewer U.S. diplomats will be allowed to work in Venezuela and visas will be required for Americans traveling there, in what amounts to a sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries.

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‘A Story of Violence, Bloodshed and Bitter Ironies’

If you can wangle access to the BBC’s iPlayer, a viewing of Adam Curtis’ “Bitter Lake” may improve your chances of making sense of the modern world, TV critic Sam Wollaston writes at The Guardian newspaper.

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A Republican Neo-Imperial Vision for 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s blueprint for a U.S.-led “North American energy renaissance” is nothing less than a plan to convert Canada and Mexico into energy colonies of the United States while creating a North American power bloc capable of aggressively taking on Russia, China and other foreign challengers.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



Save Us From Washington’s Visionaries

En route back to Washington at the tail end of his most recent overseas trip, John Kerry, America’s peripatetic secretary of state, stopped off in France “to share a hug with all of Paris.” Whether Paris reciprocated the secretary’s embrace went unrecorded.

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U.S. Plan to Track Drivers Bigger Than Previously Thought

New documents released by the ACLU reveal that federal agencies proposed that license plate readers be used to monitor the travel patterns of Americans who attended certain public meetings.

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America Is Open for Business in Iraq

In the midst of the December holiday news-dumping zone, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) quietly notified Congress of several pending arms deals for Iraq.

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One-Third of Americans Believe Police Routinely Lie

While Americans generally approve of the work police do, nearly a third of the population feel that some officers “routinely lie to serve their own interests,” a survey by Reuters and the Ipsos polling organization showed.

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Is This Country Crazy?

I still remember a time when to be an American was to be envied. The country where I grew up after World War II seemed to be respected and admired around the world for way too many reasons to go into here.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE



A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity

Imagine yourself in January 1963, alive and chastened by a world in which you could be obliterated at any moment. Imagine as well that someone from our time suddenly invited you into the American future some 52 Januaries hence.

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U.S. Coastal Cities Warned of Daily High Tide Floods

Scientists report that many cities near the coasts of the U.S. should prepare for daily flooding at high tide by mid-century because of rising sea levels.

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Vladimir Putin Invites Kim Jong Un to Moscow

Amid U.S. and European sanctions that are driving Russia into the arms of its Asian neighbors, President Vladimir Putin has invited the North Korean leader to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

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Jobless U.S. Males Are Deprived and Discouraged—Not Lazy

The share of unemployed American men age 25 to 54 has more than tripled since the 1960s. Many want to work, but the wages paid by what few jobs are available don’t support a desirable quality of life.

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The West Is Responsible for Unraveling Ukraine

Nation magazine editor Katrina vanden Heuvel writes in The Washington Post that the U.S. government and mainstream media have arrogantly and self-servingly portrayed the calamity Western powers wrought in Ukraine as a false “morality tale” about democracy-loving protesters and alleged Russian aggression.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE



Russians Invade Afghanistan (Again!), Chinese Fight Iraq War (Again!)

After 13 years of doing its damnedest, the U.S. has overseen the rise of the dominant narco-state on the planet with monopoly control over up to 90 percent of the global opium supply and 75 percent of the heroin. It’s also been complicit in the creation of the first terrorist mini-oil state in history, a post-al-Qaeda triumph of extreme jihadism.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE



For the World’s Sake: Revolution in the United States

As a result of the United States’ disproportionate political, economic and military power, 121 million American voters hold the fate of billions in their hands every four years.

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Shrinking the Empire: A Session on the Imperial Couch

What follows is a transcript of a therapy session between the American Empire and a psychiatrist whose name we at TomDispatch have agreed not to disclose. Normally we wouldn’t consider publishing such a private encounter, but the probative news value of the exchange is so obvious that we decided to make an exception.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



China and U.S. Deliver Radical Climate Surprise

It’s been called a historic agreement—a game changer in the battle to combat climate change. But can China and the U.S. fulfill the promises in their announcement of plans to cut carbon emissions?

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Against Netanyahu, Majority of American Jews Favor Iran Nuclear Deal

A poll determined 84 percent of American Jews would favor—either strongly or somewhat—a deal with Iran that would relax tough sanctions on the Iranian economy in exchange for the country’s agreement to limit its nuclear program to civilian purposes and accept inspectors at its nuclear facilities.

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Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges embarks on a long, ranging discussion with political philosopher and former professor of politics at Princeton University Sheldon Wolin on the state of American democracy and the rise of corporate capitalism.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 READ MORE



Why American Efforts to Create Foreign Armies Fail

When confronting IS and its band of lightly armed irregulars, a reputedly professional military melted back into the populace. What this behavior made clear was that U.S. efforts to create a new Iraqi army to the tune of $25 billion over 10 years had failed miserably.

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Contagion

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China Replaces U.S. as World’s Largest Economy, IMF Reports

Has the era of American economic hegemony finally come to an end?

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE



Hong Kong, the Hard Part: Kick Out U.S., Build National Consensus

What does U.S. involvement mean for the credibility of the protest movement and the future of Hong Kong? How should Hong Kong activists respond?

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 READ MORE



Entering the Intelligence Labyrinth

In a capital riven by fierce political disagreements, just about everyone agrees on the absolute, total and ultimate importance of the “U.S. Intelligence Community” and whatever its top officials might decide in order to keep this country safe and secure.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 READ MORE



The Great Concentration or the Great Fragmentation?

For most of the last several hundred years the story in view focused on an imperial struggle for power on planet Earth. But another story was developing in the shadows, and has accelerated in seemingly disastrous ways in our own time under some disintegrative pressure.

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 READ MORE



NATO Approves Eastern European Force

NATO approved plans for a 4,000 person rapid response force based in Eastern Europe and aimed at reassuring members near the Russian border that any military action against member countries would be regarded as a threat to all of the organization’s constituents.

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Shades of Gaza in Ukraine?

At the risk of grossly oversimplifying two very different conflicts, read this New York Times summary of a U.N. human rights report on the fighting in Ukraine and tell us it doesn’t sound familiar.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



Study: American Democracy ‘Seriously Threatened’

A pair of researchers have a handy tip for those Americans still attached to the notion that we live in a representative democracy: Get ready to kiss that notion goodbye.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE



Has Surplus Military Gear Wound Up in Your City?

An interactive map of American counties lets readers see how many aircraft, armored vehicles, body armor, grenade launchers, vision accessories and assault rifles left over from the military-industrial complex’s bloody adventures in the Middle East have ended up in their hometown.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



One in 4 Europeans Fighting With ISIS Are British

Reports that an estimated 2,000 Europeans have joined jihadists fighting for territory in Syria and Iraq are a reminder that feelings of loyalty are not givens and can be diverted away from one’s place of origin.

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Why Isn’t the United States Releasing Its July 17 Satellite Images of MH17?

The following is a letter from a concerned reader who prefers to remain anonymous, but raises some interesting questions about the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 READ MORE


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