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The Artist as Prophet

Artists who tell the truth are the mortal enemies of despots, who seek to distort the past, the present and the future.

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Media Coverage of Manchester Victims Should Be a Model for All Young Victims of War

As we process the suicide bombing in England, we should brace for another wave of innocent casualties, this time in Yemen, the target of U.S.-supported Saudi Arabian bombardment.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE


Desert Menu









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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



Whistleblowers, Moral Injury and Perpetual War

If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept that the costs of war are also endless.

Posted on May 19, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Focus in Saudi Arabia Should Be on Ending Its War With Yemen

Rather than using his position to clinch a $100 billion arms deal, the president should press for negotiations to end the 2-year-old conflict.

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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



‘The Coming War on China’ Discloses America’s Secret Military History in the Pacific

A new documentary by John Pilger exposes how U.S. military buildup in the Pacific has encircled China—and how local communities across Asia are resisting American nuclear and naval takeover.

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The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker

It’s a reasonable bet that never in history has a society spent more on war and gotten less bang for its copious bucks.

Posted on May 10, 2017 READ MORE



From Bill Maher to Sigmund Freud: A Very Unfunny Look at the Enduring Politics of Hate

Freud’s insights—from his writings and exchanges with Albert Einstein more than eight decades ago—offer a crucial perspective into America’s current political crisis.

Posted on May 8, 2017 READ MORE



Memory Loss in the Garden of Violence: How Americans Remember (and Forget) Their Wars

The American way of recalling war has led to the populist nationalisms of today.

Posted on May 6, 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



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



How Neocons Push for War by Cooking the Books

To understand America’s drift into despotism over the last 40 years, we must de-encrypt the evolution of its secret “double government.”

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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.

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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.

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Ajamu Baraka: A Renewed Peace Movement Is the Antidote to Misguided Black Politicians

The human rights activist and 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate is leading the Black Alliance for Peace, a project against “war, repression and imperialism.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 READ MORE



How to Lose the Next War in the Middle East

The short answer: Fight it.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 READ MORE


North Korea’s Message for Trump: We Will Protect Ourselves With Nuclear Weapons (Video)

If the United States takes military action against North Korea, “it would mean from that very day an all-out war,” Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol (pictured) says. 

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Neocons Have a Long List of Endless-War Ideas for Donald Trump

The Democrats’ “Russia-made-Hillary-lose” hysteria has pushed a weakened president toward hawks who support massive U.S. military intervention worldwide. (Pictured, at center, neocon Robert Kagan.)

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The World According to Trump Is Becoming Increasingly Dangerous—and His Actions Are One Reason

As commander in chief, the president is empowered to manage the military might of the nation. But he is not empowered to initiate warfare on his own.

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Donald Trump Surrenders to the War Party

The president, who will pursue the imperial military offensive that Barack Obama initiated, hopes the “deep state” will have mercy on his presidency.

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A Critique of ‘False and Misleading’ White House Claims About Syria’s Use of Lethal Gas

The Trump administration’s official narrative—produced by the National Security Council under the oversight of national security adviser H.R. McMaster—was produced without input from the professional intelligence community, a weapons expert from MIT writes.

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The Washington Establishment Has a History of Making False Intelligence Claims in the Name of War

National security expert Theodore Postol debunked the White House report of a recent Syria chemical attack, as he did in 2013, but a comprehensive investigation into the latest propaganda is unlikely.

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Bridges, Not Bombs, Would Make Donald Trump Truly Presidential

As our institutions bend and buckle and approach the breaking point, the chief executive bombs Syria and is hailed by an obeisant media.

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The Problem With How Governments Pay for Wars (Video)

Economist Richard Wolff explains how corporate banks and politicians exploit the system of money printing to gain political capital or warrant military efforts.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan

The Massive Ordnance Air Blast—or MOAB—weapon was developed during the Iraq War but previously wasn’t used in combat. It’s the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE



The U.S. May Be Pushing Australia Into War With China

No one wants to bomb or occupy the U.S. ally. But that could change if America’s military-industrial establishment continues to assert its global dominance with force.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE



Dereliction of Duty, Redux

All the evidence in Syria leads to an inescapable conclusion: The American military strike was a violation of international law.

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 READ MORE


Jared Kushner in Charge









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The Pandora’s Box of War

Amid the U.S. outrage over Syrian civilian deaths from banned weapons, we should not forget America’s role in creating and perpetuating the seemingly endless conflict.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE


Does the U.S. Attack Against Syria Violate International Law? (Video)

President Donald Trump shocked the world by ordering a missile strike in Syria. Not everyone thinks the American military action was justified.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



MLK and Barack Obama: Diametrically Opposed Legacies

Have black people, historically the most left-leaning constituency in the United States, shed their anti-imperialist views and embraced war?

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Manufacturing Enemies









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An American Century of Carnage: Measuring Violence in a Single-Superpower World

Are we in an era of a “new peace”? Think again.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE



Will Donald Trump Escalate the Devastating War—and Worsen the Resulting Food Shortage—in Yemen?

Without an urgent effort to find a political solution and get massive food aid into the country, almost 7 million people may face starvation.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE


Puzzling [a cartoon from the United Arab Emirates]









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Somali-Born Writer Boyah Farah Blasts Trump Ban on Refugees From His Country (Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks about the president’s “tribal rhetoric” with author Boyah Farah and discusses how Farah uses nonfiction to combat refugee stereotypes. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Trump’s Budget









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President Blowback: How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home

If you want to know where Donald Trump came from, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter. Look someplace far more improbable: Iraq.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Military Nostalgia (or ‘Victory at Sea’ All Over Again)

The president’s talk of rebuilding the U.S. military has been influenced deeply by the “Victory at Sea” documentary series and the war movies of Trump’s youth.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Bill Owens, for Questioning a Raid That Killed His Navy SEAL Son

Suspecting that the Jan. 28 raid in Yemen was approved for political reasons, the military veteran refuses to meet President Trump.

Posted on Mar 4, 2017 READ MORE



In Afghanistan, America’s Biggest Foe Is Self-Deception

That a few thousand troops could reverse the present situation and ensure progress toward victory is a fantasy.

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 READ MORE



Is Trump Headed for War With China?

Sooner or later, if the president doesn’t dial down his rhetoric on China, its leaders will surely ratchet up theirs.

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 READ MORE


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Before Projecting Power Around the World, America Should Look in the Mirror

The collateral damage of the Iraq War continues—for Iraqis and Americans alike.

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Mikhail Gorbachev: It Appears ‘the World Is Preparing for War’

“Wars must be outlawed, because none of the global problems we are facing can be resolved by war,” the former Soviet leader writes.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE



A Violent Cesspool of Our Own Making

When it comes to building and exporting murderous weaponry, not even Vladimir Putin’s Russia comes close to the United States.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump Faces Four Looming Flashpoints

North Korea, the South China Sea, the Baltic Sea region and the Middle East are primed to explode early in his presidency.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE


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