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VIDEO: Russian Airstrikes in Syria: What’s Really Going On?

President Obama commented Friday that Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria is driving moderate opposition underground and “only strengthening” the terror group Islamic State. So, what are the Russians really doing in Syria and why? Are they bombing Islamic State, or just saying they are?

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

It’s Safe to Be Paranoid in the U.S.

If you look at the country that its top politicians hardly mention without defensively wielding the words “exceptional” or “indispensable,” the exceptional thing is this: As a great power, the United States still stands alone on planet earth, and Americans can exhibit all the paranoia they want in remarkable safety and security.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: A Simple Animation Perfectly Explains Syria and the Refugee Crisis

This animation illustrates the complex dynamics of Syria’s civil war and the resulting refugee crisis. Looking at the different roles and responses within the international community, the video shows how we must address the crisis with humanity and reason.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

The U.N.: Pretending to Oppose War for 70 Years—an Open Letter

This open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon states that the U.N. Charter has “been used to advance and misused to impede the cause of peace,” and it calls for “a rededication to [the charter’s] original goal of saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

CIA, Special Ops and NSA Cooperating to Kill Militants in Syria and Iraq

“In an effort that ramped up over the last year, intelligence analysts and special operators have harnessed an array of satellites, sensors, drones and other technology to track and kill elusive militants across a vast, rugged area of Syria and Iraq,” according to The Associated Press.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

Jeremy Corbyn to Apologize for Labour Party’s Role in Iraq War

Corbyn, a leading member of the Stop the War coalition and vociferous opponent of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s decision to drag the U.K. into the Iraq War, is expected to say that Labour will “never make the same mistake again.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2015 READ MORE

When It Comes to World Peace, Don’t Look to Sanders for Progress

His stated policy position is not meaningfully pro-peace, he seeks a more dominant Saudi Arabia in the Mideast and he seems remarkably uncaring to people who don’t carry a nice blue U.S. passport.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

Americans and the Needs of Strangers

Of course we should do more for our own citizens who need a hand. But our failure to help some who are in need should never be an excuse for refusing to help those facing genuine catastrophe.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

U.N. Official: ‘Syrian Conflict Will Displace Another Million People’

“Unless something big is done to resolve this conflict through political means, the human train that has started moving out of Syria and the neighborhood will continue to be running for many months to come,” United Nations humanitarian chief Yacoub El Hillo said.

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Is Finalizing a $1 Billion Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia

In a move to allay the Persian Gulf state’s concerns over the Iran nuclear deal, the Pentagon is completing an agreement to provide weapons for the Saudi military effort against Islamic State and Yemen.

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 READ MORE

Water Is Being Used as a Weapon of War in Syria, Red Cross Says

Deliberate cuts to water and electricity supplies are causing significant suffering to civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to the aid organization.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

Malala Yousafzai Calls on World Powers to Spend Their Money on ‘Books, Not Bullets’

The 18-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner is certainly wise beyond her years, and global leaders would do well to heed her latest piece of advice.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

U.N. Declares Gaza Will Soon Be ‘Uninhabitable’ If Israeli Blockade and Wars Continue

Here’s why, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, it’s entirely Israel’s fault that the Palestinian territory may become totally unlivable five years from now.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Says He Wouldn’t End Drone Program

In a television interview Sunday, the presidential candidate said he would limit the use of drones but would not put an end to the targeted killing campaign outright.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Reportedly Considered Using Nuclear Weapons Against Afghanistan After 9/11

Michael Steiner, a former political adviser to Germany’s then-Chancellor Gerhard Schroder, told German publication Der Spiegel that the nuclear option was one of the possibilities examined after the terrorist attacks in the U.S.

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 READ MORE

Playing the Long Game on Iran

If the Iran nuclear deal attains legitimacy, much of the neoconservatives’ power will slip through their fingers as the imperialist idealism that drives their ventures from day to day will be cheated of the enemy it cannot live without. 

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE

The Shared Failings of America’s Military Academies and Senior Officers

Familiar as America’s most senior military officers may be with the warnings of Thomas Jefferson, they have consistently ignored or misapplied them, facilitating our current state of endless war and national decline.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE

War’s End

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE

How Many Thousands of U.S. Troops Would GOP Hopefuls Send to Iraq and Syria? (Video)

Several Republican politicians have pledged a return of U.S. combat troops in large numbers to the Middle East.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE

China, Russia and the U.S. May Be Gearing Up for War in Space

While the prospect of war in space is hardly new (think Reagan-era “Star Wars”), the three powers are known to be developing and testing controversial new capabilities with terrifying implications—despite their denial of such work.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE

Almost a Quarter of a Million People Have Died in the Syrian Conflict

An activist group says 71,781 civilian deaths have been recorded in Syria’s devastating conflict, which began in March 2011, and 11,964 of those killed were children.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE

John Kerry: Vietnam War Was a ‘Profound Failure’ of Diplomacy

Visiting Vietnam to mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the conflict that ended 40 years ago a failure of diplomacy that advocates of war ought to bear in mind.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: How Likely Are the Top 10 GOP Presidential Candidates to Drag Us Into War?

Sending U.S. troops back into the Middle East and going to war there is virtually a plank in the GOP platform.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE

From the Truthdig Archives: The Terror America Wrought

This week marks the anniversary of a U.S. attack that deliberately took the lives of thousands of children on their way to school.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE

The Iran Deal May Not Be Perfect, but It’s Better Than the Alternative

To understand why the Iran nuclear deal is such a triumph, consider the most likely alternative: war.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE

No Lone Rangers in Drone Warfare

There’s nothing “lone” about drone warfare. Think of the structure for carrying out Washington’s drone killing program as a multidimensional pyramid populated with hundreds of personnel and so complex that just about no one involved really grasps the full picture.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE

How Endless War Helps Old Dixie Stay New

The Department of Defense says it isn’t even reviewing the possibility of a ban on the Confederate flag, deciding instead to leave any such move to the various service branches, while military bases named after Confederate officers will remain so. One factor in this decision: The South provides more than 40 percent of all military recruits, many of them white; only 15 percent are from the Northeast.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Chelsea Manning

Sitting in prison on the Fourth of July for exposing some harsh truths about U.S. war crimes, the whistleblower should actually be honored as a true patriot.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

A God in Ruins

A new novel takes its place in the line of powerful works about young men and war, and recognizes the courage of those in war’s aftermath, who are left to pick up the pieces.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

America’s Got War: Poverty, Drugs, the Middle East and Terror

When you define something as war, you dictate the use of militarized or coercive forces as the primary instruments of policy. Violence becomes the means of decision, total victory the goal. Anyone who suggests otherwise is labeled a dreamer, an appeaser or even a traitor.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

Gaza Reconstruction Is Moving at ‘Snail’s Pace’

It will likely take 30 years to repair the damage to the Gaza Strip, given the current rate of construction, a senior United Nations official has said.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

NATO Will Return to Iraq

Four years after leaving, the U.S.-led western military alliance is planning to renew operations in the country by training officers to help fight Islamic State.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE

Islamic State Deepens Its Roots by Offering Important Services

By providing key services such as infrastructure and transportation, the militant group has been able to tighten its grip on communities.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE

Vladimir Putin Opens Russian ‘Military Disneyland’

The Russian president used the opening of Patriot Park to announce a dramatic expansion of the country’s nuclear arsenal.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE

Happy Memorial Day

Posted on May 25, 2015 READ MORE    

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Reflections on the Vietnam War: The Things a Warrior Knows

This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig republishes one of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic’s reflections on the awful truth about war.

Posted on May 24, 2015 READ MORE

Islamic State Beheaded Dozens in Palmyra, but How Strategic Is the City?

Nearly 500 people died in the campaign by the Islamic State group to take the Syrian city of Palmyra, including 49 who were executed before the fundamentalists reached the city center.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE

An Exclusive Excerpt From ‘Trade Is War’

In his new book, subtitled “The West’s War Against the World,” international trade expert Yash Tandon challenges the notion that free trade helps countries develop. Instead, he finds, it often fosters poverty and violence.

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE

Memorial Day

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE

Historic Syrian City of Palmyra Falls to Islamic State

The ancient city is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and best-preserved ruins, which now may face destruction at the hand of the extremist group.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE

Iraq Question

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush and Dubyah

Posted on May 17, 2015 READ MORE

The War Zone of Donetsk, Ukraine

When the people of the Donetsk area protested imposed changes, Kyiv launched an “anti-terrorist” operation against them. I saw firsthand these “terrorists,” who had decided to build something different from the oligarchic regime. Theirs is an enormous and difficult task.

Posted on May 17, 2015 READ MORE

Young Dubya

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE

From Vietnam to Iraq: Turning a Nightmare Into a Fairy Tale

Our most popular Vietnam end-stories bury the long, ghastly history that preceded the “fall” while providing silver-lining tributes to good intentions and last-ditch heroism that may come in handy in the years ahead.

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 READ MORE

A Letter of Apology to My Grandson

When I stumbled into the future in all its grim horror, I felt an urge that seemed uncomplicated: not to hand your mother and uncle a degraded country, planet, new century without lifting a finger in opposition, without at least trying. I felt the need to mobilize myself in a new way for the future I’d seen.

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE

Hundreds Perish in What May Be the Mediterranean’s ‘Deadliest Migrant Disaster’

“Authorities described a grisly scene of bodies floating and submerging in the warm waters” of the Mediterranean, where “hundreds of people were feared dead Sunday after a ship crowded with migrants capsized and sank.”

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 READ MORE

Eastern Europe’s Military Budgets Are Inching Up, but U.S. Still Dominates

Russia and its NATO neighbors in the Baltic have expanded their military budgets, but the U.S. continues to lead the world in military spending by far.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE

Nordic Countries Pledge to Strengthen Military Alliance Against Russia

Ministers of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland have declared their intent to cooperate militarily against Russia, which they described as “the biggest challenge to European security.”

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE

UNICEF: One-Third of Fighters in Yemen Are Children

Children make up a third of the combatants in Yemen’s conflict with Saudi Arabia, says a U.N. official.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE

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