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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.

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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.

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Dereliction of Duty, Redux

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

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

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

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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.

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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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Remembering the Real Martin Luther King Jr.

Almost half a century after his death, the civil rights icon has been reduced to little more than a lifeless statue. Yet his courageous call for peace and criticism of his government in a time of war must not be lost to history.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 READ MORE



Fighting for the Good Life in Trumplandia

Before we take up a three-point stance on the national line of scrimmage, why don’t we ask ourselves not only what we’re opposing, but also what we want?

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 READ MORE



Reliving Agent Orange, Rethinking the Cost of War

What if casualties don’t end on the battlefield but extend to future generations? Our reporting this year suggests the government may not want to know the answer.

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 READ MORE



Even as Global Trade Dropped, U.S. Arms Sales Boomed in 2015

As other nations tighten budgets for weapons amid domestic financial concerns, the U.S. managed to sell $40 billion worth of arms in one year.

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War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump

With Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States, the scourge of authoritarianism has returned not only in the toxic language of hate, humiliation and bigotry, but also in the emergence of a culture of war and violence that looms over society like a plague.

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 READ MORE



Was Your Vote Counted?

Voter-suppression tactics targeted communities of color and may have led to inaccurate voting results in the 2016 election. Greg Palast, along with other voting-suppression experts, goes to Washington, D.C., to discuss the new “Jim Crow” elections.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE



It’s 2016: Do You Know Where Your Bombs Are Falling?

In how many countries is U.S. ordnance taking its toll in the nearly 15-year-old, apparently never-ending worldwide war Donald Trump will inherit?

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Donald Trump Picks Retired Gen. James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis for Defense Secretary

“It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right upfront with you, I like brawling,” Mattis said in 2005, speaking about the American invasion of Afghanistan.

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‘The Field of Fight’

Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who is set to become Trump’s national security adviser, writes in his new book, “[Religious war] created our world. The world badly needs an Islamic Reformation, and we should not be surprised if violence is involved. It’s normal.”

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Trump Loves Winning, but American Generals Have Forgotten How

Our generals have demonstrated an impressive aptitude for moving pieces around on a dauntingly complex military chessboard. But having been “at war” for virtually the entire 21st century, the United States military is still looking for its first win.

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 READ MORE


Pilot to Navigator









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Take a Close Look at Tulsi Gabbard

Journalists are weighing the positives and negatives of news that President-elect Donald Trump is considering Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who supported Bernie Sanders during the primaries, for a position in his Cabinet.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE



Rebirth of a Nation?

There’s good reason to assume Donald Trump will be a Clintonesque hawk or even worse, but there is also reason to believe—due to his propensity for lies, bluster and backing down—that he could turn out to be less bellicose.

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 READ MORE



With President Trump, Is the American Experiment Over?

The empire of chaos has made the trip homeward. It’s now with us big time, all the time.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE



With Obama’s Help, Commander in Chief Trump Will Wield Abundant Military and Surveillance Power

An unaccountable drone program, an FBI with a record of spying on mosques and activists, and a surveillance empire are among the powers currently held in check with restraints as durable as tissue paper.

Posted on Nov 12, 2016 READ MORE


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