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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Terrorism, Violence, and the Culture of Madness

So-called free market policies, values, and practices with their emphasis on the privatization of public wealth, the elimination of social protections, and the deregulation of economic activity now shape practically every commanding political and economic institution in the United States.

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How One ‘Daily Show’ Clip May Have Changed the Lives of Thousands of Veterans

Who knew comedy had such power to bring about change?

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Jon Stewart: Congress Only Cares About Soldiers When They’re Fighting Wars, Not When They’re in Need

In a scathing segment on the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the “Daily Show” host highlights how our government officials have no problem overspending on wars, but they cut every corner they can with veterans’ health.

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All the Wars and Coups of President Ted Cruz

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, one of three Cuban-Americans in the Senate, is throwing his hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential race Monday.

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State of the Middle East

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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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Uncle Pentagon: Growing Up in the Shadow of the American War State

The Pentagon loomed so large in my childhood that it could have been another member of my family. Maybe a menacing uncle who doled out put-downs and whacks to teach us lessons or a rich, dismissive great-aunt intent on propriety and good manners.

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The Great Game in the Holy Land

Almost all the current wars, uprisings and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by an increasingly frenzied competition to find, extract and market fossil fuels whose future consumption is guaranteed to lead to a set of cataclysmic environmental crises.

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Syria: Islamic State Takes 150 Christians Captive as 3,000 Flee to Hasakah (Video)

Al-Nahar reported that dozens of Assyrian Christians have been abducted by the Islamic State group (also known as Daesh) in Hasakah Province, northeast Syria.

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Netanyahu Tars Europe and U.S. for Anti-Semitism of Terrorists

A fundamental theme of Israeli propaganda—and virtually its sole theme under the governments of Benjamin Netanyahu—has been that anti-Semitism is responsible for the growing criticism of or hostility toward Israel and its policies.

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In Yemen, Saudi Arabia Is Backing a Sunni Revolution Against Shiite Houthi Rebels Linked to Iran

Wahhabi Saudi Arabia has launched an all out political offensive against the Shiite Houthi rebels who have taken over the north of the country.

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Why Jeb Bush Can’t Escape Dubya’s Dubious Legacy

Being singled out as “the smart brother” in an American political and financial dynasty like the Bush family must be a heavy load.

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Watching the Same Movie About American War for 75 Years

“American Sniper,” which started out with the celebratory tagline “the most lethal sniper in U.S. history” and now has the tagline “the most successful war movie of all time,” is just the latest in a long line of films that have kept Americans on their war game.

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The Uses, and Abuses, of History in the Middle East Conflict

The murder of Coptic Christians is one more instance of the sheer ignorance that’s influencing events in the Middle East.

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Ron Kovic Reality-Checks TV’s Chickenhawks

The “Born on the Fourth of July” author, being interviewed by Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer at the veterans hospital in Long Beach, Calif., notes that any TV pundit who calls for war is “not the one who’s going to get hit by a bullet.”

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Retroactive War Powers

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Authorizing War Against ISIS, Muslims Murdered

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the prospect of congressional authorization to attack ISIS, the three Muslim young adults slain in a possible hate crime in North Carolina and a federal judge’s rejection of Alabama’s ban on gay marriage.

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Obama’s Ambivalent War Logic

President Obama’s request to Congress for authority to use military force against the Islamic State explains his view of why to fight this war. But it doesn’t really tell us how.

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Take Your Best Guest

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We revisit some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Topics include: war powers, banned books, the Koch brothers and the incredible journey of veteran turned pacifist Rory Fanning.

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Take Your Best Guest

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We revisit some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Topics include: war powers, banned books, the Koch brothers and the incredible journey of veteran-turned-pacifist Rory Fanning.

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Brian Williams and the Frog of War

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Stewart, Williams and Thick Skins

Many years ago, a politician complained to me about journalists who loved to dish it out but bristled at any criticism directed their way.

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Argentina’s History of Assassinations and Suspicious Suicides

Special prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s startling death last month left Argentina in turmoil. Sadly, that’s not unusual.

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Obama Asks Congress for Another Middle East War

The White House has asked Congress to pass a deliberately vague authorization for the war against the Islamic State that has been in progress for six months. Congress seems disinclined to say yes.

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Laurie Becklund, Reporter Who Connected the U.S. to Salvadoran Death Squads, Dies at 66

The integrity of journalism has suffered many blows in recent years, including corporate takeovers, advertorials and rank desperation. It is a small tragedy, then, to lose one of the profession’s brightest and most unfaltering voices.

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Burying Vietnam, Launching Perpetual War

How do you commemorate the Vietnam War, the signature catastrophe of the 1960s? You probably know the answer: leave out every troubling memory and simply say: “Let’s honor all our military veterans for their service and sacrifice.”

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In the Race to Replace Panama, a Canal Tears Nicaragua Apart

The government says the transoceanic canal will be good for the economy, but foes warn of pollution and displacement.

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It’s Time for U.S. and European Allies to Step Back From Ukrainian Conflict

President Barack Obama himself conceded to the American TV audience (those not watching Super Bowl preparations) that the official U.S. narrative concerning the war in Ukraine is not true.

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U.S. Policy Sows Conflict Across the Middle East and North Africa

The U.N. has warned of “total chaos” in Libya; the U.S.-backed regime in Egypt continues a crackdown on political opponents; and Iraq is coming off its deadliest month in years—all while the rise of the Islamic State continues there and in Syria. “Democracy Now!” surveys the wreckage in these places and others with Vijay Prashad.

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Why There Is No Massive Anti-War Movement in America

I.F. Stone’s sign-off, that medic’s song, and my letter all are documents from a time when Americans could be in opposition to, while also feeling in service to, their country. They are documents from a lost world and so would, I suspect, have little meaning to the young of the present moment.

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War Is the New Normal

Back in July 2010, I wrote an article for TomDispatch on the seven reasons why America can’t stop making war. More than four years later, with the war on terror still ongoing, with the mission eternally unaccomplished, here’s a fresh take on the top seven reasons why never-ending war is the new normal in America.

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Why the Israeli-Hezbollah Tit for Tat Probably Won’t Turn Into a War

Last week an Israeli helicopter gunship targeted Hezbollah outposts in Syria southwest of Damascus, near the front with the rebel Support Front (Syria al-Qaeda), which controls the Golan Heights on the Syrian side.

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Pentagon Finally Identifies the Remains of a POW Lost Since 1942

Long buried alongside hundreds of other U.S. soldiers in the Philippines, Pvt. Arthur “Bud” Kelder is on his way home after a lawsuit by his family and an investigation by ProPublica and NPR.

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Cutting Through the Hysteria Over Court’s Gaza War Probe

Here are the facts about the International Criminal Court’s examination of crimes committed in the 2014 fighting.

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‘More’ and ‘War’: The Tao of Washington

In a sense, there are only two operative words in twenty-first-century Washington: more and war. In this context, there really is just one well-policed party of thought in town.

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Obama: Damn the Torpedoes

“This is good news, people.” With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it’s far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are eager to seize opportunities to work with him.

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A Breakdown of the Top Foreign Policy Points in Obama’s Speech

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address slighted foreign policy in favor of touting domestic progress and proposing new domestic initiatives. But there were some foreign policy highlights worth underlining.

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Airstrike in Syria: Is Israel Trying to Help al-Qaida Fight Against Hezbollah and Iran?

There are several questions around the Israeli helicopter gunship strike on Mazari` al-Amal in Syria’s Quneitra Province, which killed Hezbollah personnel and an Iranian general.

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State of the Union: Bright Ideas, Dim Future

Obama fans loyally hailed the speech as a triumph. But in the real world if you don’t have the votes you’re a loser.

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War Mania Will Only Fan Muslim Cultural Crisis in Europe

The upheaval in non-Muslim attitudes towards Muslims presents a bigger and more urgent problem than what the Muslims think about us, even when they kill us.

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A Well Explicated Militia

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Why Violent Extremists Welcome Attacks on Islam

Whenever an act of horrific terror enrages the West, a predictable second act ensues.

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