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U.S. Empire Still Incoherent After All These Years

Tue, 2018-02-20 16:22
Exclusive: Without solid economic, political and ideological bases, the U.S. lacks the legitimacy and authority it needs to operate beyond its borders, argues Nicolas J.S. Davies in this essay. By Nicolas J.S. Davies I recently reread Michael Mann’s book, Incoherent…Read more →

How the Washington Post Missed the Biggest Watergate Story of All

Tue, 2018-02-20 15:55
The Watergate scandal may have been rooted in Richard Nixon’s alleged efforts to sabotage the 1968 Paris peace talks, but this story has never fully been told – partly because the Washington Post remained silent on it, explains Garrick Alder. By Garrick…Read more →

America’s Election Meddling Would Indeed Justify Other Countries Retaliating In Kind

Tue, 2018-02-20 04:04
Highlighting the U.S.’s long history in meddling in other countries’ elections is not “whataboutism,” but rather a highly germane point to understanding the context for the allegations of Russian meddling in Election 2016, Caitlin Johnstone observes. By Caitlin Johnstone There…Read more →

Mutually Assured Contempt at 2018 Munich Security Conference

Mon, 2018-02-19 16:32
The 2018 Munich Security Conference continued the trend of promoting a New Cold War while diplomats openly disparaged Russia and fretted over the Trump presidency, Gilbert Doctorow reports. By Gilbert Doctorow The annual Munich Security Conference is to geopolitics what…Read more →

Ignorance and Prejudice in Laura Ingraham’s Tiff With LeBron James

Mon, 2018-02-19 16:06
Laura Ingraham’s complaints over LeBron James’ political commentary – focusing on the grammar of his statements rather than their substance – reflects a general elitism in the pundit class, Andrew Spannaus observes. By Andrew Spannaus Is LeBron James ignorant? Laura…Read more →

Nunes: FBI and DOJ Perps Could Be Put on Trial

Mon, 2018-02-19 07:22
House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes has stated that “DOJ and FBI are not above the law,” and could face legal consequences for alleged abuses of the FISA court, reports Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Throwing down the gauntlet on…Read more →

A Crisis in Intelligence: Unthinkable Consequences of Outsourcing U.S. Intel (Part 3)

Sun, 2018-02-18 03:48
Privatized intelligence operations have become a favored practice of the U.S. and other Western governments, but the tactics of so-called spies for hire are often unethical and possibly illegal, explains George Eliason. (Read part one here. Part two here.) By…Read more →

Anti-Trumpists Use Mueller Indictments to Escalate Tensions With Nuclear-Armed Russia

Sat, 2018-02-17 10:41
Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 alleged members of a Russian troll farm is leading to calls for escalation with Russia, exacerbating tensions that are already at historic – and dangerous – lows, observes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone U.S.…Read more →

Russians Spooked by Nukes-Against-Cyber-Attack Policy

Fri, 2018-02-16 15:17
New U.S. policy on nuclear retaliatory strikes for cyber-attacks is raising concerns, with Russia claiming that it’s already been blamed for a false-flag cyber-attack – namely the election hacking allegations of 2016, explain Ray McGovern and William Binney. By Ray…Read more →

NYT’s ‘Really Weird’ Russiagate Story

Fri, 2018-02-16 10:53
Exclusive: The Russiagate narrative has taken a turn toward the surreal with a report in the New York Times alleging that U.S. spies paid a “shadowy Russian” $100,000 for dirt on the president, explains Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare A Russian national…Read more →

The Right’s Second Amendment Lies

Fri, 2018-02-16 04:59
In the wake of the latest gun massacre in the United States, we re-publish an article by Robert Parry debunking some of the right-wing myths about the Second Amendment that have prevented common sense gun laws. By Robert Parry (first published December…Read more →

Vietnam’s Lessons and the U.S. Culture of Violence

Thu, 2018-02-15 11:22
In the wake of another deadly school shooting in Florida, the lessons of past massacres in Vietnam can teach us about U.S. violence and the need to reform unchecked gun culture, discusses Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson Back in October,…Read more →

Korean Olympic Diplomacy Moves Forward Despite U.S. Intransigence

Thu, 2018-02-15 07:57
An interview by Dennis J. Bernstein with writer, activist and regional expert, Kay Jay Noh, about the big-power politics swirling around the Olympic Games now being held in South Korea. By Dennis J. Bernstein By many accounts, the Koreans –…Read more →

Iraq’s ‘Liberation Day’

Thu, 2018-02-15 05:55
From the Archive: Today is the 15-year anniversary of what was described as “the largest protest event in human history” – the Feb. 15, 2003 coordinated day of demonstrations against the U.S. invasion of Iraq. On this occasion we republish…Read more →

Honduras Nearing Ten Years of Stolen Elections, Neo-Colonial Rule

Wed, 2018-02-14 12:04
Despite an organized and active grassroots movement, Honduran politics have been repeatedly steamrolled by the self-interests of international ruling elites, as journalist and filmmaker Jesse Freeston explained to Dennis J. Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein For weeks following its stolen…Read more →

Regime Change Fails: Is A Military Coup or Invasion of Venezuela Next?

Wed, 2018-02-14 11:28
The U.S. has employed all of its regime change tools in Venezuela and although so far they have failed, there is still a chance that a military attack is in store, warn Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers. By Kevin Zeese and…Read more →

Budget Woes Sign of a Dysfunctional Empire

Tue, 2018-02-13 08:41
Exclusive: The bloated military budget is justified on the assumption that the United States can and should police the entire world, but this approach is fundamentally unsustainable, warns Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall President Donald Trump’s latest $4.4 trillion budget…Read more →

Intel-for-Hire Undermines U.S. Intelligence (Part 2)

Tue, 2018-02-13 08:04
Intel-for-Hire is a multilayered phenomenon that’s undermining the integrity of U.S. intelligence, argues George Eliason. In this installment, he looks at the second tier of this system. (Click here for part one.) By George Eliason In part one of this series,…Read more →

How Establishment Propaganda Gaslights Us Into Submission

Mon, 2018-02-12 05:07
“Gaslighting” can be an effective tactic to instill confusion and anxiety in people, causing them to doubt their own logical abilities, but it can be countered by remaining confident in our judgments, argues Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone The dynamics…Read more →

U.S. Intelligence Crisis Poses a Threat to the World

Sun, 2018-02-11 10:11
Privatized and politicized intelligence is undermining the mission of providing unbiased information to both high-level decision makers and the American public, explains George Eliason in this first of a three-part series. By George Eliason Back in 1991, during the dissolution of…Read more →