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Steve Bannon’s Apocalyptic ‘Unravelling’

Sat, 2017-08-19 07:28
From the Archive: Ousted White House strategist Steve Bannon was a perplexing mix of populist, operative and opportunist, but his political theories crossed into the apocalyptic and bizarre, as Alastair Crooke described last March. By Alastair Crooke (First published on…Read more →

Russia-gate’s Evidentiary Void

Fri, 2017-08-18 15:07
Exclusive: A cyber-warfare expert sees no technical evidence linking Russia to the Democratic email releases, but The New York Times presses ahead with a new hope that Ukraine can fill the void, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry The New…Read more →

The Goal of ‘Not Losing’ in Afghanistan

Fri, 2017-08-18 12:56
Exclusive: America’s adventures in Afghanistan – dating back to the 1980s – have led to one disaster after another with President Trump and other politicians afraid to finally admit failure, as Jonathan Marshall explains. By Jonathan Marshall “Let’s get out…Read more →

President Trump’s ‘White Blindness’

Thu, 2017-08-17 18:10
Exclusive: By defending “beautiful” Confederate statues, President Trump shows how little he understands about the evils of slavery and the cruelty on lynchings and segregation, but he is by no means alone, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry The blindness…Read more →

Refusing to Learn Lessons from Libya

Thu, 2017-08-17 14:51
Exclusive: Official Washington never likes to admit a mistake no matter how grave or obvious. Too many Important People would look bad. So, the rationalizations never stop as with the Libyan fiasco, observes James W. Carden. By James W. Carden…Read more →

Photographing a White-Supremacist Attack

Thu, 2017-08-17 14:51
Some of the most dramatic scenes from last weekend’s neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville — images of white extremists beating a black man in a parking lot — were captured by photographer Zach Roberts who talked with Dennis J Bernstein. Dennis…Read more →

Trump’s Outdated Hatred for Iran

Thu, 2017-08-17 11:54
The Saudi-Israeli tandem has often driven U.S. policies in the Middle East. But the Trump administration keeps following the old Saudi line on Iran even as Riyadh shifts toward diplomacy, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. Pillar…Read more →

Reflections on the Charlottesville Attacks

Thu, 2017-08-17 11:46
When Islamic extremists drive vehicles into crowds in Europe, the lethal attacks are condemned as terrorism, but President Trump took a more lenient view about a similar attack in Charlottesville, as Dennis J Bernstein notes. By Dennis J Bernstein Around…Read more →

The Agony of ‘Regime Change’ Refugees

Wed, 2017-08-16 13:36
Exclusive: There are positive signs of Syrians returning to Aleppo after the ouster of Al Qaeda’s militants. But the legacy of Western “regime change” wars continues to plague Europe and inflict human suffering, writes Andrew Spannaus. By Andrew Spannaus European…Read more →

Cataclysmic Risks of North Korean Crisis

Wed, 2017-08-16 13:36
The schoolyard taunts between President Trump and North Korean leaders have quieted for now. But the underlying risks of a nuclear showdown remain, as Korea expert Tim Shorrock explained to Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein Many Asia experts…Read more →

Taking Nuclear War Seriously

Wed, 2017-08-16 13:25
With remarkably little public debate, the U.S. government has raised the risk of a nuclear conflagration with face-offs against Russia and now North Korea, an existential issue that Dennis J Bernstein discusses with journalist John Pilger. Dennis J Bernstein Emmy-Award…Read more →

A Ukraine Link to North Korea’s Missiles?

Tue, 2017-08-15 20:18
Exclusive: By orchestrating the 2014 “regime change” in Ukraine, U.S. neocons may have indirectly contributed to a desperate Ukrainian factory selling advanced rocket engines to North Korea and endangering America, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry U.S. intelligence analysts reportedly…Read more →

Hillary Clinton Promised Wars, Too

Tue, 2017-08-15 10:48
Exclusive: President Trump has shattered the hope of many peace-oriented Americans that he would pull back from U.S. foreign interventions, but Hillary Clinton might have pursued even more wars, notes James W. Carden. By James W. Carden The alliance between…Read more →

Trump’s Soft-Shoe on Racist Violence

Tue, 2017-08-15 09:45
On Monday, President Trump did a second take on his remarks about the white-nationalist-sparked violence in Charlottesville, but his tepid first take offered a troubling look into his soul, says Michael Winship. By Michael Winship Enough. We have a president…Read more →

The Thankless Task of ‘Saving’ Trump

Tue, 2017-08-15 09:16
President Trump appears lost in the swamp of his own shallow mind, pulling down the “adults” around him more than they can lift him up, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains. By Paul R. Pillar Optimism has repeatedly been…Read more →

How Obama, Trump Had Their Wings Clipped

Mon, 2017-08-14 14:57
Presidents Obama and Trump contrast sharply on foreign policy, but share a common denominator: they faced resistance to smoothing relations with a key power, Obama on Iran; Trump on Russia, Andrew Spannaus noted at Aspenia. By Andrew Spannaus President Donald…Read more →

Trump’s Shallow Thinking on ‘Terrorism’

Sun, 2017-08-13 07:08
Israel typically makes its enemies America’s enemies – think Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iran – and few U.S. politicians dare step out of line. But hypocritical talk about “terrorism” has consequences, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. Pillar…Read more →

Russia-gate’s Fatally Flawed Logic

Sat, 2017-08-12 07:51
Exclusive: By pushing the Russia-gate “scandal” and neutering President Trump’s ability to conduct diplomacy, Democrats and Congress have encouraged his war-making side on North Korea, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry There was always a logical flaw in pushing Russia-gate…Read more →

A New Angle in Abu-Jamal’s Case

Sat, 2017-08-12 07:51
The decades-old case of convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal has always centered on whether the legal process was rigged against the black political activist, an argument that has new life, reports Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein A potential…Read more →

Education or Brainwashing?

Fri, 2017-08-11 21:23
Inculcating youngsters with national myths is a key way for societies to control their populations – as is clear in how Israel defines acceptable history – in defiance of educational ideals, says Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson Education is one…Read more →

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