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Trump shouldn’t forget Iran’s big Achilles’ heel: Its economy 26.4.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The terrible state of Tehran’s economy gives the president plenty of potential leverage.
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‘What makes it stop?’ Veterans lament the ongoing turmoil surrounding Trump’s pick for VA secretary 25.4.2018 Washington Post
The fallout surrounding Ronny L. Jackson’s nomination is the latest in a series of letdowns and setbacks dating back many years, advocates for veterans say.
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The Border Fetish: The US Frontier as a Zone of Profit and Sacrifice 24.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Workers replace an old section of the wall between the US and Mexico following orders by President Donald Trump, in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, close to Ciudad Juarez in Mexico's Chihuahua State, on April 23, 2018. (Photo: Herika Martinez / AFP / Getty Images) Truthout is fiercely independent yet uncompromisingly committed to justice, equality and truth. Support ethical journalism: Make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout now! At first, I thought I had inadvertently entered an active war zone. I was on a lonely two-lane road in southern New Mexico heading for El Paso, Texas. Off to the side of the road, hardly concealed behind some desert shrubs, I suddenly noticed what seemed to be a tank. For a second, I thought I might be seeing an apparition. When I stopped to take a  picture , a soldier wearing a camouflage helmet emerged from the top of the Stryker, a 19-ton, eight-wheeled combat vehicle that was regularly used in military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He looked my way and I offered a ...
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Rand Paul Reverses Himself, Agrees to Support Mike Pompeo 24.4.2018 Mother Jones
In a major reversal, Republican Sen. Rand Paul announced Monday afternoon that he would support Mike Pompeo’s nomination to be secretary of State. The Kentucky senator had previously criticized Pompeo’s support of the Iraq War and had threatened to vote against him in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Had Paul done so, Pompeo would likely have […]
After Syria Attacks, Trump Boasts “Mission Accomplished” 14.4.2018 Mother Jones
President Donald Trump mimicked former President George W. Bush in a tweet Saturday, declaring “Mission Accomplished.” A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April […]
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Why the Scooter Libby Case—and Trump’s Pardon—Really, Really Matter 14.4.2018 Mother Jones
We should have seen this coming. More than a decade ago, I. Lewis Libby—a.k.a. Scooter—was convicted in federal court of lying to a grand jury and to the FBI and of obstructing justice. Libby had been chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney and one of the leading architects of the US invasion of […]
Two Trump speeches, two dozen dubious claims 9.4.2018 Washington Post
The president seems to enjoy going off-script, and perhaps as a result, we have a lot to unpack.
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Koch network growing frustrated with the GOP’s 2018 agenda 6.4.2018 Washington Post
Billionaires Charles and David Koch still plan to spend $300 million to $400 million on politics and policy during the 2018 cycle. But they’re growing impatient and signaling a willingness to work more closely with Democrats on areas of common ground.
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Why Putin's oil maneuvers will keep Russia in the Middle East 5.4.2018 Washington Post: Politics
With more Russian oil heading to China, Putin doesn't have many other options.
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Trump orders Pentagon to prepare for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria, but some advisors push back 5.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

President Trump has ordered the Pentagon to plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, but held off setting a date after his foreign policy advisors warned that a premature pullout from the multi-sided maelstrom could repeat U.S. mistakes in Iraq and give Russia and Iran even greater sway in the...

Daily Digest: Social media posts draw FBI heat 3.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Some items in the news worth a look as you start your Tuesday.
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Pentagon Plans for Three-Front "Long War" Against China and Russia 3.4.2018
Sailors inspect the landing gear of an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Spencer Roberts / US Navy ) Think of it as the most momentous military planning on Earth right now. Who's even paying attention, given the eternal  changing of the guard  at the White House, as well as the latest in tweets,  sexual revelations , and  investigations  of every sort? And yet it increasingly looks as if, thanks to current Pentagon planning, a twenty-first-century version of the Cold War (with dangerous new twists) has begun and hardly anyone has even noticed.  In 2006, when the Department of Defense spelled out its future security role, it saw only one overriding mission: its "Long War" against international terrorism. "With its allies and partners, the United States must be prepared to wage this war in many locations simultaneously and for some years to come," the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review  explained  that ...
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An investigation: Had people heard the word 'trillion' a decade ago? 30.3.2018 Washington Post: Politics
It turns out, they had.
Trump Is Running a War Crime Recycling Program 29.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
US soldiers walk to a rally point to link up with members of the Iraqi army for an operation in Al Muradia village, Iraq, March 12, 2007. (Photo: The US Army ) Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! A barely noticed anniversary slid by on March 20th. It's been 15 years since the United States committed the greatest war crime of the twenty-first century: the unprovoked, aggressive invasion of Iraq. The New York Times, which didn't exactly  cover itself in glory  in the run-up to that invasion, recently  ran  an op-ed by an Iraqi novelist living in the United States entitled "Fifteen Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country," but that was about it. The Washington Post, another publication that (despite the recent portrayal of its Vietnam-era heroism in the movie The Post)  repeatedly   editorialized  in favor of the invasion,  marked  the anniversary with a story about ...
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Hollywood and the Case of the Missing Arab Woman 29.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
The film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, has been praised for its portrayal of the systemic misogyny in the US's cultural, legal and political institutions. But the film fails to go beyond a passing reference to those same values when they are exported in the form of sexual violence against women by US soldiers fighting in the Middle East and elsewhere. Iraqi displaced women from the outskirts of the city of al-Qaim, on the border with Syria in western Anbar province, gather in a safe place on November 1, 2017. (Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP / Getty Images) This story wasn't funded by corporate advertising, but by readers like you. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? Martin McDonagh's  controversial award-winning film , Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, suppresses the stories and voices of the female victims of US imperial military interventionist policies in the world -- especially those in its war on terror in the Middle East. Hollywood demonstrates again ...
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Beyond Parkland: A Risen Generation Is Challenging the Nation 28.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
the risen bread." —Daniel Berrigan, "Some" I have never been more frightened in my life. I have never been more hopeful in my life. The former I owe to the times. The latter I owe to the student activists who marched on 3/24, and to all the survivors of shooting after shooting who joined them, their memories crowded with the dead as they roared. Only an age so thoroughly repugnant could galvanize a response so perfectly righteous. My daughter picked a sign and held it up for me to see, a wide smile peeking from behind windblown hair. It read, "AM I NEXT?" What happened last weekend -- in Washington DC, in cities around the country and the world, and in my own tiny town square surrounded by neighbors with my daughter's little hand in mine -- changed me forever. I have never seen the like, nor has anyone else living. The March For Our Lives was the grandchild of the civil rights movement, the child of every Vietnam and Iraq War protest, sister and brother to every march and every raised fist that came ...
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Nicolas Sarkozy: Crime and Punishment? 28.3.2018
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is under investigation for allegedly receiving millions of euros in illegal election campaign funding from Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. This must be placed in the broader context of war crimes by Western heads of state, Gilbert Doctorow explains. By Gilbert…Read more →
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"We Cannot Wait for Change" -- Freed Whistleblower Chelsea Manning on Iraq, Prison and Running for Senate 27.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Fifteen years ago this month, the US invasion of Iraq began. Today we spend the hour with the war's most famous whistleblower, Chelsea Manning, in her first live television interview. While serving as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq, Manning leaked a trove of documents in 2010 about the Iraq War to WikiLeaks. She also leaked diplomatic cables, as well as information on Guantánamo and the US War in Afghanistan. It would become the largest leak of classified data in US history. Manning was caught and eventually sentenced to 35 years in prison -- the longest sentence ever given to a whistleblower in the United States. Last year, President Obama granted her clemency in one of his final acts in office. She had written to the president requesting what she described as a "first chance at life." Since her release, Manning has emerged as a leading activist for trans rights and greater transparency. She has been featured in the pages of Vogue, where she was photographed by Annie Leibovitz, and was named 2017 ...
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For Bolton, the Slaughter of 1 Million Iraqis Is a Job Qualification 27.3.2018
I witnessed firsthand John Bolton's acts of mass murder in Iraq. Now the man who has been calling for war against Iran and North Korea for years, who worked to derail the UN's weapons inspections in Iraq, and who thinks murdering 5 percent of Iraq's population was a good idea will be our next national security adviser. Former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images) The illegal 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq has, thus far, left approximately 1 million Iraqis dead . That is roughly 5 percent of the total population of that country. If a foreign military superpower invaded and occupied the US and annihilated five percent of the total population here, that would be 16,300,000 dead US citizens. President Donald Trump's incoming national security adviser, John Bolton, still thinks the mass destruction of Iraq was a good idea. I witnessed the carnage firsthand in Iraq. I walked ...
The Daily 202: How the marches for gun control are like the protests against Vietnam 26.3.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Young people feared the draft then. They fear getting shot at school now.
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