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Pakistan Sentences Three On Spying Charges

May 30, 2019           |                                       

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa has approved death sentences for a retired brigadier and a civilian after they were court-martialed on charges of espionage. A military statement said on May 30 that Bajwa also approved 14 years of “rigorous imprisonment” for a retired lieutenant general on the same charge. The three were […]

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Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., introduced a plan to “green” the U.S. military. After cataloguing some of the threats to our “readiness” posed by climate change—including floods and hurricanes compromising Air Force bases—the proposal quickly pivots to the “thousands of people [forced] to migrate from their homes,” conflating the fates of the most vulnerable […]

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Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Bread and circuses pacified the Roman masses while the emperors with their legions patrolled far borders to pacify barbarians who resisted joining the empire. Joe Biden updated this governing method at his presidential campaign launch rally in Philadelphia. He offered a buffet of appetizing items to improve America’s education, infrastructure, […]

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The hangman of the Middle East: US-backed regime in Egypt hands down nearly 2,500 death sentences By Bill Van Auken 30 May 2019 Egypt’s US-backed dictatorship of Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has sentenced 2,443 people to death since coming to power in a bloody coup in 2013, according to a report issued this week by […]

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U.S., Persian Gulf Allies Step Up Pressure On Iran

May 29, 2019           |                                       

The United States and key Middle East allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates stepped up pressure on Iran, warning against any attacks and taking measures to bolster cooperation to counter Tehran’s regional activities. The actions and comments on May 29 came amid escalating tensions between Iran and the United States, prompting growing concerns […]

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US Delivering Excavation Equipment to Syria’s Kurdish YPG

April 22, 2019           |                                       

In a move that is likely to rile up NATO member Turkey, the US has made a huge delivery of equipment to the Syrian Kurdish YPG, a group Turkey considers terrorists, and have long threatened to invade. 200 trucks crossed into Syria’s Deir Ezzor from neighboring Iraq. This is not a military shipment. Rather, it […]

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Biden’s Deceitful Record on Iraq Invasion

April 22, 2019           |                                       

CNN and other media are reporting that Joe Biden will enter the 2020 presidential race this week. STEPHEN ZUNES, zunes at usfca.edu, @SZunesZunes is a professor of politics and coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco. He just wrote a piece for The Progressive on Biden’s positions on the Iraq invasion. In his floor […]

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Posted by Nick Turse at 4:48pm, April 21, 2019.Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. What is it about the U.S. military and TomDispatch? Last August, I discovered (thanks to a correspondent in that military) that the Pentagon’s computer networks had blocked this website. (The message you received if you tried to get to it: “You have […]

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Editor’s note: The past is prologue. The stories we tell about ourselves and our forebears inform the sort of country we think we are and help determine public policy. As our current president promises to “make America great again,” this moment is an appropriate time to reconsider our past, look back at various eras of […]

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Egypt Votes on Referendum Extending El-Sissi’s Rule to 2030

April 20, 2019           |                                       

CAIRO — Egyptians voted Saturday on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030 and broaden the military’s role — changes blasted by critics as another major step toward authoritarian rule. The referendum came amid an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in recent years. El-Sissi’s government has arrested thousands of […]

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Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair When hijacked planes hit their targets on the morning of September 11, 2001, the American Psychological Association (APA) sprang into action. Within hours, through its disaster response network the APA mobilized expert practitioners and worked with the American Red Cross to provide psychological support to families of the victims and […]

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Back when I still wore the uniform of a U.S. Army officer, and well before many of my former brothers in arms labeled me a traitor, I taught freshman (“plebe”) history at West Point. I loved asking my cadets provocative questions, the sort of queries they never heard in high school Advanced Placement U.S. history […]

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Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Now that Mueller’s $40 million Humpty Trumpty investigation is over and found wanting of its original purpose (to retire Trump), perhaps the ruling class can return without interruption to the business of destroying the world with ordnance, greenhouse gases, and regime changes. A few more CIA-organized blackouts in Venezuela (it’s […]

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Trump’s Call to Arms Against ‘3 Stooges of Socialism’ Done With a Clear Eye on 2020 Campaign

April 17, 2019           |                                       

President Trump’s hostility toward socialism is informing US foreign policy, particularly in Latin America, where it is driving a belligerent posture toward Venezuela and Cuba. This is far from an ideological crusade, nor a whim, however, and is being done with an eye on Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign. Sending his hawks out to sell the […]

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The case for an immediate withdrawal from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. It is time to revive the anti-war movement in the U.S. in order to push the political establishment (both liberal and rightwing) to abandon its imperialist policies and white-savior tendencies. Trump’s December 19 announcement of troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan led to immediate […]

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