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US Envoy to Iran Says US Will Respond to Attacks on Interests With Force

May 30, 2019           |                                       

US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, said the US will respond by military force if any of its interests are attacked by Iran, Hook told reporters on Thursday from Saudi Arabia. He also said the US actions taken so far in the Gulf have had, “desired deterrent effect on the (Iranian) regime’s risk calculations.” […]

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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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Bolton Accuses Iran of Seeking Nukes

May 29, 2019           |                                       

On Wednesday from Abu Dhabi, National Security Advisor John Bolton commented on Iran backing out of the nuclear deal, “There’s no reason for them to do any of that unless that’s part of an effort to reduce the breakout time to produce nuclear weapons.” The United States backed out of the nuclear deal over a […]

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Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 4:48pm, April 14, 2019.Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. American War Is Off the ChartsHow the U.S. Military Feeds at the Terror TroughBy Tom Engelhardt Here’s a statement it might be hard to disagree with: American war is off the charts. Still, I’d like to explain — but I’m nervous about […]

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What Barbara Lee did on the House floor three days after 9/11—speaking prophetic words and casting the only vote against a green light for endless war—remains the bravest wise action in Congress during this century. The contrast was jolting last week when her vote enabled the House Budget Committee to approve a bill with a […]

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Why Is Barbara Lee Helping Fund Our Forever Wars?

April 8, 2019           |                                       

What Barbara Lee did on the House floor three days after 9/11 — speaking prophetic words and casting the only vote against a green light for endless war — remains the bravest wise action in Congress during this century. The contrast was jolting last week when her vote enabled the House Budget Committee to approve […]

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Irony, paradox, contradiction, consternation — these define the times in which we live. On the one hand, the 45th president of the United States is a shameless liar. On the other hand, his presidency offers an open invitation to Americans to confront myths about the way their country actually works. Donald Trump is a bullshit […]

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Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair “These aren’t people. These are animals” – Donald Trump, May 17, 2018 President Trump is right about one thing: there is an emergency; indeed we would call it a humanitarian catastrophe at the U.S. Southern Border.[1] It is also a demographic, political and moral catastrophe. However, the chaotic ‘solutions’ devised […]

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America’s senior generals find no exits from endless war, writes William J. Astore for TomDispatch. By William J. Astore TomDispatch.com “Veni, Vidi, Vici,” boasted Julius Caesar, one of history’s great military captains. “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed that famed saying when summing up the Obama administration’s military intervention […]

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The news, however defined, always contains a fair amount of pap. Since Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency, however, the trivia quotient in the average American’s daily newsfeed has grown like so many toadstools in a compost heap, overshadowing or crowding out matters of real substance. We’re living in TrumpWorld, folks. Never in the history […]

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The news, however defined, always contains a fair amount of pap. Since Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency, however, the trivia quotient in the average American’s daily newsfeed has grown like so many toadstools in a compost heap, overshadowing or crowding out matters of real substance. We’re living in TrumpWorld, folks. Never in the history […]

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Posted by Andrew Bacevich at 7:44am, February 5, 2019.Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. In 2013, ExxonMobil CEO and future secretary of state Rex Tillerson — the man who called the president who would fire him a “moron” — summed up our world with eerie accuracy in a single question. Speaking of climate change and ExxonMobil’s […]

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Life, replete with its ups and downs, goes on in U.S. and Mexican border communities, despite the political calamity unfolding all around them. “Calamity” is the word author Octavio Solis chooses to describe the refugee crisis that those in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, are all too aware of at a time when child […]

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It’s imperative to criticize presumable progressive politicians and parse their words carefully. It might open the door to actual improvements in policy, writes Sam Husseini. By Sam Hussein Post Haven In her New Year’s Eve announcement about forming an exploratory committee for the presidency, Sen. Elizabeth Warren made a great point: “Right now, Washington works […]

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Presidents Richard Nixon and Donald Trump are bookends to the culture wars. They personify how two opportunist politicians can effectively exploit critical social issues — racism and patriarchy, among others – for personal gain. The year 2020 will be the year that Trump may likely seek re-election as president – and will mark a half-century […]

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