An Open Letter to District of Columbia Authorities

by Rich Whitney, Published on Medium, May 13, 219 In allowing coup supporters to lay siege to the Venezuelan embassy, D.C. Police are violating the First Amendment and District of Columbia law At this writing, a rightwing mob of supporters of Juan Guaido, (the self-described, U.S.-named “interim president” of Venezuela, who has no legitimate, lawful claim to that office) has[…]

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SYRIA: U.S Clings to “Regime Change” Fantasy

by Peter Ford, from 21st Century Wire, April 2, 2019 With the military situation largely frozen, the last two months have been marked mainly by developments involving the US – the ending of the ISIS caliphate in the US-controlled part of Syria, Trump’s U-turn over keeping US forces in Syria, and US recognition of Israel’s annexation of the Golan. US[…]

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Reactions To Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Plan Say More Than The Plan Itself

by Caitlin Johnstone, from The Medium, December 20, 2018 President Trump has ordered the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, which is reportedly expected to take 60–100 days or 30 days depending on who you ask. According to Kurdish forces in eastern Syria the withdrawal of American as well as French troops is already underway, though France is saying it’s[…]

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On July Fourth, American Exceptionalism and Ruling Class Fear of Trump

“With each passing day under Trump, the mythology of US exceptionalism becomes more fragile.” By Danny Haiphong, originally published on Black Agenda Report, July 11, 2018 The ascendency of Donald Trump to the commanding heights of US imperialism has been a chaotic experience for the ruling class. Trump’s lives in the trash-heap of the ruling class and has been deemed[…]

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Altruism and Sadism in Public Policy

by David Swanson, published on Let’s Try Democracy, June 24, 2018 Remarks at Peace Resource Center of San Diego, June 23, 2018. There are three things that are almost always underestimated: the U.S. military budget, altruism, and sadism. First, the military budget. The U.S. military budget, including all things military in various departments, is roughly 60% of federal discretionary spending,[…]

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On the Eve of the Kim-Trump Summit – Facts, Fantasies and Prospects

Photo: Jung Yeon-je /AFP By Tim Beal,  Zoom In Korea originally published on , June 11, 2018 As the Singapore Summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim approach we have been submerged under a deluge of articles and op-eds. Most are uninformed, some are ignorant. Symptoms are confused with issues, consequences with causes. Causality is frequently inverted. For instance there[…]

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A Tale of Two Summits

“No one should be concerned because Trump ruined the party held by the biggest thieves.” There were two summits of world leaders held very recently. The one which got Americans’ attention was the Group of Seven (G7), comprised of Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Japan, and Germany. The meeting, held in Quebec, proved that Donald Trump means[…]

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Memorial Day THIS!

by David Swanson, from Let’s Try Democracy “Memorial Day is a time to remember, appreciate, and honor the selfless patriots who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to freedom. At a time when our country seems so divided, we must not forget that it is because of their service and sacrifice that we live in the most free and prosperous[…]

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‘Hostiles’ and Hollywood’s Untold Story

By Jada Thacker, originally published on Consortium News, March 16, 2018 A theatrical poster for the recent American Western movie “Hostiles” depicts its principal characters – a Frontier widow, a hardboiled Indian fighter, and an Indian chief – with a helpful blurb stating the story’s theme with the subtlety of a striking rattlesnake: “We are all hostiles.” Hostiles movie poster[…]

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