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Some of our special stories in November focused on America’s shocking election, the ugly McCarthyism that surrounded it and the war in Syria reaching a climactic phase.

Big Media’s Contra-Cocaine Cover-up

Journalist Gary Webb holding a copy of his Contra-cocaine article in the San Jose Mercury-News.

Special Report: Twelve years ago, a campaign of character assassination by the major U.S. newspapers drove an honest journalist to suicide. Now those papers claim to be paragons of truth-telling, says Robert Parry.

A New Cold War or a New Detente

Some of the estimated 12 million Russians who took part in Immortal Regiment parades across the country over three days. (RT photo)

The U.S. government’s rush into the New Cold War with Russia has stumbled because of Donald Trump’s victory and growing resistance in Europe, giving rise to a possible New Détente, says Gilbert Doctorow.

The Need to Hold Saudi Arabia Accountable

Saudi King Salman bids farewell to President Barack Obama at Erga Palace after a state visit to Saudi Arabia on Jan. 27, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Exclusive: One of Official Washington’s favorite “group thinks” is to insist that Iran is the “chief sponsor of terrorism,” but the reality is that Saudi Arabia is much guiltier and U.S. officials know it, says Robert Parry.

Trump and His Iran-Haters

Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn speaks at the Defense Intelligence Agency change of directorship at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, July 24, 2012. Army Lieutenant General Ronald Burgess Jr. turned over directorship of DIA to LtGen Flynn after serving in the position since 2009.  (DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo)

Some of President-elect Trump’s national security appointees are part of Official Washington’s “we-hate-Iran” group think, raising concerns about another Mideast war, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

Democrats Launch New McCarthyism

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California

Unwilling to examine the real reasons why Democrats did so poorly on Election Day, party leaders in Congress are scapegoating Russia and setting in motion a new McCarthyism, writes Norman Solomon.

How War Propaganda Keeps on Killing

President George W. Bush announcing the start of his invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003.

Exclusive: The “fake news” hysteria has become the cover for the U.S. government and mainstream media to crack down on fact-based journalism that challenges Official Washington’s “group thinks,” writes Robert Parry.

The ‘Mistaken’ US Airstrike on Syrian Troops

Map of Syria.

A close reading of the report on the U.S. airstrike that killed scores of Syrian troops and helped Islamic State capture a key base leaves many doubts about the “mistake” explanation, writes Gareth Porter for Middle East Eye.

Warnings from the Cuban Missile Crisis

In October 1962, Americans were terrified over Soviet missiles in Cuba, as this newspaper map showing distances between Cuba and major North American  cities demonstrates.

From the Archive: Fidel Castro’s death at 90 was treated more as a cultural event than a moment to reflect on the danger of thermonuclear war, a risk Don North saw up close in 1962 and described 50 years later.

The Werewolves Who Hated Castro

U.S. warplanes flying over the combat area during the Bay of Pigs invasion.

The Little Havana celebrations of Fidel Castro’s death last month had a touch of mean-spirited delusion since perhaps Castro’s greatest achievement was defying American power and living to die of old age, observes Greg Maybury.

Why Gen. Mattis Is No Gen. Marshall

Gen. George Marshall, who also served as secretaries of State and Defense.

President-elect Trump’s pick of retired Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis to run the Pentagon raises questions about civilian control of the military, especially compared to the precedent of Gen. George Marshall, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

A Protest Victory at Standing Rock

Activists gather in Seattle to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, September 16, 2016. (John Duffy Flickr)

The Native-American-led protest against an oil pipeline near Sioux lands in the Dakotas drew international attention and support from U.S. vets, prompting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to seek a different route, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

Extracting Castro from the Demonization

Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

The mainstream U.S. news media often lacks historical perspective, a problem most acute when the subject, like Fidel Castro, has faced Official Washington’s geopolitical demonization, as Lawrence Davidson explains.

Italy’s Voters Slap Down the Elites

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Exlusive: In another populist blow to the elites, Italian voters rejected a constitutional reform plan that prompted Prime Minister Renzi’s resignation and raised new doubts about the E.U.’s stability, explains Andrew Spannaus.

Trump’s Reliance on the Military

Retired Marine General James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to become Secretary of Defense.

Given how militaristic the State Department has become, it might make sense for President-elect Trump to turn to generals for his national security team, but there are risks in that, too, says ex-CIA analyst Melvin A. Goodman.

WPost Won’t Retract McCarthyistic Smear

The Washington Post building in downtown Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Washington Post)

After publishing a McCarthyistic “black list” that smears some 200 Web sites as “Russian propagandists,” The Washington Post refuses to apologize — and other mainstream media outlets pile on, writes Norman Solomon.