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Explaining Belgium’s Vulnerabilities

Images of the suspected bombers of Brussels' airport on March 22, 2016.

Brussels is called the capital of Europe but it also the capital of an ethnically and politically divided Belgium that has made it an easy target for Islamic extremists, writes Gilbert Doctorow.

The Pentagon’s Budget Time Bomb

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

With plans for military spending on a new Cold War — as well as on old fears about terrorism — spinning out of control, the next U.S. president will face a budgetary time bomb, explains Chuck Spinney.

Deadly Blowback from Neo-Imperial Wars

Flag of the European Union.

Exclusive: The E.U.’s crisis – with the post-World War II project to unify Europe spinning apart amid economic stress, refugees and terrorism – can be traced back to E.U./U.S. neo-imperial wars in the Arab world, says Jonathan Marshall.

Should Progressives Back Sanders?

Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a Democratic presidential debate sponsored by CNN.

Though Bernie Sanders – as a “democratic socialist” – is the most progressive presidential candidate in years, some progressives are rejecting his campaign because he doesn’t go far enough, a stance that Rick Sterling rejects.

Two Democrats Who Should Go

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaking at a Brookings Institution event.

Business-as-usual Democrats are thrilled that Hillary Clinton finally appears headed toward her long-predicted coronation, but Bill Moyers and Michael Winship recommend that she first join in ousting two of her biggest backers.

Censoring Palestinian Maps

The Palestinian maps that came under criticism.

When Zionists denounced a text book with maps showing historical Palestine, McGraw-Hill quickly caved, even destroying the copies in inventory, a victory for ideological censorship, writes Lawrence Davidson.

To Cuba with Hate

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.

By traveling to Cuba and easing the embargo, President Obama signals reduced U.S. hostility but no apologies for the cruelty that Washington has inflicted on the Caribbean island for more than half a century, says William Blum.

US Hypocritical Lectures to Cuba

Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 2003. (Photo credit: Antonio Milena - ABr)

U.S. officials love to lecture Cuba about its human rights flaws, but – in many ways – Cuba offers equal or better protection of human rights than does the United States, says Marjorie Cohn.

The Crazy GOP Establishment

Billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The Republican establishment likes to pretend that it is the responsible alternative to Donald Trump, but that self-image doesn’t match reality, as Bill Moyers and Michael Winship describe.

Hillary’s Link to Honduran Violence

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Little mentioned in the Democratic campaign is Hillary Clinton’s role in supporting a 2009 coup in Honduras that contributed to a human rights crisis, including the recent murder of a renowned environmental activist, writes Marjorie Cohn.