A Washington foreign-policy apparatchik who oversaw the bipartisan Syria Study Group has outlined a sadistic strategy for preventing reconstruction of the “rubble,” Ben Norton reports.
It’s the DNC, Stupid: Democratic Party, Not Russia, Has Delegitimized the Democratic Process
With the U.S. presidential cycle gearing up, Elizabeth Vos takes stock of lessons from 2016.
The Militarization of Everything
The expanding cultural authority of the armed forces is a problem for U.S. democracy, writes William J. Astore.
Convicted Antinuclear Activists Speak Out: ‘Pentagon Has Brainwashed People’
The jury that convicted the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 was self-avowedly apathetic about the risks posed by nuclear weapons and the judge and prosecution prevented defendants from trying to raise their consciousness on the issue, reports Marjorie Cohn.
By Protecting Syria’s Idlib, US Created Safe Haven for Baghdadi & ISIS
By claiming to kill self-proclaimed ISIS “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, U.S. officials have blown apart the regime-change propaganda about Idlib, writes Dan Cohen.
JOHN KIRIAKOU: About Trump Wanting Iraq’s Oil Fields
What the president advocated was one of the most telling statements of his presidency. It amounted to an admission that he is perfectly willing to commit a war crime.
London Times Runs Fake Browder Opinion Piece
The writers of this op ed managed to put eight lies into just five opening lines, writes Lucy Komisar.
Grayzone Editor Max Blumenthal Arrested Months After Reporting on Venezuelan Opposition Violence
Blumenthal has been arrested on false charges after reporting on Venezuelan opposition violence outside the D.C. embassy. He describes the manufactured case as part of a wider campaign of political persecution, reports Ben Norton.
Caliph Closure: ‘He Died Like a Dog’
Trump’s victory-lap movie version buries the embarrassing story of deploying tanks to “protect” Syrian oilfields, writes Pepe Escobar.
PATRICK LAWRENCE: A Sudden-Seeming Power Shift in the Middle East
Despite the high-speed impression created by events in the past few weeks, the shifting trends of Russian and U.S. influence on the region have been underway for years.