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AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-17 - Original post - cached version

The United States has spent tens of billions of dollars training the Iraqi army over the past 14 years. It’s also spent close to a billion dollars training the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq. Now, with the independence referendum passing in Iraqi Kurdistan and the resulting...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-16 - Original post - cached version

President Trump’s Iran policy speech on Friday was riddled with errors – the kinds of errors the neocons have been peddling for more than a decade. He did not out and out cancel the US participation in the Iran nuclear deal with claims that Iran has violated the agreement. Everyone knows – and...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-16 - Original post - cached version

Every time Donald Trump blurts or tweets a shocker – "maybe it’s the calm before the storm," for instance – questions flood the media.

Is he serious? What did he mean? Yes, of course, but beyond these, larger questions hover half-asked, cutting into the soul of who we are. This is painful...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-15 - Original post - cached version

Mordechai Vanunu was imprisoned in Israel for eighteen years because he blew the whistle on Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program. He felt he had "an obligation to tell the people of Israel what was going on behind their backs" at a supposed nuclear research facility which was actually...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-15 - Original post - cached version

John Kelly, President Trump’s chief of staff and a retired Marine Corps general, held a press conference on Thursday to deny he’s quitting or that he’s about to be fired. In passing, he referred to two common myths in America that go almost completely unexamined. (By “myth” I mean a defining...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-14 - Original post - cached version

One of the staple talking points of Spanish unionists is that the poor people of Catalonia live trapped in a information bubble that does not allow them to hear or see anything that is not nationalist propaganda, a propaganda, they say, designed to promote a hatred of Spain.

Sounds...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-12 - Original post - cached version

With each passing day, the mainstream media keeps printing and repeating ever more bizarre theories about Russian attempts to control not only our voting, not only our political system, but even our relationships with each other. They are trying to “sow seeds of dissent and confusion” in...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-11 - Original post - cached version

Last Sunday in Barcelona, the forces opposed to allowing any change in Catalonia’s political status within Spain staged a rally in Barcelona. Given the clear minority position of such hard-core unionists (defined here as people who neither want a vote on, nor a negotiation about, the matter of...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-11 - Original post - cached version

The media is having a field day with a supposedly leaked report that President Trump called for a ten-fold increase in US nuclear weapons in July. That is the occasion of Secretary of State Tillerson calling the president a “moron,” according to the media. It’s all supposed to point to how...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-11 - Original post - cached version

The CIA has been forced to declassify some 270 memos from its secret torture facilities in Afghanistan. The story these memos tell is horrific and jolting. The people tortured were not terrorists. They were suspects. Some may say this is all ancient history, but consider the current president’s...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-09 - Original post - cached version

On October 7, 2001, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. The war is now 16 years old — and that’s not even counting the decade of U.S. intervention in the country during the Cold War.

Donald Trump once advocated the “speedy withdrawal” of U.S. troops from that country. As president, however, he’...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-08 - Original post - cached version

The Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a wonderful tribute to the many millions of people around the world who have struggled over the years against the insanity of nuclear weapons.

Congratulations to the courageous and far-sighted...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-07 - Original post - cached version

My colleague Pat Eddington has already taken a first pass at the newly unveiled legislation aimed at reforming Section 702, the controversial foreign intelligence surveillance authority that empowers warrantless surveillance of foreigners outside the United States. While Pat focused primarily on...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-05 - Original post - cached version

With Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act set to expire at the end of the year, Congress is scurrying to find a way to preserve the post-9/11 authority for the government to conduct mass surveillance of US citizens’ communications. They have come up with another Orwellian bill, the USA LIBERTY...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-05 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted at TomDispatch.

We were already roaring down the road when the young man called to me over his shoulder. There was a woman seated between us on the motorbike and with the distance, his accent, the rushing air, and the engine noise, it took a moment for me to decipher...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-05 - Original post - cached version

Wednesday afternoon the House Judiciary Committee circulated its draft FISA Sec. 702 reauthorization bill. This is a preliminary readout of the major problems I see with this legislation.

Mandatory Data Destruction Not Mandatory

One of the biggest vulnerabilities Americans face...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-05 - Original post - cached version

One the more popular arguments now being employed but those who are against the separation of Catalonia from Spain but who do not want to be seen as lining up with the political philosophy and violent tactics of the Rajoy government is the following:

"I’m all for the Catalans being able...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-05 - Original post - cached version

With President Trump again facing the requirement to certify whether Iran is complying with the P5+1 nuclear deal this month, it looks like a major clash may be brewing between the president and the neocons on one side, and the military generals he openly embraces in his Administration on the...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-04 - Original post - cached version

The Trump Administration has just expelled several Cuban diplomats in Washington and suspended visas for Cubans wishing to visit the United States over reports that US embassy personnel in Havana have been attacked by some kind of mystery “sonic weapon” that is leaving them everything from...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-03 - Original post - cached version

Historian Thaddeus Russell sat down for an extensive interview with Scott Horton on his new book Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan.

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Scott Horton is the author of the widely-acclaimed Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and the host of...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-03 - Original post - cached version

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A fierce and strenuous challenge to the traditional approach to history in which Palestinians, mostly refugees, are the true protagonists.

"This moving and perceptive book is a journey to the heart of the evils of occupation and colonization suffered by...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-02 - Original post - cached version

After Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the media that the US does have channels of communication with North Korea, President Trump Tweeted from the golf course that Tillerson was wasting his time with diplomacy. Why would the president undermine his own cabinet for doing their jobs? Tune in...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-29 - Original post - cached version

A number of years ago I was at an antiwar protest in St. Petersburg, FL where one of my fellow protesters was holding a sign that said, "The U.S. military is killing innocent people in Iraq."

Within moments, a person who said he was in the Army began screaming at the protester saying, "I...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-28 - Original post - cached version

“Russian operatives used Facebook ads to exploit America’s racial and religious divisions,” the Washington Post claims in a September 25 headline.

Over at The Daily Beast, Dean Obeidallah explains “How Russian Hackers Used My Face to Sabotage Our Politics and Elect Trump.”

And US...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-28 - Original post - cached version

I think we do know that terrorist organizations have an interest in using drones…We’ve seen that overseas already with growing frequency. I think the expectation is that it’s coming here imminently. I think they are relatively easy to acquire, relatively easy to operate, and quite difficult to...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-28 - Original post - cached version

In 1967, protesters filled the streets of Oakland to stop the draft. Seven faced serious charges – and their message still resonates today

October marks the 50th anniversary of Stop the Draft Week, the largest militant anti-Vietnam War demonstration up to that time. Ten thousand people...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-27 - Original post - cached version

The Catalan push for independence from Spain appears to be part of a larger European – and possibly worldwide – movement away from larger, more distant governance and toward more local control. Elsewhere in Europe, the old order is slowly breaking down. New parties find success in German...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-26 - Original post - cached version

Media Matters published an article Wednesday with the provocative title “How Matt Drudge became the pipeline for Russian propaganda.” The explanation offered in the article for the title’s grand claim, however, would be convincing only to someone who has no familiarity with what the Drudge...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-26 - Original post - cached version

The US was strongly opposed to Monday’s independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, as were the countries in the region. The US wanted to manage the Kurds’ relationship with Baghdad, but it did not work out the way Washington’s planners hoped. How did we get to the point? To a large degree due...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-26 - Original post - cached version

Today, September 26, is the International Day for the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. This day, first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013, draws attention to the international commitment to global nuclear disarmament by the majority of the world’s nations as expressed...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

Do NFL players have the “right” to protest against the national anthem on the playing field? Should Trump’s demand that anyone who does not stand should be fired? What about the owners? And what about the millions the Defense Department sent the NFL to militarize the sporting events? Our take in...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

This Thursday evening, September 28, join KPFK Radio’s Alan Minsky, and Scott Horton, managing director of the Libertarian Institute and opinion editor of Antiwar.com, for a discussion about the deadly and disastrous war in Afghanistan you won’t hear anywhere else!

Approaching sixteen...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

Seymour Hersh receiving the annual Integrity Award from the The Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence on Sept. 22, 2017, in Washington

Journalist Seymour Hersh, whose career includes exposing U.S. intelligence abuses, received an award for integrity from an organization of...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

The state crackdown on the Catalan drive to vote on their future on October 1st, coincides with what is perhaps Barcelona’s most important festival, that of the Mercé (the Feast of our Lady of Mercy), which signals the traditional end of the summer season.

It is celebrated with the...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-23 - Original post - cached version

Providing still more graphic proof of its pathetic and truly cringeworthy descent from the status of a great liberal paper to that of a shameless corporatist rag dominated by baseless Atlanticist talking points, Madrid’s El País has recently suggested that behind the current drive for a vote on...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-23 - Original post - cached version

Jason Ditz is an integral part of Antiwar.com. As news editor, he writes up to 50 articles a week on the most important news stories.

Please join me in wishing him the best birthday possible.

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-23 - Original post - cached version

“The Vietnam War” began airing on PBS this week.

But, besides the fact it was not legally a “war,” THIS – directly from the lips of Vietnam “War” U.S. Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara – is the only thing you need to know about it…

“Mr. McNamara, didn’t you ever read a history...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

I’ve watched the first three episodes of the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick series on the Vietnam War, which take us from the French colonial period beginning in the 19th century to the end of 1965 and a mushrooming U.S. military commitment. The narrative thread, it seems to me, is the notion of the war...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump denounced North Korea and its president Kim Jong-un as "depraved" before the United Nations Sept. 19, saying the nation "threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of life." Of course North Korea can barely feed itself, and yet has to defend itself against an onslaught of...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version

Defense Secretary Mattis is worried about the military budget. No, he’s not worried that spending a total of more than a trillion dollars a year on the military might bankrupt the country and thus make us more vulnerable to outside forces with ill intent. He’s worried that our very survival...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

President Trump’s speech yesterday at the United Nations got rave reviews from neocons like John Bolton and Elliot Abrams. The US president threatened North Korea, Venezuela, Syria, Yemen, and Iran. At the same time he claimed that the US is the one country to lead by example rather than by...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

I just got of the phone with Josep Maria Sole Sabaté, my friend and a leading Catalan historian and public intellectual. He was nothing short of breathless as he described the helicopters flying overhead stated flatly that he was in the the midst of a coup being carried out by the Spanish State...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-19 - Original post - cached version

It’s not only “the generals” that President Trump defers to when it comes to war overseas. He’s also planning to defer to Mike Pompeo and the CIA when it comes to operating killer drones in the “theaters” of military operations. Where President Obama toward the end of his term was phasing out...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-18 - Original post - cached version

Why is the Pentagon spending billions of dollars purchasing Soviet and east European weapons to ship to Syrian rebels? A blockbuster Bulgarian investigative report exposes the lies and illegality of the purchases and shipments; several mainstream investigations corroborate the Bulgarian report....

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Why does President Trump listen to Nikki Haley and the neocons when it comes to Iran? Doesn’t he know they are always wrong? Trump has been consistent in his animosity toward Iran and especially the Iran deal, but why? Haley claims that Iran gave up nothing for the deal, but that is just not...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-14 - Original post - cached version

A series of anti-nuclear weapons actions between March and August at Air Base Büchel in Germany brought widespread media attention to the 20 US nuclear weapons still deployed there. Surprising demands for the bombs’ removal soon came from high-ranking political leaders including Germany’s...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-13 - Original post - cached version

Sen. Rand Paul has forced a vote on his amendment to repeal the 2001 Afghanistan war authorization and the 2002 Iraq war authorization. The vote is not on the amendment, but whether they can even have a vote on the repeal. This is the debate that terrifies both the House and Senate, as they don’...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-13 - Original post - cached version

From NIAC Action:

Trump Must Renew Waivers on Iran Sanctions on September 14th, Certify the Nuclear Deal to Congress on October 15th

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a new letter sent to members of the House of Representatives and Senate this morning, anti-war organizations representing tens...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-13 - Original post - cached version

One indicator of human development is the number of people who die from preventable diseases and epidemics.

For example, the plague, as “Black Death” one of the horrors of the Middle Ages, is extinct in Europe, but still occasionally occurs worldwide – in “underdeveloped” regions, of...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-09-11 - Original post - cached version

September 8, 2017

The Honorable Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House
H-232, U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Speaker Ryan,

Mr. Speaker, members of Congress have written to Speaker Boehner and yourself over 13 times regarding the need for debate on the...

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