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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

We frequently hear people say they have nothing to hide – so surrendering privacy and constitutional rights to the Surveillance State may not be such a big deal if it helps catch a terrorist or two. But with each passing day in the RussiaGate drama we are learning that this superficial...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

The Republican-controlled Congress couldn’t get it together on healthcare, infrastructure, immigration, or much of anything else, but, hey, they got together with the Democrats on a Russia sanctions bill: the “Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act.” If you read the text, the proportion of...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

A bomb left several casualties in Baquba.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

Militias were blamed for the latest dumped body that was found in Baghdad.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-22 - Original post - cached version

Peace talks follow a war. Why not hold those talks first and skip the war? Donald Trump, who boasts of his art of the deal, said on May 1 he would be honored to meet with North Korea’s leader. Now he accuses the North of "very, very dangerous behavior," contemplating "pretty severe things" as...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-22 - Original post - cached version

Finally it comes down to this: Some people are expendable. In certain parts of the world – where we and our allies are waging war – the expendable people come in two categories: terrorists (good riddance!) and civilians, whom we only kill if and when necessary, and whose deaths often elicit...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-22 - Original post - cached version

Written by Brian Trautman, Gerry Condon, and Samantha Ferguson On July 7th, 2017, the United Nations (UN), in a historic decision, approved a legally binding instrument to ban nuclear weapons, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Months of negotiations involving over 130 countries...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-22 - Original post - cached version

Factions of Iraq's security forces clashed with each other in Mosul. Several casualties were reported.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-21 - Original post - cached version

Despite the liberation of Mosul, fighting continues and hundreds of civilians remain trapped.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-21 - Original post - cached version

The headline in the Washington Post said it all: “Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow.” The madness that has infected what passes for journalism today could not be more starkly dramatized: everything is seen through the distorting lens of...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-21 - Original post - cached version

"Iran must be free. The dictatorship must be destroyed. Containment is appeasement and appeasement is surrender." Thus does our Churchill, Newt Gingrich, dismiss, in dealing with Iran, the policy of containment crafted by George Kennan and pursued by nine U.S. presidents to bloodless victory in...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-21 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted at TomDispatch. You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of taking out a carefully identified and tracked human being just about anywhere on Earth; special operations raids so pinpoint-...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-20 - Original post - cached version

Booby-trapped homes await returning civilians in Mosul.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-20 - Original post - cached version

As Iraq finally pries the death grip of the Islamic State off of its bloodied form, you’d think US policy would reflect the lessons learned from killing innocent civilians and destroying the basic functions of a nation. Instead, more than a decade of using drones to “target” suspected terrorists...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-20 - Original post - cached version

Early October 2016, Misbah Abu Sbeih left his wife and five children at home and then drove to an Israeli police station in Occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem. The 39-year-old Jerusalemite was scheduled to hand himself over to serve a term of 4 months in jail for, allegedly, trumped up charges...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-20 - Original post - cached version

Much has been written and many documentaries made about the American War in Vietnam including the highly acclaimed 1983 effort by PBS, Vietnam: A Television History. Though not without its shortcomings, this 13-part documentary series was well crafted, meticulously researched, carefully balanced...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-19 - Original post - cached version

Workers found the bodies of several small children in what is only the beginning of a massive undertaking to clear Mosul of its dead.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-19 - Original post - cached version

Sustaining America’s state of post-9/11 perpetual war requires skillful manipulation of the public at home. The key tool used for this purpose is the bloodless narrative, a combination of policy, falsehoods and media manipulation that creates the impression that America’s wars have few...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-19 - Original post - cached version

We’re all supposed to be outraged by alleged Russian “meddling” in the 2016 election, despite the fact that no actual evidence of such interference has been made public. First it was “17 intelligence agencies” supposedly confirmed that Moscow was behind the DNC/Podesta email releases, and then...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

A soccer official and his family were killed in Baghdad.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

During his presidential campaign Donald Trump repeatedly expressed his desire not to get the United States involved in another destructive war in the Middle East. He expressed his opposition to the invasion of Iraq in 2003; he was opposed to the NATO intervention in Libya [although he had...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

Alleged Russian meddling in the US electoral process will be the subject of a Senate Judiciary Hearing on Wednesday. The hearing is titled "Oversight of the Justice Department’s (Non) Enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act: Lessons from the Obama Administration and Current Compliance...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

On Friday the House overwhelmingly approved a massive increase in military spending, passing a $696 billion National Defense Authorization bill for 2018. President Trump’s request already included a huge fifty or so billion dollar spending increase, but the Republican-led House found even that...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-17 - Original post - cached version

Over 1,000 kids are looking for their families after escaping Mosul.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-17 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted at TomDispatch. I was 12. It was 1956. I lived in New York City and was a youthful history buff. (I should have kept my collection of American Heritage magazines!) Undoubtedly, I was also some kind of classic nerd. In any case, at some point during the Suez crisis of that year...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-17 - Original post - cached version

The United States spends more on the military than the top eight countries combined – but that’s still not enough for our military-industrial-congressional complex. They want yet more tax dollars shoveled into that bottomless maw, and it looks like they’re going to get it. The House of...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-17 - Original post - cached version

Required by court order to appear before a judge in Syracuse, New York, on July 12, some out-of-towners had already arrived there when the court granted the prosecution’s last-minute request for more time to prepare its case against us, the Jerry Berrigan Brigade, for our nonviolent witness...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

Although authorities have begun collecting the dead in Mosul, many bodies have also been noted floating away down the Tigris River

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-15 - Original post - cached version

A surge in dumped bodies is occurring in Baghdad.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-15 - Original post - cached version

Despite the rhetoric from the Trump administration about military confrontation with North Korea, the common theme of many U.S. experts on North Korea is that the US presidential administration MUST conduct a dialogue with North Korea – and quickly! Military confrontation is NOT an option...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-15 - Original post - cached version

The whole thing could have been a huge practical joke, if it had not been real. All of Israel was taken in. Left, right and center. All the newspapers and TV networks, without exception. There it was: UNESCO has declared that the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron is a Palestinian heritage site. I...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-15 - Original post - cached version

The United States boycotted the U.N. negotiations to ban – everywhere across Planet Earth – nuclear weapons. So did eight other countries. Guess which ones? The international debate over this historic treaty, which became reality a week ago by a margin of 122 to 1, revealed how deeply split the...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-14 - Original post - cached version

Suicide attackers struck an H.Q. in Garma.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-14 - Original post - cached version

"Is Russia an enemy of the United States?" NBC’s Kasie Hunt demanded of Ted Cruz. Replied the runner-up for the GOP nomination, "Russia is a significant adversary. Putin is a KGB thug." To Hillary Clinton running mate Tim Kaine, the revelation that Donald Trump Jr., entertained an offer from the...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-14 - Original post - cached version

Oh, it was glorious fun, yielding the kind of satisfaction that us anti-interventionists rarely get to enjoy: not one but two prominent neoconservatives who have been wrong about everything for the past decade – yet never held accountable – getting taken down on national television. Tucker...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-14 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted at TomDispatch. My childhood was a nuclear one and I’m not talking about the nuclear family. I’m thinking of those duck-and-cover moments when, with air raid sirens screaming outside, we went under our school desks, hands over head, to test out our readiness for a Cold War...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-14 - Original post - cached version

Twenty bodies were found.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-13 - Original post - cached version

Two officers sought me from within a crowd at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They seemed to know who I was. They asked me to follow them, and I obliged. Being of Arab background, often renders one’s citizenship almost irrelevant. In a back room, where other foreigners, mainly Muslims...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-13 - Original post - cached version

More than seven decades after the deployment of deadly atomic bombs in Japan, the UN has passed a historic treaty banning nuclear weapons around the world. Though it has sparked hope for a future without nuclear weapons, uncertainty in the success of the treaty still lingers. More than 122...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-12 - Original post - cached version

Militants are concentrating their hold on a town south of Mosul.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-12 - Original post - cached version

As a storm breaks over Washington, and the details of foreign “collusion” and intrigue over the 2016 presidential election break out into the open, I just happened to be re-reading Gore Vidal’s The Golden Age, a novel set in the run up to World War II in which pretty much the same plot line...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-11 - Original post - cached version

Seven children were hanged in Tal Afar to punish their families.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-11 - Original post - cached version

One of the few things I recall fondly about the Trump campaign – a short list, I’ll admit – was the candidate’s apparent glee in ridiculing the warmongering of his rivals and predecessors. In early 2016, Trump (correctly) summed up George W. Bush’s legacy this way: “We’ve been in the Middle East...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-11 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump came to the White House with a reputation as a top notch businessman. He built an international real estate empire and is worth billions. He then went into reality television, where his signature line as he dismissed incompetent potential employees was, “you’re fired!” On Friday,...

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

The prime minister dropped in on troops in Mosul.

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

I have a unique confession to make: I like Gaza. Yes, I like this faraway corner of Palestine, the narrow strip on the way to Egypt, in which two million human beings are crowded, and which is closer to hell than to heaven. My heart goes out to them. I have spent quite a lot … Continue reading "...

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

Nuclear weapons have threatened humanity for 72 years, ultimately becoming the greatest eminent threat to our survival. This past Friday, July 7, nuclear weapons at long last joined the ranks of other weapons of mass destruction including biologic and chemical weapons, landmines and cluster...

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

Fear and loathing of Russia is all the rage in Washington, D.C., as both liberal Democrats and neoconservative Republicans unite in a campaign to demonize the Kremlin as “the premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS," as Sen. John McCain recently put it. While Hillary Clinton and her...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-09 - Original post - cached version

Soldiers and civilians have began celebrating the conquest of Mosul even though sporadic fighting continues.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2017-07-08 - Original post - cached version

Attacks in the area of Shirqat continued on Friday. Militants now hold Imam Gharbi.

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