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By Robert Kuttner / The American Prospect.

Trump’s embattled strategist phones me, unbidden, to opine on China, Korea, and his enemies in the administration.

(Rex Features via AP Images)

Steve Bannon on the phone, December 9, 2016

You might think...

The Real News - 2017-08-18 - Original post - cached version

By Mark Weisbrot / Center for Economic and Policy Research.

A Congressional board’s remedy for Puerto Rico’s financial ills will only deepen the island’s impoverishment for decades.

The United States invaded Puerto Rico in 1898 and took it from Spain. Although the residents became...

The Real News - 2017-08-16 - Original post - cached version

By David Suzuki / Ecowatch.

Wildfires are sweeping BC. Close to 900 have burned through 600,000 hectares so far this year, blanketing western North America with smoke. Fighting them has cost more than $230 million—and the season is far from over.

It's not just...

The Real News - 2017-08-14 - Original post - cached version

"Bernie Bros" and the "Alt-Left" are terms increasingly used by conservatives and neo-liberals to discourage, disempower, and discourage activism on the left in favor of complacency in support of the status quo.

By Michael Sainato

The 2016 Presidential Primaries ended more than a...
The Real News - 2017-08-12 - Original post - cached version

By Scott Ritter / Truthdig.

Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., in June 2016. (Paul Holston / AP)

Editor’s note: The writer is a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), but he was not a signer of the July 24 memorandum that...

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By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.

Photo by Marc Nozell | CC BY 2.0

Donald Trump’s slogan “America First” is vile; it smacks of nativism and appeals to the insularity and anti-intellectualism of an appallingly large segment of the public.  It has always been clear too that Trump’...

The Real News - 2017-08-11 - Original post - cached version
By Trita Parsi / The Intercept.

Photo: Gali Tibbon/Press Pool/AP

“This was never about enrichment.” The academics and officials in the room were taken aback. For a former senior Israeli official to deny the importance of the nuclear issue was unusual, to say the least. The...

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By Vijay Prashad / AlterNet. Yemen is at the brink of cholera and famine driven mass death.

Air strike on Sana'a in May 2015
Photo Credit: Ibrahem Qasim/Wikipedia

One year ago, on August 9, 2016, Saudi Arabia’s air force bombed the Sana’...

The Real News - 2017-08-11 - Original post - cached version

By Norman Solomon / TruthDig.

When DNC Chair Tom Perez, right, speaks at an event also featuring Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, there’s a stark contrast between establishment cliches and progressive populism. (Matt York / AP)

Nine months after losing the presidency, the...

The Real News - 2017-08-11 - Original post - cached version

By Ben Leet / Economics without Greed.

It is instructive to view the entire spectrum of wealth and income, between individuals and nations. About half of humanity live on less than $5 a day, according to the Pew Research Center. In the U.S. the average income per day per capita is $...

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By Mark Weisbrot / The Nation.

Lula da Silva and his Workers’ Party are an affront to the country’s traditional elite — which is itself mired in corruption — so they want to destroy him by any means necessary.

“Former Brazil President Lula faces sixth trial for corruption...

The Real News - 2017-08-09 - Original post - cached version

By Margaret Flowers / Health Over Profits.

7 Aug 2017   | Campaign Updates

On August 2, 2017, The Nation published an article by Joshua Holland, “Medicare for All isn’t the Solution for Universal Health Care,” chastising Improved Medicare for All supporters because, in his view...

The Real News - 2017-08-08 - Original post - cached version
By Philip Weiss / Mondoweiss. General H.R. McMaster

Updated. Last night President Trump issued a statement affirming his support for National Security adviser H.R. McMaster in the face of a storm of criticism from rightwing outlets. The statement is a sign that Trump and his new chief of...

The Real News - 2017-08-08 - Original post - cached version
By Michael Sainato / Observer.

One of her former aides tried to flee the country to Pakistan

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former IT aide, Imran Awan, was detained last week while trying flee the...

The Real News - 2017-08-05 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Middle East Soccer.

A French investigation into possible corruption in business deals related to Qatar’s winning of World Cup hosting rights moved the 2022 tournament a step closer to becoming enmeshed in the two- month-old Gulf crisis.

Taken together with the...

The Real News - 2017-08-05 - Original post - cached version

By Tony Burman.

The outlines of the end are becoming more clear, as Robert Mueller’s investigators dig away. Expect things to be vicious

How will the Donald Trump presidency end? It will end badly, so let me count the ways:

1. America is hurtling towards a constitutional...

The Real News - 2017-08-04 - Original post - cached version

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.

Photo by Kristoffer Trolle | CC BY 2.0

Donald Trump is guilty of something, guilty as sin.  Nobody outside his innermost circle knows yet what he is guilty of, and all the evidence is circumstantial.  But guilty he surely is.

Is it that...

The Real News - 2017-08-04 - Original post - cached version

By David William Pear, August 4, 2017

[US Regime Change Project, Photo From Flickr Photos Commons Search]

When the U.S.A. wanted a regime change it used to be done in secret by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), especially when...

The Real News - 2017-08-03 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Middle East Soccer.

Source: Wikimedia

As US President Donald J. Trump gropes with a set of bad options for responding to North Korea’s rapidly expanding nuclear and ballistic missiles program, he risks creating a similar, potentially explosive...

The Real News - 2017-08-03 - Original post - cached version

By Vijay Prashad / AlterNet.

These deaths are not tragedies, they are crimes.

Photo Credit: Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock.com

Last Thursday, the head of the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF), Anthony Lake, arrived in Amman, Jordan after a heart-wrenching tour of...

The Real News - 2017-08-02 - Original post - cached version
By Yves Smith / Naked Capitalism.

In a noteworthy first, a large-scale study in Italy has found that following the so-called Mediterranean diet reduced heart disease risk only for those in top of the educational and income cohorts. Even more disconcerting, the researchers pushed the data...

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By John Scott-Railton, Bill Marczak, Bahr Abdul Razzak, Masashi Crete-Nishihata, and Ron Deibert / The Citizen Lab. Key Findings Two prominent lawyers representing the families of three slain Mexican women were sent infection attempts with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware The infection attempts...
The Real News - 2017-08-02 - Original post - cached version

By Nick Cunningham / Oilprice.com

Last week, crude oil rallied the most so far this year, gaining more than 8 percent, or $4 per barrel. Oil traders are much more optimistic than they were just a month ago, and the market is on the upswing. However, the rally could run out of steam in...

The Real News - 2017-08-01 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid East Soccer.

Saudi Arabia, with the Islamic State on the ropes in Iraq, is forging ties to Iraqi Shiite leaders and offering to help fund reconstruction of Mosul and other predominantly Sunni Muslim cities that were devastated in the military campaign...

The Real News - 2017-08-01 - Original post - cached version

By James S. Henry / The American Interest.

Congress should consider taking another look at Christopher Wray, President Trump’s pick to head up the FBI.

On June 8, about twenty million Americans, plus many more incredulous spectators around the globe, tuned in to daytime TV and...

The Real News - 2017-07-30 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid East Soccer.

A web of formal and informal Israeli-Arab relations and common fears of renewed popular uprisings that could threaten regimes and benefit Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood facilitated Israel’s backing down in the crisis over Jerusalem’s...

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By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / www.PopularResistance.org

The Coalition Against Foreign Military Bases is a new campaign focused on closing all US military bases abroad. This campaign strikes at the foundation of US empire, confronting its militarism, corporatism and imperialism....

The Real News - 2017-07-30 - Original post - cached version

By Claudio Katz / Socialist Project.

The Left and Venezuela

During the last two months Venezuela has been faced with a terrible wave of violence. It has already resulted in more than 60 deaths along with looted schools, burned public buildings, destroyed public transportation and...

The Real News - 2017-07-28 - Original post - cached version

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.

Photo by FolsomNatural | CC BY 2.0

Back in the good old days, six months ago, the general view of New York City outside the Acela corridor and a few neighborhoods in LA was that “it’s a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there...

The Real News - 2017-07-28 - Original post - cached version

By Pierre Rousset / Socialist Project.

Mélenchon, La France Insoumise, Populism

Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s presidential and legislative campaign this year was different from the previous ones. There was a huge change in the relationship to political parties in general and to his...

The Real News - 2017-07-27 - Original post - cached version

By Norman Solomon / USA Today.

Whatever you think of Putin or Trump, they're presidents of nuclear superpowers: Opposing view

The drive to put more sanctions on Russia might feel good. But fueling a new Cold War can only propel the United States in the wrong direction. It’s time...

The Real News - 2017-07-25 - Original post - cached version
Some say public option is the path toward an improved and expanded Medicare for all. It's not. By RoseAnn DeMoro / AlterNet

Photo Credit: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

With the collapse of the dismal Republican healthcare bill, some Democrats are reviving talk...

The Real News - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

From:  David William Pear. July 24, 2017.

[Photo:  Hugo Chavez Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement, FlickrPhotos, Commons Search]

 

Venezuela is a step closer to civil war after July 20th's "fake referendum " held by the government opposition. Corporate Fake News (i.e...

The Real News - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

By Gregory Wilpert.

Venezuela is heading towards an increasingly dangerous situation, in which open civil war could become a real possibility. So far over 100 people have been killed as a result of street protests, most of these deaths are the fault of the protesters themselves (to the...

The Real News - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

Richard Wolffe / The Guardian.

As the laughable 'Made in America' week closed, the White House staged a farce to rival any of Sean Spicer’s press briefings. This was nightmare political theater

ean "Spicey" Spicer, we knew ye all too well. Six months of shambolic press...

The Real News - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

Barak Ravid / Haaretz.

Netanyahu knows what is needed to deal with current tensions, but he voted for the opposite; with no token leftists to blame, he's stuck between a rock and hard place

Immediately after the attack on the Temple Mount compound a week ago, Prime Minister...

The Real News - 2017-07-22 - Original post - cached version

By Shamus Cooke / Counterpunch.

As Venezuela’s fascist-minded oligarchy conspires with U.S. imperialism to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro, few in the U.S. seem to care.

Instead of denouncing  rightwing violence that aims at regime...

The Real News - 2017-07-21 - Original post - cached version
By Reynard Loki / AlterNet. The new legislation makes huge concessions to the fossil fuel industry.

Photo Credit: Tatiana Grozetskaya/Shutterstock

There's no doubt that California has established itself one of the world's climate leaders, setting...

The Real News - 2017-07-20 - Original post - cached version

By David William Pear.

It is all about the oil. Whatever else one hears about Venezuela, it is all about the oil. That is what one needs to know first about why the U.S. Empire has Venezuela under siege. It is about the oil.

When President Trump says, "Venezuela is a mess;...

The Real News - 2017-07-19 - Original post - cached version

By Mohamed Elmaazi / Open Democracy

Is it possible to hold undercover policing to account? Not without redistributing wealth and power within society.

Image: Policespiesoutoflives.org

“Civil government, in so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is...

The Real News - 2017-07-19 - Original post - cached version

By Mohamed Elmaazi / Open Democracy

Is it possible to hold undercover policing to account? Not without redistributing wealth and power within society.

Image: Policespiesoutoflives.org

“Civil government, in so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is...

The Real News - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

By Vijay Prashad / The Hindu.


AP | Photo Credit: Hassan Ammar

The defeat of the Islamic State is inevitable. But the next conflict has already begun, with Iran in the gunsights of U.S.

After the Iraqi military, with U.S. aerial support, dislodged the Islamic State...

The Real News - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version
By Robert Naiman / Truthout

(Photo: Ron Cogswell; Edited: LW / TO)

Today, the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would prohibit US participation in the catastrophic Saudi-United Arab Emirates (UAE)...

The Real News - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

 

 

By James M. Dorsey /  Middle East Soccer.

A Saudi-UAE-led alliance has tabled a long-expected demand that world soccer body FIFA strip Qatar of its 2022 World Cup hosting rights.

With little chance of FIFA acting on the demand any time soon...

The Real News - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

By Gregory Wilpert.

Venezuela is heading towards an increasingly dangerous situation, in which open civil war could become a real possibility. So far over 100 people have been killed as a result of street protests, most of these deaths are the fault of the protesters themselves (to the...

The Real News - 2017-07-15 - Original post - cached version

By Trita Parsi / The American Conservative

The Trump Administration risks sleepwalking into war.

Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com, European External Action Service/Flickr

When ten American sailors found themselves captives of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps in...

The Real News - 2017-07-15 - Original post - cached version

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian / AL Monitor

Iranian soldiers march during a parade marking the country's Army Day, April 18, 2017, in Tehran.  (photo by GETTY/Atta Kenare)

A pervasive perception in US policy circles and among US allies is that Iran seeks...

The Real News - 2017-07-15 - Original post - cached version

By Cyril Widdershoven / Oilprice.com

OPEC exports have come under pressure this week from technical threats to oil fields, with Saudi Arabia's Manifa problems grabbing the headlines.

Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser, while addressing the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul, stated...

The Real News - 2017-07-14 - Original post - cached version

By Howard Altman /  Tampa Bay Times.

From his office on the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East, Air Force Maj. Gen. David Nahom can look out his window into a cavernous room with banks of screens and find the position of any aircraft in the region.

Just...

The Real News - 2017-07-14 - Original post - cached version

By Andrew Levine / Conterpunch

Photo by Carnaval.com Studios | CC BY 2.0

If Vladimir Putin is half as clever as his demonizers make him out to be, he must have figured out a long time ago that, to get inside Donald Trump’s head, clinical psychologists with expertise treating...

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