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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-05-02 - Original post - cached version

A recent statement made by the outgoing French Ambassador to the US regarding the nature of Israeli apartheid accentuates a larger ailment that has afflicted the European Union foreign policy. The EU is simply gutless when it comes to confronting Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine....

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-05-01 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Consider it a conundrum. Both parties in Congress and the president simply can’t pour enough money into the Pentagon and the rest of the national security state. As a result, theirs has been a cumulative trillion-dollar budget for years and it’s still on the...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-05-01 - Original post - cached version

The monthly casualty figures popped up during April.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-30 - Original post - cached version

Russian gun rights activist and graduate exchange student Maria Butina was sentenced to 18 months in prison last week for “conspiracy to act as a foreign agent without registering.” Her “crime” was to work to make connections among American gun rights activists in hopes of building up her...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-30 - Original post - cached version

You’ve got to give it to the Defense Department – they’re assiduous planners. I know: I used to be one. So the latest news that the DOD is preparing its 40 remaining forever prisoners at the extralegal detention center of Guantanamo Bay for nursing home and hospice care, should come as little...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-30 - Original post - cached version

Vieques is a small Puerto Rican island with some 9,000 inhabitants. Fringed by palm trees and lovely beaches, with the world’s brightest bioluminescent bay and wild horses roaming everywhere, it attracts substantial numbers of tourists. But, for about six decades, Vieques served as a bombing...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-30 - Original post - cached version

Turkish airstrikes targets PKK sites in northern Iraq.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-29 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted at TomDispatch. More than a decade ago, I saw the future – and it sure looked bleak. I was in Orlando, Florida (like I said, bleak!), for the 26th Army Science Conference, a showcase for emerging military technologies that was nothing if not underwhelming. All these years later...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-28 - Original post - cached version

At least eight people were killed in small attacks across northern Iraq.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-27 - Original post - cached version

A US spokesman confirmed that there is a friendly-fire incident being investigated.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-27 - Original post - cached version

After 18 years of unchallenged power and success, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suddenly finds himself in the middle of several domestic and foreign crises with no obvious way out. It’s unfamiliar ground for a master politician who’s moved nimbly from the margins of power to becoming...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-27 - Original post - cached version

I remember spending a day with a Polish cavalry regiment at their headquarters outside Warsaw, and one saw the most marvelous demonstrations of horsemanship. But somehow, I knew enough about military affairs to realize how sad that was. This was an old-fashioned army. ~ British Observer of the...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-26 - Original post - cached version

There were a number of attack across Kirkuk and Diyala provinces.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-26 - Original post - cached version

If you’re in the market for a troika of tyranny, Donald Trump, John Bolton, and Mike Pompeo certainly fit the bill. Or, if you’d rather focus on countries not individuals, you might single out Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt as the three most likely candidates. Perhaps, if you’...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-26 - Original post - cached version

RussiaGate starts with Carter Page and ends with him, too. So forget the ballyhooed 448 pages of mostly trivia, non sequiturs, innuendo, and regurgitated Deep State agit prop, lies and smears in the Mueller Report. We will get to some of that in Part 2, but today we intend to dwell on the...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-26 - Original post - cached version

In a stunning piece of journalism, Amnesty International and Airwars teamed up to find the real number of civilian deaths in the US led coalitions air war on the Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria from June-October 2017. According to the report the coalition admitted to 159 deaths up to April 24th...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-25 - Original post - cached version

It is the war that never dies. Vietnam, the very word shrouded with extraordinary meaning in the American lexicon. For some it represents failure; for others guilt; for still more, anger that the war could have and should have been won. Americans are still arguing about this war, once the nation...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-25 - Original post - cached version

A US service member was killed in a non-combat incident in Iraq.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-24 - Original post - cached version

As the 300-foot spire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris tragically came tumbling down on live television, my thoughts ventured to Nuseirat Refugee Camp, my childhood home in the Gaza Strip. Then, also on television, I watched as a small bulldozer hopelessly clawed through the rubble of my...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-24 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Weren’t the president, his family, and his foreign-policy team lucky? After all, when they faced the conundrum that had stymied previous American presidencies, that had turned plan after plan, “roadmap” after “roadmap,” into dust in the Middle East, they lucked...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-24 - Original post - cached version

Operations against ISIS are continuing in the Hamrin Mountains.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-23 - Original post - cached version

With the landslide victory of Volodymyr Zelensky, who won 73 percent of the vote, the comedian will become the president of Ukraine. Understanding how this occurred becomes easy when people review US government documents published by WikiLeaks about the outgoing president. Who is “OU”? Our...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-23 - Original post - cached version

It amounts to a matter of taste; how you prefer the emperor to behave. Such is political life in the late-stage American Empire. Both major parties offer nothing but the same – hyper-military interventionism and the quest for global hegemony – in the charade of choice each election cycle. The...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-23 - Original post - cached version

Analysts, including commentators sympathetic to Chavismo, are understandably offering a mix of explanations for Venezuela’s tragic and worsening predicament this year. With a debate as urgent as this, it is tempting to contrast the US success in crushing the Latin American nation with the...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-23 - Original post - cached version

A team unearthing a mass grave came under fire.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-22 - Original post - cached version

Recently I was invited to attend the "My Lai Memorial Traveling Exhibit" sponsored by the New York City Chapter of Veterans For Peace during its three day showing at the Quaker Meeting House in Manhattan. Developed by "Mac" MacDevitt and the Chicago Chapter of Veterans For Peace, the purpose of...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-22 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted at TomDispatch. What is it about the U.S. military and TomDispatch? Last August, I discovered (thanks to a correspondent in that military) that the Pentagon’s computer networks had blocked this website. (The message you received if you tried to get to it: “You have attempted to...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-22 - Original post - cached version

Those were the Good Old Days – when the United States could credibly keep up the pretense of being the agency of moral rectitude, the heroes who come over the hill and, at the last minute, save the day from the savagery of the Orcs and the forces of Mordor. Oh really?, said my young … Continue...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-21 - Original post - cached version

A U.S. service member was killed in a non-combat incident.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-20 - Original post - cached version

The only US president to complete his term without war, military attack or occupation has called the United States “the most warlike nation in the history of the world.” During his regular Sunday school lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, Jimmy Carter revealed...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-19 - Original post - cached version

"The president has said that he does not want to see this country involved in endless wars… I agree with that," Bernie Sanders told the Fox News audience at Monday’s town hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Then turning and staring straight into the camera, Bernie added: "Mr. President,...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-19 - Original post - cached version

British police dragged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on April 11, witnessed by a scrum of international media. Authorities in the United Kingdom and US then tried to drag Assange’s reputation through the mud. The official story was that Assange wore out...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-19 - Original post - cached version

ISIS killed an officer during an attack.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-18 - Original post - cached version

So, what have we learned from the Israeli legislative elections on April 9? A whole lot. To start with, don’t let such references as the "tight race" between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his main rival, Benny Gantz, fool you. Yes, Israelis are divided on some issues that are...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-18 - Original post - cached version

For Israelis, the questions had been hovering for months. Would the right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claim victory and a fifth term, moving his far-right Likud government coalition even further right? Or would the supposedly “centrist” challenger, former army chief of staff General...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-17 - Original post - cached version

Pollster Gallup admitted on March 28 that three decades of polling data contain fundamental flaws "well beyond what we would attribute to normal sampling error." Gallup’s admission centers on its high-stakes question of whether Americans have greater sympathy for Israelis or for Palestinians....

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-17 - Original post - cached version

After winning the Israeli election with a slim majority, in a campaign that grew more sordid and vilifying by the day, Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to begin his fifth term as Israeli prime minister. The culmination of his dirty tricks campaign was an election-day stunt in which his Likud party...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-17 - Original post - cached version

We have to fight "them" (read: "terrorists") there so we won’t have to fight them here! You’ve probably heard that tired old trope. Whenever someone dares suggest that after eighteen years of fruitless wars perhaps it’s time for Uncle Sam’s losing war machine to de-escalate in the Greater Middle...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-17 - Original post - cached version

A bomb in Fallujah wounded over a dozen soldiers.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-17 - Original post - cached version

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPs) SUBJECT: The Fly in the Mueller Ointment Mr. President: The song has ended but the melody lingers on. The expected release Thursday of the redacted text of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s “Report on the...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-16 - Original post - cached version

There’s only been one person – so far – who suffered for the sins of the world and either saved us a lot of trouble or else caused us a lot of unnecessary grief. All I know is that a lot of people are hoping for His return – and for a better outcome. As … Continue reading "Julian Assange and the...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-16 - Original post - cached version

Last week’s arrest of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange by the British government on a US extradition order is an attack on all of us. It is an attack on the US Constitution. It is an attack on the free press. It is an attack on free speech. It is an attack on our right to … Continue reading "...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-16 - Original post - cached version

The current political brawl over next year’s budget is highly significant. With Democrats in a House majority for the first time in eight years, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and most other party leaders continue to support even more largesse for the Pentagon. But many progressive congressmembers are...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-15 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Congress has begun debate on the FY2020 military budget. The FY2019 budget for the US Department of Defense is $695 billion dollars. President Trump’s budget request for FY 2020 would increase it to $718 billion. Spending by other federal Departments adds over $200 billion to the total...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-15 - Original post - cached version

Here’s a statement it might be hard to disagree with: American war is off the charts. Still, I’d like to explain – but I’m nervous about doing so. I know perfectly well that the next word I plan to write will send most of you tumbling elsewhere in a universe in which "news" is the … Continue...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-15 - Original post - cached version

Should we have a Department of Offense in place of a Department of Defense (DoD)? Wouldn’t “Offense” be more accurate? Perhaps in more ways than one? Consider the revival of “great-power rivalry,” meaning China and Russia as America’s main rivals. (Terrorists may be trouble, but you don’t...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-15 - Original post - cached version

Iran-backed militia attack policemen when refused passage.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-13 - Original post - cached version

Israeli elections have come and gone, delivering Benjamin Netanyahu a fifth term that soon will make him Israel’s longest serving prime minister. The toxic rhetoric that defined the weeks-long campaign, with candidates seeking to outdo each other in demeaning Palestinians and dismissing rights,...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-13 - Original post - cached version

For seven years, from the moment Julian Assange first sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, they have been telling us we were wrong, that we were paranoid conspiracy theorists. We were told there was no real threat of Assange’s extradition to the United States, that it was all in...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-04-13 - Original post - cached version

The recent decision by the Hague-based International Court of Justice that the Chagos Islands – with its huge U.S. military base at Diego Garcia – are being illegally occupied by the United Kingdom (UK) has the potential to upend the strategic plans of a dozen regional capitals, ranging from...

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