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How Washington Became the World’s Judge, Jury and Executioner

    How Washington Became the World’s Judge, Jury and Executioner

One of the most disturbing aspects of the past two years of Donald Trump foreign policy has been the assumption that decisions made by the United States are binding on the rest of the world. Apart from time of war, no other nation has ever sought to prevent other nations from trading with each other.…

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Kamala Harris Dons Progressive Mantle in Public, Strips it Off in Private as She Courts Israel Lobby

    Kamala Harris Dons Progressive Mantle in Public, Strips it Off in Private as She Courts Israel Lobby

WASHINGTON — Confirming long-held speculation, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has announced that she will be running for president in 2020, pitting her against other Democratic senators such as Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as well as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). Harris’ announcement has generated some buzz but surprised few, as she has been…

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How Donald Trump is Expanding the US Empire

    How Donald Trump is Expanding the US Empire

Media Roots — In the first installment of this multi-part series, Trump Expanding the Empire, Abby Martin debunks the notion that Trump is an anti-interventionist president, outlining his first two years of aggressive foreign policy that has expanded US wars and occupations. From the biggest military budget in history to removing its restrictions to “bomb the hell…

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Elizabeth Warren and the Military Industrial Complex

    Elizabeth Warren and the Military Industrial Complex

WASHINGTON —  Senator Elizabeth Warren is making strides to characterize her foreign policy vision as a progressive one after she announced she’d be forming an exploratory committee for a presidential run. But her record on the issues and her associations with war hawks contrasts sharply with her liberal rhetoric. One executive of a defense firm…

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2018: A Year of Forever War in Review According to the “Adults in the Room”

  2018: A Year of Forever War in Review According to the “Adults in the Room”

Leave it to liberals to pin their hopes on the oddest things. In particular, they seemed to find post-Trump solace in the strange combination of the two-year-old Mueller investigation and the good judgment of certain Trump appointees, the proverbial “adults in the room.” Remember that crew? It once included Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the…

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Nations the World Over Disapprove of US Foreign Policy, Except for Israel

  Nations the World Over Disapprove of US Foreign Policy, Except for Israel

Last week, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn the US embargo against Cuba. A total of 189 member-nations said Cuba did not deserve this embargo, which began in 1961 and has continued unabated to this day. Only two countries – the United States and Israel – voted against the motion. No country abstained. Cuba’s…

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Responding to Intensifying US “Hostility” Iran Announces Bold Foreign Policy Shift

  Responding to Intensifying US “Hostility” Iran Announces Bold Foreign Policy Shift

The enemy has failed to know you! The enemy has failed to know the Iranian nation! He does not know the Revolution or the revolutionary and faith-based spirit!, proclaimed Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei to a gathering of Basij paramilitary forces on Thursday, October 4. In a typically combative fashion, the Iranian leader set out the…

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How America’s Wars Abroad are Funding Inequality at Home

  How America’s Wars Abroad are Funding Inequality at Home

In the name of the fight against terrorism, the United States is currently waging “credit-card wars” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere. Never before has this country relied so heavily on deficit spending to pay for its conflicts. The consequences are expected to be ruinous for the long-term fiscal health of the U.S., but they…

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The Connection Between Gun Violence, Suicide Rates and Aggressive US Foreign Policy

  The Connection Between Gun Violence, Suicide Rates and Aggressive US Foreign Policy

In recent months a string of school shootings in the United States has rekindled the debate over gun violence, its causes and what can be done to stop it. But amid endless talk of school shootings and AR-15s, a large piece of the puzzle has been left conspicuously absent from the debate. Contrary to the…

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Why We Need a Congress that Cares About Foreign Policy

  Why We Need a Congress that Cares About Foreign Policy

The U.S. Congress has power over two very important things: money and information. It can, in theory, and practice, end a war by refusing to fund it. It can — and has — compelled the leading architects of American foreign policy — CIA directors, national security advisors, secretaries of defense — to answer for their…

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