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The Putin-Trump Helsinki Summit: The Action Is in the Reaction

    The Putin-Trump Helsinki Summit: The Action Is in the Reaction

Now that a little over a week has passed since the much awaited Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki took place, I have had the time to read many of the reactions and comments it generated.  I am coming to the paradoxical conclusion that this summit was both a non-event and a truly historical watershed moment. Let’s…

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An Open Letter to the Guardian on Its Wildly Inaccurate Coverage of Nicaragua

    An Open Letter to the Guardian on Its Wildly Inaccurate Coverage of Nicaragua

For the past three months, there has been a political crisis in Nicaragua, with opposing forces not only confronting each other in the streets but fighting a media war. The Guardian should be at the forefront of balanced and well-informed reporting of these events. Instead, despite plentiful evidence of opposition violence, almost all your 17…

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Trump Administration Gives Iran a Choice: Defiance or Humiliating Surrender

    Trump Administration Gives Iran a Choice: Defiance or Humiliating Surrender

Trump’s constant hostility to Iran has made it politically impossible for anyone in the Iranian government to consider negotiating with the U.S.: But even reformers accept that national pride dictates that Mr Trump tirades against Iran makes it ever more difficult for the government to even consider talks with the US. It is poisonous to negotiate with…

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Trump Accidentally Supercharges Europe’s Resistance to Authoritarian Populism

    Trump Accidentally Supercharges Europe’s Resistance to Authoritarian Populism

On the eve of his recent visit to the UK, Donald Trump described the country as being in “turmoil.” And at one end of the political spectrum there was turmoil aplenty, with a slew of high-profile ministerial resignations from the Conservative government following the publication of its long-awaited plan for leaving the European Union, referred to…

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DC Elites Shocked at Trump Bromance with Putin but Give Israel’s Netanyahu a Pass

  DC Elites Shocked at Trump Bromance with Putin but Give Israel’s Netanyahu a Pass

The inside-the-beltway crowd was absolutely outraged and appalled by Trump’s performance at Helsinki. There, Trump violated all the principles of American hawkishness. He sat next to Vladimir Putin, leader of a rival power, signaling that Russia is a peer. He sided with Putin over the assessments of the CIA, the NSA and other US intelligence…

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Lies About Putin, Syria and the Alawite Alliance: Christians Are Thriving in Syria

  Lies About Putin, Syria and the Alawite Alliance: Christians Are Thriving in Syria

On just about every issue, in 2016, candidate Trump ran in opposition to Sen. Lindsey Graham. Donald Trump won the presidency; Lindsey Graham quit the race with a near-zero popularity, as reflected in the polls. The People certainly loathe the senator from South Carolina. A poll conducted subsequently found that Graham was among the least popular senators.…

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Trump-Putin Summit Delivers No Grand Bargain on Syria or Iran

  Trump-Putin Summit Delivers No Grand Bargain on Syria or Iran

The Cold War is a thing of the past. By the time President Putin said as much during preliminary remarks at his joint press conference with President Trump in Helsinki, it was clear this would not stand. Not after so much investment by American conservatives in Cold War 2.0. Russophobia is a 24/7 industry, and…

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As the World Rejoices Over the Rescue of a Boys Soccer Team in Thailand, Yemen’s Dying Children Remain Forgotten

  As the World Rejoices Over the Rescue of a Boys Soccer Team in Thailand, Yemen’s Dying Children Remain Forgotten

Thanks to a major international effort, a Thai youth soccer team has been successfully rescued from the cave where it has been trapped for nearly 15 days. The boys’ plight and the efforts to rescue them have captured the world’s attention for several days, dominating news headlines throughout much of the world. Ultimately, most of…

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The National Endowment for Democracy Regime Change Playbook

  The National Endowment for Democracy Regime Change Playbook

During a recent congressional hearing, the heads of three influential non-profit organizations that operate in numerous countries around the world revealed the subtle ways in which the United States meddles in the internal affairs of other countries by playing what the officials called “the long game.” The three officials—Carl Gershman, Daniel Twining, and Kenneth Wollack—told Congress about…

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Fifth Columns Make Way for the Coming Balkanization of South America

  Fifth Columns Make Way for the Coming Balkanization of South America

During the recent meeting in Caracas of the Venezuelan Presidential Economic Advisory Commission, in mid-June 2018, President Maduro said something extremely interesting, but also extremely disturbing – nonetheless highly important for the region to be aware of. Mr. Maduro mentioned Yugoslavia, the foreign induced local conflicts, the breakup and dismemberment of Yugoslavia, starting with the…

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