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As Trump ‘Goes Nuclear’ Against Iran and China, What’s Next?

    As Trump ‘Goes Nuclear’ Against Iran and China, What’s Next?

At least it is clear; it’s explicit. The “We’re America, Bitch” formulation by an American official strips away the humbug of soft power. It’s not about ‘democracy’ or ‘freedom’: the global universal order never was. And, President Trump, to his credit, makes no bones about it: Why apologise over American power? It’s use it, or lose it…

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On July 4, The United States Celebrates Independence

    On July 4, The United States Celebrates Independence

On the 4th of July, the United States – a nation in the midst of doing all it can to preserve its hegemony and waning global dominance – gears up to celebrate its independence from former empire Britain. Ambitions on such a day, even for a country whose political class routinely touts self-indulgent precepts of “exceptionalism,” run…

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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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America Now Ranks Among Top Ten Most Dangerous Countries for Women in the World

    America Now Ranks Among Top Ten Most Dangerous Countries for Women in the World

As the #MeToo movement continues to expose the sexually abusive, exploitative, and violent behavior of men in positions of political and corporate power in America, a new report published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Tuesday found that the United States is among the 10 most dangerous countries in the world for women, in large part due to its high levels…

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Vladimir Putin and John Bolton Meet in Preparation for Presidential Summit

  Vladimir Putin and John Bolton Meet in Preparation for Presidential Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US National Security Adviser John Bolton met Wednesday in a preparatory meeting regarding a long-awaited and anticipated summit with President Donald Trump. That summit has been looking more and more likely to happen since the first known reports in The Wall Street Journal on 2 June, and today’s meeting appeared by all…

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The Diseased and Lying Condition of America’s Corporate News Media

  The Diseased and Lying Condition of America’s Corporate News Media

Both President Trump and former President Obama are commonly said in America’s ‘news’ media to be or to have been “ceding Syria to Russia” or “ceding Syria to Russia and Iran,” or similar allegations. They imply that ‘we’ own (or have some right to control) Syria. That’s not only a lie; it is a very evil and harmful one, dangerously…

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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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US-Backed Forces Claim to “Liberate” Yemenis, Instead Rape Detainees

  US-Backed Forces Claim to “Liberate” Yemenis, Instead Rape Detainees

The so-called “liberators” in Yemen are sexually and physically torturing detainees at secret prisons. Survivors recall disturbing stories laden with gruesome interrogation tactics for extracting false confessions. Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen attempts to portray themselves as the bearers of freedom and reason. As an ally of the United States’ “counter-terrorism” operation in Yemen,…

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The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance

  The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance

Let us begin with the family separation issue. The separation of children from immigrant/refugee/asylum parents has caused such public outcry that President Trump has backed off his policy and signed an executive order terminating family separation. The horror of children locked up in warehouses operated by private businesses making a profit off of US taxpayers,…

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Nikki Haley Tells Bernie Sanders It Is “Ridiculous” to Examine Poverty in the US

  Nikki Haley Tells Bernie Sanders It Is “Ridiculous” to Examine Poverty in the US

Responding to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) call for the Trump administration take immediate action to address extreme poverty in the U.S. after a United Nations report found that tens of millions of Americans are suffering “massive levels of deprivation,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley declared in a letter to Sanders on Thursday that it is “patently ridiculous” for…

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