Weaponizing Humanitarian Aid

Long ago, US foreign aid programs honored the principle that humanitarian aid should be treated separately from economic and military assistance to governments. Public Law 480 (popularized as "Food for Peace"), which began under President Eisenhower in the 1960s and expanded under President Kennedy, was mainly intended (in Kennedy’s words) to "narrow the gap between … Continue reading “Weaponizing Humanitarian Aid”

This Is What It Looks Like When Imperialism Comes Home

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. You have to hand it to him—the man has a way with words and he sure knows how to fire up his base. Early in November, President Donald Trump addressed a crowd of supporters in Montana, and he gushed with pride about his recent deployment of active-duty troops to … Continue reading “This Is What It Looks Like When Imperialism Comes Home”

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Deep State and Bob Parry Exposed It

A year ago yesterday, it became fully clear what was behind the feverish attempt by our intelligence agencies and their mainstream media accomplices to emasculate President Donald Trump with the Russia-gate trope. It turned out that the objective was not only to delegitimize Trump and make it impossible for him to move toward a more … Continue reading “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Deep State and Bob Parry Exposed It”

How the United States Kept Arms Flowing Into South Sudan

During the South Sudanese Civil War, which has claimed nearly 400,000 lives, the United States helped the main belligerent in the war continually acquire arms through Uganda, a close U.S. ally in the region. For years, the Ugandan government channeled arms, ammunition, and military aircraft to the regime of President Salva Kiir, according to multiple … Continue reading “How the United States Kept Arms Flowing Into South Sudan”

The Real Face of Justin Trudeau: Are Palestinians Canada’s New Jews?

How does one explain Canada’s contradictory foreign policy regarding Palestine and Israel? On December 4, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, praised Canada’s commitment not to follow the footsteps of the US Donald Trump Administration by transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But there is little worth praising here. … Continue reading “The Real Face of Justin Trudeau: Are Palestinians Canada’s New Jews?”

Go With Your Gut, Mr. President: You Called US Defense Spending “Crazy,” and You Were Dead On

When he’s right, he’s right. Look, I’ve been critical of this president too many times to count, but – unlike most mainstream media pundits – I’m willing to give credit when it’s due. Last week, in a surprise morning tweet, President Trump called U.S. defense spending, which topped out at a record $716 billion this … Continue reading “Go With Your Gut, Mr. President: You Called US Defense Spending “Crazy,” and You Were Dead On”

The End of the Weekly Standard

The rumored demise of the Weekly Standard is yet another of Donald J. Trump’s achievements that will go uncelebrated by his liberal enemies: indeed, they are even now mourning the death of the neoconservative flagship. And of course neoconservatism’s many fellow-travelers are out there with panegyrics. It “stood up for conservative principle” in the age … Continue reading “The End of the Weekly Standard