A Demand for Russian ‘Hacking’ Proof

MEMORANDUM FOR: President Barack Obama FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: A Key Issue That Still Needs to be Resolved As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office Friday, a pall hangs over his upcoming presidency amid an unprecedentedly concerted campaign to delegitimize it. Unconfirmed accusations continue to swirl alleging […]

Trump the Disruptor

If the New York Times is to be believed – a problematic proposition – then it looks as if Trump Derangement Syndrome has gone international. In a front page article headlined “As Trump Era Dawns, A Sense of Uncertainty Grips the World,” we are told: “The Germans are angry. The Chinese are downright furious. Leaders […]

The Balancing Act Is Over: What Elor Azaria Taught Us About Israel

For some, the "manslaughter" conviction – following the murder by Israeli army medic, Elor Azaria, of already incapacitated Palestinian man, Fattah al-Sharif – is finally settling a protracted debate regarding where Israelis stand on Palestinian human rights. Nearly 70 percent of the Israeli public supports calls to pardon the convicted soldier, who is largely perceived […]

Bodies Litter Tigris River in Mosul; 39 Killed in Iraq

Witnesses say the Tigris River is red with blood and littered with the bodies of militants fleeing eastern Mosul.

The Threat From China’s Lone Aircraft Carrier Has Been Overstated

The world’s media is touting the “coming out” party for China’s lone aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. The carrier and its’s entourage of escorting destroyers and frigates made a splash when they left the first island chain behind and sallied forth into the open Pacific Ocean past Taiwan and Okinawa. The ship and its battle group […]

Jonah’s Tomb Captured in Mosul; 50 Killed in Iraq

Security forces captured the destroyed shrine to the Biblical figure of Jonah.

Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam

Martin Luther King "Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam" April 30, 1967, Riverside Church, New York The sermon which I am preaching this morning in a sense is not the usual kind of sermon, but it is a sermon and an important subject, nevertheless, because the issue that I will be discussing […]

An Inauguration Day Surprise?

Is the Obama administration out to provoke a military conflict with Russia in the days before Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office? In July of 2014, the US announced the start of “Operation Atlantic Resolve” in response to the vote by Crimea – which took place nearly three years ago — to rejoin […]

Mainstream Media’s Russian Bogeymen

In the middle of a major domestic crisis over the U.S. charge that Russia had interfered with the US election, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) triggered a brief national media hysteria by creating and spreading a bogus story of Russian hacking into US power infrastructure. DHS had initiated the now-discredited tale of a hacked […]

ISIS Attacks Checkpoints in Diyala Province; 184 Killed in Iraq

Militants attacked at least two checkpoints in Diyala province.