Can US Threats Prevent a Wider War in the Middle East?

While Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has been frantically shuttling around the Middle East trying to stop the Israeli coflict in Gaza from exploding into a regional war, the United States has also sent two aircraft carrier strike groups, a Marine Expeditionary Unit and 1,200 extra troops to the Middle East as a “deterrent.” In … Continue reading “Can US Threats Prevent a Wider War in the Middle East?”

Israeli War Crimes and Propaganda Follow US Blueprint

We have both been reporting on and protesting against U.S. war crimes for many years, and against identical crimes committed by U.S. allies and proxies like Israel and Saudi Arabia: illegal uses of military force to try to remove enemy governments or “regimes”; hostile military occupations; disproportionate military violence justified by claims of “terrorism”; the … Continue reading “Israeli War Crimes and Propaganda Follow US Blueprint”

Is CIA Director Bill Burns a Biden Yes-Man, a Putin Apologist, or a Peacemaker?

Lost in a chaotic hall of mirrors of its own creation, the CIA has generally failed in its one and only legitimate task, to provide U.S. policymakers with accurate intelligence about the world beyond the Washington echo-chamber to inform U.S. decision-making. If, unlike many of his predecessors, President Biden actually wanted to be guided by … Continue reading “Is CIA Director Bill Burns a Biden Yes-Man, a Putin Apologist, or a Peacemaker?”

US-Backed Roll of the Dice Leaves Ukraine in Worse Crisis

President Biden wrote in the New York Times in June 2022 that the United States was arming Ukraine to “fight on the battlefield and be in the strongest possible position at the negotiating table.” Ukraine’s fall 2022 counteroffensive left it in a stronger position, yet Biden and his NATO allies still chose the battlefield over … Continue reading “US-Backed Roll of the Dice Leaves Ukraine in Worse Crisis”

When Will US Join Global Call To End Ukraine War?

When Japan invited the leaders of Brazil, India and Indonesia to attend the G7 summit in Hiroshima, there were glimmers of hope that it might be a forum for these rising economic powers from the Global South to discuss their advocacy for peace in Ukraine with the wealthy Western G7 countries that are militarily allied … Continue reading “When Will US Join Global Call To End Ukraine War?”

Leaks Reveal Reality Behind US Propaganda in Ukraine

The US corporate media’s first response to the leaking of secret documents about the war in Ukraine was to throw some mud in the water, declare "nothing to see here," and cover it as a depoliticized crime story about a 21-year-old Air National Guardsman who published secret documents to impress his friends. President Biden dismissed … Continue reading “Leaks Reveal Reality Behind US Propaganda in Ukraine”

Finland’s NATO Move Leaves Others To Carry On the ‘Helsinki Spirit’

On April 4, 2023, Finland officially became the 31st member of the NATO military alliance. The 830-mile border between Finland and Russia is now by far the longest border between any NATO country and Russia, which otherwise borders only Norway, Latvia, Estonia, and short stretches of the Polish and Lithuanian borders where they encircle Kaliningrad. … Continue reading “Finland’s NATO Move Leaves Others To Carry On the ‘Helsinki Spirit’”

The Not-So-Winding Road From Iraq to Ukraine

March 19th marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. and British invasion of Iraq. This seminal event in the short history of the 21st century not only continues to plague Iraqi society to this day, but it also looms large over the current crisis in Ukraine, making it impossible for most of the Global South … Continue reading “The Not-So-Winding Road From Iraq to Ukraine”

Who’s Winning and Losing the Economic War Over Ukraine?

With the Ukraine war now reaching its one-year mark on February 24, the Russians have not achieved a military victory but neither has the West achieved its goals on the economic front. When Russia invaded Ukraine, the United States and its European allies vowed to impose crippling sanctions that would bring Russia to its knees … Continue reading “Who’s Winning and Losing the Economic War Over Ukraine?”

How Spin and Lies Fuel a Bloody War of Attrition in Ukraine

In a recent column, military analyst William Astore wrote, "[Congressman] George Santos is a symptom of a much larger disease: a lack of honor, a lack of shame, in America. Honor, truth, integrity, simply don’t seem to matter, or matter much, in America today… But how do you have a democracy where there is no … Continue reading “How Spin and Lies Fuel a Bloody War of Attrition in Ukraine”