VIPS: Potential for U.S.-Russia Confrontation in Syria Has Never Been Greater

As Syrian forces backed by Russia launch the final showdown in Syria against jihadist extremists in Idlib province, the potential for a U.S.-Russia confrontation has never been greater, as VIPS warns in this memo to the president. September 9, 2018

VIPS: Potential for U.S.-Russia Confrontation in Syria Has Never Been Greater

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria   Mr. President: We are concerned that you may not have been adequately briefed on the upsurge of hostilities in northwestern Syria, where Syrian armed

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Palestinian National Authority – Life After Mahmoud Abbas

The struggle for succession among key members of the Palestinian leadership, following the expected resignation of the 83-year-old Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) as head of the Palestinian National Authority, has begun.

Palestinian National Authority – Life After Mahmoud Abbas

Traditionally, the Palestinian problem is considered by the international community (or rather’ by those politicians, UN officials, experts and journalists who call themselves so, dealing with it for generations and largely creating it) as the struggle of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and Hamas (or Ramallah and Gaza) with Israel for the

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For the US Military, ‘Winning’ Now Means Staying at War as Long as Possible

After almost two decades of warfare, the armed forces have lowered the bar for victory to the level of their enemy, the Taliban.

For the US Military, ‘Winning’ Now Means Staying at War as Long as Possible

4,000,000,029,057. Remember that number. It’s going to come up again later. But let’s begin with another number entirely: 145,000 — as in, 145,000 uniformed soldiers striding down Washington’s 

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In Britain, Criticism of Saudi Arabia Seeps Through Cracks

Saudi Arabia “is a case study in what happens when a country’s supposed economic interests come into conflict with its stated norms and values and its international obligations.

In Britain, Criticism of Saudi Arabia Seeps Through Cracks

Signs of opposition to policies of Saudi King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and potentially increased domestic polarization have in the past week spilled on to the streets of London while a just-released report 

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The Einstein File Exposes the FBI as an Enemy of All the People

The FBI’s secret war against the most famous scientist on earth failed to stop Einstein from supporting social justice at the height of the Red Scare.

The Einstein File Exposes the FBI as an Enemy of All the People

Most people living in the United States know little about Albert Einstein. What people do know of Einstein is usually confined to his many achievements in the realm of science. Fred Jerome’s updated version of The Einstein File: The FBI’s Secret War Against the World’s Most Famous Scientist analyzes the enormous FBI file compiled on the

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Tenth Anniversary Of Financial Collapse, Preparing For The Next Crash

We can look to Iceland for an example of how to handle the next crisis. In 2008, they jailed the bankers, let the banks fail without taking on their debt and put controls in place to protect the economy.

Tenth Anniversary Of Financial Collapse, Preparing For The Next Crash

Ten years ago, there was panic in Washington, DC, New York City and financial centers around the world as the United States was in the midst of an economic collapse. The crash became the focus of the presidential campaign between Barack Obama and John McCain and was followed by protests that created a popular movement, which continues to this

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Daniel Ellsberg: Julian Assange, as a Journalist, Can’t Be Tried Under Espionage Act

“Julian is not a whistle blower per se, but a facilitator of whistleblowing,” Ellsberg said, “…the point being that as a journalist, he can not fairly be tried under the Espionage Act.”

Daniel Ellsberg: Julian Assange, as a Journalist, Can’t Be Tried Under Espionage Act

In an interview with Consortium News Editor-in-Chief Joe Lauria, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says the Espionage Act, under which he was indicted, cannot apply to Julian Assange because he is a journalist.  Speaking during an online vigil for Assange organized by Unity4J.com, Ellsberg told

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