Belarus: A Catalyst for Regime Change and the Peace Alternative

Opposition elements in Belarus have long planned to use the September 9 presidential election as a catalyst for regime change, and thanks to broad and genuine discontent with president Lukashenko, they might just succeed.

Belarus Feature photo

Back in the 1970s, the left, and even many liberals, were clear that Nixon’s dropping of napalm on Vietnamese villages was an abomination. By the 1990s, some thought Bill Clinton’s bombing of Yugoslavia was, perhaps, humanitarian. Fast forward to the present, there is a sentiment that the US has a global “responsibility to protect” the less

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US Provides Military Aid To More Than 70 Percent Of World’s Dictatorships

About three-quarters of the world’s dictatorships currently receive military assistance from the United States. This is a strange record for a nation that consistently justifies its sweeping foreign interventions as aimed at “promoting democracy” and “thwarting evil dictatorships.”

U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for Israe from Saudi Arabial, the next stop in his international tour, at King Khalid International Airport, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Riyadh. (AP/Evan Vucci)

About three-quarters of the world’s dictatorships currently receive military assistance from the United States. This is a strange record for a nation that consistently justifies its sweeping foreign interventions as aimed at “promoting democracy” and “thwarting evil dictatorships.” In the Cold War it was “He may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our

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US Quietly Ships Weapons To Iraq Despite Risk Of Civil War

Experts have warned that flow of US weapons into region only deepens political and sectarian violence.

Mideast Iraq

From the Common Dreams News Desk: This month alone, "the United States delivered nearly 100 Hellfire missiles together with hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition and M4 rifles" to the Iraqi government, the U.S. Embassy to Iraq revealed Sunday. In a public statement, the U.S. Embassy claimed the shipments were sent to aid the Iraqi

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West Seeks To Infuse Politcally Unstable Ukraine With Cash

Already struggling under drastic changes to its political structure, Ukraine is now also forced to grapple with tougher Russian rhetoric. The U.S. and IMF have offered aid, but will it be enough to stave off economic collapse?

Catherine Ashton, Yulia Tymoshenko

Ukraine’s internal political structure changed dramatically last week. The release of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the announcement of early presidential elections and the impeachment of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych have forced Ukraine to search for stability in wildly shifting sands. Difficulties in forming a new majority

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Poll: US Military Personnel Overwhelmingly Oppose Syria Strike

About three-quarters of U.S. service members polled indicated they oppose President Obama’s proposed strike on Syria.

About half of all Americans oppose military intervention in Syria, but opposition to attacks is much higher among current service members, according to recent opinion polling by the Military Times -- which found that 75 percent of the military now oppose a U.S. military strike in Syria. The survey conducted online Monday and Tuesday found that by

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What Does The US Hope To Gain From Its Latest Foreign Intervention?

The real reasons behind American military adventures tend only to become clear in retrospect.

U.S. Marines load ammunition and weapons seized in a raid on Mogadishu, Somalia's, Bakara Market December 2006. A Marine stands holding a M60 machine gun, left, pointing it at a crowd of Somali civilians standing at the right. (Photo/Expert Infantry via Flickr)

By even the most friendly of interpretations, President Obama has painted himself into a corner in the Middle East. By making a public threat -- the drawing of a so-called “red line” -- the president has created the expectation that the administration will ultimately follow through when pressed. The failure to respond to this alleged use of

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