Donald Trump: Gunrunner for Hire

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by William Hartung American weapons makers have dominated the global arms trade for decades. In any given year, they’ve accounted for somewhere between one-third and more than one-half the value of all international weapons sales. It’s hard to imagine things getting much worse —… Continue Reading  

The Best of All Possible Worlds?

The Huntington’s 2012 production of Candide (T. Charles Erickson via Flickr)

by John Feffer Candide is the first and most amusing example of the powerlessness of positive thinking. In this 18th century novel by Voltaire, the naïf Candide suffers one misfortunate after another – kidnapping, torture, earthquake. Still he adheres to the philosophy… Continue Reading  

Congress, White House Reaching Breaking Point on Yemen?

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by Eric Eikenberry Soon after a Saudi-led coalition strike on a bus killed 40 children on August 9, a CENTCOM spokesperson stated to Vox, “We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the U.S. sold to them.”… Continue Reading  

Why the Supreme Leader Banned Direct Talks with the US

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by Reza HaghighatNejad  “There will be no war, nor will we negotiate with the US,” the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei announced to an audience of supporters at his office on Monday, August 13. He also “confessed” to having made a mistake about… Continue Reading  

Demography Is Not a Threat

A crowd of Mulims answering the call to prayer close to the Damascus gate in Jerusalem (Mick Harper via Shutterstock)

by Mitchell Plitnick Last week, just ahead of the failed “Unite the Right” rally in Washington, Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham spewed some venomous anti-immigrant statements. She said that “in major parts of the country, it does seem that the… Continue Reading