Ten Years After Iraq War, Neo-Cons Struggle to Hold Republicans

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by Jim Lobe via IPS News Ten years after reaching the height of their influence with the invasion of Iraq, the neo-conservatives and other right-wing hawks are fighting hard to retain their control of the Republican Party. That fight was… Continue Reading  

AIPAC on the Defensive

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The 2013 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference wasn’t quite the same show of arrogant power that it usually is. There seems to have been a note of unusual concern among the 13,000 or so assembled activists. And… Continue Reading  

Chuck Hagel Friend Requests Ehud Barak

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by Marsha B. Cohen Newly confirmed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is scheduled to meet with Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday morning, March 5. There’s more to this meeting than one might infer from harrumphing members of the right… Continue Reading  

Ball of Confusion

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by James A. Russell It’s been a bad week for the United States. If ever the world wanted another example of America’s dysfunction and decline, this would be the time to see how the “Ball of Confusion” just rolled right… Continue Reading  

After Unprecedented Fight, Hagel Confirmed as Obama’s Pentagon Chief

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via IPS News Ending a long and controversial battle, the U.S. Senate Tuesday voted 58-41 to confirm former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of defence. The confirmation, which followed a more-lopsided 71-27 vote to end… Continue Reading