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It may have the ring of cliché, but America's next presidential election will be among the most crucial events in contemporary history.

You'll have a government real soon.
You'll see democracy writ large.
We promised sovereignty. It's yours.
And worry not: We're still in charge.

For most of his half-century-long career, Samuel Huntington, professor of government at Harvard, has made a point of telling the US ruling elite what it has most wanted to hear.

On May 26 the New York Times finally hitched up its pants, took a deep breath and issued an editorial declaration of moderate regret for its role in boosting the case for war on Iraq.

Many people (mostly Republicans) say (mostly to Democrats) that it's wrong to "politicize" the war in Iraq. But politicizing the war is exactly what should now occur.

The "new" Bush plan to "help Iraq achieve democracy and freedom," far from laying out the definite steps needed to resolve the Iraq crisis, instead sets the stage for continuing US occupation and

The learned Wolfowitz and Perle, it seems,
Made Chalabi the hero of their dreams.
Yes, all the Sissy Hawks were glad to sup
On cockamamie tales that he served up.

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The US has a sorry track record of actively working to dilute the effectiveness of Cuba’s overseas medical assistance.

October 15, 2014

He has the authority to provoke a profound national debate about the nature of US militarism.

October 14, 2014

Between the conflict in Syria and Ukraine, the thaw bewween the US and Russia seems to be over. 

October 14, 2014

With a new film out about Webb, Kill the Messenger, we look back at Cockburn’s testament to the investigative reporter.

October 14, 2014

Many journalists went after Webb, destroying his reputation and driving him out of the profession and into a suicidal depression. Now they’re at it again.

October 10, 2014

Neocon pundit Jennifer Rubin wants to bomb Iran—but doesn’t even have her facts straight.

October 8, 2014

When it comes to Ebola, ISIS and other perceived threats, the right basically wants us to build a higher dang fence and then Otherize the heck out of everything on the other side.

October 8, 2014

The United States and its allies keep waiting on Iran to make more concessions on its nuclear enrichment program. But they’re missing the bigger picture.

October 7, 2014

In the face of Europe's reinforced borders and continued neglect, thousands of refugees are drowning at sea.

October 3, 2014

The Obama administration’s war plans in Iraq and Syria are illegal, ill-conceived and destined to fail. Here’s what the US—and you—can do instead.

October 2, 2014