Category International Relations

Corporations are working with the Department of Commerce to eliminate the few but significant labor and environmental protections . . .

Trump’s plans unsurprisingly represent a threat to our global environmental conditions and the rights of workers domestically and abroad.

Evergreene Digest | How US nuclear force modernization is undermining strategic stability: The burst-height compensating super-fuze

Trump’s Proposed Increase in U.S. Defense Spending Would Be 80 Percent of Russia’s Entire Military Budget

Lawrence Wittner | Why Should Trump―or Anyone―Be Able to Launch a Nuclear War?

Ultimately, then, the only long-term solution to the problem of national leaders launching a nuclear war is to get rid of the weapons.

Evergreene Digest | Urgent to Progressives: Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy

Progressives who treat anti-Russia propaganda spin as fact, in order to weaken Trump, are encouraging a kind of McCarthyism. Of all the good reasons to “delegitimate” Trump, alleged Kremlin intervention in the election should rank low. Focus should instead be on his greed, pathological lying, enthusiasm for oligarchy, bigotry, environmental destruction, racism, misogyny, economic injustice, […]

Ann Wright | U.S. Experts Say North Korean Government is NOT Irrational and Call for Talks

In January 2016, as in many previous years, the North Korean government specifically stated that it would end its nuclear testing if the U.S. and South Korea would end military exercises and sign a peace treaty.

Glenn Greenwald | The New Yorker’s Big Cover Story Reveals Five Uncomfortable Truths About U.S. and Russia

Democratic media outlets have … predictably cheered this opus for exposing “Russian President Vladimir Putin’s influence on the presidential election.”

The Legacy of Psychological Warfare: The Deep State

Together, the anonymous sources of the “deep state” and the mass corporate media have become accustomed to controlling the narrative told to the public.

David Price | Rogue Elephant Rising: The CIA as Kingslayer

Price: I know no reason to trust the CIA and other intelligence agencies any more than we trust Trump.

Diana Johnstone | France: Another Ghastly Presidential Election Campaign; the Deep State Rises to the Surface

Manufacturing Consent

Wm. O. Beeman | Trump Administration Risks War with Iran Over Nothing

Once again, the United States is singling out and targeting Iran on highly questionable grounds without any real authority.

Glenn Greenwald | Obama Killed a 16-Year-Old American in Yemen. Trump Just Killed His 8-Year-Old Sister.

A hideous symbol of the bipartisan continuity of U.S. barbarism…

Make Nuclear Weapons Illegal. UN Resolution for a “Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons”

This week, delegations to the UN General Assembly could help shift the course of history.

Evergreene Digest | The Great Leap Backward: America’s Illegal Wars on the World

Neither military nor economic war on the sovereignty of nations has yielded anything close to a stable, prosperous, and peaceful world. It had delivered death, destruction, debt, market crises, tidal waves of refugees and displaced persons, and concentrated masses of wealth in a few but powerful hands. Related: You Must Be Kidding! Luciana Bohne, CounterPunch […]

David Swanson | Police Brutality against Blacks Rooted in US Foreign Policy

Highlighting the role the Israeli military plays in the training of US law enforcement forces, Swanson related the shooting culture to US foreign policy.

Diana Johnstone | The Hillary Clinton Presidency Has Already Begun As Lame Ducks Promote Her War

In the space of a few days, Samantha Power, John Kerry, and Barack Obama all turned in war-winning performances.

US Blockade on Cuba Is ‘Genocidal’

“The blockade not only violates the human rights of the Cuban people, but also the sovereign right of all countries of the world to have relations with Cuba without fear of reprisals…”

Gary King | The Duterte Phenomenon and the Struggle for Life and Land in the Philippines

The U.S. military’s Pacific Pivot includes the use of Philippine military bases, increasing tension with China.

Evergreene Digest | Tom Engelhardt | Washington’s 15-Year Air War

Bombs Away! 
Their Precision Weaponry and Ours Perhaps this September 11th, it’s finally time for Americans to begin to focus on our endless air war in the Greater Middle East, our very own disastrous Fifteen Years’ War. Otherwise, the first explosions from the Thirty Years’ version of the same will be on the horizon before we […]

Theresa May Says “Yes,” She’s Prepared to Kill Hundreds of Thousands in Nuke Attack

The UK Parliament on Monday voted to renew Trident, Britain’s aging nuclear weapons system. New UK Prime Minister Theresa May. (Photo: Reuters) By Deirdre Fulton, staff writer  Common Dreams  July 18, 2016 As the BBC explains, “the MPs’ vote approves the manufacture of four replacement submarines at a current estimated cost of £31bn”—though campaigners have put […]

Evergreene Digest | ‘You Cannot Use Military Force to Wipe Out Terrorism’

But the problem is, as long as you’re doing the military, the others don’t work. You can’t be bombing people and at the same time think that you’re going to succeed at, quote, “persuading” them, which is one of the great things the Obama administration has talked about wanting to do, persuading them that ISIS […]