Whom to Trust? (Robert Parry)

The dangerous reality is that this careerism, which often is expressed by a smug certainty about whatever the prevailing groupthink is, pervades not just the political world, where lies seem to be the common currency, but also the worlds of journalism, intelligence and international oversight

PODCAST: Mounting Incitements to War With Russia (Stephen F. Cohen)

Princeton and NYU Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies and Politics Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, are at TheNation.com). This installment expands upon last week’s, which focused on several highly questionable Washington narratives that imply the necessity of war with Russia.

Latest Developments in Eastern Ukraine (Prof. Paul Robinson)

bit by bit, as a result of the Ukrainian blockade and the Russian and rebel responses to it, the DPR and LPR are turning into de facto independent states without any substantial economic ties to Ukraine. The longer this goes on and the deeper the process the goes, the harder it will be to reverse it.

Six thoughts on the US bombing of Syria (Greg Grandin)

Washington’s use of the “established deconfliction channel” to warn Moscow that it was readying its missiles might have, for now, reduced the risk of escalation. But the risk is still substantial. That the bombing came on the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entrance into World War I underscores the oft-made point that war is unpredictable.

Have we forgotten the Cold War? Nuclear threat more real than ever. (Secretary William J. Perry)

I lived most of my adult life during the Cold War, and, throughout, I never lost sight of one overwhelming reality — at any time, the Cold War could turn hot, resulting in the extinction of our civilization. Now, inexplicably, we are recreating many of the conditions of the Cold War.

Where is the Elizabeth Warren of foreign policy? (Katrina vanden Heuvel)

When a prominent Washington peace activist was asked recently to name the leading anti-interventionists in the Senate, he responded, “Rand Paul and Mike Lee,” both Republicans. Democrats are in the midst of a furious struggle over what they stand for and who is included in their coalition, yet on foreign policy questions, their silence is deafening.

A Former CIA Offier’s Reaction to the Syrian Gas Attack (Philip Giraldi)

…the fallout from the incident and the U.S. retaliation is severe and potentially catastrophic. As Princeton Professor Stephen Cohen, America’s leading expert on Russia, put it recently: “I think this is the most dangerous moment in American-Russian relations, at least since the Cuban missile crisis.”

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