David Rieff: Evangelists of Democracy

Why, a full two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, are American government agencies, major philanthropies and NGOs – notably the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the NED and its subsidiaries, Freedom House and George Soros’s Open Society Foundations – still push for democracy-promotion expansion?

David Vine: Millions displaced by US combat since 9/11

The wars the U.S. government has fought since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have forced 37 million people –  and perhaps as many as 59 million  – from their homes, according to a newly released report from American University and Brown University’s Costs of War Project.

Daniel L Davis: Pull our troops out of Syria

If the United States were to withdraw our troops from Syria, “the Russians would fill the void” and we would be in a weaker position. While such views may seem logical, the reality on the ground — and an assessment of the strategic environment in which these events have occurred — demands a different response.

Glenn Greenwald: The least-discussed congressional proceedings are often the most consequential

While the US is consumed by both public health and an unemployment crisis, and is separately focused on a sustained protest movement against police abuses, a massive $740.5 billion military spending package was approved last week by the Democratic-controlled House Armed Services Committee.

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