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Robert Parry – The State Department’s Collective Madness

Over the past several decades, the U.S. State Department has deteriorated from a reasonably professional home for diplomacy and realism into a den of armchair warriors possessed of imperial delusions, a dangerous phenomenon underscored by the recent mass “dissent” in favor of blowing up more people in Syria. Some 51 State Department “diplomats” signed a memo distributed through the official “dissent channel,” …

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Ann Wright – 51 US Diplomats Are Wrong — Assad Regime Change by Force Would Result in Uncontrollable Anti-American Anger

Fifty-one mid-level U.S. diplomats have written a dissent cable to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the Obama administration to conduct military strikes against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop its “persistent violations of a cease-fire in the country’s five-year-old civil war.” The mid-level diplomats, who have been involved in the U.S. policy toward Syria over the …

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Jonathan Marshall – Global Warming Adds to Mideast Hot Zone

While Washington decision-makers debate whether to launch U.S. military strikes against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, as if Syria suffers from a shortage of war and foreign intervention, the United States continues to ignore underlying issues that have helped trigger recent conflicts in the Middle East and threaten to create much bigger upheavals in decades to come. Taking the long view, …

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Stephen Gowans – Pentagon working on plan to convert the Islamic State caliphate into a US-backed Syrian rebel redoubt

Washington is preparing to mount a campaign to transfer control of Syrian territory currently held by ISIS to rebels who operate under US influence, forming a rebel redoubt from which US proxies can continue to wage war on Damascus, and establishing the foundation of a US puppet state in Syria. A key to US strategy is the artificial division of …

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Manfred Weidhorn – The Future Does Not Exist—Yet

Periodically the US government, or the West in general, faces a perceived threat to peace and security: From Germany in 1938, Russia in 1956 or 1968 or 2014, Iraq in 1991 or 2002, Syria in 2013, and ISIS in 2014. The consequent dilemma over what to do predictably produces two camps. One side says, Act and punish the bad men, …

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Derek Royden – Friend or Foe? How Turkey’s Turn Toward Authoritarianism Threatens Syria and the World

“We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.” -Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey There was a time, not so very long ago, when all seemed well with the Turkish Republic. Although the country’s long running efforts to join the EU had been stymied, through canny diplomacy Turkey had …

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Glen Ford – A Republican Meltdown Won’t Make the Democrats Better

“The Democrats are likely to escape such an implosion, unless Hillary’s inner witch makes it impossible for the Sandernistas to quietly acquiesce to her coronation.” Bernie Sanders’ surprise victory in Michigan – and his best showing yet among Black voters, at 30 percent – increases the odds that Hillary Clinton will at some point in this primary season lose discipline and allow …

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Jules Dufour – The Worldwide Network of US Military Bases

Global Research Editor’s Note This important analysis and review of US military might by distinguished Canadian geographer Professor Jules Dufour and CRG Research Associate was first published by Global Research in 2007. US military presence around the World has expanded dramatically in the course of the last five years.  This study is largely based on data for the period 2001-2005. …

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ISIL Trafficking Body Organs of Living People

The ISIL terrorist group is using organ harvesting as a way to finance its operations and save the lives of injured members, media reports said on Tuesday. The Spanish daily El Mondo reported that facing the increased number of wounded members in the Syrian army and popular forces’ attacks, the ISIL is using the body organs of its captives for …

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Mike Giglio – America Is Now Fighting A Proxy War With Itself In Syria

ISTANBUL — American proxies are now at war with each other in Syria. Officials with Syrian rebel battalions that receive covert backing from one arm of the U.S. government told BuzzFeed News that they recently began fighting rival rebels supported by another arm of the U.S. government. The infighting between American proxies is the latest setback for the Obama administration’s …