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Trevor Timm – The US is bombing Libya again. It’s a too-familiar vicious cycle

Just five years after bombing Libya to dispose of Muammar Gaddafi, the US is now officially bombing the country again, this time against alleged Isis terrorist strongholds that cropped up in the power vacuum created by the last bombing. It’s yet another episode of the War on Terror Circle of Life, where the US bombs a country and then funnels weapons into …

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Prof. Lawrence S. Wittner – The Trillion Dollar “Nuclear Weapons Question” the Media Have Neglected to Ask Presidential Candidates

Isn’t it rather odd that America’s largest single public expenditure scheduled for the coming decades has received no attention in the 2015-2016 presidential debates? The expenditure is for a thirty-year program to “modernize” the U.S. nuclear arsenal and production facilities. Although President Obama began his administration with a dramatic public commitment to build a nuclear weapons-free world, that commitment has long ago …

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Pentagon Claim That War Crimes Must Be “Intentional” Called “Flatly Wrong”

The U.S. Department of Defense on Friday released its redacted report on the military’s deadly October 2015 airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which found that the bombing was a mistake—and thus, not a war crime—a conclusion which human rights groups called “an affront” to justice and accountability. The report follows an announcement on Thursday …

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William D. Hartung – How Not to Audit the Pentagon

From spending $150 million on private villas for a handful of personnel in Afghanistan to blowing $2.7 billion on an air surveillance balloon that doesn’t work, the latest revelations of waste at the Pentagon are just the most recent howlers in a long line of similar stories stretching back at least five decades.  Other hot-off-the-presses examples would include the Army’s purchase of helicopter gears worth $500 …

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Russia bans import of soybeans, corn from United States from Feb 15 — watchdog

MOSCOW, February 10. /TASS/. Russia has banned import of soybeans and corn from the United States starting from February 15, Assistant to Head of Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) Alexey Alekseenko told TASS on Wednesday. “Restrictions will be imposed on imports starting from February 15,” he said when answering a respective question, adding that “they (the …

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Linda Pentz Gunter – Radioactive Handouts: the Nuclear Subsidies Buried Inside Obama’s “Clean” Energy Budget

You don’t have to be a math wizard to understand the Obama administration’s just announced $4.15 trillion budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year, but it helps. It also helps if you like gerunds, since pretty much every header in the administration’s Budget document is about “building,” “investing,” “reflecting,” “partnering” etc. But the most essential talent is being able to …

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James Jordan – Nothing to do, nowhere to go, nothing to say: How the broad climate movement has failed us

January 13, 2016 – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal – It has been a month since the UN climate summit in Paris, aka COP 21. One might expect the kind of ebb and flow we often see in popular movements. Interest in climate issues, the cause of the day during the summit, might be expected to wane and move to the …

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Ray McGovern – The Iraq War’s Known Unknowns

There is a lot more than meets the eye in the newly revealed Joint Chiefs of Staff intelligence briefing of Sept. 5, 2002, which showed there was a lack of evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) – just as President George W. Bush’s administration was launching its sales job for the Iraq War. The briefing report and …

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Peter Symonds – CSIS report: A blueprint for US war with China

A major new report by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has laid out detailed plans for the Pentagon’s preparations for war in Asia. The report, entitled “Asia-Pacific Rebalance 2025: Capabilities, Presence, and Partnerships,” examines the range of threats to US dominance in Asia, but there is no doubt that its chief preoccupation and target is China. …

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Leid Stories – 01.26.16

Killer Cop Trials Show Disturbing Prosecutorial Trend of ‘Errors’

Audacity and Hope: Obama Shamelessly Shills for Hillary

“Attorney at War” Alton H. Maddox Jr., who in a series has been discussing legal issues associated with the several high-profile cases involving police killings of unarmed people, looks at the disturbing trend of “errors” that compromise the integrity of prosecutors’ cases and often result in no convictions.

Leid Stories in a commentary discusses President Obama’s shameless shilling for Hillary Clinton and explains why he’s doing so.