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Trump, Foreign Policy

Donald Trump And The New Global System

The Trump foreign policy chaos is likely to accelerate centrifugal forces in the global system that will be the death-knell of American exceptionalism and leadership, hastening a rebalancing of global power with the United States as just another player.

March 13, 2017
Disaster capitalism, corporations, war

How Corporations Make A Killing Out Of Catastrophe

In his new book, Antony Loewenstein analyzes not only how natural disasters and war can be vehicles for capitalist policies, but how corporations push their neoliberal agenda and rake in enormous sums of cash, from immigration, refugee detention, prisons, and discoveries of natural resource reserve

March 12, 2017
Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow Explores Trump’s Shady Dealings With Azerbaijan’s Corrupt Officials

On last night’s Rachel Maddow show, the host explored an explosive story about the relationship between President Trump and Azerbaijan’s corrupt officials. An odd business deal might explain why President Trump appears so worried about a probe into his contacts.

March 7, 2017
Trump v the press

Did The Trump Organization Make A Deal With An Oligarch Linked To Iran?

Donald Trump has styled himself as a hardline opponent of the Iranian regime, but new details of a business deal in Azerbaijan point to the Trump Organization’s relationship with an oligarch’s family that has close links to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

March 7, 2017
Sweden, Russia

Sweden Restores Conscription Amid Russia Fears

The Swedish government enacted a new law reintroducing compulsory military service for the first time since 2010, and for the first time ever on a gender-equal basis. The reason for the change is a response to Russia’s military activity over the last three years.

March 3, 2017
Putin, Obama, Russia, Sanctions

How Obama Officials Fought To Preserve Evidence Of Russian Election Influence

Obama White House officials reportedly pursued a deliberate strategy aimed at preserving evidence of Russian election meddling for investigators to ensure this type of interference was not repeated.

March 2, 2017
micromanager Trump, Russian

Is Trump’s Russian Honeymoon Finally Over?

Some Russia-watchers question whether Moscow’s arm’s-length stance reflects a genuine change of heart over Trump, or is simply a bid to reduce growing attention being paid in Washington to the U.S. president’s eye-catching affinity with the autocratic Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

March 2, 2017
Trump, ISIS

How Donald Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Is Fueling ISIS

President Trump is sending a new message from the White House, one that reinforces the jihadi extremists’ propaganda and increases the likelihood that more Americans will die in attacks.

February 28, 2017
Trump, Putin, Sessions

Russian Government Launches Western ‘Fake News’ Tracker

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the page from its official website, featuring five reports from U.S. and British media. The publications are dramatically shown on the site, stamped with red text “Fake” above a Russian language disclaimer stating: “This material contains data, not corresponding to the truth.”

February 23, 2017
General McMaster, Flynn, Russia

Will McMaster And Trump Clash On Russia?

Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, appointed by Trump on Monday, is known for being strongly driven by integrity —a quality that critics felt Mike Flynn lacked. How to approach Russia is likely to be one of the crucial areas where McMaster and Flynn differ.

February 22, 2017
Trump, Sater, Russia

Follow The Money To Uncover Trump’s Deep Ties To Russia

Consider what one is tempted to call President Trump’s downright “Clintonian” non-denial denial during his recent press conference: “I own nothing in Russia, I have no loans in Russia, I don’t have any deals in Russia.” The president denying this well-documented fact is the rough equivalent of Bill Clinton denying he’d ever met Monica Lewinsky.

February 22, 2017
Breaking Burgh, Sweden, Bowling Green Massacre

Survivor Of Bowling Green Tragically Dies In Sweden Terror Attack

Jason Vargus was playing Pokémon Go when he narrowly escaped death during the Bowling Green Massacre, during which scores of immigrant terrorists – who had arrived there due to the absence of appropriate travel bans – machine-gunned large segments of the population to death.

February 21, 2017
Iran threatens retaliation if Trump violates nuclear deal

Why Are So Many In The ‘Resistance’ Ignoring Trump’s Iran Warpath?

What use is that opposition when it cares only for Trump’s excesses at home but ignores—if not welcomes—excesses abroad? Consider this not an indictment on the whole of their ideology, but an honest question from a potential anti-Trump ally: why does the “Resistance” not seem to care about Trump’s Iran war path?

February 21, 2017
Pence, EU

Exclusive: Bannon Delivered Anti-EU Message To Diplomat Before Pence Visit

In the week before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Brussels and pledged America’s “steadfast and enduring” commitment to the European Union, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon met with a German diplomat and delivered a different message, according to people familiar with the talks.

February 21, 2017
Sweden, Trump

Swedish Paper Lists ‘Everything’ That Happened Friday

In a tongue-in-cheek article published Sunday, a Swedish newspaper ran through a series of the worst problems it could find Friday in the country. More serious stories cited by the article, now published in English on the paper’s website, included a man dying in hospital after a workplace accident, and police chasing a suspect for allegedly driving under the influence.

February 20, 2017
Trump, Allies

Worried U.S Allies Conduct Intel Op On Trump Staff

As part of intelligence operations being conducted against the United States for the last seven months, at least one Western European ally intercepted a series of communications before the inauguration between advisers associated with President Trump and Russian government officials, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.

February 17, 2017
Iraqi

Suspended Travel Ban Puts Iraqi Interpreter’s American Dream At Risk

An interpreter risked his life working for the U.S. Marines. Now, after eight years in the U.S., his Michigan export business is suffering because it’s too risky to leave the country.

February 16, 2017
Trump, Russia, Media

Angry Trump Dismisses Russia Controversy As ‘Scam’ By Hostile Media

President Trump dismissed a growing controversy about ties between his aides and Russia on Thursday as a “ruse” and “scam” perpetrated by a hostile news media, and denied that any of his associates had contacts with Moscow before last year’s election.

February 16, 2017
Netanyahu, Trump

Trump And Netanyahu Sidestep Two-State Solution For Mideast Peace

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined Wednesday to commit to the long-standing search for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a shift favored by Israel’s right wing that could spark fresh turmoil in the Mideast.

February 16, 2017
Russia, Trump, Flynn

Republican Senators Push For Answers On Trump’s Russia Ties

Republican Trump critics including Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham voiced fresh consternation, but comments by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, who has been a Trump supporter, increased the pressure on the White House.

February 15, 2017
Russia, Putin

U.S. Believes Russia Deployed New Missile, Violated Arms Control Treaty

Russia had secretly deployed the ground-launched SSC-8 cruise missile that Moscow has been developing and testing for several years, despite U.S. complaints that it violated sections of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, the official said, confirming a story first reported by The New York Times.

February 15, 2017
NATO, James Mattis

Nervous NATO Allies Put On Brave Face For Trump Era

In his debut trip to Europe as Pentagon chief, Mattis is set to echo longstanding U.S. calls that European allies invest more on defense, something his predecessors under Republican and Democratic administrations have done for years.

February 15, 2017
Fox News Napolitano picked up British wiretap tale from Russia Today

Trump Knew For Weeks That Flynn Had Misled The White House

According to White House spokesman Sean Spicer, President Trump was informed in late January that Flynn had not told Vice President Mike Pence the whole truth about conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the United States before Trump took office.

February 14, 2017
Flynn, Russia

U.S. Lawmakers Seek Deeper Probe Into Flynn’s Russia Ties

U.S. lawmakers, including some leading Republicans, called for a deeper inquiry into White House ties to Russia after national security adviser Michael Flynn quit amid revelations that he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with Moscow’s ambassador to the United States before Trump took office.

February 14, 2017
Travel Ban

Challenge To Trump Travel Ban Moves Forward In Two Courts

The most consequential legal challenge to President Trump’s travel ban will proceed on two tracks in the next few days, including a U.S. appeals court vote that could reveal some judges who disagree with their colleagues on the bench and support the arguments behind the new president’s most controversial executive order.

February 14, 2017