29 Mar 2016

Does The US Have An Actual Plan In Syria, Iraq, Or Yemen?

The literal DC turf war in Syria continues to rage between the CIA and the Department of Defense.

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17 Mar 2016

US Role In War Crimes In Yemen Getting Harder To Hide

The Obama Admin. continues facing criticism for supporting Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen and refusing to pull that support as evidence of war crimes emerges.

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Russian President Putin with Foreign Minister Lavrov, Defence Minister Shoigu. March, 2016. (by Kremlin via CC 4.0)
16 Mar 2016

Russian Semi-Withdrawal, US and Allies Prepare New Anti-Assad Offensive

Next Cold War Roundup 3/16/16 Geneva talks are on. Russia does a surprise semi-withdrawal from Syria, leaving a well equipped Syrian coalition but increasing pressure on Assad to compromise. The US brings to the table a weakened position on the ground but a threat of a Turkish invasion and the

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Logo for the Democratic National Committee and crop of photo of Wall Street sign in New York City (right: courtesy terrapin_flyer on Flickr)
02 Mar 2016

Democratic Party Reverses 2008 Restrictions On Lobbying And Corporate Influence

The Democratic National Committee announced it will be reversing restrictions introduced in 2008 that banned donations from federal lobbyists and PAC’s.

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Civilians in Misrata, Libya. June, 2011 (by UNHCR/H. Caux)
02 Mar 2016

Escalation in Libya and Iraq; Syrian War May Expand to Lebanon

Next Cold War Roundup 3/2/16 The US military is escalating their role in Iraq and Libya.  Saudis are threatening to destabilize Lebanon and open a new front in the Syrian war on its border with northern Lebanon by arming Sunni proxies there.  Turkey is on shaky ground with its NATO

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Pres. Obama and Sec. of State Kerry at State Dept. Russian Pres. Putin in a TV Address. February, 2016 (Photos by State Dept, Kremlin)
26 Feb 2016

Obama’s Tone Skeptical, Putin’s Optimistic, Kerry’s Threatening on Syria Truce That Begins Today

Next Cold War Roundup 2/26/16 The Cessation of Hostilities in Syria is scheduled to begin today at 5pm Eastern (Feb 27 00:00 Damascus time).  There was a significant contrast between the words and tones of Pres. Obama and Pres. Putin in their delivered messages to their respective countries on the ceasefire

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24 Feb 2016

Imprisoned CIA Whistleblower Renews Push For Presidential Pardon

Cornel West, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, and whistleblower attorney Jesselyn Radack were among those who spoke out in support of Jeffrey Sterling.

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13 Feb 2016

Despite Anti-War Claims, Sanders Endorses President Obama’s Foreign Policy

Appearing on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation,’ Sanders praised Obama’s expansive military policy while condemning Clinton for her support of foreign wars.

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26 Jan 2016

Obama Limits Solitary Confinement As Government Plans New Supermax Facility

President Barack Obama announced his administration will take action to limit the use of solitary confinement in federal prisons. The actions, determined by recommendations made by a Justice Department task force in July 2015, include a ban on the use of solitary confinement against juveniles and as a response to low-level infractions. The administration

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26 Jan 2016

Juveniles In Prison For Life Without Parole Given New Hope For Freedom

The United States Supreme Court determined juvenile offenders serving life sentences for homicides without parole should be granted the opportunity to “show their crime did not reflect irreparable corruption.” The decision clarified a ruling issued in the 2012 case Miller v. Alabama, which prohibited life without parole sentences for juveniles who

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