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On His Way Out the Door, Obama Bombs Libya One Last Time
U.S. B-2 war planes bombed two camps in Libya overnight that Pentagon officials claim were housing Islamic State (ISIS) militants, concluding President Barack Obama's time as commander in chief with another slew of deaths. More than 80 people were killed at the camps about 25 miles southeast of...
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Trump, Obama and the Future of Targeted Killing
Barack Obama’s foreign policy legacy is often discussed in terms of things he didn’t do: intervene in Syria, reset with Russia, get out of Afghanistan. In one area however, Obama developed and expanded a defining policy architecture which his successor Donald Trump now inherits: the ability to kill...
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"Never Seen Anything Like This": Gaping Holes in Trump's Foreign Policy Team
Many aspects of President-elect Donald Trump's transition have been described as disorganized (at best), but his administration's approach to foreign policy appears particularly rudderless, raising concerns among domestic experts and international allies alike. Foreign Policy reported Wednesday:...
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Chinese Billionaire Says US Wasted Trillions on Wars and Wall Street
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Wednesday, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma accused the United States of spending too much money on foreign wars and risky financial speculation and not enough money "on your own people." The founder of the world's largest retailer, Alibaba, was...
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Women On the March
Vowing to "stand up and fight back" against the coming horrors, hundreds of thousands of women along with men are gearing up to march on Washington Saturday. Because we have in fact been here before, they will be following in the determined footsteps of a now-largely-forgotten 1913 New York to...
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Mexican Goldman Environmentalist Prize Winner Killed in Latest Attack on Latin American Activists
A Mexican Indigenous activist who won the Goldman Environmental Prize has been shot dead, the second recipient of the prestigious award to be murdered in less than 12 months. The Guardian reports that Isidro Baldenegro López, a subsistence farmer known for his work to stop illegal logging and...
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That's It. Eight Years Later, Obama White House Admits Gitmo Won't Close
The Obama administration made clear Tuesday that it would not be fulfilling its promise to close the notorious Guantánamo Bay prison . Speaking to reporters, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said , "I don't anticipate that we will succeed in that goal of closing the prison, but it's not for...
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No Time To Keep Silent: The Press Goes Looking For Its Backbone
Hopefully better late than never, the media - at least its academics if not quite yet its practitioners - may be starting to stand up and speak out . To date, the Orange Travesty has been so busy bullying, belittling, threatening libel and possibly banishing them to White House broom closets to...
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Another Demand for Russian ‘Hacking’ Proof
MEMORANDUM FOR: President Barack Obama FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: A Key Issue That Still Needs to be Resolved As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office Friday, a pall hangs over his upcoming presidency amid an unprecedentedly...
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Escalation Watch: Four Looming Flashpoints Facing President Trump
Within months of taking office, President Donald Trump is likely to face one or more major international crises, possibly entailing a risk of nuclear escalation. Not since the end of the Cold War has a new chief executive been confronted with as many potential flashpoints involving such a risk of...
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