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Kurdish YPG fighters

Erdogan Says Turkish Operation in Syria to Target Kurds

A day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to attack Kurdish forces in Syria, social media were abuzz with reports of an impending Turkish operation against these troops, who have been the main US ally on the ground against the Islamic State.https://twitter.com/metesohtaoglu/status/923178493269237760The enclave of Afrin and the Kurdish-held city of Manbij, both in northern Read More

Paul Wellstone

In Memoriam: Paul Wellstone

A lot of attention has been given recently to Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) for finally displaying acts of conscience in defiance of an increasingly erratic and reactionary White House. One former Senator who never waited around to speak out was Paul Wellstone.Wellstone was described by some as “the conscience of the Read More

Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia

Human Rights of Little Concern in Middle East Arms Deals

A new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service shows that the Trump administration has begun to adopt increasingly lax standards on the sale of arms to countries with dubious commitments to human rights. Regardless of track records on intensifying humanitarian crises, the administration has prioritized increasing the sale of weapons to the region — notably Read More

Vietnam War protestors

What We Still Haven’t Learned from the Vietnam War

Fifty years ago today, in 1967, nearly 100,000 Americans marched on Washington, DC, to protest the Vietnam War. In those days there was a mandatory draft in place, and the risk was very real that a young man just out of high school could quickly wind up 13,000 miles away, fighting an unseen enemy in Read More

Iraqi soldier

Is the Fall of Kirkuk Iran’s Answer to Trump?

In a lightning advance, Iraqi forces captured the oil-rich city of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces on Monday, sending thousands of civilians fleeing.The fighting between two US-trained and -equipped forces that have been central to the war against the Islamic State was a slap in the face to US foreign policy. US-supplied Iraqi tank knocks over Read More

Social Security

Equifax Hack Shows Need for Social Security Number Overhaul

Equifax is answerable to its customers, the lending institutions — not the people of the United States. And that’s a real problem.Two problems have emerged. The first is safeguarding consumers’ private information. The second is coming up with processes to allow consumers to quickly restore or repair their private information when, not if, it is Read More

Felix Sater

Key Figure in Trump-Russia Saga Dodges Legal Bullet

One of President Donald Trump’s associates had some good news yesterday. Felix Sater, the subject of a recent in-depth piece by WhoWhatWhy, had a tax fraud claim against him tossed out of court.Following a brief oral argument, Manhattan state court judge Justice Charles E. Ramos dismissed the $70-million tax fraud claim against Sater.Sater is in Read More

Duke Energy

Op-eds Endorsing Atlantic Coast Pipeline Came From Big Power, Activists Charge

As we reported last April and May, a controversial 550-mile pipeline crossing Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina is roiling Virginia politics — right in the middle of a hotly contested gubernatorial race.The pipeline to bring natural gas from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to consumers in Virginia and North Carolina has drawn the opposition Read More

Donald Trump, Taxes

Curious Coincidences in IRS Trump Audit

Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns has long been a subject of conjecture. To that, we’d like to add a related mystery: Why did the IRS begin auditing Donald Trump in 2002? Why that year in particular? Donald Trump’s finances were always complicated and fertile ground for the IRS, yet, it only began Read More

United Auto Workers

A Sad Anniversary for Organized Labor

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the last nationwide strike seen in the US, when the Union of Automobile Workers (UAW) walked out on General Motors. The previous national strike the UAW had called had been in 1970 when the unions’ power and membership was at its height. The strike in 2007 only lasted two Read More

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