Our coverage of Libya

R. Baker Talks Bush, Journalism/Post 9/11 Dollar Amount/And More

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Post 9/11 Wars Have Cost Almost $5 Trillion (Jeff C.)

An independent analysis by a professor of political science at Brown University has the tab at $4.79 trillion, and counting. It’s a nice bit of perspective for the next time your angry conservative uncle rages on Facebook about “out-of-control liberal spending.”

 

GOP’s Latest Obsession: View article …

How War Reporting in Syria Makes a Larger Conflict Inevitable

We get major-media reports from Syria with increasing frequency. What’s wrong with these reports are that they are generally devoid of power analysis.

This recent New York Times article, for example, headlined “Neighbors Said to Be at Violent Odds in Syrian Crackdown,” is based almost solely on accounts of refugees interviewed in Lebanon. Here’s the lead paragraph:

Sunni Muslims who have fled Syria described a government crackdown that is more pervasive and more sectarian than previously understood, with civilians affiliated with President Bashar al-Assad’s minority religious sect View article …

Grace Hopper at the Univac I

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Does “Toxic Masculinity” Drive Gun Violence? (Russ)

This columnist dares raise the unspoken issue about why so many American males obsess on guns, beyond all rationality.

WikiLeaks to Publish More Hillary Clinton Emails (Reader Pat)

Assange doesn’t specify when or where. Says AG Lynch will not indict Clinton but FBI may seek “concessions” View article …

Turkey’s Energy Mess, Jeb’s Big Data Dump & Jon Stewart’s Sign-Off‏: Feb. 11, 2015

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Turkey’s Dirty Energy Boom: Hyperactive, Hyperbolic, Hydrocarbonated by James Ryan
Turkey’s rush to privatize state assets and mine its natural resources is turning a nation blessed with tremendous clean energy potential into a dirtier one. And it’s not just the environment that’s polluted. James Ryan investigates from Istanbul.

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Jon Stewart, the Fake Newsman Who Made a Real Difference
After nearly 17 years at the helm of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart shocked everyone with a teary-eyed announcement of his coming departure from the View article …

Dan Kovalik, Scapegoat_Russia

If Russia Didn’t Exist, Would We Have to Invent It?

In this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, Jeff Schechtman talks with Dan Kovalik, the author of The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia. (Skyhorse Publishing, June 2017)

Kovalik argues that Russia is not and should not be our enemy. That the vilification of Russia and its President Vladimir Putin only serves the purposes of both the Pentagon and Congress. He talks about the recent rush to sanctions, the push for more military spending, and the degree to which President Donald Trump’s one and only uptick in View article …

Meanwhile, Back in the Middle East…

One thing you didn’t hear during the presidential debates was any questions about why the United States and its allies are involved in an undeclared war against the government of Syria.  That’s right: not efforts to “end the violence there,” as the public is told, but rather stoking the violence, as a means of ejecting the long-running Assad regime.

As we’ve noted here at WhoWhatWhy again and again, the effort to remove first Muammar Qaddafi in Libya and now Bashar al-Assad in View article …

President Erdoğan, Turkey

Trump Loves Neocons

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PNAC Founder: Trump UN Speech ‘Normal’ for American President (Trevin)

Notable neocon, Bill Kristol has called the tone of Trump’s North Korea threats similar to that of George W. Bush. In a recent MSNBC appearance he stated that the people surrounding the president “have gotten more of a grip on Trump, View article …

Editors’ Picks for Nov 19

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The First Amendment Is No Laughing Matter (Klaus)

The owner of a comedy club said he received a call from the campaign of Hillary Clinton asking him to remove the video of a comedy skit featuring the former Secretary of State from his website.

 

Rubio Would Like to Know to Whom You Are Talking View article …

The Police State, Cheney’s Biggest Lie and the End of Coal‏: May 19, 2015

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Classic WhoWhatWhy: Police State Gears Up
by Dave Lindorff
In the wake of civil unrest this year spurred by deaths of black suspects in police custody, on May 18 President Obama made a surprise announcement to limit police militarization. This topic is not new to WhoWhatWhy readers. We first brought you the story of the disturbing trend of police departments arming themselves with surplus weapons from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq in February 2014.

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Dick Cheney’s Biggest Lie
Kurt Eichenwald states bluntly that reporters are perpetuating View article …

The Real History of Poppy Bush Pt 4, Rubio Wants NSA to Keep Monitoring Phone Calls, Clinton Campaign Wants Hillary Skit Pulled from Comedy Website: Nov 19, 2015

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Barbara Bush. Photo credit:  Lauren Gerson / Wikimedia

Barbara Bush. Photo credit:  Lauren Gerson / Wikimedia.

PoppyLeaks, Part 4
By Russ Baker
Hey, are we living in the old USSR? It sure looks like it, judging from the way the media has closed ranks around a blatantly false account of View article …

Obama and Interventionism (Everywhere)

What in the world is wrong with Barack Obama? The man who as a candidate said he saw a limited role for intervention—essentially when America had an overriding “moral obligation” to intervene abroad— is now seeing moral obligations everywhere.

Here’s the latest, which you probably missed, since it came and went with no public uproar: He has ordered American troops into sub-Saharan Africa to help in the fight against a bloodthirsty group that nevertheless probably only numbers in the hundreds.

Before we get to the View article …