Charles Featherstone

Does the Bible sanction modern day war crimes?


Charles H. Featherstone, seminarian and freelance editor, discusses the use of religion to justify Israel’s Gaza invasion, the irony of browbeating Muslims for being anti-modern while citing an ancient biblical text, the eventual election of a Palestinian Arab as Prime Minister of Israel and the limited but significant opportunities for free expression in Saudi Arabia.

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Charles H. Featherstone’s articles are archived at He is a Lutheran seminarian and blogger.

Lora Lumpe

Now is the time to demand cluster bomb ban


Lora Lumpe, Legislative Representative for the US Campaign to Ban Landmines (USCBL), discusses the campaign to end U.S. export and use of cluster bombs, the continued lethality of unexploded bomblets on civilians for decades after a war and the national call-in day to tell the U.S. Senate to “Give Cluster Bombs the Boot.”

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Lora Lumpe is the author of Running Guns: The Global Black Market in Small Arms and former consultant to Amnesty International. She is a Legislative Representative for the US Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Lawrence Wilkerson

Colin Powell’s aid tells truth about Guantanamo


Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell during his tenure as Secretary of State, discusses how the Bush administration ignored the perfectly adequate Geneva Conventions guidelines for classifying war-zone detainees, the ethical and practical considerations of detaining and interrogating innocent civilians to “fight terror,” the counterclaim to Dick Cheney’s assertion that torture prevents terrorism and the end of an Israel/Palestine two state solution. Wilkerson also says he would cooperate with the prosecution of Dick Cheney for war crimes – not that that would ever happen.

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Larry Wilkerson is a retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. He is chairman of the New America Foundation/U.S.-Cuba 21st Century Policy Initiative and wrote “Some Truths About Guantanamo” as a guest post on The Washington Note.

Pepe Escobar

America’s attempted oil empire


Pepe Escobar, writer for the Asia Times, discusses the importance of home-field advantage in the fossil fuel Great Game, how the U.S. empire of bases is used to dominate access to critical energy resources, the IPI (Iran, Pakistan, India) pipeline proposal that defies U.S. influence and the increasing cooperation of Russia and China on energy issues.

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Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving Into Liquid War and Obama Does Globalistan. His article “Welcome to Pipelineistan” appears at

Gareth Porter

Combat Troops Will Be Staying in Iraq


Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses the latest campaign promise broken by Barack Obama, the semantic removal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by calling them “advisory and assistance” brigades and Obama’s inability to say “no” to the military or to be truthful about his equivocations.

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Gareth Porter’s articles appear on the Huffington Post, Inter Press Service News Agency and on

Jim Lobe

Neocons Create New Think Tank


Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service, discusses the new Robert Kagan/William Kristol think-tank Foreign Policy Initiative, how a relatively small number of neocons use their positions in media as an echo chamber to increase their influence and his view of the ideological similarity between isolationists and neoconservatives.

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Jim Lobe is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy, particularly the neo-conservative influence in the Bush administration. The Washington Bureau Chief of the international news agency Inter Press Service (IPS), Lobe has also written for Foreign Policy In Focus, Alternet,, and was featured in BBC and ABC television documentaries about motivations for the US invasion of Iraq. His articles appear regularly on

Nebojsa Malic

10th Anniversary of War Against Serbia


Nebojsa Malic, author of the “Moments of Transition” column on, discusses the unacceptable-by-design Rambouillet Agreement, how the U.S.-led NATO war against Serbia set a precedent for future extralegal wars, the realpolitik goals behind U.S. interest in the Balkans and the current condition of the gangster state known as Kosovo.

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Nebojsa Malic writes the “Moments of Transition” (formerly Balkan Express) column for and blogs at the Gray Falcon.

Juan Cole

The State of Iraq


Juan Cole, Professor of History at the University of Michigan, discusses the humanitarian crisis caused by the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Arab/Kurd disagreement over national governmental authority in Iraq, how U.S. air support and logistics will remain even if ground forces withdraw, the relatively large contingent of Islamic-majority countries that are unofficial U.S. allies and the misinformation at the heart of most anti-Islam rhetoric.

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Juan Cole is the author of Engaging the Muslim World. He is a Professor of History at the University of Michigan and writes the “Informed Comment” blog at

Philip Giraldi

Some Reasons for Optimism


Philip Giraldi, contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine, discusses the disposition of U.S. diplomacy in the Obama administration, the role Dick Cheney played in scuttling a Syria/Israel peace agreement, Obama’s use of unofficial envoys to float diplomatic trial balloons in Iran and Russia, the fate of Hamid Karzai and why the Pyrrhic nature of the Israel lobby’s recent victory over the realists has been greatly exaggerated.

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Philip Giraldi is a former DIA and CIA counter-terrorism officer, member of the American Conservative Defense Alliance and contributing editor at the American Conservative Magazine. His Smoke and Mirrors column is a regular feature on

Tomas Young

Body of War


Tomas Young, member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, discusses his injuries sustained during military service in Iraq, his featured role in the documentary Body of War, the mission of IVAW and the advice a potential military enlistee needs to hear.

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Tomas Young is the subject of Body of War, a documentary film by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro. He is a paralyzed Iraq veteran and member of Iraq Veterans Aganist the War.

Muhammad Sahimi

Today’s Judy Millers


Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California, discusses the known facts about Iran’s uranium enrichment program, the impossible task asked of Iran to prove the non-existence of a secret program, the difficulty of converting low-enriched uranium to weapons grade and the persistent misinformation of media darling David Albright on Iran’s nuclear program.

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Muhammad Sahimi is NIOC Professor of Petrolium Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California. His article “A New Judith Miller for Iran Hawks?” is available on

Pratap Chatterjee

The War Party is Crazy


On the sixth anniversary of the war in Iraq, Pratap Chatterjee, managing editor of, discusses the ideology of the Bush administration’s Iraq War brain trust, the pervasive culture of corruption engendered by throwing money into Iraq’s reconstruction without oversight and Ahmed Chalabi’s role in lying the American people into war.

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Pratap Chatterjee’s is an investigative journalist and reporter. He is the author of Halliburton’s Army: How a Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War.

Mark Danner

Leaked ICRC Torture Report


Mark Danner, Professor of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses the leaked torture report from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the clear ICRC pronouncement that CIA interrogation techniques amounted to torture and the untenable stalemate between Attorney General Eric Holder’s declaration that waterboarding is torture and Dick Cheney’s admission of same.

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Mark Danner was formerly a staff writer at The New Yorker and frequently writes for The New York Times Magazine. His article “US Torture: Voices from the Black Sites” appears in The New York Review of Books.

Philip Weiss

Israel Lobby’s Pyrrhic Victory


Investigative journalist Philip Weiss discusses the aftermath of Chas Freeman’s withdrawal from NIC chairman consideration, the alienation of liberal American Jews from the Israeli government, the opportunity to break up the monolithic AIPAC lobby and the conflict between Zionism and democracy.

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Philip Weiss is an investigative journalist who has written for The Nation, New York Times Magazine, The American Conservative, Jewish World Review and other publications. He is the author of American Taboo : A Murder in the Peace Corps and writes the blog “Mondoweiss“.

Gareth Porter

Perfect Opportunity to Leave Afghanistan, But No


Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service News Agency, discusses the Obama administration’s attempted duplication of Gen. Petraeus’s Iraq “success” in Afghanistan, the difficulty foreign occupiers have in overcoming the Pashtunwali code, the possible changes in U.S. military planning when the Quadrennial Defense Review is completed and Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic attempt to separate the Taliban and al Qaeda.

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Gareth Porter’s articles appear on the Huffington Post, Inter Press Service News Agency and on

Anthony Gregory

The Drug War vs. American Civilization


Anthony Gregory, research analyst at the Independent Institute, discusses the freedom-infringing U.S. War on Drugs, the racist origins of prohibition laws, the due-process violations inherent in civil asset forfeiture and the failure of drug courts to stem the non-violent prison population.

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Anthony Gregory writes for the Future of Freedom Foundation and His article “The Drug War vs. American Civilization” is featured on

Eric Margolis

Crisis in Pakistan


Eric Margolis, author of American Raj: Liberation or Domination, discusses the contradictory U.S. policy of supporting Pakistan’s government while continuing drone airstrikes that foment popular rebellion, the growing ranks of the Taliban and other assorted militants in Pakistan and Afghaninstan, the status of plans for a Caspian oil pipeline, India’s development of ICBM’s that can reach North America and how Iran’s uranium enrichment is an assertion of technological and economic independence.

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Eric Margolis is a regular columnist with the Quebecor Media Company and a contributor to The Huffington Post. He is the author of War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet.

Frida Berrigan

War is Bad for the Economy


Frida Berrigan, columnist for Foreign Policy in Focus, discusses the frantic U.S. defense contractors lobbying for stimulus money while promising job creation, the prospect of a militarized outer space, Lockheed Martin’s overpriced and unnecessary F-22 Raptor and why the commonly held assumption that World War II ended the Great Depression must be challenged.

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Frida Berrigan is Senior Program Associate for the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation. She is a columnist for Foreign Policy in Focus and a contributing editor of In These Times magazine.

Ray McGovern

Israel Lobby Wins Again


Ray McGovern, former senior analyst at the CIA, discusses the ebb and flow of neoconservative influence in the White House, how the scuttled Charles Freeman appointment weakens U.S. leverage with Israel, the incredible influence still exerted by Steven J. Rosen despite his indictment under the Espionage Act, the shortcomings of the mainstream media and how the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran prevented a disastrous war.

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Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years, from the John F. Kennedy administration to that of George H. W. Bush. His articles appear on Consortium News and

Doug Bandow

Don’t Fear China


Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, discusses the recent Chinese naval conflict with the U.S., the increase in China’s regional stature and popular nationalism, the broad spectrum of U.S. interest groups that have grievances with China and why open relations are preferable to military confrontation.

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Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. His archived articles can be found at

Tom Engelhardt

TomEditor: Peace Falcon


Tom Engelhardt, founder and editor of, discusses the mainstream media’s reverence of error-prone hawkish pundits, the over-reliance on force in U.S. foreign policy, the large numbers of dead or displaced Iraqis and the Obama administration’s disdain for the historical success rate of foreign intervention in Afghanistan.

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Tom Engelhardt is the author of The World According to Tomdispatch: America and the Age of Empire and The End of Victory Culture: Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generation.

Andy Worthington

‘Enemy Combatant’ Power Still Lives


Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, discusses his forthcoming documentary film Outside the Law, the developing story of Binyam Mohamed, the innocence of the vast majority of those held at Guantanamo over the years, the still-standing court ruling which upheld the “enemy combatant” power of the president and the continuing lack of process for those held in various U.S. dungeons in Afghanistan.

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Andy Worthington is a London-based historian and the author of The Guantanamo Files. His writing frequently appears on,, and

Alan Bock

Drug Wars in Mexico


Alan Bock, senior editorial writer at the Orange County Register and regular columnist, discusses the escalating drug-related violence in Mexico, how the Prohibition regulatory framework idled by the 21st Amendment found a second life policing marijuana use, the allure of black-market profits and the counterproductive and predictable results of the war on drugs.

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Alan Bock is a columnist and the senior writer for the editorial page of the Orange County Register where he has written editorials and columns for more than 25 years. He is the author of Waiting to Inhale – The Politics of Medical Marijuana and Ambush at Ruby Ridge. His “Eye on the Empire” column is a regular feature on

Jim Lobe

Obama’s Appointments


Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service, discusses the balance of power between different foreign policy factions, the work record of Dennis Ross from Oslo Accord negotiator to WINEP associate, the centrality of uranium refining in U.S./Iran relations, the resurgence of the Arab League and the National Intelligence Council appointment saga of Chas Freeman.

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Jim Lobe is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy, particularly the neo-conservative influence in the Bush administration. The Washington Bureau Chief of the international news agency Inter Press Service (IPS), Lobe has also written for Foreign Policy In Focus, Alternet,, and was featured in BBC and ABC television documentaries about motivations for the US invasion of Iraq. His articles appear regularly on

Jeff Huber

US Out of Afghanistan!


Jeff Huber, regular columnist, discusses the confusion among U.S. policy makers on Afghanistan strategy, the excessive praise given Gen. Petraeus for producing a temporary stalemate by bribing Iraqi Sunnis, the re-branding of Gen. Ray Odierno as a strategic mastermind and the slippery slope of extended Iraq withdrawal deadlines.

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Jeff Huber, U.S. Navy (Retired) writes at Aviation Week, and Pen and Sword. His novel Bathtub Admirals, a lampoon on America’s rise to global dominance, is on sale now.

Noam Chomsky

Hegemony or Survival


Noam Chomsky, author of Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, discusses the roots of U.S. imperialism, the often overlooked opportunity costs of empire, the exaggerated strength of U.S. economic rivals, the continuation of the Great Game into the 21st century, how the Western World’s observance of the Durand Line exacerbates problems in Afghanistan, the empire’s loss in Iraq, the U.S. doctrine of punishing Iran just to make an example out of them and the Israeli policy of incremental displacement of the Palestinian population in the occupied territories.

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Noam Chomsky is professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and widely regarded as the father of modern linguistics. He is the author of Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy, Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies and dozens of other books on politics and linguistics.

Scott Horton

George W. Bush’s War Against the Constitution


The Other Scott Horton, international human rights lawyer and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the Justice Department’s release of post-9/11 Bush administration legal opinion memos, the assertion of executive supremacy over the first and fourth amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the possible scope of unknown Bush legal shenanigans and why blue-ribbon investigative committees aren’t always bipartisan cover-ups.

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The Other Scott Horton (no relation) is a New York attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict. He lectures at Columbia Law School.

Amna Akbar

Rendition and Secrecy


Amna Akbar, Clinical Fellow at the International Human Rights Clinic, discusses her legal team’s representation of Mohamed Farag Bashmilah in the “extraordinary rendition” lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc. and the ongoing collaborative FOIA lawsuit against U.S. government secrecy on torture issues.

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Amna Akbar is a Clinical Fellow at the International Human Rights Clinic at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law.

Robert Dreyfuss

Obama’s Iraq and Iran Policies


Robert Dreyfuss, author of Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam, discusses the Obama administration’s Iraq withdrawal plan, the survivability of Iraq’s central government without U.S. support, the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran and why the doctrine of preventive war left town with the Bush administration.

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Robert Dreyfuss writes “The Dreyfuss Report” blog for The Nation. He is the author of Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam.