Foreign Affairs

Six Questions for Jim Jatras on “Aleppo Boy,” Atrocity Porn and...

Jim Jatras, a former US diplomat, foreign policy adviser to the Senate GOP leadership, and lobbyist comments on financial and foreign policy topics and...

The New York Times Undercover-ed Reporting on its Mexican Billionaire Benefactor

When the New York Times covers Carlos Slim, which is extremely rarely, they make him out to be a shopkeep, the friendly, goodnatured bodega...

After Destroying Man’s Life, Obama Administration Drops Bogus Case Against Him

I know arms dealers are not generally seen as sympathetic, but you should be worried about the story of Marc Turi. He’s the guy...

Clinton Foundation’s Biggest Donor Ran “Concentration Camp for Workers” in Colombia,...

I have a story out in Fusion today that details how the Clinton Foundation and it's biggest donor -- Frank Giustra, a penny stock artist un-lovingly...

University of Georgia Undergrad Knows More About Syria than Clinton or...

If you’ve been following the presidential campaign, you know that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump has the slightest idea of what’s going on...

Michael Flynn’s Turkey Problem: The op-ed industrial complex strikes again

"OK, I'm glad Hillary lost," I wrote on Facebook last week. "She and her sleazy little friends deserved to eat shit. There's still plenty...

OK, I’ve calmly and dispassionately reviewed the election results and there...

So it turns out that Hillary Clinton was a terrible candidate after all. Who could possibly have predicted that holing up in the Hamptons in...

Fear Sells: Brigitte Gabriel, Michael Flynn’s favorite Islamophobe, cleans up on...

Michael Flynn has been named Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor and there's been a lot written about why he's a dangerous choice. Mostly overlooked...

So Why Was Michael Flynn Fired from DIA? And what that...

If Hillary Clinton had been elected president, a major confrontation with Russia would almost inevitably have taken place, and probably sooner rather than later....

The Return of Erik Prince: Trump, military contractors and the further...

In 2005 the Marine Corps University published a paper entitled The Professional Military Services Industry: Have We Created a New Military-Industrial Complex? To consider...

Introduction: Doug Valentine’s Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special...

Coming Next Week! The Special Branch of South Vietnam’s National Police force functioned like the FBI, conducting counter-intelligence and criminal investigations. Its primary function, however,...

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer,...

The dictatorial Ngô regime collapsed in 1963, for several reasons. One contributing factor was its Strategic Hamlet program. Designed to protect the regime by...

Ken Burns: Worse for Vietnam than Agent Orange. Part 1 of...

A review written by Professor Thomas Bass titled America's Amnesia is truly worth reading and provides far greater detail and insight than your present...

Here’s What’s Going On With Washington Babylon: Keep reading, there’s actual...

OK, after a long gap-like chasm and lacuna the size of the Grand Canyon, Washington Babylon, America’s leading news source, has started publishing a...

Vladimir Putin, Global Mastermind: That’s actually true, but there is so...

On and on it goes. Vlad Putin is running Donald Trump as a Russian intelligence asset, hacking our elections -- "undermining our democracy," hafuckingha...

Is Russia Financing Black Lives Matter Ads on Facebook? Apparently…

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Wolf Blitzer recently interviewed Dylan Byers (whoever that is) on CNN about what has to be one of the most jaw-dropping cases of sloppy...

Does Thor Halvorssen know the difference between fact and fiction? If...

"Human rights crusader" Thor Halvorssen, aka Thorzito, is the son of a Venezuelan man also named Thor who was arrested in 1993, charged with...

UPDATED: New Developments With Humpty Trumpty: First Brother’s activities cause concerns...

I recently wrote a story in these pages -- titled "Humpty Bumpty: Did president’s brother help Russian oil company win sweetheart deal?" -- which...

How Come Loretta Lynch Cut Sweetheart Deals with Colombian Cartel Leaders?...

Over the past few year, four leaders of Colombia’s brutal El Dorado cartel were arrested by U.S. authorities and subsequently convicted of shipping nearly...

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, aided by assorted Florida Loony Tunes, promotes regime...

Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, you may recall, was forced to resign as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee when hacked documents showed she...

Six Questions for Charles Ortel about the Shady University that paid...

We’ve heard a lot about problems surrounding Trump University, which sounds like a pretty big scam. We’ve heard a lot less about Baltimore-based Laureate...

Donald Trump Jr., Skittles and ISIS’s Captured Syrian Passports

The latest vapid uproar of campaign 2016 involves Donald Trump Jr. posting a tweet that "Compared Syrian Refugees to Poisoned Skittles," according to an...

Remember that Big Story Last Week on Trump’s pro-Kremlin Adviser? It...

Michael Isikoff of Yahoo had a big story last Friday that got major play, probably because it feeds into the dumb narrative that Donald...

Shakira, Carlos Slim and Me: A true story

Last week, I published an excellent piece by Andy Smolski about Mexican oligarch Carlos Slim’s influence at the New York Times, where he own...

Syria: Where there’s oil, there’s fire

With Hillary Clinton pushing for a no-fly zone over Syria that is almost guaranteed to start a shooting war with Russia and Donald Trump...

Note to Bill Clinton Spokesman: Thanks for your comments

I had a story yesterday in Fusion about the Clinton Foundation’s programs in Colombia, where it brags about helping the poor but, as I...

It’s Not Just Campaign Coverage that Sucks: War reporting still shitty...

A few months back I wrote a story here about how media chatter on an impending attack on Mosul was highly misleading and that an assault...

Michael Flynn’s Iran Obsession, continued: Will he find the right Curveball?

I ran a story here yesterday about Donald Trump's incoming national security adviser, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, and his long time desire to gin up...

Genocide Threat in South Sudan, Thanks to George Clooney, Nicholas Kristof...

While world attention is focused on Aleppo, outgoing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns in an op-ed published by Newsweek that there's a real threat...

ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson and the Dictator Who Accused a Cat of...

There are plenty of grounds to question Donald Trump’s nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state, but so far people...

This week in Nazis! Ukraine’s alt right

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The political freak-show disaster known as the Ukraine is a constant reminder of just how full of baloney the Democrats are when it comes...

A Washington Babylon Listicle: Seven Reasons Not to Read 1984 under...

By the time the book came out in 1949, the Cold War was at its height. The book therefore proved popular. It was almost...

Homegrown Terrorism, the FBI and the Travel Ban: Should Americans be...

A familiar pattern is becoming apparent with terror attacks or would-be terror attacks in the United States. As we wait for the suspect to be...

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer,...

The Vietnamese perspective is rarely found in English language books about the Vietnam War, especially regarding the CIA’s “liaison” relationship with South Vietnamese police...

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer,...

In modernizing the GVN’s police forces, MSUG sent qualified uniformed police officers to study at Michigan State for a year. Theoretically, these individuals became...

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer,...

By 1961, the insurgency was growing and the in-coming Kennedy Administration put the blame on the repressive policies of Ngô regime. The Kennedys were...

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer,...

Nhuận left the CIO/SOC in December 1963 to become Chief of the National Police in Quảng-Đức Province, headquartered in Gia Nghia City in the...

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer,...

“In 1967,” Nhuan said, “the Central Vietnam Southern Lowland Region comprised five provinces: Bình-Định, Phú-Yên, Khánh-Hòa, Ninh-Thuận, Bình-Thuận, and one independent city, Cam-Ranh. That...

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer,...

Ever the idealist, Lê Xuân Nhuận refused to participate in Nguyễn Cao Kỳ’s plot to seize power from his running mate Nguyễn Văn Thiệu....

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer,...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtAVy7P1uJg] Nhuận’s dismay with Thiệu climaxed during the national elections of 1971, when Thiệu resorted to the same dirty tricks Kỳ tried to use...

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer,...

Nhuận was captured on 17 April 1975 while hiding in the French-style villa of Mr. Tôn Thất Đệ, owner of Nha-Trang’s “Tân Tân” ciné....

Does Russia Matter?

Memes aren’t great ways to learn a lot about history or politics, though they’re used that way a lot.  Still, some are funny and...

Douglas Valentine on the Ken Burns Vietnam documentary

Our friend and expert correspondent on the CIA, Douglas Valentine, recently appeared on Our Hidden History speaking about the new PBS documentary about the...

Ken Burns: Worse for Vietnam than Agent Orange, Part Two

Yesterday we started explaining why Ken Burns’s new documentary on Vietnam rewrites history and totally sucks. Today we conclude the saga. So what happened to...

Updated: Humpty Bumpty: Did president’s brother help Russian oil company win...

No, this isn't about Donald Trump's brother, if he has one, it's about the allegedly dubious relationship between Russian oil companies and the brother...

Vietnam Derangement Syndrome: A bit more on the bullshit Burnsumentary

So we here have been covering the lame PBS propaganda series on Vietnam, by Ken "Burnsy" Burns and Lynn Novick. Andrew Stewart has done most...

Bernie Sanders Tells Hillary Clinton What Happened

I was bitterly critical of Bernie Sanders during his Quixotic and inept presidential run for two interconnected reasons. His domestic spending promises were simply...

By George! Jesus, Clooney is even dumber than he looks

The best thing that's ever been written about George Clooney and South Sudan was written by Ken Silverstein for the publication formerly known as...

Vladimir Putin, Count/Counterpoint: Some real reasons to dislike Russia’s leader

The other day I wrote about the nuttiness of the Russophobia that has run amok since the U.S. election. Now, on the off chance...

Breaking: Trump, Putin and Hitler are Triplets! And here is the...

I'm on multiple deadlines but when you have a scoop, you publish it. No way do you wait around and lose the story, especially...

More on Bogus Human Rights Activist Thorzito Halvorssen, His Father and...

Yesterday my colleague Melissa Garriga wrote a piece about “Human rights crusader” Thor Halvorssen, aka Thorzito. He blocks me on Twitter and runs the little...

An End To Our New Gilded Age? Thanks to EU Tax...

In a brief and eloquent statement of refined economic logic that most Ph.D's in the field would agree on, it can be said, without...

Scoop: Sleaze Panamanian Moneylaundering Firm Has More Ties to Syrian Regime...

Back in 2014, I wrote the first exposé of Mossack Fonseca, the sleazy Panamanian law firm that helps dictators, bagman and oligarchs hide their cash...

Exposed: Edward Snowden and the Hypothetical Honeypot Scenario, Part II

Yesterday I wrote the first of a multiple part series raising the possibility that Edward Snowden was unwittingly played by Russian intelligence and didn’t...

Venezuelan Socialists Crush Rancid Old Oligarchy, 17-5: Plus, NFL Round Up,...

I love football and doing the weekly roundup but nothing really noteworthy happened in the NFL yesterday. Sure, the Dodgers took a 2 to...

Flashback Saturday: How the Iraq War Financed a Beltway Real Estate...

****** Back in the DC real estate doldrums of the mid-1990s, before he helped pave the way for war in Iraq, Stephen Rademaker owned a...

The Washington Babylon Explain-a-Nator: Who’s crazier, Trump or the North...

WTF is going on with the U.S. and North Korea? Will we be able to watch NFL games this Sunday, or will the world...

Miscellanea: A journalist’s death; Washington Babylon’s growing fame; the Democrats’ Russia...

I've got a few short items laying around and I decided to string them all togegether into one, in the debut of a new...

Who Was the Honey Who Potted Edward Snowden for Putin?

I've been writing quite a bit about Edward Snowden over the past year, for example this, and focusing on the possibility that Vladimir Putin...
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