Foreign Affairs

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...

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...

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...

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...

Lobbyist for Dictators Attacks Lobbyist for Dictators: Yes, it’s the Washington...

How low can the Washington Post sink? And why even bother to ask that question? After all, we all know after reading the Post's...

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...

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...

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...

A Letter to Congress and Robert Mueller: Please, for the love...

I recently wrote an item about receiving an annoying email from a guy named Tim Cavanaugh of Real Clear Investigations that suggested, which I...

The Assassination of Honduran Activist Berta Cáceres: Were U.S.-trained troops involved?

I sadly missed a DC event a few days ago, where an investigation of international legal experts revealed that  company executives and state agents...

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...

Hopelessly Incompetent Media Can’t Find Clinton Foundation Quid Pro Quos: Here’s...

One of the major foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation is a Nigerian billionaire named Gilbert Chagoury, who’s best known for helping former dictator...

Snapshots from the Land of Fairytales: The Sundry Glories of Ashgabat,...

One of the great pleasures of traveling abroad is returning to regale friends with stories about the great food, nightlife and tourist attractions you...

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...

The Sham Indictment of Michael Flynn & Robert Mueller’s Bogus Investigation

Well, well, well, Hillary-crats all over America must be rubbing their hands in glee: Michael Flynn has been indicted and obviously is going to...

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Are Politically Exposed

Well, the big news this week is that President Donald Trump’s one-time campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was indicted on charges that he illegally funneled...

Get Smart: Which Is The Good One, ISIS or Al Qaeda?

Shia vs. Sunni. Arabs vs. Persians. Saudi Arabia vs. Iran. What is it about the countries and peoples that are set out to destroy America...

Simon Mann and the Mugabe “Coup”: Clown Time Is Over For...

Back in 2004, a small group of mercenaries were arrested in Zimbabwe, where they had stopped to buy weapons and were allegedly en route...

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...

Buckraking Around the World With Tony Blair: The sanctimonious former P.M.’s...

Happy Holiday. I'm pretty much taking the next week few days off and will begin posting again regularly on Monday. Until then, we'll have...

Two Ukrainian Oligarchs and Two Campaign Aides: The good ones with...

One the most heavily promoted stories of this year’s campaign is that Donald Trump is a tool of Moscow and no one is pushing...

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...

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...

Letters to the Editor: Rachel Maddow & NBC Suck and Trump/Panama...

In order to provide readers with more top quality content and make life as easy as possible for me, I've decided to start publishing...

Will Mosul be Recaptured? Nope, just pre-election White House spin

For weeks press accounts have talked excitedly about an imminent attack on Mosul, which ISIS captured two years ago and is where Abu Bakr...

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...

Why Hollywood Sucks: What could have been if not for Joe...

This is part three of an ongoing series about why Hollywood and American cinema in general is awful trash. READ HERE: PART 1-AMAZON AND NETFLIX READ...

Our Amazing New Podcast: Second episode hits today, on baseball, eating...

Well, how much better can your Monday get? Sure, you're going back to work but at least you have the second episode of Washington...

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...

Outrage About Assange Working With Trump Jr. Could Not Be More...

So, it turns out that Julian Assange of WikiLeaks was running a backchannel to Donald Trump, Jr. over the course of the 2016 campaign!...

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...

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....

Two Books I (Kinda) Read About The Russian Revolution

The centennial of the November 1917 Bolshevik revolution invites plenty of writing, some of it good but most of it awful. I don't know...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Get Smart: Of Mice, Men, Saudi Arabia And A Trained Chimp...

It's hard to believe that there is a dumber chimpanzee, in the forest, the zoo, or on the New York Times op-ed page, than...

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...

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...

How I Broke Story Of Russian Mafia, And Latin American Drug...

You're going to be hearing a lot about Donald Trump's business ties in Panama to a rather extraordinary set of characters, including people with...

Part II: Who’s The Bigger Gun Nut, Uncle Sam or Stephen...

(Note: We ran Part I of this story yesterday. It concludes today. The story originally ran at Consortiumnews.com.) Let’s recall that the United States,...

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....

Panama: A Photo Essay

I've been working all year on a very cool story that involved travel to Panama, among other places. I am not at liberty to...

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...

Nike, Sexual Harassment and the “Corporate Social Responsibility” Racket: How the...

One would think workplace sexual harassment on a vast scale must be a nightmare for an image-conscious brand in the fiercely competitive sportswear sector....

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...

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...

Wonga Coup, by Adam Roberts: Credulous Writer Taken For Spin By...

***** Chaps called Nosher and Smelly, a bloodthirsty black dictator with a penchant for human testicles and crafty Arabs lurking in the shadows – if...

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,...

Samantha Power: Monetizing regime change on the lecture circuit

Wouldn't you just know it, the godawful Samantha Power, the Obama administration's appalling UN ambassador, has recently hit the professional lecture circuit, where she bills...

“Everyone thinks he was whacked”: BuzzFeed Strikes Again With Russian Fake...

Last July 28, BuzzFeed put out a story co-authored by eight reporters, which sought to demonstrate that Mikhail Lesin, "Vladimir Putin’s former media czar," had been...

Get Smart: Donald Trump Is Putin’s Agent? Not so fast —...

Actually, neither of them are, obviously. Both Hillary and Donald are just conventionally corrupt, venal politicians with longstanding ties to Russia and so in...

Why Hezbollah Might Just Be Our Best Bet for Middle East...

It's Lazy Saturday and I'm taking the day off before watching Miami kick the shit out of Clemson tonight, inshallah, so I'm just republishing...

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...

Trump 2020: Why I Oppose Impeachment

So I broke the big political story of the day about President Donald Trump's deep ties to a wide range of alleged Russian mafiosos,...

Bombshell: U.S. & Saudi Role Creating ISIS Ignored by Mainstream Media...

Here it is, right from the horse’s mouth! Qatar’s former prime minister spilled the beans about how his country worked with Saudi Arabia and...

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...

EXCLUSIVE, (RE)-BREAKING: For years, Trump and His Kids Profited From Prostitution...

In mid-April, I arrived in Panama for an 18-day stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower. One weekday night I found myself at Habano's...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

New Internal Investigation Confirms Über Lobbyist, Babylon Writer, Not An Evildoer

A few days ago we published lobbyist and horse slaughter advocate Jim Jatras's story about how the U.S. and Saudi Arabia helped create ISIS....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

A Washington Babylon Listicle: Top 10 Reasons Why RussiaGate Blows

(1) No credible evidence has been given. In the famous intelligence community assessment, the CIA, NSA, and FBI said: "We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin...

Is James O’Keefe Tarnishing The Name of Undercover Reporting?

I have mixed views about James O'Keefe because even though he misled with his long-ago sting on ACORN, it certainly seemed that that now...

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...

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...

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...

The Ongoing Saga of “Bumpty,” the President’s Brother: And why It...

I have been closely following in these pages, and indeed breaking, the story of Edward Akufo-Addo, the brother of the president of Ghana, Nana...

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...

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....

Jeffrey Epstein’s Political and Sex Trafficking Networks: Plus: Help me find...

Before heading out for the weekend, let’s discuss Jeffrey Epstein, America’s best connected political pedophile, shall we? If you haven’t heard of him, Epstein’s...

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...

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...

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...

EXCLUSIVE: My Personal, Highly Informed Perspective on the Mueller Investigation

I had a story in Politico yesterday about the indictment of Paul Manafort and the pathetic state of laws for foreign lobbyists in Washington....

A Washington Babylon Explain-a-Nator: What’s up with the Qatar thingy? And...

Like me, you've probably been listening to the news a bit the past few months and occasionally hearing strange, vaguely familiar words: Qatar, Saudi...

Really Lazy Friday: A stroll down memory lane in Turkmeniscam, ExxonMobil...

I'm really pressed trying to finish up Hack List 2017: Jeff Bezos, Modern Day Pinkerton Head Cracker, and the Washington Post, but I would be...

Get Smart: WTF Happened in Brazil, Coup or Impeachment?

Let's get this over with fast. Despite what you may have read in the media, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was not impeached. She was...
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