Does Russia Matter?

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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...

Shakira, Carlos Slim and Me: A true story

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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...

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

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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...

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

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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....

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

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

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

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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...

Douglas Valentine on the Ken Burns Vietnam documentary

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

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

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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...

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

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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...

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

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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...