Foreign Policy

WATCH: CNN’s Chris Cuomo and RT’s Peter Lavelle Go At Each Other on Live TV Over Russia’s Role in MH17

By July 23, 2014

This morning on CNN’s New Day, RT presenter Peter Lavelle got into an explosive 11-minute-long shouting match with anchor Chris Cuomo. Cuomo took Lavelle to task about not only Russia’s continued deflection and Putin’s refusal to crack down on the pro-Russia, government-aided rebels who were more than likely responsible for the shoot-down, but also about what he claimed was RT’s refusal to be actual journalists and question the line they’re being fed by the Kremlin.

Israeli Ambassador Makes Insane Comment At Equally Insane Christian Conference

By July 22, 2014
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Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. said that the Israel Defense Forces laying siege to Gaza should be given the Nobel Peace Prize.

Someone Replaced Benjamin Netanyahu’s Wikipedia Page With a Huge Palestinian Flag

By July 22, 2014
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At around 7:19 p.m. GMT, a vandal sympathetic to the Palestinian cause replaced all of the text on the Wikipedia page for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a gigantic Palestinian flag.

It’s Never Okay to Use Death Photos to Score Political Points

By July 21, 2014
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If you can’t make your case in a convincing way without shocking your audience, you probably need to hunker down and work on your writing skills. If you can’t sufficiently explain why your cause is important, dead children shouldn’t be your fallback position.

Joe Biden Once Went Badass On Vladimir Putin In His Own Building

By July 21, 2014
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The thought of the Vice President telling Vladimir Putin this inches away from his face is both admirable and hilarious.

Surprise, Surprise: Greenwald Was Wrong About Why NBC Pulled an Egyptian-American Reporter Out of Gaza

By July 21, 2014
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So, between Greenwald’s theory and the one that takes into account the way television news actually works and sometimes doesn’t work, which do you think wound up being correct?

Snowden Opens His Mouth Again and, Like Always, Something F*cking Nuts Comes Out

By July 18, 2014
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This week, The Guardian‘s Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill flew to Moscow and conducted a seven hour interview with the world’s most famous NSA fugitive. Seven hours is a massive window of time through which a bounty of crazy things can emerge.

Why Isn’t Israel Ever Asked To Recognize Palestine’s “Right To Exist”?

By July 18, 2014
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Even if we grant the reality of some vague “right to exist” of states in international affairs, the U.S. and Israel are demanding concessions that they themselves refuse to make.

NBC’s Pulling Of Gaza Reporter Reeks Of Self-Censorship

By July 18, 2014
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The American media’s long history of subservience to corporate and political power may have reared its ugly head once again.

The Worst Thing America Could Do Would Be to Take Military Action in Ukraine

By July 17, 2014
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The worst possible U.S. response would be to engage Putin militarily in Ukraine. A considerable chunk of that solidarity and, more importantly, the moral high ground would be wiped away.

The Shooting Down of a Malaysia Airlines Flight Is a Disaster That Will Be Felt Far and Wide

By July 17, 2014
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It’s difficult to overstate just what the shooting down of a passenger plane full of innocent people means for the conflict in Ukraine — and really the world.

Think Israel isn’t Colonizing Palestine? Look at This Map

By July 17, 2014
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If you don’t believe Israel is colonizing Palestine, just look at this map. It should clear up any notion that this is a ‘both sides are bad’ conflict. It isn’t.

Microsoft’s “You’re Fired” Memo Is Like Something Out of “Office Space”

By July 17, 2014
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You know that infuriating call to Comcast customer service that’s making the internet rounds right now, the one where the guy attempts to cancel his cable and is met with nothing but nine-minutes-worth of painful, frustrating obstinance? Well this is like that if it ended with the guy getting fired.

The Israeli Ambassador’s Twitter Q&A Is Already Going Exactly as You’d Expect

By July 16, 2014
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This is going to be ugly.

Why Obama Ignores the Palestinians

By July 16, 2014
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Pointing out the obvious won’t get you far in American politics. The blatant colonization and brutalization of Palestine by Israel is no different. So why is Obama ignoring it?

Can We Stop Pretending Israel is Being Attacked?

By July 13, 2014
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Regardless of who started the latest mini-war, it makes little difference when looking at the larger picture. The fact remains that Palestinians are being collectively punished for the actions of Hamas, and Israel is committing a serious war crime in Gaza.

A Response to The Banter’s Michael Luciano on Greenwald, Journalism and the NSA

By July 10, 2014
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The ongoing NSA debate continues in the pages of The Daily Banter. Bob Cesca responds to Michael Luciano’s assertion that Cesca’s latest on Greenwald and the NSA was “unfair” and perhaps “dangerous.”

Greenwald’s Latest NSA Bombshell is an Incomplete Mess, Lacking Any Evidence of Wrongdoing

By July 09, 2014
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Reporting for The Intercept, Greenwald and co-author Murtaza Hussain published an article titled, “Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On,” based on top secret National Security Agency (NSA) documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The documents in this case appear to show that between 2002 and 2008 the FBI and NSA collected the email communications of five Muslim-Americans.