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An Empire of Nothing? The U.S. Military Takes Us Through the Gates of Hell

[This essay is the introduction to Tom Engelhardt’s new book, A Nation Unmade by War, a Dispatch Book published by Haymarket Books.]

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How NATO Set the Stage for Open-Air Slave Markets in Libya

A viral video of a slave auction in Libya that aired on CNN has led to a deluge of interest in the country and outraged protests across the west.

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There Is A Massive Movement of Refugees Globally - International Community Shuts Down Its Borders in Response

On November 28, Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, went before the UN Security Council. Grandi is an old hand in the UN. He came to the UN’s Refugees Agency (UNHCR) from his work as the head of the UN’s agency for the relief to the Palestinian refugees (UNRWA). At UNRWA, Grandi was known as a man of great integrity and sensitivity. The seven-decade exile of the Palestinians moved him. He does not see these matters through the eyes merely of a bureaucrat. He sees them as a human being.

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Black People Are Being Openly Bought and Sold in Libyan Slave Markets

Black Africans are being sold like inanimate objects in slave auctions across Libya. Like so many modern horrors, there is video evidence of this atrocity.

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Libya Is Home to a 21st-Century Slave Market and the UN Security Council Won't Act

CNN recently aired a powerful report from Libya, where the reporters went into a house and shot footage of an auction of human beings. Yes, this is a 21st-century slave market. The journalists – Nima Elbagir, Raja Razek, Alex Platt and Bryony Jones – brought to the world’s attention something grotesque: evidence of how terrible the situation is these days not only in Libya, but also in the Sahel region of Africa. Their story evoked a strong message from the Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, who wrote on Twitter, ‘my prayers go to those suffering slavery in #Libya. May Allah be by your side and may this cruelty come to an end!’ So far, there has been no such reaction from David Cameron (former Prime Minister of the UK), Nikolas Sarkozy (former President of France) and Barack Obama (former President of the United States). The three of them – as leaders of NATO - engineered the destruction of Libya in 2011. What we see now is the detritus of NATO’s policy.

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WaPo Worships a Principled, Humanitarian McCain Who Has Never Existed

In a fawning editorial Saturday (7/22/17), pillar of the national security establishment Washington Post fell over itself to commend a John McCain that never existed, instead lavishing praise on a well-curated PR facsimile developed over decades.

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Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz Want More Western Intervention, Fueling the Very Islamist Extremism They Claim to Fight

Sam Harris’ life goal is ostensibly to defeat Islamist extremism; it is the focus of his constant diatribes. Yet he is strangely also an advocate for the very wars of regime change that have fueled the rise of Salafi-jihadist groups, from al-Qaeda to ISIS. This hypocritical approach suggests Harris has yet to wake up to the impact of the militaristic policies he proposes.

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The Manchester Bombing Is Blowback from the West’s Disastrous Interventions and Covert Proxy Wars

The heinous suicide bombing by British-born Salman Abedi of an Arianna Grande concert in Manchester was not merely the work of an “evil loser,” as Donald Trump called it. It was blowback from interventionist policies carried out in the name of human rights and “civilian protection.” Through wars of regime change and the arming and training of Islamist proxy groups, the US, UK and France played out imperial delusions across the Middle East. In Syria and Libya, they cultivated the perfect petri dish for jihadist insurgency, helping to spawn weaponized nihilists like Abedi intent on bringing the West’s wars back home.  

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Pundits Who Helped Sell NATO's Destruction of Libya Push for Trump to Lead Syria Regime Change

Pundits across the U.S. are amplifying the calls for further military intervention in Syria, as the Trump administration indicates regime change may be back on the agenda. The U.S. attacked the Syrian government on April 6, launching 59 Tomahawk missiles at a major air base, destroying 20 percent of its planes, according to the Pentagon.

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There’s No Strategy Behind Trump’s Wars - Only Brute Force

These are awesome days for headline writers. So many global settings, such an abundance of weapons, such a wealth of choices!

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4 Leading Newspapers Laying the Groundwork for Another Disastrous Regime Change War

The drums of war are beating anew. Republicans and Democrats, neoconservatives and liberal interventionists alike are calling on the Trump administration to pursue regime change in Syria. And as is so often the case, the U.S. corporate media is playing a pivotal role in amplifying the demands for more military intervention.

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