Spencer McClellan

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A Consensus Emerges: Russia Committed an “Act of War” on Par With Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Should the U.S. Response Be Similar?

In the wake of last week’s indictments alleging that 13 Russian nationals and entities created fake social media accounts and sponsored political …

Blowback: How ISIS Was Created by the U.S. Invasion of Iraq

“Your brother created ISIS,” college student Ivy Ziedrich told a startled Jeb Bush after a town hall meeting in Reno, Nevada, in May 2015. The …

National Security

Where reporters face beatings, threats and death

<b>Sitting behind a desktop computer in his first-floor offices in Islamabad, Taha Siddiqui cuts a lonely figure.</b><p>He is a well-known journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and many other international publications. In 2014 he won the Albert Londres Prix award, the French …

The U.S. Media Suffered Its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages and Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened

Is that what happened here? Did these “multiple sources” who fed not just CNN, but also MSNBC and CBS completely false information do so deliberately …

Trump White House Weighing Plans for Private Spies to Counter “Deep State” Enemies

The proposals would utilize an army of spies with no official cover in several countries deemed “denied areas” for current American intelligence …

Texas: Is domestic violence a common theme in mass shootings?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/av_pv7_pa3/modav/bUnknown-4782b1e0-f8ef-4857-b88b-7ceba51688f2_p05mg7x4_1510154660078.mp4?__gda__=1532768102_bf488537514cee372128a61b01d354a0<p><b>The US Air Force is investigating why it didn't flag that the man who killed 26 people in a Texas church had been barred</b> …

Revolution: The events that sparked 100 angry years

Exactly a century after the Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace, the effects of the Russian Revolution still reverberate.<p>Steve Rosenberg reports from four Russian cities where its legacy is still felt.<p>To find out more, tap HERE:

Revolution

Why are US mass shootings getting more deadly?

<b>Three of the worst five shootings in modern US history have happened in the last 16 months.</b><p>It began - more or less - with 13, the number killed in 1949 in Camden, New Jersey, one of the earliest mass shootings in the US. An army veteran, Howard Unruh, killed his neighbours.<p>Over the next several …

Guns

Trump Xi: Property man meets career communist

<b>Donald Trump is the kind of person who occasionally gets locked up in Xi Jinping's China. A boastful billionaire, someone who thinks he is bigger than the Party, bigger than the national project.</b><p>Such a colossus can disappear to no known location for a period of quiet reflection with the help of the …

Trump repeals consumer arbitration rule, wins banker praise

President Trump on Wednesday signed a repeal of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) rule on forced arbitration, winning praise from …

The time when America stopped being great

<b>A year ago Donald Trump produced the biggest political upset in modern-day America, but were there historical clues that pointed to his unexpected victory?</b><p>Flying into Los Angeles, a descent that takes you from the desert, over the mountains, to the outer suburbs dotted with swimming pools shaped …

Los Angeles

Santa Muerte: The rise of Mexico’s death 'saint'

<b>With readings, hymns and communion, Daniel Santana's Sunday service could pass for a traditional Catholic Mass, if it were not for the cloaked skeletons and skulls that surround him.</b><p>The ceremony takes place at a modest temple to Santa Muerte, the Mexican folk saint of death, in a rundown area of …

Hinduism

Commentary: The unlikely – and ironic – effects of Islamic State’s fall in Iraq

Islamic State has been routed in Iraq. On October 5, the militant group lost the northern town of Hawija – its last urban stronghold after Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul and Tal Afar earlier this year. The brutal battles for these cities have been well documented. Less noticed, however, has been how …

Middle East

Exclusive - Game of Drones: U.S. poised to boost unmanned aircraft exports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is nearing completion of new “Buy American” rules to make it easier to sell U.S.-made military drones overseas and compete against fast-growing Chinese and Israeli rivals, senior U.S. officials said.<p>While President Donald Trump’s aides work on …

National Security

Russia-Trump: Who's who in the drama to end all dramas?

<b>It's more gripping than any box set we can get our hands on right now.</b><p>The investigations into Russian interference in the US election, and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin, continue to deliver daily developments and drama worthy of anything seen in House of Cards.<p>Thirty-two …

Donald Trump

The Trump Dossier Dam Is Breaking

A U.S. political party applied to a hostile power for lurid stories about a domestic opponent.<p>By<p>Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.<p>’Tis the season of tossing out nondisclosure agreements. Victims and employees of Harvey Weinstein clamor to be released from their NDAs so they can talk about his abuse. Perkins …

Commentary: Europe’s war of the nationalists picks up steam

The defeat of ultra-nationalist parties in the Netherlands and in France earlier this year gave European leaders the sense that fear of a far-right surge had, after all, been misplaced. As it turns out, it was the relief that was misplaced.<p>Frauke Petry (C), chairwoman of the far-right Alternative …

Europe

Commentary: China’s ‘Big Brother’ tech gives surveillance new reach

As tens of thousands of Chinese drinkers walked into a beer festival in the eastern port city of Qingdao in August, a software program scanned their pictures. Those identified as being on a police list of wanted persons were pinpointed in less than a second. By the end of the three-week event, …

China

Xi Jinping: The president who lived in a cave

After five years, Xi Jinping is tightening his grip on power.<p>How did an unassuming official come to embody China's destiny?<p>TAP HERE to read more.

'Islamic State': Raqqa's loss seals rapid rise and fall

<b>Abu Anis only realised something unusual was happening when he heard the sound of explosions coming from the old city on the western bank of the Tigris as it runs through Mosul.</b><p>"I phoned some friends over there, and they said armed groups had taken over, some of them foreign, some Iraqis," the …

Middle East

Minamoto Clan

The Minamoto clan was an extended family group which dominated Japanese government and the imperial court in the 12th and 13th centuries CE. The clan …

Despite Clinton impeachment vote, Gingrich says President 'cannot obstruct justice'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday that it's impossible for President Donald Trump to obstruct justice because of the fact that he's president.<p>"Technically, the President of the United States cannot obstruct justice," Gingrich said at the National Press Club in an …

Taxpayer-Funded Horror at Standing Rock

Police brutality against protesters is reminiscent of civil-rights battles like Selma. And the state has borrowed millions to fund it.<p><i>UPDATE: Ten</i> …

World War Three, by Mistake

Harsh political rhetoric, combined with the vulnerability of the nuclear command-and-control system, has made the risk of global catastrophe greater than ever.<p>On June 3, 1980, at about two-thirty in the morning, computers at the National Military Command Center, beneath the Pentagon, at the …

Global Warming and the Future of Humanity: An Interview With Noam Chomsky and Graciela Chichilnisky

The Earth’s climate is being radically modified by human action, creating a very different planet, one that may not be able to sustain organized …

Climate Change

15 Years After 9/11, the World Trade Center Is Still a Target

Who protects the building in the crosshairs?<p><i>Originally published in the September 2013 issue</i>.<p>I walked the World Trade Center memorial plaza not long ago as a tourist—one of the eight million or so who've come since the plaza opened on 9/11/11. It was noon on a Monday of tropical humidity and fat …

Stop Being Ridiculous: We Agree On Animal Alternatives

While watching the games of 2016 -- not the Olympics, the U.S. presidential election -- I am reminded of the stare-down between drug companies and animal rights activists. Of this mounting conflict, you'd think the answer is simple -- that animals can and should eventually make their exit from so …

Activism

Goodbye, Harper. Good riddance.

Like fame and drugs, politics consumes its own.<p>Stephen Harper is no exception. Marketed as the archetypal Strong Leader, he ends as a rickety Wizard …

Liberals replacing Harper Tories’ anti-terror project with new program

As the Liberals prepare to launch their signature anti-terrorism initiative, they have closed the door on a previous one by the Conservative government.<p>On Thursday, Liberal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale released a report on the terrorist threat to Canada that said the Islamic State is the …