Sean Vigneau-Britt

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Everything we thought we knew about free trade is wrong

“I’m a free trader,” said Donald Trump, in his speech announcing his candidacy. That was in June 2015. Since then, he’s been singing a very different tune. Sounding more like a flannel-wearing protester than the ruthless tycoon of <i>The Apprentice,</i> Trump now says the US needs “fair trade, not free …

Economics

Inside the fight to reveal the CIA's torture secrets

The first part of the inside story of the Senate investigation into torture, the crisis with the CIA it spurred and the man whose life would never be the same<p>Support the Guardian’s fearless journalism by making a contribution or becoming a member<p>Daniel Jones had always been friendly with the CIA …

Surveillance

Noam Chomsky: America is an empire in decline

The celebrated political scientist talks neoliberalism, Western triumphalism and more. Part 1 of a 2-part excerpt<p>[<i>This piece, the first of two parts, is excerpted</i> <i>from Noam Chomsky’s new book,</i> Who Rules the World? <i>(Metro</i><i>politan Books)</i>]<p>When we ask “Who rules the world?” we commonly adopt the standard …

The Obama Doctrine

The U.S. president talks through his hardest decisions about America’s role in the world.<p>Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered …

Geopolitics

A 'Mini-Chernobyl' in California

In November, injections of fluid that mixed with hydrocarbons began spitting up from the well and raining down as an oily mist on Porter Ranch, an upscale community of 30,000 below the storage field. Residents found oily residue indoors, but SoCal Gas took seven weeks to install giant screens to …

An Urgent Message to Bernie Sanders' Supporters

By Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould<p>The struggle between "socialist" Bernie Sanders and "New Democrat" Hillary Clinton points out an old conflict underlying the nature of Democratic Party politics which could be regarded as "the love that dare not speak its name."<p>That "love" is the Democratic …

Who Poisoned Flint, Michigan?

Mom moved my two sisters and me to the appropriately named town of Flushing on the outskirts of Flint, Michigan, in 1980. My dad had just been killed …

Water

Hubris takes them all down: This is why every president makes the same dumb mistakes

We fight on both sides of wars. We think we can identify good terrorists and moderate rebels. We are always wrong<p><b>ISIS: Iraq War 3.0</b><p>The national security sector of the Deep State achieved a zenith of incoherence in June 2014, during the advance toward Baghdad of the insurgent group ISIS. Having …