Spying a dirty business, whoever does it: Using Students, Teachers, Journalists and other Professionals as Spies Puts Everyone in Jeopardy

By Dave Lindorff

The US is accusing China of using college students studying in the US to spy for China, but that, even if true (there hasn’t been a trial yet), would be only half the story. The US, at great risk to those of us who work and travel abroad, also tries to enlist seemingly innocent Americans going abroad to spy for it.

I learned this first hand back in the early 1990s when I spent a year in China  teaching journalism at Shanghai’s prestigious Fudan University as a Fulbright read more

Armistice Day ended the War to End Wars; the Treaty of Versailles gave us War Without End

Allied soldiers carry a wounded comrade during the battle of Passchendaele in WWI

Historians debate to what extent the Treaty of Versailles was responsible for Hitler’s march to World War II, but there can be little doubt that the treaty ending the “War to End All Wars” continues to be a major factor in our ongoing “War Without End.”

On November, 11, 1918, Europe laid exhausted and nearly bled dry. Just months before the war ended on that date, fresh, motivated U.S. troops entered the fight and assured an Allied victory. As a result, President Woodrow Wilson read more

Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, The CIA and Me

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When historian Alfred McCoy began his long journey to expose some of the darkest secrets of the U.S. national security establishment, America was embroiled in wars in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.  Almost 50 years later, the United States is, in one way or another, involved in so many more conflicts from Afghanistan, read more