Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy who has been independent since a brief period of university teaching in the 1980s. Dr. Porter is the author of five books, the latest book, “Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare,” was published in February 2014. He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005.

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National security adviser John Bolton. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr) Views
Thursday, February 28, 2019
The Right May Finally Get Its War on Iran
John Bolton has never made a secret of his burning desire to stoke a war between the United States and Iran. But Bolton is not the only one on Donald Trump’s national security team who dreams of such a military confrontation. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has joined with Bolton in recent months to...
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A girl eats boiled leaves from a local vine to stave off starvation in the district of Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen. (Photo: Hammadi Issa / AP) Views
Monday, December 31, 2018
Is the End of the Brutal War in Yemen Finally at Hand?
When the new Congress convenes Jan. 3, it is expected to pass a House resolution upholding congressional war powers and ending all direct U.S. involvement in the Saudi coalition’s war in Yemen. But hopes remain high that H. Con. Res. 138 will help to end the Yemen war itself. Congressional...
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Friday, October 26, 2018
Time to End the Ruinous U.S. Alliance with Saudi Arabia
The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi now seems very likely to prompt Congress to impose some sanctions on the Saudi government, and it may finally act to end the active US role in the Saudi-UAE war on Yemen. Perhaps more significantly, some senior Democratic Party figures in Congress have...
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"Contrary to the idea relentlessly repeated in media coverage that there is no objective basis for a denuclearization agreement, it has become clear to Pompeo that Kim is serious about reaching such an agreement." (Photo: Ahn Young-joon / AP) Views
Monday, June 11, 2018
How Corporate Media Got the Trump-Kim Summit All Wrong
For weeks, the corporate media have been saying that the Trump-Kim summit could have only two possible results: Either Trump will walk away angrily or Kim Jong Un will trick him into a deal in which he extracts concessions from Trump but never commits to complete denuclearization. The idea that...
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Bolton’s hopes of keeping the option of U.S. war on Iran flopped in 2004, but he still believes in a first strike against North Korea, as he urged in an op-ed in late February. Views
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Did John Bolton Leak Intelligence to Sabotage a Trump-Kim Deal?
The still-unscheduled Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit offers the opportunity for a denuclearization deal that would avoid a possible nuclear war, but that potential deal remains vulnerable to a hostile corporate media sector and political elites in the United States. At the center of this hostility...
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Anti-war protesters in South Korea wear cutouts of President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in November after a rally demanding peace on the Korean Peninsula. (Ahn Young-joon / AP) Views
Friday, January 19, 2018
Why Trump’s North Korea 'Bloody Nose' Campaign Is a Big Bluff
The Trump administration’s leaks of plans for a “bloody nose” strike on North Korean nuclear and/or missile sites is only the most recent evidence of its effort to sell the idea that the United States is prepared for a first strike against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). But the “...
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Saturday, October 21, 2017
Trump Trashes Iran Deal to Satisfy Netanyahu
President Donald Trump’s new Iran policy clearly represents a dangerous rejection of diplomacy in favor of confrontation. But it’s more than that: It’s a major shift toward a much closer alignment of U.S. policy with that of the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Whether...
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Thursday, October 12, 2017
Congress, End America's Role in Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen
The Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen is a tragedy of epic proportions in which the United States is deeply and directly involved. The war has caused mass starvation and a cholera epidemic that is worse than any the world has witnessed in the past 50 years, with the latest estimate of Yemeni victims at...
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Friday, May 12, 2017
Will Trump Agree to the Pentagon's Permanent War in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria?
The two top national security officials in the Trump administration – Secretary of Defence James Mattis and national security adviser HR McMaster - are trying to secure long-term US ground and air combat roles in the three long-running wars in the greater Middle East – Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria...
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Saturday, April 22, 2017
US 'Deep State' Sold Out Counter-Terrorism to Keep Itself in Business
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman outraged many readers when he wrote an opinion piece on 12 April calling on President Trump to "back off fighting territorial ISIS in Syria". The reason he gave for that recommendation was not that US wars in the Middle East are inevitably self-defeating and...
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