Nicolas J S Davies

Nicolas J S Davies

Nicolas J S Davies is the author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq and of the chapter on "Obama At War" in Grading the 44th President: A Report Card on Barack Obama's First Term as a Progressive Leader.

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On the eve of renewed sanctions by Washington, an Iranian protester holds a burning picture of President Donald Trump outside the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 4, 2018. (Photo: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) Views
Monday, June 17, 2019
U.S. Sanctions: Economic Sabotage That Is Deadly, Illegal, and Ineffective
While the mystery of who is responsible for sabotaging the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman remains unsolved, it is clear that the Trump administration has been sabotaging Iranian oil shipments since May 2, when it announced its intention to “ bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its...
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
War and Peace and the 2020 Presidential Candidates
Forty-five years after Congress passed the War Powers Act in the wake of the Vietnam War, it has finally used it for the first time , to try to end the U.S.-Saudi war on the people of Yemen and to recover its constitutional authority over questions of war and peace. This hasn’t stopped the war yet...
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A student remains on the ground in front of National Guards during an opposition protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on February 12, 2014. (Photo: Leo Ramirez) Views
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
U.S. Brinksmanship in Venezuela Is Dangerous
In 1995 William Blum wrote a masterful book in which he chronicled U.S. involvement in fifty-five regime change operations around the world, from China (1945-1960s) to Haiti (1986-1994). Since 1995, the U.S. has been involved in twelve more regime change operations—Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq,...
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Pro-government supporters attend a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump in Caracas, Venezuela in 2018. (Photo: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) Views
Monday, February 04, 2019
Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster
In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II , William Blum, who died in December 2018, wrote chapter-length accounts of 55 U.S. regime change operations against countries around the world, from China (1945-1960s) to Haiti (1986-1994). Noam Chomsky’s...
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Friday, February 01, 2019
Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar?
When the Trump administration unilaterally pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018 and announced it would reimpose sanctions against Iran, the European Union (EU) declared its commitment to preserving the agreement and finding ways for its companies to circumvent U.S. sanctions. Now,...
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Americans share the vital interest of the rest of the world in dismantling the U.S. empire and starting to work with all our neighbors to build a peaceful, just and sustainable post-imperial future that we all can share. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, January 03, 2019
The Hidden Structure of U.S. Empire
My father was a doctor in the British Royal Navy, and I grew up traveling by troop-ship between the last outposts of the British Empire - Trincomalee, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Malta, Aden, Singapore - and living in and around naval dockyards in England and Scotland. The British naval bases where I...
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Will the New House Democrats Take on the War Lobby?
A new Democratic majority will take charge in the U.S. House of Representatives in January, thanks to a remarkable rebound in public participation in U.S. elections. Based on early data, it appears that over 49% of eligible voters showed up at the polls this year, compared to a 70-year low of 36.4...
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As I explained in my Consortium News report, no such effort to count the dead by reviewing media reports, records from hospitals and other "passive" sources, no matter how thoroughly, can ever fully count the dead amid the widespread violence and chaos of a country ravaged by war. (Photo by Sebastiano Tomada/Getty Images Reportage Reportage) Views
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Yemeni War Deaths Underestimated by Five To One
In April, I made new estimates of the death toll in America’s post-2001 wars in a three-part Consortium News report. I estimated that these wars have now killed several million people. I explained that widely reported but much lower estimates of the numbers of combatants and civilians killed were...
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Thursday, March 15, 2018
The Iraq Death Toll 15 Years After the US Invasion
March 19 marks 15 years since the U.S.-U.K invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the American people have no idea of the enormity of the calamity the invasion unleashed. The US military has refused to keep a tally of Iraqi deaths. General Tommy Franks, the man in charge of the initial invasion, bluntly...
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Sunday, May 01, 2016
Escalating U.S. Air Strikes Kill Hundreds of Civilians in Mosul, Iraq
USA Today revealed on April 19th that U.S. air forces have been operating under looser rules of engagement in Iraq and Syria since last fall. The war commander, Lt Gen McFarland, now orders air strikes that are expected to kill up to 10 civilians without prior approval from U.S. Central Command,...
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