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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES | 20 UNLOCK?

Train in vain: the absurd history of training the Iraqi Army

From Iran to Israel to Korea to Romania, the list of countries that have trained Iraqis since 2003 is lengthy. And none achieved anything.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNITED STATES | 15 UNLOCK?

Rundle: American Sniper is the self-hating nihilism of a nation in decay

American Sniper’s alleged anti-war complexities are nothing more than self-pity from a nation that’s lost all meaning.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES |

Pentagon shows the proper way to farewell a beloved monster

While many point out he was a brutal dictator, western elites are mourning Saudi King Abdullah - and none more so than the Pentagon.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES |

Barrett Brown: five years ‘to investigate the prison-industrial complex’

Journalist Barrett Brown, who first exposed the sinister links between the cybersecurity industry and the US government, has been sentenced to five years’ jail.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNITED STATES |

Rundle: Obama has no hope of achieving his agenda, so why is he smiling?

President Barack Obama was in his element at the annual State of the Union address, despite knowing that almost none of his legislative agenda will pass a recalcitrant Congress.

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PAUL MILLAR | UNITED STATES |

Crikey Clarifier: is the US really experiencing a ‘war on police’?

The backlash against heavy-handed policing in the US is getting lots of media coverage, but police officers aren’t necessarily in any extra danger.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNITED STATES |

Rundle: Bush v Clinton mark II and the death of democracy

Anyone can be president of the United States, so long as they come from one of two political dynasties …

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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES |

CIA’s torture program is NOT a relic of the past

The beyond-Kafkaesque nightmare of the CIA torture report isn’t a document of history or a one-off derailment of American values, it’s exactly how the War on Terror continues to be pursued.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES |

US Senate torture report: the essentials

The CIA engaged in a torture program that didn’t work, tortured and killed innocent people, and the agency lied systematically to the authorities while intimidating those who raised concerns, a congressional report finds.

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GILES PARKINSON | UNITED STATES |

The coal-backed fossil fuel lover setting Australia’s climate agenda

Trade Minister Andrew Robb, inexplicably travelling to Lima for climate talks, will have a friend at the conference — Bjorn Lomborg, speaking at an event sponsored by big coal company Peabody Energy.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNITED STATES |

Rundle: the legend of D.B. Cooper

As he bids farewell to the States again, our correspondent-at-large offers the tale of one of a Thanksgiving mystery which changed the experience of being a plane passenger forever.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNITED STATES |

Rundle: the culture of fear in an America where black lives don’t matter

After years of the War on Terror breeding a climate of fear, Americans are finally rising up against authority and class divides.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNITED STATES |

Rundle: in Ferguson, no justice, no peace

The protests over the grand jury decision over teenager Michael Brown’s death are unprecedented in modern America, but not unexpected.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNITED STATES |

Rundle: Obama’s amnesty to illegal immigrants brings millions out of the shadows

The real and symbolic importance of Obama’s promise to provide amnesty to illegal immigrants cannot be overstated.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNITED STATES |

Rundle: the Philae landing, Jonathan Swift, and Kim Kardashian’s arse

Two world-shattering events occurred last week: we landed a probe on a comet, and Kim Kardashian got naked on the cover of a magazine. Crikey’s writer-at-large ponders the significance of the two.

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UNITED STATES |

G20 fails to deliver — but not for lack of Australia trying

The government was right to push for growth at the G20 summit but the minds of international leaders are no longer focused on the forum, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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UNITED STATES |

Catching Obamania in a hot and bothered Brisbane

The President of the United States sure knows how to put on a show. Freelance journalist James Rose is suitably impressed by the Magic of Obama.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNITED STATES |

Rundle: kvetching Democrats don’t know how good they have it

The Left is nothing if not self-defeating, but US Democrats have a lot to be proud of.

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UNITED STATES |

US-China climate deal shows up Australia’s pathetic targets

It is clearer than ever that Australia must act on climate change — or risk being left behind. Climate Institute deputy CEO Erwin Jackson explains.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES |

Surprise! It’s another good war for defence contractors

The share prices of the defence contractors benefiting from the war against Islamic State continue to surge.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES |

Xi-Obama deal leaves Abbott with nowhere to hide on climate

The climate action agreement between China and the US removes the assumption on which the Coalition’s entire contradictory approach to climate change is based.

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WILLIAM BOWE | UNITED STATES |

Poll Bludger: Aussie public takes Left turn as US voters polarise

American voters have been pulling steadily away from the centre over the past ten years, but Australia has moved solidly Left.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNITED STATES |

Rundle: finding peace in the decaying remains of America’s malls

Standing in the hollowed-out carcass of a dying mall, Crikey’s writer-at-large catches a glimpse of the transience of modern life.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNITED STATES |

Rundle: to hell with Kumbayah — Obama turns the guns after Dems wipeout

With heavy losses in the US midterms, some were worried Obama might bow to Republicans in order to stabilise the government. Instead, it looks he’ll go down fighting.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNITED STATES |

Rundle: Hillary promises all-female Democrat team will uphold the US empire

Hillary Rodham Clinton appeals to working and middle-class values at a Democrat event in the US bellwether state of New Hampshire.

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