US-Funded Atlantic Council Shills for Pro-NATO Autocrats While They Brutalize Protesters

As it whitewashes Erdogan and other pro-NATO autocrats, the US government-funded top DC think tank the Atlantic Council rakes in money from Turkey and other authoritarian states.

By Ben Norton / AlterNet

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In Saudis’ Den of Extremism, Trump Trades Advanced Weapons for $200 Billion Investment in Rust Belt Swing States

President Trump plans to sign the largest weapons deal in history in return for $200 billion of Saudi investment in Rust Belt states he needs to win re-election.

By Max Blumenthal / AlterNet

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I Visited Al Qaeda’s Syrian Stronghold and Saw How U.S. Backing of ‘Moderate’ Rebels Is Bolstering Jihadists

Journalist Lindsey Snell reports from inside Idlib, al-Qaeda’s Syrian stronghold.

By Lindsey Snell / AlterNet

I spent a night this past July crammed in a sitting room with a family in Kafr Halab, a small village in the western countryside of Aleppo. The Russian air force was in the midst of a bombing campaign, dropping cluster munitions on homes in the area. I held my breath each time I heard a plane, but the family’s matriarch offered reassurance. “If you can hear that plane sound, it means they are far away.”

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