Articles by Jon Schwarz

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Elliott Abrams, Trump’s Pick to Bring “Democracy” to Venezuela, Has Spent His Life Crushing Democracy
Jon Schwarz – The Intercept, 4 Feb 2019

30 Jan 2019 – The choice of Abrams sends a clear message: The Trump administration intends to brutalize Venezuela, while proclaiming our love for human rights.

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Tax Havens and Other Dirty Tricks Let U.S. Corporations Steal $180 Billion from the Rest of the World Every Year
Jon Schwarz – The Intercept, 29 Oct 2018

26 Oct 2018 – A new study shows that the corporate use of tax havens is central to how the U.S. functions and wields its power around the world.

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No One Will Be Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Oslo Accords
Jon Schwarz and Alice Speri – The Intercept, 17 Sep 2018

On September 13, 1993, Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization signed the Oslo Accords on the lawn of the White House. Israel’s occupation has only become more entrenched — thanks in part to the cooperation of the Palestinian leadership installed by the Oslo Accords.

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Seymour Hersh’s New Memoir Is a Fascinating, Flabbergasting Masterpiece
Jon Schwarz – The Intercept, 11 Jun 2018

2 Jun 2018 – “Reporter” is one of the most compelling, thrilling, and significant books ever written about American journalism.

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Undercover in North Korea: “All Paths Lead to Catastrophe”
Jon Schwarz – The Intercept, 11 Sep 2017

4 Sep 2017 – Suki Kim spent much of 2011 teaching English to children of North Korea’s elite at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology and had visited NK several times before. Incredibly, Kim’s North Korean minders never realized that she was there undercover to engage in some of history’s riskiest investigative journalism. Kim kept notes and documents on hidden USB sticks and her camera’s SIM card.

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Trump Intel Chief: North Korea Learned from Libya War to “Never” Give Up Nukes
Jon Schwarz – The Intercept, 31 Jul 2017

Dan Coats did something truly shocking at the Aspen Security Forum: He told the truth about the effects of U.S. foreign policy.

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Why Do So Many Americans Fear Muslims? Decades of Denial about America’s Role in the World
Jon Schwarz – The Intercept, 20 Feb 2017

What surprises me about the poll results isn’t that lots of Americans like the ban — but that so many Americans don’t. Regular people have lives to lead and can’t investigate complicated issues in detail. Instead they usually take their cues from leaders they trust. And given what politicians across U.S. political spectrum say about terrorism, Trump’s executive order makes perfect sense. There are literally no national-level American politicians telling a story that would help ordinary people understand why Trump’s goals are both horrendously counterproductive and morally vile.

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Here’s a Way to Shut Down Panama Papers-Style Tax Havens — If We Wanted To
Jon Schwarz – The Intercept, 18 Apr 2016

Tax havens serve two functions: tax evasion, which involves hiding assets and is illegal, and tax avoidance, which is done by multinational corporations in the open and is legal (since the same corporations have conveniently made sure the laws work that way.). Eliminating them requires different strategies. It is not technically difficult to crush the tax haven industry. The challenge would be mustering the political will.

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Netanyahu Uses Same Fill-in-the-Blanks Response to Criticism as ISIS and Al Qaeda
Jon Schwarz – The Intercept, 4 Apr 2016

All perpetrators of extreme political brutality tend to react to criticism from their own side in exactly the same way, just with different nouns.

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“Where to Invade Next” Is the Most Subversive Movie Michael Moore Has Ever Made
Jon Schwarz – The Intercept, 15 Feb 2016

On its surface, Where to Invade Next seems to be a cheerful travelogue as Moore enjoys an extended vacation, “invading” a passel of European countries plus Tunisia to steal their best ideas and bring them back home to America.

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Drones, IBM, And the Big Data of Death
Jon Schwarz – The Intercept, 26 Oct 2015

“There are no nations, there are no peoples … there is no America, there is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and AT&T and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today.” IBM received over $1.34 billion in federal contracts in fiscal year 2014, an increase of $108 million over FY 2013.

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A Short History of U.S. Bombing of Civilian Facilities
Jon Schwarz – The Intercept, 12 Oct 2015

7 Oct 2015 – On October 3, a U.S. AC-130 gunship attacked a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières in Kunduz, Afghanistan, partially destroying it. Below is a sampling of such incidents since the 1991 Gulf War.

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An “Enormous Opportunity”: A Short, Awful 9/11 Quiz
Jon Schwarz – The Intercept, 14 Sep 2015

For regular people, terrorism and wars are tragedies. For our leaders — in every country — they’re something very different.

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Appellate Court Judges Cite “1984” to Expand Corporate First Amendment Rights
Jon Schwarz – The Intercept, 24 Aug 2015

Telling companies they have to disclose if they are financing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is too big a step toward totalitarianism, the D.C. Circuit rules.

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‘Politico’ Gives CIA’s Worst WMD Liar a Platform to Slam Seymour Hersh
Jon Schwarz – The Intercept, 18 May 2015

What’s neither appropriate nor useful is to give former government officials the chance to attack Hersh’s story without giving readers the context of their track record of veracity.

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AP: Americans Strongly Support Different, Imaginary Drone Program
Dan Froomkin and Jon Schwarz – The Intercept, 4 May 2015

1 May 2015 – The headline on the Associated Press story is unambiguous: “AP Poll: 60 percent of Americans approve of drone strikes on terrorists.” Strangely enough, if you get to the story’s ninth paragraph, you learn that the AP’s own reporters have a pretty good hunch that the previous eight paragraphs were bullshit.

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Seven Things You Didn’t Know the U.S. and Its Allies Did to Iran
Jon Schwarz – The Intercept, 13 Apr 2015

A proposed nuclear deal is the first time in 35 years that U.S.-Iranian relations aren’t being driven by fear.

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