PorterManufacturing a ‘Good Adversary’ in Tehran

The real story behind America's 30-year Cold War with Iran

By Gareth Porter

The real reason the U.S. abandoned rapprochement with Iran was the need to justify Cold War appropriations after the collapse of the Soviet Union. America, and its business interests, manufactured a new global threat. To head off deep cuts in the CIA budget, the agency’s director Robert M. Gates had by the early 1990s identified Iran and the proliferation of nuclear weapons as a new threat.

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A drilling platform at dusk outside of Montrose.Play Grounds

Documenting a rural Pennsylvania community transformed by the hydraulic fracturing industry

By Madeline Cottingham

After living in Montrose for the summer of 2014, Madeline Cottingham set out to document her time exploring the landscape and engaging with the community. The title is drawn from the industry term for an area expected to be profitable—”shale play.” The Washington Spectator presents an excerpt of Cottingham’s collection in partnership with the artist.

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PetrostateStephen Harper’s Petro-State Is Built on Tar Sands

If two or three of five proposed lines are stopped, the stranding of the tar sands will escalate

By Mark Dowie Read

You Can’t Make the Congress Do Anything

The ability of presidents to move the legislative needle will always be severely limited

By Scott Lemieux Read

Alan Gross CubaBungling Agent Alan Gross Becomes Change Agent in Cuba

His story reads like a script from the old spy spoof “Get Smart”

By Lou Dubose Read

Kill the Bastard: The Money Backing the Obamacare Supreme Court Case

A win in the Supreme Court will provide the ideological investors a healthy return on their money

By Lou Dubose Read

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