Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies. He edits its Foreign Policy In Focus and OtherWords services, contributes regularly to both outlets, and works with IPS experts to develop writing for mainstream and progressive publications.

He’s a former associate editor of Right Web, a project that monitors efforts to influence U.S. foreign policy, and helped coordinate the first annual Global Day of Action on Military Spending.

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People Who Care About Democracy Don’t Plot Coups Abroad

Do we think people who armed death squads and started wars really want to “bring democracy” to Venezuela?
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The Super Bowl and Politics

Maybe you didn't notice before Colin Kaepernick took a knee, but the NFL has been deeply politicized for years.
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Not One Network Should Have Aired Trump's Immigration Speech

The president is going to demonize the media no matter what they do. So why not do the right thing?
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Paul Ryan Was a Villain and No One Will Miss Him

The outgoing House speaker’s entire career was a cash grab for billionaires, capped off by a low trick to literally starve children.
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It's Good to Argue About Dead Presidents

New debates, especially on overlooked subjects, bring new vibrancy to our civic life. In death, even flawed politicians can do us that final service.
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Midterm Takeaway: We Need a Lot More Democracy

Republicans banked this election on lies, fear-mongering, and rule-rigging. It almost worked.
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D.C. Residents Don't Have a Vote. That Makes a Big Difference Wherever You Live.

Our government would look a lot different if the 4.5 million Americans in non-voting territories like D.C. and Puerto Rico has a voice.
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Nobody in the White House Is Part of 'The Resistance'

They admit Trump’s dangerous, but they’ll stick with him as long as he cuts billionaires’ taxes, deregulates corporations, and feeds the military-industrial complex.
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Iraq Should Be a Much Bigger Part of McCain’s Legacy Than His ‘Civility’

The “straight talk” people praise McCain for is actually what most of them can’t stand about politicians: They say noble words but cast ignoble votes.
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Trump Snubbed McCain. The Media Snubbed the Rest of Us.

The media treated Trump's petty snub of John McCain as a bigger controversy than the $717 billion Pentagon bill named for the Arizona senator.
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The Supreme Court is a Slurring, Undemocratic Mess

The court’s been popping off far-right proclamations like a drunk uncle at Thanksgiving.
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Nevermind the Wall — They’re Building Warehouses

The newest plank of immigration enforcement? Piling children into overcrowded detention centers.
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Actually, Trump Loves Chinese Goods—So Long as they Make Him Richer

Trump rallied to save a major Chinese firm right in the middle of a trade war of his own making. Why?
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There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria

We fired 105 missiles on April 14. That’s 10 times the number of Syrian refugees we’ve taken all year.
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Get Ready for Bush 2.0

The president once distanced himself from the Bush legacy. Now he's brought back the architects of its darkest moments.
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What Trump Wants on Immigration Is Ethnic Cleansing

The president's "open hand" to Democrats is full of poison pills.

A Year Out, the Election Day Hangover We Can't Get Rid Of

At his inauguration Trump promised a government controlled by the people. How are the people faring so far?
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Republicans Admit Their Tax Plan Is All About Rich Donors

It’s unpopular. It’s expensive. But the donors want it.
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A U.S. Soldier Died in Niger. What on Earth Are We Doing There?

When our soldiers kill and die in wars we don’t know about and can’t end, we’re not a democracy anymore.
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White Supremacy Carries More Than a Tiki Torch

Republicans are condemning Trump’s coddling of white supremacists. Can they speak out against racist laws, too?

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