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As Conflict With Iran Escalates, Path To Peace Can Be Found

As Conflict With Iran Escalates, Path To Peace Can Be Found

 Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The recent escalation of conflict between the United States and Iran threatens another US military quagmire that would create crisis and chaos in Iran, the region and perhaps globally as well as costing the US trillions of dollars. The US needs to change course — a deeply wrong course it has been on[Read More…]

The Middle East: Barrelling towards a nuclear and ballistic missiles arms race

The Middle East: Barrelling towards a nuclear and ballistic missiles arms race

The Middle East is barrelling towards a nuclear and ballistic missiles arms race. The race is being aided and abetted by a US policy that views the region through the dual prism of the need to stop in its tracks an aggressive, expansionary, and destabilizing Islamic republic that seeks to dominate and as a lucrative market for the US defense[Read More…]

Air India Flight 182 bombing anniversary exposes the double speak of Indian state and its apologists on terrorism

Air India Flight 182 bombing anniversary exposes the double speak of Indian state and its apologists on terrorism

Today marks 34 years of the Air India Flight 182 bombing that left 329 people dead. The suitcase bomb used in the crime that is widely blamed on Sikh separatists seeking revenge from the Indian government originated from Vancouver. The incident was the worst attack in the history of aviation terror before 9/11. Investigators believe that the episode was in[Read More…]

Punitive fines threaten whistleblower Chelsea Manning with bankruptcy

Punitive fines threaten whistleblower Chelsea Manning with bankruptcy

Last Thursday, lawyers for the courageous whistleblower Chelsea Manning issued a legal challenge to punitive fines that were imposed upon her by a federal district court judge last month. Her legal team has warned that the unprecedented financial penalties threaten her with imminent bankruptcy. Manning has been imprisoned by the Trump administration since May 16 for refusing to give perjured testimony[Read More…]

Will American Belligerence Against Iran lead to War?

Will American Belligerence Against Iran lead to War?

The empire is at its old game of aggression again and the stakes have been getting higher since the JCPOA was shredded by Donald Trump in 2018 and a lot more higher since the US led Warsaw Conference was held in February 2019 in Warsaw, Poland in which US secretary of state and Iran hawk Mike Pompeo said that the[Read More…]

The Antiwar Movement No One Can See 

The Antiwar Movement No One Can See 

When Donald Trump entered the Oval Office in January 2017, Americans took to the streets all across the country to protest their instantly endangered rights. Conspicuously absent from the newfound civic engagement, despite more than a decade and a half of this country’s fruitless, destructive wars across the Greater Middle East and northern Africa, was antiwar sentiment, much less an[Read More…]

Correcting a colonial injustice: The return of the Chagos Islands to its natives

Correcting a colonial injustice: The return of the Chagos Islands to its natives

  The correction of this injustice has been achieved through a long drawn fight, somewhat of a David and Goliath contest. The outcome, culminating in a spectacular opinion and vote, has a number of consequences that can impact a rules-based international order, a commitment promoted by the UN Charter which specifically seeks to ‘establish conditions under which justice and respect[Read More…]

 Wall Street Wants Dems to Nominate Anyone But Sanders, Warren, or Gabbard

 Wall Street Wants Dems to Nominate Anyone But Sanders, Warren, or Gabbard

A June 16th article in the New York Times headlined “Wall Street Donors Are Swooning for Mayor Pete. (They Like Biden and Harris, Too.)”. It noted that “Two candidates in the top tier of polls, Mr. Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, have railed against the financial industry and opted against the kind of fancy fund-raisers with catering and[Read More…]

Banning violence and harassment in workplace: Agreement at ILO Centenary Conference

Banning violence and harassment in workplace: Agreement at ILO Centenary Conference

A major international agreement banning violence and harassment in the workplace has been adopted by the International Labour Organization’s Centenary Conference in Geneva. This has been hailed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his address at the Conference. Guterres congratulated Member States on  “building upon a legacy of achievement, guided by that age-old vision of social justice through social dialogue[Read More…]

US and Canada are Backing an Elite White Supremacist Minority in Venezuela

US and Canada are Backing an Elite White Supremacist Minority in Venezuela

[ABOVE: Simon Bolivar, El Libertador, Early 19th century South American who, along with Jose de San Martin, led Latin America in the war of independence from The Spanish Empire. Bolivar is the symbol of Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolution of the 21st century. Photo Wikipedia.] The US and Canada are not supporting “the return of democracy” in Venezuela as they claim.[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 19)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 19)

Venezuelan Embassy Assaulted  After having recognized a guy (who was even not a candidate during the last election) as President of Venezuela, and while watching its dumb plans against Venezuela falling apart, one by one, the US administration decided to play a very dangerous card: to pressure Venezuelan diplomats to leave the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington and give room to[Read More…]

Why Trump Backed Off On Iran

Why Trump Backed Off On Iran

War is a failure of reason, it has been said, and war with Iran makes little sense after they have faithfully complied with their nuclear agreement (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), endorsed as it has been by the Security Council. It was the US, and the US alone, choosing to abrogate the deal that has resulted in the current[Read More…]

Germany vs. Iran – Has Germany Sold Out to the Devil?

Germany vs. Iran – Has Germany Sold Out to the Devil?

Madame Angela Merkel – the head of Europe’s strongest economy, of the leader of the European Union, said that there was strong evidence that Iran attacked the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Ten days ago, German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, travelled to Tehran, officially to “save” the Nuclear Deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – JCPoA), but in[Read More…]

Public decency law puts Saudi reforms in perspective

Public decency law puts Saudi reforms in perspective

A newly adopted Saudi law on public decency helps define Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s vague notion of ‘moderate Islam.’ It also lays bare the pitfalls of his social reforms as well as his preference for hyper-nationalism rather than religion as the legitimizing ideology of his rule and his quest for control of every aspect of Saudi life. In an[Read More…]

Permafrost Collapses 70 Years Early

Permafrost Collapses 70 Years Early

  Fasten your seat belt!  Global warming is on a rampage. As a consequence, many ecosystems may be on the verge of total collapse. In fact, recent activity in the hinterlands surely looks that way.Over time, the backlash for civilized society, where people live in comfort, could be severe, meaning extreme discomfort. But still, nobody knows when or how bad[Read More…]

Bill Clinton in Kosovo

Bill Clinton in Kosovo

“War in the name of morality provides as many reasons for historical shudders as war in the name of self-interest, for at least the latter may be easier to call off when self-interest calls for compromise.” Lawrence Freedman, Review of International Studies, July, 2000 The Balkans has often been prone to seizures of mysticism, glum prediction and predation.  But one[Read More…]

The sorry state of Canadian democracy

The sorry state of Canadian democracy

In spite of the “writ” not having been “dropped” Canada is already in full election mode. Of course politicians are always electioneering as their main purpose once in power is to stay in power in order to reap its rewards and benefits. Otherwise, instead of politicians running the country we could simply let the bureaucrats do their uncelebrated mundane work[Read More…]

MH 17: Charging Individuals on the basis of a deeply flawed Investigation

MH 17: Charging Individuals on the basis of a deeply flawed Investigation

Co-Written by Dr. Chandra Muzaffar & Tan Sri Norian Mai The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) and the Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) share Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s skepticism about  Russia’s culpability in the shooting down of MH17 on the 17th of July 2014. The Dutch-led joint investigation team (JIT) has not produced any solid evidence[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 18)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 18)

Sabotaged electric grid On March 7th, 2019, an alleged cyber attack against Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant (Guris Dam) resulted in a general outage affecting more than 2/3 of Venezuela, mostly in the Western and Central provinces. Without a single piece of evidence, Western MSM immediately started accusing socialism in general, and Maduro’s government in particular, of not “being able to manage a[Read More…]

$20 million: Cost to kill Maduro and corruption Guaido-style

$20 million: Cost to kill Maduro and corruption Guaido-style

Nicolas Maduro, the President of Venezuelan, said foreign backers financed the failed attempt on his life last summer to the tune of $20 million. Maduro said the money was distributed to opposition members in neighboring Colombia. “The plan to kill me that was executed in August cost several million, there is talk of 20 million dollars, said Maduro. The Venezuelan[Read More…]

 The Fake News of D-Day

 The Fake News of D-Day

How best to describe the recently completed allied commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of France? Two words come immediately to mind: heartfelt and poignant. The aged D-Day veterans gathering for what was probably the last time richly deserved every bit of praise bestowed on them. Yet one particular refrain that has become commonplace in this age[Read More…]

A Slow Death: The Ills of the Casual Academic

A Slow Death: The Ills of the Casual Academic

Any sentient being should be offended.  Eventually, the casualisation of the academic workforce was bound to find lazy enthusiasts who neither teach, nor understand the value of a tenured position dedicated to that musty, soon-to-be-forgotten vocation of the pedagogue.  It shows in the designs of certain universities who confuse frothy trendiness with tangible depth: the pedagogue banished from the podium,[Read More…]

Juneteenth 2019: The US Must Repair Historic And Current Racism

Juneteenth 2019: The US Must Repair Historic And Current Racism

On this Juneteenth, we must confront the impacts of racism dating back to the founding of the United States with the slave trade of Black people brought from Africa, Jim Crow segregation, and policies that continue to this day that cause wealth inequality, disinvestment in Black communities, police violence, mass incarceration, and white nationalist violence. A pre-eminent African historian, Basil[Read More…]

American Muslim civil advocacy groups join international calls for probe into Morsi’s death

American Muslim civil advocacy groups join international calls for probe into Morsi’s death

The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a conglomerate of major American Muslim civil advocacy groups, Tuesday (June 18)  joined international calls for an investigation into the death of the former President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo’s Kangaroo court. In a statement, the USCMO said the “public” collapse and death of President Morsi in court in his soundproofed cage warrant suspicion[Read More…]

Nigel Farage’s Grand Tour of Sabotage: The Paypal of the People Rides High

Nigel Farage’s Grand Tour of Sabotage: The Paypal of the People Rides High

He is all about being the romantic saboteur.  He is destructive, hates the business of a steady vocation, and the idea of being desk bound.  Little details trouble him; an indignant bigger picture is enthralling.  Bomb throwers tend to be of such ilk, taking shots at the establishment, courting potential voters over a pint, and railing against non-representative elements in[Read More…]

Fire and smoke billowing from Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker said to have been attacked in the waters of the Sea of Oman on June 13, 2019 [Credit: ISNA]

The War of Oil Tankers

The economic war waged by Trump’s administration against Iran seems to have been escalated to involve false flag attacks against oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman at the mouth of the Strait of Hormuz. Within a one-month period two terrorist attacks; Emirati Al Fujairah attack in May 12th and the Gulf of Oman attack in June 13th, were perpetrated[Read More…]

Provoking the Bear and the Dragon – and Hoping for the Best?

Provoking the Bear and the Dragon – and Hoping for the Best?

Moscow, June 18, 2019 (AFP) Russia on Tuesday called for restraint to avoid escalation in the Middle East after the US said it was deploying additional troops due to heightened tensions with Iran. “We are urging all the sides to show restraint,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists in response to a question on the deployment. “We would[Read More…]

India, Pakistan and China increasing nuclear arsenals size

India, Pakistan and China increasing nuclear arsenals size

At the start of 2019, the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea had a total of some 13,865 nuclear weapons, according to a new report by the Stockholm-based International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). That represents a decrease of 600 nuclear weapons compared to the start of 2018 but all nuclear weapon-possessing countries are modernizing[Read More…]

Why the left should unite behind open borders

Why the left should unite behind open borders

Immigration divides the left – but a party that champions working class interests would embrace it. Left-wing scepticism about open borders and migration may not be rooted in racism and xenophobia, but it takes the same troubling form as its right-wing counterpart. The left-wing case against immigration hinges on both a pragmatic and a principled argument. The former appeals to the[Read More…]

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Global population to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050 and India’s to surpass China’s in 6yrs, says UN

Global population to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050 and India’s to surpass China’s in 6yrs, says UN

The global population will add 2 billion in the next three decades, closing in on the 10-billion milestone by 2050, said the United Nations. And, India, projected to overtake China, will lead the charge. A newly released report – The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights – by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)[Read More…]

Former President Mohamed Morsi dies in Egypt’s kangaroo court

Former President Mohamed Morsi dies in Egypt’s kangaroo court

  Egypt’s former President Mohamed Morsi died in a kangaroo court Monday (June 17). The public prosecutor said the 67-year-old Morsi collapsed in a defendants’ cage in the courtroom and was pronounced dead in hospital. Morsi had a history of health issues, including diabetes and liver and kidney disease. He had suffered from medical neglect during his imprisonment, compounded by[Read More…]

The Coming Show Trial of Julian Assange

The Coming Show Trial of Julian Assange

On Friday morning I was in a small courtroom at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London. Julian Assange, held in Belmarsh Prison and dressed in a pale-blue prison shirt, appeared on a video screen directly in front of me. Assange, his gray hair and beard neatly trimmed, slipped on heavy, dark-frame glasses at the start of the proceedings. He listened intently[Read More…]

The Fragility of Democracy: Hong Kong, China and the Extradition Bill

The Fragility of Democracy: Hong Kong, China and the Extradition Bill

It has been a history of turns and the occasional betrayal, but Hong Kong’s experiment with democracy, incubated within the Special Administrative Region, was always going to be contingent on some level.  Its colonial past is a poke, a reminder of British bullying, the corruptions of opium and a time when Qing China was torn and a compulsive signer of[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 17)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 17)

Juan Guaidó, The Puppet Guaidó according to the Venezuelan people First of all, a US puppet with no real career in real politics (violent uprising against a democratic system does not qualify as “doing politics”) can’t possibly be taken seriously. And so he was not taken seriously by the Venezuelan population. Worse. At the moment he self-proclaimed his person “president of[Read More…]

US secretary of state declares “military response” to Iran “being considered”

US secretary of state declares “military response” to Iran “being considered”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday continued the Trump administration’s belligerent threats against Iran, declaring in an interview on CBS “Face the Nation” that the US was “considering a full range of options.” Asked if that included “a military response,” he declared “of course.” Pompeo blustered his way through the interview, dismissing any suggestion that the US had no[Read More…]

Workers from Venezuela's state oil company, PDVSA, participate in an anti-imperialist march  to support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in front of the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela on January 31, 2019.  The US slapped sanctions on Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA in an attempt to cut off a vital source of funds. (Photo/YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Venezuela Is the Vietnam of Our Time

On April 30, 1975, the United States learned an important lesson. The capture of Saigon by the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) would mark the defeat of the world’s most powerful military force by an army of guerrilla fighters. No matter the scale of its military, or the weight of the iron fist it used to maintain its power, brute[Read More…]

If Donald Trump Is the Symptom… Then What’s the Disease?

If Donald Trump Is the Symptom… Then What’s the Disease?

Don’t try to deny it! The political temperature of this country is rising fast. Call it Trump change or Trump warming, if you want, but grasp one thing: increasingly, you’re in a different land and, whatever happens to Donald Trump, the results down the line are likely to be ever less pretty. Trump change isn’t just an American phenomenon, it’s[Read More…]

Building cohesive societies: Southeast Asian states take on gargantuan challenge

Building cohesive societies: Southeast Asian states take on gargantuan challenge

Several Southeast Asian governments and social movements are seeking to counter mounting polarization and inter-communal strife across the globe fuelled by the rise of civilizationalist leaders who think in exclusionary rather than inclusionary terms. In the most high-brow of various initiatives, King Abdullah of Jordan is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the inaugural International Conference on Cohesive Societies[Read More…]

Trump and the Taiwan Gambit

Trump and the Taiwan Gambit

Taiwan has become a new “eastern pivot” for Donald Trump. Against all international laws and UN charters, he is approaching Taiwan, as indicating to the world that regardless of the established world rules which make Beijing, the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), the official and legitimate Authority of China, with Taiwan being a part of China – the self-styled emperor,[Read More…]

Pompeo’s Tanker Narrative

Pompeo’s Tanker Narrative

“I was the CIA director. We lied, We Cheated, We Stole”.  – Mike Pompeo It appears that Mike Pompeo has a hard time kicking his old habits.  He appears to be as smug about lying as a CIA operative as he is as Secretary of State.  Categorically blaming the Iranians for the recent oil attack tankers has left allies scratching[Read More…]

WikiLeaks publisher Assange faces US extradition trial next February

WikiLeaks publisher Assange faces US extradition trial next February

Chief judge Emma Arbuthnot ruled that WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange will face a trial in February 25 next year to determine whether he is extradited to the United States. As far as Britain’s government and judiciary are concerned, the verdict is a forgone conclusion. Assange will be railroaded to Washington, where his persecutors will try him on 18[Read More…]

Fire and smoke billowing from Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker said to have been attacked in the waters of the Sea of Oman on June 13, 2019 [Credit: ISNA]

Trump doubles down on US lies about Iran

US President Donald Trump escalated the war threats against Iran Friday, insisting that Tehran was responsible for the damage done to two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman the previous day and vowing US retaliation for any Iranian action to shut the strategic Strait of Hormuz. Trump based his ignorant and belligerent remarks on a grainy, black-and-white video released[Read More…]

Media Lying, Media Censorship & Australian Federal Police Raids On Media In Pre-Police State Australia

Media Lying, Media Censorship & Australian Federal Police Raids On Media In Pre-Police State Australia

Recent Australian Federal Police (AFP) raids on News Corp and the taxpayer-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)  over leaks from Government about spying plans and Australian war crimes in Afghanistan, respectively,  has led to legitimate expressions of outrage in Australia and around the world on this  blatant attack on press freedom, truth-telling and freedom of speech. However this huge Mainstream media,[Read More…]

Fire and smoke billowing from Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker said to have been attacked in the waters of the Sea of Oman on June 13, 2019 [Credit: ISNA]

US stages provocation in the Persian Gulf

The Trump administration’s thuggish secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, made a presentation to the media Thursday afternoon in which he asserted that Iran was responsible for suspected attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. These charges carry with them the threat of a war that would transform much of the Eurasian[Read More…]

‘Deja Vu’ of Iraq War Lies as Mike Pompeo Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without Single Shred of Evidence

‘Deja Vu’ of Iraq War Lies as Mike Pompeo Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without Single Shred of Evidence

In a press conference that immediately evoked memories of the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday claimed Iran was behind alleged attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman without presenting one single shred of evidence. “This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute[Read More…]

Julian Assange and the Scales of Justice: Exceptions, Extraditions and Politics

Julian Assange and the Scales of Justice: Exceptions, Extraditions and Politics

The Home Secretary of the United Kingdom did his thing, which was little in the way of disagreement.  The superpower has issued a request; the retainer would comply.  This week, the US Department Justice Department formally sought the extradition of Julian Assange.  The process was certified by Sajid Javid, a man rather distracted of late.  He is, after all, seeking[Read More…]

British Home Secretary Signs Extradition Order To Send Julian Assange To USA

British Home Secretary Signs Extradition Order To Send Julian Assange To USA

The British Home Secretary has signed a request for the extradition of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to the US, where he is accused of violating the Espionage Act. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Sajid Javid said that he signed and certified the papers on Wednesday, with the order going before the UK courts on Friday. Javid said, he’s[Read More…]

Panda Diplomacy Much Better Than Mafia Extortion Of Collapsing West

Panda Diplomacy Much Better Than Mafia Extortion Of Collapsing West

While the United States has been intimidating dozens of countries all over the world, two cuddly Chinese giant pandas – a three year old male called Ru Yi, and a female one year younger, named Ding Ding – were settling down in their new home, inside the legendary Moscow Zoo. Chewing bamboo shoots, and obviously enjoying the unprecedented attention, two[Read More…]

Sanctions Are Genocidal, and They Are the US’s Favorite Weapon

Sanctions Are Genocidal, and They Are the US’s Favorite Weapon

After withdrawing from the nuclear deal with Iran last year and resuming sanctions last November, the White House in April announced that its goal was to “drive Iranian exports to zero.” To make this drive happen, the White House stopped allowing (my emphasis) countries like India, China, Japan, Turkey, and South Korea to import Iranian oil: dictating to sovereign countries[Read More…]

Axis Of The Apocalyptic

Axis Of The Apocalyptic

Note: On 6 June 2019 India voted with Israel in the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to prevent a Palestinian “human rights” organisation called Shahed, which Jerusalem insists is linked to Hamas, from getting observer status in UN institutions.This is the first time India has voted with Israel on a resolution initiated by Jerusalem at the UN. On[Read More…]

Defanging the Predators: Oxfam’s Woes

Defanging the Predators: Oxfam’s Woes

First came the abuses.  Then, the allegations.  Then, the tardy response, with lacings of apologia.  The UK Charity Commission could not have been harsher about the conduct of Oxfam, which is a charity fallen most foul.  The inquiry into its past misdeeds, triggered by a February 2018 report by the Sunday Times, resembled the more baroque features of a child[Read More…]

Strange D-Day Celebrations:  Mocking the Reasoned History

Strange D-Day Celebrations:  Mocking the Reasoned History

In the 17th Chapter of the Bible – Saint Luke: it is written: The kingdom of God is within man Not one man, nor a group of men, but in all men; in you, the people. In Al-Qur’an, the Divine revelations make the point: Your Lord is One….You are a community of nations (Ummah)…. killing one person unjustifiably is equal[Read More…]

US issues formal request for Assange’s extradition

US issues formal request for Assange’s extradition

The Washington Post reported today that officials from the US Justice Department issued a formal request to British authorities last Thursday for the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The document has not been made public. The US government had 60 days from Assange’s arrest by British police on April 11 to deliver a complete extradition application to the UK. The first[Read More…]

Russian Iranian strains raise spectre of US-Israeli-Russian deal on Syria

Russian Iranian strains raise spectre of US-Israeli-Russian deal on Syria

  With Israel set to host an unprecedented meeting of the national security advisors of the United States, Russia and Israel, this week’s efforts by German foreign minister Heiko Maas and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe to mediate between the US and Iran could prove to be a sideshow. The meeting of the national security advisors, against the backdrop of[Read More…]

Millions join general strike in Sudan to dislodge army as civil disobedience campaign entered second day: 120 killed

Millions join general strike in Sudan to dislodge army as civil disobedience campaign entered second day: 120 killed

Millions of people in Sudan have joined a general strike called by pro-reform groups, shutting down the centre of cities across the country despite a wave of arrests and intimidation. The civil disobedience campaign aimed at forcing the ruling military junta to accept civilian rule entered a second day on Monday amidst reports of military killing at least 120 and[Read More…]

Clashes on 30th weekend of French ‘yellow vests’ protests and an analysis

Clashes on 30th weekend of French ‘yellow vests’ protests and an analysis

A 30th consecutive weekend of yellow vest protests across France saw minor clashes. Citing French government sources a number of media reports said: The number of protesters was well below peaks seen compared to earlier this year. Some 10,300 people demonstrated across the country on Saturday, up from 9,500 last weekend. The numbers were well below the peaks seen in[Read More…]

Cleansing the Platforms: YouTube, Censorship and Grievance

Cleansing the Platforms: YouTube, Censorship and Grievance

Stripping the altars, burning the heretics and cleansing the stables are the usual fare of a morally crazed order.  The engaged agents think they have found the reason for existence and need to bother everybody else about it. Some of this can be a very dangerous thing indeed – at least historically.  Those who claim to know the truth are[Read More…]

Israeli tank being moved towards Golan Heights

The Future of War by Peter Mansbridge, CBC

I had not intended to watch this program, a CBC special documentary hosted/narrated by Peter Mansbridge, the CBC’s retired chief correspondent and national news anchor. However, as it came on during prime pre-dinner time viewing I thought that I should watch it in order to find out some of the current political spin within Canada’s establishment. It was rather underwhelming[Read More…]

The Danish Elections: Social Democracy with an Inhumane Face

The Danish Elections: Social Democracy with an Inhumane Face

The great centrist European tradition of social democracy has been receiving a rattle for the last few decades.  The European Parliament elections were a reminder how much their appeal has diminished.  In Denmark, by way of contrast, they have established something of a bridgehead, defeating the centre-right coalition led by the Venstre party’s Lars Løkke Rasmussen in Wednesday’s election.  The[Read More…]

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Clerics and entertainment seek to bolster MbS’s grip on power

Clerics and entertainment seek to bolster MbS’s grip on power

A public apology by a prominent Salafi scholar sheds a light on Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s version of ‘moderate Islam,’ his effort to shape the Middle East and North Africa in his mould, and the replacement of religion with hyper-nationalism as the source of his legitimacy. Claiming to speak in the name of the Sahwa or Awakening movement,[Read More…]

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Russia to start sending S-400 missiles to Turkey in two months

Russia to start sending S-400 missiles to Turkey in two months

Turkey will start getting S-400 Russian anti-missile systems within two months amid escalating dispute between Ankara and Washington over the purchase of Russian anti-missile system. “We will begin delivery of the S-400s to Turkey within two months,” Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov announced on Friday (June 7) during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). He noted that the agreement was already[Read More…]

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Tightening The Noose On Cuba

Tightening The Noose On Cuba

On the 2nd of May 2019, the Trump Administration decided to enforce Title 111 of the Helms-Burton Act. Title 111 authorises US nationals with claims to confiscated properties in Cuba to file suits in US courts against persons that may be “trafficking “in that property. Title 111 of the Helms-Burton Act has not been enforced before though the Act was[Read More…]

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Scandinavia Veers Left Plus D-Day Reflections As Trump Storms Europe

Scandinavia Veers Left Plus D-Day Reflections As Trump Storms Europe

Mette Frederiksen of the five-party Social Democrat bloc won 91 of the 169 seats in the Danish parliament ending the rule of the right-wing Liberal Party group that had governed for 14 of the last 18 years. The election issues centered on climate change, immigration and Denmark’s generous social welfare policies. All parties favored tighter immigration rules thereby taking away[Read More…]

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IMF warns of growing trade war

IMF warns of growing trade war

The head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde has repeated earlier warnings that the trade war between US and China threatens to result in a cut to global growth and has called on Washington and Beijing to pull back. In a report published earlier this week, the IMF estimated that the latest round of tariffs could see a reduction[Read More…]

Venezuela ROUNDUP: U.S. sanctions on Venezuela illegal under UN and OAS charters, and US laws

Venezuela ROUNDUP: U.S. sanctions on Venezuela illegal under UN and OAS charters, and US laws

Sanctions imperialism has imposed on Venezuela are illegal. The UN and Organization of American States (OAS) charters, and U.S. laws find this illegal action. Media reports said: The unilateral economic sanctions is an explicit violation of international law protected under the UN, OAS charters, human rights stipulations, and even U.S. law. Despite the fact, sanctions have turned as imperialism’s preferred[Read More…]

Clemency for the Lowly –  Free Passes for the Mighty 

Clemency for the Lowly –  Free Passes for the Mighty 

Memorial Day has come and gone and President Trump did not issue his pardons after all. There was substantial evidence that he was planning to use the yearly moment honoring the country’s war dead to grant executive clemency to several U.S. soldiers and at least one military contractor. All have been accused, and one already convicted, of crimes in the never-ending war on[Read More…]

Soccer emerges as the Gulf crisis’s potential icebreaker

Soccer emerges as the Gulf crisis’s potential icebreaker

 It was on the soccer pitch that 2022 World Cup host Qatar definitively shrugged off the UAE-Saudi-led economic and diplomatic boycott of the Gulf state as the crisis entered its third year with no prospect of resolution. World soccer body FIFA’s abandonment of Saudi-United Arab Emirates-backed plans to expand the 2022 World Cup from 32 to 48 teams just days[Read More…]

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture warns Julian Assange could die in prison

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture warns Julian Assange could die in prison

In a June 1 interview with ABC Radio Adelaide, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer warned that Julian Assange could die in prison if his persecution is not stopped immediately. Last week, Melzer issued a scathing denunciation of Assange’s persecution, calling it “psychological torture.” Reporter Philip Williams asked Melzer, “If your calls are ignored, do you fear that he[Read More…]

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Dumping Dollar? Russia and China agree to bilateral trade in national currencies

Dumping Dollar? Russia and China agree to bilateral trade in national currencies

The all-powerful U.S. Dollar is not that lovely thing now-a-days. Significant moves are on to dump the U.S. Dollar. Media reports said: Russia and China took another step away from the U.S. Dollar after the two countries agreed to develop bilateral trade using the Ruble and the Yuan. It was one of the major deals reached after Vladimir Putin and[Read More…]

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“Not Capable of Governing themselves”: To Kushner, Final Status is the Status Quo

“Not Capable of Governing themselves”: To Kushner, Final Status is the Status Quo

When the President of Israel and the Jewish son-in-law of the President of the United States make surprisingly thoughtless statements about Palestine, they show us just how deliberately ignorant of history they are — and how uncaring they are for Palestinian suffering at a deeply subconscious level. Hatim Kanaaneh, Palestinian doctor and author of A Doctor in Galilee: The Life and Struggle[Read More…]

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Why the USA is NOT About to Attack Iran

Why the USA is NOT About to Attack Iran

Dr. Mirandi, Professor Extraordinaire of Iran, said it best when asked on Al Jazeera if the USA was going to attack Iran. He stated something so obvious that you would think western journalists would have already come to this realization, that “as long as the USA is sending its military to the Persian Gulf they are not about to attack[Read More…]

How Will Trump Respond to Mexican President Lopez Obrador’s Letter?

How Will Trump Respond to Mexican President Lopez Obrador’s Letter?

What Will Happen When Threats Are Met with Reason, When Cruelty is Met by Kindness, When the Call for Humanity Confronts the Reality of Inhumanity?How Will Trump Respond to Mexican President Lopez Obrador’s Letter? We very often speak of “speaking truth to power.”  It is both a powerful and a dangerous thing to do.  Julian Assange is suffering both physically[Read More…]

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VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 15)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 15)

Violence 2 While in the parallel reality made up by Western MSM “people are oppressed by Maduro’s dictatorship”, in the real world politicians, police forces, military forces and humble civilians (often dark-skinned) who voted for the democratically elected President Maduro are systematically purged. The assassinations and lynchings of pro-Chavistas are continuously committed in pure mafia style. But let the US-sponsored[Read More…]

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Snubs, Bumps and Donald Trump in Britain

Snubs, Bumps and Donald Trump in Britain

He may not be popular in Britain, but he still has shavings of appeal.  For a country that has time for Nigel Farage, pro-Brexit enthusiast and full-time hypocrite (he is a member of the European Parliament, the very same institution he detests), President Donald Trump will garner a gaggle of fans. One of them was not the London Mayor, Sadiq[Read More…]

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The Making of Nuclear Disasters: “Chernobyl”

The Making of Nuclear Disasters: “Chernobyl”

 “Chernobyl”—the five-part miniseries—has created sensation across the world, with a record number of viewers.  It was screened on HBO and Sky Atlantic in May-June, and the last episode was on 3 June. It is also available on Hotstar. It is really an amazing experience to spend five hours before the screen (which, in fact, offer a lot of lessons for[Read More…]

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WWII & Holocaust COULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED Without Corporate USA Rearming Germany to Destroy the USSR

WWII & Holocaust COULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED Without Corporate USA Rearming Germany to Destroy the USSR

  The sixty or seventy million men, women and children didn’t die because of Adolph Hitler, they perished because the wealthy in the US and Western Europe empowered Adolph Hitler to make war.  IF there were public awareness of this incontrovertible truth, how would activists within he hundreds of millions of good people who lost loved ones during the Second[Read More…]

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Defying authority: Arab, Russia and Pakistan protesters learn lessons of 2011

Defying authority: Arab, Russia and Pakistan protesters learn lessons of 2011

  Demonstrators in Sudan, Algeria and nations beyond the Middle East such as Pakistan and Russia are applying lessons learnt from the 2011 popular Arab revolts as the Sudanese military uses an apparent Saudi-United Arab Emirates template to crack down. This week’s crackdown in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, in which reportedly some 100 people were killed as of this[Read More…]

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Let’s some time to think over, please

Let’s some time to think over, please

Does it help if readers don’t have time to think over the articles they come across? The mainstream media (MSM) continuously bombard its audience with stories. It’s its 24/7 business. The MSM continue telling one type of stories while continue hiding another type. It continues, and gives no respite to the brains of its audience. Does the style, or tact,[Read More…]

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People take part in a demonstration on April 19, 2018 in Paris, as part of a multi branch day of protest called by French unions CGT and Solidaires against French President's policies amid a rail strike and spreading student sit-ins.
French President faces mass protests today as trade unionists seek to galvanise angry students, public sector workers and striking train drivers into a joint movement against his multi-pronged drive to overhaul the French economy. / AFP PHOTO / Philippe LOPEZ

Thousands of railway workers protest railway reform in France

The French railway workers are striking. The workers are rejecting “the new railway pact” that plans to split up the public railway company. Demonstrations also took place in many areas including Lyon. Rail traffic has been sporadic since Monday in Valence and Lyon since Monday. There were irregular transportation services in Saint, Bel, Saint-Paul, Brignais, Lozanne, Puy, Saint Etienne, West Lyonnais and Montlucon-Bourges. Media reports said: Most of the[Read More…]

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Hundreds Died ‘As A Result Of The Indonesian Elections’

Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek It truly looked grand, impressive– the fourth most populous country on earth voted in general elections, which were held on 17 April 2019. Hundreds of positions were for grab:that of the president, the vice president, members of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), and members of local legislative bodies.There were 190 million eligible voters in the country,and sixteen parties, including four[Read More…]

Warring Against Sources: The Australian National Security State, Journalism and the Public Interest

Warring Against Sources: The Australian National Security State, Journalism and the Public Interest

“What’s gone on this morning sends clear and dangerous signals to journalists and newsrooms across Australia.  This will chill public interest reporting.” News Corp Australia spokesperson, The West Australian, June 4, 2019 These are dark times for journalists and publishers.  It did not seem coincidental that Annika Smethurst, a News Corp journalist and political affairs editor, would be a target[Read More…]

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Philippine Electoral Democracy: Legitimizing Populist Dictatorship In A U.S. Neocolony

Philippine Electoral Democracy: Legitimizing Populist Dictatorship In A U.S. Neocolony

Co-Written by Delia D. Aguilar & E, San Juan, Jr. Manipulating the mid-term May 13, 2019 elections, Philippine strong-man Rodrigo Duterte has finally seized full control of the State apparatus. He captured the last institution, the Senate, to guarantee absolute power (after removing an independent chief justice of the Supreme Court), with the election of his candidates to confirm his[Read More…]

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The End of Anarchy and The Solidification of the Global Class

The End of Anarchy and The Solidification of the Global Class

There once was a world where state actors operated in an anarchic international environment, where maximizing their overall power was their goal, and war was their means of achieving it. That world is now dead. In its place we have the current spectacle of what were known as the “great powers” who are now, at least, formally if by no[Read More…]

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Today Is The 30th Anniversary Of Tiananmen Square Killing

Today Is The 30th Anniversary Of Tiananmen Square Killing

Thirty years are not a big time gap in the history of a country but it has potential to cause a big impact on the lives of common people. Today on 4th June world revisits to the fateful but to cruel memories of Tiananmen Square incident which affected millions of people’s lives in the sphere of personal freedom, decent and[Read More…]

In legal victory for Assange, Swedish court rules against extradition

In legal victory for Assange, Swedish court rules against extradition

The Uppsala District Court yesterday ruled against a bid by Swedish state prosecutors for the country to formally detain WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in absentia, which would have set in motion a request for his extradition from Britain. Assange’s lawyers have described the judgement as a legal “victory.” It is a blow to the attempts by Swedish prosecutors to secure[Read More…]

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Military kills 35 in Sudan as army rulers end talks and opposition declares “Escalation of Revolution”

Military kills 35 in Sudan as army rulers end talks and opposition declares “Escalation of Revolution”

Sudan’s troops stormed the main camp of pro-democracy protestors in the capital Khartoum Monday and killed at least 35 people in a crackdown, which has drawn international condemnation. Hundreds were injured in the armed assault as the Islamists-backed military tried to break up the opposition sit-in, according to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors, which is close to the protestors.[Read More…]

A second Israeli election proves Netanyahu’s grip on power is slipping

A second Israeli election proves Netanyahu’s grip on power is slipping

Nazareth: In a sign of how politically vulnerable he has rapidly become, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu plunged Israel into new elections last week – less than two months after his far-right bloc appeared to win at the ballot box. Netanyahu was forced to dissolve the 120-member parliament to block his chief rival, Benny Gantz, from getting a chance to assemble[Read More…]

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Assurances That There Will be no War in Iran:  The U.S. Softens its Stance

Assurances That There Will be no War in Iran:  The U.S. Softens its Stance

In the May 16th edition of Countercurrents, I argued that the United States was not going to go to war with Iran.  I cited several reasons why it would not.  First was the revolution in the technology of military weapons such that troops can be struck with smaller, more efficient weapons that could be launched across great distances.  In this[Read More…]

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 09: Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe speaks during the second round of U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue on November 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Diao Haiyang/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

PLA would not yield a single inch of China’s sacred land, warns China at Shangri-La Dialogue

General Wei Fenghe, China’s defense minister, warned June 2, 2019 that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) would not “yield a single inch of the country’s sacred land.” Wei said China’s military will “resolutely take action” to defend China’s claims over self-ruled Taiwan and disputed South China Sea waters. Wei was addressing defense chiefs, officials and academics at the Shangri-La Dialogue[Read More…]

Trumponomics of ‘Smart Trade’:  Unfair Trade Practices vis-à-vis China and India

Trumponomics of ‘Smart Trade’:  Unfair Trade Practices vis-à-vis China and India

Is the world economy poised to enter the phase of what the Dutch trend-watcher Adjiedj Bakas called ‘Slowbalisation’? The trend forecasts say that the world will soon witness another spell of ‘financial crisis’ with Donald Trump unleashing a trade war on emerging economies like China, India etc and with the worsening conditions in European Union. During the past three decades,[Read More…]

Cults of Impeachment:  The Mueller Report, Trump and Wedging the Democrats

Cults of Impeachment:  The Mueller Report, Trump and Wedging the Democrats

It is a giddy intoxicant, and making all who partake fall over in puddling nonsense.  The Mueller Report is not turning out to be the cleansing agent any of its readers were hoping for.  Originally encouraged to identify the cause behind Trumpland and its dark side, the agent of disaffection, the root of madness, it has done as much to[Read More…]

50 years of failure of the Organization of Islamic Conference

50 years of failure of the Organization of Islamic Conference

The 14th Islamic Summit Conference ended Friday Night (May 31) in Mecca. A final statement accused Iran of supporting Yemen’s Houthi rebel group; illegally occupying three islands in the Persian Gulf; and “interfering” in the domestic affairs of both Syria and Bahrain. Not surprisingly, the Mecca summit reiterated support for Saudi/western-backed Yemeni government of President Abdu Rabuh Mansour Hadi which[Read More…]

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Europe in Irreversible Decay, EU Elections Are Proof of It!

Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek Europe, an “old” colonialist continent, is decaying, and in some places even collapsing. It senses how bad things are going. But it never thinks that it is its own fault. North America is decaying as well, but there, people are not even used to comparing. They only “feel that things are not going well”. If[Read More…]

To Impeach or Not to Impeach? That’s The Question

To Impeach or Not to Impeach? That’s The Question

Robert Mueller let loose a thunderbolt midweek. Donald Trump had not been charged, he said, because it was Department of Justice policy not to charge a sitting president. Dumping the issue firmly into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lap, he reminded us of the purpose of the impeachment process. According to Mueller there are ten instances where there are serious issues with[Read More…]

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Algeria: Dr Kamel Eddine Fekhar dies fasting in Custody

Algeria: Dr Kamel Eddine Fekhar dies fasting in Custody

Dr Kamel Eddine Fekhar dies fasting in Custody on May 28, Workers Party leader Louisa Hanoune and many other Activists under arrest by military, while Protest Continues Kameleddine Fekhar, mort… sous nos yeux silencieux https://t.co/Cv88Xv1nDi — Khaled Drareni (@khaleddrareni) May 29, 2019 Dr Kamel Eddine Fekhar was arrested on March 31 by the authority in the de facto military rule[Read More…]

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Africa is now world’s largest free trade zone

Africa is now world’s largest free trade zone

Map of Trans-African Highways © Wikipedia Africa is now the world’s largest free trade zone, which bears big implications with expectation to boost regional and international trade. Media reports said: The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) came into being on May 30, 2019. It is the largest free trade agreement by population that the world has seen since the[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 14)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 14)

False Humanitarian Aid has been used to promote violence in synchrony with violent and criminal “opposition” funded with dozens of millions of US dollars. Violence is incredibly common in Venezuela but not has the West portrays it. The West never reports crimes like the one that happened a few days ago, when a Venezuelan policeman was shot dead in the streets[Read More…]

President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

 Key American Allies in the Middle East Are the Real Tyrants

American foreign policy can be so retro, not to mention absurd. Despite being bogged down in more military interventions than it can reasonably handle, the Trump team recently picked a new fight — in Latin America. That’s right! Uncle Sam kicked off a sequel to the Cold War with some of our southern neighbors, while resuscitating the boogeyman of socialism.[Read More…]

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Clubs, Cartels and Bilderberg

Clubs, Cartels and Bilderberg

“After decades of neoliberalism, we are at the mercy of a cluster of cartels who are lobbying politicians hard and using monopoly power to boost profits.” Joseph Stiglitz, The Price of Inequality (2012) The emergence of think tanks was as much a symptom of liberal progress as it was a nervous reaction in opposition to it.  In 1938, the American[Read More…]

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Assange BULLETIN: The journalist can barely talk, moved to prison hospital

Assange BULLETIN: The journalist can barely talk, moved to prison hospital

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder now imprisoned in the UK, has been moved to the hospital wing of the Belmarsh prison in the UK, prompting concerns about his health pending the hearing on his extradition to the US. “The decision of prison authorities to move him to the health ward speaks for itself,” said WikiLeaks. It said Assange has lost[Read More…]

Fascist International? Note on EU Parliamentary Election Results

Fascist International? Note on EU Parliamentary Election Results

Fascism is always latent in a Republic, and makes its appeal in underhand ways. They incite you to believe that the survival of your family is dependent on the survival or expansion or maintenance of the Republic itself and scoop up your vote in their net. As a consequence 174 fascists were elected to the Europe of Nations and Freedom[Read More…]

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Lies in Politics: Boris Johnson, the Law and the European Union

Lies in Politics: Boris Johnson, the Law and the European Union

An enduring memory of the 2016 Brexit campaign, so marked by the foppish-haired blusterer, Boris Johnson, was the claim that the European Union was hungrily drawing out from British coffers £350 million a week.  It was insufferable, unqualified and dishonest.  It was a claim reared in the atmosphere of outrageous deception marking the effort on all sides of the debate[Read More…]

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The Bilderbergers in Switzerland

The Bilderbergers in Switzerland

The 67th Bilderberg Meeting will take place in Montreux, Switzerland from 30 May – 2 June 2019, where the about 130 invitees – so far confirmed – from 23 countries, will stay at one of Switzerland’s most luxurious venues, the Montreux Palace hotel. About a quarter of the attendees are women. The Bilderberg meetings started at the onset of the[Read More…]

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Despite Assange’s ill-health, Swedish court rejects delay to hearing

Despite Assange’s ill-health, Swedish court rejects delay to hearing

A Swedish district court this week rejected an application by Julian Assange’s lawyers for a June 3 hearing into bogus sexual misconduct allegations to be delayed. The ruling was made despite the fact that the WikiLeaks founder is reportedly too ill to consult with his lawyers and has not received English-language translations of the arrest warrant or underlying evidence against[Read More…]

Endless procedural abuses show Julian Assange case was never about law

Endless procedural abuses show Julian Assange case was never about law

It is astonishing how often one still hears well-informed, otherwise reasonable people say about Julian Assange: “But he ran away from Swedish rape charges by hiding in Ecuador’s embassy in London.” That short sentence includes at least three factual errors. In fact, to repeat it, as so many people do, you would need to have been hiding under a rock[Read More…]

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Five Amnesty bosses resign following a review of the organization’s “toxic” work culture

Five Amnesty bosses resign following a review of the organization’s “toxic” work culture

Five members of Amnesty International’s leadership team are on their way out, following a damning report about what’s been described as the human-rights organization’s “toxic” culture. Amnesty said the senior leadership team accepted responsibility and all seven had offered to resign. Five of the seven senior leaders, based mainly in London and Geneva, are either have left or are in[Read More…]

Eyeing UK soccer clubs: Gulf buyers come with baggage

Eyeing UK soccer clubs: Gulf buyers come with baggage

The bitter Gulf rift between Qatar and its Saudi and United Arab Emirates-led detractors could spill on to the pitches of English soccer. A flurry of reports suggest that the Gulf rivals are seeking to buy big name English clubs. Abu Dhabi billionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahayan, a member of the emirate’s ruling family, said this week that[Read More…]

Venezuela Resisting Venezuela Reconstructing: A photo-feature

Venezuela Resisting Venezuela Reconstructing: A photo-feature

Dateline: Venezuela, April 26-May 5, 2019. Background: This is my fifth visit. My first visit was in 2005. So I’m able to find the changes. The mainstream media (MSM) are creating an image of desperate suffering, hardship and chaos. Supermarket shelves in Caracas But I found food in restaurants, and food stores with shelves full of foods.                          [Read More…]

Authoritarian Spirits: Congress, the Espionage Act and Punishing WikiLeaks

Authoritarian Spirits: Congress, the Espionage Act and Punishing WikiLeaks

The time was 1917, and for anyone keen to impress us about any liberal feelings on the part of President Woodrow Wilson, the following should be said.  Having deemed the United States too proud to fight, he proceeded to commit the very same to the first global industrial conflict of its kind and overturn every reservation against backing the Franco-German[Read More…]

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How the U.S. Regime Uses Sanctions to Soften a Country Up for Invasion

How the U.S. Regime Uses Sanctions to Soften a Country Up for Invasion

The Wall Street Journal headlined on May 27th, “Iran’s Crude Buyers Jump Ship” and reported that “the country’s direct crude buyers have all but vanished, traders and executives in the Islamic Republic say. … China, India, Turkey, South Korea and Japan have ended all direct purchases of Iranian crude and condensates, they said.” Those buyers had “bought up to 1.6[Read More…]

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ABC & Mainstream Media Lying By Omission Enabled Trumpist & Climate Criminal Australian Coalition Victory

The right-wing Liberal Party-National Party Coalition has just won the 2019 Australian Federal election, defeating an earnest Labor Party Opposition and gaining a bare majority in Parliament. The surprise defeat of the Labor Party came about because of neoliberal greed, support for the climate criminal Coalition from the racist One Nation Party, the Sinophobic and Trumpist United Australia Party of[Read More…]

European Parliament elections 2019: The Far-Right surges

European Parliament elections 2019: The Far-Right surges

The far-Right surges in the European Parliament (EP) election while the big centre-right and centre-left blocs have lost their combined majority. However, the far-right fell short of the very significant gains, which was predicted by a number of analysts. The election sees rise of the right-wing Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group in the EP, which doubled in size[Read More…]

The western media is key to Syria deceptions

The western media is key to Syria deceptions

The media are not a watchdog on power but the public relations arm of giant corporations pursuing their narrow interests in the Middle East By any reckoning, the claim made this week by al-Qaeda-linked fighters that they were targeted with chemical weapons by the Syrian government in Idlib province — their final holdout in Syria — should have been treated by the western media[Read More…]

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Trump’s Trade War was Born out of Class Struggle in America

Trump’s Trade War was Born out of Class Struggle in America

David Dodwell writing in today’s (5/27/2019) South China Morning Post states that “Increasingly, the Trump administration’s trade war is not about tariffs but about keeping China in its place, regardless of the costs to US companies and consumers – and the world.”  Of course, what he is saying is, on the one hand, true in so far as it goes,[Read More…]

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Saudi religious moderation: How real is it?

Saudi religious moderation: How real is it?

Meet Mohammed bin Abdul-Karim Al-Issa, the public face of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s version of moderate Islam. A 54-year old former justice minister, Mr. Al-Issa, one of a younger generation of Islamic scholars willing to do Prince Mohammed’s bidding, has been doing the rounds internationally and making all the right moves to project the de facto Saudi leader[Read More…]

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The End of Theresa May

The End of Theresa May

The vultures of the British conservative party have gathered, and the individual who seemed to thrive in failure, to gain momentum in defeat, has finally yielded.  UK Prime Minister Theresa May will leave the way for change of leadership on June 7.  Never known for any grand gestures of emotion, the Maybot finally gave way to it. It had begun[Read More…]

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VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 13)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 13)

We have here clear evidence proving Western MSM lie when they accuse Maduro of refusing humanitarian help and, consequently, being “responsible” of many deaths. Wrong, absolutely wrong. Liars! In a few years under Bolivarian socialism, the Venezuelan healthcare system went from a third world level to a decent and modern level, and the many millions that never had visited a[Read More…]

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It Is Indifference Of The Israelis That Is Killing People

 Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek   In the past, whenever I went to (or more precisely, ‘through’) Israel, it was for some antagonistic purpose: to write about the brutal suppression of the intifada in Gaza or Hebron, to comment on the insanity of the land grab around Bethlehem, or to report from the eerie and de-populated Golan Heights, which Israel[Read More…]

From BRI to Clash of Civilization:  Beijing conference refutes Huntington

From BRI to Clash of Civilization:  Beijing conference refutes Huntington

China hosted a two-day Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (CDAC), to boost exchanges and mutual learning among Asian civilizations. The CDAC theme was “Exchanges and Mutual Learning among Asian Civilizations and A Community with A Shared Future.” It brought together more than 2,000 government officials and representatives of various circles from 47 Asian countries and other nations outside the[Read More…]

Memorial Day! Mourn US Soldiers Killed in Criminally Dishonorable Wars in Other Peoples Countries!

Memorial Day! Mourn US Soldiers Killed in Criminally Dishonorable Wars in Other Peoples Countries!

Imagining What Many GIs Who Lost Their Lives Might Be Saying On Memorial Day If They Could Speak From Their Graves: ‘While our family and friends mourn our absence, conglomerate owned media, after having used our patriotism to have us fight criminally unjust wars based on lies, now hypes our inglorious death as beautiful military service, blacking out our senseless[Read More…]

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“Truth ultimately is all we have:” Julian Assange appeals for public support

“Truth ultimately is all we have:” Julian Assange appeals for public support

In his first publicly-released comments to supporters since his arrest, WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange has detailed the repressive conditions he faces in Britain’s Belmarsh prison and called for a campaign against his threatened extradition to the United States. “I am defenceless and am counting on you and others of good character to save my life,” Assange wrote, adding,[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 12)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 12)

If the US administration had an unlikely and remote interest on humanitarian aid, instead of providing Saudi Arabia with weapons and military assistance used to destroy Yemen, the US and its client states should punish Saudi Arabia with harsh sanctions and embargoes (instead of Venezuela) If the US administration had a minimum concern about human life, the US would not[Read More…]

Pakistani woes likely to dominate Chinese vice president’s visit

Pakistani woes likely to dominate Chinese vice president’s visit

Security and the viability of China’s massive investment is likely to top Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan’s agenda when he lands this weekend in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. A series of violent attacks, including on Chinese targets, coupled with enhanced Saudi influence in Pakistan and mounting tension between the United States and Iran that could suck the South Asian[Read More…]

Another Empire’s Boot Stomps On Ireland

Another Empire’s Boot Stomps On Ireland

Can a pair of U.S. military veterans and the Irish peace movement topple a key outpost of the American Empire entrenched on the Emerald Isle? That’s the question a new mini-documentary explores about former Marine Ken Mayers and former Army paratrooper, Tarak Kauff as they begin a third month of activist exile in Ireland following a peaceful act of civil[Read More…]

Assange BULLETIN: The journalist faces 175 yrs in prison with 17 more charges

Assange BULLETIN: The journalist faces 175 yrs in prison with 17 more charges

The U.S. justice department has filed 17 new charges against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange. In reaction, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted: It’s a war on journalism. Journalists have reacted: “Modern fascism is breaking cover”. The new charges expand the original one-count indictment of conspiracy to hack into U.S. government computers, announced in March, prior to Assange’s arrest in London. He[Read More…]

Bolivia’s universal healthcare is model for the world, says UN

Bolivia’s universal healthcare is model for the world, says UN

The World Health Organization (WHO) has cited the universal healthcare system in Bolivia as a model for all. Media reports said: The U.N.’s World Health Organization praised Bolivia’s newly implemented universal health care system, known in the country as the Single Health System (SUS). The WHO pointed out that Bolivia’s leftist government has given generous funding and resources to health,[Read More…]

Separating Real From Fake Socialism

Separating Real From Fake Socialism

How do you define socialism, especially when it comes to having a “socialist”, Bernie Sanders, one of the most popular candidates to be the next president of the USA? Or the next Prime Minister of Spain a “Socialist”? To start with, real socialism means that the government, representing all the people, owns all the land. Land cannot be bought or[Read More…]

Election Watch: Split-screen view of the Indian Diaspora

Election Watch: Split-screen view of the Indian Diaspora

Most Indian-Americans are likely to vote against Trump in 2020, but they are just as likely to be cheering the victory of Modi in the recent elections They are “like termites…eating our grains and taking our jobs,”declares the party president, vowing to throw out all illegal immigrants,as he falsely blames them for bomb blasts of the past.But he then proceeds[Read More…]

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Four in 10 in U.S. embrace socialism

Four in 10 in U.S. embrace socialism

“Americans today are more closely divided than they were earlier in the last century when asked whether some form of socialism would be a good or bad thing for the country”, says Gallup. The Gallup poll results have been released on Monday. The poll agency said: “While 51% of U.S. adults say socialism would be a bad thing for the[Read More…]

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Leave Venezuela alone, Lula tells Trump in interview

Leave Venezuela alone, Lula tells Trump in interview

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the former president of Brazil, has called to respect the Venezuelan people and their right to decide their own future. In an interview, aired Tuesday, from the Federal Prison in Curitiba, Brazil, former President Lula da Silva commented on the behavior of right-wing governments and recommended to the U.S. president Donald Trump that he takes care of his own country and leave Venezuela in[Read More…]

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Defunding UNRWA: Trump’s Legal Sleight of Hand

Defunding UNRWA: Trump’s Legal Sleight of Hand

Trump wants to dismantle the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and shift responsibility for Palestine refugees to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). What has UNHCR got to say about that? Is it worried about any negative effects, such as what it has to say about Iran?[Read More…]

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Defiance – Prelude to Revolution

Defiance – Prelude to Revolution

Defiance is not revolution.  Revolution is what Lenin made, what the Founding Fathers of America made; what Mao made, what Ho Chi Minh made, and Fidel, and never forget Che, how he hungered for it, lived and died for it.     No, defiance is a prelude to revolution, it is what comes just before independence, it is what teenagers who have[Read More…]

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Venezuela ROUNDUP: US sanctions have cost Venezuelan economy $130 billion

Venezuela ROUNDUP: US sanctions have cost Venezuelan economy $130 billion

Sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Venezuela have cost the Bolivarian country billions of dollars while human suffering in the country is increasing, which have made the sanctions crime against humanity. Media reports said: “As a result of the economic embargo imposed by the US from 2015 through the last year, financial damages to Venezuelan economy totaled $130 billion,” said[Read More…]

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Eyewitness in Venezuela: a 14-year Perspective

Eyewitness in Venezuela: a 14-year Perspective

I was in Venezuela from April 26 to May 5, 2019. It was the fifth time I have been there in a span of 14 years, so I was able to put things I saw on this trip in that context. My first visit was in 2005. I saw people begging, sleeping in doorways, street venders filling not just sidewalks,[Read More…]

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Libya FILE: Millions without water as armed group cuts off supply

Libya FILE: Millions without water as armed group cuts off supply

Millions of people are without water in Libya as summer temperatures begin to climb. Water supplies to the Libyan capital and surrounding cities have been cut off after an armed group stormed a control room. Media reports said: The gunmen arrived on Sunday at the control room in Jafara run by the Great Man-Made River project, first commissioned by the[Read More…]

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US geopolitical interests offer Iran sanctions loophole amid mounting tension

US geopolitical interests offer Iran sanctions loophole amid mounting tension

  The Indian-backed Iranian port of Chabahar has emerged as a major loophole in a tightening military and economic noose and ever harsher US sanctions that President Donald J. Trump, reluctant to be sucked into yet another war, sees as the best way to either force Tehran to its knees or achieve regime change. Alice Wells, the State Department’s assistant[Read More…]

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VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 11)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 11)

With Chávez dead and Maduro democratically elected the new president of Venezuela, terrorist “opposition” started to implement fear, destruction and death in the street of its own nation. Local elites started to attack the economy by closing factories, sabotaging distribution, exchanging all its savings to dollars and sending it to Miami, etc. The US and Europe increased their support (including[Read More…]

Australian’s Vote For Australia’s Largest Export

Australia’s Voters Betray Themselves, Their Homeland And Mother Earth Herself

By re-electing their current right-wing Liberal Party government and its Prime Minister leader Scott Morrison, Australian’s have, in one fell swoop, simultaneously betrayed humanity’s higher nature that seeks to heal and constantly grow beyond whatever the more limited, baser, self-destructive tendencies among human beings and their societies. In so doing, Australia’s voters have also denied the long-term protection of their[Read More…]

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The Internal Relatedness of Soybeans, Human Health, Global Warming and the Trade War

The Internal Relatedness of Soybeans, Human Health, Global Warming and the Trade War

The study of soybeans brings home the fact that everything is internally related. We can never fully understand any one thing, even something as humble as the soybean,  without being drawn beyond it to the study of other things, and ultimately to the study of the totality in which they partake. The Dialectic of Soy in the Human body: Soybeans[Read More…]

At least 100,000 infants die every year in ten conflict-zones, says report

At least 100,000 infants die every year in ten conflict-zones, says report

Every year in just ten conflict-affected countries at least 100,000 infants die who in the absence of conflict would survive, says a new report British charity Save the Children. The study applied the findings in The Lancet’s study to the ten worst conflict-affected countries, which estimates that in the last five years alone more than 550,000 infants have died due[Read More…]

The Victory of Small Visions: Scott Morrison Retains Government

The Victory of Small Visions: Scott Morrison Retains Government

Australian politics since the 1990s has been marked by a dedicated loathing of the “vision thing”.  For those keen to see policies lasting beyond the life of the May fly, disappointment lies.  Federal governments, at best, have shelf lives of three short years. Governments are effectively encouraged to be agents of small change if, indeed, they are to be agents[Read More…]

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The New Politics of Starvation

The New Politics of Starvation

President Donald Trump’s use of the most vicious aspects of economic warfare prompt another examination of the politics of starvation. After George W. Bush’s administration, Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump lessened Bush’s aggressive war policies and leaned to economic warfare. Sounds harmless when compared to exploding bombs, but it is not — economic warfare can crush an adversary without firing a shot.[Read More…]

Strait of Hormuz, Sabotage Attack and the Sabre-Rattling

Strait of Hormuz, Sabotage Attack and the Sabre-Rattling

“The people of Iran should stand united in the face of this, and they will deliver a strong punch to the mouth of the American secretary of state and anyone who backs them” (Dehghanpisheh and Andrew 2018)). Almost one year back, Ismail Kowsari, the deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Iran’s elite military force, responded strongly at[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 10)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 10)

In Orwellian West, everything is possible nowadays. On one hand, we have the US admittedly willing to intervene militarily in Venezuela, with Guaidó’s masochist supporters misinterpreting article 187.11 of the Venezuelan Constitution to beg to be bombed and slaughtered. On the other hand, blatantly ignoring the very same article of the Venezuelan Constitution, the very same Guaidó’s supporters demand Russian personnel[Read More…]

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 ‘Humanitarian’ Concerns Increase Wars, Benefit Only Arms-Producers

 ‘Humanitarian’ Concerns Increase Wars, Benefit Only Arms-Producers

Unlike a regular corporation, the corporations that manufacture and sell weapons to their government are virtually 100% dependent upon their government and its military allies, for their own success; their markets are only those governments, not individuals (such as is the case for normal corporations). Consequently, either their government will control them, and those firms won’t have any effective control[Read More…]

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Varanasi : Democracy and justice denied amidst the din of costliest electoral democracy

Varanasi : Democracy and justice denied amidst the din of costliest electoral democracy

Varanasi, the seat Narendra Modi contests, goes to polls on May 19, in the last and seventh phase, as per a ‘conveniently manipulated schedule’. Elections in India are more an act of denial of democracy than seeking a people’s mandate.  It is more like bidding for and winning a contract to loot and plunder our country, its resources and people.[Read More…]

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Chinese purchases of Iranian oil raise tantalizing questions

Chinese purchases of Iranian oil raise tantalizing questions

A fully loaded Chinese oil tanker ploughing its way eastwards from two Iranian oil terminals raises questions of how far Beijing is willing to go in defying US sanctions amid a mounting US military build-up in the Gulf and a US-China trade war. The sailing from Iran of the Pacific Bravo takes on added significance with US strategy likely to[Read More…]

Targeting Iran 

Targeting Iran 

      A dangerous flashpoint has emerged in world politics at the moment. There is widespread fear that the United States and its allies might launch a military operation against Iran at any time. A US aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers are already deployed in the region. The alleged sabotage of four oil tankers, two of them Saudi, and[Read More…]

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Venezuela ROUNDUP: U.S. raid Venezuela embassy a brutal act against international law, says Maduro

Venezuela ROUNDUP: U.S. raid Venezuela embassy a brutal act against international law, says Maduro

  The United States has raided the premises of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington D.C. The aggressive act violates all related international laws. Media reports said: Nicolas Maduro, the President of Venezuela, has rejected and repudiated the storming of its embassy by U.S. police officers Thursday. “The U.S. has raided the premises of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, a brutal act against international law and lack[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 9)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 9)

The US plans to illegally give Guaidó’s Gang access to at the least part of the US$30 billion stolen from the Venezuelan people so these US-trained Venezuelan criminals could buy US weapons to help the US invade and plunder Venezuela. Brilliantly criminal! The US administration believes to be above the Venezuelan constitution, above the Venezuelan people, above the UN Charter[Read More…]

Strategic Fulcrum in Whirlwind: The Gulf Regimes on a Short Fuse?  

Strategic Fulcrum in Whirlwind: The Gulf Regimes on a Short Fuse?  

The Persian Gulf region has become a veritable powder keg with the United States taking a more aggressive position on Iran, while Saudi Arabia, UAE and other regional powers keep lining up behind Washington with an equally aggressive mood. The unfolding strategic scenario in the Gulf flashes multiple narratives, events and interventions. It all started when the US pulled out[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 8)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 8)

Do you still have doubts about who oppresses who? No problem, read Venezuela for dummies. If, after having read this article and analyzed all the given sources, you still find yourself “confused” about Venezuela, well, in that case, you too are a lost cause. In that case, you can join the club of those who “have lost the ability to reason”.[Read More…]

Sudan protesters demand civilian government, sit-ins continue

Sudan protesters demand civilian government, sit-ins continue

The military-run Transitional Military Council (TMC) has suspended talks with protesters for 72 hours in Sudan. However, protest for a civilian government and democracy is continuing. The opposition alliance has vowed to continue sit-ins outside the defense ministry and across the country. The opposition demands that the military hand over power to civilians. The political situation still is in turmoil.[Read More…]

Why There Will be no War in Iran

Why There Will be no War in Iran

Many journalists are wringing their hands over the possibility of America waging war with Iran just as many did over the possibility of a U.S. invasion in Venezuela.   A decade ago, both might have been real possibilities, two decades ago they would have been absolute certainties, but not today.  Why?  Because there are forces in the world acting to keep[Read More…]

 Trump – From China to Iran to Venezuela – Threats and Sanctions Everywhere – A Chronicle of Disorganized Chaos Foretold

 Trump – From China to Iran to Venezuela – Threats and Sanctions Everywhere – A Chronicle of Disorganized Chaos Foretold

As of May 10, Mr. Trump has arbitrarily increased tariffs on Chinese goods imported into the US, worth about 200 billion dollars, from 10 % to 25%. It is an action without any foundation. An action that makes no sense at all, as China can and will retaliate – and retaliate much stronger than what the impact of the US’s[Read More…]

Fantasies of Humanity: The Christchurch Pledge and a Regulated Internet

Fantasies of Humanity: The Christchurch Pledge and a Regulated Internet

It had to come.  A massacre, broadcast in real time and then shared with viral automatism; the inevitable shock, and the counter from the authorities.  The Christchurch shootings, inflicting fifty-one deaths upon worshippers at two mosques in quiet New Zealand on March 15 this year, have spurred Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.  Laws have been passed regulating guns in her country. [Read More…]

U.S. behaves as “Cowboy” in Venezuela, says Spain’s Foreign Minister

U.S. behaves as “Cowboy” in Venezuela, says Spain’s Foreign Minister

Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borrell Wednesday accused the U.S. of behaving like a “cowboy” in Venezuela. He stressed that a solution to Venezuela’s current political impasse should be “peaceful, negotiated and democratic.” “The contact group which we are part of is not on the same wavelength as the U.S. administration, which is like a cowboy who says ‘look at me, I[Read More…]

Venezuela ROUNDUP: Guaido now seeks direct relationship with the U.S. Southern Command

Venezuela ROUNDUP: Guaido now seeks direct relationship with the U.S. Southern Command

Imperialism is intensifying its interventionist activities in Venezuela with the help of its proxies. Its proxies are also seeking cooperation of U.S. armed forces. Media reports said: The situation in Venezuela has turned so bad for Juan Guaido, the U.S.-backed self-declared “interim president”, that the number of participants at his own rallies has diminished greatly over the last few days. According[Read More…]

What does the watering-down of UN’s rape-in-war resolution mean?

What does the watering-down of UN’s rape-in-war resolution mean?

The omission of critical clauses in the recent UNSC resolution narrates the disastrous tale of misuse-of-power by the Veto bloc to defend conservative domestic policies. In 8514th meeting of Security Council, on April 23, UN passed a historic resolution [2467:2019] to adopt measures on ending sexual violence in conflict. But the resolution passed by UN omitted crucial terminologies contouring sexual violence. Among them were ‘reproductive healthcare’[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 7)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 7)

It’s amazing the amount of misinformation that has been produced in recent years about oppression and/or repression in Venezuela. I only ask you to tell me, ladies and gentlemen in the West, what kind of oppression allows the criminal opposition to commit all these outrageous acts of terror? Read the full article HERE

Russia and China, Putin and Xi:  “Best and closest friends”

Russia and China, Putin and Xi:  “Best and closest friends”

Trump’s statement on May 2nd  that  trade wars “were good and easy to win.”  reflected yet another dimension of what he does not know or understand – the nature and history of trade wars. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-on-tariffs-trade-wars-are-good-and-easy-to-win-2018-03-02.     The history of trade wars teaches us that no one wins these wars, save perhaps for those who are not involved in them /https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/08/business/tariff-trump-trade-wars.html  For[Read More…]

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Modern Merchants of Death: The NSO Group, Spyware and Human Rights

Arms manufacturers of old, and many of the current stable, did not care much where their products went.  The profit incentive often came before the patriotic one, and led to such dark suspicions as those voiced by the Nye Committee in the 1930s.  Known formally as the Special Committee on Investigation of the Munitions Industry, the US Senate Committee, chaired[Read More…]

Venezuelan Communes Protect the State

Venezuelan Communes Protect the State

Direct democracy works like a charm. Check out Venezuela’s Communes…. Venezuela’s ubiquitous Communes are proof that direct democracy works. And, interestingly enough, those same Communes are powerful buffers to attempted coups, protecting the sanctity of direct democracy in their country. In all likelihood, John Bolton and Trump and Pence and Pompeo and Rubio were shocked beyond recognition by the failed[Read More…]

Redacting Democracy: What You Can’t See Can Hurt You

Redacting Democracy: What You Can’t See Can Hurt You

The Nobel Prize-winning Czech author Milan Kundera began his 1979 novel, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, by describing two photographs. In the first, two men are standing side by side, a Czech nationalist later executed for his views and the country’s Communist ruler. In the second, the dissenter is gone, airbrushed out. Just the dictator remains. Today, if Kundera hadn’t written[Read More…]

Washington pushes to brink of war against Iran

Washington pushes to brink of war against Iran

The abrupt trip staged by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Brussels to push Washington’s hard line against Iran, combined with the deployment of still more US military assets to the Persian Gulf, point to Washington’s calculated escalation of a war crisis in the region. Late Monday, the New York Times posted an article under the headline “White House Reviews Military[Read More…]

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Sweden reopens “preliminary investigation” and seeks extradition of Julian Assange

Sweden reopens “preliminary investigation” and seeks extradition of Julian Assange

Sweden’s reopening of an investigation into a long-discredited rape allegation made against Julian Assange in 2010 deepens the US-led conspiracy to discredit and silence the WikiLeaks founder. Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions, Eva-Marie Persson, announced at a press conference Monday that the “preliminary inquiry” into the allegations against Assange would be reopened and a European Arrest Warrant issued to[Read More…]

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U.S. Tariffs: Undaunted China hits back and U.S., global and Asian stocks tumble

U.S. Tariffs: Undaunted China hits back and U.S., global and Asian stocks tumble

China is undaunted in the face of U.S. pressure in the on-going trade war between the two countries, which the U.S. has initiated. The world’s two biggest economies have been involved into a full-scale trade dispute over the past two years. Media reports said: China on Monday struck back at U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. The measures will be effective[Read More…]

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A mural of former Venezuela President Hugo Chavez (1954-2013). The U.S. government and the Venezuelan oligarchy first tried to overthrow Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution in 2002. Nearly twenty years later, they are still at it. (Photo: Univision)

The Plot to Kill Venezuela

And who is caught between an economy reliant on oil revenues and a sanctions regime designed to create suffering? The people caught in the squeeze of factors beyond their control. Hugo Chávez knew that Venezuela was very vulnerable. Its oil revenues account for 98 percent of its export earnings. Chávez was familiar with the thinking of Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonzo,[Read More…]

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Maximum Pressure in the Strait of Hormuz: The US-Iran Standoff

Maximum Pressure in the Strait of Hormuz: The US-Iran Standoff

Hegemons are never going to sound too sensible when they lock horns or joust in spats of childish anger.  Power corrupts, not merely in terms of perspective but language, and making sense about the next move, the next statement, is bound to be challenging.  Otherwise justified behaviour can be read as provocative; retaliatory moves duly rattle and disturb. The Iran-US[Read More…]

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The Threat of Political Climate Change

The Threat of Political Climate Change

In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the “pink tide” of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere. In Europe, with the recent exception of Spain, the left has been banished to the political margins. In Africa and Asia, socialism has devolved into nationalism, authoritarianism, or just plain corruption. And forget about the[Read More…]

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Why Shouldn’t the Boston Marathon Bomber Vote? U.S. Politicians Radicalized Him

Why Shouldn’t the Boston Marathon Bomber Vote? U.S. Politicians Radicalized Him

Last month, 2020 U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders stirred controversy at a CNN town hall after answering a loaded question about whether his position on extending voting rights to incarcerated felons barred any exceptions such as the Boston Marathon bomber currently on death row. It was impossible for Sanders to respond honestly without being entrapped by the inclusion of Dzhokar[Read More…]

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800+ Retired Justice Department Lawyers Demand Trump’s Impeachment

800+ Retired Justice Department Lawyers Demand Trump’s Impeachment

  As of this writing, 802 former federal lawyers — all of them former federal prosecutors working for the U.S. Department of Justice — have signed a public letter headlined on May 6th “STATEMENT BY FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTORS”, which states the charges they all think should be passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in an indictment of the President,[Read More…]

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A Venezuela-situation analysis by the MSM

A Venezuela-situation analysis by the MSM

“Self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido”, Ian Bremmer writes in Time, “gambled this week [Last week of April] to try to force the ouster” of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (“The quick read about… Venezuela’s faltering revolution”, May 4, 2019) On the pre- and post-coup attempt situation, now identified as Guaido-gamble, Time writes: “[T]here was genuine hope that this was the beginning[Read More…]

Paéz Mayor, José María 'Chema' Romero (centre) with local residents.

Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people’s power

In the midst of Venezuela’s prolonged economic crisis, in which state budgets and support for the governing socialists steadily contract, at least one municipal council is bucking the trend. The key, according to the local mayor, has been focusing on people’s power and self-management. Paéz is a rural municipality located in Apure state, along the tense border with Colombia. Opposition-controlled[Read More…]

Assange BULLETIN: Ecuador will give US all documents & devices Assange left in London embassy

Assange BULLETIN: Ecuador will give US all documents & devices Assange left in London embassy

Documents and devices Julian Assange left in the London embassy of Ecuador will be handed over to U.S. Media reports said: Ecuador’s attorney general has informed Julian Assange’s lawyer that the WikiLeaks co-founder’s files, computer, mobile phones and other electronic devices will be seized during a search of the London embassy and sent to the U.S. The searches are set[Read More…]

The Great Soybean War

The Great Soybean War

Donald Trump is a great believer in the use of force to change things.  Regretfully, he does not understand either the nature of force or of change.    The nature of force is explained by Newton’s third law of motion which states that as forces exist in pairs, as one exerts force on the other, the second object in turn exerts[Read More…]

Have Eritrea’s Afars Lost Their Sailing Heritage?

Have Eritrea’s Afars Lost Their Sailing Heritage?

It seems that Eritrea’s Afar people have lost their sailing heritage, falling victim to the internal combustion engine and fossil fuels. Living along the southern Red Sea coast of Africa, the Afars were made famous by the finding of the earliest human remains in the Afar Desert (once the Sea of Afar, and a Sea again one day due to[Read More…]

Altos de Lidice. Photo: Joe Montero.

Venezuela’s crisis: A view from the communes

Within hours of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó calling for street mobilisations to back his attempted military coup against President Nicolás Maduro on April 30, Guaidó’s supporters had looted and set fire to the headquarters of the Indio Caricuao Commune in south-west Caracas. The building was used for local residents’ meetings and housed a commune-run textile enterprise, which funds projects[Read More…]

 ‘Humanitarian’ Concerns Increase Wars, Benefit Only Arms-Producers

 ‘Humanitarian’ Concerns Increase Wars, Benefit Only Arms-Producers

Unlike a regular corporation, the corporations that manufacture and sell weapons to their government are virtually 100% dependent upon their government and its military allies, for their own success; their markets are only those governments, not individuals (such as is the case for normal corporations). Consequently, either their government will control them, and those firms won’t have any effective control[Read More…]

Antisemitism And Relating To Others: The Need To Go Beyond Tolerance

Antisemitism And Relating To Others: The Need To Go Beyond Tolerance

Although the focus of this essay is on Jewish experiences and Jewish responses, other religious and secular readers concerned about responding to so much hatred, bigotry, racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression, exploitation, and injustice today can easily transform my wordings into their own contextualized terms. Most of our responses to hatred, bigotry, antisemitism (also spelled anti-Semitism, anti-semitism), racism,[Read More…]

Chelsea Manning Released From Jail

Chelsea Manning Released From Jail

U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning was released from jail Thursday after being held for 62 days—including a month in solitary confinement—for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury, but she could be imprisoned again as soon as next week if she refuses to comply with a second subpoena to appear before a different grand jury. Manning’s release came after the expiration[Read More…]

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China vows to take necessary countermeasures after US tariff hike

China vows to take necessary countermeasures after US tariff hike

U.S.-China trade was is now a major world issue. The United States is taking measures against China while China vows to take counter-measures. Media reports from Washington DC and Beijing said: China plans to take “necessary countermeasures” in response to the US’ decision to increase tariffs to 25 percent on $200 billion in Chinese goods, a decision China’s Commerce Ministry[Read More…]

The Nightmare of Medical Care in America

The Nightmare of Medical Care in America

On this extremely hot summer day, the ear-splitting siren screaming through New York’s streets is coming from the ambulance I’m in — on a gurney on my way to the ER. That only makes the siren, loud as it is, all the more alarming. I fell. The pain, its location and intensity, suggests I’ve probably broken my hip. The kind[Read More…]

The Democrats and Muellerisation

The Democrats and Muellerisation

The psychic problems facing the Democrats continue to bite, and with their foiled efforts to see the full, unredacted report of the Mueller Report, they look distracted, confused and bitter.  In politics, the sense of vengeance and retribution has a place, but without some restorative balance, cripples the actor.  The Democrats can point to numerous contenders for the presidential election,[Read More…]

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Protests continue in Sudan after military leaders demand Islamic law in constitution

Protests continue in Sudan after military leaders demand Islamic law in constitution

  Sudan is going through political turmoil as military rulers are trying to capitalize Islamic and Sharia law and lingering with transition to civilian rule while the public demanding democracy are opposing imposition of Islamic and Sharia law. At the same time, female activists are seeking half of transitional authority. Media reports said: Sudan’s military rulers said Tuesday that they[Read More…]

Mounting tension with Iran sheds a light on dynamics of US geopolitics

Mounting tension with Iran sheds a light on dynamics of US geopolitics

  Mounting tension between the Trump administration and Iran are likely to shed light on US dynamics shaping today’s geopolitical environment. Looming large is the figure of US national security advisor John Bolton, a proponent of a muscular US foreign policy in which the United States employs military force to impose its will and fortify its superpower status as the[Read More…]

Venezuela – A Risk to Dollar Hegemony – Key Purpose Behind “Regime Change”

Venezuela – A Risk to Dollar Hegemony – Key Purpose Behind “Regime Change”

  After the new coup attempt – or propaganda coup – Venezuela lives in a state of foreign imposed insecurity. The failed coup was executed on 30 April by Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed and Washington-trained and endorsed “interim President”, and the opposition leader, Leopoldo López, who was hurriedly freed from house arrest by Guaidó with a couple of dozens of[Read More…]

 How Lies Become ‘Facts’ in U.S. ‘News’

 How Lies Become ‘Facts’ in U.S. ‘News’

On Fox News Channel’s May 2nd edition of “The Story with Martha MacCallum” was alleged, by the program host (at 2:45 in this video), that one reason we must invade Venezuela (if  we will) is that “People have lost 24 pounds” there. So (her point was), if we invade, that’s not evil, it’s no coup, but instead it’s humanitarian (presumably[Read More…]

Will the U.S. Start a War Against Iran?

Will the U.S. Start a War Against Iran?

On Sunday, May 5, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton announced that the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force had begun to make their way from the Mediterranean Sea toward the coastline of Iran. Iran, Bolton said, had made “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings.” He was, characteristically, not specific. It was[Read More…]

Assange BULLETIN: Bay Watch star Pamela Anderson fears for Assange’s Life

Assange BULLETIN: Bay Watch star Pamela Anderson fears for Assange’s Life

Pamela Anderson speaks to the media as she leaves Belmarsh Prison in London after visiting Julian Assange Pamela Anderson has revealed she fears Julian Assange will be assassinated if he is extradited to the US, hours after visiting him in Belmarsh high-security jail. The former Baywatch star said she was “deeply concerned about his well being” and does not think the Wikileaks founder will[Read More…]

An interview with Fred Magdoff on a farming community in Venezuela

An interview with Fred Magdoff on a farming community in Venezuela

Fred Magdoff is Professor Emeritus of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont and author of many articles including “A rational agriculture is incompatible with capitalism” (Monthly Review, March 2015) and “An ecologically sound and socially just economy” (Monthly Review, September 2014), and of books including The Great Financial Crisis (with John Bellamy Foster, editor, Monthly Review) and[Read More…]

Lowering Standards: Australian Universities, English Requirements and Student Cash Cows