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Fighting democracy’s crisis and the capitalist state. A Manifesto

Fighting democracy’s crisis and the capitalist state. A Manifesto

Co-Written by Bhabani Shankar Nayak & Ernesto Gallo What is happening to democracies across the globe? Neoliberalism and the rise of authoritarianism are moving together and, by dismantling social harmonies and states, are threatening democracy’s very existence. In fact they are combining and consolidating in different forms, of which three look more remarkable. First, there is the rise of nationalist[Read More…]

Jeffrey Epstein and the Spectacle of Secrecy

Jeffrey Epstein and the Spectacle of Secrecy

When phrases such as “the deep state” and “conspiracy theory” become staples of both the corporate mainstream media and the alternative press, we know the realities behind these phrases have outlasted their usefulness for the ruling elites that control the United States and for their critics,each of whom uses them refutably or corrobatively. These phrases are bandied about so often[Read More…]

Sick of being a guinea pig

Sick of being a guinea pig

Some corporations and governments have used the US public as guinea pigs in uncontrolled experiments conducted without the public’s approval. They were often gambling with our well being when they introduced new products or conducted risky tests. In contrast, there were usually few risks for the CEOs or government officials in charge of these unacknowledged experiments. If serious harm occurred,[Read More…]

An Axis of Hope, Dignity and Defiance stands up to the Triumvirate of Evil

An Axis of Hope, Dignity and Defiance stands up to the Triumvirate of Evil

We will never accept the Mark of the Beast In these times, many in the Americas and the Caribbean are giving in to geo-political fatalism. Their argument is that because we are locatedin the so-called “backyard” of the Empire, we must inevitably accept the mark of the beast.  We have survived centuries of enslavement and colonialism no thanks to such[Read More…]

BREXIT – or Not? Masters of Manipulating Public Opinion

BREXIT – or Not? Masters of Manipulating Public Opinion

BREXIT deadline is 31 October 2019. On 23 June 2016, the British people voted 52% against 48% to leave the European Union. In England alone, the margin was somewhat higher, 53.4% for leaving the EU, against 46.6% for staying. In the meantime we know, that this result was influenced by Cambridge Analytica, the same as the Trump Presidency was apparently[Read More…]

Israel’s Secret

Israel’s Secret

It is an established, and a very well-known fact that Israel is a genocidal, terrorist, ethnic-cleansing colonial state. Backed by a genocidal blood-thirsty real estate elitist god (read the Old Testament/the Torah) with a racist enslaving anti-goyim supremacist and vengeful religion, similar to ISIS terrorists of today, Zionist Jewish terrorist gangs such as the Stern, the Irgun, the Palmach and[Read More…]

Hong Kong In The Crosshairs of Global Power And Ideological Struggle

Hong Kong In The Crosshairs of Global Power And Ideological Struggle

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers Hong Kong is one of the most extreme examples of big finance, neoliberal capitalism in the world. As a result, many people in Hong Kong are suffering from great economic insecurity in a city with 93 billionaires, second-most of any city. Hong Kong is suffering the effects of being colonized by Britain for more than[Read More…]

No Deal Chaos: The Brexit Cliff Face and Operation Yellowhammer

No Deal Chaos: The Brexit Cliff Face and Operation Yellowhammer

Britain’s Boris Johnson is driving his country to the cliff face, along the way mouthing and spouting all manner of populist reassurances.  Still fresh in the job, he declared that UK preparations for a no-deal Brexit on October 31, when Britain would leave the European Union, would receive a boost – a “turbocharge”, no less.  Michael Gove, now chancellor of[Read More…]

Orwell Revisited in the Age of Trump

Orwell Revisited in the Age of Trump

I, Winston Smith… I mean, Tom Engelhardt… have not just been reading a dystopian novel, but, it seems, living one — and I suspect I’ve been living one all my life. Yes, I recently reread George Orwell’s classic 1949 novel, 1984. In it, Winston Smith, a secret opponent of the totalitarian world of Oceania, one of three great imperial superpowers left[Read More…]

God, Guns and Video Games

God, Guns and Video Games

The din struck by videos of the gaming variety; its forced causal link (always alleged, never proved) to altering conduct, continues its relentless march across the discussion forums in the United States and beyond.  The almost casual butcheries – actual, not as opposed to digital – have gone on unabated, the next extremist taking a murderous shot at his role[Read More…]

Business and boxing: two sides of the same coin

Business and boxing: two sides of the same coin

What do a planned US$15 billion Saudi investment in petroleum-related Indian businesses and a controversial boxing championship have in common? Both reflect a world in which power and economics drive policy, politics and business at the expense of fundamental rights. And both underscore an emerging new world order in which might is right, a jungle in which dissenters, minorities and[Read More…]

Financial turbulence continues as major economies move towards recession

Financial turbulence continues as major economies move towards recession

Markets around the world fell yesterday in response to the biggest fall on Wall Street for the year on Wednesday, amid further indications from bond markets and production data that the global economy is moving into recession. In response to the Wall Street decline, markets in Asia fell with Japan’s Topix index down 1 percent while the Australian market dropped[Read More…]

Was it a Thumbs Up Sign or a Finger Gun Pointing at Us?

Was it a Thumbs Up Sign or a Finger Gun Pointing at Us?

I have to say it doesn’t take very long for Kansas’ 1st district Rep. Roger Marshall and his staff to feel like as though they are the victims of their constituents’ concerns and not the other way around. This time it started on Sunday, August 4 with some singing and chalking on Rep. Marshall’s sidewalk. The chalking included images as[Read More…]

Manifestos of Hate: What White Terrorists Have in Common

Manifestos of Hate: What White Terrorists Have in Common

Writing under the title of “If the El Paso shooter had been Muslim”, Moustafa Bayoumi stated the obvious. “If the El Paso shooter had been a Muslim,” Bayoumi wrote in the British Guardian newspaper on August 6, US President Donald Trump “would be lobbing accusations such as ‘Islam hates us’ in the direction of Muslims and not lecturing the public[Read More…]

Apartheid Israel Bombing Syria & Iraq – Hotting Up Deadly 4-Decade US War On Iran

Apartheid Israel Bombing Syria & Iraq – Hotting Up Deadly 4-Decade US War On Iran

Since the removal of the US-backed Shah in the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the US has enacted 4 decades of deadly hostility to Iran  through sanctions and violence that can be described as  a 4-decade US War on Iran. 1 million Iranians  died in the 1980-1988 US-backed Iran-Iraq War and 3 million Iranians died avoidably from deprivation in 4 decades of[Read More…]

Paul Findley: A Man of Courage

Paul Findley: A Man of Courage

Paul Findley one of the most remarkable Congressmen that the US House of Representatives had produced since the Second World War passed away on the 9th of August 2019. He was 98 years old. He was first elected to Congress in 1960 from a district in Illinois once represented by Abraham Lincoln, his immortal hero.  Findley was elected 11 times[Read More…]

Unmasking the elitist interest of UBI

Unmasking the elitist interest of UBI

Basic income, also called Universal basic income (UBI), Citizen’s income (CI), Citizen basic income, Basic income guarantee, or Universal Demogrant in different countries or regions is a capitalist reform project, a proposed periodic cash payment delivered to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement. The income will be (i) unconditional (ii) periodical (iii) non withdrawable i.e.[Read More…]

Why do we treat science as a joke in Pakistan?

Why do we treat science as a joke in Pakistan?

The scene begins with a man theatrically putting on a white lab coat,matching mask and transparent protective glasses before adjusting his left glove with a dramatic snap while an array of beakers bubble in the background. The viewer then encounters an anonymous man in a white lab coat who carefully (and rather pointlessly) transfers non-descript pink liquid from one beaker[Read More…]

Concerns grow over global financial stability

Concerns grow over global financial stability

The current turmoil in financial markets was set off by the Trump administration’s threat to impose tariffs on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods and its decision to label China a “currency manipulator,” following Beijing’s move to allow the renminbi to fall. The extreme volatility has prompted questions about the stability of the global financial system. But the[Read More…]

Hong Kong  airport resumes operations with over 200 flights still cancelled amidst violence

Hong Kong airport resumes operations with over 200 flights still cancelled amidst violence

The Hong Kong International Airport resumed operations on Tuesday, a day after all flights were cancelled due to violent acts by protesters. Media reports said: Despite resumption of activities of the HK international airport, still over 200 flights in and out of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region have been cancelled on Tuesday. Thousands of protesters rallied at the airport,[Read More…]

FILE PHOTO: Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) look on after executing search warrants and making arrests at an agricultural processing facility in Canton, Mississippi, U.S. in this August 7, 2019 handout photo.    Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Handout via REUTERS  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY./File Photo

Visions of Class Struggle:  The U.S.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement Raids in Mississippi

Karl Marx’s words are resilient – history is indeed “the history of class struggles.”  Not solely, because history has also been marked by gender, race, and religious struggles; but class struggles have and do shape the world we live in today.  Not to see the events occurring in the world through the lens of historical class conflict between the bourgeoisie[Read More…]

Reality-Denial Among America’s Democratic Party Faithful

Reality-Denial Among America’s Democratic Party Faithful

I used to be a Democrat, until the majority of Democrats in the U.S. Senate voted in 2002 for George W. Bush’s 2003 catastrophic invasion of Iraq, even though everything that Bush and his Administration were alleging the invasion to be based on were mere lies, by him and his Administration. A Senator or Representative is supposed to represent the[Read More…]

Reflections on Trump’s “mental illness”

Reflections on Trump’s “mental illness”

I thought I knew what it meant, but I looked up the definition of insanity anyway: mentally deranged, not of sound mind; irrational [Concise Oxford Dictionary]. That is a rather broad spectrum and on more reflection includes not only Trump and his minions, but everyone else of us at least one time or another – including myself. Irrational How often[Read More…]

Epstein, Faction, and Neopatrimonialism

Epstein, Faction, and Neopatrimonialism

Faction: a number of citizens, whether amounting to a minority or majority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community. James Madison Never has the word “conspiracy” been spoken so easily. Never has the[Read More…]

Conspiracy, Death and Jeffrey Epstein

Conspiracy, Death and Jeffrey Epstein

Within minutes of news about his death in a Manhattan jail cell Saturday morning, theories spread with pestilential vigour.  Was Jeffrey Epstein murdered?  Accepting the premise without qualification, the next question followed: Who did it?  MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was not giving anyone time to wonder.  “A guy who had information that would have destroyed rich and powerful men’s lives[Read More…]

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China’s BRI Could Save Destroyed South East Asia

Text and Photos by Andre Vltchek Most of the people in the West or in North Asia usually never think about it, but Southeast Asia is one of the most depressed and depressing parts of the world. It has been through genocides, wars and atrocious military regimes. Then, those monstrous income disparities. According to The Bangkok Post, in 2018,“the 10%[Read More…]

 Venezuela and Iran in the Crosshairs of Murderers Inc – Who is Next?

 Venezuela and Iran in the Crosshairs of Murderers Inc – Who is Next?

Imagine just for a moment, the World would stand up in unison, sick and tired of the aggressive killer arrogance of the United States and her vassals – and their joint war-force called NATO – and this World, our World, what’s left of it when you deduct Washington and its Brussels allies, would at once block every shipment of everything[Read More…]

Kashmir and Palestine share the struggle for self determination against colonial occupation

Kashmir and Palestine share the struggle for self determination against colonial occupation

Mondoweiss, a progressive Jewish media, Friday published a researched article by Zainab Ramahi, a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law, comparing the struggle of the people of Kashmir and Palestine. Zainab Ramahi argues that reviewing the literature on the Indian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), and its origins, it is not hard to draw the connection to Israel’s[Read More…]

US-imposed Opiate Holocaust –  US Protection Of  Afghan Opiates Has Killed 5.2 Million People Since 9-11

US-imposed Opiate Holocaust –  US Protection Of  Afghan Opiates Has Killed 5.2 Million People Since 9-11

Numerous science, engineering, architecture, aviation, military and intelligence experts conclude that the US Government was responsible for the 9-11 atrocity (3,000 people killed) with some asserting Israeli and Saudi involvement, but US-beholden Western Mainstream media are united in  blind belief in the official version of  mendacious George Bush. However resolutely ignored is the UNODC report that 0.6 million people die[Read More…]

Chelsea Manning faces $441,000 in fines and another year in jail for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks

Chelsea Manning faces $441,000 in fines and another year in jail for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks

Federal District Judge Anthony Trenga rejected a motion Monday from imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning to reconsider the imposition of daily fines for her principled refusal to testify before a grand jury impaneled to bring frame-up charges against WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange. Manning has been held in contempt of court for 149 days in the Alexandria City Jail. She[Read More…]

Hong Kong protest and photo of U.S diplomats with protest leaders emerge

Hong Kong protest and photo of U.S diplomats with protest leaders emerge

Hong Kong is hot with protests, and with a photo of foreign diplomats and protest leaders. Media reports said: Hong Kong’s Airport Authority said on Friday only departing passengers with travel documents will be allowed to enter the terminal as anti-government activists gear up for a three-day rally to raise awareness among tourists entering the city. The move comes as[Read More…]

Why Civilians Need Militarized Rifles

Why Civilians Need Militarized Rifles

By A Proud Member of the NRA Ever notice how people who don’t own guns never shoot anyone? You have to wonder about people like that. I mean, they don’t feel the need for even a little girly handgun to defend themselves and their wives and sweet innocent children from criminals and riff raff, and Mexican rapists sneaking over the[Read More…]

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Mass Shootings: Amnesty International Issues Historic U.S Travel Warning

Mass Shootings: Amnesty International Issues Historic U.S Travel Warning

Amnesty International (AI) has urged travelers to be cautious amid a “human rights crisis” which it blames on “ubiquity of firearms” and U.S. government reluctance to confiscate them. It is a historic development regarding the U.S., because it was the U.S., which regularly issue travel warnings to its citizens visiting other countries. The AI aims to hold up a mirror[Read More…]

“Culture of Violence?” You Betcha Mr. Trump, But it’s Not the Video Games

“Culture of Violence?” You Betcha Mr. Trump, But it’s Not the Video Games

On the day after America’s weekend shooting rampage that killed 31 people and wounded dozens more in El Paso and Dayton, president Trump told the nation in a 10-minute address, what he sees as the causes of and cures for gun violence in the U.S. As causes, he mentioned: “Racism, bigotry and white supremacy” adding, “These sinister ideologies must be[Read More…]

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Howie Hawkins: ‘The US Culture Of Violence Is Reaping What It Has Sown’

Howie Hawkins: ‘The US Culture Of Violence Is Reaping What It Has Sown’

The US is in the midst of an epidemic of mass killings. In the 215 days so far this year, the US has seen 252 mass shootings – an average of more than one a day. The reasons why this is happening are pretty obvious: too many guns, inadequate gun laws, a culture of militarism that glorifies violence, misogyny, and[Read More…]

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Developments around Gulf: U.S. finds friends and reluctant-friends

Developments around Gulf: U.S. finds friends and reluctant-friends

The United States is trying to build up coalition for its Gulf expedition. The world power is finding a few friends while a few of its friends are not feeling easy with joining the war-coalition and the world power is facing problems in building up the war axis. Media reports said: U.S. allies feel ‘ashamed’, say Zarif The U.S. is[Read More…]

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Caught in the Strait

Caught in the Strait

It is clear that the United Kingdom could not have thought this through.  Was it a touch of the Suez jitters, the haunting syndrome of 1956 leaving a false impression that the Old Empire still had it?  To taunt a power already under the watchful and punitive eye of the United States was never a recipe for equanimity and calm[Read More…]

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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]

Whose Gulf is it anyway?

The Persian Gulf with its Strait of Hormuz is considered the vital area for the global economy because it is the main marine corridor for oil tankers. Free and safe navigation for oil tankers are of utmost importance and are guaranteed by international laws. Throughout history of the Gulf its navigation was threatened only twice; once during the late 1980s[Read More…]

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Security architecture in the Gulf: Troubled prospects

Security architecture in the Gulf: Troubled prospects

Russia, backed by China, hoping to exploit mounting doubts in the Gulf about the reliability of the United States as the region’s sole security guarantor, is proposing a radical overhaul of the security architecture in an area that is home to massive oil and gas reserves and some of the world’s most strategic waterways. Chinese backing for Russia’s proposed collective[Read More…]

U.S. plans to deploy missiles in Asia and eyes competition with China

U.S. plans to deploy missiles in Asia and eyes competition with China

The U.S. is planning escalation of its war program in Asia. There is news on its plan to deploy missile in Asia. The move will increase tension in the continent amid threat of new arms race. The U.S. is hoping to deploy new ground-based intermediate-range missiles to Asia “sooner rather than later,” U.S. defense chief Mark Esper said of a[Read More…]

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Trump’s White nationalist  (Supremacy)  Agenda

Trump’s White nationalist  (Supremacy)  Agenda

The president of US has shown the world how racist he and his great nation have fallen from grace. He attacked four progressive congresswomen of color from the Democratic Party whom he directed his ugly, vicious, and vile vitriol at: Alexandria Ocassio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Talaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MAS). “On Sunday evening, he initiated an attack[Read More…]

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White Supremacy

White Supremacy

A number of commentators have linked the killing of 20 people at a Walmart store in El Paso in the United States of America on Saturday 3rd August 2019 to the rising tide of White Supremacism. White Supremacism is a belief that whites are superior to others and therefore have a right to dominate them. There were elements of such[Read More…]

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People in Venezuela are prepared for battle to defend the Bolivarian Revolution

People in Venezuela are prepared for battle to defend the Bolivarian Revolution

People in Venezuela shall defend the Bolivarian Revolution. To defend the land, the people are prepared for battle. This is the promise by the people in the land the revolution is moving forward with its transforming process. Therefore, Nicolas Maduro, the president of Venezuela, has said: Venezuela is “prepared for battle” if the US imposes quarantine. “We are all prepared[Read More…]

El Paso shooting: Hundreds of mothers and students demanding gun control march on White House and the Capitol

El Paso shooting: Hundreds of mothers and students demanding gun control march on White House and the Capitol

Hundreds of mothers, students and other volunteers demanding action on gun control marched on the White House and the Capitol on the heels of the deadly shooting in El Paso, Texas on Saturday. Several other similar protest demonstrations were also held across the U.S. Members of activists group Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action organized the march. The protesters[Read More…]

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Cheering a New Arms Race: The End of the INF

Cheering a New Arms Race: The End of the INF

US President Donald Trump is a master of the withdrawal method.  That said, it is often forgotten that the United States remains that most fickle of creatures, joining, or abandoning international regimes that might be seen to jar with the national interest.  Initial preparations for such global arrangements tend to be initially optimistic, even rosy.  Eager to draft a suitable[Read More…]

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The Stubborn Truth About Employment and the Defense Industry

The Stubborn Truth About Employment and the Defense Industry

Co-Written by Nia Harris, Cassandra Stimpson, and Ben Freeman A Marilyn has once again seduced a president. This time, though, it’s not a movie star; it’s Marillyn Hewson, the head of Lockheed Martin, the nation’s top defense contractor and the largest weapons producer in the world. In the last month, Donald Trump and Hewson have seemed inseparable. They “saved” jobs at a helicopter plant.[Read More…]

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China’s Social Credit Check System: A move towards Orwellian Dystopia

China’s Social Credit Check System: A move towards Orwellian Dystopia

“ Keeping trust is glorious, and breaking trust is disgraceful..” In a move straight out of George Orwell’s famous 1984, China is in the process of implementing a nationwide “Social Credit Check System.” It is a national reputation system aimed towards standardizing China’s citizens’ and businesses’ reputation or ‘Social Credit”. This system will be implemented by gathering information through mass[Read More…]

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Neoliberalism, Neofascism  & Trumpism – Racist Alliance Of Mob & Capital

Neoliberalism, Neofascism  & Trumpism – Racist Alliance Of Mob & Capital

Philosopher Hannah Arendt found common causes of  genocidal Western European imperialism on 5 continents and genocidal 20th century fascism as an alliance between the mob and capital, with a commonality in this union of extreme nationalism, lying, rapacity, atrocity-justifying racism and anti-humanism.  Today American Trumpism is ferociously anti-intellectual, anti-humanist, nationalist  and racist, with genocidal Trump threats to “totally destroy” or[Read More…]

US scrapping of INF treaty heightens threat of nuclear war

US scrapping of INF treaty heightens threat of nuclear war

Washington formally scrapped the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty Friday, bringing the world a major step closer to nuclear war. The treaty, signed over 30 years ago by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, banned a whole class of weapons that had placed the world on a hair trigger for a nuclear conflict. Both countries agreed to[Read More…]

Elementary school kids sitting around teacher in a lesson

Sporadic Notes: Teachers in an empire

Facts force out myths. The following facts narrate condition of a part of teachers, students and an education system in a society that overflows with resources. A survey of teachers, 1,038 in total, from 45 US states, conducted in July 6-10, 2019, found: Ninety-six percent of teachers surveyed pay for school supplies for their students. (Fishbowl, “96 percent of teachers[Read More…]

Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and the persecution of his followers

Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and the persecution of his followers

The government of Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria is accused of violence, brutality and gross violation of Human Rights. Since he grabbed power in 1983 through a military coup, imprisonment, torture and kidnappings have become the tools to silence his critics. His main targets of political imprisonments have been students, journalists, human rights activists and clerics alike. While he continues to[Read More…]

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The Retainer Solution: The European Union, Libya and Irregular Migration

The Retainer Solution: The European Union, Libya and Irregular Migration

There is a venom in international refugee policy that refuses to go away: officials charged with their tasks, passing on their labours to those who might see the UN Refugee Convention as empty wording, rather than strict injunction carved upon stone.  They have all become manifest in the policy of deferral: humanitarian problems are for others to solve.  We will[Read More…]

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The Western Alliance is Falling Apart

The Western Alliance is Falling Apart

Ever since Imran Khan became the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan in August 2018, the winds have changed. While his predecessors, though generally leaning eastwards, have often wavered between the US and the China orbit, Khan is in the process of clearly defining his alliances with the east, in particular China. This is for the good of his country, for[Read More…]

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What I Am Fighting For?

What I Am Fighting For?

  PREFACE TO MY RUSSIAN BOOK I am Russian. That’s how I feel and therefore, that’s what I am. I was born in Russia, in the Soviet Union – in what was and still is a stunningly beautiful city on the Neva River called Leningrad. For some reason, out of the almost 20 books that I have written, only 2[Read More…]

Trump’s Venom Against the Media, Immigrants, “Traitors,” and More Is Nothing New 

Trump’s Venom Against the Media, Immigrants, “Traitors,” and More Is Nothing New 

Along rivers prone to overflowing, people sometimes talk of preparing for a 100-year flood — a dangerous surge of muddy, debris-filled water so overwhelming it appears only once a century. In our political world, we are now seeing a 100-year flood of toxic debris. The sludge washing ashore includes President Trump’s continuing cries of “fake news!” and “traitors”; his rage[Read More…]

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US federal court exposes Democratic Party conspiracy against Assange and WikiLeaks

US federal court exposes Democratic Party conspiracy against Assange and WikiLeaks

In a ruling published late Tuesday, Judge John Koeltl of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, delivered a devastating blow to the US-led conspiracy against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In his ruling, Judge Koeltl, a Bill Clinton nominee and former Assistant Special Prosecutor for the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, dismissed “with prejudice” a civil lawsuit[Read More…]

Germany won’t take part in U.S.’ Strait of Hormuz initiative

Germany won’t take part in U.S.’ Strait of Hormuz initiative

United States’ Iran-show is not moving smoothly. It is not always getting wholehearted support from all of its friends. The Strait of Hormuz initiative by the U.S. is part of the show, and it is facing the same problem. An example is Germany. Germany will refuse to take part in a U.S.-led maritime mission in the Strait of Hormuz, German[Read More…]

The state vs. the citizen

The state vs. the citizen

Patriotism, respect for law, and allegiance are demands placed upon the citizen by the state. Such awesome authority, being capable of misuse, should always have to justify itself. Does the state accept this small burden? The responsibility of the citizen is to insist upon it. But how? And through what medium? It is commonly suggested that power ultimately lies with[Read More…]

Saudi Iranian rivalry polarises Nigerian Muslims

Saudi Iranian rivalry polarises Nigerian Muslims

A recent ban on a militant, Iranian-backed Shiite group raised the spectre of the Saudi Iranian rivalry spilling onto Nigerian streets as security forces launched a manhunt to find the alleged Boko Haram operatives who killed 65 people attending a funeral. Nigeria, Africa’s foremost oil producer, banned the Iranian-backed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) this weekend after demonstrations in the[Read More…]

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Rains batter Karachi, 17 deaths

Rains batter Karachi, 17 deaths

Monsoon rains wreaked havoc on the ill-maintained electricity and sewerage systems in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, leaving at least eight more people dead on Tuesday, officials and rescue services said. Media reports said: Most of the victims died due to electrocution, taking the death toll since the rain began on Monday morning in Karachi to 17. At least seven other[Read More…]

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Publishing Stolen Material: WikiLeaks, the DNC and Freedom of Speech

Publishing Stolen Material: WikiLeaks, the DNC and Freedom of Speech

It may well be a finding of some implication should Julian Assange find his way into the beastly glory that is the US justice system.  In its efforts to rope in President Donald Trump’s election campaign, Wikileaks, Assange and the Russian Federation for hacking the computers of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, the DNC case was found wanting. The[Read More…]

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In Venezuela, the right to housing is made possible by the Revolution

In the Antímano neighbourhood of the capital district of Caracas, a very special block of flats has been built. Its inhabitants built it with their own hands, after in 2011, on the initiative of President Hugo Chávez, a little less than one hectare of land was expropriated from the Polar company. The idea was to rescue abandoned urban land that[Read More…]

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Greece – Suicide or Murder?

Greece – Suicide or Murder?

Pundits from the left, from the right and from the center cannot stop reporting about Greece’s misery. And rightly so. Because Greece, the vast majority of her people live in deep economic hardship. No hope. Unemployment is officially at 18%, with the real figure closer to 25% or 30%; pensions have been reduced about ten times since Syriza – the[Read More…]

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18 U.S. Marines, one sailor arrested for alleged crimes including human smuggling and drug-related offenses

18 U.S. Marines, one sailor arrested for alleged crimes including human smuggling and drug-related offenses

Citing the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) media reports including CNN Wires said on July 27, 2019 and on later dates: Three more Camp Pendleton-based service members — two Marines and a sailor — have been arrested, bringing to 19 the total arrests in a sweeping human smuggling and drug probe. Jeff Houston, an NCIS spokesperson, said the two[Read More…]

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Militarising Australia: Talisman Sabre and the US Military Build Up

Militarising Australia: Talisman Sabre and the US Military Build Up

Deemed the Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations strategy, the military method is a US Marine special, still spanking new, featuring “the amphibious landing of troops on islands for seizure and capture as part of a forward projection of sea and airpower aimed at the mainland.” That particular description comes from Bevan Ramsden, an active member of the coordinating committee of IPAN,[Read More…]

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Chavez remembered on his 65th birth anniversary

Chavez remembered on his 65th birth anniversary

Nicolas Maduro, the President of Venezuela, recalled on July 28, 2019, the legacy of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez (1954-2013), on his 65th birth anniversary. “65 years of love Commander! We celebrate your life reaffirming the loyalty and commitment you sowed in us. We will defend how you taught us, the happiness of the people you loved[Read More…]

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Why Should Iran Be Cherished And Defended

Why Should Iran Be Cherished And Defended

As I pen this short essay, Iran is standing against the mightiest nation on earth. It is facing tremendous danger; of annihilation even, if the world does not wake up fast, and rush to its rescue. Stunning Iranian cities are in danger, but above all, its people: proud and beautiful, creative, formed by one of the oldest and deepest cultures[Read More…]

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Nuclear Disarmament Should Be a Top 2020 Campaign Issue But Is Being Ignored

Nuclear Disarmament Should Be a Top 2020 Campaign Issue But Is Being Ignored

Two years ago on July 7, 2017, 122 nations approved the text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of NuclearWeapons (TPNW). The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for spearheading this achievement. Few Americans are aware of it and none of the major presidential candidates are informing us. None of the nuclear[Read More…]

Shifting Sands: Chinese encroachment in Central Asia and challenges to US supremacy in the Gulf

Shifting Sands: Chinese encroachment in Central Asia and challenges to US supremacy in the Gulf

China and Russia are as much allies as they are rivals. A joint Tajik-Chinese military exercise in a Tajik region bordering on China’s troubled north-western region of Xinjiang suggests that increased Chinese-Russian military cooperation has not eroded gradually mounting rivalry in Central Asia, long viewed by Moscow as its backyard. The exercise, the second in three years, coupled with the[Read More…]

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When Boris Became PM

When Boris Became PM

So Boris Johnson has become Britain’s prime minister. He has been trying and scheming, scheming and trying including undermining David Cameron. A ‘remainer’ before, Johnson saw political capital in the ‘leave’ campaign, and in a sudden about turn became its face and leading campaigner. Always superb at the latter and having the inbuilt advantage of a clown’s rapport with his[Read More…]

The Age of Anything Goes

The Age of Anything Goes

A blond-haired US President openly hinting only white immigrants can be true American citizens, blue-eyed Nazis marching boldly on the streets of Europe, brattish Brexiteers in Britain harking back to days of the Raj and ‘twice-born’ Hindu supremacists in India fulminating against religious minorities. Many have called the times we live in the Age of Anger but more accurately it[Read More…]

America and Pakistan in Search of Peace and Conflict Resolution

America and Pakistan in Search of Peace and Conflict Resolution

Reflections on Today’s World of Politics President Trump and young looking Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan met this week at the White House. Trump is master to transform rhetoric into reality as he did to North Korean leader. Both were trying to overcome the historic indifference and prejudice to bridge the ever widening gaps between the reality and perceptions of[Read More…]

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Tillerson’s testimony: Does it mirror an arrangement-disjointed?

Tillerson’s testimony: Does it mirror an arrangement-disjointed?

Rex Tillerson, former US secretary of state (SoS) tells about state of a state. Tillerson’s seven-hour closed-door testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee in May reveals facts related to an important arrangement of the state – a machine – he once represented. A few of these stories are amazing while a few astonishing and embarrassing; and the whole lot[Read More…]

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A Zionist At The Helm

A Zionist At The Helm

This is the morning after the night before. This is the reality check. This is the most ominous thing that could happen to us Palestinians at this stage of our struggle against occupation and persecution. Britain has its new Prime Minister. Who is Boris Johnson? The shambolic, disheveled, stuttering Boris Johnson we all know is but an act. it is[Read More…]

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Second coup attempt in Sudan to foil transition to democracy, Army Chief and Islamists arrested

Second coup attempt in Sudan to foil transition to democracy, Army Chief and Islamists arrested

Sudan’s army chief and at least a dozen high-ranking army officers and Islamists have been arrested in a second coup plot, the country’s military said Wednesday. The coup was hatched to foil transition to democracy in the African country. Sudan’s military said on Wednesday that it was a plot to restore the party of ousted autocrat President Omar al-Bashir to[Read More…]

Mack Horton’s Anti-Drug Stance

Mack Horton’s Anti-Drug Stance

The first rush of enthusiasm on looking at this is clear: a high-achieving swimmer on the circuit – the Australian Mack Horton – decides to take a stance.  It’s not about refugees, Donald Trump or climate change.  Unlike other sportspeople of history, his opposition is directed at his sport, his spear of indignation sharpened against a target closer to home[Read More…]

Iran – Seizure of a British Tanker – more than Tit for Tat

Iran – Seizure of a British Tanker – more than Tit for Tat

The British-flagged tanker “Steno Impero”, heading for Saudi Arabia, was seized on Friday, 19 July 2019, by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), in the Strait of Hormuz, after it rammed an Iranian fishing boat, whose distress call it ignored. The tanker was taken to an Iranian port, because it was not complying with “international maritime laws and regulations,” Iran’s[Read More…]

A Middle East Helsinki Conference: NGO Action Needed

A Middle East Helsinki Conference: NGO Action Needed

          On 23 July 2019, the Russian Government’s “Collective Security for the Persian Gulf Region” was presented in Moscow by the Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov. Bogdanov stated that “The main principles are incrementalism, multilateralism, and strict observation of international law, primarily the U.N. Charter and Security Council resolutions.  The looming strategic challenge outlined is creating a holistic mechanism of[Read More…]

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The Great Reckoning – A Look Back from Mid-Century

The Great Reckoning – A Look Back from Mid-Century

  [Editorial note: This remnant of a manuscript, discovered in a vault near the coastal town of Walpole, Massachusetts, appears to have been part of a larger project, probably envisioned as an interpretive history of the United States since the year 2000. Only a single chapter, probably written near the midpoint of the twenty-first century, has survived. Whether the remainder of[Read More…]

Olive Reincarnations and Elvis on Mars: Boris Johnson Becomes British PM

Olive Reincarnations and Elvis on Mars: Boris Johnson Becomes British PM

The BBC World Service took its listeners to the English cathedral town of Ely, set in picturesque Cambridgeshire, during the course of a hot July 23 in an effort to take the pulse of the country.  Well, at least that particular, erratic pulse. It found, for the most part, a certain enthusiasm for Boris Johnson, the fop-haired, bumbling wonder of[Read More…]

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China’s risky bets

China’s risky bets

China’s infrastructure and energy driven US$1 trillion Belt and Road initiative involves risky bets across a swath of land populated by often illiberal or autocratic governments exercising power without independent checks and balances. Seeking to reduce risk, China is bumping up against the limits of its own long-standing foreign and defence policy principles, foremost among which its insistence on non-interference[Read More…]

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Darkness Grows, from America to India

Darkness Grows, from America to India

If Donald Trump’s shock election for the world’s most powerful office had been seen as an accident and as a recipe for disaster by many, he has done everything to justify those fears over the past three and half years. Not a day passes without the President casually throwing away all the love and respect that the United States has[Read More…]

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“If the US truly wanted a humanitarian operation in Venezuela, it wouldn’t intentionally cut people off from medicine and food”

“If the US truly wanted a humanitarian operation in Venezuela, it wouldn’t intentionally cut people off from medicine and food”

In his last book on Venezuela, Daniel Kovalik, a lawyer and a long standing friend of latin american people in countries such as Colombia and Central America, is tearing away the veil of war propaganda : “the humanitarian part of the intervention is now barely a fig leaf for the real and usual intention – the control of another country’s oil[Read More…]

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WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Decoding the National Security Commentariat

WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Decoding the National Security Commentariat

The Fourth Estate, that historical unelected grouping of society’s scrutineers, has become something of a rabble, and, as a confederacy of strewn dunces and the ongoing compromised, is ripe for analysis.  An essential premise in the work of WikiLeaks was demonstrating, to a good, stone-throwing degree, how media figures and practitioners had been bought by the state or the corporate[Read More…]

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End sanctions against Venezuela, demands NAM

End sanctions against Venezuela, demands NAM

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has condemned hostile U.S. policies against Venezuela. The non-aligned countries demanded on Sunday that the U.S. immediately lift economic and financial sanctions against Venezuela. The NAM members, in a statement, indicated that only Venezuela can decide its fate, no other state can intervene in Venezuela. The two-day ministerial meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of the NAM (Co-BNAM) began on July 20 in Caracas.[Read More…]

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My Recent Visit To Uzbekistan – Some Take-Home Lessons Of Their Public Policies

My Recent Visit To Uzbekistan – Some Take-Home Lessons Of Their Public Policies

Uzbekistan always fascinated me. I always wanted to visit this country for several reasons. This is the country from where Timur Lung, the ‘Emperor of three Continents’, the ancestor (great, great, great grand-father) of Emperor Babar, the founder of Mughal Empire in the Indian-sub-continent came from and ruled. This is also the country where Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari who introduced in[Read More…]

Lunar Narratives: Landing on the Moon, Politics and the Cold War

Lunar Narratives: Landing on the Moon, Politics and the Cold War

Anniversaries are occasions to distort records.  The intoxicated recounting of the past faces a record in need of correction.  Couples long married hide their differences before guests.  Creases are covered; the make-up is applied generously.  Defects become virtues, if, indeed they were ever there to begin with.  In historical commemoration, the same is true.  The moon landing anniversary his weekend[Read More…]

Iran seizes UK tanker danger of Middle East war mounts

Iran seizes UK tanker danger of Middle East war mounts

The danger of a catastrophic military conflict in the Middle East involving the major powers grew Friday, as Iran seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. This came a day after US President Trump claimed that an American warship had downed an Iranian drone and prompted the US Air Force to announce that it was sending an[Read More…]

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 The End of History: Thirty Years Later

 The End of History: Thirty Years Later

Fukuyama’s book is a profound book and as a profound book it is profoundly misleading. A mixture of Platonic and Hegelian psychology/historical teleology as well as offering a good explanation for the historical origins of bourgeois man in Hobbes and Locke, it misleads not necessarily in the assertion that we cannot imagine a better world than one where liberal-capitalist democracy[Read More…]

The Politics of oil tankers capture

The Politics of oil tankers capture

In an apparent retaliation of the capture of an Iranian oil tanker by Gibraltar, a British colony, Iran Friday (July 19) captured a British oil tanker. Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said in a statement on Friday that the vessel named “Stena Impero” had been impounded “at the request of Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Organization when passing through the Strait of[Read More…]

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Trump: Rebukes And Worries

Trump: Rebukes And Worries

It’s one for the history books, as they say.  On July 16, 2019, Donald Trump was formally rebuked by the House (in a 240 to 187 vote) for his ‘racist’ tweets on four Congresswomen.  The last time the House rebuked a president was William Howard Taft over a 100 years ago. So what did Trump do?  He told the four[Read More…]

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Trump’s “Israel First” Foreign Policy

Trump’s “Israel First” Foreign Policy

President Trump ran his presidential campaign under the slogan of “America first”. In his inaugural speech he stated that his “America first” approach ushers a new decree; a new vision of governing the US, and a new foundation for every single decision he will make to benefit only Americans. He reiterated this slogan in many of his speeches including his[Read More…]

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Protests flare up in Puerto Rico: Hundreds of thousands flood streets

Protests flare up in Puerto Rico: Hundreds of thousands flood streets

Hundreds of thousands have marched in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory since 1898, for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday. They are calling for the resignation of Ricardo Rosselló, governor of the financial crisis shattered and billions of dollars debt burdened island territory. Protestors cleared of the streets Thursday morning after clashing with police all night. Police sprayed tear gas[Read More…]

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Algerian soccer success is a double-edged sword

It took Algeria barely two weeks to charge Algerian soccer fan Samir Sardouk and sentence him to a year in jail for harming the national interests of his country. Mr. Sardouk was convicted for shouting “There is no God but Allah, and they will come down” during the African Cup of Nation’s opening match in the Egyptian capital of Cairo[Read More…]

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Reason Why West Is Determined To Ignore China’s Success

Reason Why West Is Determined To Ignore China’s Success

  It used to be comical, but suddenly it is not, anymore. In the past, blind hatred towards China could had been attributed to ignorance, or at least to indoctrination by the Western propaganda and mass media outlets. But now? China’s tremendous leap forward, its excellent, humane social policies and determined people-oriented scientific research, as well as its march towards[Read More…]

Patriotism, Law, and Allegiance — An American View

Patriotism, Law, and Allegiance — An American View

patriotism (noun): love for or devotion to one’s country — Merriam-Webster — Let’s go a little further with this and break it down. ism (noun): 1: a distinctive doctrine, cause, or theory 2: an oppressive and especially discriminatory attitude or belief — Merriam-Webster — This opens things up — as a practice, who uses it, why and how is it[Read More…]

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Muslim causes vs national interest: Muslim nations make risky bets

Muslim causes vs national interest: Muslim nations make risky bets

Saudi attitudes towards the plight of thousands of illegal Rohingya in the kingdom fleeing persecution in Myanmar and squalid Bangladeshi refugee camps help explain Saudi support for China’s brutal clampdown on Turkic Muslims in its troubled, north-western province of Xinjiang. For more than half a year, Saudi Arabia has been deporting large numbers of Rohingya who arrived in the kingdom[Read More…]

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The World is Dedollarizing

The World is Dedollarizing

What if tomorrow nobody but the Unites States would use the US-dollar? Every country, or society would use their own currency for internal and international trade, their own economy-based, non-fiat currency. It could be traditional currencies or new government controlled crypto-currencies, but a country’s own sovereign money. No longer the US-dollar. No longer the dollar’s foster child, the Euro. No[Read More…]

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The US House of Representatives denounces Trump ‘racist’ tweets

The US House of Representatives denounces Trump ‘racist’ tweets

The Democrats-led US House of Representatives Tuesday (July 16) formally condemned President Donald Trump’s Twitter posts as racist. The House vote was split largely along party lines despite pressure for Republicans to denounce the president’s attacks on four Democratic Congresswomen that they should “go back” to where they came from. The vote, 240-187, fell nearly entirely along party lines with only four Republicans voting[Read More…]

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Ebola outbreak in DR Congo: WHO declares global health emergency

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo: WHO declares global health emergency

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), said a WHO news release. The declaration was made in Geneva on July 17, 2019. This is the fifth such declaration in history. The “Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic[Read More…]

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Donald Trump, the Democrat Squad and Failed Impeachment

Donald Trump, the Democrat Squad and Failed Impeachment

Twitter has become policy. It is platform, direction and determination.  It has served one particular person well, a hazy mechanism to fog up the lenses of law makers.  When President Donald Trump needs an air-wave filling distraction, a bilious splurge of interest in the blogosphere, he is always happy to lob a grenade of 280 characters or so.  His targets[Read More…]

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Who Killed Oscar and Valeria: The Inconvenient History of the Refugee Crisis

Who Killed Oscar and Valeria: The Inconvenient History of the Refugee Crisis

History never truly retires. Every event of the past, however inconsequential, reverberates throughout and, to an extent, shapes our present, and our future as well The haunting image of the bodies of Salvadoran father, Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter, Valeria, who were washed ashore at a riverbank on the Mexico-US border cannot be understood separately from El Salvador’s[Read More…]

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The Military-Industrial Complex on Steroids 

The Military-Industrial Complex on Steroids 

  When, in his farewell address in 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the dangers of the “unwarranted influence” wielded by the “military-industrial complex,” he could never have dreamed of an arms-making corporation of the size and political clout of Lockheed Martin. In a good year, it now receives up to $50 billion in government contracts, a sum larger than the operating budget of the[Read More…]

Spying on Julian Assange: UC Global, CNN and Russian Couriers

Spying on Julian Assange: UC Global, CNN and Russian Couriers

History’s scope for the absurd and tragic is infinite.  Like Sisyphus engaged in permanent labours pushing a boulder up a slope, the effort of making sense of such scope is likewise, absurdly infinite.  To see images of an exhausted and world-weary Julian Assange attempting to dodge the all-eye surveillance operation that he would complain about is to wade in the[Read More…]

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A Poor Rich Country: Half Of Americans Are Effectively Poor Now. Why?

A Poor Rich Country: Half Of Americans Are Effectively Poor Now. Why?

America’s Collapsing Because it’s the World’s First Poor Rich Country There are days I feel like I read dystopian statistics for a living. And then there are day when the dystopian statistics take even my jaded breath away. Here’s one: 43% of American households can’t afford a budget that includes housing, food, childcare, healthcare, transportation, and a cellphone. Translation: nearly half of[Read More…]

Turkey three years after the abortive coup against President Erdogan

Turkey three years after the abortive coup against President Erdogan

Turkey commemorated Monday the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt, allegedly orchestrated by the US-based self-exiled Turkish Imam Fethullah Gülen President Recep Tayyip Erdogan laid flowers on the July 15 Martyrs Monument in the Presidential Complex early in the morning. Erdogan, along with relatives of martyrs and veterans, went to the Bestepe Millet mosque for prayer services for the martyrs.[Read More…]

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Noam Chomsky, Is Trump Consolidating Far-Right Power Globally?

Noam Chomsky, Is Trump Consolidating Far-Right Power Globally?

Interview – Noam Chomsky / C.J. Polychroniou It is no easy task to make sense of U.S. foreign policy in the current era. Trump is wildly unpredictable and lacks any semblance of a coherent view of world affairs, appearing to believe that all it takes is “the art of the deal” to turn “enemies” into friends. Meanwhile, since Trump’s rise[Read More…]

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 Soros and Koch Co-Found New Think Tank to Restore Obama’s Iran Policy

 Soros and Koch Co-Found New Think Tank to Restore Obama’s Iran Policy

Usually, America’s Republican billionaires are obsessed against Iran, and America’s Democratic billionaires are obsessed against Russia, but nonetheless on June 30th, the Boston Globe’s columnist Stephen Kinzer exaggerated when he headlined, “In an astonishing turn, George Soros and Charles Koch team up to end US ‘forever war’ policy” and he reported that, “the leftist financier George Soros and the right-wing[Read More…]

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Dear NRIs Do You Really Hate Dynasty? Want Fascism?

Dear NRIs Do You Really Hate Dynasty? Want Fascism?

If one is to believe their rhetoric, Conservative Indian-Americans– who overwhelmingly support the BJP — hate Congress for its dynastic politics. While it makes for a good sound bite, especially for the uninitiated, there is no evidence that in fact this group has anything but respect for dynasties- whether in India or in the United States. Their invocation of the[Read More…]

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Trump’s racist Tweets against 4 Congresswomen draws wide condemnation

Trump’s racist Tweets against 4 Congresswomen draws wide condemnation

President Donald Trump’s racist tweets against four congresswomen saying go back to their “totally broken and crime infested” countries of origin, were widely condemned Sunday (July 14). “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even[Read More…]

The UN’s Free Speech Problem

The UN’s Free Speech Problem

Anyone willing to consult the international law book on the subject of free speech will find it heavy with protections for free speech.  The UN Declaration of Human Rights features, in its preamble, the ideal that “human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want”, nothing less than “the highest aspiration of the common[Read More…]

Stifling The Amman Message

Stifling The Amman Message

In any civilised society no one will resort to violence, or the threat of violence, to stifle the voices that one does not want to hear.  Unfortunately, this is what happened in Malaysia a few days ago when some bigots managed to force the cancellation of a public seminar on ‘The Amman Message’ organised by certain civil society groups scheduled[Read More…]

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Tension in the Gulf: Not just maritime powder kegs

Tension in the Gulf: Not just maritime powder kegs

A recent interview in which Baloch National Movement chairman Khalil Baloch legitimized recent militant attacks on Iranian, Chinese and Pakistani targets is remarkable less for what he said and more for the fact that his remarks were published by a Saudi newspaper. Speaking to Riyadh Daily, the English language sister of one of Saudi Arabia’s foremost newspapers, Al Riyadh, Mr.[Read More…]

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Africans Solving African Problems; Bringing Peace to Sudan

Africans Solving African Problems; Bringing Peace to Sudan

The recent peace deal being implemented in Sudan was brokered by African leaders without any interference or even input by non African players ie the UN or western countries. As a matter of fact the deal was made in Asmara, Eritrea where the head of the Sudanese military that had overthrown the long time despot Omar Al Bashir sat down[Read More…]

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Global meet underlines country-level progress on sustainable development

Global meet underlines country-level progress on sustainable development

Key decision-makers and senior representatives of several constituencies are convening to review progress on the effective development co-operation (EDC) agenda and to discuss how to accelerate country-level progress on the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Representatives of the global platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) have gathered in New York for the Senior-Level Meeting (SLM) of the Global Partnership for[Read More…]

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Defying US threats Turkey receives Russian S-400 missile defense system

Defying US threats Turkey receives Russian S-400 missile defense system

Turkey on Friday (July 12) received first shipment of Russian S-400 missile defense system hardware from Russia, Turkish Defense Ministry announced. “The first batch of equipment of S-400 missile defense system, which is procured to meet Turkey’s air and missile defense needs, has started to arrive at Murted Air Base in Ankara,” the ministry said in a statement. The second Russian[Read More…]

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Why Are Anti-migrant Arguments In The E.U., U.S. Pure Hypocrisy?

Why Are Anti-migrant Arguments In The E.U., U.S. Pure Hypocrisy?

  Almost every day we read about the latest outbursts in Europe, targeting pro-immigration policies. There are protests, even riots. Right-wing governments get voted in, allegedly, because the Europeans “have had enough of relaxed immigration regulations”. That is what we are told. That’s what we are supposed to understand, and even sympathize with. Anti-immigration sentiments are even pitched to the[Read More…]

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The Resigning Ambassador: Sir Kim Darroch on Donald Trump

The Resigning Ambassador: Sir Kim Darroch on Donald Trump

Rarely do ambassadors resign after an intense self-assessment of worth.  Diplomatic immunity does not merely extend to protecting the official from the reach of local laws; it encourages a degree of freedom in engaging as a country’s representative.  Sir Kim Darroch, as UK ambassador to the United States, felt that any freedom afforded him in that capacity had ended.  “The[Read More…]

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Billionaires, Vanity And Modern Democracy

Billionaires, Vanity And Modern Democracy

The bullying in Washington is the current trend.  On Monday, the British ambassador resigned his post after Trump refused to deal with him.  Well-liked in Washington and the halls of Congress, his downfall was an honest assessment of the Trump administration as ‘inept’ and ‘dysfunctional’.  The letters were leaked in the U.K. Suppose the president tweets comments contrary to current[Read More…]

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After alleged UK tanker incident in Persian Gulf, EU powers threaten Iran

After alleged UK tanker incident in Persian Gulf, EU powers threaten Iran

US and UK military sources claim that Iranian boats intercepted a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz Wednesday, before a British warship, the HMS Montrose, chased them off. None of the reports about this incident can be taken at face value. Iran has flatly denied that it took place, and US officials making allegations have not posted videos they[Read More…]

Remnants of War

Remnants of War

Intense fighting and hideous attacks battered Afghans throughout their country last week as negotiators in Qatar weighed the benefits and costs of  a peace agreement that might stop the bloodshed. In Kabul at least 40 people, including one child, were killed in a complex Taliban attack. Dozens of children whose school was partially collapsed by a massive car bomb were[Read More…]

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (R) walks with US President Donald Trump (L) during a break in talks at their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un became on June 12 the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Juggling with the Authoritarians: Donald Trump’s Diplomatic Copy Book

Cue the shots, take the snaps: US President Donald Trump was back entertaining his fetish with firm handshakes proclaiming the making of history in the last round of discussions with Kim Jong-un.  The press were, despite periodic attacks of bafflement, ever obliging.  The meeting of Trump with the leader of the DPRK was deemed historic, because everything the president does[Read More…]

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U.S.’ wars in the Middle East weren’t worth fighting, opine most U.S. veterans

U.S.’ wars in the Middle East weren’t worth fighting, opine most U.S. veterans

U.S. veterans are war-weary, finds a recent poll. A parallel survey of U.S. adults finds that the public shares the same sentiments found in the poll on vets. The poll by Pew Research Center finds: Nearly two-thirds of the veterans believe the war in Iraq “was not worth fighting.” The same poll finds: More than half of the vets think[Read More…]

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Haiti-hell: Slum women raped, widowed, millions face food-insecurity, funds stolen

Haiti-hell: Slum women raped, widowed, millions face food-insecurity, funds stolen

Haiti appears hell to the slum women. An AFP report headlined “Raped, widowed, homeless: Haiti’s slum women abandoned to gangs” begins with the following description: “As the first bursts of gunfire rang out, the women from La Saline slum grabbed their kids and fled for cover. “Shootings are common here, but this time, there was no outrunning the full-on battle[Read More…]

Iran vs. Spineless Europe

Iran vs. Spineless Europe

Iran announced the second step in reducing her commitment under the 2015 so-called Nuclear Deal, officially known as The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), by exceeding the limit set by agreement of 3.67% uranium enrichment and 300 kg of enriched uranium accumulation. When asked by the media about his reaction, Trump says, “they know what they are doing” and[Read More…]

24th anniversary: Srebrenica genocide remembered

24th anniversary: Srebrenica genocide remembered

July 11 marks the 24th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, the worst atrocity on European soil since the World War Two. In July, 1995, Serb forces systematically killed more than 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys in the UN-protected enclave in Srebrenica, Bosnia. Al Jazeera provides a graphic account of the Srebrenica genocide. On July 11, 1995 at 16:15 General Ratko[Read More…]

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 The Missing Three-Letter Word in the Iran Crisis – Oil’s Enduring Sway in U.S. Policy in the Middle East

 The Missing Three-Letter Word in the Iran Crisis – Oil’s Enduring Sway in U.S. Policy in the Middle East

It’s always the oil. While President Trump was hobnobbing with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G-20 summit in Japan, brushing off a recent U.N. report about the prince’s role in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Asia and the Middle East, pleading with foreign leaders to support “Sentinel.” The aim of that administration plan:[Read More…]

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Trump threatens new sanctions amid farcical indictment of Iran

Trump threatens new sanctions amid farcical indictment of Iran

US President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to ratchet up once again the punishing US “maximum pressure” sanctions against Iran. In an ignorant and lying tweet, the US president stated: “Iran has long been secretly ‘enriching’, in total violation of the terrible 150 Billion Dollar deal made by John Kerry and the Obama Administration … Sanctions will soon be increased, substantially!”[Read More…]

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Activists Walk “Cease And Desist” Order Into Nuclear Weapons Base

Activists Walk “Cease And Desist” Order Into Nuclear Weapons Base

BÜCHEL, Germany — Eleven international peace activists entered the Büchel Air Base southwest of Frankfurt early this morning to deliver what they called a “Treaty Enforcement Order” declaring that the sharing of US nuclear weapons at the base is a “criminal conspiracy to commit war crimes.” Upon entering the base’s main gate with a printed “cease and desist order,” they[Read More…]

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Former Israeli defense minister says:  ‘Our conflict is with the Entire Muslim World’

Former Israeli defense minister says:  ‘Our conflict is with the Entire Muslim World’

Former Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday (July 9) ‘Our conflict is with the entire Muslim world, with the entire Arab world.’ Speaking at a campaign trail meeting in Kiryat Ono, the Yisrael Beiteinu party head described the “conflict” as “three-dimensional” – “with the Arab countries, with the Palestinians and Israeli Arabs.” “We do not have a separate conflict[Read More…]

UN human rights chief denounces “undignified conditions” for immigrants in US concentration camps

UN human rights chief denounces “undignified conditions” for immigrants in US concentration camps

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet issued a statement Monday condemning the conditions for immigrants detained by the US government in concentration camps along the southern border with Mexico. Her statement cites the separation of children from their parents, the “undignified conditions” in the network of detention centers and other gross violations of human rights and international law[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 23)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 23)

This long analysis of the US aggression on Venezuela is about to end. Not because the US administration changed its mind, but because, as expected, this latest season (January-May 2009) faded away after the humiliation the US suffered on April 30th. The only aspect left to analyze is, precisely, how it faded away, and how is Venezuela now, after half a year[Read More…]

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Out of Kilter: National Security and Press Freedoms in Australia

Out of Kilter: National Security and Press Freedoms in Australia

Australian society relishes secrecy and surveillance.  Forget the laid-back, relaxed demeanour that remains the great fiction of a confected identity; like all such creations, the trace should not be mistaken as the tendency.  The political culture of Australia remains shaped by penal paranoia and an indifference to transparency.  The citizen is not to be trusted; rather, the subject is to[Read More…]

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US steps up threats as Iran exceeds uranium enrichment cap

US steps up threats as Iran exceeds uranium enrichment cap

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Monday confirmed that Iran has breached the limit imposed by the 2015 nuclear agreement on the level at which it is allowed to enrich uranium. Iran had announced its breach of the limit on Sunday, a deliberate step aimed at pressuring the remaining signatories to the nuclear accord—particularly Germany, France and the UK—to take[Read More…]

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Flash floods soak Washington, D.C. and seep into White House briefing room

Flash floods soak Washington, D.C. and seep into White House briefing room

A sudden heavy rainfall flooded Washington D.C., the capital city of the most powerful country in the world. Scenarios in parts of the capital city were no different from the similar flooded capital cities of the countries considered poor, backward and mismanaged. Widespread flash flooding hit throughout the D.C. metro area, including in downtown Washington D.C. The rainfall-fed flood submerged[Read More…]

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Migrant detention debate: New York Times hits back at Trump claim of “phony” story

Migrant detention debate: New York Times hits back at Trump claim of “phony” story

Migrant detention is now a top debate in the United States. The U.S. President, the press and politicians are in the debate. The New York Times hit back at Trump after he accused the NYT of fabricating a story about nightmarish conditions inside a migrant detention center at Clint, Texas. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that the NYT had written “phony and exaggerated accounts,”[Read More…]

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It is not the non-existent Iranian bomb; it is the other existing bombs

It is not the non-existent Iranian bomb; it is the other existing bombs

United States (US) demands that Iran promise to halt pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile developments distract from the real intent of the US actions. Knowing that the Islamic Republic is not pursuing nuclear weapons and will react aggressively to sanctions, the US ploy deters other nations from establishing more friendly relations with Iran and from changing their perspectives[Read More…]

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Iran And The West:  Travelling Back in Time

Iran And The West:  Travelling Back in Time

This article was written 10 years ago.  Nothing has changed! It appears President Trump is fond of time travel.  In his July 4th speech he talked about taking over airports in America in 1775.  There was no air travel in 1775.  Facts don’t matter.   Except this time, travelling back in time in our Iran dealings has very dangerous and unforeseen[Read More…]

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Venezuela – The Bachelet Lie

Venezuela – The Bachelet Lie

When reading the Bachelet Report on Human Rights, following HR High Commissioner’s 3 day visit to Venezuela, published on Venezuela’s National Holiday, 5 July, that it makes hardly any reference to the deadly sanctions and blockades imposed by the United States. How is that possible? The High Commissioner for Human Right does not mention the crimes of all crimes committed[Read More…]

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A risky gamble: Official Turkish delegation to inspect troubled Xinjiang

A risky gamble: Official Turkish delegation to inspect troubled Xinjiang

  An official Turkish visit to the troubled north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang to assess reports of a brutal crackdown on the region’s Turkic Muslims could shape Turkey’s challenge to conservative Gulf states’ leadership of the Islamic world and complicate Muslim silence about the most frontal assault on their faith in recent history. The visit to assess the situation in[Read More…]

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Unusual U.S. Military Display On Independence Day – Does It Signal An Iran War?

Unusual U.S. Military Display On Independence Day – Does It Signal An Iran War?

  If the fourth of July mid-day parade in Washington D.C. was depressing, perhaps the heavy, hot and humid weather was to blame.  It seemed to take the life out of the marching bands despite being supplied by reviving swigs of water.  The evening was a different matter. A far from usual jingoistic display of military hardware and aircraft flyovers[Read More…]

There is a new Peacemaker in town!

Global Peace and Security:  World Leaders Betray the Canons of Truth, Wisdom and Humanity

Today’s Political World at a Glance Global politics is overwhelmingly becoming robotic when question of safeguard of the mankind comes up. Global political leaders are fast becoming actors on stage – issuing abstract statements of outrage and phony sense of grief when thousands and millions of human lives are constantly bombarded by the weapons they manufacture and sell to crush[Read More…]

Crisis in Georgia: Russians challenge Putin’s civilizationalist ambition

Crisis in Georgia: Russians challenge Putin’s civilizationalist ambition

A political crisis in the former Soviet republic of Georgia challenges the fundament of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s civilizationalist effort to project Russia as a major power whose defense of the Russian Diaspora allows it to redefine the country’s borders. The challenge emerged as protesters demanded the resignation of interior minister Giorgi Gakharia for violently breaking up demonstrations against the[Read More…]

Royal Marines seize Iranian tanker under orders from US

Royal Marines seize Iranian tanker under orders from US

Britain’s seizure of an Iranian supertanker carrying 2 million barrels of oil is an act of piracy and a major escalation in tensions that threaten to spiral out of control. It was carried out at the behest of the United States as part of the campaign of military provocations and economic sabotage against Tehran. A detachment of nearly 30 British[Read More…]

The Dilemma of the American Economy

The Dilemma of the American Economy

After the destruction of the European as well as many Asian industrial infrastructures and economies due to WWII, the American industry and technology dominated the world. The US became the strongest global economy. Yet, with the rebuilding of European and especially of Asian economy with relatively cheaper labor force, competition against the American economy became tougher. To maintain its unique[Read More…]

Plea To All Indigenous And Non-Indigenous Peoples Of The World

Plea To All Indigenous And Non-Indigenous Peoples Of The World

Typically, like most Canadians, I’m deeply concerned about a lot of pressing issues in Canada and the world at large: the course and direction of the upcoming federal election; what some meekly call climate change while others, because of the dire threat it poses to the very continuation of life in the future for all human and non-human species, more[Read More…]

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July 4th—Notorious Flag Burner Joey Johnson Attacked and Arrested

July 4th—Notorious Flag Burner Joey Johnson Attacked and Arrested

  In the Face of Mein Trumpf’s Militarist Orgy, the Burning Flags Light Up a Different Future July 4 was a tale of three futures. One was Donald Trump—not only braying about the so-called greatness of America, but fetishizing the military hardware and troops of its empire that daily kills people all over this planet and calling on people to[Read More…]

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In Afghanistan, We Have Three Dreams

In Afghanistan, We Have Three Dreams

By Dr Hakim Young and the Afghan Peace Volunteers Dear fellow human beings, Some of us have wondered, “Are people today too disconnected and frantic to calm down, in order to solve global challenges together? Are we so polarized and self-absorbed that we cannot stop judging one another or insisting on our partisan ways?” In Kabul, our thoughts and feelings[Read More…]

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3,185 extrajudicial killings in Egypt since 2013 by the US-Client El-Sisi’s regime

3,185 extrajudicial killings in Egypt since 2013 by the US-Client El-Sisi’s regime

The Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR) said Tuesday (July 3) as many as 3,185 civilians have been extra-judicially killed by Egyptian security forces since July 3, 2013 when the US-client General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi overthrew the government of President Mohammad Morsi who was the first democratically elected President of Egypt. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has now assumed the title of[Read More…]

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American Brainwash : Hong kong’s poisoned chalice 

American Brainwash : Hong kong’s poisoned chalice 

An illuminating dispatch by Far Eastern correspondent Godfree Roberts on the puzzling Hong Kong crisis, whose contradictions are cynically exploited by the Western media, all according to Washington’s plan. Have we seen this movie before? Yes, we have, in 2014, and in scores of other places victims of some “color revolution”, wherever America’s “soft power” is allowed to sink its[Read More…]

Bombing of detention center in Libya kills at least 44 refugees

Bombing of detention center in Libya kills at least 44 refugees

Scores of African refugees were killed or wounded when the detention center in which they were being held in a western suburb of the Libyan capital of Tripoli took a direct hit in a bombing early Wednesday. Libyan officials reported that 44 of the refugees had been killed outright and another 130 wounded, but the death toll was expected to[Read More…]

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The plot to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of power

The plot to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of power

In the latest of the interminable media “furores” about Jeremy Corbyn’s supposed unfitness to lead Britain’s Labour party – let alone become prime minister – it is easy to forget where we were shortly before he won the support of an overwhelming majority of Labour members to head the party. In the preceding two years, it was hard to avoid[Read More…]

July 4th Flag Is a Bloodstained Symbol of Falling Bombs Napalm & Horrible Death for Millions

July 4th Flag Is a Bloodstained Symbol of Falling Bombs Napalm & Horrible Death for Millions

Americans, who flinch at the sight of their nation’s flag, never forget the rage in the voice of former President Obama’s pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright during TV news bites of him shouting, his finger pointing to heaven, “God bless America? No, no! God damn America for her crimes against humanity” Many Americans think of July 4th as some sort of[Read More…]

Going Nuclear in the Antipodes: Australia’s Megadeath Complex

Going Nuclear in the Antipodes: Australia’s Megadeath Complex

The antipodes has had a fraught relationship with the nuclear option.  At the distant ends of the earth, New Zealand took a stand against the death complex, assuming the forefront of restricting the deployment of nuclear assets in its proximity.  This drove Australia bonkers with moral envy and strategic fury.  The New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament and Arms Control[Read More…]

UAE withdraws from Yemen: Managing alliances and reputational threats

UAE withdraws from Yemen: Managing alliances and reputational threats

A United Arab Emirates decision to withdraw the bulk of its forces from Yemen shines a spotlight on hard realities underlying Middle Eastern geopolitics. The pullback suggests that the UAE is preparing for the possibility of a US military confrontation with Iran in which the UAE and Saudi Arabia could emerge as prime battlegrounds. It also reflects long-standing subtle differences[Read More…]

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Democracy Is A Sham

Democracy Is A Sham

A question oft raised by journalists, writers and social scientists world-wide asks, “Is Democracy in the United States, as well as every other country in the world, dying a slow, barely visible death?” Military coups, openly fascist takeovers through the normal election process of former quasi-democratic political systems and the more quiet, passive, inexorable, everyday erosions of the democratic process[Read More…]

Venezuela UPDATE: Guaido supporters’ heart broken

Venezuela UPDATE: Guaido supporters’ heart broken

Juan Guaido, the U.S.-backed self-proclaimed “interim president” has frustrated his supporters. His support is also getting lost. On the other hand, the Venezuelan government is gaining diplomatically. A Reuters analysis by Angus Berwick and Mircely Guanipa said: “Four days before Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido launched a military uprising in a bid to oust President Nicolas Maduro, he told supporters[Read More…]

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If These Be Men…

If These Be Men…

Considerate se questo è un uomo Che lavora nel fango Che non conosce pace Consider if this be a man Who works in the mud Who knows no peace –Primo Levi   Globalization is about many things. It‘s about flows. It‘s about identities. And, perhaps most importantly, it‘s about dreams. The chief proponents of Globalization are mainly positive when it[Read More…]

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VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 22)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 22)

Venezuela is famous for fake news about censored private media that are not censored at all. On the other hand, Twitter and Facebook do censor Venezuelans, Syrians and Iranians all the time, but that is just fine for Western sheep-like humans behaving like sheep-like humans. No worries. The Twiter that censored thousands of Syrian accounts, that censored of Venezuelan accounts[Read More…]

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War threats mount as Iran exceeds limit on enriched uranium stockpile

War threats mount as Iran exceeds limit on enriched uranium stockpile

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed Iran’s announcement Monday that it has breached the limit imposed by the 2015 nuclear agreement on the amount of enriched uranium the country is allowed to stockpile. The deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached between Tehran and six major world powers—the US, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany—limited[Read More…]

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China-US in Osaka

China-US in Osaka

It’s a question: Who won in the trade conflict – China or the US? The answer is as difficult as the question. Probably the outcome is still to be visible. News of the Xi-Trump 80-minute meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Osaka summit has already reached news-hungry-audience. According to news-reports, the two countries are going to restart trade talks.[Read More…]

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Facebook, Funny Money and Libra

Facebook, Funny Money and Libra

In this squalid era of compromised data and hollowed privacy, it would be fitting that the company largely responsible for such mishaps would steer another technological innovation.  Distractions are needed, and while Mark Zuckerberg cannot launch missiles, as yet, he can certainly launch platforms and what can be coarsely termed “deliverables”. Having become the object of derision and resentment from[Read More…]

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Two Meetings Concluded Last Week…. Ramification

Two Meetings Concluded Last Week…. Ramification

Two meetings ended last week: the G20 meeting, a forum for leaders and central bank chiefs, and the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn. At the G20, the work behind the scenes to try and ensure some measure of global growth was probably more important than the leaders’ palliatives. Donald Trump, as usual, did the headline grabbing. He appeared most[Read More…]

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G20 Gyrations: Donald, Ivanka and Hollow Diplomacy

G20 Gyrations: Donald, Ivanka and Hollow Diplomacy

Traditional diplomacy is being given a makeover – at least where it is not being abolished altogether and being replaced by a replica of The Apprentice.  US President Donald Trump’s seizure of the art has been violent and molesting.  Had Roman emperors had access to Twitter and the twenty-four hour news cycle, they might have had such moments, bothering the[Read More…]

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Two Years Later, Trump Has Failed to Reverse America’s Decline

Two Years Later, Trump Has Failed to Reverse America’s Decline

Make America Great Again? Don’t count on it. Donald Trump was partly voted into office by Americans who felt that the self-proclaimed greatest power on Earth was actually in decline — and they weren’t wrong. Trump is capable of tweeting many things, but none of those tweets will stop that process of decline, nor will a trade war with a[Read More…]

Hundreds of thousands of protesters flood Khartoum demanding end of army rule in Sudan: 7 protesters killed

Hundreds of thousands of protesters flood Khartoum demanding end of army rule in Sudan: 7 protesters killed

Hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded Khartoum Sunday demanding end of army rule in Sudan while security forces killed at least seven protesters. There are reports of 181 injuries also. The army rule is supported by Islamist groups favoring Sharia law. Sunday’s mass demonstrations – “Millions March” – were the first since security forces killed more than 100 people during[Read More…]

Vladimir Putin vs Liberalism 1:0

Vladimir Putin vs Liberalism 1:0

Certain that Western and liberal democratic leaders would limit themselves to verbal denials, Russian president Vladimir Putin knew he was kicking into an open goal when he declared on the eve of the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Osaka that liberalism had “outlived its purpose.” He may even have anticipated that US president Donald J. Trump would go further[Read More…]

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“Advance Australia Fair” Hides Australian Racism, Theft, Genocide, Ecocide, Speciescide & Terracide

“Advance Australia Fair” Hides Australian Racism, Theft, Genocide, Ecocide, Speciescide & Terracide

Despite widespread obesity Australians are obsessed with sport, and  the world is familiar with  Australia’s  national anthem “Advance Australia Fair” being very frequently  played at the Olympic Games and other  sporting competitions. However the words are deeply racist  and mendacious to the point that many Indigenous Australians are deeply offended, won’t stand for it (literally and metaphorically)  and  want it[Read More…]

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USA – If It Cannot Be Loved, It Will Rape!

USA – If It Cannot Be Loved, It Will Rape!

No one is talking about it openly, but, let us face it: those U.S.-made planes are crashing;the performance of Apple phones and computers is falling far behind those made by Huawei and other Chinese companies. Lenovo took over IBM and is doing extremely well. NASA is absolutely incapable of building decent rockets that would be able to deliver people or[Read More…]

EU meeting on Iran ends with no agreement to prevent US war

EU meeting on Iran ends with no agreement to prevent US war

On Friday, diplomats from Germany, Britain, France, the European Union, China, Russia and Iran met in Vienna for talks on the 2015 Iranian nuclear treaty, a year after Washington unilaterally scrapped the agreement. No agreement emerged from the meeting on the central issue: the growing danger of a US war against Iran. Last week, amid an ongoing US military build-up[Read More…]

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VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 21)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 21)

Another failed coup  The coup that never was On April 30th, 2019, we were all invited to witness more of the same. Or so thought the US administration after having prepared the stage and the lights, and called the MSM to broadcast it. The real US intentions in Venezuela are not a mystery and can be found in the 2002 coup[Read More…]

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Image of drowned father and daughter sparks global outrage against US anti-immigrant rampage

Image of drowned father and daughter sparks global outrage against US anti-immigrant rampage

The photo of a young Salvadoran worker and his 23-month-old daughter washed up on the shore of the Rio Grande has gone viral on social media and sparked world-wide outrage against the sadistic assault on immigrants being carried out by Trump, with the full assistance of the Democratic Party. The photo of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter Angie[Read More…]

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Venezuela UPDATE: Maduro assassination & military coup plot foiled

Venezuela UPDATE: Maduro assassination & military coup plot foiled

There was a plot to assassinate Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, and to stage a coup. The plot has been foiled. The Latin American country’s intelligence agency has made the claim. The foiled plot envisioned a group of rogue officers storming the presidential palace and installing an imprisoned general in his stead. The plot by current and former military officers involved[Read More…]

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NY Times admits it sends stories to U.S. government for approval before publication

NY Times admits it sends stories to U.S. government for approval before publication

The New York Times has publicly acknowledged that it sends some of its stories to the U.S. government for approval from “national security officials” before publication. This confirms what veteran New York Times correspondents like James Risen have said: The American newspaper of record regularly collaborates with the US government, suppressing reporting that top officials don’t want made public. On June[Read More…]

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Investigate Morsi’s Death

Investigate Morsi’s Death

Immediately after Dr Mohammed Morsi’s death on the 17th of June 2019, a number of organisations and individuals had called for a thorough, independent investigation into the cause of his death while on trial in a Cairo court for espionage charges. The United Nations was one of the organisations that demanded an independent investigation. There is no indication that any[Read More…]

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Childish Diplomacy: Donald Trump’s New Play Against Iran

Childish Diplomacy: Donald Trump’s New Play Against Iran

Diplomacy has been seen historically as a practitioner’s art, nurtured in schools of learning, tested and tried in the boardrooms of mild mannered summitry.  Klemens von Metternich and Otto von Bismarck practiced it with varying degrees of ruthlessness and skill; the man who thought himself a modern incarnation of the Austrian statesman, Henry Kissinger, dedicated a text to the subject[Read More…]

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VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 20)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 20)

Another failed coup  General Figuera, double agent or traitor? Between April 30th and May 1st, Venezuela suffered a poorly attempted coup that could only fail miserably. Although counting only with a general and a bunch of low-ranked officials chaotically organized, for those watching Western Lying Media, the attempted coup had immense support from numerous high-ranked officials that were very well organized and were about[Read More…]

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 An Honorable Course in Iran: End Sanctions, Resume Dialogue

 An Honorable Course in Iran: End Sanctions, Resume Dialogue

The greatest outlier in terms of possessing nuclear weapons is the U.S.  Last week, Elham Pourtaher, an Iranian graduate student at the State University of New York in Albany, wrote about how U.S. policies cause suffering and trauma far beyond U.S. borders. Her diabetic father, for example, is in danger of losing access to medicines because sanctions against Iranian banks[Read More…]

America’s War Against Iran: Timing And Consequences

America’s War Against Iran: Timing And Consequences

(Part 2 of Will American Belligerence Against Iran Lead to War?) After reading my article “Will American Belligerence Against Iran Lead to War?”   https://countercurrents.org/2019/06/will-american-belligerence-against-iran-lead-to-war published in countercurrents, a colleague called me. He wanted to know if America will seriously attack Iran and if so when and the consequences for America, Iran and the region. History is what is past, but[Read More…]

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Morsi Died, or Was Murdered, While Reciting A Patriotic Poem In A Cage

Former President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, had finished his 15-minute discourse in a courtroom, while being locked inside a sound-proofed cage. He read a poem about his love for Egypt, and then collapsed, and died. His demise sent shock-waves all over Egypt, the region and the Muslim world. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to accept the official story, claiming[Read More…]

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2019 ITUC Global Rights Index: Bourgeois democracy exposed again

2019 ITUC Global Rights Index: Bourgeois democracy exposed again

The facts that the recently released 2019 ITUC Global Rights Index by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)  again exposes the bourgeois democracy. Advanced/matured bourgeois democracies are denying bourgeois democratic rights. Labor is the main victim of this denial. The 2019 ITUC Global Rights Index (Brussels, Belgium; henceforth Index) presents much significant information on workers’ rights in countries from both[Read More…]

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2019 ITUC Global Rights Index finds 10 worst countries for workers’ rights

2019 ITUC Global Rights Index finds 10 worst countries for workers’ rights

Democracy in crisis as brutal repression used to silence age of anger: 2019 ITUC Global Rights Index finds 10 worst countries for workers’ rights The systematic dismantling of the foundations of workplace democracy and the violent repression of strikes and protests put peace and stability at risk, says a new report – 2019 ITUC Global Rights Index – on workers’[Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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 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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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