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Split Hearings: The Assange Extradition Case Drags On

Split Hearings: The Assange Extradition Case Drags On

It is being increasingly larded with heavy twists and turns, a form of state oppression in slow motion, but the Julian Assange extradition case now looks like it may well move into the middle of the year, dragged out, ironically enough, by the prosecution.  Curiously, this is a point that both the prosecutors, fronted by the US imperium, and the[Read More…]

 What Europe Can Do to Avoid WW III?: Say ‘No!’ Now, to Its Start

 What Europe Can Do to Avoid WW III?: Say ‘No!’ Now, to Its Start

The U.S. Government, which had lied its way into invading and destroying Iraq in 2003 (with a little help from UK and Europeans), wants Europeans to pitch-in for more U.S.-run invasions. Europeans find this disturbing, but not repulsive enough to say, flat-out, “No!” to it. However, only that “No!” can stop the onrush toward a massive U.S. war against both[Read More…]

Switzerland Funds Biased and Fake OPCW Chemical Weapons’ Reporting

Switzerland Funds Biased and Fake OPCW Chemical Weapons’ Reporting

Why does Switzerland, neutral by her Constitution, fund, support and reward the partial and I dare say, western-biased and corrupted Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and their fake reporting – with a donation of CHF 300,000 (US$ 300,000)? – It is a shame. It is one more of these situations when Switzerland has to show the great[Read More…]

One Hundred Years: The Proletariat In Search of A Class

One Hundred Years: The Proletariat In Search of A Class

  The super-indoctrinated, Trump-voting American working class, dulled by the mass media and the “American dream”,has changed very little since the crushing of the great textile strikes that swept The United States in the 1920s. Not an iota of class-consciousness has it absorbed. (Nor has it been explained and offered to all wage earners in sufficient doses.)For also the middle[Read More…]

New government in Lebanon still failing to diffuse protests as many raise slogan: Revolution, Revolution

New government in Lebanon still failing to diffuse protests as many raise slogan: Revolution, Revolution

More than three months of political blockade have passed since protests in Lebanon erupted. A new government has sworn-in. Still violent protests continue with call for an end to corruption, economic woes and sectarian politics. Protesters have called for a “Week of Rage”. Protesters on Tuesday chanted “Revolution, Revolution:. More than 540 people have been wounded during the protests. Despite the[Read More…]

Review: “One World Digital Dictatorship” by Soren Korsgaard – Digital Nightmare

Review: “One World Digital Dictatorship” by Soren Korsgaard – Digital Nightmare

Danish writer Soren Korsgaard (editor of Crime & Power) has written a very long and detailed account entitled “One World Digital Dictatorship” that describes the accelerating movement  by both Western-style democracies and one-party states (notably China) towards world-wide Digital Dictatorship (Digital Imprisonment) involving mass data collection on everyone, mass surveillance, facial recognition-based tracking, crypotocurrency-based cashless societies, and social credit-based disempowerment.[Read More…]

PG&E: Monopoly Power and Disasters by the Rich 1%

PG&E: Monopoly Power and Disasters by the Rich 1%

Co-Written by Peter Phillips & Tim Ogburn The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has diverted over $100 million from safety and maintenance programs to executive compensation at the same time it has caused an average of more than one fire a day for the past six years killing over 100 people. PG&E is the largest privately held public utility[Read More…]

Abiy Ahmed: Nobel Peace laureate who faces unrest at home

Abiy Ahmed: Nobel Peace laureate who faces unrest at home

When the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, was in Oslo for the award ceremony, eyebrows were raised when he declined to attend any event where he would be asked questions in public. Organizers expected him to meet the international press in keeping with the Nobel tradition, but his spokeswoman cited “pressing domestic issues” and his[Read More…]

Zionism’s mass psychosis is not Israel’s private affair

Zionism’s mass psychosis is not Israel’s private affair

    psy·cho·sis (/sīˈkōsəs) a mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality. Fear is the most primal defensive instinct, but fear can also be exploited as a tool of control, leading people to act with thought and emotion so impaired that, to borrow from the above definition of psychosis, contact with[Read More…]

In the Name of “Israel’s Security”: Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding

In the Name of “Israel’s Security”: Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding

Billions of US tax-payers’ money will continue to be funneled into Israel in the next fiscal year, and for many years in the foreseeable future. Republican and Democratic Senators have recently achieved just that, passing a bill aimed at providing Israel with $3.3 billion in annual aid. The Bill, co-sponsored by Democratic Senator, Chris Coons and Republican Senator, Marco Rubio,[Read More…]

Disinformation of Disinformation: The Russian caper

Disinformation of Disinformation: The Russian caper

The public demands the truth and is willing to accept dishonest exaggerations. Despite its polarizing effect, which has disturbed the political process and crippled relations between the major political Parties, the story of Russian Interference in the 2016 United States (US) presidential election has no end in discussion and no room for contradiction in the United States. It has achieved a[Read More…]

Years after imperialist intervention, Libya is still conflict-torn

Years after imperialist intervention, Libya is still conflict-torn

Libya devastated by imperialist intervention is still conflict-torn, and in unstable condition. Recently concluded Berlin conference has begun a process. Still uncertainty is there as the conference is yet to produce fruitful progress in Libya-situation. Much remained to be done, says Lavrov Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov has said that his country considers the Berlin Conference a “small step” towards[Read More…]

In India What We Are Seeing Is The Symptoms Of Fascism: Noam Chomsky

In India What We Are Seeing Is The Symptoms Of Fascism: Noam Chomsky

by Karthik Ramanathan / Noam Chomsky An interview I did with Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics, University of Arizona at his office in Tucson. Noam Chomsky taught at MIT for over 50 years and is a leading critic of US foreign policy and an inspiration for many generations of human beings. Audio can be a bit difficult, so best heard[Read More…]

We Work, They Scam: The Art of the Con in Terminal-Stage Capitalism

We Work, They Scam: The Art of the Con in Terminal-Stage Capitalism

  Recently, the ridiculous real estate company WeWork has faced intense scrutiny after their business model was absurdly overvalued and their CEO, one Adam Neumann, was exposed as an abusive boss as well as an overall crazy person. Investors from the Saudi royal family, companies like SoftBank and J.P. Morgan, and numerous venture capitalists poured vast sums of money into[Read More…]

Voice of the world capitalist system from Davos

Voice of the world capitalist system from Davos

INTRODUCTION With usual high hope and promise, the Davos annual ritual is on the stage. But, the promise and hope appear false. The World Economic Forum (WEF) Switzerland meeting beginning from January 21 has become one of the voices of the world capitalist system as it considers itself “the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders […] to[Read More…]

Richest 1% own more than twice as much wealth as 6.9 billion people, says report

Richest 1% own more than twice as much wealth as 6.9 billion people, says report

  A super-rich one percent of the world’s population has accumulated twice as much wealth as the remaining 90 percent, said a new report by Oxfam, a global charity. The report has been released on January 20, 2020 on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The gap between the filthy rich and the rest of humanity[Read More…]

Watching Mississippi Masala on the eve of Martin Luther King Day

Watching Mississippi Masala on the eve of Martin Luther King Day

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” are famous words of Martin Luther King Jr delivered on August 28, 1963, in Washington, D.C. With those words he changed the course of history,[Read More…]

 ‘Success’ as Trickster: Sweden as Cautionary Tale

 ‘Success’ as Trickster: Sweden as Cautionary Tale

Back around 1990 it became time to replace my old chain saw, an American-made model. It had done a lot of work, but could be perplexing and temperamental. Some of that was no doubt my fault. Meanwhile, Swedish-made chainsaws had become popular locally for well-earned reasons. So I took the plunge and bought a Swedish model for nearly twice that[Read More…]

Guantánamo’s Indelible Legacy

Guantánamo’s Indelible Legacy

Co-Written by Karen J. Greenberg & Joshua L. Dratel In January 2002, the Guantánamo Bay Detention Facility in Cuba opened its gates for the first 20 detainees of the war on terror. Within 100 days, 300 of them would arrive, often hooded and in those infamous orange jumpsuits, and that would just be the beginning. At its height, the population would rise to nearly[Read More…]

Western ‘Political Correctness’ Does Not Make All People Equal

Western ‘Political Correctness’ Does Not Make All People Equal

In the West, there is a new wave of political correctness at work: it is all about one’s sexual orientation; who has sex with whom, and how.Suddenly, the mass media in London, Paris and New York is greatly concerned about who has the right to change his or her sex, and who does not want to belong to any ‘traditional’[Read More…]

Why I see Anti-CAA protests as Common People’s Affair and not only a Muslim affair

Why I see Anti-CAA protests as Common People’s Affair and not only a Muslim affair

Amid ongoing protests against CAA-NRC-NPR across the country, some protesters are also claiming this nation-wide resistance to be one community’s affair. Their arguments come from their pungent criticism to one politician’s statement saying the battle is for India’s soul. Although, not just one but a number of them from different political outfits are impelling the same idea to cover their[Read More…]

Iran – The EU-three Trigger Dispute Mechanism in Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran – The EU-three Trigger Dispute Mechanism in Iran Nuclear Deal

Why, after so many assurances to the contrary, have the three European Iran’s Nuclear Deal Partner’s – Germany, France, the UK – decided to go after Iran, to follow the US dictate again? The short answer is because the cowards. They have zero backbone to stand up against the US hegemony, because they are afraid to be sanctioned – as[Read More…]

On Iran-US Crisis (Part II)

On Iran-US Crisis (Part II)

Co-Written by Ashish Kumar Singh & Abhijit Anand In this part, we summarize another important research article focusing on Foreign Imposed Regime Change, noting the fact that the recent crisis is connected with the political events taking place in Iraq. We must also not forget that Iraq’s parliament has passed a resolution calling on the government to end all foreign[Read More…]

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On Iran-US Crisis (Part I)

Co-Written by Ashish Kumar Singh & Abhijit Anand Iran and USA reached on the brink of a war due to the series of events that took place in the beginning of 2020. We are going to give a time-line of the recent events, and then present main points of two academic articles relevant to understand these events in totality. We[Read More…]

Green Party of St. Louis Endorses Howie Hawkins for President

Green Party of St. Louis Endorses Howie Hawkins for President

On August 10-11, 2019 Green Party members in St. Louis joined others from across the state to hear from the leading contenders for the party’s nomination for President: Dennis Lambert, Dario Hunter, David Rolde, and Howie Hawkins. All had a very clear understanding that it would be futile to support a Democrat, because, even though they often use sweet-sounding words,[Read More…]

United States border fence, US/Mexico border, east of Nogales, Arizona, USA, viewed from US side

 The Humanitarian and Environmental Disaster of Trump’s Border Wall

A new Wild West has taken root not far from Tombstone, Arizona, known to many for its faux-historical reenactments of the old West. We’re talking about a long, skinny territory — a geographic gerrymander — that stretches east across New Mexico and down the Texan Rio Grande to the Gulf of Mexico. It also runs west across hundreds of miles[Read More…]

Applicability of international law for justice: Some remarks on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752

Applicability of international law for justice: Some remarks on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752

Co-Written by PunsaraAmarasinghe & Esshan Jayawardane     The pandemonium erupted following Soleimani’s death seems to have encircled the embattled regime in Iran after admitting that Ukrainian flight was shot down by their force with 176 people on board. The protestors who chanted death to America at Soleimani’s funeral changed their tune when they realized the government they reverently supporting[Read More…]

Russia – A Groundbreaking Powershift?

Russia – A Groundbreaking Powershift?

In groundbreaking news President Putin announced today, 15 January, in his annual address to the Nation, major changes in his government. First, he announced that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his entire cabinet resigned and will eventually be replaced by a new PM and a new cabinet. A timeline was not given. In the meantime, they would carry on with[Read More…]

Iran crisis: A high-stakes bet on who blinks first

Iran crisis: A high-stakes bet on who blinks first

Two sets of US government cables suggest that Iran hawks in and outside the Trump administration appear to have the upper hand as European countries give hardliners a helping hand by attempting to force Iran to seek a diplomatic solution to a crisis that threatens to engulf the Middle East in yet another military conflict. Disclosure of the cables advocating[Read More…]

Short of Time: Julian Assange at the Westminster Magistrates Court

Short of Time: Julian Assange at the Westminster Magistrates Court

London: Another slot of judicial history, another notch to be added to the woeful record of legal proceedings being undertaken against Julian Assange.  The ailing WikiLeaks founder was coping as well as he could, showing the resourcefulness of the desperate at his Monday hearing.  At the Westminster Magistrates Court, Assange faced a 12-minute process, an ordinary affair in which he[Read More…]

Anti-government protesters chant slogans as they hold cardboard cutouts of clenched fists, with Arabic that reads, "Lebanon," as they block a main highway during a protest in the town of Jal el-Dib, north of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Protesters blocked several roads around the capital of Beirut and in other areas of the country on Tuesday in renewed rallies against the ruling elite they say has failed to address the economy's downward spiral. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Protesters return to streets in rudderless Lebanon

Amidst obstacles to the creation of a new administration in Lebanon angry protesters have begun returning to streets. Protesters are returning with the slogan, “The revolution is coming back.” There were clashes between the protesters and army and security forces. Protesters burned tires, blocked roads and brought traffic in Beirut to a standstill on Tuesday in renewed demonstrations against economic[Read More…]

One Cheer for the Deep State

One Cheer for the Deep State

This seems like a strange moment to be writing about “the deep state” with the country entering a new phase of open and obvious aboveground chaos and instability. Just as we had gotten used to the fact that the president is, in effect, under congressional indictment, just as we had settled into a more or less stable stalemate over when (and if) the[Read More…]

Justice and Accountability: A commentary for Justin Trudeau

Justice and Accountability: A commentary for Justin Trudeau

During an assembly to remember those killed in the Iranian Air Flight 752 Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he wanted “answers” and was looking for “justice and accountability.” My empathy stands with the families, friends and loved ones of those who died in this tragic mistake. When I really think about the accident it sickens me, then makes[Read More…]

Open Letter to U.K Parliament on the Assassination of Qassem Soleimani

Open Letter to U.K Parliament on the Assassination of Qassem Soleimani

Open letter to Parliament with regard to the Hansard debate of 7th January 2020 Vol: 669, relating to the targeted assassination of Brigadier General Qassem Soleimani. Having read the Hansard Parliamentary discussion on the targeted assassination of Brigadier General Qassem Soleimani, along with the Iraqi military commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and the other Iraqi military leaders, I am stunned by[Read More…]

Being History with Iran 

Being History with Iran 

We went to Iran because you have to see these places before the U.S. blows them up, and it’s very good to see you here today in downtown Chicago, that’s also precious, for a similar reason. Because we have reason to believe that when Iran goes, a lot of other places go as well.  Every war the U.S. begins is[Read More…]

What If We Nuke a City?

What If We Nuke a City?

Learn more about nuclear weapons and what you can do to stop them

Beyond Soleimani!

Beyond Soleimani!

Finally, the storm over General Qassem Soleimani’s death seems to be over. Had it not been for the strategic restraint and wisdom of the Iranian regime, the war seemed imminent which would have certainly resulted in the decimation of the stranglehold of the religious elite and wide-scale destruction of the country and beyond. It is now clear that the sustained[Read More…]

Trillions of Dollars in U.S. Military Spending Are Unaccounted-For

Trillions of Dollars in U.S. Military Spending Are Unaccounted-For

Before documenting that many trillions of dollars in U.S. Government military spending have been and are unaccounted-for, and that by far the most corrupt U.S. federal Department is the ‘Defense’ Department, it is important to document here, by means of the links that will be provided in this article, that, at least after the 9/11 event, the most respected institution[Read More…]

More than an Assassination of Qassim Soleimani

More than an Assassination of Qassim Soleimani

United States (US) and Iran confront each other as if to prove who can be more nefarious. After the assassination of Qassim Soleimai, the Islamic Republic, momentarily, portrayed a less wicked role. Downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane by an Iranian missile and the lateness of the Iran government to admit the error weakened Iran’s protests of being unfairly treated[Read More…]

Vague Imminence: US policy, Pre-emptive Force and Qasem Soleimani

Vague Imminence: US policy, Pre-emptive Force and Qasem Soleimani

International relations is typified by its vagueness of definition and its shallowness of justification. Be it protecting citizens of a state in another, launching a pre-emptive strike to prevent what another state might do, or simply understanding the application of a treaty provision, justifications can prove uneven and at odds. The pre-emptive jerk behind the killing of Major General Qasem[Read More…]

US backs off support for regime change in Iran

US backs off support for regime change in Iran

An Iran hawk who advocated killing general Qassim Soleimani, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has ordered his diplomats to limit contacts with militant Iranian exile and opposition groups that support either regime change or greater rights for ethnic groups like Kurds and Arabs. Coming on the back of the Soleimani killing, Mr. Pompeo’s directive appears to put an end[Read More…]

Iran’s accidental downing of a Ukrainian plane is already being used to smear MH-17 skeptics

Iran’s accidental downing of a Ukrainian plane is already being used to smear MH-17 skeptics

  When the Pentagon confirmed the assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, U.S. President Donald Trump took to social media to post a single image of the American flag to the adulation of his followers. Unfortunately, most Americans are ignorant of the other flag synonymous with U.S. foreign policy, that of the ‘false flag’ utilized to deceive the public[Read More…]

10 Ways Trump’s Actions Against Iran Hurt Americans and the Region

10 Ways Trump’s Actions Against Iran Hurt Americans and the Region

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies The U.S. assassination of General Qassem Soleimani has not yet plunged us into a full-scale war with Iran thanks to the Iranian government’s measured response, which demonstrated its capabilities without actually harming U.S. troops or escalating the conflict. But the danger of a full-blown war still exists, and Donald Trump’s actions[Read More…]

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From Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, A Call to Catholics: Let Us End Our Complicity in War

From Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, A Call to Catholics: Let Us End Our Complicity in War

Once again, information has surfaced regarding United States governmental efforts to mislead and misinform people about disgraceful, cruel destruction caused by a United States war of choice against people who meant the U.S. no harm. In the Afghanistan Papers, the United States government officials acknowledged, privately, their own uncertainty about why they were going to war against Afghanistan in 2001.[Read More…]

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Adra and her 5-year-old son Atarid in hospital. Atarid suffered from cancer. He died on the 3rd day of the United States Shock and Awe bombing. Photo credit: Cathy Breen  March, 2003

And We Allow This Madness To Continue

   Cathy Breen, an eyewitness to sanctions and war in Iraq, struggles to imagine crueler punishment afflicting Iraqi children. Try as I did, I found it impossible to send New Year’s greetings to friends in Iraq given the unthinkable and shameless actions of Trump and his regime in the last weeks. His decision to assassinate Iranian Major General Qasim Soleimani[Read More…]

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Nestlé: Multinationals as the New Colonial Powers. A tale of Many Cities

Nestlé: Multinationals as the New Colonial Powers. A tale of Many Cities

On November 14th the Canadian group Wellington Water Watchers organized the «All Eyes on Nestlé» conference in the city of Guelph, Ontario, bringing together indigenous’ peoples and citizens’ movements fighting Nestlé’s water takingsfrom Canada, the US, France and Brazil. Following this public event, the representatives of the organizations involved met for a workshop to exchange information and discuss possible common[Read More…]

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Iran plays chess, the US plays backgammon

Iran plays chess, the US plays backgammon

  Iranians play chess, Americans play backgammon when it comes to warfare, military strategy and conflict management. That is becoming increasingly obvious in the US-Iranian tit-for-tat on an Iraqi gameboard. Hobbled by harsh US economic sanctions and a weak military hand, Iran has perfected the art of asymmetric warfare and carefully calibrated operations as well as acts of political violence,[Read More…]

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Human Extinction Now Imminent and Inevitable? A Report on the State of Planet Earth

Human Extinction Now Imminent and Inevitable? A Report on the State of Planet Earth

There is a significant body of evidence that human extinction is now imminent; that is, it will occur within the next few years and possibly this year: 2020. There is also a significant body of evidence that human extinction is now inevitable; that is, it cannot be prevented no matter what we do. There are at least four distinct paths[Read More…]

Iran’s Hero Has Fallen, And Now The world Is An Even More Dangerous Place

Iran’s Hero Has Fallen, And Now The world Is An Even More Dangerous Place

  They say he came from a humble background, and worked himself up the ranks, becoming, as many believe, the second most powerful man in Iran. They say he had the chance to become the next Supreme Leader of the country. Whenever I visit Iran, I am told how much he is loved by his people. He became the symbol[Read More…]

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A Time to Kill?  Open Your Eyes!

A Time to Kill? Open Your Eyes!

In the movie adaptation of John Grisham’s “A Time to Kill,” Carl Lee Hailey’s defense lawyer Jake Brigance, in his summation, asks the jury members to close their eyes while he tells a horrid tale of a little girl being attacked, raped, beaten, tortured and left to die by two grown men. The jury squirms as they hear the story[Read More…]

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 A Report Card on the American Project- The “Revolution of ’89” Reassessed

 A Report Card on the American Project- The “Revolution of ’89” Reassessed

Thirty years ago this month, President George H.W. Bush appeared before a joint session of Congress to deliver his first State of the Union Address, the first post-Cold War observance of this annual ritual. Just weeks before, the Berlin Wall had fallen. That event, the president declared, “marks the beginning of a new era in the world’s affairs.” The Cold War,[Read More…]

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Soleimani’s death opens a door to alternative security arrangements in the Gulf

Soleimani’s death opens a door to alternative security arrangements in the Gulf

The US killing of Iranian general Qassim Soleimani has further opened the door to a potential restructuring of the Gulf’s security architecture. In line with an Iranian plan launched at last year’s United Nations General Assembly by president Hassan Rouhani that calls for a security architecture that would exclude external forces, cooler heads in Tehran argue that an expulsion of[Read More…]

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On The Brink Of War?

On The Brink Of War?

Are we on the brink of a Third World War? There are signs that demand that we ask this question. Three clusters of signs compel us to probe a question that could well determine the future of our civilisation. One, the nature of the event itself — the reckless assassination of the Iranian general, Qassem Sulaimani, on the orders of[Read More…]

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Waving flag of Iran and Russia

Will Russia become the brother in arms with Iran?

The killing of Iranian leader of famous Quds force Gen.Qasem Soleimani in Bagdad seems to have made an apocalyptic move in the beginning of this new decade as some critics have already viewed this incident similar to the the assassination of Austrian crown prince Duke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo which paved the path to the First World War in 1914.[Read More…]

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Killing Qassim Soleimani: rule of law or rule of the jungle?

Killing Qassim Soleimani: rule of law or rule of the jungle?

  International law may not be a major consideration in debates about the US killing of Iranian military commander Qassim Soleimani, yet the legality of the assassination could prove to have long-term consequences for whether the rule of law or the law of the jungle dominates a new world order. The Trump administration has asserted that killing Mr. Soleimani was[Read More…]

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On the U.S. Assassination of Soleimani and the Heightened Danger of War: Oppose U.S. Imperialist Aggression—Trump/Pence Out Now!

On the U.S. Assassination of Soleimani and the Heightened Danger of War: Oppose U.S. Imperialist Aggression—Trump/Pence Out Now!

The world has been rocked by the U.S. assassination of the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Soleimani was the commander of the Quds Force, an Iranian government force that commands militias in different countries of the region. The assassination of a high government official of one sovereign state on the soil of another sovereign state is objectively an act of war[Read More…]

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Disruptive Assassinations: Killing Qassem Soleimani

Disruptive Assassinations: Killing Qassem Soleimani

On the surface, it made not one iota of sense.  The murder of a foreign military leader on his way from Baghdad airport, his diplomatic status assured by the local authorities, evidently deemed a target of irresistible richness.  “General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”  The words from[Read More…]

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The ‘Great Game’ is Afoot: Killing Soleimani Reflects US Desperation in the Middle East

The ‘Great Game’ is Afoot: Killing Soleimani Reflects US Desperation in the Middle East

Co-Written by Ramzy Baroud & Romana Rubeo By killing top Iranian military commander, Qasem Soleimani, American and Israeli leaders demonstrated the idiom ‘out of the frying pan into the fire.’ US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are both politically and legally embattled – the former has just been impeached and the latter is dogged by an[Read More…]

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference with President Donald Trump on February 28, 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam. U.S. (Photo: Tuan Mark/Getty Images)

War With Iran

The assassination by the United States of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, near Baghdad’s airport will ignite widespread retaliatory attacks against U.S. targets from Shiites, who form the majority in Iraq. It will activate Iranian-backed militias and insurgents in Lebanon and Syria and throughout the Middle East. The existing mayhem, violence, failed states and war,[Read More…]

Iran vs. US – The Murder of General Qassem Suleimani

Iran vs. US – The Murder of General Qassem Suleimani

 Interestingly, after the US attack on Iraqi Militia fighters on 31 December 2020, and the assassination of General Qassem Suleimani, on 2 January, the first thing President Trump could come up with, was bragging that it was him who gave the order to murder the popular military leader. General Qassem Suleimani, was the commander of the Iranian special Quds Force.[Read More…]

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America is Ruled by a Murderer

America is Ruled by a Murderer

As most days, this morning I opened the Tao – Dao DeJing –at random, at Dao-42. In its conclusion it says “Those who are forceful and aggressive… die a painful death – This I use as the foundation of my teaching.” And so it may be. The reaction of “painful death” may not be immediate. Time in the dimensions of[Read More…]

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The killing of Qassim Soleimani: The United States misreads the tea leaves

The killing of Qassim Soleimani: The United States misreads the tea leaves

 The killing of Iranian military leader Qassim Soleimani proves the point: The United States has perfected the art of strengthening Iranian hardliners fuelled by an apparently ingrained misreading of Iranian politics and strategy sustained over decades. It also suggests that the Trump administration has walked into a trap in which spiralling tension between the United States and Iran is likely[Read More…]

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Attacks On Iran, Past And Present

Attacks On Iran, Past And Present

The assassination of General Qasem Soleimani On Friday, 3 January, 2020, progressives in the United States and all peace-loving people throughout the world were horrified to learn that Donald Tromp had added to his long list of crimes and imbicilities by ordering the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, who is a hero in his own country, Iran. The murder, which[Read More…]

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Is the US a civilized nation?

Is the US a civilized nation?

The title of this piece may seem stupid to many. They would respond that obviously the US is civilized. After all, we have a highly developed society and culture which is a definition of civilized. In addition, as a sign of our culture, they proudly point to our museums, theaters, and symphonies that, along with our colleges and universities, are[Read More…]

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Kathy Kelly and Maya Evans walk with children at the Chamin-E-Babrak refugee camp in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 2014. (Abdulhai Darya)

An eyewitness to the horrors of the US ‘forever wars’ speaks out

The 2003 “shock and awe” bombing of Iraq had finally stopped. From the balcony of my room in Baghdad’s Al Fanar Hotel, I watched U.S. Marines moving between their jeeps, armored personnel carriers, and Humvees. They had occupied the street immediately in front of the small, family-owned hotel where our Iraq Peace Team had been living for the past six[Read More…]

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US assassinates top Iranian general as 4,000 troops readied for Iraq intervention

US assassinates top Iranian general as 4,000 troops readied for Iraq intervention

The targeted assassination of the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force commander Major General Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad’s international airport early Friday morning has sharply intensified the spiraling conflict between the US and Iran, placing the outbreak of a catastrophic new war in the Middle East on a hair trigger. The Iraqi and Lebanese media, as[Read More…]

Chris Hedges: Rebellion Is The Only Way To Stop The Ruling Elites

Chris Hedges: Rebellion Is The Only Way To Stop The Ruling Elites

Clearing the FOG cohosts, Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, interviewed journalist and author Chris Hedges about the significant events of 2019 and what activists must prepare for in 2020 and beyond. Hedges covered uprisings and wars in the Middle East, Balkans, and Central America for twenty years as a foreign correspondent. He has studied and written books about sacrifice zones,[Read More…]

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A New Year and a New Trump Foreign Policy Blunder in Iraq

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies  It’s a new year, and the U.S. has found a new enemy—an Iraqi militia called Kata’ib Hezbollah. How tragically predictable was that? So who or what is Kata’ib Hezbollah? Why are U.S. forces attacking it? And where will this lead? Kata’ib Hezbollah is one of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) that[Read More…]

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Gul Mohammad Jamshadi, left, solders parts to a motherboard. Mohammad Haidary, wearing a hat, works to his left.

Work of Necessity, Work of Choice

At age 11, Saabir Gulmadin began chopping wood to support his family. Now 18, he earns about $1.50 US (120 Afghanis) for every 56 kg of wood he splits. It takes him 2 to 3 hours. “Is the work hard on your body?” I ask. “Ohhh, yes,” he says, without hesitation. “Where does it hurt?” Saabir raises his right hand[Read More…]

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Colombia- Where Life Has To Defeat Death

Colombia- Where Life Has To Defeat Death

In one of the poorest neighborhoods of Bogota, Belen,I saw two people bleeding in the middle of the road. One person was clearly dead. A group of onlookers was moving frantically, shouting loudly. There was an attempt to resurrect an injured man. I asked the driver to inquire whether our help was needed, but he was told something insulting by[Read More…]

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The Gehlen Org

The Gehlen Org

In February 2019 Germany opened a brand new intelligence complex in the city of Berlin. The new headquarters of the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst or Federal Intelligence Service) occupies a huge space—by the way, much as STASI or State Security Service once did in East Berlin the former German Democratic Republic—and supposedly employs a total of over six thousand persons. The move[Read More…]

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US military strikes in Iraq stir regional hornet’s nest

US military strikes in Iraq stir regional hornet’s nest

  The United States stirred a hornet’s nest that stretches far beyond Iraq when it this weekend attacked an Iranian-backed militia. The fallout of the US strikes was immediate in Iraq with pro-Iranian militiamen besieging the US embassy in Baghdad in scenes reminiscent of the run-up in 1979 to the 444-day occupation of the American diplomatic mission in Tehran. The[Read More…]

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I’m waiting …but in the meantime….

I’m waiting …but in the meantime….

Perhaps I read too many alternative articles on too many internet sites, but with all the counter-perspective information (counter to the MSM), my information addled brain is waiting for one of several events (or a combination thereof). Essentially there are three ideas, all related, as to where the future of humanity lies. All the scenarios are negative from lesser to[Read More…]

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Australia Burns: Fireworks, Bush Fires and Denial

Australia Burns: Fireworks, Bush Fires and Denial

As 2020 approached, the sense that the barbarians were not only at the gates but had breached the walls of indifference had come to the fore.  But these were not conventional human forms; rather, they were the agents of conflagration, driving people to the sea, forcing them from homes and consuming territories the size of small countries.  Australia was burning.[Read More…]

Beating the Western media blockade – ideas, infrastructure, solidarity

Beating the Western media blockade – ideas, infrastructure, solidarity

Co-Written by Jorge Capelán and Stephen Sefton So much confusion and bad faith prevails in the current global information chaos that getting back to basics sometimes seems impossible. But fundamentals never change and merit constant repetition. Above all, anti-imperialist defense of majority world peoples’ right to development against the fascist onslaught of the corporate and political power of the United[Read More…]

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Hypersonic Putin and Gonzo Weaponry

Hypersonic Putin and Gonzo Weaponry

Weapons of dazzling murderousness have always thrilled military industrial establishments.  They make money; they add to the accounts; and they tickle the pride of States who manufacture them.  From time to time, showy displays of restraint through arms limitation agreements are made.  These can apply to either the offensive element of such weapons, or their defensive counters. The calculus of[Read More…]

New WikiLeaks documents expose doctoring of chemical weapons report to justify 2018 US attack on Syria

New WikiLeaks documents expose doctoring of chemical weapons report to justify 2018 US attack on Syria

A fourth round of leaked internal documents from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was published by WikiLeaks Friday, further exposing the official report on an alleged 2018 chemical weapons attack in Douma—a suburb of Damascus then held by CIA-backed Islamist forces—as having been doctored to justify an attack by the United States, Britain and France against[Read More…]

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China is light years ahead of India

China is light years ahead of India

When it comes to technology, we depend on others, be it phones, cars, airplanes. Maybe 20 years ago, China was behind us, but now they are light years ahead of India. We are in a pathetic state. In Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I couldn’t find a single Indian company. Out of some 4,500 stalls, about 2,000 were Chinese,[Read More…]

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Scapegoats for Jamal Khashoggi

Scapegoats for Jamal Khashoggi

The hit squad that went about its deadly business with varying degrees of competence in Istanbul last year is set to be thinned.  Five members of the group tasked with strangling and carving up the Saudi journalist and out-of-favour Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate on October 2, 2018 are now facing the generous justice of their employers.  As this[Read More…]

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Habitat for Humanity: Building with dignity

Habitat for Humanity: Building with dignity

Two months ago, a day after suffering a fall in his Georgia home, 95-year-old former US president Jimmy Carter was back to building homes for Habitat for Humanity. Wearing a white bandage on his head and with a bruise over his left eye, he was seen handling blocks of wood and a power drill at a building site in Nashville,[Read More…]

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Nord Stream 2 – US Sanctions – Trump’s Economic Suicide?

Nord Stream 2 – US Sanctions – Trump’s Economic Suicide?

Does Mr. Trump really not grasp that his sanctions left and right – and now on the Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 – is committing economic suicide, not for himself, of course, but for the United States? He attempts to punish not only Russia, but all the corporations, construction companies, Russian, German and from everywhere, which collaborated and are[Read More…]

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In The U.K – Do Subjects Deserve Their Rulers?

In The U.K – Do Subjects Deserve Their Rulers?

  I constantly receive such letters; letters which repeat, again and again, year after year, basically the same thing: “If only we would have an opportunity to vote out our damn system!” Such letters, emails and messages keep coming to me from the United States, but also from the United Kingdom. Particularly, after certain events, like when the Western empire[Read More…]

Gladio – The Story of a Conspiracy

Gladio – The Story of a Conspiracy

                      Rome: Albert Camus in his essay “L’Exil d’Hélène” discusses contemporary disregard for the Greek value of limits. Camus writes that only the artist by his nature recognizes his limits, limits which the historic spirit disregards. The very idea of a super-secret organization like Gladio to remake the world in its own image reflects that same disregard for the Greek[Read More…]

Sanctions, Security and the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Sanctions, Security and the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, construction of which is intended to transport 55 billion cubic metres of Russian gas to Germany per year under the Baltic Sea, is a ragbag of options and promises.  The fruit of a deal between Berlin and Moscow, it has troubled those within Russia, Germany, Europe and the United States, though for different reasons.[Read More…]

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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. listen. Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP, File) ORG XMIT: WX101

Impeachment Indicts Both Parties And Clarifies Our Tasks In 2020

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The Democratic Party’s electoral strategy of impeaching Donald Trump is backfiring. Before impeachment, Trump was losing to each of the leading Democrats, but the latest USA Today/Suffolk University poll finds for the first time Trump defeating all of the leading Democratic candidates. Gallup reports that Trump’s approval has risen by six points since the launch of the impeachment[Read More…]

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Is Donald Trump the Second 9/11? Or Is He the Third?

Is Donald Trump the Second 9/11? Or Is He the Third?

Here’s the question at hand — and I guarantee you that you’ll read it here first: Is Donald Trump the second or even possibly the third 9/11? Because truly, he has to be one or the other. Let me explain, and while I do, keep this in mind: as 2019 ends, thanks to Brexit and the victory of Boris Johnson[Read More…]

We the People, We the Humanity are Victims of Political Insanity

We the People, We the Humanity are Victims of Political Insanity

Democracy of Inhumanity and We, the People of Global Consciousness In a synoptic view, global leaders professing to be wise and smart for being elected, turned out to be naïve, unthinkable and egoistically foolish. Once elected under the so called democracy, they focus their minds on how to get reelected and how to continue a tragic normality of abnormality against[Read More…]

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Israeli soccer club’s anti-racism echoes Israel’s political divide

Israeli soccer club’s anti-racism echoes Israel’s political divide

Storied and crowned soccer club Beitar Jerusalem was for decades a pillar of the Israeli right-wing and an often-extreme symbol of Israel’s lurch towards the right as well as its ever more uncompromising attitude towards an equitable peace with the Palestinians and approach towards its Israeli Palestinian minority. Today, in an anti-cyclical development, Beitar Jerusalem, with its acquisition by technology[Read More…]

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 Trump Impeached, Fascists React, People Rejoice—Take the Struggle Higher!

 Trump Impeached, Fascists React, People Rejoice—Take the Struggle Higher!

This week the US House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald Trump.  This was a major event—and a very good thing!  Even with the narrow terms on which the Democrats carried this out, people seized on this with enthusiasm.  Thousands poured into the streets.  They were both furious and exhilarated at the fact that Trump was finally beginning to be[Read More…]

The World’s Top Ten Worst “Anti-Semites” in 2019!

The World’s Top Ten Worst “Anti-Semites” in 2019!

Year after year, the right-wing Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles publishes its shitlist[1] of the ten worst Anti-Semetic incidents around the world. To no one’s surprise, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labor Party came in first. On closer inspection, the list turns out to be an instrument of smear and Zionist propaganda against dissidents who don’t buy into the Zionist and the[Read More…]

Medical Opinion, Torture and Julian Assange

Medical Opinion, Torture and Julian Assange

On November 27 this year, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, delivered an address to the German Bundestag outlining his approach to understanding the mental health of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.  These comprised two parts, the initial stage covering his diplomatic asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy, the second dealing with his formal detention in the United Kingdom at the[Read More…]

When it comes to Our Morality, the Past is Always Easier than the Present

When it comes to Our Morality, the Past is Always Easier than the Present

Decisions about what actions we might have taken in the past appear straightforward.  Would we have fought Nazism in its infancy or gone along with the discrimination, mayhem, and violence?  Would we have supported civil rights marchers and freedom riders, ignored them or asked them for gradualism?  Would we have fought for women’s suffrage or suggest they remain second class[Read More…]

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Slavoj Zizek’s misunderstanding

Slavoj Zizek’s misunderstanding

Mr. Slavoj Zizek has tried to interpret recent development of the UK Labour Party – its election debacle – but has only exhibited his misunderstanding of the entire capitalist scenario. The heading, if the heading is by Mr. Zizek and not by the editor, of his article in RT on December 17, 2019 – “Big Capital will use every tool[Read More…]

The Politics of Trump’s Impeachment

The Politics of Trump’s Impeachment

Several features stand out in the impeachment quest against President Donald J. Trump.  There is constitutional discourse as mythology and fetish.  There is outrage that the executive office could have been used to actually investigate political opponents through foreign agents.  There is cattiness over whether the conduct of the president veered into the territory of criminality, or fell somewhat short[Read More…]

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 The Real Lesson of Afghanistan Is That Regime Change Does Not Work

 The Real Lesson of Afghanistan Is That Regime Change Does Not Work

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies The trove of U.S. “Lessons Learned” documents on Afghanistan published by the Washington Post portrays, in excruciating detail, the anatomy of a failed policy, scandalously hidden from the public for 18 years. The “Lessons Learned” papers, however, are based on the premise that the U.S. and its allies will keep intervening militarily in other countries, and that they[Read More…]

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 War on Terror, War on Education

One day in October 2001, shortly after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, I stood at the front of a private high school classroom. As a new social studies teacher, I had been tasked with describing violence against women in that country. I showed the students an article from the front page of the New York Times featuring Afghan women casting off their burqas as[Read More…]

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War and Betrayal: Change and Transformation

War and Betrayal: Change and Transformation

(Rome)I have wondered if the German Field-Marshal Friedrich Paulus after his defeat and capture by Russians at Stalingrad in February 1943 really changed when as a prisoner of war in Soviet Russia he joined the National Committee For A Free Germany and the anti-Fascist Union of German Officers. Were his words sincere when he broadcast anti-fascist messages to Germany over[Read More…]

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 Gulf security: China envisions continued US military lead

 Gulf security: China envisions continued US military lead

Based on remarks at The Belt and Road Initiative: China-Middle East Cooperation in an Age of Geopolitical Turbulence workshop organized by Brookings Doha Center and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences A first-ever joint Chinese-Russian-Iranian naval exercise signals that closer Chinese military ties with a host of Middle Eastern nations does not translate into Chinese aspirations for a greater role[Read More…]

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Betrayal in KL

Betrayal in KL

94-year old Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, himself a highly respected Muslim leader despite failings of his own during a long political career, really took affection to our Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan when the latter visited Malaysia. It was clear that Dr. Mahathir immediately picked up that this would be a promising Muslim leader in a sea of mostly ineffectual pawns[Read More…]

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From KGB to Kremlin: Twenty years’ saga of Putin

From KGB to Kremlin: Twenty years’ saga of Putin

When the red flag was removed from the top of red square followed by Gorbochove’s statement that declared the official disintegration of USSR, the West was erupted in jubilation as the sole winner of the cold war. Political theorists like Fukuyama coined a new political phase “End of History” which affirmed that the world emerged after the collapse of Soviet[Read More…]

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Saudi Oil Attack and Choreographed Protests in Iran-aligned Countries

Saudi Oil Attack and Choreographed Protests in Iran-aligned Countries

Since the planting of limpet mines on oil tankers off the coast of the UAE in May, the subsequent downing of the US surveillance drone in the Persian Gulf and the brazen attack on the Abqaiq petroleum facility and the Khurais oil field in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia on September 14, choreographed protests have erupted in Lebanon and[Read More…]

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Boris Johnson’s Britain

Boris Johnson’s Britain

Britain is looking drenched at the moment; colours blue and yellow seem to be streaking through the country. The Scottish Nationalists have re-asserted control lost to the Conservatives in 2016.  In the rest of the country, seats never touched by Tory Blue have are now occupied by the party of Boris Johnson.  Yet again, British politics shows that the posh[Read More…]

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Greenland ice losses are faster than forecasted

Greenland ice losses are faster than forecasted

Greenland is losing ice seven times faster than in the 1990s and is tracking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s high-end climate warming scenario, which would see 40 million more people exposed to coastal flooding by 2100. A team of 96 polar scientists from 50 international organizations has produced the most complete picture of Greenland ice loss to date. The[Read More…]

I Never Saw A World So Fragmented!

I Never Saw A World So Fragmented!

  It is amazing how easily, without resistance,the Western empire is managing to destroy “rebellious” countries that are standing in its way. I working all corners of the planet, wherever Kafkaesque “conflicts” get ignited by Washington, London or Paris. What I see and describeare not only those horrors which are taking place all around me; horrors that are ruining human[Read More…]

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Corbyn’s defeat has slain the left’s last illusion

Corbyn’s defeat has slain the left’s last illusion

This was an election of two illusions. The first helped persuade much of the British public to vote last week for the very epitome of an Eton toff, a man who not only has shown utter contempt for most of those who voted for him but has spent a lifetime barely bothering to conceal that contempt. For him, politics is[Read More…]

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Subversion: Sinophobic Australia Slams China, Ignores US, UK & Zionists

Subversion: Sinophobic Australia Slams China, Ignores US, UK & Zionists

Notwithstanding China being Australia’s biggest trading partner, the Sinophobic and US lackey Australian Government and Mainstream media are publicly highly critical of China  and the Chinese for asserted wrongs in many areas from human rights abuse and subversion to territorial occupation,  but in stark contrast   are utterly silent over horrendous crimes in the same areas by the US, UK, traitorous[Read More…]

Landslide…. To Totalitarianism

Landslide…. To Totalitarianism

                              I find surprising the detailed manner in which history repeats itself. The result of the landslide described here seems to have been replicated in the USA of our times in ways that all of us witness each day. The Germany of say 1939 seems like[Read More…]

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Trump Cannot Win

Democrats have a dilemma — determine the best candidate to lead the country or search for the best candidate to beat Donald Trump. The Dems acknowledge their Party has drifted to the left, proposing progressive legislation that will more equitably distribute wealth, more assuredly meet all citizens’ health needs, and prevent crises of climate change and nuclear conflagration. Proposed programs[Read More…]

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Boris Johnson, MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo  (PTI1_18_2017_000218B)

BoJo and the BJP

On the 12th, in the month of December, 2019; a General Election was held in the depth of a British winter. The following day, sections of the Revisionist, pro-Big Money British media announced that Friday the 13th was the day that the British Labour Party died; and they joyfully wished that the Party; now: — Rest In Peace. Pundit is[Read More…]

Julian Assange denied access to lawyers and vital evidence in US extradition case

Julian Assange denied access to lawyers and vital evidence in US extradition case

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared via videolink at Westminster Magistrates Court in London yesterday for a brief administrative hearing. The half-hour proceedings confirm that the fundamental legal rights of the world-famous investigative journalist are being trampled in what amounts to an extraordinary rendition. Assange last appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on October 21 and is being held on remand at[Read More…]

To redress debacle due to neoliberal policies, Argentina to declare economic, health and social emergencies

To redress debacle due to neoliberal policies, Argentina to declare economic, health and social emergencies

Argentina is taking measures to fight out debacles created by implementation of neoliberal policies for years in the country. The measures may appear unusual to many. But the measures show a political leadership’s effort to fight out poverty, lack of medicare for common people. There is also a plan to make current laws related to health and social emergencies ineffective[Read More…]

China struggles to fend off allegations of debt trap diplomacy

China struggles to fend off allegations of debt trap diplomacy

Desperate for cash, Tajikistan is about to sell yet another vital asset to China at a time that countries like Sri Lanka and the Maldives are demanding renegotiation of debt settlements that either forced them to surrender control of critical infrastructure or left them with unsustainable repayments. The pending Chinese acquisition of  a stake in Tajikistan’s aluminium smelter, coupled with[Read More…]

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Indigenous Bolivia Ready To Go To War Against Fascism

Indigenous Bolivia Ready To Go To War Against Fascism

 Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek Bolivia, December 2019, three weeks after the fascist coup. It is devilishly cold. My comrade’s car is carefully navigating through the deep mud tracks. Enormous snow-covered mountain peaks are clearly visible in the distance. The Bolivian Altiplano; beloved, yet always somehow hostile, silent, impenetrable. So many times, in the past I came close to death[Read More…]

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The Art of Doublespeak: Bellingcat and Mind Control

The Art of Doublespeak: Bellingcat and Mind Control

In the 1920s, the influential American intellectual Walter Lippman argued that the average person was incapable of seeing or understanding the world clearly and needed to be guided by experts behind the social curtain.  In a number of books he laid out the theoretical foundations for the practical work of Edward Bernays, who developed “public relations” (aka propaganda) to carry out this task[Read More…]

Dollar’s domination diminishing

Dollar’s domination diminishing

US Dollar’s world domination is diminishing. Not only are central banks, the world’s rich also hoarding the yellow metal – gold. A Bloomberg opinion piece “World Is Stuck With the Dollar as the Reserve Currency” (December 11, 2019) said: “The U.S. dollar’s position as the world’s reserve currency might be weakening. In the last few years, the fraction of global[Read More…]

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Bolivia’s Five Hundred-Year Rebellion

Bolivia’s Five Hundred-Year Rebellion

In 1781, the Bolivian indigenous leader Tupac Katari led a rebellion in which La Paz, the Spanish colonial capital of “Upper Peru,” was besieged for 109 days. The siege ended with the arrival of a Spanish army. Katari was captured, he and his wife, Bartolina Sisa, were gruesomely executed, and thousands of indigenous people were massacred. For many years, this[Read More…]

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Hang down your Head

Hang down your Head

Rapes — How many a day? How many a week? How many a year? The victim stays till Doused with kerosene and burnt The victim stays till Pelted with stones and killed The victim stays till Lynched by mobs to death Twelve or twenty-three, What was their fault? Being a woman? Beasts drawn by untasted flesh Tempted by images drawn[Read More…]

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“Gains” the U.S. made in Afghanistan

“Gains” the U.S. made in Afghanistan

The war The U.S. is waging in Afghanistan is highly costly. Brown University’s Costs of War Project made some calculations of the war years ago. Now, the high cost is being discussed in the circles of the mainstream politics and media. The New York Times in its “What Did the U.S. Get for $2 Trillion in Afghanistan?” report on December[Read More…]

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Money, Power and Turf: Winning the Middle East Media War at Any Cost

Money, Power and Turf: Winning the Middle East Media War at Any Cost

It is hardly surprising to see Middle Eastern countries at the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index, as the worst violators of freedom of the press. But equally alarming is the complete polarization of public opinion as a result of self-serving media and, bankrolled by rich Arab countries, whose only goal is to serve their specific, often sinister, agendas.[Read More…]

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Operation Condor 2.0 – Expanded

Operation Condor 2.0 – Expanded

According to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, the US will help “legitimate governments” in Latin America, in order to prevent protests from “morphing into riots”. From what we are seeing this “legitimization” may be expanded to rest of the world. Because Washington instigated destabilizing unrest goes on throughout the world. We may as well call it “Operation Condor 2.0[Read More…]

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White Helmets Founder was Allegedly Assassinated, Turkish Report

White Helmets Founder was Allegedly Assassinated, Turkish Report

Speculation is rife in the local Turkish media that the founder of the White Helmets, James Le Mesurier, might have been running away from someone before he fell or was pushed to his death in a case that was initially ruled as a suicide. Reputed Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported [1] on Tuesday: “The biggest question is why Le Mesurier[Read More…]

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One city: two tales

One city: two tales

On December 5, while driving down the Embassy Row in NW Washington, D.C.,on the car radio,I was listening to Nancy Pelosi saying the House is drafting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Pelosi leaning toward impeachment didn’t really come as a surprise. Even though for months Pelosi has been resisting calls for impeachment saying, “Trump isn’t worth it.” However,[Read More…]

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China has the world’s best merit-based education system. Here’s why

China has the world’s best merit-based education system. Here’s why

Ouch! PISA, OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment has released their global results for 2018 (https://www.oecd.org/pisa). Started in 2000, they run the test every three years for 15-year-olds in the OECD, which has mainly richer, developed nations. In 2009, to compare the OECD’s educational outcomes with the rest of the world, PISA began to invite other countries to participate. To[Read More…]

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Medical Errors Kill Five People Per Minute, 2.6 Million People Every Year

Medical Errors Kill Five People Per Minute, 2.6 Million People Every Year

by The Vaccine Reaction  Staff A new report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 2.6 million people die annually in low-and middle-income countries from medical errors, and that most of those deaths are related to misdiagnosis and administration of pharmaceutical products. According to the WHO, “Four out of every ten patients are harmed during primary and ambulatory[Read More…]

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The Effect of the Sanctions: Is Iran Cracking Down Under the Strain?

The Effect of the Sanctions: Is Iran Cracking Down Under the Strain?

In 1935, Italy invaded Ethiopia, at that time the only remaining free African country. Why exactly that happened is a long story. Let me just say that, in part, it was a revenge for a defeat suffered long before, when an early attempt at invading Ethiopia had failed. In part, it had to do with reacting to the financial crash[Read More…]

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27:  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn presents documents related to post-Brexit UK-US Trade talks as he speaks during an election policy announcement on the NHS at church house n Westminster on November 27, 2019 in London, England. The United Kingdom's will go to the polls in a general election on December 12. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Paranoias of Interference: Russia, Reddit and the British Election

No election takes place in a vacuum, and for all the assertions of fact-checkers, monitors and gatekeepers of order, some agency, be it corporate, national or international, is involved.  To persuade is to interfere.  The intensity of this has become more relevant with the saturation, and velocity, of information spread.  Often, it is impossible to assess how that distortion in[Read More…]

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Zombie NATO Is Obsolete; Militarists Try To Retrieve It Through Expanded Targets

Zombie NATO Is Obsolete; Militarists Try To Retrieve It Through Expanded Targets

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) held an abbreviated two-day meeting this week in London on its 70th anniversary. On display was a zombie alliance that is bitterly divided on multiple issues and has lost its purpose for existing. Rather than recognizing it is time to end this obsolete military alliance, they decided to expand their[Read More…]

Ending the Gulf crisis: Natural gas frames future Gulf relations

Ending the Gulf crisis: Natural gas frames future Gulf relations

 Natural gas could well emerge as the litmus test of how relations among the Gulf’s energy-rich monarchies evolve if and when a Saudi-United Arab Emirates-led alliance and Qatar bury their hatchet. It could also position Gulf states as key players in shaping the future of the energy architecture of Eurasia. This week’s summit in Riyadh of the Gulf Cooperation Council[Read More…]

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Saudi Air Force trainee opens fire at Naval Air Station in Florida killing 3 people

Saudi Air Force trainee opens fire at Naval Air Station in Florida killing 3 people

A Saudi national opened fire on a classroom at the Naval Air Station Pensacola (Florida), killing three people before he was shot to death by sheriff’s deputies in the second fatal shooting at a U.S. military installation this week. U.S. and Saudi government officials identified the gunman as Ahmed Mohammed al-Shamrani, who had been receiving aviation training at the base,[Read More…]

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A Troubled Family: NATO turns 70

A Troubled Family: NATO turns 70

Summit anniversaries are not usually this abysmally interesting.  While those paying visits to Watford, England on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are supposedly signatories to the same agreement, a casual glance would have suggested otherwise.  This was a show of some bickering. France, never the most comfortable member, suggested the that NATO was[Read More…]

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NATO is “Brain Dead”

NATO is “Brain Dead”

NATO’s 70th Birthday Party, in London – the Birthday of a brain-dead child! What a feat! The two-day London NATO conference just ended – and calling it a NATO “crisis” is an understatement. The crisis is such that President Trump canceled the Press Conference at the end of the summit, officially saying that there was enough press briefing during the[Read More…]

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Two Cases, Minor And Major

Two Cases, Minor And Major

News stories have Donald Trump being mocked by France’s Macron at a Buckingham Palace reception for the NATO leaders meeting. A nearby open mic caught the incident. Trump’s response was to call Macron two-faced. Macron returns to a France paralyzed by the biggest strike in years. Teachers and transport workers are alarmed by his plan targeting their traditional pension scheme.[Read More…]

Russia’s engagement in Asia Pacific is largely underrated    

Russia’s engagement in Asia Pacific is largely underrated    

Although Russia had a significant military and economic engagement in the Asia Pacific region during the days of the Soviet Union, the demise of the union had significantly hampered Russia’s relations with the regional countries. However, Russia again wants to re-establish its lost military relations with the regional countries and has been trying to do so for the last one[Read More…]

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Thousands of workers march in France

Thousands of workers march in France

A countrywide union strike against pension reform has brought transportation across France to a standstill. Thousands of workers marched in what has been described as the largest protest of its kind since 1995. The protest dwarfed the weekly Yellow Vests demonstrations that have been happening every Saturday for over a year now. The massive worker walkouts and marches were called[Read More…]

The Origins of Democratic Socialism: Robert Owen and Worker Cooperatives

The Origins of Democratic Socialism: Robert Owen and Worker Cooperatives

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) – and its two predecessor organizations, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement (NAM) – emerged in the early 1970s, during a long-term rightist movement in the United States. The DSA’s contribution to the American Left was its new founded identity as a radical organization born out of a merger between[Read More…]

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Anti-racist Jewish Writer Antony Loewenstein Awarded  Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize

Anti-racist Jewish Writer Antony Loewenstein Awarded  Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize

Anti-racist Jewish Australian writer, journalist and film-maker Antony Loewenstein has been awarded the 2019 Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize by Palestinian Australian human rights activists. The award was presented at a big function held in Parliament House, Melbourne, by Professor Stuart Rees, winner of the inaugural 2018 Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize, founder of the Sydney Peace Prize and Emeritus Professor[Read More…]

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Going to the ICJ: Myanmar, Genocide and Aung San Suu Kyi’s Gamble

Going to the ICJ: Myanmar, Genocide and Aung San Suu Kyi’s Gamble

Leaders currently in office rarely make an appearance before either the International Court of Justice or the International Criminal Court.  International law remains affixed to the notion that heads-of-state are, at least for the duration of their time in office, safe from prosecution.  Matters change once the time in office expires. Be that as it may, Myanmar’s Aung San Suu[Read More…]

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Moral Injury and America’s Endless Conflicts

Moral Injury and America’s Endless Conflicts

When an announcement of a “Moral Injury Symposium” turned up in my email, I was a bit startled to see that it came from the U.S. Special Operations Command. That was a surprise because many military professionals have strongly resisted the term “moral injury” and rejected the suggestion that soldiers fighting America’s wars could experience moral conflict or feel morally[Read More…]

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A microcosm of Iran’s domestic problems, port city bears brunt of crackdown

A microcosm of Iran’s domestic problems, port city bears brunt of crackdown

The Iranian port city of Bandar-e-Mahshahr has emerged as the scene of some of the worst violence in Iran’s brutal crackdown on recent anti-government protests. Located in Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan province, home to the country’s restive ethnic Arab minority, the protests in Bandar-e-Mahshahr strengthened Iran in its belief that the anti-government outburst was yet another effort to destabilize the Islamic[Read More…]

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Hope At COP 25

Hope At COP 25

Conference of Parties (COP) 25 is on in Madrid. The COP25 is going through discussions and debates. Problems are raised and solutions are sought in the COP. Prospects are searched while promises are made in the conference. But, the outcome of the COP25 may not be hopeful. Political leaders and climate diplomats are meeting in Madrid for two weeks of[Read More…]

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The Unfinished ‘Coup’: The End of Netanyahu’s Era and the Political Earthquake ahead

The Unfinished ‘Coup’: The End of Netanyahu’s Era and the Political Earthquake ahead

This time, nothing seems to work. Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has tried every trick in the book to save his political career and to avoid possible prison time. But for Israel’s longest-serving leader, the honeymoon is certainly almost over. It is an “attempted coup”, is how Netanyahu described his indictment on charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust[Read More…]

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The Decline of Arab World: Leaders Who Could Not Lead

The Decline of Arab World: Leaders Who Could Not Lead

Once the Arabs were leaders in knowledge, creativity, science and human manifestation, progress and future-making – the Islamic civilization lasting for eight hundred years in Al-Andalucía- Spain. But when they replaced Islam – the power and core value of their advancements with petro-dollars transitory economic prosperity, they failed to think intelligently and fell in disgrace and lost what was gained[Read More…]

Quo Vadis, Lebanon?

Quo Vadis, Lebanon?

Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek Good bye, Lebanon, metaphorically and truly. Good bye to a country which, many believe, actually has already ceased to exist. For five long years I have been commuting between the Asia Pacific and the Middle East.And Beirut, for all that time, was one of my homes. I arrived in Beirut when the situation in the[Read More…]

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Hong Kong –– Pure Western Insanity

Hong Kong –– Pure Western Insanity

The impunity with which the US aggresses Hong Kong is insane. Equally or more insane is western media coverage of what is going on in Hong Kong. Not one word on how the incredible “pro-democracy” vote of the rather unimportant District Council Elections was achieved. Of the 18 District Councils, 452 of 479 seats (71%) went to “pro-democracy” candidates. Such[Read More…]

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From Standard Oil To Google: Can We Control Monopolies?

From Standard Oil To Google: Can We Control Monopolies?

One of the very first investigative journalists, Ida Tarbell went after the “throttling hand” of Standard Oil and John D. Rockefeller.  By 1880, his company owned 90 percent of US oil, its transport and its sale. Writing a series of articles over a two-year period, Tarbell’s expose led to a Supreme Court ruling in 1911 ordering the dissolution of Standard[Read More…]

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Iraqi Communist Party calls for a new system replacing the present

Iraqi Communist Party calls for a new system replacing the present

Iraqi Communist Party (ICP) calls for the resignation of the government, a total replacement of the current system by a new system, and for continuing the uprising with the same motivation and power until people’s demands are met. As massive demonstrations over unemployment, rampant corruption, poor delivery of services, and sectarianism are gaining momentum, the ICP – the country’s oldest existing[Read More…]

China slaps sanctions on US over Hong Kong

China slaps sanctions on US over Hong Kong

China has suspended U.S. warship visits and sanctioned American NGOs on Monday in retaliation for the passage of a bill backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has been rocked by nearly six months of increasingly violent unrest, which Beijing has frequently blamed on foreign influence. Last week U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and[Read More…]

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Criticism Of Israel Is Not Antisemiticism

Criticism Of Israel Is Not Antisemiticism

Outstanding contributions of Jewish culture Let us begin by recognizing the brilliant contributions that Jewish intellectuals have given to the world. Of the three great monotheistic Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Judaism was the first. Thus the religious traditions of much of the world have their roots in Jewish culture. We should also acknowledge the remarkable intellectual achievements of[Read More…]

Foreign Policy: The Sino-India Tug-O-War

Foreign Policy: The Sino-India Tug-O-War

The Rajapaksa duo , Gotabaya  and Mahinda ( on November 18& 21) have sworn as President and PM of Sri Lanka, riding on the high tide of ethnic Sinhala nationalist sentiment and quite arguably the 10% Muslims in Srilanka have gone into a huddle. The Muslim phobic Bodu Bala Sena had made a rallying point for Rajapaksas as its chief[Read More…]

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Iraqi prime minister offers resignation after army unleashes bloodbath

Iraqi prime minister offers resignation after army unleashes bloodbath

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi declared on Friday that he will resign in the wake of the bloodiest day yet in two months of mass protests against social inequality, mass unemployment, the failure of basic public services and rampant corruption. “I will submit to the esteemed parliament a formal letter requesting my resignation from the premiership,” he said. While[Read More…]

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 Alex Lo Tells Us What We Already Know:  The U.S. Chooses Whose and What Rights Matter

 Alex Lo Tells Us What We Already Know:  The U.S. Chooses Whose and What Rights Matter

Alex Lo is one of my favorite journalists; he writes for one of my favorite non-left newspapers, “The South China Morning Post.” This morning he wrote a piece, which while merely stating the obvious, does so with remarkable clarity and understated eloquence.  The title of his article: “The United States is once again selective in caring about rights.” He opens[Read More…]

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One Pound Capitalism, a Pinch of Democracy, and Leonard Peltier’s Thanksgiving Statement

One Pound Capitalism, a Pinch of Democracy, and Leonard Peltier’s Thanksgiving Statement

(Includes a meal brought to you by Discomfort Foods) I’ve been living on Custer Street in Salina, Kansas since the day I moved to the United States from India in 2000. At that time I had no idea who General George Armstrong Custer was and what he had stood for. Now I do. On Thanksgiving Day I was in my[Read More…]

What the U.S. House’s Impeachment Inquiry Wouldn’t Ask Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch

What the U.S. House’s Impeachment Inquiry Wouldn’t Ask Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch

Turkey, the increasingly wayward NATO member, has been making more national and international headlines than usual. On Oct. 29, for instance, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed (405-11) Resolution 296.  It recognized the Armenian, Assyrian, Greek, and other Christian genocides committed by Turkey. A contentious, widely criticized White House meeting involving President Trump, Turkey’s autocratic President Erdogan, and Republican[Read More…]

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Iraqis Rise Up Against 16 Years of ‘Made in the USA’ Corruption

Iraqis Rise Up Against 16 Years of ‘Made in the USA’ Corruption

Iraqis are mourning 60 protesters killed by police and soldiers on Thursday in Baghdad, Najaf and Nasiriyah. Nearly 400 protesters have been killed since hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets at the beginning of October. Human rights groups have described the crisis in Iraq as a “bloodbath,” Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi has announced he will resign, and Sweden has opened an investigation against Iraqi Defense[Read More…]

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Pro-Zionist Australian PM Accepts Zionist Jerusalem Prize & Soils Australia

Pro-Zionist Australian PM Accepts Zionist Jerusalem Prize & Soils Australia

As reported by Mainstream media, on  21 November 2019 the Australian Coalition PM, Scott Morrison, accepted the Australian Zionist Jerusalem Prize.  The  extremist Coalition Australian Government  and most  of the  cowardly Labor Opposition  fervently support Zionism and nuclear terrorist, genocidally racist, serial war criminal and democracy-by-genocide Apartheid Israel. Ignored by Mainstream media,  on 22 November 2019 anti-racist  Jewish Australian writer[Read More…]

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The Hong Kong Revolt – A View From the Left In Response to Brancati and Law

The Hong Kong Revolt – A View From the Left In Response to Brancati and Law

Let me begin by saying that whenever people rise up against the powers that be, which in modern times are primarily capitalist and liberal democratic, it reflects well on the people: it bespeaks their courage, their social sense of self, their feelings of unity and of power and hence the actual power of their unity. Without question, the resistance of[Read More…]

China warns U.S. for interference in Hong Kong and threatens of firm counter measures

China warns U.S. for interference in Hong Kong and threatens of firm counter measures

China has warned that continued U.S .meddling in Hong Kong is “doomed to fail” and threatened “firm counter measures,” after President Donald Trump passed two bills backing ongoing protests in the territory. Washington has “ignored facts” and “blatantly supported violent radicals who oppose the rule of law” in Hong Kong, the Foreign Ministry of China said on Thursday. The warning[Read More…]

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Britain’s Chief Rabbi is helping to stoke antisemitism

Britain’s Chief Rabbi is helping to stoke antisemitism

Chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has not only misrepresented the known facts about Labour and its supposed antisemitism crisis. He has not only interfered in an overtly, politically partisan manner in the December 12 election campaign by suggesting that Jeremy Corbyn – against all evidence – is an antisemite. By speaking out as the voice of British Jews – a false[Read More…]

A One Legged Horse

A One Legged Horse

In my opinion this aptly describes our country at the moment. We are in the throes of a general election. The country has been embroiled in a near civil war over the issue of Brexit for the last three years. Mr Boris Johnson, never one to ever speak the truth, decided to call a general election on December 12th simply[Read More…]

“Ahlan Simsim”:Thirty minutes with the Muppets

“Ahlan Simsim”:Thirty minutes with the Muppets

“Sesame Street” and the International Rescue Committee have collaborated in efforts to help Syrian refugee children. A new program called “AhlanSimsim” is set to air in February 2020. Quite often I think about what kind of trauma and distress the Syrian refugee children are going through in the camps of Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. I am specifically talking about[Read More…]

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A new solidarity fund for South Africa’s embattled frontline activists

A new solidarity fund for South Africa’s embattled frontline activists

South Africa Human Rights Defenders Fund aims to provide holistic support and solidarity to community based human rights defenders working on land, housing and environmental rights Whilst the crackdown against civil society and human rights defenders in Mozambique and Zimbabwe this year received widespread international attention and press coverage, less is known about the steady increase in harassment, intimidation and[Read More…]

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Iran’s Barter Deals with China Help Iran Decoupling from Western Economies

Iran’s Barter Deals with China Help Iran Decoupling from Western Economies

According to a PressTV Report of 24 November, 2019, Iran and China are working on a trade or barter deal that would circumvent US sanctions. It would bypass US-dollar denominated transactions, exchanging Iranian oil for Chinese goods and services and investments. The head of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA), Masoud Khansari told Teheran’s Tasnim news[Read More…]

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 Manning: US Working Class War Hero

Manning, is an incredible example of the American Working Class leading the way forward, (showing the way, if you will), for the rest of the World’s Workers, in their quest for Justice and Dignity. His Affidavit (on the 5th of May, 2019, below), as to the reasons why he will not betray the others involved to a Grand Jury is[Read More…]

 “One Country, Two Systems” : Chinese Socialism Vs Hong Kong’s Capitalism – Hong Kong update- Part 2

 “One Country, Two Systems” : Chinese Socialism Vs Hong Kong’s Capitalism – Hong Kong update- Part 2

 Hong Kong has been gripped by more than five months of social unrest, claimingly sparked by an extradition bill that would have allowed for the transfer of fugitives to jurisdictions with which the city has no such agreement, including mainland China.The Bill was withdrawn several weeks ago, but the protests continued, in fact intensified, hinting at the imperialists’ conspiracy, chiefly[Read More…]

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Argentina’s president-elect Alberto Fernandez rejects remaining IMF money

Argentina’s president-elect Alberto Fernandez rejects remaining IMF money

Argentina’s leftist president-elect Alberto Fernandez said Tuesday that he would renounce the remaining $11 billion tranche of the country’s International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan as soon as he takes office next month. Outgoing center-right President Mauricio Macri agreed a massive $57 billion loan package last year, but the austerity measures he imposed failed to right the economy. “What I want[Read More…]

Hong Kong Poll Results X-Rayed

Hong Kong Poll Results X-Rayed

  (This is Part-1 of a two part Report) Landslide victory for Hong Kong pro-democracy parties in de facto protest referendum : This ( it was CNN’s) is the tone and tenor of headlines in mainstream media.There is nothing new in this kind of reportage for Indians fed on inobjectivity and hyperboles.   This notion however needs to be objectively analysed,[Read More…]

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What can you do to make this Thanksgiving a meaningful holiday? 

What can you do to make this Thanksgiving a meaningful holiday? 

Do you recall a situation when you gave a gift or complimented someone, but they did not thank you? Did you feel something was missing? Later, if that person came back and said, thanks, did you feel a sense of completion to that transaction of giving and receiving? If your attitude was affected, it also got restored, didn’t it? Likewise,[Read More…]

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The Age of Trump, the End of What?

The Age of Trump, the End of What?

French king Louis XV reputedly said, “Après moi, le déluge.” (“After me, the flood.”) Whether that line was really his remains unclear, but not long after his death did come the French Revolution. We should be so lucky! Our all-American version of Louis XV, Donald I, is incapable, I suspect, of even imagining a world after him. Given the historically unprecedented way[Read More…]

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Gunfire, clash in second night of violence in Lebanon while business group calls for general strike

Gunfire, clash in second night of violence in Lebanon while business group calls for general strike

  Lebanon is going through turmoil.   Clashes between supporters of Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister, Saad al-Hariri, and Shi’ite groups Hezbollah and Amal turned into gunfire in Beirut late on Monday, reported state news agency NNA. The clashes marked the second consecutive night of violence linked to Lebanon’s political crisis, threatening to tip largely peaceful demonstrations directed at the country’s ruling[Read More…]

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Will Latin America Learn?

Will Latin America Learn?

Lessons from Bolivia. Where Che was Murdered. Where Again a Coup was Staged. Forty-six years and two months. Eduardo Galeano wrote La Trampa on events of Chile that happened on September 11, 1973, in a few touching paragraphs. The last two we can reread now. “In those difficult times, the workers were discovering the secrets of economy. They were understanding[Read More…]

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Is Netanyahu ready to inflame war to escape his legal troubles?

Is Netanyahu ready to inflame war to escape his legal troubles?

Nazareth: The decision to indict Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on three separate criminal counts pushes the country’s already unprecedented electoral stalemate into the entirely uncharted territory of a constitutional crisis. There is no legal precedent for a sitting prime minister facing a trial – in Netanyahu’s case, for bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Former Israeli prime minister Ehud[Read More…]

The Real Deal on the War in Yemen

The Real Deal on the War in Yemen

The latest war in Yemen, ongoing since 2015, started when the Houthi tribes in the north made a deal with former President Saleh (whose son remained head of the army under the agreement made with the Saudis to get him to vacate the Yemen Presidency) to work together to conquer all of Yemen militarily. The Houthis and the Yemen Army[Read More…]

Global Turmoil: Ethics offer a way out of the crisis

Global Turmoil: Ethics offer a way out of the crisis

Rarely is out-of-the-box thinking needed more than in this era of geopolitical, political and economic turmoil. The stakes couldn’t be higher in a world in which civilizationalist leaders risk shepherding in an era of even greater political violence, disenfranchisement and marginalisation, and mass migration. The risks are magnified by the fact that players that traditionally stood up for at least[Read More…]

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13 Protesters killed in a day in Iraq while death toll reaches 342

13 Protesters killed in a day in Iraq while death toll reaches 342

At least 13 protesters were killed and 150 were injured Sunday in Baghdad and the southern cities of Basra and Nasiriya during clashes between security forces and the protesters. Sunday was one of the “worst” days since protests began. Many of these deaths were due to the use of live ammunition and tear gas by security forces against demonstrators. At least 342 people have been killed in[Read More…]

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Popes Against Nuclear Weapons

Popes Against Nuclear Weapons

The Vatican comes with its ills, contradictions and blatant hypocrisies in the field of moral theology and human existence, but on the issue of atomic and nuclear weapons, the position has been fairly consistent, if marked by gradual evolution.  On February 8, 1948, Pope Pius XII held an audience with members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.  “What misfortunes,” he[Read More…]

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China – The Belt and Road Initiative – The Bridge that Spans the World

China – The Belt and Road Initiative – The Bridge that Spans the World

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), also called the New Silk Road, is based on a 2,100-year-old trade route between the Middle East and Eastern Asia, called the Silk Road. It wound its ways across the huge landmass Eurasia to the most eastern parts of China. It favored trading, based on the Taoist philosophy of harmony and peaceful coexistence –[Read More…]

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Armenian genocide resolution reaffirms the ‘g-word’ is a tool for U.S. interests

Armenian genocide resolution reaffirms the ‘g-word’ is a tool for U.S. interests

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in an overwhelming bipartisan majority to officially recognize the Armenian genocide more than a century after the atrocities were committed. The motion was a departure from decades of U.S. government refusal because of its ‘realpolitik’ considerations of regional ally and fellow NATO member, the Republic of Turkey. The Ottoman Empire’s successor state[Read More…]

New Cold War and the Attack on Saudi Oil Installations

New Cold War and the Attack on Saudi Oil Installations

The September 14 attack on the Abqaiq petroleum facility in eastern Saudi Arabia was an Armageddon for the global oil industry because it processes five million barrels crude oil per day, more than half of Saudi Arabia’s total oil production.   The subversive attack sent jitters across the global markets and the oil price surged 15%, the biggest spike witnessed[Read More…]

Hunger Games: Food Abundance and Twisted Truths  

Hunger Games: Food Abundance and Twisted Truths  

The world already produces enough food to feed 10 billion people but over two billion are experiencing micronutrient deficiencies (of which 821 million were classed as chronically undernourished in 2018). However, supporters of genetic engineering (GE) crops continually push the narrative that GE technology is required if we are to feed the world and properly support farmers. First of all, it must be[Read More…]

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Rising seas threaten US Pacific nuclear dump

Rising seas threaten US Pacific nuclear dump

According to reports from the Marshall Islands, plutonium is leaking into the Pacific Ocean from a massive concrete bunker the United States built in the 1950s to dispose of nuclear waste. A potential disaster is looming. Situated mid-way between Hawaii and Australia, the Marshall Islands has a population of 53,000 people. The island chain was occupied by Allied forces in[Read More…]

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Evil Hour in Honduras: A Banana Republic Lives On

Evil Hour in Honduras: A Banana Republic Lives On

 If motivated to find the pinnacle of callous and hypocritical American statecraft one would have no shortage of choices. Of course the Middle East alone provides quite a bevy. From the numerous betrayals of the Kurds, to the ceaseless support for the House of Saud, including in its brutal war in Yemen, to the billions of dollars regularly pumped into[Read More…]

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Mending Gulf fences could weaken support for US sanctions against Iran

Mending Gulf fences could weaken support for US sanctions against Iran

Saudi efforts to negotiate an end to the Yemen war in a bid to open a dialogue with Iran could call into question continued Gulf support for US President Donald J. Trump’s maximum pressure campaign against the Islamic republic. Saudi officials hope that talks mediated by Oman and Britain between the kingdom and Houthi rebels will lead to a revival[Read More…]

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“They’re killing us like dogs” – A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help

“They’re killing us like dogs” – A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help

I am writing from Bolivia just days after witnessing the November 19 military massacre at the Senkata gas plant in the indigenous city of El Alto, and the tear-gassing of a peaceful funeral procession on November 21 to commemorate the dead. These are examples, unfortunately, of the modus operandi of the de facto government that seized control in a coup[Read More…]

We hold human life sacred: Bhagat Singh

We hold human life sacred: Bhagat Singh

“We are next to none in our love for humanity. Far from having any malice against any individual, we hold human life sacred beyond words. We are neither perpetrators of dastardly outrages, nor, therefore, a disgrace to the country […]” This was the statement by Bhagat Singh and B K Dutta in the sessions court, Delhi, on June 6, 1929.[Read More…]

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People’s protests pass more than a month in Chile

People’s protests pass more than a month in Chile

People in thousands joined in protests in Chile on Monday (November 18). It marked the first month of the most serious public protests against neo-liberal policies in recent time in Chile. The protests show the people’s distrust of the social agenda the government announced, and the parliamentary agreement on a new constitution. Anti-riot police used tear gas, rubber bullets and[Read More…]

Lies Which The West Manufactures And Then Consumes

Lies Which The West Manufactures And Then Consumes

  After my work in the Middle East had finished, at least for the time being, I was waiting for my flight to Santiago de Chile.In Paris.I could count on a few ‘free’ days, processing what I had heard and witnessed in Beirut. Day after day, for long hours, I sat in a lounge, typing and typing; reflecting and typing.[Read More…]

The Argentines are still influenced by Eva Perón

The Argentines are still influenced by Eva Perón

SeñoraEva Maria Duarte de Perónwas one of Argentina’s most beloved first ladies.Sixty-six years after Eva’s death, the persistence of Peronism makes her one of the most fascinating characters in Argentina. Peronism has a deep rooted influence on the political structure of this Latin American nation. Long after Juan and Eva Perón, Peronist legacy is very much alive and it seems[Read More…]

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White Helmets Founder: Casualty of Turf War in Syria’s Idlib

White Helmets Founder: Casualty of Turf War in Syria’s Idlib

Reputed Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported [1] on Thursday that the Turkish police had identified the cause of death of the founder of the White Helmets, James Le Mesurier, as ruptured aorta in the chest, and not the fractured skull as previously described by the police in its preliminary report. Le Mesurier was found dead on November 11 in suspicious[Read More…]

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 The War on Words in Donald Trump’s White House

 The War on Words in Donald Trump’s White House

How to Fudge, Obfuscate, and Lie Our Way into a New Universe These days, witnessing the administration’s never-ending cruelty at the border, the shenanigans of a White House caught red-handed in attempted bribery in Ukraine, and the disarray of this country’s foreign policy, I feel like I’m seeing a much-scarier remake of a familiar old movie. The cast of characters[Read More…]

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New Report On FBI Spying Shows Need For Congressional Investigation

New Report On FBI Spying Shows Need For Congressional Investigation

by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers Clearing the FOG (forces of greed) hosts Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers interviewed Chip Gibbons, an expert on Constitutional Law and the legal and policy counsel for Defending Rights and Dissent about a recent right to protest victory in Washington, DC plus his new report, “Still Spying on Dissent: The enduring problem of FBI[Read More…]

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One Pound Capitalism, a Pinch of Democracy, and an Impeachment

One Pound Capitalism, a Pinch of Democracy, and an Impeachment

(Includes a recipe brought to you by Discomfort Foods) In February 2018 on Fox News, Laura Ingraham ended her interview with former CIA director James Woolsey by asking him if the United States continues to “mess around in other people’s elections.” To which Woolsey, as though tasting the tasty lie in his mouth, replied: “Welllllllll aummmm yum yum yum yum[Read More…]

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 Lithium, Geopolitics and The Laws of the Dialectic

 Lithium, Geopolitics and The Laws of the Dialectic

The first article I confronted when I opened my email this morning was F. William Enghdahl’s short but extremely informative piece in “Global Research” titled “China, USA and the Geopolitics of Lithium”.  In it he elaborates in far greater detail the point also brought out by Vijay Prashad in his article, “After Evo, the Lithium Question Looms Large in Bolivia”[Read More…]

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Facebook and Google, “Surveillance Giants”, threaten human rights, says Amnesty

Facebook and Google, “Surveillance Giants”, threaten human rights, says Amnesty

  Tech titans Google and Facebook employ “surveillance-based business models” that threaten human rights and erode privacy worldwide, said Amnesty International (AI) in its new report Surveillance Giants: How the Business Model of Google and Facebook Threatens Human Rights (Peter Benenson House, 1 Easton Street, London WC1X 0DW, UK). The AI in its report called for an end to the[Read More…]

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Neoliberalism Backfires

Neoliberalism Backfires

Nick Hanauer, a self-professed capitalist billionaire, spoke at a TED conference only recently. He exposed neoliberalism’s brand of capitalism getting away with murder in plain sight. Mr. Hanauer described himself: “After a 30-year career in capitalism spanning three dozen companies, generating tens of billions of dollars in market value, I’m not in the top one percent (1.0%), I’m in the[Read More…]

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China – Bolivia – a Lithium Deal – No More?

China – Bolivia – a Lithium Deal – No More?

China has by far the largest lithium market. China produces already today the most electric cars, about 1 million in 2018, and will at least triplicate their production by 2025 – and in the following decade or two, demand is expected to increase exponentially. Bolivia has the world’s largest – by far – known lithium reserves. A long-term win-win contract[Read More…]

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Military and police crackdown on gas plant blockade in Bolivia, 2 dead

Military and police crackdown on gas plant blockade in Bolivia, 2 dead

With armored vehicles and helicopters, Bolivian military forces and police used tear gas to crack down on protesters blocking access to a major gas plant, operated by state-run YPFB, in El Alto city on Tuesday. Helicopters flew above roads around the Senkata gas plant while heavily armed police dispersed protesters with tear gas and bullets. The number of dead was 2[Read More…]

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Dropped Investigations: Julian Assange, Sex and Sweden

Dropped Investigations: Julian Assange, Sex and Sweden

Sex, the late Gore Vidal astutely observed, is politics, and not merely from the vantage point of those who wish to police it.  In the case of whistleblowers, claims of aberrant, unlawful sex serves the purpose of diminishing credibility, tarring and feathering the individual and furnishing a distraction.  Forget what was disclosed; focus, instead, on the moral character of the[Read More…]

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A 12-Step Program to Opioid Justice

A 12-Step Program to Opioid Justice

It was evening and we were in a windowless room in a Massachusetts jail. We had just finished a class — on job interview skills — and, with only a few minutes remaining, the women began voicing their shared fear. Upon their release, would someone really hire them? Beneath that concern lurked another one: Would they be able to avoid[Read More…]

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Release of Western Hostages and Prospects of Peace in Afghanistan

Release of Western Hostages and Prospects of Peace in Afghanistan

Three Taliban commanders have been released today, on Tuesday, by the Afghan government as part of a prisoner swap involving two Western hostages. Reportedly, the militant leaders, including senior Taliban leader Anas Haqqani, had landed in Qatar, which hosts the Taliban political office. In exchange, two university professors identified as US citizen Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks were reportedly[Read More…]

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Why, Indeed, Aren’t Americans Rising Up Like the People of Chile, Lebanon, Iraq, Hong Kong, etc.? A Response to Benjamin and Davies

Why, Indeed, Aren’t Americans Rising Up Like the People of Chile, Lebanon, Iraq, Hong Kong, etc.? A Response to Benjamin and Davies

  It is a very good question that Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies pose  in their recent Countercurrents article – “Why aren’t Americans rising up like the people of Chile and Lebanon?”  It is a good question and they give several very good answers to it; answers the people of America and the people of the world need to[Read More…]

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Stephen Miller Is a NAZI, Not a So-Called “White Nationalist”

Stephen Miller Is a NAZI, Not a So-Called “White Nationalist”

  The Fact That Millions Are Not in the Streets and Demanding His Ouster Shows How Late Is the Hour This week a former associate of White House senior adviser Stephen Miller revealed more than 900 racist emails written by Miller, the mastermind of the Trump immigration policy. In these emails, Miller complains bitterly about Confederate flags being taken down[Read More…]

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The Coup That Ousted Morales

The Coup That Ousted Morales

Any human being who values justice and freedom would condemn the coup that ousted the Bolivian president Evo Morales on the 10th of November 2019. Morales obtained 47.08 % of the vote to secure a fourth term as president in the election held on the 20th of October. Since his vote was more than 10% of what his closest rival[Read More…]

Hong Kong: Protesters set massive fire on university, throw petrol bombs 

Hong Kong: Protesters set massive fire on university, throw petrol bombs 

Massive fires raged at the campus of Hong Kong Polytech University (PolyU), where anti-government protesters have holed up, and pelting petrol bombs at riot police, who have taken position around the university campus. The protesters feared police raid in the campus. The campus turned into a battleground between the rioters hurling Molotov cocktails and rocks at police, and police firing[Read More…]

Maduro and Morales on gringos and dictatorship

Maduro and Morales on gringos and dictatorship

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denounced this Sunday that the country’s right-wing has received more than US$400 million with the objective of buying politicians, policemen and members of the Bolivarian National Armed Force, to put them at the service of foreign nations’ interests. During an interview for the ‘Jose Vicente Hoy’ show, Maduro affirmed that despite bribes, the Venezuelan Armed Forces have remained loyal to the Constitution, the[Read More…]

Letting the Side Down: Prince Andrew, the Royal Family and Jeffrey Epstein

Letting the Side Down: Prince Andrew, the Royal Family and Jeffrey Epstein

The choking cloud of Jeffrey Epstein’s paedophilic legacy has been floating over the Atlantic for some time.  It does its best (or worst) in matters of US and British celebrity, warts and all.  It has not, for instance, exempted the British Royal Family, whose cupboard stocked with misbehaviours and raunchiness got just more crowded with the antics of the Duke[Read More…]

Bolivia – A Color Revolution – or a New Surge for Latin American Independence?

Bolivia – A Color Revolution – or a New Surge for Latin American Independence?

Like Túpac Katari, indigenous Aymara leader more than 200 years ago, confronting the Spaniards, Evo Morales was betrayed and ‘dismembered’ by his own people, recruited and paid by the agents of the most destructive, nefarious and murderous dark elite that governs and has governed for over two hundred years our planet, the United States of America. With their worthless fiat-Ponzi-pyramid[Read More…]

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 Deaths of Jamal Khashoggi and White Helmets Founder Le Mesurier

 Deaths of Jamal Khashoggi and White Helmets Founder Le Mesurier

There are a lot of similarities in the murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October last year and the alleged suicide of the founder of the White Helmets, James Le Mesurier, who was found dead on November 11 in suspicious circumstances after falling off a two-story apartment building in downtown Istanbul. Before his[Read More…]

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Understanding the Deep State’s Propaganda

Understanding the Deep State’s Propaganda

Propaganda is essential to the Deep State’s operation. The Deep State is the small number of people who control the organizations that donate the majority of the funds which finance the political careers of national officials, such as Presidents, Prime Ministers, and members of the national legislature. Almost always, the members of the Deep State are the controlling stockholders in[Read More…]

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Cuba, the “criminal” country