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Meaningless Titles and Liveable Cities: Melbourne loses to Vienna

Meaningless Titles and Liveable Cities: Melbourne loses to Vienna

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has gone about its annual business of releasing its World’s Most Liveable City index, the sort of flotsam that matters less to urban planners than hedge-fund managers.  The previous seven time winner had been Melbourne, whose supposed ascendancy had been threatened, at points, by Vancouver and Vienna. Now, the Austrian capital has assumed the mantle,[Read More…]

187 Organiszations Call for Mass Protest Against Military Parade

187 Organiszations Call for Mass Protest Against Military Parade

Divest From War, Invest In Peace, Reclaim Armistice Day A network of 187 organizations has come together to urge a mass protest against the military parade in November called for by President Trump. The military parade is widely opposed. Army Times conducted a poll of its readers; 51,000 responded and 89 percent said, “No, It’s a waste of money and troops are[Read More…]

Amid ethnic protests, Iran warns of foreign meddling

Amid ethnic protests, Iran warns of foreign meddling

Video link: https://av.voanews.com/Videoroot/Pangeavideo/2018/08/6/61/61c5c34a-8423-42b6-a9c5-de80b804fb7c.mp4 Iran has raised the spectre of a US-Saudi effort to destabilize the country by exploiting economic grievances against the backdrop of circumstantial evidence that Washington and Riyadh are playing with scenarios for stirring unrest among the Islamic republic’s ethnic minorities. Iran witnessed this weekend minority Azeri and Iranian Arab protests in soccer stadiums while the country’s Revolutionary[Read More…]

Saudi Arabia And Iran Reignite The Oil Price War

Saudi Arabia And Iran Reignite The Oil Price War

  The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is becoming increasingly evident in the oil pricing policies of the two large Middle Eastern producers. The two countries are currently reigniting the market share and pricing war ahead of the returning U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil. Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s largest producer, has been boosting oil production to offset supply disruptions elsewhere,[Read More…]

 Swalwell a Major Contender for U.S. Presidency in 2020

 Swalwell a Major Contender for U.S. Presidency in 2020

One of the most gifted politicians in the Democratic Party — and fastest-rising — is the 37-year-old Eric Swalwell, whose first elective office was as a member of the Dublin, California, City Council in 2010, and who stepped up from there to his current seat in the U.S. Congress, in 2013. His main financial backers are the military industries, including[Read More…]

Using the Burka: Boris Johnson’s Bid for Popularity

Using the Burka: Boris Johnson’s Bid for Popularity

Comedy, Boris Johnson, and the Tories – these three share a certain comforting, if chaotic affinity, lobbed together in some nightmarish union that risks consuming itself.  But times are serious – profoundly so, we are told: Brexit exercises the nerves as if Britannia were a patient about to expire, and there is the cultural irritation posed by those naughty elements[Read More…]

Sheer Hypocrisy:  How America and Americans Interfered in the Election of Boris Yeltsin: a tale told in five parts. Pt. 1 – The Economists

Sheer Hypocrisy:  How America and Americans Interfered in the Election of Boris Yeltsin: a tale told in five parts. Pt. 1 – The Economists

There is a great wailing arising and much wringing of hands going on in the United States over the assertion that Russia interfered inour last electionto ensure that Donald Trump and not Hilary Clinton was elected president.  This is sheer hypocrisy.  The fact of the matter is that American presidents, universities, economic and political advisers, government institutions and banks worked[Read More…]

Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizenship

Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizenship

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australia’s legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle.  Rights are the stuff of nonsense and nuisance, revocable for those deemed undesirable. The Australian constitution, a heavily dull document, remains silent on many important liberties; the common law is relied upon to fill in gaps[Read More…]

The Colossus, first programmable computer used by allied forces, primarily used for decoding German coded messages

How the Second World War shifted the course of human history

Every war in human history is remembered for many things, the heroism of people who fought in the war, atrocities that happened throughout the war etc. Second World War is often remembered for the damage it caused on humanity, especially because of the atrocities and human right violations happened throughout the course of war. Humanity still remembers the massive death[Read More…]

The Politics of Food in Venezuela

The Politics of Food in Venezuela

Co-Written by Ana Felicien, Christina M. Schiavoni & Liccia Romero Few countries and political processes have been subject to such scrutiny, yet so generally misunderstood, as Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution.1 This is particularly true today, as the international media paints an image of absolute devastation in the country, wrought by failed policies and government mismanagement. At the same time, the three[Read More…]

 Giants: The Global Power Elite

 Giants: The Global Power Elite

My new book, Giants: The Global Power Elite, follows in the tradition of C. Wright Mills’ work the Power Elite, which was published in 1956.  Like Mills, I am seeking to bring a consciousness of power networks affecting our lives and the state of society to the broader public. Mills described how the power elite were those “who decide whatever[Read More…]

UK Racist Zionists Falsely Defame UK Labour Party In Support Of Democracy-By-Genocide Apartheid Israel

UK Racist Zionists Falsely Defame UK Labour Party In Support Of Democracy-By-Genocide Apartheid Israel

Jeremy Corbyn’s  British Labour Party continues to be monstered and defamed by racist  Zionists despite cravenly  bending over backwards trying to accommodate its humane, anti-racist and democratic values with the detailed definitions of antisemitism promulgated by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and adopted by 31 countries in support of  racist Zionists and nuclear terrorist, racist Zionist-run, genocidally racist, serial[Read More…]

Banning Alex Jones and Infowars

Banning Alex Jones and Infowars

He is treated as the bogeyman of conspiracy entertainment, and Alex Jones has become a prominent figure for advancing a host of unsavoury views. High on his list of incendiaries is the claim that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting never took place and was the work of paid fantasists, with the victims’ parents being “crisis actors”. “Sandy Hook,” went[Read More…]

In a small exhibition in Nagasaki - crimes against Korean and Chinese people

Hashima: Brutal History And The Most Haunted Island On Earth

Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek Do you want to see perhaps the spookiest island on earth – Hashima (also known as Gunkanjima–the Battleship Island) – which is located just 30 minutes by speedboat from the historic Japanese port city of Nagasaki? Now you can. Just book online, pay the equivalent of US$40, and then hop on one of those shiny[Read More…]

The “Stand Your Ground” Murder of Markeis McGlockton and the Epidemic of White Supremacist Assaults on Black People Sweeping America

The “Stand Your Ground” Murder of Markeis McGlockton and the Epidemic of White Supremacist Assaults on Black People Sweeping America

On July 19, Markeis McGlockton, a 28-year-old Black man and his five-year-old son were in a convenience store in Clearwater, Florida, when he heard his girlfriend Britany Jacobs and two other young children were being accosted in their car parked outside. Michael Drejka, an older white man, was aggressively berating Jacobs for being in a handicapped parking place. Markeis came[Read More…]

Did “The Crocodile” Steal Zimbabwe’s Election?

Did “The Crocodile” Steal Zimbabwe’s Election?

Did “The Crocodile”, Zimbabwe’s President and former National Intelligence chief Emmerson Mnangagwa steal the 2018 election? While no can say for sure outside of those party loyalists on the Election Commission appointed by President Mnangagwa, it sure looks that way. To start with Zimbabwe has been in a bad way economically with unemployment and inflation sky high while a critical[Read More…]

1032 Nuclear Detonations Since Hiroshima & Nagasaki: US History of Slaughter

1032 Nuclear Detonations Since Hiroshima & Nagasaki: US History of Slaughter

Reflections on the 73rd commemoration of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki while reading Murder Inc, by Mumia Abu Jamal:  What kind of people plan and carry out massive genocidal slaughter of other human beings?  What motivates them to believe they have a mission to repeatedly rid the world of undeserving others–predominantly innocent children, the elderly, woman and men[Read More…]

Why the attempt to assassinate Maduro?

Why the attempt to assassinate Maduro?

The attempt to assassinate Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela, has failed. This news is days-old. But, the facts are reiterated boldly. And, there are a few questions, and a few answers to some “progressives” now in close collaboration with imperialism. The assassination attempt was made while Maduro was addressing the nation on live TV during a military celebration in Caracas.[Read More…]

The Satanic Nature of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The Satanic Nature of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

“Ahab is forever Ahab, man.  This whole act’s immutably decreed.  ‘Twas rehearsed by thee and me billion years before this ocean rolled.  Fool!  I am the Fates’ lieutenant; I act under orders.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick “The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint…But it is conceived and ordered[Read More…]

Fighting the Power, and Transforming the People, for Revolution at the Chicago Lake Shore Drive Shutdown

Fighting the Power, and Transforming the People, for Revolution at the Chicago Lake Shore Drive Shutdown

  From the Revolution Club, Chicago In the wake of intense repression, brutality, and murder by Chicago police all summer, on August 2, hundreds of people marched on Chicago’s North Side to demand an end to the segregation, poverty, and violence against Black people in particular. In just the past two months, Chicago pigs shot several people, most recently murdering[Read More…]

The Non-University and the Manager     

The Non-University and the Manager     

           We have been seeing over the last few decades the birth of the non-university, an institution hollowed out of its seminal functions: teaching and scholarship.  Such an institution emphasises the functions of commerce and branding not dissimilar to the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (Dutch East India Company), dedicated to goods and services and the establishment of[Read More…]

The Lasting Condition: Drought in Australia

The Lasting Condition: Drought in Australia

Humans are a funny species.  They create settlements along fault lines that, on moving, can create catastrophe, killing thousands.  They construct homes facing rivers that will, at some point, break their banks, carrying of their precious property.  Importantly, they return in the aftermath.  Existence continues. The same follows certain settlements of parts of the planet where hostile, environmental conditions discourage[Read More…]

Ku Klux Klan

The Ku Klux Klan in Connecticut

    Within months of the Union victory in the Civil War in 1865, a small band of soldiers from the defeated Confederate army gathered in Pulaski, Tennessee, and formed an organization they dubbed the Ku Klux Klan. Very quickly, like-minded individuals—mostly professionals and former plantation owners—joined what was initially a loose network of chapters throughout much of the South. Their[Read More…]

Trillion Dollar Companies: The Apple Empire and Concentrated Markets

Trillion Dollar Companies: The Apple Empire and Concentrated Markets

It seems a distant reality, or nightmare now: a company that was near defunct in 1996, now finding itself at the imperial pinnacle of the corporate ladder.  Then, publications were mournful and reflective about the corporation that gave us the Apple Computer.  An icon had fallen into disrepair.  Then came the renovations, the Steve Jobs retooling and sexed-up products of[Read More…]

Okinawa to Hiroshima Peace Walk
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Marching for Peace: From Helmand to Hiroshima

I have just arrived in Hiroshima with a group of Japanese “Okinawa to Hiroshima peace walkers” who had spent nearly two months walking Japanese roads protesting U.S. militarism.  While we were walking, an Afghan peace march that had set off in May was enduring 700km of Afghan roadsides, poorly shod, from Helmand province to Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul. Our march[Read More…]

Sharat G. Lin Offers U.S. Apology for Hiroshima Atomic Bomb

Sharat G. Lin Offers U.S. Apology for Hiroshima Atomic Bomb

Sharat G. Lin, in addressing the International Anti-war Anti-nuke Rally in Hiroshima held on August 5, 2018, offered a resolute apology for the U.S. government’s dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. He called it a “monstrous war crime” that must never be allowed to happen again. He called for universal nuclear disarmament that must[Read More…]

Kosovo at Delicate Crossroads Between East and West

Kosovo at Delicate Crossroads Between East and West

The people of Kosovo were and still are cheering for joy. The European Commission (EC) recently decided that Kosovars won’t need visas any more to visit EU countries. Up to now, getting such visas was a horrendously complicated and bureaucratic procedure, especially hurtful, since Kosovo, with a population of about 1.8 million Kosovars living in Kosovo, has a diaspora estimated[Read More…]

What is Unreal, What is Real and the Vaccine Scare

What is Unreal, What is Real and the Vaccine Scare

In a few weeks time, school will resume in many countries, and quite a few parents now worry about the dangers of vaccination.  Are they real or false?  What are the facts? First, a word on what we can believe to be real.  Some might remember Ripley’s Believe It or Not?  We are all fascinated by the odd, the unusual,[Read More…]

Observations from a Week in the Philippines, July 21-27, 2018, and Possible Ramifications

Observations from a Week in the Philippines, July 21-27, 2018, and Possible Ramifications

The news from the Philippines has been horrific over the last couple of years, especially worsening since the installation into office of President Rodrigo Duterte in July 2016.  Duterte, initially seen as a progressive hope, instead initiated a “War on Drugs,” in which somewhere over 20,000 people–some as young as 14–have been killed.  Jerome Adonis, Secretary General of the Kilusang[Read More…]

Fought to the Table: Talks with the Taliban

Fought to the Table: Talks with the Taliban

“Attempting to control rural areas in Afghanistan always eventually ends up boiling down to personal survival.” Evan McAllister, former Marine staff sergeant, New York Times, July 28, 2018 It genuinely doesn’t matter how the security boffins within the Pentagon frame it: the Taliban have fought the United States, through sheer will of force and mania, to the negotiating table –[Read More…]

Thriving on Dark Web: The My Health Record and Data Insecurity

Thriving on Dark Web: The My Health Record and Data Insecurity

Data is rarely inert.  It moves, finds itself diverting, adjusting and adapting to users and distributors. Ultimately, as unspectacular and banal as it might be, data sells, pushing the price in various markets whoever wishes to access it.  Medical data, given its abundance, can do very nicely in such domains as the Dark Web.  With governments attempting to find the[Read More…]

U2’s Bono and the CIA; The Dangers of Celebrity Activists

U2’s Bono and the CIA; The Dangers of Celebrity Activists

U2’s Bono picked a Capo Grande from the US intelligence community to run his “One” NGO, choosing Gayle Smith, who as Senior Director of the US National Security Council and Special Advisor to President Barack Obama used to tell the CIA what to do, especially when it came to Africa. Ms. Smith, also known as “Obama’s Quiet Consigliere”, is infamous[Read More…]

Facebook censors anti-fascist rally in Washington

Facebook censors anti-fascist rally in Washington

The social media giant Facebook carried out a major escalation in the campaign to censor the Internet Monday, deleting the official event page for an anti-fascist rally scheduled for August 12 in Washington, D.C. on the grounds that it was engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” The event, entitled “No Unite the Right 2 – DC,” was scheduled as a counter-protest[Read More…]

Bipartisan Dysfunctionality Puts The World At Risk

Bipartisan Dysfunctionality Puts The World At Risk

Co-Written by Rita Jacobs and Wesson Gaige All of humanity is being put at risk by the duopoly of Democrats and Republicans opposition to dialogue with Russia. The combination of Russophobia and the Democratic Party’s compulsion to criticize Trump’s every action, even when he accidentally does something sensible, is preventing the two largest nuclear powers, with the two most advanced militaries in[Read More…]

Mexico – A step forward towards gender parity

Mexico – A step forward towards gender parity

  Though women constitute at least half of the world’s population, their representation in political system is not in commensurate with the proportion of their numbers. Even many advanced countries like US and UK have less number of women when men in Senate and parliament. Mexico is leading the way in giving women to have more say in their politics.[Read More…]

Common Enemy: Why Israel is Embracing Fascism in Europe

Common Enemy: Why Israel is Embracing Fascism in Europe

Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, visited Israel on July 19, where he met Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and other officials. Orban’s visit would have not required much pause except that the Hungarian leader has been repeatedly branded for his often racist, anti-Semitic remarks. So why is Orban wining and dining with the leaders of the so-called ‘Jewish State’? The answer does not pertain[Read More…]

Talking to Rouhani: Is Trump shooting from the hip or following a script?

Talking to Rouhani: Is Trump shooting from the hip or following a script?

Message to Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Tel Aviv: Not to worry, US President Donald J. Trump has no intention of meeting his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, unconditionally. On the contrary, Mr. Trump’s surprise announcement that he is willing to talk to Mr. Rouhani is likely part of a plan formulated almost a year before he returned to government service by[Read More…]

The Death of the Investigative Journalist: Channel Nine’s Takeover of Fairfax

The Death of the Investigative Journalist: Channel Nine’s Takeover of Fairfax

The Yes Minister series portraying the skulduggery of Whitehall during the Thatcher years throws up a salient reminder how certain things do not mix.  Should the art portfolio be slotted alongside television?  Probably not, but politics is politics. Civil servants will intrigue and seek to influence the minister of the day for their own advancement.  The minister either resists or[Read More…]

Bitcoin, Innovation of Money that Can End the War on Human Nature

Bitcoin, Innovation of Money that Can End the War on Human Nature

A decade since the global financial meltdown, social and economic decay continues with regional conflicts creating tension around the world. The panic of 08 unraveled the demise of Western liberal democracy, a model of governance managed through control of the markets. The global crisis of legitimacy brought by the breakdown of the system exposed the forces that defined the contemporary[Read More…]

Findings and Non-Findings: The MH370 Report

Findings and Non-Findings: The MH370 Report

It does little to allay the grief of relatives and friends, but the MH370 report on the doomed, and ever spectral Malaysian passenger liner merely added smidgens of further speculation.  The report from Malaysian authorities into the disappearance of the Boeing 777 on route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014 will do little to contain the fever[Read More…]

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 Trump Era: “There Is Great Disorder Under The Sky, So The Situation Is Excellent!”

 Trump Era: “There Is Great Disorder Under The Sky, So The Situation Is Excellent!”

Co-Written By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The quote in the headline comes from Mao Tse Tung. It was aptly used by Professor Slavoj Žižek to describe the situation we find ourselves in during the Trump era. There are many things to dislike about President Trump, but he is shaking up the establishment and raising mishandled issues that would not[Read More…]

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Thaw in the Horn of Africa: The anti-colonial struggle of Eritrea and the liberation of Ethiopia

Thaw in the Horn of Africa: The anti-colonial struggle of Eritrea and the liberation of Ethiopia

  With the nearly unbelievable sudden rapprochement between the presidents Abiy and Afwerki, hopes and dreams seems to have come through. Hopes and dreams for peace and cooperation between the two neighbour nations and ending the total blockade of communication after 20 years of walking in the desert. Telephone lines and transport lines are opened, so people can meet their[Read More…]

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Andre Vltchek Releases His North Korean Documentary Online

Andre Vltchek Releases His North Korean Documentary Online

Here it is – my short film about North Korea. No need to drag it, to prolong it – let’s just watch it all together: This is my 25-minutes piece about the DPRK (North Korea) – country that I visited relatively recently; visited and loved, was impressed with, and let me be frank – admired. I don’t really know if[Read More…]

Embellishing Crime: Melbourne’s “African Gang” Problem

Embellishing Crime: Melbourne’s “African Gang” Problem

Always trust the handy anecdote to overwhelm reality with force and false persuasiveness.  The taxi driver irate at the latest opportunistic scribble in a Rupert Murdoch rag is bound to regale you with a story as you speed to the airport: “Those bloody gangs.  And the police didn’t even bloody mention they were African!”  A vital canon of reactionary politics[Read More…]

Lack of global leadership spurs instability in the Middle East

Lack of global leadership spurs instability in the Middle East

With multiple Middle Eastern disputes threatening to spill out of control, United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash acknowledged what many in the Middle East have long said privately: the UAE’s recently-found assertiveness and determination to punch above its weight stems from its inability to rely on traditional allies like the United States. What is true[Read More…]

Freedom From Fear: Still an Unmet Goal

Freedom From Fear: Still an Unmet Goal

When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945) in his January 6, 1941 State of the Union address to Congress presented the “Four Freedoms”, much of the world was at war: German troops were advancing in Europe as were the Japanese armies in China. As Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) said then “ I suppose that[Read More…]

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From Frankfurt with Love

From Frankfurt with Love

(Scene) Axel Honneth paces in a lavish office on an upper floor of a building overlooking the Main. In the middle of the room, a Ouija board sits on a table next to a bust of Vater Karl with papers strewn about. A pamphlet lies on top of the mess, entitled SMUSH: Special Methods Upholding Socialist Hegemony. The ghosts of[Read More…]

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Same Strategy, Different War, Same Failed Results

Same Strategy, Different War, Same Failed Results

In brief, you will find that the illogical direction the Pentagon and Department of State have directed this nation’s foreign affairs and military has its roots in the defeat of the United States Military in Vietnam. The Vietnamese used terrain and gorilla (insurgency) strategy to oppose the US tactical deployment which was organized to fight like a WWII main force[Read More…]

The Middle Man: The Jurisprudence of Justice Anthony Kennedy

The Middle Man: The Jurisprudence of Justice Anthony Kennedy

“At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.”  This near-kitsch description comes from Justice Anthony Kennedy, US Supreme Court justice whose resignation sent Democrats screeching and Republicans chortling with opportunity. There was a general registered lament from the fearful that Justice[Read More…]

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China’s policies spur Central Asians to cautiously chart independent course

China’s policies spur Central Asians to cautiously chart independent course

China’s brutal crackdown in its north-western province of Xinjiang and growing questions about the dark side of some of its Belt and Road investments is fuelling anti-Chinese sentiment, prompting some countries to explore ways to chart an independent course, and feeding into the narratives of rising populist leaders. The incarceration of up to 2,500 Kazakhs in re-education camps in Xinjiang designed to[Read More…]

Jewish Nation-state Law: Why Israel Was Never a Democracy

Jewish Nation-state Law: Why Israel Was Never a Democracy

The head of the Arab Joint List Alliance at the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), Aymen Odeh, described the passing of the racist Jewish Nation-state Law as “the death of our democracy.” Did Odeh truly believe that, prior to this law, he had lived in a true democracy? 70 years of Israeli Jewish supremacy, genocide, ethnic cleansing, wars, sieges, mass incarceration, numerous discriminatory laws, all[Read More…]

Conferencing, Extortion and IPSA 2018: The Meat Market of the World Congress

Conferencing, Extortion and IPSA 2018: The Meat Market of the World Congress

It may well go down as one of the most appalling conferences in the history of the International Political Science Association.  The World Congress is one of those hot air events that ventilates academic views in limited circles while shutting them off from actual discussion in the broader community.  In this setting, academics with the oxymoronic title of “political scientists”[Read More…]

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 Israeli Jewish Nation-State Law Enshrines Apartheid And Genocidal Racism

 Israeli Jewish Nation-State Law Enshrines Apartheid And Genocidal Racism

The race-based Apartheid Israeli Knesset (parliament) passed the racist Jewish Nation-State Law on18 July 2018, with a vote of 62 to 55 with two abstentions. This racist law offensively and intolerably ignores the Indigenous Palestinians who are 50% of Israeli subjects and enshrines a special, dominant, race-based position for the Jewish Israelis who constitute a 47% minority of the subjects[Read More…]

 Israel; The Ultimate Racist Colony

 Israel; The Ultimate Racist Colony

After 70 years of Israeli colonization of Palestine and discrimination against the Palestinians treating them as subhuman goyims, Israelis; the racist self-proclaimed holy people, light on all nations, and chosen by a racist god, have just crowned their racist ideology with a new law; Jewish Nation-State Law, that was passed last Thursday night of July 19th. This law defines the[Read More…]

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Gebel Mousa - the 'Mountain of Moses' (Muhammed Moussa)

Netanyahu Ascends Mt sinai and Receives new set of Commandments

The Book of Exodus in the Bible tells us how Moses, 3,500 years ago, in 1446 B.C., ascended Mt. Sinai (Gebel Mousa) to meet with God and after forty days and forty nights spent between them communing, Moses received the Tables of the Law and its ten guidelines, issued as commandments, inscribed on two stone tablets, that instructed the Israelites[Read More…]

Securing Xinjiang: China adds security component to Belt and Road initiative

Securing Xinjiang: China adds security component to Belt and Road initiative

China appears to be shifting gears in its multi-billion dollar Belt and Road initiative. Long projected as driven by economics and the benefit of infrastructure linkages, China appears to be increasingly adding a security component to the initiative against the backdrop of President Xi Jinping positioning of his country as a superpower rather than a developing nation. The emergence of[Read More…]

Ending AIDS, the Dutch way

Ending AIDS, the Dutch way

Photograph of Alphonsus Stoelinga, Netherlands Ambassador to India (CNS): We are all very familiar with the phrase ‘going Dutch’ (meaning each person of a group pays one’s own expenses in an outing), but are we also aware of dealing with HIV/AIDS the Dutch way? Perhaps very few of us know that “Amsterdam, which is currently hosting the 22nd International AIDS[Read More…]

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Imminent threat to Julian Assange underscores need for global defence movement

Imminent threat to Julian Assange underscores need for global defence movement

Credible reports indicate that Ecuador’s government is about to renege on the political asylum it granted to WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange and hand him over to British police, possibly within days. The reports also indicate that Assange would be subjected to lengthy imprisonment by the British authorities, perhaps for two years or more, pending extradition to the US, where he[Read More…]

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Inside WikiLeaks: Working With the Publisher That Changed the World

Inside WikiLeaks: Working With the Publisher That Changed the World

Silenced and cut off from the outside world, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been confined to the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the last six years with no access to sunlight, fresh air, or proper medical treatment. Furthermore, last March President Lenin Moreno’s Ecuadorian government cut his access to the internet, phone calls and even visitors and journalists. For a[Read More…]

Billions of children yet to be rescued: Cries for support similar to Thai rescue

Billions of children yet to be rescued: Cries for support similar to Thai rescue

12 Thai boys of Wild Bore soccer team and their coach has finally been discharged from the hospital. The visuals of the rescue mission, showing how unmindful of the nationality of the children divers from different countries risked their lives to save these trapped children, were beamed on almost all the news channels across the world. These visuals contained a[Read More…]

Violent Coup Fails In Nicaragua, US Continues Regime Change Efforts

Violent Coup Fails In Nicaragua, US Continues Regime Change Efforts

Note: Before the update on Nicaragua, I an providing two recent interviews that provide a context for what is happening in Nicaragua. First, is an interview I did with Lee Camp, the lead writer, and host of Redacted Tonight, “US Pushing for Regime Change in Nicaragua,” where we discuss the economic and political situation in Nicaragua as well as who[Read More…]

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Who or What is an Anti-Semite?

Who or What is an Anti-Semite?

What a week it has been. Not only do we have to endure the debacle that is BREXIT but the Zionist lobby has decided to inflame the debate about alleged anti-semetism in the Labour party. They directed their venom at its leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Dame Margaret Hodge, a veteran member of the Labour Party, a Jewess of German origin is[Read More…]

Saudi-UK media tie-up: Targeting the non-Arabic-speaking Middle East

Saudi-UK media tie-up: Targeting the non-Arabic-speaking Middle East

  Long satisfied to attempt to dominate pan-Arab media and battle it out with Qatar’s state-owned Al Jazeera television network, Saudi Arabia has now set its hegemonic sights on influencing the media landscape of the non-Arabic speaking greater Middle East. In the wake of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s concentration last year of control of Saudi-owned pan-Arab media in an[Read More…]

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From the ‘Promised Land’ to the Land of Betrayals

From the ‘Promised Land’ to the Land of Betrayals

Israel—once Palestine, the holy land of three religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam—has been declared a mono-religious State with “Jewishness” and Hebrew as indispensible part of the cultural-state apparatus of the ultra-right Israeli regime. Having celebrated the 70th year of independence of the State of Israel, Knesset, the legislature of the state, passed the much-feared bill that officially declares Israel as[Read More…]

Turkey two years after the abortive coup

Turkey two years after the abortive coup

Turkey last week commemorated the second anniversary of an abortive coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that left nearly 290 people dead and hundreds wounded. On July 15, 2016, renegade factions within the military used tanks, warplanes and helicopters in an attempt to overthrow President Erdogan. Clashes took place in Istanbul, Ankara and Marmaris, where Erdogan was on holiday and[Read More…]

Israel: An American-Russian Protectorate?

Israel: An American-Russian Protectorate?

It is partly because the mainstream Western media persists with its hysteria on Trump’s failure to stand up to Putin on  alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US Presidential Election that  other aspects of the meeting between the two men in Helsinki have yet to come to the fore. One of them is about the position that the two adopted[Read More…]

Apartheid Is Official in Israel

Apartheid Is Official in Israel

Last Tuesday the Israeli government, emboldened by total support from the Trump Administration and the total cowardice of the international community passed one of the most discriminatory, racist bills in the history of the State of Israel, the Jewish Nation State Bill. The vote was 62:55 with two abstentions. The bill categorically states that the State of Israel is for[Read More…]

Shaking Establishments: The Ocasio-Cortez Effect

Shaking Establishments: The Ocasio-Cortez Effect

Dana Milbank wrote it off as a victory of demographics, a minor, inconsequential point which left the “down-the-line liberal” Rep. Joe Crowley in its wake, a simple ploy that avoids any hard headed analysis of the Democrats themselves.  “The argument that there is a Democratic establishment resisting the progressive tide is a straw man.” This was as one such reaction[Read More…]

An American Babushka in Moscow:  On Contradiction-the Dialectic of Putin and Trump

An American Babushka in Moscow:  On Contradiction-the Dialectic of Putin and Trump

After Helsinki, where Putin and Trump exposed their personal relationship to the world, in a perfect exemplification of the dialectic, Trump returned to feel the wrath of his people, and Putin to feel the pride of his.   Yet the dialectic is no simple polarity, no either or.  Alongside the rage that spewed forth from so many (see below), the voices[Read More…]

Donald Trump – Despised by Europe, Despises Europe

Donald Trump – Despised by Europe, Despises Europe

Why is Europe full of hate for Donald Trump? Is it, perhaps, because millions could soon die in yet another of the senseless and horrible wars unleashed by the Western empire? Or is it because Europeans suddenly ‘saw the light’ and realized that they mistreated billions of innocent people throughout history; that actually all people on Earth are equal and[Read More…]

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Ethiopia’s Peaceful Revolution

The uniquely African Empire of Ethiopia has seen itself launched into a peaceful revolution that promises to transform one of the planets poorest countries into a modern peoples democracy. Being that I have spent my entire life living by the principle of “political power grows from the barrel of a gun”, or as Marx said, “Force is the midwife of[Read More…]

Helsinki – Trump and Putin – a Showdown for Summer Doldrums or a Genuine Attempt Towards Peace?

Helsinki – Trump and Putin – a Showdown for Summer Doldrums or a Genuine Attempt Towards Peace?

The Helsinki Summit – or the Treason Summit, as some call it – of the 16thof July, has come and gone. It left a smell of burning hot air behind. President Trump, opened the meeting by saying that up to now relations between the United States and Russia were bad, and confessingthat the US was to blame for it. He[Read More…]

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Fighting for Survival: Whither Modern Civilization?

Fighting for Survival: Whither Modern Civilization?

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones” (Albert Einstein)[2] A red alert in an age of fear, anger and extremes In anticipation of its 2018 edition, the well-regarded Munich Security Conference issued a report which aimed to serve as a useful compilation for an[Read More…]

US-backed Iraqi government guns down protesting workers

US-backed Iraqi government guns down protesting workers

More than a dozen working-class protesters have been shot and killed by police, Special Forces and pro-government militias across south and central Iraq over the past week, amid a widening popular upsurge against the US-backed government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The driving force of this movement is anger that seven years after the official withdrawal of the US military[Read More…]

The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom

The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom

The failure on the part of establishment media to defend Julian Assange, who has been trapped in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, has been denied communication with the outside world since March and appears to be facing imminent expulsion and arrest, is astonishing. The extradition of the publisher—the maniacal goal of the U.S. government—would set a legal precedent that would[Read More…]

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Batam Island: Indonesia’s Pathetic Attempt To Create Second Singapore

Text Andre Vltchek and Rossie Indira, Photos: Andre Vltchek This time it was really supposed to work! The turbo-capitalist, anti-Communist and obedient Indonesia got so used to hearing bizarrely inflated compliments from its Western handlers, that it began to believe that it finally could do it – to build at least one dignified, livable urban center complete with sidewalks, public[Read More…]

Helsinki Theatrics:  Trump meets Putin

Helsinki Theatrics:  Trump meets Putin

The first official meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart Donald Trump was a fairly casual, unpeopled affair, absent bureaucrats and note takers.  This was what both wanted in Helsinki, men who believe in the gold weighting authority commands.  According to Masha Gissen of The New Yorker, their meeting reflected “their shared understanding of power: the triumph of[Read More…]

Trump’s and Putin’s Responses to Mueller’s Russiagate Indictments

Trump’s and Putin’s Responses to Mueller’s Russiagate Indictments

In the July 16th joint press conference between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the question arose of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recent indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officials for allegedly having engineered the theft of computer files from the Democratic National Committee and from John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. Here is that part of[Read More…]

From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love

The 2018 World Cup delivered on all the promises and allayed all the suspicions and jeremiad predictions. It had a gamut of ineffaceable moments, vocabulary of emotions, kaleidoscope of iconic goals and unforgettable controversies. More often than the football fan would want, World Cups can be deceptively monolithic in terms of crippling nerves, attritional play, combative and virulent atmospheres and[Read More…]

British and Ecuadorian authorities in talks to evict Julian Assange from London embassy

British and Ecuadorian authorities in talks to evict Julian Assange from London embassy

The London-based Times newspaper reported yesterday that the British and Ecuadorian governments have been holding secret discussions on plans to evict WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange from Ecuador’s London embassy, where he sought political asylum six years ago. The article said the talks are “an attempt to remove Assange” from the embassy and are being conducted at the highest levels of government, with[Read More…]

The mainstream media and the drive toward WW III

The mainstream media and the drive toward WW III

For many weeks much of the mainstream media world-wide, including broadcasters, been warning of potential concessions in the negotiations between the US and North Korea andbetween Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, lest vital interests of the west are compromised. In the process little has been said about the alternative for such negotiations and potential agreements, namely a nuclear holocaust on[Read More…]

Brett Kavanaugh—This Confirmed FASCIST Must NOT Be Confirmed to the Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh—This Confirmed FASCIST Must NOT Be Confirmed to the Supreme Court

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court is often described by liberal pundits and Democratic Party leaders as threatening to “restrict women’s right to abortion” and “erode our civil rights and liberties.” This is wildly underestimating the danger. Kavanaugh’s outlook and legal positions are to a great degree in line with the Trump/Pence fascist regime and its[Read More…]

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 Assad Rejects Trump’s ‘Peace’ Terms

 Assad Rejects Trump’s ‘Peace’ Terms

Elijah Magnier, one of the world’s most respected reporters in and about the Middle East, reported on Sunday, July 15th, that Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad, has rejected a proposed offer from the U.S. Trump Administration. The offer was that U.S. forces will leave some of its key military bases in its military occupation of Syria, if all of Iran’s forces,[Read More…]

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Students clash with riot police agents close to Nicaragua's Technical College during protests against government's reforms in the Institute of Social Security (INSS) in Managua on April 21, 2018.
Violent protests against a proposed change to Nicaragua's pension system have left at least 10 people dead over two days, the government said Friday. In the biggest protests in President Daniel Ortega's 11 years in office in this poor Central American country, people are angry over the plan because workers and employers would have to chip in more toward the retirement system. / AFP PHOTO / INTI OCON

Now, Nicaragua

It’s now Nicaragua. Rightists induced extremist violence and deaths, armed gangs triggered bloody strikes, and imperialism imposed sanction have gripped Nicaragua for months. All of these are part of imperialist intervention in the Latin American country defying the world imperialism. Imperialist intervention is an already-turned-old game currently going on in a number of countries. The imperialist operation is moving in[Read More…]

The Woes of Luka Modrić: Croatia, Nationalism and Football

The Woes of Luka Modrić: Croatia, Nationalism and Football

Juraj Vrdoljak of Telesport was convinced.  “I think half the population didn’t show up to work on the morning after the win against England.” The victory had inspired early shop closures, a feeling of rampant escapism. “Croatia is a country with a deep economic crisis.  Every day, life is really hard.  It’s full of bad stories and tough times.  There[Read More…]

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Other Revolving Doors

It’s more than doors between government and the businesses that they supposedly regulate that go round and round.  One of the other swinging doors is between the Democratic and Republican Parties. A second door Perhaps the best known case is when Al Gore ran for president in 2000, he picked Joe Lieberman as his running mate.  Then, in 2008, Lieberman[Read More…]

Trump is trying to end MY healthcare

Trump is trying to end MY healthcare

  This is really getting personal. The Orange Orangutan made two moves this month that, if successful, will mean that I can’t see a doctor when I’m sick. Act One is Trump’s response to a frivolous lawsuit filed by the Texas Attorney General, and a few others who can’t stand the idea that sick people might get the care they[Read More…]

Stomping in Britain: Donald Trump and May’s Brexit

Stomping in Britain: Donald Trump and May’s Brexit

 What a rotten guest, but then again, that was to be expected.  Ahead of his visit to Britain, there was some indignation that US President Donald Trump should even be visiting in the first place.  Protesters were readying their assortment of paraphernalia in anticipation.  Walls of noise were promised.  Trump, on the other hand, was bullish after his NATO performance,[Read More…]

Xinjiang: Pan-Turkism fuels China’s hearts-and-minds campaign

Xinjiang: Pan-Turkism fuels China’s hearts-and-minds campaign

Chinese efforts to woo Saudi Arabia’s ethnic Chinese community highlight the People’s Republic’s effort to avert criticism from the Muslim world of its crackdown in the north-western province of Xinjiang and strengthen relations with the kingdom and Middle Eastern nations. The efforts to woo a community, a significant part of which is of Turkic origin, identifies itself as Turkestani, and[Read More…]

Trump escalates trade war against China

Trump escalates trade war against China

The Trump administration has stepped up its trade war against China with the announcement that US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, will begin an investigation with a view to putting a 10 percent tariff of $200 billion worth of Chinese goods by the end of August. The latest decision comes on top of the imposition of a 25 percent tariff on[Read More…]

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North Shore Politics And Elections: Are They Autocratic or Democracy?

North Shore Politics And Elections: Are They Autocratic or Democracy?

The North Shore of British Columbia is approaching yet another four-year election cycle in October 2018. But in 2014, out of a total population of some 265,000 residents, only a paltry 32,000 or 25% of the actual registered voters bothered to cast a vote for who would guide the course and direction of Canadian society along its shores; thereby calling[Read More…]

Critical Discourse onCultural Integration and Assimilation Policy as a threat to indigenous tribes in the northeast of India

Critical Discourse onCultural Integration and Assimilation Policy as a threat to indigenous tribes in the northeast of India

“It’s just like when you’ve got some coffee that’s too black, which means it’s too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won’t even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it[Read More…]

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Making Heavy Weather: Boris Johnson the Despoiler

Making Heavy Weather: Boris Johnson the Despoiler

There is a certain haunting similarity between the President of the United States and the now former foreign secretary of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson.  This does not merely extend to mad, oddly positioned hair, and misshaped mullets.  Both share a philosophy of upending the order and permanent disruption, impossible for those on their putative side of politics to measure,[Read More…]

Vladimir Putin’s Basic Disagreement with The West

Vladimir Putin’s Basic Disagreement with The West

Vladimir Putin’s basic view has been expressed so many times, in so many different contexts, and it’s always the same: that the only people who have a sovereign right to any land, are the people who live on that land — nobody who lives outside that land does. In other words, his basic view is a repudiation — a total[Read More…]

Correcting The Record: What Is Really Happening In Nicaragua?

Correcting The Record: What Is Really Happening In Nicaragua?

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Nils McCune There is a great deal of false and inaccurate information about Nicaragua in the media. Even on the left, some have simply repeated the dubious claims of CNN and Nicaragua’s oligarchic media to support the removal of President Ortega. The narrative of nonviolent protesters versus anti-riot squads and pro-government paramilitaries has not been[Read More…]

The City of London and Grand Theft Ethiopia

The City of London and Grand Theft Ethiopia

For decades now, going back to when Bob Geldoff handed over millions in cash to Meles Zenawi back during “We Are the World” circa 1983-4 supposedly for food aid for the victims of what was then the Great Ethiopian Famine, The City of London has been at the heart of Grand Theft Ethiopia, grand theft Africa really. With out a[Read More…]

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Giant Killing, Heroes and Teams at the 2018 World Cup

Giant Killing, Heroes and Teams at the 2018 World Cup

They have been falling like ninepins at one of the most unpredictable World Cups in generations.  Even before the kick-off in the tournament, Italy’s absence was conspicuous.  By the time the first phase of matches had been concluded, Germany, whose teams have made it to the elimination phase for eighty years, found itself in exit mode, a victim of exhaustion,[Read More…]

 3 Points for This Week in Fascism

 3 Points for This Week in Fascism

  This coming week will witness a major step towards the U.S. courts being put more firmly in the grip of the fascists. We will see the fabric of the “grand (imperialist) alliances” of the past 70 years being pulled apart and resoldered on an increasingly fascist and obscurantist basis. We will witness the rabid dog of xenophobia further unleashed[Read More…]

Soft Brexits and Hard Realities: The Tory Revolt

Soft Brexits and Hard Realities: The Tory Revolt

It was meant to be an away day at Chequers in total hermetic isolation, an effort on the part of UK Prime Minister Theresa May to sketch some common ground in a cabinet that has struggled to agree on much regarding the imminent departure of Britain from the European Union.  The clock is ticking, for many ominously, with the departure[Read More…]

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Whither Wahhabism?

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could well dash expectations that he is gunning for a break with Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism rather than a shaving off of the rough edges of Wahhabi ideology that has been woven into the kingdom’s fabric since its founding more than eighty years ago. Prince Mohammed has fuelled expectations by fostering Islamic scholars who advocate[Read More…]

US Sanctions against Iran: What are India’s Options?

US Sanctions against Iran: What are India’s Options?

Ambassador (Retd) KP Fabian analyses the big picture and the pros and cons of oil imports from Iran for India in the backdrop of US sanctions on Iran The US first imposed various sanctions on Iran in 1979 when the US embassy was occupied, with the staff taken hostage, following the fall of US-supported Shah. Oil sanctions were imposed in[Read More…]

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An American Babushka in Moscow: A Flicker of Fear

An American Babushka in Moscow: A Flicker of Fear

A flicker of fear passes through me this morning when I read the lead article in The Moscow Times titled “Foreigners in Russia are Panicking Over New Migration Rules”(https://themoscowtimes.com/news/foreigners-in-russia-are-panicking-over-new-migration-rules-62130). Panic indeed. It has never been easy or cheap to stay in Russia legally. To begin with, one must apply for, but not necessarily obtain, a visa. One can be denied[Read More…]

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Australian Xenophobia Targets China But Ignores Huge Israeli Subversion Of Australia

Australian Xenophobia Targets China But Ignores Huge Israeli Subversion Of Australia

Australia’s US lackey Coalition Government and its US lackey Labor Opposition have passed  draconian  espionage and foreign influence legislation that is implicitly aimed squarely at China, a country that is Australia’s biggest trading partner and that denies such activity. However US lackey Mainstream Australia utterly ignores the huge actuality of perversion and subversion of Australia by the US, UK and[Read More…]

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The Ugly truth of the Beautiful game

The dark arts of fear-mongering and rabble rousing are not new by any stretch for the sport of football especially in Europe. Though, before obsessive vitriol for Islam became the new normal it was the menace of racism and skin color that plagued many a football arena among other sporting spectacles. Impassioned crowds hollering monkey chants and reprehensible banana throw-ins[Read More…]

Trump fires opening shot in trade war against China

Trump fires opening shot in trade war against China

The Trump administration has gone ahead with its threat to impose tariffs on China under section 301 of the 1974 US Trade Act, imposing levies on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods from midnight, with a further $16 billion to be targeted in the near future. The action is the first shot in a direct trade war against China, with[Read More…]

Trumpite Foreign Policy: Determined by Campaign Slogans

Trumpite Foreign Policy: Determined by Campaign Slogans

Historical Determinants of U.S. Foreign Policy: Dealing with Issues All U.S. Presidents have had to look over their shoulders at domestic politics when determining foreign policy. But usually those looks are in the context of determining restraints on what the particular President would like to do. And so, there were McKinley and the invasion of Cuba; Wilson and entry into[Read More…]

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Rescues, Caves and Celebrity Salvation

Rescues, Caves and Celebrity Salvation

It all risks becoming pornographic, looped and re-run with an obsessive eye for updates and detail about despair and hope.  The twenty-four hour news cycle tends to encourage this sort of thing, ever desperate for snippets, obsessively chasing the update.  With a soccer team of twelve youths and their coach trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non cave some one kilometre[Read More…]

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A Fourth of July Perspective

The US celebrated the glorious Fourth, the nation’s independence day and the myths going along with it.  As with most wars, the elite prospered, the poor shed blood, and most shamefully in this case the slaves remained slaves.  Dissenters in this war dubbed Royalists were killed or fled to Canada, a country later peacefully independent from Britain and none the[Read More…]

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Israel is arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

Israeli arms are being sent to a heavily armed neo-Nazi militia in Ukraine, The Electronic Intifada has learned. Azov Battalion online propaganda shows Israeli-licensed Tavor rifles in the fascist group’s hands, while Israeli human rights activists have protested arms sales to Ukraine on the basis that weapons might end up with anti-Semitic militias. In a letter “about licenses for Ukraine”[Read More…]

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Keeping Your Refugees: Macron, Francafrique and Euro-African Relations

Keeping Your Refugees: Macron, Francafrique and Euro-African Relations

Ties between Europe and Africa have never been rosy.  A relationship based on predatory conquest and the exploitation of resources (slave flesh, minerals, and such assortments) is only ever going to lend itself to farce and display rather than sincerity.  The late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, whose death must be placed squarely at the feat of the Franco-Anglo-American intervention in the[Read More…]

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 Egypt: Five years after President Morsi’s overthrow by military junta

 Egypt: Five years after President Morsi’s overthrow by military junta

Five year after the overthrow of first democratically elected President Mohammad Morsi on July 3, 2013, Egyptian President, Field Marshall Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi’s government continues to rule with worst human rights violations as police systematically used torture, arbitrary arrests, and enforced disappearances to silence political dissent. Egypt’s human rights crisis continued unabated, says Amnesty International. “The authorities used torture and[Read More…]

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Global Wars and Insanity Fast Becoming Entertainment: Is It the End of Human Ingenuity?

Global Wars and Insanity Fast Becoming Entertainment: Is It the End of Human Ingenuity?

Are We Civilized Enough to Claim a Sense of Humanity? Global politics is fraught with man-made catastrophic tragedies. The human beings are supposed to be the most intelligent social animal on the planet. Yet, our proactive plans and actions continue to dehumanize the fellow human beings and engineer conflicts and wars that destroy the existence of mankind. The driving impulse[Read More…]

Border wall between Turkish Karkamis and Syrian Jarabulus

Turkish – Syrian Border: Confusion, Destruction And Grief

When we first met in 2017, the Turkish poet, Mustafa Goren, stood proudly and defiantly next to a monstrous concrete wall built on orders from Ankara. The partition has just recently separated two towns with the same culture: Turkish Karkamis and Syrian Jarabulus. The poet then read some of his verses, and my friend, a translator of my books, originally[Read More…]

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Saudi religious diplomacy targets Jerusalem

A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony that risks deepening divides in the Muslim world. The effort also serves to support Donald J. Trump’s plan for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that[Read More…]

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The Lures of Kleptocracy: Malaysia’s Najib Condition

The Lures of Kleptocracy: Malaysia’s Najib Condition

Words can be teasing in their meaning.  In the realm of political and financial discussion, they can become absurdly changing.  Take Malaysia’s political status. On the surface, all looks delightfully democratic in that multi-ethnic state.  Once the eyewash is applied, a certain ugliness manifests: the ethnic tensions that are only ever a stone’s throw away from bloodshed and riot; the[Read More…]

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Send in the Troops! Deploying the ADF against Rioters

Send in the Troops! Deploying the ADF against Rioters

Such moves should trouble any constructive dissenter and civil libertarian: the vesting of powers in a military force to be used against domestic disturbances.  While the United States has a troubled history with it, posse comitatus still remains something of a letter restricting the deployment of the US armed forces on the streets of the country’s cities. That doctrine has[Read More…]

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 A Psychological Evaluation of Donald Trump

 A Psychological Evaluation of Donald Trump

Does Trump (and some of his advisors) Deserve Being Labeled Sociopathic, Narcissistic, Paranoiac, Egomaniacal, Megalomaniacal, Xenophobic, Demagogic and/or Neo-Fascistic? A sociopath is a person whose behavior is antisocial, often criminally greedy, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility, empathy or social conscience. Sociopaths never sincerely apologize nor are they capable of exhibiting remorse for wrongs that they have committed.[Read More…]

U.S. Crushes Europe

U.S. Crushes Europe

On June 28th, PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) came out with their listing of “Global Top 100 companies (2018): Ranking of the top 100 global companies by market capitalisation”, and reported: “The increase in China’s market capitalisation has been close to that of the US this year. … China’s contribution to the top 100 market capitalisation increased by 57%, to $2,822bn. … European[Read More…]

Massive victory for Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexican elections

Massive victory for Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexican elections

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the leader of the Movement for National Reconstruction (Morena), was elected President of Mexico yesterday by a massive margin amid high voter turnout. His two main opponents, José Antonio Meade (Institutional Revolutionary Party, PRI) and Ricardo Anaya (Together for México coalition, which includes the National Action Party, PAN, and the Party of the Democratic Revolution, PRD)[Read More…]

Walking the Tightrope over Niagara Falls

Walking the Tightrope over Niagara Falls

  Today is the end of our FEC reporting period.  Also, it’s the anniversary of the first tightrope walk across Niagara Falls, by Charles Blondin in 1859. Blondin began performing as an acrobat in 1829 in France, at the age of five.  He moved to the United States in 1855, continuing to work in circuses. It is not known when[Read More…]

Guns Trump Everything, Including Journalism

Guns Trump Everything, Including Journalism

It’s Friday. There have been 28,420 incidents of gun violence so far this year in the US. 1,135 of those have happened since last week. Yesterday saw the 154th mass shooting—of four or more human victims—so far this year, and the year is marking its 180th day. Those numbers were reported early Friday morning by CNN. So you can expect[Read More…]

 America is one-dollar-one-vote, not really one-person-one vote

 America is one-dollar-one-vote, not really one-person-one vote

The only comprehensive and scientific study which has ever been done of whether the U.S. is a democracy or instead a dictatorship, was published in 2014. It studied the period during 1981 through 2002, and it found that, “In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule — at least not in the causal sense of actually[Read More…]

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The Middle East: History threatens to repeat itself

The Middle East: History threatens to repeat itself

  If the notion that history repeats itself is accurate, it is nowhere truer than in the Middle East where the international community, caught by surprise by the 2011 popular Arab revolts, has reverted to opting for political stability as opposed to sustainability, ignoring the undercurrents of change wracking the Middle East. Major powers do so at their peril. The[Read More…]

On Peace With Russia And A Word For  Democracy

On Peace With Russia And A Word For  Democracy

After several tit-for-tats with Russia in 2001, relations were at a low ebb like during the cold war.  That was when a Russian initiative led to a meeting between the newly-elected George W. Bush and the Russian president.  There was no major breakthrough but the two men got to know each other and the temperature cooled.  The man heading the[Read More…]

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India most dangerous country for women with sexual violence rife

Seven years ago a Thomson Reuters Foundation experts’ survey found the five most dangerous countries for women were seen to be Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India, and Somalia. This year we set out to see if the situation had changed. We wanted to find out whether more was being done to address the overall risks faced by women,[Read More…]

Venezuela – Towards an Economy of Resistance

Venezuela – Towards an Economy of Resistance

The Government of Venezuela called an international Presidential Economic Advisory Commission, 14-16 June, 2018 – to debate the current foreign injected economic disturbances and seeking solutions to overcome them. I was privileged and honored to be part of this commission. Venezuela is literally being strangled by economic sanctions, by infiltrated elements of unrest, foreign trained opposition leaders, trained to disrupt[Read More…]

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How To ‘Repeal and Replace’ Trumpite 21st Century Functional Fascism — Some Thoughts

This column is the fourth and final one in this series. Last week’s dealt with some of the overarching problems that need to be worked through as the Resistance develops and gathers force. This one presents some specifics on some of the large set of tasks that need to be undertaken, if this “Repeal and Replace” movement is to be[Read More…]

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Four points on the retirement of Anthony Kennedy and the storms now looming

Four points on the retirement of Anthony Kennedy and the storms now looming

1) Anthony Kennedy was a so-called “moderate” Supreme Court justice who voted against voting rights for Black people, who voted against union rights, who voted for unlimited corporate financing of political campaigns, and on down the line. In other words, he could only be called “moderate” in the context of the Dark Ages fascists that now make up the solid[Read More…]

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Tell the U.S. Senate that we should not vote on any potential Supreme Court justice until after the American people have had a chance to vote

The Supreme Court is the most important judicial body in the country. The decisions it reaches impact all Americans, even the ones that end up five votes to four. Since the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch, the court has taken a radical rightward turn. In the past 72 hours alone, it sided with big money interests against working people in[Read More…]

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How a Socialist Latina Millennial Beat a Wall Street Favorite

It might seem unbelievable that after Bernie Sanders’ immense success in the 2016 Democratic primaries, running on a grass-roots campaign that condemned Wall Street’s influence and called for social justice, Democrats can still be caught off guardby progressives unseating their heavyweights.And yet, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s win in New York’s 14th Congressional District primary is nothing short of incredible. The victory stunned even her,[Read More…]

Bringing Julian Assange Home

Bringing Julian Assange Home

Below is the speech delivered by the well known journalist and documentarian John Pilger to the rally to free Julian Assange held by the Socialist Equality Party of Australia on Sunday, June 17 in Sydney’s Town Hall Center. Thank you for coming for Julian and thank you to the SEP for organizing this very important rally. The persecution of Julian[Read More…]

Viktor Orbán’s Soros Problem

Viktor Orbán’s Soros Problem

Where there are refugees and asylum seekers, there will be the assistants, the exploiters and the opportunists.  The global anti-refugee sentiment has become an industrial complex, well-funded, sharpened and vicious.  The richer the state, it follows, the more developed that complex. In that regard, the Hungarian case has a distinct, rancid flavour to it.  For some years, the billionaire financier[Read More…]

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Natasha And Boris Badenov: Why Russians Are Upset With Americans As Seen Through The Eyes Of An Iraqi – Part II

Natasha And Boris Badenov: Why Russians Are Upset With Americans As Seen Through The Eyes Of An Iraqi – Part II

Orientation Russians have had more than ample reasons to be furious at American political regimes and the public that do little to understand any culture but their own. In Part I of this article we saw the contradictions between the actual achievements of Russian society as opposed to how Russia and its history is portrayed in the U. S. Secondly[Read More…]

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World Cup Soccer Fun in a Moscow Targeted by Nuclear Missiles in US Silos, Submarines & Bombers     

World Cup Soccer Fun in a Moscow Targeted by Nuclear Missiles in US Silos, Submarines & Bombers     

  Imagine before each match of the World Cup the FIFA World Soccer Federation making an appeal over the loud speaker asking all the fans in the name of the future of soccer to tell officials of their government to demand Americans stop threatening the future of the World Cup with nuclear war. Soccer stars President of Liberia & UN[Read More…]

Girls and mothers, waiting for their duvets, in Kabul Photo credit: Dr. Hakim

On Purpose, In Kabul

Writing this week for the Chicago Tribune, Steve Chapman called a U.S. Government report on the war in Afghanistan “a chronicle of futility.” “The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction” report says the U.S. spent large sums “in search of quick gains” in regional stabilization – but these instead “exacerbated conflicts, enabled corruption and bolstered support for insurgents.” “In short,” says[Read More…]

Malaysian-Saudi relations: A lesson in the pitfalls of authoritarianism and autocracy

Malaysian-Saudi relations: A lesson in the pitfalls of authoritarianism and autocracy

Embattled former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was the main loser in last month’s election upset that returned Mahathir Mohamad to power as his country’s anti-corruption crusader. Yet, Mr. Razak is not the only one who may be paying the price for allegedly non-transparent and unaccountable governance. So is Saudi Arabia with a Saudi company having played a key role[Read More…]

The Most Dangerous Man in History

The Most Dangerous Man in History

The most dangerous man in history might not be who you think it is. Not Caligula, Pinochet, or Ivan the Terrible. Not Hitler. Trump is dangerous for many reasons. He has no moral compass. He has no ideology, which means he has no limits. Most of those throughout history who were evil had a world view that would limit them.[Read More…]

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Game Over; The End of Ethiopia’s TPLF Regime

Game Over! The Tigray People’s Liberation Front which has ruled Ethiopia since 1991 has been ousted from power in Ethiopia, replaced by a new breed of leadership who have quickly moved to reassure the people that a real change is in the making. This past Wednesday, June 20, was a busy day for the new Prime Minister Abiy, an ethnic[Read More…]

A  Korean-War Peace Treaty: An Essential Framework for Asian Security

A  Korean-War Peace Treaty: An Essential Framework for Asian Security

            The summit meeting in Singapore on 12 June of President Donald Trump of the United States and Kim Jong-un, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was a highly significant meeting, facilitated by a good number of diplomatic efforts, in particular that of Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea as well as[Read More…]

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Infant Armour: Jacinda Ardern, Baby Madness and Myth

Infant Armour: Jacinda Ardern, Baby Madness and Myth

The Jacinda Ardern phenomenon, clumsily dubbed Jacindamania, shows no signs of abating.  Journalists have long given up bothering about policy analysis regarding New Zealand’s prime minister, instead focusing on pregnancy and the newly arrived infant. The duration of the prime minister’s tenure has been marked by those signs that suggest celebrity rather than political grit, which must, on a certain[Read More…]

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Take action: Stop the inhumane immigration policy!

Take action: Stop the inhumane immigration policy!

 The Trump administration’s actions have continued to threaten the health and wellbeing of immigrant families, border communities, and their local environment with its racist, inhumane deportation agenda. And Congressional Republicans continue to do his bidding. At the Sierra Club, we fight for the quality of the natural and the human environment, so any environment in which families are being torn[Read More…]

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Spying On Us: “As I pointed out, four years ago . . . .”

Spying On Us: “As I pointed out, four years ago . . . .”

  Joke: Four years ago, I wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pointing out that widely availably technology called “IMSI catchers” were being used to intercept cell phone signals, locate people, spy on their calls and insert malicious software in their phones.  I asked the FCC to put an end to that.  And as the Washington Post then reported, the[Read More…]

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The Diseased, Lying, Condition, of America’s ‘News’Media

The Diseased, Lying, Condition, of America’s ‘News’Media

Both President Trump and former President Obama are commonly said in America’s ‘news’ media to be or to have been “ceding Syria to Russia” or “ceding Syria to Russia and Iran,” or similar allegations. They imply that ‘we’ own (or have some right to control) Syria. That’s not only a lie; it is a very evil and harmful one, dangerously[Read More…]

Trump Takes Italy by Storm: the Rise of Matteo Salvini and of the Italian Right

Trump Takes Italy by Storm: the Rise of Matteo Salvini and of the Italian Right

During the past few weeks, we have seen a true political revolution in Italy. Matteo Salvini, leader of the Italian League, has successfully exploited his new position of Minister of the Interior to gain personal prominence. The M5s movement had won the elections, this year, but it has been emarginated to a secondary role, while Salvini acts and looks like[Read More…]

We can put an end to Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. / Mexico border

We can put an end to Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. / Mexico border

The Trump administration has reached a new low. After having nothing but praise for Kim Jong Un, the leader of the most despotic government on Earth, Trump has now initiated policies in our own country that are unprecedented in their cruelty. Like you, I have watched with horror and disgust the countless stories and images of children being ripped away[Read More…]

21st Century Fascism: Trump Style

21st Century Fascism: Trump Style

Introduction. Just because there are elections and an elected government, don’t think that there cannot be fascism. One needs only to look at the Nazi German example. For some years before the German President Paul von Hindenburg named Adolf Hitler Chancellor (Prime Minister) of Germany on January 30, 1933, the National Socialist German Workers (Nazi) Party had simply been one[Read More…]

Today is Juneteenth

Today is Juneteenth

Today is Juneteenth – the annual and oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became official on January 1, 1863, but it wasn’t until June 19, 1865 that the news arrived in Galveston, Texas. That’s right: it took more than two years for the news of freedom to reach some parts[Read More…]

How the New York Times Lies About Lies: Obama v. Trump as Example

How the New York Times Lies About Lies: Obama v. Trump as Example

Although the New York Times says that President Donald Trump lies vastly more than did President Barack Obama, the definite liar in that comparison — based on the factual record, to be presented here — is the New York Times itself. It lies in alleging this, which isn’t to say that either President lies more frequently than the other, but[Read More…]

The Catholic Church in Resistance: Priests, Child Abuse, and Breaking the Seal of the Confessional

The Catholic Church in Resistance: Priests, Child Abuse, and Breaking the Seal of the Confessional

The tradition is represented as noble, the confiding link between confessor and penitent, a bridge never to be broken, even under pain of death.  Taken that way, the confessional is brandished as the Catholic Church’s great weapon against the wiles and predations of secular power.  The State shall have no say where the priest’s confidence is concerned, for all may[Read More…]

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The Saudi-Moroccan spat: Competing for the mantle of moderate Islam

Lurking in the background of a Saudi-Moroccan spat over World Cup hosting rights and the Gulf crisis is a more fundamental competition for the mantle of spearheading promotion of a moderate interpretation of Islam. It’s a competition in which history and long-standing religious diplomacy gives Morocco a leg up compared to Saudi Arabia, long a citadel of Sunni Muslim intolerance[Read More…]

G7 failure, penalty tariffs reflect capitalist world disorder

G7 failure, penalty tariffs reflect capitalist world disorder

Trump’s claims of success after his Singapore meeting with Kim Jong-un were in complete contrast to the downbeat mood amongst most of the other leaders who had been with him at the preceding G7 summit in Canada. Trump’s claims of success after his Singapore meeting with Kim Jong-un were in complete contrast to the downbeat mood amongst most of the other[Read More…]

Is Trump’s Immigration policy based on Racism?

Is Trump’s Immigration policy based on Racism?

  Is racism at the heart of separating children from the parents? Trump doesn’t care about anyone except himself. After all, these immigrants are less human than him, and he is adept in gathering support from those who are quick to dehumanize others. Is this the stinky disguised racism? Are we are more privileged than others? The only right thing[Read More…]

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End the Wars to Halt the Refugee Crisis

End the Wars to Halt the Refugee Crisis

Europe is facing the most significant refugee crisis since World War II. All attempts at resolving the issue have failed, mostly because they have ignored the root causes of the problem. On June 11, Italy’s new Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, blocked the Aquarius rescue ship, carrying 629 refugees and economic migrants, from docking at its ports. A statement by Doctors without Borders[Read More…]

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Hungering for Nuclear Disarmament

In the state of Georgia’s Glynn County Detention Center, four activists await trial stemming from their nonviolent action, on April 4, 2018, at the Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay. In all, seven Catholic plowshares activists acted that day, aiming to make real the prophet Isaiah’s command to “beat swords into plowshares.” The Kings Bay is home port to six nuclear[Read More…]

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USA’s “Soft” Coup In Ethiopia

USA’s “Soft” Coup In Ethiopia

The USA has launched a “Soft Coup” in Ethiopia in an attempt to relieve growing revolutionary pressure from the Ethiopian people after 3 years of failed martial law rule. These past three years had seen brutal repression with thousands killed and tens of thousands thrown into regime dungeons with no end in sight. The devil was taking his due, with[Read More…]

Rocking the G7: Trump Stomps His Allies

Rocking the G7: Trump Stomps His Allies

Disruption, disturbance, eruption, the words crowning the presidency of Donald J. Trump, who has effectively demonstrated an idea made famous by Nazi doodler of law and political theorist Carl Schmitt: politics is defined, not by identifying with friends in cosy harmony but with enemies in constant tension. There are many ways that Trump might be seen as a creature of[Read More…]

Foreign interference in Australia 2. British devastation, perversion & subversion of Australia

Foreign interference in Australia 2. British devastation, perversion & subversion of Australia

Australia is presently in the grip of salivating Sinophobia and the US lackey Australian Coalition Government with the support of the US lackey Labor Opposition is rushing through draconian, implicitly Chinese-targeting, human rights-violating   foreign interference legislation. Mainstream public discussion is almost totally confined to China, this ignoring huge UK, US and Apartheid Israeli interference in Australia. British devastation, perversion and[Read More…]

North Korea: What Price Peace?

North Korea: What Price Peace?

First it was the Panmunjom Declaration and now, after some two months, on 12 June the Singapore Declaration was signed, the former between the leaders of the two Koreas, Chairman Kim Jong-un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) or North Korea and President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (ROK) or South Korea. The latter, meanwhile, was[Read More…]

Bangladesh’s World Cup Frenzy Dribbling Beyond the Obvious

Bangladesh’s World Cup Frenzy Dribbling Beyond the Obvious

  2018 Football World Cup frenzy in Bangladesh has left everyone astounded. Entire nation seems to have gone crazy over this year’s championship tournament. Supporters have divided themselves among their favourites and doing the most unthinkable to reveal their choices. For example, a guy in a village, a supporter of Germany, had sold a piece of his land and made[Read More…]

 The West Is Spreading Sick, Racist, Anti-Chinese Nihilism

 The West Is Spreading Sick, Racist, Anti-Chinese Nihilism

It appears that the Western public, both relatively ‘educated’ and thoroughly ignorant, could, after some persuasion, agree on certain very basic facts – for instance that Russia has historically been a victim of countless European aggressions, or that countries like Venezuela, Cuba, Iran or North Korea (DPRK) have never in modern history crossed the borders of foreign nations in order[Read More…]

Before We Are All Crippled Beyond Recognition

Before We Are All Crippled Beyond Recognition

“Things are going in the wrong direction and have to get back on track before something terrible happens,” said Gregory Hartl, a W.H.O. spokesman. “So we’re saying to the Pakistanis, the Syrians and the Cameroonians, ‘You’ve really got to get your acts together.’ ” — from a 2014 article in the New York Times Things have gotten infinitely worse since[Read More…]

Possibility Of Global Nuclear Disarmament?

Possibility Of Global Nuclear Disarmament?

Co-Written by Sandeep Pandey and Bobby Ramakant (Written on the occasion of India Pakistan Friendship and Peace March, 19 to 30 June, 2018, Ahmedabad to Nada Bet) After a hiatus in the movement for global nuclear disarmament it is heartening to note that there are some positive developments over the last couple of years. The United Nations General Assembly passed[Read More…]

Morocco may have lost the World Cup but could lead the way in protest

Morocco may have lost the World Cup but could lead the way in protest

Mounting anger and discontent is simmering across the Arab world much like it did in the walk-up to the 2011 popular revolts that toppled four autocratic leaders. Yet, this time round the anger does not always explode in mass street protests as it recently did in Jordan. To be sure, fury at tax hikes in Jordan followed the classic pattern[Read More…]

Balancing Act, Unbalanced Facts

Balancing Act, Unbalanced Facts

Just over a year ago, four of America’s Arab allies — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt — severed relations with Qatar, another key U.S. ally. They enacted a land, sea, and air blockade to punish the tiny emirate for what they claimed was Doha’s “embrace of various terrorist” entities. Observers widely thought the diplomatic spat would[Read More…]

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Big Brother Facebook: Drawing Down The Iron Curtain On Yankeedom

Big Brother Facebook: Drawing Down The Iron Curtain On Yankeedom

Leading a double life When my partner, Barbara, first opened an account on Facebook, she used it in a way that most people in Yankeedom use it. Her network was an eclectic assortment of family, current and former workmates, new and old friends, neighbors and relatives living in other parts of the country. Most of what was posted on this[Read More…]

Washington launches trade war measures against China

Washington launches trade war measures against China

The United States went ahead on Friday with the imposition of 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, with the threat of additional tariffs in the future. The decision by the Trump Administration to launch a trade war between the world’s two largest economies will contribute to the already growing tensions and danger of military conflict in[Read More…]

The great, grand BBC: It’s “neutral”!!!

The great, grand BBC: It’s “neutral”!!!

The great, grand BBC was covering the Kim-Trump Singapore summit live. And, as usual it failed to forget its attitude to North Korea: A great show of news-neutrality! The coverage (June 12, 2018) began at 4:32 as it said: “A historic day begins. “Welcome to the BBC’s live coverage of a historic day. The meeting between US President Donald Trump[Read More…]

Deadly siege of Yemeni port of Hodeidah begins with Washington’s aid and approval

Deadly siege of Yemeni port of Hodeidah begins with Washington’s aid and approval

Forces led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched a long-anticipated siege of Yemen’s Red Sea port city of Hodeidah Wednesday, in what is certain to be the bloodiest battle since the Saudis began bombing the impoverished Arab country in March 2015. The charity group, CARE International, reported 30 airstrikes in the space of a half an[Read More…]

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s New Strongman

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s New Strongman

Rome: As shown in the permissive attitude of Italians toward Fascism last century, also contemporary Italians perceive of a strong and charismatic leader as a shield against disorder and their inherent inclination toward anarchy. Someone to protect them against their own nature. Promises of more police and more security are reassuring to those Italians who see today’s enemy in immigrants and[Read More…]

Saudi Arabia drags geopolitical baggage on to the World Cup pitch

Saudi Arabia drags geopolitical baggage on to the World Cup pitch

Saudi Arabia has much at stake when its national soccer team enters the pitch for the opening match of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow. With politics a permanent fixture, Saudi Arabia is playing in the World Cup finals for the first time in more than a decade at a moment that the kingdom is vying for enhanced influence in[Read More…]

Pushing Huawei Out: Australia, the Solomon Islands and the Internet

Pushing Huawei Out: Australia, the Solomon Islands and the Internet

Be wary of the Chinese technological behemoth, goes the current cry from many circles in Australia’s parliament.  Cyber security issues are at stake, and the eyes of Beijing are getting beadier by the day. The seedy involvement of Australia in the Solomon Islands, ostensibly to block the influence of a Chinese company’s investment venture, is simply testament to the old[Read More…]

Kim-Trump summit: Hardcore war mongers aren’t happy

Kim-Trump summit: Hardcore war mongers aren’t happy

The hardcore warmongers aren’t happy with the just completed Kim-Trump Singapore summit. The warmongers love warmongering and war as these increase their amount and rate of profit. Reactions to the latest diplomatic development in the Korea region speak this love. The warmongers feel pain as they find Kim, the North Korean leader, in a favorable position. Hence, to this group,[Read More…]

Meeting on the Island of Death From Behind: The Kim-Trump Summit

Meeting on the Island of Death From Behind: The Kim-Trump Summit

Everything about this summit is in the showy warm-up run.  “I am on my way to Singapore,” tweets US President Donald J. Trump, “where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World.”  Such descriptions from America’s ever hustling television president tend to become child like, whether glowingly or indignantly. On this occasion,[Read More…]

Trump is now trying to make a big deal out of offering a “pardon” to Muhammad Ali

Trump is now trying to make a big deal out of offering a “pardon” to Muhammad Ali

Number One: In no way, shape, or form does Muhammad Ali need your pardon. You have the blood of Black people dripping from your jaws and now you want to pose as some kind of savior? You insult and demonize those who stand up, you attack and threaten Black communities around the country, you step up and rev up the[Read More…]

An American Babushka in Moscow:  I Don’t Give A Rat’s Ass

An American Babushka in Moscow:  I Don’t Give A Rat’s Ass

You know things are bad when you confront the blurry image of Robert De Niro on the front page of Revolution Newspaper, that proud electronic banner of the Revolutionary Communist Party, U.S.A.  It gets worse when you read the accompanying blurb – “Robert De Niro came on stage at the Tonys on Sunday night and said: “I’m going to say[Read More…]

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The Singapore Summit: A Good Beginning

The Singapore Summit: A Good Beginning

Confounding his critics and an army of pundits who were confidently predicting an unsuccessful summit, President Trump has demonstrated that his deal-making approach can deliver results in an area where patient, plodding, conventional, hesitant diplomacy has signally failed. Trump deserves all credit for the historic success of his summit with DPRK’s Chairman Kim Jung Un. Equally, Kim also deserves full[Read More…]

Unlocking the “Prisoners’ Dilemma” in Korean Peninsula: Between the Rhetoric and Reality

Unlocking the “Prisoners’ Dilemma” in Korean Peninsula: Between the Rhetoric and Reality

The much-awaited Trump-Kim summit finally took place, but ended up in an uncertain platform of rhetoric and ‘great expectations.’ After weeks’ of shifting (and even provocative) statements and comments, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un came down to a ‘level playing’ diplomatic table in Singapore to break the impasse in the Korean Peninsula. Though the long-term pay-off of the summit could[Read More…]

US and North Korea strike a deal in Singapore

US and North Korea strike a deal in Singapore

United States President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un met this morning in Singapore for the first-ever summit between leaders from the two countries. While it has been touted as step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula, the underlying tensions in the Asia-Pacific will only sharpen, regardless of the reported agreement struck between the pair. After Kim and[Read More…]

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Canada Rejects Trump

Canada Rejects Trump

Canada’s parliament has unanimously rejected the Trump agenda on trade and the Trump reaction on his departure from the G7 meeting recently held in Charlevoix, Quebec. The motion contained six items: recognition of strong trade ties between the U.S. and Canada. that the government stand with the workers of Canada, particularly in aluminum and steel and potentially with autoworkers. “strongly[Read More…]

The Ramsay Twist: Australian University Funding and Western Civilisation

The Ramsay Twist: Australian University Funding and Western Civilisation

There is a lot of tattle going on about why the Australian National University rebuffed, after a series of talks, the offer for the establishment of a specific bachelors degree that would feature Western Civilisation as its content. It would have been managed under the auspices of the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. Besides, universities have been directing their attention[Read More…]

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American Rage

American Rage

“The Bonaparte dynasty represents not the revolutionary, but the conservative peasant; not the peasant who strikes out beyond the condition of his social existence, the small holding, but rather one who wants to consolidate his holding; not the countryfolk who in alliance with the towns want to overthrow the old order through their own energies, but on the contrary those[Read More…]

G7 vs. G6+1 – The War of Words

G7 vs. G6+1 – The War of Words

 Background The war of words has intensified between the U-S and G-7 allies after President Donald Trump retracted his endorsement of the communiqué of the once-united group. The German chancellor called Trump’s abrupt revocation of support for a joint communiqué sobering and depressing. Angela Merkel however said that’s not the end. France also accused Trump of destroying trust and acting[Read More…]

Foreign Interference In Australia 1. Hugely Disproportionate Jewish Zionist Representation In Australia’s Richest 200

Foreign Interference In Australia 1. Hugely Disproportionate Jewish Zionist Representation In Australia’s Richest 200

A US lackey and Zionist perverted and subverted Australia is second only to the US as a supporter of nuclear terrorist, genocidally racist, democracy-by-genocide Apartheid Israel. The Coalition Government with the support of the cowardly Labor Opposition is rushing through draconian foreign interference legislation aimed squarely at China, but there is no Mainstream public discussion of massive US, Zionist and[Read More…]

A Mile in Their Shoes

A Mile in Their Shoes

  One of several murals being created by Kabul’s “ArtLords” painters to welcome the Helmand to Kabul peace walkers. This past Friday in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, Hazara girls joined young Pashto boys to sing Afghanistan’s national anthem as a welcome to Pashto men walking 400 miles from Helmand to Kabul. The walkers are calling on warring parties in Afghanistan to[Read More…]

US Democracy is facing threat, claims Hillary

US Democracy is facing threat, claims Hillary

The US democracy is facing threat. This has been claimed by Hillary Clinton, former Democratic presidential candidate, former senator and former first lady of the country. Thence, there’s no scope to consider the cautionary signal in a casual way. A Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 25, 2018 datelined Associated Press report (“At Harvard, Clinton warns of threats to American democracy”) said: Hillary[Read More…]

G7 Follies

G7 Follies

The police are wonderful when they control traffic, or rescue a cat from a tree, when they talk to school kids about catching criminals and locking them up, when they talk to teens about the dangers of drunk driving and the new legalities around marijuana. Crowd control – who benefits? But give them a G7 summit to watch over and[Read More…]

Rachel Maddow Is Setting You Up…to Go Along with a Very Possible Nuclear War Against North Korea, If or When Trump’s ‘Negotiations’ Fail

Rachel Maddow Is Setting You Up…to Go Along with a Very Possible Nuclear War Against North Korea, If or When Trump’s ‘Negotiations’ Fail

On Friday, June 1, a top North Korean official, Kim Yong-chol, made a surprise visit to the White House to meet with Donald Trump about the on-again, off-again U.S.-North Korea summit meeting. That night on the “liberal” MSNBC, Rachel Maddow devoted the first 24 minutes of her show to “sounding the alarm” about the situation. Rachel Maddow Gives You the[Read More…]

On Celebrity, Trade War And Nuclear Peace

On Celebrity, Trade War And Nuclear Peace

  Is there a celebrity brotherhood?  Kim Kardashian, the reality TV star, turned celebrity, visits the White House and promptly there is clemency for a grandmother serving a life sentence for being part of a cocaine distribution ring.  Yet she is right.  Draconian sentences are seldom fair, and judges’ hands are often tied with strict laws, often lobbied for by[Read More…]

The Food of Movement: Anthony Bourdain’s Universal Eater

The Food of Movement: Anthony Bourdain’s Universal Eater

Bruce Chatwin considered movement the indispensable feature of the human species.  Sedentary natures killed through asphyxiation; a refusal to move suggested an acceptance of death.  Walking he considered a virtue; tourism the ultimate sin.  For the late Anthony Bourdain, a chef turned walker and explorer, no dish was odd enough or peculiar to be avoided or exiled by palate. Bourdain[Read More…]

An American Babushka in Moscow:  You don’t have to kill us, we will do it ourselves

An American Babushka in Moscow:  You don’t have to kill us, we will do it ourselves

Those who cherish justice throw their bodies against the armies of injustice.  Those who love freedom die fighting for it.  Those who hate oppression are willing to rise up against it.  Those whose lives have some higher meaning beyond their own person, love life in a way that only poets can express.  Even those of us who fight for bread,[Read More…]

14th General Election in Malaysia and the Three Exciting Scenarios

14th General Election in Malaysia and the Three Exciting Scenarios

14th General Election of Malaysia held on 9th May 2018 gave birth to three exciting scenarios to be enjoyed and shared by all. This could happen not just because  the 61 year old ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional, BN was defeated by a newly formed opposition coalition, Pakatan Harapan, PH, but because of a historical reapproachment among the top trio-leaders of[Read More…]

Dazzled by Tech: Universities, Googlification and Microsoft

Dazzled by Tech: Universities, Googlification and Microsoft

The mechanical, robotic striving of university politburos and their jack boot managers have always been interesting when it comes to one particular topic: the role of technology and its adoption.  For it is in technology that the mediocre paper clip shuffler can claim to have achieved something – on someone else’s back, naturally. The shift to Google by universities as[Read More…]

Israel scores painful own goal in run-up to the World Cup

Israel scores painful own goal in run-up to the World Cup

Argentina’s cancellation of a friendly against Israel because of Israeli attempts to exploit the match politically is likely to reverberate far beyond the world of soccer and spotlights the risks of Israeli efforts to persuade the international community to recognize Jerusalem as its capital. The Argentinian decision suggests that despite the fact several countries, including East European nations, are debating[Read More…]

US Trade War with the European Union

US Trade War with the European Union

  Background Brussels, June 6, 2018 (AFP) The EU on Wednesday said a raft of retaliatory tariffs, including on whiskey and motorcycles, against painful metals duties imposed by the US would be ready as early as July. The European Commission, which handles trade matters for the 28-country bloc, “expects to conclude the relevant procedure in coordination with member states before[Read More…]

Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper

Here in Kabul in early June, outside the home of several Afghan Peace Volunteers, a large drilling machine is parked on what was once a lovely garden. To this now muddy patch, workers will soon arrive for another noisy, dusty day of digging for water. The well dried up a week ago. As of today, the household has no water. Ongoing[Read More…]

The Power of Self-Pardon: Trump’s Novel View

The Power of Self-Pardon: Trump’s Novel View

  “If a president was dumb enough to pardon himself that would be such an arrogant statement of power that the House would probably impeach him in a week and the Senate would convict him.” Newt Gingrich, Jun 5, 2018 It is a view that Charles I would have been proud of: The means by which one can forgive and[Read More…]

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Venezuela – Vanguard of a New World – Iran to Follow in the Same Footsteps?

Venezuela – Vanguard of a New World – Iran to Follow in the Same Footsteps?

Venezuela is a champion in democracy, in democratic elections, as proven twice within the last twelve months and more than a dozen times since 1999. Never mind that the lunatic west doesn’t want to accept it – simply because the west – the US and her handlers – and her European vassals, cannot tolerate a socialist country prospering – one[Read More…]

Jordanian protests: Revisiting the Arab Spring and setting a benchmark

Jordanian protests: Revisiting the Arab Spring and setting a benchmark

  Protests that forced Jordan’s prime minister to resign and laid bare the country’s systemic economic and political crisis shed a new light on the root causes of popular protests in the Middle East that swept the region in 2011 and have since continuously erupted at local levels in a swath of land stretching from Morocco to Egypt. The protests,[Read More…]

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War, Peace And The Significance of Colors

War, Peace And The Significance of Colors

A sad and distressing anniversary slipped by this week almost unnoticed — the centenary of the first use of a premier killing machine.  On May 31, 1918, the Renault FT a French light tank was first deployed in battle.  The 30 tanks sent against two German infantry divisions advancing in the sector bordering Ploisy and Chazelles caused havoc, crippling the[Read More…]

How and why the U.S. Government Perpetrated the 2014 Coup in Ukraine

How and why the U.S. Government Perpetrated the 2014 Coup in Ukraine

This will document that the ‘new Cold War’ between the U.S. and Russia did not start, as the Western myth has it, with Russia’s involvement in the breakaway of Crimea and Donbass from Ukraine, after Ukraine — next door to Russia — had suddenly turned rabidly hostile toward Russia in February 2014. Ukraine’s replacing its democratically elected neutralist Government in[Read More…]

United Nations: Looking Toward 2020

United Nations: Looking Toward 2020

There are two major issues today that the League of Nations did not have to face. Thus when the League was reincarnated in 1945 as the United Nations, no one considered how to structure appropriate responses. The major political issue today is the disintegration of Member States. The second major issue is the ecological and social consequences of global warming.[Read More…]

Google says it will not renew Project Maven—but collaboration with Pentagon will continue

Google says it will not renew Project Maven—but collaboration with Pentagon will continue

On Friday, Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene announced at a meeting with employees that the company will not renew its contract with the Pentagon for Project Maven following its expiry in 2019. Under the program, which Google entered in September last year, the company has provided the military with artificial intelligence software to perform real-time analysis of drone surveillance footage.[Read More…]

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India, Iran and the strategic Implications of the US pull out from the JCPOA

India, Iran and the strategic Implications of the US pull out from the JCPOA

The decision of the Trump administration to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—a major international agreement to address the Iranian nuclear programme—set in motion a wave of reactions across the world. President Trump terminated the US “participation in the JCPOA, as it failed to protect America’s national security interests.” He said that the JCPOA “enriched the[Read More…]

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Fighting Hunger

Fighting Hunger

 Over 40 million people experience hunger in our country [the USA] every day. That includes over 13 million children. For me, hunger is a political condition. We have the food. We have the resources. We have the infrastructure. We know what it takes. We have everything we need to end hunger now – everything except the political will. It’s our[Read More…]

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

Crisis in Pacistan?

 A country is on the brink of catastrophe. And its people desperately need our help. Here’s a synopsis of the tragedy unfolding as we speak: A few of the country’s richest inhabitants are spending billions to install political puppets in office — from city councils up to the highest levels of government, even the country’s president — who will do[Read More…]

Disney represents much of what is wrong with contemporary capitalism

Disney represents much of what is wrong with contemporary capitalism

   The Walt Disney Company is an enormously profitable corporation worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $150 billion. Last year, it made $9 billion in profits and rewarded its CEO, Bob Iger, with a compensation package worth up to $423 million over a four year period. And as a result of the Trump tax cuts, they were given an additional[Read More…]

Mahathir’s reforms could put Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the spot

Mahathir’s reforms could put Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the spot

Newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Mahathir is adopting policies that could reshape the Southeast nation’s relations with powerful Gulf states. A series of anti-corruption measures as well as statements by Mr. Mahathir and his defense minister, Mohamad (Mat) Sabu, since this month’s upset in elections that ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak from office, are sparking concern in both Saudi[Read More…]

Cover Ups and Confessions: Pope Francis and Child Abuse

Cover Ups and Confessions: Pope Francis and Child Abuse

It is the season for exposures and exposes, and the Catholic Church has been making regular ripples of the wrong and undeniably crude sort.  Globally, the church is finding itself being picked bare in terms of institutional malfeasance, not merely on the issue of having harboured abusive priests, but of placing a dark, impenetrable cover over them. No area of[Read More…]

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Politicizing Education: Israel and Myanmar set worrisome precedent

Politicizing Education: Israel and Myanmar set worrisome precedent

 Israel and Myanmar, two countries with troubled human rights records and disputed histories of dealing with ethnic and national rights, have set a worrisome precedent by giving each other a veto over what students are taught about the other. A recently signed education agreement between Israel and Myanmar allows for editing each other’s textbooks as they relate to the portrayal[Read More…]

From Bernays to Trump, Hooked on Misery

From Bernays to Trump, Hooked on Misery

The father of modern public relations and spin, Edward Bernays was a cold, cynical manipulator of mass perception. He knew that by shaping people’s desires in a certain way, governments and corporations could sell just about any notion to the masses and manipulate them at will. Whether it was whipping up fear about the bogeyman of communism or selling the[Read More…]

US Trade War with China

US Trade War with China

Transcript of PressTV Skype Interview of 29 May 2019 Background WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday that it will continue pursuing action on trade with China, days after Washington and Beijing announced a tentative solution to their dispute and suggested that tensions had cooled. By June 15, Washington will release a list of some $50[Read More…]

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Universities, Branding and Saudi Arabia

Universities, Branding and Saudi Arabia

The modern university is a tertiary colonising institution.  Like the old mercantilist bodies – the Dutch East India Company and its equivalents – the educational world is there to be acquired by bureaucrats, teachers and, it is hoped, suitable recruits. To that end, a good degree of amorality is required.  Scruples are best left to others, and most certainly not[Read More…]

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Venezuela Defeats US In Election, Now Must Build Independent Economy

Venezuela Defeats US In Election, Now Must Build Independent Economy

Upon returning to the United States from Venezuela and reading the terrible media reporting of the election, it was evident that the people of the United States are being lied to. The Intrepid News Fund and Venezuela Analysis invited me and others to come to Venezuela for the election to see first hand what actually happened so we could report[Read More…]

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The Blatant Conspiracy behind Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s Assassination

The Blatant Conspiracy behind Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s Assassination

Early in 1968, Clyde Tolson, F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover’s deputy and bosom buddy, a key player in the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., expressed both the hope and intent of those making sure that there would never be another president by the name Kennedy, when he said about RFK that “I hope someone shoots and kills the[Read More…]

Donald Trump, Summits and Cancellations

Donald Trump, Summits and Cancellations

It was the sort of party you would be reluctant to turn up to, and its cancellation would have caused a sigh of relief. But when the US president replicates the feigned hurt of a guest who has been impugned, the puzzlement deepens.  A mix of crankiness and promise, Trump’s letter announcing the cancellation of the Singapore meeting with North[Read More…]

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Mass Shootings In The U.S. – An Historical Perspective

Mass Shootings In The U.S. – An Historical Perspective

A week ago on May 18, 10 students were killed and 13 wounded at Santa Fe High school just south of Houston, within its metropolitan area.  The shooter was a student who, as can now be expected, had been bullied. While definitions of a mass shooting may vary, the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2012 labels it as[Read More…]

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