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Binoy Kampmark- Julian Assange as Neuroses

Binoy Kampmark- Julian Assange as Neuroses

Julian Assange continues to ripple and roam as a cipher through the political and media scape of the world.  Detained in Belmarsh maximum security prison, the sort of stately abode only reserved for the most dangerous of criminals, many with indeterminate sentences, he electrifies and concerns. The US political classes continue to simmer with an obsession that has gone feral. [Read More…]

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Donald J. Trump and Vladimir Putin
Russia US Summit in Helsinki, Finland - 16 Jul 2018
US President Donald J. Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shake hands during a joint press conference in the Hall of State at Presidential Palace following their summit talks, in Helsinki, Finland, 16 July 2018.

War in Libya: A rare instance of US-Russian cooperation

There is little that Russia and the United States agree on these days. Renegade Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Belqasim Haftar may be a rare exception. As Mr. Haftar’s mortars rained on the southern suburbs of the Libyan capital Tripoli and fighting between his Libyan National Army (LNA) and the United Nations-recognized government expanded to the south of the country, both[Read More…]

Peter Koenig – Venezuela: Still on the Brink?

Peter Koenig – Venezuela: Still on the Brink?

The silence is almost deafening. Is it the quiet before the storm? – Or is the US giving up on Venezuela? I don’t think so. It’s more like a regrouping after a first defeat, well, it’s a multiple defeat, if we start counting since the failed coup attempt against Hugo Chavez on 11 April 2002. However, Washington is not giving[Read More…]

Howie Hawkins -Earth Day, Planetary Boundaries, and the Green New Deal

Howie Hawkins -Earth Day, Planetary Boundaries, and the Green New Deal

As we celebrate Earth Day in 2019, we need to recognize that more than climate change threatens our environment and our very existence. We have passed or are approaching several Planetary Boundaries outside of which human society may not survive. Environmental scientists have developed the concept of Planetary Boundaries to identify Earth system processes that human activity is disrupting. They[Read More…]

Dan Lieberman-Whom Did Tax Reform Benefit?

Dan Lieberman-Whom Did Tax Reform Benefit?

Characterizations of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act have followed agendas – its opponents maintaining it is a bill for the wealthy, and its supporters arguing that the bill fairly satisfies all economic levels. A previous article, Failure of Trump Tax Cuts, analyzed the effects of the Tax cuts on the economy and showed that tax cuts do not pay[Read More…]

Belle Chesler: Making American Schools Less Great Again 

Belle Chesler: Making American Schools Less Great Again 

A Lesson in Educational Nihilism on a Grand Scale  Three weeks ago, I sat in a cramped conference room in the large public high school where I teach in Beaverton, Oregon. I was listening to the principal deliver a scripted PowerPoint presentation on the $35 million budget deficit our district faces in the upcoming school year. Teachers and staff members[Read More…]

Eric Zuesse – Highlights from the Mueller Report

Eric Zuesse – Highlights from the Mueller Report

Following are the passages that I consider to be the chief and most important allegations that are in the opening 11% (that’s up through page 49 of the of the 448-page document) of the “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election”. That’s Robert Mueller’s March 2019 report, which had been commissioned by the U.S. Congress[Read More…]

Goods Trade: EU’s surplus with U.S. and deficit with China grows

Goods Trade: EU’s surplus with U.S. and deficit with China grows

Interesting trends in the area of goods trade between the EU and U.S., and between the EU and China have emerged recently. These trends carry possibility of increased global economic tension. Media reports said: The EU’s trade surplus in goods with the U.S. increased in the first two months of 2019 while its deficit with China widened. According to Eurostat,[Read More…]

Binoy Kampmark-Burning Gothic: Reflections on Notre-Dame de Paris

Binoy Kampmark-Burning Gothic: Reflections on Notre-Dame de Paris

“But no matter the destruction, the spirit of what it means to be a cathedral can and does survive such catastrophes.” Becky Clark, Church of England director of cathedrals and church buildings, April 17, 2019 The destruction of the sacred will engender moving responses.  But the scope, and the particularity of that response varies.  The conflagration affecting Notre-Dame de Paris,[Read More…]

Abdus Sattar Ghazali – Trump vetoes congressional resolution to end Yemen war

Abdus Sattar Ghazali – Trump vetoes congressional resolution to end Yemen war

President Donald Trump has rejected a resolution from the Congress to end the 4-year old Yemen war which has killed tens of thousands of people and spawned what the United Nations calls the world’s most dire humanitarian crisis, with the country on the brink of famine. The resolution passed the House of Representatives in April and the Senate in March,[Read More…]

War Versus Peace: Israel Has Decided and So Should We

War Versus Peace: Israel Has Decided and So Should We

  So, what have we learned from the Israeli legislative elections on April 9? A whole lot. To start with, don’t let such references as the “tight race” between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his main rival, Benny Gantz, fool you. Yes, Israelis are divided on some issues that are particular to their social and economic makeup. But they[Read More…]

Unsealed affidavit demonstrates US seeking to prosecute Assange for his journalism

Unsealed affidavit demonstrates US seeking to prosecute Assange for his journalism

An affidavit unsealed by US prosecutors on Monday has underscored the unlawful character of the Trump administration’s request that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be extradited to the US in the wake of his illegal expulsion from Ecuador’s London embassy and arrest by the British police last Thursday. The affidavit was made by Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) special agent Megan[Read More…]

Gideon Polya: Pro-Apartheid Israel Australian Labor Party Scraps Outstanding Anti-Apartheid Candidate, Melissa Parke

Gideon Polya: Pro-Apartheid Israel Australian Labor Party Scraps Outstanding Anti-Apartheid Candidate, Melissa Parke

Decent Australians want the Labor Party to win in the forthcoming Australian  elections for the sake of the young, poor, disabled , sick, elderly, unemployed, Indigenous and the environment. However the right wing-dominated Labor Opposition is merely better than the appalling present Coalition Government and is just as bad as a pro-Apartheid Israel, pro-Apartheid, and pro-war US lackey. Now pro-Apartheid[Read More…]

Permissible Influences: Israel and the Australian Elections

Permissible Influences: Israel and the Australian Elections

So much hullabaloo; so much pent-up anger and, let’s face it, so much opportunity for the political classes of Australia.  The theme since 2016 is electoral interference; the object: whichever power so happens to afford an opportunity to gather support against.  Demonising the Chinese has been a specialty of Australian politics since the first members of the middle kingdom began[Read More…]

Annexation of West Bank may provide key to unlocking Netanyahu’s legal troubles

Annexation of West Bank may provide key to unlocking Netanyahu’s legal troubles

  Nazareth: After winning the Israeli election with a slim majority, in a campaign that grew more sordid and vilifying by the day, Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to begin his fifth term as Israeli prime minister. The culmination of his dirty tricks campaign was an election-day stunt in which his Likud party broke regulations – and possibly the law –[Read More…]

 Eric Zuesse-The Rabidly Hypocritical EU

 Eric Zuesse-The Rabidly Hypocritical EU

Unlike America under Donald Trump, who is proudly psychopathic and went so far as to blurt out that his followers would accept his leadership even if he were to shoot someone on Fifth Avenue, the European Union is so rabidly hypocritical (Trump would probably call it “politically correct”) that its leaders routinely moralize about ‘human rights and democracy’ even while[Read More…]

James M. Dorsey – Eurasia’s Great Game and the Future of the China-Russia Alliance

James M. Dorsey – Eurasia’s Great Game and the Future of the China-Russia Alliance

Addressing last year’s Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, then US defense secretary Jim Mattis dismissed fears first voiced in 1997 by Zbigniew Brzezinski, one of America’s greatest 20th century strategists who advised US presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter, that long-term US interests would be most threatened by a “grand coalition” of China and Russia “united not by ideology but[Read More…]

Ghali Hassan- Australia and the Christchurch Terrorist Attacks on Muslims

Ghali Hassan- Australia and the Christchurch Terrorist Attacks on Muslims

  “We don’t let racism exist because racism breeds extremism. It breeds some of the things that we, unfortunately, have had visited upon New Zealand”. New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. In Australia, news of the murder of 50 innocent Muslims and the injuring of another 50 on the 15 March 2019 in two mosques in Christchurch by a coward[Read More…]

Binoy Kampmark – Delegitimising Journalism: The Effort to Relabel Julian Assange

Binoy Kampmark – Delegitimising Journalism: The Effort to Relabel Julian Assange

“Your honour, I represent the United States government”.  The Westminster Magistrates Court had been left with little doubt by the opening words of the legal team marshalled against the face of WikiLeaks.  Julian Assange was being targeted by the imperium itself, an effort now only garnished by the issue of skipping bail in 2012.  Would the case on his extradition[Read More…]

Francis A. Boyle-International Criminal Court: The White Man’s Court

Francis A. Boyle-International Criminal Court: The White Man’s Court

  The United Nations Organization (U.N.O.) has receded far distant from the positive role it used to play in Africa from the late 1950s to the 1980s when the U.N.O. worked vigorously for the decolonization of Africa from the white racist Western colonial imperial powers. Today what we are witnessing instead is the United Nations basically helping the white racist[Read More…]

Andre Vltchek – Stop That Gucci And Prada Talk: Chinese And Russian People Want To Live, Too

Andre Vltchek – Stop That Gucci And Prada Talk: Chinese And Russian People Want To Live, Too

  I hear this again and again, whenever I speak in the West: “What kind of Communism is that, in China? In all big cities, they have Prada and Gucci in every major department store.” Western leftists are obsessed with this topic. They do not even realize how ridiculous, how racist their arguments actually are! China, with some 6,000 years[Read More…]

Jim Miles – The Russians are coming

Jim Miles – The Russians are coming

No, really, they are already here…. Once again Canada’s Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, jumps on the anti-Russia bandwagon, mimicking the rhetoric stemming from Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential run and the fabrications of the DNC, the FBI, CIA, Christopher Steele, and a whole menagerie of other elements. It is not surprising given her historical background relationship with Ukraine and her support[Read More…]

Rene Wadlow – After 30 Years of Stagnation, Incompetence and Repression, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan is Pushed Out

Rene Wadlow – After 30 Years of Stagnation, Incompetence and Repression, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan is Pushed Out

On 11 April 2019, the Defense Minister of Sudan, Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, announced that the President Omar al-Bashir had been removed from office and was under house arrest along with a few members of his inner circle. General Ibn Auf proposed that a transitional body of military and technicians lead the country for a two-year period after which elections[Read More…]

Craven US Lackey Australia Betrays Australian & World Hero Julian Assange & Free Journalism

Craven US Lackey Australia Betrays Australian & World Hero Julian Assange & Free Journalism

After 7 years of miserable existence as an asylum seeker  under Ecuadorean protection and as an Ecuadorean citizen in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, the founder of WikiLeaks and arguably the world’s most famous journalist, Australian Julian Assange, has been dragged out by British police, has been convicted of the asserted crime of violating bail conditions, and faces extradition to[Read More…]

Colectivos

Who are Venezuela’s colectivos?

The media calls them armed thugs and US Senator Marco Rubio wants them put on the terrorist list, but who are Venezuela’s colectivos (collectives)? Green Left Weekly’s Federico Fuentes met with some of them to find out. https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-colectivos Green Left Weekly journalist, Federico Fuentes with Cucaracho, from the colectivo Alexis Vive, in the 23 de Enero barrio in Caracas. Photo by[Read More…]

Antibiotic-Resistance: Mystery Killer Spans the Globe

Antibiotic-Resistance: Mystery Killer Spans the Globe

Public health experts have been warning for decades that overuse of antibiotics reduces the effectiveness of drugs that cure bacterial infections. At least 2,000,000 Americans get antibiotic-resistant infections per year. Notably, gluttonous overuse of antimicrobial drugs to combat bacteria and fungi via hospitals, clinics, and farms is backfiring and producing superbugs or “Nightmare Bacteria,” which is especially lethal for people[Read More…]

Assange BULLETIN – 1

Assange BULLETIN – 1

No fair trial awaits Assange, says CIA whistleblower Ecuador failed to notify Assange’s defense of asylum withdrawal, says lawyer Violation of principles of human rights protection Impartial trial? UK judge brands Assange ‘narcissist’ Hillary chuckles over Assange’s arrest “Our property now”: (Most) US lawmakers rejoice over Assange arrest Arrest of Assange met with cheers from UK lawmakers in parliament Assange[Read More…]

In defense of Assange

In defense of Assange

Putin wants Assange’s rights to be observed Atrocious decision, says Maduro Bolivian president condemns persecution of Assange Moreno, the greatest traitor in Ecuadorian history, says Correa Corbyn opposes extradition of Assange Fight chilling’ attack on press Assange’s persecution sends freedom of speech & journalists’ rights into ‘oblivion’ Assange arrest ‘national shame’ and ‘historic error,’ says Ecuador’s ex-FM People around the[Read More…]

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Illiberals and autocrats unite to craft a new world media order

Underlying global efforts to counter fake news, psychological warfare and malicious manipulation of public opinion is a far more fundamental battle: the global campaign by civilisationalists, autocrats, authoritarians and illiberals to create a new world media order that would reject freedom of the press and reduce the fourth estate to scribes and propaganda outlets. The effort appears to know no[Read More…]

Shredding Asylum: The Arrest of Julian Assange

Shredding Asylum: The Arrest of Julian Assange

The man seemed like a bearded emissary, a holy figure nabbed in his sleep. He looked similarly pale as to how he did in 2013, but he cut a more shocking figure.  Most prisoners would have had room to move in a compound.  The Ecuadorean embassy in London only offered modest space and access to sun light.  Hospitality of late[Read More…]

Libyan youths wave Libyan flag from the top of a buiding after the muslim Friday prayer at Martyrs Square, seeing in background in Tripoli, Libya, Friday Oct. 21, 2011. The death Thursday of Gadhafi, two months after he was driven from power and into hiding, decisively buries the nearly 42-year regime that had turned the oil-rich country into an international pariah and his own personal fiefdom. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

More than seven years after Gaddafi’s  brutal murder, Libya remains in turmoil

More than seven years after the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s overthrow and brutal murder (on October 20, 2011) the situation remains in flux as former CIA-asset General Khalifa Haftar’s forces launched an offensive against the forces loyal to the western-installed Libyan government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), at[Read More…]

Julian Assange’s Arrest, Dark Moment For Press Freedom

Julian Assange’s Arrest, Dark Moment For Press Freedom

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday morning. Julian Assange has been dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has spent the last six years. This happens after Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno withdrew Julian Assange’s asylum. Video shows Julian Assange being carried out of the Ecuadorian embassy by force,[Read More…]

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Assange exposed the bourgeois democracy and bourgeois state

Arresting Assange in London is now a world-news. Audience of news media is now fully aware of the developments centering the whistleblower. Therefore, no description of that part of the story is required. From now on, descriptions from court-battles will follow. And, there will be few more descriptions: (1) the crafty way bourgeois states deal the question of free expression.[Read More…]

Julian Assange Arrested At The Ecuadorian Embassy

Julian Assange Arrested At The Ecuadorian Embassy

“Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder was granted refuge in 2012 while on bail in the UK over sexual assault allegations against him in Sweden. “At the time, Assange claimed that if he was extradited to Sweden he might be arrested by the US and face charges relating to WikiLeaks’s publication[Read More…]

Absence of Proof: The Approval Process for Adani

Absence of Proof: The Approval Process for Adani

Much hot air is coming out from the public relations unit of Adani, and the language used is that of a hostage taker seeking to earn a rich and ill-deserved ransom.  With the date for the Australian federal election looming, the Indian mining giant received a boost in its flagging fortunes.  And flagging they had been: banks reluctant to supply[Read More…]

NATO – No Need – NEXIT

NATO – No Need – NEXIT

 “EXIT NATO!”  – was the glaring title on a huge screen greeting the several hundred participants of the Anti-NATO Conference in Florence, Italy, on 7 April 2019. Officially it was called The International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, sponsored by Global Research of Canada and the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW). I had the privilege to[Read More…]

Maradona fined! Crime? Dedicating Victory to Maduro

Maradona fined! Crime? Dedicating Victory to Maduro

Diego Maradona, one of the most influential players in history and universally known for his leftist political stances, has been fined for dedicating a recent victory by his Mexican club to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Mexico’s football federation informed the decision on Monday. During dedicating the win, Maradona had said he was dedicating the victory to Maduro and to all[Read More…]

Terrorist Designations: Trump and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

Terrorist Designations: Trump and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

It’s designed to give the US more leg room in the sanction stakes but may end up having its own hemming consequences.  The designation by the Trump administration of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organisation was meant to expand options for the US while shutting others out.  While Trump attempts to defrost matters with North Korea,[Read More…]

Decriminalizing the Drug War?

Decriminalizing the Drug War?

Calculating the Damage from a Century of Drug Prohibition   We live in a time of change, when people are questioning old assumptions and seeking new directions. In the ongoing debate over health care, social justice, and border security, there is, however, one overlooked issue that should be at the top of everyone’s agenda, from Democratic Socialists to libertarian Republicans: America’s[Read More…]

Failure of Trump Tax Cuts

Failure of Trump Tax Cuts

For President Donald S. Trump, there is only one goal in life – making money. Lowering taxes gives corporations and individuals more money; therefore, lower taxes must be beneficial. The constant self-serving references to his management of the economy are meaningless – examining President Trump’s essential thrusts for invigorating an already invigorated economy reveals contradictions in his Taxation Policies. Reducing[Read More…]

Libya FILE – 1

Libya FILE – 1

Haftar’s Libyan National Army gains control of Yarmuk military camp Battle for Tripoli is proceeding according to the operational plan, says LNA LNA declares a no-fly zone over the western Libya GNA vice president resigns French President, GNA Prime Minister discuss Tripoli offensive France of being behind Libya’s Tripoli war, accuses EU Parliament president Paris reiterates support to GNA Unmanageable situation waiting Libya’s[Read More…]

Ratcheting up tension: US designation of Revolutionary Guards risks escalation

Ratcheting up tension: US designation of Revolutionary Guards risks escalation

The stakes in the Middle East couldn’t be higher. Suspicion that the United States’ intent is to change the regime in Tehran rather than its officially stated goal of forcing Iran to curb its ballistic missile program and support for militias in Lebanon, Gaza and Yemen was heightened with this week’s decision to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC)[Read More…]

Global Peace and Security: Why Wars on Humanity?

Global Peace and Security: Why Wars on Humanity?

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”  Albert Einstein The global systems of political governance are dominated by the power politics of the few and fast becoming irrelevant and unrepresentative of the primary concerns and priorities of the vast majority[Read More…]

To All Those Who Grieve for Nipsey Hussle… and Want a Better World

To All Those Who Grieve for Nipsey Hussle… and Want a Better World

People are hurting, deeply, over the senseless killing of Nipsey Hussle. They talk about the way he wanted something better for the people and then got senselessly gunned down. But what killed Nipsey Hussle? Whoever pulled the trigger, Nipsey Hussle was killed by the system. A system that puts oppressed people in brutally raw conditions where they are left to[Read More…]

epa03878004 Iranian revolutionary guard soldiers march during the annual military parade marking the Iraqi invasion in 1980, which led to an eight-year-long war (1980-1988) in Tehran, Iran, 22 September 2013. Iranian president Hasan Rowhani said that Iran only wants to end the civil war in Syria for avoiding a new escalation of violence in the Middle East.  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

Trump declares Iranian Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group at Netanyahu’s request

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing a hotly contested bid for a fourth term, tweeted Monday (April8) that the Trump administration designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization at his request, Los Angeles Times reported from Jerusalem. “Thank you, my dear friend, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, for having decided to designate Iran’s[Read More…]

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Biden, Bernie, and the Bomb

Will 2019 go down in history as the year of insanity? Has hyper hysteria taken over the entire country? Is it no longer possible to make our way through the hazy maze of Political Correctness? Have we gotten to the point where guns are legal but an innocent hug can get you indicted? Consider this: Thousands are protesting a simple[Read More…]

Mexico To Spain And Vatican: Apologize For Your Crimes!

Mexico To Spain And Vatican: Apologize For Your Crimes!

Several years ago, the renowned linguist and thinker, Noam Chomsky, asked me, point blank, as we were working on our book:“On Western Terrorism – From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare”: “Do you think it is possible that most of Europeans really don’t know about crimes their countries committed all over the world?” “They don’t know… They don’t want to know… They[Read More…]

Libya: Will the U.N. Appeal for a halt to the March on Tripoli be heard?

Libya: Will the U.N. Appeal for a halt to the March on Tripoli be heard?

With the administrative-political situation in Libya badly stalemated and a meeting for negotiations to be held 14-16 April unlikely to make progress, on Thursday 4 April 2019, General Khalifa Hafter, one of the key players in the drama decided to start a “March on Tripoli” and to take overall power by force. Most of the significant buildings in Libyan cities[Read More…]

Up The Wall

Up The Wall

If a tragedy is watching disaster unfold and being powerless to stop it, then such is Brexit — a conundrum wrapped in an enigma as the saying goes. The UK parliament has voted on eight alternatives to the prime minister’s deal after voting it down.  These have all failed to get a majority.  They have voted twice more on the[Read More…]

Why ‘Russiagate’ Is the Same as ‘WMD in Iraq’ for America’s Mainstream Media

Why ‘Russiagate’ Is the Same as ‘WMD in Iraq’ for America’s Mainstream Media

   America’s Democratic Party ‘news’-media are now defending themselves against charges that they had trumpeted false allegations against Donald Trump regarding “Russiagate.” Republican Party ‘news’-media are strutting because they didn’t. But in the lead-up to America’s invasion and destruction of Iraq (and here’s “How the U.S. Destroyed Iraq”), the mainstream ‘news’-reporting was just as bad then as now, only with[Read More…]

All Major Candidates in Israel’s Presidential Election Are Far-Right

All Major Candidates in Israel’s Presidential Election Are Far-Right

 If “far-right” or “nazi” refers to proponents of racism, capitalism, and dictatorship, then all of Israel’s Presidential candidates are nazis — not German ones, of course, not members of Hitler’s German (the original) Nazi Party and a dictatorship of and by Aryans against Jews, but instead Jewish nazis and a dictatorship of and by Jews against Palestinians. On April 6th,[Read More…]

Kazakhstan: Testing a 21st century upgrade of faith-driven Saudi soft power

Kazakhstan: Testing a 21st century upgrade of faith-driven Saudi soft power

 A recent study of the popularity of a Saudi-inspired quietist ultra-conservative strand of Islam among Kazakh businessmen suggests that the kingdom has upgraded its faith-driven soft power campaign as part of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s vow to promote an undefined form of moderate Islam at home and abroad. The upgrade represents a significant departure from the kingdom’s more than[Read More…]

epa03878004 Iranian revolutionary guard soldiers march during the annual military parade marking the Iraqi invasion in 1980, which led to an eight-year-long war (1980-1988) in Tehran, Iran, 22 September 2013. Iranian president Hasan Rowhani said that Iran only wants to end the civil war in Syria for avoiding a new escalation of violence in the Middle East.  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

U.S. poised to designate Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terror group

The Trump administration is preparing to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, the Wall Street Journal Friday quoted U.S. officials as saying. The WSJ said this step that would vastly escalate the American pressure campaign against Tehran but which has divided U.S. officials. The decision, which could be announced as early as Monday following months[Read More…]

UN Special Rapporteur: US extradition of Assange would be violation of international law

UN Special Rapporteur: US extradition of Assange would be violation of international law

Following WikiLeaks’ warning yesterday that Julian Assange faced imminent eviction from Ecuador’s London embassy, widespread opposition has emerged to the illegal plans to terminate his political asylum. Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, issued a statement calling upon the Ecuadorian government of President Lenín Moreno to “abstain from expelling Mr. Assange … or from otherwise ceasing or suspending[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 5)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 5)

Freedom of expression and propaganda Let us begin with pathetic propaganda that only very well indoctrinated Western sheep-like humans can swallow: Nicolás Maduro threatens to kill US troops if they invade Venezuela! This is really how stupid the MSM propaganda machine really is. Can you imagine any country on earth saying "we wouldn't harm a hair on an invading force's head! Please invade[Read More…]

Education Privatizers Have Gone Global. So Must We If We Want to Stop Them.

Education Privatizers Have Gone Global. So Must We If We Want to Stop Them.

Co-Written by Christian Addai-Poku & Michael Galant In February 2018, West Virginia teachers launched a strike that reawakened a movement. Tens of thousands of teachers from around the country have taken part in what is now the largest strike wave in decades, demanding better public education in the face of years of austerity. On February 11, 2019, as the U.S. wave continued, teachers union[Read More…]

The Patriot

The Patriot

Merriam-Webster defines patriotism as: love for or devotion to one’s country. Sounds nice, as far as it goes. But it isn’t quite like being loving and devoted to family and friends, or even the smaller structure of your own town or city, county or state. You can’t be patriotic to them because they lack an armed force. That’s the difference.[Read More…]

WikiLeaks warns that Julian Assange faces imminent eviction from Ecuador’s London embassy

WikiLeaks warns that Julian Assange faces imminent eviction from Ecuador’s London embassy

WikiLeaks today issued a warning that its founder, Julian Assange, faces imminent eviction from Ecuador’s London embassy, where he sought political asylum in 2012. The publishing organisation indicated that he would then be arrested by the British police. A post by the official WikiLeaks Twitter account at around 5:30 p.m., US Eastern Standard Time, stated: “BREAKING: A high level source[Read More…]

Colectivos

Events in Venezuela are similar to Syria’s, says Assad: Venezuela Roundup – 15

Venezuelan, Syrian people resisting the same US imperialism, says Arreaza Venezuelan right promotes violence, death Venezuelan troops on high alert Maduro accuses US of rehearsing new form of warfare in Venezuela Who are the colectivos demonized by the imperialist media? NATO discusses Russian military staff visit to Venezuela Venezuela-Russia working with schemes to break US blockade Imperialist intervention in Venezuela[Read More…]

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 The media smoothed the path to British soldiers using Corbyn as target practice

 The media smoothed the path to British soldiers using Corbyn as target practice

It is time to stop believing these infantile narratives the British political and media establishments have crafted for us. Like the one in which they tell us they care deeply about the state of political life, and that they lie awake at night worrying about the threat posed by populism to our democratic institutions. How do they persuade us of[Read More…]

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US – Israeli aggression in the Middle East and Beyond

US – Israeli aggression in the Middle East and Beyond

Since he came to office, Donald Trump has taken a very aggressive stand supporting Israel’s Zionist agenda in the Middle East. Early in his term, Trump made a unilateral decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem despite the fact that it was designated by the United Nations in 1948 to be an international protectorate. Israel invaded Jerusalem during the[Read More…]

Syariah Matters: The Kingdom of Brunei’s Stoning Affair

Syariah Matters: The Kingdom of Brunei’s Stoning Affair

From time to time, celebrities recoil and, in anger, seek to march for a change to the status quo.  Much of is never intended to alter much, but they can count their names among the indignant luminaries and say they tried to do something. The recent imposition of Syariah law in the Kingdom of Brunei, a tiny speck of territory[Read More…]

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Bolivarian Republic defies imperialist sanctions: Venezuela Roundup – 14

Bolivarian Republic defies imperialist sanctions: Venezuela Roundup – 14

Oil exports stable in March Venezuela surviving the world’s first cyber war, says Maduro Venezuela won’t become 2nd Syria and S. America won’t back military invasion, says Lavrov Criminal case against Guaido Washington is concerned over Maduro’s stay in power China slams reports of sending troops to Venezuela Venezuela, the Bolivarian republic, is defying imperialism imposed sanction. The imperialist camp[Read More…]

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For Venezuela

For Venezuela

China, Russia to supply medicine until year-end End Trump’s war in Venezuela: 40 U.S. organizations to Congress Caribbean students oppose war plans and demand respect for Venezuelan sovereignty Venezuela will be receiving an average of 100 containers with medicines from both China and Russia monthly until the end of this year, said Venezuela’s Health Minister Carlos Alvarado. The minister added[Read More…]

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Middle Eastern protests challenge debilitating Gulf counterrevolution

Middle Eastern protests challenge debilitating Gulf counterrevolution

Much of the Middle East’s recent turmoil stems from internecine Middle Eastern rivalries spilling onto third country battlefields and Saudi and United Arab Emirates-led efforts to roll back the achievements of the 2011 popular Arab revolts and pre-empt further uprisings. This week’s successful toppling of ailing Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and months of anti-government demonstrations that have put Sudanese leader[Read More…]

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Lying By Omission, Avoidable Mortality From Deprivation, Holocaust Denial & Looming Terracide

Lying By Omission, Avoidable Mortality From Deprivation, Holocaust Denial & Looming Terracide

I recently gave a difficult talk to an eminent, exclusive and long-standing discussion group at one of Australia’s top universities about massive Western Mainstream media, politician and academic lying by omission and collateral horrendous avoidable mortality in the Developing World from imposed deprivation.  The response was mixed so I have here reproduced my delivered talk that consists of  part (A)[Read More…]

From Christchurch to India: How India’s RSS Inspires White Nationalist Violence

From Christchurch to India: How India’s RSS Inspires White Nationalist Violence

White Nationalist Terrorism “I have read the writings of Dylan Roof and many others, but only really took true inspiration from Knight Justiciar Breivik,” says Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old white Australian terrorist who gunned down 50 Muslims in New Zealand on March 15, 2019. Roof is the white man who gunned down nine black Christians in South Carolina on June[Read More…]

Ecuadorian president threatens to evict Julian Assange from London embassy

Ecuadorian president threatens to evict Julian Assange from London embassy

In a clear threat to expel Julian Assange from Ecuador’s London embassy, the country’s President Lenín Moreno declared in an interview yesterday that the WikiLeaks founder had “repeatedly violated the conditions of his asylum.” Moreno stated that his government would “take a decision” “in the short term” on Assange’s circumstances. The comments are the latest public indication of an advanced[Read More…]

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News from capitalism

News from capitalism

Capitalism produces much news meaningful to understand the system. Minimum wage John Bel Edwards, Governor of Louisiana, US, says: “We need to raise the minimum wage.” John Bel Edwards writes in a mail widely served: “As Governor of Louisiana, I’ve fought to raise our minimum wage. “Our current rate of $7.25 an hour forces families to face impossible scenarios every[Read More…]

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113 million worldwide in food insecurity, conflict is the leading cause, finds report

113 million worldwide in food insecurity, conflict is the leading cause, finds report

Global Report on Food Crises, a new report on famine around the world, says starvation is ravaging 53 countries. This is mostly due to conflict and climate shocks. In some places, like Yemen, the crisis is almost entirely man-made. Some 113 million people in 53 countries, the majority of them in Africa, faced chronic food shortages last year. Another 143[Read More…]

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Some Thoughts On The Mueller Report

Some Thoughts On The Mueller Report

The official completion of Robert Mueller’s special-counsel investigation report and the public release of Attorney General William Barr’s summary of main findings marks a significant juncture. There is much we do not know about the actual findings, and the aftermath is still unfolding. There are demands for the full Mueller report to be unleashed, and there may be more in[Read More…]

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A Thousand Year Reich?  Try Twelve.  Yes, 12!

A Thousand Year Reich?  Try Twelve.  Yes, 12!

All those people who support Nazism- in language and action- should remember that the Nazis lasted only 12 years and destroyed their own country, including presiding over the deaths of more than 10 Million Germans. The vile people who festoon their walls with swastikas, the kids who put up their stiff arms in Hitler salutes, the vandals who spray walls[Read More…]

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Schools and universities to reopen: Venezuela ROUNDUP – 13

Schools and universities to reopen: Venezuela ROUNDUP – 13

Maduro reactivates power supply headquarters Electric coup d’état is in full swing, says Maduro S. sanctions impact electricity generation Schools are reopening in Venezuela after a brief period of closure amidst repeated electricity outages by interventionists’ series of sabotages. To take effective measures against sabotage, electricity supply authority has been reactivated. Media reports said: Maduro sets up power supply headquarters[Read More…]

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Algeria: The Long Goodbye

Algeria: The Long Goodbye

Street demonstrations began in Algiers on 22 February 2019 and quickly spread to other cities in Algeria. The demonstrations, often led by young people, are massive on Fridays, the chief day of rest. The first demands were that President Abdelaziz Boutefika not stand for a fifth term as president having already been president for 20 years since 1999. The demands[Read More…]

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The End of the Politician (in a Fashion): The Slovak and Ukrainian Elections

The End of the Politician (in a Fashion): The Slovak and Ukrainian Elections

The structures of politics have become so rigid, so distant, and ultimately so irrelevant to those who vote for them that a trend through countries can now be confirmed.  Brittleness has set it.  The part and election strategists have few answers, they, who saw the voter as yet another subject, another follower, another convert of a faith. The churches and[Read More…]

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“Who are these Yankees?” Maradona blasts U.S. meddling: Venezuela Roundup – 12

“Who are these Yankees?” Maradona blasts U.S. meddling: Venezuela Roundup – 12

Maduro announces power rationing, blames opposition for violence and chaos Guaido awaits army support, informs BBC Guaido dismisses report of Russian troops in Venezuela No one is showing up for pro-Guaido protests Very happy, says U.S. envoy on India cutting Venezuela oil import “Who are these Yankees?” Maradona blasts U.S. meddling in Venezuela Lavrov dismisses U.S. threat Caracas mayor calls[Read More…]

Australian’s  Massacre Of 50 Muslims In New Zealand  Spotlights Entrenched Australian Islamophobia & Anti-Arab Anti-Semitism

Australian’s  Massacre Of 50 Muslims In New Zealand  Spotlights Entrenched Australian Islamophobia & Anti-Arab Anti-Semitism

Racism is as racism does. Islamophobia is as Islamophobia does. The utterly appalling massacre  of 50 Muslims in 2 Christchurch, New Zealand, mosques by an Australian White Supremacist Islamophobe  has spotlighted substantial anti-Arab anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Australia that is evidenced  by (A) Australian complicity in the horrendously  deadly, post-9-11 US Alliance War on Muslims,  the ongoing Muslim Holocaust and[Read More…]

Unnecessary Expansions: The Australian War Memorial

Unnecessary Expansions: The Australian War Memorial

War is not merely a matter of sowing death, much of it needless; it entails preserving a rationale to perpetuate it.  The mistake often made about reading, consulting and listening to the harrowing tales of those who have perished in battle or those who survived them is to presume that these should not happen again.  Politicians, generals and strategists are[Read More…]

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Squaring the circle: US challenges China on Xinjiang

Squaring the circle: US challenges China on Xinjiang

A draft US resolution that would designate a Pakistani militant as a global terrorist threatens to be China’s, and possibly Pakistan’s showdown at the OK Corral. The draft is supported by Britain and France. The resolution, if formally tabled in the full United Nations Security Council, could force China to justify its ten-year long blocking of efforts to designate Masood[Read More…]

Roots of Mass Murder in New Zealand

Roots of Mass Murder in New Zealand

The attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during congregational Friday prayers on March 15 massacred 50 people. The shock of this monstrosity, half a world away, became even more alarming because the killer took pride in broadcasting the act on social media. He also wrote a rambling white supremacist manifesto. The prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern[Read More…]

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Danny Sjursen, On Leaving the U.S. Army

Danny Sjursen, On Leaving the U.S. Army

 “Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at once rejected as fit only for civilians, or prisoners.” — Robert Graves, Goodbye To All That(1929). I’m one of the lucky ones. Leaving the madness of Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both the Army and I knew it was[Read More…]

Venezuela Roundup – 11

Venezuela Roundup – 11

800% increase of US surveillance on Venezuela Venezuelan electricity system sabotaged again We will defeat aggressions: Maduro Hundreds march in Washington, DC, to protest US interference in Venezuela Venezuelans march in defense of freedom and peace Solidarity from South African Alliance Imperialism is increasing its interventionist acts in and around Venezuela. People’s protest against imperialism’s intervention in Venezuela is also[Read More…]

Imperialism’s threats overwhelm situation: Venezuela ROUNDUP – 10

Imperialism’s threats overwhelm situation: Venezuela ROUNDUP – 10

“Russians will pay a price”: threatens U.S. Venezuela slams U.S. threats against Russia, reminds of Pentagon military activity Focus on actual activities: Venezuela tells U.S. “Do the right thing”, Venezuelan defense minister reminds Bolton S. asks EU to build up pressure on Venezuela’s Maduro with more sanctions US warns Turkey to halt its support for Maduro Venezuela to armor its[Read More…]

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Trump Threatens War if Russia Protects Venezuela

Trump Threatens War if Russia Protects Venezuela

On March 27th, U.S. President Donald Trump said that “Russia has to get out” of Venezuela, and that “All options are on the table” if Russia refuses to withdraw from Venezuela the protection it has recently provided to Venezuela’s elected Government, which Trump is attempting to overthrow, by an illegal coup. And Vice President Mike Pence, on the same day,[Read More…]

Angles of Tolerance: Yusuf Islam in Christchurch

Angles of Tolerance: Yusuf Islam in Christchurch

Let’s not be too churlish about this; but then again, let us not be ignorant.  The singer once known as Cat Stevens (in pre-conversion state), and known as Yusuf Islam to others, made a considerable impression on the stage in Christchurch.  The slaughter of fifty at two mosques in the New Zealand city had made enough of an impression to[Read More…]

Honor Among Thieves?

Honor Among Thieves?

When Michael Cohen, fixer for Donald Trump,  payoff-artist and jailbird-to-be, who starts 3-year prison sentence on May 6, branded his former boss a liar and cheat who ran for president not to help the country but enhance the Trump-brand, was he wrong?  How many of Trump associates are in jail, going to jail or indicted, i.e. scumbags, albeit rich scumbags?[Read More…]

Venezuela Roundup – 9

Venezuela Roundup – 9

Moscow responds to U.S. threat Sniper rifle took out hydroelectric plant Fake photos of Venezuelan health situation: AFP Guaido announces “tactical action” Russia has made a strong response to the U.S. warning on the Venezuela situation while more information on the electricity sabotage and fake photographs disseminated by the interventionists is being exposed. Sniper rifle took out hydroelectric plant: Maduro[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 4)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 4)

As if this Machiavellian recipe to commit crimes in total impunity hadn’t been used and reused over and over again, and while the victim are always the ones being blamed for the inflicted crimes (Daraa, Syria, 2011; Kiev, Ukraine, 2014 etc.), the US decides to use in Venezuela the very same recipe of: Committing crimes against a weaker state, which,[Read More…]

The Logic of Annexation: Israel and the Golan Heights

The Logic of Annexation: Israel and the Golan Heights

Any measure of annexation is based on the extension of a military’s boots.  Diplomats tend to be silenced before the noise of tanks, weaponry and garrisons.  Countries may claim to possess territory but can only dream in the absence of military weight.  When it came to the issue of negotiating the post-World War II agreements, Generalissimo Joseph Stalin of the[Read More…]

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Imperialist intervention heightens tension: Venezuela Roundup – 8

Imperialist intervention heightens tension: Venezuela Roundup – 8

 U.S. threatens Russia: Must get out of Venezuela, all options open U.S. to assess Russian “influence” in Venezuela: House passes three bills Interventionists’ diplomatic debacle: Germany won’t recognize Guaido’s envoy as ambassador Elliott Abrams fumbles on Guaido, the “President” Guaido’s “achievements”   With imperialist threats to allies of Venezuela tension around the Bolivarian republic is increasing. Media reports said: U.S.[Read More…]

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War, Peace and Presidential Candidates

War, Peace and Presidential Candidates

  by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies Forty-five years after Congress passed the War Powers Act in the wake of the Vietnam War, it has finally used it for the first time, to try to end the U.S.-Saudi war on the people of Yemen and to recover its constitutional authority over questions of war and peace.  This hasn’t[Read More…]

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Welcome to hell: The Peruvian mining city of La Rinconada

Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek No one can agree how high above the sea level that La Rinconada really lies at: 5,300 meters or 5,200 meters?On the access road, a metal plate says 5,015. But who really cares? It is indisputably the highest settlement in the world; a gold mining town, a concentration of misery,a community of around 70,000 inhabitants,[Read More…]

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On My Visit to New Zealand: Can Christchurch Heal Our Collective Wounds?

On My Visit to New Zealand: Can Christchurch Heal Our Collective Wounds?

I visited the city of Christchurch on May 23, 2018, as part of a larger speaking tour in New Zealand that also took me to Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Dunedin. New Zealand is an exceptional country, different from other countries that are often lumped under the generalized designation of the ‘western world.’ Almost immediately after my arrival to Auckland, New[Read More…]

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Michael Jackson, Convenient Freak

The comedian Dave Chappelle put it like this: why were accusations of inappropriate conduct directed at Michael Jackson always so superbly timed?  “Listen Michael,” goes Chappelle’s mock white executive voice, “we need you to jerk off another child.”  (Chappelle is also prudent enough to append a qualifying note: he might have done it, but who knows?) Jackson could always be[Read More…]

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 Trump’s Foreign Policy: Do Whatever Netanyahu & Prince Salman Want

Now that Donald Trump, like Barack Obama before him, has failed to remove Syria’s Bashar al-Assad by means of American training of, and supply of weapons to, ‘rebels’ (almost all of whom were actually jihadists) in Syria, Trump, on March 21st, has set into motion a process that is designed to provide a ‘justification’ for an all-out U.S. military invasion[Read More…]

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Four Decades of Radical Radio: an Interview With WPKN’s Scott Harris

Four Decades of Radical Radio: an Interview With WPKN’s Scott Harris

Scott Harris has been hosting a show at WPKN, Bridgeport’s independent, alternative radio station, for a remarkable 42 years. He began in 1977 with a music show which he transformed a decade later to Counterpoint, a two-hour weekly program chock full of news, analysis, interviews and discussion not heard in corporate media. Along the way, Harris and his colleagues created a[Read More…]

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Yemen:  An Anniversary Lost in the Sands of War

Yemen:  An Anniversary Lost in the Sands of War

 26 March 2019 marked the 4th anniversary of thee start of the Saudi Arabia-led armed intervention into Yemen. The purpose of the war has been lost in the sands of the war.  However, the necessary negotiations in good faith to end the war have not taken place.  There have been limited negotiations under the leadership of United Nations mediators.  The[Read More…]

Dispossessed workers, farmers, small producers still await their day of liberation: John Smith on imperialism

Dispossessed workers, farmers, small producers still await their day of liberation: John Smith on imperialism

Today, it’s impossible to ignore the question of imperialism in any discussion concerning people as imperialism is distorting and destroying all aspects and areas of life. Ignoring the question of imperialism is synonymous to betrayal of people’s cause. John Smith, former oil rig worker, bus driver, telecommunications engineer, longtime activist in the anti-war and Latin American solidarity movements, and author[Read More…]

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A Privileged Education: The US College Admissions Scandal

A Privileged Education: The US College Admissions Scandal

The oldest idea of history; the perennial problem of station: education.  Get the child as far as possible so that he or she can be propelled, as if from a trebuchet across the ramparts of life.  Nasty obstacles – one being a lack of intellect – will be cleared, and the wretched genetic issue will find itself in sinecures, positions[Read More…]

 Mueller’s Record of Framing Innocent People to Protect the Guilty

 Mueller’s Record of Framing Innocent People to Protect the Guilty

(NOTE: This article — prior to its current updates — was offered as an exclusive to each mainstream and other pro-U.S.-Government ‘news’-media, and none even replied; so, it now is offered to all of them again for publication, but on a non-exclusive and free basis, and this time it is also being submitted to many of the smaller or “alternative”[Read More…]

Ukraine’s Autocephaly: First Results and Possible Influence on Orthodox World

Ukraine’s Autocephaly: First Results and Possible Influence on Orthodox World

Nearly three months ago, on January 6, Patriarch Bartholomew signed the Tomos of Autoceplahy for the Ukrainian Orthodoxy. Though the whole process of granting autocephaly took less than a year – Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko appealed to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in April 2018 – the “healing of the schism” seems to be requiring much more time as the reconciliation between[Read More…]

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New attack on Venezuela’s national electric system: Roundup – 7

New attack on Venezuela’s national electric system: Roundup – 7

New attack on Venezuela’s national electric system Venezuela presents evidence of opposition paramilitary plot Over $30 billion of Venezuela’s assets stolen by US Lavrov to US: Your Venezuelan coup violates UN Charter Venezuela may divert US-bound oil to Russia & China Venezuela electricity crisis may challenge global oil market – IEA Trump’s failed bid to isolate Venezuela Trump Admin wants[Read More…]

John Bolton and Mike Pompeo Defy the International Criminal Court

John Bolton and Mike Pompeo Defy the International Criminal Court

  Events just fly by in the ever-accelerating rush of Trump Time, so it’s easy enough to miss important ones in the chaos. Paul Manafort is sentenced twice and indicted a third time! Whoosh! Gone! The Senate agrees with the House that the United States should stop supporting Saudi Arabia in Yemen (and Mitch McConnell calls this attempt to extricate the country from cooperation in[Read More…]

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 Three lessons for the left from the Mueller inquiry

 Three lessons for the left from the Mueller inquiry

Here are three important lessons for the progressive left to consider now that it is clear the inquiry by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russiagate is never going to uncover collusion between Donald Trump’s camp and the Kremlin in the 2016 presidential election. Painting the pig’s face The left never had a dog in this race. This was always an[Read More…]

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La Rinconada – The Devil’s Paradise

La Rinconada, 5,000 to 5,400m above sea level, corrugated iron shacks, glued to the hills of the surrounding mountains, home to some 50,000 to 70,000 mining inhabitants and competing mafia mobs that control them. La Rinconada, in the Peruvian Andes, the world’s highest, chaotic, poisonous and illegal goldmines, some 210 km northeast of Puno, a 4-hour drive by car over[Read More…]

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Trump’s Golan green light paves way to Israel’s annexation of West Bank

Trump’s Golan green light paves way to Israel’s annexation of West Bank

  Nazareth: When President Donald Trump moved the US embassy to occupied Jerusalem last year, effectively sabotaging any hope of establishing a viable Palestinian state, he tore up the international rulebook. Last week, he trampled all over its remaining tattered pages. He did so, of course, via Twitter. Referring to a large piece of territory Israel seized from Syria in[Read More…]

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 U.S. Backs Israel’s Annexation of Golan Heights

 U.S. Backs Israel’s Annexation of Golan Heights

U.S. Backs Israel’s Annexation of Golan Heights: “Blessing” More Genocidal Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and a Mafia-Style Message to Russia On March 21, Trump declared “it is time” for the U.S. to “fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty” over the Golan Heights—a militarily strategic region of Syria seized by Israel in a war in 1967. A story on the announcement in a[Read More…]

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Hope for Ukrainians, at Last

Hope for Ukrainians, at Last

Finally, it appears that there is realistic hope for an end to the brutal, far-right, regime that U.S. President Barack Obama, through his chief agent on Ukraine, Victoria Nuland, had imposed upon Ukraine, by means of an extraordinarily violent coup in February 2014, which replaced Ukraine’s democratically elected sitting President, by a rabidly anti-Russian imposed regime. Although, until recent days,[Read More…]

Cecilia Point & Niki Sharma honoured at annual anti racism event in Surrey

Cecilia Point & Niki Sharma honoured at annual anti racism event in Surrey

Indigenous activist Cecilia Point and former Vancouver Park Board Commissioner Niki Sharma honoured at annual anti racism event in Surrey On Saturday, March 23 Spice Radio honoured two inspiring women for standing up against racism as the world grapples with growing bigotry. As part of its annual campaign “Raise Your Hands Against Racism”, Burnaby-based Spice Radio held this year’s event[Read More…]

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Future of BRICS: BRAXIT or ‘Power Next’?

Future of BRICS: BRAXIT or ‘Power Next’?

The club of emerging political and economic powers of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa in response to new global challenges is famously known as BRICS. Since its inception in 2006, it has been a platform to highlight the prominence of multi-polar world order challenging the collision of G-7 members. These five countries account for 20 percent of world[Read More…]

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20-years of NATO bombing of Yugoslavia

20-years of NATO bombing of Yugoslavia

20 years have passed since NATO bombed Yugoslavia for 78 days. The air campaign with at least 900 bombing sorties again announced imperialist power – destroy everything to loot. It was an act of aggression against Yugoslavia, deny the country’s sovereignty and integrity, and violently carve away Kosovo for creating an imperialist enclave. The NATO aggression officially claimed at least 758 civilian[Read More…]

Gilets Jaunes Marches Continues to March 2019: Military Given Power to Shoot! But How Long Will It Continue

Gilets Jaunes Marches Continues to March 2019: Military Given Power to Shoot! But How Long Will It Continue

Gilets Jaunes march with a banner with photo of Zineb Redouane (80) killed by a tear gas shell fired by police in Marseilles.Photo: Youcef Brakni[1] The amazing movement of Gilets Jaunes is continuing for 18 weeks, while six central trade unions CGT, FO, Solidaires, UNEF, UNL and UNL SD jointly issued a small leaflet[2] with the call of a General[Read More…]

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12 Ways to Make Sense of the Border Mess

12 Ways to Make Sense of the Border Mess

  Borders are cruel. I know this because I’ve been studying the U.S.-Mexico border for more than 40 years. It features prominently in two of my books, written in different decades. It keeps pulling me back. Every time I cross that border, I say to myself that this is no big deal — I’m used to it. And every time, I feel that[Read More…]

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Venezuela: Despite the crisis, Chavez’s legacy endures

Given the media barrage surrounding Venezuela’s “humanitarian crisis”, recent tensions on the Venezuela-Colombia border, and talks of “military options” and coup attempts, it was hard to know what to expect on returning to the country for the first time in five years. I envisaged a country on a knife’s edge, particularly as I arrived in Caracas on March 5. This[Read More…]

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USA And Puppet Guaidó Implicated In Terrorism Plot Against Venezuela

USA And Puppet Guaidó Implicated In Terrorism Plot Against Venezuela

The US coup with the self-proclaimed Venezuelan puppet president Juan Guaidó has been failing. Right-wing Latin American countries and the European Union, while willing to go along with the charade farce president have not been willing to take military action against Venezuela. This week the US was caught seeking to create violent chaos with imported mercenaries disguised as Venezuelan military,[Read More…]

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Communist Revolutionaries give a call to Defeat the reactionary BJP in the Lok Sabha elections!

Communist Revolutionaries give a call to Defeat the reactionary BJP in the Lok Sabha elections!

The UCCRI-ML is contesting elections to the Loksabha, with the above call, by fielding candidates in Telangana (10 constituencies out of 17) and Andhra Pradesh (3 constituencies out of 25).The UCCRI is an organization, founded by veteran communist revolutionaries DV Rao (1917-1984) and Tarimela Nagi Reddi (1917-1976), which believes that the present system can not be changed by parliamentary path.[Read More…]

Love Letter From Kabul to Okinawa, the Outrageous Abolition of War

Love Letter From Kabul to Okinawa, the Outrageous Abolition of War

Inaam (left), Habib (right) and I (photographer) sharing a good laugh at the Borderfree Nonviolence Community Centre in Kabul I decided to write this ninth love letter specially to Inaam, the 21st century generations of the world and the people of Okinawa because of threepersonal reasons. I miss having the wonderful energies of 15-year-old Inaam at the Borderfree Nonviolence Community[Read More…]

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Venezuela Resisting: Roundup – 6

Venezuela Resisting: Roundup – 6

Revolutionary people is the guarantee for peace and democracy: Maduro Rightists organize mercenaries Plan to assassinate political and military leaders, and judges Plan to sabotage metro system and the Caracas cable car Plan to spread fake news through social media, and organize strikes Bolton’s threat Imperialism’s interventionist acts are getting exposed while imperialism is renewing its interventionist acts in Venezuela. In[Read More…]

Civilizationism vs the Nation State

Civilizationism vs the Nation State

Many have framed the battle lines in the geopolitics of the emerging new world order as the 21st century’s Great Game. It’s a game that aims to shape the creation of a new Eurasia-centred world, built on the likely fusion of Europe and Asia into what former Portuguese Europe minister Bruno Macaes calls a “supercontinent.” For now, the Great Game[Read More…]

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French army receives authorization to shoot “yellow vest” protesters

French army receives authorization to shoot “yellow vest” protesters

Soldiers from Opération Sentinelle on patrol in Strasbourg in 2015 Yesterday, the governor of the Paris military district told France Info that soldiers of the Operation Sentinel counter-terror mission had been authorized to fire today on the “yellow vests.” Asked about whether soldiers were capable of carrying out law enforcement duties, General Bruno Le Ray replied: “Our orders are sufficiently[Read More…]

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The Hand of God?

I assure you I haven’t, all of a sudden, found religion. The God I refer to is not the God of compassion and humanity, but a mythical God of power, destruction, thievery, under-handedness, double standards etc. etc. as has been used by various western powers throughout history. When those first Christian crusaders marched towards Palestine, under the banner of Pope[Read More…]

Declaring March 15 as International Day of Islamophobia after Christchurch Mosque attack

Declaring March 15 as International Day of Islamophobia after Christchurch Mosque attack

“Will it serve the purpose in curbing growing wave of Islamophobia in world or it will further potentiative it to level than ever” INSIDE OUT Sheikh Umar Ahmad New Zealand terrorist attack on Muslims in mosque was one of the worst attacks depicting rising wave of Islamophobia in world. This attack was taken by majority as a direct reflection of[Read More…]

The fallacy of soccer’s magical bridge-building qualities

The fallacy of soccer’s magical bridge-building qualities

Edited remarks at Brookings seminar in Doha: Lessons from the 2019 Asian Cup: Sports, Globalization, and Politics in the Arab World Imagining himself as a peacemaker in a conflict-ridden part of the world, FIFA President Gianni Infantino sees a 2022 World Cup shared by Qatar with its Gulf detractors, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, as the magic wand[Read More…]

Christchurch, Nobel and the Aussie Comatose Conscience

Christchurch, Nobel and the Aussie Comatose Conscience

    The Christchurch tragedy has exposed the Canberra virus that haemorrhages hypocrisy, racism, lies, scaremongering and heartlessness infecting the Australian psyche. Normalised cruelty against asylum seekers Since Tampa, and more specifically since John Howard, Australia changed. Howard, the arch-white supremacist, monarchist and friend of pedophile Pell, spawned Abbott, Morrison, Dutton and the 28 LNP senators that voted it’s OK[Read More…]

Historic humanitarian disaster unfolds in southeast Africa in the wake of Cyclone Idai

Historic humanitarian disaster unfolds in southeast Africa in the wake of Cyclone Idai

People displaced by flooding are seen at Bangula evacuation camp, in Nsanje, Malawi, March 12, 2019 [ Credit: L. Masina/VOA] The dire social and economic conditions which prevail for millions of workers and toilers in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Madagascar have been tragically exposed by Cyclone Idai, which has left a historic humanitarian crisis in its wake across the southeast[Read More…]

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Greedy Boeing’s Avoidable Design and Software Time Bombs

Greedy Boeing’s Avoidable Design and Software Time Bombs

Boeing’s sales-driven avoidance of producing effective manuals with upgraded pilot training was courting disaster as was outrageously leaving many of the pilots in the dark As internal and external pressures mount to hold Boeing responsible for its criminal negligence, the giant company is exerting its immense influence to limit both its past and future accountability. Boeing whistleblowers and outside aviation[Read More…]

Green Left Weekly journalist Federico Fuentes with Maria Paez. Photo: Joe Montero.

Venezuelans: ‘We want to resolve our problems by ourselves’

  “Why don’t you go to Venezuela and speak to people living there to find out what is really going on?” Invariably, any article or post on social media presenting a different view to that pushed by the corporate media would prompt numerous comments such as this — almost always from people not in Venezuela and who, mostly, have never[Read More…]

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A Calamitous Week

A Calamitous Week

Something is infinitely wrong in the picture, a juxtaposition of polar opposites:  New Zealand, a country of unfailingly courteous and kind people, and an extremist terrorist killing 50 Muslims at prayer.  Of course, modern guns made it possible, a hate-filled extremist of Australian origin set the stage, and a country not familiar with such violence — thus an easy target. [Read More…]

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U.S.A To ICC – We Will Break Your Legs!

U.S.A To ICC – We Will Break Your Legs!

  Well, not exactly like that, but in a way, yes. Now, finally, ‘the gloves are off’. The U.S. is openly threatening the historically timid ICC (International Criminal Court) and its judges. And unexpectedly, the ICC is hitting back. It refuses to shut up, to kneel, and to beg for mercy. Suddenly, even the Western mass media outlets cannot conceal[Read More…]

Why Christchurch Attack is a Wakeup Call

Why Christchurch Attack is a Wakeup Call

                             Politics around the world has been changing dramatically. Extreme right has risen into the power throughout the globe from the Donald Trump of US (2016) to Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines (2016) and from Victor Orban of Hungary (2010) to Jair Bolsanaro of Brazil (2019). Rise of[Read More…]

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Global Humanity Looks to Unity of Minds in Crisis: Massacres of Muslim Worshipers in Christchurch

Global Humanity Looks to Unity of Minds in Crisis: Massacres of Muslim Worshipers in Christchurch

“And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”  (Howard Zinn, late American historian and distinguished[Read More…]

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Weaponizing the World Bank and IMF

Weaponizing the World Bank and IMF

This is a transcript of the full interview with PressTV for their Program “Economic Divide”, of which sections were aired in this broadcast – U.S. military use of IMF, World Bank https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/03/14/590986/US-Military-Use-of-IMF-World-Bank Background Wikileaks revelation Here is the link to the news story: https://www.mintpressnews.com/leaked-wikileaks-doc-reveals-how-us-military-uses-of-imf-world-bank-as-unconventional-weapons/254708/ The U.S. Army states that major global financial institutions — such as the World Bank, International[Read More…]

Three Neo-Nazis Lead Ukraine’s Presidential Contest: Gallup Finds Ukrainians Despise All the Candidates

Three Neo-Nazis Lead Ukraine’s Presidential Contest: Gallup Finds Ukrainians Despise All the Candidates

Gallup headlined on March 21st, “Ukraine’s Election: Voters Disenchanted Ahead of Key Vote”, and “World-Low 9% of Ukrainians Confident in Government”. Might the reason for both be that no candidate in the contest is respected by the Ukrainian public, and that only three — the candidates with the least-low public approval — are the only ones who have even a[Read More…]

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On Constitutions and the Rule of Law

On Constitutions and the Rule of Law

Fifty million or more people are estimated to have died due to the 2nd World War; untold many millions more bore scars of every kind: Catastrophe enough. The weapons of war had by the end of the war begun to reach a destructive capability that made another world war likely to be very much worse. A primary motive for the formation[Read More…]

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PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 24: A fire rages as protesters wearing yellow vests protest against rising fuel prices on the Champs-Elysees avenue on November 24, 2018 in Paris France. The police have used tear gas and water cannon to in an attempt to disperse the protest, which was organised by 'Yellow Vests' (Vestes Jaunes), a protest movement without political affiliation that protests against taxes and rising fuel prices. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

Macron to deploy French army against “yellow vest” protests

After Wednesday’s meeting of the council of ministers, French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux announced that President Emmanuel Macron would activate army units during this weekend’s “yellow vest” protests. This is the first time since the 1954–1962 war in Algeria that the army is to be mobilized in police operations on French soil against the population. Griveaux announced that the operation[Read More…]

Citizenship in the Age of Trump

Citizenship in the Age of Trump

It turns out that walls can’t always be seen. Donald Trump may never build his “great, great wall,” but that doesn’t mean he isn’t working to wall Americans in. It’s a story that needs to be told. This past month, for instance, claims of ISIS’s near total defeat in Syria have continued to mount. As a result, numerous foreigners who had traveled[Read More…]

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Globalising the Christchurch Shootings: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Gallipoli and Invasion

Globalising the Christchurch Shootings: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Gallipoli and Invasion

Never let a bloody and opportune crisis pass.  In New Zealand, there is talk about gun reform after attacks on two Christchurch mosques left fifty dead.  There have been remarks made in parliament about unchecked white supremacy growing with enthusiastic violent urge in Australasia.  In Turkey, the approach has shifted into another gear: the canny, even menacing exploitation by Turkey’s[Read More…]

Christchurch Shooting vs. Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre — Fascism in our time

Christchurch Shooting vs. Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre — Fascism in our time

Jewish supremacists in 2000 celebrating Baruch Goldberg’s massacre of 29 Palestinian Muslims in the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron The Christchurch shooting and ensuing furor over white supremacy brought to mind a similar massacre of Muslims in a mosque in Palestine perpetrated by a Jewish supremacist several decades ago. Two recent headlines about fascism have coalesced in my mind into mirror images.[Read More…]

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15/3 New Zealand…The White Zealotry

15/3 New Zealand…The White Zealotry

Fifty innocent Muslims were killed after terrorist showered bullets on them, who were offering Friday Salah (Namaaz), in two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.  The stomach turning massacre is birthing brand new terminologies like ‘White Zealotry’ and ‘White Christian Extremism’ as the writings on the shooting gun, that was recovered and clearly seen in the live video[Read More…]

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VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 3)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 3)

Information Millions can be seen, in photos and videos, supporting Maduro, the democratically elected Venezuelan President. If a westerner believes himself to be well informed by his Orwellian propaganda machine, can that westerner explain the reason why none of these images are shown in Western Lying Media? And no, westerners cannot afford to say that all these lies and manipulated disinformation are[Read More…]

 Hyper-Hypocrisy of The West about ISIS

 Hyper-Hypocrisy of The West about ISIS

  During the period of 17 September to 11 December of 2016, the United States and its allies carried out a massive operation to move ISIS’s surviving jihadists who were in the oil-producing Iraqi region of Mosul, into the Syrian oil-producing region of Deir Ezzor and Palmyra. This was done so that those oil-stealing-and-selling jihadists in Iraq would now be[Read More…]

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Navroz: A New Start

Navroz: A New Start

May the soul flourish; May youth be as the new-grown grain Navroz, usually celebrated on 21 March in Iran and Central Asia, is the “New Day”, the end of the old year with its hardships and deceptions and the start of the New Year to be filled with hope and optimism. With each periodical festival, the participants find the same[Read More…]

Reading Manifestos: Restricting Brenton Tarrant’s The Great Replacement

Reading Manifestos: Restricting Brenton Tarrant’s The Great Replacement

A censorious and censoring attitude has engulfed responses to the mental airings of the Christchurch shooter.  Material in connection with Brenton Tarrant, the alleged gunman behind the killing of 50 individuals at two mosques in New Zealand, is drying up; his manifesto, for one, is being disaggregated and spread through multiple forms, removed from their various parts with blunt razors. [Read More…]

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Chelsea Manning and the New Inquisition

The U.S. government, determined to extradite and try Julian Assange for espionage, must find a way to separate what Assange and WikiLeaks did in publishing classified material leaked to them by Chelsea Manning from what The New York Times and The Washington Post did in publishing the same material. There is no federal law that prohibits the press from publishing government secrets. It is a crime,[Read More…]

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The battle for leadership of the Muslim world: Turkey plants its flag in Christchurch

The battle for leadership of the Muslim world: Turkey plants its flag in Christchurch

When Turkish vice-president Fuat Oktay and foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu became this weekend the first high-level foreign government delegation to travel to Christchurch they were doing more than expressing solidarity with New Zealand’s grieving Muslim community. Messrs. Oktay and Cavusoglu were planting Turkey’s flag far and wide in a global effort to expand beyond the Turkic and former Ottoman world[Read More…]

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The Huntington Thesis:The Dogma Of The Far-Right And The Ideology Of White Supremacist Terror

The Huntington Thesis:The Dogma Of The Far-Right And The Ideology Of White Supremacist Terror

The shocking context of the white supremacist hateful terror attack that killed 50 Muslims and injured as many as 34 others offering prayers at the Al Noor mosque, in Christchurch, New Zealand,cannot be seen in isolation from the ideological strands that get woven into the anti-migrant, anti-Muslim narrative that was primarily triggered by the publication of Samuel Huntington’s book, “Clash[Read More…]

Venezuela: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 2)

Venezuela: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 2)

Dictatorship Strange “dictatorship” in which the Parliament is controlled by the opposition. Strange “dictatorship” where elections are held all the time. Strange “dictatorship” in which “dictators” lose elections and respect the results. Strange “dictatorship” in which some can appeal, live on TV, to crimes against the president and the country, in total impunity. Strange “dictatorship” in which the “leader” of[Read More…]

Netanyahu-Modi: Similarities in Ideologies and Election Strategies

Netanyahu-Modi: Similarities in Ideologies and Election Strategies

● Netanyahu: Those who criticise us are Anti-Semites, Self-Hating Jews. These traitors weaken Israel ànd play into the hands of our enemies. ■ Modi: Those that criticise us are Anti-National, Anti-Hindu. These traitors weaken India and play into the hands of our enemies. ● Netanyahu: Israel is under threat from Terror. I will destroy the terrorists in Gaza, bomb them[Read More…]

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Cruel killings of Namazis in New Zealand mosques is a crime against humanity

Cruel killings of Namazis in New Zealand mosques is a crime against humanity

The Socialist Party pays a humble tribute to 49 worshippers who have been killed by a white supremacist who opens indiscriminate firing on them while praying in two mosques at Christchurch city in New Zealand. The party expresses deep condolences towards their families and wishes a speedy recovery to the wounded. The party terms the killings a crime against humanity.[Read More…]

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Canadian Gurdwara where a temple keeper was murdered by white supremacists held prayers for the victims of Christchurch attacks

Canadian Gurdwara where a temple keeper was murdered by white supremacists held prayers for the victims of Christchurch attacks

The Sikh congregation at a gurdwara in Surrey held prayers for the victims of Christchurch attacks by a neo Nazi. The Friday attacks on two mosques in New Zealand had left 50 people dead. On Sunday, the congregation at the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple, Surrey remembered the dead and prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured. What binds the[Read More…]

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Something Is Happening

Something Is Happening

“Er! Ahem!! Excuse me, you may not have noticed but something is happening. My neighbor has imported a man-eating tiger to eat her mother-in-law. She wants her MIL to become a MEAL.” (Ugh! Bad pun – or whatever) “What after the tiger has finished the offending mother-in-law?” “Well, my neighbor hasn’t thought about it that far. Maybe she thinks the[Read More…]

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Venezuela: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 1)

Venezuela: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 1)

Apparently, most of Western sheep-like humans are buying all the imperial propaganda against Venezuela. And the rest of Western human beings, the minority, they seem to have a lot of doubts about what’s going on in Venezuela, as if they were living in a Stone Age era without instant access to a titanic amount of information provided by an enormous variety of[Read More…]

The Dangers of Values: Brenton Tarrant, Fraser Anning and the Christchurch Shootings

The Dangers of Values: Brenton Tarrant, Fraser Anning and the Christchurch Shootings

The argument that the Christchurch shooter, suspect Brenton Tarrant, or the views of Australia’s Senator Fraser Anning, seemingly holding a lone torch, are somehow not representative of the broader whole, be it Australia or New Zealand, is a self-deflecting exercise.  They are the uncomfortable mirrors of ruin, actual and perceived.  They are the voices of people who can either be[Read More…]

The New Zealand Mosque Attacks and White Supremacy in the West

The New Zealand Mosque Attacks and White Supremacy in the West

Within hours of Australian White Supremacist Brenton Tarrant’s gunning down of forty-nine Muslims at two mosques at Christchurch during Juma prayer on 15th March, tens of thousands of short and long postings on the event came out in social media. In the following twenty-four hours, hundreds of op-eds came out in newspapers in so many languages across the world. As[Read More…]

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Open Letter To New Zealand Prime Minister

Open Letter To New Zealand Prime Minister

Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister PO Box 18888 Parliament Buildings Wellington NEW ZEALAND Dear Madam Prime Minister, I’m William Gomes, Human rights defender and Freelance journalist based in York, United Kingdom. Like many other British round, the country, I had been appalled to wake up to news of the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that[Read More…]

Britain And The EU: The Problems With Brexit

Britain And The EU: The Problems With Brexit

Does anyone remember Nigel Farage? He led the UK Independence Party and the ‘leave’ EU vote — along with his last minute ally Boris Johnson who hoped to push himself up to prime minister. Farage is still around as a Member of the European Parliament representing south-east England, a job soon to be redundant when Britain leaves the EU. Boris[Read More…]

Academic prostitution in the field of terrorism studies

Academic prostitution in the field of terrorism studies

The expression “academic prostitution” appears abusive. It either conveys an apparently arbitrary disrespect to certain academics by comparing them to prostitutes, or conversely appears to equate sexual prostitution, – an honorable, if hazardous, occupation – with intellectual prostitution, a definitely dishonorable one. There is no dispute that even those who honestly earn their academic titles can produce shoddy scholarship, rely[Read More…]

When Simply Being a Muslim Is Your Biggest Crime

When Simply Being a Muslim Is Your Biggest Crime

The sediment of hatred and discrimination directed at Muslims slowly builds up over time and it is not only the most hateful and dark places online or in the world that lay the groundwork for explosions of hatred and violence such as this The Christchurch terrorists, who earlier today took the lives of nearly 50 people at two mosques, were[Read More…]

American Muslims alarmed at White Supremacist terror attacks in New Zealand

American Muslims alarmed at White Supremacist terror attacks in New Zealand

The seven-million strong American Muslim Community was alarmed at the White Supremacist terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand where gunmen entered the mosques and began to shoot and kill Muslim parishioners indiscriminately during the Friday prayer services. At least 49 Muslims were killed and another 48 injured. New Zealand Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed children among shooting victims. An[Read More…]

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The emerging new world order’s alarm bells: Men like Brandon Tarrant and Andreas Breivik

The emerging new world order’s alarm bells: Men like Brandon Tarrant and Andreas Breivik

This week’s attack on two mosques in New Zealand reflects a paradigm shift: the erosion of liberal values and the rise of civilisationalism at the expense of the nation state. So do broader phenomena like wide spread Islamophobia with the crackdown on Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang as its extreme, and growing ant-Semitism These phenomena are fuelled by increasing intolerance and[Read More…]

Hatred can not be allowed as a tool to win elections in democratic polity

Hatred can not be allowed as a tool to win elections in democratic polity

  The Great Replacement”, stated that “the invaders must be removed from European soil, regardless from where they came or when they came. Roma, African, Indian, Turkish, Semitic or other. If they are not of our people, but live in our lands, they must be removed.” This is the statement by the white supremacist who along with other accomplished killed[Read More…]

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Can China And Russia Survive In This Unharmonious World?

Can China And Russia Survive In This Unharmonious World?

Does it pay ‘to be good’? Is it still possible to play by the rules in this mad world, governed by brigands? What if the rules are defined and ratified by all countries of the world, but a small group of the strongest (militarily) nations totally ignores them, while using its professional propagandists to reinterpret them in the most bizarre[Read More…]

Unions Can Take on International Fights — and Win

Unions Can Take on International Fights — and Win

Fresh off a strike in Erie, PA, the United Electrical Workers are a model of the working-class internationalism that can build a more just world. After nine days of picketing in below freezing temperatures, striking workers in Erie, Pennsylvania returned to work recently under a 90-day agreement. The 1,700 strong United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE) strike[Read More…]

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Schools, Scams, and Scoundrels

Schools, Scams, and Scoundrels

This is wonderful news… maybe the best news of the decade. Finally the truth about college admission scams has been exposed. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Corruption extends from K – 12 through Graduate School. I have waited since 1942 for this. In 1942 I was five years old living with my parents in Philadelphia. My Father[Read More…]

Has the Sun Finally Set on the British Empire?  Some reflections on ICJ advisory opinion on Chagos Islands

Has the Sun Finally Set on the British Empire?  Some reflections on ICJ advisory opinion on Chagos Islands

Co-Written by PunsaraAmarasinghe  and Anastasia Glazova The fame of British Empire was once embellished around the corners of the world as the empire where sun never sets and its imperial majesty ruled the millions of lives regardless how they were brought under the colonial yoke. The end of two great wars saw eventually paved the path to dismantle British Empire[Read More…]

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Death in New Zealand: The Christchurch Shootings

Death in New Zealand: The Christchurch Shootings

Five weapons were said to have been used, all inscribed with symbols, numbers and insignia.  The individual charged with the shootings at two Christchurch mosques that left 49 dead was an Australian with, it is alleged, a simple purpose: inflict death, and on specific communities in worship.  Even as the carnage became clear, Christchurch was already the epicentre of twenty-four[Read More…]

New Zealand’s Black Friday

New Zealand’s Black Friday

This morning, Friday the 15th March, we woke up to the horrendous news of the massacre of 49 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. A further 20 people are seriously injured. Just the name of the city – Christchurch – and the mention of two mosques being attacked with the innocent, Muslim worshippers being mowed[Read More…]

New Zealand Muslims to follow Prophet Muhammad

New Zealand Muslims to follow Prophet Muhammad

Forty Nine people have been shot dead and 20 injured. The tragedy in New Zealand invokes Muslims to follow the Prophet, Muhammad. The man was called a Mercy to humanity, and his words, deeds, actions, and prayers reflected his character; mercy.  Many Muslims proudly keep the beard believing it was the tradition of the Prophet. Indeed, it was, now it[Read More…]

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There is a new Peacemaker in town!

Love Letter from Smoky Kabul: Nonviolent Versus Violent Peace in Afghanistan and the World

Dear friends, “Salam (peace)!” is how Afghans greet one another, some of them simultaneously placing a hand over their hearts. But, while everyone including Afghans wants peace, the Afghan Peace Volunteers and I have observed thatthe human species appears to be stuck onviolent peace. We think that this is because most of us are reared as armed doves, like the[Read More…]

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Scores Killed In Christchurch Terror Attack

Scores Killed In Christchurch Terror Attack

Forty nine people have been killed and more than 20 others have been seriously injured in shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch after one or more terrorists opened fire on worshipers. One terrorist, who identified himself as 28-year-old Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, filmed the attack on social media. Dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying[Read More…]

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Venezuela: Roundup – 5- India’s Reliance halts diluents export to Venezuela

Venezuela: Roundup – 5- India’s Reliance halts diluents export to Venezuela

While Venezuela fully restored electricity supply and near-fully restored water supply, the country faces economic war by imperialism with increasing intensity. A Reuters report said: India’s Reliance Industries Ltd, operator of the world’s biggest refining complex, said on Wednesday it had halted supply of diluents to Venezuela’s national oil company PdVSA and would not resume such sales until sanctions were[Read More…]

Trump Calls NYT “A true enemy of the people”: Factional fight of the US ruling classes surfaces again

Trump Calls NYT “A true enemy of the people”: Factional fight of the US ruling classes surfaces again

Donald Trump, the US president, has identified The New York Times as “A true enemy of the people”. (The New York Times, “Trump Attacks The Times, in a Week of Unease for the American Press”, February 20, 2019, by Michael M. Grynbaum and Eileen Sullivan; an article on the issue also appeared in print on February 21, 2019, on page[Read More…]

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Lobbies and Belated Groundings: Boeing’s 737 Max 8

Lobbies and Belated Groundings: Boeing’s 737 Max 8

Lobbies, powerful interests and financial matters are usually the first things that come to mind when the aircraft industry is considered.  Safety, while deemed of foremost importance, is a superficial formality, sometimes observed in the breach.  To see the camera footage of the wreckage from the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 was to be shocked by a certain irony:[Read More…]

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“Maria! Maria! it was Maria that Destroyed Us!”: The Human Story

This is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water — Donald Trump, INDEPENDENT, September 29, 2017 Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017. One and a half years later, many of the island’s more than 3 million U.S. citizens continue to be forgotten and ignored by the federal government. Earlier this year, Stan Cox and I stayed[Read More…]

Chinese pressure tactics put countries between a rock and a hard place

Chinese pressure tactics put countries between a rock and a hard place

Recent Chinese pressure on Myanmar to approve a controversial dam project and the arrest in recent days in Kazakhstan of a human rights activist suggest that China in a seemingly tone-deaf pursuit of its interests is forcing governments to choose between heeding increasingly anti-Chinese public sentiment and pleasing Beijing to ensure continued political and economic support. Apparent Chinese disregard of[Read More…]

Venezuela: ROUNDUP -4- Guaido seeks to sell out Venezuela’s oil industry, and U.S. is willing to buy

Venezuela: ROUNDUP -4- Guaido seeks to sell out Venezuela’s oil industry, and U.S. is willing to buy

Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed “interim president” of Venezuela, has offered to sell out Venezuela’s oil industry to foreign private companies, and the U.S. has expressed its willingness to buy. Guaido has proposed a “draft legislation” that will sell Venezuela’s oil reserves to private companies, a Reuters report said. The move would shrink the participation of state-run oil company PdVSA. Ricardo Hausmann, Guaido’s[Read More…]

Residents obtain water from a natural source from the hill El Avila after the water supply was suspended in a nationwide blackout on March 10, 2019 in Caracas, Venezuela. More than 70 percent of the country was in darkness amid an ongoing political dispute between President Nicolas Maduro and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido.  (Photo: Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images/TNS)

To Help Venezuela, the U.S. Must Use Diplomacy, not a Military Coup

Fomenting regime change—by a soft coup, by economic sabotage, by fostering a military revolt—is likely to lead to more violence and more suffering The United States is pushing for an overthrow of the government of Venezuela. The Trump administration has denounced Nicolas Maduro as a “dictator,” dismissing the 2018 election, which the opposition boycotted. Instead of a good neighbor policy[Read More…]

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REFILE -- CORRECTING TYPO --      Students who were evacuated after a shooting at North Park Elementary School walk past well-wishers to be reunited with their waiting parents at a high school in San Bernardino, California, U.S. April 10, 2017.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

School Shooters and Drones: Linking Gun Violence at Home to America’s Wars Abroad

In the wake of the February 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 students and staff members, a teacher said the school looked “like a war zone.” And to many young Americans, that’s exactly what it felt like. But this shooting was different. Refusing to be victims, Parkland survivors disrupted the “thoughts and[Read More…]

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Lies in the Branding: Justin Trudeau’s Implosion

Lies in the Branding: Justin Trudeau’s Implosion

“Trudeau came out and asked for strong women, and he got them.” Michelle Rempel, Conservative Party MP, The Atlantic, Mar 12, 2019 The gods have various roles, and most of them are intrusively irritating. They select humans, and drive them mad.  They select them for special missions, praise them and drive them to death.  They also select them to, if[Read More…]

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How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report

On a recent delegation to Iran, we experienced first-hand the legendary Iranian hospitality. Iranians are particularly thrilled to meet Americans, but as we discovered, our government’s policies are hurting the very people who want to be our friends. As our 28-person delegation traveled through the country wearing messages on our jackets proclaiming “Peace with Iran” in English and Farsi, we were surrounded[Read More…]

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Venezuela: Roundup – 3- Details of Electricity War exposed, saboteurs detained, imperialist economic war widens

Venezuela: Roundup – 3- Details of Electricity War exposed, saboteurs detained, imperialist economic war widens

Details of the Electricity War, part of a plan to incite unrest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the ruling party, have been exposed. President Maduro has presented details of the attacks on the country’s electricity supply system. The attacks were made through three phases. Maduro on March 11, 2019 described the sabotage as the cruelest blow in the history of[Read More…]

Washington is Waging a New Dimension War Against China – and will Lose out Bitterly

Washington is Waging a New Dimension War Against China – and will Lose out Bitterly

  Once the all-encompassing chittering and chattering about tariffs on Chinese imports by the western corporate media subsided, Trump, egocentric businessman rather than the President of the Empire, “out of the blue”, one could almost say, under the pretext of ‘unfair’ Chinese trading, launches a new ferocious and as usual totally illegal campaign of aggression against China’s fast-growing economy. It’s[Read More…]

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Geostrategy After the Deadlock in U.S.-North-Korean Relations

Geostrategy After the Deadlock in U.S.-North-Korean Relations

George Friedman, the head of the ‘private CIA’ firm Stratfor, issued a report on March 5th, “After Hanoi: North Korea, the US and Japan”, and it said: The strategy since World War II, built on the assumption that U.S. conventional forces can defeat any foe and pacify the country, is being abandoned. And in the case of the Hanoi talks,[Read More…]

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Trudeau’s Cabinet Tempest

Trudeau’s Cabinet Tempest

On a global scale, the current events within Canada’s Justin Trudeau cabinet are not much more than the proverbial tempest in a teapot. While receiving saturation coverage on Canada’s CBC and some national newspapers, it is not totally noteworthy with global significance, other than some slipping and tarnishing of Trudeau’s halo with foreign media. Having said that the problem’s within[Read More…]

Venezuela: Roundup – 2- US presses India to stop buying oil from Venezuela: Imperial Economic War intensifies

Venezuela: Roundup – 2- US presses India to stop buying oil from Venezuela: Imperial Economic War intensifies

Imperialists are intensifying their economic war against the Bolivarian Venezuela. A Reuters report said: The U.S. is pressing India to stop buying oil from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government. The report referred to Washington’s top envoy for Venezuela. “We say you should not be helping this regime. You should be on the side of the Venezuelan people,” Elliott Abrams told[Read More…]

Night view of Caracas during a power cut on March 7, 2019. - The government of Nicolas Maduro denounced a "sabotage" against the main electric power dam in the country, after a massive blackout left Caracas and vast regions of Venezuela in the darkness. (Photo by YURI CORTEZ / AFP)        (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Stay true to Chavismo, says Maduro as power outage continues due to cyber-attacks on Venezuela’s power grid

Venezuela’s electrical systems have been targeted by another cyber-attack. In the face of this imperialist sabotage, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said: “We have overcome so many challenges, we’ll overcome this one.” Venezuelan President was addressing a huge mass gathering in capital city Caracas on Sunday. During the speech, Maduro called on the people to stay true to Chavismo and the sovereignty of Venezuela as the 24-hour[Read More…]