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Information Overload: A New Challenge for a Modern Man to Tackle

Information Overload: A New Challenge for a Modern Man to Tackle

We are vessels of very limited content. Not all men can read all books; it is only in a chosen few that any man can find his appointed food. R.L Stevenson Technological advancement has sharpened the potential of modern and has also beautified his world with unique, awe-inspiring and novel gadgets like mobile phone, computer and other smart paraphernalia of[Read More…]

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Two Most Important Crises of World Today and Their Inter-Connection

Two Most Important Crises of World Today and Their Inter-Connection

Crucial to understanding the present day world is an understanding of its two major crises and their close inter-connection. The first crisis is the survival crisis. It consists of a number of ways in which the basic life-nurturing conditions of our planet are threatened by human made factors. One important factor is the emergence of about a dozen very serious[Read More…]

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Europe Faces Worst Drought In 500 Years

Europe Faces Worst Drought In 500 Years

Europe is facing its worst drought in 500 years. More than 60% of the EU and U.K.’s combined lands are now under drought warnings or alerts. Media including Reuters’ reports said: The source of the River Thames has dried up further downstream than ever before, as England looks set to enter a drought that some experts say the country is[Read More…]

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This happens there in the US

This happens there in the US

The Trump-shelter-search incident is a new political occurrence in the US. Then, the interview came. Donald Trump, former US president, during an almost day-long interview with the New York attorney general, answered only a single question, and that was about his name. The interview was from about 9:30 a.m. to about 3 p.m., with a few breaks. That was an[Read More…]

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Ukraine Is a Wake-Up Call for Europe

Ukraine Is a Wake-Up Call for Europe

It is becoming clear that U.S. neoconservatives have succeeded in creating a warmongering, anti-Russian mood in Europe through an unprecedented information war, the consequences of which will take some time to assess. It is, however, possible to identify the signs of what is to come. Losers: We do not yet know who will win this war (or if anyone will win[Read More…]

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Cosmology: Humanly Irrelevant

Cosmology: Humanly Irrelevant

                         We have seen the startling images provided by the $10 billion James Webb telescope, images relentlessly hyped as an incredible scientific breakthrough by those involved in the research–but of no conceivable relevance or benefit to humanity as a whole.  I would venture to say that, in a moral-humanistic[Read More…]

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The Decline and Fall of Everything (Including Me)

I find nothing strange in Joe Biden, at 79 (going on 80), being the oldest president in our history and possibly planning to run again in 2024. After all, who wouldn’t want to end up in the record books? Were he to be nominated and then beat the also-aging Donald Trump, or Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, or even Fox News’s eternally popular Tucker Carlson, he would[Read More…]

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Displaced Afghans from the northern provinces are evacuated from a makeshift IDP camp in Share-e-Naw park to various mosques and schools on August 12, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. People displaced by the Taliban advancing are flooding into the Kabul capital to escape the Taliban takeover of their provinces. (Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Let’s Talk Turkey PART 1 … and I Don’t Mean the Country!!

Here’s what cracks me up on right wing European leaders’ anger over refugees flooding their nations. Recently, the fascist head of Hungary, Viktor Orban, gave his address to the CPAC neo fascist conference, you know, the one that Trump and cabal love so much. Orban doesn’t like all those refugees from the Middle East and North Africa inundating his beloved[Read More…]

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Understanding Maduro’s successful socialist economic strategy

Understanding Maduro’s successful socialist economic strategy

After years of calling Venezuela’s economy a dismal failure that demonstrates the dangers of socialism, Western media is now lauding its recovery for ’embracing capitalism’ — but this is not accurate, argues Francisco Dominguez In its intensely biased coverage of Venezuela during the hard years of 2014-21 the mainstream media wheeled in every imaginable academic pundit to “demonstrate” that the[Read More…]

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In this April 3, 1968, file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. makes his last public appearance at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn. (Photo: AP/Charles Kelly, File)

MLK’s Historic Speech Has Increasing Relevance

Great speeches are those which address the most urgent issues of the time in such such a way as to bring out real solutions while exposing falsehoods. Greatest speeches are those which achieve this in such a way that their relevance increases with the passage of time and years later, even decades later, we can refer to them to improve[Read More…]

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Arizona Tribes In The U.S. Face Water Crisis

Arizona Tribes In The U.S. Face Water Crisis

Water is more than a commodity to the Indigenous peoples in the U.S. Tribes say water is life itself for the people, plants, animal life and the land itself. But many tribes people in Arizona are facing water crisis. A report by AZCentral | The Arizona Republic  — Arizona tribal water settlements stall in courtrooms, agency offices (Aug. 10, 2022,[Read More…]

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A Looting Matter: Cambodia’s Stolen Antiquities

A Looting Matter: Cambodia’s Stolen Antiquities

Cambodia has often featured in the Western imagination as a place of plunder and pilfering.  Temples and artefacts of exquisite beauty have exercised the interest of adventurers and buccaneers who looted with almost kleptocratic tendency. In 1924, the French novelist and future statesman André Malraux, proved himself one of Europe’s greatest adventurers in making off with a ton of sacred[Read More…]

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Sanctions Fuel the Fire at Cuba’s Matanzas Oil Storage

Sanctions Fuel the Fire at Cuba’s Matanzas Oil Storage

by Vijay Prashad and Manolo De Los Santos On August 5, a major oil storage facility in Matanzas, Cuba, 65 miles east of Havana, was hit by lightning. A tank that contained 25,000 cubic meters of crude oil caught fire after being struck. Since then, an enormous fire has been raging in Matanzas. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Ávalos Jorge, deputy head of Cuba’s[Read More…]

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Nancy Pelosi represents California's 12th congressional district. She is the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives and served as the 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (Image by DonkeyHotey / CC wikimedia)

Pelosi is the Symbol of a Dying Perspective

On August 2nd, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi became the highest-level U.S. official to visit Taiwan since 1997, against all warnings from China and from American officials, who said it could lead to more aggressive military posturing. The objective of the visit was not clear, besides making a stand against China with the usual “democracy” rhetoric. What will America gain by[Read More…]

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While Cuba Deals with Blazing Fire, the U.S. Watches and Waits

by Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan and Medea Benjamin By now, the images of the oil explosion that erupted in the Cuban province of Matanzas on Friday, August 5 and continues blazing have become international news. When lightning struck an oil tank in Cuba’s largest oil storage facility, it quickly exploded and began to spread to nearby tanks. As of now,[Read More…]

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The Big Squeeze Play

The Big Squeeze Play

No, this is not about baseball, though this writer as a youth participated in many squeeze plays. Sometimes they were actually ‘ Suicide Squeezes’, so apropos to this current political climate. No, this is about  millions of us working stiffs who consider ourselves Socialists or Socialist thinkers. Some in the sadly corrupt Democratic Party call themselves ‘ Progressives’ , but…[Read More…]

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US will send warships through Taiwan Strait “in the coming days,” US Naval Institute reports

US will send warships through Taiwan Strait “in the coming days,” US Naval Institute reports

Amid the military standoff in the Taiwan Strait triggered by the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan last week, the US is planning to send warships through the Taiwan Strait “in the coming days,” the publication of the United States Naval Institute reported Tuesday. On Monday, the Pentagon confirmed earlier statements by the White House that the[Read More…]

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South Africa Is on a Knife Edge as Xenophobia Escalates

South Africa Is on a Knife Edge as Xenophobia Escalates

Xenophobia is a global crisis, but in South Africa, it takes a particularly violent form. The day-to-day accumulation of insult and harassment from within the state and society periodically mutates into open-street violence in which people are beaten, hacked and burned to death. If there is a useful point of global comparison, it may be with the communal riots that[Read More…]

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77th Nagasaki Memorial at the White House

77th Nagasaki Memorial at the White House

On the 77th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki during WWII was cause for a small group of anti-war activists to demonstrate at the White House to draw attention to both that disaster and the ongoing legacy of nuclear war that continues to threaten the world. The setting was appropriate as nearby on the sidewalk in a tent at Lafayette[Read More…]

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Ukrainian army endangers civilians says Amnesty International

Ukrainian army endangers civilians says Amnesty International

Ukrainian forces have threatened civilians by setting up bases and operating weapons systems in populated areas, including schools and hospitals, as they battled the Russian intervention that began in February, Amnesty International said in a statement. “Such a tactic violates international humanitarian law and endangers civilians, as it turns civilian objects into military targets. The Russian strikes that followed in[Read More…]

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Punishing Whistleblowers at the United Nations

Punishing Whistleblowers at the United Nations

The United Nations prides itself on exposing, monitoring and noting the travails and vicissitudes to be found on this troubled planet.  It also prides itself on being the premier international institution that protects, or at the very least keeps an eye out for, the principles of the Charter that underpin its existence.  But as with all bodies with mighty aspirations[Read More…]

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Food for Thought… Literally

Food for Thought… Literally

Our journey with food had a tumultuous start with our progenitors being banished from paradise for eating the forbidden fruit. Since then, food has been predominant in our existence, evolving with the evolution of humanity. The biological progression of human bodies and the development of our brains commenced with the discovery of food and progressed with the gradual expansion of[Read More…]

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Going Global with NATO

Going Global with NATO

Regional alliances should, for the most part, remain regional.  Areas of the globe can count on a number of such bodies and associations with varying degrees of heft: the Organization of American States; the Organisation of African Unity; and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.  Only one has decided to move beyond its natural, subscribed limits, citing security and a[Read More…]

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Why Should War Criminals Operate with Impunity?

Why Should War Criminals Operate with Impunity?

The issue of alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine highlights the decades-long reluctance of today’s major military powers to support the International Criminal Court. In 1998, the International Criminal Court (ICC) was established by an international treaty, the Rome Statute.  Coming into force in 2002 and with 123 nations now parties to it, the treaty provides that the ICC, headquartered[Read More…]

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Rollerball Amerika

Rollerball Amerika

                 You must see or revisit Norman Jewison’s 1975 film Rollerball, starring James Caan as superstar player Jonathan E. In it, we see a world no longer made up of countries, but of corporations that control every bit of life for the people. There are no longer wars, just a complacent populace who ‘go along to get[Read More…]

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The Intricate Fight For Africa: The Legacy of the Soviet Union vs Western Colonialism

The Intricate Fight For Africa: The Legacy of the Soviet Union vs Western Colonialism

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s recent tour in Africa was meant to be a game changer, not only in terms of Russia’s relations with the continent, but in the global power struggle involving the US, Europe, China, India, Turkey and others. Many media reports and analyses placed Lavrov’s visit to Egypt, the Republic of Congo, Uganda and Ethiopia within the[Read More…]

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US-China relations at breaking point

US-China relations at breaking point

The reckless and provocative trip by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has strained relations between the United States and China to breaking point. The Chinese government has reacted with Pelosi’s visit by ending dialogue with Washington in key areas, including military-to-military talks, climate change, cross-border crime and drug trafficking, and the repatriation of illegal migrants. Beijing has also imposed unspecified[Read More…]

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Photo credit: The Nation: Hiroshima - It’s time to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons

Hiroshima Day— Threat of Actual Use of Nuclear Weapons, Accidental or Intended, is Increasing

This year has been extremely threatening in terms of the rise of big power rivalry and tensions. First, the escalation of the Ukraine crisis with Ukraine becoming a proxy country in the real conflict between the USA and Russia has led to tensions worsening steadily. What is most worrying is that unlike in the case of most recent wars, no[Read More…]

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Pope Francis affirms genocide of first nations by Canada and Catholic schools

Pope Francis affirms genocide of first nations by Canada and Catholic schools

THE SINS OF THE FATHERS VISITED UPON ALL THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS It has taken 500 years for the fallacies of the European ‘Age of Discovery’ in the New World to finally become more truthfully revealed for its true genocidal history towards First Nation peoples and their cultures. This truth has now been affirmed by Pope Francis, the head of[Read More…]

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 Justice in the Land of the FreeTM: The cases of Griner and Assange

 Justice in the Land of the FreeTM: The cases of Griner and Assange

I feel for American basketball player Brittney Griner. Did she break the law? Yes, she did, and she pled guilty at trial. But a sentence of nine years — to be spent in what the New York Times calls a “penal colony” — for bringing hashish into Russia for self-treatment (assuming this is true) seems overly harsh. But the law[Read More…]

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U.S. Military Activity Near Taiwan

U.S. Military Activity Near Taiwan

U.S. Navy ships and planes will transit the Taiwan strait in the next two weeks. U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby condemned Chinese military drills in the area and said the Pentagon had ordered the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and her escorts to remain near Taiwan to “monitor the situation.” The USS Reagan and her accompanying ships are[Read More…]

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Russia and the European Union Continue Transition to Wartime Economies

Russia and the European Union Continue Transition to Wartime Economies

Russia and the West have signaled their intent to commit to a long-term confrontation over Ukraine. While Russia has clearly felt the effect of sanctions, the EU remains vulnerable to Russian attempts to use energy to divide member states. Having declared victory over the “economic blitzkrieg” of Western sanctions in March, Russian President Vladimir Putin must contend with continued Western[Read More…]

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PLA’s military drills around the island of Taiwan, Graphic: Xu Zihe/GT

PLA’s Complete Blockade Around Taiwan, And The Blockading Exercise Will Be Routine

Joint military exercises around the island of Taiwan by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) continued Wednesday with a joint blockade, sea assault and land and air combat trainings, involving the use of advanced weapons including J-20 stealth fighter jets and DF-17 hypersonic missiles after the drills started on Tuesday evening, when U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed on the[Read More…]

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Pelosi-play in Taiwan

Pelosi-play in Taiwan

Mrs. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker, US House of Representatives, had a play in Taiwan, which in its initial phase was not dignified. The play’s initial phase was like a Hide-and-Seek game: no public announcement about Taiwan visit and the planned visit’s time schedule; none definitely knew the Taiwan trip-plan, and then, her plane made an adventure like detour to the east[Read More…]

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The Fuss about Monkeypox

The Fuss about Monkeypox

The World Health Organization has been one of the easier bodies to abuse.  For parochial types, populist moaners and critics of international institutions, the WHO bore the brunt of criticisms from Donald Trump to Jair Bolsonaro.  Being a key institution in identifying public health risks, it took time assessing the threat posed by SARS-CoV-2 and its disease, COVID-19. Little time[Read More…]

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Climate Crisis and the military

Climate Crisis and the military

  Seven people including veterans and their supporters were arrested this morning while staging a sit-in on the street in front of the U.S. Capitol when calling for action on the military’s massive contribution to climate change. Veterans For Peace (VFP), the organization that sponsored the action, made known their demands to bring about a reduction in the environmental damage[Read More…]

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Ten Truths that Can’t Be Published Under the U.S. Regime

Ten Truths that Can’t Be Published Under the U.S. Regime

The overthrow of Yanukovych in Ukraine in February 2014 was a U.S. coup, and definitely not a democratic revolution there.   The U.S. Government and its ‘news’-media lied — didn’t merely “err” — to deceive the U.S. public to believe the “Saddam’s WMD” falsehoods that were used to ‘justify’ criminally invading Iraq on 20 March 2003.   The U.S. Government[Read More…]

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As the War in Ukraine Devastates the Nation’s Ecosystems, the World Reaches Record-High Military Spending

As the War in Ukraine Devastates the Nation’s Ecosystems, the World Reaches Record-High Military Spending

Just one bomb releases a slew of toxic heavy metals into Ukraine’s soil and groundwater. Now multiply this by thousands. In the U.S., proponents supporting military expansion and increasing defense spending have prevailed despite the more pressing need to divert all available resources to fight the impending disaster being faced by humanity: climate change. While ignoring the climate disaster, the[Read More…]

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There is a new Peacemaker in town!

The Clash of Leadership, Global Peace and Humanity at Crossroads

“….Human nature is at least in part wicked and in part foolish, how can human beings be prevented from suffering from the results of their wickedness and folly? ….Men simply do not see that war is foolish and useless and wicked. They think on occasion that it is necessary and wise and honourable, for war is not the work of[Read More…]

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‘Get Out!’ People In Taiwan Protest Pelosi’s Visit Amid China’s Missile Drill 

‘Get Out!’ People In Taiwan Protest Pelosi’s Visit Amid China’s Missile Drill 

Tuesday’s protest in Taiwan. Photo: Fan Lingzhi/Global Times Civic groups, politicians, and business and industry representatives on the island of Taiwan on Tuesday protested against U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit, amid China’s missile drill. Protest Media reports said: The Taipei-based Chinese Patriotic Concentric Association took to the street at a site near the Grand Hyatt hotel in the Xinyi[Read More…]

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Nancy Pelosi, you Silly Biddy

Nancy Pelosi, you Silly Biddy

Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s visit to Sarajevo in 1914 was an instructive lesson on how the dumb do, at some point, ask for it.  Bosnia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, was desired by the Kingdom of Serbia.  With the Serbs also well represented in Bosnia, a visit by the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne was always to be tricky, if[Read More…]

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On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Greenpeace volunteers fly Peace Doves, bearing messages of peace, "No More Hiroshima", "Yes to Peace",  "No to Rokkasho" in Japanese and in English, beside the A-Bomb Dome Memorial in Hiroshima. Greenpeace renews their calls for peace and make this anniversary a message to world leaders to make real their commitments to nuclear disarmament, including the Japanese government to abandon plans to produce nuclear weapons.

Why Peace and Disarmament Must be the Number One Priority Today

Many eminent persons, individually and in groups, have been trying to convince the world leadership to give much more attention to environment protection, particularly to checking climate change. This is very well justified by the seriousness of the environmental crisis. While fully supporting this, it must be asserted that peace and disarmament are even more important. One compelling reason is[Read More…]

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Three Tons of Fascism with a Bull Bar – Fuming at the Rest of Us, Democracy, and the Earth

Three Tons of Fascism with a Bull Bar – Fuming at the Rest of Us, Democracy, and the Earth

In the United States during 16 months in 2020 and 2021, vehicles rammed into groups of protesters at least 139 times, according to a Boston Globe analysis. Three victims died and at least 100 were injured. Consider that a new level of all-American barbarity, thanks to the growing toxicity of right-wing politics, empowered by its embrace of ever-larger, more menacing vehicles being cranked[Read More…]

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China’s PLA In Full Alert As Tension Escalates Ahead Of Pelosi’s Potential Taiwan Visit

China’s PLA In Full Alert As Tension Escalates Ahead Of Pelosi’s Potential Taiwan Visit

The situation across the Taiwan Straits has drastically escalated as the military deployment from the Chinese mainland, U.S. and the island of Taiwan continues creeping up, after US and Taiwan-based media disclosed that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to visit the island on Tuesday night. Pelosi’s Taiwan visit is seen by China as a serious provocation and violation[Read More…]

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How Maasai Women Are Resisting Land Grabs

How Maasai Women Are Resisting Land Grabs

In Mwanza, Tanzania, Nairukoki Leyian-Naisinyai tells me that here, “Corporations come with papers from the government claiming that they have the right to our land.” She points to the large corporations that have entered the lands of the Maasai people to mine rubies and tanzanite. The Maasai can neither assert their rights to the land nor benefit from the mining[Read More…]

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Nancy Pelosi Taiwan Visit Could Get Us All Killed

Nancy Pelosi Taiwan Visit Could Get Us All Killed

The arrogance of power is especially ominous and despicable when a government leader risks huge numbers of lives in order to make a provocative move on the world’s geopolitical chessboard. Nancy Pelosi’s plan to visit Taiwan is in that category. Thanks to her, the chances of a military confrontation between China and the United States have spiked upward. Long combustible over[Read More…]

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Myanmar: Executing Dissent

Myanmar: Executing Dissent

The execution of four well-known democracy activists by the military junta in Myanmar in June 2022 has angered and incensed those who cherish freedom and justice all over the world.   The four , Phyo Zeyar Thaw, Kyaw Min Yu, Hla Myo Aung and Aung Thura Zaw have become immortalised in the noble struggle of the Myanmar people for their dignity[Read More…]

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There Will Be No Surrender: Serbian President Calls for Peaceful Solution to Kosovo Escalation

There Will Be No Surrender: Serbian President Calls for Peaceful Solution to Kosovo Escalation

Amidst escalating tension in Kosovo, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said: “No matter how difficult it is, there will be no surrender, Serbia will win,” he stated. “We do not want conflict and we do not want war,” Vucic said in his speech. He said: We will pray for peace and seek peace, but let me tell you right away. If[Read More…]

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Right-Wing Extremists Are Making Fiction Come True

Right-Wing Extremists Are Making Fiction Come True

Ever since the early morning hours of November 9, 2016, standing in a ballroom with red-hatted Trump election celebrants in the New York Hilton, I’ve been waiting for this moment. This eruption of misogyny, unlike any since perhaps the witch trials and the burnings of midwives at the stake, was only a matter of time. As shocking, as wildly insulting as that pussy-grabber winning[Read More…]

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Right-wing Environmentalism in Germany

Right-wing Environmentalism in Germany

In Germany and elsewhere, the issue of environmental protection is often understood as a rather young movement originating in the non-mainstream, green milieu of the 1970s. In the case of Germany, this might – at least partially – be a slight misconception. Germany has a very long history of an ecologically oriented radical right. Today’s German right-wing ecological renaissance is[Read More…]

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Penal Assassination: The Gradual Effort to Kill Assange

Penal Assassination: The Gradual Effort to Kill Assange

They really do want to kill him.  Perhaps it is high time that his detractors and sceptics, proven wrong essentially from the outset, admit that the US imperium, along with its client states, is willing to see Julian Assange perish in prison.  The locality and venue, for the purposes of this exercise, are not relevant.  Like the Inquisition, the Catholic[Read More…]

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Korean War Monument Unveiling Pays Tribute to the Fallen

Korean War Monument Unveiling Pays Tribute to the Fallen

A long overdue tribute to honor each individual service member who gave their life during the 1950-1953 Korean War has finally been added to the Korean War monument here in Washington. In October of 2016, Congress enacted the “Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act” (Public Law 114–230) with the stipulation that related costs for its implementation would not[Read More…]

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US carrier group heads toward Taiwan as Pelosi flies to Asia

US carrier group heads toward Taiwan as Pelosi flies to Asia

The American aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group, including a guided missile destroyer and cruiser, set out from Singapore on Monday heading toward the South China Sea and Taiwan. This deployment, clearly linked to the planned highly provocative visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, greatly heightens US military and political tensions with China, which[Read More…]

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Chile’s Lithium Provides Profit to the Billionaires But Exhausts the Land and the People

Chile’s Lithium Provides Profit to the Billionaires But Exhausts the Land and the People

by Vijay Prashad and Taroa Zúñiga Silva The Atacama salt flat in northern Chile, which stretches 1,200 square miles, is the largest source of lithium in the world. We are standing on a bluff, looking over la gran fosa, the great pit that sits at the southern end of the flat, which is shielded from public view. It is where the[Read More…]

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China Warns U.S.: Those Who Play With Fire Will Perish By It

China Warns U.S.: Those Who Play With Fire Will Perish By It

Taiwan is a part of China and the 1.4 billion Chinese will not tolerate any challenges to the country’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity, President Xi Jinping told his U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden, in a phone call on Thursday. Xi’s warning comes amid reports that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is preparing to visit the island next month, something China[Read More…]

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Facial Recognition Technology Down Under

Facial Recognition Technology Down Under

The language is far from reassuring.  Despite being caught red handed using facial recognition technology unbeknownst to customers, a number of Australia’s large retail companies have given a meek assurance that they will “pause” their use.  The naughty will only show contrition in the most qualified of ways. It all began with an investigation by CHOICE which found that the[Read More…]

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      Baz Ratner/Reuters US troops in Afghanistan, June 2011

The Paranoid Nature of American Foreign and Domestic Policy

I have a brother with chronic schizophrenia. He had his first severe catatonic episode when he was 16 years old and I was 10. Later, he suffered from auditory hallucinations and heard voices saying nasty things to him. I remember my father reassuring him that the voices weren’t real and asking him whether he could ignore them. Sadly, it’s not that[Read More…]

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Exponential Explosions Shake the World: Radical Reorganiztion Required

Exponential Explosions Shake the World: Radical Reorganiztion Required

     It’s only a few months since last we wrote about the dangers of war, pandemics, and climate change reaching a climax (https://multiracialunity.org/2022/05/07/an-exploding-world-requires-radical-change/), but already the crises are intensifying. Inflation, infection, injustice, impoverishment are all further endangering the lives of workers around the world. Consequences of Ukraine War Multiply As the lead op-ed in the NY Times said recently (6/22/2022),[Read More…]

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Lessons from recent US history

Lessons from recent US history

For much of the period since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the US was politically, militarily and economically unchallenged. The US was now the world’s hegemon and, to remain dominant, it couldn’t allow powerful challengers to arise. This goal meant that the US viewed the relationship with nations such as Russia and China as a zero-sum game, thus reducing[Read More…]

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U.S. Contingency Military Plan For Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit

U.S. Contingency Military Plan For Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit

The Pentagon could send additional ships, aircraft and surveillance systems to protect US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she proceeds with her plan to visit Taiwan, AP reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed US officials. A “contingency plan,” which is being developed by the U.S. military, involves creating “overlapping rings of protection” for the U.S. House speaker during her flight to[Read More…]

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Mexico’s President Gives Joe Biden a Big History Lesson

Mexico’s President Gives Joe Biden a Big History Lesson

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) visited the United States on July 12 and offered five proposals to U.S. President Joe Biden. These proposals are based on AMLO’s in-depth knowledge of Mexican history and his reading of the economic crisis in the United States, which seems to be losing its edge as a global leader. The first of the proposals[Read More…]

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From Bill Gates to the Great Refusal – Farmers on the Frontline  

From Bill Gates to the Great Refusal – Farmers on the Frontline  

Prior to the Industrial Revolution, most humans were engaged in agriculture. Our relationship with nature was immediate. Within just a few generations, however, for many people across the world, their link with the land has been severed. Food now arrives pre-packaged (often precooked), preserved with chemicals and contains harmful pesticides, micro-plastics, hormones and/or various other contaminants. We are also being[Read More…]

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Australia’s 2 Top Universities Anti-Arab Anti-Semitic & Anti-Jewish Anti-Semitic

Australia’s 2 Top Universities Anti-Arab Anti-Semitic & Anti-Jewish Anti-Semitic

Australia’s 2 top universities, the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney, have both falsely defamed their anti-racist Jewish and non-Jewish students as anti-Semitic for criticizing the appalling crimes of Israeli Apartheid, and have thus implicitly falsely defamed all  anti-racists everywhere who rightly condemn the  ongoing human rights abuses and  ongoing Palestinian Genocide by Apartheid Israel. These 2 top[Read More…]

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Chaff Candidates: The Race for the UK Tory Leadership

Chaff Candidates: The Race for the UK Tory Leadership

As UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson set the scene in spectacular fashion.  All who sought to confine him to history, perished.  He was the only one who seemed to survive, and reject, one diabolical scandal after the next – till now. No leader with such a destructive sense of presence could do anything but impair those who followed him.  But[Read More…]

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The US Boxes Itself in over Taiwan and Ukraine

The US Boxes Itself in over Taiwan and Ukraine

Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the United States House of Representatives, is reportedly scheduled to visit Taipei in August 2022. The stated purpose is supporting Asian democracy. The trip has more than irked the Chinese. The trip has obviously not been approved by the one recognized government of China in Beijing. Some may downplay the speaker of the US House of[Read More…]

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The Enduring Tyranny of Oil – War, Inflation, Geopolitical Rivalry, and Soaring World Temperatures

The Enduring Tyranny of Oil – War, Inflation, Geopolitical Rivalry, and Soaring World Temperatures

It may seem hard to believe, but only 15 years ago many of us were talking confidently about “peak oil” — the moment of maximum global oil output after which, with world reserves dwindling, its use would begin an irreversible decline. Then along came hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the very notion of peak oil largely vanished. Instead, some analysts[Read More…]

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The village of Kulusuk in Greenland. (Photo: Ville Miettinen/flickr/cc)

Greenland – Towards A Protective Future

At a time when headlines were focused more on the heat wave in Europe, an event of great importance which should have received more attention was the melting of as much as 18 billion tons of ice sheets in just 3 days of mid-July in Greenland. Very frightening estimates have been presented of the extent of rise in sea level[Read More…]

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China Pledges Serious Consequences For U.S. If Pelosi Visits Taiwan

China Pledges Serious Consequences For U.S. If Pelosi Visits Taiwan

China’s Foreign Ministry has warned the U.S. of “serious consequences” should U.S. House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan in a demonstration of developing ties between Washington and the autonomous island that Beijing sees as inalienable part of China’s territory. “The Chinese side has made it clear to the U.S. on many occasions that it is firmly opposed to[Read More…]

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One Major Way We Can Reduce the Suffering of Animals Raised for Food

One Major Way We Can Reduce the Suffering of Animals Raised for Food

Veterinarians have an opportunity to uphold medical ethics—and give the nation’s factory-farmed animals a small bit of mercy when they are killed. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is holding its annual convention in Philadelphia starting on July 29. This is an opportunity for the group to formulate a policy statement opposing a method of killing farmed animals that epitomizes the inhumane[Read More…]

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Ariel Gold

Anti-War and Human Rights Leader Ariel Gold Appointed as FOR-USA Executive Director in Historic Hire

After an extensive national search, the Fellowship of Reconciliation-USA (FOR-USA) is proud to welcome our next executive director, Ariel Gold. Ms. Gold, a veteran peace and justice advocate, is taking the helm as the organization’s first Jewish executive director. Prior to this groundbreaking appointment, for the past seven years Ms. Gold worked at CODEPINK Women for Peace, where she was[Read More…]

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An Asia-Pacific Statement of Faith Communities on Israel as an Apartheid State

An Asia-Pacific Statement of Faith Communities on Israel as an Apartheid State

 by Global Kairos Asia Pacific Palestine Solidarity (GKAPPS) Global Kairos Asia Pacific Palestine Solidarity (GKAPPS) is a group of Asian Christian Theologians from 21 countries working in alliance with all religious communities and civil society movements in the Asia-Pacific region and around the Globe to act decisively to address the brutal and horrific situations of the continuing Nakba that the[Read More…]

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International Accountability: Myanmar, the ICJ and the Genocide Question

International Accountability: Myanmar, the ICJ and the Genocide Question

The indomitable spirit of Raphael Lemkin, bibliophile, assiduous documenter of humanity’s dark deeds and inexecrable conduct, is bound to be an unsettled one.  This brilliant, committed and peculiarly dedicated creature took years to come up with what would, in time, become a word so horrifying as to transfix judges of international law.  The amalgam word of genocide stalks the conscience[Read More…]

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CDC Prioritizes a Healthy Public or a Healthy Economy?

CDC Prioritizes a Healthy Public or a Healthy Economy?

It is not possible to serve two masters with opposing goals. In the case of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it has not always been obvious that such a dichotomy exists, but it has become ever more apparent since Trump and Covid-19. Before that, many of us relied on the CDC for accuracy, integrity, public health science,[Read More…]

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The War ‘Diplomat’: How Borrell, the West Lost the ‘Global Battle of Narratives’

The War ‘Diplomat’: How Borrell, the West Lost the ‘Global Battle of Narratives’

In a blog entry, reflecting on the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Bali, Indonesia on July 7-8, the High Representative of the European Union, Josep Borrell, seems to have accepted the painful truth that the West is losing what he termed “the global battle of narratives”. “The global battle of narratives is in full swing and, for now, we are[Read More…]

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Activists Demand Biden End Support to Marcos 2.0

Activists Demand Biden End Support to Marcos 2.0

A small group of activists marched from Dupont Circle to the Philippine Embassy calling for President Biden to stop supporting the Philippine government of “BongBong” Marcos while calling for the prosecution of former President Duterte for the extrajudicial killings in his “War on Drugs.” Signs in both English and Tagalog were used to inspire resistance and to fight for change.[Read More…]

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Israel is an Apartheid State

Israel is an Apartheid State

The Indo-Palestine Solidarity Network (IPSN) is a network of like- minded people drawn from all parts of the country committed to justice and freedom for Palestine. It seeks an end to the racist-colonialist-apartheid politics of Israel. Over the last three years, IPSN has consistently been involved in creating awareness about the conditions of the Palestinian people and drawing people together[Read More…]

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U.S. F-16s at Incirlik    Photo credit: U.S. government

White House confirms plans to send US-NATO jets to fight Russia

In what may be the most provocative escalation of the US-NATO war against Russia to date, the White House has confirmed that the US is planning to send NATO-made fighter jets to Ukraine. John Kirby, the National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, confirmed that the Pentagon is discussing “providing fighter aircraft to the Ukrainians.” Kirby’s statement marks a rejection[Read More…]

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Jafar Panahi

Iran imprisons film directors amid escalating crackdown on dissent and protests

In the largest crackdown on its film industry since 2010, Iran ordered internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi, 62, to serve a six-year jail sentence after he criticised the government. Panahi was arrested on July 11 when he went to the prosecutor’s office to follow up on the arrest of Mohammad Rasoulof, another well-known filmmaker, and Mostafa Aleahmad. The two were[Read More…]

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The U.S. Is a World Outlier on Abortion Restrictions

The U.S. Is a World Outlier on Abortion Restrictions

The recent overturning of Roe v. Wade is part of a pattern of American exceptionalism that harms people in both the U.S. and the rest of the world. We know the United States is an outlier in abortion restrictions, but it is still startling to realize just how much. In the last two decades, 50 countries around the world have liberalized abortion[Read More…]

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The WTO Opts for Greed and Profits Over Providing Vaccinations for All People Worldwide

The WTO Opts for Greed and Profits Over Providing Vaccinations for All People Worldwide

The health of all people is being sacrificed to Big Pharma profits and rich countries’ saber-rattling sanctions. Meanwhile, other countries are capable of meeting the world’s vaccine needs. The UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima had appealed before the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva that the world would face a grim future if patent waivers did not take place. At a press[Read More…]

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The Dark Side of Germany and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies  

The Dark Side of Germany and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies  

Post World War II Germany has exhibited commendable characteristics — publicly atoning for its Nazi past, working assiduously to create a thriving nation, designing a truly democratic country, integrating its European compatriots into a common market, leading others in opening borders to refugees, and modifying its previous ultra-nationalism to form the European union. Behind these praiseworthy attributes lurks another Germany[Read More…]

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Capitalism and Unmaking of Democracy

Capitalism and Unmaking of Democracy

Rule of law, transparency, accountability and citizenship rights are fundamental pillars of constitutional democracy. These pillars are eroding rapidly. The democratic cultures based on equality, liberty, justice, reason, science, secularism, tolerance and mutual respect for dissenting and diverse opinions are declining across the globe. The corporatisation of electoral campaigns, market command over political parties, corporate control over political processes and[Read More…]

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Japan’s Threat Assessment Identifies Russia, China And North Korea As Its Main Security Concerns

Japan’s Threat Assessment Identifies Russia, China And North Korea As Its Main Security Concerns

Japan in its first annual defense report issued since the war in Ukraine mentioned Russia and China’s deepening military cooperation that has included joint air and navy drills is raising security concerns in the region. The defence white paper approved by Prime Minister Kishida’s government identifies China, Russia and North Korea as its main security concerns. Rivalries Are Clear “The[Read More…]

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AUKUS, Technology and Militarising Australia

AUKUS, Technology and Militarising Australia

Thinktanks across Australia, tanked with cash from US sources and keen to think in furious agreement, are all showing how delighted they are with the AUKUS security pact and what potential it has for local, if subordinated industry.  The United States Studies Centre, a loudspeaker for Washington’s opinions based at the University of Sydney, has added its bit to the[Read More…]

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8 Billion Humans? Population Is a Difficult Conversation, but We Need to Start Getting Real

8 Billion Humans? Population Is a Difficult Conversation, but We Need to Start Getting Real

 It’s time to rethink our broken and unfair family planning systems. July 11 was World Population Day, an observance established by the United Nations aiming to highlight population issues, particularly how the human population relates to the environment. The UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) marked the occasion by releasing its World Population Prospects 2022 report, which announced that the global human[Read More…]

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South Africa’s Energy Crisis Escalates

South Africa’s Energy Crisis Escalates

Behind rolling power cuts loom deep-seated socioeconomic issues worsened by the rich countries of the world. On the morning of June 27, 2022, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) shop steward David Fankomo joined his fellow members at the picket line outside Eskom’s Emalahleni office in the heart of South Africa’s coal belt. Workers at Eskom, the nation’s state-owned electricity utility,[Read More…]

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The Kremlin Seeks to Exploit Growing Wariness Over Refugees in Europe

The Kremlin Seeks to Exploit Growing Wariness Over Refugees in Europe

Instability and rising living costs have caused significant growth in refugee and other migrant numbers globally. The opportunity to exploit the crisis will not be missed by other countries, most notably Russia. Since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, more than 7 million Ukrainian refugees have left the country till mid-June. While some 1.5 million ended up in Russia, the rest have mostly[Read More…]

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Russia, Iran and Turkey Hold Tehran Summit While the Paranoid West Views it Suspiciously

Russia, Iran and Turkey Hold Tehran Summit While the Paranoid West Views it Suspiciously

“Intellectuals must be seated in chosen assemblies and systems of public governance to overt individualistic insanity against the people.” German philosopher Immanuel Kant (“Perpetual Peace”, 1795). Western Leaders Skeptical of Tehran Summit Most Western leaders enjoin lingering suspicion if President Putin, President Ebrahim Raisi and President Erdogan will meet or could produce any tangible outcomes of Tehran Summit. Despite political[Read More…]

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Controlling Bodies and Subverting Democracy

Controlling Bodies and Subverting Democracy

When I was the age that my daughter is now, my favorite sweatshirt had the words “Choice, Choice, Choice, Choice” in rainbow letters across its front. My mom got me that sweatshirt at a 1989 rally in response to Webster v. Reproductive Health Services. In that case, the Supreme Court upheld a Missouri law restricting the use of state funds and facilities for[Read More…]

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Weaponising Trade and Its New Enemy

Weaponising Trade and Its New Enemy

“Weaponising trade”, i.e., using trade as a tool of foreign policy aspirations and marginalizing rivals instead of as an opportunity for economic growth, is not new. It is well known that among most countries, “the United States bears a good share of responsibility” for increasingly weaponizing trade. The US and its allies have used trade embargoes and sanctions against countries,[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: West Can Not Sustain Prolonged Conflict In Ukraine, Says Pentagon Supplier

Ukraine Update: West Can Not Sustain Prolonged Conflict In Ukraine, Says Pentagon Supplier

The West does not have the stockpiles of weapons needed to sustain a prolonged military campaign in Ukraine or elsewhere, the CEO of one of the Pentagon’s main defense contractors has warned. The military-industrial complex therefore needs a “clear demand signal” from Western governments on what exactly it should produce and whether it will be purchased, Kathy Warden told the[Read More…]

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Geopolitical Update: Iran Is Capable Of Building Nuclear Bomb, Says Khamenei Advisor

Geopolitical Update: Iran Is Capable Of Building Nuclear Bomb, Says Khamenei Advisor

Iran is technically capable of producing a nuclear bomb but no political decision on such an option has been made, Kamal Kharrazi, a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, has said. “In a few days we were able to enrich uranium to 60% and we can easily produce 90% enriched uranium,” Kharrazi told Al Jazeera on Sunday. He[Read More…]

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Plotting War on Iran

Plotting War on Iran

The United States, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, responsible for military fiascos, hundreds of thousands of deaths, and innumerable war crimes in the Middle East, are now plotting to attack Iran. The United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia are plotting a war with Iran. The 2015 Iranian nuclear arms accord, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which Donald Trump sabotaged,[Read More…]

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State of Disgrace in Washington

State of Disgrace in Washington

Well before the House select committee’s January 6th investigation began, trust in the classic American system of checks and balances as reliable protection against executive (or, more recently, Supreme Court) abuses of power had already fallen into a state of disgrace. A domestically shackled Biden presidency, a Congress unable to act, and a Supreme Court that seems ever more like[Read More…]

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The Rise of BRICS: The Economic Giant that is Taking on the West 

The Rise of BRICS: The Economic Giant that is Taking on the West 

The G7 summit in Elmau, Germany, June 26-28, and the NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, two days later, were practically useless in terms of providing actual solutions to ongoing global crises – the war in Ukraine, the looming famines, climate change and more. But the two events were important, nonetheless, as they provide a stark example of the impotence of[Read More…]

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Biden’s Middle East Trip is all about Oil and Mid-Term Elections

Biden’s Middle East Trip is all about Oil and Mid-Term Elections

President Biden’s Middle East trip that was claimed to be undertaken to bolster American interest in the region has instead angered activists around the world. Referring to himself as a “non-Jewish Zionist” to bolster his image and ongoing support while in Israel and at home along with his declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has done nothing to placate[Read More…]

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The West Is Experiencing a Contraction of Its Power, Not Necessarily Its Decline

The West Is Experiencing a Contraction of Its Power, Not Necessarily Its Decline

What Westerners call the West or Western civilization is a geopolitical space that emerged in the 16th century and expanded continuously until the 20th century. On the eve of World War I, about 90 percent of the globe was Western or Western-dominated: Europe, Russia, the Americas, Africa, Oceania, and much of Asia (with the partial exceptions of Japan and China).[Read More…]

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Worsening Chaos: Israel’s Political Instability is Now the Norm

Worsening Chaos: Israel’s Political Instability is Now the Norm

The collapse of the short-lived Israeli government of Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid validates the argument that the political crisis in Israel was not entirely instigated and sustained by former Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Bennett’s coalition government consisted of eight parties, welding together arguably one of the oddest coalitions in the tumultuous history of Israeli politics. The mishmash cabinet[Read More…]

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Confronting “Policy Murder” and the Rising Violence of the Right

Confronting “Policy Murder” and the Rising Violence of the Right

Priti Gulati Cox, It’s Time, ink on vellum, embroidery. See closeups of individual images here. On Juneteenth weekend, tens of thousands of people walked up Pennsylvania Avenue toward the U.S. Capitol as part of the epically titled Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls. (Priti Gulati Cox and I traveled via Amtrak[Read More…]

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With the Supreme Court’s EPA Ruling, Can Trump’s Damage to the Environment Ever Be Repaired?

With the Supreme Court’s EPA Ruling, Can Trump’s Damage to the Environment Ever Be Repaired?

Trump’s appointments reveal the frightening far-reaching power of a corrupt president. Grasping the enormity, the breadth, and the depth of “Trump corruption” is rather astonishing. Most news junkies and politicos alike are quite familiar with the in-your-face looting, skimming, and self-dealing of the president and his family members. Beyond the family corruption, there is a much larger world of Trump[Read More…]

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What I Can Still Love about My Embattled Country (and World)

What I Can Still Love about My Embattled Country (and World)

It’s hot and hazy as July rolls around. Growing up in the Baltimore swamplands, we used to say, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” Meaning that the humidity was harder to deal with than the feverish temperatures. At some point in my family, the phrase morphed into: “It’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity.” At the time, we meant[Read More…]

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When Leaders Err..!  

When Leaders Err..!  

Sri Lankan crisis is likely to remain classic illustration for a long time of how “power-holders” can be forced to give in to aggressive command displayed by common people’s “power”. When people decide and choose to exercise their power as they have in Colombo, all “strategies” of curbing the same can burst like bubbles. There is a limit to which[Read More…]

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Beware the Prophets of Doom – Organic Food, Fertilisers and Fossil Fuels  

Beware the Prophets of Doom – Organic Food, Fertilisers and Fossil Fuels  

“As oil and gas prices rise so does the price of artificial chemical fertilisers – the lynch-pin of industrial agriculture’s claims to be ‘efficient’. In the UK, the price of nitrogen fertiliser has doubled over the past year to around £330 per tonne. With oil currently at over $130 a barrel and with OPEC warning it could reach $200 by[Read More…]

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Withered on the Vine: Stagnation and Low Wages in a Rigged Economy

Withered on the Vine: Stagnation and Low Wages in a Rigged Economy

                       This week President Biden will pay a visit to Saudi Arabia. As it has been widely pointed out, this marks a shift for the president who came into office calling Saudi Arabia a “pariah” state for its many human rights violations. The kingdom’s reputation in the U.S. media has shadowy since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi[Read More…]

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After the American Century

After the American Century

“The American Century Is Over.” So claims the July 2022 cover of Harper’s Magazine, adding an all-too-pertinent question: “What’s Next?” What, indeed? Eighty years after the United States embarked upon the Great Crusade of World War II, a generation after it laid claim to the status of sole superpower following the fall of the Berlin Wall, and two decades after the Global[Read More…]

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Fall of Boris Johnson: Some Take-Home Lessons

Fall of Boris Johnson: Some Take-Home Lessons

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has described Boris Johnson’s political tenure as “…one of the most shameful sagas in the history of British politics …[who] presided over a government defined by lies, sleaze, an utter lack of integrity, unlawful behaviour, incompetence, and a damaging culture of impunity in public office”. Sadiq further said that “At every turn, his government has sought[Read More…]

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World Population Projected To Reach 9.8 Billion In 2050, And 11.2 Billion In 2100, Says UN

World Population Projected To Reach 9.8 Billion In 2050, And 11.2 Billion In 2100, Says UN

The current world population of 7.6 billion is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, according to a new United Nations report released today. The global population is expected to reach 8 billion by November 15, the UN predicts With roughly 83 million people being added to the world’s population every[Read More…]

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Ukraine: End War, Lift Sanctions

Ukraine: End War, Lift Sanctions

The war in Ukraine is dragging on. Today, the 11th    of July 2022 is the 138th day of an armed conflict that began on the 24th of February when Russian president, Vladimir Putin, declared that his country is launching a special military operation in Ukraine. As one should expect, a few thousands have been killed so far on both sides.[Read More…]

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Barely Legal: The Global Uber Enterprise

Barely Legal: The Global Uber Enterprise

The lobbying of Uber should, along with those of other corporate giants, only surprise those prone to pollyannaish escapism.  Its hungry, desperate behaviour takes place in plain sight, and denials merely serve to emphasise the point.  It resembles, in some crudely distant way, the operating rationale of the notorious British sex pest Jimmy Savile, who preyed upon his victims with[Read More…]

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Biden “Celebrates” New Gun Laws, Activists Lament

Biden “Celebrates” New Gun Laws, Activists Lament

Today being 7-11, one would have thought it would be a lucky day. But America being America, ever fascinated with guns and gun culture, it’s just another day of violence in which, on average, sees 96 people killed by guns. Oddly, too, it was one week ago on July 4th that a deranged gunman killed seven people at an Independence[Read More…]

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 No Starvation for Oil

 No Starvation for Oil

As President Joe Biden embarks on his trip to the Middle East, those of us back home must acknowledge that a “sensitive” trip would visit the victims rather than the butchers. President Joe Biden’s foreign policy advisors are applauding themselves for devising a “sensitive” itinerary as he plans to embark on a trip to the Middle East on July 13.[Read More…]

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Nuclear Portents On A Burning Earth 

Nuclear Portents On A Burning Earth 

According to Fermi’s Paradox, the failure to date to achieve radio communications between Earth and extraterrestrial civilizations can be attributed to the short-term self-destruction of technological civilization by means of contamination of air, water and land by lethal substances, and the creation of deadly weapons. In the 20-21st centuries this includes saturation of the atmosphere by greenhouse gases and proliferation of radioactivity. Lost in[Read More…]

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Saudi Embassy Now Faces Jamal Khashoggi Way

Saudi Embassy Now Faces Jamal Khashoggi Way

Protesting against governments for human rights violations, illegal acts, war and other non-socially redeeming behavior can take many forms. Washington, like many nations’ capitals, is no exception when it comes to shaming governments, including our own, for their outrageous, illegal and immoral behavior. Being creative with bringing a public protest has always been a challenge for any number of reasons.[Read More…]

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World Population Day is a time to re-emphasize the crucial importance of  justice and equality  

World Population Day is a time to re-emphasize the crucial importance of  justice and equality  

We will soon be 8 billion on Planet Earth. Is this good news or bad, happy or sad? Well, the answer is not such a simplistic one, it is more nuanced. We can examine more than one side of various arguments. Some well-intentioned persons concerned with the present-day inability of very significant numbers of people to even meet their most[Read More…]

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Corbyn case, a piece of democracy

Corbyn case, a piece of democracy

Who opposes democracy? None, but the anti-people, retrogressive forces oppose democracy. They carry on the job sacred to them. Despite wide preference for democracy as a political system, or process, it has got some problems; and the problems begin with its definition. With the term democracy, the general perception is bourgeois democracy, which is nothing but dictatorship of the bourgeoisie.[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4L

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4L

Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4L. Without substance or proof, shallow US journalism condemns Putin’s alleged goals False Bias #12. Putin Bemoans the Fall of the Soviet Union Because He Is a Creep Who Loves Power, Status, Gulags, and Empires. In her article in The Atlantic, “Who Is Vladimir Putin’s Revisionist History For?”[Read More…]

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Hoisted by their own Petard: Wimbledon’s Russian Player Ban

Hoisted by their own Petard: Wimbledon’s Russian Player Ban

It was, all and all, an odd spectacle.  The Ladies’ Singles victor for Wimbledon 2022 had all the credentials that would have otherwise guaranteed her barring.  Being Russian-born, news outlets in Britain walked gingerly around The All England Club’s decision to ban Russian players yet permit Elena Rybakina to play.  Sky News noted that, “Moscow-born Elena Rybakina, who represents Kazakhstan,[Read More…]

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Soldiers Must Refuse to Fight to End the War

Soldiers Must Refuse to Fight to End the War

Imperialist countries cannot wage war for global power without the tens of thousands of workers they recruit and arm to fight for their empires. If soldiers rebel and fraternize with opposing armies, they can end wars. Soldiers have significant power by deserting, sabotaging equipment, and refusing orders. There are some reports of Russian soldiers deserting; over 30,000 have died! International[Read More…]

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Pro-Choice Activists Call Upon Biden to Act Boldly

Pro-Choice Activists Call Upon Biden to Act Boldly

In demonstrations across the nation today activist rallied under the call of Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights and in support of their actions, participants were asked to wear green, the internationally recognized symbol of abortion rights. Here in Washington, women of all ages along with their supporters, marched to the White House after a nearby rally in support of Women’s[Read More…]

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WFP food distribution in Raymah (credit: Julian Harneis CC BY-SA 2.0)

Why Does the World Food Situation Appear To Be More and More Precarious?

In a statement on June 24, the UN-Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned,“ There is  a real risk that multiple famines will be declared in 2022.” He went on to add, “2023 could be even worse.” In a message to a meeting of representatives of several countries being held at Berlin, Mr. Guterres said that the world faces catastrophe because of[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4K

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4K

 Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4K. US “experts” display skills in creative fiction, but they fail in history, research, reading comprehension, and truth False Bias #11: Putin Is a Deluded Man Seeking Empire Whose Interest in History Reveals His Ignorance, Backward Views, and Crazed Longing for a Mythological Past. We’ve been talking about[Read More…]

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Cuba Should Be Removed from the U.S. List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

Cuba Should Be Removed from the U.S. List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

by Roger Waters, Vijay Prashad and Manolo de los Santos The United States maintains a list of countries that it considers as “state sponsors of terrorism.” There are currently four countries on that list: Cuba, North Korea, Iran and Syria. The basic idea behind this list is that the U.S. State Department determines that these countries have “provided support for acts of[Read More…]

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Global Conflicts, Time and Humanity:  Are the Leaders Making Extinction a Reality?

Global Conflicts, Time and Humanity:  Are the Leaders Making Extinction a Reality?

“The world is a dangerous place to live,” warned Albert Einstein, “not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about.” Have We, the People Ignored the impulse of Time for Change, Peace and Future-Making? Are we the human beings intelligent enough to THINK rationally and be reasonable to avoid catastrophic conflicts[Read More…]

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The gate at Sachsenhausen concentration camp, with the barren “parade ground” visible/Photo credit: Creative Commons image

War Scars the Earth. To Heal, We Must Cultivate Hope, not Harm

 by Kathy Kelly and Matt Gannon “No War 2022, July 8 – 10,” hosted by World BEYOND War, will consider major and growing threats faced in today’s world. Emphasizing “Resistance and Regeneration,” the conference will feature practitioners of permaculture who work to heal scarred lands as well as abolish all war. Listening to various friends speak of the environmental impact[Read More…]

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Rising Inflation Pushes 71 Million People Worldwide Into Poverty

Rising Inflation Pushes 71 Million People Worldwide Into Poverty

The worldwide cost-of-living crisis is pushing an additional 71 million people in the world’s poorest countries into extreme poverty, warned the a new report by the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday The report said: “The war in Ukraine has severely disrupted global markets for food and energy due to both countries’ large global market shares. Before the war, Russia[Read More…]

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Victory of the national strike in Ecuador

Victory of the national strike in Ecuador

 The national strike in Ecuador, which ended on Thursday, June 30, is presented as a struggle for the collective rights of peoples and nationalities and as a new popular confrontation against neoliberal policies. The movement can be seen as a show of the strength, organization and expression of the different progressive social forces in Ecuador. The class struggle and  the[Read More…]

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Abandoning the Sinking Rat: Boris Johnson Resigns

Abandoning the Sinking Rat: Boris Johnson Resigns

Like the political equivalent of a cockroach, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived and endured one strike after another.  His credibility was shot, his mendacity second to none.  He lost the confidence of a party that delighted in his buffoonish performances and appeal.  Fearing electoral punishment, senior ministers and aides have left his side.  Labour opposition leader, Sir Keir Starmer,[Read More…]

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America’s $1.4 Trillion “National Security” Budget Makes Us Ever Less Safe

This March, when the Biden administration presented a staggering $813 billion proposal for “national defense,” it was hard to imagine a budget that could go significantly higher or be more generous to the denizens of the military-industrial complex. After all, that request represented far more than peak spending in the Korean or Vietnam War years, and well over $100 billion more than at the[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4I

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4I

Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4I. US “experts” falsely claim that a “prosperous, democratic Ukraine” is supported by the US and opposed by Putin False Bias #9. Putin Feels Threatened by a “Prosperous, Democratic Ukraine.” Derek Mitchell is the President of the National Democratic Institute, one of the four core institutes of the[Read More…]

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A boy looks at U.S. workers building a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Sunland Park, U.S. opposite the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

U.S.-Mexico Border Is World’s Deadliest Land Route, Finds UN Migration Study

More than 700 migrants died or disappeared trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico last year, said a new UN study. A new study has labeled the 2,000-mile (3,200km) border between the U.S. and Mexico the deadliest migration land route in the world. The study, conducted by the Missing Migrants Project and published by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), recorded at[Read More…]

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Confronting the Media’s Crisis of Trust – Some Candid Thoughts

Confronting the Media’s Crisis of Trust – Some Candid Thoughts

Lack of trust in the news media is the news these days. The reasons are; rampant misinformation, the rise of authoritarian governments, the dominance of social media, etc. are adding to the lack of trust in the news media. To discuss these issues, experts gathered in Honolulu at the recent East-West Center International Media Conference. Here I am putting up[Read More…]

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How Cuba Is Eradicating Child Mortality and Banishing the Diseases of the Poor

How Cuba Is Eradicating Child Mortality and Banishing the Diseases of the Poor

by Vijay Prashad & Manolo De Los Santos To move from 59 infant deaths out of every 1,000 live births to no infant deaths in the matter of a few decades is an extraordinary feat. Palpite, Cuba, is just a few miles away from Playa Girón, along the Bay of Pigs, where the United States attempted to overthrow the Cuban[Read More…]

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Cowardly New Australian Labor Government Fails On Nuclear Weapons, Poverty & Climate Change

Cowardly New Australian Labor Government Fails On Nuclear Weapons, Poverty & Climate Change

Most Australians welcomed the defeat by Labor of the mendacious, corrupt, incompetent, climate criminal, and racist Australian Coalition Government in the 21 May 2022 elections. However the Australian Albanese Labor Government, while vastly better than its predecessor, is egregiously neoliberal, cowardly, pro-Zionist, US-beholden and pro-fossil fuels, and has so far failed on nuclear weapons, poverty and climate change that are[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Former U.S. Special-ops Soldiers Train Ukrainian Soldiers, Says New York Times

Ukraine Update: Former U.S. Special-ops Soldiers Train Ukrainian Soldiers, Says New York Times

A number of U.S. veterans are reportedly training Ukrainian soldiers near the frontlines of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, said the New York Times in an article — In Ukraine, U.S. Veterans Step In Where the Military Will Not — on July 3, 2022, Sunday (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/03/us/politics/american-combat-volunteers-ukraine.html). “Americans are in Ukraine,” states the New York Times, noting that the exact number of U.S. citizens[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US:  Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4H

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US:  Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4H

Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4H. To authoritarian US policymakers, those who prefer international law to the US-led unipolar world are dangerous, undemocratic, and aggressive False Bias #8: The Unipolar World Represents Democracy and the Free World, while Putin’s Disapproval of the Unipolar World Reveals His Dislike for Democracy and Freedom. We’ve been[Read More…]

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AUKUS Submarines: Beasts of Nuclear Proliferation

AUKUS Submarines: Beasts of Nuclear Proliferation

When faced with the option of acquiring nuclear technology, states have rarely refused.  Since the splitting of the atom and the deployment of atomic weapons in war, the acquisition of a nuclear capacity has been a dream.  Those who did acquire it, in turn, tried to restrict others from joining what has become, over the years, an exclusive club guarded[Read More…]

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IS BIG BROTHER Just a Chubby Republican Neo Fascist?

IS BIG BROTHER Just a Chubby Republican Neo Fascist?

They say we are a nation respecting freedom and individual privacy. Well, take a look at this news blip taken from anyone of many news sites: “Public universities in Florida will be required to survey both faculty and students on their political beliefs and viewpoints, with the institutions at risk of losing their funding if the responses are not satisfactory to the state’s[Read More…]

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Oil and Gas Workers Strike In Norway, Europe’s Energy Crisis May Escalate

Oil and Gas Workers Strike In Norway, Europe’s Energy Crisis May Escalate

Oil and gas workers at state giant Equinor are on strike in Norway, the largest producer of oil and gas in Western Europe. The strike is escalating Europe’s natural-gas crisis a week before a key pipeline with Russia shuts for maintenance. Benchmark Dutch natural gas futures surged 10% on Monday on news of the strike in Norway. Operator Equinor has[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4G

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4G

 Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4G. Black-and-white thinking and needs for noble purpose bring the domino theory back to life False Bias #7. Putin Is Using Ukraine As a Testing Ground for His War against Democracy. One would imagine that Derek Mitchell, president of the National Democratic Institute, one of the four core[Read More…]

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Two opinions on the US, and no extra comment 

Two opinions on the US, and no extra comment 

Two opinion-articles in The Washington Post help understand the current condition of the US, an advanced bourgeois democracy. Comments on these opinions are not needed. The “Don’t venerate or vilify the Founders. Vindicate their radical vision.” (July 3, 2022) opinion piece by Mr. Max Boot, The Washington Post columnist, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4F

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4F

Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers- Part 4F. US experts’ lack of empathy and lack of truthfulness cause them to twist Putin’s motives for military action in Ukraine False Bias #6. Putin Doesn’t Care about Ukrainians’ Lives or Sovereignty. Based on my reading of Putin’s 2007 Munich speech, July 2021 essay, and February 21 and 24,[Read More…]

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The Major Questions Doctrine: The US Supreme Court Blunts the EPA

The Major Questions Doctrine: The US Supreme Court Blunts the EPA

The US Supreme Court has been frantically busy of late, striking down law and legislation with an almost crazed, ideological enthusiasm.  Gun laws have been invalidated; Roe v Wade and constitutional abortion rights, confined to history.  And now, the Environmental Protection Agency has been clipped of its powers in a 6-3 decision. The June 30 decision of West Virginia v[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4E

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4E

Part 4. Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers Part 4E. Psychological patterns of US policymakers  obstruct the creation of genuine democracy False Bias #5: The US Represents Democracy and the Free World, while Putin’s Russia Seeks to Destroy Democracy. We’ve been discussing how Mental Escalators, specifically US policy and media makers’ dysfunctional, skewed psychological patterns, falsehood,[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4D

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4D

 Part 4. Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers- Part 4D. Who truly stands against corruption? Black-and-white thinking causes US experts to believe falsehood False Bias #4. The US Is Fighting Against Corruption. The previous essay about authoritarianism referred to the 2019 testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee for the Senate Hearing of the National Defense[Read More…]

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As "Honorary Aryans" the Japanese had the 'privilege' of carrying the Nazi Banner

Japan: Trials and Tribulations of a Land of “Honorary Whites”

Of the many descriptions of the Japanese people readers are familiar with, e.g. industrious, polite, clean, etc., the description of Japanese as “honorary whites” may well be a first for many. Yet, it was not long ago that this term had official standing, albeit in apartheid South Africa. In the 1960s Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd determined it would be to[Read More…]

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The United States Contests the Chinese Belt and Road with a Private Corporation

The United States Contests the Chinese Belt and Road with a Private Corporation

At the G7 Summit in Germany, on June 26, 2022, U.S. President Joe Biden made a pledge to raise $200 billion within the United States for global infrastructure spending. It was made clear that this new G7 project—the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII)—was intended to counter the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Given Biden’s failure to pass the Build[Read More…]

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Colombia: You Can’t Elect an End to Exploitation   

Many progressives are excited about the electoral victory of  so-called leftist, Gustavo Petro, who defeated both the centrist candidate representing the status quo and the right wing Rodolfo Hernández. “So-called” leftist is the key word here, because, to quote Petro,  he is fighting for “democracy and peace, not socialism.” 1 He wants to raise taxes on the rich, combat hunger,[Read More…]

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The NATO Summit in Madrid. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)

NATO prepares for “warfighting against nuclear-armed peer-competitors”

At the conclusion of this week’s NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, the members of NATO, including most European states as well as the United States and Canada, adopted a strategy document outlining plans to militarize the European continent, massively escalate the war with Russia, and prepare for war with China. The document pledges to “deliver the full range of forces” needed “for[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4C

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4C

 Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4C. Who truly stands against authoritarianism? Black-and-white thinking causes US experts to believe falsehood False Bias #3. The US Is Fighting against Authoritarianism. In his 2019 testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee for the Senate Hearing of the National Defense Strategy, Damon Wilson, President of the National[Read More…]

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Exorbitant military spending sacrifices public well-being

Exorbitant military spending sacrifices public well-being

President Dwight Eisenhower gave his first major presidential speech, The Cross of Iron, on April 16, 1953. He laid out several important precepts guiding US conduct in world affairs as well pointing out the cost of military spending in very concrete terms. Eisenhower stated: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense,[Read More…]

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 Why America’s nuclear threat to Russia now is bigger than the Soviet nuclear threat to America was in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

 Why America’s nuclear threat to Russia now is bigger than the Soviet nuclear threat to America was in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, the central issue was how short America’s available reaction-time to a Soviet blitz nuclear attack would be and whether it would be too short for America to respond before America’s leader, JFK, would be able to press the nuclear button and retaliate against such a Soviet nuclear first-strike (from so near a location as[Read More…]

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How the American Legislative Exchange Council Turns Disinformation Into Law

How the American Legislative Exchange Council Turns Disinformation Into Law

 State lawmakers introduced nearly 2,900 bills based on ALEC templates from 2010 through 2018. More than 600 of them became law. In June 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill banning the state from contracting with or investing in businesses that divest from coal, oil or natural gas companies. For Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian—one of the state’s top[Read More…]

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It’s All Over Now Baby Red, White and Blue

It’s All Over Now Baby Red, White and Blue

The vagabond who’s rapping at your door Is standing in the clothes that you once wore Strike another match, go start anew And it’s all over now, Baby Blue Those are lyrics from the great Bob Dylan song It’s All Over Now Baby Blue ( 1965). How appropriate they are now in Amerika 2022. We have finally become a damaged[Read More…]

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America’s Anger Problem

America’s Anger Problem

Dealing with Trump’s Occupation of All Too Many American Hearts and Minds Increasingly, it seems, Americans have an anger problem. All too many of us now have the urge to use name-calling, violent social-media posts, threats, baseball bats, and guns to do what we once did with persuasion and voting. For example, during the year after Donald Trump entered the Oval Office, threats[Read More…]

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(Left to right, back row) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. (Front row) Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto and Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde sign a memorandum in which Turkey agrees to Finland’s and Sweden’s membership in the defense alliance in Madrid, Spain, on June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Turkey retracts veto on Sweden, Finland joining NATO amid war summit in Madrid

On the eve of the NATO summit focusing on war against Russia in Ukraine as well as confronting China, top officials from Turkey, Sweden and Finland agreed on Tuesday in Madrid to a trilateral memorandum of understanding allowing Stockholm’s and Helsinki’s entry into the military alliance. After a meeting attended by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Turkish President Recep Tayyip[Read More…]

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US announces plans to flood Europe with troops and weapons

US announces plans to flood Europe with troops and weapons

In remarks at the NATO Summit in Madrid, Spain, US President Joe Biden announced a sweeping increase in US troop deployments to Europe as part of a plan by NATO to militarize the continent for its ongoing war with Russia and escalating conflict with China. The NATO summit formally invited Sweden and Finland to join the alliance, effectively doubling NATO’s[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4B

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4B

Part 4. Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers. Part 4B. A competitive, threat-orientation towards international relations: Psychological patterns described by Lakoff, Spranger, and Allport False Bias #2. Life Is Competition; the Goal Is to Beat Adversaries and Stay on Top. Let’s take a look at actual, representative lines from Damon Wilson’s 2019 testimony, two years before[Read More…]

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Convenient Omissions: The Ukraine-EU Candidacy Show

Convenient Omissions: The Ukraine-EU Candidacy Show

Instances of sympathy are rarely excuses to throw out the rule book.  In the case of the European Union, throwing out the rule book about admission has tended to be a feature of enlargement.  Credentials of candidate states have been, when needed, boosted or cooked for the occasion.  Others, whatever the progress, have been ignored.  For a collective that really[Read More…]

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Palestinians ‘Are Not Animals in a Zoo’: On Kanafani and the Need to Redefine the Role of the ‘Victim Intellectual’

Palestinians ‘Are Not Animals in a Zoo’: On Kanafani and the Need to Redefine the Role of the ‘Victim Intellectual’

(Dedicated to the memory of Ghassan Kanafani, an iconic Palestinian leader and engaged intellectual who was assassinated by the Israeli Mossad on July 8, 1972) Years before the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, US media introduced many new characters, promoting them as ‘experts’ who helped ratchet up US propaganda, ultimately allowing the US government to secure enough popular support[Read More…]

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The United States Extends Its Military Reach Into Zambia

The United States Extends Its Military Reach Into Zambia

On April 26, 2022, the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced that they had set up an office in the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia. According to AFRICOM Brigadier General Peter Bailey, Deputy Director for Strategy, Engagement and Programs, the Office of Security Cooperation would be based in the U.S. Embassy building. Social media in Zambia buzzed with rumors about the creation[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4 A

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4 A

Part4 – Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers Part 4A. An Introduction to the Frame of Mind  of Those Forever Leading US Foreign Policy False Bias #1. We Can Understand and Judge Other People Without Meeting Them, Without Engaging in Cooperative Dialogue, and Without Hearing Their Side of the Story. In these latest group of essays,[Read More…]

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Overruling Roe v Wade: The International Dimension

Overruling Roe v Wade: The International Dimension

American exceptionalism can be a dreary thing, and no more so than each time a US president promotes the country’s imperial credentials and continued prowess.  But in matters of literacy, shared wealth, and health care, the US has been outpaced by other states less inclined towards remorseless social Darwinism. The overruling of Roe v Wade by the US Supreme Court[Read More…]

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Leaving Millions To Starve, Oxfam Condemns G7  

Leaving Millions To Starve, Oxfam Condemns G7  

The G7 countries are “leaving millions to starve and cooking the planet,” Oxfam’s head of inequality policy Max Lawson has declared in a statement issued on Tuesday condemning the mere $4.5 billion the industrialized nations have pledged to fight the worst hunger crisis in decades. Lawson argued that “at least $28.5 billion more” was needed to “finance food and agriculture[Read More…]

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Hardening Schools and Arming Teachers Is the Wrong Approach

Hardening Schools and Arming Teachers Is the Wrong Approach

American schools are soft, you say? I know what you mean. I taught college for 15 years, so I’ve dealt with my share of still-teenagers fresh out of high school. Many of them inspired me, but some had clearly earned high marks too easily and needed remedial help in math, English, or other subjects. School discipline had been too lax[Read More…]

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Demonstrators make their way into Ecuador's capital of Quito to join the national strike, June 15, 2022. (Terán Bryan Esteban / Shutterstock)

In Ecuador, Indigenous-led National Strike Intensifies

Ecuador’s powerful Indigenous movements once again took to the streets on June 13 to press the conservative government of President Guillermo Lasso to agree to their list of economic and social demands. The government’s repressive response has led to many injuries and arrests and several deaths, as the situation continues to grow more intense. Lasso called for dialogue in the[Read More…]

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‘No NATO’: Thousands March in Madrid Protesting The Military Alliance

‘No NATO’: Thousands March in Madrid Protesting The Military Alliance

Thousands of people marched in Madrid on Sunday to protest the NATO summit. A Reuters report said: Carrying the hammer and sickle flags, thousands protested in Madrid against a NATO summit in the Spanish capital next week. Amid tight security, the NATO leaders will meet in Madrid between 29-30 June. “Tanks yes, but of beer with tapas,” sang demonstrators, who[Read More…]

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Geopolitical Update: China Is Building A Yuan Currency Reserve

Geopolitical Update: China Is Building A Yuan Currency Reserve

The People’s Bank of China is building a yuan reserve with five other nations in collaboration with the Bank for International Settlements. The countries China is teaming up are Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Chile. Each of the countries will contribute 15 billion yuan — about $2.2 billion — to a Renminbi Liquidity Arrangement, China’s central bank said in[Read More…]

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Brutal attacks on Africans in Morocco highlights crisis in Africa

Brutal attacks on Africans in Morocco highlights crisis in Africa

  On June 24th, approximately 2000 African migrants made a desperate attempt at a mass border crossing, climbing the iron fence separating Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Footage of African bodies piled up at the foot of the fence, many lifeless, while others were being savagely beaten by Moroccan Security Forces, went viral. To date, the number of[Read More…]

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CODEPINK Tighe Barry at NATO protest. Credit: Getty Images

NATO and a War Foretold

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies As NATO holds its Summit in Madrid on June 28-30, the war in Ukraine is taking center stage. During a pre-Summit June 22 talk with Politico, NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg bragged about how well-prepared NATO was for this fight because, he said: “This was an invasion that was predicted, foreseen by[Read More…]

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The World of Digital Media in 2022

The World of Digital Media in 2022

In general, we think of digital media as digitally encoded and machine-readable data that has been created, viewed, distributed, modified, listened to, and preserved on some sort of electronic device. At its base, the term digital means an electronic signal expressed as a series of digits: 0 + 1. It is electricity switched “on” and “off”, creating Ada Lovelace’s electronic[Read More…]

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They Burn Witches Don’t They?

They Burn Witches Don’t They?

Well, not quite yet. Not so much are we referring to actual witches, rather us Americans who believe in true equality and fairness. This current ultra right wing culture that has seeped into our Supreme Court is terribly dangerous. They have most of the churches throughout this republic ( no play on words) in ‘ Lockstep’ with their mania. Not[Read More…]

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UN investigation finds Israeli forces killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh with “seemingly well-aimed bullets”

UN investigation finds Israeli forces killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh with “seemingly well-aimed bullets”

A UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) investigation has shown that the bullets that killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and injured her colleague Ali Sammoudi, were fired by Israeli forces. It is a damning refutation of Israel’s preposterous lie about her murder, including that she was shot by Palestinians firing indiscriminately at its troops. Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters Friday, “All[Read More…]

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Remembering  Lenin  when  watching  Ukraine  today

Remembering  Lenin  when  watching Ukraine  today

 Russia’s  President Putin,  in  a  speech  on  February  21,  2022,  said:  “Modern  Ukraine  was  entirely created  by….Communist  Russia.  The  process  began  immediately after  the  revolution  of  1917.”  He  then  described  the  state  as  “Vladimir  Ilych  Lenin’s  Ukraine.”  Putin  was  harking  back  to  the  Romanov  empire  of  the  past,  when  Ukraine was  under  the  Tsarist  regime.  Putin  is  today  keen  on [Read More…]

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Ethnic “Identity-Cards” & Democratic Values!

Ethnic “Identity-Cards” & Democratic Values!

There is nothing astonishing about the alacrity with which President Joe Biden has reacted against US Supreme Court’s decision on abortion. Had he not been known as a devoted Catholic Christian, perhaps he may not have taken this step. Irrespective of the fact that he has expressed a similar stand earlier, that of not favouring a legal measure against abortion,[Read More…]

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 Activists Tell the Supreme Court to “Shove it”

 Activists Tell the Supreme Court to “Shove it”

In the wake of the highly expected overturning of Roe v. Wade, activists demonstrated their contempt in towns and cities across the country for the Supreme Court and its highly politicized conservative agenda in a National Day of Defiance. In San Francisco alone there were three simultaneous demonstrations with protesters voicing their commitment to reestablish Women’s Rights for Pro-Choice, while[Read More…]

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Zionist-subverted University of Melbourne Falsely Defames Anti-racist Jews & Non-Jews

Zionist-subverted University of Melbourne Falsely Defames Anti-racist Jews & Non-Jews

In May 2022 the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) passed a motion condemning Israeli apartheid and urging Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the “settler colonial apartheid state”. The University of Melbourne (UM) falsely condemned the motion as “anti-Semitic”, and under threat of Zionist legal action the UMSU rescinded the motion. Free speech faltered and falsehood triumphed at the[Read More…]

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US Supreme Court abolishes constitutional right to abortion

US Supreme Court abolishes constitutional right to abortion

On Friday, at the stroke of a pen, six unelected judges ended the right to abortion, dramatically altering the country’s legal and social landscape. For the first time in American history, the Supreme Court eliminated a fundamental constitutional right broadly recognized and supported by the overwhelming majority of the country’s population. The 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is[Read More…]

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‘Not a Justification but a Provocation’: Chomsky on the Root Causes of the Russia Ukraine War

‘Not a Justification but a Provocation’: Chomsky on the Root Causes of the Russia Ukraine War

  One of the reasons that Russian media has been completely blocked in the West, along with the unprecedented control and censorship over the Ukraine war narrative, is the fact that western governments simply do not want their public to know that the world is vastly changing. Ignorance might be bliss, arguably in some situations, but not in this case.[Read More…]

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The Era of Northern Hegemony Over Mexico Is Coming to an End

The Era of Northern Hegemony Over Mexico Is Coming to an End

In 2010, Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro said: “López Obrador will be the person with the most moral and political authority in Mexico when the system collapses and, with it, the empire.” He was referring to Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known as AMLO), who is the current president of Mexico and head of the Morena (National Regeneration Movement) political party. Despite the wide lead he[Read More…]

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Afghanistan earthquake exposes disaster caused by decades of US occupation

Afghanistan earthquake exposes disaster caused by decades of US occupation

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake in a remote area of Afghanistan has killed at least 1,000 people and injured at least 1,500. While the worst affected area is the mountainous Paktika province, deaths have also been reported in the eastern provinces of Khost and Nangarhar. Many more bodies are thought to be buried in mud as heavy rain hampers rescue efforts. The[Read More…]

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Assange was stripped and placed in “suicide watch” isolation cell after British extradition announcement

Assange was stripped and placed in “suicide watch” isolation cell after British extradition announcement

Immediately after British Home Secretary Priti Patel announced on Friday last week that she had approved Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States, the publisher and journalist was stripped naked and placed in a bare cell of London’s maximum-security Belmarsh Prison. This latest abuse of Assange’s democratic and human rights was reported by his father John Shipton to a rally[Read More…]

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UK Rail Services Crippled As Striking Workers Walk Out For Second Day 

UK Rail Services Crippled As Striking Workers Walk Out For Second Day 

  UK trade union RMT members have once again taken to picket lines, in a show of industrial strength, on the second day of national rail strike action. Over 40,000 members are on strike over a multiyear pay freeze and a lack of job security, with Network Rail and the train operating companies threatening thousands of compulsory redundancies. For All[Read More…]

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BRICS, Putin, Xi, and challenge to the Empire

BRICS, Putin, Xi, and challenge to the Empire

BRICS is taking initiatives that stand as a challenge to the Empire-led world arrangement. The arrangement – Empire’s sole authority – in the world capitalist order will face stiff competition and resistance if BRICS initiatives move on steadily. The on-going Ukraine War has appeared as a significant lesson to all concerned standing on both sides of the war-line. The war[Read More…]

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Colombia’s president-elect Petro talks to Venezuela’s president Maduro

Colombia’s president-elect Petro talks to Venezuela’s president Maduro

Colombia’s president-elect Gustavo Petro is wasting no time in fulfilling his promise of normalizing relations between his country and the socialist government in Venezuela, discussing with Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro the reopening of the border between the two nations three days after winning the election. Media reports said: Petro, a former guerrilla who won the presidential election on Sunday promising[Read More…]

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Earthquake: USA Must Return ‘Stolen’ 3.5 billion dollars to Afghanistan

Earthquake: USA Must Return ‘Stolen’ 3.5 billion dollars to Afghanistan

An earthquake which has been called the deadliest in two decades hit Afghanistan on June 22. The latest reports indicate that nearly 1000 people have died and the death toll is likely to increase as more reports are received from remote, cut-off areas. It is feared that crucial rescue help needed in the first 24 hours or so may not[Read More…]

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Top Gun: Maverick: The Pentagon Recruitment Drive

Top Gun: Maverick: The Pentagon Recruitment Drive

Hollywood, like the US press, has not been spared the influential hand of government.  Under the mask of various projects, the defence establishment has sought to influence the narrative of Freedom Land’s pursuits, buying a stake in the way exploits are marketed or, when needed, buried. The extent of such collaboration, manipulation and interference can be gathered in National Security[Read More…]

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Can the United States Curb the Epidemic of Gun Violence?

Can the United States Curb the Epidemic of Gun Violence?

An epidemic is hitting the US and ordinary citizens are unable to stop it. The reason is simple: the laws protect the killers. And those responsible for making the laws have abdicated their responsibility. The Gun Violence Archive reports that mass shootings have increased from 269 in 2014 to 693 in 2021. They do so even when the victims could[Read More…]

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Afghans evacuate the wounded following an earthquake in the province of Paktika in eastern Afghanistan on June 22, 2022. (Photo: Bakhtar News Agency via AP)

Earthquake Kills 900+ in Afghanistan

A powerful earthquake in Afghanistan killed more than 900 people and injured hundreds more on Wednesday, flattening homes and devastating entire villages in a nation already ravaged by decades of U.S.-led war and an ongoing economic collapse. The earthquake, which hit overnight, had an estimated magnitude of 6.1 with an epicenter near the nation’s border with Pakistan. “The death toll is likely to[Read More…]

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Strike Shuts Down Rail Network Across Britain In Workers’ Battle To Protect Jobs, Pay And Safety

Strike Shuts Down Rail Network Across Britain In Workers’ Battle To Protect Jobs, Pay And Safety

The biggest rail strike in a generation in the UK went under way after last-ditch talks failed to reach agreement. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected demands for a pay rise of at least seven per cent Entire cities and towns were cut off from the train network as strike action closes half of Britain’s rail lines. Huge swathes of Britain were without[Read More…]

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US- & Zionist-subverted Australia & Sorely Oppressed Indigenous Palestinians

US- & Zionist-subverted Australia & Sorely Oppressed Indigenous Palestinians

By electing the Albanese Labor Government on 21  May 2022, Australia ended 10 years of appalling misrule by mendacious, corrupt, incompetent, anti-science and human rights-abusing Coalition governments. However after 1 month the honeymoon is over – Australia remains US- and  Zionist-subverted, and the timid new Labor government  is only making cosmetic baby steps on war, inequality, fossil fuels, climate change,[Read More…]

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The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa Is Hurting Farmers, Not Helping

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa Is Hurting Farmers, Not Helping

by Francesca de Gasparis & Rev. Fletcher Harper Signed by more than 500 African faith leaders and organizations, a letter cites the growing evidence that this model of agriculture is not serving the people of Africa nor creating a climate-resilient future for small-scale farmers In March, the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) sent letters to the U.S. Agency for International[Read More…]

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How Corporate Food Monopolies Caused the Baby Formula Scandal

How Corporate Food Monopolies Caused the Baby Formula Scandal

It’s a tough time to be the parent of a newborn in the United States today. Not only is child care prohibitively expensive, but the cost of all things including baby products is rising, COVID-19 poses a threat to children too young to be vaccinated—and there has been a months-long shortage of baby formula. The formula scarcity began when the COVID-19 pandemic[Read More…]

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The Geopolitics of the New Cold War

From his first days in office, Joe Biden and his national security advisers seemed determined to revive America’s fading global leadership via the strategy they knew best — challenging the “revisionist powers” Russia and China with a Cold War-style aggressiveness. When it came to Beijing, the president combined the policy initiatives of his predecessors, pursuing Barack Obama’s “strategic pivot” from[Read More…]

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The Global Ruling Class, Endless War, and the Culture of Mass Death

The Global Ruling Class, Endless War, and the Culture of Mass Death

The global ruling class is cementing into place a world where they govern without accountability, we are reduced to serfdom, the climate crisis accelerates, and mass death is normalized. It is hard to be sanguine about the future. The breakdown of the ecosystem is well documented. So is the refusal of the global ruling elite to pursue measures that might mitigate[Read More…]

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March in Brussels on June 20, 2022 protesting rising living cost and NATO’s war

Tens Of Thousands Of Workers March In Brussels Protesting Rising Living Cost And NATO’s War

Tens of thousands of workers demonstrated against the rising cost of living, with many linking the crisis to the NATO’s war and Russia policies. Many demonstrators condemned the US-led NATO alliance and its involvement in the Ukraine war. Many linked their dire economic straits to the EU’s sanctions regime on Russia and with the NATO’s rush to arm Ukraine. Protesters[Read More…]

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Latha Bollapally, with her son Rajesh Goud, holds a picture of her husband, Madhu Bollapally, 43, a migrant worker who died in Qatar. Photograph: Kailash Nirmal

Deadly Games: The Labour Casualties of Qatar’s World Cup

A sordid enterprise, nasty, crude and needless.  But the World Cup 2022 will be, should anyone bother watching it, stained by one of the highest casualty rates amongst workers in its history, marked by corruption and stained by a pharisee quality.  The sportswashers, cleaning agent at the ready, will be out in force, and the hypocrites dressed to the nines.[Read More…]

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Gustavo Petro Is The First Leftist President Elected In Colombia

Gustavo Petro Is The First Leftist President Elected In Colombia

Gustavo Petro, a former rebel, has been elected Colombia’s first leftist president on Sunday. Petro’s triumph, in one of the most historically conservative countries on the continent, is a stunning example of widespread discontent that is shaking the status quo. It is a powerful rejection of the political establishment that has ruled the South American nation for two centuries. Voters[Read More…]

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Geopolitical Update: The Old World Is Over, Says Putin

Geopolitical Update: The Old World Is Over, Says Putin

New centers of power have emerged, the unipolar world order is not coming back, and the “colonial” way of thinking has failed, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday. When the U.S. declared victory in the Cold War, Americans designated themselves the “messengers of God on earth,” with interests that should be considered sacred and no obligations,[Read More…]

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Global Conflict Management:  Why Russia, NATO, the EU and Ukraine Cannot Make Peace?

The global mankind witnessing a fearsome and ferocious flow of military actions and reactions causing tragic human causalities that could inundate all norms of morality and civilizations plunging us to timeless darkness.  Do the leaders know what they are doing or are they all delusional by Nature? When We, the People of knowledge speak truthfully of the creation of human[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Ukraine-fatigue Is Setting In Around The World, Says British PM

Ukraine Update: Ukraine-fatigue Is Setting In Around The World, Says British PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday stressed that the public needs to keep up its support of Ukraine after nearly four months of war. Media reports said: “The worry that we have is that a bit of Ukraine-fatigue is starting to set in around the world,” Johnson told reporters on the back of a trip to Kyiv. “It is[Read More…]

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The Ezo Republic's Seat of Government in Goryōkaku Fortress as it appears today

Lessons from Japan’s Last Civil War for Taiwan

While attending the recent Shangri-La Dialogue on Security in Singapore, Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida Fumio stressed the need to oppose unilateral changes to the status quo by force, no matter where they occur. “I myself have a strong sense that Ukraine today may be East Asia tomorrow,” he warned. Needless to say, Kishida was referring to the possibility of a[Read More…]

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Predictable Monstrosities: Priti Patel Approves Assange’s Extradition

Predictable Monstrosities: Priti Patel Approves Assange’s Extradition

The only shock about the UK Home Secretary’s decision regarding Julian Assange was that it did not come sooner.  In April, Chief Magistrate Senior District Judge Paul Goldspring expressed the view that he was “duty-bound” to send the case to Priti Patel to decide on whether to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States to face 18 charges, 17[Read More…]

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International Day for Countering Hate Speech

International Day for Countering Hate Speech

On all counts, the decision by the United Nations General Assembly to declare 18 June as the International Day for Countering Hate Speech (beginning this year 2022) is significant. It comes at a special moment of world history, when hate speech in several parts of the globe seem to have become the order of the day- leading to xenophobia, jingoism,[Read More…]

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‘Fair Chance’ U.S. Could ‘Completely Lose’ Its Democratic System, Says Bill Clinton

‘Fair Chance’ U.S. Could ‘Completely Lose’ Its Democratic System, Says Bill Clinton

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton says he has never before been so concerned about the country’s foundational future, lamenting there’s a “fair chance” that the United States could “completely lose our constitutional democracy.” The former president appeared Wednesday on CBS’s “The Late Late Show” and responded to a question from host James Corden that alluded to Donald Trump’s presidency without[Read More…]

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Chomsky and Barsamian, In Ukraine, Diplomacy Has Been Ruled Out

Chomsky and Barsamian, In Ukraine, Diplomacy Has Been Ruled Out

by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian David Barsamian: Let’s head into the most obvious nightmare of this moment, the war in Ukraine and its effects globally. But first a little background. Let’s start with President George H.W. Bush’s assurance to then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would not move “one inch to the east” — and that pledge has been[Read More…]

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It is Not Love that Abandons Its Treaties

It is Not Love that Abandons Its Treaties

The Tsilhqot’in Struggle On 26 March 2018, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau spoke of the six Tsilhqot’in chiefs who were arrested during a sacred peace-pipe ceremony and subsequently hanged for their part in a war to prevent the spread of smallpox by colonialists: “We recognize that these six chiefs were leaders of a nation, that they acted in accordance with[Read More…]

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Nuclear Weapons: World Spent $156,841 In Every Minute Of 2021

Nuclear Weapons: World Spent $156,841 In Every Minute Of 2021

The world nuclear weapons spending found a significant increase in 2021, finds the latest International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) report published on Tuesday. In one year, the nine nuclear-armed nations – U.S., China, Russia, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and the UK — spent a total of $82.4 billion on upgrading and maintaining their estimated 13,000 nuclear[Read More…]

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Palestinians ‘Are Bound to Win’: Why Israelis Are Prophesying the End of Their State 

While it is true that Zionism is a modern political ideology that has exploited religion to achieve specific colonial objectives in Palestine, prophecies continue to be a critical component of Israel’s perception of itself, and of the state’s relationship to other groups, especially Christian messianic groups in the United States and worldwide. The subject of religious prophecies and their centrality[Read More…]

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Jennifer Robinson (center) with Kristinn Hrafnsson (left), editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, address the media at Westminster Magistrate Court in London May 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Britain admits to spying on Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson

On Saturday, renowned international human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson announced a settlement with the British government over its surveillance of her while she has acted as a legal representative of persecuted WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. The same day, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), where a case by Robinson against the British government was pending, took note of the[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Kiev’s Allies Divided

Ukraine Update: Kiev’s Allies Divided

Ukraine’s allies are in disagreement on the question of the war. On June 14, a New York Times report — A Link to Besieged Ukrainians Is Cut, as Allies Question Strategy — said: “The last bridge to the city of Sievierodonetsk fell as battles raged, and some Western officials questioned Ukraine’s ability to keep resisting Russia.” The report said: “Ukraine’s[Read More…]

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Apartheid Israel Among World Leaders For Killing Children

Apartheid Israel Among World Leaders For Killing Children

Apartheid Israel highly abusively occupied 78% of Palestine (1948-1967) and thence 100% for the 55 years after 1967. In the Occupied Palestinian Territories Apartheid Israel leads the world for killing journalists, and is among world leaders in “killing children per year per million of subject Indigenous population”. The civilized world must act by Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Apartheid[Read More…]

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Julian Assange in Ithaka

Julian Assange in Ithaka

“Keep Ithaka always in your mind. Arriving there is where you’re destined for.” C. P. Cavafy, trans. Edmund Keeley John Shipton, despite his size, glides with insect-like grace across surfaces.  He moves with a hovering sense, a holy man with message and meaning.  As Julian Assange’s father, he has found himself a bearer of messages and meaning, attempting to convince[Read More…]

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Leaders of the Americas and the Caribbean Miss Historical Opportunity to Deal Blow to US Imperialism

Leaders of the Americas and the Caribbean Miss Historical Opportunity to Deal Blow to US Imperialism

And so it was that another historical opportunity was missed by the countries of the Caribbean, Central and South America, with the exception of a few who had the courage to take a stand. The majority of leaders from the region, those who Maurice Bishop so aptly called “yard fowls”, and those who should have known better, traipsed up to[Read More…]

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My Pandemic in Three Acts

My Pandemic in Three Acts

Dealing with the Disease that Never Seems to Leave Town On New Years’ Eve 2019, Americans celebrated the advent of the roaring ‘20s with fireworks and champagne, amid ominous news alerts from China. Surely that virus would stay on the other side of the planet. I cringe at how entitled we felt then. Covid-19 has now wiped out more than[Read More…]

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World Is Facing Unprecedented Polycrisis, Warns WTO

World Is Facing Unprecedented Polycrisis, Warns WTO

The world, now more complex, is facing unprecedented polycrisis, the World Trade Organization (WTO) chief has warned. Export restrictions are pushing up food prices and could further exacerbate the global “polycrisis,” WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said at the opening of the 12th WTO ministerial conference in Geneva on Sunday. According to the official, the world has “become more complex” since[Read More…]

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Why Peace and Disarmament Are at the Heart of Nonalignment

Why Peace and Disarmament Are at the Heart of Nonalignment

As our world spirals toward the catastrophe of nuclear war, there has never been a greater need for a new global balancing, a rejection of great power war, exploitation, and aggression. Now more than ever, we need to reject the brutal unipolar agenda of the United States, the dividing up of the world between hostile powers, and the suppression of[Read More…]

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UN warns war in Ukraine could amplify cost-of-living crisis

The United Nations Global Crisis Response Group warned in a report Wednesday that the ripple effects of the US-NATO conflict with Russia over Ukraine could exacerbate the human suffering of millions around the globe by escalating food and energy prices amid a worsening “global cost-of-living crisis unseen in at least a generation.” According to the report, the war has the potential to[Read More…]

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Australian Labor government stonewalls demands to free Assange

Australian Labor government stonewalls demands to free Assange

During its first three weeks in office, Australia’s Labor government has responded with a quiet hostility to demands that it defend Julian Assange. Labor ministers have not mentioned Assange, unless directly questioned. And in response to those inquiries, they have made plain that they will continue the bipartisan complicity of the political establishment and state apparatus in the persecution of[Read More…]

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Texas School Shooting- If Gunman was a Black, a Muslim, an Arab…?

Texas School Shooting- If Gunman was a Black, a Muslim, an Arab…?

Irrespective of whatever is ethnic identity of any shooter leading to violence and/or murders, how can approach towards him be decided by his religion, race, colour or any ethnic as well as national factor? A crime remains a crime. Sadly, double-standards of this nature still prevail. If Salvador Rolando Ramos was an Arab, a Muslim and/or a Black, the rage[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Momentum Of War Favors Russia

Ukraine Update: Momentum Of War Favors Russia

Momentum in the Ukraine War has begun favoring Russia, and as a clear signal, the NATO Secretary-General has told Ukraine to decide how much territory it likes to concede in exchange of peace. A New York Times report — “Momentum in Ukraine Is Shifting in Russia’s Favor” (June 11, 2022) — said: Ukraine lacking the weaponry it needs, and Western[Read More…]

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Weapons of Faith: The Arming of American Schools

Weapons of Faith: The Arming of American Schools

The United States remains a country of tenacious faith.  The nature of that faith stretches from the digital pulpits of Silicon Valley, where cool technology occupies the seat of majesty, to the hot Bible Belt of spiritual endurance and suffering, where the good Lord holds sway in stern disapproval.  In between, market fundamentalists take time to worship the invisible hand[Read More…]

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A Country Armed to the Teeth

A Country Armed to the Teeth

The gun I carried on the streets of New York City in the late 1960s was a Beretta, similar to the pistol James Bond packed in the early Ian Fleming novels. It was a small, dark beauty that filled me with bravado. I was never afraid when I had it in my pocket, which is why I’m so very afraid[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Kiev Forces Facing Growing Desertion, Significant Losses And Depleting Ammunition

Ukraine Update: Kiev Forces Facing Growing Desertion, Significant Losses And Depleting Ammunition

   Cases of desertion are growing among Ukrainian force, which is suffering significant losses, says report. It is also almost out of ammunition. Media reports said: There has been a rise in desertion as morale declines, says an intelligence report seen by The Independent. Ukraine is now dependent on Western donations of supplies, Ukrainian officials say. Reports are emerging that the[Read More…]

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The End of Laissez-Faire: Russia’s Attempt at Reshaping the World Economy

The End of Laissez-Faire: Russia’s Attempt at Reshaping the World Economy

Starting on May 31, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov embarked on a tour to Gulf Cooperation Council countries, where he visited Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, among others. Lavrov’s main objective of these visits is to strengthen ties between Russia and GCC nations amid a global race for geopolitical dominance. The Middle East, especially the Gulf region, is vital[Read More…]

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Three American Pathologies

Three American Pathologies

Peloton The Peloton craze suggests a decadence that has marked and will continue to mark the utter failure of the American experiment.  Such statements are by design hyperbolic- even perhaps silly- but they point us in the direction of the heresies we need to embrace if we are to do something decent with the gifts we’ve been given. The story[Read More…]

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Empire’s fleeting leadership in its yard

Empire’s fleeting leadership in its yard

The just concluded Summit of the Americas is nothing but a show of the Empire’s fleeting leadership in a region that the Empire considers as its backyard. Mr. Biden, the US President, expressed his hopes as he said: “I think I find no reason why the Western Hemisphere, the Western Hemisphere over the next 10 years, does not develop into[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Kiev Admits It Is Losing In Artillery War To Russia 

Ukraine Update: Kiev Admits It Is Losing In Artillery War To Russia 

Ukraine acknowledges that it is losing artillery war to Russia. Ukraine forces are almost out of ammunition and can only rely on Western-supplied arms in the battle against Russia, a top Ukrainian intelligence official has said. “This is an artillery war now,” Vadim Skibitsky, the deputy head of Ukraine’s military intelligence, told The Guardian on Friday. Ranged combat is going to[Read More…]

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Fighting the First UK-Rwandan Refugee Flight

Fighting the First UK-Rwandan Refugee Flight

June 10 bore witness to a valiant effort on the part of refugee groups and a trade union to stop what promises to be the first journey of many as part of the UK-Rwanda plan.  Their attempt to seek an injunction failed to convince the High Court.  Next Tuesday, the first flight from the UK to Rwanda filled with asylum[Read More…]

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The threat of large-scale famine

The threat of large-scale famine

Disasters threaten human civilization Among the greatest dangers to human civilization are nuclear war and catastrophic climate change, dangers which also threaten the biosphere. In addition to these two existential threats, humans also face the threat of an extremely large-scale famine, involving billions of people, rather than millions. The beginning of this famine, which could involve much of the world’s[Read More…]

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Summit of the Americas: Argentina’s President Regrets Exclusion of Countries

Summit of the Americas: Argentina’s President Regrets Exclusion of Countries

The Summit of the Americas, now being held in Los Angeles, U.S., is facing criticism from different countries participating in the summit. Media reports including reports by teleSUR said: The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, deplored that all countries were not invited to the 9th   Summit of the Americas. Argentina’s President was addressing the summit as the president pro tempore[Read More…]

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Storms at the Summit of the Americas

Storms at the Summit of the Americas

June 7 was a bad day for Luis Almagro, secretary-general of the Organization of American States (OAS). During the ninth Summit of the Americas, a young man declared to him what he is: an assassin and puppet of the White House, instigator of the coup in Bolivia. He said that Almagro cannot come to give lessons on democracy when his hands are stained[Read More…]

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Bizarro World: Mega-Terrorist Turkey Accuses Finland and Sweden of Supporting Terrorists

Bizarro World: Mega-Terrorist Turkey Accuses Finland and Sweden of Supporting Terrorists

Welcome to bizarro world. That’s where Turkey, a notorious state sponsor of international terrorism, has the sheer gall to accuse Finland and Sweden of supporting terrorists. Even more bizarre: Neither Finland, Sweden, the U.S., NATO, EU, nor any country or leader has, to my knowledge, pointed out Ankara’s glaring hypocrisy. Turkey claims that Finland and Sweden host members of the PKK, the[Read More…]

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Recent protests against felling of trees in Paris have revived controversies related to Olympic Games

Recent protests against felling of trees in Paris have revived controversies related to Olympic Games

Recent protests by environmental groups against the proposed felling of trees in Paris as part of efforts to speeding up of redevelopment for the 1924 Olympic Games have revived earlier controversies regarding the Olympic Games. The celebrations relating to this biggest sports event cover up increasing problems relating to them due to which a significant number of initial host candidates[Read More…]

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What Does It Mean that Women Now Dominate Higher Education?

What Does It Mean that Women Now Dominate Higher Education?

In the last week of her life, my mother extracted a promise from me. “Make sure,” she said, “that Orion goes to college.” I swore that I would, although I wasn’t at all sure how I’d make it happen. Even in the year 2000, average tuitions were almost 10 times what my own undergraduate school had charged 30 years earlier. I knew[Read More…]

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Summit of the Americas: Isn’t it a dud?

Summit of the Americas: Isn’t it a dud?

The Empire went to assert its position in the Latin America. But it has flopped. CNN headlined: “Snubs, from key leaders at Summit of the Americas reveal Biden’s struggle to assert US leadership in its neighborhood”. It’s a setback for the Empire. Today, it’s not an unimaginable development in the region. The IX Summit of the Americas has kicked off[Read More…]

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Ukrainian tanks move down a street in Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Ukraine Update: U.S. In The Dark On Military Operations, Says New York Times

The U.S. government has better information on Russian troops in Ukraine than on Ukrainian forces, The New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing U.S. officials. Kiev is keeping its biggest military sponsor in the dark, possibly even misleading Washington to protect the generous flow of American military aid into the country, the newspaper claimed in a report (U.S. Lacks a[Read More…]

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Gun Violence: What Can Be Said After So Much Grief?

Gun Violence: What Can Be Said After So Much Grief?

What more can be said with so much grief, after the spate of recent gun violence around the country? Can anything be added that has not already been said. The same questions have been haunting the country over the past two decades. Why do mass shootings appear to be accelerating? Why are children often being targeted? Why are teens, who[Read More…]

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UK set to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda on June 14

UK set to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda on June 14

Britain’s Home Office is pressing ahead with its brutal policy of deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda. Exactly two months after announcing its Migration and Economic Development Partnership deal with the east Africa state—under which people arriving illegally in the UK are to be sent 4,500 miles to have their asylum claim “processed”—the first flight is scheduled to depart on June 14. According[Read More…]

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United States representative Mike Pompeo speaks to a rally of general aviation workers at Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, Kan., Monday, March. 21, 2011. The rally was attended by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Governor Sam Brownback, Senator Jerry Moran and an estimated 2,000 aircraft workers of general aviation companies in the Wichita area. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)

A Spanish Court Calls: Mike Pompeo, We Want You

On June 3, Judge Santiago Pedraz of Spain’s national court, the Audienca Nacional, issued a summons for former CIA director and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to testify in an ongoing investigation into the conduct of private security firm UC Global and its founder, David Morales. The security firm is said to have been hired by US intelligence operatives[Read More…]

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Many Countries Likely To Face Recession, World Bank’s Grim Forecast

Many Countries Likely To Face Recession, World Bank’s Grim Forecast

The World Bank (WB) has cut its global growth projection for this year from 4.1% to 2.9%, warning that many countries are likely to face recession. “Amid the war in Ukraine, surging inflation, and rising interest rates, global economic growth is expected to slump in 2022,” the Tuesday WB press release said. Below-average Growth “Several years of above-average inflation and below-average[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: LNG From U.S. To Reach Ukraine

Ukraine Update: LNG From U.S. To Reach Ukraine

Ukraine needs liquefied natural gas (LNG). The country is in discussions with the U.S. on purchasing and financing supplies of LNG instead of pipeline gas, which the country currently receives from EU states, Naftogaz CEO Yuriy Vitrenko said on Tuesday. Media reports said: Kiev is currently buying reverse gas supplies that those countries resell, after buying from Russia. The head of[Read More…]

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A sign placed by an activist, comments on how Lockheed Martin’s profits are derived from killings.

How the U.S. Government is controlled by its armaments firms

Unlike corporations that sell to consumers, Lockheed Martin and the other top contractors to the U.S. Government are highly if not totally dependent upon sales to governments, for their profits, especially sales to their own government, which they control — they control their home market, which is the U.S. Government, and they use it  (their government) to sell to its[Read More…]

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Let’s Get to the Heart of the Matter With Biolabs and Cows

Let’s Get to the Heart of the Matter With Biolabs and Cows

How can we justify slaughtering cows to repair our hearts, when the consumption of cows is what weakens our hearts? The demand for bovine heart valves to treat cardiovascular disease—the top global killer—is rising, and there is a cruel irony—with which I have firsthand experience—in how the cattle industry has become both the problem and the solution. We rely on medical[Read More…]

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Colombia Needs Democracy, Plain and Simple: An Interview With María José Pizarro

Colombia Needs Democracy, Plain and Simple: An Interview With María José Pizarro

by Vijay Prashad & Taroa Zúñiga Silva  On May 29, 2022, a political earthquake struck Colombia: the left-leaning Historical Pact’s presidential candidate, Gustavo Petro, and vice-presidential candidate, Francia Márquez, won the first round of the presidential elections after getting 40.33 percent of the votes. The blocs representing the far-right and right-wing parties—which have dominated Colombian politics for most of its history—trailed far[Read More…]

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Ukraine president Zelensky gave a video address after midnight on February 25, 2022 disclosing a Russian offer of talks

Ukraine Update: ​​ Amid Fears Of Russian Breakthrough In Donbas Zelensky Appeals For More Weapons 

Ukraine President Zelensky appealed for more weapons to arrive faster, saying things could become very difficult for Ukraine if Russian forces broke through front lines in Donbas, the eastern region where Severodonetsk is the main city not in Russian hands. Media reports said: Britain has promised to send its first long-range missiles to Ukraine after a similar U.S. pledge which triggered Vladimir Putin[Read More…]

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Dear Times and Costly Cricket: Australia’s Sri Lankan Tour

Dear Times and Costly Cricket: Australia’s Sri Lankan Tour

For a country experiencing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence in 1948, the picture of a touring team pampered and fussed over might cause consternation.  But the Australian cricket tour to Sri Lanka has only been met by praise from the country’s cricket officials, where logic is inverted, and the gaze of responsibility averted.  Not even a shortage of[Read More…]

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Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen Has Failed - Council on Foreign Relations

Rejecting War Is Not Enough—Racism Curdles Peace

War and racism have always been violently, tragically inseparable. For centuries, the most devastating and brutal conflicts in the world have been driven by destructive notions of racial superiority and murderous assertions of ethnic differences. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is abhorrent and deeply concerning. It is an unprovoked, unjustifiable outrage and a heinous violation of international law that will have[Read More…]

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How Corporate Propaganda Shapes Public Opinion

How Corporate Propaganda Shapes Public Opinion

When journalism became Churnalism – the churning out of massive amount of articles in a relatively short period of time, it turned journalism into a form of corporate propaganda that reflects the ideology of media owners. Yet, it also made media outlets to be increasingly reliant on the so-called news agencies that supply newspapers and TV with news items. Associated[Read More…]

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 The What, Where, How and Why of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

 The What, Where, How and Why of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

On May 23, U.S. President Joe Biden officially launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) in Tokyo. Conceived and led by the United States, the IPEF has 13 founding members, including Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. “The future of 21st century economy is going to largely be written in the[Read More…]

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U.S. Democracy Questioned By Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, U.S. Congresswoman

U.S. Democracy Questioned By Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, U.S. Congresswoman

U.S. congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) denounced the U.S. political system as an “oligarchy” on Friday, resuming the long-dormant class-war rhetoric that first attracted so many young voters to her campaign in 2018. “When you look at the fact that our elections are bought, that corporations and… powerful corporate lobbies have more say in our legislation than everyday people, we[Read More…]

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Ships participating in exercise BALTOPS22 prepare to depart Stockholm, June 5, 2022. (Credit: US Navy)

NATO opens Northern front in war against Russia

On May 16, Sweden and Finland announced an end to decades of neutrality, proclaiming their intention to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and its escalating conflict with Russia. Less than three weeks later, Stockholm, Sweden’s capital, has been turned into a naval garrison with the arrival of a US amphibious assault battle group, consisting of the assault ship[Read More…]

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Remember Shireen Abu Akleh: Apartheid Israel Leads The World For Killing Journalists

Remember Shireen Abu Akleh: Apartheid Israel Leads The World For Killing Journalists

        The World  was shocked by the recent deliberate killing by an Israeli sniper of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. However over 50 journalists have been killed by Apartheid Israel in the last 2 decades. Careful analysis reveals that Apartheid Israel leads the World  by far in terms of  “average number of journalists killed per 10 million of[Read More…]

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The Ultimate Blowback Planet

The Ultimate Blowback Planet

Once upon a time, long, long ago — actually, it was early in the year 2000 — I was involved in publishing Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire. It had been written by the eminent scholar of Asia, former CIA consultant, and cold warrior Chalmers Johnson. I was his editor at Metropolitan Books. In its introduction, using a word[Read More…]

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Environment and war today

Environment and war today

War environs environment. War destructs and demolishes life, all forms of environment. It’s war’s powerful approach to contradictions within and with environment surrounding life. Wars including the current Ukraine War bear this signature of destruction of and on environment and ecology. The first victim is life; and, then comes surroundings of life that help sustain life. Activities to secure, nourish[Read More…]

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Platinum Jubilees and Republican Questions

Platinum Jubilees and Republican Questions

The platinum jubilee will bore and cause some to yawn.  It might certainly agitate the republican spleen in the fourteen countries where Queen Elizabeth II remains a constitutional head of state.  But the question remains: How does the institution this figure represents endure, if it should at all? A rash of countries have expressed an interest in severing ties with[Read More…]

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Labor Activists Launch New Organization to Challenge AFL-CIO Foreign Policy

Labor Activists Launch New Organization to Challenge AFL-CIO Foreign Policy

Labor activists from across the country, members of a number of unions, publicly announced the creation of LEPAIO, the Labor Education Project on the AFL-CIO International Operations, over the weekend of April 9-10.  They held a press conference outside of AFL-CIO Headquarters on 16th Street in Washington, DC on April 8th, and followed with a four hour educational conference at[Read More…]

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Cuba And China File Patent For Jointly-Produced Pan-Corona Vaccine for COVID-19 And Related Viruses

Cuba And China File Patent For Jointly-Produced Pan-Corona Vaccine for COVID-19 And Related Viruses

Cuba and China have filed the first patent for a vaccine against not just COVID-19 and its many variants, but which could also be effective against several related viruses, the Cuban daily Granma reported on Thursday. In spite of a U.S.-directed blockade against trade with Cuba, the socialist island nation was able to develop five COVID-19 vaccines and inoculated 95% of[Read More…]

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Russia vs NATO: How Mali Became Another Front for the Ukraine War

Russia vs NATO: How Mali Became Another Front for the Ukraine War

The distance between Ukraine and Mali is measured in thousands of kilometers. But the geopolitical distance is much closer to the point that it appears as if the ongoing conflicts in both countries are the direct outcomes of the same geopolitical currents and transformation underway around the world. The Malian government is now accusing French troops of perpetuating a massacre[Read More…]

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Lula Slams U.S. For Arms And Billions Of Dollars For Ukraine

Lula Slams U.S. For Arms And Billions Of Dollars For Ukraine

Brazilian presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called out U.S. President Joe Biden in two campaign speeches this week, citing the $40 billion in military aid Washington has pledged to Ukraine. “Biden, who has never made a speech to give $1 to those who are starving in Africa, announces $40 billion to help Ukraine buy weapons,” Lula said on Wednesday[Read More…]

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US, UK to deliver advanced longer-range missile systems to Ukraine

US, UK to deliver advanced longer-range missile systems to Ukraine

US President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that Washington will deliver advanced longer-range missile systems HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) to the Ukrainian army, as part of yet another $700 million in military aid that the White House announced on May 31. This latest tranche brings the total direct military aid committed by the Biden administration since the beginning[Read More…]

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Turkey Spoils the Big NATO Party

Turkey Spoils the Big NATO Party

Complacency has been the hallmark of NATO expansion.  Over time, it has even become a form of derision, notably directed against Russia.  As with many historical matters, records ignored can be records revisited, the second time around sometimes nastier than the first. With the Ukraine conflict raging, a few of Russia’s neighbours have reconsidered their position of military non-alignment and[Read More…]

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Hunger in Africa 

Hunger in Africa 

One of the less discussed side-effects of the Ukraine war is that it is likely to have aggravated the hunger crisis in many countries of Africa. Some of the countries more affected by hunger , like Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC), had been getting  substantial parts  of their wheat imports from Russia and Ukraine, and to[Read More…]

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America Needs a Jubilee

America Needs a Jubilee

The horrifying mass murder of 18 school children and two teachers in Uvalde, TX occurred at the same time as the funeral of Celestine Chaney, grandmother of six and Buffalo, NY mass shooting victim, was taking place. Only two of the ten Black Americans killed in Buffalo by avowed white supremacists had been yet laid to rest when that tragedy[Read More…]

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Maduro’s success: principled resistance to imperialism pays off

Maduro’s success: principled resistance to imperialism pays off

The world has been stunned by a double wonder: Bolivarian Venezuela’s political survival and its miraculous economic recovery: the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean has reported that it expects the Venezuelan economy to grow for the first time since 2014, by 5 per cent, one of the highest in the region. Venezuela’s rate of inflation has come[Read More…]

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Geopolitical Update: Europe Closer To Energy Crisis

Geopolitical Update: Europe Closer To Energy Crisis

Europe lurched closer to an energy crisis on Tuesday after the Kremlin cut off gas supplies to major buyers including Shell. A Telegraph report said: Russia’s state-owned gas supplier, Gazprom, said supplies to Shell in Germany as well as to Ørsted in Denmark will be cut off on Wednesday after they refused to bow to Putin’s demands to pay in roubles. Gazprom[Read More…]

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Cuba’s Nonalignment: A Foreign Policy of Peace and Socialism

Cuba’s Nonalignment: A Foreign Policy of Peace and Socialism

Though Bandung in Indonesia and Havana in Cuba couldn’t be farther apart geographically—with each city located on two distant islands in their respective countries and separated by more than 17,000 km—they have been ideologically close in the imaginations of many people across the Global South. The Third World Project, born out of the continuous collaboration between the newly independent states and[Read More…]

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 The Greatest Replacement

 The Greatest Replacement

What is now called Israel, and should rightfully be called Palestine, is the result of the greatest replacement of the last centuries. The forces that shaped 18-year old Payton Gendron to commit mass murder at the Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, N.Y on May 14, 2022, are the same as the forces  that shaped 38-year old  Baruch Goldstein to kill[Read More…]

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“An unspeakable crime”

“An unspeakable crime”

On the occasion of the Prohibit Nukes, Promote HOPE—Memorial Day walk, rally at the Kansas City National Security Campus, Kansas City, Missouri, on May 30, 2022 Four months ago, two days before the civilized world celebrated one year since the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons came into force on January 22, officials here at the Kansas City National[Read More…]

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Churnalism’s Manipulation of The News

Churnalism’s Manipulation of The News

As one might have expected, the already severe problems of Churnalism have become even worse with the arrival of news’ websites demanding ever faster output. Churnalism is a form of journalism based on corporate press releases and pre-fabricated stories provided by external news agencies. Churnalism uses pre-packaged materials instead of reporting news and it is done for fast output. It[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: The War Hikes Hunger In Africa With Increasing Food Price

Ukraine Update: The War Hikes Hunger In Africa With Increasing Food Price

The war in Ukraine is increasing food prices, which is increasing hunger in Africa. An AP report from Mogadishu, Somalia cited Ayan Hassan Abdirahman, who is now paying twice as much as she did just a few months ago to buy the wheat flour she uses to make breakfast each day for her 11 children in Somalia’s capital. Abdirahman has[Read More…]

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The National Endowment for “Democracy”: A Second CIA

The National Endowment for “Democracy”: A Second CIA

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine and the US: Proposal for a peaceful Pathway forward PART 3. THE ROOTS OF VIOLENCE: NEEDS FOR POWER AND FREEDOM Part 3C. The National Endowment for “Democracy”: A Second CIA We’ve been describing the threats to power and freedom that are driving the current crisis in Ukraine, specifically threats of foreign political interference.[Read More…]

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America and Guns, the Unresolved Deadly Debate

America and Guns, the Unresolved Deadly Debate

This Memorial Day, as the nation reflects on, mourns and honors the sacrifices of U.S. military personnel who have died in the line of duty, another senseless killing of innocent elementary school children by a deranged gunman has marred the Federal holiday. First observed on May 30, 1868, the holiday allows us for one day to reflect on those sacrifices[Read More…]

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Gun Rights – Gun Wrongs

Gun Rights – Gun Wrongs

I have been numb and silent. Not like me. But I guess I am also human and sometimes the pain is too much. 19 children dead? Should I be thankful that none of those who died in Buffalo, Uvalde or in the many instances of mass shootings that happen as regularly as rainfall in America, didn’t have the name of[Read More…]

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 QUAD: Synergy, Strategy and Limitations

 QUAD: Synergy, Strategy and Limitations

Recently concluded QUAD in Tokyo, Japan (23-24 May, 2022) leaves several questions unanswered. However, the level of synergy among the QUAD members (US, Japan, India and Australia) was at the highest pitch. The joint statements released by the QUAD members are well polished. From the body language one can also gauge that the QUAD leaders (US President Joe Biden, Indian[Read More…]

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Human Future in the Digital Era – Whence society? Whence humanity ?

Human Future in the Digital Era – Whence society? Whence humanity ?

Introduction The current stage of human societies on Planet Earth has three defining characteristics. One: The extremely rapid penetration of science and technology into human societies, with concomittant changes in their social, economic and political structures. Two: An explosion in the totality of energy-use by industrialized and industrializing human societies, resulting in planet-level (climate) changes posing an existential threat to[Read More…]

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PNAC’s American Empire: Aggressive Desires for Power and Freedom

PNAC’s American Empire: Aggressive Desires for Power and Freedom

  Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine and the US: Proposal for a peaceful Pathway forward PART 3. THE ROOTS OF VIOLENCE: NEEDS FOR POWER AND FREEDOM Part 3B. PNAC’s American Empire: Aggressive Desires for Power and Freedom We hear constantly in mainstream media that Russian President Vladimir Putin craves conquest and a revival of the Russian Empire. You[Read More…]

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George W. Bush, Freudian Confessions and Foiled Assassinations

George W. Bush, Freudian Confessions and Foiled Assassinations

Death, remarked Gore Vidal about Truman Capote’s passing, was a good career move.  The novelist Saki also considered the good qualities of shuffling off the mortal coil.  “Waldo,” he writes in “The Feast of Nemesis”, “is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.”  But what of those instances when death is foiled, the Grim Reaper cheated?[Read More…]

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The Colombian Left’s Fight against Neoliberal Hegemony

The Colombian Left’s Fight against Neoliberal Hegemony

In Colombia, the Historic Pact presidential ticket is favored to win the May 29, 2022, national elections, with between 37.9% to 48% of votes, according to various opinion polls. Historic Pact is a coalition of 20 different political parties and formations, ranging from the radical Left, Comunes, to the centre-Left’s Todos Somos Colombia and the Communist Party of Colombia. Its[Read More…]

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Memorial Day Advisories by a 91 Year Old Vet Once Drafted During the Murderous US War on Koreans 

Memorial Day Advisories by a 91 Year Old Vet Once Drafted During the Murderous US War on Koreans 

May the reader permit a 91 year old Korean War vet to offer a review of his past Memorial Day advisories from today back to 2006 For this year’s Memorial Day advisory we quote from “Memorial “Daze”: Nightmares of Empire” by Phillip Faruggio / May 29th,2013   Dissident Voice[1] To Americans: Thousands of our young kids have been killed just in Iraq[Read More…]

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The US baby formula crisis and capitalism’s indifference to the lives of children

The US baby formula crisis and capitalism’s indifference to the lives of children

The baby formula crisis that is threatening the lives of infants across the US deepened this week as the out-of-stock rate for baby formula on store shelves surged to 70 percent for the week ending May 22. The shortage rate during the previous week was 45 percent, according to the retail tracking firm Datasembly. The supply shortage is so severe[Read More…]

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Anti-war protesters gather in front of the White House to demonstrate against escalating tensions between the United States and Russia over Ukraine on January 27, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Why “Cancel” Russians?

There is a persistent belief in both Europe and the United States that the “Western” economies are the most developed around, just as the “Western” culture and democracy, with its culture of abolition and total tolerance, is the only correct and advanced system. Russia, which is a bridge connecting Europe with Asia since Tsar Peter, has apparently chosen the European[Read More…]

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Climate Change Wows the Polls

Climate Change Wows the Polls

Australia’s federal election May 18th turned left with a new power broker named climate change. Major networks refer to the election as: “Australia’s Climate Election,” with newly elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese vowing to turn Australia into a “renewable energy superpower.” The incumbent PM Scott Morrison led the Coalition opposed by the Labor party behind the candidacy of Anthony Albanese.[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward

PART 3. THE ROOTS OF VIOLENCE: NEEDS FOR POWER AND FREEDOM Part 3A. Fears of US Political Interference and Coups, Much Like the 9/11 Coup of Allende We’ve been discussing one way to approach non-violent conflict resolution by applying the Paradigm for Peace model to the current crisis in Ukraine. In our imaginary chart for the Roots of Violence, we[Read More…]

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Onslaught of the Oily Authoritarians

Onslaught of the Oily Authoritarians

  “I think for me the struggle to defend the truth is a precondition for defending our democracy, and the struggle to defend our democracy is a precondition for taking the effective action that needs to be taken in order to meet the climate crisis in a serious way and turn it around.” — U.S. House member Jamie Raskin of[Read More…]

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Memorials, Not Celebrations!

Memorials, Not Celebrations!

You turn on any recent professional sport competition and you see the obscene propaganda. Before the game starts they call out the honor guard ( many times dressed in camouflage) carrying the flag, as they have the singer belt out our anthem. Where is this ‘ War’ that we apparently are in? To this writer the last war our country[Read More…]

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Without Stopping War, Extreme Hunger Will Continue to Increase

Without Stopping War, Extreme Hunger Will Continue to Increase

If the war in Ukraine, that was initiated three months ago, does not end, and without a reduction in the growing number of conflicts in other parts of the world, hunger will only continue to increase. As rarely seen in recent history, issues related to agrifood systems and world food security are at the centre of global and regional debates and[Read More…]

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‘That’s not the devil. That’s America.’, a Washington Post headline

‘That’s not the devil. That’s America.’, a Washington Post headline

The Washington Post (WashPost) made a front-page headline after the Buffalo’s East Side mass shooting. The headline – “‘That’s not the devil. – That’s America.’” tells state of the one of the most advanced bourgeois states – the United States of America. The report (May 17, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/05/17/buffalo-tops-shooting-neighborhood/) by Silvia Foster-Frau formulated its heading by citing James Baldwin, 60, a citizen[Read More…]

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Digitizing to Dystopia – Wanted: Enlightened leadership

Digitizing to Dystopia – Wanted: Enlightened leadership

The combination of information technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology (IT-BT-NT) is the cutting edge of civilizational transformation in the on-going “digital era”. This technological trio is based upon digitizing and manipulating data. [Ref.1] IT-BT-NT are becoming primary tools for research in the physical, natural, and social sciences, and connected technologies. Perhaps the most influential technologies created by IT-BT-NT in the social,[Read More…]

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) held talks with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, Beijing, Feb. 4, 2022.

Geopolitical Update: U.S. to leverage Russia-Ukraine Bloc Against China, Says Blinken

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday the Biden administration aims to lead the international bloc opposed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine into a broader coalition to counter what it sees as a more serious, long-term threat to global order from China. Media reports including a report by AP from Washington DC said: In a speech outlining the administration’s China policy, Blinken laid[Read More…]

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THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK  (Courtesy of The Globe and Mail)

Fatal Flaw and Fatal Folly

  Most in the white West are not raised to expect seriousness.  A carefree lifestyle is that of privilege.  Individuals, of course, suffer hardships from disease, domestic or social violence.  Some from poverty despite color. Some from disabling, intimate betrayals.  But generally, life is not expected to be a tragedy. Yet the world has become serious, and none are excused[Read More…]

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The People’s Summit for Democracy Offers a Progressive Vision to Counter U.S. Dominance in the Region

The People’s Summit for Democracy Offers a Progressive Vision to Counter U.S. Dominance in the Region

by Sheila Xiao and Manolo De Los Santos In a recent interview, Brian Nichols, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, was asked the question that is on everyone’s mind ahead of the June 2022 Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California: Will three particular countries in Latin America (Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua) be invited? Nichols responded with[Read More…]

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 War Photos Exhibited to Promote Peace

 War Photos Exhibited to Promote Peace

Established by Congress in 1984, The US Institute of Peace (USIP) works to promote the building of peace “to prevent, mitigate and resolve violent conflict” abroad. The independent, nonpartisan institute aims to reach that monumental goal through its work by resolving armed conflict peacefully and in thwarting future crises. Apropos of their mission, an exhibition of photographs by photojournalists working[Read More…]

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Biden in Asia: Further Steps Toward War with China

Biden in Asia: Further Steps Toward War with China

For observers of President Biden’s recent visit to Asia it will come as no surprise that, as in the past, the US sought to encourage Asian allies to join in further strengthening its political, economic and especially military containment of China. Like the US role in prolonging the war in Ukraine in order to weaken Russia, the US hopes to[Read More…]

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African Union at 20: Challenges ahead

African Union at 20: Challenges ahead

The African Union was founded in 2002 as a successor to the Organization of African Unity (OAU), an intergovernmental organisation that functions as a link between the African countries. With the union commemorating its 20th anniversary this year, the continent has faced several challenges in recent years, including civil wars, stalling transitions, Islamic militancy, food insecurity, and climate change-related threats. The[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Ukraine Must Give Russia Territory, Says Henry Kissinger

Ukraine Update: Ukraine Must Give Russia Territory, Says Henry Kissinger

Ukraine conflict has now entered in the area of intensive diplomacy. Davos, now the seat of the World Economic Forum (WEF), is rich with Ukraine debate. Media reports said: Veteran U.S. statesman Henry Kissinger has urged the West to stop trying to inflict a crushing defeat on Russian forces in Ukraine, warning that it would have disastrous consequences for the[Read More…]

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Constantly on the Verge of Collapse: How Palestinians Became a Factor in Israeli Politics

Constantly on the Verge of Collapse: How Palestinians Became a Factor in Israeli Politics

Israel’s coalition government of right-wing Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is on the verge of collapse, which is unsurprising. Israeli politics, after all, is among the most fractious in the world, and this particular coalition was born out of the obsessive desire to dethrone Israel’s former leader, Benjamin Netanyahu. While Netanyahu was successfully ousted in June 2021, Bennett’s coalition has been left to[Read More…]

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The Economy of Tolerable Massacres: The Uvalde Shootings

The Economy of Tolerable Massacres: The Uvalde Shootings

Societies generate their own economies of tolerable cruelties and injustices.  Poverty, for instance, will be allowed, as long a sufficient number of individuals are profiting.  To an extent, crime and violence can be allowed to thrive.  In the United States, the economy of tolerable massacres, executed by military grade weapons, is considerable and seemingly resilient.  Its participants all partake in[Read More…]

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Weep not just for Uvalde but for the hatred that consumes America and the world

Weep not just for Uvalde but for the hatred that consumes America and the world

America continues to unleash unparalleled madness in the world. It’s the madness spawned by an all-consuming hatred against: Children, Women, Men, Black-Brown-White folks, Russians and Communists, Palestinians and Houthi, Nature, the Environment, Beauty and Life itself. It remains mindless, formless and knows only violence. The manufacturers of all this violence can be found permanently-embedded in every state of the American[Read More…]

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Candlelight Vigil for Shireen 

Candlelight Vigil for Shireen 

On the sidewalk at the entrance to the National Press Club a large crowd of journalists, Palestinians and their supporters held a candlelight vigil May 17 to honor the memory of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. The popular 51-year-old Al Jazeera TV reporter while on assignment in the West Bank with her crew was slain less than a week ago in[Read More…]

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Ghetto America

Ghetto America

Kudos to the fine hit song by War entitled ‘ The World Is a Ghetto’ ( 1972). Again, as with so many other incidents, issues and complications within this empire, can you comprehend that this song, resonating so well now, was written 50 years ago? If anything, we have regressed further down that rabbit hole as I write this. Corporate[Read More…]

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Fast-Track to NATO Expansion Hits a Speed Bump

Fast-Track to NATO Expansion Hits a Speed Bump

Brookings, a think tank founded in 1916, presented a timely discussion this week titled “Finland, Sweden, and the future of NATO.” Discussing the urgent need to join NATO were Finnish ambassador to the U.S., Mikko Hautala, and the Swedish ambassador to the U.S., Karin Olofsdotter. The two ambassadors appeared in the wake of last week’s official state visit by their[Read More…]

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Is This the End of the French Project in Africa’s Sahel?

Is This the End of the French Project in Africa’s Sahel?

On May 15, 2022, the military junta in Mali announced that it would no longer be part of the G5 Sahel platform. The G5 Sahel was created in Nouakchott, Mauritania, in 2014, and brought together the governments of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger to collaborate over the deteriorating security situation in the Sahel belt—the region just below the Sahara desert[Read More…]

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 For Biden’s Summit of the Americas, Obama’s Handshake With Raúl Castro Shows the Way

 For Biden’s Summit of the Americas, Obama’s Handshake With Raúl Castro Shows the Way

On May 16, the Biden administration announced new measures to “increase support for the Cuban people.” They included easing travel restrictions and helping Cuban-Americans support and connect with their families. They mark a step forward but a baby step, given that most U.S. sanctions on Cuba remain in place. Also in place is a ridiculous Biden administration policy of trying[Read More…]

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The U.S. Unilateral Sanctions Against Russia Will Produce a Global Food Disaster

The U.S. Unilateral Sanctions Against Russia Will Produce a Global Food Disaster

“There is really no true solution to the problem of global food security without bringing back the agriculture production of Ukraine and the food and fertilizer production of Russia and Belarus into world markets despite the war.” These blunt words by UN Secretary-General António Guterres accurately describe the present global food crisis. As the U.S. and the G7 (comprising Canada, France, Germany,[Read More…]

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Ukraine-Crisis, At What Cost? 

Ukraine-Crisis, At What Cost? 

Ukraine is not Afghanistan. Ukraine-crisis is, however, likely to be prolonged with a similar objective responsible for Afghanistan-war lasting for years. Geographically, culturally, historically and at numerous other levels, there is no comparison between Afghanistan-wars fought at different periods by United States as well as former Soviet Union and the ongoing Ukraine-war. The only similarity is that people have suffered[Read More…]

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Global Wheat Prices Reach Record High

Global Wheat Prices Reach Record High

Wheat prices surged to a new record high on Monday after India decided to prohibit exports of the commodity as a heatwave hit production. The price climbed to $453 per ton as the European market opened. Soft red winter wheat for July delivery rose 4.2%. Media reports said: India, the world’s second-largest wheat producer, said this weekend it was curbing[Read More…]

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The British Art of Black Propaganda

The British Art of Black Propaganda

Never underestimate the potency, and deceptive malice, of the British political mind.  In responding to the threat posed by Imperial Germany during the First World War, the British propaganda campaign made much of the atrocity tale, the nun raping German and the baby bayoneting Hun.  The effectiveness of the campaign was so impressive it sowed doubt amongst a generation about[Read More…]

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India Has a Key Role to Play in a Possible New World Order

India Has a Key Role to Play in a Possible New World Order

In the first half of April 2022, India’s External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar made some revealing remarks at a press conference in Washington, D.C. He was standing beside U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. When asked about India’s purchase of Russian oil, Jaishankar said: “If you’re looking at energy purchases from Russia, I’d suggest that[Read More…]

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Discussing America’s role in the Syrian civil war: A Conversation with Noam Chomsky

Discussing America’s role in the Syrian civil war: A Conversation with Noam Chomsky

by Noam Chomsky and Raghav Kaushik  This interview with world-renowned scholar and leading dissident Noam Chomsky has two goals. The primary goal is to understand America’s role in one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 21st century, the Syrian civil war. While there has been a lot of commentary on the Syrian civil war, there is confusion about the exact[Read More…]

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Ukrainian tanks move down a street in Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

The Empire’s Ukraine War

The Empire is currently fighting a war – a partly-proxy and partly direct war – in Ukraine. The war between capitalist interests whether identified as ‘bipartisan unity’ in a country or ‘oligarchs’, is basically with the same bourgeois interests. Ukraine, once a part of the Soviet Union, is now controlled by the US and Western European interests. While the hopes[Read More…]

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Sweden And Finland  Set To Join NATO

Sweden And Finland  Set To Join NATO

Geopolitical Update: Historic Shifts In Europe’s Balance Of Power As NATO Expands North With Sweden And Finland Joining The Military Alliance   Sweden’s ruling party dropped the country’s historic military nonalignment on Sunday and agreed to join NATO, shortly after Finland’s leaders officially announced they would do the same. Media reports from Europe and other places said: The moves were[Read More…]

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Morbid Matters: Estimating COVID-19 Mortality

Morbid Matters: Estimating COVID-19 Mortality

It has dominated news cycles, debates and policies since 2020, but COVID-19 continues to exercise the interest of number crunchers and talliers.  While the ghoulish daily press announcements about infections and deaths across many a country have diminished and, in some cases, disappeared altogether, publications abound about how many were taken in the pandemic. The World Health Organization, ever that[Read More…]

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 Abortion Rights Activists Nationwide Solidarity Protest

 Abortion Rights Activists Nationwide Solidarity Protest

WASHINGTON (05-14) – Today in over 450 towns and cities across the USA, abortion rights activists rallied under the theme of “Rise up 4 Abortion Rights.” This follows a week of nationwide abortion rights demonstrations, die-ins, banner drops, walkouts, art installations and chalking to bring their message in a show of support for this vital right of personal choice. According[Read More…]

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To be strong and effective, peace movement must be a continuing process among people

To be strong and effective, peace movement must be a continuing process among people

All those who are committed to peace are once again passing through a sad phase of introspection regarding why they cannot be effective enough to check what is very clearly a very alarming phase of further drift towards militarization, that too at a time when the world can least afford it due to very serious worries relating to pandemic and[Read More…]

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Decriminalized Marijuana Reinvents Racism and Poisoning

Decriminalized Marijuana Reinvents Racism and Poisoning

by Don Fitz and Susan Armstrong The change in marijuana laws across the US raises issues far beyond, “Hey, dude, we can blow a joint now without getting busted.”  The racism that permeated the age of criminalization now lurks throughout the phase of decriminalization.  The burgeoning business of growing pot raises the specter of corporate agriculture with its threats to[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Russian-U.S. Defense Chiefs Talk Over Phone For First Time Since Start Of The Ukraine War

Ukraine Update: Russian-U.S. Defense Chiefs Talk Over Phone For First Time Since Start Of The Ukraine War

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke over telephone on Friday, marking the first call between the two since Russia launched the special military operation in Ukraine. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a brief statement following the call that Austin “urged an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and emphasized the importance of maintaining lines[Read More…]

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Baby Formula Shortage In U.S. And Canada

Baby Formula Shortage In U.S. And Canada

“Is my baby getting enough food? It is a typical fear among new parents — and an acute one now, because of a national shortage of baby formula.” A New York Times report — The Baby Formula Crisis (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/13/briefing/baby-formula-shortage-us-economy.html, May 13, 2022) — begins in this way. The New York Times report said: ‘A potential bacteria outbreak led to the[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part II

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part II

 Part II. The Roots of violence: Needs for life and safety   In the Paradigm for Peace model, the Roots of Violence are divided into seven categories. While a few of the categories aren’t as easily divided into defensive and aggressive motivations, for the most part, we examine how each party to the conflict may be defensively motivated or aggressively[Read More…]

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Rogues and Spyware: Pegasus Strikes in Spain

Rogues and Spyware: Pegasus Strikes in Spain

Weapons, lacking sentience and moral orientation, are there to be used by all.  Once out, these creations can never be rebottled.  Effective spyware, that most malicious of surveillance tools, is one such creation, available to entities and governments of all stripes.  The targets are standard: dissidents, journalists, legislators, activists, even the odd jurist. Pegasus spyware, the fiendishly effective creation of[Read More…]

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Jeremy Corbyn: It’s Not Enough to Resist—We Have to Build, Too

Jeremy Corbyn: It’s Not Enough to Resist—We Have to Build, Too

In April, the UN’s climate scientists warned it’s “now or never” to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. You can almost hear them screaming at their keyboards, desperate for governments to actually do something, when they outline the need for “rapid, deep and immediate” cuts in CO2 emissions. But their words are not just a warning about the[Read More…]

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Ending ‘West’s Neocolonial Oppression’: On the New Language and Superstructures

Ending ‘West’s Neocolonial Oppression’: On the New Language and Superstructures

The Russia-Ukraine war has quickly turned into a global conflict. One of the likely outcomes of this war is the very redefinition of the current world order, which has been in effect, at least since the collapse of the Soviet Union over three decades ago. Indeed, there is a growing sense that a new global agenda is forthcoming, one that[Read More…]

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Why ‘Bolivia Is the Center of the World’ for People’s Movements

Why ‘Bolivia Is the Center of the World’ for People’s Movements

Humanity finds itself at a crucial moment. It’s not only war and climate change that threaten life on our planet. Ideologies and some people do too. We know that money and the production of wealth and well-being have created an ever greater and more profound gap between people, neighborhoods, cities and countries—a gap that has been exacerbated by the pandemic.[Read More…]

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (R-C) meets US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (L-C) in the capital Kyiv, Ukraine on May 1, 2022. (Photo: Ukrainian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

$40 Billion War Fever Grips Congress as US Escalates Ukraine War

The House of Representatives May 10 approved $40 billion of aid to Ukraine 368-57. All Democratic representatives voted yes. Previously antiwar Democrats like Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Jim McGovern, Barbara Lee, and Pramila Jayapal, who should know better, have uncritically embraced the Administration’s escalating war against Russia to the tune of $40 billion. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine must be condemned. But the[Read More…]

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Geopolitical Update: Japan, EU Agree To Raise Efforts In Indo-Pacific

Geopolitical developments are expanding quickly in various regions of the world. Media reports from various regions said: Japan and the European Union on Thursday agreed to step up their sanctions against Russia as leaders from the two sides raised concerns about the war’s impact in the Indo-Pacific, where they seek to strengthen their partnership and increase engagement amid China’s growing[Read More…]

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Hundreds Of Native American Children Died In U.S. Government-run Abusive Schools

Hundreds Of Native American Children Died In U.S. Government-run Abusive Schools

At least 500 Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian children died while attending Indian boarding schools run or supported by the U.S. government, a U.S. Interior Department report said Wednesday. The Interior Department said in a statement that federal Indian boarding school policies for more than a century and a half resulted in “the twin goals of cultural assimilation and[Read More…]

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Pathway for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part I

Pathway for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part I

PART 1. INTRODUCTION US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that Western nations will continue “moving Heaven and Earth” to send weapons to Ukraine in its war against Russia.[1] While they may be moving Earth, it’s doubtful they’re moving Heaven, which could very well be enraged at US policymakers’ habit of seizing for itself divine powers to inflict massive amounts of[Read More…]

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 Russia’s Weak Response to Finland’s Joining NATO

 Russia’s Weak Response to Finland’s Joining NATO

On May 12th, Russia’s RT bannered “Finland’s NATO membership will trigger response – Moscow”, and reported that Moscow has warned that Finland joining NATO would pose a direct threat to Russia’s security and its acceptance to the military alliance would prompt Russia to develop measures to ensure its safety. That’s after Finnish officials confirmed on Thursday their commitment to join[Read More…]

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The Heroes of Hotel Saratoga

The Heroes of Hotel Saratoga

At first, there was an explosion. The six-story building vibrated, and a few wires snapped with the force of a whiplash. Immediately afterward, more than half of the facade collapsed without any warning, with each floor swallowing the one above as the ceiling crushed against the floor and the floor against the ceiling during the explosion, and a cloud of[Read More…]

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Israel is a Jewish Problem

Israel is a Jewish Problem

Militarized Israel has seized control of the mindset of the Jewish people. Israel is a Jewish problem. and the Jewish people, if they want to be considered a just, humane, and peace loving people, have a responsibility to resolve that problem. Identification of Israel as a criminal state that has willfully murdered Palestinians, stolen their lands, ethnically cleansed them, buried their[Read More…]

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Academentia and Managerialism

by Thomas Klikauer and Meg Young Recently, the idea of Academentia has entered the public domain. Academentia combines academia –  those working in post-secondary education – with dementia, i.e. the progressive impairments to memory, thinking, and behaviour which negatively impacts a person’s ability to function. In short, Academentia describes a state of organisational insanity in which university academics can no longer function as academics and scholars. Academentia occurs in neoliberal universities run by faceless[Read More…]

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National Press Club Honors Shireen Abu Akleh

National Press Club Honors Shireen Abu Akleh

WASHINGTON (05-12) – The killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by an Israeli sniper on May 11 has outraged journalists, human rights defenders and ordinary people around the world. In several countries there have been large demonstrations in protest of the killing of the 51-year-old veteran correspondent for Al-Jazeera. Reporting on an early morning raid by the Israeli military[Read More…]

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U.S. Economy In The Shadow Of Soaring Fuel Costs, While Citizens Are Changing Habits And Fighting Food Insecurity

U.S. Economy In The Shadow Of Soaring Fuel Costs, While Citizens Are Changing Habits And Fighting Food Insecurity

From neighborhood gas stations to U.S.’s interstate highway system to the friendly skies, soaring fuel costs amid dwindling supplies look set to further squeeze consumers and businesses alike this summer. A Bloomberg report said: Across the board, fuel prices are at or near records. Average retail gasoline prices have remained firmly above $4 a gallon since early March, while diesel[Read More…]

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Shireen Abu Akleh: The story of a foretold death!

Shireen Abu Akleh: The story of a foretold death!

The slain Palestinian TV journalist   Sherine Abu Akleh holds American citizenship. But I expect that the United States will not do anything because Sherine is Palestinian and the killer is Zionist. And when the killer is a Zionist, America always does nothing, even if the victim is an American. I read a while ago the testimony of an American sailor[Read More…]

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Mali’s Military Ejects France but Faces Serious Challenges

Mali’s Military Ejects France but Faces Serious Challenges

On May 2, 2022, a statement was made by Mali’s military spokesperson Colonel Abdoulaye Maïga on the country’s national television, where he said that Mali was ending the defense accords it had with France, effectively making the presence of French troops in Mali illegal. The statement was written by the military leadership of the country, which has been in power since May[Read More…]

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The Ukraine War Is Accelerating the New Space Race

The suspension of collaborative projects between Russian and Western space agencies will enhance their traditional rivalries. But the new space race is also being driven by other countries—as well as private companies. Shortly after Russia was sanctioned for invading Ukraine in late February, Russia’s state-run space agency, Roscosmos, announced that it was officially suspending the U.S. from an upcoming Venus exploration mission.[Read More…]

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Jeffrey Sachs on NATO’s proxy war in Ukraine and attaining peace

Jeffrey Sachs on NATO’s proxy war in Ukraine and attaining peace

The Ukraine War is today’s most important geostrategic issue. Along with capital flow/investment, trade and profit, it’s impacting the global dominance map. At the end of the war, significant changes in geopolitics will appear. Different parts of world capital are behaving/moving in different ways; and a few parts are interacting with, pushing/pulling each other, at times, in antithetical ways. This[Read More…]

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Confidence In U.S. Supreme Court Has Collapsed, Finds Poll

A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that Americans’ confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court has collapsed over the last 20 months — a period that began with former President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans installing a 6-3 conservative majority ahead of the 2020 election and culminated last week with the leak of a draft opinion signaling that five GOP-appointed justices[Read More…]

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Escalating the War in Ukraine Means a Global Race to Catastrophe

Escalating the War in Ukraine Means a Global Race to Catastrophe

“Ukrainians,” in the words of Ben Wallace, the British Defense Secretary, “are fighting for their very lives and they are fighting for our freedoms.” “Ukraine’s success,” the White House stated, “is central to the global struggle between democracy and autocracy.” The Russian invasion of Ukraine was “unprovoked” and proves that Putin is intent on brutally reconstructing the Russian empire. That[Read More…]

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Risk Of Food Crisis, G7 Pledges Help To Nations

Risk Of Food Crisis, G7 Pledges Help To Nations

The G7 leaders held a video conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday, promising to do more to help poor nations at risk of food crisis due to the conflict between Moscow and Kiev. Media reports said: Russia’s military operation in Ukraine has been “causing global economic disruptions, impacting the security of global energy supply, fertilizer and food provision, and[Read More…]

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Possibility Of Abrupt End To Russian Gas, Germany Prepares Crisis Plan

Possibility Of Abrupt End To Russian Gas, Germany Prepares Crisis Plan

German officials are quietly preparing for any sudden halt in Russian gas supplies with an emergency package that could include taking control of critical firms. An exclusive Reuters report said: The preparations being led by the Ministry for Economic Affairs show the heightened state of alert about supplies of the gas that powers Europe’s biggest economy and is critical for[Read More…]

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Why Latin America Needs a New World Order

The world wants to see an end to the conflict in Ukraine. The NATO countries, however, want to prolong the conflict by increasing arms shipments to Ukraine and by declaring that they want to “weaken Russia.” The United States had already allocated $13.6 billion to arm Ukraine. Biden has just requested $33 billion more. By comparison, it would require $45[Read More…]

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A Partisan’s Song

A Partisan’s Song

“The grass grows over the graves, time overgrows the pain. The wind blew away the traces of those who had departed; time blows away the bloody pain and the memory of those who did not live to see their dear ones again—and will not live, for brief is human life, and not for long is any of us granted to[Read More…]

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Modi needs to be held accountable for spike in the number of Indian immigrants coming to Canada

Modi needs to be held accountable for spike in the number of Indian immigrants coming to Canada

When I immigrated to Canada in 2001, most of my colleagues and relatives in India questioned – why was I abandoning my home country? They had logic. I was a staff reporter with a major northern Indian daily. I had a stable income. My wife too was working. Economically, we were privileged, and gradually I would have started earning more[Read More…]

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Sinn Fein Celebrates Historic Victory In Northern Ireland

Sinn Fein Celebrates Historic Victory In Northern Ireland

Sinn Fein celebrated its election victory in Northern Ireland on Saturday night. To the Sinn Fein, and its supporters, history had been made. Sinn Fein assembly victory fuels debate on future of union. Leader Mary Lou McDonald raises issue of unification as nationalists become biggest party in Northern Ireland. Jubilant Sinn Féin supporters celebrated across the region on Saturday when final vote[Read More…]

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USS Reagan and Japanese ship (JS) Izumo jointly patrolling the South China Sea in June 2019.

Okinawa Urges Government To Reduce Tensions With China

The governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa said Friday: Japan should focus more on peaceful diplomacy with China instead of on military deterrence as tensions rise around Chinese-claimed Taiwan. He also urged that the burden on Okinawa of hosting a majority of the American troops in Japan be reduced. Media reports said: “We are strongly alarmed,” Okinawa Governor[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: UN Reaches Consensus On Ukraine For The First Time

Ukraine Update: UN Reaches Consensus On Ukraine For The First Time

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a statement on Friday supporting the secretary-general’s efforts to search for a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine, in the first such display of unity since February 24. The entire meeting on Friday lasted only about a minute. Russia’s support for the statement, drafted by Mexico and Norway, shows Moscow’s readiness for diplomacy,[Read More…]

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Toward a Peoples Ukraine Wars Tribunal

Toward a Peoples Ukraine Wars Tribunal

The deepening current Ukraine Crisis is properly linked to the Russian aggression that commenced with a massive military attack against Ukraine on February 24, 2022, and has continued to ravage the country since, including inducing a refugee flow numbering several million. There is a broad consensus around the world that such aggression is a criminal violation of international law, and[Read More…]

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In favor of non-violent human civilization

In favor of non-violent human civilization

Splintered lies the ethics, In varying degrees Which both have bent The Pandavas less, the Kauravas more Oh, when will this bloodletting end …? (‘Andha Yug’, Dharamveer Bharati) 1 The Russia-Ukraine war shows no signs of ending. However, there continue to be constant statements, discussions, and write ups from leaders, diplomats, experts, officials, scholars and ordinary citizens on various aspects[Read More…]

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The World Health Organization says the COVID pandemic has killed nearly 15 million across the globe

The World Health Organization says the COVID pandemic has killed nearly 15 million across the globe

The World Health Organization (WHO) released Thursday its much-awaited and anticipated report on global excess deaths associated with COVID-19 for the period from January 2020 to December 2021. By the end of last December, officially reported global deaths had reached 5.42 million. However, the WHO study found that almost 15 million more people perished in the same period than usual, 2.75 times[Read More…]

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UK And Japan Agree To Defense Deal

UK And Japan Agree To Defense Deal

The UK and Japan have agreed a defense deal that will allow their national forces to “work more closely together”, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday. The British PM, speaking in Downing Street alongside his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, said he is “so glad” the two nations have agreed a reciprocal access agreement for the armed services. He said allies in[Read More…]

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Renewed Violence in Darfur: An Unstable Sudan

Renewed Violence in Darfur: An Unstable Sudan

24 April 2022 saw renewed violence in the Darfur Provence of Sudan between Arab militias and the indigenous tribes of the area, the Masalit and the Fur. The violence began in 2003 and has caused some 300,000 deaths and some three million displaced. While most of the fighting was when General Omar al-Bashir was President, his overthrow by new military[Read More…]

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The Border-Industrial Complex in the Biden Era

The Border-Industrial Complex in the Biden Era

First, it was the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) vehicles speeding along on the road in front of our campsite. Then it was the Border Patrol’s all-terrain vehicles moving swiftly on a ridge above us. I was about 10 miles north of the border with Mexico, near Peña Blanca Lake in southern Arizona, camping with my six-year-old son and some[Read More…]

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Leaking for Roe v Wade

Leaking for Roe v Wade

The US Supreme Court Chief Justice was furious.   For the first time in history, the raw judicial process of one of the most powerful, and opaque arms of government, had been exposed via media – at least in preliminary form.  It resembled, in no negligible way, the publication by WikiLeaks of various drafts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the forerunner to[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Attempts To Build Common European Home Failed, Says German President

Ukraine Update: Attempts To Build Common European Home Failed, Says German President

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier admitted that attempts to build the Common European Home failed. He made this statement at a press conference after the talks with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in Bucharest. The press conference was livestreamed on Iohannis’ website. Media reports said: The German President said: “We all supported the great concept, proposed by Mikhail Gorbachev in the 1980s[Read More…]

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Why Won’t Europe Call for an End to This War?

Why Won’t Europe Call for an End to This War?

The North Atlantic media is entangled in an unprecedented information war. It is characterized by a relentless erosion of the distinction between facts and the manipulation of emotions and perceptions, between conjectures and unassailable truths. I saw this kind of information war in the United States firsthand during the last years of the war on Vietnam and in the lead-up[Read More…]

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Western Leaders Witness Loss of Ukraine National Freedom and Russians are Coming and Coming!

Western Leaders Witness Loss of Ukraine National Freedom and Russians are Coming and Coming!

The paralyzing fear and distrust emerging from the horrors of war in Ukraine must make us conscious to record the truth of global leadership failure and truth must be written in the annals of history that we all failed to stop the tyranny of war by the people against the people and that we had no idea how we continued[Read More…]

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The Economic Consequences of the War

The Economic Consequences of the War

Why the Conflict in Ukraine Is a Disaster for the Poor of This Planet In 1919, the renowned British economist John Maynard Keynes wrote The Economic Consequences of the Peace, a book that would prove controversial indeed. In it, he warned that the draconian terms imposed on defeated Germany after what was then known as the Great War — which we[Read More…]

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Ukrainian tanks move down a street in Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Scenarios of Russian war outcome

When the US became involved in both world wars in the 20th century, all sides knew the outcome would be in favor of US allies. However, they had no idea of the length nor could they guess that the terms of the Paris Peace Treaty of 1919 would be the first long-term cause of WWII, any more than anyone could[Read More…]

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Twitter: The first global Godi Media?

Twitter: The first global Godi Media?

We all know by now, the all too familiar term Godi Media. A media which has been purchased by a particular economic or ideological entity either explicitly through a formal accusation or through other ways of inducement or coercion. Either way, the media identity; be it a print medium or a digital one ceases to report or analyse news in[Read More…]

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Can We Abandon Pollutive Fossil Fuels and Avoid an Energy Crisis?

Can We Abandon Pollutive Fossil Fuels and Avoid an Energy Crisis?

Similar to the two navigational hazards mythologized as sea monsters in ancient Greece—Scylla and Charybdis—which gave rise to sayings such as, “between the devil and the deep blue sea” and “between a rock and a hard place,” modern energy policy has its own Scylla and Charybdis. On the one hand is the requirement to maintain sufficient energy flows to avoid[Read More…]

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Neo-Colonialism: Born in the USA!

While the meaning and practice of “colonialism” hardly needs to be described, the meaning of “neo-colonialism” is far less understood. This is because neo-colonialism is much less evident to the eye, unless, that is, one cares to look for it. Let us begin our search with the dictionary definition of the term. Merriam-Webster defines “neo-colonialism” as: “The economic and political[Read More…]

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Why Nonalignment Is an Urgent Imperative for the Global South

Why Nonalignment Is an Urgent Imperative for the Global South

South Africa and other countries that have abstained from voting against Russia at the United Nations General Assembly in response to the war in Ukraine face intense international criticism. In South Africa, the domestic criticism has been extraordinarily shrill, and often clearly racialized. It is frequently assumed that abstention means that South Africa is in support of the Russian invasion, and this[Read More…]

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Punjabi media persons hold demonstration on World Press Freedom Day near Vancouver

Punjabi media persons hold demonstration on World Press Freedom Day near Vancouver

Members of the Punjabi Press Club of British Columbia (PPCBC) came out to hold a rally against growing repression of journalists in India on Tuesday, May 3. Held at Holland Park in Surrey on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the rally was attended by Mayor Dough McCallum and City Councillor Mandeep Nagra, besides BC Federation of Labour Secretary-Treasurer[Read More…]

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Cost of the Ukraine War Felt in Africa, Global South 

Cost of the Ukraine War Felt in Africa, Global South 

While international news headlines remain largely focused on the war in Ukraine, little attention is given to the horrific consequences of the war which are felt in many regions around the world. Even when these repercussions are discussed, disproportionate coverage is allocated to European countries, like Germany and Austria, due to their heavy reliance on Russian energy sources. The horrific[Read More…]

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May Day 2022 – Oppose imperialist wars

May Day 2022 – Oppose imperialist wars

Today is May 1, 2022, the May Day. It’s workers’ day, working people’s day, working people’s international solidarity day. All divisive, sectarian, supremacist ideology and politics is opposed by the working people all around the world. On this day, this position is reiterated by the working people. Today, this task – oppose divisive, sectarian, supremacist politics – is much urgent,[Read More…]

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Long COVID – Economic Devastation and Quarter of a Billion Pushed Into Extreme Poverty  

Long COVID – Economic Devastation and Quarter of a Billion Pushed Into Extreme Poverty  

  There is a terrifying prospect that in excess of a quarter of a billion more people will fall into extreme levels of poverty in 2022 alone. Without immediate radical action, we could be witnessing the most profound collapse of humanity into extreme poverty and suffering in memory. That is according to Oxfam International Executive Director Gabriela Bucher. She adds this scenario[Read More…]

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The Future of Gen Z Journalism Depends on Julian Assange’s Freedom

The Future of Gen Z Journalism Depends on Julian Assange’s Freedom

The world’s most powerful government will be able to suppress scrutiny and accountability from journalists anywhere in the world if Assange is successfully extradited, tried, and sentenced. Just thirteen days before World Press Freedom Day 2022 the very existence of world press freedom inched closer to its possible demise. On April 20, a U.K. court formally approved extradition of WikiLeaks founder[Read More…]

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A sign placed by an activist, comments on how Lockheed Martin’s profits are derived from killings.

 Peace Activists Target Lockheed Martin

In a generic industrial park a short distance from this town’s famous university sits the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center where the military contractor does research and development for its space division. It is here where, according to the company’s website, they “…create game-changing technologies.” Nobody would argue with that as it has over the years created many notable accomplishments[Read More…]

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It’s About Time

It’s About Time

Isn’t it always? With the start of World War III by the United States “declaring” war against Russia by its actions in Ukraine, we have entered a time when the end of time has become very possible.  I am speaking of nuclear annihilation. I look down at my great-uncle’s gold Elgin pocket watch from the 19th century.  His name was John[Read More…]

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French Growth Stalls In First Quarter While Germany May Face Recession

French Growth Stalls In First Quarter While Germany May Face Recession

France’s economy, the euro zone’s second-biggest economy, growth unexpectedly ground to a halt in the first quarter while Germany, Europe’s largest economy, faces possibility of tipping into recession. The war in Ukraine is the major cause of this situation. A Reuters report said: France’s economy growth unexpectedly ground to a halt in the first quarter as consumer spending dropped in[Read More…]

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The Second Level Geopolitical War in Ukraine Takes Over

The Second Level Geopolitical War in Ukraine Takes Over

It has become increasingly clear to the world that there is not one, but two, actually three, distinct levels of conflict embedded in what the world’s media and political leadership deceptively insist of calling the ‘Ukraine War.’ The first level was clearly initiated on February 24, 2022 when Russia launched an aggressive war against Ukraine imperiling its sovereign rights and[Read More…]

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Japan’s Toxic Dumping Faces Growing Protests

Japan’s Toxic Dumping Faces Growing Protests

The Japanese government’s decision one year ago to dump radioactive water from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant storage tanks into the Pacific Ocean, starting in the spring of 2023, is facing increasing pressure to back off, especially in light of the facts that not only is it illegal but also morally reprehensible as well as a despicable disregard for the[Read More…]

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Australia’s Pacific Neglect: Distractions from Climate Change Security

Australia’s Pacific Neglect: Distractions from Climate Change Security

The hysteria in Canberra and Washington over the Sino-Solomon Islands security pact has shown, again, how irrelevant the individual affairs of Pacific Island states are in the chess game of geopolitics. The one thing conspicuously missing has been the issue of climate change, near and dear to those whose lands are gradually being inundated by rising sea levels. In a[Read More…]

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 Our deeply subconscious magical thinking

 Our deeply subconscious magical thinking

Last month our park system sponsored a lecture by a renowned ornithologist, describing the international attention our part of the Lake Erie shoreline gets during spring bird migration. One thing he explained was that large birds like ducks and eagles travel typically by day, navigating by land features, whereas songbirds and warblers fly at night and navigate off the stars.[Read More…]

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A bucolic Buena Vista Street

CAIR-Kansas Calls for Removal of Racist Covenants from Property Deeds

Roeland Park, KS: The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-KS) has called upon Kansas Democratic Governor Laura Kelly to issue an executive order for the removal of the vestigial racist covenants contained in property records across the state. The unenforceable covenants contain insulting, degrading and discriminatory language from a bygone era that are hurtful to many homeowners.[Read More…]

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EU’s Economy Facing Stagnation, Says European Commissioner

EU’s Economy Facing Stagnation, Says European Commissioner

European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni has admitted that the European Union’s economy is facing stagnation. “The situation in Ukraine presents an uncertainty and unpredictability factor for Europe, economic growth will obviously slow down with a stagnation risk,” he was quoted as saying during the Confcommercio-Ambrosetti forum on Thursday by the ANSA news agency. Much depends on “the duration of[Read More…]

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How Could the U.S. Help to Bring Peace to Ukraine?

On April 21st, President Biden announced new shipments of weapons to Ukraine, at a cost of $800 million to U.S. taxpayers. On April 25th, Secretaries Blinken and Austin announced over $300 million more military aid. The United States has now spent $3.7 billion on weapons for Ukraine since the Russian invasion, bringing total U.S. military aid to Ukraine since 2014[Read More…]

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The Dollar and Delusional Assumptions about Sanctions against Russia

The Dollar and Delusional Assumptions about Sanctions against Russia

Sanctions are a form of warfare, and few would deny that we have moved into a new era of economic warfare with sanctions, led by the US, have become the norm, rather than the exception. This was the conclusion recently of the pro-Western World Economic Forum. If there is general agreement that sanctions are a form of warfare, and not[Read More…]

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Rouble Gains, Euro Falls  As Russia Cuts Gas Supplies To Bulgaria and Poland

Rouble Gains, Euro Falls  As Russia Cuts Gas Supplies To Bulgaria and Poland

The euro plummeted to a five-year low against the US dollar during Wednesday’s trading, amid heightened fears of a possible energy crisis and an economic slowdown in Europe. Media reports from Europe said: As of 11:01am GMT, the euro/dollar exchange rate was down to $1.061 from the previous closing level of $1.0636. Earlier in the day’s trading, the index fell[Read More…]

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Russian labor market and its prospects for Indians

Russian labor market and its prospects for Indians

by Yevgeny Ivanov & Ashish Kumar Singh Does Russia need workers? The labor force in Russia is gradually declining. This indicator reached its peak in 2008-2011. Then the labor market was 76 million people, or 53% of the total population of the country. By 2020 that figure has fallen below 73 million, less than 51% of the total population. Employees[Read More…]

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TKP-ML celebrates 50th Anniversary

TKP-ML celebrates 50th Anniversary

On April 24th we commemorated the 50th anniversary of The Communist party of Turkey -(Marxist Leninist) or TKP(ML).With the tenacity of a boulder withstanding a thunderstorm it resisted the Turkish bourgeois-feudal fascist state, giving a striking blow to religious fundamentalism.. Even after receiving the most mortal blows, it resurrected itself like a phoenix from the Ashes to enable new roses[Read More…]

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Reject Raytheon AVL shuts down Pratt & Whitney

Reject Raytheon AVL shuts down Pratt & Whitney

It was an Earth Day to remember. On a beautiful sunny spring day, our local citizen coalition Reject Raytheon in Asheville, NC pulled off a three-part demonstration for the protection of the earth and earthlings and against the US military-industrial complex. We rallied, we paraded, and we performed a direct action. The event on Friday, April 22, began at 10[Read More…]

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Now, Let Us Talk Peace

Now, Let Us Talk Peace

With Russian shells raining down on Ukrainian cities, an uneasy ceasefire in Yemen, the attack on Palestinians at prayer in Jerusalem and many other conflicts around the world, it might seem to some to be inappropriate to talk about peace. When a war is going on, though, it is absolutely the time to talk about peace. How else can we[Read More…]

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World Military Expenditure Passes $2 Trillion For First Time, Finds SIPRI

World Military Expenditure Passes $2 Trillion For First Time, Finds SIPRI

The military spending of all nations combined set a new record in 2021, exceeding the $2 trillion mark for the first time ever, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) revealed in a report published on Monday. According to the report, while the U.S. defense spending slid by 1.4% compared to 2020, Washington remained the absolute global leader, having lavished[Read More…]

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So, it is OK in France!

So, it is OK in France!

So, again France dribbled well, seven months ahead of the World Cup Football and escaped the trap of fascism, is it so? Many persons who are anxious of worldwideweb of fascism and its forward march were seen to be relieved and taking breath of respite. But there are, alas, many buts and we must visit some. A point which might[Read More…]

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On International Respect for Chickens Day, Try Thinking About Them Differently

On International Respect for Chickens Day, Try Thinking About Them Differently

“I hear the universal cock-crowing with surprise and pleasure, as if I never heard it before. What a tough fellow! How native to the earth!” —Henry David Thoreau Chickens are indeed native to the earth. Despite centuries of domestication—from the tropical forest to the farmyard to the factory farm—the call of the wild has always been in the chicken’s heart. Far[Read More…]

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The ‘ Fog’ of Democracy

The ‘ Fog’ of Democracy

Boy, all you hear from both sides of the Two Party/One Party dribble, along with their embedded mainstream media, is how we are a ‘ Democracy’. Then they preach, according to which side of the right wing sphere they inhabit, how ‘ Our democracy is under threat.’ According to the Open Secrets website, the total money spent on Congressional and[Read More…]

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Hatred, Greed, Hypocrisy, Fascism Feed The Madness In Ukraine

Hatred, Greed, Hypocrisy, Fascism Feed The Madness In Ukraine

PART ONE SOMETHING FUNDAMENTAL IN HUMANS DRIVES UKRAINIAN WAR FORWARD If World War III’s Nuclear holocaust begins in Ukraine it will because of the same madness caused by the same hatred, greed, hypocrisy and fascism driven by the same oligarch’s, plutocrat’s and militarists in the same empires of both the west and the east, who, especially in the past one[Read More…]

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A Duck-and-Cover World? Welcome to the Ukraine Moment

A Duck-and-Cover World? Welcome to the Ukraine Moment

Face it, we’re living in a world that, while anything but exceptional, is increasingly the exception to every rule.  Only the other day, 93-year-old Noam Chomsky had something to say about that. Mind you, he’s seen a bit of our world since, in 1939, he wrote his first article for his elementary school newspaper on the fall of the Spanish[Read More…]

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Anzac Day: The Slaughter of the Unthinking by the Unaccountable

Anzac Day: The Slaughter of the Unthinking by the Unaccountable

Secular religions are hard to battle in terms of their misplaced assumptions.  In some ways, they are even harder to fight than those based on mythical gods and superstitious foundations, many drawn from desert religions and sandy practice.  ANZAC, the name of the Australian New Zealand Army Corps, hardly sounds promising as the basis of a religion.  But since the[Read More…]

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Three UK Ministers Face Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct

Three UK Ministers Face Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct

Three members of Boris Johnson’s team and two from Sir Keir Starmer’s have been referred to the new parliamentary watchdog set up amid the #MeToo scandal, The Sunday Times reports. The UK cabinet ministers are among more than 50 MPs reportedly facing allegations of sexual misconduct after being referred to a parliamentary watchdog. Media reports from UK said: Misconduct of 56 MPs[Read More…]

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History Returns Again in Ukraine

History Returns Again in Ukraine

After the 2014 coup and eight years of fighting between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed separatists, history has once again exploded and returned to the stage in Ukraine. As Westerners with governments who act blatantly hostile and belligerent to Russia, we should ask: was Russia provoked, and if so, how? It is important to question how and why this conflict[Read More…]

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“A cautionary tale” for the Ukraine war

“A cautionary tale” for the Ukraine war

There are some fascinating similarities between the Crimean War of the 1850s and the Ukraine War of 2022. According to Norman Rich, author of “The Crimean War” its main purpose was the containment of an expanding Russia as European powers had become fearful of Russia’s extension of power under Tsarist rule. One of the questions Rich addressed was why peace[Read More…]

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Election interference: A bourgeois-democracy story from France

Election interference: A bourgeois-democracy story from France

France is now a major area of focus in today’s geopolitics. Its on-going election is the issue. The current geopolitical scene with the background of the Ukraine war has pulled much attention to France’s election. The current election scene in the matured bourgeois democracy exemplifies a part of the bourgeois politics. What has happened there with election? The tough competition[Read More…]

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Ethiopia and US failed policy

Ethiopia and US failed policy

In the media, we see one-sided media campaign against Ethiopia, where armed war has broken out between the central government and rebels in the northern province of Tigray. In the absence of knowledge of the content of the conflict, Western governments and the media choose to support the rebels’ narrative. Rebels who have strong friends in Washington. One is tempted[Read More…]

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Forgotten Sovereignty: Hysteria and the Solomon Islands-China Security Pact

Forgotten Sovereignty: Hysteria and the Solomon Islands-China Security Pact

Visits to Honiara, part plea, part threat.  Delegations equipped with a note of harassment.  That was the initial Australian effort to convince the Solomon Islands that the decision to make a security pact with Beijing was simply not appropriate in the lotus land of Washington’s Pacific empire. Despite an election campaign warming up, Senator Zed Seselja found time to tell[Read More…]

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Earth Day re-emphasizes the urgent need for resolving the survival crisis before it is too late

Earth Day re-emphasizes the urgent need for resolving the survival crisis before it is too late

This year the Earth Day is being observed at a time when the dangers to our once beautiful and bountiful planet appear to be at their most extreme. This is not just because of the more worrying projections of climate change by leading scientists, or because of similar projections of a worsening situation with respect to other serious environmental problems.[Read More…]

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The Poor at the Crossroads

The Poor at the Crossroads

The 54th anniversary of the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., just passed. Dr. King was shot down while organizing low-wage sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. At that time, he was building the Poor People’s Campaign, an effort to organize America’s poor into a force to be reckoned with. In his opposition to the Vietnam War and his promotion of a campaign[Read More…]

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Israel Adds Yuan To Its Reserves And Cuts Dollar Holdings

Israel Adds Yuan To Its Reserves And Cuts Dollar Holdings

Israel’s central bank has made the biggest changes to its allocation of reserves in over a decade, adding the Chinese yuan alongside three other currencies to a stockpile that last year exceeded $200 billion for the first time ever. A Bloomberg report said: Starting this year, the currency mix will expand from the trio of the U.S. dollar, the euro[Read More…]

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To the Home Office We Go: The Extradition of Julian Assange

To the Home Office We Go: The Extradition of Julian Assange

It was a dastardly formality.  On April 20, at a hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court, Julian Assange, beamed in via video link from Belmarsh Prison, his carceral home for three years, is to be extradited to the United States to face 18 charges, 17 based on the US Espionage Act of 1917. The final arbiter will be the UK Secretary[Read More…]

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