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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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 Horrific Homicidal Ukraine Invasion Has Entrapped Russia in a Wider War Long Sought by USA Deep State

 Horrific Homicidal Ukraine Invasion Has Entrapped Russia in a Wider War Long Sought by USA Deep State

An Alert and Warning! NATO Secretary-general calls for “transformation” of NATO into a fighting force against Russia and China Noam Chomsky, 93, issues warning: ‘We’re approaching the most dangerous point in human history’ Let people throughout the world speak out now and organize against the posturing for, and promotion of a world war that could easily become a nuclear war that[Read More…]

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Outrage as Judge Approves Assange Extradition to US

Outrage as Judge Approves Assange Extradition to US

A British judge on Wednesday officially approved the U.S. government’s request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who faces espionage charges for publishing classified material that exposed war crimes by American forces. The judge’s new and widely expected procedural order, the culmination of a drawn-out legal battle, places the final decision on Assange’s extradition in the hands of U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel,[Read More…]

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In Praise of Partition

In Praise of Partition

Sometimes a few words are worth a thousand pictures – at least when it comes to Ukraine. Here’s one of them: The Ukrainian leader said that his country hadn’t been willing to cede territory from the beginning. “Had we been willing to give up our territory, there would have been no war,” Zelensky said. So the question recurs. Why is it[Read More…]

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Putin  and Modi  –  Comrades-in-arms

Putin  and Modi  –  Comrades-in-arms

In  the  background  of  the  present  war  in  Ukraine,  much  is  being  written  by  political  commentators  about  the  reasons  why  the  Indian  head  of  state  Narendra  Modi  has  taken  an  outwardly   neutral  stand  towards  his  Russian  counterpart  Vladimir  Putin  –  a  position  which  can  be  described  variously  as  ambivalent,  or  even  crypto-friendly.  India’s  abstention  from  voting  in  favour  of  resolutions [Read More…]

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Unclear Federal Law Allows Logging, Farming and Mining to Threaten America’s Biodiverse Ecosystems

Unclear Federal Law Allows Logging, Farming and Mining to Threaten America’s Biodiverse Ecosystems

The recent decision by the Supreme Court to look into “limiting the scope” of “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS), which is an important part of the Clean Water Act of 1972, is likely to further threaten America’s biodiverse ecosystems. The Clean Water Act refers to WOTUS but does not clearly define it, leaving its definition up for interpretation by the government and the Environmental[Read More…]

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Oxfam report: Poorer countries going from crisis to catastrophe

Oxfam report: Poorer countries going from crisis to catastrophe

In the lead up to the semi-annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank being held in Washington this week, the global aid agency Oxfam has produced a report detailing the horrendous impact of rising inflation, coming on top of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, for almost half the world’s population. It said the[Read More…]

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Has India lost grip over Afghanistan?

Has India lost grip over Afghanistan?

    India has been sending wheat and life –saving medicines to the people of Afghanistan through Attari-wagah integrated post since the Taliban leaders took over the reins of government in Afghanistan. The government of Pakistan under former Prime Minister Imran Khan showed a goodwill gesture and the current regime under Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif extended permission for two months[Read More…]

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Is Mars Planet B?

Is Mars Planet B?

There is no Planet B. For most people that is obvious. No proof is required. I just examined a book and a website, both entitled There Is No Planet B. Neither contained any arguments to change the minds of those who believe that there is a Planet B. Because such people do exist. They say that to ensure its survival[Read More…]

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Now Is the Time for Nonalignment and Peace

Now Is the Time for Nonalignment and Peace

by Roger McKenzie and Vijay Prashad War is an ugly part of the human experience. Everything about it is hideous. War is most obviously the act of invasion and the brutality that goes along with its operations. No war is precise; every war hurts civilians. Each act of bombardment sends a neurological shudder through a society. World War II demonstrated[Read More…]

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Kamila Valieva

Kamila Valieva and Eileen Gu:  Young Women Athletes as Enemies of Empire

As one who has followed Olympic women’s figure skating, especially since Michelle Kwan (ironically a Chinese-American), I was—as an egalitarian feminist when it comes to sports—excited to learn that there was a 15-year-old Russian woman skater, Kamila Valieva, who could do effortless quad jumps.  Waiting in anticipation of her first Olympic performance, I listened to commentators and former US skaters[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)

11 Crucial Facts About the Ukraine War

The Ukraine War is one of the most significant and sad events of our times. In the middle of several conflicting claims and counter claims, 11 facts regarding this war stand out as the most crucial With thousands dead and over four million displaced within a few weeks, this war has very high humanitarian costs. With each passing day the[Read More…]

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Ukraine and the Profits of War

Ukraine and the Profits of War

by William D. Hartung and Julia Gledhill The Russian invasion of Ukraine has brought immense suffering to the people of that land, while sparking calls for increased military spending in both the United States and Europe. Though that war may prove to be a tragedy for the world, one group is already benefiting from it: U.S. arms contractors. Even before[Read More…]

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Ukraine, Russia and the Easter of Insanity

Ukraine, Russia and the Easter of Insanity

Tyranny did not Pause even on the Easter Decades earlier recall what the US-Britain and NATO did in Iraq even on the Xmas Eve. Layla Anwar (“Come and see our overflowing morgues…..come and see the rubble of your surgical strikes”: An Arab Women Blues wrote in her website blog: “Everyday, under the pretext of either al-Qaida, insurgents, militants or whatever[Read More…]

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 Prospects of World Peace Damaged by Eastward Expansion of NATO

 Prospects of World Peace Damaged by Eastward Expansion of NATO

Western Diplomats and Experts Have Been Warning About US and NATO policies Escalating Ukraine Crisis  Much before the Ukraine war this year, several internationally renowned foreign policy experts, including retired senior officials and other persons close to the establishment in the USA and its western allies, have been warning that a policy of excessive hostility towards Russia, persistent interference in[Read More…]

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 Military and Economic Power Once Again Fail to Produce Happiness

 Military and Economic Power Once Again Fail to Produce Happiness

Although the rulers of the world’s major military and economic powers have repeatedly claimed that they are making their nations great again, their policies have not resulted in widespread happiness among their citizens. That conclusion emerges from the recent World Happiness Report-2022, published by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.  Based on Gallup World Polls conducted from 2019 through 2021,[Read More…]

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NATO: Whose Security?

NATO: Whose Security?

Insanity has often been defined as trying the same thing over and over and getting the same result. Case in point, Ukraine was seeking NATO membership to bolster its security. This membership would have come at the expense of Russian security, as Russian president Vladimir Putin made clear. To thwart NATO’s (i.e., the US’s) hegemonic ambitions and preserve its own[Read More…]

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Societies Can Prevent Wars From Starting—and the Future of Humanity Requires Peace

Societies Can Prevent Wars From Starting—and the Future of Humanity Requires Peace

Experts in peace and conflict studies explain the scientific evidence that societies can choose peace, and that warfare is also a choice, not a necessity. Humanity’s future existence hinges on cooperation on a global scale. The greatest existential threats we face are worldwide problems that stem from the man-made climate disaster—and the massive decline in biodiversity, pollution, worsening storms, fires[Read More…]

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‘Towards a Multipolar World Order’: Is This the End of US Hegemony?

‘Towards a Multipolar World Order’: Is This the End of US Hegemony?

The meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in the Chinese eastern city of Huangshan on March 30, is likely to go down in history as a decisive meeting in the relations between the two Asian giants. The meeting was not only important due to its timing or the fact that it reaffirmed the[Read More…]

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Avoid Banning Food Or Fertilizer Exports, WFP, IMF, World Bank and WTO Urge  Countries

Avoid Banning Food Or Fertilizer Exports, WFP, IMF, World Bank and WTO Urge Countries

The World Food Program, World Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization on Wednesday called for urgent, coordinated action on food security, and appealed to countries to avoid banning food or fertilizer exports. In a joint statement, the leaders of the four institutions warned that the war in Ukraine was adding to existing pressures from the COVID-19 crisis, climate[Read More…]

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Cooperation, not competition, to avoid disaster

Cooperation, not competition, to avoid disaster

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US was unrivaled as a superpower. During the 1990s and, until about 2012, the US was relatively unconstrained in its use of military power in an attempt to get its way. However, often the use of military power was counterproductive. More importantly, the US frequently violated international law through its military interventions[Read More…]

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Biden, Russian War and Stagflation Economics

Biden, Russian War and Stagflation Economics

When Trump left office, he had a personal low public opinion poll of 34% amid the January 6th quasi-coup attempt, whereas Biden in a middle of an enemy that most Americans love to hate, and have done for more than century, has approval rating 1% lower than Trump when the latter left office in January 2020. The question is why[Read More…]

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 Why Biological Weapons Matter in Ukraine

 Why Biological Weapons Matter in Ukraine

One of the more serious allegations to emerge out of the Ukraine-Russian conflict is that the U.S. was cooperating with the Ukraine to develop biological weapons. While the evidence is circumstantial and strongly denied by the U.S. government, there is reason for concern and for optimism. Russian sources have claimed that there are US-funded biolabs in Ukraine that may be[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)

NATO Secretary-general calls for “transformation” of NATO into a fighting force against Russia and China

As the United States, the UK and other NATO powers surge weapons into Ukraine, the NATO alliance is being transformed into a fighting force capable of directly waging wars with Russia and China. Using the war between Russia and Ukraine as a pretext, NATO has already mobilized its 40,000-strong rapid response force against Russia. But this is only the beginning[Read More…]

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Oil-producing nations reject IEA Data putting strain on US-Saudi relations

Oil-producing nations reject IEA Data putting strain on US-Saudi relations

An OPEC decision on using oil related data indicate further development in ties between Saudi Arabia and U.S. A Reuters report said: ‘A decision driven by Saudi Arabia that OPEC+ should stop using oil data from the West’s energy watchdog reflected concern about U.S. influence on the figures, sources close to the matter said, adding to strain on ties between[Read More…]

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Asian Fault Lines Emerge Over Great War Conflict

Asian Fault Lines Emerge Over Great War Conflict

The tremors of the United States’ tensions with Russia playing out in Europe are being felt in different ways already in Asia. The hypothesis that Ukraine is a part of Europe and the conflict is all about European security is delusional. From Kazakhstan to Myanmar, from the Solomon Islands to the Kuril Islands, from North Korea to Cambodia, from China[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Sweden And Finland Set To Join NATO

Ukraine Update: Sweden And Finland Set To Join NATO

Finland and Sweden are set to join NATO as early as this summer, extending the organization’s borders alongside Russia by hundreds of miles, U.S. officials told the British newspaper the Times. Finland is expected to submit its application for membership in June, with Sweden to follow. During talks among the organization’s 30 member nations last week, U.S. officials said that NATO membership[Read More…]

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Time to Reframe the Left Narratives on ‘Flag Waving Nationalism’, ‘Religion’ and ‘Market’

Time to Reframe the Left Narratives on ‘Flag Waving Nationalism’, ‘Religion’ and ‘Market’

Flag waving nationalism is growing across the globe along with reactionary market fundamentalism which collaborates with religious politics to access state power. Flag waving nationalism is not a nation building exercise. It neither provokes patriotism nor help to build unity among people. It is a sign of deep anxiety created by capitalism. It is also a response to capitalist crisis.[Read More…]

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Russia, Ukraine and the United States: Trapped in a cultural script

Russia, Ukraine and the United States: Trapped in a cultural script

The Script: Evil Persecutor, Innocent Victim, Rescuing Hero Brzezinski’s Baiting of the USSR Cold War Truth and Propaganda Russian Fears US Greed and Biases of the Policymaker Breed Shallow Analysis Double Standards Consequences of Believing the Script Compassion for Ukrainians victimized by Russia’s violence demonstrates that human hearts care. However, beneath the visible current of compassion there’s an alarming, dangerous[Read More…]

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Law’s Limits: The Passage of the Antilynching Bill

Law’s Limits: The Passage of the Antilynching Bill

In 1900, Representative George Henry White of North Carolina, the sole Black law maker in Congress at the time, dared to introduce legislation (HR 6963) that would make lynching a hate crime.  To back his case, he submitted an anti-lynching petition from New Jersey residents protesting the lynching of Black Americans for alleged offences, from the most fleetingly minor, to[Read More…]

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

Food: World Prices Hit New High, Alerts UN

Global food prices jumped to a historic high last month on grain and edible oil supply woes brought about by the conflict in Ukraine, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Friday. The FAO said in a statement: “World food commodity prices made a significant leap in March to reach their highest levels ever, as war in the[Read More…]

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Why Ukraine?

Why Ukraine?

There is no doubt that atrocities have been committed in Ukraine, seemingly by Russian attacking forces, and in a perfect world those who so acted would be held responsible. But the world is highly imperfect when it comes to accountability for international crimes. When the International Criminal Court in 2020 found it had authority to investigate alleged crimes committed by Israel[Read More…]

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Ukraine–First Priority Should be to End War and All Round Suffering of People

Ukraine–First Priority Should be to End War and All Round Suffering of People

As each day of war increases sufferings of people of Ukraine and creates new possibilities of escalation of wider conflict, the first priority, the overwhelming priority should be to end the war as early as possible and secure immediate peace. However several forces and leaders which are in the forefront of the debate on this highly regrettable invasion do not[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Immediate Russian Oil, Gas Embargo Impossible, Says German Finance Minister

Ukraine Update: Immediate Russian Oil, Gas Embargo Impossible, Says German Finance Minister

An immediate ban on imports of Russian oil and gas into Germany is not feasible, Germany’s Finance Minister Christian Lindner said on Wednesday, although he added he was all in favor of an energy embargo. “If I could follow my heart,” there would be a ban on Russian oil and gas in Germany, Lindner said in an interview published by German weekly[Read More…]

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Can Israel Exist without America: Numbers Speaks of a Changing Reality 

Can Israel Exist without America: Numbers Speaks of a Changing Reality 

When Russian and Ukrainian delegations meeting in Turkey on March 29 reached an initial understanding regarding a list of countries that could serve as security guarantors for Kyiv should an agreement be struck, Israel appeared on the list. The other countries included the US, the UK, China, Russia, France, Turkey, Germany, Canada, Italy and Poland. One may explain Israel’s political[Read More…]

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Special Status of US Dollar Should Not be Used to Harm People of Other Countries

Special Status of US Dollar Should Not be Used to Harm People of Other Countries

            In certain historical circumstances the US dollar received the status of world reserve currency at the end of the Second World War. It is a very privileged and special position. It gives very sweeping control and benefits relating to international finance, payments, banking and trade. However with power comes responsibility and the USA certainly has a special responsibility to[Read More…]

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‘We Will Prevail’: A Conversation With Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel

‘We Will Prevail’: A Conversation With Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel

In 1994, Miguel Díaz-Canel began a new position in Santa Clara, not far from his birthplace of Placetas, as the provincial secretary of the Cuban Communist Party. He set aside the air-conditioned car given to him and went to work each morning on his bicycle, his long hair and jeans defining him. Díaz-Canel organized rock concerts, spent time with his[Read More…]

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Ukraine in Perspective

Ukraine in Perspective

A Historical Feast of Death and Destruction from the Peloponnesian Wars to Late Tomorrow Night Excuse me if I wander a little today — and if it bothers you, don’t blame me, blame Vladimir Putin.  After all, I didn’t decide to invade Ukraine, the place my grandfather fled almost 140 years ago. I suspect, in fact, that I was an[Read More…]

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A brief on Indo-Russia relations

A brief on Indo-Russia relations

By Ashish Singh & Akash Singh Both countries have extremely close relations since 1947, despite India being a member of the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) India followed a five year planning. In the 2nd Five Year Plan of India 8 out of 16 heavy industries were set up with the assistance of USSR. In 1971 the Indo-Soviet Treaty of Peace and[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Enormous Economic Repercussions For The World, Warns U.S. Treasury Secretary

Ukraine Update: Enormous Economic Repercussions For The World, Warns U.S. Treasury Secretary

The Ukraine conflict will have “enormous economic repercussions in Ukraine and beyond.” This was warned by U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in a House panel Wednesday. She added that the rising price of energy, metal, wheat and corn that Russia and Ukraine produce “is going to escalate inflationary pressures as well.” An AP report — Yellen: Russia’s invasion will have[Read More…]

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Epitaph For Madeleine Albright: Complicit In US Mass Murder Of Millions Of Non-European Children

Epitaph For Madeleine Albright: Complicit In US Mass Murder Of Millions Of Non-European Children

The death of former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has elicited lavish but utterly false praise from US Alliance politicians, journalists and academics. The horrible reality is that Albright was a major US Government official and thence influencer  from the 1970s onwards, and was heavily complicit in the active and passive American mass murder of millions of non-European children[Read More…]

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AUKUS in the Hypersonic Missile Wonderland

AUKUS in the Hypersonic Missile Wonderland

If further clues were needed as to why AUKUS, the security pact comprising the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, was created, the latest announcement on weapons would have given the game away.   Australia, just as it became real estate to park British nuclear weapons experiments, is now looking promising as a site for hypersonic missile testing, development, and[Read More…]

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Washington Watches as China and Latin America Deepen Their Ties

Washington Watches as China and Latin America Deepen Their Ties

Less than a week after the start of Russia’s military intervention, Juan Sebastian Gonzalez, senior director of Western Hemisphere affairs at the U.S. National Security Council, in an interview with Voice of America (a State Department asset), stated that “the sanctions against Russia are so robust that they will have an impact on those governments that have economic affiliations with Russia, and[Read More…]

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From Corona to Ukraine, the awakening of the non-Western world

From Corona to Ukraine, the awakening of the non-Western world

(The Corona war) revealed many things, first and foremost of the greed of Western countries, especially with regard to providing vaccines for poor countries in the third world. It also revealed that globalization which said to have made the world a small village has become questionable issue. The borders of countries were closed and each country had to rely on[Read More…]

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Forever War on a burning Earth

Forever War on a burning Earth

According to the Fermi’s Paradox, the apparent absence of radio communication between technical civilizations can be attributed to their inevitable short-term self-destruction, a consequence of uncontrolled invention of toxic substances, contamination of air, water and land, and construction of deadly weapons. On Earth this includes saturation of the atmosphere by greenhouse gases and production of nuclear weapons. The most extensive[Read More…]

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Is Europe Really More Civilized? Ukraine Conflict a Platform for Racism and Rewriting History

Is Europe Really More Civilized? Ukraine Conflict a Platform for Racism and Rewriting History

When a gruesome six-minute video of Ukrainian soldiers shooting and torturing handcuffed and tied up Russian soldiers circulated online, outraged people on social media and elsewhere compared this barbaric behavior to that of Daesh. In a rare admission of moral responsibility, Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to the Ukrainian President, quickly reminded Ukrainian fighters of their responsibility under international law. “I[Read More…]

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PM Kishi Nobusuke

Japan’s Concealed Past, Condemned Future

In his 1905 book, The Life of Reason, George Santayana famously wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” If one accepts there is a degree of truth in these words, one question to be asked is, “What happens to those who had their country’s past concealed from them?” Aren’t such misled people even more likely[Read More…]

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Diplomats Expulsions: European Powers In Action And Counter-action

Diplomats Expulsions: European Powers In Action And Counter-action

Major countries in Europe are now engaged with expulsion of diplomats. The move was initiated by NATO-camp countries. Russia has warned of’ symmetrical’ response to Western countries’ expulsion of Russian diplomats A Reuters report said: ‘Russia will respond proportionately to the expulsion of its diplomats from a number of Western countries, Russian ex-president and deputy head of Security Council Dmitry[Read More…]

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From Korea to Libya: On the Future of Ukraine and NATO’s Neverending Wars

From Korea to Libya: On the Future of Ukraine and NATO’s Neverending Wars

Much has been said and written about media bias and double standards in the West’s response to the Russia-Ukraine war, when compared with other wars and military conflicts across the world, especially in the Middle East and the Global South. Less obvious is how such hypocrisy is a reflection of a much larger phenomenon which governs the West’s relationship to[Read More…]

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Joint US & Japan Naval Training

Will Japan and Russia Tensions Over Contested Pacific Islands Spill Over Into War?

Each year, Japan’s Foreign Ministry releases a Diplomatic Bluebook, a guide to the government’s views on the world. Kyodo News, a reputed Japanese wire service, reports that the 2022 Bluebook will have strong language against Russia. This Bluebook will be released to the public before the end of April, but Kyodo News’ reporters have seen a leaked text. The text that the news agency[Read More…]

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President Joe Biden speaks about Ukraine in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, February 15, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Joe Biden’s Democracy Gaffe

It does not pay to be too moralistic in politics.  Self-elevation can lead to tripping up.  Sermonising even as your stable needs cleaning can enfeeble the argument. But Bidenism, this gaffe-prone ideology currently doing the rounds in a barely breathing administration, has identified the simplest of binaries to work with. In his State of the Union address, US President Joe[Read More…]

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Who Speaks for the World?

Who Speaks for the World?

Russia’s brutal war upon the nation of Ukraine should remind us that, for thousands of years, great powers have used their military might to launch military assaults upon smaller, weaker societies. Since World War II alone, these acts of aggression have included France’s colonial wars in Indochina and Algeria, Britain’s military intervention in the Middle East and Africa, the Soviet[Read More…]

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Revolutionary Platform Cooperatives

Revolutionary Platform Cooperatives

by Thomas Klikauer and Meg Young Increasingly, societies have to put up with a new form of capitalism: platform capitalism. As a counter-model to platform capitalism, some suggest platform cooperativism. This is having the idea of cooperatives applied to platforms. Unlike the mega-corporations of platform capitalism, such as Amazon, Deliveroo, etc. platform cooperatives are democratically-owned and representatively-governed semi-business organizations that[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: The Crisis Could Wreak Global Economic Havoc For Decades, Warns China

Ukraine Update: The Crisis Could Wreak Global Economic Havoc For Decades, Warns China

Chinese leaders have brushed back pressure from the EU to take an anti-Russia stance in the Ukraine conflict, warning that cooperation between Beijing and Brussels is needed to prevent long-term damage to the global economy. Speaking by videoconference on Friday in a summit meeting with EU leaders, Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly said it could take years or even decades[Read More…]

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How Corporate Media Has Put the American Public in a State of Ukraine-Russia Psychosis

How Corporate Media Has Put the American Public in a State of Ukraine-Russia Psychosis

There is a growing psychosis sweeping the U.S. around the Russian bombardment of Ukraine, and it is being triggered by the legacy news media. The steady stream of biased, often erroneous or incomplete information spewing from the establishment press is leading people to quickly choose sides in a complicated international conflict, waving flags in support of “their side,” fawning over global leaders, and[Read More…]

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Workers led agenda for the post pandemic world order

Workers led agenda for the post pandemic world order

The Westphalian capitalism and all its structures, agencies and mouthpieces have promised a world without poverty, inequalities and instabilities. The neoliberal variant of the Westphalian ideology has promised a world of prosperity, stability, peace, social and economic inclusion; the trickle-down effect. Reform not revolution was the fundamental principle on which Westphalian state managed to accommodation the aspirations of people within[Read More…]

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Why Biden Can’t Woo the Middle East

Why Biden Can’t Woo the Middle East

For decades, U.S. policy in the Middle East has relied on coordination with the Saudi-led Gulf states, Israel, Egypt and Turkey. Since the Obama administration, however, relations between Washington and its core regional allies in the Middle East have floundered, confounding the United States’ ability to manage Middle Eastern crises and formulate consensus in the region. Washington’s troubled relations with its Middle[Read More…]

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Ukraine and the Global Economic War: Is This Barbarism or Civilization?

Ukraine and the Global Economic War: Is This Barbarism or Civilization?

The West’s actions against Russia since the war in Ukraine could signal an emerging new order that shuns the U.S. for weaponizing the dollar and Western control over the global financial system. Do the Ukraine war and the action of the United States, the EU and the UK spell the end of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency? Even with the[Read More…]

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky (en.kremlin.ru)

Ukraine: Democratic socialists challenge Zelensky’s attack on workers, political parties

Using the pretext of Russia’s invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has banned several political parties and undermined labour and trade union rights. Ukrainian socialist group Sotsyalnyi Rukh (Social Movement) criticised the actions as undemocratic and warned they risk undermining popular resistance to the invasion. Zelensky “temporarily suspended the activities” of 11 parties with alleged links to Russia on March 19.[Read More…]

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Labor and Workers’ Rights Are at the Heart of Chile’s New Constitutional Convention

Labor and Workers’ Rights Are at the Heart of Chile’s New Constitutional Convention

Even the workers in the Constitutional Convention process are themselves organizing a union. On March 13, 2022, two days after Gabriel Boric was sworn in as the president of Chile, Minister General Secretariat of Government Camila Vallejo told 24 Horas during an interview that her duty is “to accompany and support the constitutional process,” when asked about the government’s priorities during 2022. These two[Read More…]

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Why the U.S. Culture of Colonial Extraction Is Making People Sick and Destroying the Planet

Why the U.S. Culture of Colonial Extraction Is Making People Sick and Destroying the Planet

Rupa Marya, a physician and musician, studies how social structures impact health. She says colonial capitalism fractures the critical relationships that keep us healthy. A widespread culture of isolation and disconnection from our bodies, each other and the planet is negatively impacting the mental and physical health of people in America and beyond—and this was true long before the pandemic. Our relatively new human social structure that[Read More…]

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Africa and the Great-Power Conflict: Exploring China-Africa Relations Therein

Africa and the Great-Power Conflict: Exploring China-Africa Relations Therein

Introduction The increased involvement -direct and indirect- of China in Africa is seen as one of the more significant developments on the continent, especially over the recent decade. The relations between China and Africa are also an apparent contradiction to the widely pushed idea that certain African countries as well as China face international marginalization as opposed to the significant[Read More…]

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Escalating Student Debts in Richest Countries Re-Emphasize Need for Socialist Approach to Education

Escalating Student Debts in Richest Countries Re-Emphasize Need for Socialist Approach to Education

Young People Should Not Be Starting Life Saddled With Big Debts Young people should be able to start life on a note of freedom and liberty. They should be entirely free to act according to the voice from their heart regarding what is the most promising and satisfying work for them. They should be able to choose work where they[Read More…]

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A Bipartisan Oil Rush or the Phasing Out of Fossil Fuels?

A Bipartisan Oil Rush or the Phasing Out of Fossil Fuels?

While the Ukrainian people bear the lethal brunt of Russia’s invasion, shockwaves from that war threaten to worsen other crises across the planet. The emergency that loomed largest before Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine began — the heating of the Earth’s climate — is now looming larger still. The reason is simple enough: a war-induced rush to boost oil and[Read More…]

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Ukraine Updates: All Russia’s Big Exports Could Soon Be In Roubles, Signals Kremlin

Ukraine Updates: All Russia’s Big Exports Could Soon Be In Roubles, Signals Kremlin

The Kremlin indicated on Wednesday that all of Russia’s energy and commodity exports could be priced in roubles, toughening President Vladimir Putin’s attempt to make the West feel the pain of the sanctions it imposed for the invasion of Ukraine. In the strongest signal yet that Russia could be preparing an even tougher response to the West’s sanctions, Russia’s top[Read More…]

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The Russian-Ukrainian Conflict in its Historical Global Context

The Russian-Ukrainian Conflict in its Historical Global Context

Introduction Symptomatic of the intensification of the US-led Cold War in the first two decades of the 21st century, the Russian war in Ukraine was a point of contention for military integration of former Soviet republics by the US and its Western European allies which welcomed and encouraged the conflict in 2022 in part to test the Atlantic Alliance’s solidarity[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Possibility Of Putin-Zelensky And Putin-Biden Meeting

Ukraine Update: Possibility Of Putin-Zelensky And Putin-Biden Meeting

Citing Russian presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, who leads the Russian delegation to the talks with Ukraine, an Istanbul, March 29 datelined media report said: Russia has suggested a meeting between Russian and Ukrainian Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky, be organized concurrently with the initialing of a bilateral treaty by the two countries’ foreign ministers. “After today’s meaningful conversation, we[Read More…]

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The Ukraine War: “Beyond the fight, lies the greater fight”

The Ukraine War: “Beyond the fight, lies the greater fight”

The “Unwinnable War” Last week, the UN secretary-general António Guterres said that the Ukraine war is “….unwinnable”  and this is true but sadly, there seems to be no letup in the war, not yet. In the meantime, Russia’s relentless bombing has reduced Ukraine into a pile of rubbles and turned Ukraine into a non-functioning state! On the other hand, Russia’s[Read More…]

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Ukraine Can’t Be a “Trump-Card” When Diplomacy Fails! 

Ukraine Can’t Be a “Trump-Card” When Diplomacy Fails! 

Despite being voiced aggressively, “Ukraine-Diplomacy” exercised by the so-called friends of this country has so far shown virtually no sign of ending sufferings of Ukrainians and of Ukraine-crisis. This certainly demands deliberation on nature of “diplomacy” at play and its apparent failure. True, innocent citizens must not suffer at the cost of what major powers desire. Violence of any nature[Read More…]

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Russian war in Ukraine and the shifting global balance of power

Russian war in Ukraine and the shifting global balance of power

The shifting world order is a more realistic prospect after the Russian invasion of Ukraine than in the aftermath of the Great Recession of 2008 which destabilized the neoliberal globalization model and weakened the US as the unipolar hegemonic power. Although the convergence of long-term structural decline in the US as a core economy and simultaneous Chinese ascendancy has been[Read More…]

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

 The MADness of the Resurgent U.S. Cold War With Russia

The war in Ukraine has placed U.S. and NATO policy toward Russia under a spotlight, highlighting how the United States and its allies have expanded NATO right up to Russia’s borders, backed a coup and now a proxy war in Ukraine, imposed waves of economic sanctions, and launched a debilitating trillion-dollar arms race. The explicit goal is to pressure, weaken[Read More…]

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky (en.kremlin.ru)

Ukraine Update: Zelenskyy’s Representative Blames U.S. And Budapest Memorandum Signatories For War

A representative of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described signatories to the Budapest Memorandum as a reason Ukraine is at war, citing their failure to hold up their end of the agreement. “They signed their obligation to protect Ukraine, to provide the security and safety,” Fedir Venislavsky, President Zelenskyy’s representative to Ukraine’s Constitutional Court, told Fox News. “Which means when Ukraine[Read More…]

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Time is Ticking: Israel’s Balancing Act in Ukraine is Likely to Backfire

Time is Ticking: Israel’s Balancing Act in Ukraine is Likely to Backfire

Israel’s balancing act in the Russia-Ukraine war is likely to falter soon, simply because the resulting NATO-Russia conflict is expected to last for years, not weeks or months. Eventually, Israel would have to make a choice. Alas, whatever that choice may be, Israel will stand to lose. From the first day of the war, Israel somehow became involved. Top Israeli[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)

Four theses on Russia-Ukraine situation

With a month long conflict between Russia and Ukraine, several theses have been proposed by authors, experts and scholars. Here, Dmitry Kochegurov presents four different ones adding to the ongoing discussions. Position №1. «Calm era of stability» The 2000s – early 2010s without exaggeration will be remembered by Russian Millennials as one of the most economically successful and attractive periods[Read More…]

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Bill McKibben:  Greenwashing U.S. Imperialism’s Russia Rivalry, War Moves in Ukraine …a Call for Debate

Bill McKibben:  Greenwashing U.S. Imperialism’s Russia Rivalry, War Moves in Ukraine …a Call for Debate

Since Russia carried out its brutal, unjust invasion of Ukraine, environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben has been pumping out rationales in op-ed pieces and media appearances for supporting the U.S. and its West European allies as they ramp up military assistance to Ukraine and their economic warfare and military preparations against Russia, in the name of going green –[Read More…]

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A Comparison of Who the New York Times Deems Worthy and Unworthy of Propping up

A Comparison of Who the New York Times Deems Worthy and Unworthy of Propping up

The New York Times continues to selectively promote news that fits the Establishment narrative. The NYT portrays the nine-year sentence of the Russian “opposition leader” Aleksei Navalny to a high-security prison as a travesty of justice. Was it unjust? If so, justice must be demanded. What I can comment on is a factual inaccuracy by the NYT: Navalny is not the[Read More…]

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NATOstan: She’s looking at YOU

NATOstan: She’s looking at YOU

NATOstan: she’s looking at YOU. A Roma untermensch packaged by Ukrainian “democracy”. The above picture and text is from a tweet by Pepe Escobar. Is this what you are supporting? That’s great. I am not. I have never been to the territory of the Russian Federation nor of Ukraine; but; I don’t need to; because there is no way I[Read More…]

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in Manezh, Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

If USA’s Russia policy is based on peace, this will be good for both countries and simply great for world  

At a time when the Russian invasion of Ukraine has faced a lot of well-justified criticism, a different yet related question also needs to be raised. Would Ukraine have become such a serious crisis point if the USA had sincerely adopted a policy of peace towards Russia during the last 35 years or so? Revisit Russia of three decades back.[Read More…]

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Aroused by Power: Why Madeleine Albright Was Not Right

Aroused by Power: Why Madeleine Albright Was Not Right

When involved in war, those who feel like benefactors are bound to congratulate the gun toting initiators.  If you so happen to be on the losing end, sentiments are rather different.  Complicity and cause in murder come to mind. The late US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will always be tied with the appallingly named humanitarian war in Kosovo in[Read More…]

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“Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”: Ukraine War & US Killing By War & Sanctions

“Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”: Ukraine War & US Killing By War & Sanctions

The Western world rightly deplores the war criminal Russian invasion of Ukraine but  simultaneously ignores the horrendous impact of (a) bloody US invasions of 52 countries since WW2,  and (b) the  US application of deadly sanctions against numerous countries. The most shocking victims today of this US-imposed mass murder are starving Afghanistan and starving Yemen, but the Developing World faces[Read More…]

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Hunger Stalks Central Asia as the Ukraine War Unfolds

Hunger Stalks Central Asia as the Ukraine War Unfolds

On March 16, 2022, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev delivered his State of the Nation address in Nur-Sultan. Most of Tokayev’s speech was about the political reforms in Kazakhstan he had either accomplished or planned to advance, after he had promised them as redress to January’s political unrest and protests against the Kazakh government. He also addressed the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war on Kazakhstan during his[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: U.S. Sets Red Line For China

Ukraine Update: U.S. Sets Red Line For China

A Reuters report said: The Biden administration, seeking to deter China from aiding sanctions-hit Russia, on Wednesday warned Beijing not to take advantage of business opportunities created by sanctions, help Moscow evade export controls or process its banned financial transactions. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters that G7 countries would soon announce a unified response to make[Read More…]

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War is still hell

War is still hell

 Around 2000 years ago Seneca the Younger said: “We are mad not only individually but nationally. We check manslaughter and isolated murders, but what of war and the much vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples?” In 1880, General William Tecumseh Sherman said: “There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but boys, it is[Read More…]

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MSM cover-up of neo-Nazis in Ukraine

MSM cover-up of neo-Nazis in Ukraine

War is never inevitable, despite what the masters of war say. But what is inevitable are the relentless propaganda, censorship and disinformation disseminated by the mainstream media, politicians and pundits in the ongoing coverage of the war in Ukraine. In the last few months, the corporate-owned MSM and social networks have been working overtime to spread Cold War propaganda against[Read More…]

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What Would a Potential CSTO Intervention in Ukraine Look Like?

What Would a Potential CSTO Intervention in Ukraine Look Like?

While Russia’s original and shifting objectives in Ukraine remain unclear, the Kremlin is increasingly wary of a publicized, drawn-out conflict. A potential intervention by its military alliance, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), could give Russia a diplomatic victory and an acceptable path to de-escalating its campaign if it can leverage its influence over member states effectively. Russia’s attempts to[Read More…]

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Police detain demonstrators during an action against Russia's attack on Ukraine in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, March. 1, 2022. Protests against the Russian invasion of Ukraine resumed on Tuesday, with people taking to the streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg and other Russian towns despite mass arrests. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Russia’s Role in the Ukraine Conflict

On March 21, 2022, Gilbert Achcar – a Professor at SOAS University of London – published a note on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, openly wishing for a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) victory. He enthusiastically expressed his support for Western arms deliveries to Ukraine and Western sanctions against Russia, which not only impact the well-being of the Russian people by blocking[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: NATO Faces Splits On Russia Question

Ukraine Update: NATO Faces Splits On Russia Question

A Washington Post report (As allies meet, splits emerge in NATO about how to deter Russia) said: As President Biden landed in Brussels on Wednesday splits were emerging within NATO and in Washington about how to deter the Kremlin from further escalation. Allied leaders are discussing whether it is best to keep Russia guessing about what will trigger a bigger[Read More…]

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Bellinger is Wrong

Bellinger is Wrong

On 28 February 2022 former US government official John B. Bellinger III wrote an article for the US Council on Foreign Relations entitled “How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Violates International Law” (published online at https://www.cfr.org/article/how-russias-invasion-ukraine-violates-international-law). While John B. Bellinger III is correct to declare that Russia’s use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine is prima[Read More…]

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The West’s Fanaticism Over Blaming ‘Evil’ Putin Misses the Point—and an Opportunity for a Lasting Peace

The West’s Fanaticism Over Blaming ‘Evil’ Putin Misses the Point—and an Opportunity for a Lasting Peace

Pointing fingers won’t help—an attitude shift is what the world needs now. The old long war in Afghanistan has barely ended and already there is a new one, this time in Europe. Most governments, the media, and the United Nations General Assembly reached a consensus quickly: the contemptible aggressor is Vladimir Putin. Public opinion strongly supports Ukraine. Large demonstrations form[Read More…]

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Ukraine Being Destroyed by Proxy War, Not for Peace or Sustainable Future-Making

Ukraine Being Destroyed by Proxy War, Not for Peace or Sustainable Future-Making

Witness to Killing and Destruction – Ukraine fast becoming the Epic Centre of Cataclysm Cynicism about politics is endemic across all cultures. When intelligent people think and plan war, it negates the very human nature of reasoned mind at peace within its own consciousness and balanced tranquility. The earth trembles with continuous shelling and bombing, sirens sound alarms of coming[Read More…]

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Ukraine, Russia and the Sporting McCarthyites

Ukraine, Russia and the Sporting McCarthyites

The cultural vandals and iconoclasts have been busy of late, removing Russians from the stables at short notice and demanding what might be called a necessary affirmation of disloyalty.  It’s all good to talk about world peace and the resolution of disputes, but that will hardly do for the flag bearing choirs who have discovered their object of evil.  Do[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Vietnam And Malaysia Oppose Anti-Russian Sanctions

Ukraine Update: Vietnam And Malaysia Oppose Anti-Russian Sanctions

Vietnam and Malaysia did not support the anti-Russian sanctions and agreed to remain neutral towards the Ukraine crisis, Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob told reporters Tuesday after his visit to Hanoi. “We discussed the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and agreed that Malaysia and Vietnam will remain neutral on this issue,” he said according to the Bernama news agency. “As for sanctions[Read More…]

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Washington Should Think Twice Before Launching a New Cold War

Washington Should Think Twice Before Launching a New Cold War

by William D. Hartung, Taylor Giorno and Nick Cleveland-Stout A growing chorus of pundits and policymakers has suggested that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine marks the beginning of a new Cold War. If so, that means trillions of additional dollars for the Pentagon in the years to come coupled with a more aggressive military posture in every corner of the world. Before this country succumbs to calls for[Read More…]

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Treatment of the world’s oldest epidemic: the past, present and future

Treatment of the world’s oldest epidemic: the past, present and future

This article is dedicated to all those who lost their lives to world’s most deadly infectious disease – TB – and to those who defeated it Is it not shocking that an ancient disease that has been with human since long before the recorded history, and is preventable and treatable, still kills around 1.5 million people every year? Molecular analysis[Read More…]

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World War III is here, but it’s not what we expected

World War III is here, but it’s not what we expected

Movies and books have often portrayed World War III as either the final chapter of the human epoch or as a new but primitive restart for those who survive the nuclear conflagration. We cannot know if such prophesies will ultimately come true. For now World War III appears to have started with Russia’s attack on Ukraine, but without nuclear missiles[Read More…]

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Troubled Ideas: A Nuremberg Tribunal for Putin

Troubled Ideas: A Nuremberg Tribunal for Putin

In a good number of Western states, the ruling classes, former and current, have lost their heads.  Bugbear and boogieman Vladimir Putin’s efforts in Ukraine have lent themselves to some rather extreme suggestions, ranging from assassination to potential war crimes trials.  This is not to say that the Russian leader has nothing to account for.  As ever, it all depends[Read More…]

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

The people of Yemen Suffer Atrocities, too

The ghastly blockade and bombardment of Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, is now entering its eighth year. The United Nations’ goal was to raise more than $4.2 billion for the people of war-torn Yemen by March 15. But when that deadline rolled around, just $1.3 billion had come in. “I am deeply disappointed,” said Jan[Read More…]

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New Great Game: Can Venezuela Negotiate an End to US Deadly Sanctions?

How the tables have turned. A high-level US delegation visited Venezuela on March 5, hoping to repair economic ties with Caracas. Venezuela, one of the world’s poorest countries partly due to US-Western sanctions is, for once, in the driving seat, capable of alleviating an impending US energy crisis if dialogue with Washington continues to move forward. Technically, Venezuela is not[Read More…]

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U.S. allies in Ukraine, with NATO, Azov Battalion and neo-Nazi flags. Photo by russia-insider.com

United States, Racism and Anti-Communism

With the invasion of Ukraine, the international campaign against Russia seems to have surpassed the levels of anti-Communist and anti-Soviet Union hysteria of the Cold War era. In addition to economic sanctions, there is pressure against Russian athletes and artists. Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, for example, has had her concerts canceled and has been virtually banned from theaters in Western[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: World Faces Food Crisis

Ukraine Update: World Faces Food Crisis

The war in Ukraine has delivered a shock to global energy markets. Now the planet is facing a deeper crisis: a shortage of food. A New York Times report (March 20, 2022) on global food crisis due to the Ukraine war said: ‘A crucial portion of the world’s wheat, corn and barley is trapped in Russia and Ukraine because of the[Read More…]

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Iran’s Economy Growing Despite US Sanctions

Iran’s Economy Growing Despite US Sanctions

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi says the first priority of his administration during the Persian New Year is boosting employment and creating new jobs. He made the remarks in his New Year message aired live from the Grand Mosque of the southwestern Iranian port city of Khorramshahr on Sunday evening. “My first Nowruz message as the servant of the public is[Read More…]

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Japan’s Concern for Ukraine: Crocodile Tears?

To watch Japanese television news, including numerous news specials, is to be reminded morning, noon and night of the war in the Ukraine and the suffering of the Ukrainian people. Needless to say, there is nothing wrong with this inasmuch as the suffering, death and destruction caused by the war is all too real and ought to be of concern[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Decrease Oil Consumption To Hurt Putin, Suggestion To Developed Countries

Ukraine Update: Decrease Oil Consumption To Hurt Putin, Suggestion To Developed Countries

Car-free Sundays in cities, working from home up to three days a week and using cost-efficient public transport – are just some of the recommendations made by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to the world. The 10-point action plan aims at cutting back on oil consumption “in the face of the emerging global energy crisis triggered by Russia’s invasion of[Read More…]

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Houthis reject proposed GCC peace talks in Riyadh

Houthis reject proposed GCC peace talks in Riyadh

The Houthis have rejected the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) offer to broker comprehensive peace talks in Riyadh between the warring factions. The six-member GCC includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. The Houthis said they would not attend talks in Riyadh, because Saudi Arabia cannot be a mediator or host since it’s a party in the[Read More…]

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Propaganda 101: Ukraine 2022  

Propaganda 101: Ukraine 2022  

During 2011, NATO bombed a path to Tripoli to help its proxy forces on the ground oust Gaddafi. Tens of thousands lost their lives and much of Libya’s social fabric and infrastructure lay in ruins. The 2016 article appearing in Foreign Policy Journal ‘Hillary Emails Reveal True Motive for Libyan Intervention’ exposed why Libya was targeted. Gaddafi was murdered and his plans[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Confusion In The West

Ukraine Update: Confusion In The West

Ukraine scene is confusing the West. Today’s Washington Post main headline said: Zelensky’s end game a mystery to the West Mixed signals about the status of a peace deal have heightened anxiety about the trajectory of the talks The Washington Post report said: ‘“There are people in Ukraine who say ‘we don’t want to hear about talks, we want to[Read More…]

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Starving a People, Committing a Genocide: Biden’s Sanctions on Afghanistan

Starving a People, Committing a Genocide: Biden’s Sanctions on Afghanistan

When the United States stole $7 billion from Afghanistan on February 11, that was no mere crime of robbery. It was a war crime and a crime against humanity that condemns possibly millions of Afghans to starvation. In short, prelude to genocide. Biden prevaricates about his excuse for this outright theft of Afghan funds, namely compensating the 9/11 victims. The[Read More…]

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The War in Ukraine Is Sending Russia-China Relations in New Directions

The War in Ukraine Is Sending Russia-China Relations in New Directions

While the Ukraine crisis may put some strain on the Chinese-Russian relationship, it has also spurred deeper collaboration between them. Based on a shared desire to undermine the United States’ global order, their constructive partnership will not only endure the blowback from the Ukrainian invasion but is likely to expand. With the world’s attention focused on Ukraine in the weeks[Read More…]

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Resisting Platform Capitalism

Resisting Platform Capitalism

 by Thomas Klikauer and Meg Young It is undeniable that traditional labor relations have changed fundamentally since digitization has entered workplaces converting parts of capitalism into platform capitalism. This marks one of the biggest challenges for organized labor in recent years. Two significant waves of corporate restructuring have been triggered by the introduction of new digital technologies. The first wave[Read More…]

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NATO plays Russian roulette with nuclear weapons

NATO plays Russian roulette with nuclear weapons

Three weeks into the Ukraine war, all of the sides involved are taking ever greater risks. The hitherto unthinkable, a nuclear exchange in Europe, is being openly considered and built up as a threat. Voices of caution, restraint and appeals to reason have largely fallen silent. Despite the looming catastrophe, NATO is not prepared to compromise. In a televised speech[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: South Africa Blames NATO For War And Will Resist Call To Blame Russia

Ukraine Update: South Africa Blames NATO For War And Will Resist Call To Blame Russia

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday blamed NATO for the war in Ukraine and said he would resist calls to condemn Russia, in comments that cast doubt over whether he would be accepted by Ukraine or the West as a mediator. “The war could have been avoided if NATO had heeded the warnings from amongst its own leaders and[Read More…]

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Cold War II or World War III?

Cold War II or World War III?

He’s our very own emperor from hell, an updated version of Nero who, in legend, burned down Rome on a whim, though ours prefers drowning Washington.  Why, just the other day, Donald Trump — and you knew perfectly well who I meant — bent the ears of 250 top Republican donors for 84 minutes. Among other things, he assured those all-American[Read More…]

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Homes for Ukraine: A British welcome for refugees from Ukraine

Homes for Ukraine: A British welcome for refugees from Ukraine

I read and re-read Michael Gove’s official letter to civil society on Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis, detailing several facets of “Homes for Ukraine.” I’ve been hoping for a system that will eliminate contracts with profit-making organisations that currently house asylum seekers. I argue for a system that empowers communities, individuals, and non-profit organisations to take a more active role in the[Read More…]

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Normal Butcheries:  Saudi Arabia’s Latest Mass Execution

Normal Butcheries:  Saudi Arabia’s Latest Mass Execution

Great reformers are not normally found in theocratic monarchies.  Despite assertions to the contrary, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains archaic in the way it deals with its opponents.  In its penal system, executions remain standard fare.  With liberal democratic countries fixated with the Ukraine conflict and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, it was prudent for Saudi authorities to capitalise. On March[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: NATO To Rethink Of Europe Force Stance

Ukraine Update: NATO To Rethink Of Europe Force Stance

Ukraine conflict is changing many issues around the world including NATO’s force stance in Europe. An AP report said: On Wednesday, lamenting Russia’s “brutal invasion” of Ukraine, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that Europe’s biggest land war in decades will “change our security environment” and will have “long-lasting consequences for our security, and for all NATO allies.” In talks at[Read More…]

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Harvests of Fear: The Emerging Global Food Crisis

Harvests of Fear: The Emerging Global Food Crisis

        As the Russian military’s aggression against Ukraine remains bogged down in the face of Ukrainian resistance and poor logistics, attention has turned to the invasion’s greater effects on the global economy. Given that global supply chains are still sluggish and with the specter of further COVID variants already haunting world trade, the war in Ukraine has[Read More…]

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 War and a “Hurricane of Hunger” – Transforming Food Systems  

 War and a “Hurricane of Hunger” – Transforming Food Systems  

On Monday, 14 March, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of a “hurricane of hunger and a meltdown of the global food system” in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine. Guterres said: “Food, fuel and fertilizer prices are skyrocketing. Supply chains are being disrupted. And the costs and delays of transportation of imported goods – when available – are at[Read More…]

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Homicidal Drives: US Dreams of Killing Putin

Homicidal Drives: US Dreams of Killing Putin

Wars disturb and delude.  The Ukraine conflict is no exception.  Misinformation is cantering through press accounts and media dispatches with feverish spread.  Fear that a nuclear option might be deployed makes teeth chatter.  And the Russian President Vladimir Putin is being treated as a Botox Hitler-incarnate, a figure worthy of assassination. The idea of forcing Putin into the grave certainly[Read More…]

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The Horror #19

The Horror #19

Numerologists tell you that 19 is 1 + 9 which equals the powerful # 1 , or new beginnings. Well, 19 years ago on March 19, coincidentally, my nation orchestrated the most horrific deed since God knows when. The illegal and immoral attack, invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq really upset the world’s applecart. The carpet bombing of Baghdad and[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Ultranationalist Mayor Exposed

Ukraine Update: Ultranationalist Mayor Exposed

The ongoing Ukraine conflict got extra look with a mayor in Ukraine, who appeared heroic. Later, it was found that the mayor was ultranationalist. A Yahoo report (Ukrainian mayor, heralded by many, is ultranationalist, by Ben Adler, Senior Editor, Tue, March 15, 2022, 10:18 PM, https://www.yahoo.com/news/ukrainian-mayor-heralded-by-many-is-ultranationalist-161819300.html) said: ‘It was an especially inspiring story of Ukrainian bravery, in a war replete[Read More…]

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Towards a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine!

Towards a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine!

The conflict in Ukraine is multi-faceted and not a black and white clash. For example, it can be a conflict between the brothers or a kind of civil war because of the two peoples’ interaction with each other throughout history. Without ignoring that a significant part of the Ukrainian people, especially in western Ukraine, have negative feelings towards Russia, something,[Read More…]

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Propaganda War on Ukraine Crisis

Propaganda War on Ukraine Crisis

No doubt, the first casualty of war is Truth. And the main task of killing the truth is carried out by propaganda warriors. The rulers, with the assistance of “Goebbels”, give orders, which in the practical fields are implemented by the media. Nowadays, social media are playing an ever-increasing role. Who can deny that in propaganda affairs the West is[Read More…]

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Making Sense of the New Cold War Dreamscape

Making Sense of the New Cold War Dreamscape

In certain quarters in this country, Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine has generated enthusiasm for a new cold war. At the New York Times, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin have been described as “children of the [old] Cold War” now involved in a “face off,” an “eyeball to eyeball” confrontation harkening back to John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev contesting Berlin and Cuba in[Read More…]

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Central Asia Struggles With the Consequences of Russia’s War

Central Asia Struggles With the Consequences of Russia’s War

During the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Antalya, Turkey, which took place from March 11 to March 13, 2022, the Kyrgyz Republic’s Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev told Helga Maria Schmid, the secretary-general of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), that his country would be happy to host Russian-Ukrainian talks and serve as the “mediator for re-establishment of peace and mutual understanding” between[Read More…]

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No #HealthForAll without peace: Attack on healthcare facilities is war crime, must stop

No #HealthForAll without peace: Attack on healthcare facilities is war crime, must stop

Slogans like ‘every life matters’ sound so clichéd and hollow when we see the ground reality in the ongoing Ukraine-Russia armed conflict: healthcare workers, healthcare facilities and transport are getting mercilessly attacked causing immediate and long-term damages as well as menacingly threatening the progress made on right to health in the past decades. Former Secretary General of the United Nations[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: War Is Hurting Poor Countries, Warns UN Chief

Ukraine Update: War Is Hurting Poor Countries, Warns UN Chief

The United Nations chief warned Monday that the war in Ukraine is holding “a sword of Damocles” over the global economy, especially poor developing countries that face skyrocketing food, fuel and fertilizer prices and are now seeing their breadbasket “being bombed.” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters that “Russia and Ukraine represent more than half of the world’s supply of sunflower[Read More…]

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Russia – Ukraine – A Light at the end of the Tunnel?

Russia – Ukraine – A Light at the end of the Tunnel?

The Kyiv Independent reports on Monday, 14 March, that Ukrainian President Zelenskyy proposes meeting President Putin in Jerusalem. This is what Mr. Zelenskyy told foreign journalists on March 12. He had suggested to Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, to act as intermediary. See this https://kyivindependent.com/uncategorized/zelensky-proposes-meeting-putin-in-jerusalem/ At the time of this writing no date has been set for the Putin –[Read More…]

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Police detain demonstrators during an action against Russia's attack on Ukraine in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, March. 1, 2022. Protests against the Russian invasion of Ukraine resumed on Tuesday, with people taking to the streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg and other Russian towns despite mass arrests. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Anti-war demonstrations continue in Russia, despite mass repression

Anti-war protests are continuing in Russia, despite aggressive police repression and a battery of new laws criminalizing opposition to the war in Ukraine. According to the Russian-language human rights project OVD-Info, which receives funding from the European Commission, 668 people had been detained in 36 cities as of the end of the day yesterday. The previous weekend saw around 10 times as many[Read More…]

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A Planet Imperiled by Greed-Fueled Climate Crisis and War

A Planet Imperiled by Greed-Fueled Climate Crisis and War

It’s a tragic truth that some people are willing to inflict unfathomable suffering and death for the sake of power and wealth. From Russia’s aggression in Ukraine to the push for continued climate-altering fossil fuel expansion, selfish gain means more to some than the health and well-being of our children and grandchildren and those yet to be born. Take the decades-spanning efforts[Read More…]

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Appeal of the members of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences to the world scientific Community

Appeal of the members of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences to the world scientific Community

Информация взята с портала «Научная Россия» (https://scientificrussia.ru/) We, members of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, appeal to scientists from Russia and all over the world. The long-term confrontation in Ukraine, accompanied by the death and deprivation of civilians, has grown into an acute military conflict. We consider it extremely important through the negotiation process to achieve a[Read More…]

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War in Ukraine: We all lose

War in Ukraine: We all lose

We are all losers in this conflict. It didn’t have to come to this. If leaders and policymakers had shown some wisdom and understanding over the last few decades, things never would have reached this point. In fairness, a few of them did, only to be overridden by the short-sighted, the greedy, the arrogant, the ignorant, the power-hungry and the[Read More…]

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A patient is assisted by medical staff as he arrives at Novoiavorivsk District Hospital on March 13, 2022 in Novoiavorivsk, Ukraine following a Russian strike on the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security. (Photo:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Russia Bombs Ukrainian Military Base Near Border of NATO Member Poland

Russian forces on Sunday bombed a Ukrainian military facility located just 22 miles from the border of NATO member Poland, killing at least 35 people and injuring dozens more. Prior to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the facility hosted NATO drills and U.S. troops used it to train Ukrainian forces on the deployment of anti-tank missiles and other weaponry. The base has been described as “a vital link in[Read More…]

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Business as Usual: Facebook, Russia and Hate Speech

Business as Usual: Facebook, Russia and Hate Speech

Seedy, compromised and creepy, the surveillance machine of Facebook, now operating under the broader fold of its parent company Meta Platforms, is currently giving out the very signals that it was condemned for doing before: encourage discussions on hating a group and certain figures, while spreading the bad word to everyone else to do so. The Russian Federation, President Vladimir[Read More…]

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The political hypocrisy in the West is normal behavior!

The political hypocrisy in the West is normal behavior!

The Ukrainian president’s suggestion that peace talks with Russia held in Jerusalem should be ridiculous. He does not want the Russians to occupy his country, so he calls for a meeting in an already occupied country. This, In addition to the fact that the Ukrainian president is Zionist par excellence and supported the Zionist state in its recent war on[Read More…]

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Just beyond the pale

Just beyond the pale

In a Globalised World, when we see images of the conflict that is currently occurring in Ukraine on our News Feeds, Whatsapp Groups, Telegram Twitter and Instagram; as well as ofcourse on our TeleVision sets; we tend to lose sight of the human element and how close it could have been us instead. We sit far away and analyse it,[Read More…]

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Transforming The World –Engineering humanity: A soft science view of hard science

Transforming The World –Engineering humanity: A soft science view of hard science

 This paper was read as a Plenary Lecture at the 44th Indian Social Science Congress, held at Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, March 15-19, 2021, and is part of the Proceedings of the Congress. The world of Homo Sapiens For most of the Second Millennium CE onwards, humans in most societies have viewed the world around them as human-centric. This assumed “superiority”[Read More…]

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Behind the thick cloud over Ukraine

Behind the thick cloud over Ukraine

A thick cloud is now shrouding Ukraine, once a part of the erstwhile Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Sufferings of about two million people from Ukraine are now overwhelming all around the world, as sufferings of refugees in many parts of the globe always pain humanity. There’s the dark cloud of a confrontation over the land. The darkness of[Read More…]

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The Fermi paradox – From the gas chambers to a radioactive greenhouse Earth

The Fermi paradox – From the gas chambers to a radioactive greenhouse Earth

According to Fermi’s Paradox the apparent absence to date of observable extra-terrestrial intelligent life suggests the lifetime of technological civilizations may not be long, consistent with Carl Sagan’s estimate of relatively short life span of intelligent species which discover the means of self-annihilation. As the nuclear arms race began to escalate again in the late 1970s, Sagan became increasingly concerned[Read More…]

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Empathy Exercise: What If The Zionists Invaded, Devastated, And Ethnically Cleansed Australia Too?

Empathy Exercise: What If The Zionists Invaded, Devastated, And Ethnically Cleansed Australia Too?

The West has rightly and  vigorously responded to the evil and war criminal Russian invasion of Ukraine but it hypocritically  ignores US, US Alliance and Apartheid Israeli invasions of numerous countries in living memory. In vain one cries “All men are created equal” and that “Black, brown, non-European and Palestinian lives matter”. Set out below  is a  quantitative analysis to[Read More…]

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Finding a Solution to the Conflict in Ukraine

Finding a Solution to the Conflict in Ukraine

In a global atmosphere dominated by war hysteria, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s call for peace in Ukraine has been sidelined. On March 7, 2022, he said that “those who provoked this conflict with decades of non-compliance with agreements, with decades of threats against Russia, with decades of preparing plans for the extension of NATO are the first ones who are[Read More…]

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Monster See Monster Do!!

Monster See Monster Do!!

In less than two weeks will be the chilling anniversary of probably the most heinous act by my nation of pre-emptive war against another nation. March 19th, 2003 when this writer awoke for breakfast I was greeted by all the cable news networks’ subtly celebrating our carpet bombing attack on Iraq. As Baghdad was in flames elements of our 177,000[Read More…]

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On the Edge of a Nuclear Abyss

On the Edge of a Nuclear Abyss

Two days after Russia attacked Ukraine and the day before Vladimir Putin put Russia on nuclear alert, I wrote a little article whose first sentence was: “Not wanting to sound hyperbolic, but I am starting to conclude that the nuclear madmen running the U.S./NATO New Cold War they started decades ago are itching to start a nuclear war with Russia.” It was[Read More…]

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The Geopolitics of the Ukraine War

The Geopolitics of the Ukraine War

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping in the Struggle over Eurasia Just as the relentless grinding of the earth’s tectonic plates produces earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, so the endless superpower struggle for dominance over Eurasia is fraught with tensions and armed conflict. Beneath the visible outbreak of war in Ukraine and the U.S.-Chinese naval standoff in the South China Sea, there[Read More…]

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Ukraine’s far right Azov Battalion (Getty Images)

How the U.S. Has Empowered and Armed Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies Russian President Putin has claimed that he ordered the invasion of Ukraine to “denazify” its government, while Western officials, such as former U.S. Ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul, have called this pure propaganda, insisting, “There are no Nazis in Ukraine.” In the context of the Russian invasion, the post-2014 Ukrainian government’s problematic relations[Read More…]

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The Imperialist Roots of Putin’s Policy

The Imperialist Roots of Putin’s Policy

A key factor that explains Vladimir Putin’s military invasion of Ukraine is traditional Russian imperialism. Throughout the world’s long and bloody history, other powerful territories (and, later, nations) expanded their lands through imperial conquest, including Rome, China, Spain, France, Britain, Germany, Japan, and the United States. Russia was no exception.  Beginning with the small principality of Moscow in 1300, Russia[Read More…]

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Who wants war?

Who wants war?

War and the Deep State Russia’s military attack on Ukraine starting 24 February 2022, is war. Whether or not countries are actually involved in war, war is always justified by one or more parties to the conflict, and condemned as unjustified by one or more parties. Both sides of the conflict and opinion have their arguments and “facts”, which are[Read More…]

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Asia continues to see disparities in access to vaccines: People’s Vaccine Alliance – Asia

Asia continues to see disparities in access to vaccines: People’s Vaccine Alliance – Asia

On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Covid-19 as a pandemic. Two years into the pandemic, Asia continues to see disparities in access to vaccines which has prolonged the pandemic for Asians and deepened existing inequalities across the region. Members of the Peoples Vaccine Alliance (PVA)-Asia called upon governments to invest in public healthcare services and ensure[Read More…]

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The Russian Orthodox Church And The World Crisis

The Russian Orthodox Church And The World Crisis

Extreme religious or anti-religious engagement of the ruling political forces in modern times would have serious negative consequences for the society as whole and the state apparatus. The Russian experience shows this very clearly. The communist phase of Russia was completely anti-religion. Now Putin’s Russia is deeply associated with the Orthodox Church that suffered a lot during the communist regime. Vladimir[Read More…]

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On the Worthiness and Unworthiness of War Victims

On the Worthiness and Unworthiness of War Victims

Dividing the world into worthy and unworthy victims is a tactic used to justify our crimes and demonize our enemies. Conflicts will not be solved until all nations abide by international law and all victims are deemed worthy. Rulers divide the world into worthy and unworthy victims, those we are allowed to pity, such as Ukrainians enduring the hell of modern[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Saudi Arabia and UAE leaders ‘decline calls with Biden’

Ukraine Update: Saudi Arabia and UAE leaders ‘decline calls with Biden’

Incidents following the Ukraine Crisis are developing dramatically. The world markets are also bearing the Crisis’ brunt. A report by The New York Times said: A digital barricade went up between Russia and the world. Both Russian authorities and multinational internet companies built the wall with breathtaking speed. And the moves have ruptured an open internet. TikTok and Netflix are[Read More…]

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Understanding the War in Ukraine

Understanding the War in Ukraine

The war between Russia and Ukraine began much before February 24, 2022—the date provided by the Ukrainian government, NATO and the United States for the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to Dmitry Kovalevich, a journalist and a member of a now-banned communist organization in Ukraine, the war actually started in the spring of 2014 and has never[Read More…]

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How Pakistan Could Find a Development-First Path to Peace in Balochistan

How Pakistan Could Find a Development-First Path to Peace in Balochistan

The disappearances and killings of Baloch activists living in Pakistan and abroad under mysterious circumstances have made headlines in recent years. The surge in cases relating to these “enforced disappearances” highlights the urgency for Pakistan to resolve the grievances felt by the people of the region as it tries to forge an identity away from the U.S. and looks to China for its future[Read More…]

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Absit Omen

Absit Omen

“I liked history better when it was in the past.” There are several implications of this kind of statement.  For people living in benign territories, ones that are not subject to corporate or military subjugation, history is the past, the written record of what has happened while life continues on its usual path.  For others history is what is occurring[Read More…]

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Our Ukraine Wake-Up Call – The Global Age is Upon Us

Our Ukraine Wake-Up Call – The Global Age is Upon Us

In recent days, experts have begun laying out the potential hardships the Russian invasion of Ukraine might inflict here in the United States, thousands and thousands of miles from the battle zone. As former White House national security official Richard Clarke bluntly put it, “Russia will bring the war to our homeland.” He pointed to potential damage in two particular realms, possible[Read More…]

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Gender, Environment and Sustainability

Gender, Environment and Sustainability

The theme for International Women’s Day 2022 is, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, gender equality in context to climate crisis and management is one of the major concerns of the twenty-first century. Its impacts vary amongst regions, generations, age, income groups, and gender. Over recent years, expanding concern about the climate change has had a widespread effect on[Read More…]

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How the US Could Solve the Ukraine Crisis Tomorrow

How the US Could Solve the Ukraine Crisis Tomorrow

No war is a one-sided affair. There is no sound to one hand clapping. Russia’s assault on Ukraine is an unambiguously bad thing. But it didn’t happen in a vacuum. In order to solve the problem, we have to first understand the context in which it occurred, and the part that the U.S. played in its happening. The Big Bang in[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Global Wheat Supply May Be Disrupted

Ukraine Update: Global Wheat Supply May Be Disrupted

Grain prices were rising before the Ukraine conflict. But recent days have seen unprecedented further gains as two of the world’s biggest producers, Russia and Ukraine, are at war. Wheat closed in Chicago at the highest price ever on Monday. Benchmark corn and soybean futures have each surged by 26% this year. Those kinds of increases in food-staple commodities have been associated with social unrest throughout history.[Read More…]

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Taliban took over a bankrupt nation

Taliban took over a bankrupt nation

American left Afghanistan and consequently the Taliban took over a bankrupt nation in August 31, 2021. The United States never succeeded in inducing good governance in Afghanistan or persuading Pakistan to stop its multifaceted support for the Taliban. US President Joe Biden imposed sanctions, announcing that a substantial portion of Afghanistan’s official reserves amounting $4.9 billion held in liquid assets[Read More…]

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End Violence, Exclusion and Discrimination Against Women: Global Civil Society Campaign

End Violence, Exclusion and Discrimination Against Women: Global Civil Society Campaign

On the International Women’s Day today Global Call To Action Against Poverty (GCAP), a global civil society campaign working in 58 countries, in a statement expresses deep concern over the war in Ukraine and especially the security and survival of women and girls in Ukraine and in all conflict-affected countries like Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan. Women and girls are facing[Read More…]

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Cutting Ties: The West, Ukraine, and the Russian Academy

Cutting Ties: The West, Ukraine, and the Russian Academy

Working with Russian academics and institutions.  The attack upon Ukraine by Russia. These are two features playing out heavily in university discussions.  As typifies such chitchat, nuance features rather less than cant and sanctimony. As writer and lecturer Paolo Nori of Milano-Bicocca University stated after discovering that his course on Fyodor Dostoevsky would be cancelled in response to the war,[Read More…]

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Slaveroo @ Deliveroo – Platform Labor

Slaveroo @ Deliveroo – Platform Labor

by Thomas Klikauer and Meg Young The advent of Tim Berners-Lee’s newly coded Internet has not only given us Google with 86.9bn site visitors per month, wearables transmitting our heartbeats to profit making so-called “health” corporations, and Apps like Tinder, the Internet has also changed our cities and how we order the food we eat. It converted our cities into[Read More…]

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Russian government cracks down on media and protests

Russian government cracks down on media and protests

In an effort to forestall the eruption of significant popular opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Putin government is systematically banning news outlets and social media platforms in the country. The government is simultaneously cracking down on still as of yet small anti-war protests in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and other cities. On Friday, Russia’s federal agency for information technology[Read More…]

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The Zaporizhzhia complex is the largest nuclear power plant not only in Ukraine, but also in Europe. (Photo: Dmytro Smolyenko/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

Russian Invasion Threatens All Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plants

Ukraine and Russia should negotiate an agreement to protect plant personnel and allow safe shift changes as well as emergency preparedness and response activities. Russian troops in Ukraine seized Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant Friday after shelling set part of the complex on fire, ringing alarm bells around the world of a potential nuclear disaster. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of waging[Read More…]

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A Strong Case for Resurgence of Non-Alignment Movement

A Strong Case for Resurgence of Non-Alignment Movement

NAM has a new resonance in the fast-changing world In recent times the world situation has changed very swiftly, with the world getting closer and closer to getting divided between two blocks, one led by Russia and China, and the other led by the USA and its NATO allies. Other countries may face various pressures from one or the other[Read More…]

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Mark-7 A-bomb readied for mounting at Kadena AFB, Okinawa

Japan: ‘Sharing’ Nuclear Weapons

Following the outbreak of war in Ukraine, after some slight hesitancy Japan joined the European Union, the US, and other countries in both condemning Russia’s military invasion and placing strong economic sanctions on Russia. However, even while condemning Russia, a group of conservative politicians, headed by former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, saw an opportunity the pursue what has long been[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: U.S. Oil Prices Briefly Soared Above $130 Amid Concerns Of Chaos In Commodity Flows

Ukraine Update: U.S. Oil Prices Briefly Soared Above $130 Amid Concerns Of Chaos In Commodity Flows

Values for U.S. oil soared Sunday evening, driving prices above $125 a barrel in electronic trade as discussions about a ban on Russian oil heated up following the Ukraine crisis. Oil prices have soared to the highest level since 2008 after the U.S. said it was discussing a potential embargo on Russian supplies with its allies. Brent crude – the[Read More…]

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Advertising Gimmicks: Australia’s Nuclear-Powered Submarines

Advertising Gimmicks: Australia’s Nuclear-Powered Submarines

Never trust anything that comes out of a politician’s mouth in an election year.  Pledges are made to be broken; promises are made to seduce, not convince.  When the subject matter involves fictional submarines, even greater care should be taken. The prolonged, costly nightmare of Australia’s submarine policy took another turn on March 6.  The Defence Minister Peter Dutton could[Read More…]

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Would a “Cold” War Be the Best News Around?

Would a “Cold” War Be the Best News Around?

Ukraine, Taiwan, and Other Flashpoints in a New Age of Geopolitics Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been widely described as the beginning of a new cold war, much like the old one in both its cast of characters and ideological nature. “In the contest between democracy and autocracy, between sovereignty and subjugation, make no mistake — freedom will prevail,” President[Read More…]

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Putin says Ukrainian statehood in jeopardy

Putin says Ukrainian statehood in jeopardy

Media reports said: Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Saturday that Ukrainian statehood is in jeopardy and likened the West’s sanctions on Russia to “declaring war,” while a promised cease-fire in the besieged port city of Mariupol collapsed amid scenes of terror. Putin continued to pin the blame for the war squarely on the Ukrainian leadership and slammed their resistance to the invasion. “If[Read More…]

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War and Punishment in Ukraine

War and Punishment in Ukraine

Russian invasion on Ukraine has resulted in global outcry against Vladimir Putin and his regime. There are protests and sanctions against Russia. United Nations has passed resolutions where many nations including China, India, Pakistan have abstained and refused to toe to the western line. The UN Human Rights Committee is forming a commission of inquiry against Russian War crime. UN[Read More…]

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Ukraine, Russia and the West to Rethink of Dialogue for Peace, Not War

Ukraine, Russia and the West to Rethink of Dialogue for Peace, Not War

Rational Leaders Think of People, not Egoism In an age of Reason, the cause of humanity calls for peace, freedom and respect for human dignity. In a hybrid geo-political culture – part human and part vulture, we are witnessing a forgotten wisdom of human courage and foresight to stand for the protection of human rights, state sovereignty and national freedom[Read More…]

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As ‘La Françafrique’ Comes to an End, Russia is Ready To Replace France in West Africa

As ‘La Françafrique’ Comes to an End, Russia is Ready To Replace France in West Africa

Finally, France will be leaving Mali, nearly a decade after the original military intervention in 2013. The repercussions of this decision will hardly be confined to this West African nation, but will likely spread to the entirety of the Sahel Region; in fact, the whole of Africa. France’s decision to end its military presence in Mali – carried out in[Read More…]

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Putin’s invasion of Ukraine unjustified, but US responsible for pushing Russia to the brink

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine unjustified, but US responsible for pushing Russia to the brink

 US and EU responding with escalation instead of pushing for a political settlement Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 is illegal according to international law. It is a war crime. Putin arguably still had diplomatic options open to him. Everyone who is anti-war must condemn this attack. At the same time, it was not unprovoked. Further, the US is[Read More…]

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Media coverage of Russia’s criminal invasion of Ukraine

Media coverage of Russia’s criminal invasion of Ukraine

  The recent appalling Russian invasion of Ukraine must be condemned. It’s yet another atrocious aggression in a long series of violations of international law by several countries including the US, Britain, Russia and Israel. It is terribly disappointing that humanity has failed to advance beyond the use of warfare (military, economic and cyber) to settle problems. Lobbying by the[Read More…]

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A short historical and literary view of Crimea

A short historical and literary view of Crimea

In the context of modern European political conflicts and conflict resolutions, the name of Crimea is very much on the surface, resonant not just for the last few years but actually centuries. This short piece takes a brief look at the strategically important peninsula and takes the readers back through its rocky history as well as its beautiful literary and[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Oil Hits 10-year High And Closes In On $120 A Barrel

Ukraine Update: Oil Hits 10-year High And Closes In On $120 A Barrel

On incidents centering Ukraine, media reports said: French President Emmanuel Macron thinks “the worst is yet to come” in Ukraine after talking with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. A senior French official said Macron’s warning came after the two leaders spoke for 90 minutes, which did not yield any diplomatic progress. The official said Putin was determined to carry[Read More…]

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The Ukraine War and the “Good” Refugee

The Ukraine War and the “Good” Refugee

“These people are not people we are used to… these people are Europeans.” – Kiril Petkov, Bulgarian Prime Minister, Associated Press, March 1, 2022 In the history of accepting refugees, countries have shown more than an erratic streak.  Universal human characteristics have often been overlooked in favour of the particular: race, cultural habits, religion.  Even immigration nations, such as the[Read More…]

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The War-Profiteering Gangsters Will Kill Us All Unless We Unite Against Them

The War-Profiteering Gangsters Will Kill Us All Unless We Unite Against Them

 Western media simplifies the conflict in Ukraine in ways that divide us. But what if instead, we chose to unite against those who profit from all wars throughout the world? I figured something out after tossing and turning all night. We on the left often make the mistake of still looking upon Russia as a somewhat socialist enterprise. Of course,[Read More…]

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Ukraine Crisis Highlights Crisis of New World Order

Ukraine Crisis Highlights Crisis of New World Order

Since the end of World War II, the US and its allies have been directly responsible for 81 percent of all unjust wars, illegal occupations of countries, civilian deaths, violations of human rights, destruction of entire nations like Vietnam, Cambodia, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and many more. So, the most embarrassing question for the US and its allies is[Read More…]

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War Torn – Continental Drifters and the Nationless Nation

War Torn – Continental Drifters and the Nationless Nation

We live on a planet in motion, a world of collision and drift. This was once an Earth of super-continents — Gondwana, Rodinia, Pangea. The eastern seaboard of the United States sidled up against West Africa, while Antarctica cozied up to the opposite side of the African continent. But nothing in this world lasts and the tectonic plates covering the planet are always in[Read More…]

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USA Must Avoid Misuse of Its ‘Exorbitant Privilege’ of Dollar Domination

USA Must Avoid Misuse of Its ‘Exorbitant Privilege’ of Dollar Domination

                  A very important issue of international relations on which open and free discussion is often avoided relates to the extent to which maintenance of worldwide domination of US dollar is important for the USA and the extent to which it is reflected in US policy. Transparency and unbiased discussion on this issue is clearly very important. The period[Read More…]

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Ukrainian ‘refugees’ wait at a train station in Zahony, Hungary, a border town with Ukraine, February 26, 2022 (Photo: AP)

In Hate, Racism; In Love, Racism

In the world as it has come to be, certain gestures are obligatory while equivalent ones are not.   We are trained to have what can be deemed as inconsistent responses to paired events which are for the most part similar, even identical.   It is a fool’s errand to expect consistency and an exhausting routine to demand it.  Asking for it,[Read More…]

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Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Outing the Iraq War White Washers

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Outing the Iraq War White Washers

The guilty can be devious in concealing their crimes, and their role in them.  The greater the crime, the more devious the strategy of deception.  The breaking of international law, and the breaching of convention, is a field replete with such figures. Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has presented a particularly odious grouping, a good number of them neoconservatives, a[Read More…]

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Ukraine: A Conflict Soaked in Contradictions and New Patterns in War and Media

Ukraine: A Conflict Soaked in Contradictions and New Patterns in War and Media

Surprise and horror have defined the reaction to the Russian military intervention in Ukraine. That’s likely because although the intervention has followed the contours of a modern land war, it has also marked a break with the past in a number of ways. The world has become used to military interventions by the United States. This is, however, not a[Read More…]

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“Let Them Kill as Many as Possible”- United States Policy Toward Russia and its Neighbors

“Let Them Kill as Many as Possible”- United States Policy Toward Russia and its Neighbors

In April 1941, four years before he was to become President and eight months before the United States entered World War II, Senator Harry Truman of Missouri reacted to the news that Germany had invaded the Soviet Union: “If we see that Germany is winning the war, we ought to help Russia; and if that Russia is winning, we ought[Read More…]

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Essential Precepts of Progress Whose Importance Has Increased Further in Recent Times

Essential Precepts of Progress Whose Importance Has Increased Further in Recent Times

All through human history there has been a quest for understanding what really constitutes betterment of human beings, indeed of all inhabitants of our planet. This quest still continues, at higher levels of sophistication, with one major difference. There is now increasing recognition that major environmental problems, accumulation of weapons of mass destruction and some other issues have combined to[Read More…]

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Russia-Ukraine War: Why Civil Resistance Doesn’t Work?

Russia-Ukraine War: Why Civil Resistance Doesn’t Work?

With Russia’s attack on Ukraine on 24 February 2022, the activities of the governments of various countries, all global institutions including the United Nations, embassies, media, subject experts etc. is firmly focused on the Russia-Ukraine war. After the Second World War, European leaders agreed that in the future, the soil of Europe would be kept free from wars. This happened[Read More…]

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Ukrainian ‘refugees’ wait at a train station in Zahony, Hungary, a border town with Ukraine, February 26, 2022 (Photo: AP)

We’re Europeans, Christians, Whites!

Racist Ukraine coverage in mainstream Western media. Notice the racist overtones.  1. BBC “It’s very emotional for me because I see European people with blue eyes and blonde hair being killed”  – Ukraine’s Deputy Chief Prosecutor, David Sakvarelidze 2. CBS News “This isn’t Iraq or Afghanistan…This is a relatively civilised, relatively European city”  – CBS foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata 3.[Read More…]

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Ukraine updates

Ukraine updates

Many incidents are developing centering Ukraine, which are largely ignored by a major part of media. But these incidents help understand the real picture centering Ukraine. Racism Against Students A Rolling Stone report (‘Ugly, Unprofessional’: International Students Describe Racism at the Ukrainian Border, March 2, 2022) said: Since Thursday, Feb. 24, more than 660,000 people have fled Ukraine, according to the U.N.[Read More…]

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Ukraine War, US/West’s War Hypocrisies, and Quest for a Rule-based World – Can UN Help?

Ukraine War, US/West’s War Hypocrisies, and Quest for a Rule-based World – Can UN Help?

“World Tour of Wars” Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is both illegal and immoral. While Russia’s concern that Ukraine’s decision to join NATO which also included the prospect of NATO setting up a missile base in Ukraine, 100 miles from Russia’s border, is genuine, this by no means is a justification for invading Ukraine. Russia should have continued to explore other[Read More…]

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While Rightly Criticizing Putin, the West Should Also Look Inwards

While Rightly Criticizing Putin, the West Should Also Look Inwards

Putin is the most criticized person in western countries today. Repeated criticism of the invasion unleashed by him is justified, both because of the enormous distress caused to the people of Ukraine and the very serious threats posed to world peace and stability. Mass protests against Ukraine’s invasion in several western countries are therefore justified. However the interests of world[Read More…]

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Ukraine: Who is to blame? Кто виноват?

Ukraine: Who is to blame? Кто виноват?

For people in Ukraine, the horror is just beginning. Hiding from bombardment in their basements, they will soon face hunger and then epidemics… And above them, on the streets – explosions, fire, the thunder of tanks, the whistle of bullets, the debris of fallen buildings, the cries of the wounded and dying, the foul smell of unburied corpses. But who[Read More…]

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Searching My Roots in Ukraine: What I Learned and Re-learned in Kiev    

Searching My Roots in Ukraine: What I Learned and Re-learned in Kiev    

“Footfalls echo in the memory/ Down the passage which we did not take/ Towards the door we never opened/ Into the rose-garden.” (T. S. Eliot; from, “Four Quartets”) 1. Recent, shattering world events, have prompted me to check my files to reconsider any past references I’d made to Ukraine.  I found a short note to a correspondent/friend from about 10[Read More…]

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Reflections from the Netherworld

Reflections from the Netherworld

Advice from JFK to President Biden Dear Mr. President: I send greetings from the other side — and no, I don’t mean the other side of the aisle. I refer to the place where old politicians go to make amends for their sins. Apart from our shared Catholicism and affinity for sunglasses, I suspect you and I don’t have a[Read More…]

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West Rightly Supports Ukraine But Ignores Brutally Occupied Palestine

West Rightly Supports Ukraine But Ignores Brutally Occupied Palestine

Both the Russian occupation of  Ukraine and the Apartheid Israeli occupation of Palestine are wrong, violate international law, and have been hugely destructive.  However a racist and specifically anti-Arab anti-Semitic West (the Anglosphere, NATO  and the EU) utterly ignores the Israeli occupation and ethnic cleansing of Palestine while quite rightly condemning and sanctioning  Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. This[Read More…]

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Russia’s Use of Force against Ukraine

Russia’s Use of Force against Ukraine

The basic international law One of the most fundamental rules of international is that States are prohibited from using force to resolve their international disputes. Any State that uses force against the territorial integrity or political independence of another State violates this solemn rule of international law. Applying this rule, the use of force by Russia against Ukraine is an[Read More…]

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 Ukraine – Sacrificial Lamb

 Ukraine – Sacrificial Lamb

No matter if the U.S. agreed or disagreed with Russia’s requests, Ukraine was a big loser, and the preferred solution was to cut its losses. U.S. and its allies  enabled Ukraine and Russian suffering and had the U.S. (not its allies) gain a pyrrhic victory – the war will debilitate Russia’s prestige and the sanctions will debilitate Russia’s economy, circumstances that benefit[Read More…]

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Can Iran and the U.S. Breathe Life Back Into Nuclear Deal?

Can Iran and the U.S. Breathe Life Back Into Nuclear Deal?

The possibility of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—or the Iran nuclear deal—being revived, though difficult, seems to have brightened in February 2022. The U.S. may now also believe that the potential loss of Russian natural gas and oil due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war needs to be offset by Iran returning to the global oil market. The nuclear deal could have been accomplished[Read More…]

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15 Nuclear Reactors in the Midst of Battle

15 Nuclear Reactors in the Midst of Battle

Russian forces have captured Chernobyl, a 1,000 square mile radioactive exclusion zone. But more significantly, what about Ukraine’s nuclear reactors smack dab in the middle of a theatre of war? A complicating/dangerous aspect of Russia’s invasion is the status of Chernobyl’s sister reactors, 15 reactors at four nuclear power plants exposed in a war zone of bombing, missile attacks and[Read More…]

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How the U.S. Started a Cold War with Russia and Left Ukraine to Fight It

How the U.S. Started a Cold War with Russia and Left Ukraine to Fight It

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies Photo Credit: CODEPINK The defenders of Ukraine are bravely resisting Russian aggression, shaming the rest of the world and the UN Security Council for its failure to protect them. It is an encouraging sign that the Russians and Ukrainians are holding talks in Belarus that may lead to a ceasefire. All efforts must[Read More…]

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Nobody Wins in the Conflict Over Ukraine

Nobody Wins in the Conflict Over Ukraine

When two scorpions are in a bottle, they both lose. This is the preventable danger that is growing daily, with no end game in sight, between the two nuclear superpowers, led by dictator Vladimir Putin and de facto sole decider, Joe Biden. Putin’s first argument is, Washington invented the model of aggressive, illegal invasions, and destruction of distant countries that never[Read More…]

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Ukraine Crisis: Shenanigans of a Hegemon

Ukraine Crisis: Shenanigans of a Hegemon

Ignoring the vituperations of the west, Russian President, Vladimir Putin finally implemented his ‘military-technical’ threat against Ukraine on Thursday the 24th February. As expected, this produced a barrage of recriminations from those very countries of the US led NATO alliance, who had done their utmost to precipitate this situation, which had been simmering for the last eight years. Understandably, Ukrainian[Read More…]

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Poverty is the Sin, Not Poor People

Poverty is the Sin, Not Poor People

As if killing the Child Tax Credit, blocking voting rights, gutting key climate legislation, and refusing living wages wasn’t enough, West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is now promoting legislation that further punishes the poor and marginalized. Along with Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, he’s introduced the PIPES Act, which undercuts key harm-reduction funding from the Department of Health and Human Services. It arrives with a[Read More…]

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Stopping World War III !

Stopping World War III !

This war must be immediately terminated before it expands and sucks in the European NATO States and the United States. Towards that end President Biden must publicly announce that NATO Expansion is over for good and that Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova will not be joining NATO as member States. President Biden must also call for an international peace conference for[Read More…]

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Coup Season – The African Status Quo

Coup Season – The African Status Quo

Apparently, it is coup season in Africa, and the reasons for these upheavals always vary, from outright power grabs by opposing political factions to foreign-backed attempts at controlling central governments and resources. Pointing out governance issues identifies a serious aspect around the ‘ease’ at which coups take place successful or not. Regional and continental entities are generally at the forefront[Read More…]

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This War Must End As Early As Possible

This War Must End As Early As Possible

The most obvious aspect of the Ukraine war just now is that it should end immediately, or as early as possible. If this lingers on, possibilities of new ways of spreading conflict can emerge. This has to be checked. This war and its violence should not spread. If all sides see reason, clearly it is possible for the conflict to[Read More…]

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Is Ukraine crisis the result of the manipulations of a Unipolar World?

Is Ukraine crisis the result of the manipulations of a Unipolar World?

  Russia has invaded Ukraine after President Vladimir Putin recognised two eastern provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk as ‘independent’ nations and then on their ‘request’ it sent a ‘Peace Keeping Force’ to maintain order. So we have two new ‘nations’ in the world map: Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR) and the “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LPR) as independent. Both these two states[Read More…]

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Ukraine: Understanding The Concern Of The Other

Ukraine: Understanding The Concern Of The Other

The mainstream Western media is almost unanimous in demanding that Russia and Vladimir Putin stop their military operation in Ukraine immediately. This in their opinion is the only solution to the current conflict.   However, if one attempts to understand how the current conflict had evolved, one would ask not Russia but the US led Western alliance to bring down the[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’s hybrid war is mutating

The first signs of the dual track in Russia’s hybrid war in Ukraine have surfaced. By Thursday evening, the Kremlin held out an olive branch to the Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky.  Succinctly put, President Vladimir Putin expressed his preparedness to engage in discussions with his Ukrainian counterpart with a focus on obtaining a guarantee of neutral status for Ukraine and the[Read More…]

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Russia-Ukraine War: A Test for India’s Foreign Policy

Russia-Ukraine War: A Test for India’s Foreign Policy

What Caused the War? The world woke up to alarming news on the morning of 24th February when Russian President Vladimir Putin  declared war on Ukraine in a televised address. This doesn’t come as a shock due to the fact that war clouds were looming large in the skies of Eatern Europe since mid February. Though the Russian military aggression[Read More…]

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Again There Is War

Again There Is War

  There is war. Again there is war on the European continent – war of type and magnitude not experienced in Europe since Hitler and the racism imperialism of Nazi Germany.  The war now is Putin’s war. Last night, this morning, tomorrow, always the same. War is murder. It is organized murder on a large scale. War technology increases the[Read More…]

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Ukraine Crisis – A War of Choice

Ukraine Crisis – A War of Choice

Russia’s military has moved into Ukraine despite threats of sanctions repeated ad nauseum by President Biden and other leaders of the West. Obviously, the repeated threats of sanctions have not made any difference to Putin’s behavior. This should not surprise anyone as the sanctions imposed on Russia when it annexed the Crimea in 2014 did not compel Putin to reverse[Read More…]

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The Real History Behind Ukraine, Putin, the EU, Gas, & Donbass

The Real History Behind Ukraine, Putin, the EU, Gas, & Donbass

 Russia’s long-predicted invasion of Ukraine finally happened, but the reasons for it are widely misrepresented. Basic history is necessary in order to understand it. The Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, from Russia, under the Baltic Sea, to Germany, was planned in order to enable greatly increased sales-volume of the lowest-cost natural gas, which came from Russia, into the EU, without[Read More…]

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Enough is enough! The Russian bear is out of its den 

Enough is enough! The Russian bear is out of its den 

Despite possible sanctions and their hard-hitting economic consequences, the hunted Russian bear has got out of the den and is going after the hunters. Until recently, Russians, Ukrainians, and Europeans believed that there would be no war. What we see now, however, is a full-scale Russian intervention and quite a successful one too. Where are the Russian troops going, and[Read More…]

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Ukraine Crisis: World Leaders Shoot Themselves in the Foot, First and Foremost Vladimir Putin

Ukraine Crisis: World Leaders Shoot Themselves in the Foot, First and Foremost Vladimir Putin

Cynics say the situation around Ukraine benefits all parties except the Chinese. The Russians are annexing territories inhabited mostly by Russians, the Americans will sell natural gas and oil at very high prices, the Germans will push their (now cheap) green energy, and the French will open new nuclear power stations—while everyone will go on selling weapons systems because world[Read More…]

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Antarctica: Where Realpolitik and Science Meet

Antarctica: Where Realpolitik and Science Meet

A frozen continent.  Another potential frontier for conflict and competition.  Antarctica is a part of the world were realpolitician meets scientist; the desire for finding exploitable resources meets environmental expectations and fears.  Countries have vied for their little slice of ice, sometimes citing reasons of scientific collaboration, and often national self-interest.  Much of this culminated in the establishment of the[Read More…]

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A Planet on the Brink

A Planet on the Brink

Consider us at the edge of the sort of epochal change not seen for centuries, even millennia. By the middle of this century, we will be living under such radically altered circumstances that the present decade, the 2020s, will undoubtedly seem like another era entirely, akin perhaps to the Middle Ages. And I’m not talking about the future development of[Read More…]

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Taxing the Billionaires

Taxing the Billionaires

In recent times there have been several well-intentioned studies and reports which strongly advocate raising more resources by imposing much higher taxes on the super-rich and billionaires. An increasing support for this is provided by the sharply escalating inequality of COVID times in which billionaires have increased as never before and have been amassing wealth to an unprecedented extent, at[Read More…]

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France Withdraws From Mali, But Continues to Devastate Africa’s Sahel

France Withdraws From Mali, But Continues to Devastate Africa’s Sahel

On February 17, 2022, French President Emmanuel Macron held a press conference in Paris just ahead of the sixth European Union-African Union summit in Brussels along with Senegal’s President Macky Sall and Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo as well as European Council President Charles Michel. At the conference, Macron announced that the French forces would be withdrawing from Mali. This means that France and its[Read More…]

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Not Just Ukraine, Entire Humanity Will Suffer

Not Just Ukraine, Entire Humanity Will Suffer

All limits of irresponsibiity have been crossed by big powers in the build-up to Russia-Ukraine war and now its actual outbreak. Beyond the immediate issues lurks the much bigger truth that the deeply troubled humanity just cannot afford any war at this critical juncture of its history, when it stands precariously at the onset of a survival crisis caused by[Read More…]

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Putin’s Advance Into Ukraine Compares with Saddam Hussein’s Invasion of Kuwait…a Disaster for Russia

Putin’s Advance Into Ukraine Compares with Saddam Hussein’s Invasion of Kuwait…a Disaster for Russia

On 2 August 1990, Saddam Hussein ordered the Iraqi army to invade and occupy Kuwait in an operation that led to Iraq’s defeat in war, rebellions crushed in blood, 13 years of UN sanctions, defeat in a second war, foreign occupation, and two decades of civil conflict that is only now drawing to an end. More than thirty years later, Vladimir Putin sent[Read More…]

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People wave Russian national flags celebrating Moscow’s recognition Donetsk and Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, Feb 21, 2022

Putin crosses the Rubicon. What next?

Russia’s recognition of the ‘people’s republics’ of Luhansk and Donetsk in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbass on Monday is a watershed event. In a manner of speaking, by this decision President Vladimir Putin crossed the Rubicon. But a tumultuous period lies ahead. Moscow followed up by putting the legal underpinnings in place “to deploy troops to these regions,” concluding two treaties on[Read More…]

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Members of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army clean weaponry ahead of deployment to Poland from Fort Bragg, N.C. on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Nathan Posner)

NATO’s Ukraine Playbook Resonates Traditional Imperialism

Amidst of all its failures, the troika of capitalism, reactionary nationalism and imperialism move together to continue its false relevance with the help of its traditional weapons of war and regional conflicts.  It is a response to divert the radical agendas and promises of rising social and political movements against capitalism and imperialism.  It is within this context; one needs[Read More…]

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 America: One Big Commercial!

 America: One Big Commercial!

This baby boomer can recall watching a NY Giants football game on the boob tube 60 years ago. Towards the end of the game one of the teams called a timeout. The network went to performer Julie London singing a Marlboro cigarette commercial. As the clock reached one minute they broke to the field as the teams were at the[Read More…]

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Afghan Sikhs and  Hindus in India

Afghan Sikhs and  Hindus in India

On January 10, 2022, the Indian Government implemented the Citizen Amendment Act(CAA) . According to this law, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians  are welcome from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Taking cue from it, many persecuted Afghan Sikhs and Hindus are migrating to India from Afghanistan. “A friend in need is a friend indeed” seems to be the policy of India[Read More…]

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The Welshman Who Founded Donetsk, Ukraine

The Welshman Who Founded Donetsk, Ukraine

In the 18th century a migration took to the Donbas region of Ukraine which Tsarist Russia named “New Russia” after rich coal resources were discovered. The man who was chosen to facilitate mining and to develop steel mills was John Hughes who was born in Wales. He had become a well-known developer of steel mills in England and armor plating[Read More…]

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The Sacralization of War, American-Style – Reaping What We Sow

The Sacralization of War, American-Style – Reaping What We Sow

Lately, random verses from the Bible have been popping into my mind unbidden, like St. Paul’s famous line from Galatians, “A person reaps what they sow.” The words sprang into my consciousness when I learned of the death of the 95-year-old Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, who helped encourage Martin Luther King to declare his opposition to the Vietnam[Read More…]

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Members of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army clean weaponry ahead of deployment to Poland from Fort Bragg, N.C. on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Nathan Posner)

Russia sends troops into East Ukraine, Biden announces sanctions

Events in the war crisis over Ukraine between Russia and NATO overtook each other on Monday. The day began with news that two reconnaissance-sabotage units of the Ukrainian army had crossed into Russia’s Rostov region and ended with Russian President Vladimir Putin ordering Russian troops to enter the East Ukrainian separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk which he had just[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)

Innate Warmongering: Seeing Conflict in Ukraine as Inevitable

US President Theodore Roosevelt never had much time for peace, seeing its returns as distinctly less than those of war.  Despite his love of military conflict and its touted benefits, he was rewarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in brokering peace in the Russo-Japanese War.  But for old Teddy peaceniks were sissies, degenerates, and probably sexually dubious.[Read More…]

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Members of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

War or Images of War?

Experienced foreign policy analysts such as Ray McGovern, Scott Ritter, and Pepe Escobar, while agreeing that the Biden administration is clearly guilty of provoking Russia over Ukraine, are divided over whether it will lead to war.  All agree that Russia has no intention of invading Ukraine and that it is clearly justified in demanding safe borders by insisting U.S./NATO withdraw[Read More…]

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Biden’s Real Challenge is Not Russia or China, but Poverty in America

Biden’s Real Challenge is Not Russia or China, but Poverty in America

Mainstream US media continues to celebrate the supposed strength of the US economy. Almost daily, headlines speak of hopeful numbers, sustainable growth, positive trends and constant gains. The reality on the ground, however, tells of something entirely different, which raises the questions: Are Americans being lied to? And for what purpose? “US Economy Grew 1.7% in Fourth Quarter, Capping a[Read More…]

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Paralysing Afghanistan: Washington’s Regime Change Agenda

Paralysing Afghanistan: Washington’s Regime Change Agenda

Nation states are habitually doomed to defeat their best interests.  Conditions of mad instability are fostered.  Arms sales take place, regimes get propped up or abandoned, and the people under them endure and suffer, awaiting the next criminal regime change. Nothing is more counter-intuitive than the effort to isolate, cripple and strangulate the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.  For all the[Read More…]

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Freedom Convoy in Canada: At Least 100 Arrested As Police Clamp Down On Protesters Blocking Ottawa For Weeks

Freedom Convoy in Canada: At Least 100 Arrested As Police Clamp Down On Protesters Blocking Ottawa For Weeks

The “Freedom Convoy” protest has left Ottawa, Canada, in gridlock for three weeks, and on Friday, police began a major operation to clear out the remaining protesters and vehicles. Police said more than 100 people were arrested and that some protesters had assaulted officers. Freedom Convoys are also being organized in other countries. In a few countries this has already[Read More…]

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Biden claims “Putin has made the decision” to invade Ukraine as mass evacuations begin in the Donbass

Biden claims “Putin has made the decision” to invade Ukraine as mass evacuations begin in the Donbass

At an extraordinary press conference Friday afternoon, US President Joe Biden declared that he was “convinced” Russian President Vladimir Putin had made “the decision to invade” Ukraine and advance on the country’s capital Kiev. Biden said that the White House “expected” such a move “within the coming week, within the coming days.” In a 10-minute speech, Biden warned that “such[Read More…]

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A woman passes a fence outside Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery adorned with tributes to victims of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

 Pandemic is not over yet by a long shot: Deaths rose every week in 2022

by Shobha Shukla and Bobby Ramakant   Global health thought leader Dr Tim France rightly tweeted, “Here is the WHO stating explicitly what most people I know are saying to one another privately: Is not it really risky to lift all COVID-19 related measures now, with the virus still circulating in high levels? Clearly, in these global experts’ minds, the[Read More…]

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President Joe Biden speaks about Ukraine in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, February 15, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

United States’ Diplomatic Communication & Ukraine-Crisis! 

United States’ expertise at holding strategic command over controlling operation of diplomatic reins may well be assumed to have fumbled a little at propagation of so-called Ukraine-crisis because of alleged military designs of Russia. Yes, to a considerable degree, greater part of the world still depends on going by what is stated by White House as well as American media.[Read More…]

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Elections in Colombia: Prospects for Change and Lack of Guarantees

Elections in Colombia: Prospects for Change and Lack of Guarantees

With legislative and presidential elections coming up in Colombia, the supposedly “oldest democracy in Latin America” will see if it can consolidate the most precarious and recent peace on the continent. The Latin American and Caribbean electoral calendar for 2022 promises to be no less hectic than that of the previous year. Among the upcoming elections and referendums that are slated for this year—Costa[Read More…]

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Bolsonaro’s ‘Solidarity’ With Russia: U.S. Unhappy

Bolsonaro’s ‘Solidarity’ With Russia: U.S. Unhappy

The U.S. on Thursday criticized Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s declaration of “solidarity” with Russia during a visit there this week. A Reuters report from Brasilia said: “The timing of the president of Brazil expressing solidarity with Russia, just as Russian forces are preparing to launch attacks on Ukrainian cities, could not be worse,” the U.S. State Department said. “It undermines[Read More…]

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People gather in Rome to call for peace, February 15, 2022 | Photo Credit: Reuters

What Is Going to Happen in Ukraine?

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies  Every day brings new noise and fury in the crisis over Ukraine, mostly from Washington. But what is really likely to happen? There are three possible scenarios: The first is that Russia will suddenly launch an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The second is that the Ukrainian government in Kyiv will launch an escalation[Read More…]

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Airmen from the 436th Aerial Port Squadron load ammunition, weapons and other equipment bound for Ukraine during a foreign military sales mission at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Jan. 30, 2022.

Western Democracies Have Mutated Into Propagandists for War and Conflict

Marshall McLuhan’s prophecy that “the successor to politics will be propaganda” has happened. Raw propaganda is now the rule in Western democracies, especially the U.S. and Britain. On matters of war and peace, ministerial deceit is reported as news. Inconvenient facts are censored, demons are nurtured. The model is corporate spin, the currency of the age. In 1964, McLuhan famously[Read More…]

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The Western Allied Nations Bully the World While Warning of Threats From China and Russia

The Western Allied Nations Bully the World While Warning of Threats From China and Russia

On January 21, 2022, Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach attended a talk in New Delhi, India, organized by the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses. Schönbach was speaking as the chief of Germany’s navy during his visit to the institute. “What he really wants is respect,” Schönbach said, referring to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. “And my god, giving someone respect is low cost, even no[Read More…]

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Even though the Neocons and Neoliberals are drooling for war in Ukraine, Putin never intended a war

Even though the Neocons and Neoliberals are drooling for war in Ukraine, Putin never intended a war

As the title states, the Washington DC Think Tank crowd have been itching, along with the military industrial complex, for another major war. They are still attempting to draw Iran into a trap but so far that hasn’t worked because of the pragmatism of the Iranian leadership. However, they knew they could rattle Vladmir Putin’s cage with the threat of[Read More…]

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Why Is China Fanning the Flames of Ethnic Politics in the Balkans?

Why Is China Fanning the Flames of Ethnic Politics in the Balkans?

The fragile geopolitical nature of the Balkans has allowed Russia to consistently undermine Western integration attempts in the region. While foreign interference is nothing new in Europe’s underbelly, it has historically been limited to regional powers and the U.S. But China’s recent collaboration with Russia in supporting ethnic separatism in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) reveals that Beijing is happy to challenge the[Read More…]

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The Big Squeeze

The Big Squeeze

Politically and culturally this baby boomer feels like the odd man out. Each day it compounds itself as no matter where I look is there any rational thinking. Perhaps I am related to Robert Heinlein’s main character in his 1961 novel ‘ Stranger in a Strange Land’, born on Earth and raised on Mars. Methinks perhaps Pluto or somewhere further[Read More…]

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My Life with Maus Or How I Was Banned (Even If in a Second-Hand Way) by a Trumpian World

My Life with Maus Or How I Was Banned (Even If in a Second-Hand Way) by a Trumpian World

Sometimes life has a way of making you realize things about yourself. Recently, I discovered that an urge of mine, almost four decades old, had been the very opposite of that of a rural Tennessee school board this January. In another life, I played a role in what could be thought of as the unbanning of the graphic novel Maus.[Read More…]

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Members of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

US, NATO double down on war threats against Russia over Ukraine

Events are exposing the threats and lies that the NATO powers are using to launch a war drive against Russia. Yesterday, the date US officials had said would see the beginning of Russia’s conquest of Ukraine, came and went without any Russian invasion whatsoever, and Russia in fact pulled back units deployed along its border with Ukraine for military exercises.[Read More…]

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President Joe Biden speaks about Ukraine in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, February 15, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Blatancy of American Presidents’ Lies

Joe Biden told the American people, on 15 February 2022, “The United States and NATO are not a threat to Russia. …  To the citizens of Russia: You are not our enemy.” He expected Americans and Russians to believe that America’s anti-Russian military alliance (NATO) wasn’t hostile to Russia, wasn’t against it, didn’t consider it to be even an enemy[Read More…]

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Failure in Moscow: Liz Truss loses Britannia’s Way

Failure in Moscow: Liz Truss loses Britannia’s Way

Incompetent politicians and diplomats are on the level with ill-prepared generals fighting current wars with dated methods.  They err, they stumble, and they may well be responsible for the next idiotic slander, misfire or misunderstanding.  UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is synonymous with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s idea of groping diplomacy.  Graceless, all confusion, and much ignorance besides, she has[Read More…]

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President Joe Biden speaks about Ukraine in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, February 15, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden’s Russia speech: Hypocrisy, lies and warmongering

On Tuesday, the day before the United States had previously claimed Russia would launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, US President Joe Biden gave a speech in which he doubled down on his threats of a “bloody, destructive war” even though no Russian invasion was forthcoming. Earlier in the day, the Russian government, which has insisted that it has no[Read More…]

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Citizens are seen on their daily life during snowfall in winter season in Avdiivka, Ukraine on January 24, 2022. People of Avdiivka located near Donbas have demanded peace, not war, with Russia. (Photo: Ali Atmaca/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

What Russia Wants

Russia does not want to invade Ukraine Both Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, and its Foreign Secretary, Sergey Laverov, have repeatedly stated that Russia does not intend to invade Ukraine. Logic also tells us that if they had wished to do so, they would have done it long ago. The threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is a western invention.[Read More…]

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

The UAE, Saudi Arabia, US, and UK are Complicit in Committing War Crimes in Yemen

I’ve previously written concerning [Yemen, The War That Should Have Never Been And How To Achieve Peace: Countercurrents: 13/02/2022] the fact the War in Yemen should never have occurred in the first place and the what and how required to achieve peace; either by dividing Yemen in two, North and South Yemen as per the pre-1990 borders, or under a[Read More…]

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A view of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 [Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko]

US moves embassy from Ukraine’s capital Kiev to the western city of Lviv

Amid an ongoing war frenzy in the American media, the US cleared out its embassy in the Ukrainian capital Kiev and relocated its diplomatic staff 340 miles west to Lviv, near the border with Poland. Since Thursday, the Biden administration and the corporate press have peddled unsubstantiated allegations that a Russian invasion is “imminent,” naming Wednesday as a potential date[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)

Ukraine Standoff! Will cooler heads prevail?  

The drums of war are beating again! It is at the border between Russia and Ukraine and in the corridors of the power elites in Washington. It is kind of shocking to see the readiness for another war so soon among the Neocons considering the recent debacle in Afghanistan, an epic failure of a global power surrendering to a ragtag[Read More…]

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US steals billions in Afghan bank funds

US steals billions in Afghan bank funds

In an action that combines brazen theft, imperialist brutality and unlimited hypocrisy, the Biden administration announced Friday that it will seize control of $7 billion in Afghanistan financial assets, held largely at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, rather than return them to the Afghanistan central bank. Media attention has largely been devoted to Biden’s splitting of the $7[Read More…]

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Canada, Truckers, and Freedom

Canada, Truckers, and Freedom

Non-sovereign nation Start at the top:  Canada is not free and does not control its own sovereignty as a fully independent country.  Much of this is by choice as an offspring of the British Empire. Canada’s foreign policy is very much in line with U.S. foreign policy, or more broadly it is fully in line with the Anglo-American Five Eyes[Read More…]

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How can one remain silent?

How can one remain silent?

by Ra’ana Dilruba Yasmin and Robert H. Stiver “I have never doubted that apartheid – because it was of itself fundamentally, intrinsically evil – was going to bite the dust eventually.”   ~Desmond Tutu, 2007 Along with Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Nelson Mandela ‘Madiba,’ and Martin Luther King, Jr., the world has lost one of the greatest souls of the last two centuries or[Read More…]

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Yemen, the war that should have never been and how to achieve peace

Yemen, the war that should have never been and how to achieve peace

In military history, the term “we learn from history, that we never learned from history” could be no truer than in Yemen. Two wars are raging in Yemen that the United States and the UK are complicit in: the first conflict has been a continuous counterterrorism battle against a Yemeni Al Qaeda’s affiliate, known as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula[Read More…]

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Millions of Afghans have been displaced by the war. Photo: MikrofonNews

The Terrible Fate Facing the Afghan People

On February 8, 2022, UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) Afghanistan sent out a bleak set of tweets. One of the tweets, which included a photograph of a child lying in a hospital bed with her mother seated beside her, said: “Having recently recovered from acute watery diarrhea, two years old Soria is back in hospital, this time suffering from edema and wasting.[Read More…]

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 ‘Thank You for Hearing Our Afghan Pain’

 ‘Thank You for Hearing Our Afghan Pain’

People in the United States must recognize the suffering their country continues inflicting in Afghanistan. During visits to Kabul, Afghanistan, over the past decade, I particularly relished lingering over breakfasts on chilly winter mornings with my young hosts who were on their winter break from school. Seated on the floor, wearing coats and hats and draped with blankets, we’d sip[Read More…]

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Should Bangladesh Lease Land from South Sudan?

Should Bangladesh Lease Land from South Sudan?

For a long period of time, Bangladesh has been striving to ensure food security at home by planning to shop farmland abroad. Recently, South Sudan, an African country, has expressed interest in leasing a vast area of its fallow land to Bangladesh in order to collaborate in agricultural production, processing, and marketing in the central African countries. This is not[Read More…]

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Attacks on Democracy in the United States

Attacks on Democracy in the United States

The Republican Party has become irresponsible In recent years, and especially since Donald Trump’s term as president, the Republican party has become irresponsible. Republican Senators and members of the House of Representatives no longer act to promote whatever is best for their country and the planet. Instead they block whatever the Democratic Party tries to achieve. The Republican Party is[Read More…]

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Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua: The US-Russia Conflict Enters a New Phase

Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua: The US-Russia Conflict Enters a New Phase

As soon as Moscow received an American response to its security demands in Ukraine, it answered indirectly by announcing greater military integration between it and three South American countries, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba. Washington’s response, on January 26, to Russia’s demands of withdrawing NATO forces from Eastern Europe and ending talks about a possible Kyiv membership in the US-led alliance,[Read More…]

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Cyprus – An occupied island, a freedom fighter, a consociational republic in the eastern Mediterranean

Cyprus – An occupied island, a freedom fighter, a consociational republic in the eastern Mediterranean

The Republic of Cyprus is an island state that is situated in the eastern Mediterranean just 45 miles from Turkey, 65 miles from Syria and 125 miles from Palestine. The country gained its independence from the British 62 years ago. It is a “consociational” republic between its Greek-speaking and Turkish-speaking people. It is also a member of the European Union,[Read More…]

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Criticizing the Zionist occupation is the reason to fire Arab journalist from a German TV

Criticizing the Zionist occupation is the reason to fire Arab journalist from a German TV

The firing of the five Arab journalists from work on German television in Arabic Deutsche Welle, is a disgrace to Germany and everyone who claims freedom of opinion. I may not fully agree with one of the fired journalists that freedom of opinion in Europe is an illusion, but it is even more when it crosses the red line drawn[Read More…]

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Economic Recovery Should be Led by Greater Equality

Economic Recovery Should be Led by Greater Equality

by Bharat Dogra and Kumar Gautam An issue of increasing worldwide concern is that more people have been pushed into poverty and deprivation in COVID times, negating years of progress and promise. In this context, the need for equality-led economic recovery is being increasingly emphasized and engaging a lot of attention of economists and policy-makers. This need is even more[Read More…]

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Ukrainian servicemen from the 25th Air Assault Battalion are seen stationed in Avdiivka, Ukraine on January 24, 2022. (Photo: Wolfgang Schwan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Credibility – U.S.

Incidents centering Ukraine are showing many sides of the U.S. These include credibility. A Politico report (Spy world wary as Biden team keeps leaking Russia intel, February 9, 2022) said: “The Biden administration has gone to unusual lengths to publicly share intelligence about Russia’s threat to Ukraine, using targeted media leaks and other methods to warn the world of everything[Read More…]

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How China Became an Olympic Boogeyman for the West

How China Became an Olympic Boogeyman for the West

The history of the Olympic Games shows both the struggle by China and the Global South to be accepted by the U.S. and other imperialist nations, as well as alternative models to it. In the early 1990s, barely a decade after rejoining the Olympic movement, Beijing launched a bid to host the 2000 Games. Unfortunately by then, U.S. policy had begun to[Read More…]

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A soldier holds his machine gun position on the front line near the village of Spartak, located southeast of the line of demarcation and recently shelled by the Ukrainian troops. Valentin Sprinchak/TASS (Photo by Valentin Sprinchak\TASS via Getty Images)

War with Russia?

The Strategic Blunder of the 1990s That Set the Stage for Today’s Ukrainian Crisis Understandably enough, commentaries on the crisis between Russia and the West tend to dwell on Ukraine. After all, more than 100,000 Russian soldiers and a fearsome array of weaponry have now been emplaced around the Ukrainian border. Still, such a narrow perspective deflects attention from an[Read More…]

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Memo to Congress: Diplomacy for Ukraine Is Spelled M-i-n-s-k

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies While the Biden administration is sending more troops and weapons to inflame the Ukraine conflict and Congress is pouring more fuel on the fire, the American people are on a totally different track. A December 2021 poll found that a plurality of Americans in both political parties prefer to resolve differences over[Read More…]

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War tensions mount as EU powers hold talks in Moscow, Washington

War tensions mount as EU powers hold talks in Moscow, Washington

After thousands of US troops arrived in Eastern Europe this weekend to threaten Russia’s western borders, the European Union (EU) powers held high-level talks yesterday. French President Emmanuel Macron traveled to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, while German Chancellor Olaf Scholz went to Washington for talks with US President Joe Biden, both to discuss NATO propaganda claims that[Read More…]

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The Thucydides Trap: Stumbling blindly into nuclear war

The Thucydides Trap: Stumbling blindly into nuclear war

“The splitting of the atom has changed everything, bar man’s way of thinking, and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophes” Albert Einstein Figure 1. Thucydides On a rapidly warming planet engulfed by bush fires, collapsing glaciers, floods and rising oceans the last thing needed is the growing threat of a nuclear war between superpowers possessing fatal arsenals capable of poisoning[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.

China’s support is a game changer for Russia

During the visit by President Vladimir Putin to Beijing on Friday, the world attention was focused on how far China would go in support of Russia in the latter’s standoff with the US and NATO. From the joint statement issued after the visit, China has given fulsome support to Russia, endorsing Moscow’s demand for security guarantee and its opposition to NATO[Read More…]

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Great Barrier Reef Fantasies: The Morrison Government’s Electoral Ploy

Great Barrier Reef Fantasies: The Morrison Government’s Electoral Ploy

There are some things that strain credulity.  There are the dubious accounts of virgin births.  There are the resolute flat earth theorists and denialists of the moon landing.  To this can be added the environmental stance of Australia’s Scott Morrison and his ministers, one resolutely opposed to the empirical world.  We are now at the phoney stage of an electoral[Read More…]

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How Inequalities Reduced the Ability of Even the Biggest Economy to Meet the Needs of Its People

How Inequalities Reduced the Ability of Even the Biggest Economy to Meet the Needs of Its People

Problems of the bottom half of the population in the USA are much more serious than is commonly realized In the midst of increasing distress of common people, some leading opposition leaders in some important developing countries like India are increasingly drawing attention to accentuating economic inequalities as the most crucial reason for the distress of people. In this context[Read More…]

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What the Cuban Missile Crisis Can Teach Us About Today’s Ukraine Crisis

What the Cuban Missile Crisis Can Teach Us About Today’s Ukraine Crisis

Commentators on the current Ukraine crisis have sometimes compared it to the Cuban missile crisis.  This is a good comparison―and not only because they both involve a dangerous U.S.-Russian confrontation capable of leading to a nuclear war. During the 1962 Cuban crisis, the situation was remarkably similar to that in today’s Eastern Europe, although the great power roles were reversed.[Read More…]

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The Great Disconnect Part 3….

The Great Disconnect Part 3….

Knee deep in the land of the ignorant. Oh boy, talk about ignorance. Where do I begin. Let me start with the great US foreign policy from 2014 until the present. In 2014, the Obama administration, through the right wing Victoria Nugent, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs ( married to Robert Kagan, one of the founders[Read More…]

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A woman passes a fence outside Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery adorned with tributes to victims of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

US death toll from COVID-19 heading toward 1 million

Today at 5:00 p.m., the US National Cathedral’s bell will ring 900 times, to mark 900,000 American dead from COVID-19. It has been just 55 days—less than two months—since the bells of the cathedral rang to commemorate 800,000 deaths. And, at the present daily death rate of 2,700, it will take just 37 more days for the United States to[Read More…]

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Hemispheric Gangsterism: The US Embargo Against Cuba Turns 60

Hemispheric Gangsterism: The US Embargo Against Cuba Turns 60

It all seems worn, part of an aspic approach to foreign policy.  But US President Joe Biden is keen to ensure that old, and lingering mistakes, retain their flavour.  Towards Cuba, it is now 60 years since President John F. Kennedy’s Presidential Proclamation 3447 imposed an embargo on all trade with the island state. The proclamation was packed with Cold[Read More…]

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Covid Mandate Protests: ‘Freedom Convoy’ Blockades Leave Ottawa On Edge

Covid Mandate Protests: ‘Freedom Convoy’ Blockades Leave Ottawa On Edge

Canada’s capital Ottawa on Saturday was bracing for a surge of demonstrators to join a week-long protest against public health measures and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that has blockaded much of the downtown core, unnerved residents and been described by officials as an “occupation” and a “siege.” Ottawa Police Services Board held an emergency meeting on Saturday afternoon, but failed[Read More…]

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Russia – China pledge to expand cooperation

Russia – China pledge to expand cooperation

Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China on the International Relations Entering a New Era and the Global Sustainable Development Full Text of the Joint statement, 4 February 2022.   At the invitation of President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir V. Putin visited China on 4 February 2022. The Heads of State held talks in Beijing and took part in the opening ceremony of the XXIV Olympic Winter Games. The Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China, hereinafter referred to as the sides,[Read More…]

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The U.S. Appears To Be On The Path To ‘Some Form Of Civil War’, Says Billionaire Investor Ray Dalio

The U.S. Appears To Be On The Path To ‘Some Form Of Civil War’, Says Billionaire Investor Ray Dalio

Billionaire investor Ray Dalio said on Thursday that the US appears to be on the path to “some form of civil war.” Dalio based his analysis on historical cases — arguing that the combination of financial burdens, such as large deficits, high taxes and inflation, and large wealth and value gaps in a nation “leads to some sort of fighting[Read More…]

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China’s Olympic Battle for Legitimacy: The Prehistory of the 2022 Beijing Games

China’s Olympic Battle for Legitimacy: The Prehistory of the 2022 Beijing Games

Only through the lens of history can we understand why China fought so hard for a place in the Olympics on its own terms: to heal the scars of both exploitative Western colonialism and civil war. Much has been made of the “diplomatic boycott” by the United States and its allies of the 2022 Beijing Olympics. But what much of the[Read More…]

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An Inconvenient Truth:  The Peasant Food Web Feeds the World

An Inconvenient Truth:  The Peasant Food Web Feeds the World

In October 2020, CropLife International said that its new strategic partnership with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) would contribute to sustainable food systems. It added that it was a first for the industry and the FAO and demonstrates the determination of the plant science sector to work constructively in a partnership where common goals are shared. A[Read More…]

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AP reporter challenges US lies about Russian war preparations

AP reporter challenges US lies about Russian war preparations

Matt Lee — the AP’s senior member of the State Department Correspondent’s Association and now virtually the lone member who demands that the State Department not lie to the press as had happened constantly about “Saddam’s WMD” in 2002 and has happened many times since then — challenged on February 3rd the State Department spokesperson Ned Price’s much-publicized press-conference allegation[Read More…]

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Airmen from the 436th Aerial Port Squadron load ammunition, weapons and other equipment bound for Ukraine during a foreign military sales mission at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Jan. 30, 2022.

America, NATO and Russia:  Why War and Not Peace?

Immanuel Kant, the German philosopher wrote in Critique of Practical Reason, imperative of a moral human conduct requires to “Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of another, always at the same time as an end and never simply as a means”. The on-going war syndrome between America, NATO[Read More…]

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The Origin of Neoconservatism

The Origin of Neoconservatism

Neoconservatism (advocacy of control over the entire planet by America’s Government — i.e., of a universal American empire or “hegemony”) was first stated in 1877, by the British empire’s colonialist Cecil Rhodes (founder of Rhodesia and of South Africa as British colonies) when he wrote the first draft of his will that ultimately produced the Rhodes Trust organization that selects[Read More…]

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US pips regional states at race for Kabul

US pips regional states at race for Kabul

In a hugely consequential advisory, the US Treasury Department quietly signalled on Wednesday that it was “tweaking” the sanctions against the Haqqani Network. The international banks can transfer money to Taliban, including Haqqani Network without fear of breaching sanctions.  Washington simply issued clarifications dilating on the relaxation of sanctions announced in September and December for humanitarian work in Afghanistan. The banks[Read More…]

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The Blockade Against Cuba Turns 60

The Blockade Against Cuba Turns 60

It’s easy to say, but it’s been six very hard decades that began with disconcerting lightness and the belief that the United States government’s blockade of Cuba would not last long—a couple of years, maybe. On February 2, 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy called his press secretary, Pierre Salinger, and gave him an urgent task: “I need a lot of [Cuban][Read More…]

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The Hypocrisy of the ‘Diplomatic Boycott’ of the 2022 Beijing Olympics

The Hypocrisy of the ‘Diplomatic Boycott’ of the 2022 Beijing Olympics

Which human rights matter enough to put politics above sports? For decades, the United States and its European allies have gotten to decide the answer at their convenience. On February 4, the 2022 Winter Olympics are set to open in Beijing. With this, the Chinese capital will become the first city to have hosted both the Summer and Winter Games.[Read More…]

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Ravi Singh

Hands Against Racism goes global

Already in its eighth year, an anti-racism campaign started by Canada-based Spice Radio got a major boost when world renowned humanitarian Ravi Singh joined it on Wednesday, February 2. The Khalsa Aid founder from England, known for his philanthropy in countries hit by conflicts and natural disasters, raised his hand in the air while holding out a sign reading, “Sarbat[Read More…]

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Scenario for a War in Eastern Ukraine: The United States Views Russians Just as the Nazi’s Did in World War II

Scenario for a War in Eastern Ukraine: The United States Views Russians Just as the Nazi’s Did in World War II

“There is a sense of open, almost joyful viciousness in all this pro-war, anti-Russian sentiment on opinion pages and television broadcasts. It is certainly racist and demeaning in tone. Such is the first step in convincing the public that the “transgressor” is equivalent to a retrovirus.” John Stanton, Dissident Voice, 2015 Vietnam 2.0 is in the making in Ukraine. The[Read More…]

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What a Waste! $778 Billion for the Pentagon and Still Counting

What a Waste! $778 Billion for the Pentagon and Still Counting

2021 was another banner year for the military-industrial complex, as Congress signed off on a near-record $778 billion in spending for the Pentagon and related work on nuclear warheads at the Department of Energy. That was $25 billion more than the Pentagon had even asked for. It can’t be emphasized enough just how many taxpayer dollars are now being showered on the Pentagon. That department’s astronomical[Read More…]

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Airmen from the 436th Aerial Port Squadron load ammunition, weapons and other equipment bound for Ukraine during a foreign military sales mission at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Jan. 30, 2022.

US sends another 3,000 troops to Eastern Europe

The United States announced Wednesday it is deploying another 3,000 troops to two East European NATO member states, further escalating the prospect of an all-out war on the continent. The nearly 2,000 paratroopers being sent to Poland will join a 4,000-man NATO force already there, while those dispatched to Romania will more than double the size of military personnel currently[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)

Ukraine Crisis

The imminent war in one of the eastern European countries has seen the comeback of the cold war situation between Russia and the United States for the last few weeks. Both countries show no flexibility in their stand on Ukraine, which has been in the grip of severe cold, surrounded by arms and ammunition, and mostly, the uncertain future. In[Read More…]

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Divine right of the Empire faces challenge as Putin talks about Russia-China partnership

Divine right of the Empire faces challenge as Putin talks about Russia-China partnership

Vladimir Putin has again made it clear: It’s a different time. The post-Cold War days are over. The Empire’s imperialist arbitrary acts are going to be increasingly difficult to carry on. Putin penned an article for Xinhua, the state-run media of China. It appears ahead of his Beijing visit to join the Winter Olympic, an event of solidarity and friendship,[Read More…]

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The Russians Are Coming: Are Beijing and Moscow at the Cusp of a Formal Alliance?

The Russians Are Coming: Are Beijing and Moscow at the Cusp of a Formal Alliance?

by Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo  It should matter little to the Chinese that American diplomats and a handful of their western allies will not be attending the Beijing Winter Olympics in February. What truly matters is that the Russians are coming. The above is not an arbitrary statement. It is supported with facts. According to a survey conducted by[Read More…]

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in Manezh, Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin warns US seeks to “drag” Russia “into an armed conflict”

Speaking at a press conference with Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the written response by the US to Russia’s key demands from December indicated that “the fundamental concerns of Russia have been ignored.” The main demands from the December 17 document, which the Kremlin made public, were the non-extension of NATO, including[Read More…]

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Pearl Harbor Comes to Taiwan

Pearl Harbor Comes to Taiwan

For the moment at least, the Ukraine crisis has pushed the possibility of a Chinese attack on Taiwan off the front pages. Nevertheless, on a near daily basis we read of what are presented as increasingly ominous incursions of Chinese aircraft into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). Seldom, however, do we see a map showing the area claimed by[Read More…]

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The Great Disconnect Part 2

The Great Disconnect Part 2

Still in the land of the ignorant. Ok, where was I? Oh yes, one of the greatest disconnects was the infamous 9/11, 2001. It would take this writer volumes to cover probably the most dastardly American event since the murder of JFK, which opened the door to a Coup de tat that still remains nearly 60 years later. I am[Read More…]

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Solidarity Forged From Slave Chains

Solidarity Forged From Slave Chains

February is black history month and with conservatives challenging Critical Race Theory, there’s one thing when studying history,  we have to always remember and it is the victors that write the history. It is the duty, therefore, of every socialist to tell it like it was, and is, at every opportunity. In the battle of ideas that we wage against the ruling class, we must not concede them one inch[Read More…]

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A Wall Street Veteran Speaks Out – Bubbles & the Planet

A Wall Street Veteran Speaks Out – Bubbles & the Planet

Some time ago Jeremy Grantham (83), a renowned value investor who runs the $65 billion asset fund GMO, called the stock market a “super bubble.” (Source: Erik Schatzker, Jeremy Grantham Has an Even Scarier Prediction Than His Crash Call, Bloomberg, January 26, 2022) Nowadays, a lot of the air has come out of hot stocks of the covid era, losing[Read More…]

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America’s Two Pandemics

America’s Two Pandemics

Imagine that you were experiencing all of this (and by this, I mean our lives right now) as if it were a novel, à la Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year.  The famed author of Robinson Crusoe — Defoe claimed it had been written by the fictional Crusoe himself — was five years old in 1665. That was when a year-long visitation of the[Read More…]

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Russia's UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya, left, addresses the United Nations Security Council, before a vote, as United Staes Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield listens, at right, Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US wants war in Ukraine, charges Russia at UN debate

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the United States of “whipping up tensions” and seeking to provoke a Russian invasion of Ukraine, in a debate at the United Nations Security Council over the mounting crisis in Eastern Europe. “The discussion about a threat of war is provocative in and of itself,” he said. Turning to US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, he continued,[Read More…]

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Over 60 Organizations In 11 Countries Support IAMC, Reject Indian Government’s Baseless Attacks

Over 60 Organizations In 11 Countries Support IAMC, Reject Indian Government’s Baseless Attacks

Washington, DC (February 01, 2022) – More than 60 civil society organizations from 11 countries and nearly a dozen prominent individuals have released a statement in support of the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), terming the baseless and false allegations leveled by the Indian Government against the organization as Islamophobic. “[W]e have seen a barrage of attacks on the event[Read More…]

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US reminds India it’s showtime

US reminds India it’s showtime

Pegasus, ‘ultimate spyware’ from Israel, is back in news cycle Pegasus, CAATSA, Nagaland — prime facie, they’ve nothing in common. At least, reading the Indian press, one gets that impression. But it is always important to connect the dots to understand where the trail is leading to.  The Biden-Harris Administration is sensing that Modi Govt, a perceived ally, is not[Read More…]

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U.S. allies in Ukraine, with NATO, Azov Battalion and neo-Nazi flags. Photo by russia-insider.com

America Is Reaping What It Sowed in Ukraine

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies So what are Americans to believe about the rising tensions over Ukraine? The United States and Russia both claim their escalations are defensive, responding to threats and escalations by the other side, but the resulting spiral of escalation can only make war more likely. Ukrainian President Zelensky is warning that “panic” by[Read More…]

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