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The Raider Spirit: The Unveiling of the B-21

The Raider Spirit: The Unveiling of the B-21

The US military industrial complex has made news with another eye-wateringly expensive product, a near totemic tribute to waste in a time of crisis.  The $700 million B-21 Raider stealth bomber was unveiled by Northrop Grumman Corp. and the United States Air Force on December 2 at Airforce Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. There was much slush and fudge about[Read More…]

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Cuba Goes on a Diplomatic Tour in an Increasingly Multipolar World

Cuba Goes on a Diplomatic Tour in an Increasingly Multipolar World

On November 27 morning, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, walked into a voting station in the Playa neighborhood to vote in Cuba’s municipal elections. He had landed in Havana an hour earlier from an intense tour of Algeria, Russia, Turkey, and China. The tour, which started on November 16, was both a journey into the past of the nonaligned world that Cuba played an integral role in building and[Read More…]

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‘The Ax Always Falls on the Most Vulnerable’: Pakistan Demands Debt Cancellation and Climate Justice

‘The Ax Always Falls on the Most Vulnerable’: Pakistan Demands Debt Cancellation and Climate Justice

More than 1,700 people have been killed in floods that continue to submerge parts of Pakistan. Amid this crisis, activists are demanding debt cancellation and climate reparations. Even as the floodwaters have receded, the people of Pakistan are still trying to grapple with the death and devastation the floods have left in their wake. The floods that swept across the[Read More…]

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The Union Makes Us Strong: Understanding Trade Unionism in a Global Context

The Union Makes Us Strong: Understanding Trade Unionism in a Global Context

One of the encouraging things this long-time labor activist has been watching over the past several years is the emerging development of unions across the world and in the United States.  We’re hearing about new organizing efforts in Argentina, China, Iran, Mexico, South Africa, Vietnam, and other places, including the United States.  And while I’m aware of the global context,[Read More…]

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Resistance on the football arena

Resistance on the football arena

In addition to the many shock results of several matches at the World Cup, perhaps the biggest upsets have fallen on Israeli fans and the Israeli media. Little did Israel expect that fans from literally all over the world would manifestly display their support for Palestine. Israeli fans have found no choice but to be subdued. Israeli media began with[Read More…]

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German Police in The Ukraine

German police has a long history that reaches even into the Ukraine. Ever since Browning’s work on the Reserve Police Battalion 101, we have known that there were – unsurprisingly – plenty of police officers supporting the Nazis’ killing machine. These policemen were, more often than not, rather ordinary men. Yet, their past is catching up with them, even in[Read More…]

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British and German soldiers playing soccer in No-Man’s Land during the Christmas Truce in 1914. Photo Credit: Universal History Archive

Eight Reasons Why Now is a Good Time for a Ukraine Ceasefire and Peace Talks

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies As the war in Ukraine has dragged on for nine months and a cold winter is setting in, people all over the world are calling for a Christmas truce, harkening back to the inspirational Christmas Truce of 1914. In the midst of World War I, warring soldiers put down their guns and[Read More…]

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Julian Assange and Albanese’s Intervention

Julian Assange and Albanese’s Intervention

The unflinching US effort to extradite and prosecute Julian Assange for 18 charges, 17 of which are chillingly based upon the Espionage Act of 1917, has not always stirred much interest in the publisher’s home country.  Previous governments have been lukewarm at best, preferring to mention little in terms of what was being done to convince Washington to change course[Read More…]

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‘Deliberate Ambiguity’: Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Are Greatest Threat to Middle East

‘Deliberate Ambiguity’: Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Are Greatest Threat to Middle East

As western countries are floating the theory that Russia could escalate its conflict with Ukraine to a nuclear war, many western governments continue to turn a blind eye to Israel’s own nuclear weapons capabilities. Luckily, many countries around the world do not subscribe to this endemic western hypocrisy. ‘The Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of[Read More…]

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The Mega Rich Have It Made!!

The Mega Rich Have It Made!!

There are less than 1% of Americans who earn over $5 Million per year. They are taxed at the same top rate ( 37%) as those earning approximately $ 600k a year. Sixty years ago the top rate was never under 70%, ditto for the 1970s. Reagan came in and had it lowered to 50% for a few years of[Read More…]

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Kurdistan and Kosovo

Kurdistan and Kosovo

A recent blast hit the center of Istanbul resulting in several casualties. The Turkish authorities were very quick to announce the identity of the suicide person: A Kurdish woman in close relation with the Kurdistan Workers Party. Nevertheless, this terror act in Istanbul, followed by a new Turkish military intervention (aggression) in North Syria, once again opened the “Kurdish Question”[Read More…]

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Health, Environment and Livelihoods in Somalia Have Suffered Much From Dumping of Toxic Wastes from Europe

Health, Environment and Livelihoods in Somalia Have Suffered Much From Dumping of Toxic Wastes from Europe

Starting from 1989 and continuing for at least 15 years, perhaps much more, millions of tonnes of toxic wastes were dumped in the long-stretched coastal areas of Somalia, as confirmed in several reports of United Nations agencies, leading NGOs and independent investigators. While attention is currently focused understandably on the devastating impact of drought, hunger and malnutrition in endangering the[Read More…]

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A graphic created by NATO showing the military alliance’s “eastern flank.” [Photo: NATO]

NATO summit vows to continue troop surge to Russia’s borders

NATO foreign ministers met in Bucharest, Romania, on Tuesday, along with representatives of the prospective NATO members Ukraine, Finland, and Sweden to discuss a further expansion of the NATO war with Russia in Ukraine and the stationing of more troops on Russia’s Western borders. “In response to Russia’s full-fledged invasion of Ukraine, we are raising the readiness of our troops,”[Read More…]

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Russian Oil Keeps Flowing

Russian Oil Keeps Flowing

The total daily volume of crude shipped from Russia rebounded to 2.89 million barrels in the seven days to November 25, with the EU’s price cap deadline approaching, Bloomberg reported on Monday. According to the report, the volume of crude on vessels heading to China, India, and Turkey, plus the quantities on ships that are yet to show a final[Read More…]

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Is Russia Really the Reason Why Mali Continues to Push France Away?

Is Russia Really the Reason Why Mali Continues to Push France Away?

On November 21, 2022, Mali’s interim Prime Minister Colonel Abdoulaye Maïga posted a statement on social media to say that Mali has decided “to ban, with immediate effect, all activities carried out by NGOs operating in Mali with funding or material or technical support from France.” A few days before this statement, the French government cut official development assistance (ODA)[Read More…]

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In Penuelas, Puerto Rico, power lines were downed by Hurricane Fiona in September 2022. PHOTO: Ricardo Arduengo / Reuters

Puerto Rico: FEMA corruption sabotages aid for islanders

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is failing in its mission to help those in need after a disaster. Its mandate is simple — repair and rebuild — but racism, economic bias, and corruption leave the destitute without help. In Puerto Rico, the bureau made a bad situation worse after Category 4 Hurricane Maria devastated the area in 2017. When[Read More…]

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A mother holds her malnourished baby at a hospital in Baidoa, Somalia on September 3, 2022. (Photo: Ed Ram/Getty Images)

Somalia’s Long Journey from Prosperity to Hunger Deaths

In the hunger map of present day world, Somalia is probably the most seriously affected country of the 21st century. Somalia is reported by the UN to have lost 260,000 lives in and around  2011 to hunger and famine deaths, one of the very few countries in the world to have such a high number of recorded hunger deaths in[Read More…]

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The MAGAfication of America

The MAGAfication of America

Just in case you didn’t notice, authoritarianism was on the ballot in the 2022 midterm elections. An unprecedented majority of candidates from one of the nation’s two major political parties were committed to undemocratic policies and outcomes. You would have to go back to the Democratic Party-dominated segregationist South of the 1950s to find such a sweeping array of authoritarian proclivities in[Read More…]

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Postpone Enforcement Of CPTPP

Postpone Enforcement Of CPTPP

Malaysia ratified the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on 30th September 2022. It comes into force on 30th November 2022.One hopes that the new Malaysian government will postpone its enforcement until a thorough cost-benefit analysis of the CPTPP is done and the findings presented to Parliament for debate. A postponement is necessary because the agreement impinges upon[Read More…]

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As UK premier polishes his “Brand Rishi” image, the country slides into recession

As UK premier polishes his “Brand Rishi” image, the country slides into recession

When British Conservative Party MPs anointed Rishi Sunak, in October this year, as their new prime minister, he effectually came to power without people having the chance to vote. He took over from Liz Truss who lasted for only 45 days. In fact he was the third prime minister in two months, inheriting a crisis-ridden government. Many demanded general election[Read More…]

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The Global Push for Population Growth Shows We’re Not Grappling With the Climate Crisis

The Global Push for Population Growth Shows We’re Not Grappling With the Climate Crisis

In all of the news surrounding Vladimir Putin, it might have been easy to overlook that he had recently revived a Soviet-era policy called the “Mother Heroine” award, which goes to women who bear 10 or more children, offering financial incentives and other benefits in a bid to spur population growth. He is not alone, with a host of men who[Read More…]

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New York Times, Guardian And 3 More Media Outlets Call To End Prosecution Of Assange:  Publishing Is Not A Crime

New York Times, Guardian And 3 More Media Outlets Call To End Prosecution Of Assange:  Publishing Is Not A Crime

 “The U.S. government should end its prosecution of Julian Assange for publishing secrets,” the editors of the Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel and El Pais wrote in a joint letter published Monday. The letter was signed by Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger and the editors and publishers of the Guardian (Britain), Le Monde (France), Der Spiegel (Germany) and El Pais[Read More…]

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Could China Help Brazil to Overcome Its Economic Crisis?

Could China Help Brazil to Overcome Its Economic Crisis?

The election victory of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as the president of Brazil for a third term on October 30 is expected to revise the relations between Brasília and Beijing. Brazil is going through a serious economic, political, social, and environmental crisis. Fighting poverty, resuming economic growth with income redistribution, reindustrializing the country, and reversing environmental abuses are urgent tasks, which will[Read More…]

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10 Suggestions for Lula, New President of Brazil

10 Suggestions for Lula, New President of Brazil

Dear President Lula, When I visited you (Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva) in prison on August 30, 2018, in the brief time that the visit lasted, I experienced a whirlwind of ideas and emotions that remain as vivid today as they were then. A short time before, we had been together at the World Social Forum in Salvador da Bahia.[Read More…]

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Chinese Authorities Should Have Been Much More Sensitive to Adverse Impacts of Prolonged Lockdowns

Chinese Authorities Should Have Been Much More Sensitive to Adverse Impacts of Prolonged Lockdowns

At a time when most of the world has left far behind the stage of prolonged COVID related lockdowns, the Chinese authorities have continued with very long lockdowns in several parts of the country, justifying this as a policy of so-called zero tolerance for COVID. This is both surprising and unfortunate, as recent experience of long stretched lockdowns in many[Read More…]

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Football, the global binder

Football, the global binder

Every four years, the football world cup brings the world together. The euphoric bond transcends religious, ideological, political and time barriers. Messi, Mbappe, Neymar, Benzema and Mohammed Salah, artists in motion, mesmerize and enthrall fans as did football greats like Pele and Maradona. At a mind-boggling 227.27 million viewers per day an estimated 5 billion people, nearly three fourth of[Read More…]

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The Madness of German Autobahnism

The Madness of German Autobahnism

As the title suggests, this is about the Germans and their beloved Autobahn for which, yet another piece of German forest – the Riegerwald – will be destroyed in a few days. This time it is on the A66 – A for Autobahn – the motorway with no limits on the madness of speeding. Yet, the German obsession with the[Read More…]

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China Experiences Anti-Lockdown Protests, Restrictions Being Lifted

China Experiences Anti-Lockdown Protests, Restrictions Being Lifted

Protests broke out in China this weekend, with demonstrators in Shanghai, Wuhan, Beijing and other locations demanding an end to the government’s stringent Covid restrictions. Videos shared on social media purportedly show some protesters calling for the downfall of the Chinese Communist Party. Media reports said: Crowds in Shanghai voiced their anger for the second day in a row on[Read More…]

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Xi vs Trudeau: How China is Rewriting History with the Colonial West 

Xi vs Trudeau: How China is Rewriting History with the Colonial West 

Though brief, the exchange between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Indonesia on November 16 has become a social media sensation. Xi, assertive if not domineering, lectured the visibly apprehensive Trudeau about the etiquette of diplomacy. This exchange can be considered another watershed moment in China’s relationship with[Read More…]

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China is Not Capitalist and it is Not Yet Communist

China is Not Capitalist and it is Not Yet Communist

There are many western commentators who, apparently in profound dismay that a country which holds up the banner of socialism could be so economically successful, tiresomely deny that China practises socialism and insist that it is instead capitalist. Author Jeff Brown wrote that China is “history’s most successful socialist and communist country.” This conflation of communism and socialism is common but inaccurate.[Read More…]

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Ukrainian war crimes become the burden for Europe

Ukrainian war crimes become the burden for Europe

The crimes of the Ukrainian army, which we can often see on social networks, horrify the entire civilized world. And if the West is the main financier and logistics provider for the Ukrainian army, the crimes committed by Ukrainian soldiers appalled even them. After the recent Ukrainian war crime in Makiivka, it was the Western media that put pressure to[Read More…]

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A mother holds her malnourished baby at a hospital in Baidoa, Somalia on September 3, 2022. (Photo: Ed Ram/Getty Images)

A Million or More Face Starvation Death

In May the Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC-22), prepared by UN agencies and other expert groups, issued a clear warning stating that the acute hunger situation in world, including its extreme forms, is worse now than ever before since this annual report started being prepared. Then in mid-September the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program, which[Read More…]

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The Strange Case of USA Lobbyists Pushing Unsafe GM Food on Others

The Strange Case of USA Lobbyists Pushing Unsafe GM Food on Others

    Suppose there is a restaurant in your locality which is notorious for serving unsafe food. Of course you feel very bad about this, but not exactly threatened as you have the option of not consuming its food and also warning your friends not to do so. But supposing the restaurant has such high-level connections that it acquires the[Read More…]

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Lula, like a Phoenix

Lula, like a Phoenix

Lula’s electoral return, wining the presidential election, is almost like a Phoenix. The former metal worker turned Union leader turned leading politician with an anti-imperialist brand turned symbol of hope to millions in Brazil and far, distant lands was booked and banished on false charge of corruption. But Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva came out from behind bar. He re-occupied[Read More…]

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David Baddiel’s hollow racism apology to Jason Lee

David Baddiel’s hollow racism apology to Jason Lee

Asked by the ex-footballer who his allies against antisemitism  are, the Jewish comedian was flummoxed. That’s because he has thrown his lot in with racists You may not have heard of the Jewish comedian David Baddiel or the black ex-footballer Jason Lee. You may not care about either of them. But their first-ever meeting – aired in two different formats[Read More…]

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So Many Are So Thankful

So Many Are So Thankful

There are so many out there that would take a few moments to be thankful this holiday. Where shall I begin? All the tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of Iraqi, Afghan, Libyan and Syrian civilians who were displaced by US carpet bombs and other WMD. Those who are alive and still climbing out of the massive destruction  our[Read More…]

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The Qatar World Cup: Soccer upsets, politics, and sensitive situations

The Qatar World Cup: Soccer upsets, politics, and sensitive situations

Barely out of the starting blocks, the Qatar World Cup has already produced a fair share of upsets as well as politically and personally sensitive situations and incidents. Qatar’s 2:0 loss to Ecuador in the tournament’s opening match will have reinforced critics’ conviction that the Gulf state should never have been awarded World Cup hosting rights, among other things, because[Read More…]

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Patriot missles are seen at the Rzeszow-Jasionka Airport, Friday, March 25, 2022,(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

After Ukrainian missile strike on Poland, NATO surges weapons to Eastern Europe

Last week, Ukraine fired at least one missile into Poland, killing two Polish civilians, with the aim of blaming Moscow and drawing NATO directly into war with Russia. While the US and other NATO members rejected the claim by Ukraine that the missile strike was launched by Russia, the European countries have significantly increased their involvement in the conflict over the[Read More…]

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Opening the debate on BREXIT

Ukraine Update: EU Has No Right To Ukraine Fatigue, Warns Kiev

The European Union must cast aside all doubts about new anti-Russia sanctions and double down on slapping Moscow with new restrictions that would curb its missile industry, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said on Tuesday. Speaking at a regular briefing, Kuleba urged the EU to speed up the work on its ninth sanctions package, which he described as long overdue.[Read More…]

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A Time for Europe to Look Inwards

A Time for Europe to Look Inwards

In 1945 from the ruins of the second world war emerged a new world and initially, for the people of world aspiring for democracy, freedom and justice the USA emerged as the most important center of hope. This is not because these people were not aware of several highly suspect aspects of the US ruling classes, but because these had[Read More…]

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China, Russia, and the Bomb

China, Russia, and the Bomb

Even international alliances can unravel when nations confront the insanity of a nuclear holocaust. An illustration of this point occurred recently, after Vladimir Putin once again threatened Ukraine and other nations with nuclear war.  “To defend Russia and our people, we doubtlessly will use all weapons resources at our disposal,” the Russian president said.  “This is not a bluff.”  In[Read More…]

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Fidel’s recently unveiled statue in Moscow, Courtesy: teleSUR

Cuba Rejects Sanctions Against Russia

During a speech at the Duma (Russian parliament) on Tuesday, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel rejected the unilateral sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its allies on Russia. A teleSUR report said: “Cuba strongly condemns the unfair unilaterally imposed sanctions against Russia. The reasons for the current conflict must be found in the aggressive policy of the United States and in the[Read More…]

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The Renewable Energy Transition Is Failing

The Renewable Energy Transition Is Failing

Despite all the renewable energy investments and installations, actual global greenhouse gas emissions keep increasing. That’s largely due to economic growth: While renewable energy supplies have expanded in recent years, world energy usage has ballooned even more—with the difference being supplied by fossil fuels. The more the world economy grows, the harder it is for additions of renewable energy to turn[Read More…]

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Silicon Valley Fake: Elizabeth Holmes and the Fraudster’s Motivation

Silicon Valley Fake: Elizabeth Holmes and the Fraudster’s Motivation

It has been one noisy time for the paladins of big tech.  Jobs have been shed by the thousands at Meta, Amazon and Twitter; FTX, the second largest cryptocurrency company, has collapsed.  Then came the conviction of Elizabeth Holmes, founder of the healthcare company Theranos, for fraud. Pursuing the steps of the college drop-out turned billionaire, Holmes claimed that her[Read More…]

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Jobs without Joy

Jobs without Joy

Among all the people who leave for work on any given day, about 1000 do not return home—they die in workplace accidents. This is stated on the basis on the total number of occupational accident fatalities in a year, the WHO/ILO estimate for which is 360,000 in a year. This is very sad, but even more distressing is the fact[Read More…]

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US Mid-term Election: Voters Endorse Neither Republicans nor Democrats

US Mid-term Election: Voters Endorse Neither Republicans nor Democrats

The US Mid-term election in most cases is a losing affair for the incumbent party even in the normal period. The people are not better off under the first half of the Biden administration. In some cases, they are even worse off than under the Trump period. The Democrats went to the voting centers with a nightmarish scenario to follow.[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Millions of Ukrainians May Have Life-threatening Experience This Winter, Says WHO

Ukraine Update: Millions of Ukrainians May Have Life-threatening Experience This Winter, Says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned: This winter may be a “life-threatening” experience for “millions” of Ukrainians. Hans Kluge, the WHO regional director for Europe, has warned: Up to three million Ukrainians are expected to migrate “in search of warmth and safety.” Kluge made this warning on Monday during a press conference in Kiev. “We expect 2-3 million more people[Read More…]

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Global Peace and Humanity:  We, the People are Victims of Failed Global Leadership

Global Peace and Humanity:  We, the People are Victims of Failed Global Leadership

Looking Beyond the Obvious Lens of Human Consciousness Cop 27 has just ended in Sharm el-Shaikh (Egypt) without any candid measures to deal with a readily available “Time Bomb”, of climate change affecting all and everything that is living on Earth. Nations and leaders made promises at COP 26 Glasgow Conference but never took practical steps to lower the fossil[Read More…]

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US president Joe Biden (R) and Chinese president Xi Jinping met at Bali, Nov 14, 2022. Biden said they discussed their responsibility to prevent competition and find ways to work together.

Xi’s vision: 21st century is the Asia-Pacific century

The Empire is going to face competition in the Asia-Pacific. It was unimaginable to the Empire years ago. The competition will be tougher. To the Empire, the Asia-Pacific was its own yard, a self-sphere for maneuvering, for forward positioning to counter then Soviet Union and China, for dominance, for exploitation of resources and labor. The region’s all economic potentialities were[Read More…]

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British Democracy

British Democracy

Back in 1968,when I was busy giving final shape to my revised thesis, I don’t think anyone in Cambridge had heard of Jaques Derrida.The impact of continental ,largely Hegelian Marxism charmed younger scholars while seniors were slightly dazed, though they appeared to prefer their empiricist slumber.Derrida had already thrown his first stone at the bee-hive in the form of a[Read More…]

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Fireworks behind statue of liberty

USA policy critics should give more emphasis to alternatives and reforms

In international strategic discussion a hot topic is the challenge posed to US dominance by China in the coming years. However the leadership position of the USA is increasingly under pressure not so much by external competition as by its own policy failures, internal weaknesses and problems. Democracy was supposed to be the biggest strength of the USA giving it[Read More…]

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Liberating Africa from Poverty Requires Changing Power Relations with the West

Liberating Africa from Poverty Requires Changing Power Relations with the West

Soon after arriving in Oslo, my taxi zigzagged through the city’s well-organized streets and state-of-the-art infrastructure. Large billboards advertised the world’s leading brands in fashion, cars, and perfumes. Amid all the expressions of wealth and plenty, an electronic sign by a bus stop flashed the images of poor-looking African children needing help. Over the years, Norway has served as a[Read More…]

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Musk’s attack on Twitter workers brings company to the brink of collapse

Musk’s attack on Twitter workers brings company to the brink of collapse

Media reports  were speculating about the possible collapse of the social media platform Twitter following the resignation of another 1,200 employees the previous day in response to a recent ultimatum given to them by Elon Musk. The New York Times reported in an article entitled “Elon Musk’s Twitter Teeters on the Edge After Another 1,200 Leave,” that the billionaire owner sent a[Read More…]

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Cowardly US Lackey Australian Labor Government Betrays Promises, Australia, Palestine, and Humanity

Cowardly US Lackey Australian Labor Government Betrays Promises, Australia, Palestine, and Humanity

A new Australian Labor Government was elected in May 2022, replacing an appalling Liberal Party-National Party Coalition Government. However after a mere 6 months decent, progressive, pro-environment and pro-peace Australians have already been disappointed by a cowardly and unprincipled Labor Government not meeting its pre-election rhetoric on matters ranging from banning nuclear weapons to strong action on climate change. Set[Read More…]

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Thuggish Ways: Mike Pompeo, Punishing Leakers and Getting Assange

Thuggish Ways: Mike Pompeo, Punishing Leakers and Getting Assange

Poor, silly, protuberant Mike Pompeo.  The stocky, irritated former CIA director and former Secretary of State is rather upset that those who worked under him dared wag their tongues about Julian Assange.  The wagging so happened to relate to contemplated plans of abduction and assassination, something the US executive formally disallows though permits via various devious mechanisms. It’s not every[Read More…]

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Recent Research Revives Serious Concerns Regarding Bio-Safety Risks

Recent Research Revives Serious Concerns Regarding Bio-Safety Risks

Recent controversy regarding the research at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) has again revived the concerns regarding continuation of certain types of high-risk biological research. As reported, a team of 14 scientists here has developed a new strain of COVID-19 that killed 80% of the mice infected with the virus in a laboratory setting. NEIDL has denied[Read More…]

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US president Joe Biden (R) and Chinese president Xi Jinping met at Bali, Nov 14, 2022. Biden said they discussed their responsibility to prevent competition and find ways to work together.

The G20 is dead. Long live the G20

The seventeenth G20 Heads of State and Government Summit held in Bali, Indonesia, on 15–16 November stands out as a consequential event from many angles. The international politics is at an inflection point and the transition will not leave unaffected any of the institutions inherited from the past that is drifting away forever.  However, the G20 can be an exception[Read More…]

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New Peoples Army fighters executed by Armed Forces of Phillipines in Negros 

New Peoples Army fighters executed by Armed Forces of Phillipines in Negros 

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and New People’s Army (NPA) are involved in one of the world’s longest-running insurgencies, and for over 50 years Red fighters have been resolutely waging armed resistance against the Philippine government and security forces. The recent election of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr was a manifestation of how his father’s policies and particularly[Read More…]

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War  in  Ukraine  –  Shades  of  the  past  and  portents   of  things  to  come

War  in  Ukraine  –  Shades  of  the  past  and  portents   of  things  to  come

Latest  news  from  the  battlefields  of  Ukraine  indicate  that  the  war  game  is  moving  in  uncertain  and  unpredictable  directions, and  nothing  is  happening  in   terms  of  a  final  score  –  either  by  the  Russians  who  have  invaded  Ukraine  or  the  Ukrainians  who  are  defending  their  territory.  Russia’s  recent  decision   to  withdraw  its  foot  soldiers  from  Kharson  could  be  a  temporary [Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Kiev Lied To NATO Over Missile Strike, Reports Financial Times

Ukraine Update: Kiev Lied To NATO Over Missile Strike, Reports Financial Times

Ukraine has been accused of “openly lying” about a missile that hit Poland killing two civilians, earlier this week, the Financial Times reported on Thursday citing an unnamed diplomat from a NATO country. Ukraine rushed to pin the blame on Moscow, while the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that footage from the site showed “elements of a missile from an S-300[Read More…]

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The Polish Missile Narrative

The Polish Missile Narrative

Wars tend to bury facts.  What comes out of them is often a furiously untidy mix of accounts that, when considered later, constitute wisps of fantasy and presumption.  Rarely accepted in the heat of battle is the concept of mistake: that a weapon was wrongly discharged or errantly hit an unintended target; a deployment that went awry; or that the[Read More…]

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The Need for Global Unity: How World Law Can Save Us All

The Need for Global Unity: How World Law Can Save Us All

If humanity is to survive in the face of climate change, nuclear proliferation, and international political conflict, we must muster the courage to act with conviction and unity. On every level, starting at the individual and rising to the nation state, we must adopt the mindset with which world leaders approached the enormous task of ensuring global peace following the[Read More…]

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From the History of Global Politics and International Relations: The Clausewitzian Viewpoint of War

From the History of Global Politics and International Relations: The Clausewitzian Viewpoint of War

The focal questions about war In dealing from both theoretical and practical points of view about war, at least six fundamental questions arise: 1) What is war?; 2) What types of war exist?; 3) Why do wars occur?; 4) What is the connection between war and justice?; 5) The question of war crimes?; and 6) Is it possible to replace[Read More…]

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One Earth Theme and G-20 grim realities

One Earth Theme and G-20 grim realities

‘One Earth’ is A Great Theme for G-20, But How Do We Take it Forward in the Middle of Grim Realities? India has done well to select ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’ as the theme of the year of India’s presidency of G-20. In fact one can go a step further and say that if only this is accepted[Read More…]

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Poland-Missile: Biden Believes Ukrainian Missile Landed In Poland, Reports Reuters

Poland-Missile: Biden Believes Ukrainian Missile Landed In Poland, Reports Reuters

U.S. President Joe Biden has said Tuesday’s blast on Polish territory, which killed two civilians, was caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile, Reuters has reported. The U.S. leader shared the information with his G7 and NATO partners, the news agency wrote on Wednesday, citing an anonymous NATO source. The incident in the village of Przewodow near the border with[Read More…]

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Reimagining Food, Farming and Humanity: Ecomodernism’s Dystopia  

Reimagining Food, Farming and Humanity: Ecomodernism’s Dystopia  

“Ecomodernists offer no solutions to contemporary problems other than technical innovation and further integration into private markets which are structured systematically by centralized state power in favour of the wealthy… ” – Chris Smaje In 2017, the then Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Robb Fraley argued that his company made a mistake in not reaching out to the public about genetically modified organisms[Read More…]

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Privacy Woes: Google’s “Location History” Settlement

Privacy Woes: Google’s “Location History” Settlement

It all speaks to scale: the attorney generals of 40 states within the US clubbing together to charge Google for misleading users.  On this occasion, the conduct focused on making users assume they had turned off the location tracking function on their accounts even as the company continued harvesting data about them. The $391.5 billion settlement was spearheaded by Oregon[Read More…]

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The First Defeat of the Central Powers in the Great War: The 1914 Battle of Cer

The First Defeat of the Central Powers in the Great War: The 1914 Battle of Cer

It passed more than the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War in 1914−1918. Proportionally, in the war, Serbia suffered mostly among all countries involved in the conflict as it lost ¼ of its population followed by 50% of industrial destruction. The first war crimes or even the genocide occurred on the territory of Serbia but on other[Read More…]

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Missile Strikes Poland: What’s Next?

Missile Strikes Poland: What’s Next?

An alleged missile strike in Poland Tuesday has killed 2 people. The Polish military and prosecutors have arrived at the scene of the blast, Visegrad 24 reports. The incident has increased tension. The incident occurred amid a large-scale missile attack that Russia launched at Ukraine. The Ukrainian Energy Minister German Galushenko called it the “most massive shelling of Ukraine’s energy[Read More…]

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 Tolerance is a powerful virtue –Let’s be tolerant with one another 

 Tolerance is a powerful virtue –Let’s be tolerant with one another 

16 November is the United Nations International Day for Tolerance   In the scheme of universal values “tolerance” appears to be the most misunderstood and abused in everyday life. The United Nations General Assembly first discussed over three decades ago to get educational institutions and the general public to see “tolerance” as a staple of society. Therefore, in 1995 UNESCO[Read More…]

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G20 urged to “face up” to global Covid-19 challenges, as rich countries still monopolise vaccine supply

G20 urged to “face up” to global Covid-19 challenges, as rich countries still monopolise vaccine supply

Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia: Wednesday 16/11 : Rich countries have delivered seven times more doses of COVID-19 vaccine per head than low-income countries[1], civil society groups have warned, as the G20 summit continues its session in Bali. The groups have called on the G20 governments to address the intellectual property barriers that have frustrated the sharing of vaccine and treatment technology.[Read More…]

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Saudi Blood Money, Golf and Adelaide

Saudi Blood Money, Golf and Adelaide

Peter Malinauskas, the South Australian Premier, has been the latest convert to the LIV Golf circuit, showing little to no awareness about where the lion’s share of funding is coming from. When confronted with that, he paddles away the prospect of being compromised. With LIV Golf Adelaide, scheduled for April 21-23 next year, he has made an undeniable statement on[Read More…]

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Africa’s Forgotten Colony in the Sahara

Africa’s Forgotten Colony in the Sahara

  Since 1975, thousands of Sahrawi people have lived in five refugee camps in the Algerian Sahara. They named these camps after cities in Western Sahara: Ausserd, Boujdour, Dakhla, Laayoune, and Smara. In a straight line, Smara the camp is some 400 kilometers from Smara the city. But a sand berm, built in the 1980s by Morocco, makes the distance[Read More…]

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The Unasked Questions of 2022

The Unasked Questions of 2022

Britons mourned the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II, and understandably so. The outpouring of affection for their long-serving monarch was more than commendable, it was touching. Yet count me among those mystified that so many Americans also professed to care. With all due respect to Queen Latifah, we decided way back in 1776 that we’d had our fill of royalty. Mere[Read More…]

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Protesting women chant "Bread, work and freedom" on August 13, 2022 in Kabul. Nava Jamshidi/Getty Images

Taliban Bring Back Executions And Amputations In Afghanistan

Executions, stonings and amputations are possible punishments for crimes once more in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada ordered Afghan judges to impose Sharia-law punishments for certain crimes, according to a tweet from Zabihullah Mujahid, Mr. Akhundzada’s spokesman. Mullah Akhundzada has ordered Afghan judges to fully implement sharia law and its punishments, which include mutilations, flogging and executions. The announcement was[Read More…]

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Istanbul Blast: PKK Rejects Involvement   

Istanbul Blast: PKK Rejects Involvement   

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a Turkish-Kurdish militia group, which is banned in Turkey as a terrorist organization, said on Monday that it was not involved in the Sunday explosion in Istanbul. “We have nothing to do with this incident and it is well-known by the public that we would not target civilians directly or approve of actions directed at[Read More…]

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Washington and the Destruction of ex-Yugoslavia

Washington and the Destruction of ex-Yugoslavia

South-East Europe, and especially the Balkan Peninsula as the main part of it, have traditionally been the object of numerous geopolitical, geostrategic, and publicist analyses, as well as the subject of debates among the Balkan, European, and global experts in international relations. The new Iron Curtain or the Cold War 2.0 between western and eastern Europe was not the end[Read More…]

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Chinese Geopolitical Inroads Into Central Asia Are Coming at Russia’s Expense

Chinese Geopolitical Inroads Into Central Asia Are Coming at Russia’s Expense

The Ukraine war has revitalized the silent competition between China and Russia in Central Asia. Despite the steady shift in China’s favor since the Soviet collapse, Russia’s entrenched influence and friendly ties between Beijing and Moscow will prevent open contention. At the recent Commonwealth for Independent States (CIS) summit held on October 14 in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon expressed previously[Read More…]

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(Un) Comfortably Numb

(Un) Comfortably Numb

Kudos to Pink Floyd and their 1979 classic ‘ Comfortably Numb’ for inspiring me to write this critique. With the news that it looks like the Democrats will continue to control the Senate ( while most likely losing the House) shouts of joy rang throughout ‘ Blue America’ and ‘ Blue surrounded by Red America’. Justifiably so, whenever a fascist[Read More…]

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World Population To Reach 8 Billion Tomorrow, Growth Rate Slows

World Population To Reach 8 Billion Tomorrow, Growth Rate Slows

Tomorrow, November 15, 2022, is predicted to be the day that the global population reaches eight billion. The projection is revealed in the UN’s World Population Prospects 2022 report, which also shows that India is on course to surpass China as the world’s most populous country in 2023. The latest UN projections suggest that the world’s population could grow to[Read More…]

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Congressional Amendment Opens Floodgates for War Profiteers and a Major Ground War on Russia

Congressional Amendment Opens Floodgates for War Profiteers and a Major Ground War on Russia

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies Senators Inhofe and Reed from the Senate Armed Services Committee     Photo credit: AP If the powerful leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senators Jack Reed (D) and Jim Inhofe (R), have their way, Congress will soon invoke wartime emergency powers to build up even greater stockpiles of Pentagon weapons.[Read More…]

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For Lula’s Victory to Matter: A Proposal for a Unified Palestinian Foreign Policy

For Lula’s Victory to Matter: A Proposal for a Unified Palestinian Foreign Policy

Palestinians and their supporters are justified in celebrating the election victory of the leftist presidential candidate, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, in Brazil’s runoff elections on October 30. But Lula’s victory is incomplete and could ultimately prove ineffectual if not followed by a concrete and centralized Palestinian strategy. Lula has proven, throughout the years, to be a genuine friend of[Read More…]

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November 11: The Command of the Donkeys Continues

November 11: The Command of the Donkeys Continues

It’s a grotesque, ceremonial observance, marked by a degree of unpardonable acceptance.  The First World War, which killed millions, extirpated classes in Europe, and destroyed monarchies, established a mawkish ritual that serves to continue, rather than prevent war.  The more one grieves for the slaughtered and the brain frozen folly, the more one hopes for the next round of bloodletting,[Read More…]

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Challenges on ‘World Day of the Poor’!

On 17 October 2022, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), released its annual Global Multidimensional Poverty Index(GMPI) report ‘Unpacking deprivation bundles to reduce multidimensional poverty’. The GMPI 2022 compares acute multidimensional poverty for 111 countries in developing regions. These countries are home to 6.1 billion people, three-quarters of the world’s population. Of these[Read More…]

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Covid Protections- Not War!

Covid Protections- Not War!

Presentation at the People’s Public Health Conference, November 4, 2022 Introduction: This talk will define imperialism and apply it to Russia and the US, identify the material and political causes of the war, depict the health and economic costs of this war, and recommend urgent strategies to end it. Imperialism Imperialism operates when industrialized countries must find new markets to[Read More…]

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Red Alert on 19 Hunger Hot-Spots Issued, But Will Help Reach in Time?

Red Alert on 19 Hunger Hot-Spots Issued, But Will Help Reach in Time?

The Global Report on Food Crisis has been drawing attention to the people affected by acute hunger annually for seven years, and this year its recently presented estimates stated that as many as 205 million spread over 45 countries are affected by acute food insecurity and need urgent assistance. To this were later added 17 million people from 8 other[Read More…]

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Biden nods to compromise in Ukraine

Biden nods to compromise in Ukraine

The midterm elections in the US witnessed razor-thin races as Senate and House control hangs in the balance. But that didn’t discourage President Biden from holding a press conference on Wednesday to stake claim that the “giant red wave” didn’t happen.  Biden said: “Democrats had a strong night.  And we lost fewer seats in the House of Representatives than any Democratic President’s[Read More…]

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Working Conditions Of Workers In China

Working Conditions Of Workers In China

Real wage growth indices in G20 countries, 2008-13, (2008=100) Source: Estimates based on NBS: National Data; and ILO: Global Wage Database. ***                                  *** Media across the world and India  is controlled by the pro-west, capitalist forces and it is consistently anti-China in its headlines. ‘Great and big democracies’ almost shun the vast China’s media and its sources, while pouring venom[Read More…]

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Why does the U.S. Government support nazis all around the world?

Why does the U.S. Government support nazis all around the world?

On November 7th, I headlined “U.S. and Allies Vote For Nazism at U.N.”, and opened: Annually, each year, since 2005, the U.S. Government has been one of only from 1 to 3 Governments to vote in the U.N. General Assembly against an annual statement by the General Assembly against racism and other forms of bigotry — an annual Resolution condemning[Read More…]

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Lula Must Save Brazil From Savage Capitalism, Says Federal Deputy Juliana Cardoso

Lula Must Save Brazil From Savage Capitalism, Says Federal Deputy Juliana Cardoso

by Vijay Prashad and Zoe Alexandra Juliana Cardoso is sitting in her office in front of a lavender, orange, and yellow mandala that was made for her. She has been a member of São Paulo’s city council since 2008. On October 2, 2022, as a candidate for the Workers Party (PT), Cardoso won a seat in Brazil’s lower house, the[Read More…]

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The Intolerable Price You Pay – A Civilian Addresses American Veterans on Veterans Day

The Intolerable Price You Pay – A Civilian Addresses American Veterans on Veterans Day

[Denton-Borhaug will give a version of this talk virtually to Veterans for Peace Chapter 102 at a Reclaim Armistice Day meeting at the Milwaukee City Hall Rotunda this Veteran’s Day.] Dear Veterans, I’m a civilian who, like many Americans, has strong ties to the U.S. Armed Forces. I never considered enlisting, but my father, uncles, cousins, and nephews did. As[Read More…]

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Who Knew: We’re Here Because We’re Here Because We’re Here Because We’re Here

Who Knew: We’re Here Because We’re Here Because We’re Here Because We’re Here

My title comes from a song sung by soldiers as they marched to hell in the trenches of World War I and the same song my sisters and I sang in the car as our parents drove us to our summer vacation in paradise at Edgewater Farm. I think of this as we march to WW III. The soldiers, who would be[Read More…]

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As Hunger Situation Aggravates, African Farmers Speak Strongly for Agro-Ecology

As Hunger Situation Aggravates, African Farmers Speak Strongly for Agro-Ecology

The World Food Organization and the World Food Program recently released a joint review of the world-level acute hunger situation for the period October 2022—January 2023. This review starts by mapping the countries and regions worst affected by acute hunger and just a glance at this is adequate to tell us that the hunger hot-spots are most heavily concentrated in[Read More…]

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No end in view for Ukraine war

No end in view for Ukraine war

The US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s meetings with Ukrainian leaders, including President Vladimir Zelensky, in Kiev has created a lot of confusion and misperceptions. One one side, the White House maintains that the trip aimed “to underscore the United States’ steadfast support to Ukraine and its people.” The readout stated that Sullivan also affirmed “the continued provision of economic and humanitarian[Read More…]

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The Kosovo Boomerang in International Relations

The Kosovo Boomerang in International Relations

After February 2008 when Kosovo Albanian-dominated parliament proclaimed Kosovo’s independence (without organizing a referendum) with obvious US diplomatic support (unilateral recognition) with the explanation that the Kosovo case is unique in the world (i.e., it will be not repeated) one can ask the question: Is the problem of the southern Serbian province of Kosovo really unique and surely unrepeatable in[Read More…]

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Farruggio for President 2024

Farruggio for President 2024

Allow me to announce my candidacy ahead of the current front man for this empire. Don is three years older than me and light years behind me intellectually and spiritually. His massive popularity gives weight to the adage ( mine actually) that ‘ Bullshit and super riches trump ( no pun intended) truth and justice’. He has the money, the[Read More…]

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Release Alaa Abd el-Fattah

Release Alaa Abd el-Fattah

The on-going high profile international get together of presidents and prime ministers, top leaders, policy-makers and experts at the climate change conference of COP27 at the Red Sea Resort at Sharm-al-Shaikh near Cairo in Egypt is turning out to be a big headache for General Abdul Fattah El-Sisi, president and dictator of Egypt, and all his miscellaneous generals and ministers[Read More…]

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‘Nothing Works’: Europe Must Stop Blaming Others for Its Own Crises

The European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell is not particularly perceived by the EU’s political elite or mainstream media as a rightwing ideologue or warmonger. But seen through a different, non-western prism, it is hard not to mistake him for one. Borrell’s recent comments that “Europe is a garden” and that “the rest of the world is a jungle”[Read More…]

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Germany and the Colonia Dignidad

Germany has sixteen states run by state minister-presidents. One state is currently governed by Germany’s most progressive political party, the Die Linke, carrying forward the intellectual heritage of Rosa Luxemburg, who over one hundred years ago said, We face a choice between socialism and barbarity. The barbarity came too soon in the form of her murder; next it came in[Read More…]

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Energy Around: U.S. Oil Producers Enjoy Most Profitable Six Months Ever

Energy Around: U.S. Oil Producers Enjoy Most Profitable Six Months Ever

Analysis of earnings reports and estimates carried out by S&P Global Commodity Insights for the Financial Times finds: Aggregate net income for publicly listed oil and gas companies operating in the U.S. exceeded $200 billion for the second and third quarters of the year. Citing the analysis, the media outlet reported over the weekend: U.S. oil producers have cashed in[Read More…]

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Japan’s Discomfort in the New Cold War

Japan’s Discomfort in the New Cold War

In early December 2021, Japan’s Self-Defense Force joined the U.S. armed forces for Resolute Dragon 2021, which the U.S. Marines called the “largest bilateral training exercise of the year.” Major General Jay Bargeron of the U.S. 3rd Marine Division said at the start of the exercise that the United States is “ready to fight and win if called upon.” Resolute Dragon 2022 followed[Read More…]

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After Victory, What Will Lula’s Foreign Policy Look Like?

After Victory, What Will Lula’s Foreign Policy Look Like?

The tenure of President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil is defined by the deforestation of the Amazon, the return of 33 million Brazilians to hunger, and the terrible governance of the country during the pandemic. But it also marked a radical turning point on a subject that receives little public attention in general: foreign policy. It’s not just that the Bolsonaro[Read More…]

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Zionist-Subverted, US Lackey Australia Rejects TPNW, Backs US, UK & Israeli Nuclear Terrorism

Zionist-Subverted, US Lackey Australia Rejects TPNW, Backs US, UK & Israeli Nuclear Terrorism

The cowardly, unprincipled, Zionist-subverted and US lackey Australian Labor Government, not content with betraying the poor and Palestinians, has betrayed Humanity and the Biosphere by refusing to support the latest UNGA vote on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Nuclear weapons existentially threaten Australia, Humanity and the Biosphere, but Australia is deeply complicit in US, UK and[Read More…]

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The Tree of Life!      

The Tree of Life!      

          November 3, 2022, was a special day indeed! On that day, Pope Francis began a four-days historic visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain, where he was given an exceptionally warm welcome! From the time he arrived in Bahrain, he set the tone of his entire visit, by asking the Government of Bahrain to guarantee human[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Washington Privately Asks Kiev To Show Russia It Is Open To Talks

Ukraine Update: Washington Privately Asks Kiev To Show Russia It Is Open To Talks

The Biden administration is privately encouraging Ukraine’s leaders to signal an openness to negotiate with Russia and drop their public refusal to engage in peace talks unless Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is removed from power, the Washington Post reported on Saturday. The leading U.S. daily quoted unnamed people familiar with the discussions as saying that the request by U.S. officials[Read More…]

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U.S. and Allies Vote For Nazism at U.N.

U.S. and Allies Vote For Nazism at U.N.

Annually, each year, since 2005, the U.S. Government has been one of only from 1 to 3 Governments to vote in the U.N. General Assembly against an annual statement by the General Assembly against racism and other forms of bigotry — an annual Resolution condemning it, and expressing a commitment to doing everything possible to reduce bigoted acts. For the[Read More…]

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Whither Musk’s Twitter

Whither Musk’s Twitter

It must be excruciatingly difficult having to decide whether to put some of one’s hundreds-of-billions of dollars, along with potential future profit, at risk to affirm one’s previous public declaration of support for the freedom of speech principle. That is the dilemma that Musk has before him. Musk finds Twitter threatened with an advertiser boycott. As I previously alluded to,[Read More…]

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Extradition Clouds: The Duggan Case and the Chinese Angle

Extradition Clouds: The Duggan Case and the Chinese Angle

Soon, the US government may be making waves regarding another extradition request for a figure connected with that oft exaggerated notion of national security. While the high profile and insidious effort to extradite Julian Assange from the United Kingdom continues, the case of former US pilot, Marine Corps major and flight instructor Daniel Edmund Duggan has crossed the radar of[Read More…]

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Chasing a Mirage: How Israel Arab Parties Validate Israeli Apartheid

Chasing a Mirage: How Israel Arab Parties Validate Israeli Apartheid

Regardless of the outcome of the latest Israeli elections, Arab parties will not reap meaningful political benefits, even if they collectively achieve their highest representation ever. The reason is not about the parties themselves, but in Israel’s skewed political system which is predicated on racism and marginalization of non-Jews. Israel was established on a problematic premise of being a homeland[Read More…]

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A Short Overview of the 2014 Crimean Crisis

A Short Overview of the 2014 Crimean Crisis

The international crisis over the status of the Crimean Peninsula was in February-March 2014 when the peninsula became returned to the state’s territory of Russia from Ukraine. The Western Russophobic narrative immediately accused Russia of illegitimate annexation of the peninsula as well as of the occupation of the eastern Donbas region of Ukraine. However, the same narrative is not telling[Read More…]

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Significance of Lula’s victory for the world

Significance of Lula’s victory for the world

by Pritam Singh and Niemeyer Almeida Filho In contrast to the isolationist foreign policy of the Bolsonaro regime, Lula stands out as one of the few global politicians to command respect from nations as diverse as the US, Russia, China and Germany. He may even play a crucial mediating role in resolving the Russia-Ukraine conflict. His respect both in the[Read More…]

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Ukraine and the Indian Left: A response to Sumanta Banerjee

Ukraine and the Indian Left: A response to Sumanta Banerjee

The illuminating article in Countercurrents (November 1, 2022) by Mr. Sumanta Banerjee, “Leftist  response  to  the  war  in  Ukraine”, deserves discussion as it focuses on (1) the most burning issue of the moment – the Ukraine War, (2) the Indian Left’s position on the issue, and (3) a few observations on Stalin and Mao. Mr. Banerjee begins with a question:[Read More…]

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Victory For Cuba: UN Condemn U.S. Blockade

Victory For Cuba: UN Condemn U.S. Blockade

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution condemning the U.S. embargo on Cuba for the 30th year in a row. Only the U.S. and Israel voted against the measure on Thursday, while Ukraine and Brazil abstained. Cuba celebrated a new victory in its struggle against the U.S. blockade, by achieving overwhelming support in[Read More…]

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Rishi Sunak: A Thatcherite in Downing Street

Rishi Sunak: A Thatcherite in Downing Street

They are falling like ninepins, and the Tories have now given the weary people of Britain yet another prime minister.  And what a catch: stupendously wealthy, youthful – the youngest in two centuries – and a lawbreaker.  As Chancellor of the Exchequer in the government of Boris Johnson, he was fined for breaches during the partygate scandal, despite telling the[Read More…]

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The Bond Vigilantes Get Busy

The Bond Vigilantes Get Busy

While the levels of schadenfreude will be going through the roof given the unfolding farce in British politics, the resignation of Liz Truss as UK Prime Minister was troubling in one vital respect.  True, her juvenile salad understanding of economics, which involved spending billions on tax cuts and energy subsidies, was lamentable.  To cope with the beast of aggressive inflation,[Read More…]

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Seasoned broadcaster’s campaign against racism enters new phase  

Seasoned broadcaster’s campaign against racism enters new phase  

When Shushma Datt started Rim Jhim (drizzle) radio, she was partly influenced by the rainy weather of Metro Vancouver to pick the name for her station. When she looks back almost four decades later, it does not feel the same. Once known as wet coast or Raincouver, the lower mainland is now constantly grappling with drought-like conditions and heat waves from summer[Read More…]

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Spectators

Spectators

Well, if you have any sense of the climate of this American culture, you will realize just how far down the rabbit hole we have fallen. As a baby boomer I can look around me and gauge just how ‘ Dumbed down’ the populace is. I am not such a fool that I do not acknowledge that my generation experienced[Read More…]

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Must Serbia harmonize its foreign policy with the EU and the rest of the West?

Must Serbia harmonize its foreign policy with the EU and the rest of the West?

A lot of dilemmas, lies, and misconceptions are present in Western geopolitical narratives taken without any critical approach by domestic Serbian pro-Western supporters (usually financed by Western agencies and Governments) about the war in NATO/EU-sponsored Ukraine, and Serbian position in newly geopolitical circumstances. This article aims to present the focal Western lie about Serbia trying to give some reasonable arguments[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: U.S. Troops In Ukraine, Says U.S. Media

Ukraine Update: U.S. Troops In Ukraine, Says U.S. Media

U.S. troops are now on the ground in Ukraine, where they are monitoring NATO arms deliveries to the country, an anonymous Pentagon official told several U.S. media outlets on Monday. It is unclear how many personnel are involved, or where they are located. While Americans have fought and died in Ukraine of their own accord, Monday’s announcement marks the first[Read More…]

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An Obituary for Our World

Oddly enough, I’ve read obituaries with fascination from the time I was quite young. And yet, in all these years, I’ve never really reflected on that fact. I don’t know whether it was out of some indirect fascination with death and the end of it all or curiosity about the wholeness (or half-ness or brokenness) of an individual life in[Read More…]

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Elon Musk Plans to Profit From Twitter, Not Create a Town Square for Global Democracy

Elon Musk Plans to Profit From Twitter, Not Create a Town Square for Global Democracy

The world’s richest man has bought one of the world’s most popular social media platforms. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, is currently worth about $210 billion, and in November 2021 he was worth nearly $300 billion—an unheard-of figure for any individual in human history. Not only does his wealth bode ill for democracy, considering the financial influence that he has over politics, but[Read More…]

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Camelot’s Slurs: The Libelling of Adlai Stevenson

Camelot’s Slurs: The Libelling of Adlai Stevenson

How do you bury responsibility for a decision inspired by a pilfered idea?  Blame someone else, especially if that person came up with the idea to begin with.  This tried method of distraction was used with invidious gusto by US President John F. Kennedy, who recast his role in reaching an agreement with the Soviet Union during the Cuban missile[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Grain Corridor Is Closed, Announces Russian Military

Ukraine Update: Grain Corridor Is Closed, Announces Russian Military

The Russian military closed the so-called “grain corridor” used to ship Ukrainian agriculture products through the Black Sea on Monday. The move was provoked by the actions of Ukraine, which used the route to launch attacks on Russia, the Russian Defense Ministry said. “Any navigation through the security corridor designated under the Black Sea grain shipment initiative would be halted[Read More…]

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Why Support for Ukraine Could Dwindle in the Final Months of 2022

Why Support for Ukraine Could Dwindle in the Final Months of 2022

With the U.S. midterm elections looming and Europe’s economic situation deteriorating, the threat of reduced international support for Ukraine could limit Kyiv’s options heading into the new year. Since February 24, 2022, Ukraine’s armed forces have successfully defended much of their country. But without American assistance, the Ukrainian military campaign would have likely floundered months ago. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of[Read More…]

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Leftist  response  to  the  war  in  Ukraine

Leftist  response  to  the  war  in  Ukraine

While  the  war  rages  on  in  Ukraine,  how  is  the  Left  facing  the  multi-dimensional  complex   challenges  thrown up  by  the   war   and  the  ravages  that  it  is  heaping  upon  its  people ?  The  writer  Arundhati  Roy,  in  a  lighter  vein  has  summed  up  the  Left’s  dilemma   as  “tortuous  yoga  asanas  –  some  pretty  drastic  seeing  and  unseeing –  depending  on [Read More…]

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Challenge of Preventing the Third World War

Challenge of Preventing the Third World War

Since the end of the Second World War in 1945, there has been no other year when the possibility of a Third World War has been discussed as much as in the year 2022, mostly in the context of the Ukraine War and USA-Russia relations, but to a much lesser extent also in the context of Taiwan and USA-China relations.[Read More…]

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Lula Wins

Lula Wins

After enduring lawfare , jail, and persecution, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was once again elected president in Brazil. Former president Lula da Silva has clinched victory over his right-wing rival Jair Bolsonaro in a tightly contested second round of Brazilian election on Sunday. The country’s election authority announced Lula’s victory with 50.90% of the vote to Bolsonaro’s 49.10%. At 00:18 (local time) this[Read More…]

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

Virtuous Hypocrisy: The Socceroos and the Qatar World Cup

For a time, the confused and muddled approach from Australian football (soccer to some) did much of a side-step regarding the human rights imbroglio and Qatar’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup.  There was ample cash and participation in one of the world’s biggest tournaments on the line.  There was FIFA’s reluctance that footballing sides show any political streak; such[Read More…]

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Increase in Homelessness Reflects Injustice, Inequity and Segregation of Urban Policies

Increase in Homelessness Reflects Injustice, Inequity and Segregation of Urban Policies

A rise in the number of homeless people has been reported from several countries. This is either being neglected, or at best is seen in terms of stepping up relief. However relief alone will not take us very far if the deeper, wider injustices of urban and housing policies is not corrected. In the USA there have been warnings against[Read More…]

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Today Is Brazil’s Chance to Bury Bolsonarismo

Today Is Brazil’s Chance to Bury Bolsonarismo

Today’s presidential run-off in Brazil leaves voters a stark choice: continue the destructive nightmare of Bolsonaro’s presidency – or choose Lula to fight poverty and rebuild. Moisés Mendes, a Brazilian journalist, recently wrote that the dissemination of fake news by the Bolsonaro camp had reached a level such that voters will miss the ‘mamadeira de piroca’. The reference is to[Read More…]

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A time unpredictable

A time unpredictable

The current time is unpredictable. Competitions and contradictions are reaching to boiling point. The metropolitan center in the world order is experiencing heightened tensions, and consequences, trickling down gradually, are pressing peoples in lands to unfathomable sufferings while the Empire is insisting on “rules-based” world order, an Empire-centric old order serving only the Empire and its retinue. But that time[Read More…]

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Tens Of Thousands Protest In Prague Demanding Gas Talks with Moscow And Decrying Anti-Russian Sanctions

Tens Of Thousands Protest In Prague Demanding Gas Talks with Moscow And Decrying Anti-Russian Sanctions

Tens of thousands of demonstrators filled Prague’s central square, on Friday, to decry rampant inflation amid the Czech government’s support for anti-Russia sanctions and aid packages to Ukraine. Media reports said: The protesters called for direct gas talks with Moscow and the resignation of Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and his cabinet. Participants chanted “resign”, “resign” while waving Czechian national flags.[Read More…]

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Bio-Weapons Can Further Increase the Risks of On-Going World Crisis

Bio-Weapons Can Further Increase the Risks of On-Going World Crisis

The possibility of the use of nuclear weapons, intentional or on the basis of misunderstandings which can result in a situation of high-tensions and escalating tensions continuing for a long time, has been repeatedly and increasingly held out in recent times. In this context various scenarios have been presented by several eminent experts almost all of which reveal a very[Read More…]

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The Kosovo knot and how to solve it?

The Kosovo knot and how to solve it?

  Kosovo (in fact, Kosovo-Metochia), a disputed territory claimed by Serbia and Kosovo Albanian separatists, which Serbs regard as central to their cultural identity (differently to the Albanians), is going to pose much more unexpected problems for the international community concerning its political status as it became obvious that Belgrade and Prishtina cannot find common language during 22 years of[Read More…]

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Does the U.S. Chip Ban on China Amount to a Declaration of War in the Computer Age?

Does the U.S. Chip Ban on China Amount to a Declaration of War in the Computer Age?

Sanctions can at best slow China from taking the global lead in chip manufacturing. At their worst, they will raise the chances of chip wars spilling into a physical or economic sphere. The United States has gambled big in its latest across-the-board sanctions on Chinese companies in the semiconductor industry, believing it can kneecap China and retain its global dominance. From the[Read More…]

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Guinea’s Plight Lays Bare the Greed of Foreign Mining Companies in the Sahel

Guinea’s Plight Lays Bare the Greed of Foreign Mining Companies in the Sahel

On October 20, 2022, in Guinea, a protest organized by the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC) took place. The protesters demanded the ruling military government (the National Committee of Reconciliation and Development, or CNRD) release political detainees and sought to establish a framework for a return to civilian rule. They were met with violent security forces, and in[Read More…]

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The Midterms Are Coming

The Midterms Are Coming

The midterms are coming and this is a good time to think about the power of elections. Not as an expression of our power, because the wants of ordinary people have no influence over national policy, but of the power that elections hold over us. You would think that able citizenship starts and stops with voting. There is a war[Read More…]

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20th National congress of the CPC upholds Socialist Modernization and Shared values of humanity

20th National congress of the CPC upholds Socialist Modernization and Shared values of humanity

       Peoples’ Republic of China, which has emerged as the second largest economic power in the world is now at the center stage of world affairs. Its views, ideas, attitude towards relations with foreign countries, the way it solves problems – will influence the overall global developments today. It is the Communist Party of China that leads in[Read More…]

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The growing chorus for peace in Ukraine

The growing chorus for peace in Ukraine

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies Biden and Jayapal at a negotiating table in October 2021 – Photo credit: The White House Ukraine has been wracked by shocking destruction and deadly violence since Russia invaded the country in February. Estimates of the death toll range from a confirmed minimum of 27,577 people, including 6,374 civilians, to over 150,000.[Read More…]

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The Energy Issue: France, U.S., EU, Saudi Arabia, Global

The Energy Issue: France, U.S., EU, Saudi Arabia, Global

Energy prices in France will grow by 15% early next year, French President Emmanuel Macron has warned as European governments continue to search for ways to curb high inflation. “There will be a 15% increase in electricity and gas prices in the first months of 2023,” Macron said during an interview on TV channel France 2 on Wednesday, adding that,[Read More…]

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Zionist IHRA & US Alliance rejected UNGA Anti-Nazi Resolution

Zionist IHRA & US Alliance rejected UNGA Anti-Nazi Resolution

Nazi is as neo-Nazi does, and 51 countries by abstention (49) and No vote (2) refused to support  the UNGA’s 2021 Anti-Nazi Resolution for “Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance”.  All of these countries except Japan were European. Excepting Argentina and Israel, the members[Read More…]

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Assessing the True Extent of Poverty in the Richest Nation on Earth

Assessing the True Extent of Poverty in the Richest Nation on Earth

Ours is an ever more unequal world, even if that subject is ever less attended to in this country. In his final book, Where Do We Go From Here?, Reverend Martin Luther King wrote tellingly, “The prescription for the cure rests with the accurate diagnosis of the disease. A people who began a national life inspired by a vision of a society of[Read More…]

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Tactical Nuclear Fantasists

Tactical Nuclear Fantasists

Bogeyman politics tends to be flatly unimaginative.  The image of the nuclear-mad Russian President, counting his diminishing options, has caught the imagination of press and propaganda outlets across the West.  Will Mad Vlad go the distance and deploy a nuclear weapon in Ukraine? Certainly, his rhetoric suggests the possibility.  Vladimir Putin has promised to “make use of all weapon systems[Read More…]

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UK is not India & Sunak not Indian!

UK is not India & Sunak not Indian!

Having taking over United Kingdom’s government as its youngest Prime Minister in 200 years, the first Brown and Hindu to do so, Rishi Sunak is certainly not gifted with a magical wand or any other power to resolve the chaotic problems faced by his country and its citizens. The importance given in Indian circles to his religious identity and colour[Read More…]

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Rishi Sunak makes history, but we must not overlook his right wing politics

Rishi Sunak makes history, but we must not overlook his right wing politics

India has reasons to celebrate after the first man of Indian origin has become the British Prime Minister. Considering how the British Empire once ruled the giant South Asian nation, and Indians had to fight to liberate their homeland from foreign occupation, this means a lot. That the Indians faced racial hatred as immigrants in the UK for years is[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: U.S. Progressive Democrats Retract Letter To Biden Urging Diplomatic End To War In Ukraine

Ukraine Update: U.S. Progressive Democrats Retract Letter To Biden Urging Diplomatic End To War In Ukraine

The U.S. legislators group known as Congressional Progressive Caucus retracted a letter that was sent on Monday calling for U.S. President Biden to pursue a diplomatic end to Russia’s war on Ukraine, saying it was not properly vetted prior to its release. Thirty members of the roughly 100-member group of Democratic legislators signed it. Media reports said: “The letter was[Read More…]

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Rise of Rishi Sunak and the hypocrisy of the Hindutva politics in India

Rise of Rishi Sunak and the hypocrisy of the Hindutva politics in India

Rishi Sunak has become the Prime Minister of UK and India’s ‘bhaktmandali’ is celebrating. Even the ‘liberals’ are celebrating it. Now for the record, people of Indian origins have become leaders in various countries such as Mauritius, Suriname, Fiji, Trinidad etc and we never felt ‘proud of them’. Most of these Indians were basically related to the families of ‘indentured[Read More…]

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 20th Congress of CPC: Towards a Phase of Unbridled Bureaucratic State-Monopoly Dictatorship

 20th Congress of CPC: Towards a Phase of Unbridled Bureaucratic State-Monopoly Dictatorship

In fact, there is nothing unexpected or new regarding the decisions taken in the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) held during October 16-22, 2022, as almost all the deliberations in it are in tune with the planning and preparations taken by CPC led by Xi Jinping since the 19th Congress in 2017.  In essence, the Congress[Read More…]

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Eric Schmidt: A Conflict of Interest

Eric Schmidt: A Conflict of Interest

Ethics and Eric Schmidt are rare bedfellows.  The former Google/Alphabet CEO/Chairman exudes a sense of predatory self-interest, always making the point that what he wants aligns with what is supposedly good for the United States. He has splashed money on numerous projects, including such artificial intelligence outfits as Rebellion Defense, all the time maintaining uncomfortably close ties to the government[Read More…]

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Ukraine must independently decide its future of peace and development

Ukraine must independently decide its future of peace and development

Sometimes this happens also in personal life—someone who insists he is helping you keeps pushing you in the direction of harm and even ruin. Something similar seems to have unfortunately been the fate of Ukraine in recent times—those who kept insisting about helping Ukraine have actually kept pushing it towards ruin. It was certainly possible for Ukraine to have a[Read More…]

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How Europe Has Navigated Its Energy Crises

How Europe Has Navigated Its Energy Crises

A multifaceted response from Europe has so far prevented its energy woes from creating widespread social and economic destabilization. But with winter approaching, the crisis is far from over and risks are getting worse. While European energy prices have eased slightly in recent months, stress continues to build across a continent that has long been dependent on access to cheap Russian[Read More…]

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Peace and diplomacy between USA and Russia or more NATO empire-building?

Peace and diplomacy between USA and Russia or more NATO empire-building?

The U.S. is Obsessed With Destroying Russia “To The Last Dead Ukrainian Soldier” FOREWORD The war in Ukraine continues to move ever closer to a nuclear confrontation between the United States and Russia as loggerhead tensions continue to mount between these two super powers with the U.S. resolutely declaring it will ultimately defeat Russia, while Russia resolutely declares it will[Read More…]

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The West Must Stop Blocking Negotiations Between Ukraine and Russia

The West Must Stop Blocking Negotiations Between Ukraine and Russia

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. This war has been horrendous, though it does not compare with the terrible destruction wrought by the U.S. bombardment of Iraq (“shock and awe”) in 2003. In the Gomel region of Belarus that borders Ukraine, Russian and Ukrainian diplomats met on February 28 to begin negotiations toward a ceasefire. These talks fell apart. Then, in early March, the two[Read More…]

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Reps. Pramila Jayapal and other members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus at a recent news conference outside the U.S. Capitol. (Credit: The Washington Post)

Thirty Progressive Democrats Break Rank, Calling for a Ceasefire in Ukraine

by Medea Benjamin and Marcy Winograd In a dramatic break with the Biden administration on the eve of the midterm elections, 30 House Democrats sent a letter to President Biden urging him to engage in direct talks with Russian President Vladmir Putin to end the war in Ukraine. In addition to bilateral talks, signatories to the letter, initiated by Progressive[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Kiev Preparing Provocation With Radioactive Device, Warns Russia 

Ukraine Update: Kiev Preparing Provocation With Radioactive Device, Warns Russia 

Russia’s defense chief warned Sunday: Ukraine was preparing a provocation involving a radioactive device. An AP report said: Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the allegations in phone calls with his counterparts from the U.S., Britain, France and Turkey. Shoigu voiced concern about “possible Ukrainian provocations involving a ‘dirty bomb,’” a device that uses explosives to scatter radioactive waste. It[Read More…]

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A Webinar on Humanity’s Future

A Webinar on Humanity’s Future

A webinar will be held on Thursday 27th October 2022 at 12.00 PM (GMT)  on the theme HUMANITY’S FUTURE. The webinar will examine critically the dangerous situation we are in today, as the human family confronts the possible danger of a full-scale global war with serious nuclear implications. The war in Ukraine and other flashpoints have brought us to this[Read More…]

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A Political Solution for Assange: Jennifer Robinson at the National Press Club

A Political Solution for Assange: Jennifer Robinson at the National Press Club

It was telling.  Of the mainstream Australian press gallery, only David Crowe of the Sydney Morning Herald turned up to listen to Jennifer Robinson, lawyer extraordinaire who has spent years representing Julian Assange.  Since 2019, that representation has taken an even more urgent note: to prevent the WikiLeaks founder from being extradited to the United States, where he faces 18[Read More…]

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Political Lynching Of Lidia Thorpe & Huge Failure To Report In Zionist-Subverted Australia

Political Lynching Of Lidia Thorpe & Huge Failure To Report In Zionist-Subverted Australia

Courageous and forthright Indigenous Australian Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe is presently subject to hysterical  bipartisan political lynching for her failure and the failure of others to report to her Leader her friendship with a fellow First Nations person who formerly led a motorbike club and has no criminal convictions. However there is massive failure to report gigantic government crimes in[Read More…]

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Ukraine Proper

Ukraine Proper

The statehood of Ukraine like Ukrainian ethnolinguistic identity is one of the most problematic research topics. Ukraine herself has, in addition, extremely artificial state borders from very historical and political points of view. Even the name of the country and nation is very unusual and even unnatural as the Slavonic term “Ukraine” means in English “borderland” while “Ukrainians” are simply[Read More…]

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High Levels of Workplace Violence Lead to Increasing Concern

High Levels of Workplace Violence Lead to Increasing Concern

High levels of workplace violence are becoming a cause for serious concern in many countries. According to the European Working Conditions Survey, 6 million workers in the European Union are exposed in one year to workplace violence. If verbal violence is included, then the number exposed to violence is likely to exceed 30 million. France, Denmark and Belgium are among[Read More…]

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Russia evacuates tens of thousands from Kherson ahead of Ukrainian offensive

Russia evacuates tens of thousands from Kherson ahead of Ukrainian offensive

Russian officials in Kherson, the port city at the mouth of the Dnieper River, announced plans Tuesday to evacuate civilians ahead of an expected Ukrainian offensive to recapture the city. Officials from Kherson, which Russia seized during its offensive earlier in the year, said the evacuations were “to avoid casualties among the civilian population.” Parts of the city are just[Read More…]

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Exit Liz Truss; Enter Lettuce

Exit Liz Truss; Enter Lettuce

“When are you going to govern?  The only thing you have governed for the past year is your own survival.” Jess Phillips, Labour MP, October 20, 2022 British politics has revealed hidden depths, each one being sought as each prime minister succumbs.  The announcement by Liz Truss that she would be resigning came after a mere 45 days in office. [Read More…]

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Japanese Yen Crashes, U.S. Faces Recession

Japanese Yen Crashes, U.S. Faces Recession

The Japanese yen hit its weakest exchange rate against the U.S. dollar since 1990 on Thursday, dropping to 150 yen to the greenback. The Nikkei 225 stock index was also down, losing nearly 1% during morning trading to 27,006.96 points. The Topix index shed 0.51% to 1,895.41. A Yen previously slid in June, when it hit 132 against the dollar,[Read More…]

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‘Make the Economy Scream:’ Whither the Asian 21st Century?

‘Make the Economy Scream:’ Whither the Asian 21st Century?

The Scream by Edvard Munch ‘History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce”  Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte  ‘Make the Economy Scream’  were President Nixon’s instructions to the Central Intelligence Agency, September 1970, as the first Socialist President of Chile, Salvador Allende’s Popular Unity Party swept to power amid Cold War headwinds.[i] According to then US[Read More…]

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A Rally for Democracy and the Right to Vote

A Rally for Democracy and the Right to Vote

WASHINGTON (10-20) – With the Capitol as a backdrop today, activists held a “Jan 6 Justice: Our Freedom, Our Vote!” rally in support of democracy and in holding Trump and his MAGA Republican followers responsible for engaging in the violent criminal conspiracy they initiated to overturn an election they lost. Their willingness to engage in violence to see that they[Read More…]

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US citizens say their democracy is failing

US citizens say their democracy is failing

A recent poll finds: Many US citizens are not hopeful about the state of democracy in their land, the country that teaches “democracy” around the world. A new poll, results released on Wednesday, by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found: Many in the US are skeptical of the voting system in the US. They are also disheartened about[Read More…]

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What was about the (Western) international community during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide?

What was about the (Western) international community during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide?

By 1995 it had become clear that the (Western) international community’s experiment with multilateralism was under serious threat and, in fact, it failed in many cases like Rwanda, ex-Yugoslavia, Cyprus, etc. Nevertheless, continuing problems in different parts of the globe have meant that the OUN has had to remain committed to alleviating some of the worst atrocities. Nonetheless, before the[Read More…]

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A protester in the colors of the Russian flag expressed opposition to international intervention in Haiti outside the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince on Monday. PHOTO: ODELYN JOSEPH/ASSOCIATED PRESS

UN Considers Sanctions In Haiti, U.S., Canada send Armored Carriers

The United Nations is expected to vote this week on sanctions against a powerful gang leader in Haiti who has blocked supplies of food, fuel and drinking water as the impoverished Caribbean country struggles with a cholera outbreak. The U.S. and Canada have sent “security equipment”, including tactical and armored vehicles, to Haiti to help the country tackle a political, economic and security crisis,[Read More…]

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Doctors send open letter to British and US governments demanding Assange’s freedom

Doctors send open letter to British and US governments demanding Assange’s freedom

Doctors for Assange, a group of more than 300 medical experts from around the world, issued an open letter on Monday to British Home Secretary Suella Braveman and US Attorney General Merrick Garland, insisting that they immediately halt the state persecution of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange and free him unconditionally. The doctors’ organisation, which has campaigned in defence of Assange[Read More…]

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Protesters stand in the smoke of flares during a demonstration, Tuesday, October 18, 2022 in Marseille, southern France

Workers InFrance Stage Nationwide Strike For Higher Wages And 130,000 people March In Paris

French workers took part in a nationwide strike Tuesday to demand higher wages to keep pace with the soaring cost of living. The strikes, principally in schools and transport, are an extension of the industrial action that has disrupted France’s major refineries, causing severe fuel shortages. Half Of All Trains Cancelled Transport Minister Clement Beaune said today there were severe[Read More…]

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Feeble and Invisible: Sports Protests at the Qatar FIFA World Cup

Feeble and Invisible: Sports Protests at the Qatar FIFA World Cup

Sports stars are often adored like dumb show animals, suitably pretty, happily disposed to the cause they are paid for.  For the FIFA Men’s World Cup being held in Qatar next month, football can count on the face of former English star David Beckham as its prized animal.  This month, the principle-free player signed a 10-year contract worth £150 million[Read More…]

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 CIA Controlled Media Heartlessly Not Reporting Years of US War Causing Starvation Death in Somalia

 CIA Controlled Media Heartlessly Not Reporting Years of US War Causing Starvation Death in Somalia

Somalia’s Horrific Famine Due To US/NATO Overthrow of a Fine Conservative Islamic Courts Gov. and 16 Years of War In Somalia, already during the 1980s, the US backed a brutal dictatorship without regard to famine on a massive scale resulting in the deaths of more than 300,000 Somalis, mostly children. In 1992 US Marines and Rangers killed many Somalis before[Read More…]

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The Protesters Want Fundamental Change in Iran

The Protesters Want Fundamental Change in Iran

Since the death of Mahsa Amini on September 16, unrest in Iranian cities has continued. So far, more than 100 people have been killed in the riots, and many political activists, journalists, and college students have been arrested. On October 3, after over two weeks of silence, the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, appeared at a police graduation ceremony and blamed[Read More…]

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Charting the Rise of Anti-French Sentiment Across Northern Africa

Charting the Rise of Anti-French Sentiment Across Northern Africa

In November 2021, a French military convoy was making its way to Mali while passing through Burkina Faso and Niger. It did not get very far. It was stopped in Téra, Niger, and before that at several points in Burkina Faso (in Bobo-Dioulasso and Kaya as well as in Ouagadougou, the country’s capital). Two civilians were killed as a result of clashes[Read More…]

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The Other Russia-West War: Why Some African Countries are Abandoning Paris, Joining Moscow

The Other Russia-West War: Why Some African Countries are Abandoning Paris, Joining Moscow

The moment that Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba was ousted by his own former military colleague, Captain Ibrahim Traore, pro-coup crowds filled the streets. Some burned French flags, others carried Russian flags. This scene alone represents the current tussle underway throughout the African continent. A few years ago, the discussion regarding the geopolitical shifts in Africa was not exactly concerned with[Read More…]

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How Peace Movement Can be Stronger, Steady and Sustained

How Peace Movement Can be Stronger, Steady and Sustained

The peace movement is extremely important for our increasingly troubled and violent world, particularly at a time when the world leadership is strangely getting less and less cautious about the world being led into the most dangerous situations. Those who contribute sincerely and honestly to the peace movement, standing for truth in difficult conditions, are among the most noble persons[Read More…]

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Massive Protest In Paris Over Rising Cost Of Living

Massive Protest In Paris Over Rising Cost Of Living

Massive protests marched through the streets of Paris on Sunday to voice discontent over the rising cost of living. It comes as France’s largest trade union continues a refinery strike that has closed gas stations across the country. Organizers of the march claim that 140,000 people joined the march, French broadcaster BFMTV reported. According to Paris police, only 30,000 attended[Read More…]

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Peoples Assembly in Rwanda disussing poverty and inequality-Photo by GCAP

Global and national systems are further pushing people to the margins: Global Civil Society

A statement has been issued by the Global Call to Action Against Poverty – a global campaign to end inequalities and poverty on the International day for Eradication of Poverty Nearly three years have passed since COVID-19 first surfaced, upending communities and taking the lives of more than 6.5 million people. In the rich corners of the world, life has[Read More…]

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The New Cold War Heats Up Asia – China and the U.S. Face an Unprecedented Crisis

The New Cold War Heats Up Asia – China and the U.S. Face an Unprecedented Crisis

If the world is indeed entering a new Cold War, it bears little resemblance to the final years of that global conflict with its frequent summits between smiling leaders and its arms agreements aimed at de-escalating nuclear tensions. Instead, the world today seems more like the perilous first decade of that old Cold War, marked by bloody regional conflicts, threats[Read More…]

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The Bundle of Fascism in Italy

The Bundle of Fascism in Italy

The recent election win of neo-fascist Meloni in Italy has renewed the interest in the history and ideology of neo-fascism. The original ideology of Italian fascism dates back to Fasci Italiani di Combattimento – the Italian Fasces of Combat or Italian Fascist Fighting Platoons, and death squads. Melina’s new bundles of fighting brothers are no longer called Fasci Italiano di[Read More…]

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The Implosion of Liz Truss

The Implosion of Liz Truss

“The Tory Party is like a knight dying in his armour.” Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday, Oct 16, 2022 Liz Truss is proving to be the architect of her own spectacular demise.  She laid the mines in a fit of drunken ecstasy and decided to skip across them with an almost childish arrogance that has stunned her own party members. [Read More…]

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Bye-Bye World:  While Nuclear Weapons and Wars Exist, Annihilation Beckons

Bye-Bye World:  While Nuclear Weapons and Wars Exist, Annihilation Beckons

It’s been a long time since the atomic bombings of August 1945, when people around the planet first realized that world civilization stood on the brink of doom.  This apocalyptic ending to the Second World War revealed to all that, with the advent of nuclear weapons, violent conflict among nations had finally reached the stage where it could terminate life[Read More…]

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Record Numbers Face Severe Hunger Amidst Possibility of Many Starvation Deaths

Record Numbers Face Severe Hunger Amidst Possibility of Many Starvation Deaths

World Food Program says that now needs are sky-high and resources are rock bottom Possibilities of not just increase of hunger but even of starvation deaths have been voiced by several international agencies during the greater part of this year. This is particularly true for the Horn of Africa region where the situation has been reported to be the most[Read More…]

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The WWF report points out that we can't achieve the world's Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs) unless we prevent a climate-led biodiversity collapse. (Photo: Pixabay)

A Fast-Emptying Ark: The World Grows Quieter by the Day

I confess, for reasons I can’t fully explain, that when bad things are happening to animals I tend to look away in pain. When bad things are happening to people I try to face those things squarely and do what I can, but there’s something about wildlife—perhaps the way its become implicated in our strange human game without having the slightest[Read More…]

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Over 100 Peace Organizations in USA Call Upon their Government to De-escalate Tensions with Russia

Over 100 Peace Organizations in USA Call Upon their Government to De-escalate Tensions with Russia

On October 11 over 100 leading peace organizations of the USA released a joint statement calling upon President Biden to “end the US role in escalating the extremely dangerous tensions with Russia over Ukraine.” This statement has stated very clearly, “It is greatly irresponsible for a President to participate in brinkmanship between two nations that possess 90% of the world’s[Read More…]

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Can Activists Change the Ways of the World Bank and IMF?

Can Activists Change the Ways of the World Bank and IMF?

All this week during the annual fall meeting of the IMF and World Bank, climate activists have been attempting to stop “business as usual” at the two institutions. On Thursday, activists demonstrated in a “Drown them out!” across the street from the World Bank headquarters while a press conference was being held by the G-20 finance ministers to announce their[Read More…]

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Iran: A Movement For Democracy

Iran: A Movement For Democracy

by Harleen Sandhu and Sandeep Pandey After Mahsa Amini, 22 years old woman, was held by morality police in Iran for violating the Islamic Hijab code and she died within a few hours in police custody, Iran, mostly young women, has erupted in revolt. They are not afraid of giving up their lives like Sarina Esmaeilzadeh and Nika Shakarami, both[Read More…]

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Russo-Ukrainian War: Blind Struggle In The Dark

Russo-Ukrainian War: Blind Struggle In The Dark

We in India have evry reason for concern as despite contradictory reports our economy already seems to be under severe stress,and the fortunes of this war are likely to have incalculable impact on world economy and trade.It is most necessary to have a fair idea of the way this war is going.True we made windfalls gains like cheap Russian crude[Read More…]

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Nuclear Extortion? Abolish Nuclear Weapons

by Marcy Winograd and Medea Benjamin In a moment of candor, President Biden told Democratic Party contributors the risk of nuclear “Armageddon” is the highest since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when the Soviet Union installed nuclear missiles in Cuba, 90 miles from Florida. Referring to Russian President Putin’s veiled threats to use short-range nuclear weapons in Ukraine, the President[Read More…]

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Fracking in UK: Response to Charles McAllister’s article published in the Yorkshire Post

Fracking in UK: Response to Charles McAllister’s article published in the Yorkshire Post

‘Why the country needs to back fracking and become energy independent – Charles McAllister With the right policy support from Government, Yorkshire, Lancashire and the East Midlands could become the UK’s energy powerhouse for decades.’   https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/columnists/why-the-country-needs-to-back-fracking-and-become-energy-independent-charles-mcallister-3871101 Charles McAllister is the director of policy, government and public affairs at United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG). Response from, Heather Stroud.[Read More…]

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Prices “Too High”, Says Biden Amidst Rising Inflation In The U.S.

Prices “Too High”, Says Biden Amidst Rising Inflation In The U.S.

The U.S. consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.4% last month after gaining 0.1% in August, the U.S. Labor Department said in its report. In the 12 months through September, the CPI increased 8.2% after rising 8.3% in August. The White House noted that inflation over the last three months has averaged 2%, at an annualized rate. That is down from[Read More…]

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The Yin’s Been Yanged Under the Garb of Green

Are Green Resource Wars Looming?

by Priti Gulati Cox and Stan Cox The Burden of Massive EV Batteries Will Be Borne by People and Ecosystems Much of the excitement over the Inflation Reduction Act, which became law this summer, focused on the boost it should give to the sales of electric vehicles. Sadly, though, manufacturing and driving tens of millions of individual electric passenger cars[Read More…]

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Cuba: A Tale of Two Hurricanes

Cuba: A Tale of Two Hurricanes

Ernest Hemingway learned in Cuba that the best way to get through a hurricane is to have your ears tuned to a battery-powered radio and keep your hands busy with a bottle of rum and a hammer to nail down doors and windows. The American writer appropriated the typical jargon of Cuban meteorologists and fishermen who speak of “the sea”[Read More…]

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Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

In July, 2006, Israel bombed Lebanon.  The news released fury and anguish in me that was beyond words.  I visualized innocent, helpless babies swimming in their blood as bombs blasted away their lives. I struggled to grasp the needless, wanton destruction of lives, homes, futures, and dreams.  Why? Why had the decision been made to do this? Who made it?  [Read More…]

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Elevator to Hell

Elevator to Hell

There has to be a heaven, if only by process of elimination. You see, if there is a hell then there has to be the antidote, heaven. To this writer, who has spent his adult life studying many facets of what many call metaphysics, this trip we are all on is nothing more than a dream. Perhaps we can substitute[Read More…]

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Post-Cold War Era Is Over, Still China, Russia Main Threats: Says New U.S. Security Strategy 

Post-Cold War Era Is Over, Still China, Russia Main Threats: Says New U.S. Security Strategy 

The post-Cold War era is “definitively over,” the Biden administration declared in a new national security strategy, describing its intention to compete ferociously against China and Russia — while also collaborating with them on global threats like climate change. The long-awaited U.S. National Security Strategy, delayed by the invasion of Ukraine, serves as a reference point for Biden administration officials[Read More…]

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Message to the IMF & World Bank – Save the World

Message to the IMF & World Bank – Save the World

WASHINGTON (10-12) – This being October, the International Money Fund (IMF) and the World Bank will hold their annual meetings here in Washington deciding on monetary policy and how the institutions will fund the fossil fuel industries at the peril of the planet. Activists are also calling the groups’ attention as to how funding has ignored our fragile biodiversity so[Read More…]

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Cuba in the Eye of Washington’s Hurricane

Cuba in the Eye of Washington’s Hurricane

Hurricane Ian lashed at western Cuba on September 27, 2022. I waited desperately for a phone call from my friends in Puerto Esperanza, a small fishing village on the northern coast of Pinar del Río. Over a crackling phone line, my friends told me that the hurricane had ripped off the roofs of their houses and had cut their electricity supply. But[Read More…]

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Giorgia Meloni: The Great Replacement Moves In

Giorgia Meloni: The Great Replacement Moves In

Demographic angst is a terrifying thing, especially to leaders concerned about poor returns from horizontal folk dancing.  Viktor Orbán of Hungary is particularly apprehensive that precious Hungarian blood is not being propagated, facing dilution, if not disappearance, from hordes of swarthy immigrants from the Middle East and Africa. In Italy, the country’s imminent first female prime minister is much of[Read More…]

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 Ukraine-Crisis: Egos at Stake! 

 Ukraine-Crisis: Egos at Stake! 

Continuity of Ukraine-crisis may be viewed as harsh illustration of what display of extremism by leadership at certain levels can lead to. At the outset, refusal of Russian President Vladimir Putin to step back from continuing war-strikes against Ukraine stands out. It also marks failure of diplomatic strength of key powers as well as international organizations supposed to be keenly[Read More…]

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Biden’s Broken Promise to Avoid War with Russia May Kill Us All

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies On March 11, 2022, President Biden reassured the American public and the world that the United States and its NATO allies were not at war with Russia. “We will not fight a war with Russia in Ukraine,” said Biden. “Direct conflict between NATO and Russia is World War III, something we must[Read More…]

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The World’s Other Nuclear Flashpoint – Mounting Tensions Over Taiwan

The World’s Other Nuclear Flashpoint – Mounting Tensions Over Taiwan

Thanks to Vladimir Putin’s recent implicit threat to employ nuclear weapons if the U.S. and its NATO allies continue to arm Ukraine — “This is not a bluff,” he insisted on September 21st — the perils in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict once again hit the headlines. And it’s entirely possible, as ever more powerful U.S. weapons pour into Ukraine and Russian forces suffer yet more defeats,[Read More…]

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The Global Inflationary Tsunami Is Made in the U.S., Not Ukraine

The Global Inflationary Tsunami Is Made in the U.S., Not Ukraine

An inflationary tsunami is passing through the world economy, creating economic disorder—in some cases acute political crisis—in every country it touches. This is gathering momentum as the U.S., which is leading other Global North economies, attempts to control inflation by rapidly raising interest rates—forcing the Global North economies into recession. The Global South economies have been thereby struck by a quadruple whammy[Read More…]

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Brazil’s Lula Remerges—in a Very Different Political World

Brazil’s Lula Remerges—in a Very Different Political World

If Lula wins reelection, he must not only rebuild the social investments that Bolsonaro destroyed, but also restore trust in a nation damaged by fascism’s sophisticated propaganda machine. Brazil’s first round of elections, held on October 2, yielded a major victory for the man who held the presidency from 2003 to 2010, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Winning 48 percent of[Read More…]

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Adel Al Manthari

Surviving the Killing Fields, a Worldwide Challenge

by Kathy Kelly and Nick Mottern Awaiting discharge from a hospital in Cairo, Adel Al Manthari, a Yemeni civilian, faces months of physical therapy and mounting medical bills following three surgeries since 2018, when a U.S. weaponized drone killed four of his cousins and left him mangled, burnt and barely alive, bedridden to this day. On October 7th,  President Biden[Read More…]

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The U.S. Army Begins to Deal with Climate

The U.S. Army Begins to Deal with Climate

As with all things military, the Army has created an anachronism for correcting its negative impact on the environment and climate titled, the Army Climate Strategy (ACS), setting “targets” to address their massive negative contribution to climate change. The Army is the first service branch in the DOD to release such a climate strategy to meet both short term and[Read More…]

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Thousands Of Thousands Join Paris Protest Against NATO And EU

Thousands Of Thousands Join Paris Protest Against NATO And EU

A massive protest of people marched through the center of the Paris on Saturday demanding that France radically change its stance on NATO and the EU. The march was organized by the right-wing Les Patriotes (The Patriots) party led by Florian Philippot, the former deputy head of Marine Le Pen’s National Rally. Dubbed “the national meeting of resistance,” the march attracted[Read More…]

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There Is an Alternative to War

The war in Ukraine provides us with yet another opportunity to consider what might be done about the wars that continue to ravage the world. The current Russian war of aggression is particularly horrific, featuring a massive military invasion of a smaller, weaker nation, threats of nuclear war, widespread war crimes, and imperial annexation.  But, alas, this terrible war is[Read More…]

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Hazara’s Rally in the Aftermath of Horrific School Bombing

Hazara’s Rally in the Aftermath of Horrific School Bombing

On Oct. 8, members of the Hazara and Afghan communities in Washington, DC held a rally in McPherson Square to protest the killing of 35 schoolgirls inside the Kaaj Educational Center in the Dasht-e-Barchi district of West Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept 30. Rallies were also held around the world in 64 countries and 92 cities as Hazara calling attention to[Read More…]

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‘End the War on Journalism and Free Assange’: Thousands Demand Release of WikiLeaks Founder

‘End the War on Journalism and Free Assange’: Thousands Demand Release of WikiLeaks Founder

Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange held a massive transatlantic protest on Saturday to demand freedom for the incarcerated journalist. In London, thousands of people formed a giant human chain around Britain’s parliament and called for Assange’s immediate release from the nearby maximum-security Belmarsh prison, where he has suffered for years under conditions that experts have condemned as torture. Meanwhile, in Washington D.C.,[Read More…]

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Japan: Fooling All The People!

Japan: Fooling All The People!

Many if not most readers will be familiar with the following saying attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” While this saying may hold true in most situations it’s most definitely mistaken in today’s Japan,[Read More…]

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 “…… And Wearing a MAGA Hat!”

 “…… And Wearing a MAGA Hat!”

The great 20th Century writer Sinclair Lewis put it best: “When Fascism comes to America it will be carrying a cross wrapped in a flag.” Well, this writer now adds ‘ And wearing a MAGA hat’ to the mix. Sometimes alarmism is needed , as it was with last week’s horrific  Hurricane Ian. Alarmism was truly needed in Weimar Germany[Read More…]

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Russo-Ukraine War: How Gandhi can show the way!

Russo-Ukraine War: How Gandhi can show the way!

“…The greatest revolution of our time is, therefore, a procedural revolution, removal of injustice through a mode of action characterized by justice. The question here is not so much the contents of justice as the mode to achieve it. Constitutional and orderly processes are often not enough. They are then transgressed by the use of weapons. In order that it[Read More…]

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Arms Control Efforts Provide A Small Window of Hope, but it is Already Half-Shut

Arms Control Efforts Provide A Small Window of Hope, but it is Already Half-Shut

 In the middle of the increasing proliferation of arms and weapons in most parts of the world, a small window of hope is still provided by the partial success of some campaigns to check the use of some of the most painful weapons. These efforts were led by a broad-based campaign to ban the use of landmines.  Wounds caused by[Read More…]

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Interest rate hikes leading to recession, UN says

Interest rate hikes leading to recession, UN says

The United Nations has added its voice to the growing list of international organisations, including the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation, warning that interest rate hikes imposed by the US Federal Reserve are creating the conditions for a financial crisis and global recession. In its annual report issued earlier this week, the United Nations Conference on Trade and[Read More…]

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Biden warns: Prepare for nuclear Armageddon

Biden warns: Prepare for nuclear Armageddon

The New York Times reports that President Biden told a group of billionaires at a fundraising event Thursday night: “We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis.” Biden continued: “We are trying to figure out: What is Putin’s off ramp? Where does he find a way out? Where does he find himself where he does[Read More…]

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Data Retention and the Devotees of Mass Surveillance

Data Retention and the Devotees of Mass Surveillance

It is a stinker in terms of policy, and unconvincing in effect, but the wholesale, indiscriminate retention of telecommunications data continues to excite legislators and law enforcement.  In the European Union, countries continue to debate and pursue such measures, despite legal challenges. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), passed in 2016, limits the ways personal data is collected in[Read More…]

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Iranian and Turkish Moves to Join Shanghai Cooperation Organization Raise Its Profile

Iranian and Turkish Moves to Join Shanghai Cooperation Organization Raise Its Profile

While far from an alliance, the SCO is increasingly utilized for managing Eurasian affairs without traditional Western mechanisms and organizations. Held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, from September 15 to 16, the 2022 summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Heads of State Council demonstrated that the SCO was continuing to evolve into a viable international political congregation independent from the West. Beginning[Read More…]

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Who Deserves a Nobel Peace Prize in Ukraine?

Who Deserves a Nobel Peace Prize in Ukraine?

by Ariel Gold and Medea Benjamin In what was described as a harsh rebuke of Russia, the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Ukrainian human rights organization Center for Civil Liberties, along with Belarusian human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski and the Russian human rights organization Memorial. While at first glance, the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties might sound[Read More…]

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The Liz Truss Disaster Show

The Liz Truss Disaster Show

Never underestimate the power of failure.  As the Liz Truss Disaster Show demonstrates, the next pitfall is probably just around the corner.  The UK Prime Minister has shown, along with her distinctly oblivious Chancellor of the Exchequer, how to balls up the economy in the shortest timeframe imaginable. Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s “mini-Budget” delivered on September 30, designed to evade the[Read More…]

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After All the Pomp and Pageantry for Queen Elizabeth II: The Apology That Never Came

After All the Pomp and Pageantry for Queen Elizabeth II: The Apology That Never Came

Led by the royals, British colonialists committed every form of cruelty imaginable—those who suffered under the empire and fought it are angry over the homage paid to Elizabeth II. How should we remember Queen Elizabeth II and her 70 years on the British throne? It’s perhaps better to consider after the media parade about her funeral is in the rearview mirror. A[Read More…]

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The Crushing of American Socialism

The Never-Ending Impact of a Forgotten Blitzkrieg Against the American Left Donald Trump has had the urge to crush many things, including the last election. So I must admit I found it eerily amusing that, when the FBI entered his estate at Mar-a-Lago recently, they did so under a warrant authorized by the Espionage Act of 1917. History certainly has a strange way of[Read More…]

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Trump’s Turkish Problem

Trump’s Turkish Problem

American presidents have habitually kowtowed to Turkish demands. However, President Trump’s business investments in Turkey, Turkish-tainted associates, and baffling deference to President Erdogan spawned an exceptionally troubling record. That record could provide additional fodder for Trump’s Republican, Democratic, and Justice Department (DOJ) foes, especially as Turkey remains a rogue NATO member and supporter of international terrorism. Below is a mere[Read More…]

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Getting Priorities Right in a Dangerous World

Getting Priorities Right in a Dangerous World

If the single most important feature of the present phase of human history is to be identified, then clearly it is that this phase is   the most dangerous in human history. The year 2022 appears to be confirming this more than several previous ones. Several serious human-made environmental problems led by (but by no means confined to) climate change threaten[Read More…]

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Indonesia Tragedy Again Highlights the Need for Better Safety at Crowded Events and Gatherings

Indonesia Tragedy Again Highlights the Need for Better Safety at Crowded Events and Gatherings

On the night of October 1 at least 125 people died in a football stadium in Malang, East Java (Indonesia) in an entirely avoidable mishap. When the home team lost there was a rush of frustrated spectators, a situation that could have been controlled. However when the police over-reacted with excessive use of tear gas shells and batons, a big[Read More…]

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U.S. Economy ‘Has Failed To Live Up To The Nation’s Promise Of Equal Opportunity For All’, Says U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen

U.S. Economy ‘Has Failed To Live Up To The Nation’s Promise Of Equal Opportunity For All’, Says U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen

A Market Watch report published on Oct. 5, 2022 (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/treasury-secretary-janet-yellen-says-u-s-economy-has-failed-to-live-up-to-the-nations-promise-of-equal-opportunity-for-all-11664975349?siteid=yhoof2) said: The Biden administration announced a slew of new efforts to further racial economic equity during the annual Freedman’s Bank Forum in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. The forum, acknowledging the history of the former Freedman’s Savings Bank that maintained accounts for formerly enslaved people before its ultimate collapse in 1874, served as an opportunity[Read More…]

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Is the Energy Transition Taking Off—or Hitting a Wall?

Is the Energy Transition Taking Off—or Hitting a Wall?

 With the Inflation Reduction Act, the federal government is illogically encouraging the increasing use of fossil fuels—in order to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) constitutes the boldest climate action so far by the American federal government. It offers tax rebates to buyers of electric cars, solar panels, heat pumps, and other renewable-energy and[Read More…]

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Global Peace and Conflict Management:  How Ignorance and Wickedness Pushing Humanity to Third World War

Global Peace and Conflict Management:  How Ignorance and Wickedness Pushing Humanity to Third World War

Leaders who could not Lead to Human Unity, Peace and Sustainable Future-Making The political adversaries against universal peace and brotherhood are propagating a new era of catastrophic fault lines for a Third World War. The ongoing eight months old disastrous conflict between Russia, Ukraine and the West is dissolving human relationships of reason, truth and honesty.  The global leader’s mental[Read More…]

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The Number Of Death In The On-going Protests In Iran Reaches 154

The Number Of Death In The On-going Protests In Iran Reaches 154

The Iranian Human Rights Organization (IHRO) announced that the number of people killed in the on-going protests in Iran reached “at least 154 people”. Among this number of deaths 9 were probably “children” and 63 are citizens of Zahedan. Iranian officials report at least forty dead, while independent sources claim it is much higher. Iran’s state TV has reported the death toll[Read More…]

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How Cuba Is Dealing With the Devastation of Hurricane Ian

How Cuba Is Dealing With the Devastation of Hurricane Ian

by Vijay Prashad and Manolo De Los Santos On September 27, 2022, a tropical cyclone—Hurricane Ian—struck Cuba’s western province of Pinar del Río. Sustained winds of around 125 miles per hour lingered over Cuba for more than eight hours, bringing down trees and power lines, and causing damage not seen during previous tropical cyclones. The hurricane then lingered over the warm waters of[Read More…]

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What Hope Is There?

What Hope Is There?

[The following is excerpted in shortened form from Chapter 9 of Notes on Resistance by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian, published by Haymarket Books.] David Barsamian: What we are facing is often described as unprecedented — a pandemic, climate catastrophe and, always lurking off center stage, nuclear annihilation. Three of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Noam Chomsky: I can add a fourth:[Read More…]

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As We Approach 60th anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis, Possibility of Nuclear Warfare Peaks Again

As We Approach 60th anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis, Possibility of Nuclear Warfare Peaks Again

In October-November this year the world observes the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 when the world had come closest to the exchange of nuclear weapons. Now in October 2022 we again have a situation where the risk of use of nuclear weapons is fast increasing. This risk is more widely discussed today than ever before in[Read More…]

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The Amazon’s Last Chance

The Amazon’s Last Chance

In the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, Lula triumphed. But the threat of a Bolsonaro victory to the world is clear – and must be passionately fought in the upcoming run-off. Brazil went to the polls yesterday under unusual political circumstances: Lula, the Workers’ Party (PT) candidate and champion of the poor, confronted an extreme right-winger, racist, misogynist, homophobic,[Read More…]

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Europe Faces Unprecedented Risk Of Gas Shortage This Winter, Warns IEA

Europe Faces Unprecedented Risk Of Gas Shortage This Winter, Warns IEA

Europe faces “unprecedented risks” to its natural gas supplies this winter after Russia cut off most pipeline shipments and could wind up competing with Asia for already scarce and expensive liquid gas that comes by ship, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said. Media reports including an AP report said: The Paris-based IEA said in its quarterly gas report released Monday that European[Read More…]

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Nord Stream Leaks A Shock Therapy, Claims Economist And A Former Pentagon Advisor

Nord Stream Leaks A Shock Therapy, Claims Economist And A Former Pentagon Advisor

Jeffrey Sachs and a former Pentagon Advisor expressed their opinions on the Nord Stream leaks. Economist Jeffrey Sachs speculated on Monday that the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines was the work of the U.S. and maybe Poland, to the chagrin of Bloomberg TV hosts who quickly tried to change the subject. Now a professor at Columbia University, Sachs became[Read More…]

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The China Coup Dupes

The China Coup Dupes

It all caused a flutter amongst the ignorant and expectant on September 21.  China, it was said, was in the grip of an intriguing internal crisis. Air traffic had dramatically altered, with some 9,583 flights cancelled.  There were talking heads aflame with interest on the latest social media morsel, minute and yet profound. The issue of flight cancellations was then[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US –  Finale Part 6. Condensed summary and conclusion

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US –  Finale Part 6. Condensed summary and conclusion

NOTE: For these 6 Finale videos, there is no accompanying written essay that matches each video. The videos are each presentations given extemporaneously with charts. This concludes the series of essays and videos on the application of the Paradigm for Peace model to the Russia/US conflict in Ukraine and beyond. While I had intended to walk through each part of[Read More…]

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The Sad Tale of USN Lt. Alkonis in Japan 

The Sad Tale of USN Lt. Alkonis in Japan 

The family of U.S. Navy Lt. Ridge Alkonis has been rallying outside of the White House this past week seeking to bring attention to the unjust case in hopes of gaining his release from a Japanese prison. Posters and signs at the west gate entrance to the White House calling for his immediate release form a backdrop as his children[Read More…]

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 Home of the “Hellhounds,” Whiteman AFB drone squadron ‘most lethal’ in US

 Home of the “Hellhounds,” Whiteman AFB drone squadron ‘most lethal’ in US

Note: Brian Terrell delivered this talk at the Oct. 1 peace witness sponsored by PeaceWorksKC, at Whiteman AFB, near Knob Noster, MO. Leading up to this protest there was discussion among organizers about the nature of drone operations here at Whiteman Air Force Base. Is this a training facility, or are Reaper drones engaged in lethal activities, are actual murders[Read More…]

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Hurricanes R Us!!

Hurricanes R Us!!

One can only empathize with those poor souls on the SW Gulf Coast of Florida who were devastated by this hurricane. Imagine losing your residence, possessions and perhaps your life. Sad is the best word to use. This writer had his family’s own experience with such weather terror, when Hurricane Mathew hit us directly on October 6th, 2016. We had[Read More…]

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Dated and Fractured: Optus and Data Protections Down Under

Dated and Fractured: Optus and Data Protections Down Under

Things are not getting better for Optus, a subsidiary of the Singapore-owned Singtel and Australia’s second largest telecommunications company.  Responsible for one of Australia’s largest data breaches, the beleaguered company is facing burning accusations and questions on various fronts.  It is also proving to be rather less than forthcoming about details as to what has been compromised in the leak.[Read More…]

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‘Well of Solutions’ or Problems: Why Reforming the UN is Critical

The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly was, in many ways, similar to the 76th session and many other previous sessions: at best, a stage for rosy rhetoric that is rarely followed by tangible action or, at worse, a mere opportunity for some world leaders to score political points against their opponents. This should surprise no one. For[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US – Finale Part 5

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US – Finale Part 5

NOTE: For these 6 Finale videos, there is no accompanying written essay that matches each video, because the videos are each presentations given extemporaneously, with charts. The following text is an introduction to the video that does not include the bulk of the video’s material but that contains additional material not included in the video. While there seems to be[Read More…]

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Only Adult Children Still Believe U.S. Propaganda

Only Adult Children Still Believe U.S. Propaganda

It should now be quite clear to any reasonable person that the Biden administration is hell-bent on destroying Russia and will risk nuclear war in doing so.  It has already started World War III with its use of Ukraine to light the final match.  The problem is that reasonable people are in very short supply, and, as Ray McGovern recently[Read More…]

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 Ending Urban Gun Violence in America

 Ending Urban Gun Violence in America

A profoundly inspiring and positive news conference was held today at the National Press Club addressing the ever-increasing street gang gun violence problem in America. No community in the country has suffered more than that of the African-American community that has seen during the COVID pandemic an ever-escalating increase in senseless shootings and killings. In addressing the pandemic of gun[Read More…]

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 Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US – Finale Part 4

 Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US – Finale Part 4

NOTE: For these 6 Finale videos, there is no accompanying written essay that matches each video, because the videos are each presentations given extemporaneously, with charts. The following text is an introduction to the video that does not include the bulk of the video’s material but that contains additional material not included in the video. Once you’ve laid out and[Read More…]

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Protests in Italy against stripping of rights to Abortion  

Protests in Italy against stripping of rights to Abortion  

Italians thronged through Rome, Milan, Palermo and other cities Wednesday to defend right to abortion, which faces impending threat by a far-right party expected to form the next government after leading in parliamentary elections. A most significant development in light of ascendancy or consolidation of neo-fascism .which adheres to abolish right to abortion. striking to the very need of the[Read More…]

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Meloni’s “Neo-Fascist” Image & Political Hold! 

Meloni’s “Neo-Fascist” Image & Political Hold! 

Right-winged party’s victory in Italy’s parliamentary elections has led to speculations being voiced about political importance being gained by “extremist” or far-right parties in recent years. Prior to Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy securing victory, Europe has witnessed right-winged parties taking over political command in Poland and Hungary. Should it be assumed that this phase of right-winged politics is here[Read More…]

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In memory of the ‘Young Guard’ on 80th Anniversary  

In memory of the ‘Young Guard’ on 80th Anniversary  

80 years ago, on September 30, 1942, in the city of Krasnodon, Voroshilovgrad region, the Komsomol underground organization “Young Guard” was born with amalgamation of  several anti-fascist youth groups. The headquarters included: Ulyana Gromova, Ivan Zemnukhov, Oleg Koshevoy (commissioner), Vasily Levashov, Viktor Tretyakevich, Ivan Turkenich (commander), Sergei Tyulenin, Lyubov Shevtsova. Their story is the most inspiring resistance ever in confronting[Read More…]

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Global Democracy and Peace

Global Democracy and Peace

Democracy in all its forms are products of working class struggles against feudalism, colonialism, imperialism and capitalism. These struggles are integral for the establishment of various forms of democracy across the globe. The working people have played a major role in the deepening of democracy, democratic institutions and civil societies. The ideals of equality, liberty, human-animal rights and justice are[Read More…]

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Sabotage of Nord Stream Pipe Lines: A new phase of hybrid war 

Sabotage of Nord Stream Pipe Lines: A new phase of hybrid war 

On Tuesday, September 27, Gazprom announced unprecedented damage to the company’s two gas pipelines that run along the bottom of the Baltic Sea to Germany – Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2. Almost immediately, this information was confirmed by the Danes, in whose exclusive economic space near the island of Bornholm the accident occurred. Then the Swedish seismologists spoke about[Read More…]

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Ukraine’s European Lives Matter! Iraqi Vietnamese Asian MidEast African Latin Lives Didn’t!  An Element of Racism?

Ukraine’s European Lives Matter! Iraqi Vietnamese Asian MidEast African Latin Lives Didn’t!  An Element of Racism?

While it would be expected for Western media to report fully on civilian life taken in the Ukraine by the military of US designated enemy Russia, and for CIA managed Western media[1] to avoid reporting civilian loss of life caused by US/NATO military throughout the Third World, people in Asia, Africa, MiddleEast and Latin America are surly noticing an element of racism[Read More…]

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As US Foreign Policy Turns More Aggressive, Much Stronger Peace Movement Needed in West

As US Foreign Policy Turns More Aggressive, Much Stronger Peace Movement Needed in West

In the build-up to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the USA was on the one hand provoking Russia in numerous ways to attack and on the other hand saying to its European allies and other countries—Look how dangerous is Putin’s Russia—attacking its weaker neighbor so aggressively. Unfortunate as such conduct was, it could be understood by those who had followed[Read More…]

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High Inflation: Germany And Eurozone Face Difficulty

High Inflation: Germany And Eurozone Face Difficulty

High inflation in Germany and Eurozone is making impact, with possibility of further impacting. Inflation in Germany saw year-on-year growth of 10.9% in September, up from 8.8% recorded in the previous month, official data released on Thursday by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) shows. The readings came in higher than the market expectation of 9.4%, and marked a record high[Read More…]

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — Death, Famine, War, and Conquest — result from our everyday choices and are not preordained

Tech Billionaires Are Actually Dumber Than You Think

 It turns out that many of today’s billionaires are selfish, lonely men fantasizing about how they will survive the end times they have played a part in creating. In mid-September, for just a few days, Indian industrialist Gautam Adani entered the ranks of the top three richest people on earth as per Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index. It was the first time an Indian,[Read More…]

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Pan-Turkism’s Aggressive Dreams of Empire –Yesterday and Today 

Pan-Turkism’s Aggressive Dreams of Empire –Yesterday and Today 

linchpin_armenia_001.jpg (3507×2550) (indybay.org) Turkey’s imperial ambition of creating a Pan-Turkic empire, ruled from Ankara, is on display in today’s Caucasus and elsewhere. This racist ideology envisions an empire that would include any country or region speaking a Turkic-type language regardless of how distant that language is from the language spoken in Turkey and regardless of whether the people in those[Read More…]

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Who Sabotaged Nord Stream Gas Pipelines?

Who Sabotaged Nord Stream Gas Pipelines?

I agree with Jan Oberg Dr. Jan Oberg, Co-Founder and leader of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, wrote a really excellent article on the question of who sabotaged Nordstream  pipelines. In the article, he points out that Russia had no motive for sabotaging Nordstream pipelines. If the Russians had wanted to stop the flow of natural gas[Read More…]

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Can The Ukraine Conflict Become Much Wider?

Can The Ukraine Conflict Become Much Wider?

Seven months after the Russian invasion started, the Ukraine crisis has become the biggest flashpoint which can endanger world peace. From the point of view of those who cherish world peace, the situation is fast becoming more perplexing, difficult and dangerous than before. It may sound alarmist to ask whether we are moving closer to a world war type situation[Read More…]

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The World Is Sliding Into Recession, Warns WTO Chief

The World Is Sliding Into Recession, Warns WTO Chief

The world is sliding into a recession due to multiple overlapping crises, the head of the WTO said on Tuesday. Speaking at the opening of the WTO’s annual public forum in Geneva, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala noted that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have both downgraded their global growth forecasts, and that trade indicators are “not looking too[Read More…]

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 Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US –  Finale Part 3

 Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US –  Finale Part 3

NOTE: For these 6 Finale videos, there is no accompanying written essay that matches each video, because the videos are each presentations given extemporaneously, with charts. The following text is a detailed synopsis of the video that doesn’t include all of the video’s material but that also contains much additional material not included in the video. While the first two[Read More…]

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 The only option for Iran is to end the Hijab mandate

 The only option for Iran is to end the Hijab mandate

‘One day the hijab will no longer be compulsory in Iran, this is part of progress and development’ – Parvaneh Salashouri, reformist lawmaker, women’s faction in Iranian Parliament, 2018 ‘The hijab in the Quran is for women’s protection but what we’ve done is holding the hijab over women like a club’ – former President Hassan Rouhani, moderate cleric, January 2019.[Read More…]

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Hindutva in East Leicester and its implications for UK

Hindutva in East Leicester and its implications for UK

According to a number of media reports, more than 200 Hindu vigilantes many of whom were from outside the area, ran through the streets of East Leicester, United Kingdom, shouting “Jai Sri Ram,” particularly in front of mosques, and hurling insults at the Pakistani community in celebration of India and Pakistan’s cricket match victory. As a result, violent conflicts between[Read More…]

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Opportunistic Interests: The US-Pacific Island Declaration

Opportunistic Interests: The US-Pacific Island Declaration

If ever there was a blatant statement of realpolitik masquerading as friendliness, the latest US-Pacific Island declaration must count as one of them.  The Biden administration has been busy of late, wooing Pacific Island states in an effort to discourage increasingly sharp tilt towards China.  It has been spurred on, in no small way, by Beijing’s failure in May to[Read More…]

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 “End War in Ukraine” Say 66 Nations at UN General Assembly

 “End War in Ukraine” Say 66 Nations at UN General Assembly

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies Photo credit: UN We have spent the past week reading and listening to speeches by world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York. Most of them condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a violation of the UN Charter and a serious setback for the peaceful world order that is the UN’s[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US – Finale Part 2

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US – Finale Part 2

NOTE: For these 6 Finale videos, there is no accompanying written essay that matches each video, because the videos are each presentations given extemporaneously, with charts. The following text is a synopsis that also contains additional material not included in the video. The first of the four elements of the Paradigm for Peace model involves an examination of the Roots of[Read More…]

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Gautam Adani: Ecological Crossdresser

Gautam Adani: Ecological Crossdresser

Imagine the tobacco producer who invests in smoke limitation programs, or the arms manufacturer who attends a conference proposing to ban weapons and seek a better future.  Gautam Adani, one of India’s most ruthlessly adept billionaires, has added his name to the growing list of corporate transvestism, using ecological credentials as his camouflage for fossil fuel predation. The central feature[Read More…]

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From Nabulsi to Shtayyeh: Which Side is the PA On?

From Nabulsi to Shtayyeh: Which Side is the PA On?

The arrest of a prominent Palestinian activist, Musab Shtayyeh, and another Palestinian activist, by Palestinian Authority police on September 20 was not the first time that the notorious PA’s Preventive Security Service (PSS) has arrested a Palestinian who is wanted by Israel. PSS is largely linked to the routine arrests and torture of anti-Israeli occupation activists. Several Palestinians have died[Read More…]

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Rich Australia Ignores 100,000 Preventable Deaths Annually: The Cost Of Neoliberalism & Lying

Rich Australia Ignores 100,000 Preventable Deaths Annually: The Cost Of Neoliberalism & Lying

Australia was recently number one in the world for median per capita wealth.  However, presently about 100,000 Australians die preventably each year from life-style choice and political choice reasons. Of these an estimated  23,000 die from poverty. Yet these horrible realities are effectively ignored by rich Australia that is blindly committed to neoliberalism that demands maximum freedom for the smart[Read More…]

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Enforcing Islamic Attire on Women Sparks Protests in Iran

Enforcing Islamic Attire on Women Sparks Protests in Iran

Since the Iranian revolution in 1979, the ruling clerics have strictly enforced the Islamic hijab on women in Iran. The clerics require women above puberty age to wear headscarves and avoid wearing tight clothing. On September 13, 2022, Mahsa Amini, a 22-years-old woman, was arrested by Morality Police (Gashte Ershad) presumably for not having proper Islamic attire. Mahsa, who lived[Read More…]

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The Electricity Crisis in South Africa Continues to Brew

The Electricity Crisis in South Africa Continues to Brew

At the end of apartheid in 1994, only 36 percent of households in South Africa were electrified, with almost all white households having electric power and most Black households having no access to electricity. Ten years later, more than 80 percent of households were electrified. This was an important achievement, albeit one that mostly left out the residents of the rapidly growing shantytowns across the country.[Read More…]

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What South Sudan Needs and Doesn’t Need

What South Sudan Needs and Doesn’t Need

By every conceivable measure, South Sudan is a nation in acute crisis. According to the World Bank, eighty percent of the South Sudanese population lives below the international poverty line, only one percent of people have access to electricity, and this month a UN Security Council delegation warned that another full-fledged civil war could break out at any moment. What[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Four Regions In Southern Ukraine Vote To Join Russia

Ukraine Update: Four Regions In Southern Ukraine Vote To Join Russia

In an important development with serious implication, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR) along with Kherson Region (87%) and part of Zaporozhye Region (93%) in southern Ukraine have voted to join Russia in referendums that were held between September 23 and 27. Media reports said: In Lugansk, more than 98.42% of voters have supported the idea to[Read More…]

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90th anniversary of the Poona Pact

90th anniversary of the Poona Pact

It is said that if we can learn from our mistakes and not let them rob us of our boldness or hope, then we can grow. It was perhaps this sought of boldness which emboldened Dr B R Ambedkar to vigorously pursue the cause of real political representation of the depressed classes after the Poona-Pact debacle. On the 90th anniversary[Read More…]

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Four Straight Years of Nonstop Street Protest in Haiti

Four Straight Years of Nonstop Street Protest in Haiti

A cycle of protests began in Haiti in July 2018, and—despite the pandemic—has carried on since then. The core reason for the protest in 2018 was that in March of that year the government of Venezuela—due to the illegal sanctions imposed by the United States—could no longer ship discounted oil to Haiti through the PetroCaribe scheme. Fuel prices soared by up to 50 percent. On August 14,[Read More…]

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Creating the Good Anthropocene: Towards a Socialist Future

Creating the Good Anthropocene: Towards a Socialist Future

Capitalism has always had a chorus of sirens that have striven to allure Homo sapiens from thinking they had any chance to escape its clutches. Margaret Thatcher proclaimed ‘there is no alternative’ in 1980. In the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse, Francis Fukuyama declared the ‘End of History’ in 1992. Given the fall of the Soviet Union, the decline[Read More…]

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Yes, to Water, No to Oil!

Yes, to Water, No to Oil!

Standing behind a large banner proclaiming “Permission Denied,” a coalition of activists from a broad spectrum of environmental groups demonstrated this morning at the U.S. Capitol, calling on both Houses to declare the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) a dead deal. Many held signs reading “Keep it in the Ground” regarding the extraction of fossil fuels and their effect on the[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine and the US –  Finale Part I

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine and the US – Finale Part I

Paradigm for Peace is a model that I created in the autumn of 2001, following 9/11. The model has four elements: The Defensive and Aggressive Roots of Violence The Mental, Legal, and Physical Escalators of Violence Three Facets of Solutions Cooperative Dialogue A major purpose of this model is to promote understanding, truth, and caring. In this video, I use[Read More…]

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Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon arrives with Giorgia Meloni, leader of the right-wing party "Fratelli d'Italia," to attend a congress of the party in Roma on September 22, 2018. After weekend elections, the far-right Meloni is set to become Italy's next prime minister. (Photo: Tiziana FABI / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images)

Introducing Giorgia Meloni: How the United States Opened the Door for Fascism’s Return to Italy

With the help of people like Steve Bannon, Meloni was able to rise like a toxic slime on the surface of a sea of contaminated waste. The Italian Parliamentary election has concluded and the neofascist Giorgia Meloni is ready to emerge as the new prime minister of a divided country with no clear mandate from around 60 percent of eligible voters,[Read More…]

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"The Bankruptcy of the Liberal Ass." (Cartoon: Mr. Fish)

We Have Seen This Movie Before: The Fascists Have Arrived

The failure of the neoliberal order—which continues to ignore the needs and aspirations of the people—gives fuel to an ascendant far right that feeds on the despair and humiliation of the working class. Energy and food bills are soaring. Under the onslaught of inflation and prolonged wage stagnation, wages are in free fall. Billions of dollars are diverted by Western nations[Read More…]

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To All Who Care about Humanity’s and the Planet’s Future – Petition Campaign

To All Who Care about Humanity’s and the Planet’s Future – Petition Campaign

Humanity has reached a tipping point. It is time for governments, international institutions and people everywhere to take stock and act with renewed urgency. The Ukraine conflict is inflicting death, injury, displacement and destruction, exacerbating a global food crisis, driving Europe into recession, and creating shock waves across the world economy. The Taiwan conflict is threatening to escalate into outright[Read More…]

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Outlook Is Darkening: Warns EU Central Bank

Outlook Is Darkening: Warns EU Central Bank

Europe is facing lower-than-expected economic growth as inflation continues to climb, European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde revealed on Monday, explaining that the ECB had raised interest rates by 75 basis points in an attempt to control soaring prices. Speaking before the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs on Monday, Lagarde admitted that “inflation remains far too high and[Read More…]

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UK Pound Absolutely Hammered As It Slides To Its Lowest Level Against U.S. Dollar Since 1971

UK Pound Absolutely Hammered As It Slides To Its Lowest Level Against U.S. Dollar Since 1971

The UK pound plunged to its lowest level against the U.S. dollar since the British currency went decimal in 1971. In early Asia-Pacific trade on Monday, the sterling fell by more than 4% to $1.0327 before it regained some ground to about $1.05, extending Friday’s 3.61% drop. Media reports said: Chris Weston, head of research at the brokerage firm Pepperstone,[Read More…]

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Whitewashing at Shinzo Abe’s State Funeral

Whitewashing at Shinzo Abe’s State Funeral

Be careful who you praise and the degree of zeal you do it with.  The slain Shinzo Abe, shot dead in Nara on July 8, towered over Japanese politics.  In doing so, he cast a lengthy shadow.  In death, this shadow continues to grow ever more darkly. The reaction from certain figures outside Japan left an impression of distorted admiration. [Read More…]

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 Open Letter to the MAGA Crowd

 Open Letter to the MAGA Crowd

I actually come into contact with many of you folks all the time. When I get car repairs, need a plumber or handyman, or go to a store, most of those I run into are MAGA supporters. On a personal basis you folks are usually nice, decent people. Yet, you support a political group who really don’t have your best[Read More…]

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Avoiding a War without a Winner: How we Could Ease the Deadly US-China Dispute

Avoiding a War without a Winner: How we Could Ease the Deadly US-China Dispute

In a world haunted by the specter of nuclear war, needlessly aggressive competition among nations could lead to an apocalyptic catastrophe. Yet, from January 1st to August 30th of 2022, 92 “close encounters” occurred between the military forces of the United States and China, both heavily armed nuclear powers. What is driving this conflict and how can we de-escalate it?[Read More…]

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A Peace Proposal that Can Give More Immediate Results in Ukraine

A Peace Proposal that Can Give More Immediate Results in Ukraine

With the passage of time, not only has distress and destruction associated with the Ukraine war increased, in addition the possibility of peace has become more distant and difficult. As in the case of many wars that drag on, more unfortunate incidents and statements become the cause of increasing bitterness on both sides and this itself then becomes the reason[Read More…]

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Demonstrators burn a scarf at a protest against the Iranian government on Sunday. (David Bates/CBC)

Defying Warning, Iranians’ Anti-hijab Protest Continues For 10th Night: 57 Deaths

Iranians took to the streets for a 10th consecutive night Sunday, in defiance of a warning from the judiciary, to protest the death of young Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in morality police custody. Images circulated by IHR showed protesters on the streets of Tehran, shouting “death to the dictator,” purportedly after nightfall on Sunday. Witnesses said that protests in several locations were[Read More…]

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From Exodus to Marvel: A Brief History of Hollywood’s Justification of Israeli War Crimes

From Exodus to Marvel: A Brief History of Hollywood’s Justification of Israeli War Crimes

The introduction of an Israeli Mossad agent as the latest Marvel movie character crosses the line, even by Hollywood’s poor moral standards. However, the Israeli superhero, Sabra, must be understood within the rational progression of the Israelification of Hollywood, a phenomenon that is surprisingly new. Sabra is a relatively old character, dating back to Marvel comic The Incredible Hulk in 1980. On 10 September, however,[Read More…]

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Towards Understanding Injustice, Inequality, Violence and Social Problems Blocking Human Progress

Towards Understanding Injustice, Inequality, Violence and Social Problems Blocking Human Progress

 Our Human Culture and Our Problems Logic seeks truth – the principle and strategy of rational thinking. If the 21st century knowledge-based societal leaders would use the natural faculties of mind, vision and intellect, we could imagine having public institutions (systematic governance) to deal with issues of racial discrimination, inequality and social injustice, violence and societal degradation leading to mindless[Read More…]

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Thousands of demonstrators join Fridays for Future's global day of action to stand with Ukraine by walking down Willy-Brandt-Strasse, a main thoroughfare in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Daniel Reinhardt/dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Europe’s Unquestioning Following of USA on Ukraine is as Harmful for its Own Interests as it is for World Peace

Europe could have criticized the Russian invasion as much as it wanted, it could have called Putin authoritarian as many times as it desired and of course it could (should) have provided even more humanitarian assistance to Ukraine refugees/displaced persons, but its more or less unquestioning acceptance of the role of the USA in Ukraine certainly raises several disturbing questions.[Read More…]

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Is the USA Scoring Self-Goals With Its Ukraine Policy?

Is the USA Scoring Self-Goals With Its Ukraine Policy?

There has already been significant criticism of the Ukraine policy of the USA government from a perspective of world peace. The base of US policy is the concept of a proxy war that can bleed and weaken Russia as much as possible (at great cost to the people of Ukraine as well as the peace and stability of the rest[Read More…]

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Who Scuttled the Ukraine Peace Process, and What Are the Future Prospects

Who Scuttled the Ukraine Peace Process, and What Are the Future Prospects

Soon after the Russian invasion of Ukraine started, in the very next month of March an important initiative was launched with the help of Turkish diplomats. Right through this month this initiative appears to have progressed well, and broad agreements for ceasefire were substantially reached, even though details remained to be worked out. Among other things, this is likely to[Read More…]

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Messing Up the Bread Basket–Changes in Ukraine Farming Cause for Serious Concern

Messing Up the Bread Basket–Changes in Ukraine Farming Cause for Serious Concern

Ukraine has for long been a very productive food grain producing country with very favorable natural conditions for this role. In particular its role in producing surplus wheat has been very well-established. What is important for government policy is to establish the sustainability and equality aspects of these natural strengths. Unfortunately in recent years Ukraine has instead travelled in an[Read More…]

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Thousands of loyalists and migrants from other African countries languish in prisons.

Understanding Libya’s Relentless Destabilization

Libya’s competing domestic actors are being exploited by foreign powers seeking to downplay their role in the fragile country. After leading a military coup in 1969, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi cemented his rule over Libya for more than 40 years. A variety of different political ideologies—Pan-Arabism, Pan-Africanism, socialism, Islamic leftism, and others—characterized his leadership, which were further reinforced by a cult of personality.[Read More…]

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IMSD strongly condemns the repressive Iranian regime, questions the hypocrisy of the Muslim clergy in India

IMSD strongly condemns the repressive Iranian regime, questions the hypocrisy of the Muslim clergy in India

Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy (IMSD) strongly condemns the Iranian State’s obscurantist, authoritarian laws and their murderous enforcement, as also the denial of the citizens’ right to protest.  In this third decade of the 21st century it’s inhuman and barbaric to kill a fellow human being merely for not covering her head. At the same time, we question the hypocrisy[Read More…]

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Global People’s Assembly at the UN General Assembly: Over 1000 civil society groups propose bold steps to transform the world 

Global People’s Assembly at the UN General Assembly: Over 1000 civil society groups propose bold steps to transform the world 

New York, 23 September 2022 – Seven years after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals – almost halfway to the 2030 deadline – the visionary promise of social justice and a rights-based, equitable and ecologically just world for all appears to be a distant dream. 1300 participants from groups who have historically been marginalized and excluded as well as civil society[Read More…]

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Many protesters cut their hairs. Photo Reuters

At least 31 Killed As Anti-government Protests Spread Across Iran

Norway-based, Iran Human Rights Organization says that they can confirm that at least 31 protesters have been killed in the on-going anti-government, anti-hijab protest across Iran. Iran’s state-run media acknowledged on Thursday that at least 17 people have been killed in anti-hijab protests which have spread across the country. The protests have spread to more than 80 cities and towns across[Read More…]

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Shoddy Consultations: Santos, Drilling and First Nations Peoples

Shoddy Consultations: Santos, Drilling and First Nations Peoples

Federal Court Justice Mordecai Bromberg has been in the environmental news again, this time throwing a large judicial spanner in the works of Santos and its drilling efforts in the Timor Sea. On this occasion, the Federal Court found that the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority should never have approved the Barossa Gas Project off the Tiwi[Read More…]

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File photos of a library in Nashik

On the Subject of Book Banning, Can Burning be Far Behind?

This being Banned Books Week, one should first ask why in a free society such a declaration is even necessary. All citizens should be free to read any book they choose without others enforcing their ideals or will upon them. The freedom of choice to read any book offers us exposure to alternative views and experiences of their authors to[Read More…]

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Thousands of demonstrators join Fridays for Future's global day of action to stand with Ukraine by walking down Willy-Brandt-Strasse, a main thoroughfare in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Daniel Reinhardt/dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Ukraine War: Still a Cuban Missile Crisis in Slow Motion

Russia’s use of tactical nuclear weapons could trigger a cataclysmic nuclear exchange. During the first days of the Ukraine war, former  Senator Sam Nunn warned that the Ukraine War was a Cuban Missile Crisis in slow motion. That warning was recently reiterated by  senior analysts in Moscow during an off the record conversation. The war is about Ukraine and much more:[Read More…]

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Ukraine Crisis Escalates Sharply With More Aggressive Statements, Higher Mobilization

Ukraine Crisis Escalates Sharply With More Aggressive Statements, Higher Mobilization

September 21 will be remembered in history as a day when the Ukraine crisis appeared to be escalating very sharply. Russian President Vladimir Putin called up 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine and backed a plan for territorial gains to make up for some recent reverses. In an address to his country he said, “If the territorial integrity of our[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Russia To Begin Partial Mobilization

Ukraine Update: Russia To Begin Partial Mobilization

Russia is going to make a partial mobilization of its reservists. It is a mobilization of 300,000 reservists. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization during an address to the nation on Wednesday morning. He said the Defense Ministry had recommended drawing military reservists into active service as the country faces a protracted conflict in Ukraine and Donbass.[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4S. Obtuse US and UK “experts” issue libelous statements re: Putin’s concept of unity

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4S. Obtuse US and UK “experts” issue libelous statements re: Putin’s concept of unity

Part 4. Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4S. Obtuse US and UK “experts” issue libelous statements re: Putin’s concept of unity  False Bias #19. When Putin Speaks of “Unity,” He Means That Ukrainians Aren’t Ukrainians but Russians and that Russia and Ukraine Should Merge into One Nation. Peter Dickinson, a member of the[Read More…]

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Offence by Another Name: Suppressing Anti-Royal Protest in Britain

Offence by Another Name: Suppressing Anti-Royal Protest in Britain

The right to protest, fragile and meekly protected by the judiciary in Britain’s common law tradition, did not really hold much force till European law confirmed it.  In the UK, condemning other countries for suppressing rights to protest is standard fare.  So it was with some discomforting surprise – at least to a number of talking heads – that people[Read More…]

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Suppression of contrarian voices

Suppression of contrarian voices

In the US, we proudly point to the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights that was adopted in 1791: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government[Read More…]

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What Do Americans Care About? Not a Cold War With Russia and China

What Do Americans Care About? Not a Cold War With Russia and China

The Biden administration will soon release its National Security Strategy, which is being revised in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The document will no doubt trigger a renewed debate about how the United States should gear up for a new Cold War against Russia and China. But before we plunge into a global great-power competition, it’s worth recalling President Biden’s[Read More…]

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How Russians Read the Conflict in the Caucasus

How Russians Read the Conflict in the Caucasus

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 13, Azerbaijan launched an aggressive military assault along the borders of the Armenian Republic. Observers of politics in the post-Soviet space may be forgiven for thinking that the center of fighting was the disputed, Armenian-inhabited region of Nagorno-Karabakh (also known as Artsakh by Armenians). In fact, however, the attack targeted several towns and villages[Read More…]

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Alone in a Crowd!

Alone in a Crowd!

Did you ever get the strangest feeling while in a crowd of people… some who you actually know, that you are ‘ All Alone’? Before someone reading this dismisses such a feeling as obviously coming from a person suffering from a condition of actual depression, not necessarily folks. In reality, this is most likely the normal reaction from one who[Read More…]

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US Peace Activists Try to Find A Way Out in the Complex Ukraine Crisis

US Peace Activists Try to Find A Way Out in the Complex Ukraine Crisis

Several peace activists in the USA recently observed a peace week during September 12-15 to mobilize more and more people for pressurizing US government policy towards peace-based solutions, instead of merely announcing weapon supply increases to an already deeply ravaged region. This effort was coordinated by Peace in Ukraine Coalition (PIUC) and spread to several parts of USA including Washington,[Read More…]

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

Peace is the Way–Let Us Give Peace a Chance!

People everywhere appear to be wearied with the way things are in the world today. Present-day society is experiencing a profound breakdown and the minds of peoples of the world are in a state of utter confusion. From Black Sea to Korean peninsula to the Middle East to China Seas, from the Arctic to Indian Ocean, our planet is manifesting the signs of an “angry beast”. There is so much of violence and destruction everywhere. Age-old institutions are collapsing, traditional ways are[Read More…]

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Hindutva  & Zionism as natural allies pose great danger to multicultural world

Hindutva  & Zionism as natural allies pose great danger to multicultural world

Those who believe in a world free of hegemonic ethno-nationalism, Racism, religious bigotry and hatred have rightly taken note of Zionism and its ally Christian Zionism, major perpetrators of ethnic cleansing of ‘Others’.  However, the civilized world with its core belief in multi-culturalism and peaceful co-existence is oblivious to a no less dangerous threat to the present human civilization; the[Read More…]

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A mother holds her malnourished baby at a hospital in Baidoa, Somalia on September 3, 2022. (Photo: Ed Ram/Getty Images)

Number of Ultrarich Hits All-Time High as Someone Dies From Hunger Every 4 Seconds

As a new analysis revealed that the global ranks of the superrich soared to a record number, a coalition of charity groups said Tuesday that hundreds of millions of people around the world are hungry—and that someone starves to death every four seconds. At least 238 international and local charities from 75 countries signed an open letter noting that “a staggering 345 million[Read More…]

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Nurses at Children's Minnesota and United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota take part in a strike on September 12, 2022. (Photo: John Autey/MediaNews Group/St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images)

Strike, Strike, Strike

Mounting inequality is fueling protests around the globe. The global ruling class is determined to prevent these protests from employing the weapon that can bring them down—strikes. The ruling oligarchs are terrified that, for tens of millions of people, the economic dislocation caused by inflation, stagnant wages, austerity, the pandemic, and the energy crisis is becoming unendurable.  They warn, as Kristalina Georgieva,[Read More…]

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Will the Samarkand Spirit Revive the Word ‘Mutual’ in World Affairs?

Will the Samarkand Spirit Revive the Word ‘Mutual’ in World Affairs?

In mid-September 2022, the nine-member Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) met in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, for its 22nd Meeting of the Council of Heads of State. Because China, India, and Pakistan are members of the SCO, the organization represents about 40 percent of the world’s population; with the addition of Russia, the SCO countries make up 60 percent of the Eurasian territory (the other member states[Read More…]

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At What Stage will USA’s Increasing Military Assistance to Ukraine Become a Direct Conflict with Russia

At What Stage will USA’s Increasing Military Assistance to Ukraine Become a Direct Conflict with Russia

At what stage can the USA’s increasing military assistance to Ukraine become like a direct conflict-or war- with Russia? This is one of the most significant questions facing humanity today, with very dangerous implications not just for these three countries but the entire humanity. Reuters reported on August 2 ( see news report titled ‘Russia says United States is directly[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4R. The nature of a “US-led rules-based order”

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4R. The nature of a “US-led rules-based order”

Part 4. Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers- Part 4R. The nature of a “US-led rules-based order” False Bias #18. Russia Is at Fault for Overturning the “US-Led Rules-Based Order,” Which Is a Benign, Just, Egalitarian, Democratic, Cooperative, and Peaceful Order to Spread Positive Political, Economic, and Cultural Values. The previous essay referred to the January[Read More…]

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Tens Of Thousands Could Die This Winter In The UK, Warn Campaigners

Tens Of Thousands Could Die This Winter In The UK, Warn Campaigners

Campaigners warn “tens of thousands” may die during the winter unless Prime Minister Liz Truss gets to grips with the cost-of-living crisis, as pressure mounts on the new PM to act following the Queen’s funeral. A Morning Star report said on September 19, 2022: The PM was told today that now the funeral for the Queen was over she needed[Read More…]

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“I Do Not Think I Know”: Scott Morrison’s Submarine Deception

“I Do Not Think I Know”: Scott Morrison’s Submarine Deception

When it was revealed that former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had not only shown contempt for his own government in secretly appointing himself, via the Governor-General’s approval, to five portfolios, the depths of deception seemed to be boundless.   His tenure had already been marked by a spectacular, habitual tendency to conceal matters.  What else would come out? The latest[Read More…]

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 Dutch Farmers Resisting the Toxic Transition  

 Dutch Farmers Resisting the Toxic Transition  

In recent years, governments have been demonstrating their subservience to their billionaire masters in Big Finance, the Gates and Rockefeller Foundations, BlackRock and the entire gamut of forces in the military-financial-industrial complex behind the ‘Great Reset’, ‘New Normal’ or whichever other benign-sounding term is used to disguise the crisis and current restructuring of capitalism and the brutal impacts on ordinary people. In[Read More…]

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US-NATO escalation in Ukraine risks nuclear war

US-NATO escalation in Ukraine risks nuclear war

by Andre Damon & Joseph Kishore A staggering recklessness has overtaken the American ruling class. It is treating the prospect of nuclear war, which would mean the deaths of millions and the potential annihilation of life on the planet, as a real possibility that must not be allowed to deter its geopolitical objectives in waging war against Russia over Ukraine.[Read More…]

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UN Development Rankings: U.S. Sliding Down

UN Development Rankings: U.S. Sliding Down

The U.S. is falling behind its developed-nation peers in checking the boxes of progress, according to a recent report from the United Nations Office of Sustainable Development. The U.S. last year ranked 32nd out of 193 UN member states has dropped 11 places in a single year and now trails even Ukraine and Cuba on the list, coming in just[Read More…]

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‘Leading from Behind’: Is Washington at War with Moscow? 

‘Leading from Behind’: Is Washington at War with Moscow? 

Though Washington insists that it is not interested in a direct military conflict with Moscow, the latter claims that the US is, in fact, directly involved. But who is telling the truth? On September 8, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, appeared in Kyiv on an unannounced visit. He carried with him pledges of yet another military and financial package[Read More…]

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The Russia – Ukraine crisis: the Global South perspective

The Russia – Ukraine crisis: the Global South perspective

 by Yevgeny Ivanov & Ashish Singh   The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has seriously affected Europe. In August 2022, annual inflation in the EU exceeded 10%[1]. Political leaders are looking for solutions to the looming energy crisis[2]. However, the consequences of events in Ukraine affect other parts of the world too. African countries depend heavily on Russian and Ukrainian[Read More…]

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South Asian Deluge is a Mix of Climate Change and Serious Mismanagement

South Asian Deluge is a Mix of Climate Change and Serious Mismanagement

Most countries of South Asia have suffered excessive flood losses this year, peaking in Pakistan. In the last week of August Pakistan, overwhelmed by surging waters, declared an emergency. Nearly 1500 human lives have already been claimed by the disaster. With excessive rains affecting almost half the country and a third of the country submerged during the peak of the[Read More…]

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Queen Elizabeth II & 70 years of UK colonialism, neo-colonialism, wars, mass mortality & genocide

Queen Elizabeth II & 70 years of UK colonialism, neo-colonialism, wars, mass mortality & genocide

Queen Elizabeth II has died, and there is immense public affection for the Queen for her dignified but warm conduct in 70 years of dedicated service as a constitutional  monarch. That affection is most marked among her British, Australian , Canadian and New Zealand Subjects, as well as among some British Commonwealth loyalists. However resolutely ignored is the Royal heading[Read More…]

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Evil Empire: Let the Monarchy Die Along With Elizabeth

Evil Empire: Let the Monarchy Die Along With Elizabeth

There is no good reason to allow the evil empire to retain any legitimacy as the British royal family papers over the pillage it continues to benefit from. The death of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch of British royalty, has sparked global fascination and spawned thousands of clickbait reports of the details of her funeral. Americans, who centuries ago[Read More…]

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Back Door Proliferation: The IAEA, AUKUS and Nuclear Submarine Technology

Back Door Proliferation: The IAEA, AUKUS and Nuclear Submarine Technology

In Vienna, China’s permanent mission to the United Nations has been rather exercised of late. Members of the mission have been particularly irate with the International Atomic Energy Agency and its Director General, Rafael Grossi, who addressed the IAEA’s Board of Governors on September 12. Grossi was building on a confidential report by the IAEA which had been circulated the[Read More…]

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The Roar of a U.S. Warplane Over a Civilian Irish Airport

The Roar of a U.S. Warplane Over a Civilian Irish Airport

“This is not a regular airport,” Margaretta D’Arcy said to me as we heard a C-130T Hercules prepare to take off from Shannon Airport in Ireland after 3 p.m. on September 11, 2022. That enormous U.S. Navy aircraft (registration number 16-4762) had flown in from Sigonella, a U.S. Naval Air Station in Italy. A few minutes earlier, a U.S. Navy[Read More…]

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Why This Letter on Ukraine Crisis by a Veteran of Peace is So Important

Why This Letter on Ukraine Crisis by a Veteran of Peace is So Important

US Policy Makers Must Listen to Gerry Condon Gerry Condon, former President of Veterans of Peace, a USA-based global organization of Military Veterans and allies with 140 chapters worldwide whose collective efforts are to build a culture for peace and end all wars, has very recently written a letter to President Biden which needs to be widely read by all[Read More…]

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U.S. Railroad Strike Averted, Says Biden

U.S. Railroad Strike Averted, Says Biden

The rail strike that threatened to shut down freight traffic across the U.S. has been temporarily averted, U.S. President Joe Biden announced on Thursday. A draft agreement by the industry and union reps reached after 20 hours of negotiations will be sent to workers for ratification after several weeks’ “cooling off” period. “The rail workers will get better pay, improved[Read More…]

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Royal Money: Charles III and the Wealth Dimension

Royal Money: Charles III and the Wealth Dimension

Once the fixated adoration with the late Queen Elizabeth II starts cooling, the accountants of public welfare and decency will be stunned to realise the costs and wealth associated with the royal institution.  Her successor, Charles III, is continuing in that vein, a jarring note of wealth and pomp even as prices rise and the hefty bills for citizens (should[Read More…]

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The Queen is dead, long live the King

The Queen is dead, long live the King

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest serving monarch of British empire died on September 8th, at the age of 96 and since then the crazy 24×7 channels including BBC and CNN are minutely reporting every event related to her death. The funeral will take place on September 19th but till then people will watch various events and engagements of the Royal[Read More…]

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It’s as if the French Revolution never happened…

It’s as if the French Revolution never happened…

According to legend, Zhou Enlai, the first premier of the People’s Republic of China, when asked what he thought was the impact of the French Revolution of 1789, is supposed to have quipped, “It’s too early to tell”. For quite a while, I took it as just another witty repartee from Comrade Zhou, with no special significance. Nowadays, I can see[Read More…]

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Why Our Electricity Prices Can’t Be Left to Bogus ‘Free Markets’

Why Our Electricity Prices Can’t Be Left to Bogus ‘Free Markets’

The so-called electricity markets were created to help private capital, not people. It is time that we wind up such bogus electricity markets and return all such public services to the people, to be run cooperatively for their benefit. The price of electricity has risen astronomically in Europe over the last two years: by four times over the previous year and 10 times over the last[Read More…]

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Violence Against Indigenous Women Grows in Vancouver Amid ‘Apathy and Injustice’

Violence Against Indigenous Women Grows in Vancouver Amid ‘Apathy and Injustice’

 Indigenous women and girls in Canada continue to face disproportionate levels of violence and insecurity rooted in colonialism. Violence against Indigenous women is “escalating like never before,” the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) has warned. A series of tragedies have rocked the city of Vancouver (unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh lands) in recent months, including the discovery of the body of a 14-year-old[Read More…]

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America as a Sacrifice Zone

America as a Sacrifice Zone

In the American ethos, sacrifice is often hailed as the chief ingredient for overcoming hardship and seizing opportunity. To be successful, we’re assured, college students must make personal sacrifices by going deep into debt for a future degree and the earnings that may come with it. Small business owners must sacrifice their paychecks so that their companies will continue to[Read More…]

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 Azerbaijan Attacks Armenia Amidst the Globalist Countdown to WW III

 Azerbaijan Attacks Armenia Amidst the Globalist Countdown to WW III

From a September 13th, 2022 Artsakh Press article headlined “Azerbaijan had pre-planned the attack”: [The Criminal Prosecution of Armenia] says its criminal investigation into Azerbaijan’s attack – a violation of the November 9, 2020 trilateral statement and several international treaties prohibiting the use of force or the threat to use force and invading the territory of another country gathered information[Read More…]

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More Than 100,000 U.S. Rail Workers Plan Strike  

More Than 100,000 U.S. Rail Workers Plan Strike  

Nearly 115,000 U.S. rail workers are poised to go on strike on Thursday at midnight, shutting down 40% of long-distance trade, after negotiations between rail unions and carriers failed to bear fruit. If a deal is not reached by Friday, a strike will begin, shutting down freight rails across the U.S. While the leaders of 10 of the 12 unions[Read More…]

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Female giant panda YaYa at the Memphis Zoo. Source: Panda Voices

Zoo Troubles: The Plight of Two Pandas Lays Bare the Flaws

by Florence Foo, Si Cheng, Taciana Santiago and Brittany Michelson Zoos are often viewed as places of entertainment where humans can appreciate the beauty of the various species that can be found in different ecosystems on the planet. Many parents take their children to visit these facilities to let them experience being close to animals, educate them about the species,[Read More…]

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Why It’s Time to Declassify the Documents From Trump’s Basement

Why It’s Time to Declassify the Documents From Trump’s Basement

Whatever your feelings about former President Trump, there are reasons to be skeptical when government officials say it was necessary to raid his Florida home to recover classified documents that threatened national security. Like the former president, I was once accused by the government of mishandling classified information connected to my representation of a detainee at Guantanamo Bay. There was[Read More…]

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Life Expectancy: The US and Cuba in the Time of Covid

Life Expectancy: The US and Cuba in the Time of Covid

The article documents that, for the first time, life expectancy in Cuba exceeds that in the US by almost three years. It explores intertwined reasons behind this occurrence, including responses to Covid, health care systems, racism, poverty, misinformation campaigns, the embargo, international solidarity efforts, and resilience to climate change. Recent data shows that between 2019 and 2021, life expectancy (LE)[Read More…]

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Europe Will Spiral Into Severe Recession, Says BlackRock

Europe Will Spiral Into Severe Recession, Says BlackRock

Europe will spiral into a severe recession, as the shortage in energy supplies is set to spike inflation even higher and weigh heavily on Europe’s GDP, BlackRock said in a note on Monday. Media reports said: “The energy crunch will drive a recession in Europe, as we’ve argued since March. The crisis has worsened since then as Russia has halted gas supplies,”[Read More…]

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Will the U.S. Learn Anything from Putin’s Disastrous Invasion?

Will the U.S. Learn Anything from Putin’s Disastrous Invasion?

In Washington, wide agreement exists that the Russian army’s performance in the Kremlin’s ongoing Ukraine “special military operation” ranks somewhere between lousy and truly abysmal. The question is: Why? The answer in American policy circles, both civilian and military, appears all but self-evident. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has stubbornly insisted on ignoring the principles, practices, and methods identified as necessary for[Read More…]

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Tigray’s Humanitarian Crisis Worsens with Theft of Critical Supplies of Fuel Oil

Tigray’s Humanitarian Crisis Worsens with Theft of Critical Supplies of Fuel Oil

September is supposed to be a very critical month for the nearly 5.5 million people of Tigray region of Ethiopia affected by very severe food shortages, almost half of them on brink of starvation. If the neighboring regions of Afar and Amhara are included then as many as 13 million people face a very difficult situation. The United Nations officials[Read More…]

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SCO Summit: Xi And Putin Are For A New World Order

SCO Summit: Xi And Putin Are For A New World Order

China is willing to work with Russia to take the global order “in a more just and reasonable direction,” Beijing’s top diplomat said, underscoring the depth of the two nations’ ties. A Bloomberg report said: Under the guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin, “the relationship between the two countries has always been on the right track, and[Read More…]

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Queenly Saturation

Queenly Saturation

Turn on the television. Move to the screen.  Switch on the device – if you ever left it off.  Queen Elizabeth II may have passed, but she is everywhere in very lively fashion, a spectral manifestation that has utterly controlled large chunks of a transfixed global media system. It helps that she has captured the media mecca that is the[Read More…]

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Silencing The Lambs, How Propaganda Works

Silencing The Lambs, How Propaganda Works

In an address to the Trondheim World Festival in Norway, John Pilger charts the history of power propaganda and describes how it appropriates journalism in a ‘profound imperialism’ and is likely to entrap us all, if we allow it. In the 1970s, I met one of Hitler’s leading propagandists, Leni Riefenstahl, whose epic films glorified the Nazis. We happened to[Read More…]

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Inequalities and militarization in USA have led to millions being deprived of basic needs

Inequalities and militarization in USA have led to millions being deprived of basic needs

The USA is without doubt the most powerful country in the world. It was endowed with an exceptionally plentiful natural resource base. Despite this the bottom half of the population of the USA has been facing increasing difficulties in meeting its basic needs. One of the most important reasons for this relates to increase of inequalities. The USA poverty level[Read More…]

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“We’ll Meet Them Out in the Fields”: Challenging the Pipelines to Nowhere

“We’ll Meet Them Out in the Fields”: Challenging the Pipelines to Nowhere

Recent polls suggest that the bonkers, even barbaric, rhetoric coming from far-right MAGA candidates could be undermining Republicans’ chances of capturing both chambers of Congress in November. Now, the greater danger may lie down-ballot. If extremists win key offices in swing-state governments in 2022, they might manage to award their states’ Electoral College votes to the MAGA presidential candidate, against[Read More…]

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Nationalism: The True Enemy of Humanity

Nationalism: The True Enemy of Humanity

In a recent lecture on the war in the Ukraine, John Mearsheimer, a political scientist at the University of Chicago, noted that “nationalism” is the strongest ideology in the world today. Having lived through the Cold War era, anything having to do with Russia, formerly the major part of the Soviet Union, was framed in the ideological context of “the[Read More…]

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Gorbachev betrayed essence of Communism

Gorbachev betrayed essence of Communism

Mikhail Gorbachev has been eulogised by sections for bringing end to cold war, giving Socialism new perspective an formulating Glasnost and Persetroika.At the time it caused great confusion within the International Communist camp and gave an impression that Gorbachev was creating another revolution. Gorbachev did everything under the sun  to undo any remnants of the soviet socialist system and de-construction[Read More…]

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Developing countries debt crisis – Chinese or Western trap?

Developing countries debt crisis – Chinese or Western trap?

As rich countries switch on their firefighting mode to tame soaring inflation, developing countries are feeling the heat. Higher interest rates mean increased debt servicing costs. Hawkish interest rate hikes are also triggering net capital outflows and currency depreciations, adding to the woes caused by commodity price volatilities and US-led trade disruptions. Thus, an increasing number of developing countries are[Read More…]

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Europe In Energy Turmoil

Europe In Energy Turmoil

Europe is in energy turmoil with uncertainty in the coming winter and measures to counter Russia. The EU finds consensus is elusive and solidarity is in short supply. A Bloomberg report said: European ministers sounded defiant as they met in Brussels to deliberate plans aimed at halting the spiral in energy prices. “We will prevail,” European Union Energy Commissioner Kadri[Read More…]

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Contractors Cash in as Congress Adds Billions to the Pentagon Budget

by Julia Gledhill & William D. Hartung Congress has spoken when it comes to next year’s Pentagon budget and the results, if they weren’t so in line with past practices, should astonish us all. The House of Representatives voted to add $37 billion and the Senate $45 billion to the administration’s already humongous request for “national defense,” a staggering figure that includes both the[Read More…]

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Questioning Technological Determinism – II

Questioning Technological Determinism – II

This is part II of an essay in two parts on modern technology and its demise. Part I deals with the history of modern technology starting from the Industrial Revolution (1760-1830) and ending in 2008 with the financial meltdown and the birth of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In Part II we will show how this latest industrial revolution is bound[Read More…]

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Kiss the Amazon Goodbye?

Kiss the Amazon Goodbye?

The ecosystems of the world that support life like Brazil’s Amazon rainforest have an incompatible relationship with far right governments, like the United States under Trump, who took a baseball bat to the EPA.  According to Christine Todd Whitman, who headed EPA under George W. Bush: “I’ve never seen such an orchestrated war on the environment or science.” (How Trump[Read More…]

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Horn of Africa Moving Rapidly Towards Famine, Millions Face Starvation

Horn of Africa Moving Rapidly Towards Famine, Millions Face Starvation

The greater part of the Horn of Africa region is seeing a steady worsening of hunger and starvation, as four years of rain failure have tasted the limits of the coping mechanisms of people. In Somalia, a country of around 16 million people, nearly 260,000 people are reported to have died in the famine of 2010-11. The international community was[Read More…]

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The Bewildering Vote in Chile That Rejected a New Constitution

The Bewildering Vote in Chile That Rejected a New Constitution

by Taroa Zúñiga Silva and Vijay Prashad On September 4, 2022, more than 13 million Chileans—out of a voting-eligible population of approximately 15 million—voted on a proposal to introduce a new constitution in the country. As early as March, polls began to suggest that the constitution would not be able to pass. However, polls had hinted for months at a narrowing of the lead[Read More…]

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France’s Influence in Africa Faces Strains From Locals and Foreign Competitors

France’s Influence in Africa Faces Strains From Locals and Foreign Competitors

The recent visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Algeria is an attempt by Paris to hold on to the economic and cultural control it once had over its former colonies. On August 25, French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Algeria on a three-day visit to begin mending bilateral relations with the country. Ties between France and Algeria have historically been erratic,[Read More…]

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The 11th Hour of Empire!!

The 11th Hour of Empire!!

In most dramatic thrillers they love to use the term of ‘ The 11th hour’ for whatever suspenseful endeavor is reaching its deadline. Detectives or surgeons are running ragged to stop the oncoming negative conclusion from happening. Well, so it is for this American Military Industrial Empire… the end is near. This may not mean the end of human existence,[Read More…]

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In memory of 50th anniversary of Munich Massacre

In memory of 50th anniversary of Munich Massacre

On September 5-6th we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the killing of Israeli hostages in the 1972 Olympic Games . 50 years ago in September5th-6th in 1972 a tiny unit of Palestinian fighters sensationally took 11 Israeli athletes hostage just ahead of the Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany. All the hostages were executed during a botched rescue attempt by[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4. Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4Q

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4. Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4Q

Part 4q. US and NATO policymakers blame Putin, and not themselves, for violating the post-cold war settlement   False Bias #17. This Confrontation Is Not America’s or NATO’s Fault. Russia Is to Blame for “Rolling Back” the Post-Cold War Settlement. In his January 29, 2019 testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee for the Senate Hearing of the National Defense[Read More…]

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Dinner Versus the Truth: The Problem With Facebook’s Content Warnings

Dinner Versus the Truth: The Problem With Facebook’s Content Warnings

Facebook’s algorithm is considering two sponsored posts that feature the same chicken. In the first post, she is alive and struggling, confined in a tiny cage, on her way to her premature death. In the second, she is dead, beheaded, and roasted. Can you guess which post was approved? It turns out that Meta, the parent company of Facebook, is[Read More…]

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Victory of Liz & Rishi’s Defeat!

Victory of Liz & Rishi’s Defeat!

Give a thought, if Rishi Sunak had not chosen to resign from cabinet, Boris Johnson may have still remained Prime Minister of United Kingdom. With political turns favoring her, Mary Elizabeth Truss, better known as Liz Truss, is now the third female Prime Minister of United Kingdom. She shares an interesting political bonding with the other two of fairer gender.[Read More…]

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Chile: Rejection of New Constitution — Paradox of Democracy? Or, Wait and Watch?

Chile: Rejection of New Constitution — Paradox of Democracy? Or, Wait and Watch?

62% of voters in Chile rejected the proposed constitution last Sunday. It may seem paradoxical. How could they reject a constitution that would guarantee 50% reservation for women; Education, Health and Social Security and care for all are state responsibility; and also Rights of Indigenous communities or nations or tribes (by whatever name they be called) would be documented for[Read More…]

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Europe Struggles With Energy Crisis

Europe Struggles With Energy Crisis

Europe is struggling with energy crisis. Reports by media including AP and ABC News said: Europe is struggling to contain an energy crisis that could lead to rolling blackouts, shuttered factories and a deep recession. The primary cause: Russia has choked off the supplies of cheap natural gas that the continent depended on for years to run factories, generate electricity[Read More…]

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Questioning Technological Determinism -1

Questioning Technological Determinism -1

This is an essay in two parts on modern technology and its demise. Part I deals with the history of modern technology starting from the Industrial Revolution (1760-1830) and ending with the 2008 financial meltdown and the birth of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In Part II we will show how this latest industrial revolution is bound to fail. Part I:[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4. Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4P

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4. Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4P

Part 4P. Proxy wars for fur and fossil fuels: Obsessions for resources are the cause and effect of mental, spiritual, physical, economic, and environmental imbalance False Bias #16. Oil Is a Vital Resource, and US Policymakers Are Smart and Psychologically Balanced in Their Pursuit of Fossil Fuels. The night of February 8, 1690, some 200 French troops with their Native[Read More…]

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The Trump Supreme Court Is Nothing New

Has the Trump Supreme Court gone rogue? The evidence mounts. Certainly, its recent judicial blitzkrieg has run roughshod over a century’s worth of settled law. A woman’s right to get an abortion? Gone (at least as a constitutionally protected civil right). Meanwhile, voting rights are barely hanging on, along with the 1965 Voting Rights Act that gave them life. State legislatures, so the court ruled, may[Read More…]

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An open letter to Biden, Putin, and Zelensky

An open letter to Biden, Putin, and Zelensky

I am in a dilemma about how to address you. We may leave it behind. You all three are quite aware that the world is now going through the most dangerous crisis since the end of World War 11 mainly because of you. A single misstep can ignite apocalyptical consequences. That may lead the planet to the threshold of an[Read More…]

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Mikhail Gorbachev’s lessons for the Indian Left

Mikhail Gorbachev’s lessons for the Indian Left

The recent passing of Mikhail Gorbachev triggered memories from the mid-eighties, when as a young communist party activist, I would be constantly confronted with the question, ‘Why are you still fighting for communism? The Soviet Union is being reformed by Gorbachev.’ My retort would be, “In India or elsewhere, we first need to carry out the Russian Revolution. We will[Read More…]

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Casting Malevolent Shadows: Liz Truss Wins the Tory Leadership

Casting Malevolent Shadows: Liz Truss Wins the Tory Leadership

10 Downing Street is set to be bathed in social media guff with the victory of Liz Truss.   Confirmed as Boris Johnson’s successor, the new British Prime Minister won by a slimmer margin over rival contender Rishi Sunak than anticipated.  Nonetheless, 81,326 votes to 60,399 was sufficient to guarantee her a secure margin – for the moment.  (The turnout had[Read More…]

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Peace talks in Turkey, March 2022. Photo credit: Murat Cetin Muhurdar / Turkish Presidential Press Service / AFP

 Peace Talks Essential as War Rages on in Ukraine 

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies Six months ago, Russia invaded Ukraine. The United States, NATO and the European Union (EU) wrapped themselves in the Ukrainian flag, shelled out billions for arms shipments, and imposed draconian sanctions intended to severely punish Russia for its aggression. Since then, the people of Ukraine have been paying a price for this war[Read More…]

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Cost Of Living And Energy Crisis In UK: Fear Of Civil Unrest This Winter: Says Times

Cost Of Living And Energy Crisis In UK: Fear Of Civil Unrest This Winter: Says Times

Citing a leaked national strategy paper the Sunday Times reports: UK police fear a sharp rise in certain categories of crime and a risk of civil unrest this winter amid a cost of living and energy crisis. The document compiled by police chiefs warns that “economic turmoil and financial instability” may lead to an increase in offenses such as shoplifting,[Read More…]

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The Road to Fascism: How the War in Ukraine is Changing Europe 

The Road to Fascism: How the War in Ukraine is Changing Europe 

As soon as I landed in Rome, I discovered that I was no longer able to access any Russian media whatsoever. Unfortunately, threats by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, that Europe should sever all links with “Russia’s propaganda machine” were taken seriously by the Italian government. As a journalist, having access to only one side of the Russia-Ukraine[Read More…]

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What I Learned About Governments by Reading Classified Documents

What I Learned About Governments by Reading Classified Documents

Donald Trump’s illegal retention of classified U.S. government records reminded me that I have been reading these kinds of sensitive official files after their declassification―and learning from them―for decades. The reason is that I am a scholar of international history and, in this connection, have drawn upon such material in my research.  Governments keep secrets, and to understand the full[Read More…]

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Peace protest at the White House - Photo credit: iacenter.org

Global Peace and Human Security:  Are We, the People and Global Leaders at Crossroads?

Global Leaders lack Understanding of the Nature,  Peace and Human Security To manifest global peace and human security, We, the People of conscience ask for a reasoned dialogue for peace between the warring parties. There is no place for complicity to maintain ignorance to atrocities and emerging calamities or acrimonious spell of violence and madness on the other side. Superiority[Read More…]

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Comprehensive, Unbiased Evaluation of Dam Impacts Can Help to Avoid Serious Mistakes

Comprehensive, Unbiased Evaluation of Dam Impacts Can Help to Avoid Serious Mistakes

There has been an increasing, welcome trend in many parts of world for seeking a better, unbiased and more comprehensive understanding of real-life impacts of large dams. This is to a substantial part driven by the actual experience of several leading and highly publicized dam projects which turned out to be very different from the rosy promises made earlier. The[Read More…]

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How US converted Taiwan into a launch pad for war with China

How US converted Taiwan into a launch pad for war with China

When the US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan on 2 August 2022, it predictably enraged China because the island is part of China. The visit was thus a condescending challenge to China especially when it was backed up by a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group and military jets. Pentagon provided fighter jets as escorts for Pelosi’s congressional visit with[Read More…]

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MLPD (Germany) celebrate 40th Anniversary 

MLPD (Germany) celebrate 40th Anniversary 

The Marxist Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD) celebrated its 40th anniversary with a weekend of celebration from August 25-28 in town of Gelsenkirchen. The 1500 who attended were party members from across Germany, their families, residents of the local community, and international guests representing revolutionary parties and organizations from 31 countries across five continents. Andy Koch, the National Organizer of[Read More…]

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Where Does Russia Receive Its Aid From?

Where Does Russia Receive Its Aid From?

While Ukraine has received enormous aid from around the world since the Russian invasion began in February, open support for Russia should not be dismissed. On August 24, Ukraine’s independence day, the U.S. provided a $3 billion military aid package to the country. The additional assistance adds to more than $80 billion worth of support that Kyiv has already received between January[Read More…]

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Why There is a Big Increase in Concern About Homeless Numbers Increasing Rapidly in USA

Why There is a Big Increase in Concern About Homeless Numbers Increasing Rapidly in USA

In recent years concern has been expressed that the number of homeless persons in the USA has ranged between 500,000 to 600,000, too high for such a rich country. However now the number of homeless people here appears likely to increase very rapidly in the near future. Why? Nearly one-third of the households, mostly in the lower-income groups and racial[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: U.S. Prepared Ukraine For Counteroffensive, Reports CNN

Ukraine Update: U.S. Prepared Ukraine For Counteroffensive, Reports CNN

Citing anonymous sources CNN claimed on Thursday, U.S. officials helped prepare the Ukrainian military for its counteroffensive against Russian forces in the south of the country. In its article, CNN, one of largest US news organizations, alleged that this assistance included joint “war gaming” analytical exercises designed to help the Ukrainians get a clear picture of how much personnel and[Read More…]

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National Press Club Honors Shireen Abu Akleh

National Press Club Honors Shireen Abu Akleh

Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh who was killed on May 11, 2022, while reporting from the West Bank during an Israeli military operation was honored last night at the National Press Club in Washington during the club’s 49th Annual National Press Club Journalism Awards Dinner. Al Jazeera DC Bureau Chief Abderahim Foukara noted that the shooting of his colleague[Read More…]

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How Risks of Nuclear Weapons Have Become Alarmingly High

How Risks of Nuclear Weapons Have Become Alarmingly High

Risks of nuclear weapons have become alarmingly high due to a number of factors. Giving one indication of this, the Union of Concerned Scientists, USA, has written recently that warheads on just one US nuclear armed submarine have SEVEN times the destructive power of ALL the bombs dropped during World War II including the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan.[Read More…]

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Australian PM Morrison’s Pseudo Coup By Secretly Grabbing 5 Ministerial Positions

Australian PM Morrison’s Pseudo Coup By Secretly Grabbing 5 Ministerial Positions

Australians were astonished  by the revelation in August that former Prime Minister Scott Morrison had secretly been appointed by the Governor General, General David Hurley, as a Minister for Health, Minister for Treasury,  Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for Finance, and Minister for Resources and Water. These extraordinary and secret actions, while legal,  have grossly violated the core principles of[Read More…]

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The Most Important Election in the Americas Is in Brazil

The Most Important Election in the Americas Is in Brazil

Former Brazilian President Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva (known as Lula) runs about on stage at the Latin America Memorial in São Paulo. He was there on August 22, 2022, speaking at a book launch featuring photographs by Ricardo Stuckert about Lula’s trips around the world when he was the president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010. Lula is a[Read More…]

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Noble Ideas of Visionary Gorbachev Failed Because He Ignored the Deceit, Duplicity and Dangers of Imperialism

Noble Ideas of Visionary Gorbachev Failed Because He Ignored the Deceit, Duplicity and Dangers of Imperialism

Gorbachev set out to reform the Soviet Union and make the entire world a less dangerous place to live in. If he had succeeded, the mad race for weapons of mass destruction would have not only slowed down but, assuming the best possible outcome, there was a real chance of their elimination or the elimination process at least starting. Much[Read More…]

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As floods follow earthquakes and drought in Afghanistan, the USA should immediately return its billions

As floods follow earthquakes and drought in Afghanistan, the USA should immediately return its billions

Highly destructive floods devastated parts of Afghanistan in August. This was preceded by a prolonged drought, stated to be the worst in decades, and two earthquakes this year. As an overwhelming majority of people including children face serious hunger and many-sided deprivation, the USA and others should immediately release the Afghanistan central bank reserve funds of 9 billion dollars or[Read More…]

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