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Suzet McKinney, a member of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board (SASB), and Daniel Holz, 2022 co-chair of the Bulletin's SASB, reveal the 2022 time on the "Doomsday Clock." (Photo: Thomas Gaulkin/Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

Humanity at “Doom’s Doorstep” Says Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Top scientists responsible for the “Doomsday Clock” issued a stark warning Thursday about how close the world is to catastrophe due to the climate emergency, nuclear weapons, and “disruptive technologies in other domains.” Launched by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947 as a symbol for “how close we are to destroying our world,” the clock remains at 100 seconds to[Read More…]

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Morocco Drives a War in Western Sahara for Its Phosphates

Morocco Drives a War in Western Sahara for Its Phosphates

In November 2020, the Moroccan government sent its military to the Guerguerat area, a buffer zone between the territory claimed by the Kingdom of Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). The Guerguerat border post is at the very southern edge of Western Sahara along the road that goes to Mauritania. The presence of Moroccan troops “in the Buffer Strip in the Guerguerat[Read More…]

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Guantánamo’s Forever Elusive Endgame – Will We “Celebrate” Its 30th Anniversary?

Guantánamo’s Forever Elusive Endgame – Will We “Celebrate” Its 30th Anniversary?

It’s now more than 20 years later and that American offshore symbol of mistreatment and injustice, the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, is still open. In fact, as 2021 ended, New York Times reporter Carol Rosenberg, who has covered that notorious prison complex since its first day, reported on the Pentagon’s plans to build a brand-new prefab courthouse at that naval base. It’s intended[Read More…]

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77 And The Drums Of War

77 And The Drums Of War

The 77th Anniversary of the Defeat of Fascism in Europe in the month of May 1945; approaches us. Below is a picture of Soviet Troops entering Warsaw and being greeted by the residents of the city. Contrary to Public Perception (ingrained into our Collective Psyche by Big Media and Her Relentless Efforts to Re-Write History); the Soviets were not seen as[Read More…]

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Blinken delays US response to Russia

Blinken delays US response to Russia

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warns of imminent Russian assault on Ukraine, scrambling to get allies to rally. (File photo) A special press briefing in unseemly hurry by the US state department to warn an imminent Russian assault on Ukraine; a surprise call by state secretary Blinken to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to be followed by an unscheduled meeting[Read More…]

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 “Havana Syndrome” – CIA Rules Out Foreign Power Involvement

 “Havana Syndrome” – CIA Rules Out Foreign Power Involvement

 I swear, I can’t hear well. Photo: Osval, Granma “Havana Syndrome” came out as an accusation, first, against Cuba, and then, against Russia. Now, the CIA has found the fact: No hostile power, no foreign enemy was involved with the so-called Havana Syndrome. A report by NBC News – CIA says ‘Havana Syndrome’ not result of sustained global campaign by hostile power[Read More…]

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After a Year of Biden, Why Do We Still Have Trump’s Foreign Policy?

After a Year of Biden, Why Do We Still Have Trump’s Foreign Policy?

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies President Biden and the Democrats were highly critical of President Trump’s foreign policy, so it was reasonable to expect that Biden would quickly remedy its worst impacts. As a senior member of the Obama administration, Biden surely needed no schooling on Obama’s diplomatic agreements with Cuba and Iran, both of which began to resolve long-standing foreign[Read More…]

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The Smearing of Emma Watson

The Smearing of Emma Watson

by Sut Jhally & Roger Waters Anyone who has ever been critical of Israeli actions toward the Palestinian people knows what to expect next—an avalanche of pit-bull attacks and smears that their criticisms of Israel are motivated by racism and anti-Semitism. The latest example is the response to actress Emma Watson’s pro-Palestinian Instagram post, which led (predictably) to Israeli officials and[Read More…]

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Erdogan Triumphs as Putin Stabs His Best Ally in the Back

Erdogan Triumphs as Putin Stabs His Best Ally in the Back

President Putin has been making some astonishing demands, including: NATO mustn’t admit additional countries near Russia, such as Ukraine and Georgia. NATO must cease military activity in non-NATO territories: Georgia, Ukraine, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and parts of eastern Europe. Yet, incredibly, Putin has himself been enabling a NATO member’s aggression bordering Russia. In 2020, the Kremlin embraced Turkey’s sending[Read More…]

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Oxfam report reveals malignant dependency of the pandemic on capitalist inequality

Oxfam report reveals malignant dependency of the pandemic on capitalist inequality

This week, Oxfam published a major report in advance of the annual World Economic Forum Davos Agenda. Coming as society enters the third year of the pandemic, the Oxfam briefing expresses an undeniable reality: the COVID-19 pandemic is a malignant byproduct of a society that is deeply ill with the disease of social inequality. Entitled “Inequality Kills,” the Oxfam report[Read More…]

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Caution: New Normal

Caution: New Normal

Getting familiar with some of the trends of New Normal is absolutely necessary and advisable.  These new normal trends are so active in affecting our lives negatively. Being ignorant of these new normal trends will leave us in lurch depoliticized subtly. The first new normal. The global big pharma has strongly buckled up itself for bullying any regulative mechanisms that[Read More…]

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Arise, Pandemic Profiteers

Arise, Pandemic Profiteers

History’s annals are filled with war profiteers and hustlers for the opportunistic return.  They come in the form of hoarders, arms manufacturers and wily business folk making a steal on slaughter and mayhem.  But the other conflict – that of battling a pandemic – has also shown that profits exist for those willing to exploit the crisis. With the global[Read More…]

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Uprising in Kazakhstan

Uprising in Kazakhstan

The latest wave of protests began in Janaozen (sometimes spelled Zhanaozen), an oil town in western Kazakhstan. It was here that police shot down unarmed strikers in December 2011. Ten years later, the oilmen again struck for higher wages, better working conditions and the right to organize. The immediate triggers were the layoff in December of 40,000 workers by the[Read More…]

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Only Fools Replay Doomsday – The Cold War, Reborn and Resurgent

Only Fools Replay Doomsday – The Cold War, Reborn and Resurgent

In the early 1960s, at the height of America’s original Cold War with the Soviet Union, my old service branch, the Air Force, sought to build 10,000 land-based nuclear missiles. These were intended to augment the hundreds of nuclear bombers it already had, like the B-52s featured so memorably in the movie Dr. Strangelove. Predictably, massive future overkill was justified in[Read More…]

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Oxfam report highlights widening pandemic inequality in Asia

Oxfam report highlights widening pandemic inequality in Asia

A report issued by the British-based international aid agency Oxfam last week has highlighted the rapid escalation of economic and social inequality in the Asia-Pacific region during the COVID-19 pandemic, documenting how a handful of the ultra-wealthy have directly benefited from the suffering of millions. The investigation found that 20 new “pandemic billionaires” had been created over the past two[Read More…]

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Oxfam report “Inequality Kills”: Billionaires racked up wealth while millions died during the pandemic

Oxfam report “Inequality Kills”: Billionaires racked up wealth while millions died during the pandemic

The global charity Oxfam released a briefing on Monday entitled “Inequality Kills” in advance of the World Economic Forum State of the World conference being held virtually January 17-21. In focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic, the document paints a devastating picture of the world capitalist order. It shows that the unprecedented accumulation of wealth by the world’s billionaire elite is[Read More…]

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Souring of Taliban’s relations with Pakistan

Souring of Taliban’s relations with Pakistan

External interference in Afghanistan has reappeared much sooner than one would have expected after the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan in August. In a familiar pattern, the rumour mill has become active.   The Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova hit out today at the rumours being planted by American sources insinuating that Moscow is supplying arms to the so-called National Resistance Front of[Read More…]

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Dangerous Precedents and Hypothetical Threats: The Deportation of Novak Djokovic

Dangerous Precedents and Hypothetical Threats: The Deportation of Novak Djokovic

Australia’s treatment of Novak Djokovic, the tennis world number one, has been revelatory.  Unintentionally, this has exposed the seedier, arbitrary and inconsistent nature of Australia’s border policies.  The approval by the Australian Federal Court of the Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s decision to re-cancel the prominent Serb’s visa left the country a heaving precedent that will be invoked, in future, with[Read More…]

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An Epochal Decline in American Global Power

An Epochal Decline in American Global Power

Throughout 2021, Americans were absorbed in arguments over mask mandates, school closings, and the meaning of the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Meanwhile, geopolitical hot spots were erupting across Eurasia, forming a veritable ring of fire around that vast land mass. Let’s circle that continent to visit just a few of those flashpoints, each one suffused with significance for[Read More…]

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No excuse not to end the acute stage of pandemic globally

No excuse not to end the acute stage of pandemic globally

by Shobha Shukla and Bobby Ramakant Is it not shocking that after more than two years into the pandemic (when we know how to protect ourselves from getting infected, and have had vaccines for more than a year now), by far the highest-ever number of corona virus infections in a single week were reported in the second week of January[Read More…]

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Skeptic’s Alert: Washington and NYT Expose Russian False Flag

Skeptic’s Alert: Washington and NYT Expose Russian False Flag

On 14 January, a breaking news story from the New York Times informed its readers: “U.S. Says Russia Sent Saboteurs Into Ukraine to Create Pretext for Invasion.” Unsurprisingly, Washington “did not release details of the evidence it had collected.” Why did the NYT not question the withholding of evidence? Why even deign to report what so easily could be dismissed,[Read More…]

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 Excellent Xinjiang Health, Growth & Education Outcomes Contradict Sinophobic US Lies

 Excellent Xinjiang Health, Growth & Education Outcomes Contradict Sinophobic US Lies

The US and its allies are countering the re-emergence of China with a Sinophobic confection of new alliances, military threats, jingoism and false propaganda about  a  falsely claimed Uyghur Genocide in Xinjiang.  However excellent health, infant mortality, maternal mortality, population growth and education outcomes in Xinjiang reported by China and confirmed by respected NGOs contradict Sinophobic US, UK and Australian[Read More…]

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A Flawed Program – Millions Of Expiring Covid Vaccine Doses: Poorer Nations Reject

A Flawed Program – Millions Of Expiring Covid Vaccine Doses: Poorer Nations Reject

The short expiration dates of vaccines donated to the sharing program is a major problem, Etleva Kadilli, an official concerned with the issue told the European Parliament (EP) on Thursday. The official heads the Supply Division of UNICEF, the UN’s agency for the betterment of children’s lives worldwide. “Until we have a better shelf life, this is going to be[Read More…]

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A Short History of the US-Pakistan Relationship

A Short History of the US-Pakistan Relationship

On January 10, 2022, National Security Advisor (NSA) Moeed Yusuf said, “It [Pakistan] is still not [free from US influence] and I doubt that there is any country which is free from it.” He added that the country does not have any financial independence, being dependent on loans from International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other foreign organizations. “When we cannot [fulfill][Read More…]

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Enduring Stain: The Guantánamo Military Prison Turns Twenty

Enduring Stain: The Guantánamo Military Prison Turns Twenty

Anniversaries for detention centres, concentration camps and torture facilities are not the relishable calendar events in the canon of human worth.  But not remembering them, when they were used, and how they continue being used, would be unpardonable amnesia. On January 11, 2002, the first prisoners of the absurdly named “War on Terror”, declared with such confused understanding by US[Read More…]

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Are Western Wealthy Countries Determined to Starve the People of Afghanistan?

Are Western Wealthy Countries Determined to Starve the People of Afghanistan?

On January 11, 2022, the United Nations (UN) Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths appealed to the international community to help raise $4.4 billion for Afghanistan in humanitarian aid, calling this effort, “the largest ever appeal for a single country for humanitarian assistance.” This amount is required “in the hope of shoring up collapsing basic services there,” said the UN. If this appeal is not[Read More…]

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MLK speaking at Riverside Church, NYC, 4 April 1967

If USA was reminded of 1967 Headlines! KING CALLS U.S.“GREATEST PURVEYOR OF VIOLENCE IN THE WORLD”  

If, during the three day Martin Luther King birthday holiday, a world attention getting source, for example, a Chinese government spokesperson, would point out that the government of the United States of America was condemned as the most violent in the world by America’s own idol, this writer believes it would be a sensation, and a most difficult moment for[Read More…]

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As Cryptocurrency Becomes Mainstream, Its Carbon Footprint Can’t Be Ignored

As Cryptocurrency Becomes Mainstream, Its Carbon Footprint Can’t Be Ignored

As Bitcoin prices rise, so will the incentive to mine it, creating a feedback loop that spells trouble for the climate. For advocates of cryptocurrency, the promise of an economic future that is managed by a blockchain (a decentralized database that is shared among the nodes of a computer network, as opposed to being held in a single location, such[Read More…]

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Why Xinjiang Has Been a Touchy Subject in China for Centuries

Why Xinjiang Has Been a Touchy Subject in China for Centuries

 China’s increasing security measures in Xinjiang reflect its historical territorial vulnerability and concerns over internal stability. Balancing these with its international ambitions and foreign relations will be no easy feat. For over a decade, increasing international attention has been focused on China’s treatment of Xinjiang’s Uyghur population. While Beijing is wary of all forms of separatism—Hong Kong and Tibet being its other major[Read More…]

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Washington Tightens the Noose around China: None Dare Call It “Encirclement”

Washington Tightens the Noose around China: None Dare Call It “Encirclement”

The word “encirclement” does not appear in the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed into law by President Joe Biden on December 27th, or in other recent administration statements about its foreign and military policies. Nor does that classic Cold War era term “containment” ever come up. Still, America’s top leaders have reached a consensus on a strategy to encircle and[Read More…]

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America, Russia and NATO look for New Frontiers of Influence

America, Russia and NATO look for New Frontiers of Influence

Why the Lessons of History are Ignored America, Russia and NATO’s Geneva diplomatic talks ended in failure without any formal course of action to avoid military confrontation on Ukraine’s border.  Other vital issues include how to treat each other in a futuristic imaginary encounter of common interests. The global community is watching the prelude to a staged drama of unwarranted[Read More…]

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Failure of NATO-Russia Council underscores the risk of war

Failure of NATO-Russia Council underscores the risk of war

Like the bilateral negotiations between the US and Russia on Monday, the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on Wednesday also ended with no tangible result. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called it a “positive sign” that the 30 NATO countries and Russia were “sitting at the same table again for the first time in two and a half years and[Read More…]

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The U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), front, and the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) underway in the the South China Sea on 18 April 2020. (Wikimedia Commons)

Pacific may be most likely to see ‘strategic surprise’, says U.S. policymaker Campbell

The Pacific may well be the part of the world most likely to see “strategic surprise,” the U.S. Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell said on Monday, in comments apparently referring to possible Chinese ambitions to establish Pacific-island bases. Enormous Strategic Interests On January 11, 2022, a Washington datelined Reuters report said: Campbell told Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)[Read More…]

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Historical Differences Will Not Erode an Advantageous 21st-Century Chinese-Russian Partnership

Historical Differences Will Not Erode an Advantageous 21st-Century Chinese-Russian Partnership

Cautious cooperation, lingering distrust, and outright conflict have characterized the Sino-Russian relationship for hundreds of years. But alongside natural reasons to collaborate, a shared animosity toward the United States ensures positive relations will endure. The 21st century has seen the forging of “cooperative” relations between China and Russia, with the benefits of this new partnership outweighing the historical differences between these two[Read More…]

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The Road Will Be Long And Bumpy: WEF On Post-pandemic Recovery

The Road Will Be Long And Bumpy: WEF On Post-pandemic Recovery

The World Economic Forum (WEF) warns: The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic may take years to reign in. The WEF has also sheds light on major concerns regarding the future from the globe’s economic elite. “Covid-19 and its economic and societal consequences continue to pose a critical threat to the world. Vaccine inequality and a resultant uneven economic recovery risk[Read More…]

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The Rise of White Christian Nationalism in USA

The Rise of White Christian Nationalism in USA

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” — Archbishop Desmond Tutu The world lost a great moral leader this Christmas when Archbishop Desmond Tutu passed away at the age[Read More…]

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Corrupt, Lying & Racist Australian Coalition Government Trashes Djokovic, Serbia, Sport & Human Rights

Corrupt, Lying & Racist Australian Coalition Government Trashes Djokovic, Serbia, Sport & Human Rights

After granting World Number 1 men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic a visa,  the corrupt, racist and mendacious Australian Coalition Government waited until he had flown all the way to remote Australia before abruptly cancelling his visa and imprisoning the Serbian champion in an immigration detention centre used to indefinitely and highly abusively incarcerate men, women and children refugees without charge[Read More…]

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Djokovic versus the Australian Commonwealth

Djokovic versus the Australian Commonwealth

January 10, 2022 will be remembered as one of the odder days in the annals of sport.  For one, it had little to do with physical exertion.  Tennis proved secondary to the claims of one Novak Djokovic, currently the world’s number one ranked player.  Instead of finding himself training on court in preparation for the Australian Open, he found himself[Read More…]

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Fukushima Takes a Turn for the Worse

Fukushima Takes a Turn for the Worse

Tokyo Electric Power Company-TEPCO- has been attempting to decommission three nuclear meltdowns in reactors No. 1 No. 2, and No. 3 for 11 years now. Over time, impossible issues grow and glow, putting one assertion after another into the anti-nuke coffers. The problems, issues, enormous danger, and ill timing of deconstruction of a nuclear disaster is always unexpectedly complicated by[Read More…]

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Kazakhstan crisis heightens instability in Central Asia

Kazakhstan crisis heightens instability in Central Asia

The political crisis in Kazakhstan, which began on January 2 with mass protests against gas price hikes, has become a focal point of geopolitical and social tensions across Central Asia. With the support of the Kremlin, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s government has cracked down on the protests with extraordinary violence, turning the country’s largest city, Almaty, into a war zone. Military checkpoints have[Read More…]

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The Mauling of Novak Djokovic

The Mauling of Novak Djokovic

Rarely can the treatment of a grand sporting figure by officialdom have caused such consternation.  Novak Djokovic, the tennis World Number One, has always had a tendency to get under skin and constitution, creating a large following of admirers and detractors.  But his current treatment by Australian authorities, and his subsequent detention as an unlawful arrival despite being granted a[Read More…]

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Automation & (no) Future for Humanity

Automation & (no) Future for Humanity

by Thomas Klikauer and Meg Young Most people in the so-called advanced world lives, as it seems, part of their daily existence with the Internet, smart phones, smart TVs, email, Twitter, YouTube, logging in to a company’s website where we are employed to be remote-controlled, etc.  Yet, outside of work and sometimes even while being online for work, plenty of[Read More…]

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A World of Killer Robots?

A World of Killer Robots?

Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems and the Fight to Contain Them Here’s a scenario to consider: a military force has purchased a million cheap, disposable flying drones each the size of a deck of cards, each capable of carrying three grams of explosives — enough to kill a single person or, in a “shaped charge,” pierce a steel wall. They’ve been programmed[Read More…]

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Coming This 2022: Refugees, Democracy and Human Rights

Coming This 2022: Refugees, Democracy and Human Rights

Although 2021 is now behind us, there are many issues that will linger for a while, or much longer, and will certainly dominate much of the news in 2022, as well. These are but a few of the issues. NATO-Russian Brinkmanship  Exasperated with NATO expansion and growing ambitions in the Black Sea region, Moscow has decided to challenge the US-led[Read More…]

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Are we able to #BreakTheChain of infection transmission?

Are we able to #BreakTheChain of infection transmission?

by Shobha Shukla & Bobby Ramakant The year 2022 began on a dismal note, with its first week reporting the highest-ever number of COVID-19 cases in a week globally. Since the pandemic began in December 2019, the reported number of people who contracted the virus has been over 306 million and 5.5 million people have died due to it worldwide.[Read More…]

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The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the World’s Future

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the World’s Future

Late January of this year will mark the first anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.  This momentous international agreement, the result of a lengthy struggle by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and by many non-nuclear nations, bans developing, testing, producing, acquiring, possessing, stockpiling, and threatening to use[Read More…]

by 09/01/2022 0 comments World
The U.S. Makes a Mockery of Treaties and International Law

The U.S. Makes a Mockery of Treaties and International Law

The United States claims it is operating under a “rules-based order”—but the term is not the same international law recognized by the rest of the world. Rather, it is camouflage behind which American exceptionalism flourishes. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other members of the Biden Cabinet are fond of proclaiming the “rules-based international order” (RBIO) or “rules-based order” every chance[Read More…]

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What Biden did not say in his national address on the January 6 coup attempt

What Biden did not say in his national address on the January 6 coup attempt

Yesterday, Joe Biden delivered a speech from the U.S. Capitol in which he told the population there had been an attempt to overthrow the Constitution and establish a dictatorship in America. Biden warned that the danger had not passed and that the conspirators were actively planning to overturn upcoming elections. January 6 was “an inflection point in history,” he said.[Read More…]

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Spying On Users: Google, Facebook Hit With More Than $200M In Fines By French Regulators

Spying On Users: Google, Facebook Hit With More Than $200M In Fines By French Regulators

A French privacy watchdog accused the tech giants Google and Facebook of making it difficult for users to opt out of tracking their activity. France’s online privacy regulator has ordered Google and Facebook to cough up some €210 million ($237 million) between them, fining the firms for their questionable use of data-tracking ‘cookies’ on their sites. A report by The[Read More…]

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Riot, Arson, Killings In Kazakhstan: Foreign Spy Agencies Behind, Claims Serbian President

Riot, Arson, Killings In Kazakhstan: Foreign Spy Agencies Behind, Claims Serbian President

Riots flared up in several cities of Kazakhstan on January 2. Later they erupted in other cities, including in Almaty, the largest city in the country, and on January 5, the riots snowballed into mass riots and violence, along with looting and attacks on state buildings. The rioters beheaded 2 police officers. At least 18 security officers were killed by[Read More…]

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The American polity is cracked, and might collapse

The American polity is cracked, and might collapse

By 2025, American democracy could collapse, causing extreme domestic political instability, including widespread civil violence. By 2030, if not sooner, the country could be governed by a right-wing dictatorship. We mustn’t dismiss these possibilities just because they seem ludicrous or too horrible to imagine. In 2014, the suggestion that Donald Trump would become president would also have struck nearly everyone[Read More…]

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What Will We Remember of 2022?

What Will We Remember of 2022?

Let me start 2022 by heading back — way, way back — for a moment. It’s easy to forget just how long this world has been a dangerous place for human beings. I thought about this recently when I stumbled upon a little memoir my Aunt Hilda scrawled, decades ago, in a small notebook. In it, she commented in passing:[Read More…]

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Afghans protest Washington’s starvation strategy

Afghans protest Washington’s starvation strategy

Protesters have marched through the streets of Kabul over the past weeks demanding that the United States lift its financial blockade and end its illegal seizure of Afghanistan’s financial assets, which together are driving an economic meltdown in Asia’s most impoverished country. Women marched on December 29 carrying banners reading “Don’t kill us by hunger”, “Let us live” and “Joe[Read More…]

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Living in Epoch-Defining Times: Food, Agriculture and the New World Order

Living in Epoch-Defining Times: Food, Agriculture and the New World Order

Farmerless farms manned by driverless machines, monitored by drones and doused with chemicals to produce commodity crops from patented genetically engineered seeds for industrial ‘biomatter’ to be processed and constituted into something resembling food. Data platforms, private equity firms, e-commerce giants and AI-controlled farming systems. This is the future that big agritech and agribusiness envisage: a future of ‘data-driven’ and ‘climate-friendly’[Read More…]

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Sir Tony Blair: Bloody Knight of the Realm

Sir Tony Blair: Bloody Knight of the Realm

Awards and honours bestowed by States or private committees, republican or monarchical, are bound to be corrupted by considerations of hypocrisy, racketeering and general, chummy disposition.  From the Nobel Peace Prize to the range of eccentric and esoteric orders bestowed each year in Britain by Her Majesty, diddling and manipulating is never far behind.  You are bestowed such things as[Read More…]

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Germany’s declining middle class

Germany’s declining middle class

by Thomas Klikauer & Catherine Link Even though Marx’s well-acknowledged truth that capitalism creates two classes is over 160 years old, class remains a much debated issue. Marx’s idea is relatively straightforward. In capitalism, there are two classes: firstly, there are workers or proletariat. Workers need to sell their ability to work as workers don’t own any means of production, or the ability to[Read More…]

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30th anniversary of fall of USSR

30th anniversary of fall of USSR

Last month we commemorated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the USSR. There is a virtual vendetta launched against Marxism by the Western media. In actual fact what collapsed 30 years ago was state capitalism or revisionism, not true Socialism. The path had already been paved by leaders like Nikita Khrushchev and Mikhail Gorbachev earlier who eradicated the roots[Read More…]

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Is Kazakhstan Russia’s next Ukraine?

Is Kazakhstan Russia’s next Ukraine?

With Russian troops massing on Ukraine’s borders, it’s not only Ukrainians who worry about what President Vladimir Putin may have in store for them. It’s Kazakhs too. For now, Kazakhs don’t have to be immediately concerned about Russian troop movements. What unsettles them is years of Russian rhetoric, spearheaded by Mr. Putin’s repeated comments, stressing the ideological rather than the[Read More…]

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What Does the Statement of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War Tell Us?

What Does the Statement of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War Tell Us?

The Doomsday Clock has been sitting the past year at 100 seconds to midnight, the closest it has ever been to civilization-ending apocalypse. The United States has done little to quell doomsday apprehensions by ratcheting up tensions with China over Taiwan and its warships in the South China Sea, as well as with Russia over Ukraine, further NATO expansion, and[Read More…]

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In Search of Shallow Doctrines: Joe Biden and Trumpism Shorn

In Search of Shallow Doctrines: Joe Biden and Trumpism Shorn

The US presidential doctrine is an odd creature.  Usually summoned up by security wonks and satellite personnel who revolve around the President, these eventually assume the name of the person holding office.  They are given the force of a Papal bull and treated by the priest pundits as binding, coherent and sound. Much of this is often simple mythmaking for[Read More…]

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Denying the Inevitable: Why the West Refuses to Accept China’s Superpower Status 

Denying the Inevitable: Why the West Refuses to Accept China’s Superpower Status 

An article by Gideon Rachman in the Financial Times last July is a prime example of western intelligentsia’s limited understanding of China’s unhindered rise as a superpower. “Becoming a superpower is a complicated business. It poses a series of connected questions about capabilities, intentions and will,” Rachman wrote. To help us understand what this claim precisely means, the FT writer[Read More…]

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Canada’s Head-of-State Honors a War Criminal

Canada’s Head-of-State Honors a War Criminal

The only place I want to hear him speak is in the dock at the Hague at the International Criminal Court facing trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. — George Galloway, former British MP and the director of The Killing$ of Tony Blair Canada’s head of state, also the queen of Canada, has made the war criminal Tony[Read More…]

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Five Nuclear-Weapon States Issue a joint statement

Five Nuclear-Weapon States Issue a joint statement

Joint statement of the leaders of the five Nuclear-Weapon States on preventing nuclear war and avoiding arms races Leaders of the five Nuclear-Weapon States, namely China, France, Russia, Britain and the United States on Jan 3 Monday issued a joint statement on preventing nuclear war and avoiding arms races. The following is the full text of the statement: The People’s[Read More…]

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When Thousands Are Evicted Each Day in A Land of Fabled Riches

When Thousands Are Evicted Each Day in A Land of Fabled Riches

Recently on December 15 Eli Saslow wrote a very important feature in The Washington Post on the daily routine life of an elderly police constable Lennie who has been charged with the responsibility of evicting those families or persons from their homes who have not been able to pay their rent. Essentially his daily duty during the last two decades[Read More…]

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Chile’s Process of Change

Chile’s Process of Change

The 2021 presidential election in Chile has resulted in the victory of the left candidate Gabriel Boric. With nearly 56% of the vote, he has won by a margin of more than 10 percentage points. In absolute terms, this is a record majority, with some 4.6 million votes cast for Boric, putting him almost 1 million votes ahead of the[Read More…]

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 Zionist-subverted West Ignores Desmond Tutu’s Opposition To Israeli Apartheid

The world has been universally paying homage to Nobel laureate and world hero Desmond Tutu (7 October 1931- 26 December 2021) for his opposition to  apartheid through non-violent boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS), and his involvement in truth and reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa. However a mendacious, hypocritical, Zionist-subverted, pro-Apartheid Israel and hence pro-apartheid West ignores Tutu’s resolute opposition to[Read More…]

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In 2022, Looking for Hope in A Troubled World

In 2022, Looking for Hope in A Troubled World

            It will require a strong sense of optimism to look for hope at the begininning of 2022. Nevertheless try we must to seek and summon hope from whichever nook or corner we can find it. Let us start then with three statements which may appear rather obvious but are often missed in real life. Firstly, solutions in case of[Read More…]

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A Happy New 2022? Perhaps!

A Happy New 2022? Perhaps!

A Happy New 2022 to All that, hopefully, PERHAPS, will be a far better one than the butt-ugly year that was 2021. In America, wild fires and 177 km winds, that continue to howl in the dead of winter of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, follow on the heels of freaky cyclonic tornados that previously cut ugly, deadly swaths through its Midwest[Read More…]

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45 Journalists Killed In 2021, Violence Against Journalists Remains Global Challenge: IPI Death Watch

45 Journalists Killed In 2021, Violence Against Journalists Remains Global Challenge: IPI Death Watch

In 2021, a total of 45 journalists were killed in connection with their work, IPI research revealed on December 29, 2021. The sombre tally reflects the continued risks of doing journalism and reaffirms journalist safety as a global challenge. International Press Institute (IPI) calls on authorities to end impunity for these crimes and to ensure the protection of journalists, who[Read More…]

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Neo Hindus – Ain’t No Black In The Union Jack

Neo Hindus – Ain’t No Black In The Union Jack

This term, Neo Hindus, is a very recent phenomenon, perhaps in the last twenty-five years or so. It was always sort of hanging around amongt us; like an optical illusion, lurking like a thief who is unable to make that final reach to grab the handbag, (so near; yet so far). It may have been about around 1990 or so,[Read More…]

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Russia’s shadows in Sahel region

Russia’s shadows in Sahel region

On Friday, Mali’s transitional government has clarified that it is engaged with Russian military trainers even as French troops are drawing down. So, it is official that Russian security personnel are deployed to Mali.  Mali, a landlocked country in the Sahel region in West Africa, is the latest theatre of the great contestation involving the big powers playing out in[Read More…]

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 Yes, There Were 10 Good Things About 2021

 Yes, There Were 10 Good Things About 2021

Photo credit: peace-justice.org This year, 2021, began with a huge sense of relief as Trump left office. We hoped to emerge from the ravages of COVID, pass a hefty Build Back Better (BBB) bill, and make significant cuts to the Pentagon budget. But, alas, we faced a January 6 white nationalist insurrection, two new COVID mutations, a sliced-and-diced BBB bill[Read More…]

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Photo Win McNamee/Getty Images  Mobs carrying Trump “Law & Order” & Gadsen “Don’t Tread on Me’ Flags Breach Locked US Capitol Doors

The Redneck Coup… One Year On

A must see, especially during these times, is John Frankenheimer’s 1964 film Seven Days in May. In the movie, with a screenplay by genius Rod Serling ( of Twilight Zone fame- his creation by the way) a right wing conspiracy by generals and Fat Cats plot to overthrow our government. As a parallel to this film the January 6th Commission[Read More…]

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 U.S. hounds Bangladesh to join military pact

 U.S. hounds Bangladesh to join military pact

With its latest steps, America runs the risk of being branded as a nation genetically predisposed to harming the homeland of 165 million Bengalis, many of whom still vividly remember how President Richard Nixon aided their enemy, Pakistan, in pursuit of his secret ping pong diplomacy via Islamabad. The United States has stepped up efforts to push Bangladesh to join[Read More…]

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York the anti/RACIST City in the United Kingdom

York the anti/RACIST City in the United Kingdom

York is a cathedral city in northern England, located at the junction of the Ouse and Foss rivers. It is home to two universities as well as a burgeoning ethnic population. In 2021, the city council adopted an anonymous motion expressing the City’s intention of being an anti-racist city. There is much to say about the motion’s process, procedure, and[Read More…]

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Colombian natives and activists protested against the government of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over the fires in the Amazon rainforest, in front of the Brazilian consulate in Bogota, Colombia, on August 23, 2019.(Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

The Age of Discontent: What Drives the Rising Wave of World Protests?

by Walden Bello & Isabel Ortiz In recent years, the world has been shaken by protests. From the Arab Spring to the social uprisings in Chile and Latin America, the world has seen a dramatic rise in protests. In a polarized world, the COVID-19 pandemic has only accentuated feelings of outrage and discontent. New research brings evidence of this by analyzing nearly three[Read More…]

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Trump’s ‘blue-collar’ image

Trump’s ‘blue-collar’ image

Donald Trump still struts on the American political scene. It seems probable that he will stand again for president in 2024. Here I consider one important aspect of his popular appeal – his ‘blue-collar’ image.   In 2018 a book appeared entitled Trump, The Blue-Collar President. The author, financier Anthony Scaramucci, who served as the White House Director of Communications[Read More…]

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Growing Need for Unity of Social Movements

Growing Need for Unity of Social Movements

            Two important aspects of present-day world are increasingly clear. Firstly, while the need for closer unity of sincere social movements has always been there, but in the middle of increasing and to some extent unprecedented difficulties, the need for such unity has certainly increased further in recent times. Secondly, ironically, while this need for more unity has increased, at[Read More…]

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Christmas arrives in Saudi Arabia

Christmas arrives in Saudi Arabia

Long banned, Christmas has finally, at least tacitly, arrived in Saudi Arabia; just don’t use the name in marketing or be ostentatious about your tree. Coffeeshops serving beverages in red cups with snowflakes on them are ok. So is the sale of soap bars named ‘Tis the Season and Vanilla Bean Noel. Christmas trees that sell at up to US$3,000[Read More…]

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Left-wing Victory in Chile

Left-wing Victory in Chile

The 2021 presidential election in Chile has resulted in the victory of the Left candidate Gabriel Boric. With nearly 56% of the vote, he has won by a margin of more than 10 percentage points – most presidents had hitherto secured only four or five point leads. In absolute terms, this is a record majority, with some 4.6 million votes cast for[Read More…]

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Don’t Let the Deeper Meaning of Christmas Be Lost in Materialism

Don’t Let the Deeper Meaning of Christmas Be Lost in Materialism

On Saturday, millions of people across the world will celebrate Christmas. Even with COVID-19 still plaguing the world, families will gather; bells will ring; music will be in the air. Each year, I use this column to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas has become a holiday, a time to exchange presents and cards, to see friends and[Read More…]

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Putin in a different December

Putin in a different December

This is a different December. This December is far, far different from the Decembers of 1990 and 1991 and 1992. The difference is stark, as one goes through the statements and observations made by Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader. In a recent press meet Putin covered a lot of issues – from Ukraine to NATO to China. There’re messages in[Read More…]

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Japan Business Lobbyist Backs Coup, Urges Investment In Myanmar

Japan Business Lobbyist Backs Coup, Urges Investment In Myanmar

A Japanese former politician who campaigned to bring billions of dollars of investment from some of Japan’s top companies to Myanmar has urged Japan to endorse its military regime, saying the nation’s coup leader has “grown fantastically as a human being,” while praising his “democratization efforts.” A Reuters report said: The 87-year-old former cabinet minister, Hideo Watanabe, is also pursuing[Read More…]

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White supremacists march through the University of Virginia campus the night before the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA. Photo by Karla Ann Coté.

Millions Of Armed Americans Ready To Seize Power, Warns U.S. Weekly

Citing Nieznany, a 73-year-old Vietnam veteran, a Newsweek report said: Millions of fellow would-be insurrectionists will be there, too, says, “a ticking time-bomb” targeting the Capitol. “There are lots of fully armed people wondering what is happening to this country,” he says. “Are we going to let Biden keep destroying it? Or do we need to get rid of him?[Read More…]

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The Combating Islamophobia Act: On Hate Crimes and ‘Irrational Fears’ 

The Combating Islamophobia Act: On Hate Crimes and ‘Irrational Fears’ 

The result of a vote, on December 14, in the US House of Representatives regarding the combating of Islamophobia, may, possibly, appear to be a positive sign of change, that Washington is finally confronting this socio-political evil. However, conclusions must not be too hasty. Disquietingly, Congress was nearly split on the vote. While 219 voted in favor of the resolution,[Read More…]

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263,000,000 Hate Messages and Counting

263,000,000 Hate Messages and Counting

By Thomas Klikauer and Meg Young Cyberbullying and Internet hate speech continues unabated. If anything, it has gotten worse, perhaps turbo-charged by the Coronavirus pandemic forcing people to sit at home in social isolation. Recently, UK anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label has completed a study on hate speech which focuses on transphobia, racism, homophobia, sexism, misogyny, and violent threats against[Read More…]

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 Failure of US media on Ukraine

 Failure of US media on Ukraine

We need to constantly remind ourselves about the US media. During the Cold War, there was the saying that the difference between the New York Times and the Soviet Pravda was that Pravda readers knew they were being lied to. Unfortunately, current coverage by the US media about the movement of Russian troops demonstrates the applicability of that saying today. Lies by Omission For example,[Read More…]

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My Year and Welcome to It

My Year and Welcome to It

Whether the pandemic that’s swept the world started from a bat or not, as 2021 ends, I think it’s safe to say that we’re all far battier than we were when it began. In my neighborhood at least, as this year draws to a close, that old Lone Ranger line, “Who was that masked man?,” again applies to just about anyone. In fact, as[Read More…]

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Japan Plans Dumping Fukushima’s Nuclear Waste In Ocean: Pacific Collective Vows To Oppose

Japan Plans Dumping Fukushima’s Nuclear Waste In Ocean: Pacific Collective Vows To Oppose

The Pacific Collective on Nuclear Issues, a group of civil society and student organizations, has categorically denied the veracity of a report released by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO), vowing to oppose Japan’s planned mass disposal of wastewater stored at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant. The strong objection comes a day after TEPCO submitted a detailed plan to the[Read More…]

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Democracy as commodity

Democracy as commodity

The U.S.’ Summit for Democracy has come and gone without too much fuss.  It was a strange little show with the leader of the so called ‘free world’ – being those “democratic” countries that for whatever reason support U.S. dictates – attempting through rhetoric and probably a few winks and nods to maintain its establishment as the group’s leader.  From[Read More…]

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Left Smiles in Chile

Left Smiles in Chile

In the age of rising tide of neoliberal authoritarianism and populist reactionary religious politics, the electoral victory of left brings smiles to all progressive forces beyond Chile. The people of Chile defeated José Antonio Kast-a committed follower of the country’s former dictator, Gen. Augusto Pinochet who established neoliberal authoritarianism in Chile before it spread worldwide. The decisive victory of Mr[Read More…]

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Possibility Of Civil War in U.S., Warn Three Retired Generals And CIA Consultant

Possibility Of Civil War in U.S., Warn Three Retired Generals And CIA Consultant

Three retired U.S. army generals warned of an insurrection or even civil war if the results of the 2024 presidential election were not accepted by some in the military. Former Major Gen. Paul Eaton, former Major Gen. Antonio Taguba, and former Brig. Gen. Steven Anderson made the warnings in an op-ed in The Washington Post on Friday. They wrote that they were[Read More…]

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Germany has suspended Nord Stream 2 certification; and, Russian gas stops flowing into Germany from December 21, 2021

Nord Stream 2 is a double-edged geopolitical tool

When Pavel Zavalny, the chairman of Russian parliamentary committee on energy, made the forecast last Friday that Nord Stream 2 pipeline could start shipping natural gas to Germany as early as next month, it was received with disbelief. But Zavalny was categorical, and was quoted by Reuters as saying, “I can say with a high degree of certainty that the[Read More…]

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Chile: another good-sized nail in neoliberalism’s coffin

Chile: another good-sized nail in neoliberalism’s coffin

Men [and women]make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.  – Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte. A few days ago, when[Read More…]

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Gabriel Boric, Speech as President-elect

Gabriel Boric, Speech as President-elect

We publish here in full the speech with which Gabriel Boric Font thanks the people of Chile for the enormous vote received, which makes him the youngest President the country has ever had in its history. This act took place in Santiago, with the most massive concurrence that has ever taken place in the Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins, while in all[Read More…]

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US President Joe Biden boards Marine One as he returns to White House after spending weekend in Delaware, Dec. 20, 2021

Joe Biden presidency on the skids. World must take note.

American politics took a dramatic turn on Sunday with the announcement by the West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin that he “cannot vote” for the Build Back Better Act, President Joe Biden’s signature $2.2 trillion bill to overhaul the country’s health care, education, climate, immigration and tax laws.  This deals a potentially insurmountable political blow to the core of Biden’s economic agenda on[Read More…]

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The Nazi Language of German Anti-Vaxxers

The Nazi Language of German Anti-Vaxxers

by Thomas Klikauer and Meg Young In Germany, conspiracy myths linked to the Coronavirus pandemic are spreading particularly well in the former East-Germany state of Saxony. Not by accident, Saxony remains a stronghold of Germany’s Neo-Nazi party, the Alternative for Germany or AfD. In 2021, believers in conspiracy myths are getting a lot more attention with their numbers decreasing compared[Read More…]

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Miss Universe: A Symbol of Our Social Wreckage

Miss Universe: A Symbol of Our Social Wreckage

On December 13, 2021, Miss Universe crowned its 70th winner: Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu, bringing the title home to India after 21 years, the last being by Lara Dutta in 2000. While there has been much celebratory tub-thumping among Indians, one can’t help but notice the dark riptides of systemic illnesses that flow beneath the glary surfaces. Beauty pageants have been[Read More…]

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Historic Win For Leftist Gabriel Boric in Chile Presidential Election

Historic Win For Leftist Gabriel Boric in Chile Presidential Election

Apruebo Dignidad candidate Gabriel Boric has won Chile’s presidential elections in a historic victory for the Left in Latin America. Left-wing former student leader Gabriel Boric has beat out far-right candidate Jose Antonio Kast with nearly 100% of the votes tallied, according to figures published by Chile’s electoral authorities SERVEL. Gabriel Boric has become the nation’s youngest leader in modern times. Boric, 35,[Read More…]

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A Christmas Confession – I’m Taking an Eco-Holiday From It All (and So Are My Kids)

A Christmas Confession – I’m Taking an Eco-Holiday From It All (and So Are My Kids)

Confession time: this year, I don’t want to buy my kids anything for Christmas. Big one, right? Okay, let me soften that just a bit. I have bought a few modest, useful things. But that’s it!  No new games, no new toys, no new clothes (other than socks)… nothing. They already have too much. We have too much. Our nation is drowning[Read More…]

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The Many Ways War Is Poisoning Us

The Many Ways War Is Poisoning Us

When we wage war, we dehumanize – then kill – a specific segment of humanity. In the process, we “fray” our own humanity. War spews hell in all directions. Just ask the guys at Talon Anvil, a secret U.S. “strike cell” recently exposed by the New York Times as a unit with a reputation for ignoring the rules of engagement and killing[Read More…]

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Spectre of war is haunting Europe

Spectre of war is haunting Europe

A fateful week is ending today for international security with the Russian Foreign Ministry releasing the two documents on security guarantees that Moscow had proposed to Washington as the basis for discussions to ease the tensions over NATO’s eastward expansion and to cease the alliance’s deployments close to Russia’s borders, including in Ukraine. Out of the two documents, one is a[Read More…]

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Russia-China Should Stand Firm In Rejecting Western Interference: Putin And Xi Agree

Russia-China Should Stand Firm In Rejecting Western Interference: Putin And Xi Agree

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping agreed in a video call on Wednesday: Russia and China should stand firm in rejecting Western interference and defending each other’s security interests. The two presidents’ conversation, eight days after Putin spoke to U.S. President Joe Biden in a similar format, underscored how U.S.-Europe hostility to Russia and China is bringing the two powerful[Read More…]

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U.S. And Ukraine, Only Two Countries Vote Against UN Resolution Condemning Nazism

U.S. And Ukraine, Only Two Countries Vote Against UN Resolution Condemning Nazism

The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution condemning Nazism, neo-Nazism and all forms of racism, and the U.S. and Ukraine voted against it, while a few countries, mainly US allies, abstained. The resolution was co-sponsored by Russia. On December 16, the UN General Assembly passed its annual resolution on “Combating Glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling[Read More…]

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The Rising China – A Boon, A ‘Debt Trap’, A ‘Security Threat’?

The Rising China – A Boon, A ‘Debt Trap’, A ‘Security Threat’?

Recently, I attended a book launch. The book is about China (I am withholding the name of the book). I did not read the book, but like most official book launches, a flyer capturing the core messages of the book was circulated at the Launch event. The core messages of the book are the following: internally, China is a dysfunctional[Read More…]

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20 Years Unable to Defeat Taliban Now USA Freezes Afghanistan’s $9B Bank Deposits Causing Starvation

20 Years Unable to Defeat Taliban Now USA Freezes Afghanistan’s $9B Bank Deposits Causing Starvation

 According to an analysis by the United Nations World Food Program and Food and Agriculture Organization, 8.7 million people are nearing famine — putting Afghanistan on the brink of a mass starvation. And children are among the most vulnerable… the country is facing numerous humanitarian crises, including a critical food shortage that some aid groups say could kill a million[Read More…]

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Antonio Kast

Chile Is at the Political Crossroads: Social Renewal or Decades of Painful Neoliberal Policy

by Vijay Prashad & Taroa Zúñiga Silva “If [Augusto] Pinochet were alive, he would vote for me,” said José Antonio Kast in 2017, during the Chilean presidential election when he ran as an independent candidate. This was an especially provocative statement made by him out of the many he has made over the years—he had also said that “Chileans need God,” during his campaign[Read More…]

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US Congress approves massive $770 billion war budget

US Congress approves massive $770 billion war budget

By an overwhelming bipartisan margin of 88-11, the US Senate voted Wednesday to approve the largest military budget in history, nearly $770 billion, some $25 billion more than the Biden administration had requested. The legislation passed the House of Representatives last week by a similar bipartisan margin, 363-70, and it now goes to the White House for President Joe Biden’s[Read More…]

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Profits Amid Covid: Wall Street And Bankers Share

Profits Amid Covid: Wall Street And Bankers Share

The two Wall Street investment-banking titans dominating this year’s dealmaking frenzy are opening up their wallets to try to keep their bankers happy – and ratcheting up pressure on rivals to follow suit. Media reports including reports by Bloomberg said: U.S. investment bank JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs are reportedly planning to award their investment bankers with major bonuses in[Read More…]

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Jailing Former Immigration Ministers: Denmark’s Inger Støjberg

Jailing Former Immigration Ministers: Denmark’s Inger Støjberg

It’s not the sort of thing you encounter regularly.  A member of a government cabinet, responsible for arguably one of the country’s most important portfolios, found both wanting and culpable for their actions after leaving their post.  But this is what former Danish immigration minister Inger Støjberg found when she was convicted for illegally separating asylum seeking couples arriving in[Read More…]

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How Do We Stop the Neocons From Starting Another Disaster in Ukraine?

How Do We Stop the Neocons From Starting Another Disaster in Ukraine?

If anything, Washington’s neoconservatives have an unerring instinct for survival. Having brought about multiple disasters in the two decades since 9/11—from the Iraq War to the twin debacles in Libya and Syria—the neoconservatives seem to have perfected the art of failing up. Harvard University’s Stephen Walt once quipped that “Being a Neocon Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry.” And in this[Read More…]

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Soviet Collapse, USSR’s Death Blow And Russian Government In The Mid-1990s

Soviet Collapse, USSR’s Death Blow And Russian Government In The Mid-1990s

Russia President Vladimir Putin has lamented the collapse of the Soviet Union three decades ago as the demise of what he called “historical Russia” and said the economic crisis that followed was so bad he was forced to moonlight as a taxi driver. A Reuters report from Moscow said: Putin’s comments, released by state TV on Sunday, are likely to[Read More…]

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Mirage-2000 over Black Sea on Dec. 8, as NATO spy planes crowd Russia’s borders. Russian Defence Ministry daily Krasnaya Zvezda said on Dec 13 radars have tracked over 40 aircraft conducting reconnaissance near Russia’s borders over past week.

Week after Biden-Putin meeting, crunch time is coming

Russia is reiterating its ‘red lines’ seeking long-term legal guarantees against NATO’s further advancement to the east and the deployment of weapons on Russia’s western borders.  The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on December 10 putting on record its expectation that long term legal guarantees must be given “within a specific timeframe and on the basis of the principle of comprehensive[Read More…]

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Dairy farmers in the US Northeast left high and dry by corporate group

Dairy farmers in the US Northeast left high and dry by corporate group

  Here is another instance of a large corporate group bringing small farmers to ruin: Danone North America, owner of Horizon Organic, the North American counterpart of the French food products major, has left 89 organic dairy farm families high and dry, suddenly pulling the plug on the company’s operations in the northeast of the United States. Petitions with over[Read More…]

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Secret U.S. Drone Strikes Massacred Civilians In Syria, Claims Report

Secret U.S. Drone Strikes Massacred Civilians In Syria, Claims Report

A secret U.S. Air Force (USAF) drone strike unit was allowed to operate in Syria for five years even as it broke rules of engagement and civilian casualties mounted, it has been revealed in a report by New York Times that cited multiple current and former military and intelligence officials. The New York Times report (Civilian Deaths Mounted as Secret[Read More…]

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The Omicron Shame: Why Is the World Punishing Instead of Helping Africa?

The Omicron Shame: Why Is the World Punishing Instead of Helping Africa?

The decision by several governments across the globe to institute travel bans on seven African countries, starting on November 27, due to the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, was perceived to be hasty in the eyes of some and fully justifiable on medical grounds, in the view of others. However, the matter is hardly that of a difference of opinion. The[Read More…]

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Why It’s Time to Make Deep Cuts at the Pentagon

Why It’s Time to Make Deep Cuts at the Pentagon

Where are you going to get the money?  That question haunts congressional proposals to help the poor, the unhoused, and those struggling to pay the mortgage or rent or medical bills, among so many other critical domestic matters.  And yet — big surprise! — there’s always plenty of money for the Pentagon. In fiscal year 2022, in fact, Congress is being especially[Read More…]

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WE Are Our Weather

WE Are Our Weather

This writer came across a theory while searching the web that relates to weather patterns:  Weather Patterns Reflect Emotional States “In your terms consciousness is wedded with matter, and any of its experiences are physically materialized through that interaction. You do not simply react to the weather. You help form it, even as you breathe the air and then send[Read More…]

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Journalism, Assange and Reversal in the High Court

Journalism, Assange and Reversal in the High Court

British justice is advertised by its proponents as upright, historically different to the savages upon which it sought to civilise, and apparently fair.  Such outrages as the unjust convictions of the Guilford Four and Maguire Seven, both having served time in prison for terrorist offences they did not commit, are treated as blemishes. In recent memory, fewer blemishes can be[Read More…]

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 Defining racism: Individuals and institutions, systems and structures

 Defining racism: Individuals and institutions, systems and structures

[An earlier version of this essay was presented to the National Conference on Racial and Social Justice on November 17, 2021.] We are at a tipping point in the racial history of the United States — perhaps the most important moment since the civil rights and more radical black/brown/indigenous movements of the 1960s and ’70s. Two dramatically different currents in American life[Read More…]

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Israel Pushes Hardline in Iran Nuclear Talks

Israel Pushes Hardline in Iran Nuclear Talks

by Ariel Gold and Medea Benjamin After a 5-month hiatus, indirect negotiations between the U.S. and Iran resumed last week in Vienna in an attempt to revise the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). The outlook isn’t good. Less than a week into negotiations, Britain, France, and Germany accused Iran of [Read More…]

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Xiomara Castro celebrates during general elections on 28 November 2021 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. (Inti Ocon / Getty Images)

Honduras’ Left-Wing Breakthrough

Since a US-backed coup toppled Mel Zelaya in 2009, Honduras has faced a clampdown on democracy and serious human rights abuses. But the election of socialist Xiomara Castro is a chance to break the cycle. What appeared impossible has been achieved: the people of Honduras have broken the perpetuation, through electoral fraud and thuggish violence, of a brutal, illegal, illegitimate,[Read More…]

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Women Sweep UN’s 2021 Champions Of The Earth Awards 

Women Sweep UN’s 2021 Champions Of The Earth Awards 

A Caribbean-based prime minister, a scientist, a group of indigenous women, and an entrepreneur were announced on Tuesday as this year’s winners of the United Nations’ Champions of the Earth awards. According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the all-female Champions were chosen for their impact and leadership in advancing bold action on behalf of people and the planet. “These Champions of[Read More…]

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Ten Contradictions That Plague Biden’s Democracy Summit

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies President Biden’s virtual Summit for Democracy on December 9-10 is part of a campaign to restore the United States’ standing in the world, which took such a beating under President Trump’s erratic foreign policies. Biden hopes to secure his place at the head of the “Free World” table by coming out as[Read More…]

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Billionaires increased wealth by $3.6 trillion in 2020, as millions died from global pandemic

Billionaires increased wealth by $3.6 trillion in 2020, as millions died from global pandemic

The World Inequality Report 2022, released by the global research initiative World Inequality Lab, found that the COVID-19 pandemic has widened the financial gap between the rich and poor to a degree not seen since the rosy days of world imperialism at the turn of the 20th century. The world’s billionaires enjoyed the steepest increase in their share of wealth[Read More…]

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Plastic And Salt Threat Soil, Food Security, Health And Environment, Says FAO

The quantity of plastic used in agriculture, food industries, livestock, etc. industries the world over is millions of tones each year. Asia is the largest user of plastic in these industries. Plastic pollution is a threat to food security. Excess salt in soil also puts food security at risk. Recent reports from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)[Read More…]

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US President Joe Biden (R) and aides talking with Russian president Vladimir Putin, December 7, 2021

Biden White House spoofs the Kremlin

This must be a rare occasion when Russian President Vladimir Putin during his 18 years in the Kremlin came out second best in an encounter with an American president. And it had to be at the hands of President Joe Biden who has not yet completed one year in office. Yet, Putin has met with every sitting American president since[Read More…]

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Ineffectual Boycotts: The Beijing Winter Olympics

Ineffectual Boycotts: The Beijing Winter Olympics

Making moral statements in the blood and gristle of international relations can often come across as feeble.  In doing so, the maker serves the worst of all worlds: to reveal a false sense of assurance that something was done while serving no actual purpose other than to provoke.  Anger, and impotence, follow. The Biden administration is proving to be particularly[Read More…]

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Change Is Coming to Berlin: What Col. Douglas Macgregor Thinks About Germany’s New Foreign Policy

Incoming German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has tapped Green Party co-leader Annalena Baerbock as foreign minister. Baerbock, a 40-year-old diplomatic novice, has consistently espoused liberal interventionist views that one left-wing American news site has described as a combination of “aloof complacency, ignorance and aggressiveness.” To help understand the implications of this appointment, I interviewed Douglas Macgregor, a retired U.S. Army colonel[Read More…]

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Racism and the rule of law

Racism and the rule of law

Consider living under a set of laws decreed by a racist theocratic dictator calling for ethnic cleansing, slavery, and cultural genocide if not outright genocide. It would probably not be the humanitarian thing to do while alternatively promoting freedom, democracy, and the ‘rule of law’. Unfortunately at its base, this is where the people of the Anglo empire – Canada,[Read More…]

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Neocolonialism and the new cold war in Southeast Asia: A Diasporic View on the Philippine Crisis

Neocolonialism and the new cold war in Southeast Asia: A Diasporic View on the Philippine Crisis

An Interview of Expatriate Scholar E. San Juan Jr., based in Washington DC, USA by Dr. Rainer Werning, Cologne, Germany E. San Juan, Jr. is an internationally recognized cultural critic and poet in Filipino. He is emeritus professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Ethnic Studies at several US universities, and lectured recently at the University of the Philippines and Polytechnic[Read More…]

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Biden threatens economic sanctions and a repositioning of NATO troops in meeting with Putin

Biden threatens economic sanctions and a repositioning of NATO troops in meeting with Putin

At a two-hour video conference call with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, US President Joe Biden threatened Russia with “strong sanctions” and the repositioning of NATO troops in case of a war between Russia and Ukraine. It was the second meeting of both presidents this year following a summit in June, at which Biden appeared trying to ease tensions with Russia[Read More…]

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World’s Richest Now Own 11% Of Global Wealth – The Biggest Leap In Recent History, Says Report

World’s Richest Now Own 11% Of Global Wealth – The Biggest Leap In Recent History, Says Report

The world’s richest people got a whole lot richer during the COVID-19 crisis. In 2021, billionaires saw the steepest increase in their share of wealth on record, according to The World Inequality Lab’s annual World Inequality Report. The top 0.01% richest individuals — the 520,000 people who have at least $19 million — now hold 11% of the world’s wealth, up[Read More…]

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No Time to Rescue

No Time to Rescue

There have now emerged quite unbelievable inside pictures of the colossal failure of the British government in rescuing its friends, allies, and ordinary Afghans fleeing the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Raphael Marshall, a diplomat formerly in the service of her royal highness, has claimed the British evacuation operation, during the fall of Kabul, to be “dysfunctional and chaotic”, in his[Read More…]

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USA Loses Ethiopia; Biggest Strategic Blunder Since Loss of Iran

USA Loses Ethiopia; Biggest Strategic Blunder Since Loss of Iran

With the failure of the US backed TPLF Terrorist coup attempt against the democratically elected government of Ethiopia the USA is facing it’s greatest strategic blunder since losing Iran in 1979. The Ethiopian Army and its allied militias have in the last 10 days of fighting regained all the territory it lost in several months to the TPLF Terrorist coup[Read More…]

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Why Biden Shouldn’t Use the ‘Summit for Democracy’ to Start More Cold Wars

Why Biden Shouldn’t Use the ‘Summit for Democracy’ to Start More Cold Wars

On December 9 and 10, President Biden will host a virtual “Summit for Democracy.” The gathering will bring together leaders from 110 countries who work in government, civil society and the private sector, with the officially declared purpose of developing an agenda to renew democratic government and keep democracy’s ideals strong. (The guest list includes Pakistan, Ukraine and Brazil.) As authoritarianism grows[Read More…]

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Japan’s Upcoming Nuclear Waste Dump

Japan’s Upcoming Nuclear Waste Dump

Nuclear waste is an interminable curse that eternally haunts the future of civilization for hundreds/thousands of years. “The challenge of making nuclear power safer doesn’t end after the power has been generated. Nuclear fuel remains dangerously radioactive for thousands of years after it is no longer useful in a commercial reactor.” (Source: Nuclear Waste, Union of Concerned Scientists, April 22,[Read More…]

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Acrid, Rotten-egg Smell, Noxious Gas, Headaches, Stomach Pain: Tale Of A City In U.S.  

Acrid, Rotten-egg Smell, Noxious Gas, Headaches, Stomach Pain: Tale Of A City In U.S.  

Residents in a city in U.S. turned victims of industrial hazard. A smell sickened Los Angeles County residents for months. Some 3,200 residents in Carson and surrounding cities were forced to temporarily relocate to hotel rooms. A report by Julian Mark in The Washington Post (A smell sickened L.A. County residents for months. Officials say a fire that torched wellness[Read More…]

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What You’re Not Supposed to Know About Cuba and Venezuela

What You’re Not Supposed to Know About Cuba and Venezuela

What’s changed in Venezuela and Cuba since Biden became President? Nothing. But as US foreign policy on those two great threats to America continues seamlessly on from the Trump presidency to the Biden presidency, there’s something the White House and the media don’t want you to know. Venezuela Though you’d barely know it from the media, Venezuela just had an[Read More…]

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Biden-Putin meeting is a cliffhanger

Biden-Putin meeting is a cliffhanger

US President Biden dismisses Russia’s red lines on Ukraine What has unfolded in the past 24 hours in the US-Russia diplomatic tango can be seen as a foreplay of the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden, which is slated for Tuesday evening.  Russia has got what it has been keenly seeking — a meeting between Putin[Read More…]

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Punishing the Unvaccinated: Europe’s COVID-19 Health Experiment

Punishing the Unvaccinated: Europe’s COVID-19 Health Experiment

Forget any notions of juicy carrots; the stick approach of savage punishment is in vogue with the Greek government in pushing vaccination rates.  It is far from the only one.  Across a number of countries in Europe, governments wishing to drive up levels of COVID-19 vaccination have decided to abandon suasion and the generous supply of medical information in favour[Read More…]

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How Congress Loots the Treasury for the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex

How Congress Loots the Treasury for the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex

by Medea Benjamin & Nicolas J. S. Davies Despite a disagreement over some amendments in the Senate, the United States Congress is poised to pass a $778 billion military budget bill for 2022. As they have been doing year after year, our elected officials are preparing to hand the lion’s share – over 65% – of federal discretionary spending to[Read More…]

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Adolph & Co. Would Have Been Proud!!

Adolph & Co. Would Have Been Proud!!

There’s a new group in town, or should I say throughout this nation. Splintering off from the gang of white supremacists who called themselves Vanguard America in 2017 (after one of them ran over an anti fascist protestor in Charlottesville, Virginia) we now have The Patriot Front. These Neo Nazis have already formed 42 chapters throughout America… or should I[Read More…]

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In this Sunday, June 14, 2020 photo, seven-month-old Issa Ibrahim Nasser is brought to a clinic in Deir Al-Hassi, At seven months old, Issa weighs only three kilos. Like him, hundreds of children suffer from acute severe malnutrition because of poverty and grinding conflict. Yemen. (AP Photo/Issa Al-Rajhi)

UN’s highest ever humanitarian appeal falls on imperialism’s deaf ears

On Thursday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) launched an appeal to the major powers for a record $41 billion to help the 183 million people most in need of life-saving assistance. This was a large increase on the $35 billion requested for 2021 and double the amount sought just four years ago. It is[Read More…]

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Cuba Supports Nicaragua’s Decision To Leave OAS

Cuba Supports Nicaragua’s Decision To Leave OAS

“Cuba reaffirms its support and solidarity with the Nicaraguan people and government,” said a statement from Cuba’s ministry of foreign affairs. Cuba has applauded Nicaragua’s decision to renounce the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS) and resign from this multinational organization controlled by the U.S. The Cuban foreign ministry’s statement said: “The OAS has remained silent on multiple[Read More…]

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Omicron and the Travel Ban Itch

Omicron and the Travel Ban Itch

Stick to the script: owe that duty of care to your population, so the legal experts in government tell you.  Self-interest pays, if in small amounts.  These rigid, formulaic assumptions have done wonders to harm and deter any spirit of cooperation regarding dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. History’s record of humanity’s response to plagues, pandemics and disease is one of[Read More…]

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The Donald Also Rises? The Far Right Continues to Build Its International

The Donald Also Rises? The Far Right Continues to Build Its International

What alt-right guru Steve Bannon failed to create, German taxpayers have just stepped in to revive: a Nationalist International. Thanks to the German government, the far right is about to get its own well-heeled global think tank, complete with the sort of political academy that was so dear to Bannon’s plan for world domination. Germany’s gift to the far right is[Read More…]

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Test Firing of the Hwasong

An Option Taken Off the Table

As most readers know, whenever the US seeks to force a nation to accede to its wishes, a spokesperson will say, “All options are on the table,” meaning the use of military force is at least a possibility if not likely. Seldom, however, will one ever hear a US spokesperson say, “The use of military force has been taken off[Read More…]

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Backing Horses: Australia’s Solomon Islands Intervention

Backing Horses: Australia’s Solomon Islands Intervention

The history of humanitarian or policing missions is a history of taking sides, disruptive partiality and the forfeiture of the very object powers claim when intervening in another country.  Things become particularly absurd when the individual or government pleading for such help to an outside force is struggling to survive yet making grand statements about democracy and the like. Take[Read More…]

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Iran’s Dy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani (C) with diplomatic adviser to UAE President Anwar Gargash (L) and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Khalifa Almara, Abu Dhabi, Nov. 16, 2021

As UAE embraces Iran, fizz goes pop for Abraham Accords

The terrible secret about Faustian deals is that they need a Mephistopheles to nurture them. That said, Goethe’s Mephisto is very different from the crude devil of medieval legend. Goethe sketches him as a cultivated, witty, and cynical exponent of materialism and nihilism who preaches a sophisticated doctrine of philosophical negation. There is no way the Abraham Accords would have[Read More…]

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Maduro Calls To Develop A System Based On Popular Power In Venezuela

Maduro Calls To Develop A System Based On Popular Power In Venezuela

During the inauguration ceremony of the recently elected mayors and governors, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro called on the new authorities to develop a system of government based on the principles of popular power. Beyond Bourgeois Democracy “We must govern to build the People’s new power from Venezuelan Socialism. I will insist on this a thousand times: we must build a new[Read More…]

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Countdown to World War III?

Countdown to World War III?

When the Department of Defense released its annual report on Chinese military strength in early November, one claim generated headlines around the world. By 2030, it suggested, China would probably have 1,000 nuclear warheads — three times more than at present and enough to pose a substantial threat to the United States. As a Washington Post headline put it, typically enough: “China accelerates nuclear weapons[Read More…]

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Hunger In Latin America And the Caribbean Rose By 13.8 Million People In Just One Year, Says UN Report

Hunger In Latin America And the Caribbean Rose By 13.8 Million People In Just One Year, Says UN Report

Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean is at its highest point since 2000, after a 30 percent increase in the number of people suffering hunger from 2019 to 2020, says a new UN report. According to the Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2021, in just one year, and in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of[Read More…]

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Where there are Tailings, No Grass Grows: Serbians Protest against Rio Tinto

Where there are Tailings, No Grass Grows: Serbians Protest against Rio Tinto

Another fault line has opened in the mining wars.  In Serbia, resistance is gathering steam against various deals made between Belgrade and companies that risk environmental degradation and lingering spoliation. In this regard, the globe’s second largest metals and mining corporation, features prominently.  Rio Tinto, bruised in reputation but determined in business, finds itself in a hunting mood in the[Read More…]

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Germany Too Has the Plight of the Unvaccinated

Germany Too Has the Plight of the Unvaccinated

As Germany has just reached the 100,000 Corona death mark, the debate on mandatory vaccination is heating up in the country. As a matter of fact, Germany has had ample time to properly discuss or introduce such a Pflicht or duty. After all, it is home to philosopher Immanuel Kant. And even before Kant’s philosophical elaborations on a duty-based ethics[Read More…]

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Vaccine Hesitancy or Resistance?

Vaccine Hesitancy or Resistance?

Ever since COVID-19 pandemic appeared, the year 2020 saw advocates of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) vending it as a preventive and later curative medicine for Coronavirus infection. The Indian Government ‘gifted’ HCQ to sixty odd countries. Subsequent research found the drug to be useless. Till date no curative medicine has been discovered. Whatever treatment is given in clinics/hospitals/ICUs qualifies only to be[Read More…]

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Have British Politicians No Shame?

Have British Politicians No Shame?

  The UK government is considering boycotting China’s winter Olympic Games to be held in Beijing. The British foreign office cites “international efforts to hold China to account for its human rights violations in Xinjiang.” “It is the longstanding policy of the government that the determination of whether genocide has taken place should be made by a competent court with[Read More…]

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Afghanistan: Destination unknown yet

Afghanistan: Destination unknown yet

Unknown is Afghanistan’s trajectory of developments. None of the players, external and internal, knows the highly-contested land’s flight path. All of the players are unsure of possible impact of each of the tactical moves being taken by each of them. So, there’re compromises or postures to compromise, and contest – cold and hot. Already an empire has experienced, as has[Read More…]

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Sudan is Backsliding Dangerously

Sudan is Backsliding Dangerously

In September, I sat down in Khartoum with the mother of a medical student killed by security forces during Sudan’s 2018-2019 protests. “The reason why I wake up every day is that I have a little hope that I can find justice for my son,” she confided. “This will not be only for him, but to prevent other parents from[Read More…]

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Anti-military Protest in Sudan: Thousands March

Anti-military Protest in Sudan: Thousands March

Security forces fired tear gas at anti-coup protesters in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday, as tens of thousands marched in the latest demonstrations against a military takeover that took place last month. Thousands of people protested near the presidential palace in central Khartoum, the capital city. Protesters took to the streets in Khartoum and other cities around the country to[Read More…]

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WHO on Omicron

WHO on Omicron

Britain, Germany and Italy confirm cases of Omicron while other countries suspect cases of their own. Chaos at a Dutch airport exemplified the scattershot response across Europe. A New York Times report (Covid News: Omicron Variant Puts Nations on Alert, Nov. 27, 2021) said: Scientists raced to study a new coronavirus variant as several cases were spotted in Europe and[Read More…]

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Biden’s two-faced policy on Yemen war

Biden’s two-faced policy on Yemen war

“This war has to end,” President Biden intoned in his first major foreign policy address at the State Department in early February 2021. He wasn’t talking about the war in Afghanistan. Rather it was the bloody, mostly one-sided, six-year battering led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against the Houthi insurgency in Yemen. A war underwritten by U.S.[Read More…]

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Goading China To Go To War

Goading China To Go To War

A number of defence analysts are convinced that the United States of America, supported by Britain and Australia, is goading China to go to war over Taiwan. They point to constant statements by officials from the three countries pledging to come to Taiwan’s defence if it is attacked by China and the actual presence of US warships in the vicinity[Read More…]

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Sudan-Ethiopia Conflict: At least 20 Sudanese Troops Dead: Interference on Tigray issue

Sudan-Ethiopia Conflict: At least 20 Sudanese Troops Dead: Interference on Tigray issue

At least 20 Sudanese troops have reportedly died following clashes with Ethiopian forces on the countries’ shared border. Media reports from the conflict area said: Sudanese soldiers fell into an ambush on Saturday after traveling across the Atbara river and being bombarded. However, Sudan’s army released a statement on Saturday reporting that it delivered “heavy losses of life” against Ethiopian troops and[Read More…]

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Taliban: One Hundred Days of Solitude

Taliban: One Hundred Days of Solitude

As the Taliban completes its first hundred days in power, the Western powers are groping for a face-saving formula to engage with the authorities in Kabul with some modicum of dignity.  The European Union is taking the lead role here. The European countries have a sense of urgency over potential refugee flow from Afghanistan. The EU intends to launch an[Read More…]

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“We don’t want to die of thirst, but we don’t want to betray: normalization is a big betrayal.”

“We don’t want to die of thirst, but we don’t want to betray: normalization is a big betrayal.”

Resistance, as a way of life, can help change the current image portrayed by the political and security elites in all of the Arab countries … Image: “We don’t want to die of thirst but we don’t want to betray; normalization is a big betrayal.” “Let Wadi Araba Treaty fall.” [Rima Najjar] Yesterday, I participated in demonstrations in downtown Amman against[Read More…]

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Testing the waters: Russia explores reconfiguring Gulf security

Testing the waters: Russia explores reconfiguring Gulf security

Russia hopes to blow new life into a proposal for a multilateral security architecture in the Gulf, with the tacit approval of the Biden administration. If successful, the initiative would help stabilise the region, cement regional efforts to reduce tensions, and potentially prevent war-wracked Yemen from emerging as an Afghanistan on the southern border of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf of Aden[Read More…]

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F-35B landing on JS Izumo

Japanese Stealth Aircraft Carriers?

Although unfamiliar with the details, most people recognize the purpose of stealth technology is to make aircraft effectively immune to radar detection at normal combat ranges. The question is, would it be possible, employing the same technology, to make stealth aircraft carriers? The answer, even with Japan’s undoubted technical prowess, is a decided no, at least not for the foreseeable[Read More…]

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Public Sector and The Pandemic: Why Government Interventions Are Essential

Public Sector and The Pandemic: Why Government Interventions Are Essential

In an interview of Joseph Stiglitz that appeared in Investopedia on 23 April 2020 he said “Covid 19 reminds us that when we have a crisis we turn to collective action and to government.” What became very crucial in countering the pandemic are the collective actions in which civil societies were forced to keep aloof from its internal decay like[Read More…]

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Foreseeable Risk: Omicron Makes its Viral Debut

Foreseeable Risk: Omicron Makes its Viral Debut

It has been written about more times than any care to remember.  Pliny the Elder, that old cheek, told us that Africa always tended to bring forth something new: Semper aliquid novi Africam adferre.  The suggestion was directed to hybrid animals, but in the weird pandemic wonderland that is COVID-19, all continents now find themselves bringing forth their types, making[Read More…]

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Elitism is Not the Answer to Populism: On ‘Anti-Vaxxers’ and Mistrust in Government 

Elitism is Not the Answer to Populism: On ‘Anti-Vaxxers’ and Mistrust in Government 

While “anti-vaxxers” continue to clash with police in various European cities, a whole media discourse has been formulated around the political leanings of these angry crowds, describing them in matter-of-fact terms as conspiracy theorists, populists and right-wing fanatics. While it is true that populist, right-wing movements throughout Europe and elsewhere have actively exploited the anger, confusion and lack of trust[Read More…]

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Global Food Prices Reach Highest Level In More Than A Decade

Global Food Prices Reach Highest Level In More Than A Decade

Food prices rose to a 10-year high last month, hitting peak since July 2011 and extending the 30% increase recorded last year, according to a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report. The surge was led by increases in cereal crops like wheat and vegetable oils. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks the international prices of food commodities, is up 3.9 per cent from September, rising for a third consecutive[Read More…]

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Off to the Solomon Islands: Australia’s Civilizers Get Busy

Off to the Solomon Islands: Australia’s Civilizers Get Busy

A small riot.  Unrest.  Risk of collapse.  All given a ballooning effect and inflated for policy makers across the ocean.  Before much time elapses, Australian security forces are skirting off to restore order in their vast watery neighbourhood.  It is a reminder that such relations in the Pacific region are a mixture of intervention, forcible charitable guidance and, at times,[Read More…]

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Amazon Workers Plan Global Black Friday Strike Demanding Better Wages And Tax Accountability

Amazon Workers Plan Global Black Friday Strike Demanding Better Wages And Tax Accountability

Amazon employees worldwide are planning to strike on one of the busiest shopping days of the year The strikes are set to take place at factories, warehouses, data centers, corporate offices and oil refineries across the world, including sites in Minnesota, California, Boston and New York City. The plan is to organize the work stoppage for Black Friday in more than 20 countries[Read More…]

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Cuba: Five Years After Fidel

Cuba: Five Years After Fidel

Fidel Castro died five years ago, but I feel like decades have passed in Cuba since November 25, 2016. Trump arrived and passed slowly with his string of sanctions that have felt worse than ever because of the pandemic. Then came Biden with his faint-hearted court, reeling us each day with veiled or direct threats, without daring to fulfill his[Read More…]

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PSUV Sweeps Mega-Elections In Venezuela

PSUV Sweeps Mega-Elections In Venezuela

The United Socialist Party (PSUV) landed a comprehensive victory in Venezuela’s regional and local elections, winning 83% of the governorships. According to initial results from the National Electoral Council (CNE) on Sunday night, PSUV, the ruling party, secured at least 19 of the 23 governorships, and the important Caracas mayoralty. The PSUV also successfully overturned rightwing incumbents in Mérida, Táchira[Read More…]

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Lira’s Historic Crash: Protests Erupt In Turkey: Call for Erdogan’s Resignation

Lira’s Historic Crash: Protests Erupt In Turkey: Call for Erdogan’s Resignation

Protests were held in Turkey’s largest city Istanbul and the capital Ankara on Nov. 23 after the lira’s historic crash. Protesters were demanding the resignation of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government over skyrocketing inflation. The protests come amid an escalating currency crisis. The Turkish lira has gone from $0.1 to $0.078 in value just over the past week,[Read More…]

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Welcome to the Martians!

Welcome to the Martians!

Our World Is Increasingly Like a Science-Fiction Novel Who knew that Martians, inside monstrous tripodal machines taller than many buildings, actually ululated, that they made eerily haunting “ulla, ulla, ulla, ulla” sounds? Well, let me tell you that they do — or rather did when they were devastating London. I know that because I recently reread H.G. Wells’s 1898 novel War[Read More…]

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Sudan Is Stumbling With Political Uncertainties

Sudan Is Stumbling With Political Uncertainties

Political uncertainties are continuing in Sudan as 12 Sudanese ministers have resigned in protest of deal with military. Media reports said: The cabinet ministers on Monday submitted their resignation to Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, in protest of a political deal with the country’s ruling military council. On Sunday, Hamdok was reinstated after signing a political agreement with the head[Read More…]

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The High Stakes of the U.S.-Russia Confrontation Over Ukraine 

The High Stakes of the U.S.-Russia Confrontation Over Ukraine 

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies The border between post-coup Ukraine and the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, based on the Minsk Agreements. Map credit: Wikipedia A report in Covert Action Magazine from the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic in Eastern Ukraine describes grave fears of a new offensive by Ukrainian government forces, after increased shelling, a drone strike[Read More…]

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 Flags mark the spot where the remains of over 750 children were buried at former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan, June 25 © AFP / GEOFF ROBINS

What Do an Apology, Reconciliation, and a Sacred Obligation to Constitutionally Guaranteed Rights of First Nations Look Like in Canada?

They send a hundred RCMP to go protect a pipeline and not protect people’s lives so we need to push back. They put industry, they put fracking, they put gas and oil over everyone’s lives. — Eve Saint, a Wet’suwet’en land defender In the nineteenth century, Gilbert Malcolm Sproat, a colonial official, wrote an account — The Nootka: Scenes and[Read More…]

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Sudan’s Military Reinstates Ousted Civilian PM Hamdok, But Uncertainties Remain

Sudan’s Military Reinstates Ousted Civilian PM Hamdok, But Uncertainties Remain

Sudan’s ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has been reinstated following last month’s coup when he was put under house arrest. But uncertainties remain in Sudan’s politics. Hamdok has appeared on TV to sign a new power-sharing agreement with coup leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan amid continuing mass protests. But the civilian coalition that nominated Hamdok as PM two years ago[Read More…]

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The Costs of War (to You) – Where So Much of Our Money Really Went

The Costs of War (to You) – Where So Much of Our Money Really Went

As a Navy spouse of 10 years and counting, my life offers an up-close view of our country’s priorities when it comes to infrastructure and government spending. Recently, my husband, a naval officer currently serving with the Department of Energy, spent a week with colleagues touring a former nuclear testing site about 65 miles north of Las Vegas. Between 1951 and 1957, the U.S.[Read More…]

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US past and present

US past and present

Recently there has been much discussion about the teaching of US history. In the past and perhaps slightly less so in the present, the full story of our history and of the founding fathers hasn’t been presented. The founders’ inspirational and impressive accomplishments have been highlighted. The fact that many of the founders were slave owners was downplayed or ignored.[Read More…]

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

Is Japan’s Security Environment Deteriorating?

In recent months, hardly a day goes by when the Japanese media, as well as their Western counterparts, don’t comment on the increasingly dangerous security situation surrounding Japan. Needless to say, the two nations identified as responsible for the increased danger are China and North Korea. But are they really the cause? It is certainly true that North Korea continues[Read More…]

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The Dark Side of America

The Dark Side of America

From Pink Floyd’s song Eclipse from the 1973 album ‘ Dark Side of the Moon’ it ends with ” There is no dark side of the moon really… It’s ALL dark!” So it is with our current nation, the republic that is supposed to stand for true democracy, rotted to the core by this flavor of Neo Nazi Fascism. How[Read More…]

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Who Resists Corona Vaccination in Germany?

Who Resists Corona Vaccination in Germany?

by Thomas Klikauer and Norman Simms In 2021, Germany’s population is about 84 million. A total of 73.9 million people in Germany could be vaccinated and a Covid-19 vaccine is available to them. Yet by the middle of September 2021, only 55.3 million Germans have been vaccinated at least once (66%). This means that there are over 18 million Germans[Read More…]

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The Establishment Panic at Cryptocurrency

The Establishment Panic at Cryptocurrency

When Kingsley Amis encountered the works of D. H. Lawrence, he was left unimpressed by yet another great denouncer and missionary the English send “themselves to tell them they are crass, gross, lost, dead, mad and addicted to unnatural vice.”  With little charity, Amis suggested leaving the didactic novelist on “on his pinnacle, inspiring, unapproachable and unread.” Leaving aside matters[Read More…]

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The Baghuz Massacre Underlines the Necessity for Freeing Julian Assange

The Baghuz Massacre Underlines the Necessity for Freeing Julian Assange

The implications of the Baghuz Massacre should deeply underscore the integrity, morality, and vital importance of WikiLeaks and its heroic publisher and political prisoner Julian Assange. The Baghuz Massacre was a failed cover-up by the United States. WikiLeaks is the journalistic enterprise that shines a spotlight on the egregious crimes of states. Assange is imprisoned under tortuous conditions because he[Read More…]

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Three Assassinations Which Refuse to Die–How Authorities Failed to Unravel Tragedies Which Changed Recent US History

Three Assassinations Which Refuse to Die–How Authorities Failed to Unravel Tragedies Which Changed Recent US History

During 1963-68 the USA was shaken by assassinations of its three most promising and popular leaders. The overall impact was in terms of a big loss to forces of peace and civil rights, and a boost to forces of foreign aggression and domestic injustice. The three lives lost were those of President John F. Kennedy followed by the loss 5[Read More…]

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German Vaccination Hesitancy: a Union View

German Vaccination Hesitancy: a Union View

by Thomas Klikauer & Meg Young By early November 2021, Germany’s Corona infection numbers reached new highs. Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) registered 40,000 new infections within 24 hours, the 7-day average climbed to 30,000, the 7-day “incidence” (infection rate) to 232.1 – that measures infections per 100,000 people. German officials use simple numbers – they are not percentages. This infection rate[Read More…]

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The Rittenhouse Verdict

The Rittenhouse Verdict

Fanon had written that the colonized belonged to a higher cognitive category than the colonizer for a simple reason: The colonized have to be able to think of themselves and their masters as human whereas the colonizer thinks of his subjects as merely “things” or chattel. I have thought about this with regard to two peoples with whom I have[Read More…]

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Street Clashes in Sudan, Protesters Vow Escalation After 15 Shot Dead in Khartoum

Street Clashes in Sudan, Protesters Vow Escalation After 15 Shot Dead in Khartoum

Protesters in Sudan have vowed to escalate demonstrations after the deadliest day since a military coup deposed the country’s civilian-led transitional government last month. Street clashes again shook Khartoum as internet services returned to Sudan on Thursday, a day after 15 protesters were killed in the bloodiest violence since the country’s October 25 coup. At least 39 have been killed since the military[Read More…]

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A note on Present situation of covid19 in China and their strategy of combating

A note on Present situation of covid19 in China and their strategy of combating

There are many news channels both domestic and foreign who propagate that China is facing a lot of trouble due to hike in corona pandemic recently. Most of them do not understand the strategy of China. The reports in Global times CN also use the words “out break” ,  “resurgence of covid” etc., but their concept is totally different from[Read More…]

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Volkel, Netherlands, photo by BNNVARA

Digging for Peace- Resisting Nuclear Weapons

On Wednesday, October 20, I joined “Vrede Scheppen,” “Create Peace,” about 25 peace activists from the Netherlands, Germany and Austria at the airbase at Volkel, Netherlands, making a plea for an end to nuclear weapons. This base is home to two Dutch F16 fighter wings and the United States Air Force 703rd Munitions Support Squadron. In violation of international and[Read More…]

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Washington’s World Order and Catastrophic Climate Change

Washington’s World Order and Catastrophic Climate Change

When the leaders of more than 100 nations gathered in Glasgow for the U.N. climate conference last week, there was much discussion about the disastrous effect of climate change on the global environment. There was, however, little awareness of its likely political impact on the current world order that made such an international gathering possible. World orders are deeply rooted global systems[Read More…]

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Hunger, Poverty, Malnutrition Have Increased In Brazil: Lula

Hunger, Poverty, Malnutrition Have Increased In Brazil: Lula

During a meeting with the French President Emmanuel Macron held in Paris on Wednesday, Brazil’s former President Lula da Silva denounced that malnutrition, hunger, and poverty have increased in Brazil since rightist Jair Bolsonaro came to power in January 2019. “A few weeks ago, Bolsonaro was ignored because the French president refused to receive him at the government headquarters. Today, Lula[Read More…]

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US, China commence ‘responsible competition’

US, China commence ‘responsible competition’

The only breakthrough that can be ascribed to the virtual meeting between the US and Chinese presidents, Joe Biden and Xi Jinping, on Monday / Tuesday is that there has been an easing of visa restrictions on the accredited journalists of the two countries. But here too, a caveat must be added, namely, that “a three-point consensus on their visa policies” was[Read More…]

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Britain’s Two Job Politicians

Britain’s Two Job Politicians

The role of the parliamentarian, historically, is one of service.  The desire to hold two jobs, or more, suggests that such service is severely qualified.  In the quotient of democracy and representation, the MP who is ready to tend to the affairs of others is unlikely to focus on the voter.  I represent you, but I also represent my client[Read More…]

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From Pegasus to Blue Wolf: How Israel’s ‘Security’ Experiment in Palestine Became Global

From Pegasus to Blue Wolf: How Israel’s ‘Security’ Experiment in Palestine Became Global

The revelation, a few years ago, that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been conducting mass surveillance on millions of Americans has reignited the conversation on governments’ misconduct and their violation of human rights and privacy laws. Until recently, however, Israel has been spared due criticism, not only for its unlawful spying methods on the Palestinians but also for[Read More…]

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Western Africa and the Bane of French Foreign Policy

Western Africa and the Bane of French Foreign Policy

Overview On the 8th of October 2021, France organized a Montpellier conference, claiming a new approach to its relationship with Africa. The conference took place in the background of growing anti-French sentiments across several Francophone West African states. For example, the new military junta in Mali indicated their intention to seek military support from Russia, a role traditionally reserved for[Read More…]

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A coal mine in Dhanbad, India

COP26: India ends up as fall guy

Greta Thurnberg, the famous Swedish climate change activist, summed up that the deal reached at COP26 at Glasgow on Saturday was “very, very vague” with several loopholes. She told the media in Glasgow that the pact only “succeeded in watering down the blah, blah, blah”. “There is still no guarantee that we will reach the Paris Agreement. The text that it is now,[Read More…]

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Cubans More Excited About School Reopening Than Regime Change

Cubans More Excited About School Reopening Than Regime Change

“If you build it, they will come,” said Kevin Costner in the Field of Dreams. In Cuba, they didn’t come. Dissidents on the island, with their U.S. backers, had been working feverishly for months to turn the unprecedented July 11 protests into a crescendo of government opposition on November 15. They built a formidable structure, with sophisticated social media (including an[Read More…]

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Xi-Biden’s Virtual Meeting Hopes Injecting Certainty Into Ties 

Xi-Biden’s Virtual Meeting Hopes Injecting Certainty Into Ties 

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden in a virtual meeting on Tuesday discussed strategic and fundamental issues on the development of bilateral relations. The first face-to-face virtual meeting between the top two leaders lasted more than three hours. They opened their talks on a friendly note. Chinese observers said that the meeting will inject certainty into the[Read More…]

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Manufactured Cruelties: Belarus, Poland and the Refugee Crisis

Manufactured Cruelties: Belarus, Poland and the Refugee Crisis

Refugee crises are often manufactured by governments.  They can be done at the source: war, famine, rapacious institutions.  They can also be manufactured by the refusal of governments to accept those seeking asylum, sanctuary and refuge. The latter is very much in evidence in Europe: governments of the European Union are staring down desperate humans keen to travel into the[Read More…]

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Time to Really Reawaken America!!

Time to Really Reawaken America!!

This past weekend former US Army General and Trump ally Michael Flynn spoke at a Reawaken America rally in Texas. Flynn, a right wing conspiracy theorist, was ‘ front and center’ with the election fraud AKA Big Lie and of course the January 6th insurrection riot. One needs to wonder how many other ex military officers and lower level personnel[Read More…]

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Smoke rises from a strike on Baghouz, Syria, March 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Whistleblowers expose US mass murder of women, children in Syria

Nearly three years ago, as US-led coalition forces trapped a remnant of the Islamic State (IS) in a small enclave near the Syrian town of Baghuz, the US military committed a horrific atrocity. As Air Force officers watched the scene via drone cameras in real time, US warplanes murdered at least 80 unarmed women and children with 500- and 2,000-pound[Read More…]

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Treason Charge: Night Of Protest In Bangkok

Treason Charge: Night Of Protest In Bangkok

Hundreds of protesters marched from the Thai capital Bangkok’s Pathumwan intersection to the German embassy on Sunday to submit a petition in response to a recent court ruling which determined that calls for reform of the institution was akin to treason. It was the largest protest the country has seen in months. Media reports said: The demonstrators gathered in response[Read More…]

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President Joe Biden speaks about the end of the war in Afghanistan from the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Last Progressive – Joe Biden and Illusions of “Normalcy”

In a provocative recent essay in the New York Times, the political historian Jon Grinspan places the distemper currently afflicting American politics in a broader context. In essence, he contends that we’ve been here before. Grinspan describes the period from the 1860s to 1900 as an “age of acrimony,” with the nation as a whole “embroiled in a generation-long, culturewide war over democracy.” Today,[Read More…]

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 Saving Social Security – A National Pension Plan Revisited

 Saving Social Security – A National Pension Plan Revisited

Only a National Pension Plan can provide a suitable and secure financial arrangement for retirees. Fortunately, Social Security already has the framework for a National Pension Plan. Financial constraints indicate that Social Security (SS) has a precarious future. Ignored is that Social Security history shows built-in failures that cannot be constantly repaired. Only a National Pension Plan can provide a suitable[Read More…]

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US politics: we need a transformation

US politics: we need a transformation

 As if we needed any more evidence of the sorry state of our political system, the long-running battle over the ‘Build Back Better’ bill has provided it. As Senator Bernie Sanders pointed out, an early version of this bill included many proposals that would help Americans live with a sense of security. In addition, these proposals were strongly supported by[Read More…]

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Saving Capitalism or Saving the Planet? 

Saving Capitalism or Saving the Planet? 

The UK government’s Behavioural Insights Team helped to push the public towards accepting the COVID narrative, restrictions and lockdowns. It is now working on ‘nudging’ people towards further possible restrictions or at least big changes in their behaviour in the name of ‘climate emergency’. From frequent news stories and advertisements to soap opera storylines and government announcements, the message about[Read More…]

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COP26 Disaster: 2022 Climate Change Performance Index Ranks Australia Worst For Policy

COP26 Disaster: 2022 Climate Change Performance Index Ranks Australia Worst For Policy

The  COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow has failed to requisitely respond to the worsening Climate Crisis with national action pledges promising  a catastrophic plus 2.4 degrees Centigrade temperature rise. However COP26 has at least identified the worst culprits. Thus, unveiled at COP26, the 2022  Climate  Change Performance Index has ranked climate criminal Australia worst in the world out[Read More…]

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Why Is the U.S. Fueling the November 15 Cuba Protests?

Why Is the U.S. Fueling the November 15 Cuba Protests?

On September 20, letters began to arrive at eight Cuban municipal or provincial government headquarters announcing the holding of “peaceful” marches on November 15 by a group called Archipiélago. The motivation for these marches was a call for change. The letter was not a formal request to occupy the busiest streets of some cities in Cuba, but rather a notification by the group[Read More…]

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Germany’s Neo-Nazi Death Squad: NSU and NSU 2.0

Germany’s Neo-Nazi Death Squad: NSU and NSU 2.0

by Thomas Klikauer and Meg Young Ten years ago, one of Germany’s most violent post-war Neo-Nazi killing squad, the so-called National-Socialist Underground or NSU-network came to light when their caravan exploded and their Neo-Nazi hideout was set on fire to eliminate all evidence. This occurred in the former East-German city of Zwickau. Recently, a secret government file on the NSU was leaked. The 150 page report talks about Neo-Nazis engaging in military-style war[Read More…]

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The Politics of Water

The Politics of Water

Think of it this way: what we don’t know will hurt us. And water — yes, water — is an example of just that. Even at a time of such angry political disputes, you might imagine that, in a wealthy country like the United States, it would still be possible to agree that clean water should be not just a right, but[Read More…]

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Defying Empire: Cuba’s Contributions to the Fight Against Racism and White Supremacy

Defying Empire: Cuba’s Contributions to the Fight Against Racism and White Supremacy

  The white capitalist cannibal has always fed on the world’s black peoples. White capitalist imperialist society is profoundly and unmistakably racist. Walter Rodney White supremacy and racism cannot be dissociated from capitalism. It was racism and white supremacy that provided the cultural justifications for slavery and the concomitant slave trade, for European colonial expansion and imperialism, without which capitalism[Read More…]

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Ning-Nong Diplomacy, China and Paul Keating

Ning-Nong Diplomacy, China and Paul Keating

Former Australian prime ministers tend to be less conspicuous in public life than their counterparts in other countries.  Occasionally, they make an appearance at political functions and events to remind us that they are still alive, their estate still breathing, their lawyers still working.  For the most part, the pronouncements are less than profound, let alone relevant.  But there are[Read More…]

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Meta Isn’t Just About Rebranding Facebook—Could It Bring a Dystopian Future?

Meta Isn’t Just About Rebranding Facebook—Could It Bring a Dystopian Future?

Facebook’s announcement has implications about digital life and work—provided it can attract younger users and gamer skeptics and overcome the hate speech and disinformation problems that could still plague Zuckerberg’s vision. On October 28, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg launched a new company brand, Meta, at the annual Facebook Connect event. According to Facebook, “Meta… brings together our apps and technologies under one[Read More…]

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US recognition of Taliban Government will be a game changer

US recognition of Taliban Government will be a game changer

The stunning disclosure late Tuesday in Brussels that the US is working on a “road map” for according recognition to the Taliban Government will take a lot of people by surprise but it could have been expected sooner rather than later.  The US has a consistent record of rethinking its strategies once it realises that the policy has landed in[Read More…]

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Reining in the Pentagon

Reining in the Pentagon

by Mandy Smithberger and William D. Hartung Even as Congress moves to increase the Pentagon budget well beyond the astronomical levels proposed by the Biden administration, a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has outlined three different ways to cut $1 trillion in Department of Defense spending over the next decade.  A rational defense policy could yield far more in[Read More…]

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Mother Nature, Inc.

Mother Nature, Inc.

Wall Street investors have hit the jackpot. Soon they’ll be able to buy, own, and dictate The Commons, public lands, the world of Mother Nature. In fact, a pilot project is already in the works with ecosystems up for sale as Wall-Streeters anxiously prepare to gobble up the valued benefits of Mother Nature. According to the NYSE PR Dept. they’ll[Read More…]

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Veterans Daze

Veterans Daze

As a baby boomer who had a few neighbors of mine killed in Vietnam AKA ‘ The Shit ‘ as the soldiers called it, veterans celebrations piss me off! Since the Vietnam debacle we have had many other foreign interventions’ that sacrificed American military lives… for no justifiable reasons. Of course, the most heinous one was our illegal and immoral[Read More…]

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Blacklisting the Merchants of Spyware

Blacklisting the Merchants of Spyware

In a modest effort to disrupt the global spyware market, the United States announced last week that four entities had been added to its blacklist.  On November 3, the US Department of Commerce revealed that it would be adding Israel-based companies NSO Group and Candiru to its entity list “based on evidence that these entities developed and supplied spyware to[Read More…]

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The Politics of the Poor in an America on Edge

The Politics of the Poor in an America on Edge

When President Biden first unveiled the Build Back Better agenda, it appeared that this country was on the path to a new war on poverty. In April, he told Congress that “trickle-down economics have never worked” and that it was time to build the economy “from the bottom-up.” This came after the first reconciliation bill of the pandemic included the child tax[Read More…]

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Does Repeatedly Calling China a Threat Reify It?

Does Repeatedly Calling China a Threat Reify It?

Hegemony requires a coordinated mechanism to be in place for a belligerent entity to designate enemies, attack the leader(s) of the designated enemy, control the narrative (i.e., lie), launch unprovoked attacks that murder a citizenry, destroy the economic basis of the named enemy, loot its resources, topple the enemy’s leadership, and replace the leadership with one deemed acceptable to the[Read More…]

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Hypersonic Panic and Competitive Terror

Hypersonic Panic and Competitive Terror

During his eventful time in office, US President Donald Trump took much delight in reflecting about the lethal toys of his country’s military, actual or hypothetical.  These included a hypersonic capability which, his military advisors had warned, was being mastered by adversaries.  Such devices, comprising hypersonic cruise missiles and hypersonic boost-glide vehicles, have been touted as opening a new arms[Read More…]

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WHO Europe 14-day COVID-19 case notification rate, updated November 4. Dark red indicates the highest urgency rate of 500+ cases per 100,000 people.

WHO warns of 500,000 new COVID-19 deaths in Europe by February

by Will Morrow and Alex Lantier In a press conference yesterday, World Health Organisation (WHO) director for Europe Hans Kluge issued an urgent warning: Europe and the republics of the former Soviet Union are now the epicentre of the pandemic. Kluge warned that there could be 500,000 more coronavirus deaths in Europe in just the next three months, beyond the[Read More…]

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Ukraine’s complicated path to NATO membership

Ukraine’s complicated path to NATO membership

Amid numerous discussions about the future of Ukraine – a country that has been unable to form a single nation in 30 years of independence, and is torn apart by interethnic, linguistic and economic contradictions, Europe should ask itself just what Ukraine really means to it. And the answer will be the same – a buffer zone, because this clearly[Read More…]

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As the Planet Wants to Go Green, France Has a Nuclear Habit It Just Cannot Kick

As the Planet Wants to Go Green, France Has a Nuclear Habit It Just Cannot Kick

On July 28, French President Emmanuel Macron landed in Tahiti and said that France owed a “debt” to French Polynesia. The debt was related to approximately 200 nuclear tests France conducted in the 118 islands and atolls that comprise this part of the central South Pacific, which France has controlled since 1842. These tests were conducted between 1966 and 1996. Macron did not apologize[Read More…]

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Cultivating Resistance: Food, Dependency and Dispossession

Cultivating Resistance: Food, Dependency and Dispossession

We are currently seeing an acceleration of the corporate consolidation of the entire global agri-food chain. The high-tech/big data conglomerates, including Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and Google, have joined traditional agribusiness giants, such as Corteva, Bayer, Cargill and Syngenta, in a quest to impose their model of food and agriculture on the world. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is also involved[Read More…]

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Illustration by Nathaniel St. Clair

Sanctions as a weapon targeting development

The United Nations is currently sanctioning groups in Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Libya, Guinea-Bissau, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Mali. Sanctions in Non-African countries include Iraq, Yemen, the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Lebanon, and North Korea. The Security Council states that “since 1966, the Security Council has established 30 sanctions regimes, in Southern Rhodesia,[Read More…]

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Ecuador’s Neoliberal Government Announces State Emergency to Impose Austerity

Ecuador’s Neoliberal Government Announces State Emergency to Impose Austerity

by Vijay Prashad and Taroa Zúñiga Silva On October 18, 2021, Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso declared a state of emergency for 60 days. This declaration led to the constitutional rights of Ecuadorian nationals being suspended and heavily armed troops flooding the streets in Ecuador. The immediate reason for the declaration was the murder of an 11-year-old boy named Sebastián Obando, who was killed in[Read More…]

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Welcome to the American Century – Even If It Is a Hell on Earth

Welcome to the American Century – Even If It Is a Hell on Earth

On February 17, 1941, less than 10 months before the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor and the U.S. found itself in a global war, Henry Luce, in an editorial in Life magazine (which he founded along with Time and Fortune), declared the years to come “the American Century.”  He then urged this country’s leaders to “exert upon the world the full impact of our influence, for such purposes[Read More…]

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Why Julian Assange’s Inhumane Prosecution Imperils Justice for Us All

Why Julian Assange’s Inhumane Prosecution Imperils Justice for Us All

When I first saw Julian Assange in Belmarsh prison, in 2019, shortly after he had been dragged from his refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy, he said, “I think I am losing my mind.” He was gaunt and emaciated, his eyes hollow and the thinness of his arms was emphasized by a yellow identifying cloth tied around his left arm, an[Read More…]

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Has the World Forgotten the Plight of the Rohingyas?

Has the World Forgotten the Plight of the Rohingyas?

Source: Center for Strategic and International Studies As of July 2021, only $366 million of the total required, around $1 billion, humanitarian assistance fund for the Rohingyas has been disbursed. The disbursement has declined to 34 percent, which used to be within the range between 72 to 75 percent of the total required funds in the first three years of[Read More…]

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Should One Stand up for Western Values?

Should One Stand up for Western Values?

What are western values? One often hears a representative of a western country praising its western values. In a 2017 statement Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau adumbrated Canadian values as “openness, compassion, equality, and inclusion.” Given the psychological torture that Julian Assange has been subjected to over the years at the hands of western nations like the Britain, the United[Read More…]

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Who are Germany’s Anti-Vaxxers?

Who are Germany’s Anti-Vaxxers?

 by Thomas Klikauer and Meg Young Germany’s anti-vaxxers are people who refuse to be vaccinated against, for example, the Corona virus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and others, there are six common delusions about vaccines. Anti-vaxxers believe that Covid-19 is in a decline and not dangerous. Therefore, they do not need to be vaccinated. They also think –[Read More…]

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Ukrainian problems with corruption and right-wingers

Ukrainian problems with corruption and right-wingers

Judging by the latest statements coming from European politicians, Ukraine has fewer and fewer allies in Europe. European politicians do not support corruption and crime, and the absence of any successful economic reforms. That is why Ukraine as a country is often mentioned in the European media – in a negative sense. Recently, The United States and the European Union[Read More…]

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The West’s China Complex: Beijing as the Enemy and the Savior

The West’s China Complex: Beijing as the Enemy and the Savior

“Could China’s economy collapse?” was the title of an October 15 article published by QUARTZ magazine. The article makes an ominous case of a Chinese economic crash and its impact on China’s and global economies. This is one of numerous reports appearing in recent weeks in Western mainstream media, all motivated by recently published economic indicators pointing to less-than-expected growth[Read More…]

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“Majoritarianism Is A Political Pandemic,” says Mukul Kesavan

“Majoritarianism Is A Political Pandemic,” says Mukul Kesavan

  Does fascism indicate the institutionalization of a particular form of majoritarian bigotry or does the correctness of that characterization hinge on particular violent outcomes? Should all real fascism result in ethnic cleansing, genocide or concentration camps, or can fascism attain a stable equilibrium in a functioning democracy? What are the different ways in which countries as different as France,[Read More…]

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Pro-democracy protestors in Sudan, Khartoum, Oct, 26, 2021

Blinken’s ‘Indo-Abrahamic Accords’ unravels

The US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is a man in a hurry. The president expects him to produce foreign-policy success stories.  Success stories are desperately needed as post-Afghanistan, the superpower has become laughing stock universally. The trans-Atlantic alliance is seriously disoriented and Russia is on the prowl in the heart of Europe with natural gas to sell. The Iranians[Read More…]

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“Now Is the Time to Be Angry” – Remembering Forgotten Afghanistan

“Now Is the Time to Be Angry” – Remembering Forgotten Afghanistan

I know, I know. It’s the last thing you want to hear about. Twenty years of American carnage in Afghanistan was plenty for you, I’m sure, and there are so many other things to worry about in an America at the edge of… well, who knows what? But for me, it’s different. I went to Afghanistan in 2002, already angry about this country’s misbegotten[Read More…]

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A virtual meeting of the foreign ministers of India, Israel, UAE and the US took place on October 18, 2021

A tale of two Quads

The United States’ chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan has dented the credibility of the trans-Atlantic relationship and dealt a body blow to the NATO. These developments add to the already existing frustration in Washington that the European allies disfavour its confrontational Indo-Pacific Strategy. Europe regards China as an economic competitor and ‘systemic rival’, but prefers the path of engagement and dialogue. [Read More…]

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Parliament of the World’s Religions makes a passionate call to save the planet

Parliament of the World’s Religions makes a passionate call to save the planet

The 3-day virtual Parliament of the World’s religions concluded in a spirit of fervent bonding and camaraderie connecting thousands around the world. From 16th through 18th October thousands participated to partake of the hundreds of inspiring and riveting presentations, prayers, music and dance, exhibitions and displays, workshops and many other unique features all echoing again and again the call to[Read More…]

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Photograph: Yander Zamora / EFE

The U.S. Has an Unhealthy Obsession With Cuba

The piggy bank was rattled again. In September 2021, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) gave $6,669,000 in grants for projects aimed at “regime change” in Cuba, a euphemism to avoid saying “direct intervention by a foreign power.” The United States’ current Democratic administration has especially favored the International Republican Institute (IRI) with a bipartisan generosity that Donald Trump never[Read More…]

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The Most Important Battle for Press Freedom of Our Time

The Most Important Battle for Press Freedom of Our Time

For the past two days, I have been watching the extradition hearing for Julian Assange via video link from London. The United States is appealing a lower court ruling that denied the US request to extradite Assange not, unfortunately, because in the eyes of the court he is innocent of a crime, but because, as Judge Vanessa Baraitser in January[Read More…]

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Ethiopia: Assailed by Terrorists and Betrayed by the West

Ethiopia: Assailed by Terrorists and Betrayed by the West

As the new government led by Prime-Minister Ahmed Abiy takes office for their second term, the West’s relentless propaganda campaign against Ethiopia continues. Since the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) attacked the Ethiopian State on 4 November 2020 (the day after President Biden was elected coincidentally), the US and allies, factions within UN agencies and human rights organizations have worked[Read More…]

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The Push for Nukes in Space

The Push for Nukes in Space

The co-chairs of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics of the U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space & Technology Committee were cheerleaders for the use of nuclear power in space at a hearing at which they presided over last week titled “Accelerating Deep Space Travel with Space Nuclear Propulsion.” The advocacy of Representatives Don Beyer and Eddie Bernice Johnson for nukes in[Read More…]

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US undercuts the rules-based order

US undercuts the rules-based order

The US has been targeting China by expressing a concern that China does not or will not act according to a ‘rules-based’ order. This column examines how well the US follows the rules, especially international laws, it played a key role in developing. For example, two key articles in the United Nations Charter stress the importance of non-intervention. UN Charter[Read More…]

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Anti-Imperialism You Can Try at Home – Reparations May Be One Cure for What Ails Us

Anti-Imperialism You Can Try at Home – Reparations May Be One Cure for What Ails Us

Robin Rue Simmons had been very curious about the truth of American life as a young person. But it was only after she finished high school, left her native Evanston, Illinois, and returned as an adult — ready to buy a house in the historically Black neighborhood in which she grew up — that she delved deep into her city’s[Read More…]

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Julian Assange's partner, Stella Morris, addresses protestors outside the High Court in London, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The horrific persecution of Julian Assange continues

The attempted US extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange resumed yesterday with the opening of a hearing into a US government appeal. It is a legal abomination in pursuit of a heinous crime. Assange is being targeted for his and WikiLeaks’s exposure of war crimes, torture and other human rights abuses, mass surveillance, coup plots, and state corruption. The architects[Read More…]

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Crystal Ball Jurisprudence: The US Appeal Against Assange Opens

Crystal Ball Jurisprudence: The US Appeal Against Assange Opens

It’s time to ready yourself for ghoulishly bad behaviour.  Shred your bill of rights or whatever charter of liberties you have handy. Flatulent, dangerous and fatuous, the US prosecution of Julian Assange took to the UK High Court on October 27, opening its effort to overturn the January ruling by District Judge Vanessa Baraitser.  In a judgment poor on press[Read More…]

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Thousands Protest Fuel Price Rise in Ecuador: President Calls for Dialogue

Thousands Protest Fuel Price Rise in Ecuador: President Calls for Dialogue

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso on Wednesday called for dialogue following a second day of demonstrations by indigenous and social groups against gasoline price rises. The President said his government would keep security forces on highways to maintain order. Media reports said: Thousands of demonstrators marched on Tuesday in rejection of Lasso’s increase of the price of gasoline extra, a cheaper[Read More…]

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Capitalism Is Not Your Friend

“The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force.” –Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The German Ideology “If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, there’s no progress.[Read More…]

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Assange in jeopardy: US extradition appeal hearing begins in London

Assange in jeopardy: US extradition appeal hearing begins in London

Today the UK High Court begins a two-day hearing of a United States government appeal aimed at securing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition to the US. The hearing is the culmination of a campaign of rampant criminality by American imperialism and its allies, stretching over a decade. Its character is summed up in revelations during the last two years that[Read More…]

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Sudanese PM Returns Home Under Tight Security, says PM’s Office

Sudanese PM Returns Home Under Tight Security, says PM’s Office

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has returned home with his wife under tight security, the prime minister’s office said on its Facebook account on Tuesday. Some ministers remain in detention and may be facing a trial. Since early Monday, Hamdok and some of his ministers were arrested with civilian members in the Sovereign Council. Earlier on Tuesday, General Commander of[Read More…]

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Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Acting Taliban Dy Prime Minister Mullah Baradar, Doha, Oct. 255, 2021

Taliban Government gains traction

All indications are that the regional states are preparing to accord recognition to the Taliban government. The meeting of regional states and Taliban officials in the so-called Moscow Format last Wednesday signalled that the Taliban government is a compelling reality and constructive engagement is needed. read more A week is a long time in politics. The foreign-minister level conference in Tehran[Read More…]

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Congress, Skulduggery and the Assange Case

Congress, Skulduggery and the Assange Case

Is the imperium showing suspicions about its intended quarry?  It is hard to believe it, but the US House Intelligence Committee is on a mission of discovery.  Its subject: a Yahoo News report disclosing much material that was already in the public domain on the plot to kidnap or, failing that, poison Julian Assange.  Given that such ideas were aired[Read More…]

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How U.S. Interference in Cuba Creates a False Picture of Its Society

How U.S. Interference in Cuba Creates a False Picture of Its Society

by Manolo De Los Santos and Vijay Prashad U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) appears to be obsessed with Cuba. Every few days he takes to social media or makes remarks to the press about his desire to overthrow the Cuban Revolution. In recent months, Rubio has played a key role in drumming up support for anti-government protests in Cuba. On September 23, 2021, for[Read More…]

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Nuclear War is Being Planned! Henry George & Thorstein Veblen Warned War Is Capitalism’s End Game

Nuclear War is Being Planned! Henry George & Thorstein Veblen Warned War Is Capitalism’s End Game

Preparations for nuclear war have been in the news, even mainstream news, more than just occasionally: NATO unveils master plan to defeat Russia in nuclear war, Voice of London, UK., October 23, 2021 [1] America’s failed weapons test shows Washington is currently hopelessly outgunned by Beijing in the race for hypersonic supremacy International Journal, Oct. 22, 2021 [2] China says[Read More…]

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An American Coup, A Recurring Nightmare?

An American Coup, A Recurring Nightmare?

As an eyewitness, I can recall the events of January 6th in Washington as if they were yesterday. The crowds of angry loyalists storming the building while overwhelmed security guards gave way. The slavishly loyal vice-president who would, the president hoped, restore him to power. The crush of media that seemed confused, almost overwhelmed, by the crowd’s fury. The waiter[Read More…]

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Military Coup in Sudan Ignites Deadly Street Protests, Blow to Democratic Transition

Military Coup in Sudan Ignites Deadly Street Protests, Blow to Democratic Transition

A military coup in Sudan has dealt a sharp reversal to one of Africa’s most heralded and closely watched democratic transitions, igniting street protests by thousands of pro-democracy supporters and triggering a harsh crackdown that left scores of people dead or injured from military gunfire. Early on Monday, the military dissolved Sudan’s transitional government and the Sovereign Council, a joint[Read More…]

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China-Russia naval exercise Joint Sea-2021 kicked off in Russia’s Peter the Great Bay on October 14 focusing on mine countermeasures, air defence, live-fire shooting, maneuvering & anti-submarine mission

Biden’s Taiwan gaffe meant no harm

The probability is that the US President Joe Biden committed yet another diplomatic gaffe at a CNN town hall last Thursday that Washington had a commitment to come to Taiwan’s defence if it were attacked by China. Yet, like Biden’s gaffes usually, this one too was not without an element of deliberateness. Biden was even insistent. Indeed, there is an[Read More…]

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Cancelling Cartoonists

Cancelling Cartoonists

On January 7, 2015, the staff of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo found themselves facing a form of cancel culture before it became fashionable in the Twaddle sphere.  It was of the most severe, lethal sort.  Twelve people were butchered and the fanatic’s credo asserted.  The assailants Chérif and Saïd Kouachi had been offended by the magazine’s cartoon depictions[Read More…]

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Political Islam and Democracy Crisis in North Africa  

Political Islam and Democracy Crisis in North Africa  

When the news circulated that Morocco’s leading political group, the Development and Justice Party (PJD), has been trounced in the latest elections, held in September, official media mouthpieces in Egypt celebrated the news as if the PJD’s defeat was, in itself, a blow to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood movement. Regionally, political commentators who dedicated much of their time to discredit[Read More…]

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IMF Downgrades its Growth Forecast for Asia, says Covid Still ‘Ravaging’ the Region

IMF Downgrades its Growth Forecast for Asia, says Covid Still ‘Ravaging’ the Region

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday downgraded its 2021 economic growth forecast for Asia after the Covid-19 delta variant caused a spike in cases in parts of the region. The IMF said it expects Asia’s economy to grow by 6.5% in 2021, compared with its April forecast for a 7.6% expansion. “The global COVID-19 pandemic is still ravaging the region,”[Read More…]

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Why Is U.S. Military Spending Increasing to New, Outlandish Levels?

Why Is U.S. Military Spending Increasing to New, Outlandish Levels?

Although critics of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan to increase funding for U.S. education, healthcare, and action against climate catastrophe say the United States can’t afford it, there are no such qualms about ramping up funding for the U.S. military. This May, the Pentagon asked Congress to fund a $715 billion budget for Fiscal 2022—an increase of $10[Read More…]

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Covid-19 vaccine distribution is a global disaster

Covid-19 vaccine distribution is a global disaster

“It’s like putting a Band-Aid over a gaping hole,” said Andrea Taylor of Duke University, discussing the rich countries of North America and Europe giving their own citizens Covid-19 vaccine boosters before the rest of the world gets their first shot. Covid-19 is a global pandemic. It respects no national boundaries and will continue to spread and mutate if it[Read More…]

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Taliban government’s deputy prime minister Abdul Salam Hanafi (C) and Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi (R) arrive in Moscow to attend international talks on Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2021

Taliban is the winner at Moscow conference

The Moscow meeting of ten regional states and the Taliban officials on Wednesday has produced an outcome that by far exceeds expectations. The salience of the consensus opinion is four-fold, as reflected in the joint statement issued after the event:  regional recognition that Taliban government is a compelling “reality”; it is through constructive engagement that regional states should endeavour to influence Taliban;  a[Read More…]

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The Drugging of America

The Drugging of America

Back in the 60s and 70s the drugs of choice were marijuana, LSD and heroin. Though the Beatles may have actually never wrote in I am the Walrus, but the refrain was popular as hell: ” Everybody smokes pot”.  For most of my peers, the ones who learned to grow their hair a bit longer, male or female, marijuana was[Read More…]

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Political representation of ethnic minorities in York’s political parties

Political representation of ethnic minorities in York’s political parties

The term ‘ethnicity’ carries a broad range of connotations. It is highly subjective and typically self-reported, and different organisations use different terms to describe ethnicity. I self-identify as a British Bangladeshi and a Catholic Christian. I’ve had the opportunity to observe how ethnic minorities are represented politically inside the York Labour Party. York Labour has a considerable and growing ethnic[Read More…]

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Afghanistan, Taliban, Women and Pakistan

Afghanistan, Taliban, Women and Pakistan

The situation in Afghanistan is yet to calm down. Women are facing hard time and threats. The Taliban are also wearing down with problems of governance. Internal Divisions, Even Resentment A Christian Science Monitor report, ‘Why did we fight?’ Challenge of governing is wearing down Taliban, by Scott Peterson on October 21, 2021 said: “The veteran Taliban fighter once strove[Read More…]

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Biden gets predictability in Russia ties

Biden gets predictability in Russia ties

Moscow has butted the grand old transatlantic alliance in the chest on Monday with the foreign ministry announcing that it will suspend the NATO military liaison mission with effect from November 1 and recall the accreditation of its staff in response to the NATO decision to withdraw the accreditation of eight Russian diplomats. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov curtly added, “if NATO has[Read More…]

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Space Dildoing with William Shatner

Space Dildoing with William Shatner

Overpaid breakfast hosts on an Australian network sniggered, wondered and pondered.  Why is that top throbbed Blue Origin capsule heading to space shaped that way?  Is Jeff Bezos’s effort nothing more than a phallic spurt into the heavens?  The implications are flowing: Can he hold it?  Will he come in the appropriate atmospheric strata? Giggles aside, the scandalous venture that[Read More…]

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 Vietnamese, Afghan & Iraqi Genocides: Mainstream Media Ignore War Crimes Of Colin Powell

 Vietnamese, Afghan & Iraqi Genocides: Mainstream Media Ignore War Crimes Of Colin Powell

The former African-American military commander  Colin Powell has just died from COVID-19 complications, and mendacious and pro-war Western Mainstream media and politicians  have been fulsome in their praise for the first Black American Secretary of  State while conceding his error at the UN over non-existent Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction  (WMD). Missing has been  mention of the millions dying in the[Read More…]

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Challenge Capitalist Use of Agriculture as a Weapon of Domination

Challenge Capitalist Use of Agriculture as a Weapon of Domination

It is time to take action against corporate methods of agriculture which poison the food our families eat, threaten the survival of soil ecosystems, destroy the livelihood of farmers, crush farmworker organizing efforts and subjugate entire countries. Here are a few of the many ways that people are challenging capitalist agriculture, from the very theoretical to the very concrete. The[Read More…]

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Pandora Papers: Who says the United States is without sin?

Pandora Papers: Who says the United States is without sin?

Why is the world’s most powerful democracy absent from the 12 million pages of leaked documents on global tax dodging and hidden wealth schemes? Where are the US billionaires, Wall Street banks and financiers, the Big Four tax firms Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC? In this first of a two-part series, Michael West asks if the Pandora Papers the world’s biggest[Read More…]

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Green Parties Improve Prospects of Entering Government

Green Parties Improve Prospects of Entering Government

In recent years leaders of Green political parties have served in coalition governments of several countries. They could do this generally because they had done well in elections and so when coalition governments were formed they could enter the government in important positions and could influence government decisions,of course in favor of environment protection but often also in favor of[Read More…]

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Do You Want a New Cold War?

Do You Want a New Cold War?

Before it’s too late, we need to ask ourselves a crucial question: Do we really — I mean truly — want a new Cold War with China? Because that’s just where the Biden administration is clearly taking us. If you need proof, check out last month’s announcement of an “AUKUS” (Australia, United Kingdom, U.S.) military alliance in Asia. Believe me, it’s far[Read More…]

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Melbourne: The Longest in Lockdown

Melbourne: The Longest in Lockdown

As a city, Melbourne previously prided itself with the air of a prim and proper heiress, one without peer in Australia: a gastronomic wonder, a sporting goddess, and a place of orderly public transport.  The Economist Intelligence Unit glowed with praise, designating the city the world’s “most liveable” for seven years running.  There were few law and order issues; nothing[Read More…]

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Afghanistan: Moscow meeting is a landmark event

Afghanistan: Moscow meeting is a landmark event

The United States regretted its inability to take part in the talks on Afghanistan in Moscow this week. The Russian side was pinning hopes on a meeting of the exclusive Troika Plus (US, China, Russia and Pakistan) followed by a gathering in an expanded format known as the ‘Moscow format’ on Wednesday.  The US State Department spokesman Ned Price said during a[Read More…]

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10 Years After Occupy Wall Street, Its Legacy Remains Strong

10 Years After Occupy Wall Street, Its Legacy Remains Strong

When Occupy Wall Street was evicted from its home base in New York City’s Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15, 2011, by the NYPD in a paramilitary-style operation under cover of the night with a press blackout, the obituaries were being written. The day before, Occupy Oakland, which vied with New York as the leader of the leaderless movement, was evicted for the second and final time. A convergence[Read More…]

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Chile Is at the Dawn of a New Political Era

Chile Is at the Dawn of a New Political Era

“It feels like we are at the end of an era,” Bárbara Sepúlveda tells me on October 12, 2021. Sepúlveda is a member of Chile’s Constitutional Convention and of the Communist Party of Chile. The era to which Sepúlveda refers is that of General Augusto Pinochet, who led the U.S.-backed coup in 1973 that overthrew the popularly elected government of[Read More…]

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US billionaire wealth increased 70 percent since the start of the pandemic

US billionaire wealth increased 70 percent since the start of the pandemic

The wealth of US billionaires has increased by a massive $2.1 trillion, or 70 percent, since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, while tens of millions of working people have faced unemployment and illness, and 724,000 have died from COVID-19. Additionally, the list of American billionaires grew by 131 individuals—going from 614 to 745—during the same period. According to an[Read More…]

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Digital Farm Technology Is Not the Climate Panacea Corporations Want You to Think It Is

Digital Farm Technology Is Not the Climate Panacea Corporations Want You to Think It Is

If controlled by corporations, digital farming initiatives create new poverty traps for small food producers while promoting environmental-destructive intensive agricultural practices. Smartphones have revolutionised our way of living. No need to visit a library when looking for information—we just go online. Convenience is convincing. But can digital technology solve all the problems in the world? The idea of going high-tech in[Read More…]

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Colin Powell: Establishment Warrior

Colin Powell: Establishment Warrior

History is strewn with the broken branches of twisted irony.  An individual who found himself entangled in it was the late Colin Powell, who, as a military man, gave a doctrine his name only to forgo it as a diplomat. The Powell Doctrine was one of certitude and caution: do not engage in conflict except in conditions whereby you could[Read More…]

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Powell holds up a vial he said could contain anthrax as he presents evidence of Iraq's alleged weapons programs to the UN Security Council.

Colin Powell, an image with a vial of lie, is dead

Colin Powell, the first black secretary of state who saw his legacy tarnished when he made the case for war in Iraq in 2003, died on Monday from complications from COVID-19. News of his death elicited strong reaction in Iraq, which has paid the price of what they call “never-ending wars”. Many of them wish he had been tried of[Read More…]

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War Talk from the Mad Monk: Tony Abbott goes to Taiwan

War Talk from the Mad Monk: Tony Abbott goes to Taiwan

No one can stop him.  He can barely stop himself.  The former Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, seems to be everywhere, fighting the poor cause.  At the very least, he is everywhere with the press cameras, the niggling concerns, the irritations that make it into the twenty-four-hour news cycle before sinking with toxic charm.  He is the perfect ingredient in[Read More…]

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In U.S. Foreign Policy, Realists Are Finally on the Rise

In U.S. Foreign Policy, Realists Are Finally on the Rise

During the autumn of 2020, the United States lost one of its most brilliant, incisive, yet unheralded thinkers in Sherle R. Schwenninger. One of Schwenninger’s many gifts was his ability to anticipate far in advance trends that would shape U.S. foreign policy and the global political economy. He was also one of the first thinkers to promote an alternative to[Read More…]

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Empty Gestures or Substantive Change? On the Nobel Prize in Literature and Its Discontents

Empty Gestures or Substantive Change? On the Nobel Prize in Literature and Its Discontents

The fact that Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah has won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature is welcome news, especially as the Swedish Academy is historically known for lacking in diversity, as if intellectual creativity is largely confined to Western intellectual circles. It is premature to suggest that the Academy has finally decided to break away from its ethnocentric past and[Read More…]

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After Corbyn, Israel lobby turns its guns on UK academia

After Corbyn, Israel lobby turns its guns on UK academia

The Jewish Chronicle warns that the dismissal of Prof David Miller is ‘just the beginning’ The Israel lobby appears to be readying for a campaign to root out leftwing academics in the UK critical of Israel’s continuing oppression of the Palestinian people – echoing its efforts against the previous leader of Britain’s Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn. As with the attacks[Read More…]

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Global Debt Leaps to $226 Trillion, reports IMF

Global Debt Leaps to $226 Trillion, reports IMF

The global debt has jumped to a new high of $226 trillion, said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on October 13, 2021. As reason of this leap in global debt, the IMF has cited the Covid-19 and policies put in place to respond to it. Global debt in 2020, including public and private borrowing, “jumped by 14 percent to a record high $226 trillion,”[Read More…]

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Seeing the Future, When No One Believes You

Seeing the Future, When No One Believes You

For decades, I kept a poster on my wall that I’d saved from the year I turned 16. In its upper left-hand corner was a black-and-white photo of a white man in a grey suit. Before him spread a cobblestone plaza. All you could see were the man and the stones. Its caption read, “He stood up alone and something[Read More…]

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Pope Francis Urges Pharma Giants to Release Covid-19 Vaccine Patents

Pope Francis Urges Pharma Giants to Release Covid-19 Vaccine Patents

Amid ongoing outrage over global vaccine inequity, Pope Francis on Saturday urged pharmaceutical companies to “make a gesture of humanity” by lifting intellectual property protections and sharing Covid-19 vaccine technology with the world. The pope’s remarks came during a video address to the World Meeting of Popular Movements, a collection of grassroots groups, in which he expressed his belief “that we are not condemned[Read More…]

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60 Years Later, The Farewell  Speech of President Eisenhower  Appears Even More Relevant Now

60 Years Later, The Farewell  Speech of President Eisenhower  Appears Even More Relevant Now

 Dwight D. Eisenhower had the special distinction of being a very highly decorated and senior five-star military general in-charge of some of the most crucial battles of the second world war who went on to become two-term President of the USA in the important post war phase ( 1953 -1961). When his maximum allowed 8 years of two terms were[Read More…]

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Abandoning Yemen?

Monday, October 11, marked the official closure of the U.N. Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen (also known as the Group of Experts or GEE). For nearly four years, this investigative group examined alleged human rights abuses suffered by Yemenis whose basic rights to food, shelter, safety, health care and education were horribly violated, all while they were bludgeoned by Saudi and[Read More…]

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The Haitian Migration Crisis: Made in the U.S.A.

The Haitian Migration Crisis: Made in the U.S.A.

Through his administration’s recent policies towards Haiti and Haitian migrants, President Joe Biden is carrying out a crime against humanity. Unfortunately, this represents continuity in a decades-long, bi-partisan policy toward Haiti. Biden recently ordered the breakup of a camp of 15,000 mainly Black Haitian migrants under a border bridge in Del Rio, Texas. The migrants—many of whom had traveled thousands[Read More…]

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How Facebook’s Algorithms Promote Hate and Drive Toxic Content

How Facebook’s Algorithms Promote Hate and Drive Toxic Content

Facebook has been in the limelight for two issues of late—both damaging from the company’s perspective, but in terms of public interest, each has its own level of usefulness. The news item with less long-term significance but more sensational media appeal is that what was supposed to be a small configuration change took Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp down for a few hours[Read More…]

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Blood in Beirut: Gunbattle During Protest: 6 Die: Fear of Civil War

Blood in Beirut: Gunbattle During Protest: 6 Die: Fear of Civil War

At least six people were killed and over 60 people were injured in the most violent street fighting in the Lebanese capital Beirut in years Thursday. According to the medics, all victims were shot in the head and the chest. Heavy gunfire broke out during a protest organized by the Iran-backed Hezbollah and its Shiite allies from the Amal Movement[Read More…]

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Despite Taliban Rule, Feminists Must Not Abandon Afghan Women

Despite Taliban Rule, Feminists Must Not Abandon Afghan Women

The situation is complex and so feminists should not take the simplistic view that a policy of non-cooperation with the Taliban is the way to support women. Since the Taliban took control of Kabul and the central government on August 15, efforts to support Afghan women have become extremely challenging. According to some prominent U.S. feminists with strong ties to Afghan women, the[Read More…]

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Germany’s New Neo-Nazi Party AfD and the recent Election

Germany’s New Neo-Nazi Party AfD and the recent Election

by Thomas Klikauer & Meg Young In Germany’s 2021 federal election (26th September 2021), Germany’s Neo-Nazi – some say right-wing populist – party, the AfD stabilized its 2017 result losing slightly. Still, about five million Germans voted for the AfD in 2021. The AfD remains part of Germany’s Radical Right Populism in Germany. The party – the Alternative für Deutschland[Read More…]

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The U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), front, and the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) underway in the the South China Sea on 18 April 2020. (Wikimedia Commons)

US-EU rift over relations with China widens after AUKUS pact

Recent weeks have seen mounting conflicts between Washington and the European imperialist powers over China. Last month, Australia suddenly repudiated a €56 billion French submarine contract to sign instead the Australia-UK-US (AUKUS) alliance targeting China, and European countries this month successfully overrode US accusations that IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva improperly promoted China in official reports. When French Finance Minister Bruno[Read More…]

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Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov (left) escorted by Acting Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi (R) and Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdus Salam (L), Kabul, October 7, 2021

Russia draws red lines for US

Moscow has categorically stated that it will not accept a US military presence in the Central Asian region. This reiteration has come at the level of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov who told Tass that Afghanistan had been discussed at a meeting with Victoria Nuland, the visiting US Undersecretary of State in Moscow on Tuesday.  Ryabkov added, “We emphasised[Read More…]

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A man grieves during a mass funeral for members of a family was killed in a U.S. drone airstrike, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. (Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

The U.S. Killer Drone Program Stays Afloat on the Back of Lies and Pentagon Propaganda

A wrongly targeted Afghan aid worker and his family are among the latest casualties. On August 29, in the final days of our 20-year occupation of Afghanistan, the United States launched a drone strike, firing a 20-pound Hellfire missile at an aid worker named Zemari Ahmadi as he parked his car outside his home in a residential neighborhood of Kabul.[Read More…]

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What Kind of a Threat Is Russia?

What Kind of a Threat Is Russia?

On no subject is the bipartisan consensus more unshakable than on the Russian threat. In his latest book, The Stupidity of War: American Foreign Policy and the Case for Complacency, American political scientist John Mueller demonstrates that since the end of World War II, American policymakers have developed a kind of addiction to threat inflation by “routinely elevating the problematic to[Read More…]

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Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog (Courtesy : TIFF)

TIFF 2021 wraps up on a high note

Although the pandemic problems were strictly in force, the Toronto International Film Festival 2021 had brought in an exceptional selection of films that excited audiences around the world in a hybrid format of in-person as well as digital screening. The line-up showcased, as usual, the beloved auteurs along with a good number of fresh filmmakers including a greater women representation.[Read More…]

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Abandoning Yemen to War Criminals

Abandoning Yemen to War Criminals

The United Nations body responsible for monitoring and recording human rights abuses effectively abandoned the people of Yemen last week. In a 21-18 vote with seven abstentions, the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) refused to extend the mandate of an independent investigation into war crimes committed by all sides in Yemen. Since its establishment in 2017, the Group of Eminent Experts (GEE) had served as a[Read More…]

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Kremlin announced that President Vladimir Putin will deliver a major speech on October 13, 2021 on global energy issues

A face-off over Nord Stream 2

The Russian President Vladimir Putin will be delivering “an informative and very important speech and then take part in a plenary discussion” on Wednesday in Moscow at the Russian Energy Week, an international forum on the global energy sector.  Expectations are running high in the energy circles in Europe and in America. Europe is experiencing an energy crisis with burgeoning[Read More…]

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Afghanistan Tackles the Islamic State

Afghanistan Tackles the Islamic State

On October 8, a terrible blast struck the worshippers attending Friday noon prayers at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque in the Khan Abad district of Bandar, the capital of Kunduz, one of Afghanistan’s largest cities in its northern belt. This is a mosque frequented by Shia Muslims, who were referred to as “our compatriots” by Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid. Forty-six people died immediately in the blast, and[Read More…]

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Eyes Are Always on You – Life in the Post-9/11 Military

Eyes Are Always on You – Life in the Post-9/11 Military

I know what it means to be watched all too carefully, a phenomenon that’s only grown worse in the war-on-terror years. I’m a strange combination, I suspect, being both a military spouse and an anti-war-on-terror activist. As I’ve discovered, the two sit uncomfortably in what still passes for one life. In this country in these years, having eyes on you[Read More…]

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The award-winning Afghan Girls' Robotics Team

Afghan Women Embracing Financial Freedom with Cryptocurrency

With most women not permitted to possess bank accounts in Afghanistan, cryptocurrency has become a critical lifeline for women fleeing the country. A media report said: The fall of Kabul has seen more than 600,000 people fleeing the Taliban regime and, without access to bank accounts, Afghan women were immediately put in a precarious position in their ability to help[Read More…]

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10:  Protesters march during a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline on March 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.  Thousands of protesters and members of Native nations marched in Washington DC to oppose the construction of the proposed 1,172 Dakota Access Pipeline that runs within a half-mile of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Every Day Is Columbus Day

As Colorado and other states eliminate Columbus Day as a holiday, it might seem as if our society has begun to repudiate the legacy of a slave trader/explorer who fed Spain’s lust for gold by trafficking in, and annihilating, native peoples. In truth, we continue to celebrate it. We celebrate it every time the desires of the dominant culture override the concerns[Read More…]

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Imagine a World with U.S.-China Cooperation

Imagine a World with U.S.-China Cooperation

On September 10, 2021, during an important diplomatic meeting that occurred by telephone, U.S. President Joseph Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping affirmed the necessity of a better relationship between their two nations.  According to the official Chinese summary, Xi said that “when China and the United States cooperate, the two countries and the world will benefit; when China and[Read More…]

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The New Amerikan Reich

The New Amerikan Reich

Was watching the Alabama vs. Texas A& M football game last night. It was a home game for A& M and the natives were out there in full regalia… or should I say Brown shirts. A& M has this humungous ROTC program, and why not? It is the home of the Bush and son presidential libraries, where the war mongerers[Read More…]

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Shades of Green – Election Non-event

Shades of Green – Election Non-event

Canada’s recent election proved mostly that Canadians are more or less set within their provincial agendas.  The ruling Liberals gained three seats, the Conservatives stayed the same, the Bloc Québecois gained two, the Greens lost one, and the NDP gained one.  (There were five independents before the vote).  In sum, nothing changed, a lot of money was wasted – or[Read More…]

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

Failure Is Untenable: We Must Avert Afghanistan’s Economic and Food Crises

The Taliban’s cruelties are horrendous, but withholding international support and maintaining blanket sanctions will only hurt the long-suffering Afghan people. Afghanistan’s humanitarian situation is spiraling into catastrophe. Millions of Afghans are now facing severe economic stress and food insecurity in the wake of the Taliban’s August takeover, set off by widespread lost income, cash shortages, and rising food costs. Officials with the UN and several foreign[Read More…]

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Foreseen! A Celebrities Led Movement To Halt USA Nuclear War Preparations

Foreseen! A Celebrities Led Movement To Halt USA Nuclear War Preparations

USA Congress plans to spend a $1.5 trillion on improved nuclear weapons! [1] “If We Don’t End War, War Will End US,” [2]  Twenty years after the end of the Cold War there are at least 23,000 nuclear warheads still in existence, with a combined blast capacity equivalent to 150,000 Hiroshima bombs. The U.S. and Russia together have over 22,000,[Read More…]

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Taliban Dy Prime Ministers Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (C) and Mawlawi Abdul Salam Hanafi (R) met with British High Representative for Afghanistan Sir Simon Gass, Kabul, October 5, 2021

Taliban receives overtures from near and far

The Taliban is getting many suitors lately. It is far from the “pariah” that the Biden Administration thought it was destined to be. During the past month alone, the Taliban received six suitors from the region and beyond offering courtship — the foreign minister of Qatar; the special envoys of Russia, China and Pakistan; the High representative of UK Prime[Read More…]

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Sportswashing at Tyneside: Saudi Arabia moves into English Football

Sportswashing at Tyneside: Saudi Arabia moves into English Football

The recent acquisition of the Newcastle United football club by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, along with financier Amanda Staveley and the billionaire Reuben brothers, was a source of much excitement for some former players.  Old boy Alan Shearer did little to conceal it.  “We can dare to hope again,” he rejoiced. In The Guardian, Barney Ronay was less enthusiastic,[Read More…]

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Letter To Australian Labor MPs Exposes Australian Crimes & IHRA Anti-Semitism

Letter To Australian Labor MPs Exposes Australian Crimes & IHRA Anti-Semitism

US lackey Australia is second only to Zionist-subverted America as a fervent supporter of Apartheid Israel. The Australian Coalition Government and Labor Opposition support the all-European,  genocide-complicit,  mendacious,  pro-Zionist and largely pro-nuclear terrorism International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) that through its malignant definition of anti-Semitism is itself egregiously anti-Arab anti-Semitic, anti- Jewish anti-Semitic, and holocaust denying. In short, the Coalition-[Read More…]

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Global Leadership, Peace and Conflict Resolutions beyond the Lens of Rationality

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

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Covid-19 vaccine distribution is a global disaster

Covid-19 vaccine distribution is a global disaster

“It’s like putting a Band-Aid over a gaping hole,” said Andrea Taylor of Duke University, discussing the rich countries of North America and Europe giving their own citizens Covid-19 vaccine boosters before the rest of the world gets their first shot. Covid-19 is a global pandemic. It respects no national boundaries and will continue to spread and mutate if it[Read More…]

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Andre Vltchek on Democracy, China, and its Ecological Civilization 

Andre Vltchek on Democracy, China, and its Ecological Civilization 

“Communist Victory in Beijing, China “ (photo by Andre Vltchek) In this review article, we remember Andre Vltchek who passed away last year Sep 22, was a friend of all oppressed peoples, who travelled far and wide to scores of countries. And reflect on his views about China that recently (Oct 1) celebrated its revolution, significant in the context of[Read More…]

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Blowing the Whistle at Facebook

Blowing the Whistle at Facebook

The only surprise was that it did not come sooner.  Big Tech whistleblowers are not exactly running out of the offices of Silicon Valley, so it was with some excitement that Facebook could produce a person willing enough to show us the laundry, with the dirt still caking the content. And the laundry in question proved to be bountiful, with[Read More…]

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Why Does Congress Fight Over Childcare But Not F-35s?

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies President Biden and the Democratic Congress are facing a crisis as the popular domestic agenda they ran on in the 2020 election is held hostage by two corporate Democratic Senators, fossil-fuel consigliere Joe Manchin and payday-lender favorite Kyrsten Sinema. But the very week before the Dems’ $350 billion-per-year domestic package hit this[Read More…]

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What Does India Get Out of Being Part of ‘The Quad’?

What Does India Get Out of Being Part of ‘The Quad’?

The recent Quad leaders meeting in the White House on September 24 appears to have shifted focus away from its original framing as a security dialogue between four countries, the United States, India, Japan and Australia. Instead, the United States seems to be moving much closer to Australia as a strategic partner and providing it with nuclear submarines. Supplying Australia with U.S. nuclear submarines[Read More…]

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The Bankruptcy of ‘Great Power Competition’

The Bankruptcy of ‘Great Power Competition’

A militarized rivalry between the US and China will be costly and dangerous for all concerned, but the people most likely to suffer from it will be found in the countries that the two major powers choose to turn into their battlefields. The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union split Europe down the middle, but it[Read More…]

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Pandora Papers – Pandora’s Box and people

Pandora Papers – Pandora’s Box and people

Pandora Papers is not the entire Pandora’s Box; but a part of it only. The full picture is yet to emerge, in one sense, and in another sense, the whole is already perceptible. The way the rich have their wealth, the way they accumulate, the way they hide, the way they deceive, the way they deprive, the way they lie[Read More…]

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Company Puts Profits Before Public Safety Over and Over Again, Claims Facebook Whistleblower

Company Puts Profits Before Public Safety Over and Over Again, Claims Facebook Whistleblower

Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen claimed that the social media giant for prioritizing profits over public safety. Haugen, who worked on the company’s Civic Integrity team until it was dissolved shortly after the 2020 election, said that Facebook has been a major contributor to divisions in society. “Facebook has realized that if they change the algorithm to be safer, people[Read More…]

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Trump, Twitter and the Digital Town Hall

Trump, Twitter and the Digital Town Hall

The merits are hard to stomach for partisans long jaundiced by presumption and dislike, but the cheer at the deplatforming of Donald Trump by a range of social media platforms said as much about the nature of any sentiment about democracy as it did about those claiming to defend it.  For one, it shut off a valve of fantastic, instant[Read More…]

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

Humanitarian Crisis Looms Large in Afghanistan and Myanmar

While political changes have been in the forefront of most recent discussion on Afghanistan and Myanmar, a serious humanitarian crisis looms large for several million people. Over 50% of the nearly 88 million people living in these troubled lands are likely to face serious shortages of food, medicine and other essential needs. Invariably minorities identified on religious, ethnic, regional or[Read More…]

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Why the World’s Eyes Are on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan Border

Why the World’s Eyes Are on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan Border

Afghanistan and Tajikistan share a 1,400-kilometer border. Recently, a war of words has erupted between Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon and the Taliban government in Kabul. Rahmon censures the Taliban for the destabilization of Central Asia by the export of militant groups, while the Taliban leadership has accused Tajikistan’s government of interference. Earlier this summer, Rahmon mobilized 20,000 troops to the border, and held military[Read More…]

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Decolonizing Minds, Including My Own, About U.S. Capitalist State Settler Colonialism

Decolonizing Minds, Including My Own, About U.S. Capitalist State Settler Colonialism

Where so many mainstream writers miss the mark is that whereas dispossession was a zero-sum game, these would-be settlers, mostly peasants, were fleeing feudalism at home. “The discovery of gold and silver in America, the extirpation, enslavement and entombment in mines of the aboriginal population, the beginning of the conquest and looting of the East Indies, the turning of Africa[Read More…]

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Fifteen years since Assange established WikiLeaks

Fifteen years since Assange established WikiLeaks

Today marks fifteen years since WikiLeaks was founded by Australian publisher Julian Assange on October 4, 2006. In the years since, the small media organisation, founded on a shoestring, has become synonymous with the courageous exposure of government and corporate crimes, as well as the ever-more ferocious attempts of state agencies and the ruling elites to censor the internet and[Read More…]

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Pandora Papers: An Expose of the Rich and the Powerful Dodging Millions of Dollars in Taxes

Pandora Papers: An Expose of the Rich and the Powerful Dodging Millions of Dollars in Taxes

Pandora Papers – recently leaked papers – show how some of the world’s elites accumulate property empires while avoiding millions of dollars in taxes. More than 100 billionaires and others have been exposed by the Pandora Papers obtained from 14 offshore banking institutions and analyzed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The ICIJ obtained the trove of more[Read More…]

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Nuclear Terrorist Australia, UK & US AUKUS Alliance Threatens Humanity

Nuclear Terrorist Australia, UK & US AUKUS Alliance Threatens Humanity

In a secret deal with the UK and the US for nuclear-powered submarines, Australia has stabbed France in the back, and torn up a huge, underway deal for conventional French submarines. The nuclear terrorist Australia, UK and US  AUKUS  Alliance threatens  Australian security, sovereignty, coastal cities, and trade. It also threatens nuclear disarmament, the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear[Read More…]

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Science must guide India, UK: Stoking vaccine nationalism will fail us all

Science must guide India, UK: Stoking vaccine nationalism will fail us all

One of the seven sins we should not commit as warned by Mahatma Gandhi, is “science without humanity”. But are we conscious enough to ensure that the global fight against Covid is mindful of Gandhi ji’s message? Right before Gandhi ji’s birth anniversary, government of India announced its reciprocal policy for UK nationals arriving in India to undergo mandatory quarantine[Read More…]

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North Korea tests new anti-aircraft missile

North Korea tests new anti-aircraft missile

North Korea fired a newly developed anti-aircraft missile on Thursday, North Korean state media KCNA reported, the latest in a recent series of weapons tests that has come as denuclearization talks with the U.S. have been in deadlock. It was North Korea’s second known weapons test this week after the launch of a previously unseen hypersonic missile on Tuesday. It[Read More…]

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Colonial enslavement of Native Americans, 
An image from 1595 depicting conflict between Native Americans in Mexico and Spanish colonists led by Francisco de Montejo. Courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University

Native Americans: The First and Forgotten Slaves

“Modern perceptions of early modern slavery associate the institution almost solely with Africans and their descendants. Yet slavery was a ubiquitous institution in the early modern world…The story of European colonialism in the Americas and its victimization of Africans and Indians follows a central paradigm in most textbooks. The African “role” encompasses the transportation, exploitation, and suffering of many millions[Read More…]

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Chinese ambassador Wang Yu met Acting Foreign Minister of Taliban Mawlavi Amir Khan Muttaqi, Kabul, September 26, 2021

US, UK prepare to re-engage Taliban

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has written yet another opinion piece in the Washington Post, sensing a turning point lies ahead with the Biden Administration assembling a sustainable, durable policy toward Afghanistan taking into account the new reality of the Taliban government.  Quintessentially, Imran Khan revisited his argument in the earlier WaPo piece in July where he had concluded: “I believe that promoting economic[Read More…]

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Afghanistan’s Impoverished People Live Amid Enormous Riches

On September 25, 2021, Afghanistan’s Economy Minister Qari Din Mohammad Hanif said that his government does not want “help and cooperation from the world like the previous government. The old system was supported by the international community for 20 years but still failed.” It is fair to say that Hanif has no experience in running a complex economy, since he has spent[Read More…]

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On Afghanistan and Legitimate Resistance

On Afghanistan and Legitimate Resistance

An urgent task is awaiting us: considering the progression of events, we must quickly liberate ourselves from the limits and confines placed on the Afghanistan discourse, which have been imposed by US-centered Western propaganda for over 20 years, and counting. A first step is that we must not allow the future political discourse pertaining to this very subject to remain[Read More…]

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Petition Against Hudson Institute

Petition Against Hudson Institute

The UN Secretary General His Excellency Mr. Antonio Guterres in his September 2020 document titled United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech said: “Fighting hate, discrimination, racism and inequality is at the core of United Nations principles and the Organization’s work…Hate speech, including online, has become one of the most frequent methods for spreading divisive and discriminatory[Read More…]

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov flanked by Taliban officials attending a conference on Afghanistan, Moscow, November 2018

Afghanistan and China, NATO, Russia

Afghanistan is now a hot issue among the world powers. China has talked to NATO while Russian Foreign Minister has said about a common approach by U.S., China, Russia and Pakistan. Media reports said: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has held a virtual meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, amid longstanding disagreements between[Read More…]

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German Finance Minister, Vice-Chancellor and Social Democratic SPD Party’s candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz holds up a bouquet of flowers at the party’s headquarters in Berlin. September 27, 2021

Rise of centre-left in Germany

The big take-away of Germany’s first election of the post-Merkel era is that none of the parties has ‘won’ and each of the parties has reason to look miserable and feel disappointed with their performance. A new political landscape is struggling to be born.  For the ruling Christian Democrats [CDU], this has been their worst ever performance in post-war history, faring significantly[Read More…]

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New Blocs, new conflicts

New Blocs, new conflicts

‘China eyes on Afghan copper’, ‘Pakistan has become the mistress of China’, ‘Britain is a lapdog of the America’, ‘France is furious over the submarine deal’, ‘India trying re-entry in Kabul through Iran via Russia’. The media across the globe has turned into a noisy circus with its fear-provoking news headlines.  It is forcing many people to say goodbye to[Read More…]

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US government, CIA plotted to kidnap or assassinate Assange in London

US government, CIA plotted to kidnap or assassinate Assange in London

An explosive investigative report by Yahoo News has revealed plans at the highest levels of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Trump administration to illegally kidnap or even assassinate WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange when he was an internationally recognised political refugee in Ecuador’s London embassy. Based on discussions with more than 30 former US officials, the report alleges conduct on[Read More…]

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Humanitarian Crisis Ravages Yemen: Yet Biden Administration Continues To Service Saudi War Machine

President Joe Biden began his presidency with a promise to confront Saudi Arabia and treat the murderous regime as a “pariah.” In particular, he pledged to end “all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales.” Yet nearly eight months later little has changed. The president undercut his initial promise when he said “We’re going to[Read More…]

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) with the US President  Joe Biden at White House, Washington DC, USA, September 24, 2021.

What Biden told the Indians

Given the state of the Indian media today, it is difficult to cut through the Indian-American rhetoric from a distance of 10,000 kilometres and get a rounded view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States and his meeting with President Biden.  So much has changed since Modi last visited America two years ago. India has changed, America[Read More…]

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Problems With Capitalism

Problems With Capitalism

One of the problems with capitalism is that it is driving us towards disaster. Greed is good? Adam Smith (1723-1790) maintained that individual self-interest can and should be the principle guiding our economic behavior . He told the readers of his book “The Wealth of Nations”, that, as if guided by an invisible hand, individual self-interest leads to the general[Read More…]

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Oil Politics, Taliban and Islamophobia: Impact on India

Oil Politics, Taliban and Islamophobia: Impact on India

Withdrawal of US army from Afghanistan has led to the Taliban coming to power. The scene created in Afghanistan has been very disturbing. The minorities trying to flee, the Muslims attempting to leave the country desperately have made a sad spectacle. This has drawn global attention to the phenomenon in Afghanistan. The past record of Taliban rule is flashing in[Read More…]

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US President Joe Biden at Quad Summit, White House, Sept. 24, 2021. Seated clockwise Australian PM Scott Morrison, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga & Indian PM Narendra Modi

Quad is turning & turning in widening gyre

By coincidence, perhaps, on the same day that President Biden hosted the first Quad summit, he also cleared the way for a senior executive of Huawei Technologies to return to Beijing — “removing one major irritant between the two superpowers,” as the New York Times put it.  Meng Wanzhouthe’s release made headlines overshadowing the QUAD event. Beijing reciprocated instantly by releasing[Read More…]

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The India-U.S-China-Russia Quadrilateral Challenge

The India-U.S-China-Russia Quadrilateral Challenge

India PM took part on Friday afternoon the White House Quad meeting. His relaxed face with smile and Biden’s hearty open smile in a WH photo can speak volumes. Or? The focussed Quad priorities  on the rule of law, navigation and overflight freedom, peaceful resolution of disputes, democratic values and territorial integrity of states and support for smaller states of[Read More…]

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WHO/ILO study says nearly 2 million workers globally die from work-related issues each year

WHO/ILO study says nearly 2 million workers globally die from work-related issues each year

A new report, jointly issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) on work-related deaths for the year 2016, shows that workplace-related diseases and injuries led to the deaths of 1.9 million people in that year. The WHO/ILO Joint Estimates of the Work-Related Burden of Disease and Injury, 2000-2016, conducted before the outbreak of the[Read More…]

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Iran’s SCO membership is a big deal

Iran’s SCO membership is a big deal

Like in a Wagnerian music drama, there is an associated melodic theme that accompanies the situations behind the two big regional developments last week — the announcement of the AUKUS, security alliance of three “maritime democracies” on September 15 and Iran’s accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation as full member on September 17.  Both developments broke the glass ceiling. The[Read More…]

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The Taliban fighters posing for family photo and relaxing in the Presidential Palace, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug 15, 2021

Strict Punishment, Amputations and Executions will Return to Afghanistan, says Taliban Co-founder

Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, a co-founder of the Taliban who will control prisons under the new regime in Afghanistan, said strict punishment, including amputations and executions, will return. “Everyone criticized us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments,” Turabi said in Kabul during an interview, which was published Thursday by the[Read More…]

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US President Joe Biden, UK PM Boris Johnson, and Australia's high commissioner to the UK George Brandis, had met during the G7 meeting in Cornwall in June. The AUKUS which was announced on September 15, was deemed "a forever partnership" by Brandis. Photo: George Brandis/ Twitter

Clear away the hype: the US and Australia signed a nuclear arms deal, simple as that

The AUKUS despite being coined a security partnership, is a nuclear arms deal aimed at increasing pressure against China and should be cause for concern On September 15, 2021, the heads of government of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States announced the formation of AUKUS, “a new enhanced trilateral security partnership” between these three countries. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison[Read More…]

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Trumpism with a Biden Face: US Haitian Policy

Trumpism with a Biden Face: US Haitian Policy

With that orange haired brute of a president supposedly ushered out of the White House with moralising delight, the Biden administration was all keen to turn over a new leaf.  There would be more diplomacy, and still more diplomacy.  There would be a more humanitarian approach to refugees and asylum seekers – forget, he claimed, the Border Wall.  Kindness would[Read More…]

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Pandemic and surge in food prices deepens global hunger

Pandemic and surge in food prices deepens global hunger

Global food prices have risen 33 percent in the last 12 months, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Basic staples such as vegetable oil, grains and meat have shown some of the highest increases. Coming on top of the economic catastrophe visited on billions by the pandemic, these pressures will fuel inflation making it difficult for[Read More…]

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The UK Carrier Strike Group 2021, led by HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, departing the UK [Credit: Royal Navy/Flickr]

How AUKUS May Damage NATO

The fallout over the AUKUS deal, as we are now seeing, has been a severe rift in relations between two historic allies, the U.S. and France. And the collateral damage may also include NATO. Only weeks after U.S. President Joe Biden courageously ended the war in Afghanistan—in the face of bitter opposition from the media and Congress—came the announcement of the formation of AUKUS,[Read More…]

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Who Represents Afghanistan: Genuine Activists vs ‘Native Informants’

Who Represents Afghanistan: Genuine Activists vs ‘Native Informants’

  Scenes of thousands of Afghans flooding the Kabul International Airport to flee the country as Taliban fighters were quickly consolidating their control over the capital, raised many questions, leading amongst them: who are these people and why are they running away? In the US and other Western media, answers were readily available: they were mostly ‘translators’, Afghans who ‘collaborated’[Read More…]

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Duterte’s Last Dirty Trick: Eluding the International Criminal Court

Duterte’s Last Dirty Trick: Eluding the International Criminal Court

            Just a few days ago, the international human-rights groups called INVESTIGATE PH released its final report on the Philippine State’s violations of civil and political human rights aggravated by the lack of domestic remedies to address widespread abuses by the Duterte regime. The first six months of 2021 witnessed an unprecedented rampage of extrajudicial killings, illegal arrests, disappearances, and[Read More…]

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Bad Business: World Bank and China, A Rigging Scandal

Bad Business: World Bank and China, A Rigging Scandal

A business bad in standard of business has been done, and the business involves the World Bank (WB) and China. Media reports said: Some investors and campaigners expressed dismay on September 17, 2021 at revelations that the WB leaders pressured staff to boost China’s score in an influential report that ranks countries on how easy it is to do business[Read More…]

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

A new model of refugee housing is needed for better integration

As York prepares to welcome Afghan refugees, housing is becoming a critical issue. It is not that York lacks rental housing, but rather that it lacks affordable housing, a particular problem for people who will likely have left their country with nothing. This article seeks to offer an alternative solution and to investigate ways and means of welcoming more refugees[Read More…]

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5 Urgent Steps Needed to Vaccinate the World and End This Pandemic

5 Urgent Steps Needed to Vaccinate the World and End This Pandemic

The world stands at a critical juncture of the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries that lack the first round of vaccine coverage are extraordinarily vulnerable to the highly infectious Delta variant, and are also seedbeds for new variants that could quickly spread worldwide. The Lancet COVID-19 Commission, which I chair, is working urgently with the United Nations system to strengthen the multilateral response.[Read More…]

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Kids cannot go without food, migrants say

Kids cannot go without food, migrants say

People trying to migrate to the U.S. tell their stories, which have been collected from media reports. Migrant Charlie Jean had crossed back into Ciudad Acuña from the camps to get food for his wife and three daughters, ages 2, 5 and 12. He was waiting on the Mexican side for a restaurant to bring him an order of rice.[Read More…]

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Massive, Illegal Expulsion of Migrants from U.S.A

Massive, Illegal Expulsion of Migrants from U.S.A

In a massive show of force, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) mounted officers attempted to contain migrants as they crossed the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, into Del Rio, Texas, on September 19, 2021. Thousands of Haitian migrants have been arriving to Del Rio, Texas, as authorities attempt to close the border to stop the flow of[Read More…]

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Beijing condemns military pact between the US, Britain and Australia

Beijing condemns military pact between the US, Britain and Australia

Beijing has condemned the announcement last Thursday of a new AUKUS military pact between the US, Britain and Australia, which is focused on the Indo-Pacific and aimed against China. The Chinese government has also taken aim at the associated decision to assist Australia in building nuclear-powered submarines. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian criticised the three countries for being “extremely irresponsible.”[Read More…]

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French officials warn AUKUS alliance undermines US-Europe relations

French officials warn AUKUS alliance undermines US-Europe relations

After taking the unprecedented step Friday of recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Australia, Paris continued this weekend to denounce the Australia-UK-US (AUKUS) alliance announced by Biden on Wednesday. While the alliance targets China, it was prepared behind the backs of the European Union (EU) and led Australia to cancel a €56 billion deal to buy French-made submarines.[Read More…]

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NETHERLANDS PROTEST

People of the world are not taking Chairman Gonzalo’s death lying down

Demonstrations protesting the killing the death in custody of Chairman Gonzalo are encompassing many parts of Europe. Streets of Hamburg, Rome, Paris or Amsterdam were swept with the power of a torrent. Their intensity have made the rulers world over tremble, who patronised his murder. Most encouraging witnessing the participation of youth whose anger simmered at a boiling point. They[Read More…]

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Stay Home: Taliban-run Kabul Municipality Orders Female Workers

Stay Home: Taliban-run Kabul Municipality Orders Female Workers

Female employees of the Kabul municipality have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan’s capital said Sunday, detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers. The decision to prevent most female city workers from returning to their jobs is another sign that[Read More…]

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The Fate of Cassandra:  Dire Predictions Go Unheeded

The Fate of Cassandra:  Dire Predictions Go Unheeded

In ancient Greek mythology, Cassandra was a priestess who was able to predict the future but unable to convince others to act upon her prophecies. The fate of Cassandra seems particularly relevant today, for there has been ample warning about three developments that threaten continued human existence—preparations for nuclear war, climate change, and disease pandemics—without, however, adequate measures being taken[Read More…]

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Lying America Did 9/11 And Then Killed Over 30 Million Muslims

Lying America Did 9/11 And Then Killed Over 30 Million Muslims

The 20th anniversary of the 9/11 atrocity in  which nearly 3,000 people died has been commemorated around the world with massive Mainstream media (MSM) coverage. However respect for the victims has been grossly violated by the Orwellian lying of Zionist -beholden US and US Alliance MSM that ignore the  horrible realities that the US did 9/11 and that over 30[Read More…]

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Global Leaders Waging Wars against Humanity Claim Peace and Success

Global Leaders Waging Wars against Humanity Claim Peace and Success

“The culture of peace is universal. It is shared by people and nations Worldwide. Today’s “culture of war” is a US hegemonic project predicated on the creation of conflict and divisions within and between countries. It is this (unilateral) project of global warfare which is intent upon destroying civilization.” (Professor Michel Chossudovsky, “Towards a Culture of World Peace”. Global Research:[Read More…]

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President Joe Biden speaks about the end of the war in Afghanistan from the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden’s confusion: American foreign policy sliding back to Cold War framework

Indications are not lacking in American foreign policy (FP) that the man who took Oval Office in January on an anti-pandemic agenda is bereft of fresh innovative ideas to create world peace and regain American economic strength to lead the world. Where is Biden’s world leadership heading for, if it only withers in engendering wars, confronting Russia and China wherever[Read More…]

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Please Pay for Great Content

Please Pay for Great Content

Six years ago, I wrote an article that appeared on Countercurrents, just as this one does.  The piece was strident, even didactic, but was in large part a plea.  The notion was to explain why the pathology of “free content” creates a race to the bottom in journalism. A byproduct of this is that – given the “no free lunch”[Read More…]

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The UK Carrier Strike Group 2021, led by HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, departing the UK [Credit: Royal Navy/Flickr]

US, UK, Australia military pact threatens war against China

The dramatic announcement this week of the AUKUS military alliance between the US, Britain and Australia has made the fault lines of a terrible war between nuclear-armed powers explicit. Hatched in months of secret negotiations, the pact revives the World War II alliance in the Pacific against Japan—this time against China. The militarist character of the agreement was underscored by[Read More…]

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Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. [Source: Wikimedia Commons]

Paris recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over anti-Chinese AUKUS alliance

Last night, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian recalled France’s ambassadors to the United States and Australia after the announcement Wednesday of the AUKUS (Australia-UK-US) alliance. Australia had repudiated a massive €56 billion arms deal with France for attack submarines, to instead obtain them from Washington and London. Le Drian’s communiqué stated: “At the request of the President of the Republic,[Read More…]

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US Drones Still Fly Over the Afghan Horizon

US Drones Still Fly Over the Afghan Horizon

Facing unrelenting criticism over the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Biden Administration is insisting that the United States will maintain a capability to launch airstrikes in Afghanistan, regardless of the legal limitations and possibility of perpetuating the war. The Biden Administration vows to keep in place an “over-the-horizon capability,” meaning that the United States will still be able to strike targets in Afghanistan[Read More…]

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Indigenous People of Brazil Fight for Their Future

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has given new license to the killing of Indigenous people in Brazil. Before he came to power in 2019, it wasn’t clear what he wanted to build, but he knew exactly who and what he wanted to destroy: the Indigenous people and the Amazon rainforest, respectively. “Bolsonaro attacked a woman first, the land, our mother,” the Indigenous leader Célia[Read More…]

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The rise of Taliban and Taliban-ism

The rise of Taliban and Taliban-ism

One must go back a few decades to understand the birth of Taliban and the continuity of this phenomenon that has shaken the world, quite literally. Yes the world underneath one’s foot shook on 9/11/2001, tremors caused by the country cousin of Taliban called Al Qaida. Getting back to a few decades as proposed in the beginning, it started around[Read More…]

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Taliban patrol after they took over Panjshir Valley, Sept 6, 2021

Panjshir needs help

The Taliban’s rapid advance in Afghanistan has briefly stalled only in the face of strong resistance mounted by the people of the country’s recalcitrant mountainous province of Panjshir. Whoever controls the region’s passes controls the routes leading to China and Tajikistan, but to seize this mountain valley and, most importantly, to keep it permanently under control has always been a[Read More…]

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

The Debacle of “Nation Building” in Afghanistan and Iraq

In one of his interviews before the Taliban retook Afghanistan, John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, blamed the American failure in Afghanistan on a change in Washington’s mission from anti-terrorism to “nation building.” In his view, Washington should just have held strategic sites in the country to keep terrorists off balance and not engaged in an ambitious reconstruction of[Read More…]

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Pentagon claimed its “righteous strike” by a Reaper drone on Aug. 28 in Kabul killed an ISIS terrorist who turned out to be an aid worker. Attack killed 10, including 7 children, in a residential block.

Afghanistan and India’s ‘over-the-horizon’ dilemma

In England, they’d plan a park, build it but wouldn’t complete it until they could observe  for a while the foot tracks of walkers, before deciding where to lay the pathways for optimal utility.  The Blinken Administration and Modi Govt apparently think they don’t have that luxury when it comes to Afghanistan. That is the troubling signal out of the Congressional[Read More…]

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Afghan refugees are surrounded by security forces at the Poland-Belarus border on August 26, 2021. The group of migrants from Afghanistan has been stuck at the E.U.'s eastern border for several weeks as Belarus and Poland both refuse to let them in. (Photo: Maciej Moskwa/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

No, The World Is Not Welcoming Afghan Refugees as It Should

Despite the outpouring of international sympathy for Afghans who fled their country after the Taliban takeover last month, it’s by no means certain this will translate into receiving the refuge they are entitled to under international law. Austria, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland and Russia have categorically said they won’t accept new Afghan arrivals. Slovenia’s foreign minister even reportedly issued an outrageous warning[Read More…]

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A man grieves during a mass funeral for members of a family was killed in a U.S. drone airstrike, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. (Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

Shut Down the Drone War

The August 29 U.S. drone strike in Kabul that killed ten civilians, including seven children, demonstrates the bankruptcy of the war on terror. Like many other drone strikes, the strike in Kabul targeted innocent people and achieved nothing except to blow up civilians that had the misfortune to be in the vicinity. According to two recent investigative reports in The New York Times and The Washington[Read More…]

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Trade caravan on the Silk Road, Central Asia

Foreign Devils on the Silk Road

The title of an unputdownable 1980 classic by Peter Hopkirk comes to mind even as the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the Collective Security Treaty Organisation are preparing to hold back-to-back summit meetings at Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on September 17.  Foreign Devils on the Silk Road: The Search for the Lost Treasures of Central Asia tells the breathtaking story of the intrepid men[Read More…]

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Handover ceremony at Camp Anthonic, from US Army to Afghan Special Forces, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 2, 2021.

The True Lessons of the Afghan War

Disagreements over how to assess the American exodus from Afghanistan have kept the pundits busy these last weeks, even though there wasn’t much to say that hadn’t been said before. For some of them, however, that was irrelevant. Having overseen or promoted the failed Afghan War themselves, all the while brandishing various “metrics” of success, they were engaged in transparent reputation-salvaging. Not[Read More…]

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Iran’s Vice-President & head of the Atomic Energy Organization Mohammad Eslami (second from right) met International Atomic Energy Agency director general Rafael Grossi, Tehran, Sept 12, 2021

Biden Doctrine appears in Persian Gulf

The incipient signs of a US retrenchment from Saudi Arabia have appeared in a series of moves in the past 2-3 weeks. On a parallel track, the Biden Administration is factoring in that new Iranian government is returning to the negotiating table at Vienna on nuclear issues. The interconnected maneuverings are predicated, indirectly at least at this point, on an[Read More…]

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Bitcoin the Messiah: El Salvador Goes Crypto

Bitcoin the Messiah: El Salvador Goes Crypto

In a particular deli store in South Melbourne, a tongue-and-cheek message is attached to the cash register.  “Bitcoin accepted there,” it proclaims brightly.  Naturally, it is nothing of the sort, a teasing ruse for the punters and those casting an eye in the direction of the store.  Cold hard cash remains king, albeit one with a tarnished crown; pandemic times[Read More…]

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American Muslims 20 years after 9/11

American Muslims 20 years after 9/11

 “The rising power of American Muslims” is the title of special issue of The Newsweek on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.  It published an article by Steve Friess under the title: Since 9/11, US Muslims have gained unprecedented political, cultural influence. It’s been an impressive 2021 so far for Muslim Americans. The U.S. Senate, that bastion of partisan gridlock, overwhelmingly[Read More…]

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A man grieves during a mass funeral for members of a family was killed in a U.S. drone airstrike, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. (Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

Never Forget Victims of the Drone Program

As the mainstream press spent this past weekend once again ensuring that Americans never forget the fear and anger of 9/11 which prompted 20 years of war, 10 of the latest victims of 9/11 were being wiped from historical memory. Just two weeks before the 20th anniversary of 9/11, a US drone killed the Ahmadi family, including seven children. In[Read More…]

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The Winner in Afghanistan: China

The Winner in Afghanistan: China

A Debacle Marks the Decline of Washington’s World Leadership The collapse of the American project in Afghanistan may fade fast from the news here, but don’t be fooled. It couldn’t be more significant in ways few in this country can even begin to grasp. “Remember, this is not Saigon,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a television audience on August 15th, the[Read More…]

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On 9/11, It’s Time for Reflection on Decades of Failed US National Security Policy

On 9/11, It’s Time for Reflection on Decades of Failed US National Security Policy

The steady militarisation of US foreign policy has hampered its ability to address real security concerns that threaten not just American people but the entire planet. A reckoning with America’s failed national security policy is long overdue. Our calamitous misadventures in the Middle East and the global financial collapse of 2008 dramatically exposed the bankruptcy and failures of the bipartisan[Read More…]

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Afghan tribal leaders and religious scholars and youth leaders from the central provinces (Hazarajat) met former president Hamid Karzai regarding formation of inclusive government, Kabul, September 11, 2021

Afghanistan: Enter regional states

The Taliban hoisted their black and white flag on the presidential palace in Kabul on September 11, which happens to be the twentieth anniversary of the Al-Qaeda’s attack on New York and Washington, DC. The symbolism is too obvious to be missed. Although the Taliban had no hand in the 9/11 attacks, it took the brunt of the US’ revenge[Read More…]

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The encampments at Standing Rock worked to keep prayer and nonviolence at the center of their actions. Photo by Joe Zummo.

Standing Rock is Everywhere: The Indigenous Heart of the Climate Change Fight

This is a story of victory for the earth and of the end of the Keystone XL pipeline. It also involves the Dakota Access pipeline and the Standing Rock Lakota reservation, indeed the entire world, all of which is threatened by our desperate last burst of fossil fuel exploitation. It is a story of what the dogged persistence and creativity[Read More…]

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Travails, Tribulations and Trepidations of a media infected: There are positives too!

Travails, Tribulations and Trepidations of a media infected: There are positives too!

The virus has left a lasting imprint on the present generation. Many people have not yet recovered fully from the infection and many others still lamenting  on the loss of their dear ones and coping with the new realities. It is understandable that the pains will take long time to perish. Apart from such tragedies all over the world, which[Read More…]

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Rwanda’s Military is the French Proxy on African Soil

Rwanda’s Military is the French Proxy on African Soil

On July 9, 2021, the government of Rwanda said that it had deployed 1,000 troops to Mozambique to battle al-Shabaab fighters, who had seized the northern province of Cabo Delgado. A month later, on August 8, Rwandan troops captured the port city of Mocímboa da Praia, where just off the coast sits a massive natural gas concession held by the French energy company TotalEnergies[Read More…]

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Messianic Failure: Pursuing the GWOT Jabberwock

Messianic Failure: Pursuing the GWOT Jabberwock

Anniversaries can provide occasions for reflection and deep consideration.  Past errors and misjudgements can be considered soberly; historical distance provides perspective.  Mature reflections may be permitted.  But they can also serve the opposite purpose: to cake, cloak and mask the record. The gooey name GWOT, otherwise known as the Global War on Terrorism, is some two decades old, and it[Read More…]

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