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    World Focus: FIFA Raid Raises Questions About DOJ Priorities
    Friday, May 29 @ 10:51:33 UTC
    USANotoriously-corrupt FIFA heads arrested in early morning raid during annual meeting

    By Lauren McCauley
    May 27, 2015 - commondreams.org


    While the early morning raid and arrest of several high-ranking officials with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) captivated the international news circuit Wednesday morning, many observers were left wondering: With so many corrupt bankers, politicians, and other one-percenters still free to walk the streets here in the United States, why has the U.S. Department of Justice set its sights on FIFA?

    The international soccer organization has over time been accused of rampant human rights violations—including exploiting migrant and child labor, and spurring the mass displacement of poor and indigenous peoples—environmental degradation, corruption, bribery, and more or less running roughshod over the nations chosen to host the quadrennial FIFA World Cup tournament.

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    World Focus: It Is Time to Call Radio "Liberty" What It Is: Radio Gestapo Amerika
    Friday, May 08 @ 12:10:25 UTC
    USABy Paul Craig Roberts
    May 07, 2015


    Radio “Liberty” has always been a propaganda ministry. Formerly its propaganda was directed against the Soviet Union. Today it is directed against distinguished Americans who are known and respected for their allegiance to the truth.

    Radio Liberty’s latest target is an American scholar who is far more widely respected than Radio Liberty. Like everything else in Washington the two-bit propaganda ministry is carried away by hubris and a mistaken opinion of its own importance.

    A Radio Liberty non-entity named Carl Schreck, of whom no one has ever heard, has declared America’s most distinguished Russian scholar, Stephen Cohen, to be “a Putin apologist.”

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    War on Russia: Mobilization for War against Russia?
    Tuesday, May 05 @ 08:10:50 UTC
    US vs RussiaNATO Commander Philip Breedlove Believes “War Is Peace”.

    By Stephen Lendman
    May 04, 2015


    US NATO commander General Philip Breedlove is part of America’s lunatic fringe. He believes provoking Russia belligerently promotes world peace.

    He wants more US combat troops close to Russia’s borders – more provocative military exercises antagonizing its leadership.

    He wants Nazi-infested Ukrainian military forces more heavily armed to the teeth with US heavy weapons than already.

    In Thursday testimony before Senate Armed Services Committee members, he said:
    “I support the consideration of using offensive weapons to change the decision calculus on the ground (in Donbass) and to facilitate bringing our opponent to the table for a solution, a final solution” – serving US imperial interests exclusively.
    He accused Russia of using “every tool to their great advantage, including the military tool.”

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    Racism Watch: Skip Gates and Sony Exposed by Wikileaks
    Wednesday, April 29 @ 06:51:21 UTC
    WikiLeaksBy Margaret Kimberley
    April 29, 2015 - blackagendareport.com


    “Gates is celebrated as a role model for black success when his fame and wealth derive from currying favor with white people and demeaning black people.”

    Wikileaks continues to do a great service with its revelations of government and corporate wrong doing. Because Wikileaks promotes transparency and truth telling it has made some very powerful enemies. Paypal, MasterCard and Visa all succumbed to United States government pressure in denying Wikileaks the ability to accept donations from supporters. Julian Assange, the organization’s founder, was granted asylum by the Ecuadorian government and is living at that nation’s embassy in London. If he travels to Sweden to answers questions about charges lodged against him there he would probably be extradited to the United States.

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    Inside U.S.A.: Deadly Eye Contact: Freddie Gray and the Baltimore Police
    Tuesday, April 28 @ 20:18:14 UTC
    Baltimore ProtestsBlack America is Fighting Back

    By RON JACOBS
    April 28, 2015 - counterpunch.org


    Like many other folks, I’ve been following the protests in Baltimore around the manslaughter of the young Black Baltimore man who “died in police custody” on April 19, 2015. Every day the protests demanding the arrest of the officers involved grow larger. Major League Baseball fans are concerned about missing their games as organizers talk about shutting Baltimore down. The suburbs in between Baltimore and its southern neighbor Washington, DC adjust their attention span to the news about this incident primarily according to the darkness of their skin. In other words, the broken spine of Freddie Gray has much more meaning to the dark-skinned suburbanites than it does to most other suburban dwellers.

    Baltimore is not a pretty town. Sure, they’ve prettied up the Inner Harbor in a very modern capitalist manner; in other words, restaurants, shopping malls and museums. These areas are primarily populated with tourists, office workers and sports fans. Outside of this zone is where the desperation of neoliberal capitalism’s castoffs is palpable. It is nothing the authorities and their supporters want to get riled up. Just like in other communities left behind by neoliberal capitalism, the means to repress and suppress the anger and desperation felt by the residents of West Baltimore (where Freddie Gray was killed) include the illegal drug business, minimum wage jobs and plain old police brutality. This vicious brew of oppression is present in other parts of Baltimore, too, but the Western District is where the repression is currently the starkest.

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    World Focus: Russia Under Attack
    Monday, March 23 @ 23:48:43 UTC
    Russia-USABy Paul Craig Roberts
    March 22, 2015 - paulcraigroberts.org


    Merkel and French president Hollande achieved in order to halt the military conflict in Ukraine, Washington has sent Victoria Nuland to Armenia to organize a “color revolution” or coup there, has sent Richard Miles as ambassador to Kyrgyzstan to do the same there, and has sent Pamela Spratlen as ambassador to Uzbekistan to purchase that government’s allegiance away from Russia. The result would be to break up the Collective Security Treaty Organization and present Russia and China with destabilization where they can least afford it.

    For details go here: http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/03/18/4656

    Thus, Russia faces the renewal of conflict in Ukraine simultaneously with three more Ukraine-type situations along its Asian border.

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    World Focus: NATO knew its intervention in Libya would create chaos
    Sunday, March 22 @ 19:12:02 UTC
    Libya... and aid al-Qaeda-aligned Islamists

    By Stephen Gowans
    March 22, 2015 - gowans.wordpress.com


    Canadian military intelligence knew that NATO’s March 2011 intervention in Libya would aid militant theocratic Islamists aligned with al-Qaeda and could create long-term chaos in the country, according to David Pugliese, a reporter with The Ottawa Citizen, who obtained Canadian intelligence documents.

    At the time, NATO military leader, U.S. Admiral James Stavridis, denied that opposition to the secular leftist Libyan leader Muamar Gaddafi was dominated by rightwing Islamist theocrats, calling the bulk of the opposition forces “responsible men and women.”

    But Canadian intelligence was clear-eyed about the nature of the Libyan opposition.

    Pugliese revealed that “A Canadian intelligence report written in late 2009 described the anti-Gadhafi stronghold of eastern Libya,” from which the uprising against Gaddafi erupted, “as an epicentre of Islamist extremism.”

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    World Focus: Money Manager Capitalism: Oil Imperialism and Monetary Policy
    Sunday, March 22 @ 16:49:53 UTC
    US Foreign PolicyBy ROB URIE
    March 22, 2015 - counterpunch.org


    In important ways the world is an eternal mystery and in significant ways it isn’t. On the side of mystery are pre and post cognitive understanding, being of and in the world and all of the irreducible relations these entail. On the other side is narrative form, the way that the world is understandable in a communicable sense. A central strategy in the politics of domination is to convince us that the latter is the prior— that public policies are existential mysteries that need to be left to official interpreters lest they be misinterpreted. This has been alternatively explained as those who control the present control the past, with the past being history as shared narrative.

    U.S. foreign policy in its official dimension is often an unfathomable mystery, a series of unrelated events that policy officials manage on a case by case basis. Within the taxonomy of modern academia this is the realm of political science. In another dimension lies pure economics; deduced theories about how ‘the world’ works where the economists’ hammer sees everywhere and always isolated and detached nails. And in yet one other dimension is the intersection of economics and politics, political economy of past decades. If economic interests can be found to substantially drive political actions, e.g. U.S. foreign policy, political scientists join economists in controlling the present through improbable parsing of the past.

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    World Focus: The Neoconservative Threat To International Relations
    Thursday, March 05 @ 11:44:53 UTC
    USABy Paul Craig Roberts
    February 26, 2015 - paulcraigroberts.org


    For the illustrated version go here: http://kingworldnews.com/paul-craig-roberts-trust-now-shattered-russia-u-s-world-annihilation-threatened/

    This week I was invited to address an important conference of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Scholars from Russia and from around the world, Russian government officials, and the Russian people seek an answer as to why Washington destroyed during the past year the friendly relations between America and Russia that President Reagan and President Gorbachev succeeded in establishing. All of Russia is distressed that Washington alone has destroyed the trust between the two major nuclear powers that had been created during the Reagan-Gorbachev era, trust that had removed the threat of nuclear armageddon. Russians at every level are astonished at the virulent propaganda and lies constantly issuing from Washington and the Western media. Washington’s gratuitous demonization of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has rallied the Russian people behind him. Putin has the highest approval rating ever achieved by any leader in my lifetime.

    Washington’s reckless and irresponsible destruction of the trust achieved by Reagan and Gorbachev has resurrected the possibility of nuclear war from the grave in which Reagan and Gorbachev buried it. Again, as during the Cold War the specter of nuclear armageddon stalks the earth.

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    War and Terror: The "Why": The Spectacular Media Failure on Charlie Hebdo
    Thursday, January 15 @ 10:59:02 UTC
    FranceBy Shamus Cooke
    January 15, 2015 - counterpunch.org


    A core tenet of journalism is answering the question “why.” It’s the media’s duty to explain “why” an event happened so that readers will actually understand what they’re reading. Leave out the “why” and then assumptions and stereotypes fill in the blank, always readily supplied by politicians whose ridiculous answers are left unquestioned by the corporate media.

    Because the real “why” was unexplained in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, an obviously false culprit was created, leading to a moronic national discussion in the U.S. media about whether Islam was “inherently” violent.

    For the media to even pose this question either betrays a blinding ignorance about the Middle East and Islam, or a conscious willingness to manipulate public sentiment by only interviewing so-called experts who believe such nonsense.

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    War and Terror: L’affaire Charlie Hebdo and Western Colonialism
    Thursday, January 15 @ 10:08:13 UTC
    France The Cartoons Outlawed in France

    By John Walsh
    January 15, 2015 - counterpunch.org


    To understand the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week, we need only invert George W. Bush’s 2005 mantra*, thus: “They will continue to attack us over here so long as we slaughter them by the millions over there.”

    In a word, this is one more instance of blowback, as Ron Paul tells us in his perceptive essay, “Lessons From Paris.” Among other things Paul points out: “The two Paris shooters had reportedly spent the summer in Syria fighting with the rebels seeking to overthrow Syrian President Assad. …But France and the United States have spent nearly four years training and equipping foreign fighters to infiltrate Syria and overthrow Assad! In other words, when it comes to Syria, the two Paris killers were on ‘our’ side. They may have even used French or US weapons while fighting in Syria.”

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    War and Terror: War Begets War: It’s Not About Islam; It Never Was
    Thursday, January 15 @ 09:31:20 UTC
    War AnalysisBy Ramzy Baroud
    January 15, 2015


    It is still not about Islam, even if the media and militants attacking western targets say so. Actually, it never was. But it was important for many to conflate politics with religion; partly because it is convenient and self-validating.

    First, let’s be clear on some points. Islam has set in motion a system to abolish slavery over 1,200 years before the slave trade reached its peak in the western world.

    Freeing the slaves, who were owned by pagan Arab tribes, was a recurring theme in the Koran, always linked to the most basic signs of piety and virtue:

    “The charities are to go to the poor, and the needy, and those who work to collect them, and those whose hearts have been united, and to free the slaves, and those in debt, and in the cause of God, and the traveler. A duty from God, and God is Knowledgeable, Wise.” [Al-Koran. 9:60]

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    World Focus: Regime Change In Cuba
    Friday, December 19 @ 21:41:58 UTC
    CubaBy Paul Craig Roberts
    December 19, 2014 - paulcraigroberts.org


    Normalization of relations with Cuba is not the result of a diplomatic breakthrough or a change of heart on the part of Washington. Normalization is a result of US corporations seeking profit opportunities in Cuba, such as developing broadband Internet markets in Cuba.

    Before the American left and the Cuban government find happiness in the normalization, they should consider that with normalization comes American money and a US Embassy. The American money will take over the Cuban economy. The embassy will be a home for CIA operatives to subvert the Cuban government. The embassy will provide a base from which the US can establish NGOs whose gullible members can be called to street protest at the right time, as in Kiev, and the embassy will make it possible for Washington to groom a new set of political leaders.

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    World Focus: The Oil Coup: US-Saudi Subterfuge Send Stocks and Credit Reeling
    Thursday, December 18 @ 08:16:49 UTC
    Oil rig and TankerBy Mike Whitney
    December 18, 2014 - counterpunch.org

    “John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, allegedly struck a deal with King Abdullah in September under which the Saudis would sell crude at below the prevailing market price. That would help explain why the price has been falling at a time when, given the turmoil in Iraq and Syria caused by Islamic State, it would normally have been rising.” (Stakes are high as US plays the oil card against Iran and Russia, Larry Eliot, Guardian)
    U.S. powerbrokers have put the country at risk of another financial crisis to intensify their economic war on Moscow and to move ahead with their plan to “pivot to Asia”.

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    Inside U.S.A.: Racism and War in America and Beyond
    Wednesday, December 10 @ 07:07:41 UTC
    Racism WatchBy Ramzy Baroud
    December 10, 2014


    America’s ruling elites are blatant in their intentions of maintaining “white privilege” at home and economic dominance by military means abroad.

    Their “democracy” in both of these regions is a ruse, and it is yet to deliver any degree of social justice and equality to the millions of disadvantaged Americans which are comprised mostly of black and Latino communities. The unequal distribution of wealth in the United States is simply staggering. In fact, 75.4% of all wealth in the US is owned by the richest 10 percent, according to the authoritative Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook (2013).

    This influx of wealth comes at the heels of a major economic recession, of which rich bankers were mostly to blame, but were never held accountable. Instead, millions of lower-middle class and poor Americans became even poorer. And since America’s political and economic classes largely overlap and feed upon the privileges of one another, millions of Americans lost their homes and savings, while the rich got richer.

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