|Monday, October 06|
|·|| What If IS Didn’t Exist? |
|Friday, October 03|
|·|| 10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War in Iraq and Syria |
|Monday, September 29|
|·|| Washington’s Secret Agendas |
|Tuesday, September 23|
|·|| Rigged Gold Price Distorts Perception of Economic Reality |
|Saturday, September 20|
|·|| How the US Helped Create Al Qaeda and ISIS |
|Thursday, September 18|
|·|| 'US seeks to use IS to weaken each state in the region' |
|Tuesday, September 16|
|·|| America’s deadliest export and the endless war on terror |
|·|| Convenient Genocide: Another Failed War to Re-arrange The Middle East |
|·|| Washington's War Against Russia |
|Friday, September 12|
|·|| The US and Global Wars: Empire or Vampire? |
|Friday, September 05|
|·|| Warning to the World: Washington and its NATO & EU Vassals are Insane |
|·|| Western Doublethink on Blind Path to War |
|Saturday, August 30|
|·|| Western Leaders Fear-Monger to Mobilize Support for Air-Strikes on Syria |
|·|| Obama's "Catastrophic Defeat" in Ukraine |
|Friday, August 29|
|·|| Washington Piles Lie Upon Lie |
|Sunday, August 24|
|·|| Russia’s Humanitarian ‘Invasion’ |
|Saturday, August 23|
|·|| How the New York Times Twists Gaza |
|·|| The Historical Perspective of the 2014 Gaza Massacre |
|·|| Ferguson Versus the Counter-Insurgency State |
|·|| Ferguson: No Justice in the American Police State |
|World Focus: Russia Under Attack|
Monday, March 23 @ 23:48:43 UTC
|By 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
|... 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
|By 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
|By 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
|By 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
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
|By 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
|By 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
|By 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
|By 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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|War on Syria: Why Assad Refuses to Step Down|
Tuesday, December 09 @ 12:01:50 UTC
|Paris Match: Many people say the solution lies in your departure. Do you believe that your departure is the solution?|
Syrian president Assad: What was the result (of French policy when they attacked Gaddafi)? Chaos ensued after Gaddafi’s departure. So, was the departure the solution? Have things improved, and has Libya become a democracy?
By Stephen Gowans
December 09, 2014 - gowans.wordpress.com
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has told an interviewer from the French magazine Paris Match that he won’t step down. And not because he wants to remain president, but because he “will never accept that Syria become a western puppet state.”
The view that Syria is under attack because it isn’t a western puppet state, and that Washington wants Assad to step down to make it one, cannot be so easily dismissed. There’s plenty of evidence that states that seek to remain independent of US prescriptions on how they ought to organize their economies and foreign policies are uniquely targeted for sub-critical warfare (sanctions, sabotage, demonization, diplomatic isolation), or—where a military victory can be secured with impunity for the aggressor—by outright military intervention.
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|Inside U.S.A.: Ferguson Reexamined|
Sunday, November 30 @ 21:20:59 UTC
|By Paul Craig Roberts|
November 30, 2014 - paulcraigroberts.org
Few, if any, of the correct questions were asked in the grand jury hearing to decide whether policeman Darren Wilson would be indicted for killing Michael Brown.
The most important unexamined question is whether police are trained to use force immediately as a first resort before they assess a situation or determine if they are at the correct address. Are the police trained that the lives of police officers are so much more valuable than the lives of possible suspects, or a houseful of people into whose residence a heavily armed SWAT team enters, that police officers must not accept the risk of judicious behavior when encountering citizens? If this is the case as all evidence indicates that it is, then the police when they gratuitously murder members of the public are merely doing what they have been trained to do. As police are trained to use violence as a first resort, the police cannot be held accountable when they do.
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|Inside U.S.A.: Freedom Rider: Jackson, Sharpton, Holder and Ferguson|
Monday, November 24 @ 17:29:03 UTC
|By Margaret Kimberley|
November 24, 2014 - blackagendareport.com
“Jackson was supplanted by Al Sharpton, who surpassed him in crookedness and politically prostitution.”
If a picture is worth 1,000 words the photo above proves the old adage to be true. This image encapsulates so much that is wrong with the so-called leaders of the black political class. Each of the three men depicted make a mockery of any claim to be allies of black people.
For decades Jesse Jackson’s seal of approval was enough to quiet or excite the masses to action. As a young lieutenant of Martin Luther King and then as leader of Operation PUSH he became in effect the leader of what was left of the civil rights movement old guard. His presidential campaigns in 1984 and 1988 mobilized millions of people to vote and brought election victories to progressives across the country. His history is part righteous and part mercenary, as he sought and received tribute from corporations around the country eager to curry favor with him and by extension the masses he sometimes did represent.
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|World Focus: Ebola, Human Rights and Poverty – Making the Links|
Tuesday, October 28 @ 13:51:01 UTC
|By Alicia Ely Yamin|
October 28, 2014 - opendemocracy.net
The catastrophic Ebola crisis unfolding in West Africa offers many lessons, not least for global anti-poverty efforts. These will culminate in a set of targets, to be agreed by the United Nations in 2015, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
First of all, the crisis should lead to a re-think of the triumphalism that has marked some of the global health debate in recent years, with some projecting a “grand convergence within a generation” between North and South, rich and poor countries, based upon the “end of preventable mortality, including from infectious diseases”.
"It is not a coincidence that, in addition to the legacy of colonial exploitation, and pillaging by their own corrupt and unaccountable governments in recent history, Liberia and Sierra Leone are two countries that have been ravaged by brutal civil wars." Second, neither universal health insurance, without real access to public health as well as effective care, nor cash transfers, without connections to functioning systems, would have thwarted Ebola or the social devastation it is wreaking. Yet both are highly touted solutions to global poverty, and likely to be part of the SDG agenda.
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|War on Russia: Germans Clear Russia in MH-17 Case|
Tuesday, October 21 @ 11:39:41 UTC
|By Robert Parry|
October 21, 2014 - consortiumnews.com
The West’s case blaming Russia for the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last July appears to be crumbling as the German foreign intelligence agency has concluded that the anti-aircraft missile battery involved came from a Ukrainian military base, according to a report by the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel.
The Obama administration and other Western governments have pointed the finger of blame at Russia for supposedly supplying a sophisticated BUK missile system to ethnic Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine who then allegedly used the weapon on July 17 to shoot down what they thought was a Ukrainian military plane but turned out to be Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing all 298 people onboard.
The Russians denied providing the rebels with the weapon and the rebels denied shooting down the plane. But the tragedy gave the U.S. State Department the emotional leverage to get the European Uni0n to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia, touching off a trade war that has edged Europe toward a new recession.
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