|Wednesday, May 21|
|·|| US Policy on Ukraine: Follow the Money |
|Tuesday, March 25|
|·|| UN Report on North Korea could be about the United States or South Korea |
|Wednesday, March 19|
|·|| Disband NATO |
|Friday, March 07|
|·|| Hillary and Other Assorted Barbarians at Russia’s Gate |
|Thursday, March 06|
|·|| America's Staggering Hypocrisy |
|Wednesday, March 05|
|·|| "Journalists" Follow Obama on Ukraine |
|Saturday, March 01|
|·|| Cheering a 'Democratic' Coup in Ukraine |
|Tuesday, November 26|
|·|| Monsanto, the TPP and Global Food Dominance |
|Sunday, October 06|
|·|| If Charles Taylor is a War Criminal, Then So are Obama, Bush and Clinton |
|Thursday, July 18|
|·|| On Leaks and Pseudo-Reality: The US’ Futile Search for 'World Domination |
|Wednesday, June 26|
|·|| A New Beginning Without Washington’s Sanctimonious Mask |
|Monday, June 24|
|·|| The Pursuit of Edward Snowden: Washington in a Rage, Striving to Run the World |
|Wednesday, June 12|
|·|| What Is The U.S. Government’s Agenda? |
|Wednesday, May 29|
|·|| Food Justice: Monsanto, Factory Farming, and Beyond |
|Tuesday, March 05|
|·|| American Foreign Policy - Have Our War Lovers Learned Anything? |
|Wednesday, February 27|
|·|| Why North Korea Needs Nuclear Weapons |
|Tuesday, January 29|
|·|| Many U.S. My Lai-Type Massacres in Vietnam |
|Saturday, September 15|
|·|| America and the Muslims |
|Tuesday, August 21|
|·|| The Meaning of Assange’s Asylum |
|Monday, April 02|
|·|| George Galloway's Respect could help Britain to break the political impasse |
|World Focus: Our Misguided 'Wars of Choice'|
Thursday, April 20 @ 10:45:51 UTC
|By Jeffrey D. Sachs|
April 20, 2017 - Common Dreams
There is one foreign policy goal that matters above all the others, and that is to keep the United States out of a new war, whether in Syria, North Korea, or elsewhere. In recent days, President Trump has struck Syria with Tomahawk missiles, bombed Afghanistan with the most powerful nonnuclear bomb in the US arsenal, and has sent an armada toward nuclear-armed North Korea. We could easily find ourselves in a rapidly escalating war, one that could pit the United States directly against nuclear-armed countries of China, North Korea, and Russia.
Such a war, if it turned nuclear and global, could end the world. Even a nonnuclear war could end democracy in the United States, or the United States as a unified nation. Who thought the Soviet Uni0n’s war in Afghanistan would end the Soviet Uni0n itself? Which of the belligerents at the start of World War I foresaw the catastrophic end of four giant empires — Hohenzollern (Prussia), Romanov (Russia), Ottoman, and Hapsburg — as a result of the war?
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|World Focus: Australia Beckons A War With China|
Thursday, April 13 @ 09:35:02 UTC
|By John Pilger|
April 13 2017 - johnpilger.com
Australia is sleep-walking into a confrontation with China. Wars can happen suddenly in an atmosphere of mistrust and provocation, especially if a minor power, like Australia, abandons its independence for an "alliance" with an unstable superpower.
The United States is at a critical moment. Having exported its all-powerful manufacturing base, run down its industry and reduced millions of its once-hopeful people to poverty, principal American power today is brute force. When Donald Trump launched his missile attack on Syria - following his bombing of a mosque and a school - he was having dinner in Florida with the President of China, Xi Jinping.
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|World Focus: US Impunity under threat: Turkey may disintegrate NATO|
Thursday, August 18 @ 07:51:45 UTC
|By Paul Craig Roberts|
August 18, 2016 - paulcraigroberts.org
If Turkey leaves NATO, that would be a big change. Turkey has been in the pockets of Washington for a long time. If Washington was behind the coup, this probably has damaged the relationship permanently. Erdogan has very strong motives to realign with Russia despite the problems he had caused. The Russian government has a very strong interest to overlook Turkey’s past behavior and to befriend it, because it weakens NATO on Russia’s borders. There is a possibility, but I don’t know how quickly it happens and what Washington will try to do to retrieve the relationship. It will be some sort of a competition to establish relations with Turkey.
I think Washington will try to fix the problems with Turkey. It has an endless supply of money, because the dollar is the world’s reserve currency. So they can offer to Turkish leader billions of dollars.
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|World Focus: Why the British said no to Europe|
Saturday, June 25 @ 15:11:48 UTC
|By John Pilger|
June 25, 2016 - johnpilger.com
The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Uni0n was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media.
This was, in great part, a vote by those angered and demoralised by the sheer arrogance of the apologists for the "remain" campaign and the dismemberment of a socially just civil life in Britain. The last bastion of the historic reforms of 1945, the National Health Service, has been so subverted by Tory and Labour-supported privateers it is fighting for its life.
A forewarning came when the Treasurer, George Osborne, the embodiment of both Britain's ancient regime and the banking mafia in Europe, threatened to cut £30 billion from public services if people voted the wrong way; it was blackmail on a shocking scale.
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|World Focus: The Looting Stage of Capitalism: Germany’s Assault on the IMF|
Friday, May 27 @ 05:33:01 UTC
|By Paul Craig Roberts|
May 27, 2016 - paulcraigroberts.org
Having successfully used the EU to conquer the Greek people by turning the Greek “leftwing” government into a pawn of Germany’s banks, Germany now finds the IMF in the way of its plan to loot Greece into oblivion.
The IMF’s rules prevent the organization from lending to countries that cannot repay the loan. The IMF has concluded on the basis of facts and analysis that Greece cannot repay. Therefore, the IMF is unwilling to lend Greece the money with which to repay the private banks.
The IMF says that Greece’s creditors, many of whom are not creditors but simply bought up Greek debt at a cheap price in hopes of profiting, must write off some of the Greek debt in order to lower the debt to an amount that the Greek economy can service.
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|World Focus: FIFA Raid Raises Questions About DOJ Priorities|
Friday, May 29 @ 10:51:33 UTC
|Notoriously-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
|By 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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|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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|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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|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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|World Focus: Rigged Gold Price Distorts Perception of Economic Reality|
Tuesday, September 23 @ 06:13:13 UTC
|Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler|
September 23, 2014 - paulcraigroberts.org
The Federal Reserve and its bullion bank agents (JP Morgan, Scotia, and HSBC) have been using naked short-selling to drive down the price of gold since September 2011. The latest containment effort began in mid-July of this year, after gold had moved higher in price from the beginning of June and was threatening to take out key technical levels, which would have triggered a flood of buying from hedge funds.
The Fed and its agents rig the gold price in the New York Comex futures (paper gold) market. The bullion banks have the ability to print an unlimited supply of gold contracts which are sold in large volumes at times when Comex activity is light.
Generally, on the other side of the trade the buyers of contracts are large hedge funds and other speculators, who use the contracts to speculate on the direction of the gold price. The hedge funds and speculators have no interest in acquiring physical gold and settle their bets in cash, which makes it possible for the bullion banks to sell claims to gold that they cannot back with physical metal. Contracts sold without underlying gold to back them are called “uncovered contracts” or “naked shorts.” It is illegal to engage in naked shorting in the stock and bond markets, but it is permitted in the gold futures market.
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