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How Obama and Clinton Are Endangering All of Us

Eric Zuesse I am a lifelong FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) Democrat and therefore am anything other than prejudiced against the Democratic Party. But, that Party...

The Empire’s Reach Is Galactic

If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight. Should we back down, says Aquino,...

The Pentagon’s War on Accountability

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Colonel Mark Cheadle, a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), recently made a startling disclosure to Voice of America...

Kosovo: Hillary Clinton’s Legacy of Terror

Kosovo is Clinton Country: a 10-foot-high statue of Bill overlooks “Bill Clinton Boulevard” in the capital city of Pristina. Hillary...

No ‘yellow card’ for Ahrar Al-Sham in Syria despite massacre reports – State Dept.

Washington will continue to back a rebel group that reportedly committed a massacre in Syria, because...

Fallon Syria statement: Defeating ISIS will be ‘complex’

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told Parliament on Tuesday the Syrian civil war, the persistence of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Russia’s intervention have...

Tony Blair: Western troops need to fight a ‘proper’ war with ISIS

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair says Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) will not be...

Britain is training the armed forces of brutal regimes on its own human rights...

British soldiers are training troops for regimes on the UK’s own human rights watchlist, including...

Trump’s Five Questions on US Foreign Policy

Along with his self-congratulatory bombast, Donald Trump has offered a rare critique of Official Washington’s “group think” about foreign policy,...

Leave EU or face greater terror threat, Brexiteers warn

Unless Britain votes to leave the EU it will face a greater risk of terror...

The West’s Needless Aggression

Last week at the United Nations, Russian President Vladimir Putin made another futile appeal for sanity in international relations. He commented that the recent...

Still ruling the waves? UK’s biggest ever warship nears completion, amid claims it’s obsolete

HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of two massive aircraft carriers, is approaching completion ahead of...

‘World praying for Remain,’ says US diplomat, as Canada’s Trudeau warns against Brexit

A senior US diplomat warned of ‘ramifications’ if Britain votes to leave the EU, while...

Ron Paul: Improved Relations with Cuba and Iran Are ‘Best Things that Obama Ever...

Ron Paul: Improved Relations with Cuba and Iran Are ‘Best Things that Obama Ever Did’ Adam Dick, May 20, 2016 Speaking...

Hillary Clinton’s Neocon Resumé

Liberal Democratic Hillary Clinton supporters get defensive when they hear that Mrs. Clinton is favored over Donald Trump by right-wing billionaires like Charles Koch...

Hillary Clinton and Political Violence

Joseph Sohm | Shutterstock.com   In broader understanding, the German philosopher Wilhelm Dilthey developed the ‘telos of becoming’ to describe life-purpose as it unfolds historically. In contrast to...

Cheerleader for US Aggression, Pushing the World to the Nuclear Brink: Britain’s Defence Secretary...

Michael Fallon is British Defence Secretary. He is adept at making the types of statements that epitomise the pro-neoliberal, militaristic rhetoric that people in...

Obama Plays a Dove in NPR’s Historical Fiction

NPR‘s listicle on Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy distorts recent history. The second thing NPR wants you to know about Hillary Clinton and foreign policy—after “she’s...

Why Not Hillary?

a katz | Shutterstock.com   For those who have had enough of the neoliberal turn and of liberal imperialism, and who have no liking for endless wars and...

Secret Armies, Shadow Wars, Silent Unaccountability

Headline: “Obama Embraces Special Operations Forces” Headline: “Did U.S. Forces Commit Atrocities in a Key...

The Vote Bremain Camp goes into Hysterical Hyper Drive

The last fortnight has seen the gloves come off as the Bremain camp engages in increasingly desperate scaremongering. Vote Bremain headed by that doyen...

The Techniques of Modern Military Propaganda

Propaganda is a military technique which should be distinguished from strategic subterfuge. The former seeks to trick one’s own side, generally in order to...

The Scope for Parallel Diplomacy Has Never Been Greater

Wikipedia. One of the great diplomatic breakthroughs for which the Obama presidency will undoubtedly be remembered is the re-establishment of relations with Cuba. A Cold War...

America’s & NATO’s Outrageous Behavior, Greatest Threat that Exists

Eric Zuesse On May 18th, two top people at NATO, one being its current Secretary General — the very top person — laid out in preliminary...

US Media as Conduits of Propaganda

Exclusive: The “group think” about the Syrian government crossing President Obama’s “red line” in a 2013 sarin attack has collapsed, but...

NATO & the Humanitarian Dismemberment of Yugoslavia

On March 24th, 1999, NATO launched its 78-day round the clock aerial assault on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia without the approval of the...

The Danger of Demonization

Exclusive: As the West is sucked deeper into the Syrian conflict and starts a new Cold War with Russia, the...

Hillary and the Corporate Elite

“Mainstream” U.S. media is struck by the “strange bedfellows” phenomenon whereby a number of right wing foreign policy neoconservatives and top business elites –...

Our Military Needs to Defend the Country, Not Undermine American Security

As President Obama visits still-communist Vietnam, a former American rival, in his "pivot to Asia" to recruit more countries to shelter against...

North Korea, Following China and India, Pledges No-First-Use of Nuclear Weapons–So Could Obama

Astrelok | Shutterstock.com North Korea’s May 7 declaration that it would not be first to use nuclear weapons was met with official derision instead of relief and...

Who Is the More Vicious Liar: Trump, or Obama?

Eric Zuesse There was a drastic refocus by U.S. President Barack Obama away from being anti-jihadist and toward being anti-Russian, after his first Presidential term...

The Coming Democratic Crackup

Exclusive: Though the mainstream media is focused on Republican divisions, a more important story could be the coming Democratic crackup,...

Kurd Fighter in Iraq Destroys US-Made Turkish Helo With Russian-Model Missile

Kurd Fighter in Iraq Destroys US-Made Turkish Helo With Russian-Model Missile Peter Van Buren, May 16, 2016 There’s no past in...

Those Who Dwell Amongst the Rocks: an Extremely Brief History of the Tunisian Revolution

Tunisian soldiers serving as gendarmes. Photograph by Habib M’henni, distributed under a CC-BY 2.0 license.   Tunisia has received honorable mention in the international press as...

Barack Obama and a quarter-century of US wars

In a front-page article published on May 15, the New York Times calls attention to a significant milestone in the presidency of Barack Obama:...

U.S. Hypocrisy: Front and Center, as Always

Orlok | Shutterstock.com In its never-ending need to flex military muscle around the world, the United States, not content with creating chaos in the Middle East, has...

Ex-RAF gunner admits he tried to join ISIS

Former RAF regiment gunner Stephen Gray admitted in court to having tried on two separate...

The Donald’s Foreign Policy

Coming off a string of victories in the so-called Acela state primaries two weeks ago, GOP presidential candidate presumptive Donald J. Trump made what...

The Great Leap Backward: America’s Illegal Wars on the World

Can we face it in this election season? America is a weapons factory, the White House a war room, and the president the manager...

ISIS “Most Popular in Finland”

Nonwhite invaders living in Finland are the most likely to join ISIS, according to a new analysis of Islamist recruits from Europe....

Toldja So: Does Being Right Count Anymore?

How do we account for the fact that the pundits and media outlets who have been wrong about everything are still considered...

Washington’s Military Addiction

Originally posted at TomDispatch. There are the news stories that genuinely surprise you, and then there are the ones that you could write...

In Washington, Why Is Militarism the Only Option?

There are the news stories that genuinely surprise you, and then there are the ones that you could write in your sleep...

Anatomy of a Propaganda Blitz

We live in a time when state-corporate interests are cooperating to produce propaganda blitzes intended to raise public support for the demonisation and destruction...

The Term “War Crime “ Is Obsolete

Tough not to call it a war crime when the U.S. dropped more bombs during the Vietnam War than it had on Germany during...

Seymour Hersh Says He Doesn’t Know Whether Hillary Clinton Knew About the Sarin

Eric Zuesse I spoke by phone with Seymour Hersh on May 9th to ask him whether he would say publicly, that Hillary Clinton knew that...

Brazil’s post-Rousseff cabinet to include advocate of police repression

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Miguel Andrade Brazilian vice-President Michel Temer has invited São Paulo State’s Public...

A further eruption of US militarism in the Middle East

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. This week’s admission by the Pentagon that dozens of American troops...

Australian government boasts of helping US kill its own citizens in Middle East

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Mike Head Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his senior ministers this week...

Why Obama Prioritizes Ousting Assad Over Defeating Syria’s Jihadists

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Dr. Christina Lin, a leading young scholar on jihadist groups, opened her April 8th commentary at Asia Times: In a blunder...

Ken Again: Livingstone calls creation of Israel a ‘great catastrophe’ during Arabic TV interview

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone is on the defensive again after the broadcast of an...

A Need to Clear Up Clinton Questions

Exclusive: As the Democrats glumly line up for Hillary Clinton’s belated coronation, the risk remains of potential criminal charges over...

Russia Accuses Obama of Supporting Al Qaeda in Syria

Eric Zuesse On May 4th, Russia’s Sputnik news agency headlined "Lavrov: US Tried to Include Al-Nusra Front Positions in 'Silent’ Period”, and reported that Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, speaking in Moscow about the lengthy negotiations...

Dodging parliamentary summons could be a crime, say MPs – but will it apply...

MPs are considering whether to make dodging a select committee summons a crime, a day...

‘Death sentence’: Climate crisis driving global conflict, poverty & racism – Naomi Klein

Climate change is driving inequality, conflict, racism and intolerance while corroding core democratic principles many...

America’s Biggest of All Big Lies

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On April 26th, Reuters headlined from Romania, “‘We’re Not Here to Provoke,’ Say U.S. Pilots on Putin’s Doorstep”, and...

Blood money: How Britain’s ex-diplomats are profiting from global conflict zones

Former UK diplomats are cashing in on their contacts and experience and advising despots, venture capitalists and Gulf regimes, according to a new investigation. Britain’s...

White House correspondents dinner: A degrading spectacle of conformism

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Patrick Martin Saturday night was the eighth appearance by President Barack Obama...

NATO’s Dangerous Game: Bear-Baiting Russia

Since March 2105 there have been over 60 incidents that could have triggered a major crisis between Russia and the United States. Pictured: artist’s...

Hillary Clinton’s Damning Emails

Exclusive: Before the Democrats lock in their choice for President, they might want to know if Hillary Clinton broke the...

She Loves a Man in a Uniform

Hillary Clinton has a genuine fondness for our troops. (Photo: incom.korea.army.mil / Flickr Commons) Many think Hillary Clinton’s willingness to use force overseas — most...

ISIS using female jihadists for frontline combat, Europol chief warns

As the number of European women joining terror group Islamic State soars, many of them are being trained to fight on the frontlines for...

Big Money in Politics Doesn’t Just Drive Inequality. It Drives War.

Khalil Bendib / OtherWords.org The 2016 presidential elections are proving historic, and not just because of the surprising success of self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders, the...

Federal judge allows lawsuit to proceed against CIA contractors involved in torture

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Tom Carter On Friday, a US federal district judge denied a motion...

‘Problem with the Middle East is not enough Western intervention’ – William Hague

The problems of the Middle East and North Africa are being compounded by a lack...

SAS, US troops reportedly team up against ISIS amid whispers of Mosul mass assault

US and UK special forces will team up to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL)...

Oppose imperialist war! Join the International May Day Online Rally!

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. This coming Sunday, on May 1 at 1:00 pm US Eastern...

Is Hillary Clinton ‘Honest’?

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton’s defenders object to the widespread public view that she is a liar by noting she scores reasonably...

PROPAGANDA AS A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION

Denis A Conroy If "the medium is the message"...a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan...existentialism could be the means of delivering grist to the psychic mill...

Evaluate Hillary Clinton by her Results, not her Words

(Since the first version of this article, under a headline that insulted Hillary Clinton's voters, was rejected by all but three news-sites — rinf.com,...

Victims of brutal CIA interrogation win landmark ruling to sue black site psychologists

A court ruling will allow CIA torture victims to sue two psychologists who designed and operated...

Why Anyone Who Votes for Hillary Is Ignorant, Stupid, and/or Psychopathic

Eric Zuesse This is the result of her action: https://theintercept.com/2016/03/11/drugs-dams-and-power-the-murder-of-honduran-activist-berta-caceres/ This is how she did it: http://www.globalresearch.ca/hillary-clintons-six-foreign-policy-catastrophes/5509543?print=1 And this is what she says about it, in retrospect: http://www.salon.com/2016/04/15/hillary_clinton_is_lying_about_the_criminal_u_s_backed_coup_in_honduras_it_should_be_as_scandalous_as_libya/ If the Democratic...

Hillary Clinton's wealthy donors revealed in Panama Papers

Names in the Panama Papers link Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, fresh off a big win...

Refugee deaths in the Mediterranean: An imperialist crime

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. The deaths of hundreds of refugees in the Mediterranean on Monday...

This Industry is Literally Making a Killing

The 2016 presidential elections are proving historic, and not just because of the surprising success of self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders, the lively debate among...
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Video: Hillary Clinton’s Interventionist Tendencies

Former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell Col. Larry Wilkerson says that regime change in Libya was pushed by then-Secretary of...

Obama flies to Saudi Arabia amid rising tensions

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Bill Van Auken US President Barack Obama arrives in Saudi Arabia today...

Canada’s Liberal government finalizes $15 billion Saudi arms deal

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Carl Bronski In the latest example of the unbridled hypocrisy and prevarication...

Democratic debate ‘constrains’ British military – Fallon

Too much democratic debate would “constrain” the UK from deploying troops, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon...

Democratic debate: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton face off in New York

Tonight's raucous Democratic presidential debate was glittered with cheers and boos, and dealt with a wide...

Yes, Hillary Clinton Is a Neocon

Exclusive: The argument over whether Hillary Clinton is a neocon may have been settled by her hawkish debate performance on...

Hillary Clinton's Favorite Mouthpiece: The New York Times

Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at Industry City in the Brooklyn borough of New York, April 9, 2016. (Hilary Swift...

Duping Progressives into Wars

The online advocacy group, Avaaz, has pulled progressives into support of U.S. “humanitarian” wars in Libya and Syria by promoting sweet-sounding...

Obama praises US-led coalition for crushing ISIS, fails to mention Russian, Syrian victories

A speech by the American president at the CIA’s HQ has focused on big gains made...

The Children’s Crusade

Children of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia In 1954, a single book destroyed the popular notion that children are innocent souls. In that book, a...

In the ISIS War, Congress Surrendered the Last of Its Authority to Regulate U.S....

With lawmakers consigned to the role of observers, presidents pretty much wake war whenever, wherever, and for however long they see fit. (Photo: U.S....

NATO as a War-Racket

NATO Causes Refugees, Then Uses Them As Excuse for More Invasions Eric Zuesse NATO is the anti-Russia military club of nations, even after the communist Soviet...

American photographer missing since 2012 released by Syrian government

An American freelance photographer who was abducted in Syria back in 2012 has now been released...

Why the Vilest Republicans Have Come to Love Hillary Clinton

Eric Zuesse The 1964 “Goldwater Girl” Hillary Rodham (Clinton) is now viewed as a possible savior by the same Republicans that loathed her husband: she’s...

#HillarySoQualified backfires after hijack by Clinton critics

A social media hashtag aimed at underscoring Hillary Clinton’s presidential credentials has backfired spectacularly, after Bernie...

Putin intelligent strategist, Russia played constructive role in Syria, Iran – Kerry on Charlie...

Just as the Pentagon ranked Russia as its No.1 threat, Secretary of State John Kerry lauded...

The Challenge After ISIS

The Islamic State’s recent setbacks in Iraq and Syria may portend the group’s eventual collapse, but the chaos left behind...

Trump sparks NATO debate: ‘Obsolete’ or ‘tripwire that could lead to World War III’?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed NATO on the campaign trail this week, saying he can...

Europe’s Terror Blowback

The Paris and Brussels attacks are blowback from what Islamic State terrorists see as betrayal by Western benefactors who thought using...

Has Russia Now Salvaged Europe?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The United States cooked up the idea of using fundamentalist-Sunni, Saudi-led-and-inspired mujahideen, or “Taliban,” as cheap fanatics to fight...

‘No doubt’ US drone strikes killed civilians, Obama says

US President Barack Obama has said there is “no doubt” that innocent civilians have been killed...

War: The great unmentionable in the 2016 US elections

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. The most striking feature of the 2016 US election campaign is...

Iraq Ranks In Ten Most Corrupt Countries In World, Again

Iraq, the failed state that over 4,600 (and counting…) Americans died to free from some evil tyrant 13 years ago, is still ranking high...

Canadian Liberal government to implement military spending hikes

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Roger Jordan In presenting its first budget last week, Canada’s Liberal government...

Terrorism: From the Irish Dynamite War to the Islamic State

How many Western leaders are honestly interested in terrorists’ motives? Pictured: bombing in the Irish Civil War. (Photo: Public Domain) The year 2016 is the...

‘Why not Albright?’: 8 reasons why folks want the US diplomat in the Hague

The 40 year sentence slapped on Radovan Karadžić for war crimes by a Hague court this...

Clooneys to host $353k-a-head Hillary Clinton fundraiser

Hollywood star and activist George Clooney is under fire for being out of touch with his...

Hillary Clinton’s Neo-Conservative Foreign Policy

Eric Zuesse Newly released Hillary Clinton emails clarify the depth of her foreign-policy neo-conservatism, and the closeness of her views to the views of the...

Hillary’s Hate Crime

Recently the New York Times produced another propaganda gem. This article, entitled “A New Libya, With Very Little Time Left,” led with the “grisly” description of...

A Terrible Beauty: Remembering Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rebellion

99th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, April 2015. (Photo: Irish Defense Forces / Flickr) This commentary is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In...

US airstrike kills 40 in Yemen – but you won’t heard that on the...

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Gabriel Black Three US airstrikes killed over 40 alleged Al Qaida affiliated...

Ex-Blackwater ‘no sh*t’ mercenary Erik Prince feels wrath of US justice dept, reports The...

Erik Prince, the notorious former chief of the mercenary company Blackwater, is facing possible charges in...

Americans ‘have died because of Gitmo detainees’ says Pentagon official in charge of closing...

A senior Pentagon official told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that releasing Guantanamo Bay detainees has...

Understanding Obama’s Foreign Policy

Eric Zuesse On 28 May 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the West Point Military Academy class of graduating cadets, future leaders of America’s armed...

"Around the World" Fight Against Terrorism Urged by Obama Administration After Brussels Bombings

In a photo released by the White House, President Barack Obama and National Security Advisor Susan Rice talk listen to Homeland Security...

Cruz Tries to Have It Both Ways With His Foreign-Policy Advisors

Ted Cruz would allow Islamophobe Frank Gaffney into the henhouse. (Photo: Matt Johnson / Flickr) Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz announced his team of foreign-policy...

What Sanders Would Have Told AIPAC… In Which He Talked About Palestinian Rights

"To be successful, we have also got to be a friend not only to Israel, but to the Palestinian people," declared Sanders in a...

Misunderstanding the Terror Threat

By jumping into wars wherever some group calls itself “Islamic State,” the U.S. government misunderstands the threat and feeds the...

Will We Miss President Obama?

Exclusive: President Obama doesn’t take on Official Washington’s powerful neocons head-on, but he does drag his heels on some of their crazy...

A Case for Demilitarizing the Military

General Lloyd Austin, the outgoing head of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), recently testified before Congress, suggesting that Washington needed to up its troop levels...

States With Aging and Youthful Demographics Can Complement Each Other

Developing states are full to bursting with unemployed young people. (Photo: Greek Reporter) Many believe that, with contraception spreading among developing nations, overpopulation has been...

From regime change to ISIS: 5 years of US meddling in Syria

The Syrian civil war began as protesters toppled governments across North Africa in the so-called “Arab...

Feeding the Bank Balance or Feeding the World: GMOs, Development and the Politics of...

Modern state-corporate capitalism is stripping the environment bare through unsustainable levels of consumption. It is legitimised by a deceitful ideology that attempts to justify and...

The International Socialist Organization agitates for war with Russia over Syria

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Alex Lantier Major crises of the global capitalist order unmask the character...

Money, missiles & Guantanamo: Senate hears from US admirals

Commanders of US forces in the Americas told the Senate they needed more funding to counter...

In Case You Missed…

Some of our special stories in February focused on the early U.S. presidential race, the continuing U.S.-Russian tensions, and the...

Hillary Clinton’s Support for the Iraq War Was No Fluke  

(Photo: Zimbio) In March 2003, just before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, about 100 CODEPINK women dressed in pink slips weaved in and out of...

Obama chides UK & Saudi Arabia, says conflict with China is possible

US President Barack Obama says there is “the potential for conflict with China,” while also criticizing...

To End No Wars

(Photo: Ivana Vasilj / Flickr Commons) Jason Smith was both very unlucky and very lucky. His bad luck began on February 20, 2015, when he was...

Bullying as US Foreign Policy

American exceptionalism presents an election made in hell If the American presidential election winds up with Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump, and my passport is...

‘Evil Russia’ works for any issue: Moscow rejects Hammond’s claim it wants UK to...

Russia is concerned about the British government’s attempts to make it a “scapegoat” in the...

The Electoral Choice from Hell

The prospect of a Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump general election is nightmarish for Americans who see Clinton as a...

On Killer Bipartisanship

One grim party game for election 2016 involves the question, which candidate will be the least bloodthirsty? There is no answer to be found, just...

Hillary Clinton: the Queen of Chaos and the Threat of World War III

a katz / Shutterstock.com Maidhc Ó Cathail: In your latest book, you dub Hillary Clinton the “Queen of Chaos”. Can you explain why you chose...

US airstrike massacres 150 at al-Shabaab training camp in Somalia

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Joseph Kishore US military airstrikes launched in Somalia over the weekend killed...

Trump Will Make His Peace with the War Party

Many promoters of peace, while not necessarily supporting him, do hope that a Donald Trump presidency would curb or maybe even end the hyper-active...

The Hillary Clinton emails: A record of imperialist crimes

Last Monday, the US State Department published the last batch of declassified emails from a private, unsecured server used by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary...

What Is Really At Stake In The Oddest American Election Season Of A Lifetime

John Chuckman (RINF) - I keep reading stuff in British papers about what America’s Left must do in an election where Donald Trump “has thrown...

US government ‘silent’ as UAE tortures my family: US citizen

An American citizen whose father and brother are being detained in the United Arab Emirates has accused the Obama administration of keeping silent as...

Pink-Slipping Hillary: On Remembering the Victims of the Iraq War

The following is an excerpt from False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Clinton , edited by Liza Featherstone and forthcoming June 14 of this year. In March...
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Video: Tunisia deadly clashes: Security forces battle jihadists, dozens killed

At least 45 people were killed after Islamist militants launched an attack on Tunisian forces in the town of Ben Guerdan, close to the...

U.S. Supplies ISIS through Turkey

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On Friday, March 4th, the leading opposition newspaper in Turkey, Zaman, was taken over by the Government; and, on...

Murder Is Washington’s Foreign Policy

Paul Craig Roberts Washington has a long history of massacring people, for example, the destruction of the Plains Indians by the Union war criminals Sherman...

U.S. Supplies ISIS through Turkey

Eric Zuesse On Friday, March 4th, the leading opposition newspaper in Turkey, Zaman, was taken over by the Government; and, today, March 5th, one of...

‘Plan B’ – Not an Enigma: Why the West Is Keen on Dividing the...

When Arab streets exploded with fury, from Tunis to Sanaa, pan-Arabism seemed, then, like a nominal notion. Neither did the so-called “Jasmine Revolution” use slogans that...

Warmonger Hearts Hillary

Prominent neocon Robert Kagan has endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president, saying she represents the best hope for saving the United States from populist...

Hillary’s Secret Letter And The Whole Matter Of Endless War And The Almost Complete...

John Chuckman (RINF) - An almost perfect measure of the decay of democratic values in American politics is found in a letter from Hillary Clinton to Haim...

UK troops to fight Daesh infiltration into Tunisia: MoD

Britain says it will send troops to Tunisia to help fight any Daesh (ISIL) infiltration from neighboring Libya. The British defense minister has said, "A...

A Coherent Explanation of Obama’s Foreign Policy

Eric Zuesse Foreign policy is both economic and military. An interpretation of U.S. President Barack Obama’s foreign policy will be presented here that explains both...

Tunisia on Fire (Part 1)

If not for repeated intervention by its youth, civil rights organizations, and labor unions, Tunisia would be in even worse shape than it already...

Neocon Kagan Endorses Hillary Clinton

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton’s cozy ties to Washington’s powerful neocons have paid off with the endorsement of Robert Kagan, one of the most influential neocons....

Military Victories Are Counterproductive If They Leave a Political Vacuum

The Iraqi army was only able to recapture Ramadi with the help of heavy American bombing, leaving the city became a barren landscape. (Photo:...

War, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing

  It may be hard to believe now, but in 1970 the protest song “War,” sung by Edwin Starr, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart....

People Die (from Drone Strikes) While Hayden Lies

In a New York Times op-ed published on February 21, former CIA director, Air Force general, and “Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in...

Gallup Poll Shows Americans Prefer Terrorist Nations Over Iran. Why?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A February 17th Gallup Poll showed that Americans prefer the chief nation that sponsors international terrorism, when given a choice...
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Video: Second intervention? Pentagon confirms airstrikes on ‘ISIS camp’

The Pentagon has confirmed that US fighter jets carried out air strikes on ISIS base in Libya, killing dozens. The attack targeted the mastermind...

Who is Khalifa Hifter?

Who is the American citizen leading one side of the civil war in Libya, and why did he spend 20 years in suburban Virginia,...

Hillary Clinton’s Six Foreign-Policy Catastrophes

Eric Zuesse Many commentators have mentioned (such as here and here and here and here) that Hillary Clinton left behind no major achievement as the U.S. Secretary of State;...

Kosovo Chaos Undercuts Clinton ‘Success’

Exclusive: President Bill Clinton’s Kosovo war of 1999 was loved by neocons and liberal hawks – the forerunner for Iraq, Libya, Syria and other...

Saudi Arabia’s Dictator Demands Regime-Change in Syria — Otherwise WW III

Eric Zuesse As has been recently reported, many experts on international relations are saying that the danger of a nuclear war between NATO and Russia is greater...

Fearing Sanders as ‘Closet Realist’

Exclusive: To Washington’s neocons like David Ignatius, Sen. Sanders should be disqualified for being a “closet realist” who doesn’t accept their forced “regime change” in...

Hillary Clinton and the Dogs of War

Former Secretary of State Clinton grudgingly admits her Iraq War vote was a “mistake,” but it was not a one-off misjudgment. Clinton has consistently stood...

Former UK Ambassador to Syria: U.S./UK Policy on Syria Is Doomed, Even Corrupt

Eric Zuesse Peter Ford, who was the UK’s Ambassador in Syria during 2003-2006, was asked by the BBC in their “The Big Questions” interview on February...
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‘US tied to global security role’ – shameless and blatant BBC propaganda

Mark Urban is the diplomatic and defence editor of BBC’s Newsnight that goes by the strap-line “This is where the global struggle for peace...
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Video: Putin, Orban meet in Moscow, discuss sanctions & refugee crisis

The solution to the refugee crisis lies in the political settlement of conflicts, particularly in Syria and Libya, President Vladimir Putin said following a...

Kissinger? Kissinger Who?

Photo in The Nation (2/5/16) illustrating Henry Kissinger’s close relationship to Hillary Clinton. (photo: Alex Brandon/AP) Last week, presidential challenger Bernie Sanders attacked his rival...

Why Are Neocons So Desperate To Rescue al-Qaeda in Syria?

Reading Dennis Ross and David Ignatius is a good reminder that the neocons live in a different world than the rest of us. They...

On Hillary Clinton, Sexism, and U.S. Foreign Policy

Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at CSIS. (Photo: Flickr/CSIS) After the strong early primary showings by Senator Bernie Sanders, a few high-profile supporters of...

How Crimeans See Ukraine Crisis

Two years ago, the Maidan uprising ousted Ukraine’s elected president, prompting resistance in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, with Crimeans voting overwhelmingly to reunify with Russia,...

All US presidential candidates to continue policy of perpetual war

All of the US presidential candidates from both major political parties will continue the policy of perpetual war and mass destruction unleashed by the...

4,000 people calling for trial of ‘war criminal’ Obama

More than 4,000 people have so far signed an online petition on the White House website, demanding the prosecution of US President Barack Obama...

UK deports child refugees to war zones

New figures reveal that Britain has returned more than 2,700 young asylum seekers to war-torn countries in the Middle East over the past nine...

New York Times vents recriminations over Syria debacle

Bill Van Auken The offensive of Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air strikes, has cut off the main supply route for Western-backed “rebels” and...

In Case You Missed…

Some of our special stories in January focused on the worsening crisis in relations between the United States and Russia, the danger of a...

How Bamboozled the American Public Are About Syria

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Responses at reddit.com to an article about Syria demonstrate that Americans have massive misconceptions about the war in Syria.  Their...

Bernie Hysteria & Liberal Hypocrisy

Chris Ernesto (RINF) - The primary purpose of this article isn't to make any of Bernie Sanders' Democratic or Republican competition look comparatively good -...

Behind the North Korean Nuke Crisis

Exclusive: One fallout from the Hillary Clinton-led “regime change” in Libya – after Muammar Gaddafi gave up his WMD deterrence – is that North...

U.S. Now Overtly at War Against Russia

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on February 2nd that he approves of U.S. ‘Defense’ Secretary Ash Carter’s proposal to quadruple...

Hillary Is the Candidate of the War Machine

Jeffrey D. Sachs There's no doubt that Hillary is the candidate of Wall Street. Even more dangerous, though, is that she is the candidate of...
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Video: CrossTalk: Costs of War

NATO's violent overthrow of the Libyan regime in 2011 created a failed state and provided an opening for such groups as ISIL. Five years...

Giving Peace Very Little Chance

Exclusive: What the next U.S. president can do to bring endless warfare to an end is one of the most important issues of Campaign...

Let’s Talk About Bernie Sanders and the Middle East

(Photo: Peter Stevens / Flickr) Foreign policy has taken a backseat to domestic issues in the Democratic primary thus far. There are two explanations for this. One is...

Britain top dog in unregulated shadow world of mercenaries – report

Britain has become the world’s post-9/11 “mercenary kingpin” with hundreds of firms employing thousands of ex-military freebooters in a shadowy industry worth billions, a...

Geneva talks begin as US-backed war in Syria expands

Bill Van Auken Talks opened in Geneva, Switzerland Monday on the four-year-old war that has killed over 260,000 Syrians and turned millions more into refugees....

Hillary Clinton’s Hawkish Record

Surviving Iowa in a dead heat with Sen. Bernie Sanders, ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton now hopes her establishment-backed campaign will grind down her opposition and pave the...

Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice

Hillary Clinton likes to extol her foreign policy credentials, particularly her experience as secretary of state. She attaches herself to Barack Obama’s coattails, pledging...

Adding Up the Costs of Hillary Clinton’s Wars

(Photo: Mike Mozart / Flickr) The Greek playwright Aeschylus — who fought at Marathon in 490 BC, the battle that defeated the first Persian invasion...
Hidden corruption in Britain is an international scandal

Latest corruption index does not reveal Britain’s real place in global crime wave

Transparency International (TI) releases its latest report entitled the Corruption Perceptions Index and continues to find that corruption is rife globally and remains a...

Hillary Clinton’s Iraq War Albatross

George W. Bush’s Iraq invasion may rank as the worst foreign policy disaster in U.S. history – spreading chaos across the Mideast and now...

An American Big Lie About ‘Terrorism’

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Micah Zenko is a blogger who posts on a main site of America’s foreign-policy establishment, the Council on Foreign...

Hillary Clinton’s Own Petard

In 2008, Hillary Clinton sought to exploit Barack Obama’s limited foreign policy experience by claiming she was more fit to answer a 3 a.m....

If Ramadi Is What ‘Victory’ Against ISIS Looks Like, We’re in Trouble

(U.S. Army / Flickr) One of the charms of the future is its powerful element of unpredictability, its ability to ambush us in lovely ways...

US Foreign Policy Needs To Regain Some Old-Fashioned Subtlety

In the Republican and Democratic presidential debates, President Barack Obama’s ultimate rejection of using force against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, for using chemical weapons against his...

A Crazy Establishment Demands ‘Sanity’

Exclusive: As support grows for anti-Establishment candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, a frantic Establishment is demanding that Americans “stay sane” and vote for...

George Soros Finally Suspends His Lifelong War Against Russia

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On January 21st, George Soros, who has throughout his life been passionately opposed not just to communism but also...

France gives €1 billion aid to Tunisia in bid to halt mass protests over...

By Kumaran Ira After last week’s mass protests against unemployment and poverty throughout Tunisia, the French government has announced €1 billion aid over the next five...

Bernie Sanders is the Realist We Should Elect

As the Iowa caucuses near, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have released TV ads that together echo a popular theme in the...

Burkina Faso Terrorist Attack May Not Have Been Organized by Islamic Extremists

Pictured: The Grand Marché in Koudougou, Burkina Faso. (Photo: Wikipedia) Cross-posted from View from the Left Bank. 1. As elsewhere, they come in, seemingly from nowhere,...

Hillary Clinton Seeks Neocon Shelter

Special Report: Stunned by falling poll numbers, Hillary Clinton is hoping that Democrats will rally to her neocon-oriented foreign policy and break with Bernie...

“Staggering” violence in Iraq: The legacy of US war and occupation

By Bill Van Auken Describing current levels of killing and mayhem in Iraq as “staggering” and “obscene,” two United Nations agencies released a report Tuesday that...

Were French intelligence forces complicit in the Charlie Hebdo attacks?

by Anthony Torres New revelations on the intensive surveillance of the Kouachi brothers and of Amedy Coulibaly carried out by French intelligence before they launched terror...

Turning Change into Chaos

Early U.S. presidents warned that foreign entanglements could endanger the Republic, but it turns out that modern U.S. interventions are hazardous to the rest...

‘13 Hours’: Benghazi movie makes for a political show

Michael Bay’s patriotic spectacle about the Benghazi attack may well be the opening act of the 2016 campaign. Hitting movie theaters just ahead of...

The U.S. Should Not Accompany Saudi Arabia Over the Cliff

Like other totalitarian regimes that have no legitimacy and no base of support, the Saudis are wrapping themselves in religion. Saddam Hussein in the...

The 21st Century: An Era Of Fraud – Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - In the last years of the 20th century fraud entered...

A Balanced View of the Obama Presidency

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Barack Obama’s Presidency turns out to have been what neither his supporters nor his opponents expected. A balanced historical...

German Economic News Interviews Seymour Hersh on Obama’s Syria Policy

Eric Zuesse, summary translation from the German: On January 14th, German Economic News interviewed the investigative reporter Seymour Hersh regarding Obama’s war against Syrian President...

Ex-CIA director claims Daesh support growing faster than Al Qaeda’s did

Groups allying themselves with Islamic State are breeding faster than Al Qaeda affiliates ever did, a former CIA boss told Congress following the latest...

American Foreign Policy Oxymorons

Oxymoron: a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect, as in “cruel kindness” or “to make haste slowly.”...

The Hypocrisy of Obama’s Gun Control Crusade

Garry Leech President Barack Obama took to the stage last week to announce the latest initiative in his crusade to make it more difficult for...

German government votes to expand military interventions in Mali and Iraq

By Gustav Kemper and Johannes Stern The German government voted last Tuesday to expand the German army’s intervention in Mali within the framework of the United...

What Clinton’s latest emails say about Benghazi, White House, private accounts

While the US public may be bored of Hillary Clinton’s “damn emails,” as her rival Bernie Sanders put it, the latest batch of messages...

Obama, the Crocodile Tears of a Cold Hearted Killer

OBAMA’S TEARS  “Even those tears, I me mine “I me mine, I me mine” — the Beatles   John Chuckman   (RINF) - Had I seen the image of Obama,...

Gaddafi accused Blair of ‘supporting Al-Qaeda,’ unseen phone transcripts reveal

Transcripts of two phone calls between Tony Blair and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi reveal the Libyan dictator forced the former prime minister to confirm he...

America’s Now-Aggressive War Against Russia

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org America’s aristocracy is determined to take over Russia. Ever since the end of the Soviet Union and of its...

Mideast’s ‘Regime Change’ Madness

Hillary Clinton’s “regime change” policies as Secretary of State helped spread the chaos that has turned the Middle East into a killing field and...

US ‘Regime Change’ Madness in the Middle East

Seymour Hersh’s recent revelations about an effort by the US military leadership in 2013 to bolster the Syrian army against jihadist forces in Syria...

What Are the Chances for Peace in 2016?

Each year more than one trillion dollars goes up in smoke. More accurately, it is stolen from the middle and working classes and shipped off...

Vladimir Putin: Sweetheart

Authoritarian leaders often meet ignominious ends. (Photo: Jamestown.org) The London Review of Books has published another piece by Seymour Hersh that is controversial (though not...
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Britain’s New Holy War Doctrine

In modern societies people nowadays regard the notion of a holy war as nothing more than a contradiction. The deliberate slaughter and wholesale destruction...

Two Mainstream U.S. ‘Journalists’ Provide Stenographic ‘News’ Report – U.S. Anti-Russia Propaganda

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org This is the story of an ordinary article by two well-known American ‘journalists’ who market the aristocracy’s lies as...

US military to expand global operations in 2016

  The year 2015 will be remembered as a year of expanding global warfare and militarism. It began with discussions of the possibility of “total...

How the Aristocracy Revs Up Its Suckers

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A standard technique by the aristocracy and its agents is to pretend that the existing government is too progressive,...

New World Disorder

“The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. will clamor for such laws if their...

Inside the U.S. Drone War on the Islamic State

(Photo of the Boeing X-48B unmanned – despite apparent windows in front – aerial vehicle: NASA / Wikimedia Commons) On October 7th, at an “undisclosed...

Terrorism and Trump: New Challenges for Social Justice Organizations

Donald Trump courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Flickr The wake-up call is right there in the front page headline of the Dec. 11 New York Times:...

For Democrats, Debate Night Means Being Quizzed From the Right by Corporate Media

ABC‘s John Muir and Martha Raddatz, questioning Democrats on behalf of the 36 percent of Americans who agree with Donald Trump. The Democratic and Republican...

US military provided Assad with intel on extremists via Russia, Israel & Germany –...

The Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff has been indirectly providing Syrian military with intelligence on Islamic extremists fearing the Obama administration’s agenda to oust...

How the Islamic State Is Like a Multinational Corporation

The Islamic State is aligning itself with affiliates in Asia and Africa. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Many in the United States have failed to see the...

Is the EU Breaking Up? Sanctions Against Russia Are Extended.

Eric Zuesse Not only is there dissension within the European Union on account of the Polish President of the European Commission’s having rammed through on...

Fear-mongering and war dominate third Democratic presidential debate

By Andre Damon The third Democratic Party debate of the 2016 presidential election campaign was a spectacle of militarism and right-wing fear-mongering, with all three Democratic...

Ashton Carter’s Plan to Expand U.S. Military Presence Across the Globe Even Further

Also stationed on these bases are Special Operations forces that carry out hit-and-run raids and assassinations. (Photo: Master Sgt. Donald Sparks / U.S. Army...

A GOP Split on Neocon Orthodoxy

The mainstream U.S. media remains focused on the acrimony of the GOP presidential race while less noticed is a growing split among top candidates over...

Historic New Harpers Article Exposes Who Controls America

Eric Zuesse There can be little doubt now: America’s decades-long catastrophic failures to make significant progress in eliminating even a single one of the numerous...

‘Thriving off conflict’: UK is world’s second largest arms seller

Britain continues to sell arms to countries that commit human rights abuses and is now ranked second in the world for weapons sales, a...

Yemen: Saudi Arabia’s Vietnam

The war on Yemen has left thousands dead and created hundreds of thousands exiles. Pictured: Yemen capital Sanaa. (Photo: Richard Messenger / Flickr Commons) Cross-posted...

Saudi Royal Family Announces Its New Global Sunni Military Empire

Eric Zuesse (NOTE: Some news-media have made clear to me flat-out that they won’t publish anything that criticizes the Saudi royal family, especially not as...

9/11 Whistleblower Rowley on Visas and Mideast War Root Causes

WASHINGTON - COLEEN ROWLEY, rowleyclan at earthlink.net,[email protected] Rowley, a former FBI special agent and division counsel whose May 2002 memo to the FBI Director exposed some of...

U.S. May Be Salvaging Victory for Jihadists: How & Why

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org According to Britain’s Telegraph, in a recent report, the U.S. Tow antitank missiles that U.S. President Barack Obama sent in...

How U.S. Interventions Dismembered the Middle East

 (Photo: U.S. Army / Flickr) For the last few decades in the Middle East, the policy of western powers – led by the United States...

Have Yourself Some Anti-Refugee Hysteria

As holiday shoppers empty their wallets to buy presents for family and friends, there’s been an outbreak of miserliness among our politicians – directed...

The Saud Family to Select West’s ‘Moderate’ Jihadists Who Will Take Over Syria

Eric Zuesse The Saud family, Saudi Arabia’s royals, have called together a meeting on December 15th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, of their fellow fundamentalist Sunnis...

Real Questions for President Obama

Part of Official Washington’s problem is that most journalists — at least those called on at presidential news conferences — represent the same “group think”...

PBS Joins the MSM’s Syria-Russia Bias

Mainstream U.S. media systematically excludes points of view on world affairs that deviate from Official Washington’s “group think.” With no lessons learned from the Iraq-WMD debacle, the MSM only...

Beyond ISIS: The Folly of World War IV

Assume that the hawks get their way - that the United States does whatever it takes militarily to confront and destroy ISIS. Then what? Answering...

An Invitation to Collective Suicide: From ISIS to War World IV

Assume that the hawks get their way -- that the United States does whatever it takes militarily to confront and destroy ISIS. Then what? Answering...

The Russian Bomber Shot Down by Turkey: Challenging the Accepted Narrative (Part 1)

Russian will likely put an end to Turkey President Erdogan’s goal of toppling Syria’s Assad regime. Pictured: a SU-24 Russian bomber. (Photo: Wikipedia) 1. A few...

David Cameron Confirms ISIL Is Defeating Democracy In The West

David Cameron told MPs that bombing so-called Islamic State in Syria will “keep the British people safe” as MPs debated the case for military...

Syria: Mission Possible

(DonkeyHotey / Flickr) Imagine this new TV series coming to HBO in 2016. The planet faces an unprecedented peril. The international community brings together a...

The War on Terror Is Creating More Terror

The interventionists will do anything to prevent Americans from seeing that their foreign policies are perpetuating terrorism and inspiring others to seek to harm us. The...

Imprisoned Al Qaeda Fighters Freed by U.S. Allies to Rejoin Fight Against Assad

Eric Zuesse Some of the world’s top Al Qaeda operatives were freed from a Lebanese prison on Tuesday December 1st, to rejoin the U.S.-led war...

Government attempts to avoid court hearing into UK complicity in rendition

By Mark Blackwood British government lawyers are seeking to suppress claims that former Labour Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and the then director of MI6 counterterrorism, Sir...

How Gaddafi’s Ouster Unleashed Terror

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton still sees the 2011 Libyan “regime change” as a feather in her cap as Secretary of State, but the violent ouster...

Avoiding the Trap of Retaliation

The Paris terror attacks brought demands for retaliation against the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility, but by lashing out against the group in Syria...

Class, War and David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said it is time for Britain to join air strikes against Islamic State in Syria (ISIS). After the...

America’s Empire of African Bases Spreads

In the shadows of what was once called the “dark continent,” a scramble has come and gone. If you heard nothing about it, that...

ISIS and Washington’s War Mongers Need Each Other

(Photo: Jordi Bernabeu Farrús | Flickr) Honestly, I don’t know whether to rant or weep, neither of which are usual impulses for me. In the wake...

The Unfolding European Housing Crisis

Property prices across almost all the 28 EU member states have increased and have grown faster than incomes. The price correction of the post...

As Cameron Bangs War Drum, Voices for Peace Rally Around Corbyn

'Another destructive bombing campaign is no solution whatsoever,' anti-war campaigners warn. 'It risks intensifying and widening what is already a catastrophic war.' by Lauren McCauley As British...

The Left and Right Must Stop the Establishment’s Perpetual War Machine

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, some of us tried to raise questions of U.S. foreign policy. I got my mic cut on O’Reilly’s show....

Parliament to question Blair over Gaddafi ties

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair will be questioned on the nature of his relationship with deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi by a Parliamentary Committee...

Francois Hollande – The World’s Most Powerful Person This Week

Eric Zuesse French President Francois Hollande this week possesses more power than anyone else in the world, because he will be the key decision-maker shaping...

Ducking the Issue of ‘Perpetual War’

During last week’s Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders had an opening to reshape the campaign by offering a thoughtful critique of “perpetual war”...

America’s Great Lie. Europe’s Great Shame. Russia’s Great Case.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The West owes Russia a hell of a lot; but what it owes Russia first is a deep apology,...

Friday The Thirteenth In Paris And The Ugly Truth Of State Terror

John Chuckman   (RINF) - Mass murder, as that which just occurred in Paris, is always distressing, but that does not mean we should stop thinking.   Isn’t...

America’s Empire of African Bases

In the shadows of what was once called the “dark continent," a scramble has come and gone. If you heard nothing about it, that...

Australian establishment seizes on Paris attacks to justify war and police state measures

By James Cogan The alleged Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attacks in Paris last Friday have been seized upon by the Australian political...

Politico Reports Bush Knew 2001 Terror-Attack Was Imminent and Wanted It

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A stunning news-report at Politico on November 12th, titled “The Attacks Will Be Spectacular,” reveals that the then CIA Director George...

Falling into the ISIS Trap

Special Report: The Islamic State has entered into “phase two” of its plan. After establishing a rudimentary “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq (phase one),...

German media brays for war and dictatorship after Paris attacks

By Johannes Stern Anyone reading the editorials in Germany’s two major Sunday newspapers would find it difficult to avoid the conclusion that the horrific terrorist attacks...

After the Paris terror attacks: A drumbeat for military escalation and internal repression

In the days following the horrific terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of 129 innocent civilians in Paris, the response from within the US...

Terrorism is the Price of Imperialism

Chris Ernesto What happened in Paris is not right, just inevitable (RINF) - Since 2011, France has been militarily involved in five countries — four of...

On Veterans Day, Who Should Thank Whom?

“You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. (…) You don’t want the truth because deep down in places...

Fresh Twists in the Lockerbie Case

Exclusive: The near-three-decade-old Pan Am 103 case – a plane bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland – shows how a dubious “group think” of Official Washington...

Why Rand Paul Called Hillary Clinton a Neocon

Photo: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com Right before the November 7 Democratic Presidential Forum, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul went on MSNBC and said Hillary Clinton...

Waging Endless War From Vietnam to Syria

As October ended, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest announced that the U.S. would be sending “less than 50” boots-on-the-ground Special Operations forces into northern Syria...

No Matter How Well Russian Media Expose Western Lies …

Eric Zuesse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p54hHhlLjRk * Western ‘news’ media simply refuse to report the lying that’s done by Western ‘news’ media and their governments. Western media didn’t even report...

Washington prepares for World War III

The US military-intelligence complex is engaged in systematic preparations for World War III. As far as the Pentagon is concerned, a military conflict with...

The Mistress of Deception

The self-inflicted wounds of Hillary Rodham Clinton just keep manifesting themselves. She has two serious issues that have arisen in the past week; one is...

The New Yorker Doesn’t Factcheck What ‘Everyone Knows’ Is True

Detail from a New Yorker photo illustration accompanying Dexter Filkins’ article “Death of a Prosecutor” (7/20/15). (illustration: Alex Williamson) Dexter Filkins has been one of...

EU and NATO Set to Destabilize Russia by Anti-Putin Propaganda Operation

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org German Economic News  |  Published:10/31/15 01:23Clock |  http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/10/31/eu-und-nato-wollen-russland-mit-unterwanderung-der-medien-destablisieren/ (Translated here by – and then with closing commentary from – Eric Zuesse) EU, US and NATO are...

Twice in One Day, Ban Ki-Moon Condemned Obama’s Actions on Syria

Eric Zuesse I earlier reported that in an interview with Spanish newspapers published October 31st, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned U.S. President Barack Obama’s...

Hillary Clinton Hasn’t Learned a Thing from Iraq

As the first Democratic presidential debate drew to a close, moderator Anderson Cooper posed a question to Hillary Clinton: How might her presidency differ from Barack...

Save the Apologies, Just Stop Promoting War!

Usually when politicians apologize it’s because they have been caught doing something wrong, or they are about to be caught. Such was likely the case with...

Ban Ki-Moon Condemns the American Stand on Syria, Endorses Putin’s

Eric Zuesse In an interview with Spanish newspapers that was published October 31st, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned U.S. President Barack Obama’s demand that...

Ron Paul: The Benghazi Tragedy Is a Result of Bad Ideology

The tragedy of Benghazi can be attributed to stupidity and bad ideology. The much talked about Hillary Clinton testimony does not challenge the ideology...

Seymour Hersh’s News Report Banned in U.S., Is Finally Confirmed in Turkey

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The news-report that the famed investigative journalist Seymour Hersh could not find an American publisher for, and that was...

Deciphering Ideological Labels

Eric Zuesse On October 29th, France24 bannered “Sarkozy to meet Putin as French right looks to Russia,” and promulgated, as is often done, a widespread...

Tony Blair, imperialist war and the Labour Party

By Chris Marsden Tony Blair’s role in waging war against Iraq in 2003 has returned to haunt the ruling elite in Britain–nowhere more so than in...
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Video: Gaddafi son speaks from jail: solitary confinement, windowless cell, abuses & violations

Human Rights Watch has revealed they were allowed access to Saadi Gaddafi, the jailed son of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. He's been in...

Bowing to Silly US Propaganda

The U.S. government and mainstream media are so lost in their own propaganda that U.S. foreign policy lurches around the globe like a dangerous half-blind giant....

Is Tony Blair a Liar, or Is He Actually Stupid?

Eric Zuesse On Sunday October 25th, CNN headlined "Tony Blair says he's sorry for Iraq War 'mistakes,' but not for ousting Saddam” and reported: "I can say that I apologize for...

Donald Trump Says the U.S. Should Have Stolen Iraqis’ Oil After Destroying their Country

Eric Zuesse On Sunday the 25th of October, Republican U.S. Presidential aspirant Donald Trump was interviewed on CNN’s “State of the Union” show, and was asked...

No Shame for U.S./UK Invasion of Iraq? The Meaning of This.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Germany was ashamed of having invaded Poland under a false pretext, etc.; but the U.S. is not ashamed of...

Back to Benghazi: How Not to Have a Debate About US Foreign Policy

Mitt Romney debating Benghazi with Barack Obama in a 2012 presidential debate. In the 2012 presidential election, the biggest foreign policy issue was the killing...

The More Complex Truth of Benghazi

By Paul R. Pillar (Originally published on Dec. 30, 2013) David Kirkpatrick’s investigative piece in the New York Times about the Sept. 11, 2012 lethal...

Britain’s Tightens Grip In Suffocation Of Free Speech

‘Freedom of Press’ is published by the US-based Freedom House, an NGO established in 1941 that has been ranking countries worldwide since 1980 in...

Will Obama Succumb to Pro-War Baiting?

By Rick Sterling Recently Counterpunch published an article “Obama’s Legacy: An Abyss Gazing Backwards” by Muhammad Idrees Ahmad. It exemplifies the faulty analysis and conclusions...

Could This Be The Turning Point For Syria?

As war between President Bashar al-Assad and various rebel forces raged across Syria, as the Obama administration and the CIA armed rebel factions of...

The Reckless Guns of October

By Daniel Lazare Reports that U.S. and Russian warplanes came within 10 to 20 miles of one another — just a few seconds at supersonic speeds —...

The Saudi Dynasty, Key U.S. Ally, Tops the World in Barbarism

Eric Zuesse The richest person in the world isn’t anyone in the Forbes list, which excludes calculations for any heads-of-state, but is instead King Salman...

The strange death of the antiwar movement

  After over 14 years of unending US wars of aggression waged in the name of fighting terrorism, humanitarian intervention and promoting “democracy,” the threat...

Defense Spending Bill: $600 Million More to Train ‘Moderates’ in Syria

Last year’s National Defense Authorization Act allocated half a billion dollars to train “vetted,” “moderate” rebels to attack ISIS in Syria and also to...

Recognizing Neocon Failure Shows Obama Has Come To His Senses – Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge and others are misinterpreting Steve...

On Building Armies (and Watching Them Fail)

First came Fallujah, then Mosul, and later Ramadi in Iraq. Now, there is Kunduz, a provincial capital in northern Afghanistan. In all four places,...

Obama’s “60 Minutes” interview and the crisis of US policy in Syria

By Barry Grey In an extraordinary interview Sunday evening on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” program, President Barack Obama sought to defend his policy in Syria against...
Is Washington cheering on ISIS in Syria?

Is Washington Cheering on ISIS?

Chris Ernesto (RINF) - The old adage, "desperate times call for desperate measures" appears to be the theme of U.S. officials these days. With Russia entering...

Russia Supplants U.S. in Global War Against Jihadists

Eric Zuesse A meeting between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman (son of King Salman) ended on early Monday,...

How Do-Gooders Can Do Bad

“Human rights” organizations have become purveyors of bloody chaos as they advocate Western big-power military attacks on weak countries in the name of “responsibility...

Obama’s Two-Timing Foreign Policy

By Robert Parry The mystery of the Obama administration’s foreign policy has always been whether President Barack Obama has two separate strategies: one “above the...

Russia Is #1 in the World Now; U.S. Still Fights to Win Long-Term

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On October 7th, Reuters headlined, “Iraq Leans Toward Russia in War on Islamic State,” and reported, from Baghdad, that,...

A crisis of global dimensions

In a Perspective column published at the beginning of 2015, the World Socialist Web Site commented on the frequency of crises convulsing the global...

Talking Govt. Lies, Wars, & 9/11 with Denver’s Peter Boyles

Denver KNUS host Peter Boyles and I had another rattlin’ good chat today about the continuing cover-up of 9/11. Boyles has made himself an...

European Publishers Pretend that Obama Is Right and Putin Is Wrong

Eric Zuesse A typical example is Christophe Leclercq’s Euractiv website, news for Europeans. (Leclercq “was EU Commission official with DG Competition (coordinator for Information Society)....

How Syrians View Russia v. U.S.

Eric Zuesse British TV Interviews Syrians About Russia’s Airstrikes Polls Show Syrians Overwhelmingly Blame U.S. for ISIS CONCLUSION U.S. President Obama’s chief aim in Syria is not to defeat the...

Empire or Humanity?

[Note from TomDispatch editor Tom Engelhardt: Here’s how I described Howard Zinn in 2005 when I met him for a TomDispatch interview: “He's tall and...

Malala Yousefzai Aims to Be Pakistan’s Prime Minister

Eric Zuesse On Saturday, October 3rd, the India Today TV channel telecast an interview with the Pakistani 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who...

The Western Alliance Is Crumbling

EU Is Abandoning U.S. on Overthrowing Assad Obama Cannot Defeat Assad without EU’s Help EU Also Rejects Obama’s TTIP & TISA Demands Obama’s Presidential ‘Legacy’ Heads to...

HISTORIC NEWS: Finally, EU and U.S. Are Breaking Apart

Eric Zuesse German Economic News headlined on October 2nd, “US wants to exclude EU from peace talks on Syria,” and reported that, “The US government...

Obama v. Putin: Their Debate on Crimea

The Source of the ‘New Cold War’: The Basic Disagreement Between Obama and Putin Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org INTRODUCTION The basic disagreement between U.S. President...

German court clears the way for military deployments without parliamentary approval

By Sonja Bach With last Wednesday’s decision, the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, Germany further weakened the requirement of parliamentary approval for foreign deployments of the...

Obama Lied When He Said This

Eric Zuesse U.S. President Obama’s central case against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad (and his central argument against Assad’s supporter Russia on that matter) is that Assad...

Obama Deifies American Hegemony

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US Strategy: Bombing Yemen Back to the 19th Century

US Strategy: Bombing Yemen Back to the 19th Century

by Stephen Lendman

On March 26, US-orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing began - supplemented by imported takfiri death squad attacks.

Civilians are prime targets. Obama is systematically destroying Yemen - the way Washington ravaged Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.

US strategy is total dirty war without mercy - including deliberately targeting civilian neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, power facilities, refugee camps, food depositories, vital infrastructure and other nonmilitary targets.

Riyadh's so-called 5-day ceasefire (beginning Tuesday) continues being punctuated by terror-bombings and ground attacks.

According to Shiite News, Houthi Ansarullah Brig. General Sharaf Luqman warned against further violations. Saying they'll be met with strong "determination."

"We the armed forces, and the popular committees, and Ansarullah, announce our commitment to this ceasefire," Luqman stressed.

Minutes after it began, "acts of aggression after aggression" followed.

"Right now you (can hear) the anti-aircraft firing and the Saudi firing in the sky over the capital (Sanaa) and in all of the provinces," Luqman explained.

On Thursday, a Saudi helicopter gunship struck a truck in northern Yemen, killing nine people.

Riyadh, complicit with Washington, willfully breached ceasefire terms. Ansarullah fighters are blamed for their crimes.

In normal times, Yemenis endure enormous hardships. Now they're catastrophic.

On orders from Washington, Yemen is being terror-bombed to rubble. It's economy is being systematically destroyed.

The Middle East Eye (MEE) is a UK-based independent online news service. It calls its agenda "led by events, not political leanings."

It published a new report on Yemeni crisis conditions titled "Paint thinner and donkey carts: Resource scarcity in war-torn Yemen."

Saying Yemenis seek alternative ways to survive. They're "(u)sing phone lines to power lamps, paint-thinner to run motorbikes, and donkey carts" for transportation.

Power cuts, food and water shortages, as well as lack of fuel and medical supplies create horrific conditions. 

Survival depends on improvising any way possible. "Majed al-Sharjabi, a 42-year-old doctor, had been using petrol to run a generator in his home until the coalition’s naval blockade, which prevents fuel ships from docking, sent petrol prices soaring," said MEE.

He switched to propane until its price tripled. He gave up his generator and bought a Chinese-made solar panel.

It's "not the best but it works for me," he said. "I can charge my computer and the cell phones of my neighbors."

"If it's a bright day, I can power the television for an hour and find out about how much of my country has been destroyed."

Nasri Abobaker uses a 1.5 volt battery to charge his phone. It cost $1. He built an adapter, he said. "Now I can power one lamp from it and it's free."

Ayman al-Dhobhani earns $9 a day transporting people around Sanaa. He can't afford fuel. He uses paint thinner instead.

In the last week, the price of 1.5 liters of paint thinner quadrupled - from $2 to $8.

Cooking gas is unavailable. Um Naif, a mother of three, uses cardboard and firewood - "foraged from trees and garbage around her house."

"Time has toughened us," she said. Life is hard for all Yemenis. Hani Bakhtan can't afford propane.

She uses an improvised stove metal bucket "crammed with sawdust and overlaid with clay." One bottle of sawdust cost $5 and lasts a week, she said.

Aid organizations use donkeys to distribute supplies. National center for freedoms and development manager Salah al-Homaidi said "(w)e're going back a century" - maybe two before Obama's aggression ends.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

New UK Law Could Criminalize ‘Politically Incorrect’ Opinions

A chilling comment by British Prime Minister David Cameron suggests that even people who obey the law won’t be “left alone” by the state...

Europe defense ministers to discuss military force against migrant boats

Five European defense ministers are to discuss military action to halt human trafficking to their shores and stem the flow of migrants from North Africa’s coastal waters.

Defense ministers from France, Germany, Poland, Italy and Spain are to meet Sunday on the sidelines of the events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Lorient in western France to discuss ways to counter what they refer to as a new threat to Europe that has so far left thousands dead, AFP reported.

Following a number of the deadliest migrant shipwrecks ever witnessed in the Mediterranean so far this year, the ministers "will examine possible options for European (military) action," the French Defense Ministry said.

The most controversial option due to be discussed during the meeting will be the destruction by military force of the boats used by human traffickers before they are loaded with migrants for a risky journey to European shores.

Most of the boats load the migrants in the lawless shores of the war-ravaged Libya, where persisting national conflict among rival governing bodies has allowed human traffickers to operate with impunity.

The development comes after over 5,000 refugees were killed over the past 18 months as boats operated by human traffickers capsized off Libya's coastal waters, alarming European authorities to stop the flow of immigrants.

Meanwhile, European Union foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, is also scheduled to submit a plan to the United Nations Security Council on Monday, demanding that the UN  lead military operations against smugglers.

Critics, however, insist that taking military action in Libyan waters or halting a vessel flying the country's flag without an international mandate would be in violation of the international law.

Additionally, the defense ministers are also expected to discuss the Saturday crash of the new Airbus A400M military aircraft in Spain during a test flight that killed four people.

The deadly incident led Britain, Germany and Turkey to ground their new troop and vehicle transporter, while France announced that it will continue flying its fleet of the aircraft.

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President Barack Obama requested a record $3.1 billion in military assistance to Israel for the 2013 fiscal year. The requested amount is not just the largest assistance request for Israel ever; it is the largest foreign assistance request ever in U.S. history

President Barack H. Obama and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s alleged tenuous relationship is not what it seems.  Sure they probably annoy each other, but Obama has provided U.S. foreign aid just as every U.S. President before him.  The invitation granted by the speaker of the house John Boehner to Netanyahu so that he can present his case against Iran to the U.S. congress to prove that Obama’s negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program was a “bad deal.”    According to Netanyahu, Iran threatens Israel’s existence and the world.  Netanyahu’s speech was political theater.  Several democrats did not attend Netanyahu’s show.  Those that did criticized Netanyahu for trying to undermine the Obama administration is once again, all political theater.  The democrats who skipped Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent speech to show solidarity with President Obama’s policy towards Iran were going to attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) event featuring an appearance by Netanyahu the following week as the Washington Examiner reported earlier this month:   

All of the members skipping Netanyahu’s congressional speech the Examiner interviewed were quick to say their anger toward the prime minister and his attempt to scuttle the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program did not extend to pro-Israel committee.

“Why would I not want to meet with my friends? They’re coming to see me next week and why wouldn’t I see them?” asked Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., referring to two American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobbyists he’s known and worked with for 25 years

Since 1948, U.S and Israeli actions taken in the Middle East has proven to be a tragic period for all people of the Middle East whether Arab, Christian, Jew, Kurdish, Sunni or Shiite.  Nothing but wars and Sectarian conflicts, poverty and Western-funded extremists has destroyed Arab countries and killed millions of Muslim men, women and children that are physically and emotionally scarred for the rest of their young and innocent lives. 

Can anyone think of the U.S. and its Democratic ideals as a success?  The U.S. has done everything it can to create “order out of chaos.”  In 1947 following the “creation of Israel” by Great Britain when the Foreign secretary Arthur James Balfour confirmed a “national home of the Jewish People” when he sent the Balfour Declaration to Walter Rothschild, head of the Rothschild banking dynasty, the Palestinian people have been living in hell.  Palestine became a prison enforced by Israel’s security apparatus that resembles what George Orwell described as a total police state in his classic book “1984.”  Palestine has been divided; 1.7 million Palestinians live in an open air prison in the Gaza strip while others live in the West Bank under a police state controlled by heavily armed Israeli soldiers and police.  The Palestinians have been losing lands in an unprecedented fashion and in recent decades only to be accelerated under Netanyahu’s watch with a 40% increase in 2014 alone, outpacing the prior year. 

Israel’s ambitions for nuclear weapons capability began after Israel became a Western sponsored state with the U.S, U.K. and France as its main allies.  Many conflicts in the Middle East soon followed.  The Israeli war of Independence against the Arab countries included Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria which led to the 1949 Armistice which outlined the borders of Israel.    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soon began military operations against Egypt, Lebanon and Jordon to prevent terrorist attacks against its Jewish citizens.  In 1956, Great Britain and France joined Israel in attacking Egypt after its government decided to nationalize the Suez Canal after the U.S. and Great Britain declined to fund the Aswan Dam.  Israel was forced to retreat from the attack by the U.S. and the USSR.  Soon after, the Six-Day War in 1967 began when Israel fought againstEgypt, Syria and Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and others contributed weapons and troops to the Arab forces.  Israel defeated the Arab armies and expanded its territory in the West Bank which included East Jerusalem to Jordan, the Golan Heights in Syria, the Sinai and the Gaza strip.  Then the War of Attrition (1967-1970), the Yom Kippur War (1973) and the War in Lebanon (1982) which the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) invaded Southern Lebanon to eliminate Palestinian guerrilla fighters (the resistance) from the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) which led to the Israeli Security Zone in South Lebanon.  Then the South Lebanon conflict with Hezbollah that lasted for at least 20 years.  It still continues today.   The first and Second Intifadas began with the Palestinian uprising against a brutal Israeli occupation and the disappearance of their lands.  Several wars soon followed.  The last war called ‘Operation Protective Edge’ which Israel launched against the Gaza Strip.  According to the State of Palestine Ministry of Health who reported on August 17, 2014 that there were 2,300 deaths and over 19,000 injured in Gaza which was a devastating conflict that traumatized the Palestinian people especially the children.  It is a tragic consequence that will last a lifetime for many.    

During all of the conflicts, Israel was seeking weapons to defend their new “Jewish” nation.  Israel was eventually exposed as an undeclared nuclear power thanks to an Israeli man named Mordechai Vanunu who spent 18 years in the Shikma Prison in Ashkelon, with 10 of those years in solitary confinement.  Mordechai exposed Israel’s secrets nuclear program to the British press in 1986.

Israel is the aggressor.  It’s an illegal occupation which began under the British government and it is supported by other Western-powers, mainly the U.S. and France.  Israel’s history is filled with conflicts and terrorism against the Arab world.  Israel has committed political assassinations, supported extremists to topple governments including its current support to “moderate rebels” to oust Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.  It has control over the natural resources including vital water supplies that Palestinians solely depend on to survive.  So my question is why everyone is surprised by Netanyahu’s speech he recently gave in the U.S. House of congress?  Several members of congress were “appalled” or “upset” because he disrespected U.S. lawmakers, but the reality is that the majority of elected officials in congress and every administration even before Obama have approved military aid for Israel’s security since Israel was created in 1948.  Who are they fooling?  Netanyahu sounded like he was the U.S. president with constant standing ovations and thunderous applauds by the AIPAC controlled congress.  Those on both sides of the aisle whether democrat or republican always look forward to Jewish (Zionist) support for campaign funds.  There are several members of congress who have dual citizenships that seek to protect Israel at all costs (although the actual “costs” come at the expense of U.S. taxpayers). The U.S. has been involved in the Middle East for a long time.  Do not expect peace or stability.  War and conquest is the true nature of both the Americans and Israeli’s regarding Middle East policies.  ISIS is a perfect example of how the U.S. operates by bringing democracy to an already volatile region with its support of the Syrian rebels, al-Nusra and the decade old “al-Qaeda” with weapons to topple governments not in line with Washington only proves that war is on the agenda.  Not only does the U.S. and its allies support ISIS and other terrorist organizations to topple Arab governments they protect them according to an article by Michel Chossudovsky titled Obama’s “Fake War” against the Islamic State (ISIS). The Islamic State is protected by the US and its Alliesand made an important point when he said:

What would have been required from a military standpoint to wipe out an ISIS convoy with no effective anti-aircraft capabilities?  Without an understanding of military issues, common sense prevails.  If they had wanted to eliminate the Islamic State brigades, they could have “carpet” bombed their convoys of Toyota pickup trucks when they crossed the desert from Syria into Iraq in June

The U.S. and Israel clearly want chaos in the Middle East.  It is obvious.  However, Netanyahu did say that:

The remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States has always been above politics. It must always remain above politics.  Because America and Israel, we share a common destiny, the destiny of promised lands that cherish freedom and offer hope. Israel is grateful for the support of American — of America’s people and of America’s presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama

Yes, the alliance between the U.S. and Israel is “above politics” and I agree it’s supposed to achieve “Full Spectrum Dominance” with the West and Israel controlling every aspect of Arab life including its lands, economy, and its natural resources in the Middle East.  This is the “destiny” which Netanyahu speaks of.  There is a vast amount of resources including the obvious oil, water and natural gas in the Middle East for which both the U.S. and Israel is solely interested in.  It also provides a market for the Military-Industrial Complex and corporate interests.  Netanyahu’s speech in Washington resembles what a genuine hypocrite that will claim it is he who is a victim of hatred, while committing heinous crimes against those he hates.  Netanyahu thanked President Obama for his support over the years which are no surprise:                  

We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel.

Now, some of that is widely known.  Some of that is widely known, like strengthening security cooperation and intelligence sharing, opposing anti-Israel resolutions at the U.N.  Some of what the president has done for Israel is less well- known.

I called him in 2010 when we had the Carmel forest fire, and he immediately agreed to respond to my request for urgent aid.  In 2011, we had our embassy in Cairo under siege, and again, he provided vital assistance at the crucial moment.  Or his support for more missile interceptors during our operation last summer when we took on Hamas terrorists

‘Operation Protective Edge’ was supported by the Obama administration.  They have collaborated on various programs including Israel security forces that provided training to U.S. Police forces.  I was not surprised by the recent revelations in Chicago, Illinois concerning its secret black sites used by the Chicago police department to detain and even torture suspects.  This happened under former White House Chief of Staff and also an IDF civilian volunteer and Israel supporter Rahm Emanuel whose father Benjamin M. Emanuel was once a member of the Irgun, a terrorist organization that operated in Mandate Palestine.  As Netanyahu continued:

But Iran’s regime is not merely a Jewish problem, any more than the Nazi regime was merely a Jewish problem. The 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis were but a fraction of the 60 million people killed in World War II. So, too, Iran’s regime poses a grave threat, not only to Israel, but also the peace of the entire world. To understand just how dangerous Iran would be with nuclear weapons, we must fully understand the nature of the regime. 

The people of Iran are very talented people. They’re heirs to one of the world’s great civilizations. But in 1979, they were hijacked by religious zealots — religious zealots who imposed on them immediately a dark and brutal dictatorship

Netanyahu said that “religious Zealots” imposed a dark brutal dictatorship?  Well I guess the Western-backed Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi or the “Shah of Iran” and his secret police force the Savak who terrorized the Iranian people was their preference to keep Iran under their control.  Savak was trained and supported by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Israeli Mossad.  The most brutal dictatorship in the Gulf States such as Saudi Arabia is an ideal model for the U.S. and Israel.  If you look at the dictatorships the U.S. has supported to spread “American-Style Democracy” in the last 100 years.  The results of “American-style democracy” were disastrous causing human rights violations, countless deaths and disease.  Those same nations the U.S. either invaded or helped overthrow their respective governments (many of them democracies) still suffer from Washington’s “medicine.”  From Pinochet in Chile, to the Somoza dynasty in Nicaragua, Papa and Baby Doc Duvalier regime in Haiti to the Gulf Monarchies in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and the list goes on, U.S. policy is about dominating nations for geopolitical interests including for the control of their natural resources.  The U.S. and Israel have an interest in the Middle East and that is to dominate it under their so-called “World Order.”   If they remove Syria and then Iran, the Middle East would become a region that would look like Iraq or Libya.  It would be a cash bonanza for the Military-Industrial Complex if they keep the civil wars among different sects and tribes going, creating a market for weapons exports.  Netanyahu said Iran is a “grave threat” to World peace.  Can someone say “Samson Option”?  Seymour M. Hersh’s ‘The Samson Option’ noted a commentary by Norman Podhoretz that summarizes how Israel would respond if they were on the verge of defeat at the hands of Arab nations in the Middle East:    

For Israel’s nuclear advocates, the Samson Option became another way of saying “Never again.”  [In a 1976 essay in Commentary, Norman Podhoretz accurately summarized the pronuclear argument in describing what Israel would do if abandoned by the United States and overrun by Arabs: "The Israelis would fight . . . with conventional weapons for as long as they could, and if the tide were turning decisively against them, and if help in the form of resupply from the United States or any other guarantors were not forthcoming, it is safe to predict that they would fight with nuclear weapons in the end. ... It used to be said that the Israelis had a Masada complex . . .but if the Israelis are to be understood in terms of a 'complex' involving suicide rather than surrender and rooted in a relevant precedent of Jewish history, the example of Sarnson, whose suicide brought about the destruction of his enemies, would be more appropriate than Masada, where in committing suicide the Zealots killed only themselves and took no Romans with them." 

Podhoretz, asked years later about his essay, said that his conclusions about the Samson Option were just that—his conclusions, and not based on any specific information from Israelis or anyone else about Israel's nuclear capability 

What Mr. Podhoretz was describing was a “if we go down, everyone else is going down with us” scenario which is a dangerous policy for the world peace.  Netanyahu also says that Assad who is backed by Iran is slaughtering Syrians.  This serves the Obama Administration’s long-term goal to remove Assad from power: 

Iran's goons in Gaza, its lackeys in Lebanon, its revolutionary guards on the Golan Heights are clutching Israel with three tentacles of terror. Backed by Iran, Assad is slaughtering Syrians. Back by Iran, Shiite militias are rampaging through Iraq. Back by Iran, Houthis are seizing control of Yemen, threatening the strategic straits at the mouth of the Red Sea. Along with the Straits of Hormuz, that would give Iran a second choke-point on the world's oil supply

Netanyahu claim that the Jewish people can defend themselves which I agree especially when you have nuclear weapons that can destroy the entire Middle East:

We are no longer scattered among the nations, powerless to defend ourselves. We restored our sovereignty in our ancient home. And the soldiers who defend our home have boundless courage. For the first time in 100 generations, we, the Jewish people, can defend ourselves

Iran, Syria, Lebanon (Hezbollah) and Palestine (the West Bank and Gaza) are targets for the U.S. and Israel.  They want to destabilize Syria and Iran and turn it into an Iraq and Libya with tribal and sectarian infighting among the populations.  The U.S. destroyed Iraq with the intention of dividing the people.  They create the conflict, develop hatred along Sunni and Shiite sects, and enforce a government subservient to Western interests.  How does this benefits Israel?  They keep the wars going by destabilizing regimes through ISIS and other Western-funded terrorist groups while Israel expands its territories beyond its borders.  Once Syria and Iran are destroyed, the U.S. and Israel will have no use for ISIS.  No more weapons will be shipped to ISIS and other groups and the U.S. and Israel with its military capabilities can easily defeat ISIS as Chossudovsky mentioned in his article.  It sounds cynical but it’s the truth.  It is what I call “Mafia-Style” politics, something the U.S. and Israel are very good at.  The world is not fooled by the bickering between the democrats and republicans because as we all know, they are one, united with an “unbreakable bond “with Israel as Obama declared in 2013.  We all know that without U.S. support, Israeli occupation of Palestine would end tomorrow.  But that will not happen unless the U.S. Empire falls from power and only then, a lasting peace will ensue.     

Netanyahu concluded with “May God bless the state of Israel and may God bless the United States of America” And no one else, right Mr. Netanyahu?  What kind of God would bless two nations that have committed genocide against its indigenous populations?  Why would God bless a nation that lies to its people and declares war on nations that want their sovereignty respected?  If this is the God we as humans supposed to honor, then God is not who we think he is. 

In conclusion, Netanyahu should listen to an interview conducted by Press TV based in Tehran, Iran in 2014 with Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, associate director of ‘Neturei Karta International: Jews United against Zionism’ (www.nkusa.org) and was asked about U.N. monitor Richard Falk who accused Israel of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.  His response was as follows:

With the help of the almighty, I pray to the almighty to bestow upon me his truth, his wisdom. We are always confounded by this seeming ignorance of the issues and the ignoring of what is happening. The issues are clear from day one.  Well over one hundred years ago when this Zionist ideology came about of Jewish people creating their own sovereignty and then eventually deciding to make their sovereignty in the Holy Land, the biblical authorities in the Holy Land, the chief rabbi of Palestine, Rabbi Dushinsky..., of that time, and later in 1947 prior to the ratification of... Israel by the United Nations, the chief rabbi was Rabbi Dushinsky; he went to a meeting in Jerusalem [al-Quds] with the members of the United Nations and he pleaded with them in the name of Judaism and the religious community that we do not want, in any form, a state …, that it is illegal, it is illegitimate. Judaism does not permit us to have to have a Jewish sovereignty, Judaism does not permit us to oppress other people, steal the land, or in any manner being uncompassionate to the people.

On the contrary we were living together with the Muslim community, with the Arabs and Muslims for hundreds and hundreds of years in Palestine and every Muslim state in total harmony without any human rights group to protect us and since this creation of Zionism and then eventually … Israel, there is an endless river of bloodshed. It is impossible to subjugate people and expect that there will be peace. Now, we are condoning what is emanating from this fact that there is a state but the fact is that it defies logic; it flies in the face of …,  righteousness and everything that the humanity calls for, by occupying Palestine and so our rabbis universally opposed the existence of … Israel and that the world should totally confuse this issue.

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America and Islamic Terrorists: Partners Against Peace

by Stephen Lendman

America is a killing machine. It gives rogue state ruthlessness new meaning.

It's a lying machine. Truth is strictly verboten. Big Lies consistently substitute.

White House hyperbole claims victories against Islamic State fighters. Suppressed is what everyone needs to know.

Washington actively recruits, funds, arms and directs these terrorists and likeminded groups.

They're used as US proxies - shock troops fighting America's dirty wars, currently in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Reports indicate they're in Afghanistan and Libya.

They're used against independent governments Washington wants toppled - as well as to create chaos benefitting US interests.

They're trained at US facilities in Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Georgia. They're taught how to kill and commit atrocities.

They constitute a US-made monster. Many thousands are recruited annually. 

Maybe one day they'll attack its creator. Radicalized elements are capable of anything. White House  press secretary Josh Earnest lied saying:

"We're mindful of this threat, and it's one of the reasons that the president has marshaled so much international support for the effort to try to snuff out this ISIL threat in Iraq and in Syria, and not allow it to continue to spread across the region in a way that could further destabilize an already volatile region of the world."

Washington deplores peace and stability. Wars, chaos and turmoil serve its interests. Calm and mutual cooperation among all nations defeat it.

US support for radicalized takfiris assures endless regional conflicts. Syrians are suffering after over four years of Obama's proxy war.

It's supplemented by US bombing Syrian oil facilities, infrastructure and other targets - on the pretext of fighting IS it's actively aiding.

Rogue NATO countries partner in Obama's war - naked aggression against a nonbelligerent country threatening no one.

Interviewed on France 2 TV, President Bashar al-Assad blamed its government for acting as a "satellite for American foreign policy in the region."

It's helping "terrorists infiltrat(e) (into) Syria," he said. So are other Western countries. 

They're responsible for supporting extremist jihadists they call moderates, Assad explained.

They're killing "civilians and destroying public places, public properties and private properties…"

They admit what they're doing online. "(O)ur role as government is to defend our society and our citizens."

No responsible leader would do less. There's nothing civil about war in Syria. 

Imported death squads wage terror war into its fifth year - with no end in sight.

Obama wants Assad toppled. He wants US-controlled stooge leadership replacing him.

He wants Syrians having no say over who'll lead them. He wants another subservient client state - a key Israeli rival eliminated.

Assad categorically denies using chemical weapons - including last month in Idlib province.

He accused Washington of creating and using IS terrorists against Syria. "Is it democratic to send weapons to terrorists and to support them," he asked?

"(A)l Nusra…published videos where they eat the heart of a Syrian soldier, where they dismember other victims, where they behead others."

What kind of societies support these atrocities and call themselves civilized? Assad denied accusations of indiscriminate killing - including use of so-called barrel bombs.

"What is a barrel bomb," he asked? "Can you tell me what it is?" 

He referred to two pictures publicly shown proving nothing - Western propaganda vilifying him unjustly.

"(I)n our army, we only use regular bombs that could be aimed," he said. "We don't have any armament that could be shelled indiscriminately."

"The war in Syria is about winning the hearts of the people. It's not about killing people. If you kill people" indiscriminately, you can't serve as president. "It's impossible."

Assad called US airstrikes against IS fighters ineffective, "not serious…not helping anyone in the region."

Separately, he stressed Europe "cannot be safe (while its backyard), especially the Mediterranean and Northern Africa, is in chaos and full of terrorists."

Syria is hugely affected. Obama's war shows no signs of ending. Escalation is likely.

America doesn't wage wars to quit. War against Syria could rage years longer. Half the population already is displaced.

Tens of thousands were killed. Many more suffer horrifically. Obama's war is one of history's great crimes. 

It may continue until Syria is entirely destroyed - perhaps hundreds of thousands of its people massacred before things end. 

An entire region is being raped - victimized by US imperial ruthlessness.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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by Stephen Lendman

Obama terror-bombed Yemen throughout his tenure.He murdered hundreds of noncombatant men, women and children in cold blood.

He's at it again. He's waging proxy war against Houthi rebels.

He's using rogue state regional allies to do his dirty work.

They ousted illegitimately US-installed puppet Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Israel quietly joined Obama's dirty war. On March 22, Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi accused Washington and Israel of using Takfiri extremists to stage terrorist attacks on Yemeni civilians.

Mosques were targeted. Scores were killed, hundreds injured. Al-Houthi urged Yemenis to unite against elements aiming to destabilize the country.

"Everyone is a target," he said. He didn't know at the time Washington intended using proxy forces to terror-bomb Yemen into submission.

America's goal is longstanding. Eliminate all independent governments. Replace them with US-controlled puppets.

Hadi was a convenient stooge. Obama wants him back in power serving US interests.

At the same time, denying Iran a regional ally. Aiming to isolate Tehran regionally by eliminating its key allies - mainly Syria and Hezbollah.

Then replacing Iran's independent government with one Washington controls.

America allies with the region's worst despots to further its objectives.

It's in bed with Israel's hegemonic ambitions. Both countries partner in each other's high crimes.

They threaten world peace. They  terror-bomb adversaries.

Washington planned war on Yemen months earlier. It's controlling and directing ongoing Saudi-led aggression against a nation posing it no threat.

Israeli warplanes are involved. Fars News said they're participating in airstrikes.

It quoted Yemen's Al-Haq Political party Secretary-General Hassan Zayd saying:

On direct orders from Netanyahu, "for the first time…Zionists are conducting a joint (military) operation in coalition with Arabs."

Yemen's al-Massira television said aggressor warplanes deliberately targeted civilian homes and a market where people were shopping.

Dozens were killed, scores more injured. Bombing continues.

Houthi forces keep advancing. Reports indicate heavy clashes near Aden.

Senior Iranian parliamentarians urged Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member nations to condemn Saudi terror-bombing.

Iranian MP Zohreh Tabibzadeh spoke for others saying "(w)e expect the NAM countries to condemn this aggression."

Yemenis intend defending their country, she stressed. They deserve universal support against US-planned, sponsored and directed terror-bombing.

On Saturday, Reuters said Houthi fighters continued making gains - despite Saudi-led air attacks.

Yemen is the latest example of Washington's war on humanity.

It's systematically ravaging and destroying one country at a time.

Post-9/11 alone, its aim for unchallenged global dominance took millions of lives.

Gideon Polya estimates Bush/Obama genocidal war on Iraq alone (since 2003) killed 2.7 million people - from violence and "violently-imposed deprivation."

Since 1914, Western wars on Iraq killed nine million, Polya estimates.

What Britain began a century ago, it now partners in what Washington continues - wars without end against Arab populations being systematically exterminated.

Western media scoundrels ignore an ongoing Arab Holocaust far greater than what Hitler did to Jews.

Try finding a single Western report explaining it. None on one of history's greatest crimes.

Arab lives don't matter. Western white supremacists consider them fair game for mass slaughter and exploitation.

Washington's Afghan, Iraqi, Libyan and Syrian wars continue. Yemen is Obama's latest aggression.

It follows his installing Nazis to run Ukraine - to wage dirty war without mercy on Donbass residents wanting to live free from the scourge of fascism.

What happens longer term  remains to be seen. Washington's war on humanity threatens world peace.

Madness defines US policy. Lunatics in charge won't quit until they turn all countries to rubble.

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Contrast this situation with the so-called ‘mainstream’ print and TV media.

The corporate mainstream media with its well-paid journalists and increasing concentration of ownership bows to the concerns of advertisers. It tends to be privately owned and its owners have a vested interest in maintaining an economic system based on private ownership and in manufacturing consent for it. Moreover, such outlets these days are increasingly part of major conglomerates, which may include armaments manufacturers, banking or industrial concerns, and will not therefore adopt stances or report on stories that are harmful to the interests of the wider organisation.

The public is thus given access to a world view that is distorted in favour of state-corporate interests. Such interests have succeeded in getting across the message that, for example, the ‘free market’ is the best way to deliver goods and services to people, state provided welfare is bad and ‘individual responsibility’ is good, ‘austerity’ is necessary, privatisation increases efficiency, an endless ‘war on terror’ must be waged on designated enemies, well-being is measured in terms of a never-ending quest for GDP growth, the US and NATO are the 'world's policemen', giant agribusiness must displace peasant farmers to secure food security and gross inequalities and unregulated corporate power are both necessary and legitimate.

Over the past 15 years, numerous 'alternative' news websites have sprung up that challenge these assumptions and the belief that ordinary citizens should be passive consumers of a predetermined news agenda. There are now dozens of popular news sites that inform people of issues the mainstream media has deliberately failed to tell people the truth about. There are also many more sites with global reach that exist to scrutinise specific sectors, hold practices to account and counter corporate propaganda (for example, GMWatchCorporate Europe ObservatoryFood & Water WatchCampaign Against the Arms Trade, etc.).

The existence of ‘alternative’ independent sites has led the European Union to express concerns about the ‘damaging’ effects of people having access to these sources of information. The EU argues that societal consensus is being eroded as people are being ‘led astray’ by dissenting voices on the internet. In the report ‘A free and pluralistic media to sustain European democracy’, the EU feels there is a danger that people are being misguidedly radicalised. It advocates EU funding for ‘responsible’ journalism, getting the EU’s viewpoint across regularly and prominently in the media and placing controls on the net. The EU perceives this to be ‘pluralism’.

What is ‘responsible journalism’?

An article by Annie Day indicates that as a result of its destabilisations, coups, mass bombings and death squads, the US military and the CIA have been responsible for a figure of an estimated ten million deaths since 1945. Yet the corporate media never describes any of this as constituting a form of mass terror. Through the cynical hijacking of the concept of ‘terror’, the US now attempts to justify its ongoing tyranny through a ‘war on terror’, which goes unquestioned on a daily basis by the mainstream media.

Ukraine is the latest example of a US-backed terror campaign, which the corporate media has consistently failed to question. As the world edges ever closer to nuclear war, the mainstream media merely parrots the official lie coming from Washington that the situation is all due to ‘Russian aggression’.

You can also add to that ten million, countless others whose lives have been sacrificed on the altar of corporate profit, which did not rely on the military to bomb peoples and countries into submission but on the IMF, World Bank and WTO. It begs the question how many lives have been cut short across the world because of the inherent structural violence or silent killing of the everyday functioning of predatory capitalism? 

The appropriation of wealth through a system that funnels it from bottom to top via a process of accumulation by dispossession is celebrated by the corporate media as growthprosperity, and freedom of choice, despite evidence that, from Greece to Spain and beyond, the reality for the majority has been falling wages, increasing poverty, the stripping away of choice and misery.

So where is the ‘responsible journalism’ that the EU calls for?

Does it lie with those journalists in the corporate media whose claim to respectability is their rigid professionalism, their accountability, their objectivity?

If you can call professionalism, accountability and objectivity being in the pay of and not wishing to offend advertising interests, officialdom and powerful corporate interests then they are paragons of absolute responsibility.

Peddling their high salaried deceptions, they have failed and continue to fail the public and genuinely hold power to account. By shining their ‘investigative’ light on ‘parliamentary procedures’, personalities, the rubber stamping of policies and the inane machinations of party politics, they merely serve to maintain and perpetuate the status quo and keep the public in the dark as to the unaccountable self-serving nature of power broking and the unity ofinterests that enable Big Oil, Big Finance, Big Pharma, Big Agra and the rest of them via their secretive think tanks and policy initiatives to keep bleeding us all dry. 

But that’s the role of the media: to help reinforce and reproduce the material conditions of a divisive social system on a daily basis. It’s called having a compliant, toothless media. It’s what the corporate media itself calls part of ‘liberal democracy’
And in this type of 'liberal democracy', it is people like Edward Snowden or Julian Assange who expose the wrongdoings of the political-corporate elites that are hounded. 

It was George Orwell who said that journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed and everything else is public relations. Orwell was correct. Former CIA boss General Petraeus stated in 2006 that his strategy was to wage a war of perceptions conducted continuously through the news media, while John Pilger observes that the role of respectable journalism in western state crimes - from Iraq to Iran, Afghanistan to Libya - remains taboo. Its role has been to serve as first-choice cheerleader for illegal wars.

Intelligence agencies secure media compliance

There are of course some good journalists working in the corporate mainstream media. But if you think this article mounts to little more than a one-sided attack on the ‘mainstream’ media, you may need to think again.

Many readers will be aware of a recent story about the former editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany’s largest newspapers, who claimed that he accepted news stories written and given to him by the CIA and published them under his own name. 

This revelation came as a shock to many. But it should not have because  in the UK, for example, the British intelligence agencies along with the CIA has for decades strived to ensure that the mainstream press and TV complied with the interests of the Establishment. In addition to making sure that the British left was subverted, infiltrated and made toothless, the mainstream media was molded by the intelligence agencies to parrot the Establishment’s viewpoints and aims.


The article reveals the tight-knit relationship between senior journalists and MI5:

MI5 targeted labour correspondents in both newspapers and broadcasting right up to the 80s; they were recruited in droves for their contacts with a wide range of trade union officials and with each other. According to Peter Wright, MI5 always had about twenty senior journalists working for it in the national press. “They were not employed directly by us, but we regarded them as agents because they were happy to be associated with us.”

As the national public service broadcaster funded by the state, special attention was paid to the BBC:

At the BBC, Brigadier Ronald Stonham liaised with MI5 and Special Branch and advised the corporation on whether or not to employ people. Names of applicants for editorial posts in the BBC were similarly ‘vetted’ by MI5.

From the article, it becomes clear were the elite thinks journalism’s loyalty should ultimately lie:

“There should be times when the journalist, when he’s examined all the facts and tested all his sources, should come down on the side of the government of the day, the established order and the Establishment as a whole.” - Chairman of the Radio Authority

And the working class in particular should certainly know its place (Toxteth is an urban district and is used here to signify the social unrest that gripped a number of British cities in the early eighties):

“We are in a period of considerable social change. There may be social unrest, but we can cope with the Toxteths… but if we have a highly-educated and idle population, we may possibly anticipate more serious conflict. People must be educated to once more know their place.” – from a secret Department of Education Report.

The article makes clear who the British Establishment regards as the ‘enemy within’ and what it perceives the role of the much-heralded ‘free press’ (much heralded by people belonging to this ‘free press’) to be.

With massive decreases in readership, however, the print media seems to be in terminal decline. The Establishment's grip on the control of information has been in danger of slipping as the internet has become a major vehicle for the dissemination of information.

The state-corporate-financial elite has presided over a bought and paid for mainstream media for some time. Now it is engaged in an ongoing strategy of global mass surveillance and a clamp down on internet freedom. The goal is to eventually have a fully controlled internet that mirrors the shackled ‘free press’ that the Establishment has for so long cherished. 

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NATO countries are to all intents and purposes at war with Russia. The US knows it and Russia knows it too. Unfortunately, most of those living in NATO countries remain blissfully ignorant of this fact.


The US initiated economic sanctions against Russia, has attacked its currency and has manipulated oil prices to devastate the Russian economy. It was behind the coup in Ukraine and is now escalating tensions by placing troops in Europe and supporting a bunch of neo-fascists that it brought to power. Yet the bought and paid for corporate media in the West keeps the majority of the Western public in ignorance by depicting Russia as the aggressor.


If the current situation continues, the outcome could be a devastating nuclear conflict. Washington poured five billion dollars into Ukraine with the aim of eventually instigating a coup on Russia’s doorstep. Washington and NATO are supporting proxy forces on the ground to kill and drive out those who are demanding autonomy from the US puppet regime in Kiev. Hundreds of thousands have fled across the border into Russia.

Yet it is Washington that accuses Moscow of invading Ukraine, of having had a hand in the downing of a commercial airliner and of ‘invading’ Ukraine based on no evidence at all – trial by media courtesy of Washington’s PR machine. As a result of this Russian ‘aggression’, Washington slapped sanctions on Moscow. 


The ultimate aim is to de-link Europe’s economy from Russia and weaken Russia's energy dependent economy by denying it export markets. The ultimate aim is to also ensure Europe remains integrated with/dependent on Washington, not least via the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and in the long term via US gas and Middle East oil (sold in dollars, thereby boosting the strength of the currency upon which US global hegemony rests).

The mainstream corporate media in the West parrots the accusations against Moscow as fact, despite Washington having cooked up evidence or invented baseless pretexts. As with Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and other ‘interventions’ that have left a trail of death and devastation in their wake, the Western corporate media’s role is to act as cheerleader for official policies and US-led wars of terror.

The reality is that the US has around 800 military bases in over 100 countries and military personnel in almost 150 countries. US spending on its military dwarfs what the rest of the world spends together. It outspends China by a ratio of 6:1.

What does the corporate media say about this? That the US is a ‘force for good’ and constitutes the ‘world’s policeman’ - not a calculating empire underpinned by militarism.

By the 1980s, Washington’s wars, death squads and covert operations were responsible for six million deaths in the ‘developing’ world. An updated figure suggests that figure is closer to ten million.

Breaking previous agreements made with Russia/the USSR, over the past two decades the US and NATO has moved into Eastern Europe and continues to encircle Russia and install missile systems aimed at it. It has also surrounded Iran with military bases. It is destabilising Pakistan and ‘intervening’ in countries across Africa to weaken Chinese trade and investment links and influence. It intends to eventually militarily ‘pivot’ towards Asia to encircle China.

William Blum has presented a long list of Washington’s crimes across the planet since 1945 in terms of its numerous bombings of countries, assassinations of elected leaders and destabilisations. No other country comes close to matching the scale of such criminality. Under the smokescreen of exporting ‘freedom and democracy’, the US has deemed it necessary to ignore international laws and carry out atrocities to further its geo-political interests across the globe.


Writing on AlterNet.org, Nicolas JS Davies says of William Blum’s book Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions since World War II: if you're looking for historical context for what you are reading or watching on TV about the coup in Ukraine, ‘Killing Hope’ will provide it.

Davies argues that the title has never been more apt as we watch the hopes of people from all regions of Ukraine being sacrificed on the same altar as those of people in Iran (1953); Guatemala(1954); Thailand (1957); Laos (1958-60); the Congo (1960); Turkey (1960, 1971 & 1980); Ecuador (1961 & 1963); South Vietnam (1963); Brazil (1964); the Dominican Republic (1963); Argentina (1963); Honduras (1963 & 2009); Iraq (1963 & 2003); Bolivia (1964, 1971 & 1980); Indonesia (1965); Ghana (1966); Greece (1967); Panama (1968 & 1989); Cambodia (1970); Chile (1973); Bangladesh (1975); Pakistan (1977); Grenada (1983); Mauritania (1984); Guinea (1984); Burkina Faso (1987); Paraguay (1989); Haiti (1991 & 2004); Russia (1993); Uganda (1996);and Libya (2011).


Davies goes on to say that the list above does not include a roughly equal number of failed coups, nor coups in Africa and elsewhere in which a US role is suspected but unproven.

The Project for a New American Century (PNAC) is a recipe for more of the same. The ultimate goal, based on the ‘Wolfowitz Doctrine, is to prevent any rival emerging to challenge Washington’s global hegemony and to secure dominance over the entire planet. Washington’s game plan for Russia is to destroy is as a functioning state or to permanently weaken it so it submits to US hegemony. While the mainstream media in the West set out to revive the Cold War mentality and demonise Russia, Washington believes it can actually win a nuclear conflict with Russia. It no longer regards nuclear weapons as a last resort but part of a conventional theatre of war and is willing to use them for pre-emptive strikes.

Washington is accusing Russia of violating Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty, while the US has its military, mercenary and intelligence personnel inside Ukraine. It is moreover putting troops in Poland, engaging in ‘war games’ close to Russia and has pushed through a ‘Russian anti-aggression’ act that portrays Russia as an aggressor in order to give Ukraine de facto membership of NATO and thus full military support, advice and assistance.

Washington presses ahead regardless as Russia begins to undermine dollar hegemony by trading oil and gas and goods in rubles and other currencies. And history shows that whenever a country threatens the dollar, the US does not idly stand by.

Unfortunately, most members of the Western public believe the lies being fed to them. This results from the corporate media amounting to little more than an extension of Washington’s propaganda arm. The PNAC, under the pretext of some bogus ‘war on terror’, is partly built on gullible, easily led public opinion, which is fanned by emotive outbursts from politicians and the media. We have a Pavlov’s dog public and media, which respond on cue to the moralistic bleating of politicians who rely on the public’s ignorance to facilitate war and conflict.

Former US Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst has spoken about the merits of the Kiev coup and the installation of an illegitimate government in Ukraine. Last year, he called the violent removal of Ukraine’s democratically elected government as enhancing democracy. Herbst displayed all of the arrogance associated with the ideology of US ‘exceptionalism’. He also displayed complete contempt for the public by spouting falsehoods and misleading claims about events taking place in Ukraine.


And now in Britain, the public is being subjected to the same kind of propaganda by the likes of Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond with his made-for-media sound bites about Russia being a threat to world peace:


"We are now faced with a Russian leader bent not on joining the international rules-based system which keeps the peace between nations, but on subverting it… We are in familiar territory for anyone over the age of about 50, with Russia's aggressive behaviour a stark reminder it has the potential to pose the single greatest threat to our security... Russia's aggressive behaviour a stark reminder it has the potential to pose the single greatest threat to our security." 

In a speech that could have come straight from the pen of some war mongering US neocon, the US’s toy monkey Hammond beats on cue the drum that signals Britain’s willingness to fall in line and verbally attack Putin for not acquiescing to US global hegemonic aims.


The anti-Russia propaganda in Britain is gathering pace. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said that Putin could repeat the tactics used to destabilise Ukraine in the Baltic states. He said that NATO must be ready for Russian aggression in “whatever form it takes.” He added that Russia is a “real and present danger.” Prior to this, PM David Cameron called on Europe to make clear to Russia that it faces economic and financial consequences for “many years to come” if it does not stop destabilising Ukraine. 


Members of the current administration are clearly on board with US policy and are towing the line, as did Blair before. And we know that his policy on Iraq was based on a pack of lies too.


If Putin is reacting in a certain way, it is worth wondering what the US response would be if Russia had put its missiles in Canada near the US border, had destabilised Mexico and was talking of putting missiles there too. To top it off, imagine if Russia were applying sanctions on the US for all of this ‘aggression’. 


What Russia is really guilty of is calling for a multi-polar world, not one dominated by the US. It’s a goal that most of humanity is guilty of. It is a world the US will not tolerate.


Herbst and his ilk would do well to contemplate their country’s record of wars and destabilisations, its global surveillance network that illegally spies on individuals and governments alike and its ongoing plundering of resources and countries supported by militarism, ‘free trade’ or the outright manipulation of every major market. Hammond, Fallon and Cameron would do well to remember this too. But like their US masters, their role is to feign amnesia and twist reality.


The media is dutifully playing its part well by keeping the public ignorant and misinformed.  A public that is encouraged to regard what is happening in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Afghanistan and Libya, etc, as a confusing, disconnected array of events in need of Western intervention based on bogus notions of ‘humanitarianism’ or a ‘war on terror’, rather than the planned machinations of empire which includes a global energy war and the associated preservation and strengthening of the petro-dollar system.


Eric Zuesse has been writing extensively on events in Ukraine for the last year. His articles have been published on various sites like Countercurrents, Global Research and RINF, but despite his attempts to get his numerous informative and well-researched pieces published in the mainstream media, he has by and large hit a brick wall (he describes this here). 


This is because the corporate media have a narrative and the truth does not fit into it. If this tells us anything it is that sites like the one you are reading this particular article on are essential for informing the public about the reality of the aggression that could be sleepwalking the world towards humanity’s final war. And while the mainstream media might still be 'main', in as much as that is where most people still turn to for information, there is nothing to keep the alternative web-based media from becoming 'mainstream'. 


Whether it involves Eric's virtually daily pieces or articles by other writers, the strategy must be to tweet, share and repost! Or as Binu Mathew from the India-based Countercurrents website says:


"It is for those who want to nurture these alternative communication channels to spread the word to tell the world about these avenues. 'Each one reach one, each one teach one' can be a good way to sum up."



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