Monday, May 27, 2019
Home Search

Dictatorship - search results

If you're not happy with the results, please do another search
video

Video: ‘What kind of dictatorship is this?’ Caracas cops caught on cam protecting Guaido...

US-backed Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaido, came to Caracas seeking to be arrested, but the provocation failed and he ended up being guarded by...
video

Video: US creating international dictatorship – ex-President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to former President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about the current state of the Iranian Nuclear Deal...
video

Video: Yellow Vests spokesperson arrested in Paris as protesters chant ‘dictatorship’

YellowVests #LesGiletsJaunes Eric Drouet, the spokesperson and one of the leaders of the Yellow Vests anti-government movement, was arrested during a ... Via Youtube
video

Video: As Brazil’s Bolsonaro Takes Office, Opponents Warn of Regressive Policies & Threat of...

https://democracynow.org - Far-right former Army Captain Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as president of Brazil on New Year's Day. His election marks the most...

Mass Protests Bring Togo to the Brink of Ending 50 Years of Dictatorship

Hundreds of thousands took to the streets of cities across the West African country of Togo on December 8, as part of a recently...
video

Video: 8% of Germans are OK with dictatorship… under certain ‘circumstances’

Many Germans have been calling for Merkel to step down from her role as chancellor as early as next year. That's in response to...

Brazil: Bolsonaro Towards a Military Dictatorship

   Jair Bolsonaro                   Fernando Haddad One week before the second round of voting in Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, the extreme...

Has America Become a Dictatorship

video

Video: Could Brazil Return to a Dictatorship? Glenn Greenwald on Possible Election of Far-Right...

https://democracynow.org - Voters in Brazil head to the polls on Sunday in an election that could reshape the political landscape of South America. Polls...

Security, Safety, Security! Dictatorship by Democracy

The other day, checking in at a European airport for an international flight, within about an hour it took to deposit my luggage, going...

China’s ‘Digital Dictatorship’… and Ours

China’s “social credit” system is widely viewed as a kind of “digital dictatorship,” where not only does illegal or anti-social behavior result in lower...

Why America Is a Dictatorship

Eric Zuesse America is a country in which dollars count far more than voters do, and that’s what all of the data shows. And that’s...

How a Free Market Inevitably Produces Dictatorship

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Who rules the land? A deeper and truer version of this question is: What rules the land? Is it...

The Dictatorship Over America: How It Functions

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Democrats have won the national vote in six of the last seven presidential elections, which, with the retirement of...

French Thought Police and the Creeping Dictatorship of Virtue – Consortiumnews

A new French law to combat so-called “fake news” fits in all too well with the growing establishment campaign to...
video

Video: Dilma Rousseff: The Rise of Brazil’s Far Right Threatens Democratic Gains Since End...

https://democracynow.org - The imprisonment of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has shaken up this year's presidential election. Lula is the front-runner...

US families illegally adopted 100s of Chilean children during Pinochet dictatorship — RT US...

A bombshell report by the Chilean judiciary has revealed that hundreds of children illegally adopted by...

Polls Increasingly Confirming that America Is a Dictatorship

Eric Zuesse Gallup headlined on December 18th, “Americans View Government as Nation's Top Problem in 2017”. Their report made clear that though this finding was...

Americans Are Only Now Beginning to Learn that We Live in a Dictatorship

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The first time when it became clear to me that I live in a dictatorship was in 2014 when...
video

Video: ‘Worst attacks’ since Franco’s dictatorship – Catalan leader on Madrid’s steps toward direct...

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has slammed Madrid's decision to impose direct rule on Barcelona as "the worst attack against the institutions and the ... Via...

‘We don’t live in China!’ Theresa May’s online counterterrorism plans likened to dictatorship

Theresa May’s plan to impose fines on Google, Facebook, and other web giants if they...
video

Video: Part 2: Dilma Rousseff on Her Ouster, Brazil’s Political Crisis & Fighting Dictatorship

https://democracynow.org - As Brazil is engulfed by a political crisis, we are joined in studio for an extended exclusive interview by Brazil's former President...
video

Video: Part 1: Dilma Rousseff on Her Ouster, Brazil’s Political Crisis & Fighting Dictatorship

https://democracynow.org - As Brazil is engulfed by a political crisis, we are joined in studio for an extended exclusive interview by Brazil's former President...
video

Video: Is Turkey Becoming a Dictatorship?: Erdogan Claims Victory in Vote to Give President...

http://democracynow.org - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed victory in Sunday's referendum over whether to give sweeping powers to the ... Via Youtube
video

Video: Rex Tillerson Fails to Acknowledge Concerns over Turkey’s Slide Toward Dictatorship in Ankara...

http://democracynow.org - As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Turkey this week, we look at how he has failed to raise concerns that...

Is Trump on the Path to Dictatorship?

Photo by Ninian Reid | CC BY 2.0 Dictators always need to justify the concentration of power within themselves.   Josef Stalin, for example, argued that...

Alex Salmond on RT UK banking woes: ‘It’s what tin-pot dictatorships would do’

The closure of RT’s British accounts by a UK majority-state-owned bank would be something one might expect from a “tin pot dictatorship, not a...

The US Presidency Is a Dictatorship

For all the hand-wringing about the threat to liberty and constitutional government posed by the major party presidential candidates, there is little discussion of...
video

Video: Inside the EU Dictatorship: live-stream the Cartels that control EU Machine – Yanis...

Yanis Varoufakis: 'The cartel running Europe's disintegrating economy is making it up as they go along' ... Via Youtube

The Dictatorship of the Lawyers

Let’s start with some stats. The District of Columbia has the densest concentration of lawyers in the world. If you factor in the fact...

Imperial Blues: On Whitewashing Dictatorship in the 21st Century

Gino Santa Maria | Shutterstock.com    “For goodness sakes, this is the 21st century. We’ve got to get over what happened 50, 100, 200 years ago and let’s...

U.S., UK, and EU, Are Now Dictatorships

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org How can it be that in virtually all of the U.S. Presidential-candidate head-to-head Democratic versus Republican polling that was done...

Ralph Nader: Trump ‘slanderous’ & Clinton winning by ‘dictatorship’

Five-time former presidential candidate and activist Ralph Nader has said Hillary Clinton is winning the Democratic...

The American Dictatorship

Eric Zuesse Even for the post of U.S. President, the preferences of the American people have only a marginal, if any, impact upon the selection...

Turkey’s Path to Dictatorship

Throttling Turkey’s democracy, President Erdogan seized an opposition newspaper that dared reveal his clandestine arming of jihadists seeking to overthrow...
video

Video: Intl community let Saddam, Gaddafi, Saudi dictatorships flourish: Cardboard Citizens CEO

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P1o4e4fATs&w=580&h=385] Full interivew: https://youtu.be/_HHWbhpOpkE From the fantastical and improbable, to the introspective and analytical - theatre is often considered a diversion ... Via Youtube

The impending fall of Saudi Arabia dictatorship

While the Saud family enjoys the last few moments of its dictatorship, the decapitation of the leader of the opposition, Nimr al-Nimr, deprives half...

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...

Ukraine’s ‘Democratic’ Dictatorship

The media narrative about Ukraine — that the “Maiden revolution” was a democratic European-values oriented revolt against a tyrannical Russian-controlled puppet — has always been a...

The TPP Will Finish What Chile’s Dictatorship Started

This September 11th will be the forty-second anniversary of the US-backed coup against the democratically-elected Chilean government, led by the Socialist Salvador Allende, kicking off...

The Constitution of the EU’s Dictatorship

Eric Zuesse It’s here: http://www.esm.europa.eu/pdf/ESM Treaty consolidated 13-03-2014.pdf That’s the treaty establishing (which was originally done in 2012) the ultimate lending-fund for what the EU now officially...

The USA has become a totalitarian dictatorship

The United States has devolved into a “soft-core totalitarian dictatorship” and other nations should begin to disassociate from it, according to an American activist...

Neo-Nazis Travelling to Ukraine to Fight Against “Separatists” and Establish a “Fascist Dictatorship”

According to reports neo-Nazis from Sweden, Bulgaria and Hungary are travelling to Ukraine to join it’s fight against its own citizens in the East: “They are fighting with...

Memo on drone killings of US citizens makes case for presidential dictatorship

Barry Grey The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday released a redacted version of the hitherto secret Obama administration memo arguing...

UK tax office unlawfully hid export data of cyber-espionage tech to dictatorships

The UK's tax office acted in "irrationally" and unlawfully, according to the UK High Court, after it systematically refused to discuss the status of...

CIA torture and the threat of dictatorship

Patrick Martin RINF Alternative News Only one conclusion can be drawn from the report published in theWashington Post Tuesday giving grisly details of CIA torture of prisoners...

Mass Protests Grow as Military Drags Egypt Back to Dictatorship

The military-dominated regime that seized power in Egypt in July 2013 has escalated its attacks on freedom and democracy in the country. A series...

“Democratic Dictatorship”: The Transition towards Authoritarian Rule in America

Dr. Robert P. Abele RINF Alternative News As must appear self-evident to both historians and astute observers by now, the United States, in its history, has...

10 Steps to Dictatorship in Haiti

At great personal risk Haitians demonstrated massively in cities throughout the country on September 30 and October 17, calling for President Michel Martelly to...

John Kerry Honors Military Dictatorship and Totalitarian Monarchy as Examples of Progress Toward Democracy

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable. He, and the president who appointed him, managed...

Taking on Capitalism, US Torture and Dictatorships, Costa-Gavras on Decades of Political Filmmaking

Costa-Gavras joins us for the hour to discuss a nearly 50-year career that has earned him the reputation as one of the world's greatest...

Precedent for Dictatorship

Preliminaries: US Geopolitics, Capitalism, Syria Obama's movement toward war, simultaneously making a pitch to Congress, as though going through the motions for the sake of...

No to war and dictatorship!

  SEP and IYSSE public meetings ...

Obama Reveals His Dictatorship – Paul Craig Roberts

Obama Reveals His Dictatorship the isolation of America Paul Craig Roberts Washington preens itself on being “the world’s greatest democracy.” Washington uses the claim that it is...

Obama Reveals His Dictatorship – Paul Craig Roberts

Obama Reveals His Dictatorship the isolation of America Paul Craig Roberts Washington preens itself on being “the world’s greatest democracy.” Washington uses the claim that it is spreading democracy as a justification for its naked aggression–a clear and unambiguous war crime–against other countries. Washington cloaks its illegality in democratic rhetoric despite the obvious fact that…

The post Obama Reveals His Dictatorship — Paul Craig Roberts appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

Egypt’s Transition Has Failed: New Age of Military Dictatorship in Wake of Massacre

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/egypts_transition_has_failed_new_age_of_military_dictatorship_in_wake_of_ma/ Posted on Aug 15, 2013 ...

Mugabe victory in Zimbabwe: Dictatorship or Decolonization?

With another 5 years in power, Mugabe promises to expand his “indigenization” policy, whose failure would beget a drying up of foreign investment and increased economic isolation. After Robert Mugabe has secured another five-year term as president of Zimbabwe, his self-empowerment policy, which gives black Zimbabweans a 51 percent stake in all existing foreign owned businesses, will hopefully inspire a regional shift towards pro-indigenization policies. 

Few modern African leaders have been both so passionately supported and endlessly condemned as President Robert Mugabe, an ardent nationalist and black liberation figure who has ruled Zimbabwe since its independence in 1980. Despite the hardships and crippling hyperinflation brought on by Western sanctions as a result of ethnically polarizing land reform policies, Mugabe’s legacy as the country’s national liberator – as the man who laid down the core demands for national independence, and won – provokes an intense national fervor that has secured his victory in every election. 

It wasn’t so long ago that every inch of Zimbabwe, once known as “Rhodesia” after the British mining magnet Cecil Rhodes, was owned by a clique of white colonialists who made up 4.3 percent of the population. The masses of black Africans were brutally enslaved and forced to live under punishing exploitation, while Zimbabwe’s land and natural resources were taken violently and divided amongst European settlers. The landslide victory of Mugabe in late July 2013 elections suggests that much of the population views him as the answer to the post-independence “black man's burden” – reaping meager profits from resources exploited by multinationals while continuing to be subservient to non-Africans who monopolize the continent’s most arable land.

Read the full story on RT.com

Nile Bowie is a Malaysia-based political analyst and a columnist with Russia Today. He also contributes to PressTV, Global Research, and CounterPunch. He can be reached at nilebowie@gmail.com.

Kerry boosts Egyptian military dictatorship

  By ...

The Detroit bankruptcy and the drive toward dictatorship

  2 August 2013 ...

Ron Paul on U.S. Dictatorships, Foreign and Domestic

Infowars.comJuly 30, 2013 On Friday, July 26, 2013, Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul appeared on...

A socialist program against war, austerity and the drive to dictatorship

  SEP election meetings ...

American police now “Israeli-DHS trained,” precursor to dictatorship

presstv.irJuly 4, 2013 As part of this training, there is an increased move to use of...

Egyptian Protesters Blame Obama For Morsi Dictatorship

Images seldom broadcast on mainstream media networks reveal a wave of anti-Obama fervor has gripped Egypt as demonstrators blame the White House for helping to install Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who could be toppled later today.

Against Neocon Dictatorship

   Standard Podcast Hide Player | Play in Popup | Download Ron Paul talks to LewRockwell about these enemies of freedom. Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Ron Paul News Ron Paul’s Homeschool Curriculum Ron Paul’s facebook page Ron Paul Archives Ron Paul Podcasts The Ron Paul File        

Against Neocon Dictatorship

379. Against Neocon Domination On June 28, 2013, In Podcast, By editor ...

The American Dictatorship

by Fred Reed ...

No to Orr and the bankers’ dictatorship!For a working class and socialist alternative to...

  Statement of D’Artagnan CollierSocialist Equality Party...

The Inauguration of Police State USA. Towards a Democratic Dictatorship?

Author’s Note The following article first published in January of 2012 focuses on an important piece of legislation (National Defense Authorization Act “NDAA (HR 1540)....

Ron Paul: ‘When you have a dictatorship… truth becomes treasonous’

“Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.” Adan SalazarInfowars.comJune 11, 2013 Former Congressman Ron...

Ron Paul: ‘When you have a dictatorship… truth becomes treasonous’

“Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.” Adan Salazar Infowars.com June 11, 2013 Former Congressman Ron Paul offered up a heaping portion...

Tunisia’s Unfinished Revolution: From Dictatorship to Democracy?

On January 14, 2011, Tunisia’s 23-year long dictator Ben Ali fled the country he ruled over in the face of a popular uprising which began the previous month. Tunisia represented the spark of what became known as the ‘Arab Spring.’ Over two years later, Tunisians are back in the streets protesting against the new government, elected in October of 2011, now on the verge of collapse as ministers resign, protests increase, clashes erupt, violence flares, and the future remains unknown.

So the question lingers: what went wrong? What happened? Why are Tunisians back in the streets? Is this Tunisia’s “unfinished revolution”?

The Spark

Tunisia had been ruled by President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from 1987 until the revolution in 2011, a regime marred by corruption, despotism, and repression. While the revolution itself is generally traced to the self immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26-year old street vendor in the city of Sidi Bouzid, on December 17, 2010, leading to protests and clashes which spread across the country, there was a longer timeline – and other profound changes – which led to the actual revolutionary potential.

Tunisia’s revolution was largely driven by economic reasons, though political and social issues should not be underestimated. Tunisia has a recent history of labour unrest in the country, with the General Union of Tunisian Workers – UGTT – having led protests which were violently repressed in 1978, bread riots in 1984, and more labour unrest in the mining region of Gafsa in 2008. There were also a number of political clashes from the 1990s onward, between the state and the Islamic movement an-Nahda (Ennahda). After the UGTT was repressed in 1978, it was permitted to exist in co-operation with the state, following along the lines of labour and union history within the West itself. While the state felt it had a firm control of Tunisian society, there were growing divides with the youth, who for years would lead their own protests against the state through human rights organizations, the General Union of Tunisian Students (UGET), or other associations.[1]

Within Tunisia, a crisis had emerged among young graduates in higher education from the mid-1990s onward, with a serious lack of employment opportunities for an increasingly educated youth. From this period up until the revolution, most protests in Tunisia were organized by youth in university organizations and student unions, using tactics such as sit-ins, chaining themselves to buildings, or hunger strikes, which were often met with state violence. Suicide had become another tactic of protest, “a political manifesto to highlight a political demand and to underline the social fragility it implies,” in the words of Mehdi Mabrouk from the University of Tunis. This was understood as the “emergence of a culture of suicide,” identified in a study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as “a culture which disdained the value of life, finding death an easier alternative because of a lack of values and a sense of anomie,” which was “particularly true of unemployed and marginal youth, so that death was more attractive than life under such conditions.”[2] It was within this context that Mohamed Bouazizi’s suicide became the spark for the wider protests, first in Sidi Bouzid, and quickly spreading across the country, with youth leading the way.

With the help of social media, like Facebook and Twitter, the youth activists in Sidi Bouzid were able to share their revolt with the rest of the country and the world, encouraging the spread of the uprising across Tunisia and the Arab world at large. A relative of Bouazizi described the protesters as having “a rock in one hand, a cell phone in the other.” Thus, while Tunisian media ignored the protests in Sidi Bouzid, international media and social media became increasingly involved. Tunisia had 3.6 million internet users, roughly a third of the population, who had access to live news about what was taking place within their country, even though the official national news media did not mention the events until 29 December 2010, twelve days after the protests had begun. The government began to arrest bloggers and web activists in the hopes that the protests would fade or diminish in fear, yet it only motivated the protests further. From the first day, the Sidi Bouzid branch of the General Union of Tunisian Workers (UGTT) was engaged in the protests, while the national leadership of the UGTT was considered to be too close to the regime and national ruling class to act independently. However, the regional branches of the UGTT had “a reputation for gutsy engagement,” wrote Yasmine Ryan in Al-Jazeera. The Sidi Bouzid branch of UGTT was one of the main organizing forces behind the protests, and when protesters were killed in neighbouring regions, it erupted nation-wide. Thus, students, teachers, lawyers, and the unemployed joined together in protest first in Sidi Bouzid, and then across the country.[3]

Dictatorship or Democracy?

Tunisia happened to be a “model US client” in the words of Richard Falk: “a blend of neoliberalism that is open to foreign investment, cooperation with American anti-terrorism by way of extreme rendition of suspects, and strict secularism that translates into the repression of political expression.”[4]

Just in line with the closest of American and Western allies – and ‘clients’ – in the region, the strategy for the West is one of unyielding support for the dictatorship, so long as “stability” and “prosperity” and ensured. The term “security” is a euphemism for control of the population, while “prosperity” is a euphemism for economic exploitation and profit for the rich few, domestically and globally.

American attitudes toward Tunisia were often reflected in diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks, in which as early as 2006 the U.S. Embassy in Tunis reported that the issue of succession from Ben Ali was important, but concluded that, “none of the options suggest Tunisia will become more democratic,” however, despite US rhetoric for support of democracy, the cable noted, “the US-Tunisian bilateral relationship is likely to remain unaffected by the departure of Ben Ali,” that is, assuming the departure does not include a transition to democratic government. If problems arose for Ben Ali, and he became “temporarily incapacitated,” reported the U.S. Embassy, “he could turn over a measure of presidential authority to Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi,” who had close ties to the West and Americans, in particular.[5] Ghannounchi, incidentally, was implanted as the interim president following Ben Ali’s escape to Saudi Arabia in January 2011, though shortly thereafter had to resign due to popular opposition, since he was a high official in Ben Ali’s government.

In July of 2009, a diplomatic cable from the American Embassy in Tunis noted that Tunisia is “troubled,” and that, “many Tunisians are frustrated by the lack of political freedom and angered by First Family corruption, high unemployment and regional inequities.” The Ambassador noted that while America seeks to enhance ties with Tunisia commercially and militarily, there are also major setbacks, as “we have been blocked, in part, by a Foreign Ministry that seeks to control all our contacts in the government and many other organizations.” America had successfully accomplished a number of goals, such as “increasing substantially US assistance to the military,” and “strengthening commercial ties,” yet, “we have also had too many failures.” The same cable noted: “Tunisia is a police state, with little freedom of expression or association, and serious human rights problems.” Ben Ali’s regime relies “on the police for control and focus[es] on preserving power,” while “corruption in the inner circle is growing.” The Embassy noted, however, that with “high unemployment and regional inequalities” in the country, “the risks to the regime’s long-term stability are increasing.”[6]

So how did the United States seek to preserve “stability”? Imperial powers do what they do best: provide the means to continue repression and control. Between 1987, when Ben Ali came to power and 2009, the United States provided the government of Tunisia with a total of $349 million in military aid.[7] In 2010, the United States provided Tunisia with $13.7 million in military aid alone.[8]

Tunisia, which was a former French colony, also had strong relations with France. During the outbreak of the crisis in December of 2010, the French suggested they would help Ben Ali by sending security forces to Tunisia to “resolve the situation” in a show of “friendship” to the regime.[9] The French foreign minister suggested that France could provide better training to Tunisian police to restore order since the French were adept in “security situations of this type.” Jacques Lanxade, a retired French admiral, former military chief of staff and former French ambassador to Tunis noted that the French had “continued public support of this regime because of economic interests,” and added: “We didn’t take account of Tunisian public opinion and thought Ben Ali would re-establish his position.”[10]

This imperial logic has been given terms and justifications from establishment intellectuals and academics in the United States and other Western powers. Academics with the Brookings Institution, an influential U.S. think tank, suggested in 2009 that this was the logic of “authoritarian bargains,” in which dictatorships in the region were able to maintain power through a type of “bargain,” where “citizens relinquish political influence in exchange for public spending,” suggesting that: “non-democratic rulers secure regime support through the allocation of two substitutable ‘goods’ to the public: economic transfers and the ability to influence policy making.”[11]

In 2011, those same academics wrote an article for the Brookings Institution in which they asked if the “Arab authoritarian bargain” was collapsing, noting that as economic conditions deteriorated and unemployment rose, with neoliberal reforms failing to provide economic opportunities for the majority of the populations, the bargain – or “contract” – between dictators and the populations was “now collapsing,” adding that, “the strategies used by Arab leaders to maintain power may have run their course,” noting: “Partial political liberalization may not be enough at this point to make up for the current inability to deliver economic security and prosperity, spelling the final demise of Arab authoritarian bargain.”[12]

F. Gregory Gause III, writing in Foreign Affairs, the establishment journal of the Council on Foreign Relations, the most prominent foreign policy think tank in the United States, referred to this as “authoritarian stability” theory. Following the initial Arab Spring uprisings, he wrote about the “myth” of authoritarian stability, noting that many academics had focused on trying to understand “the persistence of undemocratic rulers” in the region, though implicitly without questioning the imperial relations between the local governments and the dominant Western powers. Gause himself acknowledged that he had written an article for Foreign Affairs in 2005 in which he argued that, “the United States should not encourage democracy in the Arab world because Washington’s authoritarian Arab allies represented stable bets for the future,” and that, “democratic Arab governments would prove much less likely to cooperate with U.S. foreign policy goals in the region.” Gause then reflected in 2011 that, “I was spectacularly wrong.”[13]

Marwan Muasher is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, a prominent American think tank, and was previously foreign minister and deputy prime minister in the Jordanian dictatorship. Following events in Tunisia, Muasher wrote an article for the Carnegie Endowment in which he explained why the events were not foreseen, noting that: “The traditional argument put forward in and out of the Arab world is that there is nothing wrong, everything is under control.” Thus, wrote Muasher, “entrenched forces argue that opponents and outsiders calling for reform are exaggerating the conditions on the ground,” an argument which he noted, “has been fundamentally undermined by the unfolding events in Tunisia.” Because Tunisia had comparably low economic problems, a small opposition, and a “strong security establishment,” it was thought that “the risk of revolt was considered low.” Muasher wrote: “It wasn’t supposed to happen in Tunisia and the fact that it did proves that fundamental political reforms – widening the decision-making process and combating corruption – are needed around the entire Arab world.”[14]

This concept of “there is nothing wrong, everything is under control,” has been referred to by Noam Chomsky as the “Muasher doctrine,” noting that this has been consistent U.S. policy in the region since at least 1958, when Eisenhower’s National Security Council acknowledged that the US supported dictators and opposed democracy, and that this was a rational policy to serve American interests in the region.[15]

The National Security Council document stated that the Middle East was “of great strategic, political, and economic importance to the Free World,” meaning the West, and United States in particular, and this was largely due to the fact that the region “contains the greatest petroleum resources in the world.” Thus, the National Security Council stated, “it is in the security interest of the United States to make every effort to insure that these resources will be available and will be used for strengthening the Free World.” The document further wrote that: “In the eyes of the majority of Arabs the United States appears to be opposed to the realization of the goals of Arab nationalism,” and that the people in that part of the world “believe the United States is seeking to protect its interest in Near East oil by supporting the status quo and opposing political or economic progress,” which included US support for “reactionary” regimes and America’s “colonial” allies in Europe, notably France and Great Britain. These beliefs, the report noted, were indeed accurate, that “our economic and cultural interests in the area have led… to close U.S. relations with elements in the Arab world whose primary interest lies in the maintenance of relations with the West and the status quo in their countries.”[16]

Acknowledging this, the NSC document stated that instead of “attempting merely to preserve the status quo,” the United States should “seek to guide the revolutionary and nationalistic pressures throughout the area into orderly channels which will not be antagonistic to the West and which will contribute to solving the internal social, political and economic problems of the area.” Though this would of course include providing “military aid to friendly countries to enhance their internal security and governmental stability,” which essentially amounted to maintaining the status quo. The same document also added that, “we cannot exclude the possibility of having to use force in an attempt to maintain our position in the area.”[17]

And so then we come up to present day, where the United States maintains the same policy, as Chomsky suggested, “the Muasher doctrine” of “there is nothing wrong, everything is under control.” But everything is clearly no longer under control, and there are many things that clearly are wrong. Just as the 1958 National Security Council document suggested guiding “revolutionary and nationalistic pressures” into “orderly channels which will not be antagonistic to the West,” so too were US planners in recent years seeking to do the same.

Top US policy planners at the Council on Foreign Relations produced a report – and strategic blueprint – for the United States to follow in 2005, entitled, In Support of Arab Democracy: Why and How, co-chaired by former Clinton-era Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who sits on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, and chair of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. The other co-chair of the Task Force report was Vin Weber, former Congressman and member of the board of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a US-government-supported organization promoting state-capitalist “liberal” democracy around the world, so long as it aligns with U.S. strategic interests. Other members of the Task Force which produced the report held previous or present affiliations with First National Bank of Chicago, Occidental Petroleum, the Carnegie Endowment, the World Bank, Brookings Institution, Hoover Institution, the U.S. State Department, National Security Council, National Intelligence Council, the American Enterprise Institute, the IMF, AOL-Time Warner, and Goldman Sachs.[18] In short, the report was produced by no less than a select group of America’s strategic and intellectual elite.

Published in 2005, the report suggested that “democracy and freedom have become a priority” for the United States in the Middle East, though there are conditions to Washington’s ability and interest in promoting these concepts: “First, does a policy of promoting democracy serve U.S. interests and foreign policy goals? Second, if so, how should the United States implement such a policy, taking into account the full range of its interests?” To the first question, the report suggested that it was in the U.S. interest to promote democracy in the Arab world, noting: “Although democracy entails certain inherent risks, the denial of freedom carries much more significant long-term dangers. If Arab citizens are able to express grievances freely and peacefully, they will be less likely to turn to more extreme measures.”[19] However, as the report noted: “the United States should promote the development of democratic institutions and practices over the long term, mindful that democracy cannot be imposed from the outside and that sudden, traumatic change is neither necessary nor desirable.” Most importantly, the report suggested: “America’s goal in the Middle East should be to encourage democratic evolution, not revolution.”[20]

The United States was not interested in rapid change, since, the report argued, “if Washington pushes Arab leaders too hard on reform, contributing to the collapse of friendly Arab governments, this would likely have a deleterious effect on regional stability, peace, and counterterrorism operations.” The report itself concluded: “While transitions to democracy can lead to instability in the short term, the Task Force finds that a policy geared toward maintaining the authoritarian status quo in the Middle East poses greater risks to U.S. interests and foreign policy goals.”[21]

Thus, when it comes to the issue of choosing between supporting a “dictatorship” or “democracy,” the issue is one of interest: which regime supports U.S. and Western interests better? In the short-term, dictatorships provide “authoritarian stability” and maintain control, however, in the long-term, a transition to a Western-style democratic system allows for less pressure built up against the system, and against the West itself. Dictatorships provide short-term “stability” (i.e., control), while top-down democracies provide long-term “stability.” The question, then, is merely of managing a transition from one to the other, no small task for an imperial power: how to maintain support for a dictator while encouraging the slow evolution of democratic governance.

The issue of “democracy” is further complicated by how it is defined or pursued. For the United States and its Western allies, “democracy” is not the goal, but rather a means to a goal. The goal is, always has been, and always will be, “stability and prosperity,” control and profit. When the dictatorships fail to bring about stability and prosperity, “democracy” – so long as it is constructed along Western liberal state-capitalist lines – will be the preferred option. The European Union, when reporting on its own efforts to promote democracy in the Mediterranean region, noted that, “we believe that democracy, good governance, rule of law, and gender equality are essential for stability and prosperity.”[22] In other words, democracy is not the goal: control and profit is the goal. The means are merely incidental, whether they be through dictatorships, or top-down democratic structures.

The problem in the Arab world is deepened for the United States when one looks at public opinion polls from the region. Just prior to the outbreak of protests in Tunisia, a major Western poll on Arab public opinion was conducted by the University of Maryland and Zogby International, published in the summer of 2010. The results were very interesting, noting that only 5% and 6% of respondents in 2010 believed that “promoting democracy” and “spreading human rights” were the two factors (respectively) which were most important in America’s foreign policy in the region. At the top of the list of priorities, with 49% and 45% respectively, were “protecting Israel” and “controlling oil,” followed by 33% each for “weakening the Muslim world” and “preserving regional and global dominance.” Further, 92% of respondents felt that Iran has a right to its nuclear program if it is peaceful, and 70% feel that right remains even if Iran is seeking nuclear weapons. Roughly 57% of respondents felt that if Iran acquired nuclear weapons, things would be “more positive” for the region, compared to 21% who thought it would be “more negative.” The poll asked which two countries posed the largest threat to the region, with Israel at 88% and the United States at 77%, while Iran was viewed as one of the two major threats to the region by only 10% of respondents, just above China and equal to Algeria.[23]

In other words, if truly representative – or genuine – democracies emerged in the region, they would be completely counter to U.S. strategic interests in the region, and thus, real democracy in the Arab world is not in the American interest. This makes the American strategic interests in the transitions of the ‘Arab Spring’ all the more important to attempt to manage and control. Genuine democracy would bring an end to American and Western hegemony, yet, the “Muasher doctrine” of “everything is under control” has failed in the case of both Tunisia and Egypt. What then, is left for Western interests?

Tunisia’s Transition to “Democracy”

Immediately following Ben Ali’s departure from Tunisia to Saudi Arabia, the land of exiled dictators, a “caretaker” government was quickly established in order to “lead the transition to democracy.” Mohamed Ghannouchi, Ben Ali’s prime minister (and the American favourite to replace him), helped to form a “unity” government, but after one day of existence, four opposition members quit the government, including three ministers from the UGTT trade union, saying they had “no confidence” in a government full of members from Ben Ali’s regime. Hundreds of people, led by trade unionists, took to the streets in protest against the transitional government.[24]

Six members from Ben Ali’s regime appeared in the “unity” government, presided over by the former Parliamentary Speaker Fouad Mebazaa. Ghannouchi stepped down in late February following popular opposition to his participation in the “unity” government, though he was replaced by Ben Ali’s former foreign minister.[25] In February of 2011, the United States offered “military training” to Tunisia in the follow-up to the planned elections for later in the year, to make Tunisia a “model” revolution for the Arab world.[26]

A public opinion poll conducted in Tunisia in May of 2011 revealed that there had been “a steep decline in confidence for the transition period,” noting that in March, a poll revealed that 79% of Tunisians believed the country was headed in the right direction, compared to only 46% who thought so in May. Roughly 73% of Tunisian’s felt that the economic situation was “somewhat bad or very bad,” and 93% of respondents said they were “very likely” to vote in coming elections.[27]

In October of 2011, Tunisians went to the polls for their first democratic election, “the first vote of the Arab spring.” The election was designed to elect an assembly which would be tasked with one mission: to draft a constitution before parliamentary elections. The An-Nadha (Ennahda) party, an Islamist party which was banned under Ben Ali, was expected to receive most of the votes, though most Tunisians felt guarded in terms of seeking to protect their “unfinished revolution.” Lawyers lodged complaints that in the nine months since Ben Ali fled Tunisia, torture and police brutality continued, while human rights activists noted that cronies from Ben Ali’s regime continued to dominate the corrupt judicial system. One human rights activist noted, “We are overwhelmed with cases of human rights abuses. You wouldn’t believe there had been a revolution… Torture is the way things are done, it’s systematic. They have not changed their practices at all,” referring to the police.[28]

On October 23, 2011, the Tunisian elections took place, with the Islamist party Ennahda winning 89 out of 217 seats, after which it joined with two secular parties to form a ruling coalition known as the ‘Troika.’ A year after the Troika had been in power, by October of 2012, Tunisians felt disheartened by the pace of the revolution. One young activist stated that, “They are failing on security, they are failing on the economy, and they are failing when it comes to liberties and rights… They have nothing to do with the revolution. They are completely disconnected.” Amnesty International even noted in October of 2012 that: “The authorities need to seize this historic opportunity and confront the painful legacy of abuse and violations of the pasty and enshrine in law and in practice universal human rights with the aim of making the rule of law a reality in the new Tunisia.”[29]

Rachid Ghannouchi, the party’s chairman (no relation to Mohammed Ghannouchi), said that Ennahda “pledges to continue working with our national partners towards building a national consensus that takes Tunisians forward towards the protection of their revolution and achievement of its aims.” Over the previous year, the opposition within Tunisia had time to develop better than it did prior to the October 2011 elections, with new parties and organizations emerging. One, a decidedly non-mainstream party, the Tunisian Pirate Party, advocates direct democracy and freedom of expression, with its leader stating, “The classic political parties are trying to buy and sell people. The youth of Tunisia, we refuse this masquerade, this system… All they want is power, they don’t listen to us. They have betrayed the people.” On the other hand, the government was facing increasing pressure not only from the left opposition, but from the more conservative Salafists, ultra-conservative Islamists, who reject democracy and want Ennahda to take a firm grip on power.[30]

At the time of Ben Ali’s overthrow, Tunisia had an unemployment rate of 13%, but by the end of 2011 it had risen to 18%, where it remains to this day, and was as high as 44% among young university graduates. Strikes, sit-ins, and protests had continued throughout 2012, and with 800,000 unemployed Tunisians, some were looking to new avenues for answers. The Salafists were providing poor young people with a different path. A former director at Tunisia’s UGTT trade union noted, “Salafism taps its social base into a pool of often deprived people inhabiting the so-called poverty belts surrounding inner cities… The rise of salafism is a socio-economic phenomenon before being a religious one.” Salafists call for a strict enforcement of religious law, and have taken part in protests which shout anti-Semitic and homophobic chants at times, leading many to fear the potential for women’s rights as well as those of various minority groups.[31]

Salafists have also been linked to attacks on individuals and groups, opposition meetings and organizations. When complaints are made to the Ennahda government’s police forces, little is done to address the issues to persecute crimes. Human Rights Watch noted: “There is an unwillingness or an inability to arrest individuals… People have been attacked by people they identify as Salafis; they file a complaint to the judicial police, and in many cases the guy is never arrested.”[32]

The Obama administration sought to contribute to the “stability” of the new regime in Tunisia by providing $32 million in military aid from January of 2011 to spring of 2012.[33] An American General and head of the U.S. Africom (Africa Command) noted that on top of the military aid, the United States was continuing to train Tunisian soldiers, having already trained 4,000 in the previous decade.[34] It would appear to be no less than the Muasher Doctrine with a difference face.

Clashes have increased between opposition parties and trade unionists with pro-government supporters as well as Salafists. In October of 2012, an opposition figure died after clashes between his supporters and pro-government forces calling themselves the League for the Protection of the Revolution.[35] On December 17, 2012, at an event commemorating the two-year anniversary of the protests that began the revolution, angry protesters hurled rocks at the Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki and the parliamentary speaker in Sidi Bouzid. As the president and speaker were hustled away by security forces, protesters chanted, “the people want the fall of the government.”[36]

By December of 2012, it was clear that the frustration of Tunisians unsatisfied with the failure of the subsequent governments to meet their demands was “starting to overflow again.” In late November, the government had even sent troops to Siliana following four days of protests spurred on by demands for jobs and government investment. President Moncef Marzouki stated that, “Tunisia today is at a crossroads,” though admitted that the government had not “met the expectations of the people.” With unemployment remaining at 18%, a third of the unemployed being college graduates, one publishing company owner noted that, “Ben Ali ignored the blinking red lights on the economy, and that is what got him thrown out… The unemployed are an army in a country the size of Tunisia.” Since the revolution, the United States had provided Tunisia with $300 million, with the European Union providing $400 million, and the World Bank approving a $500 million loan, all in an attempt to prop up the new government, though it remained incapable of meeting the demands of its population.[37]

A poll conducted by the International Republic Institute was published in October of 2012, revealing that for Tunisians, “employment, economic development, and living standards were chosen most often as top priorities for the current government,” though 67% of respondents felt the country was moving in the “wrong direction.”[38] In another survey from late 2012, nearly half of Tunisians reported that they were “worse off” since prior to the revolution, with only 14% who felt their personal situation had improved. For Tunisians, the success of the revolution was defined more in terms of economic issues, with 32% stating that democracy “means the distribution of basic necessities – food, clothing, and shelter – to all citizens,” while 27% define democracy as the right to criticize leaders, compared to only 25% who defined it “as alteration of leaders through elections.”[39]

The Second Spark?

On February 6, 2013, a secular party leader and opposition figure, Chokri Belaid, a major critic of the Ennahda government, was assassinated outside of his home, shot in the head and neck, marking the first political assassination in Tunisia since the colonial period. Belaid was a major critic of the government’s failure to prosecute the criminal activities of violent religious groups linked to Salafists and pro-government forces.[40] His death triggered widespread protests, many of which turned violent as government forces dispersed them using tear gas, while Tunisia’s biggest union, the UGTT, called for a general strike. Many felt that Ennahda was responsible for his murder, if not directly then by failing to reign in the radical Islamists.[41]

On February 8, a general strike brought tens of thousands of Tunisians into the streets in protest and in mourning of Chokri Belaid. Belaid was a respected opposition figure, but also a prominent trade unionist and lawyer, and was “one of the most outspoken critics of the post-revolution coalition government led by the moderate Islamist Ennahda party.” The day before his assassination he had appeared on television criticizing the increased political violence in the country. One barrister noted during the protest, “not since colonial times in the early 1950s has Tunisia seen a clear political assassination in the street.” Many spoke out against the shadowy Leagues of the Protection of the Revolution, made up of small groups of men “who are accused of using thugs to stir clashes at opposition rallies and trade union gatherings.” Belaid was a prominent critic of these groups, which he had publicly condemned as being linked to the ruling Ennahda party, a claim the party denies.[42] The president of a Tunisian NGO, Jalila Hedhli-Peugnet, stated that Belaid “was not assassinated under the dictatorship of Ben Ali, now he is assassinated under the democracy of Ennahda.”[43]

Coincidentally, on the day of Belaid’s assassination, Human Rights Watch released a report raising concerns about Tunisia for “the slow pace in reforming security operations and the judiciary, the failure to investigate and prosecute physical assaults by people apparently affiliated with violent groups, and the prosecution of nonviolent speech offenses.” The worry for the region over two years since the Arab Spring began, reported HRW, was whether the new governments would respect human rights, which “will determine whether the Arab uprisings give birth to genuine democracy or simply spawn authoritarianism in new clothes.” Throughout 2012, the courts in Tunisia applied already-existing repressive laws of the Ben Ali dictatorship to persecute nonviolent speech which the government considered harmful to “values, morality, or the public order, or to defame the army.” Artists have been charged for sculpting artwork deemed “harmful to public order and morals,” while two bloggers received prison terms of seven-and-a-half years for writing posts considered “offensive to Islam.” Over 2012, “assaults were carried out against intellectuals, artists, human rights activists, and journalists by individuals or groups who appear to be motivated by a religious agenda.” After reports had been filed on multiple occasions, “the police proved unwilling or unable to find or arrest the alleged attackers.”[44]

In January of 2013, Amnesty International noted that after two years since Ben Ali fled Tunisia, the abuses of the police forces and judicial system had yet to be addressed, specifically in relation to the period of the uprising between 17 December 2010 and just after Ben Ali fled, when roughly 338 people were killed and over 2,000 injured in protests. While Ben Ali was tried in absentia for the killings, only a few members of the security forces had been convicted for killing protesters.[45]

Following the assassination of Belaid, Amnesty International immediately called for an “independent and impartial investigation” into his murder, noting that attacks against political opposition groups had been increasing, and that a meeting which Chokri Belaid had attended the Saturday before his murder was violently attacked and that Belaid had been receiving death threats. The Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director at Amnesty International noted: “Two years after the ousting of former President Ben Ali, there is an increasing mistrust in the institutions that are supposed to protect human rights and Tunisians will not be satisfied with a sham investigation.”[46]

Following the assassination, Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali suggested that the coalition government should dissolve and form a non-partisan, technocratic government, though this was immediately rejected by members of his Ennahda party itself. All across Tunisia, a general strike was observed while tens of thousands took to the streets in multiple cities to mark the funeral of Belaid and to protest the government, often clashing with security forces.[47]

The Congress for the Republic (CPR), a secular party which was a member of the coalition government and whose leader, Moncef Marzouki, is president of Tunisia, said on Sunday February 10 that its party members would quit the government in protest against the handling of the political crisis, as tensions between the parties continued to accelerate. Meanwhile, pro-Ennadha government supporters also took to the streets, though in significantly less numbers than the opposition, to voice their support for the government.[48]

Thus, with the Tunisian government on the verge of collapse, with the people seemingly on the verge of another uprising, and with increasing tensions between secular and Islamist groups, Tunisia continues its unfinished revolution. It is tempting to draw the comparison to Egypt, where the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood party holds power, and where the population is again rising up against the government and in support of the revolutionary ideals which led them into the streets two years prior. As thousands again took to the streets in Egypt on February 8, they were met with riot police and tear gas.[49] It would appear that the Western-sponsored attempts to prop up Islamist governments to establish control over their populations is backfiring. Where the revolution goes, only posterity can say, but one thing is clear: the unfinished revolution in Tunisia – as elsewhere – is only finished, and democracy is only achieved, when the people themselves have made it and declared it to be so.

For those of us in the West, we must acknowledge that there is a stark contrast between the rhetoric and reality of our nations, as in, the difference between what our governments say and do. For all the blather and trumpeting about democracy we hear, the actions of our nations go to arming, training, and supporting repressive regimes, whether they take the form of secular authoritarian dictatorships, or Islamist “democratic” coalitions.

As we continue our own struggle for democracy at home, whether it is students in the streets of Quebec, Indignados in Spain, anarchists in Greece, Occupy Wall Street activists in New York, or the indigenous movement of Idle No More, we must realize that the same tax dollars which are used to have the police assault and repress protesters at home, are also used to assault, repress, and kill our brothers and sisters abroad in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, and beyond. Their revolution is our revolution. Their democracy is our democracy. Their freedom is our freedom. And their future… is our future.

Notes:

[1]       Mehdi Mabrouk, “A Revolution for Dignity and Freedom: Preliminary Observations on the Social and Cultural Background to the Tunisian Revolution,” The Journal of North African Studies (Vol. 16, No. 4, December 2011), pages 626-627.

[2]       Ibid, pages 629-629.

[3]       Yasmine Ryan, “How Tunisia’s revolution began,” Al-Jazeera, 26 January 2011.

[4]       Richard Falk, “Ben Ali Tunisia was model US client,” Al-Jazeera, 25 January 2011.

[5]       US Embassy Cables, “US embassy cables: Finding a successor to Ben Ali in Tunisia,” The Guardian, 17 January 2011.

[6]       The US Embassy Cables, “US embassy cables: Tunisia – a US foreign policy conundrum,” The Guardian, 7 December 2010.

[7]       Daya Gamage, “Massive U.S. Military Aid to Tunisia despite human rights abuses,” Asian Tribune, 18 January 2011.

[8]       NYT, “Challenges Facing Countries Across North Africa and the Middle East,” The New York Times, 17 February 2011.

[9]       Samer al-Atrush, “Tunisia: Why the Jasmine Revolution won’t bloom,” The Telegraph, 16 January 2011.

[10]     Steven Erlanger, “France Seen Wary of Interfering in Tunisia Crisis,” The New York Times, 16 January 2011.

[11]     Raj M. Desai, Anders Olofsgard, and Tarik M. Yousef, “The Logic of Authoritarian Bargains,” Economics & Politics (Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2009), pages 93-94.

[12]     Raj M. Desai, Anders Olofsgard and Tarik Yousef, “Is the Arab Authoritarian Bargain Collapsing?,” The Brookings Institution, 9 February 2011.

[13]     F. Gregory Gause III, “Why Middle East Studies Missed the Arab Spring: The Myth of Authoritarian Stability,” Foreign Affairs (Vol. 90, No. 4, July/August 2011), pages 81-82.

[14]     Marwan Muasher, “Tunisia’s Crisis and the Arab World,” the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 24 January 2011.

[15]     Noam Chomsky, “Is the world too big to fail?,” Al-Jazeera, 29 September 2011.

[16]     Document 5, “National Security Council Report,” Foreign Relations of the United States, 1958-1960, Vol. 12, Near East Region; Iraq; Iran; Arabian Peninsula, 24 January 1958.

[17]     Ibid.

[18]     Madeleine Albright and Vin Weber, In Support of Arab Democracy: Why and How (Council on Foreign Relations Task Force Report, 2005), pages 49-54.

[19]     Ibid, pages 3-4.

[20]     Ibid, page 4.

[21]     Ibid, pages 12-13.

[22]     Michelle Pace, “Paradoxes and contradictions in EU democracy promotion in the Mediterranean: the limits of EU normative power,” Democratization (Vol. 16, No. 1, February 2009), page 42.

[23]     Report, “2010 Arab Public Opinion Poll: Results of Arab Opinion Survey Conducted June 29-July 20, 2010,” The Brookings Institution, 5 August 2010.

[24]     Angelique Chrisafis, “Tunisia’s caretaker government in peril as four ministers quit,” The Guardian, 18 January 2011.

[25]     “Tunisia: Key players,” BBC, 27 February 2011.

[26]     Tarek Amara, “US offers Tunisia security aid for ‘model’ revolution,” Reuters, 21 February 2011.

[27]     “IRI Releases Tunisia Poll,” International Republican Institute, 12 July 2011.

[28]     Angelique Chrisafis, Katharine Viner, and Becky Gardiner, “Tunisians go to the polls still in the shadow of the old regime,” The Guardian, 22 October 2011.

[29]     Yasmine Ryan, “Tunisian politicians struggle to deliver,” Al-Jazeera, 23 October 2012.

[30]     Ibid.

[31]     Anne Wolf and Raphael Lefevre, “Tunisia: a revolution at risk,” The Guardian, 18 April 2012.

[32]     Alice Fordham, “Tunisia’s revolution and the Salafi effect,” The National, 11 September 2012.

[33]     “Obama administration doubles military aid to Islamist-led Tunisia,” World Tribune, 27 April 2012.

[34]     AFP, “U.S. Gave Tunisia $32 million in Military Aid: General,” Defense News, 24 April 2012.

[35]     “Tunisia clash leaves opposition official dead,” Al-Jazeera, 19 October 2012.

[36]     Agencies, “Angry crowd hurls stones at Tunisian leaders,” Al-Jazeera, 17 December 2012.

[37]     Neil MacFarquhar, “Economic Frustration Simmers Again in Tunisia,” The New York Times, 1 December 2012.

[38]     “IRI Poll: Employment, Economy Most Important Priorities for Tunisians,” International Republican Institute, 3 October 2012.

[39]     Lindsay J. Benstead, Ellen Lust, and Dhafer Malouche, “Tunisian Revolution Is Work in Progress,” The Epoch Times, 27 December 2012.

[40]     Editorial, “An Assassination in Tunisia,” The New York Times, 8 February 2013.

[41]     Eric Reguly, “Chaos in Tunisia tarnishes a revolution’s success story,” The Globe and Mail, 7 February 2013.

[42]     Angelique Chrisafis, “Tunisia gripped by general strike as assassinated Chokri Belaïd is buried,” The Guardian, 8 February 2013.

[43]     Rachel Shabi, “Tunisia is no longer a rev

Mini Dictatorships Form as Creeping Fascism Takes Hold

minimi-jpeg-300x285
While many concerned Americans express their worries regarding the direction of the country by repeating the tired warnings of “creeping” Fascism, the reality is that predictions of our dissolve into total tyranny are no longer appropriate. This is because what once was “creeping” has finally reached its destination. Now, it is only beginning to show itself more and more openly.

Britain is Becoming a Dictatorship

The UK's coalition government of Tories and Lib Dems is about to push through legislation creating secret courts that will protect the State at...

The U.S. Dictatorship

Lew Rockwell talks to Gary Franchi about the totalitarian government, how we got here, and what can be done. http://www.youtube.com/v/GWPBEgpsPjA?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

ONE IN FOUR AMERICANS CALL THEIR WORKPLACE A DICTATORSHIP

Zogby | UTICA, New York - One out of every four working Americans (25%) describes their workplace as a dictatorship, while just 34% of bosses...

Bolton attacks Venezuela, Cuba & Nicaragua in impotent verbal intervention — RT USA News

In a speech full of colorful phrases, from ’three stooges of socialism’ to ‘troika of tyranny,’...

Trump is ‘Saudi Arabia’s servant’ as he refused to end US support of Yemen...

Tulsi Gabbard, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, has called President Donald Trump’s decision to...

Max Blumenthal on canceled book launch event — RT USA News

The anti-Damascus lobby in the US has coerced a bookstore in Washington DC to “postpone” the...

Population Bomb, or Bomb the Population?

There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so...

A Secret History of Self Interest – Consortiumnews

The idea that Westminster is the “mother of all parliaments,” representing a democratic model for the world, is a cultivated...

Miami-Dade mayor gives Guaido’s wife ‘key to the county’ as US fawns over rebel...

Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuela's US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, has been given royal treatment...

Miami-Dade mayor gives Guaido’s wife ‘key to the county’ as US fawns over rebel...

Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuela's US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, has been given royal treatment...

Miami-Dade mayor gives Guaido’s wife ‘key to the county’ as US fawns over rebel...

Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuela's US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, has been given royal treatment...

Fox show guest mangles Venezuelan history, claims Chavez was president in 1980s (VIDEO) —...

A guest who appeared on right-wing commentator Tomi Lahren’s Fox News show appears to be very...

Intl Trade Unions Condemn Recognition of Guaidó – Consortiumnews

Even a labor group currently at odds with Caracas opposes foreign interference in the matter of the presidency, reports Ivar...

Trump and Bolsonaro Join Forces to Back Regime Change in Venezuela

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We begin today’s show looking at President Trump’s meeting Tuesday with Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro at the White House. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:...

Will Cuba be Canada’s Next Target After Venezuela?

“First we take Caracas then we take Havana.” That’s the thinking driving the Donald Trump administration’s policy towards Venezuela, according to a Wall Street Journal...

Brazil to Open Indigenous Reserves to Mining Without Indigenous Consent

An industrial mining operation in Brazil. Note the forest at the edge of the open pit mine.Norsk Hydro ASA via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-SAFor...

‘Washington Doesn’t Like Countries to Have Influence if They Can’t Control Them’ – CounterSpin...

The March 8, 2019 episode of CounterSpin pulled together classic archival interviews on Venezuela and US media. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Trump Derangement Syndrome is now fastest growing disorder in America – are you a...

If anyone you know is suffering from symptoms below, offer emotional support now. 2020 may be...

How Media Keep Anti-Imperialist Dissent in Check

Corporate media have always attacked leftists for their positions on Venezuela, a country consistently demonized and misrepresented in the US press (FAIR.org, 6/1/02, 11/1/05,...

Venezuela-Baiting: How Media Keep Anti-Imperialist Dissent in Check

by Alan MacLeod Corporate media have always attacked leftists for their positions on Venezuela, a country consistently demonized and misrepresented in the US press (FAIR.org,...

Caracas Chronicles, Part I of an Ongoing Series

I just got back from Venezuela and I’ll be writing a lot about the country next week. Virtually everything you read or see about...

No military intervention in Venezuela, just ‘appropriate actions’ – Abrams — RT USA News

US envoy to Venezuela and regime change enthusiast Elliott Abrams offered no specifics on the US’s...

Genocide survivors demand violent coup master Elliott Abrams’ removal from Holocaust museum board —...

A dozen survivors of genocides from the Holocaust to the 1980s' US-backed slaughter in Central America...

Cuba Adopts a New Socialist Constitution

Photo by Nathaniel St. Clair On February 24, 2019, the Cuban people overwhelmingly adopted a new constitution, as 84.4% of resident citizens voted in the...

Survival of the Richest – Consortiumnews

Nomi Prins tracks the acute worsening of inequality since the 2008 financial crisis.   By Nomi PrinsTomDispatch.com Like a gilded coating that makes...

Harvard coddles students with campus ‘climate’ probe over Weinstein lawyer fiasco — RT USA...

Harvard is launching a probe into the ‘climate’ of the university after widespread rage over a...

The Banality of Empire

This month freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar questioned Trump’s nominee for envoy to Venezuela, Elliot Abrams. While her interrogation was somewhat tepid in regard to American...

State murder backed by imperialism

  ...

Why Autocrats Are Replacing Democrats

Grenada: 40th Anniversary of the Revolution

Forty years ago this March, the Caribbean island nation of Grenada, population 110,000, made a revolution. Prime Minister Eric Gairy had for years headed a...

‘Venezuela’: Media’s One-Word Rebuttal to the Threat of Socialism

by Alan MacLeod Fox News (1/25/19) makes use of Venezuela to taunt its enemies. Socialism—whatever that means—is in vogue right now. A recent Gallup poll (8/13/18)...

‘Loony leftwing’ NGOs inflating Yemen’s bombing death toll? UK arms control chair slammed for...

A Labour MP who heads the group in charge of the UK’s arms control policy...

Everybody Else’s Business: Coup Fever in Venezuela

This could have been seen as audacious.  Instead, it had the smell of a not so well concealed sponsorship, the backing of a meaty...

Canada: a Force for Good or a Tag-along Bully Nation?

Most Canadians think of their country as a force for good in the world, but recent efforts by Justin Trudeau’s government to overthrow Venezuela’s...

The ‘Venezuelan People’ Are Whoever Agrees With Donald Trump

by Alan MacLeod Headline over a letter published in the New York Times (1/24/19) The latest bizarre episode in the Trump presidency is currently playing out...

Mike Pompeo’s Deranged Foreign Policy – Consortiumnews

The U.S. secretary of state is a Christian zealot who sees the U.S. as incapable of doing ill, writes Lawrence...

Canada a Force for Good or a Tag-along Bully Nation?

Most Canadians think of their country as a force for good in the world, but recent efforts by Justin Trudeau’s government to overthrow Venezuela’s...

How the Organization of American States Became an Agent of Regime Change

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair With a Venezuelan opposition leader declaring himself the country’s president and the Trump administration appearing to back a coup, Venezuela...

Fox News guest compares Ocasio-Cortez to Stalin, Hitler & Mao — RT USA News

Calling for taxing the super-rich and fighting climate change are signs that the person doing it...

Fox News guest compares Ocasio-Cortez to Stalin, Hitler & Mao — RT USA News

Calling for taxing the super-rich and fighting climate change are signs that the person doing it...

Fox News guest compares Ocasio-Cortez to Stalin, Hitler & Mao — RT USA News

Calling for taxing the super-rich and fighting climate change are signs that the person doing it...

Popular Democracy in Cuba

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair The socialist governments of the Third World plus China have developed popular democracy, with structures that are alternatives to those...

Gabbard stands her ground on Syria, says she doesn’t regret meeting Assad — RT...

Democratic presidential challenger Tulsi Gabbard has refused to budge on her anti-war views and apologize for...

‘US Administrations Have Been Intervening in Venezuela Since at Least the Early 2000s’ –...

Janine Jackson interviewed Alexander Main about the Nicolás Maduro re-election for the January 11, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Trump’s Biggest Lie?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org INTRODUCTION (NOTE: Remarks from U.S. President Donald Trump that will be considered as representing possibly his biggest lie will here...

The Illusion of the Rich: an Island of Prosperity surrounded by Misery and Suffering

by T.P. Wilkinson / January 12th, 2019 Frei Betto spoke with the author at the Dominican convent in São Paulo, Brazil. Frei Betto (Carlos Alberto Libânio...

Gabon and Coup Mania | Dissident Voice

It starts with a presumption, makes its way through a discussion, and becomes a set, moulded stereotype: Africa is the continent of tin pot...

Polling on the Border Wall

Eric Zuesse Polling on the border wall shows that Trump’s proposal is very unpopular amongst the American electorate, especially amongst the people who live near...

Chomsky’s Unearned Prestige

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A large part of Noam Chomsky’s public image as an intellectual is derived not from his role in the...

“If Bernie Runs?” Wrong Question

Drawing By Nathaniel St. Clair Remembering Bernie Sanders at Prairie Lights In late 2014 Bernie Sanders came out to Iowa City to speak before a large...

MH17 TURNABOUT: Ukraine’s Guilt Now PROVEN

Ukraine Downed MH17 Malaysian Airliner in 2014. Conclusive Evidence Suppressed by Western Media. Blatant Misrepresentations in Sanctions on Russia. Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Finally, a clear...

Why France’s Yellow Vest Protests Have Been Ignored by “The Resistance” in the U.S.

The rich are only defeated when running for their lives. — C.L.R. James, The Black Jacobins In less than two months, the yellow vests (gilets jaunes) movement in...

The Plight of Children in a Neoliberal World

The New York Times wrote Christmas Day that an 8-year old Guatemalan boy died in US Border Control custody. The circumstances are not clear,...

Bolsonaro’s Brazil: Chicago Boy-style Neoliberalism

On January 1, 2019, Jair Bolsonaro will begin his four-year term as Brazil’s president. Everyone expects his government to follow a neoliberal path. The...

Social Democracy or Barbarism? Barbarism, Please – Political commentators see AMLO as a bigger...

One would be hard-pressed to find two newly elected world leaders more different than Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) and Brazilian President-elect...

WaPo: Trump Needs to Destroy Venezuela to Save It

  A Washington Post op-ed (11/26/18) called on international governments to “put considerable pressure on Venezuela” in response to health problems that are largely a...

Refugee Caravan: Lots of Coverage, Little Context

  The Central American refugee “caravan” came to dominate both the liberal and conservative news cycles during the 2018 midterm elections and beyond, with President...

‘Americans Should Know Their Government Had a Hand in the Return to Fascism’ –...

Janine Jackson interviewed Brian Mier about the Brazilian election for the November 30, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

U.S. the World’s Invasion Nation

How Big Brother Grips Americans’ Minds to Support Invasions Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On November 29th, Gallup headlined “Democrats Lead Surge in Belief U.S....

New Film Warns Against Spain’s Fascist History Repeating Itself

A far-right, anti-immigrant, anti-abortion political party in Spain has made gains in regional elections, prompting protests in the streets. Members of Spain’s younger generation...

George H.W. Bush, the CIA and a Case of State-Sponsored Terrorism – Consortiumnews

Forty-two years ago, a car-bomb exploded in Washington killing Chile’s ex-Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier, an act of state terrorism that...

Brian Mier on Brazil’s Election and What Comes Next

PlayStop pop out ...

Documenting Israel To Be a Fascist Nation

Eric Zuesse —— https://archive.org/details/AlbertEinsteinLetterToTheNewYorkTimes.December41948 and https://ia801400.us.archive.org/17/items/AlbertEinsteinLetterToTheNewYorkTimes.December41948/Einstein_Letter_NYT_4_Dec_1948.pdf Albert Einstein Letter to The New York Times. December 4, 1948 TO THE EDITORS OF NEW YORK TIMES: “New Palestine Party. Visit...

Liar, Liar | Dissident Voice

The dictatorship’s mistake was to torture but not kill.— Jair Bolsonaro, Radio interview, 2016 I won’t get voted out of office.— Bill Gates, Bill Moyer...

Liar, Liar | Dissident Voice

The dictatorship’s mistake was to torture but not kill.— Jair Bolsonaro, Radio interview, 2016 I won’t get voted out of office.— Bill Gates, Bill Moyer...

Liar, Liar | Dissident Voice

The dictatorship’s mistake was to torture but not kill.— Jair Bolsonaro, Radio interview, 2016 I won’t get voted out of office.— Bill Gates, Bill Moyer...

Liar Liar

Photo Source Cat Branchman | CC BY 2.0 “The dictatorship’s mistake was to torture but not kill.” – Jair Bolsonaro (Radio interview, 2016) “I don’t get voted...

The Global Rise of Fascism: Capitalism End Game?

Photo from the archives of Torbak Hopper It is everywhere. In a few years, it has metastasized like a cancer, on all continents. Its fervent...
video

Video: Fate of Libya in the hands of American exceptionalism (Documentary promo)

The US went after #Gaddafi and brought freedom from dictatorship to Libya? Actually, it turns out that very little has been done after that....

What democracy? 70% of ‘not free’ countries get US military aid — RT US...

Washington has a habit of bombing defenseless nations in the name of democracy, but isn’t the...

Israel to Police European Coastlines: Protecting the Continent from Refugees?

This sounds like a bad joke. It ain’t. It’s real. One fascist government helps another fascist government. Yes, I have written about fascism invading...

Israel to Police European Coastlines: Protecting the Continent from Refugees?

This sounds like a bad joke. It ain’t. It’s real. One fascist government helps another fascist government. Yes, I have written about fascism invading...

Israel to Police European Coastlines: Protecting the Continent from Refugees?

This sounds like a bad joke. It ain’t. It’s real. One fascist government helps another fascist government. Yes, I have written about fascism invading...

Why This Planet Is Becoming Uninhabitable

And Even Trump Now Acknowledges that Man-Made Global Warming Spells Doom Eric Zuesse There are now overt indications that this planet is becoming uninhabitable. Not only...

Intelligent Design – LewRockwell

Want to be a #Resistance hero? Just get fired by Trump — RT US...

No matter how shady a Washington swamp-dweller’s history, it can be whitewashed overnight if they happen...

The Meaning of a Multi-Polar World

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at The Saker Right now, we live in a mono-polar world. Here is how U.S. President Barack Obama proudly, even imperially,...

Netanuyahu’s Courting of Bolsonaro is the Latest of Israel’s Alliances with Far-right Figures

The victory of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s presidential election last week has won Israel a passionate new friend on the international stage. The world’s...

With Brazil’s Bolsonaro, Israel Finds Another Natural Partner on the Far-Right

Photo Source Janine Moraes / Câmara dos Deputados | CC BY 2.0 The victory of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s presidential election last week has won...

Russia & China Invest in Infrastructure; U.S. Instead Spends on Military.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” is famous as an extension of their domestic infrastructure investments, but Russia is also...

Moving Right in Brazil: The Rise of Jair Bolsonaro

Moving left has been a Brazilian political tendency for some time, a tendency affirmed through the 1990s and 2000s with the presidential administrations of...

Only Republicans Don’t Want a Third Major Political Party in America, Finds Gallup.

The National and International Implications of this American Political Finding. Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A majority of Democrats want a third major political party...

Financial Press Cheers Election of Fascist in Brazil

by Alan MacLeod Forbes (10/3/18): “Bolsonaro’s claim to fame is his bombastic approach to the main social issues of the day—particularly family values and matters...

As Bolsonaro Threatens Crackdown on Protest, Resistance Emerges in Brazil

Brazil is continuing to reel from the election of far-right leader and President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, the former Army captain who won 55 percent of...

Brazil Has Elected the “Most Extremist Leader in the Democratic World”

Far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro has been elected Brazil’s next president, marking the most radical political shift in the country since military rule ended more...

Welcome to the Jungle – Consortiumnews

A troubling new era has begun in Brazil with the election on Sunday of the far-right Jair Bolsonaro as president,...

Independent writer gets schooled on history after comparison — RT UK News

The Independent’s Sketch Writer, Tom Peck, opened himself up to a social media hammering after...

As a Saudi Citizen in Exile I Know What the Regime Does to Silence...

As a Saudi citizen exiled in Washington, D.C., since 2000, Ali al Ahmed has experienced first-hand what the Saudi government...

America’s Bloody Ally – Consortiumnews

The U.S. continues to support the dictatorship of Saudi Arabia—as a key ally—even after the horrific murder of Jamal Khashoggi...

Labour MPs attack ex-PM after refusal to cut ties with Riyadh — RT UK...

Tony Blair has been urged by a Labour MP to cut ties with the Saudi...

The Roman Republic’s Debt Crisis

QUESTION: You said that Imperial Rome did not have a national debt nor central banks. Did Rome ever have debts that were not private? ANSWER: Yes. In...

Blaming Saudis for Corrupting Otherwise Human Rights–Loving US

As FAIR has noted for years, one of the primary ideological functions of US corporate media is to maintain the mythology that the US...

The Earthquake in International Alliances

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org (UPDATE about the Khashoggi case, posted at end.) America’s international alliances are transforming in fundamental ways. The likelihood of World...

Khashoggi and Demetracopoulos | Dissident Voice

by Muhammad Othman / October 17th, 2018 In the early seventies, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger were torn to distraction by a Greek refugee journalist...

Order and Progress was Never a Civilian Slogan

by T.P. Wilkinson / October 14th, 2018 The apparent victory of Jair Bolsonaro in the 2018 Brazilian presidential elections has been analysed as the return...

Did U.S. and Its Allies Commit War Crime by Bombing Syria on April 14th?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org INTRODUCTION Bombardment (or other military invasion) of a country that has not invaded nor threatened to invade the attacking country(s)...

Brazil’s Neo-Liberal Fascist Road to Power

The decisive electoral victory of far-right Brazilian presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro startled politicians and analysts of the traditional parties of the left and right. ...

London museum blasted for hosting Saudi event amid Khashoggi disappearance — RT UK News

London’s National History Museum has been blasted as “absolutely disgusting” after it emerged that it’s...

Far-Right Demagogue Follows Rousseff’s Ouster and Lula’s Jailing in Brazil

In a stunning upset that may radically alter the political landscape of Latin America, far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro won 46 percent of the vote...

Future of Western Democracy Being Played Out in Brazil – Consortiumnews

Stripped to its essence, the Brazilian presidential elections represent a direct clash between democracy and an early 21st Century neofascism,...

The biggest threat to U.S. national security is the U.S. Government.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A dictatorship does not represent the public but only the aristocracy that, behind the scenes, controls the government. Jonathan H....

Glenn Greenwald on the Possible Election of a Far-Right Demagogue in Brazil

Voters in Brazil head to the polls on Sunday in an election that could reshape the political landscape of South America. Polls show the...

Glenn Greenwald on the Possible Election of a Far-Right Demagogue in Brazil

Voters in Brazil head to the polls on Sunday in an election that could reshape the political landscape of South America. Polls show the...

Americans brace for texts straight from Trump – with no chance to opt-out —...

On Wednesday, every mobile phone in the US will receive a message from President Donald Trump,...

Venezuela ‘a mess’ to be ‘cleaned up’ says Trump as Pence & Haley call...

US President Donald Trump further fueled speculation his administration was pushing for regime change in Venezuela,...

Hold the Front Page, the Reporters are Missing

Photo Source Lisa Abitbol/Nieman Foundation for Journalism | CC BY 2.0 The death of Robert Parry earlier this year felt like a farewell to the...

Guest Media Alert by John Pilger: “Hold the Front Page. The Reporters are Missing”

Note From Media Lens This is a slightly amended version of the foreword to the new Media Lens book, Propaganda Blitz – How The Corporate...

Guest Media Alert by John Pilger: “Hold the Front Page. The Reporters are Missing”

Note From Media Lens This is a slightly amended version of the foreword to the new Media Lens book, Propaganda Blitz – How The Corporate...

How the U.N. Joined America’s War Against Syria

Eric Zuesse America has been at war to transfer control of Syria over to the Saud family, who own Saudi Arabia; and America has been...

The Reporters are Missing – Consortiumnews

So much of mainstream journalism has descended to the level of a cult-like formula of bias, hearsay and omission. Subjectivism...

U.S. — A ‘Democracy’ Where ‘Both’ Sides Represent the Aristocracy

Eric Zuesse The most comprehensive scientific study ever done of the subject has shown that America is ruled only by its few richest, not by...

Is psychopathy needed to reach the top in America?

Eric Zuesse Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court is just another tip being displayed of America’s top-level-psychopathy iceberg. On September 16th, the Washington Post...

Venezuela and the hypocrisy of US imperialism

  ...

Tony Blair Institute confirms it received funding from Saudi Arabia — RT UK News

The Tony Blair Institute (TBI), an organisation set up by the former British prime minister,...

Donald Trump Comes Out in Support of Islamic Terrorists

Eric Zuesse On September 4th, U.S. President Donald Trump came out publicly in support of Islamic terrorists. He clearly stated that he is against eliminating the...

The Global Alliance for Evil

Eric Zuesse, as originally posted at The Saker The global alliance for evil is the system that’s behind the current reality, which some call “permanent...

From Venezuela to McCain, Media and Human Rights Industry on Same Page

The Economist‘s claim (8/20/18) that migration from Venezuela “might surpass the Syrian crisis” is off by a factor of seven. On August 20, the Economist...

Colombia announces withdrawal from South American bloc conceived to counter US — RT US...

The Colombian president has said a letter has been sent to the Union of South American...

How Corrupt America’s Dictators Are

Eric Zuesse Yet another poll confirms that America’s dictatorial clique take advantage of the ignorance and gullibility of the average person so that the clique's...

America’s ‘Boots-On-The-Ground’ Fighters in Syria are Al Qaeda and Kurds

Eric Zuesse, as originally published at The Saker As will be documented here, America’s troops in Syria are not there in order to fight, but...

Why Democracy Needs Solidarity for Julian Assange’s Freedom

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains in solitary confinement inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he was granted asylum in 2012 against the threat...

Distorting Past and Present: Reuters on Nicaragua’s Armed Uprising

From April 18 until late July 2018, an armed insurrection in Nicaragua left hundreds of people dead. The uprising, backed enthusiastically by private media...

Israel an Enemy of Freedom-Loving People Everywhere

Eric Zuesse, originally published at The Saker Israel is fighting constantly not only against Gazans, and against Palestinians generally; it is fighting constantly against freedom-loving...

‘Other things’ in Iran? Bolton says regime change ‘not US policy,’ but has more...

National security advisor John Bolton declared that regime change in Iran is not a US objective....

A ‘Regime’ Is a Government at Odds With the US Empire

(Washington Post, 5/19/18) In the aftermath of the assassination attempt against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, an article in the Miami Herald (8/5/18) reported that “a...

Sanctions, Sanctions, Sanctions: the Final Demise of the Dollar Hegemony?

Sanctions left and sanctions right. Financial mostly, taxes, tariffs, visas, travel bans, confiscation of foreign assets, import and export prohibitions and limitations; and also...

Neocons hate Russia even more than they hate any other nation.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Neoconservatism started in 1953 with Henry “Scoop” Jackson, the Democratic Party U.S. Senator from the state of Washington (1953-1983),...

Fox News host offers irrefutable proof of America’s greatness — RT US News

The US victory over “communist Japan” serves as ironclad proof of the America's greatness, Fox News...

Repression Intensifies in Argentina After President Empowers Military

Weeks after Argentina signed a deal for a new $50 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and only days after hosting G20...

America’s Militarized Economy

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at Unz Review Donald Trump’s biggest success, thus far into his Presidency, has been his sale of $400 billion (originally $350...

Why Trump Cancelled the Iran Deal

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The following is entirely from open online sources that I have been finding to be trustworthy on these matters...

Yemen: Fake ‘News’ That’s Mixed Into America’s Mainstream News — And Why

Eric Zuesse On Friday, August 10th, CNN headlined “Saudi-led strike kills dozens of children on school field trip in Yemen” and reported as if the...

America’s Billionaires Battle Each Other for Political Control Over Europe

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A contest for political control of Europe is gearing up between two American teams, one headed by the long-established...

Agents at AP & Hudson Institute Collaborate with Impeach-Trump Effort

Eric Zuesse The core of the neoconservatives’ impeach-Trump argument — the core of the campaign for Vice President Mike Pence to replace President Donald Trump...

Neocons hate Russia more than they hate any other nation.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Neoconservatism started in 1953 with Henry “Scoop” Jackson, the Democratic Party U.S. Senator from the state of Washington (1953-1983),...

Homage to Nicaragua

Nicaraguans celebrate the 39th anniversary of the Sandinista triumph. Dan Kovalik, 2018. When the smoke finally clears, if it ever clears here, the coverage of...

Key Fact Obscured in Immigration Coverage: MS-13 Was Made in USA

David Frum (Atlantic, 6/20/18) rejects the “extremism” of holding the US responsible for creating the conditions that force mass migration. In a piece for the...

Haitian ‘Mobs’ and ‘Mayhem’—or an Uprising?

The San Diego Union-Tribune (7/10/18) reported the Haitian uprising as an incident in a young white American golfer’s life. Haiti: “riots” and “vandalized shops” (NPR,...

Nikki Haley calls Human Rights Council UN’s ‘greatest failure’ in bid to justify US...

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has launched another attack on the UN human rights...

A NATO Crisis – LewRockwell

Kharma, Interconnectedness, and the Immigrant Crisis

“Don’t come to our country illegally,” President Trump blasted in a recent tweet, his solution to the current immigrant crisis – one in which...

How Current Medicine Is Rigged to Win Government-Approval

Eric Zuesse A libertarian, Pam Barker, called to my attention this scam (which she blames entirely on “regulatory agencies” and not on the entire corrupt...

Vladimir Putin’s Basic Disagreement with The West

Eric Zuesse, originally published at The Saker Vladimir Putin’s basic view has been expressed so many times, in so many different contexts, and it’s always...

A Trump Court? – LewRockwell

America Bombs, Europe Gets the Refugees. That’s Evil.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The U.S. Government (with France and a few other U.S. allies) bombs Libya, Syria, etc.; and the U.S. regime...

A Teacher Explains Why the Janus Ruling is Bad News for Schools, Students

Photo by Supermac1961 | CC BY 2.0 The Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that non-union workers cannot be forced to pay agency/”fair share” fees to public...

“Why Can’t the US Just Simply Invade?” Officials Say Trump Pushed US Military Overthrow...

Surrounded by his top military aides in a White House meeting less than a year ago, the Associated Press on Wednesday reports that President...

America is one-dollar-one-vote, not really one-person-one vote.

Eric Zuesse The only comprehensive and scientific study which has ever been done of whether the U.S. is a democracy or instead a dictatorship, was...

The Two Superpowers – LewRockwell

Nicaragua: Terrorism as an Art of Demonstrating

For two months, Nicaragua has been through a major political crisis, fueled by clashes between law enforcement and an insurgency. Humanitarian organizations report a...

Why Venezuela Reporting Is So Bad

Alan MacLeod’s Bad News From Venezuela For almost 20 years, the US government has been trying to overthrow Venezuela’s government, and establishment media outlets (state,...

Stop selling arms to ‘tyrannical’ Thai military regime, CAAT urges May ahead of PM...

The UK government is “promoting” the use of “deadly” weaponry in Thailand by continuing to...

The Diseased, Lying, Condition, of America’s ‘News’Media

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Both President Trump and former President Obama are commonly said in America’s ‘news’ media to be or to have...

Stop selling arms to ‘tyrannical’ Thai military regime, CAAT urges May ahead of PM...

The UK government is “promoting” the use of “deadly” weaponry in Thailand by continuing to...

MSM talk coup in Venezuela because it sits on oil US empire wants –...

The American empire and its media openly talk coup in Venezuela because it sits on vast...

America’s Public Are Foie-Gras Ducks

American Billionaires Farm This Public By Feeding to the Voters the Politicians Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Any animal farm needs to feed, to its...

Why Do US Media Only Worry About One Authoritarian’s Nukes?

The world waits with bated breath as a “mad king” descends on Singapore, his finger itching to press the launch button and totally destroy...

MSM media reporting subdued as demonstration descends into riot — RT UK News

The UK press have been quick to hype threats posed by Russian football hooligans, but...

This week in history: June 11-17

  ...

Venezuela’s Narrowing Options

Photo by Alejandro Alarcon | CC BY 2.0 “¡Patria o muerte!” (fatherland or death) is the traditional slogan of Latin American revolutionaries. It is also the...

Ahead of North Korea summit, Trump softens Iran rhetoric — RT US News

Discussing the upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, US President Donald Trump...

The Empire’s Media and the Quest for Veto Authority in the Americas

Christian Science Monitor (4/11/18) In April, the Summit of the Americas in Peru predictably led to articles fretting about declining US influence in the Western...

It’s Trump’ s Party Now

Mocked-up Theresa May image puts her ‘feminism’ under spotlight — RT UK News

A mocked-up picture of Theresa May wearing a shirt reading: “I oppose abortion in N....

How the people who control America manufacture our consent to their rule

Eric Zuesse Modern dictatorship, as Walter Lippmann pointed out in 1921 about “the manufacture of consent,” is the “creation of consent” and “is not a...

America’s Big-Brother ‘News’ Media

America’s aristocratically controlled ’news’ media hide the basic reality — that America’s trillion-dollar annual federal military expense is a taxpayer-subsidization of U.S.-headquartered international corporations,...

Stop prioritizing DUP alliance & grant women abortion rights in N. Ireland, rights group...

Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of putting “political manoeuvring” over the rights of...

Credible Report Alleges U.S. Relocates ISIS from Syria and Iraq into Russia via Afghanistan

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Katehon, a think-tank dedicated to the protection of nations’ sovereignty against invasions and coups from abroad, headlined, on May...

Canada’s Indifference to Brazilian Democracy

New revelations about Brazilian military violence offer an opportunity to reflect on Canadian support for that country’s 1964 coup and how Ottawa’s policy towards...

Promoters of Saudi Prince as Feminist Reformer Are Silent on His Crackdown on Women

“It appears the only ‘crime’ these activists committed was wanting women to drive before Mohammed bin Salman did” (Independent, 5/22/18). During his US PR tour...

Why America’s Torture-Chief Now Runs the CIA

Eric Zuesse On May 17th, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee voted 10 to 5 to approve Gina Haspel as America’s new chief of the Cenral...

Will Israel Be Expelled from U.N.?

Eric Zuesse The conditions of membership in the U.N. are specified in the U.N. Charter. Specifically, “Articles 5 and 6 of the Charter of the...

Trump administration slaps new sanctions on Venezuela after ‘sham’ election — RT US News

The Trump administration has stepped up economic pressure on Venezuela, announcing new financial sanctions which prohibit...

How Democracy Ended

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org What killed democracy was constant lying to the public, by politicians whose only way to win national public office...

Europe: National Sovereignty versus International Conquest, at Stake over Iran

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Europe now faces its ultimate ideological fork-in-the-road, which it has thus far ignored but can no longer ignore: They...

Taxpayer-Funded Mercenaries Serving Both U.S. & Foreign Aristocracies

Eric Zuesse The U.S. military is by far the most-respected of all institutions in America. But the U.S. military of today is actually not only...

France’s Role in Africa | Dissident Voice

Fake news, propaganda, public relations, advertising — it goes by many names, but at the core of all these terms is the idea that...

Israel, Ukraine, and U.S., Crack Down Against Press

Eric Zuesse On Wednesday, May 16th, Russian Television reported recent crackdowns against the press, on the part of both Ukraine’s Government and Israel’s Government. One...

The Age of Petty Tyrannies

by John W. Whitehead / May 15th, 2018 Whether the mask is labeled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the...

Trump promises Iran ‘highest level’ of sanctions, ‘bigger problems’ if nuclear research continues —...

President Donald Trump has promised the highest level of sanctions on Iran after announcing that US...

Trump & Bolton call for regime change in Iran even as they speak of...

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton says the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal...

A Nicaraguan Spring or Imperial Spring Cleaning?

In April, Nicaragua saw intense clashes between protesters and government forces that reportedly left dozens dead. The protests were initially set off by proposed adjustments...

Deep State 101: A Primer and Prescription

Photo source jqpubliq | CC BY 2.0 Every nation worth its salt has a deep state, a loose network of rich and powerful players who...

Major ‘News’ Media Pretend to Be Honest

Eric Zuesse Here is a passage from the interview that Germany’s Das Bild  published on 11 January 2016 of Russian President Vladimir Putin: BILD: In your...

Russia’s v. America’s Records on Democracy, and on Whistleblowers’ Safety

Eric Zuesse There are multiple quantitative measures for a given nation’s degree of democracy, in comparison with that of other nations, but perhaps the best...

The ‘Values,’ ‘Vision,’ and ‘Democracy’ of an Inauthentic Opposition – Consortiumnews

Average Americans, whose economic survival is threatened, have no political party to represent them, including deceptive Democrats who claim to...

‘These Are Sanctions Directly Aimed at the Civilian Population’

Janine Jackson interviewed Joe Emersberger on Venezuela for the April 27, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Social Security Protests in Nicaragua? Hold on a Second…

For more than a week, Nicaragua was convulsed in protests that were met with heavy-handed repression that has reportedly left at least 30 dead....

Why the U.S. Regime Hates Vladimir Putin

Eric Zuesse Here is Putin in extemporaneous discussion and interview (translated into English): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBTBBNOtbhM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjrlTMvirVo The second of those videos shows Putin offering Russia’s billionaires the choice...

Western Media Shorthand on Venezuela Conveys and Conceals So Much

Reuters (4/19/18) reports on EU officials “accusing Maduro’s government of breaches of human rights and undermining democracy.”A Reuters article (4/18/18) reports that the...

Lula’s Imprisonment Is Part of a Coup Corroding Brazil’s Democratic Institutions

Protests are continuing in Brazil over the imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Two weeks ago, Lula began serving a 12-year...

How Wikipedia Lies

Eric Zuesse Did you know that Vice President Dick Cheney admitted that on 11 September 2001 he, as President George W. Bush’s brief stand-in during...

Trump plan to ax oversight on US arms sales will ‘lead to disaster’ –...

Loosened US policy on arms exports contradicts Washington’s alleged commitment to protecting human rights, and makes...

How the Guardian newspaper fulfills George Orwell’s prediction of ‘Newspeak’

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On Sunday April 15th, Britain’s Guardian bannered "OPCW inspectors set to investigate site of Douma chemical attack” and pretended...

The Cult of Violence Always Kills the Left

The Weather Underground, a clandestine revolutionary organization that advocated violence, was seen by my father and other clergy members who were involved in Vietnam...

How U.S. Has Virtually Destroyed U.N.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. has basically eliminated the only real international authority the U.N. used to have....

Why the April 14th Missiles-Invasion of Syria Was a Historic Turning-Point

Eric Zuesse The April 14th invasion was the apogee, the turning-point downward, for American hegemony, the end of the mono-polar world or U.S. dictatorship that...

What Just Happened

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org What happened right after the second direct U.S.-missiles invasion of Syria, which had occurred on the night of April...

In ‘Clear Violation of Domestic and International Law,’ Trump Bombs Syria

Foreign policy experts, human rights groups, and anti-war activists all immediately and forcefully condemned the U.S. bombardment of Syria on Friday night after reports...

Public Furious at ‘Our’ Government’s Invasion of Syria

Eric Zuesse The American public — even the strongest supporters of Donald Trump — is outraged that Trump of America, and Macron of France, and...

Private Investigations Find America’s Magnitsky Act to Be Based on Frauds

Eric Zuesse We are now getting closer and closer to what, quite possibly, could turn out to be a war between U.S. and Russia —...

Skripal-Novichok Case: Hiding UK-U.S. Lies Gets Top Priority

Eric Zuesse The U.S. and its allies have been successful in hiding the basis on which Russian diplomats were expelled from their countries — expelled...

U.S. and its press lie Americans into invasions routinely.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The 2003 invasion of Iraq is the best-known example of America’s Government and press lying to fool its public...

US-Backed Regime Criminalizes Protesters in Honduras

Relatives of political prisoners arrested during protests against the disputed reelection of President Juan Orlando Hernandez demand their release, in the surroundings of the...

Americans Trust ‘Our’ Intelligence Agencies. Should We?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The record is clear that ‘our’ (that is, the ruling Establishment’s) intelligence agencies, such as the CIA, have lied...

Why has Ecuador silenced Julian Assange?

  ...

The Shameful U.S. Media Boycott Against Stephen F. Cohen

Eric Zuesse America’s leading scholar of Russia, Stephen F. Cohen, now retired from both Princeton and NYU, used to be, during the Cold War, regularly...

Why America’s major news-media must change their thinking

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org America’s ‘news’-media possess the mentality that characterizes a dictatorship, not a democracy. This will be documented in the linked-to...

An American: “Why I Don’t Trust My Government, At All”

Eric Zuesse Would you trust your government if it were headed by a President who just now appointed to become the head of the CIA,...

President’s bizarre confession sends Twitter into overdrive — RT US News

Twitter has exploded over reports US President Donald Trump used a fundraising speech with donors to...

If We Want to Support Refugees, We Need To End the Wars That Create...

The concept of sanctuary, providing refuge and protection to people who are marginalized and oppressed, has a long history in the United States—even when...

The mainstream media’s theories on ill ex-spy, before there’s any evidence — RT UK...

Authorities are still investigating how Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter fell into a...

Trust in China Remains Top; Trust in U.S. Plunges

Eric Zuesse The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer survey, which is the latest in the annual Edelman series taken in 28 countries, shows that the people...

Fury as UK and Saudi Arabia sign huge arms deal — RT UK News

To the surprise of no-one, Saudi Arabia and Britain signed a huge new arms deal...

CNN’s Russian troll hunt digs up goofy Clinton video game — RT US News

The internet appears largely unimpressed by a meticulous CNN investigation linking Russia to an anti-Hillary Clinton...

Trump Seeks Congressional Funding for 60,000-Man Army to Overthrow Assad

Eric Zuesse ISIS, or ISIL, or Islamic State, has been almost completely defeated in Syria, but the U.S. Department of Defense is requesting an increase...

Establishment alarmed as Trump threatens to gut US ‘democracy promotion’ racket — RT US...

The foreign policy establishment in Washington is crying foul after the Trump administration proposed to cut...

The Rise of Compelled Speech

By Dorothy Cummings McLeanLife Site News March 8, 2018 ...

Saudi prince met by hundreds of protesters on arriving at Downing Street to meet...

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince met with PM Theresa May in Downing Street at sunset on...

How Liars in U.S. ‘News’-Media Build on Lies in U.S. ‘News’

Eric Zuesse (originally published abridged by Strategic Culture Foundation) The means by which the vast majority of Americans are deceived to believe fake ‘news’ that’s...

Britain Officially Prepares Now for War Against Russia

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On Wednesday, February 21st, the UK’s Minister of Defence, Conservative Gavin Williamson, announced that the United Kingdom is changing...

Is the CIA so bad that even when it tells the truth it adds-in...

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On Sunday, February 17th, I was surprised to see in the reliably neoconservative newspaper, New York Times, an opinion-article...

Globally Top-Respected Experts on Middle East Warn Syrian War May Produce WW III

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at The Saker Abdel Bari Atwan, the retired editor-in-chief (1989-2013) of the pan-Arab newspaper Al Quds Al Arabi and author of...

The Three Global Super-Powers

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org There are currently three global super-powers, three nations that lead the world: China, Russia, and U.S. After World War II,...

WSJ’s Epic Distortion of Colombian and Venezuelan Refugees

The Wall Street Journal (2/13/18) writes that the 550,000 Venezuelans in Colombia “mirror the 600,000 Syrian asylum seekers in Germany”—ignoring the 3.5 million Syrian...

Banned News: Rapid Movement Now Toward Global Nuclear War

U.S. Preparations to Conquer Soon Donbass, N. Korea, & Syria world news compiled by Eric Zuesse —— https://freeukrainenow.org/2018/01/19/fearing-peace-the-u-s-humiliates-south-korea-threatens-north-korea-japanese-and-u-s-historical-aggression-against-korea/#more-6950 Fearing peace, the U.S. humiliates South Korea, threatens North Korea....

He Doesn’t Deserve the Media’s Efforts at Rehabilitation

“Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results,” former President George W. Bush declared in a presumably well-paid speech last week in the United...

CNN Continues To Praise North Korea

Fake News by Omission: the Haiti Example

“I’m happy to have a president that will bluntly speak the truth in negotiations,” Eric Prince commented on Breitbart News. “If the president says...

Have Boris Johnson’s Libya friends gone rogue, or is UK complicit in breaking intl...

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson beamed at the cameras as he shook hands with officers...

What ‘News’Media in U.S. and Allied Countries Never Report

Eric Zuesse Newsmedia effectively ban reporting corruptness of newsmedia — even of media that stand on the opposite side of the political divide. The ‘news’media in...

United Kingdom arms Honduras to spy on its own people… all in the name...

Explosive data compiled by an anti-arms trade group has revealed that the UK government sold...

Met confirms UK visit for Saudi crown prince, activists demand May challenge royal over...

London police have inadvertently confirmed that Saudi Arabian Prince Mohammad bin Salman will visit the...

‘Trump’s State of the Union full of dog whistle noises to neo-cons’ — RT...

Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech was largely aimed at finding major 'enemies' to justify...

Accompaniment in Honduras | By Ken Jones

As the bus was taking our accompaniment delegation to Honduras to the airport for our return home, it stopped by the offices of Radio...

Why Fear and Self-hatred Destroy Human Sharing and Solidarity

by Robert J. Burrowes / January 29th, 2018 As our world spirals deeper into an abyss from which it is becoming increasingly difficult to extricate...

Trump’s Announced Strategy for Occupying Syria

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org “The President has committed, as a matter of strategy, that we will not leave Syria. We are not going...

The War in America’s ‘Democratic’ Party

Over Whether to Go to War Against Russia Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On January 23rd, Joe Biden virtually threw his hat into the 2020...

Soros accuses Trump of seeking ‘mafia state,’ pledges to devote efforts to Europe &...

Billionaire George Soros says he will now devote his efforts to Europe and the US as...

Russiagate, Trump, and an American Police-State?

Eric Zuesse Republicans in the U.S. House have made available to all members of the House an allegedly scandalous “memo” that allegedly summarizes the FBI’s...

2018: The Year We Must Strive to Become Very Stable Geniuses | By Rebecca...

A little over a year ago at TomDispatch I wrote about the bloody nightmares rupturing my sleep and the night terrors gripping my little...

America’s Deceitful Secret Support of Al Qaeda

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org In a recent article, I documented that “U.S. Again Supports Al Qaeda in Syria”. In a prior article, I had...

Meet Jerusalem’s new UK-born deputy mayor and her controversial opinions — RT UK News

Jerusalem's new UK-born deputy mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum says Israel has an issue with bad PR...

Media Lies About Fake News

Eric Zuesse A major new Gallup report that was issued on January 16th headlined “American Views: Trust, Media and Democracy” (it’s issued in conjunction with...

MSM, Twitter balk at Trump’s ‘excellent’ mental & physical health, ‘incredibly good genes’ —...

President Donald Trump did “exceedingly well” on a cognitive screening and is perfectly healthy, according to...

Hong Kong Politics: a Never-Ending Farce

Photo by aotaro | CC BY 2.0 Hong Kong used to be the can-do capital of the world. Few economic achievements seemed beyond the reach...

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence | By Martin Luther King, Jr

Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at Riverside Church in New York City:I come to this magnificent house...

UK blasted for post-Brexit boost in arms sales to repressive regimes — RT UK...

The UK government has been accused of giving “uncritical support” to some of the world’s...

Owning Our Shit: The US Role in Global Migration | By Cynthia Kaufman

Trump's comments about shithole countries are no surprise and it reflects the racist worldview we know he holds. While much of the discussion around...

What is a “Shithole Country,” and Why is Trump Obsessed with Haiti? | By...

On Thursday, the day before the eighth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti that killed at least 230,000 people, President Trump called Haiti –...

7 times Trump critics called Russia a ‘s***hole’ & worse, and no one cared...

Donald Trump’s remarks on “s***hole countries” roused a righteous high-mindedness in his detractors. But a perusal...

Trump Already Fading into Irrelevance

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org This will be a nonpartisan commentary about U.S. politics, as viewed by an American historian who is disgusted with...

How Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post Became the U.S. Military-Industrial Complex’s Chief Propagandist

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org It used to be that the New York Times and the Washington Post competed against each other to be...

MSNBC Ignores Catastrophic US-Backed War in Yemen

For the popular US cable news network MSNBC, the largest humanitarian catastrophe in the world is apparently not worth much attention—even as the US...

Why the ‘Progressive’ Historian Stephen Cohen Refuses to Call a U.S. Coup a “Coup”

Eric Zuesse The most important historical event of recent times was a coup that occurred in 2014 and caused what’s now called ‘the new Cold...

Think Tank-Addicted Media Turn to Regime Change Enthusiasts for Iran Protest Commentary

Since the outbreak of mass demonstrations and unrest in Iran last week, US media have mostly busied themselves with the question of not if...

Who will pay the $250+ billion reconstruction cost in Syria?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The United States Government says that Syria’s Government caused the U.N.-estimated "at least $250 billion" cost to restore Syria...

Are the Wars in Syria and Iraq Finally Coming to an End?

I spent most of the last year reporting two sieges, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, which finally ended with the decisive defeat of Isis. This...

Lamenting Venezuela’s “Humanitarian Crisis” While Blocking Its Resolution

Photo by Joka Madruga | CC BY 2.0 A New York Times headline screams “As Venezuela collapses, children are dying of hunger.” Lurid pictures show...

Why are Trump’s troops training ISIS terrorists?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org When Donald Trump ran for the U.S. Presidency, his biggest foreign-affairs promise (which he copied from Ted Cruz) was...

Against Identitarian and Generational Divide and Rule

Photo by Timothy Krause | CC BY 2.0 The Occupy Wall Street movement that spread across the country six-plus years ago lacked proper organization and...

Is the buildup to World War I being repeated for WW III?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The great scholar of Turkish history, Taner Akçam, has described today’s geopolitics — the alliances and hostilities toward possibly...

Honduras: Solidarity With Teachers and Others Fighting for Democracy | Chicago Teachers Union

WASHINGTON - We all know we are under assault on a million fronts here in Chicago and in the U.S.. Sometimes that makes it...

“Xi the Dictator:” a Myth Born of Ignorance and Prejudice

The buzz from Western media had started years ago. It reached a crescendo recently with China’s 19th Communist Party Congress, which approved a second...

‘Whether or Not the Presidents Change, the Generals Remain Connected’

Janine Jackson interviewed Suyapa Portillo about the Honduras electoral chaos for the December 8, 2017 episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.  ...

An Interview With Richard Falk

Palestinians shout slogans during a demonstration against President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Gaza City, Gaza, on December 15, 2017....

What’s at Stake in Honduran Election – Consortiumnews

Protests continue over the disputed Honduran presidential election after a solid lead by a progressive was wiped out amid gross...

Why the Honduras Crisis Matters to Me

For seven months in 1969 I hitch-hiked around the US, Mexico and Central America with my best friend from high school. Some class-mates from...

Trump signs $700bn military funding bill — RT US News

US President Donald Trump has signed into law $700 billion in funding to the Pentagon, which...

Bad Week for 2 US Puppets

It was a bad week for two former puppets of the American Empire. In Ukraine, former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili was chased out of his...

Bad Week for 2 US Puppets – Antiwar.com Blog

It was a bad week for two former puppets of the American Empire. In Ukraine, former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili was chased out of his...

Trump Continues Obama’s Wars Against Democracy

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org U.S. President Trump’s bold support for the apartheid dictatorship of Israel against that theocratic-racist nation’s non-Jews, fits into a...

Election Theft in Honduras | Dissident Voice

Introduction Honduras is in crisis. The national election took place on Sunday 26 November. Results posted that night showed the challenger Salvador Nasralla with a...

Apparent Election Theft in Honduras – Consortiumnews

In 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton excused a coup in Honduras to stop a possible second term by a...

America’s Electoral Choices: Liberal Fascism versus Conservative Fascism

Eric Zuesse In U.S. elections between the two political Parties for federal offices — Congress, and the Presidency — the choice that’s offered to the...

The Specter of Preservation

Proust proceeds not by reflection but by recall. He is positively permeated by the truth that we all of us lack the time to...

Theresa May to challenge Saudis on Yemen blockade, but won’t risk breaking trade ties...

Prime Minister Theresa May is swooping into the Middle East to drum up business. Given...

US Outrage Grows at Risk of Honduran Election Theft, 50 Groups Join Call

Outraged at the possibility of the theft of Honduras’ election by the discredited current administration, 50 US rights groups have joined call to urge...

The U.S. Aristocracy’s Smear-Russia Campaign: Big Brother at Work

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Billionaires, both liberal and conservative ones, own, and their corporations advertise in and their ‘charities’ donate to, America’s mainstream...

How Iran Came to Be Called ‘The Top State Sponsor of Terrorism’

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org While I happened to be researching another subject, a central question in the investigation came to be how Iran...

The Post-Modern Project Is Not Complete

The post-modern project is not complete. The fundamental meta-narrative of capitalism continues to persist and bewitch a vast sum of humanity. If the post-modern...

Trump Fails to Rebuke Duterte for Human Rights Abuses in the Philippines

Donald Trump's 12-day visit to Asia has included an assortment of awkward moments -- like a fumble during a group handshake in Manila  -- but...

Trump Continues Obama’s Support of Nazism

Eric Zuesse On November 16th, U.S. President Donald Trump, acting through an agent of his agent U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, voted at the U.N. against...

We Supported Their Dictators, Led the Failed ‘War on Drugs’ and Now Deny Them...

President Donald Trump has tied his executive order giving Congress six months to “fix” DACA to constructing a wall between the US and Mexico...

Participants in 2014 Ukrainian coup confess

Eric Zuesse The overthrow of the democratically elected President of Ukraine in February 2014 was one of the most important geostrategic occurrences during the past...

How the U.S. Aristocracy Deceive the U.S. Public

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The progressive former Democratic U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman wrote at Forbes, on 22 July 2014: Another year has passed with...

US imposes sanctions against 10 Venezuelan officials over election — RT US News

Published time: 9 Nov, 2017 17:55 Edited time: 9 Nov, 2017 18:22 The US Department of...

Trump’s CNN Threat a Potential Abuse of Power | Free Press

WASHINGTON - The U.S Department of Justice has told AT&T executives that they may need to divest Time Warner’s Turner Networks — including CNN...

Was Trump Really This Honest?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org After all of the trumpeting against Donald Trump by the ‘news’media and by all Democratic politicians and many Republican...

America’s Trump, w. 37% Favorable Rating, Seeks Overthrow of Iran’s Rouhani, w. 62% Favorable...

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The investigative journalist Gareth Porter says that  U.S. President Donald Trump, whose favorable-rating among Americans is 37%, is determined...

The Struggle for Independence: From Ireland to Catalonia

Photo by Lolo Manolo | CC BY 2.0 Falling into line with other EU governments, the Irish government declared it’s support for Spain against Catalonia....

Does Russia Produce ‘Fake News’? Or Does America? Or Both?

Eric Zuesse The biggest difference between American and Russian news-reporting has been a simple factual issue between the two sides, on what incident started the...
video

Video: Brazil’s ‘Donald Trump of Brazil’ Runs for President

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's bombastic, homophobic, sexist, and dictatorship-defending presidential candidate is rising in the polls. Mike Fox reports from Brazil Visit ... Via Youtube

Trump’s Hate-Iran Campaign

Eric Zuesse On October 19th, the far-right Foundation for Defense of Democracy (FDD) held a “National Security Summit” which featured as speakers both Donald Trump’s...

My Guantánamo Diary, Uncensored | By

If I wanted to, I could put my pen down right now, close my office door behind me, and go for a long walk...

Black Is White, White Is Black, in the Washington Post

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The Washington Post presents a shockingly imaginary Syria, in which the U.S. Government has been the friend of the...

Herman Bell’s Beat-Down

"Why don't you Americans drop the bullshit about the land of the free and the home of the brave? Admit you're now basically a...

‘They Have a Systematic Campaign to Ethnically Cleanse the Entire Rohingya Population’

Janine Jackson interviewed Azeem Ibrahim about the Rohungya ethnic cleansing for the October 13, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Americans Need a Public Debate Now, For and Against Replacing Trump by Pence

Eric Zuesse Here is an argument for replacing Trump by Pence. Here is an argument against replacing Trump by Pence. The public needs now to become engaged...

Trump, Iran and the US drive for world hegemony

  ...

2 or 3 Things I Know About Late-Stage Capitalism | By

A number of recent, press articles, including an over 8000 word feature piece in the New York Times have asked, to quote the The...

Trump’s Values Voter Speech is the End Result of Fundamentalist and Capitalist Education |...

It may be hyperbolic to claim that Donald Trump’s speech at the Values Voter Summit has ushered in an era of conservative Christian capitalism,...

Trump promises to free people of faith & fight ISIS (VIDEO) — RT America

US President Donald Trump pledged to free people of faith from bureaucratic oppression, fight ISIS, and...

Studies Show Republicans Don’t Understand What Produces Wealth in America

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A Pew poll published on May 2nd was headlined "Why people are rich and poor: Republicans and Democrats have...

NATO “Concerned by Russia’s Military Buildup Close to Our Borders”

Eric Zuesse The Secretary-General of NATO said this on October 9th, speaking in NATO member Romania, right across the Black Sea from Russia’s region of...

U.S. Public Don’t Care if ‘News’Media Lie

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org To say that the U.S. public don’t care if ‘news’media lie, is shocking, but I shall here present evidence...

Migration of the Tax Donkeys

Recalling Japan’s ‘Comfort Women’ Rapes

Japan’s current nationalist leadership downplays and denies many crimes from World War II, but a global movement continues to press...

Catalonia's Referendum Unmasks Authoritarianism in Spain

I have long worried about the rise of authoritarianism in the European Union. The Spanish government's violent crackdown during the Catalonia referendum on Oct. 1 is the latest crisis...

Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Freedom of Oxford over Rohingya crisis

Published time: 3 Oct, 2017 14:07 Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to be...

The Trump Presidency

  David Barsamian: You have spoken about the difference between Trump’s buffoonery, which gets endlessly covered by the media, and the actual policies he is...

Gallup: Trump Has Record-Low Approval Ratings

What are the implications, nationally and internationally? Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest job-approval rating in Gallup’s latest poll (which was...

Spanish Police Injure 800 in Crackdown on Catalonia Independence Referendum as Crisis Escalates

AMY GOODMAN: I'm Amy Goodman in New York. Juan González is at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, as we end today's show by looking at the...

When Fascism Won’t Die: Why We Need to Support Catalonia

People in the United States, especially those from the 1980s onward, know little of Spain’s Civil War (1936-1939) and the long dictatorship that followed....

Iran Forging a New Path in Spite of the US’s Best Efforts at Sabotage

Prior to his election as President of the United States Donald Trump had been highly critical of the agreement reached between China, France, Germany,...

Constitutional Crisis Looms in Spain as Catalonia Looks to vote on Independence

Despite various attempts by the Spanish government to stop a symbolic referendum on independence from being held in the wealthy region of...

How America’s Corrupt Government Wastes Its Taxpayers’ Money

Eric Zuesse First, just look at these billions of dollars of U.S.-taxpayer-purchased weapons being exploded — simply wasted — in Ukraine, instead of killing people...

People ignore facts that contradict their false beliefs.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The more people there are who ignore facts that contradict their beliefs, the likelier a dictatorship will emerge within...

Trump Threatens a Genocide

As President Trump taunts North Korea’s leader with schoolyard insults, the terrifying possibility is that his threat to “totally destroy”...

Cuban FM delivers stinging takedown of Trump in UN speech

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s controversial speech at the UN General Assembly, Cuba delivered...

American President Trump v. Iranian President Rouhani, at the U.N.

Eric Zuesse On September 19th, America’s President Donald Trump stated his American case to the United Nations General Assembly. On September 20th, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani...

Gallup: 71% of Americans are “Dissatisfied with the way the nation is governed”

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A Gallup poll headlined on September 17th, "Seven in 10 Dissatisfied With Way U.S. Is Being Governed”, and reported...

North Korea envoy walks out ahead of Trump UNGA speech (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Published time: 19 Sep, 2017 16:40 Edited time: 19 Sep, 2017 16:44 Donald Trump’s first...

Jefferson vs. Hamilton

How Alexander Hamilton... Brion McClanahan Buy New $18.29 (as of 10:52 EDT - Details) “A thinking American...

Principles of Persecution: India’s Systematized Human Rights Violations

Arbitrary detentions, torture, mass graves and mass rapes. No, you are not reading about a rogue third world authoritarian dictatorship. Instead these are words...

Liberals Don’t Respect a Nation’s Sovereignty

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org When the United States and some of its allies in 2003 invaded and destroyed Iraq on false pretenses —...

Bill in Congress to Fund CIA and NSA Outlaws Wikileaks

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The bill in Congress to fund U.S. intelligence services includes a provision, Sec. 623, which states: SEC. 623. SENSE OF...

‘Weapons for tyrants’: UK blasted for inviting human rights abusers to arms trade fair

Britain’s biggest arms fair starts Tuesday, and will play host to several countries labelled ...

An Empire Upside Down

In the early months of the Trump administration, high-profile White House visits from foreign leaders from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East garnered headlines...

If Hillary Had Won

The Idiotic Lecture I Keep Getting A recurrent problem with some who read Left essays on U.S. politics is that a writer of such essays...

Trump Continues Invasions that Can’t Succeed

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Do you remember the Vietnam War, which produced somewhere between 1,450,000 and 3,595,000 deaths? What good did America’s invasion...

Spain: Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Photo by Rick Ligthelm | CC BY 2.0 When the Catalans goes to the polls Oct. 1, much more than independence for Spain’s restive province...

August 28 – September 3: Surge in support for the Bolsheviks

Kerensky’s fortunes are in free fall. His military campaign produced a disaster, and a German counteroffensive...

'Worst aggression in 200 years': Venezuela stands up to new US sanctions

Caracas has blasted Washington’s new sanctions against Venezuela, following the latest round of restrictions that the...

Workers Struggles: the Americas

  ...

Trump’s Fascism versus Obama’s Fascism

Eric Zuesse, as originally posted at The Saker Barack Obama was the only U.S. President who at the United Nations defended nazism — racist fascism...

The Saudi-Israeli Alliance

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Two of the U.S. government’s supposed allies are supposedly not allies of each other but enemies of each other,...

Vassal Aristocracies Increasingly Resist Control by U.S. Aristocracy

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at The Saker The tumultuous events that dominate international news today cannot be accurately understood outside of their underlying context, which...

The Fire and Fury of Nuclear War

The latest terroristic bombast out of Donald Trump about unleashing “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on North Korea is very...

‘You cannot imagine’ events in Britain: Renowned radical cartoonist talks to RT’s Going Underground

Published time: 7 Aug, 2017 11:22 A renowned political cartoonist who depicted Prime Minister Theresa...

Let Every Taboo Fall

I can never quite make up my mind whether politics is important or unimportant to me. I have only to read the latest headline...

The Folly of Democratic Socialism

How apropos that on the weekend of the annual convention of Democratic Socialists of America taking place in Chicago the socialist government of Venezuela...

Remembering Fela Anikulapo Kuti: Revolutionary African Musician

Fela Kuti was a revolutionary African musician, the inventor of a genre which he called ‘Afro-Beat’ and the scourge of successive military dictatorships and...
video

Video: Now Maduro’s Turn: US labels Venezuelan leader ‘dictator’ same as Assad, Hussein, Gaddafi

The US has been most vocal – branding last Sunday's vote illegitimate and President Maduro's leadership a dictatorship. And as RT's Murad Gazdiev reports,...

Venezuela unrest used to target Labour leader Corbyn

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable and a number of backbench MPs...

A Manual for a New Era of Direct Action

Movement manuals can be useful. Marty Oppenheimer and I found that out in 1964 when civil rights leaders were too busy to write a...

The Empire Is Hungry for Corpses

“Iran must be free. The dictatorship must be destroyed. Containment is appeasement and appeasement is surrender.” Thus does our Churchill, Newt Gingrich, dismiss, in dealing...

Protests in Poland as Right-Wing Ruling Party Dismantles Democracy

Tens of thousands poured into the streets in Poland Thursday night, condemning proposed laws that would dramatically weaken the nation's judicial system, just two...