Author Archives: Robert Barsocchini

#ReasonsForBrexit

Businessman Graham Vanbergen points out: Corporate interests now have a disproportionality high level of political influence on a truly global scale. A good example would be Cecilia Malmstrom, the lead EU Trade Commissioner of the TTIP negotiations between Europe and … Continue reading

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Leading Antiwar Progressives Speak Favorably of Aspects of Trump’s Foreign Policy

by John V. Walsh (republished with permission of the author).  Until recently the progressive mind has been resolutely closed and stubbornly frozen in place against all things Trump. But cracks are appearing in the ice.  With increasing frequency over the … Continue reading

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Amnesty International: “Slavery Still Reigns in US Prisons”

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Pictures of Major Cities Before and After US Aggression, Proxy War

US foreign policy is intended to ‘help’ people like US slavery was intended to ‘help’ Africans (which US slave-drivers said it was). (via Jeblary Bushton, @Jeblary2016)

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Corporate Media Backing Clinton Exploits Orlando Shooting for Passive Holocaust Denial

Within hours of the mass shooting in Orlando, the corporate media backing neoconservative favorite Hillary Clinton began, almost unanimously, to exploit the opportunity to passively promote holocaust and genocide denial. Outlets including the NY Times, CBS News, NBC News, CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, and so on, all referred … Continue reading

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Even for a Democrat, Clinton Stands Out as Violent, Aggressive

Robert Parry says in his latest piece that while the Democrats have been “a reluctant war party” since 1968, by nominating Hillary Clinton, they have once again become an “aggressive war party”. Noam Chomsky notes that indeed, Hillary Clinton would … Continue reading

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Russian-Americans Warn Nuclear War Will Leave Millions of Americans Dead. Which Candidate Most Likely to Deescalate?

A group of Russian-American political analysts have issued a detailed warning to US citizens.  They note that allowing the regime in Washington to attack or provoke Russia might leave the US in ruins and tens or hundreds of millions of … Continue reading

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Obama Violates Nuclear Treaties while Iran Upholds Them

The IAEA issued a new report reconfirming that Iran is “complying with the P5+1 nuclear deal, and that Iran’s stockpiles have all remained below the limits set forth in the deal.” The ‘deal’ has been selectively imposed, mainly by the … Continue reading

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Father of Western Economics Took ‘Most of his Best Ideas’ from Sharia Law

Transcript with references:  In the West, Adam Smith is considered to be the ‘father of economics’.  He is ‘revered’ both by Western academics and in Western popular culture and government, particularly within the ‘citadel of the international right wing’, Washington, … Continue reading

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Top Russian Judge: US ‘Exceptionalism’ Rhetoric is Hitlerian

Russian Constitutional Court Chairman Valery Zorkin pointed out that US exceptionalism rhetoric is the same as rhetoric used by the Nazis, and that it also exemplifies Orwell’s observation that certain people and groups proclaim themselves to be ‘more equal’ than others.  Zorkin noted … Continue reading

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US Hacking, Spyware Targets Include Mass Media, Phone, and Energy Companies

US corporate government wants to control and drain as much of the world as possible.  Reuters, The Register, and others summarize some of its methods: “The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives …. giving … Continue reading

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US Blocks 9/11 Suits against Saudis while Compensating Saudi Bombing Victims

A brief summary of how the US oligarchy has been throwing its ‘own’ civilians under the bus in favor of its terrorist friends in the Saudi dictatorship. Robert Barsocchini is an internationally published author who focuses on force dynamics, national … Continue reading

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On Border Incident, US Sources Give One Perspective, Own, While Russian Source Gives Multiple, Including US

These two stories make a fine illustration of why it is crucial to read broadly, pushing one’s comfort zone and challenging the tendency towards confirmation bias. This one, by Buzzfeed (an outlet funded, for example, by a $200 million dollar … Continue reading

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Vote Hillary to Stop Don: That’s a Stance Based on Privilege, Racism, Solipsism

Democrats who tell us we must vote for Hillary as the ‘lesser of two evils’ are speaking from a position of privilege and racism. Their privilege means they don’t have to live under the Corporate Empire’s bombs, terrorism, and aggression, … Continue reading

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Given Ultimatum, Obama Forced to Publicly Display Preference for Saudi Terror-Leader, Money, over 9/11 Victims

Whereas Obama has previously tried in public to downplay his preferences in this area, he has now been forced to display them and has announced to the US population that he sides with Saudi dictator Salman bin Abdulaziz over the … Continue reading

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Empire Files Exposes What Hillary Clinton Really Represents

The above is devastating for Clinton and will further diminish her wavering support among non-oligarch US citizens, relegating her to being elected by the anti-democratic means on which she relies, from kick-backs and slush-funds to hundreds of billions of dollars … Continue reading

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Clinton Throws Women Under Bus for Corporate Cronies

Hillary wants us to ignore the dream of MLK and judge her not by the content of her character, but by her gender.  These are some of the reasons why: In the 1990s, with Hillary Clinton as First Lady and … Continue reading

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Candidate Donor Charts

More data on Trump.

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Nixon Chief Policy Officer: We Created ‘War on Drugs’ to Oppress Blacks, Antiwar Movement

According to Harper’s magazine, John Ehrlichman, chief policy officer for Nixon, says of the ‘war on drugs’ implemented by the regime: “You want to know what this was really all about? The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White … Continue reading

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The Blurry Line between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’: a Review of New Book, ‘ISIS IS US’, by Washington’s Blog and Other Authors

By studying the history of the US, from its origins in genocide, white supremacy, oligarcho-fascism, and mass enslavement, to its continuing genocides, ethnic cleansings, terror-bombings, assassinations, coups, cluster bomb and other weapon sales, and annexations and atrocities-by-proxy around the world … Continue reading

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US-Backed South Sudan, with ‘Special Relationship’ with US Officials, Rapes, Pillages, Burns People Alive: UN

Jason Ditz reports: “A new report from the UN human rights office is accusing the US-backed government of South Sudan” of “encourag[ing] troops and their militia allies to loot private property and rape women” in lieu of pay. The UN reported … Continue reading

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Emeritus Russia Scholar at Princeton: Obama, US are ‘Testing, Provoking Russia’, Pushing towards Hot War

Points from interview with Stephen F. Cohen, Emeritus scholar of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University: “The US in its history has never put troops so close to Russia, going back to the eighteenth century.”  (Okay, this … Continue reading

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Targeting Terrorists, Genocide Prevention, R2P, Humanitarian Intervention, Democracy Promotion, Right to Self-Defense

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Ralston Saul: Neo-Liberalism / Neo-Conservatism a Low-Level Form of God-Worship

Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges interviews John Ralston Saul, an ‘award-winning philosopher, novelist and essayist’ who is considered ‘Canada’s leading public intellectual’. Some points detailed in the discussion: -Neo-liberalism / neo-conservatism relate to neither ‘liberalism’ or ‘conservatism’.  They are an ideology … Continue reading

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Animal Law Professor: Veganism Part of the Commitment to Non-Violence

Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges interviews Gary L. Francione, ‘Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark.  Francione received his M.A. in philosophy and his J.D. from … Continue reading

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US Does Not Invoke NATO Charter to Close Turkey/Syria Border, Cut ISIS Recruitment: Prashad

Abby Martin interviews Dr. Vijay Prashad, professor of International Studies at Trinity College and author of several books. Dr. Prashad explains that the US allows Turkey to keep its border porous, benefiting ISIS and other groups working to overthrow Syria’s … Continue reading

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Second Most Biased Source Possible Alleges Putin Involved in Assassination

An inquiry from the second most biased source possible, the UK, (which comes in second to the US), a country completely hostile towards Russia, has speculated that Putin was ‘probably’ involved in the assassination via poisoning of an ex-spy. There … Continue reading

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Former Hiroshima Mayor: The Nine Nuclear Weapons States Lack Moral Leadership

Afshin Rattansi interviews former mayor of Hiroshima Dr Tadatosh Akiba. The two most important events of WW2 were the Holocaust and nuclear bombings.  Nazi-style concentration camps are now almost universally condemned.  That nuclear weapons continue to exist in nine states … Continue reading

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US a Shining Example unto ISIS

The US illustrates to ISIS, and the world, that the path to the seat of regional and then global power is genocide, land-theft, mass enslavement, never paying reparations, then wielding this illegally and brutally obtained money and military hardware over … Continue reading

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To Avert Worst Crisis, 3/4ths of World’s Oil Must Stay in Ground

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Islamophobia Derives from Empire’s Interest in Controlling Middle East

Abby Martin interviews Dr. Deepa Kumar, professor of media studies at Rutgers University, for Empire Files:

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Obama Offers Definition of ‘Anti-Americanism’

Obama has for approximately seven years censored thousands of pictures documenting US torture of Iraqis committed during the illegal US invasion of their country.  The censored photos are supposedly “worse” than those leaked from the US torture/snuff facility at Abu … Continue reading

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US Made ‘Cold War’ Plans Wipe Out Much of Planet’s Population

Given the US’s long history of wiping out huge numbers of people in the service of physical and hegemonic expansion, it may be unsurprising that the nation planned ‘a wholesale slaughter of much of the planet’s population’ during the Cold … Continue reading

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US Marine who Invaded Iraq: Only Iraqis can Understand Pure Evil, Genocide US has Waged on their Nation

By participating in what he now calls the US’s ‘genocidal military campaign’ against Iraq, former marine Vincent Emanuele says he ‘helped create ISIS‘: I think about the hundreds of prisoners we took captive and tortured in makeshift detention facilities staffed … Continue reading

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Bush Military Official: US Citizens Must Stand Up to Stop the Empire

From ‘Empire Files‘: “Abby Martin interviews retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former national security adviser to the Reagan administration, who spent years as an assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell during both Bush administrations.” A few of the … Continue reading

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ISIS Objective Not to Kill Westerners, but Drive them From Mideast: Margolis

Eric Margolis: Recent attacks by ISIS sympathizers in Paris, London and San Bernardino, California, are not random acts of mindless violence and gory atrocities. Far from it, they are part of a well-developed strategy by the Islamic State, or ISIS, … Continue reading

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The Violent Crimes and Shady Dealings of Hillary Clinton

At the end of the year in which Hillary Clinton left her position as Secretary of State, 2013, the Obama regime’s USA was voted, in Win/Gallup’s global poll, as the greatest threat to peace in the world, with the runner-up, … Continue reading

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Religious Studies Prof: ISIS is ‘Eerily like’ the US

Ira Chernus, professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder: To sustain our image of ourselves as innocents in the whole affair, we have to blot out this empirical history and replace it with a myth (not so … Continue reading

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The ‘Phony Mystery’ of Why the West gets Attacked

Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, ‘who led teams of investigators to document the effects of U.S. bombing and sanctions on Iraq’, which killed some 500,000 children, describes the ‘cruelty’ the US has inflicted on that country since 1991 (through … Continue reading

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Checking the Record: What Does it Take to Stop a US Offensive?

Professor Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, interviewed by Abby Martin:

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How Western Media Increases Terrorism through Language

Although it is fundamentally biased in favor of the West, one good thing about Reuters is its attempt at neutrality regarding its use of the buzz-word “terror”.  Reuters only uses the term and its variants in direct quotes.  This is … Continue reading

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In Wake of Paris Attacks, Greenwald References Brad Hoff’s Report on 2012 DIA Docs re Emergence of IS

Pulitzer-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald published an article this week documenting how the West, including France, has both empowered and antagonized ISIS prior to the recent attacks in Paris (more documentation here and here.  Reuters: “Islamic State warned in a new … Continue reading

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If US Assessment that Russian Plane Crash was ISIS Bombing is Correct, Next Plane Could be American

Principal reasons to oppose the US invasion of Syria are: 1) Washington is a brutal, hegemonic-expansionist military organization seeking to extend its power.  Talk of promoting human rights, doing “good”, etc., is a sleazy, universal tactic for violent groups and … Continue reading

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Doctors Without Borders: In US Attack, Doctors and Medical Staff Shot while Fleeing

Doctors Without Borders has released its report on the US attack on their hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. HuffPo: At least 30 people were killed in the airstrikes, led by U.S. forces, the report said. “Patients burned in their beds,” it added, and … Continue reading

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If US Assessment that Russian Plane Crash was ISIS Bombing is Correct, Next Plane Could be American

Principal reasons to oppose the US invasion of Syria are: 1) Washington is a brutal, hegemonic-expansionist military organization seeking to extend its power.  Talk of promoting human rights, doing “good”, etc., is a sleazy, universal tactic for violent groups and … Continue reading

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SLAM Congress’ Phone Lines: Support the Troops by Keeping Them OUT of Syria

By Dan Sanchez: In 2013, the Obama administration was gearing up to launch an air war on the government of Syria. Antiwar.com and other outlets responded by leading a campaign of Americans contacting Congress to say, “Hell no!” The campaign’s … Continue reading

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New Undercover Footage from Tyson Factory

From RT: Members of the group Mercy For Animals went undercover at a Tyson plant and captured footage of day-to-day operations. Arkansas-based Tyson is the largest meat producer in the world. Approximately 150 billion animals are killed each year by … Continue reading

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Study Finds Almost All Sanitary Cotton Products Contaminated with Probable Carcinogen

85 percent of sanitary cotton products tested in a new study were contaminated with glyphosate, which was recently ruled a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization and is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, used worldwide. Roundup is … Continue reading

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US Announces New Sale of Warships, Munitions to Saudis

As Saudi Arabia, backed and coordinated by the United States, continues a war of aggression against Yemen, the US has decided to sell Saudi dictator Salman bin Abdulaziz four more warships as well as munitions and other equipment valued at … Continue reading

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Leaked Report: US-Backed Pinochet Dictatorship had High-Level Ties to Child-Torturing Ex-Nazi’s Fortified Cult

There’s a headline for you.  Yet the terms come from a Yahoo News report, which seems to be fairly well buried, as it only has one comment.  And, crucially, the report makes no mention whatsoever of the US support that … Continue reading

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