Author Archives: Robert Barsocchini

Taking Personal Responsibility for Our Health: Introduction to Evidence-Based Nutrition

Why should we care about making diet choices based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence?  Because diet appears to be the number one cause of death and disability in the US… Physician and New York Times bestselling author, Michael Greger, “scours the … Continue reading

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New Research Indicates Google ‘Brazenly’ Manipulating People to Vote for Hillary: Prof. Epstein

Must read article by Robert Epstein, noted psychologist and professor with PhD from Harvard. He covers Google’s motives for wanting to influence people to vote for Clinton, and research his team is conducting that illustrates how Google may be doing … Continue reading

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US Citizens Can’t Sue Saudis for Perpetrating 9/11, but Can Sue Iranians Who Had Nothing to Do With It: Obama

Update to the situation covered in the below video report by Washington’s Blog: Since the video was made, the House and Senate have unanimously passed an act that could make it possible for US 9/11 victims to sue Saudis for … Continue reading

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Historian Gerald Horne talks to Washington’s Blog about the Reaction to Kaepernick and why No One Should Stand for the Current US National Anthem

As Colin Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated for the US national anthem continues to highlight and provoke conversation about racism and oppression in the country, I asked attorney and Professor of African American studies at the University of Houston, Dr. … Continue reading

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Black Movements in US must Work with Int’l Allies to Fight Oppression at Home: Prof. Horne

In the below interview, attorney and history professor Gerald Horne stresses that it is important for black (and other) anti-oppression movements in the US to make use of international allies to put pressure on an angry white majority culture that … Continue reading

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Despots “Donate” to Clinton Foundation, Receive Weapons from Hillary: Leaked Docs

Newly leaked documents provide further details on what Harper’s magazine calls the Clinton family’s “slush fund”, the Clinton Foundation. As Secretary of State (the US government position chiefly responsible for coordinating US international arms trafficking), Hillary Clinton accepted millions of … Continue reading

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Easy Way to Boost Testosterone

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Hillary Clinton Invoked Possible Assassination of Obama as Reason to Stay in Race in ’08

After Donald Trump’s comment this week that could possibly have been interpreted to be leaning towards brushing with suggesting the assassination or imprisonment of Hillary Clinton, or, more likely, as Robert Parry pointed out, some kind of violent revolution, Clinton … Continue reading

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Progressive Leader Norman Solomon Slithers Into Bed With Neocon Leader Robert Kagan

by John V. Walsh Norman Solomon betwixt the political sheets with Robert Kagan?  How could that be?  Has our political world turned upside down? Driving south to Mountain View in my new home state of California, I tuned into KPFA, … Continue reading

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WaPo: Trump, Adviser Carter Page are ‘Broadly Non-Interventionist’

US military magazine Stars and Stripes published a WaPo piece noting that Carter Page, an “American foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump”, says the US takes an “‘often-hypocritical focus on democratization, inequality, corruption and regime change’ in its dealings with … Continue reading

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UN: Root of US Police Terror is ‘Lack of Accountability for Perpetrators’

Philando Castile, shot to death this week by a police officer. US police kill approximately 1,000 people per year according to Federal statistics, disproportionately targeting African and Native Americans and other minority groups.  The UN expert panel on people of … Continue reading

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Chomsky on Noble Intentions, Self-Deception, and Relation to Acts of State Terror like Iraq Invasion

Clip from Chomsky interview with Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Rutgers, Robert Trivers. Full interview. We may also draw analogies between liberal-intellectual rationalizations for mass murder by state and those given by executives at companies pushing and selling … Continue reading

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As US Controlled NATO Meets: U.S. War on Russia and China Will Mean Ruin for the Whole of Europe and Asia

by John V. Walsh What we shouldn’t do now is inflame the situation further through sabre-rattling and warmongering. .. Whoever believes that a symbolic tank parade on the alliance’s eastern border will bring security is mistaken. .. We are well-advised … Continue reading

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July 4th reflections from a man who may have experienced the US more fully than anyone in its history

Frederick Douglass, one of the most brilliant minds in history, had many praises for the US and its founders. However, he experienced the nation more fully than any of them, beginning his life a victim of the totalitarian fascism they … Continue reading

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Studies Suggest Google is Biggest Mind-Control Device Ever Created and is Manipulating in Favor of Hillary

Additional information here: In this extract from his new book When Google Met Wikileaks, WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange describes the special relationship between Google, Hillary Clinton and the State Department — and what that means for the future of the … Continue reading

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Corporate Government Complicity with Big Tobacco

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US Eugenics, Enslavement, and Neoliberalism in Puerto Rico

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#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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