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

Eric Zuesse Not only is there dissension within the European Union on account of the Polish President of the European Commission’s having rammed through on December 21st an extension of economic sanctions against Russia, but on the same day, the … Continue reading

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Obama Finally Commits to Putin’s Syrian Policy — Yet Continues Violating It

Eric Zuesse The basic policy-difference on Syria has been between U.S. President Barack Obama’s insistence that Syria’s legal President must be ousted before any peace-process starts, versus Russian President Vladimir Putin’s insistence that no foreign power possesses the right to … Continue reading

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Argentina’s Shale Gets Another Boost with Dow Investment

The state-owned Argentine oil company YPF issued a joint announcement with Dow Argentina – a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co. – to invest $500 million in shale gas exploration for 2016. That comes on top of the $350 million that … 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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Saudi Royal Family Announces Its New Global Sunni Military Empire

Eric Zuesse (NOTE: Some news-media have made clear to me flat-out that they won’t publish anything that criticizes the Saudi royal family, especially not as being what they really are, but I have included those media on my distribution-list anyway, … Continue reading

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Merkel Under Pressure: EU Countries Resisting Russia Sanctions

http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/12/14/merkel-unter-druck-eu-staaten-leisten-widerstand-gegen-russland-sanktionen/ Merkel Under Pressure: EU Countries Resisting Russia Sanctions German Economic News, translation by Eric Zuesse  |  Published:14:12:15 13:15 Clock The EU is in the surprising situation of needing to deal, at its upcoming summit meeting at the end of this week, with … Continue reading

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

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org According to Britain’s Telegraph, in a recent report, the U.S. Tow antitank missiles that U.S. President Barack Obama sent in October to the Islamic Sunni fighters in Syria to use against the forces of the … 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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Russia Losing Its Battle Against Jihadists in Syria

Eric Zuesse According to Russia’s Defense Minister on Friday December 11th, Russia had underestimated the jihadist forces in Syria when it entered the war against them on September 30th. Whereas at that time the estimated number of jihadists fighting there was 30,000, … Continue reading

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Declassified U.S. Government Report Prepared a Week After Fukushima Accident: “100% of The Total Spent Fuel Was Released to the Atmosphere from Unit 4”

We reported in 2011 that the International Atomic Energy Agency knew within weeks that Fukushima had melted down … but failed and refused to tell the public. The same year, we reported that the U.S. knew within days of the … Continue reading

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Strippers Suffering From Low Oil Prices

With Prices Below $50, what is a stripper to do? With OPEC breaking down and any kind of coordination among its members on price cuts looking increasingly unlikely, it now appears that oil prices could remain below $50 a barrel … Continue reading

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

Eric Zuesse The Saud family, Saudi Arabia’s royals, have called together a meeting on December 15th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, of their fellow fundamentalist Sunnis who are fighting against the secular Assad government to take over Syria, and the Sauds … Continue reading

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In another sign of the turbulent times for the renewable energy sector, Spain’s Abengoa has declared bankruptcy. The bankruptcy is notable for several reasons. First, it suggests how difficult the transition from conventional energy firms to solvent and stable renewable … Continue reading

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Fukushima Radiation Increasing In North American Waters … Detected Along a Stretch of More Than 1,000 Miles

Painting by Jonathan Raddatz  Ken Buesseler – head scientist at Woods Hole in Massachusetts,  one of the world’s top ocean science institutions – has been measuring Fukushima radiation off of the coasts of Japan and North America. Because governments ditched … Continue reading

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U.S.-Installed Ukrainian Regime Now Fears Return of Donbass to Ukraine

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On September 6th, Ukraine’s apostrophe news-site headlined, “Putin will try to return the Donbass to the Ukraine — Gerashchenko,” and quoted a prominent member of Ukraine’s parliament who is also a member of the … Continue reading

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Can OPEC Strike A Deal On Cutting Production Tomorrow?

OPEC is set to convene its twice-a-year meeting in Vienna, and a growing number of the group’s members are clamoring for production cuts in order to boost oil prices. The problem is a collective one. Sure, everyone agrees production should … Continue reading

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Turkey Tries to Lure NATO Into War Against Russia

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org When Turkey shot down a Russian bomber in Syria on November 24th, Turkish officials did so with the confidence that America’s anti-Russian military alliance, NATO, would protect Turkey against any possible military retaliation by … Continue reading

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

Eric Zuesse Some of the world’s top Al Qaeda operatives were freed from a Lebanese prison on Tuesday December 1st, to rejoin the U.S.-led war against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. America’s anti-Assad ally, Qatar, the chief financiers of the Muslim Brotherhood, negotiated with … Continue reading

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

Eric Zuesse French President Francois Hollande this week possesses more power than anyone else in the world, because he will be the key decision-maker shaping the future world-order when he meets separately on Tuesday and Thursday privately with the two men — … Continue reading

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German Economic News Infers France Will Re-Align with Russia, Abandon U.S.

Eric Zuesse U.S. President Barack Obama’s continuing refusal to work together with Vladimir Putin’s offensive in Syria to slaughter all jihadists there, has driven French President Francois Hollande to consider a fundamental re-alignment of France with Russia and away from the U.S. … Continue reading

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Will 2016 Be The Year Of Wireless Energy?

Wireless power has been a dream of mankind’s for decades, but the technology finally appears to be gaining some traction. Theoretically, numerous studies have shown that wireless power is possible through a variety of aerial transmission modalities. Yet the problem … Continue reading

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Why French Military Action In Syria Doesn’t Affect Oil Prices

The horrific attacks in Paris prompted a swift response from French President Francois Hollande, as he dispatched an aircraft carrier to the Eastern Mediterranean a day after airstrikes hit the key city ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. The United States responded … Continue reading

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Understanding the Power-Contest Between Aristocracies

Eric Zuesse At the core of global power stands the conflict between the Sauds and their Sunni clergy, versus the Iranians and their Shiite clergy. One can’t understand U.S.-Russian relations, nor much else of what is happening in the world, … Continue reading

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Saudis Planning For A War Of Attrition In Europe With Russia’s Oil Industry

Russia’s central bank recently warned about the growing financial risks to the Russian economy from Saudi Arabia encroaching upon its traditional export market for crude oil. Russia sends 70 percent of its oil to Europe, but Saudi Arabia has been … Continue reading

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LNG Glut Set To Worsen Considerably Over Next 3 Years

LNG supplies are set to boom over the next 3 years. The IEA’s 2015 World Energy Outlook expects LNG export capacity to grow rapidly in the short-term, with major new sources of supply coming mostly from Australia and the United … Continue reading

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Can Russia Withstand Saudi Onslaught In The European Oil Market?

Is Saudi determination to continue to defend its global crude market share and to let market forces determine crude prices finally unnerving Russia in general and Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin in particular? Toward the end of October, the Saudis began … Continue reading

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Argentina Pulling Ahead In The Race To Be The World’s Next Shale Hotspot

Billions of dollars are riding on the race for international shale production — and the competition has been coming down to Australia and Argentina the last several months. And Argentina just got a big boost. The country’s state-run oil and … Continue reading

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Political Climate Shifting Against The Oil And Gas Industry

Oil and gas companies have had a tough time over the past year trying to weather the storm of falling oil prices. But the political and financial winds are moving in the wrong direction for the industry, raising more “above … Continue reading

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No Matter How Well Russian Media Expose Western Lies …

Eric Zuesse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p54hHhlLjRk * Western ‘news’ media simply refuse to report the lying that’s done by Western ‘news’ media and their governments. Western media didn’t even report — and more than a decade after the fact, they still are not … Continue reading

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TPP Ignores Global Warming & Allows Murder of Labor Union Organizers

Eric Zuesse U.S. President Barack Obama’s capstone to his Presidency, his proposed megalithic international ‘trade’ treaties, are finally coming into their home-stretch, with the Pacific deal finally being made public on Thursday November 5th. The final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) proposed … Continue reading

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U.S. Prepares War Against Russia in Syrian Battlefield

Eric Zuesse On Tuesday November 3rd, U.S. Defense Department spokesperson Laura Seal told The Daily Beast that twelve F-15C air-to-air combat planes are being sent to the Incirlik Turkey Air Base for deployment in Syria against Russia’s Su-30 air-to-air combat … Continue reading

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North Dakota No Longer Attractive For Drillers Or Refiners

The performance of Blood & Oil, a soap opera based on the North Dakota oil boom, is not going well. The show saw its episodes trimmed by ABC amid tepid viewer interest. But the real life Bakken is also suffering … Continue reading

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

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org German Economic News  |  Published:10/31/15 01:23Clock |  http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/10/31/eu-und-nato-wollen-russland-mit-unterwanderung-der-medien-destablisieren/ (Translated here by — and then with closing commentary from — Eric Zuesse) EU, US and NATO are preparing a media offensive against Russia inside Russia. The alliance aim to operate propaganda against … Continue reading

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Oil Megaprojects Won’t Stay On The Shelf For Long

One casualty of the oil price downturn could be the megaproject. For years, as conventional oil reserves depleted and became increasingly hard to find, oil companies ventured into far-flung locales to find new sources of production. Extracting oil from these … Continue reading

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

Eric Zuesse I earlier reported that in an interview with Spanish newspapers published October 31st, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned U.S. President Barack Obama’s demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be removed from office, and Moon said: “The future … Continue reading

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Did Turks Vote to Become an Islamic State?

Eric Zuesse The most pivotal election in modern Turkish history was held on Sunday November 1st, and it has transformed Turkey from being the least religiously dominated of all Islamic-majority nations, as Turkey had been ever since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk … Continue reading

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What The Oil And Gas Industry Is Not Telling Investors

Oil prices crashed because of too much supply, but will rebound as production shrinks and demand rises. But what if long-term demand for oil ends up being sharply lower than what the oil industry believes? That is the subject of … Continue reading

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

Eric Zuesse In an interview with Spanish newspapers that was published October 31st, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned U.S. President Barack Obama’s demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be removed from office, and Moon said: “The future of Assad … Continue reading

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

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The news-report that the famed investigative journalist Seymour Hersh could not find an American publisher for, and that was consequently published only in Britain, has now been publicly confirmed by a research study into … Continue reading

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Could Turkey’s Sunday Election End the Invasion of Syria?

Eric Zuesse The Turkish election on Sunday, November 1st, is a contest between a Sunni, Saudi-U.S.-allied, Islamic-run Turkey, ruled by the Islamicist Sunni Recep Tayyip Erdogan; or else a non-religious neutralist Turkey, ruled by the human rights lawyer Selahattin Demirtas. … Continue reading

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Forget Vegas, Nevada Is Now About Reno And Lithium

Nevada is booming as new lithium companies rush in to stake out targets and massive business development gets underway, from Tesla to Amazon and Apple. As the state’s southwest corner fills up with new lithium players, Tesla gears up for … Continue reading

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World Health Organization: Prolonged Exposure to Even LOW Level Radiation Increases the Risk of Cancer

Over 300,000 Nuclear Workers from France, the UK and US Studied for Radiation-Cancer Link A major new study coordinated by World Health Organization’s cancer division – the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – finds that even low-level radiation … Continue reading

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Next Few Weeks Will Reveal Full Extent Of Oil Industry Suffering

Get ready for some bad news and red ink. With the bulk of quarterly earnings reports in the energy industry yet to be announced, there are already $6.5 billion worth of asset write-downs, according to Bloomberg. And that could be just … Continue reading

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

Eric Zuesse On Sunday the 25th of October, Republican U.S. Presidential aspirant Donald Trump was interviewed on CNN’s “State of the Union” show, and was asked about Iraq. He said, “I told you very early on, if we’re going to leave, … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton Scores with Republican Donors

Eric Zuesse An analysis of Federal Election Commission records, by TIME, shows that the 2012 donors to Mitt Romney’s campaign have been donating more to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign than they have been donating to the campaign of — listed here in … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton Pretends to Be Progressive; She’s Actually Conservative

Eric Zuesse The contrast between Hillary Clinton’s stated positions and her actual record, is stark. The record shows that she actually supports international trade treaties that allow the participating countries to allow international corporations to murder labor union organizers to … Continue reading

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U.S. Tells Iraq: If You Ally w. Russia Against ISIS, You’re Our Enemy

Obama makes clear that America’s war against Russia is more important than America’s war against ISIS. Eric Zuesse On October 14th, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the U.S. government had turned down the proposal from Russia’s President Vladimir Putin for the … Continue reading

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Europe Secretly Starts Imposing TTIP Despite the Public’s Overwhelming Opposition

Eric Zuesse The terms of Obama’s proposed TPP ‘trade’ treaty with Asian countries won’t be made public until the treaty has already been in force for at least four years. The terms of Obama’s proposed TISA (Trade In Services Agreement) … Continue reading

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

Eric Zuesse The richest person in the world isn’t anyone in the Forbes list, which excludes calculations for any heads-of-state, but is instead King Salman of Saudi Arabia, whose net worth is in the trillions of dollars. He virtually owns … Continue reading

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Is The Oil And Gas Fire Sale About To Start?

Much has been written about the mounting pile of debt for U.S. oil companies (not to mention the well-known Brazilian oil giant). Not that long ago, many oil and gas companies secured at least a part of their revenue by … Continue reading

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