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Why Does the EU Ally with the U.S.?

Eric Zuesse VIDEOS that starkly pose the problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=1566&v=yalyCk4kK-8 (The following is actually several videos, introduced by an article from me, providing context to them all.) http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/02/brookings-wants-villages-firebombed-ukraines-anti-terrorist-operation.html And here is a BBC documentary that offers deep context, going back to … Continue reading

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Polls Show Syrians Overwhelmingly Blame U.S. for ISIS

Eric Zuesse The British polling organization ORB International, an affiliate of WIN/Gallup International, repeatedly finds in Syria that, throughout the country, Syrians oppose ISIS by about 80%, and (in the latest such poll) also finds that 82% of Syrians blame … Continue reading

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Cause of Syria’s Incredible Bloodshed Is Finally Confirmed

Now that Obama & ISIS are losing in Syria, a Western diplomat admits: In 2012, Russia was willing to negotiate Assad’s stepping down. Washington ignored that, expecting to impose (not negotiate with Russia) a government of Washington’s (Obama’s) choosing. British … Continue reading

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Big Lie: U.S. Allies with Saudis ‘Because We’re Addicted to Their Oil’

Eric Zuesse In Syria and elsewhere, the U.S. allies with Saudi Arabia and other Sunni nations that back or even install ISIS and Al Qaeda Islamic jihadists, even while the U.S. wages war against those jihadists. This has puzzled some … Continue reading

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Oil Price Increase Will Not Come Fast Enough To Save Alberta

“There’s just no cash.” That’s the Coles Notes from a senior banker describing the book of oil service loans he manages for one of Alberta’s leading lenders. There’s simply not enough cash flow to support current levels of debt. Bankers … Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin’s Foreign-Policy Objectives, & His Desire for U.S. to Be an Ally

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On September 4th, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin restated, as he has many times before, that he seeks a U.S.-Russian alliance to overcome the global Islamic jihad movement, in Syria, Iraq, and everywhere. Then, on … Continue reading

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HISTORIC NEWS: Finally, EU Breaks Away from U.S.

Eric Zuesse On Saturday, September 12th, United Kingdom’s Labour Party elected as its leader and their candidate to lead the UK, Jeremy Corbyn, who has been the most vocal British critic of the UK’s serving as the lap-dog of an aggressive … Continue reading

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Unmasking ISIS

INTRODUCTION Where did ISIS come from? How was it able to gain land, arms and money so quickly? This book will answer those questions … and unmask ISIS. Part 1 shows that the U.S. – through bad policies and stupid … Continue reading

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Is OPEC Too Big To Fail? Not Anymore

A lot of people, including several OPEC members, thought the oil slump would be easing by now. Instead, as oil prices languish near multi-year lows and experience unprecedented volatility, it’s now unclear how long it will take oil prices to … Continue reading

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More Iranian Oil Could Hit The Market Now That Iran Deal Is Assured

U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy initiative – the historic nuclear deal with Iran – appears poised to fend off Congressional opposition. After several Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. Senate came out in support of the Iran deal in … Continue reading

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Desperate Putin Not Giving Up On Asia Just Yet

As Russia reels from low oil prices and western sanctions, it continues to try to pivot to the east. Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to China last week to meet with President Xi Jingping and attend China’s military parade. Naturally, … Continue reading

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U.S. Has Now Retrospectively Joined Fascist Side in WW II

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org At a commemorative celebration in Beijing on Thursday September 3rd, marking the 70th Anniversary of China’s freedom from the aggressor Japan ending World War II in China, the United States conspicuously avoided siding with … Continue reading

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The Mirage Of An Iranian Oil Bonanza

The P5+1 agreement with Iran on Iran’s nuclear program has generated (sometimes fevered) anticipation of an Iranian oil bonanza at the end of the nuclear agreement rainbow, both in terms of the increase in Iranian crude output and the business … Continue reading

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In Syria, Putin Calls Obama’s Bluff, Joins War Against ISIS

Introductory note: Some of the terrific readers here pointed out in the reader-comments that this article is based on lies that were passed, I suspect by U.S. intelligence but it might have been Israeli intelligence or some other party, to … Continue reading

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Why Did Oil Prices Just Jump By 27 Percent In 3 Days?

Oil prices have posted their strongest rally in years, jumping an astounding 27 percent in the last three trading days of August. While much of the recent price movement defies reason and is enormously magnified by speculative movements by traders … Continue reading

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OPINION: Why Every American Should Vote for Bernie Sanders

Eric Zuesse, commenting about Thad Beversdorf’s article about Sanders’s record On August 19th, the brilliant Thad Beversdorf opened by posting a five-minute-long 2003 video of Vermont’s then-congressman Bernie Sanders, who was interrogating the deified Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, and … Continue reading

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The World’s First Clean Oil Sands Project: An Interview With Dr. Gerald Bailey

After decades of exhaustive attempts to overcome the dirty reputation of oil sands, we finally have an environmentally-friendly and low cost method to tap into these vast resources in the state of Utah—good news both for Mother Nature and all … Continue reading

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Why So Much Oil Price Volatility? Blame The Speculators

Oil prices crashed last week only to rebound at lightning speed. On August 28, oil prices surged 10 percent, the largest one-day gain in seven years. So, what happens next for oil prices? On the face of it, the crash … Continue reading

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U.S. Publicly Splits v. EU on Ukraine War

Eric Zuesse There now is open disagreement between three Western leaders regarding how to move forward with regard to Ukraine: Barack Obama of the United States, versus Francois Hollande of France, and Angela Merkel of Germany. On Friday, August 29th, … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders versus Obama & the Clintons: The Big Difference

Eric Zuesse I state here why I have come to support Bernie Sanders for President: Whereas Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — the modern Democratic Establishment — have been so conservative they might as well have called themselves … Continue reading

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U.S. Gov’t. Says: ‘July 2015 was warmest month ever recorded for the globe’

Eric Zuesse To global-warming-deniers such as the Koch brothers and Exxon/Mobil, the news that was reported on 20 August 2015 must be just a ‘coincidence,’ but the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported then that July 2015 was “the … Continue reading

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The Latest Science on Global Warming

Eric Zuesse Because of the prejudiced coverage of the global warming issue that’s common in much of the press, I have decided to present highlights from one of the most comprehensive articles that’s now being considered by one of the … Continue reading

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George Soros’s Fakery

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org George Soros pretends to be a progressive, but he invests in and finances nazis. That’s not “Nazis” as in National Socialist Party of Germany, which was outlawed after WW II, and whose racist obsession … Continue reading

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Will Japan Win the Darwin Award?

Japan Re-Starts Nuclear Plan Near Active Volcano We reported last October: Scientists warned that an earthquake could take out Fukushima. The Japanese ignored the warning … and even tore down the natural seawall which protected Fukushima from tidal waves. Fukushima … Continue reading

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How & Why the U.S. Media Do Propaganda Against Russia

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The owners of U.S. newsmedia know that in order to serve their fellow U.S. aristocrats who want to kick out Russia’s current leader, Vladimir Putin, so as to enable them to buy Russia’s natural … Continue reading

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Putin Giving Up on Assad, Says Erdogan

Eric Zuesse Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was asked by an interviewer last week, “On the question of Syria, have you seen changes in the attitude of Russian President Putin?” and Erdogan replied: “As compared to the past, there is … Continue reading

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The U.S. Is Destroying Europe

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org In Libya, Syria, Ukraine, and other countries at the periphery or edges of Europe, U.S. President Barack Obama has been pursuing a policy of destabilization, and even of bombings and other military assistance, that … Continue reading

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Pew Global Poll Finds that Obama’s Effort to Isolate Russia Is Succeeding

Eric Zuesse The latest Pew international poll finds that whereas U.S. and global sentiments toward Russia were rather moderate, not hostile, until after U.S. President Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012, the sentiments toward Russia both in the U.S. and in … Continue reading

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Obama’s Climate Plan: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

We’ve explained why the emphasis in Obama’s climate plan on nuclear, fracking and carbon credits is ugly. But there’s a positive aspect to Obama’s climate plan: state-level energy plans. Specifically, decentralizing power supplies is key to protecting against terrorism, fascism … Continue reading

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Obama Makes Fracking a Cornerstone of Climate Policy … But Fracking Does Much More Harm than Good

A Fracked Up Policy “Clean natural gas” from fracking has been touted for years as a cure for global warming.   It’s a cornerstone of Obama’s climate plan. But scientists say that fracking pumps out a lot of methane … into … Continue reading

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Obama Sells Out Human Health and the Environment By Making Nuclear a Centerpiece of Climate Policy

Obama has made nuclear energy a centerpiece of his climate push. In reality, nuclear is NOT a low-carbon source of energy … and funding nuclear crowds out the development of better sources of alternative energy. Mark Jacobson – the head … Continue reading

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U.S. Tries to Stir Ethnic Division in Crimea

Eric Zuesse On Saturday, August 1st, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko (who now acknowledges that his government is illegitimate and that his predecessor Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown in a February 2014 coup), sent greetings to an international conference of supporters of Tatars in Crimea, at the … Continue reading

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Former Exxon President On Mission To Clean Up Oil Sands

Canada has given oil sands a dirty reputation, but a breakthrough, commercially viable technology has caught the eye of a former Exxon Mobil president who is putting it to use to clean up Utah’s billions of barrels of oil sands. … Continue reading

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White House Petition to Extradite Big Game Hunter Walter Palmer to Zimbabwe reaches 75,000 Signatures Since Yesterday

Text of the WhiteHouse.gov petition, which has received almost 76,000 signatures since it was created yesterday: Extradite Minnesotan Walter James Palmer to Face Justice in Zimbabwe Cecil the Lion, a resident of Zimbabwe’s national park, and a national icon, was … Continue reading

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How Aristocrats Have Gotten Away with Even Mass-Murder

By Eric Zuesse, as originally published at strategic-culture.org. On 8 July 2015, in a pervasively ignored but historically very important news event (briefly mentioned by the BBC), the only trial ever in which a former head of state was convicted in … Continue reading

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Warren Buffett And Elon Musk To Spark A Lithium Boom

The age of electrification across the transportation sector, the solar panel revolution, and Tesla’s battery gigafactory are igniting a battle for the cheapest battery. That will transform lithium into a boom-time mineral and the hottest commodity on the energy investor’s … Continue reading

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Risk Experts Who Predicted 2008 Financial Crash: GMOs Riskier than 2008 Crash … “The G.M.O. Experiment, Carried Out In Real Time and with Our Entire Food and Ecological System As Its Laboratory, Is Perhaps the Greatest Case of Human Hubris Ever”

Painting by Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com Risk analyst Nassim Nicholas Taleb predicted the 2008 financial crisis, by pointing out that commonly-used risk models were wrong.  Taleb – a distinguished professor of risk engineering at New York University, and author of best-sellers … Continue reading

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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Implies EU Membership Might Be Impossible

Eric Zuesse Ukraine’s Euro-Integration website headlined on July 25th, “Klimkin: ‘If Ukraine Won’t Be an EU Member Within 5 Years, We Won’t Ever’,” and reported that, “Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin claims that if Kiev is required to wait 5 years before applying … Continue reading

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EU Visa-Slams Ukrainians After February 2014 Ukrainian Coup

Eric Zuesse Although the coup in Ukraine in February 2014 was allegedly done in order to get Ukraine into the European Union (because the overthrown President Viktor Yanukovych had just before declined the EU’s offer for Ukraine to join the … Continue reading

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Ukrainian News Service Says Standard of Living Is Plummeting

Eric Zuesse The plunging economy of Ukraine has evidently become so bad that Ukrainians now can even feel safe to call publicly for stopping the war against the separatist Donbass region of the country, and for reallocationg those military expenditures … Continue reading

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Perhaps This Is Obama’s Grand Strategy

Eric Zuesse Washingtonsblog’s anonymous founder and principal commentator is one of the most deeply knowledgeable writers on current events, and on July 19th he headlined “Governments Worldwide Will Crash the First Week of October … According to 2 Financial Forecasters.” He noted that both Martin … Continue reading

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California To Get Relief from Drought: El Niño to the Rescue

Forecasters Predict a Rainy Winter California is finally set to get some drought relief … Specifically, forecasters say a strong El Niño is heading our way. Time gives odds: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said there is now … Continue reading

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OPEC, Get Ready For The Second U.S. Oil Boom

What OPEC countries fear most is a follow-up technological revolution that will lead to a second oil boom in the U.S., and that fear is now being realized. A technological revolution spurred the U.S. oil boom that resulted in the … Continue reading

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The Multi-Trillion Dollar Oil Market Swindle

In the past, I documented the overstatements by both the IEA and EIA in 2014 & 2015 in terms of supply, inventory and understatements of demand. Others also noticed these distortions and, whether intentional or not, they exist and they … Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin States Russia’s New Strategy

Eric Zuesse Russian President Vladimir Putin presented, on July 3rd, to Russia’s Security Council, the nation’s new National Security Strategy, which encompasses not merely military, but especially economic, agencies within the Russian Federal Government. Because his statement was ignored in … Continue reading

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U.S. Wealth-Concentration: The Most-Accurate Current Estimates

Eric Zuesse CURRENT REALITIES: Wealthiest Tenth (10%) of Americans Own 75% of America; They Draw 40% of All U.S. Income. Wealthiest Hundredth (1%) of Americans Own 43% of America; They Draw 20% of All U.S. Income. Wealthiest Thousandth (0.1%) of Americans Own 22% of America; … Continue reading

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New U.S. National Military Strategy: U.S. May Invade Any Non-‘Ally’

Eric Zuesse On July 1st, the White House, Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued “The National Military Strategy of the United States of America 2015” (officially dated June 2015), and at its top is: “U.S. ENDURING NATIONAL INTERESTS: The security of the United States, … Continue reading

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Current Oil Price Slump Far From Over

The oil price collapse of 2014-2015 began one year ago this month (Figure 1). The world crossed a boundary in which prices are not only lower now but will probably remain lower for some time. It represents a phase change … Continue reading

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Bill Gates’s Idiocy (or Is It Psychopathy?)

Eric Zuesse Bill Gates was interviewed in the Thursday June 25th Financial Times, about global warming investments, and he said some remarkably stupid things, but explaining what he said requires a lot of intelligence; so, maybe what he said isn’t … Continue reading

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The Day the Earth Died

And Why Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Etc., Were Virtually Silent About It Eric Zuesse As the civilizations that we all know, and love, and lived, slide increasingly into totalitarian misery; and the environment, which had been our lives, becomes less and … Continue reading

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