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Ukraine Prepares for an Attack Against Russia

Eric Zuesse The post-coup leaders of Ukraine have routinely said that Ukraine should destroy Russia; and, now, starting on February 24th, they are placing into position the key prerequisite for doing so, which is the advanced Anti-Ballistic-Missile, or ABM, system, … Continue reading

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John Pilger: America’s Predatory Ideology – Fascism

John Pilger’s latest essay, a must read for all, is a sweeping review that looks at the “common thread” of US action: fascistic mass murder.  Pilger also highlights the reasons behind the slaughter, detailing the monetary and power-gains made by the controllers, including up … Continue reading

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Did Berkeley Just Save Us From Drones or Target Us With Drones?

Cities and states across the United States have been taking various actions against drones, while the federal government rolls ahead with project fill the skies. Robert L. Meola has been working for years now to get Berkeley to catch up … Continue reading

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Award-Winning Journalist Ben Swann on the Origins of ISIS

Video report: Ben Swann on the origins of ISIS: A product of Direct US Action In the report, Swann discusses how: Politicians and media, with good reason, are not telling you the truth about where ISIS comes from and how it … Continue reading

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Two Gaza-Related Videos to Check Out

Oxfam today called for Israel to immediately end its illegal blockade of Gaza, and said rebuilding Gaza after Israel’s latest massacre, with the blockade in place, would take 100 years. Here is an example of what Israel did to Gaza … Continue reading

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Top Ukrainian Nazi Visits U.S. Congress, Pentagon, Seeks Weapons for Ukraine

Eric Zuesse The Deputy Speaker of Ukraine’s parliament, Andriy Parubiy, who had been the co-founder of the Nazi-inspired Social Nationalist Party of Ukraine, met in Washington on Wednesday, February 25th, with members of the U.S. House and Senate who support … Continue reading

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Not a Bug Splat, Not Chattel

U.S. drone “pilots” refer to people they burn to death in places like Pakistan as “bug splat” because they look like bugs being squished to death on the pilots’ video monitors and because it’s easier to murder bugs than humans. … Continue reading

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Washington’s Blog: The eBook

Eric Zuesse suggested that I write an eBook, rounding up our news stories and information in one place. That would be a big – but doable – project.  We would need to prioritize the effort, and would therefore likely make … Continue reading

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Propaganda Success: How the U.S. Gov’t. Has Reveled in the Success of Its Lying Propaganda

Submitted by Eric Zuesse First: There’s the reality of how the Malaysian MH17 airliner was shot down by the Ukrainian Air Force, as instructed by Barack Obama after he had failed to get the EU sanctions he wanted against Russia, and there … Continue reading

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Teaching critical thinking to high school students: US Government research/presentation (5.3 of 6)

The following are my teaching assignments on critical thinking for California 12th grade students in the semester-long courses, “US Government” and “Economics.” I offer them for non-profit use: Information and recommendations for your child’s success (and overall introduction to this … Continue reading

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What’s Behind Ukraine’s Secret Weapons Deal with UAE

Eric Zuesse U.S. President Barack Obama apparently is going ahead with his plan for NATO missiles to be placed in Ukraine aimed against Moscow, but found a way to do it that won’t violate the warnings by Russia’s President Vladimir … Continue reading

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Study: Fluoride Can Harm the Thyroid … Leading to Depression, Fatigue and Weight Gain

“What Has … Changed Is How Much Toxicologists Know About The Harmful Effects Of Fluoride Compounds” The Telegraph reported yesterday: Fluoride could be causing depression and weight gain and councils should stop adding it to drinking water to prevent tooth … Continue reading

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Forget The $1 Trillion Platinum Coin–Here’s the $10 Trillion Stone Coin

The point I’m making with the $10 trillion stone coin is that if money is a social contrivance, then it should be distributed to those creating goods and services. You’ve probably heard of the $1 trillion platinum coin proposal: the … Continue reading

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6 Times More People Currently Live In Caves In China Alone Than Lived In Caves All Over the World During the Stone Age

The Los Angeles Times reported in 2012: More than 30 million Chinese people live in caves …. In contrast, the global human popular during the Stone Age was 5 million people. So there are 6 times more people living in … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking and Nuremberg Tribunal vs… the American Sniper Movie

The American Sniper movie, which Professor of International Affairs Sophia A. McClennan finds to be “a terrifying glimpse” of a “mind-set that couples delusion with violence”, has rallied countless would-be “sand-nigger” killers and “sand-nigger-killer” cheerleaders with the religio-philosophical pronouncement that groups … Continue reading

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No Weapons to Ukraine

No Weapons to Ukraine An Open Letter to the U.S. Senate Reject S. 452, “A bill to provide lethal weapons to the Government of Ukraine.” Sign here: http://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/no-weapons-to-ukraine Why is this important? The United States is the leading provider of … Continue reading

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Slick Tricks from US Assassination Instruction Manual

The US definition of assassination in a 1953 instruction manual includes that assassination is “the planned killing of a person who is not under the legal jurisdiction of the killer”, “whose death provides positive advantages” to the organization that performs … Continue reading

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U.S. Army Claims to Be Full of Liars

“Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession” is the title of a new paper by Leonard Wong and Stephen Gerras of the U.S. Army’s Strategic Studies Institute. Its thesis: the U.S. Army is full of liars who habitually lie … Continue reading

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Grexit Drama Greenlighted for a 5th Season–New Characters, New Plot Twists

Season 5 of the popular drama GREXIT is now in production. The political-financial drama Grexit was greenlighted for a 5th season, as new characters and new narratives have reinvigorated a series that was clearly flagging in mid-2014. Given the sleepy … Continue reading

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A New Way to Hold Gold (2015 Update)

What if you could carry and exchange gold in the exact same manner as you do with the dollar bills in your wallet? Last year, we introduced the precious metals community to a company called Valaurum, which has developed a … Continue reading

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Financial War: US Wants to Trigger Wave of Russian Bankruptcies

[translated by Eric Zuesse, from German Economic News:] http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/02/23/finanz-krieg-usa-wollen-pleite-welle-von-russischen-unternehmen-ausloesen/ Financial War: US wants to trigger wave of Russian bankruptcies German Economic News  |  Published: 02/23/15 12:55 clock  |  42 Comments The US government insists on a tightening of sanctions against Russia, and demands that the EU follow … Continue reading

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Teaching critical thinking to high school students: US Government research/presentation (5.2 of 6)

The following are my teaching assignments on critical thinking for California 12th grade students in the semester-long courses, “US Government” and “Economics.” I offer them for non-profit use: Information and recommendations for your child’s success (and overall introduction to this … Continue reading

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Europeans Want TTIP Trade-Deal, Though Obama Blocks Making Its Terms Public

Eric Zuesse TTIP is a secretly negotiated trade deal between the U.S. and the EU, and all indications are that it will replace each nation’s drug-safety, product-safety, food-safety, environmental, and worker-protection, regulations and laws, placing them into the hands of … Continue reading

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Obama’s War-Policies Show a Pattern

On the First Anniversary of Ukraine’s Maidan Coup: Obama’s War-Policies Show a Pattern [Editor’s Note: Documentation on each of the key points in this news report and analysis can be seen by merely clicking on the link where the given … Continue reading

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Dailykos’s Cover-Up of Obama’s Ukrainian Atrocities

Eric Zuesse Generally speaking, the falsely-called ‘liberal’ (some even call it ‘progressive’) website dailykos (founded and owned by the ‘formerly’ far-right Markos Moulitsas Zuniga) has ignored President Barack Obama’s coup a year ago in Ukraine, which violently overthrew that country’s … Continue reading

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State Terrorists Infiltrating Billions of Cell Phones

State terrorists from the organizations that committed the worst crime of the 21st century thus far, the illegal invasion of Iraq, have also hacked into and can “secretly monitor a large portion of the world’s cellular communications”, as reported in The Guardian, based … Continue reading

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Not Very Funny

By David Swanson Remarks prepared for event with comedian Lee Camp, Charlottesville, Va., February 21, 2015, event postponed by snow storm. When it’s rescheduled I’ll say something completely unrelated. This is the serious part of tonight’s event, except that Lee … Continue reading

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Ukraine Conscripts Children in Foreign Countries

Eric Zuesse Ukraine is now so desperate to murder more residents in its Donbass region, that it is conscripting for its ethnic-cleansing there to clear the Donbass land of its residents (who had voted 90% for the man whom Obama … Continue reading

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Teaching critical thinking to high school students: US Government research/presentation (5.1 of 6)

In this post, AP teacher Carl Herman shares his teaching assignments on critical thinking for California 12th grade students in “US Government” and “Economics.”

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Crimea: Was It Seized by Russia, or Did Russia Block Its Seizure by the U.S.?

Eric Zuesse Both before and after Crimea left Ukraine and joined Russia in a public referendum on 16 March 2014, the Gallup Organization polled Crimeans on behalf of the U.S. Government, and found them to be extremely pro-Russian and anti-American, … Continue reading

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Greece and the Endgame of the Neocolonial Model of Exploitation

With the bankruptcy of Greece now undeniable, we’ve finally reached the endgame of the Neocolonial-Financialization Model. We all know how old-fashioned colonialism worked: the imperial power takes physical control of previously independent lands and declares its ownership of the region … Continue reading

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UK Guardian, Bank of England: ‘Banks create money as debt.’ Translation: debt-free money, at-cost credit create instant prosperity

The UK Guardian is Earth’s third most-read on-line newspaper. In a revealing article, The truth is out: money is just an IOU, and the banks are rolling it in, the author explains what the Bank of England and US Federal … Continue reading

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The Catastrophic Costs of Extend-and-Pretend Are About to Crush Europe

Like a star which has expanded and now cannot maintain its grand state, Europe’s extend-and-pretend economy is now poised to experience a supernova implosion. The costs of ill-conceived policies are always paid by someone–usually those with the least political power. … Continue reading

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OPINION: Russia’s Outrageous Treatment of a Right-Wing Ukrainian Film Director

Eric Zuesse Oleg Sentsov is an anti-Russian Ukrainian nationalist who also happens to be a screenwriter and director of Ukrainian-language movies. Because he hates Russia and refuses to accept Crimea’s being again a part of Russia (which it was between … Continue reading

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Teaching critical thinking to high school students: Case study of failure to end poverty (4 of 6)

The following are my teaching assignments on critical thinking for California 12th grade students in the semester-long courses, “US Government” and “Economics.” I offer them for non-profit use: Information and recommendations for your child’s success (and overall introduction to this article … Continue reading

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Failed Discipline, Failed Reforms and Grexit: Why the Euro Failed

There is no substitute for the discipline of a market that cannot be manipulated by political elites. It’s not that difficult to understand why the euro is doomed to fail. Given its structure, there is no other possible outcome but … Continue reading

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Leading Ukrainian Nazi Will Visit Washington Next Week Seeking Weapons

Eric Zuesse Andrey Parubiy, a co-founder of the Social Nationalist Party of Ukraine, which the CIA renamed the “Freedom” Party (“Svoboda”) in order to hide its origin as Ukraine’s nazi party, announced on Sunday February 15th, that he’ll be seeking … Continue reading

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Greece and Euroland’s Crumbling McMansion of Debt

All the gimmicks lenders press on borrowers to maintain the artifice that the loan is being serviced are financial frauds. Sometimes the best way to summarize a complex situation is with an analogy. The Greek debt crisis, for example, is … Continue reading

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Gallup: Americans’ Fear of Russia Soars

Eric Zuesse Gallup headlined on February 16th, “Americans Increasingly See Russia as Threat, Top U.S. Enemy,” and reported that whereas back in 2011 only 3% of Americans answered “Russia” when asked “What country anywhere in the world do you consider to be … Continue reading

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Teaching critical thinking to high school students: what critical thinking is (3 of 6)

The following are my teaching assignments on critical thinking for California 12th grade students in the semester-long courses, “US Government” and “Economics.” I offer them for non-profit use: Information and recommendations for your child’s success (and overall introduction to this … Continue reading

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Evidence About the Connection Between the Ukrainian Coup and Crimea’s Breakaway

Eric Zuesse Little attention is generally paid to the connection between the February 2014 coup in Ukraine, and Crimea’s breakaway from Ukraine. The testimony that will here be cited helps fill this in. An attorney in the federal prosecutor’s office … Continue reading

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Bernstein’s Reminder about US Media

The famous investigative journalist Carl Bernstein, who “did the majority of the most important news reporting on the Watergate scandal”, documents that the US government has no external “need to manipulate” mass media outlets such as “Time magazine, for example, because there … Continue reading

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How Can This Happen? Here Is How.

Eric Zuesse How can this happen?: http://fortruss.blogspot.com/2015/02/ukrainian-soldiers-break-into-house.html Here is how: http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/ukraines-land-agency-give-land-to-soldiers-in-the-east-for-free-352100.html So: Ukraine’s troops are permitted to steal whatever they want from the residents in Donbass, the rebelling region. The particular victim here lives in an apartment, and so all … Continue reading

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How Science Died at the World Trade Center

Science has been misused for political purposes many times in history. However, the most glaring example of politically motivated pseudoscience—that employed by U.S. government scientists to explain the destruction of the World Trade Center (WTC)—continues to be ignored by many … Continue reading

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Cuba: Land of Opportunity

What can I be sure of after only one week in Havana? Very little. There are exceptions to every pattern, and sometimes more exceptions than patterns. But a few claims, I think, are possible: 1. The sea and this island … Continue reading

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Teaching critical thinking to high school students: The heart of social science (2 of 6)

The following are my teaching assignments on critical thinking for California 12th grade students in the semester-long courses, “US Government” and “Economics.” I offer them for non-profit use: Information and recommendations for your child’s success (and overall introduction to this … Continue reading

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Which Is Propaganda, Which Is News-Reporting?

Eric Zuesse FIRST: Here is CNN, reporting on 9 February 2015: —— FOR COMPARISON: Here is Russian Television (RT), on a related story, dated 10 February 2015: Ukraine Bombs Lugansk Soup Kitchen —— DISCUSSION: The CNN news-report was not posted … Continue reading

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We Live In An Era Of Dangerous Imbalances

The intervention by the world’s central banks has resulted in today’s bizarro financial markets, where “bad news is good” because it may lead to more (sorry, moar) thin-air stimulus to goose assets prices even higher. The result is a world addicted … Continue reading

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How Stupid Do They Think We Are?

Eric Zuesse Newsweek magazine headlined on February 5th, “‘Biggest NATO Reinforcement Since Cold War’ Sets Frontlines Against Russia,” and reported that, “According to general Charles Wald, former-deputy commander of U.S. European Command, … ‘The question for Europe is: is Putin creeping further and further … Continue reading

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Will China’s Currency Peg Be the Next to Fall?

I suspect China’s leadership is wary of unpegging the RMB for one reason: the FX market is too large to manipulate for long. What is China’s currency the renminbi (RMB, a.k.a. yuan) really worth? Nobody knows, because price discovery has … Continue reading

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Putin Wins, Obama Loses, in Draft Plan for Ukraine

Eric Zuesse The only way that U.S. President Barack Obama can win in Ukraine now is by negotiating subsequent details to become deal-breakers to the February 12th draft agreement, such that for Russian President Vladimir Putin not to accept Obama’s … Continue reading

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Cuba Through the Looking Glass

Today in Havana, Mariela Castro Espin, director of the national center for sexual education and daughter of the president of Cuba, gave us a truly enlightened talk and question-and-answer session on LGBT rights, sex education, pornography (and why young people … Continue reading

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FOURTH TURNING – THE SHADOW OF CRISIS HAS NOT PASSED – PART FOUR

In Part One of this article I explained the model of generational theory as conveyed by Strauss and Howe in The Fourth Turning. In Part Two I provided an overwhelming avalanche of evidence this Crisis has only yet begun, with … Continue reading

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Empire of Lies

How many nations are blessed with political and financial leaders who routinely state the unvarnished truth in public? Only two come immediately to mind: Greece and Bhutan: Greece, where the new leadership repeatedly states the nation is bankrupt and extend-and-pretend … Continue reading

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Cuba Is Our Family

Cuba and the Estados Unidos have been family for so long that relationships have been reversed, forgotten, turned inside out, and repeated. In the 19th century, the Cuban community in the United States and their supporters there were the base … Continue reading

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Obama’s New National Security Strategy Is Rabidly Anti-Russian

Eric Zuesse U.S. President Barack Obama’s just-issued National Security Strategy 2015 uses the term “aggression” precisely 18 times, all but one of which are either explicitly, or else possibly, referring to Russia, as allegedly doing the alleged “aggression” — never the U.S., … Continue reading

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Teaching critical thinking to high school students: connecting with parents (1 of 6)

The following are my teaching assignments on critical thinking for California 12th grade students in the semester-long courses, “US Government” and “Economics.” I offer them for non-profit use: Information and recommendations for your child’s success (and overall introduction to this … Continue reading

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FOURTH TURNING – THE SHADOW OF CRISIS HAS NOT PASSED – PART THREE

In Part One of this article I attempted to illuminate the concept of generational theory as articulated by Strauss and Howe in The Fourth Turning. In Part Two I provided proof this Crisis is far from over, with ever increasing … Continue reading

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Former CIA Analyst was Somehow Tracked, Pre-Arrested for Allegedly Planning to Commit “Crime” of Free Speech

Veteran investigative journalist Robert Parry notes that former CIA analyst Ray McGovern was illegally abducted and held against his will to prevent him from attending a speech (for which he had purchased a ticket) by war criminal Dave Petraeus: …someone in authority apparently … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Greece’s Exit from the Euro (Grexit)

Greece has the potential to be the small domino that ends up toppling much larger dominoes. Here is a preliminary semi-random list of thoughts on Greece’s exit from the euro. 1. I make no claim to expertise in this matter–but … Continue reading

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FOURTH TURNING – THE SHADOW OF CRISIS HAS NOT PASSED – PART TWO

In Part One of this article I laid the groundwork of the Fourth Turning generational theory. I refuted President Obama’s claim that the shadow of crisis has passed. The shadow grows ever larger and will engulf the world in darkness … Continue reading

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Cuba Is Good for Your Health

“It’s behind us,” Fernando Gonzales of the Cuban Five said with a smile when I told him just a few moments ago that I was sorry for the U.S. government having locked him in a cage for 15 years. It … Continue reading

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Cuba Uncensored

This evening, February 9, 2015, a handful of visitors from the land to the north asked an assistant (or “instructional” which I take to be a step below “assistant”) professor of philosophy about his studies and his teaching experiences here … Continue reading

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Cuba Is Hot

We arrived in Havana tonight, February 8, 2015, or year 56 of the revolution, 150 of us filling an entire airplane, a group of U.S. peace and justice activists organized by CODEPINK. The place is hot and beautiful despite the … Continue reading

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Al Qaeda’s Bookkeeper Spills the Beans

Eric Zuesse Zacarias Moussaoui was the bookkeeper for Al Qaeda, but the U.S. intelligence services have been keeping this fact secret as much as they can, because what he knows about the crucial financial backers of Al Qaeda can be … Continue reading

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The Top 1/10th of 1% Loves a Guaranteed Minimum Income: With One Caveat

Why wouldn’t the top 1/10th of 1% love a central bank-funded guaranteed minimum income? It is widely assumed that the super-wealthy top 1/10th of 1% are against a guaranteed minimum income (GMI) (also known as guaranteed basic income or basic … Continue reading

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FOURTH TURNING – THE SHADOW OF CRISIS HAS NOT PASSED – PART ONE

“Imagine some national (and probably global) volcanic eruption, initially flowing along channels of distress that were created during the Unraveling era and further widened by the catalyst. Trying to foresee where the eruption will go once it bursts free of … Continue reading

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Ukraine War- Poroshenko Enflames America’s War With Russia?

According to the BBC on Febuary 9th President Barack Obama: “The possibility of lethal defensive weapons is one of those options that is being examined.” What this means is if the Minsk talks fail, the US will supply lethal heavy … Continue reading

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NY Times Changes Tune on Oil Price Drop Motive

Those relying on the notoriously servile NY Times are now learning, several weeks late, that the recent drop in oil prices is likely politically motivated. Mike Whitney reports (“The Fallujah Option for East Ukraine”): Until this week, the mainstream media … Continue reading

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Is Tolerance of Dishonesty the Fundamental Problem in Our Culture?

Eric Zuesse NBC-TV’s star news-anchor Brian Williams got caught repeatedly lying and fabricating his fake-‘courageous’ personal involvement in news stories that he had ‘reported.’ At LinkedIn, Rob Wyse headlined recently, “Brian Williams Essentially Lied on His Resume, Or Exaggerated The Truth,” and he noted there: “Whether … Continue reading

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How Brian Williams Can Regain Our Trust

NBC News anchor Brian Williams is taking heat for having repeatedly lied to the public about an Iraq War experience that he never had. Williams has decided to take a few days off to see if the whole affair will … Continue reading

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Another Ukrainian Expert -No Russian Invasion or Regular Troops- Kiev Possible War Crimes

In an interview with Ukrainian Espesso TV in December, Ukrainian military expert Major Aleksander Taran confirmed what General Muzenko head of the Ukrainian Armed Forces had to say on the subject. During a briefing with General Muzenko he announced that “To … Continue reading

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U.S. Military Expert Shoots Down Washington’s Weapons-to-Ukraine Argument

Eric Zuesse Michael Kofman isn’t just a defense expert; he’s specialized in the precise region where Ukraine is located. He spent years managing professional military education programs and military-to-military engagements for senior officers at National Defense University.  There he served … Continue reading

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Diary of a Man Held For 13 Years in Indefinite Detention

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who has been held by Bush and Obama in indefinite detention in Guantánamo for 13 years now and remains there, has released a book he hand-wrote in the camp, called Guantánamo Diary.  Reporter Tom Carter explains that the … Continue reading

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New Video Evidence of America’s Coup in Ukraine — and What It Means

Eric Zuesse New video evidence has been added to the already-conclusive video evidence which shows that the U.S. Government was the controlling power behind the extremely violent  and illegal 18-27 February 2014 Ukrainian coup, which overthrew the democratically elected and never legally removed-from-power Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. This … Continue reading

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AP Economics teachers’ discussion board: 3 latest topics of Emperor’s New Clothes facts

Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers have a discussion board for questions and topics of interest. Since 2009, I’ve participated as best I can imagine to catalyze awakening among ~2,000 AP Econ teachers. Below are the latest three contributions I’ve made; the … Continue reading

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Greece: Are You Finally Ready to Do the Right Thing and Leave the Euro?

The era of living off borrowed money is over in Greece, and the Greek people now have a choice. Almost four years ago I wrote Greece, Please Do The Right Thing: Default Now (June 1, 2011). Default remains the only real … Continue reading

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Greece Exposes The Global Economy’s Achilles Heel

The new Greek political party, known as Syriza, the Coalition of the Radical Left, has done the unthinkable: they’ve dared to speak the truth. In this case, the truth is perfectly captured by the blunt assessment by the new Greek … Continue reading

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USA: Republicans Want to Force Arms to Kiev

http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/02/06/usa-republikaner-wollen-waffenlieferungen-an-kiew-durchsetzen/ “USA: Republicans want to force arms to Kiev” German Economic News  |  Published: 02/06/15 15:49 clock [Translation by Eric Zuesse, 6 Feb. 2015) If Merkel and Hollande fail in Moscow, the Americans want to supply Ukraine with weapons, say … Continue reading

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Merkel Apparently Fears Devastating Defeat of the Ukrainian Army

http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/02/05/merkel-fuerchtet-offenbar-verheerende-niederlage-der-ukrainischen-armee/ “Merkel apparently fears devastating defeat of the Ukrainian army” German Economic News  |  Published: 02/06/15 00:02 clock  |  52 Comments (Translation by Eric Zuesse, 6 Feb. 2015) Angela Merkel seems to anticipate the economic and military collapse of Ukraine. … Continue reading

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The Key That Is the Saudi Kingdom

Was the United States compelled to attack Afghanistan and Iraq by the events of September 11, 2001? A key to answering that rather enormous question may lie in the secrets that the U.S. government is keeping about Saudi Arabia. Some … Continue reading

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The Lesson of Greece: Only Collapse Makes Real Change Possible

When the illusion that the Status Quo can fulfill all its promises to everybody dies, the Status Quo starts the terminal slide to effective collapse. Of the many lessons we can learn from Greece’s difficult path to rejection of debt-serfdom, … Continue reading

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What Steven F. Cohen & Other Liberals Get Wrong About Obama & Ukraine’s War

Eric Zuesse Liberals won’t acknowledge that they’ve “been had” by Barack Obama when they believed his liberal rhetoric; they won’t acknowledge it, even after Obama has proven by his actions that he is actually extremely conservative (a total agent of … Continue reading

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The USD Bull in the Global China Shop

The long-term consequences of primary FX trends may be entirely unintended. Indulge me two “I told you so’s”: 1. That the U.S. dollar (USD) would rise a lot, confounding those busily digging the dollar’s grave 2. That the stronger dollar … Continue reading

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Addiction Is Not Addictive

Whether someone becomes addicted to drugs has much more to do with their childhood and their quality of life than with the drug they use or with anything in their genes. This is one of the more startling of the … Continue reading

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Rates Don’t Matter–Liquidity Matters

The cure for systemic fragility is not low interest rates forever–it’s a market that transparently prices credit and risk for lenders and borrowers, qualified and marginal alike. One of the most unquestioned narratives out there is that the Federal Reserve … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Feb 4th Updates -Prezrak (Ghost) Battalion Commander Alexey Mosgovoy – the Future of Ukraine’s War

As I am writing this the Ukrainian Rada has passed a law allowing foreign armies into Ukraine. They are currently discussing whether to combine armies with Lithuania and Poland. This vast force increase will provide equipment and personnel to cover … Continue reading

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Six Live Cremations the West Wants You to Ignore

Western selective outrage has always included burning people alive.  Acting exactly as any sane criminal would, Western criminals want you to let them get away with their crimes while they broadcast the often lesser atrocities of others as pretexts for continuing and … Continue reading

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Brookings Wants More Villages Firebombed in Ukraine’s ‘Anti Terrorist Operation’

Eric Zuesse INTRODUCTION Washington’s prestigious bipartisan think tank, the Brookings Institution, has now issued a call for American taxpayers to finance more firebombings, clusterbombings, and other support to the ethnic cleansing, which has been going on since Ukraine’s coup — the ethnic cleansing that’s … Continue reading

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It’s the Blind Partisanship

Why did the peace movement grow large around 2003-2006 and shrink around 2008-2010? Military spending, troop levels abroad, and number of wars engaged in can explain the growth but not the shrinkage. Those factors hardly changed between the high point … Continue reading

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Why Washington Post Gives Low Iraq Death Estimate

A recent Washington Post article states that the US invasion of Iraq caused “well over 100,000 deaths”.  Undeniably true. However, the careful phrasing is a way of printing the lowest possible number of deaths caused by the illegal invasion, and is intended to foster … Continue reading

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More Confirmation: US Knowingly Aided Al Qaeda in Libya

In 2011, as Washington’s Blog and others have documented, the US and its allies armed and aided Al Qaeda-linked forces in Libya. Secret intelligence reports from 2011, written before and during the illegal US-led attack on Libya and recently obtained by … Continue reading

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Born at War

Foreword to America’s Oldest Professions: Warring and Spying (available in Kindle version free this week.) One of the ways in which we commonly handicap our own struggles to reform the bad practices of the U.S. government is by imagining those … Continue reading

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When Veterans Try to End Wars

Nan Levinson’s new book is called War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built, but it left me wishing there were a “Where Are They Now” chapter, because it ends around 2008. The book … Continue reading

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Greece Just Blew Up the Empire’s Death Star of Debt

The Greek Elites and kleptocrats are terrified of the discipline that leaving the euro will impose, but the general public should welcome the transition to an economy and society that has been freed from the shackles of Imperial debt and … Continue reading

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Washington’s Not-So-Faulty Logic: Back al Qaeda-Linked Rebels in Libya, Crush Non-al-Qaeda-linked Rebels in Ukraine

Washington Times is reporting on new revelations about Obama/Clinton’s illegal decision to kill people in Libya. US intelligence, the top human rights groups, and scholars say Obama/Clinton’s claims of an impending “genocide” in Libya, the pretext for US planting and detonation … Continue reading

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Vintage Churchill

“The Aryan stock is bound to triumph.” – Winston Churchill (Sarasota Herald Tribune) … “One might as well legalise sodomy as recognise the Bolsheviks.” – Winston Churchill (Churchill: A Life) … “There is no need to exaggerate the part played … Continue reading

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Ukraine: “We Target Civilians.” Separatists: “Their Targeting Maps Prove It.”

Eric Zuesse Unofficially, the Ukrainian Government acknowledges that its war against its Donbass region is an ethnic-cleansing operation. The pro-regime Ukrainian TV station Hromandske TV — which is funded by the U.S. Government, the Dutch Government, and George Soros (via his International Renaissance Foundation … Continue reading

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The Debaltseve Encirclement Complete- 9000 Ukrainian Soldiers Trapped! Mercy Offered!

  Debaltseve is a key transportation city in Donbass and is now the scene of the largest battles of the Ukrainian war. Forces from Donetsk Peoples Republic (DNR) and Lugansk Peoples Republic(LNR) moved in surrounding Ukrainian infantry, artillery, and tank … Continue reading

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Exporting Sherman’s March

Sherman statue anchors one southern corner of Central Park (with Columbus on a stick anchoring the other): Matthew Carr’s new book, Sherman’s Ghosts: Soldiers, Civilians, and the American Way of War, is presented as “an antimilitarist military history” — that … Continue reading

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