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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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Let’s Try to Get the U.S. Institute of Peace to Do Something for Peace

The U.S. Institute of Peace has a great name, our tax dollars, and a terrible record. Let’s move it in a better direction. If you’ve never heard of the U.S. Institute of Peace, please keep reading. It works everyday with … Continue reading

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Massive Central Bank Intrusion Means Ever Increasing System Fragility

In markets distorted by permanent manipulation the most powerful incentive is to borrow as much money as you can and leverage it as much as you can to maximize your gains in risk-on asset bubbles. A core dynamic is laying … Continue reading

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Fascism From West Point

This headline in the Guardian is completely accurate: West Point professor calls on US military to target legal critics of war on terror. But it hardly covers to content of the 95-page paper being reported on: see the PDF. The … 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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The Troubling Decline of Financial Independence in America

By financial independence, I don’t mean an inherited trust fund–I mean earning an independent living as a self-employed person. Sure, it’s nice if you chose the right parents and inherited a fortune. But even without the inherited fortune, financial independence … Continue reading

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Here’s Why The Markets Have Suddenly Become So Turbulent

When stock markets are free-falling 10+% in a matter of days, it’s natural to seek some answers to the question “why now?” Some are saying it was all the result of high-frequency trading (HFT), while others point to China’s modest … Continue reading

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Large Portion of Israeli Settlers in Palestine are US Citizens

Native journalist Zebula Hebert told me that, in the Israeli colonization of Palestine, he sees “the United States’ genocide against American Indians. Gaza and the West Bank are two big reservations…” A new study out of Oxford University further reveals … Continue reading

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Why and How All Large Estates Should Be Taxed to Death

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org All non-taxation of estates at death is feudal; it’s systematic continuation of feudalism, into our own era. Here’s a good example to show this: U.S. National Public Radio’s (NPR’s) reporter Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, headlined on … Continue reading

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The Weak Tough Sell of the Iran Deal

Airing on PBS on September 12 will be an interview I watched taped at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia on August 28 with Wendy Sherman, the U.S. Under Secretary of State who played the key role in … Continue reading

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Who Will Be the Bagholders This Time Around?

Once global assets roll over for good, it’s important to recall that somebody owns these assets all the way down. These owners are called bagholders, as in “left holding the bag.” Those running the rigged casino have to select the … Continue reading

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Obama’s Ukrainian Forces Break Minsk Agreement: Resume Invasion

Eric Zuesse The U.S.-backed Ukrainian Armed Forces, on Wednesday August 26th, resumed their all-out war against the breakaway Donbass region, according to an announcement on August 27th by the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Deputy Commander, Eduard Basurin. Donetsk is the … Continue reading

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War: Legal to Criminal and Back Again

Remarks in Chicago on the 87th anniversary of the Kellogg-Briand Pact, August 27, 2015. Thank you very much for inviting me here and thank you to Kathy Kelly for everything she does and thank you to Frank Goetz and everyone … Continue reading

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First State Approves Drones with Rubber Bullets, Tasers, Pepper Spray, Tear Gas, Sound Cannons for Domestic Use

North Dakota has become the first state to approve government use of drones equipped with “less than lethal weapons”, including “rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas, sound cannons, and Tasers”. The bill passed largely due to the inherent corruption of … Continue reading

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Nazis’ Gold Train Is Said to Have Been Found in Poland

Eric Zuesse On 27 August, Polish Radio announced that two people have presented evidence that they have discovered Nazi Germany’s legendary “Gold Train,” containing art and that’s especially “laden with precious metals,” and that the pair are demanding a 10% … Continue reading

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Seven Ways Racism Is Built In

1. WEALTH GAP: The playing field is not level. The median wealth of a white household in the United States is over 13 times that of a black household, and the gap is widening. Most black households have less than … Continue reading

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The Greatness of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Or Not?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Many people are aware that U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt skillfully lured Japan into attacking Pearl Harbor so as to get the American public to support joining England’s war against Adolf Hitler’s Nazis.  Until the … Continue reading

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Global Markets to Fed: No Rate Hike, the Strong Dollar Is Killing Us

There are many reasons for global markets to melt down, but one that doesn’t get enough attention is the strong dollar. In effect, global markets are telling the Federal Reserve: don’t raise rates–the strong dollar is killing us. Here’s the … Continue reading

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Visual of Global Military Expenditures

How did the US propel itself so far ahead, to the point that it could, alone, comprise about half of global military spending? Professor of history at Cornell University: “The idea that the commodification and suffering and forced labor of … Continue reading

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Why the Bear of 2015 Is Different from the Bear of 2008

It’s tempting to see similarities in last week’s global stock market mini-crash and the monumental meltdown that almost took down the Global Financial System in 2008-2009. The dizzying drop invites comparison to the last Bear Market that took the S&P … Continue reading

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US withholding Chilcot Inquiry docs as they may discourage future wars US is interested in

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Privatization Is at the Core of Fascism

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Privatizations are increasingly fashionable, such as in Greece, Ukraine, the U.S., and UK — and privatizations are a central feature of fascism. The core of fascism is the idea that there is some elite, … Continue reading

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The Rise of the Permanent Prisoners of War

If someone has had the good fortune not to encounter the world of U.S. police and prisons, and the misfortune to learn about the world from U.S. schools, entertainment, and “news” media, a great place to start understanding one of … Continue reading

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Which U.S. Senators Really Want War on Iran — An Update

This is an update to “Which U.S. Senators Want War on Iran.” I’ve found there isn’t really any way to touch on this topic without misunderstanding, but here’s a try. Iran has never had a nuclear weapons program or threatened … Continue reading

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Is It Time to Get into Crash Positions?

With stock markets diving around the globe, a pressing question arises: is it time to get into Crash Positions? In case you forgot how to get into Crash Positions, here’s a reminder: After a dizzying 500+ point drop in the … Continue reading

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Environmentalist Writer Claims Military Saves Lives

Jeremy Deaton seems to be a fine writer on the subject of climate change right up until he stumbles across the propaganda of the U.S. military. I highlight this as the latest example of something that is so typical as … Continue reading

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Making Sense Of The Sudden Market Plunge

The global deflationary wave we have been tracking since last fall is picking up steam.  This is the natural and unavoidable aftereffect of a global liquidity bubble brought to you courtesy of the world’s main central banks.  What goes up … 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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Plunge Protection Teams of the World, Unite!

Central bankers are watching Marx’s dictum all that is solid melts into air play out in global stock markets with a terror informed by the scalding memories of 2008’s global financial meltdown. Once the trap-door opens, there is no bottom … Continue reading

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Former IAEA Head of Verification: AP’s Iran Doc a “Crude” Forgery

Former head of verification and security policy coordination at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Tariq Rauf, told The Huffington Post that a document disseminated by AP, which purportedly says Iran will “self-inspect” the Parchin center, is “Likely a crude attempt … 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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When $8.5 Trillion is Chump Change

Three cheers for Reuters pointing out that the Pentagon can’t explain what it did with $8.5 trillion that taxpayers gave it between 1996 and 2013. Three trillion cheers for a blogger who is pointing out that this fact renders many … 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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Most Disgusting Game Ever

No, I’m not referring to the U.S. election. I’m referring to “Bycatch.” The name refers not to fish accidentally caught and killed while trying to catch and kill other fish, but to humans murdered in a game in which the … Continue reading

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One Word Defines This Era: Stagnation

Beneath the surface PR of progress, the operant dynamic of this era is stagnation. Cheerleaders of progress have a few unalloyed wins in the past 15 years–battles won against diseases, for example–and a general increase in living standards among 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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China and the Decline in Quality (and Soon in Profits)

The general decline in the quality of tools and consumer goods predates the emergence of China as the workshop of the world, but the decline has gathered momentum with China’s dominance of manufacturing. Young people have little to no experience … Continue reading

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Is the New U.S. ‘Law of War Manual’ Actually ‘Hitlerian’?

Eric Zuesse The Obama U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has quietly issued its important Law of War Manual, and, unlike its predecessor, the 1956 U.S. Army Field Manual, which was not designed to approve of the worst practices by both the … Continue reading

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Crimes Against Humanity: .01% poverty-murder over 400 million people since 1995, more than all wars in recorded history

“Crimes against humanity” include any of the following acts committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack: murder; extermination; enslavement;… the crime of apartheid; other inhumane acts of a … Continue reading

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Redemption Remains

It is possible for people to behave well in a crisis. It is possible for people to maintain their dedication to good and kindness in the face of fear and horrific loss. The loved one of a murder victim can … Continue reading

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9-minute video: All Orwellian pieces of Earth’s bizarre jigsaw puzzle match what ‘Big Picture’?

hat tips: David Icke, jay4louise2 “By means of ever more effective methods of mind-manipulation, the democracies will change their nature; the quaint old forms — elections, parliaments, Supreme Courts and all the rest — will remain. The underlying substance will … Continue reading

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China, the Hollow Dragon

It is widely assumed that manufacturing (a.k.a. the world’s workshop) is the source of China’s wealth. But how can this be true, given that manufacturing profit margins are razor-thin in China, and have been since the early 2000s? Given that … 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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Voting With Your Feet

When do we finally accept the hopelessness of reforming a self-serving machine bent on destruction? My recent conversation with Max Keiser on Summer Solutions (25:45) included three bits of advice: 1. Stop financializing the human experience 2. Acquire skills, not … Continue reading

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DEPARTMENT STORE RESULTS IMPLODING

The government issued their monthly retail sales this past week and four of the biggest department store chains in the country announced their quarterly results. The year over year retail sales increase of 2.4% is pitifully low in an economy … Continue reading

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Another Big Lie About Ukraine’s War

Eric Zuesse What follows here, about the current U.S. government’s lying, is banned by all major news sites in the United States, and by most ‘alternative news’ sites, such as Common Dreams, Alternet, and Truthout (although some of those alt-news … Continue reading

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12-minute video: US military do War Crimes for .01% liars, Orwellian opposite of Oath to US Constitution

Mark Passio’s 12-minute video by 1stageofawareness: The time is coming for one of two futures: Critical mass recognize Emperor’s New Clothes facts of .01% crimes centering in war, debt that we use for money, and lies. As in the story, … Continue reading

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Corporate Media Crap Coverage of Sanders Is Norm

There are now articles about the predictable fluff BS horserace personality lifestyle crap coverage by the corporate media of the Bernie Sanders for president campaign (and articles about the predictable non-coverage of the Jill Stein for president campaign). I wish … Continue reading

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Public Law 86-90| The Vietnam War Gives the Precedent for Donbass

Could US Senator John McCain find North Vietnam on a map during or before the period he spent 5 years as a POW in Hanoi? Could you? The answer is no. North Vietnam only existed in Public Law 86-90. Some … Continue reading

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‘Hoping for change’ from President Trump? Eight minutes of video to consider

1-minute satirical campaign ad from JoyCamp, letting Trump speak his mind: 4-minute video of Trump’s choice of hobby time for staged violence, attention, and ego-service in the “Battle of the Billionaires” that is brilliantly perfect artistic representation of fake theatrics … Continue reading

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Acquire Skills, Not Credentials

My recent conversation with Max Keiser on Summer Solutions (25:45) included three bits of advice: 1. Stop financializing the human experience 2. Acquire skills, not credentials 3. Vote with your feet Today’s topic is acquire skills, not credentials. I have … Continue reading

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Mark Warner Hides From Virginia Public

Senator Mark Warner’s staff says he’s holding only unannounced, closed-door meetings in Virginia this summer. It’s a good thing he doesn’t have a job that requires knowing what the people of Virginia think about anything. Virginians can click here to … Continue reading

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West Wants Slavs Back as Slaves

Part of the motivation for the US and Western aggressiveness towards Russia can be traced to Russians being a Slavic ethnic group.  Slavs were one of Europe’s original sources of cheap labor and slaves, and, indeed, the word ‘Slave’ derives … Continue reading

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Bits of Hope

In the comments on a major NYT article about the brutality of ISIS – the kind of article the NYT only writes about “others” – the top comment, as voted by readers, with almost 1,700 up-votes, is: @_DirtyTruths

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Could a Plant Win a Presidential Debate?

I don’t mean an infiltrator planted in a nefarious plot to throw an election. I mean a green, soil-rooted, leafy plant. I’ve been reading Brilliant Green: The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence by Stefano Mancuso and Alessandra Viola. … Continue reading

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Meet the ‘Moderates’ the U.S. Is Supporting in Syria: They’re al-Qaeda

Eric Zuesse, as originally published by Strategic-Culture.org Increasing evidence is coming in that the groups the U.S. is trying to install into power in Syria are actually contending groups of Sunni Islamic jihadists who seem to agree on only one … Continue reading

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Our Government, Destroyer of Jobs

Conventional economists and pundits are puzzled why jobs growth has been so anemic in this “recovery.” Here’s one factor they overlook: our government. In theory, our government is supposed to encourage private sector job growth. In reality, all the hundreds … Continue reading

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Revolution? To the contrary, We the People demand enforcement of OBVIOUS Constitutional law to arrest .01% War Criminal wanna-be dictators

“The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration … Continue reading

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Whistle-Blower Chelsea Manning Facing “Indefinite” Torture in Prison

Sure, Obama is a torturer and protector and supporter of other torturers. But when he and members of his cadre, such as John Kerry, put on their best “trust me” grins and tell Edward Snowden to come on home, you’ll … Continue reading

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Best Slave will Detect No Hypocrisy in, Know No Higher Law Than, Master’s Will

A brush-up on some Frederick Douglass: “To make a contented slave, you must make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate his power of reason. He must … Continue reading

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The Two Core Beliefs of the Republican Party

Eric Zuesse 1: One core Republican belief is spread by religious fundamentalists, and it’s a conviction to do war against others by outpopulating them — reproducing more than the other humans do. Part of this is their campaign for fertilized human eggs … Continue reading

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Stop Financializing the Human Experience

Correspondent Dani A.M. (of Removing the Shackles) was kind enough to identify three bits of advice from my recent conversation with Max Keiser on Summer Solutions (25:45): (9:20 min: “We’ve been brainwashed into financializing the human experience.”) 1. Stop financializing the … Continue reading

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How corporate media covers everything important: all you’ll ever ever ever get until .01% arrests

4-minute video from 2008 by Representative Press that expertly proves typical corporate media “news” are easily-proved criminal lies: And a 7-minute video of the 2015 first GOP presidential candidate debate highlighting one ongoing “Big Lie” that US war on Iraq … Continue reading

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Forget the Fake Statistics: China Is a Tinderbox

When China’s tinderbox economy implodes, who will be left to bid up the world’s surplus commodities and real estate? After 30 years of torrid expansion, perhaps the single most consequential factor in China’s economy is how much of it is … Continue reading

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Little-Known Facts About the Fox News Republican Debate

Eric Zuesse TIME has posted the transcript of the August 6th Fox News Channel Republican Presidential candidates’ debate, and there are a number of interesting features in it that have not generally been covered in the press: 1: After introducing all … 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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70 Years of Korean War

After marking the destruction of Nagasaki and the police-murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson on August 9th, Americans have options for what to commemorate on August 10th. I’m inclined to think that August 10th should be formally recognized as Gulf … Continue reading

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Ukraine Bans 14 ‘Artists,’ Mainly Russians, as ‘Threats to National Security’

Eric Zuesse On Saturday, August 8th, Ukraine’s Interfax News Service announced that the Security Bureau of Ukraine had just issued, on Friday, a list of 14 ‘artists’ (mainly Russian actors) who ‘pose a threat to Ukraine’s national security.’ The Ukrainian State Film … Continue reading

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Trump Exposes US Political System Live at Republican Debate

In case you haven’t seen it, Mike Whitney highlights at CounterPunch the “most illuminating commentary to ever cross the airwaves”, as he puts it, which was given by Trump at the Republican debate.  The transcript: FOX News Brett Baier (talking … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Solutions, Not Fake Fixes

Since the status quo has no workable Plan B to “growth” in an economy in which household incomes have declined 8.5% in a supposedly expanding economy, real solutions must arise outside the status quo. It’s a lot easier to talk … Continue reading

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Fourteen Incredible Facts About 9/11

As the 14th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, it’s important to remind people that we still don’t know what happened that day. What is known about 9/11 is that there are many incredible facts that continue to be ignored by the … 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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Which U.S. Senators Want War on Iran

Let’s do the count: Senators rallying and whipping their colleagues to support the Iran agreement: 0. Senators admitting that Iran has had no nuclear weapons program and has never threatened or been a threat to the United States: 0. Senators … Continue reading

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Republican Party Gave First Presidential Debate to Fox News as Political Payoff

Eric Zuesse Millions of especially non-Republicans on Thursday night were disappointed to find that they couldn’t access the first Republican Presidential debate because they don’t subscribe to the Fox News Channel, the Republican Party’s news channel. Immediately, Newsweek posted an announcement explaining:  … Continue reading

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Who runs the Fed?

by guest author, professor of Law and Public Finance, Timothy A. Canova. I’ve been at two economic conferences with Tim, and admire his intellectual integrity. Tim’s article is excellent to answer the ever-important question: Cui bono? First 558 words (of … 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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Bernie Talks Militarism But Says Nothing New

Yes, I think the election season is a disastrously overlong distraction. If people’s interest in it can be used to get them to ask their heroes to lead on important matters — such as asking Bernie Sanders to rally the … Continue reading

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Gareth Porter: Obama’s Promoting Iran Agreement with One Hand Tied Behind Back

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Grave of Man Who Outlawed War Found in Chicago

Thanks to David Karcher and Frank Goetz and the staff at Oak Woods Cemetery, the grave of Salmon Oliver Levinson has been found: It’s not that it had been lost so much as that nobody had looked for it. Various … Continue reading

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Hiroshima-Nagasaki: 70-Year Nuclear Explosions Not Done Yet

By David Swanson, Telesur This August 6th and 9th millions of people will mark the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in those cities and at events around the world. Some will celebrate the recent deal … Continue reading

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I Sure Am Glad There’s No Inflation

We are constantly bombarded with two messages about inflation: 1. Inflation is near-zero 2. This worries the Federal Reserve terribly, because stable prices are deflationary and deflation is (for reasons that are never explained) like the financial Black Plague that will … Continue reading

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Largest Bombing Raid in History was Perpetrated against Japan AFTER the Atomic Bombings

The largest bombing campaign in history, at that point, was perpetrated by the US against Japan after the atomic bombings of civilians on August 6th and 9th, 1945. Several days later, In the largest bombing raid of the Pacific War, … Continue reading

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Billary Clinton and the Perfection of Consumerist Narcissism

In this perfection of consumerist narcissism, the only goal is maximizing private gain by whatever means are available. I don’t think it’s coincidence that Bill Clinton’s presidency and Christopher Lasch’s landmark analysis The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an … Continue reading

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Bankster Prosecutions Plunged After Bush’s Presidency

Eric Zuesse U.S. President Barack Obama has followed through on the secret promise he made in the White House, on 27 March 2009, to Wall Street’s CEOs, and that was finally made public in full only when Ron Suskind’s Confidence Men was … Continue reading

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The MH17 Pilot’s Corpse: More on the Cover-Up

Even His Family Was Blocked from It. Here’s Why. Eric Zuesse It might be the decisive piece of evidence proving who and what and how and why the MH17 Malaysian airliner over the conflict zone in Ukraine on 17 July … Continue reading

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U.S. Movies and T.V. Shows Have U.S. Army Ratings

The U.S. Army and Air Force public relations offices have responded to a Freedom of Information Act request by releasing huge lists of movies and television shows that they have assessed and, at least in many cases, sought to influence. … Continue reading

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Ongoing monetary and banking reform communication with ~2,000 AP Econ teachers

Since 2009 I’ve been a Socratic voice for monetary and banking reforms to ~2,000 Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers on our discussion listserve. The status over the last six years is an occasional positive response, with a total of perhaps ten … Continue reading

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Rent Bubble = Housing Bubble = Rent Bubble

Here is the conventional narrative about rents and housing valuations: 1. Rents have soared because people can’t afford to buy a house and have to rent 2. Based on soaring rents, housing is fairly valued In other words, rents and … Continue reading

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Why Won’t Bernie Talk About War?

If your local city or town government spent 54% of its funds on an immoral, disastrous, and unpopular project, and your brave, populist, socialist candidate for mayor virtually never acknowledged its existence, would you think something was wrong? Would his … Continue reading

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U.S. Propaganda: It’s Not Just False, but Absurd.

By Eric Zuesse, as originally published at strategic-culture.org. It’s so ridiculous, no intelligent and informed person would give it any serious consideration whatsoever. It insults the public’s intelligence. Here’s a typical example of the ridiculousness of U.S. propaganda: On July 16th, … Continue reading

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Chicago’s unknown hero of peace

By David Swanson, Guest columnist, The Daily Herald In its 1929 Man of the Year article, Time magazine acknowledged that many readers would believe Secretary of State Frank Kellogg the right choice, as probably the top news story of 1928 … Continue reading

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Corruption is Legal in the USA

Here is an animated guide to the 2014 study (often cited by Washington’s Blog) conducted by teams of researchers out of Princeton and Northwestern, looking at whether the US population can influence public policy.  This is the largest study of … Continue reading

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Jimmy Carter Is Correct that the U.S. Is No Longer a Democracy

Eric Zuesse On July 28th, Thom Hartmann interviewed former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and, at the very end of his show (as if this massive question were merely an aftethought), asked him his opinion of the 2010 Citizens United decision and … 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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The Anti-Crimean Pogrom that Sparked Crimea’s Breakaway

Eric Zuesse #1: Here is a description of the “Korsun Pogrom” or “Korsun Massacre”: the 20 February 2014 event that sparked Crimea’s breakaway from Ukraine: http://fortruss.blogspot.com/2015/02/korsun-massacre-anniversary-what-really.html —— #2: Here is a 25-minute documentary about it, dated 14 August 2014: http://ukraine-human-rights.org/the-pogrom-of-korsun/ … Continue reading

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The Cost of Stagnation: We’re Living in Limbo

The idea that human life subdivides rather naturally into stages is based on our natural progression from childhood into adulthood and eventual (if we’re lucky) old age. Confucian thought views life as a developmental process with seven stages, each roughly … Continue reading

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STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND

“Thinking doesn’t pay. Just makes you discontented with what you see around you.” Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land I wish I didn’t think when I travel to NYC. It only makes me discontented. My last article about … Continue reading

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Drivers, Beware: The Costly, Deadly Dangers of Traffic Stops in the American Police State

By John Whitehead, constitutional and human rights attorney, and founder of the Rutherford Institute. “The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and … Continue reading

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