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What’s Obama Up to, with His TPP & TTIP?

Eric Zuesse The motivation behind U.S. President Barack Obama’s trans-Pacific trade-deal TPP, and his trans-Atlantic trade-deal TTIP — the motivation behind both of these enormous international trade-deals — is the same, and Democratic U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown … Continue reading

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Understanding the Suffering War Brings

Remarks at Houston Peace and Justice Center Conference on April 25, 2015. I hope to be brief enough to leave lots of time for questions after I talk. I know that most of you are probably exceptions to what I’m … Continue reading

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Following al Qaeda, ISIS Gains in Yemen thanks to US-Assisted Saudi Aggression

The US, in aiding the extremist Wahhabi-Sunni, Sharia-law regime of Saudi Arabia in its aggression against Yemen, has helped open the door for Saudi-supported al Qaeda to make tremendous gains there.  And now, ISIS has been able to establish itself: … Continue reading

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Mobile Surfers: Pardon Our Dust

We’re tinkering with the site to make it more user-friendly for mobile readers … 26% of our total readership. Please pardon our dust, and let us know if you have any suggestions to make the site easier to read. We … Continue reading

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How I communicate humanity’s challenge to colleagues

I felt it might be helpful to share how I state humanity’s challenge to leaders working for important reforms; particularly the big picture that reformers are asking literal .01% psychopathic criminals for their help. Of course, reform will be impossible … Continue reading

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Our Financial Future: Infinite Greed Meets a Funny Thing Called Karma

All those angered by the mere question of the viability of this predatory pillaging in the name of capitalism are incapable of even admitting this cultural crisis exists. Somewhere along the line, we lost the ability to distinguish between earning … Continue reading

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The Rehypothecation of Gold, and Why It Matters

Claiming to own X quantity of gold is one thing, and reporting how many times the gold has been pledged as collateral is another. When correspondent Scott A. Batten offered to write an explanation of the rehypothecation of gold and … Continue reading

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How To Spot An Undervalued Oil Company

Oil executives have been making headlines recently, due to large purchases of their own company’s stock. In fact, insider buying in the oil industry is higher than any other industry, except the machinery industry. Who’s buying? Major insider purchases for … Continue reading

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Is the U.S. a Force for Good in the World?

Eric Zuesse First of all, in terms of popularity worldwide, the U.S. is a mixed picture. A Gallup International poll of 65 countries, issued on 30 December 2013, found that:  “The US was the overwhelming choice (24% of respondents) for the country … Continue reading

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Obama Urges Saudi Dictator Abdulaziz to Keep Attacking Yemen

Obama expressed his desire for Saudi dictator Abdulaziz to continue his illegal assault on Yemen, “pushing for a continuation of the war” and announcing, mafia-like, that “the job is not done”. The dictator has complied, carrying out further attacks on … Continue reading

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A Plot To Hold Down Oil Prices Or Just A Happy Coincidence?

The recent unprecedented surge in oil imports has again prompted a review of things here. In a prior story, we wrote that the lack of capacity to process light sweet crude at refineries produced via shale plays could be playing … Continue reading

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Are Leading Economists Corrupt, or Just Mind-Blowingly Ignorant?

Eric Zuesse Conservative economists favor Republican candidates because it’s the way for them to rise in power themselves, but what about ‘progressive’ economists: are they psychopaths, too; or do they instead blindly favor ‘Democratic’ candidates because of a sincerely oblivious … Continue reading

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The Old Models of Work Are Broken

The only sustainable way to avoid being commoditized is to learn to create value in ways that cannot be commoditized. Though we are still in the early stages of web-enabled automation, it’s already evident that the old models of work … Continue reading

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Gradual Injustice

Chris Woods’ excellent new book is called Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars. The title comes from a claim that then-President George W. Bush made for drone wars. The book actually tells a story of gradual injustice. The path from … Continue reading

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Bad Guys Pushing THIS WEEK to Promote Global Tyranny Run By Corporations

Here’s How to STOP Them The powers-that-be are pushing this week to fast track a horrible treaty which would destroy America. The treaty is called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The U.S. Trade Representative – the federal agency responsible for … Continue reading

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Wedges and Triangles: Big Move Ahead?

The central bank high is euphoric, the crash and burn equally epic. Just out of curiosity, I called up a few charts of key markets: stocks (the S&P 500), volatility (VIX), gold and the U.S. dollar (UUP, an exchange-traded fund … Continue reading

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Libertarians’ Civil War Over Ukraine

Eric Zuesse On the one hand, Andrei Illarionov of the Koch Brothers’ libertarian Cato Institute says that the first among “the crimes that have been committed or are being committed by the Kremlin — stealing Crimea” can be rectified only by rejecting … Continue reading

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US Intelligence: Houthis are Not Iran Proxy

HuffPo reports that US intelligence says: Iranian representatives discouraged Houthi rebels from taking the Yemeni capital… Iran is not directing the rebels, who follow a different branch of Shiite Islam than Iran’s leaders and are believed to care more about … Continue reading

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Ten Wonderful Things I’m Grateful For (Irony Alert)

Being grateful boosts your happiness. Ten wonderful things I’m grateful for. Since every volume on the nearly endless shelf of pop psychology self-help books recommends working up some gratitude as the key to happiness, I’ve conjured up a list of … Continue reading

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How America’s Aristocracy Extends Its Global Control

Eric Zuesse As has been well documented even by the BBC, in their 1992 classic documentary about the CIA’s (still-ongoing) Gladio Operation, America’s CIA basically took control of the international racist-fascist (i.e., ideologically nazi) movement after World War II, by protecting … Continue reading

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The Decline and Fall of the United States

Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To … Continue reading

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Disrupt or Be Disrupted

Either join the disruptors or prepare to be disrupted. Disruptive technology is a tiresome cliche, as every Twitter/ AirBnB/ Uber/ Skype/etc. wannabe start-up declares itself disruptive. That the vast majority of self-congratulatory start-ups are over-hyped and derivative should not distract … Continue reading

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NATO Increasingly Surrounds the ‘Russian Threat’

Eric Zuesse On Saturday, April 18th, the Commander of  the U.S. Army in Europe, Ben Hodges, told Britain’s Telegraph  that “There is a Russian threat,” and that “The best insurance we have against a showdown is that NATO stands together.” … Continue reading

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And the Slow Parade of Fears

Remarks at Physicians for Social Responsibility annual event in Baltimore, Md., April 18, 2015. Video. It is an honor to be asked to speak to a group of people doing as much strategic and principled good as you, not to … Continue reading

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How Trustworthy Are U.S. & Western ‘News’ Media?

Eric Zuesse During the days of the Soviet Union, and in all dictatorial countries, the ‘news’ media were and are actually propaganda-media, which filter out information that the aristocracy (the people holding the real power, which in the Soviet Union … Continue reading

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San Jose CAFR: $5.4 billion ‘pension fund’ LOSES $17 million, but pays $24 million to ‘advisors.’ Public banking, monetary reform are answers

The City of San Jose’s 2014 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (CAFR) reveals: A $5.4 billion Pension Trust Fund (pg. 194) that generated $105 million income from interest and dividends (pg. 195), and pays advisors $24.4 million for investment expenses (pg. … Continue reading

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Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin: Wall Street Owns Hillary Clinton, But She Still Might Lose

Eric Zuesse On Bloomberg TV, the conservative political historian and journalist Mark Halperin says that Hillary Clinton’s populist and leftist statements don’t worry Wall Street — he even asserts (at 0:27 on the video), that “Wall Street won’t hold her … Continue reading

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The Changing World of Work 5: “Human Robots” and High-Level Skills

A diploma by itself does not create value; only experiential skills create value. While it is impossible to summarize the job market in a vast, dynamic economy, we can say that the key to any job is creating value. That … Continue reading

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How Reliable Is Reuters?

Eric Zuesse People see their own nation, and foreign nations, through the filter of the press that’s available to them; so, if that filter is systematically distorting (distorting in ways that most of the others similarly do), then democracy cannot … Continue reading

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Getting the Cure Right for a Sick Democracy

Here’s what I think we need: No private election spending. Free media air time on our air waves for candidates qualified by signature gathering. Public financing, ballot access, and debate access for candidates qualified by signature gathering. No gerrymandering. Hand-counted … Continue reading

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The Changing World of Work 4: The “Signal” Value of Credentials Is Eroding

An entire new feedback loop of accreditation is needed, and fortunately that feedback is within our control: it’s a process I call accredit yourself. Economist Michael Spence developed the job market signaling model of valuing employees based on their credentials … Continue reading

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Insanely Good Software: Know Brainer 2015

Voice Control of Your Computer People often ask me how I write so much … when I’m a busy professional with kids. One of the answers is I know good time-saving software when I see it. Know Brainer 2015 is … Continue reading

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U.S. Blocked Declaration of a Right to Health Care, Says Bolivia’s President

Eric Zuesse Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has blamed U.S. President Barack Obama for the failure of the recent OAS (Organization of American States) Summit of the Americas to issue a final declaration, and he says that a major sticking point … Continue reading

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I Just Asked Erik Prince To Stop Bribing Politicians

“It’s bad enough to be creating more profit incentive for war,” I told former head of Blackwater Erik Prince, “but you recycle part of the profits as bribes for more war in the form of so-called campaign contributions. You yourself … Continue reading

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‘It’s our money’ podcast: be educated on monetary/credit reform or continue looting by oligarchs

Note: I make the following factual assertions as a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History, with all economics factual claims receiving zero refutation since I began writing in 2008 among Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers on our … Continue reading

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The Changing World of Work 3: “Full-Stack” Skills

More important than being a full-stack employee is owning a full stack of skills. My longtime friend G.F.B. sent me an article on the emerging value of tech-savvy generalists: The full-stack employee by Chris Messina: Nearly two years after I … Continue reading

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Bloomberg News: Renewables Overtake Fossil Fuels

Eric Zuesse On April 14th, Tom Randall of Bloomberg News bannered “Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables,” and reported that: “The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power … Continue reading

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The Changing World of Work 2: Financialization = Insecurity

Promises of wealth and security are far more contingent than is being advertised. The Millennial Generation, if we’re to believe various polls, aspires to either make boatloads of money on Wall Street, or secure a can’t-be-fired job in the government. … Continue reading

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Help Washington’s Blog Expand!

We’re considering expanding our servers to keep up with bandwidth. (Plus, our ISP says we got hit by a malicious hacker from Russia last month, who launched a DoS attack on the site, which chewed through system resources.  This means … Continue reading

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Gallup: Americans Say Gov’t. Must Protect Environment More; Republicans Say ‘No!’

Eric Zuesse A Gallup poll issued on April 13th headlines “Americans Choose the Environment Over Energy Development,” and on April 9th another report from Gallup was titled “About Half in U.S. Say Environmental Protection Falls Short.” The bottom-line from both findings is that “the U.S. government” isn’t doing … Continue reading

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Drone Victims Take Germany to Court for Abetting U.S. Murders

Andreas Schüller is an attorney on the staff of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights. He is the lead attorney on a suit being brought by ECCHR and Reprieve against the German government on behalf of three Yemeni … Continue reading

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Oh Hell, Hillary

I just did a radio show in South Africa on the topic of Hillary Clinton. Perhaps they won’t air it since I told them it was a non-story about something long since underway being “launched,” but a story the U.S. … Continue reading

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The Changing World of Work I: America’s Nine Classes

Eight of the nine classes are hidebound by backward-looking conventions, neofeudal and neocolonial arrangements and a spectrum of perverse incentives and false choices. My theme this week is the changing world of work. The goal of this week’s five-part look … Continue reading

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TRUTH – THE CURE FOR COGNITIVE DISSONANCE

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell Every time the BLS puts out their monthly propaganda report on the wonderful state of the U.S. jobs market and states with a straight face … Continue reading

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Twenty Years Later: Facts About the OKC Bombing That Go Unreported

Next week will mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, which killed 168 people including 19 children. The mainstream media will undoubtedly focus its attention on Timothy McVeigh, who was put … Continue reading

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Peace: More Normal and Wonderful Than We Think

Remarks at Michigan Pax Christi annual state conference, April 11, 2015. Video. How might we get to a world that doesn’t plan and produce wars but lives at peace economically, environmentally, culturally, and legally? How might we switch to systems … Continue reading

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War: It’s Human Nature only if Collective Suicide is Natural

Remarks at Michigan Pax Christi annual state conference, April 11, 2015. Video. Thank you for having me here. I know a lot of people have been involved in planning this event. Thank you! I’m going to try this morning to … Continue reading

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San Jose commits to end homelessness, lacks 80% of funding, will consider and respond to public banking & monetary reform initiatives

Newly-elected San Jose mayor, Sam Liccardo, committed to end homelessness in his 2015 inaugural address: We face a crisis of homelessness. But we’re from San Jose. We can and we must leverage the Valley’s incomparable innovative spirit and resources to … Continue reading

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Ukraine’s Pres. Poroshenko Tries to Stop His Side’s Ceasefire Violations

Eric Zuesse According to Donetsk People’s Republic Defense Minister Eduard Basurin, speaking Saturday April 11th, the recently reported ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian government’s side are violations by the Ukrainian government’s volunteer irregular battalions, not by regular units of the … Continue reading

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New Breakaway Republic Is Announced in Ukraine to Join Donetsk and Luhansk Republics

Eric Zuesse A group of residents in the region of Odessa, one of Ukraine’s largest cities, is trying to break away from the Ukrainian government that was formed after the coup in Kiev in February 2014. As the first anniversary approaches of … Continue reading

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Want a 60% instant raise? Monetary reform and public banking deliver ~$3 TRILLION to Americans yearly

“That is to say, under the old way any time we wish to add to the national wealth we are compelled to add to the national debt. Now, that is what Henry Ford wants to prevent. He thinks it is … Continue reading

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It is Not Confusing that US Abandons Own Citizens in Yemen War-Zone but Rescues Saudi Bombers

Most Americans have no idea any of these events are occurring or have only vague, US government/press-created notions of them, but many who are cognizant – principally the abandoned people themselves – express confusion. Why would eight countries, including Russia, … Continue reading

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Is This the Start of WW III?

Kiev Breaks Minsk Agreement; Reinvades Donbass Eric Zuesse On the Friday before Russian Orthodox Easter, the Poroshenko-Yatsenyuk U.S-coup-installed Ukrainian Government attacks on all fronts on April 9th, to continue their extermination-campaign against the residents of the area, Donbass, that refuses to accept the coup-government that … Continue reading

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Man Lies Face Down, Puts Hands Behind Back; First Thing Officer Does: Kick him Squarely in the Crotch

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Locals Protest, Sabotage U.S. Navy Base Construction in Desert in Sicily

There’s a popular movement in Sicily called No MUOS. MUOS means Mobile User Objective System. It’s a satellite communications system created by the U.S. Navy. The primary contractor and profiteer building the satellite equipment at the U.S. Navy base in … Continue reading

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Rich Middle Class, Poor Middle Class

his great generational injustice is the direct consequence of central banks lowering interest rates to zero and inflating asset bubbles. How can middle class households have similar incomes but some are asset-rich and others are asset-poor? Spending and saving habits … Continue reading

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Obama Abandons Americans Trapped in Yemen under His and Abdulaziz’s Blitz

When it created a good excuse to help the US re-invade Iraq a few months ago, the US was all about rescuing “trapped” people, the Yazidis, even though it turned out they weren’t actually trapped (though Gazans massacred by US-backed … Continue reading

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Ukraine Blocks 10,000 Websites, Confiscates a Newspaper

Eric Zuesse As I reported yesterday, the Security Bureau of Ukraine, on April 7th, had seized and disappeared two Odessa bloggers, who were trying to get an independent investigation, and ultimate prosecution, of the individuals who participated in the 2 May … Continue reading

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Video: Officer says Cops Practice Arbitrary Arrest, Extortion of Poor; Threatens to Arrest Teen for Smiling

Land of the free, or land of authoritarian forces that kill ~1,000 of their own people per year (according to a Federal study), imprison more people than any other society in history, and is “virtually alone in the world in … Continue reading

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Crimes against Humanity: Ukraine President Poroshenko Keeps his Word: “We’ve Bombed the Schools”, Donbass Children Don’t go to School

Crimes against Humanity: Ukraine President Poroshenko Keeps his Word: “We’ve Bombed the Schools”, Donbass Children Don’t go to School By Olga Luzanova Global Research, April 01, 2015, reposted here by Eric Zuesse Slavyangrad Region: Russia and FSU Theme: Crimes against … Continue reading

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As US Citizens Pay their Taxes, Obama Announces Won’t Evacuate Americans from his Yemen War-Zone

McClatchy headlines: “US Reiterates it Won’t Evacuate Americans from Yemen as UN Slams Saudi Attacks” US officials confirmed this week that: 1) They have a dozen or so US military coordinators in Saudi Arabia helping to carry out terrorist attacks … Continue reading

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Neofeudalism 101: Strip-Mining the Upper Middle Class

This Neofeudal structure is unstable by its very nature. I have often examined the Neofeudalist structure of the U.S. economic hierarchy, and the many social and financial fault lines running through this creaking structure. For example: America’s Nine Classes: The … Continue reading

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Ukraine ‘Disappears’ Regime Opponents

Eric Zuesse (Image of Big Brother by Joo Serk Lee) In Odessa — the same city where the Ukrainian civil war started on 2 May 2014 with a massacre of opponents that had been carefully planned by a team connected to … Continue reading

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Red Cross: Saudis Still Blocking Our Aid, Yemen Crisis Worsening; Washington Increases US Bombs, Ammo Going to Saudi Tyrant

Openly US-coordinated-and-assisted terrorist attacks by Saudi dictator Salman Abdulaziz have killed hundreds of civilians in Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, over the past two weeks. The Red Cross continues to try to get Abdulaziz to stop blocking … Continue reading

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What Happens to Sales and Employment When Corporate Profits Fall?

Corporate profits are back at the levels reached in 1990, 1999 and 2008 that presaged recessions and a sharp downturn in sales and employment. It really isn’t a surprise that corporate profits are falling: not only is the stronger U.S. … Continue reading

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Greenwald: John Oliver Rehashed all the Debunked US Smears Against Snowden

Glenn Greenwald points out that John Oliver, in his recent interview with Edward Snowden, “renewed all the standard attacks in Democratic circles accusing Snowden of being a traitor in cahoots with the Kremlin. What’s most striking about this — aside from … Continue reading

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Ukrainian Gov’t. Condemns Russia’s Celebration of Victory Against Nazis

Eric Zuesse The Ukrainian Government said on April 7th that any country sending representatives to Russia’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of their victory against Adolf Hitler, will be blacklisted by Ukraine. That celebration will take place on May 9th. … Continue reading

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Ukraine’s Car-Production Plunges 96%; Many Banks Also Fail

Eric Zuesse On Tuesday April 7th, Ukravtoprome (the Ukrainian Association of Automobile Manufacturers) reported that, in the three-month period January-March 2015, as compared to the same three months of 2014, production of passenger cars plunged 96%, commercial vehicles 23%, buses 43%, for … Continue reading

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Guaranteed Financial Security Is a Fantasy

Guarantees based on extracting higher taxes, borrowing trillions of dollars and creating trillions more out of thin air only guarantee eventual systemic implosion. It is difficult for those living through tectonic social and economic shifts to recognize the passing of … Continue reading

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Saudi Dictator, Killing Hundreds of Civilians with Support from Washington, moves to Gunning Down Domestic Anti-War Protesters

Five points on Saudi Arabia that “US officials and the establishment media are neglecting to talk about”: 1) Sharia Law runs the country. 2) Saudi Arabia is an authoritarian dictatorship: There are no national elections, no parties, and no rights. … Continue reading

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Jewish Billionaire Finances Ukraine’s Aydar SS Nazi Troops

Eric Zuesse The hyper-nationalist Ukrainian-Israeli billionaire Ihor Kolomoysky, a friend of the Obama White House and employer of Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, is a major donor to far-right Ukrainian causes. He sides with the followers of Stepan Bandera, the pro-Nazi Ukrainian leader … Continue reading

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War with Russia Now Much Likelier

Ukraine’s Leading Nazi Gets American Weapons & Support news report from German Economic News, translated and with closing commentary by Eric Zuesse http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/04/06/ukraine-rechtsextremist-jarosch-wird-berater-der-armee-fuehrung/ Ukraine: right-wing extremist Jarosch is consultant to the Army leadership German Economic News  |  Published: 06/04/15 00:00 clock The Ukrainian army has … Continue reading

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As Saudi Dictator Continues US-Coordinated Bombardment, al Qaeda Gains Yemen Foothold

Since Saudi dictator and multi-billionaire Salman bin Abdulaziz began coordinating with millionaire US strongman Barack Obama approximately two weeks ago to carry out terrorist attacks against Yemen, the poorest country in the region, over half a thousand people, mostly civilians, … Continue reading

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Ukrainians Protest U.S. Police-State the Only Available Way

Eric Zuesse The racist-fascist (or “nazi”) anti-Russian regime that the U.S. installed in a February 2014 coup does not permit protest (except from its small right: the few overt nazis demanding even more militancy); so, the only way that thousands … Continue reading

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U.S. to Start Training Nazi Troops in Ukraine, on April 20th, Hitler’s Birthday

Eric Zuesse It has just been announced that, on April 20th (Hitler’s birthday), U.S. troops will start training troops of Ukraine’s nazi Azov Battalion.  The Azov Battalion was founded and its members were selected by Andrei Biletsky, a Ukrainian nazi (that’s an ideological term, meaning … Continue reading

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The Inevitable Failure of Mechanistic Monetary Policy

Our current faith in central banks’ ability to “make the economy all better, all the time” is horrendously misplaced. We are living in the Cargo Cult Era of Central Bankers. The era began in earnest on December 5, 1996, when … Continue reading

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The U.S. Economy Slows to Stall Speed

This long-term weakening of the economy is the direct result of financialization and the Federal Reserve’s policy of propping up impaired debt with more debt and constantly bringing demand forward with zero interest rates. The U.S. economy is slowing to … Continue reading

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Resistance to Tyranny is Obedience to God

Should We Obey Authority … No Matter What? A number of Christian leaders say that Christians must obey the government … no matter what.   For example, Robert Deffinbaugh – pastor at Community Bible Chapel in Richardson, Texas – says: Whether the … Continue reading

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Ukraine’s Economy Plunges: So, Who Should Pay for It?

Eric Zuesse According to Ukrainian news-accounts, Ukraine’s economy is rapidly falling. On April 2nd was reported that “Sales of new cars in Ukraine fell to the lowest in 15 years,” and that March’s sales-volume (number of cars sold) was 23% less than that … Continue reading

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Al Shabaab Benefited from Western Destruction of Libyan State

Al Shabaab, the Islamic terrorist group that has just laid siege to a Kenyan university, killing nearly 150 people, benefited from the 2011 Western aggression that backed al Qaeda and affiliated militias to destroy the state of Libya: The Telegraph: Libyan … Continue reading

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On Hitler’s Birthday, US to Begin Openly Training Neo-Nazi Integrated Forces in Ukraine

The US has long be openly coordinating with, advocating for, and supporting neo-Nazi and neo-Nazi integrated forces in Ukraine. Here is Victoria Nuland, a high-ranking and corrupt member of Obama’s executive, meeting with far-right figures Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Vitali Klitschko, and officially designated … Continue reading

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US-Coordinated Saudi Dictator Burns Women and Children Alive in Terror Attacks

The Saudi dictator, whom the US is openly coordinating in his unprovoked attacks against Yemen, has just carried out terrorist bombings of a refugee camp and a dairy factory: The Guardian: Witness to air strike on Yemen refugee camp: women … Continue reading

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Lower Drinking Age, Raise Killing Age

The United States sends people to kill and die in war that it doesn’t trust with a beer. It trains police in war skills to assault young people it suspects of going near beer. Here’s an idea: Drink At 18, … Continue reading

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Germany’s Merkel Comes Out as Basically a U.S. Agent

Eric Zuesse On Wednesday, April 1st, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved a measure to bring fracking (the patents for which are owned mainly by “large American companies, including Halliburton, Baker Hughes and Schlumberger”) into Germany. This is a prelude not … Continue reading

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Is US the “Good Guy” Imposing Sanity on Iranian “Bad Guy”?

Ex CIA analyst Ray McGovern today points out that “The mainstream U.S. media portrays the Iran nuclear talks as ‘our good guys’ imposing some sanity on ‘their bad guys.’” Does this portrayal make any sense?  Or is it another “laboriously constructed” effort … Continue reading

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Saudi Dictator’s US-Coordinated Terror-Bombings in Yemen: Updates

  As the Saudi dictator continues his US-coordinated aggression against Yemen: “Erich Ogoso, a spokesman with the United Nations’ humanitarian agency, reported 182 dead and hundreds more wounded just between last Wednesday and Sunday. Some 75,000 people have been displaced … Continue reading

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Canada, Do Not Follow U.S. Into Permawar

By David Swanson and Robert Fantina Oh Canada, to thine own self be true, not to thine heavily militarized neighbor. Robin Williams called you a nice apartment over a meth lab for a reason, and now you’re bringing the drugs … Continue reading

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A Shocking Admission: “The Federal Reserve is a Criminal Conspiracy”

A spokesperson assured the assembled media that the Fed Board was “deeply concerned” about the American people, inflation, and the unemployment rate, but he was heckled off the stage. In an extraordinary admission, the Board of Governors of the Federal … Continue reading

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Massive News-Suppression That’s Become History-Suppression

Eric Zuesse While I have always been puzzled at why Americans endorse the existence of a religious and therefore discriminatory nation, Israel, and at why we give more of our tax-money to that nation than to any other; and while … Continue reading

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How Many Slots Are Open in the Upper Middle Class? Not As Many As You Might Think

Not only are there not that many slots in the upper middle class, the number of open slots is considerably lower. If America is the Land of Opportunity, why are so many parents worried that their princeling/princess might not get … Continue reading

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Television Commercial in California Asks Drone Pilots to Stop Killing

This may be a first: a television ad campaign in a U.S. state capitol appealing to someone to stop murdering human beings who have, in most cases, already been born. A new 15-second television ad, a variation on one that’s … Continue reading

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Even America’s ‘Media Watchdogs’ Hide U.S.’s Ukrainian Nazification & Ethnic Cleansing

Eric Zuesse The U.S.’news’ media are so censored and controlled, so that even America’s ‘media watchdog’ organizations — mediamatters.org and fair.org on the left; and aim.org and mrc.org on the right — have hidden from the American public President Barack Obama’s Ukrainian coup in … Continue reading

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Complacency Reigns Supreme–Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, Right?

So by all means, buy the dip now that the VIX soared in full-blown panic from 12 to 17. One of the more remarkable features of the Bull market in stocks is the ascendancy of complacency and the banishing of … Continue reading

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Gallup Finds: Among Conservatives, Education Increases False Belief

Eric Zuesse 100% agreement among scientists does not exist on anything, not even on basic laws of physics; but there are some scientific topics where the degree of expert consensus is near 100%, and human-caused (or “anthropogenic”) global warming is … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign Is Now Effectively Over

Wall Street Warns Dems Not to Choose Senator Elizabeth Warren  Eric Zuesse Hillary Clinton’s unannounced campaign for the U.S. Presidency has already failed. Her arrogance (or else stupidity) in having wiped clean the hard drive of the private server she … Continue reading

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Will Cash Always Be Trash, Or Will It One Day Be King?

When the phantom wealth evaporates and risk assets go bidless, cash will once again be king, for the simple reason there will be so little of it. Occasionally it’s a good idea to step away from the daily grind to … Continue reading

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Stop Smoking the Democrack

By Cindy Sheehan and David Swanson The U.S. government is toying with a war with nuclear Russia while already waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, having done severe damage to Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. Military spending is climbing ever … Continue reading

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Trademark Jaw-Dropping US Hypocrisy on Display re Saudi Aggression vs. Russian “Aggression”

Washington has for months been screaming about Russian “aggression” against post-US-backed coup Ukraine.  The screams are never accompanied by any clear evidence (perhaps highlighting why the screaming is so important), which the governments of Germany and other European countries recently announced is for good reason: the … Continue reading

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Inherent to those U.S. constitutional ideas was antipathy toward militarism and militaristic rule of any sort, though Native Americans have good cause to disagree. (In fact, stories of the American conquest of Native Americans with its solution of placing them … Continue reading

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Recursive Lending Analysis: ‘Money’ is an invisible mathematical trap of perpetual debt

By guest author Paul Grignon, creator of the Money as Debt Trilogy viewed by tens of millions worldwide in 24 languages, and used by Advanced Placement Economics teachers to communicate how what we use for money is created as debt (my … Continue reading

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