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China’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange: The Sky’s the Limit, Baby!

In the event you haven’t heard about the stock bubble currently inflating in China, please take a quick look at these two charts of the Shenzhen Composite: This second chart displays the Shenzhen’s price-earnings ratio (PE), a widely used measure … Continue reading

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U.S. ‘Progressive’ Magazines Deep-Sixed Senator Sanders’s Incipient Presidential Campaign

Eric Zuesse U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont might be the most progressive of all U.S. Senators — only two Senators are even contenders for that spot, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Elizabeth Warren of Massachussetts, and neither of them … Continue reading

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Surplus Repression and the Self-Defeating Deep State

The nation is wallowing self-piteously in a fetid trough of denial and adolescent rage/magical thinking now that the nation’s bogus, debt-based “prosperity” has crashed and cannot be restored. If you type Deep State into the custom search window in the … Continue reading

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WHY THE STOCK MARKET WILL CRASH IN TWO CHARTS

“Things always become obvious after the fact” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldous Huxley The S&P 500 currently stands at 2,126, fractionally below its all-time high. It is now 300% … Continue reading

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Why Would Bloomberg News Completely Disappear the February, 2014 Ukraine Coup?

Bloomberg says in a post today that the “confrontation between Russia and the US” over Ukraine was “provok[ed]” by Putin’s annexation of Crimea: “…Putin annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea last March, provoking the biggest confrontation between Russia and … Continue reading

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Our Chance to Aid and Encourage Whistleblowers

We would know much less about what our governments do were it not for those who are part of our governments until something becomes too horrible for their moral threshold, and who see a means available to inform the public. … Continue reading

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12-minute video: expert lawyers explain US War Crimes; Americans: demanding arrests yet?

Arrest: “to cause to stop” in etymology. To take or hold a suspected criminal. To be held or detained to answer a criminal charge, and/or to prevent further criminal offense. In 2012, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission found the … Continue reading

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Banksters admit rigging markets since 2007, ‘fined’ 33% of 1 quarter’s income while looting tens of trillions tax-free

hat tips: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here Asset-hole and so-called “too big to jail” banks admitted criminal looting through market manipulation and collusion last week, and will return a mere 33% of one quarter’s income without … Continue reading

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McCain asks for strategy to end terrorism. Here’s one: US military arrests .01% War Criminals like McCain

hat tip: PressTV and David Icke US Senate Armed Services Committee Chair, John McCain, says he prays for the US military to end terrorism in the Middle East. Those of us awake to the long history of US-initiated Wars of … Continue reading

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Is Al Jazeera Trying to Be CNN or Fox?

Some weeks back I got a call from Al Jazeera wanting me to be on a show, but insisting that I couldn’t do it from a local studio via satellite or from my computer via Skype. No, I would have … Continue reading

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The Case for Nationalizing Monsanto

Ridding the world of Monsanto via a state buy-out would be a boon to humanity. Capitalism fails in two situations: monopoly and state-capital cronyism. Monopoly extinguishes competition and that effectively extinguishes capitalism. When the elites of the state and private … Continue reading

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Alexey Mozgovoy | Why His Legacy Will Unify Novorossia

The importance of Alexey Mozgovoy on the world stage, today can’t be measured through his tactical genius and success against Kiev. It’s not what his political views were or that he was the “hometown hero” in Donbass. What made Mozgovoy … Continue reading

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China Lobby Pre-WWII, Israel Lobby Pre-WWIII

By David Swanson The history of catastrophically murderous and stupid warfare that the United States can memorialize on Memorial Day dates back to Day 1 and earlier, begins with the genocide of the native inhabitants of the land, the invasions … Continue reading

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How Democratic & Republican Party Chiefs Work to Deceive the U.S. Public

Eric Zuesse An organization that typically promotes the Republican propaganda agenda received information from the Democratic Obama Administration, and they publicized information from it that concerned the 2012 Benghazi attack, which was a failure by the State Department — something … Continue reading

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How West’s Native People Largely View the US

Bolivian President Evo Morales is “widely described as Bolivia’s first indigenous leader, at a time when around 62% of the population identified as indigenous; political analysts therefore drew comparisons with the election of Nelson Mandela to the South African Presidency … Continue reading

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DIA Docs: West Wants a “Salafist Principality in Eastern Syria”?

Newly-declassified US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) documents from 2012: In Syria: THE SALAFIST [sic], THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, AND AQI ARE THE MAJOR FORCES DRIVING THE INSURGENCY IN SYRIA. AQI [Al Qaeda in Iraq, which became ISIS: “ISIS, once called AQI”] … Continue reading

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Our Crazy-Making Economy’s Endgame: Festering Frustration Seeking an Outlet

The consequence of policies that exacerbate injustice, inequality and double-bind demands is a madness that will find a social and economic outlet somewhere, sometime. We all know crazy-makers: people who make contradictory claims about reality, who say one thing and … Continue reading

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Seizing an alternative: Integrity for the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (7 of 7)

The following is my paper for the Claremont Colleges’ conference, Seizing an Alternative Toward an Ecological Civilization, with open registration to the public on June 4-7, 2015. Paper title: ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ political collapse: Seizing an alternative to OBVIOUS unlawful … Continue reading

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The 16 Core Progressive Policies, Really?

Salvatore Babones’ proposals in Sixteen for ’16: A Progressive Agenda for a Better America are not bad, assuming a progressive agenda can limit itself to one nation. But these sorts of proposals tend to be — and this one is … Continue reading

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On the U.S. Killing of Two Children in Syria

The U.S. military admitted on Thursday to killing two girls in Syria. If a target of U.S. aggression can be alleged to have killed children, especially with the wrong kind of weapon, that is used as grounds for war. War … Continue reading

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If U.S. Military Spending Returned to 2001 Level

The House of Representatives has headed out of town to memorialize wars without managing to achieve agreement with the Senate on reauthorizing some of the most abusive “temporary” measures of the PATRIOT Act. Three cheers for Congressional vacations! What if … Continue reading

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“Fast Track” Violates the U.S. Constitution

U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 2, #2: “The President … shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.” —— Eric Zuesse The Constitution’s two-thirds … Continue reading

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When the Current Housing Bubble Finally Bursts

Bubbles are followed by echo-bubbles, and the bursting of the second bubble ends the speculative cycle. If we have learned anything in the past 20 years of massive asset bubbles and equally massive declines when the bubbles finally pop, it’s … Continue reading

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Being Pro-Voice

The abortion debates is the last place I would have looked for inspiration in methods of handling the major political and social problems of the world. Politically I’ve always thought of abortion — the topic of abortion, that is — … Continue reading

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How the Media Deceive the Public about “Fast Track” and the “Trade Bills”

Eric Zuesse The way that “Fast Track” is described to the American public is as an alternative method for the Senate to handle “Trade Bills” (TPP & TTIP) that the President presents to the Senate for their approval; and this … Continue reading

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War Speaks Every Language But Never Knows What to Say to Frogs

Alice Walker explains this line, “Though war speaks every language it never knows what to say to frogs” in the opening of her beautiful book, Why War Is Never a Good Idea, illustrated by Stefano Vitale, thus: War speaks every … Continue reading

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What’s Baddawi?

On October 29, 1948, the Israeli terrorist group Irgun ethnically cleansed the village of Safsaf in Palestine, lining some 70 men up, shooting them, dumping them in a ditch, and raping three girls. Among the survivors who fled to Lebanon … Continue reading

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4 Factors Signaling Volatility Will Return With A Vengeance

No one could have predicted the sheer scope of global monetary policy bolstering the private banking and trading system. Yet, here we were – ensconced in the seventh year of capital markets being buoyed by coordinated government and central bank … Continue reading

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Our Social Depression

This erosion of opportunities to complete life’s stages and core dramas is rarely recognized, much less addressed. The consequences of economic stagnation are not limited to finance: stagnation is causing a social depression. We can best understand this social depression … Continue reading

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Seizing an alternative: Lying corporate media: required propaganda trying to hide naked empire (6 of 7)

The following is my paper for the Claremont Colleges’ conference, Seizing an Alternative Toward an Ecological Civilization, with open registration to the public on June 4-7, 2015. Paper title: ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ political collapse: Seizing an alternative to OBVIOUS unlawful … Continue reading

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Secretary of State John Kerry v. His Subordinate Victoria Nuland, Regarding Ukraine

Eric Zuesse U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on May 12th, responding to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s assertions that Ukraine will retake Crimea and will conquer Donbass: “I have not had a chance – I have not read the speech. I haven’t seen any … Continue reading

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Stocks and Bonds Are Due for a Generational Crash of 75%

From the point of view of history, a reversion to generational lows is inevitable, and a valuation level around 50% of GDP for stocks is a fair target. If we look back to 1981 valuations of stocks and bonds as … Continue reading

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Media Expert: US Portrays Arabs as “Sub-Humans”, “Untermenschen”

Dr. Jack Shaheen, Professor Emeritus of Mass Communications, has studied portrayal of Arabs in US media for almost forty years.  For his 2007 book and the documentary of the same name, Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, he … Continue reading

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OPINION: Is Israel America’s Friend? Or America’s Enemy?

Eric Zuesse Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has selected as his Minister of Justice a woman who has expressed hatred against all Palestinians, and he has appointed as his negotiator with the Palestians a man who said, and who has always … Continue reading

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Steve Forbes Put Me on His Spam List After I Submitted This Article to Him:

—— How Congressional Republicans Lie to Approve Obama’s Trade Deals Eric Zuesse Obama’s trade-deals — especially TPP with Asia, and TTIP with Europe — are so vicious against the American people, the Obama Administration has labeled the documents “Classified,” and … Continue reading

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Seizing an alternative: Bankster looting: fundamental fraud that “debt” is “money” (5 of 7)

The following is my paper for the Claremont Colleges’ conference, Seizing an Alternative Toward an Ecological Civilization, with open registration to the public on June 4-7, 2015. Paper title: ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ political collapse: Seizing an alternative to OBVIOUS unlawful … Continue reading

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Oil Prices Will Fall: A Lesson In Gravity

The oil price collapse is not over yet. It is more likely that the Brent price could fall back into the mid-$50 range than that it will continue to rise toward $70 per barrel. That is because oil prices have … Continue reading

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Obama Gave Up on Ukraine, Press Simply Ignored It

Eric Zuesse On Tuesday, May 12th, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was asked at a press conference in Sochi Russia, to respond to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s recent statements promising renewed war against Donbass, which were made first on … Continue reading

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Stratesec’s Walker And His Top Secret Business Partners

Recently it has been noticed that Wirt Walker, a 9/11-insider trading suspect who ran security for several of the impacted facilities, now works with men who were, prior to 9/11, key players in national defense and terrorism response. Given the … Continue reading

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Is This the Chart of a Healthy Stock Market?

If fundamentals like profits and sales no longer matter, then all that’s left is faith that central banks will never let stock markets fall ever again. Is this the chart of a healthy stock market? The consensus view is either … Continue reading

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1921: Black Business District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Attacked, Aerially Bombed and Razed, Victims Dumped in Mass Graves

An otherwise poor and uninformative documentary (funded by Pennsylvania Public Television and Corporation for Public Broadcasting) on the US bombing and burning alive of 11 residents, adults and children, of the MOVE house in Philadelphia, 1985, begins with one minute … Continue reading

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Seizing an alternative: War lies to hide obviously unlawful wars: propaganda as usual (4 of 7)

The following is my paper for the Claremont Colleges’ conference, Seizing an Alternative Toward an Ecological Civilization, with open registration to the public on June 4-7, 2015. Paper title: ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ political collapse: Seizing an alternative to OBVIOUS unlawful … Continue reading

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When Europe Gets Greece’s Jingle Mail: Dealing with Default

The costs and consequences of Greece exiting the Eurozone may well dwarf the financial losses triggered by Greece’s default. The term Jingle mail originated in the great popping of the housing bubble 2008-2011. It refers to defaulting homeowners mailing the … Continue reading

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Here’s How Your Senators Voted, in the Key Senate Vote to End American Democracy

Eric Zuesse The key vote, in the U.S. Senate, to transfer to international corporate panels America’s democratic national sovereignty over the laws and regulations on the environment, workers’ rights, consumers’ rights, and finance, was officially titled with the misleadingly unrelated phrase … Continue reading

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Top 10 Activist Errors

The number one error, engaged in by the majority of people, is failing to be an activist. The world’s going to hell, countless situations can be easily improved, lives can be saved, and most people just sit there and do … Continue reading

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How America’s ‘News’ Media Killed America’s Democracy: TPP & TTIP

Eric Zuesse As I reported on Wednesday, a deal was worked out in the U.S. Senate on the early afternoon of May 13th to “Fast-Track” through to approval U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposed trade deals, TPP with Asia, and TTIP with … Continue reading

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75% of Americans Have Gum Disease … Here’s a Cheap, Do-It-Yourself Way to Prevent It

Most Americans Have Gum Disease … Which Can Lead to Other Diseases The New York Times notes that gum disease is rampant: More than 75% of American adults have some form of gum disease, but according to a major survey, … Continue reading

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The Central Problem with Central Banks: They Become the Greater Fools/Bag-Holders

Those who are confident the central banks can print unlimited money may find there are political and financial consequences to such extremes that cannot be foreseen. The central problem with central banks is their mandate now includes propping up all … Continue reading

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Democrats’ Cave-In on TPP and TTIP. Good-Bye Democracy.

Eric Zuesse On Wednesday afternoon, May 13th, a catastrophic failure became clear to the few honest Democrats who were determined to stop Obama’s disastrous ’trade deals’ which are actually going to transfer regulatory sovereignty away from elected government officials as … Continue reading

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Seizing an alternative: Obviously unlawful Israel wars on Gaza (3 of 7)

The following is my paper for the Claremont Colleges’ conference, Seizing an Alternative Toward an Ecological Civilization, with open registration to the public on June 4-7, 2015. Paper title: ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ political collapse: Seizing an alternative to OBVIOUS unlawful … Continue reading

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Nazism of Ukraine’s Western-Backed Government Is Hidden by Western ‘News’ Media

Eric Zuesse The pro-Nazi core of the Ukrainian government that was installed by the U.S. in February 2014 is too well-documented to be denied, and so the West’s major propaganda media (self-styled as being ‘news’ media) instead simply hide it … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia Continues To Turn Screws On U.S. Shale

Saudi Arabia continues to ratchet up production, taking market share away from U.S. shale producers. According to OPEC’s latest monthly oil report, Saudi Arabia boosted its oil output to 10.31 million barrels per day in April, a slight increase over … Continue reading

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No Bubble Here: Rent a Bed for $1,000/Month

Those who say there are only two sure things in life, death and taxes, should add a third sure thing: realtors and stock market mavens will deny there’s a bubble even when it’s obvious to everyone the bubble has already … Continue reading

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Non-Religious Population Is Soaring in America

Eric Zuesse The Pew Research Center on Religion & Public Life is reporting, in their poll of 35,000 Americans, that during the seven years from 2007 to 2014, the numbers of religiously “Unaffiliated” were soaring, the numbers of Christians were … Continue reading

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Populist Except for Pentagon

Katrina vanden Heuvel says there’s an emerging populist agenda. Of course populist agendas tend to emerge in times of demobilization for election distraction — that is to say, in moments when huge political party and NGO resources are being dumped … Continue reading

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Hersh: Obama lied. Obama: No, I didn’t. NBC: Yep, you did. And again just now.

Obama and his regime are on the defensive as Hersh reveals the many, many lies (some of which led to the deaths of innocent people) that Obama told about his assassination of bin Laden. Hersh’s report details those lies, and … Continue reading

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The Early Signs of Whom The Next U.S. President Will Likely Be

Presidential Polls Look Confusing Regarding Bernie, But Downright Bad Regarding Hillary & All Republicans Eric Zuesse The top thing that I look for in polling-results this early in a Presidential race, is the ratio of “Favorable” or “Positive,” to “Unfavorable” … Continue reading

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Bob Graham and the Missing 9/11 Report Pages

The media has taken an increasing interest in the 28 pages that were redacted from the 9/11 Joint Congressional Inquiry Report. The stories usually feature one of the Inquiry’s leaders, former Senator Bob Graham, who has claimed that the missing pages … Continue reading

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To Mislead Critics, US Stages Fake “Public Feuds” with Anti-Democratic Partners

There are many revealing bits of information in Pulitzer-winning journalist Seymour Hersh’s new article, which covers the Obama regime’s lies about its campaign to assassinate bin Laden (some of the lies led to the deaths of innocent people, as Hersh … Continue reading

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Why Hillary Clinton Would Be a Weak Presidential Nominee for Democrats

Eric Zuesse If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic Presidential nomination, then how strong a candidate will she be against a Republican nominee who, as a representative of the conservative party, is proudly and openly supporting conservative positions? Taegan Goddard of … Continue reading

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In Convicting Jeff Sterling, CIA Revealed More Than It Accused Him of Revealing

Some Americans have heard of New York Times reporter and book author James Risen and his refusal to expose a source. But, because most reports on that matter scrupulously avoided the subject of what it was Risen had reported, relatively … Continue reading

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US fall from virtuous republic to tragic-comic empire described perfectly by Roman historians

hat tip: history professor Allen Guelzo The ancient Greek historian, Polybius, celebrated the Roman republic of ~ 150 BC under its constitution with balance of powers among the Senate, two elected consuls, and the general citizens: “Such being the power … Continue reading

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German Firestorm Rises About Angela Merkel’s Lies

Eric Zuesse Starting on Friday May 8th, some German news media have been reporting on the release of previously secret emails from the office of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. These emails make clear that when her underlings have said, … Continue reading

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Seizing an alternative: Obviously unlawful US/UK wars of the present (2 of 7)

The following is my paper for the Claremont Colleges’ conference, Seizing an Alternative Toward an Ecological Civilization, with open registration to the public on June 4-7, 2015. Paper title: ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ political collapse: Seizing an alternative to OBVIOUS unlawful … Continue reading

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U.S. & Europe Boycott Russia’s Celebration of Its 9 May 1945 Victory Over Hitler

Eric Zuesse At first, a few progressive heads-of-state in Europe were appalled at U.S. President Barack Obama’s pressure for them to reject Russia’s invitation to an upcoming 9 May 2015 celebration of victory against Hitler, and Czech President Milos Zeman even … Continue reading

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Tax Donkeys: Rich Enough to Pay Most of the Taxes, Not Rich Enough to Buy Politicians

Real political representation must be bought, just like everything else in a market economy. Mike Swanson (Wall Street Window) and I were discussing the difference between the 1% who earn $360,000 annually and up and those in the Oligarchy class–the … Continue reading

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4-minute video message to .01% and minions: ‘The game is over. Redeem yourselves with Truth.’

hat tip: Zen Gardner Sometime soon, The Emperor’s New Clothes awakening of humanity will end the long tragic-comedy history easily proved by objective and verifiable facts: Unlawful Wars of Aggression based on easily-provable lies (here, here, here, here, here), Bankster-looting … Continue reading

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The No More War Movement

Remarks at UNAC Conference, May 8, 2015. This week I read an article by someone I have a lot of respect for and who I know to mean well, and who wrote about being a part of something called “the … Continue reading

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Germany Getting In Early On This Major New Oil And Gas Opportunity

I’ve discussed before how one out-of-the-way nation is shaping up as a major petroleum opportunity. And this week we got confirmation that some important global players are moving to capitalize. The place is Iran. Where officials this week met with … Continue reading

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World’s Richest 80 People Own Same Amount as World’s Bottom 50%

Eric Zuesse Oxfam’s recent report, “WEALTH: HAVING IT ALL AND WANTING MORE” contains shocking figures that the press haven’t sufficiently publicized; so, the findings and the reliability of their sources will be discussed here. The results will then be related to the … Continue reading

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Bank Reserves and Loans: The Fed is Pushing On a String

The money multiplier effect no longer works. As you (hopefully) know, we live in a fractional reserve banking system: if the bank is required to have $1 in cash reserves for every $10 in loans, it means the bank creates … Continue reading

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Fast Track the Good Stuff

The U.S. Senate has been very concerned not to let peace with Iran slip into place too easily, even while a new war in Iraq and Syria proceeds without the formal pretense of Congress “authorizing” or rejecting it. Both houses … Continue reading

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Seizing an alternative: Recognizing ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ as THE STORY of today (1 of 7)

The following is my paper for the Claremont Colleges’ conference, Seizing an Alternative Toward an Ecological Civilization, with open registration to the public on June 4-7, 2015. Paper title: ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ political collapse: Seizing an alternative to OBVIOUS unlawful … Continue reading

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Where Porter is On and Off in Explaining US Media Bias on Saudi Aggression against Yemen

In an important new article, award-winning journalist Gareth Porter notes that US and Western media are using the term “proxy war” as “a way of softening the harsh reality of Saudi aggression” against Yemen. A proxy war by definition, Porter … Continue reading

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How the Media Misrepresent ‘Fast Track,’ TPP, & TTIP

Eric Zuesse Both conservative and liberal ‘news’ media misrepresent U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposed international trade-deals as if they were about only such things as lowering tariffs and reducing national trade-protectionism — which are relatively minor surface-features of these huge … Continue reading

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David V. Goliath: Small-Cap Tech To Save Giant Coal

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new mercury pollution regulations that took effect last month opened the flood gates for a new multi-billion-dollar energy industry that has investors scrambling to get in on second-generation technology poised for massive revenue gains. When … Continue reading

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No Wrongdoing Here, Just 6,300 Corporate Fines and Settlements

Despite the PR about how corporate profits benefit widows and orphans, this vast wealth is concentrated in the top 1% and the top 5%. I am honored to share a remarkable data base of Corporate Fines and Settlements from the early … Continue reading

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GOVERNMENT USING SUBPRIME MORTGAGES TO PUMP HOUSING RECOVERY – TAXPAYERS WILL PAY AGAIN

It seems hard to believe, but your government is purposely recreating the mortgage debacle of 2007 and putting you on the hook for the billions in losses coming down the road. In their frantic effort to generate the appearance of … Continue reading

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UN Lawyer Calls TTP & TTIP ‘a dystopian future in which corporations and not democratically elected governments call the shots’

Eric Zuesse The Obama-proposed international-trade deals, if passed into law, will lead to “a dystopian future in which corporations and not democratically elected governments call the shots,” says Alfred De Zayas, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Promotion of a Democratic and … Continue reading

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This Deal Could Completely Change North American Energy Dynamics

The United States is edging towards an historic agreement to swap crude oil with Mexico. The deal is important as it brings some relief to US producers struggling with a light oil glut at home and for Mexican national oil … Continue reading

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Innovate or Die

Collaboration, innovation and risk are all intrinsic to adaptation. Without adaptation, every system eventually perishes once conditions change. One feature of capitalism that is rarely discussed is the premium placed on cooperation and collaboration. The Darwinian aspect of competition is … Continue reading

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Watching Shadows of Liberty

A powerful new film on what’s wrong with the U.S. media is now being screened around the country. It’s called Shadows of Liberty and you can set up a screening of it as part of an upcoming international week of … Continue reading

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CFR Says China Must Be Defeated, & TPP Is Essential to That

Eric Zuesse Wall Street’s Council on Foreign Relations has issued a major report, alleging that China must be defeated because it threatens to become a bigger power in the world than the U.S. This report, which is titled “Revising U.S. Grand … Continue reading

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Endangered Species: The Self-Employed Middle Class

Including the professional class, perhaps 3% of the workforce is truly independent. Being self-employed (i.e. owning your own small business that does not require employees) is an integral part of the American Dream. Many start out dreaming of a corner … Continue reading

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Major Media Keep Propagandizing for Hillary Clinton

Eric Zuesse On Sunday May 3rd, Britain’s Guardian, which has major influence upon Democratic Party opinion-leaders, headlined “Clinton campaign keeps progressives guessing: how far left will she go?” Tom McCarthy ‘reported’ that:  “In three weeks of multi-format politicking – roundtables, speeches, fundraisers, mile markers … Continue reading

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US-Coordinated Saudi Bombers Using Banned, US-Made Cluster Bombs: HRW

Now we know what has become of the thousands of banned cluster bombs Obama shipped to Saudi Arabia in 2013. US-based group Human Rights Watch: Saudi-Led Airstrikes Used Cluster Munitions Credible evidence indicates that the Saudi-led coalition used banned cluster … Continue reading

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How the Establishment Is Trying to Deep-Six Sanders’s Campaign

Eric Zuesse The Hillary Clinton campaign is now focusing its public pitch at liberal fools to get them to ignore her record and believe her words. Here are examples: The NBC ‘News’ political analyst (and perhaps a future President Clinton’s … Continue reading

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Police Caught in Lies, Charged with Murder, Homicide in Freddie Gray Killing

The Washington Post this week cited a police claim that a prisoner who spent a few minutes in the van in which Freddie Gray was fatally injured said Gray was “trying to hurt himself.” Though the WaPo / Baltimore police … Continue reading

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US-Assisted Wahhabi Bombings of Yemen are “Devastating”: UN

The UN Secretary General stated Thursday that Saudi bombings of Yemen, which are assisted and coordinated by the US, “are having a devastating impact on humanitarian aid efforts and are in violation of the laws of war.” While noting that … Continue reading

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What the Media Get Very Wrong About ‘Socialism’ — And About Senator Sanders

Eric Zuesse On April 30th, Jonathan Cohn at Huffington Post provided a perfect example of what the media get wrong about the meaning of “socialism” — and about the meaning of the new U.S. Presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders.  Cohn’s report … Continue reading

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Former Head of UN, Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan: Iraq Chaos a Product of Illegal US Invasion

In an interview with RT, Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan, who was UN Secretary General from 1997 to 2006, stated: You cannot disassociate the situation in Iraq today from the US intervention of 2003. Because not only did the intervention take … Continue reading

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When the Herd Turns

  Once market participants realize the top is in and the only possible result from here on is a loss, the herd will turn and follow the leaders who are selling. A funny thing happens when the stock market herd … Continue reading

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For Heaven’s Sake: Hedge!

Q: How do you make a small fortune on Wall Street? A: Start with a large fortune. ~ old investing adage Last fall, I wrote an article titled Defying Gravity that warned of the absurd price levels that stocks and … Continue reading

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Illusory Superiority, Related Psychological Phenomena, and the Importance of Cross-Cultural Exposure

In addition to direct conflicts of interest inherent in the structure and functioning of media, the following psychological phenomena underscore the importance, in terms of approaching truth, of reading and researching on as broad a spectrum and as cross-culturally as … Continue reading

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Invest in Activism, Not Bernie Sanders

Yes, Bernie Sanders would be a far superior president to Hillary Clinton. That requires a bit of elaboration. Something I just scraped off my shoe would be a far superior president to Hillary Clinton, but Sanders would actually be good … Continue reading

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The May 2nd Odessa Massacre: Why Obama’s Coup-Regime Still Runs Ukraine

Eric Zuesse The May 2nd Ukrainian massacre of anti-regime pamphleteers last year at the Odessa Trade Unions Building, burning these pamphleteers alive there, was crucial to the Obama Administration’s solidification of its control over Ukraine. That massacre was designed to, and it … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon Sized Outrage Over Plans for Grand Canyon

“What a horrible idea! Leave this magnificent place as nature made it!” — Mikell Werder “NO! NO! NO! Leave our natural wonder ALONE!” — cathy blaivas RootsAction.org has posted a lot of petitions, but most have not gathered 30,000 signatures … Continue reading

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The Financial Markets Now Control Everything

The entire economic and political structure is now dependent in one way or another on the continued expansion of financial markets. The financial markets don’t just dominate the economy–they now control everything. In 1999, the BBC broadcast a 4-part documentary … Continue reading

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Finkelstein, Gandhi: Violence against Disproportionate Aggression is Not Violence

In his latest lecture, Dr. Norman Finkelstein, (PhD political science., Princeton; son of Nazi death camp survivors and descendant of Nazi death camp victims) explains that, under international law, people have a right to use armed force to achieve self-determination. … Continue reading

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We Are Witnessing A Fundamental Change In The Oil Sector

The U.S. oil production decline has begun. It is not because of decreased rig count. It is because cash flow at current oil prices is too low to complete most wells being drilled. The implications are profound. Production will decline … Continue reading

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