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Follow The Sand To The Real Fracking Boom

When it takes up to four million pounds of sand to frack a single well, it’s no wonder that demand is outpacing supply and frack sand producers are becoming the biggest behind-the-scenes beneficiaries of the American oil and gas boom. … Continue reading

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France Will Renege on Russian Contract, Says Pres. Francois Hollande

Eric Zuesse On November 25th, French President Francois Hollande announced that France, which has already missed two deadlines to deliver to Russia two completed Mistral helicopter-carriers to Russia, won’t deliver either ship until Washington has no further complaints about Russia’s … Continue reading

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MLK, Jr: Riot is the Language of the Unheard

And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last … Continue reading

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Nothing Has Changed–and That’s the Problem

Playing monetary games has done nothing to eliminate moral hazard. If we step back and look at the past six years since the global financial meltdown of 2008, we see that in terms of financial and political power, nothing has … Continue reading

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Britain’s Vice News Reports Ukraine’s Firebombing of Southeast

Eric Zuesse Vice News uploaded to youtube on November 12th this video of the firebombing of the southeastern Ukrainian village of Iliovaisk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V70lGPnycxk#t=47 and they also identified what the incendiary weapon used was. Headlining, “’A Rain of Fire’: Ukrainian Forces … Continue reading

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Jon Stewart “Partly Responsible” For Quite A Lot

Jon Stewart has written and directed a film about Iran’s criminal beating and imprisonment for five months of journalist Maziar Bahari.  Critic Joanne Laurier notes that Stewart, who is friends with Bahari, feels “partly responsible for the journalist’s troubles” because … Continue reading

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U.S. Among Only 3 Countries at U.N. Officially Backing Nazism & Holocaust-Denial; Israel Parts Company from Them; Germany Abstains

Eric Zuesse In a U.N. vote, on November 21st, only three countries — the United States, Ukraine, and Canada — voted against a resolution to condemn racist facsism, or “nazism,” and to condemn denial of Germany’s World War II Holocaust … Continue reading

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The Astonishing Rise of Central Bank Fear

Anyone who looks at central bankers speak can sense the fear behind their absurd bravado, and the dishonesty of their public confidence. The extraordinary disconnect between soaring stock markets and stagnating real economies has been gleefully embraced by all who … Continue reading

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Mark Udall and the Unspeakable

President Obama, who is just now un-ending again the ending of the endless war on Afghanistan, has never made a secret of taking direction from the military, CIA, and NSA. He’s escalated wars that generals had publicly insisted he escalate. … Continue reading

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Yes, Ye … … No, No, Nooooooooo!

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Why Do We Allow Ukraine’s Government to Write the Official Report on The Downing of MH17?

Eric Zuesse There are only two suspects in the shoot-down of the MH17 Malaysian airliner over Ukraine on July 17th: the separatist rebels, whom the Ukrainian Government charge had shot it down mistaking it for one of the Ukrainian Air … Continue reading

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Have Central Banks Entered an Undeclared War?

The monetary tectonic plates are shifting, and predicting the next global financial earthquake is relatively easy. I recently suggested that the devaluation of the yen was Japan’s Monetary Pearl Harbor: a direct attack on the currencies of its major trading partners: … Continue reading

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NO ONE TOLD YOU WHEN TO RUN, YOU MISSED THE STARTING GUN

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way. Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town Waiting for someone or something to show you the … Continue reading

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The Falcon Can No Longer Hear the Falconer

We in the center that cannot hold can only watch as things fall apart. In so many ways, the falcon can no longer hear the falconer. The phrase is drawn from William Butler Yeats’ poem, The Second Coming: Turning and turning in … Continue reading

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Torturer on the Ballot

Michigan’s First Congressional District is cold enough to freeze spit. Half of it is disconnected from the rest of Michigan and tacked onto the top of Wisconsin. A bit of it is further north than that, but rumored to be … Continue reading

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Why Living in a Post-Bubble World Is No Fun

What do we do when the bubble economy cannot be reflated? It is generally conceded that we are living in an era of Peak Everything: peak central bank omnipotence, peak powerless of the non-elites, peak wealth inequality, peak media-induced delusion, peak … Continue reading

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Meet Ukraine’s Master Mass-Murderer: Dmitriy Yarosh

Here Is the Man Who Organized and Ran Ukraine’s February 22nd Coup in Kiev,  and the May 2nd Massacre of Its Opponents in Odessa, for Barack Obama Eric Zuesse Dmitriy Yarosh is the founder and head of one of Ukraine’s … Continue reading

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Who Says Ferguson Can’t End Well

Just as a police officer in a heightened state of panic surrounded by the comfort of impunity will shoot an innocent person, the Governor of Missouri has declared a state of emergency preemptively, thus justifying violence in response to something … Continue reading

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No Anti-War Voices on TV — Well, Sort of

Here’s FAIR’s excellent report on pro-war bias in the corporate media, and here’s Peter Hart describing it well on Democracy Now: I’d love to see a complete report of all the corporate media coverage for the whole lead-up to Iraq … Continue reading

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Watch Schooling the World, Stop Schooling the World

It’s becoming slightly more common in the Western industrialized world to propose radical cultural change away from consumerism and environmental destruction. It’s not hard to find people making the case that in fact nothing else can save us. But we … Continue reading

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Relentless US Journalist who has Seen and Felt the Boot of Israeli Fascism is Returning to Palestine for More

Journalist Zebula “Sha” Hebert has been “shot at, stabbed, pepper sprayed, maced, tear-gassed, tased, arrested, detained, beaten, and interrogated” while conducting his work.  He knows what repression feels like, which is why he is undertaking a highly ambitious project: in … Continue reading

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The Cruel Injustice of the Fed’s Bubbles in Housing

As the generational war heats up, we should all remember the source of all the bubbles and all the policies that could only result in generational poverty: the Federal Reserve. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen recently treated the nation to … Continue reading

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Okinawa Elects All Anti-U.S.-Bases Candidates

Some news of more resistance in Okinawa from Hiroshi Taka: “I am writing this email to all the friends who have sent warm messages of solidarity to the people of Okinawa, who fought for a military base-free, peaceful Okinawa in … Continue reading

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WHAT THE FED HAS WROUGHT

The chart below might be the most powerful indictment of the Federal Reserve and our corporate fascist empire of debt ever created. Some people don’t get charts. Charts tell a story. This chart tells the story of elitist bankers supporting … Continue reading

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Obama’s TTIP Trade Deal w. Europe Would Be Disastrous for Europe, Says the First Independent Study

Eric Zuesse On November 14th, German Economic News (which this writer has found to be the world’s most honest, non-propagandistic, newspaper) published two articles about, and they also posted to the Internet, the first independent study of the likely impacts … Continue reading

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Eric Sprott: Global Gold Demand Is Overwhelming Supply

Precious metals have had an especially tough go of it over the past month. Both gold and silver are back in price territory last seen in 2010. Eric Sprott returns to the program to discuss the facts as we know them … Continue reading

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Watchers of the Sky Falls in a Pit

The United States is a society incapable of producing a major documentary film opposing the institution of war and explicitly advocating its abolition. If it did so, the major corporate media outlets would not sing such a film’s praises. Yet … Continue reading

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The Rubber Band Is Stretched–Will It Break?

A rubber band can remain stretched for some time, but it takes some force to keep it stretched. The consensus is anticipating a smooth sleigh ride for Santa’s traditional stock market rally from November to year-end. But the rubber band of … Continue reading

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Why Is Europe Staying with the Leading Fascist Power, That’s Now Turned Nazi?

Eric Zuesse The United States is a gung-ho supporter of a genocide that it created. (Click on those links, for the verification of these shocking facts — shocking only because they’re covered up by our ‘press.’) Why does Europe tolerate … Continue reading

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Can vaccines cause autism, cancer, other deadly diseases? What does that mean about Ebola vaccine?

I’ve reviewed two of Ken’s books: Popsicle Man is a novel form to share real-world history of US oligarchs with Emperor’s New Clothes’ obvious crimes centering in war and money Cancer Vortex provides similar powerful history of the medical oligarchs who block medically and legally proven cancer … Continue reading

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The World Gets the Wars Americans Deserve

Having been on the road, I have two brilliant insights to report. 1. No matter what sort of fascist state were ever established in this part of the world, Amtrak would never get the trains to run on time. 2. … Continue reading

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The View that Putin’s Advisor Has on Obama’s Ukrainian War

Eric Zuesse U.S. President Barack Obama’s operation (click on this for the documentation) to exterminate pro-Russian voters in Ukraine, was discussed back in July by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s chief foreign affairs advisor, Sergei Glazyev, in an interview by Alyona … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just Japan That’s Failed; The “Asian Miracle” Model Has Also Failed

The inevitable result of the centrally planned Asian Miracle Model is credit bubbles and the crippling misallocation of capital in Building Bridges to Nowhere. Japan’s extraordinary rise from the ashes of World War II created an “Asian Miracle” template that … Continue reading

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Media Blackout as U.S. Sponsors Genocide in Southeastern Ukraine

Eric Zuesse Here’s a typical example of what’s being blacked-out: This is a photo of a Ukrainian soldier guiding a truck-full of prisoners toward a ditch, to which the prisoners are then dragged one-by-one, and thrown in, and shot — … Continue reading

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How Is a Prison Like a War?

The similarities between mass incarceration and mass murder have been haunting me for a while, and I now find myself inspired by Maya Schenwar’s excellent new book Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do … Continue reading

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The Consequences of a Strengthening US Dollar

In early September, I made the case for a rising U.S. dollar, based on the basic supply and demand for dollars stemming from four dynamics: Demand for dollars as reserves Other nations devaluing their own currencies to increase exports “Flight … Continue reading

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Which Cities/States Will Be the First to Default When the Economy Rolls Over?

What happens to local governments when the economy rolls over? Though we’re constantly reassured the “recovery” that’s stumbled for five years has years of strong growth ahead, history suggests the “recovery” is due to roll over. Few recoveries last longer than … Continue reading

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Endangering US Citizens, Gen. Dempsey Approves High Civilian Death Rate Military Tactics

Martin Dempsey, the highest ranking officer in the US, this week endangered the lives of US and other civilians by approving military tactics by foreign nations that result in a 75 to 80% civilian death rate. Having reviewed Israel’s recent … Continue reading

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Veterans, Americans: Honor us all by ending unlawful, lie-began US wars

Veterans Day honors those among us who took a military Oath to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” All US military are trained to refuse obvious unlawful orders, with officers trained to arrest those who issue them … Continue reading

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What Have We Learned From 24 Years of War?

The responsibility for starting and ending wars, the way wars are fought and the losses we suffer all rest with our elected civilian leadership. What have we learned from 24 years of war? Since the First Gulf War in early 1991, … Continue reading

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Where Will Risk Erupt This Time?

So where has all the risk pooled up in the system? In foreign exchange (FX) markets, that’s where. One of the precepts of this blog is that risk cannot be disappeared, it can only be transferred or temporarily hidden from view. This … Continue reading

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US Commitment to Terror, Expansionism, Maintains Israel’s Illegal Wall

As seen in the above graphic from the Washington Post, essentially every country recognizes the State of Palestine, except for Western Europe and some of the places it has conquered, such as North America, Australia, and New Zealand, as well … Continue reading

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How Our People Do Their Extermination-Jobs in Ukraine

Eric Zuesse Below is a video of “our side” in the Ukrainian civil war carrying out part of the Ukrainian Defense Minister, Mikhail Koval’s, extermination plan, which was injudiciously described by him right after a press conference. On June 11th, … Continue reading

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No to Republibama Government

A case can be made that democracy worked in this month’s U.S. midterm elections, while representative democracy failed miserably. On ballot initiatives all across the country, people in so-called red and blue states voted for raising the minimum wage, banning … Continue reading

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BREAD, CIRCUSES & BOMBS – DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE – PART TWO

In Part One of this article I discussed the similarities between the Roman Empire and the American Empire at a high level. In this article I’ll delve into some specific similarities and rhymes between the fall of the Roman Empire … Continue reading

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Nazi NATO, but No War Crimes Tribunal? Why?

Eric Zuesse The above is from a video discussed below, about what “our people” are doing to “their people.” A friend who lives in Ukraine sent me this message a few hours ago: I got a call from Donestsk the … Continue reading

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John Hussman: The Stock Market Is Overvalued By 100%

John Hussman is highly respected for his prodigious use of data and adherence to what it tells him about the state of the financial markets. His regular weekly market commentary is widely regarded as one of the best-researched, best-articulated publications available … Continue reading

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We Must Always Have War Because Magic

This advertisement for permanent war appeared in my local newspaper today. By pointing out this fact I am neither opposing working with religious groups that favor peace nor asserting that Martin Luther King Jr. was a warmonger. But religious peace … Continue reading

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About That “S&P 500 Will Be 2,150 by Christmas” Call….

So this megaphone playing out again is just plain crazy. Back on October 13, when the stock market was in free-fall, I prepared this chart showing a potential megaphone pattern. With major indicators (such as the MACD and stochastics) looking decidedly … Continue reading

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What the Democratic Party Must Do in Order to Deserve to Win

Eric Zuesse The Democratic Party is at a crisis of its basic values, of its basic reason for existing; it is at an existential crisis regarding what its ideology is. If it does not figure out soon what its ideology … Continue reading

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US State and Federal Governments Physically Block Journalists from Observing State Violence

Sandy English reports on the US state and federal collusion to censor free speech during the authoritarian crackdown on protests over the police killing of Michael Brown: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) worked closely with the St. Louis County Police Department … Continue reading

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Central Planners Are In A State of Panic

Japan’s black swan flaps its wings The central planners are in a state of fear and panic.  They are trying everything and anything to create market validation for their policies, watching with trepidation as their favored economic metrics fail to … Continue reading

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If You Really Think It Matters Which Party Controls the Senate, Answer These Questions

Please don’t claim anything changes if one party or the other is in the majority. Anyone clinging to that fantasy is delusional. If you really think it matters which political party controls the U.S. Senate, please answer these questions. Don’t worry, … Continue reading

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Valor, Remembrance, and Complicity

November 11th in the United States is marked and marred by a holiday that relatively recently had its name changed to “Veterans Day” and its purpose converted and perverted into celebrating war. This year a “Concert for Valor” will be … Continue reading

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Western News-Suppression about the Downing of MH-17 Malaysian Jet

Eric Zuesse The cause of the shooting-down of the Malaysian passenger plane MH-17 on July 17th (while that plane was flying over the conflict-zone during Ukraine’s civil war) is becoming clearer and clearer, despite the rigorous continuing attempts by Western … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Failing State: Japan’s Budgetary Nightmare

Once the global economy rolls over into contraction, the tide will recede and Japan’s fiscal and monetary bankruptcy will become painfully apparent. What do you get after 25 years of stagnation and Keynesian Cargo Cult monetary stimulus? A failing state, … Continue reading

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Why Libya?

Following the standard US playbook, the Obama regime and its accomplices made up crimes to propagandize their populations into accepting illegal aggression and terrorism against Libya in 2011, and now ignore the actual crimes being committed in the Libya shoved, … Continue reading

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The “Enabler in Chief” of 2014 Massacre against Palestinian Refugees

Dr. Norman Finkelstein, PhD Political Science, Princeton, prolific author, descendant of Holocaust death camp victims and son of survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto, on the “Enabler in Chief” of the 2014 Israeli massacre against the trapped Palestinian refugees: It became, … Continue reading

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Free College or Another New War?

Noting that U.S. college costs have gone up 500% since 1985, the Washington Post recommends seven countries where U.S. students can go to college for free without bothering to learn the language of the natives or anything so primitive. These … Continue reading

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Things, Not People, You Can Vote For

“Vote. It’s the American thing to do!” read an email I received yesterday. Actually it’s the just-about-anywhere-else thing to do. U.S. voters lead the world in staying home and not bothering. There are three schools of thought as to why, … Continue reading

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My Predictions Are Unfortunately Coming True

Eric Zuesse For several months now, I have predicted that if no House Democrat would introduce a bill of impeachment against President Barack Obama (for whom I voted, incidentally), then Republicans on November 4th would elect not just one but … Continue reading

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Japan’s Monetary Pearl Harbor

Trying to “fix” a sclerotic, inefficient state-cartel economy by boosting inflation–the ultimate goal of Japan’s Monetary Pearl Harbor– is a self-liquidating path to destruction. The Bank of Japan’s surprise expansion of financial stimulus strikes me as the monetary equivalent of … Continue reading

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Which Is Worse, a Libertarian or a Humanitarian-Warrior?

Is it worse to put into Congress or the White House someone who wants to end wars and dismantle much of the military but also wants to abolish Social Security and Medicare and the Department of Education and several other … Continue reading

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The Tao/paradox of patient activism in the face of an evil .01%

Life moves us; sometimes in torrents demanding full attention, sometimes in lulls, sometimes in routines. Outside of our personal foci, those of us relatively awake experience a paradox: Life is beautiful beyond words: in diversity, accessible virtues to experience and … Continue reading

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Ukraine’s Stunning Election-Results

Eric Zuesse If the new Ukrainian parliament fails to deliver an intensification of the ethnic-cleansing that is going on against the nation’s ethnic-Russian southeast, Ukrainians in the northeast will be sorely disappointed. Even before the February coup and the breakaway … Continue reading

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Slavery Is Now Being Put into Practice by the Ukrainian Government

Results from Ukraine’s New Law for Government-Imposed Slavery (And How Western ‘News’ Media Have Hidden All of This from You) Eric Zuesse On September 26th, I headlined “Ukraine Government Officially Introduces Slavery, with Vague Terms,” and I wondered when and … Continue reading

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Why We’re Poorer: Inflation and Deflation Are Now Globalized

We’re being hit with a double-whammy: Wages are under deflationary pressure, and almost everything else is exposed to inflationary pressure. As correspondent Mark G. observed in Globalization = Permanent Instability, it’s impossible to understand inflation and deflation now except in a … Continue reading

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Extremists Execute Up to 30,000 Surrendered Soldiers and Civilians

Militant extremists executed up to thirty-thousand surrendered soldiers and civilians along a single stretch of desolate highway between Iraq and Kuwait. The extremist group calls itself USA – United States of America.  The year was 1991, and this massacre came … Continue reading

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War Resumes in Ukraine

Ukraine’s President Says All Ukrainians Who Reject His Government Should Die Ukraine Violates Ceasefire Agreement w. Russia and OSCE, Re-Invades Its East Eric Zuesse On October 30th, the Novorossian press agency announced that on the prior day, Ukrainian troops had … Continue reading

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Saturday Night Live On Ebola

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Globalization = Permanent Instability

Globalization continually creates imbalances that fuel a perpetual instability that gradually impoverishes every sector other than global capital. Globalization has two guaranteed consequences: permanent instability and endless boom-and-bust cycles. As noted in Forget “Free Trade”–Focus on Capital Flows, the key engine of … Continue reading

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57 Candidates and Nothing On

I was lucky to attend a debate among the candidates for Congress from Virginia’s Fifth District just before game 7 of the world series. This was the kind of event you can write about while drinking beer and yelling at … Continue reading

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Google Survey: Majority of US Citizens Think US Gives Too Much to Israel

The majority of US citizens, according to a Google Consumer Survey (cited here), think the US gives too much aid to Israel: Today 6 in 10 Americans believe the U.S. gives too much aid to Israel Surveying Americans about U.S. aid … Continue reading

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No More Wars on Anything

Searching new articles on ye olde internets the past couple of days for the word “war,” I turned up roughly equal uses of “war” to refer to wars and to refer to other things entirely. Apparently there is a war … Continue reading

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Forget “Free Trade”–Focus on Capital Flows

In a world dominated by mobile capital, mobile capital is the comparative advantage. Defenders and critics of “free trade” and globalization tend to present the issue as either/or: it’s inherently good or bad. In the real world, it’s not that simple. The … Continue reading

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What’s Behind Lower Gas-Prices and the Bombings of Syria and of Southeastern Ukraine

  Obama Represents U.S. & Arabic Aristocracies, Against Those of Russia & Iran. Eric Zuesse   INTRODUCTION: Why is the Ukrainian Government, which the U.S. supports, bombing the pro-Russian residents who live in Ukraine’s own southeast? Why is the American … Continue reading

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When Guys Decide Which Scientific Studies to Fund …

More Is Better! This headline from the Telegraph sums it up:    “Sex with 21 women lowers risk of prostate cancer, academics find“. Here’s the money quote: Sleeping with more than 20 women protects men against prostate cancer, a study has suggested. … Continue reading

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U.S. Sends Planes Armed With Depleted Uranium to Middle East

The U.S. Air Force says it is not halting its use of Depleted Uranium weapons, has recently sent them to the Middle East, and is prepared to use them. A type of airplane, the A-10, deployed this month to the … Continue reading

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We Don’t Have One Problem–We Have Three Interlocking Sets of Problems

The additional sets of problems added as “solutions” only guarantee that the third and final crash of asset bubbles just ahead will be far more devastating than the crashes of 2000 and 2009. The conventional view tacitly assumes the global … Continue reading

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What Will Come of Latest Report on American Torture?

Inexplicably, since the US is disliked for its good qualities, not for running a mass international torture ring, Obama continues to censor the latest anthology on American torture. Douglas Valentine, author of The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in … Continue reading

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Israeli Chooses “Honorable Life” Over Joining Military

Danielle Yaor is 19, Israeli, and refusing to take part in the Israeli military. She is one of 150 who have committed themselves, thus far, to this position: We, citizens of the state of Israel, are designated for army service. … Continue reading

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The Conscience of a Moderate

Angels by the River: A Memoir by James Gustave Speth is pleasantly written but painful to read. Speth knew about the dangers of global warming before the majority of today’s climate change deniers were born. He was an advisor to … Continue reading

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Why Gold Is Undervalued – And poised to re-price upwards from here

Gold has been in a bear market for three years. Technical analysts are asking themselves whether they should call an end to this slump on the basis of the “triple-bottom” recently made at $1180/oz, or if they should be wary … Continue reading

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Ukriane’s Civil War Is Restarting: a Good Site for Following It

Ukrainian Government is said to have air-dropped leaflets: “leave or die.” Introductory note by Eric Zuesse: Below is from a recent day’s report by the Belarusian (or “Byelorussian”) management-consulting firm Geopolitics, a site which often posts the most-penetrating daily reports … Continue reading

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Does Anyone Else Think the Stock Market Is Living on Reds, Vitamin C and Cocaine?

This state of delusion would be amusing if it wasn’t so tragic. The stock market’s wild swings of sentiment have got me thinking it’s living on reds, vitamin C and cocaine. This is a famous line from the Grateful Dead song Truckin’. … Continue reading

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Huffington Post: In the War Between the CIA and Senate Democrats, Everybody Won Except the Public

Eric Zuesse Ryan Grim and Ali Watkins of Huffington Post headlined in an October 23rd news story, “Senate-CIA Dispute Unsettled As Final Investigation Into Torture Report Ends,” and they reported that the investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee, concerning records that the … Continue reading

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War Culture

According to a book by George Williston called This Tribe of Mine: A Story of Anglo Saxon Viking Culture in America, the United States wages eternal war because of its cultural roots in the Germanic tribes that invaded, conquered, ethnically … Continue reading

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The Rape of Democracy

Eric Zuesse On the one side are Republicans, who resent taxes and self-identify with rich people who say that government is basically a huge waste of money and only private business is efficient and productive. On the other side are … Continue reading

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List of the World’s Richest Countries; America’s Special Role in It

Eric Zuesse The world’s richest countries are the ones where the median wealth per person is the highest. This system ranks nations truly according to the most-representative person in each given nation — the person who is in the exact … Continue reading

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What Happens When Cash Is No Longer Trash?

Those who actually create value as opposed to chasing yield with nearly-free money will actually have some traction once the swamp of excess liquidity drains. When those closest to the money spigots of the Federal Reserve can borrow billions for … Continue reading

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Prof. Zunes Details, Easily Debunks Near Unanimous, Crude US Gov. Lying in Service of US/Israeli Terrorism

This report is posted today in Counterpunch.  It is written by Stephen Zunes, “a professor of Politics and coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco.” He explicitly details not only that US government lying (ie propaganda) … Continue reading

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In Uncharted Waters

What I see as extremes that must necessarily end badly, others see as mere extensions of recently successful policies and trends. A long-time reader recently chastised me for using too many maybe’s in my forecasts. The criticism is valid, as “on the other … Continue reading

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Pew Finds: Conservatives Get Their News from Fox; Liberals Get Theirs Everywhere

Eric Zuesse Pew headlined on October 21st, “Political Polarization & Media Habits,” and reported “Striking Differences Between Liberals and Conservatives,” such as that Fox News Channel dominates as the news-source among conservatives, but that no news-source dominates among liberals. 47% of “Consistent … Continue reading

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Everything Wrong With Liberalism in One Image Found on FaceBook

Here’s a fairly typical image of a sort that constantly clogs up my FaceBook page. I take it to be the full and open expression of someone or some group’s honest outlook. I don’t think they’d identify themselves at the … Continue reading

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Public Says No to Silencing Prisoners’ Speech

I would not have guessed that people cared so much and so well about U.S. prisoners. The Governor of Pennsylvania is expected to sign into law a dangerous precedent that we all need to speak out against and put a … Continue reading

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Germany’s Merkel Agrees with ‘Angry’ Slovak Leader that Ukraine Bums EU to Pay for Russian Gas

But Merkel says EU taxpayers will have to subsidize Ukraine. Eric Zuesse On October 21st, the German Economic News  headlined (as translated), “Merkel: EU Taxpayers Should Finance Debt of Ukraine,” and reported that, “Angela Merkel visited [Slovakia's Prime Minister] Robert Fico … Continue reading

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On Killing Trayvons

This Wednesday is a day of action that some are calling a national day of action against police brutality, with others adding “and mass incarceration,” and I’d like to add “and war” and make it global rather than national. This … Continue reading

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How The Federal Reserve Is Purposely Attacking Savers

There’s something we ‘regular’ citizens wrestle with that the elites never seem to: a sense of moral duty. For example, following the collapse of the housing bubble, many people struggled with mortgages they could no longer afford to pay, fearing … Continue reading

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The Artists’ Road to Serfdom: The Commoditization of Creative Content

This is the net result of commoditization: there’s no premium for commoditized capital, labor, goods, services or content. As I noted in Our New Robot Overlords & The Third Type of Capital, profits flow to whatever inputs are scarce. Unfortunately for musicians, … Continue reading

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On Newsweek’s Finding that a Major US Ally Cuts Off More Heads than ISIS

Newsweek has an article out called “When It Comes to Beheadings, ISIS has Nothing on Saudi Arabia”. The article accurately illustrates that Saudi Arabia is essentially an established version of ISIS; in fact it was established the same way, which is also … Continue reading

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