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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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Report: Ukrainian Oligarch Kolomoysky Robbed Rampantly

Eric Zuesse The Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung reported Thursday the 26th, that the Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, whom Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko recently removed from control over Ukraine’s monopoly oil-transport firm and from being governor of a Ukrainian province, had been using … Continue reading

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How Can We Tell If People Are Posting Bad Things In Different Languages?

People post comments in foreign languages we can’t read: Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, etc.   (Even our French and Spanish is rusty … and we never learned any languages which use non-Western characters.) We don’t know whether they are making thoughtful, appropriate … Continue reading

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UPDATED: 50 Abrams Tanks Appear to Have Been Sent to Ukraine

Eric Zuesse Alarms are being raised both on the right and the left in Austria against what appears to be a stealth move by Obama to send what are clearly attack-weapons (called “Bradley Tanks” but actually they look like Abrams … Continue reading

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Can Anne Hathaway Help End the Mindset That Creates Wars?

“If others have their will Ann hath a way. By cock, she was to blame. She put the comether on him, sweet and twentysix. The greyeyed goddess who bends over the boy Adonis, stooping to conquer, as prologue to the … Continue reading

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U.S. Ships 50 Abrams Tanks to Ukraine: Europeans Are Furious

Eric Zuesse Apparently, Obama, though he says he hasn’t made up his mind about whether to send weapons to Ukraine, actually has and is. He now seems to be quietly trashing the spirit though no provision in the Minsk II truce that … Continue reading

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New Study: Allies Raped Nearly 1 Million German Women During and After WWII

Germany’s The Local reports: Professor Miriam Gebhardt’s book When the Soldiers Came, published this week, includes interviews with victims, stories of the children of rape and research that she conducted over the course of a year and a half into … Continue reading

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Soaring Corporate Buy Backs Help a Few … At the Expense of the Broader Economy

Corporations Artificially Make Themselves Look Good By Buying Their Own Stock Stock buybacks by corporations are one of the main factors driving up stock prices. John Crudelle explains: There’s another kind of market rigging that is also going on. This … Continue reading

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Amnesty: Gaza Firing of Indiscriminate Rockets is War Crime

Amnesty notes in a new report that attacks by Gazans resisting Israeli occupation, invasion, and terrorist attacks amount to war crimes, due to the uncontrollable nature of the rudimentary projectiles Gazans are forced to use because of the Israeli occupation and siege keeping … Continue reading

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The $160 Billion Cost: Why Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovych Spurned EU’s Offer, on 20 Nov. 2013

Eric Zuesse “Burying the lede” is a way that ‘news’ professionals hide or “bury” things while ‘reporting’ on them; and the biggest example of this in modern times occurred when Germany’s Spiegel (Mirror) magazine headlined its cover-story on 24 November … Continue reading

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What Will End the 34-Year US Treasury Bond Bull Market?

U.S. Treasury bonds (10-year and 30-year) topped out above 15% in late 1981, and have traced a sawtooth pattern down ever since. The 10-year bond now yields 1.92% and the 30-year yields 2.51%. Daily Treasury Yield Curve Rates. Correspondent Mark … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia, with US Support, Invades Yemen

As a study released today shows the US has killed perhaps more than 2 million people in the last decade of its wars on the Middle East, the US is now supporting a Saudi invasion of Yemen. Telesur: The government … Continue reading

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Obama Now Sides w. Poroshenko to Unify Ukraine for Next Stage in the War

Eric Zuesse During the past few days, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has been drawing Ukraine’s racist fascists, or nazis, such as Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Oleh Kolomoysky, to support him; he has publicly threatened them if they fail to get in … Continue reading

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33 Strange Facts About America That Most Americans Would Be Shocked To Learn

By Michael Snyder, Economic Collapse Blog. Did you know that about one-fourth of the entire global prison population is in the United States?  Did you know that Apple has more money than the U.S. Treasury?  Did you know that if … Continue reading

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Study by Physicians for Social Responsibility: US Wars against Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan have Killed 1.3 Million – Conservative Estimate

Physicians for Social Responsibility has released a new study on US war against the Middle East: “This investigation comes to the conclusion that the war has, directly or indirectly, killed around 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan and … Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons Bill Maher Is Not “Our Best Weapon Against ISIS”

10. This sort of argument for debunking Islam in the media as the best way to “defeat” ISIS/ISIL misses the fact that ISIS recruits from the United States make up almost certainly much less than 1% of recruits, so that … Continue reading

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U.S.-v.-Russia: Even Stephen Cohen Is Starting to Speak the Truth

Eric Zuesse An alarming development is that Stephen F. Cohen, the internationally prominent scholar of Russia, is acknowledging that (1:35 on the video) “for the first time in my long life (I began in this field in the 1960s), I think the … Continue reading

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Orwell and Kafka Do America: How the Government Steals Your Money–“Legally,” Of Course

Due process and rule of law have been replaced with “legalized” looting by government in America. Did you know that the government of Iran steals your cash if they find more than loose change in your car? They don’t arrest … Continue reading

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America’s Colombian “Drug War” Herbicide Linked to Cancer. US Continues to Push World’s Most Lethal Drug: Tobacco

The Associated Press reports that “the world’s most-popular weed killer” has been discovered to be “a likely cause of cancer”: The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organization, has reclassified the herbicide … Continue reading

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IMF: Ukraine Must Now Steal $1.5B+ from Russia to Buy Arms

http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/03/24/iwf-ukraine-soll-seine-schulden-an-russland-nicht-zurueckzahlen/ IMF: Ukraine will not pay back [part of] its debts to Russia German Economic News  |  Published: 03/24/15 00:25 clock [Translation, and interspersed notes, by Eric Zuesse.] In December, a multi-billion-dollar loan [variously stated as $3-$3.5 billion] to Ukraine comes … Continue reading

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5-minute video on US/UK war ‘leaders’: ‘Violent criminal psychopaths make fools of us. Stop acting reasonable about this.’

hat tip: Zen Gardener Democracy Now interviewed Arundhati Roy in the above 5-minute interview; Roy speaks the Emperor’s New Clothes facts: Earth: 248 armed conflicts after WW2; US started 201 (81%), killing 30 million so far. Arrests are when now? … Continue reading

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Who Left the Crash Window Open?

Can stocks keep hitting new highs even as sales and profits fall? Given that we live in a world where a modest 3% decline in the stock market triggers panicky demands for more quantitative easing (QE 4), few observers expect … Continue reading

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America’s Global Dominance (Since WW II) Has Just Ended

Eric Zuesse On March 22nd, I headlined “Why the Western Alliance Is Ending,” and I listed the recent events which indicate that the Western Alliance doesn’t have much longer to go. And, now, it has actually already ended. The handwriting is on … Continue reading

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The Russian Military Asked Me to Publish Its Propaganda

On Friday, March 20th, I spoke at the University of the District of Columbia Law School in Washington, D.C., as part of a series of teach-ins about peace organized by SpringRising.org. While there, a young man in a suit with … Continue reading

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THE REAL REASON THE AMERICAN DREAM IS UNRAVELING

Marketwatch posted an article this week titled Why the American Dream is Unraveling, in 4 charts. As usual, the MSM journalist and the liberal Harvard academic can create charts that reveal a huge problem, but they completely misdiagnose the causes … Continue reading

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One of U.S. White House’s Top Ukrainian Gangsters Gets U.S. Reprimand

Eric Zuesse Ihor Kolomoysky, a Ukrainian oligarch and friend of the Obama White House (he is the employer of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden), has now been reprimanded by America’s own Ambassador in Ukraine, after he had used physical … Continue reading

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Eight Great Reads at the Journal of 9/11 Studies

This summer will mark the ninth anniversary of the Journal of 9/11 Studies. In that time, my co-editors and I have published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and letters addressing various aspects of the 9/11 crimes. Although it can be hard, thankless work, … Continue reading

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Why the Western Alliance Is Ending

Eric Zuesse World leaders — heads of state especially — tend to be tactful people, whatever else might be said about them. When they discover that one of their number happens to be incredibly arrogant and psychopathic (and some leading … Continue reading

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A+ 3-minute rap video: Schools fail to educate on Life’s most vital issues

Hat tip: Zen Gardner Boy in a band’s 3-minute Don’t stay in school rap video powerfully communicates usual frustrations about high school-level education: Students learn structure of government, including rights and leaders’ rosy rhetoric, but never compare current events to … Continue reading

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The Web: Destroyer or Savior of Culture, Pay and Employment?

The cost of creating and distributing content has fallen to near-zero, and that is not going away. Last month I explored the contentious question, Is the Web Destroying the Cultural Economy? In my recent video discussion with analyst Gordon T. … Continue reading

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Debt-damned economics: either learn monetary reform, or kiss your assets goodbye (7 of 7)

The following is my high school teaching assignment for Advanced Placement Macroeconomics students (available as extra credit for other classes) on how money is created. I offer this for non-profit use; divided into seven sections: Instructions (1 of 7) Contextual … Continue reading

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Opposing War With a Smile

Remarks at teach-in at Spring Rising event March 20, 2015, UDC Law School. Note: Rally at White House is noon, March 21. More times than I can count, after I’ve given a speech about war and peace without tears in … Continue reading

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Income, Education and Inequality in the “Recovery”: Prepare to be Surprised

Note to the higher education industry: issuing diplomas doesn’t magically create new jobs in the real world. By virtually any standard, wealth inequality has soared to historic levels in the six years of “recovery” since the Great Recession of 2008-09. … Continue reading

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How the U.S. Is Allied with ISIS & Al Qaeda

Eric Zuesse The United States is allied with Sunni Moslem aristocracies (and therefore with Sunni-headed nations), against Shia Moslem aristocracies (and therefore also against Shia-headed nations). Sunni aristocracies provide the huge ($1 million and larger) financial donations that sustain ISIS, Al … Continue reading

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Dollar Demand = Global Economy Has Skidded Over the Cliff

Borrowing in USD was risk-on; buying USD is risk-off. There is a lively debate about the global demand for U.S. dollars: Global finance faces $9 trillion stress test as dollar soars (Telegraph.co.uk) Is There a US$ Shortage? Will it Sink … Continue reading

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Blood on the Corner at UVA

I’m just back from a rally in front of the Charlottesville Police Department at which I heard a black UVA student say that black friends were going to think twice about trying to attend UVA after what happened tonight. Unless … Continue reading

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Obama’s Double-Standard on Russia

He Attacks Russia, then Condemn’s Putin for Defending Russia from His Attack Eric Zuesse Ukraine is considered by geostrategists (both Republican and Democratic) to be militarily the most important adjoining nation to Russia, serving as the chief buffer to attacks … Continue reading

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Debt-damned economics: either learn monetary reform, or kiss your assets goodbye (6 of 7)

The following is my high school teaching assignment for Advanced Placement Macroeconomics students (available as extra credit for other classes) on how money is created. I offer this for non-profit use; divided into seven sections: Instructions (1 of 7) Contextual … Continue reading

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Ukraine Declares Resumption of War Against Donbass

Eric Zuesse On Wednesday, March 18th, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the Prime Minister of Ukraine — who was selected for that post by Victoria Nuland of the U.S. State Department on 4 February 2014, 18 days before the U.S. coup that installed him into this … Continue reading

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The Undebtors: Sworn Enemies of the Vampires of Debt

Those who refuse debt, regardless of the sacrifice, are starving the parasitic, exploitive machine; those with debt are feeding it. We hear a lot about debtors, and very little about undebtors. I define an undebtor as an individual or entity … Continue reading

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50,000th War in a Row Violates the Laws of War

I think we must be due some kind of prize. This is the 50,000th war in a row to have violated the “laws of war.” The documentation comes from Human Rights Watch which reports that last August 31st U.S. and … Continue reading

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Afghan Villagers: US-Trained Militias Far More Terrifying than Taliban

US proxy militias in Afghanistan “enforce their will through beatings and rape”, say new reports. But former Afghan politician Malalai Joya, who was ejected from the government “for publicly denouncing the presence of warlords and war criminals in the Afghan Parliament”, has been speaking for years on … Continue reading

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Debt-damned economics: either learn monetary reform, or kiss your assets goodbye (5 of 7)

The following is my high school teaching assignment for Advanced Placement Macroeconomics students (available as extra credit for other classes) on how money is created. I offer this for non-profit use; divided into seven sections: Instructions (1 of 7) Contextual … Continue reading

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Gallup: U.S. Population Highly Militaristic

In early 2014 there were unusual news stories about Gallup’s end-of-2013 polling because after polling in 65 countries with the question “Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?” the overwhelming winner had … Continue reading

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When It Becomes Serious, First They Lie–When That Fails, They Arrest You

When lying is no longer enough to gain compliance, then the organs of security are unleashed on dissent and resistance. “When it becomes serious, you have to lie.” Jean-Claude Juncker simply gave voice to what the world’s leaders practice on … Continue reading

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“Stratfor [VIDEO]: US aims to prevent a German-Russian Alliance”

http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/03/17/stratfor-usa-wollen-deutsch-russische-allianz-verhindern/ Stratfor [VIDEO]: US aims to prevent a German-Russian alliance German Economic News  |  Published: 03/17/15 00:02 clock [translation and notes by Eric Zuesse] http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/03/17/stratfor-usa-wollen-deutsch-russische-allianz-verhindern/ The head of the private intelligence agency Stratfor has for the first time publicly said that the US government considers to be its overriding strategic objective the prevention of … Continue reading

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Debt-damned economics: either learn monetary reform, or kiss your assets goodbye (4 of 7)

The following is my high school teaching assignment for Advanced Placement Macroeconomics students (available as extra credit for other classes) on how money is created. I offer this for non-profit use; divided into seven sections: Instructions (1 of 7) Contextual … Continue reading

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30 BLOCKS OF RACISM, INCOMPETENCE & COLLAPSE

I haven’t provided an update from the 30 Blocks of Squalor in a while, so here are some reflections I’ve made over the last few weeks. It’s a hodgepodge of observations with no overall theme other than West Philly continues … Continue reading

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Obama and the ‘News’ Media Continue to Falsify About Obamacare

Eric Zuesse The Obama Administration basically lied on Monday, March 16th, when it said that it had reduced the percentage of healthcare uninsured Americans from 20.3% down to 13.2% — and the ‘news’ media in this country stenographically reported their … Continue reading

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The American Government’s Biggest Lie Now Is About Ukraine

Eric Zuesse The American Government’s biggest lie in 2002-2003 was about Saddam Hussein and Iraq. We’ve already seen what that lie produced. It cost the U.S. more than $3 trillion, produced ISIS, and caused death and destruction in Iraq that … Continue reading

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The Washington Post Will Kill Us All

“War with Iran is probably our best option.” This is an actual headline from the Washington Post. Yes it’s an op-ed, but don’t fantasize that it’s part of some sort of balanced wide-ranging array of varied opinions. The Washington Post … Continue reading

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Debt-damned economics: either learn monetary reform, or kiss your assets goodbye (3 of 7)

The following is my high school teaching assignment for Advanced Placement Macroeconomics students (available as extra credit for other classes) on how money is created. I offer this for non-profit use; divided into seven sections: Instructions (1 of 7) Contextual … Continue reading

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EU Splits on Ukraine — How and Why

Eric Zuesse The issue is whether to supply weapons to Ukraine. On Friday, March 13th, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced, referring to himself in the third person, that: “The Head of State has informed that Ukraine had contracts with a series of the … Continue reading

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Debt-damned economics: either learn monetary reform, or kiss your assets goodbye (2 of 7)

The following is my high school teaching assignment for Advanced Placement Macroeconomics students (available as extra credit for other classes) on how money is created. I offer this for non-profit use; divided into seven sections: Instructions (1 of 7) Contextual … Continue reading

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International Court, Hague, Rules in Favor of Ecuador in its Case against U.S. Oil Giant, Chevron

Telesur: The International Court of Justice (CIJ) ruled Thursday a prior ruling by an Ecuadorean court that fined the U.S.-based oil company Chevron US $9.5 billion in 2011 should be upheld. The money will benefit about 30,000 Ecuadorians, most of them indigenous. Background from Amazon Watch: In 1964, Texaco (now Chevron), … Continue reading

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Our Glorious Leader – Their Wicked Despot

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What Happens to the Stock Market if the U.S. Follows the World into Recession?

History is rather unkind to blind faith in central banks, just as the rising U.S. dollar and stagnant sales are being very unkind to corporate profits. The quasi-religious faith that central banks can push stock markets ever higher regardless of … Continue reading

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Fox ‘News’ ‘Expert’ Says We Must “Start Killing Russians.” I Disagree.

Eric Zuesse On this video from Fox ‘News': At 3:30, Lou Dobbs asks the Fox Noise military analyst: “What do you expect” in Ukraine? At 3:35 he answers: “In the Ukraine, the only way that the United States can have any … Continue reading

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Debt-damned economics: either learn monetary reform, or kiss your assets goodbye (1 of 7)

The following is my high school teaching assignment for Advanced Placement Macroeconomics students (available as extra credit for other classes) on how money is created. I offer this for non-profit use; divided into seven sections: Instructions (1 of 7) Contextual … Continue reading

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German, European Govs: America’s “Dangerous Propaganda”, Military Aid Harming Ukraine Peace Process

As noted in today’s special report by Chris Martenson: Having reached a tenuous peace agreement with Ukraine and Russia (without the US), Germany is realizing and announcing that, indeed, the US does not seem intent on peace. McClatchy reports that German government … Continue reading

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Special Report: Is It Time To Prepare For War?

From my perspective, the made-for-public Western news copy regarding Ukraine and Russia is childishly slanted and one-sided. The level of so-called aggression by Russia cannot even remotely be compared to the United States’ naked aggression against Iraq – a country … Continue reading

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Ukraine’s Prime Minister Yatsenyuk Declares War on Russia

Eric Zuesse Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who on 4 February 2014 was selected for his post by Victoria Nuland of the U.S. State Department, was quoted by Ukrainian media on Thursday March 12th of 2015 as saying that, “Ukraine is in a … Continue reading

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The Fed Blew It

The Fed had multiple opportunities to let the air out of unsustainable asset bubbles by notching interest rates higher and tapering its asset purchases (QE). The Federal Reserve blew it by not normalizing interest rates a long time ago. The … Continue reading

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Japan’s Orwellian Politics About Ukraine

To Oppose Far-Right Is Labeled ‘Far-Right’ Japanese politicians get called ‘far-right’ for opposing America’s empowering nazism In Ukraine, and for opposing Japan’s nationalist leader, Shinzo Abe. Former Japanese Prime Minister tells Crimeans: “It’s shameful that information from Japanese and Western media … Continue reading

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Gallup: Dissatisfaction w. U.S. Gov’t. Soars

Eric Zuesse The latest Gallup poll shows that even as Americans are more satisfied with the American economy, they are more dissatisfied with the government; and that this government-dissatisfaction is so high that for the first time while Gallup has been … Continue reading

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Recipe for Full Military Takeover?

A major survey has found that “Americans’ confidence in all three branches of government is at or near” forty year record lows. …only 23 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the Supreme Court, 11 percent in the … Continue reading

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Teaching critical thinking to high school students: Economics research/presentation (6.4 of 6)

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

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Tentative Deal Reached to Settle Ukraine War

http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/03/11/iwf-ukraine-erhaelt-175-milliarden-dollar-aus-steuergeldern/ PLUNDERING THE WORLD IMF: Ukraine will receive $ 17.5 billion from taxpayers German Economic News  |  Published: 11/03/15 23:51 clock [Translation and notes by Eric Zuesse, whose explanation of the deal is at the end] SUMMARY: Ukraine will receive total loans of … Continue reading

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Which Party Do You View Iran Through?

Most people in the United States have little contact with Iran or its culture. Iran comes up as a scary threat in the speeches of demagogues. A range of debate is offered between obliterate it and pressure it into compliance … Continue reading

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Why Is Per Capita Energy Consumption at Recession Levels After Six Years of Recovery?

Per capita energy consumption remains at recession levels. One way to verify rosy official data–GDP growth, low unemployment, etc.–is to compare it with data that is less easily gamed: for example, energy consumption.Those seeking a realistic snapshot of the Chinese … Continue reading

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How the Public Are Deceived by the ‘News’

Top ‘News’ Executives Suppress Key Facts; The Public Sees a Chaotic, Disjointed, Picture. Here Is How that Is Done, in Personal Detail. Eric Zuesse If the public is systematically lied-to by the Government and by a virtually uniformly cooperative press … Continue reading

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After Debate, Cambridge University Audience Vote declares Israel is a Rogue State

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#ObamaYankeeGoHome Trending on Twitter re US Terror aimed at Venezuela

In addition to hundreds of years of terror, torture, murder, and repression inflicted on Latin America by the Euro colonial implant to the north, a look at just the last few years of US international gangsterism (the habit of using organized … Continue reading

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If Everything’s so Great, Why Are New Orders Cratering?

New Orders are in recessionary territory. The financial news is astonishingly rosy: record trade surpluses in China, positive surprises in Europe, the best run of new jobs added to the U.S. economy since the go-go 1990s, and the gift that … Continue reading

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Federal Study: US Gov Killing apprx. 1,000 of its Own People Per Year

The federal Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that, on average, US police piled up the bodies of 928 US citizens per year between 2003-2009 and 2011. And Tom Hall notes: “A list compiled on the website Killed by Police of every police killing mentioned in … Continue reading

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A Global Security System: An Alternative to War

World Beyond War has just published a short book titled A Global Security System: An Alternative to War. This act constitutes an intervention into the debate over whether to create a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force. In … Continue reading

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The Origin of the ‘New Cold War’

Eric Zuesse This will be history, replacing myth. So: if at the start it might seem unbelievable, I request the reader — please click onto the sources; and, as you read them, you will (if you have been getting your … Continue reading

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US/UK/Israel unlawful Wars of Aggression on Iraq, Iran are gangster ‘business’: an analogy

An analogy of US relations with Iraq and Iran (documentation of facts below): The gangster, “Uncle” Sam, had a Machiavellian business history of 40 years with an appointed “regional manager,” Saddam; a history of transactions worth billions. Sam helped Saddam … Continue reading

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Iran to ‘Wipe Israel off the map’? Read the 600 words for yourself to confirm US/Israel CRIMINAL war lies

The origin of claims that Iranian President Ahmadinejad threatened to “wipe Israel off the map” is his October 30, 2005 speech. The crystal-clear content and context prove this claim is false, and that “leaders” threatening war on Iran over this … Continue reading

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Gang-Raped Saudi Woman Sentenced to 200 Lashes, 6 Months in Jail

Outlets from Breitbart to Press TV to Jerusalem Post (from which the headline of this post is taken) are reporting with shock on this disturbing crime. As the US considers openly arming the major, ISIS-linked, al-Qaeda terrorist branch operating in … Continue reading

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Putin Wants to Eat Your Children

If U.S. television and politicians started saying that Saudi Arabia should be bombed because it kills and tortures innocent people, within a week many millions of Americans would demand just that. And because those voices do say that about ISIS, … Continue reading

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US/Israel .01% lie for unlawful War of Aggression on Iran: 99.99% must choose arrests or have global nuclear war

4-minute video from 2008 as powerful evidence of a long history to incite unlawful war-murder of Iranians: To repeat what hundreds of us in alternate media have been documenting for years, a criminal rogue US/Israel/UK .01% constantly renew threats of war … Continue reading

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Guardian’s Seumas Milne: US/NATO Military Expansion, Smear Campaign Risk Disaster

Seumas Milne notes in The Guardian that the military expansionism the US is pursuing against “the Russian border” in Ukraine, is (as Glenn Greenwald also recently noted) knowingly empowering “Ukrainian fascist militias such as the Azov battalion”, which are “supported by … Continue reading

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EU Increasingly Abandons Obama on Ukraine

Eric Zuesse As reported on Saturday March 7th by both German Economic News, and Spiegel magazine, the ongoing lies and arrogance from U.S. President Barack Obama’s Administration regarding Ukraine and Russia have finally raised to the surface a long-mounting anger of Germany’s Chancellor … Continue reading

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Teaching critical thinking to high school students: Economics research/presentation (6.3 of 6)

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

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Europe Blocks U.S. from Racing to War Against Russia

Eric Zuesse On Friday, 6 March, President Obama placed temporarily on ice his planned increase in weapons and soldiers to help the Ukrainian Government to ‘defend’ Ukraine against the ‘terrorists’ in Donbass, which is the Ukrainian region that had voted 90% for the President whom the … Continue reading

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The ‘Democrat’ Brzezinski Says Russia’s Putin Wants to Invade NATO

Eric Zuesse Zbigniew Brzezinski, U.S. President Obama’s friend and advisor on Russia, is a born Polish aristocrat who has hated Russia his whole life but who hid that hatred until after the communist Soviet Union collapsed and he then publicly … Continue reading

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Monetary Policy Can’t Fix an Economy’s Structural Problems

When we look back from 2025, it will be painfully obvious that central bank policies exacerbated the systemic crises that brought down the global financialization machine. What with all the praise being heaped on central banks for “saving” the world … Continue reading

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All Buildings in Debaltseve Ukraine Were Destroyed or Damaged by the Occupying Ukrainian Army

Eric Zuesse According to the head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Ukraine, no usable buildings survive in the town of Debaltseve, the crucial railroad junction that was long fought over between the occupying Ukrainian army … Continue reading

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Asia Scholar Chalmers Johnson on Consequences of Empire

Conservative scholar Chalmers Johnson taught for 30 years on Japan and the Koreas, and was a consultant to the CIA.  When he visited Okinawa, Japan, he became aware of the deep resentment caused by the presence of US bases and … Continue reading

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How Did Syria Get Here?

Wars may be how Americans learn geography, but do they always learn the history of how the geography was shaped by wars? I’ve just read Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years by John McHugo. It’s very heavy on … Continue reading

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Solutions Start with Innovation and Transparency

Innovation is selectively restrained in systems controlled by vested interests. Just as everyone supports “solutions” until the solutions crush their share of the swag, everybody supports innovation and transparency (IT) until IT disrupts their share of the swag. Then they … Continue reading

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US Considering Openly Arming Syrian al-Qaeda Faction, al-Nusra

As reported at Antiwar.com, the US and some of its regional client dictatorships are prodding the major al-Qaeda faction operating in Syria, a brutal terrorist group called al-Nusra, to “re-brand” so the US can openly arm it. Wikipedia notes that al-Nusra: … Continue reading

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Teaching critical thinking to high school students: Economics research/presentation (6.2 of 6)

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

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Obama’s Biggest Lie About Obamacare

He promised “universal coverage” but delivered a plan in which that was impossible. Consequently, whereas 85.4% of Americans had coverage in 2008, only 87.7% have coverage today, far short of the promised 100% — though 100% coverage is the norm … Continue reading

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You’re 55 Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist

Police Killings Grossly Underreported We previously reported that Americans are 9 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist. But it turns out that our numbers were incorrect … This isn’t surprising, given that: “Reliable … Continue reading

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Getting Out Of Dodge

About 30 years ago, I took a series of jobs in Australia, turning around failing manufacturing businesses. We were there for a very few years, and during this time became eligible for Australian citizenship, which we took up. In return … Continue reading

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Nobel Peace Prize Chief Quits, Asks Obama to Return Peace Prize — 1/10th Joke

Head of Nobel Peace Prize Committee Is Fired, Requests Obama to Return 2009 Peace Prize? Eric Zuesse For the first time ever, the head of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee has been fired. It happened on Tuesday, March 3rd.  Thorbjorn Jagland, … Continue reading

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BLOOMBERG: Putin Is to Blame for Ukraine, But West Owes Ukraine Bailout

Eric Zuesse The anti-Russian ‘news’ organization Bloomberg, owned by the former Mayor of Wall Street, Michael Bloomberg, says in a March 3rd editorial about Ukraine, that “Only swift and radical debt relief can help the country out of its economic quagmire,” … Continue reading

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