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The US continues to play its poker game of Show Down with a growing list of unhappy countries. We are at the point where we might soon see a call to rename the US to the United States of Sanctions, the USS.
Turkey is getting most of the publicity now with its currency and economy under assault. The sanctions professionals sought out a fertile weak spot, that Turkey had used a tried-and-true method of bolstering an economy via debt. That may work in the short run and for keeping people happy before the last Turkish election, but sticking your debt neck out makes you a bigger target for having your currency and economy sold short.
Turkey joins the EU, Russia, China, Canada, Iranthe list keeps growing, under a semi false-flag of trade imbalances. I say that not tongue in cheek, but because with Americas debt over $20 trillion, the potential revenues from a successful trade war would only put a dent in the budget deficit. Trump knows this.
Why was there no one concerned about these trade deficits for the past 20 or 30 years? Why no concern after 9-11, when the US began hemorrhaging debt with huge budget overruns, later followed by our own pump-and-dump real estate boom and bust that brought our banking system down?
Maybe it is because the US is angry that its unipolar coup was not successful; and its plan to carve Syria went up in smoke, literally; and its plan to turn Ukraine into a front line NATO state was not only unsuccessful, but left the country on life support. Yemen, under attack by the West, will not surrender. Mexico will not pay for the US border wall, and Iran refuses to meet with Mr. Trump.
It reminds me of a famous line from the American comic, Rodney Dangerfield, I just cant get no respect!
China refuses to back off of even giving up extorting US companies to give up all of their patent rights on anything they manufacture in China. Although Veterans Today has been a huge critic of Trump, we have supported his sanctions on China, as China has effectively been sanctioning US companies for a long time. When China was buying a huge chunk of our annual debt, one could understand the tradeoff being made there, but China is no longer buying US debt. It is buying foreign companies and gold.
I am suspicious that the hand around Turkeys throat is a demonstration to others of what can happen to them, despite Turkey being a US, European...
In what has to be one of the great unmentioned political ironies, it has taken an entire century for the United States to catch up with the world it claims to be leading. And had it not been for the lone independent Senator, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, it would still not have happened, even as the other major twentieth century political movement, fascism, appears for a second round.
Lets step back for a moment and consider that timeline: in 1917, the Russian Tsar was brought down by a Marxist-inspired revolution led by Vladimir Lenin. The United States led a five-year long unsuccessful war against the Reds in an effort to save white Russia. Meanwhile, in Germany and Hungary, socialists tried to establish workers councils, leading, in Germany, to what became known as the Weimar Republic. In 1922, Adolph Hitler led a failed coup, but with Germanys socialists too timid to prevent the rise of Nazism, by 1933 German industrialists were so afraid of their ideas that they allowed Hitler to become Chancellor.
Italian Fascism and German Nazism ultimately became so unacceptable to American and British capitalists, that they joined the anti-Nazi effort in World War II. Following that, they opposed a worldwide socialist movement, mainly by Cold War means, although Europe was permitted to create social democracies. For the last 65 years, the old continent flourished under this system that left industry in private hands while ensuring wide safety nets for workers, while the United States did its utmost to contain even that attenuated form of socialism, through what became known as neo-liberalism, re-privatizing industry and cutting back the working populations gains by imposing austerity.
By 2016, in neo-liberalisms home country a stagnant so-called middle class (a euphemism for the Marxist-inspired and therefor taboo term working class) became so desperate that a social democrat named Bernie Sanders was able to draw the attention of its children. At first the Democratic Party with which Sanders voted in the Senate pretended to look the other way, assuming that ideas which had been discredited for a century could never compete with the overwhelmi...
The Canadian government finds itself caught in a dilemma of its own making, skewered on the spear of its own hypocrisy, and left to dangle in the wind by its supposed allies, as a result of its demand that Saudi Arabia release a woman who criticised the Saudi womens rights policies. There has been all sorts of frenzied analysis in Canada trying to justify Canadas hypocrisy in this affair and its subsequent isolation internationally. Most commentators are locked into liberal illusions. None have spoken about the reality.
Some have claimed its the result of a plot by the Americans, others that it is an overreaction by a hard-line Saudi government trying to justify its internal policies.
Others, like the self-proclaimed philosopher, Slavoj Zizek, in an article in RT on August 12, and with a title alluding another new world order, claims that it is a sign that the west has abandoned its human rights crusade; that the alleged clash of civilisations, a construct of certain American foreign policy apologists, has given way to the peaceful coexistence of civilisations, which he sadly aments. Yes, that is what he wrote, believe it or not. For him, butting out of other countries affairs by the west, peaceful coexistence, is an obscenity since the West will no longer be allowed to impose its standards on others and all ways of life will be treated as equal.
He goes on to complain that the Saudi reaction is supported by the left, this mysterious left supposedly claiming the reaction is anticolonial and therefore to be supported, though I have seen no leftist say any such thing. But Zizek is very good at erecting straw men and then knocking them down and he does so in order to get to his real position where he writes,
Leftists who for a long time criticized the US pretension to be the global policeman may begin to long for the old times when, with all hypocrisy included, the US imposed democratic standards around the world.
What democratic standards he is referring to is a mystery since the USA has destroyed democracies around the world and knows none in its own territory. He seems to be ignorant of history, for the claim by the US that it is bringing democracy has been a justification for every war of aggression it has ever waged. But this is the crude level of reasoning on offer today in the bourgeois media, which presents a whole stable of such reactionary def...
There is no doubt that we are now deep into speculation about whatever proposal Hess made to England, but in reality, this wasn't the main point of his mission. And independently of the exact terms that were discussed, what was to happen next dissipates any cloud of mystery, be it thin or thick.
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'Western' media continue to play down the Idleb problem and al-Qaeda's influence there. Their 'experts' cry crocodiles tears about the upcoming Syrian operation. But these ain't 'moderate rebels'. Al-Qaeda in Syria, under the Nusra or HTS label, continues to be a danger not only to the local population and not only to Syria. It must be eliminated as soon as possible.
NATO talking about how Russia is threatening the Baltic states (or whoever) is like the pot calling the kettle black.
Erdogan said that Turkey is considering other markets and political alternatives to its strategic partnership with Washington. Trump is seriously underestimating the potency of Turkish nationalism, which is rising to a crescendo.
[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-07-26%20James%20Evan%20Pilato.mp3"][/audio]This week on the New World Next Week: the FBI have their hands all over the Taos compound story; Iran (and China) fire back at US sanctions; and the Club of Rome recycles 45 year old Armageddon propaganda.
This endangers ALBAs unity and overall cohesiveness as a stabilizing force of multipolar change in the continent, and it also represents an unexpected historical quirk because of how counterintuitive it is that a man named after Lenin would so closely collaborate with America on this neo-imperial scheme.
There seems to be no logical explanation for the fact that time after time again one comes across reports of US-led coalitions dropping ordinance upon the heads of innocent people, instead of specifically targeting militants and terrorists. Unfortunately, this is a rather commonplace occurrence just like the ever rising temperature of our planet, triggered by the irresponsible behavior of all sorts of elites
Just recently, a spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry, Nasrat Rahimi announced that yet another erroneous US airstrike on August 7 in the Afghan province of Logar resulted in the death of 9 people, with another 15 Afghan police officers wounded.
It should be noted that this wasnt the only incident involving US-led coalition forces that resulted in the deaths of Afghan law enforcement officers over the last couple of weeks. A similar incident occurred at the end of June in the northern province of Kunduz, where an ill-conceived drone strike resulted in multiple deaths of law enforcement agents and civilians on June 26, as was reported by the Associated Press.
The civilian death toll in Afghanistan in the first 6 months of 2018 reached 1,692 people, according to the latest UN report. However, what is even more disturbing is that more than of all civilian casualties were attributed to airstrikes of the Afghan Air Force. The remaining 45% perished under the bombs and missiles of the so-called Western coalition.
Therefore, it is not surprising that, even in its report, the UN calls on the Western coalition in Afghanistan and, above all, the US to take all possible steps to prevent civilian deaths in the course of repeated air strikes.
Previously, NEO has already studied the inadmissible price that civilians across the Middle East continue paying for Washingtons military presence in the region. There has also been a study on the impact of habitual drug use in the US military and the way it affects...
With the passing of the Jewish Nation-State Law, Israel has fundamentally redefined its relationship with its Palestinian minority. Now, Arab citizens are coming together to fight a law that entrenches their second-class status.
Tamer Nafar, the famed Palestinian rapper from the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Lyd, said he regrets not participating in the Arab-led protest against the Jewish Nation-State Law last Saturday. Yet he believes he would have regretted joining the demonstration just as much.
Nafar, one of the progenitors of the hip hop scene in the Middle East, has built his career crafting sharp, punching lines that describe the reality of Israels Palestinians. His hesitation reflects a larger sense of unpreparedness but not surprise from the full impact of the Jewish Nation-State Law, which enshrined a superior set of rights for Jewish Israelis last month, and the direction in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus right-wing government is headed.
President Trump increasingly surrounds himself with anti-China fanatics, but in reality, his supporters may find the truth about the Chinese Communist Party and Xi Jinping to be quite inspiring.
When Donald Trump addressed his supporters in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, among those in attendance were members of an extremist, religious organization dedicated to toppling the Chinese government. The Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, distributed leaflets throughout the crowd promoting its publication Epoch Times stating that it is dedicated to exposing communism.
However, the reality of the Falun Gong is not hard to find out, for those who really want to know the truth. Falun Gong has openly advocated the execution of homosexuals. The group believes that womens suffrage is a sign of societal decay in a dharma ending period. The organization opposes interracial marriage, arguing that people of mixed racial backgrounds are without souls.
The organization glorifies feudalism in China, and sees the Chinese Communist Partys efforts to modernize the country, improve human rights, and raise the overall standard of living as a deviation from the natural order of ancient times when peasants knew their place serving natural superiors in the landowning class. The practices of the Falun Gong are rooted in the primitive, superstitious rituals intended to glorify this repressive structure.
Chinas rise as a country has largely been rooted in the struggle to modernize. Dr. Sun Yat Sen famously smashed religious idols when launching his nationalist movement. Mao Zedong and the Comm...
One year later, the VIPS memo contending that the DNC emails were leaked and not hacked has yet to be successfully challenged. Meanwhile, the country sinks deeper into the morass of the new McCarthyism, comments Patrick Lawrence.
The Sweden Democrats rise on the back of anti-immigration sentiment mirrors gains for right-wing, populist and anti-establishment parties in other European countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria.
Just kidding. Of course you should read and gain information from a wide variety of sources, including those you disagree with. Just don't dare tell The Independent that, because they're here to pester you into only ever trusting the MSM and government sources. Join James for this week's edition of #PropagandaWatch where he breaks down the latest attempt to stamp out anti-establishment WrongThink.
It would be unfair to render a verdict on the victims judgement when it was Khodorkovskys responsibility to ensure that they were properly trained and made aware of how to most safely conduct themselves in this very dangerous country.
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A jury trial in California has resulted in a guilty verdict against the agrichemical and GMO giant, Monsanto, now Bayer/Monsanto. The judge has ordered Monsanto to pay damages of USD 289 Million to former school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, who has non-Hodgkins lymphoma. His lawyer argued it was caused by Monsantos glyphosate-based weed-killer Roundup. Not surprisingly Monsanto plans to appeal the verdict. The impact of the ruling, regardless the outcome of the appeal, will unleash worldwide consequences that spell huge problems for the entire GMO agrochemicals business model.
The Johnson trial, Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Co., CGC-16-550128, in California Superior Court in San Francisco,is the first of more than 5,000 such cases across the United States awaiting trial for claims that Roundup ingredients cause cancer.
Johnson, age 46, is a former pest control manager for a California county school system, where he applied Roundup and Monsantos Ranger Pro on school grounds across the county up to 30 times per year for more than two and a half years.
According to the magazine Insurance Journal, the guilty verdict could influence the outcome of thousands of similar cases against Monsanto glyphosate-based Roundup. Notably, the same law firm, California-based Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC is involved as part of the legal team in many of the other cases awaiting trial.
Monsanto Exposed in Trial
Robert Kennedy Jr, co-counsel in the case against Monsanto wrote a summary of the court cross-examinations by plaintiff lawyers as well as Monsanto lawyers. It revealed a devastating pattern of Monsanto suppression of negative carcinogenic test results, lies and huge payments to their expert scientific witnesses to support unproven Monsanto safety claims that Monsantos Roundup herbicide was allegedly no carcinogen.
In one of the more damning admissions, Monsanto toxicologist, Donna Farmer, was forced to admit, when confronted with an internal Monsanto e-mail, that her primary concern was regulatory compliance rather tha...
The detention and interrogation of high-profile figures such as Peter Beinart and Reza Aslan at Israeli entry points is forcing liberal American Jews to reckon with what Israel is becoming.
Over the last month, the Israeli and international media reported several incidents involving Shin Bet agents at ports of entry to Israel detaining prominent Jewish Americans for lengthy, aggressive questioning about their political views.
Meyer Koplow, chair of Brandeis Universitys Board of Trustees and a prominent donor to Israeli causes, was detained before his flight out of Ben Gurion Airport and questioned because security agents found in his suitcase a brochure about Palestine.
Moriel Rothman-Zecher, an Israeli citizen who lives in the U.S., was detained and questioned at the airport and warned against his continued involvement with left-wing Israeli organizations....
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