Supporters of the Catholic Workers social justice and peace movement march on Randolph Street after a protest Monday outside President Barack Obama’s national campaign headquarters at Prudential Plaza, where eight demonstrators were arrested. (José M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune / May 14, 2012) From Afghanistan to Chicago, NATO‘s Hard Sell by Roxane Assaf & Michael Lynn [...]
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When they say ‘communist’, you say ‘whatever’ US conservatives have ramped up their ‘red-baiting’ rhetoric – but the more they do, the less relevant they become.
Collectivism appears to be on the rise in the United States [AFP] New Haven, CT - When it comes to President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, I’m of two minds. Killing Osama bin Laden? Thumbs up. Killing a US citizen who worked for al-Qaeda? Not so much. But at least he knows what’s going on. When Mitt [...]
Brewing a Conflict with China By Paul Craig Roberts May 01, 2012 “Information Clearing House” – Washington has pressured the Philippines, whose government it owns, into conducting joint military exercises in the South China Sea. Washington’s excuse is that China has territorial disputes with the Philippines, Indonesia, and other countries concerning island [...]
NATO vs. Rogues? By John Feffer Institutions rarely vote themselves out of existence. Not if they still have money in their budgets. Large institutions in particular have an almost genetic propensity to cling to life even after their reasons for being have vanished. That’s why I don’t expect NATO, which will [...]
AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, and I’m joined by Selma James, longtime activist, writer, political thinker, known for her pioneering work on women’s rights and against racism, credited with coining the phrase “unwaged labor” to describe the work of housewives. And she’s argued women should be paid [...]
Dilip Hiro, How to Trump a Superpower Posted by Dilip Hiro at 9:03am, April 17, 2012. Chalk it up to the genuine strangeness of our second Afghan War. Americans, according to the latest polls, are turning against the conflict in ever greater numbers, yet it’s remarkable how little — beyond a few obvious, sensational events – they [...]
Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google’s Sergey Brin Exclusive: Threats range from governments trying to control citizens to the rise of Facebook and Apple-style ‘walled gardens’
Sergey Brin says he and Google co-founder Larry Page would not have been able to create their search giant if the internet was dominated by Facebook. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google’s Sergey Brin Exclusive: Threats range from governments trying to control citizens to the rise of Facebook [...]
Global Peace and Wars: America at War with Itself By Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD Built on lies and political deception, the on-going wars were suppose to create a new culture of FEAR amongst the American and European common masses, enabling the ruling elite to sustain their grip over the powerhouses for [...]
privat German historian Moritz Pfeiffer asked his granddad what he did in World War II, and then fact-checked the testimony. His findings in a new book shed light on a dying generation that remains outwardly unrepentant, but is increasingly willing to break decades of silence on how, and why, it followed Hitler. Germany has won [...]
Iran/Israel locked in Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) deterrence status By Franklin Lamb (about the author) opednews.com Beirut Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD), the doctrine of military strategy and national security policyin which a full-scale use of high-yield weapons by two opposing sides would effectively result in the potential annihilation of both the attacker and the defender becoming thus a war that [...]
Life in a nuclear hell. Nuclear aint all beer and skittles, it bites all of us like the snake that it is and the snake men that guide it.
Nuclear Zero: Getting to the Finish Line Tuesday, 03 April 2012 11:43By David Krieger, Truthout | Op-Ed
(Image: Speedy314; Edited: JR / TO)Editor’s Note: David Krieger is the founding president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to educate and advocate for peace and a world free of nuclear weapons and to empower peace leaders. “We educate, advocate and empower – that’s what we do,” says Krieger. “We speak out. [...]
Drug-resistant strains of TB are out of control, warn health experts World Health Organisation leads calls for urgent action as inadequate treatment allows disease to build up new resistance
A TB patient in South Africa. Photograph: Alexander Joe/A Tracy McVeigh The Observer, Sunday 25 March 2012 Article history The fight against new, antibiotic-resistant strains of tuberculosis has already been lost in some parts of the world, according to a senior World Health Organisation expert. Figures show a 5% rise in the number of new cases of the highly infectious [...]
Heavy pollution surrounds the China Central TV building (right) in Beijing on 18 January, 2012. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images China‘s challenges: political change, pollution and protest Leading commentators outline the problems – and opportunities – ahead for Beijing Share8 reddit this guardian.co.uk, Sunday 18 March 2012 19.30 GMT Article history Politics People are getting more and more [...]
China tests its mettle in Syria By Chris Zambelis Solidifying the People’s Republic of China’s burgeoning relationships with the countries of the Middle East remains a top priority for Beijing. The impetus behind China’s resurgent efforts to extend its influence within the Middle East stemmed from Beijing’s pursuit of energy resources to sustain its rapidly expanding economy. As [...]
Syria: heralding a change in the international strategic situation? ERNESTO GÓMEZ ABASCAL* EVIDENTLY the Cold War ended in the final decade of the 20th century with the disappearance of the Soviet Union and the European socialist countries, but the U.S. plan of domination enshrined in the Project for the New [...]
1. During the Cold War, NATO defended Western Europe from Soviet attack. Although military spending during this era was comparably extravagant on both sides, we should remember that, because the Soviet Union controlled a substantially smaller share of the global economy, its annual military budget eventually reached almost 25% of its [...]
Israel, the US Watchdog in the Middle East By Hasan Afif El-HasanBritain and France won World War I and divided the Arab countries to the east of the Mediterranean, and Britain issued Balfour Declaration that designated Palestine as a homeland for worldwide Jews. And when Israel was created in 1948, Israel [...]
Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine Nightmare and insanity are akin: mysterious and involuntary states that skew and distort objective reality. One wakens from nightmare; from insanity there is no awakening. Whether Americans live in the one state or the other is the paramount question of [...]
The age of authoritarian democracy Protest movements in the West have two major causes – rising social inequality and faltering economies.
Measured against today’s standards, leaders like Charles de Gaulle were authoritarian, says Karaganov [GALLO/GETTY] Moscow, Russia - The world is currently being shaken by tectonic changes almost too numerous to count: the ongoing economic crisis is accelerating the degradation of international governance and supranational institutions, and both are occurring alongside a massive shift of economic and [...]
China: Asia’s military spending likely to overtake Europe this year Asia, led by China, is becoming increasingly militarised as a result of rapid economic growth and strategic uncertainty
Most attention has focussed on China’s first aircraft carrier, the former Soviet ship the Varyag. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images What is China doing that is different to what the US and others have been doing for a few centuries? The answer is nothing. Once you encircles a country and place all manner of war items around [...]
Xu Weixin with one of his portraits in his Beijing studio. Photograph: Dan Chung for the Guardian China’s Cultural Revolution: portraits of accuser and accused The Cultural Revolution was a time when pupil turned on teacher, when friend turned on friend… Now artist Xu Weixin has painted both victim and perpetrator. Tania Branigan asks him [...]
America’s War for Global Domination by Michel Chossudovsky 12/15/03: (Global Research) We are the juncture of the most serious crisis in modern history. The Bush Administration has embarked upon a military adventure which threatens the future of humanity. The wars on Afghanistan and Iraq are part of a broader military [...]
Hekmatyar’s never-ending Afghan war How one former anti-Soviet ally of the US, who refused to meet Reagan, continues his war four decades later.
Hekmatyar’s whereabouts remain uknown after he was expelled from Iran in 2002 [AP] The year was 1985. In the heat of the CIA-backed Afghan jihad against the Soviet Union, a delegation of Afghan resistance leaders met with US President Ronald Reagan in the White House, where they were declared the “moral equivalent” to the founding fathers of the United [...]
It Suits ‘Nuclear Israel’ That We Never Forget ‘Nuclear Iran’ The Ayatollah ordered the entire nuclear project to be closed down because it was the work of the devil by Robert Fisk
Turning round a story (Photo: Nabil Mounzer/EPA)is one of the most difficult tasks in journalism – and rarely more so than in the case of Iran. Iran, the dark revolutionary Islamist menace. Shia Iran, protector and manipulator of World Terror, of Syria and Lebanon and Hamas and Hezbollah. Ahmadinejad, the Mad Caliph. And, of course, Nuclear [...]
Abramovich, Berezovsky and the real story of Russia’s lost billions The glitz of two squabbling multimillionaires grabs the headlines but distracts from the high price ordinary Russians have paid
Roman Abramovich and his entourage appear at the high court to face charges made by Boris Berezovsky. Photograph: Rex Features It has been bizarre to watch, from the safe distance of Moscow, how the British press has reported the court case between Roman Abramovich and Boris Berezovsky. All the classic ingredients of tabloid fare are there: vast [...]
The Russian Bear dominates the Arctic To continue its dominance on the Arctic, the Russian Bear needs the help of foreign markets, investors and technologies.
Russia’s Arctic coastline stretches over 6,600 km and 11 time zones [GALLO/GETTY] Vancouver, Canada - In the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October, Marko Ramius, the rogue captain of a Soviet nuclear missile submarine, evades the US and Soviet navies by maneuvering deftly through a narrow and winding – but precisely charted – mid-Atlantic trench. [...]
The Delusional Assumptions of Capitalism by Doug Harvey One of the more delusional aspects of capitalism is the idea that if one pursues the acquisition of private wealth with abandon, that this is somehow automatically “good” for human society. The laissez-faire advocate and novelist Ayn Rand wrote that if one does not support this notion [...]
America’s War for Global Domination by Michel Chossudovsky 12/15/03: (Global Research) We are the juncture of the most serious crisis in modern history. The Bush Administration has embarked upon a military adventure which threatens the future of humanity. The wars on Afghanistan and Iraq are part of a broader military agenda, which [...]
Branding The “War on Terror“ Global Power Relationships Shift as Competition for Resources Intensifies As competition for oil, water and other resources intensify, global power relationships are shifting, providing backdrops for a string of conflicts from Iraq to Libya. Brazilian-born journalist Pepe Escobar, one of the [...]
United States as a Global Power: New World Disorder The US is struggling with a paradox: while its military power retains global reach, its role as world leader is gradually ending You may feel that a major difficulty with this Editorial is its short sightedness. Look at the use of the word “Disorder” [...]
Kazakh Interior Ministry troops patrol past partially burnt buildings damaged in Friday’s riots [Reuters] Reasons not to celebrate in Kazakhstan By Robin Forestier… in Asia on Mon, 2011-12-19 19:52. The violence that took the lives of at least 14 people in Kazakhstan these past few days is nothing short of disastrous – for the families of the [...]
Any one in his/her normal senses would laugh away at the very thought of it given the tragedy – in terms of millions upon millions dead, maimed, orphans, households and businesses destroyed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and (if you include indirectly) Pakistan over the past three decades – that recent wars inflicted upon [...]
The second death of politics Across southern Europe, technocratic governments tend to erode democracy, sovereignty and meaningful decision-making.
] Technocratic governments – such as Papademos’ in Greece - tend towards oligarchy, not democracy [Reuters You can only wonder why it should be a matter of some wonder that when the capitalist system of democracy wants to fix itself and it calls for the services of the completely unfeeling, uncaring technocrat that anything but another more potent [...]
Cyber Cold War haunts the US and China Claims of an undeclared cyberwar between China and the US are inaccurate, and misrepresent both countries’ interests.
There is ’the highest possible need for co-operation between the US and China‘, author says [EPA] New York, NY - In January 2010, a Google executive announced “a new approach to China” in a blog post, revealing that the firm had “detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack… originating from China” and that it would reconsider business operations there. [...]
The false monolith of political Islam By Brendan P O’Reilly Speaking Freely is an Asia Times Online feature that allows guest writers to have their say. Please click here if you are interested in contributing. One who knows the enemy and knows himself will not be in danger in a hundred battles. One [...]
Reports: Afghan Education Ministry Cuts Deal With Taliban No More Attacks on Schools in Return for Curriculum Change
Reports: Afghan Education Ministry Cuts Deal With Taliban No More Attacks on Schools in Return for Curriculum Change by Jason Ditz, December 13, 2011 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum Reports coming out of Afghanistan today say that the Afghan Education Ministry has entered into a secret [...]
BEAR ANY BURDEN Few Americans remember an America that wasn’t a superpower—muscle-bound and shrouded in secrecy. One Nation, Under Arms The private papers of the late George F. Kennan, Cold War architect and diplomat extraordinaire, reveal his anguish over the way his famous 1947 warning about Soviet expansionism helped transform the America he loved into one he no [...]
The reincarnation of the current PM as president poses a challenge to western powers for which they seem ill-prepared
Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, who seems set to become president in March. Photograph: Reuters Putin prepares the Russian empire to strike back The reincarnation of the current PM as president poses a challenge to western powers for which they seem ill-prepared reddit this Comments (73) Simon Tisdall guardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 December 2011 20.00 GMT [...]
Obama’s China Syndrome Michael T. Klare November 22, 2011 | This article appeared in the December 12, 2011 edition of The Nation. In a move that could prove as momentous—and dangerous—as President Truman’s 1947 decision to initiate a cold war with the Soviet Union, President Obama has chosen to commence a military buildup in the Asia Pacific [...]
Josef Stalin holding his daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva Stalin who defected in 1967 and settled in the US. Photograph: AP Stalin’s daughter who defected to US dies at 85 Svetlana Peters, who denounced communism after the cold war, has died after living out her remaining years in seclusion reddit this Staff and agencies The Guardian, Tuesday 29 [...]
A Day in November by Uri Avnery, November 28, 2011 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum This Tuesday will be the 64th anniversary of a fateful day for our lives. A day in November. A day to remember. On Nov. 29, 1947, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted, by 33 votes against 13 (with [...]
Why haven’t the 2011 protests hit Russia? If mass unrest hits Russia, it won’t be in the form of ‘Occupy’ protests – it will be nationalist.
Half of Russians say that their life is ‘difficult but possible to endure’, according to a recent poll [EPA] Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – A spectre is haunting the globe – the spectre of the indignant. From New York to Hama, London to Tripoli, Madrid to Athens, a zone of revolt has descended. The year 2011 will [...]