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Is the Fed Fix in for the election?

By David Haggith, the Great Recession Blog. As we near Halloween, the US stock market looks like it’s whistling past the graveyard near the end of a year that I predicted would be the dawn of “the Epocalypse.” (By that, I meant an … Continue reading

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Fact Check: Trump Is Right that Clinton Might Cause WW3

Artwork by Anthony Freda, AnthonyFreda.com   Trump claims that Clinton’s policy on Syria would lead to World War 3. Let’s fact check … The Washington Post points out that a vote for Clinton is a vote for escalating military confrontation … Continue reading

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The Path to Total Dictatorship: America’s Shadow Government and Its Silent Coup

By John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute. “Today the path to total dictatorship in the U.S. can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by Congress, the President, or the people. Outwardly we have a Constitutional government. We have … Continue reading

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We Can Prove the Podesta Emails Released by Wikileaks Are Authentic…Here’s How

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Anyone with half a brain or an ounce of honesty left, knows that the John Podesta emails released by Wikileaks are authentic. If they weren’t, everyone implicated in them would have immediately … Continue reading

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Did Russia Hack the DNC … Really?

Obama, Clinton and the mainstream media all say that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and released emails to throw the election to Trump. But former CIA, State Department, and House Intelligence Committee security expert Fred Fleitz notes: Only two … Continue reading

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Washington’s New Lock-Step March of Folly

By Robert Parry, the investigative reporter who many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. Originally published at Parry’s Consortium News (republished with permission). As polls show Hillary Clinton closing in on victory, Official … Continue reading

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U.S. Foreign Policy ‘Elite’ Eagerly Await an Expansion of Overseas Wars Under Hillary Clinton

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Your average American Hillary Clinton supporter will smugly head to the polls on November 8th, entirely self-assured of his or her vital role in the defeat of fascism in these United States. It won’t take … Continue reading

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American Psycho: Sex, Lies and Politics Add Up to a Terrifying Election Season

By John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute. “I have all the characteristics of a human being: blood, flesh, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust. Something horrible is happening inside of me and I … Continue reading

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Quick Break from the Madness

Things are kind of nutty right now, with the election, tension with Russia, the economy, spying, etc. Need a quick mental vacation? Enjoy a few pics from my recent travels around Bali: Monkey Forest Lake Baratan Tirta Gangga Rice Terraces … Continue reading

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Ubud, Bali

Ubud is the cultural center of Bali.  While it has gotten clogged with traffic jams – cars and scooters compete for every square inch of  roadway – there are still many gems for those who are willing to look: Double-click … Continue reading

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Tirta Gangga, Bali

The old Tirta Gangga Water Palace, Bali: Double-click for large panoramas: Copyright © 2016 George Washington,  Washington’s Blog.  All Rights Reserved. See also Travels Around Bali, Rice Terraces, Gunung Kawi,  Lake Baratan, Taman Kertha Gosa, Tirta Empul, Besakih, Monkey Forest Lake … Continue reading

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Gunung Kawi, Bali

The ancient Gunung Kawi Temple, Bali: Double-click for large panoramas: Copyright © 2016 George Washington,  Washington’s Blog.  All Rights Reserved. See also Travels Around Bali, Rice Terraces, Lake Baratan, Taman Kertha Gosa, Tirta Empul, Besakih, Monkey Forest Lake Batur and … Continue reading

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Lake Baratan, Bali

The temple and surrounding area at Lake Baratan, Bali: Double-click for large images: Copyright © 2016 George Washington,  Washington’s Blog.  All Rights Reserved. See also Travels Around Bali, Rice Terraces, Taman Kertha Gosa, Tirta Empul, Besakih, Monkey Forest Lake Batur … Continue reading

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Clinton Repackages Her Syrian ‘No-Fly’ Plan

By Robert Parry, the investigative reporter who many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. Originally published at Parry’s Consortium News (republished with permission). While the major news media focused on Donald Trump’s agnostic … Continue reading

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Trump Unchained

By Mike Whitney. Originally published at CounterPunch (republished with permission of the author). Photo by Evan Guest | CC BY 2.0   “For any minimally conscious American citizen, it is absolutely evident that Donald Trump is not only facing the … Continue reading

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1 in 4 Young Americans Prefer a Giant Meteor to Trump or Clinton as President

 Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Can’t really blame them, can you. Reuters reports: Young Americans are so dissatisfied with their choices in this presidential election that nearly one in four told an opinion poll they would rather … Continue reading

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The Democrats’ Joe McCarthy Moment

By Robert Parry, the investigative reporter who many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. Originally published at Parry’s Consortium News (republished with permission). My first book, Fooling America, examined Washington’s excited “conventional wisdom” … Continue reading

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ISIS Moves To Syria Where Erdogan Still Aims For Aleppo

By Moon of Alabama. Originally posted at Moon of Alabama under ISIS Moves To Syria Where Erdogan Still Aims For Aleppo. The Iraqi army started a large operation to liberate Mosul from Islamic State jihadists. But the forces, in total … Continue reading

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The Real Humanitarian Crisis Is Not Aleppo

Paul Craig Roberts served as Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, Associate Editor for the Wall Street Journal, and Senior Research Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.  A former economics professor, Dr. Roberts is listed by Who’s Who in America as … Continue reading

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The New U.S. Way Of War

By Moon of Alabama. Originally posted at Moon of Alabama under The New U.S. Way of War. A recommendable New York Times piece looks at the mostly hidden way the U.S. is now waging wars. The example is Somalia, where … Continue reading

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Highland Clearances

There is so much injustice in Tory Britain you trip over it when you are not looking. We just enjoyed a long weekend in the Highlands, and stayed through airbnb at the Wayfarers’ Rest in Laggan. Out hosts were the … Continue reading

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Taman Kertha Gosa, Bali

The ancient palace complex at Taman Kertha Gosa, Bali:   Copyright © 2016 George Washington,  Washington’s Blog.  All Rights Reserved. See also Travels Around Bali, Rice Terraces, Tirta Empul, Besakih, Monkey Forest Lake Batur and Tanah Lot.

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Clinton and Trump Supporters Both Agree On One Thing: The Election Could Be Hacked

73% of Republicans – and according to one poll, 41% of all voters – believe the election could be stolen by Clinton and her lackeys in the media. Democrats urgently warn that there’s a real threat that Russia could hack … Continue reading

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A Peculiar Coincidence

Today, Swedish prosecutors were meant to question Julian Assange in the Ecuadorean Embassy, something for which the Assange legal team has been pressing for years. They believe that once this step has been taken, prosecutors will no longer be able … Continue reading

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Are American Threats Against Russia a Sign of WEAKNESS, Instead of Strength?

Teddy Roosevelt famously said America’s foreign policy was to “speak softly, and carry a big stick.” During the heyday of American power, the U.S. quietly pulled off numerous coups around the world, without the American public even know that we … Continue reading

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Lake Batur, Bali

The temple and surrounding area at Lake Batur, Bali: Double-click for big, panoramic image: Copyright © 2016 George Washington,  Washington’s Blog.  All Rights Reserved. See also Travels Around Bali, Rice Terraces, Tirta Empul, Besakih, Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot.

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NYT’s Absurd New Anti-Russian Propaganda

By Robert Parry, the investigative reporter who many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. Originally published at Parry’s Consortium News (republished with permission). If the dangers weren’t so great – a possible nuclear … Continue reading

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Winning the Playwrights’ Vote

I am very honoured that Alan Bennett wrote, and has now published, that he would have voted for me. From his 2005 diary 25 April Keep being rung by journalists asking how I intend to vote, information which I don’t … Continue reading

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Why Is Obama Threatening Russia With World War 3 Right Before The Election?

It sure seems like an odd time to be provoking a war with Russia.  As I write this, we stand just a little bit more than three weeks away from one of the most pivotal elections in U.S. history, and … Continue reading

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Wars and Rumors of Wars Abound

Wars and rumors of wars are now filling the headlines as listed below with the most immediate top-level rumors of war being created by Russia among its own citizens. Rumors of wars directly from the Kremlin As tensions between the … Continue reading

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Going Beyond Propaganda. Nuclear Conflict: Deception or Real Threat?

[Preface by Washington’s Blog: this is a fascinating contrarian view of the cause and meaning of America’s aggressive threats toward Russia.] By Federico Pieraccini. Originally posted at Strategic Culture (reprinted with permission). The events in the Middle East, Syria and … Continue reading

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‘End of Growth’ Sparks Wide Discontent

By Alastair Crooke, a former British diplomat who was a senior figure in British intelligence and in European Union diplomacy.  Originally published at Consortium News (republished with permission of the author). Raul Ilargi Meijer, the long-standing economics commentator, has written both succinctly … Continue reading

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Donald Trump: The Dress Rehearsal for Fascism

By Chris Hedges   Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at an event hosted by the Republican Hindu Coalition in Edison, N.J., Saturday. (Julio Cortez / AP) Americans are not offered major-party candidates who have opposing political ideologies or ideas. … Continue reading

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Prepare Yourself for Blowback from Yemen

By Jacob Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation. If there is another terrorist attack on U.S. soil, this time because of the death and destruction that the U.S. government is wreaking in Yemen, I can already hear the laments and complaints … Continue reading

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Obama Enters the Media Wars – Why His Recent Attack on Free Speech is So Dangerous and Radical

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Control of the news media is an instrumental, key feature to any totalitarian government. In contrast, the primary reason this experiment known as the United States has lasted so long under relatively free … Continue reading

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Travels Around Bali

Travels around Bali: Copyright © 2016 George Washington,  Washington’s Blog.  All Rights Reserved. See also Rice Terraces, Tirta Empul, Besakih, Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot.

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UK Torture Secrets Will Remain Secret

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has agreed that I shall be able to review Top Secret and other classified documents which contain the evidence of UK complicity in torture and my attempts to stop it, before giving evidence to the … Continue reading

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Tirta Empul Temple, Bali

Tirta Empul Temple, Bali: Double-click for big bold image: Copyright © 2016 George Washington,  Washington’s Blog.  All Rights Reserved. See also Rice Terraces, Besakih, Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot.

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Drowning In Debt: 35 Percent Of All Americans Have Debt That Is At Least 180 Days Past Due

More than a third of all Americans can’t pay their debts.  I don’t know about you, but to me that is a shocking figure.  As you will see below, 35 percent of the people living in this country have debt … Continue reading

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I am Warming to Nicola

The BBC spin on Nicola Sturgeon’s speech was that actually it was a move further back from Indyref2. It can be interpreted that way. In effect she was saying that leaving the EU is perhaps not a “material change” triggering … Continue reading

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Rice Terraces, Bali

The rice terraces at Tegalalang (first three pictures) and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Jatiluwih (remaining pictures) in Bali: Double-click for large panoramas: Copyright © 2016 George Washington,  Washington’s Blog.  All Rights Reserved. See also Besakih, Monkey Forest and Tanah … Continue reading

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Besakih, Bali

The ancient Besakih Temple complex, called Bali’s “mother temple” by locals … a complex of 23 temples spanning many acres: Copyright © 2016 George Washington,  Washington’s Blog.  All Rights Reserved. See also Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot.

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World War 3? Barack Obama Could Take A Major Step Toward War With Russia On Friday

Because the mainstream media is devoting almost all of their time and energy to covering the Trump and Clinton campaigns, most Americans don’t realize that the Obama administration is bringing us perilously close to war with Russia.  On Friday, Barack … Continue reading

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How Much Will Brexit Add to the Cost of Trident and Hinkley Point?

The spectacular and continuing fall in the value of the pound will add over £50 billion to the cost of Trident. Yes, bits of steel are being welded together in the UK, but the steel is imported and so is … Continue reading

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I Support a No-Fly Zone in Syria – A Real One that Applies to NATO Too

This is the result of NATO bombing of Sirte to “enforce the no-fly zone” in Libya. When the neo-cons in the UK parliament and the serial warmonger Hilary Clinton call for a “no-fly zone” they actually mean the opposite. The … Continue reading

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German Foreign Minister and Former MI6 Boss: US-Russia Tensions Now More Dangerous than During the Cold War

Germany’s Foreign Minister – Frank-Walter Steinmeier – wrote earlier this month that tension between the US and Russia is worse than during the Cold War: It’s a fallacy to think that this is like the Cold War. The current times … Continue reading

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The Imperial President’s Toolbox of Terror: A Dictatorship Waiting to Happen

By John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute. “When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.”—Richard Nixon Presidents don’t give up power. Executive orders don’t expire at the end of each presidential term. And every successive occupant of … Continue reading

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Monkey Forest, Bali

The monkeys have had the run of the ancient temple near Ubud for many years. They lounge on ancient carvings and statues – including monkey statues – at their leisure: See also Tanah Lot. Copyright © 2016 George Washington,  Washington’s … Continue reading

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Pentagon Begins Low-Intensity, Stealth War in Syria

By Mike Whitney. Originally published at CounterPunch (republished with permission of the author). “Last Wednesday, at a Deputies Committee meeting at the White House, officials from the State Department, the CIA and the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed limited military … Continue reading

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Russia Reads US Bluster as Sign of War

By Ray McGovern, a 27-year CIA veteran, who chaired National Intelligence Estimates and personally delivered intelligence briefings to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, their Vice Presidents, Secretaries of State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other senior … Continue reading

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Debate Moderator Distorted Syrian Reality

By Robert Parry. Originally published at Parry’s Consortium News (republished with permission). How ABC News’ Martha Raddatz framed her question about Syria in the second presidential debate shows why the mainstream U.S. news media, with its deep-seated biases and inability … Continue reading

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The Total Amount Of Debt In The World Just Hit A Record $152,000,000,000,000 (152 Trillion)

If anyone ever asks you how much debt there is in the world, now you will know the answer.  According to the IMF, the total amount of debt around the globe has now hit a staggering 152 trillion dollars.  That … Continue reading

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As the Spirit of Enoch Powell Presides Over England, Scotland Must Leave the Union Now

I am genuinely stunned that, following the competitive racism-fest that was the Tory Party conference, the Tories have gone up in the opinion polls. I quite admit my judgement was completely wrong. I was feeling happily that the Tories had … Continue reading

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Tanah Lot, Bali

Just got back from Bali.  Over the next couple of days, I’ll share photos from the trip (taken with an iPhone)  … The seaside temple at Tanah Lot, in Western Bali: Copyright © 2016 George Washington,  Washington’s Blog.  All Rights Reserved. … Continue reading

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During The Coming Economic Crisis Two-Thirds Of The Country Will Be Out Of Cash Almost Immediately

Did you know that almost 70 percent of the U.S. population is essentially living paycheck to paycheck?  As you will see below, a brand new survey has found that 69 percent of all Americans have less than $1,000 in savings.  … Continue reading

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My Secret Evidence to Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee

I have been summoned to give evidence before Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee on 20 October, in a secret session. It ought not to be secret as my evidence goes to illegality at the heart of government and collusion in … Continue reading

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HILLARY’S WARS (Pt. 2): Wikileaks Proves Syria about Iran & Israel

Hillary’s War in Syria is another expensive American adventure in nation building as the US inserts itself into the Syrian Civil War ostensibly to restrain the United States’ sworn enemy ISIS (or “ISIL” as the Obama Admin. prefers). Obama’s manner of fighting this war consistently … Continue reading

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The New Slave Revolt

By Chris Hedges   This July 1, 2016 photo shows a jail cell inside the Crook County Jail in Prineville, Ore. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky) A nationwide prison work stoppage and hunger strike, begun on Sept. 9, the 45th anniversary of … Continue reading

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After This October Surprise, Donald Trump Only Has One Option Left: Expose The Clinton Crimes

It is going to take a miracle of Biblical proportions for Donald Trump to win the election now.  If nothing changes between now and election day, Hillary Clinton is going to win in a landslide.  Out of all the candidates … Continue reading

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Democracy’s Debt Ladder

Economic ‘Recovery’ Feels Weak Because the Great Recession Hasn’t Really Ended, The Real News Network, October 7, 2016. [embedded content] The IMF foretells of vulnerable banks in US and EU while enabling unsustainable debt-leveraging, says economist Michael Hudson. KIM BROWN, … Continue reading

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HILLARY’S WARS: Clinton Reset Button with Russia Goes Nuclear, Syria about Iran & Israel

The infamous Clinton reset button for US-Russian relations turned out this week to be the other proverbial red button used to launch nuclear missiles. Wikileaks documents reveal a chain of wars that started due to Hillary Clinton’s diplomacy. Hillary’s Wars exploded this week when Russian … Continue reading

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The Headless UK European Movement

Tony Blair may have zero moral sense, but he has great commercial acumen, and there is no doubt he spotted a gap in the market in proposing his own return to British politics. The gap is for a pro-EU political … Continue reading

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A Blatant Neo-Con Lie

It is a plain lie that Russia was responsible for the leak of the Democratic National Committee emails to WikiLeaks. It is quite extraordinary that the Obama administration formally adopted the accusation yesterday. The US motivation is apparently to attempt … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Libyan Lessons and the Syrian War

By Robert Parry. Originally published at Parry’s Consortium News (republished with permission). Most intelligent Americans – Republicans as well as Democrats – now accept that they were duped into the Iraq War with disastrous consequences, but there is more uncertainty about … Continue reading

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Syria – Is The U.S. Preparing A “False Flag” Bombing?

By Moon of Alabama. Originally posted at Moon of Alabama under Syria – Is The U.S. Preparing A “False Flag” Bombing?. There is a curious coincidence of a remark Secretary of State Kerry made to Syrian opposition activists and a … Continue reading

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Major Election Fraud Alert – Is This How They Are Going To Steal The Election From Donald Trump?

Every ounce of effort that ordinary Americans have put into getting Donald Trump elected could be completely wasted if we allow them to steal the election.  If you have confidence in the integrity of our elections, that confidence will be … Continue reading

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How the US Armed-up Syrian Jihadists

By Alastair Crooke, a former British diplomat who was a senior figure in British intelligence and in European Union diplomacy.  Originally published at Consortium News (republished with permission of the author). “No one on the ground believes in this mission … Continue reading

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Israeli Assault on the Zaytouna-Oliva is Illegal

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Dead People And Illegal Immigrants Are Being Registered To Vote All Over America

Without free and fair elections, what hope is there for the future of America?  The integrity of our voting process is of the utmost importance, and yet so little attention is being paid to it.  Later this week I am … Continue reading

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U.S. “Military Aid” to Al Qaeda, ISIS-Daesh: Pentagon Uses Illicit Arms Trafficking to Channel Enormous Shipments of Light Weapons into Syria

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, publisher of Global Research. According to Jane’s Defence Weekly, quoting documents released by the U.S. Government’s Federal Business Opportunities (FBO), the US –as part of its “counterterrorism campaign”– has provided Syrian rebels [aka moderate Al Qaeda] … Continue reading

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New ‘Group Think’ for War with Syria/Russia

By Robert Parry. Originally published at Parry’s Consortium News (republished with permission). Not since the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq has Official Washington’s political/punditry class clamored more single-mindedly – and openly – for the U.S. government to commit … Continue reading

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Opposing Populist Chauvinism is not Elitism

History demonstrates the evils that arise from whipping up popular xenophobic nationalism. After the Tories trumpeted that companies will have to declare how many foreigners they employ, that foreign doctors will be phased out of the NHS, that taxi drivers … Continue reading

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Olivier Blanchard, Equilibrium, Complexity, And The Future Of Macroeconomics

I have observed and appreciated Olivier Blanchard’s intellectual journey over the last decade. It began in August 2008, with what must be regarded as one of the worst-timed papers in the history of economics. In a survey of macroeconomics entitled … Continue reading

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The Empire Strikes Back

By Chris Hedges   A boy wears a banner depicting a stencil image of Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa during the Alianza PAIS party convention in Quito, Ecuador on Oct. 1, 2016. (Dolores Ochoa / AP Photo) A decade ago left-wing … Continue reading

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Obama Warned to Defuse Tensions with Russia

A group of ex-U.S. intelligence officials are warning President Obama to defuse growing tensions with Russia over Syria by reining in the demonization of President Putin and asserting White House civilian control over the Pentagon. ALERT MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence … Continue reading

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Review of James Galbraith, Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice (2016)

Tim Evans Galbraith’s articles and interviews collected in this book (ending in October 2015) traces his growing exasperation at the “troika” – the European Central Bank (ECB), IMF and EU bureaucracy – which refused to loosen their demand that Greece … Continue reading

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Can Russia Learn From Brazil’s Fate?

by Paul Craig Roberts and Michael HudsonSeptember 28, 2016 William Engdahl recently explained how Washington used the corrupt Brazilian elite, which answers to Washington, to remove the duly elected President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, for representing the Brazilian people rather … Continue reading

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Deutsche Bank Collapse: The Most Important Bank In Europe Is Facing A Major ‘Liquidity Event’

The largest and most important bank in the largest and most important economy in Europe is imploding right in front of our eyes.  Deutsche Bank is the 11th biggest bank on the entire planet, and due to the enormous exposure … Continue reading

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Trump’s Mirage of Spending Cuts Will Make America’s Collapse Great

In the first debate, Hillary Clinton called Trump’s tax plan “trumped-up, trickle-down” economics. It’s the one thing that came out of her mouth that I had to entirely agree with. Many others are saying it, too: New analysis from a … Continue reading

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Forget Blairite Propaganda. Sierra Leone was not Blair’s “Good War”.

[embedded content] This was my speech to the World Beyond War conference at American University, Washington DC on 24 September.

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Police Killings Won’t Stop

By Chris Hedges   In this Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 file photo, protesters block I-277 during a third night of unrest following Tuesday’s police fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. (Gerry Broome / AP Photo) The corporate … Continue reading

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26 Incredible Facts About The Economy That Every American Should Know For The Trump-Clinton Debate

Are you ready for the most anticipated presidential debate in decades?  It is being projected that Monday’s debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could potentially break the all-time record of 80 million viewers that watched Ronald Reagan and Jimmy … Continue reading

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Trump: Titan of Corporate Tax Cuts

Trump’s corporate tax cut is supply-side stimulus I could agree with if done right, even though it primarily helps the rich. Trump wants to cut the top corporate tax rate from its current 35% to 15% (which is currently the bottom bracket in … Continue reading

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Deir Ezzor Attack Enables The “Salafist Principality” As Foreseen In The 2012 DIA Analysis

By Moon of Alabama. Originally posted at Moon of Alabama under Deir Ezzor Attack Enables The “Salafist Principality” As Foreseen In The 2012 DIA Analysis. Two recent attacks against the Syrian Arab Army in east-Syria point to a U.S. plan … Continue reading

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What Is Going On In Charlotte Is Far More Important Than Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie’s Divorce

While one of America’s largest cities is being ripped in two, most Americans appear to be far more interested in the drama surrounding Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce.  As Charlotte braces for a third night of rioting and violence, … Continue reading

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Top Bank Fraud Expert: ALL of the Big Banks’ Profits Come from FRAUD

The country’s top white collar crime expert, William Black – who put over 1,000 top S&L executives in jail for fraud, and is a  professor of law and economics at the University of Missouri – confirmed recently what the alternative … Continue reading

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British Parliament Confirms Libya War Was Based On Lies … Turned Nation Into a “Shit Show” … Spread Terrorism

Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com. Parliamentary Report Confirms What the Alternative Media Has Been Saying for Years The UK Parliament just confirmed what the alternative media has been saying for years. Specifically, a new report from the bipartisan House of Commons Foreign … Continue reading

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Living In A Van Down By The River – Time To Face The True State Of The Middle Class In America

Do you remember the old Saturday Night Live sketches in which comedian Chris Farley portrayed a motivational speaker that lived in a van down by the river?  Unfortunately, this is becoming a reality for way too many Americans.  As the … Continue reading

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Trump Tax Plan Turns the Donald into Trickle-Down King

If George Bush Senior thought Reaganomics was “voodoo economics,” he’d think the Trump tax plan was its kachina doll, and if GB Minor had been smoking weed while popping magic mushrooms when he made his eponymous tax cuts, the Bush Tax Cuts might … Continue reading

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Creepy Clown Sightings Sweep The Nation As The Threats Of Violence Become Even More Chilling

All over America sick and twisted people are dressing up like creepy clowns in order to frighten the living daylights out of others.  This trend started back in August, and since then social media has helped it spread like wildfire.  … Continue reading

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Celebrating the One Percent: Is Inequality Really Good for the Economy?

To paraphrase Mark Twain, everyone complains about inequality, but nobody does anything about it. What they do is to use “inequality” as a takeoff point to project their own views on how to make society more prosperous and at the … Continue reading

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U.S. Allies ‘Volunteer’ To Share (Implausible) Blame For Deir Ezzor Attack

By Moon of Alabama. Originally published at http://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/09/us-allies-volunteer-to-share-blame-for-deir-ezzor-attack.html. The U.S. is trying to distribute the blame for its air support of ISIS against the Syrian Arab Army in Deir Ezzor. The facts, not put into doubt by any U.S. statement, … Continue reading

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The Bank For International Settlements Warns That A Major Debt Meltdown In China Is Imminent

The pinnacle of the global financial system is warning that conditions are right for a “full-blown banking crisis” in China.  Since the last financial crisis, there has been a credit boom in China that is really unprecedented in world history.  … Continue reading

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Peak Kinnock

Neil Kinnock appeared on both Dispatches and Panorama this evening bemoaning the presence of socialists in the Labour Party. Neither programme succeeded in finding anything sinister happening, but they did succeed in playing a great deal of sinister music. This … Continue reading

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Sorry, the Boundary Commission is not Gerrymandering

There is no point in declaring yourself of independent mind if you proceed to try to ingratiate yourself with any particular group of people or defined set of political opinions. Occasionally I express opinions which are not palatable to many … Continue reading

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The Courtiers and the Tyrants

By Chris Hedges   President Barack Obama is joined by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton after speaking to delegates during the third-day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 27, 2016. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster) Thomas … Continue reading

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Arch That Was A Gateway To The Temple Of Baal Is Going Up In New York’s City Hall Park On Monday

If you tried to put up a large cross in a public park in New York City there would be lawsuits flying all over the place, but apparently an ancient pagan arch that served as a gateway to the Temple … Continue reading

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Trump: Trojan Horse for the Establishment?

I crave the opportunity to see an antiestablishment candidate win the election. I would exult in seeing our corrupt establishment shattered. So, while I do not like Trump the man (as it would appear he has never done anything that didn’t entirely serve his own … Continue reading

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The Barrel Bomb Conundrum

Virtually every mainstream media article or broadcast on the United States aerial massacre of Syrian government troops, manages to work in a reference to barrel bombs as though this in some way justifies or mitigates the US action. It is … Continue reading

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Britain Cannot Withstand Martian Death-Ray

The broadcast news bulletins are all leading with the claim of some old General that Britain could not resist an attack by Russia. One remarkable thing about this claim, is that all those excitably supporting it are precisely the same … Continue reading

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Getting Fooled on Iraq, Libya, Now Russia

By Robert Parry. Originally published at Parry’s Consortium News (republished with permission). A British parliamentary inquiry into the Libyan fiasco has reported what should have been apparent from the start in 2011 – and was to some of us – … Continue reading

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Creepy Clowns Are Terrorizing Children, Parents And Schools All Over America

An epidemic of creepy clown sightings is sweeping America, and authorities don’t know who or what is behind it.  In some instances, clowns with horrific expressions painted on their faces have been spotted standing on the side of the road, … Continue reading

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US Media Ignores CIA Cover-up on Torture

A group of U.S. intelligence veterans chastises the mainstream U.S. media for virtually ignoring a British newspaper’s account of the gripping inside story on how the CIA tried to block the U.S. Senate’s torture investigation. MEMORANDUM FOR: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Vice … Continue reading

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The Sad End of British Liberalism

Tim Farron’s paean of praise for Tony Blair yesterday marks the disgraceful end of the political embodiment of a great tradition of thought. In truth there is no ideological reason why the Blairites should not join today’s Lib Dems after … Continue reading

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10 Things That Every American Should Know About Donald Trump’s Plan To Save The U.S. Economy

Can Donald Trump turn the U.S. economy around?  This week Trump unveiled details of his new economic plan, and the mainstream media is having a field day criticizing it.  But the truth is that we simply cannot afford to stay … Continue reading

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Mr Murray Goes to Washington

After a 16,000 person petition to the State Department and letter writing and lobbying including by Jeremy Corbyn, Roger Waters and Daniel Ellsberg, I have been granted a 10 year US visa. Following my initial refusal of ESTA clearance and … Continue reading

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London Calling

London Calling, Alan Knight’s superb documentary on BBC bias during the Independence Referendum, had its first showing to a group in Lanark last week. It was very warmly received and sparked a great deal of discussion. The plan now is … Continue reading

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Americans’ Trust In Mass Media Plunges To Record Low

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, In yesterday’s post, The Death of Mainstream Media, I noted: At the end of the day, I have concluded that my focus on Hillary as of late (vs. Trump) has as much to … Continue reading

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More Jobs Shipped Out Of The Country: Ford Moves All Small Car Production To Mexico

What is going to happen when America finally doesn’t have any manufacturing jobs left at all?  On Wednesday, we learned that Ford Motor Company is shifting all small car production to Mexico.  Of course the primary goal for this move … Continue reading

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Desperately Poor Teens In America’s Impoverished Inner Cities Are Trading Sex For Food

When people get hungry enough, they will do just about anything for some food.  According to brand new research that was just released this week from Feeding America and the Urban Institute, there are millions of teenagers in America that … Continue reading

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Obama Is Blocking The Path To Justice For 9/11 Victims’ Families

By Kristen Breitweiser, one of the four 9/11 widows – known as the “Jersey Girls” – instrumental in forcing the government to form the 9/11 Commission to investigate the 2001 attacks. Follow Kristen Breitweiser on Twitter: www.twitter.com/kdbreitweiser. Back in ‘08, … Continue reading

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False Flag Terror “Has Succeeded Consistently Against Audiences Around The World, For Millennia, To Compel War”

Painting by Anthony Freda Presidents, Prime Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police ADMIT to False Flag Terror In the following instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admit to it, either … Continue reading

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Clinton Collapse: Is Hillary Clinton Going To Drop Out Of The Race For The White House?

What was once unthinkable has now become a very real possibility.  We have all seen the video which shows Hillary Clinton fainting and collapsing into the arms of Secret Service agents as she waited to get into her van following … Continue reading

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Fooled Again

By Chris Hedges   Michael Pissos of Fairview Park, Ohio, wears a Hillary Clinton shirt at a rally in Cleveland on June 13.(Andrew Harnik / AP Photo) The naive hopes of Bernie Sanders’ supporters—to build a grass-roots political movement, change … Continue reading

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Chair of University Engineering Department: Fire Did NOT Cause Collapse of Third Building on 9/11

Today, the Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, a PhD in structural engineering and one of the nation’s top experts in the cause of building collapses (Leroy Hulsey) publicly announced that … Continue reading

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Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes

Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate.  According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half a million people are … Continue reading

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The Black Stones, and Other Ghosts of Beeston Regis

Tens of thousands of people follow this blog, direct and through facebook and twitter. I believe they mostly do so because of the posts I write which present facts the mainstream media elides, or a commentary designed to open up … Continue reading

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Video: Clinton Has Seizure-Like Medical Episode

Hillary Clinton 9/11 NYC pic.twitter.com/q9YnsjTxss — Zdenek Gazda (@zgazda66) September 11, 2016 This occurred today in New York City.  The Clinton campaign attributed the candidate’s episode to “overheating”, but it’s not that warm a day in Manhattan (the Washington Post … Continue reading

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9/11 & 28 Pages of Treason

By Joe Giambrone, Political Film Blog. One of numerous missing links: Osama Bassnan You probably didn’t hear from your corporate media that those 28 pages concerning Saudi state support to the September 11th suicide-hijackers have been released to the public. Or … Continue reading

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BBC Quietly Owns Up to Blatant Propaganda Lies

Eighteen months after a massive propaganda campaign based on outright lies, the BBC quietly sneaked out an admission on its website tucked away in “corrections and complaints”. As the BBC went all out to galvanise support for bombing Syria, the … Continue reading

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A Grammar Lesson of Experience

Speaking to a meeting organised by Edinburgh West SNP last week, people were surprised when I told them my grandparents lived for many decades in West Pilton Gardens. They were surprised because I look and sound like an English ex-public … Continue reading

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UN Team Heard Claims of ‘Staged’ Chemical Attacks

By Robert Parry. Originally published at Parry’s Consortium News (republished with permission). United Nations investigators encountered evidence that alleged chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian military were staged by jihadist rebels and their supporters, but still decided to blame the government … Continue reading

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The War Economy: CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Warns About Job Loss If US Stops Arming Saudi Arabia

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg, Ladies and gentlemen, it appears the long anticipated moment of peak mainstream media stupidity may have finally arrived. This is what passes for journalism in America today. The Intercept reports: Sen. Rand Paul’s … Continue reading

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9/11 Anniversary: Government Hid and Destroyed 9/11 Evidence

Presumption of a Cover-Up … Judges and lawyers know that – if someone intentionally destroys evidence – he’s probably trying to hide his crime. American law has long recognized that destruction of evidence raises a presumption of guilt for the … Continue reading

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Major Problems Announced At One Of The Largest Too Big To Fail Banks In The United States

Do you remember when our politicians promised to do something about the “too big to fail” banks?  Well, they didn’t, and now the chickens are coming home to roost.  On Thursday, it was announced that one of those “too big … Continue reading

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The Significance of Theresa May’s Disgraceful Quote

Theresa May’s disgraceful quoting with approval at Prime Minister’s Questions an anti-Corbyn twitter user has been grossly under-reported – and that under-reporting is itself part of what makes this of enormous signficance. But first just consider this sample of the … Continue reading

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Recovery Workers Reportedly Found the Black Boxes From the Planes That Hit the World Trade Center on 9/11, but Authorities Covered This Up

By Shoestring, Shoestring 9/11 Blog. The black boxes from the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, were found and retrieved in the weeks after the 9/11 attacks, a significant amount of evidence indicates. And … Continue reading

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The Percentage Of Working Age Men That Do Not Have A Job Is Similar To The Great Depression

Why are so many men in their prime working years unemployed?  The Obama administration would have us believe that unemployment is low in this country, but that is not true at all.  In fact, one author quoted by NPR says … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of 9/11: The Building Blocks of the American Police State from A-Z

By John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute. “No one man can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices.” ― Edward R. Murrow We’ve walked a strange and harrowing road since September 11, 2001, littered with the debris of … Continue reading

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The One Trillion Dollar Consumer Auto Loan Bubble Is Beginning To Burst

Do you remember the subprime mortgage meltdown from the last financial crisis?  Well, this time around we are facing a subprime auto loan meltdown.  In recent years, auto lenders have become more and more aggressive, and they have been increasingly … Continue reading

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Karimov Family Values

It is now important that Prime Minister Mirzieyev – who appears to be in control in Uzbekistan at the moment – produces Gulnara Karimova and shows that she is alive and healthy. The whereabouts of her daughter Iman are also … Continue reading

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From An Industrial Economy To A Paper Economy – The Stunning Decline Of Manufacturing In America

Why does it seem like almost everything is made in China these days?  Yesterday I was looking at some pencils that we had laying around the house and I noticed that they had been manufactured in China.  I remarked to … Continue reading

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Thought is Dangerous to the USA

I have been refused entry clearance to the USA to chair the presentation of the Sam Adams Award to CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou and to speak at the World Beyond War conference in Washington DC. Like millions of British … Continue reading

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The Intellectuals We Abandon

By Chris Hedges   Sheldon Wolin, left, and James Baldwin. (YouTube / Allan Warren)(CC-BY-SA) This is a transcript of a speech that Chris Hedges gave Saturday at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Philadelphia. Great writers … Continue reading

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Keith Vaz

Vaz was very close to Janner and in parliament described powerful paedophile evidence against Janner as a “wicked and cowardly attack.” He lost a ministerial position for corrupt handling of billionaire passport applications. But what he did in private with … Continue reading

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Nicola the Haverer

Replacing Alex with Nicola set back the cause of Scottish Independence. It was a great success for the SNP as an institution, but it is now abundantly clear that the institutional health of the SNP and the cause of Independence … Continue reading

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The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History

By Chris Hedges   A 2014 protest in Tokyo against the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. (Shizuo Kambayashi / AP) Chris Hedges is on vacation and will return to writing his weekly Truthdig column on Monday, Sept. 5. While he is on … Continue reading

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The West and Karimov’s Anti-Terrorism Charade

Hillary Clinton and John Kerry courted Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan’s brutal dictator, every bit as assiduously as George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld. The west is interested in gas, gold and uranium, but is still more entranced by the allure of the … Continue reading

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America You Need To Lose Weight: At Least 1 Out Of Every 5 People Are Obese In All 50 States

The United States officially has an obesity crisis.  According to a brand new report that was just released by the Trust for America’s Health, at least one out of every five people meet the clinical definition for obesity in all … Continue reading

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When Putin Bailed Out Obama

By Ray McGovern, a 27-year CIA veteran, who chaired National Intelligence Estimates and personally delivered intelligence briefings to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, their Vice Presidents, Secretaries of State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other senior … Continue reading

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Can Americans Reclaim Our Country from Those Who Would Destroy Her??

Paul Craig Roberts served as Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, Associate Editor for the Wall Street Journal, and Senior Research Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.  A former economics professor, Dr. Roberts is listed by Who’s Who in America as … Continue reading

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Global Recession? The Canadian Economy Shrinks At The Fastest Pace Since The Last Financial Crisis

Things have not been this bad for the Canadian economy since the last global recession.  During the second quarter of 2016, Canada’s GDP contracted at a 1.6 percent annualized rate.  That was the worst number in seven years, and it … Continue reading

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America the Illiterate

By Chris Hedges   A dog costume contest in 2008. (Tina Fineberg / AP) Chris Hedges is on vacation and will return to writing his weekly Truthdig column on Sept. 5. While he is on break, we are republishing some … Continue reading

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Peak Craig Murray

My mother, Poppy Catherine Murray, nee Grice, passed away on 19 August aged 85 after a two year fight with multiple myeloma cancer. She had maintained herself in her own home until the last six weeks, and when she was … Continue reading

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The Election Has Been Hacked: The Dismal Reality of Having No Real Electoral Choices

By John Whitehead, Rutherford Institute. “Free election of masters does not abolish the masters or the slaves.” ― Herbert Marcuse The FBI is worried: foreign hackers have broken into two state election databases. The Department of Homeland Security is worried: … Continue reading

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Pray With Your Feet

By Chris Hedges   Bishop George Packard, right, holds a banner with fellow protesters as they block an entrance to a gas pipeline construction operation in Montrose, N.Y. The banner reads, “We Say No to Spectra’s Algonquin Pipeline Expansion.” The … Continue reading

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A Moment of Hope

The apparent end to the power of my old adversary Islam Karimov gives a brief moment of hope for change in Uzbekistan. It is worth recalling that Karimov was a member of the last Soviet politburo, and was a part … Continue reading

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Let’s Rename Housing Benefit more fairly as “Landlord Bonus”.

So-called “Housing benefit” is of zero benefit to tenants. It is a massive flow of taxpayer cash to landlords – an incredible £25 billion per year. It plays a pivotal role in the growth of landlordism and the bubbling of … Continue reading

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The Day The Lights Go Out And The Trucks Stop Running

What would happen if some sort of major national emergency caused a massive transportation disruption that stopped trucks from running?  The next time you talk to a trucker, please thank them for their service, because without their hard work none … Continue reading

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America The Debt Pig: We Are A ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Society – And ‘Pay Later’ Is Rapidly Approaching

If you really wanted to live like a millionaire, you could start doing it right now.  All you have to do is to apply for as many credit cards as possible and then begin running up credit card balances like … Continue reading

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NSA Whistleblowers: NSA Hack Was Likely An Inside Job

The mainstream press is accusing Russia of being behind the release of information on NSA hacking tools. Washington’s Blog asked the highest-level NSA whistleblower in history, William Binney – the NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for … Continue reading

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World War 3 Coming Soon? Tanks Roll Across The Border As Turkish Invasion Of Syria Begins

The invasion of Syria that so many people have been warning about is now happening.  On Wednesday, Turkish tanks rolled across the Syrian border, and they were accompanied by radical Islamic Syrian rebels that want to ultimately overthrow the Assad … Continue reading

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The Earth’s Crust Will Be Shaken By More Than 100,000 Earthquakes That Humans Can Feel In 2016

Did you know that our planet will be hit by more than 100,000 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater this year alone?  Earlier today, I came across a report that contained this amazing fact, but it was so incredible that I … Continue reading

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Ukraine was Right! Why Russia is the Biggest Threat in the World!

By George Eliason, an American journalist living in Ukraine. Is Russia really the greatest threat to the world? The answer lies somewhere between how you define a threat and what you’re actually afraid of. At that starting point what the … Continue reading

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Capitalism Alienates, Integrates ‘Psychology With Corporate Desire’ (Video)

By Chris Hedges In this week’s episode of “On Contact,” Chris Hedges sits down with Rob Urie, author of Zen Economics, to discuss “the capitalist labyrinth.” The two dive into the concept of the “economic man” or “economic woman” that … Continue reading

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Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

By Chris Hedges Chris Hedges is on vacation and will return to writing his weekly Truthdig column on Sept. 5. While he is on break, we will republish some of his Truthdig columns. This one originally appeared on Jan. 24, … Continue reading

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Detroit Has Gone From Being The Greatest Manufacturing City In The World To A Global Joke

In 1960, the city of Detroit was the greatest manufacturing city that the world had ever seen.  Nearly two million people lived there, and it had the highest per capita income in the United States.  That may be hard to … Continue reading

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Whirled Politics: Would you rather be Trumped or Pillaried?

I’ve never seen anything so surreal as the United States’ current political circus of unelectable and undelectable candidates offered as each party’s top of the crop. I can’t stop wondering if the Trump is Clinton’s decoy, gathering all the Republiducks into one place so the … Continue reading

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As Predicted, Obamacare Is Absolutely Killing The Middle Class

The critics of Obamacare have been proven right.  The Obama administration promised that health insurance premiums would go down.  Instead, they have absolutely skyrocketed.  The Obama administration promised that Obamacare would not kill jobs.  Instead, firms are hiring fewer workers … Continue reading

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Incorporating energy into production functions

In my last post on my Debtwatch blog, I finished by saying that the Physiocrats were the only School of economics to properly consider the role of energy in production. They ascribed it solely to agriculture exploiting the free energy … Continue reading

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Are Trolls Turning The Internet Into A Festival Of Hate?

Have you noticed that people say some of the most hateful things imaginable on the Internet?  Earlier today, I came across a Time Magazine article entitled “How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet“, and it made me reflect on my own … Continue reading

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Finance is Not the Economy

JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC ISSUES Vol. L No. 3 September 2016DOI 10.1080/00213624.2016.1210384 Dirk Bezemer and Michael Hudson Dirk Bezemer is a professor of economics at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Michael Hudson is a distinguished research professor of economics at … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Freedom

By Chris Hedges   A Donald Trump campaign rally. In the 2016 presidential contest, a frustrated white working class has been receptive to anti-democracy messages. (Carlos Osorio / AP) Chris Hedges is on vacation and will return to writing his … Continue reading

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Which Items Will Disappear First During A Major National Emergency?

One day in the not too distant future, a major emergency will strike this nation, and that will set off a round of hoarding unlike anything we have ever seen before.  Just think about what happens when a big winter … Continue reading

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Overwhelmed By Debt, Nearly 1 In 5 Young Adults Live With Their Parents Or Grandparents

In America today, more than 60 million people live in multi-generational households.  That number is so large that it may seem difficult to believe, but the truth is that vast numbers of young adults have had to move back in … Continue reading

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Post-Convention Candidates

August 4 SHARMINI PERIES: It’s the Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore. Now that the Democratic and the Republican Party conventions are over, the U.S. presidential campaign is entering its last phase before the actual … Continue reading

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On Contact: Chris Hedges and Professor Eddie Glaude Discuss ‘The Great Black Depression’ (Video)

By Chris Hedges “From housing to jobs to poverty levels, black America’s is struggling,” the Princeton professor tells Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges on his RT show. “In so many ways since 2008, our communities have been in ruins.” [embedded content] … Continue reading

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The Greatest Threat to Our Freedoms: A Government of Scoundrels, Spies, Thieves, Ruffians, Rapists and Killers

By John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute. “There is nothing more dangerous than a government of the many controlled by the few.”—Lawrence Lessig, Harvard law professor The U.S. government remains the greatest threat to our freedoms. The systemic violence being perpetrated … Continue reading

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Books that Readers of The Great Recession Blog Have Favored Most

The following is a short reading list of books that readers of The Great Recession Blog have shown the most interest in — books suited for times of economic collapse or geared toward thinking outside the box as well as … Continue reading

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BBC Hardtalk on reforming economics

This interview, which was just recorded today, will go to air tomorrow. The broadcast details are: BBC News Channel: 02.30 BST, 04.30 BST and 20.30 BST Tuesday 16th August 2016, and 00.30 BST Wednesday 17th August 2016 And from the … Continue reading

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Professional Stupid-People Consultant – or – Why Corporate Culture is in Decline

I’m working on a new Linked-in profile and wanted to get your thoughts on it. I’m sure others have similar experience in the decline of corporate culture. If I wanted to stay employed in the current corporate culture, I think I’d … Continue reading

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Violence Erupts In America’s Heartland As Milwaukee Becomes The Latest U.S. City To Burn

The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin exploded in violence last night as the wave of chaos and civil unrest that is sweeping across America continues to intensify.  At this point, many of our largest cities have become powder kegs of anger … Continue reading

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The need for pluralism in economics

For decades, mainstream economists have reacted to criticism of their methodology mainly by dismissing it, rather than engaging with it. And the customary form that dismissal has taken is to argue that critics and purveyors of alternative approaches to economics … Continue reading

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Mike Morell’s Kill-Russians Advice

By Ray McGovern, a 27-year CIA veteran, who chaired National Intelligence Estimates and personally delivered intelligence briefings to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, their Vice Presidents, Secretaries of State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other senior … Continue reading

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The Dysfunctional United Kingdom

Recently an Angus mother of three infant children was separated from them and jailed for ten months for over-claiming £10,000 per year in benefits. Meanwhile the Duke of Westminster evades £3.6 billion in inheritance tax through a transparently fraudulent use … Continue reading

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The Cynicism of Hillary

Hillary Clinton’s completely unfounded claim that Russia was behind the passing to WikiLeaks of Democratic National Committee documents was breathtakingly cynical. It was a successful ploy in that it gave her supporters, particularly those dominating mainstream media, something else to … Continue reading

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Doune the Rabbit Hole 19-21 August

As regular readers know, this blog is intimately connected to the Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival. I always enjoy meeting many of you there in the eponymous Whistleblower bar, and this year the tremendous moral uplift I personally get from … Continue reading

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Marc Faber Issues A Stunning Warning That A Gigantic 50 Percent Stock Market Crash Could Be Coming

Are we about to witness one of the largest stock market crashes in U.S. history?  Swiss investor Marc Faber is the publisher of the “Gloom, Boom & Doom Report”, and he has been a regular guest on CNBC for years.  … Continue reading

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Presidential Wanna Bees

An interview on Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert’s new podcast Double Down. Of the citizens of the declining Roman empire, it was said: “Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt.” So true is this of all such … Continue reading

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If Our Mayors Are THIS Corrupt, What Is The Rest Of The Population Like Behind Closed Doors?

It isn’t just the politicians in Washington D.C. that are deeply corrupt.  In this article you will read about two prominent mayors that have engaged in absolutely horrific behavior, and you will read about a sex scandal out in California … Continue reading

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Why The Jobs Report Is Not Nearly As Strong As You Are Being Told

Happy days are here again? On Friday, the mainstream media was buzzing with the news that the U.S. economy had added 255,000 jobs during the month of July. But as you will see below, the U.S. economy did not add … Continue reading

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The U.S. Has Lost 195,000 Good Paying Energy Industry Jobs

Not all jobs are created equal.  There is a world of difference between a $100,000 a year energy industry job and a $10 an hour job running a cash register at Wal-Mart.  You can comfortably support a middle class family … Continue reading

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This graph says it all — US 2016 Recession Already Here!

This graph by 720Global shows how spot on my pronouncement of a US 2016 recession is. In spite of the lack of any official declaration by the US government or its economic priesthood, I’ve stated more than once in 2016 that … Continue reading

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The Economic Collapse In Venezuela Is So Bad That People Are Slaughtering And Eating Zoo Animals

If you were hungry enough, would you kill and eat zoo animals?  To most of us such a notion sounds absolutely insane, but this is actually happening in Venezuela right now.  This is a country where people are standing in … Continue reading

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Donald Trump Warns Americans To Get Out Of The Stock Market As The Dow Falls For A 7th Day In A Row

One thing that you have to appreciate about Donald Trump is that unlike most politicians, he actually says what is on his mind.  On Tuesday, Trump told Fox Business that he had already gotten out of the stock market, and … Continue reading

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The Price Of Oil Is Crashing Again, And That Is Very, Very Bad News For The U.S. Economy

This wasn’t supposed to happen.  The price of oil was supposed to start going back up, and this would have brought much needed relief to economically-depressed areas of North America that are heavily dependent on the energy industry.  Instead, the … Continue reading

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Slippery Oil Prices Plunge Oil into Bear Market

Oil today plunged quickly below $40 per barrel, taking oil prices down more than 20% from their high a little over a month ago. That officially defines a bear market in oil. As of today, oil has also now moved below its 50-day, 100-day and … Continue reading

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‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Jill Stein on How, and Where, Revolution Can Actually Happen

By Chris Hedges In this episode of “On Contact With Chris Hedges,” Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein sits down with Hedges at a crucial moment in the 2016 election cycle to talk about the many emergencies—local national, international—that her … Continue reading

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Painful To Watch: This Is The Weakest U.S. Economic ‘Recovery’ Since 1949

Most of us have never witnessed an economic “recovery” this bad.  As you will see below, the average rate of economic growth since the last recession has been the lowest for any “recovery” in at least 67 years.  And unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Obama said Hillary will Continue his Legacy – Indeed!

Leading up to Monday’s Democratic Party convention, Hillary chose Blue Dog Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as her VP. This was followed by the Wikileaks release of Democratic National Committee (DNC) e-mail files showing it acting as the Clinton Campaign … Continue reading

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Virtue Signaling: Why Political Debates on the Internet Are So Often Pointless

By Dan Sanchez, DanSanchez.me. Have you ever noticed how frustrating it is to argue with people about politics on the Internet: like trying to use your head to knock down a brick wall? Well, keep in mind that the feeling … Continue reading

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OMG A Vagina! The Banality of Democrats

By Joe Giambrone, Political Film Blog. Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “banality of evil” when she studied one Adolf Eichmann, a mid-level Nazi bureaucrat who made the trains run on time and carried out his logistics duties according to orders. Eichmann … Continue reading

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Barack Obama Is On Track To Be The Only President In History To Never Have A Year Of 3% GDP Growth

We just got another extremely disappointing GDP number.  It was being projected that U.S. GDP would grow by 2.5 percent during the second quarter of 2016, but instead it only grew by just 1.2 percent.  In addition, the Census Bureau … Continue reading

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“Gulen-Gate” Islamic Terrorists Descend on the Democratic National Convention

By George Eliason, an American journalist living in Ukraine. Why are known terrorists at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia? Doesn’t the Secret Service vet people that are in the same building as the President of the United States anymore? … Continue reading

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Bye Bye Middle Class: The Rate Of Homeownership In The United States Has Hit The Lowest Level Ever

The percentage of Americans that own a home has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded.  During the second quarter of 2016, the non-seasonally adjusted homeownership rate fell to just 62.9 percent, which was exactly where it was at when … Continue reading

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Deutsche Bank Profit Plunges 98 Percent As The Outlook For ‘The World’s Riskiest Bank’ Darkens

The biggest and most important bank in the biggest and most important country in Europe continues to implode right in front of our eyes.  If you follow my work regularly, you probably already know that I issued a major alarm … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges and Jill Stein Speak at Socialist Convergence During Democratic Convention (Video)

By Chris Hedges The United States is at a transformative moment. What should progressive-minded citizens do after the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia ends? Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein shared her thoughts with other speakers at the Socialist Convergence … Continue reading

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The Killings of Tony Blair

Tonight I am appearing at a panel discussion following the screening of the long-awaited film by George Galloway, The Killings of Tony Blair. I shall have the dubious pleasure of debating with John McTernan, who has never lacked brass neck … Continue reading

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The 1 Percent’s Useful Idiots

By Chris Hedges   Not everyone is celebrating the Democratic Party’s nomination of Hillary Clinton for president. (C-SPAN) PHILADELPHIA—The parade of useful idiots, the bankrupt liberal class that long ago sold its soul to corporate power, is now led by … Continue reading

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NSA Whistleblower: Not So Fast On Claims Russia Behind Hillary Clinton Email Hack

The mainstream media alleges that Russia was behind the hack of the DNC’s emails. The media is parading out the usual suspects alleged experts to back up this claim. Washington’s Blog asked the highest-level NSA whistleblower in history, William Binney … Continue reading

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Terror Attacks And Mass Killings Are Becoming A Daily Event

Terror attacks and mass killings are happening so rapidly now that it is really difficult to keep up with them all.  In fact, as you will see below, so far there have been several this week alone.  This latest attack … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges and Robert Reich Debate the Future of the Progressive Movement (Video)

By Chris Hedges Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention revealed discord within the Democratic Party, as supporters of Bernie Sanders clashed with supporters of Hillary Clinton. As many hope Day 2 of the convention will help resolve internal party … Continue reading

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Something Wicked This Way Comes from the Tar Pits and Oil Sands — Crude oil price rally destroyed

The crude oil price rally has been completely destroyed, though I’ll admit I was wrong when I predicted crude oil prices would plummet in March or April as the perfect storm developed against oil prices. Instead, they rallied. In spite … Continue reading

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Barbarians at the Gates

A Typical Raiding Party of Corbynistas and Cybernats A key weapon of the neo-liberal establishment in delegitimising the emergence of popular organisation to the left, is to portray all thinkers outside the Overton window as dangerous; actively violent, misogynist and … Continue reading

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Michael Moore Explains Why Donald Trump Will Win In November – And It Actually Makes Perfect Sense

Michael Moore is a radical leftist that is trying to destroy everything that America once stood for, but for once he is making sense.  In his recent article entitled “5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win“, he makes a compelling case … Continue reading

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Credit Card Companies Specifically Target Less Educated And Less Sophisticated Americans

The big credit card companies don’t make much money off of those that pay their bills on time, and so they often specifically target less educated and less sophisticated consumers that don’t really understand the dangers of credit card debt.  … Continue reading

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The New European Fascists

By Chris Hedges   Government leaders in Poland are promoting a neofascist ideology. (Wikipedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0) WARSAW, Poland—Jaroslaw Kurski and Piotr Stasinski embody the hope that once was Poland. They struggled against the Communist regime for years in … Continue reading

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Trump the Neocons

[embedded content] “Trump Policy Will Unravel Traditional Neocons,” TRNN, July 23, 2016. SHARMINI PERIES, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, TRNN: It’s the Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore. On Friday, just after the Republican National Congress wrapped up … Continue reading

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Emigre Super Bloc Part 5 The Failed Turkish Coup – An Exploded View

By George Eliason, an American journalist living in Ukraine. Is Fethullah Gulen the feeble, kindly imam that mainstream media is making him out to be? Hardly. What this article will show is that Gulen is instead a career ultra-nationalist bent … Continue reading

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Failed Turkish Coup: Sabotage, Incompetence or Deception?

By Federico Pieraccini. Originally published at Stategic Culture. The Coup in Turkey remains yet to be understood but the first consequences are starting to reveal themselves To understand the coup in Turkey, we have to analyze the reasons that led … Continue reading

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Emigre Super Bloc Part 4- Clinton’s Jihadis | Will the Super Delegates Vote YES to More Terrorism?

By George Eliason, an American journalist living in Ukraine. By the end of this section, you will understand Islamic terrorism better than most analysts. Where it came from, where it’s going,who’s driving it there will be to a large degree … Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s Convention Speech Highlighted The Truth About America’s Decline

America is in decline.  There are some that still attempt to deny this, but the reason why Donald Trump’s campaign slogan has so strongly resonated with the American people is because deep inside most of us realize that America is … Continue reading

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19.4 Trillion Dollars In Debt – We Have Added 1.1 Trillion Dollars A Year To The National Debt Under Obama

In 2006, U.S. Senator Barack Obama’s voice thundered across the Senate floor as he boldly declared that “increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children … Continue reading

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The Importance of Protesting Inequality at the Democratic National Convention (Video)

By Chris Hedges On Monday at 3 p.m., Chris Hedges will join Green Party candidate Jill Stein and a number of other political leaders and activists to protest what he calls the Democratic Party’s “celebration of the rigged primary election.” … Continue reading

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Erdogan’s Staged Coup Has Resulted In A Purge Of 50,000 Teachers, Judges, Soldiers And Government Officials

Barack Obama’s “friend” in Turkey is a deeply corrupt radical Islamist dictator that has just staged a coup to consolidate his grip on power.  As I have reported previously, 1,845 “journalists, writers and critics” have been arrested for “insulting” President … Continue reading

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There Will Be No Second American Revolution: The Futility of an Armed Revolt

By John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute.   “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison America is a ticking time bomb. All that remains to be seen is who—or what—will set … Continue reading

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Fox, Gould, Werritty and Israel – Please write to your MP

Now that Liam Fox is back in the Cabinet and Matthew Gould, ex-Ambassador to Israel, in in charge of Security in the Cabinet Office, it is essential to get answers to what happened in at least eight meetings between Adam … Continue reading

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Axe-Wielding Terrorist Attacks Train Passengers In Germany And A Police Car Is Firebombed In Florida

Crazy people committing random acts of senseless violence is rapidly becoming the “new normal” in the western world.  On Monday, a police vehicle was firebombed in Daytona, Florida by someone that was enraged by the recent shooting deaths of Alton … Continue reading

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Mhairi Black on Trident

Note that the government benches are almost empty. The people who bothered to be present and listen to the debate were overwhelmingly those who voted against Trident. With all Scotland’s MPs but one opposing, this is yet another reason to … Continue reading

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Baton Rouge, Nice, Dallas, Orlando – A Dark And Distressing Time Has Descended Upon The Civilized World

Does it not seem as though events are starting to accelerate significantly?  Since I warned that something “had shifted” and that things had “suddenly become more serious“, we have seen the worst mass shooting in U.S. history in Orlando, we … Continue reading

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US NATO pressures EU support

“US-NATO Border Confrontation with Russia Risks Nuclear War and Loss of European Partner,” The Real News Network, July 17, 2017  Michael Hudson says that the US-led confrontational approach of NATO with Russia is driving European countries to consider disbanding or … Continue reading

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Financially Approved Financed History

A Travesty of Financial History – which bank lobbyists will applaudReview of William Goetzmann, Money Changes Everything:How Finance Made Civilization Possible (Princeton University Press, 2016) Michael HudsonDebt mounts up faster than the means to pay. Yet there is widespread lack … Continue reading

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That Far Left Entryist Takeover of the Labour Party

At its height in the 1980’s, Militant claimed 8,000 members. In 2013 its descendant, the Socialist Party, claimed 2,500 members and crowed that it was now bigger than the Socialist Workers Party. The SWP replied, not by claiming to have … Continue reading

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Writing as Resistance

By Chris Hedges   A group of Jews are escorted from the Warsaw Ghetto by German soldiers in 1943. (AP) WARSAW, Poland—Dreary, Soviet-style concrete apartments rise up where 68 Nowolipki St. was during World War II. It was at this … Continue reading

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29 Pages Revealed: Corruption, Crime and Cover-up Of 9/11

By Kristen Breitweiser, one of the four 9/11 widows – known as the “Jersey Girls” – instrumental in forcing the government to form the 9/11 Commission to investigate the 2001 attacks. Follow Kristen Breitweiser on Twitter: www.twitter.com/kdbreitweiser. First and foremost, … Continue reading

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The Timing Trap for Scotland

It is self-evidently essential to negotiate for Independent Scotland to remain in the EU, in advance of Brexit taking effect. But those negotiations will take time – budgetary contributions, relationship to the Euro, the Central Bank and Schengen, fisheries quotas, … Continue reading

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Attempted Coup in Turkey Must Be Denounced

There should be no equivocation. The answer to Turkey’s problems is not a military coup against an elected government and a return to decades of military dictatorship. The Turkish people pouring out on the streets to resist the military are … Continue reading

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Erd-o-GONE?

The Turkish dictator Erdogan (Recep Tayyip Erdoğan) has just been deposed by a military coup. The military said that it took over due to “rising autocratic rule and increased terrorism“. You have to know the history of the Turkish military … Continue reading

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Beware of Good News That Puts Lipstick on a Hillary

… or hair coloring on Donald Trump. Neither one helps. Do you scratch your head as I do, when you read one story in the news that says retail sales grew in June and then read another that says retail … Continue reading

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Has a Stock Market Melt-Up Begun for a Stock Market Crash in 2016?

Melt-ups precede a major stock market crash, and by all appearances we may be in a melt-up right now that could cause a stock market crash in 2016. First, a small bit of euphoria kicked up permabull adrenaline in the US market when Brexit didn’t make the … Continue reading

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Time for Nicola to Pick a Fight

It is time for straight talking. Philip Hammond stated the plain truth when he said that Scotland could not have a different relationship with the EU than the rest of the UK. It is true as a simple technical truth, … Continue reading

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Do You Want to Stop Terrorism? Here’s How …

The 9 Ways to Stop Terrorism In the wake of the barbaric terror attack in Nice, France, everyone is arguing over what we should do to stop further terrorism. Some say we need more war against Islamic countries … or … Continue reading

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America Wastes About HALF The Food That It Produces While Hunger Runs Rampant Around The Globe

Is the United States the most wasteful nation on the entire planet?  We are all certainly guilty of wasting food.  Whether it is that little bit that you don’t want to eat at the end of a meal, or that … Continue reading

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The Entirely Fake Owen Smith

Even the mainstream media feel compelled to drop hints that Owen Smith is not what he is being promoted as. The Guardian’s words yesterday were unintentionally revealing; the former shadow work and pensions secretary plans to pitch himself as the … Continue reading

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War Is Coming And The Global Financial Situation Is A Lot Worse Than You May Think

On the surface, things seem pretty quiet in mid-July 2016.  The biggest news stories are about the speculation surrounding Donald Trump’s choice of running mate, the stock market in the U.S. keeps setting new all-time record highs, and the media … Continue reading

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The Myth of the ‘War on Terrorism’

Debunked At Last By Justin Raimondo. Originally published at AntiWar.com. Remember “We’re fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here”? That was the justification for the worldwide war on terrorism the Bush administration trumpeted in … Continue reading

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Gestapo America

Paul Craig Roberts served as Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, Associate Editor for the Wall Street Journal, and Senior Research Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.  A former economics professor, Dr. Roberts is listed by Who’s Who in America as … Continue reading

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Central Bank Wonderland is Complete and Now Open for Business — The Epocalypse Has Fully Begun

Summer vacation is here, and the whole global family has arrived at Central-Bank Wonderland, the upside-down, inside-out world that banksters and their puppet politicians call “recovery.” Everyone is talking about it as wizened traders puzzle over how stocks and bonds soared, hand-in-hand, in … Continue reading

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“Moderate” US-Backed Islamic Rebels Are Committing Summary Execution, Torture, Kidnapping and Other War Crimes … And Imposing Sharia Law

In a new report, Amnesty International documents war crimes by US-backed groups. Ahrar al-Sham.  Secretary of State Kerry just said that this group is a “subgroup” of both ISIS and Al Nusra (Al Nusra is Al Qaeda).  Ahrar al-Sham is … Continue reading

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Video of the Day – U.S. Official Can’t Answer Any Questions About the Covert Arming of Syrian Rebels

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, If for some bizarre reason you still have any faith left in the U.S. government, this should take care of it.

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The Dow And The S&P 500 Soar To Brand New All-Time Record Highs – How Is This Possible?

The Dow and the S&P 500 both closed at all-time record highs on Tuesday, and that is very good news.  You might think that is an odd statement coming from the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog, but the truth … Continue reading

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Central Banks Directly Buying Stocks to Boost Market

In 2014, we noted: Several central banks are directly buying stocks. They include the central banks of Switzerland, Japan, Israel, the Czech Republic, and a total of 23 percent of all nations worldwide. (And it has long been rumored that … Continue reading

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Those That Wanted To Get Prepared Have Already Gotten Prepared By Now

Is the time for warning people to prepare for what is ahead coming to an end?  For years, bold men and women all over America have been sounding the alarm and warning people to get prepared physically, financially, mentally, emotionally … Continue reading

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Europe’s Economic Crisis Has Spread from the Periphery to the Core

We’ve noted for more than 5 years that the European crisis would spread in the following order … more or less: Greece → Ireland → Portugal → Spain → Italy → UK We also warned that the EU’s approach to … Continue reading

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Of Course Bush and Cheney Lied About Iraq

We in the alternative media reported over and over and over and over and over and over that all of the insiders knew that Iraq didn’t have weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Vox writes: Mother Jones’s David Corn has been … Continue reading

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Legalized Murder and the Politics of Terror

By Chris Hedges     A protester yells at police in front of the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters after police arrived in riot gear to clear protesters from the street in Baton Rouge, La., July 9. (Max Becherer / … Continue reading

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War On The Streets Of America: Protesters Attack Police Officers In Major Cities All Over The Nation

This is what a nation looks like when it starts melting down from within.  A series of very disturbing incidents of police brutality against young black males has caused a firestorm to erupt all across the country.  You would have … Continue reading

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Brexit-Beleaguered Bankers Back to Begging for Bailouts!

Nothing is more shameless in a bedazzling sort of way than rich banksters standing on the public curb with their hands out. First, we had the admission this past week by a major French bank that Italian banks are so sick (and so … Continue reading

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The Clinton Foundation?

Clinton email and Foundation TRNN July 8 2016. “Is the Real Scandal the Clinton Foundation?,” TRNN, July 8, 2016. Michael Hudson says the media has failed to look beyond the emails and into potential conflicts of interest during Hillary Clinton’s … Continue reading

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How to Stop the Carnage? STOP THE WAR!

By Ray McGovern, a 27-year CIA veteran, who chaired National Intelligence Estimates and personally delivered intelligence briefings to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, their Vice Presidents, Secretaries of State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other senior … Continue reading

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Spread the Word: The TRUTH About Spying

Preface: A Good American is the best documentary I’ve ever seen.  It explains mass surveillance on Americans, why 9/11 wasn’t stopped, and how corruption has made us all vulnerable to terrorism. This film has the ability to wake people up to … Continue reading

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Election 2016 Emigre Super Blocs- How the Emigres Function

By George Eliason, an American journalist living in Ukraine. “Walled safely inside their gerrymandered districts, incumbents are insulated from general-election challenges that might pull them toward the political center, but they are perpetually vulnerable to primary challenges from extremists who … Continue reading

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The Sniper Shooting in Dallas Was Both Murder and Blowback

By Dan Sanchez, DanSanchez.me. Five police officers were killed and six were injured in Dallas yesterday when snipers opened fire during a protest of the recent police killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. This mass shooting was a despicable … Continue reading

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The War on Weed Part II: Monsanto, Bayer, and the Push for Corporate Cannabis

By Ellen Brown, EllenBrown.com. California’s “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (AUMA) is a voter initiative characterized as legalizing marijuana use. But critics warn that it will actually make access more difficult and expensive, squeeze home growers and small farmers out … Continue reading

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If Senseless Violence Continues, America Will Be a Total Police State in No Time

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, As soon as I saw the video of the Alton Sterling shooting on Wednesday, I had a very, very bad feeling about where this was all headed. In fact, I became so … Continue reading

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Socrates: debt and the cyclical rise and fall of societies

Last week I attended a wonderful conference in the university town of Tübingen, Germany, on “Debt: The First 3500 Years,” to bring ancient historians together to discuss David Graeber’s book Debt: The First 5000 Years. I was enlightened by two … Continue reading

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Every Single Bloody Market Is Manipulated!

The Credit Market Is Manipulated Giant American banks said they had to be bailed out or else the American economy would crash. It wasn’t just the $700 billion “Tarp” bailout in 2008. In reality, a large portion of the big … Continue reading

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NSA Whistleblower: Clinton Emails Damaged U.S. National Security Much More than Manning, Assange Or Any Other Whistleblower

Clinton Revealed “Intelligence Methods” and Sources FBI director Comey said today that Hillary Clinton running emails containing government information on an unsecured, private server was not as bad as former CIA director Petraeus sharing classified documents with his lover. But … Continue reading

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Thoughts After Chilcot

I hope today that people will remember Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Carne Ross, and Katherine Gun, who were all prepared to give up excellent careers to stand against the war in Iraq. Blair is still a creature of absolute self-serving slime. His … Continue reading

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American and British Leaders Were Warned that Iraq War Would INCREASE Terrorism

The alternative media has reported for more than a decade that the Iraq war has increased terrorism. For example: The U.S. has undertaken regime change against Arab leaders we don’t like for six decades. We overthrew the leader of Syria … Continue reading

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‘Currency Crash’ Drives British Pound To A 31 Year Low As Deutsche Bank Sinks To The Lowest Level Ever

The fallout from the Brexit vote continues to rock the European financial system.  On Wednesday, the British pound dropped to a fresh 31 year low as confidence in the currency continues to plummet.  At one point it had fallen as … Continue reading

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Merkel Urged to Temper NATO’s Belligerence

U.S. intelligence veterans are calling on German Chancellor Merkel to bring a needed dose of realism and restraint to the upcoming NATO conference, which risks escalating the dangerous new Cold War with Russia. MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany … Continue reading

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Everyone Knew that Iraq Didn’t Have WMDs (And Chilcot Report Is a Whitewash)

We in the alternative media reported over and over and over and over and over and over that all of the insiders knew that Iraq didn’t have weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Today’s Chilcot Report doesn’t add anything new. Craig … Continue reading

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The Truth About Chilcot

The death toll from the horrific recent Iraq bombings has risen over 250. If Blair had not been absolutely determined to attack Iraq on the basis of a knowing lie about WMD, they would be alive now, along with millions … Continue reading

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Banana Republic: One System of Justice for the Powerful (Like Clinton) … and Another For Everyone Else

FBI Director Comey’s announcement that he doesn’t think Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted for sharing government documents on her private, unsecured email server is very troubling … The FBI Re-Wrote 6 Criminal Laws to Let Clinton Off the Hook Former … Continue reading

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America Has Become A Lawless Nation – Hillary Clinton Magically Cleared By The FBI

It is hard to be proud to be an American today after watching FBI director James Comey magically clear Hillary Clinton of all wrongdoing.  Sadly, Comey is likely to go down in history as the man that struck the final … Continue reading

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Blair Can Be Tried For War Crimes

There is no requirement in international law for the appropriate jurisdiction of a tribunal – or even the tribunal itself – to be in place before a crime is committed, in order for it to try that crime. The most … Continue reading

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The Price Of Silver Explodes Past 20 Dollars An Ounce As The European Banking Crisis Deepens

Have you seen what the price of silver has been doing?  On Monday, it exploded past 20 dollars an ounce, and as I write this article it is sitting at $20.48.  Earlier today it actually surged above 21 dollars an … Continue reading

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Brexit and the Derivatives Time Bomb

By Ellen Brown, EllenBrown.com. Brexit could trigger a $500 trillion derivatives meltdown, by forcing the EU to allow insolvent member governments and banks to write down debt. Italy is in financial crisis and is already petitioning for that concession. How … Continue reading

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The Brexit Silence

As published on Counterpunch The media in the United States have treated the British vote against remaining in the European Union (EU) as if it is populist “Trumpism,” an inarticulate right-wing vote out of ignorance at being left behind by … Continue reading

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Inequality, Debt and Credit Stagnation

This was my keynote speech at the French Association for Political Economy (AFEP) annual conference in Mulhouse, France (the other keynote was given–in French–by my good friend Marc Lavoie, who is now based at the University de Paris 13). In this … Continue reading

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Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Fourth of July

By Chris Hedges   This undated file photo shows Mumia Abu-Jamal, who now faces life in prison instead of the death penalty. Jennifer E. Beach / AP Photo FRACKVILLE, Pa.—Tens or even hundreds of thousands of Americans, like those in … Continue reading

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UNCOUNTED: The True Story of the California Primary

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Theresa May, Your New Islamophobic Prime Minister?

A quick Google news search for “Theresa May and “Abu Qatada” reveals over 2,000 mainstream media articles in the last three days combining both. This is hardly surprising, as in her speech announcing her candidacy for Tory leader (and thus … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Media and the EU Referendum

Al Jazeera’s Listening Post programme on the EU referendum media coverage was just broadcast. They only used about 5% of what they recorded of me, split into four soundbites to fit their format. I think the much more interesting points … Continue reading

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Journalistic Standards at the Guardian

Yesterday I received a begging letter from Katharine Viner of the Guardian Perhaps they will be able to induce individuals to give £10 a month, £120 will buy Polly Toynbee one lunch at the Ivy. But apart from the ethics … Continue reading

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On the Lost Art of Intellectual Honesty

I remain strongly opposed to Brexit. However, I feel obliged to state, purely as a matter of intellectual honesty, that if the UK leaves the EU, even if it has no special trade deal and is merely subject to WTO … Continue reading

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Sanity, Shami Chakrabarti and the Ruth Smeeth Affair

At the launch of the Shami Chakrabarti report into anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, black activist Marc Wadsworth said: “I saw that the Telegraph handed a copy of a press release to Ruth Smeeth MP so you can see who … Continue reading

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There Will Be No Early General Election

Labour and Tories were neck and neck on 32% in the Mail on Sunday Survation poll on 25 June, the day before the Blarites launched their coup against the “unelectable” Corbyn. Before Corbyn became leader, Labour were consistently between 7 … Continue reading

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71% of Americans Think the Economy is “Rigged” … They’re RIGHT

A new poll by Marketplace-Edison finds that 71% of Americans – including “Americans from across the economic and political spectrum” – think the economy is rigged. They’re right … They’re also right about how broken and totally corrupt our political … Continue reading

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Back to the Future

The priority now of the political “elite” is to ensure voters never again get the chance to make a choice the political class do not want. Jeremy Corbyn is the thing the political class want least. Do you remember when … Continue reading

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Continuing EU Membership for Indy Scotland is Possible – Special EU Status for Scotland in the UK is Impossible

Alyn Smith was excellent in the European Parliament yesterday. He was doing exactly what the SNP need to be doing – building sympathy in the European institutions for continuing Scottish membership of the EU. [embedded content] The European Union is … Continue reading

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‘We the Prisoners’: The Demise of the Fourth Amendment

By John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute. “Our carceral state banishes American citizens to a gray wasteland far beyond the promises and protections the government grants its other citizens… When the doors finally close and one finds oneself facing banishment to … Continue reading

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What Is The Government Preparing For?

You may not be getting prepared for a major national disaster, but the government sure is.  I have been informed that in recent months numerous emergency food companies have been contacted by the government, and they have been told that … Continue reading

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Another Media Setup?

This picture has been all over twitter, promoted by every high level Blairite you can think of, from JK Rowling down. Yet all may not be what it seems. On the face of it, the old gentleman has a message … Continue reading

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The Glorious Dictatorship of Uzbekistan

A very curious puff piece has turned up in the Guardian for holidays in Uzbekistan, which fails entirely to mention that it is one of the world’s least free countries and most repressive dictatorships. Nor is this irrelevant to tourism, … Continue reading

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Kuenssberg Goes Into Overdrive

170,000 Labour members voted against Jeremy Corbyn in the last leadership election. Any of them can expect to be made briefly famous by Laura Kuenssberg as she deliriously seeks to promote her “Labour members turn against Corbyn” message. She broadcasts … Continue reading

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EU v. Brexit = Class War

Deutsche Bank’s Jim Reid notes: In terms of socio-economic groups, 57% of ABs (upper/middle class – professional/managers etc) voted remain, 49% of C1s (lower middle class – supervisory/clerical or junior management/administrative), 36% of C2s (skilled working class) and 36% of … Continue reading

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European Banks Have Their Worst Two Day Stretch EVER As The Global Financial Crisis Intensifies

Over the last two trading days, European banks have lost 23 percent of their value.  Let that number sink it for a bit.  In just a two day stretch, nearly a quarter of the value of all European banks has … Continue reading

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Economic Predictions for Summer 2016: The Epocalypse Keeps Crashing

Brexit — the second major landslide in the Year of the Epocalypse — has bankers all over the world scrambling to pick up and prop up their crumbled facades this week. This is one more jolt in the developing global economic collapse that I predicted for 2016. The ground … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges Discusses Israeli Occupation With Israeli Journalist Amira Hass (Video)

By Chris Hedges Chris Hedges goes inside Israel and the occupied territories with Amira Hass in this week’s episode of “On Contact.” Hass is the Haaretz correspondent for the occupied territories and author of “Drinking the Sea at Gaza.” [embedded … Continue reading

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Kremlin: Brexit Is Like Soviet Breakup

Brussels 2016 = Moscow 1991? The last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, previously said: The most puzzling development in politics during the last decade is the apparent determination of Western European leaders to re-create the Soviet Union in … Continue reading

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What next after Brexit?

A cliché—“Expect the Unexpected”—has happened. As I noted in “The Divisive Brexit Vote”, though I favoured Brexit, I took the opinion polls at face value, and expected that Britain as a whole would vote to remain in the EU. Instead, … Continue reading

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Multiple Crises in Democracy

There is a strong strand of belief among the political class that Boris Johnson has no intention of taking the UK out of the EU. His aim was to see off Cameron and install himself in No. 10, after which … Continue reading

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We Just Witnessed The Greatest One Day Global Stock Market Loss In World History

More stock market wealth was lost on Friday than on any other day in world history.  As you will see below, global investors lost two trillion dollars on the day following the Brexit vote.  And remember, this is on top … Continue reading

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Brexit Is Really a Vote Against Washington Control Over Europe

It is historically documented that the European Union was largely created by the CIA, U.S. State Department and other Americans interests. The U.S. has used the EU to push pro-bank, pro-austerity, anti-little-guy policies throughout the European continent. And the U.S. … Continue reading

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Brexit Launches Existential Crisis for EU: “Disintegration of the EU practically irreversible.”

At long last the tyranny of the global financial elite has been slammed good and hard. You can count on them to attempt another central bank based shock and awe campaign to halt and reverse the current sell-off, but it … Continue reading

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It’s Still the Iraq War, Stupid.

No rational person could blame Jeremy Corbyn for Brexit. So why are the Blairites moving against Corbyn now, with such precipitate haste? The answer is the Chilcot Report. It is only a fortnight away, and though its form will be … Continue reading

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The Planned Obsolescence of Consumer Sovereignty

An interview with Bonnie Faulkner’s Guns n Butter show. This is Guns and Butter, April 5, 2016. Most people think of the economy as producing goods and services and paying labor to buy what it produces. But a growing part … Continue reading

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US imperialism the BREXIT culprit

How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote, TRNN, June 25, 2016. Michael Hudson argues that military interventions in the Middle East created refugee streams to Europe that were in turn used by the anti-immigrant right to stir up xenophobia … Continue reading

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EU Bankster Contagion

An interview with Chris Hedges on Truth Dig. Chris Hedges: 2008 All Over Again Summary: Great Britain’s decision to leave the EU presages a global financial meltdown that could resemble the 1930s. Banks will demand massive bailouts. We will be … Continue reading

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Intel Veterans Blast “Dissent Memo” on Syria As “Reckless”

MEMORANDUM FOR:  Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity Subject:  Beware Foggy Bottom Dissent Dissent and disagreement within the foreign policy and national security bureaucracy only comes to the public’s attention when there … Continue reading

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How the News Agenda is Set

David Cameron gets heckled every day of his life. The media never bother to report the names of the hecklers or the gist of what they say. Yet a single heckler shouts at Jeremy Corbyn at Gay Pride, and not … Continue reading

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4 Reasons the Twin Towers Could NOT Have Been Brought Down With Explosives On 9/11

Preface: We’ve previously shown that 9/11 couldn’t have been an inside job, because: 9/11 was thoroughly and exhaustively investigated by the 9/11 Commission, Congress and U.S. scientific agencies No one could have foreseen 9/11 Government officials didn’t have time to … Continue reading

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Brexit = Liberation

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Black Friday: Shocking Brexit Vote Result Causes The 9th Largest Stock Market Crash In U.S. History

Has the next Lehman Brothers moment arrived?  Late Thursday night we learned that the British people had voted to leave the European Union, and this could be the “trigger event” that unleashes great financial panic all over the planet.  Of … Continue reading

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Brexit Wins: Why That’s Great News for Europe, Too

By Dan Sanchez, DanSanchez.me. British voters have elected to leave the European Union in a national referendum. The UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage declared Friday Britain’s “independence day.” That is quite a statement given British history. A little … Continue reading

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2008 All Over Again

By Chris Hedges   Financial markets in the United States and worldwide face uncertainty and potential crisis after Britain voted to leave the European Union. (Sparkx 11) Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has wiped out many bankers … Continue reading

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What Is the EU?

The European Union: History and Meaning What Is the EU? To answer that question, we have to look back at the history of its creation.  In fact, few Europeans – or Americans – know the secret who and why of … Continue reading

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The Calm Stroll to Independence

Scottish nationals have two supra-national citizenships. One is UK citizenship, the second is EU citizenship. In democratic referenda over the past two years, Scots have voted clearly to retain both citizenships. Unfortunately it is not possible to respect both democratic … Continue reading

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Brexit: Brits Lead Anti-Establishment Rebellion in European Departure

Regardless of the extent to which global fear mongers are right about the economic catastrophe that will hit every shore of the world after the Brexit, the most significant fact of the Brexit will be that the UK was the first nation … Continue reading

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The War on Weed Is Winding Down – But Will Monsanto Be the Winner?

By Ellen Brown, EllenBrown.com. The war on cannabis that began in the 1930s seems to be coming to an end. Research shows that this natural plant, rather than posing a deadly danger to health, has a wide range of therapeutic … Continue reading

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Is THIS Why the British Pound Is Getting Decimated After Brexit?

The British economy has gone into the tank as part of the EU. Economics professor Richard Werner (the inventor of Quantitative Easing) has shown that Brexit will not hurt the British economy. So why is the pound getting pummeled right … Continue reading

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Brexit Wins! Next Stop: Frexit, Italexit and Swexit

Congratulations to Great Britain! The Brits have voted to exit the European Union. Next up: Frexit, Italexit, Swexit, Netherlexit… etcexit?

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The Amount Of Stuff Being Bought, Sold And Shipped Around The U.S. Hits The Lowest Level In 6 Years

When less stuff is being bought, sold and shipped around the country with each passing month, how in the world can the U.S. economy be in “good shape”?  Unlike official government statistics which are often based largely on projections, assumptions … Continue reading

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Brexit live stream with Julian Assange, Brian Eno, Craig Murray and many other guests.

In a first-of-its-kind, live broadcast from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange and an exciting panel of special guests will discuss the Brexit referendum, its context and its repercussions over the course of six hours on the … Continue reading

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Timing is Everything

Caution: Housekeeping Required. Please help keep this website alive.It is necessary to pay the site manager and web designer each year.They need to get paid, but funds are short.Can you help?Donate here All donors to ISLET can enjoy the 501(c) … Continue reading

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The Tories Will Knit Back Together Quicker than Joe Ledley’s Leg

The purpose of the Conservative Party is simply to be in power. The object of power for them is to make sure that nobody else can use the power of the state to counteract the power of the wealthy and … Continue reading

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Unwatched

By Joe Giambrone, Political Film Blog. Orlando spree shooter Omar Mateen was on an FBI “Watch List,” but then removed. Not much watching it seems. Had the FBI better things to do than keep track of a possible terrorist? The military-industrial-complex … Continue reading

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Southern California Time Bomb: The Ground Surrounding The San Andreas Fault Is ‘Rising And Sinking’

If you reside on the west coast, you are living on borrowed time.  As you will see below, stress has been building up along the San Andreas fault for more than a century, and scientists tell us that southern California … Continue reading

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EU Basics – Your Guide to the UK Referendum on EU Membership

By Professor Richard Werner, economics professor at University of Southampton, and the inventor of quantitative easing. The British people should be clear about just what they will be voting on at the EU referendum this Thursday. What does it actually … Continue reading

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The Divisive Vote Over Brexit

Andrew Watt has written a passionate critique of my support for Brexit (“Progressive economists should support Remain not Brexit – a response to Steve Keen”), and it highlights a key feature of this peculiar referendum: people who normally find themselves … Continue reading

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The REAL Story Behind the Balkans … Precursor to 9/11 and ISIS

By Michael Springmann, former diplomat in the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service, with postings to Germany, India, Saudi Arabia, and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in Washington, D.C. Springmann was the head of the U.S. consular official in Jeddah, … Continue reading

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I Will Vote Remain Because I Love My Mum

After voting tomorrow I shall fly down to take part in an alternative online referendum results programme from the Ecuadorian Embassy with Julian Assange, to give you a chance to hear a discussion of the results without having to listen … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just the UK – Widespread Support for EU Referendums Seen Across the Continent

Submitted by Michael Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Actions have consequences, and people can only be pushed so far before they snap. I believe the Paris terror attacks will be a major catalyst that will ultimately usher in nationalist type … Continue reading

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Not the Chilcot Report

Peter Oborne is everything Chilcot will not be: concise, honed, forensic and devastatingly logical. Oborne’s Not the Chilcot Report is the most important book that will be published this year. I strongly urge you to read it. Anyone who doubts … Continue reading

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Negative Interest Rates Aren’t Working Because They Haven’t Been Tried

There is a lot of chatter about how central banks and their member banks have moved from lowering interest rates to negative interest rates and just as much talk about why it is accomplishing nothing. No one seems to notice that … Continue reading

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A Week in the Life of the American Police State

By John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute. “Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.”—Adlai Stevenson, 23rd Vice President of the United States If you’ve been caught up in the circus … Continue reading

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REDACTED: All The Kingdom’s Men

By Kristen Breitweiser, one of the four 9/11 widows – known as the “Jersey Girls” – instrumental in forcing the government to form the 9/11 Commission to investigate the 2001 attacks. Follow Kristen Breitweiser on Twitter: www.twitter.com/kdbreitweiser. Over the weekend, … Continue reading

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If You Value Life, Wake Up!

Paul Craig Roberts served as Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, Associate Editor for the Wall Street Journal, and Senior Research Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.  A former economics professor, Dr. Roberts is listed by Who’s Who in America as … Continue reading

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Con Vs. Con

Mary Altaffer / Julio Cortez / AP Photo During the presidential election cycle, liberals display their gutlessness. Liberal organizations, such as MoveOn.org, become cloyingly subservient to the Democratic Party. Liberal media, epitomized by MSNBC, ruthlessly purge those who challenge the … Continue reading

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Republican Operatives Launch All-Out Effort To Unbind The Delegates And Deny Trump The Nomination

By Michael Snyder, the Economic Collapse Blog. If you think that Donald Trump already has the Republican nomination locked up, then you don’t understand what is going on behind the scenes.  It has long been my contention that the elite … Continue reading

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Why Janet Ain’t Yellin’ “Higher Interest” Anymore: Jobs Worse than Expected and Far Worse than Reported

In the fall of 2015, I said the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates once in December and then would not be able to fly any higher after that. The stock market would crash shortly after the Fed’s pulled up … Continue reading

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Top NSA Officials’ Reaction To 9/11: “9/11 Is a Gift To The NSA. We’re Going To Get All Of The Money We Need, And Then Some” … “We’ll Milk This Cow For 15 Years”

What was the NSA’s reaction to 9/11 … the greatest intelligence failure in history? After all, overwhelming evidence shows that 9/11 was foreseeable. Indeed, Al Qaeda crashing planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was itself foreseeable. Even … Continue reading

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“The Missing 28 Pages Raises Directly the Issue of U.S. Government Complicity In the 9/11/2001 Terrorist Attacks”

U.S. Government Connection With Saudi Terrorists By Dr. Francis Boyle, Professor of International Law at the University of Illinois, Champaign. Dr. Boyle wrote the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, the American implementing legislation for the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention. … Continue reading

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Hate, Terror, and Collectivism Culminate in Orlando

By Dan Sanchez, DanSanchez.me. Was the Orlando attack terrorism, a hate crime, or both? The massacre in Orlando has the usual political narratives all jumbled up. It was gun violence against gays. Therefore, say Hillary Clinton supporters, it validates calls … Continue reading

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Only Muslims Are Terrorists. It Is Now Official

The “anti-semitism” witch-hunt that accused so many human rights advocates for supporting Palestine, has weirdly come to a dead halt when confronted with an actual anti-semite. Thomas Mair has been judged competent to be charged by two doctors, yet the … Continue reading

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There has to be a better way

Note: This was published as my last column on Business Spectator on April 6th, but it’s now gone missing after News Ltd merged BS with its own in-house stable and changed all the URLs. Given the election and Elizabeth Farrelly’s excellent thought … Continue reading

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The 2016 Super Bloc Vote Part II Unleashing David vs the Russian Goliath

By George Eliason, an American journalist living in Ukraine. Voting blocs, smoting blocs, who gives a damn? I got bloc’d in traffic the other day! This is America and everybody has a “voting bloc!” What ya’ didn’t know they’re on sale at Walmart? Two … Continue reading

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The Stock Market Crash Of 2016: Stocks Have Already Crashed In 6 Of The World’s 8 Largest Economies

Over the past 12 months, stock market investors around the planet have lost trillions of dollars.  Since this time last June, stocks have crashed in 6 of the world’s 8 largest economies, and stocks in the other two are down … Continue reading

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The Sad Death of Jo Cox, and What is Terrorism?

Obviously the human tragedy of the death of Jo Cox, a mother of young children, is rightly uppermost in our mind after today’s appalling murder. There has been much random killing lately that appears broadly “terrorist” in nature, including in … Continue reading

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How to Protect Americans from Terrorism While Protecting Our Privacy and the Rule of Law

Preface:   Bill Binney is the highest-level NSA whistleblower in history, the NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information, a 36-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a “legend” within the agency, who served as the senior … Continue reading

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Brexit: a Challenge to America’s Domination of Europe

A Unified Europe: Born In the USA While Brexit versus the continuation of the European Union is a hot news topic, few know the secret who and why of the EU’s creation. The lead financial writer at the Telegraph, Ambrose … Continue reading

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15 Facts About The Imploding U.S. Economy That The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want You To See

You are about to see undeniable evidence that the U.S. economy has been slowing down for quite some time.  And it is vital that we focus on the facts, because all over the Internet you are going to find lots … Continue reading

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If the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security Interviewed Omar Mateen and They Knew About Him and Still Let Him Go, Then How Are We Supposed To Believe That Syrian Migrants Are Going To Be Vetted and Americans Will Be Safe?

We’ve previously noted that the risk of infiltration of refugee groups by terrorists is very real, so we need in-depth screening of refugees. In the wake of the Orlando shootings, openly-gay, pro-choice Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce makes a good … Continue reading

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The EU Wants to Impose a Tax for Sharing Links on the Internet

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, No wonder the people of Great Britain are itching to rid themselves of this miserable, idiotic union. TechDirt reports: We’ve written plenty of times about ridiculous European plans to create a so-called “snippet … Continue reading

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June 23, 2016: The Brexit Vote Could Change EVERYTHING And Plunge Europe Into Financial Chaos

On June 23rd, a vote will be held in the United Kingdom to determine if Britain will stay in the European Union or not.  This is most commonly known as the “Brexit” vote, and that term was created by combining … Continue reading

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MH-17 Probe Trusts Torture-Implicated Ukraine

By Robert Parry. Originally published at Parry’s Consortium News (republished with permission). The Ukrainian intelligence service that has been guiding the investigation of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down of July 2014 recently blocked a United Nations inquiry into alleged … Continue reading

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Clement Freud, My Part in his Downfall

Commenters on this blog directly caused the exposure of Clement Freud in the ITV story. I published an anodyne obituary in 2009 giving my memories of Freud. One commenter wrote: He was a notorious old goat and his pursuit of … Continue reading

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Capitalism Will Collapse Because Elites ‘Allow Poor to Rot,’ Tariq Ali Tells Chris Hedges (Video)

“The elites who have run the United States and Western Europe have proven incapable of offering even the smallest palliatives to their populations,” says Tariq Ali, a British-Pakistani radical intellectual, in an interview with Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges on RT … Continue reading

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Orlando Attack Reality Check: Next Time The Terrorists May Choose To Shoot Up A Church Or A School

Islamic terror can strike anywhere.  On Sunday, it was a gay nightclub in Orlando called Pulse, but next time it might be a church or a school.  In fact, it might be your church or your school.  As you will … Continue reading

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U.S. Government: Torture Doesn’t Work

63% of Americans believe torture of suspected terrorists is “often” or “sometimes” justified to gather information. While they assume that beating the crap out of bad guys will get them to spill the beans – and prevent more terrorism – … Continue reading

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Immigration Economics: Illegal Aliens Are Our Bread and Butter

Immigration Economics: Illegal Aliens Are Our Bread and Butter Have you ever wondered why politicians make some immigration illegal and then turn a blind eye to illegal immigration wherever it is happening … for decades? What about why they talk … Continue reading

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We Must Understand Corporate Power to Fight It

By Chris Hedges   Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is seen on June 7 on a television monitor addressing her supporters as reporters file their stories after a news conference by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Trump National … Continue reading

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Economists DESTROY the Myth that War Is Good for the Economy

Debunking the Stubborn Myth that War Is Good for the Economy About.com notes: One of the more enduring myths in Western society is that wars are somehow good for the economy. It is vital for policy-makers, economists and the public … Continue reading

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The Agenda is Set: Elect the War-Hawk for the Sake of “Progress”

By Kit, Off-Guardian.org. Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person to “rule the world”, if she can get around the “insane” US Constitution With the democratic nomination now officially all but certain (Sanders, quite obviously, never had a chance), the … Continue reading

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Bilderberg (Music)

Interesting music by Red Tail Hawk: Magnetic Malaise by Red Tail Hawk BLOT by Red Tail Hawk

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Must Watch Video – Google Caught Manipulating Search Results in Favor of Hillary Clinton

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, An under-the-radar startup funded by billionaire Eric Schmidt has become a major technology vendor for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, underscoring the bonds between Silicon Valley and Democratic politics. The Groundwork, according to … Continue reading

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My Metropolitan Police Evidence on Torture and Extraordinary Rendition

This is a transcript of the evidence I gave, at their request, to the Metropolitan Police. I published scans of the witness statements yesterday, and a commenter has kindly transcribed them to make them web searchable. I was interviewed by … Continue reading

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Inside The Secret Super Majority that Decide Election 2016 & War with Russia

By George Eliason, an American journalist living in Ukraine. How well the candidate from either party satisfies 7 questions from a particular group of people will determine who the President of the United States will be after this election. The … Continue reading

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George Soros Is Preparing For Economic Collapse – Does He Know Something That You Don’t?

Why is George Soros selling stocks, buying gold and making “a series of big, bearish investments”?  If things stay relatively stable like they are right now, these moves will likely cost George Soros a tremendous amount of money.  But if … Continue reading

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Democrats Are Now the Aggressive War Party

By Robert Parry. Originally published at Parry’s Consortium News (republished with permission). The Democratic Party has moved from being what you might call a reluctant war party to an aggressive war party with its selection of Hillary Clinton as its … Continue reading

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Corrupt Crown Prosecution Service Bins Action on Extraordinary Rendition and Torture

Anybody who is in any way surprised at today’s announcement that nobody will be prosecuted for extraordinary rendition and torture, is in deep denial about what a corrupt and rotten state the United Kingdom is. Among the many documents the … Continue reading

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Time to Strike For Independence

If a second Independence referendum were called now, who would lead the official No campaign? A serious and important question. Not enough attention has been paid to the utter disarray of the unionist camp. Last time, the Tories were by … Continue reading

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EBT Card Outage?: It Is 8 Days Into June And Many Americans Are STILL Waiting For Food Stamp Money

Widespread reports continue to pour in from all over the nation of “glitches” with the food stamp system.  It is eight days into the month and large numbers of people still have not received their benefits, and in other instances … Continue reading

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UK Illegally Harasses Russian Submarine Engaged in Lawful Passage of English Channel

Contrary to Article 44 of the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea, to which the UK and Russia are both party, the UK has engaged in extensive illegal harassment of a Russian naval submarine engaged in fully lawful … Continue reading

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Worst Economy In 5,000 Years?

Lowest Interest Rate In 5,000 Years According to Bank of England economist Andy Haldane, Bank of America Merrill Lynch economist Michael Hartnett and others, we’ve got the lowest interest rates in 5,000 years:   The inventor of quantitative easing – … Continue reading

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Listen to Leanne Mohamad. Listen to Everybody.

Leanne is a schoolgirl who gave a talk about something she believed in for a school speaking competition. But she spoke outside the right wing comfort area, and thus her speech got attacked online and then pulled. The Speakers’ Trust … Continue reading

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Should Sanders Run As a Third Party Candidate?

The Democratic Party and media has rigged the election against Sanders. 51% of Americans know the primary process is rigged. More than half of Americans want a third party. 42% of Americans now think of themselves as independents … only … Continue reading

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Ali Is Dead, Fear is Alive & Free Speech Is Being Dealt a Knock-Out Punch

By John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute. “What are the defenders of free speech to do? The sad fact is that this fundamental freedom is on its heels across America. Politicians of both parties want to use the power of government … Continue reading

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Journalistic Malpractice – How Hillary Clinton “Clinched” the Nomination on a Day Nobody Voted

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, I bet this poll had a lot to do with the decision to call democratic race for Hillary. They're scared. #VoteBernie pic.twitter.com/lSFP7ZG1T8 — Christie Sparrow (@sparrows1981) June 7, 2016 Last night, Associated … Continue reading

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Declaring Clinton’s Premature Victory

By Joe Lauria. Originally published at Consortium News. Hillary Clinton needs to win 613 of the remaining 775 pledged delegates to clinch the Democratic Party nomination for president. That’s the math, though not what you’ve been seeing in the corporate … Continue reading

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Flashback: “Networks are Colluding” to Declare Clinton the Overall Winner Before California Polls Close

Originally posted May 30th. By Gaius Publius, a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States and frequent contributor to DownWithTyranny, digby, Truthout, and Naked Capitalism. Follow him on Twitter @Gaius_Publius, Tumblr and Facebook. Originally published at … Continue reading

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The Lie That “China Wins” if the TPP Kangaroo Tribunals are Stopped

By William K. Black, Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and the former head S&L regulator. Originally published at NewEconomicPerspectives.org. Proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) know that they have a major … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton’s Emails Revealed Names of Undercover CIA Agents

By Ray McGovern, a 27-year CIA veteran, who chaired National Intelligence Estimates and personally delivered intelligence briefings to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, their Vice Presidents, Secretaries of State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other senior … Continue reading

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MH-17 Probe Relies on Ukraine for Evidence

By Robert Parry. Originally published at Parry’s Consortium News (republished with permission). The Dutch-led investigation into the 2014 shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 relies heavily on information provided by the Ukrainian security service and operates primarily from a field office … Continue reading

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Something Big That Always Happens Right Before The Official Start Of A Recession Has Just Happened

What you are about to see is major confirmation that a new economic downturn has already begun.  Last Friday, the government released the worst jobs report in six years, and that has a lot of people really freaked out.  But … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism lowers life expcetancy

“Millions Around the World Fleeing from Neoliberal Policy”, The Real News Network, June 6, 2016. Economist Michael Hudson says neoliberal policy will pressure U.S. citizens to emigrate, just as it caused millions to leave Russia, the Baltic States, and now … Continue reading

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Shut Down the Democratic National Convention

  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Mayor Jim Kenney, makes a campaign stop on April 25 at City Hall in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke / AP Photo) On July 25, opening day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, … Continue reading

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Why Is The Weather So Crazy All Of A Sudden?

All over the planet, global weather patterns have gone completely nuts.  Just over the past few days we have seen “life threatening” heatwaves, extremely dangerous wildfires, vicious tornadoes and unprecedented flooding – and that is just in the United States.  … Continue reading

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US Government Intentionally Destroys 9/11 Evidence

Presumption of a Cover-Up … Judges and lawyers know that – if someone intentionally destroys evidence – he’s probably trying to hide his crime.  American law has long recognized that destruction of evidence raises a presumption of guilt for  the … Continue reading

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What Would Make Washington’s Blog BETTER?

We’re always working to make Washington’s Blog better … Let us know your ideas, including: What topics would you like to see more of Which writers would you like to see more of What you would like to see more … Continue reading

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Employment Lies

Paul Craig Roberts served as Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, Associate Editor for the Wall Street Journal, and Senior Research Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.  A former economics professor, Dr. Roberts is listed by Who’s Who in America as … Continue reading

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Worst Jobs Report In Nearly 6 Years – 102 Million Working Age Americans Do Not Have Jobs

This is exactly what we have been expecting to happen.  On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the U.S. economy only added 38,000 jobs in May.  This was way below the 158,000 jobs that analysts were projecting, and … Continue reading

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Three Data Points Regarding Clinton’s Email Server and the Law

By Gaius Publius, a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States and frequent contributor to DownWithTyranny, digby, Truthout, and Naked Capitalism. Follow him on Twitter @Gaius_Publius, Tumblr and Facebook. Originally published at at Down With Tyranny. … Continue reading

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Why did the DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Lab produce a 2015 study suggesting that anthrax was NOT used as a bioweapon in Rhodesia’s civil war?

By Meryl Nass, M.D.  Dr. Nass is  a board-certified internist and a biological warfare epidemiologist and expert in anthrax. Nass publishes Anthrax Vaccine. Rhodesia is no more, having been renamed Zimbabwe after it became a majority-ruled black nation in 1980. … Continue reading

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Wall Street Behind Brazil Coup d’Etat

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, publisher of Global Research. (Image) Wall Street Mastermind Henrique de Campos Meirelles, Interim Minister of Finance Control over monetary policy and macro-economic reform was the ultimate objective of the Coup d’Etat. The key appointments from Wall … Continue reading

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The Bigger Nuclear Risk: Trump or Clinton?

By Robert Parry. Originally published at Parry’s Consortium News (republished with permission). Hillary Clinton made a strong case for why handing the nuclear codes over to a President Donald Trump would be a scary idea, but there may be equal … Continue reading

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Sanders Takes LEAD Over Clinton In California

The Los Angeles Times reports:  A new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll has found … [Sanders] has battled Clinton to a draw among all voters eligible for the Democratic primary, with 44% siding with him to 43% for Clinton. *** … Continue reading

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Barack Obama Warns Americans ‘To Be Prepared For A Disaster’

When Barack Obama speaks to the public, it is very rare that he does so without a specific purpose in mind.  So why is he urging Americans “to be prepared for a disaster” all of a sudden?  On May 31, … Continue reading

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Waiting for California and the FBI

By Robert Parry. Originally published at Parry’s Consortium News (republished with permission). For months now, poll after poll have registered the judgment of the American people that they want neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump as the next President, but … Continue reading

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Mafia Expert Calls Great Britain the “Most Corrupt Place on Earth”

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, The City is a semi-offshore state, a bit like the UK’s crown dependencies and overseas territories, tax havens legitimized by the Privy Council. Britain’s financial secrecy undermines the tax base while providing a conduit into … Continue reading

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Placebo Ballots: Stealing California From Bernie Using an Old GOP Vote-Snatching Trick

 Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton (image by MOXNEWSdotcomARCHIVE, Channel: MOXNEWSdotcomARCHIVE) License   DMCA By Greg Palast and Dennis Bernstein. Reprinted from Reader Supported News. Alert! California poll workers have been told to give all independent voters “provisional” ballots if they want to … Continue reading

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The Federal Reserve Has Created an Unprecedented Disaster for Pension Funds

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, When it comes to the Fed, Congress is mired in hypocrisy. The anti-regulation, de-regulation crowd on Capitol Hill shuts its mouth when it comes to the most powerful regulators of all – … Continue reading

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Bernstein – The White House Is Terrified the Clinton Campaign “Is in Freefall”

By Gaius Publius, a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States and frequent contributor to DownWithTyranny, digby, Truthout, and Naked Capitalism. Follow him on Twitter @Gaius_Publius, Tumblr and Facebook. Originally published at at Down With Tyranny. … Continue reading

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Turkish Court Convicts Former Miss Turkey of “Insulting the President”

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Hundreds of Turkish academics are waiting to find out whether they will be prosecuted or sacked for spreading “terrorist propaganda”, after they signed a petition calling for violence to end in Turkey’s … Continue reading

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It Is Being Reported That Turkish Military Forces Have Entered Syria

There are international news reports that claim that Turkish military forces have entered Syrian territory and have established positions near the towns of Azaz and Afrin.  If these international news reports are true, then Turkey has essentially declared war on … Continue reading

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Bill Kristol Announces That ‘There Will Be An Independent Candidate’ To Sabotage Donald Trump

It has long been my contention that the elite are more than willing to do whatever they have to do to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.  There are many forms that this could take, and one potential … Continue reading

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“Networks are Colluding” to Declare Clinton the Overall Winner Before California Polls Close

By Gaius Publius, a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States and frequent contributor to DownWithTyranny, digby, Truthout, and Naked Capitalism. Follow him on Twitter @Gaius_Publius, Tumblr and Facebook. Originally published at Down With Tyranny. GP … Continue reading

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There Has Been A Coup In Brazil

Paul Craig Roberts served as Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, Associate Editor for the Wall Street Journal, and Senior Research Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.  A former economics professor, Dr. Roberts is listed by Who’s Who in America as … Continue reading

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What’s Really Best for Israel?

By Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun Magazine, chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue in Berkeley, Ca. and author of 11 books The New York Times has consistently turned its news’ pages into the … Continue reading

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Dozens Shot Over Memorial Day Weekend As The Collapse Of Chicago Accelerates

Chaos and violence threaten to spiral out of control in America’s third largest city, and nobody seems to have any idea how to solve the problem.  After decades of control by the radical left, many parts of the “Windy City” … Continue reading

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Lock Up the Men, Evict the Women and Children

  People wait in line for a free lunch outside Skid Row’s Gladys Park in Los Angeles. Skid Row houses the nation’s densest concentration of homeless people. (Philip Scott Andrews / AP Photo) Matthew Desmond’s book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit … Continue reading

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New Features Make Site Navigation Easier

To make Washington’s Blog easier to navigate, we’ve created two new features. More Posts.  The right sidebar displays the 15 most recent posts. If you want to see more, click on the link that says “Click for More Posts” That … Continue reading

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As Our Past Wars Are Glorified This Memorial Day Weekend, Give Some Thought To Our Prospects Against The Russians And Chinese In World War III

The Saker reports that Russia is preparing for World War III, not because Russia intends to initiate aggression but because Russia is alarmed by the hubris and arrogance of the West, by the demonization of Russia, by provocative military actions … Continue reading

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Washington Uses US Troops As Lab Rats

Alas! It is Memorial Day weekend and the bloviations about America’s just wars for freedom and democracy and our brave soldiers who gave their iives to keep us free have begun. Civilians, not soldiers, are always the vast majority of … Continue reading

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Federal Reserve Admits that Fed Policy Is Increasing Inequality

The St. Louis Fed asked last week, “Are Rising Stock Prices Related to Income Inequality?” … and answered affirmatively: Income inequality in the U.S. started to increase in the 1970s, and stock market gains accompanied this increase, according to a … Continue reading

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Trump’s Decision to Debate Sanders in California is His Most Genius Move Yet

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Here, a Clinton match-up is highly likely to be an unmitigated electoral disaster, whereas a Sanders candidacy stands a far better chance. Every one of Clinton’s (considerable) weaknesses plays to every one … Continue reading

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9/11 Disinformation: Saudi Arabia Attacked America — Paul Craig Roberts

The forever changing 9/11 story is entering a new phase. Blame is being transferred from Osama bin Laden to the Saudi Arabian government. There are 28 pages classified secret of a congressional inquiry into 9/11 that allegedly found Saudi financial … Continue reading

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Marx’s Laws of Motion

Our panel discussion at the highly-regarded Left Forum of NY with Michael Perelman, California State Uni, Chico, Bertell Ollman, NYU. My time begins 46.30.

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6 Giant Corporations Control The Media, And Americans Consume 10 Hours Of ‘Programming’ A Day

If you allow someone to pump hours of “programming” into your mind every single day, it is inevitable that it is eventually going to have a major impact on how you view the world.  In America today, the average person … Continue reading

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Clinton’s Imperious Brush-off of Email Rules

By Ray McGovern, a 27-year CIA veteran, who chaired National Intelligence Estimates and personally delivered intelligence briefings to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, their Vice Presidents, Secretaries of State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other senior … Continue reading

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I, Daniel Blake

More space has been devoted by the mainstream media in the last week to the terrible effects of “austerity” on the vulnerable, than in total since the Westminster election. That is entirely in the context of Ken Loach’s Cannes Palme … Continue reading

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Oil Market Snapshots — Will oil supply glut continue, what will happen with oil prices?

Here are several quick looks at the oil supply glut and whether it is likely to worsen, hold the same, or improve during the summer of 2016. First, a picture of the cost of the oil supply glut This snapshot of … Continue reading

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What It Takes to Be President of the American Police State: Anti-Big Money, Anti-War, Pro-Constitution, Freedom-Loving Candidates Need Not Apply

By John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute. “The qualifications for president seem to be that one is willing to commit mass murder one minute and hand presidential medals of freedom to other war criminals in the next. One need only apply … Continue reading

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Rejecting the Matrix: Breaking the Chains that Bind the Mind

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A Spirit Of Violence And Civil Unrest Is Rising In America

It was only a matter of time before our deeply divided nation was going to start coming apart at the seams.  Waves of anger, frustration, violence and civil unrest are starting to sweep across the United States, and political rallies … Continue reading

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Is Stress Responsible for Economic and Political Instability in the US?

By Mary Wingo, PhD, who received her doctorate in physiology from the University of North Texas. It is no surprise that Americans are some very stressed out people. It may be surprising to know just how fragile the our economic … Continue reading

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Shaun King of The Daily News – “Why I’m Leaving the Democratic Party”

  Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, In a February post titled, It’s Not Just the GOP – The Democratic Party is Also Imploding, I noted the following:  Yes, of course, Trump winning the GOP nomination marks the … Continue reading

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We Have Entered The Looting Stage Of Capitalism — Paul Craig Roberts

We Have Entered The Looting Stage Of CapitalismGermany’s Assault On The IMF Paul Craig Roberts Having successfully used the EU to conquer the Greek people by turning the Greek “leftwing” government into a pawn of Germany’s banks, Germany now finds … Continue reading

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Will Russia Succumb To Washington’s Economic Attack? — Paul Craig Roberts

Will Russia Succumb To Washington’s Economic Attack? Paul Craig Roberts Yesterday State Department deputy propaganda spokesperson Mark Toner reminded US companies that there are economic and reputational risks associated with doing business with Russia until Russia gives Crimea back to … Continue reading

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NSA Whistleblowers Vindicated By High-Level Pentagon Official

Obama, Hillary Clinton and other government officials have said that Snowden should have “gone through proper channels” instead of publicly blowing the whistle. But we pointed out in 2013 that there are no proper channels Snowden could have gone through. … Continue reading

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More Game-Playing on MH-17?

By Robert Parry. Originally published at Parry’s Consortium News (republished with permission). The West keeps piling the blame for the 2014 shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Russian President Putin although there are many holes in the case and the U.S. … Continue reading

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More Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents Than At Any Time Since the Great Depression

Worst Economy Since Depression Pew reports: More young adults in the U.S. are living with their parents than at any time since around 1940, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data. Across the European Union’s 28 member … Continue reading

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The Embarrassing Referendum

I declared this blog an EU referendum free zone a few months ago. In the last couple of days I chanced to be in Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, Banchory and Edzell on quite other business, and can report the remarkable fact … Continue reading

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A Shocking NBC News Report Says That Someday We Will Be Microchipping All Of Our Children

Would you allow microchips to be surgically implanted in your children if that would keep them safer?  This is already being done to pets on a widespread basis, and a shocking local NBC News report is promoting the idea that … Continue reading

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Dear Grads, Don’t Join the Military

By Dan Sanchez, DanSanchez.me. Stay Free to Be All That You Can Be Dear high school senior considering a military career, Graduation is coming up. You’re probably looking forward to a relaxing summer vacation, enjoyed with the peace of mind … Continue reading

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Here’s The Full List Of Organizations That Paid Hillary Clinton From 2013-2015

Submitted by Michael Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, In its article titled, How Corporate America Bought Hillary Clinton for $21M, The New York Post details the companies and organizations that paid Hillary in speaking fees from 2013-2015. The total comes to $21.7 million, which … Continue reading

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Will The November US Presidential Election Bring The End Of The World? — Paul Craig Roberts

Will The November US Presidential Election Bring The End Of The World? Paul Craig Roberts “We have been watching for nearly a month a steady buildup of American and NATO forces along Russia’s borders – on land, on sea and in the air. There has been … Continue reading

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Putin Closes The Door To Monsanto

Putin Closes The Door To Monsanto In a new address to the Russian Parliament Thursday, Putin proudly outlined his plan to make Russia the world’s ‘leading exporter’ of non-GMO foods that are based on ‘ecologically clean’ production. Putin harshly criticized food … Continue reading

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Top Israeli General Speaks Out Against Israel’s Crimes Against Palestinians

Top Israeli General Speaks Out Against Israel’s Crimes Against Palestinians General Golan, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army, on Holocaust Memorial Day, said: “If there is something that frightens me about the memories of the Holocaust, it is … Continue reading

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May 2016: Will Deutsche Bank Survive This Wave Of Trouble Or Will It Be The Next Lehman Brothers?

If you have been waiting for “the next Lehman Brothers moment” which will cause the global financial system to descend into a state of mass panic, you might want to keep a close eye on German banking giant Deutsche Bank.  … Continue reading

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Cornel West Speaks on the “Niggerization of America”

Cornel West Speaks on the “Niggerization of America” http://www.democracynow.org/2011/9/12/attica_is_all_of_us_cornel The post Cornel West Speaks on the “Niggerization of America” appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

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Intel Officials Urge Fast Report on Clinton’s Emails

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: Those “Damn Emails” – “Really a Concern” Introduction Last Wednesday Robert Gates, CIA Director under President Bush-41 and Defense Secretary under President Bush-43, publicly commented that Secretary Hillary Clinton’s … Continue reading

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Texas Judge Orders DOJ Attorneys to Take Ethics Classes

This is simply priceless. The Hill reports: A federal judge in Texas on Thursday tore into Justice Department lawyers who argued the immigration case involving the Obama administration, ordering them to take ethics classes. In a blistering court order, U.S. District Court … Continue reading

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Americans: A Conquered People: The New Serfs — Paul Craig Roberts

Americans: A Conquered People: The New Serfs Paul Craig Roberts As readers know, I have seen some optimism in voters support for Trump and Sanders as neither are members of the corrupt Republican and Democratic political establishments. Members of both … Continue reading

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Time to End Religious Apartheid in Scotland – and England

In all the wringing of hands about the violence at the end of the Hibs/Rangers Scottish cup final, there is a reluctance to tackle the root of the question. The debate has in recent weeks been reinvigorated over the Scottish … Continue reading

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Zombie Economy Soon to Have its Zombie Epocalypse

This past Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the US stock market’s death when stocks saw their last high. Market bulls have spent a year looking like the walking dead. They’ve tried to push back up to that distant high that means new … Continue reading

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The Greek Surrender

May 22, 2016 [embedded content] SHARMINI PERIES, TRNN: It’s the Real News Network, I’m Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore.  Greece’s economic crisis has perhaps been eclipsed by Europe’s refugee crisis, terrorist attacks, and by the forthcoming Brexit referendum. … Continue reading

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40 Volcanoes Are Erupting Right Now As The Crust Of The Earth Becomes Increasingly Unstable

Have you noticed that our planet has begun to shake, rattle and roll?  Over the past few days we have seen major volcanic eruptions in Costa Rica and Indonesia, and according to Volcano Discovery 40 volcanoes around the planet are … Continue reading

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Reform or Revolution

  Rosa Luxemburg memorial at the site where she was thrown into the Landwehr Canal, Berlin. (Manfred Brückels / CC-BY-SA) Chris Hedges gave this talk on revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg on Friday at the Left Forum in New York City. … Continue reading

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Business Debt Delinquencies Are Now Higher Than When Lehman Brothers Collapsed In 2008

You are about to see more very clear evidence that a new economic crisis has already begun.  During economic recoveries, business debt delinquencies generally fall, and during times of economic recession business debt delinquencies generally rise.  In fact, you will … Continue reading

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ONLY Donald Trump Raises Five “Fundamental and Urgent” Foreign Policy Questions

Stephen F. Cohen Bemoans MSM’s Dismissal of Trump’s Queries By John V. Walsh. “Only Donald Trump (among the Presidential candidates) has said anything meaningful and critical of US foreign policy.“  (And that includes Bernie Sanders.)  No, that is not Reince … Continue reading

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The Joys of Accountancy and Tents

I fear I am pretty rubbish at giving my writing commercial appeal. Not only have I just completed a biography of somebody most people have never heard of, but I find myself writing about aspects of his life which are … Continue reading

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Stock Share Buybacks Now Bought Out — American Enterprise in Decline

I have pointed out in previous articles how most of the growth in stocks over the past few years has been due to stock share buybacks. Without this hideous (and at one time illegal) practice, there would have been no … Continue reading

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Americans Send The World A Plea For Help

As The United States Descends Into A Gestapo Police/Warfare State, Americans Send The World A Plea For Help: Rescue Us From Our Criminal Government By Ceasing To Aid And Abet Washington’s Crimes From RootsAction: Since the end of the Cold … Continue reading

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Don’t Let the CIA Disappear the Senate Torture Report

Don’t Let the CIA Disappear the Senate Torture Report http://org.salsalabs.com/o/498/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=19748&utm_source=salsa&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cia_torture_report_alert The post Don’t Let the CIA Disappear the Senate Torture Report appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

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US Downplays a New Syrian Massacre

By Daniel Lazare. Originally published at Consortium News (republished with permission). On May 12, at dawn, members of Al Nusra and an allied Syrian rebel group known as Ahrar al-Sham stormed the Alawite village of Al-Zahraa, reportedly killing 19 people … Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s True Colors Emerge as He Snuggles up to Wall Street

Earlier this week, in the post Donald Trump Will Meet War Criminal Henry Kissinger, I pointed out the following: Since clinching the Republican nomination, Trump’s true colors have started to emerge. He named a former Goldman Sachs partner to run his fundraising efforts, … Continue reading

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Elect The Warmonger Killary And You Will Have Victoria Nuland As Secretary Of State

Elect The Warmonger Killary And You Will Have Victoria Nuland As Secretary Of State Says David Stockman And The Result Will Be World War III Says PCR And that brings us to the deplorable Kagan clan—–Washington’s leading resident family of … Continue reading

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Scaredy-cat Americans

Scaredy-cat Americans The United States States government and the oligarchy that controls it comprise the most malign force that has ever existed on Earth. Finian Cunningham writing in the online journal Strategic Culture Foundation explains how the Dark Lords use … Continue reading

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NSA Participated In the Worst Abuses of the Iraq War

NSA Spied On UN to Make Sure Iraq War Resolution Passed … and Assisted with Torture and Assassinations You know the CIA was involved with some of the least savory aspects of the Iraq War. But the NSA got its … Continue reading

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Washington Appoints Its Agent President Of Brazil

Washington Appoints Its Agent President Of Brazil Ukraine all over again http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/05/20/wikileaks-brazil-new-unelected-president-us-informant.html The post Washington Appoints Its Agent President Of Brazil appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

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Americans live in the most corrupt political system that has ever existed.

This Is How “Democratic Capitalism” Works http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44697.htm Watch This 5 Minute Video Of A News Report There is nothing more corrupt that “democratic capitalism.” Americans live in the most corrupt political system that has ever existed. The post Americans live … Continue reading

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Can Russia Survive Washington’s Attack? — Paul Craig Roberts

Can Russia Survive Washington’s Attack? Paul Craig Roberts It is not only American generals who are irresponsible and declare on the basis of no evidence whatsoever that “Russia is an existential threat to the United States” and also to the … Continue reading

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Crashed Egyptair Flight

I have had occasion before to praise Sam Kiley, Sky News security correspondent, who often seems to be fighting a one man battle against rampant Islamophobia and alarmism in the media. He has just given an extremely sensible analysis. He … Continue reading

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Poll: Trump Beats Clinton … But Sanders Beats Trump

[Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout] If the Dems Nominate Clinton, They’ll Lose In a new Fox News poll, Trump beats Clinton … but Sanders beats Trump: Trump has a 45-42 percent edge over Clinton, if the presidential election were held … Continue reading

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Americans Send The World A Plea For Help

As The United States Descends Into A Gestapo Police/Warfare State, Americans Send The World A Plea For Help: Rescue Us From Our Criminal Government By Ceasing To Aid And Abet Washington’s Crimes From RootsAction: Since the end of the Cold … Continue reading

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Visas for Al Qaeda

By Michael Springmann, former diplomat in the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service, with postings to Germany, India, Saudi Arabia, and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in Washington, D.C. Springmann was the head of the U.S. consular official in Jeddah, … Continue reading

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Don’t Let the CIA Disappear the Senate Torture Report

Don’t Let the CIA Disappear the Senate Torture Report http://org.salsalabs.com/o/498/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=19748&utm_source=salsa&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cia_torture_report_alert The post Don’t Let the CIA Disappear the Senate Torture Report appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

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Obama Has Been At War Longer Than Any Other President In History

Bush was a horrible president. At the time, I thought he was the worst president in American history. But Obama has made a lot of firsts himself … For example, Obama: Has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined … Continue reading

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The Age Of Impunity

Jeffrey Sachs Continues To Redeem Himself The Age Of Impunity http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44679.htm The post The Age Of Impunity appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

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Washington Prepares To Attack Russia

Washington Prepares To Attack Russia http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/05/18/obama-ratchets-up-invade-russia.html The post Washington Prepares To Attack Russia appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

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The West Has No News Media, Only Propaganda

The West Has No News Media, Only Propaganda http://rinf.com/alt-news/breaking-news/putin-called-obama-big-lie-press-ignored/ The post The West Has No News Media, Only Propaganda appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

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Who Does The CIA Protect?

If The CIA Is This Incompetent, How Does the Secret Agency Protects Us? Or Does The CIA Simply Protect Itself And The One Percent? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44678.htm The post Who Does The CIA Protect? appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

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Working 60 Hours A Week At 3 Part-Time Jobs And Still Living Paycheck To Paycheck

What can you do when you are working 60 hours a week at three part-time jobs and it is still not enough?  In America today, many people have taken on more than one job in a desperate attempt to make … Continue reading

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Panama’s Pretense

An interview with the charming Max Keiser. Always lively.

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The Post-Traumatic Super Hero

By Dan Sanchez, DanSanchez.me. War and Terror in the Marvel and DC Film Universes It has been hero pitted against hero in the cinemas this spring. DC has the face-off right in the title of its latest big-budget flick: Batman V. … Continue reading

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The Conservatives Will Be Protected From Their Election Fraud

It is hard to think of bigger news than that the Electoral Commission is taking the governing party to court over alleged fraud in its election accounts, with possible disqualifications that could cost the government its majority. Yet the issue … Continue reading

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This U.S. Government Is The Most Corrupt In History

“There Has Never Been A Time, However, When The Government Of The United States Was So Perversely And Systematically Dedicated To Special Interests, Earmarks, Side Deals, Log-Rolling, Vote-Trading, And Sweetheart Deals” Government corruption has become rampant: Senior SEC employees spent … Continue reading

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Israeli Child Abuse Is The Hallmark Of The Only Democracy In The Middle East

Israeli Child Abuse Is The Hallmark Of The Only Democracy In The Middle East http://thomas-l-are.blogspot.com The post Israeli Child Abuse Is The Hallmark Of The Only Democracy In The Middle East appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

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Undeniable Evidence That The Real Economy Is Already In Recession Mode

You are about to see a chart that is undeniable evidence that we have already entered a major economic slowdown.  In the “real economy”, stuff is bought and sold and shipped around the country by trucks, railroads and planes.  When … Continue reading

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Extraordinary Stitch-Up at Nevada Democratic Convention

I had heard much about the way that Hillary was able to use control of the Democratic Party machine to suppress the challenge of Bernie Sanders. I had not fully understood it until I saw this truly shocking video of … Continue reading

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Weapons Headed to Libya – Hillary Clinton’s Interventionist Disaster Continues to Spiral Out of Control

In retrospect, Obama’s intervention in Libya was an abject failure, judged even by its own standards. Libya has not only failed to evolve into a democracy; it has devolved into a failed state. Violent deaths and other human rights abuses … Continue reading

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Website Redesign Complete

We created a mobile-friendly version of the site, tweaked some minor design elements, and optimized the site for faster viewing. Let us know how you like the mobile layout, and whether the site loads faster for you. Now that we’ve … Continue reading

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Navy Allowed to Kill or Injure Nearly 12 Million Whales, Dolphins, Other Marine Mammals in Pacific

Navy Allowed to Kill or Injure Nearly 12 Million Whales, Dolphins, Other Marine Mammals in Pacific Guest Column by Dahr Jamail http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36037-the-us-navy-s-mass-destruction-of-marine-life Death and Destruction have become American Hallmarks. In the guise of protecting us from a hoax “theorist threat” … Continue reading

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CERN Discovers New Particle Called The FERIR

  CERN has just announced the discovery of a new particle, called the “FERIR”. This is not a fundamental particle of matter like the Higgs Boson, but an invention of economists. CERN in this instance stands not for the famous … Continue reading

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Defense Bill Coming This Week: A Boost for War and Tyranny

By Ron Paul, Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. For many of us concerned with liberty, the letters “NDAA” have come to symbolize Washington’s ongoing effort to undermine the US Constitution in the pursuit of constant war overseas. It … Continue reading

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I Apologise Yet Again, and Another Request

I am just getting to the end of the copy-edit for Sikunder Burnes, which has involved reducing the text still further and been both hard work and painful, so apologies for disappearing for a few days. I am also acutely … Continue reading

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Watch Venezuela, Because Food Shortages, Looting And Economic Collapse Are Coming To America Too

The full-blown economic collapse that is happening in Venezuela right now is a preview of what Americans will be experiencing in the not too distant future.  Just a few years ago, most Venezuelans could never have imagined that food shortages … Continue reading

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FBI Caught Planting Microphones Under Rocks, Inside Light Fixtures, and at Bus Stops in California

When a reporter for the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command interviewed Frank Zappa for the commands news syndicate, the story was held by a superior who demanded that Zappa – who had been rather hard on the army … Continue reading

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“Print the Money”: Trump’s “Reckless” Proposal Echoes Franklin and Lincoln

By Ellen Brown, EllenBrown.com. “Print the money” has been called crazy talk, but it may be the only sane solution to a $19 trillion federal debt that has doubled in the last 10 years. The solution of Abraham Lincoln and … Continue reading

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Welcome to 1984

The artifice of corporate totalitarianism has been exposed. The citizens, disgusted by the lies and manipulation, have turned on the political establishment. But the game is not over. Corporate power has within its arsenal potent forms of control. It will … Continue reading

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Your Career is an Enterprise

By Dan Sanchez, Dansanchez.me. And You Are the Entrepreneur at its Helm Economics distinguishes between workers and entrepreneurs in the market. These are often misconceived as mutually exclusive classes. Every individual wears many economic hats. Talking in terms of classes … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Recovery – Poultry Workers Claim They’re Denied Bathroom Breaks and Wear Diapers on the Job

More than any other group, the 1% has been convinced that the stock market represents some sort of leading indicator of wealth and prosperity.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Sure, the stock market can function as such an … Continue reading

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Washington Coup in Brazil? Was Incoming President US Embassy Informant?

By Daniel McAdams, Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. Adding to suspicions of a US role in the ouster of independent-minded Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is a revelation making the rounds today that Michel Temer, the opposition leader who … Continue reading

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The OPEC Epoch is Over – Where are oil prices headed now?

The fate of oil companies and nations hangs in the balance of oil prices. Russia could go broke. Some think that’s by US design. Saudi Arabia could experience its Arab Spring if oil prices remain too low too long. And OPEC … Continue reading

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King World News Inteviews PCR — What are the greatest threats today?

King World News Inteviews PCR What are the greatest threats today? http://kingworldnews.com/dr-paul-craig-roberts-broadcast-interview-available-now-5-7-16/ The post King World News Inteviews PCR — What are the greatest threats today? appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

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The Powers That Be Have Looted the Economy and Destroyed the Middle Class

America’s middle class has been destroyed. A new study by Pew finds: From 2000 to 2014 the share of adults living in middle-income households fell in 203 of the 229 U.S. metropolitan areas examined in a new Pew Research Center … Continue reading

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Unemployment Claims Spike Again As We Get More Scientific Evidence The Middle Class Is Shrinking

As the U.S. economy slows down, we would expect to start to see evidence of this in the employment numbers, and that is precisely what has begun to happen.  During the week before last, initial claims for unemployment benefits jumped … Continue reading

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Seven Ways School Has Imprisoned Your Mind

By Isaac Morehouse and Dan Sanchez, Dansanchez.me. Greater Personal Freedom Starts with Deschooling by Isaac Morehouse and Dan Sanchez Young America is suffering a quarter life crisis. The job market is in the dumps and has been for as long … Continue reading

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Additional Evidence Emerges That U.S. Government Officials Intentionally Whitewashed the Saudi Role in 9/11

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) is criticizing the Obama administration as having tried to strong-arm a former senator who is pushing to declassify 28 pages of the 9/11 report dealing with Saudi Arabia. He recounted how Rep. Gwen Graham (D-Fla.) and her … Continue reading

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How Schooling Leads to War

By Dan Sanchez, Dansanchez.me. From Classrooms to Killing Fields In 2013, American and British public opinion said “hell no” to plans to bomb (and surely regime change) Syria, taking the momentum out of the march to war. This marked a … Continue reading

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Kill TTIP Now — Paul Craig Roberts

Kill TTIP Now Paul Craig Roberts In his May 9, 2016, speech to European medical professionals, Michael Hudson points out that the result of TTIP for Europe will be the privatization of health care systems with the associated much higher … Continue reading

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Laura Kuenssberg Meet Barbara Streisand

Over 30,000 people within two days had signed an old languishing petition against the Tory bias of Laura Kuenssberg. They were motivated by outrage at the undisguised bias of her election night coverage, though that bias had already been evident … Continue reading

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Amerigeddon: Are You Ready For The Chaos That Will Ensue When The Power Grid Is Brought Down?

What would America look like with absolutely no electricity?  Could you survive in a world with no lights, no cell phones, no computers, no televisions, no ATMs, no cash registers and no refrigerators?  Such a world is not as far … Continue reading

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Zionist Israel Hides Its Crimes Behind Its Smears of Truth-Tellers

Zionist Israel Hides Its Crimes Behind Its Smears of Truth-Tellers Paul Craig Roberts Several years ago two very distinguished American scholars wrote a book, The Israel Lobby. The book made a very understated case that the Israel Lobby has far … Continue reading

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The Essence of Propaganda Is Repetition — Tom Are

The Essence of Propaganda Is Repetition Tom Are http://thomas-l-are.blogspot.com The post The Essence of Propaganda Is Repetition — Tom Are appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

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