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Fake News: The Unravelling of US Empire From Within

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Setting the Stage of the Press-President War Prof. John McMurtry Global Research US ruling ideology and Washington power have become unstuck as never before. A war of… Fake News: The… Read More »

How corruption fuels climate change across the globe

Climate - Irish Examiner

In the widest sense of the word, corruption is the glue that holds the ‘system’ together. The time to fight back has arrived. Soon it will be too late, write Lili Fuhr and Simon Taylor Lili Fuhr and Simon Taylor  Irish Examiner ANTI-CORRUPTION campaigners achieved a number of crucial victories in 2016, not least by ensuring accountability for one of Big Oil’s most crooked deals: the acquisition of Nigerian offshore oil block OPL 245 in… How corruption fuels… Read More »

American anniversaries from hell

Asia Times

It’s true that, last week, few in Congress cared to discuss, no less memorialize, the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Tom Engelhardt Asia Times Nonetheless, two anniversaries of American disasters and crimes abroad – the “mission accomplished” debacle of 2003 and the 45th anniversary of the My Lai massacre – were at least noted in passing in our world. In my hometown… American anniversaries from… Read More »

Private Contractors Force Feed Refugees To States That Quit The Program

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The Thomas More Law Center has initiated a lawsuit on behalf of the Tennessee General Assembly. Jim Simpson The Daily Caller The suit charges that the government is violating both the U.S. Constitution’s Spending Clause and the 10th Amendment by forcing Tennessee to cover the costs of refugee resettlement in the state even though Tennessee… Private Contractors Force… Read More »

Rewriting the Rules of Presidential Succession

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A project begun after 9/11 assumes new urgency after the 2016 election—creating a more sensible plan for what happens when a… Norm Ornstein The Atlantic American politics is deep into the theater of the absurd—but unfortunately, it is a deadly absurdity, like being in a horror funhouse where the…Americans now have to face at least the… Rewriting the Rules… Read More »

Africa: Before And After Colonialism

Africa - The DC

From their plush apartments, over groaning dinner tables, pseudo-intellectuals have the luxury of depicting squalor and sickness as idyllic, primordially peaceful and harmonious. Ilana Mercer The Daily Caller After all, when the affluent relinquish their earthly possessions to return to the simple life, it is always with aid of sophisticated technology and the option to be air-lifted to a hospital if the need arises. Is there any… Africa: Before And… Read More »

North Korea: Why America and China need to deal with Kim Jong-un together

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Nearly every week, Kim Jong-un seems to announce a successful test in his nuclear and missile program, edging him ever closer to his aim of striking America with a… Analysis By North Asia correspondent Matthew Carney ABC Taking the North Korean leader out with military action is now being discussed, but that could lead to much bigger problems and plunge the region into years of chaos and… Worse still, it… North Korea: Why… Read More »

How US Flooded the World with Psyops

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Special Report: The mainstream U.S. media obsesses over Russian “propaganda” yet the U.S. government created a “psyops” bureaucracy three decades ago to flood the… Robert Parry ConsortiumNews Newly declassified documents from the Reagan presidential library help explain how the U.S. government developed its sophisticated psychological operations capabilities that – over the… How US Flooded… Read More »

Woolsey: Flynn discussed sending Erdogan foe back to Turkey

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(CNN) – Former Central Intelligence Agency Director James Woolsey told CNN Friday that former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn met with representatives of the Turkish government in 2016 and… Leigh Munsil CNN As a representative of his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, Flynn met with senior… Woolsey: Flynn discussed… Read More »

Justin Trudeau’s #WelcomeRefugees policy to be assessed in live study

Canada - ABC

A four-year study is beginning in Canada to assess the successes and failures under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s policy to welcome refugees from Syria. Zoe Daniel ABC About 40,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada over the last year, with roughly a third sponsored by Canadian citizens motivated to bring people to safety. Professor Jill Hanley… Justin Trudeau’s #Welcome… Read More »

In the line of fire – from racists

Racism - Brisbane

On a Wednesday evening at a local bar in Kansas, Indian software engineers Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani were chatting over their customary after-work whiskies. Sharon Verghis Brisbane Times Another patron, Adam W. Purinton, a Navy veteran, 51, started hurling racial slurs at the pair. Purinton was tossed out by security, but returned and fired on the two men. Kuchibhotla, 32, was… In the line… Read More »

Donald, This I Will Tell You

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WASHINGTON — Dear Donald, We’ve known each other a long time, so I think I can be blunt. Maureen Dowd The New York Times You know how you said at campaign rallies that you did not like being identified as a… Don’t worry. No one will ever mistake you for a… After this past week, they won’t even mistake you for a top-notch… Donald, This I… Read More »

Editorial: ‘Me, me, me! Did I mention me?’ The greed of Illinois’ pay-us-first legislators

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The pile of past-due bills at the Illinois comptroller’s office stands at more than $12.8… Chocago Tribune That’s money owed to struggling families, small business owners, nursing homes, community colleges — most entities that rely on the state for… The stack of bills has been building for a decade but now reaching heights of wretched… Editorial: ‘Me, me… Read More »

End the death penalty for mentally ill criminals

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Legislators in six states — Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia — have proposed legislation to prohibit the death penalty for individuals with severe mental illness. By Bob Taft and Joseph E. Kernan The Washington Post As former governors of states that are grappling with this issue, we strongly support this effort to end an inhumane practice that fails to respect common standards of decency and comport with recommendations of mental-health… End the death… Read More »

London attack demands West get serious about fighting terrorism

Terrorism - RT

Four dead, including a police officer, with forty injured, seven of them seriously – this is the human toll of yet another terrorist atrocity on the streets of a major European city, on this occasion London. John Wight RT The banality of such attacks by now, their dreary regularity, should in no way be allowed to minimize their impact on multicultural societies and cities, where millions of people of all faiths and none live cheek by jowl, as they have… ... Read More »

A dangerous protectionism decision

Daily Sabah

Economic administrators for G20 countries who gathered in Germany last week have failed to make a significant decision. Cemil Ertem Daily Sabah However, even strategic issues that are not cited in decisive texts in such periods can tell us current trends. Protectionism has become… A dangerous protectionism… Read More »