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Why Obama Wants Maliki Removed

August 16, 2014

Standing In Washington’s Way… The Obama administration is pushing for regime change in Iraq on the basis that current prime minister Nouri al Maliki is too sectarian. The fact is, however, that Maliki’s abusive treatment of Sunnis never factored into Washington’s decision to have him removed. Whether he has been  “too sectarian” or not is completely irrelevant. The real reason he’s under attack is because he wouldn’t sign the Status of Forces Agreement in 2011.  He refused to grant immunity... Read article

The Latest In The New Cold War

August 13, 2014

My Money’s On Putin… “History shows that the United States has benefited politically and economically from wars in Europe. The huge outflow of capital from Europe following the First and Second World Wars, transformed the U.S. into a superpower … Today, faced with economic decline, the US is trying to precipitate another European war to achieve the same objective.”… Sergey Glazyev, Russian politician and economist “The discovery of the world’s largest, known gas reserves in the Persian Gulf, shared... Read article

The Second Aircraft: Was Malaysia Flight 17 Shot Down?

August 9, 2014

“From start to finish, the Ukraine crisis has been instigated by US imperialism. Every action Washington has taken has been directed at exacerbating and intensifying this crisis. The longer this crisis goes on, the clearer it becomes that US policy is directed not so much at Ukraine as at Russia itself. Ukraine, it would seem, is meant merely to provide the pretext for a war with Russia.” — Bill Van Auken, “Does Washington want war with Russia?“, WSWS German pilot and airlines expert, Peter Haisenko,  thinks... Read article

Something Sinister Going On?

August 3, 2014

The Unanswered Questions of MH17… “Recent history has repeatedly proven that nothing said by Washington and its officials should be accepted at face value. No other government in the world has been implicated in so many egregious lies as the United States.” Bill Van Auken, “US lies and hypocrisy on Gaza and Ukraine“, WSWS “Mendaci neque quum vera dicit, creditor.” Cicero (“A liar is not to be believed even when he speaks the truth.”) Without a shred of public evidence to support their claim that Moscow... Read article

What Putin Knows

July 22, 2014

Putin Knows What Happened to MH17, But He’s Not Saying — Yet… “We have repeatedly called on all parties to immediately stop the bloodshed and sit down at the negotiating table. We strongly believe that if military action in the East of Ukraine had not been renewed on the 28th of June, this tragedy wouldn’t have happened. However, no one has the right to use this tragedy to pursue their own political aims. Such events should unite and not divide people.” Russian President Vladimir Putin,... Read article

Pushing Ukraine To The Brink

July 12, 2014

“The unipolar world model has failed. People everywhere have shown their desire to choose their own destiny, preserve their own cultural identity, and oppose the West’s attempts at military, financial, political and ideological domination.” - Vladimir Putin “While the human politics of the crisis in Ukraine garner all the headlines, it is the gas politics that in many ways lies at the heart of the conflict.” - Eric Draitser, Waging war against Russia, one pipeline at a time, RT What does a pipeline in Afghanistan... Read article

Class Warfare Saps The Economy: Why Abenomics Flopped

July 5, 2014

By every objective standard, Abenomics has been a complete flop. Household spending has plunged, wages have dropped for 23 months in a row, inflation is on the rise, the number of workers who can only find part-time jobs has ballooned to 38 percent, and most economists now expect 2nd quarter GDP to shrink to minus 4 percent or worse. So where’s the silver lining? There isn’t one. It’s all hype. In fact, the only part of Prime Minister’s Shinzo Abe’s economic strategy that has succeeded has been the public relations... Read article

Central Bank Stock Buying Binge

June 29, 2014

Central banks have shifted into stocks and are buying up everything that isn’t bolted to the floor. That’s the gist of the story that breathlessly appeared in the Financial Times about a week ago and swept across the blogosphere like a Santa Anna brushfire. And there’s some truth to it too, if taken with a large grain of salt. Here’s a clip from the Omfif’s report the FT’s cites in the article: “A cluster of central banking investors has become major players on world equity markets,” says a report to be... Read article

What Did The White House Know?

June 28, 2014

Did Obama Know that ISIS Planned to Invade Iraq? “I think we have to understand first how we got here. We have been arming ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) in Syria.  ISIS, an al Qaeda offshoot, has been collaborating with the Syrian rebels whom the Obama administration has been arming in their efforts to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”  - Senator Rand Paul, Interview CNN  Today’s head-scratcher: How could a two-mile long column of jihadi-filled white Toyota Land rovers barrel across the... Read article

Splitting Up Iraq: It’s All For Israel

June 21, 2014

“It is no longer plausible to argue that ISIS was a result of unintentional screw ups by the US. It is a clear part of a US strategy to break up the Iran-Iraq-Syria-Hezbollah alliance. Now that strategy may prove to be a total failure and end up backfiring, but make no mistake, ISIS IS the strategy.” - Lysander, Comments line, Moon of Alabama “US imperialism has been the principal instigator of sectarianism in the region, from its divide-and-conquer strategy in the war and occupation in Iraq, to the fomenting of... Read article

The ISIS Fiasco: It’s Really An Attack On Iran

June 21, 2014

There’s something that doesn’t ring-true about the coverage of crisis in Iraq. Maybe it’s the way the media reiterates the same, tedious storyline over and over again with only the slightest changes in the narrative. For example, I was reading an article in the Financial Times by Council on Foreign Relations president, Richard Haass, where he says that Maliki’s military forces in Mosul “melted away”. Interestingly, the Haass op-ed was followed by a piece by David Gardener who used almost the very same language.... Read article

Dispatching B-2 Stealth Bombers To Europe: Obama’s Attempt At Intimidating Russia

June 11, 2014

“This deployment of strategic bombers provides an invaluable opportunity to strengthen and improve interoperability with our allies and partners.” – Admiral Cecil Haney, commander, US Strategic Command on the deployment of B-2 stealth bombers to Europe. “Against stupidity, no amount of planning will prevail.” – Carl von Clausewitz Less than 24 hours after Ukraine’s new president Petro Poroshenko announced his determination to retake Crimea from Russia, US Admiral Cecil Haney confirmed that the US Air... Read article

European Central Bank Goes Sub Zero

June 7, 2014

On Thursday, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi dropped rates on overnight deposits to minus 0.1% thereby charging commercial banks to keep their money at the ECB. The move, which was applauded by the media as a “historic measure to fight deflation”, is nothing of the kind. Negative rates have been used in both Sweden and Denmark in recent years, but to little effect. The policy will not “get the banks lending again” as the ECB suggests, nor will it ease the high unemployment and slow growth that have plagued... Read article

Madness, I Tell You: Saber Rattling At West Point

June 3, 2014

President Barack Obama delivered his most belligerent and menacing speech to date at the US Military Academy at West Point. Aside from the lofty rhetoric we’ve come to expect in every Obama presentation, the president’s commencement address was a defiant restating of the Bush Doctrine of unilateral intervention, executive authority and endless warfare. The speech contained no new initiatives or surprises, but emphasized Obama’s unwavering support for the policies which have plunged large parts of the Middle East,... Read article

Back In The Red

May 30, 2014

“I liken the economy to a car on a flat road that has no momentum. When you take your foot off the gas, the car just stops moving.” — Stephanie Pomboy, Interview Barron’s If you follow the stock market, you probably think the economy is sizzling. But if bonds are your thing, then you probably think we’re still in recession. So which is the better gauge of what’s going on in the real economy; stocks or bonds? The bond market is more accurate. And recently, long-term yields have been dropping like a stone which... Read article

A Million People Killed In Iraq: The Biggest Petroleum Heist In History?

May 25, 2014

“Prior to the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, US and other western oil companies were all but completely shut out of Iraq’s oil market. But thanks to the invasion and occupation, the companies are now back inside Iraq and producing oil there for the first time since being forced out of the country in 1973.” – Antonia Juhasz, oil industry analyst,  Al Jazeera. These are the ‘best of times’ for the oil giants in Iraq.  Production is up, profits are soaring, and big oil is rolling in dough.  Here’s... Read article

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