While the Obama administration struggles to speed up delivery of U.S. military assistance to the government of Iraq, Vladimir Putin has already delivered not only fighter jets but also the pilots needed to fly them, diplomatic sources told The Daily Beast.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to sue the President for failing to execute the laws of our country isn’t as crazy (gasp!) as some think. And it isn’t, as Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called it, “subterfuge.”
News from the AP about the U.S. government’s secret project to create a Cuban Twitter or “ZunZuneo,” to be used for disseminating propaganda and fomenting unrest in Cuba, spurring young people in that country to overthrow their government, comes as no surprise to anyone with even the most cursory understanding of U.S. policy in Cuba and Latin America in general. It is but a tiny part of a 55-year-old, completely unprovoked, genocidal policy against a nation whose only offense is failing to subordinate itself to the will of the U.S. government.
ZunZuneo was initiated and run by the ostensibly “humanitarian” U.S. Agency for International Development through a series of shell corporations which were not supposed to be traced back to the government. The project is typical of the type of subversion and interference with another nation that the U.S. government has always felt entitled to undertake, regardless of the principles of sovereignty and self-determination fundamental to international law. Continue reading “America’s Destabiliziation Of Latin America”
Some of the recent media coverage about the fact that more than 50 people in Peru – the vast majority of them indigenous – are on trial following protests and fatal conflict in the Amazon over five years ago missed a crucial point. Yes, the hearings are finally going ahead and the charges are widely held to be trumped-up, but what about the government functionaries who apparently gave the riot police the order to attack the protestors, the police themselves, and – following Wikileaks’ revelations of cables in which the US ambassador in Lima criticized the Peruvian government’s “reluctance to use force” and wrote there could be “implications for the recently implemented Peru-US FTA” if the protests continued – the role of the US government? Continue reading “Peru now has a ‘licence to kill’ environmental protesters”
Something completely out of the ordinary happened in Spain this week: a politician resigned. His name is Willy Meyer and he was, until Wednesday morning at least, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and European Parliamentary leader for Spain’s ostensibly far-left party “Izquierda Union.”
The reason for Meyer’s resignation is that he was caught funneling his parliamentary pension contributions into an EU-sponsored investment fund commonly referred to as a SICAV (standing for Société d’Investissement à Capital Variable) – an investment vehicle that Meyer’s own party has long pledged to ban. Continue reading “Mini Tax Havens: How Europe’s 1% Gets To Pay Only 1%”
A few days ago, when we wrote our “explainer” on the need for Russia to have an alternative pathway for its gas, one which bypasses Ukraine entirely and as the current “South Stream” framework is set up, crosses the Black Sea and enters Bulgaria before passing Serbia and Hungary on the way to the Central European energy hub located in Baumgarten, Austria, we said that “one short month after Putin concluded the Holy Grail deal with Beijing, he not only managed to formalize his conquest of Europe’s energy needs with yet another pipeline, one which completely bypasses Ukraine (for numerous reasons but mostly one: call it a Plan B), but scored a massive political victory by creating a fissure in the heart of the Eurozone, after Austria openly defied its European peers and sided with Putin.” Continue reading “Russia Reveals “Plan B”: Gazprom Says Gas Transit Via Ukraine May Be Stopped Completely”
Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL) is pushing for a formal investigation into the activities of General Keith Alexander now that the former head of the NSA has started his own very expensive security consultancy. There is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Gen Alexander.
Under the First Amendment, the U.S. government cannot outright ban literature in the United States, but as Mark Crispin Miller, author and professor of media studies at New York University, explained, books can be hidden from public view or written off as conspiracy theory in order to prevent people from reading them.
University of California Professor Darrell Y. Hamamoto warns that the influx of illegal immigrants into the United States is part of a plan to create a new underclass of people who can be re-educated in order to create a subservient underclass.
In an appalling attempt to patent yet another seed, Monsanto has resorted to fraud to try to gain rights to a tomato which contains a naturally occurring resistance to a fungal disease called botrytis. The tomato is not genetically modified, but Monsanto manipulated documents to make the plant look ‘invented’ by biotech when the plant’s true maker is Mother Nature, herself.
WASHINGTON – The first contingent of U.S. military advisers arrived in Iraq Tuesday to assess conditions and begin assisting Iraqi security forces after Islamist militants have seized several key cities.
The Pentagon said 90 American personnel arrived from outside the country, and 40 were already in Iraq as part of the U.S. Embassy’s defense staff.
The advisers are part of up to 300 military personnel authorized by President Obama last week in response to the crisis in Iraq, where a Sunni extremist group, called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has taken control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-biggest city, and other towns in recent weeks. Continue reading “U.S. military advisers begin work in Iraq”
WASHINGTON – The well-organized army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, claims it has access to nuclear weapons and a will to use them to “liberate” Palestine from Israel as part of its “Islamic Spring,” according to a WND source in the region.
You don’t have to look far to find information on foods and herbs that have detoxifying properties. And while many of them may be effective, few of these claims have been put to the test in a lab. Broccoli is one vegetable that has been tested and passed with flying colors, indicating it can help rid the body of potentially harmful toxins and help detoxify the body as a whole.
The “too big to fail” premise has become a popular slogan in U.S. political and economic theories. According to proponents, the theory ascertains that some institutions are so large and important and vital that they must be supported at all costs. However, from corporations and financial institutions to government bureaucracies and social programs, over-taxation, cronyism, inefficiency and moral ineptitude is causing many to question and challenge such a preposterous notion. In reality, universal truths and historical cycles reveal just the opposite. What some perceive to be as too big to fail always becomes “too big not to fail.” And bailouts create more problems and cause more hard hardships. Continue reading “Is U.S. Stuck in ‘Too Big To Fail’ Illusions?”