Conjuring Up the Next Depression

Chris Hedges, Truth Dig – During the financial crisis of 2008, the world’s central banks, including the Federal Reserve, injected trillions of dollars of fabricated money into the global financial system. This fabricated money has created a worldwide debt of $325 trillion, more than three times global GDP. The fabricated money was hoarded by banks… (read more)

The Weaponization of the US Dollar: Crashing Currency Chaos Spreads Across the Global South

Pepe Escobar, Information Clearinghouse – The Iranian rial: crash. The Turkish lira: crash. The Argentine peso: crash. The Brazilian real: crash. There are multiple, complex, parallel vectors at play in this wilderness of crashing currencies. Turkey’s case is heavily influenced by the bubble of easy credit created by European banks. Argentina’s problem is mostly to… (read more)

What Should Putin Do?

Paul Craig Roberts, Information Clearinghouse – Andrei Martyanov has answered my question. I agree with everything Martyanov says. But I believe my question remains unanswered. Probably it is my fault. Perhaps I framed the question so sharply that it came across as an attack on Putin’s level-headed policy. Also, my use of the phrase “turning… (read more)

U.S. Is Defending al-Qaeda in Idlib

Ron Paul, Ron Paul Institute & Information Clearinghouse – Assad was supposed to be gone already. President Obama thought it would be just another “regime change” operation and perhaps Assad would end up like Saddam Hussein or Yanukovych. Or maybe even Gaddafi. But he was supposed to be gone. The US spent billions to get… (read more)

A ‘Regime’ Is a Government at Odds With the US Empire

Gregory Shupak, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) – In the aftermath of the assassination attempt against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, an article in the Miami Herald (8/5/18) reported that “a clandestine group formed by Venezuelan military members opposed to the regime of Nicolás Maduro claimed responsibility.” A New York Times op-ed (8/10/18) mused, “No… (read more)

Trump Regime Continues Supporting ISIS

Stephen Lendman, Global Research – US support for ISIS is an open dirty secret – undiscussed by media, pretending it’s not so.  Washington actively arms, funds, trains, and directs ISIS and other terrorists – backing the scourge they pretend to oppose. Obama and Trump’s vow to degrade and destroy ISIS was and remains a bald-faced… (read more)

Hiroshima Child

Nazim Hikmet, Global Research – The Lies and Crimes of Hiroshima according to President Harry Truman, Hiroshima was a military base. “The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base.  That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians”.  The lies… (read more)

Coffee and the “Shock Doctrine” in Puerto Rico

John Vandermeer and Ivette Perfecto, Food First - In Naomi Klein’s framework, The Shock Doctrine is the well-worn strategy of capitalist development in the “shock” mode. Part of this framework contends that in the aftermath of disasters, capitalists will descend, purchasing land and other capital goods at basement bottom prices, using their deep pockets to undercut anything or… (read more)

‘Western’ Press Dislikes Imran Khan’s Win In Pakistan’s Election

Moon of Alabama - Imran Khan election win in Pakistan receives a hostile reaction in U.S. and British media. The headlines are generally negative and the descriptions of Imran cast a damning light of him. From the New York Times print edition front page: The word “Pakistan” was probably too long for the valuable front-page space. Thus the NYT shortened it to “Nuclear-Armed Islamic Republic”…. (read more)

US Suddenly Buys More Ecuadorian Oil: Is Trump Also Buying Assange’s Arrest?

Whitney Webb, MintPress News - Speaking in Madrid on Friday, Ecuadorian President Lenin Morenotold an audience that WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange would need to leave Ecuador’s London embassy “eventually.” Moreno offered no time-table for Assange’s possible exit, which several sources just last week asserted could take place within “weeks” or even “days.” Assange has spent over six… (read more)

The Russian US Election Meddling Big Lie Won’t Die

Stephen Lendman- Propaganda works, proved effective time and again – why it’s a key tool in America’s deep state playbook. Virtually anything repeated enough, especially through the major media megaphone, gets most people to believe it – no matter how preposterous the claim. Not a shred of evidence suggests Russia meddled in America’s political process –… (read more)

Russophobia Is A 24/7 Industry

Pepe Escobar, Asia Times - “The Cold War is a thing of the past.” By the time President Putin said as much during preliminary remarks at his joint press conference with President Trump in Helsinki, it was clear this would not stand. Not after so much investment by American conservatives in Cold War 2.0. Russophobia is… (read more)

The Discovery of Central American Suffering

Nick Alexandrov, Counterpunch & Information Clearinghouse -  U.S. pundits and politicians just discovered, it seems, that Washington’s decisions harm Central American families. For the New York Times, “separating families…is something new and malicious,” reflecting Trump’s “heartlessness” and violating “fundamental American values.” “This, apparently, is how you turn off the idea of America,” Alex Wagner (The Atlantic) added. The Los Angeles Times thinks “the… (read more)

Palestine Lost

Sheldon Richman, Information Clearinghouse- To appreciate the enormity of the crimes against the Palestinian people, one must understand that while persons are certainly individuals, they are something more as well. That’s what we mean when we use words like society, culture, and people. What has happened to the Palestinians is not simply that some individuals were… (read more)