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PEPE ESCOBAR: Iran Squeezed Between Imperial Psychos and European Cowards

Thu, 2019-06-20 06:56
PEPE ESCOBAR—In Cold War 2.0 terms, from Central Asia to the Eastern Mediterranean and from the Indian Ocean to the Caspian Sea, Tehran is able to count on quite a set of formal and informal alliances. That not only centers on the Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad-Tehran-Herat axis, but also includes Turkey and Qatar. And most important of all, the top actors on the Eurasian integration chessboard: the Russia and China in strategic partnership.

Israeli military analysts admits: “Israel Can’t Win the Next War.”

Thu, 2019-06-20 05:29
GILAD ATZMON—Ben Yishai is honest enough to admit publicly that Israel’s enemies understand the psychological, spiritual, cultural and political fabric of Israeli society. They are aware of Israel’s weaknesses and the IDF’s paralysis and they act upon these. According to Ben Yishai, the Shiite axis, Hamas and the Salafi-Jihadists all understood that they “could not destroy Israel with one or two violent military moves, therefore they went on to wage a war of strategic attrition against us.” Any violent round or war whose results are inconclusive in favour of Israel, Ben Yishai says, are going to be seen as another nail in the Zionist’s coffin.

‘Now We Know Oil Is More Toxic Than We Thought’ (CounterSpin interview with Riki Ott on Exxon Valdez spill)

Thu, 2019-06-20 02:32
RICKI OTT—In 1989, FAIR did a study of the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, then as now considered among the most serious news programs. And between February and August of that year, they did seven segments on the Valdez spill, not one of which included an environmentalist. Debate on that show was illustrated by the then-chairman of Exxon and the governor of Alaska, who sat down to have a cozy conversation, in which the governor of Alaska said that the chairman of Exxon was being far “too heavy on his own company.”

Where Are the Skeptics as the Drums Roll for War with Iran?

Thu, 2019-06-20 01:14
Vijay Prashad challenges the media reality that Iran attacked the oil tankers, calling for a real investigation to uncover the truth.

British Home Secretary signs extradition order to send Julian Assange to US

Fri, 2019-06-14 02:34
This repugnant move by the British government confirms that London is simply an abject political vassal of Washington, and that the UK, as a result of both Tory intransigence and Blairite treachery, has no longer any effective sovereignty worthy of the name. Obviously we inhabit a world in which only plutocratic interests matter, as interpreted by the lying sociopaths in America. This is a moment that will tell us how many so-called "professional journalists"  have enough smarts (forget decency!) to see their own heads are now on the chopping block. Make a careful note of those who stand up and those who remain silent, or worse, cheer on the state execution of a truthteller.—Editors

BOOKS: Generations apart – high hopes and stolen dreams

Fri, 2019-06-14 01:45
TONY SUTTON—The fishermen were, Peter Rowley tells us in his book Class Work, ‘three-day millionaires’, who braved often-terrifying weather during weeks-long voyages before returning to indulge themselves during short breaks at home. Their haunt was Freeman Street, the town’s main shopping artery. Close to the docks, it was “a vital area, full of life, more akin to a wild west frontier town”, says Rowley.

Donald Trump Is The Most Honest US President Of All Time

Fri, 2019-06-14 00:18
CAITLIN JOHNSTONE—Trump has been continuing and expanding all of the depravities of his predecessors, but he’s been doing so openly, making it look exactly as ugly and disgusting as it is. His supporters try to justify this by claiming he’s making brilliant 4-D chess maneuvers against the Deep State, but Trump isn’t playing chess. He isn’t even playing checkers. He’s playing Uno, and he’s playing it with his hand fully exposed on the table, with his only defense being to point at a red card and say “This one’s green” and point at an eight and say “That’s a two. It’s the best two, absolutely terrific two.”

          Brooklyn, Spring/Summer ’69- On Neighborhoods and War

Thu, 2019-06-13 20:48
PHILIP A. FARRUGGIO—In the spring of ' 69, with Nixon being elected and an anti war movement taking hold, the neighborhoods really became as polarized as the nation. The draft was in full swing and more and more college students became radicalized. Some of the guys serving in the military from our neighborhood starting coming home, either on leave, or in pine boxes. Vietnam was each evening's number one news story, and we all could watch the war right on the six and eleven o'clock news. ' Kill counts' became the new numbers game being played. Vietnam may have been thousands of miles away, but to many of us it was right next door... literally! If one of our neighbors got drafted, he sure as hell would wind up there real quick.