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2019 Oct 16 - 1:31am
Jeffrey Sterling is a former CIA case officer who was convicted of violating the Espionage Act and was in federal prison in Colorado. Prior to this program, as far as we know, Sterling had not been asked whether he believes the stated purpose of the program he worked on. Does he really think the purpose of giving obviously flawed nuclear bomb-part plans to Iran was to slow down a nuclear weapons program that may not even have existed? Or does...
Tags: General
2019 Oct 15 - 2:50pm
At the beginning of October, I was contacted by the New York Times, @ScottShaneNYT for an interview about US President Donald Trump. The biggest pressing question he had revolved around how (not if) I’m guiding US foreign policy and advising President Donald Trump on Ukraine and the deep-state war in the US from Donbass. Try reading that over your first sip of coffee. Exactly. Welcome to the new IO. They keep setting up an elegant chessboard...
Tags: democracy, Democrats, Fascism, Politics / World News, progressivism, propaganda
2019 Oct 11 - 5:53pm
The committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize was right not to give the prize to Greta Thunberg, who deserves the highest prizes available, but not one created to fund the work of abolishing war and militaries. That cause ought to be central to the work of protecting the climate, but it is not. The question of why no young person working to abolish war is given access to television networks ought to be raised. The vision that Bertha von...
Tags: General
2019 Oct 11 - 3:31am
A good friend related a story that goes directly to the heart of what’s broken in our way of life. My friend went to a reunion in Silicon Valley attended by the most successful cohort in America: super-smart, highly educated people in their mid-40s who have achieved the highest levels of professional accomplishment and built enormous financial wealth, with net worths not just in the millions but in many cases in the tens of millions of...
Tags: General, Will You Be Richer or Poorer
2019 Oct 10 - 10:41am
Let’s start by stipulating my bias: I would cheer the collapse of both self-serving, venal political parties, which have stood by for decades as the rich have become immeasurably richer and the politically powerful few have disempowered the many. The transparent “populist” bleatings of both parties–“we serve the people!”–sound increasingly like stale, pathetically disconnected from reality Soviet-era...
Tags: General, Clinton, Democrats, Republicans, Trump
2019 Oct 10 - 1:52am
If Trump were to finally shoot someone on Fifth Avenue, Nancy Pelosi and Jerrold Nadler and company would not declare it acceptable, absolutely not. But what they would do would be to open a months-long investigation into the history of the victim, what Trump had said earlier in the day, who had manufactured the gun, and — above all — what foreign government they could blame it on. In fact, I’d be willing to wager that if Trump were to vomit on...
Tags: General
2019 Oct 9 - 1:50am
Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Americans don’t do it voluntarily, but mainly because they don’t understand the way the U.S. system works. Part of that is the nation’s legal system; part of it isn’t, but is instead international. Regardless of whether or not today’s United States is a democracy, our legal system possesses two features that make corruption especially difficult to prosecute to conviction, and this...
Tags: General, corruption, Deep State, Democrats, New Nobility, Oligarchy
2019 Oct 7 - 11:30pm
What’s holding up the U.S. stock market? The facile answer is the Federal Reserve (“the Fed has our back,” “don’t fight the Fed,” etc.) but this doesn’t actually describe the mechanisms in play or the consequences of a market that levitates ever higher on the promise of more Fed money-for-nothing injected into the diseased veins of the financial system. As Gordon T. Long and I discuss in our latest half-...
Tags: General, Federal Reserve, stock buybacks, stock market
2019 Oct 6 - 9:06am
Eric Zuesse The Netherlands Government is resisting an effort by Dutch victims’ families to find out why Ukraine’s Government, on 17 July 2014 — when the Malaysian airliner MH17 was shot down while flying over Ukraine’s civil-war zone — this passenger-plane had been guided by Ukraine’s air-traffic control to fly through, instead of around (as it instructed other airliners), the war-zone. On 1 October 2019, now more than five years after 196...
Tags: General, cover-up, Deep State, Fascism, MH17, New Nobility
2019 Oct 5 - 11:35pm
If we step back from the histrionics of impeachment and indeed, the past four years of political circus, we have to wonder if America’s democracy is little more than an elaborate simulation, a counterfeit democracy that matches our counterfeit capitalism (Matt Stoller’s term). If we review the mechanics of our “democracy,” we find that swapping which party controls Congress doesn’t really change the policies of The...
Tags: General, The Imperial State
2019 Oct 4 - 5:17am
Tags: General