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Strategic Culture - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

It has been about a week since the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM) published a leaked internal document from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) investigation into an...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

The erratic US president has gone from wishing for peace with Iran to, a few days later, making a veiled threat of nuclear annihilation against the Islamic Republic.

Donald Trump got on his twitter pulpit at the weekend, warning about the “official end of Iran”.

The configuration...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Patrick COCKBURN

In its escalating confrontation with Iran, the US is making the same mistake it has made again and again since the fall of the Shah 40 years ago: it is ignoring the danger of plugging into what is in large part a religious conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims.

I...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

The very dangerous statements, economic sanctions and military aggression unleashed by Washington last week against Iran was countered by cool headed diplomacy by Japan, Russia, EU and China.

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

It is intriguing to examine the deployment and manoeuvres of US Navy warships, despatched by the Pentagon all over the world to perform pretty much the same task wherever they go — to attempt intimidation of those whom Washington regards as enemies.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

The French president is gathering unlikely allies to challenge the populists. But he’s so unpopular, it might not even matter.

Bill WIRTZ

It’s rare that the likes of Emmanuel Macron is compared to Roger Stone. But Stone’s cardinal rule, “In order to win, you must do everything,”...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

As if more evidence was needed to debunk the pathetic narrative that the Russians hacked the DNC computers during the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump confidant Roger Stone, currently on trial for lying during the Mueller inquisition released an important truth to the light of day on May 10th....

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Ann Garrison reviews Stephen F. Cohen’s book, “War with Russia? From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate.”

Ann GARRISON

“Russiagate, like Count Dracula, will never end because new political blood will be fed to this vampire… The Russiagate fable — fraud — has become a...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

The information war between those who believe that OPCW investigations in Syria over the chemical attack of Douma in 2018 was staged – verses those who choose to believe the West’s blithe claim that Assad poisoned his own people – is more or less over.

In recent months a number of curious...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Ann WRIGHT

The U.S.-Mexico border at the Pacific Ocean is composed of two very tall fences, with a no man’s land of about 30 feet in between. Sensors and cameras alert U.S Border Patrol guards of any activity on or between the fences.

Thousands of people hoping for asylum in the U....

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

On May 13th, Reuters headlined “Iran insists on ramping up oil sales to stay in nuclear pact” and reported that “EU officials … estimate Iran needs to sell 1.5 million bpd to keep its economy afloat. A drop below 1 million bpd could bring hardship and economic crisis.”

Prior to US...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Patrick J. BUCHANAN

Speaking on state TV of the prospect of a war in the Gulf, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei seemed to dismiss the idea.

“There won’t be any war. …We don’t seek a war, and [the Americans] don’t either. They know it’s not in their interests.”

The...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Is Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ doctrine approaching the end of its natural life?  Trump does not seem to think so: “Call me” (when the pain becomes too great), he tells all the besieged and sanctioned parties.  Reportedly, he has even sent Tehran a phone number via the Swiss Embassy – but Tehran...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

To call someone a racist is a serious charge. Conservatives are accused of racism by the left on a daily basis. Are the accusations fair? Or is something else going on?

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-19 - Original post - cached version

Moon of Alabama

The dwindling empires’ main propaganda outlet, the New York Times, continues its anti-China campaign. It is now by blaming China’s president for the failure of trade negotiations with the United States.

How Xi’s Last-Minute Switch on U.S.-China Trade Deal Upended It...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-19 - Original post - cached version

Although the Mainstream Media completely ignores this fact, most of us alive today have spent the majority of our lives under the ever-recurring threat of wars between the US and certain countries. Although Russia is a good contender for the #1 spot in the bad guy list, it got a large break from...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-19 - Original post - cached version

Eric S. MARGOLIS

President Donald Trump claimed this week that he does not want war with Iran. If he really believes this, the president ought to look into what his subordinates are doing.

Among their bellicose actions are deployment of the ‘Abraham Lincoln CVN-72’ carrier task...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-19 - Original post - cached version

April 30 was the real April Fools’ Day in Venezuela: They proclaimed a coup and nobody came.

The fiasco of the latest obviously unsuccessful US attempt to topple twice democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro made a laughing stock of the US government throughout the world and is...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Craig MURRAY

There is no conceivable interest of the ordinary people of the Western world being served by the crazed decision of their governments to firmly take the Sunni side in the Sunni/Shia tensions of the Islamic world, and to do so in a fashion which deliberately exacerbates points...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Hypocritical to the core, the execution of false-flag events spare aggressive states the ignominy of appearing in public as the warmongering psychopaths they are, lest their subjects get the wrong idea as to exactly who is governing over them.

The last thing tyrannical rulers want, after...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has begun responding to queries by the press about a leaked document which contradicts official OPCW findings on an alleged chemical weapons attack last year...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

An alarming new report warns that human activity is causing the disappearance and deterioration of wildlife at a rate that could represent an existential threat to humanity within our lifetimes.

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

President Trump this week took a surprising turn by emphatically insisting that the US does not want war with Iran, dialing back mounting global fears that the two nations were on the cusp of all-out conflict.

Trump also in the same vein called for the Iranian leadership to enter into...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-17 - Original post - cached version

The United States government authorizes itself to be the dictator of the world, and this couldn’t happen if it didn’t have allies who accept this type of humiliating treatment. An insatiable US military is essential in order for such a regime to be able to have any success at all.

For...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-17 - Original post - cached version

The intimidation tactics by the pro-coup embassy besiegers not only failed to deter the peace activists around the embassy, they left Venezuela’s D.C.-based opposition with a serious PR problem. After a week of hateful outbursts, a handful of marketing strategists emerged as de facto...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-17 - Original post - cached version

At this point Trump is fighting a war with everyone not named Israel and Saudi Arabia. Even allies are not to be spared Trump’s wrath for all of their slights against his beloved United States.

In the greatest television series of the 1990’s, Babylon 5, one of the main characters, Londo,...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-17 - Original post - cached version

Robert FISK

Mike Pompeo went to put the thumbscrews on the Iraqi government this week. No more electrical power from Iran, he told them, and make sure those pesky Iranians don’t attack our boys in that great American base in Iraq which Trump was boasting about. The New York...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-17 - Original post - cached version

Hysteria reigns supreme. As in the new Jim Jarmusch movie, The Dead Don’t Die, The Return of the Living Neocon Dead, in a trashy rerun of the lead-up to Shock and Awe in 2003, keeps orchestrating the zombie march.

Yet no one in war-cheerleading US corporate media talks about the...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-17 - Original post - cached version

As the old saying goes, it’s good to talk. US Secretary Mike Pompeo was cordially received this week by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Pompeo spoke of repairing the frayed bilateral relations and of finding “common...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-16 - Original post - cached version

Brussels’ functionary elites are nervous about “Russian meddling” in the upcoming EU elections. In the meantime they keep all gates open for US and Israeli interference in European politics.

Carl FRIEDRICH

The statement of the Estonian intelligence...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-16 - Original post - cached version

It was a drop mic moment which drew the wrath of the British government and led the White House to issue stern statements. But when a British General based in the Pentagon told reporters that there was no new threat from Iran it was a bombshell for Trump and his cronies who are preparing for war...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-16 - Original post - cached version

Speaking at China’s second Belt and Road conference in Beijing featuring 37 heads of state, Russia President Vladimir Putin unveiled the intention to unite Russia’s Northern Sea Route with China’s Maritime Silk Road. This announcement should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-16 - Original post - cached version

Russia is uneasy over the destabilization of Tehran, and on other hotspots the powers’ positions are clear

Pepe ESCOBAR

Even veiled by thick layers of diplomatic fog, the overlapping meetings in Sochi between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Putin and Foreign...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-16 - Original post - cached version

CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot responds to Guaido economic advisors’ dismissal of the U.S. sanctions’ effects on Venezuela.

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-16 - Original post - cached version

Remaining promoters of the concept of Donald Trump as President of the United States cite the fact that he has started no new shooting wars while Russiagate has turned out to be a flop and the economy seems to be doing well. He also seems serious about leaving Syria and Afghanistan, though those...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-15 - Original post - cached version

Robert WOODWARD

Looking at the Conservative party as it is right now, it would be easy to believe they are of a different species, who speak a different language, who came from a different world – a different dimension even. Every day a new statistic of our failing nation feels more like...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-15 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump fancies himself as a deal-maker. His foreign and economic policies, however, are more akin to those of a Mafia extortionist. At a minute after midnight on May 10, Trump hiked tariffs from 10 to 25 percent on $200 billion of Chinese imports. He also threatened a 25 percent tariff on...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-15 - Original post - cached version

For those who are fed up with or have been on the bad end of US Foreign Policy since the end of the Cold War, ShareAmerica’s video “A New Venezuela” is not going to put a smile on your face. Sadly instead showing the America people love filled with free-spirited rugged individuals with a can-do...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-15 - Original post - cached version

Daniel LAZARE

Americans used to think that Russia-gate was about a plot to hack the 2016 election.  They were wrong.  Russia-gate is really about an immense conspiracy to do four things:

No. 1: Ratchet up tensions with Russia to ever more dangerous levels;

No. 2: Show that...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-15 - Original post - cached version

After dramatic and patently scripted warnings of “Iranian aggression” by bellicose US officials, there then follows – conveniently enough – an alleged sabotage incident in the Persian Gulf region implicating Iran.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo poses with a straight face...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

John W. WHITEHEAD

“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

It has been an appalling period in British politics and government. Unlike any period experienced in living memory. The British State, once high and mighty, lording it over other nations with typical English condescension and patronising arrogance, has well and truly come crashing down to Earth...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

No sooner did superficial observers surmise that last year’s painful and divisive commotion over the apparent murder in March of 2018 of the obscure 21-year-old David Dragičević finally subside, then on April 23 another assassination, this time of businessman Slavko Krunić, a slightly more...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

The Trump administration’s response to China’s emergence has been to throw all sorts of spanners in the works, but tariffs won’t bring back manufacturing jobs

Pepe ESCOBAR

Let’s start with the “long” 16th Century – which, as with the 21st, also saw a turbulent process...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

US Secretary of State Pompeo continues to travel the world, creating alarm, resentment and irritation almost everywhere. He maintained his lamentable reputation for crass rudeness by cancelling a meeting with Germany’s Chancellor Merkel on May 8 in order to go to Iraq, apparently to try to...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

Is God a man, a woman, or a genderless force that cannot be identified by masculine or feminine traits? Society offers a range of ideas, but what do religious texts have to say about this immutable characteristic of God?

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-13 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

“Guess what the best planet is in this solar system?” asked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at a recent media event on his Blue Origin space program.

...
Strategic Culture - 2019-05-13 - Original post - cached version

From April 29-May 3, a unique five-day conference took place bringing together leading scientists, engineers and policy makers to discuss the important matter of mankind’s long term survival in a very hostile part of the galaxy. The 5th Annual Planetary Defense Conference in Baltimore Maryland...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-13 - Original post - cached version

Craig MURRAY

Robert Mueller is either a fool, or deeply corrupt. I do not think he is a fool.

I did not comment instantly on the Mueller Report as I was so shocked by it, I have been waiting to see if any other facts come to light in justification. Nothing has. I limit myself here...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-13 - Original post - cached version

Bernard Lewis, a British-American historian of the Middle East, has been formidably influential in America – his policy ideas have towered over Presidents, policy-makers and think-tanks, and they still do. Though he died last year, his baleful views still shape America’s thinking about Iran....

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