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Strategic Culture - 2020-03-16 - Original post - cached version

Dr. Michael Osterholm of the Centre for Infectious Disease Research at University of Minnesota warned this week that the U.S. was unprepared for a Covid-19, and that the health crisis will get much worse in the weeks ahead: “Right now, we’re approaching this like it’s the Washington, DC,...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-15 - Original post - cached version

TruePublica

In its quest for global economic and geopolitical domination, America has made many enemies. To help fund 800 military bases all over the world, last year the American taxpayer spent $620 billion on defence, $69 billion for ‘war-funding’ and $10billion on cybersecurity....

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-15 - Original post - cached version

How much longer can the troubled OPCW organisation continue to operate with any credibility after the doctoring of its investigations to suit a western narrative in Syria continues to be exposed and shows it is far from an independent chemical weapons watchdog?

Readers may remember that...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-15 - Original post - cached version

Tim RADFORD

Right now, around a third of the world’s coastline is made up of sandy beaches and dunes which slope gently and softly to the sea. By the end of the century, these could make up only one-sixth of the frontier between land and ocean. Sea level rise driven by global heating...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-15 - Original post - cached version

I am an avid board game player. I’m not much for the classics like chess or go, preferring the more modern ones. But, regardless, as a person who appreciates the delicate balance between strategy and tactics, I have to say I am impressed with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s sense of timing....

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-14 - Original post - cached version

We’re about to find out whether anyone really would be better than Trump.

Peter Van BUREN

How did the Democrats end up with Joe Biden as their presumptive nominee?

After three years of preparatory media fire about diversity and change, and chumming...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-14 - Original post - cached version

The Democrats are not your friends Bernie as they shut you down in 2016 for Hillary.

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-14 - Original post - cached version

Craig COLLINS

As modern civilization’s shelf life expires, more scholars have turned their attention to the decline and fall of civilizations past.  Their studies have generated rival explanations of why societies collapse and civilizations die.  Meanwhile, a lucrative market has emerged...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-14 - Original post - cached version

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here”
– William Shakespeare (The Tempest Act 1 Scene 2)

War has always depended on a reliable system to spread its propaganda. The Arthashastra written by Chankya (350-283 BCE) who was chief advisor to the Emperor Chandragupta (the first ruler of...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-14 - Original post - cached version

American ‘news’-media present a very distorted view of America’s international relations. For example, consider this:

Retired Marine’s message about travel ban goes viral

2,306,988 views•Feb 10, 2017

Fox News, Hannity

Marine in Iraq [Steve Gern, Marine Staff Sergeant...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-13 - Original post - cached version

In the post WWII years two cultural revolutions swept both Asian and western civilisations appearing on the surface to have distinct characteristics, yet each resulting in profound moral cultural decay.

In America and Europe, the rise of modernism in painting, music, philosophy and...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-13 - Original post - cached version

Washington could only safely use a fraction of its arsenal without killing Americans with an unintended adverse series of cascading environmental effects, writes Joshua M. Pearce.

Joshua M. PEARCE

The White House’s 2021 budget calls for $28.9 billion for the Pentagon for nuclear...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-13 - Original post - cached version

A case can be made that the current financial panic will only subside when the ultimate black swan – Covid-19 – is contained.

Pepe ESCOBAR

Is the planet under the spell of a pair of black swans – a Wall Street meltdown, caused by an alleged oil war between Russia and the House of...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-13 - Original post - cached version

What constitutes water can be scientifically proven beyond any doubt, now what constitutes a nation-state is a far more organic question than it would seem. Each of us is very used to seeing maps with the same countries and lines on it throughout the years and take their existence as a given....

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-13 - Original post - cached version

Is that it? Nearly two decades of war – America’s longest-ever, almost twice as long as the Vietnam War – and now, finally, a dubious peace deal.

It’s a “deal” that could have been signed years ago by previous U.S. administrations, thereby saving hundreds of thousands of casualties and...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-12 - Original post - cached version

The decision to go-ahead with NATO’s biggest-ever war games in Europe at a time of heightened fears over the coronavirus sure raises questions about the military alliance’s stated purpose of maintaining security.

NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg has said the Defender-Europe 20...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-12 - Original post - cached version

It was quite the game-changing plot twist last Friday in Vienna when relatively polite discussions turned into a de facto OPEC+ meltdown.

Pepe ESCOBAR

Is the planet under the spell of a range of Black Swans – a Wall Street meltdown caused by an alleged oil war between Russia and...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-12 - Original post - cached version

Sanders needs to learn from Trump to defeat both Biden and Trump. Biden’s dementia is merely the most tangible reason that Trump would eat him alive. Biden has supported sanctions and wars of aggression at the cost of hundreds of thousands perhaps over a million lives in Iraq alone. A part of...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-12 - Original post - cached version

Vijay PRASHAD – Alejandro BEJARANO

Elon Musk, the head of Tesla, wants to build an electric car factory in Brazil. He was supposed to meet Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, in Miami in early March, but he was too busy; instead, Musk will go to Brazil sometime this year. All eyes ...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-12 - Original post - cached version

It is perhaps unusual to have a government that has as much disregard for what most would consider to be the truth as does the current group of rascals running the United States of America. To be sure, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is as shameless a liar as has ever been seen on any public...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-11 - Original post - cached version

President Rodrigo Duterte’s cancellation of key strategic pact with US has opened the way for Chinese infiltration

Jason CASTANEDA

As President Rodrigo Duterte moves to boot US troops from Philippine soil through the cancellation of a key defense pact, China’s People’s Liberation...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-11 - Original post - cached version

The Trump administration has weighed in to back Egypt in its long-running dispute with Ethiopia over a crucial hydroelectric dam about to come into operation. Instead of taking a consensual approach to resolve the stand-off, President Trump has ditched a mediator role for the U.S. to become an...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-11 - Original post - cached version

Conn M. HALLINAN

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest gamble in Syria’s civil war appears to have come up snake eyes. Instead of halting the Damascus government’s siege of the last rebel held province, Idlib, Turkey has backed off, and Ankara’s Syrian adventure is fueling...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-10 - Original post - cached version

Peter Van BUREN

Nothing is more viral than fear. Fear—fight or flight–is a terrible way to make decisions that call for time, science, and rational thinking. Want to screw up a public health crisis? Let fear drive.

Democrats, Pavlovian conditioned by years of believing everything...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-10 - Original post - cached version

The era of Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales was marked by revolutionary principles that transcended the region of Latin America. Together, Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia presented a unified, inspirational front. Seven years since the demise of Hugo Chavez, at a time when Cuba is persisting...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-10 - Original post - cached version

The Age of Enlightenment had a pretty good run from the 17th to 19th centuries. It led to the Industrial Age and, in concurrence, the Space and Information Ages. These historical epochs advanced humanity to crowning breakthroughs in science, medicine, information exchange, and quality of life....

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-10 - Original post - cached version

Now that mega-billionaire Bloomberg has realised the impossibility of being president of the United States, he has put his money behind Democrat and former vice-president Joe Biden who looks likely to be going to-to-toe with Trump for election in November. At first glance, he seems a reasonable...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-10 - Original post - cached version

Weak growth data and global economy outlook point towards a recession

Umesh DESAI

Oil prices have cratered and that should be good news for net importer Asia, right? Not really, if one were to look at the weak growth data and outlook for the global economy with a strong rally in...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-09 - Original post - cached version

Eric MARGOLIS

After 19 years of war, over $1 trillion in spending, 2,400 dead and a torrent of lies, the US may now be facing an end to its longest war.

The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001. There were three reasons: 1. to cover up the humiliation of the tough-talking Bush...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-09 - Original post - cached version

This Thursday, the markets took a 1000 point hit which was more than a little startling for many investors since the last 1000 point fall only happened three days prior… all in all bringing the financial markets to lows not seen since April 2011, and veering dangerously close to a precipice...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-09 - Original post - cached version

Robert FISK

America’s health care, its poor, its black and Hispanic minorities and the contest between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders don’t amount to a hill of beans in the Middle East.

And many American voters – save for pro-Israeli lobbyists, liberal Jewish groups and disparate...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-09 - Original post - cached version

History is filled with examples of Neville Chamberlain’s Folly: Old fools like the British prime minister in 1938 selling out Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union to the merciless bloodlust of Adolf Hitler and proclaiming “peace in our time” when there was no peace.

U.S. President Donald...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-09 - Original post - cached version

The End of an Era. When the first World War came to its end, intimations of an end to the European Era were already evident in symptoms: aching diplomatic joints, straitened perceptual political vision and the general financial health of the patient about to turn acute, as the constipated...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-08 - Original post - cached version

Rod DREHER

You will have heard that the Italian government is planning to put the entire region of Lombardy, as well as the area around Venice, under a one-month quarantine, probably starting tomorrow. Someone irresponsibly leaked the plan to the Italian media, which irresponsibly...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-08 - Original post - cached version

The over 1000 point plunge of the stock market on Feb 27th and broader ruptures of the financial system last week have been yet another wake up call for those who have been contented so far to “live in the moment” of fast money.

Since the 2008 financial crisis, which is considered the...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-08 - Original post - cached version

Once again it was Russia that just prevented the threatened ‘Muslim invasion’ of Europe advertised by Erdogan

Pepe ESCOBAR

At the start of their discussion marathon in Moscow on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-08 - Original post - cached version

Elections are supposed to solve problems by reordering government, adopting new policies, and putting new people in control. But how many elections must Israel have before it realizes it can do none of those things because it’s caught in an intractable constitutional bind?

The latest...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-07 - Original post - cached version

Fear of plague creates the panic necessary to take political action.

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-07 - Original post - cached version

Jacob BACHARACH

As much as I like Bernie Sanders and hope he prevails in the Democratic primary, I confess that there’s something gray and depressing about a crusty, seventy-something, New-Deal liberal representing the great electoral hope of the American left. There are, of course, a...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-07 - Original post - cached version

The latest are document-dumps and accompanying detailed explanations and translations of the revealed documents, and are from Bonanza Media. That’s a Finland-based website. Their “Bonanza Leaks” on 24 February 2020 shows photos of the official transcriptions of the witnesses’ testimony to the...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-07 - Original post - cached version

Well, it takes one to know one. The foul scheming and intrigues over the past nine years of war in Syria by the foreign aggressors and their terror proxies will have proven one thing to all the criminal accomplices – none of them can be trusted, even when they claim to be “partners”.

...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-06 - Original post - cached version



It now looks like Europe may be moving towards Migrant Crisis 2.0 as footage from the Greek border is pouring in over the Mainstream Media. However the key player to pay attention to is Turkey, they may have started the new migration problem and thus they may be the ones who can end it...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-06 - Original post - cached version

As Putin meeting looms, no one in Moscow believes any word, promise or cajoling from Erdogan anymore

Pepe ESCOBAR

The latest installment of the interminable Syria tragedy could be interpreted as Greece barely blocking a European “invasion” by Syrian refugees....

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-06 - Original post - cached version

While navigating through today’s propaganda-heavy world of misinformation, spin and outright creative writing which appears to have replaced conventional journalism, it is most important that two qualities are active in the mind of any truth-seeker. The first quality is the adherence to a strong...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-06 - Original post - cached version

Andrew LEVINE

Joe Biden is not the only bad idea, way past its “best if sold by” date, that the Clintonites who call the shots for the Democratic Party have resurrected; a Cold War with Russia and with China too, insofar as it can be done in a way that does not imperil the American...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-06 - Original post - cached version

Will Idlib be the tipping point for Erdogan whose troops are certainly taking a beating from Russia? If it is, Russia will finalise the process of bringing Assad in from the cold, in line with Gulf Arabs’ plans. But it will be the end of the affair for Putin and Erdogan.

It’s the last...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-06 - Original post - cached version

Turkey is threatening Europe with an influx of millions of refugees from Syria’s conflict, while the United States this week announced over $100 million in “humanitarian aid” for Syria. The Europeans are wringing their hands over further problems from unwanted migration, yet Brussels continues...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-05 - Original post - cached version

The most commonly reported mainstream media account of the creation of the Coronavirus suggests that it was derived from an animal borne microorganism found in a wild bat that was consumed by an ethnic Chinese resident of Wuhan. But there appears to be some evidence to dispute that in that...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-05 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

On a CNN panel on Monday, host John King spoke with Politico reporter Alex Thompson about the possibility of Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard qualifying on...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-05 - Original post - cached version

The royal family in the UK is having its very foundations shaken by both the controversial departure of Prince Harry and Meghan and now startling new revelations which compromise Prince Andrew even further, since his “car crash” interview with BBC, over his alleged relationship with a sex-...

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