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Strategic Culture - 2020-01-20 - Original post - cached version

The New York Times caused a mini-commotion last week with a front-page story suggesting that Russian intelligence had hacked a Ukrainian energy firm known as Burisma Holdings in order to get dirt on Joe Biden and help Donald Trump win re-election.

But the article was flimsy even by...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-20 - Original post - cached version

Ted RALL

OK, not the actual Russian government but a private troll farm company located in Russia — bought $100,000 worth of political ads on Facebook designed to change the outcome of the 2016 election. Except that only a small fraction of those ads were political. Also except that the...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-20 - Original post - cached version

On the 17 September 1656, Oliver Cromwell, a Protestant Puritan, who had won a civil war, and had the English king beheaded in public, railed against England’s enemies. There was, he told Parliament that day, an axis of evil abroad in the world. And this axis – led by Catholic Spain – was, at...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-19 - Original post - cached version

Not since the 1930s has European appeasement been seen to be so cowardly, so cynical and ultimately so recklessly leading to greater escalation and war.

In the 1930s, British and French appeasement of Nazi fascism led to World War II. Nearly a century later, the same unscrupulous fawning...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-19 - Original post - cached version

By desperately wielding the sword of victimhood, Elizabeth Warren insults, not empowers her sex.

Barbara BOLAND

The media cannot forgive Bernie Sanders for refusing to “bend the knee” to Elizabeth Warren regarding her recounting of a now infamous December...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-19 - Original post - cached version

And so the first Domino in the “Russiagate” scandal has decided to stand back up. Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn the former national security advisor to President Trump now says that he is innocent and was forced into confessing due to “The prosecutors concoct(ing) the alleged ‘false...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-19 - Original post - cached version

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.
Now this conjunction of an immense military...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-19 - Original post - cached version

“There is a kind of character in thy life, That to the observer doth thy history, fully unfold.”

– William Shakespeare

Once again we find ourselves in a situation of crisis, where the entire world holds its breath all at once and can only wait to see whether this volatile black...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-19 - Original post - cached version

Moscow and Ankara jointly called for a Libyan ceasefire to start a negotiation process. To the surprise of many, this move actually worked.

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-18 - Original post - cached version

Qasem Soleimani’s only recorded interview — his only extensive public statement — was issued online by Iran’s Government, translated into English, the very day it was broadcast, October 1, 2019, but U.S.-and-allied (propaganda) ’news’-media ignored it; and, so, here, for the first time, is that...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-18 - Original post - cached version

Daniel LARISON

Tom Friedman’s latest column obviously wasn’t fact-checked before it was published:

And then, a few weeks later, Trump ordered the killing of Suleimani, an action that required him to shift more troops into the region and tell Iraqis that we’re not...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-18 - Original post - cached version

Following a protest against a ‘drag queen story time’ at a library in Australia, Wilson Gavin, 21, the president of the University of Queensland Liberal National Club, was found dead the next morning at a train station. Local media, while going out its way to portray Gavin and his fellow...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-18 - Original post - cached version

Patrick ARMSTRONG

(Written on the evening of. So subject to reconsideration/revision/outright denial as we learn more.)

I didn’t expect any of it. Neither did anyone else, whatever the so-called experts outgassing on the...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-18 - Original post - cached version

After the Iraqi parliament vote to end US troop presence, the US is in no mood to discuss abiding by the wishes of the Iraqi government. When Prime Minister Mahdi called Pompeo to discuss terms for US withdrawal, the Trump Administration threatened to seize billions of Iraqi dollars held in the...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-18 - Original post - cached version

I think any sane human being can agree that while war was never a good idea, war in the 21st century is an absolutely intolerable one. The problem we currently face is that many of the forces driving world events towards an all-out war of “Mutually Assured Annihilation” are anything but sane....

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

From Obama to Trump, the Escalation of Drone Warfare

Allegra HARPOOTLIAN

We’re only a few days into the new decade and it’s somehow already a bigger dumpster fire than the last. On January 2nd, President Trump decided to order what one expert called “the most important decapitation...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

The stepping back from the brink of war last week seems to have been achieved by the Trump administration and Iran both working together behind the scenes to coordinate a face-saving de-escalation. Both sides knew war would be disastrous and balked. At least for now.

Iran’s barrage of...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

Fears grow that a phase two accord between Beijing and Washington will struggle to get off the drawing board

Gordon WATTS

Great expectations were replaced by even greater euphoria after China and the United States finally hammered out a phase one trade deal just...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

When Matteo Salvini’s Lega won the state elections in Umbria in late October few, if any, noticed. Lega and the Brothers of Italy and Forza Italia took at whopping 53% of the vote, with Lega taking 37%.

It was this result that should have had everyone in Brussels worried. But since they...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

If Russians are trying to affect American elections then they are going to have a rough time competing with Multinational Big Media and Big Finance who already own the US Presidential campaign cycle lock, stock and barrel.

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

Libya stands at a precarious watershed between a peaceful political settlement – or further civil war. But at least the two main warring factions this week entered into a process of dialogue when they attended a summit in Moscow hosted by Russia.

Turkey was the second party at the summit...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-16 - Original post - cached version

What is Russia’s real position on Libya? Has it shifted sides or playing a double game? And what strategy can Turkey’s Erdogan take now, so that he remains a friend to Putin but also a winner in Tripoli? Martin Jay asks the Tripoli-based analyst Mohamed Eljarh for his take on who are the winners...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-16 - Original post - cached version

Ron PAUL

President Trump’s decision earlier this month to assassinate Iran’s top military general on Iraqi soil – over the objection of the Iraqi government – has damaged the US relationship with its “ally” Iraq and set the region on the brink of war. Iran’s measured response – a few...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-16 - Original post - cached version

Chilean human rights and memory organisations have long pointed out that the Chilean military is one main factor obstructing the course of justice with regard to dictatorship-era crimes. The pact of silence has provided impunity for the many officials, agents and soldiers involved in torturing,...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-16 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

The hashtag #CNNIsTrash is the number one trend on Twitter as of this writing due to the network’s appalling treatment of Bernie Sanders in last night’s Democratic...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-16 - Original post - cached version

Everyone has heard by now that Soleimani was responsible for 600 American deaths… but where does this oddly specific number come from? Today on “Questions For Corbett,” James finds the answer at the bottom of a barrel of neocon lies.

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-16 - Original post - cached version

Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance commits all members to participate in the defense of any single member that is attacked. An attack on one is an attack on all. Forged in the early stages of the cold war, the alliance originally included most of the leading non-...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Trump’s response to the attack on two US military bases showcase a hopeful about face on a dark age agenda which many thought could lead nowhere but World War III in the immediate days following Soleimani’s murder on January 3.

Immediately after the Iranian counter-attacks occurred on...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Former Bush administration official Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says that reports of US pressure on the OPCW’s Syria chemical weapons investigation in Douma recall the Bush administration’s coercion of the IAEA and OPCW before the Iraq war.

Aaron MATÉ

OPCW whistleblowers have exposed a...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Iran is not done. General Hajizadeh, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force, said in a briefing yesterday that the strike “was the starting point of a great operation”. He also underlined that “the strikes were not meant to cause fatalities: We intended [rather] to deliver a blow to the enemy’s...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Thomas S. HARRINGTON

The Catalan conflict is generating a constitutional crisis in Madrid with far-reaching implications for the future of the European Union. In a stunning and legally questionable move on January 3, Spain’s Central Electoral Commission voted to remove Catalan President...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

I suppose it is necessary, considering the bleak and humorless times we live in, to immediately start by acknowledging that the headline is meant as satire, what Webster defines as a form of “ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

Fintan O’TOOLE

We are so used to egregious lies we scarcely notice them anymore. But we may be entering a new phase of official mendacity. Governments don’t usually resort to lies that have long been exploded – they think up new ones instead. Yet if the...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

In the 2016 science fiction sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, actor Jeff Goldblum, describing the targeting priorities of aliens invading the Earth, says, “They like to get the landmarks.” In both Independence Day and its sequel, movie viewers were treated to scenes of macabre-looking...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

The New York Times reports that GRU operatives launched a successful “phishing attack” on the Ukrainian gas company at the heart of scandalous allegations about Joe Biden,...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

According to BBC’s top expert on jihadist movements, official publications from ISIS are now calling the killing of the Iranian General Qasem Soleimani an act of God, and are portraying Shiite Iran as Muslims’ greatest enemy, more so even than powers that don’t claim to be Muslim.

In a...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

Never reluctant to poke its nose into regions where it has no commitments or relevance, the Nato military alliance is stumbling round in Iraq, the crucible of Middle Eastern disruption. Following the U.S. drone-strike killing of Iranian General Soleimani and the deputy commander of Iraq’s...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

Daniel LARISON

Walter Russell Mead makes another far-fetched claim:

America’s alignment with the principles of freedom is both a major foreign-policy advantage and a source of confusion and distress. On the positive side, despite America’s flaws and inconsistencies, ...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version

In early January 2020, Serbian media reported the sensational news that recently declassified British Ministry of Defense files contained important new evidence suggesting that the official account of what happened in Srebrenica was unfounded.

As from time to time has been the case,...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

The government which runs a globe-spanning empire led by a reality TV host keeps talking about the lack of normality in the nation of Iran.

...
Strategic Culture - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version

Eric MARGOLIS

What ever happened to Iraq? Is it not an independent country with a democratic government thanks to the 2003 US invasion? So says Washington.

The murder of senior Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani suddenly shone a strobe light on ‘independent’ Iraq, and what...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version
Оn #PropagandaWatch we look at how the propagandists are wringing their hands over the plunging popularity of their dinosaur media outlets.
Strategic Culture - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version

“Pelosi is crushing McConnell, step by strategic step.”

So a true-blue liberal website known as the Daily Kos declared in a bizarre headline last month. It’s as good an example as any of how completely Democrats have retreated into a fantasy world all their own.

Pelosi is not...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

Democratic Party royal family member Chris Cuomo delivered a pearl-clutching, hand-wringing monologue on CNN last night about how appalling and outrageous it is for...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Our confrontation with Iran is part of a larger overconfidence in our military to solve all the world’s problems.

Andrew J. BACEVICH

Critics of the Soleimani assassination point out that it was an action devoid of strategic purpose. They are...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind
– Edward Gibbon

Counterfactual history is generally a waste of time because, in the end, it’s just speculation. But it’s fun and it can sometimes illuminate factual history.

For...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

Democratic Party royal family member Chris Cuomo delivered a pearl-clutching, hand-wringing monologue on CNN last night about how appalling and outrageous it is for...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

War hawks in Israel and Washington have been quick to denounce Iran’s nuclear power ambitions for years with the repeated excuse that “Iran has so much oil that nuclear energy is irrelevant for them- unless they wanted to build an Islamic Bomb!”

Hogwash. As we shall come to see, not only...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

On 20 December 2019 President Vladimir Putin intervened very publicly to correct the West’s fake history of the origins and waging of World War II. Four days later, obviously exasperated, he took aim at Poland, characterising the Polish ambassador in Berlin during the latter 1930s, Jósef Lipski...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-11 - Original post - cached version

The President has called Iran the “world’s top terrorist” but, if a state-actor like Iran that uses force is now to be considered a terrorist then Donald Trump’s America would be terrorist #1, as it has destroyed far more than Tehran could dream of.

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