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Strategic Culture - 2019-08-18 - Original post - cached version

Thom HARTMANN

There’s a direct link between a sociopathic killer in 1927 and the GOP’s willingness to embrace a sociopathic president like Trump. That link runs through the work of Ayn Rand.

When Donald Trump was running for the GOP nomination, he told USA Today’s Kirsten Powers ...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-18 - Original post - cached version

Two re-emergent states on opposite shores of the Gulf of Aden are attempting to rise above the ashes of genocidal civil wars to establish themselves among the ranks of nations. On the northern coast of the Gulf of Aden are forces that have been fighting for the restoral of the independence of...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-18 - Original post - cached version

Time was when flying to Hong Kong was a really big thrill – or maybe scare would be a better term. Its old airport, Kai Tak, was right in the middle of bustling downtown Hong Kong. Flying into Kai Tak used up 11 of one’s 12 lives.

The wide-bodied jumbo aircraft would drop down into a long...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-18 - Original post - cached version

Italian Interior Minister and leader of The League Matteo Salvini was thwarted in his push to get control of Italy’s fractious political landscape recently. Salvini pushed for new elections after declaring the coalition government with Five Star Movement unworkable.

His motion to bring a...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-18 - Original post - cached version

White supremacy has a very long history in North America. The Real News discuss its origins and the history of struggle against it with Prof. Gerald Horne.

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-17 - Original post - cached version

Paul STREET

For revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.

– Frederick Douglass, July 4, 1852

One of the occupational and intellectual hazards of being a historian is that current events often seem far less new to...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-17 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

The ridiculous corporate media freakout over Senator Bernie Sanders’ entirely legitimate accusations of pro-establishment bias continues today, with shrill, absurd new...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-17 - Original post - cached version

A few years ago, very few people understood the concept behind color revolutions.

Had Russia and China’s leadership not decided to unite in solidarity in 2012 when they began vetoing the overthrow of Bashar al Assad in Syria- followed by their alliance around the Belt and Road Initiative...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-17 - Original post - cached version

With each new mass shooting to hit the Heartland, calls reverberate across sections of the political spectrum for major infringements to be placed on gun ownership – in contravention of the US Constitution.

Gun ownership has prevented untold deaths, assaults and robberies over the years,...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-16 - Original post - cached version

Scott RITTER

In the aftermath of the second Democratic primary debate on July 31, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard emerged as the most Googled of all candidates, an indication that her performance (which included a stunning takedown of California Sen. Kamala Harris over her criminal justice...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-16 - Original post - cached version

India’s unilateral abrogation of the autonomous status of Kashmir, previously guaranteed by the Indian Constitution, is but a first step toward nations around the world taking steps to seize higher altitude land as global warming and sea-level rise increasingly cascade in intensity. Warming...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-16 - Original post - cached version

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s June 27 interview with the Financial Times newspaper in London stating that liberal internationalism is now toxic and dying unleashed a totally predictable wave of outrage across the West. But Putin knew what he was doing and saying and of course he was...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-16 - Original post - cached version

Matt AGORIST

In the days following the tragic shootings in Dayton and El Paso, politicians have been working over time to use these tragedies to take away your right to self-defense. Democrats and Republicans alike have joined forces to pass sweeping regulations that could serve as a...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-16 - Original post - cached version

Trade war with US, Hong Kong protests showing no signs of slowing – is China on the verge of a collapse? If the collapse does come, what next? Are America’s fingerprints on the protests, as China claims?

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-16 - Original post - cached version

There is an eminently reasonable and feasible way to avoid conflict in the Persian Gulf, and to secure peace. The principles of multilateralism and international law must be adhered to. It seems almost astounding that one has to appeal for such obvious basic norms.

Fortunately, Russia has...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-15 - Original post - cached version

America’s Militarized Profession of Faith

William J. ASTORE

When I was a teenager in the 1970s, I looked to the heavens: to God and Christianity (as arbitrated by the Catholic Church) and to the soaring warbirds of the U.S. military, which I believed kept us safe. To my mind then,...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-15 - Original post - cached version

When Washington announced a few weeks ago the formation of a maritime “international coalition” to “protect shipping” in the Persian Gulf, many observers were skeptical. Now skepticism has rightly turned to alarm, as the proposed US-led “coalition” transpires to comprise a grand total of just...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-15 - Original post - cached version

Patrick COCKBURN

On 8 May 1987 a Provisional IRA unit of eight men attacked a police station in the village of Loughgall in county Armagh 15 miles from the Irish border. One man drove a digger with a bomb in its bucket towards the building, half of which was destroyed in the explosion....

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-15 - Original post - cached version

Sanctions are economic warfare, pure and simple. As an alternative to a direct military attack on a country that is deemed to be misbehaving they are certainly preferable, but no one should be under any illusions regarding what they actually represent. They are war by other means and they are...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

Matt AGORIST

Adult and child sex trafficking is an unfortunate and horrifying reality that plagues countries around the world—including the United States. As TFTP has reported, people have been arrested attempting to purchase children as young as three-months-old to abuse them, including...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

Geopolitics is based on the nature of politics and relations defined by the real spaces in which we live. Over time thanks to technology these spaces have changed and have become much closer. The seas that used to make a ground invasion impossible have become much smaller on a planet where a...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

Five years after the colonial massacre unleashed by Israel on Gaza, known as Operation Protective Edge, Israeli politicians are still eyeing the enclave for ultimate destruction. Former IDF Chief and leader of the Blue and White Party, Benny Gantz, is promoting the same violent tactics that...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

Mass media narrative managers have been throwing a fit ever since Senator Bernie Sanders criticized The Washington Post for providing unfair coverage of him at a New...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

Some say Trump did it, some say the Clintons did it, some say the FBI or Mossad did it, some say he is not even dead…

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

Conflict is popping up everywhere: A major portion of the Turkish army stands ready to invade parts of Syria (though invasion may have been averted for now); PM Modi may just have ignited the next round of Kashmir wars with Pakistan with his Hindu ‘nationalist’ putsch to annex Muslim majority...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version

There’s been panic this month over tariffs, currency, and the ‘inverted yield curve.’ Here’s what it really means.

Christopher WHALEN

Is the U.S. economy headed for another recession? The short answer is no.

After a decade of aggressive market manipulation by the Federal...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version

Patrick COCKBURN

Fifty years ago, the Battle of the in Derry between Catholics and police, combined with the attacks on Catholic areas of Belfast by Protestants, led to two crucial developments that were to define the political landscape for decades: the arrival of the British army and...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version

Since Boris Johnson took over as Britain’s new prime minister three weeks ago he has been holding intensive phone calls with US President Donald Trump, according to media reports. There is a buzz that the much-vaunted “special relationship” between the US and Britain is finding new ardor.

...
Strategic Culture - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version

It so happened that when the most recent Kashmir crisis broke on 5 August I was at a gathering of the UN Blue Berets of Kashmir. We served together in that beautiful but now chaotic region 39 years ago and have had a reunion almost every year since then. We have rarely been able to discuss good...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-12 - Original post - cached version

Craig MURRAY

There are a number of royal palaces and grand residences of former Presidents and Prime Ministers where the inhabitants have a little bit more spring in their step following the death of Jeffrey Epstein. The media is rushing to attach the label “conspiracy theory” to any...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-12 - Original post - cached version

Until recently I had believed like many that Jimmy Carter is not your typical politician. Standing out from the vast array of sellouts and establishment hacks, the ex-President has often appeared as the lone voice of reason in America’s establishment calling out the injustices of American...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-12 - Original post - cached version

There’s a good reason the presidential hopeful met with Assad, but the media doesn’t want to talk about it.

Scott RITTER

It was eight minutes of hell for Kamala Harris. Onstage at the second Democratic debate in Michigan, Harris was subjected to a blistering assault on her record...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-12 - Original post - cached version

I used to be a Democrat, until the majority of Democrats in the US Senate voted in 2002 for George W. Bush’s 2003 catastrophic invasion of Iraq, even though everything that Bush and his Administration were alleging the invasion to be based on were mere lies, by him and his Administration. A...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-12 - Original post - cached version

Did President Trump call neo-Nazis “very fine people” during a famous press conference following the Charlottesville riots of August 2017? The major media reported that he did. But what if their reporting is wrong? Worse, what if their reporting is wrong and they know it’s wrong? A straight...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-12 - Original post - cached version

Italian leader Matteo Salvini is in the headlines again, now openly threatening divorce with his coalition partner, Five Star Movement (M5S).

Salvini unleashed another round of rhetorical bombs at M5S to get on them board with his part of the agenda. But that seems to have failed and he...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-11 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

The always reliable NBC News has published an important and informative article titled “Russia-linked Twitter accounts promoted ‘doxxing’ over racial tension videos”, which...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-11 - Original post - cached version

Arch Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is being taunted by major US media outlets and at political rallies as a “Russian asset”. Meanwhile, Britain’s Daily Telegraph reports on “super-secret” Russian submarines which are “operating unseen” in British territorial waters.

The collapse in...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-11 - Original post - cached version

Eric S. MARGOLIS

Two of the world’s most important powers, India and Pakistan, are locked into an extremely dangerous confrontation over the bitterly disputed Himalayan mountain state of Kashmir. Both are nuclear armed.

Kashmir has been a flashpoint since Imperial Britain divided...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-11 - Original post - cached version

The influential economic commentator on Europe, Ambrose Pritchard Evans, writes:

“German industry is in the deepest slump since the global financial crisis, and threatens to push Europe’s powerhouse economy into full-blown recession. The darkening outlook is forcing the...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-10 - Original post - cached version

In addition to the Armenians, the Ottomans slaughtered untold numbers of Syriac, Chaldean and Assyrians in 1915.

Sam SWEENEY

The life of Hanna Danho’s grandfather is a small tile in a much larger mosaic: the tragedy that Syriac, Assyrian, and Chaldean Christians have lived through...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-10 - Original post - cached version

A vast sweeping change towards a “green economy” is now being pushed by forces that may make an educated citizen rather uncomfortable.

Of course, news reports flash daily showcasing the brave young movement of “eco-warriors” led by Sweden’s 16 year old Greta Thunberg or America’s 17 year...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-10 - Original post - cached version

Beijing has a lot of influence over Pakistan and indirectly is in a position to leverage the next moves by Islamabad

M.K. BHADRAKUMAR

In the aftermath of the Indian government’s decision to remove “special status” for Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two union territories...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-10 - Original post - cached version

The Cold War perception of space travel as being very human-oriented with man conquering Mars to build the Capitalist or Communist cities of tomorrow has been completely replaced by the reality that drones are much better suited for space exploration than humans. When it comes to military...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-09 - Original post - cached version

Economic migrants use it as an easy means into the country, but Trump has options.

Peter VAN BUREN

America’s asylum laws, meant to help the most vulnerable, have instead become a clogged backdoor for economic migrants. The Trump administration is restoring asylum to its correct...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-09 - Original post - cached version

Washington’s withdrawal from the INF Treaty is just the latest move against Russia that will serve to intensify an arms race on the European continent that is already underway. It may also force Russia to take things to the next level.

Aside from the unprecedented stockpiling of weapons...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-09 - Original post - cached version

Craig MURRAY

Douglas Adams famously suggested that the answer to life, the universe and everything is 42. In the world of the political elite, the answer is Russiagate. What has caused the electorate to turn on the political elite, to defeat Hillary and to rush to Brexit? Why, the evil...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-09 - Original post - cached version

There seems no longer any attempt, or semblance, of seeking diplomacy by Washington. Sanctions and aggression are wielded with reckless abandon. Russia, China, and even America’s own supposed European allies are subject to sanctions by Washington in a high-handed dismissal of any mutual dialogue...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-08 - Original post - cached version

Daniel LARISON

Mike Pompeo has written a tedious op-ed for USA Today justifying the administration’s bankrupt Iran policy. He concludes:

As we raise the cost of Iran’s expansionism and the status quo, we seek a comprehensive deal and a far more peaceful, stable...

Strategic Culture - 2019-07-17 - Original post - cached version

Southeast Asian nation has dramatically whipsawed between US-China trade war winner to potential next big tariffed loser

David HUTT

The popular consensus is that Vietnam has been one of the world’s biggest US-China trade war winners, as global supply chains shift production away...

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