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Strategic Culture - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version

Scott Ritter probes Oleg Smolenkov’s role as a CIA asset and the use of his data by the director of the CIA to cast doubt over the 2016 U.S. presidential election. 

Scott RITTER

Reports that the CIA conducted an emergency exfiltration of a long-time human intelligence source who...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

I didn’t watch the last Democratic presidential primary debates because I figured that without Tulsi Gabbard in there shaking things up it would be a boring, vapid parade of...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-15 - Original post - cached version

TruePublica

According to Bloomberg News this morning, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed he is set to defy the new law designed to stop him forcing the U.K. out of the European Union with no deal next month, and is braced for a fight to settle Brexit in court.

According to...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Eric MARGOLIS

A large number of Americans still don’t believe the official version of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. I am one of them.

The government and tame media version – that crazed Muslims directed by Osama bin Laden attacked New York’s twin towers and the...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Departure of US security hawk lowers the risk of war and has changed the dynamic in energy markets

William PESEK

Turns out, John Bolton is good for something: brightening the outlook for Asia’s inflation and growth.

Oil prices fell $1 per barrel within hours of news US...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Eric ZUESSE

Now Twitter is just as corrupt (propaganda-organizations) as Google and Facebook and MSNBC and CNN and Fox and the Washington Post and The Atlantic and all the rest.

Caitlin Johnstone nailed it, on September 12th, under the headline “...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-13 - Original post - cached version

Ilana NOVICK

The phrase “The Koch Brothers” has become a shorthand for the insidious spread of radical right-wing power in America. But even those of us who devoured Jane Mayer’s book “Dark Money,” as well as the work of other journalists who illuminated the reach of billionaires Charles...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-13 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

Twitter has suspended multiple large Cuban media accounts for reasons the social media platform has yet to explain as of this writing, a move which journalist Dan Cohen has...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-12 - Original post - cached version

The trial date for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his cohorts for their role in the September 11, 2001 attacks, which were responsible for the deaths of 2,976 people, has been finally set.

For January 11, 2021.

Wrap your heads around that for a moment. Kids who were...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-12 - Original post - cached version

The departure of the China hawk might clear the way for a trade-and-technology deal

SPENGLER

President Trump needs a trade deal with China as quickly as possible to avert a sharp slowdown of the US economy, as recent polls have made clear. There won’t be any deal unless the US...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Binoy KAMPMARK

In 2017, MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Tory creature trapped in cold storage, suggested that the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union was tantamount to fighting the battles of Agincourt, Waterloo and Trafalgar, a true statement of British strength. (Much inconsistency there, but...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Russophobic rhetoric persists in Washington, but a counter-argument is emerging.

Patrick LAWRENCE

Are Western democracies, the U.S. and France in the lead, rethinking the hostility toward Russia they conjured out of nothing since Moscow responded to the coup Washington cultivated...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

Chatter surrounding a potential exit for the uberhawk national security advisor has reached a fever pitch.

Curt MILLS

For a year-and-a-half, John Bolton has been Donald Trump’s bad cop.

Don’t believe me? Just ask the president.

Flashback to last Christmas,...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

Additional tariffs on Chinese imports due in October could push the country into recession

David P. GOLDMAN

Private payrolls grew by only 96,000 in August, far below the consensus expectation. Including government jobs, total payrolls rose by 130,000, although the count was...

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

From Cambodia to Brazil and Argentina and back to Bangkok gave Pepe Escobar insights into the disastrous course his native land is taking. 

Pepe ESCOBAR

We were just beginning to hit cruising speed in our wide-ranging, 2 hour and 10 minute world exclusive interview with former...

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

Maj. Danny SJURSEN

Yemen is a nightmare, a catastrophe, a mess—and the United States is highly complicit in the whole disaster. Refueling Saudi aircraft in-flight, providing targeting intelligence to the kingdom and selling the requisite bombs that have been dropped for years now on...

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

Robert Mugabe is the sort of figure that always caused discomfort.  He was a permanent revolutionary, becoming, in time, the despotic ruler who frittered away revolutionary gain.  He played multiple roles in international political consciousness.  As Zimbabwe’s strongman, he was demonised and...

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

Eric MARGOLIS

According to the great military thinker, Maj. Gen. J.F.C. Fuller, ‘the object of war is not victory. It is to achieve political goals.’

Too bad President Donald Trump does not read books. He has started economic wars against China, Russia, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-07 - Original post - cached version

Edward CURTIN

Back in the 1960s, the CIA official Cord Meyer said the agency needed to “court the compatible left.”  He knew that drawing liberals and leftists into the CIA’s orbit was the key to efficient propaganda.  Right-wing and left-wing collaborators were needed to create a...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-07 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

Do you lay awake at night terrified that the Russians are able to control your mind with information warfare while the US government’s slavish devotion to democratic values...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-06 - Original post - cached version

Andre VLTCHEK

Many have already noticed: The U.S. really, really doesn’t feel like the world leader, or even as a ‘first world country’. Of course, I write that sarcastically, as I detest expressions like ‘first world’, and the ‘third world’. But readers know what I mean.

Bridges,...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-06 - Original post - cached version

There is too much history here. Maybe it’s time for their longtime benefactor to step away.

Doug BANDOW

In Washington, there is only one foreign policy position: America must do more. More of what doesn’t much matter. Just more. More money. More troops. More pressure....

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-05 - Original post - cached version

Maj. Danny SJURSEN

It has taken me years to tell these stories. The emotional and moral wounds of the Afghan War have just felt too recent, too raw. After all, I could hardly write a thing down about my Iraq War experience for nearly ten years, when, by accident, I churned out a book on...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-05 - Original post - cached version

John W. WHITEHEAD

“The exile of prisoners to a distant place, where they can ‘pay their debt to society,’ make themselves useful, and not contaminate others with their ideas or their criminal acts, is a practice as old as civilization itself. The rulers of ancient Rome and...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-04 - Original post - cached version

With Brexit, Britain is facing down a regressive, authoritarian, oligarch-backed far-right political project.

he BBC’s flagship current affairs program Newsnight described the challenge facing the British Parliament this week using...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-04 - Original post - cached version

Ron PAUL

The US Constitution never granted the federal government authority to create a central bank. The Founders, having lived through hyperinflation themselves, understood that government should never have a printing press at its disposal. But from the very beginning of America’s...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-03 - Original post - cached version

Patrick J. BUCHANAN

Sunday, the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Poland, Vice President Mike Pence spoke in Warsaw’s Pilsudski Square of “five decades of untold suffering and death that followed” the invasion. Five decades!

What Pence was saying was that, for Poland, World...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-03 - Original post - cached version

Stephen LENDMAN

The UN Charter and other international laws are clear and unequivocal. 

No nation may legally interfere in the internal affairs of others for any reasons at any time — except in self-defense if attacked.

The US hasn’t been attacked by another nation since...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-02 - Original post - cached version

The Free Thought Project

“The exile of prisoners to a distant place, where they can ‘pay their debt to society,’ make themselves useful, and not contaminate others with their ideas or their criminal acts, is a practice as old as civilization itself. The rulers of ancient Rome...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-02 - Original post - cached version

It’s supposed to make Britain more independent. But it might put her at the mercy of Mike Pompeo’s Iran policy.

Barbara BOLAND

By unyoking London from Europe, a no deal Brexit would unleash a titanic shift in global alliances that could strengthen Washington’s hand and...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-01 - Original post - cached version

Melvin GOODMAN

U.S. defense spending is out of control, severely undermining our ability to tackle climate change, infrastructure needs, health care, and other national challenges.  The mainstream media, particularly the New York Times and Washington Post, contribute to the problem of...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-01 - Original post - cached version

Robert SCHEER

The remarkable story of Robin Cloud’s family gets to the heart of one of the deepest wounds in American society: racism. Cloud, a comedian, author and film director who recently spoke with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer on his podcast “Scheer Intelligence,” comes...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-31 - Original post - cached version

Graham VANBERGEN

Britain is, as I have said so many times now, circling the plughole. It’s becoming so … American isn’t it. Corrupt self-serving politicians in bed with bankers and hedge funds are driving the country towards the abyss. And all the indicators for a fully functioning...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-31 - Original post - cached version

Former Brazilian leader wishes emerging economies were closer, recalls Obama ‘crashing’ Copenhagen climate meet

Pepe ESCOBAR

In a wide-ranging, two-hour-plus, exclusive interview from a prison room in Curitiba in southern Brazil, former Brazilian president Luis Inacio Lula da...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-30 - Original post - cached version

Jeff THOMAS

The Akkadian Empire is often regarded as the world’s first empire, reaching its peak between the 24th and 22nd centuries BC, some 4,400 years ago.

It was in the Middle East, home of quite a few empires over the millennia. It began with King Sargon, who, having succeeded...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-30 - Original post - cached version

You won’t find any shallow hashtags at the former concentration camp, just quiet, powerful reality.

Peter VAN BUREN

Right now, someone in the media is finding another excuse to proclaim that Trump is Hitler, America is Germany 1933, and detention centers on the southern...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-29 - Original post - cached version

Patrick J. BUCHANAN

President Donald Trump, who canceled a missile strike on Iran, after the shoot-down of a U.S. Predator drone, to avoid killing Iranians, may not want a U.S. war with Iran. But the same cannot be said of Bibi Netanyahu.

Saturday, Israel launched a night attack on...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-29 - Original post - cached version

Joel WHITNEY

One of the first casualties of the 2009 Honduras coup was the 19-year-old son of a pastor, who was shot in the back of the head by U.S.-outfitted snipers.

On July 5 that year, Pastor Jose David Murillo, a well-known environmentalist, attended a rally in Tegucigalpa to...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-28 - Original post - cached version

Daniel Lazare analyzes the Trump-Bojo attacks on democracy and equality.

Daniel LAZARE

It’s tempting to describe President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and their ilk as the new Vandals.  But that would be unfair to the old Vandals, fifth-century Germanic tribesmen...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-28 - Original post - cached version

Meanwhile, fires rage in the Amazon and Brazilian President Bolsonaro has become a target of global indignation.

Pepe ESCOBAR

Brazil has always been a land of superlatives. Yet nothing beats the current, perverse configuration: a world statesman lingers in jail while a clownish...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

Mathew MAAVAK

There is no shortage of social justice causes trumpeted by the West† with a revolving medley of “child actorvists” at the forefront. The logical observer may question whether these endless multi-billion dollar campaigns have had any tangible effect at all, except in serving...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

China has already won the critical engagement in the conflict between Washington and Beijing

SPENGLER

As the United States and China escalate the past year’s trade dispute into full-scale economic war, the decisive fact in the conflict has gone entirely unmentioned:...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-26 - Original post - cached version

John W. WHITEHEAD

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out … without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-26 - Original post - cached version

Andrew LEVINE

It is a basic fact of economic life in capitalist economies: recessions happen, there are cycles of boom and bust.

By the 1850s, Karl Marx had pretty well figured out the how and why, the underlying mechanisms. His account has held up well over the years, though you...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-25 - Original post - cached version

TruePublica

This is the formal description of a failed state – “A failed state is a political body that has disintegrated to a point where basic conditions and responsibilities of a sovereign government no longer function properly. A state can also fail if the government loses its...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-25 - Original post - cached version

Eric S. MARGOLIS

Cut down the trees. Kill the wild animals. Burn the bush. Pollute the rivers. Pave over the grass. Raise more beef, pigs and poultry in cages.

That’s the credo of the new right. Hatred of Nature is an integral part of its politics. President Donald Trump is the...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-24 - Original post - cached version

Nicholas WEST

Nothing calms the public quite like gunfire in heavily populated areas. Nevertheless, the U.S. Army has plans to do just that starting August 30th and continuing to September 12th in 21 select counties in North Carolina.

While exact locations are not being released,...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-24 - Original post - cached version

Tim RADFORD

European and US scientists have cleared up a point that has been nagging away at climate science for decades: not only is the planet warming faster than at any time in the last 2,000 years, but this unique climate change really does have neither a historic precedent nor a...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-23 - Original post - cached version

Doug BANDOW

President Donald Trump wants to purchase Greenland, a self-governing territory of Denmark. “Strategically, it’s interesting,” he observed, though “it is not number one on the burner.”

Alas, the Danes aren’t impressed. “Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-23 - Original post - cached version

TruePublica

At TruePublica we have written endlessly about the continued slow strangulation of civil liberties and human rights in Britain. We have warned about the rise of a techno-Stasi-state where technology is harnessed and used against civilians without any debate or indeed any real...

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