Russia’s VE Parade This Week Proves Its Draconian, Costly, Repressive Lockdown Was Never Warranted

Related: MAD KING Putin to Hold a Parade 90 Days After Proclaiming Black Death Has Reached Russia Europe’s Freest Nation Holds the Continent’s Only Victory Day Parade (VIDEO) This Wednesday Russia is going to hold the VE Day parade that was supposed to be held on May 9th Victory Day but was pushed back as … Continue reading “Russia’s VE Parade This Week Proves Its Draconian, Costly, Repressive Lockdown Was Never Warranted”

Virtue Signaling Maryland Officials Ignore Brutal Killing by Their Own Cops

Perhaps the most outrageous police killing of the year continues to be almost completely ignored by the American media.  Montgomery County, Maryland politicians and government officials have loudly lamented police killings in Minneapolis and elsewhere while continuing to cover up a no-knock raid that is difficult to distinguish from an extrajudicial killing. Since banning so-called … Continue reading “Virtue Signaling Maryland Officials Ignore Brutal Killing by Their Own Cops”

Oil Is Back at $40, but US Production Is Down 20% From Peak

Oil Is Back to $40 What Does That Signal? After dipping into negative territory crude is back ato $40. What does that mean?Oil analyst Phil Flynn says Oil’s Road Back to $40 Signals Economic and Job Snap Back. The road back to $40-a-barrel oil was fraught with fear and uncertainty, but eclipsing that benchmark indicates the … Continue reading “Oil Is Back at $40, but US Production Is Down 20% From Peak”

I Was a Lockdown Fanatic and Now I Feel Like a Fool

Since the pandemic began, I’ve been described as a so-called “COVID warrior,” which makes some sense. After all, I’ve defended the shutdowns of large gatherings. I’ve insisted that it’s wise to temporarily close churches and postpone funerals and other ceremonies. I’ve argued that extreme caution is necessary—that to do anything else would be to blatantly … Continue reading “I Was a Lockdown Fanatic and Now I Feel Like a Fool”

John Bolton Is Lobbying Hard for Rand Paul to Be Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

As John Bolton reportedly writes in his new book, President Donald Trump said he would have made Bolton his secretary of state if it wasn’t for that “son of a b**** Rand Paul” from Kentucky. Bolton, who later became Trump’s national security adviser, recalls the March 2018 conversation in which the president brought up Paul in his new book, “The … Continue reading “John Bolton Is Lobbying Hard for Rand Paul to Be Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize”

Boeing Makes Simple Jets for the Military Needlessly Complex so It Can Rip Off the Taxpayer on Maintenence Contracts

When considering Air Force acquisition disasters, most people immediately picture flashy aircraft like the F-35. That’s only natural since a total program price tag of $1.5 trillion will be enough to garner headlines, and since these capital ships of the sky also serve at the pointy tip of the spear they instantly catch the eye of … Continue reading “Boeing Makes Simple Jets for the Military Needlessly Complex so It Can Rip Off the Taxpayer on Maintenence Contracts”

Egypt Warns Turkey Any More Advances Toward Eastern Libya Oil Fields Will Trigger Direct Intervention

The President of Egypt announced that Egypt has legitimate grounds to order the Egyptian army into Libya to fight mercenaries and terrorists. Egypt demands the withdrawal of foreign troops and mercenaries from Libya, as well as the destruction of terrorist groups. If this does not happen, Egypt is ready to ensure its national security by … Continue reading “Egypt Warns Turkey Any More Advances Toward Eastern Libya Oil Fields Will Trigger Direct Intervention”

Asian Century Began in May 2020

Economic historians may date the start of the Asian century to May 2020, when most Asian economies bounced back to full employment while the West languished in coronavirus lockdown. Asia has emerged as an economic zone as closely integrated as the European Union, increasingly insulated from economic shocks from the United States or Europe. Google’s … Continue reading “Asian Century Began in May 2020”

CLEVER: Turkey Bombs Iraq, Syria, Says Targeting Antifa Trainers

Turkey bombed Iraq and Syria, striking a Kurdish militia it has accused of training members of the left-wing, international antifa movement involved in protests across the United States. The Turkish Defense Ministry released footage Friday of an F-16 fighter jet taking off and conducting what it said was an operation in Iraq’s northern Great Zab … Continue reading “CLEVER: Turkey Bombs Iraq, Syria, Says Targeting Antifa Trainers”

Americans in Vietnam — Tax Collectors for the Landlord Class

Another big difference between My Lai and other atrocities is that it was perpetrated on the ground and not from the air.  The testimony at Chapel Hill and at Detroit came largely from conscience-stricken soldiers—mainly enlisted men—who saw their victims, often face to face.  The confession that Hugh Turley overheard at the S & J Tavern in … Continue reading “Americans in Vietnam — Tax Collectors for the Landlord Class”

US Navy Decides Against Reinstating the Crybaby Who Took a $6 Billion Carrier Out of Commission Over a Cold

Editor’s note: The ship has a crew of 5,680. Pretty much everyone was exposed, of whom 1,273 were susceptible and became infected. Of these, the vast majority developed only mild symptoms. 10 were hospitalized and 1 died. One death is a tragedy but you don’t succumb to a hysteria over a coronavirus with a 1 … Continue reading “US Navy Decides Against Reinstating the Crybaby Who Took a $6 Billion Carrier Out of Commission Over a Cold”

China’s Economic Rebound Continues, but Slower Than Expected. Might Hit 2% Growth for 2020

  China’s economy continued its gradual recovery from the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic in May, as major indicators released Monday showed investment, consumption and industrial output all improved from the previous month. But the recovery wasn’t as fast as economists expected, as the surveyed unemployment rate in big cities hit a record high. More … Continue reading “China’s Economic Rebound Continues, but Slower Than Expected. Might Hit 2% Growth for 2020”

Every Brand Under the Sun Supports Black Lives Matter. Why?

It can’t have escaped people’s notice that the Black Lives Matter protests which erupted in the wake of the brutal killing of George Floyd have had the overwhelming backing of the capitalist elites. Social media were awash with black squares as every brand under the sun took part in #BlackOutTuesday in favour of the protests. Apple – … Continue reading “Every Brand Under the Sun Supports Black Lives Matter. Why?”

The Fed’s Casino Is in Flames, but Please Continue Gambling

Those taking seats at the gaming tables in the Federal Reserve’s casino believe that they can’t lose. Or more precisely, any losses they suffer will quickly be made good by the house, i.e. the Fed, which can digitally print as much currency as needed to restore order to the gambling. The punters crowding around the tables have … Continue reading “The Fed’s Casino Is in Flames, but Please Continue Gambling”

It Will Take More Than One B-1 Bomber Run From South Dakota to Faze Russia’s Black Sea Fleet

Related: US Air Force Says Was Practicing a Naval Strike on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet With Turkey and Ukraine It has become clear that the U.S. Air Force now regards itself as an implement of sea power. Its metamorphosis is a beautiful thing to behold for any Western-leaning nautical enthusiast. In recent years, land-based warbirds … Continue reading “It Will Take More Than One B-1 Bomber Run From South Dakota to Faze Russia’s Black Sea Fleet”

Trump Says Should Have Fired Bolton for Botching NK Talks, but Bolton Had Already Sabotaged Talks Under Bush

Trump now says he was shocked to learn in 2018 — one month after he had already installed Bolton as the National Security Advisor — that the latter still thought the Iraq War had been a good idea all along. He also blames Bolton for setting him back on the North Korea process so much … Continue reading “Trump Says Should Have Fired Bolton for Botching NK Talks, but Bolton Had Already Sabotaged Talks Under Bush”

US Wants to Surround China With Missiles, but Its Asian Clients Don’t Want to Host Them

The governor of a Japanese territory where the Pentagon is thinking about basing missiles capable of threatening China has a message for the United States: Not on my island. “I firmly oppose the idea,” said Gov. Denny Tamaki, the governor of Okinawa, in an email to The Times. Officials in other Asian countries are also … Continue reading “US Wants to Surround China With Missiles, but Its Asian Clients Don’t Want to Host Them”

Economic Ministry Forecasts Russia Won’t Climb Back to Pre-Lockdown Levels Until Late 2022

Russia’s Ministry of Economy has released a fresh forecast for 2019-2022. The ministry said there will be no V-shaped recovery: after a 5% plunge in 2020, real GDP will only recover starting in mid-2022. The Ministry of Economy predicts GDP growth of 2.8% in 2021 and 3% in 2022. The Urals price stays below the … Continue reading “Economic Ministry Forecasts Russia Won’t Climb Back to Pre-Lockdown Levels Until Late 2022”

US Navy Lacks ‘Clear Theory of Victory’ Needed to Build New Fleet

The Navy and the Department of Defense haven’t finished their homework needed to inform how the Navy builds its future fleet, a panel of naval experts told a House panel on Thursday. The debate in Congress and in the Pentagon on naval power has been pegged on the last assessment of the number of hulls … Continue reading “US Navy Lacks ‘Clear Theory of Victory’ Needed to Build New Fleet”

How the Saudis and the Qataris Duked It out in Washington, and Took Over the Imperial City in the Process

It was a bare-knuckle brawl of the first order. It took place in Washington, D.C., and it resulted in a KO. The winners? Lobbyists and the defense industry. The losers? Us. And odds on, you didn’t even know that it happened. Few Americans did, which is why it’s worth telling the story of how Saudi, … Continue reading “How the Saudis and the Qataris Duked It out in Washington, and Took Over the Imperial City in the Process”

Floundering NATO Tries to Surface by Confronting China

On June 8 Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of the U.S.-NATO military alliance, gave a speech at NATO’s new billion dollar headquarters in Brussels. It was followed by a selection of patsy questions, but in spite of the trite predictability of Stoltenberg’s statements and the eager friendliness of the questioners, enough was said to indicate that NATO … Continue reading “Floundering NATO Tries to Surface by Confronting China”

PODCAST: Influential China Hawks Push Trump Towards War

Dave DeCamp joins Foreign Policy Focus to discuss his recent coverage of Steve Bannon and Frank Gaffney’s latest efforts to increase tensions with China. Bannon and Gaffney have stated the group Committee for Present Danger: China to further this goal. The Trump administration continues to adopt the group’s language showing its influence. Dave debunks their … Continue reading “PODCAST: Influential China Hawks Push Trump Towards War”

Biden VP Front Runner Susan Rice Has a History of Criticizing Israel…While Also Letting Its Government Do Whatever It Wants

The Associated Press reports that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is dwindling down his list of potential running mates down and Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice remains one of the favorites. An Atlantic piece from May, explains the political logic behind such a pick: “[T]he interest Biden has expressed in Rice reflects his concerns that the ongoing economic and … Continue reading “Biden VP Front Runner Susan Rice Has a History of Criticizing Israel…While Also Letting Its Government Do Whatever It Wants”

After Spending $1 Billion Japan Gives Up on Installing a Costly (and Unproven) US Missile Shield

Japan is backing away from installing two Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems in the country over technical concerns, Minster of Defense Taro Kono told reporters on Monday. “In view of the cost and time [necessary] for the deployment, we will halt the process,” Kono told reporters, according to Kyodo News. “For the time being, we’ll maintain … Continue reading “After Spending $1 Billion Japan Gives Up on Installing a Costly (and Unproven) US Missile Shield”

Russian Deputies Introduce Bill to Un-Ban the Excellent Telegram Messaging App

Russian Duma deputies from the minority fraction Fair Russia have conceded defeat to reality and have introduced a bill to un-ban the popular messaging service Telegram that belongs to Russian tech whizz-kid Pavel Durov. Three deputies – Fedot Tumusov, Dmitry Ionin and Alexander Terentyev – have submitted a draft bill to the Duma to terminate the … Continue reading “Russian Deputies Introduce Bill to Un-Ban the Excellent Telegram Messaging App”

Yeah, the Russians Have Carrier-Killing Missiles, but Can They Actually Hit the Ships? (Answer: Yes)

Anti-ship cruise missiles of operational-tactical purpose (RCC OTN) 3M55, 3M45 and 3M70 missile systems “Onyx”, “Granite” and “Volcano” are rightfully considered the pride of the Russian Navy. However, there is an opinion that their outstanding flight range (500–700 km) is not provided by reliable target designation, and therefore is useless in practice. In other words, it … Continue reading “Yeah, the Russians Have Carrier-Killing Missiles, but Can They Actually Hit the Ships? (Answer: Yes)”

Warren, Harris, Rice? Which Horrible Woman Will Be Empire’s Helmsman If Democrats Win?

Joe Biden’s search for a running mate is entering a second round of vetting for a dwindling list of potential vice presidential nominees, with several black women in strong contention. Democrats with knowledge of the process said Biden’s search committee has narrowed the choices to as few as six serious contenders after initial interviews. Among … Continue reading “Warren, Harris, Rice? Which Horrible Woman Will Be Empire’s Helmsman If Democrats Win?”

Military COIN Experts Claim They Can End US Unrest in Just 17 Years

Military experts in counterinsurgency and nation-building claim they can bring nationwide protests against police brutality under control in just 17 years, sources report. “The unrest in our country is something we can fix, no problem,” Bob Egon, CEO of the Center for Perpetual War, said today. “We have a civilian population upset at their government. … Continue reading “Military COIN Experts Claim They Can End US Unrest in Just 17 Years”

EU’s Debt Slave? Thanks to Lockdown Italy’s Debt-to-GDP to Hit a Fantastic 160%

Editor’s note: EU had already been playing a huge role in Italian politics (and in subverting its democracy) as it was, deciding which government coalitions were acceptable and which ones were not. Even if Italy and the EU somehow manage to get through this, the result will likely be a further loss of Rome’s independence … Continue reading “EU’s Debt Slave? Thanks to Lockdown Italy’s Debt-to-GDP to Hit a Fantastic 160%”

Kim Jong Un’s Well-Timed ‘Surprise’ Portends Another Nuke Crisis

If there is one thing I have learned about making a career out of studying North Korea it is this: the Kim regime loves to tell those who pay attention to its unique propaganda many times what it is going to do before it does it—sometimes even telegraphing for us in clear language the next … Continue reading “Kim Jong Un’s Well-Timed ‘Surprise’ Portends Another Nuke Crisis”

Planet Earth Police Department Blew Up Seven Innocent Black People in Somalia, Including a Child

The United States military has not adequately investigated two air raids in Somalia earlier this year that have killed at least seven civilians, including a child, according to the Human Rights Watch (HRW). [HRW is a major lobbyist for regime-change wars, and as such they’re very tame on the Pentagon. If they say seven there … Continue reading “Planet Earth Police Department Blew Up Seven Innocent Black People in Somalia, Including a Child”

The Empire Declares a “Maximum Pressure” War of Economic Strangulation on Devastated Syria

The United States has imposed a sweeping set of new sanctions against any country, individual or entity that provides support to the Syrian government – a campaign that experts warn may devastate the lives of ordinary Syrians trying to survive and rebuild after nine years of war. The Caesar Act, passed in Congress last year, took effect on … Continue reading “The Empire Declares a “Maximum Pressure” War of Economic Strangulation on Devastated Syria”

America: Too Weak to Rein in Its Own Empire

A grievous blow to international security has just been dealt. President Donald Trump has announced that American troops are to be withdrawn from…Germany. Yes, Germany. Why are American troops in Germany? Because we have to fight them over there so we don’t fight them here, you see, and there are few generators of terrorism and … Continue reading “America: Too Weak to Rein in Its Own Empire”

Walking on Thin Ice: Can America’s “Exorbitant Privilege” and King Dollar Survive a 17.9% Budget Deficit?

The era of the U.S. dollar’s “exorbitant privilege” as the world’s primary reserve currency is coming to an end. Then French Finance Minister Valery Giscard d’Estaing coined that phrase in the 1960s largely out of frustration, bemoaning a U.S. that drew freely on the rest of the world to support its over-extended standard of living. For … Continue reading “Walking on Thin Ice: Can America’s “Exorbitant Privilege” and King Dollar Survive a 17.9% Budget Deficit?”

China Claims Quantum Supremacy With Satellite Test, Sends Secure Message Over 1200 Kilometers

Chalk up another amazing achievement for Chinese scientists. A Chinese team has successfully established a satellite-based network using quantum entangled photons that can send passwords 1,120 kilometers away. The distance is about 10 times further than the old, optic fiber-based quantum tech could do, according to a study published in the journal Nature on Monday. The experiment … Continue reading “China Claims Quantum Supremacy With Satellite Test, Sends Secure Message Over 1200 Kilometers”

COVID Lockdowns Have Sped Up the Spread of Other Diseases, a Measles Explosion Feared

As poor countries around the world struggle to beat back the coronavirus, they are unintentionally contributing to fresh explosions of illness and death from other diseases — ones that are readily prevented by vaccines. This spring, after the World Health Organization and UNICEF warned that the pandemic could spread swiftly when children gathered for shots, many countries … Continue reading “COVID Lockdowns Have Sped Up the Spread of Other Diseases, a Measles Explosion Feared”

A Big Oopsie in the US Unemployment Numbers ⁠— Convenient Error Hid True Depth of Lockdown Joblessness

When the May jobs report came out with 2.5 million jobs added a drop in unemployment to 13.3%, I told several friends the numbers seemed implausible. It appears I might have been right. The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics survey takers mistakenly misclassified about 4.9 million people as employed, although they were unemployed. … Continue reading “A Big Oopsie in the US Unemployment Numbers ⁠— Convenient Error Hid True Depth of Lockdown Joblessness”

US Leads a Coalition of One Against China

American diplomatic and military support for Taiwan has grown dramatically during the Trump years. The administration has taken steps to boost that support, but Congress also has pushed its own initiatives. One key measure was the passage of the Taiwan Travel Act in 2018, which not only authorized but encouraged high-level defense and foreign policy officials to … Continue reading “US Leads a Coalition of One Against China”

Iran Announces Its Support for the Turkish-Backed Libyan Government, Moves Closer to Turkey-Qatar MB Axis

Editor’s note: Iran’s moral support for the Turkish-backed side in Libya means it is now rooting for the same side that AFRICOM is rooting for. But where AFRICOM is rooting for Tripoli because the other side has some Russian support, Iran is rooting for Tripoli because Haftar is backed by UAE and since recently by … Continue reading “Iran Announces Its Support for the Turkish-Backed Libyan Government, Moves Closer to Turkey-Qatar MB Axis”

Vaccine Developers Have a Problem: the Virus Is Going Away Too Quickly on Its Own

Related: UK Vaccine Team: Vaccine Is Now in a “Race Against Virus Disappearing” The top teams rushing to develop coronavirus vaccines are alerting governments, health officials and shareholders that they may have a big problem: The outbreaks in their countries may be getting too small to quickly determine whether vaccines work. A leader of the Oxford … Continue reading “Vaccine Developers Have a Problem: the Virus Is Going Away Too Quickly on Its Own”

North Korea Blows Up Joint Liaison Office Building With South Korea After Announcing End of Interest in US Relations

Andrei Lankov: “Pyongyang has long resented Seoul’s failure to live up to its grandiose promises. The North scoffs at mere symbolic exchange, but the South risks angering the U.S. by pursuing anything more substantial.” North Korea blew up a liaison office building it operates with South Korea, officials in Seoul said Tuesday, as tensions on the … Continue reading “North Korea Blows Up Joint Liaison Office Building With South Korea After Announcing End of Interest in US Relations”

After the Lockdowns, a Global Hunger Crisis (And the Mother of All Migrant Crises)

The [irrational response to the] coronavirus pandemic and its punitive economic effects are about to set off the next global hunger crisis. In the last four years, conflicts, climate change and economic instability raised the number of people suffering acute hunger — when the absence of food endangers people’s livelihoods and, in some cases, their … Continue reading “After the Lockdowns, a Global Hunger Crisis (And the Mother of All Migrant Crises)”

India Confirms 20 Soldiers Killed in Border Clash With Chinese Forces

Earlier in the day we reported that Indian Army officials said that three troops – an officer and two soldiers, to be more precise – had been gunned down by Chinese forces during a “violent faceoff” in Galwan Valley in the Ladakh region Monday night. In an official follow-up statement, the Indian Army now says as of Tuesday … Continue reading “India Confirms 20 Soldiers Killed in Border Clash With Chinese Forces”

The Fed’s Grand Bargain Has Finally Imploded

Though the Federal Reserve never stated its Grand Bargain explicitly, their actions have spoken louder than their predictably self-serving, obfuscatory public pronouncements. Here’s the Grand Bargain they offered institutional investors and speculators alike: We’re taking away your low-risk, high-yield investments by slashing interest rates to near-zero, but we’re giving you endless asset bubbles as a new … Continue reading “The Fed’s Grand Bargain Has Finally Imploded”

Mind Virus-19 and the Government Killed 35,000 Americans and That’s a Conservative Estimate

Editor’s note: A conservative estimate because the author’s suggestion that deaths *with* Covid overcount deaths *from* Covid (based on a revision by Colorado which likely removed only the most egregious cases) is a very, very conservative one. The cure is worse than disease may be literally true for much of the country, including Colorado. While … Continue reading “Mind Virus-19 and the Government Killed 35,000 Americans and That’s a Conservative Estimate”

Crushing US Sanctions to Take Effect on Syria This Week

New US sanctions on Syria are set to take effect Wednesday as the Arab nation is already struggling to rebuild from the nine-year civil war that shattered the country. US sanctions are already impeding the reconstruction effort, and some fear the new measures will only make a bad situation worse for Syrian civilians. US and … Continue reading “Crushing US Sanctions to Take Effect on Syria This Week”

Senate Committee Approves Funding for Live Nuclear Testing

A report from Politico Pro revealed the Senate Armed Services Committee set aside $10 million to prepare for live nuclear testing. The Republican majority committee included the funds in the Senate’s version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a vote that went along party lines. The vote took place last week in a meeting behind … Continue reading “Senate Committee Approves Funding for Live Nuclear Testing”

Trump to Undermine Treaty That Keeps Russia From Selling Missiles to Iran to Sell Drones to Saudi Arabia

Editor’s note: Trump wants to keep the missile part which is so crucial for the US to limit  proliferation of missiles, but not the drone part where at the moment the US has a technology lead and there’s a little money to be made for a sector that is already highly privileged in the American … Continue reading “Trump to Undermine Treaty That Keeps Russia From Selling Missiles to Iran to Sell Drones to Saudi Arabia”

The Empire Is Knowingly Boosting Al-Qaeda in Yemen (Which Is Its Branch Most Fond of International Terrorism)

In April, an exclusive report published on Mintpress News laid bare an “unholy alliance” between al-Qaeda and the displaced government of Abdurabbuh Mansur Hadi that a coalition led by Sunni Gulf monarchies has been unsuccessfully seeking to reinstall with the help of the West since 2015. These revelations come on top of previous investigations that have further … Continue reading “The Empire Is Knowingly Boosting Al-Qaeda in Yemen (Which Is Its Branch Most Fond of International Terrorism)”