Avant les élections dans l’UE, arrêt sur la notion de “démocratie”

A l’approche des élections européennes du 26 mai, les discours qui manieront la notion de « démocratie » risquent bien de fleurir ad nauseam sur les ondes. Or, à la suite de divers évènements ces dernières années, les citoyens de l’UE sont en droit de se demander ce que recouvre encore ce terme tant galvaudé … Continue reading “Avant les élections dans l’UE, arrêt sur la notion de “démocratie””

The US Military-Industrial Complex Is a Giant Malignant Virus Eating Away at America’s Actual Military Power

“If we understand that the MIC exists purely to sustain itself and grow, it becomes easier to make sense of the corruption, mismanagement, and war, and understand why, despite warnings over allegedly looming threats, we remain in reality so poorly defended” For a country that spends such vast sums on its national security apparatus—many times … Continue reading “The US Military-Industrial Complex Is a Giant Malignant Virus Eating Away at America’s Actual Military Power”

POURQUOI L’AMERIQUE S’ATTAQUE À L’IRAN ?

Attention. D. Trump n’est un clown, ni un demeuré. Il sait parfaitement ce qu’il fait pourquoi il le fait et au service de qui il le fait. POURQUOI L’AMERIQUE S’ATTAQUE À L’IRAN ? Abdelhak Benelhadj, Le Quotidien d’Oran, J. 16 mai 2019 L’histoire bégaye. * Prenant prétexte de l’« attaque » de deux de ses … Continue reading “POURQUOI L’AMERIQUE S’ATTAQUE À L’IRAN ?”

Trump and the Middle East: a Long Record of Personal Failure

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Many American presidents have blundered in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, but Donald Trump’s personal involvement in the region has been particularly disastrous.  President Eisenhower introduced the CIA to the world of covert action, when he ordered the overthrow of the legitimate government of Iran in 1953.  President … Continue reading “Trump and the Middle East: a Long Record of Personal Failure”

Springtime for Biden and Democrats

Summertime is coming; the “debate” season is near.  It will not taper off on until the primaries and party caucuses get underway.  What a dreary prospect!  Take heart, though, in the fact that, in this post-midterms world, with the Zeitgeist moving boldly and unashamedly to the left, some good could come of it. Also, if Joe … Continue reading “Springtime for Biden and Democrats”

Uncle Sam Needs Our Help Again?

Image Source: James Montgomery Flagg – Public Domain Earlier in 2019, the US Congress utilized its power to wage or not wage war and voted to end US involvement in the Saudi Arabian war in Yemen. Donald Trump vetoed the bill and it died. Meanwhile, the Pentagon and US intelligence agencies were ramping up pressure … Continue reading “Uncle Sam Needs Our Help Again?”

Iran Notes

“Boys go to Baghdad, but real men go to Tehran” – Bush official, 2003 Gibbon in his The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire writes of the Romans, “They endeavored to convince mankind that their motive was not the temptation of conquest but was actuated by the love of order and justice.” West Asia, the Middle East … Continue reading “Iran Notes”

Bolton and the Road to the War He Wants

Isn’t it obvious? A moronic president with no firm principles other than the preservation of his base’s support chose as his third national security advisor the notorious John Bolton. Bolton is using his position to try to guide the supposedly isolationist president into more wars of imperialist aggression. He is the Wormtongue in Trump’s court, … Continue reading “Bolton and the Road to the War He Wants”

The Pompeo/Bolton Tag Team

There was little pretense that when former UN Ambassador John Bolton became President Trump’s National Security Adviser and former Rep. Mike Pompeo moved into the Secretary of State position, that either would bring a professionally credible and respectable presence to  world diplomacy or foreign affairs. It is fair to say that both have surpassed any … Continue reading “The Pompeo/Bolton Tag Team”

A Novel We Can All Relate To

America is still discovering itself. The rise of Donald Trump alerted those citizens who thought they alone defined our culture and values to the existence of a significant population holding very different views– and the will to back a candidate who might speak for them. (Thus, the most unlikely candidate entered the White House.) Political … Continue reading “A Novel We Can All Relate To”

Les projets secrets d’une unité de propagande britannique visent les musulmans français

Un contrat consulté par MEE montre que la France compte parmi les pays ciblés par l’Unité de recherche, communication et information du Home Office pour influencer l’opinion publique musulmane dans le cadre d’un programme secret de lutte contre l’extrémisme. Une obscure unité de propagande du gouvernement britannique qui confie en privé qu’elle s’efforce de « … Continue reading “Les projets secrets d’une unité de propagande britannique visent les musulmans français”

Une semaine dans la vie de l’empire

Par The Saker – Le 9 mai 2019 – Source thesaker.is via Unz Review Préambule : Il est parfois utile de ne pas seulement examiner une question spécifique en détail, mais plutôt de faire une enquête sur les processus en cours. L’image qui en résulte n’est ni meilleure ni pire, elle est simplement différente. C’est ce que … Continue reading “Une semaine dans la vie de l’empire”

Trump et le premier ministre pakistanais viennent-ils de ruiner les relations irano-indiennes ?

Par Andrew Korybko – Le 22 avril 2019 – Source eurasiafuture.com Chacun des deux dirigeants étasunien et pakistanais ont pris une décision très importante, sans que cela soit coordonné, mais quasiment en même temps. Ces décisions pourraient avoir pour effet de ruiner les relations irano-indiennes. Le Président iranien Assan Rouhani serre la main du premier ministre du … Continue reading “Trump et le premier ministre pakistanais viennent-ils de ruiner les relations irano-indiennes ?”

Arrêté, le lanceur d’alerte sur les frappes de drones Daniel Hale risque 50 ans de prison

Après les déboires de Chelsea Manning et de Julian Assange, un nouveau lanceur d’alerte, Daniel Hale, vétéran de l’armée américaine, risque un demi-siècle de prison. Il est accusé d’avoir divulgué des documents classifiés sur les drones tueurs. Le 9 mai 2019, Daniel Hale, ancien analyste de l’Agence de sécurité nationale américaine (NSA) en Afghanistan, devenu … Continue reading “Arrêté, le lanceur d’alerte sur les frappes de drones Daniel Hale risque 50 ans de prison”

Arrêté, le lanceur d’alerte sur le frappes de drones Daniel Hale risque 50 ans de prison

Le 9 mai 2019, Daniel Hale, ancien analyste de l’Agence de sécurité nationale américaine (NSA) en Afghanistan, devenu militant, a été arrêté à Nashville (Tennessee). Il a été inculpé par une cour fédérale de cinq chefs d’accusation relatifs à la divulgation d’informations classifiées à un journaliste. S’il est reconnu coupable, il risque 50 ans de prison.  Cet … Continue reading “Arrêté, le lanceur d’alerte sur le frappes de drones Daniel Hale risque 50 ans de prison”

Europe is Powerless in Growing Conflict Between the US and Iran

Photograph Source: rockcohen – CC BY-SA 2.0 Brexiteers in Britain are denouncing the EU as an all-powerful behemoth from whose clutches Britain must escape, just as the organisation is demonstrating its failure to become more than a second-rate world power. The EU’s real status – well behind the US, Russia and China – has just … Continue reading “Europe is Powerless in Growing Conflict Between the US and Iran”

Une militante afghane pour les droits des femmes assassinée en pleine rue à Kaboul

En Afghanistan, la militante pour les droits des femmes Mina Mangal a été abattue à bout portant en plein jour à 7h du matin le 11 mai à Kaboul, alors qu’elle quittait son domicile. Les deux tueurs ont approché leur victime à moto avant de faire feu, mais aucun suspect n’a pour le moment été … Continue reading “Une militante afghane pour les droits des femmes assassinée en pleine rue à Kaboul”

Pompeo Gets Cold-Shouldered on Iran in Brussels

by Eldar Mamedov Amid worrying signs of the United States escalating its “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid an impromptu visit to Brussels on May 13. Taking advantage of an ordinary meeting of EU 28 foreign ministers and High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini that day, Pompeo sought … Continue reading “Pompeo Gets Cold-Shouldered on Iran in Brussels”

Afrique de l’ouest : la nouvelle stratégie américano-française

Le camp atlantiste ne se contente plus de déstabiliser les pays africains, à tour de rôle. Les atlantistes ont effectivement changé de méthode : désormais leur plan consiste à déstabiliser deux et voir trois pays en même temps. Et cette stratégie a surtout changé depuis que les forces françaises agissent sous la tutelle du Commandement … Continue reading “Afrique de l’ouest : la nouvelle stratégie américano-française”

La journaliste Mena Mangal assassinée à Kaboul

La journaliste et conseillère culturelle Mena Mangal a été abattue au cœur de la capitale Afghane. Les militantes dénoncent ces assassinats de femmes en plein jour à Kaboul. Elle avait dit publiquement, quelques jours auparavant qu’elle se sentait en danger de mort. Mena Mangal, journaliste afghane a été abattue samedi matin dans le sud-est de … Continue reading “La journaliste Mena Mangal assassinée à Kaboul”

Les révélations de Wikileaks, N° 2 – La fuite qui a montré la vérité de la guerre en Afghanistan

Les Afghan Diaries (les Journaux de bord afghans) ont déclenché une tempête en révélant l’occultation de pertes en vies civiles, l’existence d’un escadron de la mort d’élite dirigé par les États-Unis et le rôle secret du Pakistan dans le conflit, …

Iran Debates Trump’s Invite

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi As expected, Trump’s offer of talks with Iran on May 8 has generated a lively debate in Iran. As of this writing, neither Supreme Leader Khamenei nor President Hassan Rouhani has made any public comments, perhaps because they have not taken Trump’s offer as serious or warranting a response. But other … Continue reading “Iran Debates Trump’s Invite”

The U.S.’ Welcome of China on Afghan Peace Process Headed for Win-win Results

“We welcome the positive role of Russia, China, and any other country in the Afghan peace process”, a U.S. State Department official said on Friday, an unexpected announcement considering the increased trade tensions between the U.S. and China after Washington’s … The post The U.S.’ Welcome of China on Afghan Peace Process Headed for Win-win … Continue reading “The U.S.’ Welcome of China on Afghan Peace Process Headed for Win-win Results”

Match nul Iran/États-Unis sur l’accord nucléaire

Par Mk Bhadrakumar – Le 7 mai 2019 – Indian Punchline Cela va faire 30 ans, dans six mois, que l’USS Abraham Lincoln, nommé en l’honneur du 16e président américain, a été mis en service, le 11 novembre 1989, comme 5e porte-avions de classe Nimitz de la marine américaine. Maintenant, alors qu’il quitte la Croatie … Continue reading “Match nul Iran/États-Unis sur l’accord nucléaire”

US Press Reaches All-Time Low on Venezuela Coverage

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair As famed Latin American author Eduardo Galeano once wrote, “every time the US ‘saves’ a country, it converts it into either an insane asylum or a cemetery.” Of course, as we look over the wreckage left by the US in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, El Salvador, … Continue reading “US Press Reaches All-Time Low on Venezuela Coverage”

Does the U.S. Have the Right to Impunity?

The United States Army has established a long history of war crimes, beginning with the genocide of native peoples in the North America, through those committed in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, more recently. Usually, the U.S. government, the armed forces, … The post Does the U.S. Have the Right to Impunity? appeared first on Global … Continue reading “Does the U.S. Have the Right to Impunity?”

Iran Crisis Exposes the EU as a Second-Rate Power in Thrall to Trump

So long as Trump sticks with sanctions he is in a strong position, but if the crisis with Iran becomes militarised then the prospects for the US become less predictable Brexiteers in Britain are denouncing the EU as an all-powerful behemoth from whose clutches Britain must escape, just as the organisation is demonstrating its failure … Continue reading “Iran Crisis Exposes the EU as a Second-Rate Power in Thrall to Trump”

China’s Vast Fleet Is Tipping the Balance in the Pacific: A US Carrier Hasn’t Sailed the Taiwan Strait in 11 Years

Washington now displays the kind of caution around Chinese shores that would be unheard of 20 years ago. It still loves to provoke, but not so much it would risk a clash A generation ago, from mid-1995 into early 1996, China lobbed missiles in the waters around Taiwan as the self-governing island prepared to hold … Continue reading “China’s Vast Fleet Is Tipping the Balance in the Pacific: A US Carrier Hasn’t Sailed the Taiwan Strait in 11 Years”

What Ben Shapiro’s frenzied reaction to a BBC interview tells us about political tribalism

Historians will credit Prime Minister Viktor Orbán with being ahead of his time on the nature of political discourse and on the populist transformation of what was once called conservatism. Mr. Orbán has avoided all debates with his political opponents since 2006 and finessed the tribal approach to politics that was only adopted by others … Continue reading “What Ben Shapiro’s frenzied reaction to a BBC interview tells us about political tribalism”

Les sanctions étasuniennes ont forcé l’Inde à larguer l’Iran, la forceront-elles à plaquer la Russie également ?

Par Andrew Korybko – Le 23 avril 2019 – Source eurasiafuture.com Le ministre du pétrole indien vient d’annoncer que ce pays allait remplacer ses importations de pétrole iranien par de l’or noir en provenance de « pays producteurs de pétrole de premier plan », en dépit du spectacle digne de Bollywood que New Delhi avait monté jusqu’à présent en … Continue reading “Les sanctions étasuniennes ont forcé l’Inde à larguer l’Iran, la forceront-elles à plaquer la Russie également ?”

Is Kushner’s Plan a Peace Plan?

by Paul R. Pillar First son-in-law Jared Kushner has been tantalizing onlookers so long with a yet-to-be-announced plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that it is hard to remember when the tantalizing began. The process has appeared to be an exercise in buying time.  The recent Israeli election, probably as much as anything else, has … Continue reading “Is Kushner’s Plan a Peace Plan?”

The Looming War and Tehran’s Ostrich Politics

by Shireen T. Hunter                    Last week, tensions between Iran and the United States reached even more alarming levels. First, Iran’s  Supreme Leader admonished Iranians that since the enemy—read America—is in war mode, Iran, too, should prepare for war (Arayesh Jangi Begirad). Then there was the news of the U.S. aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln … Continue reading “The Looming War and Tehran’s Ostrich Politics”

Trump Steps up War on Whistleblowers: Air Force Vet Daniel Hale Arrested For Leaking Drone War Info

A former U.S. intelligence analyst was arrested Thursday and charged with violating the Espionage Act for allegedly leaking documents about the secretive U.S. drone program. Daniel Hale, 31, was arrested in Nashville. He faces up to 50 years in prison. Hale is accused of disclosing 11 top secret or secret documents to a reporter. The … Continue reading “Trump Steps up War on Whistleblowers: Air Force Vet Daniel Hale Arrested For Leaking Drone War Info”

Ne faites aucune confiance à The Intercept

Le gouvernement étatsunien chope, une fois de plus, une source du journal en ligne The Intercept. Par Moon of Alabama – Le 9 mai 2019 Une autre source ayant fourni des secrets d’État à The Intercept a été dénoncée et mise en accusation par le gouvernement américain. The Intercept a été créée pour publier les … Continue reading “Ne faites aucune confiance à The Intercept”

Actualité des médias : pluralisme en berne pour les européennes, attaques contre la presse et protestations médiatiques…

Nous poursuivons notre série d’information mensuelle sur l’actualité des médias avec cette vingt-sixième édition, revenant sur le mois d’avril 2019 [1]. Du côté des journalistes, des éditocrates et de leurs œuvres – Violences policières généralisées et délibérées contre les journalistes – Les violences policières contre les journalistes continuent. Suite à l’acte 23 des gilets jaunes, … Continue reading “Actualité des médias : pluralisme en berne pour les européennes, attaques contre la presse et protestations médiatiques…”

US Foreign Policy as Bellicose as Ever

Photograph Source: United States Army – Public Domain It only took a few months under Donald Trump’s presidency for the US to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, impose new sanctions on Russia, reverse the normalisation of diplomatic relations with Cuba, announce its intention to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, warn Pakistan, threaten Venezuela … Continue reading “US Foreign Policy as Bellicose as Ever”

Classifying Defeat: Hiding Data on the Losing Afghan War

“Almost every indicia, metric for success or failure is now classified or nonexistent…” The longest war in U.S. history has cost 2400 American lives and nearly a trillion dollars. Still, the government in Washington conceals the truth and most of the populace yawns. By now there should be no doubt that America has lost the … Continue reading “Classifying Defeat: Hiding Data on the Losing Afghan War”

Iran’s Nuclear Deal Threat

by Aveek Sen Iran recently announced a series of steps to reduce its commitments to the nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). It announced that, invoking articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA, it will not abide by stockpile limits for enriched uranium (LEU) and heavy water. Further, Iran announced that … Continue reading “Iran’s Nuclear Deal Threat”

The Militarization of Empathy

Photograph by Joshua Frank ABC News carried an “America Strong”-type segment of a boy, about to celebrate his 9thbirthday, opening a large gift, with his mother, out of sight of the camera, asking him, “Who sent you this special package?”  Referring to his deployed soldier- father, he replies, “The best daddy in the whole wide … Continue reading “The Militarization of Empathy”

Boondoggle, Inc.: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget

In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and Vietnam … Continue reading “Boondoggle, Inc.: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget”

A Bloody Start to Ramadan in Afghanistan

The US backed Afghan president Ashraf Ghani called for a Ramadan truce with the Taliban this year, but the Taliban rejected it, continuing attacks against Afghan government forces. The Taliban insisted there will not be any ceasefires or peace until foreign troops have left the country. Spokesman for the Taliban Zabiullah Mujahid tweeted on May … Continue reading “A Bloody Start to Ramadan in Afghanistan”

Afghanistan, the Forgotten Proxy War. The Role of Osama bin Laden and Zbigniew Brzezinski

Read Part I from the link below. Afghanistan, the Forgotten Proxy War By Janelle Velina, April 30, 2019 Below is the second half and conclusion of “Afghanistan, the Forgotten Proxy War”. While the previous sections examined the economic roots … The post Afghanistan, the Forgotten Proxy War. The Role of Osama bin Laden and Zbigniew … Continue reading “Afghanistan, the Forgotten Proxy War. The Role of Osama bin Laden and Zbigniew Brzezinski”

Rooh Afza: How Hamdard’s Ruby-Hued Refresher Became an Indian Summer Staple

I was never very keen on visiting relatives. The forcefully tight embraces that squeezed the life out of you and the dramatic display of love by pinching the cheeks till you squirm in pain—are integral parts of the annual visits to the extended family and friends—an event I dread even today. However, like most things … Continue reading “Rooh Afza: How Hamdard’s Ruby-Hued Refresher Became an Indian Summer Staple”