Un vote sans conséquence

Il n’y a pas de solution électorale à la situation de l’UE Les élections européennes de dimanche seront particulièrement sans conséquence. Le vote ne décide rien du tout, parce que le Parlement européen représente bien peu. En outre, le système de l’UE, qui décide presque tout ce qui est fondamental pour les politiques des États … Continue reading “Un vote sans conséquence”

Local Daesh Commander Killed in Raid in Eastern Afghanistan – Reports

The operation was carried out in Deh Bala district on Friday, the Interior Ministry said, cited by the Khaama Press News Agency. Six more Daesh sympathizers were injured during the raid. Afghanistan is suffering from an unstable political, social and security situation due to the activity of the Taliban movement and the Daesh terrorist group. The Afghan National Defence and Security Forces … Continue reading “Local Daesh Commander Killed in Raid in Eastern Afghanistan – Reports”

Boondoggle, Inc.

by William D. Hartung and Mandy Smithberger 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 … Continue reading “Boondoggle, Inc.”

Venezuela : comprendre la guerre qui vient.

Alors que les tensions s’aggravent toujours un peu plus entre le Venezuela et les Etats-Unis, le journaliste Romain Migus livre son analyse d’une guerre qui semble aussi inéluctable que protéiforme. Le rôle des Etats-Unis et de leurs alliés «Toutes les options sont sur la table.» Le 23 janvier 2019, date de la tentative de coup … Continue reading “Venezuela : comprendre la guerre qui vient.”

Sanders, Warren, and Wyden Slam Assange Indictment, a Renegade Use of the Espionage Act to Criminalize Journalism

The Justice Department filed 17 charges against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange on Thursday, deploying the controversial Espionage Act as a cudgel against First Amendment protections and press freedom. It’s the first time the U.S. government has used the Espionage Act to prosecute a publisher, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.   Democratic presidential candidates … Continue reading “Sanders, Warren, and Wyden Slam Assange Indictment, a Renegade Use of the Espionage Act to Criminalize Journalism”

The Indictment of Julian Assange Under the Espionage Act Is a Threat to the Press and the American People

Placards left by supporters of Julian Assange outside the Ecuadorian Embassy on Aug. 20, 2012 in London, England. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images A true democracy does not allow its government to decide who is a journalist. A nation in which a leader gets to make that decision is on the road to dictatorship. That is … Continue reading “The Indictment of Julian Assange Under the Espionage Act Is a Threat to the Press and the American People”

Exclusive: Julian Assange’s Attorney Decries Espionage Charges as “Grave Threat to Press Freedom”

In an unprecedented move, the Justice Department has indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act for his role in publishing U.S. classified military and diplomatic documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The documents were leaked by U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The Espionage Act of 1917 … Continue reading “Exclusive: Julian Assange’s Attorney Decries Espionage Charges as “Grave Threat to Press Freedom””

Une explosion frappe une mosquée de Kaboul pendant la prière du vendredi

Une explosion s’est produite dans une mosquée de Kaboul, la capitale afghane, au cours de la prière du vendredi le 24 mai, a annoncé le ministère afghan de l’Intérieur en indiquant que l’attaque a fait au moins un mort et 16 blessés, et ce pendant le ramadan, mois sacré pour les musulmans. Une bombe a … Continue reading “Une explosion frappe une mosquée de Kaboul pendant la prière du vendredi”

The Dangerous Demise of Disarmament

Photograph Source: Community of the Ark of Lanza del Vasto – CC BY-SA 3.0 Donald Trump and his national security team have weakened virtually every aspect of American foreign policy over the past two years.  U.S. bilateral relations with both Russia and China have worsened, driving Moscow and Beijing into their closest relationship in more … Continue reading “The Dangerous Demise of Disarmament”

War is War on Mother Earth

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair “In order to achieve the massive systemic and cultural transformations required for mitigating climate change…we’re going to have to deal with the socially sanctioned, institutionalized violence perpetrated by U.S. foreign policy that is pouring fuel on the fire of global warming.” – Stacy Bannerman Climate Change Causes War  There is … Continue reading “War is War on Mother Earth”

The (Small-d) Democrat’s Dilemma

The Trump presidency has been a disaster for the country and the world; a second Trump term would be calamitous.  The menace must be stopped. The sad fact is, though, that for Trump to lose in 2020, a (big-D) Democrat will have to win. This means that the responsible thing for (small-d) democrats to do … Continue reading “The (Small-d) Democrat’s Dilemma”

2019 China Tariffs to Cost Every US Household $800 — The Federal Reserve

The gang at the trailer park said they welcome having somewhat less money as they have more than they know what to do with it NY Fed just published some interesting numbers on President Trump’s Trade War with China. Available here: link, the Fed note states that per recent study:  “The 2018 tariffs imposed an … Continue reading “2019 China Tariffs to Cost Every US Household $800 — The Federal Reserve”

UN: Afghanistan Air Strikes Kill 14 Civilians

A pair of air strikes in southern Afghanistan killed 14 civilians, including five women and seven children, the United Nations said on Thursday. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) tweeted that the attacks occurred in Helmand and Kunar provinces on May 20 and May 22. It did not say who carried out the attacks, … Continue reading “UN: Afghanistan Air Strikes Kill 14 Civilians”

Senate Committee Votes to Raise Defense Spending for Second Year in a Row to $750 Billion

The Senate Armed Services Committee advanced a major defense spending bill in a closed session this week, agreeing to the Trump administration’s $750 billion request and raising U.S. defense spending to levels not seen since the height of the Iraq War. If it passes the House and Senate, the bill would authorize the second major … Continue reading “Senate Committee Votes to Raise Defense Spending for Second Year in a Row to $750 Billion”

Finally, US charges Wikileak founder Assange with violating Espionage Act

London, May 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The United States Justice Department has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with receiving and publishing what it calls one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States. The 18-count charge was announced Thursday by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney … Continue reading “Finally, US charges Wikileak founder Assange with violating Espionage Act”

Chabahar: Still Exempted from Iran Sanctions

by James M. Dorsey The Indian-backed Iranian port of Chabahar has emerged as a major loophole in a tightening military and economic noose and ever harsher U.S. sanctions that President Donald J. Trump, reluctant to be sucked into yet another war, sees as the best way to either force Tehran to its knees or achieve … Continue reading “Chabahar: Still Exempted from Iran Sanctions”

Future Warfare: F-35s to Leisurely Direct Countless Missiles by Other Planes as Enemy Obediently Lines up to Be Obliterated

One of the recent concepts for employing the F-35 is the idea that it will not engage in combat itself but will provide targeting for other heavily laden shooter platforms. Various shooter platforms have been proposed including B-1 bombers, F-18s, and F-15s. What a great concept, right?  F-35s loitering around the aerial battlefield, unseen, picking out hapless … Continue reading “Future Warfare: F-35s to Leisurely Direct Countless Missiles by Other Planes as Enemy Obediently Lines up to Be Obliterated”

Sahel, l’enracinement des groupes islamistes

Confronté en cette saison de l’harmattan à la sècheresse, à des tourbillons de poussières et à des virus ravageurs, le Sahel vit une autre épidémie, celle là politique. Une chronique de Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, ancien ministre mauritanien et ex représentant de l’ONU en Afrique Véhiculée par les medias internationaux et surtout les réseaux sociaux, une … Continue reading “Sahel, l’enracinement des groupes islamistes”

The Belligerence of Empire

Photograph Source: Sgt. Ajenis Nunez – Public Domain “Capitalism’s gratuitous wars and sanctioned greed have jeopardized the planet and filled it with refugees. Much of the blame for this rests squarely on the shoulders of the government of the United States. Seventeen years after invading Afghanistan, after bombing it into the ‘stone age’ with the … Continue reading “The Belligerence of Empire”

Living in a Nation of Political Narcissists

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair In this country, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief. Let’s face it, when it comes to election meddling, it’s been me, me, me, 24/7 here. Yes, in some fashion some set of Russians meddled in the last election campaign, whether it was, as Jared Kushner improbably claimed, … Continue reading “Living in a Nation of Political Narcissists”

So Many Wars: Remembering Friends in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Kurdistan and Turkey 

It’s been so long since I have written, that I don’t know where to begin. I pick up a binder and begin scanning through past “Dear Friends” letters.  As I read, memories of trips to Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Kurdistan and Turkey begin to flood my consciousness.   So many beautiful faces and stories.  So many years … Continue reading “So Many Wars: Remembering Friends in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Kurdistan and Turkey “

Does the Soviet Regime-Change Analogy Apply to Iran?

by Eldar Mamedov Among regime-change advocates, it´s long been de rigeur to invoke the way the President Ronald Reagan dealt with the Soviet Union as a template for hastening the demise of the Islamic Republic. According to this view, Reagan, armed with moral clarity, almost single-handedly defeated the USSR. If only current Western leaders had … Continue reading “Does the Soviet Regime-Change Analogy Apply to Iran?”

Russia’s $30 Million Missile Corvettes Have Four Times the Weapons Range of US $2 Billion Destroyers and Cruisers

Russia is adding warships to its navy faster than the US. The reason for that is simple, while the US is pouring $14 billion into the USS Gerald Ford carrier the Russians are building corvettes. A class of warships between 500 and 1,000 tons. Not only are they small, they are cheap. The newest class, … Continue reading “Russia’s $30 Million Missile Corvettes Have Four Times the Weapons Range of US $2 Billion Destroyers and Cruisers”

US Has No Moral Authority to Deem Muslim Brotherhood ‘Terrorist’

As’ad Abukhalil shares his perspective on the Trump administration’s stated intent to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, pointing out that the U.S. has killed countless civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq in recent years The post US Has No Moral Authority to Deem Muslim Brotherhood ‘Terrorist’ appeared first on The Real News Network.

Vicious Cycle: The Pentagon Creates Tech Giants and Then Buys their Services

Photograph Source: DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force – Public Domain The US Department of Defense’s bloated budget, along with CIA venture capital, helped to create tech giants, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and PayPal. The government then contracts those companies to help its military and intelligence operations. In doing so, … Continue reading “Vicious Cycle: The Pentagon Creates Tech Giants and Then Buys their Services”

4 Nations & 2500 Km: Sher Shah’s ‘Grand’ Marvel Amazes Us Even 500 Years Later!

  We’re marching on relief over Injia’s sunny plains,     A little front o’ Christmas-time an’ just be’ind the Rains;     Ho! get away you bullock-man, you’ve ‘eard the bugle blowed,    There’s a regiment a-comin’ down the Grand Trunk Road;     Oh, there’s them Injian temples to admire when you see, … Continue reading “4 Nations & 2500 Km: Sher Shah’s ‘Grand’ Marvel Amazes Us Even 500 Years Later!”

Qatar: The Mouse Whose Roar Might Prevent a War

by Mark Perry America’s 18-year war on terrorism just got complicated—or, perhaps, it just got more complicated. At the center of the complication is the tiny state of Qatar, the Persian Gulf emirate that hosts the sprawling al-Udeid Air Base, U.S. Central Command’s forward headquarters for the region and home of the Air Force’s 379th … Continue reading “Qatar: The Mouse Whose Roar Might Prevent a War”

Idlib-Based Uighur Terrorists Threatened Russian Forces in Syria

The so-called “Turkistan Islamic Party”, the Syrian branch of the Uighur-led terrorist group previously known as the “East Turkestan Islamic Movement”, threatened to deal Russia a defeat akin to the one that its Soviet predecessor experienced in Afghanistan, demonstrating the … The post Idlib-Based Uighur Terrorists Threatened Russian Forces in Syria appeared first on Global … Continue reading “Idlib-Based Uighur Terrorists Threatened Russian Forces in Syria”

Trump is Making the Same Mistakes in the Middle East the US Always Makes

Photograph Source: Technical Sergeant John L. Houghton, Jr., United States Air Force – Public Domain In its escalating confrontation with Iran, the US is making the same mistake it has made again and again since the fall of the Shah 40 years ago: it is ignoring the danger of plugging into what is in large … Continue reading “Trump is Making the Same Mistakes in the Middle East the US Always Makes”

Trump’s War In Venezuela Could Be Che’s Revenge

Che Guevara had a dream. After decades of chasing the American Empire into guerrilla street fights from Guatemala to the Congo, Che dreamed of drawing that dreadful beast into an unwinnable quagmire on the graves of its first victims in the heart of Latin America, the treacherous mountain forests of Bolivia where the Conquistadors first … Continue reading “Trump’s War In Venezuela Could Be Che’s Revenge”

Thousands of Immigrants Suffer in Solitary Confinement in ICE Detention

Dulce Rivera lived for the one hour a day she was allowed outside, to pace alone on a patch of concrete encased in metal fencing. They called it “the yard,” but it was really a metal cage. Still, it was far better than the misery she endured the other 23 hours a day, locked alone in a … Continue reading “Thousands of Immigrants Suffer in Solitary Confinement in ICE Detention”

Les Gilets noirs envahissent Roissy !

Dimanche 19 mai, 14h : les Gilets noirs (migrant·e·s à la rue et foyers de toute l’Ile-de-France en lutte) et le collectif La Chapelle debout viennent d’envahir l’aéroport de Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle ! Ils et elles sont plusieurs centaines. Contre les déportations et pour des papiers pour tou·te·s ! Ils veulent parler au PDG d’Air France et au Premier Ministre Édouard … Continue reading “Les Gilets noirs envahissent Roissy !”

From the Middle East to Northern Ireland, Western States are All Too Happy to Avoid Culpability for War Crimes

When is a war crime not a war crime? When it’s committed by us, of course. But this truism is taking on a new and sinister meaning today – and not just because Trump and his crackpots may be planning another clutch of atrocities in the Middle East. For there is now a dangerous slippage … Continue reading “From the Middle East to Northern Ireland, Western States are All Too Happy to Avoid Culpability for War Crimes”

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”