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.”

“The Army Ain’t No Place for a Black Man:” How the Wolf Got Caged

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair From his locked room, he could hear the trains rattling up the tracks, one every half hour. They reminded of him of home, back on Dockery Plantation, when he played on the porches of old shacks with Charley Patton, blowing his harmonica to the rhythm of those big wheels rolling … Continue reading ““The Army Ain’t No Place for a Black Man:” How the Wolf Got Caged”

The Boeing Way: Blaming Dead Pilots

Photograph Source: Oleg V. Belyakov – CC BY-SA 3.0 The House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation held an oversight hearing last week on the two recent Boeing 737 MAX airplane crashes. Testifying were the heads of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Asking questions and making statements were 39 members … Continue reading “The Boeing Way: Blaming Dead Pilots”

The Disparity Behind Anti-Abortion Laws

Photograph by: jordanuhl7 – CC BY 2.0 In the past few weeks, my Facebook feed has exploded with posts about abortion. If you use Facebook, probably yours has too. There’s a lot to say about abortion, especially now that Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, and Ohio have passed extremely restrictive laws banning abortions in cases where they … Continue reading “The Disparity Behind Anti-Abortion Laws”

Russia and the Future of Europe

by John Feffer Europe is gearing up for much-anticipated elections this week to the European parliament. Austria, however, now has to deal with a very unexpected snap election — thanks to a drunk politician, a Russian honeypot, and a leaked video. This scandal currently rocking Austria may ultimately play a decisive role in the European … Continue reading “Russia and the Future of Europe”

Women’s Health Protection Act Would Stop State Attacks on Abortion Access

Standing outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning, congressional lawmakers announced the introduction of the Women’s Health Protection Act, which pushes back against the flood of abortion restrictions and outright bans on access that have been moving at a record pace through state legislatures. The bill “enshrines” in federal law “a woman’s right to receive … Continue reading “Women’s Health Protection Act Would Stop State Attacks on Abortion Access”

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?”

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”

Jimmy Carter: Trump Called Me, He’s Bothered That “China Is Getting Ahead of US”

Carter advised Trump that “China has not wasted a single penny on war” Former President Jimmy Carter told a church congregation this weekend that he had spoken with President Donald Trump about China on Saturday, and said the commander in chief was worried that Beijing had outpaced its global rivals. According to Emma Hurt, a … Continue reading “Jimmy Carter: Trump Called Me, He’s Bothered That “China Is Getting Ahead of US””

“Get Your Endangered Species Off My Bombing Range!”

A-10 training on bombing range in Nevada. Photo: DoD. “The Department of Defense’s ability to conduct realistic live-fire training, weapons system testing, and essential operations is vital to preparing a more lethal and resilient force for combat. . . . Starting in the late 1990s, the Department became increasingly concerned about “encroachment” pressures adversely affecting … Continue reading ““Get Your Endangered Species Off My Bombing Range!””

Roaming Charges: Slouching Towards Tehran

The Battle of Borodino by Peter Von Hess, 1843. + It’s easy to plot wars when you’re at no personal risk after your plans go to shit. At the Battle of La Moscova (or Borodino, if you’re Russian) in 1812, 70 generals were killed in a single day. In all US military campaigns since the … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: Slouching Towards Tehran”

Will Burning at the Stake Come Next?

We’re living in the most perilous time for abortion rights and reproductive freedom since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. While some erosion of abortion rights has occurred over the decades — parental consent laws, waiting periods, procedure curtailment — the fundamental right has largely been by ruled by the courts, and viewed by … Continue reading “Will Burning at the Stake Come Next?”

La Russie calme le jeu avant une réunion décisive au Conseil de l’Europe

La Russie s’est livrée le 16 mai à un éloge appuyé du Conseil de l’Europe, un changement de ton suggérant une volonté de rester dans cette instance qui donne accès à la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme (CEDH) et dont elle est menacée d’exclusion. La crise ukrainienne a provoqué une profonde crise entre l’organisation et Moscou. Alors … Continue reading “La Russie calme le jeu avant une réunion décisive au Conseil de l’Europe”

Polémique sur la grève du sexe contre l’interdiction de l’IVG

Alyssa Milano a appelé dimanche à une « grève du sexe » contre une loi ultra-restrictive contre l’IVG. Cette arme fait polémique. Mardi 7 mai, l’Etat de Georgie s’est doté d’une loi extrême contre l’avortement aux Etats Unis. Brian Kemp, le gouverneur Républicain, a promulgué la loi « fetal heartbeat » (« battement de cœur … Continue reading “Polémique sur la grève du sexe contre l’interdiction de l’IVG”

The Espionage Axe: Donald Trump and the War Against a Free Press

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.     Another alleged whistleblower has been charged with espionage. This week on Intercepted: Donald Trump is set to shatter Barack Obama’s record of prosecuting journalistic sources under the 1917 Espionage Act. Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom … Continue reading “The Espionage Axe: Donald Trump and the War Against a Free Press”

Nigeria: Kwara gov-elect woos US investors

London, May 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Kwara State Governor-elect, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has urged some investors in the United States to invest in Kwara promising friendly business environment under his leadership According to a statement by his media aide,  Mr Rafiu Ajakaiye, the governor-elect, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who was recently in the state held talks with some Kwara indigenes … Continue reading “Nigeria: Kwara gov-elect woos US investors”

Dans l’État de Géorgie, avorter après six semaines de grossesse c’est risquer la prison. Ou la peine de mort

Une loi criminalisant l’avortement vient d’être signée et doit entrer en vigueur le 1er janvier prochain. Mardi 7 mai Brian Kemp, gouverneur républicain de Géorgie, a signé une loi surnommée « fetal heartbeat » (« battement de cœur fœtal ») qui vise à interdire l’avortement après six semaines de grossesse. Cette mesure, la loi HB … Continue reading “Dans l’État de Géorgie, avorter après six semaines de grossesse c’est risquer la prison. Ou la peine de mort”

«L’état-major américain qui décide seul» : Mélenchon fustige le pouvoir de l’OTAN sur l’UE (VIDEO)

A l’occasion d’un meeting de la France insoumise (LFI) dans le cadre de la campagne pour les élections européennes, le député des Bouches-du-Rhône Jean-Luc Mélenchon est intervenu ce 11 mai auprès de ses partisans à Marseille, afin de soutenir Manon Aubry, tête de liste LFI. Il est temps de prendre conscience des enchaînements dangereux auxquels l’Union européenne est en train de … Continue reading “«L’état-major américain qui décide seul» : Mélenchon fustige le pouvoir de l’OTAN sur l’UE (VIDEO)”

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”

Ephéméride des luttes : 10 mai

Dans l’éphéméride des luttes, le 10 mai a une place explosive. Aujourd’hui, beaucoup de monde joue avec la chimie et la poudre, parfois pour rappeller leurs engagements à certains. Et globalement, les fascistes (et tous leurs dérivés) nous font sacrément chier. 1857 : En Inde, révolte des cipayes contre la compagnie anglaise des Indes. Le … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : 10 mai”

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”

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”

Georgia Governor Signs Bill Outlawing Abortion Except For Single 30-Second Window On Third Day Of Fourth Week Of Pregnancy

ATLANTA—Describing the law as a “common-sense measure” designed to protect reproductive health, Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia signed a bill Tuesday that strictly prohibits all abortions except during a single 30-second window on the third day of the fourth week of pregnancy. “To be clear, this statute does not outlaw…Read more…

Chaque expulsion est violente ; à quand un retournement de cette violence contre l’État ?

16 avril, à l’aube, les flics débarquent dans un appartement de Leysin pour emmener de force une famille toute entière, grands-parent.es, parent.es, et enfant.es. Une expulsion forcée vers la géorgie, après des années de vie dans ce village. Témoignage et appel à l’action directe contre les responsables. Des médecins avaient averti : « Nous relevons … Continue reading “Chaque expulsion est violente ; à quand un retournement de cette violence contre l’État ?”

Cecile Richards: Georgia’s New “Fetal Heartbeat” Bill Criminalizes Women Who Seek Abortions

Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed into law Tuesday a six-week abortion ban, or so-called “fetal heartbeat law” that bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected—something that typically happens just six weeks into a pregnancy and before many women realize they’re pregnant. It is now one of the country’s most restrictive abortion laws. … Continue reading “Cecile Richards: Georgia’s New “Fetal Heartbeat” Bill Criminalizes Women Who Seek Abortions”

The Democratic Counterrevolution Has a Self-Appointed Leader: Josh Gottheimer

Not long after Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were sworn into Congress, they began hearing from their new colleagues that one member of the House Democratic caucus, Josh Gottheimer, had particularly strong views about each of them. Gottheimer, a second-term representative from New Jersey, has deep ties to the lobbies for Saudi Arabia and Israel, while Tlaib … Continue reading “The Democratic Counterrevolution Has a Self-Appointed Leader: Josh Gottheimer”

L’État américain de Géorgie adopte une loi ultra-restrictive sur l’avortement

Sourd aux appels au boycott des stars hollywoodiennes et à l’opposition de nombreuses associations, le gouverneur républicain de l’État de Géorgie a promulgué mardi une loi revenant, selon ses détracteurs, à “supprimer purement et simplement le droit à l’avortement». La bataille se poursuivra devant les tribunaux.

Agnès fout le Buzyn…

Normal dans un gouvernement-qui-ment tout le temps ! Après le puçage à tous les étages ► PUB pour la puce RFID dans… la main ! EnMarche pour la Smart-City ! Ou Bienvenue à Gattaca, ça continue… La Carte Vitale bientôt remplacée par une application sur votre smartphone [Vidéos] Source Aphadolie du 7 mai 2019 ► … Continue reading “Agnès fout le Buzyn…”

Géorgie : Quels sont ces « heurts » dans la vallée de Pankissi ? Les habitants refusent la construction d’un barrage hydroélectrique et s’affrontent à la police anti-émeute

L’objectif de l’opération était de sécuriser la reprise des travaux de construction d’un barrage hydroélectrique suite à la demande du directeur de l’entreprise en charge des travaux [1] qui avait effectué sa requête auprès de la ministre de l’Economie. Cette opération intervenait 4 jours seulement après la nomination de la nouvelle ministre de l’Économie et … Continue reading “Géorgie : Quels sont ces « heurts » dans la vallée de Pankissi ? Les habitants refusent la construction d’un barrage hydroélectrique et s’affrontent à la police anti-émeute”

Nigeria, 12 other African countries face sanctions over visa overstay in U.S

London, May 5, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria and 12 other African countries, may suffer American visa denials as US President Donald Trump targets countries with a high percentage of visa overstays. The White House recently shifted its focus from the surge of families crossing the US-Mexico border to the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrive in … Continue reading “Nigeria, 12 other African countries face sanctions over visa overstay in U.S”

The Pentagon, Brussels and London Have Georgia on Their Minds

The British Defense Secretary, Gavin Williamson, was fired on May 1 to a chorus of derisive approval for leaking the contents of discussions at a meeting of the UK’s National Security Council. There can be no surprise that he leaked, because every politician does that;  but there was moderate surprise that he should have been pursued … Continue reading “The Pentagon, Brussels and London Have Georgia on Their Minds”

Pentagon to Stop Training Afghan Army Pilots in the US Because Half of Them Run Away

The U.S. military may no longer track how much territory the Afghan government controls, but here’s at least one definite metric of success: Afghan AC-208 pilots are no longer trained in the United States because more than 40 percent of the students training to fly the aircraft end up deserting within U.S. borders. This latest nugget … Continue reading “Pentagon to Stop Training Afghan Army Pilots in the US Because Half of Them Run Away”

Réduction électorale ukrainienne

Par Dmitry Orlov – Le 25 avril 2019 – Source Club Orlov Une élection présidentielle s’est récemment tenue dans ce pays troublé connu sous le nom d’Ukraine. Certains espèrent que, grâce à l’arrivée d’un nouveau président, l’Ukraine pourra enfin se remettre sur pied, prendre au sérieux la lutte contre la corruption et inverser sa tendance … Continue reading “Réduction électorale ukrainienne”

The Saker s’entretient avec Dmitry Orlov

« Je pense que l’empire américain est déjà bien fini, mais il n’a pas encore subi de stress-test sérieux, donc personne ne se rend compte que c’est le cas » Par The Saker − Le 16 Avril 2019 − Source thesaker.is via Unz ReviewSi je devais décrire la situation internationale actuelle en utilisant un seul mot, le mot … Continue reading “The Saker s’entretient avec Dmitry Orlov”

Scrutiny into Biden’s Record Should Include Obama Era Foreign Policies

Photograph Source: Daniel Schweb – CC BY-SA 4.0 Since Joe Biden has entered the race for the presidency, some media outlets have been pointing to his atrocious legislative record as a Senator, including his support for tough-on-crime bills, loose gun control measures, opposition to school desegregation, and his vote in favor of the Iraq War, … Continue reading “Scrutiny into Biden’s Record Should Include Obama Era Foreign Policies”

Lies, Damn Lies, and Abortion

For a long time, when people would ask me what subjects I covered as a journalist, I would jokingly say, “Criminal justice and reproductive rights — and hoping the two never intersect.” It’s not funny anymore (if it ever really was). Opponents of reproductive rights have become emboldened, pumped up by a reconstituted, decidedly conservative … Continue reading “Lies, Damn Lies, and Abortion”

AVEC ou SANS GILET JAUNE les PREUVES que MACRON MENT en version PDF gratos

En lecture, téléchargement et/ou impression gratos à diffuser, partager sans pitié ; Avec ou Sans Gilet Jaune = Pour la Société des sociétés, PDF de 11 pages de Jo Busta Lally Dans ce PDF, j’ai réuni les preuves que Macron parachève l’Agenda Oligarchique de dépopulation (sa Mission) initié par Sarkozy, 1ère taupe américaine placée à … Continue reading “AVEC ou SANS GILET JAUNE les PREUVES que MACRON MENT en version PDF gratos”

Roe v. Wade Under Threat: Planned Parenthood Pres. Speaks Out as State Laws Threaten to Ban Abortion

Abortion rights are under threat across the United States, with 28 states currently considering legislation to ban or restrict abortion in various ways. Among the slew of strategies are trigger bans, to make abortion completely illegal in a state should Roe v. Wade be overturned, and six-week abortion bans. Earlier this month, Ohio Governor Mike … Continue reading “Roe v. Wade Under Threat: Planned Parenthood Pres. Speaks Out as State Laws Threaten to Ban Abortion”

La chute de l’aigle est proche

Professeur et observateur de la politique internationale, Bruno Guigue revient sur une récente discussion entre Jimmy Carter et Donald Trump pour analyser et expliquer sa vision du déclin de l’hyperpuissance américaine. Aurions nous atteint ce moment crucial où l’hyperpuissance en déclin se met à douter d’elle-même ? La presse américaine vient de relater ce que … Continue reading “La chute de l’aigle est proche”

So It Begins: Moscow to Grant Russian Citizenship to Inhabitants of East Ukraine Rebel Republics

Reuters: Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order on Wednesday simplifying the procedure for obtaining a Russian passport for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, prompting calls from Kiev for more international sanctions. With the two Minsk accords Russia offered to pressure back rebel Donbass under Kiev rule albeit with some autonomy. Poroshenko first signed up … Continue reading “So It Begins: Moscow to Grant Russian Citizenship to Inhabitants of East Ukraine Rebel Republics”

Iran and China: Between Oil and Trump

by Gareth Smyth Back in 2006, John Garver, a China specialist and emeritus professor of international affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, looked at what Iran and China might share in common: The spirit of Sino-Iranian relations arises, I believe from the fact that both were among the most accomplished, powerful, and durable kingdoms … Continue reading “Iran and China: Between Oil and Trump”

Trump’s Transgender Troops Ban is un-American and Inhumane

On April 12, a new Defense Department policy went into effect officially barring most transgender people from enlisting in the nation’s military. This is a sad development, and represents an attack on the values and liberties that we all cherish as Americans. After two years of court challenges and public controversy since President Trump announced … Continue reading “Trump’s Transgender Troops Ban is un-American and Inhumane”

Stephen King’s IT: a 2019 Retrospective

Some years ago, a study was carried out into the fears of young children in the night.  Just before the lights were turned off and the children were ready for sleep they were each asked where they thought the monster was.  The majority of little boys said they believed it was hiding in the cupboard. … Continue reading “Stephen King’s IT: a 2019 Retrospective”

Victoire de Zelensky – La Russie attend avant de reconnaître le résultat

Hier avait lieu le second tour de l’élection présidentielle ukrainienne, qui a vu la victoire écrasante de Volodymyr Zelensky, avec plus de 73 % des voix, contre 24,5 % pour Petro Porochenko alors que 95 % des bulletins sont dépouillés. Et alors que l’Allemagne, la France, les États-Unis, la Biélorussie et la Géorgie se sont … Continue reading “Victoire de Zelensky – La Russie attend avant de reconnaître le résultat”

Comprendre la crise ukrainienne: De Maïdan à Donetsk en passant par Moscou

Dans cet article est exposé l’historique de la crise secouant l’Ukraine depuis la fin 2013 jusqu’à nos jours; depuis l’origine de la manifestation populaire à l’imminente menace d’entrée en guerre de la Russie.Dès lors de la chute de l’Union Soviétique en 91, l’Occident manifeste un intérêt particulier à se rapprocher de l’Ukraine. Les Etats-Unis, notamment, … Continue reading “Comprendre la crise ukrainienne: De Maïdan à Donetsk en passant par Moscou”