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.”

Peut-on planifier le développement capitaliste ou socialiste?

Dans un texte publié la semaine dernière sur notre webmagazine Les7duQuébec.com nous expliquions que : « La croissance ce n’est pas le développement et nous ne pouvons espérer que le capitalisme soutienne un développement social « planifié » lui qui ne sait même pas assurer sa croissance continue.» La crise économique contemporaine Dans un texte … Continue reading “Peut-on planifier le développement capitaliste ou socialiste?”

Daniel Ellsberg: Espionage Charges Against Assange Are Most Significant Attack on Press in Decades

As the Justice Department charges WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act, we speak to Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. In 1971, he was charged with violating the Espionage Act for leaking a top-secret report on U.S. involvement in Vietnam to The New York Times and other publications. At the … Continue reading “Daniel Ellsberg: Espionage Charges Against Assange Are Most Significant Attack on Press in Decades”

Trump Is Such a Loser He Torpedoed His Own North Korea Deal Because He Was Afraid of Heat at Home

Knew it was the right thing for peace and for his country. Decided to look for number one instead Here’s something you don’t expect to hear at a conference: “Send Lady Gaga to North Korea.” That was the most audacious idea emerging from a recent North Korea academic conference this past March at the University … Continue reading “Trump Is Such a Loser He Torpedoed His Own North Korea Deal Because He Was Afraid of Heat at Home”

Russiagate and the Dry Rot in American Journalism

Photograph Source: Jeff Maurone from Seattle, WA, USA – CC BY 2.0 Hunter S. Thompson dissected the mainstream news long before the false narratives of Iraqi WMD’s and Russian collusion. The 2016 U.S. presidential elections showed how easily a real estate hustler can hijack the public’s attention with the help of all major news corporations. … Continue reading “Russiagate and the Dry Rot in American Journalism”

Gulf of Tonkin ‘Crisis’, Iranian Style

Photograph Source: United States Navy – Public Domain The United States government is always beating the war drums; it’s what violent, rogue nations do. Currently, a non-issue in the Middle East is being seized upon as a threat to the mighty U.S. The headlines were sensational: ‘Saudi Arabia says Oil Tankers Attacked as Iranian Tensions … Continue reading “Gulf of Tonkin ‘Crisis’, Iranian Style”

Ephéméride des luttes : 24 mai

De l’éphéméride des luttes du 24 mai, gardons l’héritage de la Commune, des journées de Mai et de la solidarité internationaliste. C’est aussi grâce aux barricades d’hier et nous pouvons monter celles d’aujourd’hui et continuer le combat. 1856 : Aux États-Unis, le groupe de John Brown, qui a pris les armes contre l’esclavagisme, finit par … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : 24 mai”

Amnesty Urges U.S. to Pay Reparations to Syrians After Killing 1,600 Civilians in Assault on Raqqa

Amnesty International is calling for the United States to pay reparations to survivors of the U.S.-led military coalition attack on Raqqa. A recent investigation by Amnesty International and Airwars showed the U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians during the 2017 offensive to oust ISIS militants from the Syrian city. The coalition launched thousands of … Continue reading “Amnesty Urges U.S. to Pay Reparations to Syrians After Killing 1,600 Civilians in Assault on Raqqa”

La Maison-Blanche et Google lancent une guerre technologique contre la Chine

Lundi, Google, le monopole des logiciels de recherche sur Internet et des smartphones, a annoncé qu’il empêcherait les téléphones Huawei d’accéder à des parties essentielles du système d’exploitation Android, mettant ainsi fin aux activités de Huawei à l’étranger. Pour compliquer la situation, les fabricants américains de matériel informatique Qualcomm, Broadcom et Intel ont annoncé qu’ils … Continue reading “La Maison-Blanche et Google lancent une guerre technologique contre la Chine”

NIPPON Platform Has Established the Ninth Overseas Branch “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia

May 22, 2019 TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NIPPON Platform Co., Ltd. (CEO: Jun Takagi, Tokyo, Japan) established the subsidiary “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia on 8 May 2019. This is the ninth overseas branch for NIPPON Platform. “Making Japan into a cashless society” and “Revitalizing local societies and rural development with small and medium-sized retailers” are the motto … Continue reading “NIPPON Platform Has Established the Ninth Overseas Branch “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia”

Après trente ans de conflit en Casamance : Regard sur la vie des mutilés des mines

Ce jeudi 16 mai 2019, Rfi, sur son site web, a diffusé dans l’émission «Reportage Afrique» un dossier qui s’intitule «Casamance, série [4/5] : L’appareillage des victimes de mines reste difficile». Réalisé par William de Lesseux, ce reportage revient sur les conséquences des mines antipersonnel dans le conflit casamançais, qui oppose l’Armée nationale du Sénégal … Continue reading “Après trente ans de conflit en Casamance : Regard sur la vie des mutilés des mines”

Watch: Interview with Brazil’s Ex-President Lula From Prison, Discussing Global Threats, Neoliberalism, Bolsonaro, and More

Among the planet’s significant political figures, no one is quite like Lula. Born into extreme poverty, illiterate until the age of 10, forced to quit school at the age of 12 to work as a shoe shiner, losing a finger at his factory job at 19, and then becoming a labor activist, union leader, and founder of a political … Continue reading “Watch: Interview with Brazil’s Ex-President Lula From Prison, Discussing Global Threats, Neoliberalism, Bolsonaro, and More”

Lessons from the Gulf of Tonkin Incident

by Paul R. Pillar Disturbing similarities between the run-up to the Iraq War of 2003 and the Trump administration’s bellicosity toward Iran keep accumulating. They include war-selling rhetoric seemingly derived from the same script. But in some respects, the more striking parallel to the present occurred over half a century ago, beyond the living memory … Continue reading “Lessons from the Gulf of Tonkin Incident”

Vietnam Startup Wins $1 Million Grand Prize at 2019 Startup World Cup

May 21, 2019 Picture:  Regional Winners from Around the World Competed for a $1 Million Investment at the Grand Finale Event in San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Months of preparation and pitching by hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world came down to 12 finalists at the Startup World Cup Grand Finale event on Friday, May 17, … Continue reading “Vietnam Startup Wins $1 Million Grand Prize at 2019 Startup World Cup”

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”

Imperialism In An X-Factor Age: If The Drugs Don’t Work, The Drones Certainly Will

In Vietnam, Agent Orange was dropped by the US to poison a foreign population. In Iraq and the former Yugoslavia, depleted uranium was used. In western countries, things are a bit more complicated because various states have tended to avoid … The post Imperialism In An X-Factor Age: If The Drugs Don’t Work, The Drones … Continue reading “Imperialism In An X-Factor Age: If The Drugs Don’t Work, The Drones Certainly Will”

That Time Pentagon Wargamed a War With Iran and the ‘Red Team’ Player Sent Its Carrier Group to the Bottom of the Sea

The United States is widely cited as the world’s foremost military power, but the country has a spotty record when it comes to asymmetrical warfare. Now-infamous war games conducted nearly 17 years ago showed a maritime matchup against tactics similar to those of Iran would likely prove extremely deadly for the Navy. A new wave of … Continue reading “That Time Pentagon Wargamed a War With Iran and the ‘Red Team’ Player Sent Its Carrier Group to the Bottom of the Sea”

From the Gulf of Tonkin to the Persian Gulf

Photograph Source: U.S. Navy sailor aboard USS Maddox – Public Domain Beijing. The number of world wars should bury the argument that history does not repeat itself. But the detail is different, and the devil is in the detail. Iran. Can warmongers again offer the arguments of weapons of mass destruction? No. The Iraq playbook … Continue reading “From the Gulf of Tonkin to the Persian Gulf”

They’re Just About Ready to Destroy Roe v. Wade

Militarism, consumerism, and racism have drawn alongside, and even to, misogyny and anti-immigrant hate. The juggernaut of greed, power, and hate may be impossible to stop at this point in U.S. history. Those of goodwill have been fighting the good fight against these regressive forces for decades. When the Vietnam War ended, only a brief … Continue reading “They’re Just About Ready to Destroy Roe v. Wade”

MOC crafts exhibition deepens cultural exchanges with Southeast Asia

An exhibition highlighting Southeast Asian crafts kicked off May 17 at the National Tainan Living Art Center in southern Taiwan, underscoring government efforts to deepen cultural and people-to-people exchanges with the region.   Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, the Southeast Asia Aesthetics Living Exhibition spotlights bamboo weaving, fabric dyeing and traditional musical instruments from … Continue reading “MOC crafts exhibition deepens cultural exchanges with Southeast Asia”

Ephéméride des luttes : 19 mai

Aujourd’hui, l’éphéméride des luttes est un véritable casse-tête. En effet, le 19 mai, le Pentagone explose, tout comme le font des journaux réactionnaires, des usines ou encore des portes de prison. Et au passage, on bastonne les néofascistes : il y a toujours de bonnes raisons de le faire. 1622 : En Turquie, le sultan … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : 19 mai”

That Time North Korea Fought Israel

A statue of the muzzle and bayonet of an AK-47, given to Egypt by North Korea, honors the military partnership between the two countries While the Yom Kippur War is a well known Cold War engagement between Soviet and Western aligned forces which took place in the midst of the Vietnam War, pitting the forces … Continue reading “That Time North Korea Fought Israel”

The Majority of the World’s Population Lives Inside This Circle

Where it’s at, and the periphery Back in 2013, a meme circulated quickly off of a Reddit post that showed the incredible population density of the southeast corner of Asia. As Visual Capitalist’s Jeff Desjardins notes, the satellite map showed, quite simply, that “more people live inside this circle, than outside of it”. THE POPULATION EPICENTER We are in the business of … Continue reading “The Majority of the World’s Population Lives Inside This Circle”

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 ?”

Four Simple Steps the U.S. Media Could Take to Prevent a Trump War With Iran

Here we go again. Sixteen years after the U.S. media helped the Bush administration spread myths and lies about the threat posed by Iraq to the United States and its allies, the Trump administration is spreading similar myths and lies about the threat posed by Iran. The 64,000-rial question, therefore, is whether or not journalists … Continue reading “Four Simple Steps the U.S. Media Could Take to Prevent a Trump War With Iran”

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?”

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”

War’s Unanswered Questions

“Over these last few years, given the wars it has waged and the international treaties it has arbitrarily reneged on, the U.S. government perfectly fits its own definition of a rogue state.” — Arundhati Roy You have the world’s largest military, you’re going to use it, right? Donald Trump and his team, led by National Insecurity Advisor … Continue reading “War’s Unanswered Questions”

CEO-CMO Summit Vietnam 2019 will take place on May 31

May 15, 2019 HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, May 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — How has the Vietnamese market changed with the trend of global digital racing? What do typical businesses have and will do to lead or catch up with competitors in this “race”? What do business leaders do to not be left behind? The … Continue reading “CEO-CMO Summit Vietnam 2019 will take place on May 31”

BREAKING: Situation Worsens In Venezuela, Bolivia, U.S., Japan, Mexico, Iraq, Spain

WASHINGTON—Confirming recent reports of conditions approaching crisis levels, sources across the globe revealed Thursday that the situation continues to worsen in Venezuela, Bolivia, the United States, Japan, Mexico, Iraq, and Spain, in addition to South Sudan, India, Gabon, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia. “What…Read more…

More than 12,000 buyers visit 2019 Medical and Healthcare Fair

May 15, 2019 Picture:  16 May 2019 – The 10th HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical and Healthcare Fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association (HKMHDIA), finished its three-day run (14 to 16 May) today. The fair welcomed more than 12,000 … Continue reading “More than 12,000 buyers visit 2019 Medical and Healthcare Fair”

Trump’s Tariffs Are Pushing Manufacturing to Vietnam, Not the US

An Asian Communist state with a government-directed industrial policy churns out cheap goods for consumption in America. The country has a heavily controlled exchange rate, brandishes its low labor costs, enjoys a trade surplus and is wary of opening sensitive industries to foreigners. Add what might be politely described as some history of antipathy toward … Continue reading “Trump’s Tariffs Are Pushing Manufacturing to Vietnam, Not the US”

Inégalités face au changement climatique : la balle est dans le camp des plus riches

Le tourisme, activité élitiste par excellence, représente aujourd’hui près de 8 % des émissions mondiales de CO₂. Blake barlow/Unsplash, CC BY-NC-NDDepuis le début du cycle des négociations climatiques internationales, la question des inégalités face aux changements climatiques et face aux efforts à fournir vis-à-vis de ces changements s’est posée de manière constante. La notion de justice … Continue reading “Inégalités face au changement climatique : la balle est dans le camp des plus riches”

Près de 40 milliards pour le financement des femmes en Afrique : 21 pays dont le Sénégal ciblés

Vingt et un pays admis à bénéficier de l’aide de l’Association internationale de développement (Ida) dont le Sénégal sont ciblés par le programme de discrimination positive pour le financement en faveur des femmes en Afrique (Afawa) de la Banque africaine de développement (Bad) qui a obtenu 61,8 millions de dollars, soit près de 40 milliards … Continue reading “Près de 40 milliards pour le financement des femmes en Afrique : 21 pays dont le Sénégal ciblés”

Heartwarming short shows how Taiwan Can Help advance global health

A heartwarming short showing how Taiwan Can Help change lives for the better was jointly released May 14 by Taipei City-based Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Titled “Plant Love,” the 13-minute film documents how three medical professionals from the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital are working wonders for cleft lip and palate … Continue reading “Heartwarming short shows how Taiwan Can Help advance global health”

Ephéméride des luttes : 15 mai

Aujourd’hui 15 mai de l’éphéméride des luttes, nous sommes tous et toutes coupables de résister. 1525 : Exécution de Thomas Münzer, qui avait guidé 40.000 paysans et travailleurs sur le chemin de la révolte en Allemagne. 1871 : A Paris, la Commune lance son appel “Aux grandes villes” pour ne pas se laisser commettre l’assassinat … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : 15 mai”

ACA Leaders Forum 2019: Unlocking Potential for Cosmetics Businesses in Southeast Asia

May 14, 2019 Singapore, 14 May 2019 –( ASIA TODAY )– In just two months, trade professionals from the cosmetics and personal care industry will gather in Singapore for the ACA Leaders Forum 2019. Organised by Southeast Asia’s cosmetics association – ASEAN Cosmetics Association (ACA), the event will take place on 24 July in the … Continue reading “ACA Leaders Forum 2019: Unlocking Potential for Cosmetics Businesses in Southeast Asia”

Taiwan stages TB prevention workshop for Vietnam officials

A workshop on the control and prevention of tuberculosis for health care professionals from Vietnam kicked off May 13 in Taipei City.   Organized by the Centers for Disease Control under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the 12-day event features discussions and seminars on topics such as clinical treatment, disease screening, and public health … Continue reading “Taiwan stages TB prevention workshop for Vietnam officials”

Russia’s S-300 Pops Up on US Soil, But Is That a Big Deal?

A number of recent reports have indicated that at least one S-300PT surface to air missile system has been delivered to the United States for testing. Satellite images at an American military testing site show a 30N6 fire control system and 5P85 transporter erector launchers, though the time of delivery as of yet remains uncertain. Пусковые … Continue reading “Russia’s S-300 Pops Up on US Soil, But Is That a Big Deal?”

Singapore Ride-Hailing Firm Tada Launches In Cambodia

May 13, 2019 Picture:  Ride-hailing company Tada, a brand of Singapore-based tech firm MVL Technology, announced that it has entered Cambodia through a first branch in Phnom Penh. Tada claims to be one of the first consumer applications in the world to utilise blockchain technology. It promises zero commission taken from the drivers. The app … Continue reading “Singapore Ride-Hailing Firm Tada Launches In Cambodia”

Interprétation du discours du président Poutine au Forum 2019 des Nouvelles Routes de la Soie

Par Andrew Korybko – Le 27 avril 2019 – Source orientalreview.org Le président Poutine n’a laissé aucune place au doute, en proclamant fièrement que la Russie ainsi que l’Union Économique Eurasiatique, organisation d’intégration régionale pilotée par la Russie, opéraient une fusion stratégique avec la Chine et son projet La Ceinture et la Route. Ce processus aura des … Continue reading “Interprétation du discours du président Poutine au Forum 2019 des Nouvelles Routes de la Soie”