• Inevitable Payback

    In this globalised world, if we launch weapons of great destructive power into communities abroad, incinerating and shredding women and children, we cannot avoid the fact that those who identify with those communities – ethnically, culturally and religiously – will take revenge on people here. If we are lucky it will be revenge on combatants. If we are unlucky it will be on our innocents. But either way, the truth is this. We caused it.

    Inevitable Payback
  • Murdering journalists … them and us

    “On international politics Charlie Hebdo was neoconservative. It supported every single NATO intervention from Yugoslavia to the present. They were anti-Muslim, anti-Hamas (or any Palestinian organization), anti-Russian, anti-Cuban (with the exception of one cartoonist), anti-Hugo Chávez, anti-Iran, anti-Syria, pro-Pussy Riot, pro-Kiev … Do I need to continue?

    Murdering journalists … them and us
  • “V”

    we see the connections between animal husbandry and pollution in the ocean, diminishment of life in the seas, the destruction of the rainforests and climate change. Veganism is real conservation in action. It goes beyond talking about climate change and diminishment of biodiversity and actually does something to address the problems.

    “V”
  • France begins jailing people for ironic comments

    “A string of at least 69 arrests in France this week on the vague charge of ‘defending terrorism’ (‘l’apologie du terrorisme’) risks violaing freedom of expression,” Amnesty International said in an understated press release on Friday.

    France begins jailing people for ironic comments
  • How To Stop an Eviction

    Paralyzing an eviction is an act of civil disobedience: we understand it against laws that we consider unjust, actively disobeying them is not only a right but also a duty of the population. This disobedience is not gratuitous: it is
    rooted in a superior legality systematically violated by the Spanish state: that of human rights.

    How To Stop an Eviction
  • Charlie Hebdo: real fight is over who controls the terms of debate

    claims over the sacrosanct status of ‘free speech’ and its expression as ‘satire’ cannot elide the more elementary issue of human consideration and social responsibility. As cartoonist Joe Sacco observes, Hebdo’s output is a “vapid way to use a pen.” One might also add, pernicious, vulgar and racist.

    Charlie Hebdo: real fight is over who controls the terms of debate
  • Charlie Hebdo And The War For Civilisation

    Like the rest of the media, the Guardian protests passionately when ‘bad guys’ commit an atrocity against ‘us’, but emotive defences of free speech are in short supply when ‘good guys’ bomb Serb and Libyan TV, or threaten the life of progressive US filmmakers. Far fewer tears are shed for Serb, Libyan or Palestinian journalists in US-UK corporate media offices.

    Charlie Hebdo And The War For Civilisation
  • Charlie Hebdo: A journey from anti-colonialism towards Islamophobia

    it came to a significant ideological turning point at the end of the 1990s. Philippe Val supported NATO’s military intervention in Kosovo in 1999 and adopted an anti-Palestinian position during the Second Intifada. From then on it took on Islam, which was seen as a fundamental threat.

    Charlie Hebdo: A journey from anti-colonialism towards Islamophobia
  • March of the Hypocrites

    ISIS was itself birthed in the chaos that accompanied our invasion and conquest of Iraq, and McCain and the War Party are intent on duplicating that Orc factory in the territory of Syria.

    March of the Hypocrites
  • Charlie Hebdo and the hypocrisy of pencils

    It was not pencils and pens – let alone ideas – that left Iraq, Gaza and Afghanistan shattered and hundreds of thousands of human beings dead. Not twelve. Hundreds of thousands. All with stories, with lives, with families. Tens of millions who have lost friends, family, homes and watched their country be torn apart.

    Charlie Hebdo and the hypocrisy of pencils

Economy »

EU Showdown: Greece Takes on the Vampire Squid

EU Showdown: Greece Takes on the Vampire Squid

January 8, 2015 at 5:48 pm

By Ellen Brown (Web of Debt Blog) Greece and the troika (the International Monetary Fund, the EU, and the European Central Bank) are in a dangerous game of chicken. The Greeks...

Politics »

Blowback in Paris

Blowback in Paris

January 8, 2015 at 5:43 pm

by Nafeez Ahmed Recognising that the Paris atrocity is predictable blowback, does not absolve the perpetrators of responsibility for their terrible crimes; but it might help...

War »

Were NATO Dogs Used to Rape Afghan Prisoners at Bagram Air Base?

Were NATO Dogs Used to Rape Afghan Prisoners at Bagram Air Base?

January 5, 2015 at 1:43 pm

By Emran Feroz (AlterNet) After the release of the CIA torture report by Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) the world is reeling in shock at the level of brutality revealed in...

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Russia Cuts Off Ukraine Gas Supply To 6 European Countries

Russia Cuts Off Ukraine Gas Supply To 6 European Countries

Due to these “transit risks for European consumers in the territory of Ukraine,” Gazprom cut gas exports to Europe by 60%, plunging the continent into an energy crisis “within hours.” Perhaps explaining the explosion higher in NatGas prices (and oil) today, gas companies in Ukraine confirmed that Russia had cut off supply; and six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas.

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Governments ‘Fundamentally Do Not Believe in Democracy’

Governments ‘Fundamentally Do Not Believe in Democracy’

In the West, journalists are usually threatened with jail rather than assassination, which can be a risk in some countries around the world, but nevertheless there is a lot of fear which is ‘corrosive’ and ‘damages the capacity of the press to serve democracy.’

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Rebuilding the Obama-Putin Trust

Rebuilding the Obama-Putin Trust

Heading into the last quarter of his presidency, Barack Obama must decide whether he will let the neocons keep pulling his strings or finally break loose and pursue a realistic foreign policy seeking practical solutions to world problems, including the crisis with Russia over Ukraine.

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Czech President: “Only Poorly Informed People” Don’t Know About Ukraine Coup

Czech President: “Only Poorly Informed People” Don’t Know About Ukraine Coup

Zeman’s now publicly asserting that the overthrow of Yanukovych was a coup instead of having merely expressed the democratic intentions of most of the Maidan demonstrators, constitutes a sharp break away from U.S. President Barack Obama, who was behind that Ukrainian coup and who endorses its current leaders.

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2015 Will Be All About Iran, China and Russia

2015 Will Be All About Iran, China and Russia

Now imagine Russia and China jointly investing in a new gold, oil and natural resource-backed monetary union as a crucial alternative to the failed debt “democracy” model pushed by the Masters of the Universe on Wall Street, the Western central bank cartel, and neoliberal politicians. They would be showing the Global South that financing prosperity and improved standards of living by saddling future generations with debt was never meant to work in the first place.

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Ukraine; ‘Regime Change 101.’ America’s Soft Power Technique

Ukraine; ‘Regime Change 101.’ America’s Soft Power Technique

The truth is not being aired in the West. It’s a surreal perversion of history that’s going on once again, as in Bush pre-Iraq ‘WMD’ campaign. But I believe the truth will finally come out in the West, I hope, in time to stop further insanity.

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Demonstrators hold up signs during a BDS protest in Melbourne, Australia, in 2010. Wikimedia Commons/Takver (CC-BY-SA)

Banning Dissent in the Name of Civility

What frightens the Israel lobby is not my critique, but my expertise. It is impossible to spew out the usual Israeli propaganda, half-truths, distortions and lies—as retired Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz once tried to do when he and I appeared at a Columbia University event—to someone who has spent years in the Middle East reporting on the conflict. What the Israel lobby fears most are facts.

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John Pilger: ‘Real Possibility of Nuclear War’

John Pilger: ‘Real Possibility of Nuclear War’

John Pilger, film-maker and award winning journalist, talks to Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi about the headline events of the year, from CIA torture to the Ukraine crisis. He says the whole tenure of the BBC coverage of the Torture report was ‘does torture work?’ Modern British history is full of torture, and the British were ‘masters’ at it.

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Torture’s Time for Accountability

Torture’s Time for Accountability

The question remains: Will the top torture criminals and their obedient lackeys – from George W. Bush and Dick Cheney down to those CIA personnel and contractors “just following orders” in the CIA’s secret prisons – continue to escape accountability? As things now stand, the sad answer seems to be, “Yes, unless.”

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The United States is henceforth only an "indispensable nation" in President Obama’s discourse

Season of Goodwill… West Delivers Sanctions, Suffering and Conflict

One wonders if Obama will remember when he is pulling crackers with his daughters around the Christmas dining table that the children of Ukraine will be cringing in fear from the crackle and thud of weapons that his government is funnelling into that country.

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President Putin’s 2014 Federal Assembly Address

President Putin’s 2014 Federal Assembly Address

Against this background, there was no way we could support this armed coup, the violence and the killings. Just take the bloody events in Odessa, where people were burned alive. How can the subsequent attempts to suppress people in Ukraine’s southeast, who oppose this mayhem, be supported? I reiterate that there was no way we could endorse these developments. What’s more, they were followed by hypocritical statements on the protection of international law and human rights. This is just cynical. I strongly believe that the time will come when the Ukrainian people will deliver a just assessment of these developments.

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Employees stand near pipes made for the South Stream pipeline at the OMK metal works in Vyksa in the Nizhny Novgorod region April 15, 2014. (Reuters / Sergei Karpukhin)

Talking Turkey

The countries that South Stream would have served, do not have a back-up supplier to meet their growing gas needs. So by following Washington’s lead, they’ve basically shot themselves in the foot. Analysts figure that any replacement for Russian gas will probably be 30 percent more expensive then they would have paid Gazprom.

Hurrah for the US! Hurrah for stupidity!

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