• Wall Street Greed: Not Too Big for a California Jury

    The larger question is why our state and local governments continue to do business with a corrupt global banking cartel. There is an alternative. They could set up their own publicly-owned banks, on the model of the state-owned Bank of North Dakota. Fraud could be avoided, profits could be recaptured, and interest could become a much-needed source of public revenue. Credit could become a public utility, dispensed as needed to benefit local residents and local economies.

    Wall Street Greed: Not Too Big for a California Jury
  • Putin’s Dilemma

    This is Putin’s dilemma, to choose the path that is least likely to exacerbate the situation and plunge Ukraine deeper into the abyss. For now, the choice seems obvious, that is, he should simply sit-tight, resist the temptation to get involved, and avoid doing anything rash. Eventually, his restraint will be seen as strength not weakness and he’ll be able to play a more constructive role in guiding Ukraine back to peace and security. But, for now, he must be patient and wait.

    'Hey, where's my peace prize?'
  • Ten things you need to know about Tony Blair’s ‘extremism’

    Tony Blair is a supporter of extremism around the world, whether it be the dictators in Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan, the despots ruling the oil states Kuwait and Bahrain, or Israel’s apartheid regime that occupies Palestinian land in contravention of international law and countless UN resolutions. When prime minister, not content with waging illegal wars, he was up to his neck in CIA torture and kidnapping ‘every step of the way’.

    Protest when Tony Blair gave evidence to the Iraq Inquiry, 21 Jan 2011.
  • A Key Test for International Law

    In truth, if colonial conquest and force majeure are legitimate grounds of sovereignty, and if extermination of a population can wipe out the legal right to self-determination, then in international law Britain has the right to Diego Garcia and to give it as tribute to their US overlords. But if international law has any relationship of any kind to principles of justice, then Britain should not be permitted to reap the dubious benefit of genocide.

    A Key Test for International Law
  • “Crimes Against Peace”: Historic Class Action Law Suit Against George W. Bush

    “War is essentially an evil thing . . . to initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

    “Crimes Against Peace”: Historic Class Action Law Suit Against George W. Bush
  • Ukraine: Poland Trained Putchists Two Months in Advance

    Lies have shorter and shorter legs. Two months after the change of regime in Kiev, the Polish press has disclosed the role of Donald Tusk’s government in preparing the coup. The new revelations belie Western discourse and demonstrate that the current interim government of Oleksandr Tourtchynov was imposed by NATO in violation of international law.

    In his capacity as EU negotiator, Radosław Sikorski signed a crisis settlement agreement with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, in the evening of February 21, 2014. The following morning, the men he had secretly trained in Poland were about to take power.
  • Ukraine and the grand chessboard

    In a sane, non-Hobbesian environment, a neutral Ukraine would only have to gain by positioning itself as a privileged crossroads between the EU and the proposed Eurasian Union – as well as becoming a key node of the Chinese New Silk Road offensive. Instead, the Kiev regime changers are betting on acceptance into the EU (it simply won’t happen) and becoming a NATO forward base (the key Pentagon aim).

    Ukraine and the grand chessboard
  • Breaking bad in southern NATOstan

    The Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement is a top priority of the Obama administration. Tariffs are already almost negligible across most products between the US and the European Union. So a deal is essentially about a power grab over continental markets by Big American Agro-Business (as in an invasion of genetically modified products), as well as American media giants. Call it a nice add-on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – which in a nutshell means an American takeover of the heavily protected Japanese economy.

    Breaking bad in southern NATOstan
  • The Global Banking Game Is Rigged, and the FDIC Is Suing

    Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative called interest-rate swaps; and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has now joined a chorus of litigants suing over it.

    The Global Banking Game Is Rigged, and the FDIC Is Suing
  • South Africa: Twenty Years of Apartheid by Another Name

    There would be no public ownership of the mines, banks and rapacious monopoly industries, no economic democracy, as he had pledged with the words: “a change or modification of our views in this regard is inconceivable”. Reassuring the white establishment and its foreign business allies — the very orthodoxy and cronyism that had built, maintained and reinforced fascist apartheid — became the political agenda of the “new” South Africa.

    Soweto, July 1985
(Image by Paul Weinberg)

Economy »

Piketty’s Wealth Gap Wake Up

Piketty’s Wealth Gap Wake Up

April 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm

By Michael Hudson Renegade Economists interview April 22nd, 2014 Listen Subscribe to the weekly podcast. Karl Fitzgerald: Michael Hudson – www.Michael-Hudson.com – is...

Politics »

Russia has no intention to send troops into Ukraine – Lavrov

Russia has no intention to send troops into Ukraine – Lavrov

March 31, 2014 at 12:45 pm

By RT There is no intention in Moscow to send its troops into eastern Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. Hopefully, the growing understanding in the West...

  • Tony Benn Eulogy by George Galloway
    Tony Benn Eulogy by George Galloway

    R.I.P Tony Benn “Making mistakes is part of life. The only things I would feel ashamed of would be if I had...

    March 14, 2014 at 11:16 pm
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    The Security State Crushes Ever Tighter

    By Craig Murray The disgraceful judges of Britain’s High Court – who have gone along with torture, extraordinary...

    February 20, 2014 at 5:57 pm
  • The new US-Russia Cold War
    The new US-Russia Cold War

    By Pepe Escobar (Asia Times – The Roving Eye) Meet the new (cold) war, same as the old (cold) war. Same same,...

    February 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm

War »

Overpaid Yet Happily Forgotten

Overpaid Yet Happily Forgotten

April 24, 2014 at 12:38 pm

By Craig Murray The greatest boost ever received by Islamic fundamentalism was the invasion of Iraq.  Closely followed by extraordinary rendition, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo...

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Back to the future

Back to the future

I got interested in Green politics at the time that Die Grünen was taking off in Germany. I wrote a fair bit on that topic, and remember ending a lengthy feature on the Green movement with a reference to animal rights – saying it was a kindred issue but couldn’t see it taking off. Weirdly, within a month or two I was a vegetarian, and within 15 months a vegan.

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The US/NATO Enlargement Project

The US/NATO Enlargement Project

Originally created as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, today’s NATO has become an international entity with a reach far beyond the Atlantic – and this time Russia is the Big Enchilada. As its participation in global bombing campaigns continue to justify its existence, NATO has a vested interest in creating war – just as the ultimate intent of the State Department’s Enlargement project has been war.

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German television report indicates Ukrainian opposition responsible for lethal shootings

German television report indicates Ukrainian opposition responsible for lethal shootings

The explosive report concurs with the intercepted telephone call between Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet and the foreign policy head of the EU, Catherine Ashton, at the beginning of March. Paet also based himself on information from doctors and stated that “the same snipers shot people on both sides.” He warned that “the conclusion that not Yanukovitch, but members of the new coalition were behind the shootings is increasingly reinforced.”

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Why We Need Media Critics Who Are Fiercely Independent

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on the whole, the media critics boosted by big media — inward-facing ombudspersons and outward-facing journalists on a media beat — have been conformists who don’t step outside the shadows cast by the institutions paying their salaries. And they’re not inclined to question the corporate prerogatives of other media firms; people in glass skyscrapers don’t throw weighty stones.

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White House Lies to EU about US Gas Supply

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The White House and State Department have engaged in brazen lying to EU governments regarding the ability of the US to supply more than enough natural gas to replace Russian gas deliveries. Recent statements by US President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are so patently false that it betrays an incredible desperation in Washington over the situation in Ukraine versus Moscow.

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Washington and NATO’s New Surrealpolitik

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NATO installs an unelected regime in Kiev through a coup d’état against a legally elected government. That is a fact. Yet in the surreal world of Washington and its NATO allies, this fact is inverted into a fictional notion that what happened in Kiev during February was the culmination of «a democratic revolution». Airbrushed from the objective narrative are details such as the new regime arrogating administrative power through a campaign of Western-backed street violence and terrorism, including the fatal shooting of police officers by covert snipers.

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Indoctrinating A New Generation

Indoctrinating A New Generation

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The Kerry-Lavrov chess match

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It’s hardly a match between equals – as one is playing Monopoly while the other plays chess. It’s as if Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has been postponing his checkmate, while US Secretary of State John Kerry increasingly realizes he’s facing the inevitable.

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Ecuador's President Rafael Correa (Reuters/Guillermo Granja)

Ecuador does not recognize Ukraine’s ‘illegitimate’ govt – Correa

“We will not fall for a farce, we will only deal with a legitimate government,” said Correa, adding that Ecuador does not recognize the current government that is the product of a coup d’état. To win the support of Ecuador, Ukraine should hold democratic elections and establish a legitimate government chosen by the Ukrainian people, Correa said.

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A G7 summit at the official residence of the Dutch prime minister in The Hague on March 24, 2014 on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). (AFP Photo / Jerry Lampen)

‘US Desperate To Isolate Russia On All Fronts’

After lecturing Europeans in The Hague and Brussels over ‘evil’ Russian designs, and parading in Rome like a New Caesar, Obama finishes his triumphal tour exactly at his Saudi satrapy. We should all get ready for a nasty box of chocolates ahead.

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Western Unity Against Russia a Masterpiece of Illusion

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