They’ve been itching to bomb Tehran, just looking for any plausible excuse. Israel has even been set to go it alone, with Saudi backing of course. Now they’re both fuming that Washington may have deflated their preferred pretext – Iran’s nuclear bomb project.
The Geneva agreement between Iran and the United States, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the E.U. is really a package of confidence building steps to pave the way for a comprehensive deal to keep nuclear weapons out of Iran.
Both Israel and Saudi Arabia have benefitted from America’s decades-old Cold War with Iran. (Read more…)
“Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law. At the time, advocates painted a rosy picture of booming U.S. exports creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and economic development in Mexico, which would bring the struggling country in line with its wealthier northern neighbors. Two decades later, those […]
When the waves are high, from my backyard I can hear the lake, which is just a few hundred feet away. It sounds like a great, strong wind, or a freight train in the distance – or a tornado. The strange thing is, the sound of the waves does not always coincide with the […]
Here is a rough translation of Canadian political culture for Americans and others who may be unfamiliar with the political landscape of the second largest country on earth, the holder of the largest oil and mineral resources on earth, the pantry to the American empire, one of the richest nations on the planet, and a member of […]
When you have a serious debt problem and your biggest creditor gives you a slap upside the head maybe it’s a good time to rethink what’s not going right at home.
The Chinese government has conveyed a sharp message to Washington – stop acting like children.
Beijing demanded US President Barack Obama take ”concrete measures” to ensure the US did not default on its debts. ”Safeguarding the debt is of vital importance to the economy of the US and the world,” China’s vice finance minister Zhu Guangyao said. ”This is the United States’ responsibility.” The warning (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: China Warns Washington to Act on Debt Ceiling
Reportedly, Americans are blaming the Republicans for the government shutdown, which most of them do not like. This plays well for the Obama government and the Democratic Party. It has been a successful PR campaign so far, it would appear. The Democrats are looking good in the eyes of the people, in comparison to the […]
I’m not sure what to make of the hoopla going on in the US right now. I’m inclined to think it’s all just political theatre, as Gerald Celente calls it, designed to distract the people from the real issues – the central one being, who controls the government and the nation? Wall Street, the big […]
There is a deeper reason for the war on drugs, which is the central reason for the policy, even outweighing profits from private prisons and seizure of property by law enforcement officers, both of which no doubt are also significant and strong motivations for keeping the “war on drugs” going. Nearly thirty years ago, Chomsky […]
“I am concerned that there is a little bit too much enthusiasm as a result of the different tone. And what we hope is, the world won’t take the pressure off the regime (Iran) to make the substantive changes that are needed.”
“The stakes are so high, we have to stay focused on what actions they take,” Baird said.I believe that Iran must not develop nuclear weapons. But by the same token Israel must hand over its nuclear and chemical weapons to U.N. to be destroyed. U.S. must demand the same from Israel what it is (Read more…)
“The United States and Russia struck a deal Saturday under which Syria will allow its stockpile of chemical weapons to be removed or destroyed by next year — easing a crisis over a threatened American military attack.”
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“The Russian foreign minister called it an agreement “based on consensus and compromise and professionalism.” France welcomed it as an “important step forward.” Kerry and his British and French counterparts will talk about the deal’s implementation over lunch Monday in Paris.” I believe (Read more…)
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If democracy is to have any chance of surviving in Egypt it’s up to the E.U. and the U.S. to move against the generals. The Egyptian army’s counter-coup is now a fait accompli. Expectations that toppling the democratically-elected Morsi government would pave the way for a secular, non-elected, democratic (???) civilian government have been dashed as the generals moved to consolidate their hold on the country.
It’s been suggested that Western governments and media demonized Morsi to condition the public for his ouster. If so, it worked.
Mubarak was released, Morsi imprisoned. When (Read more…)
Russia asked Syria to put chemical weapons stockpile under international control and Assad has agreed to that. Will that stop U.S. strike against Syria?
“Syria welcomes a Russian proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said Monday after talks in Moscow, praising the Kremlin for seeking to “prevent American aggression.” Moualem, who spoke to reporters through an interpreter after Russia expressed hope the proposal could avert military strikes against Syria, stopped short of saying explicitly that President Bashar al-Assad’s government accepted it.” Read more CBC News.
It’s interesting how selective the United States can be about weapons of mass destruction given that the U.S. continues to be responsible for widespread death and destruction from its own chemical and nuclear weapons.
The gas that Obama-Kerry are blaming on Assad appears to have killed somewhere between a few hundred and a thousand or more Syrians.
In Iraq and Afghanistan, the locals are left to live with the radiation hazard created by American depleted uranium (DU) shells and bullets. D.U. is known to cause cancers, birth defects and stillbirths and D.U. contamination is believed to (Read more…)
When the U.S, Britain and Israel uses these chemical weapons then it is okay. There is no repercussions. However, if any other country uses it then it is a crime against humanity. Hypocrisy and double talk.
The U.S used chemical weapons against civilians in Iraq in 2004. Israel used chemical weapons against Palestinians repeatedly and there is evidence that Britain did the same in last decade.
Palestinian civilians and medics run to safety during an Israeli strike using phosphorus shells at a UN school. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP
“But the U.S. used chemical weapons against civilians in Iraq in (Read more…)
According to Clare Short, Former Secretary of State for International Development, it will be a blunder to carry out a missile attack on Syria. In a column in The Huffington Post she writes:
“It is notable that the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention said after the Damascus attack, that it did not look like military strength toxins because otherwise those who help the injured would have had to wear protective clothing. Other experts have said that sarin gas is not difficult to manufacture. It is also significant that in recent months, the Syrian regime has made (Read more…)
When the war drums are pounding, as Gerald Celente and other intelligent observers have been saying for months and years, and only now can the masses begin to hear it; and on the anniversary of that most famous and inspiring speech by Martin Luther King Jr. – who, it should be remembered, had a dream […]
(that the mass media won’t tell you about) 1. The Middle East holds 60% of the world’s remaining energy reserves: therefore, the entire region is critical to control – for anyone with an empire fetish, that is. And if you’re serious about controlling the Middle Eastern oil reserves, then you must control, not just the […]
I watched a documentary last night on “Putin, Russia and the West.” It is an amazing story of power struggle between Russia and America. It revealed that how these two nations are trying to control the world politics, regime changes etc. Here is a small clip from the documentary:
“Even after eight years as President of Russia and four more as Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin ran for office again and in March 2012 won the Presidency in elections that are widely seen as fraudulent. Thousands have taken to the streets in protest. Putin, Russia and the West tells the (Read more…)
U.S. South-west has uncontrollable fires because of lack of rain and dry forests – millions of people are displaced. In the North-east there is too much rain and cities and towns are flooded, millions displaced and some deaths as well. I don’t know if U.S ever faced this kind of severe situation before. Below is a picture of a fire near Yosemite National Park in California.
UP IN FLAMES: A photograph released by the U.S. Forest Service shows the Rim Fire burning near Yosemite National Park in California. (AFP/Getty Images)
The U.S is one of the richest countries in the world but poverty is aplenty. I was in New York, Manhattan area, and I could not walk a street without being accosted by beggars. These beggars don’t ask for money, they demand it. If you don’t give them a quarter or 50 cents some may spit on you.
George W. Bush spent $2 trillion, trillion with ‘t’, imagine how many people could have been fed with that money and provided shelter.
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Singapore’s RSS Swordsman
When Obama announced America’s military “pivot” out of the Middle East and into Asia-Pacific, it was bound to shake up the neighbourhood – that plus China’s rapid military expansion that the pivot is intended to counter.
When China and the U.S. get testy it’s bound to stir up the neighbourhood and so it has. Aviation Week reports that America’s “partners” – Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand – are unlocking their treasuries and going on an armaments buying spree. For the five-year period of 2013 to 2018, the (Read more…)
So there is a life after death after all and one can remain active politically even after his/her death. The soul is still hovering around. Only in U.S. eh!!!
“The dead can’t vote, but they can give money to politicians.Thirty-two people listed on federal campaign records as “deceased” have contributed more than $586,000 to congressional and presidential candidates and political parties since Jan. 1, 2009.” Mother Jones.
Is America’s exceptionalism over and its influence internationally dwindling? The short answer is ‘yes’.
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“****American exceptionalism, not so accepted? Our country’s ongoing spat with Russia is the latest in what’s been a frustrating year on the foreign policy front for the White House and President Obama specifically. From Egypt to Syria to Russia and China, there have been more setbacks than successes. While we like to think other countries once quaked in the face of U.S. power, but that hasn’t been the case since, (Read more…)
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According Vladimir Putin it is America.
“Veteran Kremlin-watcher Fyodor Lukyanov last month commented that letting Snowden into Russia would be like “turning a small headache into a major migraine.’’As Lukyanov puts it: ‘’If Putin cares about nothing else, he cares about how the Third World thinks about Russia. And the Third World sees Snowden as a hero who spilled the beans on imperialist America. Putin is sensitive to that. There’s too much at stake not to be.”“George W. Bush claimed in 2001 that he had looked into the Russian leader’s eyes and “was able to (Read more…)
Freshmen GOP – 2010
Paul Krugman recently questioned the sanity of Congressional Republicans who, he contends, have inflicted such a level of dysfunctionality on the federal government as to leave America ungovernable.
Robert Reich, however, seems method in the madness of the “Party of No.”
The real answer, I think, is they and their patrons want unemployment to remain high and job-growth to sputter. Why? Three reasons: First, high unemployment keeps wages down. Workers who are worried about losing their jobs settle for whatever they can get — which is why hourly earnings keep dropping. The median wage is (Read more…)