The United States and the Russian Devil: 1917-2017

… the Anti-Empire Report #149 – Published on Dissident Voice, by William Blum, March 7, 2017.

… Ah yes, the infamous KGB. Can anything good be said about a person associated with such an organization? We wouldn’t like it if a US president had a background with anything like that. Oh, wait, a president of the United States was not merely a CIA “colonel”, but was the Director of the CIA! I, of course, speak of George Herbert Walker Bush. And as far as butchery and thuggery … How many Americans remember the December 1989 bombing and invasion of the people of Panama carried out by the same Mr. Bush? Many thousands killed or wounded; thousands more left homeless … // Continue Reading…

Wikileaks Unveils ‘Vault 7′

Published on Zero Hedge, by Tyler Durden, March 7, 2017.

WikiLeaks has published what it claims is the largest ever release of confidential documents on the CIA. It includes more than 8,000 documents as part of ‘Vault 7’, a series of leaks on the agency, which have allegedly emerged from the CIA’s Center For Cyber Intelligence in Langley, and which can be seen on the org chart below, which Wikileaks also released: … // Continue Reading…

Trump and Saving Capitalism

Published on Counterpunch, by Richard D. Wolff, March 6, 2017.

Capitalism, Thomas Piketty showed in his book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century has a built-in tendency to worsen income and wealth inequalities. One consequence of this tendency are periodic political explosions of mass, popular anger. People push back against those inequalities and the political corruption and social divisions they always aggravate. Politicians who grasp these moments often succeed in taking advantage of them and win. Continue Reading…

Most of the World is Just Collapsing in Laughter

… on Claims that Russia Intervened in the US Election –  an Interview with Noam Chomsky, published on ZNet, by Noam Chomsky, March 44, 2017 … download.

… Gibbs: One of the surprises of the post-Cold War era is the persistence of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and other US-led alliances. These alliances were created during the Cold War mainly or exclusively for containing the claimed Soviet threat. In 1991, the USSR disappeared from the map, but the anti-Soviet alliance systems persisted and in fact expanded. How do we account for the persistence and expansion of NATO? What in your view is the purpose of NATO after the Cold War?  … // Continue Reading…

Megabank Caught Laundering for Terrorists and Drug Cartels

… and the Feds Are Keeping It Secret – Published on Global, by Jack Burns, March 5, 2017.

When a bank is found guilty of doing business in countries where they’re not supposed to be, and when the same bank is found guilty of helping drug cartels launder money, shouldn’t the public have a right to know about the banks’ efforts at correcting such actions? That’s the question being raised with respect to HSBC’s 1.92 billion dollar settlement with the U.S. and oral arguments are taking place in federal court this week on whether or not the compliance report should stay sealed. Continue Reading…

How Much Does It Cost to Tell a Lie That Big?

Published by Hiroyuki Hamada, March 2, 2017.

… How much does it cost to tell a lie that big? What is the human price of making people complicit in a project of death and suffering? What consequences do we pay in erasing facts and twisting history when we regard ourselves as cultural beings? But all these questions are perhaps trivial compared to the 500,000 deaths, displacements of half of the population, and all the destruction inflicted by the imperial assault against Syria so far. Continue Reading…

Abandonned Homes

uploaded by Abandoned Exploration Squad:

UK: Government drops threat to abolish House of Lords

… if it holds up Brexit bill – Published on, by Rob Merrick, March 2, 2017.

The Lords has a constitutional duty to perform and it’s right that it does that … I think we have seen a very healthy and vigorous debate, a No.10 spokesman said … // Continue Reading…

The contemporary shadow of the Scramble for Africa

Published on, by Stelios Michalopoulos and Elias Papaioannou, March 1, 2017.

the Scramble for Africa has contributed to economic, social, and political underdevelopment by spurring ethnic-tainted civil conflict and discrimination and by shaping the ethnic composition, size, shape and landlocked status of the newly independent states. This column, taken from a recent VoxEU eBook, summarises the key findings of studies that use high-resolution geo-referenced data and econometric methods to estimate the long-lasting impact of the various aspects of the Scramble for Africa. Continue Reading…

Who is Behind “Fake News”?

… Mainstream Media Use Fake Videos and Images [VIDEOS, PHOTOS] – Published on Global, by Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Feb 28, 2017.

… Four notorious cases of media distortion: … // Continue Reading…

Index February 2017

2017-02-01: The Left Is Self-Destructing;
2017-02-02: African labour and social militancy;
2017-02-03: Decent Work or Indecent Politics;
2017-02-04: What, Exactly, Is Going on in Syria?
2017-02-05: Is Inequality a Political Choice?
2017-02-06: living spaces becoming smaller and smaller;
2017-02-07: How corporate dark money is taking power on both sides of the Atlantic;
2017-02-08: This endless Trump bashing;
2017-02-09: No Pink Wooly Caps for Me;
2017-02-10: Black Snakes on the Move, U.S. Pipeline Expansion Out Of Control;
2017-02-11: Exposing the Myths of Neoliberal Capitalism: An Interview With Ha-Joon Chang;
2017-02-12: US: 37 percent of people in N.J. are among the working poor – study;
2017-02-13: Left wing liberalism tries to rule by manufacturing consent;
2017-02-14: creative affordable small homes;
2017-02-15: for our economic system – Plan B;
2017-02-16: Western Interests Aim To Flummox Russia;
2017-02-16: DAMALS;
2017-02-17: South Africa and the Changing Possibilities for the Left;
2017-02-18: We Could Lose Two Hundred Million People [in a Nuclear War;
2017-02-19: Flynn fired over high-level DC pedophile list;
2017-02-20: The Democratic Party has COLLAPSED as a political force in the USA;
2017-02-21: These 8 neocons are gearing up to destroy President Trump;
2017-02-22: FOOD: it’s time to put food policy back on the table;
2017-02-23: Young Iranian chess grandmaster expelled from national team for not wearing hijab;
2017-02-24: Why free trade is not always an advantage;
2017-02-25: Canada, Ontario: Time to Fix Hydro ‘Mistake’;
2017-02-26: Syria’s Draft Constitution, “No Military Solution”. Russia Now Runs the Peace Process to End Syria’s War – Part III;
2017-02-27: Chelsea Manning Welcome Home Fund;
2017-02-28: Understanding the global role of the US economy.
See also this page: All articles sorted chronologically.

Understanding the global role of the US economy

Published on VOXeu, by M. Ayhan Kose, Csilla Lakatos, Franziska Ohnsorge, Marc Stocker, Feb 27, 2017.

A growth surge in the world’s largest economy could provide a significant boost to global activity. In contrast, uncertainty about the direction of US policies could have the opposite effect. This column investigates spillover channels linking the US and the global economy. An acceleration in US growth would have positive effects for the rest of the world if not counterbalanced by increased trade barriers. However, policy uncertainty could hamper global growth, and could have particularly bad effects on investment growth in emerging and developing economies … // Continue Reading…

Chelsea Manning Welcome Home Fund

Published on GoFundMe, created Feb 7, 2017.

This is the official campaign raising funds for Chelsea Manning. This campaign is being organized by her friends and family. I have known Chelsea as her attorney, advocate and friend for several years. The money will be deposited directly into her bank account, which is being managed by her current power of attorney. Upon her release on May 17th, she will have full control over all funds donated. Continue Reading…

Syria’s Draft Constitution, “No Military Solution”. Russia Now Runs the Peace Process to End Syria’s War – Part III

Part I, Feb 20, 2017; Part II, Feb 22, 2017 - Published on Global (first on Strategic Culture Foundation), by Eric Zuesse, Feb 25, 2017.

AFTER RUSSIA TOOK OVER THE NEGOTIATIONS: the conclusion of the first round of post-U.S.-involvement Syrian peace talks took place in Astana Kazakhstan and ended on January 24th, and included, as governmental participants, Syria, Russia, Iran, and Turkey. Neither the Sauds (who had selected and organized the delegation that supposedly represented ‘the rebels’ in the previous, America-led, talks) nor the United States government (which is the main international representative of the Sauds) participated. Continue Reading…

Canada, Ontario: Time to Fix Hydro ‘Mistake’

Published on The Bullett, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin No. 1372, by Paul Kahnert, Feb 22, 2017.

Hydro in Ontario is a mess and rates are skyrocketing. The high number of people who have trouble paying or can’t pay their Hydro bills is growing by the day. Businesses are leaving the province and/or refusing to locate here because of high Hydro rates. A group that is especially being ignored is small and medium business including farmers (that’s from a former union activist) … // Continue Reading…

Why free trade is not always an advantage

… and why protectionism can also mean protection – Published on Current Concerns, by Karl Müller, Feb 21, 2017.

One of the “Establishment’s” “narratives” is that science and reason are on their side and their critics have no real arguments. That the critics are blind to reality and strongly biased by their feelings, seducible by “populists”, by “conspiracy theorists,” and by brokers of “fake news” (especially the Russian government). Continue Reading…

Young Iranian chess grandmaster expelled from national team for not wearing hijab

… while competing as an independent player in the 2017 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival – Published on RT, Feb 21, 2017.

Iran has banned 18-year-old chess grandmaster Dorsa Derakhshani from competing for the national chess team for not wearing a hijab – obligatory dress for women under Iranian law.
Derakhshani was expelled for not covering her hair with the garment – compulsory wear for women since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 – while competing as an independent player in the 2017 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. Continue Reading…

FOOD: it’s time to put food policy back on the table

… one that benefits farmers, and not Monsanto – Published on Alternet, by Jim Hightower, Feb 14, 2017.

During the farm crisis of the 1980s, an Iowa farmer asked if I knew the difference between a family farmer and a pigeon. When I said no, he delighted in explaining: “A pigeon can still make a deposit on a new John Deere.”   Continue Reading…

These 8 neocons are gearing up to destroy President Trump

… and Make America Bomb Again – Published on Axis of Logic (first on The Duran), by Alex Christoforou, Feb 15, 2017.

US Senator Rand Paul recently urged President Trump not to choose neoconservative Elliott Abrams to serve in the No. 2 spot at the US State Department … //

… Here are 8 neocons that are gunning to take Trump down, and force America into more illegal wars and regime change operations.   Continue Reading…

The Democratic Party has COLLAPSED as a political force in the USA

Glenn Greenwald: The Democratic Party has COLLAPSED as a political force in the USA – and here’s why, 5.09 min, uploaded by, Feb 16, 2017.

… “The Democrats don’t have control of the House or the Senate, the Republicans do. They now have lost two-thirds of governorships, which are also now in the hands of the Republican Party. And they are one state house away from enabling the Republicans to convene a constitutional convention on their own because they will have two-thirds of the states fully within their grasp, and both houses of Congress. So, it’s a party that has collapsed as a national political force in the United States! It’s not just the presidential election!”   Continue Reading…

Flynn fired over high-level DC pedophile list

Flynn fired over high-level DC pedophile list, 21.24 min, uploaded by, Feb 17, 2017.

Former CIA officer Robert David Steele explains how Flynn was really fired because he was in possession of a high-level Washington DC pedophile list with many names. One of those names was Vice President Mike Pence’s “best friend”. Steele also says that there are restaurants in Washington DC and Saudi Arabia where you can literally order children off of the menu …;
in german: about pedophilia: Ritueller Missbrauch, on politics for the 99%, Oct 25, 2016, with my long comment about what I lived when being in France in the sixties, letting me believe that Pizzagate must be true; Continue Reading…

We Could Lose Two Hundred Million People [in a Nuclear War]

… and still have more than we had at the Time of the Civil War, the Air Force chief of staff told the Joint Chiefs at a September 1971 meeting. – Published on The National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 580, by William Burr, Feb 15, 2017.

  • Declassified Diary Excerpt and Other Records of Ex-JCS Chairman Moorer Detail Highest-Level Military Deliberations, Including with White House;
  • JCS Minutes, Once Thought Entirely Destroyed, Partially Preserved in Moorer Records at U.S. National Archives

… The record of the JCS meeting can be found in recently declassified diaries of Admiral Thomas Moorer, who served as JCS chairman during 1970 through 1974. During the late 1970s, the Chiefs destroyed their entire collection of minutes going back to 1947; apparently the only surviving JCS meeting records were those kept by Moorer. Continue Reading…

South Africa and the Changing Possibilities for the Left

Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin No. 1370 (first on Pambazuka, by Leonard Gentle, Feb 16, 2017.

With the claims that a new trade union federation will be launched in March 2017, it is appropriate to draw up a balance sheet of the labour movement in South Africa, and ask whether the optimism of many that a new Left force is going to be unleashed is justified. Or whether the possibilities for a force of revolutionary working class politics lie elsewhere … // Continue Reading…


Gregor Gysi (die Linke) sagte (damals) die (heutige) Zukunft voraus, 16.27 min, hochgeladen von Freie Propaganda NEO … damals, vor Einführung des Euro;

(mein Kommentar: ich bin es so leid, unseren Parlamenten immer wieder beim Versagen zusehen zu müssen … sonst ist alles gesagt – Heidi).

Western Interests Aim To Flummox Russia

Published on Paul Craig Roberts, by blog owner and Michael Hudson, Feb 14, 2017.

An article by Robert Berke in, which describes itself as “The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News,” illustrates how interest groups control outcomes by how they shape policy choices. Continue Reading…