The Empire Files: Examining the Syrian War Chessboard
Having gone far beyond an internal political struggle, the war is marked by a complex array of forces that the U.S. Empire hopes to command. Abby Martin interviews Vijay Prashad, professor of International Studies at Trinity College and author of Arab Spring, Libyan Winter.
Meet the “Emerging Market” Superstars of Global Economic Governance, Part I
By: Andrew Gavin Marshall
One is Mexican, described by the Financial Times for his “Wall Street-sized reputation for financial wizardry”; the other is Indian hailed by India’s Economic Times as “the Poster Boy of Banking” whose “chiselled features are as sharp as his brain.” Meet Agustin Carstens and Raghuram Rajan. As the world’s economic elite gathers this week to meet in Davos, they are a perfect example of what has been called the “Davos class” – what Samuel Huntingdon described as a class who “see national governments as residues from the past whose only useful function is to facilitate the elite’s global operations.”
Checking out my neighborhood in New York City, before the wanker governor choked in the face of a few inches of snow and ordered the MTA to shutdown; before the wuss mayor panicked and ordered private citizens in their private vehicles to get off the public streets— can you imagine that? A government bureaucrat, worse, a politician, worse, two politicians, ordering private citizens to keep their private vehicles off the public streets…remember SDS? “The streets belong to the people!,” Mr. Scaredy-Cat Mayor. You can’t take away our large clip assault rifles, so now you’re going after our SUVs? Our Hummers? Our four-wheel drive steel belt radial studded snow tire gun-racked ram-tough pick-ups?… Continue reading this...
Iran sanctions lifted, 500,000 barrel/day increase in production planned. Pre-sanctions production 2011 at 2.5 million barrels/day; 2015 at 1.1 million barrels/day.
“If Iran does not increase its oil production, neighbouring countries may increase their production by the next 6 months or one year and take Iran’s share,” Rokneddin Javadi, Iran National Oil Company.
New Report On Gates Foundation’s “Corporate Merry-Go-Round”: Spearheading The Neo-liberal Plunder Of African Agriculture
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is dangerously and unaccountably distorting the direction of international development, according to a new report by the campaign group Global Justice Now. With assets of $43.5 billion, the BMGF is the largest charitable foundation in the world. It actually distributes more aid for global health than any government. As a result, it has a major influence on issues of global health and agriculture. Continue reading this...
The United States and Cyberspace: Military Organization, Policies, and Activities
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 539
Edited by Jeffrey T. Richelson Posted – January 20, 2016
For more information contact: The National Security Archive 202/944-7000, firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington, DC, January 20, 2016 — U.S. military activities in cyberspace have been surprisingly widespread over the years, occurring mainly out of the public eye. Given the sensitivity of many of their operations, this is understandable to a point, but as the number of reported and unreported attacks on military and civilian infrastructure increases – along with the stakes – there is a corresponding public interest in how the Pentagon (and the U.S. government in general) has responded in the past and is preparing for future eventualities. Today, the National Security Archive is posting 27 documents that help illuminate various aspects of U.S. military operations in cyberspace. These materials are part of a unique and expanding educational resource of previously classified or difficult-to-obtain documentation the Archive is collecting and cataloguing on the critical issue of cybersecurity.
They drowned New Orleans. Now they have poisoned Flint, Michigan. The corporate campaign to ethnically cleanse U.S. cities knows no bounds. Michigan’s emergency financial manager law is “part of Wall Street’s tool kit to starve, bulldoze, redline, over-price, oppressively police, and even poison Black people out of the urban centers.”