4 April 015 — Black Agenda Report
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The filthy rich hereditary rulers of the Gulf wage war on secularists and Shia. But, the greatest danger to Saudi Arabian royalty is the Frankenstein they have nurtured for nearly four decades: Islamic jihadists. “The prospect of physical annihilation by Sunni jihadists hangs over the House of Saud and all its royal brethren.” The scourge they let loose on the world will destroy them.
4 April 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation
Yemeni Crisis: Broader Geographical Implications
04.04.2015 | 12:27 | Boris DOLGOV
The intervention of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia in March 2015 escalated the drawn-out internal conflict in Yemen. It may threaten stability far beyond the borders of Persian Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula. Ansar Allah («Supporters of God»), a Zaidi Shia group, known more popularly as the Houthis, started an offensive in February capturing Sana, the capital of Yemen… The crisis in Yemen can be considered as the continuation of Arab Spring… The Houthis group takes its name from Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, who launched an insurgency in 2004 in the north-western province of Saada… They say that the group has to defend its religion (Zaidism – a branch of Shia Islam) from Sunni Muslims supported by the country’s rulers who act in the interests of Saudi Arabia and the United States…
2 April 2015 — The Anti-Empire Report
Cold War 2.0, part I
In last month’s Anti-Empire Report I brought you the latest adventure of US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki trying to defend the indefensible. She said then: “As a matter of longstanding policy, the United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means,” which prompted me to inform my readers: “If you know how to contact Ms. Psaki, tell her to have a look at my list of more than 50 governments the United States has attempted to overthrow since the end of the Second World War.”
1 April 2015 — Gilad Atzmon
For the second time in just a month, a British academic institution has been intimidated by an orchestrated Zionist lobby.
Yesterday we learned that Southampton University has decided to withdraw its permission to hold the academic conference on International Law and the State of Israel. The decision was taken on the grounds of “health and safety” with the university claiming it did not have enough resources to mitigate the “risks.”
30 March 2015 — Andrew Gavin Marshall
Global Financial Diplomacy and the Empire of Economics By: Andrew Gavin Marshall
The world of Global Financial Governance and Diplomacy is a world of empire, power politics, colonialism, war and destruction. Its brutal functions are veiled behind the dull, technocratic language of economics and finance, obscuring behind rhetoric the realities of ideology, actions and effects. It is an empire built by war, waged not with bombs and bullets but with numbers on screens and other illusions. Through the flow, management and direction of money and debt (representing what we call ‘financial markets’), nations are raised up and pushed down, countries prosper and plunder, people are enriched and impoverished, societies are structured, shaped and dismantled.
28 March 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation
Ankara – Riyadh: A Geopolitical Fault Line (I)
28.03.2015 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV
…In some regional conflicts (primarily in Syria), Ankara and Riyadh are tactical allies, but since both countries aspire to regional leadership, the natural result is an intensification of their rivalry and discord. This process is accompanied by, on one hand, both countries attempts to win over the United States, and on the other, by the search for new allies, which can include Russia…
27 March 2015 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor
1. Speaking for myself, I’ve had more than enough of political economy and political economists. Political economy is of a whole, and that whole is capitalism; political economists, in particular radical political economists are those who radically labor to prove that the alternative to capitalism is of course “radical” capitalism. Here’s an experiment: take all the radical political economists in the world (starting with those clustering in Greece) put them all in one bag; shake bag; turn bag over. What comes out? Nothing. There’s nothing there. End of experiment. Political economy is the original zero-sum.
27 March 2015 — Coldtype
GREED is the theme of this month’s issue of ColdType, with seven essays exposing the problems of wealth inequality in the modern world. We’ve also got two photo essays – on Canada’s ‘terror bill’ protests and the 30th anniversary of the UK miners’ strike. In addition, you can read how Castro helped end South African apartheid, an interview with Tariq Ali, an excerpt from Frida Berrigan’s latest book, and stories about taxis, fascism, the Washington Post and all manner of other things
27 March 2015 — Wikileaks
WikiLeaks releases today the “Investment Chapter” from the secret negotiations of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) agreement. The document adds to the previous WikiLeaks publications of the chapters for Intellectual Property Rights (November 2013) and the Environment (January 2014).
27 March 2015 — Fight for the Future
Dear Fight for the Future member,
Huge news. WikiLeaks just released the full text of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) chapter on “Investor State Dispute Settlement.” It’s terrifying. The TPP is even worse than we thought. The leaked chapter shows how the TPP would set up a shadowy international “court system” that would have no accountability to the public.
25 March 2015 — Black Agenda Report
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, the U.S. Justice Department has attempted to position itself on the side of “reform.” Its new report on the Philadelphia police is one example. However, their version of reform is designed to perfect the system of mass Black incarceration, and to derail the movement. “It is critical that the movement put forward its own proposals that would fundamentally alter the power relationships between the police and the Black community.”