New at Strategic Culture Foundation 25-31 January 2015

31 January 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Brussels’ New Russia Sanctions Fuel for Eventual EU Bonfire

31.01.2015 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

…Moreover, the leftwing Syriza government has denounced EU sanctions against Russia as baseless and has openly welcomed fraternal relations with president Vladimir Putin and Moscow. The inauguration of Alexi Tsipras as Greek prime minister also this week marks the election of the first EU government that is explicitly anti-austerity and vowing to repudiate the authority of Brussels. The European Council, led by former Polish president Donald Tusk, decided to extend travel bans and asset freezes on a list of Russia officials allegedly over the violence in Ukraine…

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Media Lens: Feral Journalism – Rewilding Dissent

28 January 2015 — Media Lens

One of the weirdest features of contemporary culture is the way even the best corporate journalists write as though under enemy occupation.

Journalists admit, even in public, but particularly in private, that there is much they just cannot say. As Noam Chomsky has noted, the best investigative reporters ‘regard the media as a sham’ trying to ‘play it like a violin: If they see a little opening they’ll try to squeeze something in that ordinarily wouldn’t make it through’.

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Black Agenda Report for Jan 28, 2015: Changing the Guard in Black America, American Sniper = War Propaganda, Holder's Final Betrayal

29 January 2015 — Black Agenda Report

Changing the Guard in Black America

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

It’s been so long since Black America has experienced a grassroots movement, most folks don’t have a clue how to measure its success. The Black Lives Matter campaign has already accomplished a fundamental task, despite the lack of indictment against Michael Brown’s killer. “The movement has unmasked Obama as the Oppressor-in-Chief and exposed the Black Misleadership Class as fawning accomplices to the dehumanization of the rest of us.”

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Syriza-Anel: An unholy Alliance?

28 January 2014 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

We are not in Kansas

When I read the comments of what passes for the left in this historical era about the “victory” of Syriza in Greece, I feel like I’m watching a game of “Concentration” as played by those suffering from short-term memory loss.  The cards are always the same, and they’re always in the same place, but our cheering tearing players just can’t recall the locations.

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Greece: Syriza’s Challenge. Combating Post-Democracy By Binoy Kampmark

27 January 2014 — Global Research

 “Marx’s once scandalous thesis that governments are simple business agents for international capital is today an obvious fact on which ‘liberals’ and ‘socialists’ agree.” – Jacques Rancière, Dis-agreement (1999), 113

Across Europe, and more specifically, the euro-zone, a spectre did not so much haunt as totally materialise in the form of Alex Tsipras and the Syriza party.  Greece woke up to a new party that had never seen office, coming within a few seats of governing in its own right.  Any European party would have salivated at such an outcome – coalitions tend to be a matter of course, and majorities normally associated with authoritarian types.  In the Greek case, the order established during the post-junta period had been overturned – at least on electoral paper.

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 18-24 January 2015

24 January 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

On the Possible Losses for Banks Should the West’s Economic War against Russia Continue

24.01.2015 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

…Despite the difficulty of a comparison, one can nevertheless argue with some confidence that the foreign assets of Russian banks in the narrow sense of the term (international claims) are significantly less than the total claims of foreign banks on Russian banks and companies. At the same time, however, the foreign assets of Russian banks are located almost exclusively in those countries involved in economic sanctions against Russia. Should the West impose any kind of sanctions on the foreign assets of Russian banks, then this could have a painful impact on the Russian banking system. In this regard, the task of withdrawing Russia’s banking assets from Western countries and moving them to other jurisdictions is crucial, first and foremost to countries in the Customs Union and the Eurasian Economic Union, and then to BRICS countries.

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Media Lens: Death By A Thousand Cuts: Earth Enters The ‘Danger Zone’

22 January 2015 — Media Lens

Last week, climate researchers at both NASA and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that 2014 was the planet’s warmest year in the modern record, going all the way back to 1880. The ten warmest years have now occurred since 2000, with the sole exception of 1998 when there was a strong El Niño warming event in the Pacific Ocean.

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Black Agenda Report for January 21, 2015: State of the Union: Lethal, Predatory, Delusional, A Black Man & the CIA

21 January 2015 — Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

President Obama says things are looking up for America – which is exactly how Wall Street sees it. For the seventh time, Obama assessed the state of the nation from the perspective of a “center-right presidency whose real accomplishment has been to re-inflate the Wall Street casino, flush the last vestiges of secure employment out of the economy, and put the imperial war machine back on the offensive.”

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 11-17 January 2015

17 January 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Gas Theft and Auschwitz Snub… Russia’s Every Right to End the Insults

17.01.2015 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

How many insults does the European Union expect Russia to bear without consequences? Ethnic cleansing of Russian people by the Brussels-backed Kiev regime, a refugee crisis on Russia’s borders, economic sanctions based on groundless accusations hurting Russian society – and now this – the neo-Nazi cabal that seized power in Ukraine with CIA backing last year has repeatedly been found guilty of siphoning off Russia’s natural gas exports to the EU…

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Paris Charlie: The “Shock Doctrine” par Excellence By Peter Koenig

16 January 2014 — Global Research

On 12 January the French Parliament approved with almost unanimity – with one abstention only – the budget for France’s continuous and enlarged involvement in the new war on Iraq, a new war engagement led by Washington and supported by its vassals, UK, Canada, Australia and France. Aircraft carriers and troops were immediately mobilized, not even losing a day. Doesn’t that conspicuously smell of an earlier preparation, just waiting for that crucial and appropriate event, prompting parliamentary approval? Continue reading

Goodbye, Charlie By S. Artesian

16 January 2015 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

Can we sum up here?  Probably not.  Probably a fool’s errand, but call me foolish:

1. Assassination of journalists (not really clear who killed the hostages in the supermarket) by those claiming allegiance to iterations of Al-Qaeda and/or ISIS/ISIL

2. After shock, outpouring of grief:  Everybody (well, almost everybody) is flicking their Bics, like at a big concert, humming the tune “Unity, Republican Values,” holding hands and swaying to the music.

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Black Agenda Report for Jan 14, 2015: Je Suis Who? Je Suis White People?

15 January 2015 — Black Agenda Report

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Millions of citizens of one of the bloodiest empires known to man – the French colonial state – this weekend pretended to be the most enlightened, yet maligned, people on earth. “The convenient selective amnesia of the French people is as stunning as their sense of feeling more aggrieved than anyone else in the world.” Tell that to the Haitians, Libyans, Algerians, Vietnamese and the peoples still dominated by France in sub-Saharan African.

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Britain’s GCHQ Domestic Spying Apparatus to be granted Greater Surveillance Powers after Paris Attacks By Steven MacMillan

13 January 2014 — Global Research

Following the tragic events in Paris, David Cameron is meeting with security heads to potentially grant the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) even greater spying powers. In a disgusting (yet predictable) move by Cameron and fellow Western leaders, these latest attacks are being used as a justification for illegal GCHQ and National Security Agency (NSA) spying, and as a pretext to further expand the surveillance state which is already at heights never seen before in human history. This is the first time that governments have had the capacity and technological capability to monitor the behaviour, conversations, opinions and habits of the people on such a grand scale, in a quest to predict the behaviour of entire populations.

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 4-10 2015

10 January 2014 — Strategic Culture Foundation

NATO Trips on Own Lies with U-Turn on ‘Russian Aggressor’

10.01.2015 | 08:34 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

NATO’s civilian figurehead Jens Stoltenberg this week urged Russia to be a partner against terrorism. He was speaking the day after the deadly gun attack on a magazine in Paris where 12 people, including three police officers, were killed by assailants purporting to be affiliated with radical Islamists. … Well, how about that for a screeching U-turn? After all, has it not become NATO policy, since the Ukraine crisis blew up last year, to terminate all security co-operation with Russia in a bid to ostracise the latter? Only a few weeks ago, Stoltenberg and other NATO officials were accusing Russia of being the biggest threat to security in Europe, asserting without evidence that Moscow has aggressive designs on Ukraine, the Baltic states and other eastern European countries. Continue reading

Black Agenda Report for January 7, 2014: Peoples Grand Jury Indicts Ferguson Cop, Police Corruption, Mass Incarceration a Big Reality Show

7 January 2015 — Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

A mostly white grand jury, manipulated by a racist prosecutor, will not have the last word in the death of Michael Brown. “We cannot trust our children, the future of our community, in the hands of this establishment that has proven to us over and over again its disregard for black life,” said one of the prosecutors for the Black People’s Grand Jury. The indictment is “an exercise in self-determination, a collective response to a collective assault on a people.”

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