New at Strategic Culture Foundation 21-28 March 2015

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…

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COLDTYPE ISSUE 96 now on line

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

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Wikileaks: Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) – Investment Chapter

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).

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Wikileaks Publishes Full Text of Secret TPP Proposal

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.”[1] 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.[2]

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Black Agenda Report 25 March 2015

25 March 2015 — Black Agenda Report

Philadelphia’s Killer Cops Prove the Necessity of Black Community Control of Police

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.”

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 15-21 March 2015

21 March 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Contest of Absurdity and Victory Day

21.03.2015 | 09:26 | Yuriy RUBTSOV

All the proposals to mark the Victory Day in any other place but the capital of the Soviet Union/Russia – the leading victorious power in the main war of the 20th century – look like an absurdity contest… It’s always dangerous to mix things up – something being done by those who have started the discourse imposing lies about the «Russian aggression» before the celebration of the victory over fascist Germany. It will inevitably backlash against Europe. It knows what it is to foster Nazism. It did it once.

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20 March 2015 — Pambazuka News

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NHS: another sell-off

19 March 2015 — 38 Degrees

My name’s Gail. I’m a 38 Degrees member from Staffordshire, and I’m trying to stop the biggest-ever sell-off of NHS services.

Cancer treatment and end-of-life care in Staffs are being sold off to the tune of £1.2 billion. These services saved my husband’s life and cared for my mother – we can’t let profit-hungry companies take over. [1]

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The ISIS Described by the US Media as a “Sunni Muslim Militia” is “Made in America”. It has Nothing to Do with Sunni Islam By Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu

19 March 2015 — Global Research

isis_smallAs a lifetime student of classical mainline Islamic jurisprudential school of thought called “Sunni fiqh”,  I feel saddened to note how the Western mainstream media succumbed to the Islamophobic propaganda of affixing the epithet “Sunni” to the militia of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

I can confidently say that ISIS is not Sunni because all that ISIS has done is to contravene the ethical teachings of Sunni Islam.

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New at Black Agenda Report 18 March 2015: No Justice, No Peace in Ferguson, 47 Republicans, Black Economic Progress a Myth

18 March 2015 — Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Police, prosecutors, politicians and corporate propagandists seized on the shooting of two cops in Ferguson, to claim that the Black Lives Matter movement had suffered a “setback” – as if they have the moral authority to judge. But the movement is not about keeping its enemies happy, but to establish the power of the Black community over the police.

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Media Lens: Love For Libya: 2011-2015

18 March 2015 — Media Lens

Islamic State’s horrific mass beheading of 21 Coptic Christians last month forced a reluctant UK media system to return to Libya, scene of saturation news coverage in 2011.

Then, the media lens hovered obsessively over every Libyan government crime – indeed, over every alleged and even predicted crime – in an effort to justify a Nato ‘intervention’ that was supported by most media and 557 British MPs, with just 13 opposed.

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Russian history exposes media lies By Eric Walberg

17 March 2015 — Eric Walberg

Russia has always fascinated me—the stern heroes who defended Muscovy against the Golden Horde, the ornate and mysterious orthodox faith, the vast spaces, the remarkable learning and philosophy, the Bolshevik Revolution against imperialism… It’s clear the West has always been jealous of a race of genius, highly deserving respect.

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The ECB’s Noose Around Greece: How Central Banks Harness Governments By Ellen Brown

15 March 2015 — Washington’s Blog

Remember when the infamous Goldman Sachs delivered a thinly-veiled threat to the Greek Parliament in December, warning them to elect a pro-austerity prime minister or risk having central bank liquidity cut off to their banks? (See January 6th post here.) It seems the European Central Bank (headed by Mario Draghi, former managing director of Goldman Sachs International) has now made good on the threat.

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Statewatch News Online, 17 March 2015 (05/15): Fingerprinting by force / UK: Police “spying” whistleblower admits to MPs that he infiltrated six trade unions…

17 March 2015 — Statewatch • e-mail:


Top stories and analyses from Statewatch

1.   EU: Fingerprinting by force: secret discussions on “systematic identification” of migrants and asylum seekers
2.   EU: Statewatch Analysis: Proposed Data Protection Regulation: What has the Council agreed so far?
3.   Is it time to go back to the typewriter, carbon paper and Tippex?  “Remote access” to any computer anywhere

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EU Splits on Supplying Weapons to Ukraine — How and Why By Eric Zuesse

16 March 2015 — Global Research

The issue is whether to supply weapons to Ukraine.

On Friday, March 13th, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced, referring to himself in the third person, that:

“The Head of State has informed that Ukraine had contracts with a series of the EU countries on the supply of armament, inter alia, lethal one. He has reminded that official embargo of the EU on the supply of weapons to Ukraine had been abolished.”

In other words: Some EU nations, and he is keeping secret for now the identity of which ones, have contracted to supply to Ukraine’s ‘Anti Terrorist Operation’ or ‘ATO,’ weapons to assist Ukraine in its ‘Anti Terrorist Operation.’

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 8-14 March 2015

14 March 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Merkel Is Erasing May 9, 1945 from the National Memory

14.03.2015 | 12:06 | Dmitriy SEDOV

…For the Russian people, the German chancellor’s refusal to attend the Victory Day celebrations in Moscow is a very serious sign that soon Germans might refuse to acknowledge the victory over Nazism. Germany’s political ranks are shifting to a new plane of political existence. The Germans are implanting a prosthetic, artificial memory, with which they can begin to revive the plans for building a «new order» in Europe.

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No More NHS Privatisation!

13 March 2015 — 38 Degrees

A huge NHS privatisation deal has just been announced. [1] £780 million more of taxpayers’ money will now go to private companies for services which used to be delivered by the NHS.

Piece by piece, the NHS is being sold off to the highest bidder. But our NHS is precious and belongs to us all. We can – we must – protect it.

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What does Putin want? By Rostislav Ishchenko

12 March 2015 — Actual CommentariesSlavangrad

It is gratifying that Putin was not instantly blamed by “patriots” for a full-scale defeat of Ukrainian troops in the Donbass, which did not happen in January-February, and for the Moscow consultations with Merkel and Hollande.

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