Black Agenda Report Report for Dec 22, 2016: Grand Theft Electoral, Dem and Repub Paths to Fascism, Syria, Russia & US Desperation

22 December 2016 — Black Agenda Report

Grand Theft Electoral: Aborted Recount Effort Shows US Elections Are Broken, Recount-Proof and Audit-Proof

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Before judges and state officials aborted it, the attempted recount initiated by Green Party candidate Jill Stein revealed and confirmed specific patterns of widespread interstate electoral tampering in the presidential election just past that zero in on black and brown communities. The craven need of Hillary and the Dems to blame the Russians for their loss proves that they own the current broken and rigged US electoral system just as much Republicans. Continue reading

Snoopers Charter is Breaking the Law

21 December 2016 — Liberty

The Government IS breaking the law by indiscriminately collecting the nation’s internet activity and phone records – meaning significant parts of its new Snoopers’ Charter are effectively unlawful.

When Liberty, representing Tom Watson MP, launched a legal challenge two years ago, it was because we believed the Government’s surveillance practices were breaching our human rights.

Today, the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) agreed with us: the Government is breaking the law. Continue reading

African Political and Economic Uncertainty, IMF Head’s Criminal Negligence, Crack in Antarctic Ice Shelf

20 December 2016 — Global Research

map-africaAfrican Electoral Politics, Instability and the Burgeoning Economic Crisis

By Abayomi Azikiwe, December 20 2016

All across the continent the continuing dependency on trade with the Western states has resulted in another round of uncertainty. Recent national elections in the West African state of Ghana were heavily influenced by the growing crisis in various economies throughout the region.

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Ringing out the neo, Ringing in the neo By S. Artesian

20 December 2016 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

1. It has been going on a long time, hasn’t it? The bourgeoisie have been on an offensive; the offensive was triggered by a decline in the rate of profitability; the offensive has not been able to systematically overcome the decline in the rate of profit; the offensive was kick-started with the overthrow of Allende in Chile, and the OPEC price spike of 1973. Both represent the attack on labor, on the class of laborers; on the living and the living standards of the workers; one using the hammer of military force, the other using the anvil of market force.  Behind every free market, there stands a death squad. Said that 43 years ago; said it yesterday. Will say it tomorrow.  Maybe from a secure, undisclosed location.

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NSA:: New book combines Soviet and U.S. transcripts of highest-level meetings that ended the Cold War

19 December 2016  — National Security Archive

Gorbachev offered arms race in reverse; Reagan recommended quiet on human rights; Bush sounded very encouraging in 1987 but the 1989 pause interrupted progress

The Last Superpower Summits publishes virtually every word Reagan, Gorbachev and Bush said to each other from 1985 through 1991

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 573

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Vladimir Putin was Never Head of the KGB, Nor Did He Order the Hacking of the DNC By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

17 December 2016 — Global Research

Vladimir Putin, tagged by president Barack Obama as a “former head of the KGB” at his National Press Conference (December 16) is said to have ordered the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). 

 ”Over a third of Republican voters approve of Vladimir Putin, the former head of the KGB. Ronald Reagan would roll over in his grave.”

This statement regarding Putin’s affiliation to the KGB borders on ridicule. Obama is either ignorant or “misinformed” by his White House intelligence advisers. Putin was never a high ranking official in the Soviet era KGB.

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Can We Make Sense of Trump? By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

16 December 2016

A month has passed since Donald Trump was declared president-elect soon to be the 45th president of the United States.    Since his win, pundits, analysts, and experts continue to debate the victory – a surprise to most.   While the reason/s for this victory depend on one’s perspective, most agree on one thing: Trump is unpredictable.

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“Russia Did It”: Obama Vows Retaliation, Intelligence Veterans Dispute Hacking Claims: Selected Articles

16 December 2016 — Global Research

obama_war1“Silly Rhetoric and Laughable Nonsense”: Obama Vows Retaliation Against Russia for Nonexistent US Election Hacking

By Stephen Lendman, December 16 2016

With five weeks left in office, Obama seems determined to leave in a greater blaze of infamy than already, the most lawless, reckless president in living memory. He’s a greater war criminal than all his predecessors, heading America’s police state apparatus hardened on his watch, a serial liar, trying to provoke Russia into a belligerent confrontation.

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Media: Hypocrisy of Russia-Did-It Stories Is Hard to Stomach

16 December 2016 — FAIR

Time: Yanks to the RescueMeddling in other countries’ elections is an exciting adventure–when it’s the United States doing the meddling.

It is, of course, worth knowing what involvement any other country might have had in the US election, but elite media’s consumption with the Russia-did-it storyline so far is discouraging to say the least.

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