What Putin and Pompeo did not talk about By Pepe Escobar

15 May 2019 — Asia Times

What Putin and Pompeo did not talk about

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes US State Secretary Mike Pompeo, left, during their meeting, in Sochi, Russia. Photo: AFP / Sergey Guneev / Sputnik

Even veiled by thick layers of diplomatic fog, the overlapping meetings in Sochi between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov still offer tantalizing geopolitical nuggets.

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India’s betrayal of Iran is only the beginning By M.K. Bhadrakumar

15 May 2019 — Indian Punchline

The sudden visit to New Delhi by the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif for a meeting on May 14 with the outgoing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the dying days of the Modi government underscores dramatically how much Tehran has been traumatised by the Indian decision under American pressure to summarily stop all imports of Iranian oil w.e.f May 2.

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UK: Government of Denial: Crisis? What Crisis?

15 May 2019 — True Publica

Robert Woodward – TruePublica contributing editor: Looking at the Conservative party as it is right now, it would be easy to believe they are of a different species, who speak a different language, who came from a different world – a different dimension even. Every day a new statistic of our failing nation feels more like the opening of festering wounds, the result of a banking-led crisis in 2008, itself the making of failed and weak politicians who caved into the lobbying practices of the most corrupt in corporate power. ‘Old Blighty’ now seems like a good term, for Britain is now so badly damaged, so blighted in almost every metric of well-being that society’s life-blood is literally draining away in front of our very eyes. And irrespective of your stance on the big issue of the day, Brexit is the result of politicians by the politicians but for the country, it is like Britain has had its throat slit.

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Fossil Capitalism, Ecosocialism, and the Anthropocene Crisis

14 May 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

National Gallery of Canada

Ian Angus speaking in Ottawa following a tour of the National Gallery of Canada exhibit on the Anthropocene


From September 2018 through February 2019, the National Gallery of Canada featured a special exhibition of photographs and videos by Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, titled Anthropocene. It was justly described as “a spectacular and compelling visual experience inviting reflection upon the environmental and ethical issues surrounding our exploitation of Earth’s resources.”

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ACTION ALERT: WaPo Must Acknowledge CIA Role in Pakistan Polio Crisis by Adam Johnson

14 May 2019 — FAIR

WaPo: The world is close to conquering polio. Humans are holding us back.In commenting on what’s holding back the conquest of polio, the Washington Post(5/10/19) didn’t mention the humans at the CIA.

If the last three years have taught us anything, it’s that it’s much easier to blame “fake news” than to look in the mirror and see how one’s own country, and their powerful institutions, may bear responsibility for a social ill. This jingoistic narcissism is on full display in a Washington Post editorial (5/10/19) that blamed a recent upsurge in polio in Pakistan on “guns, fear and fake news”—while ignoring the CIA’s central role in the crisis entirely.

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Venezuela Newslinks 15 May 2019

15 May 2019 13:35 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day

U.S. behaves as “Cowboy” in Venezuela, says Spain’s Foreign Minister
https://countercurrents.org/2019/05/u-s-behaves-as-cowboy-in-venezuela-says-spains-foreign-minister

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Guaido Requests U.S. military ‘cooperation’ to oust Maduro as U.S. vessel violates Venezuelan waters

15 May 2019 — MROnlineVenezuela Analysis

U.S. Navy boat

by Paul Dobson; edited by Ricardo Vaz

Self-declared “Interim President” Juan Guaido has ordered the setting up of a meeting with the U.S. Armed Forces to discuss “cooperation” in his efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

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The American Police State: Selected Stories

14 May 2019 — Global Research

Drivers Beware: The Deadly Perils of Traffic Stops in the American Police State

By John W. Whitehead

Trying to predict the outcome of any encounter with the police is a bit like playing Russian roulette: most of the time you will emerge relatively unscathed, although decidedly poorer and less secure about your rights, but there’s always the chance that an encounter will turn deadly. Read more…
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