Starting to Crack a Hard Target: U.S. Intelligence Efforts Against the Soviet Missile Program through 1957

5 February 2020 — National Security Archive

U.S. Learned of the First ICBM Test from a Soviet Press Release and the Second from a Remark Made to a French Politician 

Unaware of Sputnik I and II until They Were in Orbit

Washington, D.C., February 5, 2020 – In the eyes of U.S. intelligence and the military services, the greatest threat to American national security during the early Cold War was the emerging Soviet missile program with its ability to deliver nuclear weapons to targets across the United States.  Before the era of satellite surveillance, the U.S. scrambled to develop ever more effective intelligence-gathering methods, notably the U-2 spy plane, spurred on by having missed practically every important Soviet breakthrough of the time – including the first intercontinental ballistic missile tests and the world-changing Sputnik launches.

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The United States of America’s Doll House: A Vast Tapestry of Lies and Illusions

3 February 2020 — Edward Curtin

By Edward Curtin

This is an updated and revised version of the full cover-story that appeared in the important publication, garrison: The Journal of History and Deep Politics, Issue 003.  Issue 004 is due out this week and I urge readers to purchase it.  You will read articles there that you will find no place else, brilliant, eye-opening analyses of issues that the MSM will never touch.

“It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no interest. The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It’s a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.” – Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, 2005

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Buttigieg Backer Top Funder of Group Behind Iowa’s Disastrous Voting App

5 February 2020 — The Grayzone

A dark money operation funded by billionaires is behind the app that delayed Iowa’s voting results, Max Blumenthal reports.

At the time of publication, 12 hours after voting in the Democratic Party’s Iowa caucuses ended, the results have not been announced. The delay in reporting is the result of a failed app developed by a company appropriately named Shadow Inc.

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DNC Loses Public Trust in Primary Process on Very First Day

5 February 2020 — Consortium News

It doesn’t actually matter anymore who really won Iowa at this point; the damage is already done, writes Caitlin Johnstone.

By Caitlin Johnstone

After a 2016 presidential primary race riddled with scandals, all of which worked against Bernie Sanders to the advantage of anointed establishment favorite Hillary Clinton, the 2020 Democratic presidential primary elections officially began with a massive scandal working against Bernie Sanders to the advantage of an establishment favorite.

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Ireland’s Faustian pact with U.S. capital

5 February 2020 — MROnline

The hopeless Irish countryside


The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist. McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley’s technologies to flourish is called the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.

—Thomas Friedman, New York Times, 1999

Ireland is waking up to the truth of these words. The price of doing business with corporate America is the loss of one’s geopolitical soul. Because with the U.S. dollars comes the U.S. war machine and its war crimes. The Irish have been trying to deny this for years but last Saturday (January 25) it was as plain as day.

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STOLEN! Bernie Campaign APP caught DNC RED HANDED

3 February 2020 — Youtube

Clipped from 2-3-20 Exclusive ROKFIN Livestream Niko House comes on with BREAKING NEWS. Bernie Sanders campaign had anticipated election rigging and developed an APP that allowed Precinct Captains to track down the votes…the votes that did come out were not matching up…Did Bernie catch the Democratic Party redhanded?

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“Organic is the future”

1 February 2020 — GMWatch

Read this article to the end for the clarity it brings on the link between farmer suicides in India and GM Bt cotton.

Vandana Shiva, a pioneer of organic farming in India, is incensed by the 2019 draft law to compulsorily register all seeds used by farmers. On a wintry afternoon, at her farm Navdanya in the Himalayan foothills, the noted ecologist spoke on the future of the organic farming movement in India. Excerpts:

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Why Turkey won’t hitch Syrian wagon with US By M.K. Bhadrakumar

4 February 2020 — Indian Punchline

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on rare visit to frontline in northwestern Idlib province, October 2019. (File photo)

The remark by President Recep Erdogan on Friday that Turkey might militarily intervene in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province fuelled speculation that tensions between Ankara and Moscow have reached a point of no return.

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A murderous system is being created before our very eyes

4 February 2020 — MROnline

Originally published: Republik by Daniel Ryser (January 31, 2020)

1. The Swedish Police constructed a story of rape

Nils Melzer, why is the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture interested in Julian Assange?

That is something that the German Foreign Ministry recently asked me as well: Is that really your core mandate? Is Assange the victim of torture?

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