Who Gains from Turning Europe into a Potential Nuclear Battlefield?

20 February 2019 — Land Destroyer
(Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – The United States and its NATO partners are attempting to make the case for Washington’s decision to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Claims that the Russian Federation has been violating the treaty have yet to be substantiated with anything resembling credible evidence. Also missing is any rational explanation as to why Russia would develop or deploy nuclear weapons capable of launching a nuclear strike on Europe without warning – a scenario the INF Treaty was created to deter.

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Unbelievable: Congress to Pass Sanctions Against Syria Reconstruction

28 January 2019 — Defend Democracy Press

The US/al-Qaeda regime-change onslaught failed so now posturing US politicians will do everything they can to make sure Syria goes through the same sanctions hell Iraq did 1990-2003:

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to impose new sanctions on the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad and its allies, and those who do business with them. The move comes a month after President Donald Trump’s announcement to withdraw troops from Syria, and as some Arab governments are thawing relations with the Assad regime, which has all but secured a military victory after nearly eight years of war. The measure has been passed by the House twice in previous sessions, and a companion bill currently remains pending in the Senate. Continue reading

The International Rogue Nation: America By Eric ZUESSE

20 February 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

In 2003, America (and its lap-dog UK) invaded and destroyed Iraq on the basis of lies to the effect that the U.S. (and UK) regime were certain that Saddam Hussein had and was developing weapons of mass destruction. These U.S. allegations were based on provable falsehoods when they were stated and published, but the regime’s ‘news’-media refused to publish and demonstrate (or “expose”) any of these lies. That’s how bad the regime was — it was virtually a total lock-down against truth, and for international conquest (in that case, of Iraq): it was mass-murder and destruction on the basis of sheer lies.

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Recently published at mronline.org

20 February 2019 — mronline.org

The state and accumulation under contemporary capitalism

Historically, capitalism develops institutions and ideologies that justify surplus extraction and capital accumulation. In the last decades of the twentieth century, the financialization of capitalism initiated a new era of accumulation which is known in academic contexts as finance-capital-driven neoliberalism.

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Trump threatens Alec Baldwin, calls for “retribution” against NBC By Barry Grey

19 February 2019 — WSWS

President Donald Trump posted two thuggish tweets Sunday morning attacking actor Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of the press conference at which he announced an unconstitutional declaration of national emergency to circumvent Congress and appropriate funds for the military to build his border wall.

Baldwin, who has frequently mimicked Trump on NBC’s satirical “Saturday Night Live” program, mocked the president in a skit broadcast on Saturday night’s episode.

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On Bolton’s Orders, US Ambassadors Chastise Governments By Wayne Madsen

17 February 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

US National Security Adviser John Bolton may be known for a lot of things, but “diplomat” is not one of them. In 2005, Bolton was never confirmed by the US Senate to be George W. Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations because the walrus-mustachioed neo-conservative ideologue had made past comments deriding the UN as a useless organization. In 1994, Bolton infamously said, “There is no United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world, and that’s the United States, when it suits our interests and when we can get others to go along… The [UN] Secretariat Building in New York has 38 stories. If you lost ten stories today, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.”

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Laughter for All (Financial) Times By James Petras

16 February 2019 — James Petras

Introduction: In these times, when the United States pursues an unprecedented military build-up, promotes coups and trade wars, breaks weapons agreements, organizes the illegal seizure of overseas financial accounts, building barriers and walls along the southern border, Washington can count on the mass media to provide a variety of propaganda messages, ranging from the predictable ‘yellow ’ to the sophisticated ‘serious press’.

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In the Crosshairs of the Washington Mafia: Venezuela and Julian Assange By Ann Garrison

13 Feb 2019 — Black Agenda Report

In the Crosshairs of the Washington Mafia: Venezuela and Julian Assange

The US Mafia State [USMS] is still trying to bump off another sovereign state—Venezuela. Meanwhile Wikileaks retweeted the USMS regime change handbook, more formally known as Army Special Operations Forces Unconventional Warfare Field Manual 3-05.130, whose authors reveal that major global financial institutions like the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Organization for Economic Cooperation are all part of the mob, whose specific assignments include extortion, infiltration, fraud, racketeering, loan sharking, and corruption of public officials.

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Doomsday Redux: The Most Dangerous Weapon Ever Rolls Off the Nuclear Assembly Line By James Carroll

12 February 2019 — TomDispatch

Last month, the National Nuclear Security Administration (formerly the Atomic Energy Commission) announced that the first of a new generation of strategic nuclear weapons had rolled off the assembly line at its Pantex nuclear weapons plant in the panhandle of Texas. That warhead, the W76-2, is designed to be fitted to a submarine-launched Trident missile, a weapon with a range of more than 7,500 miles. By September, an undisclosed number of warheads will be delivered to the Navy for deployment.

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