U.S. Ambassador to Russia Openly Boasts of ‘Gunboat Diplomacy’

24 April 2019 — 21st Century Wire

Who remembers the good old days, where diplomats engaged in that thing called diplomacy. Remember – when it talk first, shoot second? Those days seem to be long gone by the looks of it, evidenced by this latest spate of bravado from US Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, extolling the virtues of ‘gunboat diplomacy.’

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Why the United States has a special relationship with Israel. It’s not the Israeli lobby By Stephen Gowans

24 April 2019 — What’s Left

Israel does Washington’s dirty work in Syria where US law limits the Pentagon’s actions, former US envoy reveals

In his book A World Without Islam, former Kabul CIA station chief, Graham E. Fuller, argues that the 9/11 and other attacks on the United States by aggrieved Muslims would have occurred even in a world without Islam, because the attacks were a reaction against US imperialism, and were not a product of the attackers’ religion. It “would be a mistake,” wrote Fuller, “to consider Islam as the source of the resistance; otherwise we would have to believe that if these Muslims were not Muslims, they would not be rebelling against foreign domination.” [1]

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Shadow Boxing for Empire: The Mueller Report

21 April 2019 — James Petras

By the end of the Obama regime, the US had gone through seven wars and was in the process of losing five of them. Washington was facing global challenges to its dominant economic and political role from Russia and China.

The US adopted a dual response: to pursue a policy of reconciliation with regional adversaries – (Iran and Cuba) – and to promote a policy of confrontation toward China and Russia.

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RAY McGOVERN: Unaccountable Media Faced with Dilemma in Next Phase of Deep State-gate

9 April 2019 — Consortium News

Now that the media has been exposed for wrongly siding with the intelligence agencies, how will it handle Devin Nunes’s criminal referrals in Deep State-gate?, asks Ray McGovern.

By Ray McGovern
Special to Consortium News

Readers of The Washington Post on Monday were treated to more of the same from editorial page chief Fred Hiatt. Hiatt, who won his spurs by promoting misleading “intelligence” about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and suffered no consequences, is at it again.

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Washington’s Attempt to Impose its Will on the EU Stirs Anti-American Moods By Grete Mautner

10 April 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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The untamed desire of the Trump administration to impose all sorts of conditions and restrictions on the way that Europe operates is clearly leading to an abrupt increase in anti-American moods across various social layers of the European society. Practically speaking, there’s an avid hatred visible all across the EU towards Trump’s use of the ‘Al Capone approach’ , which is typical for American businessmen who would try to brute force their way into foreign markets and influence them in any way possible.

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Iran floods reveal US hypocrisy, economic terrorism and “let ’em all die” policy By Ivan Kesić

9 April 2019 — Off Guardian

Since March 19th, devastating floods swept across large areas of Iran, triggered by the heaviest downpours in many years. Heavy rainfall began two and a half weeks ago, overflowing rivers, washing away bridges, inundating houses and destroying infrastructural establishments in the northern, western and central parts of the country.

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The geopolitics of oil in the Trump era By Thierry Meyssan

9 April 2019 — Voltaire Network

The United States have become the leading world producer of hydrocarbons. As from now, they are using their dominant position exclusively to maximise their profits, and do not hesitate to eliminate their major rivals in oil production, plunging their citizens into misery. Although in the past, access to Middle East oil was a vital necessity for their economy (Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr.), then a market over which they presided (Clinton), and then again a failing ressouce whose supply they wanted to control (Bush Jr., Obama), hydrocarbons have now become black gold (Trump). Thierry Meyssan retraces the evolution of this bloody market.

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