Under the spotlight: European assistance to the ‘War on Terror’ drone strikes

14 March 2019 — Drone Warfare

President Donald Trump, who has stepped up the use of drones in Somalia and other areas, recently revoked a requirement for U.S. intelligence officials to give public reports listing the number of civilians killed in drone strikes and other attacks on terrorist targets outside war zones – a practice which was part of an accountability effort to minimize civilian deaths from drone strikes. The House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, however, has announced that he will seek to reimpose the intelligence community’s reporting on civilian casualties through a provision in this year’s Intelligence Authorization Act.

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Dissecting Washington’s Color Revolution Techniques By Grete Mautner

14 March 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

As it’s been pointed out by a number of prominent statisticians, over the last hundred years Washington has interfered in the internal affairs of at least 50 countries for a total of 130 individual cases. As for the last three decades, there’s been more than 40 instances of such interference, including cases of elections meddling and fraud, coup d’etats and attempts to trigger armed conflicts. To be more specific, the American alternative media site AlterNet managed to establish 80 instances of Western interference over the period from 1953 to present day.

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The price of US « protection » is skyrocketing by Manlio Dinucci

14 March 2019 — Voltaire Network

The United States intend to consider their allies as protectorates no longer. Consequently, the US is asking them to pay the cost of their protection, failing which, it will withdraw. Such was President Trump’s announcement on 17 January at the Pentagon. It was presented at NATO in February, but was only made public this week. It is a decision which applies to all the allies, from Japan to Germany. The problem is that Washington is also asking its allies to align with US positions… just as they did as protectorates.

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RussiaGate as Organised Distraction By Prof. Oliver Boyd-Barrett

11 March 2019 — Off Guardian – Organisation for Propaganda Studies

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For over two years RussiaGate has accounted for a substantial proportion of all mainstream US media political journalism and, because US media have significant agenda-setting propulsion, of global media coverage as well. The timing has been catastrophic.

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Washington is Waging a New Dimension War Against China – and will Lose out Bitterly By Peter Koenig

11 March 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

Once the all-encompassing chittering and chattering about tariffs on Chinese imports by the western corporate media subsided, Trump, egocentric businessman rather than the President of the Empire, “out of the blue”, one could almost say, under the pretext of ‘unfair’ Chinese trading, launches a new ferocious and as usual totally illegal campaign of aggression against China’s fast-growing economy. It’s aillicit campaign against Chinese competition, against Chinese unstoppable growth. It’s a tacit recognition of China’s emerging supremacy which the United States can only confront with fraud, deceit and illegal activities. And this only as long as Washington controls the western monetary system. This won’t be for much longer.

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Will Trump’s Hawks Dare to Risk Israel? By Alastair Crooke

11 March 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

It was the eleventh, and perhaps the most important meeting between President Putin and PM Netanyahu on 27 February, writes the well-informed journalist, Elijah Magnier: “The Israeli visitor heard clearly from his host that Moscow has no leverage to ask Iran to leave – or, to stop the flow of weapons to Damascus … Moscow [also] informed Tel Aviv about Damascus’s determination to respond to any future bombing; and that Russia doesn’t see itself concerned [i.e. a party to such conflict] ”.

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Free Chelsea Manning!

11 March 2019 — WSWS

On Friday, a federal judge ordered the courageous whistle-blower Chelsea Manning imprisoned for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury that is drawing up fabricated charges against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange on behalf of the Trump administration. In a savage action, the judge sentenced Manning to remain in jail until she purged her contempt of court by agreeing to testify or the term of the grand jury expired, i.e., for an indefinite period.

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US Negotiations: Masters of Defeats By James Petras

9 March 2019 — James Petras

Introduction

The US is currently engaged in negotiations with at least a dozen countries; which involve fundamental political, military and economic issues.

The US has adopted diplomatic strategies in the face of its ‘inability’ to secure military victories. The purpose of adopting a diplomatic approach is to secure through negotiations, in part or fully, goals and advantages unattainable through military means.

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Chelsea Manning jailed for refusal to testify against WikiLeaks By Patrick Martin

9 March 2019 — WSWS

A federal judge ordered Chelsea Manning to prison Friday morning for an indefinite period of time, after the former Army private, jailed for seven years for providing information to WikiLeaks exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, refused on principle to answer any questions before a secret grand jury investigating the media organization and its founder Julian Assange.

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Trump: The Warlord of Economic Savagery By Wayne Madsen

7 March 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Trump: The Warlord of Economic Savagery

Donald Trump’s decidedly neo-conservative administration is waging economic warfare through the combined imposition of tariffs and economic sanctions against nations on six continents. Trump’s policies, which fuse bull-headedness with oafishness, have wreaked havoc on the stock market, pension funds, employment, and overall economic stability on a scale not seen since the Great Depression of the last century.

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The empire’s creative destruction By Vijay Prashad

6 March 2019 — Asia Times

The phrase is used over and over again by the government of the United States. “Strongest sanctions in history” – now against Iran, then against Venezuela. US government officials revel in the timbre of exaggeration, their phrases shaking countries and overturning civilizations. It is hard to keep track of how many countries the United States currently sanctions.

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