2019 or 1939 squared

21 May 2019 — theplanningmotivedotcom

It is 80 years since the last global war. Technology and culture have advanced significantly since then. In the Second World War, it was the mastery of the air that proved decisive. Now it will be mastery of space. What took a thousand bombers to accomplish can now be achieved many times over with a single nuclear missile. But the rising escalation between the USA and China is but one of four simultaneous crisis facing modern capitalism, raising the prospect that capitalism is no longer in control of its own destiny. 



The Western American Empire Plays the War Card

11 May 2019 — Global Research – Comitato No Nato

The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War

The Following text is Section 14 of 16

by the Italian Committee No War No NATO

Documentation presented at the International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, Florence, April 7, 2019

In the course of the next two weeks, Global Research will publish the 16 sections of this important document, which will also be available as an E-book.
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If war is an industry, how can there be peace in a capitalist World? By Vijay Prashad

26 April 2019 — MROnline

Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937.

The Seventeenth Newsletter (2019).

Originally published: The Tricontinental (April 25, 2019)

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

On 26 April 1937, twelve bombers of the German Condor Legion and the Italian Aviazione Legionaria flew low over the Basque country of Spain in the midst of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). They tore down over the small town of Guernica, where they let loose their fiery arsenal. Almost two thousand people died in this defenceless town. Noel Monk of the Daily Express (London) was one of the first reporters to enter the town, hours after the bombers dropped their ordinance. In Eyewitness (1955), Monk wrote, ‘A sight that haunted me for weeks was the charred bodies of several women and children huddled together in what had been the cellar of a house. It had been a refugio’, a refuge. Pablo Picasso, the artist, was so moved by news of the fascist bombing raid on this town that he painted his most powerful work–Guernica (1937)–which now hangs in Madrid’s Reina Sofia.

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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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The Syrian war is not over: there are attacks by Israel & the US-led coalition – ‘a new trajectory’?

17 April 2019 — Drone Warfare

Middle East Monitor reports, on April 15th, that an Israeli intelligence firm, ImageSat International has released satellite images claiming to show “the complete destruction of a possible Iranian surface-to-surface missile factory” in Syria’s Masyaf District, allegedly struck by Israel on Saturday.

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Amid rising tensions, NATO chief pitches confrontation with Russia to US Congress By Bill Van Auken

4 April 2019 — WSWS

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered the first-ever address by a leader of the US-led imperialist alliance to a joint session of the US Congress on Wednesday, promoting a military buildup against Russia under conditions in which ever greater fissures are threatening to tear NATO itself apart.

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Pompeo enlists US energy conglomerates for global oil war By Bill Van Auken

15 March 2019 — WSWS

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered an extraordinary speech this week to a conference attended by representatives of the major US energy conglomerates in which he appealed to “Big Oil” to play an increasingly direct role in the drive by US imperialism for global dominance and the preparation for war on every continent.

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