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American Fascists Co-Opt Trump Protests Hiding Inside Civil Rights Movement

by GH Eliason Over the last couple of years I’ve written volumes on fascists making inroads into American politics and civil life. With civil and human rights it starts with understanding a little about what’s known as the Four Freedoms. And there are many legitimate civil rights groups today that go under that banner. In 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave what became known as the Four Freedoms speech. He

What does the Tao say about Europe and Islam?

by Ramin Mazaheri Look, we are just butting heads here, we Muslims and Europeans. Constantly arguing over whose ideology and culture is superior. And all the while the 1% of families who own 99% of the world’s wealth are just looking down and laughing at us as they read their stock tickers. And that 1% is multicultural, multiracial and practices multiple religions. They don’t care about European or Muslim or

National Anthems – a comparison

by Christine Marais Although involved in many wars, there is no indication that Greece, Persia, Rome or the Ottoman Empire ever had or needed national anthems.  When we look at their history, they conquered countries and overtook people but once settled, they pretty much allowed them to go on with their lives with little interference.  They conquered the land but not the nations. The mere concept of national anthem appears

There’s a Deep State in America?!

by Ramin Mazaheri Imagine my surprise when, on my flight back from San Francisco to New York, that’s what my trusty New York Times revealed to me. My first thought was: I can’t believe how this horrible Donald Trump has set up a Deep State in less than a month?! Surely Russia was involved in its formation. Then again, I strangely find myself thinking a lot about Russia these days.

Venezuela – Washington’s Latest Defamation – To Bring NATO to South America?

by Peter Koenig The Trump Administration has just accused Venezuela’s newly appointed Vice-President, Tareck El Aissami, of being involved in drug trafficking, thereby dishing out the usual criminal spiel – illegal sanctions against a foreign dignitary with travel bans and asset seizures. This is Washington’s abject behavior at its best, as are so many others around the world of similar nature. Therefore, let me say upfront: We can protest as

Northern Mali Conflict – Cycles of Rebellion

by Igor Pejic The crisis in Mali which started with the Tuareg rebellion in 2012, in the northern part of the country, still haunts the society and presents a serious destabilization factor for the entire Sahel region. The Mali crisis has been fueled by many different elements including: historical, demographic, political, social-economic and even climatic. Although there has been a significant international effort to resolve the crisis, the French military

Is Donald Trump a Coward, or Just a Fool?

by Eric Zuesse Ever since Donald Trump won the U.S. Presidency, the U.S. aristocracy (who control or outright own all of the U.S.-based international corporations and especially the weapons-firms such as Lockheed Martin, whose sales-volumes depend upon increasing the nation’s ‘defense’ spending — and that requires restoring ‘the Cold War’) have been trying to abort his Presidency in any and every way they can. Above all, they have been trying

More French riots despite 12 years of trying nothing

by Ramin Mazaheri As Communist hero and the “African Che Guevara”, Thomas Sankara, famously said: “A soldier without any political or ideological training is a potential criminal.” France’s police have an ideology, because everyone has one: Only the truly apathetic or the most indoctrinated claim to not have one. I’ll be honest: I have not attended France’s police academy nor read their training manuals so I can’t say for sure,

The Western roots of “Middle-Eastern” terrorism

By Amir NOUR[1] Convinced that terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes, is unacceptable and unjustifiable, member States of the United Nations were finally able to adopt, on September 8, 2006, a common approach within the framework of the “United Nations global counter-terrorism strategy ». But, ten years later, the “international community” has yet to agree on a consensus definition of the common

Trump and the New Iran Gambit

by Peter Koenig Did Trump cheat us all with his campaign promises and his succinct ‘to the point’ Inaugural Address? Or did he just deceive some of us, some of the time, and the rest will be taken care of by a more or less sophisticated trickery? – A gambit, one of which is Iran? After all, we know how he has been elected. Among the ruses used was a

French elite chose their new pawn, Emmanuel Macron, former Director of Banque Rothschild

by Cosimo The Short Version: In a shocker on Jan. 25, the French elite moved to destroy the right-wing candidate, François Fillon with a scandal that may be fake. The elite is clearing the way for their new pawn, Emmanuel Macron, a former Director of Banque Rothschild. Macron’s misdeeds are revealed here. The dissidents shine an unwanted light on the Macron-Rothschild connection and in return, the elite seemed to have

France’s election in total chaos for the mainstream

by Ramin Mazaheri Is this the end of France’s mainstream political parties? The day of reckoning certainly should be near. When 77% of France believes parliamentarians, are corrupt then you have a fundamental problem with your system. If you don’t trust you’re the highest rung of the legislative branch, then that house needs to be purged. It seems it’s going to happen this election cycle for the executive branch, at

Game-changers ahead on the (long) Maritime Silk Road

by Pepe Escobar for the Asia Times From the Bab al-Mandab to the strait of Malacca, from the strait of Hormuz to the strait of Lombok, all the way to the key logistical hub of Diego Garcia 2,500 miles southeast of Hormuz, the question pops up: How will the unpredictable new normal in Washington – which is not exactly China-friendly – affect the wider Indian Ocean? At play are way

French Islamophobia data: Punching the garbage man’s wife

by Ramin Mazaheri There wasn’t an official award handed out, but the Islamophobic statement of 2016 in France has to go to the politician who said that Muslim women who wear the hejab are like the “American niggers who were in favor of slavery”. LOL, she did even not say “blacks”, she said “niggers” – “nègres”, in French. You simply cannot use that word in polite society. I know because

The uncanny similarities between Presidents Donald Trump and Franklin Delano Roosevelt

by Jeff J. Brown Trump and Roosevelt: two peas in a pod? Crosslinked at: http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2017/02/02/the-uncanny-similarities-between-presidents-donald-trump-and-franklin-delano-roosevelt-china-rising-radio-sinoland-170202/ SoundCloud podcast reading: https://soundcloud.com/44-days/the-uncanny-similarities-between-presidents-trump-and-roosevelt-china-rising-radio-sinoland-170202 For the record, I voted for Donald Trump. Not that I was in love with the guy. It was really a matter of default. On the Oklahoma state ballot, I had the choice of Hillary “Crimes Against Humanity + Here Comes World War III” Clinton, the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and

The Islamic Republic: 38 years of defiance

By Aram Mirzaei “They say we are a nation of tears, but with these tears we have overthrown an empire” – Imam Ruhollah Khomeini. As the Iranian people are celebrating the 38th anniversary of the establishment of the Islamic Republic, Washington has recently installed its 7th president since that cold winter day of February 11, 1979. To many Iranians, the Islamic Revolution represented a defining moment in Iranian history, one

The Conservative Revolution: the “Left” Dilemma

by Iman Safi Part II; The “Left” Dilemma: (for part I, please see here) To understand where the global “left”-“right” divides stands now, we must take a quick look at some key developments and join them together within the particular context sought; because the roots of this divide go back to the times during which the Western mind was in the process of choosing between such issues as succumbing to

‘The Euro’ by Stiglitz: Even fake leftists say ‘exit’

by Ramin Mazaheri “The Euro”, both the monetary system and the book of the same name by Nobel-Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, can appear complicated. Take heart from Noam Chomsky, who wrote that nothing in the social sciences cannot be understood by the average bus driver in a couple of minutes – this is not calculus or physics, after all. Give me just three paragraphs to simplify everything: Stiglitz successfully

Hated by those who hate Russia

by Iben Thranholm Recently Marie Krarup, a member of the Danish Parliament for the Danish People’s Party – contacted me to say that the EU task force East Stratcom has placed me on a list branding me as a pro-Russian propagandist and is accusing me of spreading Russian disinformation. This organisation was set up in March 2015 by the European Council to implement an action plan on strategic communication to

Is your hate ‘intelligent’? Anti-Trump rallies go global

by  Ramin Mazaheri The great journalist Alexander Cockburn famously asked the question “How pure is your hate?” I appreciate the sentiment, but it’s a line which always rubbed me the wrong way just a bit. I always thought it was treating “hate” rather religiously – purification being a routine goal of prayer, fasting, ceremony, etc. Hate, from a religious or moral standpoint, should not be considered “pure”, or at least

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