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Why US FINALLY TALKING to Russia?

Yet the Obama administration overplayed its hand, and realpolitik now spells out the deepening of the Russia-China strategic partnership across the entire Eurasian land mass; Eurasia as a prospective, massive commercial emporium stretching from Beijing to Berlin, or from Shanghai to St. Petersburg and beyond towards Rotterdam and Duisburg. Without the exceptionalist obsession of some key Beltway factions, none of the elements of Cold War 2.0 would be in play, as Russia is a natural ally of the US in many fronts. That in itself reveals the state of “strategic thinking” by the current US administration.

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  • Vampire Capital

    By Matt Bruenig

    It bothers me as a general matter that so much of our discourse about the economy can proceed as if capitalism distributes things according to variations in work and contribution, or in short desert. It bothers me both because it is wrong and also because it is clearly wrong in ways that have been known […]

  • Russia Wins: Putin and Xi Prove It’s Possible to Stand up to US

    By Margaret Kimberley

    “The sanctions and the removal of Russia from the G8 were meant to neuter the gas producing giant.” The leaders of the greatest land and people masses in Eurasia are forging a military, economic and political alliance that will fundamentally alter the world in both the near and long term. Meanwhile, the U.S. remains the […]

  • Is AMERICA About to MAKE a FATAL MISTAKE in the SOUTH CHINA SEA?

    By Ted Galen Carpenter

    An already tense and dangerous situation in the South China Sea threatens to become even worse. The latest development focuses on reports that the United States is considering plans to initiate systematic military patrols with ships and planes in that volatile area. Without even waiting for confirmation that the reports are accurate, Beijing expressed its great displeasure regarding such a step. If this actually comes to pass, Washington is about to deepen its involvement in a bitter, multi-sided territorial dispute. The underlying issues are murky and complex. Based on dubious interpretations of both history and international law, China claims an oceanic boundary that would convert some 80 percent of the South China Sea—and the small islands dotting itf—from international waters into Chinese territorial waters.

  • Government’s Share of Minimum Wage Increase? For Whose Benefits?

    By James Hall

    The working poor suffer disproportionately from the offshoring of high paying jobs. The upsurge an hour in the minimum wage economy is the net result of a consorted effort to lower the standard of living of not just the struggling impoverished but for all scrambling households. When the communist manifesto advocated a progressive income tax, […]

Politics

Is AMERICA About to MAKE a FATAL MISTAKE in the SOUTH CHINA SEA?

Is AMERICA About to MAKE a FATAL MISTAKE in the SOUTH CHINA SEA?

By Ted Galen Carpenter

An already tense and dangerous situation in the South China Sea threatens to become even worse. The latest development focuses on reports that the United States is considering plans to initiate systematic military patrols with ships and planes in that volatile area. Without even waiting for confirmation that the reports are accurate, Beijing expressed its great displeasure regarding such a step. If this actually comes to pass, Washington is about to deepen its involvement in a bitter, multi-sided territorial dispute. The underlying issues are murky and complex. Based on dubious interpretations of both history and international law, China claims an oceanic boundary that would convert some 80 percent of the South China Sea—and the small islands dotting itf—from international waters into Chinese territorial waters.

Economy

World’s Largest Banks Admit to Massive Global Financial Crimes, But Escape Jail (AGAIN!)

World’s Largest Banks Admit to Massive Global Financial Crimes, But Escape Jail (AGAIN!)

By Matt Taibbi

Five of the world’s top banks will pay over $5 billion in fines after pleading guilty to rigging the price of foreign currencies and interest rates. Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland pleaded guilty to conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros exchanged in the $5 trillion FX spot […]

Society

War Propaganda: “Planting Stories” in the News Chain

War Propaganda: “Planting Stories” in the News Chain

By Michel Chossudovsky

Author’s Note This article was first published in January 2003, two months before the invasion of Iraq. It was subsequently integrated into my book entitled America’s “War on Terrorism”, Global Research 2005.  The buzzwords of media disinformation at the time of writing were “Osama bin Laden” and “Weapons of Mass Destruction”. The central buzzwords of war propaganda […]

Environment

Inherent Autonomy: The Patriot Act is now USA Freedom Act

Inherent Autonomy: The Patriot Act is now USA Freedom Act

By SARTRE

“Maybe someone who reveals a secret program that multiple federal judges say is ILLEGAL is a whistleblower who deserves gratitude — not prison?” — Glenn Greenwald How many times has the mainstream media mentioned the USA Freedom Act? Well, if you did hear of this legislation, you must have been watching C-SPAN or a foreign press channel. […]

Culture

​State Censorship: Tory Minister Slams Home Sec’s Plan to Sanitize UK TV Shows

​State Censorship: Tory Minister Slams Home Sec’s Plan to Sanitize UK TV Shows

By RT

Britain’s Home Secretary, Theresa May. (Reuters / Toby Melville) UK Home Secretary Theresa May has been accused of trying to introduce state censorship of TV broadcasters by a senior Conservative minister in a leaked letter. Former Culture Secretary Sajid Javid wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron in March to express his opposition to May’s proposal […]

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