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Syrian No-fly Zone Means War with Russia

The enforcement of a “no-fly” zone in Syria would mean a US war with both Syria and Russia, the top US uniformed commander told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spelled out the grave implications of the policy advocated by both predominant sections within the Republican Party as well as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton amid rising violence in Syria and increasing pressure by Washington on the Russian government to unilaterally agree to grounding its own aircraft as well as those of the Syrian government. Secretary of State John Kerry has repeatedly demanded that Russia adhere to what would essentially be a one-sided “no-fly” zone under conditions in which US warplanes would continue carrying out airstrikes.

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  • What Is BRICS Member India Really Up To?

    By Pepe Escobar

    You may have never heard of LEMOA. In Global South terms, LEMOA (Logistics Exchange Memorandum Agreement) is quite a big thing, signed in late August by Indian Defense Minister Mohan Parrikar and Pentagon supremo Ash Carter. As Carter spun it four months before the signing, LEMOA rules that US forces “may” be deployed to India under special […]

  • Putin Makes HIS COUNTRY GREAT AGAIN

    By PETER KORZUN

    The September parliamentary elections in Russia resulted in a big win for Russian President Vladimir Putin. The ruling United Russia party gained an absolute majority of seats. All other parties represented in the parliament back the national leader. With the broad support he enjoys at home, the Russian president is becoming more and more popular […]

  • Beyond the Elections in Berlin. Times Are Changing

    By DMITRIY SEDOV

    What happened in Berlin was as expected: in the wake of the regional elections, the ruling CDU/CSU–SPD coalition has collapsed. The ruling parties suffered a serious defeat. The SPD won just 21.6 percent of the vote while the CDU won 17.6 percent and the two parties do not now have enough votes to form a […]

  • NAM: Non-Aligned to… Nowhere? Challenges Ahead

    By PEPE ESCOBAR

    The summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) came and went in Isla Margarita, Venezuela, virtually invisible to Western corporate media. NAM nowadays congregates every African nation except South Sudan; most of Latin America – except Brazil, Argentina and Mexico (they are observers); and most of Asia and the Middle East (China is an observer). So […]

Politics

Duterte and the Multipolar Strategy That Shakes Washington

Duterte and the Multipolar Strategy That Shakes Washington

By FEDERICO PIERACCINI

On May 30, 2016 Manila’s parliament appointed Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the sixteenth president of the Philippines following his election victory over rival Mar Roxas with over seven million votes. Born in Maasin 71 years ago, Duterte has had a long career in public administration, having served as mayor of Davoa city for more than […]

Economy

10 Biggest Corporations Make More Money Than Most Of World Combined

10 Biggest Corporations Make More Money Than Most Of World Combined

By RT

The world’s top ten corporations, including Apple, Shell and Walmart, have a combined revenue that is greater than the combined income of the 180 “poorest” countries out of the world’s total 195 sovereign states. The figures, which reveal that Walmart, Apple and Shell alone are now richer than Russia, Belgium and Sweden, were released by […]

Society

Oh, Say Can You See the Carnage? - Why Stand for a Country That Can Gun You Down in Cold Blood?

Oh, Say Can You See the Carnage? – Why Stand for a Country That Can Gun You Down in Cold Blood?

By Mike Whitney

If black athletes in the NFL honestly think that African Americans who live under Old Glory are as ‘equally protected ‘as whites, then they should stand up during the national anthem and sing-along. But if they know that blacks aren’t getting a square deal, and that blacks can be gunned down at any time by […]

Environment

Genetically Modified Seeds, Global Agribusiness and the Destruction of Farming: Is India about to Make a Catastrophic Mistake with GM Mustard?

Genetically Modified Seeds, Global Agribusiness and the Destruction of Farming: Is India about to Make a Catastrophic Mistake with GM Mustard?

By Colin Todhunter

“The Dead Cannot Make a Comeback” Global oilseed, agribusiness and biotech corporations are engaged in a long-term attack on India’s local cooking oil producers. In just 20 years, they have reduced India from self-sufficiency in cooking oil to importing half its needs. Now the government’s attempts to impose GM mustard seed threaten to wipe out a […]

Culture

The New York Times: Film Shines Light on South Korean Spy Agency’s Fabrication of Enemies

The New York Times: Film Shines Light on South Korean Spy Agency’s Fabrication of Enemies

By CHOE SANG-HUN

Yu Woo-sung, a defector from North Korea, in 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. Mr. Yu, who was cleared after his arrest in 2013 on spying charges, is featured in the film “Spy Nation.” Credit Jean Chung for The New York Times SEOUL, South Korea — They were beaten and forced to make false confessions. Many […]

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