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War w/ Thousand Lies: Obama’s “Safe Zone” in Syria will INFALME THE WAR

The road to war is paved with a thousand lies. A fresh fib was tossed on the lie-cluttered warpath to Syria, when it was announced that the U.S. and Turkey would create a “safe zone” inside of Syria — supposedly to be aimed against ISIS. This “safe zone” is a major escalation of war, but it was described in soft tones by the media, sounding almost cuddly. In reality, however, a “safe zone” is a “no-fly zone,” meaning that a nation is planning to implement military air superiority inside the boundaries of another nation. It’s long recognized by the international community and U.S. military personnel as a major act of war. In a war zone an area is made “safe” by destroying anything in it or around that appears threatening.

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Debate

  • Who Shot Down MH-17?

    By Paul Craig Roberts

    The available evidence convinces me that the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine was a plot hatched in Washington in order to blame Russia, blame which helps Washington’s pressure on Europe for sanctions against Russia. An alternative explanation is that Washington’s stooge government in Kiev in an assassination attempt against Vladimir Putin mistook the Malaysian […]

  • Vietnam a Bad Model for Japan in Dealing with China

    By WantChinaTimes

    The Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil platform on its way to the South China Sea, June 12, 2012. (Photo/CFP) An article in Japan’s Weekly Toyo Keizai suggesting that Japan can learn from the way Vietnam has dealt with its territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea overlooks the negative effects of the dispute on […]

  • Defending Ukraine From Russian Imperialism?

    By Jason Hirthler

    In Bertrand Russell’s A History of Western Philosophy, the philosopher delivered his summarization of the writings of Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas thusly, “Before he begins to philosophize, he already knows the truth; it is declared in the Catholic faith. If he can find apparently rational arguments for some parts of the faith, so much the […]

  • Debunking America’s Scarborough Shoal Dolchstoss Meme, or “Goodbye Honest Broker”

    By Peter Lee

    … or “Goodbye Honest Broker” Whoever is rolling out the new US maritime strategy for East Asia apparently regards the Financial Times as his or her chosen instrument. The FT, for its part, appears to believe that it completes its journalistic mission by reporting the US position, and sees no need to examine the US claims in detail, a shortcoming I intend to remedy in this piece. In recent days two backgrounded FT articles have expressed US frustration with Chinese salami-slicing and cabbage wrapping in the South China Sea. From the first piece, Pentagon plans new tactics to deter China in South China Sea:

Politics

Erodoğan and Netanyahu Declare War

Erodoğan and Netanyahu Declare War

By James Petras

The rulers of the two most powerful authoritarian regimes in the Middle East are launching major wars to reconfigure the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has declared war by proxy on Iran, announcing full-scale military mobilization within Israel (July 27 -29) and organizing the biggest political campaign of ultra Zionist Jews in Washington. The […]

Economy

"The Great Divide"

“The Great Divide”

By Joseph Stigliz

Inequality is not inevitable but a choice – the cumulative result of unjust policies and misguided priorities. Inequality is an increasing problem in the Western world, leaving everyone – the rich as well as the poor – worse off. The dream of a socially mobile society is becoming an ever more unachievable myth. That’s the […]

Society

Pentagon Employing Top Scientists to Improve US Propaganda Machine

Pentagon Employing Top Scientists to Improve US Propaganda Machine

By Cassius Methyl

Throughout human history, governments have been interested in “mastering the human domain”—in fully understanding how to control the minds of their populations. In 2015, DARPA’s “Narrative Networks” ( or N2) program is in full swing. The project is intended to analyze how “narratives” play into human psychology, delving into the way these constructs affect the […]

Environment

Hypnotic Trance in Delhi: Monsanto, GMOs and the Looting of India's Agriculture

Hypnotic Trance in Delhi: Monsanto, GMOs and the Looting of India’s Agriculture

By Colin Todhunter

We are about to enter August. And that’s a special month in India. Each year, on the 15th, the country commemorates the anniversary of independence from Britain. To mark the occasion, official public celebrations take place in Delhi with flag waving and fly-pasts, and the corporate media is awash with patriotic sentiments. Behind the scenes, however, agriculture, […]

Culture

Methods of Media Manipulation: Not to Inform But to Disinform

Methods of Media Manipulation: Not to Inform But to Disinform

By Michael Parenti

Excerpted from the book, “20 years of Censored News” by Carl Jensen and Project Censored We are told by media people that some news bias is unavoidable. Distortions are caused by deadline pressures, human misjudgment, budgetary restraints, and the difficulty of reducing a complex story into a concise report. Furthermore, the argument goes, no communication […]

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