Thursday, January 19, 2017(18 comments)
The Trump Speech That No One Heard
Washington's plan for Russia is no different than its plan for Syria. Both countries will be chopped up into smaller bite-size enclaves eliminating the possibility of a strong nationalist government rising up and resisting Washington's relentless exploitation and repression. It's divide and conquer writ large.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017(1 comments)
Chelsea Manning sentence commuted after seven years of brutal imprisonment
The language of the commutation appears to rule out any future legal proceeding against Manning in either civilian or military courts, since it covers all 20 charges for which she was convicted and sentenced. Neither incoming President Donald Trump nor the Republican-controlled Congress has the legal power to overturn the commutation.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017(3 comments)
US Intel Agencies Try to Strong-Arm Trump into War With Russia
The big shots who run the country are trying to strong-arm "the Donald" into carrying their water so the depredations can continue and Central Asia can be transformed into a gigantic Washington-dominated corporate free-trade zone where the Big Money calls the shots and Capital reigns supreme.
Saturday, January 7, 2017(1 comments)
The Trump Bubble
Trump knows his so called "tax holiday" scam is a bunch of baloney. Why would companies expand their operations, hire more workers, and generate more product when consumer demand is still in the crapper seven years after the Great Recession? They're not going to do that. Trump knows his so called "tax holiday" scam is a bunch of baloney.
Thursday, December 29, 2016(5 comments)
The Reason the Fed is Raising Rates, and Why It Won't Work
The Fed created the incentives for this destructive behavior and they are the primary regulator of the entire financial system. They could stop this nonsense with just one appearance before Congress, but they choose not to. They'd rather keep the real economy in a permanent coma and blow up the financial system than lift a finger to stop Wall Street's reckless and relentless looting spree.
Thursday, December 22, 2016(13 comments)
Trump's Economic Plan is a Betrayal of the People Who Voted for Him
That's why Trump's supporters should be so disappointed, because they stood by him through the most vicious campaign in history and helped to shoehorn his sorry posterior into office. And now he has sold them down the river. Thanks a lot, Don.
Saturday, December 17, 2016(8 comments)
Ah, So Putin Didn't Hack Those Emails After All
The 'hacking story' has nothing to do with hacking and nothing to do with Russia. It's just another attempt by establishment elites to distort the facts in order to subvert the democratic process and overturn the election results. Isn't that what this is really all about, regime change in the USA?
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 The Corporate Media's Assault on Free Speech: an Interview with Jeffrey St. Clair
Trump embraced almost every third rail in American politics and not only survived but thrived on it, like some super-villain in a Dark Horse comic. It's quite remarkable really. The MSM media has been dying for years and Trump's campaign emphasized just how feeble and politically impotent the Times and the Post, as well as the network and cable news outlets have become, at least for an outlier candidate like Trump.
Monday, December 12, 2016(13 comments)
The Democrats "Russia Hacking" Campaign is Political Suicide
People are afraid because things are getting worse not better. Their standards of living are slipping, they're worried about their retirement, their jobs, their health care, and the pile of debt their kids have accumulated to go to college. They've lost confidence in the media, the congress, the courts and the president who promised change but never lifted a finger for working people his entire time in office.
Thursday, December 8, 2016(4 comments)
Rolling Back the Empire: Washington's Proxy-Army Faces Decisive Defeat in Aleppo
This is the end of the line for the US-backed terrorists that have laid to waste much of the battered country and killed more than 400,000 people. And while Aleppo may not be the decisive turning point in the ongoing conflict, it does put all of the main population centers and industrial hubs back under regime control.
Sunday, November 27, 2016(1 comments)
Trump's Economic Plan: This Isn't Going to Work
Had Obama made any attempt to address wage stagnation, shrinking incomes, student debt, or widespread economic insecurity, Hillary Clinton would probably be president today. As it happens, the victory went to the anti-establishment outsider who promised a fundamental change in direction, Donald Trump.
Friday, November 18, 2016(4 comments)
Trump Prepares to Takeover Fed
There's a reason why 95 percent of all income gains in the last eight years have gone to the one percent, while working people have struggled just to put food on the table. Just like there's a reason why stocks have tripled in value in the last eight years while wages and incomes have stagnated and the economy has slowed to a crawl. It's the policy, stupid.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016(7 comments)
That's why everyone is so utterly dejected and depressed about the election, because instead of voting for a candidate they really want or admire, most people are simply voting for the candidate that either disgusts or scares the hell out of them the least. What kind of choice is that? The only thing that is certain is that, whoever wins, we lose.
Friday, November 4, 2016(4 comments)
Memo to Comey: Keep Your Damn Hands Off Our Elections
Comey is a renegade, a lone wolf who arbitrarily decided to abandon normal bureaucratic procedures in order to torpedo Clinton's prospects for election. The widespread belief that Comey is a "good man who made a bad decision" is nonsense. He is an extremely intelligent and competent attorney with a keen grasp of Beltway politics. He knew what he was doing and he did it anyway. It's absurd to make excuses for him.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016(42 comments)
How Putin Derailed the West
The assumption is that eventually, and with enough pressure, Putin will throw in the towel. But this is another miscalculation. Putin is not in Syria because he wants to be nor is he there because he values his friendship with Syrian President Bashar al Assad. That's not it at all. Putin is in Syria because he has no choice. Russia's national security is at stake.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Trump Unchained
Do people know that there has never been a war that Hillary didn't support, a job-killing "free trade" bill she didn't back, or a civil liberties-eviscerating piece of legislation (Clinton voted for the original USA PATRIOT Act in 2001, as well as the revised version in 2006.) she wasn't eager to sign?
Wednesday, October 12, 2016(12 comments)
Obama Stepped Back From Brink, Will Hillary?
Washington likes to pick its own leaders, leaders who invariably serve the interests of its wealthy and powerful constituents, particularly Big Oil and Israel. That's how the system works. Everyone knows this already. Washington has toppled or attempted to topple more than 50 governments since the end of WW2. The US is a regime change franchise, Coups-R-Us.
Friday, October 7, 2016(31 comments)
Pentagon Begins Low-Intensity, Stealth War in Syria
Call it stealth warfare, call it poking the bear, call it whatever you'd like. The fact is, the Syrian war has entered a new and more dangerous phase increasing the chances of a catastrophic confrontation between the US and Russia. This is the brainchild of Pentagon warlord, Ash Carter, whose attack on a Syrian outpost killed 62 Syrian regulars putting a swift end to the fragile ceasefire agreement.
Sunday, October 2, 2016(10 comments)
The Biggest Heist in Human History
Not only do the plutocrats own half of everything on planet earth -- their share of the booty is actually increasing every year. Nice, eh? The point is, none of this is accidental. These outcomes are the direct result of policy, the Fed's policies. And the Fed is not alone either. This greatly-accelerated class war is a now global phenom.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016(10 comments)
Putin Ups the Ante: Ceasefire Sabotage Triggers Major Offensive in Aleppo
Samantha Power dispelled any doubt that either she or anyone else in the Obama administration cared at all about the people who lost their lives in the bombing raid. She also made it clear that she didn't care if the US had violated the terms of the ceasefire just two days before critical parts of the agreement were scheduled to be implemented.
Friday, September 23, 2016(6 comments)
America's Racist Killer Cops: Why Stand for a Country That Can Gun You Down in Cold Blood?
There's a large group of people living in this country whose rights have always been provisional and who've never gotten a fair shake, and that sure as heck hasn't changed since Obama got took office, in fact, the situation is worse than ever. When living under the American flag means that everyone is protected equally from killer cops, then I'll gladly stand for the national anthem. Until then, forget about it.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016(14 comments)
Rogue Mission: Did the Pentagon Bomb Syrian Army to Kill Ceasefire Deal?
Warhawk Supremo, Ash Carter, and his Russophobe colleagues want to intensify the conflict, expand America's military footprint in Syria, and confront Russia directly. They don't approve of the President's policy, so they're doing everything they can to torpedo the ceasefire deal. But why now, after all, the ceasefire began five days ago?
Thursday, September 15, 2016(15 comments)
Assad's Death Warrant
There is no difference between Bush's invasion of Iraq and Obama's invasion of Syria. The moral, ethical and legal issues are the same, the only difference is that Obama has been more successful in confusing the American people about what is really going on. And what's going on is regime change: "Assad must go."
Friday, September 9, 2016(4 comments)
Stop the Fed Before it Kills Again
Companies have all but abandoned the traditional practice of recycling earnings into factories, productivity or research and development. Instead, they're engaged in a protracted liquidation process where the creditworthiness of their companies is used to borrow as much money as possible from the bond market which is then divvied up among insatiable CEOs and their shareholders.
Friday, September 2, 2016(18 comments)
Can We Please Get Rid of the Pledge?
Many people think the Pledge is simply an affirmation of their respect for the flag, their love for the country, and their gratitude to the men and women who fought in America's wars. But that's not what it is. The Pledge is an attempt to impose conformity on the masses and compel them to click their heels and proclaim their devotion to the Fatherland.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016(63 comments)
Three Cheers for Kaepernick: Is Sitting During the National Anthem an Acceptable Form of Protest?
Does Kaepernick really deserve this outpouring of hated and vitriol? Isn't he just asking whether the values espoused in the National Anthem actually apply to African Americans or not? That's a fair question, isn't it? Think of it this way: Maybe this IS the "land of the free and the home of the brave" if you're white, but if you're black, not so much.
Thursday, August 25, 2016(4 comments)
The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up on Empire
Unfortunately, Brzezinski's more cautious approach is not likely to be followed by presidential-favorite Hillary Clinton who is a firm believer in imperial expansion through force of arms. It was Clinton who first introduced "pivot" to the strategic lexicon in a speech she gave in 2010 titled "America's Pacific Century."
Monday, August 8, 2016(5 comments)
Washington Slapdown: Turkey Turns to Moscow for Help
The Obama administration is still uncertain of how to proceed mainly because no one had expected that Erdogan would break with Washington, purge his enemies, pursue rapprochement with Moscow, Tehran and Damascus, and throw a wrench in Uncle Sam's plan for redrawing the map of the Middle East.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016(4 comments)
The Coup in Turkey has Thrown a Wrench in Uncle Sam's "Pivot" Plan
Putin and Erdogan have settled their differences and scheduled a meeting for the beginning of August. In other words, the first world leader Erdogan plans to meet after the coup is his new friend, Vladimir Putin. Is it starting to sound like Turkey may have slipped out of Washington's orbit and moved on to more reliable friends that will respect their interests?
Saturday, July 2, 2016(5 comments)
Another Fed Fiasco: U.S. Bond Yields Fall to Record Lows
Basically, bond yields are telling us all that there is no hope for the future, that what you see is what you get. There won't be an economic recovery because an economic recovery is not in the interests of the people who are getting rich off the current policy. So just suck it up and get used to it.
Saturday, June 25, 2016 Basta Ya, Brussels! British Voters Reject EU Corporate Slavestate
Not only has the EU failed to live up to its promise of lifting all boats and widening prosperity, it has also transformed the region into a low-growth, high unemployment charnel house where bankers and their corporate allies siphon off the wealth of the weaker states to enrich high-flying speculators and voracious bondholders. And Britain is just the tip of the iceberg.
Friday, June 17, 2016(3 comments)
Negative Rates, Plunging Yields and a "Fix" for the Economy
If Obama rehired the 500,000 public sector employees who got their pink slips during the recession, then we'd have positive inflation in no-time-flat. But the bigwigs don't want that. They don't want full employment or higher wages or workers to a bigger share in the gains in production. Fixing the economy is the easy part. It's the politics that are tough.
Saturday, April 23, 2016(6 comments)
The Strange Death of Hugo Chavez: an Interview with Eva Golinger
There is a very strong possibility that President Chavez was assassinated. There were notorious and documented assassination attempts against him throughout his presidency. Numerous attempts on his life were thwarted by the Venezuelan intelligence agencies and particularly the counterintelligence unit of the Presidential Guard that was charged with discovering and impeding such threats.
Monday, April 18, 2016(2 comments)
Blanket Student Debt Amnesty Now
Congress knew what they were doing. They knew they were part of a big sting operation targeting credulous students who never guessed that their government was just a bunch of lousy shakedown artists. And now congress can pat themselves on the back for a job well done, for luring millions of millennials into a lifetime of indentured servitude.
Thursday, April 14, 2016(57 comments)
Socialist Senator Explains the Difference Between Democrats and Republicans
Long was a scrappy street fighter who liked confrontation and didn't mind getting his nose bloodied every now and then. He also liked winning, which is precisely what we need right now, someone who knows how to win and doesn't sweat the details. Leave that to the historians. Politics is bloodsport, not pattycake.
Saturday, April 9, 2016(5 comments)
PEW Explains Who is Voting for Trump and Why
A higher percentage of Trump supporters think they are getting screwed-over by an unfair system. They think "free trade" only benefits the rich, they think the government is unresponsive to their needs, they think the system is rigged, they think the economy stinks and they're really, really mad.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016(6 comments)
The "Gig Economy"; Another Vicious Attack on Ordinary Working Slobs
Create a bubble with easy money and low rates. Burst the bubble and precipitate a crisis. Impose excruciating belt-tightening measures that restructure the workforce, privatize public assets and transfers more of the national wealth to the parasites at the top of the foodchain, the mighty one percent. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Friday, March 18, 2016(1 comments)
Subprime Auto Loans: the Next Shoe to Drop?
You know what comes next, don't you? The delinquencies start piling up, the finance companies begin to creak and groan, the banks and other counterparties hastily sell off assets to try to stay afloat, and, finally, the Fed rides to the rescue with another batch of emergency loans to prevent the whole wobbly, over-leveraged system from crashing to earth.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Draghi's Giant Giveaway; More Handouts for Wall Street
Draghi and his ilk want unemployment to remain high in order to keep inflation low. As long as inflation stays low, Draghi can continue to provide cheap money to his crooked friends on Wall Street, which is the real objective. What this tells us is that Draghi's QE is not really "stimulus" at all, but a form of upward distribution concealed behind public relations sloganeering.
Thursday, March 10, 2016(1 comments)
A Warning From the B.I.S.: the Calm Before the Storm?
Profits are down and stocks are in trouble. Is it any wonder why the BIS is running around with its hair on fire? Also, corporate earnings have dropped for two straight quarters which is a sign that the economy is headed for a slump.
Monday, February 29, 2016(1 comments)
Wall Street's Savage Reckoning: Clouds Gather Over G-20 Summit
Now that monetary policy is kaput, fiscal stimulus is the only game in town. That's just the way it is. Either the finance ministers accept that fact and push for additional government spending on infrastructure programs and the like, or stocks and profits are going to face a savage reckoning. It's that simple.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016(3 comments)
Regime Change in Ankara? More Likely Than You Think
While Obama has (weakly) admonished Turkey for shelling Syrian territory, he has, at the same time, acknowledged Turkey's "right to defend itself," which is an expression the US reserves for Israel when it conducting one of its murderous rampages in the West Bank or Gaza Strip. Now, Obama has bestowed that same honor on Erdogan. This alone speaks volumes about the duplicity of Washington's approach.
Saturday, February 20, 2016(3 comments)
Could a Bomb Blast in Ankara Change the Outcome of the War in Syria?
Washington has adjusted its strategy to the new reality on the ground while Turkey and the Saudis are still grasping at straws thinking the war can be won. Russia is going to persist in its plan to close the border regardless of what Turkey does. At the same time, it has tried to signal to Turkey that if it goes ahead with its plan to invade Syria, there will be hell to pay.
Monday, February 15, 2016(3 comments)
Stocks Dive as Confidence in Fed Fades
The Central Banks have lost their touch which is why investors are cashing in and heading for the exits. This has nothing to do with the slowdown in China, bank troubles in Europe, capital flight in the emerging markets, droopy oil prices, or the deceleration in the global economy. Forget about that stuff. The real problem is that investors have lost confidence in the Fed. And for good reason.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016(9 comments)
Putin's Aleppo Gamble Pays Off
In less than five months, loyalist forces aided by heavy Russian air cover, have shifted the balance of power in Syria, forced thousands of terrorist insurgents to flee their strongholds in the west, cleared the way for the return of millions of refugees and displaced civilians, and sabotaged the malign plan to reshape the country so it better serves Washington's geopolitical interests.
Friday, February 5, 2016(7 comments)
Peace Talks "Paused" After Putin's Triumph in Aleppo
The hawks are still pushing for more intervention, greater US, EU, and NATO involvement, and American and allied "boots on the ground" to occupy the country for an undetermined amount of time. In contrast, the Obama administration wants to minimize its commitment while trying desperately to placate its critics.
Saturday, January 30, 2016(10 comments)
Western Media Ignores Putin's Progress in Syria
From the very beginning, Washington's sole aim has been to topple Syrian President Bashar al Assad so the oil fields and pipeline corridors could be secured by the western oil giants and protected by new US military bases sprinkled across the country. This is why Obama and Co are so eager to slow the Russian-led offensive by any means possible.
Thursday, January 28, 2016(7 comments)
Seven Years of Monetary Quackery; Can the Fed Admit it Was Wrong Yet?
By any rational measure, the economy is stuck in a long-term slump that shows no sign of relenting anytime soon. Bondholders seem to grasp that fact and have made a ton of dough betting on crappy growth and perennial stagnation, which are the logical corollaries of the Fed's goofy monetary policies.
Monday, January 25, 2016(2 comments)
Stock Buybacks and the Wall Street Sharktank: "A Whole Lotta Stealin' Goin' On"
Now, anything goes and the sky's the limit. Wall Street basically tells its lackey Congressmen what they want and, BAM, Congress changes the rules like that. That's basically how the system works. As a result, Big Business keeps piling on more and more debt, creating more and more instability, and paving the way for another agonizing financial crisis.
Sunday, January 24, 2016 Could This be "The Big One"?
Obama and the Republican-led Congress have done everything in their power to keep things just the way they are by slashing government spending to make sure the economy stays weak as possible, so inflation is suppressed, the Fed isn't forced to raise rates, and the cheap money continues to flow to Wall Street.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 The Fed's Role in the Stock Market Slide
Growing uncertainty coupled with flagging earnings reports have factored heavily in Wall Street's recent selloff. Unless the Fed is able to restore confidence by promising to take steps that support the markets, stocks are going to continue get hammered by economic data that's bound to deteriorate as 2016 drags on.
Friday, January 15, 2016(10 comments)
The Chart That Explains Everything
It's madness, and yet this is what Obama and the Congress have been doing for the last six years. They've kept their hands wrapped firmly around the economy's neck trying to make sure the patient stays in a permanent state of narcosis. That's the goal, to suffocate the economy in order to reward the thieving vipers on Wall Street. And Obama and the Congress are every bit as guilty as the Fed.
Saturday, January 9, 2016(7 comments)
Does North Korea Need Nukes to Deter US Aggression?
The leadership in Pyongyang knows who they're dealing with, which is why they've taken the hardline. They know the US doesn't respond to weakness, only strength. That's why they can't cave in on the nukes project. It's their only hope. Either the US stands down and makes concessions or the stalemate continues. Those are the only two possible outcomes.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016(5 comments)
Wall Street Kicks Off 2016 With a Faceplant
The Fed is going to keep repeating the same nonsense they've been saying for the last eight years, that everything is getting better and that prosperity is just around the corner. What a laugh. Meanwhile, the financial system continues to edge closer to its inevitable day of reckoning thanks in large part to the efforts of the Fed.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015(7 comments)
Putin's Progress in Syria Sends Kerry Scampering to the United Nations
The Obama administration sees the handwriting on the wall. They know that Russia is going to win the war, so they've settled on a plan for protecting their agents in the field. That's why the emphasis is on a ceasefire; it's because Kerry wants a "Timeout" so his Sunni militants can either regroup or retreat.
Friday, December 18, 2015(9 comments)
John Kerry's Moscow Lovefest
This has got to be the biggest foreign policy somersault in the last two decades and Kerry carried it off without a trace of shame, in fact, he never veered from his cheery script the entire trip. were the Russians taken in by Kerry's performance? Heck no, in fact, they acted exactly as one would expect them to act. They treated Kerry with the utmost respect, listened politely to everything he had to say.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015(20 comments)
Putin Throws Down the Gauntlet
If I am not mistaken, Kerry is in for a big surprise on Tuesday. He's about to learn that Putin takes war very seriously and is not going to let Washington sabotage his plans for success. If Kerry's smart, he'll pass along that message to Obama and tell him he needs to dial it down a notch if he wants to avoid a war with Russia.
Friday, December 11, 2015(3 comments)
The Saudi-Hosted "Opposition Talks" Fiasco
The media doesn't want the American people to know that the so called "moderate" militias their government is backing are actually homicidal maniacs who are determined to topple a secular government and replace it with an Islamic Caliphate. This whole fiasco about convening "talks" between opposition leaders is just a smokescreen to conceal the real objective which is regime change.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015(5 comments)
Destroying Syria to Create Sunnistan
The war on terror is a public relations fig leaf designed to conceal Washington's attempt to rule the world. It's impossible to make sense of goings-on around the globe without some grasp of how seemingly random acts of violence and terror fit within the broader and more comprehensive strategy to create a new unipolar world order, to crush all emerging rivals, and to extend US full-spectrum-dominance across the planet.