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Author and journalist. Finian Cunningham has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. He is a Master's graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in newspaper journalism. He is also a musician and songwriter. For nearly 20 years, he worked as an editor and writer in major news media organisations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent.
(2 comments) Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Trump's Soft Cop-Hard Cop Routine on Iran
The latest move by the US president appears to be a stark rebuke to his national security adviser John Bolton, who only last week threatened Tehran with "unrelenting force" over vague intelligence claims that Iran was about to attack American interests in the Middle East. Bolton had announced the dispatch of an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf in show of muscle-flexing towards Iran.
(3 comments) Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Who Really Gains from the Gulf Ship "Sabotage"
American criminal aggression is, incredibly, again being laundered with a moral license by lying corporate mass media which have the gall to call their blatant war propaganda a "news service." Indeed, the world is being lied into a potentially catastrophic war by a congenitally criminal US regime.
(4 comments) Saturday, March 30, 2019 Why There'll Be No US-Russia Reset Post-Mueller
The fundamental issue for Washington is that Russia is not a vassal for American imperialism. That's why there will be no reset. There will only be reset when American imperialism is replaced by a law-abiding, genuinely democratic US government. Until then, expect more US hostility, confrontation and even war towards Russia.
(3 comments) Friday, March 22, 2019 US-Germany Rift Set To Blow
Of all the countries in the European Union, it is Germany that's been mostly on the receiving end of Trump's wrath since he entered the White House. In two years, the bilateral relation between Washington and Berlin has plummeted under the weight of Trump's withering verbal attacks.
(3 comments) Saturday, March 16, 2019 Rubio's Gloating Betrays US Sabotage in Venezuela Power Blitz
The immediate reaction by Washington officials and the US-backed political opposition in Venezuela was to blame the Maduro government for the power disorder. The failure was flagged up as a sign of "incompetence" and "mismanagement" of the oil-rich country by the socialist administration.
(5 comments) Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Putin/Trump: A Tale of Two New Year Addresses
In his New Year speech, Trump was a demagogue on steroids who evidently had not the decorum to aspire for the greater good and peace. His speech was all "me, me, me" and more "me." Bragging, self-indulgent, militaristic, divisive and bitter. And to cap it all, barely articulate.
(6 comments) Sunday, December 30, 2018 Trump Ran Scared to Iraq, to Avert Coup Against Him
For nearly two years since his election, President Trump had not visited US troops in any active combat zone, unlike all his predecessors in the White House. His apparent indifference to overseas forces had engendered much consternation from political opponents and the media. In a recent editorial, the New York Times admonished: "Put Down the Golf Clubs, Visit the Troops."
Saturday, December 29, 2018 Trump comes clean...from world's policeman to thug running a global protection racket
A big bugbear for Trump is how he views US allies and client regimes as "not pulling their weight" in terms of military deployment. Trump has been browbeating European NATO members to cough up more on military budgets, and he has berated the Saudis and other Gulf Arab regimes to pay more for American interventions.
(12 comments) Friday, December 21, 2018 Why Trump's peace signal in Syria could see US clash with Russia in Ukraine
The stunned reaction from Democrat and Republican lawmakers, as well as NATO allies, who all deprecated the troop withdrawal plan, shows that Trump is acting impetuously, looking for a political bounce among his supporters, especially after his signature Mexican wall project hitting a funding dead-end in Congress.
(4 comments) Sunday, December 9, 2018 French Lessons
Capitalism is an irrational, anti-democratic system that always has a tendency towards oligarchy, militarism and fascism. When the economy is doing relatively well, then the system tolerates forms of "liberal democracy". But when the system is running on empty, then more extreme powers are exercised to control the restless masses.
(3 comments) Saturday, December 1, 2018 G20 Summit, Top Agenda Item: Bye-Bye American Empire
The days of American empire are over. Its capitalist vigor has dissipated decades ago. What the upheaval and rancor in relations between Washington and Beijing is all about is the American ruling class trying to recreate some fantasy of former vitality. Washington wants China to sacrifice its own development in order to somehow rejuvenate American society. It's not going to happen.
(2 comments) Saturday, November 24, 2018 Putin Used As Distraction in Shameful US Pardon of Saudi Arabia
Donald Trump shamefully whitewashed this week the Saudi regime in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But rather than dealing with the obvious fact that US foreign power is evidently dependent on Saudi despotism, Trump's critics tried to explain away that scandal by dragging Russia's Vladimir Putin into the frame. A classic case of denial through distraction.
(13 comments) Friday, November 23, 2018 Russophobia, It's Child's Play
British media this week ran reports claiming that a Russian-made cartoon for children was being stealthily used by the Kremlin to indoctrinate young minds. The Moscow-based producer of the cartoon said it was difficult to muster a serious comment, but with a touch of irony, thanked the British media for free advertising given to their show which will no doubt boost its worldwide following even more.
Saturday, November 17, 2018 US, Britain Push Yemen Ceasefire as Tactic to Defeat Houthis
American, British and French military support for the murderous operations in Yemen should have stopped months, even years ago, if official humanitarian concerns were genuine. The question is: why the sudden effort by Washington and London, as well as Paris, to call for a ceasefire and follow-on political talks?
(2 comments) Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Trump's Talk of Isolating Iran Speaks More to US Global Isolation
The American president is in danger of recklessly overplaying his hand. His truculent demands that the rest of the world join in US efforts to isolate Iran economically are likely to backfire badly. Both China and India -- Iran's biggest export markets for its oil industry -- have said they are not going to defer to Trump's sanctions.
(11 comments) Monday, August 6, 2018 Russiagate Cover for Real Scandal
Foreign interference in US politics -- in which often nefarious foreign interests are promoted over those of ordinary American citizens -- is conducted on a gargantuan and systematic scale. But this massively illegal interference in flagrant violation of US laws is stupendously ignored by the American media.
(4 comments) Sunday, July 15, 2018 Trump Defects to Russia?
Satire: Helsinki was always famed for its Cold War intrigues and secret exchanges between Americans and Soviets. But no-one imagined the 45th president of the United States handed himself over to the care of Mother Russia, renouncing American citizenship and seeking asylum. While Trump has gone into hiding somewhere in Russia, the US and its European allies are in uproar over the "sellout of the century."
(3 comments) Sunday, July 8, 2018 Trump, "Visionary Business Guru," Crashing the Global Economy
The uncharitable characterization of the 45th president seems more than amply substantiated this week as he launched a trade war with China and, further, spooked global oil markets over his belligerent showdown with Iran. Given the dire financial repercussions for the US and, more generally, the international economy from Trump's actions one wonders how he can ever claim to be such a business guru.
(4 comments) Friday, July 6, 2018 Poisoning Trump-Putin Summit
Political enemies of Trump in the US and in Britain have been rebuking the president for going ahead with his summit with Putin on July 16. Trump has been upbraided for "talking with a dictator," and all sorts of other unhinged smears against Russia.