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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.
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."
Sunday, July 8, 2018(3 comments)
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.
Friday, July 6, 2018(4 comments)
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.
America... Its Own Worst Enemy
There is a vicious cycle at work. That cycle can only be broken by a thorough democratization of the economy and by American citizens waking up from propaganda myths about the supposed virtues of US militarism and the supposed evil of foreign enemies.
Saturday, May 26, 2018(1 comments)
Trump Sells Peace Like a Dodgy Dealer
Ripping up accords is a specialty of the US rulers from the time that Native Americans were driven off their lands into oblivion. Washington's credibility or integrity has never been too reliable. But now under Trump's "dealership," the American vehicle has no wheels, no brakes, no warranty, faulty airbags, and is liable to run over a cliff edge.
Thursday, May 17, 2018(2 comments)
US Embassy Baptized With Blood
Under Trump, Washington is now blatantly complicit in the illegal annexation of Palestinian territory by Israel. The role of the US in sponsoring Israeli violations was always present, albeit deceptively disguised with claims of being a mediator and "honest broker" between Palestinians and Israelis.
Monday, April 30, 2018(2 comments)
Damascus -- the Sarajevo of 21st Century?
In Syria today, we have American, French and British forces operating on the ground and in the air. A US aircraft-carrier battle group has now arrived in the Mediterranean within striking distance from Syria. All of these NATO forces, including Turkey, it should be said, are illegally threatening Syria.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018(1 comments)
Macron's Dangerous Trump Bromance
What the encounter between Trump and Macron shows this week is that the French president is nothing more than a lapdog. He may have been regaled with pomp and ceremony, and with florid rhetoric about representing "America's oldest ally." But in practice, all the show of two strong leaders standing side-by-side is corny public imaging.
Saturday, April 21, 2018(4 comments)
Trump Ready to Nix Nikki?
Trump is wary that Haley's grandstanding at the UN is more about advancing her political reputation among the Republican party, with a view to launching a run for the presidency in 2020. There is even talk of Haley teaming up with the current vice president Mike Pence for the presidential ticket. Trump is none too pleased with the conjecture about Haley striving to become the first female president.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Trump Gives Thumbs-Up to Korea Peace Moves... So Far
Trump says he welcomes North Korea's offer of engaging in talks for "denuclearization" -- that is, to dismantle its nuclear weapons program. But North Korea will want proper exchange for such a momentous move. A full peace treaty over the Korean War is one such reasonable demand.
France's Macron shamelessly peddling war opportunities over Syria
Macron has previously said that not implementing "red lines on chemical weapons" is a sign of "weakness" which he will certainly not balk at. Given his categorical claim about chemical weapons being used by the Assad forces, that can only mean one outcome -- military action.
Britain's Toxic Agenda for Russian Media
Britain seems to be using the latest debacle as a way to further damage European relations with Russia, demanding that Germany and France show "solidarity" by condemning Moscow. This could be related to European energy geopolitics in which London and Washington have a shared interest in sabotaging the soon-to-be-completed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Europe.
Sunday, March 11, 2018(15 comments)
Russian Spy Poison Attack: Is Nord Stream 2 the Bigger Target?
The campaign to undermine the Russian-EU gas partnership has come with renewed impetus -- as seen in the delegation last week to Washington by the Polish and Baltic government ministers. Of course, they are pushing at an open door. American state interests are wedded to the objective of knocking out Russia as Europe's gas supplier.
Saturday, March 10, 2018(17 comments)
Who Gains From Poisoning a Russian Exile in Britain?
The relentless Russophobia serves to condition the British public to be receptive towards more anti-Russian hostility. As we can see this week with the reckless innuendo against Moscow regarding the apparent poisoning of Sergei Skripal.
Given their inveterate anti-Russian agenda, the British authorities have much more vested interest in seeing Skripal poisoned than the Kremlin ever would.
Monday, February 26, 2018(5 comments)
Western Lies about Lies over Syria's East Ghouta
Western media will never tell the full story of how past US administrations in league with their NATO allies, Israel and other regional client regimes were plotting for years to destroy Syria as part of a wider war plan to control the oil-rich Middle East. It is precisely because of Western governments intervening in Syria for regime change that has resulted in the present devastation and suffering of the country.
Sunday, February 18, 2018(13 comments)
The US is Executing a Global War Plan
American imperialism trying to assert hegemony over the international order for the benefit of US capitalism. Three unfolding war scenarios are seen in Syria, North Korea and Ukraine. These are not disparate, disassociated conflicts. They are inter-related expressions of the American war plans. War plans which involve the moving of strategic military power into position.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018(2 comments)
Russophobia a futile bid to conceal US, European demise
The endless, criminal wars that the US and its European NATO allies have been waging across the planet over the past two decades is one cogent reason why the public has lost faith in grandiose official claims about respecting democracy and international law.
Sunday, February 11, 2018(2 comments)
What's really behind America's objections to Trump's military parade
The real reason why Trump's plan for a military parade is causing such discomfort among the political class is this: they know the spectacle will only serve to illustrate starkly to the American public and the rest of the world that the United States is a rogue military regime.
Thursday, February 8, 2018(27 comments)
Washington's "crackpot" nuclear posture endangers the world to an alarming degree
The latest US Nuclear Posture Review presents an alarming deterioration in global security. In stark contrast to the Pentagon's claims of "raising the threshold" for nuclear war, the latest policy formulation entails a reckless lowering of that threshold. The risk of annihilation and the grotesque waste of human resources could easily be solved, if only Washington would engage in peaceful diplomacy with the rest of the world.
Sunday, February 4, 2018(3 comments)
Washington's Ominous Credibility Implosion
For over a year, the provocative and reckless accusations of Russian interference in American democracy, and additionally in European democracy, have run and run without relent. Even though those accusations have no legs of credibility. Just this past week, as noted, the head of US intelligence solemnly reiterated those claims and is warning of more Russian meddling.
Sunday, January 28, 2018(2 comments)
Europe Standing Up to Trump at Davos?
The corporate and political oligarchs assembled at Davos have much more in common with Trump than what purportedly divides them. Any difference is more to do with rhetorical style, rather than substance. Trump is just more boorish in his manner, while the other elites are more adept at concealing their oligarchic affiliations with palatable rhetoric.
Thursday, January 25, 2018(1 comments)
Europe's pandering to Trump risks killing Iran nuclear deal
Trump is motivated by an irrational Iranophobia and obsequious kowtowing to the Israeli government. He wants to throttle the JCPOA signed by his predecessor Obama regardless of international legal obligations. Trump's boorish business practice of bullying other parties is evidently working on softening up the Europeans towards his demands.
Monday, January 22, 2018(3 comments)
US needs to kick Cold War habit and end its addiction to militarism
The Cold War mindset dominating Washington is the inevitable expression of the US' destructive addiction to militarism. More than a quarter century after the official end of the Cold War between the US and the former Soviet Union, Washington has the cheek to label both Russia and China as "revisionist powers."
Monday, January 15, 2018(6 comments)
Because Mr Trump...Your Country Caused These "Shitholes"
The global indignation over Trump's foul denigration continues to mount days after he uttered it. The African Union representing 55 nations has demanded an apology from the president. He is now trying to walk back his incendiary comments in a blatant attempt to lie, which is only fueling more anger.
Friday, January 12, 2018(7 comments)
Danger Lurks from Washington Torpedoing Korea Talks
Trump gave himself credit for his tough rhetoric and policy of "maximum pressure" bringing North Korea to the negotiating table this week. However, another way of looking at it is that North Korea feels ready to talk with adversaries because it has achieved as of late last year the nuclear capability to strike the US. Kim Jong-un declared the capability to hit the American mainland in this New Year address.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018(4 comments)
"Mentally Unfit" Trump Signals Palace Coup Option
Trump's Cabinet may be, for now, defending the president in the wake of Wolff's muckraking book. But if there is any truth to the claims, then one can anticipate that the knives will be drawn at an opportune moment. Unlike the Russia-gate tactic, the attack on Trump's mental state may well have substance upon which to build a case for his defenestration.
Sunday, January 7, 2018(1 comments)
Iran "Ground Zero" for US Regime Change
The recent turmoil in Iran seemed to follow a well-worn US formula for regime change, including political statements of condemnation; biased media coverage to undermine the legitimacy of the target government; and the apparent hijacking of peaceful protests by violent provocateurs. Such a formula has been used by Washington and its allies in dozens of countries over the decades, including more recently in Syria.
Friday, December 29, 2017(52 comments)
Putin Foresaw Death of US Global Power
Looking at the necrotic state of US politics and society -- the venal, political infighting and corruption, the lack of respect for its own laws, and the lack of respect for its people's sovereignty and office of the president -- there can be little doubt that the once ambitious superpower is dying a slow death from diseased practices that have turned inward.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
EU Militarizes Africa to Halt Migration
Fighting terrorism is now morphing into clamping down on human migration, as far as the European Union is concerned. Such an approach will only worsen humanitarian problems for millions of displaced war-torn and impoverished people. In typical arrogant imperialist fashion, the EU is not addressing root causes of the problem -- its own role in shattering African societies from illegal wars and predatory economics.
Friday, December 15, 2017(1 comments)
Kushner and Saudi Crown Prince...the Wunderkinds Wreak Havoc
Kushner wants the achievement of pulling off the "deal of the century" and to go down as the "greatest diplomat in modern history." The Middle East region is roused to the brink of war and sectarian conflict -- all at the behest of two wunderkinds and a president who seems to think that pursuing peace and justice is the same as flogging a piece of real estate.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Brexit Underscores Case for a United Ireland
As Britain stumbles towards its eventual departure from the EU scheduled for March 2019, the historic break raises special problems for Ireland. Northern Ireland, which is under British jurisdiction, will be obliged to follow the Brexit path of quitting the EU, while the Republic of Ireland will of course remain an EU member. That potentially creates the unique scenario of an EU border being imposed on the island.
Saturday, November 25, 2017(5 comments)
Ex-British PM Gordon Brown: My Life, My Excuses over Iraq War
Gordon Brown, the former British prime minister who took over from Tony Blair in 2007, made headlines earlier this month when he claimed that Britain had been hoodwinked by the Americans about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and thus duped into joining the war on that country.
Monday, November 20, 2017(6 comments)
France's Macron Covers for Saudi Aggression
Lebanon's prime minister Saad Hariri was detained by Saudi Arabia and forced to tender his resignation from public office as a matter of ultimatum. Hariri is a Saudi-sponsored Sunni politician who is antagonistic to Hezbollah and by extension, Iran. But apparently, he was not sufficiently hostile, in the view of his Saudi backers. He was summoned to Riyadh and ordered to resign on November 4.
Sunday, November 19, 2017(11 comments)
Is a military coup against Trump in the cards?
What Trump's opponents within the political and military-security establishment are really aiming at is to find some pretext for undermining his office, and ultimately to challenge his presidential authority on the grounds that he is unfit. The public call this week for the US military to disobey Trump's orders is a shot across his bow that a coup is not unthinkable.
Saturday, November 11, 2017(2 comments)
Why Saudi Purge Signals War Footing
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the architect behind the Saudi slaughter in Yemen, is positioning himself with total power in order to pursue his obsession of confronting Iran. That's like pushing an open door when it comes to forming an anti-Iran front with Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and the Trump administration.
Thursday, November 9, 2017(10 comments)
Trump Pushes War with Iran
The Trump administration has been coordinating its hostile rhetoric towards Iran for several months now, along with Saudi Arabia and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu. All three allies have been using virtually the same talking-points, making hollow accusations against Iran of sponsoring terrorism and destabilizing the Middle East region.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017(2 comments)
US Mideast Axis Reels As Russian-Backed Forces Power Ahead
Russia and its allies in Iran, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq are powering ahead to forge a region that will serve first and foremost the interests of its peoples, rather than serving the foreign elite interests of Washington and its client regimes.
Thursday, October 26, 2017(5 comments)
America's War Addiction
American military spending consumes over half of the annual $1.1 trillion discretionary budget. That allocation represents about 10 times what the US federal government spends on either education or healthcare out of its annual discretionary budget.
Monday, October 23, 2017(1 comments)
Enter the Dragon, Exit the Turkey (Formerly American Eagle)
The emphasis from the Chinese leader is on global cooperation and multilateralism. In short, a peaceful and prosperous world.
Contrast that to Trump's tirade before the UN General Assembly last month when he rhetorically swaggered and threatened nations with "total destruction."
Saturday, October 21, 2017(1 comments)
America's Scramble for Africa
Americans want to have military firepower in place across Africa in the event of a sharp confrontation with China. China is seen as the global rival to failing US economic power. If relations turn really nasty -- as they could over any number of issues, from North Korea to territorial disputes in the South China Sea -- the US wants to have military ways to cut China off in Africa.
Sunday, October 15, 2017(2 comments)
Trump's Media Furore... US Democracy On Thin Ice
Just because the US government does not like unflattering coverage does not legitimize its opprobrium of "fake news." The latter charge is brazenly being used as a pretext to censor discomfiting information. This is an audacious attack on American democratic rights of free media and freedom of speech, as supposedly enshrined in the US Constitution's First Amendment.
Sunday, October 1, 2017(2 comments)
Germany and Russia's Bond of War & Peace
Death, disease, destitution and mass starvation scarred both nations. More than any other country, Russia and Germany know the full horror and suffering of war. Therefore, it is incumbent on both to do everything to ensure that such violence should never be repeated. American unilateralism is pushing the world towards more conflict.
Friday, September 22, 2017(9 comments)
Barbarism and Shame: Why the US Refuses a Korea Peace Treaty
For reasons of political self-preservation, Washington must live in denial of historical reality. US leaders out of necessity have to construct an alternative, fictional narrative for their nation's conduct. Because if historical reality were acknowledged, the rulers in Washington, and the whole edifice of presumed American greatness, would implode from the endemic moral corruption.
Saturday, September 9, 2017(10 comments)
An Isolated Tyrannical Regime -- Not Pyongyang, It's Washington
Trump has declared that he will not give notice of any military action. That puts the situation on a hair-trigger. What is North Korea to think when the US and its South Korean ally are carrying out massive war drills off the Korean Peninsula premised on a decapitation strike against Kim Jong-un?
Saturday, September 2, 2017(4 comments)
Korea Crisis Exposes Orwellian West
In spite of the heinous shame of its unique criminality, American leaders continually reserve the right to threaten other nations with nuclear annihilation. The oft-repeated phrase "all options on the table" is the Orwellian language used by the US to refer to its self-ordained prerogative to use nuclear weapons, codified in its "first-strike doctrine."
Tuesday, August 29, 2017(23 comments)
Trump's transgender ban and the Pentagon's politically correct absurdity
At a time when Trump is under fire for sympathies with the racist and bigoted, it seems strange that he should give opponents another cause for condemnation, namely banning transgenders in the military, especially since the numbers show the matter to be a very marginal one. The number of transgender people in the US military is around 1,300. Out of a total of 1.3 million US forces that amounts to a minority of 0.1 percent.
Trump Relishes Annihilation Like a Hors D'Oeuvre
Russia and China have a crucial role to play in order to make the US come to its senses and scale back from a catastrophic war. But given the American hubris and self-righteousness to wage criminal wars, and given the twittery state of mind of its Commander-in-Chief, the task of making the US behave like a normal law-abiding nation is foreboding.
Friday, July 21, 2017(6 comments)
White House Admits Defeat in Syria
President Trump's announcement this week to end the CIA's covert arming of militants in Syria is an admission of defeat. The US has lost its six-year war for regime change in the Arab country. It's time to wrap it up. It's not over yet, of course. It remains to be seen if Trump's decision can in fact be implemented.
Sunday, July 9, 2017(5 comments)
Trump, Putin Up Against US Deep State
Trump is up against very powerful deep forces within the US establishment who do not want a normalization with Russia. The US Deep State depends on confrontation, war and endless militarism for its existence. The US Deep State is not about humanity or understanding. It is about maintaining perceived dominance over other humans, where anyone seen to be an obstacle is disposed of in the most ruthless way.
Saturday, July 8, 2017(6 comments)
Multipolar World Arrives: Russia, China Face Down US Bully
Reacting to North Korea's breakthrough ballistic missile launch, Washington deployed its typical conceit, casually threatening to carry out a retaliatory military strike. Trump said he was considering severe options over Pyongyang's very, very dangerous behavior. But Russia and China's stance this time to the Americans had significantly stiffened.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Britain's Gambling Tories Now Risk Irish Peace
Like a crazed gambler who bet the house -- and lost -- Theresa May's Conservative (Tory) government is now doubling down to risk peace in Ireland so that she might cling on to power. May is gambling with peace in Ireland to recoup her disastrous losses.
Sunday, June 11, 2017(5 comments)
Corbyn's Labour Triumph Despite UK Election Defeat
Against all the odds, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn scored a landmark victory of sorts in the British general election. Under his leadership, he has brought the party back as a major political force with future momentum. Labour under Corbyn has soared with the voters. He has ignited a new political energy across Britain, especially among younger voters, to give socialist ideals a renaissance.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Erdogan's War of Words Inciting Terror in Europe
Erdogan's chilling warnings against European citizens are grossly insensitive. Apart from the carnage in London, on the very day that he issued his grim forecast of violence, the date was also the first anniversary of the terror attacks in Brussels when more than 30 people were killed by suicide bombers in the Belgian capital on March 22 last year.
Saturday, March 25, 2017(86 comments)
Russophobia -- Symptom of US Implosion
The election of Trump is a symptom of failure and widespread disillusionment among voters towards the two-party train wreck of Republicans and Democrats. That is why the specter of Russian interference in the US political system had to be conjured up, by necessity, as a way of explaining the abject failure and the ensuing popular revolt.
Thursday, March 16, 2017(1 comments)
Erdogan and EU Go Off Rails -- a Plague on Both Their Houses
Erdogan is fast turning Turkey into a one-party state ruled with an iron fist. In a referendum to be held next month, on April 16, his ruling party is pushing for a constitutional change to give greater powers to the presidency. It is part of a drift towards Erdogan assuming dictatorial powers. So for the staunch Islamist and autocratic Erdogan to label the EU as fascist is like the pot calling the kettle black.
Monday, February 27, 2017
Trump's "obsolete NATO" means Europe paying for US militarism
President Trump delivered a barnstorming jingoistic speech to CPAC in which he declared he would oversee the "biggest military build-up in American history. No-one is ever going to mess with us," he announced to chest-thumping cheers from the audience of "USA! USA!"
Trump also gave notice he was prepared to launch a new global nuclear arms race. He vowed the US must always be "top of the pack" in having nuclear supremacy.