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Greg Maybury is a Perth (Australia) based freelance writer. His main areas of interest are American history and politics in general, with a special focus on economic, national security, military and geopolitical affairs, and both US domestic and foreign policy issues.


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Image created from image crediting Saturday, August 12, 2017 (9 comments)     

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With Friends Like These (Who Needs Allies?) Australia, like many U.S. allies, are increasingly questioning America's bent for imposing its frequently self-serving strategic agenda on the international community. Along with probing why we might profit from re-assessing the presumed benefits of our own alliance, we'll also reveal some of the history of this complex -- and for the U.S. in the ongoing pursuit of its global goals, sure to be even more vital -- partnership.

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Another Splendid Little Coup...The Rise and Rise of the Regime Renovators (Part Two) Given the recent ructions over Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election, it's timely to revisit America's own track record for interfering in the affairs of other countries. Although numerous past examples abound, Iran especially is an instructive case study. This is especially so given that after Syria, it appears to be next on Uncle Sam's regime renovation dance card. Greg Maybury reports in a 2 parter.

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The Rise and Rise of the Regime Renovators (Another Splendid Little Coup) Part One Given the recent ructions over Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election, it's timely to revisit America's own track record for interfering in the affairs of other countries. Although numerous past examples abound, Iran especially is an instructive case study. This is especially so given that after Syria, it appears to be next on Uncle Sam's regime renovation dance card. Greg Maybury reports in a 2 parter.

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Of Treachery, Treason, Terror, Truth, and Liberty Forsaken (An American Tale) Along with showcasing one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. military history, Phil Nelson's new book -- Remember the Liberty: Almost Sunk by Treason on the High Seas -- presents an ideal opportunity to place into broader, more urgent relief, the history of America's increasingly contentious relationship with Israel in addition to probing the role of both nations in events unfolding in and across the Middle East.

Orwell's Reporter Lady Goldstein Saturday, March 18, 2017 (16 comments)     

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All the News that's Fit to Fake The brouhaha over fake news, alleged interference in U.S elections is further evidence the MSM is irretrievably beholden to the amorphous Deep State. That it was ever thus has been obvious for decades to all but the most deluded aficionados of liberty, democracy, privacy, freedom, and the rule of law. With this in mind, it's time to take a deep breath for an even deeper dive into the cesspool that is the collective press-pool.

Replace Insecure https://www.opednews.com/populum/uploadnic/choice-trump-usa-america-globe-presidency-1280322-jpg_95579_20170119-528.jpg Thursday, January 19, 2017 (13 comments)     

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From Truman to Trump (Extra War, Hold the Peace) Seventy years ago president Harry Truman signed the National Security Act into law, a decision even he came to regret. We could say the rest is history, except that it is decidedly not. With a new White House occupant in place, Aussie writer Greg Maybury explores herein why this isn't the case.

Replace Insecure https://www.opednews.com/populum/uploadnic/castro-oen2-jpg_95579_20161202-201.jpg Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (2 comments)     

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The Werewolves of Washington The death of Fidel Castro offers us an ideal opportunity to reflect not just on the profound geopolitical import of Cuban-American relations. In the process we also acquire a timely insight into how badly the Washington establishment gets it all so demonstrably and disastrously wrong. As we enter unmapped terrain in American foreign policy, Greg Maybury looks at that relationship, and what lessons might be learned.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Wednesday, November 23, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Of Privilege, Plunder and Immoral Reward The outcome of the 2016 election will have pundits looking to explain the rise to the Oval Office of the most improbable candidate in history for some time to come. But the root cause has little to do with Donald Trump: it's Neoliberalism. Greg Maybury asks: Is this the beginning of the end of the disruptive and destructive ideology that infuses this by now utterly discredited doctrine of privilege, plunder and immoral reward?

Israeli PM - Speaking before the US Congress - 1915 Friday, August 19, 2016 (21 comments)     

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A Clean Break from Israel (What America Needs Now) America's interminable meddling and interventions in the Middle East has wreaked havoc upon the region. Although the U.S. was the principal curator of the chaos, it seems gradually more people are recognizing it is the region's resident hegemon Israel that's been the real driver of the turmoil and violence that defines the region. Greg Maybury reports on what is arguably the most portentous geopolitical issue of our time.

George Bush and Tony Blair at Camp David Friday, July 29, 2016 (25 comments)     

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Chilcot's Can of Worms -- Autopsy of a Disaster The release of the Chilcot Report in the UK reopened the can of worms that was the Iraq War, providing us an opportunity for reconsidering the rationale behind the decision and why all those responsible should be held accountable, along with the significance of its findings for U.S. foreign and national security policy. Australian writer Greg Maybury reports.

Winston_Churchill_cph.3a49758.jpg: Winston Churchill cph.3a49758 Thursday, June 30, 2016 (21 comments)     

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From Such Great Games, Come Great Wars Amid Washington's ongoing animus towards Russia, two Scottish authors provide us an abject lesson in where such actions might lead us. As Greg Maybury sees it, the implications today of their revelations are as obvious as they are ominous.
Series: The Great War Series (1 Articles, 3912 views)

JFK American University Address - June 10, 1963 Sunday, June 12, 2016 (21 comments)     

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From the Security of the Slave to the Peace of the Grave Fifty-three years ago, a few months shy of his assassination in 1963, JFK delivered a speech at American University that may have been his most significant, for both America itself and the rest of the world, the substance and import of this address should resonate even more so now.

Hillary Clinton Friday, May 6, 2016 (85 comments)     

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Hillary Clinton's House of Cards With her recent spate of primary wins all but giving her bragging rights on the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton appears to be inching closer to the presidency. Yet Americans should think long and hard about her fitness for office. Australian writer Greg Maybury ponders her past, along with the implications and possible consequences of her election as America's next commander in chief.

President Barack Obama (by Richard Avedon) Tuesday, January 5, 2016 (5 comments)     

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The Last Best Hope -- Special Report After Barack Obama's hope-fuelled triumph in 2008, it was clear millions of Americans were looking forward to moving in a wholly new direction. As we near the final year of his tenure, and with these expectations in mind, now is as good a time as any to look at some of the factors likely to shape his legacy. To this end, Australian blogger Greg Maybury scrutinises a presidency that promised so much to so many.

James Jesus Angleton, CIA Counter-intelligence, 1953-1975 Monday, November 9, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Of Smoke 'n Mirrors (Lost in the Wilderness) -- Part Two For Americans inclined to reflect on such matters, it must be especially disturbing that the CIA--ostensibly established to protect and preserve their country's national security--has done more than any other entity to compromise that security, and devalue the international good-will and moral capital that America enjoyed at the end of WW2. In Part Two of this series, we again explore some of the reasons why.

Allen Dulles, Director, Central Intelligence 1953-61 (ID Card) Tuesday, October 27, 2015 (5 comments)     

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Of Smoke 'n Mirrors (Lost in the Wilderness) -- Part One For Americans inclined to reflect on such matters, it must be especially disquieting that the CIA--ostensibly established to protect and preserve their country's national security--has done more than any other entity to compromise that security, and devalue the international good-will and moral capital that America enjoyed at the end of World War Two. In this series, we explore some of the reasons why.
Series: Of Smoke 'n Mirrors (Lost in the Wilderness) (1 Articles, 912 views)

Emblem of the Azov Battalion - Ukraine neo-Nazi Group Monday, August 10, 2015 (6 comments)     

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The Putsch Pirates of the Potomac -- Part Two That the US inspired coup in Kiev 2014 was a reckless attempt to reignite the Cold War is clear to those who eschew the MSM for insights into the geopolitical realm. But as Greg Maybury reports in his first instalment of a 'two-parter', with 'blowback' brewing on all fronts, the US may have finally bitten off more than it's capable of chowing down on. Depending on one's view, this could be a good thing, or a bad thing!

"Vlad the Inflamer" - Vladimir Putin - Inflaming Ukraine, Challenging Obama Sunday, August 9, 2015 (9 comments)     

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The Putsch Pirates of the Potomac -- Part One That the US inspired coup in Kiev 2014 was a reckless attempt to reignite the Cold War is clear to those who eschew the MSM for insights into the geopolitical realm. But as Greg Maybury reports in this first instalment of a 'two-parter', with 'blowback' brewing on all fronts, the US may have finally bitten off more than it's capable of chowing down on. Depending on one's view, this could be a good thing, or a bad thing!

Bombs on Old Glory Thursday, July 16, 2015 (4 comments)     

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A Confederacy of Hegemons: The Project for the New American Caliphate - Part Three With the US mired in "Groundhog Day" military adventurism, in this final part of a 3-part series, Greg Maybury reflects on how the country arrived here and what insights might be gained by looking back in time. Oh, and who the real enemy might be. Depending on your viewpoint, a brave and/or foolish undertaking. But, he argues, over 25 years after the end of the Cold War, Uncle Sam needs all the help he can get.
Series: A Confederacy of Hegemons: The Project for the New American Caliphate (3 Articles, 4202 views)

Attack on the USS Liberty Monday, July 6, 2015 (6 comments)     

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Unshackling the Reality of Liberty A recent article by Ray McGovern highlighting once again the deliberate attack on the USS Liberty by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War against Egypt brings into sharp relief Israel's relationship with America, its influence on US politics and its own role in the geopolitical firmament. As Greg Maybury sees it, for these reasons and others, the Liberty tragedy needs to be kept on the radar.

EU and the Greek Economic Crisis Friday, July 3, 2015 (19 comments)     

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Beware of Bankers Bearing Gifts With the Greek debt crisis approaching a climax and the Eurozone at serious risk, along with other less publicised areas of the global economy showing signs of considerable financial stress, we may actually be getting much closer to another economic (near) extinction level event in the weeks and months ahead. As Greg Maybury reports though, it may be China that holds the key as to how this situation plays out for us all.

Stocks plunging Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (10 comments)     

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The Gangbanksters of Grab-it-All Street Ever wonder if we will have another financial crisis? Did any of the Daleks of Wall Street pay the price for their criminality? Has the top-heavy financial system been fixed? With the global economy still teetering and our self-serving financial institutions ever more powerful, unrepentant and criminally inclined, Greg Maybury looks back on what happened and why, what might have been, and what could be.

Dutch and Australian police at MH-17 crash site, 3 August 2014 Monday, May 25, 2015 (11 comments)     

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Propaganda v Impropaganda -- MH17, Brand 60 Minutes, and Shell-game Journalism The recent "60 Minutes" Australia report claiming to have solved the mystery of the MH-17 disaster and who was responsible has left many with doubts about their findings. It has also brought into sharp relief the manner in which of the mainstream media (MSM) has reported this tragedy from the outset, and its larger role in supporting official narratives without due diligence and accountability. Australian Greg Maybury reports.

Sacco and Vanzetti Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (3 comments)     

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Only in America - Episode Two: Anarchists Amok in The Era of Normalcy Although a tad trite, the gist embodied in the phrase 'only in America' is easily grasped even by those who aren't avid America watchers. Indeed the saying has become shorthand for conveying the ironies and anomalies that prevail in its historical narrative, and in its social, cultural, political and legal structures. In this the second piece in a series, "avid America watcher" Greg Maybury comes to grips with that "gist".
Series: Only in America (2 Articles, 1934 views)

Replace Insecure https://www.opednews.com/populum/uploadnic/australian-light-horseman-using-a-periscope-rifle--gallipoli-1915-jpg_95579_20150510-530.jpg Monday, May 18, 2015 (2 comments)     

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From Great Games, Come Great Wars We were all taught in school WWI was the result of aggressive German imperialism, and that Britain was reluctantly drawn into this conflict. Yet far from being a reluctant participant, it was a cabal of "Secret Elites" in England who conspired to bring the war about. Former history teacher Greg Maybury revisits the causes of this epoch defining event, in the process giving us the view from 'down under'.

WTC Attack Memorial Thursday, April 30, 2015 (3 comments)     

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A Confederacy of Hegemons: The Project for the New American Caliphate -- Part Two With the US mired in "Groundhog Day" military adventurism, in this 3-part series, Greg Maybury reflects on how the country arrived here and what insights might be gained by looking back in time. Oh, and who the real enemy might be. Depending on one's view, a brave and/or foolish undertaking. But, he argues, around 25 years after the Fall of the Wall marking the end of the Cold War, Uncle Sam needs all the help he can get.
Series: A Confederacy of Hegemons: The Project for the New American Caliphate (3 Articles, 4202 views)

Replace Insecure https://www.opednews.com/populum/uploadnic/scopes-pic-bdr-png_95579_20150423-203.png Thursday, April 30, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Only in America - Episode One: The Monkey Trial and the Human Error Although a tad trite, the gist embodied in the phrase 'only in America' is easily grasped even by those who aren't avid America watchers. Indeed the saying has become shorthand for conveying the ironies and anomalies that prevail in its historical narrative, and in its social, cultural, political and legal structures. In this the first piece in a series, "avid America watcher" Greg Maybury comes to grips with that "gist".
Series: Only in America (2 Articles, 1934 views)

God Bless America American Flag with M4 Rifle & Dollar sign Wednesday, April 15, 2015 (4 comments)     

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A Confederacy of Hegemons: The Project for the New American Caliphate -- Part One With the US mired in "Groundhog Day" military adventurism, in this 3-part series, Greg Maybury reflects on how the country arrived here and what insights might be gained by looking back in time. Oh, and who the real enemy might be. Depending on your viewpoint, a brave and/or foolish undertaking. But, he argues, around 25 years after the Fall of the Wall marking the end of the Cold War, Uncle Sam needs all the help he can get.
Series: A Confederacy of Hegemons: The Project for the New American Caliphate (3 Articles, 4202 views)

The Eye of Providence (Conspiracy Theory) Friday, April 10, 2015 (7 comments)     

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Once Upon a Paranoid Time (In America): Part Three -- Tilting at the Windmills of Empire For too long the domain of the 'time-rich' whack job, in an age of growing paranoia and suspicion, along with government, corporate and institutional secrecy, it's perhaps time to 'rebuild the brand' of the much-maligned "conspiracy theory". In this final part of a 3 parter, Greg Maybury again dons his Comalco hat, pulls the blinds, and embarks on what might be a quixotic quest. Yet desperate times call for desperate measures.
Series: Once Upon a Paranoid Time (In America) (2 Articles, 2345 views)

No CIA Thursday, April 9, 2015     

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Malice in Blunderland The conviction of former CIA case officer Jeffrey Sterling for allegedly leaking details of a failed CIA operation and effective 'amnesty' for former CIA chief David Petraeus for giving classified material to his lover/biographer tells much about the political mindset in America, not to mention what's wrong with the U.S. justice system. As Greg Maybury reports, none of this is a good look for the world's greatest democracy.

I Own Secrecy Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (1 comments)     

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In the Shrouded Empire - Secrecy, Surveillance, and Subterfuge With democratic values such as free speech, the rule of law, privacy, press freedom and civil liberties now 'old school' -- all increasingly displaced by secrecy, surveillance, and subversion of the erstwhile Republic's operating manual the US Constitution -- the future looks bleak for The Homeland. In this article Australian Greg Maybury ponders if America on the road to the Rubicon may have already crossed a bridge too far.

Encyclopaedia of Conspiracy Theories Thursday, February 19, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Once Upon a Paranoid Time (In America) - Part Two: None Dare Call it Coincidence For too long it's been the domain of the 'time-rich' whack job, in an age of growing paranoia and suspicion, along with government and institutional secrecy; it is perhaps time to 'rebuild the brand' of the much-maligned "conspiracy theory". In this second part of a 3 parter, Greg Maybury again dons his Comalco hat, pulls the blinds, and embarks on what might be a quixotic quest. Paranoid times call for desperate measures.

Conspiracy Saturday, February 7, 2015 (8 comments)     

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Once Upon a Paranoid Time (In America): Part One - We're All Conspiracy Theorists Now For too long the domain of the 'time-rich' whack job, in an age of paranoia and suspicion, along with that of government & institutional secrecy, it's perhaps time to 'rebuild the brand' of the much-maligned "conspiracy theory". In this first part of a 3 parter, Greg Maybury pulls the blinds, dons his Comalco hat and embarks on what might be a quixotic quest. But he argues, paranoid times call for desperate measures.
Series: Once Upon a Paranoid Time (In America) (2 Articles, 2345 views)

MH17 RIP - Dedicated to the victims of flight MH17 and their loved ones Wednesday, January 7, 2015 (9 comments)     

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Special Report - The Empire Cries Wolf Redux: Pipeline Politics, the Tragedy of MH17, and Geo-strategic Agenda Bending Along with the unresolved disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, the downing of the same airline's flight MH17 over the Ukraine was no less a tragedy, albeit of a different kind. Australian writer Greg Maybury looks back at this shocking event, remembers the victims and their families, reflects on the geopolitical fallout, and considers the global implications going into 2015.

LBJ - Treason Sunday, December 7, 2014 (4 comments)     

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The King of the World - Mr Johnson Goes to Washington (Part Two) With the recent release of Phillip Nelson's latest book, the mystery of the JFK assassination may be getting closer and closer to resolution. In this two part series Greg Maybury takes a closer look at the man who succeeded JFK, and the possibility the real conspiracy theorists all this time are the ones still clinging to the official narrative.
Series: The King of the World - Mr Johnson Goes to Washington (2 Articles, 5143 views)

Replace Insecure https://www.opednews.com/populum/uploadnic/lbj---jfk-jpeg_95579_20141126-62.jpeg Friday, December 5, 2014 (5 comments)     

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The King of the World - Mr Johnson Goes to Washington (Part One) With the recent release of Phillip Nelson's latest book, the mystery of the JFK assassination may be getting closer and closer to resolution. In this two part series Greg Maybury takes a closer look at the man who succeeded JFK, and the possibility the real conspiracy theorists all this time are the ones still clinging to the official narrative.
Series: The King of the World - Mr Johnson Goes to Washington (2 Articles, 5143 views)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 (6 comments)     

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Uncle Sam be Damned in 'Nam: No Country for Noble Causes - Part Two With the present global turmoil ensuing from America's endless foreign policy machinations, it's timely to ransack history in anticipation of a two upcoming anniversaries -- neither of which is likely to be loudly celebrated, at least outside the Pentagon or the neo-con network. In the second of a two-part series, Australian Greg Maybury reflects on Uncle Sam's foray into Vietnam, and the implications for the here and now.
Series: Uncle Sam be Damned in ‘Nam – No Country for Noble Causes (2 Articles, 2357 views)

pillars of democracy Sunday, November 2, 2014 (2 comments)     

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From Fourth Estate to Fifth Column Australian writer Greg Maybury ponders the role of the mainstream media (MSM), its incestuous relationship with political, financial and business power elites and the national security state, what that means for our egalitarian society and democratic freedoms, and why we need to become more alert and knowledgeable in order to better protect them.

Napalm.jpg: Napalm Sunday, November 2, 2014 (2 comments)     

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Uncle Sam be Damned in 'Nam: No Country for Noble Causes - Part One With the present global turmoil ensuing from America's endless foreign policy machinations, it's timely to ransack history in anticipation of a two upcoming anniversaries -- neither of which is likely to be loudly celebrated, at least outside the Pentagon or the neo-con network. In this the first of a two-part series, Australian Greg Maybury reflects on Uncle Sam's foray into Vietnam, and the implications for the here and now.
Series: Uncle Sam be Damned in ‘Nam – No Country for Noble Causes (2 Articles, 2357 views)

The view from down under. Monday, October 13, 2014 (1 comments)     

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Delirium in the Imperium - The Doctrine of The Big Enchilada America's relentless, reckless global hegemonic ambitions continue to undermine security, peace and stability across and between nations and regions. Without a wholesale reassessment and realignment of the driving forces behind these ambitions, we can expect the geopolitical order to experience prolonged, unprecedented periods of chaos, conflict and confrontation that may well prove earth shattering.

Bush and Obama - A Little too Close for Comfort for Some Saturday, October 11, 2014 (33 comments)     

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The Judas Goat President - Audacity, Hope, Change and the Status Quo After the hard slog of the Bush years, the elevation of Barack Obama to the US presidency brought new hope and optimism to Americans and non-Americans alike. But after one and a half terms, the reality seems to be sinking in that for all the change promised by Obama's campaign, it's the 'same old, same old', writes Australian Greg Maybury.