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Eric writes for Al-Ahram Weekly and PressTV. He specializes in Russian and Eurasian affairs. His "Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games", "From Postmodernism to Postsecularism: Re-emerging Islamic Civilization" and "Canada Israel Nexus" are available at www.claritypress.com/

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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 27, 2009
Timelines 2000-2010: US, Europe, Latin America, Africa&Asia Summary of important dates worldwide, region by region, with a final summary
US leaving Iraq, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 2, 2014
ISIS and the Taliban: Writing on the wall for Afghanistan ISIS leader al-Baghdadi is Bin Laden's real heir, and Afghanistan's fate is now clear.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 27, 2009
Timeline 2000-2010: Middle East A brief summary of the decade just passed, with an emphasis on 9/11 and the middle east.
Sand launching 'How I Stopped Being a Jew', From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 30, 2016
Renouncing Jewishness: Shlomo Sand and Gilad Atzmon Israel as a Jewish state is an anachronism, an embarrassment in the postmodern age. A reminder of the horrors of Nazism, but not as the Zionist crafters of the "holocaust industry", or "holocaust religion", would have it.
Art Gulien - Tab Hunter, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 28, 2019
Tab Hunter: American culture's hat trick Tab survived the poison of Hollywood long enough to leave his mark and then have a real life afterwards, despite his 'secret'. And that's the way he wanted it.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 7, 2009
Euro crisis: Prison of nations The financial meltdown is likely to lead to the breakdown of the euro-zone and possibly the EU itself in its present form.
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 21, 2018
America 2018: postmodern 'Germany 1933' Imagine waking up to the shock, the excitement of the new Germany in 1933, when Hitler became chancellor. An earthshaking moment, promising a new Germany, for Germans. Overnight, the new flag is raised everywhere, children don uniforms, fascist supporters face off against the communists and social democrats. When Trump sailed to victory in November 2017, there was a similar sense of a new US...
Deconstructing modern imperialism, From InText
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 28, 2019
Review of Max Blumenthal's The Management of Savagery (2019): 'AQ is on our side' Blumenthal's message is crystal clear: US-Israel policy from 1979 on has been to create and support Muslim terrorism, even as it claims to be fight terrorism. It used them in Afghanistan to undermine the Soviet Union, and has used them ever since to secure control of world politics. Create the problem, and provide the solution.
US embassy in Tehran, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 4, 2015
The 'Espionage Den': American ghosts in Tehran The real story behind "Argo"
Meet the new boss - same as the old boss, From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Review: Kuzmarov, Obama's Unending Wars: Fronting the foreign policy of the permanent warfare state In Obama's Unending Wars, Kuzmarov has brought together many telling proofs, nuggets, of just how horrible the world is, and just how responsible the US and its henchmen around the world are. A kind of who-does-it.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 31, 2019
From Vietnam to Afghanistan: Myra Breckinridge to the rescue As Afghanistan enters its last dreadful lap, much like Vietnam circa 1970, I have been looking back to what fiction from those 'golden days' had to say, when students were alive with antiwar politics and sexual revolution, the empire at its peak of power and savagery. The parallels are bleak, and very, very enlightening.
Ahmadinejad meets Saudi King, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 22, 2012
From OIC to NAM: Iran's peace offensive Iran defies Western critics with its peaceful policies, both with its neighbours Afghanistan and Pakistan, and in its outreach to Sunni Arabs. It looks like it's paying off.
Canadian chiefs pow wow, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 30, 2015
Canadian legend Chapter III: 'Making up for 10 long, lost years' Trudeau has two major pledges to address colonial issues: a new pact with Canada's First Nations, and a 'smart policy' on terrorism
Reagan and mujahideen 1983, From ImagesAttr
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 14, 2013
The logic of 9/11: US-Saudi-Pakistani connections PNAC published a "grand strategy" in 2000 hinting at a "new Pearl Harbor". 9/11 happened as if on cue the next year, suggesting to many not so much a "grand strategy' as a 'grand conspiracy'. So who 'did' 9/11?
Whose 'mission accomplished'?, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 4, 2014
Islamic State in Iraq and Syria: Bin Laden won Whose 'mission' was 'accomplished' by the US invasion of Iraq?
Indendiary balloons from Gaza, From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 7, 2019
Timeline 2010-2019: Middle East 2010 *Hamas, elected the governing authority of the Gaza Strip in 2007, remains in power, the Palestinian Authority refusing to hold (and lose) elections. Gaza now an open-air prison, cut off with only Israel allowing legal contact with the outside world. Gazans produce arms from smuggled supplies and build homemade rockets. *BDS campaign targeting Israel picks up steam as Israel panics...
Church of the Savior on Blood. Saint-Petersburg. degrees degreesdegrees degrees ., From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Putin and Russia, the world's 'heartland' Today's standoff between the Russian bear and the American eagle is yet another epic struggle in Russia's history, at the heart of Eurasia--the world's "heartland". It had a narrow brush with complete collapse in 1985--98 under Gorbachev/ Yeltsin, a weak, indecisive leadership, a metaphorical reenactment of Boris Godunov seizing the throne in the 16th century. 1985--98 was a repetition of the legendary Time of Troubles
Canada's first IS casualty, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 25, 2015
US-Yemen: Stalingrad begins The world's bastion of peace is packing up its bombs and tanks in a humiliating retreat from the desert of Yemen. How could this be?
From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 3, 2009
NATO vs CSTO: The Fog of War ‘Regional' defence organisations are very much in transition
Big Brother embraces itself, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 19, 2019
Orwell: Neocon icon How do you explain the fact that the John Birch Society used 1984 as its main office telephone number in the 1960s? Or that both 'Animal Farm' and '1984' are force-fed to virtually the entire western world in people's formative years, even as Big Brother jacks up repression and surveillance, and pursues ever more cruel and senseless wars? A look at Orwell's weaknesses reveals how Big Brother got the last laugh.
King Salaman, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 31, 2015
Saudi elephants Saudi duplicity is backfiring royally. The architect of Abdullah's worst foreign policies Tuwaijri is gone, but does Abdullah's successor Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud have the guts to face Saudi Arabia's many nightmares?
Asmaa was shot in the back by US bullets, From ImagesAttr
(32 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 26, 2015
Beheading the Dragon When will the US get it? The Middle East is in revolutionary upheaval, and has been for a century now. Just as the Russian revolution of 1917 was the logical conclusion of upheavals against imperialism in yesteryear, so Islamic revolutions are the logical consequence of imperialism today.
US leaving Iraq, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 16, 2012
Russia in the Middle East: Return of a superpower? The US "withdrawal" from Iraq last year and the planned "withdrawal" from Afghanistan in 2014 cannot help but change the face of Central Asia and the Middle East. But how does Russia fit in?
Memoir of a world watcher, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 6, 2020
Review: Diana Johnstone, Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher (2020) Circle in the Darkness is one of the great personal accounts of the anguished decline of our uncivilization, both a riveting eye-witness account of many of the horrors and perfidies, and a primer for students of history and all those struggling to not only dismantle the beast, but to prepare us for what follows it. Read it and weep. And smile at the follies. And shout 'Yes!' as light bulbs flash in your mind.
Israel's ancestors are many, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 2, 2017
Israel as a Russian-Soviet invention Rabkin delves deep into the Russian Yiddish roots of Israel and brings together many startling facts that suggest there was a much better option for Palestine and the Jews, one that was scuttled by secular Jewish fanatics inspired by their experiences before and after the Russian revolution.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 1, 2010
US-Russian START Treaty: A Comprehensive Flicker Two floundering presidents grabbed at a chance to show some results. No one will be happy, as always with compromises
no comment, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 17, 2014
Alberta oilsands projects: Canada’s Hiroshima Neil Young's "Honour the Treaties" tour to fight global warming is just the tip of the protest 'iceberg'
Kall at work, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Review Rob Kall's Book, The Bottom-Up Revolution: Mastering the emerging world of connectivity (2019) Of course, it is the top, the 1%, who shape us and any technological advances which are deemed profitable, and thus incorporated into the economy. And interactions in the economy are in the first place top-down, until, that is, there is some kind of revolution which empowers the bottom. Bottom-up is democratic and should be our model. Are we living through such a revolution?
Cold War star, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 1, 2019
Whittaker Chambers or Alger Hiss: Who's the real traitor? Though #1 on the New York Times' bestseller list for 13 weeks in 1952, despite being hailed as "one of the dozen or so indispensable books of the century" (George Will), Witness quickly disappeared from our collective consciousness. We remember its most famous victim, Alger Hiss, as a nice guy who was mercilessly hounded, the prelude to the McCarthy purges of the 1950s, a gruesome stain on US history.
Shafia sisters and stepmother, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 2, 2012
Canada's 'honour killings': Where is the sense of honour? As Canada continues to pour troops and money into American wars and intrigues in the Muslim world, the media focuses on so-called honour killings
A look inside ISIS, From ImagesAttr
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 1, 2017
Book Review: "The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State" Wood's book is worth reading, giving the reader a window into the people behind ISIS. None of them are monsters, but all of them a challenge to both Muslims and non-Muslims to better understand Islam and Islamic history.
Axis of Resistance, by Tim Anderson, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 17, 2020
Review: Tim Anderson, Axis of Resistance: Towards an Independent Middle East Anderson's Axis of Resistance takes on the leftist position of 'a plague on all your houses'. Yassin Al-Haj Saleh, 'the intellectual voice of the Syrian revolution' (for westerners), presents a bleak portrait of "three monsters treading on Syria's corpse": (1) the Assad regime and its allies, (2) DAESH/ISIS and the other jihadists, and (3) the West. This is the general view from outside the Syrian cauldron, but leads nowhere.
Shawnee chief Tecumseh, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 9, 2017
Canada: Metis Civilization or Canada Syndrome? Justice Thomas Berger wrote in 1966: "They began by taking the Indians' land without any surrender and without their consent. Then they herded the Indian people onto reserves. This was nothing more nor less than Apartheid, and that is what it still is today."
Marine Le Pen - next French president?, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 13, 2016
Trump: A people's 'new world order' taking shape? Trump's final ad, a 2-minute masterpiece of populist rhetoric infuriated the ADL for hinting the obvious: the forces of international finance that have their own agenda for the US, behind our backs, and whose agent is/was Hillary Clinton. He depicted a "global power structure" that is "bleeding America dry" with horrible trade deals that enrich elites and open the gates to mass immigration.
Neofascists at Ukrainian coup's forefront, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Russian history exposes media lies Russia is not the country to fear
President Moncef Marzouki, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tunisia's red-green renaissance Tunisia shows the way forward with its new socialist president and Islamist PM
Awlaki, Bin Ladens, Baghdadi, Soleimani - next?, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 26, 2020
US strategy in Middle East: create martyrs, weaken Taliban & Iran, help IS Oh, for those peaceful 1990s! Saddam is already a footnote and al-qaeda and the Taliban have been eclipsed in the muslim world by the Islamic State, which miraculously expanded over the Levant, and is still hanging on there by a thread. Kept that way by US-Israel.
Canada's Gay Loonie, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 5, 2019
The end of gay liberation Gay is everywhere. Canada's new loonie celebrates 50 years of official gaydom. All the celebratory marches ignore the stark truth that the height of gaylib was long ago, 1978. The next 40 years has been a slow motion hangover, the homosexualization of America. Who better to turn to for assessing the state of the union than Edmund White, author of The Joy of Gay Sex (1977).
Mohamed Bouazizi, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 3, 2014
Tunisia: Squaring the 'Islamic democracy' circle The self-immolation of a 26-year-old Tunisian fruit vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, in December 2010, was the spark that set off the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Do events there since prove or disprove those who see the Arab Spring as an important turning point in the Middle East?
History of World through Muslim Eyes, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 10, 2019
Review: Tamim Ansari, Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes (2009) Those of us lucky/unlucky enough to live in the West see the rest of the world revolving around us, like Europe's 17th-century sun, which, of course, orbited around the earth. Galileo tried a counterfactual: what if I were standing on that blazing sun? Well, the rest-is-history. Maybe we aren't the centre of the world. What if I were born and learned history as a Muslim?
Protecting the world, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 2, 2014
BC Land claim ruling: Canada's Keystone Cop stumbles The landmark decision on First Nation land rights puts Harper's vision of Canada in peril.
Mark Twain's alliance with Grover Cleveland, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 2, 2015
Iraq: A surreal consensus on withdrawal New words like 'offshore balancing' just hide the same tired imperialist tricks. The only meaningful word that is ignored is "OUT!"
More revealing that Slaughterhouse-five, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot: Afghanistan is FUBAR "The Taleban Shuffle", the name of the book the film is based on, was discarded, along with any critical content, for "Whisky, Tango Foxtrot", a military euphemism for 'what the f*ck'. Frighteningly apt for the "forgotten war". Another slang term that fits is FUBAR (fucked up beyond all recognition/ repair), which is accurate not only for the film, but, as I realized, squirming through the film, for the whole US effort in Afg
Theseus slays the Monitaur, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 16, 2015
Greece: Breaking out of the Euro prison The success has sent shock-waves across the EU
Greeks protest austerity plans, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Greece in flames: Cassandra strikes again Despite months of cries of "Doom" if it follows a policy of inducing recession to solve its economic problems, the Greek government went ahead, with all too predictable results
Go Putin!, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 9, 2012
Russia's White Revolution All the meticulous plotting to avoid Ukraine's Orange Revolution resulted in -- Russia's very own coloured one. But Russia is not Ukraine, and Putin seems determined to make this comeback a worthy one
Commemorating WWII fascist Bandera, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 30, 2017
Russia in Ukraine: enemy or friend? Kiev should be careful in its game of trying to starve the rebels into submission. Russians as a people have never backed down when faced with a hostile enemy.
'Mission Accomplished', From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 20, 2016
Iran "28 Mordad" and the Great Game 2.0 The 1953 coup in Iran, known as "28 Mordad", was a key move in what I refer to as the "Great Game 2": the imperialist powers united in a Cold War against socialism and third world liberation, which went into high gear following World War Two.
Liberating Berlin photo by (Jewish) Soviet Yevgeny Khaldei, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 31, 2020
Israel-Palestine: It's time for Russia to step up to the plate Russia is playing a mediating, balancing role, as opposed to the US, Israel and Turkey, all pursuing their own warlike agendas. It looks now as if the Assad regime will survive and Syria will be able to rebuild (China is ready and willing), despite Turkey, Israel and the US. The next step is bringing some semblance of peace to Palestine. Why not a Putin- Netanyahu- Abbas 'deal of the century'?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 24, 2011
Nuclear vs Oil: The devil we know As oil prices soar and countries think twice about expanding nuclear power, we should be careful about where to point the finger
Egypt's new grey eminence president, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 5, 2013
Egypt's revolution betrayed: Fuel for al-Qaeda fires The coup in Egypt is similar to the experience of both Turkey in the 1960s--1980s and Algeria in the 1990s, and will inevitably lead to further disintegration and violence
Trump and Montenegrin PM Dusko Markovic at NATO summit, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 23, 2017
NATO - Balkan paper tiger Part II NATO is really irrelevant, despite its shiny headquarters in Brussels and its 29 members (and still counting). It is the EU that holds the promise of western materialism and freedom to live and work abroad, and that will continue to shape the Balkans, replacing its rich history and culture with a Euro stamp.
Rename Columbus Day, From ImagesAttr
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Columbus or Native American Day? The writing is on the wall for Columbus Day. In the latest move to rid the calendar of its day of infamy, in April, the Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day.
GO trains take bikes, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Lake Ontario by bike: Waterfront Trail Okay, a bit of Lake Ontario -- the fabulous Waterfront Trail from Oshawa to Toronto, 60km, almost all in sight of the lake. The panorama, the air. Such a relief from Toronto. And no 'ribbons of death' to contend with. The deadly 401 a safe distance, buried behind lots of trees.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 9, 2020
Leaving the EU was the right move for the wrong reasons Let's be clear: the EU was not set up to promote a friendly big socialist community, a Soviet-lite. The European Coal and Steel Community was set up in 1950 with the intent of promoting European integration, approved by Truman as a Cold War anti-domino measure.
Putin's Puppet, From FlickrPhotos
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Trump, Russiagate and the deep state So what accounts for the US hysteria? Could it have anything to do with the US deep state? Trump's hopes to deal honestly with Russia to solve the world's problems? His vow to bring the troops home from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria? For Americans tired of warmongering, arguably the real reason for Trump's astounding victory in 2016?
16th c Persian miniature, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Islamic law: Playing God in the here and now Review of "Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Sharia Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World" by Sadakat Kadri
NATO headquarters, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 19, 2017
NATO - Balkan paper tiger Part I It was with a sigh of relief that the 28 European member heads of state welcomed the abrasive American leader in May 2017 for the dedication of the new HQ. Trump came, but took the opportunity to lecture his NATO allies for not spending enough for collective defence, and declined to endorse Article 5 of the alliance's founding treaty, which states that an attack on any member is an attack on all. Subtext: Enough of pulling.
Popular Front nostalgia, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 26, 2011
Russian politics: Nostalgia or a new political direction? As Russia gears up for its election season this winter, Putin's Popular Front and Rogozin's nationalist front are playing an old Soviet melody and even borrowing a tune from revolutionaries in Cairo
Mikmaq blockade protesting fracking, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 20, 2013
Canadian natives resist: 'What the frack?' The struggle for Canadian sovereignty took on new meaning with the latest native protests.
'Trump-Hitler' gets 11.4m hits on Google, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 8, 2016
Trump's Syria plan: 'Let Russia do it' It is precisely because Trump is not a Nazi (and hence easy game for the mainstream) that the US imperial elite are so incensed by him and his sudden, immense popularity.
Suez '56, Iraq 2003 ... next stop Syria, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 15, 2012
Canada-Syria: White dominions, brown colonies Canada has offered to help invade Syria on the pretext of chemical weapons. The real worry of the US/Israel now is that whatever chemical weapons there are will fall into the hands of al-Nusrah Front/ al-Qaeda. As a 'white dominion', Canada is the model for Israel; hence, Canada's affinity for Israeli policies.
Peterson's controversial bestseller, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Critiquing PCness: Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life We need a shared belief system as a code for mutually predictable relations, expectations, desires allowing for cooperation, peaceful competition. We need a clear value system because both perception and action require a goal. For this to work, we need to take responsibility to strive for goals consistent with reality. Hey, this is Islam or Christianity!
Egypt's new grey eminence president, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The economics of Egypt’s coup Egypt is forming an economic dependence on funds from Saudi Arabia and the UAE that spells economic disaster for the vast majority of ordinary Egyptians who will be left paying the price.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Russia, Azerbaijan/Armenia: All Roads Lead to the Caucasus Georgia is eager for another war, but there are other fires there which refuse to die -- Russia's battles with terrorism and separatists and Azerbaijan's bleeding wound in ethnic Armenian Nagorno Karabakh
CIA gift to Siberia, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 20, 2019
US-Canada and Venezuela's Bay of Pigs The Guri computer system which broke down was bought from ABB Canada, a subsidiary of ABB Switzerland and Sweden, in 2005, to interface with an existing centralized control system that was installed by SNC Lavalin. (yes, the SNC Lavalin)
Couture-Rouleau & Zehaf-Bibeau, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 1, 2014
Canada: Harpers' chickens come home to roost Thanks to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's extremism--total subservience to the US and Israel Middle East agenda--Canada now has a thriving Muslim-based extremism.
Does this look like Nazi propaganda?, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 1, 2019
Animal Farm, 1984, Darkness at Noon: Death Knells of Communism? Orwell and Koestler's classics, Animal Farm (1945) and 1984 (1949) vs Darkness at Noon (1940), all of them written in the heat of WWII, couldn't be more different. Orwell's colourful, if gloomy, social parables, were both successfully adapted more than once for the screen. Darkness at Noon never attracted any film offers. However, it is the first notable work equating Hitler and Stalin as totalitarian dictators
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 9, 2017
Syrian Attack: Trump's Cuban Missile Moment Historical parallels abound here. Just as Putin was understandably supportive of Trump's campaign for the presidency, Soviet Russia in its time very much wanted to be friends with Hitler, the ultimate 'pact made in hell'. A good idea given the times; the problem was that Hitler had other priorities
The Last Helicopter Out The last helicopter to leave Vietnam ferried the Marine guards at the US Embassy in Saigon to safety., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 1, 2020
New Years 2020 fireworks: Iraq US embassy occupation The US blames the Iraq police and army for not preventing the demonstrators from entering the Green Zone, as if it is US territory. The image of survivors of the bombings bearing coffins of some of the 25 martyrs with them shows a different story. US actions only unite the Iraqis in opposition to them.
Terrance Nelson, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Canada's Muslim problem: Who's demonizing who? The return of Omar Khadr from Guantanamo, Canadian Islamophobia, and a trip by a native leader to Iran make Harper's human rights award an embarrassment
Can I go home?, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 17, 2012
Human rights: the people vs the UN Even as the US government is re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Committee Against Torture hears a complaint against Bush.
Iron Curtain, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 13, 2013
Review of Applebaum's "Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956" (2012) The period following WWII in eastern Europe is considered to be a black one, best forgotten. Applebaum inadvertently brings it to life.
Oil stained beaches in Pensacola, Florida, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 12, 2019
Timeline 2010-2019: United States&Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa&Asia 2011 *Osama bin Laden killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan by US Navy SEALs, his body supposedly dumped at sea. *Occupy Wall Street against top 1% electrifies nation, finding common cause with protests and uprisings in Arab world and Europe, a fitting 10th anniversary of 9/11...
Shepherds and angel, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 24, 2018
Trump's gift to Syria: Peace on Earth, good will toward men Finally Trump is doing something he promised on the campaign trail: "Russia wants to get rid of ISIS. We want to get rid of ISIS. Maybe let Russia do it. Let them get rid of ISIS. What the hell do we care?" The 'deep state' was listening in 2016, and prepared their cold-war arsenal, Russiagate ...
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 1, 2008
Wag the Dog Was an independent Ossetia inevitable after Kosovo or is it an US election ruse gone wrong? Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a gritty, straight-talking 30-minute interview with CNN this week in Russian. It was not translated or reported on widely in the US media, which is a shame. He charged that US military personnel were in South Ossetia during the attack...
Trump vs the world, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 2, 2018
Trump's Grand Strategy from Quebec to Singapore How to explain the welter of contradictions in US politics these days? *Trump's enthusiasm for peace with Russia vs his acceptance of Cold War II with Russia, launched even as Trump declared victory in 2016. *Trump's virtually declaration of war against the mouse, Canada, next door, with his cutting insult to Justin Trudeau as weak and dishonest, as he left the summit early and refused to endorse its free trade plea...
LOVE, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 3, 2020
Love in time of covid-19 I'm struck by the fact that all our pandemics, in fact all pandemics are courtesy of 'civilization'. Time for a rethink. Covid-19 inadvertently shows us the way
After facial reconstruction, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Review: Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals a strange book--a racy title, documenting the way six jihadis turned to al-Qaeda and its spin-offs in desperation to find some kind of fulfillment in life.
Lemmings commit harikari too with boom-bust cycles, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 30, 2018
Banker hegemony: Pax Lemmus So are the banksters all right after all? Nope. All there is to show after 400 years is a kind of Pax Hamstera, or better, Pax Lemmus. The horrors of the 19th-20th centuries, now going off the horror chart in the 21st century. We run faster and faster, inventing and marketing ever new gadgets...
King Hussein, Reagan, Mubarak, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 23, 2011
Egypt's revolution and the US: Mubarak's fatal error The fall of Egypt 's leader and his political party is because he learned the wrong lessons from his patrons. Will Americans learn something from Egyptians?
with family members in Sweden 1971, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 6, 2011
Obit: Osama bin Laden (1957--2011) Highlights of bin Laden's life
Little Armenia snatched its tribal enclave from Azerbaijan, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 7, 2016
War & Peace Part I: Armenia & Israel What keeps pesky Armenia, flouting international law, wedged between hostile Turkey, tiny Georgia and Iran, going? The parallels between Armenia and Israel, Armenians and Jews, are remarkable, and provide answers.
We Are Not Charlie Hebdo, From ImagesAttr
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Review: Kevin Barrett (ed.), We Are Not Charlie Hebdo: Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11 (2015) Kevin Barrett has become a legend in the US as a fearless journalist who cuts to the quick, his political and analytic skills leading to provocative, truthful explanations of our mostly inexplicable reality. He has written several books dealing with 9/11, and is currently an editor at Veterans Today, and pundit at Press TV, Russia Today, al-Etejah and other international channels. His website is TruthJihad.com. He builds on a
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
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Interview: Trump - 'the wise fool' As long as there is empire, there will be insurgencies and terrorist acts--including in the West. That was Donald Trump's point when he told Americans Obama and Clinton "founded ISIS." Sadly, he was dismissed as a buffoon. But Trump is a classic example of the "wise fool".
Obama endorses legal theft (by Eric Walberg), From ImagesAttr
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Why did US seize Iran's $2 Billion? A US decree was issued to seize $2 billion in assets belonging to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), holding Iran financially responsible for the 1983 bombing that killed 241 Marines at their barracks in the Lebanese capital, Beirut. It clearly is part of a tactic of goading Iran, pushing it in an attempt to bring Iran to heel. Either that or to undermine the deal.
Be careful what you wish for, From ImagesAttr
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Review: McKinney, 'How the US Creates "Sh*thole" Countries' Bravo to Cynthia McKinney, former US Congresswoman and Green Party nominee for president, for taking this offhand remark by Trump and running with it. The Forward is by Senator Mike Gravel, an unsung hero of American democracy,
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 19, 2018
ISIS, Hamas and Zionism: Enemies or allies? Just as the US washed its hands of al-qaeda when they stopped following the US script, when Hamas showed itself as an effective resistance movement and a competent governing party, Israel switched to persecuting it, tacitly defending the Palestinian Authority. Things were catching up to Israel. It had its wayward Hamas and now a terrifying, if not particularly competent, more extremist Islamist group on its doorstep.
Barbra Streisand, From ImagesAttr
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BDS update: BDS unites East and West Unlike many celebrities and humanitarians who are critical of Israel and support the BDS movement, Barbra Streisand remains a steadfast supporter of Israel and even performs for the IDF.
Grossman's memoirs of the other Germany, From InText
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Grossman's A Socialist Defector: Back in the GDR - you don't know how lucky you are Grossman swam the Danube one night and after wandering for hours, finally found an Austrian guard and asked to see the Soviet commandant. He joked with the Russian guard about Pushkin and Doestoevsky, the only Russian words he knew. He was accepted and sent to Bautzen, a hill-top town in eastern Saxony on the river Spree, complete with castle and magnificent Lutheran-Catholic cathedral.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 10, 2009
US-Russia-Afghanistan: Triangulation or strangulation? Obama is boxed into several corners at the same time: an Afghan, an Afghan-Russian and an Afghan-Iranian one.
The Triangle, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 30, 2011
Turkey redraws Sykes-Picot A new Bermuda Triangle has been spotted, but this one is in the eastern Mediterranean -- between Turkey, Cyprus and Israel, observes Eric Walberg
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Egypt: Peering into the revolution's crystal ball Comparisons between Egypt's revolution and others during the past abound and are instructive. They suggest two scenarios for the post-revolutionary period
Asmaa was shot in the back by US bullets, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 16, 2015
Harper's Robin Hood fantasy Much as I mourn the unnecessary deaths of Canadian soldiers Richelieu and Doiron last week, I am angered not by Iraqis, who are doing whatever they do to drive the unwelcome guests out of their country. It is Harper, seeing a political fillip in the making that is the cause of their deaths.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Afghanistan: NATO, SCO or PATO? Conferences and suggestions about what to do in Afghanistan are chock-a-block, but the reality speaks for itself.
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul: from cathedral (537) to mosque (1453) to museum (1935), From ImagesAttr
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The Rise of Islamo-Christian Civilization We are told we live in a Judeo-Christian civilization, that the West has a Judeo-Christian heritage, a concept useful to a largely Christian empire where Jews play a powerful role, but one that is rejected by serious scholars, both Christian and Jewish. Talmudic scholar Jacob Neusner says "there is no such thing as the Judeo-Christian tradition. It's a secular myth."
Israeli dream Middle East, From ImagesAttr
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Turkey vs ISIS: Where's the New Caliphate Now? Part II Israel has been noncommittal about Syria since the uprising in 2011, not joining the western chorus for Assad's head. Israeli indifference to the outcome can be explained easily enough.
'David' with no hands takes on Goliath, From ImagesAttr
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The 'Hook' and Awlaki: a tale of two imams A comparison of the fates of two imams -- one killed by a drone, the other the subject of a show trial now in New York. Their fates are a chilling indictment of US 'justice'.
Putin picks up Gorbachev's torch, From ImagesAttr
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Glasnost 1988: Historic Moment for Iran and Russia Iran played no part in the US-backed 'jihad' in Afghanistan in the 1980s that brought the collapse of the Soviet Union. Iranian leaders knew that nothing good would come from working in alliance with America.
Putin told Harper to stop threatening other countries, From ImagesAttr
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Canada-Iran: Canada's diplomatic disaster Tehran is officially non grata in Ottawa now. Is Canada Israel's canary in the mine?
What happened on December 28, 1986?, From InText
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Review: Weingarten, One Day: The extraordinary story of an ordinary 24 hours in America You can't help but love all his characters (okay, a couple murderers excepted). And be overwhelmed by the feeling of a huge (too huge) nation wildly careering into a dystopic future, full of half-digested bits of flotsam washed up on the shores of what was once the world's last pristine continent, and is now " Read it and laugh and cry.
Eastern Europe, From ImagesAttr
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Review Aftershock: A Journey into Eastern Europe's Broken Dreams Feffer is one of the new breed of journalist-historians, postmodern in his goal of seeing history through the eyes of those living it. His inspiration is surely the Belarusian Svetlana Alexievich, awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time". Her equally epic Second-hand Time follows Russians and other (ex)soviets from the 1980s to the 2010s.
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Picking up the Cold War pieces: Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan Dual US-Somali citizen Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo became Somalia's president in February 2017, approved by the US, refugees are returning from the US, Canada and Europe, and remittances from them buttress the economy. Just to make sure Farmajo knows who's really in charge, Trump ordered an air strike on suspected militant bases in April 2017, near the Bab el-Mandeb strait chokepoint separating Yemen from Eritrea.
Caliph Harun al-Rashid (766--809), From ImagesAttr
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Turkey vs ISIS: Where Is the New Caliphate Now? One of the latest suspected Islamic State (ISIS) attacks was in the heart of Istanbul against foreign tourists. If true, ISIS broke its devil's pact with the Turkish government as a sort-of ally, undermining Erdogan's rationale to let the Islamic State carry out attacks as long as they target Kurds. Pacts with the devil usually go wrong and this appears to be one that did.
Walberg surveys Islamic resistance movements, From ImagesAttr
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Kayhan interview: 9/11 Whodunnit? In a 2008 World Public Opinion poll, about half the world believe the official version of al-Qaeda carrying out the 9/11 attacks, a quarter don't know, and a quarter believe it was a conspiracy by some combination of the US, Israel and other Arabs. What is the evidence to date?
President Morsi - victim of social media, From Uploaded
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Egyptian president - casualty of social media The Muslim Brotherhood benefited from a revolution largely facilitated by social media, which was able to catalyze widespread anger with Hosni Mubarak in January 2011, and gave the Egyptian army the chance to dismiss a dictator who was despised by all. Once the logjam was broken, transparent elections catapulted the MB to power.
Egytian President Mohamed Morsi, From ImagesAttr
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Egypt's Morsi: Biting the bullet At last Egyptian politics is moving. President Mohamed Morsi is slowly building on his summer 'coup', when he stared down Egypt's generals and put his men in the top army and defence positions, following terrorist attacks in Sinai which the army, so old and bumbling, so involved in Egyptian internal politics, failed to prevent.
From Dunkirk (2017) British troops were betrayed by craven politicians, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 10, 2018
History lesson: From Dunkirk to Berlin In the 1930s the perceived threat was the "specter of communism" haunting Europe. Today the perceived threat is the "specter of Islam," now reduced to Iran, as the only anti-imperialist Muslim state. Terrorism then was seen to be communism, though the Soviet Union was peaceful.
Storm betrayed his friend, From ImagesAttr
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Book Review: Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA As IS continues to confound the West with its Salafist-inspired 'caliphate', the Danish mole responsible for leading the CIA to Anwar Awlaki has caused a scandal by publishing his memoirs of life "inside al Qaeda and the CIA".
Quantitative Easing for the masses!, From ImagesAttr
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Basic Income: Helicopter money GAI (guaranteed annual income, also BIG -- basic income guarantee) has been quietly mooted by both left and right since the 1960s. Economist Milton Friedman called it (approvingly) "helicopter money". What could be easier to administer, to end the most obvious source of social injustice?
Arian Azarbar kept his cool, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 17, 2014
Diplomacy Canadian Style Canadian Prime Minister Harper has presided over a litany of humiliating and criminal diplomatic moves, culminating in the protection of an accused Israeli assassin.
Belen Fernandez sound bullets, From InText
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Review: Belen Fernandez, Exile: Rejecting America and Finding the World Fernandez's second book could be called The imperial messenger: Thomas Friedman at work Part II, or This is Not a Travel Book. The subject of her first book delightfully keeps popping up at conferences, interviewing American puppets, his spirit haunting her from the New York Times opeds exhorting Africans to tend their gardens, saluting Colombian ex-president Uribe.
An eager young yeshiva student in Jerusalem, From ImagesAttr
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White Tears from Israel In a Brandeis survey of Jewish students: One-quarter of undergraduate respondents describe hostility toward Israel on campus by their peers as a "fairly" or "very" big problem and nearly 15% perceive this same level of hostility toward Jews. The study reaches the no-brainer conclusion: Connection to Israel is the strongest predictor of perceiving a hostile environment toward Israel and Jews on campus.
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Morsi's legacy: unlikely democrat, reluctant martyr The MB, like Iran's Islamic order, doesn't fit into western secular thinking. The Muslim Brotherhood supported the mujahideen in Afghanistan. But they are not the Taliban, they never supported al-Qaeda. They are more in line with Turkey's Islamists. Or Iran's Islamists.
Fighting freedom of speech, From ImagesAttr
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Iran's legacy: 'Ayatollah Khomeini is alive' Ayatollah Khomein died 26 years ago, but his legacy continues to grow, much to the distaste of the JDL and others
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Song/videos of the Egyptian Revolution Two song/videos have captured the hearts of Egyptians and are a way for us to join in the bitter-sweet euphoria of their magical moment in history. Here are the video links and translations.
Americans fleeing Saigon 1975, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 1, 2011
Afghanistan: Victory in defeat There are many parallels between Vietnam and Afghanistan. The recent American mayors' resolution to "bring our war $$ home" and Obama's announcement that troops are now being withdrawn are fresh reminders, but the story they tell is grim
Making friends with Revolutionary Guards, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 19, 2012
Canada-Iran: Looking for real democracy One Canadian leader looks for allies to develop our resources responsibly, while another looks for enemies where there are none. A trip to Iran has Canadian media and politicians up in arms.
NATO kiss of death, From ImagesAttr
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Mind control and Cyberwarfare: 'The Russians Are Coming!' The media campaign attacking Russia is in high gear these days. Russia is accused of cyberwarfare, leaking poor Hillary's emails, and now, of a slick disinformation campaign to undermine poor NATO, our bastion of peace. But is it possible the Russians are actually the 'good guys' here?
American Indians: Stereotypes and Realities, From ImagesAttr
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Reviews of Mihesua, Sheehi, Boyle Book reviews: Devon Mihesua, American Indians: Stereotypes and Realities; Stephen Sheehi, Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims; Francis Boyle, The Palestinian Right of Return Under International Law
Our Afghan Dr Strangelove - Great Game chessmaster, From InText
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The Donald's bedtime storybook: First stop, Venezuela, next stop Iran The attempted coup in Venezuela looks like it might be the brainchild of Zalmay Khalilzad, now back in the American jihad driver's seat. ZKh's counterinsurgency thoughts in The Envoy about Iran fit the bill.
George Soros, From ImagesAttr
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Ivory Coast and Bretton Woods: Soros's spectre A man, a plan -- a new Ivory Coast. A look at the rationale behind the Western intervention
Inner oasis, From ImagesAttr
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My Yakoubian Cairo I stumbled into Cairo after Tashkent, where I had stumbled across Islam, courtesy of dictator Islam Karimov, who -- despite his name -- persecuted brave Muslims mercilessly ...
The obstacle to peace is clear as day, From ImagesAttr
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Reviews of Petras & Hammond: US Delusion of Empire - Obstacle to Peace It is time to assess the legacy that President Obama bequeaths us. These two timely books contribute to this, Hammond focusing on the "special relationship", Petras, more broadly on US imperialism.
Prime Minister Erdogan, From ImagesAttr
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Turkey and the Middle East: Carpe diem Recent initiatives by its government attest to Turkey's determination to bring a new realism to world politics, and events in the Arab world provide an opportunity to reshape regional relations, notes Eric Walberg in Istanbul
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 4, 2009
WEF Forum: Requiem for an Overweight The World Economic Forum's programme was startling different this year: whether to nationalize banks and whether to introduce a global banking regulator were the burning issues. How times change.
Armenias marvel at Israeli chutzpah, From ImagesAttr
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War and Peace Part II: Azerbaijan and Palestine Both Armenia and Israel insist history bequeathed them the lands they seized, and their tragic 'holocausts' justify their violation of international law to ensure their safety. Both countries have lived this occupier lifestyle on a war footing ever since, and yet prosper even as their nemeses wallow in poverty and suffering. How do they do it?
Fontaine thanks CIJA for trip to Israel, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 28, 2013
Natives and Israel: Manipulating genocide Why is Canada's most powerful Zionist organization CIJA inviting Natives to Israel and acting as their mouthpiece to expose their past abuse by the government?
Neofascists at Ukrainian coup's forefront, From ImagesAttr
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Ukraine & Egypt: A tale of two coups US plans for Egypt and Ukraine are falling apart and Russia is scrambling to pick up the pieces.
Asmaa was shot in the back by US bullets, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 23, 2013
Egypt's 'color coup' A new tactic has been added to the US democracy promotion arsenal, where "color revolutions' are too difficult, and "postmodern coups' fail.
Delegates O'Keefe, Escobar, Olivier, From ImagesAttr
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New Horizon Conference: Meeting of minds in Tehran The 2nd conference "New Horizon: the International Conference of Independent Thinkers" was held in Tehran, September 29--October 1 2014, including over 30 journalists, writers and academics from around the world presenting papers and arguing issues of world geopolitics, with a focus on the Middle East.
Asmaa was shot in the back by US bullets, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 10, 2013
Re-assessing Political Islam: Part I An analysis of the major 20th c Islamist thinker-activists in light of the Islamist government and secularist coup in Egypt
Hojaji - Iranian beheaded in Syria, From ImagesAttr
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Fighting imperialism from Damascus to Tehran Now Israel faces increasing world condemnation for its crimes against Palestinians in their peaceful Great March of Return, a revived Assad in Syria, a strong Hezbollah, fresh from its election victory in Lebanon, and a battle-ready Iran.
Double trouble, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 15, 2011
Russia united -- for the time being (Part II) Russia's parliamentary elections have sparked a political crisis, surprising everyone, from President Putin (excuse me, Medvedev) down, including the demonstrators themselves.
Pacific by Alex Colville (1967), From ImagesAttr
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Killer Drugs: Sleep through your Waking Life Ricci's latest novel, Sleep, inspired by his own sleep disorder, is really more a fun text book on the latest brain research and the blind use of powerful drugs to alter--and possibly restructure (who knows?)--the brain. It's like a 'don't smoke' ad that's actually informative and hilarious, with a classic 'death of a salesman' plot moving it along.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 7, 2018
Back to the future: From Jackson to 'the Donald' Who in US presidential history even comes close to Trump? While corporations run America for all intents and purposes, it has been unusual for a hardcore businessman to take the helm. And one who bragged of making and losing and making a fortune? Andrew Jackson (1767-1845, president 1829-1837) cries out as Trump's prototype.
Saudi warning: We are NOT terrorists, we fight terrorism, From ImagesAttr
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9/11 consequences - intervention trap The new, brash, young (31) de facto Saudi leader Muhammad Bin Salman tours the world, insisting in meetings with western leaders that they must work closely with the Saudis to fight terrorism, even predicting publicly that more terror attacks will happen if Saudi Arabia is not treated with respect and given the leading role in fighting terrorism.
heroes, From FlickrPhotos
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Coronavirus: squabbling in our WWI trenches This could be WWI, if we all remain competing capitalist rivals. The covid-19 virus is an avatar, Nature's version of the capitalist virus destroying us.
Who's the source of terrorism?, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 27, 2017
Europe in the Trump era The surprise victory of the Brexit campaign in Britain, despite the overwhelming propaganda against it, finally forced the European status quo to face reality.
Why do we need Israeli military attaches?, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 27, 2015
Saudi Arabia, Israel and Palestine Saudi Arabia and Israel are partners of convenience, even as Palestinians are slaughtered and their lands turned into settlements for Israelis
Maid Chrystia, why are they yelling 'eat crow!'?, From Uploaded
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Elections Canada 2019: Justin's battered beanstalk We left off our saga of Justin and the Beanstalk with the young wunderkind's triumph over the giant ogre (Prime Minister Harper), as he swept away the broken democratic shards littering his kingdom in the sky, to the cries of joy from the Canadian peasants.
Will Canada's beavers have to build a monster dam?, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Trump faces gnawing problems in the Great White North The current situation recalls the relations that Justin's father Pierre and his successor Jean Chretien had with thorny American presidents of yesteryear, Johnson, Nixon and George Bush. Relations reached ever new low points over Vietnam and Iraq.
Ayatollah Ali Khameini, From ImagesAttr
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Ayatollah Khameini: 'Westerners mourning French tragedy should pause for a moment' The leader of the Islamic Revolution has once again addressed western youth, who either for the most part are misinformed about Islam because of the bias in media and society in favour of Israel and Zionism, or are Muslim but living in a climate of Islamophobia and in desperation have drifted to the militant jihadist movement which began in Afghanistan in 1979 with US blessing
A triumphant IS revolutionary, From ImagesAttr
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Coming to terms with IS's 'new world order' Just as communism arose out of the contradictions of imperialism a century ago, Islamic revolution is the inevitable result of today's version of imperialism. IS may be harsh and uncompromising, but it should be treated with respect, not vilified. The caliphate project, implementing sharia, the determination to overthrow the Saudi monarchy, the rejection of fiat money--these are legitimate goals and deserve serious an
Egypt's Sisi and Saudi Prince Salman, From ImagesAttr
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The new troika in the Middle East? Egypt's hand-over of Tiran Island to the Saudis, Saudi flirting with Israel, Turkish disarray -- all conspire towards an unholy alliance.
A critical look at the Old Testament, From InText
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The Bible: Recipe for genocide or junk sculpture? Plotz starts out believing vaguely in the existence of God, but not observing the rituals. During his 365 days of plodding through the book, he comes to admire the rituals, and starts observing shabat. But he's not at all happy with the God the OT reveals. "I leave the bible as a hopeless and angry agnostic. God made me rational so i must use the tools to think about him. Submit him to rational and moral inquiry. And he fails
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 16, 2009
AfPak: War on two fronts The only thing Obama's has gotten right so far about his warzone-of-choice is the name.
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Turkey's 'Arab Spring' moment: No Sisi and no more Gulen Fortunately for Erdogan, unlike in Egypt, the army was no longer the monolith it was in Kemalist days, headed by a ruthless general eager to crush the fledgling democracy.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 27, 2015
The Real Downton Abbey A comparison with the historical Downton Abbey and its rulers (we will never know what the servant class was really up to) reveals a bit more grit, lots more grime and a big helping of sensation.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 27, 2008
Russian-EU-NATO relations: Cold War shivers Russian-EU-NATO relations
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 4, 2011
Egypt/Serbia/Georgia: Learning from others' mistakes There is a Russian proverb: only a fool learns from his own mistakes. As Georgia's foreign minister visits his Egyptian counterpart, there are lessons for Egypt in similar revolutions in eastern Europe and the ex-Soviet Union
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Marjah: "This is not Fallujah' So says McChrystal as the US surge goes full steam ahead in Marjah -- a new and "gentler" war
Waiting for the precious visa, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 17, 2015
Canada's Syrian refugees: Outing our immigrants? Canada decided to limit Syrians to families, single women and children. This sounds like a human rights violation: discrimination against single men, on the pretext that they could be terrorists. Not fair, but understandable, given the Paris bombings and the need to be seen to act carefully. There are lots of women and children and married men still alive there to fill the quota.
Is Trudeau II really just 'Harper Lite'?, From ImagesAttr
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Blush off Trudeau rose Already worrying signs are surfacing - Syrian refugee funny business, anti-Palestinian and anti-Russian silliness, marijuana busts...
Gorbachev passing Palestinian torch to Javadi Amoli 1988, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 17, 2018
Kayhan interview: Shia arc or Zionist arc? Iran threatens no country nor does it try to direct political activity of others. The same specious claims were used against the earlier bete-noire of imperialism, the Soviet Union, which, in contrast to the US, did not engage in coups and election interference in dozens of countries since the end of WWII. Such claims are a mere distraction from the aggressive agenda of imperialism to control the world.
Secretary Kerry, Ambassador Hartley Host Ceremony to Light U.S. Embassy in French Tricolor Following Terrorist Attack on City, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 19, 2015
France's response to Paris attacks encourages ISIS's caliphate fantasy France's response to Paris attacks encourages ISIS's caliphate fantasy
Trudeau and Harper, From ImagesAttr
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Justin Trudeau: Start of a Canadian legend The Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau was underestimated when the Canadian election campaign began. He surprised many and in the process energized a whole generation of young voters.
Gender Neutral Restroom Washington DC, From FlickrPhotos
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Cutting through transgender debate While Obama daily launches drones, killing dozens of innocent foreigners (or militants, it doesn't matter - both drone deaths are crimes against humanity), we are fed self-righteous nostrums, showing what a great liberal he is (soon to be joined, no doubt, by the supreme court).
Kawaii #5 Pikatchou, From FlickrPhotos
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Reality games but not reality shows These days we hear a lot of "Pokeman Go". What do you think about the effect of reality games within US and around the globe? What will be the future of these games, which attract ten of millions? Do they reinforce or neglect which aspects of human life?
Afghan soldier in regulation Keds, From ImagesAttr
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Battles of Kunduz: US/Afghan 'Friendly Fire' Doctors without Borders doesn't know who's worse -- the occupiers or the Afghan government. The Taliban are beginning to look like the good guys.
Protecting the world, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 27, 2013
Natives, Nature and Islam Ramadan is a good time to reflect on what Islam has to say about two of Canada's burning problems--our penchant for environmental destruction and Prime Minister Harper's attempt to return to a blatant assimilation policy for Natives.
Gaza memorial to Mavi Marmara victims, From ImagesAttr
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BDS update: Fighting apartheid on land and sea As the second Freedom Flotilla packs its humanitarian aid and prepares to brave the wrath of the Israeli navy , boycott divestment and sanctions (BDS) activities continue on the homefront
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Basic Income - International experience (Brazil, Namibia, Canada, India) The idea is simmering below the surface of conventional political thinking and policy-making across Europe, South America and most of the world. It has actually broken the surface in Switzerland where there is to be a referendum on whether to introduce it.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 2, 2009
US economic crisis: Carter redux Obama faces a similar situation as Carter did, only far worse.
Canadians welcome refugees to Harper's dismay, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 3, 2016
Canadian legend Chapter IV: Goodbye Canada, Hello Harperland There is no question that Trudeau is a vast improvement over Harper on the domestic front. But is his foreign policy just going to be a facelift of Harper's?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 22, 2011
SCO vs Bilderberg: Where are real decisions being made? As the Western elite gathered in picturesque St Moritz to grapple with pressing world crises, the outsiders met in the bleak steppes of Central Asia
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US-Egypt: Cookie-cutter cuisine The US has baked itself into a corner. It should learn to enjoy the fruits of its labour
Reagan meets mujahidden in White House 1983, From ImagesAttr
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Thank Reagan for Orlando The Orlando shooting on June 12 has nothing to do with Islam and everything to do with US policies, both domestic and foreign.
BDS, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 31, 2012
BDS update: Peaceful blitzkreig and Israeli counterattacks BDS activities are moving into a new critical stage, with apostasy, Internet hacking, regattas, and an ever more aggressive Israel and its acolytes upping the perilous ante
Canada's first IS casualty, From ImagesAttr
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IS and the IDF: Canada's double standard Why can westerners join the IDF while westerners joining IS are despised and killed? In what sense is the IDF scenario any less reprehensible than the IS one?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 28, 2009
BRIC & SCO summits: Reinventing the wheel A new world is being born, one without the US dollar greasing the wheels of commerce
Kovalik's handbook on US foreign policy, From InText
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Working class heroes: Review of Kovalik's 'The Plot to Control the World' Kovalik doesn't pretend to document all the US crimes (read William Blum for that). Rather, in 'The Plot' he takes you on a world tour to Eurasia, Africa and the Americas for key election rigging moments, moments that he connects with viscerally, and brings to life.
BDS, From ImagesAttr
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Bds Update: Erdogan "why No Un Sanctions For Israel?' With the new campaign by Palestine to gain the world's official recognition 63 years after the fact, BDS activities in Europe and North America -- the main holdouts -- have gained new momentum. News about Natacha Atlas, Idan Raichel, Finland, Alstom, SJP
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Egypt/Turkey-Israel: "A clean break' It is not Israel backed by the distant US that inherits the Ottoman mantle of hegemony in the Middle East, but some combination of Turkey and Egypt
Long live the revolution!, From ImagesAttr
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Re-assessing Political Islam: Part II The Pinochet-style coup in Egypt in July 2013, 40 years after the Chilean coup, gives pause to reconsider Islamic political strategy. It took 27 years before Chilean socialists retook power, but their party was a pale ghost of Allende's revolutionary one. Is this the fate of the Arab Spring?
Mohamed Bouazizi, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 28, 2011
2011: The year that shook the world 2011 is already history and will remain a historical turning point in international affairs. From 1917 to 2011, it's been a long bumpy ride.
Asmaa was shot in the back by US bullets, From ImagesAttr
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"The Square": Documenting Egypt's revolution The Square, a documentary about Egypt's January 2011 uprising, provides glimpses of most of the players but gives short shrift to the Muslim Brotherhood, the main player that was then targeted by the deep state headed by the military.
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Turkey and the Arab spring: Learning to walk again Turkey 's vibrant democracy is an inspiration to Arab countries throwing off their autocratic yoke and their Western patrons
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Israel in Canada: Promised lands On the occasion of filmmakers withdrawing last month from the Toronto Film Festival in protest of Israeli involvement in the event prompts us to take a closer look at Israel's cultural and political connections in Canada
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Euro-US cold winter/ seething anger The eviction of demonstrators last week is an ominous metaphor for ruling elites, whose own days are surely numbered
Who is the odd man out here?, From ImagesAttr
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Review: Red Hangover: Legacies of 20th century Communism Ghodsee uses her travels, studies, lectures to audiences east and west to test the waters of eastern Europe today. This fresh approach to documenting history through the eyes of both participants and sympathetic observers is more like reading a page-turner spy novel, full of often misunderstood heroes and villains, crafty confidence tricksters and lots and lots of victims. Who needs fiction? You enter the theatre of life,
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Canadians assess aftermath of Harper holocaust The devastation of the Harper decade is going to be very hard to reverse. It will be essential for the Liberals and NDPers (and let's not forget the plucky Green Party leader Elizabeth May) to work together in a 'Battle of Britain' spirit to salvage something from the Harper legacy.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 18, 2010
BDS Update: "Besiege your Siege!' The movement to isolate Israel through boycott, divestment and sanctions resonates from Canada to the Indo-Pakistani border
Egypt emulates Iran after Arab Spring, From ImagesAttr
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Iran vs the Empire: Fighting dollarization The West's attempts to destroy the Iranian economy through heightened sanctions--including most imports, oil exports and use of banks for trade operations--is having its affect. Iran is now on the verge of hyperinflation. What's behind it and what's the way out?
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Republican primaries: Fooling some of the people As the primary race heats up for the Republicans, Eric Walberg looks at left and right have merged into the "radical centre"
more Abu Ghraib, From ImagesAttr
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The Afghan dust is settling Yes, Afghanistan really is another Vietnam, and just as in 1972, the presidential elections will make no difference
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 2, 2009
The torture trail: Lincoln or Ford? The question now swirling around political corridors is whether Obama will fight the monsters or let them off the hook.
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Is there such a ideology as Bushism? Does the US have its own "deep state"? Yes, but only a few families can be called both deep staters and political leaders. Logically, Bushism would mean a family dynasty from the deep state, in harmony with the elites, able to convince the voters that they are providing the best political leadership, given the economic system in place.
Defending 'freedom of speech', From ImagesAttr
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Hebdo vs Al Jazeera: A tale of two journalisms Press freedom has been under attack with the deaths in Paris of nine Charlie Hebdo employees, including editor Stephane Charbonnier, and the continued incarceration in Cairo of three Al Jazeera journalists. The circumstances of the victimization of the journalists are starkly different.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, From ImagesAttr
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A Tale of 2 British Muslim politicians: Interview with al-Quds work to improve relations between Muslim communities and wider British society has meant that he received security threats from both Islamist and far-right activists. As a boy, he encountered racism, which led to him and his brothers taking up boxing.
Parody incites Zionist wrath, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 21, 2015
From Zundel to Topham: Zionist theatre Instead of quietly muzzling the gadfly critic, the result of victimizing Topham has been the highlighting of past Jewish hate crimes, and the increasing control by Zionist groups of Canadian politics to promote Israel and censor anti-Zionist criticism.
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Obama/Donilon: Staring down the generals What is Obama's new National Security Adviser to make of the latest news from AfPak?
Sancho-Rudner and Quixote-Farber, From ImagesAttr
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Topham, Zionist Elders and their Trial Protocols The tired, old Protocols of the Elders of Zion were trotted out as evidence
Long live the revolution!, From ImagesAttr
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Book Review: Surface-to-surface: The story of a graffiti revolution "Ard ard" traces the history of graffiti and its importance during the Egyptian revolution of 25 January 2011
Egytian President Mohamed Morsi, From ImagesAttr
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From post-modernism to post-secularism After more than a century of secuarlisation, Egypt's cultural life is set to revolve again around the Quran. "The Quran is our Constitution" exhorted President Mohamed Morsi during the cliff-hanger presidential election, Egypt's first ever bona fide presidential election, in which he trounced the old guard's representative. But what does this arresting image really mean?
Why do we need Israeli military attaches?, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 30, 2013
Canadian Israeli Lobby's "good cop, bad cop' Two recent events, while not of any great significance in themselves, reveal much about the state of Canadian foreign policy.
BDS, From ImagesAttr
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BDS update: Breaking new barriers The upcoming flotilla to break the Gaza siege is gathering steam from a flood of innovative Boycott, Divest and Sanctions activities around the world
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Canada's Saudi arms sales: 'Don't be a sucker' Britain and the US are the biggest arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia. So should Canada join the club?
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Russia-India-China: The Bush curse Moscow is trying to draw India and China closer to put out the flames now flaring across the continent, from the Caucasus and Central Asia, to Iran and Pakistan
Gaza memorial to Mavi Marmara victims, From ImagesAttr
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US Envoys from Hell The choice of US ambassadors to Central Asia and the Middle East gives one pause for thought
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International al-Quds Day -- a global cause? The unprecedented events in the past year in Syria and Iraq, where the militant ISIS have declared a self-styled caliphate, have distracted people from the Palestinian struggle, though ISIS claims it wants to expel the Zionists and restore Muslim sovereignty to al-Quds. How credible is ISIS, can its claims of leadership of the Sunni world be taken seriously? It is openly calling for the overthrow of the Saudi monarchy as un-Is
Palestinians never say 'uncle', From ImagesAttr
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BDS update: Israel's Ides of March Palestinian Land Day and Israel Apartheid Week activities around the world gave Israel and its Western backers something to think about in recent weeks
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NATO in Georgia: Fun and Games Bringing the threat of war to Russia's borders is having wide-ranging repercussions
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 19, 2009
Kissinger's recovery plan: WTO or 'chaos' Obama's stimulus package plus the ongoing bank bailout must be looked at in the context of Kissinger's renewed call for a 'political new world order'.
On guard for who?, From ImagesAttr
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Human Rights: Canada in the dock Canada is being investigated by the UN Human Rights Council, even as the government rams through an unjust security law and pursues a trumped-up terrorism case
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Turkey-Libya: Defusing another UN timebomb Turkey's decision to take the lead in the NATO mission against Libya is a bold example of its determination to play the leading role in the region -- and within NATO itself
Media tricks backfire., From FlickrPhotos
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Al-Quds interview: Israeli media tricks backfire Just two days ago, a Canadian artist of Palestinian origins, Rehab Nazzal, was shot in Bethlehem unprovoked, merely taking pictures which the Israeli conscripts resented.
Dulles-Kissinger-Clinton, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 6, 2016
Interview with al-Quds - US elections: The Joker or Dr Strangelove? The peace logic has never been completely smothered, and now has an eccentric 'republican' on board. Back in 2008 and 2012, it was libertarian Ron Paul.
Ahmad Karzai, From ImagesAttr
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Ahmad Karzai: From dishwasher to drug kingpin American kingpin in Afghanistan toppled
A triumphant IS revolutionary, From ImagesAttr
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Revolutionary purity from Trotsky to Baghdadi Revolutionaries such as the Islamic State will languish if they refuse to accept the platforms of other liberation movements, primarily, Hamas's struggle for Palestinian freedom
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 8, 2011
Russia's Middle East dilemma As the Arab Spring grinds on into autumn, the Russians are asking once again whether they should follow the policy "If you can't beat "em, join "em"
BDS, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 22, 2011
BDS update: Buttressing an independent Palestine Palestine's move to become an independent state has benefitted from the growing BDS movement, as the world wakes up the enormous and unjust suffering of the Palestinian people
Justin Trudeau: Like father, like son, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 9, 2015
Justin's band cleans up Harper holocaust
US has killed 72 Pakistan troops in 3 yrs, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 1, 2011
When will Pakistan's spring arrive? US friendly fire knows no bounds. The deaths of Pakistan soldiers and civilians is just the tip of the iceberg, which will only disappear in the heat of a national uprising, putting an end to Pakistan's neocolonial dependency
Contact (1998) Searching for peace, From ImagesAttr
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2018 marks three Afghan anniversaries 1978, 1988 and 1998 were fateful turning points which resounded around the world. All centred around Afghanistan. Hollywood, always a useful barometer, was in sync in a curious way.
An electoral silver bullet, From ImagesAttr
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American Crisis Politics Is a constitutional amendment or a real third-party candidate the silver bullet that Americans need next year?
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Russian-Ukrainian gas war The recent stand-off between Russia and Ukraine on gas supplies to Europe has a "Made in the USA" sticker on it, much like the Georgian-Russian war last summer.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 11, 2010
Afghanistan: Funding Both Sides Delegates in Shangra-La pledge eternal war in Afghanistan, as the US creates new and very dangerous allies there
Words mean just what I choose them to mean, From ImagesAttr
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Reinventing the Middle East lexicon "Invented people", "unpeople", "settlers", even "peace" take on strange meanings in the Middle East
Swedish- Greek Juliano, From ImagesAttr
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'Made in Gaza': Breaking the siege The Freedom Flotillas to break the siege of Gaza continue
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Democracy Canadian-style Part I: Abroad Canada's role in the postmodern imperial world is as a poster child for promoting formal electoral democracy -- at home and abroad. Ironically, the modus operandi is, as with our neighbor to the south, to 'send in the troops'.
New old demo, From ImagesAttr
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Wall St: "Needed -- a new old economic primer' The gathering momentum of protest in the US is charting new old territory. It is time to reflect on how we got here
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Canada 's Guantanamo It seems the world's favourite peaceniks are complicit in torture
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Russia, Egypt, Libya: A kind-of-silver Lining Russia has always looked on at events in the Middle East from afar, shut out of the action, and remains an onlooker today, absorbed by its own problems. Eric Walberg looks at the implications for Russia of the revolutions and no-so-revolutions sweeping the Middle East
Need for Islamic renewal, From ImagesAttr
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Hajj tragedies to be dealt with bravely, openly The Hajj was never intended to be an ordeal where hundreds die a nightmarish death, crushed to pulp or burned in their cots. No one dares criticize Saudi Arabia--out of deference and, for many destitute countries, to keep the oil dollars flowing. However, there is a growing consensus among the world's Muslims that something must be done.
Helping the little guy, From ImagesAttr
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Egypt vs IMF: Time to default? The financial flip-flop of Egypt's revolutionary government, first requesting and then declining a $3 billion dollar IMF loan, highlights Egypt's hard choices at this point in the revolution, but is a good sign
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 10, 2009
Militarising space: The Fallujah fallacy The Pentagon has made remarkable strides in militarization of space this year, but its techno-schemes are built on the same sandy foundations as the rest of its defense policy.
Affleck as CIA hero, From ImagesAttr
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TIFF: Cultural Starwars This year's Toronto International Film Festival highlights the new direction in filmmaking: Iran is the enemy du jour, but at the same time it is not longer kosher to praise everything Israel does.
Trudeau's liberal dilemma, From ImagesAttr
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Canadian legend Chapter V: Caught in Middle East quicksands Just a few months into his reign, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finds himself embroiled in Middle East politics. Protests have arisen over two government policies -- the $15 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia, and government attempts to quash BDS.
Who wins?, From ImagesAttr
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Aziz Ansari: Romance with a punch Azizi Ansari's runaway bestseller Modern Romance is the perfect self-help book. Lots of data, thoughtful interviews with psychologists and 'victims', funny. The celebrated stand-up comic confirms the truth in the oxymoron, "the wise fool". And surprisingly, finds that humans pretty well figured things romantic out long before computers.
Egypt's National Council for Women, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 18, 2013
Feminist monkey wrenches in Egypt's revolution Though we hear complaints that Egyptian women are having a tough time these days, fearing restrictions by Islamists on their public lives, at least two prominent women have already left their mark, defying Egypt's move towards a more religious-focused society.
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A Whiff of Egyptian Freedom for Gaza Israel got a taste of the new people's Egypt with the arrest of an Egyptian journalist on the flotilla to Gaza and plans for the biggest aid convoy yet
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US-Egypt: "Why?' Reflections on why there have been such mixed reactions in the West to the overthrow of the Egyptian autocrat
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 21, 2009
Russia and Georgia: Caucasion catastrophy continues to brew Georgia is to Russia as Columbia is to Venezuela, and Kaidanow spells trouble
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 28, 2010
BDS 2010: More powerful than the sword Boycott Divestment and Sanctions is a two-edged sword, bringing relief to starving Gazans, and starvation to the occupier.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 11, 2009
Obama's Nobel & START: Peacemaker arrives empty-handed There was many a smirk as US President Barack Obama flew to Oslo to be crowned Peacenik of 2009, but it is the Russians who get the prize for taking the shine off Obama's trophy.
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Euro crisis: Latvia and the PIIGS The current chaos in Greece shows that down on the Euro Animal Farm, some animals are more equal than others
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 2, 2009
G20 shows EU in tatters The only voices expressing the will of Europeans and showing a way out of the current crises are in the madding crowds outside the G20
Could Afghanistan join CSTO?, From ImagesAttr
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Russia-US: Terrorism's vicious circle There are no hostages in the game of geopolitics. Russia 's reaction to the Bin Laden assassination reveals its own dilemma about how best to accommodate the West
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 10, 2010
Karzai and Obama: Biting the hand that feeds Lieutenant colonel Brian Christmas (I'm not making this up) recently threatened the village elders in Sistani, a village near Marja, with "the choice between American guns and American resources". Read: turn stoolie. The Afghan president begs to differ
Canadian BDS campaign, From ImagesAttr
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Palestinians and Their Allies Resilient Q: What are the achievements and gains of the Resistance Movements in Palestine in the past year in the face of the Israeli occupation? ...In sports, there are small but rewarding achievements. The Palestinian national team rarely practice together and yet they still managed to play in the Asia Cup Games last year.
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Mladic and international justice: Age of deception Mladic's upcoming trial in The Hague reminds us that international justice is a complicated business, however simple its motives
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Canada's First Nations: Expect resistance "Respect Existence or Expect Resistance", chant native Canadians as a showdown 11 January loams with Prime Minister Harper.
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Israel and the Flotillas: Clever madman There is much angst among people of conscience over the fate of Freedom Flotilla II, but by effectively scuttling it, Israel is really just hammering more nails in its own coffin
Bergdahls personal (nonviolent) 9/11, From InText
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Review: Bergdahl: Reluctant soldier - confused peacenik Bergdahl's desertion (he eventually ignored his defence lawyer and pleaded guilty) set in motion a domino effect on a massive scale, but not the one the prosecution tried to pin on him: that B's desertion led to soldiers' deaths. The early angry accusations soon melted under examination, leaving B's actions as a butterfly effect in a chaotic world.
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AfPak: Mutiny on the Bounty The Taliban began their spring campaign as a British lord put a price on Bush's scalp
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Wikileaks arrest: Julian Quixote An epic drama is unfolding after the Wikileaks founder gave himself up to Scotland Yard. Is he to suffer the fate of Ellsberg or Pollard?
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 26, 2009
Galloway and Canada: Who's the popinjay? Barring British MP Galloway puts Canada in a shameful light.
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Russia united -- for the time being The Duma elections held no surprises, but the election turmoil can't obscure the kind of politics that will continue to characterise Russia over the coming decade thanks to United Russia and its eminence grise
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 17, 2010
The American art of war: book reviews Carl Boggs, The Crimes of Empire: Rogue Superpower and World Domination Paul Rogers, Losing Control: Global Security in the 21st century Paul Atwood, War and Empire: The American Way of Life (Pluto Press 2010)
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Time to rekindle UN spark UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently held a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the squashing of UN resolution 3379, equating Zionism with racism, passed in 1975. The festive event this year was attended by US Secretary of State John Kerry and head of the Israeli Labour Party and Zionist Union Isaac Herzog, son of Chaim Herzog, president of Israel from 1983 to 1993,
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 14, 2009
US-Georgia: A rocky beachhead Instability in Georgia puts US geostrategic plans at risk
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Democracy Canadian-style Part II: At home In our postmodern world (where good and bad are merely a matter of opinion), Canada has abandoned pretenses to promote justice both at home and abroad. 'Democratic' practice domestically is as shocking as it is internationally.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 14, 2011
Egypt's Islamists: The Big Bad Wolf The revolution and the turmoil in the Arab world have their origins in the tortuous history of British and American domination of the Middle East. A look at the implications for Egypt of its colonial past
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Trudeaumania charms Washington Trudeau's budding "bromance" with US President Barak Obama in March marks the first official visit by a Canadian leader since 1997, when Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chretien visited the last charismatic Democratic president, Bill Clinton. Chretien was not invited by Clinton's successor, George Bush, who was
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Iran's disarmament conference: The power of logic Iran's disarmament summit upstaged Obama's and breathes life into next month's NPT conference in New York
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Russia, NATO and Afghanistan: High stakes Great Game What did Medvedev have up his sleeve when he welcomed Obama's new surge in Afghanistan?
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"Mowing the grass' in Yemen Radical Muslim cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki, the victim of assassination by US forces 30 September, was born in New Mexico in 1971, educated at Colorado State University in engineering, and radicalised while preaching in US mosques and visiting Afghanistan in the 1990s. His sermons attracted a large following, first in Denver and then San Diego, where he completed a Masters in education.
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Pakistan vs the US: Moving on The latest Mumbai bombings were not obviously the work of Pakistani extremists, but reflect the unrest thanks to America's continued reckless policies of escalation in the region
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Kyrgyzstan: Eurasian geopolitics 101 The war in Afghanistan is officially spreading to the Central Asian republics. First stop, Kyrgyzstan
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BDS update: 'I went because I needed to go' So said a Holocaust survivor and anti-apartheid activist about his trip to Jackson, Mississippi in 1961. The same impulse inspires BDS activists from all walks of life today
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 14, 2010
US endgame in Afghanistan: The evil of three lessers The end is approaching. Which fork will Obama impale himself on?
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Iranian elections: repercussions in Middle East The Islamic revolution has had bad press in the West from the start, but the results show a level of freedom that contrasts favorably with the West, and puts paid to the mantra that the 2009 elections were stolen by the bad guys.
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Morocco gets Muslim Brotherhood PM Morocco beats the other Arab Spring nations to a constitution and elections, with mixed results
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Kyrgyzstan: Another colour revolution bites the dust So what's the real story behind the coup in Kyrgyzstan?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 17, 2009
Uighur vs Afghan: A study in contrasts The US slaughter in Afghanistan makes the Chinese creeping colonization of Urumqi look like a picnic.
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Afghanistan: Reading between the lines The new coalition in Westminster is parsing all the words about Afghanistan and coming up with a very different interpretation
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 22, 2010
BDS: Boycotting Apartheid The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign moves ahead in Washington, California, British Columbia, Harvard and Brown Universities, and the Netherlands
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 27, 2010
BDS update: Anti-apartheid Hagues Despite the stranglehold Israel lobbies have on Euro-parliaments and politicians, there have been some surprisingly plucky official moves to protest illegal Israeli settlements recently
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Britain, France, Us: "and The Winner Is ..." Austerity is politics masquerading as economic policy, intent on lowering wages while maintaining the profit and interest income of the rich in hard times. It rests on the myth that all government spending is wasteful and eats into potential private investment, and is unnecessary for recovery.
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Turkey vs the US: A kinder Middle East hegemon Is Turkey's new regional assertiveness yet another case of "the tail wagging the dog"
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Georgia vs Russia: Fanning the flames Will there be another war in the Caucasus? This is a smoldering issue on more than one front, finds Eric Walberg, in the first of a two-part analysis of the spectre of conflict in this crucial crossroads
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NATO summit: "Not rational enough' So NATO's head berates its foes at its recent summit in Estonia, where missile "defence" and Afghanistan topped the agenda
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Russia, Turkey and the Great Game: Changing teams Russian President Dmitri Medvedev's visit to Turkish last month shows that Turkey and Russia are rapidly developing close economic and political ties, confounding NATOphiles
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Pakistan's elections: Turning over a new leaf This looks at the window of opportunity Pakistan has to transform the region as the US prepares to withdraw
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 13, 2010
British election: Everyone lost Britain is poised for a long period of political instability as it enters its first coalition government since WWII, when the wartime unity government was led by Winston Churchill with Labour in tow.
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Israel's real Easter pilgrims Easter celebrates suffering and compassion. These human traits were on display on Easter Sunday at European airports and in the Holy Land, with the flytillers as unlikely pilgrims
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 27, 2010
Kyrgyzstan: Picking up the pieces Kill the victim and go to his funeral. Is NATO poised to move into the heart of Central Asia, even as its war in Afghanistan implodes?
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 25, 2010
Russia and NATO: "Not a piece of furniture" Medvedev's presence in Lisbon was more a show of Russia's importance than of subservience to the Euro-Atlantic alliance.
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Russia-US summit: Quiet diplomacy Confronted by multiple irritants from Washington, the Kremlin seems to have caved, wonders Eric Walberg
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib: Action, Cut! Pornography, feminization of the enemy? Confused over what Obama's view on Guantanamo and the backlog of torture images from Abu Ghraib? Join the club
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 6, 2009
Terror in Russia: Nothing comes from nothing Russia's terrorist train chugs on
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 21, 2010
Russia-America: Rediscovering realpolitik As Russia returns to its logical, regional, strategic roots, the US under Obama is slowly waking up after its neocon nightmare
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 21, 2009
Euro peace: The sounds of silence Eurospeak: “peace” via US missile bases, a mobile missile “blanket”, a “convention” on cybercrime, “Long live NATO!” Eric Walberg strains to hear a Euro voice of reason.
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US-Canadian relations: A first 'first' for Obama On his inaugural trip as president, Obama basked in adulation, though behind the media circus lie serious problems -- NAFTA, trade disputes, and ecology and baby seals.
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Reagan's ghost: Starwars stops START Hopes are fading that the historical treaty between the US and the Soviet Union will be renewed.
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Ukraine elections: Yanukovich -- Man for all seasons Ukraine's new president -- unless there is another Orange Revolution -- has fashioned a comeback worthy of Nixon
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US elections 2010: Learning from defeat It's not so bleak for Obama if he sticks to his principles.
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Venezuela & Iran: Whither the Revolutions? June was a busy month for two of Washington's real 'Axis of Evil'. Venezuela's Chavez completed his nationalisation of oil and Iran's Ahmedinejad stemmed a Western-backed colour revolution, leaving both bad boys in place.
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Afghanistan and NATO: Figleaf summit The plan voiced at the London Afghanistan conference to pay off the Taliban is belied by the plan at the Brussels NATO conference two days earlier to bomb them into submission
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US-Russian relations: Wooing the West The Russian leader has re-enacted the famous American goodwill tour of his predecessor a half century ago, but faces the same Cold War scheming. Will his attempts to befriend Europe have more success?
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Russia-US-Iran: Nuclear juggling Brazil accused the US of double standards over the last minute nuclear deal with Iran. Now it is the turn of Iran to accuse Russia, ever so politely, of double standards.
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The Afghan Ant Hole NATO plans for Afghanistan this year are shaping up nicely: negotiate with the Taliban, but at the same time kill them in Kandahar and Kunduz
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Russia, Afghanistan and Starwars: Westward Hu Russia's accommodation of the US and NATO continues apace, with new support of the Afghan war and even missile defence
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Putin-Medvedev: Premier musical chairs Russian President Dmitri Medvedev's nomination of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as Russia's pretender to the throne and Putin's promise to keep his friend as premier was hardly a surprise. All along, except to a few starry-eyed liberals, it was clear, that the buck stopped not with Medvedev but Putin. The liberals were given their chance by Russia's ex-KGB autocrat and failed spectacularly.
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'Almost a perfect mix' Obama's choice for the Supreme Court is another American dream story
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G Hancock "Supernatural: Meetings with Ancient Teachers of Mankind" This work summarizes the breakthroughs since the 1980s in deciphering Paleolithic cave paintings and showing the common origins of all culture in religion. Religion began with shamanism and the mastering of 'altered states of consciousness' (asc) either through specially gifted individuals' ability to achieve asc directly or the use of hallucinogens.

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