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ISIS Calls For Backup: Israel Attacks Syrian Army Positions Near Damascus

Syria peace talks are expected to begin this week in Geneva. And what are the Israelis doing? Bombing Syrian Arab Army positions near the Lebanese border. Because as we all know, the Israelis are really good at these "ceasefire" things. Especially when they have no business interfering in any way in a conflict: Minutes ago, … Continue reading ISIS Calls For Backup: Israel Attacks Syrian Army Positions Near Damascus

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How We Got Here: The Misuse of American Military Power and The Middle East in Chaos

The United States has already lost -- its war for the Middle East, that is. Having taken my own crack at combat soldiering in both Iraq and Afghanistan, that couldn’t be clearer to me. Unfortunately, it’s evidently still not clear in Washington. Bush’s neo-imperial triumphalism failed. Obama’s quiet shift to drones, Special Forces, and clandestine … Continue reading How We Got Here: The Misuse of American Military Power and The Middle East in Chaos

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Is 50% of Western Central Bank Gold Gone?

We have recently had some significant news about the sovereign gold market that makes the unclarity even more unclear. Central banks and the BIS in Basel go to great length to tell the world absolutely nothing about their gold dealings. All transactions are carried out covertly and no central bank ever has an official audit … Continue reading Is 50% of Western Central Bank Gold Gone?

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This Is How the U.S. Empire Destroys Itself

Victoribus spolia… So far, the most satisfying thing about the Trump win has been the howls and whines coming from the establishment. Each appointment – some good, some bad from our perspective – has brought forth such heavy lamentations. You’d think Washington had been invaded by Goths, now raping the vestal virgins (if there are … Continue reading This Is How the U.S. Empire Destroys Itself

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650,000 Civilians Trapped in US-Backed Siege of Mosul and Nobody is Talking About It

Iraqi forces, backed by American airpower, are set to launch a long-awaited offensive to retake West Mosul. There are reportedly 3,000 ISIS fighters left defending their last major stronghold in Iraq, and an estimated 650,000 civilians are trapped in the western-held area of the city. The U.N. has warned that these civilians are at “extreme … Continue reading 650,000 Civilians Trapped in US-Backed Siege of Mosul and Nobody is Talking About It

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Plans Are Underway to Create Quasi-State in Northern Syria

In his address to the 2017 Munich Security Conference, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu proposed that the US should send its own Special Operations Forces (SOF) to Northern Syria to support the «moderate opposition forces» fighting against the Islamic State (IS). «Two days ago [US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] Gen. [Joseph] Dunford … Continue reading Plans Are Underway to Create Quasi-State in Northern Syria

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Will Turkey Get Its Way in Raqqa?

The US administration has tasked the Department of Defense with preparing, by Feb. 28, a comprehensive plan to defeat the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. With only eight days left, it's clear we're entering the final phase of preparations for retaking Raqqa, the strategic heart of IS in Syria. Turkey has been involved in many conversations with the US this month. Following the Feb. … Continue reading Will Turkey Get Its Way in Raqqa?

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‘Threatening & Damaging’: Beijing Hits Out at US Patrols in South China Sea

China says it respects the principles of freedom of navigation and overflight, but “opposes” when other states undermine its sovereignty using this pretext. The statement comes after a US aircraft carrier group began patrols in disputed South China Sea waters. "China always respects the freedom of navigation and overflight all countries enjoy under international law," … Continue reading ‘Threatening & Damaging’: Beijing Hits Out at US Patrols in South China Sea

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Horrifying: Toxic Chemical in Pepsi Known to Cause DNA Breaking, Fragmentation

High-fructose corn syrup isn’t the only ingredient found in sodas that consumers should be concerned about. Pepsi and other sodas contain a toxic byproduct known as 4-Methylimidazole, or 4-MEI for short, that may be increasing your cancer risks. Pepsi has come under fire for violations of California’s Proposition 65 in relation to 4-MEI. The Center for … Continue reading Horrifying: Toxic Chemical in Pepsi Known to Cause DNA Breaking, Fragmentation