It’s Creepy How Much the Global Elite Are Obsessed With Making Us ‘Happy’
Books

It’s Creepy How Much the Global Elite Are Obsessed With Making Us ‘Happy’

The following is an excerpt from the book The Happiness Industry by William Davies (Verso, 2016):  Since the World Economic Forum (WEF) was founded in 1971, its annual meeting in Davos has served as a useful indicator of the global economic zeitgeist. These conferences, which last a few days in late January, bring together corporate…

Middle East

‘Crush apostates! Overthrow infidels!’ Welcome to ISIS – the board game

The counters for ISIS Crisis © mapsymbs.com With the help of a map and a pair of scissors, you can now print out and play a board game that simulates the conflict in Iraq. Invented by an academic, it is being used by Canada’s military staff to test real-life war strategies. The brainchild of Rex…

World View: In a Reversal, Obama Allows U.S. Troops in Afghanistan in Combat Roles
Military

World View: In a Reversal, Obama Allows U.S. Troops in Afghanistan in Combat Roles

In a reversal, Obama allows US troops in Afghanistan in combat roles Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (Getty)   In a significant reversal of policy, President Barack Obama’s administration will now all American soldiers to fight alongside Afghan troops in combat situations, and will allow close air support in combat. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter…

NATO Begins Encirclement of Russia
Europe

NATO Begins Encirclement of Russia

NATO prepares a veritable military buildup in Eastern Europe: German soldiers are operating in Lithuania, the British take over Estonia, and US soldiers move in to protect Latvia. The Canadians will be in Poland. Also in the Mediterranean, combat units are being increased. Russia perceives the activity as a threat, but hasn’t yet announced any countermeasures. At the…