The Swamp Strikes Back

The tawdry Michael Flynn soap opera boils down to the CIA hemorrhaging leaks to the company town newspaper, leading to the desired endgame: a resounding victory for hardcore neocon/neoliberalcon US Deep State factions in one particular battle. But the war is not over; in fact it’s just beginning. Even before Flynn’s fall, Russian analysts had been … Continue reading The Swamp Strikes Back

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Flynn’s Head Rolls. Is Trump’s Next?

Just three weeks into the Trump presidency, and his political enemies in the Washington establishment have scored big, with the forced resignation of Trump’s National Security advisor Michael Flynn. The establishment includes state intelligence agencies and aligned corporate news media, who have been gunning for Trump ever since his shock election last November. It’s a … Continue reading Flynn’s Head Rolls. Is Trump’s Next?

Why Arab Autocrats Haven’t Confronted Trump

You’d think, given the harsh anti-Muslim Trump administration in Washington, that the Arab kings and dictators would be lining up to condemn the ruthless sectarian laws being drawn up by an American President who approves of torture. All that claptrap about “bad dudes” and “Islamic terror”. Pretty sinister stuff. Not a bit of it. The potentates … Continue reading Why Arab Autocrats Haven’t Confronted Trump

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China and India Contest the Right to Own Hambantota

The analysts that specialize in predicting the course that the relations between India and China may take, have recently been closely following the scenario that was unraveling around the small town of Hambantota, which is located in the south of the Republic of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon). Since the second half of the last decade … Continue reading China and India Contest the Right to Own Hambantota

The Problem with Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index

Transparency International puts out what it calls the "Corruption Perceptions Index." It is an annual index it claims "has been widely credited with putting the issue of corruption on the international policy agenda." These carefully selected words, taken at face value appear benign, even progressive. But upon digging deeper into this organisation's background it becomes … Continue reading The Problem with Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index

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US Admits Using Toxic Depleted Uranium Against ISIS in Syria

More than 5,000 rounds of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition were used in two attacks on Islamic State oil tankers in eastern Syria, the US military has confirmed. The US-led coalition previously pledged it would not use the controversial ordnance. A spokesman for the US Central Command (CENTCOM) told Foreign Policy that 5,265 armor-piercing DU rounds … Continue reading US Admits Using Toxic Depleted Uranium Against ISIS in Syria

Declassified: How America Planned to Invade Italy (To Save It from Russia)

As accusations fly that Russia manipulated the 2016 American election to put Donald Trump in the White House, some Americans are remembering that the United States also fiddled with elections in numerous nations during the Cold War, including Chile, Iran and Central America. One of the most notorious examples is Italy, where the CIA mounted … Continue reading Declassified: How America Planned to Invade Italy (To Save It from Russia)

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Secret Service: Toyotas Turned into Fake Ferraris by Counterfeit Luxury Car Ring

Spanish police have arrested three people for manufacturing and selling counterfeit Ferraris and Lamborghinis assembled from old Toyota parts. The trio were arrested at a car workshop in Sils, Girona in Catalonia on Sunday where police discovered several vehicles moulded to look like sportscars. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uFyXdyQ2d8 Inside the workshop police found four completed ‘Ferraris’ awaiting sale … Continue reading Secret Service: Toyotas Turned into Fake Ferraris by Counterfeit Luxury Car Ring