A Compact with the Devil

Russia, Turkey, and Iran have struck a deal. How might the U.S. respond? The more you learn about the new safe zone proposals for Syria, the smellier they seem. Russia, Turkey, and Iran have struck a deal to “de-escalate” hostilities between pro and anti-Assad forces in four vaguely defined zones. The pro-Assad forces are mostly …

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The Remilitarization of Japan, Explained

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is setting the country on course for remilitarization, much to the exasperation of Japan's wartime enemies, China and South Korea. On Wednesday, May 3, the outgoing nationalist Abe declared that he hopes to see a revised constitution implemented by 2020, when Tokyo is set to host the Olympics. The proclamation underscored what many have …

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Trump, Afghanistan, and Shades of the Tuesday Lunch

Impending choices by President Trump regarding the war in Afghanistan raise issues of national security decision-making in his presidency that in turn evoke pathologies of the past, with Trump’s personal habits threatening to make matters at least as bad as in the past.  Struggles for influence within the White House are part of the story—as …

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Watergate Redux or ‘Deep State’ Coup?

President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday reflected a growing concern inside the White House that the long-rumored scheme by “deep state” operatives to overturn the results of the 2016 election may have been more than just rumors. The fear grew that Comey and other senior officials in the U.S. intelligence community …

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Apocalypse Soon: Scientific and Religious Leaders Both Agree that Cataclysmic Disasters and Mass Death are in Humanity’s Future

Are we on the verge of the worst times in all of human history? We live at a moment when prominent leaders in the scientific world and in the religious world are both urgently warning that humanity could soon be facing a nightmarish apocalyptic future. Weather patterns are rapidly changing, the crust of our planet …

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The History of the Neocon Takeover of the USA

Part 1 – American Imperialism Leads the World into Dante’s Vision of Hell Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate. (Abandon all hope ye who enter here.)” —Dante, “The Divine Comedy,” Inferno (Part 1), Canto 3, Line 9 Before the Tomahawk Missiles start flying between Moscow and New York, Americans had better educate themselves fast about the …

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Selfie Culture at the Intersection of the Corporate and the Surveillance States

Surveillance has become a growing feature of daily life wielded by both the state and the larger corporate sphere. This merger registers both the transformation of the political state into the corporate state as well as the transformation of a market economy into a criminal economy. One growing attribute of the merging of state and …

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The Imperative of Replacing Google and Facebook

Nations are beginning to take more seriously the control of their respective information space after years of allowing US-based tech giants Google and Facebook to monopolize and exploit them. Vietnam, according to a recent GeekTime article, is the latest nation to begin encouraging local alternatives to the search engine and social media network in order …

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