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Foibles, Fables and Failures: The Financial Press and its Keepers

US officialdom and their media megaphones have systematically concocted narratives having less to do with political reality and more with their hallucinogenic world view.  Pre-election and post-election reportage weaves a tapestry of fiction and fantasy. We will discuss the most pernicious of these remarkable foibles and fables and their predictable failures. The pundits, prestigious editorialists […]

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Presidential Elections: Myths and Deceits

Introduction Every aspect of this year’s US Presidential election has been fraught with myths, distortions, fabrications, wishful thinking and invented fears. We will proceed to discuss facts and fictions. (1)  Electoral Participation The mass media, parties and candidates emphasized the ‘unprecedented voter turnout’ in the elections.  In fact, 48% of the eligible voters abstained. In […]

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Obama versus Trump, Putin and Erdogan: Can Coups Defeat Elected Governments?

“Many of our interlocutors have been purged or arrested”. James Clapper, US Director of Intelligence on Turkish Coup (Financial Times 8/3/16, p. 4) Introduction Washington has organized a systematic, global, no holds barred campaign to oust Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump from the electoral process.  The virulent anti-Trump animus, the methods, goals and mass media […]

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Brexit: A Workers’ Response to Oligarchs, Bankers, Flunkies and Scabs

The European Union is controlled by an oligarchy, which dictates socio-economic and political decisions according to the interests of bankers and multi-national business.  The central organs of power, the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have systematically imposed austerity programs that have degraded working conditions, welfare programs, […]

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Clinton and Trump: Nuclearized or Lobotomized?

Introduction Over half the US electorate views the two leading candidates for the 2016 Presidential elections with horror and disdain. In contrast, the entire corporate mass media, here and abroad, repeat outrageous virtuous claims on behalf of Hillary Clinton and visceral denunciations of Donald Trump. Media pundits, financial, academic and corporate elites describe the prospects […]

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Multiplication of Western Walls

Introduction On November 9, 2014, Germany and its Western Allies, celebrated the ‘Fall of the Berlin Wall’ and the subsequent‘re-unification’of the ‘two Germanys’. Prime Minister Merkel described the ‘historic event’ as a “victory of freedom for all peoples in Europe and across the world.” The entire Western media and officialdom echoed Merkel’s rhetoric, as 300,000 […]

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The Rise of the European Right: Reaction to the Neoliberal Right

Introduction The European parliamentary elections witnessed a major breakthrough for the right-wing parties throughout the region. The rise of the Right runs from the Nordic countries, the United Kingdom, the Baltic and Low countries, France, Central and Eastern Europe to the Mediterranean. Most, if not all, of these emerging right-wing parties mark a sharp break […]

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Israeli Terror: The “Final Solution” to the Palestine Question

Introduction For the past forty-five years the state of Israel has been dispossessing millions of Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories, confiscating their lands, destroying homes, bulldozing orchards and setting-up ‘Jews-only’ colonial settlements serviced by highways, electrical systems and water works for the exclusive use of the settlers and occupying soldiers.  The process of Israeli territorial expansion […]

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Venezuelan Elections: a Choice and Not an Echo

Introduction On October 7th, Venezuelan voters will decide whether to support incumbent President Hugo Chavez or opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski.  The voters will choose between two polar opposite programs and social systems:  Chavez calls for the expansion of public ownership of the means of production and consumption, an increase in social spending for welfare […]

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Greece: What Can be Done?

Greece faces the unenviable choice between accepting the terms of “the Troika” and facing the continuation and deepening of a socio-economic crises, which includes five years of negative growth, over 23% unemployment, an astronomical rise in poverty (from less than 15% to over 40%) and  mounting suicides, or a rejection of the “memorandum”, and a […]

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The Massacre of the Afghan 17 & the Obama Cover-Up

The March 11 Massacre of the 17 Afghan citizens, including at least nine children and four women, raises many fundamental issues about the nature of a colonial war, the practices of a colonial army engaged in a prolonged (eleven-year) occupation and the character of an imperial state as it commits war crimes and increasingly relies […]

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Israel’s Willing Executioners: AIPAC Invades Washington

by James Petras and Robin Eastman Abaya Introduction:  A Week of National Humiliation: From March 4th to March 9th, 2012, 13,000 militant Israel Firsters, took over “political Washington”[1] and imposed a foreign regime’s (Israel) political agenda to the rousing applause and appreciation of their captive vassal US legislators and executives who crowded the halls and […]

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