Saturday, January 20, 2018

Manufacturing Dissent: The Anti-globalization Movement is Funded by the Corporate Elites

This article was first published in 2010. The author’s introductory quote was first formulated in 2001 in the context of the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City which was held a few months before 9/11. “Everything the Foundation did could be regarded as “making the World safe for...

Yemen foes square off as fears of war, Saudi-Iran rivalry grow

(Reuters) - Yemen's top factions are squaring off for battle after months of skirmishes, turning respectively to neighboring Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran for help in what may become all-out war. With President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi seeking a comeback from the port city of Aden while the Shi'ite...

Arab Nations to Form Military Force to Counter Iran and Islamist Extremists

CAIRO — The Arab states said on Sunday that they had agreed to form a combined military force to counter both Iranian influence and Islamist extremism, a gesture many analysts attributed in large part to their drive for more independence from Washington. The agreement came as American and other Western...

The IMF just approved the Chinese yuan as a major world currency

What comes next is political. Monday afternoon, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Executive Board voted in favor of allowing China’s currency — the yuan (or renminbi) — to join the ranks of the world’s most elite monies. On Oct. 1, 2016, the yuan will officially be added to the IMF’s Special...

Turkish military says MIT shipped weapons to al-Qaeda

Secret official documents about the searching of three trucks belonging to Turkey's national intelligence service (MIT) have been leaked online, once again corroborating suspicions that Ankara has not been playing a clean game in Syria. According to the authenticated documents, the trucks were found to be transporting missiles, mortars...

Arctic Nightmares

If Sarah Palin were president, we’d know just what it was: a drill-baby-drill administration. Of course, there’s no mama grizzly in the White House, yet these last years have been a grizzly tale of the expansion of American oil and natural gas exploration and drilling from the fracking fields...

The IMF Changes its Rules to Isolate China and Russia

The nightmare scenario of U.S. geopolitical strategists seems to be coming true: foreign economic independence from U.S. control. Instead of privatizing and neoliberalizing the world under U.S.-centered financial planning and ownership, the Russian and Chinese governments are investing in neighboring economies on terms that cement Eurasian economic integration on...

Sale of U.S. Arms Fuels the Wars of Arab States

WASHINGTON — To wage war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is using F-15 fighter jets bought from Boeing. Pilots from the United Arab Emirates are flying Lockheed Martin’s F-16 to bomb both Yemen and Syria. Soon, the Emirates are expected to complete a deal with General Atomics for a fleet...

Are the Russians actually behind the Panama Papers?

The “Panama Papers”—does this strike anyone else as a very fishy story? It’s like something out of a cheap spy movie. In early 2015, “John Doe” sends (out of the blue) an email to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), offering 11.5 million documents from a Panamanian law firm relating...

Japan’s cabinet approves bills to loosen post-war military restrictions

TOKYO — Japan’s prime minister declared Thursday that his country would “never become entangled in a war being fought by the United States” as his cabinet approved legislation to loosen restrictions on Japan’s ­self-defense forces. Even as he vowed that the changes would make technically pacifist Japan more peaceful, Prime...

China, Pursuing Strategic Interests, Builds Presence in Antarctica

HOBART, Tasmania — Few places seem out of reach for China’s leader, Xi Jinping, who has traveled from European capitals to obscure Pacific and Caribbean islands in pursuit of his nation’s strategic interests. So perhaps it was not surprising when he turned up last fall in this city on the...

Saudi Arabia Is Burning Through Its Foreign Reserves at a Record Pace

Saudi Arabia is burning through foreign reserves at a record pace as the largesse of the new king and regional turmoil ratchet up pressure on public finances already hurt by the oil price slump. The kingdom spent $36 billion of the central bank’s net foreign assets -- about 5 percent...

Legendary Investor Jim Rogers: Buy Stocks from Russia Fast

Rock bottom oil prices, a resurgent ruble and a rebounding stock market make it a good time to invest in Russia, according to American investor Jim Rogers. "I'm very optimistic about the future of Russia," Rogers told the audience at a Moscow investment conference put on by investment firm BCS. "Certainly one of the most...

Japan, Philippines to hold first naval drill in South China Sea

Japan and the Philippines will hold their first joint naval drill this month in the South China Sea near a disputed shoal claimed by Beijing, sources in Tokyo and the Philippines said. The May 12 maritime safety exercise, which will practice the code for unplanned encounters at sea, known as...

Energy deal: Moscow to lend Pakistan $2b for LNG pipeline

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Russia have finalised an agreement under which Moscow will lend Islamabad $2 billion to lay a pipeline that will transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Karachi to Lahore, Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says, adding that in return Russian companies will be awarded the contract to...

Sümeyye Erdogan heads a covert medical corps to help ISIS injured members

A discontented nurse working clandestinely for a covert medical corps in Şanlıurfa—a city in south-eastern Turkey, close to the border with neighboring Syria— divulges information about the alleged role which Sümeyye Erdogan plays in providing extended medical care for ISIS wounded militants transferred to Turkish hospitals. Living in a...

NATO Breedlove says ‘all tools’ on table to help Ukraine

NATO's top military commander has said the West should "consider all our tools" to assist Ukraine. This, General Philip Breedlove said, includes sending defensive weapons to areas held by pro-Russian rebels. Washington has been discussing whether to supply Kyiv with weapons to assist their military fighting pro-Moscow rebels in eastern...

Saving Syria: Assessing Options for Regime Change

Syria is trapped on a crumbling precipice, and however it might fall will entail significant risks for the United States and for the Syrian people. The brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad is employing its loyal military forces and sectarian thugs to crush the opposition and reassert its tyranny. Even if...

Turkish-ISIL Oil Trade: Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Russia All Accuse Turkey of Smuggling Oil

Because of the Turkish government’s role in the multi-spectrum US-led war against the Syrian Arab Republic, a war of words has ignited between Ankara and Moscow. Russia, however, is not alone in accusing Turkey of being involved in the theft of Syrian and Iraqi oil. Turkish opposition politicians, Turkish...

Press Freedom Groups Denounce NSA Spying on Al Jazeera Bureau Chief

NEW YORK, (IPS) - Ahmad Muaffaq Zaidan doesn’t deny that he’s had contact with terrorist groups. In fact, it would have been rather difficult to do his job otherwise. But the fact that Zaidan is a respected investigative journalist and the Islamabad bureau chief for Al Jazeera didn’t seem to...

Now We Know Why Huge TPP Trade Deal Is Kept Secret From the Public

A key section of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been leaked to the public. The New York Times has a major story on the contents of the leaked chapter, and it's as bad as many of us feared. Now we know why the corporations and the Obama...

Did a Chinese-Russian-Iranian coalition opposing NATO debut in Moscow?

The Moscow Conference on International Security in April was used as a venue to give notice to the US and NATO that other world powers will not let it do as it pleases. Talk about joint efforts between China, India, Russia and Iran against NATO expansion were augmented with plans...

Did Money Seal Israeli-Saudi Alliance?

For more than half a century, Saudi Arabia has tried to use its vast oil wealth to build a lobby in the United States that could rival the imposing Israel Lobby. At top dollar, the Saudis hired law firms and PR specialists – and exploited personal connections to powerful...

Along with Saudi king, most Gulf rulers to skip US summit

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It is not just the Saudi king who will be skipping the Camp David summit of U.S. and allied Arab leaders. Most Gulf heads of state won't be there. The absences will put a damper on talks that are designed to reassure key Arab...

China overtakes US as world’s biggest energy consumer

Increasingly affluent and energy-hungry nation reflects the dramatic increase in the wattage of China's economy. Declarations of love do not get much more highly charged than the one Zhao Xiuxia received from her husband recently on an LED screen bigger than a football pitch. "Dear wife, I adore you. You work...

Major deal: Israel to purchase four patrol ships from Germany to defend gas rigs

Germany will provide Israeli navy with ships at cost of NIS 1.8 billion and finance third of costs; deal announced day before Israel and Germany mark 50 years of diplomatic relations. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen signed a contract Monday under which Israel...

Britain Joins China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Despite U.S. Concerns

In Face of Interest, Alliance Sometimes Fragile. Despite concerns voiced by its close ally the United States, Britain, a conventional Atlantic force, will become the first major Western economy to join a China proposed financing mechanism, which will explore investment opportunities in, mainly, Asia. Downing Street believes its decision to apply to...

Erdogan has a trump card against Putin that would transform the Syrian war

Following the downing of a Russian warplane last week by Turkey, Russia has shown no signs of letting up on its military operations near the Turkish-Syrian border. Prior to the incident, Moscow ignored calls by Ankara to put an "immediate end" to its airstrikes on Turkmen rebel brigades operating along the border. The...

ISIS is now deploying US-supplied TOW Anti-tank Missiles in Syria

ISIS fighters are currently boasting of the deployment of their latest military hardware through photos distributed by Islamic State’s “Wilayat Damascus” (State of Damascus): the US-supplied BGM 71E TOW anti-tank missile system. Among those confirming the authenticity of the photos include analysts at the hawkish Brookings Institution and the Foundation...

Mario Draghi Is About to Become the World’s Market Risk Manager

Mario Draghi is set to become the new first line of defense for the world economy, whether he likes it or not. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s preparations to raise U.S. interest rates this month put the European Central Bank president in the vanguard of the global charge against feeble...

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