Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Donald Trump’s Idea to Cut National Debt: Get Creditors to Accept Less

After assuring Americans he is not running for president “to make things unstable for the country,” the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump, suggested that he might reduce the national debt by persuading creditors to accept something less than full payment. Asked on Thursday whether the United States needed to...

As Corruption Engulfs Brazil’s Interim President, Mask Has Fallen Off Protest Movement

Momentum for the impeachment of Brazil's democratically elected president, Dilma Rousseff, was initially driven by large, flamboyant street protests of citizens demanding her removal. Although Brazil’s dominant media endlessly glorified (and incited) these green-and-yellow-clad protests as an organic citizen movement, evidence recently emerged that protests groups were covertly funded by opposition parties. Still,...

Google Is Not What It Seems

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt shares a joke with Hillary Clinton during a special "fireside chat" with Google staff. The talk was held on 21 Jul 2014 at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California. In this extract from his new book When Google Met Wikileaks, WikiLeaks' publisher Julian Assange describes the...

The Android Administration

Google’s Remarkably Close Relationship With the Obama White House, in Two Charts. When President Obama announced his support last week for a Federal Communications Commission plan to open the market for cable set-top boxes — a big win for consumers, but also for Google — the cable and telecommunications giants...

Defense contractor employees give the most money to Hillary Clinton

Clinton beats all of the Republicans, plus Bernie Sanders, in getting the defense industry’s financial help for her presidential campaign. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has collected more than any other candidate in the 2016 race from employees tied to the 50 largest contractors with the U.S. Department of Defense...

How Think Tanks Amplify Corporate America’s Influence

Think tanks are seen as independent, but their scholars often push donors’ agendas, amplifying a culture of corporate influence in Washington. WASHINGTON — As Lennar Corporation, one of the nation’s largest home builders, pushed ahead with an $8 billion plan to revitalize a barren swath of San Francisco, it found...

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal

The headline on the website Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when its precursor served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.” The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had...

Trade, Not Immigrants, May Have Been Key Motivator of Donald Trump’s Voters

A deeper look at election results suggests his victory may have come more from his stand against free trade. From the day he rode down an escalator at Trump Tower to launch his campaign, Donald Trump's candidacy was identified most often with one issue: fighting illegal immigration. A deeper look into...

Imperial Designs? Current US Ambassador to Brazil Served in Paraguay Prior to 2012 Coup

The U.S. ambassador to Brazil previously served in Paraguay in the lead up to the 2012 coup against Lugo, who was ousted in a manner similar to Rousseff. The possible role of the United States government in the ouster of the democratically elected President Dilma Rousseff is being scrutinized after...

The US Is Preparing to Oust President Evo Morales

US intelligence agencies have ramped up their operations intended to remove Bolivian President Evo Morales from office. All options are on the table, including assassination. Barack Obama, who sees the weakening of Latin America’s “hostile bloc of populist states” as one of his administration’s foreign-policy victories, intends to buoy...

Donald Trump was right: The Election was Rigged. In his favour.

ETHNIC VOTES STOLEN IN CRUCIAL STATES HELP FIX US ELECTION FOR TRUMP, REVEALS GREG PALAST. Throughout the US election campaign one of The Donald’s main refrains was “this election is rigged.” Turns out this particular Trump election rallying cry wasn’t a lie... Well, not entirely. Veteran election investigator Greg Palast has uncovered...

How Barack Obama Turned His Back On Saudi Arabia And Its Sunni Allies

World View: A striking feature of the President's foreign policy is that he learns from failures and mistakes. Commentators have missed the significance of President Barack Obama’s acerbic criticism of Saudi Arabia and Sunni states long allied to the US for fomenting sectarian hatred and seeking to lure the US...

America’s Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East

A Book Talk at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - May 12, 2016 By Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) Since the end of the Cold War, we’re had a lot of very instructive experience in the Middle East. Back in 2010, I compiled the real-time analyses I had...

GCC seeks formal US security pact

NEW YORK // The UAE is hoping that talks between US president Barack Obama and GCC leaders next week will lead to a formal security arrangement between the traditional allies, the country’s ambassador to Washington said. “We are looking for some form of security guarantee, given the behaviour of Iran...

The Collapse of the Liberal World Order

The world is entering a period where once-robust democracies have grown fragile. Now is the time to figure out where we went wrong. Once upon a time — that is, back in the 1990s — a lot of smart and serious people believed liberal political orders were the wave of...

New FBI release on Clinton email probe refers to Shadow Government

A new trove of interview summaries and notes from the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails lays out a series of allegations that could prove fodder for future attacks on the Democratic presidential nominee. The 100 pages, released Monday morning, include claims that Clinton "blatantly" disregarded protocol. Other claims include...

Folha’s Journalistic Fraud Far Worse Than We Reported Yesterday: A Smoking Gun Emerges

On Wednesday, The Intercept published an article documenting the extraordinary journalistic fraud committed by Brazil’s largest newspaper, Folha de São Paulo, in radically distorting the views of Brazilians on the key questions of the country’s political crisis. Specifically, Folha blasted headlines to the country announcing that 50 percent of Brazilians now want the extremely...

Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans

In March I received a call from the White House counsel’s office regarding a speech I had prepared for my boss at the State Department. The speech was about the impact that the disclosure of National Security Agency surveillance practices would have on U.S. Internet freedom policies. The draft...
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Trump Wants To Stop The New Cold War

Cohen says the media at large is doing a huge disservice to the American people by ignoring the substance of Trump's arguments about NATO and Russia, and buying the Clinton campaign's simplistic smear that Trump is a Russian "Manchurian candidate." "That reckless branding of Trump as a Russian agent, most...

Beware Donald Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

We don’t know much about Donald Trump's plans for this new toy he’s inherited called the world’s only superpower. But we know that he likes to put his name on things, which is why his prioritizing of an infrastructure program makes a lot of sense. He can barnstorm the...

With Trump’s election, is stimulus spending back on Washington’s agenda?

Has John Maynard Keynes just won a ticket back to the White House? Keynes was the British economist who advocated government deficit spending to stimulate moribund economies. And that seems to be the principle undergirding the $1-trillion infrastructure construction plan that President-elect Donald Trump proposed shortly before election day. Trump...
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John McCain: Arm Syrian Rebels to Shoot Down Russian Planes

Senator John McCain also admits that the US is arming, supporting, equipping and training al-Nusra/Al-Qaeda in Syria! McCain reacted to Russia’s announcement that it had begun launching air strikes targeting ISIS militants in Syria by calling on the White House to arm Syrian rebels with weapons to shoot down Russian...

Congress Moves Again to Block Investigation of Congressional Insider Trading

Lawyers for the House of Representatives have escalated their legal fight to block the first-ever congressional insider trading investigation. The case revolves around allegations that Brian Sutter, a former senior staff member of the Ways and Means Committee, passed along nonpublic information concerning a Medicare reimbursement rate change to a lobbyist...

The Cyber-War on Wikileaks

When the ruling class is in panic, their first reaction is to hide the panic. They react out of cynicism: when their masks are revealed, instead of running around naked, they usually point the finger at the mask they wear. These days the whole world could witness a postmodern version of...

Leaks Show Senate Aide Threatened Colombia Over Cheap Cancer Drug

Leaked diplomatic letters sent from Colombia's Embassy in Washington describe how a staffer with the Senate Finance Committee, which is led by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, warned of repercussions if Colombia moves forward on approving the cheaper, generic form of a cancer drug. The drug is called imatinib. Its manufacturer,...

State failing on voter ID

New, restrictive voter ID rules will be in place for the first major election come Wisconsin's primary on April 5. And while the law also mandates that the state run a public service campaign to educate voters on what forms of ID are acceptable, the state simply has failed...

Could Hillary Clinton really be indicted over her emails?

The FBI is still investigating and while the candidate herself and much expert opinion say it’s not going to happen, any indictment could end her campaign. Did Hillary Clinton do the wrong thing when she used a private email server while secretary of state from 2009 to 2013? Yes. She herself...

F.B.I. Director James Comey Recommends No Charges for Hillary Clinton on Email

WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, on Tuesday recommended no criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information while she was secretary of state, lifting an enormous legal cloud from her presidential campaign less than two hours before she boarded Air Force One for...
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The Kochs & the Nazis: Book Reveals Billionaires’ Father Built Key Oil Refinery for...

In her new book, "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right," New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer explores how the Koch brothers and fellow right-wing billionaires have funded a political machine aimed at shaping elections and public policy. The book contains a...

Shades of the Cold War: How the DNC fabricated a Russian hacker conspiracy to...

Leaked revelations of the DNC's latest misconduct bear a disturbing resemblance to Cold War red-baiting. Now wait a minute, all you upper-case “D” Democrats. A flood light suddenly shines on your party apparatus, revealing its grossly corrupt machinations to fix the primary process and sink the Sanders campaign, and within...

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