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Chris Hedges: The Surrender of the Liberal Left to Neoliberalism Gave Us Proto-fascism

With Trump, you get “the naked fist of a very frightening police state come down upon us,” warns Chris Hedges. Sharmini Peries: What is your reaction to having Trump as a president? Chris Hedges: Depression, that Trump won, followed by anger at the left for failing, after the passage of NAFTA...

Trump Team Promises To Dismantle Dodd-Frank Bank Regulations

During his presidential campaign, Republican Donald Trump said he would "get rid of" Dodd-Frank — the sweeping legislation passed in 2010 to address problems underlying the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Many Republicans hate the 2,300-page law, saying it is layered with far too many regulations. But Democrats say it provides valuable...

Main Street Champion Trump Turns to Wall Street to Fill Treasury Post

President-elect Donald Trump won the White House by promising supporters he was an outsider who was not beholden to special interests on Wall Street. But it didn’t take long for him to look to lower Manhattan for help. According to CNBC, Trump is considering JPMorgan Chase chief Jamie Dimon as...

Trump National Security Team Includes Surprising Names

With many mainstream Republican defense experts having denounced his candidacy, President-elect Donald Trump is assembling a team of lesser known national security figures to staff his transition team, intelligence and military officials told NBC News. A number of prominent Republican former security officials have made it clear through words or...

Never Trump GOP preparing to work with Trump to squeeze Iran

Republicans in Congress who vigorously opposed Donald Trump's run for president are now preparing to work with the incoming Trump administration on a number of foreign policy and national security issues where their policies overlap. First on their agenda is drastically increasing sanctions on Iran. “There are several issues that...

Obama directs Pentagon to target al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, one of the most formidable...

President Obama has ordered the Pentagon to find and kill the leaders of an al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria that the administration had largely ignored until now and that has been at the vanguard of the fight against the Syrian government, U.S. officials said. The decision to deploy more drones and...

NAACP Calls for Restoration of Voting Rights Act in Wake of 2016 Election

Baltimore, MD – For the NAACP, the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, the headline story of November 8 is not merely Trump's triumph or Clinton's concession but rather the millions of Americans who were unable or who unnecessarily struggled to cast their votes because of a badly...

Defense Industry Stocks Surge Following Donald Trump Victory

Donald Trump’s upset victory Tuesday has brought joy to the defense industry. Here’s a snapshot from Google Finance. General Dynamics: Raytheon: Lockheed Martin: Boeing: Trump campaigned on maintaining a strong military, but also voiced some skepticism about overseas military engagements and overpayments to defense contractors. The defense stocks surging is a sign that investors believe...

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...

Copper Price Climbs to One-Year High

Gains based on rise in U.S. infrastructure spending after Trump triumph and optimism over China demand. Copper rose to a fresh one-year high on Wednesday, boosted by bets on a rise in infrastructure spending and continued optimism over China demand. Copper for December delivery settled up 2.9% at $2.4480 a pound...

The GOP’s Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-Covered Story of 2016

There were 25 debates during the presidential primaries and general election and not a single question about the attack on voting rights, even though this was the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. Fourteen states had new voting restrictions in...

Why Long Voting Lines Could Have Long-Term Consequences

In Charlotte, N.C., the lines for the first wave of early balloting last month forced some voters to wait more than two hours. In Las Vegas last weekend, voters were still waiting outside a polling place in a Mexican grocery store two hours after it was set to close....

Donald Trump Recruits Corporate Lobbyists to Select His Future Administration

As Donald Trump finishes his campaign with a promise to break the control of Washington by political insiders, his transition team is preparing to hand his administration over to a cozy clique of corporate lobbyists and Republican power brokers. “Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a...

American And Saudi Weapons Recoverd From ISIS Positions In Mosul

An anonymous Iraqi official recently stated that front line troops “always see US helicopters flying over the ISIL-controlled areas and dropping weapons and urgent aids for them.” Mosul, Iraq — Since the beginning of Operation: Inherent Resolve, the Islamic State has shown itself to be a very shadowy force. Many...

7 specific ways states made it harder for Americans to vote in 2016

It’s too hard to vote in America. That’s the takeaway from what we’ve seen over the past few days of early voting, when multiple states, including swing states like Ohio and North Carolina, have reported long — sometimes hours-long! — lines at the polls. These lines were so bad that...

James Rickards: The Petro Dollar Is Dead, Dollar Devaluation, Pensions Lost, World Currency

James Rickards is the Editor of Strategic Intelligence, a financial newsletter, and Director of The James Rickards Project, an inquiry into the complex dynamics of geopolitics + global capital. He is the author of The New Case for Gold (April 2016), and two New York Times best sellers, The...

There Are 868 Fewer Places to Vote in 2016 Because the Supreme Court Gutted...

Nearly half of counties that previously approved voting changes with the federal government have cut polling places this election. When Aracely Calderon, a naturalized US citizen from Guatemala, went to vote in downtown Phoenix just before the polls closed in Arizona’s March 22 presidential primary, there were more than 700...

While You Weren’t Looking, Donald Trump Released a Plan to Privatize America’s Roads and...

So this is kind of cute. While most of us were tearing our hair out over the FBI and Hillary Clinton's emails last weekend, Donald Trump's campaign quietly released a plan to privatize new infrastructure development in the United States. I know, that's not very sexy on the surface....

Intelligence agencies are running al-Qaeda camps in North Africa  –  UN consultant

New evidence points to a Western cover-up of Algerian state sponsorship of Islamist jihadists, to protect oil and gas interests. An unpublished report by a government advisor and UN consultant, obtained exclusively by INSURGE intelligence, accuses Western and Algerian security services of complicity in al-Qaeda terrorist activity across North Africa. The...

Secret Recordings Fueled FBI Feud in Clinton Probe

Agents thought they had enough material to merit aggressively pursuing investigation into Clinton Foundation. Secret recordings of a suspect talking about the Clinton Foundation fueled an internal battle between FBI agents who wanted to pursue the case and corruption prosecutors who viewed the statements as worthless hearsay, people familiar with...
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Michael Hudson on Hillary Clinton and the US Elections

In this clip from our extended interview, Prof. Michael Hudson, economist and author of ‘Killing the Host – How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy‘, speaks to Ross Ashcroft about the difficult choice faced by Americans in the upcoming US elections. If Hillary Clinton is more capable than...

Hillary Clinton Economic Team Planned Secret Meeting With Wall Street Mogul Pushing To Shift...

Days before publicly promoting a plan that could funnel billions of dollars of retiree assets to Wall Street, the president of one of the world’s largest financial firms was organizing a private meeting with Hillary Clinton's economic team. A hacked email detailing the meeting between Blackstone President Tony James — a...
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Meet the Renegades: Michael Hudson

With every major financial recovery since the second World War beginning in a place of greater debt than the one before it, how could we not have foreseen the financial crisis of 2008? In this episode of Meet the Renegades, economics professor and author, Michael Hudson argues we did. How could...

Black Turnout Soft in Early Voting, Boding Ill for Hillary Clinton

African-Americans are failing to vote at the robust levels they did four years ago in several states that could help decide the presidential election, creating a vexing problem for Hillary Clinton as she clings to a deteriorating lead over Donald J. Trump with Election Day just a week away. As...

What is Turkey up to in northern Syria?

The Oct. 25 bombing by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces supporting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), which is leading Operation Euphrates Shield, is symptomatic of the struggle currently taking place in northern Syria on the al-Bab/Manbij axis. It also underlines the geopolitical conflict pitting...

Iranian politicians hail election of Lebanon’s new president

Iranian politicians from across the spectrum have praised the election of a new president in Lebanon. The Lebanese parliament elected Michel Aoun Oct. 31, ending a more than two-year presidential vacuum in the country. In Tehran, the move was warmly welcomed. President Hassan Rouhani called Aoun and congratulated him on...

China, Malaysia pledge to narrow differences on South China Sea

Kuala Lumpur also agrees to buy four Chinese naval vessels as part of Najib Razak’s visit to Beijing. China and Malaysia vowed to deepen cooperation on the ­disputed South China Sea on Tuesday as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak met Premier Li ­Keqiang in Beijing. Li called on Malaysia and China...

Hillary Clinton Becomes the Unsafe Hand

In the last few days, she’s traded places with Donald Trump as the high-risk candidate. It’s hard to generalize about Hillary Clinton's email situation except that she tried to afford herself an extraordinary privilege as a high-ranking official, and then caused for herself exactly the problems (and worse) that she...

Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link to Russia

WASHINGTON — For much of the summer, the F.B.I. pursued a widening investigation into a Russian role in the American presidential campaign. Agents scrutinized advisers close to Donald J. Trump, looked for financial connections with Russian financial figures, searched for those involved in hacking the computers of Democrats, and...

FBI director James Comey may be under investigation for Hatch Act violation

Office of Special Counsel received complaint against Comey and says ‘in general’ it opens cases into allegations of interfering with elections. By publicly discussing a renewed investigative focus on Hillary Clinton, the FBI director, James Comey, has placed himself in the crosshairs of a federal inquiry into whether he has...

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