08 Sep 2013

Today Nader, Tomorrow Assad via Charlie Rose

To read Ralph Nader at his very best, click on this link: http://nader.org/2013/09/06/stopping-barry-obombers-rush-to-war/

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07 Sep 2013

Assad’s Interview to Le Figaro in English

To meet the ‘monster’ via his own words in a thoughtful, lengthy interview: http://othersite.org/president-bashar-al-assad´s-interview-with-le-figaro/

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05 Sep 2013

Shades of Peter the Great!

It’s been almost two months since my last blog, as I’ve been busy with my books, and also seriously inclined to discontinue this effort for lack of feedback. Today’s G20 Summit however is calling so loudly for a comment that I cannot resist. RT’s claim that President Obama still doesn’t want

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23 Jul 2013

Sunni/Shi’a, U.S/Russia

As sectarian violence makes headlines once again in the Middle East, the mainstream media still fails to outline its causes, which are ideological as well as religious, thereby distorting as well the increa-singly adversarial nature of the U.S./Russia relationship. In terms of the Syrian conflict, the main reason behind the

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20 Jul 2013

Brother’s Keepers and Losing Syria to Al Qaeda

The latest McCarthyite innovation of the U.S. government is a series of directives to its employees telling the how to be on the look-out for present or future whistle-blowers.Administration officials want government workers trained to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on the lifestyles, attitudes and behaviors – like

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19 Jul 2013

Three Musketeers vs. Goliath

RT’s Sophia Shevardnadze interviews Russian specialist Professor Stephen F. Cohen today about the fall-out from the Snowden case in U.S.-Russia relations. Cutting to the chase, Cohen compared the American public’s response to the Pentagon papers with what is happening today: polls indicate that about half of Americans accept to be

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18 Jul 2013

Making the World Safe for Democracy

In an interview this morning with France 24, the new Egyptian Minister for Trade and Industry,  Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, corrected the impression given by another member of the government that Egypt was no longer interested in an IMF loan since Saudi Arabia is poneying up $12 billion to ease the

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16 Jul 2013

Future EU Agreements with Israel Won’t Apply to Territories

This morning I received this story that ran in Ha’aretz: The European Union has published a binding directive to all 28 member states forbidding any funding, cooperation, awarding of scholarships, research funds or prizes to anyone residing in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The regulation, which goes into effect on Friday,

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14 Jul 2013

Trayvon

Yesterday I tweeted that the justice system must have known the outcome of the trial in advance, otherwise why would they have put the word out that they were ‘bracing for violence’? But even more disturbing were the Sunday talk shows: you could hardly slip a piece of tissue paper

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13 Jul 2013

Snowden and Malala

Will the Edward Snowden affair mark the beginning of a new press paradigm in the United States?  For decades the American media has dutifully relayed the government line, renouncing its role of watchdog charged with exposing government wrong-doing.  Whistle-blowers in effect emerged to fill the void. In an unusual incident,

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