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Première images de la ville d'Aqraba libérée par l'armée syrienne

Première images de la ville d'Aqraba libérée par l'armée syrienne, la ville est entièrement sécurisée : عقربا ريف دمشق - امنة Soutenez-nous sur Facebook http...
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Protests today in Russia called by Khodorkovsky were a damp squib

Protests today in Russia called by Khodorkovsky were a damp squib | Global politics | Scoop.it
Attempt to follow up earlier protests by calling more protests today merely highlighted lack of support for Russia's 'liberal opposition'.
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10 countries that threaten world peace more than North Korea

10 countries that threaten world peace more than North Korea | Global politics | Scoop.it
North Korea does not pose a critical threat to the world. But these countries have done and still very much do.
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Queen of the Russophobes Louise Mensch is slapped down by Julian Assange

Queen of the Russophobes Louise Mensch is slapped down by Julian Assange | Global politics | Scoop.it
Assange set the record straight...again
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Enter Russophobic ultra-racist, Louise Mensch, the failed UK politician and self-professed former drug addict who has recently re-invented herself as an anti-Russian conspiracy theorist so deranged that some of her remarks are nuts even by Ukrainian standards.
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Who Is Behind the State Department's Coup Plot in Venezuela?

Who Is Behind the State Department's Coup Plot in Venezuela? | Global politics | Scoop.it
Th CFR proposes three major political actions for the U.S. to execute a coup in Venezuela in the immediate future. Options that, because of the political and financial weight embodied in CFR, are already in full operation (and running for months). Indeed the CFR have directed the anti-Chavista leadership to strictly follow this coup manual.
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The Barrel Bomb Conundrum

The blanket media use of “barrel bomb” as though it represents something uniquely inhumane is a fascinating example of propaganda, especially set beside the repeated ludicrous claims that British bombs do not kill civilians.
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It is a fascinating example of a propaganda meme. Barrel bombs are being used by Syrian government forces, though on a pretty small scale. They are an improvised weapon made by packing conventional explosive into a beer barrel. They are simply an amateur version of a conventional weapon, and they are far less “effective” – meaning devastating – than the professionally made munitions the UK and US are dropping on Syria, or supplying to the Saudis to kill tens of thousands of civilians in Yemen, or to Israel to drop on children in Gaza.
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What Corporate Media Never Tells You About North Korea.

What Corporate Media Never Tells You About North Korea. | Global politics | Scoop.it
North Korea has not invaded or attacked any nation since the end of the Korean War, while the US has bombed over 30 countries. How many countries is the US currently bombing?? Can’t answer? Who is the aggressor here? Who has refused to “talk” to North Korea? Who has threatened to use nuclear weapons repeatedly against North Korea?
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For example, did you know that North Korea, China, and India, are the only three nations who have committed to a “no nuclear first” policy. They have pledged never to use nuclear weapons “first”, but of course reserve the right to use them if attacked. How many times has the US threatened to use nuclear weapons against North Korea? Do you know that North Korea has repeatedly asked the US to engage in bi-lateral talks, to cool off the ever-escalating tension? The offer was flatly rejected by both Obama and Trump.
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"If You Take East-Syria, I'll Take That Yemeni Port"

"If You Take East-Syria, I'll Take That Yemeni Port" | Global politics | Scoop.it
The red lights must be flashing at CENTCOM, the Pentagon and the National Security Council. For the last twenty-five years the Arab Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea were largely U.S. controlled waters.
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If the Saleh/Houthi alliance can make peace with the southern movements that so far supported Hadi, the war can be ended within a few month. Russia can moderate the negotiations and provide, to some degree, guarantees. Unlike the U.S. it is seen as neutral and sober by all sides of the conflict. The UAE and the Saudis will have to pay up for the carnage they caused. The UAE would probably get commercial Aden port rights for its DP World business. The Saudis would only get some peace within their borders. But by now the Saudis are likely to agree to such a deal - if only to keep face while ending that calamitous adventure in Yemen.
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From Korea To Abu Ghraib - War, Bio-Weapons, Torture And Back

From Korea To Abu Ghraib - War, Bio-Weapons, Torture And Back | Global politics | Scoop.it
Considering the historical record of the United States of committing and covering up warcrimes as well as its general belligerence, North Korea and other nations are probably well advised to stick to their nuclear and missile programs.
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During "Black Thursday" and on other occasions U.S. bomber pilots were captured. Some of them admitted to have dropped biological weapons over China and northern Korea. Their confessions were published in writing and publicized on Korean, Chinese and Russian radio.
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New Spin of North Korea-Syria ‘Axis of Evil’ Points to US War

New Spin of North Korea-Syria ‘Axis of Evil’ Points to US War | Global politics | Scoop.it
Demonize, dehumanize, destroy. That’s the logic being throttled by the Trump administration toward both North Korea and Syria. This week war hawk US Senator Lyndsey Graham after a dinner with President Trump referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “nutjob,” while Trump earlier labeled Syrian leader Bashar Assad an “animal.”
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Last week, Fox News accused the countries of having a “long history” of sharing chemical weapons technology, without providing any corroborating details. Meanwhile, a search in the database of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute – a recognized authority on global weapons trade – finds there is scant transfer of military technology, including chemicals, between North Korea and Syria. In any case, claims chemical weapons were deployed by the Syrian government also ignore earlier reports by United Nations agencies that all such munitions had been completely destroyed under a Russian-US brokered decommissioning deal in 2013.
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How Mass Media Labels are Feeding into the Shia/Alawi Syrian Genocide | Shafaqna English

How Mass Media Labels are Feeding into the Shia/Alawi Syrian Genocide | Shafaqna English | Global politics | Scoop.it
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Syrian Shias and Alawis are no exception. Like Al-Qaeda in Syria, for the Telegraph to collectively call the massacred Shias as “Asad supporters” or “government supporters” is to reduce their humanity to a political identity, an identity that is stripped of the necessary qualities that engender compassion and sympathy. When a person is reduced to a label, the process of demonization and the enactment of violence becomes all to easy with minimal if no feeling of regret.
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Empire Abroad, Empire At Home

Empire Abroad, Empire At Home | Global politics | Scoop.it
Americans are taught to revel in our power and supremacy. Over 650 major military bases span the whole world. We wage endless wars. American corporations are the most powerful economic organizations in history. The fusion of economic and military power makes our empire unlike any the world has ever seen.
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The institutions and ideas U.S. elites used to project “full spectrum dominance” onto the global stage have eventually become part of the political order in the U.S. The “full spectrum” includes us. It is empire — most of all — that dooms democracy and constitutional republics.
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Russia Responds After US Blocks Inspection of Syrian Air Base

Russia Responds After US Blocks Inspection of Syrian Air Base | Global politics | Scoop.it
US 'blocked a decision aimed at a prompt initiation of a mission to find out what really happened in Khan Sheikhun, Syria', according Russia's OPCW Ambassador Alexander Shulgin
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We guess that Americans probably have something to hide, since they persistently want to take the Shayrat airport out of the investigation. Maybe they knew from the start there was no chemical weapons there, and all this was used only as an excuse?
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Is the political speaking circuit a giant money laundering operation?

Is the political speaking circuit a giant money laundering operation? | Global politics | Scoop.it
Serious questions must be asked and serious investigations must be conducted.
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Turkish President Erdogan wastes no time in using his new dictatorial powers

Turkish President Erdogan wastes no time in using his new dictatorial powers | Global politics | Scoop.it
Neo-Ottoman war abroad and mass purges at home have defined Erdogan's post-referendum period of victory.
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Do Americans Have No Shame?

Do Americans Have No Shame? | Global politics | Scoop.it
Most liberals want to be flag waving patriots and they are loath to concede the wrongdoing which goes on in one presidency after another. They refuse to admit their own complicity in excusing war crimes with vapid talk of lesser evils.
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It is time for Americans to grow up but that is easier said than done in a country for which historical amnesia is a founding principle. Most liberals want to be flag waving patriots and they are loath to concede the wrongdoing which goes on in one presidency after another. They refuse to admit their own complicity in excusing war crimes with vapid talk of lesser evils. If Americans are so upset about the prospect of being treated the way their government treats millions of people they should always condemn these violations. They ought to foreswear support for the wars of aggression committed in their name. Democrats go on foolishly speaking of an “act of war” committed by Vladimir Putin. This latest propaganda term is not just stupid, it is extremely dangerous and posits that Americans have rights that they do not accord to others.
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America’s Financial War Strategy

America’s Financial War Strategy | Global politics | Scoop.it
The end game for the dollar and America’s harvesting of foreign countries is therefore in sight, and it will likely end with a final dollar crisis. China could bring this about at a time of its own choosing, simply by introducing the planned oil futures yuan contract alongside the gold futures yuan contract.
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The Relentless Push Towards War

The Relentless Push Towards War | Global politics | Scoop.it
"Once weapons were manufactured to fight wars. Now wars are manufactured to sell weapons." - Arundhati Roy
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Prez Trump: You Can't Fight the Whole World

Prez Trump: You Can't Fight the Whole World | Global politics | Scoop.it
The ‘terrorist’ label is slapped onto all enemies of Israel and the United States. It’s a handy, meaningless sobriquet that automatically denies those so named political or moral justice.
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An Iranian commander told me, ‘let the Americans come and invade. They will break their teeth on Iran. Then we will drive them out of the Mideast.” Boastful, yes, but not impossible. Iran could prove more than the US can handle. President Trump does not know this yet and is still having fun with his new military toys. Problem is, he just can’t decide where to attack first.
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Why Is There So Little Popular Protest Against Recent Threats of Nuclear War?

Why Is There So Little Popular Protest Against Recent Threats of Nuclear War? | Global politics | Scoop.it
The belief of Americans and Europeans that their countries are safe from a North Korean attack.  Yes, many people will die in a new Korean War, especially one fought with nuclear weapons, but they will be “only” Koreans.
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So why is there so little public protest today? One factor is certainly the public’s preoccupation with other important issues, among them climate change, immigration, terrorism, criminal justice, civil liberties, and economic inequality. Another appears to be a sense of fatalism. Many people believe that Kim and Trump are too irrational to respond to reason and too autocratic to give way to public pressure. Yet another factor is the belief of Americans and Europeans that their countries are safe from a North Korean attack. Yes, many people will die in a new Korean War, especially one fought with nuclear weapons, but they will be “only” Koreans.
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Trump: The Madder he Gets, the More Seriously the World Takes Him

Trump: The Madder he Gets, the More Seriously the World Takes Him | Global politics | Scoop.it
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It’s one thing to have a lunatic in the White House who watches late night television and tweets all day. But when the same lunatic goes to war, it now emerges, he’s a safer bet for democracy, a strong President who stands up to tyrants (unless they happen to be Saudis, Turks or Egyptians) and who acts out of human emotion rather than cynicism. How else can one account for the extraordinary report in The New York Times which recorded how Trump’s “anguish” at the film of dying Syrian babies had led him to abandon “isolationism”?
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Le Pen Wins Day Two, and Day Three As Well

Le Pen Wins Day Two, and Day Three As Well | Global politics | Scoop.it
If you just came in from a foreign country and looked at the news, you might think she could beat Macron.
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Syria denounces aggression carried out by Erdogan’s regime on Syrian territory – Syrian Arab News Agency

Syria denounces aggression carried out by Erdogan’s regime on Syrian territory – Syrian Arab News Agency | Global politics | Scoop.it
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The Looting Machine Called Capitalism

I have come to the conclusion that capitalism is successful primarily because it can impose the majority of the costs associated with its economic activities on outside parties and on the environment. In other words, capitalists make profits because their costs are externalized and born by others. In the US, society and the environment have to pick up the tab produced by capitalist activity.

In the past when critics raised the question about external costs, that is, costs that are external to the company although produced by the company’s activities, economists answered that it was not really a problem, because those harmed by the activity could be compensated for the damages that they suffered. This statement was intended to reinforce the claim that capitalism served the general welfare. However, the extremely primitive nature of American property rights meant that rarely would those suffering harm be compensated. The apologists for capitalism saved the system in the abstract, but not in reality.
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BREAKING: PUTIN WINS FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

BREAKING: PUTIN WINS FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION | Global politics | Scoop.it
Putin is the projected winner of the first, second, third and fourth rounds of France's presidential race
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In a brief statement given at the Kremlin, Putin said he was honored to serve as France's next president and looked forward to annexing all their baguettes.
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