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Egypt: Scenes From a Besieged City » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Egypt: Scenes From a Besieged City » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | Global politics | Scoop.it
Egypt: Scenes From a Besieged City
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It is dark, pitch dark, on the streets of Port Said. Small groups of young men are gathering in the center of the city, mostly around burnt out cars. Some are very restless. They shout and gesticulate, furious.

 

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   Which Corporations Control The World?  :  Information Clearing House - ICH

   Which Corporations Control The World?  :  Information Clearing House - ICH | Global politics | Scoop.it
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Are We Witnessing a Coup Operation Against the Trump White House?  :  Information Clearing House - ICH

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There is only one thing worse than this president. I refer to the liberal reaction to his election.
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McMaster Takes Charge: Trump Relinquishes Control of Foreign Policy 

McMaster Takes Charge: Trump Relinquishes Control of Foreign Policy  | Global politics | Scoop.it
The war party is back in power and the odds of normal relations with Russia have dropped to zero. The appointment of Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster
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Israeli Soldiers Destroy UNICEF Drinking Water Pipeline

Israeli Soldiers Destroy UNICEF Drinking Water Pipeline | Global politics | Scoop.it
The pipeline was built by UNICEF to provide access to clean drinking water. , Israel, Palestine, pipeline, UNICEF, United Nations, water, West Bank,
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 Did Trump’s New Anti-Drug Policy Prompt the CIA to Move Against Him? :  Information Clearing House - ICH

I do not mean to suggest that CIA officers themselves smuggle drugs into the US. The actual smuggling is almost always done by professional traffickers who are treated as national security assets because they also provide various kinds of support for covert CIA operations. In return, the “blessed” traffickers are allowed to ply their illicit trade without interference from US Customs, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), even local police. The CIA oversees the trade which is largely about market share, and also receives a cut of the action, which it uses to fund black-budget operations. Competitors who refuse to cooperate are fair game, and are periodically rounded up and prosecuted to show that the government is seriously waging the war on drugs. Of course, despite the occasional high profile arrests and convictions, somehow the drugs are always readily available on the street. The supply seldom fails, an inconvenient truth never mentioned by the media nor acknowledged by government officials.
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If Trump’s new anti-drug-trafficking policy is carried out it will place drug enforcement agencies in direct opposition to CIA officers who for many years have “managed” the flow of cocaine and heroin into the United States. In fact, “dismantling the transnational criminal organizations” responsible for the drug trade will ultimately require nothing less than the dismantling of the CIA itself. The wording of Trump’s executive orders leaves no doubt about his intent. The president is not proposing half measures. Officials at the CIA no doubt grasped the significance of this at a glance, and concluded correctly that the president himself, every bit as much as his new executive orders, must henceforth be viewed as a threat to the Agency’s power and covert prerogatives. The scary part, from the CIA standpoint, is that Trump really means it. This is in sharp contrast with Ronald Reagan, whose 1980s-era war on drugs was nothing but a charade. One can well imagine the brief but intense moment of panic at Langley when CIA officials first learned about the orders. Their signing by Trump created an immediate compelling reason for the CIA to move against the president, and to do so without delay. This, very likely, explains the classified leak on February 9th about Gen. Flynn.
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Liberals Beware: Lie Down With Dogs, Get Up With Fleas

Liberals Beware:  Lie Down With Dogs, Get Up With Fleas | Global politics | Scoop.it
Should Adolph Hitler’s Reich Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, have been protected under the first amendment? How about the New York Times?

Are there any similarities between Goebbels relentless attempts to lead the German people to war and the Times publications preceding the war in Iraq? (RE: WMD, mobile weapons labs, yellowcake uranium, curveball, aluminum tubes etc) Is there a case for prosecution here or is the comparison just too far fetched to even consider?
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What’s more interesting is the fact that Obama decided to impose the new sanctions on Russia in late December (after Trump had already been elected) knowing that Trump probably wouldn’t support the sanctions. That seems strange, don’t you think? Why would Obama do something so disrespectful at the eleventh hour unless he had something else up his sleeve? Was Obama setting a trap to get rid of the man who was the driving-force behind better relations with Russia? (Flynn)
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  Thirty Seconds To Midnight - The Final Wake Up Call:  Information Clearing House - ICH

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Elor Azaria Verdict: ‘No Justice for Palestinians’  :  Information Clearing House - ICH

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M of A - The "Blind Sheik" And The CIA - Media Again Bury U.S. Support For Radical Islamism

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 Former (?) Mossad Officer Predicts that Trump Will be Impeached on Grounds of Treason :  Information Clearing House - ICH

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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Mission Unaccomplished, 15 Years Later | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Mission Unaccomplished, 15 Years Later | TomDispatch | Global politics | Scoop.it
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 White House blocks CNN, BBC, New York Times, LA Times from media briefing :  Information Clearing House - ICH

 White House blocks CNN, BBC, New York Times, LA Times from media briefing :  Information Clearing House - ICH | Global politics | Scoop.it
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President Trump renewed his attacks on the media by again calling news outlets “the enemy of the people” at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington DC. "I'm against the people that make up stories and make up sources," he told his audience. "They shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name. Let their name be put out there."
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Sleepwalking Into a Nuclear Arms Race with Russia

Sleepwalking Into a Nuclear Arms Race with Russia | Global politics | Scoop.it
The Nuclear Question is becoming increasingly obfuscated by spin and lobbying as the West sleepwalks into Cold War II — a walk made all th
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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou: Treating Russia As The ‘Bogeyman’ Has Failed

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou: Treating Russia As The ‘Bogeyman’ Has Failed | Global politics | Scoop.it
An Interview with The Duran’s Alex Christoforou: What Claims That Treating Russia As The ‘Bogeyman’ Has Failed The United States.
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 The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost :  Information Clearing House - ICH

 The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost :  Information Clearing House - ICH | Global politics | Scoop.it
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Moscow’s Peace Efforts Are Sabotaged as Washington Aims to Make War With Russia Inevitable

Moscow’s Peace Efforts Are Sabotaged as Washington Aims to Make War With Russia Inevitable | Global politics | Scoop.it
Russian efforts to broker peace in Syria and Ukraine are now in tatters, as Washington revs up its war rhetoric and throws caution to the wind. They want war, and they just might get it.
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Even the abstract concept of "talking" to the Russians is now considered an act of treason. Just ask Michael Flynn. When Tillerson had his first meeting with Lavrov in Bonn, he very anxiously shut out the press, in direct affront to normal protocol. No American official wants to be caught on camera talking with a Russian. As a general observation, it's a very bad time to be alive if you're a Russian diplomat.
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Why Do “Progressives” Like War?

Fleeing to Canada is no longer an option
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Though involvement by Moscow in the Middle East and Eastern Europe is undeniable, calling it a threat against U.S. vital interests is more than a bit of a stretch as Russia’s actual ability to make trouble is limited. It has exactly one overseas military facility, in Syria, while the U.S. has more than 800, and its economy and military budget are tiny compared to that of the United States. In fact, it is Washington that is most guilty of intervening globally and destabilizing entire regions, not Moscow, and when Donald Trump said in an interview that when it came to killing the U.S. was not so innocent it was a gross understatement.
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Israel Interferes In Our Politics All The Time, And It’s Never a Scandal  :  Information Clearing House - ICH

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Trump’s Watergate All About Drowning Out Russia

Trump’s Watergate All About Drowning Out Russia | Global politics | Scoop.it
Prominent sections of the US media are willingly acting as conduits for intelligence agencies leaking classified government information to damage the Trump White House.. CNN. US. Trump. Strategic Culture Foundation
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The practice of leaking confidential information by security services is a grave breach.
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Trump’s Anti-Iran Coalition

Trump’s Anti-Iran Coalition | Global politics | Scoop.it
The US seeks to use the ‘Iranian threat’ to milk the Gulf states’ coffers and get them to normalize with Israel
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The US is using the Iranian bogeyman to extort the Arab states and bog them down in sectarian wars. Sadly, they have been submitting to this extortion and raising white flags of surrender. They refuse to learn from previous experiences which affirm that while Iran is becoming stronger and more influential, they — as ‘moderate’ Arab friends of the US — have become increasingly weak, ineffective and bankrupt in every sense.
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