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Good as Goldman: Hillary and Wall Street

Good as Goldman: Hillary and Wall Street | Global politics | Scoop.it
Nothing seems to rattle Hillary Clinton quite so much as pointed questions about her personal finances. How much she’s made. How she made it. Where it all came from. From her miraculous adventures in the cattle futures market to the Whitewater real estate scam, many of the most venal Clinton scandals down the decades have involved Hillary’s financial entanglements and the serpentine measures she has taken to conceal them from public scrutiny.

Hillary is both driven to acquire money and emits a faint whiff of guilt about having hoarded so much of it. One might be tempted to ascribe her squeamishness about wealth to her rigid Methodism, but her friends say that Hillary’s covetousness derives from a deep obsession with feeling secure, which makes a kind of sense given Bill’s free-wheeling proclivities. She’s not, after all, a child of the Depression, but a baby boomer. Hillary was raised in comfortable circumstances in the Chicago suburbs and, unlike her husband, has never in her life felt the sting of want.
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Hillary and Tim Kaine: a Match Made on Wall Street

Hillary and Tim Kaine: a Match Made on Wall Street | Global politics | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, Bernie Sanders warned that Hillary Clinton’s eventual vice presidential pick must not be someone from the milieu of Wall Street and Corporate America. And while Sanders is still fighting to win the Democratic Party nomination in what many have argued is a rigged system with a foregone conclusion, it appears that Sanders is also intent on influencing the course of the Clinton campaign and the party itself.

In a thinly veiled demand that Clinton embrace the core principles of the Sanders campaign in order to secure the support of Sanders’s political base, the insurgent Democratic candidate hoped aloud “that the vice-presidential candidate will not be from Wall Street, will be somebody who has a history of standing up and fighting for working families, taking on the drug companies…taking on Wall Street, taking on corporate America, and fighting for a government that works for all of us, not just the 1
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Trump, Trade and Working Class Discontent

Trump, Trade and Working Class Discontent | Global politics | Scoop.it
With the Republican convention just concluded, and the Democrat party nominating convention around the corner, it has now become clear that the 2016 U.S. p
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US Airstrikes Kill Up to 200 Civilians in Northern Syria Villages, ‘Mistook Them for ISIS’

US Airstrikes Kill Up to 200 Civilians in Northern Syria Villages, ‘Mistook Them for ISIS’ | Global politics | Scoop.it
US Airstrikes Kill Up to 200 Civilians in Northern Syria Villages, ‘Mistook Them for ISIS’ | Potentially deadliest strike on civilians in entire war
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Potentially Deadliest Strike on Civilians in Entire War
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In signal to military, Hillary Clinton picks Senator Tim Kaine as running mate - World Socialist Web Site

In signal to military, Hillary Clinton picks Senator Tim Kaine as running mate - World Socialist Web Site | Global politics | Scoop.it
In selecting Kaine, Clinton is making clear that she plans on running a right-wing, pro-war campaign targeted at winning over the military and sections of the Republican Party dissatisfied with Trump.
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Kaine is among the most hawkish figures among Senate Democrats. As governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010, Kaine oversaw billions of dollars in cuts to the state budget. The state of Virginia is a major center for the military and defense industry, and is home to the Pentagon and the headquarters of the CIA.
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Erdogan’s Checkmate: CIA-Backed Coup in Turkey Fails, Upsets Global Chessboard -

Erdogan’s Checkmate: CIA-Backed Coup in Turkey Fails, Upsets Global Chessboard - | Global politics | Scoop.it
The failed coup in Turkey last week was a political and geopolitical earthquake as it has the potential to fundamentally alter the Middle East, NATO, and potentially the balance of power globally.  But while the implications of the recent developments are clear, what actually took place on the night/morning of [...]
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In short, for Washington, Erdogan proved to be an unreliable ally at best, and a dangerous political manipulator at worst. So, as with so many leaders who came to be seen that way by the US political elites, he had to go. And Gulen’s network would come in handy.
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Oliver Stone's "Ukraine on Fire" is Another Big Dent in the Western Maidan Narrative (VIDEO) - The Duran

Oliver Stone's "Ukraine on Fire" is Another Big Dent in the Western Maidan Narrative (VIDEO) - The Duran | Global politics | Scoop.it
The trailer for Oliver Stone's documentary "Ukraine on Fire" looks like it will blow up the US/EU lies about Ukraine's "grass roots" revolution of dignity.
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Oliver Stone claims the “CIA’S Fingerprints are all over the Kiev Massacre.” We also believe lots of neocon, Soros, McCain, and Obama fingerprints are also all over the coup in Ukraine.
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Left vs. Right in Cleveland. Alex Jones Confronts Cenk Uygur. Ana Kasparian Curses Profusely (VIDEO) - The Duran

Left vs. Right in Cleveland. Alex Jones Confronts Cenk Uygur. Ana Kasparian Curses Profusely (VIDEO) - The Duran | Global politics | Scoop.it
Infowars and the Young Turks go head to head in a bizarre shouting match at the Cleveland RNC.
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Kasparian sounds like an Armenian name. Odd, considering that The Young Turks ordered the Armenian genocide as soon as they seized power in the Ottoman Empire. Fine, I never understood that a "leftist" group could call itself such a thing. Perhaps not so odd now that they support Hillary, who has already a couple of murderous war in her bag...
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Watch The Young Turks Give An Ignorant Assessment of Trump, Putin and NATO [Video] - The Duran

Watch The Young Turks Give An Ignorant Assessment of Trump, Putin and NATO [Video] - The Duran | Global politics | Scoop.it
Trump is 100% correct. NATO is obsolete and dangerous.
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How come a leftist group calls itself "The Young Turks"? Historically the first thing the Young Turks did as they seized power in the Ottoman Empire was the Armenian genocide... On the other hand, Alex, I disagree with you: Neocons and consorts hate Putin and Russia not because he stands for family, faith, etc. They don't care about that: They hate him because he has become the main rampart which is preventing them from establishing their full spectrum dominance: Russia under Putin doesn't give in (unlike Yeltsin's good old times), Russia doesn't sell out, and Putin's example and popularity in the world is botching their imperial project of ruling the world.
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Alexander Mercouris: Report of a Russian Tip-Off to Erdogan is True - The Duran

Alexander Mercouris: Report of a Russian Tip-Off to Erdogan is True - The Duran | Global politics | Scoop.it
ExtraTime with Alexander Mercouris - Additional reports appear to confirm Erdogan was saved by a Russian tip-off.
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Why Turkey Suspects Washington of Playing a Part in Failed Coup

Why Turkey Suspects Washington of Playing a Part in Failed Coup | Global politics | Scoop.it
The failed Turkish coup attempt has triggered a heated debate about its origins and alleged plotters. Canada-based author John Chuckman explains why he believes Washington could have winked and a nodded to Turkish military rebels.
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John Chuckman suggested that the US could have given a "wink and a nod (and of course, as always, some cash) to Turkish rebel forces" following the recent Russo-Turkish rapprochement.
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Is a Secret Deal Underway for Russia's 1,616MPH Supersonic MIG-29M?

Is a Secret Deal Underway for Russia's 1,616MPH Supersonic MIG-29M? | Global politics | Scoop.it
Reports indicate that Russia has produced as many as 46 new supersonic MiG-29M fighter jets with rumors that a buyer has been lined up for a $2 billion warplane contract.
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From Silent Majority to White-Hot Rage: Observations from Cleveland

From Silent Majority to White-Hot Rage: Observations from Cleveland | Global politics | Scoop.it
The 2016 Republican National Convention began in the immediate shadow of a highly publicized death spiral involving police and black civilians in Dallas, Falcon Heights, and Baton Rouge. Against this backdrop, the Trump campaign seemed to choose the legacy of Richard Nixon rather than Ronald Reagan as the party’s patron saint. Indeed, 1968 has functioned as myth and symbol throughout the Trump campaign, as they have leaned on racially-charged Nixonian phrases like ‘law and order’, ‘Silent Majority’ and ‘forgotten Americans.’ It might be more accurate to say that Trump has bundled Nixon together with George Wallace, the segregationist Alabama governor whose independent campaign for president that year was more openly racist and confrontational, but who with Nixon defined the Republican Party’s white populist turn.

Going into the convention, top Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort shocked reporters by suggesting that the violent atmosphere of “lawlessness” surrounding the convention was welcome. Indeed, even Wallace had been more tactful in his approach. When asked by reporters about the riots that occurred in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968, Wallace told a reporter, “Of course, any breakdown in law and order is going to support the position of anybody like me who is against a break-down in law and order. Now I don’t want to be helped that way. All I say is they seem to be getting worse and nobody wants to try to stop it.”
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After US Airstrikes Kill 73 in Syria, It’s Time to End Military Assaults that Breed Terrorism

After US Airstrikes Kill 73 in Syria, It’s Time to End Military Assaults that Breed Terrorism | Global politics | Scoop.it
Once again our hearts are breaking – this time, with the tragic news of the deaths of at least 73 civilians, including 35 children, as a result of US airst
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Political Correctness: Handle with Care

Political Correctness: Handle with Care | Global politics | Scoop.it
Racial, gender, and ethnic diversity matters, of course, but political correctness (PC) tied to bourgeois identity politics can be deadly to Left thinkers and activists and to the causes of peace and social justice. Part of what made the deeply conservative Barack Obama attractive to the U.S. corporate and imperial establishment during the long run up to the 2008 presidential election was the American power elite’s reasonable, born-out expectation that Obama’s skin color and status as a First Black President (FBP) would help make progressives, leftists, and serious liberals reluctant to forthrightly protest his coming service to the nation’s unelected and interrelated dictatorships of money, class, empire, and (curiously and stealthily enough) white privilege. Smart power brokers calculated correctly that political correctness around race – and the related fear of being considered racist because one dared to criticize a FBP – would help keep the left in check on Obama’s corporatist, Wall Street-pleasing, and imperial policies.
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“What matters,” Fanon wrote 63 years ago in his first book, Black Skin, White Masks, “is not so much the color of your skin as the power you serve and the millions you betray.”
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  Kinetics Of Empire:  Information Clearing House - ICH

  Kinetics Of Empire:  Information Clearing House - ICH | Global politics | Scoop.it
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Routine police murder of blacks is the obverse of the horrific brutality our mercenaries inflict on the peoples of countries we’ve destroyed. Imperial murder abroad necessitates commensurate racist homicide at home.
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First Facebook Investor Peter Thiel, "Hillary Clinton's Incompetence Is In Plain Sight" [Video] - The Duran

First Facebook Investor Peter Thiel, "Hillary Clinton's Incompetence Is In Plain Sight" [Video] - The Duran | Global politics | Scoop.it
Paypal founder and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel spoke on the fourth night of the 2016 RNC.
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Oliver Stone Says Pokémon Go, “New Level of Invasion” of Privacy. Leads To “Totalitarianism” - The Duran

Oliver Stone Says Pokémon Go, “New Level of Invasion” of Privacy. Leads To “Totalitarianism” - The Duran | Global politics | Scoop.it
Film director Oliver Stone has says Pokémon Go is a “new level of invasion” of privacy that could lead to “totalitarianism”.
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Stone, who won a best director Oscar for Platoon, claimed every major movie studio turned down his new film, forcing him to find finance in France and Germany.
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Hillary Clinton's Top Aide, Huma Abedin, Connected To "28 Pages" Redacted Report - The Duran

Hillary Clinton's Top Aide, Huma Abedin, Connected To "28 Pages" Redacted Report - The Duran | Global politics | Scoop.it
One method of financing Wahhabi terrorism throughout the world, and in this case 9-11, was the use of Saudi "charitable organizations".
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5 Major Highlights of Trump's Foreign Policy - The Duran

5 Major Highlights of Trump's Foreign Policy - The Duran | Global politics | Scoop.it
In an interview with The New York Times during the Republican National Convention, the GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump provided rare new insight into his foreign policy agenda.
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Erdogan's Purge is a Sign of Panic - The Duran

Erdogan's Purge is a Sign of Panic - The Duran | Global politics | Scoop.it
The purge is not a power bid by a calculating President. It is an act of desperation by a government in conflict with the country's institutions taken shortly after it came close to being violently overthrown.
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Erdogan and his supporters are acting in the classic manner of frightened people: lashing out in all directions as they see – and not without cause – enemies everywhere. In this sort of atmosphere anyone who comes under the slightest suspicion risks being arrested or sacked, with the latest reports suggesting that the total number of people so far caught up in the purge already runs to 60,000.
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European Foreign Ministers Believe Ireland is Planning to Exit the EU

European Foreign Ministers Believe Ireland is Planning to Exit the EU | Global politics | Scoop.it
Senior ministers from EU member countries do not believe that Ireland plans to remain a part of the European Union, said Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar.
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