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CIA's critical role in the revival of Islamic fundamentalism

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Historian, journalist and Marxist intellectual, Vijay Prashad, describes to Afshin Rattansi the growing relationship between the US, CIA and radical Islam.

As Prashad points out:

The Muslim intellectuals - of, firstly, the Tsarist Empire, but then, all the way out to Iran and to Indonesia - understood and recognized that the promise of equality and humanity was not going to be established merely spiritually. And so, you had an attempt by many scholars - again from Indonesia out to Iraq - trying to reconcile Islam and Marxism.
This was such an enormous threat that in the 1960s, the CIA colluded with the Saudis to create a group called the World Muslim League, whose express purpose was to break this link. And they forcibly pushed a kind of right-wing Islam to undercut it, whether it's up in Dagestan and Chechnya, or it's in Indonesia. And you see the fruits of it today.
Afghanistan was not a country of very conservative hyper-masculinist form of Islam. It wa…

Whenever the Tories get into trouble, the BBC helps them out

While the BBC ratchets up its campaign against the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the timing of its Panorama programme couldn’t have been more perfect. 
by Readers of The National 
Part 2
I HAVE never seen such a one-sided, biased documentary as the BBC Panorama programme on antisemitism in the Labour party. This was backed up by biased coverage on news programmes on TV and radio. Those of us in Scotland have become used to BBC bias in the coverage of independence, which is why the BBC in Scotland has the highest number on people refusing to pay the licence fee.

Now people in England are experiencing this level of bias I predict the number of non-payers will rise significantly too. Of course we can protest, but the evidence is from Scotland that the BBC ignore the protests. 
For the record, as a former Labour party member for many years and a councillor and an MEP I never encountered anti-semitism in the Labour party, indeed Jewish members were active in every section of the party withou…

Άρχισαν να το μετανιώνουν από τώρα οι 'νοικοκυραίοι' πατριώτες;

failed evolution
Δεν θα μπορούσαμε να φανταστούμε ότι θα δικαιωνόμασταν τόσο γρήγορα. Ήδη από τα τέλη Μαΐου είχαμε γράψει:

Οι νεοφιλελεύθεροι ιμπεριαλιστές λοιπόν έστησαν το τέλειο κόλπο. Θέλοντας να ετοιμάσουν την απόλυτα αφοσιωμένη μαριονέτα τους, τον Κυριάκο Μητσοτάκη, για να αναλάβει την εξουσία, έστησαν το σκηνικό στα μέτρα του. Έβαλαν τον Τσίπρα να υπογράψει μνημόνιο, να υπογράψει τη συμφωνία των Πρεσπών και γενικά να κάνει όλη τη βρόμικη δουλειά για να μη λερωθεί ο 'ατσαλάκωτος' Κυριάκος.
Το εγχώριο μιντιακό κατεστημένο δεν έχασε χρόνο. Άρχισε αμέσως νέες επιχειρήσεις προπαγάνδας με επίκεντρο τη συμφωνία των Πρεσπών, προκειμένου να φανεί ότι η εγχώρια δεξιά, όσο και αν έχει αλλάξει, δεν έχει χάσει τα πατριωτικά ανακλαστικά της, σε αντίθεση με τους 'προδότες Αριστερούς'.  
Η προπαγάνδα έπιασε, και ένα σημαντικό ποσοστό των λούμπεν μικροαστών πήγε στην κάλπη θυμωμένο, προκειμένου να τιμωρήσει τον 'ανθέλληνα' Τσίπρα. Η μιντιακή πλύση εγκεφάλου κατάφερε με τ…

How corporate welfare hurts you

Robert Reich
In 2013, for example, the state of Washington approved a record $8.7 billion handout to Boeing in order “to maintain and grow its workforce within the state." What did Boeing do? In the following years, it laid off more than 12,000 workers in the state. 
State and local tax breaks for corporations are estimated to cost local schools almost $2 billion a year in lost tax revenue. 
It’s argued they create jobs, yet nationwide, not a single new job is created. At most, the jobs are merely moved from state to state.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky claims Erdogan told him that Turkey was willing to withdraw from NATO

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has assured that his country is prepared to leave NATO during a meeting with Russian Deputy Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

I met twice with Turkish President Recep Erdogan and he told me personally that Turkey was willing to withdraw from NATO,” Zhirinovsky wrote.

Turkey is also trying to join the European Union but is it not accepted or even close to fulfilling all conditions.
Turkey was one of the first countries to be received by NATO because its territory was suitable for actions against Russia,” said Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democrat Party (LDPR).

Turkey joined NATO in 1952 and have applied for membership in the European Union since 1999.

However, the purchase by Turkey of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft systems could not lead to the expulsion of Ankara from NATO, Turkish experts say.
I do not think the S-400 agreement is a reason for Turkey’s exclusion from NATO,” said Huseyin Alptekin, a researcher on the strategic program of the Foundati…

Next global financial meltdown already started? Deutsche Bank clients are pulling $1 billion a day

There is a reason James Simons' RenTec is the world's best performing hedge fund - it spots trends (even if they are glaringly obvious) well ahead of almost everyone else, and certainly long before the consensus.
That's what happened with Deutsche Bank, when as we reported two weeks ago, the quant fund pulled its cash from Deutsche Bank as a result of soaring counterparty risk, just days before the full - and to many, devastating - extent of the German lender's historic restructuring was disclosed, and would result in a bank that is radically different from what Deutsche Bank was previously.
In any case, now that RenTec is long gone, and questions about the viability of Deutsche Bank are swirling - yes, it won't be insolvent overnight, but like the world's biggest melting ice cube, there is simply no equity value there any more - everyone else has decided to cut their counterparty risk with the bank with the €45 trillion in derivatives, and according to Bloomb…

JP Morgan cargo ship released, minus the $1.3 billion worth of cocaine found onboard

US federal authorities have released a cargo ship owned by JP Morgan, weeks after it was seized at the Port of Philadelphia in an unprecedented drugs bust that netted 20 tons of cocaine.

They are still considering whether to pursue civil or criminal forfeiture of the ship, MSC ‘Gayane,’ which is now cruising toward the Netherlands.

US attorney William McSwain wrote on Twitter: “My office secured $10 million in cash and a $40 million surety bond from the owner and operator of the vessel in exchange for its temporary release pending a final resolution in this case.”
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The cargo ship belongs to JP Morgan Chase through a transportation fund managed by the bank. JP Morgan leased the ship to the MSC, which is solely responsible for the vessel’s crews and operations.

The vessel was seized last month with nearly 20 tons of cocaine on board worth $1.3 billion. The massive cocaine loot was hidden in shipping containers carrying legitimate goods, such as wine, Chilean dried nuts, and scrap …

CNN twist surveillance footage of Julian Assange into Russiagate conspiracy

CNN has released a new ‘exclusive’ report, accusing Julian Assange of conspiring with ‘the Russians’ (including RT) to meddle in the 2016 US election – again.

Citing a report compiled by a private Spanish security company – but not providing any of it – the network basically re-hashed the entirety of the Russiagate conspiracy on Monday, painting a sinister portrait of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, RT and “Russians and world-class hackers” that supposedly made the revelations of Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Podesta emails happen during the 2016 election. It includes speculation, insinuation, selective quoting of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, and even an easily and repeatedly disproven lie about RT. 
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RT journalists simply noticed a pattern to the WikiLeaks’ releases and kept a close eye on its website in expectation of every new batch. As RT’s Dublin bureau editor-on-duty at the time Ivor Crotty put it: “We merely watched a trend and performed journal…

Britain to send third warship to the Persian Gulf

The British Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday that the UK would send a third warship, HMS Kent, to the Persian Gulf, adding, however, that the decision to do so is not related to the current row with Iran.
According to the officials, the HMS Kent, a Type 23 frigate, will deploy to the region later in the year in order to take over after the HMS Duncan.

Tensions between Iran and the UK escalated in July, when the Royal Navy and Gibraltarian authorities seized Iran's Grace 1 supertanker, claiming that it was smuggling 2.1m barrels of crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.
Later, London also stated that the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had tried to "divert" a British Heritage tanker "from international to Iranian waters" in the Persian Gulf.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani slammed London's decision to send a military escort with the tanker, stating that the UK's previous actions had endangered the safety of navigation in the regi…

Sanders accuses Biden of parroting pharma and insurance industry script with attacks on Medicare for All

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday accused 2020 Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden of parroting insurance and pharmaceutical industry talking points after the former vice president raised alarm about the supposedly high price tag of Medicare for All and suggested the transition to a single-payer system would leave people with gaps in health coverage.
Campaigning in New Hampshire on Saturday, Biden said he wants to expand the Affordable Care Act and add a public option, claiming such incremental steps wouldn't "cost $3 trillion, and it can be done quickly."

"I don't know why we'd get rid of what in fact is working and move to something totally new," Biden said. "And so, there are differences."

Medicare for All advocates—including Sanders, the lead sponsor of the Medicare for All Act of 2019 in the Senate—argue that the ACA is not working, pointing to the tens of millions of Americans who are uninsured or under-insured.
In an interview with the…