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Max Blumenthal drops by the largest US military base in Latin America

The Grayzone
The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal rolled up on the Soto Cano / Palmerola air base in Honduras, the US military's largest in Latin America. It plays a key role in Washington's military strategy for Central America, and was a major factor behind the 2009 coup.

The private concentration camps of the US capitalism

The Humanist Report
This is what the 'American Dream' has become.

A year after Nicaragua’s coup, the media’s regime-change deceptions are still unraveling

Corporate media outlets blamed Nicaragua’s government for a deadly arson attack during the 2018 coup attempt, but new information raises serious doubts about the official story, highlighting the campaign of regime-change misinformation.
by John Perry
Part 2 - Dubious reports on arson attack
The worst of these attacks occurred on June 16 last year. At 6 in the morning, in the Managua barrio known as Carlos Marx, masked youths threw Molotov cocktails into an occupied three-story house.

Fire spread quickly from the ground floor, used for a family business of making mattresses, to the living rooms upstairs where the family was beginning its day. Neighbors rushed to help, but six people were burnt alive, including a baby and a 2-year-old girl.
This could easily have been a self-inflicted blow to the “peaceful” image the protesters had created. But instead it became emblematic of the government’s supposed violent response to the protests. How was this achieved?

Among those quickly on the scen…

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 3
WHY haven’t the Scottish Labour party abandoned the Bain Principle? As a socialist it’s mind-boggling they haven’t! 
As many readers will already know, the Bain Principle is named after Willie Bain, Labour MP for Glasgow North East (lost his seat to SNP in 2015). In a nutshell it states that Labour will oppose whatever the SNP propose no matter the circumstances! And, as indicated in yesterday’s National, to maintain this convention will even go to bed with the Tories! 
Whoever the Scottish Labour advisers are, they surely need to be relieved of duty! 
Labour has certainly lost its way. With the advent of Holyrood we all had hoped there would have been more co-operation as opposed to confrontation between parties. Sadly this hasn’t happened! Although I’m a passionate SNP supporter, it still saddens me t…

How UK Whistleblower Katharine Gun risked everything to leak damning Iraq war memo

Trump's Iran treaty withdrawal and sanctions based on lies, but war could be a reality

The Real News Network
Khury Petersen-Smith outlines how Trump's untruths and policies are making America the aggressor, not Iran, and how American media from the New York Times to Fox News are falling for his rhetoric.

Το βαθύτερο νόημα του να κάνεις κολοτούμπες σε συνέδριο του Economist

του system failure
Διαδοχικά κύματα σοκ  έπληξαν τις τελευταίες μέρες τους ψηφοφόρους που βάλθηκαν να τιμωρήσουν τον 'πρόδοτη' Τσίπρα για τη συμφωνία των Πρεσπών, επιλέγοντας στις πρόσφατες βουλευτικές εκλογές τη χειρότερη δεξιά της μεταπολίτευσης και μάλιστα αυτοδύναμη. 
Μετά την επιλογή Μαυρωτά για τη θέση του Γενικού Γραμματέα Αθλητισμού, ο οποίος είχε υπερψηφίσει και υπερασπιστεί τη συμφωνία ως βουλευτής του Ποταμιού, ήρθαν άλλα δύο απανωτά χτυπήματα από τις δηλώσεις Παναγιωτόπουλου και Βαρβιτσιώτη. 
Δεν είναι όμως μόνο η κραυγαλέα υποκρισία και αναδίπλωση των γαλάζιων στελεχών όσον αφορά τη συμφωνία. Είναι και το γεγονός ότι οι επικών διαστάσεων 'κολοτούμπες' Παναγιωτόπουλου και Βαρβιτσιώτη, έγιναν σε συνέδριο του Economist
Και έχει αυτό τόσο μεγάλη σημασία; Θα μπορούσε να αναρωτηθεί κανείς. Ουσιαστική, ίσως όχι και τόσο. Αλλά συμβολική, σίγουρα ναι.  
Η συμπεριφορά Παναγιωτόπουλου-Βαρβιτσιώτη αποτελεί τυπικό χαρακτηριστικό του πολιτικού αμοραλισμού που επικρατ…

20 July, 2019: 45 years from the Turkish invasion of Cyprus

The role of the "usual suspect" Henry Kissinger
More than one quarter of the population of Cyprus was expelled from the occupied northern part of the island where Greek Cypriots constituted 80% of the population. A little over a year later in 1975, there was also a flow of roughly 60,000 Turkish Cypriots from the south to the north after the conflict.”
In the spring of 1974, Greek Cypriot intelligence discovered that EOKA-B was planning a coup against President Makarios which was sponsored by the military junta of Athens.”
In the meantime, Nikos Sampson was declared provisional president of the new government. Sampson was a Greek ultra nationalist who was known to be fanatically anti-Turkish and had taken part in violence against Turkish civilians in earlier conflicts. The Sampson regime took over radio stations and declared that Makarios had been killed, but Makarios, safe in London, was soon able to counteract these reports. In the coup itself, 91 people were killed. Th…

IRGC says captures British oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has said that it has captured a British oil tanker for breaching international maritime law while crossing the Strait of Hormuz.

The IRGC’s Public Relations Department said in a statement on Friday that the vessel named “Stena Impero” had been confiscated “at the request of Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Organization when passing through the Strait of Hormuz, for failing to respect international maritime rules.

The oil tanker was transferred to the coast to undergo the required legal proceedings, the statement added.

The Corporate Coup d‘Etat

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Donald Trump’s election was considered the beginning of a dark era for the entire planet, but could it possibly be the outcome of a well-thought-out plan set in motion decades ago? Heartbreaking stories of American citizens who feel abandoned by the US federal government are intertwined with one-on-one interviews with journalists, philosophers and political scientists. An investigative, powerful documentary that attempts to detect how corporations gradually took over politics, undermining people’s will.

A year after Nicaragua’s coup, the media’s regime-change deceptions are still unraveling

Corporate media outlets blamed Nicaragua’s government for a deadly arson attack during the 2018 coup attempt, but new information raises serious doubts about the official story, highlighting the campaign of regime-change misinformation.
by John Perry
Part 1
Last year’s failed coup in Nicaragua erupted when student protests against social security reforms quickly turned into an armed attempt to bring down the government of Daniel Ortega. The regime-change attempt was a battle for people’s minds as well as for control of the streets.

Violence was used to terrorize government supporters, but it was even more important as a propaganda vehicle. 
A journalist shot while on camera, demonstrators hit by sniper fire, or an arson attack on a family home were all high-profile crimes that were immediately blamed on the government. Key to the anti-Sandinista public relations blitz was an organized barrage of social media postings, indignant statements by local “human rights” bodies condemning the go…

Έπεσαν (και οι τελευταίες) μάσκες της ΝΔ για τις Πρέσπες

Νικόλ Λειβαδάρη

Πριν από έξι μήνες, στις 25 Ιανουαρίου, ο τότε βουλευτής Καβάλας της ΝΔ Νίκος Παναγιωτόπουλος δήλωνε από το βήμα της Βουλής: «Ως Έλληνας Μακεδόνας, και υπερήφανος γι’ αυτό, οφείλω να δηλώσω ότι αυτή η συμφωνία προσβάλει την εθνική μου συνείδηση». Έλεγε ακόμη ότι «οι βουλευτές που προτίθενται να ψηφίσουν σήμερα υπέρ, δίνουν λευκή επιταγή στα Σκόπια. Παραχωρούν όνομα, εθνική ταυτότητα και γλώσσα έναντι ασαφών, και δίχως οριστική απόδειξη, ανταλλαγμάτων». 
Χθες, ο βουλευτής Καβάλας αλλά και υπουργός Άμυνας πλέον Νίκος Παναγιωτόπουλος δήλωσε από το συνέδριο του Economist για την - ίδια πάντοτε - συμφωνία των Πρεσπών: «Δεν αμφισβητώ την πρόθεση κανενός ότι αυτή η Συμφωνία επιτεύχθηκε για καλό σκοπό, για να ενισχύσει τη σταθερότητα στην περιοχή, για να ενισχύσει τις γεωπολιτικές σταθερές της περιοχής, έτσι ώστε να μην υπάρξουν ανατροπές… Αν αυτή εφαρμοστεί με απαρέγκλιτη τήρηση όλων των ουσιωδών όρων της, τότε νομίζω ότι θα μπορούμε να πάμε σε ένα καλύτερο μέλλον».
Επίσης απ…

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.”
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. 
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…

Police use tear gas to disperse protesters from Champs Elysees after Bastille Day parade

French police have used tear gas to disperse protesters who occupied the Champs Elysees hours after French President Emmanuel Macron together with European leaders took part in a military parade.

Prior to the police reaction, the protesters started destroying the barriers installed on the streets, trying to build barricades and chanting yellow vest movement slogans. 
According to a Sputnik correspondent, several people have been injured as a result of clashes between the police and the protesters.
Minutes before the parade, clashes between activists and law enforcement officers also erupted in one of parade viewing zones. Police reportedly arrested three key members of the yellow vest movement, including its ideologist, Eric Drouet.

The wave of the yellow vest rallies started in France in mid-November over planned hikes in fuel taxes. While the French government abandoned its plans to raise fuel taxes and introduced other measures to improve the country's socio-economic situation,…

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 1
The BBC is fearful that with the Tories tearing chunks out of each other, the socialist leader could be the next but one Prime Minister, but it could get worse for the BBC. The polls are suggesting the SNP could gain many more seats in a new parliament a double whammy nightmare scenario for our state broadcaster.

Whenever the Tory party are in trouble the BBC helps them out; we’ve seen it in Scotland. In England, time and time again the anti-Semitism cudgel is wielded and it is all aimed directly at one man: the Labour leader.  
To try to make sense of it all perhaps one way is to examine who would benefit most should there be success in damaging Jeremy Corbyn, compelling him to stand down? The Blairite right of the Labour party of course, who have never agreed on anything he stands for; hedge fund mana…

Όμορφος κόσμος ηθικός, τραπεζικά πλασμένος

 του Στέλιου Κούλογλου

Η γερμανική Deutsche Bank είναι η μεγάλη ασθενής του ευρωπαϊκού, και όχι μόνο, τραπεζικού συστήματος. Η μετοχή της πέφτει και τα προβλήματα συσσωρεύονται τα τελευταία τρία χρόνια, χώρια τα σκάνδαλα που έχουν κοστίσει δισεκατομμύρια σε πρόστιμα ή ακόμη διερευνώνται δικαστικά, όπως το ξέπλυμα μαύρου ρωσικού χρήματος.
Αποτέλεσμα κακοδιαχείρισης, η πορεία της τράπεζας έχει οδηγήσει στην απομάκρυνση των υπεύθυνων ηγετικών στελεχών της. Τις προάλλες, παραδείγματος χάριν, αποφασίστηκε η απομάκρυνση του κ. Garth Ritchie,  επικεφαλής των επενδύσεων. To τμήμα του παρουσιάζει μειωμένα έσοδα τα τελευταία τρία χρόνια, ζημιές τα δύο τελευταία τρίμηνα και αναμένεται να καταρρεύσει το επόμενο διάστημα.
Για τις ανδραγαθίες του του αυτές, ο κ. Ritchie πήρε αποζημίωση μόλις … 11 εκατομμύρια ευρώ. Ο πρώην διευθύνων σύμβουλος John Cryan 10,9 εκατομμύρια. Για τους προηγούμενους και τα υπόλοιπα 7 ηγετικά στελέχη που επίσης απολύθηκαν ή αποχώρησαν τον τελευταίο χρόνο, η τράπεζα πλήρωσε…

YouTube algorithm is now directing you towards corporate media propaganda, eliminating independent news competitors

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It is remarkable how the independent information, flowing through internet, changed the balance between non-controlled and completely controlled information reaching the average viewer by the mainstream media. Thousands of independent blogs and websites host information, analyses and opinions which normally would have been blocked in case that internet had not been invented yet.

It's true of course that there is a lot of misinformation and propaganda circulated through the internet too, as the mainstream media also participate in the "web war" of information, or, due to other independent sources who have their own secret agenda. But, at least, one has the option to find a different point of view and information, other than that promoted by the "official channels" of the dominant - currently Western - systemic establishment.

This is probably the reason that governments already trying to find ways to control internet and therefore information …

US-trained troops shoot Honduran students protesting privatization

The Grayzone
The Grayzone's Anya Parampil reports from inside a student occupation at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), where US-trained troops shot activists protesting the Juan Orlando Hernandez government's attempt to privatize education and healthcare.

Physicists recreate conditions of a black hole inside a computer chip

Scientists from Princeton University have created an electronic array fitted aboard a microchip capable of simulating the structure of space-time inside a black hole, reports.

Ordinarily, computers are incapable of calculating the behaviour of complex quantum materials and systems, Alicia Kollar, the study's lead author and postdoctoral researcher at the Princeton Center for Complex Materials, explained. The solution, according to the researcher, lies in allowing nature to do the "hard part" of the computations. 
The first results of researchers' work were published in this month's issue of Nature. The custom-built array uses superconducting resonators arranged in a lattice pattern to simulate a hyperbolic plane, the geometric surface in which space curves away from itself at every point. On the centimetre-sized chip, microwave photons can move along the resonators in a heptagonal pattern and interact with one another on a flat, two dimensional pla…

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya: The 2009 US-backed coup helped cause today’s migrant crisis

Democracy Now!
Since the 2009 US-backed military coup in Honduras, extreme poverty and violence has skyrocketed in the country, forcing tens of thousands of Hondurans to flee to the US with the hope of receiving political asylum. Democracy Now! spoke with ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in the capital of Tegucigalpa about the 10th anniversary of the coup in Honduras, US intervention in Central America and its link to today’s migration crisis.

Φανατικοί και επικίνδυνοι: η κυβέρνηση Μητσοτάκη έσπευσε να αναγνωρίσει τον αποτυχημένο πραξικοπηματία Χουάν Γκουαϊδό

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Η νέα κυβέρνηση Μητσοτάκη έσπευσε να αναγνωρίσει τον αποτυχημένο πραξικοπηματία Χουάν Γκουαϊδό, ο οποίος, παρά την υποστήριξη της Ουάσινγκτον, δεν κατάφερε να ανατρέψει τη νόμιμα εκλεγμένη κυβέρνηση του ΝικολάςΜαδούρο στη Βενεζουέλα.
Η κίνηση αυτή αποτελεί άλλη μια απόδειξη ότι ακόμα και η εξωτερική πολιτική της κυβέρνησης θα καθορίζεται, ως επί το πλείστον, από τον τυφλό φανατισμό της και όχι από μελετημένες κινήσεις που απαιτούν συνεχείς ελιγμούς και συνετές αποφάσεις.  
Αν η νέα κυβέρνηση παρακολουθούσε στοιχειωδώς τις εξελίξεις, θα έπρεπε να γνωρίζει ότι: 
1ον: Το αποτυχημένο πραξικόπημα του Γκουαϊδό και η Δυτική προπαγάνδα εναντίον της κυβέρνησης Μαδούρο, έπεσαν στο κενό. Ο λαός της Βενεζουέλας συνεχίζει να στηρίζει την κυβέρνηση Μαδούρο, καθώς ο άτσαλος και θρασύς Ντόναλντ Τραμπ, όπως και οι εγκληματίες σύμβουλοί του, υποστήριξαν απροκάλυπτα τον πραξικοπηματία Γκουαϊδό και μάλιστα μίλησαν ανοιχτά και για στρατιωτική εισβολή εναντίον της Βενεζουέλας. Κατάφε…

European Union takes further steps towards bypassing US sanctions against Iran

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In the beginning of the year, France, Germany and the United Kingdom announced the creation of INSTEX (Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges), a special program aimed to bypass US sanctions against Iran.

It appears that the move alarmed the US empire apparatus, which, as a first reaction, attempted to downgrade its significance. Indeed, about a month ago, the Atlantic Council (a top US think tank), reported:

          By not appointing senior officials from E3 [Britain, France, Germany] finance ministries or central banks to lead INSTEX, these countries are intentionally or unintentionally conveying a message to the Iranian government, as well as to EU and Iranian companies and banks: the E3 consider establishing INSTEX as a political move rather than an effort to create a viable trade mechanism. If interpreted that way, Iran will consider this as a maneuver by the E3 to shy away from its commitments under the JCPOA due to US pressure.

However, this could be pr…

NYT reporter hides corporate ties of Bernie Sanders critics she highlights

New York Times reporter Sydney Ember has a problem with Bernie Sanders—which may be why the paper has her cover him.

Ember is supposed to write reported articles, not op-eds, but she consistently paints a negative picture of Sanders’ temperament, history, policies and/or political prospects in the over two dozen pieces she’s done on him. This makes sense, given the New York Times’ documented anti-Sanders bias, which can be found among both editors and reporters alike.

The paper was caught making significant changes, without acknowledging them, to a 2016 article on Sanders hours after it went up:  It changed the headline (from “Bernie Sanders Scored Victories for Years via Legislative Side Doors,” to “Via Legislative Side Doors, Bernie Sanders Won Modest Victories”); deleted a positive quote from a campaign advisor; and added two negative paragraphs. Even after the paper’s public editor chastised the Times for the practice known as stealth editing, the editors defended the changes beca…

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Μέρος 4ο - Αναλύοντας το «φαινόμενο Σάντερς»

Για να έρθουμε όμως στο σήμερα, πολλοί αναλυτές επισημαίνουν πως οι επιτυχίες του Μπέρνι Σάντερς στις προκριματικές του 2016 αλλά και η αυξανόμενη δημοφιλία του έχουν να κάνουν με την προσδοκία ότι αυτός θα μπορούσε να αλλάξει την πολιτική κατεύθυνση ενός από τα παραδοσιακά κόμματα εξουσίας. Είναι χαρακτηριστικό ότι  ούτε ο ανεξάρτητος υποψήφιος, Ραλφ Νέιντερ, αλλά ούτε κι Ντεμπς  είχαν πετύχει τόσο μεγάλη διείσδυση στο εσωτερικό του αμερικάνικου πολιτικού κατεστημένου.
Από την άλλη, ίσως να οφείλεται και στο γεγονός ότι η περίφημη κοινωνική κινητικότητα, που έκανε τους Αμερικάνους τόσο εχθρικούς απένατι στις σοσιαλιστικές ιδέες, έπαψε να ισχύει -στην ανοδική της πορεία- τα τελευταία 40 χρόνια. Με άλλα λόγια, είναι το τέλος του «αμερικάνικου ονείρου» που βάζει το προσκήνιο τον σοσιαλισμό στις ΗΠΑ, καθώς ακόμη κι αυτοί που θεωρητικά το είχαν κατακτήσει βρίσκονται πλέον σε κίνδυνο.
Σε αντίθεση με τη σημερινή πραγματικότητα, …