CounterPunch: Rise of “Islam as a Solution” Fundamentalism and Failure of the Left in the Middle East

counterpunch goodThe Rise of Religious Powers and the Failure of the Left in The Middle-East: An Interview with Ramzy Baroud

EXTRACT

The general idea was: both US-western and Soviet models have failed or are failing, and there is an urgent need for alternative.

Don’t forget these societies fought and are fighting against extremely corrupt, brutal, calculating manipulative dictatorships like Hosni Mubarak that have been in existence for decades. It is not just about an individual dictator but it is the class that has controlled every aspect of life in every nation. In order to uproot these corrupt systems, the price is predictably high. But someone has to stand up and challenge the system.

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Apr 21

Anthony Judge: African Immigration Forced Into Europe — 12 Strategic Questions for European Leaders

Anthony Judge

Anthony Judge

12 Strategic Questions for Europe Regarding Forced Immigration from Africa in the light of the continuing influx and the associated fatalities

Produced in a month in which it is estimated that more than 10,000 migrants embarked for Italy, and following a week of unprecedented immigrant fatalities, notably evoking an appeal by Pope Francis to the global community for assistance, and a declaration by a spokesperson for the European Commission that We do not have a silver bullet or any kind of panacea that is going to make the situation go away … and no amount of finger-pointing is going to change that.

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Apr 20

Chuck Spinney: Stephen Cohen with the Truth on Ukraine — US Government, New York Times, & Think Tanks Cannot Be Trusted to Know or Communicate the Truth…

Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

Part 1 of a two part series — This interview with Professor Stephen Cohen provides a very useful, and I believe largely accurate, portrayal of why our policy toward Russia has gone off the rails and could lead to a 2nd Cold War that is even more dangerous than the first — with one serious omission, IMO.  Cohen’s discussion of the reasons for NATO’s expansion, while accrurate, does not include the influence of the arms manufacturers in promoting that expansion.  The MICC had a huge interest in NATO expansion, because adding new countries to NATO had the obvious potential for opening up huge arms markets in the name of NATO’s policy of standardization and interoperability.  That the market has turned out less than predicted in the 1990s does not obviate the power of the motive.  It is part of the mosaic of domestic political impulses to expand NATO that Cohen describes as being so dangerous. CS

The New York Times “basically rewrites whatever the Kiev authorities say”: Stephen F. Cohen on the U.S./Russia/Ukraine history the media won’t tell you

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Apr 20

Mongoose: Controlling Israel — It’s the Money, Stupid!

Mongoose

Mongoose

Of note.

Counterpunch: Footing Israel’s Bill – Israel Won’t Change Its Ways Until Washington Puts Military Aid on the Chopping Block

ConsortiumNews: Did Money Seal Israeli-Saudi Alliance?

 

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Apr 16