Chuck Spinney: Uri Avnery on Sheldon’s Stooges — Netanyahu Declares War on Obama, Zionists Empty the Bench…

Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

Sheldon’s Stooges

Uri Avnery, 25/07/15

[The author is a  former member of the Irgun, a hero of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, a former member of the Israeli Knesset, and Israel’s leading peace advocate. His awe inspiring biography can be found here.]

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He has practically declared war on the President of the United States, the Leader of the Free World, the Supreme Protector of the Jewish State.

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Jul 26

Nikola K. Gvosdev: National Interest on China, Russia, India

Nikola K. Gvosdev

Nikola K. Gvosdev

China’s Master Plan to Thwart American Dominance in Asia

Nikola K. Gvosdev

The Ukraine crisis has permanently ruptured Russia’s ties to the West and pulled Moscow into a closer relationship with Beijing.   …   As much as Washington likes to trumpet its good relationship with India, the reality is that Xi has made cultivation of India much more of a priority than Washington has. India and Pakistan are also now set to become full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization—which means that New Delhi has yet another institutional framework for conducting its relations with Russia and China in a forum that excludes the United States.

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Jul 13

Jean Lievens: Greece as a Beginning – But Dishonest Western Governments Will Not Do What Needs to Be Done….

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Greece Is Just The Beginning Of The Great Austerity Backlash

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…the exchange with reporters in Washington was another of the many signs that the debate over the power that should accrue to money — and what those who wield it can fairly demand — is spreading around the world.

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Jul 9

Ellen Brown: A Franciscan Alternative: the People’s Pope and a People’s Bank?

Ellen Brown

Ellen Brown

A Franciscan Alternative: the People’s Pope and a People’s Bank?

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Pope Francis’ June 2015 encyclical is called “Praised Be,” a title based on an ancient song attributed to St. Francis. Most papal encyclicals are addressed only to Roman Catholics, but this one is addressed to the world. And while its main focus is considered to be climate change, its 184 pages cover much more than that. Among other sweeping reforms, it calls for a radical overhaul of the banking system.

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Jul 8

Robert E. Hunter: US – Iran Converging Interests

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Robert E. Hunter

Robert E. Hunter

Robert E. Hunter served as US ambassador to NATO (1993-98) and on the National Security Council staff throughout the Carter administration.

Iran Talks: Days Dwindle Down to a Precious Few

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The United States and Iran have some complementary if not coincident interests that call for, at least, clear thinking in Washington about what might be possible – and what should be tested – in improved relations. Both countries want stability in Afghanistan: Iran because of the neighborhood, the US in hopes that it will not have to admit, after 14 years of trying, that the government it supports in Kabul is not likely to prevail over the Taliban once Western forces depart. Both countries want freedom of the seas and security for the Straits of Hormuz. Both want, in President Obama’s words, to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State (ISIS or IS). Iran is more whole-heartedly committed to that objective and is more useful to the United States than are regional Sunni states, notably Saudi Arabia, whose people have done so much to inspire, fund, and thus arm the various Islamist terrorist groups. And although the US and Iran have different views about Iraq’s longer-term political orientation, they do share a form of devil’s bargain in Syria. Neither wants the regime of its president, Bashar al-Assad, overthrown: Iran because of the tactical if not strategic value it sees in this Alawite (Shia) regime and the US because of President Obama’s correct fear that getting rid of Assad, without a clear path to a stable future, would be a fool’s errand. Washington says otherwise, but its true policy is obvious.

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Jul 1