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Trump Left Saudi Arabia Off His Immigration Ban… Here’s Why

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On August 15, 1971, President Nixon killed the last remnants of the gold standard. It was one of the most significant events in US history—on par with the 1929 stock market crash, JFK’s assassination, or the 9/11 attacks. Yet most people know nothing about it. Here’s what happened… After World War 2, the US had […]

Can Saudi Arabia Carry OPEC Through Spring?

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Faced with budget strains amid low oil prices, Saudi Arabia ditched its pump-at-will policy and brought together the diverse group of OPEC nations to agree to production cuts late last year. Now the cartel’s de facto leader and largest producer is going the extra mile in reducing output, at least in January. The Saudis pledged […]

Kunstler: “That War You Ordered….”

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The gaslighting of the American public continues, with Gaslighter-in-Chief, The New York Times, whipping up a frenzy of Russia paranoia.* It reminds me of an old gambit in fly fishing called the “artificial hatch.” Trout like to gorge on mayfly nymphs as they rise out of a stream and shuck their nymphal shells to fly […]

Progressive Combatant in the Deep State’s Peak Oil War?

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lewrockwell |  And for those naive enough to question this basic assessment of the state’s interests in Syria, ask yourself: if the US and its owned media clique slavishly calls Assad a butcher and promoted chaos in his country for purely humanitarian reasons, why aren’t they doing the same in countries like Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda, […]

How the Trump regime was manufactured by a war inside the Deep State

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A systemic crisis in the global Deep System has driven the violent radicalization of a Deep State faction By Nafeez Ahmed President Donald Trump is not fighting a war on the establishment: he’s fighting a war to protect the establishment from itself, and the rest of us. At first glance, this isn’t obvious. Among his first actions […]

Big Oil’s Grip on California

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On the morning of June 21, 2011, a worker named Robert David Taylor was walking through an oil field west of Taft, California, when he noticed a plume of steam coming from the darkened earth. Taylor, 54, was a Chevron supervisor who had spent three decades around Kern County’s Midway-Sunset field, the largest and most […]

U.S. Dependent on China for Rare Earth Minerals

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An overlooked report has revealed the United States is completely reliant on imports from foreign countries, most heavily China, for rare earth minerals critical to our national security. The report, released by the United States Geological Survey, stated the United States is 100% dependent on foreign imports for at least 20 elements and minerals, including 17 […]

Saudi crown prince receives CIA honor for anti-terror efforts

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, has been awarded a CIA honor in recognition of his efforts to fight terrorism. The crown prince was awarded the “George Tenet” medal by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who arrived to Riyadh late Friday. It was granted in recognition of distinguished intelligence work […]

Kunstler: Made For Each Other

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Don’t be fooled by the idiotic exertions of the Red team and the Blue team. They’re just playing a game of “Capture the Flag” on the deck of the Titanic. The ship is the techno-industrial economy. It’s going down because it has taken on too much water (debt), and the bilge pump (the oil industry) […]

Steve Bannon Believes The Apocalypse Is Coming And War Is Inevitable

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In 2009, the historian David Kaiser, then a professor at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, got a call from a guy named Steve Bannon. Bannon wanted to interview Kaiser for a documentary he was making based on the work of the generational theorists William Strauss and Neil Howe. Kaiser, an expert on […]

Entropy in Geopolitics

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A hundred and fifty years ago, a German physicist derived the concept of “entropy” from the second law of thermodynamics.  Since then, entropy has stood for the idea that everything in the universe eventually moves from order to disorder, from structure to formlessness, and from predictability to uncertainty.  Entropy is the measurement of that change.  […]

Oil Companies, Corrupt Governments to Benefit as Congress Guts Transparency Rule

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On February 3, the Republican-led Senate used an obscure procedural tool to end a bipartisan provision meant to fight corruption and overseas oil bribery, a rule opposed by Rex Tillerson as head of ExxonMobil. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) transparency rule, part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, was created to reduce corruption by […]

Yemen war causing world’s worst food crisis

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Two years since the conflict escalated in Yemen, more than 17 million Yemenis do not know if they will be able to put food on the table to feed their families, the Norwegian Refugee Council warned today at the start of a donor conference for Yemen. “In Yemen, if bombs don’t kill you, a slow […]

Israeli settlement law ‘violates rights and dignity’

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Palestinian politicians and human rights groups are warning that a new law passed by the Israeli parliament violates international laws and is a step towards Israel annexing the occupied West Bank. The so-called Regulation Law, passed on Monday night, allows for the retroactive legalisation of about 4,000 homes built by Jewish settlers on privately owned […]

Alex Jones’ Bat Signal To Donald Trump

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The weird spectacle of the day out of the White House is a crazy list of “under-reported” terrorist attacks in recent years (including the Lindt Cafe siege in Sydney, which had saturation coverage in the media here for months, but not including the now infamous, nonexistent “Bowling Green massacre” made up by Trump PR lady […]

On the belt and road, the Chinese civilisation is on the march

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Peter T. C. Chang says Beijing’s ambition to build a pan-Asian sphere of common prosperity will affect far more than the region’s economy, and it would be wise to watch out for the civilisational fault lines Just as the Euro-American world grapples with the sombre after-effects of Brexit and the installation of a pugnacious Trump […]

U.S. East Coast Has a Growing Appetite for Foreign Oil

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Imported crude oil is cheaper than domestic alternative Start of Dakota Access Pipeline to make Bakken less attractive U.S. East Coast refineries, which have thrived for a few years on a boom of production from the Bakken shale play in North Dakota and eastern Montana, are increasingly looking abroad to supply their needs. Last year […]

If we are reaching neoliberal capitalism’s end days, what comes next?

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It is unfashionable, or just embarrassing, to suggest the taken-for-granted late-modern economic order – neoliberal capitalism – may be in a terminal decline. At least that’s the case in what former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott likes to call the “Anglosphere”. What was once known as the Chicago school of economics – the neoclassical celebration […]

NOAA Whistleblower Claims World Leaders Fooled By Fake Global Warming Data

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Dr John Bates’ disclosures about the manipulation of data behind the so-called ‘Pausebuster‘ paper is the biggest scientific scandal since ‘Climategate’ in 2009 when, as Britain’s Daily Mail reported, thousands of leaked emails revealed scientists were trying to block access to data, and using a ‘trick’ to conceal embarrassing flaws in their claims about global […]

Who Are the Anarchists?

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Why Resistance Is Coming from Below America is in the throes of crisis. Polling as the least popular starting President in history, Donald Trump has taken the reins and intends to force his agenda on the world by brute force. Alongside him, outright white supremacists are coming out of the woodwork, convinced that their time […]

The War Against Ordinary Americans

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Paul Craig Roberts The Saker is a level-headed person. I take it seriously when he spells out the threat to Trump’s presidency presented by the paradoxical alliance of the ruling oligarchs with what purports to be the “liberal/progressive/left.” It is amazing that the “liberal/progressive/left” are aligned with war and not with peace and are aligned […]

Iran Carries Out New Missile Tests After Trump Imposes Sanctions

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Iran carried out further missile tests during an annual military exercise, a day after President Donald Trump imposed fresh sanctions on a raft of individuals and companies in response to the country test-firing a ballistic rocket last week. The country successfully tested a range of land-to-land missiles and radar systems during the drills in a […]

Kunster: The Purpose of Decadence and the Pleasures of Coercion

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I guess you’ve noticed by now that the center didn’t hold. Instead of a secure platform for political premises like tradition, precedent, rationality, and cultural norms, you see a fiery maw of sheer emotion between the camps of the so-called Left and the so-called Right. I say so-called because the campus Left and the Trump […]

Soros Insider Demands Military Overthrow Trump

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A former Obama administration official, now linked to a Soros-funded foundation, has suggested Donald Trump be declared mentally unfit to hold office or overthrown in a military coup.Rosa Brooks, who served as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from 2009-2011 and as a senior adviser in the State Department, outlined four ways to […]

Khamenei ally says useless for U.S. to threaten Iran over missile test

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A top adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday Iran will not yield to “useless” U.S. threats from “an inexperienced person” over its ballistic missile program. U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said on Wednesday the United States was putting Iran on notice over its “destabilizing activity” after it […]

The Road to Fossil Fuel Dependence

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A friend of mine recently said that he found it easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism. I thought about this idea a great deal as I was doing research for my book “Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet.” The deeper I looked, […]

Iran Ditching Dollar

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The Iranian government is to stop using the US dollar in its official statements, according to a report in the local English-language daily the Financial Tribune. The decision was announced by Central Bank of Iran governor Valiollah Seif during a television interview on the evening of January 29 and, according to the paper, is due […]

Iran Oil Minister Says “No Ban on U.S. Oil Firms”

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Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has said that U.S. oil companies willing to do business in Iran will not be banned from doing so. The remark, quoted by local and international media, comes on the heels of a Friday executive order signed by Donald Trump that suspended the visa processing and entry into the U.S. […]

End of tax-free living in Saudi Arabia as oil revenues dry up

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Saudi Arabia has introduced a value-added tax (VAT) with the approval of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), indicating the end of life without VAT across the Gulf. The decision was taken on Monday and implies a five percent levy on some goods across the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, which unites Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi […]

Kunstler: Furor Time

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Note to readers: the Clusterfuck Nation blog will be going to twice-a-week publication with a nod to the increased liveliness of our national affairs. The second weekly blog will come out Friday mornings. Thanks for your continuing interest and support. — JHK Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! It’s only taken a week for […]

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