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G. Edward Griffin: Exposing The Creature From Jekyll Island

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G. Edward Griffin, the author of the seminal book on the formation of the Federal Reserve, The Creature of Jekyll Island, joins the podcast this week to add his perspective to our ongoing critical examination of the Fed and the impact its actions are having on society. Meeting Ed and getting to spend time with […]

Trump to Sign Orders on Oil Drilling

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President Donald Trump will sign executive orders this week aimed at expanding offshore oil drilling and reviewing national monument designations made by his predecessors, continuing the Republican’s assault on Democratic President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy. The orders could expand oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans and upend public lands protections put in place […]

“Everybody Would Die” if World War 3 Broke Out

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A top nuclear expert has warned that virtually everybody in the world would die if World War 3 broke out as a result of a confrontation between the United States and Russia. Greg Mello, secretary and executive director of the Los Alamos Study Group, was asked how many people would die on the first day […]

France’s Macron appears set for runoff with Le Pen

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Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are set to face each other in a May 7 runoff for the French presidency after coming first and second in Sunday’s first round of voting, according to multiple projections. Though Macron, 39, is a comparative political novice who has never held elected office, opinion polls […]

New Normal of Trump’s Foreign Policy

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Here’s the Commander-in-chief of the Beautiful Piece of Chocolate Cake School of Foreign Policy, expanding on his next move regarding North Korea. “We are sending an armada. Very powerful. We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That I can tell you.” As if bombing nuclear-armed North Korea would be as much of a […]

Saudi Arabia, a kingdom built on oil, plans a future beyond it

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Ever since oil was discovered in the Arabian desert in 1938, Saudi Arabia has been the world’s premier petro-state and the dominant force within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Flush with oil revenue, the country has had neither income taxes nor corporate taxes while bestowing on its people heavy subsidies for food and […]

Trump denies Exxon permission to drill for oil in Russia

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The Trump administration has denied ExxonMobil permission to bypass sanctions to drill for oil in Russia. “The Treasury Department will not be issuing waivers to U.S. companies, including Exxon, authorizing drilling prohibited by current Russian sanctions,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, said in a statement Friday. Mnuchin said he consulted with President Trump on the decision. […]

Afghan Ex-President Karzai: ISIS Is A Tool Of The United States

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In an interview with Voice of America (VOA) on Wednesday, ex-Afghan President Hamid Karzai – a former Washington Ally, made statements which go hand in hand with revelations from Wikileaks during the 2016 elections. Karzai criticized recent U.S. foreign policy – including the “weak” attack on an ISIS stronghold using the largest ever non-nuclear weapon (MOAB) which failed to wipe […]

Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 US election

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A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters. They described two confidential documents from the think tank as providing the framework and rationale […]

Many Poor Venezuelans Are Too Hungry to Join Antigovernment Protests

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President Nicolás Maduro has lost support among the legions of poor Venezuelans that once backed the late Hugo Chávez, but they have largely shown little interest in joining the opposition-led protests that have convulsed the country the past three weeks.   Many of the impoverished residents of the vast slums that ring Caracas and other […]

Heinberg: Goodbye Administrative State, Hello Community Resilience

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White House strategist Steve Bannon’s project for the “deconstruction of the administrative state” appears to be out of the starting blocks and well on its way toward a glorious victory lap. Using executive orders and other directives, President Trump has so far: Curbed several of President Obama’s climate regulations, notably the Clean Power Plan to […]

The Chinese President’s Pet Project

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China’s President Xi Jinping wants to revive China’s ancient Silk Road by spurring trade via a network of new railways, ports, pipelines and highways. This Bloomberg QuickTake explains Xi’s pet project. (video by Robin Fall, Henry Baker) (Changed headline to better reflect video.)

Rising Dragon, Wounded Eagle

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When China`s former vice premier, Qian Qichen, was asked 20 years ago about the future of Sino-US relations, he reportedly responded: `They [Sino-US relations] will never be as good as they should be; and never be as bad as they can be.` This prognosis holds true today for the world`s `most important bilateral relationship`. Munir […]

What is Direct Action?

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Direct Action is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot when describing anarchist tactics…. and rightly so, since it’s one of the main ways anarchists put our values of autonomy, self-organization and mutual aid into practice. So… what is it exactly?

North Korea warns ‘nuclear war could break out at any moment’

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The country’s foreign minister threatened the US with an ‘all out war’ if Trump is reckless enough to use military means’ NORTH Korea has warned “nuclear war could break out at any moment” as the country vowed to test missiles WEEKLY. The country’s foreign minister threatened the US with an “all out war” if Trump is “reckless […]

Is The Deep State Creating Another “Crash Of 1929”?

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Regarding the Great Depression… we did it. We’re very sorry… We won’t do it again. – Ben Bernanke   Waiting too long to begin moving toward the neutral rate could risk a nasty surprise down the road—either too much inflation, financial instability, or both. – Janet Yellen In his speech above, future Federal Reserve Chairman […]

Kunstler: Buy the Dip?

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The military frolics of spring have distracted the nation’s attention from the economic and financial dynamics that pose the ultimate mortal threat to business as usual. Note the distinction between economic and financial. The first represents real activity in this Land of the Deal: people doing and making. The second, finance, used to be a […]

Russia could soon take over a chunk of U.S. oil infrastructure

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Russia may soon take control of American oil and gasoline infrastructure in a deal U.S. lawmakers warn represents a threat to energy security. Rosneft, Russia’s state-controlled oil company, could end up with a majority stake in Texas-based Citgo after the entity that owns Citgo, Venezuela’s state-owned oil and natural gas company PDVSA, used almost half […]

Is That Armageddon Over The Horizon?

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The insouciance of the Western world is extraordinary. It is not only Americans who permit themselves to be brainwashed by CNN, MSNBC, NPR, the New York Times and Washington Post, but also their counterparts in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan, who rely on the war propaganda machine that poses as a media. The Western “leaders,” […]

Tillerson made $27.4 million last year

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson received compensation worth $27.4 million last year when he was chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp, the world’s largest publicly traded oil producer, regulatory filings showed on Thursday. He and other senior executives got raises even though Exxon’s net income fell more than 50 percent in 2016 as the […]

Kunstler: What Could Go Wrong?

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“Things fall apart; the center cannot hold.” Yeats wrote. The funny thing is, we didn’t seem to miss the center all that much after it was gone. America is perfectly satisfied hunkering down at the margins these days. Especially the margins of thinking. One thing that used to occupy the center was public discussion, debate, […]

The New World Order: Failing States and Collapsing Systems

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Donald Trump is a symptom of imperial decline, and not really the problem. The world faces not a “clash of civilizations” with radical Islam (although the dust-up remains a significant challenge), but a crisis of civilization that includes riotous climates, poisoned oceans, failing forests and collapsing economies. And if you think those two statements ring […]

Waking up to World War III

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GOOGLE searches for the term “World War 3” are at the highest level since records started back in 2004 in a clear reflection of the nervous global mood in these diplomatically tumultuous times. Recent military manoeuvring and chest beating from both the Trump administration and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has set the world on […]

Tillerson meets with Putin amid deepening tensions over U.S. missile strikes in Syria

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The rift between the United States and Russia was laid bare Wednesday when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held his first direct talks with Russia’s president. Their discussions failed to ease deepening tensions over Syria and Washington’s demands that Moscow abandon its main Middle East ally. “There is a low level of trust between our […]

In surprise move, Iran’s Ahmadinejad to run for president

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Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday stunned the country by unexpectedly filing to run in the May presidential election, contradicting a recommendation from the supreme leader to stay out of the race. Ahmadinejad’s decision could upend an election many believed would be won by moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who negotiated the nuclear deal with […]

The Syrian conflict could actually send oil prices lower

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Geopolitical tensions could be a double-edged sword for oil prices and threaten the complicated alliance among the world’s biggest producers. The oil market is closely eyeing the Syrian situation, where a U.S. attack last week increased tensions between the U.S. and Russia, but drew praise from Saudi Arabia. For now, the market assumes OPEC, including […]

The Flies of Summer

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“Any faith that China will be standing at the base of the burning building with a fireman’s net is misplaced. “ A portion of the Silk Road passing through Northern Fujian Province, October 2016 image by Albert Bates As national Republican political strategist Rick Wilson said on The Last Word, what we witnessed this past […]

US Chemical Safety Board faces elimination

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US President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating the US Chemical Safety Board, a somewhat obscure agency that has angered so many groups over the years that no one is likely to leap to its defense. The group is an independent government agency, much like the National Transportation Safety Board. While the NTSB investigates plane accidents […]

Kunstler: Wonderland

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There are times in the course of events when a society cannot tell what the fuck is going on, or what to do about it, and this is one of those moments in history here in the USA. The quandaries of life on the home front — how to make a living, how to care […]

Is This The Beginning Of The End For U.S. Empire?

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Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. Before I get into the meat of this post, I want to revisit something I wrote back in January. From the post, Very Powerful People in the U.S. Government Want War – This is Their Sales Pitch: We need to understand that those who want […]

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