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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 […]


‘US air raids’ kill civilians, al-Qaeda chiefs in Yemen

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At least 20 people killed in helicopter attacks hitting houses in southern province of al-Bayda, local sources say. Dawn raids by US drones and helicopters have killed at least 20 people in Yemen, including civilians and three tribal chiefs reported to have links to al-Qaeda, local sources say. A source told Al Jazeera that at least […]


How To Defeat The Globalist System

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In my last two articles, ‘How Globalists Predict Your Behavior’ and ‘How To Predict The Behavior Of Globalists’, I explained the base fundamentals behind a concept with which most people are unfamiliar.They are so unfamiliar with it, in fact, that I didn’t bother to name it. In this article I hope to explain it, but I highly recommend […]


This Week In Doom: American Nightmare

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Originally published on the Doomstead Diner on January 29, 2017 “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax.”   The first full week of the Presidency of Donald J. Trump was both cruel and absurd. Nothing about this should be surprising. Trump is […]


Trump’s Threat To Steal Iraq’s Oil

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The spectacle of Donald Trump abruptly transitioning the US political system into open fascism is quite horrifying even from the other side of the Pacific, however by and large ourlocal media aren’t bothering to report the details. Paul McGeough at the SMH gets to do a summary piece each day though (today’s piece looking on […]


Trump, ISIS and Iraqi Oil

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President Donald Trump claimed that the Islamic State, or ISIS, would not exist if the U.S. “kept the oil when we got out” of Iraq. In fact, ISIS largely has been funded through extortion, robbery, taxes and Syrian oil, according to government reports and terrorism financing experts. “Trump is absolutely correct that oil sales have […]


China Population Crisis: New Two-Child Policy Fails To Yield Major Gains

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Despite having the largest population of any country in the world, China isn’t having enough babies. That’s the unspoken conclusion of a government plan, published Wednesday, which revealed that the relaxation of China’s one-child-only policy has so far failed to boost the country’s birth rate enough to avoid significant demographic challenges in the coming decades. […]


Strategic Petroleum Reserve sales expected to start this month

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Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on Strategic Petroleum Reserve Note: Volumes sold under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Section 404 are estimates based on an assumption of $50 per barrel. Yesterday the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy awarded contracts for the first of several sales of crude oil from […]


No More Presidents

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The inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States has unleashed a wave of anger across the country. Faced with the frightening prospect of an authoritarian right wing government, many people have chosen to take their opposition to the streets. In the days surrounding Trump’s inauguration, Washington DC became the scene of continuous […]


“Doomsday Clock” Advances To Two And A Half Minutes To Midnight, Trump Blamed

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For the first time in 64 years, atomic scientists reset their symbolic “Doomsday Clock” to its closest time to midnight on Thursday, saying the world was closer to catastrophe due to threats such as nuclear weapons, climate change and Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president. The timepiece, devised by the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic […]


How Great the Fall Can Be

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While I type these words, an old Supertramp CD is playing in the next room. Those of my readers who belong to the same slice of an American generation I do will likely remember the words Roger Hodgson is singing just now, the opening line from “Fool’s Overture”:   “History recalls how great the fall […]


Trump Gives Green Light To Keystone, Dakota Access Pipelines

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President Trump on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for construction of two controversial oil pipelines, the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access. As he signed the paperwork in an Oval Office photo op, Trump said his administration is “going to renegotiate some of the terms” of the Keystone project, which would carry crude oil from the […]


A New Order Of The Ages

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By Reva Goujon I’m standing in line waiting to place a coffee order. A group of young customers are ahead of me, necks crooked 45 degrees, eyes glued to their phones, index fingers flying through Twitter feeds filled with post-inauguration memes. “We should call our band ‘This American Carnage,’” one says, looking up from his […]


The Rockefeller scheme to attack Exxon Mobil

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By now Exxon Mobil is used to putting up with reckless, ill-informed attacks from environmental extremists. Pretty much every pious, Prius-driving Bernie Sanders voter has gotten Siri to post an irate tweet beating up on the American energy giant. But the latest war on Exxon Mobil is coming from a rather unexpected place: members of […]


Kunstler: He Is Risen… But For How Long?

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If the first forty-eight hours are any measure of the alleged Trumptopia-to-come, the leading man in this national melodrama appears to be meshuga. A more charitable view might be that his behavior does not comport with the job description: president. If he keeps it up, I stick to my call that we will see him […]


Exxon’s Rex Tillerson and the Rise of Big Oil in American Politics

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“How Big Oil Bought the White House and Tried to Steal the Country” is the subtitle of a book that tells the story of a presidential election in which a candidate allowed money from big oil companies to help him win office and then rewarded them with plum appointments in his cabinet. With President Donald Trump picking […]


Nuclear missile test malfunction

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A test firing of an unarmed British nuclear Trident missile from a submarine malfunctioned last June, the Sunday Times reported, prompting questions about why Prime Minister Theresa May did not tell parliament ahead of a vote on renewing the submarines. The paper quoted an unnamed senior naval source as saying the missile may have veered […]


President Trump Just Told The CIA The U.S. Should Have Stolen Iraq’s Oil

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President Donald Trump told the CIA on Saturday that the so-called Islamic State probably would never have existed if the United States had seized Iraq’s oilfields, a claim that flies in the face of the analysis of most foreign policy experts and international law. In unprepared remarks introducing his pick to lead the intelligence agency, […]


Trump’s Advisers Draft First-Day Energy Policy Changes

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Aides to Donald Trump have drafted a list of environmental policy and energy-related changes that he could sign within hours after he is sworn in as U.S. President on Friday, Bloomberg reports, quoting two people familiar with the transition team’s plans. The list of immediate energy policy changes reportedly includes measures to rescind Obama’s orders […]


Socialism, Not Oil, Is The Cause Of Venezuela’s Problems

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Venezuela’s economy has collapsed. Unfortunately, most people mistakenly believe Venezuela’s policies created a successful economy prior to the collapse in oil prices. The truth is that Venezuela’s socialist policies held back its economy during the oil boom and are the direct cause of its economic collapse today. Upon Hugo Chavez death in 2013, and before […]


Will The CIA Assassinate Trump? Ron Paul Warns Of “More Powerful, Shadow Government”

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It isn’t just that Donald Trump routinely thumbs his nose at the establishment, insults media figures he sees as unfair and bucks conventional wisdom. It is that President-elect Trump is defying the will of the deep state, military industrial complex base of ultimate power in the United States. That is why he is treading dangerous […]


The Church of England Conditionally Backs Fracking

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The Church of England has conditionally backed fracking in the UK but warned that any development of shale gas reserves in the country must not distract or delay efforts to expand low-carbon renewable energy. In a recently released briefing paper, the Church accepts that a robust planning and regulatory fracking regime is possible, but states […]


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