Failed Statebuilding versus Peace Formation: The Consequences and Implications over the Last 25 Years

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By Oliver P. Richmond Recent years have seen an abundance of foreign intervention to achieve peace and statebuilding. Below, Oliver Richmond discusses how statebuilding...

Duterte’s Global Impact

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From the Editors On 1st July 2016, Rodrigo Duterte will begin his term as the President of the Republic of the Philippines. Mr Duterte has formidable...

The Problems of Unfree Trade: Various Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

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By Binoy Kampmark How free is the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Covering a region spanning 40 percent of the world’s GDP and 12 signatory states, an argument...

How the Brexit Referendum was Trumped: Personality, Protest and Patriotism

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By Glyn Atwal and Douglas Bryson  In this article, the authors contend the electioneering style of what they label “Trumpism” was distinctly manifested and a...

What the West Can Learn from the ASEAN Way

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By Edgardo Angara The rise of ASEAN shows how consensus-building, more than the rule of the majority, can help nations overcome religious and racial...

London, Manchester, Paris et al – State Terror on its own Citizens – Again...

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By Peter Koenig Are you still fantasising about justice, equality, and liberty? Peter Koenig elaborates on the understated claims of “False Flags”, the horrors of...

America’s Iran Policy and the Undermining of International Order

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By Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann Leverett Strategic competition between America and Iran will shape not only the Middle East’s balance of power, but also...

Is Europe Sleep-Walking into a Diplomatic Disaster with Iran?

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By Dan Steinbock Iran charges Brussels for serving US interests in the Middle East. The accusations are the net effect of Europe’s failure to protect...

Who is Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s pick for vice president?

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By Bryan Cranston Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has announced Kamala Harris as his running mate for the 2020 election — the first woman of colour to...

Amazonia in Flames – Brazil’s Bolsonaro is a World Criminal – Encouraging Jungle Burning...

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By Peter Koenig On 28 October 2018, Jair Bolsonaro was elected President of Brazil with 55.1% of the vote – and with a gigantic help from...

The Year of Iran: Tehran’s Challenge to American Hegemony in 2014

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By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett In 1979, Iran shocked the world—and directly confronted America’s hegemonic ambitions in the Middle East—by charting its own...

Loss and Damage of Climate Change – from Managing Risks to the Politics of...

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By Swenja Surminski With the passing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, efforts to fight the changing climate’s causes and consequences have received increased...

America’s Never-Ending War in the Middle East

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By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett While President Obama continues – at least for now – to resist redeploying large numbers of U.S. soldiers...

Five Things That Explain Donald Trump’s Stunning Presidential Election Victory

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By Anthony J. Gaughan A populist wave that began with Brexit in June reached the United States in stunning fashion on Tuesday night. In one...

Anarchy in the USA: Five Years On, the Legacy of Occupy Wall Street and...

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By Ruth Kinna, Alex Prichard and Thomas Swann It was a turning point in the story of a new kind of democracy – and how...

North Korea – Killer Sanctions Imposed by the Foremost Institution of Peace and Justice...

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By Peter Koenig The United Nations was created to safeguard peace, justice, and security at a time when the “world was in ruins”. In this...

Venezuela – A Tribute for Her Endless Pursuit of Democracy

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By Peter Koenig Venezuela is again the shining light of Democracy – pushing ahead with the 6 December 2020 National Assembly (NA) elections – despite...

The Iran Sanctions Act by US Congress – Versus the Multilateral Iran Accord

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By Dan Steinbock In a broad interview with Iran’s leading international news agency and international daily, Dr. Steinbock takes a critical look at the at...

NATO – 70th Anniversary of the Most Murderous – and Legal – Organization on...

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By Peter Koenig On 4th of April 2019 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) “celebrated” the 70th Anniversary of its murderous existence. This horror organization...

The Frighteningly High Human and Financial Costs of War

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By Rami G Khouri The ravages and costs of war can persist for generations after the fighting and bombing stop. We have always known that war...

The Politics of Russian Extraditions

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By Jasvinder Nakhwal and Rachel Cook Russian assurances on prison conditions are highly topical and have been crucial to the UK courts’ decisions in recent...
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Flawed human information processing, magic pipers and our conscience

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By Bernard Yeung Fierce competition between dominant countries leads to accusatory narratives, creating intense but dysfunctional crowd emotions. Flawed human behaviour allows a big gap...
Tokyo Olympics

The Olympics strive for political neutrality. So, how will they deal with surging athlete...

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By Dr. Michelle O’Shea, Dr. Daryl Adair, Hazel Maxwell, and Dr. Megan Stronach The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has long tried to insulate itself from...

Venezuela – Confronting the Neoliberal Propaganda Media Machine

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By Peter Koenig Venezuela is arguably the only true democracy in the western world. In this article, Peter Koenig elaborates on the western world's “demonisation”...
Post-inauguration

Post-inauguration, restoring the soul of Biden’s America must be truly inclusive

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By Daniel McNeil Over the past few months, I’ve been editing a book about soulful beliefs, practices and feelings that overflow from their religious and...

Yemen – Appeal to President Putin

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By Peter Koenig Dear President Putin, Yemen, a peaceful and extremely poor country is being slaughtered, literally slaughtered by the Saudis, with the full weapons, funding...

APEC 2015: Change is in the Air

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By Dan Steinbock Despite diplomatic missteps, APEC 2015 could pave way to regional peace and development. The triangular perspectives of Washington, Beijing and Manila tell...
Middle east

As Afghanistan falls, what does it mean for the Middle East?

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By Tony Walker In the 19th century, the phrase “The Great Game” was used to describe competition for power and influence in Afghanistan, and neighbouring...

The Story of Trump’s Perilous Iran Escalation

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By Dan Steinbock                                                           The Trump assassination of major general Qasem Soleimani reflects regime change efforts - withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal, new...

The China Model: A Civilizational-State Perspective

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By Zhang Weiwei China’s dramatic rise should be understood in the context of China as a civilizational state, i.e. an amalgam of the world’s oldest...

Why politicians should be wary of publicly pursuing the Wuhan lab-leak investigation

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By Maxime Lepoutre The theory that SARS-CoV-2 originally leaked out of a laboratory in Wuhan, China, is making a comeback – so much so that President Joe...

The 2016 Elections: “The Bad Losers” and What They Fear Losing

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By Diana Johnstone If the 2016 presidential campaign was a national disgrace, the reaction of the losers is an even more disgraceful spectacle. It seems...

Brexit – How the British People were Hacked

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By Graham Vanbergen In today’s context, social engineering has now moved on – dramatically. It refers to the manipulation of people into performing actions they wouldn't normally...
US withdraws from Afghanistan after 20 years of war

The US withdraws from Afghanistan after 20 years of war: 4 questions about this...

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By Mark R. Jacobson Mark R. Jacobson, a foreign policy expert at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, served in Afghanistan as a reserve officer...

The New Tyranny: A Preface to the 2016 Elections in the United States

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By Timothy K. Kuhner Democracy in the United States has been replaced by a rival form of government premised upon the power of wealth. Not...

Failed Statebuilding versus Peace Formation: The Consequences and Implications over the Last 25 Years

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By Oliver P. Richmond Recent years have seen an abundance of foreign intervention to achieve peace and statebuilding. Below, Oliver Richmond discusses how statebuilding...

Chosen Leaders, Proven Failures And Political Debacles – OpEd

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By James Petras The concepts, symbols and signs of the ruling class determine who will be the political “choices” for leaders and officials. Political elites...

How to Understand Syria’s “Proxy war” – And Who’s Fighting For Whom

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By Simon Mabon As another attempted ceasefire falls apart, the destruction of the Syrian people and state goes on. The country’s economy has been annihilated, and...

North Korea – an Agent of Peace?

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By Peter Koenig   The false alarm on a ballistic missile attack on Hawaii last Saturday from North Korea did not help the Peace Talks which...

Identity Politics: Diversion from the Growing Economic Crisis?

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By Ghada Chehade Despite the reality of ever-increasing economic despair – including, and perhaps especially, for minorities – no one is willing to talk about class...
Adrian Zenz

Playing Genocide Politics: The Zenz-Xinjiang Case

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By Dr Dan Steinbock Recently, the Trump and Biden administrations have initiated a genocide case against China. Like during the Cold War, some European leaders...

The Covid-19 Global Pandemic: How Africa Should Respond

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By Mills Soko and Mzukisi Qobo   Global Context The coronavirus global pandemic has caused significant harm to the global economy.  With two-thirds of the world’s population located in developing...

The Delusions of Counterinsurgency

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By David Martin Jones and Michael L.R. Smith The theory and practice of counterinsurgency, ‘COIN’, preoccupied Western military thinking after 9/11. In the Political Impossibility...

Life After Trump

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By Boris Kagarlitsky Trump’s election is not just a separate random episode of current politics. It is also not an indicator of American exceptionalism. It...

Sri Lanka – Candidate for a New NATO Base?

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By Peter Koenig Sri Lanka, Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019: More than half a dozen bomb blasts shook the country killing from 250 to...

Donald Trump and the World: Five Challenges

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By Simon Reich The election is finally over. It has resulted in the most stunning political upset in the modern era. But that is really...

Lessons from the Vietnam War

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By John Marciano Forty years after the American war in Vietnam ended in 1975, the central and most critical issue is the “struggle for memory”,...

The Dark Forces behind American Insurrectionists

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By Dr Dan Steinbock On January 6, 2021, a mob of white supremacists stormed the U.S. Capitol, presumably to overturn Trump's defeat. Their final goal...

Cuba – “The Equilibrium of the World” – and Economy of Resistance

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By Peter Koenig The Forth International Conference for “The Equilibrium of the World” took place in Havana., Cuba from 28 to 31 January 2019. The Conference,...

Hindu Nationalism and the Consolidation of Hate Politics in India

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By Kalim Siddiqui When we look back, since the demolition of the Babri Masjid a quarter of century ago, it seems a well-planned and well-thought...

Durability before Democracy: Why Stability is Elusive in the Middle East

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By Sean Yom In this article Sean Yom discusses how the lack of permanence of Middle Eastern governments means that democracy is for the time...

The Coming War on China

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By John Pilger When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression...

Japan’s Politics is Opening Up to Women, But Don’t Expect a Feminist Revolution Yet

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By Emma Dalton and Mari Miura Three women have in recent months been appointed to politically powerful positions in Japan. But even as seeing...

After the Election: Don’t Panic, Think!

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By Diana Johnstone In 2016, the fundamentally undemocratic U.S. two-party system presented the public with the two most hated candidates in history. The choice was...
Far-right March on the US Capitol

Making Sense of the Far-right March on the US Capitol

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By Anthony A. Gabb, Ph.D. The storming of the US Capitol on January 6th, 2021 by an angry far-right mob was an exigent distraction...

Dogged by Charges of Racism Where is Trump’s Concern for American Workers?

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By Kim Petersen Hillary Clinton described half of Donald Trump’s base as “deplorables” holding racist attitudes. Indeed, many of Trump’s policies do negatively target people...

Donald Trump is the Presidential Candidate the Republican Party Deserves

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By Lawrence Ware Republicans have had no problem using bigotry, often in subtle ways, to win elections. White supremacy is a well-established part of Republican...
Vaccine Nationalism Is a Multilateral, Neocolonial Failure

Vaccine Nationalism Is a Multilateral, Neocolonial Failure

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By Dr. Dan Steinbock In the coming months, vaccine nationalism is likely to compound COVID-19 economic damage and penalize more lives. It reflects the utter...

Nigeria’s Twitter ban could backfire, hurting the economy and democracy

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By Jeff Conroy-Krutz Nigeria’s decision to suspend Twitter indefinitely could backfire for the government and cost the country economically in terms of new investments into...

Conspiracy Theory – What Is It?

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By Peter Koenig Being blamed for disseminating “conspiracy theories” and therefore being a conspiracy theorist, is an extraordinarily and smart tactic used by the true...

China Looks West: What Is at Stake in Beijing’s “New Silk Road” Project

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Flynt Leverett, Hillary Mann Leverett and Wu Bingbing Not even two years into what will almost certainly be a ten-year tenure as China’s president, Xi...

Yemen – Prisoner Swap and What May be Behind it.

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By Peter Koenig Background The fourth batch of Yemeni detainees has arrived the in Sana’a as part of the largest prisoner swap between the country’s warring...

Bigotry for Profit and “Fun:” Traversing the Wasteland of U.S. Election News

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By Anthony DiMaggio By now, many Americans are familiar with CBS President Les Moonves’ infamous comment that journalists’ sensationalistic fixation on the Donald Trump “circus”...

Trump’s War on Dangerous Memory and Critical Thought

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By Henry A. Giroux Trump’s election has unleashed a brand of savage capitalism that not only has and will continue to have horrible consequences, but...

The Curse of Aleppo and Understanding the Syrian Civil War

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By Simon Mabon Five years have passed since the deadliest civil war of the 21st century began. Dr. Simon Mabon discusses what caused the uprising...

Assad Adviser Says We Are In A Time That Will Determine The Future Of...

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By Brandon Turbeville As the war in Syria continues to rage on, it is becoming more and more obvious that the battle taking place...

Learning to Live in the World Instead of Ruling It

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By John Grant So how should Americans live in this new world? That’s the crossroads we’re at, the question at hand. Some advocate a very...

When “A Little Corruption” In Mexico Goes Too Far

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By Duggan Flanakin “Corruption is not a disagreeable characteristic of the Mexican political system: it is the system.”Gabriel Zaid, La Economia Presidencial  “It is widely known,” Mexican journalist Ricardo Ravelo wrote in...

America at War with Itself

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By Henry A. Giroux As the United States has moved from a welfare to a warfare state, it has militarised every aspect of society. This...

American Millennials and the World

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By A. Trevor Thrall and Erik Goepner The 9/11 attacks have been the defining event of the American millennial generation. The article discusses how American...

“Anti-Americanism” in the Philippines. President Duterte’s Subaltern Counter-Hegemony

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By E. San Juan Jr.   Guerilla Incursions from the Boondocks “A howling wilderness” was what General Jacob Smith ordered his troops to make of Samar, Philippines....

Saudi Arabia’s Yemen Offensive, Iran’s “Proxy” Strategy, and the Middle East’s New “Cold War”

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By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett Riyadh’s war in Yemen marks a dramatic escalation in its efforts to roll back Iran’s rising influence in the Middle...

Belarus – A Color Revolution of a Different Shade?

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By Peter Koenig Belarus in turmoil, after an election where the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko – 25 years already in power (in office since 1994)...

The Demise of Global Britain

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By Graham Vanbergen The almost universal collapse of British foreign policy could not have been timed any more accurately than right now – a time...

How to Defeat Western Neo-Colonialism

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By Andre Vltchek The West managed to build its wealth, including the social nets, on plunder, deception, slavery and countless holocausts on all continents of...

The Dark Plight of Immigrants in the Racist Era of Trump

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By Alvaro Huerta This essay argues that President Donald J. Trump represents an existential threat to immigrants in the United States. Trump’s immigration rhetoric and...

Snowden – Just a Clever Ruse? Propaganda, Empire’s One of the Key Strategic Weapons

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By Peter Koenig This is not about Snowden, the movie. This is about Ed Snowden, the by now 33-year-old NSA whistleblower and hero for hundreds...

Venezuela – Towards an Economy of Resistance

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By Peter Koenig The Government of Venezuela called an international Presidential Economic Advisory Commission, 14-16 June, 2018 – to debate the current foreign injected economic...

Enduring Gender Inequality in Politics: Where to from here?

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By Emma Dalton Women political leaders are no longer anomalies. But gender parity in politics is still a long way off. This paper considers why...

Facing the Shadow of Colonialism in Trump’s America

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By Nozomi Hayase From Muslim bans to attacks on LGBTQ communities and immigrants, the Trump presidency is regressing civil society with a colonial hierarchy. In...

The Rise of the Chinese Economy and Growing Concerns in the United States

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By Kalim Siddiqui I. Introduction The article discusses recent global economic changes and will largely focus on two of the worlds’ largest economies, namely China and...

Unelectability, Sovereignty and Occupy

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By Thomas Swann Highly popular candidates such as Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn were deemed unelectable. In being described as unelectable, these politicians are being...

Democracy in Exile and the Curse of Totalitarianism

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By Henry Giroux With his white supremacist ideology and racist contempt for Muslims on full display, President Trump has issued an executive order banning all...

New Poll: How many Britons believe in conspiracy theories?

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By Dr. Rainer Zitelmann Since the onset of the coronavirus crisis, conspiracy theories have been spreading almost as fast as the virus itself, especially on...

“Without Haste But Without Pause”: Cuba-US Relations in the Age of Obama

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By John M. Kirk and Stephen Kimber This article analyses the significance of the March 2016 visit to Cuba by President Barack Obama, assesses changes...

Radical De-Globalization – Finding back our Freedom and Sovereignty: Tyrants don’t Create Tyranny. Your...

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By Peter Koenig Art is being applied to protests. As very well demonstrated in Germany the Netherlands and Denmark – see video “Lockstep” Protest Marches...

ICC debacles – and the Philippines

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By Dr Dan Steinbock  After the Philippine withdrawal from the ICC, the battlelines against the Duterte government are politicized – and messy. In the first half...

2016 Elections: The Political Process as a Mechanism of Control

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By Vince Montes This article examines the US political process and the duopoly party system within a vast array of state strategies and elite manipulation....

Hong Kong and the Audacity of the United States

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By Peter Koenig People often ask and hint at the similarities between the Hong Kong protests and the French Yellow Vests. The former started on...

Jerusalem – The Straw that Breaks the Empire’s Back?

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By Peter Koenig   When President Trump on 6 December 2017 declared unilaterally Jerusalem as the capital of Israel to where the US Embassy shall...

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