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Know Your Stuff: The Terrorism Industry – Video with Swiss Historian Dr. Daniele Ganser

Wed, 18/10/2017 - 19:01

In this educational video with Swiss historian Dr. Daniele Ganser, who specializes in post-World War ll contemporary history and International Politics, we talk about the meaning of the term “War on Terror” (also known as Global War on Terrorism) and how the military industrial complex benefits from its usage. Click here to get to the […]

acTVism Munich

Federal Judge Halts Most of President Trump’s Latest Travel Ban

Wed, 18/10/2017 - 12:29

A federal judge in Hawaii blocked most of President Trump’s latest version of a travel ban Tuesday, just hours before it was set to take effect. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, who previously blocked plans by the administration to ban refugees and travelers from six majority-Muslim nations, ruled the latest ban “plainly discriminates based on […]

Democracy Now!

Forbidden to vote, demonstrate or think: Enough is enough!

Wed, 18/10/2017 - 09:13

Catalonia is experiencing a political catastrophe with repercussions in all areas of society. Mariano Rajoy is preparing the ground to sow Article 155 based on a policy of lies. The last few months have seen the utmost tension in Catalonia, and by proximity, in Spain and in neighbouring Europe, which is looking the other way […]

Raquel Paricio

Referendums get a bad press – but to fix Britain, we need more of them

Wed, 18/10/2017 - 06:46

By George Monbiot for The Guardian  Voting once every five years alienates us from politics. Participatory rather than representative democracy would allow us more say in how we run the country You lost, suck it up: this is how our politics works. If the party you voted for lost the election, you have no meaningful […]

George Monbiot

Iraqi Seizure Of Oil-Rich Kirkuk From Kurds Risks Broader War

Tue, 17/10/2017 - 23:26

By Jordan Shilton Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered an offensive by Iraqi army units and pro-government Shia militias Monday to capture the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and surrounding areas from the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). The attack, which reportedly provoked clashes in some areas between Iraqi units and Peshmerga fighters, threatens not only to […]

Countercurrents

World under threat from “rogue” Trump

Tue, 17/10/2017 - 07:33

By Tony Robinson for DiEM25. US President Donald Trump’s refusal to recertify the Iran Nuclear Deal effectively sets a bomb ticking beneath it. The deal was the product of years of diplomatic moves by the international community to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons after the International Atomic Energy Agency declared Iran to be in […]

DiEM25

Jeremy Corbyn: “Yes, Labour is threatening to destroy the current economic model”

Mon, 16/10/2017 - 16:51

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at the Cooperative Party Conference last Saturday has touched many important topics about national and international politics. The complete text can be read here. Here are some of the most significant passages of his speech. “We need co-operative values at home and abroad” he said. “We live in […]

Pressenza London

Trump Puts Israel First With UNESCO Withdrawal

Fri, 13/10/2017 - 17:00

By Ali Abunimah Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy was on full display Thursday when the State Department announced that the United States is withdrawing from UNESCO over the United Nations cultural body’s supposed “anti-Israel bias.” Under President Barack Obama, the US had already cut funding to the agency because of a US law that restricts support to UN […]

Countercurrents

Catalonia: without independence but with dialogue

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 07:07

Catalonia suspends its declaration of independence. On the 10th of October 2017, Catalonia could have achieved a dream that generation after generation have been demanding as the right of a people, of a culture for more than 300 years. Something that seemed to be in the distant future has accelerated closer in time and today […]

Raquel Paricio

Lies, Deceit and Disinformation: The Rise of Fake News

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 03:38

Manila, Philippines– Fake News has become a global phenomenon and a hot issue of the times. The island-nation of the Philippines has not been spared. With the widespread use of social media and the ease of putting up blogs and websites, anyone or any group can easily become a peddler of fake news. But what […]

Karina Lagdameo Santillan

Before Maria, Forcing Puerto Rico To Pay Its Debt Was Odious. Now It’s Pure Cruelty

Mon, 09/10/2017 - 22:52

Co-Written by Stan Cox and Paul Cox Donald Trump’s sadistic attacks on the people of Puerto Rico got most of the headlines, but it is colonial exploitation that created the unnatural disaster that continues to play out in America’s Caribbean territories. Many, including Trump, predict that the debt burden will make it extremely difficult for […]

Countercurrents

Jeremy Corbyn response to Prime Minister May “more of the same” speech

Thu, 05/10/2017 - 08:17

It´s the UK party Conferences season, Labour had it before the Conservatives but the leaders speeches might as well be seen in reverse. Here is the “response” Jeremy Corbyn MP gives to Theresa May PM´s attempt to appear more caring but in reality representing the same policies of austerity and destruction of public services already […]

Silvia Swinden

Adding ignorant insult to Puerto Rico’s injuries

Tue, 03/10/2017 - 00:54

Ordinary people can work to fill the breach caused by the federal government’s relief failure–and challenge the oppression Puerto Rico has suffered, writes Danny Katch. An unprecedented sequence of powerful hurricanes fueled by climate change. An infrastructure that was already degraded by years of debt and austerity imposed by hedge fund vultures and colonial overlords […]

Pressenza New York

What’s North Korea Afraid of?

Tue, 03/10/2017 - 00:43

By David Swanson “Peace” clubs in U.S. schools are likely to teach that a local bully is afraid and in need of help. They are much less likely to teach that about entities involved in the actual subject of peace (meaning the absence of war), such as — to take the example momentarily most prominent […]

David Swanson

“Mr. Rajoy, thanks to you we are out of Spain… even though we didn’t want to be.”

Mon, 02/10/2017 - 18:32

Criticisms of Mariano Rajoy’s administration for they way it has behaved during the referendum haven’t stopped coming all day from all over the world. The brutal force of the police and the civil guard that we saw yesterday in Catalonia; the refusal to dialogue with the different actors before, during and after; the lack of […]

Gabriela Amaya

Spain “loses” all sense of judgement in Catalonia

Sun, 01/10/2017 - 16:31

As the day of the referendum advances in Catalonia, the state police contingent is intensifying its repression. Tear gas, rubber bullets, very strong aggression against young, old and even the injured who are hit again. The state police attack with excessive brutality.  Faced with such a situation, the massive rebellion experienced by Catalonia has reached […]

Redacción Barcelona

Catalonia: the people’s peaceful response to police violence

Sun, 01/10/2017 - 09:05

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans queue up in the rain in front of polling stations to vote in the referendum on Catalonia’s independence.  This is a nonviolent demonstration, a sign of peaceful expression by a people who want to express themselves and break the siege of repression and the force of violence imposed by the […]

Redacción Barcelona

State police try to stop the Catalan referendum wave

Sun, 01/10/2017 - 07:51

Spanish state police forces burst in with violence first thing this morning, but the popular wave is very large and multi-centred.  There is a disparity of situations, in many places the atmosphere is festive while in others there are police charges. During the course of the day, various strategies are planned both by the police, […]

Redacción Barcelona

Spain tries everything to stop referendum, now with violence

Sun, 01/10/2017 - 07:33

At the beginning everything went peacefully. Despite the rain, many people were waiting in front of polling stations at schools since the early morning.  General suffrage was announced this morning by the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs.  This will allow all citizens to vote, even if their polling stations cannot open. A special system […]

Krystyna Schreiber

Anti-Black Racism Colors Pittsburg Penguins Invite To Trump White House

Sat, 30/09/2017 - 22:55

By Irwin Jerome President Trump initially invited the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors – a predominately Black American team, that is supportive of the current ‘Take-a-Knee’ protest that is erupting in American Sports – to come to the White House in honor of their recent NBA Championship victory. But when their super star guard, Stephen Curry, […]

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