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by Vladislav Krasnov on 28 Feb 2017 3 Comments

Ninety-five years ago, on June 12, 1918, Grand Duke Michael and his secretary Nicholas Johnson were abducted from a hotel in Perm by a group of Bolshevik thugs and slain in the woods outside the city. This murder, five weeks before the Yekaterinburg massacre of former tsar Nicholas II and his family, was part of the Bolsheviks’ plan to get rid of the...

by Naagesh Padmanaban on 27 Feb 2017 1 Comment

Among the slew of executive orders that President Trump signed in his first few weeks in office, was one directing the Treasury secretary to submit a report on the review of Dodd-Frank Act (DFA) and recommend changes in 120 days. I believe this is a step in the right direction to resetting complex banking regulations and ease credit flow and kick start the e...

by Thierry Meyssan on 26 Feb 2017 2 Comments

History teaches us this – every time a System collapses, its leaders do not realise the truth until they are swept away by the storm. So the political representatives of the European Union, meeting just like every year in Munich for their Security Conference, were shocked to hear Sergey Lavrov speak of a post-Western world order. And yet the world is slippin...

by Pepe Escobar on 25 Feb 2017 1 Comment

The tawdry Michael Flynn soap opera boils down to the CIA hemorrhaging leaks to the company town newspaper, leading to the desired endgame: a resounding victory for hardcore neocon/neoliberalcon US Deep State factions in one particular battle. But the war is not over; in fact it’s just...

by Boris Kagarlitsky on 24 Feb 2017 2 Comments

The first weeks of Trump’s presidency did not resemble honeymoon normally enjoyed by newly elected leaders of the United States. The severity and aggressiveness of the debate is unprecedented. Liberals threw at Trump all of their hatred, while the conservative public – all of its delight. Opinions in Russia are split roughly along the same lines as they are ...

by Israel Shamir on 23 Feb 2017 2 Comments

Trump is down, cry the fans and haters alike. He’s been defeated, broken, never to rise again. He is a lame duck soon to be impeached. He will crawl back to his golden lair leaving the White House to his betters, or even better, he will run to his pal Vlad Putin. No, my friends and readers, Trump is fighting, not running, but things take time. It is not...

by James Petras on 22 Feb 2017 3 Comments

President Trump is deeply embedded in the politics of the deep state structure of American imperialism. Contrary to occasional references to non-intervention in overseas wars, Trump has followed in the footsteps of his predecessors. While neoconservatives and liberals have raised a hue and cry about Trump’s ties to Russia, his ‘heresies’ over NATO and his ov...

by Sandhya Jain on 21 Feb 2017 11 Comments

Jayalalithaa loomed so large in the psyche of her supporters that she was destined to be the irreplaceable leader; hence unfolding events in Tamil Nadu are not surprising. A fierce power struggle which can tear the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) apart has begun, and the controversial vote of confidence for Chief Minister Edappadi K....

by George Abert & Paul Craig Roberts on 20 Feb 2017 2 Comments

Figuratively speaking, a ginormous asteroid is hurtling to a cataclysmic rendezvous with earth, but we are not supposed to notice. The asteroid is the rising threat from environmental degradation. Evidence is accumulating that environmental degradation is becoming global. We can either act responsibly by accepting the challenge or take refuge in denial and r...

by Rachel Douglas on 19 Feb 2017 4 Comments

“If I were Michael Ledeen,” a European friend of mine said yesterday [Feb. 13], “and I wanted to intensify a clash with Russia, I would use Ukraine.” He was talking about the U.S. neoconservative operative and the author of Universal Fascism, who has been flitting around the newly inaugurated Trump Administration. Ledeen is best known for his obsession...

by Navaratna Rajaram on 18 Feb 2017 8 Comments

Speaking before the Kerala History Association, Kochi on 18 Dec. 2005, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, then President and among the most respected intellectuals in India observed: “The best historians present us with descriptions and analyses of the past that make unfamiliar times and places somehow comprehensible. In seeking to penetrate the veil of the past, we en...

by Thierry Meyssan on 17 Feb 2017 3 Comments

How not to be struck by the resemblance between the campaigns aimed at shooting down Donald Trump and François Fillon? How can we fail to observe that these two men, with their very different personalities and ideologies, threaten the same interests? At the same time, very large press campaigns are developing in the Western world against both US President D...

by Thierry Meyssan on 16 Feb 2017 3 Comments

Our (Voltaire Network) previous articles concerning President Trump have caused some fierce reactions from our readers. Some of them have been wondering about the naïvety apparently displayed by Thierry Meyssan despite the warnings issued by the international Press and the accumulation of negative signals. Here is his response, well-reasoned as...

by The Saker on 15 Feb 2017 2 Comments

Since the induction of Donald Trump has opened a new period in international relations, each state must now try to reposition itself. However, the British government, which has been forced by referendum to accept Brexit, is seeking to reconcile the interests of the ruling class with those of its people. In an attempt to do so, Prime Minister Theresa May is...

by William Blum on 14 Feb 2017 1 Comment

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Alice in Wonderland. Since Yalta, we have a long list of times we’ve tried to engage positively with Russia. We have a relatively short list of successes in that regard. – General James Mattis, the new Secretary of Defense. If anyone knows where to find this long list please...

by Gagandeep Bakshi on 13 Feb 2017 5 Comments

The purpose of this book is not so much to focus on Bose as a political leader but more specifically as an innovative military leader and Supreme Commander of the INA - in fact India‘s first Supreme Commander. Bose had very little formal military training. What is noteworthy is his high risk-taking ability, his outstanding courage in the face of certain...

by R Hariharan on 12 Feb 2017 2 Comments

Sri Lanka police’s Terrorism Investigation Department (TID) arrested five rehabilitated LTTE cadres for allegedly plotting to assassinate MA Sumanthiran, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Member of Parliament, known for his moderate views. The TID is reported to have recovered two claymore mines and large quantities of cannabis from the homes of four of them, ar...

by Punarvasu Parekh on 11 Feb 2017 2 Comments

One waited for the applause of the faithful and audible sighs of relief from the sceptics to die down before writing about the budget. A week after the presentation of the much-hyped annual statement of accounts and intent, this is the right time to decipher the message emanating from the budget 2017-18, rather than its specific proposals which have been dis...

by Omar Kassem on 10 Feb 2017 0 Comment

The lone isolation of ISIS from all the other rebel groups in Syria has always been a mystery. An insight was gained into this mystery from Hassan Abboud, leader of Ahrar al-Sham. Just prior to being blown up in his own quarters in September 2014, along with his entourage, he maintained in an interview, that Iraqi premier Nouri al-Maliki had received orders ...

by Omar Kassem on 09 Feb 2017 3 Comments

Russia was embattled as a result of US and European sanctions; the economy was reeling from a declining oil price, and suffering from obstacles erected in the way of Russian gas supplies to Europe in Ukraine and Bulgaria. When Iranian Quds Force leader Qassem Suleimani travelled to Moscow to relay a call for help from Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Augu...

by Omar Kassem on 08 Feb 2017 1 Comment

It’s early 2017 and there’s a chance for peace in Syria, but it’s complicated. One regional superpower and two regional powers in the Middle East - Russia, Turkey and Iran - have agreed to a trilateral monitoring commission to monitor the Syrian ceasefire at Astana in Kazakhstan. The UN is in attendance, but the US absent, apart from the formality of the pre...

by Sandhya Jain on 07 Feb 2017 8 Comments

The suspicion of many salaried professionals that successive governments have extracted unduly high taxes from those considered sitting ducks (persons in the formal economy with no escape routes), was vindicated, but not ameliorated, in Union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s budget speech of February 1. A reconsideration of income tax slabs to redeem...

by Come Carpentier de Gourdon on 06 Feb 2017 7 Comments

Since the Middle Age when semitic monotheistic religions expanded throughout the known world and the Renaissance when they conquered much of the newly ‘discovered’ lands in Africa and the Americas, religions defined as “polytheistic”, “animistic” or in other words, non-revealed and non-prophetic, have been either on the decline or at least under intellectua...

by Boris Kagarlitsky on 05 Feb 2017 0 Comment

The events currently unfolding in the United States, and discussions of the American Left regarding Trump, remind me of the famous Soviet Odessa joke: a lady stops a car in the street, and asks the driver: “Are you a real taxi?”. The driver’s answer: “Does madam need a ride, or a checkered pattern?” Numerous activists of the left wing organizations who took...

by N S Rajaram on 04 Feb 2017 0 Comment

The Vedantic view is that there are three fundamental tendencies (or gunas) that control nature (like daivic and asuric) and therefore the history of any era. These are: sattva (light or purity), rajas (power or aggression) and tamas (darkness or ignorance). Any combination of these determines the history of an epoch. Particularly dangerous is the combinatio...

by N S Rajaram on 03 Feb 2017 2 Comments

A striking feature of European and now American society is the conflict between new knowledge and old beliefs. This is often the case when scientific advances are seen to threaten long held beliefs. Galileo’s persecution by the Church and the hostility to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution are only two examples. This is not just a thing of the past is clear from t...

by Eric Walberg on 02 Feb 2017 0 Comment

Ques: What are the most serious internal and external threats facing Europe today, including threats from Russia? - The surprise victory of the Brexit campaign in Britain, despite the overwhelming propaganda against it, finally forced the European status quo to face reality. The European Union only makes sense if there is a sense of belonging, of compassio...

by Grete Mautner on 01 Feb 2017 1 Comment

Without much exaggeration, one can state that drastic changes in US foreign policies are taking place mere days after the inauguration of Donald Trump. Yet, we must not forget that all major players will have to find a common language with the 45th US President. There’s a chance that his opponents will try to resort to the physical elimination of Donald Trum...

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