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by Michael Brenner on 30 May 2020 0 Comment

Hacking is back in the headlines. The Chinese are accused of breaking into the computers of unnamed American labs – corporate &/or non-corporate - doing research on a coronavirus vaccine. The operative words are ‘China/Chinese’ and ‘hacking’. The two go together like gin & tonic. That’s a sign of upper mobility for the Cathay crowd; just a short time ago, Ru...

by James M Dorsey on 29 May 2020 0 Comment

The Saudi-Iranian dispute may dominate headlines but a similar rivalry between Turkey and the United Arab Emirates is equally wreaking havoc in the Middle East and North Africa. While Saudi Arabia may in some ways have a leg up on Iran, Turkey and the UAE are at a virtual draw. In Libya, forces of the Turkish-backed, Tripoli-based internationally recognized ...

by Naagesh Padmanaban on 28 May 2020 1 Comment

The human and economic devastation caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and difficult to imagine. It has affected more than 5 million people all over the world and already killed more than 339K people. In the US alone, more than 96K people have died. The sufferings and hardships of people the world over continue unabated, even as its full ...

by Israel Shamir on 27 May 2020 0 Comment

I like conspiracy theories; they attempt to inject meaning into otherwise meaningless sets of assorted facts. They bring Logos into our life, as our friend E. Michael Jones would say. An enemy of conspiracy theories would write in the New York Times denouncing Sir Isaac Newton as a notorious conspiracy theorist: out of totally disconnected facts (apple fall,...

by Sandhya Jain on 26 May 2020 7 Comments

As the highly contagious Covid-19 torments the nation, some “eminent” economists advised the Centre to nationalise all private assets of above-poverty-line citizens (cash, real estate, property, bonds, etc.) to fund their ideas. One doesn’t know if this negates that other great panacea for all economic ills – privatization of public sector assets – but...

by Tony Cartalucci on 25 May 2020 3 Comments

Big-Pharma – guilty of lying, cheating, stealing, bribery, and a history of exposing the public to dangerous and even deadly drugs – is being given billions to develop a Covid-19 “vaccine.” Would you trust your health to these criminals? Coronavirus Disease 2019 or “Covid-19” hysteria is sweeping the globe – with mass media-induced public panic paralyzing en...

by F William Engdahl on 24 May 2020 1 Comment

Not only are the coronavirus models being used by WHO and most national health agencies based on highly dubious methodologies, and not only are the tests being used of wildly different quality, that only indirectly confirm antibodies of a possible COVID-19 illness. Now the actual designations of deaths related to coronavirus are being revealed to be equally ...

by James M Dorsey on 23 May 2020 1 Comment

The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw Patriot anti-missile defense batteries from Saudi Arabia is likely to fuel an already brewing arms race as the kingdom attempts to catch-up with Iran’s nuclear development as well as its space, ballistic missile, and drone capabilities. In 2019, the US sent Patriot missile batteries to Saudi Arabia to bolster i...

by Jaibans Singh on 22 May 2020 2 Comments

The political structure of Kashmir changed dramatically in mid-2019 (August 5) due to the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories. Local leaders predicted a massive backlash, especially in Kashmir. There was, however, no hostile public response. This situation has given credence to a thought process that the people w...

by Ramtanu Maitra on 21 May 2020 1 Comment

Japan is a highly developed industrial nation that also depends heavily on trade. It lacks many raw materials needed for its industry and power generation - such as oil, coal, iron ore, copper, aluminum and wood. Japan must import most of these goods. And to pay for these imports, Japan must export a variety of manufactured goods to other countries. Japanese...

by Ramtanu Maitra on 20 May 2020 1 Comment

Prior to and following the demise of the Soviet Union and the emergence of China as a world power in Asia there was no active effort in either New Delhi or Tokyo to build a mutually beneficial relationship. This was the case for a variety of reasons. Today, however, the ground situation has changed dramatically in the region. Now the historic requirement of ...

by Rijul Singh Uppal on 19 May 2020 0 Comment

The concept of International Security emerged as a measure to ensure the mutual survival of states and their safety. The notion gained traction after the Second World War and the formation of the United Nations. While traditionally the concept of security was focused on individual states and their militaries, the decades post the Second World War saw the foc...

by James O'Neill on 18 May 2020 1 Comment

On 17 July 2014 MH 17, a Malaysian airlines flight en route from Amsterdam in The Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia was shot down while in transit over Ukrainian airspace. Although there were no admissions as to culpability and at least initially very little factual data available, it did not stop an immediate blame game being promoted by the Dutch, Uk...

by Frank Scott on 17 May 2020 2 Comments

Whether believed the subject of hysterical conjecture or conspiratorial creation, the fact is that we face a new and different virus that may threaten life more than previous forms. It is also true that up to the moment that includes more than a quarter million victims, most who suffer the illness survive and they represent the overwhelming majority. Neverth...

by George Augustine on 16 May 2020 8 Comments

The believers vouch that the Faith is tremendous and powerful. They claim the Faith can do incredible things like raising the dead, healing the sick, making the blind see and the lame walk, besides being the singular panacea for all the world’s ills. In fact they teach that we were all created for the benefit of the Faith. Holy shit! And we believe it. This...

by Israel Shamir on 15 May 2020 5 Comments

Some people enjoy isolation and self-seclusion. The Jewish billionaire David Geffen is one of them. He posted a picture of his yacht onto Social Media saying: “Isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus, I’m hoping everybody is staying safe.” It is probably very different from your self-seclusion, and surely different from the seclusion imposed on a slum-...

by The Saker on 14 May 2020 0 Comment

I have always held Michael Hudson in the greatest esteem. Not only do I consider him my favourite US economist out there, I also know that he is a kind human being. He manifested this kindness again when he agreed to reply to some very basic questions which a non-economist like myself would ask. I am deeply grateful to Michael for taking the time to reply to...

by Pepe Escobar on 13 May 2020 6 Comments

Between unaccountability of elites and total fragmentation of civil society, Covid-19 as a circuit breaker is showing how the king – systemic design – is naked. We are being sucked into a danse macabre of multiple complex systems “colliding into one another,” producing all kinds of mostly negative feedback loops. What we already know for sure, as Shoshana Zu...

by Sandhya Jain on 12 May 2020 9 Comments

As the coronavirus moves remorselessly across the world, and medical experts surmise that it could be with us for another two-three years, its lasting legacy will be pain for those at the bottom rung of society, those marginally above, and those in the middle. With three successive lockdowns India has managed to keep mortalities low, but now, as tentative...

by Ramin Mazaheri on 11 May 2020 3 Comments

It’s an idea that is worth discussing because – much like how China does not want to discuss possible modern reverberations from their atrocious (mostly upper-class) practice of female foot-binding – the West does not want to deal with the cultural legacy of four centuries of segregation. It’s so perplexing to listen to Western commentators demand in the s...

by P M Ravindran on 10 May 2020 10 Comments

The above quip, For the king who kills, The minister who eats, conveys the modus operandi of a team that commits a crime and leaves no trace of it. Such a crime manifested in Kerala during the Covid lockdown. Kerala is the only State where the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is in power. There have been rave reviews, even at the international level, on...

by F William Engdahl on 09 May 2020 2 Comments

Since late in January the world has undergone staggering changes which in many cases may be irreparable. We have given decisions over every aspect of our lives to the judgment of tests and to the projections of computer models for the coronavirus first claimed to have erupted in Wuhan China, now dubbed SARS-CoV-2. With astonishing lack of transparency or che...

by Jaibans Singh on 08 May 2020 6 Comments

Ramadan is a sacred time when Muslims across the world observe a month of fasting, an act considered one of the five pillars of Islam. This year Ramadan commenced on April 23 and will conclude on May 23. In this month, Muslims are decreed by Allah to emphasise on acts of “Deen” (religion) rather than worldly matters. Ramadan is not only about fasting; it is ...

by James M Dorsey on 07 May 2020 1 Comment

It is early days, but first indications are that the global pandemic is entrenching long-drawn Middle Eastern geopolitical, political, ethnic, and sectarian battle lines rather than serving as a vehicle to build bridges and build confidence. The coronavirus crisis is also changing the region’s political landscape as non-governmental organizations and militan...

by Prashant Singh on 06 May 2020 2 Comments

When it comes to “economic system” we think that it is basically a process of “production and mutual exchange” of various commodities among the producers. There is nothing wrong with this assumption as such, but what we don’t know is that this hypotheses of “economic system” is valid only for a pre-industrial village/cottage economy; it doesn’t apply to mode...

by Pepe Escobar on 05 May 2020 1 Comment

History teaches us that epidemics are more like revelatory moments than social transformers. The plague-stricken town, traversed throughout with hierarchy, surveillance, observation, writing; the town immobilized by the functioning of an extensive power that bears in a distinct way over all individual bodies – this is the utopia of the perfectly governed cit...

by Jaibans Singh on 04 May 2020 6 Comments

As India continues with its disciplined and mature response to the Coronavirus crisis, Dr. Mohan Bhagwat, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sarsanghchalak, in an online address on Sunday, April 26, called upon the organisation to stand united and help all needy persons without any discrimination whatsoever. Elaborating the concept of “Ekant Mein Atam Sadhna, Lokan...

by Pepe Escobar on 03 May 2020 3 Comments

Hybrid War 2.0 on China, a bipartisan U.S. operation, is already reaching fever pitch. Its 24/7 full spectrum infowar arm blames China for everything coronavirus-related – doubling as a diversionist tactic against any informed criticism of woeful American unpreparedness. Hysteria predictably reigns. And this is just the beginning. A deluge of lawsuits is im...

by James M Dorsey on 02 May 2020 1 Comment

Populated by fluent Hebrew speakers, the Israel desk of Armenia’s foreign ministry waited back in 1991 in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union for a phone call that never came. The ministry was convinced that Israel, with whom Armenia shared an experience of genocide, were natural allies. The ministry waited in vain. Israel never made the call. ...

by Suhas Chakma on 01 May 2020 4 Comments

Arunachal Pradesh’s Chakma and Hajong tribes are suffering massive hunger and starvation as they have been excluded from the “economic package for vulnerable sections” at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Around 65,875 Chakmas and Hajongs are being forced by the State Government to buy rice @Rs 29/kg. The two tribes include around 22,000 children, who are...

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