By Chris Jones - June 06, 2013
Globally, we are in the midst of a vicious and brutal class war...Key elements of this class war...include smashing trade unions and the eradication of the welfare state. It is being accompanied by an extraordinarily intense, and hate filled ideology that seeks to divide, isolate and demonize those who suffer most. And, behind this, we see nation state after nation state tooling up its forces of violence and repression.
Mossad's longstanding ties to Verint, Narus, and other Israeli surveillance technology companies assures it access to information they collect. It's true wherever these companies operate. America has 16 active intelligence agencies. They operate the same way. Warrantless dragnet spying is lawless.
International, constitutional and US statute laws no longer matter. Obama declared them null and void. He does so by disregarding them.
Qusair's strategically important. Western-backed death squads controlled it for over a year. On June 5, Syrian forces triumphed. Insurgent fighters were routed. Many were killed. Others were captured. Remaining elements fled.
It's standard Times practice. It's longstanding. On June 6, Times editors praised Obama's selection of Susan Rice and Samantha Power. They're deplorable choices.
Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple, and other online companies willingly cooperate with lawless government spying.
By Ethan Watters - June 4, 2013
Psychiatry tends not to learn from its past. With each new generation, psychiatric healers dismiss the enthusiasms of their predecessors by pointing out the unscientific biases and cultural trends on which their theories were based...The resounding lesson of the history of mental illness is that psychiatric theories and diagnostic categories shape the symptoms of patients. “As doctors’ own ideas about what constitutes ‘real’ dis-ease change from time to time...the symptoms that patients present will change as well.”
By Noam Chomsky - June 08, 2013
Reagan’s murderous assault on Central America was not limited to Guatemala...In most of the region the agencies of terror were government security forces that had been armed and trained by Washington...One country was different: Nicaragua. It had an army to defend its population. Reagan therefore had to organize right-wing guerilla forces to wage the fight.
By SHAMUS COOKE - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
The western media is giving dire warnings of an impending sectarian war between Sunni and Shia Muslims...Such a war would be completely artificial, and is being manufactured for geo-political reasons. When the most influential Sunni figures in Saudi Arabia and Qatar...recently called for Jihad against the Syrian government and Hezbollah, their obvious intentions were to boost the foreign policy of Saudi Arabia and its closest ally, the United States, by destroying Iran’s key ally in the region.
By Dylan Lubao - 8 June 2013
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford...continues to be dogged by a drug scandal and politically shaken by defections from his administration...The city’s big business elite, which promoted Ford as their hatchet man in slashing public services and attacking city workers, has signaled that they now view him as a political liability, whose hotheadedness and multiple scandals have become an impediment to prosecuting their class war agenda.
Powerful movers and shakers have their own agenda. They're up to no good. They meet annually face-to-face. They conspire, collude and collaborate against populist interests. Their's alone matter.
Power calls imperial interventions stunning successes. If confirmed as new UN envoy, her mandate is to assure many more like them.
...[C]apitalism, embodied within transnational corporations, does not require upbeat nation-states to thrive. They’re doing beautifully regardless of the drag of some of the world’s biggest countries. Worldwide, several major stock markets have recently set new records; meanwhile, nation-states sustain abnormally high unemployment levels and badly deteriorating finances.
By John Pilger - June 07, 2013
The problem with media-run “conversations” on gender is not merely the almost total absence of male participants, but the suppression of class. It is tempting to say real politics are missing, too, but bourgeois boundaries and prescriptions are real enough. Thus, gender, like race, can be presented in isolation. Class is a forbidden word; and gender subordinate to class is heresy.
By Chris Marsden - 7 June 2013
The White House issued its most threatening statement yet yesterday, denouncing Iran and the Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah as “partners in tyranny” for their support of the Assad regime in Syria.