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Caitlin Johnstone: America has no allies, only hostages

By Caitlin Johnstone, an independent journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Her website is here and you can follow her on Twitter @caitoz The US-centralized empire functions like a giant blob that absorbs nations and turns them into imperial client states. Once absorbed, it is rare for a country to escape and rejoin other genuinely sovereign nations. The new president-elect of…

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Climate Change and Hurricanes

Do you remember this summer’s gang-of-five? Known individually as Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia and Maria, a strangely mellifluous invocation of the deluge (or a diluvian mantra), the climatological spawn of cyclogenesis (the spin cycle in the South Atlantic) they collectively represented the most powerful group of hurricanes in over a hundred years. They were part…

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    Foreign investment, an essential contribution to Cuba’s development

    Havana, (Prensa Latina) The incentive to direct foreign investment is an essential aspect in Cuba's socioeconomic strategy for development, amid the global crisis and the United States blockade. A document published recently in Cuba refers to the key sectors where foreign capital is most needed.One of them is food production, where the Cuban Government seeks…

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      Why TRNC legally right in property debate in reopened Varosha

      On Oct. 8, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) reopened the beachfront of Varosha (Maraş) to the public after the ghost town had remained closed for 46 years. It is located on the island on the U.N.-controlled "Green Line," also known as the buffer zone, which separated the north and the south after Turkey's…

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        Isolation necessary, but how? Watch out for its negative impact

        The pandemic, which has taken over the world since early 2020, is still the first item on everyone's agenda. The situation will be no different in the coming months, as winter is at the Northern Hemisphere's doorstep. COVID-19 is likely to leave its mark in 2021, too. Many European countries, including France and Britain, have…

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          US losing COVID-19 battle, making chaos new normal

          COVID-19 could not have struck America at a worse time. For 10 months now, Americans have been living mostly indoors and if they venture outdoors are advised to wear masks and maintain social distancing, though not everyone follows this protocol. Besides the pandemic disruptions, there have been outbreaks of street violence and destruction caused by…

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            What are the new formations in Turkish politics?

            Last week, the chairman of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, urged the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli to demand an early election. Bahçeli dismissed that message as "placing a delusional order." The main opposition leader's call for an early election did not find much support in Turkey's political arena…

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              The Birth of a Xenophobe

              On March 15, 2013, an aspiring politician took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and proposed an immigration reform more radical and left-wing than anything ever enacted in America. He called for total amnesty and citizenship for all 11+ million illegal immigrants in the US, declaring that “you’re going to have to…

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                From bendy banana ‘bans’ to vegan sausages being renamed ‘tubes,’ UK’s 45-year food fight with EU won’t end with Brexit

                By Charlie Stone, author and journalist who has worked for the BBC, several national newspapers in the UK and international media. The EU’s ‘bonkers bureaucrats’ have long loved to issue crazy food rules that have enraged Brits. And Brexit won’t stop these culinary clashes. The unpalatable truth is they’ll continue, and we won’t have a seat at…

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                  Death, Money, and the Dueling Frauds: Trump and Biden

                  Edward Curtin When The New York Times and CNN recently referred to the staged town hall spectacles of Biden and Trump as dueling events, they inadvertently revealed the truth that US presidential elections are America’s favorite movie and that the corporate media is in the entertainment business. While it is ludicrous to imagine these tottering actors crossing swords in…

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                    How Azerbaijan kept the memory of Khojaly alive

                    During the Azerbaijani-Armenian war over Nagorno-Karabakh (1992–1994), one particular location was to emerge as the site of a major tragedy. In late February 1992, Armenian forces attacked the village of Khojaly in an attempt to take control of a nearby airfield. Khojaly had been under a blockade for a few months and was only lightly…

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                      Covid-19 catches up with Trump in Rust Belt states

                      Washington, (Prensa Latina) The US President Donald Trump may lose in this election some territories so-called industrial belts that largely made possible his assumption of the power in 2016, experts have highlighted. Anger at Trump's Covid-19 crisis management qualifies as the key element that, in perspective, will decide against him.The states of the Rust Belt,…

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                        Critics of modernism, the road to intellectual power

                        President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan opened the new campus of Ibn Khaldun University – an amalgam of Seljuk, Ottoman and Republican Turkish architecture. With a greater ratio of international students than any other institution in Turkey, currently 30%, Ibn Khaldun is a next-generation university with a firm commitment to the idea of intellectual independence. As Erdoğan…

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                        Will China’s Chip Race Become Its New ‘Great Leap Forward’?

                        Commentary China has put all its “chips” into China’s fledgling semiconductor industry. So many companies are charging into the semiconductor industry. The trend is aided by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s encouragement and pushed by pressure from the Trump Administration to cut off Chinese technology companies from U.S. chips. But this latest chips rush could…

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                        Who was that masked man?

                        Michael Lesher Hello, my fellow Americans. I’m Joe Biden. Remember me? You may have heard of me from time to time over the past months – especially after my opponents in the Democratic primaries were all bullied into dropping out of the race to ensure I’d be the nominee. That made the process a lot…

                        China’s Elite Capture Strategy and the Bidens

                        Book Excerpt from ‘Hidden Hand: Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party Is Reshaping the World’ In 2018 the well-connected Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin pointed out that China had been building networks of influence in the United States over many years, and that the U.S. government “is preparing for the possibility that the Chinese government…

                        2020: A Watershed Year for the Security of the Free World

                        Commentary In 1949, Mao’s civil war victory on the mainland led to a break in relations between China and the free world that lasted more than 20 years. In 1970, it was Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau who took a leading role in an international movement to recognize the People’s Republic of China (PRC)…

                        Big Tech’s plundered the world like some money-grabbing mafia-style monopoly. At last, action is underway to thwart it

                        By Graham Hryce, an Australian journalist and former media lawyer, whose work has been published in The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Sunday Mail, the Spectator and Quadrant. The likes of Facebook and Google have raked in tens of billions by acting as the gatekeepers of information and the Internet, and the antitrust…

                        Ex-President Obama: Ten Ironies

                        The irony on Thursday morning cable news was too delicious not to savor. MSDNC anchor Halle Jackson could barely contain her glee over how former president Barack Obama had finally “taken the gloves off” and gone after Donald Trump by name while campaigning for Joe Biden the previous day. I have no idea if Obama…

                        How Trump Killed 220,000 Americans: the First Three Months of Covid

                        Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair In my new book, Capitalism and Coronavirus: How Institutionalized Greed Turned a Crisis into a Catastrophe, I argue that neoliberalism exacerbated COVID-related deaths in six steps, one of which was infecting political thinking and government structures with a for-profit, cost-cutting ideology. Epidemiologists agree that early intervention is crucial for curbing…

                        Advertising vs. Democracy: An Interview with Jean Kilbourne

                        There it is, on page 56 of Jean Kilbourne’s book Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel: the graphic that stopped me cold and made me realize just how prophetic was her work (originally published in hardcover in 1999 as Deadly Persuasion: Why Women and Girls Must Fight the…

                        A Day in My Life in the Time of Covid

                        Smoke and Covid, 2020. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. I’m writing this late on Thursday night, after another long day. By my count, it’s the 228th day of our Covid isolation. By that I mean the last time I saw, with the exception of Nathaniel, my CounterPunch colleagues  back in March in a little rental house…

                        The Scourge of Herd Immunity

                        Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair Covid-19 kills, and its kill rate is significantly higher than the flu. Some who recover develop insufficient immunity to prevent getting infected again. Some don’t appear to recover. They are stuck with debilities that last months, maybe longer. And it’s possible that this disease is chronic and lingers in some…

                        White House Gangster Wants to Avoid Nuclear-Armed Stigma

                        Photograph Source: MAPW Australia – CC BY 2.0 The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is about to win its 50th state ratification, the golden number needed for the treaty to “enter into force” or EIF. The list of 47 current signatories can be seen at ICAN.org, website of the International Campaign to Abolish…

                        The Supine and the Ridiculous

                        “I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.” –Voltaire and also me. One of the criteria required to bring down power structures or individuals in government who no longer serve the people is to remove their veneer of inevitability and…

                        We Can Do Better Than Capitalist Formal “Democracy”

                        Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair An article I read shortly after Jacinda Ardern’s re-election in New Zealand noted, with a touch of weariness, that Labour’s victory came after a campaign measured in “weeks.” Folks there ought to count themselves lucky — the United States has endured years of campaigning in what has proved, to the surprise…

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