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War from the Shadows


OrwellWarIsPeace.jpgBy Timothy Gatto. Originally published at OpEdNews.

Orwell courtesy QuirkBooks.

It seems like this well-thought out plan that the people behind the curtain had devised to implement the Americanization of this planet has suddenly blown up in their faces. One does not need to be an economist or work for a think-tank to realize the fact that Washington's schemes and machinations have definitely gone awry... big time. Please try to bear with me as I go through the litany of failed policies that have come so precariously close to setting the World alight.

MH-60BlackHawkHelicopters.jpgBy Matt Rigel. Originally published at CounterCurrents.

[MH - 60 Black Hawk helicopters.]

On the evening of Monday, August 18, the US Army commenced unannounced military exercises in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. MH-60 variant Black Hawk helicopters buzzed through the downtown and residential areas of the two Midwestern cities.

McCainArabSpring.jpgBy Thierry Meyssan. Originally published at Voltaire.org.

[Photo left. Accused of plotting the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak for the Muslim Brotherhood, the two employees of the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Cairo, John Tomlaszewski (second right) and Sam LaHood (son of US-Lebanese, Ray LaHood, a democratic government Transportation Secretary) (second left) took refuge at the embassy of the United States. Here they are along with Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham at the preparatory meeting of the "Arab Spring" in Libya and Syria. They would be released by Brother Mohamed Morsi when he became President. Courtesy Voltaire.org.]

John McCain is known as the leader of the Republicans and unhappy 2008 US presidential candidate. This is, we will see, only the real part of his biography, which serves as a cover to conduct covert actions on behalf of his government.

A Slow and Systematic Genocide


IsraelFlagPlantedInBlood.jpgOriginally published at Collapse of Industrial Civilization.

Graphic courtesy Lotsa 'Splainin'.

"People who call themselves supporters of Israel are actually supporters of its moral degeneration and ultimate destruction." ~ Noam Chomsky

There are a number of Israelis, such as Sahar Vardi and Uri Avnery, who strongly reject the occupation of Palestinian lands and the militarization of Israeli society. Although they recently lost their exemption status from military service, an ultra-orthodox sect of Judaism known as the Haredi whose numbers comprise 10% of the Jewish state are also opposed to war and the violent land grabs of Israeli settlers. There are others as well, but their voices are suffocated by powerful forces which have no interest in ever finding a peaceful solution to the Israeli/Palestinian crisis.

The Anatomy of Cyborg Man


CyborgRelated.jpgBy Julian Rose

Graphic courtesy MegaHD.

'Overcoming the Mechanistic Mind'

In 'The Transhumanist Singularity - The Ultimate Escapism', I attempted to address the supposedly imminent take-over of humanity by a computer controlled technology designed by people who have usurped their free will to that of a machine.

FightRacismPoster.jpgBy Corinna Mullen and Azadeh Shahshahani. Originally published at FPIF.

From Israel to the United States, mass incarceration and police militarization underpin racial hierarchies. (Photo: Helium Factory / Flickr)

From the death and destruction in Israel's latest war on Gaza to the dramatic arrival of the national guard on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, there have been plenty of brutal reminders on display of the violence that underpins racial hierarchies in Israel and the United States.

EarthSqueezedCash.jpgBy Mark Webster. Originally published at Dissident Voice.

Graphic Courtesy Collapse of Industrial Civilization

Capitalism has always been sold as the best way for the greatest number of people to benefit from their own labor. I would agree that was true enough over most of our U.S. history for men of European decent. The real question today is whether or not our unregulated "capitalistic-democracy" is actually working as we've been promised it should. Can we really call it a "democracy" where political candidates are voted in by corporate big buck$ to serve only their own financial interests? Can we really call it a capitalist society if the larger majority who, although ideologically may side with capitalism, are not participating in the economy as capitalists themselves? Over the past few decades we've been witnessing an ongoing transformation from capitalism toward what looks to be nothing less than corporate controlled feudalism. If we allow the momentum to carry us in the same direction we've been going, suddenly we'll all wake up and acknowledge exactly who our masters are.

MiseryChild.jpgBy Henry A. Giroux.

The spectacle of violence and terrorism looms large in the post 9/11 world. As the recent beheading of James Foley by Islamic extremists makes clear, mass-mediated terrorism is now joined with the spectacle of violence, torture, and beheadings so as to open up a new space in which politics is shaped by the regressive morality of ideological fundamentalism, willfully degenerating into pathology. As shocking as these events may be, they offer no guarantees politically or pedagogically because the substantive nature of crisis itself has become frail, subject to its colonization by Hollywood spectacles and a disimagination machine that thrives on representational excess and a surrender to the infantilism of apocalyptic despair. Violence and human suffering are now framed outside of the realm of historical memory, readily dissolving into the non-stop production of Hollywood movies and the endless search for instant gratification. In a society in which our inner worlds are made under the reign of the death-haunted dictates of casino capitalism with its endless series of environmental, political, financial, and social catastrophes, the Apocalypse is embraced as if it only existed in the realm of fiction and functioned exclusively as a form of entertainment, rather than provide a warning about the rise of militarism, the killing of civilians, and religious and political fundamentalisms.

Vanishing point ...


MalaysiaLinerDown.jpgBy Pepe Escobar. Republished from OpEdNews.

[Image Credit: @KateSangalang8, The Diplomat.]

First, passenger airliner MH370 vanished from Planet Earth. Then MH370 vanished from the news cycle. First, MH17 was shot down by "Putin's missile" - as Planet Earth was told. Then MH17 vanished from the news cycle.

WageSlavery.jpgBy Nancy Prupis of CommonDreams.

Protesters rally for increase to national minimum wage (Photo: Michael Fleshman)

While wages have declined across all sectors in the years following the financial crash of 2008, low-paid workers have been hit the hardest, the National Employment Law Project (NELP) reported this week.

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