Bulletin N° 884



Anthrax War




A ground-breaking, feature-length documentary by Bob Coen and Eric Nadler, who also wrote the accompanying book Dead Silence that discusses, in greater detail, the investigation that this film examines.

This documentary illuminates one of the most important stories of our age – the threat that a terrifying Germ War Arms Race may now be beginning around the globe . . . . And where the anthrax used in the 2001 attacks may have originated.






Subject :  The Architects of War  vs. The People.




February 28, 2020

Grenoble, France


Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,


In his 1963 book, The Triumph of Conservatism, Gazbrierl Kolko frames the following question: “To what extent was the evolution of the Federal Reserve System into a crucial aspect of political capitalism inherent in the very premises and specifics of the [Federal Reserve ]Act?” This Act of Congress was passed into law on December 23,1913, thereby creating a U.S. central bank the purported purpose of which was to prevent a financial debacle on a scale of the one that had wrecked the American economy in 1907.


Later economic historians have established the fact that the financial crisis of 1907 (which saw the American economy rescued only by the “generosity” of J.P. Morgan) was in fact deliberately manufactured by large US banking interests in the U.S., in an effort to overcome popular opposition  to the  creation of a U.S. Central Bank. The required stratagem involved the creation of a national third political party, “The Bull Moose Party,” led by Theodor Roosevelt, who predictably split the Republican vote and assure the electoral defeat of President William Howard Taft, in 1912, by the “Progressive” presidential Democratic Party candidate, Woodrow Wilson, whom the bankers could rely on to support the creation of a private central bank which would control the production of US currency and much more.


During the First World War, writes Kolko, Wilson’s Secretary of the Treasury, William Gibbs McAdoo, “found it useful to have the banking system centralized, according to H. Parker Willis, one of the actual authors of the Act:


‘by accepting the dominance of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the councils of the Reserve system and by employing the machinery of the reserve Bank of  New York for the purpose of directing and reorganizing the finance of the rest of the country.’(p.253)

“This centralization lasted after the war, but lest it be thought it was a necessity imposed by extraordinary circumstances, even Carter Glass [who succeeded McAdoo at Secretary of the Treasury in 1918] in a moment of frankness, admitted that it was hardly the destruction of the Money Trust that he sought in his bill. In April, 1916, well before the emergency reorganization of the American economy for war, Glass told a Washington audience that:


The proponents of the Federal reserve act had no idea of impairing the rightful prestige of New York as the financial metropolis of this hemisphere. They rather expected to confirm its distinction, and even hoped to assist powerfully in wresting the scepter from London and eventually making New York the financial center of the world. Eminent Englishmen with the keenest perception have frankly expressed apprehension of such result. Indeed, momentarily this has come to pass. And we may point to the amazing contrast between New York under the old system in 1907, shaken to its very foundation because of two bank failures, and New York at the present time, under the new system, serenely secure in its domestic banking operations and confidently financing the great enterprises of European nations at war.(p.254)



For further interpretations of the origins of World War I, please see our presentation of Gerry Docherty and Jim Macgrego’s book, Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War (2013), at Ceimsa Bulletin N° 863: “The Capitalist Conspiracy: writing for the blind.”



The 19 + items below are articles and essay, several of which suggest the ruling classes of the world collaborate to solidify their power over a controlled population, in order to protect the wealth and power they have accumulated. Under current conditions, the progressive pretensions of capitalism have lost credibility. The consolidation of oligarchic power promises to be a violent and cruel paradox, ending ultimately in failure with much “collateral damage.”

We are well advised, at this moment in history, to hope for the best and prepare ourselves for the worst.




Francis Feeley


Professeur honoraire de l'Université Grenoble-Alpes
Ancien Directeur de Researches
Université de Paris-Nanterre
Director of The Center for the Advanced Study
of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego







A Fiction or Reality?

 “The Report from Iron Mountain”: A Blueprint for Tyranny


(video, 2:21:00)

May 22, 2019


A Short Descriptive Text

(5 pages)


(book published in 1961)


World BEYOND War News & Action



Doctors Sound the Alarm on Climate Emergency


by  Kieran Cooke


LONDON — The doctors are worried about the climate emergency.


In recent days the UK’s Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has announced it’s halting investments in climate-changing fossil fuel and mining companies.

The RCP, the British doctors’ professional body dedicated to improving the practice of medicine, which has funds in global stock markets amounting to nearly £50 million (US$65m), says it will start divesting immediately from the worst-polluting oil and gas companies, which are mainly in the US.

As part of a phased disinvestment policy the RCP – the oldest medical college in England, with more than 35,000 members – says that within the next three years all investments in fossil fuel companies not aligned with the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change
will be withdrawn.


“The fossil fuel industry is driving the climate crisis and is responsible for a public health emergency”, says Dr Will Stableforth of the RCP.


How We Stay Blind to the Story of Power, While Those Who Challenge it, Like Assange, Can Wind Up Behind Bars


by JonathanCook





BBC News: The Coronavirus Index



Coronavirus map: how Covid-19 is spreading across the world



Coronavirus outbreak: WHO expert says countries must shift mindset to virus preparedness



with Dr. Bruce Aylward


Coronavirus: Ukraine protesters attack buses carrying China evacuees




New Virus Cases Fall; WHO Says China Bought the World Time


by Yanan Wang


Ebola: Delaware St. University prof, Dr. Cyril Broderick, says Africans do not deserve to be treated like guinea pigs


by Robert Herriman

(September 27, 2014)


 “Is The US Government The Master Criminal Of Our Time?”


 by PaulCraigRoberts

(October 20, 2014)





Imperialism on Trial - Exposing war crimes is not a crime


(February 27, 2020)


CovertAction Magazine

Disinformation, First Amendment, Press Freedom, Prison-Industrial Complex, U.S. foreign policy


Interviews with Assange Legal Advisor Renata Avila, Journalists Glen Ford, Max Blumenthal and More in new Assange: Countdown To Freedom


(February 14, 2020)


We’re Asking One Question In Assange’s Case: Should Journalists Be Punished For Exposing War Crimes?



by Caitlin Johnstone


Max Blumenthal on the imperial NGOs that ignore Julian Assange - and the billionaires behind them




News From Underground


From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2020
Subject: [MCM] Assange's extradition case is at a "critical moment"—and political prisoner Chelsea Manning says she's "never backing down" (2)



Assange’s Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Anti-War Movement



The US government’s extradition and prosecution of Julian Assange is a critical moment for press freedom, but also for the anti-war movement

by Nozomi Hayase



Chelsea Manning Says She Is 'Never Backing Down' in Face of US Detention


Meant to Break Her



by Eoin Higgins, staff writer


Liberal democracy is a lie - Assange extradition hearing - Day 1


by Craig Murray

(Monday, February 24, 2020)


UK inexplicably bars WikiLeaks editor from extradition hearing day after Assange handcuffed 11 times & STRIPPED twice


with Wikileaks editor Kristin Hrafnsson


The draconian nature of a political show-trial - Assange extradition hearing – Day 2


by Craig Murray

(Tuesday, February 25, 2020)


USA v Julian Assange: Extradition Day 2


(Tuesday, February 25, 2020)


“Lies, lies and more lies”: Lawyer slams day 2 of Julian Assange’s US extradition hearing, here is how it went down



with Wikileaks editor Kristin Hrafnsson


 ‘Can’t participate, can’t communicate’: Day 3 of Assange’s US extradition hearing as it happened

‘Can’t participate, can’t communicate’: Day 3 of Assange’s US extradition hearing as it happened


(February 26, 2020)


Assange extradition hearing is Damocles sword over journalists’ heads. But UK mainstream media participate in his crucifixion


 by George Galloway

(February 26, 2020)


‘Fair trial threatened’ as judge rejects Assange request to

sit with lawyers: Day 4 of US extradition hearing as it played out


(February 27, 2020)

Day four of Julian Assange’s extradition hearing saw lawyers discussing whether international law supersedes English law and a dramatic rejection by the judge of a simple request for Assange to be allowed to sit with his lawyers.




If slowing growth, unsound financial systems and the coronavirus don’t trigger a market meltdown, central banks will


by Gary Biddle

(February 20, 2020)


“Money, Power and a Call to Radical Change”



with Yanis Varoufakis and Brian Eno


Huawei in the Crosshairs


by Mike Whitney


The Trump administration’s appalling treatment of Huawei shows that the United States will risk anything, even a nuclear conflagration with China, to maintain its tenuous grip on global power.


Huawei is China’s behemoth technology company that has recently come under fire by the Trump administration for violating sanctions against Iran and for providing network equipment that (allegedly) poses security risks for its customers. Both charges are baseless, but they’re being used as the pretext for launching a full-blown war on China’s telecom-equipment giant.


Huawei’s troubles stem from the fact that the company has taken the lead in fifth generation wireless technology (5-G) and left the US behind eating their dust. The situation creates an insurmountable problem for the US which wants to preserve its role as global superpower into the next century. That dream will not be realized if China dominates communications technology and continues to be the industry leader in next-generation mobile infrastructure. That’s why Trump has taken off the gloves and is preparing to do whatever it takes to sabotage Huawei and prevent its cutting edge infrastructure technology from being installed around the world.


How Capitalism Works



with David Harvey


Asia's surprising resilience in a world market crash


 by David P. Goldman


No Weapon Left Behind: The American Hybrid War on China


by Pepe Escobar





David Cay Johnston: “It's Even Worse Than You Think”




Sanders & Socialism: Debate Between Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman & Socialist Economist Richard Wolff




The Democrats’ Quandary


by Michael Hudson


In a struggle between oligarchy and democracy, something must give.

To hear the candidates debate, you would think that their fight was over who could best beat Trump. But when Trump’s billionaire twin Mike Bloomberg throws a quarter-billion dollars into an ad campaign to bypass the candidates actually running for votes in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, it’s obvious that what really is at issue is the future of the Democrat Party. Bloomberg is banking on a brokered convention held by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in which money votes. (If “corporations are people,” so is money in today’s political world.)


“The Billionaire Election”: How 2020 Is a Referendum on Wealth Inequality


with Anand Giridharadas



The Cosmic Irony of Bernie Sanders’s Rise


by  Seth Ackerman


Musical Chairs in the White House



by Philip Giraldi


On the job training in the intelligence community

Here in the Land of Oz, otherwise known as Washington, one continues to run into people who should know better who insist that they have a friend in the White House who confirms that President Donald Trump is really a man of peace being obstructed as he seeks to withdraw the United States from senseless wars in Asia. They argue that the Deep State or Establishment, to include the media, are so blinded by Trump Derangement Syndrome that they cannot get behind his policies even when they would be good for Americans.

The problem with that argument is that there have been clear instances when the president could have followed through on pledges to reduce troop levels or withdraw completely from war zones before reversing himself and doubling down rather than doing the right thing. One need only cite the increases in numbers of combatants in both the Middle East and Afghanistan and the reversal of an initial decision to stage a complete withdrawal from Syria which instead turned into a move to occupy the country’s oil fields.




Refugees Flee Worsening Syria-Turkey Conflict



with Rick Sanchez


We should applaud the Syrian military’s actions in Idlib,

not deplore them
by Stephen Gowans


The US news media perversely view the prospective liberation of millions of Syrians from a Turkish-backed Al Qaeda tyranny in Idlib as a humanitarian tragedy, betraying their allegiance to Washington’s geopolitical agenda and its aim of dominating every country in West Asia without exception, even if it means relying on Al Qaeda to accomplish its goal.

Imagine journalists deploring the Allies’ liberation of Europe because the project created refugees, and you’ll understand the US news media’s reaction to the prospect of the Syrian military liberating Idlib from the rule of a branch of Al Qaeda. Implicit in the condemnation is support for the status quo, since any realistic attempt to end an occupation will trigger a flight of civilians from a war zone. What is in fact support for continued occupation by reactionaries, and their imposition of a terrorist mini-state on millions of Syrians, is slyly presented by the US news media as concern for the welfare of Syrian civilians.

On February 20, The Wall Street Journal ran an article on what it said could be the “biggest humanitarian horror story of the 21st century,” namely, the advance of the Syrian military into Idlib, “backed by Russian airstrikes and pro-Iranian militias” which has “forced the flight of some 900,000 people” as Syrian president Bashar al-Assad vows “to retake every inch of Syria.”

To illustrate the so-called impending horror, Journal reporter Raja Abdulrahim follows “Amro Akoush and his family” as they flee “their home in northwest Syria with no time to pack a bag and no vehicle to escape the machine-gun fire and falling bombs.”

“I feel like this is the end, the army will advance and kill us all and that will be the end of the story,” Abdulrahim quotes Akoush as saying. “We no longer have hope for anything other than a quick death, that’s it. That’s all we ask for.”

In Abdulrahim’s narrative, Assad is a tyrant setting in motion a humanitarian catastrophe to satisfy his urge (are we to construe it as greed?) to “retake” every inch of his country (not recover or liberate it.) Assad’s foil, his nemesis in this tale, is Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, presented as the personification of the calvary, rushing to the aid of hapless Syrian civilians, by dispatching tanks across the Turk-Syrian border.

Erdogan, Abdulrahim writes, “has threatened to launch a full attack on Syrian government forces if Mr. Assad doesn’t halt the military offensive. Turkey has sent more than 10,000 troops and more than 2,000 pieces of artillery, tanks and armored vehicles into Idlib.”

It all seems fairly simple: Assad is a brute who has launched a military offensive “to defeat the remnants” of Syria’s “armed opposition”, sparking a humanitarian catastrophe in embryo, while Erdogan, our hero, acts to stay the tyrant’s hand.

It’s a good story, but wrong. The “armed opposition” is not a group of plucky liberal democrats fighting for freedom, but Al Qaeda; Turkey is not the calvary, but a foreign aggressor with designs on Syria that has long backed Al Qaeda as its proxy in Idlib; and Erdogan’s goal isn’t to rescue Syrians from a tyrant, but to impose a Turkish tyranny by proxy on Idlib. All of this has been reported previously in the US news media, including in Abdulrahim’s own Wall Street Journal, but has since been lost down to the memory hole. Additionally, other realities have been minimized, including the continued Al Qaeda attacks on the Syrian military and Syrian civilians.

In early March, 2015 Erdogan flew to Riyadh to meet Saudi Arabia’s recently crowned King Salman, to agree on a new strategy to oust Assad. Both leaders were keen to see Syria’s Arab nationalist republic dissolved. Erdogan, an Islamist with connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, objected to Syria’s secularism and long-running war with the Muslim Brotherhood. Salman, a misogynistic, democracy-abominating monarch backed to the hilt by Washington, objected to Syria’s anti-monarchism, Arab nationalism, and insistence that the Arab world achieve independence from US domination–ideologies which threatened his family’s rule over the Arabian peninsula and its vast oil resources.

To overcome the Syrian menace, Erdogan and Salman agreed to establish a joint command center in Idlib in order to coordinate the activities of Al Qaeda (operating in Syria at the time under the alias Jabhat al-Nusra.) Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups had taken up the Muslim Brotherhood’s struggle against the Assad government’s secularism and Arab nationalism. The jihadists were threatening to seize control of all of Idlib, and the Turkish Islamist and Saudi despot were eager to lend a hand.


Trump pushed U.S. and Iran 'close to the brink,' Iran's Zarif tells NBC News


by Dan De Luce





Tired of Holding Other Worlds

in My Fist


by Vijay Prashad


History of US Rule in Latin America



with Noam Chomsky

(December 2009)





Lavrov Accuses NATO, Europe Of Stoking Tensions



Chinese Slams "Racist" Reports by German Media over Coronavirus



Iranian foreign minister accuses US of 'state terrorism' as country's parliament votes to designate US forces as 'terrorists'


by Fred Pleitgen





US lawmakers vote to stop Trump warmongering with Iran


by James Reinl


How World War II got Japan and the US hooked on amphetamines, ‘the ultimate military performance enhancing drug’


 by Peter Andreas





Ralph Nader on Bloomberg, Bernie, and the Rot Within the DNC


 by Jeremy Scahill


How Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Deep Pockets Have Let Him Win Friends

and Buy Influence



with Blake Zeff





News From Underground


From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2020
Subject: [MCM] Why no investigation of the Jeffrey Epstein blackmail operation? (PETITION)


From Nick Bryant:


Mark, a number of outlets, including the New York Times, have reported on Epstein’s penchant for blackmail. Of course there hasn’t been a followup.


On the petition site, I cite 5 mainstream media articles that discuss Epstein’s penchant for blackmail, and then I discuss how sexual-political blackmail is a time-honored American tradition. The crescendo 

is Larry Craig and Dennis Hastert.


Every statement of fact in the article has a citation, so it might be a good article for the Underground




Jeffrey Epstein: Blackmail American Style


Nick Bryant

New York, NY, United States

FEB 16, 2020 — 

Epstein's blackmail enterprise has been outed in the mainstream media, but its reality has failed to launch a full scale investigation by the media or the government. 







Sexual, political blackmail is a time-honored tradition in America, but Americans are extremely naive about its reality. The husband of Alexander Hamilton’s 23-year-old mistress financially extorted Hamilton to ensure that his affair remained surreptitious.[1] A muckraking journalist exposed Hamilton’s affair.[2] Hamilton and Jefferson were antagonists, and the muckraker who outed Hamilton’s extramarital affair felt that Jefferson owed him a political appointment when Jefferson became president.[3] But Jefferson declined, and the muckraker disseminated news about Jefferson’s affair with one of his slaves.[4]

In the previous 18 years, the following U.S. congressmen—senators and representatives—have been entangled in sexual scandals: Gary Condit, (D-CA),[5] Ed Schrock, (R-VA),[6] Steven C. LaTourette (R-OH),[7] David Dreier (R-CA),[8] Don Sherwood, (R-PA),[9] Mark Foley, (R-FL),[10] David Vitter (R-LA),[11] Larry Craig (R-ID),[12] Tim Mahoney, (D-FL),[13] Vito Fossella (R-NY),[14] John Edwards (D-NC),[15] John Ensign (R-NV),[16] Chip Pickering (R-MS),[17] Eric Massa (D-NY),[18] Mark Souder, (R-IN),[19] Christopher Lee (R-NY),[20] Anthony Weiner (D-NY),[21] Scott DesJarlais (R-TN),[22] David Wu (D-OR),[23] Vance McAllister (R-LA),[24] Blake Farenthold (R-TX),[25] Dennis Hastert, (R-IL),[26] Tim Murphy (R-PA),[27] Al Franken (D-MN),[28] Joe Barton, (R-TX),[29] Trent Franks (R-AZ),[30] John Conyers (D-MI)[31] and, last but probably not least, Pat Meehan (R-PA).[32]

The aforementioned names are merely the U.S. representatives and senators whose sexcapades have pierced the mainstream media. The majority of Americans are probably cognizant of Hollywood Babylon, but Sodom and Gomorrah on the Potomac seems to be largely overlooked. I’ll comment on two of the formerly esteemed men that I’ve cited, and they should give the reader an idea of the relative ease a third party would have compromising a politician and also of the mind-boggling risks politicians will take to satiate their lusts.

Former U.S. Senator Larry Craig was in Washington, D.C. as a congressman for more than 25 years.[33] During his tenures as a U.S. representative and a senator, his voting record for gay-rights legislation was deplorable, even though he used the services of a gay escort service.[34] Craig was an unrepentant conservative, so, if his homosexual endeavors were exposed, his political career would ignominiously crash and burn.

But, nonetheless, Craig was arrested for lewd conduct in a restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport: He propositioned an undercover police officer in a bathroom stall.[35] Craig was brazenly using the prostitutes of a gay escort service and attempting gay liaisons in public restrooms: He would’ve been nearly effortless blackmail fodder. A teenager with a smart phone, participating in an after school project, probably could’ve compromised Craig.

Republican Dennis Hastert was the former Speaker of House from 1999 to 2007.[36] During those years, he was constitutionally the third most powerful man in the country, and he established a reputation in the House as being a strong-arm specialist.[37] Hastert, however, had concealed pedophilic predations for decades throughout his meteoric political ascent.[38] As the revelations about Hastert became increasingly sordid, and the story incited a media feeding frenzy, a federal judge, siding with federal prosecutors, ruled that discovery in the case would not be made public.[39] Then, suddenly, the news about Hastert’s predatory behavior quickly evaporated.

Hastert’s illicit sex with minors stunned a nation. But in a 2006 investigation, the House Ethics Committee ruled that Hastert and other Republicans were "willfully ignorant" for months in their response to recurring warnings that U.S. Representative Mark Foley was preying on teenage, congressional male pages.[40] In 2009, an F.B.I. whistleblower testified during a deposition that the F.B.I. was cognizant of Hastert visiting a Chicago townhouse for “certain not very morally accepted activities” during his speakership.[41] If the whistleblower’s revelations are true, then F.B.I. personnel were aware of Hastert’s shadow life, but, yet, he was publicly unscathed by it during his years as Speaker of the House.


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News From Underground


From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2020

Subject: [MCM] The Oligarchy's forcing countless students into prostitution


Countless students coast to coast—and not just women—have had to sell

themselves to put themselves through school; and many of them get into

the sex trade through avenues far seamier than the "service" covered in

this article. 


(We looked into this at NYU, which has more students in this plight than 

any other school in the US.





Sugar-Coated PimpinG

Billboard advertising a "sugar daddy" serviceThis billboard advertisement for a Toronto-based sugaring company appeared in 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and was deemed legal because it did not directly state it promoted the exchange of sex for money. (Keith Srakocic / AP)

by Julie Bindel


Editor’s note: Some names have been changed to protect interviewees’ identities.

I saw the billboards during a research trip to Los Angeles.

“Happy 18th Birthday! Meet your new Daddy,” read one website advertisement. “Do you have strong oral skills? We’ve got a job for you!” cooed another.




French reforms: Why France is resisting Macron's push on pensions


by Hugh Schofield


Pascal Boniface porte plainte contre la « Brigade juive »


par Nadir Dendoune





The CIA’s Complicity in Recent Global Atrocities Revealed



THE ANGRY ARAB: The Sham of Arab Revolutions


 by As`ad AbuKhalil


Malcolm X’s Daughter Ilyasah Shabazz on Her Father’s Legacy & the New Series “Who Killed Malcolm X?”




The West Displays Its Insecurity Complex


by Diana Johnstone

(February 19, 2020)


The only complaint the U.S. allows is that the United States might not defend us enough, when the greater danger comes from being defended too much, writes Diana Johnstone on the Munich conference.





From: GAZA PALESTINE [mailto:anahona366@gmail.com]

Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Subject: When we are ignored ... you must stand beside us .... be bombed and violate human rights...Israel is slowly killing us .... people trying to stop our work.



These days, we are under very violent bombing and a major violation of human rights, the last of which was the abuse of the body of one of the young men participating near the separation fence, and a bulldozer pulled out the bodies of the martyrs in a very bad way.


It wounded a young man who tried to reach this young man, who is in good condition.


After that, the violent bombing of the Gaza Strip began in an insane manner, 48 hours. It was crazy for us.


The shelling wounded more than 10 people and killed two young men while they were in their homes.


What we are experiencing is a lot of pain due to the lack of donations that come to us.


I would like to thank very much the friend Peugeot Holm who helped us in the last period, and thank the other friend Pengent, and the Lynn who helped us in the last period.


There is nothing left to start the return marches again. We do not know what will happen in the coming period, and on the day when the major return marches begin, we expect many, many injuries.


I hope that you will continue to support us and not to ignore us, because we need you.


You can support us via the following new link:








The Zionist Colonization of Palestine


by Chris Hedges





Historians for Peace


From: Jim O'Brien via H-PAD
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Subject: [H-PAD] H-PAD Notes 2/20/20: Links to recent articles of interest


Links to Recent Articles of Interest


"The Conversation about American Torture Is 400 Years Old"

By William Fitzhugh Brundage, Aeon, posted February 20

"For 400 years, Americans have argued that their violence is justified while the violence of others constitutes barbarism." The author teaches history at the University of North Carolina and his latest book is Civilising Torture: An American Tradition (Harvard U. Press, 2018).


"The Old Normal: Why We Can't Beat Our Obsession with War"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's, posted February 20

A highly readable essay on the history of American expansionism and warmaking since the nineteenth century. The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University and president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.


"'The Right to Do Whatever I Want as President': Impunity Guaranteed for Torturers (and Presidents)"

By Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch.com, posted February 18

On the lack of accountability for war crimes in the "war on terror." The author teaches at the University of San Francisco and is writing a book on the history of torture in the United States.


Coronavirus Spurs Prejudice. History Suggests That's No Surprise

By Marisa Peryer, Undark, posted February 17

On the scapegoating associated with many past epidemic diseases, going back to the Plague of the fourteenth century. Undark is a nonprofit digital magazine focused on the intersection of science and society.


"The Deep Roots of Trump's Anti-Immigrant Policies"

By Daniel Denvir, Jacobin, posted February 12

On a long history of anti-immigrant prejudices and policies going back to the nineteenth century. The author is a visiting fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute and is author of the forthcoming Verso Press book All-American Nativism.


"Rush Limbaugh and Bayard Rustin: A Tale of Two Countries"

By Peter Drieir, The Nation, posted February 7

Compares two recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (named by two different presidents). The author teaches politics at Occidental College.


"A Victory for the Immigrants' Rights Working Group of Historians for Peace and Democracy"

By Margaret Power and Alex Aviña, History News Network, posted February 6

On the approval by the American Historical Association business meeting last month calling for an end to collaboration between high education and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The authors teach Latin American history at, respectively, Illinois Institute of Technology and Arizona State University.


"Why You May Never Learn the Truth about ICE"

By Matthew Connolly, New York Times, posted February 4

About the Trump administration's go-ahead for the accelerated destruction of government records, including those related to abuse of immigrant detainees. The author teaches history at Columbia University.


"Trump Vilifies Palestinians for Using the Same Violence That Birthed Israel"

By Edo Konrad, Responsible Statecraft, posted February 1

The author is the editor of +972 magazuine, based in Tel Aviv.


"War, Rape and Patriarchy: The Japanese Experience"

By Yuki Tanaka, Asia-Pacific Journal/Japan Focus, posted December 31

The author is a historian and editor and has had several books published on World War II, including Japan's Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and Prostitution during World War II and the U.S. Occupation. This article was inadvertently omitted from a previous listing.




News From Underground


Thanks for Chris Jonsson for putting these links together.




You can view Part One here


New Documentary Sheds Light on Ukrainegate

January 13, 2020 • 69 Comments

A new documentary by Olivier Berruyer, editor of the website les-crises.fr, released in conjunction with Consortium News, sorts out the complicated scandal and the role Joe Biden played in it.


Part Two of ‘UkraineGate – Inconvenient Facts’

January 20, 2020 • 32 Comments


Campaign 2016, Campaign 2020, Foreign Policy, International, Media, Russia, Russiagate, Ukraine

Part Three of ‘UkraineGate – Inconvenient Facts’

January 29, 2020 • 11 Comments

Part Three of a new documentary by Olivier Berruyer, editor of the website les-crises.fr, released in conjunction with Consortium News, continues the probe into the complicated scandal and Joe Biden’s part in it.

UkraineGate – Inconvenient Facts

Part Three: “A Not So Noble President”



February 17, 2020

Part Four of ‘UkraineGate – Inconvenient Facts’

Part Four: “Shokin Strikes Back”

Part Four of a new documentary by Olivier Berruyer, editor of the website les-crises.fr, released in conjunction with Consortium News, continues the probe into the complicated scandal and Joe Biden’s part in it.

February 17, 2020 • 6 Comments

Part Four of a new documentary by Olivier Berruyer, editor of the website les-crises.fr, released in conjunction with Consortium News, continues the probe into the complicated scandal and Joe Biden’s part in it.

UkraineGate – Inconvenient Facts

Part Four: “Shokin Strikes Back”

You can view Part One here.  

You can view Part Two here.

You can view Part Three here1865

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“MELTDOWN “- The Men Who Crashed The World The first of a four-part investigation into a world of greed and recklessness that led to financial collapse. In the first episode of Meltdown, we hear about four men who brought down the global economy: a billionaire mortgage-seller who fooled millions; a high-rolling banker with a fatal weakness; a ferocious Wall Street predator; and the power behind the throne. The crash of September 2008 brought the largest bankruptcies in world history, pushing more than 30 million people into unemployment and bringing many countries to the edge of insolvency. Wall Street turned back the clock to 1929. But how did it all go so wrong?


This $20 Billion Time Bomb Could Trigger Next U.S. Housing Market Crash


by Harsh Chauhan






Dems Should Do The Sensible Thing And Nominate A Moderate Rapacious Psychopath


by Caitlin Johnstone


Being Honest About U.S. Foreign Policy


by Daniel Larison


There was a statement that Sanders made at the debate last night that deserves more attention, because it gets at the heart of the manufactured controversy over Sanders’ own past statements and the glaring hypocrisy that defines so many of our foreign policy discussions. Sanders said this:


Excuse me, occasionally it might be a good idea to be honest about American foreign policy [bold mine-DL], and that includes the fact that America has overthrown governments all over the world in Chile, in Guatemala, in Iran. And when dictatorships, whether it is the Chinese or the Cubans do something good, you acknowledge that. But you don’t have to trade love letters with them.

NATO as an internal security issue for its member states
by İhsan Aktaş

During the Cold War, the world was divided into two opposing camps: NATO and the Warsaw Pact. Being the leading powers of each group, the U.S. and Soviet Russia had strong ties with their allied countries. They acted as the "guardian angels" of their own alliance. From intelligence activities and technological competition to political, economic and cultural issues, member states of each alliance were acting in solidarity with each other.

With the disintegration of the Warsaw Pact and the end of the Cold War, NATO emerged as the unrivaled political alliance in the face of an isolated Russia. However, the emerging "new world order" has turned into a global disorder. Especially, Middle Eastern countries have found themselves amid political, economic and cultural chaos.

By the end of the Cold War, the internal order of NATO has also undergone a dramatic change. NATO's first trauma occurred in Italy in the 1990s when Operation Gladio was exposed.