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By Mike Head, Senior Political Commentator, wsws.org

Fascist thugs showing their true colors during Kiev's disturbances.

Fascist thugs showing their true colors during Kiev’s disturbances.

The dangers of a civil war and a US-provoked war with Russia still hang over the people of Ukraine, despite the Western-backed regime in Kiev backing away from a 48-hour deadline for a violent crackdown on protesters occupying government offices in eastern Ukraine. Continue reading »

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Apr 092014
 
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GUEST EDITORIALS

“Capitalism itself depends on the assumption of endless growth…”

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By Rick Staggenborg, MD, Soldiers for Peace International

As any literate citizen knows, the global economic crisis was brought about by the unregulated banksters who run Wall Street. Few realize that in the aftermath of the near-collapse of the system of international credit, they have expanded a shadow economy that has been financed by taxpayer dollars. The total value of the derivative and commodities markets is now many times the world GDP. This system amounts to a pyramid scheme. If unchallenged, it is destined to leave the rich more powerful than ever and the 99% destitute. The growth-based debt economy is not capable of recovering, yet mainstream economists cannot seem to fathom why. Continue reading »
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Dispatch from Rome—

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Our European correspondent and senior editor ponders the mess in the Ukraine, so easily predicted by those who understand the real springs of US foreign policy and its longstanding obsession with Russian encirclement and disabling as a global power, goals brilliantly explored in Stewart’s spy thrillers, especially Lily Pad Roll, volume two of his Europe Trilogy.  Art sometimes imitates reality and sometimes it prefigures it. 

By Gaither Stewart, Senior Editor, TGP

In these early March days in Europe, TV channels and newspaper pages are filled with the words of commentators, analysts and reports from foreign correspondents in Ukraine and the Crimea. One after another leaders of European Union-NATO are toeing the American—oh, whoops, I mean the NATO line that Russia is violating international agreements containing the self-determination of peoples so that Europe does not split into an uncontrollable potpourri of small squabbling nations. Continue reading »

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Mar 012014
 
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By ANDREAS HARSONO  / 

Not only was Indonesia's anticommunist regime a murderous one, but utterly corrupt as well.

Not only was Indonesia’s anticommunist regime a murderous one, but utterly corrupt as well.

JAKARTA, Indonesia — I grew up in the shadow of the Indonesian massacres exposed in Joshua Oppenheimer’s extraordinary documentary, “The Act of Killing,” which has been nominated for an Academy Award. Continue reading »

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Feb 272014
 
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Guest editorials—

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By Peter Schwarz, wsws.org 

When the Soviet Union was collapsing in late 1991, Dick wanted to see the dismantlement not only of the Soviet Union and the Russian empire but of Russia itself, so it could never again be a threat to the rest of the world,” wrote former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in his recently published memoirs. Gates was referring to the then-Secretary of Defense, and later US Vice President, Dick Cheney. Continue reading »

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