Making War on the Planet

JOHN BELLAMY FOSTER—John Bellamy Foster is the editor of Monthly Review and a professor of sociology at the University of Oregon. This is a slightly revised version of an article published on July 24, 2018, on the website of Science for the People and on MR Online. It was written for the Summer 2018 special issue on geoengineering of the new Science for the People, announcing the magazine’s relaunch.

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In the Aftermath of Israeli Attack

But, while Turkey fiddles, her NATO allies are still not happy. They seek an excuse to intevene and escalate the war in Syria. So, on Tuesday, Israel and France down a Russian military plane, killing 14 Russian personnel. It’s a provocation.–one of very many Syria has endured and quite a few Russia has, too. But Russia doesn’t take the bait. There’s nothing to gain by retaliation. The plan remains the same: liberation of Idlib will come. So Russia calls this provocation “accidental.” Wars are not won by losing one’s head every time the enemy provokes–even at a wanton and a criminal act, a war crime, such as the one perpetrated by France and Israel.

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The fallacy of western economics II; China Breaks the mould

So back to the subject of economics as a whole; the rise of China illustrates that even if the “rules” and “laws” of economics, immoral as they may be, are to be endorsed and accepted as the pragmatic indispensable evil, they seem to only work if nations are in total control of all aspects of the economy; including the manufacturing base, and when this fundamental base is lost, the whole economy turns into jelly.

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Putin and Erdogan Plan Syria-Idlib DMZ as I Recommended

ERIC ZUESSE—If the missiles were authorized by President Trump, then WW III has already begun in its pre-nuclear stage. However, if the attacks were launched by Israel’s Netanyahu, and/or by France’s Macron, without U.S. authorization, then the U.S. President might respond to them by siding against that aggressor(s) (and also against what he used to call “Radical Islamic Terrorists”), so as to prevent a nuclear war.

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