Category: ANTI-NEOLIBERALISM

Latest Skripal development is rocket fuel to existing anti-Russia fever in London

JOHN WIGHT—Going forward, this will only add more grist to the mill of a neocon firmament whose very existence is predicated on maintaining Russia in the role of existential threat to Western civilization. A frog’s chorus of calls and demands for ever more stringent trade, financial and economic sanctions against Moscow will reach a crescendo, buttressed by an uptick in the deployment of troops and military assets to eastern Europe in a futile effort to intimidate and cow the Kremlin into accepting its prescribed status as a vassal of Washington and its allies.

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Do NOT Let Them Make A Saint Of This Asshole

CAITLIN JOHNSTONE—You will be told that you do not have permission to say such things. You have permission to say such things. You will be told that you are being impolite to John McCain’s family. The families of mass murderers are not entitled to our politeness. You will be told that you making yourself look bad. Creating a world where neoconservative war whores experience an appropriate amount of rejection is more important than looking good. Kill their propaganda narratives with mockery and irreverence and help usher in a new world where it is no longer considered okay to be a psychopathic neocon.

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Analysis: Peter Strzok is Neither a Victim Nor a Martyr

GUY BENSON—Strzok’s misconduct was sufficient to cause career FBI bureaucrats responsible for internal review processes to recommend a multi-month suspension and a demotion. The Bureau’s senior leadership evidently determined that this relative wrist-slap would send the wrong message about accountability, and hinder their urgent efforts to restore public trust in federal law enforcement. So they fired him. Strzok’s defenders are claiming this decision was politically-motivated (quite a rich allegation, considering the circumstances of his ouster), but that explanation doesn’t hold much water. It’s true that Trump’s incessant tweets constitute prima facie pressure, but the claim that top DOJ leaders are more or less doing President Trump’s bidding should seem a bit silly to anyone who’s watched Trump’s months-long public harangue against those very same people for…not doing his bidding.

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What Really Happens to Nicaragua, Venezuela and Ecuador
—the metastatic Fifth Columns and other Washington tricks

PETER KOENIG—Washington will not let go easily – or at all, to re-conquer Venezuela into the new Monroe Doctrine, i.e. becoming re-integrated into Washington’s backyard. Imagine this oil-rich country, with the world’s largest hydrocarbon reserves, on the doorsteps of the United Sates’ key refineries in Texas, just about 3 to 4 days away for a tanker from Venezuela, as compared to 40 to 45 days from the Gulf, where the US currently gets about 60% of its petrol imports. An enormous difference in costs and risks, i.e. each shipment has to sail through the Iran-controlled Strait of Hormuz.

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