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Prof. James Petras – Clinton and Trump: Nuclearized or Lobotomized? The Road to Nuclear War?

Over half the US electorate views the two leading candidates for the 2016 Presidential elections with horror and disdain. In contrast, the entire corporate mass media, here and abroad, repeat outrageous virtuous claims on behalf of Hillary Clinton and visceral denunciations of Donald Trump. Media pundits, financial, academic and corporate elites describe the prospects of her presidency as one of …

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Trends This Week – People Do Have The Power! – 04.13.16

Direct Democracy, a longstanding guiding tenet of Gerald Celente and the Trends Research Institute, can work. Celente breaks down the failures of our leaders on political, foreign policy and economic fronts and demonstrates how Direct Democracy is the way out, the solution. He points to the recent Dutch vote against the European Union-Ukraine agreement that called for closer and more strategic security and trade agreements with Ukraine. But a vote of the Dutch people, albeit non-binding, rejected the deal. Direct Democracy in action. The referendum, pulled off by the Eurosceptics movement in record time and efficiency, shows how a direct vote by the people can work. Elsewhere, Celente addresses recent market surges on the backdrop of rising oil prices and corporate earnings.

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Leid Stories – Obama’s Hemispheric Fix-It Tour – 03.24.16

And now, Argentina. President Obama yesterday added Argentina to his foreign-policy foray into the region, having first spending three days in Cuba to seal his commitment to normalize relations with the Communist state after 57 years of hostilities that reached the brink of war.

Listeners continue with their assessment of the significance of Obama’s Cuba visit and direct appeal to its government and people and, with Argentina added to his itinerary, what they make of the president’s hemispheric foreign-policy-fix-it tour.

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The Gary Null Show – 03.11.16

Roberto Lovato is an independent investigative journalist specializing in Latin American geopolitics, internal conflicts and border wars, asylum seekers and the US incarceration of immigrants, the war on drugs and climate change. He is a former research associate at the Center for Latino Policy Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, and a co-founder of the Latino online advocacy organization Presente.org. Earlier he was the executive director of the nation’s largest immigrant rights organization, Central American Resource Center and actively supported refugees and displaced communities during wartime El Salvador. He was also targeted for his efforts. Roberto’s research into post-Katrina migrant exploitation led to a congressional investigation. He is frequent contributor to The Nation, and his work appears in numerous publications including The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Der Spiegel, American Prospect, Mother Jones, Salon and others. He also frequently appears networks such as MSNBC, BBC, CNN, NPR and al-Jazeera. His websites are RobertoLovato.com and Presente.org

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JOHN LAFORGE – If Only the Nuclear Arsenal Were Fool Proof

In his book Atomic Accidents (Pegasus, 2014), James Mahaffey reports that the US has lost, destroyed or damaged nuclear weapons 65 times between 1945 and 1989. Jan. 24 was the anniversary of a B-52 crash in N. Carolina where two 6,500-lb hydrogen bombs fell from the plane and nearly detonated when the bomber broke up in the air. Two recent accidents highlight …

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Jonathan Marshall – Nazi Roots of Ukraine’s Conflict

The latest issue of Foreign Policy magazine, one of the leading journals in its field, offers a two-page photo essay on “what to see, do, and buy” in Lviv, a picturesque city in the Western Ukraine. “Amid the turmoil that has rocked Ukraine over the past two years,” the article gushes, “Lviv has stood firmly as a stronghold of national …

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Despite Atrocities, US Approves $1.29 Billion Deal to Re-Arm Saudi Arabia

The Pentagon announced on Monday that the U.S. has approved a $1.29 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, despite mounting evidence of the country’s mass atrocities and possible war crimes in neighboring Yemen. The U.S. State Department on Friday approved the sale of over 10,000 bombs, munitions, and weapons parts produced by Boeing and Raytheon. This includes 5,200 Paveway II “laser guided” …

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Leid Stories – 03.25.15

Doubling Up, Doubling Down: Obama Wrestles with Foreign Policy Criticisms In the wake of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Republican-assisted crash landing in Congress on March 3 to hector the United States into scuttling international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, President Obama finds himself the target of renewed, and even more scathing, criticisms of his foreign policies, especially in “hot spot” …