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Finian Cunningham – Russian Red Scare No Longer Works

The American and British governments are launching yet another media campaign to demonize Russia, with tall claims that the Kremlin is infiltrating European political parties and news media. The dastardly Russian aim, we are told, is to destroy the European Union. We’ve already seen versions of this scare tactic with regard to Ukraine and “Putin the new Hitler.” But what …

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Janet Cotter & Ricarda Steinbrecher – GM 2.0? ‘Gene-editing’ produces GMOs that must be regulated as GMOs

* The EU is considering the exclusion of gene-edited plants and animals from GM regulations, write Janet Cotter and Ricarda Steinbrecher. However gene-edited organisms clearly fall within the definition of GMOs in both European and international law. They also present real risks to the environment and human health – and must be regulated like any other GMOs. There has been …

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Prof. James Petras – The “Dirty Work” of the International Monetary Fund, Lays the Groundwork for Worldwide Financial Conquest

The IMF is the leading international monetary agency whose public purpose is to maintain the stability of the global financial system through loans linked to proposals designed to enhance economic recovery and growth. In fact, the IMF has been under the control of the US and Western European states and its policies have been designed to further the expansion, domination and profits …

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Eric Zuesse – Gallup: Ukrainians Loathe the Kiev Government Imposed by Obama

On December 23rd, Gallup headlines “Ukrainians Disillusioned With Leadership,” and reports that “nearly nine in 10 Ukrainians (88%) say corruption is widespread in their government, and about eight in 10 (81%) see the same widespread problem in their country’s businesses.” 8% of Ukrainians now say they “have confidence … about the national government.” 17% approve of the job-performance of their President, Petro …

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Michael Hudson – The IMF Changes its Rules to Isolate China and Russia

The nightmare scenario of U.S. geopolitical strategists seems to be coming true: foreign economic independence from U.S. control. Instead of privatizing and neoliberalizing the world under U.S.-centered financial planning and ownership, the Russian and Chinese governments are investing in neighboring economies on terms that cement Eurasian economic integration on the basis of Russian oil and tax exports and Chinese financing. …

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Dutch Experts and Council of Europe Slam Ukraine’s “Investigations” Into MH17 and Killing of Pro-Russian Protesters

The largest Dutch newspaper – De Telegraaf – noted yesterday (English translation): The reliability of evidence in the MH17 research is in question by the sinister role of the Ukrainian secret service SBU in corruption and crime scandals. Criminal Experts predict problems for the future criminal proceedings against the mass murderers of the MH17 passengers, it now appears that the intelligence which resulted in all kinds …

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Jonathan Marshall – How ‘Obscure’ Bureaucrats Cause Wars

History isn’t just made by impersonal forces and “great men” or “great women.” Sometimes relatively obscure men and women acting in key bureaucratic posts make a real difference. Thus, the international crisis in Syria traces back in part to the decision of President Barack Obama’s first ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, to reject peaceful rapprochement with the Damascus regime in …

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Obama’s “Legacy of Inaction” on Campaign Finance Reform Exposed

As the 2016 presidential campaign season hits full stride with hundreds of millions of dollars pouring in from outside funding groups, democracy reformers are zeroing in on the one person they say could stem the flow of money into electoral politics: U.S. President Barack Obama. “President Obama has no one to blame but himself for his failing legacy on money …

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Rebecca Kheel – Obama hears calls to break treaty and place US troops in Eastern Europe

The Obama administration is hearing growing calls to permanently station a substantial number of troops in Eastern Europe as a deterrent to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putting a large number of U.S. or NATO troops in Eastern Europe would violate a 1997 treaty with Russia, but those arguing for the placement say Putin already broke that treaty by backing the …

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Valentin KATASONOV – Ukraine’s Default, Kiev’s Desperate Maneuvers, and IMF’s Backroom Deals

Ukraine is headed straight toward a full-scale default on its public debt, which currently totals $70 billion, of which $40 billion is owed to foreign creditors, about half of whom are private lenders, while the others are official state or public entities (such as foreign governments and international financial institutions). Strictly speaking, Ukraine has already defaulted, because on September 23 …