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Nafeez Ahmed – Terror, climate chaos, financial crisis are the costs of ‘doing business’

The techno-narcissism of predatory neoliberal capitalism is locked into an endless war with the bastard monster of its own creation – Islamic State Fifteen years into the 21st century, humanity has made little progress in addressing major threats to civilisation. In fact, on terrorism, climate change and the economy, we’re not making progress at all, but making things worse. The …

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Mairead Maguire – Syria ­- A Light to the World

BELFAST, Dec 31 2015 (IPS) – In November 2015 I visited Syria together with an International Peace delegation. This was my third visit to Syria in the last three years. As on previous occasions I was moved by the spirit of resilience and courage of the people of Syria. In spite of the fact that for the last five years …

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Robert Abele – America’s Transition from a Democracy to a National Security State, in Five Easy Steps

There seems to be a formula for a superpower’s intent to dominate the world: massive surveillance + use of military might in foreign wars and domestic control of citizens (e.g. armored cops; packed prisons, etc.) + control of each method by elites for their own interests = international and domestic dominance by fear and force. Domestically this is called the National …

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Trends This Week – Trends and Consequences in all this War Talk – 12.16.15

Global forecaster Gerald Celente is mad as hell. The last segment of the Presidential Reality Show in 2016, the CNN debate with GOP hopefuls on December 15, was a cesspool of senseless war mongering. Not a peep for peace. Not a hint of talk about what created this cycle of endless war; only how to increase the death count and improve the precision in which the United States and its coalition of the willing fan the flames of the War on Terror. No one is looking back at the steps taken by the gutless, mindless leaders who launched this war in the first place. Instead, cloaked in crowd-rousing bravado, the Presidential Reality Show contestants promise to take the same path. Elsewhere in this show, Celente provides more details about his exciting “Prepare for 2016” retreat in Naples, Florida with Gary Null, and offers insights into the Fed’s pending interest rate hike.

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Trends This Week – Top 10 Trends for 2016! – 12.09.15

Ten critical, fast-emerging trends will affect your quality of life and bottom line in 2016… In this segment of Trends This Week, global forecaster Gerald Celente unveils his Trends Research Institute’s forecast for the year ahead. Looking back back on 2015, with neither economic nor geopolitical fronts looking prosperous or peaceful, the aware and awake are preparing for the year ahead – especially in the new age of equity-market volatility and growing War on Terror fears. But while the concerns are real, a future of gloom and doom does not have to define 2016. There are opportunities in 2016 that, if seized, embraced and manifested with an eye on the future, and an open mind and a warm heart, one can reap great financial rewards, positive social change and personal satisfaction. The full forecast can be found at Trendsresearch.com.

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Nafeez Ahmed – ISIS Wants to Destroy the ‘Grey Zone’. Here’s How We Defend It

After the Paris attacks, it is imperative that we safeguard this arena of co-existence, where people of all faith and none remain unified on the principles of common humanity. All this calls for a complete re-think of our approach to terrorism,” Ahmed writes. “We require, urgently, an international public inquiry into the colossal failure of the strategies deployed in the …

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Andrew J. Bacevich – On Building Armies (and Watching Them Fail)

First came Fallujah, then Mosul, and later Ramadi in Iraq.  Now, there is Kunduz, a provincial capital in northern Afghanistan.  In all four places, the same story has played out: in cities that newspaper reporters like to call “strategically important,” security forces trained and equipped by the U.S. military at great expense simply folded, abandoning their posts (and much of their U.S.-supplied weaponry) without even …

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Tom Engelhardt – Mantra for 9/11

Fourteen years later and do you even believe it? Did we actually live it? Are we still living it? And how improbable is that? Fourteen years of wars, interventions, assassinations, torture, kidnappings, black sites, the growth of the American national security state to monumental proportions, and the spread of Islamic extremism across much of the Greater Middle East and Africa. …

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Spencer Ackerman – West Point professor calls on US military to target legal critics of war on terror

US military academy official William Bradford argues that attacks on scholars’ home offices and media outlets – along with Islamic holy sites – are legitimate An assistant professor in the law department of the US Military Academy at West Point has argued that legal scholars critical of the war on terrorism represent a “treasonous” fifth column that should be attacked …