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Kashmir puts Chinese counterterrorism on the defensive

Kashmir puts Chinese counterterrorism on the defensive

February 20, 2019

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr Heightened tension in Kashmir and evidence of a Chinese military presence on the Tajik and Afghan side of their border with China’s troubled north-western province of Xinjiang are putting on display contradictions…

What the Bernie Sanders 2020 Campaign Means for Progressives

What the Bernie Sanders 2020 Campaign Means for Progressives

February 20, 2019

By Norman Solomon Presidential candidate Kamala Harris began this week in the nation’s first primary state by proclaiming what she isn’t. “The people of New Hampshire will tell me what’s required to compete in New Hampshire,” she said, “but I will tell you I am not a democratic socialist.” Harris continued: “I believe that what voters do…

Agribusiness Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Agribusiness Is the Problem, Not the Solution

February 19, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb 19 2019 (IPS) – For two centuries, all too many discussions about hunger and resource scarcity has been haunted by the ghost of Parson Thomas Malthus. Malthus warned that rising populations would exhaust resources, especially those needed for food production. Exponential population growth would outstrip food output. Humanity now faces a…

Facts Don’t Interfere With Propaganda Blitz Against Venezuela’s Elected President

Facts Don’t Interfere With Propaganda Blitz Against Venezuela’s Elected President

February 19, 2019

By Joe Emersberger / Fair. The Miami Herald (2/8/19) reported, “Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro continues to reject international aid—going so far as to blockade a road that might have been used for its delivery.“ The “Venezuelan leader” reporter Jim Wyss referred to is Venezuela’s elected president. In contrast, Wyss referred to Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s…

Modern Monetary Theory is On the March

Modern Monetary Theory is On the March

February 19, 2019

By William K. Black, February 18, 2019     Bloomington, MN Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) continues to advance rapidly. We are past the first phase of reaction (first they ignore you), deeply into the second phase (then they attack you), and expanding the ranks of the third phase (then you win). We are very early in the…

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Photo: Reuters

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must walk geopolitical tightrope during Asian tour

February 18, 2019

By James M. Dorsey / SCMP. Saudi Arabia has sought to strengthen ties with Pakistan with one eye on neighbouring Iran However, Saudi investment in Pakistan could complicate attempts to forge closer ties with India Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s three-nation tour of Asia is as much about demonstrating he stands tall – despite…

File image of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. AP

Geopolitics, the black swan in Saudi-Indian relations

February 18, 2019

By James M Dorsey / Firstpost. When Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week, the elephant in the room is likely to be what weighs more: the issues the two men agree on or the ones that divide them. As a matter of principle, Prince Mohammed and Modi are…

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair

World Historical Donald: Unwitting and Unwilling Author of The Green New Deal

February 15, 2019

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch. Free associate on “Donald J. Trump.” All sorts of words come immediately to mind. There is one for almost every letter in the alphabet: “asshole,” “bastard,” “conman,” “dick”…. and so on. For some, the words crowd each other out: “Islamophobe,” “imbecile,” “moron,” “motherfucker.” “World historical figure” probably won’t come up,…

Venezuela Regime Change ‘Made in the USA and Canada’ (photo: venezuelanalysis.com)

Hands Off Venezuela, Canada and US Go Home!

February 14, 2019

By David William Pear / Greanville Post. “Whenever the US and its junior imperial partners resort to pleas of democracy and human rights, an ulterior motive should be assumed. For instance, the little the US and Canada care about democracy, human rights and free elections is shown by their long history of supporting non-democratic governments…The…

Suicide attack in Iran frames visit to Pakistan by Saudi crown prince

Suicide attack in Iran frames visit to Pakistan by Saudi crown prince

February 14, 2019

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr This week’s suicide attack on Revolutionary Guards in Iran’s south-eastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan, the second in two months, could not have come at a more awkward moment for Pakistani prime…