Political Articles from 2016

The “Secret” TISA, TTIP and TTP = Corporate Hegemony and Economic Warfare By Makia Freeman

The “Secret” TISA, TTIP and TTP = Corporate Hegemony and Economic Warfare
By Makia Freeman
Posted October 9, 2016

Corporate cancer has taken overTISA, TTIP and TPP continue to be negotiated in secret, as WikiLeaks recently released a new leak from the updated TISA (Trade in Services Agreement) core text and annexes. If you want to know what TISA means in 7 words, it’s this: total privatization and commodification of public services.

Unfortunately, once something is privatized, it becomes very difficult to ever get it back into the public hands. Protests against the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, negotiated primarily between the US and EU) have been strong, to the point where several European government officials have publicly stated that the treaty doesn’t look like it will pass. Protests have also been strong against the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership, negotiated primarily among the US, Japan, Canada, Australia and other Pacific nations). More…

Afghanistan; It’s the Heroin, Stupid
By Pepe Escobar
Posted October 5, 2016

US troops patrolling poppy fieldsHere we go again. In yet another Pentagon precision strike, a residential building in Achin district of Nangarhar province was hit as a crowd welcomed home a tribal leader returning from the Hajj.

At least 13 civilians were turned into collateral damage. The Pentagon of course does not discuss the details of counter-terror operations, but it’s currently reviewing all materials related to this strike. Nothing obviously will come out of it — adding the civilian dead to the non-stop mounting toll of Operation Enduring Freedom (Forever). More…

Living In The Illusion Of Democracy

Living In The Illusion Of Democracy
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Posted October 3, 2016

illusion of democracyThe United States is in the peak of the very long election year. The presidential debates are running in full swing. The media is deep into coverage of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. And, the people are feeling unrepresented.

Democracy not a market dictatorshipIn this environment it can be hard to step back and see the full picture. We’ve published many articles that describe the oligarchic plutocracy – a government that serves the wealthy and privileged – that we live in. In the midst of the presidential campaign, we have an opportunity to see how the 1% maintains control and prevents a government that serves the 99%. More…

US Elections: Neither Free nor Fair

US Elections: Neither Free nor Fair
by Alex Gorka
Posted September 29, 2016

people not the elites are the problemDomestic and international experts rate the US elections as the worst among all Western democracies. According to Electoral Integrity Project, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are at the top of the ranking, while the US scores 62. The report gathers assessments from over 2,000 experts to evaluate the perceived integrity of all 180 national parliamentary and presidential contests held between July 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2015, in 139 countries. The 2014 US congressional elections rank even worse, 65th out of 180 worldwide.

There is a widespread suspicion of the role of money in politics. Regardless of their political affiliation, Americans agree that money has too much influence on the outcome of the vote, the wealthy have more influence on elections, and candidates who win office promote policies that help their donors. More…

Political Assassinations – The “New Normal” Trend Weapon of the Global Elites?

Political Assassinations – The “New Normal” Trend Weapon of the Global Elites?
By Peter Koenig
Posted September 27, 2016

elites use assasination to further their aimsAssassinations to reach an objective is not new for the all-powerful. The practice has been going on at least for centuries, if not for millennia, but it has intensified drastically in the last fifty years, and it is becoming ever bolder, as the rulers of the Anglosphere tighten their grip on humanity – on Mother Earth and her resources. .

They see their end may be nearing. People have increasingly access to alternative sources of news and information, and ever more people gradually start seeing the Big Lie of the controlled media, the propaganda that confuses their minds – and serves the 0.001%.

Assassinations come in handy, when there is a serious roadblock to the advancement of the self-elected rulers of the world – the elusive potentates, who are not just happy with dominating the Anglosphere, the world it must be. These few individuals or families have control over an all-overarching corporate finance kingdom, led by the military-security complex and world banking, spearheaded by the FED-BIS-Wall Street, intimately supported by the IMF and the very “World Bank” itself .More…

Bridgegate’s Enduring Mystery: How Did Port Authority Police Lose Control of the George Washington Bridge?

Bridgegate’s Enduring Mystery: How Did Port Authority Police Lose Control of the George Washington Bridge?
By Robert Hennelly
Posted September 23, 2016

Chris Christie BridgegateSo far, the Bridgegate story has been told through the tit-for-tat prism of partisan politics. The media has myopically focused on what Gov. Chris Christie knew, and when he knew it, about the plot to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee with four days of lane closures on the George Washington Bridge from Sept. 9 to 13.

But the more disturbing public policy concern, left unaddressed, is just how vulnerable the Port Authority was to having one of its most critical assets commandeered by people that prosecutors allege had criminal intent and who managed to gain control over the operations of the George Washington Bridge. As it turns out, its weakest link was its own police department. The alleged partisan revenge plot that the Department of Justice has said crossed the line into criminality, was executed by the Port Authority Police Department that served as the boots on the ground and moved the traffic cones that closed the lanes. More…

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