Political Articles from 2016

Fooled Again

Fooled Again
By Chris Hedges
Posted September 21, 2016

fooled againThe naive hopes of Bernie Sanders’ supporters—to build a grass-roots political movement, change the Democratic Party from within and push Hillary Clinton to the left—have failed. Clinton, aware that the liberal class and the left are not going to mount genuine resistance, is running as Mitt Romney in drag.

The corporate elites across the political spectrum, Republican and Democrat, have gleefully united to anoint her president. All that remains of Sanders’ “revolution” is a 501(c)(4) designed to raise money, including from wealthy, anonymous donors, to ensure that he will be a senator for life. Great historical events happen twice, as Karl Marx quipped, first as tragedy and then as farce. More…

Terrorism: The Product of American Military Policy

Terrorism: The Product of American Military Policy
By Michael Payne
Posted September 19, 2016

see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evilWhen confronted with a serious and complex problem such as terrorism and trying to understand why it is instilling a great deal of fear into this society, it’s very important to identify its root causes: where and when did this deadly threat originate, why is it spreading so rapidly, and what motivates these terrorists?

Well, we don’t have to look very far to find the answers to those questions if we review the history of the U.S. government’s highly aggressive military policies and actions in the Middle East and North Africa over time. This is a situation in which this government and its leaders refuse to acknowledge something that is becoming more and more evident: that they have created the very terrorist groups that they say now threaten our country. They are, in effect, reaping the harvest produced from the seeds of domination and intimidation that they have planted in that region of the world over many decades. More…

False Flag Terror “Has Succeeded Consistently Against Audiences Around The World, For Millennia, To Compel War”

False Flag Terror “Has Succeeded Consistently Against Audiences Around The World, For Millennia, To Compel War”
by Washingtons Blog
Posted September 15, 2016

False flag attacks part of historyThe media plays along as well. For example, in 2012, NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, was kidnapped in Syria. NBC News said that Engel and his reporting team had been abducted by forces affiliated with the Syrian government. He reported that they only escaped when some anti-Syrian government rebels killed some of the pro-government kidnappers.

However, NBC subsequently admitted that this was false. It turns out that they were really kidnapped by people associated with the U.S. backed rebels fighting the Syrian government … who wore the clothes of, faked the accent of, scrawled the slogans of, and otherwise falsely impersonated the mannerisms of people associated with the Syrian government. In reality, the group that kidnapped Engel and his crew were affiliated with the U.S.-supported Free Syrian Army. More…

Maker Of Drug Fueling Heroin Overdose Epidemic Is Lobbying To Keep Weed Illegal

Maker Of Drug Fueling Heroin Overdose Epidemic Is Lobbying To Keep Weed Illegal
by Carey Wedler
Posted September 14, 2016

opiate manufacturer wants to keep pot illegalIn 2016, cannabis is still illegal in many parts of the country, and pharmaceutical giant Insys Therapeutics Inc., a manufacturer of fentanyl, just demonstrated much of the reason why. Arizona is currently gearing up to vote on legalizing recreational cannabis. Ahead of that vote, Insys just contributed $500,000 in the fight against Proposition 205, U.S. News and other outlets report.

The Arizona-based pharmaceutical company recently gave the funds to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, an anti-legalization campaign group actively fighting to defeat the ballot measure. Insys’s contributions are particularly unsettling considering the company currently markets only one product — a spray version of fentanyl, a powerful opiate. More…

Meet the Texas billionaire and GOP donor behind the North Dakota pipeline controversy

Meet the Texas billionaire and GOP donor behind the North Dakota pipeline controversy
By Sue Sturgis
Posted September 11, 2016

Kelcy Warren, man behind Dakota attacksdog with human blood in its mouthOver the Labor Day weekend, security guards for a petro pipeline company used attack dogs and pepper spray against Native Americans resisting construction of a $3.8 billion pipeline through North Dakota, a project they say is desecrating land sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux and putting critical water supplies at risk of contamination.

If completed, the Dakota Access Pipeline would carry crude from the nearby Bakken oilfields to Illinois, where it would meet an existing pipeline that would transport the oil to Texas. That’s the home state of the billionaire and major Republican political donor behind the project: Kelcy Warren, chair of Energy Transfer Equity of Dallas, a company that’s No. 65 on this year’s Fortune 500 list. More…

Obama Scrambles To Pass TPP As Corporate Tribunals Face Scrutiny

Obama Scrambles To Pass TPP As Corporate Tribunals Face Scrutiny
by Dan Wright
Posted September 5, 2016

TPP a corporate coup d’état—against us!With opposition mounting, President Barack Obama is scrambling to jam the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal through Congress before his term ends in 2017. Both major party presidential nominees—former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump—have publicly stated they oppose TPP and will not sign the agreement if they become president.

Though opposition to TPP has typically focused on the threat of losing American jobs, another concern is coming front and center: loss of sovereignty through a byzantine process known as investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). According to a recent study of the ISDS process by BuzzFeed, “The system was designed to deal primarily with theft by autocrats, but, in the majority of cases today, businesses are suing democracies for enacting regulations.” More…

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