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Putin’s Domestic Media Blitz Focuses on Islamic State Threat in Russia

Posted by hkarner - 3. Oktober 2015

Date: 03-10-2015
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Kremlin’s propaganda channels aim to win hearts and minds of citizens amid Russian strikes in Syria

MOSCOW—After Russian television was filled with images of death and destruction in Syria in recent days, popular talkshow host Vladimir Solovyov had a stark message for viewers: „We are fighting international terrorism, which has stated that its goal is destruction of the Russian Federation.”

As Russian President Vladimir Putin launched strikes against opponents of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, the Kremlin’s propaganda channels are trying to rally the country behind his second foreign military intervention in two years.

The campaign comes as fervor of the March 2014 annexation of Crimea begins to wear off and discontent over economic hardship caused by a plunge in oil prices and Western sanctions is growing. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Trans-Pacific Free-Trade Charade

Posted by hkarner - 3. Oktober 2015

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Joseph E. Stiglitz

Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics and University Professor at Columbia University, was Chairman of President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and served as Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank. His most recent book, co-authored with Bruce Greenwald, is Creating a Learning Society: A New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress.

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Adam S. Hersh

Adam S. Hersh is Senior Economist at the Roosevelt Institute and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Initiative for Policy Dialogue.

OCT 2, 2015, Project Syndicate

NEW YORK – As negotiators and ministers from the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries meet in Atlanta in an effort to finalize the details of the sweeping new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), some sober analysis is warranted. The biggest regional trade and investment agreement in history is not what it seems.

You will hear much about the importance of the TPP for “free trade.” The reality is that this is an agreement to manage its members’ trade and investment relations – and to do so on behalf of each country’s most powerful business lobbies. Make no mistake: It is evident from the main outstanding issues, over which negotiators are still haggling, that the TPP is not about “free” trade. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Orwell at the UN: Obama Re-Defines Democracy as a Country That Supports U.S. Policy

Posted by hkarner - 3. Oktober 2015


In his Orwellian September 28, 2015 speech to the United Nations, President Obama said that if democracy had existed in Syria, there never would have been a revolt against Assad. By that, he meant ISIL. Where there is democracy, he said, there is no violence or revolution.

This was his threat to promote revolution, coups and violence against any country not deemed a “democracy.” In making this hardly-veiled threat, he redefined the word in the vocabulary of international politics. Democracy is the CIA’s overthrow of Mossedegh in Iran to install the Shah. Democracy is the overthrow of Afghanistan’s secular government by the Taliban against Russia. Democracy is the Ukrainian coup behind Yats and Poroshenko. Democracy is Pinochet. It is “our bastards,” as Lyndon Johnson said, with regard to the Latin American dictators installed by U.S. foreign policy.

A century ago the word “democracy” referred to a nation whose policies were formed by elected representatives. Ever since ancient Athens, democracy was contrasted to oligarchy and aristocracy. But since the Cold War and its aftermath, that is not how U.S. politicians have used the term. When an American president uses the word “democracy,” he means a pro-American country following U.S. neoliberal policies, no matter if the country is a military dictatorship or its government was brought in by a coup(euphemized as a Color Revolution) as in Georgia or Ukraine. A “democratic” government has been re-defined simply as one supporting the Washington Consensus, NATO and the IMF. It is a government that shifts policy-making out of the hands of elected representatives to an “independent” central bank, whose policies are dictated by the oligarchy centered in Wall Street, the City of London and Frankfurt. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Alexis Tsipras Promises More Of The Same!

Posted by hkarner - 3. Oktober 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015, Observing GreeceKastner

I still have not gotten over the poor performance which PM Tsipras pulled off at the Clinton Global Initiative. The first SYRIZA/ANEL government had been criticized for acting like inexperienced amateurs without being prepared for anything. Somehow, the impression had meanwhile come across that they – particularly Tsipras himself – had learned a lot during this experience and that they were now ready to move the country towards greener pastures.

Well, if Tsipras‘ performance at the CGI serves as an example, that’s a dream!

No one expects the 41-year old Tsipras to come across as the most competent Prime Minister in the world. For all intents and purposes, it is sufficient if he can act as a leader; if he can mobilize the spirits of the citizens; if he can project a better future to his compatriots. That Tsipras does better than many other political leaders.

However, ever since Alexander the Great, the key ingredient for success, be it as a general or as an entrepreneur, has been defined as: „Surround yourself with good people!“ Tsipras is not expected to know how to make a sales pitch for foreign investments in his country in front of an American audience, particularly in English. But Tsipras IS expected to surround himself with professionals, with advisors who can orchestrate events like that in a manner so that Tsipras only has to fulfill his role as the ‚Chief Salesman‘, as the ‚Chief Representative‘ of Greece. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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