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Oct 08 14:51

Unsealed Documents Show Pinochet 'Directly' Involved in Capitol Hill Assassinations

Loved ones have long charged that U.S.-backed dictator Augusto Pinochet had a direct hand in the 1976 assassination of former Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier and his Institute for Policy Studies colleague Ronni Karpen Moffitt. Now, they may finally be vindicated. The administration of President Barack Obama on Thursday publicly released documents that appear to show that Pinochet was behind the murders of Letelier and Moffitt, who have become "symbols of the broader human rights catastrophe of the Pinochet dictatorship," Sarah Anderson, director of the Global Economy Project at IPS, told Common Dreams.

Oct 08 08:22

America Pivots to Brzezinski’s Delusion of Eurasian Conquest

Russia historian Stephen Cohen points to the neoconservative establishment for America's latest outbreak of what can only be referred to as late-stage imperial dementia. Neocons Robert Kagan and wife Victoria Nuland have certainly done the heavy lifting to make Ukraine the staging ground for what appears to be a NATO blitzkrieg on Moscow. But whatever the determination of the neocon plot, they are only the barking dogs of master imperialist Zbigniew Brzezinski, whose grand design has been creeping over the globe since he stepped into the Oval office as National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter in 1977.

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For you Doctor Who fans, have you noticed how much Zbigniew Brzezinski looks (and acts) like Davros? :)

Oct 08 06:57

CHINA, RUSSIA, NORWAY, BRAZIL, TAIWAN DUMP US TREASURIES

Five large purchasers of US Treasuries – China, Russia, Norway, Brazil, and Taiwan – have changed their minds. They’re dumping Treasuries, each for their own reasons that are now coinciding. And at the fastest rate on record. For the 12-month period ended July, sales of Treasuries by central banks around the world reached a net of $123 billion, “the biggest decline since data started to be collected in 1978,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

Oct 07 04:21

How Putin will Win in Syria

The reason Putin will succeed where the US failed in its war on ISIS, is because the Russian air-strikes are going to be accompanied by a formidable mop-up operation that will overpower the jihadi groups on the ground. This is already happening as we speak. The Russian Air Force has been pounding terrorist targets across the Idlib Governorate for the last few days as well as ISIS strongholds in the East at Raffa. Putin is going to cut through these guys like crap through a goose.

So the Russian people are proud of the way Putin is fighting the war on terror. Is there something wrong with that? Many Americans are old enough to remember a time when they were proud of their own country too, when it actually stood up for the principles it espouses in its founding documents. That was quite a while ago though, sometime back in the “pre-Gitmo” era”.

Oct 06 10:38

He'd Let Them Swarm In, Now He'd kick Them Out: Trump Does Drastic 180 on Syrian Immigrants In less Than A Month, His Desperate, Starry-Eyed Supporters Don't Even Notice

Look, everyone knows we need a real game-changer in this country, someone who cares about America. But let's not be so naive, gullible and desperate as to so easily fall for yet another one of these shysters. Just like his sudden, drastic "about-faces" on gun rights and illegal immigration, Donald "I'm A Big Fan Of Israel" Trump said less than 25 days ago that we must let Syrian immigrants in because it's a "humanitarian disaster" and the poor migrants were "in a living hell." This was reported worldwide including on CNN, Breitbart, Politico, Fox news and everywhere else. This week he's saying the exact opposite, that he would send them back, (presumably send back the same ones he promised to let in?) Where I come from theres an old saying which applies in this case.

Oct 06 07:44

Peru Declares State Of Emergency

The Puruvian government has declared a 30-day state of emergency following four deaths at a protest of the Chinese-owned Las Bambas mine project. The emergency status includes a startling suspension of civil liberties on Peruvians. After four people were killed amid anti-mining protests, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala declared a 30-day state…

Oct 03 09:12

Mexican firm still abets Israel’s crimes despite pulling out of West Bank quarry

Mexico’s construction materials giant Cemex has sold shares it owned in a quarry on occupied Palestinian land but has maintained its stake in a firm that assists Israel’s war crimes.
 
Cemex will therefore remain a target for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign until it stops trying to profit from Israel’s crimes.

Sep 29 02:55

“Washington’s Pope”? Who is Pope Francis?

Pope Francis is said to have brought “Liberation Theology into the Vatican”, in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi. While highlighting his commitment to peace and social justice, the Western media fail to mention that Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis I) has been a staunch supporter of US imperial interests in Latin America for more than 30 years.

While heralded by antiwar activists as a “progressive”, Pope Francis was one of the main supporters –within the Catholic hierarchy– of Argentina’s military dictatorship which came to power in a CIA supported coup in 1976.

Sep 24 17:49

The Stock Markets Of The 10 Largest Global Economies Are All Crashing, But Most Americans Still Don’t Seem Very Alarmed

You would think that the simultaneous crashing of all of the largest stock markets around the world would be very big news. But so far the mainstream media in the United States is treating it like it isn’t really a big deal. Over the last sixty days, we have witnessed the most significant global stock market decline since the fall of 2008, and yet most people still seem to think that this is just a temporary “bump in the road” and that the bull market will soon resume. Hopefully they are right.

Sep 24 12:22

What the Church could learn from Harley-Davidson

Cut the frills, leave out the unnecessary. Keep it simple, honest and uncompromising...

Give us a new bare-bones, stripped-back, “Dark Custom” Christianity

It’s the journey, not the destination

A million bikers with attitude could tear up the tarmac and thunder through Westminster and Washington to express civil society’s disgust… if they had a mind to.

To quote Harley : “Let’s ride. Grab life by the throttle!”

Sep 23 13:28

Russia-Brazil: Strategic Partnership Is Expanding

During his visit to Brazil last summer, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that “Russia and Brazil share common approaches to key global challenges.” This conclusion was substantiated once again in mid-September, at the first Russian-Brazilian Economic Forum and the meeting of the Russian-Brazilian High-Level Commission on Cooperation, which was attended by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer.

Sep 22 06:46

Blame America? No, Blame Neocons!

It has become common to discount any criticism of US foreign policy as “blaming America first.” It is a convenient way of avoiding a real discussion. If aggressive US policy in the Middle East – for example in Iraq – results in the creation of terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda in Iraq, is pointing out the unintended consequences of bad policy blaming America? Is it “blaming America” to point out that blowback – like we saw on 9/11 – can be the result of unwise US foreign policy actions like stationing US troops in Saudi Arabia?

Sep 21 18:15

Brazil president rejects settler leader as Israel envoy

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has reportedly rejected the appointment of a hardliner as Israel's envoy to her country, saying it could be understood as support for the illegal Israeli settlements.

According to an article published on Israeli website Ynetnews, Rousseff has sent a message to the Tel Aviv regime, expressing her discomfort with the appointment of Dani Dayan, an extremist in charge of running the affairs of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Sep 21 02:38

Over 9,000 left homeless by Chile quake

The strong earthquake that struck off the Chilean coast last week has so far left upwards of 9,000 people homeless, dramatically increasing previous estimates.

While initial estimates stood at around 3,500, latest figures show a sharp rise as officials scour remote towns in the Coquimbo region, more than 260 kilometers north of the capital, Santiago, where the epicenter of the 8.3-magnitude quake was located.

Sep 18 16:20

#6 Lighting Strike

Methinks someone wasn't pleased with the renovation!

The iconic statue of Christ that sits high atop Rio de Janeiro was struck by lightning during a storm in early 2014.

The right thumb was chipped by the lightning strike. The statue had just undergone a $4 million dollar renovation in 2010.

Sep 17 13:45

Russia, Iran, China, Venezuela Use 'Superweapon' Against US... Diplomacy

The US employs an array of instruments to counter the four nations, including sanctions and support for far right groups worldwide, the media outlet noted.

"Washington never misses an opportunity to meddle in the internal affairs of Moscow, Tehran, Beijing and Caracas; it tries to exert pressure on [the four countries], surround them with unfriendly regimes and keep them on their toes," the media outlet pointed out.

The United States, according to Rebelion, uses Ukraine and the European Union to "destabilize" Russia, the "bleeding" Middle East to weaken Iran, Japan and the standoff between two Koreas to pressure China.

But these nations are good at warding off attacks.

Sep 17 09:48

Tsunami Chile 2015

Sep 16 19:22

Tsunami in Progress in Chile after Earthquake

Sep 16 17:39

M8.3 - 71km WNW of Illapel, Chile

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There have been aftershocks in the Magnitude 6 level.

We are under a tsunami watch here in Hawaii with any waves expected to hit at 3:11AM local time tomorrow morning.

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Sep 16 09:19

Washington Wants “Regime Change” in Ecuador: “What is the CIA Planning before Ecuador’s 2017 Elections?”

Washington wants Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa removed from power. Washington says it is concerned about the freedom of the press in Ecuador because their non-government organization ‘Fundamedios’ funded and supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Freedom House among others is in the process of being shut down by the Correa government. According to Telesur’s report on September 10th “Fundamedios engaged “partisan political activities” by sharing material on its social media accounts, publishing articles unrelated to its stated mission and inserting itself into political debates in the country”which according to the National Secretariat of Communication or ‘Secom’ is prohibited under Ecuadorian law. The White House released a press statement on the same day:

Sep 16 07:36

Where there were massacres there are now power plants

In the United States it's hard to imagine admiring an attorney general. The words call to mind people like Eric Holder, Michael Mukasey, Alberto Gonzales, John Ashcroft, Janet Reno, and Edwin Meese. There were those who fantasized that Barack Obama would not prevent an attorney general from prosecuting top officials for torture, but the idea of a U.S. attorney general prosecuting a U.S. president for war/genocide doesn't even enter the realm of fantasy (in part, because Americans don't even think of what the U.S. military does in the Middle East in those terms).

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Sep 14 21:32

A Panicked Brazil Promises Billions In Austerity, Does 180 On Budget After Downgrade

Exactly two weeks after conceding that a primary surplus was no longer in the cards after budget data in July came in meaningfully worse than expected, Brazil is scrambling to restore some semblance of confidence in the government’s ability to close a yawning budget gap by implementing austerity even as political turmoil has made embattled FinMin Joaquim Levy’s life a living hell of late.

On the heels of a painful S&P downgrade, Brazil now says it plans to enact some BRL26 billion in primary spending cuts for the 2016 budget on the way to achieving in a primary surplus that amounts to 0.7% of GDP.

In other words, a complete 180 from what the government said prior to the downgrade.

Sep 14 12:35

US, COLOMBIA: CONSPIRACY AGAINST VENEZUELA

“Airtec Inc. has been awarded a contract for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services in support of the U.S. Southern Command. The deal is expected to be completed in September 2018. The contractor will provide ISR services utilizing a Bombardier DHC-8/200. According to José Vicente Rangel, a Venezuelan journalist, the aircraft will be equipped with cutting-edge equipment to effectively survey the border areas of Venezuela.”

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Sep 11 12:18

CIA AND THE DRUG BUSINESS

The outlawing of narcotic drugs at the start of the Twentieth Century, the turning of the matter from public health to social control, coincided with the belief that the U.S. government had an obligation to American industrialists to create markets in every nation in the world, whether those nations liked it or not. Civic institutions, like public education, were required to sanctify this policy, while “security” bureaucracies were established to ensure the citizenry conformed to the state ideology. Secret services, both public and private, were likewise established to promote the expansion of private American economic interests overseas.

Sep 11 07:43

Brazil reduced to junk as BRICs facade crumbles

Webmaster addition: BRICS is not crumbling. BRICS is under attack by the western private central bankers!

Sep 10 13:00

US critical of Ecuador over free speech

The U.S. State Department is expressing concern about what it calls increasing restrictions on freedom of expression and association in Ecuador.

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This from the government that interprets the First Amendment as "free speech zones" hidden away from public view!

Looks like Ecuador just made the US "Too be overthrown" list!

Sep 10 10:06

FLASHBACK - So You Think Military Intervention is a Good Idea?

Well, if you really feel that strongly about it..

Here's your rifle..

Here's your parachute..

We ran out of the desert camo, but here is a bright day-glo orange jumpsuit left over from Gitmo..

Watch your head climbing into that transport plane..

And we'll call whoever it is you are telling us needs to be invaded this week and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But given the very long history of the United States government and the corporate media lying and tricking us into wars, you will forgive We The People if we sit this one out and keep our children safe at home.

And just in case you are one of those poor government or media people who are not as well educated in history as the average American citizen, here is a comprehensive but by no means complete list of just how many times We The People have been made total fools of by the US Government and the corporate media.

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Sep 09 20:06

Brazil cut to 'junk' credit rating by Standard & Poor's

The US rating agency said mounting political turmoil and the difficulties faced by President Dilma Rousseff's government in tackling growing debt was behind the decision.

Brazil was awarded an investment-grade rating by S&P in April 2008, when the country's economy was on the rise.

However, sliding commodity prices and austerity have created a recession.

Sep 09 14:07

A Pyrrhic Victory in Mexico: Still No Justice for the Disappeared of Ayotzninapa

The GIEI for Ayotzinapa, an interdisciplinary group of independent experts convened by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, has just delivered its final report in Mexico City on Sunday September 6, 2015. At the end of September 2014, 43 trainee teachers from Ayotzinapa were forcibly disappeared, probably by state agents belonging to various layers of Mexico’s abusive military, security and police forces. The IACHR established the GIEI to analyze how the state investigated those disappearances. The Mexican government paid for the GIEI experts to do their work. The IACHR established the GIEI, it said, to help protect and promote human rights in the Americas.

Sep 09 06:58

“Silent Invasion”: The US and the Militarization of Latin America

However, recent years have borne witness to a growing independence and assertiveness from many nations in the region, owing in no small part to the rise of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Indeed, with Venezuela as the exemplar, and Chavez as the initiator of the process of regional integration and collective security, Latin America has grown increasingly independent of its imperial neighbor to the north.

And it is precisely this political, economic, and cultural independence that the U.S. has moved to counteract in the most effective way it can: militarily. Using pretexts ranging from the “War on Drugs” to humanitarian assistance, and the “War on Terror,” the U.S. seeks to regain its military foothold in the region, and thereby maintain and further its hegemony.

The Silent Invasion

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And we wonder why we have a "refugee problem" from the south, as people are fleeing the very terror and destabilization the US government has brought to those countries?!?

Sep 08 11:01

GAZERNICA

The displacement of Gazans:

Is Gazernica

The displacement of Palestinians:

Is Gazernica

The displacement of Syrians:

Is Gazernica

The displacement of Libyans:

Is Gazernica

The displacement of Africans:

Is Gazernica

The displacement of Iraqis:

Is Gazernica

The displacement of Afghans:

Is Gazernica

The displacement of Hope:

Is Gazernica.

The creation of ISIS:

IS Gazernica

So long as humanity is awake with inhumanity:

GAZERNICA shall be!

Sep 05 07:42

Salmonella outbreak from Mexican cucumbers kills one, sickens hundreds in the U.S

A salmonellaoutbreak linked to cucumbers grown in Mexico has killed one person and sickened hundreds in the United States, health officials said.

The outbreak of Salmonella Poona has been reported in 27 states since July, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of the 285 people sickened, more than half have been children younger than 18. The fatality occurred in California.

Sep 04 14:52

Guatemalan President Resigns: Faces Corruption Charges

snip: They’re unrelated to his sordid past - when known as “Major Tito” for involvement in genocidal slaughter of indigenous Ixil Indians in 1982.

Journalist Allan Nairn explained he was one of the US-backed generals responsible for “massacres that devastated the Mayan population of the northwest highlands.”

He’s a former and likely current CIA asset - vulnerable to prosecution “for the mass murders he helped preside over while carrying out the program of genocide of General Rios Montt,” Nairn explained.

Sep 04 07:22

Mob Violence Is Now All too Common in Venezuela

Venezuela wasn’t exactly a happy place before their economy fell apart, but now that their currency is worthless and shortages for essential goods are running rampant, the dark side of their society is rearing its ugly head. Venezuela now stands as the perfect example of how financial mismanagement can erode the social fabric of a nation.

The Venezuelan Observatory of Violence has found that in 2014, there were 40 lynchings in the country, and if recent news reports are to be believed, there have been over a dozen mob led beatings and lynchings in this past month alone. Granted, the lynchings are nothing new. Venezuela has long been a corrupt country with a high murder rate, and criminals are frequently released by their court system without charges, so vigilante justice has been commonplace for some time.

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Aug 31 13:57

Venezuela: Dozens Injured During Supermarket Stampede

Venezuela’s socialist economy has been crumbling for some time now, as the value of their currency plunges and store shelves are stripped bare. Their command and control financial system has led to nothing but poverty and shortages, which is inevitable in any strictly socialist nation. And where you have shortages, you’ll find people displaying erratic and desperate behavior.

Media sources in Venezuela have claimed that a state-run supermarket offering subsidized goods, recently witnessed a stampede of desperate customers. The military was called in to quell the crowd, which numbered in the thousands. Throughout the ordeal, 75 people were injured and one 80-year-old woman was trampled to death.

The authorities have yet to confirm these claims, and President Maduro has accused his opponents of exaggerating these stories to undermine his government. In either case, at least we can rest assured that this would never happen in America, right?

Aug 27 12:52

COCAINE PRODUCTION PLUMMETS AFTER DEA KICKED OUT OF BOLIVIA

After the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was kicked out of Bolivia, the country was able todrastically reduce the amount of coca (cocaine) produced within its borders. According to data released by the United Nations, cocaine production in the country declined by 11% in the past year, marking the fourth year in a row of steady decrease. It was just seven years ago that the DEA left Bolivia — and only three years after that, progress was finally made. The strategy employed by the Bolivian government may be a surprise to many prohibitionists because it did not involve any strong-arm police state tactics. Instead, they worked to find alternative crops for farmers to grow that would actually make them more money.

Aug 27 11:49

Guatemalan prosecutors urge president to resign amid scandal

Pressure grew Thursday on Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to resign as business and government offices closed, protesters marched and the attorney general's office urged him to step down "to prevent ungovernability that could destabilize the nation."

Aug 27 11:48

UN experts call for fairness in Guatemala genocide trial

Two U.N. experts are appealing to Guatemala's judicial authorities to "prevent any further attempt at interference, obstruction of justice or manipulation of the law" in the genocide trial of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt and a former intelligence chief.

Aug 25 08:46

Brazil's Economy Is Now A Job Destruction Machine

Brazil's flagging economy, which is mired in stagflation and remains a slave both to China and to what looks like intractable political turmoil, has destroyed nearly 550,000 jobs YTD. As Barclays notes, " [the July] print is compatible with 140,939 job eliminations, pretty close to the historical low of -154,355 in June."

Aug 24 14:23

10 Colombian Paramilitaries Captured in Venezuela

Venezuelan authorities arrested ten alleged paramilitaries during the third day since Venezuelan armed forces were deployed in Tachira state, under the state of exception declared on Friday night.

President Nicolas Maduro issued the state of exception less than 48-hours after three Venezuelan soldiers were attacked by paramilitaries along the Colombian border. During the 60-day state of exception, the Venezuelan government hopes to combat illegal activities along the border including the paramilitaries and illegal smuggling.

Aug 23 04:05

The Age of Imperial Wars - From Regional War, "Regime Change" to Global Warfare

2015 has become a year of living dangerously.

Wars are spreading across the globe.

Wars are escalating as new countries are bombed and the old are ravaged with ever greater intensity.

Countries, where relatively peaceful changes had taken place through recent elections, are now on the verge of civil wars.

These are wars without victors, but plenty of losers; wars that don’t end; wars where imperial occupations are faced with prolonged resistance.

Aug 18 11:34

Venezuela's currency is now so worthless that people are using it as napkins

An image is going round that sums up just how ridiculous Venezuela's economy has become.

A Reddit user uploaded a picture on Monday of a man using a 2 bolivar note to hold an empanada.

According to Venezuela's official bolivar-dollar exchange rate, the man using his money as a napkin is wasting about $0.31 (£0.20).

But on the black market, the reality is completely different. You can get 676.88 bolivars to the dollar, according to dolartoday.com. That means holding food with a 2 bolivar note costs the holder less than a third of one US cent.

Aug 13 23:10

Opposition Protests Turn Violent in Ecuador

Opposition protests against Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa’s government are becoming increasingly violent Thursday evening.

In Quito, where the opposition march started at 4 p.m., protesters started to throw projectiles at police forces on Santo Domingo Square.

Aug 12 10:47

Just As Brazil Hits Rock Bottom, Things Are About To Get Even Worse

For anyone who might have missed it, Brazil is in trouble.

The country is "at the center of a triple unwind of EM credit, China’s leverage, and US monetary easing" (to quote Morgan Stanley) and as Goldman recently pointed out, faces a stagflationary nightmare.

Last quarter, Brazil suffered through the worst growth-inflation mix in over ten years. As Goldman put it, "since 1Q2004 there has not been a single quarter in which we had simultaneously higher inflation and lower growth than during 2Q2015."

And then there's the twin deficit problem.

Aug 11 08:47

Venezuela opens investigation into CNN en Espanol after false reporting on looting

Venezuela's government is opening an investigation against CNN en Espanol (CNNE) over the news network's allegedly false report on looting in the country, the CONATEL telecommunications regulator said in a statement.

Aug 10 20:14

VIDEO: Man Who Led Search For Missing Students Found Dead In Mexico

Mexican community activist Miguel Angel Jimenez led the yearlong search for the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students. On August 8, he was found dead in a car in the state of Guerrero.

Aug 05 15:28

The Reagan Administration had arranged for Israeli weapons to be sent to the Guatemalan Army to carry out the genocide

On 8 July 2015, in a pervasively ignored but historically very important news event (briefly mentioned by the BBC), the only trial ever in which a former head of state was convicted in his own country for genocide — in the long court case of Ronald Reagan’s friend Guatemalan General Rios Montt — finally petered out via a declaration by a Guatemalan court, alleging that Montt’s 10 May 2013 Guatemalan conviction and 80-year prison sentence (never served) for genocide, must now simply be abandoned, because Montt is supposedly “mentally incompetent to stand trial." Though a retrial of his case had been promised, it probably won’t happen. Guatemala’s aristocracy seem to have blocked any and all penalty for their General and former President’s genocide.

Aug 04 08:25

THE INFORMATION WAR IN MEXICO: JOURNALISTS MURDERED, CITIZENS MONITORED

On July 31, 2015, assassins broke into an apartment in Mexico City and executed five people: photojournalist Ruben Espinosa, 31, community organizer and human rights activist Nadia Vera, 32, student Yesenia Quiróz, 18, and two unnamed women. Their bodies showed signs of torture. Espinosa and Vera had fled to Mexico City from the state of Veracruz, 200 miles east the capital, on the Gulf of Mexico. According to the Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ), Veracruz is not only one of the most dangerous states in Mexico for journalists, but one of the most dangerous regions in the world.

Aug 02 15:11

Washington’s Fifth Columns Inside Russia and China

Russia and China finally caught on. It is amazing that the governments of the two countries that Washington regards as "threats" were so tolerant of foreign-financed NGOs for so long.

Americans need to understand that the biggest threat to them resides entirely in the crazed neoconservative ideology of Washington’s hegemony over the world and over the American people, Paul Craig Roberts believes.

It took two decades for Russia and China to understand that “pro-democracy” and “human rights” organizations operating within their countries were subversive organizations funded by the US Department of State and a collection of private American foundations organized by Washington. The real purpose of these non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is to advance Washington’s hegemony by destabilizing the two countries capable of resisting US hegemony.

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