An economist digging below the surface of an IMF report has found something that should shock the Western bloc out of any false confidence in its unsurpassed global economic clout.
Retirees Fighting Own Unions’ Health Cuts
Jenny Brown reports on the vote by New York City’s Municipal Labor Committee to scrap some of the best retiree health care coverage in the country and push retirees onto the for-profit Medicare Advantage plan.
NYT Catches Up to Parry But Still Falls Short on October Surprise
No matter how much evidence Robert Parry produced over the years poking holes in the official story, the establishment media declined to re-examine the case or treat it seriously, writes Nat Parry.
How Team Bush Escaped Justice Over Iraq
For 20 years the leaders of the U.S. and the U.K. have avoided criminal accountability, writes Marjorie Cohn. But just one year after Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the International Criminal Court charged him with war crimes.
DIANA JOHNSTONE: Germans Down & Russians Out
On the purpose of NATO: “To keep the Americans in, the Russians out, and the Germans down” — saying attributed to Lord Hastings Ismay, the secretary general of NATO 1952-1957.
Boris Yeltsin Privately Supported NATO Expansion Despite Public Stance
Declassified files show how Russia’s president, during the 1990s, repeatedly told Western counterparts he was “not against” expansion of the military alliance, Matt Kennard reports. He even devised an agreement to bring the Russian people onside.
WATCH: Scott Ritter Opposing Iraq Invasion, August 2002
Scott Ritter appeared on C-Span on Aug. 1, 2002, seven months before the Iraq invasion, to argue Iraq was no threat to the U.S. and that the Bush administration needed to prove it before taking the country to war.
PATRICK LAWRENCE: Trump & the Stormy Deep State
We keep coming face-to-face with the wreckage of the Russiagate years, when the 45th president threatened the national security apparatus for, possibly, the first time since Kennedy fired Allen Dulles as C.I.A. director in 1961.
IRAQ 20 YEARS: Iraq Invasion, AUKUS Blasted in Rousing Sydney Rally
A sitting senator, a former foreign minister, a retired diplomat and Colin Powell’s former chief of staff told an anti-war meeting in a Sydney town hall that Australians were being dragged without their consent into a U.S. war on China…
IRAQ 20 YEARS: Chris Hedges — The Lords of Chaos
The politicians and shills in the media who orchestrated 20 years of military debacles in the Middle East, and who seek a world dominated by U.S. power, must be held accountable for their crimes.
IRAQ 20 YEARS: Sam Husseini — The Lies, and Lies About the Lies, About the Invasion
Among the lying liars who lied the U.S. into invading Iraq, Joe Biden stands out as a big reason why the lies swallowed the culture, becoming a damning indictment of a society that would elect him president.
IRAQ 20 YEARS: Scott Ritter — Disarmament, the Fundamental Lie
Regime change, not disarmament, was always the driving factor behind U.S. policy towards Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
IRAQ 20 YEARS: Joe Lauria — Covering the ‘Vial Display’
Despite Colin Powell’s presentation and the U.S. media’s embrace of it, every other nation on the Security Council, with the exception of Britain and Spain, was highly skeptical of the U.S. argument for war, including allies Germany and France.
IRAQ 20 YEARS: Ray McGovern — The Uses and Abuses of National Intelligence Estimates
The case to invade Iraq on March 19, 2003 was based on an NIE that was prepared not to determine the truth, but rather to “justify” preemptive war, when there was nothing to preempt.
IRAQ 20 YEARS: Caitlin Johnstone — Bush-Era Neocons Should Shut Up About Iraq (And Everything Else)
It is absolutely insane that the people who helped unleash the horror that was the Iraq War upon the world are not only not in prison, but are actively uplifted and celebrated on the most influential platforms in the West.
JOHN KIRIAKOU: Reckoning with a Major Twitter Troll
Louise Mensch has defamed many people in the past few years, including the author of this column. Often, as in his case, she accused them of being Russian agents. The examples are almost too many to mention. But here’s a start.
WATCH: IRAQ 20 YEARS — Anti-War Rally at the White House
Watch News2Share‘s broadcast of the anti-war rally at the White House on Saturday. More than 200 anti-war organizations signed up for the protest and march to The Washington Post headquarters.
A Sane Voice Amidst the Madness
Former Australian PM Paul Keating has eviscerated Australia’s deal to buy nuclear submarines from the U.K. and U.S., saying there is no Chinese threat to defend against, despite the war hysteria stirring in Australia, writes Joe Lauria.
The Billionaire Bailout Society
The collapse and bailout of Silicon Valley Bank shows little has changed for reckless financial actors, writes Les Leopold. If financial institutions are so interconnected that we can’t let them fail, they should be run as publicly owned utilities.
Why SVB & Signature Bank Failed So Fast
While the most common type of risk faced by a commercial bank is a jump in loan defaults – known as credit risk – that’s not what is happening here, writes Vidhura S. Tennekoon.