US Responds to N. Korean Missile Test with Threats and Belligerence

Obviously what is needed with regard to the situation on the Korean Peninsula is the emergence of a voice of calm and reason. Equally obvious is that this is not what we’re getting from the US. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has responded to North Korea’s most recent missile test by threatening both military action, against the North Koreans, as well as economic warfare–this latter being aimed at any state refusing to follow American dictates by ending trade with the North. It is a threat particularly against China, North Korea’s main trade partner.

Continue reading

“We Want to Deescalate the Situation,” US Says One Day After Shooting Down Syrian Plane

It’s hard to know who is making policy in Washington these days. Did the decision to shoot down a Syrian plane come out of the White House? The Pentagon? The CIA? The State Department? Hard to say for sure, but White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claims the US is seeking a “deescalation” of the situation in Syria.

Continue reading

Tensions Escalate Over Shoot-down of Syrian Jet

The Russian Ministry of Defense is calling yesterday’s downing of a Syrian military plane “a cynical violation of Syria’s sovereignty” as well as “a deliberate default on their [the US Coalition’s] obligations under the memorandum on on preventing incidents and providing for safe flights during operations in Syria signed on October 20, 2015.”

Continue reading

US, Saudi ‘Hand’ in Tehran Stokes All-Out War

[ Ed. note – Iranians turned out in mass today to mourn the victims of Wednesday’s terrorist attacks in Tehran. At least 17 people were killed and 50 injured as terrorists stormed the Iranian Parliament as well as the shrine of Sayyid Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Iranian revolution. Chants among today’s crowd reportedly included “Death to Saudi Arabia” and “Death to America.” In addition to the video above, the following photo was also snapped at the event:

Continue reading

Major Battle Looming at Syria-Iraq Border? US Coalition Sets Up New Base

South Front is reporting that the US-led Coalition has set up a second military base near the Syria-Iraq border. Apparently, the US Coalition, now aligned with the Kurds, is seeking to establish control over the entire border region before the advancing Syrian Arab Army can get there.

Continue reading

Globalization’s Abject Failure–Household Appliances Were Cheaper and Better 40 Years Ago

[ Ed. note – Back in the 1990s, when Bill Clinton started signing the first free trade agreements into law, people warned that globalization would have severe consequences for average working Americans. I remember attending a protest against NAFTA back in, I think, 1992 or 93.

But economists kept telling us, “No, no, you’ve got it all wrong!” Globalization will be good for the economy! Wealth would “trickle down” to the lower classes. And while some manufacturing jobs might be lost, these would be replaced, the economists assured us, with even better jobs. Moreover, there was supposed to be a golden upside to it all: Goods produced in factories in places like China and Mexico would flood the market, resulting in reduced prices for things like household appliances. A new refrigerator imported from China, say, assembled by workers being paid as little as a dollar an hour, would cost less–maybe a hundred or even two hundred dollars less–than the old “made in America” refrigerators. And if you didn’t believe this, you just weren’t with it and thinking progressively.

Continue reading