It is more than a century since Edward Bernays, the father of spin, invented “public relations” as a cover for war propaganda, writes John Pilger. What is new is the virtual elimination of dissent in the mainstream.
The United States and its backing of far-right forces in Ukraine is the biggest impediment to peace, writes Barry Sheppard.
The sabre rattling of the United States and its allies grows as capitalism’s crisis sharpens, writes William Briggs.
The current United States-Russia crisis has its roots in Washington’s betrayal of its well-documented promise to Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in the early 1990s to not move NATO eastward, write Malik Miah and Barry Sheppard.
The threat of war in Europe between Russia and a United States-sponsored client-state in Ukraine is real, writes William Briggs. The security of Europe and the world is under direct threat and we receive, as always, a skewed and distorted view of what is going on.
President Biden is attempting to shore up the US’ role as an international leader through multilateral agreements, with the expectation that Europe will fall in behind Washington, writes Barry Sheppard.
As tensions heat up on the Ukraine-Russia border, Vijay Prashad looks at the factors and interests behind what is happening.
In regard to the charges about US President Donald Trump’s collusion with Russia to throw the election his way, it is worth mentioning that going through the list of all the nations that Washington has meddled in is far too long for one article. The US is, without any doubt, the world’s meddler in chief.
Even the list of countries where the US conspired to overthrow elected governments when electoral meddling failed is lengthy.
But one angle to the Russian controversy that is underreported is this: scratch the Russian connection and US-German relations pop up.
Raqqa, the de facto ISIS capital in Syria, is on the verge of falling. The rapid advance of the left-wing Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) since they entered the city on June 6 contrasts with the slower advance of forces of the Iraqi and Iraqi Kurdistan governments in Mosul, the ISIS capital in Iraq, which the pro-government forces entered in February.
However, the June 18 downing of a Syrian fighter jet by a US war plane, after the former attacked SDF positions near Raqqa, is just one indication that eliminating ISIS will not end the violent multi-sided war in Syria that spawned it.
US President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey for one reason: he was not 100% loyal to Trump. The boldness of the move was to underscore Trump’s drive to establish an increasingly authoritarian presidency.