U.S. Foments Regime Change in Nicaragua

One would think that a neoliberal regime, especially if it were authoritarian and repressive, would be just the ticket to curry favour with Washington. ‘Threat of a Good Example’ In Noam Chomsky’s words, Nicaragua poses a threat of a good example to the US empire. Since Ortega’s return election victory in 2006, Nicaragua had achieved […]

America’s Billionaires Battle Each Other For Political Control Over Europe

A contest for political control of Europe is gearing up between two American teams, one headed by the long-established George Soros, and the other now being set up by the upstart Steve Bannon, US President Donald Trump’s former campaign-manager. Soros has long led America’s liberal billionaires in controlling Europe, and Bannon is now organizing a […]

Reactionary ‘Red Flags’ Tilt Vietnam to the Alt-Right

The Facebook page of Nguyen Thanh Tuan, a retired lieutenant general in the Vietnamese military, seethes with his critical commentary of the newly released book Gạc Ma: Vòng Tròn Bất Tử, a historical account of China’s annexation from Vietnam of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Tuan, along with a growing number of […]

How Real Activists Learned Facebook Was Deleting Their Protest Page for ‘Inauthentic Behavior’

On Tuesday, Brendan Orsinger logged onto Facebook only to be surprised by a notification. It simply said a protest page he’d co-managed had been deleted from the platform. Orsinger, a 36-year-old who resides in Washington, DC, was one of many local activists promoting an event to oppose “Unite the Right,” a white supremacist rally that […]

Lebanese Banks Return Saddam’s Hidden Millions To Iraqi Authorities

The head of Lebanon’s Association of Banks said on Thursday that the country’s financial sector had returned to Iraqi authorities nearly all money hidden in Beirut banks by officials under former dictator Saddam Hussein. The announcement came the day after the head of Lebanon’s General Security branch, Maj Gen Abbas Ibrahim, said that a joint […]

British Police Arrest Man Over Mystery Killing of Seychelles Leader in 1985

A man has been arrested by British counter-terrorism police in Northern Ireland, reportedly in connection with the assassination of a Seychelles exiled political leader in London in 1985. No-one has ever been charged with the murder of Gérard Hoarau, who was gunned down with a Sterling submachine gun in Edgware, London, on November 29, 1985. […]

Following Deals With Russia, Turkey Now Expands Military Cooperation With China

When the Chinese military attache stationed in Turkey said on July 28 that cooperation between the Turkish and Chinese militaries will produce “fruitful results,” his words didn’t escape the notice of defense circles. Speaking at a ceremony marking the 91st anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China, held at the […]

The Future of AI is Intelligence Augmentation

Artificial Intelligence is no longer a sci-fi vision of the future. We are living in a world where AI is disrupting industry and society at large in truly transformative ways. From chat bots reinventing customer service performace to machines such as IBM’s Watson beating some of the most intelligent human beings to ever live, artificial […]

Technocrats Harvest Data from Millions of Underage High School Students

Three thousand high school students from across the United States recently trekked to a university sports arena here to attend an event with an impressive-sounding name: the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. Many of their parents had spent $985 on tuition. Months earlier, the teenagers had received letters, signed by a Nobel Prize-winning […]

Iraq Says Saudi To Sell Power At A Fraction of Iran’s Price

Saudi Arabia has reportedly agreed to build a solar power plant and sell electricity to Iraq at a steep discount compared to what the war-torn country previously bought from Iran. The deal, which has yet to be approved by Iraqi authorities, includes building a 3,000-megawatt plant in Saudi Arabia within a year of the agreement, […]

The Apartheid Prime Minister – Editorial

There is someone responsible for the nation-state law and that someone is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Although he usually leaves controversial decisions to his political partners, this time Netanyahu positioned himself front and center in support of the constitutional discrimination against Israeli citizens who are not Jewish. Netanyahu made it clear Friday to Druze leaders […]

China Leaving US Behind on Artificial Intelligence: Air Force General

China’s massive investment in artificial intelligence technologies may soon leave the U.S. at a major disadvantage, a top Air Force general said Thursday. “Speed is of the essence in the digital age,” said Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on the Air Staff at the Pentagon. She […]

How Russia Persecutes Its Dissidents Using US Courts

A little more than six years ago, Sasha was on his way to a meeting of Russia’s pro-democracy Yabloko Party in the tiny Russian republic of Kalmykia when he was pulled into an unmarked black car by two plainclothes police officers. He was interrogated for three days about his prior activity with the party, his […]

TSA Surveilling Travelers’ Behavior Through Secretive Program: Report

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun collecting information on travelers through a program that monitors citizens not on a terror watch list or suspected of a crime, The Boston Globe reported. The Globe reported Saturday that the program, titled “Quiet Skies,” aims to eliminate threats posed by “unknown or partially known terrorists.” Undercover air […]

Syria’s Idlib Emerges As Achilles Heel in Russia-Turkey Partnership

There are indications that the Syrian army will launch an operation against rebel forces in Idlib in September, after completing operations in the south of the country in Daraa and Quneitra. The possibility of such an operation against Idlib, where more than 100,000 militants have amassed following rebel evacuations from all over Syria, has made […]