LAST OCTOBER, FOUR U.S. soldiers – including two commandos – were killed in an ambush in Niger. Since then, talk of U.S. special operations in Africa has centered on missions being curtailed and troop levels cut. Press accounts have suggested that the number of special operators on the front lines has been reduced, with the … more “U.S. SECRET WARS IN AFRICA”

Are elite university admissions based on meritocracy and diversity as claimed? Just before the Labor Day weekend, a front page New York Times story broke the news of the largest cheating scandal in Harvard University history, in which nearly half the students taking a Government course on the role of Congress had plagiarized or otherwise illegally collaborated … more “The Myth of American Meritocracy”

Die Amerikaner haben schon mehrfach Schiffe geopfert, um so einen Kriegsgrund zu haben. Die russophoben Neocons könnten ein weiteres versenken, um so endlich gegen Russland losschlagen zu können. Manchmal muss man das Undenkbare denken um sich der Gefahr bewusst zu werden, in der wir uns eigentlich befinden. Auch wenn ein Krieg der US-geführten NATO gegen … more “False Flag: Versenkung eines US-Kriegsschiffs als Kriegsgrund gegen Russland?”

The crown prince could be working to engineer a two-state solution that favors Israel. The Trump declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocating the U.S. embassy there is as historically significant to Israel’s control of Jerusalem as the Balfour Declaration was to recognizing the rights of the Jewish people in Palestine. But according to … more “Did Saudi Arabia Just Try To Give the West Bank to Israel?”

A SHORT DRIVE south of Alice Springs, the second largest population center in Australia’s Northern Territory, there is a high-security compound, codenamed “RAINFALL.” The remote base, in the heart of the country’s barren outback, is one of the most important covert surveillance sites in the eastern hemisphere. Hundreds of Australian and American employees come and go every … more “THE U.S. SPY HUB IN THE HEART OF AUSTRALIA”

In July 2013, Wahhabism was identified by the European Parliament in Strasbourg as the main source of global terrorism. Wahhabism has become increasingly influential, partly because of Saudi money and partly because of Saudi Arabia's central influence as protector of Mecca. The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, condemned Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant … more “What is Wahhabism? The reactionary branch of Islam from Saudi Arabia said to be ‘the main source of global terrorism’”

At the outset, at least, the Arab spring was a moment of great hope. The series of popular uprisings against repressive regimes that swept across the Middle East in 2011 seemed to promise a new, democratic beginning. From Tunisia to Libya and Egypt, abusive dictators such as Muammar Gaddafi and Hosni Mubarak were overthrown. But … more “The Britain’s shameful role in the arms trade (ِAfter “the Arab spring”)”

Three days before Donald Trump took the oath of office and became the 45th president of the United States, Chinese President Xi Jinping stood on the main stage at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos and alluded to Charles Dickens. It was, Xi told the gathering of the global … more “How China Can Win as America Turns Inward”

When jihadists captured a Syrian military base, they found a cache of some of the world’s most dangerous weapons buried in its bunkers. In Part II of an exclusive series, an Islamic State member explains how they eventually fell into the hands of the self-styled “caliphate.” BY HARALD DOORNBOS, JENAN MOUSSA AUGUST 17, 2016 Since … more “How the Islamic State Seized a Chemical Weapons Stockpile”

Thomas Pogge, one of the world’s most prominent ethicists, stands accused of manipulating students to gain sexual advantage. Did the fierce champion of the world’s disempowered abuse his own power? When Thomas Pogge travels around the world, he finds eager young fans waiting for him in every lecture hall. The 62-year-old German-born professor, a protégé … more “Ethics and the Eye of the Beholder”