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Hostage-taker in French supermarket killed by police Police shoot dead a man who took hostages at a supermarket in southwestern France.
Trump replaces National Security Adviser McMaster with Bolton Former US ambassador to the UN, who advocated military attacks in North Korea and Iran, replaces Lt Gen HR McMaster.
France: Mass protests against Macron's economic policies Protesters march across the country to protest against government plans to change labour law, scrap social benefits.
Lawsuit alleges Saudi, Iran support for 9/11 hijackers Iran was never found to have directly supported the September 11 hijack plot, while questions about Saudi's role linger.

Universal Commodification

 Black Panther PartyParadoxical Profit

Unless regulated, capitalism operates as a wide-open market system. If a demand exists or can be created and a profit made, that demand will be met. As a consequence, capitalism has the capacity to commercialize almost anything, including its detractors and even its enemies.



Freedom’s Perversities

Wayne LaPierreFor much of human history, the idea of freedom had little meaning. This was because life was, as Thomas Hobbes put it, “poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” And while he thought this descriptor applied to life outside of society, for a long time it did not really matter - life within pre-modern societies often had the same limiting character. Religious belief in these same times reflected this depressing fact by asserting that there was no hope of meaningful freedom in this life. To achieve it you would have to die and go to Heaven. So, what set you free was death. 




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Punishing Russia

The 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union gave the American administration the opportunity to become the only political and military global power. The world, then, became unipolar.

Can the EU save the Iran nuclear deal?

European leaders must continue to resist US pressures to isolate Iran.

The Fake Enemy

Towards the end of 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and declared war on the US. Their Nazi ally followed with its own declaration of war, and so did all its satellites.

Economic Nationalism: Elitism in Populist Clothing

My old friend and former American Conservative editor Dan McCarthy gets it all wrong about Donald Trump’s “national security” tariffs on aluminum and steel.

Countering Israel's Public Relations Deception

Knowledge of the battlefields and recommendations for combating Israel's plan of worldwide deception is essential to a strategy that leads to Israel's economic and social decline and forces it to re-evaluate policies.

The Anti-Muslim Mindset Shows the Power of Indoctrination and Propaganda

According to an article in the New York Times this week, anonymous letters were recently sent to people in different communities in England saying that April 3 would be “Punish a Muslim Day.” The letter announced that points would be rewarded for acts of violence against Muslims,...



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Much Madness

And once again the crowd goes wild with a bad case of March Madness. The phrase is usually associated with the wacky zany antics surrounding the NCAA college basketball tournament. But this year it doubles as a description of the equally nutty loony goings- on in and around the White House. Following immediately on the heels of January Madness and February Madness.

The Idea of One Democratic, Secular State in Multinational Palestine

The West Bank has largely been colonized by the expansion of the illegal settlements in the occupied territories and the Gaza Strip has been isolated and kept under siege by the Israel.

Midterm malfunctions

Okay, Democrats, settle down. Drop the confetti and back away from the champagne. Stop punching each other in the arm, making with the whoop- whoop noises.

Trading Places

 “What protection teaches us, is to do to ourselves in time of peace what enemies seek to do to us in time of war.” –Henry George

The Banality of Evil in the War on Drugs

The New York Times published a story this week about prisoners who die while still incarcerated.

Army Burn Hall School & Collage  75 years

Burn Hall takes its origin from country house in County Durham, in Croxdale; the point where the river Browney joins the river Wear. Burn is a Scottish term for a smallish river or largish stream, hence the name 'Burn Hall'. The house was designed by  Read More...


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