Is Bitcoin a Reaction to US Dollar Hegemony?

by Federico Pieraccini Strategic Culture Foundation (January 17 2018) Blockchain technology and the birth of the so-called cryptocurrencies finds deep roots in three contributing factors: the advance of technology: the manipulation of global economic and financial rules; and the persistent attempt to weaken the national economies of countries that geopolitically challenge the US power system. … Continue reading Is Bitcoin a Reaction to US Dollar Hegemony?

Will China BRI Cause East-West Rupture in EU?

by F William Engdahl New Eastern Outlook (January 29 2018) On 27 November Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, already at odds with the unelected bureaucrats of the European Union over his insistence on the right to decide whether Brussels or nationally elected governments shall be allowed to become citizens in Europe's ongoing refugee crisis, waved … Continue reading Will China BRI Cause East-West Rupture in EU?

America’s Syrian Humiliation …

... is worse than it looks Turkey's attack on US-backed Kurds this week comes as a new set of economic relationships emerges to bankroll Ankara's regional ambitions by David P Goldman Asia Times (January 26 2018) Turkey's "Olive Branch" incursion against Kurdish positions in Northern Syria this week looked bad for Washington. It's worse than … Continue reading America’s Syrian Humiliation …

Police Shoot More Than Twice …

... as Many Americans as Previously Understood VICE News (December 20 2017)         Until now, there has never been a national reckoning of police shootings that includes Americans who are shot by cops and survive.   Police shoot far more people than anyone realized, a VICE News investigation reveals. An exclusive analysis of data … Continue reading Police Shoot More Than Twice …

UN Shocked by Level of Poverty in Alabama

"We Haven't Seen This in the First World" "The hope is that we'll bring attention to these problems just like we bring attention to people who are being tortured" by Andrew Buncombe The Independent (December 12 2017) https://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/styles/story_large/public/thumbnails/image/2017/12/12/10/alabama-poverty1-0.jpg The historic city of Selma also suffers from considerable poverty - Getty The US state of Alabama … Continue reading UN Shocked by Level of Poverty in Alabama

China Surges with 52 Gigs of New Solar …

... as Trump Kneecaps US Sector with Thirty Percent Tariffs by Juan Cole https://www.juancole.com (Januart 25 2018) Clean Technica reports that China blew the top off expectations for its solar installations in 2017. It put in 52.83 gigawatts. The incredible 2017 solar surge in China brought its total solar installed capacity up to 130 gigawatts. … Continue reading China Surges with 52 Gigs of New Solar …

Army Strategist Exposes the Disturbing Parallels …

... between US Domestic Policing & Military Tactics Abroad by Major Danny Sjursen The Nation (October 12 2017) https://www.thenation.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/police_scary_ap_img.jpg   This ... thing, [the War on Drugs] this ain't police work ... I mean, you call something a war and pretty soon everybody gonna be running around acting like warriors ... running around on a … Continue reading Army Strategist Exposes the Disturbing Parallels …

The US Can No Longer Hide …

... from Its Deep Poverty Problem by Angus Deatonjan The New York Times (January 24 2018) https://static01.nyt.com/images/2018/01/25/opinion/25deaton/25deaton-master768.jpg Credit Matt Rota You might think that the kind of extreme poverty that would concern a global organization like the United Nations has long vanished in this country. Yet the special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, … Continue reading The US Can No Longer Hide …