Neo-McCarthyism and the US Media

James Carden – The Nation

The crusade to ban Russia policy critics

As a result of the civil war that has raged in Ukraine since April 2014, at least 7,000 people have been killed and more than 15,400 wounded, many of them grievously. According to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, 1.2 million eastern Ukrainians have been internally displaced, while the number of those who have fled abroad, mainly to Russia and Belarus, has reached 674,300.

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Trade and Trust

Paul Krugman – The New York Times

One of the Obama administration?s underrated virtues is its intellectual honesty. Yes, Republicans see deception and sinister ulterior motives everywhere, but they?re just projecting. The truth is that, in the policy areas I follow, this White House has been remarkably clear and straightforward about what it?s doing and why.

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The Crisis of the Left and the Decline of Europe and the United States

By Roberto Savio*

ROME, May – The victory of the Conservative Party and the debacle of the Labour Party in the recent British general elections is yet another sign of the crisis facing left-wing forces today, leaving aside the question of how, under the British electoral system, the Labour Party actually increased the number of votes it won but saw a reduction in the number of seats it now holds in Parliament (24 seats less than the previous 256).

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Why Elites Love Drones

Robert J. Burrowes

I sometimes read that drone strikes are counterproductive to western security interests because each person killed by a drone results in more new ?terrorists?. See, for example, ?The more civilians US drones kill in the Mideast, the more radicals they create?. http://rt.com/op-edge/252705-drone-operation-us-strategy-military/

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9 Headlines We Guarantee You?ll See Again Sooner Than You Think

Tom Engelhardt ? The Nation

From toddlers with guns to wedding parties hit by drones, here?s the news for tomorrow.

It?s commonplace to speak of ?the fog of war,? of what can?t be known in the midst of battle, of the inability of both generals and foot soldiers to foresee developments once fighting is underway. And yet that fog is nothing compared to the murky nature of the future itself, which, you might say, is the fog of human life. As Tomorrowlands at world fairs remind us, despite a human penchant for peering ahead and predicting what our lives will be like, we?re regularly surprised when the future arrives.

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A third of Russians fear military attack by US, poll finds

By Tom Parfitt – Telegraph.co.uk

Survey indicates growing suspicion of possible invasion by Washington after crisis in relations over Ukraine

Moscow. Almost a third of Russians fear an invasion and occupation of their country by the United States, a new poll indicates.

The respected Levada Centre polling agency in Moscow found that 31 per cent of respondents in a survey conducted last month thought the US represented a threat of military takeover, up from 21 per cent in 2007.

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The United States Is Sponsoring an Army That Recruits Child Soldiers

Nick Turse – TomDispatch.com – The Nation

American law prevents military aid to countries that employ child soldiers?but that hasn?t stopped us in South Sudan.

Malakal, South Sudan? I didn?t really think he was going to shoot me. There was no anger in his eyes. His finger may not have been anywhere near the trigger. He didn?t draw a bead on me. Still, he was a boy and he was holding an AK-47 and it was pointed in my direction.

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Here?s What You?re Not Being Told About U.S. Troops In Ukraine

By Patrick L. Smith* – SALON

U.S. troops are now operating openly in Ukraine. The “paper of record’s” “coverage” is an embarrassment, per usual

May 10, 2015 “Information Clearing House” – “Salon” – As of mid-April, when a Pentagon flack announced it in Kiev, and as barely reported in American media, U.S. troops are now operating openly in Ukraine.

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Q&A: Nuclear Disarmament a Non-Starter, ?But I Would Love to Be Proven Wrong?

By Thalif Deen

Interview with Dr Jennifer Allen Simons, Founder and President of the Simons Foundation, dedicated to the elimination of nuclear weapons
UNITED NATIONS, May 11 2015 (IPS) – Albert Einstein, the internationally-renowned physicist who developed the theory of relativity, once famously remarked: ?I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.?

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Roll on the Federal Kingdom of Britain

Timothy Garton Ash – The Telegraph, India

So now we need the Federal Kingdom of Britain. Otherwise, this most dramatic British election result since 1945 could mark the beginning of the end of Britain, and of Britain in the European Union. With left-wing Scottish nationalists sweeping the board north of Hadrian’s wall while right-wing Eurosceptic Conservatives form the British government only because they triumphed in England, the two largest parts of our increasingly disunited United Kingdom, England and Scotland, are doomed to discord.

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