Escaping the Iron Cage of Hopelessness

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By Edward Curtin

Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart; this nullity imagines that it has attained a level of civilization never before achieved” Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

In this frightful round of unchecked means, nobody knows any longer where they are going, purposes are forgotten, and ends are overtaken. Human beings have set off at astronomically high speeds toward nowhere.”Jacques Ellul, Presence in the Modern World

In a previous article I argued that those who think science can solve our major social problems – in particular, world destruction with nuclear weapons and the poisoning of the earth’s ecology and atmosphere – were delusional and in the grip of the myth of science and technology. These problems were created by science when it became untethered from any sense of limits in its embrace of instrumental rationality. Once it became wedded to usefulness and the…

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What is Needed is a Progressive Vision of National Sovereignty

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by Thomas Fazi, via Green European Journal

The last year has seen the Right and extreme Right capitalise on the dissatisfaction and despair fostered by neoliberalism – and usher in a ‘post-neoliberal order’. Their success is based on championing and monopolising the idea of national sovereignty, but only of a certain kind. The Left has accepted their discourse that national sovereignty goes hand in hand with exclusivist and right-wing ideas, rather than attempting to reclaim it as vehicle for change.

Over the past 12 months, an anti-establishment backlash has taken the West by storm.

The Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, the election of Donald Trump in the United States, the rejection of Matteo Renzi’s neoliberal constitutional reform in Italy, rising support for the National Front in France and for other (mostly right-wing) ‘anti-systemic’ parties across Europe, the EU’s unprecedented crisis of legitimation. Although these interrelated phenomena differ in ideology…

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Odessa. Shame. Deception.

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Original: Politnavigator
Translated by @TamrikoT / Edited by @GBabeuf

Valentin Filippov, a TV journalist, left Odessa after the victory of Euromaidan


One of the main topics in Ukrainian news today is the refusal of the Odessa City Council to rename the city’s streets in line with Kiev’s wishes. The Deputies, in place of the Heroes of the ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation –trans.] and the “Heavenly Hundred”, assigned other names.


However, this is, in fact, just grandstanding for the public. Odessa politicians portray themselves as fighters against Kiev nationalists. The capital’s nationalists portray a struggle against a “Muscovite revanche” in Odessa.


In this story, both sides are the very same “sons of bitches”, writes the PolitNavigator observer, Valentin Filippov.

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Sun ‘exposes racism in Russia’ with video of nazi Ukrainian football fans

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RT reports:

It appears the UK tabloid, The Sun, needs a lesson in geography after it posted a video of controversial Ukrainian football fan group White Boys Club, who wear KKK capes, and paint swastikas on their clothes under the title ‘Racism in Russia’. 

The video was an edited version of a clip posted on YouTube, which shows Ukrainian ultras – hardcore fans of Dynamo Kiev – putting on a visual display during a home match against their biggest rivals, another Ukrainian team, Shakhtar Donetsk last week.

Despite being incorrect, the caption was not removed from the website for several hours.

It is not clear whether this was an innocent geographical error on the part of The Sun, which has been running a campaign warning of hooliganism at next…

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Mad-Dog Mattis Going Rabid

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byEric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org

On Monday, April 25th, the AP headlined, “US general in Afghanistan suggests Russia arming the Taliban” and reported that U.S. Pentagon chief James “Mad Dog” Mattis was accusing Russia of violating the sovereignty of unnamed nation(s) and was supplying weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan — the very same group that the U.S. back in 1979 had begun arming in Pakistan so that the Taliban would invade Afghanistan and lure Soviet forces into Afghanistan, so as to make the Soviets “bleed” there, as the U.S. itself had bled in its Vietnam War. The U.S. National Security Advisor at that time went to Pakistan and rallied the Taliban there by saying “Your cause is right, and God is on your side!”
(see above video).

Mattis was also quoted in this news-report as saying, “We’re going to have to confront Russia where what they’re doing is…

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Google now threatening Alt-News web-sites

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Eric Zuesse

I just happened to notice at one of my publishers, RINF, “Google’s Censorship Of Independent News – Rinf Becomes Latest Victim”, and the owner, Mick Meaney, described Google’s threat to him if he didn’t remove a news-article that was critical of the Israeli government. He promptly removed it. He continued:

Then the next day, as I expected, I received another email telling me to delete a second article. This time it was an article about Donald Trump, written by Eric Zuesse.”

He’s in a predicament:

My choice is now; let Google dictate what information is acceptable, or significantly reduce the amount of time I spend devoted to RINF.”

I used to be published at places such as Huffington Post, Salon, and Common Dreams, but the number of sites that are willing to publish me has gradually reduced as more and more of my articles came to…

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Terror Strikes St Petersburg Metro

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Russian investigators have confirmed that the St Petersburg Metro blast earlier today was an act of terror. At least 10 people have been killed and 43 wounded. Many of the wounded were taken to nearby hospitals in ambulances, some by medical helicopter crews.

Officials say that the original blast happened while the train was traveling between two stations in the centre of the city, traveling from the Sennaya Ploshchad to Technological Institute station (Сенная и Технологический институт).

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A second bomb was found by investigators at the Plaza of the Revolution station. That bomb failed to trigger. City officials shut down the entire Metro system in Russia’s second-largest city and the country’s “northern capital” until the entire system could be checked.

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President Putin and Prime Minister Medvedev expressed their condolences and promised that the Russian Investigative Services and the state security services would conduct a thorough investigation.

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Does the Washington Establishment Seek War with Russia?

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by Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org

Which does the Washington’s Establishment prefer: a U.S. President who wants to reach new agreements with Russia, or a U.S. President who wants to replace all of Russia’s allies?

What we’ve been having recently is solely Presidents who want to replace all of Russia’s allies — and they’ve been succeeding at that, so far:

They replaced Saddam Hussein.

They replaced Muammar Gaddafi.

They replaced Viktor Yanukovych.

They’re still trying to replace Bashar al-Assad, and also Iran’s leadership.

There still is question, however, as to whether U.S. President Donald Trump will continue this string; and many in America’s ‘news’media consider him to be too favorable toward Russia. The aristocracy own the few ‘news’media that have substantial audiences in the U.S., and their advertisers are also overwhelmingly owned by them; and the politicians’ campaigns tend also to be receiving most of their money from…

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Fake News: The Unravelling of US Empire From Within

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by Prof. John McMurtry, via Global Research

Setting the Stage of the Press-President War

US ruling ideology and Washington power have become unstuck as never before. A war of opposing certitudes and denunciations is waged day to day between the long-ruling US corporate media and the White House. Both continuously proclaim ringing recriminations of the other’s ‘fake news’. Over months they both portray each other as malevolent liars.

US bully pulpits are now beyond show disagreements and successful media inquisitions of the past. Slanderous accusations long confined to vilifying the designated Enemy have crept into accusations of the President himself. ‘The Russians are coming’ is returning as the final recourse of smear to stop deviations from the global program of hugely profitable enemy hate and perpetual preparations for foreign war.

The ruling big lies of the US money party and corporate globalization have divided into opposing camps. The Press…

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