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US has ‘gone rogue’ — Economist tells RT about SWIFT’s Iran cutoff

In pushing the SWIFT financial messaging system to exclude Iran, the US has “gone rogue,” economist Steve Keen told RT. SWIFT cut a raft of Iranian banks – including the country’s central bank – off from its system on Monday, having come under pressure from the US to do so.

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Illusion of democracy: If US elections could change anything they wouldn’t be held

Last week’s US midterm elections received saturated media coverage. Why? The reality is that elections in the US don’t change much, if anything, because America has a regime and is not a genuine democracy. The US midterms – and you’d have to have been locked in a wardrobe all week to have avoided hearing about […]

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Umbrella troubles? Twitter mocks Trump as he bails on WWI commemoration over light rain

As if Donald Trump needed to give his haters more ammunition, the US President has now been accused of trampling on the memory of the US Marines killed in WWI after he canceled a memorial cemetery trip due to rain.

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‘Betrayal of Patriotism’: Macron Jab at Trump’s Nationalism Seen as Rebuke

French President Emmanuel Macron referred to nationalism as a “betrayal of patriotism” in pointed Armistice Day remarks that many consider to have been specifically directed at US President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ policies, according to several reports.

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Pentagon Report Questions US’ Own Legal Justification for Staying in Syria

The unusually frank quarterly report to Congress on the US’s military operations against Daesh* in Syria and Iraq also hints that Washington has no exit strategy once the terrorists are defeated.

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The Power That Must be Resisted

“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.” When the outright fascist Jair Bolsonaro won the Brazilian presidency in October, […]

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It’s not Russia that’s damaging American democracy – it’s money

It is estimated that over $5.2 billion will be spent on the US midterm elections and it’s no secret that hundreds of millions of those dollars are supplied by billionaire donors. This system is incompatible with real democracy.

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‘We have met the enemy and he is us’: Who’s really ‘undermining’ US democracy? asks Stephen Cohen

Allegations that Russia is still “attacking” US elections, now again in November, could delegitimize our democratic institutions. Summarizing one of the themes in his new book, ‘War with Russia? From Putin and Ukraine To Trump and Russiagate,’ Stephen F. Cohen argues that Russiagate allegations of Kremlin attempts to “undermine American democracy” may themselves erode confidence […]

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EU 404? Not finding itself on Iran exemption list, Europe vows to defy US sanctions

European countries have vowed to maintain “effective financial channels” and to keep trading with Tehran after the US announced that the EU is not among those spared from its sweeping sanctions against Iran.

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US Blocks Russian Surveillance Flights Despite Open Skies Treaty – Russian MoD

The Open Skies Treaty covers most NATO member states as well as Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sweden and Finland. As a rule, flights of Russia and NATO member states are conducted on a reciprocal basis. The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has revealed in August that the US would not obligate […]

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Political correctness costs Megyn Kelly her job, but opens doors in Russia?

Political correctness takes down top interviewer Megyn Kelly, and she didn’t even see it coming… because she did nothing wrong. The Kremlin went on record reporting its interest in offering NBC host Megyn Kelly a job working for the Russian media. Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov mused about this situation, praising Mrs. Kelly for […]

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‘It’s still cheaper’: Utah insurance provider will pay for trips to Mexico for its ‘Pharma-Tourists’

Utah state employees will get some relief from insane prescription drug prices, with their insurer’s offer to fund their travel costs to Mexico and to throw in $500 cash, because it’s still cheaper than buying the drugs in the US. The unusual offer is being presented by PEHP, which insures 160,000 state employees and their […]

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Khashoggi Cover-Up Underway

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed this week to reveal the “naked truth” about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi; however, in fact, he didn’t uncover anything extraordinary, but why? It is significant that the day before Erdogan’s much-hyped speech to Turkish parliamentarians, President Donald Trump dispatched his CIA chief to Turkey to “investigate” […]

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What travel advice would the State Department give tourists visiting violent America?

From the outside looking in, the situation in the US looks volatile. The actual violence and the potential for more has led some to suggest that if it was anywhere else, the State Department would be issuing travel warnings. The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and bombs being mailed to opponents of President Donald Trump, they’re both […]

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In the Near Future I See US Becoming More and More Divided and Angry – Prof

US Republicans, their staffers and offices have seen at least eight attacks this year, the Daily Caller reported. Sputnik has discussed the reports of growing violence against politicians in the US with Daniel Kovalik, Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh.

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