Ron Paul: Fifteen Years into the Afghan War, Do Americans Know the Truth?

US soldiers guarding poppy fields Last week marked the fifteenth anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, the longest war in US history. There weren’t any victory parades or photo-ops with Afghanistan’s post-liberation leaders. That is because the war is ongoing. In fact, 15 years after launching a war against Afghanistan’s Taliban government in retaliation for an attack by Saudi-backed al-Qaeda, the US-backed forces are steadily losing territory back to the Taliban. What President Obama called “the good war” before took office in 2008, has become the “forgotten war” some eight years later. How many Americans know that we still have nearly 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan? Do any Americans know that the Taliban was never defeated, but now holds more ground in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001? Do they know the Taliban overran the provincial capital of Kunduz last week for a second time in a […] Read More

On the Question of Imperialism

Is Russia Imperialist? There is much confusion as to the nature of imperialism. Many analysts contend that there is only one form of imperialism in the world today, namely NATO and that countries such as Russia and China are the leaders of a global anti-imperialist front, resisting domination by the Western corporate elite. However, such as theory does not stand up to scrutiny. In his book Imperialism: the Highest Stage of Capitalism, Vladimir Lenin defined imperialism as monopoly capitalism. He writes: If it were necessary to give the briefest possible definition of imperialism we should have to say that imperialism is the monopoly stage of capitalism. Such a definition would include what is most important, for, on the one hand, finance capital is the bank capital of a few very big monopolist banks, merged with the capital of the monopolist associations of industrialists; and, on the other hand, the […] Read More

The Refugee Crisis is a Crisis of Imperialism

The widely circulated photo of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy whose body was found on a beach in Turkey and whose family was “making a final, desperate attempt to flee to relatives in Canada even though their asylum application had been rejected” by the Stephen Harper Government, has caused widespread outrage and forced Western leaders to acknowledge that there is a “refugee crisis”. In Canada, the leaders of the Liberal and New Democratic parties have used the news of Kurdi’s tragic death, along with the deaths of his five-year-old brother and his mother, to criticize the Harper Government’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair have called on Canada to accept more Syrian refugees, while the Harper Government, with its lust for military action, insists on more illegal bombing raids in Syria and Iraq as the solution to the surge of Syrian refugees. The real tragedy is the […] Read More

2015: Uncovering the Mystery 7,000-year-old Ubaid Lizardmen

Just about every mythology, you’ll find something in the line that God created human beings. Creation doesn’t mean creating something from scratch – This is true for the statute discovered 7,000 years old. Al-Ubaid is an Arab tribe in Iraq who settled in Kirkuk. During the 18th century, the tribe has migrated from the Baghdad area to Khabour and Hawija. Contracted to protect the oil pipelines, it has faced lots of consequences. At the Al-Ubaid’s Archaeological site, researchers have found several pre-Sumerian artifacts a way back 7,000 years. These items have strange looking statutes being discovered, which happens to be a combination of lizard-like and human features combined. Unfortunately, little is known about the civilization. However, its influence may be seen in different Sumerian culture aspects. After a while, it developed into a flourishing city. The Strange Lizard-Like and Human Features The Mystery 7,000-year-old Ubaid Lizardmen covers the humanoid […] Read More

This Is the Real Human Toll of the Western ‘War on Terror’

The United States has been at war since October 2001, and this week marked the 12th anniversary of the beginning of its most deadly campaign in Iraq. The toll to American society has certainly been severe: diminishing civil liberties, rising Islamophobia, thousands of soldiers killed and tens of thousands more wounded, and trillions of dollars spent. But the worst consequences have been for the countries that have been subject to bombings, invasions, occupations, and sectarian strife touched off by the rapid collapse of established order. There have been few and feeble attempts to estimate the human toll paid by countries in the Middle East and South Asia, where the majority of violence in the war on terror has taken place. Until now. Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Global Survival and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War released a 97-page report this week that seeks to deliver a long-awaited […] Read More

2015: The Mysterious Deaths of Scientists

On June 20th 2011, a plane leaving an airport in Western Russia hit a motorway and burst into flames. Among the 45 passengers who died were 5 nuclear scientists who had been working on the highly controversial Bushehr nuclear plant in Iran. Immediately speculation mounted that the 5 scientists had been targeted because of their involvement in the Iranian nuclear program. Whilst the media talked down any type of conspiracy, this accident added another five names to the long list of scientists working in controversial areas that have died in unusual or mysterious circumstances. GEC-Marconi Between 1982 and 1988, 25 workers at the GEC-Marconi in the United Kingdom met with sometimes very unusual deaths. All 25 worked on the United States ‘Star Wars’ projects and the ‘Sting-Ray’ torpedo projects (although the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence still disputes these workers were connected to the ‘Star Wars’ project). Most workers […] Read More

The Only Way To Stop The Empire

Submitted by Dmitry Orlov via Club Orlov blog, The final days of US empire are fast approaching. Perhaps its end will pass slowly and gradually, or perhaps the event will unfold rapidly and catastrophically. Maybe chaos will break loose, or maybe its demise will be organized well and proceed smoothly. This nobody knows, but the end of empire is coming as surely as day follows night and sun follows rain. Overexpansion, overreach and over-indebtedness will take their toll—as all past empires have discovered. Empires are like bacteria in a Petrie dish; unthinking, unseeing, unfeeling, they expand until they run out of food or contaminate their environment with their waste, and then they die. They are automatons, and they just can’t help it: they are programmed to expand or die, expand or die, and, in the end, expand and die. What does the empire feed on? It feeds on money […] Read More

2014: Everyone in America Could Go to College for Free for the Amount of Money Spent on Mideast Wars

Students on the verge of entering high school have never known a time when the United States is not at war. The United States is just three weeks into the latest phase of its effort in Iraq against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria—the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militant group—but already there are calls for it to escalate. This past Sunday on CNN, Senator John McCain (R-Ala.) advocated for a greater number of U.S. ground troops to get directly involved in fighting the group. ISIS is “winning, we’re not,” McCain complained. McCain is not alone. His sentiments have been echoed by others in Congress and among key American allies around the world such as the United Kingdom and Turkey. The problem is that the unfinished business in Iraq and Afghanistan shows us that scaling up the military campaign against ISIS will create severe costs that won’t be shouldered equally […] Read More

Obama’s ISIS War Is Not Only Illegal, It Makes George W. Bush Look Like A Constitutional Scholar

Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Rudderless and without a compass, the American ship of state continues to drift, guns blazing. – Andrew J. Bacevich, the Boston University political science professor and former Army colonel who lost his son in the Iraq war in 2007, in a recent Reuters article. I have spent the past several days outlining my deep concerns about the “ISIS crisis” and Obama’s willingness to employ extreme propaganda in order to once again embark on another poorly thought out military campaign here and here. What I have also come to realize is that his latest war plan is brazenly illegal and unconstitutional. While critics have been questioning the legality of U.S. military campaigns consistently since the end of World War II, one trend has become increasingly clear. With each new President and each new war, we have witnessed those who hold the office act more and more like […] Read More