PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA MAY HAVE TO TAKE OUT ROMANIAN ABM BASES by Ron Spriestersbach In a video posted on Information Clearing House on July 27, Russian President Putin announced in a speech that Anti-Ballistic Missile bases that NATO is planning to install in Romania, may have to be knocked out if they are nearing readiness. Russia sees such missiles as a clear threat of a US nuclear first strike on Russia which the ABMs would prevent Russia from responding to with a counter-strike, thereby undermining the system [...]
Following the course outlined by the Project, the United States and the Defense Department are carrying on perpetual wars. Ashton Carter, the Secretary of Defense, has announced an enemies list of Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and ISIS/Daesh, in that order. So, why don’t they call it the War Department?
by Ron Spriestersbach This is a free association stream of consciousness related to global warning. The hero of the story is Dr. James E. Hansen, generally accepted as the scientist-leader in the US in the field of climate change. Itís like the frog and the water. Throw it into boiling water, and it will jump out. Put it into a glass of cold water and gradually raise the temperature and it will boil to death. When the Iraq war started early this century, millions of people demonstrated [...]
by Ron Spriestersbach About four years ago, an uprising broke out against the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. Today the war there consists of several intertwining conflicts, especially with the addition of the tremendous thrust of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or "Daesh" as it is nicknamed in Arabic, which took over large areas of both countries. According to Wikipedia, ISIS is a Wahhabi/Salafi extremist militant group which is led by and mainly composed of Sunni Arabs from Iraq and Syria. (Wahhabi and Salafi [...]
by Ron Spriestersbach A non-governmental organization (NGO) is an organization that is neither a part of a government nor a conventional for-profit business. NGOs may be funded by governments, foundations, businesses, or private persons. This discussion will consider especially articles in two recent editions of Monthly Review, “The Nonprofit Corporate Complex” by Efe Can Gurcan in March 2015 and “Bangladesh—A Model of Neoliberalism: The Case of Microfinance and NGOs” by Amu Muhammad in April 2015. Efe Can Gurcan posits the following triangular structure of the imperialist system [...]
by Ron Spriestersbach The war in Ukraine is not a reaction to Russian aggression. It is the result of a US-orchestrated coup in February 2014 which threatened the security of Russia. The coup was organized by Victoria Nuland of the State Dept., the wife of Robert D. Kagan, a co-founder of the Project for a New American Century. In a major slip, she was heard saying on a phone call to the US ambassador to Ukraine, that the CIA had spent 5 billion dollars in its preparation. [...]