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Why fundamentalism and extremism is the necessary outcome of US policy?

Some notice the connection between US foreign policy and the revival of extremism. It is conventional to discuss this in terms of mere ‘blowback’ and remark on how the US has sponsored and trained the Taliban, etc. However, the true connections are more subtle. It is not that the US directly supports religious extremism that is the cause of the revival of fundamentalism and extremism. It is rather that US policy systematically undermines all liberal opposition to itself. It…

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Bishop Kukah: wisdom and error

He shows himself in his video interview on 9 Aug 21 with AriseTV, Bishop Kukah (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZQVZHCjdtY) as a wise and critical commentator of the Nigerian political scene. He compares what is happening in Nigeria with what happens in Europe and America. One of the important statements he makes is the failure of Nigerian intellectuals. However, there are aspects that he misses or misconstrues and these are very important. It is correct but not sufficient to refer to the vacuity…

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Babangida & Soyinka:  IBB as politically brain dead, Soyinka in error in faith in the US.

IBB (Ibrahim Bamasi Babangida), in an interview with AriseTV on 6 August 21(IBB Interview, 2021), suggested that he could recommend a way forward for Nigeria. This same person is the dictator who introduced SAP (structural adjustment programmes) to Nigeria. This policy, enforced by the IMF and implemented by Babangida and the military junta, destroyed the nascent manufacturing base of Nigeria and largely reduced the country to poverty. Since then, the IMF has accepted that SAP was a disaster and…

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BLM: US Police killing as human sacrifice- statistical support
police killing USA

It is interesting to speculate if empirical evidence supports the human sacrifice explanation of US police killing of Black males. It is quite challenging to design tests for a real-world situation, but under certain conditions, one can review the expectations of one theory compared to another. Conventional theories of police brutality would, it is suggested, predict that with the protests and outcries against police brutality in the US, the number of deaths and attacks on Black males during the…

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Chris Hedges: ‘Human Sacrifice’ is the American Way
Chris Hedges

Part 1 Chris Hedges declares in a speech that the  US ruling elites are willing to sacrifice human populations for their benefit. In fact, according to Hedges they are perfectly willing to sacrifice fellow US citizens. We have always known, he says,  they were willing to dispose of the  people of the developing world.(andrewnef, 2021) My only hesitation with Hedges’ analysis is that he uses ‘human sacrifice’ in only one dimension. For Hedges human sacrifice  takes place when for…

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EVAN THOMAS: US MIRROR LANGUAGE OF TERROR

At a talk at JFK Library, Evan Thomas describes the birth of American global covert operations. Bryan Bender asks him about his description of the motto of covert operations at the CIA in the early days as: Money no object No holds barred No questions asked. He claims that the US had to behave this way because ‘we felt we were up against a great enemy – global communism’, which seemed to be massing to take over the world….

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US declares cyber war on China

US attacks on China on the issue of cyberwar have been raised to a new level as reported in FT on 19 July 2021: ‘The White House and its western allies have accused the Chinese government of teaming up with criminal gangs to commit widespread cyber attacks, including one on Microsoft this year that affected tens of thousands of organisations The US move to condemn China on Monday was supported by a coalition of allies, including those in Europe…

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Living on The Hill
view of the top of The Hill - out of my bedroom window

There will be a series of tales called ‘Living on The Hill’ covering life on Campden Hill, London W8. Campden Hill is a special part of London. It is not the most expensive, but it is close. There are ritzier areas than this, but those are usually full of foreigners, investors and itinerants who do not live there. Knightsbridge is a fabulous address rather than a place for wife and family. At the same time, The Hill is understated….

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BLM: Police ‘Trance’ confirmed per Drew Diamond
former Tulsa police chief

Police enter a trance state when approaching Black people is now confirmed by comments by Drew Diamond, former Police Chief of Tulsa. In an earlier piece, we suggested that the US police often entered a trance like state when entering Black neighbourhoods or dealing with Black people. Once in this state, they lose all sense of human empathy. It is while in this state that they commit such crimes against human beings who are Black. Drew Diamond, former Police…

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Western Myths of globalisation
globe

It may be worthwhile to stand back and reflect a little on the term ‘globalisation’. One view would be: ‘Globalisation refers to the integration of markets in the global economy, leading to the increased interconnectedness of national economies. Markets where globalisation is particularly significant include financial markets, such as capital markets, money and credit markets, and insurance markets, commodity markets, including markets for oil, coffee, tin, and gold, and product markets, such as markets for motor vehicles and consumer electronics. ‘ https://www.economicsonline.co.uk/Global_economics/Globalisation_introduction.html A deeper view from the Peterson Institute…

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