The politics behind ‘Russiagate’

From the unsubstantiated assertions that Putin fixed the US election, the fake claims of Russian hacking, the hysterical and baseless claims of Facebook ads paid for by the Kremlin, Washington’s banning of RT and Sputnik ads and Theresa May’s speech calling Russia a threat to Western civilisation, the attempts to demonise Russia and Vladimir Putin have taken a sinister, McCarthy-ite turn.

John McCain & the Liberty Medal: history just rang a bell

On 16th October the world received a clear signal of what is valued by the ruling elites of the United States – John McCain was awarded the 2017 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Centre. Whatever John McCain received that medal for – it was not ‘liberty’.  History doesn’t actually ring a bell, but it does provide signals of what is to come. John McCain’s medal represents the hijacking of liberty to justify tyranny.

North Korea: A history of American aggression

Given the column-inches devoted to maligning Kim Jong Un as some kind of crazed war-maker,  you’d be forgiven for having the impression that North Korea is provoking a potential military conflict in the Asia-Pacific.  In reality, America has been trying to provoke war with the country since the 1950s when President Harry S Truman imposed a military dictatorship in South Korea, crippling sanctions on North Korea, and wiping out four million Koreans with napalm and white phosphorus from 1950-53. Don’t be fooled. Tensions with North Korea are entirely of America’s own making. 

Marriage and the job guarantee

There is a clear connection between income insecurity and marriage. More specifically, the lack of it. In an era where fewer people are marrying, full employment policies and the job guarantee is the best way to strengthen family financial stability, says Economist Professor Bill Black. A job guarantee program would also allow for the closure of one of the great perception gulfs between progressives and conservatives. 

Money from misery: How shadowy bond investors perpetuate Puerto Rican poverty

More than 70% of US Municipal Bond holders are exposed to Puerto Rican debt, in excess of $1 billion. Operating in an environment with no oversight or regulation, this powerful group of private investors do not want any default on their bonds and expect a return of 100% or more. There is a dawning realisation within the White House that Puerto Rico cannot simply be abandoned like a failed Casino. Yet again, we see the way in which pure unregulated capitalism is creating unmitigated misery.