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Ex-Weapons Inspector: Trump’s Sarin Claims Built on ‘Lie’ By SCOTT RITTER • June 29, 2017

Ex-Weapons Inspector: Trump’s Sarin Claims Built on ‘Lie’ Scott Ritter takes on White House Syria attack claims. By SCOTT RITTER • June 29, 2017  link:  http://bit.ly/2tqIb44

 the night of June 26, the White House Press Secretary released a statement, via Twitter, that,“the United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.”  The tweet went on to declare that, “the activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4 chemical weapons attack,” before warning that if “Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.” A Pentagon spokesman backed up the White House tweet, stating that U.S. intelligence had observed “activity” at a Syrian air base that indicated “active preparation for chemical weapons use” was underway.  The air base in question, Shayrat, had been…

Karl Liebknecht The Main Enemy Is At Home! (Leaflet, May 1915)

Karl Liebknecht
The Main Enemy Is At Home! (Leaflet, May 1915)
Source: Karl Liebknecht, Ausgewählte Reden und Aufsätze (Selected Speeches and Essays), Berlin 1952, pp. 296–301.                                                            Transcription:Einde O’Callaghan for Marxists’ Internet Archive.                             Translation and Markup: John Wagner for Marxists’ Internet Archive.                   Online Version: Karl Liebknecht Internet Archive (marxists.org) 

What has been expected every day for the past ten months, since the Austrian invasion of Serbia, has come to pass: There is war with Italy. The masses in the warring countries have begun to free themselves from the official webs of lies. The German people as well have gained insight about the causes and objectives of the world war, about who is directly responsible for its outbreak. The mad delusions about the “holy aims” of the war have given way more and more, the enthusiasm for the war has dwindled, the will for a ra…

Will US Confront Russia in Syria: A Trial Balloon - Thomas Riggins

Friday, June 23, 2017Will US Confront Russia in Syria: A Trial Balloon Thomas Riggins Blog
Here is a nice trial balloon to prepare us for a military confrontation with Russia in Syria. How the world reacts to this balloon will decide whether there will be a wider war in the Middle East. Here is the basic story line. 1. The US does not want a military confrontation with Russia and is trying to avoid it. 2. There could be an inadvertent confrontation that accidentally leads to conflict with Russia. 3. This will be Russia's fault because (a) Moscow likes “escalation dominance” and (b) unlike the US "Russia has never been shy about escalation." Meanwhile, since 9/11 the US has fostered the escalation of military confrontations in 6 countries in the region (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia) and aided and abetted Israel's escalation of conflict with the Palestinians (so that makes 7). Russia has engaged in 1 (counter) escalation in Syria in response to the…

Gerald Horne’s Insurgent African Diaspora - By Jessica Marie Johnson, June 7, 2017

Gerald Horne’s Insurgent African Diaspora
By Jessica Marie JohnsonJune 7, 2017http://www.aaihs.org/gerald-hornes-insurgent-african-diaspora/

This post is part of our online roundtable on Gerald Horne’s Black Radical History

“The American Slave,” Illustration in Pearson’s Magazine, 1900, From Freedom to Slavery Collection (Schomburg Center) In 2011, Gerald Horne, reflecting on his life as a historian, asked, “Do our intellectuals and activists think that the status quo of North Atlantic hegemony (during which Jim Crow began to erode) is eternal?” The teleological challenge in this statement captures the historiographic intervention Gerald Horne has made in his magnificent body of work. Over and over again, Horne has systematically dismantled myths of American liberalism, progress, and commitment to equality for all. He has spent years taking seriously a very simple concept—that Africans and people of African descent around the world may have had their own ideas about

Michael Roberts on Marx vs. Keynes and why Marx was closer to the truth

Monday, June 26, 2017, link: http://bit.ly/2rYAzlp In 1926, John Maynard Keynes, already the most celebrated economist and political writer of his time, reviewed the competing ideas of conventional economics (which he called ‘laisser-faire’) and its revolutionary alternative (Marxism).  In his book, Laisser-faire and Communism, Keynes, a contemporary of the Bolshevik leaders Lenin and Trotsky, sought to dismiss the Soviet revolution that had shocked the ruling groups of the rest of the world just a few years before. His attack was that: how could anything worthwhile come out of communism, based as it was on the ideas and theories of Karl Marx?  “How can I accept the [Communist] doctrine,” Keynes wrote, “which sets up as its bible, above and beyond criticism, an obsolete textbook which I know not only to be scientifically erroneous but without interest or application to the modern world?”  And more: “Even if we need a religion, how can we find it in the turbid rubbish of the red booksh…