Al Gore: The Clean Energy Revolution Is ‘A Dramatic New Reality’...

Aug 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] It will be bigger than the industrial and information revolutions combined. CREDIT: AP Photo/Aaron Favila Al Gore believes we are in a turning point in the fight against climate change. The latest version of his “Inconvenient Truth” slideshow, which helped win him a Nobel Peace Prize and an Academy award, is chock-full of charts, factoids, and quotes on the unprecedented revolution in clean energy technologies. As part of his exclusive interview with me earlier this month, Gore spoke about the stunning advances in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and batteries: “It is now clear that the sustainability revolution is more significant in the global economy than the industrial revolution and information revolution combined,” Gore said with more optimism than I’ve ever heard. The clean energy revolution has the breadth of impact of the industrial revolution,...

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Japan’s $320 Million Gamble at Fukushima: An Underground Ice Wall...

Aug 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By MARTIN FACKLER NEW YORK TIMES.COM Photo At the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan, 95-foot tanks used to store contaminated water abound. Credit Ko Sasaki for The New York Times FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER STATION — The part above ground doesn’t look like much, a few silver pipes running in a straight line, dwarfed by the far more massive, scarred reactor buildings nearby. More impressive is what is taking shape unseen beneath: an underground wall of frozen dirt 100 feet deep and nearly a mile in length, intended to solve a runaway water crisis threatening the devastated Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan. Officially named the Land-Side Impermeable Wall, but better known simply as the ice wall, the project sounds like a fanciful idea from science fiction or a James...

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BuzzFeed Exposes Corporate “Super Courts” That Can Overrule Government...

Aug 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE Dave Johnson BuzzFeed is running a very important investigative series called “Secrets of a Global Super Court.” It describes what they call “a parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else.” Existing “trade” agreements like NAFTA allow corporations to sue governments for passing laws and regulations that limit their profits. They set up special “corporate courts” in which corporate attorneys decide the cases. These corporate “super courts” sit above governments and their own court systems, and countries and their citizens cannot even appeal the rulings. The 2014 post “Corporate Courts — A Big Red Flag On “Trade” Agreements” explained the origin and rationale for these corporate courts: Picture a poor “banana republic” country ruled by a dictator and his cronies. A company might want...

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THE DUMBED DOWN DEMOCRACY

Aug 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Donald J. Trump supporters in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday. Damon Winter / The New York Times Timothy Egan Are you smarter than an immigrant? Can you name, say, all three branches of government or a single Supreme Court justice? Most Americans, those born here, those about to make the most momentous decision in civic life this November, cannot. And most cannot pass the simple test aced by 90 percent of new citizens. Well, then: Who controlled the Senate during the 2014 election, when control of the upper chamber was at stake? If you answered Dunno at the time, you were with a majority of Americans in the clueless category. But surely now, when election news saturation is thicker than the humidity around Lady Liberty’s lip, we’ve become a bit more clue-full. I...

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Why sustainability is Missing the Data Party (and How to Sneak In)...

Aug 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  Information Technology By JD Capuano Sustainability professionals should have a fear of missing out … on data. Data are crucial to decision-making in businesses. Period. You simply don’t have a seat at the table without meaningful data. Sustainability data are typically high-level, gathered for external reporting, disconnected from business performance, and not very actionable. Such limitations prevent sustainability professionals from making a convincing business case. This is the exact opposite of business-critical data used to analyze and improve company performance. It’s also a key reason executives don’t take sustainability seriously enough. So, why do we take a backward approach to sustainability data? Outside forces pressured companies into sustainability Companies have only begun to take sustainability seriously during the last decade or two and largely because of external stakeholders. NGOs and investors played the...

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Glenn Greenwald: Regardless of Trump, Journalists Must Do Their Homework and Investigate Clinton...

Aug 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Donald Trump has become “such a kind of dangerous presence on the American landscape that a lot of people have become afraid of doing their jobs and scrutinizing his opponent,” Glenn Greenwald told “Democracy Now!” Greenwald made his observation as media outlets have launched into Donald Trump’s business and tax history and conducted investigations into the lives and past work of current and former Trump campaign officials Steve Bannon and Paul Manafort. Giving a demonstration of the kind of scrutiny he wants his colleagues to practice, Greenwald asked why the Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars in donations from Saudi Arabia and other tyrannical states in the Persian Gulf. “Here you have Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton having this Clinton Foundation, with billions of dollars pouring into it from some of the world’s...

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Contamination Threatens One of the World’s Biggest Freshwater Supplies...

Aug 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART DAILY Scientists find high salt and arsenic concentrations in an aquifer that 750 million people rely on for drinking water and irrigation. This dry-season rice crop in northwest Bangladesh’s Barind region was irrigated using water pumped from wells that sink almost 250 feet deep into the Bengal Aquifer System, which is in South Asia’s Indo-Gangetic Basin. (Photo: WG Burgess) Emily J. Gertz is an associate editor for environment and wildlife at TakePart.   Three-quarters of a billion people across four South Asian nations rely on one vast water basin for much of their irrigation and drinking water. Called the Indo-Gangetic Basin, it stretches east to west over 618 million acres, sitting like a cap over the Indian subcontinent, and contains about 7,200 cubic miles of groundwater, roughly 20 times the annual...

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War costs us $13.6 trillion. So why do we spend so little on peace?...

Aug 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] A child holds bullets picked from the ground, in Rounyn, a village in North Darfur Image: REUTERS/Albert Gonzalez Farran Written by Camilla SchippaDirector, Institute for Economic and Peace The latest Global Peace Index report, released today, finds that 2015 was a bad year for international peace and security. It recorded a further deterioration in global peace based on historic trends. 2015 witnessed the highest number of global battle deaths for 25 years, persistently high levels of terrorism, and the highest number of refugees and displaced people since World War II. This violence had a huge cost. The report finds that the economic impact of violence to the global economy was $13.6 trillion in 2015 in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP). This is equivalent to $5 per day for every person on the...

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An ‘Unprecedented’ Pair of Hurricanes Is Churning Toward Hawaii...

Aug 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Maddie Stone Hurricane Madeline (left) and Lester (right) churning toward Hawaii on Monday. Image: NASA via Weather Underground In what’s being hailed a meteorological first, two back-to-back hurricanes are marching toward Hawaii, both of them threatening torrential rains and rip-roaring winds this week. The closer of the two, hurricane Madeline, could break a second meteorological record as the first hurricane to strike the Big Island since bookkeeping began in 1949. Rumbling west at approximately 9 mph, Madeline is currently packing Category 3 windspeeds of 120 mph. Its latest track has the storm passing south of the Big Island on Thursday, although as meteorologists Bob Henson and Jeff Masters point out over at Weather Underground, it’s too early to rule out the possibility of landfall on the island of Hawai’i. In any case, the...

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Texas DA Risks Everything To Speak Out on Vaccine Injury...

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[Translate] NOTE: Keep an eye on the career of Texas DA Nico LaHood. And we don’t mean for a promotion. He’s broken a very strict rule.  The San Antonio Health District responded to LaHood with a statement Tuesday afternoon. It’s at the end of this post. By Anne Dachel Aug 29, 2016, ABC12 San Antonio TX: District Attorney Nico LaHood: ‘Vaccines cause autism‘ Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood said Monday that vaccines cause autism. In an interview with KSAT 12 News, LaHood said that he and his wife noticed a change in their son after he received his 18-month vaccination. “We had a very different child,” he said. LaHood also voiced his opinions about the controversial subject in an interview that was posted on the Autism Media Channel Facebook page for the controversial documentary,...

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Zika: A Masterpiece of Public Mind Control...

Aug 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Posted By Admin On August 28, 2016 @ 2:26 pm In Headline,Medicine Watch | No Comments by John P. Thomas Health Impact News It’s been nearly nine months since the word “Zika” flashed like a lightning bolt in the headlines of mainstream news. Before January 1, 2016, Zika was just one of many viruses that public health officials monitored. But suddenly in January of this year everything changed, as a nearly harmless virus was transformed into a worldwide threat. As we will see, the Zika propaganda machine was turned on in October of 2015 and it has been running wild ever since. This is a classic example of a mind control program, a public brainwashing project, or a high powered marketing campaign. Regardless of what you call it, it is clear that the...

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On Staying Sane in a Suicidal Culture...

Aug 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Monica Cassani “All you can know is you’re allegiance to life and your intention to serve it in this moment that we are given.” I shared this article on social media yesterday. I really want to call attention to it to a broader audience and so I’m excerpting a bit here. I highly recommend reading the whole thing — especially if you’re not familiar with Joanna Macy’s work — or, if like me, you are familiar and can’t get enough of it. The entire article is worth quoting numerous times. I love Joanna Macy. She is one of my favorite human beings on the planet. So the excerpt from Truth Out Macy believes nothing short of a radical shift in consciousness is mandatory. “What I’m witnessing is that this uncertainty is a...

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Pipeline protests: The fight goes on against project that could jeopardize Native lands in the Midwest...

Aug 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The pipeline will cross hundreds of rivers, creeks and tributaries, potentially compromising water supplies VIDEO Alli Joseph   SALON.COM Members of the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota participate in a rally to protect water and land from the Dakota Access Pipeline, August 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Getty/Alex Wong) Kayla Lookinghorse-Smith set out from New York to Washington, D.C. late Tuesday night, driving six hours to attend her first protest on the East Coast against the looming Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.78 billion, 1,100-mile oil project being built by a group of firms led by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners. Her two young sons, 19 months and 5 years old, slept in the backseat. “I didn’t know what to expect,” she said, as she drove into the early morning hours. “I just knew that I...

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Rights group blasts U.S. “hypocrisy” in “vast flood of weapons” to Saudi Arabia, despite war crimes...

Aug 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Amnesty International condemns Obama’s “astonishing,” unprecedented arms deals with repressive Middle East regimes Ben Norton  SALON.COM Barack Obama (Credit: Getty/Brendan Smialowski) Amnesty International has accused the U.S. of “deadly hypocrisy” for its massive arms deals with Middle East governments that have carried out war crimes and other violations of international law. “One of the unspoken legacies of the Obama administration is the extraordinary uptake in the amount of U.S. weapons and military aid that are provided to major U.S. allies like Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt that have terrible records when it comes to human rights,” explained Sunjeev Bery in an interview with Salon. Bery, the advocacy director for Middle East and North Africa issues at Amnesty International USA, called on the Obama administration to “do an about-face on its current policy of...

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Nestlé Just Gained Control Over This Town’s Water for the Next 45 Years...

Aug 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] News Nathan Wellman Tea Party Republican Governor Paul LePage of Maine helped Nestlé secure a contract that gives Poland Springs, a Nestlé subsidiary, permission to take the small town of Fryeburg’s groundwater for the next 25 years for their own profit. The deal could stretch to 45 years due to built-in extensions. Today that deal was upheld by Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court, essentially cutting off activists’ last attempts to scuttle the deal. There has never been a contract that ties up local water resources for such a long period of time in American history. Water activists worry that this could set a precedent for future corporate attempts to take water from rural towns for extended periods of time. Nickie Sekera, the co-founder of Community Water Justice, talked to US Uncut today about the water deal. “Contracts of this length...

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National Lawyers Guild Statement of Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against Dakota Access Pipeline...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Posted on August 29, 2016 Categories: Environmental Human Rights Committee, Indigenous Peoples Rights Committee, International Committee, News, Statements No comments yet The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the oldest and largest human rights bar association in the United States, by its International Committee, its Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Committee and its Environmental Human Rights Committee, as well as the NLG’s Environmental Justice Committee, stands in solidarity with the sovereign Oceti Sakowin Oyate (the Great Sioux Nation), the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and its people in their just opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline across their sacred and ancestral lands. The United States has failed to respect the national sovereignty and interests of the Tribe and its people, has failed to respect the nation-to-nation relationship with the Tribe established by treaties, and has failed to...

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New Material Transforms Your Windows Into Flexible ‘Smart Windows’...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Industrial Rev 2.0 Cockrell School of Engineering A team of engineers found a way to operate smart windows in a low temp, low cost process, to control heat and light from the sun. When compared to other systems, this new material is much more flexible and twice as energy efficient. Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin, led by associate professor Delia Milliron, have invented a new flexible smart material that, when incorporated into windows, sunroofs, or even curved glass surfaces, can control both heat and light from the sun. The windows are made from electrochromic materials, which can change their properties under the influence of small electrical charges of about 4 volts. Capable of being applied with a new low-cost, low-temperature process, the new tech is aimed at saving on cooling and heating...

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Immediate Congressional Hearings on CDC Fraudulent Pediatric Vaccine Research...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] 15,455 Letters Sent So Far It has come to the public’s attention that scientists involved in as many as 8 epidemiological studies focused on the link between ethyl mercury in vaccines and increased risk of autism have omitted data, repeated analyses until the desired result of no association is forced, watered down the significance of positive findings of results showing association, and pressured co-workers to do the same. Dr. William Thompson stepped forward via his legal representatives to issue a statement confirming that he, and co-workers. In the statement, he wrote: “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for...

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Mothers fighting Chicago gun violence one block at a time...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Sher Watts Spooner  DAILY KOS Tamar Manasseh started a mothers’ community group to combat gun violence in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. A year later, there hasn’t been one shooting on the block where the group is active. RSS REBLOGGED BY Daily Kos Barriers and Bridges Support the Dream Defenders DK GreenRoots Protest Music Street Prophets DKOMA Subversive Agitation Team Action Network Chicago Kossacks Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism Daily Kos Liberation League It’s no secret that gun violence on Chicago’s South and West sides has reached horrific proportions. This is the story of how one mother organized a group to fight back. The neighborhood of Englewood on the South Side, where Tamar Manasseh grew up, has high crime rates. A year ago, a friend trying to break up a fight...

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Good News In The Reported Collapse of U.S.-Europe Trade Talks...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Isaiah J. Poole  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE News out of Germany that U.S. trade negotiations with Europe similar to the one that produced the Trans-Pacific Partnership have collapsed is another sign that an organized grassroots is successfully putting the multinational corporate trade agenda on its heels. Britain’s Independent, in an article published Monday, quotes Germany’s Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel as saying free trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States have failed, but that “nobody is really admitting it.” The trade deal is called the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. It is being negotiated between the U.S. and the members of the European Union. Discussions have been going on at the same time the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation deal that includes several Asian countries as well as Western Hemisphere nations,...

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This Woman Is Trying to Make the World a Better Place, One Community Center at a Time...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Local Peace Economy Inspired by Occupy Wall Street, Janet Wilson is helping transform vacant buildings into thriving community centers. By Sarah Lazare / AlterNet Photo Credit: Pueblo House Five years ago, Janet Wilson was one of thousands of people who flocked to New York’s Zuccotti Park to participate in the Occupy Wall Street movement that would eventually sweep the country and the world. “It was life-changing to see people come together and pay attention to what was going on,” Wilson told AlterNet. “Young and old people were organizing together, and people were actually talking to each other. It gave me chills.” Like countless others, Wilson sought to take the lessons she learned with her after she left New York. For her, this was buying an RV and traveling to 160 Occupy camps across...

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UNDER THREAT IN TANZANIA

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Mambo Rafiki, Last year, I had the privilege of working for six months on the elections in Tanzania.  I worked with the opposition party Chadema and we had some success, despite the government’s cooking the books. Tanzania is a beautiful country with wonderful people, and the folks at Chadema were the most courageous I have ever worked. So, I ask you to read this short piece(link provided) on what’s currently happening,  pass around, and get the word out. The piece is already a little dated as this evening in Tanzania the government arrested many of the top leaders of Chadema. I was taught much more in Tanzania and Nigeria than anything I was ever able to impart. Politics in America continues its deterioration and as we approach our era of “Big Man”(and their...

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One of the sickest examples of vaccine industry corruption – Wyeth internal memo....

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE REFURBISHED ROGUE *see bottom for all links. “In 1978-79, eleven babies (all in Tennessee) were found to have died within eight days of a DPT vaccination. Nine of the eleven had been vaccinated with the same lot of pertussis vaccine, Wyeth #64201 and five (four from the same lot) had died within twenty-four hours of vaccination.” *Now will you please take another look at the memo.. “read closely — a series of SIDS deaths in Tennessee is …prompting Wyeth officials to make sure that vials from a single lot don’t get distributed to a single state, county or health department.” *SICK. Spread the death out so no one will know.   “The statistical evidence in favor of a connection between the deaths and the DPT shot was strong. Would the medical authorities...

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Mandatory Vaccination in CA: Let’s School a Federal Judge...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Judge Sabraw: here’s something you didn’t know about the DPT shot… Jon Rappoport | Infowars.com – August 27, 2016 726 Comments I’ll repeat myself a bit here, in case you missed my last article. Then I’ll get into something else, something dangerous that a Federal Judge knows nothing about… Federal Judge Dana Sabraw is overseeing a lawsuit against mandatory vaccination in California. So far, Sabraw has denied a petition to suspend mandatory vaccination for school children while the case moves forward. He believes tradition and history are on the side of forced vaccinations. That’s because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Or he’s just making it up out of thin air. As the LA Times reports: ““U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego wrote that state Legislatures have ‘a long history...

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BBC and World Media Ignore Rocket Attacks on Israel, but Report on IDF Responses...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Author: Hadar Sela  ALGEMEINER.COM Tags: Gaza Rockets israel Israel Media Bias Israel Rocket Attacks Israel Terrorism Israel victim Israel victim terrorism A factory in Sderot hit by Hamas rockets. Photo: IDF. At around 2:30 on the afternoon of August 21, terrorists based in the Gaza Strip fired a missile at the Western Negev town of Sderot. According to one report, “The rocket landed between two homes, near a college and the local train station. Locals said it was ‘a miracle’ that nobody was injured.” The IDF responded with strikes on Hamas infrastructure in Beit Hanoun, and later carried out additional strikes. The BBC News English-language website did not provide any coverage of the missile attack against Israeli civilians. The BBC Arabic website, however, produced two reports — here and here — about the Israeli response to the missile fire. The second report...

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One School District Turned Away 145 Students On The First Day Of School...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   No one is exempt anymore. Vaccines Credit: Shutterstock According to reports, one school district in Sacramento refused to admit 145 unvaccinated students on the first day of school. The kids in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District were sent home for lack of immunization records, as a result of the new state law in California which took effect in July 1, eliminating personal/religious belief exemptions for vaccines. New Law Credit: Shutterstock According to the Sacramento Bee, the new new law mandates that students entering the two “checkpoint years” of kindergarten and seventh grade must now provide full vaccination records. And notifications are sent home, reminding parents of the need for their vaccination records to be...

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GREAT LAKES WATER TO BE SOLD TO CHINA AS HALF OF U.S. FACES EXTREME WATER CRISIS...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Great Lakes Water To Be Sold To China As Half Of U.S. Faces Extreme Water Crisis Uncategorised, On The Water, Extra   NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC If you found your way to this article recently, you may have discovered it on Snopes or another mythbuster page.  We added a feature for a period of time where users could add articles to our site.  The glitch that went un-noticed was that some articles went live without review…. automatically.  For this reason, some highly opinionated personal viewpoints with a mix of facts and phobia were published for fear’s sake on our site.  I have removed the content that was here, and replaced it with this great review on the topic by National Geographics’ Lisa Borre.  Check out her link at the bottom for comments and questions on the...

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“NOT TO BE ALARMIST” A RUSSIAN WARNING...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] “not to be alarmist…” A Russian warningWe, the undersigned, are Russians living and working in the USA. We have been watching with increasing anxiety as the current US and NATO policies have set us on an extremely dangerous collision course with the Russian Federation, as well as with China. Many respected, patriotic Americans, such as Paul Craig Roberts, Stephen Cohen, Philip Giraldi, Ray McGovern and many others have been issuing warnings of a looming a Third World War. But their voices have been all but lost among the din of a mass media that is full of deceptive and inaccurate stories that characterize the Russian economy as being in shambles and the Russian military as weak—all based on no evidence. But we—knowing both Russian history and the current state of Russian society and...

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