by Chris Menahan, Information Liberation:
This is the system our ruling oligarchs are trying to implement in America.
This video taken in a bullet train in China went viral last year:
by Kenneth Schortgen, Shotgun Economics:
A politician’s favorite scapegoat is the fact that by the time their destructive policies ever come to full fruition, they will often be long gone from office. And while this isn’t always the case, (President Obama and Obamacare) for the most part this does fit the pattern for elected officials in Washington D.C..
Which is why a scheme dropped on Aug. 17 by President Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin may actually see Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) enacted by a conservative administration long before the Democrats get control of the White House to implement their own version.
by James Corbett, The International Forecaster:
One thing is for certain: the fight for the future of Hong Kong is raging as we speak. But the real question is: who is fighting that fight? The people of Hong Kong, or Beijing and Washington?
When Fox News talking head Kathleen “KT” McFarland had ex-Reagan stooge Michael Pillsbury on her “Defcon 3” web show in 2014 to discuss the so-called Umbrella Movement protests which were then raging across Hong Kong, she got more than she bargained for.
by Eric S. Margolis, Lew Rockwell:
Special for LewRockwell.com
Time was when flying to Hong Kong was a really big thrill – or maybe scare would be a better term. Its old airport, Kai Tak, was right in the middle of bustling downtown Hong Kong. Flying into Kai Tak used up 11 of one’s 12 lives.
The wide-bodied jumbo aircraft would drop down into a long fjord that was usually shrouded in fog or mist. The nervous passenger would see nothing but cloud. Suddenly, the aircraft would break out of the thick cloud cover right over the airport.
by Emily Crane, Daily Mail:
….and slam the ‘medieval conditions’ inside the Manhattan jail
by Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News:
This reckoning with Beijing’s authority was baked into the cake 22 years ago when the Union Jack came down over Government House.
It is impossible not to admire the bravery and commitment pro-democracy demonstrators display daily as they clog Hong Kong streets, shut down its airport, and disrupt the territory’s beating heart in Central, the commercial and financial district. But neither can one deny the tragic fate that appears near as Beijing stiffens its resolve and signals the threat of military intervention.
from Sputnik News:
Ever since Russia dropped out of the list of the 30 largest holders of US bonds in May 2018, it has been moving towards a gradual reduction of its investment in them.
While it remains unclear who is buying its Treasury holdings, Moscow, once a top investor, has been steadily dumping US bonds for months now amid efforts to boost its gold reserves.
by Stephen F. Cohen, via Lew Rockwell:
Professor Stephen F. Cohen, a Nation contributing editor and professor emeritus of Russian studies at NYU and Princeton, discusses with the host of The John Batchelor Show the recent nuclear accident on a submarine in Northern Russia and the unrelated political protests in Moscow.
Cohen puts both in the historical and political context usually missing from media accounts. The first should be understood in the context of the new US-Russian nuclear arms race triggered by Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002—and as further confirmation that the new Cold War is more dangerous than was its predecessor.