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The Growing Threat of Ecofascism

By Cole Baker on Friday, January 17, 2020

On August 2019, a gunman entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas and opened fire, killing 22 people. In the aftermath of the shooting, public discourse was dominated by the topics of gun safety and the malign influence of hate-fueled rhetoric. While these are important conversations that are likely to generate much debate before the 2020 election, much of the mainstream discourse ignored a major facet of the shooter’s ideology:…

US troops in the Baltic states – a threat to independence and security

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, January 16, 2020

Foreign military bases are integral to preparations for war. The bases intended to increase violence, undermine international security and proliferate weapons. There are more than 150,000 U.S military troops deployed outside the country on more than 800 bases in 160 countries. These bases are the central feature of U.S. foreign policy which is one of coercion and threat of military aggression. Military bases are usually taken for granted or overlooked…

Baltic states abandon their armed forces

By Vairis Godmanis on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

There are too many contradictions inside NATO, because the alliance has already turned into a commercial project. Trump is trying to force Europe to abandon its own war industry in favor of the US. However, this is not only business and lobbying for the interests of the American military-industrial complex. In the future, this will lead to the absolute defenselessness of Europe to the outside world and complete dependence on…

The Soleimani Assassination: Worse Than a Crime, a Mistake

By Thomas L. Knapp on Friday, January 10, 2020

In March of 1804, French dragoons secretly crossed the Rhine into the German Margraviate of Baden. Acting on orders from Napoleon himself, they kidnapped Louis Antoine de Bourbon, Duke of Enghien. After a hastily convened court-martial on charges of bearing arms against France, the duke was shot. “C’est pire qu’un crime, c’est une faute,” a French official (supposedly, but probably not, Talleyrand) said of the duke’s execution: “It is worse…

New World War – Trump tries to leave his mark on history

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, January 9, 2020

Once again, the whole world is on the verge of a new world war, due to the actions of the US leadership… It seems that the current president of America is trying hard to leave his mark on world history. Unfortunately, he has failed to make anything really useful. That is why, Donald Trump made the main goal of his presidential term unleashing of the military conflicts in all corners…

Soleimani Assassination to send Shockwaves through the Middle East and Beyond

By Jose Miguel Alonso-Trabanco on Thursday, January 9, 2020

On January 3, 2020, Iran Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) General Qassem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike launched by US forces at Baghdad’s International Airport. The attack was orchestrated as a response to a previous assault on the American Embassy in the same city, which had been carried out by Shiite militia members closely associated with Iran just days before. Background: Soleimani’s unique profile Former CIA Director David…

Estonian sauna, prostitutes and aggressiveness

By Viktors Domburs on Thursday, January 9, 2020

Unfortunately, aggressiveness is the hallmark of our time. People face aggressiveness more and more often. Sometimes the aggressiveness ends without consequences, sometimes innocent people suffer. This is especially dangerous when attack those people who must defend. On Saturday night, a NATO soldier was aggressive while in the spa at the largest Estonian spa and sauna centre. Mustamyae Elamuste Keskus staff had to call the police. The troublemaker turned out to…

Turkey and Russia made a deal against U.S.

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to inaugurate a new gas pipeline TurkStream, which brings Russian gas to Turkey and southern Europe via the Black Sea. Putin arrived late on Tuesday after paying a surprise visit to Syria (a key Iran ally). It should be recalled that Russia and Turkey were on opposing sides in the Syrian conflict and could be on a collision…

Why Europe hates Trump more than Iran

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Reckless, illegal, unhinged. When it comes to finding adjectives to describe U.S. President Donald Trump’s assassination of Iranian military guru Qassem Soleimani, which prompted the Iranians to respond by launching missile attacks on bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops overnight, European officials have displayed rare unity. At least in private. Behind the sober public pronouncements from Brussels and national capitals about the need for “de-escalation,” officials are seething. Plus ça change? While Trump…

Washington does not understand consequences of Soleimani’s killing

By Jonas Dringelis on Saturday, January 4, 2020

The Pentagon confirmed on Thursday that Trump had ordered the attack that killed Soleimani and other military officials at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. Iran’s top “shadow commander” was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more, the State Department said. By ordering the airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, President Trump has demonstrated to Iran’s leaders that he…