Articles by Mike Whitney

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What the Media Isn’t Telling You about North Korea’s Missile Tests
Mike Whitney - CounterPunch, 11 Sep 2017

What the media failed to mention was that, for the last three weeks, Japan, South Korea and the US have been engaged in large-scale joint-military drills on Hokkaido Island and in South Korea. These needlessly provocative war games are designed to simulate an invasion of North Korea and a “decapitation” operation to remove (Re: Kill) the regime.

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Worst Joke Ever? U.S. Spy Chief Gives Saudi Prince Highest Award for “Fighting Terrorism”
Mike Whitney - CounterPunch, 20 Feb 2017

On Friday [10 Feb 2017], the Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, used his first trip abroad to present Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef with the CIA’s highest award for fighting terrorism, the George Tenet Medal… One thing is certain, you’re not going to win the war on terror by handing out medals to the prime suspects.

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The Broken Chessboard: Zbigniew Brzezinski Gives Up on Empire
Mike Whitney – CounterPunch, 5 Sep 2016

25 Aug 2016 – Brzezinski, who was the main proponent of the US hegemony idea and who drew up the blueprint for imperial expansion in his 1997 book, has done an about-face and called for a revising of the strategy: “As its era of global dominance ends, the United States is no longer the globally imperial power.”

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Destroying Syria to Create Sunnistan
Mike Whitney - CounterPunch, 14 Dec 2015

What is the connection between the US bombing of a Syrian military base in Ayyash, Syria, and the Turkish invasion of northern Iraq? Both of these seemingly isolated events are part of a larger plan to Balkanize the Middle East, to strengthen Washington’s grip on dwindling resources, to draw Russia into a costly and protracted war, and to ensure that ME oil remains denominated in US dollars.

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The Brookings Institute Plan to Liquidate Syria
Mike Whitney - CounterPunch, 10 Aug 2015

When is regime change not regime change? When the regime stays in power but loses its ability to rule. This is the current objective of US policy in Syria, to undermine Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s ability to govern the country without physically removing him from office. The idea is simple: Deploy US-backed “jihadi” proxies to capture-and-hold vast sections of the country thereby making it impossible for the central government to control the state.

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Ironman Varoufakis’s Revolutionary Plan for Europe
Mike Whitney – CounterPunch, 23 Feb 2015

The ongoing dispute between the German and Greek governments is nothing less than a democratic revolution against German hegemony and the attempt of the Germans and their paladins in the EU to dictate Greek domestic policy.” Varoufakis’s plan in a nutshell: Revolution from within. Just don’t tell anyone in Berlin.

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The Oil Coup – US-Saudi Subterfuge Send Stocks and Credit Reeling
Mike Whitney - CounterPunch, 22 Dec 2014

Washington has persuaded the Saudis to flood the market with oil to push down prices, decimate Russia’s economy, and reduce Moscow’s resistance to further NATO encirclement and the spreading of US military bases across Central Asia. The US-Saudi scheme has slashed oil prices by nearly a half since they hit their peak in June.

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Putin Gobsmacks Obama and Euro-Leaders with Surprise Gas Deal – Talking Turkey
Mike Whitney - CounterPunch, 8 Dec 2014

Putin has once again outmaneuvered the US on both the energy and geopolitical fronts adding to his long list of policy triumphs. Here’s a brief summary.

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Does the Name “Strauss-Kahn” Ring a Bell? – Trotsky at the IMF
Mike Whitney – CounterPunch, 1 Dec 2014

Let’s face it; Strauss-Kahn was headed in a direction that wasn’t compatible with the interests of the cutthroats who run the IMF. That much is clear. Now whether these same guys concocted the goofy “honey trap” at the Sofitel Hotel, we may never know.

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It’s No Accident: Afghan Opium Production Hits All-Time High
Mike Whitney - CounterPunch, 24 Nov 2014

The proliferation of drugs helps to keep the “little people” in line so the adults can get on with the business of looting.

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The University of Al-Qaeda? America’s “Terrorist Academy” in Iraq Produced ISIS Leaders
Mike Whitney – CounterPunch, 13 Oct 2014

“Since 2003, Anglo-American power has secretly and openly coordinated direct and indirect support for Islamist terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda across the Middle East and North Africa. This ill-conceived patchwork geostrategy is a legacy of the persistent influence of neoconservative ideology, motivated by longstanding but often contradictory ambitions to dominate regional oil resources, defend an expansionist Israel, and in pursuit of these, re-draw the map of the Middle East.”

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Washington’s “Pivot” Hits a Brick Wall: Obama’s “Catastrophic Defeat” in Ukraine
Mike Whitney - CounterPunch, 1 Sep 2014

Barack Obama has pushed Ukraine to the brink of political, economic and social collapse. Now he wants to blame Russia for the damage he’s done. It’s absurd. That’s all Washington’s doing, just as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now Syria were Washington’s doing.

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Something Sinister Going On? – The Unanswered Questions of MH17
Mike Whitney - CounterPunch, 4 Aug 2014

Why hasn’t Washington been more forthcoming with the information they have? Why are they basing their judgment on the nonsense they’ve gleaned from social media and Twitter feeds instead of spy-in-the-sky photos and satellite imagery? Why are they dragging their feet and obstructing the investigation?

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Mission Accomplished, Indeed – Iraq: The Biggest Petroleum Heist in History?
Mike Whitney - CounterPunch, 26 May 2014

These are the ‘best of times’ for the oil giants in Iraq. Production is up, profits are soaring, and big oil is rolling in dough. Face it: No one gives a flying fu** about Iraq. A million people were killed so a few rich fu**ers could get even richer. That’s a hell of a legacy.

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Caught Red-Handed: Secret Tape Reveals US-backed Plot to Topple Ukraine’s Democratically-Elected President
Mike Whitney - CounterPunch, 17 Feb 2014

The taped conversation demonstrates in clear detail that while Secretary of State John Kerry decries any foreign meddling in Ukraine’s internal affairs, his State Department is virtually managing the entire process.

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Shifty Shinzo’s Corporate Welfare Program: Boosting Profits While Wages Sag
Mike Whitney - CounterPunch, 2 Dec 2013

Abenomics is based on the idea that if you give rich people a lot of money, they’ll spend it and the economy will get better. There are a few minor flaws to the theory, however, like the fact that it doesn’t work.

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Europe’s “Troubled Assets” Bank Bailout: Germany’s Chancellor Merkel Pushes for a Eurozone “Banktatorship”
Mike Whitney – Global Research, 12 Sep 2011

The Bundestag will have one chance to stop Angela Merkel’s plan to provide hundreds of billions of dollars to underwater EU banks that made bad bets on sovereign bonds. If the German parliament fails to block Merkel on September 23, then–under the “expanded powers” of the European Financial Security Facility (EFSF)– insolvent banks will be bailed out and the costs will be passed on to eurozone taxpayers.

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“Business is Booming”: Wall Street’s Role in Narco-trafficking
Mike Whitney – Information Clearing House, 6 Jun 2011

Repeat: “Every major bank in the US has served as an active financial partner of the murderous drug cartels…” The War on Drugs is a fraud. This isn’t about interdiction; it’s about control. Washington provides the muscle so the banks can rake in the big doe. One hand washes the other, just like the Mafia.

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NGOs in Haiti: “The Handmaidens of Imperial Domination”
Mike Whitney – Information Clearing House, 31 Jan 2011

An Interview with Ashley Smith

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Obama: As Bad as Bush
Mike Whitney – Information Clearing House, 24 Jan 2011

His enemies call him a tyrant and a dictator, but he is neither. Hugo Chavez is a tireless champion of the poor and a committed Christian socialist. The only difference between Chavez’s type of Christianity and Barack Obama’s, is that Chavez walks the walk.

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Memo to Ireland: “Tell the EU and the IMF to ‘Shove It'”
Mike Whitney – Information Clearing House, 29 Nov 2010

The Irish people are left with no choice but to resist. Presently the Cowen government is collapsing. Bravo…. Economist Dean Baker sums it up like this in an article in The Guardian: “Even a relatively small country like Ireland has options. Specifically, they could drop out of the euro and default on their debt….Like Ireland, Argentina had also been a poster child of the neoliberal crew before it ran into difficulties…. The Irish people didn’t struggle through centuries of famine and foreign occupation so they could be debt-peons in the EU’s corporate Uberstate.

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China Has Tied Bernanke’s Hands
Mike Whitney - ICH, 22 Nov 2010

The Least We Can Do Is Be Grateful. Bernanke went on and on about how mean China is and how they manipulate their currency to gain competitive advantage. It was surreal; like listening to a serial arsonist complain about his wife smoking in bed…. If the last 10 years have taught us anything, it’s that the unipolar world–where one country dominates politically, economically and militarily–is not good for anyone. It’s time for a change. “Let a thousand flowers bloom,” as Mao would say.

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The Jews of Iran are Far Better off than Palestinians of Gaza
Mike Whitney - Pravda, 13 Sep 2010

There are 25,000 Jews in Iran, which is the largest Jewish population in the Middle East outside Israel. Iranian Jews are not persecuted or abused, in fact, they are protected under the Iranian constitution. They are free to practice their religion and to vote in elections. They are not stopped and searched at checkpoints, are not brutalized by an army of occupation and are not confined in a densely populated penal colony (Gaza) where they are deprived of the basic means of subsistence. Iranian Jews live in dignity and enjoy the benefits of citizenship.

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PEDOPHILIA IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: COVERUP OPERATION AT THE VATICAN?
Mike Whitney – Global Research, 2 Apr 2010

Pope Ratzinger’s Swan Song Pope Benedict should do everyone a favor and resign. By hanging on, he’s just making matters worse. Who does he think he’s fooling anyway? Everyone knows that he was involved in the sex-scandal cover up. Does he really think that a few papal apologies will make a difference?  He was in […]

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EXPOSED: BERNANKE’S “SKIMMING OPERATION”
Mike Whitney – Information Clearing House, 3 Feb 2010

The banks didn’t care if the loans were repaid because they got their money "up front" on volume originations. That’s why they were so eager to issue mortgages to people with no income, no collateral, no job, and a bad credit history. It was all a gigantic skimming operation, where banks and brokers got their […]

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(100-DAY MARK) PINTER TO OBAMA: “SMASH THE MIRROR”
Mike Whitney, 30 Apr 2009

“Come and see the blood in the streets.Come and seethe blood in the streets.Come and see the bloodin the streets”! — Poem by Pablo Neruda About a month before Barack Obama announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States, former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski appeared on PBS’s Charlie Rose Show and was […]

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SOMALIA: ANOTHER CIA-BACKED COUP BLOWS UP
Mike Whitney, 4 Dec 2008

"The Ethiopian invasion, which was sanctioned by the US government, has destroyed virtually all the life-sustaining economic systems which the population has built for the last fifteen years." Abdi Samatar, professor of Global Studies at the University of Minnesota, Democracy Now Up until a month ago, no one in the Bush administration showed the least […]

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THE NEW AMERICAN CENTURY: CUT SHORT BY 92 YEARS
Mike Whitney, 6 Oct 2008

America’s time as a superpower is coming to an end. The financial crisis was just the last straw. Whatever good faith was left after the invasion of Iraq, the shrugging off of international treaties and the shameless disregard for human rights, is now gone. The United States has polluted the global economic system with worthless […]

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