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Slave Markets in ‘Liberated’ Libya and the Silence of the Humanitarian Hawks
Neil Clark – Russia Today, 4 Dec 2017

1 Dec 2017 – The reports that black Africans are being sold at slave markets in ‘liberated’ Libya for as little as $400 is a terrible indictment of the so-called ‘humanitarian intervention’ carried out by NATO to topple the government of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Libya was transformed by NATO from the country with the highest Human Development Index in the whole of Africa in 2009 into a lawless hell-hole, with rival governments, warlords and terror groups fighting for control of the country.

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Kosovo Led to Catalonia. But West Won’t Admit It
Nebojsa Malic – Russia Today, 6 Nov 2017

30 Oct 2017 – The same countries that cheered when Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union broke up and insisted on ‘independent Kosovo’ now say Catalonia’s declaration of independence is unacceptable. But they wrote the rules the Catalans are now following.

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Dying in Myanmar – When Genocide Becomes Normative Rather Than Aberrational
Catherine Shakdam – Russia Today, 30 Oct 2017

18 Oct 2017 – It’s official. Myanmar, according to the UN in its latest report, has given in to wanton murder and systematic oppression to cleanse its streets of its designated undesirables: Rohingya Muslims. However, violence is but the tip of that iceberg.

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BRICS: Turning into a Global Organization
Alexander Yakovenko – Russia Today, 2 Oct 2017

25 Sep 2017 – The 9th BRICS summit in Xiamen, China has emphasized the proximity of member states’ positions on current global problems, demonstrating that over the last 10 years, BRICS has grown into a full-fledged international mechanism for global cooperation.

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Ordinary People Left Behind by God & the Free Market
Slavoj Žižek – Russia Today, 18 Sep 2017

16 Sep 2017 – The automatization of production creates a challenge for humanity: what to do with those “left behind” by progress? And this superfluousness also has broader implications across society.

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The BRICS Strike Back
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 11 Sep 2017

6 Sep 2017 – The wide-ranging Xiamen Declaration, issued in conjunction with the just wrapped-up annual BRICS summit, shows that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, although facing internal challenges of their own, may be about to step up their collective game, big time.

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Yemen: War Crimes the World Can No Longer Ignore
Catherine Shakdam – Russia Today, 28 Aug 2017

24 Aug 2017 – Beyond the many and despicable sectarian adjectives the media may have wielded since 2015 to frame Yemen’s war within a binary that has the region locked in fictitious crusadic dynamics: Shiite Iran versus self-righteous Saudi Arabia, truths have had a way of eroding at such a construct. If one can understand the pull money can hold over state officials, politics, after all, is not child’s play, empowering fanatical despots is still counter intuitive.

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It’s the Opium, Stupid: ‘Afghan Surge Guarantees CIA Black-Ops Budget Boost’
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Aug 2017

23 Aug 2017 – The CIA is also overjoyed because its black-ops budget – which is tied to the exponential growth of opium production in Afghanistan – is now secured possibly for another 20-50 years, claims Mike Raddie, co-editor of online site BSNews.

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Intl. Community Recoils as Saudi Arabia Goes on ‘Crusade’ of Mass Killing in Yemen
Catherine Shakdam – Russia Today, 14 Aug 2017

11 Aug 2017 – While few will pause upon hearing that Yemen was bombed yet again by Saudi Arabia’s U.S. supported war coalition, thus leading to many deaths, the kingdom’s propensity to concentrate its firepower on civilians has become a little hard to stomach.

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Read It and Weep: QE, the Largest Transfer of Wealth in History
Dan Glazebrook – Russia Today, 24 Jul 2017

22 Jul 2017 – It appears that the massive, almost decade-long transfer of wealth to the rich known as ‘quantitative easing’ is coming to an end. Given that – judged by its official aims – QE has been a total failure, this makes perfect sense.

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Made in the West: New Era of Global Famine Thanks to War and Chaos
Dan Glazebrook – Russia Today, 17 Jul 2017

16 Jul 2017 – The famines threatening many parts of the world today have one thing in common: Western aggression and destabilization.

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World’s Debt Over Three Times Greater Than Economic Output
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jul 2017

29 Jun 2017 – Global debt levels have surged to a record $217 trillion in the first quarter of the year. This is 327 percent of the world’s annual economic output (GDP), reports the Institute of International Finance.

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Oliver Stone’s ‘Putin Interviews’ Offend a US Establishment Drunk on Its Own Exceptionalism
John Wight – Russia Today, 19 Jun 2017

16 Jun 2017 – Oliver Stone’s documentary series on Vladimir Putin, you would think, is required viewing for Western audiences looking to see beyond the crude caricature of Russia’s president in order to gain an insight into his worldview.

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Bilderberg 2017: Should We Be Worried Yet?
Robert Bridge – Russia Today, 5 Jun 2017

5 Jun 2017 – Just like they’ve been doing every year since 1954, influential Bilderberg members – including journalists – assembled behind closed doors to hold off-the-record talks on a number of pressing global issues. The 2017 Bilderberg Meeting takes place 1-4 June in Chantilly VA, USA. A press release including the list of topics and participants can be found here.

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Why Japan Wants US Exercise Cancelled: ‘Fears of N. Korea Escalation & Relations with China’
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jun 2017

30 May 2017 – To reduce tension in the region following a missile test by North Korea, Japan wants the US to cancel military exercises in Okinawa. Tokyo is worried that in a confrontation Japan is the likely target, says Asian affairs specialist Andrew Leung.

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Putin Aligns with Xi in Crafting the New World (Trade) Order
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 22 May 2017

15 May 2017 – History will record the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing marked the juncture where the 21st century New Silk Roads assumed their full character of Globalization 2.0, or “inclusive globalization,” as defined by President Xi Jinping in Davos earlier this year.

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Western Reporters in Kiev Continue to Ignore the Rise of Neo-Nazism in Ukraine
Bryan MacDonald – Russia Today, 15 May 2017

Since the 2013 protests in Kiev’s Maidan square there’s been a problem with what Western readers are consuming about Ukraine. The reluctance of Kiev-based hacks (and plenty in Moscow too) to call a neo-Nazi, a neo-Nazi. Instead, we read terms like “nationalists,”“right sector,”“patriots” and “militants.” And it’s rarely explained how these headbangers are the tail wagging the government dog.

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The Coming War on China
John Pilger | The Big Picture - Russia Today, 15 May 2017

Thom Hartmann talks with author and filmmaker John Pilger about his new documentary “The Coming War on China” and the military escalation that could lead World War III.

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Regime Change Buddies: ‘Western Forces Stop Targeting ISIS Fighters once They Cross into Syria’
Mike Raddie - Russia Today, 1 May 2017

24 Apr 2017 – The US has never liberated a Middle Eastern country – ever! And the fear of the civilians in Mosul is understandable considering the indiscriminate carnage occurring there. — Mike Raddie, editor, BSNews, human rights activist.

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Awarding Saudi Arabia Chair on Women’s Rights Commission Makes UN Complicit in Crimes
Marwa Osman – Russia Today, 1 May 2017

25 Apr 2017 – The Saudi Arabia that publicly beheads women and dangles bodies from cranes was just elected to the UN Women’s Rights Commission. After the scandal of re-electing Saudi Arabia to the UN Human Rights Council in 2016, that same Saudi Arabia which has been indiscriminately bombing Yemeni civilians for more than two years, now gets ‘elected’ to the new position. This is not the punchline of a twisted joke, but the intergovernmental UN shaming itself.

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GM Products: ‘Frankenstein Foods’ or Miracle Solution for a Hungry Planet?
Tomasz Pierscionek – Russia Today, 1 May 2017

25 Apr 2017 – The manufacture of Genetically Modified Organisms is a controversial subject. Should GMO be feared or embraced? Are they the answer to solving world hunger or could their creation have consequences?

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US Threat of War Forces North Korea into Siege State Mentality
Carlos Martinez – Russia Today, 24 Apr 2017

Many people in the West are worried about the situation not because of Donald Trump’s insane militarism, but that of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Such thinking is irrational and ahistorical, and is rooted largely in mass-media deception and good old-fashioned ‘Yellow Peril’ racism. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has invaded and bombed not a single country. The USA, on the other hand, has invaded and bombed dozens of countries – including Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Grenada, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and, yes, Korea.

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‘Trump Attacked the Very People Fighting Islamic State’
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Apr 2017

A rush to judgement? A one-off attack? Or maybe the start of a major military offensive in Syria? Scholars, analysts and journalists offer their opinions on the Trump administration’s decision to attack the Syrian military on Friday [7 Apr 2017].

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Neo-Feudal Society: Tax Havens for Big Multinationals Is ‘Robbery of Population’
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Apr 2017

28 Mar 2017 – It’s alarming big European banks, unlike ordinary people are not paying their fair share of taxes, says Oxfam policy advisor Aurore Chardonnet. Tax dodging is a crime against the people, a robbery of the population, adds business consultant Gerald Celente.

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NATO Logic: British Troops in Estonia, Good. Russian Soldiers in Russia, Bad
Bryan MacDonald – Russia Today, 27 Mar 2017

20 Mar 2017 – Supporters of NATO believe American, British and German soldiers being sent to Russia’s borders is “defensive.” But the Kremlin’s counter moves are aggressive. This delusion could be dangerous.

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British Iraq and Afghanistan War Memorial Sacrifices Justice for Propaganda
John Wight – Russia Today, 13 Mar 2017

11 Mar 2017 – There is nothing more despicable than those responsible for carnage and suffering on a grand scale not only escaping justice for doing so but seeking to ascribe something noble, honorable, and moral to that carnage and suffering. Step forward the British ruling class.

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Bully Nation: Is America Hardwired for War & Aggression?
Robert Bridge – Russia Today, 13 Mar 2017

9 Mar 2017 – Watching Washington attack one sovereign state after another since the collapse of the Soviet Union prompts the question: Are we Americans behaving out of some inherent aggression, or is this just old-fashioned empire building by a global superpower?

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Trump, Putin & New Cold War: What The New Yorker Gets Wrong
Bryan MacDonald – Russia Today, 6 Mar 2017

The New Yorker made quite a splash with its uber long read on ‘Trump, Putin and the New Cold War.’ What a shame then the actual product is sloppy, misinformed tosh masquerading as something of highbrow distinction.

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Decade after Putin Shook Munich, Lavrov Indicates ‘Post-West’ Is Now a Thing in Moscow
Bryan MacDonald – Russia Today, 27 Feb 2017

Understanding the intentions of Russian leaders is easy these days, you just have to listen to what they say. This isn’t understood in the West, where policymakers and the media haven’t moved on from the Cold War and foolishly regard Russia as more mysterious than it is.

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Trump Is Wrong – Saudi Arabia, Not Iran Is the World’s ‘Number One Terrorist State’
John Wight – Russia Today, 13 Feb 2017

9 Feb 2017 – Iran, to repeat, is not a state that sponsors, funds, or foments terrorism, while Saudi Arabia is. The mere fact that this needs to be pointed out to the President is redolent of a view of the world from the Oval Office that continues to be upside down.

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To Bee, or Not To Bee: Will Bumblebees Become Extinct?
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Feb 2017

Widely used pesticides and insecticides, climate change, and introduced species are factors for bumblebees as well as other species of bees being endangered.

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Record High Fatal Radiation Levels, Hole in Reactor Detected at Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Facility
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Feb 2017

3 Feb 2017 – Record high radiation levels that are lethal even after brief exposure have been detected at a damaged reactor at the Fukushima power plant in Japan. Specialists also found a hole, likely caused by melted nuclear fuel.

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From Lenin to Davos: A Stark Warning on Capitalism’s Excesses
John Wight – Russia Today, 23 Jan 2017

19 Jan 2017 – The surprise over Oxfam’s recent report on global poverty is that anyone is surprised. The revelation that eight people own more wealth than the poorest half of humanity merely confirms that neoliberalism is working precisely as intended. When the Russian Revolution occurred a hundred years ago in 1917, it did so in response to an economic order that had been responsible for the most devastating global conflict the world had seen, one that left 17 million killed and millions more wounded and maimed.

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China ‘Marco Polo’ Xi Jinping Starts Jockeying in Post-Obama World
Pepe Escobar - Russia Today, 28 Nov 2016

17 Nov 2016 – Beijing and Moscow have arrived at the conclusion that President-elect Donald Trump is not an ideologue in the neocon sense of the term; he’s a pragmatist. Therefore, resets are inevitable, as well as surprises.

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‘There’s No Will to Prosecute Crony Capitalism or Corruption like Case of Barroso & Goldman Sachs’
Max Keiser – Russia Today, 7 Nov 2016

5 Nov 2016 – Former European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso, who was complicit in helping Goldman Sachs defraud the Greek economy, is now taking a job with the company. Financial analyst Max Keiser says this is crony capitalism and corruption at the highest level.

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Secret World of US Election: Julian Assange Talks to John Pilger
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Nov 2016

Nov 5, 2016 – Whistleblower Julian Assange has given one of his most incendiary interviews ever in a John Pilger Special, courtesy of Dartmouth Films, in which he summarizes what can be gleaned from the tens of thousands of Clinton emails released by WikiLeaks this year.

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Russia Loses UN Human Rights Council Place, Saudi Arabia Re-Elected
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2016

29 Oct 2016 – Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International produced a joint statement earlier this year condemning Saudi Arabia for “an appalling record of violations” in Yemen. Saudi Arabia carried out 157 executions domestically last year – the highest number in two decades, and is on pace to match the number this year. Critics of the regime have often faced detention, while women do not enjoy autonomy and equal status before the law.

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Washington’s Game of Good Terrorists vs Bad Terrorists
John Wight – Russia Today, 24 Oct 2016

22 Oct 2016 – When you reach the stage of making a distinction between good terrorists and bad terrorists, not only are you defending the indefensible, you are engaged in the ugly business of sowing dragon’s teeth. On Oct 20, US State Department spokesman, John Kirby, was asked by a reporter, “Is the US fighting al-Nusrah [sic] in Syria at this time?” Kirby replied, “Our efforts militarily in Syria, as I said today, is against ISIS, against Daesh.”

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Why the New Silk Roads Terrify Washington
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 10 Oct 2016

7 Oct 2016 – Almost six years ago, President Putin proposed to Germany ‘the creation of a harmonious economic community stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok.’ Washington panicked. The record shows how Putin’s vision – although extremely seductive to German industrialists – was eventually derailed by Washington’s controlled demolition of Ukraine.

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Orwell 2016: Censorship in the Age of Social Media
Catherine Shakdam – Russia Today, 3 Oct 2016

30 Sep 2016 – If George Orwell is watching from above, he must be impressed. In his novel 1984, what was meant as a cautionary tale against government control and intellectual obscurantism, seems to have come to pass without our full knowledge.

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Made in China: G20 and Its Geoeconomic Significance
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 12 Sep 2016

5 Sep 2016 – What has just taken place in Hangzhou, China, is of immense geoeconomic importance. Beijing from the start treated the G20 very seriously; this was designed as China’s party, not the declining West’s. And much less Washington’s.

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Panama Papers: Corruption PSYOPS
Peter Lavelle | CrossTalk – Russia Today, 22 Aug 2016

The so-called Panama Papers are sold to us as a vast leak chronicling the financial misdeeds of the rich and powerful. But is this really the case? Certainly, we are given insight into the secretive world of offshore banking, but is it a complete and balanced story? One interpretation of the Panama Papers is the West targeting its enemies.

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Between a Rock and a Hard (South China) Place
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 18 Jul 2016

Beijing argues that all the attention over the South China Sea revolves around conflicting sovereign claims over islands/rocks/reefs and related maritime delimitations – over which the court has no jurisdiction. Attributing territorial sovereignty over maritime features in the South China Sea goes beyond the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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Why Has NATO Chosen Russia as Its Enemy Instead of ISIS?
Bryan MacDonald – Russia Today, 18 Jul 2016

14 Jul 2016 – According to statements made at last weekend’s summit in Warsaw, NATO regards Russia as a bigger threat than ISIS. Of course, that’s ludicrous but when you scratch beneath the surface, the use of these falsehoods makes perverted sense.

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[Some Good News!] Brexit Strips World’s 400 Richest People of US$ 127bn – Bloomberg
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jun 2016

25 Jun 2016 – Brexit-caused losses of the world’s 400 richest people amounted to an eye- watering $USD127.4 billion in a single day, Bloomberg estimates. Rich Britons have lost a “mere” $5.5 billion, according to reports.

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Putin: ‘EU Is Russia’s Friend; NATO Is the Problem’
Bryan MacDonald – Russia Today, 20 Jun 2016

19 Jun 2016 – Vladimir Putin used a keynote address in his home city of St. Petersburg this weekend to outline his belief that America uses NATO to drive a wedge between the EU and Russia. Instead, he offered an alternative vision for European unity.

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Deadly Irony: US Calls Russia ‘Aggressive’ as NATO Creeps Eastward
Robert Bridge – Russia Today, 20 Jun 2016

17 Jun 2016 – With US military bases breeding faster than McDonald’s franchises, and 28-member NATO smashing up against Russia’s border, antagonizing Moscow with war games, the West continues selling the pulp fiction of ‘Russian aggression’ to an increasingly suspect audience. Today, Russia is not taking any chances with the unpredictable global hegemon, whose list of nations it has invaded grows annually. But instead of throwing open the gates to the Western juggernaut, Russia has hedged its bets on long-term strategy, investing in strong national defense. And that is an “act of aggression” US-led NATO simply can’t tolerate.

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‘RT Broadcast Halt in Argentina Is All-Out Psychological Onslaught on Latin America’
Adrian Salbuchi – Russia Today, 13 Jun 2016

The suspension of the broadcast of RT Spanish in Argentina, that provides a much-needed alternative viewpoint, along with TeleSUR, is “psychological warfare” and part of the West’s all-out onslaught on Latin America.

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‘March of Silence’ in Uruguay Sends Message of Remembrance to South America
Andre Vltchek - Russia Today, 13 Jun 2016

The entire center of Montevideo came to a standstill. Blocks and blocks of this marvelous city were literally inundated by the river consisting of human bodies. Argentina was crying out in pain under the neoliberal President Mauricio Macri, while the great Brazilian nation – fooled, cheated and spat at – was just slowly and painfully waking up after the long night of a shameless coup that brought a corrupt lackey and snitch of the West – Michel Temer – to power.

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‘Saudi Violence in Yemen Can’t Be Ignored Any Longer’
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2016

4 Jun 2016 – The UN has blacklisted Saudi-led coalition for killing and maiming thousands of children in Yemen. But will there be any consequences or sanctions for the House of Saud? Will their allies reconsider their support for Riyadh?

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600 Tons of Melted Radioactive Fukushima Fuel Still Not Found, Clean-Up Chief Reveals
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2016

24 May 2016 – The Fukushima clean-up team remains in the dark about the exact locations of 600 tons of melted radioactive fuel from three devastated nuclear reactors, the chief of decommissioning said. The company hopes to locate and start removing the missing fuel from 2021.

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Shame on Shell: Ecocide by Oil Extraction in the Niger Delta
Cynthia McKinney – Russia Today, 16 May 2016

14 May 2016 – Millions of barrels of oil have been spilled in Nigeria’s Delta region. Tired of the abuse, Nigerians just blew up a pipeline and a platform in an attempt to rectify what politicians and courts have been slow to do.

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‘Fake Jewish Graves in Muslim Cemeteries’: UNESCO Slams Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Sites
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2016

18 Apr 2016 – The Israeli authorities are furious after a UNESCO resolution stated that the Temple Mount and holy sites in Hebron and Bethlehem are an “integral part of Palestine.” The organization also criticized Israel, “the occupying power,” for planting fake graves in Muslim cemeteries.

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Fall of Empire, End to US Wars: Johan Galtung Predictions Taking Place
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 May 2016

Norwegian sociologist Johan Galtung, a peace and conflict expert, predicts the fall of the “US Empire” by 2020. Military defeats in wars of choice will generate political loss of influence and irrelevance externally, what may trigger a soul-searching internally. The Vietnam War was but a prelude. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya follow the script. Israel may become a burden to the USA.

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WikiLeaks: US Government, Soros Funded Panama Papers to Attack Putin
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Apr 2016

7 Apr 2016 – Washington is behind the recently released offshore revelations known as the Panama Papers, WikiLeaks has claimed, saying that the attack was “produced” to target Russia and President Putin.

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‘Who’s Funding This?’ CIA & MI5 Whistleblowers Question Credibility of Panama Papers Coverage
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Apr 2016

7 Apr 2016 – While neither Vladimir Putin nor any members of his family were mentioned in the Panama Papers leak [more like a hack], most Western media chose to break the story with the Russian president’s photo. Ray McGovern, a former CIA officer, said that the fact that the Western media has been using Putin as the “face” of the Panama Papers leak can be easily explained by looking at the people and organizations behind these news outlets.

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Rest in Power Toussaint L’Ouverture: Saluting Haiti’s Triumph against Colonialism
Richard Sudan – Russia Today, 11 Apr 2016

April 7th marks the passing of one of the greatest, most revered and most important figures of African and world history, Toussaint L’Ouverture one of the liberators of Haiti. By 1801 Haiti, an island made up of half a million slaves, two-thirds of whom had been born in Africa, declared independence from European colonialists.

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Australia: The Dirty Secret of Utopia
John Pilger – Russia Today, 11 Apr 2016

The remote homelands are seen as an ideological threat, for they express a communalism at odds with the neo-conservatism that rules Australia and demands “assimilation.” It is as if the enduring existence of a people who have survived and resisted more than two colonial centuries of massacre and theft remains a spectre on white Australia: a reminder of whose land this really is.

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Happy Birthday, NATO: It’s Time to Retire!
Danielle Ryan – Russia Today, 4 Apr 2016

4 Apr 2016 – Birthdays are always a good time to take stock of one’s achievements, make some resolutions and contemplate the road ahead. So, with NATO turning sixty-seven today, perhaps it’s time for the military alliance to engage in some honest self-reflection.

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Johan Galtung, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee: ‘Best Offense Is Defense against Daesh’
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Mar 2016

24 Mar 2016 – ‘We’re at war’ with Daesh, and to get out of it, the West should use its military defensively to protect threatened areas as the previous strategy of brutality has only generated more extremists, said Prof. Johan Galtung, the father of Peace Studies and founder, among others, of the International Peace Research Institute and TRANSCEND Media Service.

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Brazil’s Revolution Starting to Reveal Its True Colors
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 28 Mar 2016

“Rule of law” in Brazil has now been debased to Turkey’s Sultan Erdogan levels – featuring business leaders with the “wrong” political connections arrested for months without trial. The Brazilian Constitution is being torn to shreds. The politicization of the Judiciary runs in parallel to the mainstream media spectacularization, criminalizing politics but only selected politicians. And forget about reading any of this on Western corporate media.

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‘Prime Minister’ Lula: The Brazilian Game-Changer
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 21 Mar 2016

Only three days after massive street demonstrations calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, and less than two weeks after his legally dubious four-hour detention for questioning, former Brazilian President Lula is about to spectacularly re-enter the Brazilian government as a Minister, actually a Super-Minister. This is Rousseff’s one and only chess move left amidst an unprecedented political/economic crisis.

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Western Media Ignoring Reality on the Ground in Syria
Eva Bartlett – Russia Today, 14 Mar 2016

The interview was typical of the infrequent times corporate media has bothered to interview Dr. Shaaban: loaded lexicon, pre-priming the audience with false allegations about the Syrian government, repeatedly cutting-off the high-ranking guest, and a notably rude and condescending demeanor not afforded to guests who tow the NATO narrative on Syria.

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It Takes a Greek to Save Europa
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 22 Feb 2016

Yanis Varoufakis is resurfacing with a bang. On 9 Feb 2016 at the Volksbühne Theater in Berlin, Varoufakis launched a new project: the DiEM25 (Democracy in Europe Movement 2025), whose aim is to ultimately transfer power from Europa’s unaccountable, fiercely authoritarian elite and distribute it – fairly – among European citizens. He wants DiEM25 to be more than “just a think-tank and… an internet community”.

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You Have Now Landed in Geneva, Syria
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 15 Feb 2016

The alleged Syrian peace process now enters its Geneva charade stage. This could last months; get ready for lavish doses of posturing and bluster capable of stunning even Donald Trump… Geneva? That’s for tourists; the capital of the Syrian horror show is now Jarabulus.

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Time to Heed Warnings of Syriza’s Ex-Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis
Cynthia McKinney – Russia Today, 1 Feb 2016

31 Jan 2016 – The former finance minister of Greece says people must work to save democracy from capitalism, otherwise the voracious economic system will completely devour the fragile political philosophy, he warned in a recent talk.

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Wealth, Influence of Gates Foundation Distorting Int’l Development – Global Justice Now
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2016

20 Jan 2016 – Enormous wealth and influence wielded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is distorting the direction of international development in a global vacuum of accountability, a new report claims. With assets totaling $43.5 billion, the BMGF is the world’s biggest charitable group. It is viewed by some as the most powerful actor on issues of international health, environment and agriculture, and distributes more aid for global health than any democratically elected government.

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The Ghouta Chemical Attack and the Unraveling of Ankara’s Official Story
Neil Clark – Russia Today, 4 Jan 2016

Turkish MP Eren Erdem has told RT that Islamic State terrorists, then going under the name of Iraqi Al-Qaeda, received all the necessary materials to produce deadly sarin gas via Turkey. Erdem, who is now being charged with treason for his comments, revealed that an investigation by Turkish police was started but then the case was closed, and all the suspects were released near the Turkish/Syrian border. He accused the Turkish authorities of a high-level cover up.

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BRICS Not Content to Leave West with Mass Media Monopoly
Danielle Ryan – Russia Today, 28 Dec 2015

Deeper cooperation in the media sphere between the BRICS nations is likely to produce a far bigger headache for the West.

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Is the EU the New USSR?
Sam Gerrans – Russia Today, 21 Dec 2015

“The Soviet Union was governed by 15 unelected people, who appointed each other and who were not accountable to anyone. The European Union is governed by two dozen people, who appoint each other and are not accountable to anyone.” His disturbing and lucid monologue concludes with the words: “I have lived in your future, and it didn’t work.”

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Banksy’s ‘Steve Jobs the Son of Syrian Migrant’ Pops Up in Calais Camp
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Dec 2015

11 Dec 2015 – The picture of the late pioneer of the microcomputer revolution, Steve Jobs, carrying a rucksack appears on the wall in infamous Jungle refugee camp in the French port of Calais. “The son of a migrant from Syria,” the description under the picture reads.

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The Dayton Miracle: Bosnia Armistice, still Alive at 20
Nebojsa Malic – Russia Today, 23 Nov 2015

21 Nov 2015 – Twenty years after it stopped the bloodshed, the historic agreement reached in Dayton, Ohio still survives in Bosnia. More of an armistice than a peace treaty, it is under attack by the very powers sworn to uphold it.

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Putin: ISIS Financed from 40 Countries, Including G20 Members
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Nov 2015

President Vladimir Putin says he’s shared Russian intelligence data on Islamic State financing with his G20 colleagues: the terrorists appear to be financed from 40 countries, including some G20 member states.

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‘They Don’t Care Who Gets Killed’: Ex-US Drone Pilot Turned Whistleblower
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2015

17 Oct 2015 – Guilt-ridden American drone pilots continue to quit in unprecedented numbers. One former secret mission operator, Brandon Bryant, who’s received a whistleblower award, spoke of the horrors of indiscriminate killing from a safe distance.

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GMO-Free Zone: Germany Tells EU It Bans Genetically Modified Crops Cultivation
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2015

1 Oct 2015 – Germany has opted out of cultivating GMO crops on its territory, informing the EU Commission of the move and in the process joining Poland, France, Scotland and several other member states.

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Hail to the Worm: Plastic-Eating Worm Might Be the Solution to Global Crisis
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2015

1 Oct 2015 – New research could have staggering implications for plastic waste pollution: An international team of researchers found that the Darkling Beetle larvae, the mealworm, can subsist on a diet of Styrofoam and other forms of polystyrene.

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Time to Imagine: From ‘Disaster Capitalism’ to a System of Our Own
Cynthia McKinney – Russia Today, 28 Sep 2015

Why are they working so hard to save capitalism? Because there is no such thing as a broken system. Global economic structure benefits some and disadvantages others. The architects of the current system benefit immensely from it and they don’t want us to get any ideas about changing anything! In the memorable words of neocon Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

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Palestinian Flag to Fly at UN HQ after 119 Nations Vote ‘Yes’
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2015

11 Sep 2015 – UN General Assembly has passed a Palestinian resolution to allow its flag fly in front of the United Nations headquarters in New York, angering Israel and giving hope to Palestinians seeking to gain full UN membership.

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Blowback on a NATO Beach
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 7 Sep 2015

Hannah Arendt once wrote movingly about the banality of evil, referring to the mechanism of fascism and Nazism. Aylan’s lifeless body now illustrates the banality of an evil he was trying to flee: the “arc of instability”, a Pentagon self-fulfilling prophecy. So to put hell in perspective we must retrace some steps of the arc.

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Saudi Arabia’s 175 ‘Mass Judicial Executions’ In 1 Year Condemned by Amnesty International
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Aug 2015

The report entitled ‘Killing in the Name of Justice: The Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia’ stated that between August 2014 and June 2015, at least 175 people had been put to death – an average of one person every two days.

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Religious Eugenics: How Saudi Arabia Is Sponsoring a Frightening New Movement in the ME
Catherine Shakdam - Russia Today, 24 Aug 2015

22 Aug 2015 – Blanketed by its wealth and protected by political alliances, Saudi Arabia has covertly run and promoted a new movement in the Middle East: religious eugenics, under the false pretense of opposing the rise of Iran. From Syria to Bahrain and Yemen, the evidence is overwhelming.

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After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a Third Nuclear Atrocity: The Corruption of Science
Chris Busby – Russia Today, 24 Aug 2015

The bombings can be extrapolated onward in time through the atmospheric testing fallout and Chernobyl, to the more recent contamination in Japan after Fukushima. Today, the analysis of the health risks from the Japanese A-Bombs is being cleverly twisted to provide a rationale for the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy.

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Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: ‘Radiation Will Wash Down from Mountains, Forests into Other Lands’
Russia Today - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jul 2015

23 Jul 2015 – It’s impossible to even slightly decontaminate the area damaged by the Fukushima nuclear disaster because of the mountains and dense forests in that region, says Mycle Schneider, independent analyst on energy and nuclear policy.

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‘Grexit Would Trigger Liquidity Crisis Worse Than 2008’
Max Keiser – Russia Today, 6 Jul 2015

29 Jun 2015 – Should Greece leave the Eurozone and fail to pay its debts, it could trigger the downfall of Deutsche Bank and a crisis worse than that of 2008 – and it is more likely to happen than not.

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American Dreaming, From G1 to Bilderberg
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 15 Jun 2015

11 Jun 2015 – What’s the connection between the G7 summit in Germany, President Putin’s visit to Italy, the Bilderberg club meeting in Austria, and the TTIP – the US-EU free trade deal – negotiations in Washington? G1 plus junior partners? Bilderberg? Get a job; you’re not the only show in town, any town. WikiLeaks and a ton of BRICS.

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BRICS Trample US in South America
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 25 May 2015

Little by little, yet inexorably, BRICS members China – and in a smaller measure, Russia – have been no less than restructuring commerce and infrastructure all across Latin America.

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Three Years of Confronting Western Propaganda
Andre Vltchek – Russia Today, 25 May 2015

After my encounter with Chomsky, my goal was Quixotic – a monster, 1000-page book, exposing and confronting techniques and dogmas utilized by the Empire in all corners of the globe, for purposes of destabilizing “rebellious” nations, overthrowing “unruly” governments, or simply grabbing natural resources.

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Mediterranean Migrant Crisis: ‘EU and US Have to Own Up to What They Have Done in Libya’
Abayomi Azikiwe - Russia Today, 27 Apr 2015

The West should recognize that the situation with African migrants trying to escape to Europe is a serious crisis which needs to be addressed on an international level, Abayomi Azikiwe, editor, Pan-African News Wire, said.

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Australia to Authorize Guards to ‘Beat Asylum Seekers to Death’ – Report
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2015

The new powers, applying to immigration officers, would let them use “reasonable force against any person” to maintain order and security, which in fact could lead to “beating asylum seekers to death.” The immunity from civil and criminal liability will include private contractors – people, who are less trained than police officers.

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‘Fukushima Lessons: Any Notion That Nuclear Power Is Clean Is Obsolete’
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2015

The world must phase out nuclear power because it is absolutely not clean from the mining processing of uranium to the generation of high-level radioactive waste, Kevin Kamps for the radioactive waste watchdog Beyond Nuclear, said.

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‘World Bank Projects Serve for Industrial Ambitions, Not Alleviate Poverty’
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2015

World Bank projects in developing countries have had a dramatic impact, forced displacement and the impoverishment of local communities and indigenous people, political analyst Josh Klemm from International Rivers said.

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War on Yemen: Where Oil and Geopolitics Mix
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya – Russia Today, 13 Apr 2015

9 Apr 2015 – Everything about the war on Yemen is a smokescreen. Concealed behind the smoke is a tale of geopolitics and petro-politics that aims to control the Gulf of Aden. The irony should not be lost on observers that the Saudi-led coalition is comprised of an unhealthy mixture of backward family dictatorships and corrupt governments that essentially are the antithesis of democracy.

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Latin America Not US Backyard
John Wight – Russia Today, 13 Apr 2015

10 Apr 2015 – The Summit of the Americas, being held this year in Panama, is a reminder that contrary to what many in the US like to think, the United States constitutes just one of many nations on the American continent.

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Torture Dinner: Slave-Caught Seafood Winds Up in US Restaurants, Food Chains
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2015

25 Mar 2015 – Seafood caught by slaves forced to fish on a tiny island in Indonesia is ending up at major supermarkets, restaurants and even pet stores across the United States, a year-long investigation has revealed.

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Western ISIS Adventurism, Israel behind Hamas – New Assange Revelations
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2015

24 Mar 2015 – Julian Assange has given an interview to an Argentinian paper from his Ecuadorian embassy asylum where he spent more than 1,000 days. He spoke about why US meddling in Ukraine led to civil war, how the West helped ISIS and Israel supported Hamas.

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Switzerland, Luxembourg Apply for China-Led Infrastructure Bank
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Mar 2015

21 Mar 2015 – Despite negative noises from the US, Switzerland and Luxembourg have become the latest European nations to apply to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Chinese Finance Ministry announced.

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China’s Mega International Payment System Is Ready, Will Launch This Year – Report
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Mar 2015

10 Mar 2015 – The China International Payment System (CIPS) is due to kick off this year, bringing the yuan a step closer to becoming a global trading currency, as the new system will make payment transfers just as easy as in dollars and euro.

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The Real Syrian Moderates: Voices of Reason
Eva Bartlett – Russia Today, 16 Mar 2015

While the Western-led, anti-Assad bloc mind-blowingly speaks of arming non-existent “moderates” to fight in Syria, they also continue to demonize and silence the very voices that offer a true means of bringing peace and stability back to the region.

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‘100yrs to Repair Gaza’: Oxfam Says Blockade Remains, Aid Almost Non-Existent
Russia Today - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2015

27 Feb 2015 – Reconstructing Gaza could take an entire century, if Israel doesn’t stop the siege, leading charity Oxfam warned. And that’s just the time frame for essential projects. The NGO’s regional director calls the situation “deplorable.”

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Banksy In Gaza: Haunting Images among Ruins of War
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2015

27 Feb 2015 – The English graffiti artist has taken his politically charged message to the bombed-out neighborhoods of Gaza, where a series of murals amid a backdrop of devastation attempts to give voice to the desperation felt by Palestinians.

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