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The Global Currency War Has Begun. China’s Yuan Breaks the 7 to $1 Band. Why is The Dollar Rising? By Dr. Jack Rasmus, August 05 2019

Over this weekend, China’s Yuan currency broke out of its band and devalued to more than 7 to $1. At the same time China announced it would not purchase more US agricultural goods. The Trump-US Neocon trade strategy has just

A Blockade of Venezuela Must be Opposed By Daniel Larison, August 05 2019

When Trump said he was considering a blockade of Venezuela yesterday, it was possible to dismiss it as a meaningless statement that would have no policy implications. Unfortunately, Trump seems to have meant what he said:

Donald Trump is

Seeking Justice for 9/11 Heroes: An Interview with New York Area Fire Commissioner Christopher Gioia By Andrew Steele and Christopher Gioia, August 05 2019

On this week’s episode of 9/11 Free Fall, host Andy Steele is joined by Franklin Square Fire Commissioner Christopher Gioia to discuss his fire district’s recent passage of a historic resolution supporting a new investigation into events of 9/11.

We

The Resurgence of the “Absentee Landlord” Beast By Philip A Farruggio, August 05 2019

No politician from either of the Two Party/One Party imbroglio will ever mention anything about this Absentee Landlord disgrace. Sadly, absentee landlords have been with us since time in memoriam. These people were even mentioned in the story of Jesus

Is There a Third Way in Libya? What can Break the Deadlock in Libya’s Civil War? By Richard Galustian, August 05 2019

What can break the deadlock in Libya’s civil war? 

Ghassan Salame, the UN’s point man for Libya began his analysis and brief to the Security Council last week by emphasising that the armed conflict in Libya “shows no signs

Tulsi Gabbard, the Mainstream Media and Treason By Renee Parsons, August 05 2019

In case you had not noticed, there is an existential crisis going on within both the MSM and Democratic party that has been on full display during the June and July DNC sponsored presidential debates – and today the DNC

Europe Says ‘No Safe Level’ of Brain-Damaging Pesticide Trump EPA Refused to Ban By EWG, August 05 2019

European food safety regulators have found there is no safe level of exposure for a brain-damaging pesticide President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency recently refused to ban.

The European Food Safety Authority said today that chlorpyrifos, widely used on fruits and …

Trump Administration Ends Long-standing Safeguards Protecting Kids from Dangerous Class of Pesticides By Center For Biological Diversity, August 05 2019

The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will end long-running safeguards meant to protect children from harmful pesticide ingredients used in bug sprays, pet shampoos and on fruits and vegetables.

After receiving data from the pesticide industry …

Trump Regime Aiming to Blockade Iran and Venezuela? By Stephen Lendman, August 05 2019

International law is clear. Blockades are undeclared acts of war.

No nation may legally use this tactic against another state unilaterally or with coalition partners.

UN Charter provisions are binding international law. Article 39 authorizes the Security Council alone to …

Mass Shootings in America. The US is a “Gun Society” By Stephen Lendman, August 05 2019

They happen with disturbing regularity, two over the weekend. More on them below.

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Gun Violence Archive maintains a database of reported shootings in the US, information gotten from law enforcement, media, and government sources.

In 2019, it reported 33,028 …

The Dangerous New US Consensus on China and the Future of US-China Relations By Prof. Mel Gurtov and Prof. Mark Selden, August 05 2019

The trade war and technological competition with China are symptomatic of a much larger issue: a dangerous gridlock in US-China relations that may become permanent, with dire consequences not just for the two countries’ economies but also for the global

Trump’s Trade War Measures Hit the Financial Markets By Nick Beams, August 05 2019

Financial markets around the world fell on Friday as a result of the shock wave from US President Trump’s surprise announcement Thursday that he intended to impose a 10 percent tariff from September 1 on a further $300 billion worth

Reiwa Shinsengumi: A New Unconventional Politician has Emerged in Japan. Power to the People! By Reiwa Shinsengumi for the World, August 05 2019
The Canaries that Sang “Things Suck” By Jack Tucker, August 04 2019

Don’t get me wrong.  I am not foul-mouthed or in any way vulgar, having been trained in the niceties of academic discretionary writing and research.  I apologize for the title and even for using the personal pronoun “I.”  As “one”

Trump and the World By Robert Fantina, August 04 2019

At this point, everyone on the planet with the exception of United States President Donald Trump and his own, perverse, neocon circle, must see that the U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been an unmitigated

Trump Ponders Deadly Blockade of Venezuela By Kurt Nimmo, August 04 2019

President Trump, wandering further afield of his noninterventionist election campaign promise, may soon impose an illegal military blockade on Venezuela.

According to an unnamed Trump administration official, the blockade will continue until Nicolas Maduro abdicates and Juan Guaido becomes …

Is the Endless Iraq Conflict Finally Over? By Rossen Vassilev Jr., August 04 2019

The First Gulf War (1990-1991)

How did U.S. military intervention in Iraq—the wealthiest Arab country in the 1970s—begin? The First Gulf War started in August 1990, when Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein’s army occupied neighboring Kuwait. The Iraqi dictator invaded

US-backed Opposition Prime Suspects in Thai Bombings By Tony Cartalucci, August 04 2019

Several small bombs detonated across Bangkok on Friday, August 2, amid a meeting between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) the US, China, and Russia.

There were several injuries reported, but no deaths.

Despite a Western media deliberately feigning …

Another Failed Ceasefire in Syria By Stephen Lendman, August 04 2019

Countless ceasefires throughout years of Obama’s war, now Trump’s, agreed to by US-supported terrorists, were breached straightaway — government forces falsely blamed for their actions.

This time is following the earlier pattern. Once again, jihadists violated the agreement, surprising no …

America
More Fake Happy News About Jobs and Employment in America By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, August 04 2019

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the US economy created 148,000 new private sector jobs during July.  The jobs number does not translate into employed people as increasingly Americans hold two or more jobs.  For example, the BLS reports

Defending Tulsi Gabbard from the Programmed War Propagandists By Kurt Nimmo, August 04 2019

The corporate media, reflecting the talking points of the establishment and the war party, keeps harping on Democrat presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard about Bashar al-Assad and gas attacks that never occurred. 

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The World Financial Order: An Instrument of the US Empire By Prof Michael Hudson and Michael Welch, August 04 2019

“So, Canada, the Canadian people unfortunately are deprived of honest representation of provincial desires, provincial needs, by the fact that the financial sector, the banks, are pretty much running the country.”         – Michael Hudson

On the weekend of July 19-21st, …

Hiroshima: A “Military Base” according to President Harry Truman By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, August 03 2019
“The World will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians..”(President Harry S. Truman in a radio speech to the Nation, August 9, 1945).
A Major Conventional War Against Iran Is an Impossibility. Crisis within the US Command Structure By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, August 03 2019
What both the media and military analysts fail to acknowledge is that US CENTCOM's forward Middle East headquarters at the al-Udeid military base close to Doha de facto "lies in enemy territory". Since the May 2017 split of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Qatar has become a staunch ally of Iran
Were the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a War Crime and a Crime Against Humanity? By Rossen Vassilev Jr., August 03 2019
The two most often cited reasons for President Truman’s controversial decision were to shorten the war and to save the lives of “between 250,000 and 500,000” American soldiers.
“Greater Israel”: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East By Israel Shahak and Prof Michel Chossudovsky, August 03 2019
When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East
Bioweapons: Lyme Disease, Weaponized Ticks By Makia Freeman, August 03 2019

Bioweapons, specifically Lyme Disease and bioweaponized ticks, were in the news recently when US Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced Amendment 116-19 which was subsequently passed by the US House of Congress on July 11th, 2019. The US House ordered an

The CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s Is the Story of Our Times. The Killing of the Kennedys and Today’s New Cold War By Edward Curtin, August 03 2019
Sirhan did not kill Robert Kennedy, yet he remains in jail to this very day. Robert Kennedy, Jr., who was 14 years old at the time of his father’s death, has visited Sirhan in prison, claims he is innocent, and believes there was another gunman.
The Myth of a Racist Quebec By Nadia Alexan, August 02 2019

Translated from French

The accusations of racism brought against the people of Quebec in the wake of Bill 21 on the secularism of the state are very ill-founded. On the contrary, the history of this minority people in North America

No, Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Is Not “Assad Apologist” By Sarah Abed, August 02 2019

With nearly two dozen declared candidates competing for the 2020 Democratic Presidential primary field and the opportunity to run against Donald Trump in the general election, it’s no surprise that candidates are trying their best to “destroy” their opponents during

The Rise of China and the Decline of American Power By Christopher Black, August 02 2019

The imperialist powers have a long history of colonialism in China, of reducing its people to beggars in their own land. The British, the French, the Germans, the Americans, the Japanese, all are guilty of crimes against China that cannot

Climate Change in Siberia: Massive Wildlife Tragedy as Bears and Foxes Flee Taiga, While Smaller Animals Suffocate in Smoke By Svetlana Skarbo, August 02 2019

Wild animals are turning to humans as they escape gas-chamber-like woods, with wildfires continuing to rage across almost 3 million hectares. 

Even the Arctic is on fire, with smoke blanketing an area larger than the European Union, and a state …

The Geopolitical Wrecking Ball Trump Regime. “MAGA Gone Mad” By Stephen Lendman, August 02 2019

Wall Street and other monied interests love Trump for handing them a bonanza of riches. Weapons and munitions makers support him and bipartisan congressional war party members for waging endless wars of aggression.

Big Oil, Big Pharma, other corporate predators,

Why Did the UK Commander of HM Montrose Refrain from Firing on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)? Who in Iran Gave Orders to Capture the “Stena Impero”? By Elijah J. Magnier, August 02 2019

The US officially asked Europe, in particular the UK, France, Germany and Italy, to provide a naval force to patrol and protect ships sailing in the Straits of Hormuz, even if the command and control is handled by the Europeans

XXV Sao Paulo Forum Demonstrates that Venezuela Is Not Alone! By Alicia Jrapko, August 02 2019

From July 25-28 the XXV Sao Paulo Forum took place in Caracas, Venezuela, with the participation of 190 organizations, political parties, social movements, workers’ movements, parliamentarians and intellectuals from Latin America, the Caribbean and several continents.

The date chosen for …

Video: Al Qaeda Idlib “Militants” Rescued by Another “Ceasefire”, Israeli Airstrikes against Syrian Army Positions By South Front, August 02 2019

On August 1, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies continued their advance on militants’ positions in northern Hama liberated the villages of Mushairifah, Aziziah, Abu Raeida Gharbi and Abu Raeida.

According to local sources, SAA units also pushed …

Syria’s “Opposition” Fails to Represent Syrians By Steven Sahiounie, August 02 2019

The Syrian population residing in Syria is suffering from having barely survived eight years of war.  They didn’t leave for camps in Turkey, Jordan or Lebanon, or they are those who have returned to Syria from having been in camps. 

A Mother, Six Newborns Die Every Two Hours in Yemen By Daily Sabah, August 02 2019

As the world approaches the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), mothers and children continue to bear the brunt of the ongoing Saudi-led war in Yemen. The brutal conflict continues to cost the lives

Glyphosate Should be Phased Out Worldwide. Devastating Health Impacts By GMWatch, August 02 2019

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the only global organisation representing obstetricians and gynaecologists, wants glyphosate phased out worldwide.

A statement published by the Federation’s Reproductive and Developmental Environmental Health Committee says:

“Over the past fifteen years, an

UAE Withdrawal from Yemen. Turning Point. Did the Ansar Allah Just Win the Yemeni War? By Andrew Korybko, August 02 2019

The announcement that the UAE is in the process of a large-scale military drawdown in Yemen has been met with rapturous applause by the Ansar Allah’s supporters who believe that this unofficially acknowledges their victory in the conflict, but these

US Federal Court Exposes Democratic Party Conspiracy Against Assange and WikiLeaks. Judge Dismisses DNC Lawsuit By Eric London, August 02 2019

In a ruling published late Tuesday, Judge John Koeltl of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York delivered a devastating blow to the US-led conspiracy against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

In his ruling, Judge Koeltl, …

Libya
The Retainer Solution: The European Union, Libya and Irregular Migration By Dr. Binoy Kampmark, August 02 2019

There is a venom in international refugee policy that refuses to go away: officials charged with their tasks, passing on their labours to those who might see the UN Refugee Convention as empty wording, rather than strict injunction carved upon

The Western Alliance Is Falling Apart By Peter Koenig, August 02 2019
Turkey has become a de facto lame duck as a NATO member and may soon officially exit NATO which would be a tremendous blow to the Western Alliance – and may tempt other European NATO nations to do likewise. Probably not overnight, but the idea of an ever more defunct NATO is planted.
The American Empire and Its Media By Swiss Propaganda Research, August 02 2019

This article was first crossposted on GR in July 2017.

Largely unbeknownst to the public, many media executives and top journalists of almost all major U.S. news outlets, political and business magazines, public broadcasters and press agencies have long been

Defending Venezuela Is Defending Our America By Nino Pagliccia, August 02 2019

The Sao Paulo Forum (SPF) that took place in Caracas just ended on July 28 fittingly within the framework of remembering the 65th anniversary of the birth of Hugo Chavez with a display of affection and respect for the

Video: Game Changer: What’s Behind US-Turkish Conflict over S-400 Deal By South Front, August 02 2019

According to the Turkish National Defense Ministry, receipt of the first batch of Russian S-400 missile defense systems was  completed on July 25th. Besides making headlines all around the world and causing a harsh response from the US,

When the Lie Is Accepted as the Truth By Mark Taliano, August 02 2019

Memes create perceptions, and perceptions are everything.

Memes and slogans are empty and vacuous, but they fabricate consent from broad-based populations.

Evidence is not required.

One persistent “perception” that governing agencies have been implanting in the collective mindset is “You

A Brief History of the CIA’s Dirty War in South Sudan By Ryan Dawson, August 02 2019

With the CIA’s Dirty War in South Sudan winding down its time to take a brief but comprehensive look at the origins and history of this most secret of Pax Americana crimes in Africa.

It is in the national interests …

Foro de São Paolo: Venezuela Is Today the First Trench of the Anti-Imperialist Struggle By Arnold August, August 02 2019

So declared Cuban President Díaz-Canel in his July 28 speech at the Foro de São Paolo in Caracas. It is not the first time that Cuba, through its leaders and revolutionary press, has made such an affirmation. Furthermore, in a

5G Telecommunication: Tesla’s Coil and the T-Mobile Merger By Renee Parsons, August 02 2019

The FCC, the telecoms and cooperating MSM continue their resolute pr campaign to sell 5G to an unsuspecting American public as if the technology is up and running at effortless full capacity.  The truth is that even as ‘spotty’ coverage

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Trump’s Afghan Drawdown Plans. Reducing US Military Presence in Afghanistan Before 2020 Elections? By Andrew Korybko, August 01 2019

Secretary of State Pompeo’s surprise announcement that President Trump ordered him to reduce the US military presence in Afghanistan before the 2020 elections immediately raised the ire of the Mainstream Media and will probably see his domestic foes’ hostile narratives

America’s Economic Collapse. Capitalism is a Plunder Mechanism By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, August 01 2019

Capitalists have claimed responsibility for America’s past economic success.  Let’s begin by setting the record straight. American success had little to do with capitalism. This is not to say that the US would have had more success with something like

The Spy Game: It Ain’t What It Used to be By Philip Giraldi, August 01 2019

The Tehran government has announced the arrest of seventeen Iranian citizens caught spying for America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Some of those arrested have already been sentenced to death. It is the third major roll-up of CIA agents in Iran

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Law Suit Against Russia, Kremlin Accused of “Election Meddling”, Wikileaks and Trump Campaign, “Case Dismissed with Prejudice” By Stephen Lendman, August 01 2019

Democratic National Committee (DNC) v. Russian Federation, et al was filed in April 2018.

Presided over by federal District Court Judge John Koeltl, the suit without substance was over fabricated claims of Russian 2016 US election meddling.

It named …

Germany Rejects US Anti-Iran Maritime Coalition. Will Other EU Member States “Follow Suit”? By Stephen Lendman, August 01 2019

Trump regime hardliners are struggling to enlist anti-Iran Operation Sentinel maritime coalition partners.

Britain’s limited Persian Gulf naval presence so far is separate from the Trump regime’s. The size of its fleet is a limiting factor. It’s been declining for

It’s Too Late for India to Rethink Its Failed Afghan Strategy By Andrew Korybko, August 01 2019

India already discredited itself too much in both the eyes of the Afghan population and the rest of the world by being the only country to consistently stand with the unpopular puppet government in Kabul that even the US itself

Bolsonaro: Legalized Toxic Pesticides Endanger People Worldwide By Telesur, August 01 2019

Brazil President’s Jair Bolsonaro’s environmental deregulation and new free trade deals would see the world consuming toxic pesticides that are banned in most countries, Oliver Tickell of the Green Economic Institute warned Tuesday in an interview with RT.

“This

When Corporations Ransack Countries: A Primer on Investor-state Dispute Settlement (ISDS) By Red Carpet Courts, August 01 2019

“If you wanted to convince the public that international trade agreements are a way to let multinational companies get rich at the expense of ordinary people, this is what you would do: give foreign firms a special right to apply

Washington’s Ultimate Goal in Tehran Remains “Regime Change” By Sarah Abed, August 01 2019

It’s always been about regime change. Washington’s ultimate goal in Iran for the past 40 years has been to bring down the Mullah’s leading the Islamic Republic of Iran. As much as the current administration and specifically President Donald Trump

The Human Toll of Economic Sanctions Directed against Iran By Prof. Muhammad Sahimi, August 01 2019

The illegal economic sanctions that the Trump administration has imposed on Iran are ruining its economy by increasing the inflation rate—from nine percent before the sanctions to 35-40 percent today—as well as unemployment, and forcing countless numbers of small businesses

‘An Ugly Wave’: Israeli Artists Say Defunded Film Reveals Culture of Censorship By Moran Nakar, August 01 2019

When the directors of the film Advocate captured the biggest prize at Israel’s most important documentary festival, they never imagined their victory would trigger tighter controls on freedom of speech in the country.

But that is exactly what has happened, …

Trump’s “Space Force”: Weaponizing Space Is the “New” Bad Idea Coming from Washington By Federico Pieraccini, August 01 2019

When considering the possibility of great-power conflict in the near future, it is difficult to bypass space as one of the main areas of strategic focus for the major powers.The United States, Russia and China all have cutting-edge programs

Pacific Island States Declare Climate Crisis By Patricia Mallam, August 01 2019
Idlib and NATO’s War of Terror against the Syrian People By Miri Wood, August 01 2019

UN Bullies in meticulous suits have launched another hospitals bombing psywar campaign to support NATO’s last terrorists in Idlib. It should be scandalous, international news, that key members of the United Nations continue to ignore the Geneva Agreements on hospitals,

The National Security State Needs an Enemy: Senator Warren Warns About “White Supremacist” Threat By Kurt Nimmo, August 01 2019

The national security state requires a roster of enemies to justify its existence. Beginning in the late 1940s, it was the Commies, not simply the Soviet Union but Commies everywhere—in the State Department, the neighborhood PTA, even under your bed.…

5G Agriculture – Food from Frankenstein Farming By Julian Rose, August 01 2019

The director of development at Ericsson, Marcin Sugak, is excited. He has a new toy to sell to agribusiness farmers. This particular toy, he claims, is going to ‘overcome’ all the difficult new challenges facing agriculture today. It will be

Romanticism and Literature: Serving Human Liberty? By Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin, August 01 2019

“Swift has sailed into his rest;
Savage indignation there
Cannot lacerate his breast.
Imitate him if you dare,
World-besotted traveller; he
Served human liberty.”

W. B. Yeats translation of Jonathan Swift’s Latin epitaph

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In this continuing series on the …

Psychotechnology: How Artificial Intelligence Is Designed to Change Humanity By Makia Freeman, August 01 2019
The concept behind the word psychotechnology is an extremely important (and dangerous) one: the idea that as technology becomes more advanced, more personable and more human-like, it will start persuading us more and more.
Bolsonaro’s Clearcut Populism.”The Barbarism has Begun” By Asad Ismi, August 01 2019

“The barbarism has begun,” declared the Pankarurú Indigenous nation after Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s neofascist president, won fraudulent elections in October 2018 amidst accusations of breaking financing rules and shamelessly spreading fake news. The Pankarurú inhabit a northeastern part of

Erdogan’s Risky Geopolitical Pirouette. Turkey’s Economy in “Troubled Waters” By F. William Engdahl, August 01 2019

Turkey’s economy has been in increasingly difficult straits for months, especially since the failed July 2016 coup attempt. The latest move by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to fire his central bank head and replace him with a more amenable loyalist

Intimacies from an Awful War. “For Sama” by Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts By Barbara Nimri Aziz, August 01 2019

If you think you’ve seen enough of conflict, especially the war in Syria, you haven’t. From love of nation and loathing of military rule, from inchoate hope of redemption and improbable determination, indebted to lost friends and seeded in the

India Involved in China-Vietnam Dispute in the South China Sea? By Andrew Korybko, August 01 2019
Is India Preparing to Unleash “Weapons of Mass Migration” in Kashmir? By Andrew Korybko, August 01 2019
Video: Syrian Army Advancing in Northern Hama By South Front, July 31 2019

On the evening of July 28 the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their allies renewed their advance on militant positions in northern Hama. In the ensuing series of clashes, government troops eliminated at least 5 units of

Toxic Mine Waste. The Dangers of Copper Sulfide Mining By Dr. Gary G. Kohls, July 31 2019

A few months ago, the Trump administration’s Bureau of Land Management renewed the previously cancelled mineral exploration leases to Antofagasta, the Chilean mining giant that owns Twin Metals, the Canadian penny-stock company that has been doing the groundwork for Antofagasta’s

As US Beefs Up Military Presence in the Gulf, Yemen’s Houthis Turn to Russia for Support By Ahmed AbdulKareem, July 31 2019

Houthi attempts to engage the UN to broker a peaceful solution to the war on Yemen have stalled. Now, out of options, the movement may have found a willing partner in Moscow.

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Yemen’s Houthi movement has reacted with concern …

Israeli Pesticides Contaminating Gaza Crops. Report By IMEMC, July 31 2019

A new report by the group ‘Forensic Architecture’ has found that widespread pesticide contamination from Israel into Gaza has occurred over decades, severely impacting the food grown in Gaza.

The full report follows below:

Staging the terrain

Over three decades,

The Injustice of Economic Warfare By Daniel Larison, July 31 2019

The AP reports on the harmful effects of sanctions on the availability of medicine in Iran:

“Our biggest concern is that channels to the outside world are closed,” said Dr. Arasb Ahmadian, head of the Mahak Children’s Hospital, which

States and Capitalist Society By Leo Panitch, July 31 2019

The illusions of the neoliberal era – that the market should or even could be freed from the state, or that an unstoppable process of capitalist globalization was bypassing even the most powerful of states – have suddenly dissipated. One