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War In Gaza: Why Now? Election Politics? By Washington's Blog, November 16 2012

It was widely reported that Israel agreed to delay any war against Iran until after U.S. elections.

A little over a week after the election, Israel launched a “targeted assassination” against the leader of Hamas.  That is what started the …

Reversal of Justice: Hague Acquits Top Croatian War Criminals By Global Research News, November 16 2012

THE HAGUE – The Hague Tribunal acquitted Friday Croatian Generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac of a joint criminal enterprise and war crimes against humanity in the Croatian Operation Storm in August 1995.

The Appeals Chamber ordered immediate release of …

The Invasion of Gaza: Part of a Broader US-NATO-Israel Military Agenda. Towards a Scenario of Military Escalation? By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, November 16 2012

On November 14,  Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari was murdered in a Israeli missile attack. In a bitter irony,  barely a few hours before the attack, Hamas received  the draft proposal of a permanent truce agreement with Israel.

“Hours before …

Is Obama’s War on Hold? Is Washington Mulling Diplomacy on Iran? By Dr. Ismail Salami, November 16 2012

In an apparent volte-face, Obama has revealed that the US has decided to resolve the so-called Iranian nuclear dispute by means of diplomacy.

“With respect to Iran, I very much want to see a diplomatic resolution to the problem,” Obama …

BP Found Criminally Liable for Gulf Oil Spill and Subsequent Cover Up By Washington's Blog, November 16 2012

As we’ve documented for years, BP was criminally negligent in connection with the Gulf oil spill, and has gone to great lengths to cover up the scope of the disaster … including low-balling spill estimates.

Up until today, many said …

Israel Approved Killing of Hamas Commander Amid Talks on Long-Term Truce By John Glaser, November 15 2012

Just hours before Israel assassinated Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari on Tuesday, he received the draft proposal of a permanent truce agreement with Israel. But Israel approved the airstrike anyways, choosing escalation over resolution.

Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin, who helped …

Palestine Independence Day, 24 Years Ago, November 15, 1988 By Francis A. Boyle, November 15 2012

On November 15, 1988, the independent state of Palestine was proclaimed by the Palestine National Council (PNC), meeting in Algiers, by a vote of  253 to 46, as well as in front of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the capital of

Gaza Under Attack: Extensive Israeli War Crimes. International Eyewitnesses Call for Action By Global Research News, November 15 2012
Beginning at 3:35 pm today, the Gaza Strip has been shaken by several Israeli army attacks from drones, apaches, F-16s, and naval vessels. One of the first people killed was Ahmed al-Jabari, chief of staff of Hamas’ military wing. Palestinian
Obama Nudges Syria Toward Regional War By Shamus Cooke, November 14 2012

Humanitarian catastrophes are surprisingly easy to predict.  Take Syria for instance. Like Iraq, Syria has a complex mix of ethnicity and religion with a long history of conflict. Enter the United States, who comes with guns and cash that it

Swedish Radio Slanders Serbs over Belgrade Pride By Global Research News, November 14 2012

On 6th November 2012 Justitia Pax Veritas (JPV) filed a complaint with the Swedish Broadcasting Commission due to the morning programme broadcast by Swedish Radio’s channel one (P1) concerning this year’s Pride Parade in the Serbian capital, Belgrade.

In JPV’s …

China Builds Up Its Official Gold Reserves, Promotes Yuan as a Global Currency By Global Research News, November 14 2012

 China Says It Must Add To Gold Reserves To Promote Yuan Globalization

Back in September, when we provided the monthly observation on what has become a record year to date surge in Chinese imports of gold from Hong Kong, we …

West Conjures Fake “Syrian” Government By Tony Cartalucci, November 14 2012
Predictably, the Western arranged confab in Doha, Qatar has seen the selection and approval by the US and its allies of a “new opposition coalition” to serve as the face of militants fighting inside  Syria.This was in response to …
Top NATO Commander in Afghanistan Implicated In Petraeus Scandal By Global Research News, November 14 2012

Top US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Allen, implicated in Petraeus scandal

The US head of NATO forces in Afghanistan is under investigation in connection with the sex scandal that saw CIA director David Petraeus resign.

Gen. Allen exchanged “inappropriate” emails …

China’s Transition: Towards a “Red Revival” or Socialist Democracy? By Nile Bowie, November 14 2012

As China’s 18th Communist Party Congress draws to a close, the world’s most populous nation prepares to install the country’s fifth generation of leadership since the Chinese Revolution of 1949. Despite overseeing a stringent police state with heavy limitations on

Political Unease in Tel Aviv: Don’t Expect a Second-term Obama to take on Israel By Jonathan Cook, November 14 2012

Barack Obama’s victory in the US presidential election last week was greeted with general unease in Israel.

Surveys conducted outside the US shortly before polling day showed Obama was the preferred candidate in every country but two – Pakistan and

American Blackmail: Petraeus Affair Used to Cloud Obama’s “Benghazigate”? By Patrick Henningsen, November 14 2012

The mistress of General Petraeus – Paula Broadwell, was no ordinary fling, and is said to be pivotal in his resignation.

As a result, the CIA head won’t be testifying in the upcoming Congressional hearings on Obama’s cock-up in Benghazi. …

A Covert Affair: Petraeus Caught in the Honeypot? By Justin Raimondo, November 13 2012

The outing of Gen. David Petraeus as an adulterer, and his subsequent resignation as CIA Director, was carried out by an unknown FBI “whistleblower” who leaked the facts of the FBI investigation into the General’s private life to Rep. …

Waging an Illegal US-NATO Led War on Syria with the Endorsement of “International Criminal Law” By Global Research News, November 13 2012

By Ken Stone

Ocampo, Front Man For The Empire

On November 9, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) conducted an interview with Luis Moreno-Ocampo, former chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC).1 During the interview, Ocampo called for the …

Argentina Court Freezes Chevron’s Assets: Penalty for Polluting the Amazon in Ecuador By Pratap Chatterjee, November 13 2012

Adrian Elcuj Miranda, a judge in Buenos Aires, has ordered the seizure of Chevron’s assets in Argentina, to force the company to pay a $19 billion penalty for polluting the Amazon in Ecuador. The plaintiffs are seeking similar legal action

Police State North America: The U.S.-Canada Integrated Cybersecurity Agenda By Dana Gabriel, November 13 2012

As part of the Beyond the Border initiative, the U.S. and Canada are strengthening cybersecurity cooperation. In a move that received little attention, both countries recently announced a joint cybersecurity action plan. Cyber threats know no national borders which has

Obamacare: Just give us a bill to hype; we don’t care what it is By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, November 12 2012

In the article below, Dr. Dotson provides more information about Obamacare. The program is not what its supporters or its critics imagine. In my opinion, with Republicans blocking a single-payer national health system, the Obama White House went to the

Petraeus: Resignation or Sacking? By Stephen Lendman, November 12 2012

Some observers call Washington a city of scandals. Lots of intrigue reflects daily life in the nation’s capital. Elected and appointed officials come and go.

Most often it’s uneventful. Other times once powerful figures fell from grace or scandals affecting …

“The War on Global Anti-Semitism” in the Age of Islamophobia By Julie Lévesque, November 12 2012
The US State Department now requires its officials to take a “90-minute course on anti-Semitism at the Foreign Service Institute, the training school for diplomats.”
The Strike in Southern Europe By Sahra Wagenknecht, November 12 2012

A storm is brewing in Southern Europe. In Greece on November 6 and 7 another general strike will take place. On November 14 Portuguese, Cypriot, Spanish and Italian trade unions intend to go on strike in opposition to the austerity

Military Escalation: Israel launches missile strike against Syria By Niall Green, November 12 2012

Following the re-election of Barack Obama in last week’s US presidential poll, Washington and its allies have stepped up their war drive against Syria. In the most serious escalation of the 20-month conflict in the Middle East country, the Israeli

Greece Tax Fraud Scandal. Widespread Corruption Linked to Private Swiss Bank Accounts By Tom Burghardt, November 12 2012
Revelations contained in leaked files touched off major probes across Europe. Known as the "Lagarde List," data on high-profile offenders was transferred to Greek authorities by Christine Lagarde, former French Finance Minister and current head of the IMF
Corruption Threatens to Bring Down China and Russia By Washington's Blog, November 12 2012


Corruption Threatens BRIC Giants

We pointed out last year that China is plagued by corruption and phony bookkeeping.

Reuters notes:

President Hu Jintao warned China’s incoming leaders on Thursday that corruption threatened the ruling Communist Party and

Argentina Unrest: Brought to you by Goldman Sachs By Tony Cartalucci, November 12 2012
Wall Street-owned media group “Clarín” spearheading anti-government drive in South America’s Argentina.

The US-engineered “Arab Spring” brought us the “April 6 Youth Movement” in Egypt, run by Wall Street-backed Mohammed ElBaradei in coordination with the Muslim Brotherhood,

When Former CIA Chief David Petraeus Enraged the Israel Lobby By Ali Abunimah, November 12 2012

There has been fulsome praise for General David Petraeus since he resigned yesterday as head of the CIA after the FBI discovered he was having an extramarital affair.

President Barack Obama lauded Petraeus’s decades of “extraordinary service,” which includes his …

Will the Democrats Tax the Rich to Avoid the Fiscal Cliff? By Shamus Cooke, November 11 2012

Literally the day after the election a sudden “urgency” gripped the nation: the imminent danger of the so-called “fiscal cliff” — the national automatic tax increases and spending cuts due in January. The media screamed that the suddenly approaching fiscal …

Humanitarian Hypocrisy: US Destroys Syria While Propping Up Cambodian Dictator By Tony Cartalucci, November 11 2012

US funds terrorists to overthrow Syrian government based on “humanitarian concerns,” while US President Obama to lend legitimacy to “dictator-for-life” Hun Sen of Cambodia with upcoming visit.

The United States and its allies have maintained that their commitment to supporting

Alternatives to the Democrats and Republicans: How did the Other Parties Perform in the US Elections? By Press TV, November 10 2012
It was widely reported that the Democrats and Republicans finished one-two in the US presidential election on Tuesday, but the fact that the Libertarians finished in third and the Greens in fourth did not receive much coverage in the media.
China says the US is acting with a Cold War mentality towards Chinese businesses By Global Research News, November 10 2012

The United States is exhibiting a Cold War mentality with its fears that Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei poses a security risk because of its ties to the Communist Party, China’s commerce minister said on Saturday.

The U.S. House of …

The Police Drones which are Watching You By Global Research News, November 10 2012

by Geoffrey Ingersoll

Drones (and their corresponding strikes) don’t have the best public face, especially since the wars are winding down and they’ve starting coming home to roost.

It’s not just Obama who’s expanding (and will continue to expand) their

Why Did CIA Director Petraeus Suddenly Resign … And Why Was the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Murdered? By Washington's Blog, November 10 2012

The Deeper Questions Behind the Ambassador’s Murder … and the CIA Boss’ Sudden Resignation

While the GOP is attacking (and Dems defending) the Obama administration in connection with the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, there is a deeper …

The Israeli Nightmare By Tony Cartalucci, November 10 2012

Israel is an excuse, a mandate, a perpetual casus belli, and both an ideological as well as literal beachhead in the Middle East. Created and propped up by the West, in particular the US and United Kingdom, it has served

Capitalism and Climate Change: When a Natural Disaster Becomes a Social Disaster By Raymond Lotta, November 10 2012

Hurricane Sandy has left parts of the eastern seaboard devastated. More than 100 people have died in the U.S. Two million people in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area are, at this writing, without electricity. Parts of lower Manhattan remain

US-Iranian Tensions in the Persian Gulf: Iran Confirms Engagement with US Drone By Global Research News, November 10 2012

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi on Friday confirmed reports about Iran’s confrontation with an enemy aircraft in the airspace over the Persian Gulf, saying that the aircraft was shooed away by Iranian fighter jets.

“Last week an unidentified …

CNN Acts as Pentagon Mouthpiece with its “Report” that Iran Shot at a US Drone By Glen Greenwald, November 10 2012

Barbara Starr, CNN’s Pentagon reporter (more accurately known as: the Pentagon’s reporter at CNN), has an exciting exclusive today. Exclusively relying upon “three senior officials” in the Obama administration (all anonymous, needless to say), she claims that …

Syria’s President Warns of Apocalyptic War By Dr. Ismail Salami, November 10 2012

In a rare interview with Russia Today TV, President Bashar Assad vigorously clarified his stance on the current Syrian crisis created by the West and some regional states including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar and warned them of the apocalyptic

Haiti’s New Dictatorship and the Legacy of Sandy By Justin Podur, Ken Freedman, Michael Premo, and Michael Welch, November 09 2012

“Staten Island and Far Rockaway… parts of it… look like a war zone… I say that in all seriousness having seen devastated areas in other places like Katrina as well as in Zimbabwe and Thailand… The city out there is

Color Revolutions: Argentina Next? By Tony Cartalucci, November 09 2012

Suspicion grows as Western criticism of Argentina’s nationalization and rebuffing of “rules of global finance” sharpens in tandem with street protests.

Western media agencies have begun enthusiastically covering demonstrations in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires. CNN, AP, and the …

US Elections: The Empty Politics of Duopoly By Nile Bowie, November 09 2012

After months of rhetoric and political campaigning, the smoke has finally cleared on the media frenzy that is the US Presidential Election. Once the winner of the race was announced, supporters at the Obama Campaign headquarters in Chicago jubilantly celebrated. …

Obama’s Second Term: “It’s not in America’s Interest to make an Enemy out of Russia or China” By Global Research News, November 09 2012

“The US has bad luck with the female State Secretaries during the last 10-15 years since Mrs. Albright became the Secretary of State. Now Mr. Obama can pick up a much more active and much more knowledgeable Secretary of State

Bashar Al Assad Interview: ‘Syria faces not a Civil War, but Terrorism by Proxies’ By RT, November 09 2012

Assad: Erdogan thinks he’s Caliph, new sultan of the Ottoman

In an exclusive interview with RT, President Bashar Assad said that the conflict in Syria is not a civil war, but proxy terrorism by Syrians and foreign fighters. He also

Canadian Aid Money Supports Mining Companies in Developing Countries By Global Research News, November 09 2012

(Ottawa, November 8, 2012) Mining critics are calling yesterday’s parliamentary committee report on the use of Canadian aid money to support mining companies’ interests in developing countries “ a wholesale handover of CIDA to the private sector.”

The report, by …

No Show Trial for Israel. By Yvonne Ridley, November 08 2012

Israel squirms and wriggles like a worm on a fishhook over the Turkish trial into the deaths of nine unarmed humanitarian aid volunteers on board a ship bound for Gaza.

Tel Aviv has called the hearing in Istanbul a “show

Six hospital evacuations in NY-NJ. Hospitals closed for a Drone weapons site By Sara Flounders, November 08 2012

The storm that hit the U.S. East Coast Oct. 29 exposed the harm done by capitalist priorities in the crucial areas of essential health care and electric power for millions.

Some 400 available industrial-scale generators sat unused while four major …

Mitt Romney: Lies and Liars Lost By Joel S. Hirschhorn, November 08 2012

In over 50 years of voting and 25 years of working professionally in the world of politics and public policy I had never seen such outrageous and persistent lies, distortions and intellectual insults from a presidential candidate. 

Repeatedly, Romney sold …

President Bashar Al Assad: Exclusive Interview. ‘I’m not a Western puppet – I have to live and die in Syria’ By RT, November 08 2012

 In an exclusive interview with RT, Syrian President Bashar Assad said he will not leave Syria. Assad also spoke on the calls for armed foreign intervention in Syria, and the possible fallout on the country’s internal conflict and across the

Tremor within the Chinese Communist Party By Socialist Project, November 08 2012

By Ahmet Devrim

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is holding a new congress, the 18th, due to start on November 8. The CCP is at the helm of the single-party system of the People’s Republic. The nine-member Politbureau Standing Committee

The Real Winner of the Presidential Election By Washington's Blog, November 08 2012

Image by William Banzai

The Federal Reserve Is the Real Winner

US News and World Report notes that Bernanke helped Obama to get re-elected by juicing the economy… at least temporarily:

The Federal Reserve had a key role in

Tea Party Mortally Wounded; Prospects for the “Empire Strikes Back” By Jeffrey Sommers, November 07 2012

The Tea Party is now clearly a distinctly minority faction. It’s prospects for obtaining future majority rule are small.  The most radical (Todd Aiken) and shallow (Scott Brown) Senators lost. Reformers like Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin won.  We now

The FDA Doesn’t Even TEST the Safety of Genetically Engineered Foods By Washington's Blog, November 07 2012

GMO Food Producers “Voluntarily Consult”, But There Is NO Real Safety Testing

Many people assume that the Food and Drug Administration tests genetically engineered foods for safety.

But as USA Today reports:

Q: Does the FDA test these foods

Money Party Wins US Election By Stephen Lendman, November 07 2012

Image: Anthony Freda

The same party wins every time. Duopoly power rules. America is a one party state with two wings. Each replicates the other. On major issues mattering most, not a dime’s worth of difference separates them.

The late …

2012 Election Model Post-Mortem: Election Fraud Still Exists By Global Research News, November 07 2012

Richard Charnin’s post-mortem – slightly mathematical, but well worth noting.  Election fraud still exists, and it nearly denied a second term to President Obama.  

Charnin stands proud for his accurate prediction of 332 EVs – along with John Zogby who

Presidential Elections: Powerful “Special Interest Groups” Won Again By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, November 07 2012
The election was about nothing except who gets to serve the interest groups. The wars were not an issue in the election. Washington’s provoking of Iran, Russia, and China was not an issue. The unconstitutional powers to assassinate citizens on suspicion alone were not an issue.
Expanded Conflict in Syria Promised by Romney Will Proceed Under Obama By Tony Cartalucci, November 07 2012

Most irrelevant election in US history comes and goes as long-planned regime change using Al Qaeda death squads against Syria continues unabated.

Almost as if to affirm the absolute irrelevance of elections in the “democratic” West, expanded conflict promised by …

Massive Turkish Anti-war protests against Interference in Syria By Chris Marsden, November 07 2012

Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters gathered in Istanbul, Thursday evening, opposing military action against Syria. Marchers streamed through the capital’s commercial district, opposing Turkey’s alliance with the United States and pledging support for the Syrian people.

The demonstration took …

Ohio: The E-voting Lawsuit that could Decide the Election By Harvey Wasserman, November 07 2012

In Columbus, Ohio, 9:00am Election Day marks the opening of a federal adjudication that could decide who next occupies the White House.

Heard by Judge Gregory Frost, the case is Robert Fitrakis vs. John Husted and Election Systems & Software. …

Iraq War Crimes: Kidnap and Murder of Ministry of Education Officials By Dirk Adriaensens, November 07 2012

by Milad Rizooqi, Sawt Al-Iraq

Translation: Lubna Al Rudaini and Dirk Adriaensens,

BRussells Tribunal, 31 October 2012.

We hear a lot about “ militias” and their crimes everywhere in Iraq, but many Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish personalities still refuse to …

Evidence of Electronic Vote Fraud Pours In from Both Liberal and Conservative Sources By Washington's Blog, November 06 2012
"Multiple reports of electronic voting machine irregularities have begun to pour in from all over the country as Americans take to the polls today".
The Battleground States: True Vote Sensitivity Analysis. Obama Should Win “Unless Election is Stolen” By Global Research News, November 06 2012

by Richard Charnin

A forecasting model that does not utilize a Sensitivity Analysis of alternative forecast assumptions is incomplete.

This analysis of 10 battleground states is based on various voter turnout and vote share scenarios.

The states are: CO FL …

Is the Syrian “Opposition” Falling Apart? By Devon Douglas-Bowers, November 06 2012

Recently it has been reported that there are some ‘problems’ within the Syrian opposition as the United States attempts to restructure the opposition as way to provide the rebels with more aid. It seems that there is much infighting going …

Humanitarian Crisis in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy By Fred Mazelis, November 06 2012

A week after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States, large numbers of storm victims remain without power, heat or a roof over their heads as the cold weather sets in. With the death toll over 100

US-backed Syrian “Rebels” in Disarray By Bill Van Auken, November 06 2012
The Syrian National Council (SNC), formed barely a year ago and recognized by Washington as the “legitimate representative” of the Syrian people, no longer has US backing
Israel’s Airstrike on Khartoum: Part of a Broader US-NATO-Israel Military Agenda By Global Research News, November 06 2012

by Mohammad Reza Haji-Karim Jabbari

The recent attack on a weapons production plant in Ash Shajara area of Sudan’s capital city, Khartoum, on October 24, can have many reasons. However, irrespective of those reasons, this attack cannot be analyzed separate …

Obama Votes for Romney By Stephen Lendman, November 06 2012

“Well, he might have,” said Mark Crispin Miller on his blog site. He doesn’t know. Nor do other voters. Corporate owned, programmed and manipulated electronic voting machines control things.

The Carter Center monitors elections globally. It refuses to do so …

November 6 Final Forecast: The 2012 True Vote/ Election Fraud Model By Global Research News, November 06 2012

by Richard Charnin

Are there any forecasters in the corporate media who discuss systemic election fraud and include a True Vote analysis in their models? I have not seen any. The pundits ignore election fraud completely by limiting their projections

Why Californians Should Vote: Even If You Are Boycotting the Presidential Election, Vote Yes on Proposition 37 By Washington's Blog, November 06 2012

Even If You Are Boycotting the Presidential Election, Vote Yes on Proposition 37

Some smart people say that we shouldn’t vote tomorrow.

We believe that voting for a third party presidential candidate is a valuable act. Even though California has …

Ominous Signs of Romney/Ryan Election Coup By Larry Chin, November 06 2012
The groundwork for such a scenario is in place. A privatized, hackable, corrupted electronic American election system controlled by Republicans. Rampant voter suppression and intimidation campaigns by Republican operatives.
Puerto Rico Elections: New Partido del Pueblo Trabajador to Challenge Neoliberal Parties By Socialist Project, November 06 2012

by Antonio Carmona

After years of strategic dialogue and an arduous process of electoral inscription, Puerto Rico can now count on an organized alternative, a political party that is committed to defending the interests of the working-class and marginalized sectors …

When will the Killing War in Iran Begin? It Already Has By Stephen Gowans, November 06 2012
This is a war against public health, aimed at the most vulnerable: cancer patients, hemophiliacs, kidney dialysis patients, and those awaiting transplants. Its victims are unseen, dying anonymously in hospitals...
British Arms Deals – Quick Death, Fast Profits By Colin Todhunter, November 06 2012

British PM Cameron is often quite keen to stand in front of the TV cameras and lecture the public on the values of peace and democracy in an unstable world. With his public school accent and an air of authority …

Evidence of Fraud in the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election: A Reader By Prof Michael Keefer, November 05 2012

The following article was published by Global Research one month after the November 2, 2004 elections 5 December 2004

The original URL of this article is:

This Reading List, a substantially expanded version of previous lists published on …

Indepth Report: Election Fraud in America By Global Research News, November 05 2012
Millions Still Without Power as Temperature Nears Freezing in Eastern US By Bill Van Auken, November 05 2012

One week after Hurricane Sandy pummeled the Eastern Seaboard of the United States with high winds and a record storm surge, nearly two million homes and businesses remain without power in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut as temperatures fall …

Yemen’s Tattered Reality After ‘Fairytale’ Revolution: Photographic Perspectives By Nile Bowie, November 05 2012

A year on from the Arab Spring, supposed to usher in a new era for Yemen, for most it is a perilous time. With no clear direction, it is plagued by instability and lawlessness, allowing it to fall prey to

History of Electoral Fraud: The Footprints of November 2, 2004 By Prof Michael Keefer, November 05 2012
Republican electoral fraud in the 2004 presidential election was widely anticipated by informed observers–whose warnings about the opportunities for fraud offered by “black box” voting machines supplied and serviced by corporations closely aligned with Republican interests...
American-led Western Societies are Waging War on Humanity By Stephen Lendman, November 05 2012

Imperial war is a way of life. Social democracies are being eliminated. Freedom is on the chopping block to be crushed. Elections are meaningless and farcical.   America’s are the worst. They mock legitimacy. Money power controls them. It runs the