Selected Articles: Ceasefire in Syria, Opium in Afghanistan, and the “Economic Hit Man” (EHM)

Vladimir_PutinVideo: Vladimir Putin on the Ceasefire in Syria: “I Have Just held a Phone Conversation with President Barack Obama”

By President Vladimir Putin, February 23 2016

Translated from Russian: “Dear friends, I have just held a phone conversation with the President of the United States, Barack Obama. The conversation was initiated by Russia, however interest toward dialogue was undoubtedly mutual…”

bankimoon1“Je Suis Homs”: UN Security Council Silence on Homs, Damascus Terror Attacks, Who Was Behind Them? The International Community’s Double Standards

By Stephen Lendman, February 23 2016

Failure to condemn terrorist attacks in Damascus’ southern Sayeda Zeinab district and Homs last Sunday, killing scores, injuring hundreds, causing enormous damage shows US/Russia negotiated cessation of hostility terms won’t stop future incidents.

U.S.-Russia-Syria-570x332Syria: Does This “Cessation Of Hostilities” Allow Attacks On Jaish al-Fatah?

By Moon of Alabama, February 23 2016

Joint Statement of the United States and the Russian Federation, as Co-Chairs of the ISSG, on Cessation of Hostilities in Syria … Consistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and the statements of the ISSG, the cessation of hostilities does…

US-troops-opium-field-AfghanistanOpium in Afghanistan: How a Pink Flower Defeated the World’s Sole Superpower

By Alfred W. McCoy, February 23 2016

As for that list of Washington’s accomplishments, it might be accurate to say that only one thing was “liberated” in Afghanistan over the last 14-plus years and that was, as TomDispatch regular Alfred McCoy points out today, the opium poppy.

empireThe Evil Empire Has The World In A Death Grip

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, February 23 2016

In my archives there is a column or two that introduces the reader to John Perkins’ important book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. An EHM is an operative who sells the leadership of a developing country on an economic plan or massive development project.

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