Selected Articles: US Anti-China Saber Rattling, Syrian Peace Talks Close, U.S. Voters’ Rights Amendment


The Trump Administration’s Disturbing US Anti-China Saber Rattling

By Stephen Lendman, January 25 2017

Saber rattling by Trump administration officials on China give pause for concern, continuing Obama’s hostile approach, risking direct confrontation if not curbed.

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Syrian Peace Conference Closes, Repudiation of ISIS and Al Qaeda, Next Step in Geneva

By Eric Zuesse, January 25 2017

The Syrian peace talks in Astana Khazakhstan, closed on Tuesday, January 24th, with a resounding repudiation of both ISIS and Al Nusra (Al Qaeda in Syria), in a statement by all three signatory nations — Russia, Iran, and Turkey — which also is an implicit repudiation of the longstanding American position on Syria.


The U.S. Voters’ Rights Amendment: People Making Policy

By William John Cox, January 25 2017

Many different initiatives to repair various elements of the electoral system have been proposed, including the elimination of corporate constitutional rights. While efforts to eliminate corporate personhood and control campaign financing, would be beneficial, they would not ensure the right to cast effective votes—which is the essential requirement of a free and democratic republic. The United States Voters’ Rights Amendment (USVRA) is a comprehensive solution to these problems.


“Neo-Marxism” And “The New Middle East”

By Andrew Korybko, January 25 2017

One of the most curious quirks of recent history is that self-proclaimed followers of the Cold War-era ideology of Marxism are on the upswing two and a half decades after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and interestingly enough, they’re making on-the-ground progress in the Mideast of all places.


Fake News, Propaganda and Threats to Journalism

By Professor Piers Robinson, January 25 2017

Threats to journalism and journalistic autonomy come in many forms. At the most extreme, journalists are directly threatened, intimidated and, all too frequently, harmed by political actors seeking to influence the ‘information environment’. As a form of coercion, aimed at controlling what journalists write and say, threats and attacks can be understood as a form of propaganda

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