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U.S. Has Spent Nearly $6 Trillion on War Since 9/11

November 14th, 2018

WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as […]

How ZTE Helps Venezuela Create China-Style Social Control

November 14th, 2018

Via: Reuters: Chinese telecoms giant ZTE is helping Venezuela build a system that monitors citizen behavior through a new identification card. The “fatherland card,” already used by the government to track voting, worries many in Venezuela and beyond. … The card is increasingly linked by the government to subsidized food, health and other social programs […]

Underperforming Chinese Workers Made to Drink Urine, Eat Bugs

November 8th, 2018

Via: Reuters: Workers at a Chinese home renovation company who failed to complete their tasks had to drink urine, eat cockroaches or get whipped by a belt. Others had to shave their heads or drink water from a toilet bowl and had their salaries withheld by a month, according to images and videos on Chinese […]

Chinese-Style ‘Digital Authoritarianism’ Grows Globally

November 2nd, 2018

Via: AFP: Governments worldwide are stepping up use of online tools, in many cases inspired by China’s model, to suppress dissent and tighten their grip on power, a human rights watchdog study found Thursday. The annual Freedom House study of 65 countries found global internet freedom declined for the eighth consecutive year in 2018, amid […]

Nearly $6 Billion Belonging To Dead Libyan Dictator Gaddafi Has Gone Missing

October 31st, 2018

Via: ZeroHedge: Nearly nine months after Politico first reported that interest payments stemming from nearly $70 billion in frozen assets formerly belonging to the regime of deceased Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi had been paid to opaque accounts belonging to the Libyan Investment Authority, UN investigators are finally looking into where the money went. At last […]

TSA Announces “Biometrics Vision for All Commercial Aviation Travelers”

October 27th, 2018

Via: Papers, Please: Today the US Transportation Security Administration released a detailed TSA Biometric Roadmap for Aviation Security & the Passenger Experience, making explicit the goal of requiring mug shots (to be used for automated facial recognition and image-based surveillance and control) as a condition of all domestic or international air travel. … It’s a […]

China: “Vocational Schools”

October 24th, 2018

Via: BBC: On 12 July 2015 a satellite swung over the rolling deserts and oasis cities of China’s vast far west. One of the images it captured that day just shows a patch of empty, untouched, ashen-grey sand. It seems an unlikely place to start an investigation into one of the most pressing human rights […]

Will There Ever Be a “Freedom Loving” Majority?

October 24th, 2018

This doesn’t even mention the unbelievably dire security situation with electronic voting machines. Via: The Daily Bell: There was never a majority of freedom-loving honorable Americans. People who believe in individual freedom and natural rights are a minority and always have been. Trying to vote our way to freedom is not a sound strategy. There […]

Saudi Arabia Admits Khashoggi Killed Inside Consulate

October 19th, 2018

Via: CNBC: Missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, Saudi Arabia’s general prosecutor said early Saturday morning local time. The government said that Khashoggi got into a fight with the people he met at the consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 2. The kingdom alleged that Khashoggi died in that clash.

China May Have $5.8 Trillion in Hidden Debt With ‘Titanic’ Risks

October 17th, 2018

Via: Bloomberg: China’s local governments may have accumulated 40 trillion yuan ($5.8 trillion) of off-balance sheet debt, or even more, suggesting further defaults are in store, according to S&P Global Ratings. “The potential amount of debt is an iceberg with titanic credit risks,” S&P credit analysts led by Gloria Lu wrote in a report Tuesday. […]

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