From Zero Hedge

  • Forget Trump: The Military-Industrial Complex Is Still Running The Show With Russia

    Authored by Bruce Fein via The American Conservative,

    As the media fulminates, they fail to see how Trump has kept the usual machinery running...

    President Donald Trump has strengthened, not weakened, American military and economic opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. That fact has been mostly unreported and it is of the utmost importance. Irrespective of what Trump harrumphs about NATO or Vladimir Putin, the multi-trillion-dollar military-industrial-counterterrorism complex...

  • A Brief History Of US Covert Action In Syria

    In part 2 of this corrective history of the Syrian proxy war which notable Middle East experts have lately urged is important and essential reading, William Van Wagenen demonstrates the direct US-al Qaeda relationship during the heart of the war, resulting in genocide against religious minorities. Part 1 is available here. 

    Part 2: The Myth of US 'Inaction' in Syria, by William Van Wagenen via The Libertarian Institute

    Member of the US-backed FSA, Aleppo, Syria. Image source: Wiki...

  • Solomon: Climb Down From The Summit Of Hostile Propaganda

    Authored by Norman Solomon via,

    Throughout the day before the summit in Helsinki, the lead story on the New York Times home page stayed the same: “Just by Meeting With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead.” The Sunday headline was in harmony with the tone of U.S. news coverage overall. As for media commentary, the Washington Post was in the dominant groove as it editorialized that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is “an implacably hostile foreign adversary.”

    Contempt for diplomacy with...

  • Watch: Drone Flies Dangerously "Feet Away" From An Airbus A380

    Fresh off the internet, an incredible video shows the moment an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flies into the path of the world’s largest passenger airliner.

    Video of the incident was first reported by HelicoMicro, which has since circulated many drone and photography forums. The video shows just how stupid someone can be while operating a recreational drone near an airport.

    According to Oliver Kmia, a photo analyst for Fstoppers, he confirms the A380 airliner belongs to the Dubai-based company...

  • Aussie Farmers Face Worst Drought In 100 Years

    Authored by Mac Slavo via,

    Farmers are saying the situation they’ve been presented with is “dire.” As they battle the worst drought they’ve faced in 100 years, farming families in central-western New South Wales in Australia are facing ruin.

    According to The Guardian, the farmers in the affected region of central and western New South Wales continue to battle a crippling drought that many locals are calling the worst since 1902. In Warrumbungle Shire, where sharp peaks fall away...

  • Trump Slams Door On Putin's Offer For Referendum In Eastern Ukraine

    Perhaps Putin didn't get the memo that democratic referendums don't count unless the people can be counted on to vote "the right way"? And perhaps Trump is not actually doing Putin's bidding? 

    A day after President Vladimir Putin told Russian diplomats in a closed door meeting that he set a proposal before Donald Trump during their Helsinki summit that a resolution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine could be reached by holding an internationally monitored referendum in contested separatist...

  • The Schizophrenic Deep State Is A Symptom, Not The Disease

    Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

    If we understand the profound political disunity fracturing the nation and its Imperial Project, we understand the Deep State must also fracture along the same fault lines.

    If we consider the state of the nation from 40,000 feet, several key indicators of profound political disunity within the elites pop out:

    1. The overt politicization of the central state's law enforcement and intelligence agencies: it is now commonplace to find former...

  • Mole Inside Russian Hypersonic Weapons Lab Smuggles Top Secret Files To West: Report

    Russia's domestic intelligence agency, the FSB, conducted a raid of two hypersonic weapons laboratories on Friday after it was discovered that top secret files were leaked to Western intelligence, according to Russian newspaper Kommersant.

    FSB operatives raided the employee quarters of the TSNIIMASH (the Central Research Institute of Machine Building) and the URSC (United Rocket and Space Corporation) - both of which are a part of Russian Space Agency Roscosmos and are involved in the...

  • Students Demand That University Cancel Pence Event

    Authored by Zachary Petrizzo via Campus Reform,

    Students are demanding that Lee University in Tennessee cancel an upcoming appearance by Vice President Mike Pence because they disagree with Pence’s political positions.

    The petition, started by student Cedes Harris, argues that Pence’s political views are directly at odds with the values of the Christian institution, asking on behalf of "concerned students, faculty, and alumni" that school administrators cancel the his scheduled appearance at...

  • Fed Finds Wealth Advantage For College Grads Is Vanishing

    Four years ago, in one of its taxpayer subsidized research papers, the San Fran Fed asked "is it still worth going to college", looking at the tradeoff between the "investment" of tens of thousands of dollars in student loans relative to the pick up in earnings potential over one's lifetime. It founds that the answer is "yes" because "the value of a college degree remains high, and the average college graduate can recover the costs of attending in less than 20 years." In other words by the time...

  • Not Radical Islam, But Gold Fever Threatens Indonesia's Stability

    Authored by Marjolein Van Pagee via Oriental Review,

    Last May, headlines worldwide paid attention to the suicide attacks in Surabaya, Indonesia. Various media outlets wrote about the fear of the Western world that ISIS, after being defeated in the Middle East, was moving to Southeast Asia. The new wave of violence in Java was seen as proof. In the latter narrative, it is totally accepted that American and Australian intelligence services provide support in the fight against...

  • In Striking Twist, A War Of Words Erupts Between China's Central Bank And Ministry of Finance

    Forget the trade war: in China the fingerpointing over who is responsible for China's economic mess has begun.

    In an unprecedented turn of events, China's central bank and its Ministry of Finance are having a public feud about the future of the country's monetary policy. Worse, it comes at a troubling time for a deleveraging (at least until recently) China whose economy has slowed sharply, just saw its biggest default of 2018, and is engaged in a bitter trade - and now currency - war with the...