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Afghan Opium Production 40 Times Higher Since US-NATO Invasion

About 90 percent of the world’s illegal opium is estimated to come from Afghanistan. Since the U.S.-led NATO invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the production of opium in the country has increased by 40 times according to Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service, or FSKN, fueling organized crime and widespread death. The head of the FSKN, […]

An Old Nightmare Returns: The Balkans Simmer Again – Editorial

One of the problems that emerges when U.S. officials and the news media are focused on a small number of foreign-policy issues is that troubling developments can occur below the radar in other areas. That appears to be happening in the Balkans, a region that was a foreign-policy priority of the Western powers in the […]

Europe’s Highest Court Is Stalling the UK’s New Surveillance Powers

At least one agency that can request internet browsing data is holding off until the European Court of Justice settles an important case. Last November, the UK passed the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA), a surveillance law that will force internet service providers to store each customer’s browsing data for a year. A slew of government […]

US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors – Editorial

For a magician, the greater the illusion attempted, the more showmanship that’s required to distract audiences from that fact that it is indeed just an illusion. For US politics, something very similar applies, particularly regarding the latest, ongoing narrative surrounding alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. Having concluded over half a year […]

The Most Ignored Oil Price Influencer

It is a given that the price for crude oil on the global market for the rest of this year and into 2018 will be influenced by a variety of factors. Global supply, global demand, economic growth or contraction, regional conflicts, export limitation agreements, even the weather; all these factors and more will no doubt […]

Trump Appointee Is A Saudi Government Lobbyist

One of President Donald Trump’s newest appointees is a registered agent of Saudi Arabia earning hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby on the kingdom’s behalf, according to U.S. Department of Justice records reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. Since January, the Saudi Arabian foreign ministry has paid longtime Republican lobbyist Richard Hohlt about […]

Big Step Forward for Sound Money: Texas Picks Company to Run Bullion Depository

The Texas bullion depository took a major step closer to reality last week when officials formally announced the private vendor that will run the facility. The creation of a state bullion depository in Texas represents a power shift away from the federal government to the state, and it provides a blueprint that could ultimately end […]

The Geopolitics Behind Race For Eastern Syria

With the war on the Islamic State (IS) in full swing, the race for eastern Syria is on, with regional and international players jockeying for position in the desert areas stretching from north to south, in the direction of the Iraqi borders. Forces backed regionally and internationally are fighting for the precious span of desert. […]

Clarence Thomas Attacks Civil Asset Forfeiture, Lower Court Follows His Lead

In March the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case filed by a Texas woman fighting for the return of over $200,000 in cash that the police seized from her family. Although neither Lisa Olivia Leonard nor any of her relatives were ever charged with any underlying crime connected to the cash, the state’s […]

Intelligence Budget Requests for FY2018 Published

The Trump Administration requested $57.7 billion for the National Intelligence Program in Fiscal Year 2018, up from a requested $54.9 billion in FY 2017. The Administration requested $20.7 billion dollars for the Military Intelligence Program in FY 2018, up from a requested $18.5 billion in FY 2017. (The amounts actually appropriated in FY 2017 have […]

Drone Strikes Violate Pakistan’s Sovereignty: FO

Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Thursday said that drone strikes are against Pakistan’s sovereignty. During the weekly news briefing, the spokesperson said that Pakistan’s policy regarding drone strikes had always been clear. The FO’s statement came a day after a Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder jet shot down an unmanned Iranian drone allegedly […]

German SPD Condemns ‘Dangerous’ US Nord Stream 2 Sanctions ‘Directed at Germany’

German opposition to the new US sanctions against Russia is mounting, after Washington took aim at Europe’s energy supplies from Russia in legislation passed by senators last week. Leader of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) Martin Schulz has criticized the latest US sanctions against Russia and called on Angela Merkel to oppose them. “We have […]

At FBI, Mueller Oversaw Post-9/11 Abuses – Editorial

The U.S. mainstream media gushes over Russia-gate special prosecutor Robert Mueller as an upright man of the Establishment, ignoring how he oversaw abuses of innocent Arabs after 9/11, reports Jonathan Marshall. Robert Mueller III, the former FBI director who now heads the wide-ranging investigation into alleged misdeeds by President Trump and his associates, just dodged […]

Police Search For Shooter That Killed Democratic National Committee Staffer in D.C.

Metropolitan Police are searching for the shooter that killed Seth Rich, a staffer with the Democratic National Committee. On Sunday, July 10 Rich was shot in the back while walking home in Northwest Washington. New details in the case reveal Rich was stable and able to talk when officers arrived to the scene, according to […]

UN Approves Sahel Counterterrorism Force

The UN Security Council has approved an African counterterrrorism force in the Sahel, but in a watered-down form due to US objections. The force will also fight arms, drugs and human trafficking. The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution that greenlights a five-nation West African force to combat jihadis as well as […]