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BFP Exclusive: Fethullah Gulen’s New Controversy in the Netherlands

By Peter Edel In no country has the Fethullah Gülen movement become more of a political issue than in The Netherlands. A television item in 2008 resulted in questions in parliament to the Minister of Social Affairs about a possible negative influence by the movement on the integration of Turks in Dutch society. Subsequently the [...]

Guardian Exposes West-Jordan-Syria Axis … But Only 15 Months Late

Syria and Censorship a la Mainstream-Quasi Alternative Media The following headline news was reported by Guardian-UK on Friday, and has been picked up and circulated by other mainstream and alternatives alike since: West training Syrian rebels in Jordan Western training of Syrian rebels is under way in Jordan in an effort to strengthen secular elements [...]

Geopolitics with Ryan Dawson-Africa Wars: How Much of Blowback is Really Unintended?

Ryan Dawson Presents Rob Prince Rob Prince a Lecturer – University of Denver, and writer for the Colorado Progressive Jewish News, join us today to discuss neocolonialism in North Africa. Why are the French really intervening in Mali? How are the arms and drug trades connected? How independent are some of these ‘Islamic’ groups from [...]

Geopolitics with Ryan Dawson- Episode 12: Africa Blowback & “Why the Enemy of Your Enemy is Not Your Friend”

Ryan Dawson Presents Dr. Stephen Zunes Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. He is the author of several books including Western Sahara: War Nationalism& Conflict Irresolution Today we discuss the US and NATO’s cascading series [...]

The Reality Principle -Episode 3

“Iran: A Nation under Attack” with Ardeshir Ommani Although most know Iran today as an international pariah, few pay any attention to the covert war being waged against the Islamic Republic of Iran every day. From crippling economic sanctions to the assassination of scientists to the sabotage of critical infrastructure, Iran is under constant attack [...]

The Summer of Muslim Discontent: It’s Not “The Amateur Film” Stupid!

The so-called “Arab Spring:” is a distant and bitter memory to those who fought and struggled for a better world, not to speak of the thousands who lost, life and limb. In its place, throughout the Muslim world, a new wave of reactionaries, corrupt and servile politicians have taken the reins of power buttressed by [...]

Stop Imperialism Podcast – The lengthy stay & additional U.S. forces in Libya, the increased numbers of ‘foreign elements’ jihadi groups operating in Syria, and beyond!

In this news analysis and roundup Eric Draitser covers the lengthy stay and additional U.S. forces in Libya, the increased numbers of ‘foreign elements,’ jihadi groups operating in Syria, Iran’s nuclear chief’s harsh criticism of the atomic agency and the United States, US meddling in the China-Japan island dispute with a missile shield, and more! [...]

Iran’s Strategic Diplomatic Victory over the Washington-Israeli Axis: Its Larger Political Consequences

Iran chaired, hosted and led the recently rejuvenated Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting in Teheran, attended by delegates from 120 countries, including 31 heads of state and 29 foreign secretaries of state. Even the United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, notorious mouthpiece of Washington, felt obligated to address, a forum attended by two-thirds of the member [...]

The EyeOpener- Drones Over Asia: 21st Century Warfare in the New Battlefront

Over the past decade, the peoples of Pakistan and Yemen have become all too familiar with the horrors of the Pentagon’s latest toy: the unmanned aerial vehicle. Capable of raining death from above while its operator sits in air-conditioned comfort in an air force base thousands of miles away, drones represent the next stage in [...]

RUSSIA’S MOTIVES IN SYRIA: Another Side of the Story

Moscow’s 30-year struggle against encroachment into its sphere of influence by militant Islam By Joe Lauria Russia’s unyielding support for Damascus throughout the 16 months of Syria’s escalating crisis has earned Moscow strong condemnation from Washington and other Western governments, but the reasons for Russia’s implacable position have never been fully explained by Moscow or [...]

Obama Deeds vs. Obama Words

“What you need to succeed is sincerity, and if you can fake sincerity you’ve got it made” William Blum “A few months ago I told the American people that I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that is true, but the facts and evidence tell me [...]

Putting Syria into Some Perspective: The Holy Triumvirate

“The clinical megalomania of the Holy Triumvirate can scarcely be exaggerated & never prosecuted” By William Blum The Holy Triumvirate — The United States, NATO, and the European Union — or an approved segment thereof, can usually get what they want. They wanted Saddam Hussein out, and soon he was swinging from a rope. They [...]

Afghan Heroin & How to Add Up the Numbers

The Big Guys’ Share vs. the Little Guys Share’ According to news reports the Turkish government seized 4.6 Tons of Afghan heroin and 46 Tons of Hashish in the year 2011 alone: Turkish police seized 46.9 tons of hashish and 6.4 tons of heroin in 2011, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on Wednesday. According [...]

The Geopolitical Stakes in Nigeria—Part I: The Curious Role of the IMF

 What’s in the Store for the 5th Largest Supplier of Oil to the United States? By William Engdahl Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and its largest oil producer, is from all evidence being systematically thrown into chaos and a state of civil war. The recent surprise decision by the government of Goodluck Jonathan to abruptly [...]

BFP Exclusive: NATO Member Turkey to Train Libya’s New Police Force

Harvesting the Fruits of “Regime Change” in Libya In the last few decades one never-changing modus operandi in our imperial pursuits and operations overseas has been the formation, financing, training, control and domination of our target countries’ military force. Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia … whether here right in our backyard under joint Pentagon [...]