Data show that the average nonviolent campaign takes about three years to run its course. In Syria, the nonviolent resistance had less than a year before a combination of brutal regime violence, and a turn to armed insurgency by opposition elements, resulted in a massive escalation of violence and a spike in civilian deaths. There was simply not enough time to build trust between opposition groups, learn from mistakes, build a resilient organizational base, and peel key groups — like Sunni business elite — away from the regime.
If the mainstream media have an ounce of credibility, they will begin questioning the government narrative on Syria instead of immediately reporting it as fact. We cannot be led into another war based on government propaganda and the abandonment of skepticism.
Audit the Fed recently took a step closer to becoming law, when it was favorably reported by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Fed defenders did launch hysterical attacks on the bill during the debate as well as at a hearing on the bill. One representative claimed that auditing the Fed would result in rising interest rates, a stock market crash, a decline in the dollar’s value, and a complete loss of confidence in the US economy. Those who understand economics know that all of this is actually what awaits America unless we change our monetary policy.
If, as many people are now saying, the CIA and NSA and neocons are the unelected Deep State, then the people we’re talking about would be the Deep, Deep State. Read on…
Military action is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Demagogues typically use it to rally support, and the public typically falls for it.
A handful of these guys approaching is likely enough to disconcert even the most hardened cartel enforcer, but an entire platoon marching in lockstep is so terrifying we assume the weapons they’re carrying are just for show.
Even if we were to put an end to all of the government’s military meddling and bring all of the troops home today, it would take decades to pay down the price of these wars and get the government’s creditors off our backs. Even then, government spending would have to be slashed dramatically and taxes raised to pay of the $19 trillion debt.
Retired Col. Patrick Lang claims that U.S. “attack was a violation of international law” and that “in the coming days the American people will learn that the Intelligence Community knew that Syria did not drop a military chemical weapon on innocent civilians in Idlib.”
Luke Rudkowski discusses how Trump acted with absolutely no evidence that the Syrian government deliberately attacked their own people and how it made absolutely no sense for them to do so. Luke also reveals Trump’s totally fake humanitarian reason for bombing Syria, and much more.
Perhaps the most frightening part of Gottlieb’s resume is his seeming allegiance to opioid companies. These groups are notoriously heavy-handed in their lobbying and lax in their commitment to customers. A set of newly released financial disclosures paints the Trump pick to head the FDA as a man who doesn’t mind filling his pockets with money drawn from opioids.
In a Facebook post, Jayapal said the College for All legislation was necessary “to give our young people a future, reduce wealth inequality, and grow our economy.”
Maina Kiai and David Kaye, independent U.N. experts on freedom of peaceful assembly and expression respectively, are calling on lawmakers in the United States to stop the “alarming” trend of “undemocratic” anti-protest bills designed to criminalize or impede the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression. “The trend also threatens to jeopardize one of the United States’ constitutional pillars: free speech,” they said in a statement, calling for action to reverse such legislation.
Most Americans in 1913 paid no income tax. The average annual earnings of a middle-class family were approximately $800 and only people earning $3,000 or more annually were requested to voluntarily comply by filing a 1040 form to pay a one percent in taxes.