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The Saker: The Syrian Powderkeg

The risk of nuclear war is now concerningly high
Monday, July 10, 2017, 9:20 AM

Following up on our recent warning about the situation in Syria, Chris sits down this week for a conversation with The Saker, who writes extensively on geo-political and military matters. The Saker (a nom-de-plume), is a former intelligence expert with professional and personal insights into Russia and the Middle East.

He shares our deep concern for the dangerously misdirected current state of US foreign and military policy, as well as the potentially lethal repercussions these threaten to have in the powderkeg that is Syria.

In this week's podcast, The Saker provides an excellent distillation of the complex forces in play in Syria -- as well as in the brewing friction between the US and Russia -- and why the risk of nuclear war has now grown higher than it has been in decades. » Read more

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Pre-ALERT: Trump Risks War With Russia

The Syria powderkeg threatens to explode
Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 6:44 PM

Trump has now backed his administration into a corner.  If there’s another suspected poison gas attack in Syria, he’s promised to escalate the situation by beginning bombings.

It appears that what I feared might happen under a Clinton presidency (and I still think probably would have, anyways) is now happening under the Trump administration.

Let me be perfectly clear: bombing Syria risks a direct confrontation with Russia.  If that happens, all bets are off. Anything could happen next, up to and including a nuclear exchange.  » Read more

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The Relentless Push Towards War

This time with North Korea. Why?
Friday, April 28, 2017, 11:53 PM

As I’ve written extensively in the past, as was the case with Russia last fall, this push to war includes a series of carefully-crafted talking points being endlessly repeated over the print and airwaves. 

It’s an ever-present condition of living in our manufactured reality, where what we are told to care about is beamed at us around the clock  in a rather tediously but emotionally-manipulative way on the “news.”

Today's big ‘bogeyman’ is North Korea.  Have you wondered why? » Read more

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Off The Cuff: The Era Of Easy Money Is Over

Debt-funded stimulus no longer yields an increase of GDP
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 8:44 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and John Rubino discuss:

  • Sovereign Sabre-Rattling
    • Suddenly, the world became a lot less safe
  • Market Misdirection
    • The central planners are doing their utmost to paint a positive picture
  • The Era Of Easy Money is Over
    • Debt-funded stimulus no longer results in an increase of GDP
  • How This All Will End
    • Exploring the likely pins that will pop this "mother of all bubbles"

Chris and John look at the disconnect between world events and stock prices and urge folks not to misled: risk is high, and getting higher. There is *no* rational reason for the current price levels in financial markets -- only gobs and gobs of liquidity being force-fed into the system by the world's central banks.

But the data is increasingly showing that the era of "easy money" we've lived under since the Great Recession has reached its inevitable terminus. Shoving more debt into the system is no longer boosting GDP. We are now simply blowing bigger asset bubbles that will monumentally destructive when they burst -- as they must.

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Sudden Escalation: US Warships Fire Missiles Into Syria

The global threat level just spiked
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 11:40 PM

One of my worst fears has come to pass: the US has launched a missile strike against the Syrian government. » Read more

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We Risk Being Collateral Damage In The Neocon Lust For War

So much so that I've upped my personal preparations
Friday, October 28, 2016, 9:40 PM

Among the many conflicts that are boiling over, the one that concerns me the most -- by far -- is the West's very intentional efforts to demonize Putin specifically, and Russia generally.

Blatantly obvious propaganda is being used, most heavily by the very same (and unrepentant) main stream media outlets that were used the last time around -- when we ended up commencing a 'pre-emptive' war based on ginned-up intelligence that turned out to be wholly false. We owe it to ourselves not be so easily led this time around. » Read more

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The Second Presidential Debate

The demonization of Russia shifts into high gear
Monday, October 10, 2016, 10:00 PM

Look, I know that there are no great choices this time for the next President of the United States. Yet many people have decided which issues matter the most to them when the time comes to cast their vote, and I fully support each person’s chosen personal priorities.

It turns out, to my great surprise, I am a single issue voter this election. I’ve never been a single issue voter before. Usually I'm of the mind that it's a complex world, and many factors need to be weighted and balanced.

So, what’s my single issue? » Read more

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Do We Really Want A War With Russia?

Because we're in danger of getting exactly that
Friday, October 7, 2016, 3:49 PM

I wish I could say things were improving between the US and Russia but they aren't. They're rapidly worsening. » Read more

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Off The Cuff: The Drums Of War

US & Russia relations are deteriorating rapidly
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 12:16 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • The Drums Of War
    • Relations between the US and Russia are deteriorating quickly
  • The Evil Empire
    • Have we become it?
  • Propaganda & Perception
    • The lie we're being sold doesn't match what our eyes see
  • Elite Privilege
    • A dangerous force defending the status quo

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Sebastian Junger: Our Evolutionary Need For Community

Tribal solidarity is in our genetic programming
Sunday, June 26, 2016, 11:35 AM

Peabody award-winning author Sebastian Junger joins our podcast this week. Junger is well-known for his NYT-bestselling books The Perfect Storm and War, the latter of which was written after a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. 

Based on his observations while in Afghanistan, Junger noted how much troops in combat valued the social solidarity of their units. In fact, he noted that the loss of this cohesive community, with its sense of purpose and shared responsibility, created prodigious psychological strife when these soldiers returned and tried to re-integrate into civilian life. This dynamic is not just limited to the military; any collection of humans working in tight-knit groups under stress, united in purpose, evidences similar behavior (Peace Corps volunteers, trauma care physicians, etc).

In his latest book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, Junger explores our evolutionary wiring for community, and paradoxically, how our modern aspirations for "success" and "wealth" attempt to distance ourselves from it -- making us unhappier and emotionally unhealthier in the pursuit. » Read more