‘Silencing Sgrena, gangland-style’

The evidence is clear. First the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad, home to many unembedded journalists, was shelled, then Al Jazeera’s offices were bombed twice and now the shooting of Sgrena Giuliana. The US is out to get journalists who don’t tow the line

The Duplicity of the Media

The American media has descended on the Asian tsunami with all the fervor of feral animals in a meat locker. In contrast to its coverage of Fallujah which was restrained in comparison. Why the difference?

Baghdad is Surrounded

Every facet of the occupation has been an unmitigated disaster, writes Mike Whitney; that much is becoming more and more apparent with each passing day

Tony Blair’s First Trophy: “Shoot to Kill”

When Tony Blair boasted two weeks ago that “the rules had changed”, he wasn’t joking. A few days later an innocent Brazilian was gunned on London Underground in the name of Blair’s “New Rules”

The Devastating Impact of Hurricane George

With at least 10,000 dead, New Orleans virtually destroyed and thousands of internal refugees, Hurricane Katrina could turn into America’s worst ever-natural disaster. But had it not been for the War on Terror and Iraq things might have been different

The Unravelling of Bush’s America

Nearly overnight the familiar voices that sang his praises from every media pulpit in America have either been silenced or turned against him. It is truly extraordinary; and a tad suspicious

If We Understand New Orleans; we understand the Bush strategy

Events in New Orleans are a pointer to things to come: a totalitarian state, policed by mercenaries in the pay of a moneyed elite willing to sacrifice everyone in their pursuit of power

Another Bloodbath in Lebanon?

Israeli observes are talking with certitude about a clash next summer between the IDF, Hezbollah and maybe Syria too. Mike Whitney looks at the prospect and how the west has been helping Lebanon build up a military ready for a showdown with Hezbollah

Bush’s Chernobyl Economy; hard times are on the way

The world is backing away from the US dollar and dollar-based assets while the Federal Reserve attempts to conceal the fact. The end result will shift wealth to the top 1% and drive a wooden stake into the heart of the US middle class, writes Mike Whitney

The Dollar’s Full-System Meltdown

The U.S. Dollar is kaput, writes Mike Whitney. Confidence in the currency is eroding by the day

Putin Gets Mugged in Finland

Putin’s name already features prominently in the register of American enemies along with Ahmadinejad, Chavez and Morales. A list that now includes any leader who defends their national interests over the prevailing system of global feudalism

4 U.N. Peacekeepers killed in Israel’s Targeted Assassination

Israel is planning to step up its bombing campaign in the hope that it will root-out and destroy the resistance. This explains why a UN outpost was “deliberately” targeted by an Israeli missile. Clearly, Israel wants to conceal its crimes

My Letter to Lebanon’s Prime Minister Fouad Siniora

Mike Whitney asks Lebanon’s Prime Minister: “Why did you allow the Secretary of State to visit Beirut? …Is your dignity worth so little that you would grovel at Israel/America’s feet for a villa in the Riviera and a pocket full of silver?”

North Korea and the vanishing American Empire

The media has done an admirable job of concealing the truth about America’s involvement on the Korean peninsula, writes Mike Whitney. Focusing on the bizarre personality of Kim Jung II rather than historical facts which might clarify the real issues

The Media's Bloody Footprints

The Media’s Bloody Footprints

The media knew of Haditha months before it appeared in Time magazine. Why then did we not hear about it sooner? Because the mainstream media is now little more than the mouthpiece for the political establishment and they have their own agenda

Vladimir Putin and the rise of the petro-ruble

It has barely been reported in the western media, but on May 10 Russia’s President Putin made an announcement that could trigger a global economic firestorm

The Pentagon’s War on the Internet

The Pentagon’s War on the Internet

The Internet is the modern day market place of ideas; which is why the Pentagon is so keen to silence its unfettered discourse, writes Mike Whitney

Iran’s Oil Exchange threatens the Greenback

Apart from its nuclear program and the threat it supposedly poses to Israel, America has its own reasons to curb Iran’s growing power. Mike Whitney spells some of them out

Cheerleading at Annapolis

The Bush team knows they’re losing ground; and fast. That’s why they dispatched poor Rummy to 4 TV talk shows on one morning alone. Rumsfeld was reduced to repeating the same lines he’s uttered for years, only this time, no one is buying

Has The End of USrael Tolled?

The economic tsunami planned by the Bush administration is probably only months away, writes Mike Whitney. In just 5 short years the national debt has increased by nearly 3 trillion dollars while the dollar has continued its predictable decline