The Pygmalion Virus in Three Acts [2017 Avaaz Series | Part II]

By Cory Morningstar with Forrest Palmer Act One In Greek mythology, Pygmalion was a sculptor who carved a statue of a beautiful woman out of ivory. A statue so beautiful, that Pygmalion fell in love with it. The symbolism in the play by George Bernard Shaw is premised on Henry Higgins falling in love with his own creation. [Source]…

When Daesh is Defeated: Who Will Fill the Intellectual Vacuum in the Arab World?

Editorial Comment: The suppression of academics is the first phase in the process of cultural genocide. Following empire’s implacable campaigns of assassination, political persecution and ideological cleansing, leading  intellectuals and visionaries in the MENA region have been marginalized and largely silenced. The result is tragic and immediate, but the negative repercussions will extend well into the…

Ethiopia: Regime Repression the Modus Operandi Under its US Handlers

US lawmakers, scholars, and rights groups say it is time for a change in US Policy By Sophia Tesfamariam Ethiopia is once again in deep crisis, threatening to implode under the weight of the regime’s diplomatic, economic, political and military corruption. After nationwide protests that lasted over a year, the regime imposed a draconian State…

Garifuna Flee Discrimination and Land Grabs in Record Numbers

The white sand beaches and humid, 80 degree weather in Trujillo, Honduras, on the country’s northern Caribbean coast, is what Jose Francisco Avila calls a “million-dollar view.” But this paradise for the foreigners now flooding Honduras’ coastline tells a different story for Garifuna communities from Trujillo, including Avila’s family. As Hondurans of African descent, Garifunas…

NATO’s Disrespect of Libyan Sovereignty Continues

Alexandra Valiente Jamahiriya News Agency Jens Stoltenberg met with Fayez al-Sarraj at NATO Headquarters today where Stoltenberg offered support to the reprobate UN-US-NATO imposed “government of accord” (OS). The proposed intervention included building military institutions and an intelligence apparatus, with the unstated objective of completing Libya’s destruction as a sovereign nation. (See the official NATO…

The New Merchants of Death

Social movements ought to place private military contractors at the center of a broader critique of authoritarian neoliberalism and America’s permanent war economy. By Jeremy Kuzmarov In August 2016, the Pentagon announced that Six3 Intelligence Solutions, a private intelligence company recently acquired by California Analysis Center Incorporated (CACI), which was implicated in the Abu Ghraib scandal,…