Category Archives: Special Reports

Madoff running financial scams from federal prison

Bernie Madoff, who is serving a 150-year sentence after being convicted of running a $64.8 billion fraud scheme in New York in 2009, has been permitted by Trump administration officials to quietly resume running investment schemes from the medium-security Federal Correctional Institute in Butner, North Carolina. According to a high-level enforcement official of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission who contacted WMR, Madoff, who is 79, has been permitted to maintain contact with the outside world to direct investments from assets he continues to control from the prison, which has been nicknamed “B’nai Butner” due to its heavy concentration of Jewish white collar criminals and the only kosher-certified chef and kitchen in the federal Bureau of Prisons system. Continue reading

Research exposes $16 billion bottled water industry’s predatory marketing practices

Bottled water companies have relied on predatory marketing practices and exorbitant lobbying efforts to sell Americans on the inaccurate belief that pre-packaged water is cleaner and safer than tap water—a notion that is costing U.S. households about $16 billion per year. Continue reading

Instability mounts in Puerto Rico amid privatization efforts and power authority’s cash shortfall

As nearly 250,000 Puerto Ricans remain without power five months after Hurricane Maria struck the island territory—the longest blackout in U.S. history—the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said Sunday it will reduce its operating reserve to save money, as the island’s government moves toward privatizing the authority. Continue reading

Hizbullah today: Of power, money, and . . . the people

With the last shot of the 2006 war fired and the IDF moving back into Israel, Lebanon began to heal its wounds. At the same time, Hizbullah, that had so successfully turned back the tides of war, began to rebuild—this time in new ways. Continue reading

Warnings mount that Trump’s infrastructure plan will make it harder to fight pipelines

The president's proposal ‘could be a significant blow to the slew of protesters who spent years agitating against the Keystone XL pipeline and more recently the Dakota Access one.’

As green groups continue to denounce the Trump administration’s recently unveiled infrastructure plan as a “scam” that’s designed to keep the nation trapped in its “dirty and destructive past,” analysts are also warning the proposal will “make it harder for the next big anti-pipeline movement” to launch successful legal challenges to new fossil fuel projects. Continue reading

Hizbullah: ‘You don’t see them . . . they see you!’

“This is not good!” cautions a new Lebanese friend in a stern tone of warning, clutching this reporters arm for emphasis. “This, where you are going. . it is their neighbourhood . . . Hizbullah’s neighbourhood. They control this completely!” Continue reading

Trump names George Soros acolyte as chargé in Havana

Donald Trump has named Phillip Goldberg, an arch-interventionist U.S. diplomat and acolyte of the “regime change” dogma of hedge fund mogul George Soros, as the interim chargé d’affaires of the U.S. embassy in Cuba. Goldberg’s task will be to initiate Soros-inspired themed street demonstrations in Cuba when Cuban President Raul Castro steps down on April 19 of this year. Continue reading

‘Some may freeze to death’: Sanders confronts Mulvaney over Trump Budget that would kill ‘tens of thousands’

The Vermont senator demanded that the White House budget chief explain "the morality of a budget which supports tax breaks for billionaires" while slashing the safety net

Just 24 hours after denouncing President Donald Trump’s newly-unveiled budget as “morally bankrupt,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took full advantage of his chance to grill Trump budget chief Mick Mulvaney directly during a Senate hearing on Tuesday, calling the White House’s 2019 blueprint “the budget of the Koch brothers” and arguing thousands would die if the plan became law. Continue reading

General John Kelly: A history of xenophobia from Miami to DC

In many ways, Donald Trump’s chief of staff, retired General John Kelly, complements the commander-in-chief’s numerous racist and xenophobic gas lighting attempts and dog whistles. Kelly’s recent comments that some 1,110,000 undocumented immigrants who were eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, were either “too afraid to sign up” or “too lazy to get off their asses” reveals an attitude rarely seen in today’s military. In fact, the military led the way in establishing a zero-tolerance policy for racism and sexism and that policy has now been extended to homophobia. Continue reading

Little Barbies: Sex trafficking of young girls is America’s dirty little secret

They’re called the Little Barbies. Continue reading

Foreign policy for sale: Greece’s dangerous alliance with Israel

For a brief historical moment, Alexis Tsipras and his political party, Syriza, ignited hope that Greece could resurrect a long-dormant Leftist tide in Europe. Continue reading

Trump administration planning Pinochet-type coup in Venezuela

The retrograde Donald Trump administration is planning a military coup in Venezuela to oust the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking at the University of Texas prior to embarking on a multi-nation tour throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, said the military in Latin America has often intervened in Latin American politics during times of serious crises. Continue reading

The Chinese in Southern Vietnam

In the 17th century, the Manchus conquered China, causing thousands of defeated Chinese soldiers and their families to flee to Vietnam, then divided between north and south. The Nguyen Clan, rulers of the south, granted these Chinese land in nominal Cambodian territory, paving the way for Vietnam’s annexation of a third of Cambodia. This obscure history is just another example of how immigrants are used to serve rulers, and how de facto borders are often fluid, to be contested over. Continue reading

Behind recent demonstrations in Iran

Very simply, the demonstrations erupted after price increases. It is hard to live with unremitting foreign hostility, as the socialist bloc learned, with only tiny Cuba surviving the Cold War. Venezuela dared to buck the neoliberal order and has suffered terribly. The current unrest can be laid at imperialism’s feet. Continue reading

A treacherous crossing

On January 23, an overcrowded smuggling boat capsized off the coast of Aden in Southern Yemen. Smugglers packed 152 passengers from Somalia and Ethiopia in the boat and then, while at sea, reportedly pulled guns on the migrants to extort additional money from them. The boat capsized, according to The Guardian, after the shooting prompted panic. The death toll, currently 30, is expected to rise. Dozens of children were on board. Continue reading

The ‘iron fisted’ leader of Hamas in Palestine: Where is Mohammed Deif?

In the ravaged streets of Gaza and the shrinking hills of the West bank, Palestinians—in desperation—scream his name. On the walls of the twelve Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon his name is spray painted—in hope—beneath yellow flags baring the logo of Hamas. In prayer services across Palestine his name is invoked, begging for his return, the return of Palestine and . . . salvation from the increasing horrors of occupation. Continue reading

Opus Dei’s and Erik Prince’s emerging secret army in the Middle East

Amid nonsensical claims by congressional Republicans, including Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Representatives Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and John Ratcliffe (R-TX), that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is hosting a “secret society” intent on ousting Donald Trump from the presidency comes word from our Middle East sources that the founder of the infamous Blackwater mercenary firm, Erik Prince, is creating a secret army in the Middle East with strong links to the secret fascist Roman Catholic sect, Opus Dei. Prince runs a number of private military firms based in the Sheikh Zayed Military City, located outside of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and in nearby Dubai, the UAE’s financial hub. Continue reading

Sparking far-reaching rights concerns, ICE now has powerful ability to track license plates nationwide

Development fuels concerns about possible civil liberties violations

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) now has access to a nationwide license plate recognition database—a trove of billions of records that’s growing by the day. Continue reading

Beirut, Lebanon: ‘You’re not in Turkey anymore!’

Indeed the people of Lebanon have seen too much war. Though their military has not in its history set foot on foreign soil, remaining in the minds of the Lebanese are one bloody civil war and three separate wars of invasion in 1982, 1999, and 2006. Now it would appear that a new war is brewing again on its southern border. Continue reading

A National Defense Strategy of sowing global chaos

Presenting the 2018 National Defense Strategy of the United States last Friday at the Johns Hopkins University, Secretary of Defense James Mattis painted a picture of a dangerous world in which U.S. power—and all of the supposed “good” that it does around the world—is on the decline. Continue reading

Things are getting worse, not better: round ups, checkpoints and national ID cards

No one is safe. Continue reading

GOP tax cut scam a jobs killer

The great GOP tax cut heist was never about boosting economic growth and jobs creation—entirely about transferring America’s wealth from ordinary people to corporate predators and super-rich households. Continue reading

Groundbreaking study maps ‘insidious’ (and alarmingly successful) strategy of anti-choice movement

A new report released Thursday details how American anti-choice activists have used their “insidious power” to chip away at reproductive rights, infiltrate the Trump administration, and advance “their fringe agenda” nationwide. Continue reading

US global standing plummets as Trump threatens human rights at home and abroad

The United States’ global standing has plummeted under the Trump administration, according to Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) annual report and an international Gallup survey regarding the country’s reputation as a world leader. Continue reading

U.S. relations with world’s nations in free fall

America’s relations with nations around the world are in free fall mode. Donald Trump’s frequent xenophobic and racist outbursts, unprecedented in modern history, have resulted in foreign ministries around the world calling in senior U.S. diplomats for explanations about Trump’s comments. Trump’s actions have had even greater consequences for U.S. foreign policy and global stability. Continue reading

‘Presidency for Sale’: Report details big-buck spending by influence seekers at Trump properties

President Donald Trump’s first year in office has been a “year of unprecedented conflicts of interest,” according to a new report that documents how dozens of political candidates, foreign governments, interest groups, and other private entities have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars at the president’s properties since his inauguration. Continue reading

Erdogan’s Turkey: When knives cut both ways

On the streets, cafes, and carpet shops of Istanbul a very different story than the one presented by Western media is developing about the true allegiance of Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. While he continues to play a dangerous international game between Russia and the NATO/Israeli/US alliance, his biggest future enemy walks the streets of his realm . . . the Turkish people. And he knows it. Continue reading

After living in US for 30 years, man being ripped from family’s arms latest look at Trump’s America

As the brutal attack on immigrant families and communities by President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress continues, the video of a husband and father being ripped from the arms of his wife and two teenage kids and deported on Monday—which happened to be Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—offers the last up-close and personal example of what the GOP’s cruel and far-reaching policies look like in practice. Continue reading

Shadow armies: The unseen, but real US war in Africa

There is a real—but largely concealed—war which is taking place throughout the African continent. It involves the United States, an invigorated Russia and a rising China. The outcome of the war is likely to define the future of the continent and its global outlook. Continue reading

Two dossiers on Trump-Russian/Jewish Mafia links complement WMR’s Road Map

Two dossiers, one compiled by Fusion GPS with the assistance of ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele on behalf of the Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, and finally, Hillary Clinton campaigns, and a second, compiled by then-Cruz campaign adviser Steve Bannon, with funding from billionaire hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer, appear to complement WMR’s own Trump-Kushner-Manafort-Sater criminal syndicate Road Map. The major difference is that our Road Map illustrates connections far beyond what Fusion GPS and Glenn Simpson acquired from Steele. The Bannon dossier has not yet been made public. Continue reading

A tale of two Americas: Where the rich get richer and the poor go to jail

This is the tale of two Americas, where the rich get richer and the poor go to jail. Continue reading

Israel is a step closer to making Jerusalem a Jewish-only city

The Israeli government is planning a series of measures aimed at fully denying Palestinians their legal rights in Jerusalem and precluding any future peace settlement based on sharing the city between Israel and a future Palestinian state. Continue reading