Category Archives: Special Reports

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

This Pharma-funded group is also in bed with gun lobby

For years I have reported that the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is widely considered a Pharma front group, pushing psychiatric drugs not non-drug treatment to prevent suicide. A recent AFSP annual report acknowledges receiving money from Sunovion, Janssen, Forest, Pfizer and Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals and AFSP appointed former Forest executive and JED Foundation founder Phil Satow to its Project 2025 Advisory Committee. Continue reading

#GOPTaxScam equals a big win for investors in mass incarceration

Because private prisons are classified as ‘real estate investment trusts,’ investors will get a major tax cut thanks to the Republican tax law

Investors in the private prison industry in the U.S. will see major tax cuts under the new Republican tax law, making the unpopular law beneficial for those who count on the country’s mass incarceration crisis for financial gain. Continue reading

‘The Big Mac’ and ‘The Crocodile’: South Africa’s and Zimbabwe’s new presidents

Cyril Ramaphosa, the next president of South Africa, was the man behind the entry of international fast food behemoth McDonalds into the country, earning him the sobriquet “The Big Mac.” Continue reading

How Pharma uses the charge of ‘stigma’ to sell psychiatric drugs

Do you overeat? Did your boyfriend just break up with you? Does no one return your emails? Do you fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning? If so, you may be suffering from mental illness! Mental illness is a highly stigmatized, life-long condition, says Pharma, that millions do not even realize they have and only a pharmaceutical drug can fix. Luckily there are advocacy groups like Glenn Close’s Bring Change to Mind and the Pharma-funded front groups, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to help you. Continue reading

The builder and original owner of Mar-a-Lago willed it to the United States

The Palm Beach, Florida, resort of Mar-a-Lago was not always in the possession of the current grifter and con-artist who owns the opulent estate. Mar-a-Lago was built in the 1920s by General Foods heiress Marjorie Meriweather Post. A resident of Washington, DC, Post willed Mar-a-Lago in 1973 to the United States government. The estate was to be used as a winter White House by U.S. presidents and visiting foreign dignitaries. Continue reading

Trump and the meat tycoon: Backstory to a commutation

After he served 8 years of a 27-year sentence for money laundering, kosher meatpacking executive Sholom Rubashkin had his sentence commuted. Continue reading

US germ warfare apology to North Korea could advance dialogue

With mounting evidence that the US conducted germ warfare operations against North Korea during the Korean conflict, a US apology to the North Korean people could go a long way toward bringing Washington and Pyongyang into a dialogue over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missile programs. During the Korean War, there were substantive charges from the international community that the United States used chemical and biological weapons (CBW) on the Korean peninsula. Continue reading

McConnell is happy about tax cuts, but even happier about stuffing judiciary with right-wingers

The Senate majority leader loves giving tax cuts to the rich, but not as much as he loves stacking the courts with right-wing extremists

Even while riding the high of his party’s dead-of-night tax victory, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) still wouldn’t call the GOP’s $1.5 trillion “gift to the rich” the crowning achievement of his career. That honor, McConnell told Bloomberg in an interview, remains with “Neil Gorsuch and the changes we’re making in the circuit courts.” Continue reading

How the US swindled Russia in the early 1990s

Due to a historic data-dump on December 10, the biggest swindle that occurred in the 20th Century (or perhaps ever) is now proven as a historical fact; and this swindle was done by the US government, against the government and people of Russia, and it continues today and keeps getting worse under every US president. It was secretly started by US President George Herbert Walker Bush on the night of 24 February 1990; and, unless it becomes publicly recognized and repudiated so that it can stop, a nuclear war between the US and all of NATO on one side, versus Russia on the other, is inevitable unless Russia capitulates before then, which would be vastly less likely than such a world-ending nuclear war now is. Continue reading

The Deep State’s Christmas present to America: Surveillance that never ends

Just in time for Christmas, the Deep State wants to give America the gift that keeps on giving: never-ending mass surveillance. Continue reading

Warring visions of Puerto Rico’s future

Will it be Singapore or Solartopia?

Warring visions have now erupted over the energy and economic futures of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Continue reading

A $21 trillion global Pandora’s coffer?

As US federal debt approaches $21 trillion in a matter of months, an eye-popping equivalent amount seems to have gone cumulatively missing from government coffers over the past two decades. Continue reading

‘It’s impossible to fight with this system . . . ’

An interview with Viktor Mikhailov, director of the Center for the Study of Regional Threats of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Continue reading