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Years ago, when I watched Hotel Rwanda, I was intrigued by Sophie Okonedo, her unique beauty. She can appear plain, almost strange looking, yet when that huge smile dances across her face, she dazzles. She is radiantly gorgeous. Continue reading

The economic implications of Trump’s trade & tax policies

Sudden changes in trade and tax policies, the likes of those considered by the Trump administration, could be very disruptive to macroeconomic equilibrium, especially if they result in a sudden burst of inflation and in rapid interest rate hikes. Indeed, raising taxes on imports, repatriating large corporate profits parked overseas and increasing the fiscal deficit, when the economy is running at close to full capacity, can result in both demand-led and supply-led inflation. This could come much faster than most people expect, if all these measures are implemented in the coming years. Continue reading

Revenge is a rotten way to run a country

Looking back at the last tumultuous year, to me, one of the saddest aspects of the Trump candidacy and presidency is that both in part were built from one of the basest of human impulses: revenge. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Defending RT

The Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) was established in 1938 as a means of fighting Nazi influence in the United States. The Russian funded cable network RT was recently forced to register under FARA in order to continue operating in the United States. The wave of ginned up anti-Russian hysteria has created a new and terrible precedent. Continue reading

Financial tyranny: ‘We the people’ are the new permanent underclass in America

Americans can no longer afford to get sick and there’s a reason why. Continue reading

Corruption in Israel is not just an Israeli issue

The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu

Whether the string of scandals, now hounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lead to his sacking or not, it matters little. Continue reading

Wake up, folks, fascism is back in style again

This past week, in Warsaw, Poland, tens of thousands of young Poles marched in an independence-day procession organized by a nationalist youth movement that seeks an ethnically pure Poland with fewer Jews or Muslims. Continue reading

Saudis ask Egypt for overflight permission to hit Lebanon

According to WMR’s sources in Lebanon and France, Saudi Arabia has further inflamed tensions in the Middle East by requesting from its ally, Egypt, permission for Saudi warplanes to overfly Egyptian territory to bomb Lebanon. The de facto new Saudi regime led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) considers Saudi Arabia to be in a state of war with Lebanon. Continue reading

Fascist US-led Western hostility toward democratic Venezuela

Washington wants fascist tyranny replacing Venezuelan social democracy—hostility toward the country raging since Hugo Chavez’s December 1998 election as president. Continue reading

One year later: The political cancer metastasizes

America was never what it had purported to be.

Exactly one day short of one year after the election of Donald Trump, the fog finally seemed to lift and the skies brightened. On Tuesday, voters rejected Trumpism in New Jersey and in Virginia, where establishment Republican Ed Gillespie embraced Trump’s racism and nativism, indicating how deeply the president’s poison has penetrated even the precincts of the party that should be vigorously in opposition to it. Continue reading

Patriotism, taxes, and Trump

Selling the Trump-Republican tax plan should be awkward for an administration that has made patriotism its central theme. Continue reading

Temporary change in Intrepid Report’s publishing schedule

With family and friends coming and going for the next three to four weeks, I will be publishing two to three times a week, instead of the usual five times. Continue reading

Saudi-Israeli-Kushner plot to kidnap Lebanon’s PM and start a war

The internal coup against rival members of the House of Saud engineered by Donald Trump’s “special envoy” Jared Kushner and the Binyamin Netanyahu government in Israel in concert with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has now extended beyond Saudi Arabia’s borders into Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. Continue reading

What is really going on in Saudi Arabia?

Trump says Saudi Elites caught in anti-corruption probe were ‘milking’ kingdom for years. Continue reading

US slow-motion shutdown of RT and Sputnik?

Hostile US demands on popular English-language Russian media, combined with social media censorship of alternative views called “fake news,” threatens press freedom in America. Continue reading

From superpower to incompetence

Having grown up during the second half of the 20th century, I don’t recognize my country today. I experienced life in a competent country, and now I experience life in an incompetent country. Continue reading

Reviving the spirit of existential rebellion in a world of propaganda, lies, and self deception

Like existential freedom, honesty and truth-seeking demand a perpetually renewed commitment. No one ever fully arrives, and all of us are blown off course on the journey. Even when we think we have reached our destination, we are often startled by the enigma of arrival, and must set sail again. We are all in the same boat. The search for truth is a process, an experiment, an essay—a trying without end. Continue reading

The UN and genocide by starvation

According to just released information sourced from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the FSNAU between October 2015 and April 2016, a period of only six months, upwards of 400,000 Somali’s, two thirds of whom were children, died of starvation. Continue reading

‘Creeping annexation’: Why Israel shelved the ‘Greater Jerusalem Law’

The postponing of an Israeli Knesset bill that would have annexed major illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank to the Jerusalem municipality is the result of behind-the-scenes US and, possibly, European pressure. But the story of the so-called ‘Greater Jerusalem law’ does not end there. Continue reading

Three richest Americans now own more wealth than bottom half of us combined: report

"The elite ranks of our billionaire class continue to pull apart from the rest of us," a new Institute for Policy study analysis finds

In the United States, the 400 richest individuals now own more wealth than the bottom 64 percent of the population and the three richest own more wealth than the bottom 50 percent, while pervasive poverty means one in five households have zero or negative net worth. Continue reading

Is US war on Iran likely?

Washington has been militantly hostile toward Iran since its 1979 revolution—ending a generation of US-installed tyranny. Continue reading

The Fakebook inside Facebook

What to do about a global info-and-disinfo pipeline, and who can do it?

Beginning in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg and his companions made a historic contribution to the annals of alchemy: They converted the lust for human contact into gold. Facebook’s current net worth is more than $500 billion, with Zuckerberg’s own share tallied at $74.2 billion, which makes him something like the fifth-wealthiest person in the world. Continue reading

The myth of European democracy: A shocking revelation

It’s an open secret that the “Soros network” has an extensive sphere of influence in the European Parliament and in other European Union institutions. The list of Soros has been made public recently. The document lists 226 MEPs from all sides of political spectrum, including former President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, former Belgian PM Guy Verhofstadt, seven vice-presidents, and a number of committee heads, coordinators, and quaestors. These people promote the ideas of Soros, such as bringing in more migrants, same-sex marriages, integration of Ukraine into the EU, and countering Russia. There are 751 members of the European Parliament. It means that the Soros friends have more than one third of seats. Continue reading

Fascism fails in Virginia—is Alabama next?

Steve Bannon’s attempted fascist putsch in Virginia and New Jersey has failed. Continue reading

Voters reject Trumpism in Tuesday’s US gubernatorial elections

The Virginia and New Jersey elections attracted national interest, why they got mine, along with how anti-Trump sentiment might affect them. Continue reading

Republicans admit their tax plan is all about rich donors

It’s unpopular. It’s expensive. But the donors want it.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that people in “real America” with “real jobs” don’t while away their mortal hours reading about politics. But God help me, if you’ve suffered through any coverage of the Republican tax plan, you’ve probably heard three things. Continue reading

Arabian peninsula returns to warring princes and tribes

Saudi Arabia’s 32-year old crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud, fancies himself as a champion of “moderate Wahhabism,” something that does not actually exist, and clean government. In fact, this fast-rising son of the decrepit 81-year old King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, was a prime motivator behind the creation of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or “Da’esh,” in Iraq and Syria, the chief architect of the genocidal Saudi-led war in Yemen, and the driving force behind the Gulf Cooperation Council’s economic and travel sanctions imposed on Qatar. Continue reading

Twitter rules changed

Speech, media and academic freedoms in America are threatened—especially digital democracy, the last frontier of open and free expression. Continue reading

America breaks down: The anatomy of a national nervous breakdown

Another shooting, another day in America. Continue reading

A year without a president

It seems like forever, but it was just one year ago that Donald Trump was elected president. So what have we learned about the presidency and who is running the country? Continue reading

Americans are no longer represented by their government: Retired educator and World War II veteran does something about it

Mel E. Lindsey no longer believes the American people are represented by their government. The 90-year-old resident of Long Beach, California—who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and who spent more than 50 years in education—is concerned for the future of the nation he fought for and for the children he taught. Wanting to do something about it, Mel petitioned the government on behalf of all Americans and demanded a Voter’s Bill of Rights amendment to the Constitution to provide everyone with the right to cast effective votes for their representatives. Continue reading

Oliver Stone was right about the CIA

I can’t decide which is more amusing: the CIA’s use of “national security” to justify keeping secret its 50-year-old records in the JFK assassination or the mainstream media’s response to the continued secrecy. Continue reading