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Noam Chomsky On The Breakdown Of American Society & A World In Transition

The US is facing uncertain times. While it remains the only global superpower, it is no longer able to influence events and outcomes to its liking, at least not for the most part. Frustration and worry about the risk of upcoming disasters seem to far outweigh US voters' hopes for a more rational and just world order. Meanwhile, Noam Chomsky argues, the rise and popularity of Donald Trump is occurring due to the fact that US society is breaking down. In this exclusive interview with Truthout, Noam Chomsky addresses contemporary developments in both the United States and around the world and challenges prevailing views about class warfare, neoliberalism as the outcome of economic laws, the role of the US as a global power, the status of emerging economies and the power of the Israel Lobby.

Islamic State Leader Reportedly Killed After Coalition Bombing

Asian, Iranian and Arab media reported Tuesday morning that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died on Sunday after his hideout was bombed by the U.S. led-coalition.  The news about al-Baghdadi’s death came after an Iraqi TV channel reported last week that the ISIS boss had been wounded near the Iraqi-Syrian border.

Frontrunning: June 14

  • German 10-Year Government Bond Yields Dip Below Zero for First Time (WSJ)
  • U.K. Moves Closer to Brexit as The Sun Backs ‘Leave’ Vote (BBG)
  • Global Stock Selloff Deepens as Investors Seek Safer Assets (WSJ)
  • Futures tread lower for fourth day; Fed meet awaited (Reuters)
  • Oil falls as Brexit threat rattles markets (Reuters)

Soaring Brexit Fears Spark Global Flight To Safety, Send 10 Year Bunds Tumbling Below 0%

The UK EU referendum is suddenly totally dominant in financial markets. The increased focus comes as the leave campaign has gathered steam as 4 polls yesterday afternoon/evening put the 'leave' campaign ahead. As a result of the continued global scramble for safety, German 10Y bunds finally dropped below 0% for the first time ever, while global risk assets are red around the globe.

"Hillary Is Closer To Mussolini Than Trump Is To Hitler"

Obviously, the sitting parties in Congress want nothing more than for Trump to be branded a fascist. Which is why Hillary Clinton not long ago compared him to Adolf Hitler. Through a wider philosophical and historical lens, there are two issues with that claim. First, Trump hasn’t killed anyone. Second, the person making the claim has. The problem for Hillary is that a lot of Americans understand this.

Paul Craig Roberts: "Fellow Americans, Wake Up & Escape The Matrix"

Fellow Americans, if you care to avoid vaporization and, assuming we do avoid it, live a life other than serfdom, you must wake up and realize that your most deadly enemy is Washington, not the hoax of “Russian aggression,” not the hoax of “Muslim terrorism,” not the hoax of “domestic extremism,” not the hoax of welfare bankrupting America, not the hoax of democracy voting away your wealth, which Wall Street and the corporations have already stolen and stuck in their pockets. If you cannot wake up and escape The Matrix, your doom will bring the doom of the planet.

Frontrunning: June 9

  • European Bond Yields Hit Record Lows as Stocks Tumble (WSJ)
  • Oil prices soften on profit taking after hitting 2016 highs (Reuters)
  • Wooing Sanders supporters will be tough task for Clinton (Reuters)
  • Clinton ally Warren weighs potential VP role, sees hurdles (Reuters)
  • Rise of the Machines Fueled by Higher Asia Manufacturing Wages (WSJ)

Migrants Responsible For 69,000 Crimes In Germany In The First Quarter: Police Report

In the latest development that is certain to raise the heat under Merkel's cabinet and may lead to even higher support for Germany's anti-immigrant AfD party, Reuters reports that migrants in Germany committed or tried to commit some 69,000 crimes in the first quarter of 2016, according to a police report "that could raise unease, especially among anti-immigrant groups, about Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal migrant policy."

11 Killed, 36 Wounded After Deadly Bomb Attack In Istanbul Targeting Police

A bomb was placed inside a car and detonated as a bus carrying riot police passed during rush hour traffic in Istanbul today, killing seven police officers and four civilians, and leaving 36 wounded. The explosion occurred on a busy intersection near an Istanbul University building, forcing officials to cancel exams. The blast caused the police bus to overturn from the force, and a nearby hotel was gutted and the windows were blown out - fortunately the hotel was closed and had no guests.

ISIS Burns Alive 19 Women For Refusing Sex; Executes Dozens Of Its Own Fighters In Spy Purge

As the noose continues to tighten against the Islamic State, now that a military campaign has been launched against its capital Raqqa, ISIS has reportedly taken its gruesome acts to new highs. Following reports that ISIS is now capitalizing on the sex trade by selling sex slaves on FaceBook to refill its rapidly dwindling coffers, the Kurdish ARA News agency reports that ISIS publicly executed 19 Kurdish women of the Yezidi minority, who were burned alive in iron cages. Their crime: “they were punished for refusing to have sex with IS militants,” local media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News.

Paris Becomes Massive Camp For Illegal Migrants

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has announced plans to build a "humanitarian camp" next to one of the busiest train stations in the city, so that thousands of illegal migrants bound for Britain can "live with dignity." Hidalgo, who has often sparred with French President François Hollande for his refusal to accept more migrants, says her plan to help illegal migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East is a "duty of humanism." The National Front party has accused her of putting the concerns of migrants ahead of those of French citizens, as part of a cynical political ploy aimed at positioning herself to the left of the current president.

What Most Syrians See Of Their War

Not only are the various jihadist groups despised by from two-thirds to around 80% of the Syrian public, but at least 55% of Syrians would vote for Bashar al-Assad to be the country’s leader, in any free and fair election — and Obama knows this, which is the reason why he has strenuously opposed democracy in Syria, and even Ban ki-Moon has (though very quietly) condemned Obama’s position that rejects democracy in Syria. Furthermore, the Syrian people overwhelmingly (by 82%, to be exact) cite the U.S. as being the main source of the immense suffering they face.