Phil Butler

Central African Republic — Some Mata Hari Action Going Down

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If you are in the mood for a good yarn, you’ll find writer Dionne Searcey weaves a sizzler of a spicy tale of Russian intrigue and skullduggery in her New York Times story “Gems, Warlords and Mercenaries: Russia’s Playbook in Central African Republic.” The sexy-sleazy thriller…

On the “Greta Effect” – To Be, or Not to Be Right

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There are a lot of people angry at climate activist Greta Thunberg. In response to the animosity and confusion being spread, what I write here will not be popular for many of my colleagues. But those who know me will understand. Greta Thunberg is not the common enemy you think she is. She’s someone to be admired and supported…

The Simple Truth About the Yemen Catastrophe

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Yemen, Saudi Arabia’s southern neighbor, is a human catastrophe that will go down in history as one of America’s biggest policy mistakes. This poor Middle East country is the perfect reflection of failing U.S. strategies that will only balloon as the years draw on. Here is a candid look at another proxy war to perpetuate a misshapen…

Will Vladimir Putin Declare Capitalism Dead Too?

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Is it time for a new Declaration of Independence? If true individual choice and truth are any factor of freedom, the writing is on the wall not just in the United States, but globally. The wealth divide that has grown into an impenetrable wall between the elites and the rest of us, it’s only a symptom…

Europe and the NATO Arms Deal Boot Stamping

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Somewhere on the western shores of the Black Sea two NATO commanders look through icy binoculars to the horizon. At Varna in Bulgaria, and at Constanta, in Romania, the armies and navies of the faithful are rearming themselves to defeat an impending Russian invasion. Unbeknownst…

On the Pivotal Question of “Who’s Creating Terrorists?”

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A stunning question just popped into my head this morning; “What is it international terrorist groups hope to gain?” Looking at the whole concept of Bush II’s “War on Terror” – I cannot help but wonder if there would be any crisis at all if my country withdrew totally from the world…

Trump to State Department: “Man Up and Stop Whining Over Spilt Blood Diamonds”

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In breaking emotional-political news, the US is hurt and disappointed with Zimbabwe. As if any of our leading decision-makers know where that is. The news story from Reuters via Yahoo! tells us of the US State Departments’ “growing”…

The Liberal Order Began by Embracing Russia, Now They Want Revenge

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A former adviser to Russia’s government, Angus Roxburgh became famous for covering the fall of communism in eastern Europe. At a point, the former BBC Russian Service scriptwriter worked for the pan-European public relations firm GPlus, as part of a PR advisory…

What’s Good for Russia is Good for Us

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Reuters reports five scientists killed in northern Russia, and Vladimir Putin’s evil plan to start Armageddon is suddenly revealed. Or, not. A nuclear-powered missile that could end America’s nuclear dominance of the world is discovered. Almost. Or, maybe. But, nowhere are there any reports of the US Pentagon creating world killing…

Knowing Putin: It’s All About Occam’s Razor

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There are two things you can count on in this whacky 21st-century world. First and foremost, not a day will pass without some genius rocket scientist Putin expert telling us what the Russian president really wants. The other thing you can set your watch to is the relentless fear-mongering about how the Russians will soon invade…

Russia or America: Who Is Really the Aggressor?

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The strategy western hegemons have been leveling on Russia and Vladimir Putin, and to a lesser extent, China, Iran, and other nations is a new form of warfare honed into a rapier aimed at anyone who stands in the way of the world order. At the core of this strategy is something called “coercive gradualism..

Only Superman Can Save Julian Assange Now?

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Back in the early 1960s, us kids could not wait to get home from school to catch another TV episode of The Adventures of Superman. Back then TV was all black and white, and so was our view on the world. I’ll never forget the intro to the show and the part that told of the strange visitor from another planet who “fights…


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