On August 29, Senator John McCain turned 80 years old. The US made McCain a hero: a son of a soldier, a military pilot, he had spent five years living in a pit as a POW in Vietnam. McCain, a classic Republican, had the reputation of an honest patriot, who always defends America's interests. What happened to the US "tough guy" in recent years?
American exceptionalism is a reaction to the inability of people to understand global complexity or important issues like American energy dependency. They search for simplistic sources of comfort and clarity. And the people that they are now selecting to be, so to speak, the spokespersons of their anxieties are, in most cases, stunningly ignorant
This heartbreaking story made headlines in all American newspapers and television channels. When American swimmers were robbed at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro, the reports about the incident appeared as "breaking news" in most of US publications. It was the Americans who initiated the robbery and accused the Brazilian police of violence.
On February 15, 1977, Suzanne Coleman committed suicide. She is alleged to have had a sexual affair with Bill Clinton during the time he was Arkansas State Attorney General. Coleman was seven and one-half months pregnant at the time of her death when she shot herself in the back of the head. No autopsy was performed
Michael Morell, former deputy director of the CIA openly called to kill Russians and Iranians in Syria. He believes in such a way Moscow and Tehran should pay a price for their acts in the Middle East. Colonel General Leonid Ivashov, President of the International Centre of Geopolitical Analysis, commented Pravda.Ru on the issue.
How politicized are the complaints about shortcomings in the Olympic Village and the doping scandal surrounding Russian athletes? Is Rio safe for all or are there places one should not go? What impressions will foreign visitors take home from Brazil? The Olympic Games in Rio will be special as this is the first time South America hosts the Olympics
Donald Trump says that the results of the US presidential election will be rigged. There are reasons for him to think so. The US Constitution starts with "We the people", but these people are deprived of their primary right - the right to vote. It is the election law that makes a country a democracy
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff refused to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. She has been removed from power for six months and remains outraged by the impeachment that was organized by neo-liberals. Their media outlets trumpet about the "optimism" that has gripped the masses against the backdrop of an economic recovery in Brazil
In the event the US presidential campaign leads to the election of the wife, who has bitter memories of Monica Lewinsky, she will most likely keep her promises. Clinton, who rejoiced at the killing of Bin Laden and was very pleased with the death of Muammar Gaddafi, will continue to exacerbate confrontation with Russia
Look at the number of wars that NATO has held in the recent decades: Iraq war, Bosnian war, Yugoslav war, the war in Libya, second Iraq war, Afghanistan, Syria. Then there was the invasion of Somalia that ended with a failure. We have eight wars in 20 years. NATO - declares war on someone every two years
According to the June opinion poll conducted by the Public Opinion Fund, when asked what outcome of the US elections is advantageous for Russia, 37 percent of Russians said that they found the question difficult to answer. Twenty-six percent of the polled said that the US presidential vote was unimportant for Russia
This year, the American democracy marks 240 years. Is it still alive, though? What happened to Thomas Jefferson's principle of non-interference into other countries' affairs? Why does the United States want to control everything on the planet? in the days of Thomas Jefferson, the destruction of the population of the whole planet was only a metaphor
America has at least 75 times that number of overseas bases. According to 2005 Pentagon data, the US owns a total of 737 bases in foreign lands. Adding to the bases inside U.S. territory, the total land area occupied by US military bases is on the order of 2.2 million hectares. That makes the Pentagon one of the largest landowners in the world