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‘Race,’ ‘Diversity,’ and the University

Maximilian C. Forte , May 30th, 2021


If this was a good time for Canadian academia, you would not be able to tell from the blanket of almost absolute silence that has been pulled over…


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The World Health Organization (WHO): A Problem of Trust

Maximilian C. Forte , May 25th, 2021


Over the past twenty years or so, what has been the record of the World Health Organization when it comes to major public health crises? Has the WHO…


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Pathways for the Post-COVID New Old World

Maximilian C. Forte , April 30th, 2020


Part 5 of 5 of the COVID-19 Series. Some are openly proclaiming, “you don’t want to waste a crisis,” as they calculate how the crisis could become a…


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The Falcon Cannot Hear the Falconer: Nature vs. Culture in a Pandemic

Maximilian C. Forte , April 30th, 2020


Part 4 of 5 of the COVID-19 Series. The Seventh Seal As if taken from a plot of some 1950s science-fiction classic, or an episode from the original…


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Goodbye “American Greatness”

Maximilian C. Forte , April 29th, 2020


Part 3 of 5 of the COVID-19 Series. Indispensable. Here was the so-called “indispensable nation,” the self-appointed saviour of the world, with generations of its leaders and thinkers…


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Girls, Groupies, and Grim Reapers: The Religious Politics of Mass Response

Maximilian C. Forte , September 29th, 2019


Following a week at the UN and ensuing climate change “protests” (state-sanctioned, party-approved, media-praised, university-endorsed, “protests”), in which we were yet agai…


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Brexitannia: The Faces and Voices of Brexit

Maximilian C. Forte , May 24th, 2019


First shown at London’s East End Festival in June of 2017, Brexitannia was the very first documentary about Brexit. It is a striking and deeply pensive film, in…


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Brexit, the Uncivil War: Watering Myths with the Teardrops of the Ruling Class

Maximilian C. Forte , May 21st, 2019


What have been billed as momentous EU Parliament elections are taking place this week (May 23–26), and it seemed like the right time to review some Brexit films—one…


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Protecting Venezuela’s Embassy and International Law

Maximilian C. Forte , May 15th, 2019


For more than a month, a particularly courageous group of people have dedicated all of their time and energies to protecting the integrity of the Embassy of the…


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American Exceptionalism, American Innocence

Maximilian C. Forte , May 13th, 2019


Review of American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People’s History of Fake News—from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror. By Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong. Foreword…


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A Desperate Empire Crashes in Venezuela

Maximilian C. Forte , May 1st, 2019


The April 30, 2019, coup attempt in Venezuela has come and gone. The coup has failed. “Failed state” theory just got a lot more complicated. No longer can…


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The WikiLeaks Case: Democracy Dies in Empire

Maximilian C. Forte , April 14th, 2019


In the avalanche of news reports that have washed over the globe since the abduction of Julian Assange, this conversation struck me as containing numerous points of importance….


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Julian Assange, Political Prisoner: A Dark Day for Citizenship

Maximilian C. Forte , April 12th, 2019


After a day of following RT’s live coverage of the outrageous arrest of Julian Assange, abducted from the Embassy of Ecuador in London by British police agents, and…


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US-manufactured Crisis in Venezuela: Creating a “Need” for Intervention

Eva Bartlett , April 1st, 2019


Eva Bartlett, reporting from Venezuela, is a freelance journalist with extensive experience in the Gaza Strip and Syria. See her website, In Gaza, for more of her work,…


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CARICOM Confronts the Big House: Trump Attempts to Split the Caribbean over Venezuela

Maximilian C. Forte , March 25th, 2019


It’s a simple matter, even if one might lose oneself in the various details, names, places, and dates. The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), mostly made up…


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Americans Can Do Two Things at the Same Time

Maximilian C. Forte , March 13th, 2019


Surely we have heard and seen enough by now that any lingering “optimism” about Trump governing as an anti-interventionist in foreign affairs has totally evaporated. What Trump promised…


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Regime Change Reality Checks: Lessons from Hanoi, Caracas, and Beyond

Maximilian C. Forte , March 8th, 2019


Lessons from Hanoi: North Korea and the US The first Kim-Trump Summit, which took place in Singapore a mere eight months ago, seemed so hopeful—a real breakthrough, a…


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Fake Humanitarianism Fails its Big Test in Venezuela

Maximilian C. Forte , February 24th, 2019


There it is: Saturday, February 23, 2019, has now come and gone—and it’s not to say that “nothing has changed”. In fact, some important changes did occur, none…


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Venezuela: The Next Move and the Final Word

Maximilian C. Forte , February 17th, 2019


Almost a month after Donald Trump recognized Juán Guaidó as the “interim president” of Venezuela, and the imperial media started to label Nicolás Maduro as the “disputed” president…


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Fiction Plus Coercion Makes Reality: The Illegitimacy of the US-led Coup in Venezuela

Maximilian C. Forte , February 15th, 2019


After considering the economic foundation of current US intervention, designed to erase Venezuela’s economic sovereignty, the purpose here is to focus more on the political side of the…


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A War for Oil: The US Economic War on Venezuela

Maximilian C. Forte , February 12th, 2019


A Bridge Too Far {click to enlarge} It resembled something from a post-apocalyptic setting in a movie: images of the blocked highway bridge linking Colombia to Venezuela, silent…


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Trump’s Coup in Venezuela

Maximilian C. Forte , January 25th, 2019


Last year in our final report on 2018, we closed with this warning: “one of the things we must all look out for then are the prospects of…


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Review of 2018, Part 4 (October–December): Nationalism, Deglobalization, plus the US exit from Syria

Maximilian C. Forte , December 23rd, 2018


OCTOBER Where US–Canada relations were concerned, as well as Trump’s trade strategy, NAFTA was the leading event opening the month of October. The US–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) On Monday,…


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Review of 2018, Part 3 (July–September): The Trade War plus Cold War II

Maximilian C. Forte , December 22nd, 2018


JULY June was a month so heavily saturated with key turning point events, that it seemed like the longest month of the year—but then July came. Already, on…


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