10 Jan 2015

After the Slaughter – January 7 at Charlie Hebdo

By Iddhis Bing, 99GetSmart Edouard Perrin is a French documentary filmmaker who works at Premières Lignes in Paris. As part of Cash Investigations, he is widely known for his programs on tax evasion in France and other countries, most notably Luxembourg. 99GetSmart Readers may remember the Invisible Money series that appeared

05 Jan 2015

Looking Backward, Looking Forward: 2014 – 2015

By James Petras, 99GetSmart Introduction The balance sheet for 2014 and the prospects for 2015 provide us with a complex panorama of negative and positive outcomes. In most cases theadvances, are not earth-shattering but open possibilities for further progress.  The negative developments, however, have greater and more threatening systemic outcomes. We will

20 Dec 2014

The Anti-Empire Report #135: American Exceptionalism and American Torture

By William Blum, 99GetSmart American Exceptionalism and American Torture In 1964, the Brazilian military, in a US-designed coup, overthrew a liberal (not more to the left than that) government and proceeded to rule with an iron fist for the next 21 years. In 1979 the military regime passed an amnesty law blocking

18 Dec 2014

Imperialism and the Politics of Torture

By James Petras, 99GetSmart Introduction The US Senate Report documenting CIA torture of alleged terrorist suspects raises a number of fundamental questions about the nature and operations of the State, the relationship and the responsibility of the Executive Branch and Congress to the vast secret police networks which span the globe – including the United States.

15 Dec 2014

Brazil: President Rousseff Declares War on the Working Class

By James Petras, 99GetSmart Introduction The Brazilian working class is facing the most savage assault on its living standards in over a decade. And it is not just the industrial workers who are under attack. The landless rural workers, public and private salaried employees, teachers and health professionals, the unemployed and the

14 Dec 2014

Turkey: Rule by Decree

Written by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan: With the constitution written during military rule in Turkey in 1982, the president of the republic – then a top general – was awarded the power to issue Presidential Decrees to manage duties such as secretarial institutionalization, organization, governance, working principles, and

11 Dec 2014

Turkey: Çar?? Soccer Fan Group Accused of Plotting Coup

Written by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan: http://youtu.be/agOChqonkzM Gezi Park was raided by the police and most people were losing hope when the ultra group Çar?? started a call for solidarity and asked for 100 gas masks to take back the park. Raising hopes in doing so, the ultras

05 Dec 2014

Turkey: Save the People’s House

Written by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan: In the aftermath of the #OccupyGezi protests, a group had occupied an unused space and turned it into a Community House in Istanbul’s Kadikoy district. Officially, it is the second place that has been occupied in Turkey, right after Gezi Park itself.

04 Dec 2014

Dis-Accumulation on a World Scale: Pillage, Plunder and Wealth

By James Petras, 99GetSmart Introduction Over the past 30 years, wealth has grown exponentially and has become increasingly concentrated foremost in the upper .01%, then the .1%, followed by the 1% and the upper 10% – 20%. The large scale, long-term concentration of wealth has continued through booms and busts of the