02 Jan 2013

Recommended: Michael Hudson: America’s Deceptive 2012 Fiscal Cliff, Part II

Wage Slavery plus debt peonage — these are the fates awaiting the ‘better off’ members of the 99%, Alan Simpson’s “lesser people.” The ‘worst off’ shall continue to find themselves existing on city streets, squatting in vacant land and buildings, suffering one of the many prisons which pockmark the body

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09 Dec 2012

Recommended: Why the Anti-Mursi Protesters are Right

In a recent article author Ahmad Shokr persuasively argued that the noisy opponents of the Morsi dictatorship are right to contest his elected government, his dictatorship and the constitution he and his allies wish to impose on Egypt. Shokr develops his critique by rejecting three common claims made by defenders

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27 Nov 2012

Lunatics at the Pentagon

Back in the 1950s, they wanted to blow up the moon! Their goal: To intimidate the Soviet Union. The Air Force would not comment on this report. Their refusal should surprise no one. After all, who would want defend a truly stupid idea like this one? Related articles General Conspiracies

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23 Nov 2012

Birth of dictator

It has been widely reported that Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected president of Egypt and a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, has claimed new and extensive powers, doing so, it has been stated, in response to impasse of Egypt’s Second Constituent Assembly and to persistent street violence. An English

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21 Nov 2012

Recommended: The Limits of Israeli Belligerence

In this worthy article, Dina Jadallah wrote: One can watch the latest Israeli assault on Gaza and become overwhelmed with the enormity of the destruction, the loss of human life (one-third of whom are children), and the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of asymmetric power by an occupying state against one

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20 Nov 2012

The irony in American history

Glenn Greenwald noticed and wrote about a bit of this with respect to Iraq and Afghanistan: It is ironic indeed that the US is demanding that the practice of due-process-free indefinite detention be continued in Afghanistan and Iraq, two countries it invaded and then occupied while claiming it wanted to

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14 Nov 2012

Recommended: Epitaph for a Four Star

Colonel Douglas Macgregor, Ret. addresses the now dispirited aura surrounding General David Petraeus, Ret., an officer who surely was the product of corrupt, ineffective and wasteful institutions — the Pentagon specifically and the security-surveillance establishment generally. Macgregor uses conclusive evidence to make his point: The United States has known defeat

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11 Nov 2012

First they came for welfare….

In Obama’s America, each day is Halloween. The “lesser people” (Alan Simpson) should be afraid, very afraid! Why? Uncle Sam is bankrupt. He lives merely on the kindness of strangers. Only painful actions can remedy this situation. Uncle Sam, you see, has long suffered from Affluenza. While the condition is

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03 Nov 2012

Another endgame driven by money

Thomas Ferguson and his collaborators have warned us about an endgame surge by the Romney campaign, a possible leap in his popularity that might eventually bury the Obama presidency. In this respect the Romney campaign may mimic the Bush campaign of 2000. Both have been fueled by massive spending and

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