|Monday, March 01|
|·|| Empire and Oligarchy: Whatever Happened to "We the People"? |
|Monday, November 16|
|·|| How I Stopped Hating Thanksgiving and Learned to Be Afraid |
|·|| The Audacity of Failure: The 4-year presidency of Barack Hoover Obama |
|Thursday, August 20|
|·|| Is Barack Obama steering a healthy ship out of turbulent titanic global waters? |
|Wednesday, March 11|
|·|| Wall Street's House of Cards: Too Big...Period |
|Saturday, March 07|
|·|| The Rove-Obama Deal: Tangled Up in Karl |
|Monday, February 09|
|·|| A New Administration, Tired Old Policies |
|·|| Change the Lobby |
|Wednesday, February 04|
|·|| Obama's economic plan won't fix the crisis |
|Monday, January 12|
|·|| The Enduring Priorities in Obama's Time of Change |
|Sunday, December 07|
|·|| Obama and Miracles that Never Happen |
|Friday, December 05|
|·|| Vote first; ask questions later |
|Tuesday, November 11|
|·|| A Leftist Looks at the Near Future |
|·|| Obama Mania |
|Thursday, November 06|
|·|| Barack Obama: The Coming 'Anti-Chavez' of the Americas? |
|Wednesday, November 05|
|·|| A Prism for the New Paradigm |
|Saturday, October 04|
|·|| Marx's solution to Wall Street fiasco: Abolition of the wages system! |
|Thursday, October 02|
|·|| Not One Dime! Why the Bailout Stinks |
|Tuesday, September 30|
|·|| The Shadow of the Pitchfork: Elite Panic as Bailout Goes Bust |
|Tuesday, September 16|
|·|| The Tumbrils Roll at Dawn |
|Inside U.S.A.: Gun Rights: From the Black Panthers to the NRA|
Tuesday, July 31 @ 11:27:21 AST
|State Violence, Individual Violence|
By Patrick Higgins
July 30, 2012 - counterpunch.org
Just as misplaced debates about civilian gun control were emerging in the wake of the massacre in Aurora, a billboard was raised in Idaho by a libertarian organization placing the face of the Aurora shooting suspect beside that of President Obama. The text surrounding James Holmes’s reads: “KILLS 12 IN A MOVIE THEATER WITH AN ASSAULT RIFLE. EVERYONE FREAKS OUT.” The text surrounding Obama’s reads: “KILLS THOUSANDS WITH HIS FOREIGN POLICY. WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE.”
The reaction of the Village Voice—“extremely offensive,” one headline states—to the billboard is exemplary of the chronic softness of liberalism on issues of war. In the media overall, this softness has led to the current emphasis on civilian gun control, which is an emphasis that is now actively removing the spotlight from the violence of the state while increasing fear of the general public. Surely the Village Voice that hosted the late, great Alexander Cockburn would never have so unforgivably favored etiquette over truth.
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|Inside U.S.A.: How Liberty Was Lost|
Wednesday, April 25 @ 15:25:41 AST
|By Paul Craig Roberts|
April 25, 2012 - paulcraigroberts.org
When did things begin going wrong in America?
“From the beginning,” answer some. English colonists, themselves under the thumb of a king, exterminated American Indians and stole their lands, as did late 18th and 19th century Americans. Over the course of three centuries the native inhabitants of America were dispossessed, just as Israelis have been driving Palestinians off their lands since 1948.
Demonization always plays a role. The Indians were savages and the Palestinians are terrorists. Any country that can control the explanation can get away with evil.
I agree that there is a lot of evil in every country and civilization. In the struggle between good and evil, religion has at times been on the side of evil. However, the notion of moral progress cannot so easily be thrown out.
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|Inside U.S.A.: Why Can’t Americans Have Democracy?|
Sunday, March 04 @ 19:54:08 AST
|By Paul Craig Roberts|
March 03, 2012 - Global Research
Syria has a secular government as did Iraq prior to the american invasion. Secular governments are important in Arab lands in which there is division between Sunni and Shi’ite. Secular governments keep the divided population from murdering one another.
When the american invasion, a war crime under the Nuremberg standard set by the US after WW II, overthrew the Saddam Hussein secular government, the Iraqi Sunnis and Shi’ites went to war against one another. The civil war between Iraqis saved the american invasion. Nevertheless, enough Sunnis found time to fight the american occupiers of Iraq that the US was never able to occupy Bagdad, much less Iraq, no matter how violent and indiscriminate the US was in the application of force.
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|Inside U.S.A.: Obama Humiliates the Black Caucus – and They Pretend Not to Notice|
Monday, October 03 @ 08:22:12 AST
|By BAR executive editor Glen Ford|
October 03, 2011 - blackagendareport.com
“Obama has very publicly commanded them to shut up and perform what he believes is their only legitimate function: to get him re-elected."
This magazine spent much of the 2008 presidential campaign warning that reflexive, unquestioning, uncomplaining support for Barack Obama would render African Americans politically irrelevant for the next four years. “About 90 percent of Black America has allied itself with a candidate that never promised them a damn thing,” we wrote, back on April Fools Day, 2008. One year before, in Selma, Alabama, Obama had first deployed his pseudo-Baptist preacher delivery to announce that Blacks had already come “90 percent of the way” towards equality, strongly inferring that his election would take us the other ten percent of the way, while simultaneously sending “a signal to whites that the days of Black racial agitation were nearly over.”
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|Inside U.S.A.: Barack Obama and the Debt Crisis: a Successful Con Game Explained|
Monday, August 08 @ 00:06:07 AST
|By Bruce A. Dixon|
August 08, 2011 - blackagendareport.com
The phony debt ceiling crisis was, from beginning to end, a con. It was an elaborate and successful hoax in which the nation's first black president, the Democratic and Republican parties, Wall Street and corporate media all played indispensable parts. The object of the supposed “crisis” was to short circuit public opinion, existing law, democratic process and traditions of public oversight, in order to deal fatal blows to Medicaid, Medicare, social security, job growth and public expenditures for the common good. It worked. We've been conned.
President Barack Obama as First Actor in the Con
The key actor in the con was and is Barack Obama, leader of the Democratic party and president of the United States. When the Bush and Obama administrations bailed out the banksters in 2008, 2009 and 2010 they didn't print new warehouses of greenbacks and send them over in a fleet of trucks. The Federal Reserve simply opened its spreadsheets, and wrote numbers with lots of zeroes crediting the banksters' accounts. It literally created the new money by giving it away, and next proceeded to borrow those funds back from the banksters at interest. The debt ceiling crisis was nothing but those same banksters twirling their mustaches and oinking “Well, we don't think you (the government that created the money by giving it to them) can really afford to repay all these loans you've been taking out... We might have to downgrade your credit rating...”
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|Inside U.S.A.: AMERICA: Y UR PEEPS B SO DUM?|
Thursday, December 09 @ 14:21:50 AST
|Ignorance and courage in the age of Lady Gaga|
By Joe Bageant
Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
December 07, 2010 - joebageant.com
If you hang out much with thinking people, conversation eventually turns to the serious political and cultural questions of our times. Such as: How can the Americans remain so consistently brain-fucked? Much of the world, including plenty of Americans, asks that question as they watch U.S. culture go down like a thrashing mastodon giving itself up to some Pleistocene tar pit.
Teabags One explanation might be the effect of 40 years of deep fried industrial chicken pulp, and 44 ounce Big Gulp soft drinks. Another might be pop culture, which is not culture at all of course, but marketing. Or we could blame it on digital autism: Ever watch commuter monkeys on the subway poking at digital devices, stroking the touch screen for hours on end? That wrinkled Neolithic brows above the squinting red eyes?
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|Inside U.S.A.: A Greater Threat Than the Terrorists: TSA's Gestapo Empire|
Wednesday, November 24 @ 18:21:40 AST
|By Paul Craig Roberts|
November 24, 2010 - counterpunch.org
It doesn’t take a bureaucrat long to create an empire. John Pistole, the FBI agent who took over the Transportation Security Administration on July 1 told USA Today 16 days later that protecting trains and subways from terrorist attacks will be as high a priority for him as air travel.
It is difficult to imagine New Yorkers being porno-screened and sexually groped on crowed subway platforms or showing up an hour or two in advance for clearance for a 15 minute subway ride, but once bureaucrats get the bit in their teeth they take absurdity to its logical conclusion. Buses will be next, although it is even more difficult to imagine open air bus stops turned into security zones with screeners and gropers inspecting passengers before they board.
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|Inside U.S.A.: America's Tea Party Phenomenon|
Sunday, October 24 @ 16:40:38 AST
|By Stephen Lendman|
October 24, 2010
Tea Party.org calls itself "a grassroots movement (for making Americans aware of) any issue that challenges the security, sovereignty, or domestic tranquility of our beloved nation, the United States of America. From our founding, the Tea Party is the voice of the true owners of the United States, WE THE PEOPLE."
More below about these PEOPLE, and their deep-pocketed ability to manipulate minds effectively with considerable right wing media support.
Another web site headlines "Tea Party Patriots, Official Home of the American Tea Party Movement, A community committed to standing together, shoulder to shoulder, to protect our country and the Constitution upon which we were founded!"
Note: October 26, 2010
Koch Footprints Lead to Political Powder Keg
The Far Right's Secret Slush Fund to Keep Fear Alive
The Tea Party movement: deluded and inspired by billionaires
By funding numerous rightwing organisations, the mega-rich Koch brothers have duped millions into supporting big business
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|Inside U.S.A.: Foreclosuregate: Time to Break Up the Too-Big-to-Fail Banks?|
Friday, October 15 @ 19:11:57 AST
|By Ellen Brown|
October 15, 2010 - webofdebt.com
Looming losses from the mortgage scandal dubbed "foreclosuregate" may qualify as the sort of systemic risk that, under the new financial reform bill, warrants the breakup of the too-big-to-fail banks. The Kanjorski amendment allows federal regulators to pre-emptively break up large financial institutions that-for any reason-pose a threat to U.S. financial or economic stability.
Although downplayed by most media accounts and popular financial analysts, crippling bank losses from foreclosure flaws appear to be imminent and unavoidable. The defects prompting the "RoboSigning Scandal" are not mere technicalities but are inherent to the securitization process. They cannot be cured. This deep-seated fraud is already explicitly outlined in publicly available lawsuits.
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|Inside U.S.A.: We've Been Here Before: The FBI Raids in Context|
Wednesday, September 29 @ 04:28:36 AST
|By Ron Jacobs|
September 27, 2010 - counterpunch.org
On September 24, 2010 the FBI raided several houses and a couple offices in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago and North Carolina under the guise of looking for proof that the people living in those houses were involved with organizations that "lent material support to terrorists." Ironically (or perhaps presciently) the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) also released an 88-page document titled The Policing of Political Speech: Constraints on Mass Dissent in the U.S on that day. Not content with criminalizing the representation provided by attorneys to those accused of fomenting terrorism, as in the case of Lynne Stewart, with these raids the Obama administration has stepped up the repression that became quite commonplace under George Bush.
In short, the government is attempting to criminalize the organizing of antiwar protests. Furthermore, it wants to make opposition to the the government’s assistance in repressing struggles for self-determination illegal. Other repressive actions by law enforcement against US citizens, including the sentencing of a videographer to 300 days in jail for trespass after he tried to film an unauthorized talk in Chicago and the acknowledgement by the Pittsburgh FBI office that it had spied on peace activists and used a private agency to help out, makes it clear that the PATRIOT Act and its excesses are alive and well under the Obama administration. Repression is a bipartisan activity, especially when it comes to the repression of the left.
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|Inside U.S.A.: Regarding US Muslims: A Misguided Debate|
Saturday, September 25 @ 01:10:32 AST
|By Ramzy Baroud|
September 25, 2010
Laurie Goodstein’s article, ‘American Muslims Ask, Will We Ever Belong?’ was intended as a sympathetic reading of the concerns of US Muslim communities facing increasing levels of hostility and fear. While generally insightful and sensibly written, the article also highlights the very misconceptions that riddle the bizarre debate pitting American Muslims against much of the government, the mainstream media and most of the general public.
This is how Goodstein lays the ground for her discussion: “For nine years after the attacks of Sept. 11, many American Muslims made concerted efforts to build relationships with non-Muslims, to make it clear they abhor terrorism, to educate people about Islam and to participate in interfaith service projects. They took satisfaction in the observations by many scholars that Muslims in America were more successful and assimilated than Muslims in Europe.” (New York Times, September 5, 2010)
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|Inside U.S.A.: Fiddling in the Wasteland: Walking in Reagan's Shoes|
Tuesday, September 14 @ 02:08:45 AST
|By Mike Whitney|
September 14, 2010 - counterpunch.org
The Fed's Beige Book, which was released on Wednesday, provides a sobering look at an economy that is sputtering-along on empty. Nearly all the districts reported slower activity amid "widespread signs of deceleration". The stimulus-fueled rebound which powered GDP above 5% two quarters earlier, has progressively dissipated slashing growth to an anemic 1.6%. As underemployment has soared to 16.5% and deflation has continued to tighten its grip, all talk of a "recovery" has ceased and policymakers have grown more tentative, unwilling to do anything that might cost them votes in the upcoming midterm elections.
Housing prices--which had been holding steady for nearly a year--have started to lose ground following the expiration of the homebuyer tax credit at the end of June. According to economist Joseph Stiglitz, "The foreclosure rate is increasing. Two million Americans lost their homes in 2008, and 2.8 million more in 2009, but the numbers are expected to be even higher in 2010." Residential construction activity has slowed to a crawl across the country as housing appears set for another leg down.
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|Inside U.S.A.: Computer-Driven Bloodletting on Wall Street: Glitch in the System|
Saturday, May 08 @ 16:00:10 AST
|By Mike Whitney|
May 08, 2010 - counterpunch.org
On Thursday, shares tumbled across all major indexes on fears that Greece's debt woes would spread to other vulnerable countries in the E.U.. What began as a down-day on Wall Street, quickly turned into a full-blown rout as blue chips, financials, techs and transports were all caught in a program-trading downdraft. The bloodletting was mind-numbingly swift. In one 15 minute period, stocks plunged more than 300 points (and nearly 1,000 points at their nadir) before bouncing off the bottom and clawing back some of the day's losses. For the big brokerage houses and investment banks, the massacre could not have happened at a worse time. Skittish retail investors have already been steering clear of Wall Street, convinced that the markets are rigged. Thursday's ructions are sure to keep them on the sidelines even longer.
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|Inside U.S.A.: Toxic Transfer: Bernanke's Biggest Bailout|
Wednesday, May 05 @ 14:24:59 AST
|By Mike Whitney|
May 05, 2010 - counterpunch.org
The right-wing white paper mill, the American Enterprise Institute, is helping the Federal Reserve to develop a strategy to transfer $1.25 trillion in toxic mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and non performing loans onto the public's balance sheet. Although it's unknown whether Fed chair Ben Bernanke will act on the AEI's recommendations, it does show that the Fed's Quantitative Easing program (QE)--which moved the bulk of garbage assets from the banks to the Fed's balance sheet--poses long-term problems that will need to be addressed. Bernanke never intended to keep these assets any longer than necessary. Now he is actively exploring options for getting rid of them.
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|Inside U.S.A.: The Right, the Left and the Ugly: Fear and Loathing in White America|
Friday, March 12 @ 12:26:30 AST
|By BAR executive editor Glen Ford|
March 12, 2010 - blackagendareport.com
"Are we witnessing a left-right convergence – or two fundamentally opposed camps intersecting at a certain point in time on the way to very different destinations?"
When President George Bush and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi first, unsuccessfully, attempted to ram a bank bailout bill through the U.S. House in late September 2008, only one-third of Republicans and three-fifths of Democrats voted for the measure. The Congressional Black Caucus was opposed, 21 to 18, with the more progressive CBC members mostly voting No. Former presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich asked, "Is this the U.S. Congress or the board of directors at Goldman Sachs?" Two-thirds of the GOP Caucus bucked their president.
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