It is not surprising that Rush Limbaugh, spiritual leader of the Republican Party – the man who determines Republican ideology and who enforces obedience to orthodoxy within the party – now finds Pope Francis a “Marxist”. Pope Francis, spiritual leader to over one billion Catholics, has issued a direct assault on the [...]
2013 is proving to be a hectic year for corporate lobbyists and free trade advocates, as they frantically flit, like busy bees pollinating succulent orchids, from one global free trade conference to another. And at long last, it seems that their hard work appears to be paying off.
In the last month alone world leaders [...]
Today’s column by Chris Hedges is the latest in a set of recent dissenting opinions. Here’s a small linkfest:
Chris Hedges: Our Invisible Revolution
Russell Brand on revolution: “We no longer have the luxury of tradition” Related video: Newsnight Interview with Jeremy Paxman.
Ian Welsh: A New Ideology Ian Welsh: How to Create a Viable [...]
Common Dreams, By Sarah Lazare, September 20
Critics slam highly secretive deal as a tool for U.S. and corporate power
As Obama moves to fast-track the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), critics are blasting the highly-secretive trade deal as “NAFTA on steroids” and a tool for advancing U.S. and corporate power.
“If impoverishing working people around [...]
A curious little item in Time Magazine this issue:
If you are in any doubt about how little has changed on Wall Street since 2008, check out yesterday’s front page New York Times story about how banks like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley profited wildly by hoarding and slowing the supply of various commodity metals [...]
We all lie, to some degree. But not all lies are created equally.
My dad once said the worst kind of lie is when you lie to yourself.
We, collectively, the United States of America, are lying to ourselves on so many fronts, I don’t know where to begin.
Hidden among 1,200 pages of legalese called the Immigration Reform Bill now being contemplated by congress is a law that will require all US citizens and immigrants seeking employment to obtain a national ID card.
This is not your run of the mill card, but instead a chipped card containing biometric information on the cardholder. [...]
Ecuador has ramped up its defiance of the US over Edward Snowden by waiving preferential trade rights with Washington even as the whistleblower’s prospect of reaching Quito dimmed.
President Rafael Correa’s government said on Thursday it was renouncing the Andean Trade Preference Act to thwart US “blackmail” of Ecuador in [...]
This is the way you do it:
Beijing (CNN) — Dozens of Chinese workers angry over a pay dispute have held their U.S. boss hostage for five days, the American businessman said.
Chip Starnes, co-founder and president of Specialty Medical Supplies China, has been trapped in the company’s suburban Beijing factory since Friday. He told [...]
New York Times, By Tim Arango & Clifford Krauss, June 2
Baghdad— Since the American-led invasion of 2003, Iraq has become one of the world’s top oil producers, and China is now its biggest customer.
China already buys nearly half the oil that Iraq produces, nearly 1.5 million barrels a day, and is angling [...]
By: pcr3 Paul Craig Roberts May 13, 2013 | Paul Craig Roberts
There are many signs of gangster state America. One is the collusion between federal authorities and banksters in a criminal conspiracy to rig the markets for gold and silver.
My explanation that the sudden appearance of an unprecedented 400 ton short sale [...]
Reckless trading in derivatives in 2012 and recent allegations of deliberate distortion of testimony to federal regulators are two reasons that the powerful Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JPMorgan is under intense fire prior to the company annual meeting in two weeks. (Image)
Jamie Dimon was the magician who turned a sow’s ear into [...]
That’s what Blythe Masters of JPMorgan does based on evidence from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and JPMorgan’s recent history. (Image: UCS)
Coal power is the leading source carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. CO2 is the leading cause of climate change. Once airborne, the man made filth sticks around for 2 to 20 [...]
By Paul Craig Roberts
Dave Kranzler of Golden Returns declares the April payroll jobs report that was released on May 3 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to be “fictitious.” 
Statistician John Williams (shadowstats.com) says both the jobs report and unemployment rate are “nonsense.”
I agree with both. But don’t expect the financial [...]