Dienstag, 8. Juni 2010

Europe in the Iron Grip of Neoliberal Fiscal Discipline and Anti-Labor Measures

Chronis Polychroniou, Truthout: "We live in critical times. Global capitalism has plunged much of the world in a crisis of unprecedented proportions and is causing misery and suffering for millions of people. Economic insecurity, mass unemployment, declining wages, poverty, social marginalization, crime, fear and social decomposition are now defining features of many advanced societies. With growth concentrated largely on speculative financial activities and the suppression of wages, wealth is so unequally distributed in many advanced capitalist societies that the social and historical boundaries between rich and poor nations have completely broken down. Wealth and poverty coexist in close proximity in many cities in advanced societies just as they do in the less developed world."



Pentagon Tightens Grip on the Obama Administration and the Intelligence Community

Melvin A. Goodman, Truthout: "President Barack Obama's appointment of retired Gen. James Clapper as the director of national intelligence (DNI) demonstrates the Pentagon's enormous influence over the president and indicates that there is little likelihood of genuine reform of the hidebound intelligence community."



Deficit Reduction = Selling Out to Wall Street

Zach Carter | Media Consortium: "In the fall of 2008, decades of finance-first, bankers-know-best economic policies coalesced to create one of the worst economic crises in history, one that the banks themselves could not survive without staggering levels of government support. Yet astonishingly, nearly two years after the crash, Wall Street is still setting the economic agenda in Washington. As Congress begins to examine broader economic policy, lawmakers are under heavy Wall Street pressure to reduce th federal budget deficit - even though that could mean deepening the jobs crisis without any substantive economic benefits."



The times they are a-changin’

The Weekly Standard
by Fred Barnes

Obama’s real problem is that the era of hope and change is over, and he hasn’t adjusted to it. He’s confronted by a debt crisis, the oil spill, and high unemployment. These are front-burner issues a president is expected to address seriously and on which he’ll be held accountable. Yet Obama is still stuck on his old agenda. And he dwells on sentiments like bipartisanship that no longer resonate. It’s as if he’s relying on note cards from the early days of his presidency (nearly 17 months ago). Meanwhile, the world has moved on. When the world changed for FDR, he switched from ‘Dr. New Deal’ to ‘Dr. Win the War.’ Obama hasn’t switched. He’s still ‘Dr. Enact My Agenda.’... (for publication 07/14/10)


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



Key Indicators of a New Depression

By Neeraj Chaudhary

About 40 million people - or one out of every eight Americans - are receiving food stamps in Great Depression II. During the height of Great Depression I, the rate was just one out of thirty-five Americans.



BP knew in all probability where a Gulf of Mexico oil leak would go


Many experts believe oil leak far exceeds estimates

Huge underwater plumes 'unlike anything ever seen'


Dispersant Disaster: A Closer Look at BP's Toxic Solution

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: "Kristian Gustavson found 'all sorts' of dead dolphins and sea turtles on Ship Island in past weeks. Dead marine life is a common sight in the Gulf of Mexico these days, but Gustavson said the water was clear. The beaches on the Mississippi barrier island were white and clean. Oil from the British Petroleum's underwater catastrophe had not reached the sprawling marine graveyard."



Die FDP träumt weiterhin von Entlastungen auf Kosten der sozial Schwachen

Sozialausgaben kommen auf den Prüfstand


BP entmündigen

Wer ein "Unternehmenspersönlichkeitsrecht" beansprucht, der sollte auch mit der logischen Kehrseite davon konfrontiert werden.



For Obama and Rahm, Misdemeanors or Crimes?



The Phantom Recovery



America's Bread And Circus Society

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

The Roman poet Juvenal (circa 100 A.D.) wrote regarding the way latter-day Roman emperors retained power and control over the masses that were seemingly more than happy to obsess themselves with trivialities and self-indulgences while their once-great-and-powerful empire collapsed before their very eyes. He wrote: "Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties........



Afghanistan: The Longest War in US History


Congressman Dennis Kucinich Asks: ‘Is the U.S. Paying for Attacks on U.S. Troops?'


Americans swell the toll, highest of year

From Information Clearing House


US Used Cluster Bombs on Yemen Civilians: Amnesty



US Cruise Missile Attack in Yemeni Killed 52 People

By Kim Sengupta

A US cruise missile armed with cluster ammunition was used in an attack in Yemen in December which resulted in the deaths of 52 people, more than half of them women and children, according to a human rights watchdog.




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