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Mystery: How Wealth Creates Poverty in the World by Michael Parenti (2007)

by Michael Parenti
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.michaelparenti.org
July 31, 2011

Originally published and crossposted from www.commondreams.org
February 16, 2007

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There is a “mystery” we must explain: How is it that as corporate investments and foreign aid and international loans to poor countries have increased dramatically throughout the world over the last half century, so has poverty? The number of people living in poverty is growing at a faster rate than the world’s population. What do we make of this?

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Billion Dollar Bill Shows How Foreign Aid Works

Dandelion Salad

 on Jul 29, 2011

"Hungry Drink Shell"

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Let him show you how aid deals really work…

In short poverty is manmade by amoral people like Bill.

It is not conspiracy — it’s structural economic behaviour locked into Western Foreign Policy and therefore the global economy. It’s branded aid but really its neo-colonialism.

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Travels of a New Gulliver: Chapter 1 by Joseph Natoli

by Joseph Natoli
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
July 27, 2011

A harvest moon rising over the hills in Proven...

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Chapter I

In which the Author introduces himself and then sets out

What follows here is a very loose account of my voyages into the world of talk as found, often accidentally, often against my own will, and seldom as I hoped.

I took with me only a few presumptions, for as Lao Tzu advises, a good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

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The Debt Ceiling Set For Progressive Repealing by Michael Hudson

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by Prof. Michael Hudson
Global Research
July 29, 2011

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Mr. Obama’s scare tactics to get Democrats to vote for his Republican Wall Street plan

The Wall Street bailout melodrama should be viewed as a dress rehearsal for today’s debt-ceiling non-crisis.

You know that the debt kerfuffle is as melodramatically staged as a World Wrestling Federation exhibition when Mr. Obama makes the blatantly empty threat that if Congress does not “tackle the tough challenges of entitlement and tax reform,” there won’t be money to pay Social Security checks next month. Continue reading

Austerity has to visit the super-rich by William Blum

by William Blum
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
28 July, 2011

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Arguing Libya

On July 9 I took part in a demonstration in front of the White House, the theme of which was “Stop Bombing Libya”. The last time I had taken part in a protest against US bombing of a foreign country, which the White House was selling as “humanitarian intervention”, as they are now, was in 1999 during the 78-day bombing of Serbia. At that time I went to a couple of such demonstrations and both times I was virtually the only American there. The rest, maybe two dozen, were almost all Serbs. “Humanitarian intervention” is a great selling device for imperialism, particularly in the American market. Americans are desperate to renew their precious faith that the United States means well, that we are still “the good guys”.

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Richard Wolff: Capitalism: Is It Working For Us?

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 on Jul 28, 2011

Capitalism isn't working

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Republicans have agreed to a vote today on a budget plan they say will cut the deficit $917 billion over 10 years. The move sets the stage for showdown against unified Democratic opposition in the Senate and threats of a White House veto. To discuss the debt talks and economic austerity worldwide, Democracy Now! interviews Richard Wolff, Emeritus Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and author of several books including, “Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It.”

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Ideological Inebriation on Capitol Hill by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
July 26, 2011

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Legislating while under the influence of ideological inebriation is not yet a statutory offense. It is only a multi-directional menace to much of what anxious Americans hold dear for themselves and their children.

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