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Barack to Mitt: Corporations Run the Economy by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Sept. 27, 2012

Here is an open letter that Barack Obama should write to Mitt Romney – pronto!

Dear Mr. Romney:

Not a day goes by without you blaming me for every slumping or stagnant economic indicator. Unemployment, increases in the number of food stamp recipients, government borrowing, and spending, home foreclosures, economic uncertainty for businesses, trade deficits – you name it. Only for droughts and hurricanes have you absolved me from responsibility. Continue reading

Greg Palast: Voter Suppression, Billionaires and Ballot Bandits

Ballot Box, Broadway, Seattle, WA

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with Greg Palast
Featured Writer
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www.gregpalast.com
September 30, 2012

Sep 29, 2012 by

Talk by investigative journalist Greg Palast author of “Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps” given September 27, 2012 at Town Hall Seattle in Seattle, WA.

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The Stimulator: How did the Quebec student movement win?

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100 jours contre la hausse

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Sep 26, 2012 by stimulator

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For over 4 months, students and their allies, took over the streets of Montreal every day, to protest a tuition hike imposed by the liberal party in Quebec.

On September 21st, the newly elected Premier of Quebec scrapped the tuition hike and repealed a controversial law, that effectively banned public demonstrations.

While this is being touted as a victory by many in the student movement, one element that made this success possible is already being overshadowed. How the the movement’s militant street politics transformed the student strike from a single issue campaign to an uncompromising social insurrection. Continue reading

Richard D. Wolff: Capitalism Vs Socialism, interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

Make Capitalism History *

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by Cindy Sheehan
Featured Writer
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Sept. 30, 2012

This week, Cindy Sheehan, interviews Marxist economics professor, Richard D. Wolff.

Professor Wolff breaks a complicated subject down with easily understood analogies and with prophetic solutions.

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Organic Farmers Beat US Droughts

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Butterfly Bushes

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Sep 30, 2012 by

The recent drought in the United States has damaged crops and driven up food prices.

However, organic farmers say that they have fared better, thanks to alternative growing methods.

Al Jazeera’s John Hendren reports from Ottawa, Illiois.

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Partners Across the Asia-Pacific: NATO Reinforces Pentagon’s Shift to East by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
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Stop NATO
September 25, 2012

NATO Training Mission Afghanistan

NATO Training Mission Afghanistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On September 24 the North Atlantic Treaty Organization granted Iraq the second Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme under the auspices of the bloc’s latest military collaboration and integration framework, partners across the globe.

The latter program (for which the substantives are occasionally capitalized), NATO’s latest, incorporates to date eight nations in the broader Asia-Pacific region (including West Asia, the Middle East) that have supplied troops for the U.S.-led military organization’s war in Afghanistan under International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) command or are subsumed under NATO consultative arrangements and training programs like the Afghanistan-Pakistan-ISAF Tripartite Commission, the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and the NATO Training Mission – Iraq.

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Surviving Progress Transcript by Michael Hudson

[Watch a clip from Surviving Progress (2011)]

by Michael Hudson
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http://michael-hudson.com
September 23, 2012

The way of the civilizations

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Below are the transcripts from the film Surviving Progress I was a part of. The film can be purchased from the website.

Canada FILM group on PROGRESS 2010: The Road to Debt Serfdom Cinémaginaire, ASHOP (USA): Interview with Michael Hudson – Tapes #112-113-114

Theme: In the name of “progress,” the world is regressing to neoserfdom.

Mainstream economics has become a body of assumptions selected to rationalize a “trickle-down” tax policy favoring the financial sector driving the rest of the economy into debt, turning the economic surplus into interest charges – to be recycled into yet more debt creation. Continue reading