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The New Cold War’s Ukraine Gambit by Michael Hudson + Rick Rozoff: CrossTalk: Nulandistan Update

Updated: May 16, 2014 Added video

Updated: May 14, 2014 Added video

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
May 13, 2014

Michael Hudson[1]

The following article is from a new book, Flashpoint in Ukraine, edited by Stephen Lendman. It is currently available from Clarity Press as an e-book, and soon to be printed.

Finance in today’s world has become war by non-military means. Its object is the same as that of military conquest: appropriation of land and basic infrastructure, and the rents that can be extracted as tribute. In today’s world this is taken mainly in the form of debt service and privatization. That is how neoliberalism works, subduing economies by indebting their governments and using unpayably high debts as a lever to pry away the public domain at distress prices. It is what today’s New Cold War is all about. Backed by the IMF and European Central Bank (ECB) as knee-breakers in what has become in effect a financial extension of NATO, the aim is for U.S. and allied investors to appropriate the plums that kleptocrats have taken from the public domain of Russia, Ukraine and other post-Soviet economies in these countries, as well as whatever assets remain. Continue reading

Noam Chomsky: The Relentless Class War

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with Noam Chomsky

University of California Television (UCTV) on Apr 28, 2014

Noam Chomsky Mural

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Jan Nederveen Pieterse in conversation with Noam Chomsky, linguist, philosopher and political commentator. Chomsky is Emeritus professor of linguistics at MIT. Jan Nederveen Pieterse is professor of Global Studies and Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara. Series: “Carsey-Wolf Center” [5/2014] [Humanities] [Show ID: 28120] (Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/)

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Global Economy Confounds Washington’s War Mentality by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
April 25, 2014

Capitalism and its imperialist proclivity have been associated with the structural causes of conflict and war over recent centuries. But given today’s imperative realities of a globalized economy, capitalism – or at least large sections of it – cannot afford such a conflict or desire it. In this regard, we may be witnessing a seminal shift, whereby Washington’s threatened sanctions towards Russia, and the war that that entails, are seen as an untenable political agenda divorced from the all-important economic realm.

In pushing this agenda, Washington may be the one that finds itself isolated, not Moscow. Continue reading

Capitalism: The Systematic Poverty and Exploitation of Human Beings by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
April 26, 2014

Capitalism Kills

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Workers in Western countries are now paid so badly that businesses are reportedly finding it profitable to return from China – having relocated to Asia in the first place to exploit cheap labor there.

It is an astounding indictment of how capitalism has created a global race to the bottom of misery for workers – yet the Western corporate news media actively conceal this abomination. Continue reading

Michael Hudson: This Is Risking A Threat Of War + Is Thomas Picketty Right About The Causes of Inequality?

with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
April 25, 2014

Renegade Economists interview April 22nd, 2014
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Karl Fitzgerald: Michael Hudson – www.Michael-Hudson.com – is back on the 3CR airwaves with an explosive show moving through the incredible wealth gap as outlined by Thomas Piketty. His book is barnstorming the world at the moment. We review it, alongside a bit of Marxist theory as we slide into what America is really up to in the Ukraine. It’s always interesting with Michael Hudson. Stay tuned for another instalment of the Renegade Economists. Continue reading

Why Are We Doing Business With A Corrupt Global Banking Cartel? by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 23, 2014

Sixteen of the world’s largest banks have been caught colluding to rig global interest rates. Why are we doing business with a corrupt global banking cartel?

United States Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that the too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks are too big to prosecute. But an outraged California jury might have different ideas. As noted in the California legal newspaper The Daily Journal: Continue reading

Inequality and the Inevitable Collapse: The Common Sense Solution–Sharing by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
April 18, 2014

Income Inequality

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Depending on who you listen to and how it is defined, worldwide income and wealth inequality is either more acute than it has ever been, or the gap between the rich and the rest is narrowing. The numbers may be distorted by conflicting statistics but what is indisputable is the shadow of extreme poverty that billions are living under, the economic induced anxiety millions more face every day, and the fact that the rich continue to get richer. Of the 7.2 billion people in the world, around half are living on less than $2.00 a day  ̶ that’s the official barrier to the land of poverty set by the World Bank. Most of these people are to be found in the slums or villages of India, China, and the shantytowns and rural settlements of Sub-Saharan Africa, where 48% of the population live on less than $1.25 a day. [World Bank 2010] Continue reading

The Global Banking Game Is Rigged, and the FDIC Is Suing by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 13, 2014

Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative called interest-rate swaps; and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has now joined a chorus of litigants suing over it. According to an SEIU report:

Derivatives… have turned into a windfall for banks and a nightmare for taxpayers…. While banks are still collecting fixed rates of 3 to 6 percent, they are now regularly paying public entities as little as a tenth of one percent on the outstanding bonds, with rates expected to remain low in the future. Over the life of the deals, banks are now projected to collect billions more than they pay state and local governments – an outcome which amounts to a second bailout for banks, this one paid directly out of state and local budgets.

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This is A Major Road in St. Louis, Missouri

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Depending on where you live, collapse has already occurred in the US. ~ Lo

Ed David on Apr 12, 2014

It was one block in St. Louis. North Grand Blvd.
We drove down it to get from the airport to our hotel. I stuck the camera out the window. What’s fascinating is how run down this major road was for so long of a distance. I think it felt like a mile.
A bunch of my friends, gosh bless them, do war reporting and other journalism in other countries. Well this country, this mighty United States of America, needs a bunch of help all over the place. And maybe it would be easier to help here. In any possible way.
“Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” by Chris Hedges has been a huge help looking further into the failing of the American dream.
We all need to do something.

Director ED DAVID
Producer SHANNON PENNEY
Exec Producer VERONICA BALTA
Special Thanks LILY HENDERSON
Shot with Black Magic Pocket Camera and using Film Convert in post.

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Elizabeth Kucinich: Congress Considers Blocking GMO Food Labeling + Action Alert

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RT America on Apr 10, 2014

Congress is considering a bill that would override state laws requiring labeling of genetically modified foods. Called the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014,” the bill would allow the Food and Drug Administration to set the standards for the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, potentially eliminating more stringent standards set by individual states. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced the legislation, saying there is no evidence foods containing GMOs are unsafe. RT’s Ameera David speaks with Elizabeth Kucinich, executive producer at GMO OMG, who believes the bill “obliterates” the progress made towards proper labeling in recent years.

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Bernie Sanders: Oligarchy USA

Oligarchy

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Bernie Sanders on Apr 10, 2014

Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses oligarchy in a Senate floor speech.

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Michael Hudson: West Looks to Carve Up Ukraine and Privatize Industries Held By Kleptocrats

with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
April 9, 2014

TheRealNews on Apr 8, 2014

Michael Hudson: The financial grab for Ukraine industries is simply war by another name, as other Eastern Europe countries have experienced similar fates.

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R is for Rentier by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
April 5, 2014

R

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Part R in the .

Race to the bottom: A term for dog-eat-dog competition by which countries compete by cutting wage levels so as to produce in the cheapest market, not by raising wages and labor productivity. The effect is to shrink the circular flow between producers and employee-consumers, leading to declining living standards. Under these circumstances productivity is increased only by working the existing labor force more intensively and cutting back medical insurance, old-age pensions and other social welfare expenditures. (See Free Market.)

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P is for Ponzi by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
April 3, 2014

letter P

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Part P in the .

Panic: The abrupt culminating stage of the business cycle, in which inflated asset prices collapse in price as financial securities and properties are sold to pay off debts.

Parallel Universe: The objective of modern economic methodology. A hypothetical exercise in science fiction depicting a world that conceivably could exist, given a sufficient number of internally consistent assumptions. (See Neoclassical Economics.) Continue reading

This Is Why Washington Has Sought To Create A Crisis Over In Ukraine by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
March 30, 2014

The US is prepared to plunge Europe into a war with Russia in order for Washington to preserve its hegemony over the transatlantic axis.

The key issues are the prevention of Russia and Europe developing closer trade and political ties – stemming primarily from a vast trade in energy fuels; and, secondly, the survival of the American dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

So vital are these issues for continued American hegemony that Washington is prepared to sacrifice millions of lives in a war between Russia and its so-called transatlantic European “ally”.

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