TheRealNews on Oct 25, 2011
Michael Hudson: Peoples of countries indebted without their consent should refuse to repay odious debts
Despite official denials peddled by the mainstream media, it is emerging that the US and France are engaged in a new war in the Horn of Africa.
Given that 11-12 million people are at risk of starvation in the famine-hit region, an escalation of conflict has huge humanitarian and legal implications. Yet the Western public is being given no oversight on the matter from what appears to be a veritable news blackout on the dire situation.
This is written in response to the viral belief within the United States that our soldiers are fighting for our freedom.
Take my fictional, middle-aged acquaintance, Jack. Jack is a U.S. citizen, born and raised here.
Jack, while not entirely alone in the world in his beliefs, is about as close as it gets. Jack is polyamourous with a wont for polygamy. Continue reading
Interview with Jean Ziegler by Gilles Toussaint
Introduction and translation by Siv O’Neall
The victims are the poor, the former subsistence farmers in Africa who have been deprived of their land and whose countries now have to import food at exorbitant prices, due to the speculation in agricultural commodities resulting in the skyrocketing food prices today. Continue reading
Feeling angry about being betrayed by a corrupt government owned by rich and corporate elites has driven the Occupy Wall Street movement. Emphasizing how the top one percent has prospered incredibly while the bottom 99 percent have been screwed royally is supported by countless data. New data show this is a global phenomenon and that even in the worst of economic times the wealthiest make out like the bandits they are, and there are a lot more of them than one percent.
GregPalastOffice on Oct 25, 2011
A controversy in the banking community has arisen around the Occupy Wall Street movement. Greg Palast investigates the story behind Goldman Sachs’ recent decision to pull out of a fundraiser for the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union in New York City after it learned the event was honoring the protesters at Occupy Wall Street. The investment bank withdrew its name from the fundraiser and also canceled a $5,000 pledge. Was the $5,000 a Goldman Sachs donation or actually American taxpayer bailout money Goldman set aside for community banks?
Congressman Ron Paul introduced H.R. 1831, the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011” on May 11th of this year. It is a simple bill at just two pages in length, and it would legalize the growing of industrial hemp in the United States.
Currently farmers can grow industrial hemp only if they have received a permit from the DEA – a prospect that the agency has made all but impossible for decades. Otherwise, it is illegal to grow.
Kant, in his “What is Enlightenment?” will give you two roles. In your private role you are a cog in some machine. In this case I a cog in the Go Project machine. Every Saturday I help a teacher teach a class of first-graders. This is frontline duty, as I think of it. The teacher directs, we the volunteers implement. Most of the time I find myself working with individual students. The goal is to help the students, both academically and socially. They have been selected for this by social workers at different local schools. In the private role I am bound to do as the machine tells me to do – if I disagree on a fundamental it is only right that I resign.
A brief note on the origins of the protests
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and the related protests have been centered around the rage of the unemployed, poor, those burdened with exorbitant amounts of student loans in the most expensive higher education system in the world-the total amount of student loans in the US has now exceeded $1 trillion!-, and other victims of the rapidly disintegrating capitalist-imperialist politico-economic system, in the worst all-round structural crisis of its history, against the insatiable corporate greed and corruption, which have always been there, but, at this stage, are eliciting larger rage and revulsion, because of the much larger numbers of people suffering the deprivations for a prolonged time, with no end in sight and no effective solutions. Continue reading
Something has to be done about a world rapidly filling up with the (often poisonous) rubbish that capitalism produces in vast abundance. Rubbish that will be with us for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Even the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is carpeted with the stuff, mostly plastic waste of all kinds. Even the remotest corners of our once, largely pristine planet are now poisoned with the excreta of capitalism’s insane and so far, unstoppable and largely arbitrary productive capacity.
The Author finds himself in a Dark Wood
My dear Reader, I feared traveling during the day when I could be easily seen from above, from that floating Isle which could, I knew, espy, like a hawk, anything below and swoop down upon it instantly.
Voice of Russia
October 22, 2011
“A brutal, gratuitous slaying”
How are you today, Mr. Rozoff?
Rather distressed by the news of this morning. Or yesterday morning in your case.
On Tuesday I found this information on the Occupy Wall Street website and was intrigued. Trust me these dames have been around the block more than once and good for them.
“Six years ago, 18 women attempted to enlist in the U.S. Military at the Recruitment Center in Times Square. Not only were we not welcomed, Continue reading