The Saga of Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and Wikileaks, to be put to ballad and film
“Defense lawyers say Manning was clearly a troubled young soldier whom the Army should never have deployed to Iraq or given access to classified material while he was stationed there … They say he was in emotional turmoil, partly because he was a gay soldier at a time when homosexuals were barred from serving openly in the U.S. armed forces.” (Associated Press, February 3)
The Occupy Wall Street movement has made the inequality in capitalist society an issue that has put the rich on the defensive, at least in public. The growth of inequality in the last 30 years, and especially in the last decade, has been talked about for years in many quarters by economic analysts and even some politicians. But before the Occupy Wall Street movement raised the slogan of the 1% versus the 99%, this condition went entirely unchallenged and was merely observed as an inevitable, undesirable (unless you were part of the 1%) fact of life.
How inert can the Democratic Party be? Do they really want to defeat the Congressional Republicans in the fall by doing the right thing?
A winning issue is to raise the federal minimum wage, stuck at $7.25 since 2007. If it was adjusted for inflation since 1968, not to mention other erosions of wage levels, the federal minimum would be around $10.
I read a lot of news stories every day as I munch my way through the BBC News, VOR, RT, Dissident Voice, Strategic Culture Foundation, Global Research, countless RSS feeds, and so it goes… A lot of news sources and obviously I can’t read everything but what strikes me first, as it does I suspect everyone else, are the headlines, and it’s from these that we take our cues as to the importance of an event, especially to those who rule.
Among Americans there remains strong pride about the US Constitution, even though there is widespread support for creating reform amendments to it. Globally, however, what should surprise Americans is a significant loss of respect for it. Other nations, especially those creating new democracies, see better constitutions elsewhere. This is not opinion. It is fact. And it is important to understand this historic shift.
Michael Parenti, a progressive political analyst, joined us this morning for a good look at what’s going on in the Middle East, specifically Iran. He took us back in history for a lesson on Saddam Hussein showing us exactly who put him in power and how he fell out of good graces with the U.S., thus becoming the bad boy. The American Empire and Geo-Politics.