Dennis Kucinich: Our Automotive Industry Is Necessary To National Security + Paul: How Much is This Really Costing!

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Michael Hudson: We Let The Crooks Take Over (2007)

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Guns and Butter, for August 22, 2007 — 1:00 pm

The Plot to Shift Taxes Off Wealth Onto Wage Earners

Interview with financial economist and historian, Dr. Michael Hudson. AAA rating of subprime junk; inflation; mishandling of crookedness; change in world order; privatization of banking system through the Federal Reserve; Alan Greenspan, Social Security and junk economics; windfall profits; the law of fraudulent conveyance. Dr. Hudson has been appointed Chief Economic Policy Advisor for the Kucinich for President campaign, and is writing a new tax policy for the United States. He is President of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trend, a Wall Street Financial Analyst, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and author of “Super-Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire”. Visit his website at www.michael-hudson.com.

Note: this is an old show but it still has a lot of relevant info.  Hudson knows how to explain the financial crisis.  Not sure on the exact date but sounds like it’s 2007. ~ DS

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The plot to shift taxes from wealthy and on the wage earners.

The United States has become a pariah in the world financial economy

Guns and Butter Interview with Dr. Michael Hudson – Broadcast November 12, 2008

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Paulson’s Cascade of Lies by Michael Hudson

Will the US default on its foreign debt? Interview with Michael Hudson

Parsing Mr. Paulson’s Bailout Speech: The Unprecedented Giveaway of Financial Wealth by Michael Hudson

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Kucinich Seeks End of Gaza Blockade

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Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Dec 2 , 2008

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today sent a letter urging Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to ensure that Israel ends the blockade of Gaza. The letter was sent in support of the U.N. High Commissioner of Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay’s call for the immediate end of the blockade.

“Israel has a right to defend itself and its citizens. This includes taking action against Hamas for its abominable mortar attacks into southern Israel. However that action should not and cannot amount to collective punishment against the Palestinian people, prohibited by Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva convention, as it does today,” wrote Kucinich in the letter.

The full text of the letter follows:

December 2, 2008
Dr. Condoleezza Rice
Secretary
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20520-0099

Dear Dr. Rice:

I am writing to urge you to ensure that Israel complies with international humanitarian law and end its blockade of Gaza. Last week, the U.N. High Commissioner of Human Rights, Navi Pillay, called for its immediate end. In response, Israel renewed the blockade and dismissed Ms. Pillay’s assessment for being “one-sided.” While there are many political considerations to be made in this volatile region, we can not tolerate the collective punishment of 1.5 million people. Moreover, the humanitarian crisis in Gaza undermines Israel’s political and security goals.

Israel has a right to defend itself and its citizens. This includes taking action against Hamas for its abominable mortar attacks into southern Israel. However that action should not and cannot amount to collective punishment against the Palestinian people, prohibited by Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, as it does today.

Israel’s debilitating blockade has halted the supply of UN food and medical aid to 750,000 Palestinians and forced Gaza’s sole power plant to shut down. Since its imposition the blockade has effectively resulted in the collapse of the economy and limited access to basic goods including wheat, flour, baby milk, rice, sanitized water, and other essential goods. It has also destroyed Gaza’s public service infrastructure. Due to Israel’s prohibition on the import of spare parts as well as its punitive restrictions on fuel and electricity, hospitals cannot operate lifesaving equipment and nearly 40-50 tons of sewage pours into the sea daily.

Such policies will not create the peace and security Israel so direly needs. Instead, children grades four through nine are demonstrating an 80 percent failure rate in schools. Those children that overcome their daunting circumstances and perform well in school, find that they have few job opportunities as adults.  Consider that in June 2005, there were 3,900 factories in Gaza employing 35,000 people and today there are less than 195 left employing only 1,750 people. Consider also that the agriculture sector has been significantly hurt and nearly 40,000 workers who depend on cash crops no longer have an income. Today, 80 percent of Gazan families depend on humanitarian aid.

The Israeli government has made clear that it wants to avoid a humanitarian crisis, yet its continued blockade belies its best intentions. I recognize Israel’s decision to allow a limited number of trucks to enter Gaza on November 17th, but according to the High Commissioner, this is insufficient to alleviate the humanitarian crisis. Ms. Pillay asserts that “only a full lifting of the blockade followed by a strong humanitarian response will be adequate to relieve the massive humanitarian suffering evident in Gaza today.” Also of grave concern is the complete closure of Gaza to international media, an issue brought to light in a letter to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert from executives from the Associated Press, BBC, Reuters, New York Times and CNN.  The work of journalists is imperative in assessing and documenting the effects of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Israel has responded to Ms. Pillay’s calls by laying blame for the humanitarian crisis on Hamas. While the current crisis may be exacerbated, instigated, even perpetuated by Hamas, the responsibility for beginning and ending the humanitarian crisis is certainly not Hamas’s. Pursuant to the Fourth Geneva Conventions, as an occupying power, Israel is responsible for the safety and well-being of the Palestinian civilians living in Gaza. Moreover, only Israel has the ability to resume the flow of basic goods and humanitarian supplies into, and out of, the Gaza Strip.

The Administration has the responsibility and the authority to ensure that Israel comply with international humanitarian law and alleviate a humanitarian crisis that has beset the Gaza Strip. I urge you to call on Israel to lift its blockade for the sake of a viable solution and for the sake of Palestinians and Israelis who deserve to live in peace.

Sincerely,

/s/

Dennis J. Kucinich

Member of Congress

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MIR: West Bank Stories

Activists try to break through Israel’s blockade of Gaza

New system has soldiers in virtual battleground killing terrorists from a distance

“Israel IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW”

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Congress Should Withhold Second Part of Bailout from Treasury by Dennis Kucinich

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Nov 17, 2008

Citing Administration’s Failure and Unwillingness to use funds to Prevent Foreclosures, as Congress Intended

Washington D.C. (November 17, 2008)

Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today sent a letter to Representative Barney Frank, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, recommending that Congress inform the White House that it will not authorize the second $350 billion tranche of the bailout funds to the Treasury Department. The Financial Services Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing tomorrow examining oversight of the implementation of the bailout and of government lending and insurance facilities.

Kucinich heads the Domestic Policy Subcommittee, which held a hearing last Friday at which Mr. Neel Kashkari, the Interim Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability, testified. Two days prior, Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson announced that the Troubled Asset Relief Program, a fund created by Congress to unfreeze credit markets and purchase troubled mortgage assets to prevent their foreclosure, would not be used to purchase mortgage assets.

“It was clear from Interim Assistant Secretary Kashkari’s testimony that, contrary to Congressional intent, the Treasury Department has not and does not intend to use TARP for foreclosure prevention. In addition to breaking with Congressional intent, Secretary Paulson’s policy reversal contradicts public assurances previously made by the Treasury Department and leaves the federal government without an adequate mechanism to stem the rising tide of home foreclosures. Because the Treasury Department refuses to spend the resources Congress made available for foreclosure prevention, I recommend that we inform the President that we will withhold the second installment of $350 billion until a new administration takes office.” Kucinich writes.

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Dennis Kucinich: Pursue Peace

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Dennis Kucinich on CNN 11/17/2008

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Hillary Clinton to accept Barack Obama’s offer of secretary of state job + Hitchens: An Embarrassment

Ralph Nader: The November 5th Movement

The Obama Conundrum: Progress and Protest in the Face of Reality by John Caelan

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Elijah Cummings Is No Chump! Kucinich: Who are you working for? + Racketeering On A Scale This Country Has Never Seen Before

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http://cspanjunkie.org/ November 14, 2008 C-SPAN

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Dennis Kucinich: Racketeering On A Scale This Country Has Never Seen Before!!!

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World’s Richest Men Testify Before Congress: Financial Markets and Hedge Funds Hearing panel 2

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Wall Street’s Bailout is a Trillion-Dollar Crime Scene — Why Aren’t the Dems Doing Something About It? By Naomi Klein

Illegal tax scheme gives $140 billion to biggest US banks

Paulson the Bungler By Mike Whitney

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

Beth Ann Kucinich, Sister of Congressman Kucinich dies

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Our thoughts and prayers are with Dennis and his family at this very sad time. ~ DS

http://www.wkyc.com

Nov 11, 2008

CLEVELAND — An army veteran and the sister of Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich died Tuesday.

Beth Ann Kucinich, Kucinich’s younger sister, died at Veteran’s Hospital after a battle with acute respiratory distress syndrome. Her family was at her side through the three-week ordeal, as she struggled to survive while on life support.

Beth Ann Kucinich, 48, served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky.

A talented musician as well as an artist, she sold many of her works of art to her fellow veterans at the Brecksville Veterans Center. Her specialty was drawing famous cartoon characters for friends and loved ones on special occasions.

An avid heavy metal fan, she attended many local area concerts and practiced her own music with a guitar, with an extraordinary impression of Janis Joplin.

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h/t: Congressman Dennis Kucinich

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Perry J. Kucinich, beloved brother 12/11/56 – 12/19/07

Frost over the World: Dennis Kucinich + James Baker

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Dennis Kucinich, a Democratic congressman and former presidential [candidate], and James Baker, the former US secretary of state, join the show to discuss the challenges facing Barack Obama, the US president-elect.

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Will the US default on its foreign debt? Interview with Michael Hudson

Bill Moyers Journal: Changing Times + Obama + Racism + Studs Terkel

Obama’s First Press Conference 11.07.08

Does a Leopard Change Its Spots? by William Bowles

Howard Zinn: Keep the Expectations High for Obama

Kucinich debates O’Reilly

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

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Kucinich debates O’Reilly

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In a spirited back-and-forth about Sen. Barack Obama’s Presidential win, Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich and Bill O’Reilly of Fox News toss around ideas, priorities, and possibilities about the economy and other issues.

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The November 5th Movement Starts Right Now!

With Ralph Nader on Election Night + Nader speaks on an Obama presidency

WIBDI: What If Bush Did It? A Prism for the New Paradigm by Chris Floyd

Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech Nov. 4, 2008

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The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

Kucinich: It’s not a government of the banks, for the banks, by the banks

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Dennis Kucinich on Fox’s Happy Hour 10/28/2008

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Dennis Kucinich on Americas Newsroom 10/28/2008

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Dennis Kucinich on America’s Scoreboard 10/28/2008

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What will YOU do about the worst capitalist crisis since the 1930s?

The “dirty little secret” of the US bank bailout by Barry Grey

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

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Kucinich Questions the Timing of the Syrian Attack

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Dennis Kucinich on CNN 10/28/2008

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Timing of Attacks in Syria Questionable by Dennis Kucinich + Amateur footage of raid

Report: US choppers attack Syrian town + videos (updated)

Timing of Attacks in Syria Questionable by Dennis Kucinich + Amateur footage of raid

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Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Washington, Oct 27, 2008

Status of Forces in Iraq? Bring them Home!

After learning of reports that four U.S. helicopters conducted an attack inside Syrian borders on Sunday, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) denounced the attack and questioned its timing.

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Sunday that four U.S. helicopters conducted an attack on the Syrian side of the border with Iraq in which eight people were killed. SANA reports stated that American helicopters raided the village of Sukariya, 340 miles northeast of Damascus, and then returned to Iraqi airspace. The Syrian government claims that of the eight people who died, four were children.

“Saber rattling and attacks upon sovereign nations who did not attack us are unacceptable. We must question the timing. We are on the eve of national elections and we must be mindful of the Administration’s past manipulation of security issues in order to influence public opinion,” stated Kucinich. “We cannot stand by and let them use the lives of innocent people as pawns in their wrongful political objectives.”

The attacks in Syria come at a sensitive time as U.S. and Iraqi lawmakers are engaged in negotiations regarding the status of forces agreement, which would legitimize the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq after the expiration of the UN mandate governing the American presence.

Kucinich opposed the war, offered a plan for withdrawal shortly after the US invasion, and opposes any agreement that would keep U.S. troops in Iraq.

“The Iraq war has already cost the lives of 4,189 Americans, more than a million innocent Iraqis and three to five trillion in ultimate costs.  The only acceptable status of American forces is for the troops to immediately return to their homes and families,” stated Kucinich

“We must have an international peace-keeping and security force organized for the purposes of transitioning in to help secure Iraq as the U.S. leaves,” he said, reciting one of the provisions of the Kucinich plan.

“Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and now Syria, instead of expanding an expensive war, we should be focusing on resolving our own financial crises’ back home, putting Americans back to work and rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure,” added Kucinich.

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Amateur footage of alleged US raid inside Syria

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Mobile phone footage – said to be of the aftermath of a US helicopter raid inside Syria – has been given to Al Jazeera.

It shows helicopters flying over a Syrian village and the bodies of the victims of the raid.

Paul Allen has our report.

Warning: Contains images some viewers may find distressful.

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US acknowledges raid on Syrian border town – Oct 27 08

A US official has confirmed that Special Forces carried out a raid inside Syrian territory on Sunday, targeting fighters staging attacks in Iraq.

Syria said the soldiers attacked a house in a farming area near the town of Abu Kamal, about 8km inside the border with Iraq.

Al Jazeera’s Tom Ackerman reports.

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Syria Vows Retaliation on Further U.S. “Terrorist Aggression”

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“Killing civilians in international law means terrorist aggression. The Americans do it under daylight. This means it is not a mistake. It is by determination — by blunt determination — for that, we consider this criminal and terrorist aggression.” — Seria Foreign Minister Walid Moallem

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Report: US choppers attack Syrian town + videos (updated)

Special Report: War or Peace? The World After the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election By Richard C. Cook

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October 26, 2008

With the presidential election only a week away, the financial crisis has been dominating the news, but behind it is an even larger question of war vs. peace. This article will appear in a forthcoming issue of Eurasia Critic magazine.

INTRODUCTION

World war or world peace is the blunt choice that will face either Barack Obama or John McCain when one of them is elected president of the United States on Tuesday, November 4, 2008.

For a major eruption of violence to be averted, the new president must deal positively with the reappearance of Russia on the world stage, the emergence of China as an economic force, and the aspirations of all the nations on earth for a decent and secure way of life.

Making matters much more dangerous are the ongoing financial crisis, along with what appears to be the start of a worldwide economic recession of as yet undetermined depth and duration.

It is Europe, not the U.S., from which proposals are emerging for a transformative approach to the most compelling issues. But will it be enough?

THE DISASTROUS PRESIDENCY OF GEORGE W. BUSH

In December 2000, at the time the U.S. Supreme Court was intervening in the disputed vote count in Florida to name Republican George W. Bush president over Democrat Al Gore, the stock market began to crash. The “dot.com” bubble, based largely on foreign investment in internet companies and technology stocks, deflated. By the time Bush was inaugurated in January 2001, signs of a recession were appearing.

This did not prevent the Bush administration from initiating a $450 billion tax cut for the upper income brackets that Congress approved in March 2001. A similar cut was subsequently enacted in May 2003.

On September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City were attacked by airplanes flying into them, followed that morning by an air attack on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Terrorists from Al Qaeda, an organization of Islamic extremists associated with the Afghan mujaheddin, and a Saudi figure, Osama bin Laden, alleged to be their leader, were blamed. The wealthy bin Laden family had close ties to the U.S. and the Bush family.

Within a few weeks, the Bush administration pulled a battle plan from the shelves of the Pentagon and invaded Afghanistan. The object was to wrest control of that nation from the Taliban, supposedly Al Qaeda collaborators. A new U.S. Asian land war had begun.

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Dennis Kucinich: Government didn’t do its job

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From the Fed to the SEC to the Congressional bailout, government has failed to address the root cause of the current financial problems: the implosion of the housing bubble, Congressman Dennis Kucinich tells Neil Cavuto. Helping 10 million homeowners whose mortgages are at risk will help stabilize economy, prime the pump, and begin restoring investor confidence.

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Kucinich: Billions in Bonuses Paid for by Bailout Must Stop!

Closing the ‘Collapse Gap’: the USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US by Dmitry Orlov

Economics 101 – Interesting times by William Bowles

Death of the American Empire by Tanya Cariina Hsu

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Kucinich: Billions in Bonuses Paid for by Bailout Must Stop!

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Kucinich to ask Congressional colleagues to take action

Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich tells CNN Headline News that he will ask fellow Members to explore ways to stop the flood of executive compensation and bonuses to top officials at Wall Street firms that benefited from the recent $700 billion bailout that he opposed.

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