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9 March 2013 — Climate and Capitalism
This week I was privileged to see an advance release of the film Greedy Lying Bastards.
My advice is simple. See it. Tell your friends to see it. And tell everyone else as well. Use Facebook, Twitter, Email, Morse code — whatever tools you’ve got, use them to spread the word.
22 February 2013 – Toronto — Left Streamed
A panel discussion introduced and moderated by Socialist Register co-editor Greg Albo. Presentations by: Continue reading this...
19 February, 2013 — Global Research
Capitalism is based on managing its inherent crises. It is also based on the need to maximise profit, beat down competitors, cut overheads and depress wages. In the 1960s and 70s, in the face of increasing competition from abroad, the US began to outsource manufacturing production to bring down costs by using cheap foreign labour. Other countries followed suit. Even more jobs were lost through the impulse to automate. To provide a further edge, trade unions and welfare were attacked in order to suppress wages at home. Problem solved. Or was it?
23 October, 2012 — Media Lens
Ben Goldacre is a medical doctor and science writer who, until November 2011, wrote the Guardian’s Bad Science column which was presented as a thorn in the side of pseudoscience, quackery and ‘Big Pharma’, the giant and powerful pharmaceutical industry. On September 21, the Guardian published an extract, ‘The drugs don’t work: a modern medical scandal’, from Goldacre’s new book, Bad Pharma. (Unfortunately no longer available on the Guardian website. However, it can currently be accessed here). A disturbing picture emerges of corporate drug abuse: Continue reading this...
8 October, 2012 — Global Research
The coast is clear, the media tells us; economic disaster has been averted. The Euro Zone is finally stable and the U.S. economy is recovering. Whew!
18 September, 2012 — Media Lens
Reclaiming Your Mind From The Delusions of Propaganda By David Cromwell
One of the unspoken assumptions of the Western world is that ‘we’ are great defenders of human rights, a free press and the benefits of market economics. Mistakes might be made along the way, perhaps even tragic errors of judgement such as the 2003 invasion of Iraq. But the prevailing view is that ‘the West’ is essentially a force for good in the wider world. Why Are We The Good Guys? is a provocative challenge to this false ideology. The book digs beneath standard accounts of crucial issues such as foreign policy, climate change and the constant struggle between state-corporate power and genuine democracy.
Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Extortion Against Standard Chartered Bank Shows Bias Against Iran By Danny Schechter
19 August 2012 — The News Dissector
Is This Incident A Retaliation Because A Bank Official Made A Disparaging Comment About US Hostility To Iran?
Johannesburg, South Africa: On the surface, it looked like a simple game of “Gotcha,” when New York Bank regulators blew the whistle on London’s Standard Chartered Bank for laundering money. The fact that the money was allegedly tied to Iran cast a major shadow on the allegations, given the Islamic Republic’s “bad guy” image in American policy circles.
4 July 2012 — Climate and Capitalism
So many temperature records were being broken that, “there is no point in listing or even attempting to summarise all of the June monthly records”
This wonderful song by U.S. singer/songwriter David Rovics has been running through my head …
The political strategy of the Green Party assumes that politics just means fighting elections. This is a doomed approach. We will only win elections by building a movement, and we will never build much of a movement by simply fighting elections.
As predicted when it was introduced, B.C.’s carbon tax has hurt the poor, while doing nothing to cut emissions. Here’s an update … and a video of Simon Butler speaking on Australia’s equally bad plan
24 June 2012 – – Climate and Capitalism
190 governments express “deep concern” about the world’s environmental crises, but don’t plan to do anything about them.
23 June 2012 — Climate and Capitalism
A tale of two conferences: The social and ecological crises of capitalism
In Mexico and Brazil, the capitalist elite discusses how to continue exploiting humans and the natural world in the service of profit, while cloaking their intentions in the benign language of growth, development and sustainability.
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