Short Course on Overproduction, Lektion Acht

31 January 2016 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

Short Course on Overproduction, Lektion Acht

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Lesson 7: Écoute et répète By S. Artesian

28 January 2016 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

Lesson 7: Écoute et répète

Not so long ago many were marveling at the “economic miracle” that was China.

Many noted China’s immense accumulation of foreign currency reserves, most of which were in dollars.

Many asserted that China’s outsize holdings of US Treasury debt instruments, and holdings of US government sponsored agencies debt, made China the banker for a declining, decaying, US capitalism that was parasitic not just upon the labor of workers inside and outside its borders but parasitic on the “emerging market” capitalisms– the BRICS– with China the biggest brick in the bloc.

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This is the Modern World, and… By S. Artesian

10 January 2016 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

This is the Modern World, and…

What kind of fool do you think I am? —The Jam, 1977
He’s back and he’s at it again.  He being Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece, current member of Syriza (as far as I can tell), once upon a time dead lock cinch for the role as Dos Equis’ most interesting man in the world.

NHS: Why this year’s Davos could be bad for our health By John Hillary

21 January 2014 — OurNHS   

EU and US trade barons should enjoy the rarified air of Davos while they can. They have stormy times ahead. 

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Helen Caldicott: ‘Any country with a nuclear plant is a bomb factory’

6 November 2013 — RT

‘There are countries who are selling nuclear reactors all around the world, which means they are not only selling cancer and leukemia to the future generations, but also atomic bombs’, anti-nuclear advocate Dr. Helen Caldicott said in RT’s Google Hangout.

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Global financial system may be heading for another 2008 By Nick Beams

2 November 2013 — WSWS

This week’s decision by the US Federal Reserve to continue its $85 billion per month cash handout to the banks and finance houses, in the form of purchases of treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities, and the likelihood that the policy will continue well into the new year, can only heighten concerns that the global financial system is heading for another crash, possibly on a scale bigger than 2008.

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Police State UK: Britain’s GCHQ shepherding mass surveillance operations throughout Europe

2 November 2013 — RT

British intelligence agency GCHQ has helped counterpart entities in France, Germany, Spain, and Sweden develop methods of mass surveillance of internet and phone traffic in the last five years, a new report reveals.

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As Europe Erupts Over US Spying, NSA Chief Says Government Must Stop Media By Glenn Greenwald

28 October 2013 — The Guardian

With General Alexander calling for NSA reporting to be halted, US and UK credibility as guardians of press freedom is crushed

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Listen to Your Ancestors By William Bowles

18 October 2003 —

[This is another essay out of the past that on rereading, seems even more relevant than it did when I wrote it almost exactly ten years ago in 2003. It exists in its old non-Wordpress form but republishing it here, makes it more accessible as well as tying into my current writing. WB]

I am a big fan of history. Ever since I was a kid, history fascinated me and perhaps in another life I might well have become a historian. And, in an age where history gets rewritten by the corporate media hour by hour, day by day, understanding where we come from and how we got here is a critical issue.

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How Genetically Engineered Foods Will Be Eradicated By Dr. Mercola

1 September 2013 — Dr. Mercola

We’re in really exciting times with regards to shifting the tide against genetically engineered (GE) foods and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 

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Creating a Situation that Does Not Yet Exist

15 August 2013 — The Bullet • Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 864

For some two decades, the anti-globalization movement and its successors have assumed that society contains within itself – and automatically throws up – political oppositions and organizational forms independent of capital and of the state. There is simply the need to encourage the cumulative growth of society’s own potentialities for forming alternatives apart from the state and apart from the terrain of politics. Politics is not about the contesting directly, never mind conquering, political power. Instead, politics is viewed as the evolutionary and ‘progressive emptying out of the power of capital and of the state.’ Social coalitions, social forums, networks, and localist alternatives – with an associated range of one-off tactical actions – became the outer limit of organizational agendas.

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NATO and the “phantom menace”: a pretext for global expansion

1 August 2013 — Voice of Russia

Upcoming NATO military exercises envisage an attack on Poland and an Article 5 NATO intervention against a foreign power, to the dismay of Russia, these exercises continue the outdated “Cold War” thinking of the West, which refuses to let go of such stereotypes and continues to eschew peace and understanding between nations.

Monsanto-backed GMO giants launch website to combat anti-biotech sentiment

30 July 2013 — RT

A group of biotech seed companies have launched an online forum to rebuff disapproval of genetically modified foods across the world. Activists and consumer groups are skeptical, saying the industry has a ‘track record of being anything but transparent’. Continue reading this...

How we are impoverished, gentrified and silenced – and what to do about it By John Pilger

25 July 2013 — John Pilger

I have known my postman for more than 20 years. Conscientious and good-humoured, he is the embodiment of public service at its best. The other day, I asked him, “Why are you standing in front of each door like a soldier on parade?”

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