Media: Tom Friedman's Apple Hunch By Peter Hart

20 February 2013 FAIR Blog

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman is, for reasons that remain entirely unclear, considered a wise man in elite media circles. His columns and books are read by others in the business, who then turn around and pretend they know something because they read it in a Tom Friedman column.

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The Wrong Economic Prescriptions: Deeper Austerity as a “Solution” to Austerity By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

21 February 2013 — Global Research

Leeches could also be used in bloodletting. The withdrawal of so much blood as to induce syncope (fainting) was considered beneficial, and many sessions would only end when the patient began to swoon.

As the economy shows signs of recession, the leeches return. Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles have issued a new report calling for even deeper austerity. It is not what the economy needs as it stagnates and sputters toward a possible new collapse. Their report combined with President Obama’s State of the Union, the sequestration and Republican dogma are all combining to bring on another round of budget cuts, which will only make recession more likely. Continue reading

Who just started arming Syrian rebels? By Michael Weiss

20 February, 2013 — Now Media

The Council of the European Union renewed its arms embargo on Syria this week by another three months, with the slight amendment to allow for “greater non-lethal support and technical assistance for the protection of civilians.” The council further affirmed that it would “actively continue the work underway to assess and review, if necessary, the sanctions regime against Syria in order to support and help the opposition.”

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Black Agenda Report for February 20 2013: Stopping Obama From Privatizing Education, US Gives Haiti the Gift of Prisons

21 February 2013Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

On Education, Barack Obama is the President of Privatization. Can We Stop Him? Will We?

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

By the time his term is over, President Obama and his Race To The Top program will have forced the closure and privatization of thousands of inner-city schools, a feat no white Republican or Democrat could have accomplished. But he’ll only be president 4 more years. If we can stop this now, his successors won’t be able to do this again. Can we? Will we? Continue reading

VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 20 February 2013: Official: Israel destroys electricity grid in Nablus

20 February 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian Injured, Two Kidnapped, Near Jenin
IMEMC – Wednesday evening, February 20; Israel soldiers invaded the town of Borqeen, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and clashed with local youths wounding one and kidnapping two others; dozens have been treated for the effects of teargas inhalation. … 

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ICH 20 February 2013: Secrets of the Rich : Billionaires hiding behind

20 February 2013 Information Clearing House


Imperial Jockeying in Africa:

U.S. Intervention Sets to Deepen

By Ben Schreiner

Pentagon plans for Africa stretch well beyond northern Mali. A military doctrine of global “power projection” and “full spectrum dominance” dictates nothing less.


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