16 June 2013 — Washingtonsblog
The government is attacking whistleblower Edward Snowden by claiming that he was lying about the scope of the NSA’s spying on Americans.
12 June 2013 — New Left Project
Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin’s long-awaited The Making of Global Capitalism, said to be ten years or more in the making, is ‘about globalisation and the state’. More precisely, Panitch and Gindin use its 450 pages to provide an important, informative, and well-written account of the predisposing factors, emergence, expansion and transformations, of global capitalism, as seen through the lens of the strategic actions of the US federal government.
4 June 2013 — New Left Project
On the opening page of their superb work on the political economy of the American Empire, Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin outline the fundamental premise of their study: that the American state has played ‘an exceptional role in the creation of a fully global capitalism and in coordinating its management, as well as restructuring other states’.
4 June 2013 — Dan Hind
It is now well known that many countries which depend on earnings from natural resources like oil have failed to harness them for national development. In many cases it seems even worse than that: for all the hundreds of billions of dollars sloshing into countries like oil-rich Nigeria, for instance, such places seem to suffer more conflict, lower economic growth, greater corruption, higher inequality, less political freedom and often more absolute poverty than their resource-poor peers. This paradox of poverty from plenty has been extensively studied and is known as the Resource Curse.
6 May 2013 — GRTV
8 April, 2013 — Michael Hudson
The Queen Mother of Global Austerity and Financialization
We typically honor the convention to refrain from to speak ill of the recently departed. But Margaret Thatcher probably would not object to an epitaph focusing on how her political legacy was to achieve her professed aim of “irreversibly” dismantling Britain’s public sector. Attacking central planning by government, she shifted it into much more centralized financial hands – the City of London, unopposed by any economic back bench of financial regulation and “free” of meaningful anti-monopoly price regulation.
27 March 2013 — Asia Times
Reports on the premature death of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have been greatly exaggerated. Western corporate media is flooded with such nonsense, perpetrated in this particular case by the head of Morgan Stanley Investment Management.
3 March 2013 — VTJP
Israeli officer shakes hand with settler who attacked Palestinians
IMEMC – On Saturday, masked Israeli settlers were caught on camera shaking hands with Israeli border guards stationed in the village of Umm al-Amad, south of Hebron, then proceeded to harass a group of Palestinian cattle herders while the border guards stood by and watched without intervening. …
4 March 2013 — Media Channel
Durban, South Africa: Back in 2002, South Africa hosted a UN environmental Summit on sustainability. It drew a rag tag army of green activists from all over the world, many excited to visit the now free South Africa that they fought for through the apartheid years, and hoping to meet members of the liberation movement led by Nelson Mandela.
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?