The Anti-Empire 2 October 2012: Report Syria, the story thus far By William Blum

October 2nd, 2012 —

“Today, many Americans are asking — indeed I ask myself,” Hillary Clinton said, “how can this happen? How can this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction? This question reflects just how complicated, and at times, how confounding the world can be.” 1

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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.

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Why today’s radicals must read Marx’s Das Kapital by Mike Wayne

21 June 2012Counterfire

Mike Wayne is a Professor in Screen Media at Brunel University in London. His most recent book is  Marx’s Das Kapital For Beginners.

The relevance of Marx’s Das Kapital to the modern capitalist world is once again getting a hearing. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the opening up of China to international capitalism, the political and economic elites declared that a new economic paradigm had arrived, bringing with it undreamt promises of wealth and consumer bliss as long as the market was left to do its own thing. Plenty of people listened to them. But their hubris and complacency rested on a massive historical amnesia that blinded them to an elementary truth borne out by nearly 400 years of history: namely that capitalism remains structurally prone to major economic crises.

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Media Lens: Game Over For The Climate?

19 June, 2012 — Media Lens

Whatever happened to the green movement? It’s been 50 years since the publication of Rachel Carson’s classic Silent Spring, a powerful book about the environmental devastation wreaked by chemical pesticides. Since then we’ve had the rise and fall – or at least the compromised assimilation – of green groups such as Friends of the EarthGreenpeace and Forum For the Future.

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Heal the Planet! By Satya Sagar

22 March 2012


If Mother Earth were a patient in the hands of a good doctor what would the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis look like? Can the planet be cured of its ills at all and what would it take to achieve this? Is there an alternative to the path of willful suicide forced on all life forms on the globe by the blind greed and inhumanity of a few?

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Mossad, CIA and Blackwater operate in Syria – report — RT

7 March 2012Mossad, CIA and Blackwater operate in Syria – report — RT

A security operation in Homs reveals Mossad, CIA and Blackwater are involved in the military violence in this part of Syria, as over 700 Arab and Western gunmen and Israeli, American and European-made weapons were detained in Baba Amr district.

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America's Credit and Housing Crisis: New State Bank Bills By Ellen Brown

26 February, 2012Web of Debt

Seventeen states have now introduced bills for state-owned banks, and others are in the works.  Hawaii’s innovative state bank bill addresses the foreclosure mess.  County-owned banks are being proposed that would tackle the housing crisis by exercising the right of eminent domain on abandoned and foreclosed properties. Arizona has a bill that would do this for homeowners who are current in their payments but underwater, allowing them to refinance at fair market value.

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What the Heck is a “Prevailing Wage,” and Why Does it Boil Frogs? By Bill Bergman

2 March 2012 Boiling Frogs

Getting Out the Vote, at Public Expense

Prevailing wage laws govern worker compensation on government-funded construction projects. They direct that workers be paid “prevailing wages.” This may not sound like such an evil thing, but these laws end up boosting construction costs significantly, and restrict opportunity for many construction workers.

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Occupy Wall Street: Why Bother the Bankers? By John Weeks

7 October 2011 — The BulletSocialist Project E-Bulletin No. 552

“Blood-suckers of Wall Street”

O No, wait! You’re supposed to arrest the bankers!

When he ran for president in 1948, Harry Truman complained of the “blood-suckers of Wall Street,” an unkind characterization of the upstanding bankers and financiers who manage America’s money so brilliantly. Over sixty years later we now find a large number of Americans out on the Streets of Finance repeating Harry’s commentary, rather less politely. Why choose the titans of finance on Wall Street to trash?

Might it be because in addition to committing the crime of the century by causing the Great Financial Crisis (we have almost ninety years to go, so they have ample opportunity to do even worse), they are, as Harry pointed out, social and economic vampires. A few simple and easily accessible, yet largely unnoticed, statistics demonstrate the blood-sucking. In 1950 the U.S. finance and insurance business generated (i.e., siphoned off) 2.4 per cent of national product, rather slim and meager pickings. After reaching three per cent in 1953, the titans of finance required fifteen years to achieve four per cent (1968), and another thirteen to hit five (1981).

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The Wolf Report: AWS

5 October 2011 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor


There’s nothing like a banker to bring out the best in somebody, and there’s nothing like an enclave of bankers, a virtual village of bankers to bring out the best in everybody. That best, of course, is the gut-hatred of the pin-headed, bb hearted, pin-striped class of bankers, who in both head and heart encapsulate all that makes capitalism what it is today, what it was yesterday, and what it will be tomorrow—vicious, venal, and obsolete.

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National Security Archive Update, September 11, 2011: New Documents Detail America's Strategic Response to 9/11

11 September 2011 — National Security Archive

Secret U.S. Message to Mullah Omar: “Every Pillar of the Taliban Regime Will Be Destroyed”
New Documents Detail America’s Strategic Response to 9/11
Bush White House Resistant to Rebuilding Afghanistan
Rumsfeld’s War Aim: “Significantly Change the World’s Political Map”

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Disclosure and Deceit: Secrecy as the Manipulation of History, not its Concealment By Dr. T. P. Wilkinson

21 May, 2011 — Global Research

The declassification of official secrets is often seen as either a challenge or a prerequisite for obtaining accurate data on the history of political and economic events. Yet at the same time high government intelligence officials have said that their policy is one of ‘plausible deniability’. Official US government policy for example is never to acknowledge or deny the presence of nuclear weapons anywhere its forces are deployed, especially its naval forces. The British have their ‘Official Secrets’ Act. When the Wikileaks site was launched in 2007 and attained notoriety for publication of infamous actions by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, this platform was heralded and condemned for its disclosures and exposures.
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The Political Economy of Israel’s Occupation

6 July, 2010 — The Real News Network

Hever: 18 families control 60% of the equity value of all companies in Israel

Shir Hever is an economic researcher in the Alternative Information Center, a Palestinian-Israeli organization active in Jerusalem and Beit-Sahour. Researching the economic aspect of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, some of his research topics include international aid to the Palestinians and Israel, the effects of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories on the Israeli economy, and the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns against Israel. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of the economy of the Israeli occupation.


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Economics 10000001 or the revenge of the Ninjas By William Bowles

12 September 2007

Explaining economics is probably the most difficult thing for any writer to undertake, especially if one’s take on things is not in the mainstream, that is to say, not what they call classical economics, which is another way of saying that capitalism is the only possible system, so it’s interesting to see how the mainstream media deal with the current ‘credit crisis’ or perhaps a better way of putting it is to say we have a crisis because the credit’s run out. Just too many bad debts which wouldn’t be so bad except nobody knows who owns the debts or even where the hell they are!

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