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Threatening the Chair of the Fed Is No Way to Lower Interest Rates

Threatening the Chair of the Fed Is No Way to Lower Interest Rates

April 18, 2019

Dean Baker  / Truthout Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the Federal Reserve Board for raising interest rates. He has a point; the Federal Reserve Board has raised interest rates more than was necessary to combat any potential threats from inflation. However, the way Trump makes his point, which has included berating the Fed, threatening to…

World Bank Dispossessing Rural Poor

World Bank Dispossessing Rural Poor

April 16, 2019

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury / IPS News. KUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Apr 18 2019 (IPS) – The World Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project, launched in 2013, has sought agricultural reforms favouring the corporate sector. EBA was initially established to support the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, initiated…

medicare for all

Medicare for All 64-Year-Olds

April 15, 2019

By Dean Baker / CEPR. The push for universal Medicare was given new momentum by Bernie Sanders campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination. While it is still quite far from becoming law in even an optimistic scenario, it is certainly now treated as a serious political position. This is probably best demonstrated by the fact…

Brazil Under Bolsonaro: Social Base, Agenda and Perspectives

Brazil Under Bolsonaro: Social Base, Agenda and Perspectives

April 15, 2019

Ana Garcia / Socialist Project. The rise of the far right is a worldwide phenomenon, rooted in the nefarious effects of neoliberal globalization which have pushed the world into mass unemployment and enormous inequalities. I consider it to be a late political effect of the global financial crisis that hit the world at the beginning…

The Toxic Lure of “Guns and Butter”

April 15, 2019

By Norman Solomon The current political brawl over next year’s budget is highly significant. With Democrats in a House majority for the first time in eight years, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and most other party leaders continue to support even more largesse for the Pentagon. But many progressive congressmembers are challenging the wisdom of deference to…

The Prosecution Of Julian Assange Is A Threat To Journalists Everywhere

April 15, 2019

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Popular Resistance Above: Supporters of Julian Assange gather outside Westminster Court after Assange’s arrest. Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz for AFP-NurPhoto. Action steps:  Take action to protect Julian Assange. Click here to read about what you can do. Support the Embassy Protection Collective. The United States is recognizing its fake…

Assange Arrest Sparks Interest in Gore Vidal Book

Martin and Julian: Reflections on the Arrest of Julian Assange

April 14, 2019

 Richard E. Rubenstein Will someone please explain to me why Martin Luther King, Jr. is considered a hero for violating laws sustaining the system of racial discrimination, while Julian Assange is considered a villain for violating laws sustaining the system of imperial war? Democratic Party bigwigs are celebrating the arrest of the Wikileaks founder in…

REVEALED: Julian Assange was carrying a book by Gore Vidal which criticizes the American military-industrial complex when he was dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy

REVEALED: Julian Assange was carrying a book by Gore Vidal which criticizes the American military-industrial complex when he was dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy

April 13, 2019

By Rod Ardehali  / Dailymail.com Julian Assange appeared to be sending a message when he decided to carry a book by Gore Vidal criticizing the American security state, as he was arrested in London yesterday. The WikiLeaks founder was pictured carrying a copy of ‘The History of the National Security State’, which is a scathing critique…

The "Independent" Fed Isn't Quite What It Is Cracked Up to Be

The “Independent” Fed Isn’t Quite What It Is Cracked Up to Be

April 10, 2019

By Dean Baker / CEPR. Neil Irwin had a New York Times article warning readers of the potential harm if the Fed loses its independence. The basis for the warning is that Donald Trump seems prepared to nominate Steven Moore and Herman Cain to the Fed, two individuals with no obvious qualifications for the job,…

Tom Friedman Just Noticed that the UK “Has Gone Mad”

Tom Friedman Just Noticed that the UK “Has Gone Mad”

April 8, 2019

By William K. Black Part 7 of the MMT Series April 8, 2019     Bloomington, MN Tom Friedman’s April 2, 2019 column concluded “The United Kingdom Has Gone Mad.” To which, the only possible response is – ‘you just noticed?’ The UK went ‘mad’ 22 years ago when Parliament elected the odious Tony Blair Prime Minister.…