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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.…

Berlin's Rental Revolution: Activists Push for Properties to be Nationalised

Berlin’s Rental Revolution: Activists Push for Properties to be Nationalised

April 7, 2019

Philip Oltermann / PortSide. Support is growing for a referendum on whether to ban large landlords from the German capital and turn their property into social housing stock. A sign in Karl-Marx-Allee protesting against the sale of apartments to Deutsche Wohnen., Agencja Fotograficzna Caro/Alamy When Berliners take to the streets on Saturday to protest against…

Russiagate is Not Watergate

April 5, 2019

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch. Richard Nixon was a complicated man. He was arguably our last liberal president.  He transformed the political scene in countless ways; some good, some far from it. Together with Henry Kissinger, he was a geopolitical strategist of distinction who served the empire and the military industrial complex well. Like Kissinger, he…

Has Privatization Benefitted the Public?

Has Privatization Benefitted the Public?

April 2, 2019

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram / IPS News.  To ensure public acceptability, some benefits accrue to many in the early stages of privatization in order to minimize public resistance. However, in the longer term, privatization tends to enrich a few but typically fails to deliver on its ostensible aims. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 2 2019 (IPS)…

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris YoungOntario Premier Doug Ford, right, sits next to Health Minister Christine Elliott during Question Period at Queen's Park, in Toronto on July 31, 2018.

Ford Government’s New Health Care Act Needs Public Consultation

March 31, 2019

By Natalie Mehra / Huffington Post. There is no evaluation system for the vast new restructuring. It is called “The People’s Health Care Act.” But the new health care omnibus bill, being rushed at breakneck speed through Ontario’s Legislature by Doug Ford’s majority caucus, does not reflect his promises to “the people” in the election.…