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The Israeli Election: The Obamafication of Israeli Oppression

Thursday, March 19, 2015

“For Palestinians there is no escape from the oppressive reality of Israeli occupation and the systematic denial of fundamental human rights.”

Camouflaging the reality of elite domination with rhetorical sleight of hand techniques and symbol manipulation has catapulted Barack Obama over Ronald Reagan as the new “great communicator.” And while this privileging of style over substance is not new in bourgeois politics, Obama’s ability to demobilize opposition from the left sets him apart and is becoming a model for liberal accommodationist parties.

Depravity at the Highest Level: Obama Prepares the Boil from Selma – Part I

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"God gave Noah the rainbow sign, No more water, the fire next time!" — The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin

“What other people – besides Blacks – are asked to feel grateful for remaining in the same place economically, educationally and politically for 50 years?”

The ECB’s Noose Around Greece

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Remember when the infamous Goldman Sachs delivered a thinly-veiled threat to the Greek Parliament in December, warning them to elect a pro-austerity prime minister or risk having central bank liquidity cut off to their banks? (See January 6th post here.) It seems the European Central Bank (headed by Mario Draghi, former managing director of Goldman Sachs International) has now made good on the threat.

Which Party Do You View Iran Through?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Most people in the United States have little contact with Iran or its culture. Iran comes up as a scary threat in the speeches of demagogues. A range of debate is offered between obliterate it and pressure it into compliance with our civilized norms, or at least the civilized norms of some other country that doesn't obliterate or pressure people.

Stop The Fast Track To A Future Of Global Corporate Rule

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Several major international agreements are under negotiation which would greatly empower multinational corporations and the World Economic Forum is promoting a new model of global governance that creates a hybrid government-corporate structure. Humankind is proceeding on a path to global corporate rule where transnational corporations would not just influence public policy, they would write the policies and vote on them. The power of nation-states and people to determine their futures would be weakened in a system of corporate rule.

The Obama administration has been negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) over the past five years is currently pushing Congress to pass trade promotion authority (known as fast track) which would allow him to sign these agreements before they go to Congress. Then Congress would have a limited time to read thousands of pages of technical legal language, debate the contents and be banned from making amendments.

Are Inter-Capitalist Rivalries Intensifying?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Capitalism is by nature based on intense, and often destructive, competition.  Not only between capital and labor, but between capitalists themselves. But not all competition is the same. There is competition when the global economic pie is growing; and there is competition when it is stagnating or declining.  And in recent months signs are growing that new forms of more intense, aggressive inter-capitalist competition are emerging as the global economy continues to slow in general, and even stagnant and slide into recession in a growing number of countries.

Iraq: 12th Anniversary: Major War Protests Coming to DC

Date: 

March 18, 2015 - 8:00am to March 21, 2015 - 11:45pm

Location: 

Washington  District Of Columbia
United States

Four days of anti-war and pro-peace events are planned in Washington, D.C., marking the 12-year point since the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

More information, including the long list of participating organizations: http://SpringRising.org

Full schedule of events: http://cindysheehanssoapbox.com/schedule-of-events.html

A rally and march will begin at the White House at noon on Saturday, March 21.

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