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The Polemicist: The SYRIZA Moment: A Skeptical Argument

Go to source   Mehran Khalili/http://www.redpepper.org.uk The victory of Syriza in Greece is an important moment.1 Indeed, I think it is going to be a historic turning point for Europe and the world, for better or for worse. Syriza defines itself explicitly as “as a party of the democratic and radical Left,” and radical it Read more…

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Eddie Girdner: The Vietnam War at Fifty

  The Vietnam War at Fifty Eddie J. Girdner “The earth devours the people and the government washes its hands.” Eduardo Galeano Douglas Valentine. The Phoenix Program. iUniverse.com, Inc. (First published by William Morrow, l990) 479 pages. There was a flurry of press reports about how the American Central Intelligence Agency tortured people after 9-11 Read more…

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Eddie Girdner: Thorstein Veblen and the Theory of Business Enterprise

    The Sabotage of Society by the Business Class: Thorstein Veblen and the Theory of Business Enterprise Eddie J. Girdner Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) sought to burst the big pretentious bubble built up over the nineteenth century by professional economists. Veblen was an influential American economist and sociologist. He is best known for his book Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Environmental Disputes

Green Time TV Environmental Disputes   by Don Fitz   Environmental activists often find themselves on the opposite side of the fence from powerful economic interests. March 2015 episodes of Green Time TV explore how this can happen as a result of chemical contamination in the karst topography of Missouri’s Ozarks, changing to sustainable energy, Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters says Disgraced S&P Downgraded Venezuela yet Again

Actually Reuters’ headline, and the entire article, left out the “disgraced” part. Thanks to the corporate media, S&P and Moody’s are not seen as disgraced though they should be for many reasons. S&P has just been suspended from the largest part of the commercial bond market. It is also still under investigation by the US Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Ethnic cleansing of Palestine

Nasir Khan, February 10, 2015 What do we mean by the ethnic cleansing of Palestine? In my understanding the notion ethnic cleansing of Palestine covers all those major historic events and the policies that were used to take possession of the land of another people. What happened and how it happened at the hands of Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Will the U.S. Government Stand Alone in Rejecting Children’s Rights?

Within a matter of months, the U.S. government seems likely to become the only nation in the world still rejecting the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Sometimes called “the most ratified human rights treaty in history,” the Convention has been ratified by 195 nations, leaving the United States and South Sudan Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters says that Venezuelan opposition is sane but government is nuts

Diego Ore reports that “Maduro’s critics say Venezuela’s economic troubles are man-made,” So the Maduro government is claiming they are caused by extraterrestrials? I thought the dispute was over which people have caused the problems (government or private businesses and opposition). Further down Ore clarifies that “The government, though, blames opposition leaders and unscrupulous businessmen Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Peter Foster’s Journalistic Drive-by on Venezuela

This article by Peter Foster in the UK Telegraph prominently features a picture of a grieving man in Caracas who just lost his wife. He is sitting next to his family holding up a picture of her. He is quoted as follows by Foster:  “It’s the government who is responsible for my wife’s death, not Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: An Article I Sent to Some Venezuela-Based Corporate Journalists

The international corporate press goes out of its way to ignore victims of political violence by the Venezuelan opposition. An article is doing very well, by the dismal standards that have been established, if it simply acknowledges – however briefly – that the pro-government people and security forces were among those killed during last years’ Read more…

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