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Jack Rasmus: Economic Predictions for 2012

Predicting the trajectory of the U.S. and global economy in these volatile economic times is an uncertain endeavor. But that’s the time predictions are of most value. Unfortunately, with a handful of exceptions, the mainstream economics profession assiduously avoids predicting beyond the next few weeks or, at most, the next monthly release of data. Forecasting Read more…

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Collin Harris: The Student Debt Bubble

Alan Nasser is professor emeritus of political economy at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and co-author of the article “The Student Loan Debt Bubble.”   Harris: How severe is the issue of student loan debt?   Nasser: It was announced last summer that the total student loan debt—at $830 billion—now exceeds the total U.S. Read more…

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Bruce E. Levine: When the World Outlawed War

David Swanson’s recently released book, When the World Outlawed War, tells the story of how the peace movement in the 1920s, supported by an overwhelming majority of U.S. citizens from every level of society, was able to push politicians into something quite remarkable—the Kellogg- Briand Pact and the renunciation of war as an instrument of Read more…

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Arun Gupta: Impressions

Sitting in a car parked at a gas station on the outskirts of Houston, Texas, my colleague holds an audio recorder to my cell phone. At the other end of the line is Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things, who is some 2,000 miles away, driving to Boston. I have driven some Read more…

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Johnny Barber: Whatever Happened to Women and Children First?

In Kabul, the children are everywhere. You see them scrounging through trash. You see them doing manual labor in auto body shops and construction sites. They carry teapots and glasses from shop to shop. You see them moving through the snarled traffic swirling small pots of pungent incense, warding off evil spirits, and trying to Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: Gaza Boats Seized, But Freedom Waves Will Continue

Another mission accomplished, or so it seems. Israeli navy ships managed to thwart yet another civil society “provocation” (as described by a spokesperson for the Israel Embassy in Dublin, Irish Times, November 4). Thus, the 27 activists from 9 countries aboard 2 boats were rounded up and hauled, along with their “provocative” medical supplies, to Read more…

American Civil Liberties: S 1867

Maybe you spent the last weekend shopping for gifts, writing out holiday cards or studying for final exams. For most of America, the end of the year is a busy time. In Congress, this is a season usually spent trying to jam through bad bills while they hope no one is looking.   In early Read more…

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Bill Quigley: Criminalization of Dissent And Militarism Of The Police

The Obama administration has affirmed, continued, and expanded almost all of the draconian domestic civil liberties intrusions pioneered under the Bush administration. Here are 19 examples of serious assaults on the domestic rights to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, the right to privacy, the right to a fair trial, freedom of Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: What Will It Take To No Longer Tolerate the Intolerable?

I am writing this article as we prepare Volume 25 of Z Magazine. I’ve co-edited and co-produced every single issue: that’s 12 issues a year. That means each month, since 1988 I read some 50 submitted articles in order to publish around 20 of them in a 48-page print magazine (although it started out at Read more…

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