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The Politics of Empire: The US, Israel and the Middle East by James Petras

April 5th, 2014

Review by James Petras

This book provides a unique conception of US empire building, linking overseas expansion with 1) the growth of a police state and declining living standards; 2) advanced technologically driven global spying on adversaries and allies with declining economic competitiveness and military defeats; 3) large scale, long term commitments of economic and military resources to wars in the Middle East to the detriment of major corporate interests, but for the benefit of a pariah state, Israel; and 4) the power of a foreign state (Israel) over US policy via its domestic pro-Zionist power configuration. The interplay of these four specific features of US empire building has no past or present precedent among imperial states. Because of Israeli-Zionist influence on US imperial policy, the main targets and objectives of imperial wars are located in the Middle East. The objectives of Israeli and Zionist- influenced US policy in the Middle East is to enhance Israeli regional power and the dispossession of the Palestinian people. The trillion dollar cost of US wars for Israel, however, has alienated the vast majority of US society and driven a wedge between the political elite backing new wars for Israel, and the public prioritizing of domestic economic welfare.

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HOW AMERICA WAS LOST - From 9/11 to the Police/Warfare State by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

February 16th, 2014

Review by Clarity Press

“If Americans keep believing the government’s lies, they have no future.”

Even as the view of America as a rogue state consolidates abroad, Americans appear largely bystanders at the spectacle of their government running amok. People forget the myriad instances of their government's flouting of the Constitution and international legal norms--if ever they were aware of them in the first place--accepting to live in the increasingly pernicious "new normal" with little protest.

This remarkable anthology of columns documents and reminds us of the extraordinary developments that, in their accumulation, have led to the destruction of accountable and moral government in the US.

Few American commentators have cut more clearly through the deepening deceit, hypocrisy and outright criminality that has infested official Washington since 9/11 than Paul Craig Roberts. His scathing critique sheds much-needed light on the country’s impending nightmare—economic collapse, internal repression, ongoing wars, and rising rejection by friends and foes alike.

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Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity by Stephen Lendman

November 12th, 2013

Review by Sweet Pea #2

"Stephen Lendman strikes to the heart of Wall Street/government collusion to protect the powerful and drive ordinary Americans into the Third World ditch.

Here’s some straight talk on unaffordable health care, unrepayable student debt, bankrupt cities, money printing madness, trillion dollar tax havens, IMF financial terrorism, the austerity hoax, banksters’ market-rigging thievery, and the domestic police, media and legislative repression set to keep all that in place." - claritypress.com

Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity 5.0 out of 5 stars read this or be the victim of the next bankers heist

RARELY, do I feel so motivated to "spread the word" about a book! This clarion call to action is a must for anyone who doesn't want to be a disastrous victim of the next depression. It is coming, make NO mistake! Just review the sad story of Greece and see the future in store for the U.S. Mr. Lendman's concise, no fluff tome reveals what the global bankers are putting the finishing touches to.

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Green is the New Red: An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege by Will Potter

October 21st, 2012

Book Review by Mark Hand

The ACLU's stance on AETA, Potter writes, could be viewed as an example of history repeating itself. In 1940, the ACLU leadership passed a resolution barring communists from top positions and voted to remove Elizabeth Gurley Flynn from the board because she was a member of the Communist Party. Not only was the ACLU barring communists, some ACLU leaders even supplied documents on the group's activities to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

The National Lawyers Guild, on the other hand, did not accommodate the government's demands during the Red Scare. Most of the attorneys in key Red Scare court cases were NLG members, Potter writes. "It continues to do so today. National Lawyers Guild members have been representing `eco-terrorists' in court, and the guild's executive director, Heidi Boghosian, has firmly positioned the organization on-record against the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, the FBI's `Operation Backfire,' and the broader campaign to persecute animal rights and environmental activists," Potter states.

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Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps by Greg Palast

September 19th, 2012

Review by Greg Palast

On Friday, Governor Mitt Romney had breakfast with billionaires. JOHN PAULSON, Paul Singer and Ken Langone who have dropped more than a million dollars each into the Romney “Super-PAC” Restore Our Future. As Butch said to Sundance, “Who ARE these guys?” Singer's known as "The Vulture" on Wall Street. Langone's database company came up with the list of innocent Black voters that Katherine Harris wiped off the voter rolls of Florida in 2000. But who is Paulson, a guy so dark and devious he doesn't even have a nick-name? I tried to join them ("Sorry, sir") just to ask why Romney was chowing down with the nation's most notorious billionaires and ballot bandits. Here is just a bit about Breakfast Billionaire #3: John Paulson from my new book, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps—An investigation of Karl Rove, the Koch Gang and their Buck-Buddies. There's a comic book inside by Ted Rall with an introduction by Bobby Kennedy Jr. Get it here now.

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Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak About War & Terror by Susan Galleymore

May 10th, 2012

Book Review by Lucine Kasbarian

“What I’d like to say to mothers this Mother’s Day is, instead of going out for brunch, tell your family, ‘Let’s stay home and learn what the War on Terror is all about. Let’s learn why, for example, someone like Anwar Jawad [in Iraq] would have her whole family slaughtered on the streets by people, our troops, and why our children in the military want to get out of these countries so desperately.’” -- Author Susan Galleymore in an interview on “Democracy Now!” radio, 2009.

What do mothers and entire societies undergo when their offspring fight in wars? Social justice activist-journalist Susan Galleymore had the experience thrust upon her when she became a reluctant “military mother,” and made it her business to go forth, find out and publish her findings. Her book, Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak about War and Terror is the ambitious, stunning result.

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The Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates by Brita Belli

April 25th, 2012

Book Description

The alarming spike in autism in recent years has sent doctors and parents on a search for answers. And while many controversies have erupted around the issue, none have gotten us any closer to a definitive explanation, and many key concerns remain unexplored. Moving beyond the distractions of the vaccine debate, The Autism Puzzle is the first book to address the compelling evidence that it is the pairing of environmental exposures with genetic susceptibilities that may be impacting the brain development of children.

Journalist Brita Belli brings us into the lives of three families with autistic children, each with different ideas about autism, as she explores the possible causes. She interprets for readers compelling evidence that environmental toxins—including common exposures from chemicals mounting in our everyday lives—may be sparking this disorder in vulnerable children. Belli calls for an end to the use of hazardous materials—like toxic flame retardants used in electronics and furniture, which have been banned elsewhere--insisting that we cannot afford to experiment with our children. The Autism Puzzle puts a human face on the families caught in between the debates, and offers a refreshingly balanced perspective.

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