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The Myth of 'American Exceptionalism' Implodes

January 18th, 2011
Categories: News

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27289.htm

Until the 1970s, US capitalism shared its spoils with American workers. But since 2008, it has made them pay for its failures. One aspect of "American exceptionalism" was always economic. US workers, so the story went, enjoyed a rising level of real wages that afforded their families a rising standard of living. Ever harder work paid off in rising consumption. The rich got richer faster than the middle and poor, but almost no one got poorer. Nearly all citizens felt "middle class". A profitable US capitalism kept running ahead of labour supply. So, it kept raising wages to attract waves of immigration and to retain employees, across the 19th century until the 1970s.

OPINION: White House Plans Internet ID System

January 18th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/opinion-white-house-plans-internet-id-system-4272/

Urged by one and all to "tone down" what media pundits and political elites describe as "strident," even "violent" rhetoric that has "poisoned" our "national conversation" and "sharply polarized" the population, the shooting rampage in Tucson which claimed six lives, including that of a nine-year-old girl is, in fact, emblematic of the moral bankruptcy and utter hypocrisy of those selfsame capitalist elites.

Evolution of the Apocalypse - Empire’s Demise - Human Renaissance

January 18th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article20470

Apocalypse (Greek: Ἀποκάλυψις Apokálypsis; "lifting of the veil") is a term applied to the disclosure to certain privileged persons of something hidden from the majority of humankind. Today the term is often used to refer to the end of the world, which may be a shortening of the phrase apokalupsis eschaton, which literally means "revelation at the end of the æon, or age.(1) "

The Myth of the Baltic Tigers The Death of "Social Europe"

January 18th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/hudson01182011.html

"Be like Latvia,” bankers and the financial press are asking governments from Greece to Ireland and now Spain as well. “Why can’t you be like Latvia and sacrifice your economy to pay the debts that you ran up during the financial bubble?” The answer is, they can’t – without an economic, demographic and political collapse that will only make matters worse.

Massive Earthquake Shakes Pakistan: USGS

January 18th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/01/18-6

A major 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit southwest Pakistan on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said. The quake struck at around 1:20 am local time (2023 Tuesday GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) with its epicentre around 50 kilometres west of the town of Dalbandin, close to the border with Afghanistan.

TSA Now Forcing Opt-Outs To Walk Through Body Scanners

January 18th, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.infowars.com/tsa-now-forcing-opt-outs-to-walk-through-body-scanners/

If the experience of a man traveling through Baltimore Washington International Airport last night is anything to go by, the TSA is now forcing people who opt out of the naked body scanner to walk through the machine as part of a psychological ploy to coerce subservience out of other travelers. Alexander Petersen was passing through security to board a domestic flight to Florida with his wife and three children. After the backscatter x-ray machines were turned on, TSA staff started corralling passengers to go through the naked body scanners. Petersen’s family escaped selection but when he was told to submit to a scan, Peterson declined and opted for the invasive pat down instead.

Has Sarah Palin Finally Gone Too Far?

January 18th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/story/149575/has_sarah_palin_finally_gone_too_far/

Palin has gotten so embarrassing that even folks on her side of the spectrum are vocally calling for her to just stand down and be quiet. As she loses respect by the second due to her outrageous insertion of her own agenda into the Tucson tragedy, Sarah Palin is digging herself in deeper and deeper by pushing the credibility-lacking narrative of her own victimization. It’s gotten so bad that even folks on her side of the political line are vocally calling for her to stand down and be quiet for a while.

Tunisians sceptical of new govt

January 18th, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/01/2011117224856588521.html

Tunisians have expressed dissatisfaction with inclusion of ruling party members in new 'national unity' government. The announcement of a new 'unity government' by Mohamed Ghannouchi, the Tunisian prime minister, has been met with anger by some protesters, who say too many members of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's party remain in power. The PM announced that the former defence, foreign, interior and finance ministers will keep their key posts in the new government formed after the public uprising led to the flight of President Ben Ali.

GORDON DUFF: MLK, A DREAM FORGOTTEN, AWAITING REBIRTH

January 17th, 2011
Categories: News

Link: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/01/17/gordon-duff-mlk-a-dream-forgotten-awaiting-rebirth/

"I have a dream..." The death of “Greatness” in America... I read today’s newspapers, demands for an attack on Iran. Iran has no nuclear program yet there is no voice in America to stand up to the liars. Dr. King is dead. He would have been heard.

85-Year-Old-Woman Arrested for Bank Protest -- 6 Revolts the Tea Party-Obsessed Corporate Media Overlooked

January 17th, 2011
Categories: News

Link: http://www.alternet.org/news/149562/85-year-old-woman_arrested_for_bank_protest_--_6_revolts_the_tea_party-obsessed_corporate_media_overlooked_/

Some of the most undercovered stories of 2010 were actions taken by ordinary people standing up for a more just and equitable society. "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -Martin Luther King Jr. Some of the most undercovered stories of 2010 were actions taken by ordinary people standing up for a more just and equitable society. People are taking to the streets on a regular basis across the country, but unlike the corporate-sponsored Tea Party -- whose spokespeople can't answer basic questions about the deficit they claim to be so worried about -- those who believe in health care, affordable housing, economic justice, education, a living wage, and a better life for all rarely, if ever, get the attention they deserve. Instead, the media, even the alternative media, spent the better part of last year obsessing over the Tea Party and manufactured personalities like Sarah Palin, while ignoring people like 85-year-old Julia Botello.

city of no children

January 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Iraq, Health

Link: http://www.scottishleftreview.org/li/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=364&Itemid=1

It was recently reported that doctors had advised women in Fallujah not to give birth. There are many medical reasons for infertility which might shatter the dreams of a young woman. It is not difficult to imagine how heartbreaking it must be for a woman who is advised that she can never bear children. But for the young women of an entire city – tens of thousands of them – to be advised not to give birth, how can one imagine such collective pain? But perhaps it does not matter – one life is a tragedy, a million a statistic? Certainly this episode attracted limited press attention. Media Lens highlighted an interesting contrast with the attention directed at the lady who chucked a cat into a bin – one cat confined for a few hours was a tragedy.

The Brutal Truth About Tunisia - Bloodshed, tears, but no democracy. Bloody turmoil won’t necessarily presage the dawn of democracy

January 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27278.htm

The end of the age of dictators in the Arab world? Certainly they are shaking in their boots across the Middle East, the well-heeled sheiks and emirs, and the kings, including one very old one in Saudi Arabia and a young one in Jordan, and presidents – another very old one in Egypt and a young one in Syria – because Tunisia wasn't meant to happen. Food price riots in Algeria, too, and demonstrations against price increases in Amman. Not to mention scores more dead in Tunisia, whose own despot sought refuge in Riyadh – exactly the same city to which a man called Idi Amin once fled.

Pentagon Ecstatic Over New Chinese "Threat"

January 17th, 2011
Categories: News, War

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/andrew01182011.html

Once upon a time, as the FY 1964 defense appropriations bill was making its way through congress, there came a somber moment when it looked as if the U.S. Navy might actually receive a lesser increase in its appropriation than its hated Air Force rival. Then, just when all seemed dark, a Soviet November class nuclear attack submarine surfaced a few miles off San Francisco Bay. Instantly, the situation on the battlefield was reversed, as press and congress urged emergency budgetary measures to ward off the looming threat of the Red Navy. Queried at a Pentagon press conference as to the convenient coincidence of the sub’s appearance, the chief navy flack simply smiled and said “I don’t know; we just got lucky I guess.”

The mass uprising in Tunisia and the perspective of permanent revolution

January 17th, 2011
Categories: News

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2011/jan2011/pers-j17.shtml

After decades of triumphant reaction and suppression of the class struggle, the eruption of mass protests in Tunisia and the end to 23 years of repressive rule by President Ben Ali signal the emergence of a new era of revolutionary upheavals.

We Twisted King’s Dream, So We Live With His Nightmare

January 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/17-5

It’s been a rough year for Martin Luther King, Jr., and for his legacy.Bridget Johnson at Martin Luther King Day Parade on January 18, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. Photo: Getty Images/Matt McClain. First, as has become an annual ritual, politicians went to church or some other civic gathering for last year’s King Day celebration, even as they continued to support public policies that he found abhorrent. Whether continuing to prosecute a seemingly endless and most definitely murderous war, or by supporting cuts to vital social programs, there is no shortage of hypocrisy when it comes to proclaiming fealty to King’s vision in words, while besmirching it in deeds, all at once.

Confusion, Fear and Horror in Tunisia as Old Regime's Militia Carries on the Fight Tunisian capital witnesses violent clashes between armed forces and those loyal to former president Zine el-Abedine Ben Ali

January 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/01/17

As the sun set on Bourguiba Avenue in central Tunis, the lull of a distant call to prayer was drowned out by the relentless crackle of machine-gun fire as soldiers darted for cover from tree to tree along the deserted boulevard. Up above, on top of the interior ministry whose basements had housed the regime's torture rooms, snipers were firing down into the street.

Hu Highlights Need for U.S.-China Cooperation, Questions Dollar

January 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703551604576085803801776090.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEADNewsCollection

BEIJING—Chinese President Hu Jintao emphasized the need for cooperation with the U.S. in areas from new energy to space ahead of his visit to Washington this week, but he called the present U.S. dollar-dominated currency system a "product of the past" and highlighted moves to turn the yuan into a global currency.

Israeli Banks Finance Newspaper calling for Genocide

January 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://uruknet.com/?p=m74022&hd=&size=1&l=e

Major Israeli banks, credit institutions, and communication companies are among the advertisers in an extreme right wing weekly magazine that called for building concentration camps.

U.S. debt tops $14 trillion, nears ceiling

January 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/16/AR2011011604005.html

The United States just passed a dubious milestone: Government debt surged to an all-time high, passing $14 trillion - $45,300 for every person in the country. That means Congress soon will have to lift the legal debt ceiling to give the almost maxed-out government an even higher credit limit or dramatically cut spending to stay under the current cap. Either way, a fight is ahead on Capitol Hill, inflamed by the passions of tea party activists and deficit hawks.

US trying to stop UN resolution against West Bank settlements

January 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Palestine, Politics

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8264918/US-trying-to-stop-UN-resolution-against-West-Bank-settlements.html

Washington is desperately trying to head off a United Nations resolution condemning Jewish settlements in Jerusalem and the disputed West Bank territories that is presenting Barack Obama with one of the most acute dilemmas of his presidency. Senior Palestinian officials said on Monday they were undeterred by American appeals to abandon the resolution, which has been circulated among the 15 members of the UN Security Council and could be discussed as early as Wednesday at a meeting on the Middle East.

Reversing the Erosion of Civil Liberties

January 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.truth-out.org/coleen-rowley-reversing-erosion-civil-liberties66944

As many Americans embraced the illusion of “perfect security” – even at the cost of their freedoms – government agencies stepped in with ambitious “counterterrorism” programs that soon were targeting innocent citizens, a problem that former FBI officer Coleen Rowley says must now be addressed:

Angry Progressive Coalition to Protest Billionaire Gathering Hosted by Koch Brothers, Major Tea Party Funders

January 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.alternet.org/teaparty/149546/angry_progressive_coalition_to_protest_billionaire_gathering_hosted_by_koch_brothers%2C_major_tea_party_funders/

Progressives are planning huge counter-event to educate about the Kochs and their billionaire cronies, and peacefully march to give an alternative to their hard-right agenda. Increasingly, Democrats, liberals and progressives are coming to understand that the Koch brothers, a secretive right-wing billionaire family that pours limitless money into virtually every destructive anti-democratic initiative affecting tens of millions of Americans, are "Public Enemy Number One.

Tunisia: How the US got it wrong

January 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/01/20111167156465567.html

The events in Tunisia again show how US foreign policy in the Middle East fails to fully understand the region. Recently in Doha, Secretary of State Clinton spoke of regimes whose "foundations are sinking into the sand" and who will disappear unless "reform" occurs. Ironically, the same regimes who have been historically backed by the US. One sign read "Game Over". But in fact, the game has barely started.

Gilad Atzmon: Captain Israel- A Sickening Hasbara Magazine For Jewish Diaspora Youngsters

January 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/gilad-atzmon-captain-israel-a-sickening-hasbara-magazine-for.html

It has become pretty obvious that that Israelis and Zionists do not try to disguise their morbidity anymore. Zionism is clearly a threat to humanity and humanism. Airplanes and tanks, decorated with Jewish symbols, are consigned to spread death and carnage in the name of the Jewish people. Captain Israel, a kosher superman, is holding a Menorah torch. He is there to set the entire region on fire.

Strong Indications of Gold & Silver Shortages

January 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.zerohedge.com/article/guest-post-strong-indications-gold-silver-shortages

Since reaching new highs at the end of 2010 gold and silver have been sold off, and the selling has been particularly intense in the last few days. The news on the economy is almost exclusively bullish for the precious metals. From the price action one might be falsely led to believe that investment demand for the precious metals is waning. On the contrary the data analysis I will show in this article reveals strong indications of growing shortages and furthermore that the gold and silver markets are approaching “tipping points” that will lead to an acceleration of price appreciation. We will first consider silver because the data for silver is the most dramatic.

Latin America Deepens Israeli Isolation

January 16th, 2011
Categories: News

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=54146

JERUSALEM - Guyana became Thursday the seventh Latin American state to recognise an independent Palestinian state. Although the official recognitions are largely nominal, they have irked the State of Israel as they expose its growing diplomatic isolation in the face of the current peace deadlock.

Alarming Evidence of a Leaking Macondo Prospect: The BP Gulf Oil Spill Continues

January 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://gosrc.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/letter-from-bk-lim-to-congressmen-fred-upton-and-john-simkus/

The following letter has been sent to Congressmen Fred Upton and John Simkus by BK Lim, Geohazards Specialist, (Click here for CV/BIO) in response to our request to inform the US Congress about a situation of which that they appear to be unaware. The growing need for a real US Congressional Inquiry into the matter of the Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) – the site of the BP Oil Spill which began on April 20, 2010 – has been apparent for many months now.

Uprising brings joy to Tunisia – and fear to the region's autocrats

January 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/uprising-brings-joy-to-tunisia-ndash-and-fear-to-the-regions-autocrats-2185820.html

One man's suicide sparked a nationwide uprising, and now other repressive regimes across the Arab world can see the seeds of their own destruction in the burnt-out buildings of Tunis. Buildings burned, army snipers fired from rooftops, other gunfire sounded sporadically across the capital, and at least 42 were killed when a prison was torched, as Tunisia yesterday teetered between continued violent chaos and the first faltering steps towards a possible new start. Other regimes in North Africa and the Arab world looked on with some trepidation lest, as many predict, Tunisia's unrest should help foment a similar end to their lengthy and undemocratic rule.

S Africa groups seek Livni arrest

January 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/01/20111164466517708.html

Pro-Palestinian groups seek arrest warrant for Tzipi Livni, who heads Israel's Kadima party, for alleged war crimes. Two South African groups have launched a move to get an arrest warrant issued against Tzipi Livni, the chairperson of Israel's Kadima party, during a visit to the country next week, Israeli media have said.

Russia warns of ‘Iranian Chernobyl'

January 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Iran

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27272.htm

Russian nuclear scientists are providing technical assistance to Iran's attempts activate the country's first nuclear power plant at the Gulf port. But they have raised serious concerns about the extensive damage caused to the plant's computer systems by the mysterious Stuxnet virus, which was discovered last year and is widely believed to have been the result of a sophisticated joint US-Israeli cyber attack. According to Western intelligence reports, Russian scientists warned the Kremlin that they could be facing "another Chernobyl" if they were forced to comply with Iran's tight deadline to activate the complex this summer.

Corporate Big Guys Winners in War of Words

January 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/16-6

After Sept. 11, as I recall, it took Rush Limbaugh only two days to switch from a discussion of our foreign enemies to his mocking attacks on the failures of "liberals." Surely, for his listeners, there was something comforting in being able to hear their Rush rehearse his familiar domestic script at a time when, clearly, there was another script in the world in a language Americans did not understand.

Progressives to ‘uncloak’ the secret financers behind the Tea party

January 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/progressives-to-uncloak-the-secret-financers-behind-the-tea-party/

Progressives to uncloak the secret financers behind the Tea party Progressive and liberal activists are planning at the end of the month to confront the secretive billionaire family that finances the so-called Tea party movement and a host of other right-wing causes and institutions.

Vision: 8 Reasons Global Capitalism Makes Our Lives Worse -- And How We Can Create a New Kind of Economy

January 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.alternet.org/environment/149552/vision%3A_8_reasons_global_capitalism_makes_our_lives_worse_--_and_how_we_can_create_a_new_kind_of_economy_/

A new film explores how globalization has resulted in crises of the economy, the environment and the human spirit -- and points the way to a new path. To many of us, a world where no one goes hungry, where there is no unemployment, where people are happy and they have spacious homes and lots of leisure time seems like fantasy. But it's not a fantasy for Helena Norberg-Hodge -- she saw it firsthand in the tiny Himalayan region of Ladakh, a remote mountain community that borders Tibet.

Baby Doc's Warm Welcome Turns Frigid

January 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=54167

Human rights groups are urging Haitian authorities to seize the opportunity of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier's surprise return to the country Sunday to prosecute him for the atrocities committed during his 15-year reign.

Shot in the Head: Giffords, Hurndall and Palestinian Children

January 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=73939&s2=16

There is something particularly horrifying when someone is shot in the head. Perhaps it’s the gruesome image, the destruction of the brain, the clear intent to kill. The recent shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is made even more nightmarish by the location of her devastating injury. Those of us who focus on Israel-Palestine are acutely aware of this horror.

THE WHEELER MURDER, JUST ANOTHER DEAD VETERAN?

January 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/01/15/gordon-duff-the-wheeler-murder-just-another-dead-veteran/

John Wheeler III was pulled out of the back of a garbage truck two weeks ago, maybe cut into pieces, maybe burned alive, maybe tortured, maybe shot, nobody is telling us. However, the stories are now hitting, Wheeler suffered from demons, nightmares from his service in Vietnam. This is bull.

Preparing for War with Russia? Washington To Rearm Georgia For New Conflicts

January 15th, 2011
Categories: News, War

Link: http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22805

Recent reports in the Russian news media have detailed plans by the U.S. to provide the Mikheil Saakashvili government in Georgia with tens of millions of dollars worth of anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons. The Russian government's Itar-Tass news agency and Voice of Russia have confirmed the arms package with officials from the Russian special services and the Joint Staff of the armed forces.

Right-wing and liberal media fawn over Obama speech

January 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2011/jan2011/ariz-j15.shtml

President Obama’s Wednesday night speech at a memorial service for the victims of the Tucson massacre has been hailed by all sections of the corporate-controlled media, both liberal and conservative. Its main theme—opposing any political analysis of the attempted assassination of Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords—has become the official line.

Rising food prices point to a looming global food crisis

January 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Economic

Link: http://thecitizen.co.tz/business/-/7242-rising-food-prices-point-to-a-looming-global-food-crisis

As the New Year begins, the price of wheat is setting an all-time high in the United Kingdom. Food riots are spreading across Algeria. Russia is importing grain to sustain its cattle herds until spring grazing begins. India is wrestling with an 18-per cent annual food inflation rate, sparking protests.

Riots spread as global food shortage worsens

January 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Economic

Link: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/food/news/article.cfm?c_id=206&objectid=10699716

If all the food in the world were shared out evenly, there would be enough to go around. That has been true for centuries now - if food was scarce, the problem was that it wasn't in the right place. But there was no global shortage. However, that will not be true much longer.

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