Politics

Chris Hedges & Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist?

Posted by on October 26, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Chris Hedges & Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist?

Democracy has been, in effect, turned upside down. It’s supposed to be a government by the people and for the people and all the rest of the sort of rhetoric we’re used to, but it’s become now so patently an organized form of government dominated by groups which are only vaguely, if at all, responsible or even responsive to popular needs and popular demands.

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Don’t Ask the Pentagon Where Its Money Goes – It Won’t Tell

Posted by on October 22, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Don’t Ask the Pentagon Where Its Money Goes – It Won’t Tell

Year after year, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) declares the Pentagon budget to be un-auditable. In 2013, for example, the GAO found that the Pentagon consistently fails to control its costs, measure its performance, or prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse.

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Politico Poll 64% Believe America Is ‘Out of Control’

Posted by on October 21, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Politico Poll 64% Believe America Is ‘Out of Control’

An overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are ‘out of control’ and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism of both political parties only three weeks before the Nov. 4 midterms,” reports Politico.

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Leaked TPP Chapter Exposes Sweet Deals for Big Pharma and US Bully Tactics

Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Leaked TPP Chapter Exposes Sweet Deals for Big Pharma and US Bully Tactics

U.S. pushing rules that ‘favor big corporate right holders, and undermine the public’s freedom to use knowledge,’ intellectual property expert says

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Critics to Obama: ‘Draconian Cuts’ Have Been to US Public Services, Not War Budget

Posted by on October 9, 2014 in Government, Military, Politics with 0 Comments
Critics to Obama: ‘Draconian Cuts’ Have Been to US Public Services, Not War Budget

With U.S. military spending at historic high, Obama slams ‘cuts’ as going too far

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Ron Paul on Illegal Syria War, Terror Blowback and the Tea Party Hijacking

Posted by on September 27, 2014 in Military, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
Ron Paul on Illegal Syria War, Terror Blowback and the Tea Party Hijacking

On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin speaks with former Congressman and three time presidential candidate, Ron Paul, discussing his views on the ramifications of expanding the war against ISIS into Syria, how US foreign policy has exacerbated the growth of Islamic extremism, the hypocritical partnership with Saudi Arabia, and the marginalization of alternative views outside of the two party system.

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The Real Reason We Are Bombing Syria – Dennis Kucinich

Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Government, Military, Politics with 1 Comment
The Real Reason We Are Bombing Syria – Dennis Kucinich

Nothing better illustrates the bankruptcy of the Obama administration’s foreign policy than funding groups that turn on the U.S. again and again, a neo-con fueled cycle of profits for war makers and destruction of ever-shifting “enemies.”

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Syria and Ukraine: ‘Do as I Say, Not as I Do’

Posted by on September 20, 2014 in Government, Military, Politics with 2 Comments
Syria and Ukraine: ‘Do as I Say, Not as I Do’

Today’s question is what is the difference between what the United States may or may not do in Syria and what Russia may or may not have done in the Ukraine. The main difference is that according to Vladimir Putin what happened in Crimea and eastern Ukraine has nothing to do with anything Mr. Putin or Russia did whereas what’s about to happen in Syria has a great deal to do with what the United States plans to do. If Mr. Putin were not credible, the differences between what’s happening would be less pronounced.

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House Votes To Audit The Fed… And Deregulate Wall Street

Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Government, Politics with 1 Comment
House Votes To Audit The Fed… And Deregulate Wall Street

The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to audit the Federal Reserve on Wednesday, a broadly bipartisan call for financial reform that accompanied two other bipartisan votes providing government perks to Wall Street on everything from higher mortgage fees to speculation in securities markets.

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Why Can’t US Help Solve Ebola Outbreak without ‘Waging War’ and ‘Sending Troops’?

Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Why Can’t US Help Solve Ebola Outbreak without ‘Waging War’ and ‘Sending Troops’?

The President’s plan was quickly lauded with headlines announcing that the US has declared war on Ebola, and that the US plans to send troops to tackle Ebola

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How America Made ISIS: Their Videos and Ours, Their “Caliphate” and Ours

Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
How America Made ISIS: Their Videos and Ours, Their “Caliphate” and Ours

Whatever your politics, you’re not likely to feel great about America right now. After all, there’s Ferguson (the whole world was watching!), an increasingly unpopular president, a Congress whoseapproval ratings make the president look like a rock star, rising poverty, weakening wages, and a growing inequality gap just to start what could be a long list. Abroad, from Libya and Ukraine to Iraq and the South China Sea, nothing has been coming up roses for the U.S.

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HOW THE NSA HELPED TURKEY KILL KURDISH REBELS

Posted by on August 31, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
HOW THE NSA HELPED TURKEY KILL KURDISH REBELS

In true “Spy v. Spy” fashion, Turkey is itself is the target of intense surveillance even as it cooperates closely with the U.S.— one NSA document describes the country bluntly as both a “partner and target.”

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Empire: Fighting on All Sides of a War in Syria (Glenn Greenwald)

Posted by on August 28, 2014 in Government, Military, Politics with 0 Comments
Empire: Fighting on All Sides of a War in Syria (Glenn Greenwald)

The Obama administration and American political class is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the failed “Bomb Assad!” campaign by starting a new campaign to bomb those fighting against Assad – the very same side the U.S. has been arming over the last two years.

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How the Brutalized Become Brutal – Chris Hedges

Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Government, Military, Politics with 0 Comments
How the Brutalized Become Brutal – Chris Hedges

The images of executions of alleged collaborators in Gaza and the bullet-ridden bodies left behind in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are the end of a story, not the beginning. They are the result of years, at times decades, of the random violence, brutal repression and collective humiliation the United States has inflicted on others.

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We’re Human Fodder Caught in the Crossfire of Armed Groups and Armed Governments

Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Government, Military, Politics with 0 Comments
We’re Human Fodder Caught in the Crossfire of Armed Groups and Armed Governments

The current leaders of the world, whether leaders of democratic or socialist governments or leaders of ‘extremist’ groups, have the same simplistic responses to wars, to the global refugee crises, and even to antiwar protesters: spying and surveillance, imprison, shoot and bombard, or Hillary Clinton’s slogan in Afghanistan to ‘fight, talk, build’!

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