It is remarkable what very profitable drug companies—as they merge into fewer giant multinationals—continue to get away with by way of crony capitalism. Despite frequent exposure of misdeeds, the army of drug company lobbyists in Washington continues to gain political influence and rake in corporate welfare at the expense of taxpayers. The drug industry goes beyond crony capitalism when it then charges Americans the highest drug prices in the world.
Here is a short list of the honey pot produced by the lobbying muscle of the $300 billion a year pharmaceutical industry. It receives billions of dollars in tax credits for …
Retreat, Re-Armament, and Relaunch
The NATO proxy war in the Ukraine started with the violent US-EU-sponsored overthrow of the elected government via a mob putsch in February 2014. This was well financed at $5 billion, according to President Obama’s Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland.
The result was a junta, composed of neo-liberal puppets, rightist nationalists and fascists, which immediately proceeded to purge the Ukrainian legislature of any politicians opposed to the coup and Kiev’s submission to the European Union and NATO. The NATO-sponsored client regime …
Celebrity Crime and the Gated Community
It has been said that the Oscar Pistorius trial in South Africa will be one of those events that say less about the procedural bricks and mortar itself than it does about the society it was meant to echo. The drama consultants flogging off live coverage of a trial as suitable consumption would have been thrilled by the copy – South African athlete and role model Oscar Pistorius (the Blade Runner), humbled by acts of lethal madness when he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to death.
South Africa had never been treated to such manic “pop” criminal coverage, one that featured …
The film Disruption, produced and directed by Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott, executive producer, Jon Warnow is a prelude to the People’s Climate March, which, according to 350.org, will be the “largest climate march in history,” scheduled for September 21st at Central Park West/NYC between 59th and 86th streets, beginning at 11:30 am.
The People’s Climate March will be conducted prior to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s UN Summit on the Climate Crisis scheduled for September 23rd.
The world will be watching.
As a byword for the film, Frederick Douglas is quoted as saying:
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never
Space is not an uneventful void. On a cosmic time and space scale, over millions of years and millions of miles, there are soundless, smell-less, visually-undetected threats to humankind, threats that might develop over several lifetimes but suddenly cross into our currency, thus changing our lives.
Using visible or invisible waves of energy, generally heat from the asteroid or the Sun’s reflection, only a small percentage of such objects in space – mainly asteroids – are detected. Consequently, by the time undetected physical threats approach our atmosphere, it is too late.
Our most recent shock to Earthly senses was a sixty-foot-diameter boulder, …
ISIS is a side issue at best
Obama took to the airwaves yesterday, oh so coincidentally, on the eve of September 11, to roll out his latest “smart war.” And it comes, oh so coincidentally, just before Congressional midterms when every member of Congress fears like the plague to be painted as a dove, just as happened in 2002 before Bush II took us to war.
Whatever role ISIS plays in this, Syria is certainly the target. It is telling that when it comes to money, Obama is asking Congress only for funding to train the Syrian “moderate rebels” in that bastion of Sunni moderation, Saudi Arabia.
The rationales …
The tragedy of September 11, 2001, goes far beyond the deaths of those who died in the towers and the deaths of firefighters and first responders who succumbed to illnesses caused by inhalation of toxic dust. For thirteen years a new generation of Americans has been born into the 9/11 myth that has been used to create the American warfare/police state.
The corrupt Bush and Obama regimes used 9/11 to kill, maim, dispossess and displace millions of Muslims in seven countries, none of whom had anything whatsoever to do with 9/11.
A generation of Americans has been born into distain and distrust …
Verily, be honest, decent and ethical while living righteously through your actions.
Verily, turn away in hatred from that which is indecent, unethical, morally ambiguous and wrong.
Be not caught up in the temptations and snares of materialism, shallowness and narcissism; be not distracted from the highest calling of your true self, but connect fully with that inner voice which propels your will along the path of what you are meant to pursue in this life.
Verily, the soul is deep.
Verily, dive into its waters.
Flow in the River Tao where consciousness is reflected cosmically in a conductive ocean of collective connectivity. Breathe of …
To the growing army of critics of US military intervention, who also reject the mendacious claims by American officials and their apologists of ‘world leadership’, Washington is engaged in ‘empire-building”.
But the notion that the US is building an empire, by engaging in wars to exploit and plunder countries’ markets, resources and labor, defies the realities of the past two decades. US wars, including invasions, bombings, occupations, sanctions, coups and clandestine operations have not resulted in the expansion …
An image speaks a thousand words – and that is presumably what Israel’s supporters hoped for with their latest ad in the New York Times.
Two photographs are presented side by side. One, titled ISIS, is the now-iconic image of a kneeling James Foley, guarded by a black-hooded executioner, awaiting his terrible fate. The other, titled Hamas, is a scene from Gaza, where a similarly masked killer stands over two victims, who cower in fear.
A headline stating “This is the face of radical Islam” tries, like the images, to equate the two organisations.
We have heard this line repeatedly from Israel’s prime …
Part 1 – From Bible Bill to Uncle Ben
In 1932, in the depths of the Great Depression in Alberta, William Aberhart, a Calgary school principal, lay Baptist preacher and creator of The Prophetic Bible Institute and its radio program “Back To The Bible Hour,” founded Alberta’s Social Credit Party. Four years later, he and his party were swept into power and he became Premier of the Province of Alberta. “Bible Bill” – as he was called by his mainstream party scoffers – died in 1943, but the Social Credit Party was to hold sway in the Province of Alberta until …
With the US facing internal state crisis, symbolized by recent protests against arbitrary violence and cruelty by militarized police in places like Ferguson, Missouri, it would be wise draw upon the counsel of veterans of the US civil rights struggle like Charles E. Cobb, Jr. With this in mind, his book This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed (2014) is an excellent place to start. It is also especially relevant due to the prominence of the Second Amendment in recent US political discourse.
I have already given my arguments in favor of US gun rights within the context of the …
Netanyahu’s war-turned-genocide in Gaza has backfired badly – his strategy has helped resurrect Hamas, the very movement he tried desperately to crush
Aside from being a major military setback, Israel’s war on Gaza has also disoriented the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu like never before. Since the announcement of a ceasefire on 26 August, his statements appear erratic and particularly uncertain, an expected outcome of the Gaza war.
Since his first term as a prime minister (1996-99), Netanyahu has showed particular savviness at fashioning political and military events to neatly suit his declared policies. He fabricated imminent threats that were neither …
IPS — Israel and its supporters abroad have parried accusations of indiscriminate destruction and mass killing of civilians in Gaza by arguing that they were consequences of strikes aimed at protecting Israeli civilians from rockets that were being launched from very near civilian structures.
That defence has already found its way into domestic U.S. politics. A possible contender for the Democratic nomination for president, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, defended her vote for more military aid for Israel during the Israeli assault on Gaza by citing the rocket launch defence.
“[W]hen Hamas puts its rocket launchers next to hospitals, next to schools, they’re using …
Some Western commentators interpret the cease fire in Ukraine obtained by President Putin as a victory for Russia. The reasoning is that the cease fire leaves Ukraine with disputed borders, which rules out Ukraine’s membership in NATO.
But will the cease fire hold? The right-wing Kiev militias, whose members often wear nazi insignias, are not under Kiev’s complete control. These militias can easily violate the cease fire, and there are already reports of violations. Moreover the billionaire oligarch that Washington has installed in Kiev as president of Ukraine will violate the ceasefire on Washington’s orders, unless, of course, Putin has put …
A Dead Statesman
I could not dig: I dared not rob:
Therefore I lied to please the mob.
Now all my lies are proved untrue
And I must face the men I slew.
What tale shall serve me here among
Mine angry and defrauded young?
– Rudyard Kipling, “Epitaphs of the War”
How can a just peace be achieved between the Israelis and the Palestinians? The answer is simply to appoint as peace envoy a war criminal who — like former French President Nicolas Sarkozy — also happens to be an Israeli sayan. Before qualifying as a fully fledged war criminal, Blair started out as …
I lived through an unarmed socialist revolution that lasted for one thousand days.
As a teenager I witnessed the electoral triumph of President Allende and I was still a teenager when I witnessed his killing and the destruction of his popular program and everything around him. Airplanes destroying buildings in downtown Santiago, schools with no arms, a beer battle, and cats shooting at police while the bloody hand of a mad US foreign policy was all over it.
It was my first 9/11.
In a few hours after the coup d’etat started on Tuesday September 11, 1973, 11am, major political centers and media …
The economy is not nearly as complex as Wall Street economists and the U.S government would have you believe. When discussing the economy we’re often talking about things that are not tangible in themselves but rather some very basic cause and effect relationships which affect the conditions and overall health of the economy at any given time. It’s important to understand how these cause and effect relationships interplay with each other, and that certain conditions must occur before certain other things can happen. It’s impossible to discuss one aspect of the economy without discussing others and how they influence each …
The Fed’s Bizarre New Rules
In an inscrutable move that has alarmed state treasurers, the Federal Reserve, along with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, just changed the liquidity requirements for the nation’s largest banks. Municipal bonds, long considered safe liquid investments, have been eliminated from the list of high-quality liquid collateral. assets (HQLA). That means banks that are the largest holders of munis are liable to start dumping them in favor of the Treasuries and corporate bonds that do satisfy the requirement.
Muni bonds fund the nation’s critical infrastructure, and they are subject to the whims …
In a statement issued at the conclusion of the NATO Summit in Wales, US President Barack Obama said, “The path for Russia to rejoin the community of nations that respects international law is still there”.
The arrogance of this willingness to stand upon the world’s stage, and turn the truth directly on its head with an out and out bald-faced lie, is breathtaking. We can surely presume that most people in the US are primarily focused on the weekend’s ball games, or on who’s dating whom in Hollywood, and know very little about the facts concerning events in Ukraine. These …