Nov 252012
 

As depicted by the UK’s Guardian: Egyptian protesters hold a banner depicting President Mohamed Morsi as a pharaoh during a demonstration over his presidential decrees. Photograph: Andre Pain/EPA

Eric Walberg

At last Egyptian politics is moving. President Mohamed Morsi is slowly building on his summer ‘coup’, when he stared down Egypt’s generals and put his men in the top army and defence positions, following terrorist attacks in Sinai which the army, so old and bumbling, so involved in Egyptian internal politics, failed to prevent. Continue reading »

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Nov 252012
 

This list is normative—meaning every one of the Senators included in this roster of crooks and malefactors is only an iota “worse” than the rest of their confreres in the US Congress. In fact the entire top layer of the US government today, very much in the pockets of the plutocracy, is a thoroughly antisocial and anti-ecological organism, a cynical pseudo democracy with little substance left, but loads of toxicity.  Incidentally, it’s not surprising to re-encounter the notorious DINO Max Baucus among the villains, since Baucus, representing the most reactionary forces in his state of Montana,  can be remembered for his prominent role as point man in the torpedoing of the single payer option during the phony healthcare reform battle, a posture he sustained with ample support from Obama, Pelosi and the rest of that traitorous cabal. And the list has another feature worth noting: it is totally bipartisan.—S. Lenihan

The putrid Max Baucus. Far from unusual, unfortunately.

By William Boardman

The White House is expected to decide whether Keystone XL can be built some time in the next month or so, and all it takes to proceed is a Presidential signature. For President Obama, this decision will be a clear signal defining his real priorities: stopping the rise of the oceans and healing the planet, as he campaigned, or settling for short term economic gains with unknown long term consequences. Continue reading »

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Nov 252012
 

By BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Israel is often described as a regional superpower, but the whole world knows that’s only because the Jewish State is backed to the hilt by the global superpower: the U.S. The fruits of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians, “the carnage, the broken bodies, and the dead children can all be laid at America’s door.”

“In the eyes of the rest of the world, the American people become complicit in Israel’s crimes.” Continue reading »

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Nov 252012
 

Cory Booker: Rising flotsam, it never ends. Another big-mouth charlatan designed to pseudo-lead the masses. Glen Ford is right in zeroing in on this new class of Uncle Tom. Anyone surprised the media gives him so much preferential attention?—Eds

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
The Lords of Capital have more than one Great Black Hope. “If there had been no Barack Obama, Cory Booker would have been Wall Street’s choice as the First Black President.” Newark’s mayor is fiercely loyal to his friends in the ruling class. “One thing Cory Booker cannot abide is anyone bad-mouthing his rich people….” Continue reading »

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Nov 252012
 

Norway’s state pension fund has topped the United Arab Emirates’ Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) to become the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world…”

Last week Iain Macwhirter wrote an excellent article ‘Face reality: We could be as prosperous as Norway.’  It was a must read essay, not least because it was written by the journalist who coined the term “the arc of insolvency” in relation to Iceland and Ireland after the 2008 banking crash.  Interestingly, Macwhirter is now dissociating himself from the widely used, albeit inaccurate, meme. The information in his article needs to be discussed and disseminated in Scotland as widely as possible which is why we’re re-blogging it here.  Iain Macwhirter has also re-blogged it on his excellent Now and Then blog with a new title for the article.  We’re going with the new title. Continue reading »

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