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“Capitalism itself depends on the assumption of endless growth…”

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By Rick Staggenborg, MD, Soldiers for Peace International

As any literate citizen knows, the global economic crisis was brought about by the unregulated banksters who run Wall Street. Few realize that in the aftermath of the near-collapse of the system of international credit, they have expanded a shadow economy that has been financed by taxpayer dollars. The total value of the derivative and commodities markets is now many times the world GDP. This system amounts to a pyramid scheme. If unchallenged, it is destined to leave the rich more powerful than ever and the 99% destitute. The growth-based debt economy is not capable of recovering, yet mainstream economists cannot seem to fathom why. Continue reading »
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Apr 052014
 
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President Raul Castro: As usual, Cuba was the target of another US taxpayer supported attempt at destabilization. The plutocracy never quits.

President Raul Castro: As usual, Cuba was the target of another US taxpayer supported attempt at destabilization. The plutocracy never quits.

By Bill Van Auken, Senior Editorial Writer, wsws.org

The Obama administration has scrambled to deflect criticism and ridicule sparked by an Associated Press story exposing a failed attempt by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to set up a Twitter-like social media network as an instrument for regime change in Cuba. Continue reading »

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Apr 052014
 
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By Eric Zuesse

Mayor de Blasio was forced to cave in on the charter school issue, after an alliance of billionaire-funded groups and treacherous Andrew Cuomo sided with his well-funded opponents.

Mayor de Blasio was forced to cave in on the charter school issue, after an alliance of billionaire-funded groups and treacherous Andrew Cuomo put up a barrage of misleading ads.

Another way the aristocracy crushes the public.
Barack Obama mouths “equality” but maintains policies that have produced near-record-high inequality.

A brilliant scientist and blogger, “Mike the Mad Biologist,” headlined on April 4th, “Once Again: For Real Education Reform, You Can Just Visit Massachusetts,” and he documented that due to Democrat-passed education-reforms that had preceded Mitt Romney (and some of which Gov. Romney unsuccessfully tried to reverse), the state of Massachusetts scores so well in international rankings on Reading, Math, and Science, that it ranks, across-the-board, after only Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Finland. It’s #8 if it were a nation, even though it has a larger percentage of poor people, and more ethnic minorities, than any of those nations. The U.S. as a whole scores #36 on the Math, #28 on Science, and #24 on Reading; so, across-the-board we’re about #29 — near the bottom for industrialized nations. Continue reading »

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Facing a glum picture for the next round of elections, the Dems leadership suddenly rediscovers populist rhetoric. The Kochs are abominable, of course, but the Democratic big wigs never had much trouble working hand in glove with their ilk, even if that resulted in an abject betrayal of their still largely progressive rank and file. —Eds.

CBS NEWS April 1, 2014

Billionaire Koch brothers target of Democrats’ $3M ad campaign

The Koch brothers: plutocrats that define the criminality of this class of social cancers.

The Koch brothers: plutocrats that define the criminality of this class of social cancers.

 

November’s congressional mid-term elections are still seven months away, but they’re shaping up to be the most expensive ever. Outside groups and the parties themselves have already spent nearly $340 million, and one of the best-known families in big money politics is once again in the spotlight. Continue reading »

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Mar 272014
 
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The TGP Editors Say: The new mayor’s real sin is to have spoken out repeatedly against inequality and the need to tax the superrich.  They won’t have any of it, and now the knives are out…The whining by charter school supporters is only a smokescreen. Families for Excellence in Schools seems to be just one more rightwing front. 
WNYC News

Who Is Behind the Pro-Charter Schools Group Fighting New York City Mayor de Blasio?

Wealthy, powerful people and organizations backing non-profit behind ads and rally

By Robert Lewis : Reporter, WNYC News

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Charter School March
Charter [school] supporters cross the Brooklyn Bridge in October in a march organized by Families for Excellence in Schools.(Yasmeen Khan) Continue reading »
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