Economics Lesson 1

Last Friday (January 27) the US Bureau of Economic Analysis announced its advance estimate that in the last quarter of 2011 the economy grew at an annual rate of 2.8% in real inflation-adjusted terms, an increase from the annual rate of growth in the third quarter. Good news, right? Wrong. If you want to know what is really happening, you…

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Mikhail Gorbachev, “Is the World Really Safer Without the Soviet Union?

http://www.thenation.com/article/165317/world-really-safer-without-soviet-union Dear friends: Led by political and economic reformer Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union agreed with presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush to end the cold war and to reduce nuclear arms. A revolt by diehard communists weakened Gorbachev and resulted in Boris Yeltsin and the leaders of Ukraine and Belorussia abolishing the Soviet Union. The removal of the…

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BIG BROTHER INTERNET

Dear friends: I am pleased to bring to you Gerald Celente’s assessment of the threats posed to Internet freedom. Celente’s Trends Journal is one of the most insightful publications of our era. PCR Do you remember the Safe-Cyber instructions they taught you in the mandatory Computer Ed class (operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology)? First you fire…

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How Ron Paul Could Win

In the Soviet Union common criminals were punished less harshly and received better treatment than political prisoners. A person who had committed a violent crime had more rights than someone who expressed criticism of the government and could be portrayed as having acted against the government. We now have the same situation in the US. In a recent case the…

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Drowning In Hypocrisy

The US government is so full of self-righteousness that it has become a caricature of hypocrisy. Leon Panetta, a former congressman who Obama appointed CIA director and now head of the Pentagon, just told the sailors on the USS Enterprise, an aircraft carrier, that the US is maintaining a fleet of 11 aircraft carriers in order to project sea power…

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More On Ron Paul

If Ron Paul’s libertarian handlers and support base could escape their ideology, Ron Paul could be much better positioned to win the Republican nomination. Here are some suggestions. Ron Paul should be making the point that Social Security and Medicare are threatened by multi-trillion dollar wars that are funded by debt, by bailouts of a deregulated banking system, and by…

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The “anti-Semitism” smear campaign against CAP and Media Matters rolls on–Guest Post

Original source: http://www.salon.com/2012/01/19/the_smear_campaign_against_cap_and_media_matters_rolls_on/singleton/ By Glenn Greenwald This is an important article.  Glenn Greenwald criticizes the Israel Lobby for smearing liberal writers, some of whom are Jews, as anti-semites in order to prevent any criticism of the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians.  Greenwald shows that the Israel Lobby also uses the smear tactic to prevent any questioning of the Israel Lobby’s…

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Beating the Drums of War: Provoking Iran into “Firing the First Shot”? – Guest Post

By Michel Chossudovsky Original Source: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28652   Introduction While the possibility of a war with Iran is acknowledged in US news reports, its regional and global implications are barely analyzed. Very few people in America are aware or informed regarding the devastation and massive loss of life which would occur in the case of a US-Israeli sponsored attack on Iran.…

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10 Reasons the U.S. is no Longer the Land of the Free–Guest Post

Original Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/is-the-united-states-still-the-land-of-the-free/2012/01/04/gIQAvcD1wP_story.html By Jonathan Turley, Published: January 13, 2012, Washington Post January 14, 2012 “WP” — Every year, the State Department issues reports on individual rights in other countries, monitoring the passage of restrictive laws and regulations around the world. Iran, for example, has been criticized for denying fair public trials and limiting privacy, while Russia has been taken to…

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Guantanamo by the Numbers [Infographic] – ACLU Guest Post

  Original Source: http://www.aclu.org/national-security/guantanamo-numbers

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Washington Moves The World Closer To War

Since my January 11 column http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2012/01/11/the-next-war-on-washingtons-agenda/ and the news alert posted on January 14 http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2012/01/14/news-alert/, more confirmation that Washington is moving the world toward a dangerous war has appeared. The Obama regime is using its Ministry of Propaganda, a.k.a., the American media, to spread the story that President Obama, Pentagon chief Panetta, and other high US officials are delivering strong…

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News Alert!

According to a January 13, 2012 Reuters news report, Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian ambassador to NATO who has been appointed deputy prime minister in charge of Russia’s defense sector, told news reporters at a Brussels press conference that Russia would regard any military attack on Iran as a “direct threat to our security.” Will the crazed neocon warmongers and the…

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America’s Last Chance

America has one last chance, and it is a very slim one. Americans can elect Ron Paul President, or they can descend into tyranny. Why is Ron Paul America’s last chance? Because he is the only candidate who is not owned lock, stock, and barrel by the military-security complex, Wall Street, and the Israel Lobby. All of the others, including…

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Three Books to Stimulate Thought

January 11 was the tenth anniversary of amerika’s Guantanamo torture prison. National Public Radio commemorated the anniversary by airing critics and defenders of Washington’s violation of US statutory law, the Geneva Conventions, and the US Constitution. Listening to the former government officials justify their crimes, I realized that I was listening to those who had set the table and served…

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The Next War on Washington’s Agenda

Only the blind do not see that the US government is preparing to attack Iran. According to Professor Michel Chossudovsky, “Active war preparations directed against Iran (with the involvement of Israel and NATO) were initiated in May 2003.” http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28542 Washington has deployed missiles directed at Iran in its oil emirate puppet states, Oman and the UAE, and little doubt in…

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December Payroll Jobs Report

The following report is based on the work of statistician John Williams of shadowstats.com. Today’s (Friday, January 6) payroll jobs report of 200,000 new jobs in December is overstated by at least 82,000 jobs. As approximately 130,000 new jobs are needed each month to stay even with population growth, the December job figures actually indicate that the US economy fell…

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The Dismal Economic Outlook For The New Year

Jobs offshoring, financial deregulation, and ten years of wars have severely damaged the US economy and the economic prospects of 90% of the American population. The signs are everywhere in front of our eyes. They are in the income distribution data, the BLS jobs data, the Census data, the poverty figures, and the high number of food stamp recipients. The…

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