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Trump approval rating hits 51% after Syria strikes — RT US News

US President Donald Trump’s approval rating has climbed to 51 percent, according to the conservative-leaning Rasmussen...

But Richest 1% Will Soon Own Two-Thirds Of World’s Wealth

More than two-thirds of the world's entire wealth will be owned by the richest 1% of people by 2030, new research warns. The shocking findings...

Under GOP Tax Law, Top 1% Get Extra $33,000 per Year. The Poor? $40

Demonstrators against the Republican tax bill rally outside the US Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 30, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb /...
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Video: No road home? Only 1% of Iraqi refugees know they have houses to...

Iraqi refugees in the country's Anbar province feel safer in camps than in the homes to which they're being forced to return. That's according...

A Tax Cut for the 1%

______________________________ Via Common Dreams. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license.

Sanders: Whoever Runs for President Must Fight for Workers and 'Take on the 1%'

Common Dreams staffSen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) brushed aside talk of his own 2020 presidential run in an interview on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday,...

America’s richest 1% owns 40% of country’s wealth

Published time: 8 Dec, 2017 15:46 America's richest one percent own a whopping 40 percent of...

Inequality Out of Control: The Average 1% Household Made Over $2.5 Million in the...

Inequality, like a malignant tumor, is growing out of control, and the only response from Congress is to make it even worse. Those at...

Gallup: 71% of Americans are “Dissatisfied with the way the nation is governed”

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A Gallup poll headlined on September 17th, "Seven in 10 Dissatisfied With Way U.S. Is Being Governed”, and reported...

Is it really true that America’s richest 1% are ‘overwhelmingly Jewish’?

Eric Zuesse, originally published at The Saker (where the author’s responses to reader-comments challenging this report, can also be seen) On September 8th, an article...

Media elite: 51% of UK journalists went to private school, more than in 1980s...

Britain’s media industry now has a greater proportion of privately-educated journalists than two decades ago,...

31% of Americans view Russia as ‘greatest danger’ to US, highest rate in 3...

Answering an open-ended question, 31% of Americans said Russia currently represents the “greatest danger” to the US, according to a new poll. It is...

1% Majority?

What I’m about to say won’t win me any popularity contests. Not that I’d want to. But, first, have a look at this. Hold the...

Bitcoin Bombs by 31% in a Matter of Hours

Bitcoin, the best-performing currency of 2016, has reported its biggest drop in two years just days after reaching a three-year-high of $1,000....
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Video: Michael Hudson: Donald Trump Wants to Make the 1% Even Richer

Economist Michael Hudson explains how economic terms like capital gains are deployed to mislead the public about who is benefiting from economic policy and...

The 1% plotting to halt Brexit & bring back Tony Blair, leaked memo suggests

Blairite millionaires, politicians and media tycoons are reportedly plotting to stop Brexit in its tracks, a leaked memo suggests. Virgin Group chief Sir Richard...

Michael Hudson: Donald Trump Wants to Make the 1% Even Richer

by The Real News Network (TRNN) / November 19th, 2016 Michael Hudson is a Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas...

61% of Americans don’t feel represented by either Democrats or Republicans

Despite the current US electoral landscape, which again sees a Democrat and a Republican leading the...

Racial wage gap largest in 36 years, black men make 31% less than white...

The wage gap between black and white workers in the US has increased significantly since 1979,...

81% of Americans Oppose $38 Billion Pledge to Israel

A solid majority of Americans would redirect $38 billion the Obama Administration pledged to Israel toward other priorities. The Obama administration last...

41% of Americans believe Clinton’s health is bad – poll

US voters are increasingly convinced that Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton has health issues, a new poll showed. The issue was again brought up...

Black Lives Matter supported by 51% of young white Americans – poll

Fifty-one percent of white Americans ages 18 to 30 strongly or somewhat support the Black Lives...

81% of US households experienced 'flat' or 'falling' incomes over past decade – research

A staggering 81 percent of US households saw “flat” or “falling” incomes over the past decade,...

Bottom 99% has best income year in 17 years – but top 1% did...

FOR WEEK END In 2015, the bottom 99 percent of income earners in the US had...

After Empowering the 1% and Impoverishing Millions, IMF Admits Neoliberalism a Failure

Last week a research wing of the International Monetary Fund came out with a report admitting that neoliberalism has been a failure. The report,...

Billionaire Trump backs tax on 1%, burns ‘ungrateful’ Romney in endorsement row

As last man standing in the race to become the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump has...

HSBC, Coutts & Rothschild: British banks help the 1% evade tax, #PanamaPapers suggest

Big British banks have allegedly been helping the rich and powerful ferret away their wealth...

‘Californians rose to the occasion’ but miss water conservation target by 1.1%, penalties coming

Californians were just shy of reaching the state’s mandated 25 percent water conservation goal for February,...

Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1% From Panama Leak – Craig Murray

Whoever leaked the Mossack Fonseca papers appears motivated by a genuine desire to expose the system that enables the ultra wealthy to hide their...

The 1% Games: More Than 50,000 New Yorkers Pay Zero City Income Taxes

Perhaps you will be pleased to know that the number of New York City households reporting incomes of more than $1 million has climbed...

Zika virus carries 1% risk of brain defects in babies – study

A new study shows women infected with the Zika virus during their first trimester of pregnancy...

1% ‘hoovering up’ UK wealth, workers left struggling – Oxfam

Britain’s “privileged minority” are sucking up money at an astonishing rate while the poor and...

Mutiny in the ranks? British Army morale damaged by ‘unfair’ 1% pay rise

(RT) - Soldiers from every part of the British Army believe their recent one percent...
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Video: The 1% Economy: The World’s Richest 62 People Now Have as Much as...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC2wh7x29Ow&w=580&h=385] http://democracynow.org - A new report from Oxfam on global inequality finds the world's richest 62 billionaires now own as much wealth as half...

The Real Terrorists: The .01%

Paul Buchheit They consist of 16,000 individuals, about the size of a crowd at a professional basketball game. The inequality horror they've fomented is reaching...

51% rise in Scottish children going to school hungry, stealing food — survey

Crippling government austerity measures are forcing schoolchildren in Scotland to go hungry, steal food from their peers and develop mental health issues, teachers have...

Anti-Semitic hate crimes up 61% in London — police figures

Jewish hate crimes in London have rocketed by 61 percent in the last year, Metropolitan Police figures show. John Mann MP has called on...

GM refuses 91% of faulty ignition switch claims

General Motors' compensation expert rejected 91 percent of death and injury claims related to faulty ignition switches, which have been linked to 124 deaths...
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Video: Sen. Bernie Sanders: From Greece to Puerto Rico, the Financial Rules Are Rigged...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmDjknqJAcA] Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders recently convened a panel of economists in Washington to discuss the debt crisis in Greece and throughout the...

UK PM Cameron explains .01% doctrine: ‘Destroy nation-states to invent our own barbaric realm’

Reposted with permission of Washingtonsblog by Carl Herman hat tips: Nafeez Ahmed and Tony Gosling On July 20, 2015, UK Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a major speech...
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Video: How 1% fix stock markets for billions, like on 9/11 & 7/7 –...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0wf8iPzlJY&w=580&h=385] Twitter goes up 3 billion in 20 minutes on a cheap scam! How 1% fix stock markets for billions, like on 9/11 &...
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Video: Greeks set EU flag on fire as 61% vote ‘OXI’ in Greferendum

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A4o1whZu6E&w=580&h=385] A cheering crowd of 'No' camp supporters have burnt EU flags as they celebrated a 61% vote against the creditor's bailout deal. COURTESY:...

The Top 1% of America’s Top 1%

The 15 Peak Years for Top-End Income-Shares in U.S., 1913-2013  Eric Zuesse DATA-SOURCE: http://topincomes.g-mond.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/#Database: Top 0.01% income share including capital gains, United States, the 15 peak years 1915: 4.36% 1916:...

More Top Heavy, More Republican: The 1% of the 1% Over Time

One lesson of the 2014 election cycle was that more money came from fewer people. And a look at the political One Percent of the One...

It’s Not the 1% Controlling Politics. It’s the 0.01 Percent.

Even before presidential candidates started lining up billionaires to kickstart their campaigns, it was clear that the 2016 election could be the biggest big-money...
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Hillary Clinton Calls For ‘Toppling’ the 1%…While Being Bankrolled by the 1%

 This really happened. As crazy as it sounds, Hillary Clinton is trying to repackage her war-torn reputation into a populist spitting image of progressive...

Challenging the Power of the 1%

When you are faced with the task of moving an object but find it is too heavy to lift, what is your immediate and...

How the 1% Is Rewiring Brains and Future Generations

As usual, Republicans are doing everything in their power to help the 1% get even richer. Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, led...

A Tax Holiday Has Begun for the 1%

Most people pay a Social Security tax of 6.2 percent on their income throughout the year, on every dollar they earn. But the top...

On Black Friday, Americans Confront the Walmart 1%: Pay Employees a Living Wage

Peter Dreier Walmart won't pay its employees enough to afford Thanksgiving dinner, so they're holding food drives for their employees. Seriously. It's been reported that...

Richest 1% of people own nearly half of global wealth

Credit Suisse study shows inequality accelerating, with NGOs saying it shows economic recovery ‘skewed towards wealthy’ Jill Treanor The richest 1% of the world’s population are...

How The 1% Are Destroying America

Steve Fraser George Baer was a railroad and coal mining magnate at the turn of the twentieth century. Amid a violent and protracted strike that...

Peak Inequality: The .01% And The Impoverishment Of Society

An extensive analysis of economic conditions and government policy reveals that the need for significant systemic change is now a mathematical fact. Corruption, greed and economic inequality...

7-minute video: ‘The Choice is Ours’ experts explain how 1% hoodwink 99%

The 7-minute video points to data of breakthrough economic solutions only awaiting a critical mass of public recognition. You literally have nothing more valuable for your...

The Meat Crisis Is Here: Price Of Shrimp Up 61% — 7 Million Pigs...

As the price of meat continues to skyrocket, will it soon be considered a "luxury item" for most American families?  This week we learned that the price of meat in the United States rose at the fastest pace in more than 10 years last month.  Leading the way is the price of shrimp.  According to the [...]

HAPPY TAX DAY, AND WHY THE TOP 1% PAY A MUCH LOWER TAX RATE...

HAPPY TAX DAY, AND WHY THE TOP 1% PAY A MUCH LOWER TAX RATE THAN YOU

It’s tax time again, April 15, when our minds turn toward paying the taxes we owe or possibly getting a tax refund. But what we don’t think about enough is whether our tax system is fair. The richest 1 percent of Americans are now getting the largest percent of total national income in almost a century. So you might think they’d pay a much higher tax rate than everyone else. 

But you’d be wrong. Many millionaires pay a lower federal tax rate than many middle-class Americans.

Some don’t pay any federal taxes at all. That’s because they‘re allowed to deduct from their taxable income such things as large interest payments on mortgages for huge homes, also the costs of business entertainment and conferences  (aka vacations at golf resorts), and gold plated health care plans.

Some also take advantage of tax loopholes that let them park some of their earnings in offshore tax havens like the Bahamas or the Netherlands Antilles.

And other loopholes that allow them to treat some income as capital gains – subject to a much lower tax rate than ordinary income. If you happen to be a hedge-fund or private-equity manager, there’s a capital gains loophole designed especially for you.

Consider the Social Security payroll tax and the situation is even more lopsided. That tax applies to every dollar of income up to a cap — which this year is $117,000. Anything earned above the cap is not subject to Social Security taxes at all – meaning anyone with a high income pays a much smaller percentage of it in Social Security taxes than most people do.

Put these all together and you see why Warren Buffet, the second richest person in America, pays a lower tax rate than his secretary, as he readily admits.

State and local taxes are even more regressive. The poorest fifth of Americans pay an average state and local tax rate of over 11 percent, while the richest fifth pay only 5.6 percent. This isn’t small change. State and local taxes account for about 40 percent of all government revenues. 

Believe it or not, Republicans want to make all this worse by cutting taxes on the wealthy even more. Paul Ryan’s new budget doesn’t just slice Medicare, education, and food stamps. It also lowers the top federal tax rate to 25 percent. 

When the rich are let off the hook in all these ways, the rest of America has to pay more in taxes to make up the difference – or have services cut because government doesn’t have the funds.

1% Jokes and Plutocrats In Drag: What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall...

Kevin Roose  Recently, our nation’s financial chieftains have been feeling a little unloved. Venture capitalists are comparing the persecution of the rich to the plight...

The Great Isolation of the 1%

Imara Jones  RINF Alternative News Chronic racial and gender imbalances amongst the super-rich only add to their detachment from the world around them. Due to a spate...

What we learned from the 1%

The US needs a long-term strategy to reverse the economic and political conditions that are crushing American families. National Peopleâ„¢s Action members recognize that to...

The 1% laughs last, as WS wins again

Five years after wrecking our economy, the big banks are back. Here's why we need real government regulations. September 15 marked five years since the...

Poll: Only 31% of Americans Work 40-Hour Week

Dr. Susan BerryBreitbartDecember 16, 2013 Only 31 percent of employed Americans work a 40-hour week, a new Rasmussen national telephone survey suggests. The survey, conducted this...

The IMF Wants You To Pay 71% Income Tax

Sovereign Man blogDecember 13, 2013 The IMF just dropped another bombshell. After it recently suggested a “one-off capital levy” – a one-time tax on private wealth...

Where the Minimum Wage Would Be If It Kept Pace With the Earnings of...

Instead, the minimum wage has been...

JFK assassinated by US 1% War Criminals: 4 powerful learning resources

Dark Legacy documentary trailer Eight months after President Kennedy’s assassination, the US 1% staged the “false flag” (and here) Gulf of Tonkin incident to escalate invasion and unlawful War of Aggression on Vietnam. This lie-started US 1% War of Aggression … Continue reading

JFK assassinated by US 1% War Criminals: 4 powerful learning resources was originally published on Washington's Blog

Only 1% of Massachusetts Cancellations Have Enrolled for Obamacare

John NolteBreitbartNovember 13, 2013 Obama in the middle of lying. There are too many rolling and coming catastrophes caused by Obamacare to keep track of. Just wait...

More CRIMINAL Fraud: ‘Obamacare’ Transfers $100-$300 Billion/Year from 99% to 1%

I wrote in 2010 that so-called “Obamacare” is economic fascism because it dictatorially transfers $100 billion to $300 billion every year from the 99%...

Snowden is a hero: 51% of Americans

Echoing previous survey, results of new poll show more than half of those in the U.S. view Edward Snowden as more of a whistleblower...

Snowden Is a Hero, say 51% of Americans

The results of the Angus Reid Global online poll, which surveyed 4,500 Canadians, Britons and Americans, were released to the Huffington Post on Wednesday. The...

Trillion dollar money pump for the 1%

In America, the rich and poor brush shoulders but are still growing farther apart. I saw the movie Inequality for All, where Robert Reich explains...

Trillion dollar money pump for the 1%

In America, the rich and poor brush shoulders but are still growing farther apart. I saw the movie Inequality for All, where Robert Reich explains...

426 Dead Syrian Children? US 1% Heartlessly Poverty-Kill 1 Million Children/Month in Gruesome Slow...

Best current evidence shows that 426 dead Syrian children were murdered by the criminal US 1% and minions as a false flag attack to...

51% Favor Government Shutdown Until Congress Cuts Health Care Funding

Rasmussen Reports Most voters willing to risk fed shutdown until Democrats and Republicans agree on ways to cut the budget. / via Wikimedia Commons President Obama...

2012: Best year for US 1% since 1928

A new study has shown that the income gap between the richest 1 percent in the United States and the rest of the American...

Spain youth unemployment reaches record 56.1%

Stephen BurgenThe GuardianSeptember 2, 2013 Youth unemployment in Spain has reached a new high of 56.1%,...

Eurozone jobless rate remains at 12.1%

Official data shows eurozone unemployment rate remains at a record 12.1 percent in July 2013. (File photo)Official data shows eurozone unemployment rate has remained...

U.S. Web Attacks Skyrocket Ahead of Mid East Action: 81% Above Normal

Mac Slavo SHTFplan.com August 28th, 2013 Outgoing Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano ominously warned of a coming “cyber event” in an open...

American’s 91% Opposition to Syrian War Insignificant to Technocrats

Rogue government moves toward war despite American’s opposition Julie WilsonInfowars.comAugust 27, 2013 What better way to lift...

Poll: 11% trust Obama’s NSA promises

Despite President Obamaâ„¢s pledge to increase transparency and curb certain aspects of the National Security Agencyâ„¢s surveillance program, a new Rasmussen poll shows the...

Poll: Only 11% Trust Obama On NSA Reform Promises

White House appoints Intelligence Director who lied under oath about NSA to investigate his own spying program  A newly released opinion poll...

41%: Obama’s Approval Drops to Lowest Level in Gallup Poll Since 2011

CNS NewsAugust 11, 2013 The percentage of Americans saying that they approve of the job Barack...

An Italian study found that 61% of women experienced an adverse event after the...

INTRODUCTION: We carried out an active surveillance of common adverse events occurring among women (9 to 26 years old) receiving human papillomavirus vaccine (Gardasil®...

‘Spain's economy shrinks by 0.1% in Q2’

People march in a protest against budget cuts in Madrid on July 21, 2013.Spainâ„¢s economy has shrunk by 0.1 percent in the second quarter...

India oil imports from Iran up 21%

Recent data shows Indiaâ„¢s crude oil imports from Iran have increased by 21.1 percent in June 2013 compared to a year earlier despite the...

The Latest Census of Global Fortunes: Mo' Money for the 1%

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Shocker: Only 1% of So Called Terrorists Nabbed by the FBI Were Real

In the dozen years since the 9/11 attacks, we've watched as a classified new legal regime for government surveillance has been hashed out, local police forces have become heavily armed military-type units and a whole new layer of bureaucracy has hatched to provide us with an abundance of “homeland security.”

Gallup: Most Still Proud to Be an American, 71% think Declaration signers would be...

Frank NewportGallup PoliticsJuly 8, 2013 As the United States celebrates Independence Day, most of its adult...

71% Agree Founding Fathers Would Be Ashamed of Country Today, And They’re Right

Anthony Gucciardi From Orwellian spying tactics employed by the NSA to warrantless searches and a police force turned militaristic, a new Gallup...

Global food prices fall 1% as supply prospects improve

ReutersJuly 4, 2013 Global food prices fell 1% in June due to improving supply prospects, the...

Eurozone jobless rate 12.1% in May

A homeless sleeps at the entrance of a bank in Milan, Italy on June 27, 2013.Recent figures released by the Eurostat data agency show...

'Transit of goods via Iran up 11%'

Iran's deputy minister of roads and urban development says over 3.39 million tons of commodities were transited through Iran during the first quarter of...

'Transit of goods via Iran up 11%'

Iran's deputy minister of roads and urban development says over 3.39 million tons of commodities were transited through Iran during the first quarter of...

Top 1% Own 39% Of All Global Wealth: Hoarding Soars As We Hurtle Toward...

Michael SnyderEconomic CollapseJune 1, 2013 According to a study that was just released by Boston Consulting...

Bernanke’s “Stimulus” for the 1%

When I heard that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress last week that it was too soon for the Fed to end its...

OECD gloomily cuts global growth outlook to 3.1%

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) predicts the recession-hit eurozone will fall further casting a shadow over the improving US and rebounding...

OECD gloomily cuts global growth outlook to 3.1%

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) predicts the recession-hit eurozone will fall further casting a shadow over the improving US and rebounding...

OECD gloomily cuts global growth outlook to 3.1%

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) predicts the recession-hit eurozone will fall further casting a shadow over the improving US and rebounding...

Iran to produce 41% of ME petchems

File photo shows installations at an Iranian petrochemical facility.An Iranian deputy oil minister says the country will account for 41 percent of petrochemical production...

China oil imports from Iran rise 81%

File photo shows Iran Najm supertanker.

A recent report shows that China's February crude oil imports from the Islamic Republic of Iran have increased by more than eighty percent compared to the corresponding period last year.

China, Iran's top crude oil customer, bought nearly 2.0 million tons of Iranian crude in February, equivalent to about 521,330 barrels per day (bpd). The figure rose 81 percent from 288,576 bpd a year earlier, Reuters reported.

Earlier this month, China's biggest refiner announced that it will process more Iranian crude oil at its second-largest plant in 2013 than in 2012.

"We have followed the government's requirement to maximize our import volume from Iran (this year)," Yu Xizhi, president of Sinopec Maoming Petrochemical Corp, said.

"After all, China and Iran enjoy good relations," he noted.

At the beginning of 2012, the United States and the European Union (EU) imposed new sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial sectors.

On October 15, 2012, the EU foreign ministers agreed on another round of sanctions against Iran.

The illegal US-engineered sanctions were imposed based on the unfounded accusation that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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71% of Cypriots Say Parliament Should Reject Bailout

With President Anastasiades concluding his remarks, Cypriot public opinion, as it has changed over the first critical 24 hours after yesterday's Eurogroup decision, are recorded in a survey conducted by the Insight Market Research (IMR) agency at the ...

British Gas Profits Show 11% Rise

The owner of British Gas is running the gauntlet of public anger as it revealed a £606 million profit haul at its residential arm months after hiking customer tariffs.

Centrica said an 11% rise in profits at British Gas residential came after last year's colder-than-normal weather saw gas use leap 12% and in spite of a 1% fall in customer accounts to 15.7 million in 2012.

The results are likely to raise questions over the fairness of energy bill increases after British Gas raised tariffs by 6% for around 8.4 million households at the end of last year.

Group adjusted operating profits rose 14% to £2.7 billion, but Centrica said it paid more than £1 billion in tax and invested £2.7 billion in 2012.

Directors from the company have appeared on television to defend the results.

Chris Jansen, managing director of services and commercial at Centrica, said a colder winter last year contributed to the rise in profits. He told Daybreak: "I completely understand our profits announced today will create a reaction with customers.

"I think it's important to remember that in 2011 it was a very, very mild winter ... so the country used a lot less gas, and actually our profits in 2011 were 20% down on 2010."

Asked whether customers would face further price increases, Mr Jansen replied: "It's impossible for me to say that, that's like looking at a crystal ball. The general trend for energy prices are prices are increasing. All we say to customers is let's do what we can to control energy bills. Prices might be going up but bills don't need to if we control our energy use."

Ian Peters, managing director of residential energy for British Gas, said: "If I look into the future we have no plans to put prices up even higher, the gas prices are relatively calm."

Asked on BBC Breakfast how long into the future - and if the firm was committing to not putting prices up - he said: "I can't do that because the gas market is volatile. But right now, as I say, it is very early in the year, we work in a very competitive market and it is not in our interest or our customers' to put prices up. So we will do everything we can not to do that."

What It’s Going to Take to Claw Back Middle Class Wealth from the 1%

When unions decline, inequality soars and we all lose.

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If you truly care about economic justice, then you've got to worry about the precipitous decline of labor unions in the United States. Just take a look at these two charts. The first shows the rise and decline of union membership in the private sector from the depths of the Great Depression to today. You can clearly see that unions were a very big deal from the mid-1930s to the early 1980s. By 1953, more than one out of three American workers were members of private sector unions. That means there was a union member in nearly every family.

Through the late 1950s and 1960s, the percentage of union members declined, but the absolute number continued to increase, peaking at nearly 21 million members in 1979, (largely due to the influx of public sector workers during the 1960s and 70s). Then the decline accelerated as the share of union members fell by half between the mid-1970s and the early 1990s. (If we include public employee union members, the current rate is 11.3 percent.)

The second chart traces the share of our national income grabbed by the top one percent of U.S. households. It's basically the inverse of the unionization chart. When unions were at their strongest, inequality was the lowest. In 1928, the top one percent hauled off 23.94 percent of all U.S. income. As unions grew, the income share for the richest dropped to less than 10 percent. And as unions declined, the income share going to the wealthiest shot right back up to 1928 levels.

It's not a coincidence. When unions are strong, they bargain for higher wages and benefits. At the same time, non-union employers increase wages and benefits to attract qualified workers and prevent unions from coming in. Also, unions work for legislation that benefits middle- and low-income people (unemployment benefits, minimum wage, progressive taxation, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security etc.). Overall, those efforts shift income from the top to the middle and bottom of the income ladder. (For more information on inequality, please see my new book, How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour: Why Hedge Funds Get Away with Siphoning Off America's Wealth ).

What Happened to Unions?

While working with the labor movement over the past 35 years, I've heard myriad explanations for the decline: unions are not democratic enough; they don't know how to organize the community; they're victims of globalization; they are too bureaucratic; they don't work hard enough in politics; they don't embrace young people and minorities...and so on. While many of these problems are real, I don't believe they explain what's really going on -- namely that unions and the rest of us are on the losing side of a gigantic class war.

The top one percent understands that unions are the only institution in America that stands in the way of the rich getting richer. As a result, the assault on unions has been deliberate and merciless. Step by step, labor laws have been weakened so that organizing new members has become nearly impossible. For example, employees get fired right and left for organizing activities in violation of labor law. But, employers are rarely charged by the National Labor Relations Board. And when they are, the only penalty is that the discharged workers get back their jobs and back-wages -- minus what they earned in the meantime.

Republican-dominated state governments are attacking public employee unions and further weakening labor protections. Almost every day we see laws proposed that would weaken the ability of unions to engage in political action. The goal is clear -- zero percent unionization.

How The Stock Market Became The “Food Stamps” for the 1%

Via Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
- Henry David Thoreau

Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.
- Edward Abbey

When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

The Stock Market:  Food Stamps for the 1%
For most of the past four or five years, I have spent the majority of my time studying the dominant forces that fuel the power structure that exists in these Unites States today, and indeed throughout the world.  My education began quite suddenly and unexpectedly in the middle of the last decade when I started understanding fiat money, Central Banking and the global monetary system.  Since then, I have expanded my understanding to mainstream media brainwashing, the military-industrial complex, the role of the political oligarchs in Washington D.C., the corruption of the food industry under the complicity of the FDA itself and much more.  The more I peered under the curtain, no matter what the industry, the clearer it became that the system had no chance of survival under its current form.  What’s worse, it became obvious that the very small 0.01% of the population that I call oligarchs (financial and political), who are actively gaming the system for their own pleasure, are well aware of the system’s terminal nature.  That’s why they are rapidly putting in place the police state grid.

That said, this article is not about the implementation of the surveillance state.  I cover that pretty much daily these days.  This post is more of a philosophical stream of consciousness; a guilty pleasure that I have not engaged in as of late.

I have mentioned many times in the past that food stamps are just a payoff to the poor.  While I think a permanent and expanding welfare state is completely and utterly destructive to an economy and culture, I do not demonize these folks.  The vast majority of them would like to work and be productive.  They are victims and this is being done to them quite intentionally.  It creates dependency.  It keeps them off the streets.  It’s an unspoken bribe plain and simple.  The oligarchs do not want angry, roving, hungry masses on the streets while they strip mine what’s left of the economy.  Food stamps, disability and all sorts of other freebies take care of this segment of the population as the oligarchs continue on with their crimes and prepare for the day of reckoning (hence the surveillance grid).

However, the oligarchs have another problem to deal with.  This problem is the huge group of people that resides in between them and the poor.  Ideally, they would like to shove all of them into the poverty category and keep them barely alive and on dole of the government.  That way, the politically connected large corporations that do not pay taxes and receive bailouts can continue to pay them peasant wages while the government takes care of the rest.  It’s a win-win.  The situation I just described is exactly what is happening as we speak and has been occurring at an ever frequent pace since the coup of 2008.  This is exactly why people are buying guns, gold and are extremely negative on the economy and the future of the United States.  I recently discussed this in my post Gallup Poll: Americans Most Negative on the Nation and Economy in 30 Years.  If you read the Gallup data in detail you will see that this level of negative readings only occur during very bad economic times.  The average person can feel themselves getting poorer despite the nonsense spewed by the mainstream media.  Their standards of living don’t lie and no amount of false statistics can change that.  As John Adams famously said:  Facts are stubborn things.

Stubborn indeed; and this is where the stock market comes into play.  Banana Ben Bernanke has not made it a secret that he is directly targeting a higher stock market with his purchasing power destroying money printing.  He has made that clear from pretty much the beginning.  The idea is that a higher market will improve the balance sheets of pensions, individual retirement accounts and also create a psychological impact that will make people feel confident and thus boost the economy.  It is the last point that is of course most important. If the latter does not happen then the boost in stock prices is merely an unsustainable bubble that will burst and all the “good” that was done to balance sheets will be undone with a vengeance at some point in the future.  The latter did not happen.

As much as people like to talk about the 1% versus the 99%, the real winners since 2008 have been the oligarchs.  The 0.01% have benefited much more than any other class in terms of both money and power.  It’s the 0.01% versus everyone else and the quicker we recognize that, stop fighting amongst ourselves, and push them aside the better it will be for our species.

As I have repeatedly stated, the oligarchs are using the current period in between financial panics to put in place the surveillance grid they plan to use on the population once the SHTF.  It is of extreme importance that the masses stay apathetic and obedient in the process.  Hence food stamps for the poor and the stock market for the 1%.

I grew up around the 1%.  It’s my socioeconomic class. I know the 1% intimately.  There’s nothing special about the 1%.  Most of them are very average and very lucky.  Of course there are many, many exceptions but there are exception in all classes.  Sure they are slightly more educated than the rest of the population, but on average are not any more intellectually curious than the 99% and are just as easily manipulated by propaganda and more importantly money.

More than any other group, the 1% has been convinced that the stock market represents some sort of leading indicator of wealth and prosperity.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Sure, the stock market can function as such an indicator.  It is such an indicator when the rising stock market reflects a dynamic, capitalist economy where new industries and companies are rising to the top and improving standards of living for the populace.  It represents the opposite indicator when it merely reflects the ownership interests of the oligarchs in a crony-capitalist, fascist economy that is picking away at the dying carcass of what little economic freedom still remains.  This is what a rising stock market actually represents today.  When people look at it they should understand it is merely a measure of the oligarchs getting wealthier and more powerful and you becoming more of a debt slave.  It represents their interests in multinational corporations with record profit margins because they refuse to pay their employees a living wage.  A rising stock market today is actually a leading indicator of the destruction of the middle class, cultural destitution and a society in collapse.

The stock market is like slop in a pigpen.  It is a key instrument used to keep the 1% from getting antsy.  Unlike the middle class (a group that isn’t falling for any of the tricks), many of the 1% work on Wall Street or related industries and own stocks.  Many of the people in the 1% are at least wealthy and connected enough to still cause serious problems for the oligarchs.  They must be kept quiet as the coup that started in 2008 is brought to fruition.  Then they will be left high and dry like everyone else.  This is the role that the stock market is playing at the moment.

So as the 1% sits around analyzing a casino, the poor collect food stamps and the middle class dies.  Many in the 1% look upon the poor on food stamps with disdain, yet little do they realize they are on food stamps as well.  It’s called the stock market.

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1% FOR YOU, 32% FOR US

Who says MPs are out of touch, eh? From the Mirror's splash:

"Grasping MPs sparked fury yesterday - by demanding a £20,000 pay rise.

"A poll showed 69% thought their £65,738 salary was not enough.

"Just days after capping benefits and branding hard-up families scroungers, they whined that they should get an average 32% increase."

That would take their salary to £86,250. According to the Guardian, the survey of MPs carried out by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) found that Conservatives - the guys and girls behind the below-inflation 1% rise in benefits - were "the most likely to believe they were underpaid, with 47% saying so, while 39% of Labour MPs and 9% of Liberal Democrats held the same view".

Personally, I think there is a case to be made for higher salaries for MPs - but clearly now is not the time to make it. It's difficult to disagree with Unison's Dave Prentis: "At a time when millions of workers are getting zero pay rises, the idea that MPs believe they deserve a 32 per cent increase is living in cloud cuckoo land."

2) HERE COME THE GERMANS

First, Barack, now Angela. From the Times:

"David Cameron's hopes of negotiating looser ties between Britain and Brussels are all but impossible, according to an ally of Angela Merkel.

"Gunther Krichbaum, chairman of the Bundestag's European Affairs Committee, said that the Prime Minister's strategy was unwise and risked opening a Pandora's box that would threaten European stability.

"He also urged Mr Cameron not to "blackmail" the rest of Europe with threats as he tries win opt-outs from EU treaties."

The paper notes how his intervention comes "after President Obama's Assistant Secretary of State for Europe warned that Britain would be diminished in America's eyes if it marginalised itself within the EU.

"The flurry of diplomatic activity underlines the high stakes for Mr Cameron and his Europe policy with Britain's closest allies. The Prime Minister will promise a referendum in the next Parliament on a new relationship with the EU in a speech this month."

However, the Sun reports that

"David Cameron will hit back at President Obama’s attack on his EU referendum plan by unveiling a major European ally — the Dutch.

"The Sun has learned the PM will spell out his vision of a post-crisis Europe on January 22.

"And he will almost certainly make the speech in The Hague. Dutch leader Mark Rutte will back his bid to fight for powers and money to be returned to nation states."

3) GIVE MONEY, GET A JOB

You could not make this up. From the Independent:

"A Conservative Party donor and venture capitalist whose charity funds two academy schools was appointed an education minister today.

"Labour raised questions about a possible conflict of interest after John Nash was named as the successor to Lord Hill of Oareford, who was promoted to Leader of the Lords on Monday following the surprise resignation of Lord Strathclyde.

"Mr Nash, his family and companies have donated about £300,000 to the Conservatives since the mid-1980s. The charity he founded, Future, sponsors the Pimlico Academy and Millbank Primary Academy in London. He is a former chairman of the British Venture Capital Association."

Nash will be made a peer but won't take a salary and won't take any decisions in which his charity is involved.

Well, that's okay then.

4) BLAIR'S BANKING UNION

There was a time, not so long ago, when Tony Blair had to make do with a modest MP's salary.

Nowadays, however, as the Times reports, the ex-premier is able to do things like this:

"Tony Blair is in talks about a commercial alliance with one of the most highly paid bankers in the world.

"The combination would bring together Michael Klein's unrivalled contacts in global finance with the former Prime Minister's relationships in politics and government, particularly in the Middle East.

"The discussions, which could lead to a merger of their companies, highlight Mr Blair's ambitions for his commercial operations, which generate millions of pounds a year from advising governments and companies around the world.

The paper says "Mr Klein was co-head of Citigroup's investment bank, which made billions of dollars of losses on holdings of mortgage securities in the financial crisis".

A shameless alliance? You tell me.

5) 'SOCIAL ENGINEERING'

The former defence secretary and darling of the Tory right, Dr Liam Fox, has written a letter to 60 constituents. So what, I hear you ask?

Let the Daily Mail explain:

"Liam Fox has become the most prominent Conservative yet to announce that he will vote against gay marriage.

"The former defence secretary dismissed David Cameron's 'absurd' plans as a form of 'social engineering' that is 'divisive, ill-thought through and constitutionally wrong'.

"In a letter seen by the Daily Mail, Dr Fox said same-sex unions will alienate Conservative Party members and weaken the Church.

"He warned that pressing ahead with plans to introduce gay marriage is enraging 'sections of the British public who are not normally stirred to political anger', and called for a rethink before 'things get out of hand'."

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR..

Watch this video of two cats sharing one bowl of food. Go on, you know you want to..

6) PHONE HACKING, PART 557

The Guardian splashes on "the first hacking conviction":

"Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn, 53, was found guilty of misconduct in public office at Southwark crown court after the jury decided she had tried to sell information from the phone-hacking inquiry, which was set up in 2010, to the News of the World."

Meanwhile, my colleague Ned Simons reports:

"The government will look 'absurd' if it rejects the Leveson Report’s recommendations for the regulation of the press in favour of a Royal Charter, a former chairman of the Conservative Party has said.

"Lord Fowler, also a former chairman of the House of Lords Communications Committee, has urged David Cameron to reverse his opposition to Lord Justice wrLeveson’s suggestion for the statuatory underpinning of the independent self-regulation of the press.

"On Friday peers will debate the Leveson Report, the recommendations of which has split parliament, the coalition and the Tory party down the middle."

7) WERE THE CURTAINS DRAWN, MATTHEW?

From the Daily Mail:

"Skills Minister Matthew Hancock missed his chance to publicise a flagship policy to help unemployed youths become more employable - by oversleeping.

"The red-faced minister was spurned by ITV's Daybreak after he was late for his primetime breakfast slot just before 7am.

"He has admitted that he could not get out of bed on time, despite the broadcaster sending a chauffeur-driven executive car to get him from his West London home."

8) 'THE RAPE OF JUSTICE'

A shocking story on the front of the Independent (with an eye-catching infographic as its image):

"Fewer than one rape victim in 30 can expect to see her or his attacker brought to justice, shocking new statistics reveal.

"Only 1,070 rapists are convicted every year despite up to 95,000 people – the vast majority of them women – suffering the trauma of rape – according to the new research by the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Office for National Statistics.

"The figures have reignited controversy over the stubbornly low conviction rates for sex crimes, as well as the difficulties in persuading victims to go to police in the first place."

9) 'BARBARIC SLAUGHTER'

Is Pakistan's Sunni majority engaged in a war on its Shia minority? From the Guardian:

"The vicious double bombing of a snooker club capped one of the bloodiest days in Pakistan for many months yesterday, leaving more than 100 people dead and hundreds injured in three different attacks.

".. Many of the dead and wounded, Murtaza said, were from the Shia sect of Islam, which extremist groups drawn from Pakistan's majority Sunni population regard as heretics.

"Shias, many of whom are members of the Hazara ethnic community in Quetta, have been particularly targeted by sectarian terror groups. Human Rights Watch said the government's failure to protect Shias 'amounts to complicity in the barbaric slaughter of Pakistani citizens.'"

10) 'ONESIE NATION' LIB DEMS

'Call Clegg' on LBC yesterday morning didn't go so well for the deputy prime minister. Even though he had a little 'help' from his friends..

From the Daily Mail:

"After half an hour of tough questioning, Nick Clegg must have been relieved to get a light-hearted question about whether he had worn a onesie.

"But caller 'Harry from Sheffield', was later unmasked as Harry Matthews, 20, a Liberal Democrat student activist and former intern in Mr Clegg's office - who bought the outfit for him.

".. He describes himself online as 'King of the Young Liberals', and gave Mr Clegg the green Incredible Hulk onesie at a party.

"Speaking afterwards, Mr Clegg denied the call was a stunt, saying: 'Of course I had no idea who the guy was.'"

Nick Clegg's 'Incredible Hulk onesie' can be seen here.

The Huffington Post UK's picture desk has done a mock-up of Clegg wearing his green onesie here.

“My core philosophy," the Lib Dem leader joked in front of the parliamentary press gallery lunch yesterday, "is of the Onesie Nation"

PUBLIC OPINION WATCH

From the Sun/YouGov poll:

Labour 42
Conservatives 31
Lib Dems 11
Ukip 10

That would give Labour a majority of 112.

140 CHARACTERS OR LESS

@DavidJonesMP Huge gap in my zeitgeist awareness. Until today I didn't know what a onesie was and thought it was pronounced "oh-kneesy".

@StewartWood Big paradox for UK Eurosceptics that their view that EU membership holds back our engagement with US & China is not shared by the US & China

@caitlinmoran Nadine Dorries: "The teenagers ask me a lot of questions now." "What about?" Unspoken answer: what it's like eating balls. #bbcqt

900 WORDS OR MORE

Philip Collins, writing in the Times, says: "If David Cameron wants to win in 2015 he must find a big problem to take on. Championing care of the elderly fits the bill."

Menzies Campbell, writing in the Guardian, says: "Britain's future in Europe must be defined by its national interests, not those of the Conservative party."

Fraser Nelson, writing in the Telegraph, says: "The Tories have a moral mission – and David Cameron should say so."


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The Pentagon has just released its 2018 National Defense Strategy for the United States. After at least 18 years of being told that international...

Prison Planet.com » Violent Crime Surges in UK

A surge in gun and knife offences has helped fuel a 14% increase in crime across England and Wales. Forces recorded 37,443 offences involving a...

Central Banks – LewRockwell

By Charles Hugh Smith OfTwoMinds.com January 23, 2018 ...

‘Extraordinary threat to life’ after major quake offshore Alaska

A tsunami warning has been issued for Alaska, with officials warning there is an “extraordinary threat...

The NSA Is a Blackmail Agency

By Paul Craig Roberts PaulCraigRoberts.org January 22, 2018 ...

Older Turkey vs. Syrian Kurds: Whose Side Are We On?

With Ankara’s recent military incursion into Syria to fight Afrin-based Kurdish forces, the US finds itself in a bizarre proxy war with its longtime...

Senate Democrats huddle after 3 break from party to avert govt shutdown — RT...

Democrats are planning a meeting hours before the Senate plans to vote on a short-term spending...

Explosive Finding of Corruption – LewRockwell

By Paul Craig Roberts PaulCraigRoberts.org January 20, 2018 ...

A Voice To Match Her Hair

By Gary North GaryNorth.com January 20, 2018 She was cute in 1967, at age 20. She just kept...

Gallup: Global Disapproval of U.S. Leadership Has Soared Under Trump

Eric Zuesse Gallup surveyed in 134 countries in 2017, and on January 18th reported that: Median approval of U.S. leadership across the 134 countries surveyed in...

Move Over, Ft. Knox – LewRockwell

Who knows, but here are some breathtaking looks at Russia’s vast gold storage. Russia Insider January 19, 2018 It’s...

Democrat Kaptur Gives ISIS Eulogy on C-SPAN says US Owes Nazis for Suffering

Can you believe it? 2018 is the year of the NAZI snowflake! They whine, cry, and they still kill innocent people. They also donate...

The Republican Supreme Court – LewRockwell

By Paul Craig Roberts PaulCraigRoberts.org January 18, 2018 ...

Media Lies About Fake News

Eric Zuesse A major new Gallup report that was issued on January 16th headlined “American Views: Trust, Media and Democracy” (it’s issued in conjunction with...

Gallup: Americans Distrust News Media — Especially Online

Eric Zuesse “Can you think of an objective news source?” A January 16th Gallup Poll report, “American Views: Trust, Media and Democracy” (it's issued in conjunction...

America, A Penthouse Built on Tenements

Western capitalist countries, especially the United States, have become grotesquely unequal, with a significant portion of their populations angst-ridden, miserable, and living within a...

Gallup: U.S. Well-Being Declines Under Trump, Especially for the Poor

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On January 10th, Gallup listed their “Top Well-Being Findings of 2017”, and three findings pertained to the entire U.S....
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Video: Virtually No Economist Believes the GOP Tax Bill Will Generate Much Growth

The $1.5 trillion growth dividends that Republicans project on their tax bill remained the same at 20% and at 21% , this shows that...

Escaped teen helps rescue 12 starved siblings, parents charged with torture — RT US...

Some of the 13 victims, aged 2 to 29, were starving, chained and bound in their...

Owning Our Shit: The US Role in Global Migration | By Cynthia Kaufman

Trump's comments about shithole countries are no surprise and it reflects the racist worldview we know he holds. While much of the discussion around...

A Convinced Rothbardian – LewRockwell

By Neil Parille January 13, 2018 ...

Our Shithole President | Further Column

  Okay, are we as low as we can go yet? Keeping it classy, the evil pretender to the presidency Thursday griped to lawmakers discussing...

Gallup: U.S. Well-Being Declines Under Trump, Especially for the Poor

Eric Zuesse On January 10th, Gallup listed their “Top Well-Being Findings of 2017”, and three findings pertained to the entire U.S. (the others pertained only...

Statin Drugs Erase the Benefits

‘These Plainly Discriminatory Policies Are Really a Wholesale Attack on Immigrants’

Janine Jackson interviewed Suman Raghunathan about Donald Trump’s revived Muslim ban for the December 22, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited...

Trump To Embassies: Sell American Weapons!

President Trump is expected to direct US embassy staff overseas to more aggressively push the sales of US-manufactured military items to their foreign counterparts....

Trump Already Fading into Irrelevance

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org This will be a nonpartisan commentary about U.S. politics, as viewed by an American historian who is disgusted with...

Korea Breakthrough Talks Today: Victory For Sports Diplomacy

Despite US Defense Secretary James Mattis’ promises that North and South Korean talks today would be about only one subject, the Olympics, the North...

Alligators beat ‘bomb cyclone’ by freezing themselves in place (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) — RT US...

Published time: 9 Jan, 2018 21:17 The ‘bomb cyclone’ that froze the eastern seaboard of the...

How Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post Became the U.S. Military-Industrial Complex’s Chief Propagandist

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org It used to be that the New York Times and the Washington Post competed against each other to be...

MSNBC Ignores Catastrophic US-Backed War in Yemen

For the popular US cable news network MSNBC, the largest humanitarian catastrophe in the world is apparently not worth much attention—even as the US...

SpaceX to launch top secret ‘Zuma’ payload after weeks of delays — RT US...

Published time: 7 Jan, 2018 14:17 SpaceX will finally launch Zuma, a mysterious “restricted” payload for...

Man arrested for decapitating 5 cats, but ‘Croydon cat killer’ may still be at...

Published time: 7 Jan, 2018 01:24 A 31-year old man has been arrested in Northamptonshire...

New Guns of 2017 – LewRockwell

By Jacki Billings Guns.com January 6, 2018 In case you’ve been living under a rock or maybe in...

Common Cause Files Brief in Challenge to Outrageous Partisan Political Gerrymander of Pennsylvania Congressional...

WASHINGTON - Today, Common Cause filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania v. Commonwealth...

Common Cause Files Brief in Challenge to Outrageous Partis Political Gerrymander of Pennsylvania Congressional...

WASHINGTON - Today, Common Cause filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania v. Commonwealth...

Ron Paul on the Iran Protests: Convenient Pretext To Kill the Nuclear Deal?

Protests have broken out in Iran against the Iranian government. Other protests have broken out in favor of the Iranian government. Almost uniquely in...

Koreans Agree To Talk to Koreans… Nikki Haley Furious!

In the last several days, North and South Korea have agreed to hold high-level talks, to re-establish a direct communication link, and to participate...

The Spy Who Destroyed an Empire

McFaul endorses call to murder Russian intel officers by reposting fake video — RT...

Published time: 3 Jan, 2018 06:29 Edited time: 3 Jan, 2018 06:35 Former US ambassador to...

Gov’t Admits ‘Losing’ Thousands of Papers From National Archives

Documents on the Falklands, Northern Ireland’s Troubles, and the infamous Zinoviev letter among those ‘misplaced’, leaving historians suspicious The Guardian January 1, 2018

67yo American behind 100s of scam emails — RT US News

Published time: 30 Dec, 2017 15:28 The mastermind who claimed to be Nigerian royalty in order...

Why are Trump’s troops training ISIS terrorists?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org When Donald Trump ran for the U.S. Presidency, his biggest foreign-affairs promise (which he copied from Ted Cruz) was...

Christian Parenti on Taking Power in a Climate of Chaos

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‘Secret Santa’ who gifted horse manure to Mnuchin likens himself to Jesus — RT...

Dropping horse manure as a Christmas gift to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was a Jesus-like...

Polls Increasingly Confirming that America Is a Dictatorship

Eric Zuesse Gallup headlined on December 18th, “Americans View Government as Nation's Top Problem in 2017”. Their report made clear that though this finding was...

Americans Are Only Now Beginning to Learn that We Live in a Dictatorship

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The first time when it became clear to me that I live in a dictatorship was in 2014 when...

What Depression? – LewRockwell

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Police probe video of Muslim girl beaten gang-style in Florida (DISTURBING) — RT US...

Published time: 23 Dec, 2017 08:32 Edited time: 23 Dec, 2017 09:53 A 14-year-old Muslim girl...

The Voice of America as Trojan Horse

...or Democracy as American franchise. The Voice of America has always been a ploy to coerce the people into believing that state corporatism is the...

Courthouse officers taser Alaska man after he refuses to leave (VIDEO) — RT US...

Published time: 21 Dec, 2017 21:38 A Kenai, Alaska man was tasered by courthouse officers in...

The Internet is Already Broken

Photo by irina slutsky | CC BY 2.0 Near the end of 2014 Kim Kardashian set out to “break the internet.” She posed naked for...

The Next Recession – LewRockwell

The Next Recession – LewRockwell

The Triumph of the Oligarchs | By Robert Reich

The Republican tax plan to be voted on this week is likely to pass. “The American people have waited 31 long years to see...

Why Did the News-Media Hide This Important Fact?

Eric Zuesse On December 13th, the following news-story was distributed for publication to virtually all U.S.-and-allied major (and many minor) newsmedia, but it was published...

The Height of Racial Resentment: White Cops

Photo by Nathaniel St. Clair Researchers will surely continue to plow the 2016 U.S. presidential election looking for answers to Donald Trump’s victory for decades...

Green Party Blasts FCC’s Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules, Demands Public Ownership of Internet...

WASHINGTON - The Green Party strongly condemned the Federal Communications Commission's decision on Thursday and called for a national movement demanding restoration of Net Neutrality rules...

POLL: By 2-to-1, Americans Oppose Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A reliable scientific poll of 2,000 Americans, taken during 1-6 November 2017 — just a month before U.S. President...

Was the Heated 2016 Democratic Primary Rigged for Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

Newly uncovered data on the race won by Debbie Wasserman Schultz in 2016 have shocked election experts. (Photo: Church World Service) In August 2016, Florida...

Disbelief as Boston Globe confirms median net worth of black Bostonians is $8 —...

The Boston Globe had to explain there were no typographical errors in its report about Boston’s...

Did 24 Coke-Funded Studies on Childhood Obesity Fail to Disclose Coke’s Influence? | U.S....

WASHINGTON - How accurate were conflict of interest disclosures in at least 40 childhood obesity studies funded by The Coca-Cola Company? Not so accurate,...

Still Waiting… A Harvey Weinstein Moment for America’s Wars? | By Andrew Bacevich

What makes a Harvey Weinstein moment? The now-disgraced Hollywood mogul is hardly the first powerful man to stand accused of having abused women. The...

Amateur pest control starts fire (VIDEOS) — RT US News

Published time: 10 Dec, 2017 12:25 Three people were hospitalized and a total of 10 displaced...

Here’s the Teacher-Friendly Antidote to Heartland Institute’s Anti-Science School Propaganda

On a Monday morning at the end of October, Rob Ross asked a group of earth scientists and educators a question: How many of them had...

The Cop Diaries – LewRockwell

Merciless news weasel, with ballistic vest, battening of human misery and degradation. Often mistaken for Mike Hammer or Philip Marlowe, though or Clark Kent...
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Video: Keiser Report: Hyper-bitconization (E1158)

Check Keiser Report website for more: http://www.maxkeiser.com/ From The Durham hotel in North Carolina, Max and Stacy debunk the myths of the top 1%. Via...

Senator’s plea for Twitter followers backfires — RT US News

Published time: 5 Dec, 2017 17:31 Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) lost thousands of followers after he...

Bernie Sanders Takes His “Protecting Working Families” Tour On the Road

Bernie Sanders whipped up a crowd of 1,300 people in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday, voicing strong opposition to the tax bill that U.S. Senate...

University under fire for publishing anti-white article — RT US News

A Texas university newspaper is apologizing after a student wrote an opinion piece that condemns white...

Left-Libertarians – LewRockwell

Make a Prepper Happy This Christmas

Here Are the Four Biggest Lies Trump Told in His Final Tax Scam Sales...

President Donald Trump traveled to Missouri on Wednesday to deliver a final sales pitch for his party's deeply unpopular tax bill before it hits...

Fights break out at ‘It’s OK To Be White’ event on UConn campus —...

Published time: 29 Nov, 2017 06:27 A fight erupted during an event being held at the...

Silent on the Exploitation That Fuels Her Luxury Brand, Ivanka Trump’s Speech on Women’s...

A talk delivered Tuesday by Ivanka Trump in India on Tuesday was decried as nothing but her latest "empty, platitude-filled speech" by critics who...

Misreading Putin – LewRockwell

By Paul Gottfried American Thinker November 27, 2017 ...

DB Cooper’s Escape – LewRockwell

A letter that spent 46 years buried in the feds' archives reveals the hijacker may have survived leaping out of a plane Daily Mail November 25,...

Sexually abused Yarl’s Wood detainee condemns UK for locking up most vulnerable — RT...

Orphaned after her mother’s suicide, raped, trafficked and abused, Mabel Gawanas, dubbed the ‘Queen of...

How Iran Came to Be Called ‘The Top State Sponsor of Terrorism’

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org While I happened to be researching another subject, a central question in the investigation came to be how Iran...

Survival? Symptoms Of Breakdown | Dissident Voice

If the human species survives long enough, future historians might well marvel at what passed for ‘mainstream‘ media and politics in the early 21st...

Cancer Breakthrough? – LewRockwell

Potential cure could be ready as early as next year Express November 25, 2017  British scientists are developing an...

The Best-Laid Plans – LewRockwell

By Gary North GaryNorth.com November 25, 2017 ...

Can You Pass This IQ Test?

Fiendishly difficult quiz is sure to challenge your intelligence (and only 1% of people get more than four questions right) Daily Mail November 25, 2017

The First Thanksgiving – LewRockwell

By Gary North GaryNorth.com November 23, 2017 ...

Discussing Trump Abroad

My work takes me to countries all over the world.  But it’s not just work.  Since Trump’s ascendancy the need on my part for...

Every Friday Is Black Friday: Why Our Addiction to Consumption and Growth Is Killing...

veryone wants everything – how is that going to work? The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich...

Abolish the TSA as Soon as Possible: Ron Paul Interviews Jim Bovard

The Transportation Safety Administration gets away with what would be prosecuted as sexual assault if any of the rest of us did it. Yet...

The Diversity Mania – LewRockwell

By Walter E. Williams November 22, 2017 ...

The End Is Near – LewRockwell

By Bionic Mosquito November 21, 2017 ...

Car-Pro Mashed Potatoes – LewRockwell

By Jerry Reynolds Car Pro November 20, 2017 ...

Dramatic dashcam VIDEO captures plane crashing on Florida highway — RT US News

Published time: 20 Nov, 2017 11:21 A light plane has crashed as the pilot attempted to...

What It Feels Like To Die

People who have narrowly escaped death describe their 'last moments' - from a deep sense of calm to the 'worst loneliness' Daily Mail November 18, 2017

Sexual Assaults at Highest Ever Level in Sweden, New Figures Reveal

Sweden’s National Council on Crime Prevention released their latest Swedish Crime Survey on Wednesday which revealed that a growing number of Swedes are victims of...

Poor Zimbabwe – LewRockwell

By Hannes Wessels Taki's Magazine November 18, 2017 ...

Fox-hunting saboteur ends up in hospital after filming bloody clash (VIDEO) — RT UK...

Published time: 14 Nov, 2017 08:52 Edited time: 15 Nov, 2017 12:42 A bloodied female...

All Evidence Shows #GOPTaxScam Is Horrible. Only Question: Can It Be Stopped?

While informed critics and experts say they are now "running out of adjectives to describe how horrible" the GOP's House and Senate tax plans...

The Biggest Wealth Transfer in History

What will happen between now and 2025? Nobody knows of course but I will later in this article have a little peek into the...

The Donald Trump Jr. Pile on

By Roger Stone November 16, 2017 ...

Clinton probe given ‘special’ status, FBI emails reveal — RT US News

The Hillary Clinton email investigation was given “special” status by the FBI, newly released documents reveal....

Mystery Alabama ‘boom’ rattles Twitter theorists, NASA unsure of origin — RT US News

Published time: 15 Nov, 2017 11:58 Witnesses across Alabama reported a mysterious “boom” that rocked their...

The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu

Whether the string of scandals, now hounding Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, lead to his sacking or not, it matters little. Though nearly half of...

China’s Overture to Wall Street

Photo by thenails | CC BY 2.0 For all the pomp and circumstance of Donald Trump’s Beijing trip, its most interesting outcome was a Chinese...

$5.6 Trillion, 7,000 Deaths, 52,500 Injuries

The United States is expected to spend nearly $6 trillion through 2018 on government-wide costs related to the wars waged in Iraq,...

Invited To Shoot Clay Pigeons?

By Patrick Hutchison The Art of Manliness November 14, 2017 Target shooting has been around for over 100...

How Runaway Inequality Creates Runaway Global Warming

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The bottom half of humans own next to nothing, but they own as much as the world’s richest 80 individuals...

US ‘Spits in the Face’ of World by Promoting Fossil Fuels at UN Climate...

Climate campaigners on Monday said that for the U.S. delegation to promote fossil fuel expansion and nuclear energy at the UN climate summit in...

Did He Discover America 70 Years Before Columbus?

By April Holloway Ancient Origins November 13, 2017

Arkansas Gun Battle – LewRockwell

By Jennifer Cruz Guns.com November 13, 2017

Into the Afghan Abyss (Again) | By Alfred W. McCoy

After nine months of confusion, chaos, and cascading tweets, Donald Trump’s White House has finally made one thing crystal clear: the U.S. is staying...

US spent $5.6 trillion on wars since 9/11 – study — RT US News

Washington has expended a whopping $5.6 trillion on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan since...

Standing His Ground – LewRockwell

General store owner unleashes a hail of gunfire on three would-be robbers who try to hold him up Daily Mail November 11, 2017

Why Robert Mueller Was Selected to Be the Special Prosecutor

Eric Zuesse It all began with the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers apartment complex in the Saudi city of Khobar, which killed 19 U.S....

Masked anti-capitalist protesters descend on Westminster — RT UK News

Published time: 6 Nov, 2017 09:33 Edited time: 7 Nov, 2017 08:20 Anarchist protesters wearing...

“Inappropriate Behaviour”: Michael Fallon, Yemen, And The “Mainstream” That Is Anything But

The truth of corporate journalism, and the great irony of its obsession with ‘fake news’, is that it is itself utterly fake. What could...

Post-Coup Ukraine Hands Orthodox Churches to Non-Orthodox Clergy

Eric Zuesse The Ukrainian Government is trying to pass a law which will allow Russian Orthodox churches to be taken over by other faiths, but...

Bundy Trial Delayed Again – LewRockwell

By Brian Seay Guns.com November 9, 2017 ...

Trump’s Stock Market and Un-Shared American Prosperity | By Tim Koechlin

The right-wing spin machine lately has been making much of the “booming” stock market. Stuart Varney, a long-time Fox News and Fox Business bombasticator,...

Ron Paul on Trump in Asia: Diplomacy or Sabre-Rattling?

Will President Trump’s lengthy visit to Asia signal the beginning of a more diplomatic approach to Washington’s disputes in the region? Will President Trump...

Nuclear First Strike: Is It Constitutional, Is It Lawful, Is It Just?

Your correspondent attended the November 4 Harvard University colloquium on the topic: Is Nuclear First Strike Legal or Just? The intellectual firepower contained in...

As President, Trump Doing Exact Opposite of What He Promised on the Campaign Trail...

When Donald Trump campaigned for president, he told the American people that he would stand up for the working class and take on the...

The American Conservative Forum Mulls US Foreign Policy in the Trump Era – Antiwar.com...

“U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era: Can Realism and Restraint Prevail?” was held Friday morning at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Watch...

Are You Prepared if You Have to Flee?

By Jeremiah Johnson Ready Nutrition November 6, 2017 ...

A Satiric Masterpiece – LewRockwell

By Robert Bolton November 4, 2017 ...

Solar Panels Installed In The Path Of The Kinder Morgan Pipeline |

SECWEPEMC TERRITORY / KAMLOOPS - Today, members of the Secwepemc Nation known as the Tiny House Warriors are completing the installation of solar panels...

Greece Today

Graffiti at Corinth Harbor. Photo: Kenneth Surin. I am in Greece, attending a conference to mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.   I was...

Do We Need A New War Authorization?

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) challenged the Defense Secretary and Secretary of State yesterday, asserting that no one of intellectual honesty would believe that the...

Alabama Special Election — a Shot for Democrats?

Polls suggest Alabama's special election may be the closest US Senate race in the two decades that Republicans have dominated both of the state's Senate seats. Republicans...

Politicians don’t know where money actually comes from, poll shows — RT UK News

Published time: 27 Oct, 2017 14:54 MPs never tire of telling the public ‘there’s no...

The Time to Move Off Fossil Fuels is Now | By

More than a month after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, many of the island’s residents still struggle without electricity or clean water. A major...

Unusually Large Number of Incumbents Facing Challengers

Earlier this summer, OpenSecrets Blog reported that members of the 115th Congress are facing more -- and better -- challengers at this early point in the election...

Trump’s Hate-Iran Campaign

Eric Zuesse On October 19th, the far-right Foundation for Defense of Democracy (FDD) held a “National Security Summit” which featured as speakers both Donald Trump’s...

Sex, Scholars and the Syphilitic Superpower

A civilization where women and children are sexually commoditized is one in terminal decline. The next enduring superpower will be one that had successfully...

Czechs Dump the Political Establishment in Favor of a Magnate

Andrej Babis now faces the tricky task of assembling a coalition from a fractured Parliament The Czech Republic’s second-richest citizen, who has...

51 GOP Senators Just Voted to Cut $1.5 Trillion From Medicare and Medicaid to...

Sen. John McCain heads back to his office following a vote on amendments to the fiscal year 2018 budget resolution, on Capitol Hill, October...

‘election meddling’ was warfare — RT America

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has raised the stakes in Washington's war of...

Who let Hillary Clinton keep computer server for almost 2 yrs after leaving post?

Published time: 18 Oct, 2017 15:44 Keeping her email server after she left office is akin...

Comey drafted ‘unclassified’ statement ending Clinton email investigation long before case closed — RT...

Published time: 17 Oct, 2017 06:42 In newly-released documents, the FBI confirms that former Director James...

Austria’s Right-Wing Parties Enjoy Strong Showing in Parliamentary Elections

People’s Party, led by Sebastian Kurz, wins about 32% of vote; Freedom Party also fares well Austria’s right-wing parties made strong gains...

Security guard occupies supermarket rafters to protest ‘unfair dismissal’ (VIDEO) — RT UK

Published time: 13 Oct, 2017 14:50 A supermarket security guard who was sacked after being...

Coal-Fueled Cars? – LewRockwell

Studies Show Republicans Don’t Understand What Produces Wealth in America

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A Pew poll published on May 2nd was headlined "Why people are rich and poor: Republicans and Democrats have...

Noam Chomsky And The BBC: A Brief Comparison

A recent interview with 88-year-old Noam Chomsky once again demonstrates just how insightful he is in providing rational analysis of Western power and the...

Wall Street Bailout: Latest Updated Report

Eric Zuesse The latest of the U.S. Government’s updates on the status of the Wall Street bailout is 151 pages long, and highlights from it...

GOP baseball gunman committed ‘act of terrorism’ after ‘casing’ park for months – report

The gunman who fired at GOP lawmakers at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, was “fueled...

A Lefty Progressive Goes To The Seaside

Walking past a packed beach on a sweltering summer’s day, the lefty progressive is like a fish out of water. And by the way, he’s...

Veterans Express Dismay At "Vietnam War" Series

St. Louis, MO. - With the conclusion of the Burns/Novick “The Vietnam War” series, veterans express dismay over the lack of attention paid...

Corbyn’s Labour Party Will Deliver a Fairer, More Compassionate Britain

The ferocious beast of the so called free-market capitalism needs to be on a leash before it devours all around it, including our planet....

Gallup: Trump Has Record-Low Approval Ratings

What are the implications, nationally and internationally? Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest job-approval rating in Gallup’s latest poll (which was...

IRC Appalled By Reports of an “Assimilation” Test For Vulnerable Refugees

WASHINGTON - The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is alarmed by the apparent inclusion in the Presidential Determination of an “assimilation” test before a refugee...

How America’s Corrupt Government Wastes Its Taxpayers’ Money

Eric Zuesse First, just look at these billions of dollars of U.S.-taxpayer-purchased weapons being exploded — simply wasted — in Ukraine, instead of killing people...

To Address Inequality, Let's Take on Monopolies

Most Americans know that our country has become extremely unequal. They may not know that the richest 0.1% of Americans own as much wealth as the...

Trump Tax "Hoax" Would Blow $5 Trillion Hole In Budget Over Next Decade: Analysis

Trumpcare may be dead again (for a while at least) on Tuesday, but Republicans now want to get serious about what they call "tax...

Time for a Flu Vaccine?

Why We Must Raise Taxes on Corporations and the Wealthy, Not Lower Them

When Barack Obama was president, congressional Republicans were deficit hawks. They opposed almost everything Obama wanted to do by arguing it would increase the...

U.S. Near Bottom in Public Trust of Newsmedia

Eric Zuesse According to the most extensive study ever done of the public’s usages of, and trust in, the newsmedia in their country — a...

Support for Secession

The 3 Americans Who Should Pay for Medicare-for-All

Of course, it will pay for itself eventually, with lower administrative costs and savings on medications and provider fees. Universal health care is getting closer...

How Armed Is Your State?

By Erika Haas Bearing Arms September 18, 2017 ...

Seeing Is Not Believing

By Gary North GaryNorth.com September 16, 2017 ...

A Public-Private Assault on Dissidents

Lew Rockwell guests the Tom Woods Show September 15, 2017 https://www.lewrockwell.com/podcast/will-private-sector-assault-dissidents/ Standard Podcast Play Now | Play in...

Pentagon falsifying paperwork to send arms worth $2bn to Syria, report finds

The Pentagon continues to ship billions of dollars of weapons to Syria, according to a damning...

Preferred Conclusions: The BBC, Syria And Venezuela

As the late media activist Danny Schechter wrote, when it comes to the corporate broadcast media: ‘The more you watch, the less you know.’ Schechter’s...

‘Amnesty Don’: Trump’s base furious over reported DACA deal with Democrats

Published time: 14 Sep, 2017 18:40 Many supporters of US President Donald Trump are reacting angrily...

Ruthless Federal Judges

By Martin Armstrong Armstrong Economics September 12, 2017 We are supposed to live in a free society, but we do not. A federal judge claims the...

The BBC’s Climate Denialism: Coverage Of Hurricane and the South Asian Floods

In J.G. Ballard’s classic novel, The Drowned World, people are struggling for survival on a post-apocalyptic, overheating planet. A ‘sudden instability in the Sun’...

Disaster Relief: Capitalism and Socialism

In human society, there is no such thing as a purely “natural” disaster. While storms, flooding, landslides and other emergencies are in some sense...

Politicians are using the Nazi “Big Lie” to cheat American Workers out of their...

by Dr. Nayvin Gordon / September 6th, 2017 For decades billionaire Foundations and conservative politicians have been spreading the big lie that Social Security is...

Vive la evolution! Natural selection erasing Alzheimer’s and asthma from human genes – study

Chronic illnesses such as asthma and Alzheimer’s disease are seemingly being wiped out from human...

2012: Trump Says Get Out of Afghanistan

but then the War Party got to him… Read more

Making America Hate Again

Two days late, Donald Trump has finally condemned violent white supremacists. He was pushed into it by a storm of outrage at his initial...

Statement by National Low Income Housing Coalition President and CEO Diane Yentel on HUD’s...

WASHINGTON - The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published on August 9 its Worst Case Housing Needs: 2017 Report to Congress, showing...

Polls: U.S. Is ‘the Greatest Threat to Peace in the World Today’

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org It has happened again: yet another international poll finds that the U.S. is viewed by peoples around the world...

11 California counties have more registered voters than eligible ones – report

Published time: 8 Aug, 2017 12:46 US President Donald Trump has complained of “voter fraud” time...

The Great Leap Backwards: Trump's Blueprint To Make America Not Great

The Trump administration is doubling down on oil, gas, and coal at a time when the rest of the world is committing to getting...

Col. Douglas MacGregor on an America First Foreign Policy

Col. Douglas MacGregor on Tucker Carlson tonight. Let’s hope he replaces one of the NSC likely to be fired soon. ...

Venezuela Elections: Resurgent Chavismo and “Unrecognised” Democracy

Voting queues in the Caracas Poliedro, where residents from the neighbourhoods in Eastern Caracas that have been plagued by violent opposition protests voted (photo...

Global Polling: Which Nations Are Happiest? Unhappiest?

Eric Zuesse Results have recently been published from surveys of 68,759 people in 69 countries around the world during 2016 by WIN/Gallup International, which organization...

Plastic Chokes the Seas

Photo by Iwan Gabovitch | CC BY 2.0 Plastic is not recycled. One of the great myths of modern-day society is that people recycle in earnest…...

It Wasn’t Russia, It was the Green Party!

Photo by Bart Everson | CC BY 2.0 We have the potential of an Edward R Murrow moment coming up if Jill Stein is called...

“Finland Station” and the Struggle for Socialism Today

Photo by Pete Birkinshaw | CC BY 2.0 A Response to Bhaskar Sunkara At the end of June, in the midst of a growing discussion about...

Libya Report: New Wrinkle in US Plan for Gaddafi-Free Libya

Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army, has stated that former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif Islam, "is free and...

Plastic Chokes the Seas

Plastic is not recycled. One of the great myths of modern-day society is that people recycle in earnest… saving the environment. Au contraire! Check out...

The Hidden Costs of “National Security”

You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians, and the president, but these are the...

Obama Economic Recovery Was America’s Weakest

Eric Zuesse The following graph of “Non-farm Payroll Jobs in United States" shows America’s economic recoveries from recession, in numbers of jobs, and indicates very...

America’s Invasion of Syria

Will it finally end now? Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The U.S. government has invaded and occupies Syria to overthrow its President, Bashar al-Assad and...

A Fairy Tale from 2050

Once upon a time, long, long ago, I testified before the great assembly of our land. When I describe this event to children today, it...

Mass Media Siege: Comparing Coverage Of Mosul and Aleppo

When Russian and Syrian forces were bombarding ‘rebel’-held East Aleppo last year, newspapers and television screens were full of anguished reporting about the plight...

Persistent Lack of Energy?

When you are feeling sluggish and slow what do you do? Many people turn to caffeine in the form of teas, coffees, and energy drinks....

New Lawsuit Aims to Stop Trump's 'Sham Commission' Dead in its Tracks

As the White House releases 112 pages of colorful comments—and personal information—after it asked for the public to weigh in on its so-called Election...

Russia Trumps Ecocide at the Petroleum Broadcasting System

Photo by Kristoffer Trolle | CC BY 2.0 There’s something really wrong with “Public” Broadcasting System “NewsHour” host and Council on Foreign Relations member Judy...

General blasts activists who claim Mosul retaken from ISIS with excessive force

Published time: 12 Jul, 2017 16:04 A senior British general has slammed Amnesty International’s claims...

What Can Water Fasting Do for You?

While fasting has been part of human culture for thousands of years, only recently have we begun to investigate the therapeutic benefits of the...

Tricked on the 4th of July

I do not celebrate the fourth of July. This goes back to a term paper I wrote in graduate school. It was on colonial...

America’s Pension Bomb

We’ve written quite a bit over the past couple of months about the pending financial crisis in Illinois which will inevitability result in the...

The Rise and Rise of the Regime Renovators (Another Splendid Little Coup)

It has been a splendid little war, begun with the highest motives, carried on with magnificent intelligence and spirit, favored by that Fortune which...

#NastyParty: Twitter fumes as Tories find £1bn for DUP but deny emergency workers pay...

Published time: 29 Jun, 2017 11:33 The Tories are facing a barrage of social media...

Making Utility Bills Rise Again

It’s summer and the mercury is soaring. Temperatures are higher than ever, it turns out. Last year was the hottest year since humanity started recording...

Lies that Capitalists Tell Us

While supporters of our two-party system wring their hands over the sensationalist nonsense reported by the mainstream media, we thought it might be worth...

Signs of America's Demise, and One Way to Survive

It goes far beyond Donald Trump. He's just simple-mindedly exacerbating a trend. Clear signs of deterioration have been building in our nation, some of...

The War against Workers and the Poor

In 2017 the United States finds itself with a billionaire president who defeated, as adjudged by electoral college votes, the multimillionaire Hillary Clinton. In...

A World of Winless War: US Special Ops Forces Deployed to 137 Nations in...

US Army pilots engage in a training exercise near Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 8, 2014. (Photo: Sgt. Harley Jelis / US Army) The tabs on...

Five Months of Trump: The Tipping Point

Five months into the Trump regime, we've reached the tipping point.  It may take more than a year to play out, but the presidency...

Liberation or Protectionism

The Western world has slowly been forced to realize that the old cornerstones of society are no longer a given. Liberal market economy, representative...

Four Neighboring Countries Demand That Qatar Shut Down Al-Jazeera

In a bid completely to return the Middle East to the old system of strict government media censorship, four countries have demanded that Qatar...

NATO F-16 Buzzes Russian Defense Minister’s Plane

That’s the claim, anyway. And, not knowing for sure if the DM was on the plane or not, it looks plausible. ABC News is...

Pentagon wasted $93 million on 'forest' camouflage uniforms for Afghan troops – report

The Pentagon spent $93.81 million over the past decade to provide Afghan troops with uniforms of...

Watch What Trump Tweets But Also What He Does

I’m the last guy to turn my eyes away from the sub-Shakespearian maneuvers that may (or may not) be shuffling personnel behind closed doors in...

Red Alert From Marc Faber

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2yPo8_IenU] Time to buy old US gold coins ...

The Breaking Of The Corporate Media Monopoly

Last week, Jeremy Corbyn humbled the entire political and corporate media commentariat. With a little help from Britain’s student population. And with a little...

Forbes’ ‘Go Bust’ Prescription For Indian Farmers Is A Death Warrant

By Binu Mathew and Colin Todhunter Background Washington’s long-term plan has been to restructure indigenous agriculture across the world and tie it to an international system...

Gallup Finds Stunning Decline in Americans’ Respect for U.S. Government

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On June 9th, Gallup’s Editor-In-Chief, Frank Newport, headlined "Americans Want More Than Just Budget Cuts” and reported that, “Gallup's latest update...

Post-Comey Hearing, Trump's Approval Ratings in the Gutter

Donald Trump's bizarre cabinet meeting Monday in which members heaped praise upon him comes on a day the president's ego may need a bit...

Mr. President, Be Careful What You Wish for: Higher Interest Rates Will Kill the...

Photo by CafeCredit.com | CC BY 2.0 Responding to earlier presidential pressure, the Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates this week for the...

Potential Migrants Worldwide

Viruses, violent conflicts and a host of other regional calamities helped revive peoples’ desire to migrate permanently to another country between the years 2013...

Corporate Media Hope Labour’s Corbyn Loses Election—and Badly

Millions of people across the United Kingdom are voting in an early general election on June 8. For the first time in several decades, voters...

“The BBC Has Betrayed Its Own Rules Of Impartiality”: Yemen, Saudi Arabia And The...

A key function of BBC propaganda is to present the perspective of ‘the West’ on the wars and conflicts of the world. Thus, in...

149 Dead So Far In Ramadan Attacks

Trump Just Cemented His Legacy as America’s Worst-Ever President

In an inexplicable abdication of any semblance of responsibility or leadership, Donald Trump has announced that he will begin the process to withdraw the...

Blowback: Manchester and the Libya Connection

In the wake of yet another horrendous atrocity, this time in Manchester claiming 23 lives, ‘respectable’ media once again refused to seriously discuss the extent...

Come Together and Fight the Oligarchy, Declares Sanders in Stirring Commencement

Sen. Bernie Sanders delivered the commencement address at Brooklyn College on Tuesday and told graduating students that entering an "oligarchic" society, like one the...

20 Years of GM Soy in the Southern Cone of Latin America, 20 Reasons...

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) has just published its annual report, which confirms that the Southern Cone of Latin...

Amid F-Bomb and Uproar, Dems Face Demands to Get Behind Single Payer

California Democrats on Friday kicked off their three-day convention with a "raucous start" in Sacramento, where a wave of single-payer advocates demanded the party...

Hanford is Ripe for a Radioactive Explosion

Photo by No Nukes NW | CC BY 2.0 Last week, an underground tunnel storing radioactive waste at the Hanford nuclear facility in Washington state...

Impeachment odds: Record bets online that Trump won’t last until year-end

Online wagering sites are taking bets on whether Donald Trump, mired in controversies over the dismissal...

10 Reasons Trump Should Not Strengthen US-Saudi Ties

Donald Trump has selected Saudi Arabia as the destination for his first trip abroad, strengthening U.S. ties to a regime...

House Oversight Chairman ‘ready to subpoena’ Trump over reporting of Comey communications

US House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz has demanded that the FBI turn over all documents about...

Voters love Labour’s radical manifesto, but think Corbyn would be ‘disaster’ as PM –...

British voters back Labour’s promise to nationalize the railways and tax the rich, but when...

“Meltdown”: The Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland Writes Jeremy Corbyn’s Obituary

In bygone years, defenders of the Guardian’s supposed ‘progressive’ credentials would typically cite the presence of Seumas Milne, Owen Jones and George Monbiot. The...

IRmep Asks Appeals Court To Block Trump Transfer of $3.7 Billion in US Aid...

Washington, DC – On May 8, 2017 IRmep (Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy) Director Grant F. Smith filed an emergency motion (PDF) asking...

LANDSLIDE: France Overwhelmingly Says "NON" to Fascism, Trumpism

Centrist Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidency with a landslide victory over the far-right, nationalist Marine Le Pen of Front National. Macron, 39,...

What Was the Liberal International Order?

There are sound critiques of Trump’s policies, then judgments marred by ignorance. Laments for the coming collapse of the “liberal international order” belong in...

A Response To George Monbiot’s “Disavowal”

Guardian columnist George Monbiot has responded to our recent media alert on the alleged gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, Syria, on April 4: ‘Here’s...

Why Americans Distrust the Press More Than They Distrust Trump

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A Morning Consult poll published on April 28th showed that “roughly half (51 percent) of Americans said the national...

Conservative Governments: “Strong against the Weak, Weak against the Strong”

Britain is a few weeks away from a snap general election called by Prime Minister Theresa May. Presumably this has been suddenly sprung on...

Supreme Court refuses challenge to California ban on 'gay conversion' therapy

The US Supreme Court will not hear a minister's challenge to a California law that bans...

The Senator and the Tax Collector

I . . . content myself with wishing that I may be . . . not of that number who are ignorant in spite...

Vietnam: Thiệu’s Stratocracy, 1968-1975

Ever the idealist, Lê Xuân Nhuận refused to participate in Nguyễn Cao Kỳ’s plot to seize power from his running mate Nguyễn Văn Thiệu....

Democratic Voters Have Been Duped to Hate Putin

Eric Zuesse The campaign by the Obama-Clinton Democratic Party establishment to blame their electoral failures upon Russian leader Vladimir Putin is shown in a recent...

The State of Capitalism — When and Why Will It End?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tfCLUlFb4Q] In this educational video Professor of Economics Emeritus (University of Massachusetts), Marxist economist and founder of Democracy at Work, Richard Wolff, talks about capitalism's current and future state....