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The Real Truth About Weight Gain and Contraception

Come post-holiday season, many of us feel a little outside our comfort zone weight-wise, and we look at all kinds of factors: diet, exercise, sleep, supplements, meditation, hypnosis, psychotherapy, even surgery that might help us tip the scales a little less.

For many women, one question that inevitably comes up is whether contraception is making weight management harder. Modern Western women spend almost 40 years trying not to get pregnant. We have close to 400 fertile cycles out of which we want to get pregnant maybe once or twice or four times or not at all. That’s a lot of women spending a lot of time engaged in some kind of contraception, and consequently rumors abound about contraceptives and weight gain. What’s real?

The real scoop includes some bad news: Normal healthy women gain weight during their fertile years with or without contraception. At age 20, American women weigh on average 125-130 pounds. By age 55, the average iscloser to 165, a total gain of 35 pounds.  (Weight gain during the teen years is even more rapid, an average of 30 pounds in six years. Even long-distance runners tend to gain over time.) The net-net is that any time a woman is contracepting is a time she is also likely to be gaining weight, regardless of any effects from contraception. This is borne out in the fact that in all clinical trials of contraceptives some percentage of women complains of weight gain, and consequently, virtually all contraceptives subsequently list weight gain as a possible side-effect. Only after the fact, as data accumulate, are researchers able to tease apart normal weight gain from possible effects of contraceptive hormones.

This means that as a woman trying to figure out what is best for your body, it can be challenging to sort out reality from hype or haze. The best research compares women with and without a given method over a span of months or years, but research like that can be hard to find. The kind of information that spreads the fastest and furthest is stories. Anxiety, in particular, is contagious, which makes scary stories particularly viral.

Sometimes we forget the big picture: Pregnancy and childbearing have such big effects on our bodies that with rare but noteworthy exceptions the most significant health question related to any contraceptive is--how well does it work? Many women don’t realize how often most contraceptives fail with “human factors” built into the equation. On the Pill, 1 in 12 women gets pregnant each year; relying on condoms alone, that rate is 1 in 8. (For no contraception the annual rate is 85%; abstinence commitments may cut that 85% rate by about half.) With a long-acting method like an implant or IUD, the pregnancy rate drops to 1 in 500 or less. If you are concerned about managing weight for health or lifestyle reasons, efficacy should be a primary consideration in choosing among contraceptive options.

Independent of the question of efficacy, the best research available suggests that most contraceptives have little effect on weight, with a few important exceptions. Here is the lay of the land.  

IUD’s: The copper IUD is in the top category for efficacy (99%+) and at the same time is a completely non-hormonal method. This means that, despite some challenges in insertion and adjustment, it is the gold standard forwomen who want no artificial hormones. Its only effect on weight is through reducing unintended pregnancies. Hormonal IUDs boost contraceptive effectiveness (and also decrease menstrual symptoms) by releasing a mostly local micro-dose of a progestin, Levonorgestrel. When it comes to weight gain or loss, though, the difference appears minimal. One study showed slightly more gain in hormonal IUD than copper IUD users, but a longer study found that women with hormonal IUDs gained slightly less weight than women with no hormonal contraceptive. Other research reported modest weight loss for women on both kinds of IUD. Since the differences appear small and inconsistent, don’t assume either IUD will prevent normal weight changes.

Implants:Like IUDs, implants are in the top category of contraceptive efficacy (99%+). Unlike an IUD, an implant releases a systemic dose of hormone, which has both advantages and disadvantages. Unfortunately, information about implants and weight is lacking controlled research. In an online side-effect summary (not controlled research) five percent of women using an implant complained of weight gain, which is right around the rate found when a contraceptive has no significant effect on weight. One study monitored implant users for a year and found no change. Anecdotes include stories of both weight gain, and less often, loss. Such stories may not be good evidence, but they are a good reminder: even when the typical effect of a contraceptive is neutral it is important to listen to your own body. 

Depo/Shot:Depo-Provera, also known as the Shot (94% effective), is where things get complicated when it comes to contraceptives and weight. On average, users of Depo-Provera gained an extra pound a year when compared to IUD users. But the average doesn’t tell the whole story. Some women appear to gain a couple of pounds over many years of using Depo, which they find well worth trading for effective contraception and menstrual suppression that they have to think about only four times per year. Other women’s bodies react quite differently, with weight gain that over time is unhealthyTeenagers who are already heavy (who, incidentally, appear most at risk to develop obesity after pregnancy), may be particularly vulnerable. Fortunately, the difference shows up pretty quickly. It now appears that any woman who gains five percent of her body weight in the first six months on the Shot is at risk for ongoing, contraception-related weight gain and should consider another method.     

Patch, Ring, Pill:It is widely believed by women and doctors alike that the Pill and related combination contraceptives (all around 91% effective) cause weight gain. But guess what? The best controlled studies, taken together, don’t find any such effect. Women on the Pill or Patch or Ring absolutely do gain weight over time; remember those 40 pounds we tend to gain between adolescence and menopause? But carefully comparing women who use combination hormonal contraceptives and women who do not suggests the spurts of weight gain some women experience while on these methods are largely caused by other factors like aging, stress, health issues, life changes, and ... the holidays. The best data available to date suggest that the effect of the Pill, Patch or Ring is usually negligible and that women who respond by putting on pounds are roughly equaled by those who respond by dropping pounds. 

Barrier Methods:For a barrier method like condoms or a diaphragm (82-88% effective), the primary weight question is going to be unintended pregnancy. With an annual failure rate of one in eight, a woman using a barrier method needs to be prepared for the eventuality of either an abortion or an unplanned child. Needless to say, a pregnancy, even one that is terminated, causes fluctuations in hormones. Fortunately, pregnancies can be identified earlier and earlier, and women who choose to terminate a problem pregnancy don’t go through the same level of hormonal and body changes that were characteristic a generation ago. However, a woman who feels strongly that she is not ready to have a child (or another child) is probably better off with a more effective method of contraception.   

Natural Family Planning/Abstinence: Like barrier methods, the primary weight question related to NFP (76% ) or abstinence commitment (58%) is the likelihood of an unintended pregnancy—only more so. Proponents like to say that abstinence is 100% effective. So are diets. The reality is that humans are imperfect, and sex and hunger are two of our most powerful drives. NFP requires not only monthly abstinence but a level of self-monitoring and communication that is not feasible for most people. Plan B or ella can reduce pregnancy risk when an abstinence commitment fails, and—just to stay on topic here--has no effect on weight. But in the end, the only hormone-free methods that are very effective are copper IUDs and nonreversible methods like tubal ligation or vasectomy.

For a woman who wants a child, hormonal changes and weight gain related to pregnancy are a small price to pay, and indeed they are a small part of the price we gladly pay when we decide to have a baby. Surprisingly, except in womenalready prone to gain and retain weight, childbearing itself has little long-term effect on body weight. Within a couple years after a pregnancy, most women tend to be back on a similar weight trajectory as their same-age peers, with an average of an extra pound or so per child.

Women’s bodies respond differently to hormones, as we all know. Some of us have horrid periods and pregnancies. Some of us breeze through. Some of us barely gain a few pounds while incubating a baby; others gain a third or even half of our body weight. It is reasonable to assume that there are differences in how we respond to hormonal contraceptives as well, and every woman needs to listen to her own mind and body. All the same, it helps at times to remind ourselves of what is known—and to update our knowledge, since technology and research are constantly moving forward.  

So, the bad news about contraception is this: mostly it isn’t the explanation for those frustrating extra pounds. You are likely to gain some weight over the next decade regardless. So am I. Throwing the Pill pack in the garbage or getting the IUD or implant pulled isn’t likely to be a magic bullet. The great news about contraception is this: mostly it isn’t the explanation for those frustrating extra pounds. We really do have good options when it comes to managing our fertility, better options than most of us thought; better options than our mothers and grandmothers could even imagine. 

The Real Truth About Weight Gain and Contraception

Here's the down-low on how different methods of contraception impact weight gain.

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Come post-holiday season, many of us feel a little outside our comfort zone weight-wise, and we look at all kinds of factors: diet, exercise, sleep, supplements, meditation, hypnosis, psychotherapy, even surgery that might help us tip the scales a little less.

For many women, one question that inevitably comes up is whether contraception is making weight management harder. Modern Western women spend almost 40 years trying not to get pregnant. We have close to 400 fertile cycles out of which we want to get pregnant maybe once or twice or four times or not at all. That’s a lot of women spending a lot of time engaged in some kind of contraception, and consequently rumors abound about contraceptives and weight gain. What’s real?

The real scoop includes some bad news: Normal healthy women gain weight during their fertile years with or without contraception. At age 20, American women weigh on average  125-130 pounds. By age 55, the average is closer to 165, a total gain of 35 pounds.  (Weight gain during the teen years is even more rapid, an average of 30 pounds in six years. Even long-distance runners tend to gain over time.) The net-net is that any time a woman is contracepting is a time she is also likely to be gaining weight,  regardless of any effects from contraception. This is borne out in the fact that in all clinical trials of contraceptives some percentage of women complains of weight gain, and consequently, virtually all contraceptives subsequently list weight gain as a possible side-effect. Only after the fact, as data accumulate, are researchers able to tease apart normal weight gain from possible effects of contraceptive hormones.

This means that as a woman trying to figure out what is best for your body, it can be challenging to sort out reality from hype or haze. The best research compares women with and without a given method over a span of months or years, but research like that can be hard to find. The kind of information that spreads the fastest and furthest is stories. Anxiety, in particular, is contagious, which makes scary stories particularly viral.

Sometimes we forget the big picture: Pregnancy and childbearing have such big effects on our bodies that with rare but noteworthy  exceptions the most significant health question related to any contraceptive is-- how well does it work? Many women don’t realize  how often most contraceptives fail with “human factors” built into the equation. On the Pill, 1 in 12 women gets pregnant each year; relying on condoms alone, that rate is 1 in 8. (For no contraception the annual rate is 85%; abstinence commitments may cut that 85% rate  by about half.) With a long-acting method like an implant or IUD, the pregnancy rate drops to 1 in 500 or less. If you are concerned about managing weight for health or lifestyle reasons, efficacy should be a primary consideration in choosing among contraceptive options.

Independent of the question of efficacy, the best research available suggests that most contraceptives have little effect on weight,  with a few important exceptions. Here is the lay of the land.  

IUD’s: The copper IUD is in the top category for efficacy (99%+) and at the same time is a completely non-hormonal method. This means that, despite some challenges in  insertion and adjustment, it is the gold standard for women who want no artificial hormones. Its only effect on weight is through reducing unintended pregnancies. Hormonal IUDs boost contraceptive effectiveness (and also decrease menstrual symptoms) by releasing a mostly local micro-dose of a progestin, Levonorgestrel. When it comes to weight gain or loss, though, the difference appears minimal. One study showed slightly more gain in hormonal IUD than copper IUD users, but a  longer study found that women with hormonal IUDs gained slightly  less weight than women with no hormonal contraceptive. Other research reported  modest weight loss for women on both kinds of IUD. Since the differences appear small and inconsistent, don’t assume either IUD will prevent normal weight changes.

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Activist Heavyweights Convene Against NDAA

Activist Heavyweights Convene Against NDAA

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Posted on Feb 8, 2013
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After a court hearing over the 2012 NDAA in Manhattan on Wednesday, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges appeared on a panel of activists who are suing the Obama administration over its attempt to claim the right to indefinitely hold U.S. citizens in military detention.

The group convened to discuss the state of the lawsuit. Joining Hedges were these co-plaintiffs: Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg; Revolution Truth Executive Director Tangerine Bolen; journalist and U.S Day of Rage founder Alexa O’Brien; and Demand Progress Executive Director David Segal. They were joined by legal counsel Carl Mayer and Bruce Afran.

For a second panel on the “broader context of the case,” Hedges, Ellsberg and Bolen remained and were joined by filmmaker Michael Moore, NSA whistle-blower Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack, an attorney for CIA whistle-blower John Kiriakou and a director of the Government Accountability Project.

Natasha Lennard of Salon.com and Matt Sledge of The Huffington Post moderated the discussion, which was organized by StopNDAA.

Joe Friendly:

Said Carl Mayer: “In broad terms, the stakes I think are very high, because what our case comes down to is, are we going to have a civil justice system in the United States, or a military justice system? The civil justice system is something that’s ingrained in the Constitution and was always very important in combating tyranny and building a democratic society. And what the NDAA is trying to impose is a system of military justice that allows the military to police the streets of America, to detain U.S. citizens, to detain residents in the United States, in military prisons. And I say that probably the most frightening aspect of the NDAA is that it allows for detention, quote, ‘until the end of hostilities.’ We’re now, by my count, at day 4,163 of this war, which is an open-ended war against al-Qaida, the Taliban, and now it’s defined as ‘associated forces’ in the NDAA.”

Said Chris Hedges: “The drone wars … the NDAA … the FISA Amendment Act … what they’re attempting to do is legally justify what they’re already doing. They have argued that under the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force they have the right to assassinate American citizens. I have read that act innumerable times … and none of us find that in the act. That is, to be generous, a radical interpretation of the AUMF. And so what they’re seeking to do is legally justify, in the same way that [Bush assistant attorney general John] Yoo was attempting to legally justify torture, they’re essentially looking for kind of legal cover. … It’s all a part of this very rapid descent into a frightening form of corporate totalitarianism.”

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By Susan Duclos




 When did our returning veterans become a "threat" to local, state and federal law enforcement, so much so that they are specifically highlighted by local authorities? 


In a chilling story entitled Armed for War: Pentagon surplus gives local police an edge, we learn how a Mine Resistant Vehicle (MRAP) which was once used during the occupation of Afghanistan will now be “patrolling the streets of central Indiana,” according to the report.

Sgt. Dan Downing of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department states, “When I first started we really didn’t have the violence that we see today,” adding, “The weaponry is totally different now that it was in the beginning of my career, plus, you have a lot of people who are coming out of the military that have the ability and knowledge to build IEDs and to defeat law enforcement techniques.” (Source)

Downing is admitting that the local police are specifically citing returning veterans as a partial reason for the militarization of local police around the country and the need for battlefield equipment to be on the streets of America.

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An April 2009 DHS intelligence assessment listed returning vets as likely domestic terrorists. Just a month later, the New York Times reported on how Boy Scout Explorers were being trained by the DHS to kill “disgruntled Iraq war veterans” in terrorist drills.

The FBI has also repeatedly characterized returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan as a major domestic terrorist threat.

DHS, FBI, local authorities, are all attempting to portray returning war veterans as "dangerous" to Americans and to the US, yet these are the very people that put their lives on the line when they joined the military, willing to sacrifice their lives to defend America and protect the citizens of the United States of America.


Below is the most likely reason that there is a concentrated, organized and strategic effort to cast veterans as a "domestic terrorist threat."


The wordings of the current oath of enlistment and oath for commissioned officers are as follows:

"I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God." (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962). 
"I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God." (DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.)

Constitutional rights are being violated by the US government at every turn, from the right to free speech, freedom of religion and free press, to the right to bear arms, to the Fourth Amentment, which states "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Examples are shown every day of these and other constitutional rights being violated by our very own government. Rights that veterans, while serving, swore to defend, and the majority will continue to defend to their dying day, whether still serving or not.

This does not make them terrorist threats, but rather our last line of defense against a tyrannical dictatorship. Fully trained in combat, knowledgeable of how to overcome the enemy and sworn to defend the constitution from enemies both foreign AND domestic.

In a nutshell, that is why the US government, with full complicity by the mainstream media, are attempting to disarm veterans, and convince the general public they are dangerous to America.

They are dangerous, not to citizens, but to a regime being run more like a dictatorship and that is why they have become public enemy number one in the eyes of the US federal government.

The government is attacking veterans because the Feds are preparing for insurrection and a possible revolution against the tyranny being evidenced on a daily and weekly basis by the government unchecked by Congress, and who better to take out of the battle than those that could defeat the tyrants and fight for our liberties and win?









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“I called Metro, and their exact words to me were, ‘It’s the BLM and Cliven Bundy’s problem,’ – and I should take it up with one of those two. There are my children and my community, and if Metro doesn’t have the guts to come out and protect us – what are you here for? What are we paying you guys for?” another resident said.

From another "I want to tell every one of them militia, thank you. Because not one of our government officials, not one of our sheriffs or Metro would have saved us that day. They didn’t save us that day"
The BLM wasn't the only entity the residents and council members criticized, but the media's spin on the whole affair took some hits as well, being lambasted for biased reporting and spinning the story for ratings rather than telling the truth.
 
The sheriff, Doug Gellespie also took some major flack in the meeting for being "AWOL"  while residents of the town were terrorized by federal authorities.






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Doug and Joe Hagmann are joined by Steve Quayle and Greg Everson, where from the very start they discuss the recent Nevada range war, the actions of the federal government and the inaction on the part of the County sheriff and Nevada government and how the power of the individual over government tyranny, was proven in the final analysis.

 

The points made by both Everson and Quayle are spot on, the county sheriff, Gillespie held all the power within his county, yet sat back and did nothing until the very end, after pictures and images of a federal government agency completely out-of-control, were splashed across the alternative media, the internet, social media anf finally even certain news outlets within the MSM.

 

Just a few of those points:


• We saw the power of the individual against a tyrannical example of government overreach


• County sheriffs hold supremacy over state matters


• The BLM only got away with what they did for as long as they did because the county sheriff felt "beholden" to the Feds


• The Feds depended on the lack of involvement from both the county sheriff and the governor.

 

The governor Brian Sandoval does not escape the scathing judgement either, as he also held power to have the federal officials removed before the "people" of the US aka militias from across the country, showed up in large numbers to support Cliven Bundy and his family against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), facing off with them and forcing them to back off and return the cattle they had taken from the Bundy Family, but not before images of  women being thrown to the ground, men being tasered, cattle being rounded up in a manner that left many dead, "First Amendment Area" signs highlighted as if this whole country isn't a First Amendment Area, were spotlighted for the country and the world to see.

 

There is much more in the video below, the above statements are just the tip of the iceberg, but one last point here from what the discussion entails, what we saw was a county sheriff and governor who are now politically and personally compromised.







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Counterpunch – 13 February 2014

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rarely been so politically embattled. His travails indicate the Israeli right’s inability to respond to a shifting political landscape, both in the region and globally.

The context for his troubles was his commitment in 2009, under great pressure from a newly elected US president, Barack Obama, to support the creation of a Palestinian state. It was a concession he never wanted to make and one he has regretted ever since.

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has exploited that pledge by imposing the current peace talks. Now Netanyahu faces an imminent “framework agreement” that may require him to make further commitments towards an outcome he abhors.

Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, is not helping. Rather than digging in his own heels, he offers constant accommodation. Last week Abbas told the New York Times that Israel could take a leisurely five years removing its soldiers and settlers from a key piece of Palestinian territory, the Jordan Valley. The Palestinian state would remain demilitarised, while Nato troops could stay “for a long time, and wherever they want”.

The Arab League is another thorn. It has obliged by renewing its offer from 2002, the Arab Peace Initiative, that promises Israel peaceful relations with the Arab world in return for its agreement to Palestinian statehood.

Meanwhile, the European Union is gently turning the screws on the occupation. It regularly trumpets condemnation of Israel’s settlement-building frenzies, including last week’s announcement of 558 settler homes in East Jerusalem. And in the background sanctions loom over settlement goods.

European financial institutions are providing a useful barometer of the mood among the 28 EU member states. They have become the unexpected pioneers of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, with a steady trickle of banks and pension funds pulling out their investments in recent weeks.

Pointing out that boycotts and “delegitimisation” campaigns are only going to gather pace, Kerry has warned that Israel’s traditional policy is “unsustainable”.

That message rings true with many Israeli business leaders, who have thrown their weight behind the US diplomatic plan. They believe that a Palestinian state is the key to Israel gaining access to lucrative regional markets and continued economic growth.

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On the domestic scene, Netanyahu – who is known to prize political survival above all other concerns – is getting a rough ride as well. He is being undermined on his right flank by rivals inside the coalition.

Naftali Bennett, the settlers’ leader, provoked a chafing public feud with Netanyahu this month, accusing him of losing his “moral compass” in the negotiations. At the same time, Avigdor Lieberman, the foreign minister from the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party, has dramatically changed tack, cosying up to Kerry, whom he has called “a true friend of Israel”. Lieberman’s unlikely statesmanship has made Netanyahu’s run-ins with the US look, in the words of a local analyst, “childish and irresponsible”.

It is in the light of these mounting pressures on Netanyahu that one should understand his increasingly erratic behaviour – and the growing rift with the US.

A damaging falling-out last month, following insults from the defence minister against Kerry, has not subsided. Last week Netanyahu unleashed his closest cabinet allies to savage Kerry again, with one calling the US secretary of state’s pronouncements “offensive and intolerable”.

Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, tweeted her displeasure with a shot across the bows. The Israeli government’s attacks were “totally unfounded and unacceptable”, she noted. Any doubt she was speaking for the president was later dispelled when Obama praised Kerry’s “extraordinary passion and principled diplomacy”.

But despite outward signs, Netanyahu is less alone than he looks – and far from ready to compromise.

He has the bulk of the Israeli public behind him, helped by media moguls like his friend Sheldon Adelson who are stoking the national mood of besiegement and victimhood.

But most importantly he has a large chunk of Israel’s security and economic establishment on side too.

The settlers and their ideological allies have deeply penetrated the higher ranks of both the army and the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret intelligence service. The Haaretz newspaper revealed this month the disturbing news that three of the four heads of the Shin Bet now subscribe to this extremist ideology.

Moreover, powerful elements within the security establishment are financially as well as ideologically invested in the occupation. In recent years the defence budget has rocketed to record levels as a whole layer of the senior military exploits the occupation to justify feathering its nest with grossly inflated salaries and pensions.

There are also vast business profits in the status quo, from hi-tech to resource-grabbing industries. Indications of what is at stake were illuminated recently with the announcement that the Palestinians will have to buy from Israel at great cost two key natural resources – gas and water – they should have in plentiful supply were it not for the occupation.

With these interest groups at his back, a defiant Netanyahu can probably face off the US diplomatic assault this time. But Kerry is not wrong to warn that in the long term yet another victory for Israeli intransigence will prove pyrrhic.

These negotiations may not lead to an agreement, but they will mark a historic turning-point nonetheless. The delegitimisation of Israel is truly under way, and the party doing most of the damage is the Israeli leadership itself.

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Kristallnacht: Never again?

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The Night of Broken Glass
On November 9, 1938, Jewish people in Germany and German-controlled territories were beaten, arrested and killed. Synagogues were burned and Jewish businesses were vandalized. In most cases, the police made no effort to control the mobs that carried out these crimes. 
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Kristallnacht, literally, "Night of Crystal," is often referred to as the "Night of Broken Glass." The name refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938, throughout Germany, annexed Austria, and in areas of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia recently occupied by German troops.

Instigated primarily by Nazi Party officials and members of the SA (Sturmabteilungen: literally Assault Detachments, but commonly known as Storm Troopers) and Hitler Youth, Kristallnacht owes its name to the shards of shattered glass that lined German streets in the wake of the pogrom—broken glass from the windows of synagogues, homes, and Jewish-owned businesses plundered and destroyed during the violence. 

In its aftermath, German officials announced that Kristallnacht had erupted as a spontaneous outburst of public sentiment in response to the assassination of Ernst vom Rath, a German embassy official stationed in Paris. Herschel Grynszpan, a 17-year-old Polish Jew, had shot the diplomat on November 7, 1938. A few days earlier, German authorities had expelled thousands of Jews of Polish citizenship living in Germany from the Reich; Grynszpan had received news that his parents, residents in Germany since 1911, were among them. 

Initially denied entry into their native Poland, Grynszpan's parents and the other expelled Polish Jews found themselves stranded in a refugee camp near the town of Zbaszyn in the border region between Poland and Germany. Already living illegally in Paris himself, a desperate Grynszpan apparently sought revenge for his family's precarious circumstances by appearing at the German embassy and shooting the diplomatic official assigned to assist him. 

Vom Rath died on November 9, 1938, two days after the shooting. The day happened to coincide with the anniversary of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch, an important date in the National Socialist calendar. The Nazi Party leadership, assembled in Munich for the commemoration, chose to use the occasion as a pretext to launch a night of antisemitic excesses. Propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, a chief instigator of the pogrom, intimated to the convened Nazi 'Old Guard' that 'World Jewry' had conspired to commit the assassination and announced that, "the Führer has decided that … demonstrations should not be prepared or organized by the Party, but insofar as they erupt spontaneously, they are not to be hampered."

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 German children watch as a synagogue in Kuppenheim, Baden Germany, burns during Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. November 10, 1938. Photo credit: Hauptstaatsarchiv Stuttgart, courtesy of USHMM Photo Archives.




Over two days some 90 Jews were killed in an orgy of violence, while around 30,000 Jewish males were rounded up for deportation to concentration camps. Over 1,000 synagogues were burned or damaged. 

The Manchester Guardian's first reports of the pogrom appeared on 11 November 1938. 
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The Manchester Guardian, 11 November 1938. .

The following day, the paper carried a number of reports and pictures about the attacks, including the news that anti-Jew laws were to be introduced in Germany.

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  The Manchester Guardian, 12 November 1938. 
 

There was a piece about the 'Aryanisation' of Jewish property as well as a chilling interview with a Manchester woman who had been caught up in the violence and arrests.


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The Manchester Guardian, 12 November 1938.

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Two survivors recall horrors of Kristallnacht

by alberta lindsey, the associated press 

richmond, va. | It was Nov. 10, 1938, about 2 p.m. Eleven-year-old Alex Lebenstein stood frightened in the front yard of his family's home in Haltern, Germany.

"All of a sudden, these people came around the corner screaming anti-Semitic slogans. A boy I had been in kindergarten with was shooting at me with a slingshot. It was the first time I had seen my father totally defenseless. I put my hand in his and I felt sweat from his hand on mine," Lebenstein recalled.

For survivors of Kristallnacht, the terror is as fresh in their minds now as the day Jews were attacked throughout the German Reich. Lebenstein still gets emotional when sharing his story.

"One of the men grabbed my father by the shoulder and spit in his face. They tore his World War I medals from his shirt and stomped them into the ground. They started beating my father. Furniture started flying through the windows. My mother was screaming: 'Let's get out of here. They are killing us.' We slipped out a back street, hoping the men would be finished soon and we could go back home," he said.

About 130 miles away in Mainz, Germany, Ruth Rosenberg, 13, also was scared. Ten Nazis searched for guns in the apartment where her family lived.

"We didn't have any. I had never seen a gun," Rosenberg said. "They went all through the apartment. They couldn't open one cabinet, so I took a screwdriver and forced the cabinet open."

Now Richmond, Va., is home for Lebenstein, 77, and Rosenberg, 79. They recalled Kristallnacht, the government-sponsored attack on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938.

Rosenberg tries not to dwell on her memories, but Lebenstein still dreams about the events of that time. It was the worst two days of his life, he said. In an effort to make something positive out of the horrors of Kristallnacht, Lebenstein returned to his hometown in 1995. A letter from two high school students in Haltern asking him to tell them about Kristallnacht changed his mind. He still has the letter.

Since then, he has made several trips to Haltern and has already been invited to return next year. "I feel a responsibility to teach the truth. To teach people to be tolerant. That's my responsibility. That's why I go there," he said.
 





Pedestrians glance at the broken windows of a Jewish owned shop in Berlin after the attacks of Kristallnacht, November 1938.  Universal History Archive/Getty Images

How the World Shrugged Off Kristallnacht

Nov. 9, 2013
By Klaus Wiegrefe, SPIEGEL 


In the days surrounding Nov. 9, 1938, the Nazis committed the worst pogrom Germany had seen since the Middle Ages. To mark the incident's 75th anniversary, an exhibition in Berlin gathers previously unknown reports by foreign diplomats, revealing how the shocking events prompted little more than hollow condemnation. 

Consul-General Robert Townsend Smallbones had already seen much of the world. He had been in Angola, Norway and Croatia, and he had spent eight years in Germany with the British diplomatic corps. Despite the Nazi dictatorship, the 54-year-old held Germans in high esteem. They were "habitually kind to animals, to children, to the aged and infirm. They seemed to me to have no cruelty in their makeup," Smallbones wrote in a report to the British Foreign Office. 

Given his impression of the Germans, the representative of the British Empire was all the more astonished by what he experienced in early November 1938. In Paris, Herschel Grünspan, a 17-year-old Jewish refugee from the northern German city of Hanover, had shot the German diplomat Ernst vom Rath in an act of protest against Hitler's policies regarding the Jews. At first, the Nazis only hunted down Jews in the Hesse region of Germany, surrounding Frankfurt. But, after Rath's death on Nov. 9, the pogroms spread throughout the German Reich, where synagogues were burned, Jewish shop windows were smashed and thousands were taken to concentration camps and mistreated. 

Smallbones reported from Frankfurt that Jews had been taken to a large building and forced to kneel and place their heads on the ground. After some of them had vomited, Smallbones writes, the "guards removed the vomit by taking the culprit by the scruff of the neck and wiping it away with his face and hair." According to Smallbones' account, after a few hours, the victims were taken to the Buchenwald concentration camp, where many were tortured and a few beaten to death. The prisoners were even forced to urinate into each other's mouths. This was one of the details Smallbones learned from a golfing partner, a German Jew, after the latter's release from Buchenwald. 

"I flattered myself that I understood the German character," the consul-general wrote, but added that he had not expected this "outbreak of sadistic cruelty." 

The pogroms in November 1938 lasted several days, although history books often refer to the event merely as one "Night of the Broken Glass" (Kristallnacht) because Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels announced on the radio on Nov. 10 that the excesses had ended. Experts estimate that up to 1,500 people died in the days surrounding Nov. 9. It was the worst pogrom in Germany since the Middle Ages. 

[...]


What is also noteworthy about the documents is what they do not contain. In this respect, they point to the failure of the international community and its far-reaching consequences. The diplomats almost unanimously condemned the murders and acts of violence and destructions. The British described the pogrom as "Medieval barbarism," the Brazilians called it a "disgusting spectacle," and French diplomats wrote that the "scope of brutality" was only "exceeded by the massacres of the Armenians," referring to the Turkish genocide of 1915-1916. 


Nevertheless, no country broke off diplomatic relations with Berlin or imposed sanctions, and only Washington recalled its ambassador. Most of all, however, the borders of almost all countries remained largely closed for the roughly 400,000 Jewish Germans.  [Yes,emphasis mine]

Many diplomatic missions were already in contact with victims because men from the SS and the SA, Nazi Party officials and members of the Hitler Youth were also harassing foreign Jews who lived in Germany. In early November, more than 1,000 Jews fleeing from the Nazis took refuge at the Polish consulate in Leipzig. In an account of the fate of the Sperling family, the local consul wrote that they had been practically beaten to death, and that "many valuable objects" had been stolen from their apartment, "including a radio, a check for 3,600 Reichsmarks, 3,400 Reichsmarks in cash and other valuable things." The thugs had apparently undressed the wife and tried "to rape her." 

German Jews also sought protection in foreign consulates, especially those of the Americans. "Jews from all sections of Germany thronged into the office until it was overflowing with humanity, begging for an immediate visa or some kind of letter in regard to immigration, which might influence the police not to arrest or molest them," reported Samuel W. Honaker, the US consul-general in Stuttgart.
[...]
 1,406 Destroyed Synagogues
 
Many synagogues in the Württemberg, Baden and Hohenzollern regions were "set
on fire by well-disciplined and apparently well-equipped young men in civilian clothes," reported US Consul-General Honaker, noting that the process was "practically the same" in all cities. "The doors of the synagogues were forced open. Certain sections of the building and furnishing were drenched with petrol and set on fire. Bibles, prayer books and other sacred things were thrown into the flames," he wrote. A total of 1,406 synagogues were burned down. 

Then they began smashing shop windows. The shops were easy to identify, especially in Berlin. A few months earlier, Nazis had forced Jewish shop owners in the capital city to write their names in white paint and large letters on the shop windows. 

The second wave came during the course of the next day, as the Hungarian chargé d'affaires reported from the German capital: "In the afternoon, after school, 14- to 18-year-old teenagers, mostly members of the Hitler Youth, were unleashed on the shops. They forced their way into the businesses, where they turned things upside down, destroyed all furniture and everything made of glass, jumbled all the merchandise and then, while cheering for Hitler, left the scene to search for other places to ransack. In the city's eastern districts, the local populace also looted the devastated shops."
As instructed, the perpetrators were not wearing party uniforms. Goebbels wanted the public to believe that the pogrom was a reflection of "the justified and understandable outrage of the German people" over the death of Rath, the diplomat -- and that the police were powerless. 

But none of the diplomats believed this version of the events, especially, as a Brazilian embassy counselor scoffed, in a country with the "most powerful, tightly organized, perfectly equipped and most brutal police force in the world, in the best possible position to promptly suppress any turmoil within the population." 

The 'Unimaginable' on the Way to Reality
The uniformity of the approach in hundreds of cities and villages was enough to expose this lie...

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There are many, MANY historical documents which share of the horrors of Kristallnacht, and many of those include eye-witness reports of those who survived.  Even so, to this day, there are deniers out there who insist that a) none of these atrocities happened, or b) this could never happen in today's society.


Just as in 1938, today's politicians choose to turn a blind eye - a deaf ear -  to the murder and terrorism carried out in the name of political or religious bigotry.   As always, Jews remain under constant attack, even within the US.  In December 2011, I wrote a column here about Kristallnacht In Highland Park:


Not content to keep the violence to New York City (Brooklyn and Queens), anti-Semites have decided that the Jews of Highland Park, New Jersey must be the next victims on their list.

The central New Jersey community of Highland Park was targeted Tuesday night in a series of anti-Semitic attacks on at least five Jewish-owned establishments.

Vandals hurled bricks through the plate glass windows of a kosher restaurant, a kosher pizza shop, two Judaica stores, and a Jewish-owned hardware store.

At least three other Jewish-owned establishments in nearby New Brunswick were also similarly attacked, including the Rutgers Chabad House, the Rutgers Hillel and an Israeli-owned falafel eatery....

More here.
This is ongoing, but you rarely see it in the msm.  There was this in 2012:

07/01/2012
Colin Flaherty 


If Chaim Amalek had his way, no one would know that mobs of black people are attacking and beating and robbing Jews in the New York area.

Or that they shout anti-Semitic epithets.

Or that they target Jews because “they don’t fight back.”

“Such information can only serve to heighten racial tensions between these two groups,” said Amalek, an alias for New York video blogger Luke Ford. “Let us all look beyond the issue of race (in any event a mere social construct) and instead celebrate our diversity.”

In this case, the New York Post saw a pattern that most other media outlets never see. To some, it was jarring.

 “Anti-Jewish crime wave,” read the June headline about a series of recent anti-Semitic attacks. “In the most disturbing incident, a mob of six black teenagers shouting, ‘Dirty Jew!’ and ‘Dirty kike!’ repeatedly bashed Marc Heinberg, 61, as he walked home from temple in Sheepshead Bay (in June.) 

This is one of several black mob attacks on – and robberies of – Jewish people in Brooklyn over the last two years, leaving broken bones and life-threatening injuries in their wake...

Much more here.  
 




This was no isolated incident, and for those paying attention, there IS documentation out there that to be Jewish is STILL a life-threatening existence, continuing to this day.  Atlas Shrugs is one of the few media to shine a light on ongoing crimes against Jews in America.  That site has many with titles such as: 




Real hate: Little Jewish Girls Attacked, Called ‘Dirty Jews’ in Brooklyn

POLICE OFFICER SHOT AT DC HOLOCAUST MUSEUM, OTHERS WOUNDED UPDATE: SHOOTER WAS NAZI WHITE SUPREMACIST JAMES W VON BRUNN

CHICAGO: MUSLIM ARRESTED IN BOMB THREAT AGAINST JEWISH CHILDREN

 

Atlas Shrugs has MANY more here.

 "Never again" rings very hollow, doesn't it?

 This holds true for Christians of all stripes, and there are daily reports of Catholic Churches around the globe being razed to the ground, and their Church members being rounded up and murdered.  And still the world says - and does - nothing. 

 From  Catholic Online in May this year:



Where is President Obama as Egypt's Coptic Christians Die and Churches Burn?


Last week, hundreds of Coptic Christians in Egypt stood up to a mob of 20 thousand Muslims. They risked their lives to protect their church, their religious freedom and each other. As Copts continue to suffer and die and their churches and property are destroyed, Christians have begun to notice President Obama's silence.

KNOXVILLE, TN (Catholic Online) - According to Asia News, Coptic Christians are experiencing an escalation of attacks by Islamists, and they are becoming a daily occurrence. Asia News reported two attacks that occurred last week. Furthermore, as Copts continue to suffer and die and their churches and property are destroyed, Christians have begun to notice President Obama's silence.
On May17, over 20 thousand Muslims attacked the church of St. Mary in Alexandria. They set fire to the entrance of the building and shattered the windows. In response to the attack, hundreds of courageous Copts formed a human wall around the perimeter of the church, effectively using their bodies as shields against the huge mob. Some Islamists were armed with guns and knives. They shot at the Copts, causing some serious injuries...
   
 From Egyptian Streets in August 2013:

 Coptic churches burn amid violence in Egypt 

Coptic Christians call for greater protection as wave of violence sweeps across Egypt By Mohamed Khairat, Founder, EgyptianStreets.com

 


St. Mary Church in Fayoum attacked, looted


Violence in Egypt has taken a dark turn for sectarianism as more than 45 churches and Coptic institutions were torched or stormed across the country.

The wave of attacks against Copts and their houses of worship, businesses, schools and homes came as Egypt’s security forces dispersed two large pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo.
In cities across Egypt, from Sohag and Minya to Cairo and Assiut, Islamists took to the streets attacking churches. In one case in Minya, a Coptic man and his wife were detained before being killed by armed individuals.

In one incident, Islamists torched parts of one of Egypt’s oldest churches that was reportedly built in the 4th Century.

In a frantic email to Egyptian Streets, a Coptic student in Minya said, “They are burning everything we own, and there is no security in sight. Is this Islam? Is this what the Muslim Brotherhood want? To burn Egypt to the grounds!”

More here. 

In one week alone, reports Joel Rosenberg,


Violence out of control in Egypt. Over 700 dead. Upwards of 40 churches burned.

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2013
 Go read the accompanying article here.

This targeting is not unique to Egypt.  Every.single.day reports surface of Christians around the world being murdered.


 In Nigeria:


Adu, Nigeria – Gabriel Anthony, 25, was steeped in quiet, prayerful devotion at 5 a.m. on Sunday (Sept. 1) in this northern Nigerian village when he heard gunshots.


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The bodies of Happiness and Meshack were buried in one grave, and those of the other five in another.


Besides these seven people, two other Christians in the village were killed and three were wounded in the attack by more than a dozen ethnic Fulani Muslims, Anthony said. All of those killed were members of the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Adu....


Again, not an isolated incident in Nigeria, or in many other countries around the world. In Iraq:

Attacks against Christians in Iraq ongoing

24 April 2013  |  Christian Newswire


Islamist extremists want Iraq to be a "Muslim only" country. As a result, Christians in Iraq remain continuous targets of violent attacks.

Each month Open Doors field workers receive sad phone calls and emails of Christian acquaintances who report attacks against the Christians near them. While most of them are part of the general violence, such as bomb attacks and mortar fire which intensified during provincial elections last Saturday, a part of the violence can be labelled as specifically targeted against Christians.

"If these attacks take place in a Christian neighbourhood or a Christian village, you can assume they are targeted, especially against the Christian population of the neighbourhoods and villages," said an Open Doors field worker.

"Since the fall of Saddam Hussein 10 years ago, an estimated 1,000 Christians have been killed, a relatively high number compared with percentages killed from other groups in Iraqi society." A Christian in Mosul was the target of two attacks in one week last March. After the first bomb exploded in his house on a Wednesday, a second one was thrown over his fence on Sunday. The Christian saw two young men running away. The second bomb, wrapped in a black bag and a women's t-shirt, was deactivated by a military engineering team.

In early April, Adbuljabar Khidher Toza, another Christian from Mosul, wasn't so fortunate. Armed men shot him to death in front of his house.
All these targeted attacks serve only one purpose, shares the field worker:
"We received documents and threats stating that the aim of the Islamist Insurgents is to make Iraq a 'Muslim only' country; they want the Christians out."

Louis Raphael Sako, the newly-elected Chaldean Catholic patriarch of Iraq and Syria, says he is afraid of what Islamist rule would mean for Christians.
"People are afraid of a kind of Islamic state as it was in the seventh century where Christians would be considered second-class citizens," he said.

According to Open Doors' 2013 World Watch List materials, there are only an estimated 330,000 to 350,000 Christians left in Iraq. There were more than 1.2 million Christians in the early 1990s. Many of the believers have fled to Jordan and Lebanon or to the northern Kurdish region of Iraq. Iraq is ranked No 4 on the list of the worst persecutors around the globe....

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From Iran - where there has been a 'crack down on Christians' in recent years:


Iranian Christian flogged after drinking Communion wine


Published 01 November 2013

An Iranian Christian was flogged on Wednesday, according to rights groups, after a court in Rasht, Iran sentenced him and three other Christians to 80 lashes for drinking wine as part of a Holy Communion service.

According to the Middle East Correspondent for Morning Star News, Behzad Taalipasand, a convert from Islam, received the 80 lashes after being arrested on December 31, 2012 and sentenced this month for drinking alcohol, quoting two sources -- Middle East Concern (MEC) and Christian Solidarity Worldwide...

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That is but an overview, and a a few examples of Jews and Christians being murdered with impunity. I won't even get into the insanity of the daily attacks on Jews withIN Israel, and the ongoing Iranian commitment  to wiping Israel off the map (aided and abetted by the current US administration - and the UN.)


And the list goes on and on and on of Christians being prosecuted, murdered:  Kenya, Syria, Iraq.   For ongoing coverage of these crimes against Christians that world msm and politicians choose to turn a blind eye to, go to Jihad Watch, who has daily updates.


And the world shrugs, just as it did in 1938. Just as the world chose to ignore the genocide led by Hitler, today it seems that the global community continues to cling to their wilful ignorance.

  Kristallnacht: Never again?  

Holocaust Survivor Henry Greenbaum so aptly says in this video: "Human beings are capable of doing anything."  As current events continue to prove we  ignore - or choose to 'forget' such atrocities at our peril.





NEVER again? NEVER forget: Tyranny STILL rampages in neighbourhoods around the world.


Educate yourself. Pay attention.

 

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Unravelling the restructuring of higher education

The cuts of direct government funding for universities was part of the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review. Having assumed office with the promise to get national debt under control, cuts across the public sector including Higher Education (HE) were justified by the new coalition government through reference to the fallout of the global economic crisis. In The Great University Gamble, Andrew McGettigan unravels the true objectives underlying this policy. The crisis provided a convenient justification for cuts, he concludes, but it was the opening up of HE to private competition, which was the real purpose of restructuring: ‘new private providers are encouraged to enter the sector, established charitable institutions must become more commercial and more corporate in their governance, new opportunities are created for private equity’ (P.185).


Student loans: smoke and mirrors

In exchange for losing government funding, universities have been allowed since September 2012 to charge students annual fees of up to £9000. It is the risky way in which the related student loans have been organised, which clarifies that financial savings cannot have been the prime motivator of government policy. In the new system, instead of providing direct grants to universities for teaching, the government advances cash to the Student Loans Company, which in turn provides loans to students so that they can cover their tuition fees. Any saving realised through the new regime results from an accounting trick. ‘Grants paid to institutions are expenditure. A £3 billion cut to grants is a £3 billion cut to expenditure. Loans work differently. The money loaned is expected to come back – therefore it is not straight-forwardly expenditure. Initially, only the estimated loss on loans counts as expenditure’ (P.159). Currently, the government operates on the assumption that it will lose 32 per cent of what has been loaned, which if calculated as expenditure, will still imply a reduction of annual spending on education. This accounting practice, however, bears great risks. Student loans have a long re-payment cycle. For years, governments will have to advance billions of pounds of fees without knowing exactly how much will be paid back. ‘Outstanding student debt, money owed to the government, will climb from £35 billion in 2012 to £191 billion by 2046’ (P.165). And while the government calculates with a loss of 32 per cent, other assessments predict 37 per cent, which would result in an additional £680 million per year of costs. In general, ‘these loans are unsecured, there is no asset connected to them that can be cashed in, such as, say, a mortgage backed by property. We have to assume that there are no profound political or economic changes’ (P.48). Why would the government embark on this financial gamble at a time, when it has been proven that gambles of this kind can go horribly wrong?


Privatisation, competition and commodification

The government’s real ambition, McGettigan convincingly argues, is the partial privatisation of HE in order to introduce market competition in the sector and to provide new outlets for private investment. It is the same rationale, which also underlies NHS reforms and the restructuring of primary and secondary education. Public services and their democratic accountability are eroded in favour of the market and private companies. It is the shift to fees, which gives new providers and private equity access to the student loan book, thereby ‘creating new outlets for value extraction’ (P.78). And with private providers entering the market, ‘the majority of universities will need to become more akin to commercial operations, charging for services’ (P.5). In short, the nature of the whole sector is transformed. Private companies such as Pearson/Edexcel have not yet been given Degree Awarding Powers. Nevertheless, throughout the volume McGettigan provides a number of examples of joint ventures in which private companies become directly involved in the organisation of HE in order to make profit.

Commodification is part and parcel of private sector participation in HE. ‘The higher fee encourages the applicant to consider undergraduate study as a form of “human capital” investment, or the purchase of a financial asset, the returns on which are to be seen after graduation in the form of higher earnings’ (P.25). Unsurprisingly, this focus on high paid employment and employability comes at a cost. Subjects not directly related to employment, as for example Philosophy or History of Arts, are likely to lose out. ‘Becoming responsive to demand may see universities shedding subjects which could lead to lost capacity and a contraction in the breadth of what is on offer’ (P.63). Wider public goods such as the formation of critical citizens will be lost as a result of this sole focus on employment.


Resistance and mobilisation

In sum, this book provides an excellent and highly important overview of current restructuring of HE in England and its underlying purpose of privatisation. And yet, for those of us interested in resisting restructuring, it can only be a starting-point. The future of HE in England does not only depend on who has the ‘better’, ‘objective’ arguments about what a ‘good’ HE system should look like. Restructuring is first and foremost also an issue of balance of power between different interests in wider society. As McGettigan makes clear, it is the interests of private equity to find new investment opportunities, which are behind the government’s agenda (P.8). In order to resist these interests, counter power needs to be built up through broader mobilisation within HE and society more widely. In the reminder of this review, I will reflect on several additional aspects relevant to resistance.

First, current restructuring of HE does not only consist of an increase in tuition fees and private sector participation, which is mainly the focus of McGettigan’s book. It is also reflected in the attacks on pensions as well as staff’s general terms and conditions. Moreover, the sector is increasingly characterised by performance related pay schemes intended to ensure the close monitoring of employees. An ongoing process of de-professionalisation is reflected in the transformation of academics from autonomous, independent and collegial professionals into a standardised workforce, operating within an ever tighter net of regulations. Considering that these cuts in pay and working conditions are imposed at a time when ‘the sector overall in England is at its healthiest for many years’ (P.113), it is clear that employers have fully bought into the government agenda. Universities themselves have increasingly contributed to the marketisation of HE especially through the way they have tried to establish themselves as key players in an increasingly global market of HE, be it through campuses in other countries, be it through joint ventures with institutions elsewhere around the world. Resistance to restructuring needs to confront employers head on and forget past notions of supposedly joint interests between university employers and staff.

Second, when reflecting about resistance, we need to acknowledge that restructuring offers powerful incentives to individual academics, who perceive university administration as an attractive alternative career route to the traditional focus on excellence in teaching and research. The dramatic increases in Vice Chancellors’ (VCs) pay are regularly reported in the news. Underneath VCs, however, we can observe the rise of a powerful, well paid and expanding group of academics turned administrators, who personally benefit from restructuring through increased salaries and status. Resistance to restructuring needs to take into account the complicity of some colleagues in these developments and find an appropriate response.


What sort of trade union?

Finally, reflecting on resistance to restructuring also requires reflecting on the appropriate type of trade union organisation for this purpose. The University and College Union (UCU), which organises employees across Further and Higher Education in the UK, is at a crossroads. Should it pour further resources in the representation of individual members and transform itself into a kind of service union or should it develop more strongly an image of a campaigning union with the goal of impacting on the shape of HE as a whole? Clearly, it is only the latter strategy which may be able to resist restructuring successfully, while the former can at best ameliorate the situation for individuals without challenging restructuring itself.

These additional reflections should not, however, distract from the achievements of this fascinating book. McGettigan succeeds at providing an in-depth overview of key aspects of current restructuring and successfully uncovers the political and economic rationale driving these processes. It is a must-read for all those interested in understanding current change in HE in order to resist it.


[This post was first published in Another education is possible, No.4 (Spring/Summer 2013), pp.5-6.]


Prof. Andreas Bieler
Professor of Political Economy
University of Nottingham/UK

Personal website: http://andreasbieler.net

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7 February 2013 - Monetary policy decisions

At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.75%, 1.50% and 0.00% respectively.

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Guess Who’s Behind New ‘Findings’ That It’s Healthy to Be Overweight?

With so much profit to be made from keeping people overweight, the public is not hearing the truth about obesity.

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Did you hear the news? Now it’s healthy to be fat! It turns out that your smug skinny friend who eats broccoli and runs marathons should have been eating fast food and watching TV this whole time. Right?

Well, maybe not. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has made headlines because it found that overweight people have lower mortality rates than people with “healthy” weights and that even moderate obesity does not increase mortality.

This means that an overweight 5’4” woman weighing between 145 and 169 pounds ( Body Mass Index of 25 to 29) has less chance of dying than a woman of the same height who weighs less. If she gains weight and falls within the lower obese range (174 to 204 pounds, BMI of 30 to 35), she is equally likely to die as a woman with a “healthy” BMI of 18.5 to 25. Only once her weight exceeds 205 pounds does her risk of mortality increase.

The study made waves when a recent New York Times op-ed proclaimed that “baselessly categorizing at least 130 million Americans — and hundreds of millions in the rest of the world — as people in need of ‘treatment’ for their ‘condition’ serves the economic interests of, among others, the multibillion-dollar weight-loss industry and large pharmaceutical companies.”

So what’s the story? Is it healthy to be overweight?

As usual, it’s instructive to look back in history – in this case to the mid-1990s when the current standards we use to define “overweight” and “obese” were set. Initially, the U.S. government used a BMI of 27.3 for women and a BMI of 27.8 for men as the lowest BMIs that qualified as overweight. 

Across the pond, British scientist Philip James convened the International Obesity Task Force in 1995, and their work, in collaboration with the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO), led to an international standard that defined a BMI of 25 or above as overweight for both sexes, and a BMI of 30 or above as obese.

Back in the U.S., the National Institutes of Health put together an expert panel, chaired by Dr. F. Xavier Pi-Sunyer, a recognized expert on obesity, and at the time, the executive director of the Weight Watchers Foundation. In September 1998, they published a document called the “ Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults,” which lowered the U.S. standard for overweight to match the international standard.

Suddenly, a 5’4” woman who weighed 145 or a 5’10” man who weighed 174 were considered overweight. Newspapers published articles on 29 million Americans who went to bed at a healthy weight one night and woke up the next morning to discover they were overweight – although they had not gained one single pound! At the time, these previously “healthy weight” individuals accounted for nearly 30 percent of the overweight and obese people in America.

In the mainstream media, one of the few opposing voices to this change was former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, who told the Washington Post that, “weight does not increase the risk of death until the BMI reaches 27 or 28.” Other critics feared that the new standards would result in an increase in the use of diet drugs or discourage Americans, resulting in them giving up trying to lose weight altogether.

Others point to conflicts of interest among the expert panel that defined 55 percent of the nation (at the time) as overweight or obese, or even data showing that a few extra pounds did not result in increased mortality.

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Super Bowl season is upon us, and with that time of year comes a slew of new celebrity endorsements on our TV sets and billboards. Last year around this time AlterNet published an article about celebrities with endorsement deals for dubious products and financial services – think Hulk Hogan for Rent-a-Center and Alec Baldwin for Capital One.

This week, in a blog post for the New York Times Mark Bittman wondered why celebrities think it’s acceptable to shill soda -- “a product that may one day be ranked with cigarettes as a killer we were too slow to rein in.”

That made us think it’s time to update our year-old list with an exploration of questionable food and beverage endorsement deals. But first, let’s hear more from Bittman on why he’s so bothered by stars selling their likeness to soda companies:

Some will say that soda is food and that there’s no smoking gun as there is with tobacco. But food provides nourishment, and soda doesn’t. In fact, it packs calories that provide no satiety and directly cause weight gain, and despite the recent Journal of the American Medical Association meta-analysis questioning the link between obesity and early death, we know there is a link between obesity and diseases like diabetes.

Two things can slow down this machine: anti-tobacco-style legislation and public opinion.

There’s one group of people that excels at turning around popular opinion: celebrities. Below are several (among many) stars who we generally like, but whose endorsement deals might not be so wholesome.

1. Beyoncé for Pepsi

Bittman cites a number of celebrity soda endorsers in his Times piece, but he mostly focuses on superstar singer Beyoncé, who is “eager, evidently, to have the Pepsi logo painted on her lips and have a limited-edition Pepsi can bearing her likeness” as part of a larger $50 million campaign pegged to the upcoming Super Bowl. Bittman points out that “unless she’s donating some or all of that money, this is an odd move for a politically aware woman who, with her husband, Jay-Z, raised money for President Obama and supported Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, meant to encourage children to exercise.”

That is an odd paradox, and we all know that Beyoncé is too smart not to have picked up on it. And in a broader sense, given soda’s known health risks, it’s strange that soda endorsements are perceived as some of the more wholesome deals out there; everyone from Elton John to Britney Spears to Cindy Crawford has had one. Is it really just because of the money (which is clearly substantial)? Or is it possible that celebrities don’t think soda is “that bad”?

2. Jennifer Aniston for Smartwater

Smartwater may not be as unhealthy as Pepsi, but it is a pretty big waste of money and plastic bottles.

For the uninitiated, Smartwater is simply bottled water with added electrolytes that allow parent company Glacéau to jack up the price. Electrolytes are important for staying hydrated, but most people do not need them added to their water. On a more fundamental level, the bottled water industry is doing terrible things for our planet by creating an enormous amount of plastic waste.

Perhaps Jennifer Aniston felt better about endorsing a bottled water product than a brand of soda. But guess what? Glacéau is a Coca-Cola company. So even if Aniston didn’t endorse a soda product, she still endorsed a soda company.

(We do have to give it to Smartwater and Aniston for a somewhat clever recent ad poking fun at our celebrity-obsessed culture, and in particular the media’s nonstop speculation about Aniston’s love life and empty womb.)

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In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

How Our Food Has Become a Dangerous Addiction

In a new book, "Industrial Diet"...

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US politicians and media peddling scary stories about Russia and China may have a more pedestrian...

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A Florida judge ruled the Broward County elections supervisor must allow inspection of voter records in...

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Donald Trump declared he would have a good chance against judo black belt Vladimir Putin in...

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Why Trump’s Record – LewRockwell

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Without Fear Or Favor. Or Whining.

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The Labour party, relentlessly battered by an organised campaign of smears of its leader, Jeremy Corbyn – first for being anti-semitic, and now for...

India and the State of Independence: British Colonialism Replaced by a New Hegemony

India celebrates its independence from Britain on 15 August. However, the system of British colonial dominance has been replaced by a new hegemony based...

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Since the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, Donald Trump’s fury has steadily mounted....

What America is doing to itself with renaming frenzy — RT US News

The purge of historical names – Austin, Texas is this week's target – is not about...

India Mortgaged? Forced-Fed Illness and the Neoliberal Food Regime

Like many countries, India's food system was essentially clean just a generation or two ago but is now being comprehensively contaminated with sugar, bad...

Corporate Spin: Genetically Modifying the Way to Food Security?   

Those familiar with the debate around genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may be forgiven for thinking that science alone can solve the world’s food problems. The industry...

Eighteen Democrats Join GOP to Pass House Resolution Embracing ICE

Amid a surging grassroots outcry against ICE’s heinous abuses and as a growing number of Democratic voters want the agency to be abolished entirely, 18 House Democrats joined...

Trump holds Putin responsible for ‘meddling’ because ‘he’s in charge’ of Russia – interview...

US President Donald Trump believes Vladimir Putin should be held responsible for alleged Russian meddling in...

Climb Down From the Summit of Hostile Propaganda – Consortiumnews

Public reactions to an open letter from academics, journalists and politicians asking for co-existence with Russia show many Americans don’t...

American Democracy and ‘So I Say’ Genres

In America, where a union of bankers run a system promoting private initiative ahead of public interest, the President has adopted a ‘so say...

Defense minister resigns over Brexit tax amendment vote as May accused of ‘capitulation’ —...

An amendment to the customs bill that would stop the UK from collecting tariffs or...

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On its July 6, 2018, episode, CounterSpin reaired Janine Jackson’s interview with Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about the right to protest, originally heard on the July...

How Progressive Grassroots Movements Are Sweeping the UK and US

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Imposter ‘Saudi prince’ caught after eating pork during $50,000 scam — RT US News

A con artist who defrauded his victims of millions of dollars while posing as a Saudi...

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With Donald Trump about to meet Vladimir Putin in their first summit on July 16, prominent academics, journalists, politicians and...

Trump calls in British reinforcements as America’s longest war drags on — RT US...

British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the UK will almost double its troop numbers in...

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India is under siege from international capital. It is on course not only to be permanently beholden to US state-corporate interests but is heading towards...

Musk touts ‘kid-sized submarine’ to rescue stranded Thai footballers will be built ‘in 8...

Elon Musk, the eccentric CEO of Tesla and Space X, has billed himself as a would-be...

There’s an All-Out War on Kids, and Not Just on the Border

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The pro-GMO lobby claim critics of the technology ‘deny farmers choice’. They say that farmers should have access to a range of tools and...

Did Israel Inspire Trump’s Family Separation Policy?

Photo by www.ice.gov | Public Domain This past May, the United States Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced the government’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy at US border crossings. It...

Did Israel Inspire Trump’s Family Separation Policy?

Photo by www.ice.gov | Public Domain This past May, the United States Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced the government’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy at US border crossings. It...

The Incredibles – LewRockwell

Panic in anti-Trump establishment, as liberal Supreme Court judge set to retire — RT...

The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the US Supreme Court sent shockwaves of hysteria rippling...

Panic in anti-Trump establishment, as liberal Supreme Court judge set to retire — RT...

The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the US Supreme Court sent shockwaves of hysteria rippling...

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“Utterly ridiculous”: the New York Post‘s defense (6/16/18) of the gang database When President Donald Trump rails against alleged immigrant gang members as “animals,” as...

Papers Insist ‘We Need’ Secret Gang Databases—Just Like We ‘Needed’ Stop & Frisk

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Hammond faces fresh demand for post-Brexit cash — RT UK News

Having faced an onslaught of requests to loosen the purse strings for the Ministry of...

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Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos told RT the threatening messages he sent to reporters asking for comment...

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The Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin (6/17/18) epitomized the zero-sum takes of US pundits. In major-paper opinion coverage of the Singapore summit, the people with the...

Pro-GMO Activism and Smears Masquerade as Journalism: From Seralini to Jairam Ramesh, Aruna Rodrigues...

The Print is a Delhi-based, online news magazine that began operations in August 2017. On 9 June, it published a short article by Sandhya Ramesh under...

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One of the longstanding tropes of the modern conservative movement is that the mainstream media is liberal to its core and incurably biased against...

‘Carnage on a new level of wrongness’

A cruise ship used in a Channel 4 reality show descended into drug-fuelled sex chaos....

Child sex robots ban approved by US House amid nationwide crackdown on pedophiles —...

The US House of Representatives has approved a ban on importation and sale of child sex...

Jewish groups back calls for Tory Islamophobia inquiry in solidarity with Muslim leaders —...

The Jewish Council For Racial Equality (JCORE) and the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) have...

What special relationship? ‘Delusional’ No.10 trolled as Trump starts trade war — RT UK...

The Tory government has talked up the idea of a post-Brexit trade deal with the...

Perpetual War – LewRockwell

‘There’s an Asymmetry Not Only in Power, but in Compassion’

The May 18, 2018, episode of CounterSpin was a special on Gaza that featured three classic interviews—with James Zogby from  July 5, 2006; with...

Tony Blair refuses to apologize to man kidnapped, tortured thanks to UK intel —...

Tony Blair has refused to apologize to rendition victim Abdel Hakim Belhaj, who was tortured...

Stephen Smith on the Corporate Domination of West Virginia

West Virginia has the highest rate of obesity in the country. The highest rate of smoking. The highest rate of drug overdose deaths. Why? Corporate domination of the...

“I’m Not Betraying the Legacy of My Parents in Order to Make Myself Palatable.”

Photo by Zuhairali | CC BY 2.0 Norman Finkelstein is among the leading scholars on the Israel-Palestine conflict in the United States. His work primarily...

Dangerous Liaison: Industrial Agriculture and the Reductionist Mindset

Food and agriculture across the world is in crisis. Food is becoming denutrified and unhealthy and diets less diverse. There is a loss of biodiversity, which threatens food security,...

The Hidden Gas Tax Cometh

War Clouds Gather Around Iran – Consortiumnews

With Israel and Iran exchanging direct fire, Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and John Bolton promoting regime...

WaPo Positions Support for Torturer as Vote for Feminism

As the war over Gina Haspel’s nomination to lead the Central Intelligence Agency has waged on this week, we’ve been gifted an incredible batch...

UK apologizes for Belhaj rendition that led to torture by Gaddafi forces (VIDEO) —...

UK Attorney General Jeremy Wright has apologized to Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife Fatima...

Kanye West is a race traitor, declares Atlantic columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates — RT US...

Kanye West is abandoning his black roots by embracing President Donald Trump and “white freedom,” says...

Fighting Back in the War on the Poor

What’s the first thing that you think of when you think of Martin Luther King, Jr.? Perhaps the “I have a dream speech”? That’s...

Chubby children may soon be weighed at school under new anti-obesity proposals — RT...

UK schools may be required to weigh students to get additional resources to combat childhood...

Fighting Back in the War on the Poor

What’s the first thing that you think of when you think of Martin Luther King, Jr.? Perhaps the “I have a dream speech”? That’s...

I Want to Ride My Bicycle: Smart Cities and the Danish Concept of ‘Hygge’

Indian cities are in crisis. Spend any length of time in a large city there and you will notice the overcrowding, the power and...

Trump calls Paralympic Games ‘tough to watch,’ Twitter erupts in fury — RT US...

When Donald Trump held a ceremony for Paralympic athletes, the honorees didn't expect to be told...

Lotto is enjoying an increase in popularity

Do you want to try out your luck but are wondering which game you should try your hands on? While we know that there...

MSNBC’S Creepy Comcast Commercial Is Sinclair Lite

After the justified uproar over pro-Trump Sinclair Broadcast Group forcing its scores of affiliates to humiliate themselves by reading an on-air script condemning “misleading”...

‘Who did he have sex with?’ Liberal media take digs at Fox host Hannity...

After the revelation that Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen worked with Fox News host Sean Hannity, CNN...

Trump mulls pardon of KO boxing legend Jack Johnson

US President Donald Trump may overturn a century-old conviction which saw the first African American heavyweight...

Major outlets showed zero opposition to Syria strikes — RT US News

Media cheerleading for foreign conflict is nothing new. Coverage of President Trump’s latest airstrikes on Syria...

Public Radio’s McCarthyite Smear of Black Activists Shows Danger of Russia Panic

For over a year, outlets from FAIR (8/24/16) to TruthDig (1/7/17) to The Nation (8/7/17) to The Intercept (2/12/18) have been warning about the...

The leading UK figures questioning ‘proof’ of Douma ‘gas attack’ — RT UK News

Syrians frantically hosing each other down and toddlers with oxygen masks – videos of Douma's...

Out of 26 Major Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Zero Opposed

“Only…with the departure of the Assad regime, will it be possible to ensure that Syrians do not suffer more atrocities,” the Washington Post (4/14/18)...

No, the Census Shouldn’t Ask About Citizenship

We’re all used to chaos in Washington these days. Amidst it all, there’s one little protocol change that could mean the undoing of our...

Behind Theresa May’s ‘Humanitarian Hysterics’: The Ideology of Empire and Conquest

Until the 17th century, India was the richest country in the world and had controlled a third of global wealth. Political unity and military security...

Why the April 14th Missiles-Invasion of Syria Was a Historic Turning-Point

Eric Zuesse The April 14th invasion was the apogee, the turning-point downward, for American hegemony, the end of the mono-polar world or U.S. dictatorship that...

Holding Government to Account – Consortiumnews

A memorial was held on Saturday for Robert Parry, the late founder and editor of this web site.  Among the...

The Decree of the Capitalist God

While we were once given a savior who was known as supply side Jesus, sadly it seems the people have again forgotten the holy...

Welcome to Vietnam, Err, I Mean Syria, Mr. President

As President Trump faces strong opposition from generals, war profiteers, “mainstream media,” and — not least — Israel to pulling U.S. troops out of...

Don’t Let School Lockdown Drills Become the New Normal

I got an interesting phone call the other day from my daughter’s elementary school. The counselor warned me that my little one’s class would conduct...

‘The Doves Are Hawks and the Hawks Are Super-Hawks’

Janine Jackson interviewed Jeff Cohen about cable news hawks for the March 10, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

If You Want to Kill Drug Dealers, Start with Big Pharma

At a recent rally in New Hampshire, Donald Trump called for the death penalty for drug traffickers as part of a plan to combat...

Confessions of a Former Sinclair News Director

I was a Sinclair news director. For a few months, at least. In 2013, I was a young news director at a struggling small station...

Trump Finds Fellow Bully in Bolton

Nothing Donald Trump has done since his inauguration 14 months ago is more dangerous – to the United States, and indeed, to the world...

‘Iraqi Public Opinion Is Crystallizing Into Anger and Resistance’

Steve Rendall interviewed Rahul Mahajan about Fallujah on an April 30, 2004, episode of CounterSpin that was rebroadcast on March 23, 2018. This is a lightly...

Get Ready for Bush 2.0

Political reporters have a saying: There’s always a tweet. That is, for nearly every political moment or presidential decree, there’s an uncannily on-point comment buried...

One No-Brainer Way to Bring Gun Deaths Down

It’s now been over a month since 17 teenagers were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, culminating in a march that brought...

One No-Brainer Way to Bring Gun Deaths Down

It’s now been over a month since 17 teenagers were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, culminating in a march that brought...

Theresa May Playing a Reckless Game of Nuclear Roulette

Back in May 2017, just prior to the British general election, I wrote a piece arguing that a victory for Theresa May would see...

Three Years For One Picture

  In a move timed to coincide with the first anniversary of her imprisonment, Banksy has returned to New York after a five-year hiatus to...

The Secret to Building a Recession-Proof Business

The world we live in is a tumultuous one. That should come as a surprise to no one. However, business owners can fairly wonder...

A sign of the times? Poor children officially fatter than rich kids, study proves...

Poor children are now officially fatter than their rich-kid counterparts. A new study has revealed...

YouTube as Conspiracy Conduit

The murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 has sparked protests and marches for gun...

Trump is (still) not firing Mueller after angry Tweet sparks concern — RT US...

President Donald Trump's lawyer said that he has no plans to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller....

Putin’s midnight deadline has terminated, so what will Theresa May do next? — RT...

Theresa May’s deadline for Moscow to explain why former double agent Sergei Skripal was poisoned...

The Strategy of Tension Towards Russia and the Push to Nuclear War

The United States has devised on ongoing strategy of tension towards Russia. It has initiated economic sanctions against Moscow, concocted a narrative about ‘Russian aggression’ for...

Democrats’ Surrender On Torture Is Nearly Complete

In the same tweet he used to unceremoniously fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump announced the twin nominations of...

‘A Remarkable Victory for the Labor Movement’

Janine Jackson interviewed Mike Elk about the West Virginia school workers strike for the March 9, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly...

WaPo Fails to Disclose Ownership in Puff Piece for Bezos

The Washington Post, like a lot of corporate media (CounterSpin, 10/20/17), has spent a great deal of time hyping the bidding process for Amazon...

Republicans Want to Look at Gun Violence in Movies? OK, Let’s Look

On February 22, President Donald Trump suggested that violent movies and video games are the real cause of mass shootings: I’m hearing more and...

‘The Long-Term Goal Is to Take Out Unions and Their Boots on the Ground’

Janine Jackson interviewed Mary Bottari on Silencing Unions for the March 2, 2018 episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Offshoring Indian Agriculture: Is India Becoming a GMO Trash Can?

The regulatory system for GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in India is in tatters. So said the Coalition for a GMFree India (CGMFI) in 2017 after media reports about...

When ‘God Wills It!’: An American Reckoning

America may be sinking ever deeper into the moral morass of the Trump era, but if you think the malevolence of this period began...

‘Our Healthcare Crisis Won’t Be Solved Until We Get Private Insurance Out’

Janine Jackson interviewed Margaret Flowers about undermining single-payer healthcare for the March 2, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

The Rise of Compelled Speech

By Dorothy Cummings McLeanLife Site News March 8, 2018 ...

Top NYT Editor: ‘We Are Pro-Capitalism, the Times Is in Favor of Capitalism’

The Huffington Post piece (2/27/18) that revealed  editorial page editor James Bennet’s declaration that “the New York Times is in favor of capitalism.” Media criticism is,...

Chicago Media Help Sheriff Exploit Post-Parkland Gun Fears to Expand Pretrial Punishment

Chicago Tribune (2/23/18) Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is stoking public fear over local efforts to decrease the use of money bail and reduce the jail...

Sickening Relations: The Royal Society and the GMO-Agrochemical Sector

The Royal Society in the UK is a self-governing fellowship of distinguished scientists. Its purpose is reflected in its founding charters of the 1660s: to...

‘There’s an Alternative to the Top-Down Capitalist Corporation’

Janine Jackson interviewed Richard Wolff about questioning economic fundamentals for the February 9, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Yes, Deniers, Millions of Americans are Among the Poorest People in the World |...

In 2015 it was reported that up to 50 million American adults had negative wealth and thus numbered among the poorest 10% of the world's adults....

Donald Trump v. the Spooks – Consortiumnews

From the Archive: Just before Trump took office last year, ex-British intelligence officer Annie Machon wrote about the battle he was...

‘Robert Burns wasn’t bent!’ Labour MP under fire for comments on gays & Chinese...

A Labour MP has been disciplined after he made “deeply offensive” racist and homophobic remarks....

Fabricated Reality: Lobbying for GMO Agriculture in India 

Richard John Roberts is a prominent biochemist and molecular biologist. On his recent visits to India, he has talked about the supposed virtues of...

Is Trump taking cues from Farage in his NHS criticism? — RT UK News

US President Donald Trump attacked Britain’s “broke” National Health Service (NHS) in a tweet that...

Western Media Hail Ecuador’s Cynical President Moreno

The Guardian (2/2/18) critiques Correa’s “authoritarian style,” ignores Moreno’s authoritarian substance. In an article for the British Guardian (2/2/18), Dan Collyns wrote: But since taking office, Moreno—the world’s...

‘Legality Means Nothing if There Is No Access’

Janine Jackson interviewedJessica Mason Pieklo about abortion rights for the January 26, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

A Scandal of The West’s News-Suppression, to ‘Justify’ U.S.-v.-Russia War

Eric Zuesse An accountant, Sergei Magnitsky, was employed by a wealthy American investor, William Browder, and died in a Russian prison on 16 November 2006....

Tearing Down the Facade of Legitimacy: Industrial Agriculture and the Agrochemical Industry 

The chemical-intensive industrial model of agriculture has secured the status of ‘thick legitimacy’. This status stems from on an intricate web of processes successfully spun...

Is it really true that Switzerland is the #1 most-corrupt nation, & U.S. #2?

Eric Zuesse The Tax Justice Network produces a Financial Secrecy Index, ranking countries for the assistance their legal systems provide, to money-launderers, and to all...

Trump’s Announced Strategy for Occupying Syria

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org “The President has committed, as a matter of strategy, that we will not leave Syria. We are not going...

Immanuel Kunt’s Vision of Life Beyond Guns & God

(A tribute to a great idea; ‘The Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases’ @ University of Baltimore) Immanuel Kunt…living in Ballarat, a provincial Australian city...

Russiagate Stakes – LewRockwell

Exposing Propornot: The Underbelly of the Deepstate and Russian Influence

A little over a year ago, the deep-state graced the world with Propornot. Thanks to them, 2017 became the year of fake news. Every...

Business as usual? ‘Americans can expect govt shutdown every 6 months’ — RT US...

Government shutdowns have become part and parcel of US politics, with the Donald Trump situation showing...

Dilly Dilly – LewRockwell

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boD27Qq9kJw] Today I feel like the guy who brought the king some Bud-Light, although I have the feeling that Hoppe would prefer a nice Waldhaus...

Turpin parents plead not guilty to child torture as horrific details emerge — RT...

A California couple who chained their 13 children to beds and punished them for washing their...

A year of Trumpisms — RT US News

The ‘fire and fury’ of US President Donald Trump has translated into many memorable phrases that...

‘When Women Have a Union, You Don’t Have to Walk In Alone’

Janine Jackson interviewed Jane McAlevey about #MeToo and the labor movement for the January 12, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Corporate Monopolies Will Accelerate the Globalisation of Bad Food, Poor Health and Environmental Catastrophe

By Rosemary Mason and Colin Todhunter If the proposed Monsanto-Bayer merger goes through, the new company would control more than 25 per cent of the...

There Are No S—hole Countries

We recently learned that Donald Trump referred to African nations and Haiti using a derogatory and profane term. (Accounts differ, but all seem to...

FedEx truck slams into hotel restaurant, injures 3 (PHOTOS) — RT US News

Published time: 17 Jan, 2018 15:01 Restaurant patrons got far more than they bargained for when...

Spending at Trump properties raise questions about conflicts of interest – report — RT...

Dozens of foreign governments, trade groups are using Trump properties for accommodation and events, raising questions...

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence | By Martin Luther King, Jr

Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at Riverside Church in New York City:I come to this magnificent house...

Distorted discourse in America’ — RT US News

The CIA’s job is not to reach out to Hollywood liberals to try to undermine their...

Global Warming Stirs the Methane Monster

Photo by Jeremy Buckingham | CC BY 2.0 It’s January, yet methane hydrates in the Arctic are growling like an incensed monster on a scorching...

Love Him or Loathe Him

By Vladimir Golstein Sott.net January 13, 2018 ...

Measles alert at Newark Airport as highly contagious disease case confirmed — RT US...

Passengers who traveled through Newark Airport in New Jersey were issued a measles exposure warning on...

Global Warming Stirs the Methane Monster

It’s January, yet methane hydrates in the Arctic are growling like an incensed monster on a scorching hot mid-summer day. But, it is January;...

Flu deaths skyrocket as virus sweeps Britain — RT UK News

Flu deaths have soared by 77 percent in one week in England, as a teenager...

Monsanto, Bayer and Neoliberalism: A Case of Hobson’s Choice

A Bayer marketing professional recently stated on Twitter that critics of GMOs deny choice to farmers. It’s a common accusation by the pro-GMO lobby....

Grandad’s testicle ‘explodes’ after he contracts rare strain of Salmonella — RT UK News

Published time: 9 Jan, 2018 18:38 A grandfather whose testicle “exploded” after he contracted a...

The Devil Is in the Details

Outcry as ‘black-cab rapist’ who attacked 100+ women to walk free — RT UK...

Taxi rapist John Worboys - thought to be Britain’s worst sex offender - is set...

Outcry as ‘progressive eugenics’ supporter Toby Young joins education watchdog — RT UK News

Labour MPs have demanded Theresa May rescind her appointment of right-wing journalist Toby Young to...

Rise of the Phoenix – LewRockwell

NYT’s ‘Trump Effect’ Mainly the Effect of Higher Oil Prices

The New York Times (1/1/18) claims that “a wave of optimism has swept over American business leaders… inspired by the Trump administration’s regulatory pullback.”...

How One Mississippi Teen Went 1,266 Days Behind Bars Before Receiving a Mental Evaluation

(Photo: Michael Gaida) On Nov. 17, 2012, Tyler Haire was arrested in Vardaman, Mississippi, for attacking his father's girlfriend with a knife. Tyler, 16, had...

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...

2017 could have been year Russia and US made up. Now they stand on...

On this day 12 months ago, Moscow held off from retaliating to Barack Obama's diplomatic parting...

‘Facebook a government agent? Kadyrov’s ban could amount to First Amendment violation’ — RT...

The Facebook and Instagram ban of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, due to him being sanctioned by...

Pot use among pregnant women of all ages continues rise – study — RT...

More than one-fifth of American teenagers are using marijuana during pregnancy, a new study finds. Use...

‘Whataboutism’ Runs Amok as Jake Tapper Rattles Off Trump Talking Points | By Adam...

For over a year, US media have insisted that the tactic of deflecting criticism by pointing to others’ flaws was the devious Soviet tool of...

North Korea Rips New Round of US-Crafted Sanctions as ‘Act of War’

Just days after the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved another "punishing" sanctions package crafted by the U.S., North Korea warned in a statement...

‘Whataboutism’ Runs Amok as Jake Tapper Rattles Off Trump Talking Points

For over a year, US media have insisted that the tactic of deflecting criticism by pointing to others’ flaws was the devious Soviet tool of...

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