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Prenatal exposure to persistent organic pollutants and rapid weight gain and overweight in infancy.

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

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"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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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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The Tide Turns Against Israel

Jonathan Cook RINF Alternative News Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rarely been so politically embattled. His travails indicate the Israeli right’s inability to respond...

The tide turns against Israel

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.

Netanyahu must have been disconcerted by the news that among those meeting Kerry to express support at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month was Shlomi Fogel, the prime minister’s long-time intimate.

Pressure on these various fronts may explain Netanyahu’s hasty convening last weekend of his senior ministers to devise a strategy to counter the boycott trend. Proposals include a $28 million media campaign, legal action against boycotting institutions, and intensified surveillance of overseas activists by the Mossad.

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.


“Within minutes, bullets were piercing into our rooms,” Anthony told Morning Star News. “I escaped from my room by jumping through the window.”


A half hour later, seven of his relatives in Adu village, Kaduna state, were dead, including his father, 60-year-old Anthony Nkom; his mother, 45-year-old Asabe Anthony; his brother, 35-year-old James Anthony; and another brother, 37-year-old Andrew Anthony. Also killed were three of his nephews – 5-year-old Meshack Aaron, 12-year-old Bulus James Anthony, and 15-year-old Happiness Anthony.


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....

Read the rest here.    

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...

More details here. 


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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Can We Solve Our Obesity Crisis By Transforming Fast Food?

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Selling One Pill to Treat Side Effects of Another Pill

Nearly one in four US women is on antidepressants. The drugs, like Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, may be happy pills but they are not happy-in-the-bedroom...

Study uncovers obesity gene mystery

New study conducted by an international team of researchers has unveiled the mystery of a genetic flaw which significantly increases the risk of obesity. A...

Leukemia Causing Chemical Is Lurking In Your Pantry

Whole Food. Real Food. Good Food. July 8, 2013 I have a challenge for all of you today! That challenge is to rid...

Butter in Your Coffee?

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Toxic shock: California allows up to one thousand times more glyphosate in drinking water...

Late last week, a story broke that revealed glyphosate — the chemical name of Roundup herbicide — multiplies the proliferation of breast cancer cells by 500% to 1300%… even at exposures of just a few parts per trillion (ppt).

Diet Drinks: America’s Passion for Poison

There is a great controversy raging between good and evil at the soda fountain or pop machine but the general public does not seem...

Modern Wheat Is The ‘Perfect Chronic Poison’ Says Expert

NATASHA LONGOpreventdisease.comMay 23, 2013 The world’s most popular grain is also the deadliest for the...

Only one-in-four Americans fit to serve in the military

Most Americans are ineligible to join the military, either because they’re drug users, obese, medically unfit, failed to graduate high school, or have criminal...

Why is it so hard to lose a belly fat?

by Jeremy Imperi When you look at the reasons why people, especially women, struggle immensely to lose weight and belly fat, you will find that...

Psychiatric Group Faces Scrutiny Over Drug Industry Ties

By BENEDICT CAREY and GARDINER HARRIS | It seemed an ideal marriage, a scientific partnership that would attack mental illness from all sides. Psychiatrists would...

Eli Lilly E-Mail Discussed Unapproved Use of Drug

John C. Lechleiter, an Eli Lilly official who is about to become the company’s top executive, wrote an e-mail message in 2003 that appears...

60 minutes after drinking soda

Soda is not considered a health drink as it can make individuals more prone to diseases like obesity, diabetes, cancer and DNA damage. Each...

Lies Of The Health And Fitness Industry Exposed

Craig Pepin-Donat If history has taught us anything, it is that when a business concept exhibits the potential for growth, companies and industries spread like...

When Is a Genocide a Genocide?

My heart has broken. Many times, in many ways over the past twenty days. It has been splintered, hammered, shattered, parched, starved and numbed...

Visions of Europe: Macron in Athens

The myth can have a greater effect than an untruth, and those who are in the business of manufacturing and building them never go...

The Paradox of Cyclical Ingenuity and Virtual Democracy

In Hellenic times, theatre was regarded as the institution that held all other institutions up to public examination and scrutiny. Its’ function was to...

#ClimateSilence: Corporate Media Called Out for Whiffing on 'Most Important Story in the World'

Using social media on Wednesday, advocates for climate action spoke out forcefully—and in huge numbers—against major media outlets that enable those who deny the...

Seventeen Million in US Live Near Active Oil or Gas Wells

More than 17 million people in the United States live within a mile of an active oil or natural gas well, according to a...

No Worker Left Behind on a Warming Planet

Everyone gets a day off for Labour Day, right? Wrong. There’s no doubt the labour movement in North America has made countless strides and gains over...

‘Media’s First Instinct Is to Strip Ideology From the Conversation’

Janine Jackson interviewed Adam Johnson about Charlottesville for the August 18, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Trump's New Venezuela Sanctions Will Do More Harm Than Good

The Trump administration announced new, unprecedented sanctions against Venezuela on Friday that are designed to cut off financing to Venezuela. The Trump team pretends...

Happy Women’s Equality Day. Now Let’s Get to Work.

It has been almost half a century since the Women's Strike for Equality March. Forty-seven years ago, 50,000 women marched down Fifth Avenue in...

‘The Confederacy Was Brought About by a Small Class of Wealthy Slaveholders’

Janine Jackson interviewed Keri Leigh Merritt about Southern history for the August 18, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Thousands of San Franciscans Celebrate After Far-Right Group Cancels Rally

Thousands of people celebrated in the streets of San Francisco on Saturday after a slate of creative counterprotests and condemnation from local politicians convinced...

Phyllis Bennis on Afghanistan, Marie Hicks on Women in Tech

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White Supremacy Carries More Than a Tiki Torch

Our president has no trouble naming his enemies — CNN, Rosie O’Donnell, Nordstrom, immigrants, Muslims, the all-women version of Ghostbusters, etc. etc. But when it...

Universal Basic Income Needed to Break 'Addiction to Economic Growth Killing Us'

As some tech giants throw their weight behind the idea of a universal basic income, one anthropologist says it's a key component of a...

Keystone XL Foes Vow to 'Put Their Bodies on the Line' to Protect the...

As Nebraska's Keystone XL pipeline hearings came to a close on Thursday, Indigenous tribes and environmentalists vowed to continue "putting bodies on the...

We Still Have A Lot of Work To Do On Healthcare

With liberals across the land breathing a huge sigh of relief after the abrupt collapse of the Senate scheme to repeal and somewhat replace...

‘Best of bad options’: US has plan to strike N. Korea nuclear sites with...

The US reportedly has a plan for a preemptive strike on North Korean missile sites with...

What Don’t You Know About the Trump/Russia Connection?

If you’re having trouble finding your way through the blizzard of facts, leaks, rumors and lies howling around the Trump/Russia connection, we have just...

Why Is the Gov’t Still Anti-Hemp?

First off, what is Hempcrete? As the name suggests, hempcrete is a building material that incorporates hemp into its mixture. Versatile and hardy, it...

Three Trump Speeches and the Death of a Nation

President Donald Trump speaks at Suffolk Community College on July 28, 2017, in Brentwood, New York. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Donald Trump is...

The 10 Most Underreported Stories

Watch the various television and cable news shows, and one will be exposed to multiple reports of–the exact same story. Day after day, night...

Trump’s Buffoonish Presidential Act

There was a chance President Trump could have brought some positive change, especially in reeling in foreign wars, but his...

A Transgender Policy I Can Get Behind

Well…maybe… Philadelphia used to require every public transit pass to say whether a rider was female or male. For Charlene Arcila, a transgender woman, it didn’t...

JK Rowling is a Vile Piece of Sh*t

Which do you trust: CNN, or Tass?

Eric Zuesse On Tuesday July 25th, Russia’s official Tass News Agency bannered "Diplomat blasts US media reports on Russia's alleged arms supplies to Taliban: The...

The Russia Investigation is Distracting Us from These Two Key Issues

by Sandra O'Hare The current administration is…newsworthy. New information about collusion with Russia during the campaign seems to come forward daily, and everyone is (understandably...

Christian War Fever

Some time ago, Laurence Vance published a compilation of excerpts from the famed British Baptist pastor, Charles Spurgeon, on the subject of the proper...

The Destructiveness of America’s Alliances

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Alliances between nations are military. Without being military, they would be nothing. Trade agreements don’t require any alliances at...

Trump’s Worst Collusion Isn’t With Russia — It’s With Corporations

I’ve always been a little skeptical that there’d be a smoking gun about the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia. The latest news about...

Cozy relationship between Blair govt & Gaddafi regime uncovered in secret files

Published time: 11 Jul, 2017 15:04 Secret Libyan files uncovered by lawyers and presented as...

In India, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences Ditches Science for Spin in Push for...

The case surrounding the approval of genetically modified (GM) mustard in India is coming to a head on the back of the Genetic Engineering...

Trump: Thunders and Traps

Much has been said and will be said about the grotesque show that took place in Miami on June 16 and the lies and...

When Will Co-opted Figures and Board Members of Companies like Monsanto and Bayer Be...

The public is being poisoned, disease rates are spiralling, waterways are contaminated, soil is being degraded, insects, birds, invertebrates and plant diversity are in...

Politics and Technology

Today’s leaders are a whole different kind of leader when compared to previous leaders. The leaders of toady have a lot more information at...

Major New Study Shows Pesticide Risk to Honey Bees

Scientists have found for the first time that neonicotinoid pesticides can harm honey bees in the real world. The major new study from the Centre...

EU Urged to Honour Paris Agreement, Withdraw Support for Gas Mega-Pipeline

BRUSSELS, Belgium - In an open letter released today, climate scientists, indigenous leaders, environmental and social justice groups, actors and artists call on...

Crash Scenario

The one thing we can know with certainty is it won’t be easy to profit from the crash. After 8+ years of phenomenal gains, it’s...

Brexit referendum 1 year on: 10 moments Britain would rather forget (VIDEOS)

One year to the day since Britain opted to leave the European Union, RT UK...

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

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

Breaking With Qatar

There are provocative, if not dangerous, crossroads in history which can easily take us down either smart or dim-witted paths. I suspect the recent...

How I know that the Sauds did the 9/11 attacks

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org As a historian, I recognize that everything we know about history is from sources, and depends upon the reliability...

For This Climate Fight: Less PowerPoint. More Power.

After that paranoid, delusional babble in the Koch-sponsored Rose Garden last week, it has been truly impressive and relieving to witness the diversity and...

Hung Parliament: ‘Disastrous’ night for Theresa May as snap election gamble backfires (VIDEO)

The 2017 general election will go down among the worst mistake in British political history,...

Theresa May’s future in question as exit polls predict she’ll lose Tory majority

Prime Minister Theresa May faces humiliation as exit polls in the UK general election predict...

‘This Is the Only Way to Restore Democracy in Brazil’

Janine Jackson interviewed Maria Luisa Mendonça about Brazil’s presidential crisis for the June 2, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.       1. CounterSpin170602Mendonca -...

Eat Coconut Oil

By Dr. Mercola Despite more than 1,700 medical studies1 being performed on coconut oil, it continues to be vilified mainly because 90 percent of its...

Post-ISIS ‘Iraqi instability’ predicted in Pentagon request for $1.8bn to arm & train fighters

Published time: 2 Jun, 2017 04:26 The Pentagon foresees a role for itself in Iraq and...

Media Served as Echo Chamber for Trump Nominees

Despite conservative accusations that news media are “the opposition party” (Politico, 1/26/17) and “the ultimate Super PAC” for the Democratic Party (Politico, 10/28/15), a...

Toxic Relations: Stop Colluding with Monsanto and the Agrochemical Industry!   

By Rosemary Mason and Colin Todhunter Environmental campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason has just written to the UK’s Policy Advisor Nigel Chadwick at the Chemicals Regulation...

For Every Action, There Is an Equal and Opposite Reaction

Newton’s third law of motion has proven the test of time since he first stated it in 1686. If we were to apply the...

We Know What Inspired the Manchester Attack, We Just Won’t Admit It

In the wake of the massacre in Manchester, people rightly warn against blaming the entire Muslim community in Britain and the world. Certainly one...

Even With No Love from DNC, Sanders-Backed Montana Longshot Surges

Rob Quist, the once-longshot, banjo-strumming populist running for Montana's empty U.S. House seat, is giving Republicans a scare. On Thursday, Quist's campaign announced a startling...

The Hidden Bombshell in the Comey-Trump Story

How can you tell an authoritarian when you see one? We know the 20th century hallmarks — brown shirts, street rallies, and the like....

Is Hannity, the Last of the Longtime Fox Stars, Looking for the Door?

Sean Hannity (cc photo: Gage Skidmore) With former CEO Roger Ailes and star anchor Bill O’Reilly gone, attention at Fox News Channel is shifting to...

‘Chevron Was Just Fabricating a Lie to Get Out of Paying for a Cleanup’

Janine Jackson interviewed Paul Paz y Miño about Chevron’s oil spill in Ecuador for the May 5, 2017 episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited...

RoboCop: Police use AI to judge whether suspects are jailed or bailed

Published time: 11 May, 2017 15:10 Robot judges are coming. A police force in England...

Eat Bacon, Butter, and Cream Everyday

OK. I am significantly overweight. I read this book and it makes so much sense! For years our society has been telling us LOW...

Cars Are Better Than the Gov’t Intended

Cars are so much better than the government had intended that one can only imagine how good they might have been had the government...

FBI investigates Bernie Sanders’ wife for bank fraud ‒ report

The wife of Senator Bernie Sanders is being investigated for allegedly defrauding a bank when she...

‘718 days in space’: Secretive US X-37B plane said to break record as it...

The US Air Force’s X-37B space plane has returned to Earth from its secret mission in...

US firm at Iraqi base hushed up probe into human trafficking & alcohol smuggling...

A US firm, paid $686 million to secure an Iraqi base for F-16 fighter jets, ignored...

The Fall of Mosul and Raqqa Won’t Spell the End of ISIS

When Lionel Messi scored a last minute winning goal for Barcelona against Real Madrid on 23 April, football fans in the Syrian coastal city...

"The Height of Idiocy": Americans Tell Trump's EPA What They Think About Easing Drinking...

WASHINGTON - Almost 40,000 Americans have let the Environmental Protection Agency know what they think about the Trump administration’s agenda to eliminate "burdensome" environmental...

‘Disturbing trend’: US Supreme court judge slams decision to side with police in brutality...

One of America’s top judges has slammed a court decision to side with a city police...

Trump’s first 100 days: The monumental golf edition

Donald Trump has officially racked up 100 days of service as president of the United States...

Win the Debate, Don’t Shut It Down

UC Berkeley’s successful attempt to shut down an appearance by Ann Coulter this week is just the latest example of college campuses - and...

Why Vault 7 Tools Used by Private Contractors Shows US Intel Needs a Ground-Up...

So, let's begin at the end. The fastest way to get things done on a geopolitical level has become hiring the private Intel and...

Pro-EU Tories abandon Open Britain over plot to crush Brexit MPs

Three senior pro-EU Tories have quit the cross-party Remain group ‘Open Britain’ after a plan to oust pro-Brexit Conservative MPs in the general election...

9 Reasons to March for Science This Earth Day

This Earth Day, April 22, Marches for Science will take place in DC and countless cities across the country. Here are some reasons to...

See You In Space

  In a cool feat of "suborbital dissent," members of the international, community-based, DIY Autonomous Space Agency Network have launched the first protest in space...

The Truth About the French Election

UK govt ‘fully supports’ US missile strike on Syria

The British government says it “fully supports” the US missile strike against an airbase in...

Labour leadership team tears itself apart over US missile strikes on Syria

Published time: 7 Apr, 2017 13:35 The Labour Party is once again at war with itself...

Best of frenemies? Trump & Xi to tackle trade, military tensions in 1st meeting

Chinese President Xi Jinping is heading to the US for a first meeting with Donald Trump....

Farage backtracks after branding MEPs ‘mafia’… says they’re actually ‘gangsters’ (VIDEO)

Nigel Farage has been scolded for likening members of the European Parliament to the “mafia” holding the UK “hostage.” The former-UKIP leader made the...

Nevada jail’s inmate deaths spike 5 times national average – study

An investigation found the number of inmate deaths from suicide, accident and homicide at Washoe County...

The Death of a Fake Culture

(RINF) - History teaches us that a few people had ideas and that the rest found their identities in following the lead of movers...

EU chief calls Brexit ‘waste of energy’ before setting out negotiating guidelines

Brexit is a “catfight in the Conservative Party that got out of hand,” according to...

End of encryption? Tech giants ordered to clamp down on online extremism

Published time: 30 Mar, 2017 10:25Edited time: 31 Mar, 2017 12:02 Tech firms must do more...

Why Vault 7 Tools Used by Private Contractors Shows US Intel Needs a Ground-Up...

The Vault 7 exposé by WikiLeaks neglected to mention the most important part of the disclosure. Sure, the CIA has all these tools available....

Mattis & Fallon say NATO members must raise their game, accuse Russia of 'interfering'

Other NATO countries must “raise their game” and pull their weight as the US-dominated military...

Annihilate Free Radicals

By Dr. Mercola What happens when you begin exercising and cutting back on calories? Some may say “weight loss” and “getting healthier,” which are good...

Mexican Archdiocese: Companies That Help Build Trump's Wall Are "Traitors"

Denouncing President Donald Trump's proposed border wall between Mexico and the United States as "an open threat that violates relations and peace," the Roman...

Trump and Paul Ryan

From the beginning, there have been several things that have bothered me about Donald Trump. Perhaps my biggest concerns have always been how genuine...

Leaping Beyond the Prison Walls

In the first week of February, thirteen students—all incarcerated adolescents serving time in an adult correctional facility—gather to think through a provocative question posed to...

How SCOTUS Campaign Finance Rulings 'Distorted' US Democracy

With the pending confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch shaping up to be a referendum on the role of money in politics, a...

Popular gluten-free diets increase diabetes risk – research

Those with the least gluten in their diets had a slightly higher risk of developing Type...

Muhammad Ali Jr detained for 2nd time by TSA – after testifying in DC...

Published time: 11 Mar, 2017 03:15Edited time: 11 Mar, 2017 03:19 Muhammad Ali Jr, son of the...

Another Hatchet Job on Snowden

Exclusive: The hatchet jobs against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden keep on coming with a new book whose author says he...

Fake News & Fake Values

It appears that America has little awareness of the value of awareness since fake news and fake values arrived to take possession of the...

Issues at Stake in Syria’s Peace Talks

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Syria’s peace-talks are about settling a horrific six-year-long war, but this is more of an international war that’s being...

Threatening Clean Water for Millions, Trump Signs Off on Polluter Giveaway

Throwing the weight of his office behind the nation's biggest polluters, President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing his administration to...

Joint Session Speech Mystery: Has Goldman Sachs Wing of Administration Derailed Trump’s China Trade...

Will Tuesday night’s address to Congress reveal just how President Trump plans to change U.S. trade policy to "bring jobs back to America”? Polling...

Message to John Beddington and the Oxford Martin Commission: A System of Food and...

Sir John Beddington is Senior Advisor and Professor of Natural Resources Management at the Oxford Martin School in Oxford, UK. He also belongs to...

Regulations Can Favor Some Businesses — And That’s Fine

As the Trump regime’s anti-environment onslaught begins, there are several terms used by men (and in the case of Trump’s cabinet, it’s nearly all...

Daredevils film themselves dangling from top of iconic London skyscraper (VIDEO)

Published time: 21 Feb, 2017 15:41 Teenage thrill seekers have filmed themselves climbing to the top...

Welcome to Trumpcare! Proposed Changes Raise Costs, Weaken Coverage

The Trump administration on Wednesday announced new proposed rules for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare—and while they "don't amount to sweeping changes,"...

Proposal to deploy US ground troops in Syria is ‘possible’ – Pentagon official to...

Conventional US ground troops may for the first time be stationed in Syria “for some period...

ICE Head Ducks Meeting With Hispanic Dems for 'Political Cover' on Raids

The Trump administration is again being accused of "ducking accountability" after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director Thomas Homan abruptly backed out of...

US backs Israel by blocking ex-Palestinian PM’s appointment to lead UN mission in Libya

Washington has blocked the appointment of former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to lead the UN’s...

Ecuador After Ten Years of President Correa: New Paper Examines Key Indicators, Reforms, and...

WASHINGTON - A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) looks at key economic and social indicators, as well as...

Chicken farmers demand more scratch in class-action lawsuit

A class action lawsuit from former chicken farmers alleges that a chicken farm magnate colluded to...

Drug Dealer Whose Life Sentence Was Commuted by Obama Is Caught Trafficking Cocaine

A Texas felon who was pardoned by Obama is back behind bars after he was caught 'fleeing police with two pounds of...

Diabetes in Latino children linked to air pollution ‒ study

Hundreds of Latino children who were studied for over a decade faced a heightened risk of developing Type 2 diabetes after exposure to nitrogen...

The new President’s questionable past

The impossible has now happened and complete outsider Donald J Trump is now in charge of one of the most powerful countries in the...

In OtherWords: February 8, 2017

We’ve got a good one for you this week. For starters, my colleague Domenica Ghanem offers a lovely personal story about growing up Muslim in...

A Hard Look at Islamists Hiding Behind the Pink Pussy Hat Protesters

Around the world legitimate protests in recent years were turned into color revolutions. So-called humanitarian groups attach themselves to protests and in many cases...

Bernie Sanders: Trump 'Is a Fraud' Sending Nation in 'Authoritarian Direction'

"I don't mean to be disrespectful," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday morning, "but this guy's a fraud." The immediate reference...

Netanyahu Proves Israel Is Corrupt To Its Rotten Core

(RINF) - Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in danger of being brought down, possibly soon, over what initially appears to be little more...

Trump Quiets Some Russian Doubts

Gilbert Doctorow Donald Trump’s desire to establish constructive working relations with Russia got off to a rocky start, although for reasons that he might not...

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Politics and Sport

Sports and politics may appear dissimilar at first glance but another look will reveal a completely different situation.  Both elements of human life have...

American Carnage: The Obscenity of Trump's Inauguration

The presidential motorcade drives by as protesters line the streets during the 58th Inauguration in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. (Photo: Mark Dixon /...

Britain’s ‘failure to tackle tax havens’ draws ire of anti-corruption campaigners

Anti-corruption campaigners have accused the British government of falling short on its longstanding commitment to...

Millions injected to help Democratic Party ‘reconnect with voters’ after 2016 loss

Democratic think tanks are throwing their weight ‒ and money ‒ at efforts to reclaim Rust...

Donald Trump v. the Spooks

Exclusive: President-elect Trump is in a nasty slugfest with U.S. intelligence agencies as they portray him as a Russian tool...

Pressed By Warren, Carson Can't Promise Trump Won't Benefit From HUD Contracts

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Donald Trump's pick to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), refused to say on Thursday that...

All Russian Hacking ‘Evidence’ Is Fake

(RINF) - The only thread that holds the DNI report together at first glance is the false testimony and fake evidence Crowdstrike and Dmitri...

Economist admits BoE’s Brexit financial collapse warnings were ‘a misjudgement’

Economists failed to predict the 2008 financial crash and completely misjudged Brexit’s impact, the executive...

Cocaine-eating moths? British govt mooted unusual plan to fight Latin American drug barons

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wanted to use cocaine-eating moths as part of a plot...

Russia sanctions? Trump says US needs to ‘get on with our lives’ instead

Responding to reports that the Obama administration wants to slap Russia with new sanctions for allegedly...

Bundesbank Repatriates Gold From NY and Paris

In January of 2016, the Bundesbank announced that three years after commencing the transfer of some of its offshore-held gold from vaults located at...

Democracy Be Damned

With an acknowledgment to Hans Hoppe and his Democracy: The God That Failed, I offer an examination of similar sentiments from Bertrand de Jouvenel’s...

The Problem With Equality

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal… –        Declaration of Independence, American colonies against Britain Liberté, égalité, fraternité… –        The national...

The U.S. Presidency: How Important Is Hillary’s 2,864,974 Popular-Vote Win?

California alone accounted for all of Hillary’s popular-vote win, plus 1,405,004 votes. Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org America’s Electoral College — the publicly elected representatives who...

Snowboarder uses drone to fly 25 feet into air (VIDEO)

Casey Neistat only retired from his daily vlog a few weeks ago, but the YouTube star...

Joyeux Noël

One of the ways that being a regular reader of Lew Rockwell’s site enriches me is learning crucial things I’d never known before. Oftentimes...

Will Obsolete Systems Be Replaced With The $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan?

To stimulate the economy, create new jobs and generate new GDP requires an injection of new money. Borrowing from the bond markets or off-balance-sheet...

Snow, Ice, and Airplanes

Photo by Patrick Smith. IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN: storm warnings, preemptive cancellations, the mist and spray of that strange heated fluid splattering off...

Sweden is 'Preparing for War' with Russia

Officials in Sweden have been ordered to ensure that they are ready for war as fears of a Russian invasion grow. The...

From Fake News to Fake Intelligence

Never in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency has it and its surrogates so blatantly and boldly interfered in a U.S. election. The...

Foreign Meddling in Our Vote? Remember How This Feels.

Even in an election year as shot through with conspiracy theories as this one, it would have been hard to imagine a bigger bombshell...

How Did the World Get Addicted to Sugar?

By Dr. Mercola Few would argue that excess refined sugar is pernicious to our health. However, hardly anyone is aware of the manipulation and deceit...

Stay Warm

Depending on where you live, a winter power outage can quickly become a life-threatening emergency. Winter storms with heavy snowfalls, high winds, and a coating...

Satanic Temple slams new Texas fetus burial rule opposed by Pro-Choice groups

Abortion rights activists may have found an unlikely ally in the Satanic Temple, which has vowed...

Violent & sexual crime on the rise in Britain, new scoring system shows

Serious and violent crime incidents in the UK have trebled over the past five years,...

Murder charge dropped in New Mexico cop's killing of homeless man

The murder charge filed against one of two former Albuquerque police officers accused of killing a...

The West’s Media Delusions

In a wide-ranging and necessary survey of Russian political programming, Dr. Gilbert Doctorow, himself a frequent guest on those shows, observes that: “The charges —...

Pennsylvania prisons stop using food loaves to punish inmates

The Nutraloaf ‒ a brown slab of a baked combination of rice, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, oatmeal...

You Can Inadvertently Make things Worse

Many ardent dietary supplement users are aware there is a widespread deficiency of magnesium in the American diet.  Upon learning this they often visit...

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Is Dangerous

By Dr. Mercola Pregnant women were recently given new information in regard to optimizing their child’s health: Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin B12. A recent...

550lb bull flees slaughterhouse, stops traffic

A young bull escaped a Philadelphia slaughterhouse, leading police on a four mile chase past a...

Our Gandalf the Grey

“Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American people. The establishment has...

Tax Tips for a Donald Trump Presidency

Newly elected president elect of the United States Donald Trump along with his congress controlled by Republicans have already stated that tax reform is...

‘Untie ourselves from EU shackles’: Leading Tories call on Theresa May to pull out...

Sixty hardline Brexiteers have demanded that Theresa May take a stronger stance on withdrawing from...

Iraq wants devastating thermobaric weapons from UK to burn ISIS fighters in their Mosul...

The Iraqi military has asked the UK to provide thermobaric missiles, which make the air...

America’s Dark Underbelly Is Now Its Face

An election that might have marked the ascension of America’s first woman president has instead proven historic for an altogether different reason. Namely, that...

Why Are Public Officials Protecting the Pesticides Industry? Digging Down into the Cesspool of...

Colin Todhunter It is based on a cesspool of corruption that is most probably responsible for more death and disease than the combined efforts of...

Through the Gates of Hell: How Empire Ushered in a Trump Presidency

The one thing you could say about empires is that, at or near their height, they have always represented a principle of...

Clinton supporters petition to force Electoral College to vote for her December 19

Following Donald Trump’s win, Hillary Clinton’s supporters are not giving in – they have launched an...

Another Election Loser: Corporate Media

CNN‘s Brianna Keilar (8/17/16) lectures the Trump campaign’s Michael Cohen on how the “polls…all of them” show that “you guys are down.” (image: MMFA) Liberals...

What does Trump victory mean for UK-US ‘special relationship’?

As property tycoon Donald Trump is named the next president of the United States following...

Key #DNCLeak2 emails: Cozy with CNN, silencing journalists & pinning it on Putin

WikiLeaks released 8,263 emails from key figures in the Democratic National Convention on Sunday, exposing CNN’s...

If Hillary Is President

I beg the indulgence of my many non-religious readers as I open my column with an analogy from Saint Matthew’s Gospel narrative. In His final...

‘Streets gave me all I have’: Boxing world champ Sergey ‘Crusher’ Kovalev speaks to...

Just days before the Russian boxing star and world champion Sergey “Crusher” Kovalev will fight for...

Mass Migration

Observing the US presidential electoral campaign, Thierry Meyssan analyses the resurgence of an old and weighty conflict of civilisation. Hillary Clinton has just declared...

US abstains from UN vote calling for end to Cuban embargo

The US government abstained from the UN vote on a resolution calling for an end to...

How the 2004 Presidential Election Was Stolen by George W. Bush

Eric Zuesse (RINF) - In 2006, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. headlined at Rolling Stone “Was the 2004 Election Stolen?” and he presented an argument that...

Ballots and Bullets

Perhaps the leading argument for democracy is that it substitutes “ballots for bullets”: that it replaces the inconvenient and disruptive processes of violent change...

The Left Must Hate Poor Black People

The greatest moral claim of the political left is that they are for the masses in general and the poor in particular. That is...

Teenage couple convicted of stabbing mother & daughter in grisly double murder

A 15-year-old girl convicted of double murder has been found to be the “driving force”...

’Hard choices’ on TPP: Clinton campaign emails reveal trade pact pains

Emails published by WikiLeaks show the struggle among Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff to stake out a...

Gitmo detainee granted rectal surgery after CIA ‘torture by sodomy’

Charged in connection with the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Guantanamo detainee Mustafa al-Hawsawi will reportedly miss a pretrial hearing Friday in order to “rest up”...

‘P***y-grab’ comments don’t represent ‘real’ Trump – Founder of Muslim Republican Coalition

The anti-Trump camp may be surprised that the Republican candidate’s controversial remarks about Muslims and women...

The Daily Beverage for a Healthy Liver

The American Liver Foundation (ALF) estimated that 30 million Americans have some form of liver disease – that’s roughly one in 10 people. The...

All sides of Parliament turn on PM to demand vote on Brexit

A spat has erupted in the corridors of Westminster between Theresa May’s government and MPs...

Spain’s Turmoil and Europe’s Crisis

Pedro Sanchez of PSOE, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons The current chaos devouring Spain’s Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) has mixed elements of farce and tragedy. However,...

UK Government Backs British Oil Firm's Drive Into African National Park

The British government has offered support to a controversial multi-billion pound plan to drill for oil in one of Africa's oldest national...

Still the Only Christian Choice For President

Ron Paul is the only major presidential candidate Christians could hire without sinning against Jesus in my lifetime. What I mean by “sin” is doing...

The Dangers from ‘Humanitarian’ Wars

The West is rushing toward another major war in the Middle East, in Syria, behind the “responsibility to protect” banner, which...

The Humanitarian Excuse for Intervention

While the mainstream media focuses on losers and winners in the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, a largely unreported debate...

Bring Back the Cold War

Pundits have declared a “New Cold War.” If only! The Cold War was a time when leaders focused on reducing tensions between nuclear powers....

Bring Back the Cold War

Pundits have declared a “New Cold War.” If only! The Cold War was a time when leaders focused on reducing tensions between nuclear powers....

Bring Back the Cold War

Pundits have declared a “New Cold War.” If only! The Cold War was a time when leaders focused on reducing tensions between nuclear powers....

U.S. Diplomacy: A Dangerous Proposal

Samantha Power (courtesy of US Embassy Kyiv via Flickr) While the mainstream media focuses on losers and winners in the race between Hillary Clinton and...

Manifesting the Worst Old Norms

A half-century ago I was a 17-year-old who had just been hired to do door-to-door canvassing for the Minneapolis Housing Authority to inform people...

Please Smoke

The hangperson’s noose is unmistakably around the tobacco industry’s neck. In Florida and Mississippi, state governments are attempting to force tobacco companies to pay...

Neonicotinoids: Unpublished Industry Studies Detail Harm to Bee Health

Chemical giants Bayer and Syngenta commissioned private studies which showed that their neonicotinoid pesticides can cause serious harm to bees, a Greenpeace...

A System Of Food Production For Human Need, Not Corporate Greed

Colin Todhunter There has been an adverse trend in the food and agriculture sector in recent times with the control of seeds and chemical inputs...

Court Rules Black Men May Be Justified in Running From Police

(Photo: Zaigee; Edited: LW / TO) The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that black men in Boston who avoid run-ins with police officers...

Aging Doesn’t Mean Losing Your Vision

By Dr. Mercola Aging is inevitable, but are age-related problems such as poor vision absolute givens? Contrary to popular belief, your vision is largely dependent...

In a World breaking Monthly Temperature Records, advertising Cars should be Criminal

A Metro should never be wrapped in car ads. On Monday the whole front of Montréal’s Metro paper promoted Kia. All of page two and...

Corruption and waste in Afghanistan: Role of US gov’t exposed in new report

A new report examining widespread corruption and waste in Afghanistan found that the practice blossomed following...

NY Attorney-General opens investigation into Donald J. Trump Foundation

The New York Attorney-General has opened an investigation into the Donald J. Trump Foundation, citing “impropriety”...

Water Protectors at Standing Rock React to Obama's Intervention in Dakota Access Pipeline Battle

In a dramatic series of moves on Friday, the White House intervened in the ongoing fight against the Dakota Access pipeline, less...

Stunning September snowstorm brings blizzard to Yellowstone (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Christmas has come early at Yellowstone National Park after a surprise snowstorm granted visitors an unexpected...

ITT Tech announces full closure after sanctions, 40,000 students affected

For-profit higher education company ITT Technical Institutes is ceasing operations in response to a series of...

Watch the Pounds Roll Off

By Dr. Mercola There’s emerging scientific evidence that a high-fat, low-net carb, moderate protein diet is an ideal diet for most people. However, compliance tends...

The 10 Worst US Presidents

A few days ago, I posted my list of the top ten worst U.S. presidents on my Facebook page. People who are familiar with my...

Blair tells French media Brits are confused by Brexit, could end up staying in...

Despite Prime Minister Theresa May’s insistence that “Brexit means Brexit,” Europhile ex-PM Tony Blair told...

Hillary Clinton, the Podesta Group and the Saudi Regime: A Fatal Ménage à Trois

If I told you that Democratic Party lobbyist Tony Podesta, whose brother John Podesta chairs Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, is a registered...

The Excesses of the Extreme Centre

Donald Trump, in a speech given in Charlotte on Thursday, August 18, cast himself as the truth teller for forgotten Americans and a champion...

Obama’s chances to sign TPP sink as Senate majority leader says no to vote

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may not be dead in the water, but it’s struggling to stay...

What Triggers a Charley Horse?

By Dr. Mercola A charley horse, or muscle cramp particularly in your calf muscles, is an incredibly common condition that results in your muscles becoming...

Canada’s Green Party and Allegations of Anti-Semitism

Sticks and stone may break my bones, but names will never hurt me — and they may come back to haunt the name-callers. In finding...

Dead in an hour: Video shows LA cops tasering grandfather who died in jail

New video footage has emerged showing the final moments of a grandfather of seven, who died...

Watch your head: US Army recalls 125k+ prison-made combat helmets

Over 125,000 faulty helmets produced by prison labor have been recalled by the US military amid...

Don’t let propaganda for the ‘looming cashless society’ deceive you

Since its invention in Babylon around 4,000 years ago, money has changed from gold coins, to coins of lesser value; to paper notes/cheques, plastic cards,...

How Trump Can Personally Take Over the GOP

Trump has mobilized the millions of dispossessed voters we call the populists. This is his golden opportunity. They have no spokesman. They haven’t had one...

Soros gave Clinton step-by-step instructions on how to tackle Albania unrest – WikiLeaks email

An email leaked by WikiLeaks reveals that when Hillary Clinton was US secretary of state in...

What Does Vitamin D Deficiency Look Like?

By Dr. Mercola New research has emerged linking low vitamin D levels with a risk of cognitive decline and mental impairment, according to studies conducted...

‘Drunkorexia’: Brits skipping meals for guilt-free binge drinking

Britons are regularly skipping meals so they can binge on booze without gaining weight, a new study into the nation’s health has revealed. According to...

Could Hillary Lose?

Joseph Sohm | Shutterstock.com   Could Hillary lose? If she were running against a Republican whom the Party’s grandees and the capitalists behind them liked, someone like Mitt...

The Myth of Trump’s Alternative Worldview

Donald Trump may be a bigot and a bully, but it’s hard not to applaud when he pisses off the stuff shirts at the...

UK ‘sailing blindly’ into financial meltdown bigger than 2008, think tank warns

Britain is heading for financial crisis worse than the 2008 collapse and the Bank of...

British MPs slam EU’s ‘lamentable’ response to refugee crisis

A comprehensive review of the EU-wide response to the refugee crisis conducted by the UK...

Libertarian What-Me-Worryism

As elderly people get older they tend toward feeble-mindedness. Not in every case, of course, but as a general rule applicable to any given...

Sugar-coated Lies: How the Food Lobby Destroys Health in the EU 

Colin Todhunter   Over half the population of the European Union (EU) is overweight or obese. Without effective action, this number will grow substantially in the...

Polls suggest challenger Smith has little chance of removing Labour leader Corbyn

Hours before the deadline to register to vote in Labour’s leadership election, Jeremy Corbyn challenger...

Continues to Rise: Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

Muhammad Ali tapes his right hand for a training session at his camp in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania, January 17, 1974. (Photo: Robert...

MH-17: Two Years of Anti-Russian Propaganda

Exclusive: Two years ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine killing 298 people...

Arab royal families, ‘wealthy princes’ must stop financing ISIS – British MPs

Britain’s Foreign Affairs sub-Committee says the Gulf States must apply legal barriers to the private...

Helicopter Money

The Cleveland Fed’s Loretta Mester is a clueless apparatchik and Fed lifer, who joined the system in 1985 fresh out of Barnard and Princeton and has imbibed in...

The Delusion ‘I Am Not Responsible’

Robert J. Burrowes One of the many interesting details to be learned by understanding human psychology is how a person's unconscious fear works in a...

Fire the Brimstone 2: UK buys £170mn version of barely used super-missile

Britain has bought the latest version of the Brimstone missile. Although once trumpeted as the...

Osborne & Gove sacked, Leadsom sidelined in Theresa May Cabinet reshuffle

Ex-PM David Cameron’s closest political allies were sent to the back benches on Thursday, as...

Eagle has landed: Labour coup heats up as Corbyn leadership formally challenged

Former Shadow Secretary of State Angela Eagle has launched her official bid for the Labour...

Get Tony! People are obsessing over how to punish Blair for Iraq

Critics of ex-PM Tony Blair are lining up to offer ways to punish him for...

The No-State Solution to the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Twelve years ago (July 9), the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion at the request of the United Nations...

Inmates carry out jail break to save correctional officer’s life

Facing the prospect of being shot, eight inmates broke out of their holding cell, in order...

A False Flag Event

A missionary friend of mine in Eastern Europe recently gave me a heads up regarding an excellent article written by Sebastian Swift entitled “5...

Is ISIS Converting Two-Thirds of Humvees Given to Iraq Into Car Bombs?

We may have achieved peak military-industrial complex: the U.S. is in part supplying both sides of the Iraq-Islamic State conflict and through that, creating...

Pushing the Doomsday Clock to Midnight

As the U.S. and NATO mount provocative military maneuvers on Russia’s border, the West is oblivious to how these threatening gestures ratchet...

Muhammad Ali’s True Patriotism

Muhammad Ali angered much of America by declaring “I ain’t got no quarrel with the Vietcong” and refusing to fight in Vietnam,...

This Mineral Is Essential

By Dr. Mercola One in 3 reading this likely has a serious overload of a mineral that may be more dangerous to your health than...

George Soros Is Preparing For Economic Collapse – Does He Know Something That You...

Michael Snyder Why is George Soros selling stocks, buying gold and making “a series of big, bearish investments”?  If things stay relatively stable like they...

My Night with Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was a complex and imperfect hero who reflected the turbulence of his time, a reality lost in some...

Hippocrates Swore By It

By Dr. Mercola Whey protein, a byproduct of milk and cheese (often referred to as the gold standard of protein), was promoted for its health...

Upstart Parties Crash the Ball in Spain

A failure by the left to unite in Spain and the Eurozone will open the door for Europe’s resurgent far right. For the past quarter...

Inside The Super Majority that Decide Election 2016 & War with Russia

How well the candidate from either party satisfies 7 questions from a particular group of people will determine who the President of the United...

Day in Brexit: ‘Don’t mention the ‘B’ word!’ say European officials

European Commission technocrats have banned the word ‘Brexit’ from official communications, instead encouraging staff to...

The day in Brexit: Anti-EU feeling spreading across Europe, study finds

Brexit fever is spreading fast across Europe with anti-EU sentiment among some populations surpassing even...

Muhammad Ali’s Real Legacy: True Patriotism

Although it is customary to say nice things about a person who has died, Muhammad Ali has been rightly commended for not...

The Greatest Counterpuncher Remembered: Can His Legacy Live On?

Photograph by Bob Gomel, distributed under a CC-BY 2.0 license. George Foreman said on learning of Muhammad Ali’s death, “a part of me is gone.”...

The Politics of Disobedience

Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple...

Muhammad Ali: a Torchbearer of Resistance

If anything the passing of Muhammad Ali bestows even more greatness on the man, knowing that despite all he achieved, everything he went through...

The assassination of Mullah Akhtar Mansour: Washington plays with fire in Eurasia’s geopolitical tinderbox

The assassination of Mullah Akhtar Mansour: Washington plays with fire in Eurasia’s geopolitical tinderbox Thomas Gaist The assassination of Taliban Emir Mullah Akhtar Mansour, carried out...

Sweet little lies: Scientific studies under fire over bias, influence

A study showing that sweets were good for kids turned out to be sponsored by candy...

Muhammad Ali: A Profile in Moral Courage

“I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong – no Viet Cong ever called me nigger.” With those pointed words, Muhammad Ali explained his...

Anti-Trump protesters to greet White House hopeful on Scotland visit day before Brexit vote

Hundreds of protesters are planning to greet US presidential hopeful Donald Trump when he visits...

NYT Calls for Stronger Copyright Protection Without Calculating the Costs

The New York Times (5/31/16) presents musicians like Pharrell Williams as the face of calls for strengthened copyright protections–though only a small percentage of...

A Very Brazilian Coup

(Photo: PSB Nacional 40 / Flickr) On one level, the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff seems like vintage commedia dell’arte. For instance, the lower house...

Cancer Cells Love Sugar

By Dr. Mercola In 1931, Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize  Physiology or Medicine for his discovery that cancer cells have a fundamentally different...

Revisionist History Day, 2016

Monday was Revisionist History Day, what others call Memorial Day. Americans are supposed to remember the country’s war dead while being thankful that they...

Imperial Blues: On Whitewashing Dictatorship in the 21st Century

Gino Santa Maria | Shutterstock.com    “For goodness sakes, this is the 21st century. We’ve got to get over what happened 50, 100, 200 years ago and let’s...

7-year-old wielding stuffed animal tries to fight armed robber [VIDEO]

A boy shopping for a stuffed animal was caught on tape trying to fight off an...

Heard About the Detox Water Craze?

Detox water has become a wildly popular diet craze. Many hail it as a miracle diet and think it can support weight loss. Could...

Rare Media Interest in Native American Views–on Behalf of Indian Mascots

Washington Post photo of a protest against Native American mascots (photo: John McDonnell/Washington Post) “New Poll Finds 9 in 10 Native Americans Aren’t Offended by...

No End in Sight for Israel’s Rightward Drift

Israeli officials have forfeited the moral high ground in their denunciations of Palestinians. Pictured: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo: Thierry Ehrmann / Flickr Commons) As...

Do Clinton Voters Care About War?

In America, we do not lock up our murdering politicians. We rarely prosecute or impeach them. The only scandals that stick are...

China Closes the Innovation Gap

China is second only to the United States when it comes to science publications. Pictured: the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area. (Photo: Alex Needham /...

Accepting Assad? Fallon’s Syria policy coming unstuck as MPs question war aims

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon’s Syria policy is under growing pressure amid rumors MPs may...

The Mother of All Financial Meltdowns

The estimable Martin Feldstein put the wood to the Fed in a recent op-ed and in so doing hit the nail directly on the head....

Defective body armor may as well be ‘used as fire fuel,’ says British soldier

British soldiers are raising concerns about their new Israeli-made, Army-issue body armor – with one...

Cheerleader for US Aggression, Pushing the World to the Nuclear Brink: Britain’s Defence Secretary...

Michael Fallon is British Defence Secretary. He is adept at making the types of statements that epitomise the pro-neoliberal, militaristic rhetoric that people in...

Government capitulation on TTIP driven by unlikely Tory-Labour alliance

An unlikely alliance of Labour and Tory Euroskeptic MPs has forced the government to bow...

Cancer preventable: Healthy habits can reduce deaths, study finds

Cancer can be prevented through lifestyle changes, Harvard University scientists argue, having found that not smoking,...

Libertarianism and the Libertarian Party

Now that Mary Matalin and the mainstream media have mentioned the Libertarian Party as a possible alternative to the Republicrat Party, already there is...

Shame on the Supreme Creeps

“The vitality of civil and political institutions in our society depends on free discussion… It is only through free debate and free exchange of...

Jeremy Corbyn appeals to UK Labour’s Blairite wing for unity

Chris Marsden There does not appear to be any limit to what Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will do in order to appease his right-wing...

Hiroshima’s Other Chain Reaction

Thanks but no thanks, says Japan. (Perhaps the single most disturbing photo of the aftermath of the bombing: U.S. Navy Public Affairs) Apparently, President Obama...

File hosting service Mega forced to give user data to US court

Cloud storage site Mega, founded by Kim Dotcom, has been forced to hand over user details to a US court due to an alleged...

Cultural Marxism Might Be Funny

I learned of the Charlemagne prize when Pope Francis recently received this honor. Having recently commented on this occasion and the prize, I only offer...

Russia Struggling With Its Inferiority Complex

The Soviet Union once boasted superior conventional forces to the United States, but that is not the case with Russia. Pictured: the Kremlin. (Photo:...

The Term “War Crime “ Is Obsolete

Tough not to call it a war crime when the U.S. dropped more bombs during the Vietnam War than it had on Germany during...

Failing Afghanistan and the World

Packaging pomegranates in Afghanistan The distressing security situation in Afghanistan is a direct result of the American failure to promote economic development and stabilization, despite...

What steel crisis? 100 British ‘supertanks’ to be built with Swedish steel… in Spain

The first 100 next-generation Ajax battle tanks earmarked for use by the British Army will be built in Spain with Swedish steel – despite...

Why Obama Prioritizes Ousting Assad Over Defeating Syria’s Jihadists

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Dr. Christina Lin, a leading young scholar on jihadist groups, opened her April 8th commentary at Asia Times: In a blunder...

Patience Not a Virtue With the Islamic State

Georgians seek to earn extra money for retirement by peddling uranium. (Photo: the Telegraph) In the last six months, two different incidents of the smuggling...

One Last Chance for Peace in Yemen

Sanaa, Yemen. 2005. (Photo: Charles Roffey / Flickr) Jakob Reimann On the night of January 5, a squadron of F-15 fighter jets from the Royal Saudi...

NATO’s Dangerous Game: Bear-Baiting Russia

Since March 2105 there have been over 60 incidents that could have triggered a major crisis between Russia and the United States. Pictured: artist’s...

What if the Catholic Church Declares No Wars Are Justified?

Is an end to Just War Theory in sight? (Photo: Martin Schulz / Flickr Commons) Where did the justification for war come from? Early versions...

Smaller, smarter than tank: DARPA awards contracts to develop GXV-T ground battle vehicle

Modern fighting vehicles are losing the battle against increasingly-effective armor-piercing weapons. DARPA engineers decided to break...

Vox’s Puff Piece on Goldman Sachs Doesn’t Reveal Goldman Sponsors Vox

Vox’s Matthew Yglesias (4/25/16) gave a generous write-up to Goldman Sachs’ new commercial banking subsidiary, GS Bank, without noting that Goldman Sachs is a...

Inequality Will Get Worse Until There’s a Revolution

Imagine, after a deep sleep, you suffered the fate of Rip Van Winkle and woke in the spring of 2040. What might you find? Among...

Do We Really Want China Living in Fear of a U.S. Nuclear Attack?

Chinese military leaders seek to put China’s nuclear weapons on high alert. (Photo: the Diplomat) Russia, Iraq — the list of countries that the United...

Flush With Cold War “Victory,” U.S. Still Fails to Understand Russia’s Security Needs

It does nobody any good for the U.S. to paint Russian President Vladimir Putin as a bogeyman.(Image: Global Panorama / Flickr) It is one of...

Crimea’s Tatars Persecuted by Stalin Then, Putin Now

Even though Tatars fought for Russia in World War II, Stalin deported many of them. (Photo: Turkish Press) Last year, Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine,...

Bad as the Islamic State Is, Assad Is Worse

The Assad regime has killed many more than even the Islamic State.(Photo: Thierry Ehrmann / Flickr Commons ) We frequently post about the Islamic State....

North Korea’s New Rocket Technology Looks Like It’s for Real

Sanctions and refusal to engage will not stop North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program.(Photo: AFP/AFP/Getty Images) On April 9, it was reported that North Korea had tested...

Breadline Britain: Rising malnutrition & death linked to low wages, welfare cuts

Foodbank use has risen to record highs in the UK, with over a million three-day...

Free From Jail, Imprisoned by Debt

At 36, Marcus White has spent half of his life in prison. Today he’s no longer behind bars, but now he’s imprisoned by something...

A Short History of the Pentagon Wasting Your Money

The Pentagon spent $6 billion on not auditing itself, according to the Project on Government Oversight. (Photo: Mariordo Camila Ferreira & Mario Duran/Wikimedia Commons) From...

The Moderate Opposition in Syria Lives

An opening may exist for Syrian moderates, backed by the United States. Pictured: the Free Syrian Army logo. (Photo: Wikipedia) The Free Syrian Army, composed...

Behind Ukraine’s Leadership Shake-up

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk’s stepping down is a mostly cosmetic move in response to the Dutch rejecting the E.U.’s association agreement...

Why Are Biological and Chemical Weapons Prohibited, But Not Nuclear Weapons?

Nuclear powers might ignore a law declaring nuclear weapons illegal, but the citizens of those states might sit up and take notice. (Photo: Wikimedia...

Chilcot redacted? Spies to scrutinize Iraq war report before publication

Relatives of British soldiers killed in the Iraq war are concerned that the security services...

South Korea Feeling Compelled to Take North Korean Nuclear Threat in Its Own Hands

Pictured: South Koreans protesting against North Korea. (Photo: Woohae CHO / Flickr