By Jon Queally - April 30, 2013
Recessions hurt, but austerity kills...Despite assurances by financial elites that austerity economics is a prescription to improve the lives of the masses, research contained in a newly published book shows that the push for steep cuts in wages, social programs, and public health programs is literally killing people throughout Europe and the US.
By Eric Walberg - Dissident Voice
The world is taking note of the ruling Conservatives’ shameful betrayal of Canada’s once admirable reputation as a fair country, sincerely working on the world stage to improve the lot of the disadvantaged and suffering. In the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review, Canada was criticized to such an extent that the Council decided to send the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and representatives of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, to investigate.
By Martha Rosenberg - April 25, 2013
...[D]on't worry, Wall Street. Pharma isn't going to deliver disappointing earnings just because it has little or no new drugs coming online and has failed at the very reason for its existence. Here are six new Pharma marketing initiatives that are guaranteed to keep investor expectations high...The secret? Recycling old and discredited drugs and marketing diseases to sell the few new ones.
By David Bush - April 22, 2013
The problem is that this reading of austerity as not working papers over the political trappings of the word "working". Who is austerity supposed to be working for? What is it supposed to be fixing? The point here is that the very understanding of social policy as a politically neutral undertaking should be questioned. Austerity is a political answer...to a series of political and economic problems. So when we question austerity, we do it from a political position whether we realize it or not.
By Matthew Behrens - April 22, 2013
The [Boston bombing] suspects were acting no differently than a general in the Pentagon when they detonated a crude version of weapons that are a regular part of many a military arsenal: cluster bombs, anti-personnel weapons that are no different in their intended use than the Boston bomb, designed to rip apart human flesh and inflict maximum suffering. These things have been dropped millions of times on civilian targets by air forces whose pilots have received medals of bravery.
It is for now. Don't bet against it longer term. Value eventually wins out. Gold's secular bull market continues. Experts believe it has a long way to go.
By Dan Freeman-Maloy - April 11, 2013
On this anniversary of the Warsaw uprising, the anti-fascist resistance of decades gone by deserves to be honored. But the Israeli leadership, and those who fail to oppose them, have forfeited their place in decent commemorations. The question of what tactical alliances may be appropriate to isolate and defeat the enduring...threat of anti-Semitic white supremacy deserves careful consideration. But in the final count, the lessons of this history need to translate into an unflinching and much broader anti-racism.
By YVES ENGLER - Counterpunch
...Canadian aid has primarily been about maintaining and/or extending the grip the world’s richest one percent holds over the entire globe...[T]here are innumerable documented instances of Canadian aid advancing highly politicized geopolitical objectives over the past 25 years.
Zionism and anti-Semitism are distinctive. Conflating them doesn't wash. It's a canard. It's a scheme to divide Jews into good and bad categories.
It's getting hammered. In August 2011, it rose above $1,900 an ounce. It was an all-time high. At midday April 15, it was $1,364. It's a 28%+ decline.
By Peter Finocchiaro - April 8, 2013
Gen. Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship was responsible for the deaths of as many as 3,200 people in Chile in the 1970s, but the Vatican dismissed reports of bloodshed at the time as "communist propaganda," according to diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks on Monday.
By Belén Fernández - April 10, 2013
The practice of attributing emotional distress and other phenomena to alleged cerebral/biological abnormalities rather than to social and psychological causes...is particularly problematic: "Standard psychiatric diagnoses… do not correspond to meaningful clusters of symptoms in the real world" and can counter-productively result in "further stigma, discrimination and social exclusion" for their recipients.
By NATHAN GOODMAN - Counterpunch
Human rights organizations shouldn’t be in the business of handing out awards, accolades and executive positions to human rights abusers...Resistance to war, occupation and mass incarceration includes opposing organizations that falsely claim to fight for human rights.
Never forget. Never again. Hollow words. Other holocausts go unmentioned.
It shouldn't surprise. It's already policy. Depositor theft is coming. Europe is banker occupied territory. So is America.