By Dave Zirin - June 16, 2013
Putin has staked his reputation on the smooth hosting of the winter games. Based on the planning, it either speaks to how little he values his reputation, or more likely, that beneath the steely glare and martial arts muscles, he’s being exposed as little more than a thuggish front man for a kleptocracy.
Predators must have knowledge about their prey if they are going to be successful hunters. It is clear that we have been studied and our weaknesses have been exploited in an effort to exhaust us economically, physically and spiritually. Renowned researcher, Alan Watt goes so far as to state that the perpetrators responsible for this ultimately want to destroy any sense of individuality in us whatsoever.
“There is a group called City Life/Vida Urbana. They are an anti-foreclosure group in Boston. They have an incredible success rate. They have staged more than 30 foreclosure blockades. They have been successful at almost every single one of them.”
By BRUCE E. LEVINE - Counterpunch
In what has become a “psychiatric-pharmaceutical industrial complex,” giant drug companies have corrupted mental health institutions, research, and practice. Most major mental health organizations and institutions from which the general public and doctors receive information are financially interconnected with Big Pharma. This practice needs to be abolished by law.
By David Walsh - WSWS
The visit to America in mid-May by Prince Harry of Wales, third in line of succession to the British throne, coinciding with the release of a new film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925), brings into focus a number of issues.
It shouldn't surprise. It's already policy. Depositor theft is coming. Europe is banker occupied territory. So is America.
Grand theft is official Cypriot policy.
By Yves Engler - March 20th, 2013
One law for the rulers and another for the rest of us — wasn’t that supposed to have ended with feudalism?...[S]o-called white-collar crime is generally treated less severely than other forms of illegal activity, which is another way of saying there are different rules for ‘important people’ than the rest of us. If you have high enough status, you can usually buy your way out of crime.
Lieberman belongs in prison, not government. He's partly sidelined. He's been investigated for years. In August 2009, police gave prosecutors clear evidence of fraud, bribery, money laundering, embezzlement, and obstructing justice.
On January 24, Obama nominated Mary Jo White as SEC head. "You don't want to mess with Mary Jo," he said. Others have different views.
January 14, 2013 - AlterNet
In an interview broadcast on Al Jazeera English, Noam Chomsky argues that people who have the most privilege owe the most to society. "The more privilege you have the more responsibility you have...It's elementary"...Asked why the opposite seems to be true in America...Chomsky replies that the lack of public responsibility among many elites makes sense; after all, if you've devoted your life to enriching yourself and wealth is what you value the most, you don't care as much about other people..."It's also institutional...[I]t's Ayn Rand ideology: 'I just don't care about anyone else. I'm only interested in benefiting myself'..."
He's Netanyahu's main coalition partner. He represents the lunatic fringe of Israeli governance. He's a serial felon. He's ideologically anti-democratic and hardcore racist.
Abbas took office on January 15, 2005. From then until now, his expenses exceeded a billion dollars. PA sources say he has extensive property holdings. His sons, Tarek and Yasser, profit handsomely from all PA projects.
Israel is a failed state. Separate and unequal is official policy. One-fifth of its population is considered a fifth column threat. Neo-liberal harshness harms most Jews. Arab citizens fare worst of all. Wealthy and powerful elites run Israel for their own benefit. Most others lose out.
Greece exhibits failed and rogue state characteristics. It governs irresponsibly. It's beholden more to foreign interests than its own. Banker needs are prioritized. Ruling authority outside Greece dictates terms.