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On the Causes of Investment Decline in the US Economy

Monday, July 28, 2014

Is the chronically stagnant U.S. economic recovery since 2009 the result of insufficient income growth for most households—that is then necessary to stimulate consumption demand that, in turn would result in real investment that would create jobs? Or has the escalation of financial asset prices since 2009—itself the consequence of $10-$15 trillion of Fed and central bank liquidity injections— resulted in lower real investment in the U.S. and thus the failure of job and income growth?

The Empire Economy Does Not Serve The Economy Or People

Saturday, July 26, 2014

World history is filled with empires, e.g. the Roman and Byzantine empires, the European colonial empires, various ancient Iranian empires, the Arab Caliphate and Ottoman Empire, the Soviet Union to name a few. These historic empires have one thing in common: they no longer exist. As the lifecycle of empire wanes, rather than being a benefit to the home country, sustaining empire becomes more expensive than it is worth.

Outrage! FCC Official Downplays Over 1 Million Public Comments on Net Neutrality

Thursday, July 24, 2014

More than a million people have spoken out in favor of real Net Neutrality. More than 3.4 million took some kind of action before the rulemaking began urging Net Neutrality. This has been the biggest public response the FCC has ever gotten on a policy matter … but is the FCC listening? Will the voices of millions of  people make a difference?

This is the Israeli Military Calling: Civilizing War Has Failed

July 24, 2014

Probably the biggest news story of 1928 was the war-making nations of the world coming together on August 27th and legally outlawing war.  It's a story that's not told in our history books, but it's not secret CIA history.  There was no CIA.  There was virtually no weapons industry as we know it.  There weren't two political parties in the United States uniting in support of war after war.  In fact, the four biggest political parties in the United States all backed abolishing war.

Cue whining, polysyllabic screech: "But it didn't wooooooooork!"

Witness to an International Crime: Israeli State Terrorism in Gaza

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

“Protective Edge,” the cartoonish name given to the latest Israeli military offensive against the occupied people of Palestine, is representative of the inverted reality whereby the 1.7 million captive and largely defenseless Palestinians in Gaza are the vicious aggressors against the peace-loving settlers of Israel. Similar to the inverted reality in the U.S., where the myth of the innocent settler was created to justify the systematic slaughter of Indigenous peoples, the genocidal policies of Israel are camouflaged by the transformation of its position from an armed colonial invader to one of victim.

CNN: Palestinians Want to Die

Friday, July 11, 2014

Thursday on CNN, Jake Tapper interviews Diana Buttu, a former advisor to the PLO. After failing to persuade her of Israel's complete innocence, he tells her that Hamas is instructing women and children to remain in their homes to die as Israel bombs them. She responds by expressing doubt that people want to die. Oh no, says Tapper, Palestinians live in a culture of martyrdom; they want to die.

Can the U.S. Keep the Water Flowing?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Long in the making, the water crisis in Detroit—with hundreds of thousands having their water supply threatened—has rightfully focused national and global attention on an ongoing human rights violation in the United States. It has also highlighted the work of resilient community-based organizations like the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization that have been on the ground and working on this issue over the years. Despite their work and the growing national awareness, this is an unfamiliar space for most Americans – a water crisis in the United States?