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The Neoliberal Religion 14

Ben Bernanke Warns of Looming Economic CrisisFriday 08 October 2010 by: Nadia Prupis, t r u t h o u t | Report
(Photo: TalkMediaNews / Flickr) In a surprisingly candid speech at the annual Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council meeting Monday, Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke warned of a potentially dangerous economic future for the country if government spending is not curbed within a few years. "It is crucially important that we put US fiscal policy on a sustainable path," Bernanke said. "We should not underestimate these fiscal challenges. Failing to respond to them would endanger our economic future." If budget deficits continue to rise at their current pace, Bernanke said, higher interest rates could slow formation of businesses, productivity and economic growth, while a large federal debt could hurt the amount of government funds available for future emergencies, from war to natural disasters. "The threat to our economy is real and growing," Bernanke s…

The Empire 683

A Long History of America's Dark SideThursday 07 October 2010 by: Peter Dale Scott and Robert Parry  |  Consortium News | Op-Ed
(Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: US Army Africa / Flickr)
Editor’s Note: Many Americans view their country and its soldiers as the “good guys” spreading “democracy” and “liberty” around the world. When the United States inflicts unnecessary death and destruction, it’s viewed as a mistake or an aberration. In the following article – cobbled together from previous stories published at – Peter Dale Scott and Robert Parry examine the long history of these acts of brutality, a record that suggests they are neither a “mistake” nor an “aberration” but rather conscious counterinsurgency doctrine on the "dark side": There is a dark -- seldom acknowledged -- thread that runs through U.S. military doctrine, dating back to the early days of the Republic.
This military tradition has explicitly defended the selective use …

Jane Elliott

"It won't help much to be prepared to face Jane Elliott. This elderly woman will tear down any shield. Even we, the spectators in BLUE EYED, can't get rid of this feeling of uneasiness, embarrassment, anxiety and utterly helpless hatred when she starts keeping people down, humiliating them, deriding them, incapacitating them. No doubt about this: for three quarters of the time in this documentation Jane Elliott is the meanest, the lowest, the most detestful, the most hypocritical human being hell has ever spit back on earth. But she should be an example for all of us." - Stuttgarter Zeitung

Jane Elliott, internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer, and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, exposes prejudice and bigotry for what it is, an irrational class system based upon purely arbitrary factors. And if you think this does not apply to you. . . you are in for a rude awaken…

Israel as a Rogue State 120

Towards accountability: John Dugard interviewed
Adri Nieuwhof, /The Electronic Intifada,/ 5 October 2010

Former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories John Dugard in 2007. (UN Photo)

Last month, Professor John Dugard, former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, chaired a meeting on universal Jurisdiction in the Hague. The Electronic Intifada contributor Adri Nieuwhof interviewed Dugard about means of bringing Israel to account for its human rights violations, particularly the legal mechanism of universal jurisdiction.

*Adri Nieuwhof:* Can you explain the principle of universal jurisdiction?

*John Dugard:* Essentially, universal jurisdiction means that a state has the power to exercise jurisdiction over serious crimes under international law that were committed outside the boundaries of the state by non-nationals. Normally states have only jurisdiction over cri…

De Volkskrant 105

Aangezien het imago van Israel bij het grote publiek in het Westen almaar slechter wordt, zit er niets anders op dan dat de 'Joodse staat' weer eens een oorlog begint. Al enige tijd is de New York Times druk doende de geesten in het Westen daarvoor rijp te maken, dat wil zeggen: Hamas en Hezbollah, met op de achtergrond  Iran, worden geportretteerd als de grote bedreiging van de zionisten. En zodra de Amerikaanse pro-Israel lobby bij de massamedia gemobiliseerd wordt volgen hun westerse collega's braaf. De Volkskrant heeft vandaag een van die artikelen overgenomen dat in de New York Times een paar dagen geleden als kop had:

Hezbollah raises a bolder profile

met als bewering 'that Hezbollah instigated its war with Israel in 2006.' Het is dus niet Israel dat Libanon binnenviel en daar een lange reeks oorlogsmisdaden pleegde, maar Hezbollah is de agressor. En zo wordt de geschiedenis herschreven. Ondertussen blijft Israel doorgaan met het stelen van Palestijns land en …

The Empire 671

Rumours Aside, Something Big Is About To Happen
____________________________________________________________________________ Buckle up. As I type this, a flurry of activity is taking place within security and financial circles around the world. Normally, this would signify just another busy day in the hard-working quarters of modern defence and finance, however this time there is good reason to suspect that the world may be about to witness something historic. If not something violent, then certainly something spectacular. I’m not going to waste time on a long, detailed post. Instead, I’m going to present the data, the facts and the patterns. Then I’m going to make you make up your own mind. First are the financial movements that preceded the security movements, starting with the CNN Money report on October 1st, which shows an unusual .15 yield on treasury bonds. Basically, investors are betting big time on ‘you know what’ hitting the fan shortly. Digging a little deeper we begin to see  som…

The Mainstream Media 6

MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

October 7, 2010



Following Israel’s capture of the West Bank in 1967, along with other territories including East Jerusalem, Israel has built and expanded Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land. The settlers enjoy the benefits of a separate, and far superior, civilian infrastructure to nearby Palestinian communities, and they are protected at great expense by the Israeli military. Under international law, the settlements are illegal. But despite private agreements with the US to rein in growth, Israel has continued the non-stop expansion of its illegal settlements. While the public stance of the United States is that it does not recognise “the international legitimacy” of the settlements, Washington has in practice provided decades-long support for Israeli policy.

Earlier this week, independent journalist Jonathan Coo…