for Development: On
capitalist economic and political terrorism,
the visible hand of capitalist markets and criminal minds
(From The Yale Review, VOLUME XXII (1932-1933), Summer 1933), p.
reproduced by Panarchy |
National Self-Sufficiency - by John Maynard Keynes - (1933)
..."The decadent international but individualistic capitalism, in the hands of
which we found ourselves after the War, is not a success. It is not
intelligent, it is not beautiful, it is not just, it is not virtuous - and it
doesn't deliver the goods. In short, we dislike it and we are beginning to
despise it. But when we wonder what to put in its place, we are extremely
Read also "John
Maynard Keynes: a vision for the future or a ghost from the past?.- by
Richard Ebeling - June 8, 2012
From RT - July 2013|
Depleted uranium used by US forces blamed for birth defects and cancer in Iraq
The US military’s use of depleted uranium in Iraq has led to a sharp increase in
Leukemia and birth defects in the city of Najaf – and panicked residents are fearing
for their health. Cancer is now more common than the flu, a local doctor tells RT.
The city of Najaf saw one of the most severe military actions during the 2003
invasion. RT traveled to the area, quickly learning that every residential
street in several neighborhoods has seen multiple cases of families whose
children are ill, as well as families who have lost children, and families
who have many relatives suffering from cancer.
Speaking on the rooftop of her house instead of her laboratory, Dr. Sundus
Nsaif says the city has seen a “dramatic rise” in cancer and
birth defects since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. Nsaif said the
alternative location was chosen because there is an active push by
the government not to talk about the issue, perhaps in an effort
not to embarrass coalition forces.
'United States of Amnesia': No accountability for ‘grievous errors’ in Iraq
Ten years after the US invasion of Iraq, the humanitarian situation in the country is bleak.
Critics say the hugely unpopular occupation of Iraq, and the lack of accountability for the
officials responsible, has irreparably damaged America’s image.
On March 20, 2003,
the United States – in defiance of the United Nations, which had weapons inspectors
on the ground in Iraq – opened a military offensive against the Arab Republic on
the premise that the Baathist government of Saddam Hussein was harboring weapons
of mass destruction.
One decade later, the global community is aware
that the intelligence claims of Iraqi WMDs were patently false at least – and
a blatant fabrication at worst – but this knowledge has done nothing to erase
the damage of the conflict.
|From The Economist - July 7th 2012 | from the print edition
The LIBOR affair - Banksters
How Britain’s rate-fixing scandal might spread—and what to do about it
“SINCE we have not more power of knowing the future than
any other men, we have made many mistakes (who has not during the past
five years?), but our mistakes have been errors of judgment and not of
principle.” So reflected J.P. Morgan junior in 1933, in the middle of a
financial crisis. Today's bankers can draw no such comfort from their
behaviour. The attempts to rig LIBOR (the London inter-bank offered
rate), a benchmark interest rate, not only betray a culture of casual
dishonesty; they set the stage for lawsuits and more regulation right
the way round the globe. This could well be global finance's “tobacco
How much equality
would you like?
From The Economist - Aug 14th 2012
"AMERICANS want to live in a much more equal country
(they just don't realise it)".
So says Dan Ariely, who, along with Mike Norton, found
that Americans ridiculously underestimate the amount of inequality in
their country. In reality, American society is staggeringly unequal:
the top 20% hold 84% of the wealth, while the bottom 40% have just
0.3%. But according to Mr Ariely, Americans, whether liberal or
conservative, rich or poor, prefer a wealth distribution that is more
egalitarian than Sweden’s.
The golden rules of
They make the rules, and get the gold
From The Economist - July 14th 2012
Bankers get such generous payoffs because it is in their
contracts and airtight contracts are needed to attract the best people.
But is this right? The BBC just appointed a director-general on a
salary that is one-third less than that of the previous incumbent. Even
so, there was no shortage of qualified applicants for the post. Back to
the first rule: in banking, the laws of supply and demand do not apply.
| From The
Globalist - August 09, 2012
From Iraq to LIBOR:
Excessive Risk-Taking and Democratic Accountability
From the BBC News - 16
The United States and the United Kingdom, the two countries
that have long dominated global affairs, are also always keen to
portray themselves as the world's two oldest continuous democracies.
That claim gives off the impression that the main purpose of politics
in those nations is to serve the people.
The continuous slide of the United States and Britain into financialist
democracies does not serve the very idea of democracy very well.
However, that reference to democracy, and hence to proper
accountability structures, both personally and institutionally,
increasingly looks like a mere cover-up. Criminal prosecutions, in
particular, have been extremely scarce, despite the gravity and
regularity of systemic malfeasance in the financial industry
Libor scandal: Seven
banks face US questioning
From CNN - 26
Seven banks, including HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland, are
to be questioned in the US for alleged manipulation of the Libor
inter-bank lending rate.
Barclays, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan and UBS have also received
subpoenas from the attorneys general of New York and Connecticut.
Last month, Barclays was fined £290m by UK and US regulators for
rigging Libor. US regulators said they were investigating potential
involvement by other banks in the Barclays scandal.
'Land grabs' - the new
scramble for Africa
It is being dubbed by some as the “Second Scramble for
Africa” - millions of acres of land being snapped up by companies from
Asia and the Middle East. The land rush was in part spurred by the food
and financial crisis of 2008, when corporations, investment funds and
governments began to re-focus their attention on agriculture as a
profitable commodity. Massingir Agro-Industrial is a South African and
Mozambican company that has been given the use of 30,000 hectares of
land in Massingir, western Mozambique, by the country’s government.
Backed by European investors, once feasibility studies are complete,
the company will begin planting sugar cane to produce sugar - 80% of
which will be exported to Europe.
Under the deal, local villagers will not be relocated. Some land will
be left for the villagers but the vast majority of it will be off
Foreign Policy - 27 April 2011
How Goldman Sachs Created the
Don't blame American appetites, rising oil prices, or genetically
modified crops for rising food prices. Wall Street's at fault for the
spiraling cost of food.
Policy - May/June 2011
Demand and supply certainly matter. But there's another
reason why food across the world has become so expensive: Wall Street
It took the brilliant minds of Goldman Sachs to realize the simple
truth that nothing is more valuable than our daily bread. And where
there's value, there's money to be made. In 1991, Goldman bankers, led
by their prescient president Gary Cohn, came up with a new kind of
investment product, a derivative that tracked 24 raw materials, from
precious metals and energy to coffee, cocoa, cattle, corn, hogs, soy,
and wheat. They weighted the investment value of each element, blended
and commingled the parts into sums, then reduced what had been a
complicated collection of real things into a mathematical formula that
could be expressed as a single manifestation, to be known henceforth as
the Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI).
Hungry Planet: The New
Geopolitics of Food
Lester R. Brown
Welcome to FP's first-ever food issue in which we travel
across this hungry planet of ours at a time when skyrocketing prices
are dictating politics from the Middle East to Madagascar. The special
section, which travels from the yuppies who've appropriated the miracle
food of the Incas to a darkened kitchen in Baghdad where women battered
by war came together to celebrate life, explores the food wars of the
21st century, debunks the conventional wisdom about hunger and poverty,
shows us 10 ways we really are what we eat, and asks leading experts to
predict the future of food.
|From The Economist - 21 April 2012
Kim selection - The new
boss of the World Bank has a tough job. The manner of his appointment
has made it tougher
FOR the past decade, two big trends have been reshaping
development. One is the growth of new sources of aid and loans, notably
middle-income countries such as China, private capital flows and
charitable organisations such as the Gates Foundation. This is
undermining the dominance of Western institutions. The other is a new
way of thinking about development, which focuses less on national plans
and more on the rights of individuals and specific groups.
U.S. Politicians Vote
April 12, 2011
For the rulers of the
world’s most powerful country, science is just a matter of opinion ...
On April 6, three members of the U.S. House of Representatives proposed
this amendment to a bill under discussion:
"Congress accepts the scientific findings of the Environmental
Protection Agency that climate changes is occurring, is caused largely
by human activities, and poses significant risks for public health and
The amendment did not propose any action— it simply allowed members of
the House to state whether or not they agree with the overwhelming
The amendment was defeated 240 to 184.
From Climate and Capitalism
|From John Pilger - 2007
As published by truththeory.org
The War on Democracy
The War on Democracy – U.S. Forigin
Policy in the Latin America is John Pilger’s documentary made in 2007.
He travels throughout Latin America and the United States, to
investigate the relationship between the two. Recent US foreign policy
towards South & Central America has been destructive, at best, and
this mainstream UK tv documentary film exposes the truth behind
Washington’s actions, whilst blowing apart some of the myths within the
so-called War On Terror at the same time. This film uses archive
footage to support its claim that democracy has been wiped out in
country after country in Latin America since the 1950s, with
testimonies from many of those involved and affected. Venezuelan
president, Hugo Chavez, is one of those interviewed.
| From John Pilger - 1992
War by other means
John Pilger examines the policy of
First World banks agreeing loans with Third World countries, which are
then unable to meet the cripling interest charges. An interesting
documentary, that relativizes helps provided by northern hemisphere to
African continent. John Pilger questions whether poor countries will
ever develop while burdened with massive debts to the West. John Pilger
travels to many third world countries to investigate the devastating
results of loans from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund
(IMF). This film shows how many wars today are not carried out at the
barrel of a gun, but by the monetary policies of global banking
institutions. Instead of bombs, it has been discovered that debt is a
far more powerful weapon to control and maintain the power of global
economic interests. It turns out that the “structural-adjustment”
policies of neo-liberal economics are even more deadly than nerve gas
and many other weapons of war. This documentary backs up many of the
claims made by John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit
| From the Institute for Policy Research & Development
Repression, Human Rights, and US Training of
Military Forces from the South
By Ruth Joanna Blakeley,
Department of Politics, University of Bristol, October 2006
In order to understand whether US training of military forces
from the South has resulted in the use of repression or improvements in
human rights, we need to situate the training within the broader
context of US foreign policy objectives and strategies.
The main aims of US foreign policy are to maintain its dominant global
position and to ensure control of resources and markets in the South.
These objectives are being pursued through an emerging, US led
transnational state, using the instruments of legitimation at least as
much as repression.
This contrasts with the Cold War, during which US foreign policy
strategy towards the South emphasised repression. US training of
military forces from the South during the Cold War played a key role in
a US-led network of terror, through which many states in the South were
connected to the US and each other by cooperation between their
militaries, police and intelligence services. The training was
dominated by a particular form of counterinsurgency instruction which
advocated repression of groups that might potentially threaten US
control of Southern economies and assets. This contributed to
widespread human rights violations, particularly in Latin America.
Following the end of the Cold War, reliance on the network of terror
diminished, and it was subsumed within the emergent transnational
state. In line with this shift in US foreign policy strategy in the
South, some aspects of the training began to be characterised by the
promotion of legitimation. In the wake of 9/11, the US has intensified
both its legitimation efforts and its use of repression, and the
training continues to play a significant role in the service of US
foreign policy objectives.
| Capitalist Economic
Workers worldwide must wake up to how capitalist terrorists
are literally destroying them day in and day out. It's often difficult
for Americans to believe that their rulers are as ruthless and pitiless
as they really are--and hence clearly deserve the name terrorists. It
may help to see one of the cabal terrorists in action, in this instance
Marie Jana Korbelová, aka Madeliene Albright, 64th American Secretary
of State in response to a question about 1990s U.S. economic sanctions
against Iraq and the human consequences:
Question: "We have heard that half a million children have died. I
mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is
the price worth it?"
Reply: "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price—we think the
price is worth it."
Albright is no more barbarous in her behavior and
attitudes than any other of her cabal fellow terrorists. Financial
terrorism such as imposing economic sanctions against a state the junta
chooses is one of their favorite tactics--regardless of human
Often, people are able to comprehend current
events when they see that they're in essence a repeat of earlier
occurrences. In this essay, we'll explore the identical features of the
1929 economic crash and the 2008 capitalist terrorist attack on the
Both in 1929 and again now, people find it
difficult to understand that seemingly accidental events--like economic
crashes--are in reality planned and orchestrated by totally
unscrupulous persons with immense power.
"The streets and people of New York are devastated for the second time
in a decade. This time, the culprits behind the wrecked lives and
ruined livelihoods are not foreign extremists, but homegrown. And
rather than receive appropriate retribution, the perpetrators receive
billions of government dollars for their demolition job."
dirty bomb goes off in New York,"
March 26, 2009, Tomdispatch
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Finally, A Rich
American Destroys The Fiction That Rich People Create The Jobs
Henry Blodget - December 2011
No, Entrepreneurs Like
Steve Jobs Do Not "Create Jobs" By Inventing Products Like The iPhone
In the war of rhetoric that has developed in Washington
as both sides blame each other for our economic mess, one argument has
been repeated so often that many people now regard it as fact:
Rich people create the jobs.
Specifically, entrepreneurs and investors, when incented by low taxes,
build companies and create millions of jobs.
And these entrepreneurs and investors, therefore, the argument goes,
can solve our nation's huge unemployment problem — if only we cut taxes
and regulations so they can be incented to build more companies and
create more jobs.
Henry Blodget - December 2011
billionaire named Nick Hanauer recently wrote an
editorial for Bloomberg in which he destroyed
the argument that the jobs in America are created by rich entrepreneurs
and investors. In our current "class war" climate, this argument
has been repeated so often that it's now regarded as fact. And it is
frequently and passionately invoked to defend the idea that we should
make further tax cuts for rich people — so rich people can have an
incentive to create more jobs.
CHARTS: Here's What
The Wall Street Protesters Are So Angry About...
Henry Blodget - October 2011
Mitt Romney Supporters
Appear To Be Delusional About A Key Reason For His 13% Tax Rate
...yes, they have very
And if America cannot figure out a way to address these gripes, the
country will likely become increasingly "de-stabilized, " as
sociologists might say. And in that scenario, the current protests will
likely be only the beginning.
The problem in a nutshell is this: Inequality in this country has hit a
level that has been seen only once in the nation's history, and
unemployment has reached a level that has been seen only once since the
Great Depression. And, at the same time, corporate profits are at a
In other words, in the never-ending tug-of-war between "labor" and
"capital," there has rarely—if ever—been a time when "capital" was so
Henry Blodget - August 2012
You can't write about tax rates these
days without getting shelled by those who feel their favorite
Presidential candidate is being attacked by whatever you say.
That's too bad, because it hinders the ability to have a reasoned
discussion about taxes, which is a discussion this country desperately
needs to have.
15 Mind-Blowing Facts
About Wealth And Inequality In America
Gus Lubin - November 2010
The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting
poorer. Cliché, sure, but it's more true than at any time since the
While politicians gloat about our "recovery," our poor are getting
poorer, our average wages are still falling behind inflation, and
social mobility is at an all-time low.
But, yes, if you're in that top 1%, life in America is grand...