Monthly Archives: August 2012

How the state thinks–United States policy and intentions

Eisenhower, Indochina and US State policy Eisenhower, speaking about Indochina in the early stages of the Vietnam War, lets the truth out about the actual state concerns–control over resources, trade policies, and trade flows–in a speech he gave at a … Continue reading

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Early phase of the Vietnam War: 1945-1954

The images and text are taken from the documentary “A Television History of the Vietnam War“, Part I. The interviews of original actors on all sides, and the extensive footage of the events, make it an invaluable source for understanding … Continue reading

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Pussy Riot’s poetry of protest

(from the video interview below:) “When I put on my mask, I feel like a person who can do everything. Of course I’m the same person, but this is another part of me who has more courage and which has … Continue reading

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The United States v. Nicaragua, 1984

In 1984, Nicaragua went to the highest court in the land, the International Court of Justice, created by the UN in 1946, to complain that the US had a) laid mines in all of its harbors in order to prevent … Continue reading

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Some sources for understanding the Assange criminal charges

Frustrated with the incomplete or unreliable reporting about the accusations made against Julian Assange, I compiled some research on the allegations that have been made against him. One important point, as Glenn Greenwald points out, is that “No responsible person … Continue reading

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The Political Economy of the Media

Basically, the news is a presentation of the world, business-spun. There are two basic consumer publics. First the business world itself, second the ordinary public. And there are three structural layers. First is the broad structure of a constitutional democratic … Continue reading

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Participatory economics

**** Below are some excerpts from Michael Albert’s 2003 book Parecon: Life After Capitalism. Albert offers an abstract critique of our contemporary economic structures and offers some insights about what kind of alternative vision we might put forward. problems and … Continue reading

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Obama proves how committed he is to transparency…

…by unleashing what the Times refers to as what “appears to be the most sweeping inquiry” in years, as FBI agents are sent on an intimidation campaign, “interviewing” “current and former high-level government officials from multiple agencies”, with the effect … Continue reading

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