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Bill Maher and Glenn Greenwald on US legacy in Middle East (the Liberal and the Left)

On one side, the reflexive defense of the US as World Savior and benevolent Planetary Patriarch. On the other side, consistent moral principles and a basic knowledge of history. From 4:50:

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As Bangladesh factory death toll rises, some background

This is excerpted from documentation compiled in N. Chomksy’s Year 501, 1993. The wealth of the colonies returned to Britain, creating huge fortunes. By 1700, the East India Company accounted for “above half the trade of the nation,” one contemporary … Continue reading

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Economics as business class ideology

One would expect economists to at minimum respond adequately to the questions of what must one know about the economy and what must be done to make the economy best serve human interests. It is claimed that economists learn about … Continue reading

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Liberal education: What It Is and Why It’s Good

What is the interest of a liberal education? If a person reads the news, but has little perspective on the broader developments of human society, then they will not be in an ideal position to understand much of what is … Continue reading

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The US is a bigger terrorist than Bin Laden

Is this a true statement? How is terrorism defined? The normal definition is that terrorism is killing, harming, or threatening civilians for political purposes. So, in a classic example, during the Franco-Algerian War, both the FLN and the French army … Continue reading

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US Marines at work, Part II: Winter Soldier, 1971

1971 Winter Soldier Testimony from Vietnam war participants MODERATOR. Okay, Mr. Olimpieri, I wish you could… there’s some testimony here…you witnessed a 70-year-old man wounded about 20 miles southwest of Da Nang. Could you elaborate on this, please? ¬†OLIMPIERI. Yeah. … Continue reading

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US Marines, in action–Winter Soldier, 2008

“The reason I am doing this today is not only for myself and the rest of society to hear, but for all those who cannot be here to talk about the things we went through, to talk about the things … 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 role of the intellectual

For now, here is Edward Said in 1994: “Certainly in writing and speaking, one’s aim is not to show everyone how right one is but rather to try to induce a change in moral climate whereby aggression is seen as … Continue reading

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Bradley Manning in court, Day One

UPDATE: This livefeed from The Guardian lucidly describes the details as the defense wraps up (12/21/11). http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/dec/21/bradley-manning-hearing-live-updates For some background, see my March 2011 posts on Manning, Part One and Part Two. See also the video of the US military … Continue reading

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Rick Perry’s YouTube advertisement: Let the voting begin.

If international voting on the Perry Youtube video on a fictional “Obama’s War on Christmas” had anything to do with the election, Perry would not be happy with the results.¬† I watched Rick Perry’s new advertisement after a friend sent … Continue reading

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“Corporations are people, my friend”

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Entrenched social inequality, as visible at Starbucks

Who’s in charge? This poster is on the wall of my local Starbucks.

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The atomic bomb and Hiroshima: We had to drop it, to save American lives, right?

Hiroshima was bombed by the US on August 6, 1945. The common argument in favor of the decision to drop the bomb was that the Japanese would have drawn out the war and many Allied lives were at stake. There … Continue reading

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How did you fare Buy Nothing Day?

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Foucault in a cowboy hat

 

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Stiglitz: “right now, we are worse than old Europe”

Why we should protest:

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Against steve jobs

I have been astonished at the affect poured out regarding the death of Steve Jobs, replete with apple icons in personified emotional states of all kinds. The point is by now banal, but corporations and their icons have entered our … Continue reading

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