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The Polemicist: Syriza’s Final Charade

Go to source. In my February post on The SYRIZA Moment (and in a revision of that piece, forthcoming in Canadian Dimension), I expressed great skepticism about the Syriza leadership’s commitment to the radical change the party promised to enact. I pointed out that the leadership, as represented by Alex Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis, refuses Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Guns and the Godly

Where do American Christians stand on guns and gun-related violence? Christianity, after all, is a religion that professes love and peace.  Admittedly, the Christian Bible’s frequent depiction of Christ (“The Prince of Peace”) as rejecting violence seems contradicted by his remark that he had come not to bring peace, but a sword.  But this statement Read more…

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Tapani Lausti: The destructive grip of capital

By Tapani Lausti István Mészáros, The Necessity of Social Control. Monthly Review Press 2015. Politicians around the world are busy trying to convince citizens that they know the road to economic recovery. Every little sign of economic growth and every small percentage in the fall of unemployment are greeted as if something dramatic has happened Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Ignoring its own reporting – Guardian EU editor lets Jean-Claude Junker off the hook for his lies -UPDATED

EU Commission chief, Jean-Claude Junker, held a press conference today in which he claimed that Greece’s vicious EU overlords never demanded that Greece’s Syriza government cut wages and pensions. In fact, he claimed the lenders were on the verge of offering debt relief when Alexis Tsipras, the Greek PM,  “betrayed” them by calling a referendum. Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters on PSUV primaries in Venezuela

The following line stands out, in a bad way, in Alexandra Ulmer’s report on the ruling party’s internal elections. “The revolution doesn’t work like it used to. You don’t feel that emotion anymore,” said a teacher at a state-run school in a low-income part of Caracas, who is disappointed with President Nicolas Maduro, the former Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Politico article on Argentina and Greece is grossly inaccurate UPDATED: Politico replies

Argentina defaulted on its foreign debt in December 2001. Its example (along with Iceland’s and Ecuador’s) offer important lessons for Greece which looks poised to default on debt owed to the IMF.  Naturally the corporate press can’t help but lie about Argentina’s example. The article by Zeke Turner says “It took more than five years Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Killing of the Shia Muslims in Kuwait on June 26, 2015

Nasir Khan, June 27, 2015 Those who commit such crimes have no concern for humans and humanity. They think what they are doing is for Allah and his ‘only true religion’, Islam. They see it as their Jihad, the holy war, for their version of ‘true Islam’, that excludes Shia Muslims and Ahmadis from the Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: The dilemma of CorporateCare

Reposted from HermannView. The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of Obamacare, which will be called CorporateCare in the rest of this article, in a 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell. For a quick summary one can look to the wire services. They reported that the Court upheld “nationwide tax subsidies,” or more simply “financial aid to Read more…

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Nasir Khan: The ‘Special’ Relationship of the United States and Israel

Nasir Khan, June 25, 2015 In a comment on a short article of mine, Comrade Bill Benfield raises an important point about the relationship between the US and the Zionist Israel. In fact, our views have much in common while we are looking at different aspects of the same issue. US imperialism is a militaristic Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: Compassion Fatigue and Charleston

The shootings in Charleston have captured a nation’s attention. There have been some pretty laudable discussions emerging from this tragedy. I have seen three narratives emerge: A discussion about mental health, a discussion about guns, and a discussion about race. Let’s be clear: This issue is first and foremost about race. Dylann Storm Roof does Read more…

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