Donnerstag, 4. Oktober 2012

No debate, no real choice in 2012

Liberty & Power
by Keith Halderman


The reason we are told this election is so important is not because of who wins or loses, this time, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, but because the mainstream media wants us to demonstrate our acceptance of the principle that government exists to benefit us. The fact is that government really only has concern for the politicians, lobbyists, bureaucrats who have control of it and the wealthy who can pay to decide who gets that control...

Open the presidential debates!

The Nation
by John Nichols


Confirmed as the nominees of their parties at scripted if not always on-message conventions, the Romney/Ryan and Obama/Biden tickets now proceed to what should be the lightning round of American politics: four debates during the month leading up to the November 6 election. Unfortunately, if all goes according to plan, the debates won t be any more dramatic or instructive than the conventions. America doesn t really have presidential debates. Instead, we have joint appearances where candidates recite talking points in settings so carefully controlled by party apparatchiks that the only real wrangling is over the height of the lecterns and the temperature of the drinking water...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Election fraud: The smoking gun


Emergency Call for a United Front Against Austerity

By Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.

No matter whether Obama or Romney wins the coming presidential election, American working people will face a savage assault on their economic rights starting after the vote.

The Illegitimate 2012 Debates

By Carl Gibson

Until the two corporate parties relinquish control of the CPD and allow other candidates to have more of a say, every 4 years will always include the same charade this time of year.

The US presidential debates' illusion of political choice


The issue is not what separates Romney and Obama, but how much they agree. This hidden consensus has to be exposed,

From Information Clearing House


At Last Night s Debate: Romney Told 27 Myths in 38 Minutes

Igor Volsky, ThinkProgress: Pundits lauding Mitt Romney s debate performance are ignoring the fact that he misled viewers.

Issues That Obama and Romney Avoid

Noam Chomsky, Truthout: There are two issues of overwhelming significance, because the fate of the species is at stake: environmental disaster, and nuclear war. But the only difference between the two political parties is how enthusiastically the lemmings should march toward the cliff.

Not Just Big Bird: Six Examples of the Right s War on Beloved Children s Characters

Sarah Jaffe, AlterNet: Voters will decide whether or not Romney gets to fire Big Bird, but this is certainly not the first time right-wingers have painted a target on a fictional character.

GOP War on Voting Succeeds Despite Legal Failures

'Drone attacks in violation of international laws'

US peace team member terms drones 'personal execution device' of US president.

From Information Clearing House


When drones decide to kill on their own

The Diplomat
by J. Michael Cole


In an age where printers and copy machines continue to jam, the idea that drones could start making life-and-death decisions should be cause for concern. Once that door is opened, the risk that we are on a slippery ethical slope with potentially devastating results seems all too real. One need not envision the nightmares scenario of an out-of-control Skynet from Terminator movie fame to see where things could go wrong...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

British soldiers are dying in Afghanistan to win the war of Whitehall

Only one battle matters to the Ministry of Defencem the battle for resources. In this the Taliban is not an enemy, but an ally.

Time to name all the dead in Afghanistan: how many civilians have been killed?

David Cameron has never mentioned the name of a single Afghan killed, the majority of whom have been ordinary civilians caught in the middle of the West s war on one of the world s poorest countries.

From Information Clearing House

Libya: U.S. targets militants for reprisal

The United States is laying the groundwork for operations to kill or capture militants implicated in the deadly attack on a diplomatic mission in Libya, senior military and counterterrorism officials said Tuesday.

From Information Clearing House

One in Seven US Seniors Live in Poverty


In the United States, many seniors do not get the care they need, where one in seven seniors are living in poverty.

Ireland: One in ten 'at risk of food poverty'

One in 10 people in Ireland are too poor to afford a properly balanced diet, a study has shown.

UK food banks used by record number, says Trussell Trust

A record number of people received emergency food from UK food banks in the last six months, a charity says.

Colorado s working poor

'Suddenly, I'm living below the poverty line': The US poverty rate has risen 19% since 2000. Gary Younge talks to voters in Fort Collins about the struggle to stay afloat and whether Obama or Romney offers any kind of solution.

From Information Clearing House

Whatever Happened to Civil Liberties?

By Jack Hunter

Under Obama, Democrats have embraced the national security state.

'The American Dream Has Become a Myth'

Interview with Economist Joseph Stiglitz

The finance industry is to blame for the growing divide between the rich and poor in the United States, says Nobel Prize-winning economics professor Joseph Stiglitz. He accuses the industry of preying on the poor and buying government policies that help them get richer.

Top 1% Got 93% of Income Growth as Rich-Poor Gap Widened

The ''recovery that officially began in mid-2009'' hasn t arrived in most Americans' paychecks. In 2010, the top 1 percent of U.S. families captured as much as 93 percent of the nation s income growth, according to a March paper by Emmanuel Saez, a University of California at Berkeley economist who studied Internal Revenue Service data.

From Information Clearing House


US Senate report: ''Fusion centers'' violate rights, don t catch terrorists

Daily Mail [UK]


A multibillion-dollar information-sharing network of 77 so-called fusion centers violated Americans? civil rights and failed to produce any valuable intelligence on terrorism, according to a scathing Senate report released on Wednesday. ... Because of a convoluted grants process set up by Congress, Homeland Security officials don t know how much they have spent in their decade-long effort to set up so-called fusion centers in every state...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


'Fusion Centers' Erode Civil Liberties Not Terrorism: Senate Study

Ignoring America s Poor

ACLU Calls for Hearings on Fusion Centers Following Senate Report


Remember Those Spying 'Fusion' Centers?


How Big Companies Use Plain English to Rob You Blind

Mark Karlin, Truthout: Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Cay Johnston believes that the facts speak for themselves: the government has helped rig the economy to favor corporations and the super-rich.

US, Allies Wage Economic War On Iran

By Finian Cunningham

The havoc hitting Iran s national finances should leave no-one under any illusions. The country is facing economic warfare from the US and its European allies.

US official says Iran currency to face more pressure

''And just to be clear about this, the sanctions will remain in place and will intensify so long as Iran refuses to engage meaningfully about its nuclear programme,'' he said.

Hyperinflation Hits Iran: Monthly 70% Inflation Rate, Reflections on Economic Warfare

The oil embargo against Iran has worked, assuming one defines ''work'' as a destruction of the Iranian riall which has fallen 33% in a week, 57% in three months and 75% in a year vs. the US dollar.

Iranians Abandon Meat for Bread as Rial Drop Fires Protests

Iran s freefalling currency is turning meat into a luxury, sparking overnight price surges and spurring shoppers to stockpile goods.

Sanctioning society: From Iraq to Iran


Untargeted sanctions against a country is not an alternative to war, but a form of war in and of themselves.

Top 10 Things You Should Know About Iran s Hyperinflation

By Cullen Roche

The current monthly inflation rate implies a price-doubling time of 39.8 days. For certain goods, such as chicken, prices may be doubling at an even faster rate.

Financial Warfare: Destabilizing Iran s Monetary System

By Nile Bowie

It is important to recognize that these sanctions are not aimed against Iran s government, but at its poor and merchant population.

From Information Clearing House

USA: Aufstieg nur für wenige

Mehr Niedriglohnjobs, rückläufige Einkommen, außer bei den obersten 5 Prozent, weitere Verarmung der unteren Schichten.


Pentagon plant Operation zur Tötung libyscher Terroristen

Nach einem Bericht der New York Times scheint US-Präsident Obama erneut auf eine verdeckte Aktion von Spezialeinheiten zu setzen, um die für den Angriff auf die diplomatische Vertretung der USA in Bengasi Verantwortlichen zu ergreifen oder zu töten.

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