By Michael Collins
The citizens of the United States have excellent judgment. They have shown it consistently over time. When that judgment shifts briefly allowing a failed policy, it is a result of the vilest forms of propaganda by a small clique of liars. (Image: PS-OV-ART)
The people were right about the invasion of Iraq
We know that the plan to invade Iraq began just days after Inauguration Day, 2001. The opportunity to launch the most disastrous and costly military effort in our history came on 9/11. The destruction of the World Trade Center towers and attack on the Pentagon became the pretext for war. The manipulators launched their fraudulent storyline in earnest with confidence that they would get their war.
But in December of 2002, the public wasn’t buying it. The people didn’t have access to all of the information. They knew one thing for sure — the invasion was a very bad idea unless Iraq posed an imminent threat to the country with weapons of mass destruction. An in depth Los Angeles Times public opinion poll asked this question:
Once warring tribes now ally to defeat mining and drilling
By John Perkins
Lessons from the Dongria Kondh: With greater power to build alliances across boundaries, the Davids of the world are having more success throwing off the Goliaths
It was the kind of fight in which the power seems so one-sided that the conclusion is foregone. The indigenous Dongria Kondh of Niyamgiri, India, saw their homeland and their sacred mountains threatened by Vedanta Resources, an international mining company that planned to build an enormous bauxite mine in the heart of their land. The Dongria used themselves as roadblocks to keep Vedanta employees away, but it was hard to imagine that their resistance would have long-term effects.
Posted in Environment, Food & Farming, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Region: Honduras, Region: Iceland, Region: India, Region: Latin America, Resistance
Tagged Amazon resistance, avatar victory, BP oil catastrophe, defeating corporatism, Dongria Kondh, Environment, indigenous tribes, Land Rights, people vs profits, populism
By Michael Lind
The 18th century’s patron saint of free markets shares his surprising views about Barack Obama and the U.S. economy
American labor activists and many liberals support the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), which would make it easier for workers to form unions. Many conservative economists argue that greater unionization would cripple the U.S., causing higher unemployment and rendering the U.S. economy less competitive. Do you agree?
“We rarely hear, it has been said, of the combinations of masters, though frequently of those of workmen. But whoever imagines, upon this account, that masters rarely combine, is as ignorant of the world as of the subject. Masters are always and everywhere in a sort of tacit, but constant and uniform, combination, not to raise the wages of labour above their actual rate … Masters, too, sometimes enter into particular combinations to sink the wages of labour even below this rate.”
Famous heckler Wenyi Wang stands between John Kusumi of the China Support Network and Timothy Cooper of Worldrights.
Does anybody remember the news story, “Heckler interrupts U.S. and Chinese Presidents on the South Lawn of the White House”? That would be Falun Gong’s Dr. Wenyi Wang, who was with us again on Sunday, July 19 2009. Continue reading
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Tagged can hip-hop save falun gong, china support network, corporatism, democracy, john kusumi, populism, Region: China, timothy cooper, wenyi wang, worldrights