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Public Relations - Propaganda as an Economic Branch - by Lukas Boehm
"The borders between skillful PR, dull propaganda and lobbyism and corruption are flowing. The only possibility for protecting oneself is to be informed as extensively and independently as possible. This is easier said than done; information costs energy and time and assumes a basic education."
Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:47AM
The Neoliberal Model: Profits without Investments - by Nikolaus Kowall
According to the neoliberal myth, higher profits would lead to more investments and more jobs. In truth, higher profits led to corporations buying back their stock and speculation on foreign currencies. The 2000s and 2010s were marked by low investments in the US, Germany and Europe. In truth, higher investments lead to higher profits.
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:50AM
IMF Annual Meetings Focus on High Debt Burdens and Global Inequality - by Arielle Retrosi
The annual International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings are focusing on the role of high debt burdens in both global economic recovery and increasing inequality. At the onset of the meetings, the G24 released an IMF statement noting that the IMF's failure to implement quota reform and the outcome of the US Supreme Court Argentina/NML Capital case impacts global inequality.
Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:23AM
New Report: Shrinking Corporate Tax Base is Wreaking Havoc on State Budgets - by Center for Effective Government
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2014—A new report published today by Center for Effective Government and National People’s Action (see PDF) uncovers how the shrinking corporate tax base is driving critical budget shortfalls and service cuts at the state and federal level. The report outlines exactly how much revenue has been lost due to a precipitous decline in corporate income tax rates and an explosion of loopholes. The report shows that since the recession, corporate income tax revenues have shr...
Posted: Wed Apr 9, 2014 2:45PM
Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay April 2014 SHOW (audio/mpeg 87.4MB) - by Radio Autonomia
Full Audio plus individual segments from the April 6, 2014 broadcast of Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay on Berkeley Liberation Radio, 104.1 FM, livestream at Berkeley Liberation Radio. This is Radio Autonomía-- Autonomy Radio, Zapatismo In the Bay. Our collective media project takes inspiration from the Zapatista movement in Chiapas México and focuses on autonomous political, economic, and social projects in the Bay Area that resonate with the anti-capitalist, rebel spirit of Zapatismo.
Posted: Tue Apr 8, 2014 9:35AM
Casino Capitalism and Profit Maximization - by Gunter Grzega
In the 1960s the average holding time for stocks was 10 years. Now the holding time is not 9 months but 22 seconds. Like shareholder value, profit maximization leads to exploding inequality and the waste of resources. States were weakened by extensive tax cuts. How can the economy serve long-term necessities (e.g. affordable housing, education and health care) and not only short-term profit maximization?
Posted: Tue Apr 8, 2014 4:02AM
Communist Party Wins Mayoral Election in Russia's 3rd Largest City - by Steven Argue
[Photo: Russian Communist Party rally supporting the right of the Crimean people to join Russia.]
Posted: Mon Apr 7, 2014 9:06AM
Liberating the Economy from Politics - by James Galbraith and Joseph Stiglitz
Economics is not an immutable unchangeable fate but a human system where changing rules changes outcomes. James Galbraith and Joseph Stiglitz are two well-known economists who question the myths of conventional economics, the self-healing, efficient and deregulated market The elite live in a frozen consciousness where there are no alternatives, bankruptcies are only normal business practice and nature is only a free good, external or sink. How can the economy serve long-term necessities and ...
Posted: Mon Apr 7, 2014 3:23AM
Supreme Court Rules for Big Money - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Sun Apr 6, 2014 12:50AM
Students Illustrate Ocean Life Impacted by Driftnets in Support of New CA Ocean Bill - by Joanna Nasar
4th Grade Class Calls on State Legislators to End Driftnets Along California Coast California Assemblymember Marc Levine Visits Class Today
Posted: Fri Apr 4, 2014 10:18AM
AFL-CIO Report “NAFTA at 20” Sums Up Trade Deals’ Impact - by AFL-CIO
(Washington, DC) The AFL-CIO on March 27 issued a report, NAFTA at 20 (see PDF), which summarizes the unfortunate experiences of workers in Mexico, Canada and the United States in the twenty years following passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). With the NAFTA model proving to be the template for additional trade deals in the past two decades and the Obama administration negotiating two massive trade deals, this report is particularly timely.
Posted: Tue Apr 1, 2014 1:10PM
Oso, Wa. mudslide not simply a natural disaster - by Andy Freeman
Most people in the U.S. have been submerged in the media bath of coverage on the deadly landslide event in Oso, Wa. that occurred March 22. News reports have highlighted both the tragic loss of life as well as the heroic efforts of rescuers, first to try to save lives and now to find and identify bodies. As of March 30, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's office has confirmed that 18 of the dead have been identified, a further nine or 10 bodies have not been formally identified, and 30 pe...
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:44PM
Billy Graham’s Daughter Sees the Rapture in Malaysian Airlines Disappearance - by Bill Berkowqitz
If you've been waiting for someone to link the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to The Rapture, thanks to the Reverend Billy Graham's daughter, your wait is over. According to Anne Graham Lotz, the disappearance of the Boeing 777 over the Indian Ocean could be a sign that The Rapture might be around the corner.
Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:24PM
TTIP Attacks on Wages, the Social and the Environment - by Verdi German union
The belief that growth and prosperity for all people are promoted by free trade is as old as capitalism. This is often wonderfully represented in the model worlds of economists. But reality looks different. Specific particular interests are sold as the general interest.
Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:59AM
Wells Fargo instructions for fabricating foreclosure documents - by IndyRadio
Wells Fargo manual for fabricating foreclusure documents was distributed to Wells lawyer one week after settlement with DOJ. 150 page leaked docuent attached.
Posted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:40PM
Jubilee USA Files to Supreme Court in Landmark Debt Case - by Arielle Retrosi
75 Religious and Development Institutions Join SCOTUS Brief to Ensure Global Poor are Heard
Posted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:19AM
Five Global Threats to Family Farmers - by Marilyn Borchardt
Among the specific threats identified by the report are new trade and investment deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) due to be adopted by twelve Pacific Rim states, and the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) between the US and the European Union. These agreements, notes report author Tanya Kerssen, threaten to override national laws—such as land-use guidelines and regulations on genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—that protect family farmers. Those who stand to ben...
Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:21PM
LULAC Welcomes FTC Probe into Herbalife's Deceptive Business Practices - by LULAC
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, LULAC Executive Director, Brent Wilkes, issued the following statement in response to the announcement by the FTC that it has opened a formal investigation into Herbalife.
Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:17PM
Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay MARCH 2014 "Autonomous Learning Centers" (audio/mpeg 103.2MB) - by Radio Autonomia
AUDIOS from the MARCH 3, 2014 broadcast of Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay on Berkeley Liberation Radio, 104.1FM, livestream at http://www.berkeleyliberationradio.net Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay to reflects the local focus of our reporting on anticapitalist and autonomous politics. All of our shows, old & new, will be archived: radioautonomia.wordpress.com
Posted: Sun Mar 9, 2014 6:58AM
Belarus: President Lukashenko Vows to Prevent a Coup Similar to Ukraine - by Steven Argue
[Photo: May 2, 2012: Belarusian soldiers rehearsing for the Victory Day parade in central Minsk, Belarus. This is a celebration of the USSR's victory over Nazi Germany. 2.2 million Belarusians were murdered by the Nazi occupiers, including most of Belarus's Jews. Today, among the "democratic" reforms of the new neo-Nazi infested government of Ukraine is the legalization of the destruction of WW II memorials celebrating the heroes of WW II. Unlike U.S. allies in Kiev, the Belarusian deform...
Posted: Wed Mar 5, 2014 11:55AM