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Obama’s Africa Trip Highlights Declining US Influence

| July 14, 2013

US Army in Africa If you are one of those people, like me, who wondered why Obama would visit Africa and forgo a visit to his relatives in Kenya (the government has built a special runway to accommodate Air Force One), you won’t find the answer in the corporate media. In a recent Counterpunch article, […]

Will the Economy (and Civilization) Collapse This Year?

| August 15, 2012

Here comes another prediction, from the blog Ecomomic Collapse, that it will. It’s based on evidence that the government and major banks are making preparations they aren’t telling us about. Among other ominous signs, blogger Michael Snyder points to: 1. A secretive directive from regulators that big investment banks, like Bank of America and Goldman […]

Occupy Wall Street: The View from Davos

| January 23, 2012

The World Economic Forum Weighs In A British acquaintance has sent me a link to one of the background documents to be used when world leaders gather for the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland January25-29. The document is called Global Risks 2012 (http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GlobalRisks_Report_2012.pdf) The World Economic Forum is a Swiss non-profit corporation that brings […]

After Seattle

| September 22, 2011

This is the fourth in a series of posts about the antiglobalization movement. After Seattle, the antiglobalization movement continued to grow by leaps and bounds. Over the next 20 months, large contingents of North American activists followed international economic summits around the world to protest the anti-democratic agenda of the global economic elite. There were […]

The Tipping Point: When Do Americans Hit the Streets?

| August 9, 2011

Former Wall Street analyst (and fellow expatriate) Max Keiser predicts that American workers are unlikely to manifest the same revolutionary fervor as their comrades in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain until they experience comparable difficulties paying for food. See  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-B2V2l_6QE (link kindly provided by a reader). Egyptians pay 40% of their income for food, […]

Speculating with our Food

| July 3, 2011

In 2011, “food derivative” speculation has replaced financial derivatives as the hot new investment promoted by major investment banks like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. According to new research from the World Development Movement, the same banks that caused the 2008 economic crash are also responsible for skyrocketing food prices (see http://www.wdm.org.uk/sites/default/files/hunger%20lottery%20report_6.10.pdf and http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/931513/a_guide_to_food_speculation_how_to_argue_with_a_banker.html). They […]

I’m Okay, Thanks

| March 23, 2011

I’ve been at WOMAD for the last three days collecting signatures on a Green Party petition opposing government plans to privatize four of New Zealand’s state owned energy companies. Most people sign – well aware of the sad and embarrassing results of earlier privatization exercises (including the bank and railroad that failed and had to […]

The Common Misfortunes of Capitalism

| February 14, 2011

Obviously there is both an upside and a downside to living in New Zealand. All developed and developing countries are forced to operate under the same global capitalist system, which is under near absolute control of multinational corporations, via the WTO, the Global Agreement on Tariff and Trade (GATT) and other free trade treaties and […]

American Ambivalence Towards Empire

| February 10, 2011

It took moving overseas for it to sink in that Americans owe their high standard of living to US military domination of third world resources. I have always understood the theory of “economic imperialism” – that the US maintains a monopoly on cheap third world labor and resources via military support of puppet dictators (such […]

Addressing Overpopulation: Too Important to Leave to Government

| October 8, 2010

I have blogged before about chronic disease (and the need to produce extra farm labor) being the primary population pressure in the third world. Demographers seeking to understand first world population pressures simply look at the US with its 2.1 fertility rate – compared to a 1.1 – 1.4 rate in the most of the […]