Understanding the global role of the US economy

Published on VOXeu, by M. Ayhan Kose, Csilla Lakatos, Franziska Ohnsorge, Marc Stocker, Feb 27, 2017.

A growth surge in the world’s largest economy could provide a significant boost to global activity. In contrast, uncertainty about the direction of US policies could have the opposite effect. This column investigates spillover channels linking the US and the global economy. An acceleration in US growth would have positive effects for the rest of the world if not counterbalanced by increased trade barriers. However, policy uncertainty could hamper global growth, and could have particularly bad effects on investment growth in emerging and developing economies … // Continue Reading…

Chelsea Manning Welcome Home Fund

Published on GoFundMe, created Feb 7, 2017.

This is the official campaign raising funds for Chelsea Manning. This campaign is being organized by her friends and family. I have known Chelsea as her attorney, advocate and friend for several years. The money will be deposited directly into her bank account, which is being managed by her current power of attorney. Upon her release on May 17th, she will have full control over all funds donated. Continue Reading…

Syria’s Draft Constitution, “No Military Solution”. Russia Now Runs the Peace Process to End Syria’s War – Part III

Part I, Feb 20, 2017; Part II, Feb 22, 2017 - Published on Global Research.ca (first on Strategic Culture Foundation), by Eric Zuesse, Feb 25, 2017.

AFTER RUSSIA TOOK OVER THE NEGOTIATIONS: the conclusion of the first round of post-U.S.-involvement Syrian peace talks took place in Astana Kazakhstan and ended on January 24th, and included, as governmental participants, Syria, Russia, Iran, and Turkey. Neither the Sauds (who had selected and organized the delegation that supposedly represented ‘the rebels’ in the previous, America-led, talks) nor the United States government (which is the main international representative of the Sauds) participated. Continue Reading…

Canada, Ontario: Time to Fix Hydro ‘Mistake’

Published on The Bullett, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin No. 1372, by Paul Kahnert, Feb 22, 2017.

Hydro in Ontario is a mess and rates are skyrocketing. The high number of people who have trouble paying or can’t pay their Hydro bills is growing by the day. Businesses are leaving the province and/or refusing to locate here because of high Hydro rates. A group that is especially being ignored is small and medium business including farmers (that’s from a former union activist) … // Continue Reading…

Why free trade is not always an advantage

… and why protectionism can also mean protection – Published on Current Concerns, by Karl Müller, Feb 21, 2017.

One of the “Establishment’s” “narratives” is that science and reason are on their side and their critics have no real arguments. That the critics are blind to reality and strongly biased by their feelings, seducible by “populists”, by “conspiracy theorists,” and by brokers of “fake news” (especially the Russian government). Continue Reading…

Young Iranian chess grandmaster expelled from national team for not wearing hijab

… while competing as an independent player in the 2017 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival – Published on RT, Feb 21, 2017.

Iran has banned 18-year-old chess grandmaster Dorsa Derakhshani from competing for the national chess team for not wearing a hijab – obligatory dress for women under Iranian law.
Derakhshani was expelled for not covering her hair with the garment – compulsory wear for women since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 – while competing as an independent player in the 2017 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. Continue Reading…

FOOD: it’s time to put food policy back on the table

… one that benefits farmers, and not Monsanto – Published on Alternet, by Jim Hightower, Feb 14, 2017.

During the farm crisis of the 1980s, an Iowa farmer asked if I knew the difference between a family farmer and a pigeon. When I said no, he delighted in explaining: “A pigeon can still make a deposit on a new John Deere.”   Continue Reading…

These 8 neocons are gearing up to destroy President Trump

… and Make America Bomb Again – Published on Axis of Logic (first on The Duran), by Alex Christoforou, Feb 15, 2017.

US Senator Rand Paul recently urged President Trump not to choose neoconservative Elliott Abrams to serve in the No. 2 spot at the US State Department … //

… Here are 8 neocons that are gunning to take Trump down, and force America into more illegal wars and regime change operations.   Continue Reading…

The Democratic Party has COLLAPSED as a political force in the USA

Glenn Greenwald: The Democratic Party has COLLAPSED as a political force in the USA – and here’s why, 5.09 min, uploaded by NoWorldOrder.com, Feb 16, 2017.

… “The Democrats don’t have control of the House or the Senate, the Republicans do. They now have lost two-thirds of governorships, which are also now in the hands of the Republican Party. And they are one state house away from enabling the Republicans to convene a constitutional convention on their own because they will have two-thirds of the states fully within their grasp, and both houses of Congress. So, it’s a party that has collapsed as a national political force in the United States! It’s not just the presidential election!”   Continue Reading…

Flynn fired over high-level DC pedophile list

Flynn fired over high-level DC pedophile list, 21.24 min, uploaded by NoWorldOrder.com, Feb 17, 2017.

Former CIA officer Robert David Steele explains how Flynn was really fired because he was in possession of a high-level Washington DC pedophile list with many names. One of those names was Vice President Mike Pence’s “best friend”. Steele also says that there are restaurants in Washington DC and Saudi Arabia where you can literally order children off of the menu …;
in german: about pedophilia: Ritueller Missbrauch, on politics for the 99%, Oct 25, 2016, with my long comment about what I lived when being in France in the sixties, letting me believe that Pizzagate must be true; Continue Reading…

We Could Lose Two Hundred Million People [in a Nuclear War]

… and still have more than we had at the Time of the Civil War, the Air Force chief of staff told the Joint Chiefs at a September 1971 meeting. – Published on The National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 580, by William Burr, Feb 15, 2017.

  • Declassified Diary Excerpt and Other Records of Ex-JCS Chairman Moorer Detail Highest-Level Military Deliberations, Including with White House;
  • JCS Minutes, Once Thought Entirely Destroyed, Partially Preserved in Moorer Records at U.S. National Archives

… The record of the JCS meeting can be found in recently declassified diaries of Admiral Thomas Moorer, who served as JCS chairman during 1970 through 1974. During the late 1970s, the Chiefs destroyed their entire collection of minutes going back to 1947; apparently the only surviving JCS meeting records were those kept by Moorer. Continue Reading…

South Africa and the Changing Possibilities for the Left

Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin No. 1370 (first on Pambazuka News.org), by Leonard Gentle, Feb 16, 2017.

With the claims that a new trade union federation will be launched in March 2017, it is appropriate to draw up a balance sheet of the labour movement in South Africa, and ask whether the optimism of many that a new Left force is going to be unleashed is justified. Or whether the possibilities for a force of revolutionary working class politics lie elsewhere … // Continue Reading…


Gregor Gysi (die Linke) sagte (damals) die (heutige) Zukunft voraus, 16.27 min, hochgeladen von Freie Propaganda NEO … damals, vor Einführung des Euro;

(mein Kommentar: ich bin es so leid, unseren Parlamenten immer wieder beim Versagen zusehen zu müssen … sonst ist alles gesagt – Heidi).

Western Interests Aim To Flummox Russia

Published on Paul Craig Roberts, by blog owner and Michael Hudson, Feb 14, 2017.

An article by Robert Berke in oilprice.com, which describes itself as “The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News,” illustrates how interest groups control outcomes by how they shape policy choices. Continue Reading…

for our economic system – Plan B

… a systemic revolution for real transformation – Published in english on Wissensmanufaktur, 20 pages in pdf, by Andreas Popp and Rico Albrecht, November 2011.

Note about this English version: please appreciate that the majority of our work is carried out in an honorary capacity without remuneration. Questions will be read and responded to by us only in German language, should time allow us to do so. We have to delete on a regular basis unread emails due to the fact that we are being flooded with inquiries. We would ask you for your understanding. Many thanks for your efforts and thoughts. Continue Reading…

creative affordable small homes

Left wing liberalism tries to rule by manufacturing consent

Published on Sunday Guardian Live, by COME CARPENTIER DE GOURDON, Feb 12, 2017.

Elites show single-minded dedication to the supposed demands of minorities even to the detriment of the majority. Continue Reading…

US: 37 percent of people in N.J. are among the working poor – study

Published on New Jersey nj, by Stephen Stirling, Jan 16, 2017.

Charlene O’Brien doesn’t want help. The 38-year-old single mother of two has built her life on being a strong, independent woman. Continue Reading…

Exposing the Myths of Neoliberal Capitalism: an Interview with Ha-Joon Chang

Published on Truthout, by C.J. Polychroniou, Feb 0, 2017.

For the part 40 years or so, neoliberalism has reigned supreme over much of the western capitalist world, producing unparalleled wealth accumulation levels for a handful of individuals and global corporations while the rest of society has been asked to swallow austerity, stagnating incomes and a shrinking welfare state. But just when we all thought that the contradictions of neoliberal capitalism had reached their penultimate point, culminating in mass discontent and opposition to global neoliberalism, the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election brought to power a megalomaniac individual who subscribes to neoliberal capitalist economics while opposing much of its global dimension. Continue Reading…

Black Snakes on the Move: U.S. Pipeline Expansion Out Of Control

Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin no 1367, by Teressa Rose Ezell, Feb 9, 2017.

A Lakota prophecy tells of a mythic Black Snake that will move underground and bring destruction to the Earth. The “seventh sign” in Hopi prophecy involves the ocean turning black and bringing death to many sea-dwelling creatures. It doesn’t take an over-active imagination to make a connection between these images and oil pipelines and spills. Continue Reading…

No Pink Wooly Caps for Me

… on women’s marches in Washington DC, San Francisco, worldwide – Published on Dissident Voice.org, by Barbara MacLean, Feb 7, 2017.

… I was struck by one thing. Whiteness. The marchers were predominantly white – even in places like Nairobi. Not only were they white, they looked like they were upper middle class – able to afford the finest warm clothes and designer outfits, down jackets, sporting iPhones to record themselves. Continue Reading…

This endless Trump bashing

Only one fact: report that Trump hung up on Australian PM is Fake News – Published on Paul Craig Roberts.org, by blog owner, Feb 3, 2017.
Everywhere it is taken for granted that President Trump was rude on the telephone to Australia’s prime minister and hung up on him. The low grade morons at CNN repeat this endlessly as a fact, and even David Stockman, several levels higher than CNN in intelligence, assumes that this fake news report is true. But the Prime Minister of Australia says NOT CORRECT, the call ended courteously … (full text).   Continue Reading…

How corporate dark money is taking power on both sides of the Atlantic

Published on The Guardian, by George Monbiot, Feb 2, 2017.

It took corporate America a while to warm to Donald Trump. Some of his positions, especially on trade, horrified business leaders. Many of them favoured Ted Cruz or Scott Walker. But once Trump had secured the nomination, the big money began to recognise an unprecedented opportunity … // Continue Reading…

living spaces becoming smaller and smaller

… hopefully our minds remain open … open to das Grosse Ganze / the Whole / le Grand Tout – uploaded on YouTube by Kirsten Dirksen:

Is Inequality a Political Choice?

Published on Institute for New Economic Thinking, Feb 3, 2017.

Research by INET-affiliated scholars shows the US lags far behind its peers on inclusive growth, suggesting inequality is not an inevitable consequence of globalization and technology. Continue Reading…