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When the US Pulled off a Coup in Australia

Posted by , Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Fukushima Secrecy Syndrome – From Japan to America | Common Dreams – Ralph Nader

Posted by , Monday, January 27, 2014

Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation: APEC-ticism | The Economist

Posted by , Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Guardian: Snowden Reveals America and Britain Spied On G20 Members

Glenzilla hits the big time ..
Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts, according to documents seen by the Guardian/[Glenzilla]. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by British intelligence agencies to read their email traffic
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Posted by , Monday, June 17, 2013

Japan the Model – NYTimes.com – Paul Krugman

Posted by , Saturday, May 25, 2013

How the Financial Plutocracy Tugs the Leash on the Two-Party Duopoly

Posted by , Saturday, April 6, 2013

Finian Cunningham: US Protection Racket Root of Korea Conflict

Posted by , Saturday, April 6, 2013

Americablog: Think your bank deposits will always be 100% guaranteed by the FDIC? Think again

from AmBlog's Gaius Publius ..
There’s an international move by national governments to write regulations that permit deposit confiscation in the case of bank failure. This is exactly the Cyprus model, and [] confiscating deposits was being considered or enabled prior to Cyprus bank-failures .. Here’s what the New Zealand government says about [its] “Open Bank Resolution” [policy]: "The OBR policy is designed to ensure that first [crisis] losses are borne by the bank’s existing shareholders. In addition, a portion of depositors’ and other unsecured creditors’ funds will be frozen to bear any remaining losses" .. Just as the New Zealand plan has been in process for a while, so is a similar plan in the U.S. and the U.K .. The next banking crisis is anticipated to dwarf the last one, and [since no one will stand for another taxpayer bailout] the Bigs have been making plans to bail it out with depositor funds, not taxpayer funds [effectively ending insured deposit policy]. Cyprus is just the first implementation
where go? what do? .. read more
Posted by , Thursday, April 4, 2013

Rap News: War on Terra


Posted by , Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Japan Steps Out – NYTimes.com – Paul Krugman

Fascinating
Posted by , Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sweden Should Issue Assurance It Won’t Extradite Assange to US

Posted by , Saturday, September 29, 2012

Ken Butigan: East Timor and the nonviolent option

Butigan at Waging Nonviolence ..
Controlled by the Portuguese since the 16th century and rich in timber and offshore natural gas, East Timor had been decolonized in 1975, only to be promptly invaded and occupied by Indonesia in a military operation green-lighted by U.S. President Gerald Ford and his Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. A brutal counter-insurgency campaign was waged for decades against the armed resistance that sprang up after the invasion. Though U.N. resolutions condemned Indonesia’s land grab and the massive violence that ensued, Western governments did nothing to challenge this arrangement. In the late 1980s, the resistance set a new course, largely shifting from armed struggle — which had proved ineffective in dislodging Indonesia’s withering domination — to a strategy focused on nonviolent campaigns
and it worked! - mab .. read more
Posted by , Sunday, September 2, 2012

BREAKING: Ecuador Grants Assange Asylum, Defying UK Threats

Posted by , Thursday, August 16, 2012

AlterNet: Trans-Pacific Partnership: Under Cover of Darkness, a Corporate Coup Is Underway

Posted by , Wednesday, July 4, 2012

If we lose the World’s Oldest Living Culture–at least 40,000 years and going!–it will not be an Australian problem. It will be a crisis for all of humanity. This is our last chance. Please help us!

Thank you! Respectfully, Katie Kasben
Posted by , Wednesday, June 13, 2012

FT Alphaville » China’s economic data disaster

Posted by , Wednesday, May 16, 2012

nailed to crosses

Posted by , Friday, April 6, 2012

Crikey! Australia Shocks Corporate America on Trade | Common Dreams

Posted by , Saturday, March 3, 2012

Next Stop, Australia: ‘We are Here to Stay’ | Common Dreams

Posted by , Saturday, November 26, 2011

Obama Tells Asia US ‘Here to Stay’ as a Pacific Power

More Empire building, all over again
Posted by , Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Foreign Policy (8)

"The Myth of American Exceptionalism"; "What Ails America?" (six short pieces); Two articles on political graffiti; Why Haiti "does not need your old t-shirt"; The slow but significant changes occurring in Cuba; Hillary Clinton on "America's Pacific Century"; The GOP candidates' foreign policy - or lack thereof.
Posted by , Saturday, November 19, 2011

NYT Op-Eds (4)

"Is this payback for a media empire that took glee in the misery of others?" (Nocera); "Where were the practical conservatives when the spending cuts were on the table?" (Brooks); "A cautionary tale about life in Nauru, a place with hard ecological limits" (Guest Op-Ed); "Underwater, but still a sovereign state" (Guest Op-Ed)
Posted by , Tuesday, July 19, 2011

NYT (5): Int’l Affairs

Brooks is arrested in hacking case (see also excellent co-article on the "taint" at Scotland Yard); Is Egyptian military push for larger role in government good or bad?; Obama meets with Dalai Lama; New Zealand just can't get a break; and a new book on the fate of the planet.
Posted by , Sunday, July 17, 2011

NYT (4): Foreign Affairs

Israel rescinds "warning" to journalists re flotilla; Assad allows opposition to meet; France's socialists post-DSK; and Australia may take radical step re smoking - eliminate company logos from cig packs.
Posted by , Tuesday, June 28, 2011

NYT (5): Foreign Affairs

Serbia's Mladik, war criminal hunted for 15 years, is found; Egypt to open Gaza border; Turkey warns Assad to reform; Swiss to phase out nuclear power; and Hollywood "sues" New Zealand over sign.
Posted by , Thursday, May 26, 2011