Holiday Season Hypocrisy

Holiday Season Hypocrisy - by Stephen Lendman Most Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25. For Eastern Orthodox faith adherents, it's January 7. It commemorates Christ's birthday, even though it's widely acknowledged not to be that day. Many African Americans also celebrate Kwanzaa from December 26 - January 1 to reconnect to their cultural and historic... Continue Reading →

EU Protests Israeli Occupation Policies

EU Protests Israeli Occupation Policies - by Stephen Lendman On December 23, Haaretz writer Barak Ravid headlined, "EU voices protest over Israeli policies in East Jerusalem, West Bank," saying: "A day after four European Union members of the UN Security Council strongly criticized Israel's decision to speed up construction of settlements." "EU ambassador to Israel... Continue Reading →

Medicare Privatization Plans

Medicare Privatization Plans - by Stephen Lendman The idea's been around for years. More recently, bipartisan support's been growing. Various plans have circulated. A 2006 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study assessed "Designing a Premium Support System (PSS) for Medicare." It discussed pros, cons, other choices and implications in terms of costs and recipient benefits. In... Continue Reading →

Deepening Global Financial Trouble

Deepening Global Financial Trouble - by Stephen Lendman Desperate times call for desperate measures, especially for troubled Eurozone economies. Trapped under euro straightjacket rules, everything tried so far failed, despite hooplas announcing each new plan. On December 21, the big overnight news highlighted demand for long-dated European Central Banks (ECB) loans drawing 489 billion euros,... Continue Reading →

Grim Holiday Season Tidings

Grim Holiday Season Tidings - by Stephen Lendman New global data show grim results. China's real estate was especially bleak. It reported 70% of its 70 largest cities experiencing home price deflation, up from 47% in October. Rarely ever does this bode well for economic prospects or banking. As a result, copper is down 0.7%... Continue Reading →

Tarek Mehanna: Victimized by Racist Injustice

Tarek Mehanna: Victimized by Racist Injustice - by Stephen Lendman Post-9/11, Mehanna is one of hundreds of Muslim Americans victimized, vilified, and persecuted for their faith, ethnicity, prominence, activism, and at times charity. On October 21, 2009, an FBI press release said: "A Sudbury, Mass. man was charged today in federal court with conspiracy to... Continue Reading →

Destroying the American Dream

Destroying the American Dream - by Stephen Lendman Corporate greed and profits over people priorities launched nationwide OWS protests in hundreds of US cities for change. Mindless of growing public rage, political Washington keeps cutting vital social benefits needing increases during hard times. With real unemployment approaching 23%, earlier cuts affected: Pell Grants help for... Continue Reading →

Israeli Delegitimization

Israeli Delegitimization - by Stephen Lendman Under the UN Charter, other international law, and principles of sovereign equality, all states are equal. None are more or less legitimate than others. Under the 1933 Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States, Israel qualifies as one. It has: a fixed recognizable territory; a permanent population;... Continue Reading →

Money Power World Rule

Money Power World Rule - by Stephen Lendman The late Georgetown University historian Carroll Quigley said in his book titled, "Tragedy and Hope:" "(T)he powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country... Continue Reading →

Growing Hunger and Homelessness in America

Growing Hunger and Homelessness in America - by Stephen Lendman Millions of Americans now endure protracted Depression conditions at a time half the population is either poor or low income. Long-term unemployment is unprecedented, and federal aid is being cut, not increased. Two new reports highlight enormous depravation levels and human suffering, getting little or... Continue Reading →

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