What's striking are the continuities in American foreign and military policy, no matter who is in the White House. The first-term Obama foreign policy now looks increasingly like the second-term Bush foreign policy. Even where change can be spotted, it regularly seems to follow in the same vein.
Several days ago Dr. Neve Gordon of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev published an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times. In that article he explained why, after years of activity in the peace camp here, he has decided to pin his hopes on applying external pressure on Israel - including sanctions, divestment and an economic, cultural and academic boycott.
He believes, and so do I, that only when the Israeli society's well-heeled strata pay a real price for the continuous occupation will they finally take genuine steps to put an end to it.
Within a short 26 years, the United States expects to add 100 million people by 2035.
All totaled, human beings expect to grow from 6.8 billion in 2009 to reach 7.0 billion in 2011. From there, census reports show humans expanding by another 2.0 and possibly 3.0 billion within 40 years.
STAGGERING INDIFFERENCE OF MEDIA, LEADERS AND CITIZENS IN USA
In America, human population numbers add 3.4 million annually to our already unsustainable society—on our way to an added 100 million by 2035. We suffer carrying capacity issues as to water, energy and food—yet not a peep by the media. News outlets report on “greening” our future, hybrid cars and conservation—but they refuse to deal with the granddaddy of all our problems: hyper-population growth.
The report shows that:
- Income inequality is worse than it has been since at least 1917
- "The top 1 percent incomes captured half of the overall economic growth over the period 1993-2007"
- In the economic expansion of 2002-2007, the top 1 percent captured two thirds of income growth."
There are dangerous currents running through America's politics and the way we confront them is crucial.
With each new outrage, the small handful of us who'd made ourselves experts on right-wing culture and politics would hear once again from worried readers: Is this it? Have we finally become a fascist state? Are we there yet?
By Martha Ireland
A recent article, “Happiness Consultants Won’t Stop A Depression” by Chris Hedges really hit home for me.
I live with a man who wants to believe that if you put a “positive” spin on something, that something will magically become truly positive.
This sort of crazy culturally induced wishful, magical, narcissistic, childish, cowardly thinking and intellectual, psychological & spiritual laziness makes me absolutely insane.
Hey – it’s self-benefiting reciprocity all over again – meaning that I won’t call you on your lies if you won’t call me on mine.
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