Category corporate globalization

John LaForge | Undeterred: Amid Terror Attacks in Europe, US H-bombs Still Deployed There

William Hartung, a Fellow at the Center for International Policy, reports that major weapons contractors like Bechtel and Boeing reap huge profits from weapons upgrades. Lockheed Martin “gets two bites at the apple”…

WikiLeaks Exposes Text from Secretly Negotiated TISA Trade Deal

The whistleblowing website went on to note that the proposals and language contained in the text promotes what it described as “the corporatization of public services.”

Noam Chomsky: American Power Under Challenge and The Costs of Violence| Masters of Mankind (Parts 1, 2)

Yet “concern” over what the U.S. has done in our distant war zones — from the killing of civilians at weddings, funerals, and memorial services to the evisceration of a hospital, to kidnappings, torture, and even the killing of prisoners, to drone strikes so “surgical” and “precise” that hundreds below died even though only a relatively few individuals were officially targeted — seems largely missing in action. –Tom Engelhardt’s Introduction

Michael Ratner on American Imperialism

[Truthdig] Editor’s note: Michael Ratner, the pioneering civil rights and constitutional lawyer, died Wednesday from cancer complications at age 72. In 2013, Ratner spoke on Truthdig Radio with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and former Truthdig Managing Editor Peter Scheer. To honor Ratner, we are reposting the audio of that interview. Truthdig Radio  May 12, […]

David Korten: Why the Economy Should Stop Growing—And Just Grow Up

“How do we grow the economy?” is an obsolete question. Local initiatives across the world are looking for maturity instead as they rebuild caring, place-based communities and economies.

‘Why? And Why Now?’ Panama Papers ‘John Doe’ Steps Out Of Shadows

Shell companies are often associated with the crime of tax evasion, but the Panama Papers show beyond a shadow of a doubt that although shell companies are not illegal by definition, they are used to carry out a wide array of serious crimes that go beyond evading taxes.

Media Censorship: The News That Didn’t Make the News

Both parties are in support in the continuation of the US/NATO global empire of permanent war and the protection of the capital of the global 1%. Even Bernie Sanders calls for drone strikes and continued war on Isis and other evil terrorists.

The TTIP Leaks. The 248 Pages Reveal a Hidden Economic, Social and Environmental Agenda

Similarly to the TPPA, matters of climate change get short shrift, notably in the chapter covering National Treatment and Market Access for Goods. Showing yet again that a privileged corporate interest is inherently hostile to the commonweal, trade is deemed a domain outside the impact of climate change.

Chris Hedges | Days of Revolt: Coping with Reality (Video)

[Hedges and DeChristopher] discuss how climate change has, and continues to trigger social tension and injustice, and the necessary ethical response on the part of humanity as a whole

The Bribe Factory: The Company that Bribed the World

…a vast cache of leaked emails and documents has confirmed what many suspected about the oil industry, and has laid bare the activities of the world’s super-bagman as it has bought off officials and rigged contracts around the world.

Chris Hedges and Michael Hudson: The Global Economy Is a Giant Ponzi Scheme

We should add that under this predatory form of economics, you game the system. So you privatize pension funds, you force them into the stock market, an overinflated stock market. But because of the way companies go public, it’s the hedge fund managers who profit. And it’s those citizens whose retirement savings are tied to the stock market who lose.

Chris Hedges and Kevin Zeese: The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History

President Obama has been pursuing, in secret, negotiations, three major trade deals that will create a complete global network of laws that favor corporations. These laws have been written of, by, and for the corporations. We’ve gotten to see one of them, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and it’s not as bad as we thought–it’s worse. And that’s the TPP.

Video. Abby Martin: Rise of a US Corporate Empire & Global Resistance Bringing It To Its Knees

The corporate media will never refer to the United States as an empire, nor will it cover the horrors of exploitation at home and abroad.

TPP Chapter Released by WikiLeaks Would Let Governments Curtail Trials So as to Contain Information

Article: “The text of the TPP’s intellectual property chapter confirms advocates’ warnings that this deal poses a grave threat to global freedom of expression and basic access to things like medicine and information. … But the sad part is that no one should be surprised by this. …”

David Vine| Garrisoning the Globe: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Undermine National Security and Harm Us All

Vine: The Pentagon’s overseas presence is actually even larger. There are U.S. troops or other military personnel in about 160 foreign countries and territories, including small numbers of marines guarding embassies and larger deployments of trainers and advisors like the roughly 3,500 now working with the Iraqi Army. And don’t forget the Navy’s 11 aircraft carriers.

▶ RT: Julian Assange on The US Empire, Plans on Overthrowing Assad, The WikiLeaks Files

Afshin Rattansi goes underground with the world’s most wanted publisher – the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. He has just co-authored a book – the WikiLeaks Files, and it paints a picture of systemic US torture and killing as well as the destruction of the lives and livelihoods of billions of people right around the […]

Chris Hedges: The Great Unraveling

Hedges: The labels “liberal” and “conservative” are meaningless in the neoliberal order. Political elites, Democrat or Republican, serve the demands of corporations and empire. They are facilitators, along with most of the media and most of academia, of what the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin calls our system of “inverted totalitarianism.”

Mnar Muhawesh: Migrant Crisis Fueled By Gas Pipelines

Muhawesh: Foreign meddling in Syria began from the onset of the revolt in March 2011. But even according to major media outlets like the BBC and the Associated Press, the demonstrations that supposedly swept Syria were comprised of only hundreds of people.

▶ Stephen Kinzer on Regime Changes • Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum

The United States has long held the view that the world is mess and we need to “fix it.” But do we really know what’s best for the rest of the world, or even have the means to change it effectively?

▶ Dr. James Hansen | The War on Our Climate: Taking Ownership of Our Future | Peacestock

Dr. Hansen has received numerous awards and is recognized for speaking truth to power, for identifying ineffectual policies as greenwash, and for outlining actions that the public must take to protect the future of young people and other life on our planet.