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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.

Juan Thompson: Did the US Prison Boom Lead to the Crime Drop? New Study Says No

While Law and order politicians certainly deserve blame for Louisiana’s massive prison population, the anti-black prison industrial complex, and the for-profit jail industry, have proven to be lucrative hustles for local authorities. “Additionally, the sheriffs are given financial incentive in order to keep their local jails full. They are actually paid per inmate,” Eisen said.

The Guardian: Antisemitism on rise across Europe 'in worst times since the Nazis'

Experts say attacks go beyond Israel-Palestinian conflict as hate crimes strike fear into Jewish communities By Jon Henley   The Guardian  Thursday 7 August 2014 Mother of Miriam Monsonego, seven, at funeral of her daughter and three other victims of Toulouse school shooting. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images In the space of just one week last month, according to More

The Guardian: Antisemitism on rise across Europe ‘in worst times since the Nazis’

Experts say attacks go beyond Israel-Palestinian conflict as hate crimes strike fear into Jewish communities By Jon Henley   The Guardian  Thursday 7 August 2014 Mother of Miriam Monsonego, seven, at funeral of her daughter and three other victims of Toulouse school shooting. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images In the space of just one week last month, according to More

Counterpunch: Eugenics, American-Style

The Malthusian Obsession By JEFFREY ST. CLAIR  WEEKEND EDITION JANUARY 10-12, 2014  Counterpunch.org In 1952, Charlie Follett, a wayward orphan, was a resident of the Sonoma County State Boys Home. One day when he was 14-years old, he was taken to the hospital, told to disrobe and sit on a table. The orderly didn’t explain what More

Der Spiegel> 'Key Partners': Secret Links Between Germany and the NSA

AFP Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly said she knew nothing about American surveillance activities in Germany. But documents seen by SPIEGEL show that German intelligence cooperates closely with the NSA and even uses spy software provided by the US.  By SPIEGEL The article you are reading originally appeared in German in issue 30/2013 (July 22, More

Der Spiegel> ‘Key Partners’: Secret Links Between Germany and the NSA

AFP Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly said she knew nothing about American surveillance activities in Germany. But documents seen by SPIEGEL show that German intelligence cooperates closely with the NSA and even uses spy software provided by the US.  By SPIEGEL The article you are reading originally appeared in German in issue 30/2013 (July 22, More

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