Doug Bandow: Foreign Aid Does Not Work Because Government is Ignorant

Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow

Foreign aid does not work. In the end, government doesn’t know what it’s doing.

Foreign Aid Is a Failure

Throwing good money at bad governments makes poor countries worse off.

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Dec 31

Jean Lievens: Greek Lessons — How Syriza (A Political Party) Might End European Central Banking Tyranny Plus Comment on Debt Renunciation and Embargos

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Syriza can transform the EU from within – if Europe will let it

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Syriza promises first to achieve a substantial write-off of Greek debt and, second, to lift austerity by aiming for balanced budgets, instead of the surpluses demanded by the troika. It will reconnect families to the electricity network, provide food relief and shelter the homeless. It will take immediate action to reduce unemployment through public programmes. It is committed to lowering the enormous tax burden and to boosting public investment in an effort to accelerate growth.

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Dec 31

SchwartzReport: Screw the Childen, Keep the Prisoners

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

I think we can safely and accurately say that the people of the United States, collectively, while they may care about their own children, or the children of their friends, do not care for children in general. We also have the highest level of food stress with 17 million children going hungry at least part of the year.

Child homelessness in U.S. reaches historic high at 2.5 million

I began writing about what I see as the new American slavery in 2011 (see The New American Slavery). This trend is made up of several parts, prison privatization, all the industries that suckle at the teat of the American Gulag, and the indentured exploitation of prisoners. And it just keeps getting more and more disgusting and blatantly what it is.

California Tells Court It Can’t Release Inmates Early Because It Would Lose Cheap Prison Labor

 

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Nov 19

Berto Jongman: It’s Official — US an Oligarchy Controlled by 42 People

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Six related headlines.

Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy (TalkingPointsMemo)

Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of or even against the will of the majority of voters.

Russia Declares US An Oligarchy, Warns Constitutional Republic Is Dead (WhatDoesItMean)

What this past week’s US election shows, however, the MoFA in this report says, are that all of the Republican and Democratic Party candidates for office (Federal and State) were funded by just forty-two people who were responsible for nearly a third of Super PAC monies raised, and only 666,773 wealthy individuals out of a nation having a population of over 319 million.

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Nov 8