In the last 5 years, the 200 most politically active companies in the US spent $5.8 billion influencing our government with lobbying and campaign contributions. Is it little wonder that the 605 corporate advisers are allowed access to the TPP text, while little transparency is extended to public and members of congress? Among the most controversial chapters of TPP and TTIP relate to Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms, encapsulating the corruption of our entire political system
Bill and Hillary Clinton "earned" -- can a mortal earn such stratospheric sums? -- "at least $30 million over the last 16 months, mainly from giving paid speeches to corporations, banks and other organizations," The New York Times reports. "They have now earned more than $125 million on the [lecture] circuit since leaving the White House in 2001."
This is an important issue. But the big story has little to with what actually matters.
Three decades ago, Professor Noam Chomsky, who is seen by some as the most brilliant and courageous intellectual alive and by others as an anti-US conspiracy theorist, penned his powerful critique of the Western corporate media in his seminal book Manufacturing Consent, with co-author Edward S Herman. The book had a profound impact on my perception of the mainstream media in my teenage years, and was crucial in some ways to my decision to start Byline with my co-founder Daniel Tudor. By cutting
Americans are gullible, and thought does not come easily to them, but if they try hard enough they must wonder why it would be necessary for the government to concoct a totally false account of the deed if Washington kills an alleged terrorist. Why not just give the true story? Why does the true story have to come out years later from anonymous sources leaked to Hersh?
Tony Blair’s time as Middle East envoy representing the US, Russia, the UN and the EU has finally come to an end. Eight years after he took up the role, Blair tendered his resignation and left one question: how come a war criminal ever became a “peace envoy” in the first place?
President Vladimir Putin continues to enjoy the approval of a staggering 86 percent of the Russian public, a poll revealed Thursday, indicating levels of support that many Western leaders could only dream of.
In 2013, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks played a pivotal role in helping National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden leave Hong Kong for Russia. During the U.S. hunt for Snowden, Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane was forced to land in Austria for 14 hours after Spain, France, Portugal and Italy closed their airspace under pressure from the United States over false rumors Snowden was on board. Assange gives the inside story on why that plane was targeted.
The commander of Tajikistan's special police force, who disappeared in late April, has resurfaced in a Youtube video, where he said he had joined the Islamic State terrorist organization (IS, formerly known as ISIS, ISIL).
"Have Democrats Pulled Too Far Left?" asks a New York Times op-ed (5/27/15). Because this question is always answered affirmatively by corporate media, you don't even have to note that the author, Peter Wehner, "served in the last three Republican administrations" to know that the answer is going to be yes.
Despite the predictable thesis, however, the column still manages to surprise with its degree of intellectual dishonesty.
Think of it as a low hum, a rumble too deep to notice without special equipment. It permeates everything-from the emptiest spot in space to the densest cores of planets. Unlike sound, which requires air or some other material to carry it, this hum travels on the structure of space-time itself. It is the tremble caused by gravitational radiation, left over from the first moments after the Big Seed. The ultimate sources were tiny fluctuations in the quantum processes that was the cosmos right afte
In labor’s favor is the fact that the IMF has violating its Articles of Agreement by lending for military purposes. As soon as its last loan was disbursed, Poroshenko announced that he was stepping up his war against the East. This brings the IMF loan close to being what legal theorists call an Odious Debt: debts to a junta taking power and looting the government’s Treasury and other assets in the public domain, leaving future governments to pay off what has been stolen.
With an artillery attack in eastern Ukraine, a violation of the Minsk Agreement has occurred, but it is important to wait for a final judgment by the OSCE to determine who initiated the incident, foreign policy analyst Derek Monroe told RT.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he did not rule out that in the FIFA case the United States had been using the same methods for charging WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to achieve its goals.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law allowing Ukraine to impose a moratorium on repayment of its foreign debt until at least July 2016, a press release on Poroshenko's official website said Thursday.
Arizona authorities are bracing for an anti-Islam biker rally scheduled outside a Phoenix mosque. John Ritzheimer, an ex-Marine organizing the event called for participants to come armed and draw cartoons of Prophet Mohammed.
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