Julian Assange Prays for Oil Prices to Recover

b. traven With oil leading the way, the drop in world commodity prices has had a a politically destabilizing effect, particularly strongly on South America’s most politically progressive  regimes, including Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, and Ecuador. Although oil is the most prominent of these commodities, falling mineral and agricultural products prices, like soybeans native to…

The Saudi Trojan Horse

b. traven The Independent of Britain has a headline in today’s paper that we just couldn’t pass up: “Saudi Arabia offers Germany 200 mosques – one for every 100 refugees who arrived last weekend.” Reading that headline and the accompanying story generated a large guffaw, what today’s generation terms a LOL moment. We look forward…

The Real Deflategate: Why Media Coverage of Real News Leaves Democracy Deflated

Michael Brenner [Editor’s Note: It’s not footballs that are deflated, notes Michael Brenner.  It’s our news, which is deliberately deflated and distorted so as to not disturb the ruling elites.  Brenner offers some compelling examples and issues calls for meaningful reforms.  His article makes for invigorating reading over this Labor Day Weekend.] An informed public…

Divided, Distracted, Downtrodden: The Social and Political Reality in America Today

W.J. Astore The American people are being kept divided, distracted, and downtrodden.  Divisions are usually based on race and class. Racial tensions and discrimination exist, of course, but they are also exploited to divide people.  Just look at the current debate on the Confederate flag flying in Charleston, South Carolina, with Republican presidential candidates refusing…