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Washington is desperate to break up the BRICS, the emerging organization of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. With the largest countries and half of the world's population, the BRICS organization is emerging as a political and economic power, especially with the organization's plan to cease using the US dollar as reserve currency.
A cold-blooded, calculating operator, of a kind now rare in the world, Putin uses the strong cards he has, but is very careful not to take too many risks. He is managing the crisis astutely, using Russia's obvious advantages. Europe needs his oil and gas, he needs Europe's capital and trade. Russia has a leading role in Syria and Iran. The US suddenly looks like a bystander.
Everywhere you look in the West, you find political pygmies rather than statesmen.
We are supposed to trust our doctors because they are expected to do what is best for us, especially when we encounter serious illnesses. It is not out of the ordinary for doctors to earn high salaries, but they should be doing so honestly and by providing proper care for their patients. Ethical and moral values should take precedence over compensation.
The Daily Beast has sent an operative of Empire to discredit the Russian financed TV station as another media war erupts over Ukraine coverage. Danny Schechter of Mediachannel.org reports.
The Kremlin may always decide not to annex, and use the all but certain result of the referendum as a key pawn in a complex negotiation with, not the EU, but fundamentally Germany. The EU is a mess. The "government" in Kiev is a mess. What matters is what Vladimir Putin is discussing over the phone with Angela Merkel.
In seeking to repair what is broken, we don't have to emulate another nation. We have only to emulate what we once had. That we once achieved broad-based prosperity means we can achieve it again -- not exactly the same way, of course, but in a new way fit for the twenty-first century and for future generations of Americans. America's great U-turn can be reversed. It is worth the fight.
In a fast moving political development authorities in Crimea voted for secession from Ukraine, join Russia & conduct a voter referendum in Crimea on March 16. Pres. Obama condemned the referendum as against int---l law. Considering the U.S. violates int---l law w/ impunity it---s a bit ludicrous to condemn others. There---s been too much bluster & ultimatums. It---s time for realistic diplomacy to end the crisis in Ukraine.
Here's an infograph promoting Obama, floating around facebook and the web and emails that is, in my mind, misleading on a number of fronts.
If the reactor-meltdown disaster at the Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Fukushima is as dire as much of the evidence suggests -- a "ticking time bomb," now with more radiation crossing the Pacific by air and ocean -- what can the U.S. and international community do to mitigate the worst effects?
With the largest nuclear arsenals on the planet, the United States and Russia have the entire world on a horrific knife's edge. Nuclear saber-rattling is implicit in what the prospective President Hillary Clinton has done in recent days, going out of her way to tar Russia's president with a Hitler brush.
The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman due to a heroin overdose produced the same statements of disbelief and confusion that followed similar drug-related deaths of celebrities. It's called addiction, people, and it's a democratic disease, affecting anyone..
So the college Republicans commission a report to find out why their peers hate their party so much, and we can sit there and laugh that they spent money to discover the obvious: Words that up-for-grabs voters associate with the GOP: "The responses were brutal: closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned." But there were some nuggets of good info in there...
GOP objections to raising the minimum wage appeal to a shallow interpretation of the Law of Demand. It turns out that treating workers with respect and decency in wages, benefits and schedule is good economics. Republicans are both inconsistent and callous in arguing against a minimum wage increase while also pushing for substantial cuts in food stamps and other welfare programs.
The only foreign policy show on the U.S. media dial this past week has been the bashing of Russian President Putin over the Ukraine crisis --- with a slap or two at President Obama for having worked with Putin on Syria and Iran. Lost in this ---group think--- is the why behind this demonization, reports Robert Parry.
An existential columnist gets some unexpected evidence for his Post hoc ero propter hoc belief.
The leadership of this country are making life and death decisions while tripped out on some strange new cognitive hallucinogen.
Psychiatric diagnoses are completely unregulated, and the harm they do has been masked by much recent rewriting of history.
Some stress is unavoidable, of course, given life's many challenges. Yet stress is also produced unwittingly within us, often to a degree that becomes quite painful.
The adherents of Free Trade have destroyed the economy, turning our cities into wastelands. These adherents of Neo-liberalism are Fascists, who believe themselves superior to the untermunchin population of 307 million. They practice economic terrorism against the American people, in nothing less, than a scorched earth policy.