There has been much debate of late in the United States about the economy recovering from the worst crisis it has witnessed since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Noam Chomsky, Courtesy:truth-out.org,November 7,2013
During the latest episode of the Washington farce that has astonished a bemused world, a Chinese commentator wrote that if the United States cannot be a responsible member of the world system, perhaps the world should become "de-Americanized" — and separate itself from the rogue state that is the reigning military power but is losing credibility in other domains.
Peter Van Buren,Courtesy: TomDispatch.com, November4,2013
If it’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium -- the title of a 1969 romantic comedy -- could now fit two intertwined phenomena: the madcap global travels of Secretary of State John Kerry and the nonstop journey of the latest revelations from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Eben Moglen, October 18,2013
There is no introduction. After 26 years in this place it feels ridiculous to me to pretend that anyone is especially honored by my presence here.
Newsclick, October 14, 2013
The US celebrates October 14th as Columbus Day as one of its three Federal holidays, reinforcing the myth that Columbus was a “great explorer”, who “discovered” the New World, that the earth was round.
Zack Beauchamp, thinkprogress.org, October 11,2013
This isn’t an article about how Republicans shut down the government because they hate that the President is black. This is an article about how racism caused the government to shut down and the U.S. to teeter on the brink of an unprecedented and catastrophic default.
Newsclick Production, October 4,2013
Prabir Purkayastha speaks on the Surveillance State at a panel discussion on “Idea of India: A People's Agenda” organised by the Centre for Policy Analysis in New Delhi. He delineates how the US policies under Obama have transformed from 'Yes, We Can' to 'Yes, We Scan.'
Rebecca Solnit, Courtesy:tomdispatch.com, September 17,2013
I was electrified, and my own trajectory in life changed, by the antiwar movement of the 1960s and early 1970s. That experience, those years, mobilized me. They shocked me -- quite literally -- about what my country was capable of. They destroyed my rather idealistic urge to be a part of the government. I had long dreamed of becoming a diplomat, and at one point in the 1960s even applied for a job at the United States Information Agency. In the years when I was growing up, the thought that I should and could find some way to represent my country proudly to the world was a powerful and motivating one for me. In it lay a citizenly urge to serve. What I learned in the anti-Vietnam movement stripped me of that urge or, at least, of the urge to apply it to the U.S. government.
Courtesy: democracynow.org, September 3, 2013
Peter Dreier, Courtesy: commondreams.org
Guy Carawan singing with SNCC activists Bernard Lafayette, center, and James Bevel, right, in 1960."We Shall Overcome" serves as the background music for most of the past week's TV and radio programs documenting the history of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which occurred 50 years ago. But few Americans know the background of the song, which links together Black trade union activists, a radical training school for activists, college students who started the Southern sit-in movement, two folk singers, and a president of the United States. The story of that song, which has became an international anthem for human rights, reveals the civil rights movement's remarkable and complex tapestry and its lasting influence.