Category: Economy

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Behind Brazil’s ‘Regime Change’

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff addressing the United Nations General Assembly. (UN Photo by Marco Castro)

Government “corruption” – trumpeted by international media and exploited by U.S.-funded NGOs – is a favorite weapon for discrediting and removing populist leaders, as is now occurring in Brazil, explains Dan Steinbock.

Will China Take Lead on Global Warming?

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As the American Right continues to reject climate-change science, China is showing signs of taking the lead in developing cutting-edge technology to combat global warming, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

The ‘Hybrid War’ of Economic Sanctions

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei speaks to a crowd. (Iranian government photo)

U.S. politicians love the “silver bullet” of economic sanctions to punish foreign adversaries, but the weapon’s overuse is driving China and Russia to develop countermeasures, as British diplomat Alastair Crooke explains.

A ‘Silent Coup’ for Brazil?

Brazil's ex-President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva.

Brazil and other Latin American progressive governments are on the defensive as U.S.-backed political movements employ “silent coup” tactics to discredit and remove troublesome leaders, writes Ted Snider.

Explaining Belgium’s Vulnerabilities

Images of the suspected bombers of Brussels' airport on March 22, 2016.

Brussels is called the capital of Europe but it also the capital of an ethnically and politically divided Belgium that has made it an easy target for Islamic extremists, writes Gilbert Doctorow.

The Pentagon’s Budget Time Bomb

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

With plans for military spending on a new Cold War — as well as on old fears about terrorism — spinning out of control, the next U.S. president will face a budgetary time bomb, explains Chuck Spinney.

Deadly Blowback from Neo-Imperial Wars

Flag of the European Union.

Exclusive: The E.U.’s crisis – with the post-World War II project to unify Europe spinning apart amid economic stress, refugees and terrorism – can be traced back to E.U./U.S. neo-imperial wars in the Arab world, says Jonathan Marshall.

Should Progressives Back Sanders?

Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a Democratic presidential debate sponsored by CNN.

Though Bernie Sanders – as a “democratic socialist” – is the most progressive presidential candidate in years, some progressives are rejecting his campaign because he doesn’t go far enough, a stance that Rick Sterling rejects.

Two Democrats Who Should Go

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaking at a Brookings Institution event.

Business-as-usual Democrats are thrilled that Hillary Clinton finally appears headed toward her long-predicted coronation, but Bill Moyers and Michael Winship recommend that she first join in ousting two of her biggest backers.

Censoring Palestinian Maps

The Palestinian maps that came under criticism.

When Zionists denounced a text book with maps showing historical Palestine, McGraw-Hill quickly caved, even destroying the copies in inventory, a victory for ideological censorship, writes Lawrence Davidson.