Day: May 11, 2012

By ROB URIE counterpunch.org One of the joys of being American is that every new day is a clean slate—no history, no memories, no experiences, a complete blank. This may help explain why our national conversations serve their intended purposes while being entirely content-free. Newsflash to self-described liberal economists: austerity works! If your goal is…

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS counterpunch.org The US government pretends to live under the rule of law, to respect human rights, and to provide freedom and democracy to citizens. Washington’s pretense and the stark reality are diametrically opposed. US government officials routinely criticize other governments for being undemocratic and for violating human rights. Yet, no other…

AlterNet / By Marshall Auerback May 7, 2012 The Greek and French elections show that the electorate wants real income growth and jobs — and they are clear that austerity is undermining both. So the voters of Europe have spoken, and surprise, surprise: they are not too keen on fiscal austerity. France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy,…

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS Counterpunch Newsletter May 01, 2012 Washington has pressured the Philippines, whose government it owns, into conducting joint military exercises in the South China Sea. Washington���s excuse is that China has territorial disputes with the Philippines, Indonesia, and other countries concerning island and sea rights in the South China Sea. Washington asserts…

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com In its “Food Security and Poverty in Asia and the Pacific” report released the first week of May, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) noted that while the Philippines achieved a reduction in poverty (in terms of official statistics), it still has to address undernourishment and hunger. The release of the report…