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The Media Distract the Public from War

Anthony WeinerIf one is to judge by the tone of the television commentators, America must be deep in a crisis. Long stretches of cable time are devoted  to the breaking news. Each detail is presented as more grave and consequential for the republic than the last. The fate of the country surely hangs in the balance.

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Palestinian Divisions on Statehood

Palestinian Authority On June 9, Haaretz writer Barak Ravid headlined, "Palestinian leadership divided over plan to seek UN recognition," saying:

Senior Palestinian Authority (PA) officials are "sharply divided over the unilateral move to seek" UN General Assembly recognition in September. Abbas wants it. Others don't "because they believe (it) could do more harm than good to their cause," hurting Israel perhaps but not helping themselves.

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Understanding Pakistan

Pakistanby Dan Lieberman

If Pakistan were Homo sapiens, it would have gone bonkers a long time ago. No nation suffers from adversity as much as Pakistan - externally, internally and from the space above. Since Pakistan is vital in the War on Terrorism, why don’t the United States administrations learn to understand and handle Pakistan so it is an effective ally rather than a confused state.

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Our Frogs are Cooked

Obama earthI’m glad Tom Friedman has finally noticed the temperature of the cooking pot has increased. I’m sure that observation alone will be enough to stop the presses at the NYT. He is right that the crises we face should be a cause for alarm. What is of greater cause for alarm however is our inability to envision solutions and remedies that go beyond mere palliatives. It is in this second area that it becomes necessary to take him to task.

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IMF Financial Terrorism

imf_predatoryIn July 1944, the IMF and Bank for Reconstruction and Development (now the World Bank) were established to integrate developing nations into the Global North-dominated world economy in ways other than initially mandated.

Under a new post-war monetary system, the IMF was created to stabilize exchange rates linked to the dollar and bridge temporary payment imbalances. The World Bank was to provide credit to war-torn developing countries. Both bodies, in fact, proved hugely exploitive, using debt entrapment to transfer public wealth to Western bankers and other corporate predators.

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