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Ukraine’s Crisis: Economic Sanctions Could Trigger a Global Depression

Ukraine’s Crisis: Economic Sanctions Could Trigger a Global Depression

The referendum in Crimea on March 16, 2014 will probably attach the peninsula to the Russian federation. While it is unlikely that NATO will intervene and seek a direct military confrontation with Russia, the United States and the European Union are already cooking some broad and unwise economic sanctions with which to punish Russia. Russia, [...]

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Kafkaesque World of Data Mining by the NSA, Search Engines and Social Media

Kafkaesque World of Data Mining by the NSA, Search Engines and Social Media

In the surreal world we live in, reality has become stranger than fiction. The information super highway could have produced a completely transparent world, yet the elusive corporate and governmental nexus of Big Brothers has surrounded itself with layers of opacity, secrecy and  deception. Meanwhile, ordinary citizens are probed, exposed and have become open books [...]

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Global Police State Calls for Globalization of Dissent and Protest

Global Police State Calls for Globalization of Dissent and Protest

A report from The International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations presents alarming case studies of protest suppression and criminalization of political and social dissent around the world. Ironically, the name of the report, “Take Back the Streets,” came from an order from Toronto’s police commander to his force in June 2010, when more than 100,000 [...]

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The United States’ Obscene Wealth Inequality

The United States’ Obscene Wealth Inequality

By Gilbert Mercier  and  Dady Chery In the past 33 years, the United States has become a study in blatant and obscene contrasts between the rich and poor. Although FDR’s New Deal helped to lift the country out of the Great Depression and to establish the social and economic policies and standards that created a [...]

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A Tale of Two Concentration Camps: Guantanamo and Ruhleben

A Tale of Two Concentration Camps: Guantanamo and Ruhleben

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” With such oxymoronic sentiment begins one of Charles Dickens’ great classics from which the title of this article is [...]

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