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Poverty Is a Business

  • The poor pay more for everything, and such transactions are highly profitable for those selling goods and services to the poor. 
  • Related: Noam Chomsky | America Hates Its Poor
  • Related: Black America is getting screwed

Films For Action 

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Films For Action is a community-powered learning library for people who want to change the world.

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Noam Chomsky | America Hates Its Poor, Chris Steele, AlterNet  / Zuccotti Park Press 

December 1, 2013  |  An article that recently came out in Rolling Stone, titled “Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail,” by Matt Taibbi, asserts that the government is afraid to prosecute powerful bankers, such as those running HSBC. Taibbi says that there’s “an arrestable class and an unarrestable class.”  What is your view on the current state of class war in the U.S.?

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Black America is getting screwed, David Dayen, Salon 

  • Shocking new study highlights the depths of economic disparities
  • Black retail workers are twice as likely to live below the poverty line, and twice as likely to be unemployed. Why?
  • 40 Reasons US Jails And Prisons Are Full Of Black And Poor People

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Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 4: Neocolonialism And Resource Wars

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Our present economic system produces an endless series of resource-motivated wars. In addition to the enormous suffering, waste, injustice and ecological destruction produced by modern wars, we must recognize that in an era of thermonuclear weapons, war has become prohibitively dangerous. Therefore we need a new economic system.

John Scales Avery, Countercurrents.org

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The Industrial Revolution opened up an enormous gap in military strength between the industrialized nations and the rest of the world. Taking advantage of their superior weaponry, Europe, the United States and Japan rapidly carved up the remainder of the world into colonies, which acted as sources of raw materials and food, and as markets for manufactured goods. Between 1800 and 1914, the percentage of the earth under the domination of colonial powers increased to 85 percent, if former colonies are included.

The English economist and Fabian, John Atkinson Hobson (1858-1940), offered a famous explanation of the colonial era in his book "Imperialism: A Study" (1902). According to Hobson, the basic problem that led to colonial expansion was an excessively unequal distribution of incomes in the industrialized countries. The result of this unequal distribution was that neither the rich nor the poor could buy back the total output of their society. The incomes of the poor were insufficient, and rich were too few in number. The rich had finite needs, and tended to reinvest their money. As Hobson pointed out, reinvestment in new factories only made the situation worse by increasing output.

John Scales Avery is a theoretical chemist noted for his research publications in quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, evolution, and history of science. Since the early 1990s, Avery has been an active World peace activist. 

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Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 3: Climate Change and the Urgent Need for Renewable Energy 

One of the greatest threats to the survival of the human species and the biosphere is catastrophic climate change. 

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 2: Entropy and Economics 

We urgently need to shift quickly from fossil fuels to renewable energy if we are to avoid a tipping point after which human efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change will be futile because feedback loops will have taken over. 

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 1: Limits to Economic Growth

It is obvious that on a finite Earth, neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely.

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Special Report | Panama Papers: Problems, Propaganda, Media Corruption

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  • Now the facts are in the open but the way in which the revelations are reported is questionable and taints an important story.
  • Mainstream U.S. journalism and propaganda are getting hard to tell apart, as with the flurry of “corruption” stories aimed at Russia’s Putin and other demonized foreign leaders
  • Part 1: Freedom Rider: The Panama Papers Problem
  • Part 2: 'Corruption' as a Propaganda Weapon
  • Related: Special Report | The Panama Papers Scandal, Week Ending  April 9, 2016

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Part 1: Freedom Rider: The Panama Papers Problem, Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report 

  • The Panama tax haven leaks reveal a lot about the lawlessness of the rich, as well as the ideological bias of the western press. “Vladimir Putin’s name appears nowhere, but the corporate media used his image repeatedly to drum up interest in what is an otherwise newsworthy story.” Americans are conspicuous by their absence from the story. That’s because rich people in the U.S. can avoid taxes “legally in Wyoming, Delaware or Nevada.”
  • “The goal of revealing secrets instead turns into a plan to keep more secrets and to tarnish certain reputations based on bias and mysterious criteria.”

http://blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/styles/image-400x300/public/FR_rich2.jpg?itok=lOzrFWOM Tue, 04/05/2016 | The worst criminals on earth are not the poor who sit behind bars in jails and prisons. The biggest thieves are found among the rich. The 1% can buy legislation, politicians and the media to carry out and hide their dirty work. If they can’t change the laws to benefit themselves in their homelands they simply send their money elsewhere through shell holding companies. This transfer of wealth, much of it diverted from what ought to be tax payments, is an open secret. Panama, the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Luxembourg and Switzerland are known for securing the money and secrets of the rich and the well connected.

The leak of 11.5 million documents from the Panama based Mossack Fonseca law firm brings into the light of day what was long known but passively accepted. Now the facts are in the open but the way in which the revelations are reported is questionable and taints an important story.

Margaret Kimberley is editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report. Her column, Freedom Rider, appears weekly in Black Agenda Report, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog.

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Part 2: 'Corruption' as a Propaganda Weapon, Robert Parry, Consortium News 

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Mainstream U.S. journalism and propaganda are getting hard to tell apart, as with the flurry of “corruption” stories aimed at Russia’s Putin and other demonized foreign leaders

Related: Special Report | The Panama Papers Scandal, Week Ending  April 9, 2016

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05 April 16 | Sadly, some important duties of journalism, such as applying evenhanded standards on human rights abuses and financial corruption, have been so corrupted by the demands of government propaganda – and the careerism of too many writers – that I now become suspicious whenever the mainstream media trumpets some sensational story aimed at some “designated villain.”

Far too often, this sort of “journalism” is just a forerunner to the next “regime change” scheme, dirtying up or delegitimizing a foreign leader before the inevitable advent of a “color revolution” organized by “democracy-promoting” NGOs often with money from the U.S. government’s National Endowment for Democracy or some neoliberal financier like George Soros.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. His latest book is America’s Stolen Narrative.

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Special Report | The Panama Papers Scandal, Week Ending  April 9, 2016, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

  • A huge leak of documents has lifted the lid on how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth. The files were leaked from one of the world's most secretive companies, a Panamanian law firm called Mossack Fonseca.
  • 5 New items including:
    • Panama Papers Q&A: What is the scandal about?
    • Five key figures implicated in the 'Panama Papers' scandal
    • Americans Included in ‘Panama Papers’ Leak
    • The Names in the Panama Papers
    • Massive Leak of Secret Documents from Panamanian Firm Reveal Movement of Billions of Dollars in Suspect Transactions

 
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Jamar Clark case: Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative

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  • Whether intentional or unintentional, the county attorney's presentation was peppered with gratuitous coded language designed or defaulted to dehumanize Clark. 
  • Related: The Talk
  • Related: American Crossroads: Reagan, Trump and the Devil Down South

Steven L. Belton, Miinneapolis (MN) Star-Tribune

  http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Ian%20Haney%20Lopez%20%7C%20Dog%20Whistle%20Politics.jpg April 6, 2016 | Forty years ago when I was in law school, one of my professors went out of his way to integrate and sometimes code inappropriate remarks, including racist commentary, in his lectures. Over the course of the semester, I finally had enough and asked him to stop. I argued, unsuccessfully, that I was burdened with twice the work of my classmates (who were either outside the scope of his vitriol or oblivious to it), because like everyone else, I had to listen to his lectures for substance, but also for offense.

I was reminded of that experience this past week when Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman explained his rationale for not prosecuting the two Minneapolis police officers responsible for shooting and killing Jamar Clark. That announcement has divided and polarized the community like no other legal argument in recent memory. Radio and television reports, newspaper editorials, commentary and letters to the editor, social media, and old-fashioned water-cooler conversations have figuratively blown up with contention over the merits or lack of merits of Freeman’s decision.

Steven Belton is president and chief executive officer of the Minneapolis Urban League.

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The Talk, Devin C. Hughes, Upworthy

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For black families, this tough conversation can be the difference between life or death.

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American Crossroads: Reagan, Trump and the Devil Down South, Ben Fountain, Guardian <>

How the Republican party’s dog-whistle appeal to racism, refined by Richard Nixon and perfected by Ronald Reagan, led inexorably to Donald Trump.

The media’s indefensible Trump cowardice: How CNN & NPR shirked their obligation to the truth

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  • CNN's chief scoffs at the idea of calling Trump out, while NPR scolds one of its journalists for telling the truth.
  • Related: We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable.
  • Related: World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake

Jack Mirkinson, Salon

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http://media.salon.com/2010/04/white_house_reporters_afraid_to_criticize_the_white_house-460x307.jpg Friday, Mar 18, 2016 | More than anything, our elite media is devoted to the idea that the political system as it is presently constructed is a legitimate, respectable one. Politics means Democrats and Republicans facing off against each other. No matter how noxious one or the other party becomes, no matter how morally suspect, the two-party-debate framework has to be adhered to and it is not the role of the media to take sides in the matter. This is how, to name just one example, the New York Times spent over a decade tiptoeing around the fact that the United States had tortured people. The paper surely knew that what was happening in American black sites and prisons was torture, but politicians kept insisting that it wasn’t, so the Times had to back off. The system had to be respected.

Obviously, it would have been nice if some of our big media outlets had abandoned this framework a long time ago. Nevertheless, the rise of Donald Trump represents the most blindingly obvious threat to this state of existence in a while. Not only is Trump a bully, a racist and a congenital liar, he’s also a quasi-fascist tyrant-in-waiting leading an increasingly brutal movement of followers. By any stretch of the imagination, he should be seen as beyond the pale, a uniquely dangerous man worthy of revulsion — and he is very likely going to be the Republican presidential nominee.

Jack Mirkinson is a writer living in New York. 

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We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable, Neal Gabler, Salon

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  • Trump isn't the destruction of the GOP. He is its fulfillment. We'd all know this if the press would do its job. 
  • Trump could only make a mockery of our politics because the media already had.
  • The media is NOT doing its job! 

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World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake, Arjun Walia, Prepare for Change / Global Research 

  • Recently, Udo Ulfkotte went on public television stating that he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, also adding that noncompliance with these orders would result in him losing his job.
  • We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable.

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Up to half of people killed by US police are disabled

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  • In the US and the UK, police brutality towards citizens with disabilities, in particular, those with mental difficulties, is a shameful reality. Yet the facts go unreported. Media organisations must change this.
  • Related: 'We go rotten': man granted clemency describes life in the US prison system

Mary O'Hara, Guardian

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016 | Not only are the total numbers of police-involved deaths in the US appalling – 1,134 in 2015 alone – the final tally for the year highlighted once again the shockingly disproportionate number of African Americans affected, as was exposed by a Guardian investigation, The Counted. Young black men aged between 15 and 34 accounted for 15% of all deaths logged (five times higher than for their white counterparts), despite being just 2% of the population.

There is another, much less well-documented feature of police brutality and violence: the prevalence of disabled people and, in particular, those with mental difficulties, who are victims.

Mary O'HaraGuardian journalist and Fullbright scholar

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Norman Brown served 24 years of a life sentence for distributing cocaine, until his became one of 248 Obama has commuted during his presidency.

The nation’s criminal justice system is broken.

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US Elections Ranked Worst Among Western Democracies

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  • The Electoral Integrity Project (EIP), founded in 2012, provides an independent evaluation of the quality of elections worldwide. The EIP’s results have been published in several books, including my own Why Electoral Integrity Matters and Why Elections Fail – books that focus on comparing the quality of elections, understanding why problems arise, and diagnosing what can be done about these flaws.
  • We can use the data collected by the EIP to ask: Is the U.S. the electoral role model it imagines itself to be?
  • There Were 5-Hour Lines to Vote in Arizona Because the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act

Pippa Norris, the Conversation  / Popular Resistance

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https://farm1.staticflickr.com/6/8938751_806de16417_z.jpg March 24th, 2016 | The world is currently transfixed by the spectacle of American elections.

From New York, London and Paris to Beijing, Moscow, and Sydney there is endless heated debate in the news media and across dinner tables about the factors fueling the remarkable success of Donald Trump, speculation about a brokered convention shattering the old GOP, and the most likely outcome of a polarizing Trump-Clinton battle in the fall.

This contest matters. It is the election for the most powerful leader in the Western world, and some – like the Economist Intelligence Unit - regard Donald Trump as a major risk to global prosperity and stability. Also, as citizens of one of the world’s oldest democracies, Americans like to think that the United States provides an influential role model for how elections should run in other countries.

Pippa Norris is the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Australian Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Director of the Electoral Integrity Project.

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There Were 5-Hour Lines to Vote in Arizona Because the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act, Ari Berman, the Nation

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  • Reducing the number of polling places in Phoenix had catastrophic consequences in the March 22 primary.
  • The 2016 election is the first in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. Widespread voting problems during the primaries in states like Arizona and North Carolina are a disturbing preview of what could happen in November. 

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