Review: SAVAGE CAPITALISM AND THE MYTH OF DEMOCRACY–Latin America in the Third Millennium

Fast Read, Ground Truth, Moral Truth, Priceless Insights January 5, 2010 Michael Hogan I received this book as a gift from the author after I reviewed Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, and I am very glad to have accepted his offer. At 218 pages double-spaced it is …

Journal: Wall Street & the Obama Administration

Chuck Spinney sends…. Obama’s Big Sellout The president has packed his economic team with Wall Street insiders intent on turning the bailout into an all-out giveaway MATT TAIBBI Rolling Stone Dec 09, 2009 Phi Beta Iota: We include the entire article below to share Chuck Spinney’s value-added highlights.  See the original article without highlights by …

AFRICOM Week in Review Ending 02 Nov 09

Hot Topics CD: Protest in DRC over insecurity 11/01/09 CF:  Children bearing brunt of Central African Republic’s troubles, says UNICEF offic 10/21/09 DZ: Algeria: Al-Qaeda failing to attract recruits govt claims 10/30/09 ET: Can Ethiopia’s Electoral Code Guarantee Fair Elections? 11/01/09 ET: Ethiopia: 3 soldiers defect to Eritrea 10/31/09 GM: Former military police commander calls …

Journal: Citizen Wisdom in California

THE STATES WE’RE IN by Hendrik Hertzberg The New Yorker AUGUST 24, 2009 The states of the Union are supposed to be laboratories of democracy, but this summer they have been looking more like toxic-waste dumps of futility. From coast to coast, from tundra to coral reef, state governments are in an awful fix. Their …

Journal: Race, Class, Money & Truth

In keeping with our new-found commitment to focus on public intelligence and leave political reform to others, this commentary provides an overview  of the political scene (including political commentary from journalists lacking any independence), and concludes that what is missing from our national dialog are integrity and public intelligence. First, the political “terrain” of ideological …

Journal: It’s Time to Legalize Drugs and Re-Design the Entire National Strategy-Policy-Budget Process

It’s Time to Legalize Drugs By Peter Moskos and Stanford “Neill” Franklin The Washington Post, Monday, August 17, 2009 Undercover Baltimore police officer Dante Arthur was doing what he does well, arresting drug dealers, when he approached a group in January. What he didn’t know was that one of suspects knew from a previous arrest …

Journal: Call for Signatures in Support of Open Primaries

There are at least four movements underway to destroy the two-party tyranny and restore the integrity of the U.S. electoral process and with it the integrity of the U.S. Government. Below is one such movement.  Others include the movement for Free and Open Elections, the movement to Unify Independents, and the movement to audit the …