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USA: The Future Of American Power – By: Arundhati Roy | The Economist  

Arundhati Roy | The Economist  

This By-invitation commentary is part of a series by a range of global thinkers on the future of American power, examining the forces shaping the country’s standing.

IN FEBRUARY 1989 the last Soviet tank rolled out of Afghanistan, its army having been decisively defeated in a punishing, nearly decade-long war by a loose coalition of mujahideen, who were trained, armed, funded and indoctrinated by the American and Pakistani Intelligence services.

By November that year the Berlin wall had fallen and the Soviet Union began to collapse. When the cold war ended, the United States took its place at the head of a unipolar world order. In a heartbeat, radical Islam replaced communism as the most imminent threat to world peace. After the attacks of September 11th, 2001: The political world as we knew it spun on its axis. And the pivot of that axis appeared to be located somewhere in the rough mountains of Afghanistan.         Continue reading

Loewenstein: “Disaster Capitalism” – Making a Killing out of Catastrophe + 2 videos

Posted: 02 Dec 2015 05:08 PM PST – St Stanislaus College Blog

9781784781156-max_221Loewenstein: Disaster Capitalism – Making a Killing out of Catastrophe

Crisis, what crisis? How governments and corporations profit from disaster.“A keenly observed and timely investigation into rampant resource plunder, privatized detention centers, and an array of other forms of corporate rapacity on four continents.” – Naomi Klein

Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies such as G4S, Serco, and Halliburton cash in on or­ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining…….     [Note: 2 videos below] Continue reading

UK Immigration: Why is there a crisis in Calais? – BBC News report

UK Immigration: Why is there a crisis in Calais?

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Thousands of migrants who are camped in Calais are attempting to reach the UK by crossing the Channel.

Some try to stow away on lorries bound for cross-Channel ferries. During recent strikes by French ferry workers, which closed the Channel Tunnel, migrants openly tried to board lorries stuck in traffic on the roads leading to the port. There have also been some reports of migrants attempting to stow away in people’s cars.   Continue reading