Mês: julho 2019

Melhor da Semana em OUTRASPALAVRAS

  O enigma da sobrevivência neoliberal Como um projeto fracassado, social e economicamente, mantém-se há 30 anos? Em parte, devido ao poder de uma minoria ínfima. Mas é preciso encontrar resposta mais profunda – em especial, uma saída que convença as maiorias Por Robert Kuttner Previdência: as entranhas expostas do bolsonarismo Depois de vitória massacrante na 4ª-feira, governo e Rodrigo Maia sofrem para concluir a votação da Contrarreforma. As torneiras fisiológicas estão escancaradas. O que isso ensina sobre as insuficiências da oposição e as disputas decisivas do segundo semestre? Por Antonio Martins Uma “potência acorrentada” Está em marcha o “Projeto Dominium”: Bolsonaro & Guedes minam liderança regional do Brasil para transformá-lo em protetorado dos EUA. Superar esse destino exigirá um projeto de longo prazo de país — e que a sociedade volte a caminhar por si Por José Luís Fiori Pós-capitalismo na era do algoritmo (1) Reviravolta: dado como morto após a queda da União Soviética, o planejamento está em cena de novo, impulsionado pelo Big Data. As corporações usam-no para turbinar o consumismo. Mas ele pode impulsionar um socialismo radicalmente democrático Por Cédric Durand e Razmig Keucheyan Poulantzas, filósofo do Socialismo Democrático Marxista inquieto, morto há 40 anos, ele enxergou os limites da experiência soviética – sem se render à social-democracia. Anteviu a ditadura neoliberal. Polemizou com ideias de Lênin e Foucault. Sugeriu caminhos para reinventar a emancipação...

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Bill Bonner Busy Week With Aliens

A Breakdown of the Universe   Van Bryan Jul. 14, 2019   It was a busy week for our editor… First, an alien spacecraft landed on his front lawn (don’t you hate it when that happens?). And then, things got weird… Bill was duty-bound to explain the ins and outs of today’s phony money system to the alien visitors: “FacebookCoin”… why WeWork’s “spirituality” justifies its astronomical valuation… and even the unsurprising reversal of one Jerome Powell. “It’s a breakdown… er… breakthrough of the universe,” say the little green men. They had it right the first time… UFOs Over Our House… On Monday, a startling encounter! A UFO lands on Bill’s front lawn. The extraterrestrial travelers have visited our editor for one purpose: to decipher our “phony-baloney” financial world. Too incredible to believe, you say? Read on and decide for yourself… The Great Bubblelooza Is Set for a Hellish Finale On Tuesday, Bill continues the story of his close encounter. After revealing all the scams… shams… and warts of today’s financial claptrap, Bill has a question for the visitors: How’s it all going to end? Laughter is the only response. WeWork: Another Fake Money Miracle Bill reports from inside a chic WeWork office in Dublin. The startup provides trendy office space to ambitious young millennials around the globe. Somehow, it has a sky-high valuation. It’s all thanks to its “energy and spirituality,” says the CEO....

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The Impossible War on Iran

Crisis within the US Command Structure   Michel Chossudovsky Jul. 8, 2019   In this article, we examine America’s war strategies, including its ability to launch an all out theater war against the Islamic Republic on Iran. A follow-up article will focus on the History of US War Plans against Iran as well as the complexities underlying the Structure of Military Alliances.  * Under present conditions, an Iraq style all out Blitzkrieg involving the simultaneous deployment of ground, air and naval  forces is an impossibility.  For several reasons. US hegemony in the Middle East has been weakened largely as a result of the evolving structure of military alliances. The US does not have the ability to carry out such a project. There are two main factors which determine America’s military agenda in relation to the Islamic Republic of Iran. 1. Iran’s Military There is the issue of Iran’s military capabilities (ground forces, navy, air force, missile defense), namely its ability to effectively resist and respond to an all out conventional war involving the deployment of US and Allied forces. Within the realm of conventional warfare,  Iran has sizeable military capabilities. Iran is to acquire Russia’s S400 state of the art air defense system. Iran is ranked as “a major military power” in the Middle East, with an estimated 534,000 active personnel in the army, navy, air force and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). It has advanced...

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Iran’s Escalation Dominance

Iran Pushes Trump to the Edge   Elijah Magnier Jun. 21, 2019     Iran is pushing US President Donald Trump to the edge of the abyss, raising the level of tensions to new heights in the Middle East. After the sabotage of four tankers at al-Fujairah and the attack on the Aramco pipeline a month ago, and last week’s attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC – now categorized by the USA as a terrorist body) yesterday shot down a US Navy drone, sending two clear messages. The first message is that Iran is ready for an all-out war, no matter what the consequences. The second message is that Iran is aware that the US President has cornered himself; the embarrassing attack came a week after Trump launched his electoral campaign. According to well-informed sources, Iran rejected a proposal by US intelligence – made via a third party – that Trump be allowed to bomb one, two or three clear objectives, to be chosen by Iran, so that both countries could appear to come out as winners and Trump could save face. Iran categorically rejected the offer and sent its reply: even an attack against an empty sandy beach in Iran would trigger a missile launch against US objectives in the Gulf. Iran is not inclined to help Trump come down from the tree he has climbed and...

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Trump’s Relationship to Russia and China

A Revival of the Henry Wallace Doctrine for the Post-War World?   Matthew Ehret Jul. 6, 2019     During the course of the G20 important agreements and alliances were reached between Russia-China and the USA which indicate that President Trump is not “just another neo-con” as some of his cynical detractors have claimed, but is actually working to re-orient the United States into a strategic alliance with the Eurasian superpowers. This was seen with his announced lifting of the Huawei ban on American companies, his promise to cancel the additional $300 billion in tariffs with China, his cancelling the sanctions on Turkey for its purchase of Russia’s S400 defense system (which renders a big chunk of the NATO ABM shield against Russia impotent), not to mention the president’s historic visit to North Korea’s de-militarized zone to meet with Kim Jong-un. While not directly discussed at the event, the melt-down of the Trans-Atlantic banking system now bursting at the seams with over $700 trillion of derivatives, and corporate debt bubble which the Bank of International Settlements is warning will be the new sub-prime junk bond meltdown was on everyone’s mind. Whether the USA would be willing to re-organize itself in harmony with the new system driven by the Belt and Road Initiative was a question which only the braindead could avoid thinking about. While some commentators are trying to...

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