Prabir Purkayastha contrasts the results to two recent elections - the presidential elections in Brazil and the Congressional polls in the United States. Article, courtesy Newsclick India.
Last June the U.S. Department of Defense unexpectedly issued a new version of its National Defense Strategy. The noteworthy thing about this National Defense Strategy statement is that it says nothing directly about American national defense. It is a strategy for intervening in other countries, and preventing others from blocking or resisting American interventions.
The recently passed nuclear pact was not just a late win for an unpopular president, it was a coup for lobbyists and defense contractors.
Subrata Ghoshroy writes in Alternet.
On October 1, the Pentagon, for the first time ever, dedicated an Army force specifically to NorthCom, which is in charge of securing not some foreign region but the United States of America.
The unit it assigned is the 3rd Infantry, First Brigade Combat Team, which has spent three of the last five years in Iraq. It was one of the first units to get to Baghdad, and it was active in retaking and patrolling Fallujah. One of its specialties is counterinsurgency.
Independent presidential contender Ralph Nader criticizising the USD 700b bailout on October 16, demanded a new tax against Wall Street financial institutions. A report (Courtesy: Press TV).
Also, an article by Ralph Nader on the 'bailout' (Courtesy: Counterpunch).
In a new sign of increasing inequality in the U.S., the richest 1% of Americans in 2006 garnered the highest share of the nation's adjusted gross income for two decades, and possibly the highest since 1929, according to Internal Revenue Service data.