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Where’s the Beef? Hint: It’s Not in Findus Frozen Beef Lasagne

Tests by the British Food Standards Agency revealed that the European food company’s product contained up to 100 percent horse meat.

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Europe’s Climate Forecast: Unsettling

The European countries currently struggling most economically—Greece, Spain and Portugal—will fare worst under climate change as they lose both harvests and tourists to rising heat and low summer rainfall, the European Environment Agency says.

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Europe’s Carbon Scheme Goes Up in Smoke

A combination of successful lobbying, political interference and lack of economic growth has wrecked the carbon market designed to combat climate change. It is now cheaper to pollute the atmosphere than to invest in becoming energy efficient.

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U.S. Navy/MC1 Eileen Kelly Fors

God Loves Us and We Will Bomb You

The utopian and missionary qualities of American political belief began in the Puritans’ Calvinist theology of “the Elect,” the chosen people.

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U.S. Army/Specialist Ken Scar

Need for Straight Talk From U.S. Defense Department

Christmas has provided a day of distraction from war, the usual condition for most of the world, and the steady-state of the modern American nation, so to speak.

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Global Governance at Heart of Failed Foreign Policies

The United States and the European Union remain impotent or irresolute observers of the most important issues of political “governance” of concern these days.

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AP/Robert F. Bukaty

Prince William and Kate Middleton Expecting (Video)

The pregnancy was announced Monday after the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to a London-area hospital for treatment of acute morning sickness.

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As Hollande Struggles, So Does the Opposition

France has a double crisis. Its ruling political party, Francois Hollande’s Socialist, is in a state of catatonia, usually defined as a condition of incoherence with alternate periods of stupor and activity. More after the jump about that.

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How Germany Is Getting to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

There is no debate on climate change in Germany, where architects of the clean energy movement estimate that from 80 percent to 100 percent of the country’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2050.

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The Growing Global Movement Against Austerity

Amaia Engana didn’t wait to be evicted from her home. On Nov. 9, in the town of Barakaldo, a suburb of Bilbao in Spain’s Basque Country, officials from the local judiciary were on their way to serve her eviction papers. Amaia stood on a chair and threw herself out of her fifth-floor apartment window, dying instantly on impact on the sidewalk below.

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Greece and EU Aid

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Eurozone Bank Supervision

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Arab Awakening and a Failed European Aeronautics Merger

From the beginning of the Arab Awakening (“Arab Springtime,” as it was, but alas two springtimes have already passed), my opinion has been to stay out of these events, as far as possible, and certainly not to attempt to control them.

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The Burden

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Kids Say the Darnest Things

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Major European Aerospace Merger Sends Shockwaves Around the Globe

The West Europeans are contemplating handing their independent arms and aerospace companies over to a conglomerate that would bestow on the United States an effective veto over the greater part of Europe’s rival defense industry.

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The American Election’s Global Reach

The movement in the presidential race reflects a broader trend visible in many nations.

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The New Politics of Nostalgia

A specter is haunting the affluent societies of the West. Across the rich countries, and across the political spectrum, there is an unstated but palpable longing for a return to the 1950s.

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Merkel Wins Ruling on Injecting German Money Into Eurozone

Germany’s Constitutional Court permitted Chancellor Angela Merkel to use German funds to buoy the economies of eurozone countries that have struggled in the continent’s nagging debt crisis.

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The Root of Europe’s Problem

Most of the damage to the European economy was done by innocent submission of credulous policymakers to the conventional wisdom of the international marketplace.

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A Brief History of Contempt Between Germany and Greece

Greece has been the main target of German denigration, at great cost.

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Romney Tour ’12: Gaffepalooza

How is Mitt Romney’s summer vacation going? Fine, except for frequent pauses to remove foot from mouth.

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China’s Progress

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John Loo

A Little Bit of Chocolate a Day May Keep the Doctor Away

Small portions of chocolate a day can actually be good for your health—if it’s the right type and the right amount, according to a European regulator.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE



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The Pain in Spain Falls Mainly on the Plain (Folk)

As Spain’s prime minister announced deep austerity cuts Wednesday in order to secure funds from the European Union to bail out Spain’s failing banks, the people of Spain have taken to the streets once again for what they call “Real Democracy Now.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Europe Still Trying to Squeeze Into America’s Jeans

Nearly every step in the federalist direction has produced unnecessary complication and strain in the EU. Portugal is not Iowa. Italy cannot become California.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



A Drumroll for Marxism in Europe

European youths, disaffected by the amorality of modern capitalism, are turning to Marxism in increasing numbers. Could America undergo a similar revival?

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Europe Bails Itself Out, for Now

The latest, and 20th, European “summit” meeting, held last week in Brussels, was symbolically a defeat for Germany’s Angela Merkel, who agreed that Europe’s permanent bailout fund could directly recapitalize certain troubled eurozone banks.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Euro Must Have Reform, Not Americanization

On Tuesday the European Council published a new proposal for European monetary reform that rests on continued monetary union—the source of the present crisis.

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Brits Tell Assange to Pack for Sweden

The verdict in Britain’s Supreme Court did not go well Wednesday for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been fighting extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges. Assange has been granted two weeks to consider his next move, which may be a petition for a retrial.

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Hollande Meets Merkel

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Raining on Obama’s Gay Pride Parade

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Scott Tucker disrupts the celebration of Obama’s gay marriage announcement; the Green Party candidate; Robert Scheer and Sergei Plekhanov; austerity check; and the class politics of parking tickets.

Posted on May 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Raining on Obama’s Gay Pride Parade

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Scott Tucker disrupts the celebration of Obama’s gay marriage announcement; the Green Party candidate; Robert Scheer and Sergei Plekhanov; austerity check; and the class politics of parking tickets.

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Obama’s American Exceptionalism

The Obama administration has chosen a distinctly American path that kept austerity at bay. As a result, the American economy has climbed out of the Great Recession more quickly than most of Europe.

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Elections Could Shift EU Away From Austerity, but Should They?

The weekend elections in France and Greece seem widely to have been taken, at least on the European and American left, as a solution to the great European economic crisis.

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Death to Austerity

Economic austerity is a dangerous, self-defeating intellectual fad. Perhaps I should say that’s what it was, given Sunday’s election results in Europe.

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France Goes With the Socialist

The austerity regime in Europe took a big hit Sunday, with French voters electing Socialist Francois Hollande, while the Greeks, also voting Sunday, handed out pink slips to the ruling centrist coalition that has slashed government spending on EU orders.

Posted on May 6, 2012 READ MORE


Which Way, France?

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Terror Europa

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France: Socialist Victory Overshadowed by ‘Big Healthy Blonde Girl’

Until his daughter, Marine, captured 19 percent of the vote in France’s first round of presidential elections Sunday, Jean Marie Le Pen was the country’s most politically successful right-wing crazy. In a way he saw this coming, promoting his daughter, as The Guardian recalls, as a “big healthy blonde girl ... an ideal physical specimen.”

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 READ MORE



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In Europe, Crisis-Provoked Suicide on the Rise

Tally the fatal, unhappy costs of runaway capitalism. Across Europe, businessmen unable to cope with the world made by the 2008 economic crash are taking their lives.

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 READ MORE



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American Decline: Debated, Contested, Obvious

Is the United States in decline? It’s clear to anyone who has been to Europe or the major Asian states recently, where everything works beautifully, even if Europe’s debts are not paid off.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 READ MORE


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Spanish Government Goes for Big Austerity Cuts

Remember when austerity sounded more like an obscure SAT word than cause for international economic panic? This time around, it’s the Spaniards who are feeling the pinch, as their government has announced major budget cuts for the year.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Regardless of Obama’s Gaffe, Nuclear Missile Defense Remains a Useless Endeavor

European missile defense against the threat of hypothetical Iranian nuclear missile attack is a make-work project for the American aerospace industry and always has been.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Jacques Brinon

President Sarkozy Maneuvers to Benefit From Toulouse Violence

No one gained more from the crisis in Toulouse than President Nicolas Sarkozy, for whom law and order has always been a calling card.

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 READ MORE



Christian Guthier (CC-BY)

Can Europe’s Left Rebound?

The question is whether 2012 will mark a comeback by a left invigorated by a growing unhappiness with rising economic inequalities and a backlash against austerity policies aimed at saving Europe’s common currency. (Pictured, British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.)

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Michael Probst

Greece Set for Second Bailout

Having pulled off the biggest debt restructuring deal ever, Greece is on track for yet another bailout. Meanwhile, the Greek government is also preparing to make yet another round of austerity cuts, which may involve lowering the nation’s minimum wage.

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Big Fat Greek Wedding

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