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Posted on Jan 22, 2012 READ MORE


Obama Plays Defense With First Commercial

The Obama campaign will begin airing its first commercial Thursday, and the first words on screen are “Secretive oil billionaires attacking President Obama.” The ad responds to charges leveled by Americans for Prosperity, a front group for the conservative Koch brothers.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 READ MORE



undergroundbastard (CC-BY)

The Myth of ‘Isolated’ Iran

Once upon a time, the “red line” for Washington on Iran was the “enrichment” of uranium. Now, it’s an actual nuclear weapon that could be brandished. But what if the red line is really the petrodollar line?

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 READ MORE



jlehti (CC-BY)

Danger Waters

In 2012 and beyond, energy and conflict will be bound ever more tightly together, lending increasing importance to the key geographical flashpoints in our resource-constrained world.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth

For Once, Let’s Just Leave Iraq Alone

Better to let Iraq blow itself apart than inflict the kind of policies that have, as most commentators refuse to acknowledge, plagued the country’s entire, sorry history.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Arms Dealer Obama Will Win by Default

Barack Obama will be re-elected not as a vindication of his policies but because the Republicans are incapable of providing a reasonable challenge to his flawed performance.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



White House / David Bohrer

Iran to U.S.: Your Aircraft Carrier Is Not Welcome Here

Tuesday brought another round of the tug of war between Iran and the U.S., in which Iran, no doubt feeling the need to respond to pressure and sanctions intended to thwart Tehran’s alleged plan to build a nuclear weapon, hit back by making it clear that an American aircraft carrier needed to stay away from the “Persian Gulf region.” Updated

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE



Clay Junell (CC-BY-SA)

Fewer and Fewer Reasons for the West to Fixate on the Mideast

There are only three valid reasons why the Middle East, the focus of international attention as 2012 begins, is important to the United States and the European nations.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon

China Wins Afghanistan Oil Contract

This colonialism thing ain’t what it used to be. Without spending the hundreds of billions of dollars and countless lives the United States has invested in the effort to determine Afghanistan’s future, the Chinese government managed to swoop in and walk away with as many as 87 million barrels of the country’s oil.

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 READ MORE


Class Warfare, Brought to You by the Muppets

This just in: The Muppets are brainwashing your children with liberal, anti-corporate messages, according to this astute analysis conducted by objective reporter Eric Bolling of Fox News’ “Follow the Money” propagandafest business broadcast. “Where are we, communist China?” he wonders.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



Lars Christopher Nøttaasen (CC-BY)

How China Has Benefited From America’s Hostility to Iran

Truthdig contributor and former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando argues that China has cleverly exploited poor relations between Tehran and Washington, to the point that the Middle Kingdom now imports more oil and gas from Iran than the U.S. does from Saudi Arabia.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. State Department

The Arab Spring Gets Messy, and Even Messier for the U.S.

The United States simply does not know how to disentangle itself from this menacing situation.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / ¡Que comunismo!

What Hugo Chavez Is Up To

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been busy courting countries from Latin America to Eastern Europe to the Middle East to the Far East to assemble a political and economic bulwark against American imperialism. (more)

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Unhappy Democrats Threaten Obama Jobs Bill

At a moment when President Obama desperately needs Democratic solidarity, there is no reservoir of good will from which he can draw.

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 READ MORE



Gulfstream

Obama Will Make the Wealthy Pay for His Jobs Bill

White House Budget Director Jack Lew revealed Monday that the administration plans to raise $467 billion in tax revenue from people making more than $200,000 a year, investment fund managers, the oil and gas industry and owners of corporate jets. (more)

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE



Gigi Ibrahim (CC-BY)

Dispatches From Cairo: Tensions Mount in Revolution Central

Wow, what a jittery, hair-trigger, emotional week in Egypt, the heart of the revolutionary world.

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Sergey Ponomarev

Libya: Here We Go Again

I know enough of Libya, a country I covered for many years as the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times, to assure you that the chaos and bloodletting have only begun.

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / infomatique (CC-BY-SA)

EU Slaps a Ban on Syrian Oil

The European Union announced Saturday that it is banning purchases of Syrian oil, a first for Europe, which had thus far avoided targeting Syrian industry as a method to stem the government violence there. (more)

Posted on Sep 3, 2011 READ MORE



Richard Bitting (CC-BY)

The Russians Are Coming (or Not)

Correction: Back in 2007, a Russian official announced a scheme to build an underwater rail system linking Siberia to Alaska. Such a railway would require the longest tunnel ever built and expenditures of about $94 billion (by one estimate). More than four years later, the transcontinental railway was in the news again. (more)

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Election March of the Trolls

The trolls have gamed the system. There is no economic, political or environmental reform that can be implemented to impede the march of the corporate state.

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



Paul Lowry (CC-BY)

Why Perry Hates Regulators: They’re Bad for (His) Business

When environmental regulators do their job properly, that can mean serious trouble for Rick Perry’s largest political donors.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE



tarsandsaction (CC-BY)

D.C. Protests That Make Big Oil Quake

The White House was rocked Tuesday, not only by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake, but by the protests mounting outside its gates.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alexandre Meneghini

Victory in Tripoli: They Did It

If the U.S. had gone seriously into the war, and behaved characteristically, Libya’s revolution would not have succeeded this week.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Shadia Fayne Wood / tarsandsaction

Pipeline Protesters Jailed Outside White House

Author, activist and founder of the global environmental movement 350.org Bill McKibben was arrested outside the White House on Saturday along with 64 others protesting the construction of a pipeline from Canada’s tar sands sites to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. (more)

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



Israel’s Insatiable Zionism

Israel’s Zionism turned capitalism is getting out of hand; Postmodernism is dead, leaving many to question what it was in the first place; meanwhile, the Americas are projected to replace the Middle East as the energy capital of the world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / David J. Phillip

The Biggest Little Hypocrite in Texas

It is unfathomable that yet another Texas blowhard governor has emerged as a front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / ltmayers

6 of 7 Fracking Evaluators Are on Industry’s Payroll

Last spring, President Obama asked Energy Secretary Steven Chu to assemble an advisory board to review the practice of hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking,” which is used to extract natural gas buried deep underground. (more)

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 READ MORE



Adam Campbell (CC-BY-ND)

The Man Who Doesn’t Want to Be President

Barack Obama seems unwilling to be president. What a contrast he makes to George W. Bush, in his boots and with his swagger—the Decider.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE


Japan’s Meltdowns Demand New No-Nukes Thinking

New details are emerging that indicate the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan is far worse than previously known, with three of the four affected reactors experiencing full meltdowns. Meanwhile, in the U.S., massive flooding along the Missouri River has put Nebraska’s two nuclear plants, both near Omaha, on alert.

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

This Hero Didn’t Stand a Chance

Tim DeChristopher is in prison for standing in the way of the corporate and governmental destruction of the ecosystem.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE


Bernie Sanders Goes After the Oil Industry

Our favorite senator has had enough of “Wall Street speculators” jacking up oil prices. Here he tells radio host Ian Masters about his legislative attack plan.

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 READ MORE


Weiner’s No Longfellow

“The troubled sky reveals | The grief it feels.” Those two lines were written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his poem “Snow-Flakes,” published in a volume in 1863 alongside his epic and better-known “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.”

Posted on Jun 7, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Marcellus Protest

N.Y. Attorney General Takes Aim at ‘Fracking’

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against three federal agencies, alleging that they have failed to properly study the impact of proposed regulations on “fracking,” a potentially dangerous process in which pressurized water and chemicals are used to dislodge oil and natural gas below the earth’s surface. (more)

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Lori Mehmen

The Sky Really Is Falling

The rapid and terrifying acceleration of global warming, which is disfiguring the ecosystem at a swifter pace than even the gloomiest scientific studies predicted a few years ago, has been confronted by the power elite with self-delusion.

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on May 9, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Your Taxes Fund Anti-Muslim Hatred

A cadre of right-wing institutions that peddle themselves as counterterrorism specialists and experts on the Muslim world has been indoctrinating thousands of police, intelligence and military personnel in nationwide seminars.

Posted on May 9, 2011 READ MORE



American Solutions

Oil Prices Continue to Tumble

This is great news: Crude oil prices continued to slide Friday as dealers awaited a report on the U.S. job picture. But the average price of gas at the pump remained at a painful $3.99 per gallon.

Posted on May 6, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / World Economic Forum

Exxon Posts Enormous Profits

While a host of social welfare programs sit on the congressional chopping block, Exxon Mobil pulled in a near-record first-quarter profit of $10.65 billion.

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / MathKnight and Zachi Evenor (CC-BY-SA)

A New Battle Over Resources in Israel

The Knesset approved a law late last month drastically increasing taxes on Israel’s mammoth, newly discovered offshore natural gas reserves.

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Luke Thornberry

British Government Memos Tie Iraq Invasion to Big Oil

The documents detail high-level meetings between BP, Shell and the British government about how to divvy up Iraq’s oil and gas.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 READ MORE



© Reese Erlich 2011

Cuba’s New Economy

Last year Cuban President Raul Castro announced the biggest economic reforms since the 1959 revolution. Cubans are cautiously optimistic about the changes, but they’re also scared.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE


U.S.-Backed Bloodshed Stains Bahrain’s Arab Spring

One month into Bahrain’s uprising, Saudi Arabia sent military and police forces over the 16-mile causeway that connects the Saudi mainland to Bahrain, an island. Since then, the protesters, the press and human-rights organizations have suffered increasingly violent repression.

Posted on Apr 12, 2011 READ MORE


Attack of the GOP Budget Rider Leeches

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Posted on Apr 11, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Coast Guard

What Oil Spill? Transocean Hands Out Bonuses for Best Safety Year Ever

Even Wall Street executives have to be smacking their heads over this one. The company that ran the Deepwater Horizon oil rig (before it exploded, killing 11 and filling the Gulf of Mexico with oil) has decided to give its executives bonuses for achieving “the best year in safety performance in our company’s history.” There are no words ...

Posted on Apr 3, 2011 READ MORE


Lessons of Libya

Launched almost exactly a quarter-century after Ronald Reagan first bombed Tripoli, America’s new war in Libya was guaranteed to be yet another fist-pumpin’, high-fivin’ remake of a big-budget 1980s action movie.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



Al-Jazeera English (CC-BY-ND)

The Sleeping Giants of Tiny Bahrain

Washington’s tendency to handle the Bahraini monarchy with kid gloves and to defer to the Saudis is ill serving the stability of the Persian Gulf. Risking the radicalization of Bahrain’s Shiite community may be a very bad idea.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jacques Brinon

The Collapse of Globalization

The last people who should be in charge of our food supply or our social and political life, not to mention the welfare of sick children, are corporate capitalists and Wall Street speculators.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE


Paradox and Principle in the New Mideast

The paradoxes of Libya merely underline the broader problem that we face in the sudden democratic turmoil of the Mideast.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE


Why the GOP Is Obsessed With ‘Leadership’

Leaders do not operate in a vacuum. When they make strategic adjustments, their opponents do too. President Obama has prompted just such a pivot by Republicans.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jerome Delay

Be Consistent—Invade Saudi Arabia

Once again an American president summons the passions of a human rights crusade against a reprehensible ruler whose crimes, while considerable, are not significantly different than that of dictators the U.S routinely protects.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 READ MORE


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