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Posted by G.A. Matiasz on March 5, 2015
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Posted by G.A. Matiasz on August 5, 2014
This sentiment is simple, clear, direct. Not in my name. According to the very controversial book The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt:
Since the October War in 1973, Washington has provided Israel with a level of support dwarfing the amounts provided to any other state. It has been the largest annual recipient of direct U.S. economic and military assistance since 1976 and the largest total recipient since World War ll. Total direct U.S. aid to Israel amounts to well over $140 billion in 2003 dollars. Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America’s entire foreign aid budget. In per capita terms, the United States gives each Israeli a direct subsidy worth about $500 per year. This largesse is especially striking when one realizes that Israel is now a wealthy industrial state with a per capita income roughly equal to South Korea or Spain.
These subsidies to Israel come out of the money I and other Americans pay in taxes. Not in my name. Not in our name. Enough.
Here’s a quick history lesson of recent events from Le Monde:
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Posted by G.A. Matiasz on November 15, 2013
The University of Maryland has published this study of Global Forest Change, meaning forest loss, as illustrated by this image:
“The map shows forest change from 2000-12. Green areas are forested; red suffered forest loss; blue showed forest gain; pink experienced both loss and gain. Results from time-series analysis of 654,178 Landsat images in characterizing forest extent and change, 2000–2012.”
The high-resolution global map linked to above is actually an interactive online tool that zooms in to provide highly detailed local images, down to a 30m resolution. The article by James Morgan in the BBC News reports that 888,035 square miles were lost during that period in question, offset by 30,888 square miles of new forest gained, for a net loss of 579,153 square miles in total. Brazil decreased its forest loss by half between 2004-4 and 2010-11, whereas Indonesia had the biggest increase in deforestation, more than doubling its annual loss in 2011-12. Paraguay, Malaysia and Cambodia had the highest rates of forest loss. Additional conclusions: “In the United States, the “disturbance rate” of south-eastern forests was four times that of South American rainforests – more than 31% of forest cover was either lost or regrown.” and “Overall, tropical forest loss is increasing by about 2,100 sq km per year.”
Between 2001 and 2012 “the Earth lost a combined ‘forest’ the size of Mongolia, enough trees to cover the UK six times.”
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Posted by G.A. Matiasz on November 3, 2013
It’s a clear enough chart:
Which belies any statement that “the US intervention in Iraq is over,” or that “the Iraq war is over,” or that “Iraq is at peace,” or that “there is now an inclusive and democratic Iraq in place.”
What we have, now that the United States has ended formal military intervention in the region, is an ongoing, full-scale civil war in Iraq. Sunnis versus Shi’ites, with massive civilian casualties on all sides, and minority religionists being wiped out or forced to immigrate.
This is the immediate legacy of American involvement in Iraq. There is blood on the hands of every individual in every US administration since George W. Bush first invaded Iraq. Too bad there aren’t going to be any war crimes trials.
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Posted by G.A. Matiasz on October 29, 2013
The “jobless recovery,” the “prosperity-less economy,” the “homeless recovery;” it’s a goddamned phony economy. Here are some facts and figures, presented in easy to read graphs and charts:
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Posted by G.A. Matiasz on September 1, 2013
The joke goes that California is like a bowl of granola. What’s not fruits or nuts is flakes. Well, these United States of America was once described as a melting pot. Not only are immigrants nowadays shunning assimilation, but the idea of the American melting pot was always something of a myth. Various commentators are fond of now calling the American experience a salad bowl. Here are some maps to convey the notion that this country is a vast patchwork of races and ethnicities that are a long way from blending together into some homogeneous whole, if that was a possibility at all.
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