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Post by buckSH on Thu 09 Jul 2009, 07:15

Review of Michael Hudson's 'Super Imperialism'

Hudson calls it a “new form of imperialism” under which America exploits other nations “via the central banks (and international lending agencies) rather than via the activities of private corporations seeking profits.”

A “Super Imperialism” model “pressed foreign governments to regulate their nations’ trade and investment to serve US national objectives…Washington Consensus (diktats) made aid borrowers more dependent on their creditors, worsened their terms of trade by promoting raw materials exports and grain dependency, and forestalled needed social modernization such as land reform and progressive income and property taxation.”

US companies thus achieved a competitive advantage, not in the marketplace, but by Washington Consensus rules and the Bretton Woods institutions it controls – the IMF, World Bank, etc. What’s good for US business benefits America overall and its Super Imperial ambitions.

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Post by buckSH on Fri 17 Jul 2009, 15:48

The CIA's sordid history of covert ops-assassinations .

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1910967,00.html

Brief History: Secret CIA Missions
By Randy James Monday, Jul. 27, 2009
One of the many documents released by the CIA is seen at the National Security Archive at George Washington University in Washington June 26, 2007.

The Central Intelligence Agency was designed to work in the shadows. But Director Leon Panetta's recent allegations that the Bush Administration conceived a covert program to assassinate al-Qaeda leaders have blindsided even those lawmakers accustomed to its stealthy habits.

They shouldn't be shocked. Secret overseas operations are nothing new for the CIA, which was created in 1947 with the broad authority to conduct foreign intelligence missions. In 1953 the agency orchestrated a coup against Iranian Premier Mohammed Mossadegh that returned the pro-American Shah to power. Over the ensuing decade, it supported coups and assassinations in places such as Guatemala and the Dominican Republic to install leaders considered sympathetic to U.S. interests. Despite this legacy, many Americans were unaware of the CIA's clandestine operations until May 1960, when a U-2 spy plane was downed over the Soviet Union. The folks in Langley, Va., suffered another collective black eye from the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba the following year.

In the 1970s, Congress and the Ford Administration sought to rein in the CIA by creating oversight committees and instituting a ban on assassinations. Some restrictions were eased in the '80s, when the agency backed Afghan mujahedin fighting against the Soviets and meddled in Central America. And since 9/11, the agency has attracted a new load of critics, this time for matters such as "extraordinary renditions" and the harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists in secret overseas prisons known as black sites. Poor Langley--praise is a scarce commodity for an agency whose missions, as President George W. Bush put it, remain "secret even in success."

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Post by Brass Monkey on Fri 17 Jul 2009, 15:49

Here, F*ckerpoo.... You know what we say on here:

"Blaming fails on Flaming Bails"
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Post by buckSH on Fri 17 Jul 2009, 15:52

well I say Crass Funkey .. I see it a bit differently

flaming fails on Flaming Bails

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Post by Brass Monkey on Fri 17 Jul 2009, 15:53

buckSH wrote:well I say Crass Funkey .. I see it a bit differently

flaming fails on Flaming Bails

Ooch. Not bad. In some ways. Not in lots of other ways.

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Post by embee on Fri 17 Jul 2009, 16:33

buckSH wrote:

Brief History: Secret CIA Missions
By Randy James Monday, Jul. 27, 2009
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Post by furriner on Fri 17 Jul 2009, 18:31

^^ Was that a secret CIA mission embee? I can't see anything.
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Post by Basil on Fri 17 Jul 2009, 19:23

I blame the black helicopters
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Post by taipan on Sat 18 Jul 2009, 07:45

embee wrote:
buckSH wrote:

Brief History: Secret CIA Missions
By Randy James Monday, Jul. 27, 2009

Top post.
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Post by Bradman on Sat 18 Jul 2009, 12:16

I've always wondered about secret missions that seem to make it into the press. Either they only happened in some journos mind after about a dozen pints with wannabees like Peter McAleese and his ilk or the security services of the world are run by complete morons.

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Post by buckSH on Sun 19 Jul 2009, 07:37

so much fuss over a typo ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oAq-kcJ3pk

Prof. Balagangadhara discusses the role of stories in Indian culture. Keynote Paper presented at the Symposium on Stories about India and Indian Stories, University of Tartu, Estonia, May 15, 2009.

"Let me put it very crudely so that you know who is talking to you: If I am right, if my research program is right, the last 300-400 years of social sciences in the world is worthless, completely worthless; your sociology, your political science, your philosophies of law, your theories of religion, just throw it in the dustbin, if I am right. Prof. Balagangadhara"

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Post by buckSH on Sun 19 Jul 2009, 07:39

Bradman wrote:I've always wondered about secret missions that seem to make it into the press. Either they only happened in some journos mind after about a dozen pints with wannabees like Peter McAleese and his ilk or the security services of the world are run by complete morons.

Shit I could TB this page.

most of it is leaked to media by inside men.

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Post by Bradman on Sun 19 Jul 2009, 08:58

You being on eof them of course.
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