Ted Rall

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Cables Reveal Background of Pro-Dictator U.S. Policy
NEW YORK--After the Soviet collapse in 1991 U.S. policy toward Central Asia was transparently cynical: support the dictators, screw the people. As the U.S. stood by and watched, corrupt autocrats looted the former Soviet republics of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. Dissidents were jailed, massacred--even boiled.
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Monday, November 22, 2010
Why TSA Molesters Are Striking a Nerve
"Don't touch my junk!" Will this be the battle cry of the next American Revolution? If you think about it, it's amazing. Why this? But thinking doesn't have anything to do with it. There's a good reason. Which we'll get to.
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Friday, November 12, 2010
Yes, I Can: Straight Talk on Balancing the Budget
The federal budget deficit is like the weather. Everybody talks about it; except for Bill Clinton, no one ever does anything about it. President Obama's bipartisan Fiscal Debt Commission has released a draft report that starts out with a big problem: even talking about reducing spending is insane when you're in the midst of a Depression. The real unemployment is over 20 percent. Creating jobs ought to be the feds' top--perhaps sole--priority. Let the insanity commence.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Bank Job: Make Rogue Corporations Pay for Foreclosure Crisis
BOSTON--"We know how to prevent foreclosures," Federal Reserve Bank senior economist Paul Willen told The New York Times. "We just need to be prepared to spend the money." Willen "sees two possible solutions: Require banks to modify loans, basically imposing the cost on them; or pay banks to modify loans, imposing the cost on taxpayers."
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Thursday, October 21, 2010
Too Pig to Jail? Ban Foreclosures Now
SAN FRANCISCO -- What would happen to you if you got caught forging a mortgage application? You'd go to jail. And rightly so. In one case in Florida, an employee of GMAC Mortgage admitted under oath that he personally forged 10,000 foreclosure affidavits. This low-level schlub is the tip of the tip of a massive iceberg, one of countless "robo-signers" whom voracious banks including GMAC, Bank of America, Citibank and JPMorganChase hired in order to kick American families out of their homes as quickly as possible.
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Sunday, October 10, 2010
How to Save American Capitalism, in 809 Words
American capitalism is broken. So is the Democratic-Republican duopoly that supports it. Neither can be fixed. The system is collapsing. A power vacuum is beginning to open.
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Tuesday, October 05, 2010
The Case for Liberal Apathy: An Overview of the Enthusiasm Gap
EUGENE, OREGON--Liberal Democrats are twice as likely as conservative Republicans to stay home this November. Establishmentarian liberals are urging left-of-center voters to ignore the President's failure to deliver--and his refusal to try--on the issues they care about. "The biggest mistake we [Democrats] could make right now," urged Obama last week, "is to let impatience or frustration lead to apathy and indifference--because that guarantees the other side wins."
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Friday, October 01, 2010
Will Americans Act to Prevent Economic and Environmental Collapse?
PHILADELPHIA -- I am touring to promote my new book. "The Anti-American Manifesto" lays out America's biggest problems and what we can do to fix them. Before I started out, I knew that Americans were angry. With a real unemployment rate of 20-plus percent and a government that gave $1.4 trillion to banks instead of people in need, how could they not be?
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Monday, September 20, 2010
Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline Still a Dream
KARA-TEPE, AFGHANISTAN - There is no pipeline. There probably won't be one. Yet the pipeline-that-will-never-exist is one of the main reasons that hundreds of thousands of Afghans and two thousand American soldiers are dead. Among my goals during my late-summer trip to Afghanistan was to find the construction site for the Trans-Afghanistan oil and gas pipeline (TAP).
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Afghan War Myths
SOMEWHERE IN AFGHANISTAN - There's an exception. It is a limited set of circumstances. If the armies of another nation invade your country, there is no need to resort to lies to sell war. The battle is already joined. The threat is palpable. Anyone with a smidgen of patriotism and/or the instinct of self-preservation will rush to enlist.
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