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Friday, May 15, 2009
Obama and Osama - McChrystal Clear
In his latest commentary, TRNN Senior Analyst Pepe Escobar attempts to trace Osama bin Laden through key military and government officials and finds that no one, not even the people assigned to find bin Laden, knows where he is or if he is still alive. James Jones, US President Barack Obama's national security advisor, said on May 10th that he didn't know if anybody knew if bin Laden is alive or not.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
US-Pakistan Policy is Floundering
Political commentator Aijaz Ahmad, in this second segment with TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay, discusses the policy path that the United States should follow in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and he concludes that "the only thing rational that the US can do right now is to get out."
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Poppy Palaces in Afghanistan
"There's not much of an easy solution to anything in Afghanistan," Tom Lasseter, McClatchy Moscow Bureau Chief, told TRNN Senior Editor, Paul Jay. The Afghan opium trade, operating almost unchecked by US intervention in the area, has spread out into government corruption and widespread heroin addiction throughout Afghanistan and Iran.
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Monday, May 11, 2009
War on drugs and Mexico's Demise Pt.2
Professor and author Miguel Tinker-Salas says, in this second segment focusing on Mexico, that US militarization of South American countries to fight drug wars has prepped Mexico, in many ways, to become the problematic country it is today.
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Thursday, April 09, 2009
Obama's Military Budget
On Wednesday the U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates presented his departments base budget proposal for the fiscal year of 2010. Although some are claiming that the proposal has left expensive weapons programs with little funding, the SPADE Index which is composed of stock prices from 55 of the largest defense contractors, increased by 3.4%. The Real News spoke to Miriam Pemberton, a military analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies to discuss this proposal.
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Monday, April 06, 2009
Obama Should Save the Banks, Not the Bankers Pt.5
The financial crisis isn't a result of stagnant wages in relation to productivity in the US, according to Tom Ferguson, political science professor at University of Massachusets and author of Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Party Competition and the Logic of Money-Driven Political System. "This was a domestically caused crisis and it started, as far as I can tell, in the financial sector," Ferguson said.
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Friday, April 03, 2009
Can G20 Avert the Crisis?
Following the G20 summit yesterday, British Prime Minister Brown made the announcement that a "new world order is emerging" that will allow the global society to be more open, fair and sustainable. However, it sounds more like a plan to try to keep the same world order that was around in the 80s and 90s according to Leo Panitch, Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy at York University and the author of American Empire and the Political Economy of International Finance .
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Obama's Afghan Plan
Last week President Barack Obama announced that the US has a "clear and focused goal to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future." The US has been involved with Afghanistan since 1979, but this is the first time that it is outlining a strategic plan. Originally the US had no regard for Afghanistan's future, but was more concerned with engaging the Russians in a war.
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009
The Rights of Women in Afghanistan
Women in Afghanistan and their plight under the Taliban have been the focus of Western media since the ouster, in 2001, of the Taliban regime. However, it is worth reminding that the Afghani women have endured nearly three decades of war and violence since the invasion of their country by the Soviet Red Army in 1979. Since then, millions of Afghan citizens, many of them women and children, have fled to neighboring Pakistan and Iran in search of a better life.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
G20-Make or Break?
In a recent TV interview, George Soros, international currency trader and investor, called the upcoming G-20 Summit in London "a make or break" for the world economy and suggested that a failure by the participating countries in reaching a policy consensus could lead to a world economic depression. Paul Jay of The Real News Network sat down today with William Engdahl, the German-based author, political economist, and risk consultant, to discuss the significance of the G-20 Summit and the chances of forging a united stance in confronting the current economic crisis.
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