On January 6, 2004, Senator Charles Schumer and I
challenged the erroneous idea that jobs offshoring was free trade in a New York
Times op-ed. Our article so astounded economists that within a few days Schumer
and I were summoned to a Brookings Institution conference in Washington, DC, to
explain our heresy. In the nationally televised conference, I declared that the
consequence of jobs offshoring would be that the US would be a Third World
country in 20 years.
That was 11 years ago, and the US is on course to
descend to Third World status before the remaining 9 years of my prediction
The evidence is everywhere. In September the US Bureau
of the Census released its report on US household income by quintile. Every
quintile, as well as the top 5%, has experienced a decline in real household
income since their peaks. The bottom quintile (lower 20 percent) has had a
17.1% decline in real income from the 1999 peak (from $14,092 to $11,676). The
4th quintine has had a 10.8% fall in real income since 2000 (from $34,863 to
$31,087). The middle quintile has had a 6.9% decline in real income since 2000
(from $58,058 to $54,041). The 2nd quintile has had a 2.8% fall in real income
since 2007 (from $90,331 to $87,834). The top quintile has had a decline in real
income since 2006 of 1.7% (from $197,466 to $194,053). The top 5% has
experienced a 4.8% reduction in real income since 2006 (from $349,215 to
$332,347). Only the top One Percent or less (mainly the 0.1%) has experienced
growth in income and wealth.
The Census Bureau uses official measures of inflation
to arrive at real income. These measures are understated. If more accurate
measures of inflation are used (such as those available from shadowstats.com),
the declines in real household income are larger and have been decling for a
longer period. Some measures show real median annual household income below
levels of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Note that these declines have occurred during an
alleged six-year economic recovery from 2009 to the current time, and during a
period when the labor force was shrinking due to a sustained decline in the
labor force participation rate. On April 3, 2015 the US Bureau of Labor
Statistics announced that 93,175,000 Americans of working age are not in the
work force, a historical record. Normally, an economic recovery is marked by a
rise in the labor force participation rate. John Williams reports that when
discouraged workers are included among the measure of the unemployed, the US
unemployment rate is currently 23%, not the 5.2% reported figure.
China unswayed by US threats and coercion: Former White House official
The United States should not use "threats and coercion" against Beijing because these tactics do not work against “powerful” countries like China, a former White House official says.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, who was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Wednesday.
He was commenting on a statement by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter who said that the United States will continue operations in the South China Sea after a US warship entered the disputed waters, provoking Beijing’s anger.
“There have been naval operations in that region in recent days, and there will be in the weeks and months,” Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. “We will fly, sail and operate wherever international law permits, and whenever our operation needs require it.”
The Pentagon chief made the comments when asked about news reports that the US Navy had sent a guided-missile destroyer within 12 nautical miles of one of China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea late on Monday.
Dr. Roberts said the United States “doesn’t know how to exercise diplomacy. It relies on threats and coercion, and threats and coercion might work against weak countries but they won’t have any effect on a powerful country like China.”
“So what we see here, again, is a foolish United States government creating ill feelings where a powerful nation that is Washington’s major creditor, a powerful nation which is the host to most of the American manufacturing corporations, who used Chinese labor to produce the products that they sell back in the United States to Americans, and they cause needless trouble for a country on which the United States is so dependent for goodwill and cooperation,” he added. “This is a sign of just amazing foolishness.”
“I suspect the Chinese will make a protest and Washington will find that we need China on some issues; they won’t be there, China won’t be there to help,” the analyst noted.
“So it’s all of a senseless policy, but it has been the policy of the United States’ government in the 21st century,” Dr. Roberts concluded.
Note that the male students just sat there. They could
easily have overpowered the criminal
cop, handcuffed him, called the police and reported the goon thug’s assault on
a female student. Assault is a felony even when cops do it.
The public should demand that state and local
governments stop hiring psychopaths as police officers.
EXCLUSIVE: Israeli Colonel Leading ISIL Terrorists Captured in Iraq
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi security and popular forces have caught an Israeli
colonel from Golani Brigade along with a number of ISIL terrorists, a commander
disclosed on Thursday.
"The security and popular forces have held captive an Israeli
colonel," a commander of Iraq's popular mobilization forces said on
"The Zionist officer is ranked colonel and had participated in the
Takfiri ISIL group's terrorist operations," he added.
Noting that he was arrested along with a number of ISIL terrorists, the
commander said, "The Israeli colonel's name is Yusi Oulen Shahak and is
ranked colonel in Golani Brigade of the Zionist regime's army with the security
and military code of Re34356578765az231434."
He said that the relevant bodies are now interrogating the Israeli
colonel to understand the reasons behind his fighting alongside the ISIL forces
and the presence of other Zionist officers among ISIL terrorists.
The Iraqi security forces said the captured colonel has already made
Several ISIL militants arrested in the last one year had already
confessed that Israeli agents from Mossad and other Israeli espionage and
intelligence bodies were present in the first wave of ISIL attacks on Iraq and
capture of Mosul in Summer 2014, but no ranking Israeli agent had been
Political and military experts told FNA that the capture of the Israeli
colonel will leave a grave impact on Iraq's war strategy, including partnership
with Israeli allies.
In a relevant development in July, Iraqi volunteer forces announced that
they had shot down a drone that was spying on the Arab country's security
forces in the city of Fallujah, Western Iraq.
Iraq's popular forces reported that they had brought down a hostile
surveillance aircraft over the Southeastern Fallujah in Anbar Province.
They said that the wreckage of the ISIL's spy drone carried
This was not the first Israeli-made drone downed in Iraq.
In August an Israeli Hermes drone was shot down in the vicinity of
Caught with its pants
down in Syria, the US government is making a fool of itself. By attempting to
mischaracterize Russia’s actions against ISIS in Syria, Washington has admitted
that the terrorists from outside Syria, who are attempting to overthrow the elected
government of Syria, are “our guys.”
In an interview with
Fox “News,” a senior US government official said: “Putin is deliberately
targeting our forces. Our guys are fighting for their lives.”
Chossudovsky reports that “our guys” includes Western military advisers,
intelligence agents and mercenaries recruited from private security companies.
The defense official
told Fox “News” that the Russians are “completely disingenuous about their
desire to fight ISIS.” According to the Obama regime, all of the hundreds of
Russian air and missile attacks against ISIS are directed at US trained
moderate terrorists — all five of them — and their hundreds of Western
Evidently, the senior
defense official forgot that General Lloyd Austin, who heads US Central
Command, recently told the Senate Armed Services Committee that only 4 or 5 of
the US-trained “moderate terrorists” remain on the battle field. Obama has
cancelled the failed $500 million waste of US taxpayers money to train “moderate
terrorists” to overthrow the Syrian government. The trainees took the money and
It is difficult to
believe that even the incompetents who work for Fox “News” could really think
that the Russians made hundreds of air strikes, supplemented with cruise missile
strikes, against 4 or 5 moderate terrorists and their Western advisors. But the
stupidity and ignorance of Fox “News” knows no limits. (The most discouraging
aspect of my existance is the knowledge that millions of dumbshit Americans sit
before Fox “News” for their daily brainwashing.)
But that is the story
that senior US government officials are leaking to a gullible, or paid for, Fox
The truth of the
matter—which will never emerge from Fox “News”— is that Washington is using
ISIS in an illegal attempt to overthrow an elected government that will not
submit to being a Washington puppet.
In clear words,
Washington in total violation of law is behaving as a war criminal and is
attempting to overthrow an elected government in order to replace it with a
vassal answering to Washington.
President Putin has
said that Russia will not stand for any more war crimes from Washington in
areas of the world that affect Russian national interests. Russia has been
asked for assistance by the legitimate government of Syria against ISIS, and
the Russian air strikes are exterminating ISIS. This has the Washington war
criminals upset. The senior US defense official told Fox “News” that the only
role for Russia in Syria is to assist the US in overthrowing Assad. I guess the
Washington official didn’t hear what Putin had to say.
The question that
desperately needs to be asked will never be asked by the US print and TV media
or by NPR. That question is: What is the point of the incessant US government
lies about Russia, its actions, and its intentions? Are the warmongers in
Washington trying to start World War Three?
presidential candidates—both Hillary and all of the Republican dimwits—are
determined to start World War Three. Watch the Americans vote for World War
Three in the next election.
The United States
government no longer has any credibility outside its borders and very little
within, as evidenced by recent polls that show that 62 percent of American
voters are wishing for a third party in the hopes that it might represent the
people instead of a half dozen vested interests that, thanks to the Republican
Supreme Court, have purchased the US government, lock, stock and barrel.
The reason so many
voters admire Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, even though both have no idea
what really needs to be done, is that these two are the only candidates who are
raising a fuss about a politial system that serves only a few. Talk about
dictators and disenfranchisement, the American voters are the most disenfranchised
in human history. Allegedly the US is a democracy, but there is no sign of
democracy in the behavior of the government. Sound and careful studies show
that the US voter has no input whatsoever into the behavior and decisions of
the US government. The US government is as far removed from the people, if not
more so, than any dictatorship. We desperately need to be liberated ourselves!
As former President
Jimmy Carter recently said, America is no longer a democracy. America is an
Like so many things
Carter was right about, but never given credit for by the corrupt American
Establishment, Carter is again correct.
I say bring back
Jimmy Carter. The man is moral and intelligent. He is a million times better
than any presidential candidate in the running. At 90 years of age in a losing
war with cancer, Jimmy Carter is our best bet.
fact that Washington has refused to help Russia in the fight against ISIL is
evidence of US fears of losing the “ultimate superpower” standing it obtained
after the collapse of the USSR, professor of Russian studies at Princeton
University and New York University Stephen Cohen believes.
On The John Batchelor
Show, the scholar said that the current foreign policy of the United
States is indicative of its unwillingness to recognize the
multipolarity if the world today. What we are witnessing now, Cohen said, is
Washington's failing but persistent effort to maintain its superpower
status in the global arena, and this is the primary reason for its
refusal to join France, Germany and Russia in a peaceful resolution
of the Ukrainian crisis and to join Putin's coalition
sending to the United States his Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the
former president, along with his Secretary of Defense…and the head
of his National Security Council, to meet in Washington or
somewhere privately to try to create a coalition against the
Islamic State. Washington, the White House, refused the
offer." Cohen said.
According to the
scholar, Putin understood that the idea of a "moderate" Syrian
opposition is a myth, and he doesn't want to wager Russia's national
security on a myth, "even if Obama wants to do so." This is
what led to a proposal to send his Prime Minister to meet
with top figures in Washington. And by refusing Putin's
proposal, the US only proved that it is becoming an obstacle to a modern
peaceful multipolar world.
think, is right, the world is in disorder. He is also right…it's a
different world." Cohen said, citing a recent article by Henry
Kissinger analyzing the breakdown of order in the Middle East and
Russian President Putin's rational policy in the region.
States can no longer be number one alone, and therefore the obstacle
to moving into the direction of a peaceful world order, the
number one obstacle today, and I say this with regret, as an American
patriot, is Washington," he declared.
Cohen explained that a
multi-polar world is an emerging reality being driven by history,
economics, politics, national traditions, and trans-national crises, and
by opposing it America is becoming part of the problem, not the
"The world is
made up of a lot of different regional histories and traditions. The
idea that they can all be governed or ordered from one capital is a kind
of crazed arrogance, though Washington clings to it," he
Stephen Lendman is
a Jew. What you read below are the words of a Jew who has a moral conscience
and cannot tolerate the horrendous crimes that the government of the state of
Israel—supported to the hilt by the American neocons who have dominated every
US government since Clinton—commits on Palestinians.
Many Jews have a
moral conscience. Jews are the most outspoken critics of the Zionist Israeli
government that is worshipped by brainwashed American gentiles. The government
of Israel calls its Jewish critics “self-hating Jews” and works to eliminate
them, with much success, from Western university and media employment.
Congress, the mythical “voice of the people,” is in fact the voice of the
crazed rightwing Israeli government. The idiots in Congress actually send each
year to the Israeli government the billions of our taxpayer dollars that the
Israeli government uses to buy the elections and the votes of the US Conress.
You can tell who
the honest members of the House and Senate are. They are the few who do not
vote as the Israel Lobby orders. Usually, such representatives elected by
Americans don’t last long in the job.
machine raged on Friday, continuing into Saturday. The Palestinian Red Crescent
Society (PRCS) said Israeli forces wounded over 290 Palestinians yesterday
alone, many seriously – 48 from live fire, 44 using rubber-coated steel
from toxic tear gas inhalation. Maan News said “Israeli forces used Palestine
TV reporter and cameraman Sira Sarhan and Hadi al-Dibs as human shields…forcing
them at gunpoint to remain in front of their Jeep and tell protesters to stop
David Perrotin was brutally assaulted by Jewish Defense League Zionist zealots
outside AFP’s Paris headquarters. He was beaten with batons.
tried storming AFP’s building, waving Israeli flags, throwing eggs, chanting:
“We’re coming to get you.”
One agitator raved:
“We are here to show support for Israel in our war against the Arabs.
Journalists working for organizations like AFP support the Islamic terrorists
and that’s why we have to fight back.” Friday night, Perrotin twittered he’s
OK. He thanked everyone expressing support.
On October 21, Luay
Faisal Ali Abeid stood on his third floor balcony, displaying no weapon,
threatening no one. No clashes were ongoing in the area around his home.
An Israeli soldier
opened fire at him without just cause, a rubber-coated steel bullet fracturing
his skull and nose, striking his left eye. Surgeons couldn’t save it. They had
to operate to remove it.
On Saturday, an
Israeli security guard murdered a Palestinian teenager in cold blood. He was
unarmed threatening no one.
workers said Israel prevented help from reaching him. He was shot at least five
times. Overnight Friday into Saturday morning, dozens of Palestinians were
kidnapped – in East Jerusalem, Jenin, Abu Dis, Qabatia and Bethlehem.
Western and Israeli
media reports are entirely one-sided. Palestinians are wrongfully portrayed as
knife-wielding terrorists. Most reports are fabricated. The few legitimate ones
are blown way out of proportion.
forces and extremist settlers are considered noble defenders. Al Monitor said
“(t)he Obama administration is cutting aid to the Palestinians by $80 million
in what congressional sources describe as a ‘message’ to Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas.”
It’s being reduced
from $370 million to $290 million for the fiscal year ending September 30 –
following criticism from congressional members, blaming Palestinians for
vicious Israeli incitement and premeditated persecution over the past three
Zionist zealot Rep.
Eliot Engel (D. NY) said “(w)e need to dial up pressure on Palestinian
officials to repudiate this violence.” On October 22, House Foreign Affairs
Committee members voted unanimously to punish Palestinians for Israeli high
entire Congress one-sidedly supports Israel, no matter how outrageous its
crimes – nothing worse than cold-blooded murder, defenseless Palestinians
AIPAC demands an
end to “Palestinian incitement…Palestinian terrorists are attacking Israelis,”
leaders…exacerbated tensions,” instead of accurately saying it’s the other way
around, Israel entirely responsible, being rewarded by Washington with hundreds
of millions more in military aid – supporting its killing machine to spill more
renew direct peace talks with Israel (to achieve) a real and lasting peace,”
claims AIPAC – ignoring reality on the ground.
Washington deplore peace and stability, thrive on endless violence, at all
times blame victims for their viciousness.
initiatives are dead on arrival every time. They’re a waste of time,
Palestinians always wrongfully blamed for failure.
Daily NYT reports
provide cover for Israeli high crimes. Not a word on horrific Friday’s
Israeli-instigated violence on defenseless Palestinians explained above.
“Jewish Man Stabbed in Israel by Palestinians as Violence Continues,” blaming
them for an ongoing “wave of violence.”
The entire article
highlights claims about Jewish victims, Palestinian terrorists, attackers,
assailants. The latest Times propaganda piece cited Israel saying a
“Palestinian stabber (was) shot dead.”
No Israelis were
harmed. No weapons were found. Another accusation repeats the same Big Lie
about violent Palestinians, poor Israeli victims. It’s hard believing this
stuff gets printed – maliciously and willfully turning truth on its head.
Sources are always
government or military officials, past or current ones, mostly unnamed,
repeating the same old Big Lie, long ago discredited by legitimate news reports
terror, fully supported by Washington and rogue allies, bears full
responsibility for ongoing, earlier and certain future violence against
defenseless Palestinian victims.
The Times and other
media scoundrels never report what everyone needs to know. Israel’s war on
Palestinians continues with no resolution in prospect.
Just as the New
York Times lies through its teeth about Palestinians, the New York Times lies
through its teeth about Russia. Lendman holds the presstitutes accountable.
On October 20, The
Times tried justifying the Pentagon’s latest Afghan war crime, willfully
bombing a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital without just cause –
premeditated Times deception suggesting otherwise, ignoring indisputable facts.
The death toll
keeps rising, 26 according to MSF as of October 23 – 37 others injured, many
severely. Numbers of known fatalities “may not be final numbers,” said MSF.
“All that now
remains of the three operating theaters, the ER and outpatient departments, and
the intensive care unit are collapsed roofs, blackened walls, floors thick with
dust, and twisted pieces of metal that were once beds or trolleys,” it
Its outrage remains
unchanged. The Times report tried whitewashing deliberate mass murder. Its lies
and will distortions never quit.
On October 22, it
claimed precision Russian airstrikes on ISIS and other takfiri targets struck
“(a)t least seven hospitals or medical facilities in Syria,” another vicious
Big Lie, same old Times reporting, systematically suppressing hard truths,
substituting made up rubbish.
Its source for this
and other anti-Syrian propaganda – the London-based, Western financed con man
Rami Abdul Rahman Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), reporting only
what his backers tell him to say, a pack of lies they want proliferated by
willing major media scoundrels.
On Friday, Russian
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blasted anti-Russian propaganda,
phony reports about its Syrian operations, saying:
“There are so-called
mass media reports which allege that Russian aircraft bombed a field hospital
in the Idlib Governorate in northwestern Syria and reportedly killed 13
write these type reports, she explained. They publish anti-Russian propaganda
prepared for them, claiming it’s real news.
She blasted SOHR,
saying “(a)s we all understand, it is very ‘convenient’ to cover and observe
what is happening in Syria without leaving London and without the ability to
collect information in the field.”
scrupulously avoids striking civilians, while “terrorist groups (keep getting)
reinforcements of people (and) equipment from abroad…”
“These facts raise
a question as to whether parties involved in the Syrian conflict are really
interested in a peaceful settlement, and how this goal is reconciled with
financial and technical support for anti-government armed groups, including
those who directly cooperate with terrorists.”
propaganda rages. Fabricated rubbish substitutes for hard truths. Only fools
and liars believe it.
In a few short
weeks, Russia’s anti-terrorism campaign in Syria continues showing remarkable
effectiveness – ISIS and other takfiris getting systematically battered. Not a
shred of evidence suggests it’s bombing hospitals or other civilian sites.
Reports claiming otherwise are willful lies.
weapons and air power have Pentagon commanders trembling, likely not eager to
pick a fight it knows it can’t win.
lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book as
editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony
Risks WW III.”