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The Origin of Shimomura’s Japanese Economic Miracle, or the Second Economic Bomb - Japan from 1946 to 1965 (Economic miracles Part 2)

Japan was the first Asian country to demonstrate how a self-confident culture, with adequate leadership, could rapidly adopt Western industrial technologies while preserving the integrity of their domestic cultural legacy... [read more]

Comparison of the Washington, Berlin, and Tokyo Consensus Zones -Which one really works?

George Tait Edwards compares three separate economic systems presently operating around the world... [read more]

The Master Economist Dr Osamu Shimomura - Probably the Greatest Economist of the 20th Century After John Maynard Keynes

George Tait Edwards discusses the immense contribution that Dr Osamu Shimomura (1910-1989) made to the field of economics... [read more]

Another Keynes was Born and Lived and Died in Japan and The West Didn’t Notice

Another Keynes was born in the Saga Prefecture in the north west part of the island of Kyushu, Japan, in 1910 ... [read more]

The Key Relevance of the Writings of Professor Kenneth Kenkichi Kurihara

George Tait Edwards explains how the writings of economist Kenneth Kurihara serve as the gateway to understanding Shimomuran high-growth economics ... [read more]

Shimomuran Economics: The No-Debt Investment Credit Creation Path to More Rapid Economic Growth

George Tait Edwards MBE makes the case for the urgent implementation of Keynesian economics to stimulate growth, based on the economic model's previous success in the US, China and Japan... [read more]

Economic Policies for an Incoming Labour Government (Part 4 of 9 - Shimomuran Economics

Bryan Gould and George Tait Edwards describe Shimomuran Economics... [read more]

A Tale of Two Prime Ministers

George Tait Edwards comments on the comparisons and contrasts between the policies and personalities of Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minster of Japan, and David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom... [read more]

Sovereign Debt Jubilee, Japanese-Style

Japan has found a way to write off nearly half its national debt without creating inflation. We could do that too.... [read more]

Shimomuran Economics is the Most Significant Advance Ever Made in Economic Understanding and the West Still Doesn't Get It

Shimomuran economics is the name I have given to the collection of no-debt, high-growth economic understandings practised in post-war Japan and post-rapprochement China... [read more]

Rethinking Economics The Washington Consensus vs the Tokyo Consensus Background

On Tuesday 6 May 2014, I published a blog about ”Shimomuran Economics and the Rise of Japan”... [read more]

Currently Mistaken Ideas in Western Economics and Their Suggested Corrections (preferably soon) Part 1

Economist George Tait Edwards straightens out some of the economic myths taught at Western universities (Part 1 of 2) ... [read more]

Update On Shimomuran Economics: The Day May Come

Western governments and their advisors can no longer continue to ignore the work of the master economist Dr Osamu Shimomura (1910-1989) who provided the insights which have produced the high growth of the China Sea economic zone... [read more]

The Shimomuran Economics Solution to the Western Economic Crisis

George Tait Edwards explains how investment credit creation could resurrect Western economies... [read more]

The Origin and Spread of Investment Credit Economics

George Tait Edwards provides a brief timeline about the creation and spread of the new knowledge about how to make an economy grow with explosive force ... [read more]

Why Not Create A Scottish Pound and Adopt Investment Credit Economics to Scotland’s Benefit?

On 21 February I sent an email to the Government of Scotland, suggesting it would be an immense advantage to the “Yes” campaign for Scottish independence if the Scots adopted a policy of having their own currency when independent... [read more]

An Extended Review of "Princes of the Yen" by Professor Richard Werner

George Tait Edwards reviews “Princes of the Yen”, the latest book written by Professor Richard Werner... [read more]

The Public Debt of Japan and China – Funded by Investment Credit Creation or by Foreign Borrowing?

Economist George Tait Edwards puts paid to rumours of impending financial crises in Japan and China... [read more]

The Many Major Uses of Investment Credit Creation: A brief walk through the observed results so far, and the future possibilities made available through Shimomuran Economics

Money is the measure of all things and personal wealth sets the boundaries of what the individual and his or her family can afford... [read more]

The Alternative 2013 Spending Review, Or What Mr Osborne Could Have Said If He Understood Macro-economics

The Spending Review by George Osborne contained no surprises. But suppose Mr Osborne really understood economics and actually wanted to improve the British economy. George Tait Edwards provides a constructive speech for a competent chancellor... [read more]

Girl Model

David Morgan brings to light a deeply worrying trend that exists within the Japanese modelling agency ... [read more]

Currently Mistaken Ideas in Western Economics and Their Suggested Corrections (preferably soon) Part 2

Economist George Tait Edwards straightens out some of the economic myths taught at Western universities (Part 2 of 2)... [read more]

Dear Mr. President, Be Careful What You Wish for: Higher Interest Rates Will Kill the Recovery

Higher interest rates will triple the interest on the federal debt to $830 billion annually by 2026, will hurt workers and young voters, and could bankrupt over 20% of US corporations, according to the IMF.... [read more]

“Confronting China”: John Pilger Talks about His New Film, America’s ‘Pivot to Asia’, and the Role of Japan and Australia

T.J. Coles, author of Britain’s Secret Wars talks to multi-awarded-winning journalist, author and filmmaker, John Pilger, about his new documentary, The Coming War on China... [read more]

Nations Get what their Financial-Industrial Systems Deliver: A Comparative Analysis of Three Different Groups of Financial-Industrial Systems

George Tait Edwards compares three different financial-industrial systems and considers the merits of each model... [read more]

Lucky Bastards of The 20th Century: The Story of The Economic Bomb

During 1980 a small group was formed to act under the aegis of Michael Grylls, MP, who was then the Chairman of the back bench Industry Committee in the House of Commons... [read more]

'Good' and 'Bad' war - and the struggle of memory against forgetting

The regime that Washington created in the South, the “good” Korea, was set up and run largely by those who had collaborated with Japan and America, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

'Good and Bad' war - and the struggle of memory against forgetting

The regime that Washington created in the South, the “good” Korea, was set up and run largely by those who had collaborated with Japan and America, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Western Economic Decline Exists Because Western Economists And Politicians Have Ignored Shimomuran Economics. How Long Will the West lag behind?

The second most important economist of the 20th century (after John Maynard Keynes) was Dr Osamu Shimomura, the “Father of the Japanese Economic Miracle” ... [read more]

The Different Sources of Unemployment, and the Economic Remedy for Each of These

Unemployment is a complex phenomenon. The ultimate roots of all large-scale unemployment is the lack of an adequate economic understanding by a country’s professional economic advisors and its politicians... [read more]

The Failure of Innovation in the Anglo-Saxon Economies

George Tait Edwards examines the role of innovation in economic development... [read more]

A poem for The Great Shimomura

There once was a man who had a plan to double the income of Japan... [read more]

Economic Policies for an Incoming Labour Government (Part 5 of 9)

The Two Great Traditions in Western Economic Thinking ... [read more]

Common Factors in Cases of Economic Resurgence

Successive British Governments have persistently denied the importance of industry in the national economy, with some of ministers foolishly regarding industrial decline as inevitable writes George T Edwards... [read more]

An Economic Policy For A Post Neo-Liberal World (Part 2 of 3)

Former Labour MP and member of the Shadow Cabinet, Bryan Gould, provides a road map for reviving Britain's ailing economy... [read more]

Eight Questions for Western Government Economic Advisors

Economist George Tait Edwards MBE asks Western economists eight direct questions... [read more]

Crisis: The Worst Since the 1930s

Michael Roberts argues the present economic slump is merely the first stage of a long-term deflationary depression.... [read more]

The Italian Banking Crisis: No Free Lunch—or Is There?

It has been called “a bigger risk than Brexit”– the Italian banking crisis that could take down the eurozone... [read more]

An Anti-Austerity 2015 UK Budget

George Tait Edwards explains how Shimomuran-Wernerian macroeconomics is the best available path to prosperity once the politicians of the West understand the effectiveness of that option... [read more]

From Liberal Hand-wringing to the Political Economy of Assassination: The Charleston Shootings and Mainstream Society’s Complicity in Murder (Part 1)

The larger social architecture defined by the academic, political and corporate ties of the gun lobby helps explain how we could systematically take the fight to the NRA... [read more]

Governments submit to “Too Big to Fail” banks (part 1)

Since 2007, the major Central Banks of the most industrialised countries have lent massively to private banks at very low interest rates in order to avoid their failure... [read more]

Economic Policies for an Incoming Labour Government (Part 6 of 9)

The No-Cost Keynesian Stimulation of Demand in the Economy ... [read more]

A Slow-Burning Revolution‏

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, details the beginnings of a paradigm shift in economic thinking... [read more]

What can we do with what Thomas Piketty teaches us about capital in the twenty-first century?

Part 1 of Eric Toussaint's review of Thomas Piketty book Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Part 1 of 2)... [read more]

FDR’s American Economic Miracle 1938-44, or the First Economic Bomb - The USA from 1938 to 1944 (Part 1)

George Tait Edwards reveals the secret of America's economic boom during the the FDR years ... [read more]

How to Wipe Out Puerto Rico's Debt Without Hurting Bondholders

During his visit to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump shocked the bond market when he told Geraldo Rivera of Fox News that he was going to wipe out the island’s bond debt.... [read more]

North Korea and Trump’s Reality Free Zone - Tweeting About Armageddon

Currently, in addition to the massive war games, the US has been overflying North Korea with B-52 bombers, with further excercises taking place in and with South Korea and in the last days also with Japan... [read more]

North Korea an Aggressor? A Reality Check

The mention of one tiny country appears to strike at the rationality and sanity of those who should know far better... [read more]

Quantitative Easing for People: The UK Labour Frontrunner's Controversial Proposal

British MP Jeremy Corbyn has proposed a “People’s QE” that has critics crying hyperinflation and supporters saying it’s about time... [read more]

Sheldon's Stooges

In Japan in the good old days, Binyamin Netanyahu would by now have committed hara-kiri... [read more]

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Death of the Republic

On April 22, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)... [read more]

Economic Policies for an Incoming Labour Government (Part 8 of 9)

The Community Interest Bank Key to Local SME Development... [read more]

The G20 Leaders Communique′

Mark Horner critically reviews four major themes of the G20 Leaders Communique... [read more]

Nuclear scare stories are a gift to the truly lethal coal industry

Coal is a much nastier power source than the one we have chosen to fear in a deadly form of displacement activity, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Historical Backdrop to the Third Economic Bomb: A Brief Guide to Early Chinese History - The Land and the People and the “First Emperor”

George Tait Edwards MBE, explains China's recent economic success by examining its ancient history through the first of a series of articles... [read more]

The Four Keynesian Cornerstones of Shimomuran Economics (or Investment Credit Economics)

In the General Theory Keynes made four key comments that presage the practice of Shimomuran investment credit economics writes George Tait Edwards... [read more]

New beginnings

John Green asks whether we need a mass party to represent the unions and the left and to advance the interests of the entire working class (Part 2)... [read more]

The Cordoba House: House of Terrorism or Peace?

Omar Zaki on the so-called 'Ground Zero Mosque' and why it should be allowed to go ahead.... [read more]

A Paradigm Shift in Singapore: Yet Apec Offers No Clear Answers

Ramzy Baroud on the high-profile international summit held in Singapore this week.... [read more]

Book of the Month: Alex Callinicos, Imperialism and Global Political Economy

Nathaniel Mehr reviews this month's recommendation.... [read more]

Cuba's "Green Revolution" an Example to Follow

As part of our ongoing series celebrating the impending 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, Tomasz Pierscionek examines Cuba's approach to the struggle for environmental conservation and sustainability.... [read more]

The Credit Cruch - One Year On

Twelve months on from the beginning of the current economic crisis, Socialist Appeal's Michael Roberts examines the causes and effects of the so-called "Credit Crunch".... [read more]

Political commentators

Political commentators have long been puzzled by the fact that, right across the globe and for several decades, the political left has been in retreat and – more than that – has apparently been unable to mount any significant challenge to the growing neo-liberal hegemony which has dominated western democracies since the 1980s... [read more]

North Korea: A Threat Or A Victim? Some Facts

If anyone is still wondering why North Korea was being “provocative” in missile tests and repeatedly declaring what would seem to be a daunting arsenal (although there is still no irrefutable, concrete proof of deliverable, long range nuclear weapons capability) here is just a small taste of what it’s southern neighbor, in cahoots with Godfather America, has planned... [read more]

North Korea - As Trump Threatens, the Nation Still Struggles with America’s Lethal Legacy

“Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman or child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed or ‘disappeared’ … More often than not, the United States shares the blame.” (Amnesty International, 1996) ... [read more]

“Making America Great Again”, by Reducing the Word to Ashes?

Without the slightest proof produced by the US that such a test was attempted, yet alone a nuclear one, Donald Trump’s language and that of his fiefdom have been on the level of a bar room brawl rather than statesmanlike... [read more]

Why Donald Trump Is Right To Look East

The investment potential of the Russian economy offers good reasons why it is time for the West to take a more positive attitude towards the country. The President-elect might be doing everyone a favour in the long run, David Morgan argues.... [read more]

Syria, the UK and Funding the “Moderate armed opposition”

The British government has spent “over £100 million” since 2012, “working closely with a range of actors” to “find a political solution to the conflict and prepare to rebuild the country in the post Assad era.” ... [read more]

The UK leaves Europe but will the English language remain?

Though the UK leaves Europe, its English language will remain to unite Europe. ... [read more]

“Print the Money”: Trump’s “Reckless” Proposal Echoes Franklin and Lincoln

The right of government to issue its own money was one of the principles for which the American Revolution was fought... [read more]

Tata Steel

Former Labour shadow cabinet minister, Bryan Gould, explains the consequence of the decline of British manufacturing is that we have run a perennial trade deficit in every year since 1982... [read more]

INET Should Rename Itself IPNET Because Preventing New Economic Thinking Is What it Does

INET is a cheerleader and supporter of the Washington Consensus... [read more]

The Scottish Industrial Revolution, or The Scottish First Industrial Miracle 1700–1800

Most accounts of the origins of the industrial revolution are Anglo-centric, focused upon how the industrial revolution in England began from about 1750... [read more]

Hang On to Your Wallet: Negative Interest, the War on Cash and the $10 Trillion Bail-In

In uncertain times, “cash is king,” but central bankers are systematically moving to eliminate that option. Is it really about stimulating the economy? Or is there some deeper, darker threat afoot?... [read more]

Adolf, Amin and Bibi

It is not very pleasant when serious people around the world – historians, psychiatrists, diplomats – ask themselves if my prime minister is completely sane... [read more]

A major factor in Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal to voters

It is Labour’s long-standing support for, and failure to challenge, the central tenets of neo-classical orthodoxy that has disabled any challenge they have tried to make to any other aspect of the Tory progamme... [read more]

The Real Menace

Let's put it bluntly: to try to stop IS means supporting the Assad regime. Bashar al-Assad is an abominable fellow, but he has kept Syria together, protected its many minorities and kept the Israeli border quiet... [read more]

Ideological reforms vs Greek democracy

Bryan Gould, former Labour shadow cabinet minister, explains how Europe is witnessing a triumph of ideology over common sense ... [read more]

“Guerrilla Warfare” Against the EU-ECB-IMF Economic Hegemony: The Challenge and Promise of Greece. The Nationalization of the Banking System

Greece could restore the liquidity desperately needed by its banks and economy by nationalizing the banks and issuing digital loans backed by government guarantees... [read more]

Governments submit to “Too Big to Fail” banks (part 2)

Governments make gifts galore to private banks... [read more]

Derailing Amtrak

Tracking the Latest Disaster in the Infrastructure Crisis... [read more]

The plausible normalisation of U.S.-Iran Diplomatic Relations: Who are the losers and winners?

The gains to all sides from a nuclear resolution and the strategically inevitable normalisation of relations between the U.S. and Iran will far outweigh the collective perceived losses... [read more]

How stable is the economic recovery?

The growth we have seen in the past year may not be conducive to a long-term stable recovery... [read more]

Big banks’ tampering with interest rates

Part 5 in the series by Eric Toussaint - The banks and the “too big to jail” doctrine... [read more]

Piketty for Progressives - Part 5

Thomas Riggins continues with his analysis of Piketty's book Capital in the 21st Century... [read more]

Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within

The demands of business dominate our politicians and embed inequality. It’s a full-blown assault on democracy, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Labour's vision

Labour leaders have often been eloquent in articulating a vision of the kind of society they want; it is explaining how that vision is to be realised that seems to be the problem... [read more]

Review: VJ McGill on Russell's Critique of Marxism

In the "The Philosophy of Bertrand Russell" volume in the Library of Living Philosophers (1944) VJ McGill (1897-1977) published a detailed critique of Russell's political and economic philosophy... [read more]

Warren’s Post Office Proposal: Palast Aims at the Wrong Target

Investigative reporter Greg Palast is usually pretty good at peering behind the rhetoric and seeing what is really going on. But in tearing into Senator Elizabeth Warren’s support of postal financial services, he has done a serious disservice to the underdogs... [read more]

How Big Tobacco's lobbyists get what they want from the media

With cigarette packs on the agenda, the BBC must be asked why it lets thinktanks argue the tobacco companies' case without revealing who their paymasters are, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Bowe Bergdahl, US soldier captured by Taliban: A reflection on his words and time for prisoner exchange

Carol Grayson reports on the status of Bowe Bergdahl, an American held prisoner by the Taliban since 2009, and provides a transcript of the unedited version of a video of Bowe which the Taliban recently released... [read more]

The accessories to war crimes are those paid to keep the record straight

The BBC's Today programme is enjoying high ratings, and the Mail and the Telegraph are, as usual, attacking the corporation as left-wing... [read more]

Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game (Part 6) - Even the IMF agrees…

In October 2012, the IMF provided a key explanation of why the crisis was getting worse in Europe... [read more]

The Banks, Fragile Giants

Part 5 of Eric Toussaint's series Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game shows that big banks continue playing with fire, because they are persuaded that governments will save them whenever necessary... [read more]

China’s All-Inclusive Economic Miracle: The Third Economic Bomb

George Tait Edwards explains China's recent economic success by examining its past history... [read more]

For Whom the Cock Crows

Thomas Riggins discusses Marx's 1844 article on Hegel's philosophy of law... [read more]

An Economic Policy For A Post Neo-Liberal World (Part 3 of 3)

Former Labour MP and member of the Shadow Cabinet, Bryan Gould, provides a road map for reviving Britain's ailing economy... [read more]

An Economic Policy For A Post Neo-Liberal World (Part 1 of 3)

Former Labour MP and member of the Shadow Cabinet, Bryan Gould, provides a road map for reviving Britain's ailing economy... [read more]

the sound of revolution

In this seemingly unsafe world, wouldn’t it be refreshing, revitalising and more hopefully, revolutionary, for music to act as a pre-action to the threats of war, terrorism and scandal asked Miles Caston... [read more]

It Can Happen Here: The Bank Confiscation Scheme for US and UK Depositors

Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks, it seems, was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few Eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets reveals Ellen Brown... [read more]

Frozen Assets

Why are we exploiting unconventional gas when we can’t afford to burn existing supplies? George Monbiot asks the crucial question.... [read more]

The end of nuclear power? Careful what you wish for

Flawed and stalled as the plans for toxic waste may be, at least they exist. There is no way to clean up CO2, the greater evil, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

A Telling Silence

They parasitise us from above. But landowners and the Tory party's idle rich are spared the fairest and simplest of taxes, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Making the world a more dangerous place - the eager role of Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard has returned Australia to its historic relationship with Washington, similar to that of an eastern European satellite with Moscow, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Nuclear power, the energy of protest: The future could be renewable

With proper commitment and investment in renewable energy and a push towards an alternative model of development, the future need not resemble the past or indeed the increasingly catastrophic present, writes Colin Todhunter. ... [read more]

For Those Who Love Life

The people cutting open bluefin tuna nets are heroes: they are stepping in where governments have failed, to protect our common heritage, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Coming to Grips with Zizek

Two new books by Slavoj Zizek have recently been reviewed by John Gray in the The New York Review of Books, here Thomas Riggins reviews Gray's article. ... [read more]

'Curious anatomys': an extraordinary story of dissection and discovery

Tomasz Pierscionek reviews a rare exhibition of 17th century anatomical dissections publically displayed for the first time... [read more]

NONE SO BLIND - An outRageous! challenge

outRageous! lays down the gauntlet to all readers of the London Progressive Journal... [read more]

Is Ed making a balls of it?

David Eade reflects on Ed Balls' recent speech at a Fabian Society conference and asks whether the Shadow Chancellor is more of a hinderence than a help to his own party... [read more]

How Can We Save the British Economy from Third Rate Status?

Following the decline of the manufacturing sector, in recent years, Dr Jonathan Feldmann discusses ways in which Britain could go about redeveloping its industrial base... [read more]

Why Miliband and Balls have got it wrong

The capitulation by Labour to the austerity and cuts agenda of the Tories and the right-wing press has been confirmed by shadow chancellor Ed Balls' statement that Labour would not be able to reverse the Tory cuts and would maintain the pay freeze within the public sector if they come to power at the next election, says John Wight.... [read more]

From Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un

Reece Ferguson provides a detailed report of the funeral of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il... [read more]

Book review: America and the Imperialism of Ignorance: US foreign policy since 1945

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek reviews a book that charts the development of America's foreign policy throughout the course of the Cold War and beyond... [read more]

Musings on the shortest day of 2011

One year from today is the end of the Mayan calendar, the predicted “end of history,” as the late brilliant ethnobotanist and art historian Terrence McKenna called it, says Jean Claude van Itallie.... [read more]

Leon Panetta in Iraq: More lies, more war

Michael Prysner, reveals how the newly appointed American Secretary of Defence, Leon Panetta, is bringing back Bush-era rhetoric and pushing to extend the occupation of Iraq.... [read more]

A Pint of Blood for a Glass of Milk: the Other Side of China’s Economic Ascendancy

The rise of China is almost universally hailed as a great success story. Ted Sprague considers the largely unreported human cost of China's forward march.... [read more]

“Hold Me Back!”

The idea that Iran would risk certain annihilation by attacking Israel is ludicrous, writes Uri Avnery.... [read more]

The Naming of Things

George Monbiot suggests one small way in which the collapse of biodiversity could be slowed.... [read more]

The Greeks are Fighting for Us All

The Greek crisis is merely the first stage of a wider global backlash against neoliberal economics, argues Steven Colatrella.... [read more]

Obama’s Test: Democracy or Chaos in Latin America

Will the Obama administration break with tradition and provide US support for democracy in Latin America? Probably not, if the Honduras coup is anything to go by, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Venezuela Reiterates Commitment to Multipolar World Following Israeli Accusations

Israeli intelligence is using the relationship between Iran and leftist leaders in Latin America to stoke up fears in relation to Iran's nuclear ambitions, says Tamara Pearson.... [read more]

Making the Case for Equality

Matt Genner considers a recent Equality Trust report on the societal benefits of social equality.... [read more]

The Great Depression

Michael Roberts argues that the big "bailouts" of financial institutions have exposed the fallacy behind the "free market" ideologies which have dominated British and American political and economic systems for the past thirty years.... [read more]

Why the UN is Crying Out for Reform

With the US President-elect soon to enter office on a promise of "change", Luke Aldred argues that the international security system is a prime candidate for a radical overhaul.... [read more]

Unprecedented!

Michael Roberts on why the present economic crisis demonstrates the vulnerability of "free market" capitalism. ... [read more]

Financial Meltdown Deepens

In the wake of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Michael Roberts examines the present financial slump. ... [read more]

Protect and Survive

George Monbiot on how Peter Mandelson is bullying the world’s poorest nations into following a development route that can’t work. ... [read more]

US Imperialism Looks Beyond the Middle-East

Nathaniel Mehr on the latest round of sabre-rattling emanating from the United States.... [read more]