[IMC-DC] BTL Summary Dec. 3, 2010: Skepticism Greets Afghanistan War End Date; Chinese Boost Green Technology; Jim Hightower on Election 2010
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Posted Nov. 24, 2010 for week ending Dec. 3, 2010
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A new and dangerous
phase of the class war has begun
After hearing the toxic rhetoric in the 2010 midterm congressional
election campaign, it's more apparent than ever that some Republican
politicians and their allies in right-wing media have set a goal to
eliminate unemployment insurance, Medicare, food stamps, and the
federally mandated minimum wage -- as well as to privatize Social
It's ironic that the super-rich corporations and individuals who
bankroll the Republican machine are the very same forces that caused the
global economic meltdown by advocating reckless financial deregulation
and billions of tax breaks for the nation's wealthiest citizens. But
sadly, millions of frustrated voters, angry about obscenely high
unemployment and a bad economy, were skillfully manipulated into voting
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Skepticism Greets New U.S.-NATO Afghan War End Date
Interview with Nir Rosen, author and journalist, conducted by Scott Harris
Upon the conclusion of the recent two-day NATO summit meeting in Lisbon,
Portugal, President Obama and European leaders announced their
agreement on a timetable that would have the U.S. and NATO countries
transfer responsibility for security to Afghanistan's fledgling military
and police by the end of 2014.
While Washington Dawdles, Chinese Government Subsidies Boost Green Technology
Interview with Dan Esty, professor of environmental law and policy at Yale University, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
In recent years, China has become the world's leading producer of
greenhouse gases -- having surpassed the U.S. in total, though not
per-capita emissions. China is also the global leader in green energy
technology production -- wind turbines, solar panels, transmission
lines, and more -- as it moves ahead quickly to modernize its energy
infrastructure. So while it's building a large number of new coal-fired
power plants, the Chinese government is also providing massive subsidies
to its green energy sector. Those subsidies have drawn sharp criticism
from the U.S. and other countries, who say they create an uneven and
unfair playing field in the international trade of green technology.
Jim Hightower Urges Progressives to Stand Up and Take Action After GOP Election Gains
Interview with Jim Hightower, radio commentator and progressive populist,
conducted by Scott Harris
With a major defeat for President Obama and the Democrats in the midterm
congressional election, there is no shortage of politicians and
commentators offering explanations for the party's historic loss of 60
seats in the House. While many interpret the election result as an
angry protest against a failed economy, high unemployment and a, "throw
all the bums out" mindset, others say President Obama moved too far to
the left. They say that if the president doesn't quickly move to the
"right" and adopt parts of the Republican agenda, he will have a hard
time winning re-election in 2012.
This week’s summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
The online ProPublica news agency reports British Petroleum's extensive network of oil and gas pipelines on
Alaska's North Slope has deteriorated to the point where severe corrosion poses a significant safety risk. ("With all eyes on the Gulf, BP Alaska facilities are still at risk," ProPublica, Nov. 2, 2010) Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout faces charges in the U.S. that
he conspired to sell shoulder-fired missiles to the rebel group, the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia or FARC. His court testimony
could be an embarrassment to Russia's intelligence service, the GRU,
which allegedly covertly supports the illicit international arms trade. ("Russian intelligence supports dubious arms deals," Spiegel, Nov. 17, 2010; "Accused arms dealer pleads not guilty," New York Times, Nov. 17, 2010). A new generation of electric cars is about to hit showrooms. ("Electric cars are charging into the marketplace,"Los Angeles Times, Nov. 17, 2010; "Charging Ahead," E-The
Environmental Magazine, Sept/October 2010, p. 22-28, "The Evolution of a Revolution," Union of Concerned Scientists, in Catalyst, Fall 2010)
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