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How is it that we label some acts of violence with the brush of global terrorism while others are relegated to the more mundane category of everyday violence? Tsarnaev brothers were instantly characterised as terrorists, and Muslim terrorists at that, with a national and social media frenzy dissecting their crimes boosted by the live spectacle of the “ manhunt ” in Boston. Yet in the same week, an explosion in a fertiliser factory killed 14 people and caused enormous damage to a small town in West Texas - with little media attention. The Boston Bombings were deliberate acts of terror committed by villains targeting the innocent; the Texas explosion while tragic, was seen as accidental - as opposed to the outcome of the deregulation of industry and safety standards - and therefore easily forgotten.
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Who gets to say what terror"ism" is? Terror and its trauma exists in too many places with too much heartbreak - in wars, random accidents, rapes, bombings and plant explosions; in tsunamis and earthquakes, in mass shootings and gang wars. Terror when an "ism" is always politically loaded. When Obama went on national television to speak about the bombings at the Boston Marathon it became an act of terror"ism" even though he was careful to not use the term. It became an assault against the nation even though not much was known of the bombers or their reasons.
The Washington elites apparently believe that we are in the worst downturn since the Great Depression because of free spending seniors running wild with their Social Security cheques.
The story so far: At the beginning of 2010, two Harvard economists, Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, circulated a paper, “ Growth in a Time of Debt ,” that purported to identify a critical “threshold,” a tipping point, for government indebtedness. Once debt exceeds 90 percent of gross domestic product, they claimed, economic growth drops off sharply. Ms.
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New York, NY - As every media critic learns, the worst sin of our press is not its blatant biases, or crimes of commission, but rather the pervasive patterns of omission; what's left out! Already, with two weeks to go, the Associated Press has crossed the finish line with the top choice of the newspapers it serves.
There are stories that have enormous consequences on the lives of Americans but are regularly under-reported or misrepresented by the mainstream media. Project Censored, the US media watchdog group, has released their annual report examining the shortcomings of reporting in 2012. Amongst the key topics: the rising police state and the erosion of civil liberties, climate change and the destruction of oceans, and the rising disparity between the one percent and the 99 percent.
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“It is a common theme” that the United States, which “only a few years ago was hailed to stride the world as a colossus with unparalleled power and unmatched appeal is in decline, ominously facing the prospect of its final decay,” Giacomo Chiozza writes in the current Political Science Quarterly.
"Es ist eine weit verbreitete Ansicht, dass sich die USA, die von der Welt noch vor wenigen Jahren als ein Koloss mit unvergleichlicher Macht und unübertroffener Anziehungskraft bejubelt wurden, im freien Fall befinden und endgültig unterzugehen drohen," schreibt Giacomo Chiozza in der gegenwärtigen Ausgabe der Zeitschrift Political Science Quarterly.
It is essential for those in power in Britain that the riots now sweeping the country can have no cause beyond feral wickedness. This is nothing but "criminality, pure and simple", David Cameron declared after cutting short his holiday in Tuscany.
In spite of their specificity, the violent riots in London and other British cities should not be seen as an isolated phenomenon. They are a disturbing sign of our time.
Debt deal: anger and deceit has led the US into a billionaires' coup | George Monbiot | Comment is freeIllustration by Daniel Pudles
For the deal itself, given the available information, is a disaster, and not just for President Obama and his party. It will damage an already depressed economy; it will probably make America’s long-run deficit problem worse, not better; and most important, by demonstrating that raw extortion works and carries no political cost, it will take America a long way down the road to banana-republic status.
OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.”
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