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The western model is broken. “So far, the 21st century has been a rotten one for the western model,” according to a new book, The Fourth Revolution, by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge.

The western model is broken

This seems an extraordinary admission from two editors of the Economist, the flag-bearer of English liberalism, which has long insisted that the non-west could only achieve prosperity and stability through western prescriptions. Failure is success. What are the odds?

Failure is success

You put about $68 billion annually into a maze of 17 major intelligence outfits. You build them glorious headquarters. You create a global surveillance state for the ages. Edward Snowden and the golden age of spying. Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Edward Snowden and the golden age of spying

Stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. Bill Maher Isn’t the Only One Who Misunderstands Religion - NYTimes.com. BILL MAHER’s recent rant against Islam has set off a fierce debate about the problem of religious violence, particularly when it comes to Islam.

Bill Maher Isn’t the Only One Who Misunderstands Religion - NYTimes.com

Mr. Terrorisme, l'arme des puissants, par Noam Chomsky (Le Monde diplomatique, décembre 2001) Il nous faut partir de deux postulats.

Terrorisme, l'arme des puissants, par Noam Chomsky (Le Monde diplomatique, décembre 2001)

Richmond: The little town that beat Big Oil. Paul Sakuma / AP “The Chevrons of the world, the Koch Brothers and the others … their religion is greed … we cannot allow them to take over Richmond,” Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told a packed auditorium in Richmond, Calif., last month.

Richmond: The little town that beat Big Oil

Sanders’ appearance drew national attention to local races there that have since become a symbol of the tension between grass-roots politics and big money’s influence on elections. Defense Contractors Are Making a Killing. Stock prices for Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman set all-time record highs last week as it became increasingly clear that President Obama was committed to a massive, sustained air war in Iraq and Syria.

Defense Contractors Are Making a Killing

It’s nothing short of a windfall for these and other huge defense contractors, who’ve been getting itchy about federal budget pressures that threatened to slow the rate of increase in military spending. Retour feutré de la discrimination électorale aux Etats-Unis, par Brentin Mock (Le Monde diplomatique, octobre 2014) Laissé vacant par le républicain Charles William Young, décédé quelques mois plus tôt, un siège de membre de la Chambre des représentants a été remis en jeu en mars 2014.

Retour feutré de la discrimination électorale aux Etats-Unis, par Brentin Mock (Le Monde diplomatique, octobre 2014)

La démocrate Adelaïde (« Alex ») Sink semblait bien placée pour remporter ce 13e district de Floride, où M. Barack Obama était sorti vainqueur en 2008 et 2012 : son adversaire, l’ancien lobbyiste David Jolly, était impopulaire ; il avait également levé moins de fonds ; enfin, il ne bénéficiait que d’un soutien timide de son parti. « C’était l’un des sièges les plus vulnérables des républicains, constatait le politologue Larry Sabato le 12 mars. Pourtant, ils ont réussi à le garder. » Ce résultat a largement été interprété comme un référendum contre l’administration Obama, qui serait affaiblie par la mise en place chaotique de la réforme du système de santé, par l’affaire des écoutes de la National Security Agency (NSA) ou encore par une politique étrangère jugée déroutante.

Taille de l’article complet : 2 380 mots. Academi, Triple Canopy and 5 other Companies Merge forming the Largest High Threat Security Group in the World. A press release from Constellis Holdings signals major news in the High Threat Security Industry.

Academi, Triple Canopy and 5 other Companies Merge forming the Largest High Threat Security Group in the World

Academi, the company formerly known as Blackwater and Xe, will join Triple Canopy along with a handful of other high threat security companies under a new management structure named Constellis Holdings. “This move allows us to create a suite of services to better provide critical support capabilities for government and commercial clients and will utilize ACADEMI’s world-class training facility, the largest and most comprehensive private training center in the U.S.” said Jason DeYonker, Managing Director of Constellis Holdings, Inc. Constellis Holdings, Inc. has agreed to acquire Constellis Group, Inc., a leading provider of security, support and advisory services to government, multinational corporations and international organizations operating in challenging environments around the world. Constellis Holdings’ Board of Directors includes: Red McCombs (Chairman), former U.S. Why Washington's war on terror failed.

The American cult of bombing. When you do something again and again, placing great faith in it, investing enormous amounts of money in it, only to see indifferent or even negative results, you wouldn’t be entirely surprised if a neutral observer questioned your sanity or asked you if you were part of some cult.

The American cult of bombing

Yet few Americans question the sanity or cult-like behavior of American presidents as they continue to seek solutions to complex issues by bombing Iraq (as well as numerous other countries across the globe). Poor Iraq. From Operation Desert Shield/Storm under George H.W. Bush to enforcing no-fly zones under Bill Clinton to Operation Iraqi Freedom under George W. Bush to the latest “humanitarian” bombing under Barack Obama, the one constant is American bombs bursting in Iraqi desert air.