Posts tagged ‘United States’

Robert Pollin: Economic Outlook for 2013

by , posted on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 at 10:34 pm

from The Real News Network

With austerity policies in Europe and the USA and slow down in China and India, 2013 needs innovative policies or more recession is likely

Robert Pollin is the Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute and Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


“The Most Obdurate Bully in the Room”: U.S. Widely Criticized For Role At Climate Talks

by , posted on Saturday, December 8th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

pf_pick_avatar_50 from Democracy Now!

“To move ahead we need a recognition that this is an issue of rights and justice, that this is an issue that involves countries which have to reduce their emissions, countries who must be given the right to development. It is also an issue that countries with the right to development must develop differently. We do not want to first pollute and then clean up. So, we need money, we need technology, to be able to do things differently. That’s the only deal that is possible for an effective deal, a meaningful deal, on climate change.”

–Sunita Narain, Indian environmentalist and director general of the Centre for Science and Environment


“We are Running Out of Time”: Obama Urged to Match Rhetoric to Action on Climate Deal

by , posted on Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

from Democracy Now!

Most major issues remain unresolved at the U.N. climate summit in Doha as negotiators enter the final stretch of the two-week summit. While the Doha talks involve nations working toward a pact to limit greenhouse gases starting in 2020, many say the world cannot wait that long. The United States has come under intense criticism at the summit from environmentalists and smaller nations who say President Obama has failed to meet his stated commitments to tackle global warming. We’re joined by Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International; and Samantha Smith, head of the World Wildlife Fund’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative.


Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick on the Untold History of the United States from the Atomic Age to Obama’s Drone War

by , posted on Friday, November 16th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

from Democracy Now!

Part One

Academy Award-winning Oliver Stone has teamed up with historian Peter Kuznick to produce a 10-part Showtime series called, “Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States.” Drawing on archival findings and recently declassified documents, the filmmakers critically examine U.S. history — from the atomic bombing of Japan, to the Cold War, to the fall of Communism, and continuing all the way through to the Obama administration. Contrary to what’s taught in schools across the country, the filmmakers found the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were militarily unnecessary and morally indefensible.

Part Two

Stone and Kuznick also suggest the Soviet Union, not the United States, ultimately defeated the Germans in World War II. And, they assert the United States, not the Soviet Union, bore the lion’s share of responsibility for perpetuating the Cold War. The filmmakers also found U.S. presidents, especially in wartime, have frequently trampled on the Constitution and international law, and they note the United States has brought the world dangerously close to nuclear war by repeatedly brandishing nuclear threats. The first episode of the series aired Monday night on Showtime. For more about this series and the companion book, we are joined by Stone and Kuznick