United States


An interesting take from Edward Ball, author of Slaves in the Family, in the New York Times: On Dec. 20, 1860, 169 men — politicians and people of property — met in…



Mort Zuckerman, the Canadian-born American magazine editor, newspaper publisher, and real estate billionaire, uses his stuttering weekly news mag, U.S. News & World Report, to deliver an obituary for the U.S. economy….



It feels as if every media outlet has lamented 21st century America’s declining fortunes and crisis of confidence. Still, it’s interesting to read German paper of record Der Spiegel‘s outsider perspective on…


Sharron Angle isn’t the only one talking about Second Amendment remedies. Ted Rall, author of The Anti-American Manifesto, appeared on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show on Monday to talk about the need for radical change in order to turn the United States around. He said, “In The Anti-American Manifesto, I argue that violence is a last case scenario…. In terms of passive resistance, the American left has been very peaceful since the early ’60s and where has it gotten us?”


It’s no secret that Mr. Bush’s book is out today, nor that he chose NBC’s Matt Lauer as his first television interviewer since his term as president of the United States came to a close. Here are some previews from the interview, covering the invasion of Iraq, Katrina, and of course Kanye West:

For the full set of clips from the interview go to the Today Show site. Lauer and Bush will talk live on the Today Show on Wednesday, November 10th.


Banana USA In a recent opinion piece in the New York Times, Nicholas D. Kristof reels off some key statistics in confirming what most Americans have suspected for years —the United States has now become the largest banana republic of it’s kind, with the largest slice of income going to the smallest group of oligarchs.

The richest 1 percent of Americans now take home almost 24 percent of income, up from almost 9 percent in 1976.

As Timothy Noah of Slate noted in an excellent series on inequality, the United States now arguably has a more unequal distribution of wealth than traditional banana republics like Nicaragua, Venezuela and Guyana.

Not really breaking news, but he includes several helpful links to recent studies demonstrating the emotional toll of striving to achieve the hyper-riches of the Bushes next door, through higher divorce rates and forced moves to hunt down the more lucrative positions.



It’s a crazy thought, but Stephen Gandel at TIME suggests that “The Creature From Jekyll Island,” better known to most Americans as our privatized central bank, the “Federal” (ain’t nothing federal about…




Of all the ways a nation might choose to address climate change, geoengineering would be the one the United States opts for, wouldn’t it? Just think of all those wacky “As Seen…


The stuff they print in family newspapers these days! The latest study of American sexual practices is all over the media today, this version c/o USA TODAY: Having sex doesn’t necessarily mean…



Thomas Friedman makes some good points about the debt-laden nation that leads — or used to lead — the world, in the New York Times:

In recent years, I have often said to European friends: So, you didn’t like a world of too much American power? See how you like a world of too little American power — because it is coming to a geopolitical theater near you. Yes, America has gone from being the supreme victor of World War II, with guns and butter for all, to one of two superpowers during the cold war, to the indispensable nation after winning the cold war, to “The Frugal Superpower” of today. Get used to it. That’s our new nickname. American pacifists need not worry any more about “wars of choice.” We’re not doing that again. We can’t afford to invade Grenada today.

Ever since the onset of the Great Recession of 2008, it has been clear that the nature of being a leader — political or corporate — was changing in America. During most of the post-World War II era, being a leader meant, on balance, giving things away to people. Today, and for the next decade at least, being a leader in America will mean, on balance, taking things away from people…



A sensible suggestion from the capable mind of The New Yorker‘s James Surowiecki, but what are the chances that our government will implement it, one wonders (whilst thinking of all those campaign…





From the World Socialist Web Site:: This article is the first of a series on the history, economy, social and environmental conditions in the Appalachian region of the United States. Part 2…


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is warning of a “major public health threat” as it reports that nine states now have obesity rates exceeding 30% of their population (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky,…


From the Financial Times, a trend that the U.S. Government would prefer to keep quiet (so of course we’re featuring it here): At the US Embassy in London, there is a waiting…