Expect Bolivarian Victory in Venezuela

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Stephen Lendman: When Chavez or other Bolivarian candidates win, it’s fair and square. In contrast, US elections have no credibility whatever. Money power runs things. People have no say.

Oil vs. ‘Morning in America’

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Brent Budowsky: Let’s challenge the speculative fever and vulture frenzy that threatens the Morning in America that is coming. The president should initiate a drawdown of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, if necessary twice, to burn the fear of God into the soul of speculators.

No War for Oil

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Ivan Eland: Could it be that the U.S. is not aggressively employing military power to ensure that it has oil supplies—as the Imperial Japanese did before and during World War II—but is instead using the threat of armed force to keep a thumb on the oil lifelines of other nations.

America’s Love Affair with Libyan Oil

Craig Williams: Libya actually has a special relationship to Californians and played an important role in our growth spurt during the 60’s and 70’s.

North Dakota’s Economic “Miracle”—It’s Not Oil

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Ellen Brown: North Dakota is the only state to be in continuous budget surplus since the banking crisis of 2008.

How Koch Industries Manipulates Oil Market

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Lee Fang: Koch along with Enron pioneered a number of complex financial products to leverage its privileged position in the energy industry.

Peak Oil 101

Source: World Resource Institute. The “ANWR” bump on the crude production curve is an indication of how projected production would be in Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuge.

Adam Eran: The acute problem of the Gulf oil spill makes the cost of corruption-afflicted government front page news. Lax Federal offshore drilling oversight under Bush 43 has cost us dearly. However, our society’s vulnerability to any trouble with this critical resource should also remind us of the chronic problem: peak oil.

Obama Administration Never Considered Diplomacy in Afghanistan

Afghan War

The military-industrial complex will support Obama’s escalation of these wars in order to cash in on those lucrative defense contracts valued at $700 billion a year while good jobs in other sectors of the U.S. economy, starved for investment capital, continue to shrink

Iraq: The Coming Train Wreck

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The only way to avoid this train wreck is to withdraw U.S. forces as soon as possible, so that they don’t get caught in the melee, and hold a national conclave as the draw down.

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