The lower cost of state and local elections makes it relatively easy for dark money to dominate. (Image: Charles Mann Photography/iStockphoto.com)
While the outsized influence that Big Money is having on federal elections is well-documented, the local impact of the Supreme Court’s 2011 Citizens United ruling has not been fully realized—until now.
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law on Sunday published a landmark report (pdf) documenting how secret donations have corroded democracy at the state level, where it is “arguably most damaging.”Read More »
“Murderer!” Kissinger heckled
A Journal of People report
With the Bilderberg 2016 meeting at the Taschenbergpalais hotel in Dresden, deep behind closed doors and protected by heavily-armed guards, many have wondered: just how hyperbolic are allegations that the Bilderberg run the world. To help readers decide, here is a chart compiled by Zero Hedge that lays out the linkages and connections – financial, political, statutory and otherwise – between the handful of persons who comprise the Bilderberg core.
Water cannon and other crowd control tools have been deployed by German police in preparation for “violent” protests outside this weekend’s Bilderberg 2016 conference, the world’s most intriguing gathering, in Germany.
The Bilderberg conference is one of the most secretive and powerful organizations people have ever heard of. The Bilderberg Group conference is being held in Dresden this week, with the West’s rich and powerful set to meditate on the migrant crisis, the next US president and UK’s referendum on leaving the EU.Read More »
by Omar Tarek Chowdhury
Everybody believed in the glory of the King and his gospel of sending poverty to museum with the help of microcredit.
Because, first, the development agencies of the western countries, and then, kings-queens-presidents-first ladies, international pundits and local consultants, a group of universities and think tanks, a part of global media and their local copycats orchestrated the hype. They all tried to make us believe he is the King for vanishing poverty from the earth. We subscribed their non-stop sermons. Promoters of the King mesmerized us and reinforced our trust in his manufactured image with record number of awards, degrees, honors, medals and laurels. The icon building process reached its pinnacle with the blessing of a mighty resident of the White House, president Bill Clinton, when the Norwegian Nobel Committee bestowed him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. By that time, he became the national hero of the donor-sponsored civil society movement and a proponent of poverty eradication, women’s empowerment, good governance, anti-corruption, fair elections and so on.Read More »
Common Dreams | Published on 10 April, 2016 by Al-Jazeera English
Thousands protested in London on Saturday calling for British Prime Minister David Cameron to step down over the Panama Papers. (Photo: The Weekly Bull/flickr/cc)
The Panama Papers leak offer for the first time a clear understanding of how world elites engage in shady financial mechanisms to avoid paying taxes and thus contribute to the financing of their national welfare system and development efforts. Read More »