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Book Review: ‘The Shock of the New’

Australian art critic Robert HughesModern Art, War & Corporatism

Famous expatriate Australian art critic Robert Hughes died on 6 August 2012, aged 74.  It is appropriate to remember this impressive Australian by re-reviewing his important book “The Shock of the New” (1980) that analyzes the revolutions in Modern Art since the late 19th century. This re-review is also needed because the corporate takeover of Art perceived by Robert Hughes in 1980 has now extended to a pervasive corporatism that has subverted and perverted Western democracies to the point that they can now be seen as Lobbyocracies, Murdochracies (reflecting the global power of the Murdoch media empire), or Corporatocracies in which Big Money buys politicians, parties, public perception of reality, votes and thence political power.

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From Start to Finish: Why We Won and How We Are Losing

Ian Tattersall, Masters of the PlanetA review essay on human origins and contemporary crises

We label as “crazy” those members of the human species whose behavior we find hard to understand, but the cascading crises in contemporary political, economic, and cultural life make a bigger question increasingly hard to ignore: Is the species itself crazy? Has the process of evolution in the hominid line produced a species that is both very clever and very crazy?

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Welcome to Saigonistan

NATO has scaled down their operations, saying joint patrols with Afghans will only go on at the battalion leveby Pepe Escobar

For Pentagon Chief Leon Panetta, a recent wave of green-on-blue or insider attacks on US and NATO troops - ie the Afghan version of friendly fire - are just the "last gasp" of a bunch of frustrated Taliban.

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Long Knives Target Iran

Mohammad Mossadeq

Some background:

February 11, 2012 marked the 33rd anniversary of Iran's 1979 revolution. It ended a generation of repressive rule under Washington's installed Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi.

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That Was Now, This Is Then: Netanyahu Edition

Benjamin Netanyahu"Would I counsel, necessarily, a preemptive strike on Iran? I'm not sure. I would be very careful about that." - Benjamin Netanyahu, September 12, 2002

Journalist Jim Lobe has done a tremendous service to those of us who follow the warmongering propaganda of American and Israeli officials over the Iranian nuclear program.  This week, Lobe reminded us of the testimony then-former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered before the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight on September 12, 2002 in which he marshaled nearly every hackneyed talking point about weapons of mass destruction, support for terrorists and the benefits of regime change in an effort to push the United States to illegally invade and occupy Iraq.Six months later, he got his wish.

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