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SYRIA AND THE HYPOCRISY OF COLONIALISM

Jennifer Loewenstein explains why the Syria civil war is an engineered catastrophe by tracing the grim history of French and British colonial meddling in the Middle East; SNOWDEN & LATIN AMERICA: Daniel Edwards reports from Argentina on the reaction to Edward Snowden’s revelations of NSA spying and the strong-armed tactics to keep him from gaining asylum in South America; WILDFIRES & CLIMATE CHANGE: Joshua Frank takes a Dantestque road trip through the Western Fire Zones; OBAMA’S EDUCATION, INC: Steve Horn exposes the Obama administration’s playbook to privatize education and the cronies who stand to make a killing; DYSFUNCTIONAL ISLAND: Jeb Sprague reports on the bleak political situation on Hispaniola; MANNING & THE POLITICS OF CONTRITION: Binoy Kampmark on the meaning of Manning’s apologia. PLUS: Jeffrey St. Clair on the new war on wolves; JoAnn Wypijewski defends the automobile; Kristin Kolb on the Work-Until-You-Drop Ethic; Mike Whitney on Ben Bernanke’s QE Ruse; Chris Floyd on whistleblowers and Lee Ballinger on class politics in the music industry.

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MIKE WHITNEY lives in Washington state. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). Hopeless is also available in a Kindle edition. He can be reached at fergiewhitney@msn.com.

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