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Finding a way to talk may be a practical necessity for Gaza

Posted July 25, 2014 by rabble staff
Rick Salutin
Friday, July 25, 2014

Photo: manos_simonides/flickr

Writing in the Toronto Star, Dr. Gabor Maté expressed the sense of despair around Gaza exquisitely. That’s exquisite as in painful. Speaking as a writer who’s written on this for 35 years, and still hopes to find lifelong Jewish friends among my readers, I’ve never found communication so hard. I don’t mean agreement, I mean the simple ability to engage among people of goodwill.

Dialogue won’t solve the impasse in Gaza; that will require other pressures. But it could, surprisingly, play a crucial role.

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Debunking the Bogeyman: Neoliberalism, austerity and economic agenda

Posted July 23, 2014 by rabble staff
Thursday, July 24, 2014

What happens when credit rating agencies downgrade nations’ sovereign debt? It seems to force government to further deregulate, privatize and cave to right-wing neoliberal economic agenda.

In August 2011, the U.K.’s The Independent stated that the head of sovereign ratings at Standard & Poor’s (S&P) “might be the most powerful man in the world that you’ve never heard of.” S&P had just cut the triple-A credit rating of the U.S. down to AA+, a move that “changed the financial world.”

Photo: flickr/401(K) 2012

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