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The Scottish Independence Conundrum

September 13th, 2014 By James Corbett

...these are not trivial questions to be asking. In fact, they go to the very heart of what is meant by 'sovereignty' and 'independence'.

Next Thursday the Scots will go to the polls to answer a deceptively simple question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

            The question's simplicity belies the enormity of what is being asked. In centuries past, such a sovereignty proclamation would only have been delivered at the end of a sword after the spilling of much blood. Today the fates of nations are decided by referendum...sort of.

            You see, the question is extremely simple, and, in the words of at least one Canadian commentator who finds its precision refreshing after the convoluted tangle of Quebec's sovereignty referendum questions, “crystal clear.” But is it really? After all, what does it mean to be an “independent country?” Does that mean passport sharing with the UK? Military association? An independent currency? EU membership? NATO membership? Will Scotland keep an allegiance to the crown? Will it become a commonwealth nation? There are no answers to these questions because none of those details have been worked out yet. For now, nationalist politicians are content to leave voters ...

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Our Virtual Economy

September 10th, 2014
By James Corbett

This obsession with these peripheral, inconsequential non-stories is a sign of our growing detachment from the real productive economy that was once the backbone of the economies of the developed first world nations.

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Snowden Mission Accomplished

September 6th, 2014
By James Corbett

Given the virtues of this spin-off effect, Team Greenbacks argues, the Snowden story becomes by its very nature the most important whistleblowing story in the history of national security reporting.

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Of Naked Stars and Naked Clouds

September 3rd, 2014
By James Corbett

As most of the online world knows by now, this Labor Day weekend saw the release of dozens of provocative new photographs of naked celebrities gleaned from the stars' own smartphones.

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The 9 11 Script

August 30th, 2014
By James Corbett

Indeed, it seems to be the case every single year around this time: certain 9/11 “trigger” stories involving plane crashes and terror threats and Ground Zero and Homeland Security take place in late summer... and this year's terror hype over ISIS is no different.

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Bankers Endgame Draws Nigh

August 27th, 2014
By James Corbett

...the promise of central bank funny money, which is really all that's needed these days to send investors into a tizzy and to keep the longest bull market in recent history ascending into the stratosphere.

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Meet BRICS The New Development Bank

August 23rd, 2014
By James Corbett

the Bank is used as a weapon by the economic hitmen identified by John Perkins and others, directing infrastructure development funds to crony corporations and forcing countries into debt obligations that they will be unable to meet.

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Your Choice

August 20th, 2014
By Bob Rinear

We know the economy is fake, we know our debts too large and we know that some day, one day… the wheels will come off. So what are your choices?

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What The World Bank Actually Does

August 16th, 2014
By James Corbett

            But all of this talk about a potential rival to the IMF and World Bank have exposed the general public's ignorance about what exactly these institutions are and what they do.

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The Evil Empire Strikes Back

August 13th, 2014
By James Corbett

Putin has stood up to the NATO powers and hit back on sanctions against Russia with sanctions of his own. And they are meaty sanctions at that. 

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May 21st, 2013
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Robert Chapman Gold Coin

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