By Tom Burghardt – Antifascist Calling…
While Barack Obama’s “favorite banker” continues to receive the royal treatment in Washington, new sleaze allegations threaten to further tarnish the golden boy image of “teflon don” Jamie Dimon, the CEO and Chairman of JPMorgan Chase.
Wearing multiple hats, Dimon is the Chairman of The Business Council, a long-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Trilateral Commission, a “Class A” Director of the New York Federal Reserve and Advisory Board member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, that is, until the Council was foreclosed on earlier this year. Continue reading »
By Stephen Lendman
Obama’s already waging multiple direct and proxy wars. He’s heading America for more. Media scoundrels support it. They back all US aggression. They’re beating the drums again now. They’re manipulating public sentiment for support.
Russia, China and most other nations want peace. May 8 commemorates Victory in Europe Day (VE Day). Russia’s toll was greatest. For many, war horrors still echo.
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By Henry Giroux. Republished with author’s permission from TruthOut
[Photo: Crumbling school room in Trenton Central High School - Trenton, NJ 2011. Photo by Cia Stroud, NJ.com.]
At a time when higher education is under siege all over the globe by market mentalities and moralities, there is an urgent necessity on the part of the American public to reclaim the academy in its multiple forms as a site of critique and a public good, one that connects knowledge and power, scholarship and public life, and pedagogy and civic engagement. The current assault on higher education by the apostles of neoliberalism and religious fundamentalists makes clear that it should not be harnessed to cost-benefit analyses or the singular needs of corporations, which often leads to the loss of egalitarian and democratic pressures. Universities should be about more than developing work skills. They must also be about producing civic minded and critically engaged citizens – citizens who can engage in debate, dialogue and bear witness to a different and critical sense of remembering, agency, ethics and collective resistance. Universities are some of the few places left where a struggle for the commons, for public life, if not democracy itself, can be made visible through the medium of collective voices and social movements energized by the need for a politics and way of life counter to authoritarian capitalism.
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