Archive for 2008

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

The crisis in the United States is far too advanced and the questions agitating most American citizens concern jobs, health and homes. As commentator Tariq Ali says, rhetoric alone is insufficient to deal with the slump in the real economy. For a start, a New Deal for the rest of ...

CAN OBAMA STOP THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION’S FINAL ECONOMIC HEIST?

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

The first order of business for the Obama presidency, and one which cannot wait, must be halting the robbery-in-progress known as the 'economic bailout'. As activist and writer Naomi Klein writes, Obama must stop this transfer of billions of public wealth into the hands of politically connected corporations. To understand the ...

CLEANING UP AFTER BUSH

Friday, November 7th, 2008

The Bush legacy - a people demoralized, a system that has failed in every instance, a country bemused. A new election means a new beginning and, as commentator Niranjan Ramakrishnan says, "the ideal start is to return to the America we knew before the day of the incompetent and the ...

HOW TO MEET THE IDEAL MAN

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

In Happy Ghost, Loletta Lee played a perky schoolgirl; in Taylor Wong's Girls Unbutton, she stars as the ever-willing and obliging sex partner in her attempts to find true love. Stephen Tan reviews. To show her love for her current boyfriend, Jenny prepares a meal for him. But when he arrives, ...

SCENES FROM THE GLOBAL CLASS WAR

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

October 24th's currency turmoil and stock market plunge was a case of the chickens coming home to roost from the class-war policies being waged by European and Asian industry and banking squeezing their domestic consumer markets - that is, labor's living standards - in favor of export production to the ...

THE FULL MONTY: FULL CIRCLE

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Thanks to the movie, 'the fully monty' is now accepted as 'stripping all the way.' But as Field Marshall Bernard (Monty) Montgomery's biographer Nigel Hamilton pointed out, there might be more than an electric current of neo-spartan mutual man-love when it comes to that popular phrase. China Hand reports. When the ...

MARSHALL LAW

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Appaloosa is an enjoyable modern western by Ed Harris but it doesn't break any grounds or make your blood sing, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera. The best thing about Ed Harris’ Appaloosa (2008), his screen realization of the 2006 Robert Parker novel, is that it’s easy-going, casual, and mostly familiar, ...

WEALTH’S APOSTLES

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

On October 9, 2008, the Group of Seven finance minsters met in Washington to discuss the current global financial crisis. Just like before, when a similar group of people met in a hotel to rebuild the international economic system after World War II in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, the ordinary ...

THE ABCs OF PAULSON’S BAILOUT

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Here's why the plan for the US government to recover the bailout money is whistling in the dark: It calls for banks to "earn their way out of debt" by selling more of their product - credit, that is, debt. Economist Michael Hudson explains. US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's bailout speech ...

THE GREAT LEVI STUBBS

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Levi Stubbs, the lead vocalist of Motown's Four Tops, passed away at his home in Detroit on October 17, 2008. He was diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and later had a stroke. Music critic and Rock & Rap Confidential editor, Dave Marsh, remembers the voice behind such gems as Bernadette, ...