RT piece on Georgism from 2014

Scott Baker, president of Common Ground NYC is interviewed by RT’s Abby Martin about Georgism. Baker cites Michael Hudson, Gaffney, and Fred Harrison behind the movement, saying that all these men agree that LVT would bring in about 1/3 of GDP in revenue, leaving enough room for a decently-sized Government.
But Abby Martin is so lame in this interview, asking Backer to “respond” to a dead person [Karl Marx]. What the hell? She starts the show criticizing black and white views on the economy [capitalists vs communists], and then presses the guest to argue based on the aforementioned framing. Rubbish journalism. Kudos to Scott Backer for nailing it, though.

West wanted Wahhabism

The Saudi-funded spread of Wahhabism began as a result of Western countries asking Riyadh to help counter the Soviet Union during the Cold War, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the Washington Post.

Speaking to the paper, bin Salman said that Saudi Arabia’s Western allies urged the country to invest in mosques and madrassas overseas during the Cold War, in an effort to prevent encroachment in Muslim countries by the Soviet Union. The interview with the crown prince was initially held off the record. However, the Saudi embassy later agreed to led the Washington Post publish specific portions of the meeting.

MBS said that he and Kushner “work together as friends, more than partners.” He stated that he also had good relationships with Vice President Mike Pence and others within the White House.

The crown prince also spoke about the war in Yemen. “There are not good options and bad options. The options are between bad and worse,” he said.

Read more on Russia Today.

Kushner’s Bribe of the Century

Parts of Jared Kushner’s so-called ‘Deal of the Century’ have been made public and the reception has been poor. Focusing on aid and GDP growth of all things, the deal is silent on the most important political issues – such as the military occupation, human rights, and access to land – things that Jarden Kushner says only technocrats are interested in, not the people at grassroots. This deal is so amateurish it’s as if it was drafted as a joke – ‘The bribe of the century that no one is going to take,’ as Peter Lavelle described it. And it’s an awkward bribe too, since Washington hopes that the wealthy Sunni Gulf states will pay most of the advertised 50 billion dollar aid package. Well, they might be happy to pay for it, provided they could station military bases and troops inside Palestinian borders – something that obviously will never happen…

The scheme is completely biased against the Palestinians and pro Israel, particularly the Netanyahu faction. Even the two Bush administrations and that of Barrack Obama had a more respectable stance towards the issue and didn’t expect the Palestinians to give up their birthright in exchange for a lottery ticket. De jure and de facto, the long-proposed two state solution is dead.

Interview with Iran’s Ambassador to the UK

Iran’s Ambassador to the UK Hamid Baeidinejad answers questions: the recent escalation of tensions between the US and Iran, the Gulf of Oman tanker accident, Western accusations, Iran’s ability to defend itself against the US and other Western powers, including Israel, the status of the Nuclear Deal as the Government increases uranium enrichment in response to the West’s treaty violations, and tensions with Saudi Arabia across the region.