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Monday, 18 October 2010

NYT on Social Security/Colombia/Ecuador

Dean Baker on New York Times' take on Social Security. John Lindsay-Poland and Susana Pimiento on the meaning of Colombia's Supreme Court ruling about US military bases. Conn Hallinan on the coup attempt in Ecuador.
"Why Is It So Acceptable to Lie to Cut Social Security Benefits?"
by Dean Baker

New York Times's Roger Cohen devotes a recent column to a tirade against the French for their opposition to raising the retirement age. This opposition has taken the form of a general strike that has seriously disrupted the economy. Cohen is a huge proponent of the increase--he calls it a "no-brainer." But Cohen distorts the basic facts about retirement in France and the US. Why does 'the paper of record' publish such stuff? Read Dean Baker's analysis.

Center for Economic and Policy Research (10/15/10)
http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/beat-the-press/why-is-so-acceptable-to-lie-to-cut-social-security-benefits


"US Base Deal for Colombia: Back to the Status Quo"
by John Lindsay-Poland and Susana Pimiento

The dust settles on the August 10 Colombian Constitutional Court ruling declaring invalid the US-Colombia military bases agreement. Last October, the United States and Colombia signed an agreement allowing the United States to use at least seven military bases in Colombia. This is now held up by the Court. What moves next for the Obama administration? Read the analysis by Linsay-Poland and Pimiento.

Foreign Policy in focus (10/8/10)
http://www.fpif.org/articles/us_base_deal_for_colombia_back_to_the_status_quo


"Ecuador: Riot or Coup?"
by Conn Hallinan

A police riot over an austerity bill, or a failed attempt to oust leftist Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa from office? In the aftermath of the Sept. 30 attack on Correa by police in Quito, it is looking more and more like this was an orchestrated coup. Read the analysis by Conn Hallinan.

Dispatches from the Edge (10/7/10)
http://dispatchesfromtheedgeblog.wordpress.com/2010/10/08/ecuador-riot-coup-and-the-role-of-the-u-s/
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