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The Mafia Is Running the Giant World Casino

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A breathtakingly powerful Mafia is running away with the world as we knew it. We now have indiscriminate killings, torture and deprivation of civil rights. We have unbound aggression on countries that present an obstacle to U.S. global power. We have colossal negligence of the environment, we have an impending economic disaster (although band-aided over for the moment in order to protect Big Money, at the expense of the taxpayers) where the poor people are the first to suffer, although this fact is barely mentioned in the mainstream media. We have an erosion of the legal system and complete disregard for the Constitution.

The world-wide Mafia operates under the system of Neoliberalism, which means Free Trade that favors the rich countries, the corporatocracy (a coalition of government, banks, and corporations), financiers who do not see any further than multiplying their assets in a second with a stroke of the computer, and the arms industry that delivers the tools to empower this fundamentally corrupt system. The military, whose major function is to secure free access to gas, oil and other essential resources, is clearly also an important link in the project of world domination. NATO is just a U.S.-governed tool to keep Europe on its toes and do its bidding. Among the most powerful and predatory institutions founded by the rich nations, led by the United States, for reaching out to countries in financial distress are the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Free trade pacts (NAFTA,CAFTA, FTAA)[1] and economic strangulation of the countries in need of help cause drastic financial crises in poverty-stricken nations. [2]

The Unites States is on its way to becoming a third-world country as far as the poor are concerned. In addition, the standard of living for the middle classes is deteriorating further and further. The richest country in the world has a catastrophic so-called health care system that is primarily intended to make huge profits for the private health industry (with negligent improvement in sight). Other crucial problems are the low-standard educational systems, decaying or non-existent infrastructure, a severe lack of public transportation the last point contributing to the overuse of carbon fuels in this country. There is also less and less financial support for social institutions, such as daycare centers, libraries, art centers, leisure and cultural activities.

And alongside all this rot and badly lacking services there are the financial speculators and the Big Bankers who are accumulating billions in profits and bonuses and all the while real unemployment is rising to much higher numbers than is admitted by the administration.

The U.S. is doing nothing to combat global warming, but that issue is just one of the reasons for the breakup of the living conditions in today's world. Obviously we have to set serious standards for the limitation of factors that lead to the hastening of the progress of global warming. And, as usual, the United States is dragging its feet in a situation where its positive leadership would be of immense significance for saving the planet. The obscenely wealthy corporations and financiers that are the real rulers of the world are too busy counting their profits to even consider giving in to urgent environmental needs. The President and Congress have been safely bought up by Big Money, so, consequently, no positive action can be counted on from them.

But far from all the environmental problems of the day are due to the effects of the increase of carbon dioxide in the air, due to the millions of tons of oil, gas and coal that run the big production and the huge trucking industries.

What needs to be mentioned with more emphasis than anything else is the willful neglect of the environment, where among the disastrous results are polluted water systems, foul air that we breathe in daily, polluted soil, spread of radioactive waste from multiple sources, formerly unknown diseases, allergies, asthma and cancers. In many of these catastrophic cases, action could be taken to clean up contaminated water and soil, but none is taken.

These severe health risks are conveniently hushed up by the Big Corporations that spew out the waste. Also in the lead of harmful corporations are the biotech companies that are ruining the environment, maybe forever, by their toxic products under totally false pretenses of solving the problem of global poverty and bringing about a new green revolution. Green indeed! There are lands made barren by long-term cultivating of the toxic products that the biotech companies, Monsanto, Syngenta et al., hype up as life savers. They produce high-risk genetically engineered seeds, pesticides and weed killers that destroy everything that gets in their way.

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Siv O'Neall was born and raised in Sweden where she graduated from Lund University. She has lived in Paris, France and New Rochelle, N.Y. and traveled extensively throughout the U.S, Europe, and other continents, including several trips to (more...)

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