Welfare State

The De Warande Conclave – Wrecking the Welfare State in Secret

A golden staircase greets guests to De Warande, an exclusive club in central Brussels.  Built in the late eighteenth century, this mansion was acquired in 1907 by François Empain, a banker who helped his royal chum Leopold II loot the Congo.  With its historical association to imperial conquest, it is surely an apt venue for furtive talks on how to […]

Suffer the children

1 in 4 UK kids to live in poverty by 2020 – report Nearly one-quarter of British children will be living in poverty by the year 2020, a new report has predicted. PM David Cameron pledged that child poverty would be gone by this time, yet some of the government’s policies seem to exacerbate the crisis. Research by the Institute […]

A Post-history Strip Tease

How cozy it would be to summon the retro-spirit of Burt Bacharach to define our geopolitical future and start singing, “What the world needs now / is love, sweet love” by Pepe Escobar This is an abridged version of a lecture this week at the 13th Seminary of Political Solidarity Don Juan Chavez in memoriam at the University of Zaragoza, […]

“American Dream”

Food loaded into Dumpsters while Hundreds of Hungry Americans Restrained by Police by Sarah Carlson Hundreds of poor people waiting outside of a closed grocery store for the possibility of getting the remaining food is not the picture of the “American Dream.” Yet on March 23, outside the Laney Walker Supermarket in Augusta, Ga., that is exactly what happened. Residents […]

Force-Fed UK Austerity

Since 2008, America, Britain and other European nations force-fed austerity harshness. Neoliberal and imperial priorities take precedence by Stephen Lendman Bankers, war profiteers, other corporate favorites, and privileged elites alone benefit. Ordinary people lose out entirely. Public needs go begging. Human misery grows. Things go from bad to worse. Nothing ahead looks promising. Britain made things harder. Parliament imposed the […]

Media Poisoning of Democracy

The UK tabloid media today did something no one thought possible: it actually got worse by Simon Wood (Originally published at The 99.99998271%) “Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state” -Noam Chomsky The headline of today’s lead story in the Daily Mail Online: Vile product of Welfare UK: Man who bred 17 babies by […]

Liam Byrne’s call for a new welfare state: panel verdict

In January, 2012, BSN editor, Alison Banville joined a panel discussion in The Guardian about benefit reform: The panel discusses the shadow work and pensions secretary’s return to William Beveridge in his comments on reform Diane Abbott: ‘Benefits are just part of the picture’ My colleague Liam Byrne is absolutely right to say that we need a debate on social […]

BSNews interviews Don DeBar

Begin with the fact that one of Gadhaffi’s first acts after deposing the western puppet King Idris was to evict the US from its only military base on the continent. This act, taken four decades ago, left the US in the position of having to base its AFRICOM force, established in October, 2008, in Stuttgart, Germany, laying bare the nature of this “alliance.”