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13.10.2013

WNV Series Living Revolution Living Revolution A revolution comes in stages — Occupy or otherwise

WNV Series Living Revolution Living Revolution A revolution comes in stages — Occupy or otherwise

By George Lakey for Waging Nonviolence All of us hold an idea about how progressive change might happen, whether or not we spell it out explicitly. For some it’s an elaboration of grassroots alternative-building, for others it starts with flooding legislators with advocacy. One… »

10.10.2013

Single-Payer Prescription for What Ails Obamacare

Single-Payer Prescription for What Ails Obamacare

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan “We apologize for the inconvenience. The Marketplace is currently undergoing regularly scheduled maintenance and will be back up Monday 10/7/3013.” You read it right, 3013. That was the message on the homepage of the New York state health insurance exchange website this past weekend. »

08.10.2013

US: Parties Trade Blame as Government Shutdown Enters 8th Day

US: Parties Trade Blame as Government Shutdown Enters 8th Day

The shutdown of the federal government is continuing for an eighth day as lawmakers remain deadlocked over Republican efforts to use the budget debate to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act. Senate Democrats are moving forward this week with “clean” legislation to increase the country’s borrowing limit without any… »

08.10.2013

Potential breakthrough anti-Malaria vaccine

Potential breakthrough anti-Malaria vaccine

Published by Science : “We report that the PfSPZ Vaccine—composed of attenuated, aseptic, purified, cryopreserved PfSPZ—was safe and well-tolerated when administered four to six times intravenously (IV) to 40 adults…These data indicate that there is a dose-dependent immunological threshold for establishing high-level protection… »

06.10.2013

Hope and Pessimism as Israelis and Palestinians Resume Talks

Hope and Pessimism as Israelis and Palestinians Resume Talks

By Mitchell Plitnick for IPS News. WASHINGTON, Oct 4 2013 (IPS) – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators returned to the negotiating table on Thursday, ready to put claims by the United States that it will engage more forcefully in the negotiating process to the test. The… »

05.10.2013

“A Corporate Trojan Horse”: Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact, Would Rewrite Swath of U.S. Laws

“A Corporate Trojan Horse”: Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact, Would Rewrite Swath of U.S. Laws

Read the Full Transcript here As the federal government shutdown continues, Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Asia for secret talks on a sweeping new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is often referred to by critics as “NAFTA on steroids,” and would establish a free trade zone that would… »

03.10.2013

Foreign Policy Elite Frets over Washington Shutdown

Foreign Policy Elite Frets over Washington Shutdown

By Jim Lobe for IPS News WASHINGTON, Oct 3 2013 (IPS) – Three days into the partial shutdown of the federal government, foreign policy mavens are voicing growing concern about the closure’s impact on U.S. credibility overseas. “This sends a message to allies that they’re… »

01.10.2013

US & Italy: 2 “Democracies” held to ransom by Big Money

US & Italy: 2 “Democracies” held to ransom by Big Money

U.S. Faces Government Shutdown in Obamacare Standoff By Democracy Now! The nation is on the eve of its first government shutdown in 17 years as the congressional standoff over the Affordable Care Act comes to a head. Just after midnight on Sunday, the Republican-controlled House approved a bill tying continued… »

30.09.2013

Threats and censorship at peak in Veracruz, Oaxaca, Michoacán and Zacatecas

Threats and censorship at peak in Veracruz, Oaxaca, Michoacán and Zacatecas

Under the successive presidencies of Vicente Fox (2000-2006) and Felipe Calderón (2006-2012), Mexico joined the ranks of the world’s 10 most dangerous countries for journalists and, more broadly, those involved in news and information. Eighty-eight were killed and a further 17 disappeared in a… »

28.09.2013

Matt Taibbi on How Wall Street Hedge Funds Are Looting the Pension Funds of Public Workers

Matt Taibbi on How Wall Street Hedge Funds Are Looting the Pension Funds of Public Workers

In his latest article for Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi reports that Wall Street firms are now making millions in profits off of public pension funds nationwide. “Essentially it is a wealth transfer from teachers, cops and firemen to billionaire hedge funders,” Taibbi says. “Pension funds are one of the… »

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