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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… »

25.09.2013

Corroding Our Democracy: Canada Silences Scientists, Targets Environmentalists in Tar Sands Push

Corroding Our Democracy: Canada Silences Scientists, Targets Environmentalists in Tar Sands Push

Five years ago this month, the firm TransCanada submitted a permit request to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would bring tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The project has sparked one of the nation’s most contentious environmental battles in decades. The Obama administration… »

24.09.2013

Robin Hood Activists Take Aim at Wall Street

Robin Hood Activists Take Aim at Wall Street

By Samuel Oakford. NEW YORK, Sep 21 2013 (IPS) – Five years after the 2008 world financial crisis and two years after the Occupy movement it triggered, U.S. critics of the financial sector are coalescing around the idea of a Robin Hood Tax on financial… »

22.09.2013

US near miss 1961 atomic bomb accident revealed

US near miss 1961 atomic bomb accident revealed

‘A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima. The document, obtained by… »

22.09.2013

Report: Obama letter prompts Iran to pursue agreement

Report: Obama letter prompts Iran to pursue agreement

The Iranian government is reportedly seeking a sweeping agreement that would end crippling U.S.-led economic sanctions. The New York Times reports Iranian leaders decided on the strategy after President Obama’s recent letter to the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, promised a relief from sanctions in return for cooperation on Iran’s… »

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