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04.11.2012

Who Cares About 1.8 Million Haitians Hit by Sandy – They Do Not Vote in US Elections!

Who Cares About 1.8 Million Haitians Hit by Sandy – They Do Not Vote in US Elections!

Mainstream media have focussed for many days on Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the U.S.–predictions, images, surveys on who will win the presidential election on 6 November, etc. Meanwhile, very little attention has been paid to the fact that some 1.8 million Haitians have also been affected according to the… »

03.11.2012

Alice Slater on the US election: I’m voting Green but Big business wants Obama to win…

Alice Slater on the US election:  I’m voting Green but Big business wants Obama to win…

In the run up to the big day of voting in the US Presidential election we asked Alice Slater, one of the founders of the Abolition 2000 network of anti-nuclear organisations, to reflect on Obama’s first term and what her thoughts were about the 2012 campaign. Pressenza: How do you… »

03.11.2012

Obama or Romney: US Defense Spending Would Still Eclipse the World

Obama or Romney: US Defense Spending Would Still Eclipse the World

One of the biggest issues in the 2012 US presidential campaign has been defense spending, as incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney battle over how much to spend on the American military. But the sheer amount the US spends on defense is a concept foreign to the rest of… »

02.11.2012

Without Power and Aid, Low-Income Residents of NYC’s Lower East Side Struggle in Storm’s Aftermath

Without Power and Aid, Low-Income Residents of NYC’s Lower East Side Struggle in Storm’s Aftermath

We speak with residents of the low-income and largely minority community of Manhattan’s Lower East Side who live in the shadow of a Consolidated Edison substation that flooded during Superstorm Sandy and has left thousands in the dark. With no sign of help from the city or the Federal Emergency… »

02.11.2012

A Crisis Foretold: Studies Warned New York Infrastructure Critically Threatened by Climate Change

A Crisis Foretold: Studies Warned New York Infrastructure Critically Threatened by Climate Change

The massive damage Superstorm Sandy has caused to New York City and its infrastructure has not come as a surprise to everyone. We’re joined by Cynthia Rosenzweig, co-chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change, who says the city began looking at the impact of global warming more… »

02.11.2012

U.S. elections: what a pity!

U.S. elections: what a pity!

Coming back from having observed the elections in Venezuela just a few weeks ago, the presidential campaign in the United States looks flat and artificial by comparison. An expected 90 million people will not go to the polling booths this time around. The challenges expressed by the candidates are just not at the level… »

01.11.2012

Aftermath Hurricane Sandy

Aftermath Hurricane Sandy

The deployment recovery efforts are in full operation after the passage of Hurricane Sandy with 12 States (CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, VA, VT) in a federally-declared state of emergency. More than 8 million people are without electricity.  Atlantic City, NJ is devastated, with  70 percent of the… »

29.10.2012

Nuclear Plants from Virginia to Vermont Could Be Impacted from Massive Hurricane Sandy

Nuclear Plants from Virginia to Vermont Could Be Impacted from Massive Hurricane Sandy

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has acknowledged the massive Sandy storm could impact both coastal and inland nuclear power plants. At least 16 reactors are in the storm’s projected path, including North Anna and Surry in Virginia; Calvert Cliffs in Maryland; Oyster Creek, Hope Creek and Salem in New Jersey; Indian… »

29.10.2012

Unoccupy Wal-Mart says Occupy Tampa

Unoccupy Wal-Mart says Occupy Tampa

At Wednesdays’ General Assembly members of Occupy Tampa, concerned citizens and Local Wal-Mart Associates met with Representatives from OUR Wal-Mart. We heard heartbreaking stories of people from all across the nation and even the world about the daily struggles that workers face under the ever tightening squeeze of Wal-Mart’s labor… »

23.10.2012

Exclusive: As Obama and Romney Agree on Afghan War, Israel and Syria, Third Parties Give Alternative

Exclusive: As Obama and Romney Agree on Afghan War, Israel and Syria, Third Parties Give Alternative

In the last of our exclusive “Expanding the Debate” series, we bring you highlights of our coverage of last night’s final presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, with the added voices of third-party candidates. As Obama and Romney faced off for the last time before the general election,… »

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