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18.01.2014

The City, the banks and the EU – all in it together

The City, the banks and the EU – all in it together

By Tom Lines for New Internationalist. Reproduced with permission. A few times a year – we don’t know exactly how often – 52 people meet in a room in London. We think they meet in the Guildhall. While most ordinary people know nothing about these meetings, the British government… »

16.01.2014

Open letter to Mayor Bill De Blasio

Open letter to Mayor Bill De Blasio

By Arturo Ignacio Sanchez Charles Dickens’ opens the Tale of Two Cities with the memorial phrase: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” This paradoxical catch phrase fits contemporary New York like the proverbial glove. It evokes the aspirational hopes of New Yorkers, the growing… »

11.01.2014

The FBI, the NSA and a Long-Held Secret Revealed

The FBI, the NSA and a Long-Held Secret Revealed

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan This week, more news emerged about the theft of classified government documents, leaked to the press, that revealed a massive, top-secret surveillance program. No, not news of Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency, but of a group of anti-Vietnam war activists who perpetrated one… »

09.01.2014

JPMorgan Pays $2.6 Billion Fine to Avoid Criminal Charges in Madoff Case

JPMorgan Pays $2.6 Billion Fine to Avoid Criminal Charges in Madoff Case

The financial giant JPMorgan Chase will pay $2.6 billion to settle allegations it failed to disclose suspicions of fraud in what turned out to be a massive Ponzi scheme by Bernie Madoff. Senior executives at JPMorgan Chase had serious doubts about Madoff’s investment business at least 18 months before it… »

07.01.2014

“Drugs Aren’t the Problem”: Neuroscientist Carl Hart on Brain Science & Myths About Addiction

“Drugs Aren’t the Problem”: Neuroscientist Carl Hart on Brain Science & Myths About Addiction

Amy Goodman for Democracy Now! As we continue our conversation on the nationwide shift toward liberalizing drug laws, we are joined by the groundbreaking neuropsychopharmacologist Dr. Carl Hart. He is the first tenured African-American professor in the sciences at Columbia University, where he is an associate professor in the… »

04.01.2014

Ex-Obama official urges clemency for Snowden

Ex-Obama official urges clemency for Snowden

President Barack Obama’s former top official has said that the National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden should be offered clemency. Anne-Marie Slaughter, the former State Department director of policy planning, tweeted on Thursday that she totally agreed with a New York Times editorial which called for clemency for Snowden, who… »

03.01.2014

US journalist sues NYPD over Occupy protest arrest

US journalist sues NYPD over Occupy protest arrest

An American journalist has filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department, saying NYPD cops illegally beat and arrested him while he was covering the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests. Chris Faraone was reporting for the Boston Phoenix, an alternative weekly, when an NYPD police… »

31.12.2013

USA: The shocking redistribution of wealth in the past five years

USA: The shocking redistribution of wealth in the past five years

Anyone reviewing the data is likely to conclude that there must be some mistake. It doesn’t seem possible that one out of twenty American families could each have made a million dollars since Obama became President, while the average American family’s net worth has barely recovered. But the evidence comes… »

28.12.2013

The Other 98% Urges Wall Street to Donate $91 Billion in Bonuses to Victims of Financial Crisis

The Other 98% Urges Wall Street to Donate $91 Billion in Bonuses to Victims of Financial Crisis

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both hit record highs on Thursday while the NASDAQ surged to its highest level in over 13 years. The year-end rally is expected to add a boost to the massive bonuses Wall Street is preparing to hand out this year. The largest Wall… »

21.12.2013

Obama Wrongs the Bill of Rights

Obama Wrongs the Bill of Rights

President Barack Obama proclaimed Dec. 15 Bill of Rights Day, praising those first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution as “the foundation of American liberty, securing our most fundamental rights — from the freedom to speak, assemble and practice our faith as we please to the protections that ensure justice… »

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