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14 Year Old Child Bride Facing Death Penalty for Murdering Husband -

Saturday, November 29, 2014

BREAKING: New Coal Disaster In West Virginia -

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

U.S. Hostage Freed by Colombia’s FARC Rebels (Video) -

Monday, October 28, 2013

Here’s Why The Zimmerman Verdict Matters -

Sunday, July 14, 2013

BREAKING! UK Government Spied On Allies At TWO G20 Summits (Video) -

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Swiss Support Tougher Asylum Legislation as Refugee Numbers Spike -

Monday, June 10, 2013

American Woman Killed in Syria Fighting for Terrorists, Syrian TV Claims (Video) -

Friday, May 31, 2013

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History -

Friday, May 10, 2013

Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet -

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Boston In Lockdown As Manhunt Intensifies -

Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Dead, Dozens Injured After Boston Marathon Bombing -

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fast Food Workers in New York Stage Surprise Strike -

Saturday, April 6, 2013

N. Korean Rhetoric Provokes Missile Shield Deployment -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eyewitness Accounts from Meiktila Massacre -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners -

Monday, April 1, 2013

A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cyprus Reaches Last-Minute Bailout Deal With EU -

Monday, March 25, 2013

Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide -

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Brazil President Pledges Reforms and Dialogue after Massive Protests (Video)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff pledged to introduce reforms in a televised address after hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets this week. Rousseff also added that she would meet with protest leaders to listen their demands. Rousseff’s pre-recorded speech was broadcasted at 9pm local time on Friday where she said she had an obligation to listen to the voices on the streets and her government would create a national plan for public transportation in cities – a hike in bus and subway fares in many cities was the original complaint of the protests. She also mentioned new reforms…

Brazilian Protests Largest in 20 Years (Video)

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities on Monday over widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption. The rallies brought together a wide coalition of people upset about the escalating costs and persistently poor quality of public services, lavish investment on international sporting events, low standards of healthcare, low wages and wider unease about inequality and corruption. The protests are in their early stages, and it’s not clear what the government reaction will be, but the President Dilma Rousseff said that her government was listening to those protesting the high…

In Philadelphia, Unregulated Capitalism Claims The Lives of 6 More Innocent Victims.

Last week the weapon of mass destruction known as unregulated capitalism tragically and senselessly claimed more innocent American lives. On Wednesday, June 5th, a demolition crew was working on taking down a building in Philadelphia when suddenly the whole building collapsed, taking out the building next door with it. The adjacent building housed a Salvation Army Thrift Store. This is where most of the victims were innocently going about their days when,  Without warning, the wrath of unregulated capitalism literally came crashing down upon their heads, needlessly ending 6 lives and forever altering 14 others. The contractor, Griffin Campbell Construction Co.,…

Are the Suburbs Undergoing a Metamorphosis?

The Global Economic Crash of 2008 was a watershed which is continuing to have effects in all aspects of the economy, politics and society. However, it was merely an exclamation mark within the developing trends in the U.S. that are pertinent to suburbanization in the country, such as: -The national economy will not bounce back to pre-2008 in the foreseeable future with continued slow growth -Demographics have changed (Baby Boomers retiring, smaller family sizes, more single adults, more ethnic diversity etc.) -The smaller labor force in manufacturing requiring unskilled labor -A decline in the middle class’s purchasing power due to…

As Unemployment Persists, Employers Pick Cherries

For the unemployed, especially the “long term unemployed,” the prospects for the future look dimmer everyday. A recent NorthEastern University study regarding the affects of long term unemployment – specifically unemployment lasting six months or longer – points out, those with longer periods of unemployment, almost in a self fulfilling prophetic fashion, find their opportunities for a return to the labor force diminished, almost by the day. After sending out thousands of mock resumes in pairs to potential employers, researchers found that those with six months or more of unemployment, regardless of qualifications or experience, had less than a ten…

The Pop-up City: Making Something Out of Nothing

The city is constantly in motion. In a dynamic city, people are shopping working, interacting, eating in restaurants, drinking in a cafes, walking/driving to a destination etc. Without people, a city is merely buildings, roads, trees, parks, grass….a ghost town. However, many cities have become dull places, reduced down to their functional economic uses: retail, business, industry and residents.  This functional capitalistic city is embodied in the suburbs in the U.S.Suburban life has been reduced to strip malls, fast food restaurants, big box stores, malls, car lots, endless subdivisions, parking lots, streets, expressways and the constant buzz of cars and…

Tea Party Protests We Can Believe In

On this Monday, April 15th, we will enjoy both the benefits and detriments of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution which has permitted income taxation by Congress for the last 100 years. Also on this day in all 50 states, “grass roots” tax protests of varying authenticity will occur outside post offices, government buildings and town squares as tens of thousands bemoan the annual freedom killing duty that is the timely filing of our returns. Notwithstanding that these protest folks are in apoplexy over the lowest marginal tax rates since Reagan, that the last GOP POTUS turned a $200 billion…

Could 3-D Printing Change the Society and the City?

3-D printing combined with its increasing affordability could be an important element in accelerating the world away from the Post-Industrial to the Information Age.  3-D printing is the process of producing a physical object from a digital blue print or a scanned object. It is an additive process, not a subtractive process, as used in the machine tooling for a metal or plastic object. It relies on a mold that is inserted with a material (plastic, iron, copper etc.) to make a finished product. Using a digital schematic, the 3-D printer builds a series of layers using material such as:…

Slippery Slopes, Camels’ Noses and You

We’ve all heard them, suffered them and thrown them around like so many rhetorical dice landing where they may during arguments heated and hilarious, so without further adieu let’s examine two dog-eared metaphors of argument and their latest outings this past week. Thursday afternoon, Wayne “Slippery Slope” LaPierre appeared somewhat stunned by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly’s feint toward reporting, when she confronted him with the real possibility that several Sandy Hook students may still be alive today had gun magazine capacities been gently limited over the years. Also in the news, the White House finally revealed its DOA budget…

Unemployment Decreased Slightly, Fewer New Jobs Created than Forecasted: Is the Worst Still to Come?

The U.S. Department of Labor reported on Friday April 5th that the unemployment percentage  was down to 7.6 percent. Only 88,000 jobs were added to the economy in March. Economists had predicted close to 200,000 new jobs would be created for the month. This is before the effects of the Federal Budget cuts, also known as austerity measures, go into place. These budget cuts will have extreme negative effects in US economy as witnessed in Europe, country after country. The first wave of budget cuts will put many Federal employees out of work; it will also cause a decrease in…

Suspended Coffee: A Simple Way to Pay it Forward

Yesterday, a friend of mine had shared a link on Facebook about “suspended coffee” which led to an article in The Examiner, “’Suspended coffee’ movement ignites widespread interest.” What is this all about I wondered? The featured picture in the article was of a disheveled  man in a café. Accordingly, I assumed this was a sentimental Horatio Alger type story about some miraculous event that had happened to a poor person, such as finding a one thousand dollar bill, inheriting  a million dollars or winning the lottery. This type of  story seems to pervade the Internet, along with memes of…

Momentum Building for Paid Sick Leave Laws in U.S. Cities.

The United States of America is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not guarantee any paid sick leave to its workers. Worldwide, over 145 countries guarantee all workers paid time off for illnesses. In the absence of any federal policy on mandated sick leave in the near future, American cities like Portland, Seattle, Washington D.C., and San Francisco have taken action requiring all workers have access to paid time off for sicknesses. The pressure is growing on more cities, and even some states to look at enacting similar legislation. New York and Philadelphia could be close to…

Downtown Green: The “Islands of Sustainability”

Sustainability is an overwhelming amorphous goal on a global, national, or regional scale. However, when it is broken-down to small areas and focused projects, it becomes real and tangible. Instead of grand plans, little ones can be made which may have a fractal or ripple effect on the region in which the project is located. This above statement is the essence of an  “island of sustainability” (Walner et al.). Specifically, the term refers to the redevelopment, usually through a public/private partnership, of a designated derelict area into one that enhances the physical environment. It could be the redesign of an…

HSBC Settlement Case Raises Legal Hackles

In December, U.S. Federal Authorities stirred controversy for having reached a financial settlement deal with British bank HSBC, allowing the bank to avoid criminal prosecution for taking part in money laundering operations for Latin American drug cartels, suspected terrorist networks and rogue states such as Iran. As a means to avoid prosecution, the bank agreed to pay $1.9 billion in fines, after having reached the arrangement with the Department of Justice. However regardless of their agreement and written arguments by both federal prosecutors and HSBC filed in January arguing in favor of the deal , U.S. District Court Judge John…

The Main Street Economy

Economic reports over the past week have been largely dominated by the seemingly good news of record highs in the DOW Jones Industrial Index (DJIA,) accompanied by a decline in the filing for new unemployment benefit claims. Core Logic, which specializes in monitoring and analyzing home pricing and real estate markets, reported this week that housing prices have improved by 9.7% over their averages this time last year, making it the biggest recorded increase since 2006. Thus potentially explaining both the records being posted in the DOW, as well as the general surge in the financial markets. The typical players…

Sequester On Sanity

“Perhaps no words more accurately and succinctly illustrate the confusion about economics than “Monetary Sovereignty.” It is not a theory or a hypothesis or a philosophy. In its essence, it merely is a description of the way federal financing actually works.”  ~Rodger Malcolm Mitchell Back in 2011, the idea of “sequestration,” or the implementing of harsh spending cuts that would automatically go into effect on March 1st, was floated in an effort to force the two political parties to get together and make a deal to work towards decreasing government debt. A telling sign for many of the increasingly broken…

I Don’t Have a Car and Don’t Want One: Emergence of Car-sharing Organizations

Many in urban areas are finding that their automobiles are a burden, but can’t really do without one. Owning a personal vehicle is expensive: car payments, gas, insurance, maintenance, parking fees, etc. An automobile is ultimately a depreciating investment where you often pay more than the vehicle was worth on the showroom floor. Due to the stagnant wages of the middle class and subsequent decrease in discretionary income, automobile loans have become more long term; a five year or longer loan is not uncommon anymore. In the U.S and many other countries the automotive industry is very vulnerable to economic…

The First Truly Global Empire: John Perkins’ Interview with Progressive Press

“I thinks it’s fair to say that economic hit-men have produced the world’s first truly global empire…” Such was the response of author and activist John Perkins when defining what an economic hitman is in an interview with the Progressive Press on Tuesday. Perkins, an internationally acclaimed writer and advocate for global sustainability, goes on to point out that in the modern age of economic colonialism (in which empires are established through economic force as opposed to military domination) that the modern empires are not those of governments, but corporations. Under the auspices of supporting and developing infrastructure, Perkins claims the…

It’s the Infrastructure…Stupid!

Presently, all  talk in Washington is focused on the latest twined crisis: the debt ceiling and sequestration. In the background of this collective hand wringing and fear mongering over this new self-imposed crisis in Congress, something bigger is looming; our crumbling infrastructure and its insufficient Federal funding. Well-maintained infrastructure is essential for the economic health of the United States. Its bridges, roads, dams, transit systems, airports, sea/river ports, water/sewer systems, and electrical grids are in grave need of repair and expansion. The problem with our highways and bridges has been known for a significant amount of time, perhaps more than…

US Fiscal Debate Could Learn From Norway

Written by Mark Provost Guest Author If Washington sincerely wants to reduce the budget deficit and national debt while protecting the broader economy, it should learn from other nations which have succeeded. One country stands out: Norway. Norway has the largest budget surpluses in the developed world, no net national debt, citizens enjoy a robust safety net, and unemployment is below 3%. (1) (2) What is Norway’s secret, other than refusing to join the European Union? Before the discovery of off-shore oil in the late 60s, Norway’s lackluster economy earned the nickname ‘Europe’s ugly duckling’. But Norway’s subsequent success has…