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November 23, 2014

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BREAKING: New Coal Disaster In West Virginia -

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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

IMF Chief Lagarde’s Home Searched over Tapie Scandal -

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Thousands of Anti-austerity Protestors Clash with German Police (Video)

In Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt, over 7,000 Blockupy movement protestors marched on Saturday during a second day of protests against Europe’s austerity policies. German police used pepper spray and batons against the anti-capitalist demonstrators who were marching with signs reading “Make love, not war” and “IMF – get out of Greece.” The protests against the “troika” of international lenders that has bailed out struggling euro zone states – the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Union – were planned in several countries on Saturday. They were initially peaceful, but small groups of masked protesters hurled stones…

Are the Suburbs Undergoing a Metamorphosis?

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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…

Slippery Slopes, Camels’ Noses and You

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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…

Suspended Coffee: A Simple Way to Pay it Forward

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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.

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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…

Mercy Ships: Nearly 2.5 Million Lives Changed

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Every once in a while, setting aside faith, politics or any ulterior motives, it’s nice to call attention to something just plain good. Today, we profile Mercy Ships. Recently, while sort of half-watching 60 Minutes, a featurette on the Mercy Ships charity caught my eye. I found the entire concept to be revolutionary, fascinating, and just plain brilliant. The mission, simply to “provide free healthcare and increase healthcare delivery systems in the poorest of nations”. 500 feet long, 16,500 tons and over 400 crew members on a floating hospital, the current Mercy Ship, Africa Mercy (located in the port of Conakry, Guinea…

Let’s Stop the Redistribution of Wealth!

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Conservative, libertarian and neoliberal arguments often accuse progressives of trying to “redistribute wealth” by taxing the rich and giving the money to the poor. Let’s be honest, over the past few decades, there has indeed been a redistribution of wealth in USA, based in part on changing tax rates. A Wall Street Journal article from July 23, 2008, explained how there has been a trend in recent years where the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans have seen their income rise faster than any other group of earners in the country while at that same time, the tax rate for the top 1…

Bulgaria: Third Man Dies after Self-immolation, Against the Austerity Measures

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A third Bulgarian man died today from self-immolation injuries. He set himself on fire on February 26, as a protest against the rising poverty, unemployment and corruption in the EU’s poorest country. 53-year-old unemployed father of five, Ventsislav Vasilev, had doused himself with fuel and set himself ablaze outside the mayor’s office in the central town of Radnevo. Last month, amid the increasing protests against corruption, cronyism and poverty, another protester, 36-year-old Plamen Goranov, set himself on fire outside city hall in the eastern city of Varna, causing the country’s right-wing government (GERB party) to resign on February 21. He…

Sequester On Sanity

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“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…

Standardized Testing: More Harm Than Good

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Early in 2013, Seattle high school teachers boycotted their annual standardized test. This brave and necessary move has reignited public debate about the place of standardized testing. School reform has gone back and forth for over a century and a half, between the 19th century, Prussian military-industrial model to Dewey’s individualized, “special snowflake” philosophy and back again to factory- and business-preparedness treatment of children. Because neoliberalism is the winning philosophy at the moment, the worth of schools is tied to how well they can churn out identical cogs to plug in to the economic machine. Schools around the country have…

Perpetual Volunteers: Teachers Should Not Be Expected To Work For Free

I saw a “job announcement” last week for someone to teach after-school classes. It touted the “opportunity” to plan lessons and run classes (and of course it would also include classroom management, material preparations, and parent relations). In all ways, it appeared to be a posting for a part-time teaching job. The kicker? The job was completely volunteer! I’m all for volunteerism, but when the volunteer “opportunity” looks EXACTLY like a highly-skilled day job, it starts to cross into insulting territory. For what other profession is this acceptable? “Looking to give a surgeon the opportunity to perform brain surgery several…

Extreme Inequality Becoming a Global Danger

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According to the most recent Oxfam* report published on January 18, 2013, the world’s 100 richest people earned a $240 billion in 2012, an amount that is enough to end extreme poverty worldwide four times over. The report underlines the causes and effects of extreme inequality and explains how it can be economically inefficient, politically corrosive, socially divisive, environmentally destructive and unethical. The report states that rapidly growing extreme wealth and inequality are harmful to human progress because consolidation of so much wealth and capital in few hands depresses demand; meaning fewer people can afford more things. If the earnings…

Myth: “President Obama gutted welfare reform by removing the work requirement”

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“President Obama gutted welfare reform by removing the work requirement” This falsehood was frequently uttered by Mitt Romney during the 2012 election.  Here is what the truth is. At the request of some state governors, Obama allowed states to relax certain regulations in order to increase the number of people who are working. The purpose of this change was to allow states to try new methods to increase employment in their states and get people off of Welfare. Under the new policy, states can now seek a federal waiver from work-participation rules that, among other things, require welfare recipients to engage…