The kings of Big Coal are making off with millions

By Zoë Carpenter – The Nation

Fossil-Fuel Executives Are Making Obscene Amounts of Money for Wrecking the Planet—and Their Own Companies

The kings of Big Coal are making off with millions, while their industry collapses.

Last month, one of the largest coal companies in the United States filed for bankruptcy, citing an “unprecedented period of distress” in the industry. The demise of Alpha Natural Resources wasn’t exactly a surprise. Twenty-six other coal companies folded in the previous three years, and in the six months before the bankruptcy announcement, Alpha’s own stock fell by 36 percent.

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Iran’s ‘prosaic’ nuclear deal is on the cusp of changing history

By Philip Gordon* – Financial Times

Barack Obama says, the nuclear deal with Iran — the foreign policy achievement of his second term — has his name on it.

With at least 34 senators now formally supporting the deal, opponents on Capitol Hill will not have the votes to override a presidential veto if and when a congressional majority votes against it later this month. After a summer of lobbying and posturing extraordinary even by Washington standards, the agreement will finally come into force by mid-October, on “Adoption Day”.

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Migration crisis: Hungary PM says Europe in grip of madness

Migration crisis: Hungary PM says Europe in grip of madness

Ian Traynor – The Guardian

Viktor Orbán attacks EU policy, saying the influx of Muslim refugees poses a threat to Europe’s Christian identity

Brussels, Thursday 3 September 2015. Hungary’s nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has claimed Europe is in the grip of madness over immigration and refugees, and argued that he was defending European Christianity against a Muslim influx.

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The refugee crisis – short and long term solutions

By José Ramos-Horta*

There are today 60 million refugees and internally displaced peoples in search of safety, shelter, a home and a future.

We all know that the root causes of this crisis are extreme poverty and fratricidal, sectarian and religious wars. It is easy to say….we must address the root causes of this 21st Century catastrophe. No one disagrees with this gran statement. But the mounting crisis overwhelming the international community demands urgent remedies.

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Russian Military Forces Arrive In Syria, Set Forward Operating Base Near Damascus

Submitted by Tyler Durden – Zero Hedge

While military direct intervention by US, Turkish, and Gulf forces over Syrian soil escalates with every passing day, even as Islamic State forces capture increasingly more sovereign territory, in the central part of the country, the Nusra Front dominant in the northwestern region province of Idlib and the official “rebel” forces in close proximity to Damascus, the biggest question on everyone’s lips has been one: would Putin abandon his protege, Syria’s president Assad, to western “liberators” in the process ceding control over Syrian territory which for years had been a Russian national interest as it prevented the passage of regional pipelines from Qatar and Saudi Arabia into Europe, in the process eliminating Gazprom’s – and Russia’s – influence over the continent.

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Barack Obama in Alaska: global fight against climate change starts here

Dan Roberts – The Guardian

President says massive areas of ice disappearing every year are not some far-off problem but ‘a leading indicator of what the entire planet faces’

Shrinking Alaskan glaciers served as a vivid backdrop for Barack Obama’s latest push for action on climate change in Anchorage on Monday night as he warned that the equivalent of 75 blocks of ice the size of the national mall in Washington were melting from the state every year.

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Women in Tech Entrepreneurs: Girls in Tech’s Adriana Gascoigne

Beth Cone Kramer* – The Huffington Post

According to the National Center for Female Women in Information Technology’s April 2015 survey, the U.S. computer science sector will have 1.2 million openings by 2022. Women currently represent just 26% of the computer workforce and the numbers are even more dismal for women of color. The number of female college freshman planning to earn Computer Science and Information Technology degrees has consistently dropped 7% since 2000.

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Can Hillary Clinton Win Over the Left? *

By Michelle Goldberg – The Nation

She’s spent decades seeking refuge in the center. Will progressives embrace her now?

Earlier this year, Buzzfeed uncovered a 1979 television interview with Hillary Clinton—then Hillary Rodham—who had just become first lady of Arkansas. In the half-hour video, we see a young woman in oversize glasses, calm and smiling as the host grills her about whether she’s too liberal, too feminist, too career-oriented to fit into her new role. The host tells her that she probably cost her husband votes by keeping her last name. (She would later give in and change it.) “You’re not a native,” he says. “You’ve been educated in liberal Eastern universities. You’re less than 40. You don’t have any children…. You practice law.” (She assures him that she and Bill plan to have children and adds, “I’m not 40, but that hopefully will be cured by age.”) After nearly 20 minutes of this sort of thing, the host asks Clinton what she finds attractive about Arkansas—a place to which, her biographers have made clear, she moved with great reluctance to further her husband’s political career. Outsiders, he notes, complain that “We’re so unprogressive here. We’re just not as progressive as they are up North.” Appearing eager to finally ingratiate herself, she replies by pouring scorn on urban America: “You know, if it’s progress to default on your bond obligations so that your city’s going into bankruptcy, or if it’s progress to have such an incredible crime rate that people don’t venture outside their doors, or if it’s progress to live in a city whose air you can’t breathe, well, then I hope we are unprogressive, and I hope we never get to the point where that’s our definition of progress.”

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Deliberate Targeting of Water Sources Worsens Misery for Millions of Syrians

By Kanya D’Almeida

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 2015 (IPS) – Imagine having to venture out into a conflict zone in search of water because rebel groups and government forces have targeted the pipelines. Imagine walking miles in the blazing summer heat, then waiting hours at a public tap to fill up your containers. Now imagine realizing the jugs are too heavy to carry back home.

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The U.N.’s Investigation Wars

BY COLUM LYNCH – Foreign Policy (FP)

An FP investigation shows how a bitter internal fight is making it harder for the U.N. to police its own crimes, from corruption to sexual abuse.

Carman Lapointe, a Canadian national who serves as the United Nations’ internal corruption watchdog, marched into the office of the U.N. secretary-general’s chief of staff, Susana Malcorra, this past January with a provocative request. The U.N. Investigations Division, which she oversees, had grown so consumed by interoffice backbiting and score-settling, Lapointe claimed, that she wanted to shut it down and rebuild it from scratch.

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The Promise, and Peril, of Europe’s New Left Solidarity

By Maria Margaronis – The Nation

There’s been a groundswell of insurgent politics, from Greece to Britain, but so far victory has been elusive.

They emerge one after the other—the?anti-austerity parties, the purveyors of hope, the new or newly popular leaders and formations—from Greece to Spain to Ireland, from Turkey to Israel, from Burlington to Britain. They rally thousands, speak out for the dispossessed, challenge moribund elites; they are vilified as populist, deluded, dangerous; they win elections (Greece’s Syriza, Barcelona’s Mayor Ada Colau) or cross parliamentary thresholds (Israel’s Arab Joint List or Turkey’s HDP). They are in a sense successors to mass movements (Occupy, the indignados, Gezi Park, the Arab Spring). They glow for a short time on the bleak world stage; they are blocked, or fail, or fade, and new ones take their place.

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Trump-ward, Christian Soldiers?

Frank Bruni – The New York Times

Let me get this straight. If I want the admiration and blessings of the most flamboyant, judgmental Christians in America, I should marry three times, do a queasy-making amount of sexual boasting, verbally degrade women, talk trash about pretty much everyone else while I’m at it, encourage gamblers to hemorrhage their savings in casinos bearing my name and crow incessantly about how much money I’ve amassed? Seems to work for Donald Trump.

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The Same People Who Pushed for the Invasion of Iraq Now Want to Scrap the Iran Deal

By David Bromwich – TomDispatch.com. /The Nation

Even if the agreement is signed into law, Iran hawks will keep lobbying for a president who will abandon it

David Addington, the legal adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, made that declaration to Jack Goldsmith of the Office of Legal Counsel in the months after September 11, 2001. Goldsmith would later recall that Cheney and Addington were the first people he had ever met of a certain kind: “Cheney is not subtle, and he has never hidden the ball. The amazing thing is that he does what he says. Relentlessness is a quality I saw in him and Addington that I never saw before in my life.”

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The Man Who Got China Right

Joe Nocera – New York Times

In the fall of 2009, Jim Chanos began to ask questions about the Chinese economy. What sparked his curiosity was the realization that commodity producers had been largely unaffected by the financial crisis; indeed, they had recorded big profits even as other sectors found themselves reeling in the aftermath of the crisis.

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