Follow the Health Care Money

David Leonhardt, Op-Ed Columnist  – The New York Times

Many Americans over the age of 60 would have to pay more for health insurance under the Republican health care plan. Many low-income families would lose their insurance. Many disabled people, hepatitis patients and opioid addicts, among others, would no longer receive treatments that they do now.

Care to guess where the billions of dollars in savings from these cuts would go instead?

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Empire in Decay as Trump Spying Allegations Fly

Posted by Yves Smith – Naked Capitalism 

Yves here. I find this Real News Network interview with Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, Lawrence Wilkerson, to be astonishing. He effectively says that Trump may not be wrong in his claims that he was spied on.

At the 50,000 foot level, Trump’s claim is trivial. Anyone who paid attention to the Edward Snowden revelations knows that the NSA is in a total data acquisition mode, hoovering up information from smart devices and able to use computers and tablets as monitoring devices.

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Europe must go back to the school of the world. As a student

Boaventura de Sousa Santos* 

Europe and the Global North as a whole are being assailed by a feeling of historical and political exhaustion. After five centuries of imposing its solutions on the world, Europe seems unable to solve its own problems and hands their resolution to multinationals, through free trade treaties whose purpose is to eliminate the last vestiges of the social cohesion and environmental awareness that have been achieved after the Second World War. In the USA, Donald Trump emerges more as a consequence than a cause of the disaggregation of a highly corrupt, dysfunctional and anti- democratic political system, where the candidate who received more votes in the national elections is defeated by a candidate who has obtained three million citizens’ votes less than his competitor.

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“Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030.”

By Lakshmi Puri * 

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 2017 (IPS) – Yayi Bayam Diouf became the first woman to fish in her small rural fishing village in Senegal despite initially being told by the men in her community that the fish wouldn’t take bait from a menstruating woman. When she started practicing law, Ann Green, CEO of ANZ Lao, was asked to make coffee or pick up dry cleaning (by men and women), simply because she was a young woman. The difficulties faced by Yayi and Ann in entering the labour force and at the workplace are not only unique to them, but sadly is the reality for many women across the globe.

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New Trump Travel Ban Addresses Flaws, but Legal Questions Remain

By Emily Cadei – Newsweek

The replacement order aims to avoid the original’s troubles, but will it succeed? 

Updated | As Trump administration officials on Monday laid out the details of the president’s revised executive order suspending travel to the U.S. from six Muslim-majority countries, one senior official insisted, “We want to stress at the outset there was nothing wrong with that first executive order itself.”

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Hazel Henderson is founder of Ethical Markets Media, Certified B Corporation (USA and Brazil). She is a world-renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, worldwide syndicated columnist, and author of award-winning Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy (2006) and eight other books. Her articles have appeared in over 250 journals, including Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, as well as journals in Japan, Venezuela, China, France and Australia.

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Making America Mediocre Again

by John Feffer* – LobeLog

The first signs of decline are physical. Citizens don’t grow as tall. They don’t live as long. They start killing each other in large numbers.

Sounds like the post-mortem for a society that disappeared long ago, a conclusion that archaeologists deliver after sifting through bone fragments and pottery shards. Why, the puzzled scholars ask, did such a vibrant society, which produced beautiful art and remarkable scientific advances, fall apart so rapidly and leave so little behind in the unforgiving rainforest?

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BY ROBERT REICH  – Newsweek 

Because the rules of the game – including labor laws, pension laws, corporate laws and tax laws – have been crafted by those at the top. 

Marissa Mayer tells us a lot about why Americans are so angry, and why anti-establishment fury has become the biggest single force in American politics today.

Mayer is CEO of Yahoo. Yahoo’s stock lost about a third of its value last year, as the company went from making $7.5 billion in 2014 to losing $4.4 billion in 2015. Yet Mayer raked in $36 million in compensation.

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Pablo Piacentini has left us

By Roberto Savio

Rome, March 2 – Pablo has left us in his dreams, with the discretion and tranquility that have accompanied him his whole life. The side effects of cancer treatment had left him with limited capabilities. It has been very sad for his family and friends to see how an intellectual full of curiosities and initiative had progressively withdrawn into himself.

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Resisting Donald Trump’s Violence Strategically

Robert J. Burrowes*

It is already clearly apparent, as many predicted, that Donald Trump’s
election as president of the United States would signal the start of
what might be the final monumental assault on much of what is good in
our world. Whatever our collective gains to date to create a world in
which peace, social justice and environmental sustainability ultimately
prevail for all of Earth’s inhabitants, we stand to lose it all in the
catastrophic sequence of events that Trump is now initiating with those
who share his delusional worldview.

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Suu Kyi falls short of great expectations

By Bertil Lintner -  | Asia Times

Many in Myanmar expected miracles when Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government took office after decades of military misrule. The political reality has been more prosaic

Myanmar’s first genuinely democratically elected government in more than half a century is barely a year old but a growing sense of disappointment is already apparent even among the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party’s most avid supporters.

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Brexit is a Whitehall farce that threatens the heart of Europe

William Keegan – The Guardian

It is not just the British economy at stake: the absurdities and evasions of the Leave campaign are jeopardising hard-won stability across the continent

There are many problems afflicting the British economy, and many afflicting the European Union. The trouble with Brexit is that it is almost guaranteed to aggravate both.

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How to Build an Autocracy

DAVID FRUMThe Atlantic,  MARCH 2017 ISSUE 

The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.

I’s 2021, and president donald trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. He rests heavily on his daughter Ivanka’s arm during his infrequent public appearances.

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Antarctic Ice Lowest Ever – Asia at High Risk – Africa Drying Up

By Baher Kamal

ROME, Feb 24 2017 (IPS) – For those who still deny the tangible impact of climate change, please note that the extended spell of high global temperatures is continuing; the Arctic is witnessing exceptional warmth with record low ice volumes–the lowest on record; global heat is putting Asia on higher risk than ever, and Africa is drying up.

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The migrant slave trade is booming in Libya. Why is the world ignoring it?

Ross Kemp – The Guardian

I’ve seen the dangerous route to Europe through Libya, with thousands of people at the mercy of cruelty for profit. But our leaders prefer to keep them there

It’s a mass grave that we don’t need the United Nations to verify. Every day an average of 14 migrants, the vast majority from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, die crossing the Mediterranean.

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What George Orwell would have made of Donald Trump

by: Philip Stephens –Financial Times

The Munich Security Conference used to be the place where western leaders talked about bad and dangerous things happening elsewhere in the world. This year the conversation was all about bad and dangerous things imperilling democracy at home. Donald Trump topped everyone’s threat list. The Europeans were alarmed by the US president’s opening weeks; the Americans promised to do their best to hold him in check.

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Five Key G20 Powers Break Promise to Help Tackle Corruption

By IPS World Desk

ROME/BERLIN, Feb 23 2017 (IPS) - Five key G20 countries are failing to meet commitments to publish data that helps tackle corruption, warns a new report by international anti-corruption watchdogs.

“If the data was publicly available it could be used to curb criminal activities, including money laundering and tax evasion,” according to the joint research, published on February 23 by Transparency International (TI) and the Web Foundation.

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