Robert Scheer – Huffington Post The idea that Barack Obama would still consider appointing Lawrence Summers to head the Federal Reserve rather than order an investigation into this former White House official’s Wall Street payments, reported Friday by the Wall… Continue Reading
By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 2013 (IPS) – The number of ?least developed countries? (LDCs), which rose from the original 24 back in 1971 to the current 49, is beginning to shrink ? haltingly.
Cynthia M. Wong * – The Huffington Post When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced in 2010 that the Obama administration would be a forceful advocate for Internet freedom, she declared that, “We recognize that the world’s information infrastructure… Continue Reading
New Direction – The Foundation for European Reform Brussels, Tuesday 30 July: Europe?s Financial Transaction Tax, to be imposed by eleven EU countries next year, could cost up to 640,000 jobs, according to new research.
naked capitalism* Only now that the narrative around Detroit is pretty well established ? city in long-term decline whose distress was intensified by a series of corrupt city governments, compounded by state governments that were opposed to Detroit?s interests ?… Continue Reading
By Gustavo Capdevila GENEVA, Jul 2013 (IPS) – Staunch opposition by the U.S. delegation and, to one extent or another, by European countries has blocked the approval this year of a draft multilateral declaration on the rights of peasants and… Continue Reading
Mario Queiroz LISBON, Jul 26 2013 (IPS) – ?Who do I call if I want to call Europe?? This famous question attributed to former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger has an obvious answer today: Angela Merkel, the conservative German… Continue Reading
By Declan McCullagh* – Information Clearing House Secret demands mark escalation in Internet surveillance by the federal government through gaining access to user passwords, which are typically stored in encrypted form. July 26, 2013 “Information Clearing House – “CNet” –… Continue Reading
By Hubertus Hoffmann* | IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint BERLIN (IDN) – What elements should a new, promising foreign and security policy ? which I would like to call World 3.0 following Microsoft?s developing steps ? include in order to make it capable… Continue Reading
By JENNIFER LIND* ? The New York Times HANOVER, N.H. ? THE landslide victory of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe?s Liberal Democratic Party in elections Sunday for the upper house of Japan?s Parliament immediately raised a question: Will it embolden Mr.… Continue Reading
Passages excerpted from Eduardo Galeano?s* new book And Other Headlines from an Upside Down History of the U.S. Military and the World Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com The following passages are excerpted from Eduardo Galeano?s new book, Children of the Days: A… Continue Reading
By Silvia Giannelli ROME, Jul 23 2013 (IPS) – ?It was midnight and I was sleeping; I woke up to the noise of the police breaking down the entrance door of the school,? says Italian journalist Lorenzo Guadagnucci. ?They came… Continue Reading
By Carey L. Biron WASHINGTON, Jul 23 2013 (IPS) – The World Bank is being urged to explicitly incorporate human rights into its development lending criteria, ahead of an important discussion on the subject by its executive board on Tuesday.
Dean Baker* – The Huffington Post In the last few weeks Edward Snowden has been holed in Moscow’s airport trying to negotiate terms of asylum with various countries around the world. Thus far it doesn’t seem that Snowden has been… Continue Reading
New Left Review Interview with Gaspar Miklos T?mas Your trajectory has been an unusual one: a dissident libertarian philosopher under Communism in both Romania and Hungary, who has emerged as one of the foremost left critics of the capitalist order… Continue Reading
By DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI ?The New York Times MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. ? Hundreds of millions of times a day, thirsty Americans open a can of soda, beer or juice. And every time they do it, they pay a fraction of a… Continue Reading
Dear readers of Other News, We consider this to be a very important document. In it, the head of the Taliban movement explains why he opposes vaccinations, western education, and western values. For the first time, we are presented with… Continue Reading
PAUL KRUGMAN* ? The New York Times All economic data are best viewed as a peculiarly boring genre of science fiction, but Chinese data are even more fictional than most. Add a secretive government, a controlled press, and the sheer… Continue Reading
BY MATTHEW M. AID – Foreign Policy blog During a coffee break at an intelligence conference held in The Netherlands a few years back, a senior Scandinavian counterterrorism official regaled me with a story. One of his service’s surveillance teams… Continue Reading
by Peter Jenkins* What a pity that Mr. Netanyahu?s interviewer on CBS?s ?Face the Nation?, Bob Schieffer, chose to throw Israel?s Prime Minister a succession of softballs (the cricketing equivalents are called ?dollies?).