Submitted by Tyler Durden – Zero Hedge The name Dick Usher is familiar to regular readers: he was the head of spot foreign exchange for JPMorgan, and the bank’s alleged chief FX market manipulator, who was promptly fired after it… Continue Reading
The Economist The Hungarian leader squabbles with some in his party and with America THE new year has not started well for Viktor Orban, Hungary?s pugnacious prime minister. Support for his ruling right-wing Fidesz party is sliding. A recent poll… Continue Reading
Gallup.com Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Extend Run as Most Admired – by Jeffrey M. Jones PRINCETON, N.J. — Americans continue to name Hillary Clinton as the woman living anywhere in the world whom they admire most, and name Barack Obama… Continue Reading
By Ezra Klein – Vox Paul Krugman is a lot of things. New York Times op-ed columnist. Nobel prize-winning economist. Arcade Fire fanboy. Obama administration frenemy. But the side of Krugman I’ve always found most interesting is the sci-fi obsessive.… Continue Reading
By Don Quijones* – Naked Capitalism Much has been written, at least in the alternative media, about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), two multilateral trade treaties being negotiated between the representatives of… Continue Reading
By ERIC SCHMITT – The New York Times WASHINGTON ? Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata, commander of American Special Operations forces in the Middle East, sought help this summer in solving an urgent problem for the American military: What makes… Continue Reading
Rebecca Solnit – The Nation As Ursula K. Le Guin reminds us, any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. It was the most thrilling bureaucratic document I?ve ever seen for just one reason: it was dated… Continue Reading
Analysis by Mario Osava RIO DE JANEIRO , Dec 23 2014 (IPS) – With the decision to reestablish diplomatic ties, Cuba and the United States, polar opposites that have long inspired or fomented extremism of different kinds in the Americas,… Continue Reading
Analysis by Miriam Pemberton WASHINGTON, Dec 2014 (IPS) – After months of whispered warnings, Russia?s economic troubles made global headlines when its currency collapsed halfway through December. Amid the tumbling price of oil, the ruble has fallen to record lows,… Continue Reading
Greg Grandin – The Nation From 1989 to 1990, thousands of civilians died and were buried in mass graves in President George H.W. Bush’s search for one suspected drug trafficker. As we end another year of endless war in Washington,… Continue Reading
George Zornick – The Nation President Barack Obama announced a new era in US relations with Cuba Wednesday morning in which diplomatic ties will be reopened, along with a US embassy in Havana, while business and travel restrictions are eased.
Megan Murphy – Financial Times More than five years after the financial crisis ended, a band of progressive activists gathered outside Citigroup?s New York headquarters this week, calling for the US bank to be broken up.
Posted by Yves Smith – Naked Capitalism This interview with Joseph Stiglitz is pretty subversive for a talk with a Serious Economist. Stiglitz doesn?t simply talk about the problem of inequality, but the drivers that most mainstream economists choose to… Continue Reading
By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Dec 18 2014 (IPS) – In perhaps his boldest foreign-policy move during his presidency, Barack Obama Wednesday announced that he intends to establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Robert J. Burrowes* If you hadn?t previously heard the expression ?near term human extinction?, you have now. And you will get used to hearing it soon unless you insulate yourself from reality with greater effectiveness than you are doing by… Continue Reading
By Roberto Savio* ROME, Dec 15 2014 – It is now official: the current inter-governmental system is not able to act in the interest of humankind. The U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima ? which ended on Dec. 14, two… Continue Reading
Commissioner?s Office for Human Rights – Council of Europe Strasbourg, 16/12/2014 ? ?Hungary shouldbetter ensure media freedom, combat widespread intolerance and discrimination, and improve the protection of the human rights of migrants? said today Nils Mui?nieks, Council of Europe Commissioner… Continue Reading
By Benny Avni ? Newsweek ?They were trying to get us to do the best job we could. We were told that this is very good income for the country,? said a Cuban doctor we?ll call Dr. Jose Suarez, describing… Continue Reading
Philippe Sands* – Financial Times There is a seamless trail from terrible legal opinions to Abu Ghraib Dianne Feinstein and the US Senate intelligence committee have produced a brave and damning report on torture by the CIA. It will go… Continue Reading
By Roberto Savio* ROME, Dec 13, 2014- The Swedish Social Democrat government, which took office only two months ago, has just resigned. The far-right anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats sided with the four-party centre-right opposition alliance, and new elections will be held… Continue Reading