With her unemployment benefits coming to a halt, Miriam Cintron is forced to make a difficult choice between health insurance and daily expenses.
Well, Congress just shot down the potential audit of the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank. Geez. Every individual, every business, every corporation and bank has to submit a financial disclosure to the federal govt, but the FED gets off the hook again.
Charade: noun, an absurd pretense intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance: talk of unity was nothing more than a charade. The plan was to get the financial reform bill "done" by last weekend so that Barack Obama, the US president, could pull it out of the his back pocket at the G20 meeting in Canada to demonstrate American "leadership" on an issue the whole world is legitimately worried about: the real prospect of an even more serious global economic collapse.
Oliver Stone's documentary South of the Border--about Venezuela and its President Hugo Chávez--was trashed in the New York Times in a feature story by correspondent Larry Rohter. Rohter complained the film was full of mistakes--but supporters of the film point out that he made far more errors in his brief article. Here, Gregory Wilpert, co-founder of the Venezuelanalysis.com Web site, responds to attack on the film and on his particular role in it.
The failure of Congress to pass a bill containing Medicaid relief to the states and jobless benefit extensions to millions of long-term unemployed workers ensures that the social crisis will intensify in the coming weeks and months. The decision will result in a new wave of foreclosures, evictions, homelessness, and hunger, while states will be compelled to further slash social spending.
President Barack Obama today signed into law the latest collection of sanctions against Iran as passed by the Congress, praising them as the “toughest ever” and vowing that they would make it harder for Iran to modernize its oil sector.
No member of the House has been a harsher critic of the abuses of big banks and Wall Street that Ohio Democrat Marcy Kaptur. No member of the House has been more on-target in his condemnations and her calls for reform. During the bank bailout fight of 2008, Kaptur became a national folk-hero as millions of Americans clicked on YouTube videos of her ripping the bankers who had come to Congress looking for handouts. "The crimes of Wall Street will make Watergate look like penny ante theives," she declared. In particular, Kaptur condemned the bailout for failing to protect families facing foreclosure.
The Israeli armed aircrafts bombed shortly after midnight a number of sites in the southern Gaza Strip and the north without reported casualties.
Kartik Athreya, senior economist for the Richmond Fed, has written a paper condemning economic bloggers as chronically stupid and a threat to public order.
The New Eurasian worldview is the inevitable outcome of the search for a viable alternative to a world dominated by the United States and Western Europe. A search for a new vision of life and society suited to the needs of a new century unencumbered by the West’s sterile materialistic values and egocentricity.
Christopher King argues that Russia under the leadership of President Dmitriy Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has enormous potential for setting a course toward a positive future with Europe. The notion of Russia offering freedom and security to Europe will appear odd to most Europeans and laughable to Americans. Nevertheless, there are influential Europeans who recognize Europe’s big problem and would like a solution. Europe’s big problem is that its interests have been subordinated to America’s ruling class by politicians such as Anthony Blair, the most obvious among them, who is being well paid for his subversive activities.
Israel’s botched raid against the Gaza-bound humanitarian flotilla on May 31 is the latest sign that Israel is on a disastrous course that it seems incapable of reversing. The attack also highlights the extent to which Israel has become a strategic liability for the United States. This situation is likely to get worse over time, which will cause major problems for Americans who have a deep attachment to the Jewish state.
The Web Bot technology is now predicting a 1.289+ billion mega-death resulting from an “ill-wind” and the BP Gulf oil disaster. Researcher Clif High has published a prediction expecting a ‘tipping point’ around November 8, 2010 into global nuclear war, triggered by a mistaken Israeli-influenced attack on Iran that could come anytime after July 11, 2010.
The electronic ether is crackling with rumors of suspected collateral damage from the BP Gulf Oil catastrophe. A Youtube video purports to show rain falling in Louisiana, streaking the earth with a Deepwater Horizon sheen of oil. In Tennessee, near the Big River, TV news reports bird deaths and damage to all kinds of plants, bearing scars of an unidentified toxin. Widespread crop damages.
The violence and repression carried out this past weekend by the authorities in Toronto, where the G20 summit was taking place, was worthy of a police state. An army of security officers, both in uniform and undercover, took over the downtown portion of Toronto, a major world city, creating conditions of “martial law,” in the words of a columnist for the right-wing Toronto Sun.
Current levels of Earth's atmospheric carbon dioxide may be high enough to bring about "irreversible" shifts in Arctic ecosystems, according to new research published today by scientists from the United States, Canada and The Netherlands.
Methane at 100,000 times normal levels have been creating oxygen-depleted areas devoid of life near BP's Deepwater Horizon spill, according to two independent scientists. Scientists are confronting growing evidence that BP's ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is creating oxygen-depleted "dead zones" where fish and other marine life cannot survive.
For the third time in three weeks, Republicans in the Senate on Wednesday successfully filibustered a bill to continue providing unemployment checks to millions of people.
The US news media radically changed how it reported on the issue of waterboarding after it emerged that US forces had used the practice, says a new study from Harvard University.
If scientists were to compare the DNA of Republican congress-critters and of oil corporations, I'll bet they'd find that they match perfectly. After all, the two species have identical political instincts and seem to have a natural affinity for each other — so I'm pretty sure they sprang from the same genetic pool.
Nearly one out of every three U.S. home sales in the first quarter was a foreclosure property as steep price discounts boosted demand for distressed real estate, RealtyTrac said in a new report on Wednesday.
The federal debt will represent 62% of the nation's economy by the end of this year, the highest percentage since just after World War II, according to a long-term budget outlook released today by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.
Kagan has never been a judge and she hasn't published very many academic law opinions. As a result, the confirmation process is leaning heavily on her counsels to President Bill Clinton as a White House adviser, her clerkship with legendary liberal Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and her stint as Dean of Harvard Law School.
The Association of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed Peoples (MAZLUM-DER) stated during a press conference on Monday that Israeli commandos shot at activists on the Mavi Marmara from their helicopters, according to autopsy reports.
Scientists say radiation from the scanners has been underestimated and could be particularly risky for children. They say that the low level beam does deliver a small dose of radiation to the body but because the beam concentrates on the skin - one of the most radiation-sensitive organs of the human body - that dose may be up to 20 times higher than first estimated.
House Democratic support for the war in Afghanistan has eroded to a point where President Barack Obama is now so reliant on Republican votes that he’s backtracking from his own party’s efforts to add new education funding to avert teacher layoffs.
During the softball questioning of Supreme Court shoo-in Elena Kagan, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, didn’t ask Kagan about her history of animosity toward the Bill of Rights — in particular her belief that the government can ban both guns and freedom of speech — but instead pitched her a question about Twilight Saga: Eclipse, a new film based on the vampire novels of Stephenie Meyer.
A Missouri VA hospital is under fire because it may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to life-threatening diseases such as hepatitis and HIV. John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis has recently mailed letters to 1,812 veterans telling them they could contract hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) after visiting the medical center for dental work, said Rep. Russ Carnahan. Carnahan said Tuesday he is calling for a investigation into the issue and has sent a letter to President Obama about it.
Forced expulsion, revocation of residency rights, excessive taxation, mass house demolition, recurrent land seizure and bulldozing Arab property. These are some of the main components of Israel's latest aggressive campaign to rid East Jerusalem of its Arab demographics and identity. Judaising, by any and all means, the occupied Arab city that Israel seized from Jordan in 1967 is Israel's way of undermining any semblance of efforts towards peace, vanishing the two-state solution...
A long, brutal year after the June 28, 2009, military coup that deposed President Manuel "Mel" Zelaya, official Honduras is collapsing under the weight of its own illegitimacy. On the anniversary of the coup, the opposition took over the nation’s highways and bridges in overt resistance to Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo’s new government, while his own appointees are openly defiant of the slightest concession. The Obama administration, meanwhile, remains insistent that Lobo is the only path forward.
Boehner, the top Republican lawmaker in the House, said "We're all living a lot longer than anyone ever expected," The GOP leader said Social Security was the most important entitlement to reform, though he also pledged Republicans would bring legislation to the floor to repeal and replace the healthcare reforms passed earlier this year if the GOP wins back control of the House this fall.
US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron met this weekend during the G20 summit in Canada to discuss the ongoing crisis in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the BP oil spill. The goal of the meeting, however, was not to coordinate cleanup and recovery efforts, but to once again give a US and UK government guarantee of the profits of BP.
In Congress on Monday, Rep. Dennis Kucinich told it straight on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: billions of dollars "gone missing," as in stolen, by warlords, drug lords, corrupt government officials "underwritten by the lives of our troops." While people at home lose jobs, homes, savings, schooling, pensions, hope.
When it was confirmed last winter by then-Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair that the Obama administration had authorized the assassination of American citizens working with terrorist groups overseas, it appeared that no more than three Americans were being targeted in this manner.
In Afghanistan, corruption is rife. It is so abundant, in fact, that a senior US lawmaker declared on Monday that she'd be freezing $3.9 billion in Afghan aid dollars until the situation is addressed. Rep. Nita Lowey's declaration of principle was made in response to a Wall Street Journal report that claimed over $3 billion has been legally shipped through the airport in Kabul over just the last three years, leading investigators to believe much of it comes from U.S. aid dollars being diverted by corrupt officials.
For American taxpayers, now on the hook for some $145 billion in housing losses connected to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, that amount could be just the tip of the iceberg.
FACEBOOK HAS DELETED BOYCOTT BP, LEAVING ALMOST 800,000 FANS HANGING... As recently as 30 minutes ago, Facebook has removed the main "Boycott BP" from it's page. With it, it leave almost 800,000 fans hanging.
Evidence strongly indicates Tillman was murdered to prevent him from becoming an anti-war icon. A new documentary set to hit the big screen this summer lifts the lid on the cover-up behind the death of Pat Tillman, the pro-football star who gave up a lucrative career to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq before preparing to return to the U.S. as an anti-war icon, at which point he was killed in a so-called friendly fire incident that more closely resembled a deliberate assassination.
Decades after torture allegations were first leveled against former Chicago police commander Jon Burge, a federal jury has found him guilty of lying about torturing prisoners into making confessions. Burge has long been accused of overseeing the systematic torture of more than 100 African American men.
Millions of U.S. Taxpayers Dollars Fund Fabricated Rwanda Genocide and Asylum Cases On June 24, 2010, U.S. agents in Manchester, New Hampshire arrested Rwandan genocide survivor Beatrice Munyenyezi, a Hutu and a U.S. citizen since 2004. Charged with lying on her immigration documents to conceal her alleged major role in genocide in Rwanda, Ms. Munyenyezi is also charged with rape as a war and genocide crime. Meanwhile, a federal prosecutor for the case is known for misconduct, falsification of evidence and perjury. Is it a crime to have a Facebook profile? Is it a crime to use a computer?
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