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Friday, 18 April 2014

Jim Hightower | Walmart: “Always Low Morals”

Jim Hightower, Op-Ed: Walmart de Mexico is now the largest retailer and employer in that country, an exalted status that it gained the old-fashioned way: by doling out millions of dollars in corporate bribes. With sluggish sales and a tarnished brand in the U.S., the retailing giant has been pushing hard to expand internationally, and in amazingly short time, its Mexican branch became huge, with one out of five Walmart stores presently located there.
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Real Politics Must be in the Streets: The Constitutional Crimes of Barack Obama

Dave Lindorff, Op-Ed: “They also were war criminals of the first degree for orchestrating, through lies to both the UN Security Council and the US Congress and the American people, about the alleged threat and imminence of any threat by Iraq to the US or its allies. President Obama, under the UN Charter and under US law, as the president, commander in chief, and top law officer in the nation, was bound to investigate and prosecute those crimes. Instead, he ordered that there would be no prosecutions.”
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Robert Reich | The Tinder-Box Society

Robert Reich, Op-Ed: “Austerity economics in Europe is fanning the flames, as public budgets are slashed on the false crucible of fiscal responsibility. In the United States, an anemic recovery and plunging home prices are taking a toll: a large portion of the public believes the game is rigged, and no longer trusts that the major institutions of society – big business, Wall Street, or government – are on their side.”
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Naomi Wolf | Keyboard Cops

Naomi Wolf, Op-Ed: “Microsoft, at least, belatedly dropped its support after recognizing that the law would allow the US government to force any Internet business to hand over information about its users’ online activities. But the bill is far more alarming than that. For example, “the head of a department or agency of the Federal Government receiving cyber threat information…shall provide such cyber threat information to the National Cyber security and Communications Integration Center of the Department of Homeland Security.” No actual threat need be made.”
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Lindsey Graham Helps Win Permits for $10B Nuclear Plant, Gets Rewarded With Cash

Josh Israel, News Report: “The Center for Responsive Politics ranks SCANA as Graham’s second-biggest source of campaign donations, dating back to his 1994 House of Representatives campaign. According to their tabulations, he received at least $37,725 from SCANA’s political action committee and at least $67,380 from SCANA employees over that time. Their support for Graham was relatively cheap, compared to the $260,000 the company reported spending on federal lobbying in the first quarter of 2012 alone.”
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Chatting With Chomsky

Laura Flanders, Video Interview: Noam Chomsky is a veteran of the civil rights, anti-war, and anti-intervention movements of the 1960s through the 1980s, but he has not just been watching the Occupy movement. This does not mean he is not in full support of this movement though. He has given lectures at Occupy Boston and talked with occupiers across the US showing that he is impressed by the spontaneous, cooperative communities some Occupy encampments created. A new publication from the Occupied Media Pamphlet Series has brought several of his lectures together.
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Dean Baker | The United Kingdom Does Austerity So We Don’t Have To

Dean Baker, News Analysis: “The commitment to deficit reduction was also supposed to instill confidence in business. They would see that the UK had a responsible government in power that would ensure that the debt would not get out of control. This would encourage them to invest since they could be assured that the UK had a stable future and there was no reason to fear a Greek-style debt crisis.”
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We can so Easily Create Jobs, Cut the Deficit and Revitalize Our Economy!

Dave Johnson, Op-Ed: “The path to creating millions of jobs is so easy and obvious. Hire people to modernize the infrastructure and to retrofit buildings to be energy efficient. Millions would be paying income taxes instead of receiving unemployment or food stamps. The companies that supply the materials and steel would also be hiring and paying taxes, and the companies that supply them ... and the companies that supply them. And when we are finished, the payoff to the economy from a modern infrastructure and energy efficiency will be enormous.”
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Anthony Gucciardi | Letter Shows Monsanto Planted GMOs Before USDA Approval

Anthony Gucciardi and Cassandra Anderson, News Analysis: “Did Monsanto actually plant genetically modified alfalfa before it was deregulated by the USDA? There is some shocking evidence that, until recently, was withheld from the public showing that Monsanto’s genetically altered alfalfa may have been set free in 2003 — a full two years or more before it was deregulated in 2005.”
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AT&T, Feds Neglect Low-Price Mandate Designed to Help Schools

Jeff Gerth, News Report: “A decade after the program started, AT&T was still not training its employees about the mandatory low rates, which are supposed to be set at the lowest price offered to comparable customers. Lawsuits and other legal actions in Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and New York have turned up evidence that AT&T and Verizon charged local school districts much higher rates than it gave to similar customers or more than what the program allowed. AT&T has charged some schools up to 325 percent more than it charged others in the same region for essentially the same services.”
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Bolivia Boosts Incentives for Foreign Oil Companies

Franz Chávez, News Analysis: “Almost six years after the nationalization of gas and oil reserves in Bolivia, foreign companies maintain an active presence in the sector, and the government is now offering them greater incentives to increase oil production. During the same week that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina announced the expropriation of 51 percent of shares in the oil company YPF, previously held by the Spanish corporation Repsol, the Bolivian government issued a decree that raised incentives for crude oil production from 10 dollars to 40 dollars a barrel.”
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FROM AROUND THE WEB

Syrian Unrest

‘War Crimes’ in Syria

As international envoy Kofi Annan negotiated a cease-fire in Syria, government forces raided opposition strongholds.



Rupert Murdoch

Murdoch ‘Unjustified and Partisan’

News Corp says scathing UK parliamentary report criticising its chairman exposed partisan politics within the committee.



North and South Korea

South Korea Flights Jammed Because of North Korea

Jamming signals thought to be from North Korea have affected GPS navigation on at least 250 flights.



Oil Crisis

Delta Purchases an Oil Refinery

Delta thinks refinery profit margins are too high, and they don’t feel like making refinery owners rich at their expense.


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