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A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 19 April 2015 16:30

By Laura Gottesdiener

 http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175983/tomgram%3A_laura_gottesdiener%2C_another_round_of_detroit_refugees/

Unlike so many industrial innovations, the revolving door was not developed in Detroit. It took its first spin in Philadelphia in 1888, the brainchild of Theophilus Van Kannel, the soon-to-be founder of the Van Kannel Revolving Door CompanyIts purpose was twofold: to better insulate buildings from the cold and to allow greater numbers of people easier entry at any given time.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 April 2015 20:40
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The Great Game in Afghanistan (Twenty-First-Century Update) And the U.S. Is Losing Out PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 07:30

By Dilip Hiro

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175975/tomgram%3A_dilip_hiro%2C_afghanistan%27s_china_card/#more

Call it an irony, if you will, but as the Obama administration struggles to slow down or halt its scheduled withdrawal from Afghanistan, newly elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is performing a withdrawal operation of his own. He seems to be in the process of trying to sideline the country’s major patron of the last 13 years -- and as happened in Iraq after the American invasion and occupation there, Chinese resource companies are again picking up the pieces.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 18:43
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Amazon.com moves drone testing to secret Canadian location after U.S. too slow granting permits PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 07:03

 

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Photo released in 2013 of an Amazon.com test drone. The company is now testing more advanced models in British Columbia.
AP Photo/AmazonPhoto released in 2013 of an Amazon.com test drone. The company is now testing more advanced models in British Columbia.

VANCOUVER – Spurned by U.S. regulators, Amazon.com has turned to the one country where flying delivery robots are still welcome: Canada.

On Monday, the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper revealed that the online retail giant is testing its latest prototypes for package-carrying drones at a top-secret site in British Columbia.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 07:08
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Trans-Pacific Partnership Seen as Door for Foreign Suits Against U.S. PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:33
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President Obama with members of his cabinet speaking to the Democratic Governors Association. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a cornerstone of Mr. Obama’s remaining economic agenda

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WASHINGTON — An ambitious 12-nation trade accord pushed byPresident Obama would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for actions that undermine their investment “expectations” and hurt their business, according to a classified document.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership — a cornerstone of Mr. Obama’s remaining economic agenda — would grant broad powers to multinational companies operating in North America, South America and Asia. Under the accord, still under negotiation but nearing completion, companies and investors would be empowered to challenge regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings — federal, state or local — before tribunals organized under the World Bank or the United Nations.

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BEHIND THE WHITE HOUSE'S SANCTIONS AGAINST VENEZUELA PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 20 March 2015 08:11

 

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Mark Weisbrot
US News & World Report, March 18, 2015

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Since the Obama administration decided last week to impose new sanctions on Venezuela, many people, including journalists, have inquired as to what motivated them to do this. Some are curious as to the apparent incongruity between this move and the White House decision in December to begin the process of normalizing relations with Cuba. Others are wondering why the administration would do something that so obviously hurts the opposition in Venezuela, at least in the short run. The main opposition group, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), issued a statement that did not support the sanctions: “Venezuela is not a threat to anyone,” it said in response to the White House’s absurd claim that Venezuela posed an “extraordinary threat” to U.S. national security. And then there is the problem of Washington’s isolation in the hemisphere, which has certainly increased with this latest move.

The contradiction between the Venezuela sanctions and the opening to Cuba is probably more apparent than real. A majority of the U.S. foreign policy establishment has wanted to normalize relations with Cuba since at least the 1990s. There is money to be made there, and most of those interested in getting rid of the Cuban government seem to believe – correctly or not – that it will be easier to do so if the island is opened up to commercial relations with the U.S. So beginning to normalize relations with Cuba is generally consistent with the broader strategy of opposition to Venezuela and other left governments that have been elected and re-elected since 1998.

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What’s Happening To Canada? An Open Letter To Stephen Harper PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 February 2015 06:57

By Ralph Nader

19 February, 2015
Nader.org

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister:

Many Americans love Canada and the specific benefits that have come to our country from our northern neighbor’s many achievements (see Canada Firsts by Nader, Conacher and Milleron). Unfortunately, your latest proposed legislation—the new anti-terrorism act—is being described by leading Canadian civil liberties scholars as hazardous to Canadian democracy.

A central criticism was ably summarized in a February 2015 Globe and Mail editorial titled “Parliament Must Reject Harper’s Secret Policeman Bill,” to wit:

“Prime Minister Stephen Harper never tires of telling Canadians that we are at war with the Islamic State. Under the cloud of fear produced by his repeated hyperbole about the scope and nature of the threat, he now wants to turn our domestic spy agency into something that looks disturbingly like a secret police force.

Canadians should not be willing to accept such an obvious threat to their basic liberties. Our existing laws and our society are strong enough to stand up to the threat of terrorism without compromising our values.”

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U.S. May Soon Stand Alone Opposing Children’s Treaty PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 January 2015 05:37
Children walk during a sandstorm in Gao, Mali. Credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children walk during a sandstorm in Gao, Mali. Credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 23 2015 (IPS) - When the East African nation of Somalia, once described as a “lawless state”, ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) early this week, it left two countries in splendid isolation from the rest of the world: South Sudan and the United States.

South Sudan?

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015 06:59
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2015 MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 January 2015 06:47

 

 

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    On  Democracynow.org   on  Martin Luther King day  is a phenomenal recording from 1964 just before he received the Nobel Peace award

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    America Is Open for Business in Iraq (Psst... Wanna Buy an M1 Tank?) PDF Print E-mail
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    Thursday, 15 January 2015 07:46

    By Peter Van Buren

    http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175943/tomgram%3A_peter_van_buren%2C_the_military-industrial_complex_in_iraq/#more

    The current American war in Iraq is a struggle in search of a goal. It began in August as a humanitarian intervention, morphed into a campaign to protect Americans in-country, became a plan to defend the Kurds, followed by a full-on crusade to defeat the new Islamic State (IS, aka ISIS, aka ISIL), and then... well, something in Syria to be determined at a later date.

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    GMO Lawsuit: Iowa Farmers Are Suing Syngenta PDF Print E-mail
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    Posted by Joan Russow   
    Monday, 05 January 2015 19:04

    By Inquisitor January 4, 2015 http://www.inquisitr.com/1727066/gmo-lawsuit-iowa-farmers-are-suing-syngenta/ Iowa farmers are suing biotech giant Syngenta over GMO contamination which prompted China to cancel corn orders and refuse shipments. Genetically modified (GMO) corn was rejected by China last year because Beijing officials considered the genetically engineered crop strain “contaminated

    Last Updated on Monday, 05 January 2015 19:17
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