Cross-posted at Firedoglake.
Microsoft. Google. Facebook. These firms, among others, have featured prominently in the news over the past few weeks and months. Recently, reports indicated that they have come together to demand changes to US surveillance policy, because it’s bad for business. A while earlier, reports had arisen indicating that some major US companies [...]
Chicago Tribune (& Reuters, WGN), November 29
Hundreds of protesters, including some Walmart workers who skipped their shifts on the retail industry’s busiest day, spoke, chanted and sang outside of Walmart stores around the United States, making pleas for higher wages and better healthcare for Walmart hourly workers.
In Chicago, 10 people protesting at a [...]
2013 is proving to be a hectic year for corporate lobbyists and free trade advocates, as they frantically flit, like busy bees pollinating succulent orchids, from one global free trade conference to another. And at long last, it seems that their hard work appears to be paying off.
In the last month alone world leaders [...]
Ayu Pastika, the wife of Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika, proudly shows off the endek cloth exclusively designed for US President Barack Obama.
Shame he is unable to attend APEC. China meanwhile is not party to TPP.
Guardian story here
ekathimerini story here
A-Z on how to turn a liberal democracy into a proto-fascist state-
just take away people’s food, lodging, and jobs to pay back the international bankers of the IMF.
Note the non-response by the ruling party in the linked stories.
(originally posted Sep 13)
Update1: Greece moves [...]
Common Dreams, By Sarah Lazare, September 20
Critics slam highly secretive deal as a tool for U.S. and corporate power
As Obama moves to fast-track the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), critics are blasting the highly-secretive trade deal as “NAFTA on steroids” and a tool for advancing U.S. and corporate power.
“If impoverishing working people around [...]
….people who score high on GMATs tend to be less ethical than those who do not.
Maybe I should explain. The GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) is the B-school version of the SAT. The higher you score on it, the more likely it is you can get into a top-notch business school and hock your [...]
NSA-Cyber Command head Gen Keith B. Alexander – the face that COST HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS
… US cloud services providers are going to take a pasting in European and other markets, just when things looked brighter for US information services providers. It’s a huge market that will grow substantially. But, thanks to General Alexander’s [...]
Oil spills at an oil sands operation in Cold Lake, Alberta have been going on for weeks with no end in sight, according to a government scientist.
The Toronto Star, By Emma Pullman and Martin Lukacs, July 19
Oil spills at a major oil sands operation in Alberta have been ongoing for at least six [...]
It’s long been suspected that ratings agencies like Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s helped trigger the meltdown. A new trove of embarrassing documents shows how they did it.
Rolling Stone, By Matt Taibbi, June 19
What about the ratings agencies?
That’s what “they” always say about the financial crisis and the teeming rat’s nest of [...]
Bloomberg – China’s manufacturing is shrinking at a faster pace this month, adding to stresses in the economy and financial system after interbank borrowing costs surged to the highest in seven years. Authorities will boost credit support for industries the government has defined as strategic and those that are labor-intensive, the State Council said yesterday [...]
Japanese stocks plunged by the most in 13 years on Thursday, as traders rushed to bank profits on worries that the US was poised to scale back its money printing programme and Chinese manufacturing data disappointed.
The Telegraph, By Szu Ping Chan, May 23
The Nikkei 225 index closed down 7.32pc – or 1,143.28 points [...]
A blogger named Chris Deville’s view of 2013 SXSW:
Ostensibly, attending Austin’s logo-infused music (and movie, and tech) industry sprawl South By Southwest is expensive. Count on inflated airfare to Austin, $200 a night for a downtown hotel room and hundreds of dollars for food and drinks — oh, and $625 for a badge, [...]
A UK-bound French tycoon has fanned the flames of the bitter row over the tax system by saying France is engaged in “trench warfare” against the rich and successful, and the current atmosphere was a throwback to the days of the French Revolution.
France24, By Ben McPartland, December 24
France’s town halls might not be [...]