Tens of thousands fill Spanish capital in support of Podemos, as anti-austerity message surges in polls.
Al Jazeera, January 31
Tens of thousands of people have marched in Madrid on Saturday in support of the anti-austerity party Podemos, whose surging popularity and policies have drawn comparisons with Syriza, Greece’s new leaders.
Protesters chanted “Yes we […]
Digital Journal, By Ralph Lopez, January 26
Becoming the first credentialed, well-known media insider to step forward and state publicly that he was secretly a “propagandist,” an editor of a major German daily has said that he personally planted stories for the CIA.
Saying he believes a medical condition gives him only a few years […]
AFP, January 28
Authorities in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s richest state and economic hub, have warned they are considering severe water rationing if the country’s worst drought in 80 years continues.
Officials outlined draconian plans for alternating cuts that would leave areas without water for five days at a time.
“If the rain persists in not […]
Charles Townes with wife, Frances after his sculpture was unveiled in his hometown, Greenville, SC (The Greenville News/Heidi Heilbrunn, via AP)
NYT – Charles H. Townes, a visionary physicist whose research led to the development of the laser, making it possible to play CDs, scan prices at the supermarket, measure time precisely, survey […]
Five-year offshore drilling plan to include Atlantic coast as well as Gulf of Mexico and Alaska.
Al Jazeera, By Renee Lewis, January 27
The Department of the Interior (DOI) has released a draft proposal of its five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing, which includes opening up areas of the Atlantic Ocean that have […]
originally posted Jan 23
Huffington Post, By Pavlos Tsimas, January 22
On Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in Greece when the ballots are closing and the first exit polls are released in Berlin, Brussels, Madrid, London, Frankfurt and New York, all the political and financial decision-makers — and people who assist in making such decisions […]
NYT – The veteran CNN anchor Jim Clancy has left the network after a series of Twitter messages he wrote about the terrorist attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead.
In the tweets, which were sent on the day of the attack, Mr. Clancy wrote about […]
Truthout, By Dahr Jamail, January 13
During a recent hike in Washington State’s Olympic National Park, I marveled at the delicate geometry of frost-covered ferns. White crystalline structures seemed to grow from the green leaves, encasing them in a frozen frame of temporary beauty.
Progressing further up into the mountains, I stopped to lunch and […]
Associated Press, By Maggie Michael, January 12
Cairo — An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted 26 men arrested in a televised raid last month by police looking for gays at a Cairo public bathhouse, a ruling that set off deafening cheers and jubilation inside the courtroom as some of the defendants uncovered their faces and […]
AFP, January 13
Washington DC – U.S. President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that America was committed to a “comprehensive” nuclear deal with Iran, and said that Palestinian ICC membership was not “constructive,” officials said.
“The United States is focused on reaching a comprehensive deal with Iran that prevents Iran from acquiring […]
The Globe And Mail, By Sean Fine, January 11
Toronto – Canadians need to gird for a long battle against terrorism while maintaining their unity and not singling out any religious groups for blame, Mayor John Tory and federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver told several hundred people demonstrating on a cold Sunday afternoon at Nathan […]
Al Arabiya News/AP/AFP, January 12
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Monday said 10,000 security forces will be mobilized throughout the country, with 5,000 policeman deployed to protect Jewish schools.
Cazeneuve said the deployment will begin Tuesday, and will focus on the most sensitive locations, the Associated Press reported.
Meanwhile, one of the three gunmen […]
–CNN Coverage and many pictures of the rally in Paris at the usual news links.
Two million marched across France. Update: At least 3.7 million marched in Paris alone.
Netanyahu, recognizing an opportunity, was in the line at the head of the march with Hollande, Cameron, Merkel, and Mahmoud Abbas for the photo […]
Climate Progress, By Claire Moser, January 7
In what is being described as a fundamental shift in how the coal industry does business, over 40 percent of all coal produced in Wyoming is now being first sold not to a power plant or a utility, but to a subsidiary of the same company that mined […]
The radical Islam movement shares some things in common with the radical Reactionaries in America. Among them is the promotion of fear as a way to both unify and discipline those who would nominally identify superficially with their cause.
To-wit, let me bring in Juan Cole: