Court rules Michigan has no responsibility to provide quality public education

The Michigan Citizen, November 13

Detroit, MI — In a blow to schoolchildren statewide, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Nov. 7 the State of Michigan has no legal obligation to provide a quality public education to students in the struggling Highland Park School District.

A 2-1 decision reversed an earlier circuit court ruling […]

G20 commits to higher growth, fight climate change; Russia isolated over Ukraine

Reuters, By Lincoln Feast and Alexei Anishchuk, November 16

Brisbane – Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed on Sunday to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance but ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir […]

Louisiana Senate Candidates Race to Hold Lame Duck Votes On Keystone XL Pipeline

ABC News, By Arlette Saenz, November 12

After two years of inaction on the Keystone XL pipeline, it could be a Louisiana Senate run-off that finally forces Congress to vote on the measure.

The so-called Bayou Brawl was on full display on Capitol Hill Wednesday as the two candidates – Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu and […]

The real story of US coal: inside the world’s biggest coalmine

The Guardian, By Suzanne Goldenberg, November 10

In the world’s biggest coalmine, even a 400 tonne truck looks like a toy. Everything about the scale of Peabody Energy’s operations in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming is big and the mines are only going to get bigger – despite new warnings from the United Nations […]

Berlin’s digital exiles: where tech activists go to escape the NSA

With its strict privacy laws, Germany is the refuge of choice for those hounded by the security services. Carole Cadwalladr visits Berlin to meet Laura Poitras, the director of Edward Snowden film Citizenfour, and a growing community of surveillance refuseniks.

The Guardian, By Carole Cadwalladr, November 9

It’s the not knowing that’s the hardest thing, […]

Londoners to hold anti-austerity protest rally

PressTV, November 5

People in the British capital of London are preparing to stage a protest rally against the government’s austerity measures, mass surveillance programs, and human rights abuses.

The rally, organized by a group called Anonymous, is referred to as the Million Mask March, in which the participants hide their faces to protect their […]

Think Tank Memories

Renegade Economists: October 1, 2014: DOUBLETHINK TANKS, TAR SANDS, WATER & IMPERIALISM.

Michael Hudson, October 9

Karl Fitzgerald: This week on the Renegade Economists we’re joined by Professor Michael Hudson, the author of The Bubble & Beyond, Super Imperialism, and a host of other books. You can read his work at www.Michael-Hudson.com. Certainly our favourite […]

The secularists have it

The Economist, November 1

Nidaa Tounes resoundingly beats the Islamist Nahda party

In a region gripped by jihadist violence, civil war and the return of authoritarian rule, Tunisia’s parliamentary election on October 26th was an exception on many counts. Alone among the countries that saw popular revolts in the “Arab Spring” of 2011, it has […]

Japan nuclear plant gets approval to restart, over three years after Fukushima

Reuters, October 28

Tokyo – A town in southwest Japan became the first to approve the restart of a nuclear power station on Tuesday, a step forward in Japan’s fraught process of reviving an industry left idled by the Fukushima catastrophe in 2011.

Satsumasendai, a town of 100,000 that hosts the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power […]

Sweden Gives Recognition to Palestinians

New York Times, By Isabel Kershner, October 30

Jerusalem — The Swedish government on Thursday officially recognized a state of Palestine, as the new prime minister, Stefan Lofven, ignored Israeli protests and followed through on a pledge he made at his inauguration this month.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry posted a message on Twitter on Thursday […]

Pondering Putin

I have no idea of the veracity of the following. It is almost as long a read as War and Peace. If legitimate, a fascinating look at Russia’s’ world view.

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The Unattainable Illusion of Meritocracy

Naked Capitalism, By Yves Smith, October 26

I’m a big fan of Richard Bookstaber, the author of the important book A Demon of Our Own Design. And while I’m glad to see a rare new post from him, on how to deal with the matter of inequality (as in whether to deal with the problem […]

‘Bomb trains': A crude awakening for Richmond, Calif.

Local activists try to halt the shipment of explosive Bakken crude oil through their neighborhoods.

Al Jazeera, By Audrea Lim, October 24

Richmond, CA — The streets are quiet in Lipo Chanthanasak’s neighborhood on the outer edge of this city’s downtown core. Each of the small houses is painted a variation of beige and separated […]

Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

Newsweek, By Julian Assange, November 23

Eric Schmidt is an influential figure, even among the parade of powerful characters with whom I have had to cross paths since I founded WikiLeaks. In mid-May 2011 I was under house arrest in rural Norfolk, England, about three hours’ drive northeast of London. The crackdown against our work […]

EU reaches deal on CO2 emissions cut

European Union leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and set renewable energy targets.

Al Jazeera, October 24

European Union leaders have reached what they described as the world’s most ambitious climate change targets for 2030, paving the way for a new UN-backed global treaty next year.

The 28 leaders […]

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