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Guardian published a stunning new chapter in the saga of NSA whistleblowers on Sunday, revealing a new key player: John Crane, a former assistant inspector general at the Pentagon who was responsible for protecting whistleblowers, then forced to become one himself when the process failed.
Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 3:36PM
Class War 03/2016: IRAQ 1991 – Class war and bourgeois containment
It was a quarter of a century ago, on March 7th, 1991, when the proletarian uprising in Iraq against war showed to the world proletariat the only way forward to eliminate wars forever. As always, on the other side of the social barricade, all the global forces of Capital acted as one body to liquidate the autonomy of our class.
Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 8:49AM
An Anarchist Take on the Trump Campaign
As of this writing, there is no obvious path to the White House for Donald Trump. As Harry Enten recently pointed out, Trump's strong unfavorability rating (not his unfavorability rating, his strong unfavorability rating) stands at 53%, a full 16 points ahead of Hillary Clinton's heroic-in-its-own-right 37%. While some combination of electoral fraud and liberal third party candidate could conceivably send Trump to the Oval Office, if the election were to be held today he would lose.
Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 5:26PM
38 Arguments Against TTIP
TTIP (Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership) agreement continues an old thinking instead of everyone sharing in the profits of a few. The ISDS (Investor-State-Dispute Settlement) private arbitration courts enable corporations to sue states and could have a chilling effect on labor and environment protection. The German Judges Union called the agreement unnecessary and the additional protection of foreign investors "nonsense." The Alternative Trade Mandate worked out by 50 European NGOs...
Posted: Mon May 9, 2016 6:08AM
White House Acts on Corruption and Tax Evasion in Wake of Panama Papers
The Obama Administration announced actions to combat money laundering, corruption and tax evasion. In April, the "Panama Papers" leak exposed how "anonymous shell corporations" facilitate crime and corruption.
Posted: Fri May 6, 2016 11:48AM
Eminent Domain for the Gardeners
Progressive Council Could Support Civil Action
Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:05AM
Argentina Returns to Bond Market after Debt Settlement
Argentina returns to the bond market after 15 years with access to limited international financing.
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:41AM
Academic Peer Review: Simon Springer and ‘Anarcho-Geography.’
Recently Simon Springer attended a Geography conference in San Francisco, he met with like minded anarchists and anarcho-geographers. His general symposium was in regards to his recent essay, "Fuck Neo-liberalism." A resilient researcher, author and essayist on the subject of neo-liberalism, anti-capitalism, anarchist and anarcho-geographic theory, I felt that a peer review was necessary to help local anarchists understand his theories, and the somewhat recent exchange between he and David Ha...
Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:01PM
House Republicans Convene to Discuss Puerto Rico Legislation
Speaker Paul Ryan is holding a special meeting with Republicans to discuss the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). Ahead of the Republican special session, the religious development group Jubilee USA sent a letter from its executive director advocating passage with key changes.
Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:37AM
IMF Puts Spotlight on Puerto Rico Debt Crisis as Congress Debates Solutions
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will categorize Puerto Rico as its own entity in its economic database for the first time. Puerto Rico is in the midst of a significant debt crisis but is not eligible for IMF assistance because it is not a country.
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:12AM
Puerto Rico Archbishop Invites Prayers for Congress, Creditors and Political Leaders
As Congress introduces legislation to address Puerto Rico's financial crisis, San Juan's Catholic Archbishop is inviting prayers that all "work together to find a solution to the crisis that respects the rights and dignity of all sides."
Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:35PM
Tax Havens: Threat for Public Budgets
The common good is abused. The struggle against tax havens is a struggle for the rule of law and democracy. Apple, Google, Amazon, Boeing, GE and scores of other corporations shift tens of billions to the Cayman Islands, Delaware, Switzerland and Lichtenstein. According to a 2013 article, one building in Wilmington, Delaware has 285,000 mail box firms. Corporations seem to have rights without responsibilities. Trust and public spirit are replaced by cynicism and resignation when corporation...
Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:34AM
How Much State Does the Social Market Economy Need?
The use of property is only legitimate within the limits of the public interest. Whoever takes a risk must bear it and be liable for the losses. The state has the political task of laying down effective rules for risk assessment, liability and providing transparency. Distributive battles intensify in times of dwindling growth.
Posted: Thu Apr 7, 2016 4:23AM
Puerto Rico Congressional Negotiations Intensify
The House Committee on Natural Resources is poised to release the newest draft of Puerto Rico legislation amid tense negotiations.
Posted: Wed Apr 6, 2016 3:17PM
"Panama Papers" Release Highlights Need for US Shell Company Legislation
More than 11 million leaked documents from a major Panama-based "off-shore" law firm reveal how the global financial system enables corruption and tax evasion.
Posted: Mon Apr 4, 2016 1:26PM
Politics in the Age of Acceleration and Sharing
Why do international crises always come over us so suddenly, seemingly without any signal? This happens because we consistently ignore all the signs. We want to know everything in real time-and miss the big connections. No one worried whether or not the risks on the exchanges could be too great. No one took seriously the early warnings of economists Robert Shiller and Joseph Stiglitz. While they warned of the crash, the Red-Green German government blithely continued deregulating. Whoever...
Posted: Mon Apr 4, 2016 4:34AM
The Panama Papers: Biggest Data Leak Exposing The Rich & Powerful
The Panama Papers: Biggest Data Leak Exposing The Rich & Powerful Journalists have exposed the hidden world of how drug dealers, and the rich and powerful hide their money and assets, in what are known as The Panama Papers!
Posted: Sun Apr 3, 2016 5:30PM
Legal Support Needed at the RNC in Cleveland
The 2016 Republican National Convention is being held in Cleveland July 18 - 21. This one's going to be a little different.
Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:50AM
Capitalism as a Religion
"Capital is the only god that the whole world knows, sees, touches, smells, tastes and excites all our senses. it is the only god that doesn't encounter any atheists" (Paul Lafargue's little known genial satire "Religion of Capital" from 1887. Trust in the "invisible hand" is a trust in a religion that has a money god. Capital and its multiplication claim an all-determining authority. Only an enlightenment about the economy with the means of religion helps against a capitalism as religion. ...
Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:16AM
Report Questions Florida Payday Lending Rules
A new report by the Center for Responsible Lending says “payday” lending fees cost Florida residents $2.5 billion over the past decade.
Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:03AM