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Trump University fraud allegations raise questions over his suitability as US president PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 09 May 2016 10:23

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/07/trump-university-fraud-allegations-raise-questions-over-his-suit/

 

It was billed as the chance to become the new Donald Trump, the opportunity to follow in the mogul’s footsteps and make a fortune in property.

According to one estimate, 7,000 students thought this was a good idea and signed up for a course at “Trump University” where, they hoped to learn the investment secrets of “the most celebrated entrepreneur on earth”.

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American Power Under Challenge Masters of Mankind (Part 1)and 2) PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 09 May 2016 07:06

American Power Under Challenge Masters of Mankind (Part 1)
By Noam Chomsky

This piece, the first of two parts, is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World?politan Books.  Part 2 will be posted on Tuesday morning.

When we ask “Who rules the world?” we commonly adopt the standard convention that the actors in world affairs are states, primarily the great powers, and we consider their decisions and the relations among them. That is not wrong. But we would do well to keep in mind that this level of abstraction can also be highly misleading.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 17:27
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Bernie Heads to the Vatican PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 09 April 2016 16:32

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> The senator from Vermont will speak about creating a “moral economy.”

Brian Frank / Reuters

 

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Updated April 8, 4:30 p.m. EST

A socialist, Jewish, “not particularly religious” senator from Vermont will soon make his debut at the Vatican. On Friday, Bernie Sanders announced that in a week or so, he will be speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, a scholarly body that’s part of Catholic Church in Rome.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 April 2016 16:31
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Portland, Ore. to Sue Monsanto for 'Favoring Profits Over Ecological and Human Health' PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 March 2016 07:36

City council passed resolution allowing city attorney to take legal action

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Walkers and bikers next to the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo: Ian Sane/flickr/cc)

Portland, Oregon's city council on Wednesay voted unanimously to authorize City Attorney Tracy Reeve to sue Monsanto for contaminating water bodies within the city with PCBs.

"Portland's elected officials are committed to holding Monsanto accountable for its apparent decision to favor profits over ecological and human health," Reeve said in a statement.  "Monsanto profited from selling PCBs for decades and needs to take responsibility for cleaning up after the mess it created," she said.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 March 2016 07:39
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America the Possible: A Manifesto, Part 1 &2 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 27 February 2016 15:44

America the Possible: A Manifesto, Part 1 &2

by JAMES GUSTAVE SPETH

https://orionmagazine.org/article/america-the-possible-a-manifesto-part-ii/

 

Illustration: Gary Waters
Illustration: Gary Waters

Part one of two. Part two was published in the May/June 2012 issue.

like you and OTHER AMERICANS, I love my country, its wonderful people, its boundless energy, its creativity in so many fields, its natural beauty, its many gifts to the world, and the freedom it has given us to express ourselves. So we should all be angry, profoundly angry, when we consider what has happened to our country and what that neglect could mean for our children and grandchildren.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 February 2016 15:51
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Two, Three... Many Flints America’s Coast-to-Coast Toxic Crisis PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 February 2016 08:05

By David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz

“I know if I was a parent up there, I would be beside myself if my kids’ health could be at risk,” said President Obama on a recent trip to Michigan.  “Up there” was Flint, a rusting industrial city in the grip of a “water crisis” brought on by a government austerity scheme.  To save a couple of million dollars, that city switched its source of water from Lake Huron to the Flint River, a long-time industrial dumping ground for the toxic industries that had once made their home along its banks.  Now, the city is enveloped in a public health emergency, with elevated levels of lead in its water supply and in the blood of its children.

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Revolving Doors: Monsanto and the Regulators PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 January 2016 15:47

by Jennifer Ferrara

http://www.psrast.org/ecologmons.htm

The Ecologist September October 1998 (This edition was trashed by the printing office after threats from Monsanto) {footnotes are missing}

Traditionally, key figures at the FDA in particular have either held important positions at Monsanto, or are destined to do so in the future. Is it surprising therefore that Monsanto gets clearance frr its often dangerous products?

Though the evolution of genetic engineering from a laboratory science to a method of creating commercial products happened very fast - within a decade - the US government saw the commercialization of biotechnology coming and deliberately chose a path that has amounted to nonregulation. Genetic engineering broke through natural barriers of reproduction and sped up plant and animal breeding processes, but agribusiness corporations were wary that burdensome regulations would hinder new discoveries and therefore the commercial development of the technology. The federal government took up industry's cause. Instead of establishing strict, precautionary regulations that gave priority to public and environmental health, the government patched together an inadequate regulatory system that relied on risk assessment, industry science, and corporate volunteerism.

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America Revisits the Dark Side Candidates Compete to Promise the Most Torture and Slaughter PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 07 January 2016 10:10


By Rebecca Gordon

https://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176087/tomgram%3A_rebecca_gordon%2C_american_war_crimes%2C_yesterday%2C_today%2C_and_tomorrow/#moreThey’re back!

From the look of the presidential campaign, war crimes are back on the American agenda. We really shouldn’t be surprised, because American officials got away with it last time -- and in the case of the drone warscontinue to get away with it today. Still, there’s nothing like the heady combination of a “populist” Republican race for the presidency and a national hysteria over terrorism to make Americans want to reach for those “enhanced interrogation techniques.” That, as critics have long argued, is what usually happens if war crimes aren’t prosecuted.

In August 2014, when President Obama finally admitted that “we tortured some folks,” he added a warning. The recent history of U.S. torture, he said, “needs to be understood and accepted. We have to as a country take responsibility for that so hopefully we don’t do it again in the future.” By pinning the responsibility for torture on all of us “as a country,” Obama avoided holding any of the actual perpetrators to account.

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Youth Sue Obama Administration For Allowing Climate Change, Violating Constitutional Rights PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 August 2015 13:21

"We have a moral obligation to leave a healthy planet for future generations."

Twenty-one young people from around the country filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Tuesday accusing the federal government of violating their rights by contributing to climate change through the promotion of fossil fuels.

The plaintiffs, who range in age from 8 to 19, filed their complaint in U.S. District Court in Oregon. The complaint lists numerous defendants, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency"Defendants have for decades ignored their own plans for stopping the dangerous destabilization of our nation's climate system," the plaintiffs said in their complaint, which was filed with the help of the Oregon-based nonprofit Our Children's Trust"Defendants have known of the unusually dangerous risk of harm to human life, liberty, and property that would be caused by continued fossil fuel use and increase [carbon dioxide] emissions."

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Delusionary Thinking in Washington The Desperate Plight of a Declining Superpower PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 28 May 2015 08:57

By Michael T. Klare

https://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176003/tomgram%3A_michael_klare%2C_superpower_in_distress/#more

Take a look around the world and it’s hard not to conclude that the United States is a superpower in decline. Whether in Europe, Asia, or the Middle East, aspiring powers are flexing their muscles, ignoring Washington’s dictates, or actively combating them. Russia refuses to curtail its support for armed separatists in Ukraine; China refuses to abandon its base-building endeavors in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia refuses to endorse the U.S.-brokered nuclear deal with Iran; the Islamic State movement (ISIS) refuses to capitulate in the face of U.S. airpower. What is a declining superpower supposed to do in the face of such defiance?

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 May 2015 15:42
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