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The Race Is On to Exploit a Melting Antarctica

After more than a century of protection from exploitation by military and commercial interests, a number of countries are positioning themselves to seize greater influence in Antarctica on the day its protective treaties expire.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE


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‘Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards’: The ‘Alice in Wonderland’ World of Secret Trade Agreements

The terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trade in Services Agreement are so secret that drafts of the negotiations are to remain classified for four years and five years after the deals become law. How can laws be enforced against people and governments who are not allowed to know what was negotiated?

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE

Switzerland Votes to Narrow Immigration Pipeline From EU Countries

That old saw about Swiss independence could in part explain Switzerland’s vote, held Sunday, in favor of tightening restrictions on immigration into the country from European Union member nations.

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Richard Bitting (CC-BY)

The Russians Are Coming (or Not)

Correction: Back in 2007, a Russian official announced a scheme to build an underwater rail system linking Siberia to Alaska. Such a railway would require the longest tunnel ever built and expenditures of about $94 billion (by one estimate). More than four years later, the transcontinental railway was in the news again. (more)

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 READ MORE

U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Megan E. Sindelar

The Pirates Might Prefer Fish to Guns

Obama’s promise that the U.S. and its allies will put an end to Indian Ocean piracy had the forceful ring to it that good American citizens like to hear, but half the NATO navies aren’t going to change the desperate circumstances that turned Somalia’s fisherman into pirates.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009 READ MORE

Gary Locke

Obama Takes Another Crack at Commerce

Fourth time’s the charm? Barack Obama’s two official picks to serve as commerce secretary both had to drop out. Another candidate withdrew her name before it was ever announced. Now the president is reported to have offered the job to former Washington Gov. Gary Locke. So who is he?

Posted on Feb 24, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Another Nominee Bites the Dust

Apparently nobody wants to be President Obama’s commerce secretary. The second candidate for the post, Sen. Judd Gregg, has dropped out. The Republican senator cited “irresolvable conflicts,” including the stimulus package and the census. That’s what you get for trying to make nice with those fussy Republicans.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009 READ MORE


And Commerce Secretary Goes to ...

Bearded political renaissance man and current governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson was picked Wednesday morning to be Barack Obama’s secretary of commerce. The unsurprising move makes Richardson the latest politician drafted by Team Obama, who point to Richardson’s experience at the U.N., as governor, and as energy secretary.

Posted on Dec 3, 2008 READ MORE

Obama Settles on 3 More Cabinet Picks, Sources Say

Those famous “multiple Democratic sources close to the transition” have revealed three more members of Barack Obama’s Cabinet: Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle as secretary of health and human services, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as chief of homeland security and Obama’s billionaire buddy and top fundraiser Penny Pritzker to head the Commerce Department. Update: Pritzker is out.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008 READ MORE

Flickr / Rain Rannu

What’s a Few Trillion Yuan Between Comrades?

Instead of buying lots of new cheap things, people are busy stuffing what’s left of their money in mattresses. That has China, where the goodies come from, worried. The Chinese government has decided a stimulus is in order, to the tune of 4 trillion yuan (more than $550 billion).

Posted on Nov 9, 2008 READ MORE

Tentative Security Gains in Baghdad?

The New York Times reports that in certain areas of Baghdad, such as the Dora neighborhood in the south of the city, residents are cautiously returning to their homes and attempting to resume some semblance of normal life by taking advantage of a recent lull in violence.  How long it will last, however, remains to be seen.

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE

Follow the Taxpayer’s Money

McClatchy: “Top Commerce and Treasury Departments officials appeared with Republican candidates and doled out millions in federal money in battleground congressional districts and states after receiving White House political briefings detailing GOP election strategy.”

Posted on Aug 17, 2007 READ MORE

Dominos Theory

Posted on May 1, 2007 ENLARGE    

Manhattan submerged

Cash In on Global Warming

Why worry about preventing the climate crisis when you can profit from it? An online gambling site received more than 3,000 bets in three days on whether or when major U.S. landmarks will be flooded. Most are banking on Manhattan being underwater by 2011.

Posted on Apr 13, 2007 READ MORE

‘Super Union’ Merger in the Works

Britain’s biggest union will meet with the United Steel Workers, a North American organization, to discuss the possibility of a merger. The resulting international mega-union would be one of the largest in the world. The head of the British group has previously expressed a desire to form “a single global trade union movement capable of challenging the might of multinationals.”

Posted on Apr 5, 2007 READ MORE

Forget Big Tobacco—Big Food Kills

If we are what we eat and we eat what is advertised, then American children are facing death by junk food.

Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE

Mcdonalds and Starbucks

Starbucks Loses to McDonald’s in Coffee Smackdown

A recent taste test conducted by Consumer Reports found McDonald’s coffee to be flawless, while Starbucks’ offering was “burnt and bitter enough to make your eyes water instead of open.” The coffee giant responded with a nondenial denial: “Choosing a brand of coffee is a personal decision, as taste is subjective.”

Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE

the Internet

U.S. Loosens Grip on Internet

The Commerce Department has agreed to lessen its oversight of the Internet, a move celebrated by critics who’ve been campaigning in recent years to internationalize control of the network.

Posted on Oct 1, 2006 READ MORE

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