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Economic Growth

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 ENLARGE


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AP/Esteban Felix

In the Race to Replace Panama, a Canal Tears Nicaragua Apart

The government says the transoceanic canal will be good for the economy, but foes warn of pollution and displacement.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE


Why Is Huge Trade Deal Being Kept Secret?

The trade rules of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership between the United States and 11 Asian nations would cover nearly 40 percent of the world economy—but don’t ask what they are. Access to the text of the proposed deal is highly restricted.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Budget Battle: ‘Envy’ vs. ‘Greed’

Rep. Paul Ryan is not above name-calling, and he insists that President Obama’s budget is the product of “envy economics.”

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE

Modern Politicians Bewilder Us Into Submission by Treating Reality Like Conceptual Art

From Putin’s Russia to Cameron’s United Kingdom to Obama’s United States, information has become increasingly baffling and contradictory—which helps if you’re an oligarch trying to rob the public blind.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Lung Cancer Tops List of Cancers That Kill Women in Well-Off Countries

Here’s a sad bit of irony from the health news department: The type of cancer that’s killing the majority of women in so-called developed nations can be quite preventable in some cases—and it can come down to a matter of personal choice.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE

Austerity’s Greek Death Toll: Study Connects Strict Measures to Rise in Suicides

The harsh economic policies implemented in Greece and other countries in recent years have been shown to have a detrimental effect on mental health and well-being.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE

We’re Barreling Toward a Robot-Based Economy Where All Profits Go to the Robots’ Owners

How would you like to live in an economy in which robots do everything that can be predictably programmed in advance and almost all profits go to the robots’ owners?

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 READ MORE

Thousands of Croatia’s Poorest Citizens Just Had Their Debts Wiped Out

A program called “fresh start” began Monday in Croatia and it’s as incredible as it sounds.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE

Destructive Effects of El Niño and La Niña Could Intensify

International scientists say global warming could double the frequency of the extreme La Niña weather phenomenon that triggers floods and hurricanes.

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 READ MORE

After Months of Protests, Mexican Government Declares 43 Missing Students Dead

Mexican authorities have finally said what happened to the college students from Ayotzinapa who disappeared last September, an incident that sparked months of outrage throughout the country.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE

Does Lack of Empathy for the Poor Make You a Sociopath?

In a scathingly sardonic (and somewhat humorous) column for The Guardian, Lucy Mangan explains why those in the political class, and anyone else who has trouble understanding poverty, are despicable human beings.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE

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Enough of Germany’s Tyrannical Austerity

Years of trudging through an economic slough of despond, guarded by German warders, have left the states of the European Union’s south near to despair.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE

Russell Brand on the ‘Greek Revolution Against Corruption’ and the Fall of Capitalism

The host of the YouTube series “The Trews” takes a look at Syriza’s victory in Greece’s recent elections and considers whether capitalism has “finally crumbled.”

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Put a Name to the 80 People Who Own Half of the World’s Wealth

Some of the names on this list of the über rich will seem familiar while others may come as a surprise.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE

The Middle Class Can’t Be Saved Unless Wall Street Is Tamed

Do we really need reminding about what happened six years ago?

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE

AP/Petros Giannakouris

A 21st Century Left Rises: Syriza’s Victory and Its Relevance for the U.S. and the World

A question looms large in the wake of the Greek elections: Can democracy defeat the rule of the 1 percent?

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE

1 Want More

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 ENLARGE

Imagine Something Different

“Imagine if we did something different.” Those were just six words out of close to 7,000 that President Barack Obama spoke during his State of the Union address.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE

Climate’s Threat to Wheat Is Rising by Degrees

Worldwide field trials show that just one degree of warming could slash wheat yields by 42 million tonnes and cause devastating shortages of this vital staple food.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE

The Super Rich Own Half the World

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 ENLARGE

The World’s 1 Percent Will Own More Than the Other 99 Percent Combined by 2016

Can we please stop calling it the “wealth gap”? The figures Oxfam recently reported on global inequality can only be described as a growing abyss between the world’s über-rich and the rest of us.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE

Are Conservatives Actually Becoming More Compassionate?

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are zeroing in on inequality as America’s fundamental economic problem.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE

Why Martin Luther King Jr. Would Support Obama’s Tax on the Super-Rich

In one of his last speeches, at Grosse Point, MI., the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., laid out his next campaign, the one he died pursuing. It was not about civil rights for minorities but economic rights for “the other America.”

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE

SOTU Preview: Obama to Pitch Plan to Raise Taxes on the Wealthy

President Obama appears as though he’s not about to take the whole lame-duck thing (not to mention the Republican-lockdown-on-Congress thing) sitting down, given his outline for Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 READ MORE

mdgn /

MLK’s Call for Economic Justice

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s economic message was fiery and radical. To our society’s great shame, it has also proved timeless.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE

The World We are Shaping Is Feeling the Strain

The world risks being destabilised by human activity, scientists report, most of it the work of a wealthy minority of us.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE


Posted on Jan 14, 2015 ENLARGE

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The Deja Vu Election

I don’t believe the nation is eager to see the 2016 presidential race devolve into a contest of attrition among the tired, the shopworn, the unviable and the famously surnamed. For the moment, however, this is the direction in which history appears to be trudging.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE


Fight for Our Progressive Vision

Poll after poll shows that the American people support a progressive agenda that is not shared by the corporate media personalities who dominate the airwaves.

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 READ MORE


Economic Facts Get in the Way of Presidential Ambitions

Uh-oh. Now that the economy is doing well, what are Republicans—especially those running for president—going to complain about?

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE

The Failure of Republican Economics

Dynamic scoring is the magical-mystery math Republicans have been pushing since they came up with supply-side “trickle-down” economics.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE

Is Universal Health Care Too Radical for Americans?

Although the country’s views have progressed in terms of gay rights and race, universal health care isn’t something Americans can get used to; a company in Japan offers people weddings to themselves; meanwhile, a confession by former officer Darren Wilson’s prosecutor may be cause to reopen the Ferguson case. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE

Bankers Brought Rating Agencies ‘To Their Knees’ On Tobacco Bonds

Wall Street pressed S&P, Moody’s and Fitch to assign more favorable credit ratings to their deals and bragged that the raters complied. Now many of the bonds are headed for default.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE

Secret Santa

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 ENLARGE

Xmas Shopping

Posted on Dec 24, 2014 ENLARGE

Why We Can’t Get the Government We Want and Deserve

Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They’re wrong.

Posted on Dec 24, 2014 READ MORE

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A Win for the Cuban People

President Obama’s historic opening to Cuba is long overdue—and has a chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship’s demise.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE

Citigroup Democracy

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 ENLARGE

How Inside Traders Are Rigging America and Contributing to the Savage Inequalities of American Life

Major players on Wall Street have been making tons of money not because they’re particularly clever but because they happen to be in the realm where a lot of coins come their way.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE

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What Is Chuck Schumer Up To?

The senior senator from New York says he was surprised that nine paragraphs in a 6,600-word speech got all the attention. He shouldn’t have been.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE

NY State Official Raises Alarm on Charter Schools — And Gets Ignored

A top official in the New York State Comptroller’s Office has urged regulators to require more transparency on charter-school finances. The response has been, well, nonexistent.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE

Wall St. Cushion

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 ENLARGE

The Elizabeth Warren Speech That Has Everyone Talking

The Massachusetts senator sure won’t let big banks get away with the kind of blatant robbery other members of Congress seem perfectly happy to allow.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Jobless U.S. Males Are Deprived and Discouraged—Not Lazy

The share of unemployed American men age 25 to 54 has more than tripled since the 1960s. Many want to work, but the wages paid by what few jobs are available don’t support a desirable quality of life.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE

China Now Has the World’s Largest Economy, Not That It Wanted the Title

The time has come to ponder the implications of China overtaking the U.S. as the largest economy in the world earlier than previously projected; U.K. scientists have made a finding that could help us better treat obesity; meanwhile, perhaps what is most telling about the torture report is not what we can read, but what we can’t. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 READ MORE


A Multi-Billion Dollar Secret

If you are a public school teacher in Kentucky, the state has a message for you: You have no right to know the details of the investments being made with your retirement savings.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 READ MORE

Illustration by Donkey Hotey (CC-BY)

An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all?

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE


Why Some of the Most Conservative Republicans Are Pro-Immigration

Take, for example, studies arguing for a liberalized immigration policy by the Cato Institute, a conservative libertarian think tank started by the vast wealth of right-wingers Charles and David Koch.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE

Is College Worth the Cost?

This is the time of year when high school seniors apply to college, and when I get lots of mail about whether college is worth the cost. The answer is unequivocally yes, but with one big qualification.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 READ MORE

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