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Protest Vote in Europe

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European Union Vote

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The Practical Choice: Not American Capitalism or ‘Welfare State Socialism’

For years Americans have assumed that our hard-charging capitalism is better than the soft-hearted version found in Canada and Europe.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE



Swiss Turn Down World’s Highest Minimum Wage

Swiss voters rejected a proposal Sunday to introduce the world’s highest minimum wage, which would have guaranteed every worker in one of the priciest nations at least $25 an hour.

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‘Friends of Syria’ Vow to Step Up Aid to Opposition

Western and Arab nations vowed Thursday to step up assistance for Syria’s moderate opposition, while the U.S. said “raw data” suggested chlorine had been used as a chemical weapon in the conflict.

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Regional Autonomy: The Answer to Ukraine’s Woes

Writing in The New York Review of Books, Anatol Lieven argues that the trend toward militarism in Ukraine is not only extremely dangerous, but pointless.

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A Real Risk of War

Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and threat to Ukraine are causing damage he perhaps did not anticipate: disorientation of the United States and profound division in Europe, especially in Germany, and in NATO. A real risk of war.

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You Can No Longer Eat American Apples in Europe. Here’s Why

Apparently an apple a day will not keep the doctor away in the U.S.

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Yearning for an Imagined Past

Wes Anderson’s characteristically whimsical “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” set in a fictitious central European nation succumbing to 1930s fascism, reflects contemporary audiences’ “half-embarrassed, half-guilty wish to know something of the great convulsions of the past,” film critic Stuart Klawans writes in The Nation.

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Corporations Weigh Risks, Opportunities of Changing Climate

For business and industry climate change brings a range of concerns—and offers plenty of new opportunities as well.

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Ukraine Debacle Threatens Europe’s Union

The issue of rightist nationalism as a threat to the European Union and the peace of the new Europe has preoccupied Europeans since 1945, when the predecessors of the EU—the West European Union and then the Coal and Steel Community—were created to assure that Nazism or some totalitarian counterpart would not again rise in Europe.

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What Do the U.S. and Europe Now Want?

Washington says, “punishment” of Vladimir Putin and his Russian government. I presume that it is not by way of war, although that risk exists as both sides demonstrate their determination and self-righteousness.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Wait a Second, Did Venice Just Vote to Secede From Italy?

While the whole world was busy talking about Crimea, something remarkable happened in Venice.

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Medea Benjamin on Her Egyptian Detention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The CodePink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she’s a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate’s Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.

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Medea Benjamin on Her Egyptian Detention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Code Pink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she’s a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate’s Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.

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Ukraine Crisis Shows Urgency of Green Energy: Russian Natural Gas Blackmail

Hawks are complaining that Europe has been insufficiently belligerent in its response to Russian moves in Crimea, blaming the declining military budgets in most European countries.

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Ukraine Between a Rock and Russia

Ukraine’s neighbors are forcing the country to play a zero-sum game in which it must choose sides without getting much in return.

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What Happens Now in Ukraine?

What did Washington expect to gain from a successful coup d’état in Ukraine?

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



Europe’s Flood Risk May Double By 2050

Extreme floods in Europe could happen almost twice as often by 2050 as they do today, scientists say, as much of the continent recovers from the severest winter in several centuries.

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What’s the U.S. Got to Do With White Supremacists in Ukraine?

Neo-Nazis have formed a large part of the protesting population in Ukraine, and the U.S. may be supporting them; somehow the large majority of Wikipedia articles have been written about Western and Southern Europe; meanwhile, has a new NSA leaker emerged? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE



Child Euthanasia Law Passes Through Parliament in Belgium

Euthanasia has been legal for adults in Belgium for a dozen years, and now the age limit on the practice is about to be lifted in that country. 

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Swiss Immigration Policy

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Western Europe’s Growing Resistance to Immigration

The immigration problem in Europe seems, to me, real but ill-understood. Switzerland is completely untypical, and comparisons with immigration in the United States are totally misleading.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Another Non-Terrorist Non-Muslim Plane Hijacker: The Sochi Plot

The Associated Press article on the Ukrainian hijacker who tried to divert a plane to Sochi on Friday is interesting for the words it does not use.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukrainians Rebel Against Russia to Join ‘Europe’

The popular Ukrainian effort to be associated with Western Europe has produced rebellion and spilled into violence.

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Meanwhile in Spain, Conservatives Are Outlawing Abortion Again

Spain’s two main political parties are playing pingpong with women’s reproductive rights.

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Ukraine President Yanukovych in the Cold

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French President Dismisses Companion Amid National Struggle Over Social Norms

The French have been shaken by François Hollande’s curt, 18-word termination of his relationship with “the woman of my life.” The whole matter has taken a significant political turn with the unexpected and noisy anti-Hollande street demonstration that followed the president’s statement. This protest was unanticipated and heterogeneous in composition and turned seriously violent.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



Ukrainian Protests Persist Despite ‘Orwellian’ Surveillance, Violence

Clashes between the Ukrainian government and demonstrators continued Friday, despite President Viktor Yanukovych offering to give a little ground. The government’s creative use of text messaging earlier in the week, not to mention violence, had something to do with the ongoing calls for regime change.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



Postwar Era Has Ended, but Not Appetite for War

It was Britain, not the United States, which took the initiative in creating a new political order and a new security system after the Second World War.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Parts of Europe ‘5°C Warmer’ by 2100

Severe temperature rises in parts of Europe by the end of the century will be accompanied by much more frequent droughts, scientists say.

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Germany’s Angela Merkel Injured in Skiing Accident

A week of news regarding German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher’s severe injuries in a ski accident has left the country (and much of the world) in suspense. Now, the German chancellor has harmed her pelvis while practicing the same sport, forcing her to step out of European politics for three whole weeks.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE


Fighting About Ukraine

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Why Are Teens Leaving Facebook in Droves?

The omni-popular social media network is losing esteem among 16- 18-year-olds in the European Union who are trying their best to disassociate themselves from the site. And the reason behind this mass exodus? Parents, of course.

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 READ MORE


Putin at the EU Door

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Putin Tears Ukraine

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Invitation for America to Go Home Is Inevitable

The Ukraine crisis and the German-American dispute over American intelligence and National Security Agency practices are without much doubt the beginning of the end of the American-dominated Europe we have known since the collapse of Communism.

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Right-Wing Extremism—It’s Not Just for the U.S.

The Syrian refugee crisis has fanned the flames of right-wing extremism in Bulgaria, signaling yet more nationalistic political sentiment in Europe. No one’s predicting a return of the 1930s rise of fascism, but the parallels are disturbing.

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Iceland Sends Four Bank Bosses to the Slammer

The onetime CEO of Iceland’s Kaupthing Bank, one Hreidar Mar Sigurdsson, is going to jail for five and a half years for his part in his firm’s downfall—which also helped his country’s economy bottom out in 2008. He’ll be in good company.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Leaves European Cities Hesitant

A number of European cities show little sign of preparing for a warmer world despite the strenuous efforts of their national governments.

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Fire Kills at Least 7 in Italian Sweatshop ‘Dormitory’

The tragedy Sunday draws spotlights to the growing problem of sweatshops in Europe exploiting immigrant laborers, just another part of the region’s struggle to handle legal and illegal immigration.

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Why Iran Deal Is Good for the Economy

As Reuters reports, the wizards of finance expect the landmark nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran to boost global growth and make us all feel a little bit richer. Here’s why.

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Ukraine Between Europe and Russia

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NSA Megalomania Accomplishes Little Beyond Alienating Allies

Do you wish your taxes spent on gathering the numbers and addressees of every phone call made and every email sent in the United States (or Europe) during the next decade? This is madness.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE



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David Cameron’s Surprise: Permanent Austerity

Back in 2010, the British PM began slashing the country’s budget on the promise that temporary cuts were necessary to reduce the deficit and right the economy. Another recession soon followed.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE



What’s in a Face?

Gay and straight men’s visages may differ in form, researchers say; cops in New Mexico have taken to administering anal exams for minor traffic breaches; meanwhile, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would divest European governments of any power to defend their citizens from big business. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Discredited Economic Theory Holds Europe in Deflationary Thrall

Why there is such iron fidelity to neoliberal austerity in the contemporary community of official, semiofficial and even academic economists? It can’t be that it works. It doesn’t work.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE


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