Category Economic-Corruption

Trump’s appointment of several billionaires to cabinet raises questions – Xinhua | English.news.cn

Trump’s appointment of several billionaires to cabinet raises questions – Xinhua | English.news.cn – As the brash businessman prepares to take office, he is busy putting together a cabinet that includes a few billionaires, including now former Exxon CEO and incoming secretary of state Rex Tillerson. “I think there is some legitimate criticism about billionaires […]

Apaches Rally At Capitol, Vowing To Continue Fighting For Sacred Oak Flat ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

The area known as Oak Flat is part of Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, and the Apache have used it for generations in young women’s coming-of-age ceremonies. In 1955, President Dwight Eisenhower removed it from consideration for mining activities in recognition of its natural and cultural value. But in December 2014, during the final days of […]

World’s Nuclear Waste Could Be Headed Down Under

Senator Sean Edwards of the state of South Australia is advocating for his state to develop facilities to handle other nation’s nuclear waste… for a cost of course. South Australia makes up essentially the middle third of the southern half of that country, an area which is sparsely populated, but well-off. A good analogy in […]

How the Leaked TPP ISDS Chapter Threatens Intellectual Property Limitations and Exceptions » infojustice

State-to-state dispute settlement is an important check and balance in the process that reduces litigation. Governments are more wary litigators than many companies. The reasons are many – governments seek to maintain complex diplomatic relations, they are loathe to take on the costs of litigation, and since they must live by the rules their own […]

Company at Center of “Debtors’ Prison” Case Accused of Racketeering | Mother Jones

The suit also goes after the current contract between Clanton and JCS, alleging that their relationship violates Alabama law, which forbids city courts from charging individuals extra money for being on probation. Since 2009, Clanton has contracted with JCS to manage its pay-only probationers (individuals who are only on probation because they can’t pay their […]

Canada’s First Nations are paying a high price for our dirty tar sands fix

The migrating birds died, as have many thousands of others before them. The Alberta Energy Regulator reported 122 deaths last week, a total that made headlines across Canada—not because it was particularly shocking, but because it’s a reminder that despite years of concern and millions of dollars in fines, the tar sands mining companies are […]

EXCLUSIVE: Emergency Committee for Israel Spends Big on Rep. Cotton « LobeLog

According to newly released FEC filings, Cotton received $960,250 in supportive campaign advertising in the last month from the Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI), a right-wing group headed by the neoconservative pundit, Bill Kristol, who infamously predicted that the Iraq war would last two months. At its inception, the ECI was based out of the same Washington office as the Committee of the Liberation of Iraq, a pressure group […]

APD to buy 350-plus AR-15 rifles | KOB.com

The investigative team at KOB Eyewitness News 4 learned that Albuquerque Police awarded a bid to a local vendor for the purchase of AR-15 rifles — the type of gun used to kill James Boyd in the foothills in March.According to the request for bid, which ended two weeks ago, the department would likely purchase […]

Probe of FBI agent leads to release of convicted drug dealers from prison – The Washington Post

In addition, several suspects awaiting trial on drug charges and a man convicted but not yet sentenced have also been freed. Officials said more cases­ that could involve the agent are under scrutiny, including one involving 21 defendants.None of the suspects or felons have had their charges dropped or convictions overturned. Most are on home […]

Drilling In ANWR Likely To Resurface If GOP Wins Congress

Republicans have long eyed the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ANWR and Outer Continental Shelf OCS as a potential energy jackpot. As the GOP sees it, the aggressive protection of ANWR’s fragile ecosystem prevents it from becoming a fully participating resource in the country’s energy security. In 2008, the issue divided the party when then-presidential […]

VIDEO: Big Brother 3.0: FBI Launches Facial Recognition Program

Civil rights and privacy watchdogs have criticized the program for its invasive—and inaccurate—tactics. The system, a billion-dollar investment that has been in development with Lockheed Martin for three years, was found to identify the wrong individual 20 percent of the time, a statistic which increases over time and as the database expands, the Electronic Frontier […]

Urban Shield reignites militarization debate in Oakland | Al Jazeera America

Urban Shield is a four-day event that brings together law enforcement agencies from around the world — including Israel, Bahrain, Qatar, Brazil, Guam, South Korea and Singapore. A two-day trade show featuring the latest in policing and surveillance technology is followed by two days of emergency-preparedness training exercises throughout the Bay Area. The event began […]

$1 Trillion Trove of Rare Minerals Revealed Under Afghanistan – Yahoo News

Afghanistan, a country nearly the size of Texas, is loaded with minerals deposited by the violent collision of the Indian subcontinent with Asia. The U.S. Geological Survey USGS began inspecting what mineral resources Afghanistan had after U.S.-led forces drove the Taliban from power in the country in 2004. As it turns out, the Afghanistan Geological […]

How the US’s terrorism watchlists work – and how you could end up on one | World news | theguardian.com

Yet the ease with which someone can be placed on US watchlists and terrorism databases contrasts markedly with the impact placement has. A long-withheld document published on Wednesday by the Intercept detailing the guidelines for placement shows that the standards for inclusion are far lower than probable cause, and the ability for someone caught in […]

Iowa Legislator Pleads Guilty to Taking Bribes from #RonPaul’s Campaign | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Sorenson admitted to Justice Department prosecutors that he accepted a total of $73,000 in bribes from Paul’s campaign and lied about it to investigators. In the plea agreement, Sorenson said he received the money in large checks and $8,000 monthly installments from October to December 2011, when he was still named Bachmann’s state chairman, and […]

PressTV – US police force have become militarized: Analyst

Press TV has conducted an interview with Scott Rickard, former American intelligence linguist from Orlando, about American protesters once again taking to the streets in Missouri, demanding justice for an unarmed black teen killed by a white policeman and an end to racial discrimination.What follows is an approximate transcription of the interviewPress TV: Mr. Rickard, […]

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