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Economic Nonsense: 50. Capitalism is unstable, subject to periodic crises, and should be replaced

Capitalism is not a fixed thing, but rather a process which develops and changes in response to changing conditions, and especially changing technology.  To say it is unstable is basically to say that it changes.  It is not by its nature stable.  The capitalism of the 21st century is very different from that which prevailed […]

Yemen: Children caught in the crossfire as Houthis take Aden

Nima Elbagir | (CNN) — “CNN’s Nima Elbagir visited a military hospital in Yemen now used primarily for civilians injured in Saudi airstrikes.” CNN: “Children caught in the crossfire in Yemen”

Floating wind turbine in the sky Can Power whole Villages

Dan Simmons | (BBC Click) – “The floating wind turbine that could help provide power to remote communities. The helium-filled device, known as The Bat, can adjust its height to take advantage…

Japan Now Biggest US Creditor

Japan has overtaken China as the top foreign holder of US Treasury securities, a position the country last held in August 2008. In its monthly report on bond holdings, the Treasury Department says total foreign holdings of Treasury debt dipped 0.9% in February to $6.16 trillion, down from...

Turning Point: 2015, the Year the World turned to Renewables and saved itself

By Michael T. Klare | ( Tomdispatch.com) | – Don’t hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment…

Iraqis on Social Media Fight Extremists Online

By Ahmad Mohammed | Baghdad | (Niqash.org) | – The extremist Islamic State group has worked the Internet to it’s advantage from the very start of its campaign in Iraq. Locals have…

Juan Cole: Syria, Yemen Conflicts only seem to be about Sunni-Shiite from 30,000 Feet

David Speedie | (Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs) | – David Speedie of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs interviewed me in New York on Monday. Below is…

Indonesian plane in emergency landing after bomb threat

Air traffic controller receives bomb threat via text message, forcing Jakarta-bound plane to make emergency landing.

IMF rules out Greek debt repayment extension

IMF's Lagarde says no extension to billion-euro payment due in early May, as thousands protest over spending cuts.

Jeb Bush embraces his brother’s foreign policy stands

If Jeb Bush is elected president, the United States won’t be on speaking terms with Cuba and will partner more closely with Israel. He’ll tighten sanctions on Iran and urge NATO to deploy more troops in Eastern Europe to counter Vladimir Putin. And he’ll order the U.S. military to root out “barbarians” and “evildoers” around […]

Major al Qaeda gains in Yemen

The AP says: Al Qaeda seized control of a major airport, a sea port and an oil terminal in southern Yemen on Thursday, consolidating its hold on the country’s largest province amid wider chaos pitting Shiite rebels against forces loyal to the exiled president and a Saudi-led air campaign. The story is here.

Time to Abolish Cash, says Citi Economist

The world’s central banks have a problem. When economic conditions worsen, they react by reducing interest rates in order to stimulate the economy. But, as has happened across the world in recent years, there comes a point where those central banks run out of room to cut — they can bring interest rates to zero, […]

Facts Are Your Friends -- Vaccinate Your Children

I didn't think I was going to vaccinate my children. I've always been earthy, crunchy, whatever. Fair trade? Artisanal? Free Range? I love it all. I care about what I put into my body, and when I got pregnant, I became acutely aware that my decisions affected someone else. Show More Summary

China to invest Billions in Pakistan infrastructure projects

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to unveil a $46 billion infrastructure spending plan in Pakistan that is a centerpiece of Beijing’s ambitions to open new trade and transport routes across Asia and challenge the U.S. as the dominant regional power. The plan, known as the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, draws on a newly expansive […]

Migrants 'thrown overboard' as Mediterranean toll rises

Italian police arrest 15 migrants suspected of killing other passengers, as dozens more drown in a separate incident.

Rescue Dogs Hunt for Hiker in Nepal Lost 12 Days

Hope is fading by the hour at this point, but rescue teams in Nepal say a hiker who has been missing 12 days could well be alive—assuming he merely got lost and not seriously injured in a fall. Rescuers with four trained dogs are combing the area of the...

Hunger strike for Lynch as US attorney general

Civil rights activists go on hunger strike to demand Republicans confirm the nomination of Loretta Lynch.

Migrant crisis in Mediterranean reaching epidemic levels

Clarissa Ward reports from an Italian Coast Guart vessel, part of the massive effort to rescue thousands of migrants

Italian police: Muslim migrants threw Christians overboard

Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday. Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said. The […]

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