Category Archives: USA Politics and Economy

NYC: Mayor Bill de Blasio – How’s He Doing After Six Months?

How’s He Doin’? Bill de Blasio After Six Months

Saturday, 26 July 2014 –  By Danny Katch, Truthout | News Analysis

2014 726 bill fwNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in the crowd at an address on the city’s future, at the Cooper Union in NYC, April 10, 2014. (Photo: Chang W. Lee / The NY Times)

When Bill de Blasio was elected mayor of New York City last November, speculation began about whether his victory would lead to a resurgence of genuine liberalism within the Democratic Party or whether de Blasio would be unable – and perhaps unwilling – to make a sharp break with the business-first policies of his billionaire predecessor Michael Bloomberg.

Call it the Obama question. In 2008, Barack Obama was entrusted with the dreams of a generation. Six years of bank bailouts and drone bombings later, the sound of those dreams shattering on the pavement still echoes wherever a politician attempts to renew hopes about peace and equality.   Continue reading

The coming of the DEA to Guyana – commentary

The coming of the DEA

JULY 24, 2014 | BY KNEWS |  EDITORIAL 

The long awaited official United States Drug Enforcement Administration presence within these borders is a welcome departure from the intransigent posture and insipid rhetoric from officialdom to which we have become accustomed.

It is a truism that crime knows no geographic boundaries and the ease with which transnational criminal enterprises flourish in the realms of drug trafficking and money laundering bears that fact out.  The increasingly international scope of this type of criminal activity has proven complex in the face of law enforcement efforts to interdict the illicit proceeds of these crimes.

However, the uninformed among us would want to know what capacities and capabilities have been developed in consideration of the aspects of money laundering, and whether these are aggressively being investigated in a scenario where confidential information-sharing is problematic.  Continue reading

New York: Mayor de Blasio Signs Plan For Municipal ID Card Into Law

NEW YORK MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO SIGNS BILL INTO LAW FOR NYC MUNICIPAL ID CARDS

Mayor de Blasio Signs Plan For Municipal ID Card Into Law

CBS New York News report – July 10, 2014

Blasio on Thursday July 10, 2014, signed into law a plan to offer a municipal identification card to residents regardless of their immigration status.

The card, dubbed the New York City Identity Card, will be available to anyone who can prove their identity and residency in the city. It is particularly aimed at groups that are currently unable to show a form of government identification required to do things such as cashing a check, signing a lease or even entering office buildings for job interviews or public schools for parent-teacher conferences.  Continue reading

America’s refugee crisis – commentary

The surge from Central America

The child-refugee surge from Central America

America’s refugee crisis

JULY 19, 2014 · STABROEK NEWS — EDITORIAL

US immigration, legal and otherwise, has always been a barometer of the projected hopes of America’s poorer, less stable southern neighbours. After the 2008 financial crisis immigration to the US – more than half of it originating in Latin America and the Caribbean (up from one-fifth in 1970) – dipped noticeably. Since then “comprehensive immigration reform”, a subject no less divisive than Obamacare, has been a common talking point for both parties, as have debates over such niceties as whether “anchor baby” should be a pejorative term, or “touch-back” remigration required from illegal aliens seeking to regularize their status. Continue reading

BRICS countries establish alternate funds to rival the IMF

Emerging BRICS powerhouse agrees to establish US$50B bank, US$100B crisis fund

JULY 17, 2014 | BY  |  Fortaleza, Brazil – The BRICS group of emerging powers met on Wednesday with South American presidents as they justified the creation of a development bank, seen as an alternative to Western-dominated global financial organizations.

The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) held closed-door talks in Brasilia with counterparts from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and other Latin American nations.

President Donald Ramotar (3rd back) with leaders who attended the meetings in Brazil.

President Donald Ramotar (3rd back) with leaders who attended the meetings in Brazil.

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Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime

Many things have already disappeared in our lifetime… here are others:

Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime

This article is  USA oriented, but Canada & the rest will not be  far behind.   Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them.  But, ready or not, here they come.

1. The Post Office
Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

2. The Check 
Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with check by 2018.  It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks.  Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check.  This plays right into the death of the post office.  If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.   Continue reading

Twenty-First-Century Energy Wars – commentary

energy warsTwenty-First-Century Energy Wars

By Michael Klare

Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas: wherever you look, the world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts.

At first glance, these upheavals appear to be independent events, driven by their own unique and idiosyncratic circumstances.  But look more closely and they share several key characteristics — notably, a witch’s brew of ethnic, religious, and national antagonisms that have been stirred to the boiling point by a fixation on energy.

In each of these conflicts, the fighting is driven in large part by the eruption of long-standing historic antagonisms among neighboring (often intermingled) tribes, sects, and peoples.  In Iraq and Syria, it is a clash among Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, Turkmen, and others; in Nigeria, among Muslims, Christians, and assorted tribal groupings; in South Sudan, between the Dinka and Nuer; in Ukraine, between Ukrainian loyalists and Russian-speakers aligned with Moscow; in the East and South China Sea, among the Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipinos, and others.  Continue reading

LAND OF THE FREE – by Dmitri Allicock

Land of the Free

LAND OF THE FREE

By Dmitri Allicock

Onward to new world we’re bound
Renewal of life and hopes found
Dreams of pristine realities at sunrise
Rugged journey of clear azure skies
Those who sought afar from this earth
To find meaning of life within its girth
Food, shelter and liberty that we seek

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The Story of Your Enslavement – video

The Story of Your Enslavement

Uploaded on Apr 17, 2010  -We can only be kept in the cages we do not see. A brief history of human enslavement – up to and including your own.

 

 

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