The Hightower Report
Here's some big news on the agricultural front this year's crop has reached the highest level ever, with an increase of 49% over last year's production!
Unfortunately, we're not talking about American corn, but the opium crop in Afghanistan. You remember Afghanistan, don't you? That's where Osama bin Laden was supposed to be headquartered, so our military pounded his Taliban backers shortly after 9/11. Even though the Bushites failed to get Osama either "dead or alive," we were told that they had conquered Afghanistan, ousted the Taliban, put a new leader in place, and set that Read more
Center for Public Integrity
Center for Public Integrity
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Center for Public Integrity Sues FCC for Broadband Records
WASHINGTON - September 26 - The Center for Public Integrity today filed suit against the Federal Communications Commission for failure to provide a database of records requested under the Freedom of Information Act.
The lawsuit alleges that the FCC has failed to provide the Center with an electronic copy of a database about the companies that provide broadband within Read more
Web Note: Canadian writer and activist Maude Barlow is a member of the Organic Consumers Association Policy Advisory Board
Stockwell Day's office has been telling journalists that it cannot comment on the minister's private meeting and that journalists should understand this. So much for accountability.
While the media were busy obsessing over rumours of a budding romance between Condoleezza Rice and Peter MacKay last week, a more significant relationship was developing behind closed doors.
Away from the spotlight, from September 12 to 14, in Read more
In a spectacle similar to the one conjured up by the U.S. Supreme Court
in 2000, a Mexican judiciary panel handed the nation's presidency to
Felipe Calderón last week. Even
The New York Times, in its circumspect way, acknowledged
that the new president-elect's narrow victory over leftist rival Andrés
Manuel López Obrador involved seemingly illegal activity by Calderón's Read more
Counterpunch Weekend Edition
There's growing concern among economists and market-savvy pundits that the global financial system is hanging by a few well-worn threads that could snap at any time. The $10.4 trillion real estate "bubble" has attracted the most attention, but the shaky derivatives market, hedge funds, and falling dollar are equally worrisome. 20 years of deregulation has created an economic monster which is increasingly unmanageable and threatens to bring down the whole system in a heap.
As Gabriel Kolko said in a recent CounterPunch article ("Why a Global Economic Deluge Looms"),
" Read more
The stately Russell Senate Office Building stands at one corner of a domestic Green Zone, just northeast of the Capitol building at the intersection of Delaware and Constitution avenues. In the past few years a maze of blockades has sprouted along the shaded avenues and curving drives of the Capitol complex. Checkpoints are patrolled by heavily armed police; guards watch for suspicious characters and prohibited items (which now include food and beverages; cans, bottles, and sprays; and bags larger than 13 by 14 inches). At the Russell Building, visitors encounter another set of barriers and Read more
"If someone can't afford to buy food, they're still a citizen and we're still responsible to them," city official Adriana Aranha in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, told me in 2000. What a concept--and one that had helped her to lift her Workers' Party to victory in municipal elections seven years earlier.
Declaring healthy food a right of citizenship in Brazil's fourth-largest city, the new administration drew together voices from labor, the church and citizen groups. Their innovations, coordinated by a new city office of food security, range from twenty-five fair-price produce stands Read more
Lured by huge checks handed out by the country's top lobbyists, members of Congress could soon strike a blow against Internet freedom as they seek to resolve the hot-button controversy over preserving "network neutrality." The telecommunications reform bill now moving through Congress threatens to be a major setback for those who hope that digital media can foster a more democratic society. The bill not only precludes net neutrality safeguards but also eliminates local community oversight of digital communications provided by cable and phone giants. It sets the stage for the privatized, Read more
A US official has warned India that bans imposed on soft drinks like Coca Cola and Pepsi could blight its hopes of attracting American investment.
Frank Lavin, under secretary for international trade, said the row was a setback for the Indian economy.
Six Indian states have announced partial or complete bans on the soft drinks after claims that the drinks contain harmful pesticides.
Both soft drinks manufacturers have said their products are safe.
Five Indian states have announced partial bans on the drinks in schools, colleges and hospitals. Read more