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Syngenta Accused Of Racketeering

At least a dozen Arkansas farmers have joined hundreds of farmers in 19 other states in almost 800 lawsuits against Swiss seed maker Syngenta over genetically modified corn seed, a case that has been widely reported in the media. But one of the lawsuits, filed on behalf of two Newport farms, contains a previously unreported twist: an allegation that Syngenta, …

Wealth

Wealth of world’s billionaires surges past $7 trillion

The combined net worth of the world’s billionaires has reached a new high in 2015 of $7.05 trillion, according to the latest compilation published by Forbes magazine on Monday. There are a record 1,826 billionaires, each with an average wealth of $3.8 billion. Relative to last year, the world’s billionaires have increased their combined wealth by more than 10 percent, from $6.4 …

The Obamacare Challenge We Need? Improved, Expanded Medicare for All

As a primary care pediatrician who sees children of low-income families in Washington, D.C., I am reminded every day of the vulnerability of our children’s health to the ill-informed whims of our lawmakers and courts. Those children will be on my mind as I gather with others outside the Supreme Court today. Just yesterday, I saw my 16-year-old patient Mary, …

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Private Police: Mercenaries for the American Police State

“Corporate America is using police forces as their mercenaries.”–Ray Lewis, Retired Philadelphia Police Captain It’s one thing to know and exercise your rights when a police officer pulls you over, but what rights do you have when a private cop–entrusted with all of the powers of a government cop but not held to the same legal standards–pulls you over and …

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Boris Nemtsov: Death of a Russian Liberal

I BOUGHT A COUPLE OF BOTTLES OF YARPIVO IN A CHINESE-OWNED DISCOUNT STORE AROUND THE CORNER HERE IN BROOKLYN, AND POURED ONE OUT FOR NEMTSOV, WHO ENDED HIS LIFE AS A YAROSLAVL CITY COUNCILMAN. I NEVER LIKED HIM MUCH, BUT HIS MURDER WAS BRUTAL, AND FRIGHTENING — AND THE DARK FEAR IT’S BROUGHT TO MOSCOW IS VERY REAL. Nemtsov was …

The Obama Administration, Shell, and the Fate of the Arctic Ocean

Here’s a Jeopardy!-style question for you: “Eight different species of whales can be seen in these two American seas.” Unless you’re an Iñupiaq, a marine biologist, or an Arctic enthusiast like me, it’s a pretty good guess that you can’t tell me what those seas are or what those whales are either. The answer: the Chukchi Sea and the adjacent Beaufort …

Four Reasons Young Americans Should Burn Their Student Loan Papers

‘Hell No, We Won’t Go’ — 1967 ‘No Way, We Won’t Pay’ — 2015 Fifty years ago students burned their draft cards to protest an immoral war against the people of Vietnam. Today it’s a different kind of war, immoral in another way, waged against young Americans of approximately the same age, and threatening them in a manner that endangers not their …

The Federal Reserve Board’s Plan to Kill Jobs

There is an enormous amount of political debate over various pieces of legislation that are supposed to be massive job killers. For example, Republicans lambasted President Obama’s increase in taxes on the wealthy back in 2013 as a job killer. They endlessly have condemned the Affordable Care Act as a jobs killer. The same is true of proposals to raise …

Americans Turning Away From Organized Religion in Record Numbers

With fire-breathing religion figuring anew in global conflicts, and political discussions at home often dominated by the nuttery of the Christian right, you might get the sense that somebody’s god is ready to mug you around every street corner. But if you’re the type who doesn’t like to hang your hat on organized religion, here’s a bit of good news: in …

Stop Trying to ‘Fix’ the Relationship

I used to be what I like to call a “Little Miss Fix-It.” Whenever there were problems with the guy I was dating at the time, I always tried to just “fix” everything on my own. I’d try to find some neat and easy way that would fix the problem and put us back together again. Needless to say, this …