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Economic Update – “Puerto Rico’s Crisis is Systemic” – 09.04.16

“US income inequality vs rest of world, Europe exposes Apple Corp’s tax evasion; TTP and TTIP face rising opposition; even Martin Wolf sees capitalism’s contradiction with democracy. Interview with Prof Ian Seda on Puerto Rico’s economic/colonial crisis.” Download this episode (right click and save)

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Reynard Loki – 10 of the Great World Heritage Sites That Could Be Destroyed by Climate Change

An alarming new report finds that climate change is a major threat to several of the world’s most popular tourist attractions. From mountains, jungles, cedar forests and ice fjords to towns, ports, beaches, ruins and statues, no site is safe from the wide-ranging impacts of man-caused climate change. Released by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the United …

“If You Are Not Building a Nation, Then What the Fuck Are You Doing?” by Yves Smith

Yves here. Earlier this week, we features a post from TomDispatch, The Geopolitics of American Global Decline: Washington Versus China in the Twenty-First Century, which elicited a lot of thoughtful reader comments. I’m hoisting a particularly insightful, broad ranging response from Tony Wikrent, who has sometimes posted on Corrente. Wikrent took aim at the post’s reliance on the geographical theory of …