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Economic Update – Higher Education in Crisis – 06.14.15

Updates analyze unemployment numbers to show what they hide as well as reveal. Responses to listeners’ questions expose the economics of lotteries and why the largest US corporations have recently used their profits to buy back their shares in the stock markets. An in-depth interview of Prof. Sohnya Sayres explores the end of free college and universities in the US, the rise of administrators dominating students and faculty, and what these trends have meant for the quality of higher education in the US.

Food, Water, Health, Life: UN Experts Warn of Threats Posed by Secret ‘Trade’ Deals by Sarah Lazare

Echoing the protests of civil society organizations and social movements around the world, a panel of United Nations experts on Tuesday issued a stark warning about the threats that secret international “trade” agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pose to the most fundamental human rights. “Our concerns relate to the rights to life, food, water and sanitation, health, housing, education, science …

13 Giants Control 40% Of World’s Most Valuable Fisheries But Don’t Assume Responsibility Of Marine Ecosystems

Just thirteen giant corporations control 19-40% of the largest and most valuable stocks and 11-16% of the global marine catch, finds a new research. This handful of corporations represents 0.5% of 2250 registered fishing and aquaculture companies worldwide. These giant corporations, finds the research, dominate all parts of seafood production, operate through an extensive global network of subsidiaries and are …

BILL CLINTON PAID THROUGH SHELL COMPANY – STEPHEN BRAUN

The newly released financial files on Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s growing fortune omit a company with no apparent employees or assets that the former president has legally used to provide consulting and other services, but which demonstrates the complexity of the family’s finances. Because the company, WJC, LLC, has no financial assets, Hillary Clinton’s campaign was not obligated to …

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How Trade Agreements Amount to a Secret Corporate Takeover – Joseph Stiglitz

The United States and the world are engaged in a great debate about new trade agreements. Such pacts used to be called “free-trade agreements”; in fact, they were managed trade agreements, tailored to corporate interests, largely in the US and the European Union. Today, such deals are more often referred to as “partnerships,”as in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But they are not partnerships of …

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The Secret Corporate Takeover – Joseph Stiglitz

The United States and the world are engaged in a great debate about new trade agreements. Such pacts used to be called “free-trade agreements”; in fact, they were managed trade agreements, tailored to corporate interests, largely in the US and the European Union. Today, such deals are more often referred to as “partnerships,”as in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But they are not partnerships of …

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Trans-Pacific Partnership versus National Sovereignty: A False Dilemma – Dr. Glen T. Martin

We are faced here with a terrifying false dilemma because we refuse to recognize the bigger picture that includes the history of capitalism in relation to the system of sovereign nation-states. In the past several decades, the globalization inherent in capitalism has gone off the charts in its drive to colonize the entire world economy in the service of private …

With Banks ‘Still Too Big to Fail,’ Another Financial Meltdown Looms – Deirdre Fulton

Seven years after the financial crisis began, many of the conditions that helped cause the near collapse of the U.S. banking system—and that were used to justify the multi-trillion-dollar U.S. government bailout of mammoth financial institutions—endure, warns a new report from the Corporate Reform Coalition (CRC). Titled Still Too Big to Fail (pdf), Thursday’s report charges that since the meltdown began in …

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We’re Citizens, Not Subjects. We Have the Right to Criticize Government without Fear – Chelsea Manning

When freedom of information and transparency are stifled, then bad decisions are often made and heartbreaking tragedies occur – too often on a breathtaking scale that can leave societies wondering: how did this happen? Think about the recent debates on torture, assassination by unmanned aircraft, secret warrants and detentions, intelligence and surveillance courts, military commissions, immigration detention centers and the …

Corporate Media Blacks Out Coverage of Bill to Overturn Corporate Personhood – Pam Martens and Russ Martens

Last Wednesday, the grassroots organization, Move to Amend, held a press conference at the National Press Club to announce that six members of the U.S. House of Representatives wereintroducing legislation to overturn Citizens United v FEC to make free speech and all other rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution available only to “natural persons,” not corporations or limited liability companies. The legislation would …