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DC’s quest to silence Elizabeth Warren

DC’s quest to silence Elizabeth Warren | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
For the liberal star, DC's establishment perversely defines success as keeping her head down and not making waves
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Patriot Act That Dennis Hastert Passed Led To His Indictment

Patriot Act That Dennis Hastert Passed Led To His Indictment | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
On Oct. 24, 2001, then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) shepherded the Patriot Act through the House of Representatives. It passed 357 to 66, advancing to the Senate and then-President George W.
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Chinese Democracy Isn't Inevitable

Chinese Democracy Isn't Inevitable | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Jerry Lampen / Reuters The flaws in China’s political system are obvious. The government doesn’t even make a pretense of holding national elections and punishes those who openly call for multiparty rule.
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Trade Is a Striking Example of the Political Power of the Affluent

Trade Is a Striking Example of the Political Power of the Affluent | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The long-term trend toward reducing restrictions on trade reflects the preferences of the wealthy more than the poor or middle class.
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Strong ethics are more than their own reward

Strong ethics are more than their own reward | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Leaders of every organisation, whether it is corporate, not for profit, government or academic, ignore the health of its ethical culture at their peril.

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How great power competition has changed

How great power competition has changed | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Power is now more evenly distributed in the international system. As a result, there is rising geopolitical competition among great powers. Shivshankar Menon lays out the several consequences of this increased competition.

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"In sum, great power relations have deteriorated considerably in the last few years. While there are limits to how bad they can become, there are also limits to their ability to produce international outcomes on urgent issues."

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Legendary Native American Singer-Songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie on Five Decades of Music, Activism

Legendary Native American Singer-Songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie on Five Decades of Music, Activism | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, Buffy Sainte-Marie returns to the Democracy Now! studios. Her song "Universal Soldier" became one of the classic antiwar songs of the 1960s. Buffy Sainte-Marie once said, "It’s about individual responsibility for war and how the old feudal thinking kills us all." Buffy Sainte-Marie wrote the song in 1964. A year later, just months after U.S. ground forces invaded Vietnam, the British singer Donovan turned it into a hit. She has also written and sung about the struggles of Native American and First Nations people for decades. She worked with the American Indian Movement and began the Nihewan Foundation for American Indian Education. Her political activism would lead her to be largely blacklisted from commercial radio in the 1970s. On her new album, she re-records two songs from what’s become known as her "blacklist years." Five decades later, Buffy Sainte-Marie is still making powerful music. She has just released "Power in the Blood." It’s her first studio album since 2008.
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Canada Just Threw A Grenade Into Elizabeth Warren's Trade Fight With Obama

Canada Just Threw A Grenade Into Elizabeth Warren's Trade Fight With Obama | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have been locked in a public feud over whether free trade agreements can be used to undermine the 2010 Wall Street reform law.
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Do you know about the TPP deal that may happen in the very near future? It will impact all of us just like the NAFTA did and there is a deal lurking with Europe as well.

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But the TPP would be different, according to congressional briefings by the U.S. Trade Representative, which are reflected in a December letter from Warren to Ambassador Michael Froman, the top Obama trade official. The TPP wouldn't just empower foreign governments to sue the U.S. over bank regulations; it would allow individual companies and investors to bring such cases.

Under the "investor-state dispute settlement" process, an international tribunal cannot overrule a law or regulation, but it can assess financial penalties to encourage countries to change said law or regulation. In the past, under other trade deals, the mere existence of such cases has sometimes pressured governments into abandoning non-financial services regulations.

Moreover, the TPP would reportedly allow foreign banks to sue the U.S. government for failing to provide them with a "minimum standard of treatment." The term is vaguely defined, but international tribunals have interpreted it very broadly to make corporations eligible to receive damages for lost profits caused by policy changes that occurred after they invested in a country. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) raised similar concerns in her own December letter to Froman over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a pending trade deal with Europe.

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China charges prominent human rights lawyer as Xi tightens screw

China charges prominent human rights lawyer as Xi tightens screw | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Pu Zhiqiang, who was arrested last year, faces charges of inciting hatred and provoking trouble that carry a lengthy prison sentence. He's among nearly 2,000 political activists detained since President Xi took power in 2012.
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Obama offers Gulf nations 'ironclad' security cooperation (+video)

Obama offers Gulf nations 'ironclad' security cooperation (+video) | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
President Obama vowed on Thursday to back Gulf allies against any "external attack," seeking to quell their fears of US-led nuclear talks with Iran.
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The Final Posts of a Murdered Blogger

The Final Posts of a Murdered Blogger | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A.M. Ahad / AP Earlier this week, as he left for work, Ananta Bijoy Das was ambushed by four masked men outside his home in Sylhet, Bangladesh.
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As Europe debates migrant crisis, a surge of boatpeople in Southeast Asia

As Europe debates migrant crisis, a surge of boatpeople in Southeast Asia | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar who face persecution at home are making perilous boat crossings to Thailand and Malaysia, provoking strong reactions from regional governments. Thailand is a hub for human trafficking.
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How Some Baltimore Neighborhoods Reflect Segregation's Legacy

How Some Baltimore Neighborhoods Reflect Segregation's Legacy | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Steve Inskeep talks to Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute about what he calls "government-sponsored segregation," and how it has led to police-community tensions.
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Great program to day!

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Statue Honoring Whistleblowers Snowden, Assange, Manning Unveiled in Berlin / Sputnik International

Statue Honoring Whistleblowers Snowden, Assange, Manning Unveiled in Berlin / Sputnik International | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A statue depicting whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning was unveiled in Berlin on Friday, as a celebration of freedom of expression and the courage to expose truths.
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How an Inaccurate Soundbite Might Take Down Obamacare

How an Inaccurate Soundbite Might Take Down Obamacare | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Joshua Roberts / Reuters The Supreme Court is about to decide another blockbuster case arising under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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A Lonely Life for Immigrants in America's Rust Belt

A Lonely Life for Immigrants in America's Rust Belt | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
James Steidl/ Shutterstock/The Atlantic CINCINNATI—When they were deciding where to settle down and raise a family, Lorena Mora-Mowry, a lawyer from Venezuela, and her husband Paul, a mechanical engineer from California, performed extensive research.
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Senate Vote Is a Victory for Obama on Trade, but a Tougher Test Awaits

Senate Vote Is a Victory for Obama on Trade, but a Tougher Test Awaits | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Senator Mitch McConnell aligned with the president to push the deal, which would link 12 nations on either side of the Pacific into a trading bloc and expand the president’s trading authority. The legislation still requires House approval.
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While we were celebrating heroes this weekend look who was undercutting the efforts  of those that died for our freedom. I bunch of cowards, sneaks and vultures who seek to not let us have a voice. Just Saying!!!!! Mitch tried to slip in the vote on mass surveillance of citizen in renewing  the Patriot Act  as well this weekend...Give us a break Kentucky why didn't you ditch this guy!??? Just don't bother them with your wishes as citizens while their big multinational donors own them. VOTE THEM OUT AND TAKE OUR BUSINESS TO COMPANIES THAT DON"T OVERCHARGE US ENOUGH TO BUY THE GLOBE AND CORRUPT OUR POLITICIANS!!!!! PLEASE FOLKS LET'S WAKE UP!!! IS OBAMA A GOP TROJAN HORSE? THAT IS A VERY GOOD QUESTION!!!

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Shareholder Group Says Ernst & Young Knew About Wal-Mart Mexico Bribery Allegations

Shareholder Group Says Ernst & Young Knew About Wal-Mart Mexico Bribery Allegations | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A small shareholder group says Wal-Mart’s longtime auditor, Ernst & Young, knew about possible bribery in Mexico long before the company disclosed it to U.S. authorities, highlighting a little-plumbed area of U.S. anticorruption law.

CtW Investment Group, which works with union pension funds that hold about 0.15% of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. stock, made the claim in a letter last Thursday to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which oversees public companies’ outside accounting firms.

The letter cites an internal Wal-Mart email dated Feb. 27, 2006, that says employees in Wal-Mart’s Bentonville, Ark., headquarters “briefed Ernst & Young over the past several months,” along with some of the company’s directors, on an internal investigation into the possible bribery. It wasn’t until late 2011 that Wal-Mart disclosed its investigation to the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission, according to the company’s securities filings.

CtW said in its letter that Ernst & Young likely should have reported the suspected bribery to the SEC and should be investigated by the accounting oversight board, because the acts under investigation and how the investigation was handled could have affected the retailer’s financial statements.

The challenge raises the question of external auditors’ responsibilities when their clients may have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the tough U.S. antibribery law. If an outside auditor discovers a potentially illegal act, it generally is only expected to notify responsible authorities within the company, accounting and legal experts said. But it may be obliged to notify the government if the appropriate steps aren’t being taken and a company’s books may be compromised, they said.

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Ernst & Young, which has been Wal-Mart’s outside accountant for decades, said it couldn’t comment on matters involving its clients. Wal-Mart wouldn’t comment, saying the bribery investigation is ongoing. PCAOB and the SEC also declined to comment.

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I’ve Read Obama’s Secret Trade Deal. Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned.

I’ve Read Obama’s Secret Trade Deal. Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned. | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
“You need to tell me what’s wrong with this trade agreement, not one that was passed 25 years ago,” a frustrated President Barack Obama recently complained about criticisms of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He’s right. The public criticisms of the TPP have been vague. That’s by design—anyone who has read the...
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How to Do a Discourse Analysis - PoliticsEastAsia.com

How to Do a Discourse Analysis - PoliticsEastAsia.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
You need a handy set of tools for doing a text-based, qualitative discourse analysis? This post offers ten work steps for conducting such an analysis.
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In global fight against extreme poverty, a potential game-changer

In global fight against extreme poverty, a potential game-changer | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A groundbreaking new study suggests that one approach to extreme poverty alleviation is compassionate, cost-effective, and potent for years after the aid ends.
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A Historic Gathering: The White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

A Historic Gathering: The White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from the White House Blog.
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The Battle for Downtown, from Canada to the Carolinas

The Battle for Downtown, from Canada to the Carolinas | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, North Carolina, saved by ... cars? ( Wikimedia Commons ) If you’re joining us late: Fresno, California is determined to revive its struggling downtown by re-opening a fabled pedestrian-only mall to car traffic.
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Mexico's Wage-Boosting Experiment

Mexico's Wage-Boosting Experiment | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Edgard Garrido / Reuters In the U.S., those agitating for better worker compensation have pursued a logical, time-tested path: urging the government to require companies to pay their employees better.
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Swartz doc director: Oracle and Larry Ellison killed Aaron's Law

Swartz doc director: Oracle and Larry Ellison killed Aaron's Law | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Did tech giant Oracle, and its founder and CEO Larry Ellison, pay to stall an important piece of legislation named in honour of late internet pioneer Aaron Swartz? That's what Swartz documentarian ...
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Both Republicans And Democrats Have an Age Problem

Both Republicans And Democrats Have an Age Problem | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The New York Times ran a long feature earlier this month claiming that the election of President Barack Obama in 2008 has done little to inspire young people to run for office. The article had some...
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