Head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde says the organization may move its headquarters from Washington DC to Beijing in a decade if the growth trend in China and other major emerging markets continues. Read more.
The annual Boy Scout Jamboree faced comparisons to a Hitler Youth Rally following President Donald Trump's speech at the event on Monday night. The president spoke to 24,000 Scouts ranging in age from 12 to 18, as eight presidents have before him. Unlike previous presidents, however, Trump appeared to view the event as an opportunity to slam his political opponents and the news media, call for "loyalty," and rail against the "cesspool" of Washington, D.C., as the audience cheered. Read more.
It has been almost six months since Arikana Chihombori-Quao was appointed African Union's ambassador to the United States.
Chihombori-Quao, a former medical doctor, served as the Chair of the African Union-African Diaspora Health Initiative (AU-ADHI) between 2012-2016, became the...read more.
Another reason for single-payer health care: The documentary What the Health shows how the lives and health of human beings are considered insignificant, and in many ways threatened, by the pursuit of profits in the meat and dairy and drug industries.
The corporate disdain revealed by this film is nearly beyond belief. And our 'trusted' watchdog agencies, both non-profit and government, are...read more.
The reaction to a police shooting sure looks different when the victim is a white woman.
There’s a typical story that plays out in the aftermath of police shootings. One side, critical of police, comes out pointing to the excesses of police brutality, particularly in cases in which officers killed black men and boys. The other side, supportive of police, comes out pointing to the nuances of the cases and perhaps the ways that the victims are to blame for their deaths — he had a criminal record, he didn’t listen to the police, and so on. Read more.
Poland's President Andrzej Duda has announced he will veto two contentious bills that are widely seen as assaults on the independence of the judicial system and are part of a planned legal overhaul by the ruling party that has sparked days of nationwide protests.
On Saturday, the upper house gave final approval to a bill that would remove all...read more.
A "You know me already" campaign slogan carried Angela Merkel and her CDU party to victory four years ago. The chancellor's opinion polls are pointing up and durchmerkeln - "Merkeling through," or the ability to reassure voters without offering any concrete policy positions - might once again suffice to gain yet another term in office. Read more,.
International human rights organisation CARE has denounced the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen, which is also suffering from a cholera epidemic, as "an absolute shame on humanity".
Wolfgang Jamann, the head of the NGO, raised alarm over the country's deteriorating situation since March 2015 when Saudi-led forces launched a military operation in support of...read more
The world added a record amount of renewable energy in 2016 despite a sharp drop in investment, the UN said Thursday, largely due to falling costs of clean energy.
New renewable energy, excluding large hydro projects, added 138.5 gigawatts of power in 2016, up eight percent from the previous year. The new capacity came despite...read more.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was in the news recently, in a story that gives me a nagging, uneasy feeling about the health of our republic.
Kaepernick is the professional football player who experienced considerable notoriety last season by declining to stand during the pregame rendition of the national anthem. He was protesting the history of racism in our country, as well as its current manifestations. In the spring, Kaepernick exercised his free agency option and left the 49ers. Read more.
On Saturday Mexico City received more than 2,000 trans people from 24 states to distribute the first birth certificates that acknowledge the true gender identities of petitioners from outside of the district. They lined up outside the capital's recently inaugurated Plaza de la Identidad (Plaza of Identity) in front of the municipal's civil register. Read more.
Authorities in Madrid asked Spain's anti-trust watchdog on Saturday to investigate whether Uber's new low-cost airport transfer service constitutes unfair competition.
The city council's request follows the ride-hailing app's return to the Spanish capital last year after the CNMC competition regulator called for the...read more.
On Monday, former NFL quarterback Michael Vick appeared on FS1’s Speak for Yourself, and when asked about any advice he could give to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who still has not signed with a new team, Vick said, “First thing we’ve got to get Colin to do is cut his hair” if he wants a team to sign him.
To no one’s surprise, Twitter lambasted Vick left and right. And on Tuesday, Kaepernick tweeted the definition of Stockholm Syndrome (it “appears when an abused victim develops a kind of respect and empathy towards their abuser,” reads the beginning of Kaepernick’s tweet), obviously taking a...read more.
Michael Vick apologized for saying earlier this week that free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick should cut his hair to help change his image.
Appearing on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Thursday, the retired NFL quarterback said he was "truly sorry" for making the comments Tuesday on Kaepernick's hair during an appearance on FS1's "Speak For Yourself." Vick's comments quickly went viral and have been criticized widely in the media. Read more.
Two Palestinians have died in separate incidents after clashes with Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian health ministry.
Oday Nawajaa, 17, died of his injuries on Saturday after being hit by Israeli live fire at al-Eizariya town east of Jerusalem, the ministry said. Read more.
In 2015, Seattle voters passed an initiative creating the nation's first "democracy voucher" program through which each resident gets four $25 vouchers they can give to any candidate who agrees to abide by certain solicitation and spending limits. The law passed by a whopping 20-point margin, confirming that Seattle voters agree with the 85 percent of Americans who believe our campaign finance system needs a major overhaul. Now, however, a group called the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) has filed a lawsuit alleging the program violates the First Amendment. Read more.
So, there’s a new kid in town! Actually the arrival is being heralded on the exiting heels of the profitable and world-wide phenom: Game of Thrones — an intriguing fantastical blockbuster that The Force Awakens heartthrob John Boyega, recently described as a show that showcases “no Black people.”
His statement is actually worth quoting due to it’s impeccable timing: Read more.
Ford Motor Co (F.N) will petition to avoid a U.S. recall of about 2.5 million vehicles with Takata (7312.T) air-bag inflators that the Japanese auto supplier declared defective last week, U.S. regulators and the automaker said Friday. Read more.
Long ago, it was settled that resistance and even armed struggle against a colonial occupation force is not just recognised under international law but specifically endorsed.
In accordance with international humanitarian law, wars of national liberation have been expressly embraced, through the adoption of...read more.
The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. after his father won the Republican nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election counted Russia's FSB security service among her clients for years, Russian court documents...read more.
Pharmacies in the Uruguay’s capital Montevideo have run out of cannabis stock just one day after it was fully legalized in the country.
The four pharmacies licensed to sell marijuana ran out of stock three hours before closing time on Wednesday. Read more.
The greatest problem in Washington is not polarization but lying. The legislative machinery has ground to a halt not because of the great divide between liberals and conservatives but because of the great divide between the lobbyists and the people. The lobbyists want things that are against the public interest, and they use lies and secrecy to try to win. The collapse of the Obamacare repeal demonstrates the limits of this corruption. Read more.
OJ Simpson, the former American football star, has been granted parole after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel armed robbery.
Having successfully made his case in a nationally televised hearing on Thursday, Simpson could be a free man as early as...read more.
Wages for most American workers have remained basically stagnant for decades, but a new report published on Thursday by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) shows that the CEOs of America's largest firms have seen their pay soar at a consistent and "outrageous" clip.
Between 1978 and 2016, CEO pay rose by 937 percent, EPI's Lawrence Mishel and Jessica Schieder found. By contrast, the typical worker saw "painfully slow" compensation growth—11.2 percent over the same period. Read more.
After years of battling Canadian pipeline giant TransCanada over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Nebraska rancher Bob Allpress is taking an unusual step to protect land that has been in his family since 1886.
In the coming weeks, Allpress plans to install solar panels in the middle of a 1.5-mile long strip of land, a proposed pipeline route that...read more.
Federal regulators will investigate Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the controversial Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota, for alleged violations associated with its $4.2 billion Rover natural gas pipeline in Ohio.
The investigation comes as the number of violations and fines against the company over the Rover project continue to grow. Read more.
Finally it comes down to this: Some people are expendable.
In certain parts of the world — where we and our allies are waging war — the expendable people come in two categories: terrorists (good riddance!) and civilians, whom we only kill if and when necessary, and whose deaths often elicit official apologies (if there’s no way to deny it was our fault).
Indeed, as Secretary of Defense James Mattis said, according to the Daily Beast, “There has been no change to our continued extraordinary efforts to avoid innocent civilian casualties.” Read more.
One third of dementia cases could be prevented with some basic lifestyle changes and better education during childhood, researchers have found.
The nine factors which damage the brain notably include hearing loss, obesity and smoking, according to the study published in...read more.
Chinese authorities have punished more than 210,000 officials for corruption in the first half of 2017, according to the Communist Party's corruption watchdog.
In a statement on Thursday, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said anti-corruption institutions received 1.31 million complaints and opened 260,000 cases this year. Read more.
President Donald Trump's decision to decline an invitation to attend the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's 108th annual convention, "underscores the harsh fact: we have lost—we've lost the will of the current Administration to listen to issues facing the Black community," said Leon Russell, the group's board chairman. Read more.
Controversy ensued immediately after Disney announced that it would remake Aladdin, the cartoon fantasy film released in 1992. The outcry centred largely on the casting for the film, and specifically, who would play the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine.
For Disney, Aladdin is far more than just a film. It is a multimillion-dollar franchise - one that encompasses...read more.
The issue of anti-black racism in modern Brazil has been reignited following the induction of Rio de Janeiro's former harbour area, where millions of African slaves landed in Brazil, as a UNESCO world heritage site. Read more.
A Republican long-shot candidate in Florida’s St. Petersburg mayoral race told those calling for reparations for African-Americans who endured slavery and oppression to “go back to Africa” if they don’t like it in America.
Paul Congemi, 60, was at a forum in the Florida city when he addressed his campaign opponent...read more.
A bunk bed with mattresses. A toilet and sink side by side. Two lockers. A television. A handful of permitted appliances. Pictures of family, friends and loved ones pinned up on the walls. Six cubic feet of personal belongings. And two men.
This is the claustrophobic scene inside most of the drab, four-by-nine feet (1.2 metres by 2.7 metres) cells in the infamous San Quentin State Prison, a medium security institution in northern California. Read more.
On the heels of what appeared to be Trumpcare's final collapse on Monday and in the midst of growing grassroots demands for Democratic lawmakers to embrace a "bold" agenda, former Vice President Al Gore said at an event on Tuesday that he believes the United States should move toward a single-payer system that guarantees healthcare for every American. Read more.
A "rentier" is defined in the Random House Dictionary as "a person who has a fixed income, as from lands or bonds." The rentier class consists of those who essentially earn money off of investments instead of working on an hourly or daily wage. Many of the people who rent housing from rentiers -- in other words, renters -- live on another form of fixed income altogether: social security. Others work long hours at low-paying jobs. Renters often can't afford to own their apartments or homes, and, therefore, other entities -- including, increasingly, investment firms -- are financially benefiting from their need for shelter. Read more.
British rock band Radiohead's insistence on playing in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, in violation of the global boycott of Israel, has shocked and disappointed many fans.
In response to an appeal from filmmaker Ken Loach last week, lead singer Thom Yorke put out a statement littered with cliched anti-boycott...read more.
Venezuela's government has announced it will go ahead with a controversial election of a Constituent Assembly on July 30, despite a threat of economic sanctions by US President Donald Trump.
"Elections to the National Constituent Assembly is an act of political sovereignty. Nothing and nobody can stop it. The Constituent Assembly is happening" Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada said in a speech at the foreign ministry office. Read more.
The Black Alliance for Peace will have to work around or against the Black Misleadership Class. “For these infinitely self-centered creatures, even the Mother Continent is unworthy of basic human empathy, much less solidarity.” The Congressional Black Caucus won’t even complain of genocide in the Congo, much less war against Syria. Even the Movement for Blacks Lives’ position on peace is weak. Malcolm, MLK and Du Bois would disapprove. Read more.
Once upon a time, I believed in the American Dream.
In fact, I once believed myself to be living proof that it existed. I bought into the notion that if one worked hard enough, one could be upwardly mobile no matter the adversity they faced. I thought that the only limitations to achievement in the United States were laziness and stupidity. I looked around me at all the people who were not achieving some form of the American Dream and decided that they were to blame for their circumstances. Read more.
The Wall Street Journal unloaded on President Donald Trump late Monday night, lambasting the president for being mired in an investigation into Russian involvement in his campaign and for continually hiding damaging details that inevitably are leaked. Read more.
On July 7th, 2017, the United Nations (UN), in a historic decision, approved a legally binding instrument to ban nuclear weapons, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Months of negotiations involving over 130 countries began in March of this year, culminating in a final draft endorsed by 122 countries. The treaty marks a significant milestone to help free the world of nuclear weapons. Read more.
Indentured servitude is back in a big way in the United States, and conservative corporatists want to make sure that labor never, ever again has the power to tell big business how to treat them.
Idaho, for example, recently passed a law that recognizes and rigorously enforces non-compete agreements in employment contracts, which means that...read more.
Former nuclear industry senior vice president Arnie Gunderson, who managed and coordinated projects at 70 US atomic power plants, is appalled at how the Japanese government is handling the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
"The inhumanity of the Japanese government toward the Fukushima disaster refugees is appalling," Gunderson, a licensed reactor operator with 45 years of nuclear power engineering experience and the...read more.
If immigration agents show up at a worksite, employers don't have to let them in.
That is one of the key messages immigrant rights advocates are sending out as a new bill that would increase protections for workers makes its way through committees in the California legislature. Read more.
In his new book Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?, author and activist Mumia Abu-Jamal explores this question over 75 essays, spanning from the late 1990s to 2017. Each essay explores the violence of policing and the criminal legal system, whether from a historical perspective or through the stories of people who have died by the hands of police. In the first essay, "Hate Crimes," Abu-Jamal questions the legitimacy of the idea of hate crimes, pointing out that police are never charged with a hate crime when they brutalize and kill Black and Brown people. Abu-Jamal's essays discuss the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, the killing of Tamir Rice by Cleveland, Ohio, police officer Timothy Loehmann, and what the aftermath of these slayings reveals about how the United States views Black people. Read more.
Several thousand people have rallied in Warsaw to protest against controversial new court reforms they see as a threat to judicial independence.
Police said around 4,500 people attended the demonstration on Sunday in front of the...read more.
In a major victory for animals and supporters of free speech, a federal judge has ruled that Utah's law making it illegal to film what happens at farms and slaughterhouses is unconstitutional. Read more.
Wall Street analysts tell us that Amazon’s $14 billion buyout of Whole Foods isn't only a win-win for both of them, but also for consumers, for Amazon intends to lower the organic grocer's prices.
Really? Yes, they say, because Amazon will use its amazing computer-driven tactics to cut Whole Foods' cost of selling groceries. Read more.
As the White House releases 112 pages of colorful comments—and personal information—after it asked for the public to weigh in on its so-called Election Integrity Commission and received an overwhelmingly negative response, a new lawsuit aims to protect voters' privacy rights by stopping the controversial commission's sweeping data demand.
The Trump-established commission, headed by Vice President Mike Pence with...read more.
On 11 July, President Michel Temer signed into law important new legislation (MP 759) that paves the way for land thieves, who have illegally occupied and cleared vast areas of public land in the Amazon, to legalize their land holdings. The changes introduced by the legislation will make it easier — and very cheap — for wealthy land grabbers (even those who illegally occupied land fairly recently) to gain property rights over vast areas. Read more.
Ashley Yates is co-founder of the Ferguson-based grassroots organization Millennial Activists United (MAU). Originally from Florissant, Missouri, Yates was one of the early on-the-ground organizers following the unjust police murder of Mike Brown on August 9, 2014. In 2015, she was a Black Lives Matter representative at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Read more.
In the midst of a deeply unpopular attempt by the Republican Party to pass legislation that could leave 22 million more Americans uninsured and as support for Medicare for All soars, a new analysis published on Friday by the Washington-based Commonwealth Fund finds that the U.S. healthcare system currently ranks last among 11 other advanced countries in healthcare outcomes, access, equity, and efficiency. Read more.
It is a federal crime for any person to "solicit, accept or receive" from a foreign national a monetary contribution or "other thing of value" which is given "for the purpose of influencing any election for Federal office." The element of "other thing of value" can be satisfied by opposition research, for which candidates regularly pay research firms. It is not necessary that the defendant actually receive the thing of value. The crime is complete upon the solicitation. Read more.
Turkey's government has issued a new executive decree under the ongoing state of emergency imposed after last year's failed coup, dismissing more than 7,000 police, civil servants and academics.
A total of 7,563 people -- including police -- have been dismissed in the latest purge, the Anadolu news agency reported. Read more.
Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a water-sharing deal to bring relief to parched Palestinian communities, a breakthrough announced during the latest visit to the region by the US Middle East envoy.
The deal announced by Jason Greenblatt, the US Middle East representative...read more.
Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel peace laureate who spent almost a quarter of his life behind bars in China for advocating human rights and democracy, has died at the age of 61.
Liu, a prominent dissident since the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, died from multiple organ failure on Thursday, having not been allowed to leave the country for treatment for late-stage liver cancer. Read more.
The British government has announced that it would not publish in full its report on the sources of "funding of extremism" in Britain, prompting opposition charges it was trying to protect its ally Saudi Arabia.
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said on Wednesday that though some "extremist organisations" were receiving...read more.
More than 1,200 nurses at Tufts Medical Center went on strike at 7 a.m. Wednesday after last-minute negotiations between the union and the hospital failed.
It’s the first nurses strike in Boston in more than 30 years.
“I feel like we’re at a moment that I knew we were going to come to. Read more.
Hundreds of nurses lined the sidewalks in front of Tufts Medical Center Wednesday in what the union says is the largest nursing strike in Massachusetts history.
It is also the first nurses strike in Boston in 30 years.
The strike began at 7 a.m. as night shift workers left their wards to form picket lines. Iron workers, builders, teachers, service employees and other union...read more.
Bodycam footage of two Orlando police officers pulling over Florida’s first and only black state attorney has gone viral. The cops, now accused of racial profiling, claimed her tags didn’t come back as registered and also eyed her legally tinted windows.
On Wednesday, the Orlando Police Department (OPD) released the bodycam footage from an officer who pulled over State Attorney Aramis Ayala on June 19. Read more.
A report by the United Nations says living conditions in the Gaza Strip have worsened in the 10 years since the territory was blockaded by Israel.
The report, which was published on Tuesday and titled "Gaza - 10 years later", says that key indicators identified in an earlier 2012 UN report...read more.
As they return from the July Fourth break, the Republican leadership is twisting in agony on the Obamacare repeal and it couldn’t happen to a more miserable bunch. President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell have been trying to jam through a deeply unpopular and cruel piece of legislation, but for once the public is being heard over the lobbyists. And the public is shouting a loud and hopefully decisive “no.” But the problem is deeper than health care, and goes back to Ronald Reagan’s great lie. Read more.
A complaint alleging gross theft of Iraq's cultural heritage filed against Hobby Lobby, a US-based arts and craft retailer, highlights the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) rise as a global centre for illegal antiquities traffic and cooperation between UAE and Israeli dealers on the black market. Read more.
Donald Trump's personal Twitter account is the subject of a lawsuit filed on Tuesday by several users of the platform, including seven people whose accounts were blocked by the president after expressing their views in response to his posts. Read more.
In June 2013, at a time when Brazil was shaken by mass protests against government spending, a homeless young man called Rafael Braga Vieira was arrested in Rio de Janerio for carrying two bottles of cleaning products.
Among several other arrests that occurred during this period, Braga's was one of the most shocking and unjust. Read more.
Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been convicted and sentenced to nine years and six months in prison for corruption and money laundering.
The term was handed down on Wednesday against Lula over a giant embezzlement and kickbacks scheme centred on...read more.
President Donald Trump's eldest son eagerly agreed last year to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Democratic White House rival Hillary Clinton as part of Moscow's official support for his father, according to emails released on Tuesday. Read more.
U.S. officials were investigating on Tuesday the cause of a military transport plane crash that killed 16 service members a day earlier, leaving a five-mile trail of wreckage in rural northern Mississippi.
The KC-130 Hercules aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar over Mississippi after taking off from...read more.
India's Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a government ban on sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter.
The new law, which was announced in May by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's federal government, had placed a nationwide ban on the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at animal markets, allowing cattle trade only for plowing and dairy production. Read more.
Donald Trump Jr. was told in an email before meeting a Russian lawyer who he thought had material damaging to Hillary Clinton that it was part of a Russian government bid to aid his father's presidential campaign, the New York Times said on Monday. Read more.
The hospital treating ailing Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has said his condition is now critical and doctors are in "active rescue".
Shenyang's First Hospital of China Medical University said...read more.
A Chinese activist who was arrested after investigating working conditions at a factory making Ivanka Trump-branded shoes has said he believes the connection to the US president’s daughter led to his detention.
Speaking for the first time since his detention, Hua Haifeng told the...read more.
Some 71 per cent of global emissions are produced by just 100 companies, a new greenhouse gases (GHG) study has found.
In a Carbon Majors report, CDP, formerly known of the Carbon Disclosure Project, and the Climate Accountability Institute, outed many of the worst corporate offenders when it comes to pollution. Read more.
In West Virginia, the people of McDowell County can’t get jobs, and recently lost their biggest employer – the local Walmart store. They describe the devastating loss of jobs, community and access to fresh food. Read more.
A savage opinion of Donald Trump’s presidency that went viral was delivered by one of Australia’s most seasoned political journalists, who is well known to viewers of the national broadcaster for his frank opinions.
Chris Uhlmann, the political editor of the government-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation, described Trump as “isolated and friendless” at the G20 leaders’ summit, and said his disastrous foreign policy had “pressed fast-forward on the decline of the United States”. Read more.
At least 23 people have been arrested during a march in the US state of Virginia by supporters of the white supremacist group, Ku Klux Klan.
A few dozen Klansmen protesting against the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville were...read more.
According to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the Long March-3B rocket encountered a problem in its third phase after it was launched on June 19, failing to place the satellite in orbit on time. Read more.
In the weeks before the horrific murder of Charleena Lyles, a Black woman and mother of four killed by members of the Seattle Police Department (SPD) on June 18, we learned that the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle planned to present the SPD its "Tikkun Olam" award. Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world, is a central concept of Jewish social justice, and we shared outrage with many progressive Jews in Seattle that a police department -- especially one currently under court supervision for excessive force and racially biased policing -- would receive such an award. Read more.
As the call to prayer crackles through the village loudspeaker, 82-year-old Aicha hunches over a rickety coffee table in her conical hut. She grasps at a string of prayer beads and begins to mutter under her breath, asking to return to her homeland.
"I remember all the details of my childhood village," she says wistfully. "Fresh tilapia from the Nile, harvesting the date palms, the wheel that brought water from the river to our house; when we moved away, we lost everything." Read more.
Dozens of religious leaders boarded a bus on the Champs Elysees in Paris on Saturday to kick off a European tour of the sites of recent Islamist attacks to remember the victims and condemn violence. Imams from countries including France, Belgium, Britain and Tunisia were joined by representatives of other religious communities at the spot where French policeman Xavier Jugele was shot dead in April. Read more.
Fires burned across downtown Hamburg for the second day of clashes between anti-capitalist protesters and police while leaders of the world's 20 most powerful countries listened to Beethoven's 9th Symphony and dined in style.
Police said at least 196 officers were injured in the clashes, with 83 protesters temporarily detained at the scene and 19 taken into custody. Read more.
Following his abrupt resignation on Thursday—which lawmakers and watchdog groups said should be "deeply unnerving" to advocates of government accountability—Office of Government Ethics (OGE) head Walter Shaub said in a televised interview on CBS that it appears Donald Trump and members of his family are profiting from his presidency.
I can't know what their intention is," Shaub said. "I know that the effect is that there's an appearance that the businesses are profiting from his occupying the presidency. And appearance matters as much as reality." Read more.
The court-issued detention of Khalida Jarrar and Khitam Saafin, two influential Palestine feminist activists, was extended by Ofer Israeli military judiciaries on Wednesday.
The military court claimed it needed more time to investigate the five computers which were taken from Jarrar’s home at the time of her arrest. Read more.
World hunger has increased, reversing years of progress, said a UN specialized agency.
During its biennial conference held in Rome, Italy from 3-8 July, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) noted that the world is facing its worst food crisis since World War II. Read more.
At an April, 2017 Symposium on Peace in Nashville, TN, Martha Hennessy spoke about central tenets of Maryhouse, a home of hospitality in New York City, where Martha often lives and works. Every day, the community there tries to abide by the counsels of Dorothy Day, Martha's grandmother, who co-founded houses of hospitality and a vibrant movement in the 1930s. During her talk, she held up a postcard-sized copy of one of the movement's defining images, Rita Corbin's celebrated woodcut listing "The Works of Mercy" and "The Works of War." Read more.
CEO pay at America's 500 largest companies averaged $13.1 million in 2016. That's 347 times what the average employee makes.
So CEOs make a lot of money. But, some say, so do athletes and movie stars. Why pick on corporate bosses, then? Read more.
Amid ongoing efforts to make the African Union a financially independent organization as well as calls for greater continental cooperation, Rwanda has been elected as the next leader of the Union for 2018. Read more.
The Campaign Legal Center filed a letter today with the Federal Election Commission providing additional evidence that private prison company GEO Group illegally contributed a total of $225,000 to the Donald Trump-affiliated super PAC Rebuilding America Now, in violation of the 75-year-old ban on government contractors making political contributions. Read more.
Mexican archaeologists have discovered a tunnel beneath the Plaza of the Moon at the Teotihuacan archaeological site, apparently symbolizing the underworld, the National Anthropology and History Institute (INAH) said.
A team of INAH specialists, working with National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) personnel, conducted a...read more.
More than one-third of U.S. states on Thursday sued the U.S. Education Department and Secretary Betsy DeVos over the recent suspension of rules that would have swiftly canceled the student-loan debt of people defrauded by Corinthian Colleges Inc and other for-profit schools. Read more.
China’s investment in foreign real estate reached a record $133.7 billion last year, according to property website Juwai.com. Australia stayed very much in demand with Chinese buyers last year, it said.
Statistics show Chinese buyers purchased $23.8 billion worth of Australian property in the 2016 financial year compared...read more.
Florida's controversial self-defense law, known as "Stand Your Ground," has gained nationwide attention in recent years. This focus largely began after George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin in 2012; though Martin was not armed, Zimmerman was ultimately acquitted, thanks to the Florida law.
Despite the negative press surrounding that trial and the law itself, Florida has not only...read more.
The House Appropriations Committee unexpectedly passed an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations bill last week that would repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress in 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. If this effort to revoke the AUMF proves successful, the repeal would effectively limit Donald Trump's ability to use military force against North Korea, Iran and elsewhere. Read more.
The Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo, owned by the Chinese automotive corporation Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd, has abruptly decided to produce only electric, plug-in hybrid and “mild hybrid” vehicles by 2019, only two years from now...read more.
Though it is rumoured that US President Donald Trump may withdraw from Israeli-Palestinian peace talks after White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner's fruitless meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah, certain policies touted by Trump are likely to continue regardless. For instance, Trump recently declared that he welcomed measures to "unlock the Palestinian economy". Read more.
On Friday, the lower house of the German parliament, the Bundestag, passed a bill giving same-sex couples equal marriage rights. The bill had come from the chamber of the regions: the Bundesrat upper house. This means that later this year, the rainbow curtain of marriage equality, which currently sits along the western borders of Germany, Switzerland and Italy (ignoring Northern Ireland) will shift eastwards. Why has it taken Germany so long? Read more.
At the moment, many are comparing Chancellor Angela Merkel to Günter Schabowski, the East German Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) official whose press statement in 1989 accelerated the fall of the Berlin Wall. On November 9, 1989, at his legendary press conference, he intended to address new East German travel regulations that would include applications and official stamps necessary for travel. Instead, he unwittingly unleashed forces not known to him - forces that would bring the Berlin Wall down that night. Read more.
About 10 million children in Yemen are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, according to UNICEF, as the country copes with the war between the Saudi-backed government forces and the Houthi rebels.
In a statement posted on its official Facebook page on Thursday, UNICEF's Yemen office said that...read more.
It doesn’t look as if Colin Kaepernick will be receiving a call from an NFL team anytime soon. In the meantime, the former 49ers quarterback went “home.”
Football’s most controversial free-agent quarterback recently connected with what he termed his “ancestral roots” by traveling to Ghana. He posted video to social media of his trip, which included visiting local villages, former slave-trading sites and a hospital. Read more.
In a move already being denounced by progressives as "tone-deaf" and "literally the stupidest f------ idea" ever, tech billionaires Mark Pincus and Reid Hoffman have launched an initiative titled Win the Future (WTF) with the goal of bringing the Democratic Party back from the political wilderness.
Recode's Tony Romm first reported on the billionaires' plans and lofty objectives, which include pushing Democrats to...read more.
Around forty women have been taken hostage after Boko Haram militants carried out a gruesome cross-border raid on a village in Niger. Security forces have launched an operation to find the captives.
Jihadist Boko Haram fighters attacked the Ngalewa village Sunday evening, local authorities said. Riding camels, the terrorists slit the throats of the villagers and took dozens of women hostage. Read more.
In a speech during the National Education Association's (NEA) annual meeting in Boston over the weekend, Lily Eskelsen García—the organization's president—delivered a searing rebuke to President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who she accused of pushing a "profoundly disturbing" agenda that could have devastating effects on children. Read more.
A top Justice Department official tasked with reining in corporate crime and upholding accountability standards has resigned, citing "conduct at the top"—a thinly veiled reference to President Donald Trump and his staff—that made her job impossible. Read more.
To go, or not to go? That could be the question the NBA champion Golden State Warriors will have to grapple with if they are invited to Donald Trump's White House. More than two decades ago, Craig Hodges, a member of the NBA champion Chicago Bulls, delivered a letter protesting the mistreatment of poor people and people of color to President George H.W. Bush during the team's 1991 visit to the White House. Vilified for being so bold, Hodges was recently asked by Dave Zirin, on his Edge of Sports podcast, for his thoughts on a possible visit by the Warriors. Hodges suggested that the Warriors should consider going, and take the opportunity to...read more.
A June 27 Pew Research Center poll says world opinion of the United States has plummeted since Donald Trump took office. Surveying people in 37 countries, 49 percent held a positive view of the United States, down from 65 percent at the end of 2016. Maybe we could cancel the fireworks this 4th of July considering the insensitive symbolism of vicariously enjoying war. Read more.
Yesterday's passing of the Bill to ban onshore fracking has been lauded as "a great victory for local campaigners and a boost for the global climate movement" by a leading environmental organisation.
The Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill 2016 will now move on to the President for signing after passing through the Seanad yesterday afternoon. Ireland is now only the third European country to ban the practice after France and Bulgaria. Read more.
How has the United States shaped the face of modern warfare? In The Violent American Century, John W. Dower examines the transformations in war conduct and strategizing that have taken place since the end of World War II, led by the US: from the proxy wars and nuclear terror of the Cold War to the asymmetrical conflicts, drone strikes and torture of today's "war on terror." Read more. Read more.
Tens of thousands of protesters have marched through central London to campaign against the Conservative government as part of a “Not One Day More” protest.
More than 100,000 attended the rally, according to organising body the People’s Assembly. Read more.
In the past few years, the Democratic Party’s rank and file has shifted left on major issues. From healthcare to legalization of drugs to taxes, the heart of the party has grown more progressive—and, in many instances, overtly socialist in nature. Forty-seven percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents now identify as both socially liberal and economically moderate or liberal, up from 39 percent in 2008 and 30 percent in 2001. Read more.
The ACLU and other civil rights advocates are denouncing the White House's nominee to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
If approved by the Senate, Eric Dreiband's appointment would continue the Trump administration's well-established pattern of filling high-level jobs with officials whose background either offers...read more.