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Video: From Welfare to U.S. Congress Rep. Gwen Moore’s Fight for the ‘Rise Out...

Rep. Gwen Moore tells Paul Jay of her journey from poverty to Congress, and how Bill Clinton's welfare reforms and corporate Democrats refusal to...

Welfare and Imprisonment: How "Get Tough" Politics Have Excluded People From Society

As opposition to Trumpism rekindles the necessity of doing politics at the local and state levels, it's important to note that reactionary ideas gestate...

The Left Loves Welfare

Reason is the monthly print magazine of “free minds and free markets.” It covers politics, culture, and ideas through a provocative mix of news,...

Only surviving terrorist behind Iranian Embassy siege lives on welfare in south London

Published time: 3 May, 2017 10:17 The only terrorist to survive the storming of the Iranian...

DeVos and the “Free Lunch” Flimflam: Orwell, Neofeudalism, and the Destruction of the...

Photo by Michael Vadon | CC BY 2.0 Elite class warrior and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is making headlines as she lectures presidents of...

Tory aide defends welfare cuts for ‘less disabled’ people

A key aide to UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been branded “insulting” and “nasty”...

Developer Welfare: Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

Photo by Ninian Reid | CC BY 2.0 DONALD TRUMP: We are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people. CROWD:...

Germany: “Refugees” Steal Millions in Welfare

Africans from the Sudan pretending to be refugees in Germany have stolen millions of euros in welfare payments in an elaborate scam...
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Video: Welfare Jihad: Dozens of Danish ISIS fighters received state unemployment benefits

Revelations that Denmark's welfare system has been lining the pockets of jihadists fighting in Syria has led to the Danish Employment Minister vowing to...

Corporate Welfare Will Bring Back Jobs vs. Jobs Will Never Come Back

The New York Times (11/29/16) declares that Carrier’s job announcement “signals that Mr. Trump is a different kind of Republican.” The Carrier company’s announcement that,...

Jihadists ‘used UK welfare payments to fund Paris & Brussels attacks’

Jihadists accused of carrying out terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels used British welfare payments...

‘Child poverty will rise’ as tough new welfare cap comes into force

Tens of thousands of families will be hit with a controversial new benefits cap that...

British welfare system to blame for migrant crisis, claims Calais deputy mayor

A French politician has blamed Britain for the crisis in Calais, claiming it was the...

Importing Welfare Clients

By Gavin McInnes Taki's Magazine September 21, 2016 On Saturday night, my boys and I were watching the Mets defeat the Minnesota Twins at Citifield in...

Invaders Cost Germany $5.9 billion in Welfare

The number of nonwhite invaders posing as asylum seekers in Germany and receiving welfare has tripled from 2014, and last year €5.3 billion ($5.91...

How Racism Has Shaped Welfare Policy in the US Since 1935

A recent UNICEF report found that the US ranked 34th on the list of 35 developed countries surveyed on the well-being of...

Corporate Welfare

Isn’t it about time that American corporate leaders who lie, cheat, mislead, and defraud the public be held accountable? Wall Street was the high-water...

‘It’s a Kind of Original Sin of the Modern Democratic Party’ – CounterSpin interview...

Janine Jackson interviewed Felicia Kornbluh on the 20th anniversary of welfare ‘reform’ for the August 19, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly...

Felicia Kornbluh on the Politics of Welfare

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Americans Choke on the Term “Welfare State”

The Nordic countries, such as Finland, may actually be more American than the United States. Americans tend to think that the Nordic countries’ generous social...

Michigan welfare recipients passing drug tests with flying colors

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is learning a lot about the drug habits of welfare recipients. After...

Lawmaker opposed welfare fraud protections, charged with defrauding welfare

An Arizona state representative is facing three felony charges related to fraudulent use of the food...

UK: Millions of low income families will be poorer under welfare reforms

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Breadline Britain: Rising malnutrition & death linked to low wages, welfare cuts

Foodbank use has risen to record highs in the UK, with over a million three-day...

‘Appalling’ welfare delays bring hunger & hardship for hundreds of thousands of Brits

Delays in processing benefit claims are causing severe hardship for hundreds of thousands of Britons,...

Budgeting for Trident nukes robs the vulnerable of welfare – CND

Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system directs money away from those who need it most, Campaign...

True face of corporate welfare: 27 global companies that paid $0 tax

(RT) - Twenty-seven multinationals paid no income tax in the US last year, despite reporting pre-tax...

A Citizen’s Guide to Combating Election Propaganda: Debunking Anti-Welfare Myths

Political and economic elites’ success in manufacturing mass ignorance represents the largest impediment to democratic empowerment today. Stoking fear of and contempt for the...

Obama Administration releases welfare guide in 14 different languages to help immigrants collect taxpayer-funded...

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Osborne slashes welfare, injects £1.9bn into cybersecurity to counter ISIS hackers

Islamic State terrorists could launch cyberattacks on power stations, the National Grid and hospitals, Chancellor George Osborne warned in a speech outlining his commitment...

Ex-PMs Gordon Brown & John Major condemn Osborne’s attacks on welfare

Former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown has blasted Chancellor George Osborne’s plan to cut tax credits for low income families, saying they will push...

Rubio’s Welfare Idea Seems Newer If You’re Unaware It Was Implemented 20 Years Ago

Marco Rubio, whose ideas seem fresh if, like David Brooks, you’re unaware they were implemented 20 years ago. (cc photo: Gage Skidmore) We all know...

Rebecca Vallas on Welfare Shaming, David Baron on Air Polluters

MP3 Link This week on CounterSpin: A Maine mayor calls for publishing the names and addresses of anyone receiving public assistance, which he calls the...

Concerns raised over welfare of Guantanamo detainee released to Morocco

Lawyers at international human rights organization Reprieve are increasingly concerned for the safety and well-being of their client Younous Chekkouri, a Moroccan national who was...

Ignoring the Cause of Welfare: Not Laziness but Low Wages

Numerous US media outlets recently uncritically echoed a methodologically flawed report by an anti-immigration organization with ties to white supremacist groups (FAIR.org, 9/4/15). Beyond...

‘Disability rights in UK could be violated’ by welfare reforms, UN to investigate

United Nations officials are to visit the UK to investigate whether the government’s controversial welfare reforms are committing “grave violations” of disabled peoples’ human...

Felicia Kornbluh on ‘Welfare Reform’ Anniversary

MP3 Link This week on CounterSpin: The 10-year mark since Hurricane Katrina has occasioned some journalistic looks back at the devastation, and, to a lesser...
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Video: David Cay Johnston: 21 Questions for Trump on Kickbacks, Busting Unions, the Mob...

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Cruel UK welfare reforms force vunerable children to survive on £1 per day

(RT) - Thousands of children in the UK are being pushed into severe poverty and hunger because their parents cannot work or receive government benefits,...

Ex-Im Bank Is Welfare for the One Percent

This month Congress will consider whether to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-IM Bank). Ex-IM Bank is a New Deal-era federal program that...

Michigan legislation would cut off welfare for families with truant children

By Kathleen Martin (WSWS) - The Michigan legislature is currently reviewing a bill that would cut off cash assistance to families with children who have poor...

The Tragic End of the Woman Bill Clinton Exploited As Poster Child for Gutting...

We are approaching the 20th anniversary of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act–also called "welfare reform"–which was passed by President Clinton working with the Republican-controlled...

Activists prepare for day of action against Tory welfare reforms

Dave Sewell Campaigners were set to target major job centres and government buildings in a day of action against benefit sanctions on Thursday of this...

The Negligence Of Some Child Welfare Workers

Rev. Dan Vojir  "Before 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez was allegedly beaten to death by his mother and her boyfriend, they doused him with pepper spray, forced...

The Practical Choice: Not American Capitalism or “Welfare State Socialism” but an Economy...

For years Americans have assumed that our hard-charging capitalism  is better than the soft-hearted version found in Canada and Europe. American capitalism might be a bit crueler but it generates faster growth and higher living standards overall. Canada’s and Europe’s “welfare-state socialism” is doomed.  

It was a questionable assumption to begin with, relying to some extent on our collective amnesia about the first three decades after World War II, when tax rates on top incomes in the U.S. never fell below 70 percent, a larger portion of our economy was invested in education than before or since, over a third of our private-sector workers were unionized, we came up with Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for the poor, and built the biggest infrastructure project in history, known as the interstate highway system.

But then came America’s big U-turn, when we deregulated, de-unionized, lowered taxes on the top, ended welfare, and stopped investing as much of the economy in education and infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Canada and Europe continued on as before. Soviet communism went bust, and many of us assumed European and Canadian “socialism” would as well.

That’s why recent data from the Luxembourg Income Study Database  is so shocking.

The fact is, we’re falling behind. While median per capita income in the United States has stagnated since 2000, it’s up significantly in Canada and Northern Europe. Their typical worker’s income is now higher than ours, and their disposable income – after taxes – higher still.

It’s difficult to make exact comparisons of income across national borders because real purchasing power is hard to measure. But even if we assume Canadians and the citizens of several European nations have simply drawn even with the American middle class, they’re doing better in many other ways.

Most of them get free health care and subsidized child care. And if they lose their jobs, they get far more generous unemployment benefits than we do. (In fact, right now 75 percent of jobless Americans lack any unemployment benefits.)

If you think we make up for it by working less and getting paid more on an hourly basis, think again. There, at least three weeks paid vacation as the norm, along with paid sick leave, and paid parental leave.

We’re working an average of 4.6 percent more hours more than the typical Canadian worker, 21 percent more than the typical French worker, and a whopping 28 percent more than your typical German worker, according to data compiled by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.

But at least Americans are more satisfied, aren’t we? Not really. According to opinion surveys and interviews, Canadians and Northern Europeans are.

They also live longer, their rate of infant mortality is lower, and women in these countries are far less likely to die as result of complications in pregnancy or childbirth.

But at least we’re the land of more equal opportunity, right? Wrong. Their poor kids have a better chance of getting ahead. While 42 percent of American kids born into poor families remain poor through their adult lives, only 30 percent of Britain’s poor kids remain impoverished – and even smaller percentages in other rich countries.

Yes, the American economy continues to grow faster than the economies of Canada and Europe. But faster growth hasn’t translated into higher living standards for most Americans.

Almost all our economic gains have been going to the top – into corporate profits and the stock market (more than a third of whose value is owned by the richest 1 percent). And into executive pay (European CEOs take home far less than their American counterparts).

America’s rich also pay much lower taxes than do the rich in Canada and Europe.

But surely Europe can’t go on like this. You hear it all the time: They can no longer afford their welfare state.

That depends on what’s meant by “welfare state.” If high-quality education is included, we’d do well to emulate them. Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 rank near the bottom among rich countries in literacy and numeracy. That spells trouble for the U.S. economy in the future.

They’re also doing more workforce training, and doing it better, than we are. The result is more skilled workers.  

Universal health care is another part of their “welfare state” that saves them money because healthier workers are more productive.

So let’s put ideology aside. The practical choice isn’t between capitalism and “welfare-state socialism.” It’s between a system that’s working for a few at the top, or one that’s working for just about everyone. Which would you prefer?

Corporate Welfare and the Minimum Wage

Joslyn Stephens  RINF Alternative News The arguments against raising the minimum wage are bullshit. The majority of Americans including conservatives support an increase yet congress continues...

29-Year-Old Welfare Parasite Would Not Accept An $80,000 A Year Job Driving A Truck

What should be done with a 29-year-old welfare parasite that believes that in addition to practicing with his rock band, his main job in life is to "make sure the sun's up and the girls are out"?  Most people that receive government assistance truly need the help and do not abuse the system, but there [...]

Corporate Welfare Makes the Rich Lazy

David Harris Gershon  RINF Alternative News Contrary to conventional wisdom, tax breaks and corporate welfare structures turn the ultra-rich into lazy moochers, and not motivated corporate...

Top Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich

Here are the top ten examples of corporate welfare and welfare for the rich. There are actually thousands of tax breaks and...

Top Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich

Here are the top ten examples of corporate welfare and welfare for the rich. There are actually thousands of tax breaks and...

Ten examples of welfare for rich in US

The Cato Institute estimates that federal subsidies to corporations cost taxpayers almost $100 billion every year.Here are the top ten examples of corporate welfare...

Welfare Hits Record Levels After 50 Years of War on Poverty

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson announced the “War on Poverty” during his first State of the Union Speech. Under the Obama...

Congresswoman Urges Welfare Name Change: “Transitional Living Fund”

(Pictured: Sheila Jackson Lee with President Obama) The Texas Congresswoman who once urged a Congressional oversight panel to study how Christian militants and other radicals...

Congresswoman Urges Welfare Name Change: “Transitional Living Fund”

(Pictured: Sheila Jackson Lee with President Obama) The Texas Congresswoman who once urged a Congressional oversight panel to study how Christian militants and other radicals...

Rand Paul: Obama Welfare State Is “Small-Brained” Policy

Steve WatsonInfowars.comJanuary 8, 2014Libertarian Senator Rand Paul has responded to comments backhandedly directed...

Judge: Testing Welfare Applicants for Drugs Violates Fourth Amendment

Some South Dakota conservatives think we should test welfare recipients for drug use. A U.S. District Court judge ruled this week...

Revised UK welfare sanctions mean more punishment for the poor

By Emily Wilson 13 December 2013 Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) sanctions are set to put many Britons in “dire financial...

Don’t Make Us Tell Child Welfare: Schools Insist on Forced Medical Exams for Kids

What would you do if you received a threatening letter from your child’s school, demanding that you take your youngster to a medical doctor...

Obamacare Is Going To Be The Biggest Expansion Of The Welfare State In U.S....

Michael SnyderAmerican DreamNovember 22, 2013 Can the U.S. government afford to pay for the health care of 38 million more people? As you will...

Obamacare Is Going To Be The Biggest Expansion Of The Welfare State In U.S....

Can the U.S. government afford to pay for the health care of 38 million more people?  As you will see below, Obamacare is going to be the biggest expansion of the welfare state in U.S. history.  It is being projected that a decade from now 17 million Americans will be receiving Obamacare subsidies and an [...]

Al Qaeda ‘Refugees’ in America on Welfare

atlasshrugs2000.typepad.comNovember 21, 2013 Yesterday I published reports of al Qaeda war gaming in Kentucky and handling heavy weapons. And the US let these terrorists into...

Shock Interview: Welfare Recipient: “I Get to Sit Home… I Get to Smoke Weed…...

While millions of Americans spend half their lives or more toiling for a paycheck, millions more are sitting on the sidelines waiting for the...

Food Bank CEO: Welfare Cuts Causing “Nightmare Ripple Effect”

Val Traore labels cuts a “bilateral disaster” Paul Joseph Watson As food banks across the country warn that they are unable to meet demand, the CEO...

Food Banks “Panicking” Over Demand Following Welfare Cut

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Food Bank CEO Suggests Welfare Cuts May Spark Riots

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US welfare not helping poor families

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Census Bureau: Welfare Recipients Outnumber Full-Time Workers

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Corporate Welfare in the Forest

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Freedom Rider: Food Stamp Corporate Welfare, “Poverty is Good for Business”

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Food Stamps Most Rapidly Growing Welfare Program

Editor’s Note: As we reported yesterday, deliberate mass recruitment into welfare, including ads targeting illegal aliens, has been going on for years.

Elizabeth Harrington
Washington Free Beacon
October 17, 2013

Food stamps are the most inefficient, vastly expanding social welfare program in the country, according to a new study.

Forty-seven million people participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, and costs have increased over 358 percent since 2000.

The increase in recent years cannot be attributed to the economic recession, according to Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, but lax eligibility requirements and an aggressive campaign by governments to boost their rolls.

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Food Stamps Most Rapidly Growing Welfare Program

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Forget the Welfare State?

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Forget the welfare state?

The welfare state has been under pressure since the mid-1980s and the onset of neo-liberal economic policies across Europe. Capital has used the current crisis to intensify this pressure further. In Southern Europe, this is often directly enforced through the Troika in exchange for bailout packages, but in other countries such as the UK too, drastic cuts are justified by reference to increasing national debt and the global financial crisis. Trade unions and civil society organisations have struggled hard to defend the welfare state, but it has been a defensive struggle all the way and many aspects have already been lost. Trade union rights have been curbed in many countries, key industries such as telecommunications and postal services privatised and core services such as health and education increasingly marketised. Full employment policies have been a thing of the past for quite some time. In this blog post, I will reflect on the nature and contents of the welfare state and the possibilities of defending its achievements.

The welfare state is generally considered a major success of labour movements in industrialised countries. And indeed, as Asbjørn Wahl outlines in his book The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State, it was the strength of labour movements, built up in industrial struggles at the beginning of the 20thcentury, which forced concessions from capital against the background of regime competition during the Cold War. In exchange for continuing control over the means of production, capital accepted an expanded welfare state, policies of full employment and a strong role of trade unions in economic and social policy-making.

Importantly, however, this is only part of the story. As Wahl also makes clear, the welfare state included desirable qualities for capital too. Employers rely to a considerable extent on a healthy, well-educated and highly trained workforce in order to remain competitive. An efficient infrastructure and the provision of public services are also important to capital. In short, the welfare state has never been more than a compromise. In exchange for public services and employment, labour movements had to give up their ambition to reform or revolutionise the system beyond capitalism towards a socialist society based on the common, socialised ownership of the means of production.

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If the welfare state is attacked now, then this implies that capital has renounced its side of the compromise. In times of high unemployment, there is a big enough reserve army of workers ready to snap up whatever job comes their way. Many labour intensive jobs are transferred to low wage countries, while capital increasingly focuses on the training of a small, highly educated workforce in industrialised countries. In any case, if there are not enough skilled workers, employers bring in migrant workers, who in turn are missing for development in their countries of origin. The general education of wider society is no longer a top priority.

The fact that capital was able to renounce its part of the compromise ultimately reflects the change in the power balance in society since the early 1970s. Against the background of transnational production and deregulated national financial markets, the balance of power has decisively tipped in favour of capital and at the expense of labour. In this situation, defensive struggles to protect the welfare state are doomed to fail. Worst excesses may be avoided, the dismantling of services may be delayed, but ultimately the welfare state will be gone.

What does this imply for the strategy of labour? In my view, the defence of something, which cannot be defended, is the wrong way forward. Is this not the time to return to the initial vision of transforming society beyond capitalism? A society in which universal access to health care, education, public transport, etc. is part of the very foundation rather than depending on the goodwill of employers? Is this not the time to mobilise the workforce afresh around a programme, which challenges capital much more fundamentally and puts forward the vision of a socialist alternative?


Prof. Andreas Bieler
Professor of Political Economy
University of Nottingham/UK

Personal website: http://andreasbieler.net

26 September 2013

A Trumped-Up War on Welfare

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As Sovereignty Dies, EU Hauls UK to Court Over Immigrant Welfare

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Archbishop Seeks To Defuse Welfare Row

The new Archbishop of Canterbury has backed away from a row with ministers over welfare changes - and admitted he used to claim benefits himself.

Justin Welby hailed Tory Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith for attempting a "brave" reform of "a system that most people admit is shot full of holes, wrong incentives, and incredible complexity".

It comes after the Archbishop endorsed a letter at the weekend, signed by 43 bishops, that claimed capping benefit rises at 1% will have a "deeply disproportionate" effect on children.

Writing on his blog, he said: "Like many parish priests’ families, we got benefits, and it was incredibly complicated. For lots of people in the parishes where I worked, taking some extra hours of work could actually lower income; that is exactly the kind of thing that the move to universal credit aims to change."

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph he had said that "children and families will pay the price" if plans to change the system go ahead in their current form, leading Mr Duncan Smith to respond by saying the current system trapped millions in dependency.

The leader of the world's Anglican Communion described Duncan Smith as a "a leading and principled expert on welfare".

"The work and pensions secretary is also attempting this series of reforms at a time when, through no fault of his own, government finances are more squeezed than at any time in peace since the 1930s," he wrote.

"And reforms cost money. So he also has to manage a considerable task.

"Having met him, I am absolutely convinced he is trying to do something that he knows more about than most - and with the best possible motives.

"But, with a number of other Bishops (and we tend to live in, or have lived in, or have clergy living in, the most affected parts of our country), I feel that the particular way the burden is being shared is wrong."

Welby said he was not making a great, grand political gesture, but a "reasoned questioning of something that a lot of people are concerned about", adding: "Perhaps a little less heat and a little more clarity would help."

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Iain Duncan Smith Hits Back At Archbishop of Canterbury's Comments

The archbishop, who will be formally enthroned at Canterbury Cathedral on 21 March, went on London radio station LBC on Monday evening, but the station said he declined to discuss welfare while on the drivetime show with Ian Dale.

Lambeth Palace was not immediately available for comment.

The archbishop, an Old Etonian former banker who sits on the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, described the EU's plan for a cap on bonuses as a "blunt instrument" that could lead to basic salaries - which are already very high - rising to make up the difference.

"I think there is a fundamental question though which I've been asking on the Banking Commission, together with loads of other people including people you wouldn't describe as exactly left wing like Nigel Lawson and people like that, just questions about the overall level of pay in the banking world compared to the level of pay in other sectors of life," he said.

"And there seems to be a big gap that we should be rather cautious about."

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Liam Fox Calls For Further Cuts To Welfare Budget

Chancellor George Osborne should announce further cuts to the welfare budget and the civil service, former Cabinet minister Liam Fox said as he indicated he would like to return to frontline politics.

Dr Fox, a standard-bearer for the Tory right, called for deeper reductions in public spending and tax cuts for businesses as he identified economic growth as the key factor if the Tories are to win the next election.

"We need to get a firmer grip on spending. One of the biggest rises in our budget is the interest we are paying on our debt. That has risen from just over £40 billion, it will rise to almost £60 billion by the next general election," he told Sky News' Murnaghan programme

"That means that we are paying more in debt interest than we are spending on defence and overseas aid and the foreign office all combined."

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Liam Fox called for tax cuts to boost businesses

He said Mr Osborne should target the welfare budget and the size of Whitehall as areas for spending cuts.But he also called for a package of tax cuts to boost business.

"Cutting taxes on business I think is key to get more people into work, I personally would like to see capital gains tax taken down to get more activity into the economy. We need to be creative: if we are creative we get growth, if we get growth we get re-election.

Fox acknowledged there had been "muttering" about David Cameron's leadership but insisted the Prime Minister had silenced his critics over Europe.

He praised Mr Cameron's announcement that a Tory government would offer an in/out referendum on membership of the European Union, which he claimed had blunted the threat to the Tories posed by the UK Independence Party (Ukip).

"What would be the point in a general election of voting for a party like Ukip ... when the Conservatives will promise and deliver a referendum if we are elected, and voting for a party like Ukip can only increase the chance of Labour being re-elected and they will deny the voters a choice," he said.

Asked if he would take a post in the government if Mr Cameron offered it, Dr Fox said anyone offered the chance to serve their country "ought to say yes".

Questions about Mr Cameron's leadership have been asked in recent weeks after reports that backbencher Adam Afriyie was being touted as a potential successor.

Asked on Sky News' Murnaghan programme if Mr Afriyie was a "stalking horse" acting as cover for his own leadership challenge, the former Cabinet minister said: "I've been in Parliament for nearly 21 years and I can never remember a time in all 21 years when there wasn't muttering going on about whoever was the party leader at the time or prime minister at the time.

"Party leaders have to get over that and go ahead and do what they believe to be correct. The Prime Minister got a great victory for the UK at the EU summit this week, which of course all those defeatists said would not be possible.

"He went in, negotiated hard, showed considerable diplomatic skill and got a great outcome for the United Kingdom."

Dr Fox quit the government over his controversial relationship with self-styled adviser Adam Werritty but indicated he would accept an offer of a return to the ministerial ranks from Mr Cameron.

"That's not a question for me, that's a question for the Prime Minister and I'm sure he will have his view on that.

"If anyone was asked by a prime minister if you are willing to serve your country I think they ought to say yes."

Fox Suggests Welfare Queens Responsible For Obama’s High Popularity

You'd think that since the “47%” meme hasn't worked out so well, Fox would have dropped it by now. But, like that old definition of insanity, they keep doing the same thing and expecting new results. Only now it's the 60% of Americans who approve of President Obama's job performance, despite the “dismal” economy, who are the “takers.”

On Fox & Friends this morning, the Curvy Couch Crew gnashed their teeth over the the fact that President Obama is riding high in popularity even as the economy shrank in the last quarter for the first time since 2009.

Steve Doocy said about the economic news:

How could it be unexpected? All you've gotta do is look at what's about to happen. We're about to decimate the national security. There's a possibility the 1.2 million security jobs could be lost in this country, plus all the regulations placed on businesses with the Affordable Care Act. It's shocking that the number isn't worse.

Then with his clown face, Doocy sneered that White House spokesman Jay Carney isn't blaming George Bush now. “He just blames the Republicans in general.”

Brian Kilmeade, noting that the stock market is up, but consumer confidence down, cried out, “But the president's approval rating is 60%! It's like he's impervious to numbers!"

Doocy made sure to throw cold water on the stock market rise. He said the market is up because “the Fed is pumping all this dough every month, billions and billions of dollars into the economy. And the unemployment number – you know, it's just under 8% but it would be much higher if you factored in all the people who simply said, 'I can't find a job. We give up!'”

Having established the economic gloom and doom, they then turned to the question of why President Obama is so popular. Of course, they could have done a teensy bit of research and discovered that the country received his second inaugural address very favorably. Despite Fox News' best efforts. Or that, as Nate Silver recently pointed out, Obama “has at least a slim majority of Americans in his corner” on most of the issues he raised, including guns, climate change and immigration. Also despite Fox's best efforts.

Instead of facts, Doocy opined that the “mainstream media” is responsible for Obama's popularity because it has not reported enough about how “dismal” the economy is. He added, “It's the same thing in the run up to the election. The number one story affecting the most Americans: the economy. But instead, what do we get? We got the 47%, war on women. We got the binders, we got everything except what really matters.”

You mean like Benghazi? Or birtherism? You didn't build that? Or how the polling was not accurately predicting Romney's victory?

Gretchen Carlson wasn't convinced. She said, “People will write books about this for years on end how the popularity of this president remained so high and yet the economy remains relatively dismal.”

So, without bothering to lift a finger to come up with any actual data, they turned to their audience for “answers.” Previously Carlson had said they had received “different thoughts” from viewers as to why the president is still so popular. First, Carlson summarized by saying, “Some people said that it's because, you know, a lot of people now are in situations where they're receiving government handouts and so they like to see a president in power who believes in continuing to do those types of programs.”

Then they posted some individual emails and/or tweets reinforcing that view:

  • Ever heard the saying, 'Don't shoot Santa Clause?” If you do not work, you had no increase in payroll deductions. If you're here illegally, you have the same rights as legal citizens and now everyone is going to be granted legal status.” (from “Charley”)
  • That's easy, It is because he hands out welfare like we hand out candy to kids at Halloween. Groceries, cell phone, gas, house, TV and any other thing you can think of... without having to put an effort to get off the couch and get a job. Why not like that person? (from “Scott”)

However, Carlson did dig up a tweet from Republican Senator John Thune responding to Jay Carney's remarks and asking, “What planet do these guys live on?"

Um, maybe the one where S&P downgraded the U.S. credit rating because of Republican "brinksmanship." But you probably won't hear much about that on Planet Fox News.

From Welfare Queens to Disabled Deadbeats

If you want to understand the trouble Republicans are in, one good place to start is with the obsession the right has lately developed with the rising disability rolls. The growing number of Americans receiving disability payments has, for many on the right, become a symbol of our economic and moral decay; we’re becoming a nation of malingerers.

As Jared Bernstein points out, there’s a factual problem here: a large part of the rise in the disability rolls reflects simple demographics, because aging baby boomers are a lot more likely to have real ailments than those same workers did when they were in their 20s and 30s. The Social Security Administration does a formal adjustment for this reality, and as Jared says, it looks like this:

It looks a lot less dramatic, doesn’t it?

And as for the rest of what’s going on, CBO — which also concludes (pdf) that a lot of it is demographics — adds this description of policy changes:

In 1984, lawmakers enacted the Disability Benefits Reform Act, which expanded the ways in which people could qualify for the DI program. That legislation, in addition to reversing several of the cost-containment measures enacted as part of the 1980 Social Security Disability Amendments, shifted the criteria for DI eligibility from a list of specific impairments to a more general consideration of a person’s medical condition and ability to work. The legislation allowed applicants to qualify for benefits on the basis of the combined effect of multiple medical conditions, each of which taken alone might not have met the criteria. It also allowed symptoms of mental illness and pain to be considered in assessing whether a person qualified for admission to the DI program, even in the absence of a clear-cut medical diagnosis.

So yes, there has been some liberalization of the criteria — if you have multiple interacting conditions or mental illness, you may qualify in ways you didn’t before — but that liberalization is pretty reasonable. It’s still quite hard to qualify for DI.

What strikes me, however, isn’t just the way the right is trying to turn a reasonable development into some kind of outrage; it’s the political tone-deafness.

I mean, when Reagan ranted about welfare queens driving Cadillacs, he was inventing a fake problem — but his rant resonated with angry white voters, who understood perfectly well who Reagan was targeting. But Americans on disability as moochers? That isn’t, as far as I can tell, an especially nonwhite group — and it’s a group that is surely as likely to elicit sympathy as disdain. There’s just no way it can serve the kind of political purpose the old welfare-kicking rhetoric used to perform.

The same goes, more broadly, for the whole nation of takers thing. First of all, a lot of the “taking” involves Social Security and Medicare. And even the growth in means-tested programs is largely accounted for by the Earned Income Tax Credit — which requires and rewards work — and the expansion of Medicaid/CHIP to cover more children. Again, not the greatest of political targets.

The point, I think, is that right-wing intellectuals and politicians live in a bubble in which denunciations of those bums on disability and those greedy children getting free health care are greeted with shouts of approval — but now have to deal with a country where the same remarks come across as greedy and heartless (because they are).

And I don’t think this is a problem that can be solved with a slight change in the rhetoric.

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Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman is professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University and a regular columnist for The New York Times. Krugman was the 2008 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics. He is the author of numerous books, including The Conscience of A Liberal, The Return of Depression Economics, and his most recent, End This Depression Now!.

Horse Abattoir Film Reveals Welfare Breaches

Sky News has uncovered shocking animal welfare conditions at a UK horse abattoir.

They include animals being beaten, neglected and illegal procedures in the process of slaughtering British horses destined for European food markets.

It comes amid public anger that some of our biggest supermarkets have been selling beef burgers and other products that contained horse meat .

Sky News visited the Red Lion Abattoir near Nantwich in Cheshire after concerns were raised by Animal Welfare Group Hillside Animal Sanctuary.

Investigators at Hillside  fitted secret cameras which filmed horses being beaten with an iron rod to encourage them into the pens. 

Some were then crammed into the slaughter pens in pairs and, on one occasion, a group of three, before being stunned together.

In harrowing images the horses fall on top of each other. Under The Welfare of  Anim als Act 1995 , horses should not be slaughtered in sight of one another because of the distress it causes.

Furthermore, Sky News found that sick or injured horses were left untended overnight rather than put down immediately.

As a result of the investigation, two slaughter men have had their licences revoked.

Craig Kirby, head of approvals and veterinary advice at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) told Sky News: "As soon as we got the footage and reviewed it we took immediate action to revoke the slaughter men's licences.

"That means they cannot work to slaughter animals again. We will also look to gather further evidence to see if we can prosecute."

Former government chief veterinary officer Keith Meldrum, who viewed the footage, said he was shocked by what he described as "appalling" welfare breaches.

"We see three animals stunned at the same time and it is totally illegal and contrary to welfare slaughter regulations," he said.

"It's a significant welfare problem for a number of reasons. It's harder to render them unconscious in a group and they have a higher chance of regaining consciousness before you've completed the procedure."

Another incident filmed included a horse that appeared to come round from the stun while being hung upside down before being bled. Mr Meldrum described it as "totally and completely unacceptable".

FSA statistics released to Sky News show a dramatic increase in the number of UK horses slaughtered every year, from 3,859 in 2007 to 8,426 in 2012.

Depending on the size and breed they are bought for anything between £100 to £300 and can fetch around 700 euro on the European meat markets.

The animals come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are former pets, others come from show jumping or the race track.

A report last year from the British Horseracing Authority  (BHA) found: "The number of thoroughbreds reported dead to the Horse Passport Issuing Authority rose by 580 - an increase of 29% - from 1994 to 2574 horses.

"Of these, 1127 horses either in training, breeding or out of training were reported as killed in abattoirs - and reported to the Government Meat Hygiene Service - from 499 horses in 2010, an increase of 126%."

However, in a statement to Sky News, the BHA added: "This is a wider equine issue and not an issue for the British racing industry, which is one of the country's most highly regulated equine pursuits.

"However, if there are allegations that any horse, whether thoroughbred or not, is being inhumanely treated in an abattoir we would fully support any investigation and subsequent action, if appropriate."

During the investigation, Hillside Animal Sanctuary rescued one racehorse called Underwriter by bidding against the abattoir at auction. They discovered it had a distinguished career.

John Watson, from Hillside, said: "It's not just ill and old horses being killed. There are very many fit and healthy horses, horses with foals, pregnant mares, and thoroughbreds that are being treated badly.

"It blows away the myth of humane slaughter, and there is a misery in that place that is palpable."

Hillside's lead investigator, who did not want to be identified, added: "What we've found has shocked us deeply; animals left with horrendous injuries and horses shot on top of each other.

"In all the years I've been doing this work, without doubt it's the most harrowing experience I've come across. All the horses in there had their heads hung down."

The Red Lion Abattoir told us it views animal welfare and public health with paramount importance.

In a statement it said: "In attendance at the The Red Lion Abattoir are three full time Food Standards Officers comprising of an official veterinarian and full-time meat hygiene inspectors throughout production."

It said the incidents were "not the norm, but of an isolated nature" and they have taken disciplinary action against the individual featured.

The statement continued: "I agree horses should individually enter the stunning area and most certainly not three at a time.

"However, small horses and ponies having spent years together as companions are difficult to separate. Horse lovers would understand that.

"My opinion and that of other veterinarians is it is better to keep those types together to reduce the stress, providing swift dispatch is achieved."

The Red Lion Abattoir also insisted it meat was not part of the recent supermarket burger scandal.

The horses there are destined to be served in European food markets. The scandal this time is the way they are treated, in the last moments of their lives, in a licenced British abattoir. 

Roly Owers, chief executive of World Horse Welfare , viewed the footage and said: "The breaches, from what we've seen, are throughout; from the care of the animals to the slaughter process.

"Horses are intelligent animals. When they see an animal stunned in front of them you can only imagine the distress that animal is going through. There are, without doubt, welfare issues here and it is plain illegal."

The RSPCA said "The footage is shocking and upsetting to watch."  They have requested a full copy of the film with a view to investigating.

UK Lib Dems slammed for welfare vote

Labour MPs have slammed the Lib-Dems for backing the government's welfare benefits cuts.

British Labour MPs have criticized the Liberal Democrats for ensuring a Commons victory in the coalition government’s benefit changes.

Reacting to the support of the Tories’ coalition partners for the controversial Welfare Uprating Bill, Halton Labour MP Derek Twigg said that the Liberal Democrats should "hang their heads in shame."

Only four of the 57 Liberal Democrat MPs voted against the government’s plans to limit annual increases in working-age benefits to 1 percent for the next three years. Two other Liberal Democrats voted both ways in a form of abstention.

Twigg said Labour MPs would also pursue ministers to find out how many disabled people will be hit by the Bill.

Labour backbenchers spoke passionately about the suffering of poor people in their own constituencies, but the government side ran out of speakers for the debate in the Commons on January 8 an hour before the end.

North Durham MP Kevan Jones interrupted an angry outburst by right-wing Tory Aidan Burley to tell him, "The only worklessness in this chamber today is on the Tory back benches. There has been an average of only 12 Tory backbenchers all afternoon."

This comes as the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said about 7 million working households in the UK will have their incomes slashed by the benefits cap introduced by the Chancellor George Osborne.

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Miliband Accuses Cameron Of Attempting To ‘Divide And Rule’ Over Welfare Bill

Ed Miliband has accused Cameron of attempting to "divide and rule" after the House of Commons voted in favour of legislation to impose real-terms cuts on welfare.

Wednesday's vote exposed tensions between the coalition parties, with four Liberal Democrat MPs - including ex-minister Sarah Teather - rebelling by voting against the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill, while former leader Charles Kennedy abstained.

Mr Kennedy said he wanted to see changes to the legislation, which caps benefit rises at a below-inflation 1% for the next three years, before it becomes law.

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Miliband accused Cameron of attempting to divide and rule

Charities which work with poor families voiced dismay at the outcome of last night's vote, which saw MPs give the Bill a second reading by a majority of 56, clearing the way for more detailed scrutiny in committee.

But Mr Cameron insisted the cap - branded a "strivers' tax" by Labour - was "fair" at a time when wages are increasing only slowly.

In a message on Twitter, the Prime Minister said: "The Commons vote to limit benefit rises to 1% while pay is only rising at 1% is fair. Labour have the wrong priorities."

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith told MPs that benefit levels had grown by 20% since the beginning of the recession, while incomes for those in work have risen by just 10%.

"What we are trying to do over the next few years is get that back to a fair settlement and then eventually it will go back onto inflation," he said.

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Cameron branded it a 'strivers' tax

The cap, announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his Autumn Statement last year, is aimed at slashing £5 billion from the welfare bill over the next five years.

Mr Osborne has previously justified it by asking: "Where is the fairness... for the shift-worker, leaving home in the dark hours of the early morning, who looks up at the closed blinds of their next-door neighbour sleeping off a life on benefits?"

But Mr Miliband said the benefits debate marked "a fork in the road for the country", citing figures showing that almost 70% of those who will lose out from the changes are in employment.

"It's now clear what the government's strategy is: it's a divide and rule strategy," the Labour leader told the Daily Mirror.

"They haven't succeeded in the first two-and-a-half years so they want to point the finger of blame at someone else so it doesn't get pointed at them. And therefore they are trying to divide and rule.

"They are cutting taxes for millionaires while hitting low-paid people, those people whose curtains are open when George Osborne gets up and still open when he goes to bed."

Mr Kennedy, who voted in both the Yes and No lobbies to register his abstention, said he was now "looking now to work with like-minded Lib Dems to amend the bill in its later stages".

Ms Teather, who lost her job as children and families minister in September last year, hit out at Tory ministers' characterisation of the measure as a division between "shirkers and strivers", warning it would have "long-term impacts on public attitudes, on attitudes of one neighbour against another".

She was joined in the No lobby by fellow Liberal Democrats David Ward, John Leech and Julian Huppert. Andrew George also abstained by voting in both lobbies and a further three Lib Dems who had earlier voted against a Labour amendment were absent for the key division.

Labour former foreign secretary David Miliband said the "rancid" bill was motivated by "the politics of dividing lines".

"The enemy within is not the unemployed, the enemy within is unemployment. I don't want to live in a society where we pretend that we can enjoy the good life while our neighbours lose their life chances," he said.

But Mr Duncan Smith accused the last Labour administration of "spending taxpayers' money like drunks on a Friday night" and "buying votes" by increasing handouts.

Labour had tied increasing numbers of households into the benefit system and created a "ridiculous nonsense" which made nine out of 10 families with children eligible for tax credits, he said.

Barnardo's chief executive Anne Marie Carrie warned that MPs risked condemning children in Britain's poorest families to "growing up stuck in the poverty trap, as their parents struggle to cover basic costs of living".

And Oxfam's director of UK poverty, Chris Johnes, said working-age benefits which poor families rely upon were being made to bear the brunt of Government cuts.

"Already, compared to average earnings, benefits are at their lowest levels since the welfare state was founded," said Mr Johnes

"On top of this, inequality will deepen as the proposed changes in the bill are undoubtedly going to hit poor families hardest."

Welfare Uprating Bill Will ‘Punish The Poorest’

As MPs gather to vote on plans to cap benefits and slash a further £5 billion from the welfare bill, a single mother affected by the cuts told the Huffington Post UK: "I don't know how I will survive."

The Welfare Uprating Bill proposes a 1% cap on most working age benefit payments and tax credits, ending inflation-linked rises and introducing what will be a real-terms benefits cut.

Ministers say the cap is needed because it is unfair that welfare payments have been rising twice as fast as wages during recent years of austerity.

However charities and campaign groups have slammed the 'indefensible' legislation, saying it will punish the most disadvantaged, deepen inequality and increase child poverty.

Sarah Easterbrook, 39, has a 16 hour contract at a large supermarket chain. She'd like more hours but they don't have them at times which would fit around her childcare. She brings home around £1000 a month with her tax credit.

She told the Huffington Post UK it is a daily struggle to make ends meet and that if her benefits were to be capped it would be devastating.

"By the time I’ve paid for fuel, gas bills, council tax and rent I’m left with £50 a month and I’m meant to clothe and feed my child with that.

"My mum was paying for my daughter’s packed lunches for a while because I just couldn’t afford to pay it. I don’t qualify for school meals because I work part time and they cost around £40 a month," she said.

"There's never enough at the end of the week. You think to yourself 'I’m working so why am I in this situation?'

"Family and friends tell me to give up work but I don’t think that would solve anything. I’ve worked all my life and I just couldn’t sit at home all day.

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Sarah and her daughter

Sarah's daughter is five years old. Her daughter’s father has stopped making child support payments and the Child Support Agency are unable to trace him. She said she's noticed food prices increasing over the past year, and is worried as she is already having to cut back on food.

"I don’t know how I will survive if any benefits are capped. At the moment the grocery shop seems to be the one taking the cut because I’ve already cut back as much as I can.

"I struggle most days just making ends meet. I buy bits and pieces of food every day and if I’m lucky I can do a big shop every two months. That’s to buy things like detergent, maybe put some tins of food in the cupboard and putting some stuff in the freezer.

"There’s just not any more hours available for me to do at work: I’m restricted over times because I need to take my daughter to school and back."

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said the decision to cap some benefits was not taken lightly but was necessary to tackle the deficit.

"Reducing the deficit is the number one priority for the government because, if we don't, what happens is borrowing rises and you have to pay for that, so low-paid taxpayers will pick up a massive bill if you don't resolve that," he said

Clegg has also defended the bill, saying the three-year-squeeze was necessary to stop schools and the NHS from suffering.

However Ms Eastbrook said that the government didnt understand how the cuts were really affecting people.

Her story of a working woman still struggling on benefits is at odds with the 'strivers and shirkers' rhetoric by the Conservative party which has also come under fire.

"It really annoys me because they don’t understand what it is like to struggle. There’s not a lot you can do; it’s just the way this government seems to be.

"People who are working part time will soon have to do cash in hand jobs just to get by. The government will push them to it and that’s not right."

Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group, criticised Iain Duncan Smith in a statement, quoting comments he made in November that "this government will always stand by its commitment to tackle child poverty".

"But the impact assessment does nothing to explain how he can square that statement with this poverty-producing bill,” she said.

“The truth, of course, is that the main impact of this bill will be to make life much more difficult for millions of ordinary families, whether they are surviving on meagre benefits or relying on tax credits to make work pay."

Analysis of the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found half of working-age households with someone in work would be affected in some way.

The average loss would be £165 a year for seven million families - compared with around £215 for the 2.5 million workless households hit by the cap, it said.

Matthew Reed, chief executive of the Children's Society, said the bill will hit families across the board, adding "From a nurse with two children losing £424 a year by 2015, to the army second lieutenant with three children losing £552 a year, this will hit children and families from all walks of life.

At least two Liberal Democrat MPs have said they will rebel tonight by opposing the cap, with another warning that a "large number" were opposed to the measure.

Labour is voting against the legislation too, pointing to analysis showing seven million working households will lose out by an average £165 per year.

In Commons clashes ahead of the debate - deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman said the government had "failed on compassion".

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Suspected far-right extremists veiled a Holocaust memorial in Lakewood, New Jersey, with a banner displaying an...

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Britain will begin trade negotiations with the US later next month contrary to EU rules...

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The federally-funded program Lifeline is designed for low-income Americans, but now it’s under fire for practices...

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The Trump administration aims to slash spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, by US $193 billion over...

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It goes far beyond Donald Trump. He's just simple-mindedly exacerbating a trend. Clear signs of deterioration have been building in our nation, some of...

Future Shock: Imagining India

What might a future India look like? If current policies continue, it could mean dozens of mega-cities with up to 40 million inhabitants and just two...

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Hundreds of U.S. mayors have rejected the ongoing militarism supported by the present and Congress and instead called for a budget that supports "human...

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Criticism poured in from all sides after the Conservative Party finally reached a deal with...

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Published time: 23 Jun, 2017 14:30 European Council President Donald Tusk says Theresa May’s proposals...

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Janine Jackson interviewed Trudy Lieberman about covering Trumpcare for the June 16, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

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Contrary to the mythological story known as "American Exceptionalism," the United States does a poor job, according to a fresh analysis, of meeting even...

A Grain of Truth: RCEP and the Corporate Hijack of Indian Agriculture

The plight of farmers in India has been well documented. A combination of debt, economic liberalisation, subsidised imports, rising input costs and a shift...

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Harvard dropout and Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg recently gave the commencement address at Harvard. In his speech he proposed a “universal basic income to...

Media Use Attack on Mosque to Smear Mosque

The Daily Mail‘s original headline on the attack on the Finsbury Park Mosque described it as “hate cleric Abu Hamza’s former mosque”–despite its having...

Imam praised for saving life of suspect in London mosque attack

Published time: 19 Jun, 2017 20:59 The Muslim cleric who prevented the angry worshippers from...

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Published time: 19 Jun, 2017 10:01 Witnesses of the suspected terrorist attack in north London’s...

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The van attack on civilians near a mosque in north London was deliberate and should...

At least 1 dead at the scene, 10 injured in London’s Finsbury Park van...

The Muslim Council of Britain has issued a statement following the Finsbury Park attack, urging the UK authorities to step up security at...

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A producer of RT’s Ruptly video agency has come under a vicious attack while covering...

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Tiny Qatar, the mouse that roared, has now managed to enrage the larger part of the Arab world and defy the newly-minted Mideast expert,...

Forbes’ ‘Go Bust’ Prescription For Indian Farmers Is A Death Warrant

By Binu Mathew and Colin Todhunter Background Washington’s long-term plan has been to restructure indigenous agriculture across the world and tie it to an international system...

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Janine Jackson interviewed Rebecca Vallas about the Washington Post‘s series on disability insurance for the June 9, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a...

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Published time: 13 Jun, 2017 11:28 Prime Minister Theresa May has apologized to Tory MPs...

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Puerto Ricans to vote between statehood & independence

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Jeremy Corbyn’s meteoric rise could be Theresa May’s undoing

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has confounded his critics by turning a 24 point Conservative lead...

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As it looked as though U.K. election might be heading towards shocking results and a hung Parliament, Labour leady Jeremy Corbyn called on Conservative...

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Can the Commons and peer-to-peer (P2P) practices really offer viable solutions for our present and future social, political and ecological crises? Spain’s municipal successes...

Trump Just Cemented His Legacy as America’s Worst-Ever President

In an inexplicable abdication of any semblance of responsibility or leadership, Donald Trump has announced that he will begin the process to withdraw the...

900,000 Brits too fat to work, study claims

Almost 900,000 people in Britain are out of work because they are overweight, according to a new study. The figure is five times higher...

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A survivor of the 7/7 London bombings was found dead in his home after last...

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Vigil for Victims of Manchester Bombing Interrupted by Axeman

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We Americans tend to be self-satisfied about our national commitment to civil liberties and human rights; when political figures talk about “American Exceptionalism,” they...

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Remnant Review I begin with a familiar pie chart. It is well named. It is a chart of the political pie. This chart is from 2015....

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Don’t Count on the Precedent of Watergate to Help Depose Trump. We Got Lucky.

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Reporter Attacked Live on Air During Report on Immigration in Rome

An Italian TV reporter and her cameraman were assaulted during a live broadcast whilst covering the living conditions of African migrants hoping...

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LANDSLIDE: France Overwhelmingly Says "NON" to Fascism, Trumpism

Centrist Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidency with a landslide victory over the far-right, nationalist Marine Le Pen of Front National. Macron, 39,...

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Before you go to sleep Sunday you will have learned a new name, the name at least six or seven of your fellow-Americans already...

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FBI uncovers Boston Marathon-style NYC bomb plot, charges NJ man

A New Jersey man arrested for trying to kill his family dog has been charged with...

Zoo with 500 dead animals to get new license

A zoo responsible for the deaths of 500 animals has been endorsed for a new...

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Congress ended the week by passing a continuing resolution keeping the government funded for one more week. This stopgap funding bill is designed to...

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The loss of the so-called flyover states was the key—and very surprising—factor in Hillary Clinton's loss of last year's presidential election. Some pundits attributed...

‘Very last option’: McCain skeptical about preemptive strike on N.Korea

Washington’s war hawk, John McCain, who applauded Trump for bombing an airbase in Syria earlier in...

Jeremy Corbyn Is Britain’s Best Hope

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The State of Capitalism — When and Why Will It End?

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Federal officials have declared an “unusual mortality event” after finding a high number of dead whales...

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Britain’s ‘two-tier’ asylum system leaves refugees destitute, homeless – MPs

A cross-party group of MPs is calling for a review of the ‘two-tier’ asylum system...

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Back in the 1970s, I was routinely accused of being a member of the “lunatic left”. Perhaps my youthful idealistic enthusiasm for utopian political...

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Immigration Follies

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Toward a Politics of Ungovernability: Shutting Down American-Style Authoritarianism

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At least 750 immigrants on prison hunger strike over $1 a-day-pay and conditions

Hundreds of immigrants at the privately-run Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, are on a hunger...

The Menace of Trump and the New Authoritarianism: An Interview With Henry Giroux

President Trump has surrounded himself with warmongers, adding to the threat of military escalation in Syria and beyond. (Image: JR / TO; Adapted: Matt...

Trump approves Montenegro membership in NATO

Published time: 11 Apr, 2017 14:56Edited time: 11 Apr, 2017 15:16 President Donald Trump has signed the...

They Took Your Clothes and Gave You a Barrel

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‘15 minute makeover:’ Spoof exposes shocking reality of elderly care crisis (VIDEO)

Published time: 6 Apr, 2017 16:37 Unison, one of Britain’s biggest trade unions, has kicked off...

#Rapeclause: Abuse survivors must do extra paperwork to claim benefits for ‘non-consensual’ children

Published time: 6 Apr, 2017 15:24 Britain’s Conservative government has ruled that victims of rape must...

A Tax Plan Only a One Percenter Could Love

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Homeless families are being forced out of London as temporary housing costs soar

Homeless families in London are being given temporary accommodation outside the capital because the spiralling cost of rent is draining council funds, new figures...

Medicaid Saved Obamacare, and Single-Payer Universal Health Insurance May Be Back on the Agenda...

A lot of the reporting on the GOP's attempted repeal of ObamaCare has focused on the Freedom Caucus, a group of libertarian-minded representatives for...

The Aging City: In a Migrant Metropolis, When New Arrivals Grow Old, Where Do...

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Trump, the Enigma

Oddly, with Trump having come out against non-Anglo Saxons, Muslims, immigrants, people on welfare, foreign aid, government support of the Arts, environmentalists, ACA, media,...

Quarter of Britain’s poorest families going hungry, survey finds

Around 25 percent of low-income families in the UK regularly undereat because of insufficient funds,...

Disabled Nigerian asylum seeker ‘dragged around on a chain,’ treated ‘like a goat’

A disabled woman who faces deportation to Nigeria by British immigration authorities has claimed she...

NYPD detective arrested for masturbating while looking through child’s window

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Britain’s poorest children constantly moving house & going hungry – study

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Immigration: No Easy Answers

The cross border flood of millions of immigrants provokes profound political divisions, violence and the rise of mass movements challenging the unity of the...

Trump's Austerity Budget Increases Military Recruiters' Power to Prey on Youth

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Colorado must protect health & environment before allowing fracking, court rules

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Poverty in Germany reaches new record high

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Off with the head, no cake and no bread

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Roaming Charges: My Brain is Hanging Upside Down

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Media Find Room for ‘Trumpcare Too Progressive,’ but Not for Single-Payer – Right-wing critics...

In May 2009, at the infancy of the healthcare reform battle that led to the Affordable Care Act, a group of nurses and single-payer...

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US ruling elite moves to repeal the 1960s

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Restoring a Responsible ‘Conservatism’

As much as “liberal” has become a dirty word in U.S. politics, the word “conservative” has been ripped from all...

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Sanders blasts GOP healthcare act’s ‘disgraceful’ tax breaks for the wealthy

Published time: 12 Mar, 2017 18:35 The Republican plan to overhaul the US healthcare system is “far...

Steve Bannon’s Apocalyptic ‘Unravelling’

Donald Trump’s upbeat slogan is “Make America Great Again,” but his chief strategist Steve Bannon sees apocalyptic days ahead, a...

The Great Enemy of American Freedom

“Rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re privileges. That’s all we’ve ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary...

The Republican Health-Care Bill is the Worst of So Many Worlds

With the release of the American Health Care Act, House Republicans have pulled off an impressive feat: managing to alienate virtually everybody with a...

Daycare worker arrested in Pennsylvania after pushing 4yo girl down stairs (VIDEO)

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License renewal denied for zoo where 500 animals died

The owner of a Cumbrian zoo, where almost 500 animals died and a keeper was...

How Is Trump Planning to Attack Reproductive Rights, LGBT Equality, and Religious Minorities? We’ll...

There is no question that President Trump hopes to stop progress toward full LGBT equality and access to reproductive rights. Trump has vowed to...

A State’s Right to Honest Money

History shows that, if individuals have the freedom to choose what to use as money, they will likely opt for gold or silver. Of course,...

National security adviser forced out for ‘mansplaining’ to PM Theresa May

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‘The Basis of a Humane Immigration Policy Is to Respect People as Human Beings’...

Janine Jackson interviewed Mizue Aizeki about criminalizing immigrants for the February 24, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Mizue Aizeki: “The...

Strawberries and Solidarity: Farmworkers Build Unity Around Driscoll's Berries Boycott

Gloria Gracida Martinez was sent to the fields to pick fruits and vegetables when she was just 10 years old. She knows firsthand how...

Nobody Needs a Lecture on Morality from Paul Ryan

For nearly half a century now, America’s middle-class working families have been pummeled by corporate greedmeisters and their political henchmen. Indeed, during the recession, the...

500 animals die at British zoo that left a monkey to rot behind a...

Published time: 28 Feb, 2017 17:23 South Lakes Safari Zoo in Cumbria, north west England, has...

First Trump Budget to Take Aim at Non-Retiree Social Safety Net

President Trump's shadow on a wall in the State Dining Room during a meeting of National Governors Association where he spoke about budget policy,...

Double Punishment: After Prison, Moms Face Legal Battles to Reunite With Kids

Incarcerated parents -- usually mothers -- have to meet formidable benchmarks to avoid permanently losing custody. (Image: Pixabay; Edited: JR / TO) This story was...

The Benefits of Leftist Violence

Between the attacks against Trump supporters, thuggish protests against Milo Yiannopoulos at college campuses, and the murder of police officers by black militants,...

Who’s Behind US Downward-Mobility?

President Trump blames Mexicans, Chinese and other foreigners for the plight of downwardly mobile Americans but the real culprits are...

Trump, Moral Panics and Resistance

From the outset of Donald Trump’s campaign for the Presidency the infamous New York billionaire made it clear that the tactic of moral panic...

Fed Up with 'Dysfunction and Deadlock,' Former FEC Chair Will Resign

The primary responsibilities of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) are to ensure full disclosure of campaign money and fair enforcement of election law, former...

Stepping Away from Microscopes, Thousands Protest War on Science

Responding to the troubling suppression of science under the Trump administration, thousands of scientists, allies, and frontline communities are holding a rally in Boston's...

Senate Confirms Austerity Champion Congressman as Influential White House Staffer

Rep. Mick Mulvaney, President Trump's pick to be next director of the Office of Management and Budget, testifies at his conformation hearing before the...

European Union as NATO’s Auxiliary Economic Alliance

In a recent interview, Donald Trump has praised Britain for opting out of the European Union and called it a smart move. Moreover, he...

Plan to scrap child refugee resettlement scheme condemned by UK children’s commissioners

Britain’s four children’s commissioners have written to Tory Home Secretary Amber Rudd expressing their “deep...

Millions of UK families on brink of poverty, report from leading think tank finds

Rising prices and stagnating incomes have left millions of British families on the very brink...

It’s time to end “wealthfare”

by Gerald E. Scorse / February 14th, 2017 In 1996, making good on a shrewd political promise, President Clinton ended “welfare as we know it”....

10yo girl with autism found locked in cage at Tennessee home

A couple in northeastern Tennessee has been charged with child abuse after police found a 10-year-old...

May accused of ‘sweetheart deal’ to prevent embarrassment of wealthy Tory council raising taxes

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of doing a ‘sweetheart deal’ with a...

Mass Arrest of Armed Refugee-Invaders in Vienna

Police in Austria arrested 22 Muslims from Chechnya, who were pretending to be refugees in Vienna, and seized a machine gun and...

Trump in the White House: What You See is What You Get

Photo by Mark Taylor | CC BY 2.0 Donald J. Trump may be many things, but coy is not among them. What you see is...

Britain in line for decade of austerity & highest tax burden in 30 years,...

As the UK faces another decade of austerity, Britain’s tax burden is to hit its...

8yo boy kills 5yo sister and injures brother with handgun

A Florida mother could face criminal charges after her 8-year-old son killed his younger sister and...

Universal Basic Income: Far-Fetched or Inevitable?

It is a utopian idea, literally, but is enjoying a renaissance as politicians and policy wonks grapple with technology-driven changes that could redefine our...

Side-By-Side: Obama's 2008 Speech on Race vs. Trump's 2017 Black History Month Remarks

We the people, in order to form a more perfect union... Two hundred and twenty-one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the...

Sweden Took 162k Refugees Last Year, 494 Got Jobs

Just 494 out of the 162,000 refugees who applied for asylum in Sweden in 2015 have managed to get a job, according...

Austerity strikes back: Living standards set to tumble as Britain’s ‘mini-boom’ ends

British living standards are set to crash as the “mini-boom” witnessed over recent years comes to an end, dragging income growth down to just...

What Trump’s Wall Says to the World

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” wrote poet Robert Frost in the opening line of “Mending Walls.” And on the American left there...

The Economy: What Now?

We must now examine how a new Presidency looks at averting a long overdue economic collapse.  GW Bush knew what he faced going in...

NYT Apologies Depend on Whose Lives Are Distorted

The kind of reaction the New York Times‘ whatever-did-menfolk-do? story got on social media. Sometimes the New York Times recognizes that it made a mistake...

'We have to deliver': Trump calls congressional Republicans to action

President Donald Trump urged the Republican members of the US Congress to help him deliver on...

Dog trainer repeatedly shocks himself with electric collar in push for ban (VIDEO)

A dog trainer has filmed himself being repeatedly shocked with an electric collar in a bid to get the “cruel and dangerous” devices banned...

Trump's Pick for Budget Adviser Once Called Social Security and Medicaid "Unconstitutional"

Pesident Donald Trump's choice to be a top budget adviser once voted as a state senator to declare Social Security and Medicaid unconstitutional. Rep. Mick Mulvaney...

Trump’s Attack on America

As "President" Trump assumes the Oval Office amid historically rock-bottom public support, the clatter of partisan battling and liberal anger clutters a harsher reality. This...

U.S.-ISIS Alliance on Verge of Conquering Major Syrian City

Eric Zuesse (RINF) - The important city of Der Zor in Syria is surrounded now by U.S.-backed ISIS jihadists who are on the verge of...

Are we working towards ‘humanity’?

Peter Van Els While the winter, outside, descends in all its severity, thoughts go to all those people who now have to face the cold,...

Dr. King, Labor Leader

The photograph is iconic. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., only 39 years old but the nation’s most prominent civil rights leader, lay fatally wounded...

The Thorniest Policy-Question that President Trump Will Face

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A decision must be made at the start of Donald Trump’s Presidency on one issue, which will shape both...

Obama’s Failed Presidency

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org I’m a former lifelong Democrat, stating here a clear and incontestable fact: Barack Obama is a failed President. It’s true...

Study: Right-Wing People Are Better Looking

Research has found that being attractive influences many things in a person's life -- their salary, their popularity and grades in school,...

12 Dire Situations

An important rule of prepping is to identify disruptive events that could happen to you.  These events are likely to be highly individualized and...

NYT Makes the Case for Trump Via Racialized Rural Mythology

The New York Times (1/5/17) runs a case for Trump built on racialized right-wing myths. The Washington Post‘s Paul Farhi wrote a piece last month...

Learn the language or go home: MPs want proof migrants can speak English before...

Migrants should have to learn English when they arrive in Britain, or prove they can...

Henry A. Giroux on Trump's Cabinet, the Church of Neoliberal Evangelicals

Rex Tillerson, chief executive of Exxon Mobil and President-elect Trump's choice for secretary of state, at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on gas company...

National Socialism Bad

George Soros is at it again.  Don’t blame him for the calamities facing the various countries of the west.  It is all Germany’s fault;...

Let’s Make a Deal: Donald Trump and the Monte Hall Problem

How should compassionate and rational people respond to the fact that a narcissistic, racist, misogynist, sociopathic, mindless, scapegoating demagogue will soon have his finger...

New Mexico store under fire for racist, anti-muslim posters

A convenience store in Mayhill, New Mexico has sparked outrage online for displaying racist, xenophobic and anti-Muslim signs in its store front window while...

Catholic Bishops Push Amnesty

It is sometimes difficult to explain things Catholic to the general public. The vast majority of Americans, of course, are not Catholic, but most...

Chicago Shootings and Deaths

Chicago shootings and deaths are in the news once again, thanks to the horrendous numbers in this regard racked up by the Second City....

The Real Purpose of PC

Parents of college-age children are finally catching on to the cultural Marxist PC scam.  Cries of “insensitivity” every time a conservative or libertarian speaker...

UN Now Handling “Returnees” in Germany

The full extent of the ongoing “asylum” swindle invasion being perpetrated on Europe has been definitively revealed with the news that the...

Opioid epidemic leads to foster care crisis in many states

Across the United States, the opioid epidemic isn’t just affecting addicts. It’s hurting their children, who...

Santa Claus Economics

He ran for the highest office in the land on a platform that excoriated the corporate “one-percenters,” promising to reign them in with reams...

New independence vote ‘within 2yrs’ if Scots’ Brexit demands dismissed – Alex Salmond to...

If “arrogant” British Prime Minister Theresa May dismisses Scotland’s Brexit proposals there is likely to...

Germany: 1.2% of Invaders Working

Less than 1.2 percent of all the estimated 1.5 million Third World invaders pretending to be refugees in Germany have any sort of full-time...

Nixon’s Final Defeat

Nixon’s final defeat, now underway, can only be understood in the context of a future that is currently manifest, as prognosticated by our greatest...

Free Cash to be Handed out by Government in Finland

Finland will soon hand out cash to 2,000 jobless people, free of bureaucracy or limits on side earnings. The idea, universal basic...

Iraqi boy, 12, tried to bomb Christmas market in Ludwigshafen, Germany

A 12 year old Iraqi boy suspected of having links to ISIL in Ludwigshafen, Germany, it has been revealed on Friday,...

The Decline and Fall of Collectivism

“There is no there there.” - Gertrude Stein The study of history has long been an enjoyable activity for me. A conclusion I have drawn from...

Nixon’s Final Defeat

Nixon’s final defeat, now underway, can only be understood in the context of a future that is currently manifest, as prognosticated by our greatest...

The New York Times Is Nothing More Than Subservient Government Lapdog

On Wednesday, December 14th, the front page of The New York Times featured four news-reports, each of which displays how the employees (editors and...

‘We Can Stop Committing Interstate Job Fraud’ – CounterSpin interview with Greg LeRoy on...

Janine Jackson interviewed Greg LeRoy about Trump’s Carrier deal for the December 9, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Greg LeRoy:...

Can test for 3-year-olds predict who’ll end up in jail or on drugs?

Scientists have developed a test for three-year-old children which they claim can determine whether kids...

Unisex: ‘He’ & ‘she’ become gender-neutral ‘ze’ at Oxford University

Oxford University students are being urged to use gender-neutral pronouns such as ‘ze’ rather than ‘he’ or ‘she’ in an attempt to reduce the...

Mischievous Climate Worries

Modernity is a capitalistic phenomenon. It is the result of free-market industrial competition based on the security of private property, unregimented personal enterprise, specialized...

Oklahoma Political Elite Fan the Flames of Environmental Deregulation in Trump's US

Activists occupy the Oceti Sakowin Camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on November 18, 2016. (Photo: Oceti Sakowin Camp) The famous 1973 occupation of Wounded...
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Video: Islamic terrorists funded by British benefits cash – former watchdog

Hundreds of thousands of pounds of British housing and child welfare payments have been used to fund Islamic terrorism in recent years, a former...

Corruption, Socialism, and Banksterism

This article was submitted by Shubhendu Pathak, a finance professional working in the Bay Area. Past: Capital One Shubhendu earned his Bachelors (B.Tech) and Masters...

Tough-talking Philippine President Duterte: Fighting for his Life and his Country

From Manila and Davao — There is a sense of change in those narrow and desperate alleys of the Baseco slum in the Philippines’...

Islamic terrorists funded by British benefits cash, says former watchdog

Hundreds of thousands of pounds of British housing and child welfare payments have been used...

British politics sinking into US-style ‘culture wars’

British politics is slipping into ‘culture wars’ which cut across social class and traditional party...

Boston College Faculty Want to Ban Trump-Inspired ‘Hate Speech’

In response to Donald Trump’s victory in November’s presidential election, nearly 50 faculty members at Boston College have signed a letter demanding...

Outlawing Jobs

Sometimes life forces us to make decisions, even when we don’t have enough information to know how the decision will turn out. The risks...

Over 250,000 will be homeless in England this Christmas, charity warns

More than a quarter of a million people in England will be homeless this Christmas...

Tory crackdown on benefits doesn’t work – National Audit Office

There is no evidence that the Conservatives’ controversial benefits sanctions program works according to the...

German Economist & Politician: “Stop Copying America’s Decline! Leave NATO!”

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Sahra Wagenknecht, Vice President of the German parliament’s Leftist Party, said in Parliament on Wednesday November 23rd, that Germany’s...

4-yo shoots toddler cousin on Thanksgiving, parents charged

Thanksgiving ended in criminal charges for one Philadelphia couple after their four-year-old shot his two-year-old cousin...

‘Race Is at the Bottom of His Immigration Policy’ – CounterSpin interview with Kica...

Janine Jackson interviewed Kica Matos about Trump’s deportation policy for the November 18, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Kica Matos:...

25 Things Trump Shouldn’t Do

Liberals and progressives, if they were honest, would say that Donald Trump should resign or jump off Trump Tower. Conservatives and libertarians, even if...

Autumn Statement exposes £122bn black hole in post-Brexit budget

Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement as Tory chancellor pointed to bleak times ahead, as cost...

Trump taps Michigan philanthropist Betsy DeVos to be secretary of education

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Michigan philanthropist and chair of the education organization American Federation of...

Hammond’s first post-Brexit Autumn Statement points to bleak times ahead

Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement as Tory chancellor, and the first since the Brexit referendum,...

Our Gandalf the Grey

“Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American people. The establishment has...

EU Army to be ratified… saddling Britain with £420mn annual bill despite Brexit vote

The European Union hopes to ratify plans for a combined, continent-wide army on Tuesday night,...

Brutal treatment of DAPL Protesters reveals the coming police state

(RINF) - Democracy in America serves its privileged few alone, public needs and welfare largely ignored, entirely when conflicting with powerful monied interests. They win...

The Real and Wannabee Elite

Recently I made a few comments about the world’s self-identified “elite”, and also about the migrants that are plaguing Europe. Happily, I was able to...

Sanders, Warren Not ‘Genuine Progressives’–Says Washington Post

If you want to be progressive, don’t be like this guy, says the Washington Post (11/14/16). The Washington Post editorial page (11/14/16) decided to lecture...

Why Are Public Officials Protecting the Pesticides Industry? Digging Down into the Cesspool of...

Colin Todhunter It is based on a cesspool of corruption that is most probably responsible for more death and disease than the combined efforts of...

Iraq war crimes investigators sacked for falling asleep on job, impersonating police officer

A number of investigators working for the controversial Iraqi Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) have been...

They Hurt Black People

Donald Trump’s surprise win has millions of Americans, many of whom are black, in a tizzy. Many, such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, are writing about...
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Video: ‘Barbaric’ Festival: Protesters secretly film live bull set on fire (GRAPHIC)

Animal welfare activists have released footage of a heavily policed Spanish festival in which a live bull is caked in mud and set alight....

The Anti-Trump Protesters Are Being Manipulated

by Stephen Lendman (RINF) - Manipulated anti-Trump street protests continue, recruited participants paid to rally against his triumph. The vast majority likely have little or no...

Post-Election Elation or Blues

All across America the gender divide that characterized the recent Presidential election is being lived in the same household.  The woman in the home...

Democrats Caused President Trump; They Caused His Victory

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Here’s a video where Carey Wedler explains in her own thoroughly truthful way in just four minutes, how and...

Cometh the Hangover

All right, we have him. My reaction to Trump’s victory is barely of interest to me, and so it may be that the world...

The Political World After Trump’s Win

The Democratic Party’s long sojourn into corporate-friendly politics – and neglect of its old working-class base – has led to...

A generation of UK children will suffer in poverty. Suddenly that’s normal

“Austerity” may be an abstract term to much of the public – or a thing of the past, if you listen to Theresa May...

Hated Tory ‘bedroom tax’ discriminated against disabled claimants, court rules

Tory welfare reforms suffered a blow in the Supreme Court as judges ruled the government acted outside of the law when it imposed its...

Time To Rebrand Libertarianism

Silver Lining: The Media has Lost Control of the Narrative I want to talk about some of the silver linings in this awful election, and...

Tory austerity ‘systematically’ violated rights of disabled Britons – UN

The United Nations has accused Britain’s Conservative government of violating the human rights of disabled...

The Elections Expose a Once-Great Nation

Enemies of the United States are joyously watching its upcoming elections that are exposing this once great nation as deeply corrupt.  It’s as if...

The Looters vs. the Looted

From the conclusion of my earlier post on the topic: It is the state against the people; it is the stakeholders against the subjects. Significant power...

If Hillary Is President

I beg the indulgence of my many non-religious readers as I open my column with an analogy from Saint Matthew’s Gospel narrative. In His final...

'Criminals and jihadists': Australian Liberal Party members call for blanket immigration ban

A Sydney division of the Liberal Party will debate whether Australia should end all immigration and ban all refugees, after an...

No Matter Who’s Prez

By Laurence M. Vance November 2, 2016 Although the Libertarian Party has virtually no chance of winning any presidential election, the presidential campaign of any...

NYT’s Kristof Blames Poverty on Too Many TVs, Not Too Little Money

The New York Times‘ Nicholas Kristof (10/28/16) blames the United States’ 21 percent child poverty rate on people who buy too many television sets. New...

False Advertising: The Democratic Party's Failure to Support Women of Color Candidates

Lucy Flores sought election to the US House of Representatives in 2016 and enjoyed front-runner status -- until she faced opposition from...

Ethnic Cleansing? California Town Now Less Than 10 Percent White

Ethnic cleansing used to be a bad thing.  But in America, when it happens to white people, it's called progress and the...

Fighting Racism Where White Workers Are Hurting, Too

Since 2011, Maine’s bombastic Republican governor Paul LePage has given America a taste of what it might be like to live under a Donald...

Why the Left Loves the New Cold War

The Clinton campaign’s full-scale effort to turn this election into a referendum on Vladimir Putin is causing liberals like Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of...

Cameron to publish ‘tell-all’ memoir… but will ex-PM come clean about #PigGate?

Former PM David Cameron says he will publish a ‘tell-all’ autobiography, reflecting on the highs...

Anti-Family Leave

Paid family leave is getting a lot of attention lately. And while there is certainly nothing wrong with paid family leave, and employers can...

The Establishment’s in Panic

Pressed by moderator Chris Wallace as to whether he would accept defeat should Hillary Clinton win the election, Donald Trump replied, “I will tell...

Extreme Unction: Illusions of Democracy in Vegas

+ Tonight’s debate moderator, Chris Wallace, says his role model is not his father, the frisky Mike Wallace, but PBS’s Jim Lehrer, the human sleeping...

Clinton & DNC accused of fraud, finance violations in election commission complaint

A complaint has been filed with the Federal Election Commission over the alleged violation of campaign...

The Right’s Made-up ‘Constitution’

America’s right-wingers talk fervently about protecting the Constitution but seem to have little understanding of what the Federalist framers were doing in creating a powerful...

The Left Must Hate Poor Black People

The greatest moral claim of the political left is that they are for the masses in general and the poor in particular. That is...

Santa Clara Jail inmates go on hunger strike to protest inhumane treatment

Inmates at jail facilities in Santa Clara County, California, have joined a nationwide prison strike that...

Freezing in Iceland

During the 2008 economic crisis, Iceland’s government froze offshore accounts held by foreign investors in that country’s currency, the krona. Recently, the government of...

Punishing Cow Emmissions, Loving Alcohol’s

On September 19, 2016, California’s governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law America’s toughest restrictions on “super pollutants” including black carbon, fluorinated gases and methane....

Taking up space: Citizens wanted for first ‘space nation’ Asgardia

Don’t want to live on this planet anymore? Spots are filling up to become a citizen...

Can You Establish Your Own Sovereign Nation?

Geneticists tell us the entire human race originated from a single tribal group of around 200 people who migrated from Africa into Arabia about...

‘Poverty Is a Product of the Institutions We Have in Society’ – CounterSpin interview...

Janine Jackson interviewed Alice O’Connor on the politics of the War on Poverty for the September 30, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a...

The State’s Economic War Against Blacks

Donald Trump makes an essential point when he visits black churches and predominantly black inner-city neighborhoods and tells the people there that they “have...

‘Favors’ to Blacks

Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a...

Hillary’s ‘Basket of Deplorables’

By now Hillary Clinton’s comment that half of Donald Trump’s supporters are “sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic” and hence “irredeemable” is known throughout the...

Tech invests in Washington: Internet companies lobby big on Capitol Hill

Tech companies are spending big in the nation’s capital, trying to exert influence on a wide...

Germany: Nearly 40 Per Cent of Under Fives Now ‘Migrant Background’

Following the release of figures which reveal almost four in ten children under five have foreign roots, Michael Paulwitz says the demographic change...

Why Are We Sending $38 Billion to Rich and Powerful Israel?

Last week’s announcement of a record-breaking US aid package for Israel underscores how dangerously foolish and out-of-touch is our interventionist ...

Israel Is Rich, Powerful, and Armed With 100s of Nukes

Last week’s announcement of a record-breaking US aid package for Israel underscores how dangerously foolish and out-of-touch is our interventionist foreign policy. Over the...

‘World’s saddest polar bear’ offered new home in Britain

A British wildlife park has offered a new home to a depressed polar bear known...

Homophonophobes v. Trump

Donald J. Trump is both a racist and not a racist, depending upon the source that one consults.   His comments regarding the rapaciousness of...

Guess Who's Winning the Argument on Trade?

Call her the Dismal Scientist who came in from the cold. When Thea Lee began what would turn out to be a career of working...

Hillary’s Sicko Relationship

As a U.S. senator, Hillary Clinton helped arrange for $1.65 billion in low-interest, federally guaranteed “Liberty Bonds” (supposedly earmarked for post-9/11 rebuilding in New...

Insatiable: the Democrats Must Attack Democracy to Serve Corporate Power

You might think that pervasive election fraud, the conversion of mass media into propaganda, and the already insignificant role that everyday people play in...

Kinder surprise: 5yo brings 30 packs of heroin to school in lunchbox

The contents of a child’s lunchbox are usually quite predictable – something along the lines of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a piece...

What’s Behind the Latest Government Scam

“The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: Your money, or your life. And many, if not most, taxes...

White Lives Matter?

In Its Own Words “What happens to blacks in this country at the hand of law enforcement is none of our concern ... other than...

Migrants Granted Refugee Status Are Holidaying In Countries They ‘Fled’, At Taxpayers’ Expense

Migrants with recognised refugee status are holidaying in the countries they supposedly “fled”, with their vacations funded by German taxpayers, a newspaper...

Disability rights activists shut down Westminster Bridge in anti-austerity protest

Hundreds of disability rights activists brought traffic to a standstill in central London in a...

How To Solve the Immigration Problem

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent speech on immigration really missed the point. I understand Trump’s frustration over the US government’s inability to control...

Socialism Laid Bare

Review of Thomas J. DiLorenzo, The Problem with Socialism (Regnery Publishing, 2016), xi + 226 pgs., hardcover. Couple the presidential candidacy of avowed socialist Senator...

Nigel Farage attacks PM Theresa May for scorning points-based immigration system

Former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage has berated Prime Minister Theresa May for...

We Need Secession and Nullification

In his new book Nullification: Reclaiming Consent of the Governed, Clyde Wilson pinpoints the folly and futility of “presidential politics” – of hoping against...

The 10 Worst US Presidents

A few days ago, I posted my list of the top ten worst U.S. presidents on my Facebook page. People who are familiar with my...

The Excesses of the Extreme Centre

Donald Trump, in a speech given in Charlotte on Thursday, August 18, cast himself as the truth teller for forgotten Americans and a champion...

Austria, Denmark and Sweden move towards tougher asylum rules

Austria has taken its next, albeit small, step towards introducing tougher rules on immigration that will allow it to turn away asylum...

The Decline and Rise of the Alternative Right

This talk was delivered on November 23, 2008, at the H.L. Mencken Club. If the H.L. Mencken Club can achieve that for which it has been...

Trump pledges to ‘track’ all immigrants to prevent visa overstays

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump promised to introduce a tracking system for all immigrants in...

War-scarred British military veterans face healthcare ‘postcode lottery’

Armed Forces charity SSAFA says military veterans face a ‘postcode lottery’ in accessing National Health...

The Yankee Empire

Every society has a segment of its population that obsesses over totalitarian control of others.  They are called “politicians” or “political activists.”  (There are...

Just How Dangerous Are the Media?

The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian...

80,000 English families could be homeless by 2020, former MP warns

Almost 80,000 families in England face the prospect of becoming homeless by 2020 unless Prime...

Minor childhood head injury increases chance of mental health problems, early death – research

Mild childhood brain injuries could lead to mental illness, poor school attainment, unemployment and premature death, according to new research by Oxford University. Researchers studied...

Hillary Clinton's Not-So-New, Not-So-Worker-Friendly Economic Plan

Hillary Clinton's economic plan reads a lot like the policies of the Bill Clinton administration -- and Clintonomics repurposed many of the...

Beware the Academic Zika Virus

By now just about everyone has heard of the zika virus, transmitted by mosquitos, which is said to cause brain damage in children.  As...

‘They Are Incentivized to Arrest People Because It Raises Money’ – CounterSpin interview with...

Janine Jackson interviewed Donna Murch about for-profit punishment for the August 12, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Donna Murch:...

Woman who cut off pet snakes’ heads with scissors & ate them escapes jail

A drunken woman who decapitated her pet snakes with scissors and swallowed their heads has...

Tory austerity caused 30% rise in homelessness, parliamentary committee finds

Government austerity measures have increased homelessness in the UK by as much as 30 percent,...

Homeward bound: 50% of grads who paid £9k-a-year tuition fees are living with parents,...

Students often dream of a nice house and fancy car after graduating from university, but...

It’s Time To Pull the Plug on the UN

Every wonder what can possibly happen on a foreign aid humanitarian mission? Well, have a look. Now, I don’t want to make fun of this...

School ignored complaints about sex offender teacher for 15 years, report finds

A peeping-tom teacher found by his pupils half-naked and tied to his chair kept his...

The Dark Secret of Israel’s Stolen Babies

Jonathan Cook  It is Israel’s darkest secret – or so argues one Israeli journalist – in a country whose short history is replete with dark...

The Politically Incorrect Liberal

Recently while rereading John Stuart Mill’s Considerations on Representative Government, a tract published in 1861 by a self-described political “Radical,” an early feminist, and...

Wearing a Trump Shirt in New York City

Wearing a Trump shirt in Florida is like wearing a Rolling Stones shirt at a Rolling Stones concert. In cities such as Berkeley, Madison,...

Is It Racist?

The Democratic-liberal-progressive wing of the anti-Trump brigade may have their differences on some issues, but they are all united in condemning Trump as a...
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Video: ‘State’-sponsored terror? Paris, Brussels suspects got benefits while plotting attacks – report

At least five of the suspects behind the deadly Paris and Brussels terror attacks had been receiving welfare benefits in the EU prior to...

The Shocking Story of Israel’s Disappeared Babies

New information has come to light about thousands of mostly Yemeni children believed to have been abducted in the 1950s For nearly 40 years, everything...

War or Peace

For reasons of Hillary’s past record of ill-considered adventurism abroad and for reasons of the mad advisers from the Neocon camp whom she has...

OK to put migrant detainees in solitary confinement against medical advice – Home Office...

Detainees held at Britain’s already controversial immigration detention centers can be put in solitary confinement against medical advice and without explanation, staff are being...

Israel to US: ‘Give Us More!’

Washington is preparing to increase US aid to Israel by billions of dollars, with a ten-year ironclad agreement that couldn’t...

Mychal Denzel Smith Talks Malcom X, Gender and Mental Health

Mychal Denzel Smith. (Photo: Syreeta McFadden) Mychal Denzel Smith has written an engaging and brilliant book about his growth and transformation as a Black man...

Trump Will Destroy the Republican Party

We have something special to share with you over the next couple days. Instead of our usual market commentary, we’re featuring a recent interview...

Father who kept British daughter ‘in cage’ in Saudi loses legal bid to restrict...

An academic accused of imprisoning his 21-year-old daughter in Saudi Arabia, has failed to limit...

Poverty Protests at RNC/DNC Conventions

For decades, Democrats like Republicans have shied away from talking much about poverty, but America’s severe income inequality has made the plight of...

AR mother arrested after 3-year-old found dead in washing machine

An Arkansas mother was arrested on two felony counts after her three-year-old child climbed into a...

Trump’s Bigotry Reminds US Media of Anywhere but Home

Politico (3/24/16) fits Donald Trump into the ethnic stereotype of a “Latin American strongman.” Donald Trump is an objectively terrifying candidate. He’s a racist, a...

President Hillary and World War III

I recently sat down with Casey Research founder Doug Casey to discuss this. Doug is a former classmate of Bill Clinton and has met...

NZ's Ministry of Health Labeled Racist

New Zealand's Ministry of Health has been criticised as Eurocentric and racist for not funding baskets for babies at risk of death when...

Trading Places: Swapping the Roles of Police and Military Is Bad for the Republic

Lately, the tactics of local police departments have been in the news because of mass shootings at Orlando and Fort Myers nightclubs,...

Behind Turkey’s Post-Coup Crisis

The political crisis in Turkey, after a failed coup and mass arrests, sees President Erdogan consolidating his power and blaming...

Fewer guns, no TPP, universal healthcare: RT readers on what will ‘make America great...

Each day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio had its own play on Donald...

Sweden-Finland-Norway Globalization Blues

Scandinavia on the Skids: The Failure of Social Democracy (Part 3 of a 7 part series on Scandinavian “Socialism”) Olof Palme had just won his...

In the Shadow of the Bomb: Conducting International Relations with the Threat of Mass...

“Some fell to the ground and their stomachs already expanded full, burst and organs fell out. Others had skin falling off them and others...

4 suspects at large after attempted assassination of NYPD cops in Brooklyn

Several shots have been fired at police officers in Brooklyn from a car that fled the...

Millennials will be first generation in history to be worse off than their parents

Millennials will be the first generation to earn less than their parents over their lifetime, according to new research, which projects a downward trend...

London sees mass post-Brexit anti-Tory, anti-austerity, anti-racism protest (PHOTOS)

Several thousand protesters demonstrated in London on Saturday against austerity, racism and the new Tory...

Owen who? 2nd Labour leadership challenger to Corbyn is relative unknown

While he may have been in politics for almost 15 years, Owen Smith MP is...

Brexit: A Workers’ Response to Oligarchs, Bankers, Flunkies, and Scabs

The European Union is controlled by an oligarchy, which dictates socio-economic and political decisions according to the interests of bankers and multi-national business. ...

Amazing Brexit: Identity and Class Politics

From its inception in 1951 as the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), through its phase as the European Economic Community (EEC) formed in...

Ex-KKK Grand Wizard David Duke ponders running for Congress

The Ku Klux Klan’s former grand wizard, David Duke, is thinking of running for Congress, he...

Cameron: A political obituary… PM leaves a legacy of failure and claims of pig...

As David Cameron ties up the loose ends at 10 Downing Street before his long-serving...

Women on top in Westminster, but a defeat for feminism?

Britain’s two most powerful political parties could soon be led by women, with one, Theresa...

Breaking Away From the Centralized State

Despite every attempt in the world by left-wing elites in both parties to throw this subject into the dustbin of history, I’m going to...

Chilcot’s forgotten witnesses – Britain’s Iraqi diaspora (VIDEO)

The 2003 Iraq invasion and occupation left at least 500,000 dead, scattered refugees to the wind and threw the region into chaos. Yet as...

Healthcare’s Neoliberal Death Warrant

Neoliberalism’s mantra of “privatizing everything in sight” and elimination, or cutbacks of governmental programs, a.k.a, austerity, especially public healthcare, is a death warrant for...

Dark Money: How You Can See More of It, Thanks to the FCC

The Federal Communications Commission has made it easier for researchers, journalists and citizens to track dark campaign contributions by expanding its online...

Crumbling roads take me home: New Jersey declares state of emergency over infrastructure

After counting the potholes on the New Jersey Turnpike, Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency over the condition of the Garden State’s...

Class war? Bitter social divide was major factor in vote for Brexit, study shows

Austerity, class divides, and the death of social mobility was in large part behind the...