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Right-Wing Attacks on Sanders Show Misunderstanding of Single-Payer

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Noam Chomsky: Trump’s “Economic Boom” Is a Sham Trump Is Trying to Ban Climate Science Because… Obama? US Abortion Rights Activists Can Draw Inspiration From Ireland Big Oil Pushes Corporate-Friendly Carbon Tax to Halt Green New Deal Wave Philosopher Herbert Marcuse on the Rise of Fascism in Europe Key US Allies in the Middle East […]

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Ontario Government Drastically Cuts Legal Aid and Ends Aid for Refugee and Immigration Matters

May 29, 2019           |                                       

There are some important changes that are going to impact refugees and even Permanent Residents in Canada. In the Ontario budget, released on April 11, 2019, Legal Aid Ontario’s funding was $133 million less in fiscal year 2019-2020 than the $456 million it had anticipated.1 In 2020 Legal Aid Ontario will somehow have to operate […]

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Last week the Financial Times The majority of the 2018 bonus pay for the two executive directors came from the Annual Variable Pay component. The targets for that bonus focused on three indicators: ‘operating performance’ (one third), ‘operating cash flow’ (one third) and ‘strategic targets’ (one third). If each of those targets were 100% met, […]

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The energy company PSEG had a simple message for the New Jersey Legislature as it weighed the fate of three nuclear plants in the state. “What’s good for New Jersey is what’s good for PSEG,” Ralph Izzo, the company’s chairman, president and CEO, told the Legislature at a December 2017 hearing in Trenton. “What’s bad […]

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The UK is undergoing a burgeoning mental health crisis. Prescriptions for antidepressants more than doubled between 2006-2016, mental illness costs some £100 billion per year, and, distressingly, suicide is the leading cause of death among the young. Although the contributory causes are manifold, it is noteworthy that there has been no major breakthrough in drug […]

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This article is part of a series by openDemocracy and the Bretton Woods Project on the crisis of multilateralism. The views expressed are those of the author’s only, and are not necessarily representative of either organisation. In recent years Counter Balance has explored the new wave of large-scale infrastructure projects financed all over the world […]

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Connecticut may soon be the first state in the nation to make calls from prison free for incarcerated people and their families, following on the heels of New York City, which became the first city to do so last year. Decades of research have shown that keeping in touch with loved ones while incarcerated greatly improves […]

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Veterans Demand Congress End the Forever Wars The Zionist Smear Campaign Against Bernie Sanders Is Just Beginning After Activist Pressure, Amazon Purges Dozens of Far-Right Books Indiana Teachers Shot “Execution-Style” With Pellets in Shooting Drill Fox News Viewers Are Convinced Trump Is the Greatest President Ever Supreme Court Approves Indefinite Detention of Immigrants gerenme via […]

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This essay originally appeared as a chapter in the eBook ‘New Thinking for the British Economy’ which can be downloaded for free here. Printed versions of each chapter are also available via Commonwealth Publishing . Societies are to a large extent defined by their dominant property relations. Who owns and controls key resources, from land […]

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The Time for Medicare-for-All Has Finally Arrived

March 6, 2019           |                                       

Last week, as the media focused on President Donald Trump’s North Korea summit in Vietnam and the congressional testimony of his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, a largely overlooked news conference took place, announcing legislation that could save millions of lives. Seattle Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduced the Medicare For All Act of 2019, the […]

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Has Peterborough Council unlawfully used money raised from selling public spaces?

March 4, 2019           |                                       

Sold From Under You, our project investigating council sell-offs, has revealed details of more than 12,000 public buildings and spaces including libraries, youth clubs and day centres sold since 2014/15. Councils have raised £9.1 billion from selling property during this period. The money raised from selling assets is called “capital receipts.” Councils are allowed to […]

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The Soaring Cost of US Child Care, in Five Charts

February 26, 2019           |                                       

The Growing Wealth Gap Marks the Return of Oligarchy Respectability Politics Is Losing Ground in Black Liberation Struggles Trump’s Tax Cut Has Failed to Deliver Promised Investment Boom Hints of a Much Larger Trump Conspiracy Lurk Behind Manafort’s Sordid Career The Coup Has Failed and Now the US Is Looking to Wage War in Venezuela […]

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Dozens of human rights groups and academics have signed on to an open letter (pdf) raising alarm about the European Union’s proposed Regulation on Preventing the Dissemination of Terrorist Content Online, warning that its call for Internet hosts to employ “proactive measures” to censor such content “will almost certainly lead platforms to adopt poorly understood […]

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Less than a month after Democrats — many of them running on “Medicare for All” — won back control of the House of Representatives in November, the top health policy aide to then-prospective House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Blue Cross Blue Shield executives and assured them that party leadership had strong reservations about single-payer […]

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Global temperature change for the period 1850-2017 (Data visualisation by Ed Hawkins) The lack of consideration that decision-makers have for scientific evidence is a frustrating commonplace among those of us – scientists and influencers of all sorts – who spend our lives working to take on those ecologically-illiterate systems. And yet, rare are those of […]

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