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Michigan takes over bankrupt Detroit

Michigan takes over bankrupt Detroit

The state of Michigan is taking over America’s poorest city and managing its finances. After years of decline, Detroit has reached a point that has finally prompted Gov. Rick Snyder to order an emergency state takeover of the bankrupt city. “There’s probably no city that’s more financially challenged in the entire United States,” Snyder said earlier […]

Students claim exploitation after they paid thousands to work for McDonalds

Students claim exploitation after they paid thousands to work for McDonalds

A 27-year-old Argentinian student claims he was “exploited” by a work-study program offered by a Pennsylvania McDonald’s. The student claims he paid thousands to come to the US, only to find himself on call at all times and working overtime without pay. “We have been exploited by McDonald’s because we have been working for McDonald’s […]

Censored cupcakes: US school removed toy soldiers from kid’s birthday cake over violence fears

Censored cupcakes: US school removed toy soldiers from kid’s birthday cake over violence fears

Toy soldiers featured on birthday cupcakes of a nine-year-old US boy have spoiled the appetite of school officials at a Michigan elementary school, whose staff said the cakes were inappropriate in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting. School officials at Schall Elementary rushed to remove Hunter Fountain’s plastic soldiers, designed to spice up […]

High cost of cheap energy: Fukushima tragedy 2 years on

High cost of cheap energy: Fukushima tragedy 2 years on

Two years after the Fukushima disaster, much of the clean-up effort is still ‘theoretical’, survivors go to court for compensation and thousands march against nuclear power, while the government gives up on the phase-out promise. Experts estimate closing the damaged Fukushima reactors down will cost around US$15 billion and will take about 30 to 40 […]

Shocker: Eighty percent of NYC graduates unable to read

Shocker: Eighty percent of NYC graduates unable to read

New York City’s literacy rates are on the decline: nearly 80 percent of high school graduates lack basic skills like reading, writing and math and are required to relearn them before qualifying for community college. During his most recent State of the City address, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hyped about the large investment […]

Banks unlawfully foreclosed on military members while they were on tours of duty

Banks unlawfully foreclosed on military members while they were on tours of duty

Banks wrongfully foreclosed the homes of more than 700 military families during the financial crisis, a number much higher than originally thought. Active military and National Guard members are protected from foreclosure under federal law, but some of United States’ largest banks failed to take that into account when they wrongfully seized the homes of […]

UN demands prosecution of Busha-era CIA crimes

UN demands prosecution of Busha-era CIA crimes

A United Nations investigator has demanded that the US publish classified documents regarding the CIA’s human rights violations under former President George W. Bush, with hopes that the documents will lead to the prosecution of public officials. Documents about the CIA’s program of rendition and secret detention of suspected terrorists have remained classified, even though […]

John Kerry: ‘In America you have a right to be stupid’

John Kerry: ‘In America you have a right to be stupid’

US Secretary of State John Kerry advocated First Amendment-protected freedoms during an address in Berlin on Tuesday, and said that thanks to the US Constitution, “you have a right to be stupid if you want to be” in America. Kerry, a long-time Democratic senator from Massachusetts and former presidential hopeful, was speaking to a group […]

PETA mad about bombing Guam with dead mice

PETA mad about bombing Guam with dead mice

The US government’s plan to bomb Guam with poisoned dead mice has sparked outrage among animal rights activists who have referred to the plan as a “clumsy dangerous massacre” of the snakes that have made their home on the island. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a Virginia-based animal rights organization, has condemned […]

Did the Pope quit to dodge blame for misdeeds or just to do the right thing?

Did the Pope quit to dodge blame for misdeeds or just to do the right thing?

The latest allegation that a gay priest blackmail scandal was the reason for Benedict XVI’s sudden resignation shows that his sudden decision will be queried long after his departure, perhaps robbing him of his greatest achievement while in office. Italian newspaper La Repubblica has reported that the Pope was overwhelmed when presented with evidence in […]

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