Crisis

Obama signs sequester bill

Obama signs sequester bill

Austerity has hit the United States as President Barack Obama signed into law a directive ushering in significant cuts to federal agencies’ budgets and triggering the sequester that has been debated in Washington during the last several weeks. In the White House on Friday, President Obama inked his name to the order, and with it […]

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 […]

Tuna caught near California still have traces of Fukushima radiation

Tuna caught near California still have traces of Fukushima radiation

Almost two years after a natural disaster ravaged a Japanese nuclear plant, Bluefin tuna that test positive for radiation poisoning continue to be caught off the coast of California. Twenty-three months after a tsunami took the Fukushima power plant offline and triggered an international emergency, the effects of the disaster are still being felt thousands […]

Incarceration rate for African-Americans now six times the national average

Incarceration rate for African-Americans now six times the national average

The incarceration rate for American-Americans is so high that young black men without a high school diploma are more likely to go to jail than to find a job, thereby causing the breakup of families and instilling further poverty upon them. “Prison has become the new poverty trap,” Bruce Western, a Harvard sociologist, told the New […]

Al-Qaeda threatens US and Europe, promises ‘earth-shattering’ attack

Al-Qaeda threatens US and Europe, promises ‘earth-shattering’ attack

A message posted on a jihadist website on Sunday promised that “terrible” attacks will soon strike the US, France, Denmark and other European countries. “Where will the next strike by Al-Qaeda be?” a message on the Ansar al-Mujahidin network read, followed by: “The house of disbelief: America, France, Denmark and other countries in Europe, and in […]

Data Privacy Day 2013: Twitter reveals US government makes 80% of info requests

Data Privacy Day 2013: Twitter reveals US government makes 80% of info requests

Twitter has released its second transparency report, which demonstrated a frightening increase in requests for user data by the US government and ignited serious concerns over privacy and free expression. The list disclosed data requests from over 30 nations, and revealed that the US government was responsible for 815 of the 1,009 information requests in […]

Homeland Security’s Napolitano invokes 9/11 to push for CISPA 2.0

Homeland Security’s Napolitano invokes 9/11 to push for CISPA 2.0

In an attempt to scare the public with a looming cyber attack on US infrastructure, US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is once again pushing Congress to pass legislation allowing the government to have greater control over the Internet. Napolitano issued the warnings Thursday, claiming that inaction could result in a “cyber 9/11” attack that could […]

Mentally ill murderer gets weapons permit and buys arsenal of guns

Mentally ill murderer gets weapons permit and buys arsenal of guns

Nearly 20 years after he was convicted of shooting his own mother to death, Christian Oberender of Minnesota is back behind bars for illegally owning a small arsenal of firearms. Authorities became reacquainted with Oberender, now 32, late last year when a complaint was filed by someone who came across his Facebook page. When authorities […]

World’s 100 richest earned enough in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times over

World’s 100 richest earned enough in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times over

The report proposes a new global deal to world leaders to curb extreme poverty to 1990s levels by:
– closing tax havens, yielding $189bn in additional tax revenues
– reversing regressive forms of taxation
– introducing a global minimum corporation tax rate
– boosting wages proportional to capital returns
– increasing investment in free public services

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