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May 25, 2010 · By Jennifer Doak
Obama doesn't appear to be altering his predecessor's policy toward Mexico, Manuel Perez-Rocha says, after Calderon's visit last week.
"We in Haiti are committed to staying a county where organic, biological agriculture dominates. We know that Clinton and the multinationals, the IMF and the WTO, have another plan for us - one based on the import of GM seeds and food aid, one based on making us grow for export, including growing for agro-diesel. But we're putting on pressure to say: no, that's not what Haiti needs, here is what popular Haitian organizations want, here is our agenda." Part of an interview by associate fellow Bev Bell.
People in the Marshall Islands have sacrificed their health and their homeland for U.S. national security interests, writes Bob Alvarez. The Obama administration should correct this injustice.
FPIF columnist Walden Bello explains how and why the riots in Thailand occurred.
Is overtaxation our phoniest problem? Associate fellow Sam Pizzigati explores the myth in his Too Much Online blog.
IPS friend and ally Antonia Juhasz asks, "How far should we let Big Oil go?"
May 24, 2010 · By Jennifer Doak
Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal (full disclosure: also an IPS board member) on the proposed DC budget cuts: "Sure, raising taxes for this reason is in my self-interest. I'm a business owner in this city, and I want more customers to have money to spend at my restaurants. Having a city with a widening gulf of haves and have-nots simply doesn't bode well for my long-term business plans."
Are fines in the millions enough to deter reckless and damaging behavior from oil giants like BP? (Hint: Probably not.)
Activists in London stage some creative protests against Tate Modern, which has ties to BP.
The DISCLOSE Act, which would "ensuring that new disclosure reports detailing electioneering and independent expenditures will be electronically filed and disclosed on the FEC’s website within 24 hours," passed out of committee a few days ago. Would be a great win for transparency if it went any farther.
ProPublica has new details on the Times Square bomber investigation.
And while we're on the topic of investigations, CPI's latest blog post has an entry on some of the other investigations going on around the world – particularly the Balkans, Mexico, and U.S. for-profit colleges.
Where's taxpayer money in the defense budget going? Not to health care for vets, under our current system. But Alan Grayson's "War Makes You Poor" Act, just introduced, would "make the DoD work within its means, and the money would instead be used for an across-the-board tax cut that would make the first $35,000 each American earns tax-free."
May 21, 2010 · By Jennifer Doak
The Thai government is cracking down on protesters, but don't expect much criticism from Washington. FPIF contributor Andre Vltchek wrote about his visit to the troubled country (picture of barricade at right), while cleanup operations begin in Bangkok.
The Senate passed the Wall Street reform bill…but what's in there, exactly? Brian Beutler gives a good, quick rundown.
China's invading the Arctic Circle in a quest for fossil fuel.
Yes! has a great interview with Donna Edwards on the Citizens United case.
AZ Gov. Jan Brewer has a lame response to those criticizing the immigration bill.
May 19, 2010 · By Jennifer Doak
The victories of Sestak and Halter sent a clear message that the people are sick and tired of the establishment (whether Democrat or Republican) capitulation to special interests. Glenn Greenwald elaborates. And the new GOP candidate for Kentucky, Rand Paul, is against Wall Street giveaways, so that's something.
Haitian farmers are furious at Monsanto's donation of genetically modified, pesticide-laden seeds.
Younger people are more likely to oppose restricting immigration, more likely to disagree with the AZ bill (Via Wiretap/Campus Progress).
Small oil and gas companies line up to file lawsuits against BP and Goldman Sachs.
Ugh. Hundreds of tiny fish wash up on Louisiana's marshes.
Mark Souder is the best thing to ever happen to Richard Blumenthal. Who's Richard Blumenthal? Exactly.
Bonus: Apparently straight women also play softball. Who knew?
May 18, 2010 · By Jennifer Doak
The bill for Afghanistan could run into the trillions, as another suicide bomber hits another U.S. convoy. IPS fellow Miriam Pemberton, who studies the military budget, wrote that the era of Bush-style spending isn't quite over.
Noam Chomsky has to settle for talking to Birzeit University by teleconference in Amman, after he's denied entry into Israel.
The racial wealth gap has "more than quadrupled over the course of a generation," according to a new study. Dedrick Muhammad has been studying this for awhile and has said that we need a huge shift in focus if we're going to narrow this gap.
Undocumented students stage a sit-in at John McCain's office, calling on him to support the DREAM Act so they can obtain scholarships and work their way through college while going through the process of legal residency.
The Dept. of the Interior, despite the BP oil mess, still continues to approve offshore drilling plans in the Gulf of Mexico without environmental review. The Center for Biological Diversity is suing Sec. Salazar to stop this.
CBPP says that the growing budget shouldn't be an obstacle to passing the jobs bill: "Most of the provisions in this bill, which is now in the final stages of development, are strictly temporary measures that will stimulate additional demand for goods and services and create jobs while the recovery is still struggling to gain traction; they are not permanent measures that add to the long-term budget deficit."