? “Russia, U.S. call for Syria conference with both sides” for this month.
? “Syrian Rebels Seize 4 U.N. Peacekeepers” who were patrolling the Golan Heights.
? “Israel tries to tamp down Syrian anger after killing dozens of its elite soldiers (+video).”
? “No universally applied principle justifies the Israeli attack on Damascus. Only self-flattering tribalism does that.”
? “Nigerian Islamist [Boko Haram] raid in northeast [Nigerian] town kills 55″.
? According to US officials, North Korea has moved its missiles–“away from launch site”.
? “UK Prime Minister David Cameron says Somalia has made ‘huge progress’ in efforts to end more than two decades of conflict”.
? Bangladesh garment factory collapse toll now at 700–“the worst ever in the garment sector, surpassing New York’s Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire.”
? “Austerity: The History of a Pernicious Idea“. Austerity kills, so why are we living it?
? Slovenia is trying to figure out a way to avoid an EU bailout. Guess what they’re considering? Selling off their assets. Austerity: they’ve gotcha every which way.
? Adidas “is encouraging workers in factories of some of its Asian suppliers to anonymously share possible grievances directly with the company via text message.”
? Brazilian Roberto Azevedo is now head of the World Trade Organization.
Money Matters USA
? “5,000 Children’s Products Contain Toxic or Dangerous Ingredients”.
? Robert Scheer: “in the midst of the continuing cycle of misery brought on by the chicanery of the financial community[,] two key Cabinet positions dealing with business practices will likely be occupied by people [Penny Pritzker and Jack Lew] who specialized in those financial rip-offs.”
? NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman plans to sue Bank of America and Wells Fargo “for violating the terms of a settlement designed to end mortgage servicing abuses.” Bur can he actually do that? Meanwhile, illegal foreclosures continue “on thousands [because] the housing settlement allows it.”
? There is no “churn” in the labor market–people are not quitting their jobs because they have no confidence they can find better ones. [cont’d.]
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