Stella Hildebrand

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Robert Reich: America’s “flexible” economy is making workers’ lives hell

The former secretary of labor on the need for a federal law requiring employers to pay for scheduled work<p>These days it’s not unusual for someone on the way to work to receive a text message from her employer saying she’s not needed right then.<p>Although she’s already found someone to pick up her kid …

Employment

Egypt's Morsi sentenced to 20 years in jail

A Cairo court has sentenced former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and 12 other defendants to 20 years in prison.<p>Morsi was convicted on Tuesday of ordering the arrest and torture of protesters in clashes outside the presidential palace in December 2012. The court acquitted the former president of …

Muslim Brotherhood

Crude oil prices surge as Yemen descends into chaos

Saudi Arabia says it will do "anything necessary" to defeat the rebels, but the group took over an airport on Wednesday, and the President reportedly fled the country by boat.<p>The Houthi militias are primarily Shia and backed by Iran, which is not good news as far as the Sunni monarchy in Saudi …

Oil

Benjamin Netanyahu criticised as he tries to make amends with Israel's Arab population

Israeli president rebukes Benjamin Netanyahu for his attack on Israeli Arabs<p>Benjamin Netanyahu was officially asked to form Israel’s next government on Wednesday, but Arab citizens have not forgotten how the prime minister turned upon them in order to win votes last week..<p>On election day, the prime …

Israel

5 signs America is devolving into a plutocracy

One-percent elections. Congressional gridlock. An increasingly demobilized public. Our democracy is on life support<p>Have you ever undertaken some task you felt less than qualified for, but knew that someone needed to do? Consider this piece my version of that, and let me put what I do understand …

Political Science

Russia returns to Africa amid increasing isolation | Business & Economy

A recent announcement by Uganda's Oil Ministry that a Russian company - RT Global Resources - won the bid to build a $3bn oil refinery highlights the Kremlin's attempts to return as a major player in Africa.<p>RT Global Resources is a subsidiary of Russia's largest state-backed corporation Rostec …

Africa

Two charged with Nemtsov killing include former Chechen policeman

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Suggestions that Russian politician Boris Nemtsov was killed by Chechen Islamists are nonsense designed to deflect suspicion from President Vladimir Putin, associates of the slain opposition figure said on Monday.<p>Investigators have charged two men, including a former Chechen …

Russia

Low Oil Price May Stifle Deepwater Drilling And Oil Sands But Not Fracking

Saudi Arabia and OPEC may have dropped oil prices to stifle production in the U.S. and other competing nations, but they didn’t drop it enough to stifle the U.S. oil and gas boom from fracking, a senior expert with McKinsey and Company said in Chicago.<p>“If the Saudis think they’re going to put U.S. …

Oil & Gas Industry

Despite Greece, euro zone is turning the corner | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The latest episode of Greece’s debt crisis has revived doubts about the long-term survival of the euro, nowhere more so than in London, Europe’s main financial center and a hotbed of Euroskepticism.<p>A Greek (L) and a European flag flutter outside the Greek embassy in Brussels …

Europe

180 Israeli Security Officials Tell Netanyahu That Speaking To Congress Is A Mistake

"It is time the prime minister listened to us before he wrecks our strategic interests with our closest ally. Nothing good for Israel can come from humiliating the U.S. president."<p>TEL AVIV — An alliance of 180 of Israel's top former military and intelligence officials are criticizing Israeli Prime …

Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' Bill Is Back

As Anti-Homosexuality Act is set to be reintroduced, local activists have built a broad coalition that links the bill with other social issues.<p>David …

Thousands mourn Boris Nemtsov in march to murder scene in Moscow

MOSCOW — Thousands of people gathered in central Moscow to remember Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader gunned down in the shadow of the …

Gay marriage comes to Alabama over chief judge's objections

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's chief justice built his career on defiance: In 2003, Roy Moore was forced from the bench for disobeying a federal court order to remove a boulder-size Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse.<p>On Monday, as Alabama became the 37th state where gays can …

LGBTQI

Obama's war proposal draws fire

“I am worried that we won’t get an AUMF,” one Democratic senator said.<p>Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill pined for months to get a chance to approve President Barack Obama’s war against ISIL.<p>On Wednesday, they finally got their wish. But now the onus is on Congress to show the world it’s …

Middle East

Faith-fueled forces of hatred: Obama’s religion speech was troubling — but not for the reasons the right alleges

It’s not that religion gets twisted and misused for evil. The cruelty is embedded in the very texts<p>Every February at the Washington Hilton we witness a seemingly innocuous yet in fact troubling event that furthers hidebound traditions poisonous to our politics and inimical to our progress: the …

Religion

Pot is legal in D.C. starting Thursday (but Republicans want the mayor in jail)

WASHINGTON — Possession of marijuana will become legal in the nation's capital at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Mayor Muriel Bowser said, defying a threat …

Extremism

U.S. Sends A-10 Thunderbolt II Aircraft Back to Germany Amid Russian Threat

SPANGDAHLEM, Germany — Two years after they were pulled out of this U.S. airbase in the German countryside, American "tankbuster" aircraft are once again parked outside its hangars.<p>The A-10 Thunderbolt II planes — 12 in all, accompanied by 300 airmen — are part of a six-month U.S. operation in …

Military

Can Chavez’s Ghost Swing Spain’s Election This Year?

Funded by Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez and his successor, Podemos is the party to beat in this year’s Spanish elections.<p>MADRID—If it looks like a …

Russian bombers threatening Britain could hit passenger aircraft

Air Chief Marshal Lord Stirrup, the former head of the armed forces, warns that Russian bombers testing Britain's air defences could hit a passenger plane<p>Russia is playing a "very dangerous game of chicken" by encroaching on Britain's airspace there is a growing risk that one of its bombers could …

Russia

Netanyahu turns down meeting with Senate Democrats

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday turned down an invitation to meet privately with Senate Democrats next week during his visit to Washington, saying the session "could compound the misperception of partisanship" surrounding his trip.<p>Angering the White House and Democrats, …

Obama Administration