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How The US Government Destroys The Lives Of Whistleblowers

One of the things we've heard over and over again from defenders of the NSA surveillance program is that Ed Snowden is somehow "not a whistleblower" …

Walmart Fight is About the Degradation of Work in America

<i>Originally published in the Current Newspapers, July 31, 2013.</i><p>The ongoing battle between Walmart and workers is about the role that workers play in …

Piracy Doesn't Create A Loss To 'The Economy,' But To A Particular Industry

For years, we've pointed out that many claims of "losses due to piracy" are incredibly misleading, but there are different levels of misleading. The …

Enough royal baby already? 12 great reads instead

<b>1)</b> New Yorker's The Itch, by Atul Gawande (2008)<p><b>2)</b> Colombia Journalism Review's Woman's Work: The Twisted Reality of an Italian Freelancer in Syria, …

Dutch Libraries Go To Court To Make Sure They Can Lend Ebooks

As we've noted before, many publishers have the crazy attitude that ebooks shouldn't be lent by libraries, and that it should be made <b>harder</b> for …

How capitalism's great relocation pauperised America's 'middle class'

Detroit's struggle with bankruptcy might find some relief, or at least distraction, by presenting its desperate economic and social conditions as a …

10 things we learned from the Osama bin Laden report

<b>1 Osama bin Laden's 10-year stay in Pakistan was a cock-up on the part of Pakistani intelligence, not a conspiracy.</b> The Abbottabad commission said …

Growing demand for US ginseng the root cause of latest hunting ban

The long tradition of ginseng-hunting in the United States can be traced from Daniel Boone, the folk hero frontiersman, to Glenn Miller, a retired …

Bribes, money hidden in teddy bears: welcome to US spending in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense is spending more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to buy Russian-made aircraft for an Afghan aviation squad that …

What econ 101 misses about mercantilism.

Michael Lind's "Econ 101 is Killing America" article has prompted a lot of very divergent responses from people who I respect. My view is that the …

Loose canon: A debate over whether decent housing is a basic human right is long overdue

One does not have to be a professor of moral or political philosophy to recognise something profoundly amiss about the existence of an estate such as …

The Fall of the American Worker

There’s a moment in Dale Maharidge and Michael S. Williamson’s “Someplace Like America,” a documentary account of three decades of American downward mobility, when Maharidge spontaneously decides to phone up Charles Murray. It’s around the year 2000, welfare reform is on the books, and Maharidge …

Don’t blame Germany for World War I.

<i>One hundred years ago today, Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, setting off a series of events that led to World War</i> …

Failed states are a western myth

In the same week that the investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill spoke of the need for the US to "take a humility pill", we've been subjected to …

Tipped Workers Deserve a Raise As Well

The word “minimum” is not difficult to define. Several synonyms immediately come to mind: lowest, least, smallest, littlest…<p>So you might reasonably …

Croatia, a nation lost in translation

If Croatia could have chosen the moment for its accession to the European Union, it would not be 1 July 2013. The Pew Research Centre has just …

What lies behind the power price increases in Australia?

Queenslanders have just received the news of another round of big increases in the price of electricity averaging 20%. This was a particularly bitter …

Wall Street is winning the long war against post-crash regulation

Less than ten years ago, if a Wall Street trader wanted to find a sucker to buy bad mortgages, he knew where to find him: often, sitting in an office …

Baltimore train explosion captured by passerby - video

Amateur video showing the moment a train explodes after colliding with a truck in Baltimore county. The cargo train, which was carrying non-toxic …

Sallie Mae to split loan and banking businesses into two separate companies

Sallie Mae plans to split into two separate, publicly traded companies. The student loan giant also named John Remondi as its chief executive officer.<p>…

Abuse in the name of security

FATUMA (not her real name) was at home in Eastleigh, a Somali-dominated suburb of Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, when the police called on her. She …

Africa quiz - test your knowledge

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The problem with Japan's high-stakes economic mind game

The Nikkei 225, Japan's primary stock market, plunged by over 7% on Thursday, from 15,942 (the highest it's been in over five years) to 14,483. …

The wages of sin

MUST we pay for past sins? Michael Kinsley thinks so:<p>I don’t think suffering is good, but I do believe that we have to pay a price for past sins, and …

The hottest French TV of 2013: The Returned

It's four years since a coach taking local teenagers on a school trip plunged down a French mountain, killing several students. But, just as final …

The Wire creator David Simon on what's behind the US war on drugs - extended video interview

Writer and ex-crime reporter David Simon, who created HBO TV drama The Wire, speaks to John Mulholland about capitalism, Margaret Thatcher and how …

Why should Apple have access to consumers if it refuses to pay its fair share of taxes?

The chairman of a parliamentary committee investigating Google for tax avoidance calls the firm "devious, calculating, and unethical", yet British …