The Roundup

By: Monday May 26, 2014 5:45 am

- China continues its economic dominance in Africa with its growing exports to the continent along with its investments

- Days after the U.S. charged five military officers, China announced to its state-owned companies to cut ties with U.S. consulting firms

- After 9/11 and the Boston Bombings, America did not critically think about its policies, but turned to retribution and vengeance. Its ignorance only fuels fear and hatred.


Top Ten at Ten 3/14/2014

By: Friday March 14, 2014 4:35 pm

Some of the stories from today’s Top Ten At Ten.

* U.S. senator not a fan of ‘.sucks’ Web sites (Market Watch)

* Paul Ryan’s ‘inner city’ comment might mean he’s racist, but he sure is classist (Guardian)

* Missed Alarms and 40 Million Stolen Credit Card Numbers: How Target Blew It (Bloomberg)

* Obama, Citing a Concern for Families, Orders a Review of Deportations (NY Times)

Top Ten at Ten 2/28/2014

By: Friday February 28, 2014 4:30 pm

Some of the stories from today’s Top Ten At Ten.

* Reconciliation Begins With Recognition (NY Times)

* Outgoing NSA chief Keith Alexander signals openness to surveillance reform (Guardian)

* Detroit automakers worry about UAW money struggles (Detroit News)

The Roundup

By: Wednesday February 26, 2014 5:45 am

- Gareth Porter discusses whether pressure by the U.S. to get Iran to discuss its ballistic missile program may be jeopardizing the entire peace process

- Obama to Karzai: If you don’t sign the agreement, then all U.S. troops in Afghanistan will be withdrawn before the year’s end

- Interim President Olexander Turchynov is warning the threat of deep divisions and separatism still loom in the Ukraine

- Oakland Privacy Working Group releases a statement against the proposed construction of an Oakland Spy Center

Top Ten at Ten 2/7/2014

By: Friday February 7, 2014 2:45 pm

Some of the stories from today’s Top Ten At Ten.

* OWS Twitter Feed Hijacked by Google Exec Who Claims #IFoundedOccupyWallSt (I Acknowledge)

* Chris Christie update: Toast in Texas (Salon)

* Department of Labor May Raise Wages for Disabled Federal Contractors, After All (In These Times)

Fatster’s Roundup

By: Tuesday August 20, 2013 4:45 am

❖ Turkey and Qatar supported ex-President Morsi; Saudia Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait “have pledged billions of dollars in aid to the new Egyptian government”–dwarfing US aid. Update: Israel enters the mix, “working closer with Egyptian forces to fight militants in Sinai”.

❖ Unreal. “Obama Goes to Bat for Big Tobacco in TPP”.

❖ Beleaguered Bob McDonnell, GOP governor of VA, and his wife have lawyers who will be engaged in “separate hours-long meetings trying to convince federal prosecutors” not to charge them with anything.

Fatster’s Roundup

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 4:45 am

❖ Syria won’t allow a chemical weapons investigation team into the country.

❖ Rogoff and Reinhart (Kenneth and Carmen, respectively) have responded to the criticism from Univ of Massachusetts researchers. This is a key controversy, since Rogoff and Reinhart’s work is used to justify Austerity USA. Yves Smith: “The experts have been shown to be wildly wrong, and any decision to follow their faulty analysis now rests squarely on Obama and his fellow travelers.”

❖ “How Congress undercuts the Postal Service”, with help from ALEC, the Koch Brothers, and FedEx.

Fatster’s Roundup

By: Wednesday April 17, 2013 5:30 am

❖ While North Korea was celebrating the 101st birthday of founder Kim Il-sung, people in South Korea were protesting against North Korea. Consequently, North Korea “has issued new threats against South Korea, vowing ‘sledgehammer blows’ of retaliation if South Korea does not apologise”.

❖ We the people aren’t allowed to see the “6,000-page Senate report on the CIA’s use of extraordinary rendition and” torture. But we now have the 577-page Constitution Project’s report, which concludes: “[T]here never before had been ‘the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 9/11 directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, proprietary and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody.’” New details presented.

❖ That eleventy-seven dimensional chess game is working out just great: “Republicans embrace Obama’s offer to trim Social Security benefits”.

Fatster’s Roundup

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 4:45 am

❖ “UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned the crisis on the Korean peninsula may become ‘uncontrollable’.”

❖ Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay prisoners are now being notified if one of their clients is “being force-fed to prevent them from starving to death”.

❖ KPMG, “accountancy giant” is “rocked by damaging allegations that one of its senior US partners had leaked confidential information.”

Fatster’s Roundup

By: Friday March 8, 2013 4:45 am

❖ Gen. James Mattis, US Central Command: “Afghan national security forces will be equipped with drone capabilities”.

❖ The F-35A ready for training? “Is. Isn’t. That about sums up the latest kerfluffle between the Pentagon’s top operational tester . . . the Air Force and its Joint Program Office.”

❖ “Whistleblower: Wells Fargo Fabricated and Altered Mortgage Documents on a Mass Basis”–despite claiming it “had a ‘rigorous system’ to ensure that mortgage documents were accurate and complete.” Why do whistleblowers have to do all the heavy lifting and run the risks?

❖ New York City may “Move Back to Lever Voting Machines For September Elections”.

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