News for 2012-09-12

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] CTU Strike Day Three: Parents, Teachers Continue the Fight
The Chicago Teachers Union strike reached its third day Wednesday, as teachers and The Chicago School Board met for another round of negotiations. CTU officials downplayed the potentials for a quick resolution, saying school board officials have not been willing to make substantial compromises. The...
Read more
[title] Laura Flanders and Chris Hedges: The Absurdity of American Empire
What happens when you force communities, families and entire ecosystems to kneel before the dictates of the marketplace? You get what Chris Hedges, co-author with Joe Sacco of Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, calls "sacrifice zones." From Appalachia to North Dakota to Camden, New Jersey, these...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] House Set to Vote on Reauthorization of Warrantless Wiretapping
Update : The Washington Post reports that "The House voted 300 to 118 to extend the law for five years. The Senate likely will not take up the bill until after the Nov. 6 election." * * *
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Numbers, Analysis Show 30 Years of Failed US Economic Policy
The latest US Census Bureau numbers on poverty, income inequality, and healthcare, coupled with newly released economic analysis of US public policy reveals the reality and the reasons behind the persistent rut of the poverty-stricken, the working-poor, and the middle class in America.
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Strikes, Protests Build as Greece Negotiates Austerity
Public workers in Greece took to the streets again on Wednesday to protest ongoing talks between the Greek government and European leaders of the 'Troika', who are working to finalize the country's latest round of large scale austerity measures. 2,000 teachers, hospital doctors and municipal staff...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] US Grows An Industrial Complex Along The Border
The United States' southern border bristles with technology and manpower designed to catch illegal immigrants and drug smugglers. Since 1986, the government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on fences, aircraft, detention centers and agents. But even as federal budgets shrink and illegal...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Foreclosure Fail: Study Pins Blame on Big Banks
Over the past several years, we've reported extensively on the big banks' foreclosure failings . As a result of banks' disorganization and understaffing — particularly at the peak of the crisis in 2009 and 2010 — homeowners were often forced to run a gauntlet of confusion, delays, and errors when...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Hundreds Killed in Pakistan Factory Fires
Factory fires took the lives of over 300 people in Pakistan's two largest cities on Tuesday, inciting condemnation over the industry's lax regulations regarding fire safety. Barred windows, locked fire exits, poor ventilation, and faulty building design were blamed for the mass deaths.
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Jimmy Carter Slams Citizens United as Threat to Democracy
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter issued scathing remarks on the impacts of Citizens United , slamming the "financial corruption" and "excessive influx of money" that is making the U.S. electoral process "one of the worst in the world." Carter made the comments speaking at Conversations at The...
Read more
[title] Conventions 2012: The Price of the Party
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Director of Private School Where Rahm Sends His Kids Opposes Using Testing for Teacher Evaluations
Unlike occasional teacher union opponent Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel does not send his kids to public schools. Instead, Emanuel's children attend one of the most elite prep schools in Chicago, the University of Chicago Lab School, where the annual tuition is more...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Worldwide Distrust of US Intentions Follows 11 Years of War
"American influence on the world stage is being sapped by widespread distrust of US intentions, not just in the Middle East and south Asia but also among traditional European allies," according to the Guardian newspaper, citing a new survey performed by its media partner and global research company...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Four Dead, Including US Ambassador, in US Embassy Attack in Libya
Update: Four US officials were killed in Libya, including the US Ambassador Chris Stevens, following rockets attacks against the US consulate building in the city of Benghazi. The Washington Post reports :
Read more