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Could A Lithium Shortage De-Rail The Electric Car Boom?

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016

By James Stafford of Oilprice.com We’ve gone electric, and there’s no going back at this point. Lithium is our new fuel, but like fossil fuels, the reserves we’re...

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Society

Sanders Condemns Obscene Levels of Inequality Documented in New CBO Report

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016

Originally published on Common Dreams. by Deirdre Fulton Yet another report, this one from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO), highlights what many American families...

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Politics

Sarkozy’s Campaign of Fear

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dominique Moisi PARIS – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s announcement that he will seek the presidency again in 2017 should come as no...

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Geopolitics

Trump’s Pro-ISIS Foreign Policy

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Fawaz A. Gerges LONDON – Donald Trump’s recent claim that his opponent in the US presidential race, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,...

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Could A Lithium Shortage De-Rail The Electric Car Boom?

Could A Lithium Shortage De-Rail The Electric Car Boom?

Aug 25, 2016

By James Stafford of Oilprice.com We’ve gone electric, and there’s no going back at this point. Lithium is our new fuel, but like fossil fuels, the reserves we’re currently tapping into are finite—and that’s what investors can take to the bank. You may think lithium got too popular too fast. You may suspect electric vehicles are too much...

The Scarecrow of National Debt

The Scarecrow of National Debt

Aug 25, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Robert Skidelsky CAMBRIDGE – Most people are more worried by government debt than about taxation. “But it’s trillions” a friend of mine recently expostulated about the United Kingdom’s national debt. He exaggerated a bit: it is £1.7 trillion ($2.2 trillion). But one website features a clock showing the debt growing at a rate...

Devastating Earthquake Demolishes Central Italy

Devastating Earthquake Demolishes Central Italy

Aug 25, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By By Rose Delaney ROME, Aug 25 2016 (IPS) – At 3.36am on  August 24, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake wreaked havoc and destruction in central Italy. The initial early morning earthquake was followed by magnitude 5.1 and 5.4 aftershocks, the tremors reported to have been felt by inhabitants in Rome,...

Sarkozy’s Campaign of Fear

Sarkozy’s Campaign of Fear

Aug 25, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dominique Moisi PARIS – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s announcement that he will seek the presidency again in 2017 should come as no surprise. Indeed, it was hard to take seriously his declaration, following his loss to the Socialist Party’s François Hollande in the 2012 race, that he was done with politics....

Trump’s Pro-ISIS Foreign Policy

Trump’s Pro-ISIS Foreign Policy

Aug 25, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Fawaz A. Gerges LONDON – Donald Trump’s recent claim that his opponent in the US presidential race, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama founded the Islamic State is vicious nonsense. But it is also an ironic charge for Trump to make: if anyone in the United States is helping ISIS, it is he....

The Easy Money Contagion

The Easy Money Contagion

Aug 25, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Carmen Reinhart JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING – To consider the actions taken by the world’s major central banks in the past month is to invite an essential question: when – and where – will all this monetary easing end? At the end of July, the Bank of Japan announced that it would maintain its current negative interest rates and...

Sanders Launches ‘Our Revolution,’ Dedicated to a Progressive Agenda and Better Democratic Party

Sanders Launches ‘Our Revolution,’ Dedicated to a Progressive Agenda and Better Democratic Party

Aug 25, 2016

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. Reminds supporters of all they accomplished and work ahead.   By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet Bernie Sanders’ revolution seeking a kinder, fairer, more egalitarian and dignified America will continue by working to elect progressive candidates, introducing nationally significant state ballot measures and pushing the...

How an Extreme Natural Event Can Turn to a Disaster

How an Extreme Natural Event Can Turn to a Disaster

Aug 25, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   BERLIN (IDN) – Inadequate infrastructure and weak logistic chains substantially increase the risk that an extreme natural event will become a disaster, find the World Risk Report 2016 released here on August 25 by the Institute for Environment and Human Security at the United Nations...

President Obama Aligns with Big Business to Smash Opposition to the TPP

President Obama Aligns with Big Business to Smash Opposition to the TPP

Aug 25, 2016

Originally published on Common Dreams. By Jake Johnson The Democratic primary of 2008, much like that of 2016, featured a sharp debate on global trade — about who writes the rules, who benefits, and who, ultimately, is harmed. And like 2016, the 2008 discussion was largely dominated by so-called trade agreements, namely the North American Free Trade Agreement....

Climate Change Threatens USD2.5 trillion Losses in Agriculture

Climate Change Threatens USD2.5 trillion Losses in Agriculture

Aug 25, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jutta Wolf BERLIN (IDN) – Global warming threatens to cause a huge economic damage to agriculture, adding up to the annual amount of roughly 0.8 percent of global GDP by the end of the century, which translates to losses of $2.5 trillion dollars, warns a new study. But further trade...

How to Stop Terrorism in Europe

How to Stop Terrorism in Europe

Aug 23, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Brahma Chellaney BERLIN – Europe is under pressure. Integrating asylum-seekers and other migrants – 1.1 million in Germany alone in 2015 – into European society poses a major challenge, one that has been complicated by a spike in crimes committed by new arrivals. Making matters worse, many European Muslims have become...

Concern over Profit-Oriented Approach to Biodiversity in Latin America

Concern over Profit-Oriented Approach to Biodiversity in Latin America

Aug 23, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Emilio Godoy MEXICO CITY, Aug 22 2016 (IPS) – In July 2015, the Mexican government granted a U.S. corporation permission for the use of genetic material obtained in Mexican territory for commercial and non-commercial purposes, in one of the cases that has fuelled concern in Latin America about...