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Tom Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble

Tom Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble

Jul 20, 2017

Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 7:19am, July 20, 2017. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Empire of Destruction Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh By Tom Engelhardt You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of taking out a carefully identified and tracked human...

Is Productivity Growth Becoming Irrelevant?

Is Productivity Growth Becoming Irrelevant?

Jul 18, 2017

By Adair Turner LONDON – As the Nobel laureate economist Robert Solow noted in 1987, computers are “everywhere but in the productivity statistics.” Since then, the so-called productivity paradox has become ever more striking. Automation has eliminated many jobs. Robots and artificial intelligence now seem to promise (or threaten) yet more radical change. Yet...

American Democracy Is Now Under Siege by Both Cyber-Espionage and GOP Voter Suppression

American Democracy Is Now Under Siege by Both Cyber-Espionage and GOP Voter Suppression

Jul 12, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation  The same Republicans who benefited from Russian hacking in the 2016 election have been suppressing the vote for years. By Ari Berman In September 2010, the District of Columbia unveiled a pilot project to enable overseas residents and people serving in the military to vote over the Internet, and invited users to test...

Finally, Nuclear Weapons Are Outlawed

Finally, Nuclear Weapons Are Outlawed

Jul 12, 2017

By Jayantha Dhanapala* KANDY, Sri Lanka (IDN) – On July 7 2017, seventy two years after the most inhumanely destructive weapon was invented and used on hapless Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a Conference of the majority of member states in the United Nations decided – by a vote of 122 for; one abstention: and one against – to adopt a Treaty for the Prohibition of...

The Robots are Coming, your Job is at Risk

The Robots are Coming, your Job is at Risk

Mar 17, 2017

By By Martin Khor Martin Khor is Executive Director of the South Centre, a think tank for developing countries, based in Geneva. PENANG, Mar 15 2017 (IPS) – Last year Uber started testing driver-less cars, with humans inside to make corrections in case something goes wrong. If the tests go well, Uber will presumably replace their present army of drivers...

Who’s Going to Save American Jobs?

Who’s Going to Save American Jobs?

Mar 12, 2017

This article was originally published on Fair Observer. BY   KNOWLEDGEWHARTON Tackling unemployment and the “skills gap” needs to happen at the corporate, state and local levels. In a speech announcing his candidacy in June 2015, Donald Trump stated: “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” He repeated this promise in various ways...

Syria is a ‘testing ground’ for new Russian weapons

Syria is a ‘testing ground’ for new Russian weapons

Mar 5, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor Russia has tested 162 types of new weapons in its combat in Syria, its defence minister said, hailing the military’s performance in the war-torn country, in which more than 310,000 people have been killed. The weapons have proven their worth in the conflict, Sergei Shoigu told the Russian...

A Dark Shadow Looms Large Over UN Talks On Eliminating Nukes

A Dark Shadow Looms Large Over UN Talks On Eliminating Nukes

Feb 25, 2017

By Rodney Reynolds WASHINGTON DC (IDN) – The 193-member UN General Assembly is to hold two key sessions – in March and in June – in what is expected to be a do-or-die attempt towards the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide. “Whether 2017 will be the year that sees nuclear weapons being banned or whether the effort to achieve this gets turned into a form of...

How ‘evolving’ technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

How ‘evolving’ technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

Feb 22, 2017

Sharad Sinha, Nanyang Technological University Let me ask you a question. Are you periodically forced to buy a new laptop because the technology – hardware or software – in your current laptop is no longer supported even though it’s fully functional? The Microsoft Windows operating system is estimated to power about 90% of world’s personal computers today....

How Backwater Europe Transformed To World Power

How Backwater Europe Transformed To World Power

Feb 21, 2017

By Jonathan Power* LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – Eleven hundred years ago Europe was a backwater. There were no grand cities, apart from Cordoba in Spain which was Muslim. The Middle East was much further ahead, still absorbing the intellectual delights and challenges of Greek science, medicine and architecture which Europeans were largely ignorant of. In...