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The Real News - 2018-01-30 - Original post - cached version

By Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com

Echoing the criticism of too much hype surrounding U.S. shale from the Saudi oil minister last week, a new report finds that shale drilling is still largely not profitable. Not only that, but costs are on the rise and drillers are pursuing "irrational...

The Real News - 2018-01-29 - Original post - cached version

By Norman Solomon / The Nation.

What made Bob Parry a trailblazer for independent journalism also made him a bridge burner with the media establishment.

Investigative journalist Robert Parry is pictured in Washington, DC, in February 1987. (AP Photo)

After Robert Parry...

The Real News - 2018-01-29 - Original post - cached version

By theindigenousamericans_6i2sru / The Indigenous Americans.

In a year when the rights of indigenous people have been under assault, from Standing Rock to the president’s Twitter feed, a largely unknown politician is pushing back by launching a campaign to become the country’s...

The Real News - 2018-01-28 - Original post - cached version

By Martijn Konings / Socialist Project.

The global financial crisis has done next to nothing to change the convictions of mainstream economists. But the widespread lament over their willful blindness seems misplaced: there was never a realistic possibility that the economics profession...

The Real News - 2018-01-27 - Original post - cached version

James S. Henry / The American Interest.

One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Trump tax cuts is in Cupertino.

It almost never snows in Silicon Valley, but last week the flurries were really flying and the snow-job drifts were piling up high at Apple Inc.’s corporate...

The Real News - 2018-01-27 - Original post - cached version
Ryan Grim, Lee Fang / The Intercept.

Candidates Who Signed Up to Battle Donald Trump Must Get Past the Democratic Party First

In the wake of the 2016 election, a group of despairing Democrats in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, formed a new political group to ensure that they would...

The Real News - 2018-01-27 - Original post - cached version

By George Soros /Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2018

 

The current moment in history

Good evening. It has become something of an annual Davos tradition for me to give an overview of the current state of the world. I was planning half an hour for my remarks and half an...

The Real News - 2018-01-26 - Original post - cached version

It almost never snows in Silicon Valley,1 but last week the flurries were really flying and the snow-job drifts were piled high at Apple Inc.'s corporate headquarters in Cupertino.

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The Real News - 2018-01-26 - Original post - cached version

By David Cay Johnston / DC Report.

In the Fine Print of the New Law: Trump and the Republicans Give the Tech Giant and Other Companies Up to $2.6 Trillion

DCReport Senior Editor James S. Henry, an economist and expert on global tax avoidance, reports that the new Trump tax...

The Real News - 2018-01-25 - Original post - cached version

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.

Photo by Marc Nozell | CC BY 2.0

Unless the polls are even more off than they were when they predicted a Clinton victory in 2016, distressingly many 2016 Trump voters continue to stand by their man.

There has been some attrition, but the...

The Real News - 2018-01-24 - Original post - cached version

By James Wilt / DeSmog.

Sharks, sea turtles, corals, wolffish — the 1,200 kilometre Laurentian Channel off the southwest coast of Newfoundland is home to tremendous biodiversity.

And that’s the reason it’s set to become Canada’s newest Marine Protected...

The Real News - 2018-01-24 - Original post - cached version

By Norman Solomon.

Sometimes a party’s leader seems to symbolize an enduring malaise. For Democrats in 2018, that institutional leader is Tom Perez.

While serving as secretary of labor during President Obama’s second term, Perez gained a reputation as an advocate for workers...

The Real News - 2018-01-23 - Original post - cached version

By Hanadi Loubani

Many observers have noted how the call by the US for an emergency session of the UN Security Council to support Iranian antigovernment protesters drew heated and bitter debate, laying bare deep ideological rifts over the future of the Middle East. Others have commented...

The Real News - 2018-01-23 - Original post - cached version

By Brasil Wire

Some are calling it the Coup’s endgame, others the “final battle” for Brazil’s next decade.

Former President Lula, who held office from 2003-2011 has twice the support of his nearest rival to succeed Putschist Michel Temer in the October 2018 elections.

...

The Real News - 2018-01-23 - Original post - cached version

By Vijay Prashad / The Hindu.

Turkey makes a decisive move against Kurdish fighters on the border with Syria

On January 20, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that Turkish forces alongside the Free Syrian Armyhad begun armed operations in the Syrian town of Afrin, to...

The Real News - 2018-01-23 - Original post - cached version
By Nour Samaha Photo: Kyodo/AP

Israel is expanding its influence and control deeper into opposition-held southern Syria, according to multiple sources in the area. After failed attempts to ensure its interests were safeguarded by the major players in the war next door, Israel is...

The Real News - 2018-01-23 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appears in the wake of recent anti-government protests to have put his weight behind President Hasan Rouhani’s repeated calls for reduced military and Revolutionary Guards involvement in the economy.

Mr. Khamenei...

The Real News - 2018-01-22 - Original post - cached version

By Chuang, Zhang Yunfan and Sun Tingting / Socialist Project.

Voices from the November 15th Incident

On November 15, 2017, police stormed into a student reading group at the Guangdong University of Technology (GDUT) and seized six participants, including four current students at...

The Real News - 2018-01-21 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey

Recent Algerian media reports detailing Saudi propagation of a quietist, apolitical yet supremacist and anti-pluralistic form of Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism raises questions about the scope of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s commitment to what he has termed...

The Real News - 2018-01-21 - Original post - cached version

By Lydia O'Neal and David Sirota / Newsweek.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels with Gov. Elect Mike Pence at the Statehouse before Pence's inauguration in Indianapolis, on January 14, 2013. AJ Mast/AP

President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure...

The Real News - 2018-01-21 - Original post - cached version

By Simon Davis-Cohen / DeSmog.

On November 17, 2016, a Colorado environmental activist named Pete Kolbenschlag used Facebook to leave a comment on a local newspaper article, the kind of thing more than a billion people do every day.

However, most people don’t get sued for...

The Real News - 2018-01-20 - Original post - cached version

By Canadian Union of Public Employees / Socialist Project.

The collapse of Carillion, a global privatization corporation, illustrates the risky nature of public-private partnerships (P3s) and contracting out. Carillion is involved in 10 P3s across Canada, primarily in hospitals in...

The Real News - 2018-01-20 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.

Qatar airbrushed from map in UAE / Credit: Simon Henderson

Prominent US constitutional lawyer and scholar Alan M. Dershowitz raised eyebrows when he described Qatar as “the Israel of the Gulf states.”

Known for his hard-line pro-Israel...

The Real News - 2018-01-18 - Original post - cached version

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.

Photo by Don Relyea | CC BY 2.0

Like it or not, in the 2018 midterms, the only way to defeat Republicans – and defy Donald Trump (or Mike Pence) — will be to vote for Democrats.

I don’t like it, and I don’t think anybody else should...

The Real News - 2018-01-18 - Original post - cached version

By David William Pear. January 17, 2018

[Photo:  President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, Image by from Wikipedia]

[First published by The Greanville Post, revised January 17, 2018]

Fearing that peace might break out with the two Koreas talking to each other, Washington...

The Real News - 2018-01-17 - Original post - cached version

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Popular Resistance

The United States cannot be a moral or ethical country until it faces up to the realities of US empire and the destruction it causes around the world. The US undermines governments (including democracies), kills millions of...

The Real News - 2018-01-15 - Original post - cached version

By Judith Deutsch / Socialist Project.

Great joy and relief came with the news this January 12th that French investigative judges issued an “order of final release” for Dr. Hassan Diab from a French maximum security prison. Dr. Diab, a sociology professor and Canadian citizen, was...

The Real News - 2018-01-15 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.

The $6.85 billion acquisition in 2006 of Peninsular & Oriental (P&O) Steam Navigation Company, a storied British shipping and logistics company, by Dubai’s state-owned DP World, one the world’s largest port management and terminal operators,...

The Real News - 2018-01-14 - Original post - cached version

By Josh Zumbrun and Ian Talley / Wall Street Journal.

The World Bank’s chief economist said he would recalculate national rankings of business competitiveness going back at least four years

The World Bank repeatedly changed the methodology of one of its flagship economic reports...

The Real News - 2018-01-11 - Original post - cached version

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.

Photo by Michael Vadon | CC BY 2.0

When Donald Trump became president, days became dog years – except that the changes have been more chaotic and less predictable.

What seems likely one day seems out of the question the next.  Lately, the...

The Real News - 2018-01-09 - Original post - cached version

By John H. Cushman Jr. / Inside Climate News.

The plan would have given a big subsidy to the coal industry. FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is asking power grid operators what's needed instead.

Coal piles sit outside a PacifiCorp power plant near Castle...

The Real News - 2018-01-05 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.

Expressions of support by US President Donald J. Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu have provided the grist for Iranian claims that anti-government protests were instigated by foreign powers. The largely baseless assertions offer...

The Real News - 2018-01-05 - Original post - cached version

By Shikha Dalmia / The Week.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images January 2, 2018

The Trump administration's malice toward immigrants isn't only evident in harsh deportation and other enforcement policies. You can also see it in the White House's acts of gratuitous pettiness. Case in...

The Real News - 2018-01-03 - Original post - cached version

By Norman Solomon

For several months we’ve been hearing a crescendo of outcries that Russia used social media to sway the 2016 presidential election. The claim has now been debunked by an unlikely source -- one of the most Russiagate-frenzied big media outlets in the United States, the ...

The Real News - 2018-01-02 - Original post - cached version

By Margaret Flowers, MD for Health Over Profit for Everyone.

State-level reforms for universal health care are laudable; they are not single payer.

Two states with a long history of state-based healthcare reform efforts, California and New York, are hard at work organizing...

The Real News - 2018-01-02 - Original post - cached version

By Frieda Afary / Socialist Project

New Wave of Mass Protests in Iran

International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran

Mass protests in over 50 cities across Iran have been taking place since December 28th amid heavy security to raise people’s voices against massive...

The Real News - 2018-01-02 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.

The six-month-old Gulf crisis has expanded to the Horn Africa, potentially fuelling simmering regional conflicts.

Renewed fears of heightened tension in the Horn, a region pockmarked by foreign military bases that straddles key Indian...

The Real News - 2018-01-02 - Original post - cached version

By David William Pear / Originally Published by David William Pear at OpEdNew.com

Who defeated the Islamic State In Syria?

Before answering that question. What is the ISIS? Can the public overcome its chronic amnesia and think back to the sudden appearance of ISIS dressed in brand...

The Real News - 2018-01-01 - Original post - cached version

By Daniel Tanuro / Socialist Project.

The Twenty-Third Conference of the Parties Signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate has just concluded in Bonn, Germany. It was an intermediate meeting between COP21 in Paris in 2015 and COP24 in Katowice (Poland) in 2018....

The Real News - 2018-01-01 - Original post - cached version

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.

One has to hand it to Donald Trump.  Not just any repellent real estate mogul and reality television personality could become an even worse President than George W. Bush.

Bush set never-ending wars in motion effectively breaking the greater...

The Real News - 2018-01-01 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.

An Iranian woman disguises herself as a male soccer fan

In supporting recent anti-government protests in Iran, both Iranian hardliners and the US State Department may want to be careful what they wish for. Not only are the protests...

The Real News - 2017-12-26 - Original post - cached version

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.

At long last, Donald Trump and his Republican co-dependents have a major piece of legislation they can use to show their “donors” and their diehard supporters that they are able to “govern.”  This, anyway, is the story corporate media tell....

The Real News - 2017-12-23 - Original post - cached version

By José Manuel Zelaya Rosales / Socialist Project.

People of the United States:

For the past century, the owners of the fruit companies called our country “Banana Republic” and characterized our politicians as “cheaper than a mule” (as in the infamous Rolston letter).

...

The Real News - 2017-12-22 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.

Incarcerated for almost two months in a gilded cage in Riyadh’s luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel, Saudi billionaire businessman Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal appears to be putting up a fight that could challenge Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s assertion...

The Real News - 2017-12-22 - Original post - cached version

By Neela Banerjee / Inside Climate News.

One of the longest and most consequential campaigns against science in modern history is becoming more extreme—and turning against its originators.

The Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank, launched a billboard...

The Real News - 2017-12-20 - Original post - cached version

Jackson Lears / London Review of Books.

American politics have rarely presented a more disheartening spectacle. The repellent and dangerous antics of Donald Trump are troubling enough, but so is the Democratic Party leadership’s failure to take in the significance of the 2016 election...

The Real News - 2017-12-20 - Original post - cached version

Jeremy Corbyn / Socialist Project.

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking in Geneva in honor of International Human Rights Day cited the need to: “Build a new social and economic system with human rights and justice at its core. Deliver climate justice and a better way to...

The Real News - 2017-12-19 - Original post - cached version

By Norman Solomon

Movie critics are already hailing “The Post,” directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Meryl Streep as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham. Millions of people will see the film in early winter. But the real-life political story of Graham and her newspaper is not...

The Real News - 2017-12-18 - Original post - cached version

By Vijay Prashad / Socialist Project.

You might as well imagine a large red flag fluttering from the summit of Mount Everest. That’s what the outcome of the parliamentary and provincial elections in Nepal suggests. The Communists have won both decisively. In the parliament, the Communist...

The Real News - 2017-12-15 - Original post - cached version

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.

Photo by Steve Snodgrass | CC BY 2.0

It was clear from the moment Donald Trump was elected president that 2017 would go down in history as one of the worst years ever in American politics.

It is now ending on an even worse note: with the...

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