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February 10, 2016 Climate Change, Disasters, and Security: Unconventional Approaches to Building Stability

Source: New Security Beat

It is “not sufficient to look at history for lessons on how we should prepare for and prevent future security risks in a climate change world,” said Swathi Veeravalli, research scientist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’...

February 9, 2016 How scientists failed the public in the Flint water crisis

Source: LA Times

The Flint, Mich., water crisis, in which thousands of children were exposed to elevated lead levels after a supposedly money-saving decision to start using the corrosive Flint River as the city's water supply, is more than a...

February 5, 2016 Does the IMF Composition Align with Whom it Represents'

Economy Watch - Similar discrepancies prevail in the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and other international institutions, which remain dominated by American, European and Japanese interests, as reflected by their voting...

February 5, 2016 From Grievance to Governance: 8 Features of Transformative Campaigns

Source: Demos

Transformative Campaigns are a means to create the operational alignment our progressive infrastructure needs to build a new, and specific, type of power: the power to govern based on our values. The capacities needed to govern...

February 4, 2016 Excellent: Goldman Sachs Says Brexit Could Cause 20% Sterling Slump

Source: Forbes

Brexit is the idea that Britain will vote to leave the European Union when and if the referendum vote happens. I am not impartial on this matter: I think we should never have joined, the EU itself should not exist and that we and...

February 4, 2016 The TPP, World's Largest Trade Pact, Finally Gets Signed

Source: Forbes

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has just been signed over in New Zealand and so we can welcome the world’s largest trade deal. Except, if we’re honest about these things, it’s not such a big deal really. Because the global level of...

February 2, 2016 U.S. vulnerable to global slowdown, volatility: Fed's Fischer

Source: Reuters

The U.S. economy could suffer, with inflation remaining too low, if recent volatility in financial markets persists and signals a slowdown in the global economy, the Federal Reserve's second-in-command said on Monday.

February 1, 2016 Editorial: Lessons of the Flint River disaster

The Tampa Tribune - They can be faulted for not complying with environmental laws or rigorously monitoring water quality. Candidates might consider such facts before bragging about how they would clip EPA's wings, even get rid of...

January 28, 2016 Free Trade With China Wasn't Such a Great Idea for the U.S.

Source: Bloomberg

bloombergview.com - Autor, et al. show powerful evidence that industries and regions that have been more exposed to Chinese import competition since 2000 -- the year China joined the World Trade Organization -- have been hit hard...

January 27, 2016 Trudeau's pipeline policy far from clear

Toronto Sun - The headlines from the World Economic Forum in Switzerland last week made Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seem like a burly defender of oil development: Trudeau tells off Leonard DiCaprio, Trudeau urges DiCaprio to...

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