Posts Tagged abby martin
August 7, 2012
August 6, 2012
With the 2012 electionscoming up in November, the economy seems to be on everybody’s mind. Senators claim they want to focus on jobs, but lawmakers have already gone on their summer break and have taken little action in the creation of jobs and stimulating the economy in the last couple years. So does Congress actually care about this issue? Nicholas Carnes of Duke University explains.
August 1, 2012
July 31, 2012
Ten months ago Occupy Wall street movement kicked off in New York and for the last eight months a couple of top law schools in the country have been looking in depth at police response to the protesters. The study revealed that there was a systematic effort by police to suppress those protests even though the protesters were following the laws and being peaceful. In total there is 130 incidents of excessive or unwarranted force. John Knefel of Radio Dispatch joins RT’s Kristine Frazao from New York to explain how that could happen.
July 31, 2012
According to an investigation led by Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings – for-profit colleges are paying executives massive salaries – not based on student achievement – but based solely on profitability. Looking at 13 different for-profit schools – the investigation found, “the single most significant measure for determining executive compensation at these schools is corporate profitability…rather than student achievement.” For-profit colleges rely heavily on government funding, with many schools receiving as much as 90% of their revenue from federal student loan assistance programs. Yet, they’re not producing good results. A quarter of all students who attend for-profit schools default after three years, while the default rate at public institutions is a mere 10%. Yet the for-profit school executives still get fat paychecks – like Strayer CEO Robert Silberman who made $41 million in 2009 alone. Educating the future American workforce used to be a part of the commons, because the economic security of the nation depends on well-educated workers. But now, the money-changers are in control – leaving students in debt, unprepared, and jobless.
July 30, 2012
US security agencies have acquired even more powers under president Obama – that’s despite his pre-election pledges to make the government more open to ordinary citizens. Instead, his administration is spending record amounts to keep its secrets – and is cracking down on whistleblowers.
July 29, 2012
Fearing the end of the single currency, many wealthy Europeans are investing in property – with London one of the favored markets. But that’s pushing up prices for locals, meaning ordinary people are struggling to get a foot on the housing ladder.
July 28, 2012
As tuition prices continue to soar, Tim explains to his pal why so many students in places like Canada are taking to the streets by the thousands to protest the rising costs of education, and how their governments are trying to stop them.
July 26, 2012
While protests continue in Anaheim, California where an unarmed man was shot and killed over the weekend, a new incident with the same outcome has occurred in Dallas, Texas. Hundreds of protesters have flooded the streets of South Dallas to demand justice for James Harper. Harper became yet another unarmed victim of police brutality after he was shot and killed by Dallas PD. According to reports, this incident marks the fourteenth occurrence in the Texas city and Charles Goodman, a member of Guerrilla Mainframe, joins us on the recent police brutality wave that has hit America.
July 26, 2012
Congress in the US is considering extending the Act which gives federal agents broad wire-tapping permission. Officials have now come clean and said that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act has been used to violate people’s Constitutional rights at least once in the past 4 years. US activist Aaron Swartz describes the practice is virtually illegal.