Groups to Obama: Don’t Cede Climate to TTIP or Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Environmental groups on Thursday sent an open letter to President Barack Obama warning him that the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) threatens to upend his climate legacy. The letter (pdf), released ahead of the upcoming Group of 20...

Iraq Mourns After Weekend Bombing Deathtoll Rises Above 200 People

The deathtoll from a massive truck bomb detonated in a Baghdad shopping district over the weekend has climbed to over 200 people, with hundreds more injured and scores still missing, making it one of the deadliest such attacks in the recent history of war-torn Iraq....

Inequality Soars as Retirement Benefits Dwindle for All But the Rich

A report released Thursday from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) offers more evidence that the shift away from traditional pensions to 401(k)-like plans contributes to inequality. As Bloomberg reported Friday, “The U.S. retirement landscape is...

Panama Papers Fallout: Overview, Iceland, Putin, Trade Deals

Information from the “Panama Papers” continues to be made public, fostering global reaction. The Reykjavík Grapevine reports that the prime minister of Iceland just resigned following protests. CHUCK COLLINS, (617) 308-4433, chuckcollins7@me.com Collins is...

Saudi Mass Executions Provoke Region-Wide Escalation

Bahrain, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates on Monday severed or downgraded diplomatic ties with Iran, in the latest sign that Saudi Arabia’s rash of brutal executions over the weekend has touched off escalating—and dangerous—geopolitical rift with region-wide...

Shouldn’t Social Security Recipients Get A CEO-Sized Raise?

CEOs got an average 3.9 percent pay increase last year. This increase is subsidized by taxpayers because corporations can deduct it as an expense. Meanwhile, America’s struggling seniors will receive no cost-of-living allowance (COLA) increase next year because the...