This Week at IPS
This Week at IPS...

This morning, the leaders of North and South Korea met for the first time in more than a decade at a one-day bilateral summit to discuss peace efforts to end a 75-year-old Cold War. The thought of such a meeting seemed far-fetched, especially given the fire and fury coming from the current U.S. administration. But John Feffer explains how we’ve ended up on the verge of the impossible.

In other international news, Cuba’s new president isn’t a Castro. On Rising Up with Sonali, Netfa Freeman discusses whether this transition represents a political change in the country. And in the Philippines, Duterte issued a warning to mining companies operating environmentally-destructive open-pit mines. John Cavanagh writes in Rappler about the community groups in Didipio that are calling not just for bold words, but for the president to end licenses with companies like OceanaGold.

Meanwhile, a new IPS and Public Citizen report found that at some megabanks, an employee would have to work a whole year to earn just as much as their CEO made in one day. And Chuck Collins reported for the Boston Globe on the local luxury buildings that fuel displacement and pay little in taxes.

Finally, tens of thousands of teachers continued to strike this week. Negin Owliaei explains for Bernie Sanders’ social media that a lack of public funding for education is a political choice to prioritize tax cuts for corporations, not a budget crisis.

Banking CEO Pay Still Out Of Control

“For Congress to remove risk controls from banks that award unbelievable executive pay packages shows just how much they have ignored the lessons of the 2008 crisis,” -Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen

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Korea and the Geopolitics of the Impossible

Careful Korean diplomacy, coupled Trump's desire to do what Obama couldn't, could mean a rapprochement on the Korean peninsula no one thought possible. Read more...

Duterte’s New Warning to Mining Companies

OceanaGold’s mining agreement in the Philippines expires in 2019. Now's a great time to act on the company's reforestation scam. Read more...

IPS Action: Online & In The Streets
"Why are teachers everywhere on strike?"
We have a crisis of public education funding in this country. Twenty-nine states gave less money to schools in 2015 than they did before the recession. That is outrageous.
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Saturday, April 28, 10AM-3PM. Learn how to use public resources to track down information on corporations and help plan an action exposing a deportation profiteer. Learn more here.

Does New Cuban Leadership Signify Change?
After ten years at the helm of Cuba’s government, Fidel Castro’s brother Raul has stepped down. Does this transition represent political change in Cuba? Read more...
Far Right Groups Are Stumbling, But Their Rhetoric Is More Mainstream Than Ever
In a sense, the Republican Party has become a much more powerful instrument of white rage than the alt-right. Read more...
What We're Reading This Week
Bring Back May Day

Politicians have made a mess of things for American workers, but a new Poor People's Campaign is rising to set things right. Read more...

Time to Tax the ‘Swanktuaries’

Luxury buildings drive up housing costs, suck up energy, and help rich people warehouse wealth. They should pay a lot more than property taxes. Read more...

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