Federal Government Turning “Blind Eye” To Procurement-Related Rights Abuse September 18, 2014
At $350 billion to $500 billion a year, U.S. government spending on goods and services doesn’t just influence markets -- it creates them. A new study urges the U.S. government to leverage its vast spending power to effect change along the supply chain.
#MintCasts: 22 yr. Old Mayoral Candidate Demolishes Two Party System
With his acute honesty and refreshing take on the American electoral process, Alex Fidel may represent the future of politics in America.
Indian Country Grapples With Health Funding Shortfalls, Non-Payment
Slowly but surely, tribal governments -- especially those in Alaska -- are receiving millions of dollars in decades of unpaid contract costs from the Indian Health Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs.
New Geopolitical Landscapes Create Room For Iran-US Business Relations
Iran is gearing up for an anticipated “post-sanctions” era that could usher in increased investment in its oil sector. That investment could be coming sooner than expected, though, as shifting geopolitical terrain shows a need for mended U.S.-Iran relations.
Nearing An Independence Referendum, Scottish Voters Speak Out
Scottish voters will decide on Sept. 18 whether to split up a union that is about three times older than the oldest person living there. MintPress talks to people on both sides of the issue, who are eager to explain why or why not Scotland should break away from the U.K.
Bloody Nasreen: Pakistan’s Very Own “Tomb Raider”
She wasn’t intended as “eye candy,” but Bloody Nasreen, a sexy animated anti-hero, is making waves in Pakistan. Some say she’s hot, but others argue that she’s simply a response to a trend of “bodily empowerment.”
Report: “Critical Action” Needed To Fight Enormous Energy Waste At Data Centers
Data centers consume colossal amounts of energy and water, with most waste -- largely stemming from operating inefficiencies -- actually coming from the country’s millions of small data centers.
Tobacco Growers’ Reform On Child Labor An “Important Step”
In the aftermath of a landmark report on child laborers in the tobacco industry, one tobacco growers’ association in the U.S. has pledged not to hire anyone under 16.
America At A Crossroads: ISIS, The Arms Industry, And A Peace Economy
The five largest U.S. defense firms have shed 70,000 jobs since 2008. It seems like the time is right for the U.S. to transition to a “peace economy,” in which defense funds would be channeled elsewhere, but the Islamic State threatens the possibility of such a shift.
How The West Created ISIS
… with a little help from our friends.
Record Response Urges SEC To Require Disclosure Of Corporate Political Spending
“What gets disclosed gets managed,” the Teamsters’ director of capital strategies tells MintPress. The union is one of more than a million groups and individuals formally urging the government to move forward on requiring publicly traded corporations to report their political contributions.
9/11 Families Continue Search For Truth Despite Silence From White House September 11, 2014
Members of Congress say 28 redacted pages in the 9/11 inquiry report point to high-level Saudi involvement which the Obama administration refuses to divulge.
California Counties Push Back On Proposal To Ease Federal Indian Recognition Process
A proposed new rule would make it easier for tribes to gain federal recognition, but some California counties -- notably, Napa and Sonoma -- oppose the change, saying it’s the first step toward casinos and other unwanted developments.
US Fight Against ISIS May Last Years, Officials Say
Despite "no threat" to homeland, US preparing long-term campaign against militant group in Iraq and Syria.
Is ISIS Finding A Foothold In Pakistan?
Amid domestic political turmoil and military forces already battling to push out Taliban factions, the time is ripe for the ISIS to make inroads in Pakistan. But is the militant group even Pakistan’s biggest potential threat?
Torment Continues For Yazidis After Escaping The ISIS
“We survived the Islamic State (ISIS) trying to kill us all, and now we have to struggle to live again,” a refugee tells MintPress in the Kurdish city of Dohuk.
UPDATE: Charges Dropped In Highly Anticipated Climate “Necessity” Case
With a small lobster boat and a massive anchor, two Massachusetts men blocked a coal shipment to one of New England’s largest coal-burners for one day. Their precedent-setting defense in the trial that starts this week could have far-reaching ramifications.
Pseudo-Revolutionary Imran Khan Attempts To Turn Back Clock On Pakistan
MintPress examines what’s going on in Pakistan, where thousands of people are calling for electoral reforms and the prime minister’s resignation. But where do the movement’s leaders’ ties really lie? Is this Egypt 2013 all over again?
Supporters Prepare For “Watershed” Vote On Overturning Citizens United
Across the country and the political spectrum, people support a constitutional amendment to reverse the SCOTUS decision which effectively removed the cap on anonymous political spending.
Exporting Ferguson: US Armaments In The Middle East
Domestic attention has turned to the militarization of U.S. police forces, but our police aren’t the only ones being handed excess materiel.
NY Tribes In Decades-long Battle With Gov. Cuomo, Lawyers For Rights To Their Land
In land negotiations in New York state, a retired American Indian Studies professor says: “Governor Cuomo and his supporters not only ignore the past, they wish to exterminate it, erasing the historical realities which have shaped the Empire State.”
Nestle’s Water-Bottling Activities Amid California Drought Underscore A Lack Of Policy Options
Due to crippling drought in California, there’s been a crackdown on watering lawns and washing cars. Yet Nestle has continued its bottling operations, adding to the national debate over corporate right and common good.