How The Government Profits From Student Loans, To The Tune Of $40 Billion A Year October 1, 2014
If the federal government were a private lender, it would be one of the world’s three most profitable companies, next to Exxon Mobile and Apple. Student loans, however, are crippling a generation that can’t afford to skip college but also can’t afford to pay for it.
With The People’s Climate March Behind Us, What Do We Do Now?
The climate crisis is an opportunity to think boldly and reshape our world so it is better than what we have now. Our path to travel -- in solidarity, refusing to leave anyone behind -- involves a “movement of movements” that can’t be ignored.
Story Of A War Foretold: Why We’re Fighting ISIS
Nafeez Ahmed examines how the rise of ISIS was both predicted and evitable, and argues the West's current military campaign is already being used to neuter mass surveillance reforms at home and will likely produce further political destabilisation in the region.
Race And Racism Define Southern Politics, But Maybe Not For Long
The GOP wouldn’t be wise to think it can rely on its white voter base in the South for much longer. Despite an onslaught of restrictive voting laws in recent years, Republicans will need to shift gears from the “Southern Strategy” to inclusion to stay relevant.
Dietary Guidelines Revisions Offer “Unprecedented” Sustainability Opportunity
Potential revisions to U.S. dietary guidelines could encourage Americans to eat in a way that is both healthier and more environmentally sustainable. Health experts and green advocates applaud the possible move, but not everyone shares their enthusiasm.
Analysis: Does The UN Prevent Violence Or Promote It? Ask Cuba
Fidel Castro asked the U.N. General Assembly in 1979, “Of what use is the U.N.?” Cuba has since used the platform to advocate its non-imperialist stance and promote internationalism, while other countries simply offer various messages of appeasement.
Save The Climate Or Save Capitalism? A Flood Wall Street Dispatch
Flood Wall Street exceeded organizers expectations, with over 3000 people shutting down Broadway between Exchange place and the iconic Wall Street Bull for eight hours just one day ahead of the 2014 UN Climate meeting.
Growing Business Role In Climate Debate Prompts New Concerns
Instead of government setting goals and rules for emissions reduction, the private sector -- including multinational oil giants -- is increasingly dictating to governments how companies can be “supported” to make changes.
Nebraska’s Cowboys And Indians Unite Against Keystone XL Pipeline
The U.S. government must consult with tribes on any issue that might affect them, but tribes say the government has failed to do so in regards to the path of the Keystone XL pipeline -- a project that carries massive environmental and social concerns.
Birth Defects: A Possible Side Effect Of FDA Proposal On A Natural B Vitamin
The shift to putting “folic acid” on supplement labels could potentially increase birth defects, allow a pharmaceutical company to rake in much more money and ultimately leave many people unable to absorb the compound they’re hoping to benefit from consuming.