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Climate change: swift political action can avert a carbon dioxide crisis – Observer editorial

Carbon dioxide levels have reached an all-time high. But there is some hope if governments take the figures seriously The news that concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere reached a level of 400 parts per million last week might not appear … Continue reading

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Bahrain Online founder Ali Abdulemam breaks silence after escape to UK

Bahrain blogger has been in hiding since being sentenced in absentia in 2011 to 15 years in prison for ‘plotting a coup’ On 18 March 2011 – in the middle of the Arab spring – the home of the prominent … Continue reading

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Watch out, George Osborne: Smith, Marx and even the IMF are after you

When even the IMF’s free market ideologues recoil from the UK chancellor’s austerity politics, democracy itself is at stake George Osborne and his Treasury officials are gearing up for a fight. They’ve promised to make life difficult for the other … Continue reading

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The Layman’s Case Against Austerity

By Stephanie Kelton. Cross posted from New Economic Perspectives Steve Kraske of The Kansas City Star recently interviewed me for a piece about austerity.  The story ran in today’s paper. It doesn’t provide much depth (unlike bloggers, journalists have strict space constraints!), so … Continue reading

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White House warned on imminent Arctic ice death spiral

National security officials worried by rapid loss of Arctic summer sea ice overlook threat of permanent global food shortages Senior US government officials are to be briefed at the White House this week on the danger of an ice-free Arctic in the summer within … Continue reading

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Britain burnishes Bahrain’s record on press freedom

In an article for FP this week, Freedom House Vice President Arch Puddington laid out the 10 worst countries in the world to be a journalist. The list contained well-known dictatorships such as North Korea, Syria, and Cuba — and also the … Continue reading

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Benefits cap leads to eviction notices in trial area – Guardian

Social landlords in Haringey say changes to welfare system are forcing them to take legal proceedings to terminate leases Tenants participating in a trial of the government’s controversial benefit cap are being sent eviction letters because the welfare changes mean they “may … Continue reading

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From the BBC: how not to eat healthily for £1 a day

Originally posted on Aethelread the Unread:
The BBC have published an article by one Brian Milligan, which purports to show that it is possible to eat a healthy, varied diet for less than £1 a day. The article is –…

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Bertrand Russell’s polite refusal to debate with Oswald Mosley

Bertrand Russell to Oswald Mosley in 1962. This is how to tell someone you won’t debate with them:

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16-year-old discovers catalyst to turn Egypt’s plastic waste into biofuel

Egyptian teen calculates that her method could generate $78 million in biofuels for country annually. Photo: Euro   Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad is not your average 16-year-old. While most teens were delivering pizza or working on their tans this summer, … Continue reading

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