Showing posts from July 13, 2015

Health Law’s Contraceptive Rule Eased for Businesses With Religious Objections

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[The basic finding of Citizen United (which, seriously, must be overturned!), that corporations are legal persons, has been twisted into a fundamental category error: a "business" can't have "religious objections." *RON*]

By Robert Pear, New York Times 10 July 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration issued new rules on Friday that allow closely held for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby Stores to opt out of providing women with insurance coverage for contraceptives if the companies have religious objections.

Women enrolled in such health plans would still be able to get birth control at no cost, the administration said. Insurers would pay for contraceptive services, but the payments would be separate from the employer’s health plan.

The rules came in response to a decision by the Supreme Court in June 2014. In that case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the court said that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for…

Greece bailout agreement: the key points

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[Key points are: 'automatic' austerity and pension reform - this is a simple cave-in on the part of Tsipras. Another important point is that the EU has not agreed to extending the maturing on the Greek debt, simply to talk about it. Finally, see this Joe Stiglitz video, in which he makes the point that "Almost all the money, 90 percent of the money, that allegedly went to Greece did not go to Greece. It went to German and French banks and to the creditors." Also see: Greece just signed up to privatisation programme twice as big as it had before. *RON*]

Graeme Wearden, The Guardian, 13 July 2015 An agreement has finally been reached in Brussels after almost 17 hours of talks, Europe’s longest-ever summit. A deal on the new bailout for Greece has still to be thrashed out, however. Here are the key points: Greek assets transfer

Up to €50bn (£35bn) worth of Greek assets will be transferred to a new fund, which will contribute to the…

Canada's Ukraine Embassy A Pawn In 2014 Uprising: CP Report

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[Stephen Harper: the Foghorn Leghorn of foreign affairs. "We're not the considered, intelligent players that we used to be. We have been all mouth and no brain.... the people within NATO who are relevant to our discussion, they know about Canadian military capabilities. They know about what we could and could not do and they know our posturing is utterly vacuous." *RON*]
CP Politics / Huffington Post, 12 July 2015

KYIV, Ukraine - It was one of those events that simply appeared and disappeared during the bloody, swift-moving events of Ukraine in the winter revolution of 2014.

Canada's embassy in Kyiv was used as a haven for several days by anti-government protesters during the uprising that toppled the regime of former president Viktor Yanukovych.

The Harper government never fully acknowledged — during the upheaval or since — the depth and extent of the security breach, which has had far-reaching implications on how Canadians are pe…