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Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA

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[The Kremlin claims they are only targeting ISIS terrorists in Syria. And yet... "Hassan Haj Ali, head of the Liwa Suqour al-Jabal rebel group which is part of the Free Syrian Army, told Reuters one of the targets was his group's base in Idlib province, struck by around 20 missiles in two separate raids. His fighters had been trained by the CIA in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, part of a program Washington says is aimed at supporting groups that oppose both Islamic State and Assad." *RON*]

By Leila Bassam and Andrew Osborn, Reuters, 1 October 2015

Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government, Lebanese sources said on Thursday, a further sign of the rapid internationalization of a civil war in which every major country in the region has a stake.

Russian warplanes, in a second day of strikes, bombed a camp run by rebels trained by the CIA, the group…

Bernie Sanders Narrows Fund-Raising Gap With Hillary Clinton

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["The gap — comparable to Mrs. Clinton’s lead over Barack Obama, then a senator, during the same period in the 2008 Democratic primary, which Mr. Obama won — underscores how rapidly the sands of the Democratic primary terrain are shifting under Mrs. Clinton." *RON*]

By Nicholas Confessore, New York Times, 1 October 2015

One of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most potent advantages in the Democratic primary is showing signs of erosion, with fund-raising figures released by the campaigns showing Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont having quickly gained financial ground on Mrs. Clinton during the last three months.

Mrs. Clinton, who has been able to tap into one of the most successful fund-raising networks in American politics, reported raising more than $28 million for her primary campaign since the beginning of July, while Mr. Sanders, a socialist who has largely eschewed fund-raising from large donors, reported raising about $26 million.

The gap —…

Hands off Africa: Canada's 300 years of intrusions exposed

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["Canada's mythical relationship with Africa -- a persistent lie concealing exploitation, theft and brutality." Canada has had, and continues to have (as mentioned, through Harper's loving support and encouragement of venal and vicious Canadian mining corporations) a terrible relationship with African nations. *RON*]
By Daniel Tseghay, rabble.ca, 1 October 2015

The strength of a myth is probably clearest in its capacity to seduce its victims as much as its beneficiaries. While white Canadians have an ego-massaging reason for believing that this country is faultless, a moral beacon, and a peacekeeping global citizen, the fact that some immigrants are equally misled is a testament to the myth's endurance.
I immigrated to Canada from Eritrea, a north-eastern African country, at the age of three. Since then, I've heard the myth of Canada's relationship with Africa -- from settlers and immi…

Let's Make Affordable Housing a Federal Election Issue

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Sen. Art Eggleton, Huffington Post, 1 October 2015

[What are governments for? Who are they for? This is an enormous issue that's being ignored like crazy by all parties in this election. "Four million people are struggling to find affordable housing in Canada today.... There are 235,000 Canadians who experience homelessness in the course of a year. And 1.6 million more Canadians are at risk of losing their homes according to CMHC.... To make matters worse, current federal investments in social housing are being phased out.... This year that means a $1.6 billion reduced investment.... When these agreements end, over 300,000 households will be at risk of eviction or possible homelessness." Compare this with: Tories Vow To Double Canada's Panda Population, If Elected. *RON*]


It's time to make affordable housing an issue in the federal election campaign.

Four million people are struggling to find affordable housing in Canada today. By affordable, I'm using the Can…

Do government policies boost income inequality?

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[This is a story I've told here repeatedly. Corporations borrowing money for virtually nothing to buy back shares to boost executive compensation while doing nothing to add value to real economy and, if anything, while cutting (rather than creating) jobs with this money. *RON*]

By Winthrop Quigley, Albequerque Journal, 1 October 2015
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University disagrees with the third-wealthiest person on the planet about the causes of income inequality.

Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett blames the labor market. Pay differentials among workers keep getting wider because over time the value that workers who possess certain skills can contribute to the economy is much greater than the value the majority of workers can contribute, according to Buffett.

Stiglitz, in a new paper published by the Roosevelt Institute, argues government policies inspired by years of shoddy economic thinking have rigged…

The False Income-Inequality Narrative

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[Corporatocrats speak out! "The focus on divvying up existing wealth instead of creating more for everyone hurts the very people the left says it wants to help." This article is wrong on so many levels that it would take more words than are in the article to cover it all. But at base they use a "life is just like that" argument. The author and Sowell argue that, if a child arrives at an educational institution unprepared by deprived life circumstances to take advantage of that opportunity, there is no reason to complain about the institution and, while the child's unpreparedness is too bad, life is just like that. A viciously cruel and self-serving argument. *RON*]

By Jason L. Riley, Wall Street Journal, 29 September 2015

An enduring theme of the Democratic presidential race has been income inequality, coupled with an enduring belief that America’s affluent reached their status at the expense of the poor and the middle cla…

Trump says he'd send back Syrian refugees taken in by U.S.

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[We're living in a cartoon world where the cartoons can kill people. *RON*]

Jill Colvin, Associated Press / Toronto Sun, 1 October 2015


KEENE, N.H. -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Wednesday that if he's elected president he would send back Syrian refugees taken in by the U.S. because they may be Islamic State militants in disguise.

The billionaire businessman, who is leading early opinion polls, said during an hour-long speech -- which included several profanities -- that he was worried the refugees, who have been fleeing their country after years of civil war, could be Islamic State militants looking to get into the U.S.

"I'm putting the people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration," Trump said during an evening rally in Keene, New Hampshire. "If I win, they're going back."

Trump, who questioned both the number of men in their ranks and why Syrians were …

Mark Carney warns investors face ‘huge’ climate change losses

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[This makes Linda McQuaig's pronouncement (for which she was roundly vilified) tame by comparison. *RON*]

Pilita Clark, Financial Times, 29 September 2015

The governor of the Bank of England has thrown down the gauntlet to the fossil fuel industry with a blunt warning that investors face “potentially huge” losses from climate change action that could make vast reserves of oil, coal and gas “literally unburnable”.

In a sweeping assessment of the financial risks posed by global warming, Mark Carney acknowledged there was a danger the assets of fossil fuel companies could be left “stranded” by tougher rules to curb climate change.

“The exposure of UK investors, including insurance companies, to these shifts is potentially huge,” he told a Lloyd's of London dinner on Tuesday night, explaining 19 per cent of FTSE 100 companies were in the natural resources and extraction industries.