Category Archives: USA Politics and Economy

USA: Police ‘reform’ was always doomed to failure in a system built on racism – By Mohamed Hamaludin

By Mohamed Hamaludin

George Floyd’s May 25, 2020, killing provoked outrage, with massive crowds demonstrating here and abroad, demanding justice for Floyd and police reform. Justice came when his killer, Derek Chauvin, was tried and sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison, with three other officers facing lesser charges. But, on police reform, a Congressional effort to enact the necessary legislation has stalled in the Senate.

The George Floyd Justice in Policing bill, which the Democratic-led House passed since March, would ban tactics such as choke and carotid holds and no-knock warrants; improve police training; and fund community policing programs. The bill would also end “qualified immunity” which shields officers from most civil lawsuits; make it easier to prosecute officers accused of misconduct; ban racial, religious and discriminatory profiling and mandate training on such profiling.          Continue reading

World: The global energy crisis has 4 possible paths through early 2022…. says Bank of America

– Business Insider – Oct 18, 2021, 12:10 PM

Oil pumps at sunset, industrial oil pumps equipment.Getty Images
  • The worldwide energy crisis unfolding has thrown markets into unprecedented turmoil.
  • In Europe, natural gas prices are at record highs. And in China, thermal coal futures are also at all-time highs.
  • Francisco Blanch of Bank of America provided Insider with four possible paths through early 2022.

The worldwide energy crisis unfolding amid a surge in demand and an ongoing supply crunch has thrown the oil and gas markets into unprecedented turmoil.

Oil prices are up more than 60% this year, with West Texas Intermediate crude hitting a fresh seven-year high on Friday 15 October, 2021.

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U.S.A: It is astonishing that Two Democratic Senators hold their President’s legacy plan hostage — By Mohamed Hamaludin

Commentary — By Mohamed Hamaludin

The federal government, with Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt as president, in the 1930s, created the New Deal, bringing a vast network of enhanced social services, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and major infrastructural projects. Another Democrat, Lyndon B. Johnson, in the 1960s, poured huge amounts of money into the social safety net and also produced the landmark Voting Rights Act. But they faced stiff opposition from those who dub large-scale government spending “socialist” and ruinous to the economy. The same claim is being made against another Democratic President, Joseph R. Biden, and his$3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan.

Biden’s “human infrastructure” package offers free child-care up to age 5, saving the average family $14,800 annually; universal pre-school for 3- and 4-year-olds, benefiting five million families, saving each $13,000 annually; and 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave.      Continue reading

USA: Three reasons there’s a labor shortage… according to Labor Secretary Marty Walsh

  – Oct 10, 2021 – Business Insider

  • There are currently anecdotal labor shortages all over the economy, as employers scramble for workers.
  • It’s another marker of the strange labor market trend where millions are unemployed, but workers are quitting in droves.
  • Labor Secretary Marty Walsh attributes shortages to the virus, its unprecedented times, and workers rethinking what they want.

Everywhere you look, there seem to be anecdotes about businesses struggling to hire and retain workers. A Starbucks in Ohio is slashing hours and closing on Wednesday and Thursday due to short staffing. A Midwestern grocery chain is closing an hour early and offering staff members a $600 retention bonus.        Continue reading

ANALYSIS: Protests Are Taking Over the World. What’s Driving Them? – New York Times      

THE PANDEMIC and PROTESTS   – Oct. 3, 2021 – New York Times

By Zachariah Mampilly – A professor of international affairs at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, City University of New York.

September was turbulent: More than 200 Australians arrested during citywide protests and a temporary no-fly zone declared over Melbourne. Rubber bullets and tear gas unleashed by the Thai riot police into an angry crowd. Health care workers assaulted in Canada. Rallies of up to 150,000 people across the Netherlands

The pandemic has coincided with an upsurge in protests across the globe. Over the past 18 months, people have taken to the streets in IndiaYemenTunisiaEswatiniCubaColombiaBrazil and the United States. The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project reports that the number of demonstrations globally increased by 7 percent from 2019 to 2020 despite government-mandated lockdowns and other measures designed to limit public gatherings.        Continue reading

USA: White men on horseback rounding up Haitian refugees is vintage Americana — By Mohamed Hamaludin

By Mohamed Hamaludin

President Joe Biden acknowledged in his victory speech that “the African American community stood up again for me,” adding, “You’ve always had my back, and I’ll have yours.” So how come, during Biden’s watch, mounted European American Border Patrol agents used their horses and reins as whips to force Haitian refugees from American soil, evoking the round-up of escaping slaves?

As president, Biden must be held accountable but the herding of the Haitians under the Del Rio, Texas, border bridge was just the latest manifestation of an immigration system designed to favor European Americans. That was evident when Congress passed the Cuban Adjustment Act in 1966 accepting Cubans escaping Communism as political refugees. Haitians fleeing the horrors of the Duvalier dictatorship are deemed economic refugees, turned back at sea and deported if they make it to land.      Continue reading

BOOK: Review- 2034: A Novel of the Next World War – Efraim Halevy | Haaretz

A journalist and top NATO commander have co-written a thriller that lays out a series of incidents in the South China Sea, the Strait of Hormuz and D.C. that spark the apocalypse. Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy reviews the book 

Efraim Halevy | Haaretz reviews ‘2034,’ by Elliot Ackerman and James Stavridis

This is a highly appropriate time to read “2034: A Novel of the Next World War”, a thriller published in March that describes a chain of events leading to a third world war.  

Its coauthors are seasoned veterans of the U.S. military. One is James Stavridis, 66, a retired Navy admiral who served in a variety of command positions. In 2009 he was named supreme commander of NATO and the top U.S. commander in Europe, positions he held until his retirement in 2013. The second, Elliot Ackerman, is 25 years his junior. A journalist and author, he served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry and special operation officer, including a brief stint with the Ground Branch of the CIA’s Special Activities Division. Ackerman served multiple tours of duty with elite covert CIA units in the Middle East and southwest Asia, including in Iraq and Afghanistan.          Continue reading

BUSINESS: Trouble finding work — or workers — during the labor shortage – economists explain why

Sep 26, 2021, – Business Insider

A help wanted sign in a New York City restaurant
A “Help Wanted” – restaurant in the Greenwich Village New York – AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
  • Anecdotes about labor shortages have been popping up for months amidst America’s slow recovery.
  • But enhanced unemployment has expired and it hasn’t helped end end the labor crunch.
  • Insider spoke to five economists and experts about why workers aren’t coming back, and the issues with hiring.

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USA Population Life Spans: Why Americans Die So Much – Opinion

U.S. life spans, which have fallen behind those in Europe, are telling us something important about American society. 

By Derek Thompson | The Atlantic  

AMERICA HAS A DEATH PROBLEM. 

NO, I’m not just talking about the past year and a half, during which COVID-19 deaths per capita in the United States outpaced those in similarly rich countries, such as Canada, Japan, and France.

I’m NOT just talking about the past decade, during which drug overdoses skyrocketed in the U.S., creating a social epidemic of what are often called “deaths of despair”.      Continue reading

OPINION: American Economist Jeffrey Sachs – How The West Is Keeping Africa Poor – Video

Eminent American Economist Jeffrey Sachs Exposes The Truth About How The West Is Keeping Africa Poor

Africa Web TV – August 3, 2021

American economist Professor, Jeffrey Sachs exposes how America, its Western allies, the CIA and the defence industry have rigged the system to keep Africa from being prosperous. It is a stunning expose and rebuke to the present world order. Jeffrey David Sachs is an American economist, academic, public policy analyst and former director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he holds the title of University Professor. He is also a renowned leader in sustainable development, a senior UN advisor and a bestselling author.*

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