Romney Rebuked by British Prime Minister for Mitt's Gaffe-Gate in London
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: "The Vancouver Sun of Canada headlined a story, 'Team Romney earns gaffe gold in Britain: Criticism of Olympics rankles British PM, while one blog Tweets Romney "kind of like Mr. Bean."' A Daily Mail UK reporter also tweeted that Whitehall sources called Romney's performance 'worse than Sarah Palin' and a 'total car crash.' It was one diplomatic pratfall after another for the man who would be president, and on his heralded foreign policy debut tour as candidate for the White House."
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Rania Khalek, Truthout: "[Manuel] Diaz is just the latest in a long line of police shootings of unarmed people of color. His name has come to symbolize the ongoing struggle against police violence in poor black and brown communities, for which authorities are almost never held to account. In Anaheim, where tension between police and the Latino community has been building for years, Diaz is the match that lit the fire which has spread throughout the city."
Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: "In private prisons around the country, immigrants languishing in detention centers are being put to work by profit-making companies like the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) for far below the minimum wage. For doing a range of manual labor in the facility, the immigrants, many of whom are not legally permitted to work in the United States, are paid between $1-$3 a day."
Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog: "If any single person is responsible for Wall Street banks becoming too big to fail it's Sandy Weill.... Weill created the business model that Wall Street uses to this day - unleashing traders to make big, risky bets with other people's money that deliver gigantic bonuses when they turn out well and cost taxpayers dearly when they don't. And Weill made a fortune - as did all the other executives and traders."
Sebastian Walker, Al Jazeera English: "In keeping with Barack Obama's presidential campaign promise, the US has withdrawn its troops from Iraq and by the end of 2012 US spending in Iraq will be just five per cent of what it was at its peak in 2008.... Now that US troops have left, how are Iraqis overcoming the legacy of violence and toxic remains of the US-led occupation, and the sectarian war it ignited? Is the country on the brink of irreparable fragmentation?"
Rick Gladstone, Neil MacFarquhar and Kareem Fahim, The New York Times News Service: "Syrian Army helicopters fired on neighborhoods in Aleppo on Friday morning, activists said, as the army readied assault troops and armored columns for a possible invasion of the city, Syria's densely populated commercial capital, where insurgents have embedded themselves over the past week in preparation for a battle."
Gar Alperovitz, Democracy Collaborative: "They called it 'Black Monday' - the day in 1977 when five thousand workers at the Youngstown Sheet and Tube plant in Ohio were told the mill was going to close.... Gerald Dickey was the first to have the idea: 'There are skills and men here who know how to make steel. Why don't we set this up as a company that we ourselves own - we could do it jointly with the community.' That was the start of a major fight."
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: "Last fall, when the first wave of speculative attacks on the euro system was under way, I noted the peculiar safe-haven status of Denmark, which was able to borrow at much lower rates than seemingly comparable euro countries like Finland, even though Denmark's currency is pegged to the euro.... Anyway, what's happening in Denmark is an indication of just how severe the euro crisis is - so severe that people are willing to pay to have their money stored somewhere else."
Joe Brewer, Cognitive Policy Works: "Did you know that roughly one person in a hundred is clinically a psychopath? ... These people are more likely to be risk takers, opportunists motivated by self-interest and greed, and inclined to dominate or subjugate those around them through manipulative means. Last year, the Occupy Movement drew a distinction between the top 1% and the remaining 99% - as distinguished by measures of wealth and income. Now the real defining metric reveals itself: 1% of the global population is comprised of people who exhibit psychopathic tendencies."
Andrew Gavin Marshall, Andrew Gavin Marshall's Blog: "Political language functions through euphemism, by employing soft-sounding or simply meaningless words to describe otherwise monstrous and vicious policies and objectives. In the European debt crisis, political language employed by politicians, economists, technocrats and bankers is designed to make policies which create poverty and exploitation appear to be logical and reasonable.... To understand political language, one must translate it."
Mark Brenner, Labor Notes: "Locked out utility workers are returning to work after a four-week standoff with Consolidated Edison, New York City's electricity provider, after state politicians stepped into the high-profile dispute ... Union spokesman John Melia bristled at the Governor's public statements pointing the finger at the union as well as the company. 'To hold us accountable when Con Ed locked us out? Is the governor serving Con Ed and the board of directors or is he serving all of the people of New York?' Melia said."