Monthly Archives: November 2015

US engages in predatory college lending

The American student loan crisis is often seen as a problem of  predation. Colleges raise tuition every year even as middle-class wages stagnate and unscrupulous for-profit colleges bilk the unwary. The result is mounting unmanageable debt. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/29/upshot/student-debt-in-america-lend-with-a-smile-collect-with-a-fist.html There is much truth in this diagnosis. But it does not explain the plight of Liz Kelley, a […]

Political hope comes from Citizens party in Spain

The splintering of politics in Europe has spawned the rise of numerous upstart parties, usually on the extremes, be they left or right. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/29/world/europe/in-spain-new-political-party-makes-gains-from-surprising-place-the-center.html?smtyp=cur&_r=0 But in Spain’s shifting political landscape one new party, surprisingly, is managing to attack from the center, challenging conservatives and Socialists alike, and is now poised to be the potential king […]

FDA refuses consumer calls to label GMO salmon

Consumers wanting to avoid genetically engineered salmon, if it eventually reaches grocery stores, might have a hard time being sure. That is because the Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday that the salmon would not have to be labeled as genetically engineered. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/20/business/genetically-engineered-salmon-will-not-be-labeled.html?ref=us That is consistent with the F.D.A. stance on the widely eaten […]

US intelligence assets flown out of Yemen

Three Americans have been flown out of Yemen to Oman, the Omani Foreign Ministry said Thursday, according to a report by the state-run Oman News Agency. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/20/world/middleeast/yemen-3-detained-americans-are-allowed-to-leave.html?ref=world The three were flown out of Yemen’s capital, Sana, which is controlled by the Houthi rebels, on an Omani Air Force flight late on Wednesday, the news agency […]

NSA flouts 4th amendment with domestic spying

When the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of records about Americans’ emails came to light in 2013, the government conceded the program’s existence but said it had shut down the effort in December 2011 for “operational and resource reasons.”  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/20/us/politics/records-show-email-analysis-continued-after-nsa-program-ended.html?ref=world&_r=0 While that particular secret program stopped, newly disclosed documents show that the N.S.A. had found […]

Saudi Arabia to host ISIS, Al Qaeda next month

Saudi Arabia will host a conference in mid-December aimed at unifying the Syrian opposition , Saudi-owned television station Al-Arabiya Al-Hadath said on Thursday. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-saudi-idUSKCN0T82JT20151119#vDdi1eo3OK The conference comes after an international agreement to launch talks between government and opposition by Jan.1 A Saudi government official said the conference is expected to take place on December 15. […]

US allows grocery sale of GMO salmon

Federal regulators on Thursday approved a genetically engineered salmon as fit for consumption, clearing the last major obstacle for the first genetically altered animal to reach American supermarkets and dinner tables. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/20/business/genetically-engineered-salmon-approved-for-consumption.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news The approval by the Food and Drug Administration caps a long struggle for AquaBounty Technologies, the small company that first applied for approval […]