Schools are being funded at below pre-recession levels in a majority of US states, according to a devastating new portrait of education funding by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Despite the advanced stage of crisis, it is remarkable how little has been said about public education by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton or her Republican counterpart, Donald Trump, throughout the long course of the election cycle.
Albert Einstein said we must have world government or we're finished. The UN was undermined by the US and nationalism. We had half of the world's wealth; manufacturing quadrupled after WW2. Governments have failed to deal with environmental catastrophes.
At the very least, it is claimed, Clinton represents the “lesser evil” to billionaire demagogue Donald Trump, whose campaign of racism, anti-immigrant bigotry and American nationalism is aimed at laying the basis for the development of a genuinely fascistic movement in the United States.
Added to the above loss is a shortage of over $18 billion accumulated over several years of low investment returns, and a significant 2015 Oregon Supreme Court decision invalidating legislation mandating cuts to PERS, which was passed in 2013. These losses have ignited yet another campaign to gut public workers’ pensions
Guantánamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi, 45, has been released after fourteen years of being unlawfully detained at the camp. Slahi has never been charged with a crime by the US. He was repatriated to his native Mauritania on Monday, three months after a government panel approved his release in late July.
General Abdul Fattah el-Sisi’s military dictatorship in Egypt, which has long functioned as a key US ally, is to hold joint military exercises with Russia on Egyptian territory for the first time later this month.
One of the manifestations of the deep unpopularity of the two main candidates in the 2016 presidential elections is the unprecedented support recorded in public opinion polls for third-party candidates. The candidates for the two media-recognized third-parties, Gary Johnson for the Libertarians and Jill Stein for the Greens, have received the combined support of more than 10 percent of respondents in many recent polls, nearly five times their combined showing in any previous U. S. election.