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.
The key to a new peace policy could lie in denouncing mechanisms of economic coercion. President JFK also criticized a military-industrial-secret service complex. As the warnings of Eisenhower and JFK teach us, politics is massively subject to the influences of economic power.