Three Cheers For Institutional Corruption

The NY Times: A secretive network of Republican donors is heading to the Palm Springs area for a long weekend in January, but it will not be to relax after a hard-fought election — it will be to plan for the next one. Koch Industries, the longtime underwriter of libertarian causes from the Cato Institute in...

Newsflash: Public Anger Gets Results.

Earlier this week, Der Spiegel published a sobering article about how the global economic crisis is battering the Friedmanite petri dish that is post-Soviet Eastern Europe: After joining the EU, the Baltic countries in particular made enormous progress in catching up with their Western neighbors, sometimes...

Dividing the Spoils

Um, Alison, I’m not sure if this is what John Quiggin meant when he said “Citigroup’s global operations are too big for the US to handle alone.” Still, your scoop does lend credence to the theory that modern capitalism was invented by pirates. Ahem. Related: For more on  Citigroup’s...

Hemispheric Dualism

Sara Miller Llana of the Christian Science Monitor reports that a most unlikely passenger may be jumping aboard the Straight Talk Express: At a recent summit in Argentina, Venezuela’s leftist president Hugo Chávez said that if he were a United States citizen, he’d vote for Republican candidate...

UN Gives Canada A Failing Grade On Housing

(h/t F-email Fightback) Miloon Kothari, UN special rapporteur on adequate housing, has spent the past two weeks in Canada conducting a cross-country fact-finding mission on homelessness.  ‘Underwhelmed’ doesn’t begin to describe his reaction. According to the Toronto Star, Kothari believes...