On the surface, it is a battle over whether Puerto Rico should be granted bankruptcy protections, putting at risk tens of billions of dollars from investors around the country. But it is also testing the power of an ascendant class of ultrarich Americans to steer the fate of a territory that is home to more than three million fellow citizens.
FIRPTA was implemented during a better era for Americans in response to international investors in the late 1980s and early 1990s buying U.S. farmland, as well as the more publicly visible buying of trophy U.S. property by the Japanese. The US government has now expediently waived FIRPTA.
The “Independent” speculated in its Tuesday edition that the Paris attacks may have shifted sentiment toward a “Brexit.” This is, however, disputed by some pro-EU campaigners, who say the November 13 attacks, claimed by self-named “Islamic State” jihadis, may well end up increasing British solidarity with the bloc.
“What we discovered is that the very pillars of our Constitution – specifically voting rights and our system of checks and balances – were not being followed regarding electronic voting systems. As we attempted to verify the results, some official election records came up missing,” Pressley relayed. “The Texas Legislature put in place specific laws that were intended to help ensure the integrity of the electronic voting process, and Texans deserve to know that their votes are counted correctly,” said Pressley and her historic case is moving forward in the Third Court of Appeals in Texas. Pressley added, “Texans demand transparency in the democratic process, and we must be able to inspect and verify the official records in an election. This case is about ensuring our voting process is accurate, secure and reflects each voter’s intent.”
A report, circulated by Media Matters, found that on one network alone Donald Trump has been given 81 minutes of coverage compared to less than one minute for Sanders, even though, as The Nation’s John Nichols notes, Sanders has broader support among Democratic voters than Trump does among Republicans in the first voting state, Iowa.
No, we’re not crazy, they just want us to think we are.
Where will the Ukrainian bombs explode? (richcabot)
While the International Coalition planes bombed a camp of the Syrian Arab Army, December 6, Ukrainian Cyber-Berkut have made public new documents. They show that Qatar has bought Russian-made bombs in Ukraine so as to accuse Russia.
In one excerpt, the investigator who interviewed Guthrie reportedly noted the singer’s guitar, famously emblazoned with “This Machine Kills Fascists.” Of the inscription, the investigator wrote: “It is this agent’s opinion that this bears out the belief that the Almanac Players”—of which Guthrie and Singer belonged—”were active singing Communist songs and spreading propaganda.”
Russia’s 2013 loan to Ukraine, made at the request of Ukraine’s elected pro-Russian government, demonstrated the benefits of mutual trade and investment relations between the two countries. As Russian finance minister Anton Siluanov points out, Ukraine’s “international reserves were barely enough to cover three months’ imports, and no other creditor was prepared to lend on terms acceptable to Kiev. Yet Russia provided $3 billion of much-needed funding at a 5 per cent interest rate, when Ukraine’s bonds were yielding nearly 12 per cent.”
The Hurley Medical Center, in Flint, released a study in September that confirmed what many Flint parents had feared for over a year: The proportion of infants and children with above-average levels of lead in their blood has nearly doubled since the city switched from the Detroit water system to using the Flint River as its water source, in 2014.
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