Nicaragua Is The Exception: Letter To A Cynic

By Becca Mohally Renk, Counter Punch. -

“That’s unbelievable,” my father-in-law wrote me from Ireland after watching me give a statistic-heavy webinar on the advances for the poor in Nicaragua since 2007. “I know, right?” I [...]

Reconciling The Reconciliation Bill: A Preview

By Jack Rasmus, Counterpunch. -

This past week maneuvers within the Democratic party intensified over the content and magnitude of the two pending fiscal stimulus bills–the Infrastructure Bill (with $550B of net new spending) [...]

Will A Summer Of Climate Crises Lead To Climate Action?

By Marianne Lavelle, Inside Climate News. -

This summer, the climate crisis has roared into basement apartments in Brooklyn, leaped across the dry tops of the Sierra Nevadas and kicked over the towers that held up the power and [...]

Re-Lighting The Night After The City Repossessed Their Streetlights

By Tia Graham, Next City. -

The City of Highland Park, a predominantly Black city surrounded by Detroit, Michigan, has had most of its residential streets in the dark for the last 10 years. In 2011, the city owed $4 million [...]

On Contact: American Economic Illusion

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses with the economist Richard Wolff the nearly $5 trillion being allocated by the Biden administration for Covid-19 relief and infrastructure projects.

Infrastructure Plan Doesn’t Come Close To Tackling The Housing Crisis

By Lindsay Owens and Sammi Albinder, Business Insider. -

The spending plans that the Biden administration released this week laid out substantial investments into our nation's housing system, including $213 billion for building and retrofitting [...]

Building Or Unbuilding America?

By Nomi Prins, Tom Dispatch. -

During the Trump years, the phrase “Infrastructure Week” rang out as a sort of Groundhog Day-style punchline. What began in June 2017 as a failed effort by The Donald’s White House and a [...]

Jackson’s Water Crisis: How You Can Help

By Tim Majors and Scalawag Editors, Scalawag Magazine. -

"This is the first time that we've ever had record-breaking, five to six straight days of below-freezing temperatures," Ronnie Crudup Jr., Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives and [...]

The Chinese ‘Debt Trap’ Is A Myth

By Deborah Brautigam and Meg Rithmire, The Atlantic. -

China, we are told, inveigles poorer countries into taking out loan after loan to build expensive infrastructure that they can’t afford and that will yield few benefits, all with the end goal of [...]

Infrastructure Advances Improve Lives Of All Nicaraguans

By Nan McCurdy, Alliance for Global Justice. -

During the neoliberal governments from 1990 to 2007, the Nicaraguan population suffered lack of electricity an average of five to twelve hours a day. Electricity was needed to pump water so [...]

Investigation Into The Erosion Of Public Health

By The Associated Press and Kaiser Health News. -

Local and state public health departments in the United States work to ensure that people have healthy water to drink, their restaurants don’t serve contaminated food and outbreaks of infectious [...]

COVID19 Brings American Decline Out In The Open

By Noah Smith, Bloomberg. -

The U.S.’s decline started with little things that people got used to. Americans drove past empty construction sites and didn’t even think about why the workers weren’t working, then wondered why [...]

How To Stop Fare Evasion: Make NYC’s Trains & Buses Free

By Staff, Indypendent.org -

Imagine a transit system where there are no turnstiles, where the police presence is minimal because cops aren’t lurking around to enforce fares. Picture a subway and bus network that is free, [...]

New Laws Require All New Roofs To Contain Solar Panels Or Green Space

By Rose Adams, Brooklynpaper.com -

Two laws requiring new property owners to build solar panels or green spaces on their roofs went into effect on Nov. 15 — marking a major step towards Brooklyn’s environmental sustainability, [...]

2 million Americans Don’t Have Access To Running Water And Basic Plumbing

By Meera Jagannathan, Marketwatch.com -

More than 2 million people in the U.S. lack running water and basic indoor plumbing, according to a new report by the human-rights nonprofit DigDeep and the nonprofit U.S. Water Alliance — and [...]

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