Category Archives: Community

Chart of the day: Religion vs national income


People in rich countries are less religious than those in poor nations. . .with one notable exception especially helpful to Republican candidates. From the Pew Research Center:

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Charts of the day II: Golden Gate Gentrification


From a new Charles Schwab & Co. survey, the gathering on the one percenters around San Francisco Bay:

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Chart of the day: Digerati are also the literati


From Libraries and Learning [PDF], a report on who uses American libraries and why from the Pew Research Center, comes a surprising result. It’s the folks most connected to the digital world who use libraries and the opportunities they afford:

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Radical politics as a public health measure


On her campaign website, Massachusetts physician and Green Party activist explains why she is campaigning for election to the nation’s highest office:

We are being battered by unemployment, inequality, poverty, injustice, endless war, impending climate catastrophe, and a broken, corrupt political system.

There are solutions for all these problems, but they’re being blocked by political parties that serve the corporate elite, not the people.

We need a new way forward that puts people, planet and peace over profit.

My campaign is dedicated to empowering the American people to make real the promise of democracy, and set our own course toward a brighter future.

If not now, when? For our families, our communities, and our Earth, let’s come together to create the better America we know is possible. It’s in our hands!

In this latest edition of The Empire Files, her weekly news program for teleSUR English, Abby Martin interviews Stein about her program and a life of political engagement.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School and a practicing internist, Stein’s politics are informed that political decisions are often public health decisions.

Paul Street, writing for Counterpunch, describes the process:

Dr. Stein is a Harvard Medical School graduate who witnessed firsthand the terrible impacts of what she calls “predatory capitalism” on ordinary working and middle class children and families during her years as a physician. Learning that pollution produced by corporate greed was the major “underlying driver” behind many of the expanding illnesses (especially asthma, diabetes, cancer, and learning disabilities) she was confronting on an individual basis, she became a leading environmental and public health policy expert and advocate. “You can help people one at a time,” Stein realized, “while whole populations get thrown over the cliff.” She turned “from clinical medicine to political medicine” after realizing that “the road to health was profoundly obstructed by the hijack of our political system by oligarchy and corporate power.”

Her 2002 run for the Massachusetts governorship was followed by a 2012 campaign for the White House.

Articulate, intelligent, and passionate, in a better world, Stein would be the hands-down favorite.

From teleSUR English:

The Empire Files: Abby Martin with Dr. Jill Stein – A Sick Society

Program notes:

Part of the way the U.S. Empire’s elections are rigged is the corporate media’s censorship of third-party candidates, despite their nationwide campaign efforts.

The Green Party, running Dr. Jill Stein for President—on a platform more progressive than Bernie Sanders—has been totally ignored by the establishment.

Abby Martin sits down with Dr. Stein to look at how her career in medicine helped her diagnose America’s “multi-organ failure,” and why her ideas pose such a threat to Empire.

Chart of the day: Growing disillusionment


From Gallup:

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Amid refugee crisis, German politics fester


Two videos define the growing divide in Germany centered on the growing presence of refugees from the crises in the Mideast and Africa.

While Chancellor Angela Merkel has extended an official welcome to refugees, the arrival of thousands of desperate people who don’t speak the language and follow different customs, has inspired a growing xenophobia in Germany.

On one side, resurgent Islamophobes have resorted to arson attacks and beatings of refugees, and on the other side, sexual insults directed toward German women, mass groping, and false stories of even worse have added fuel to the fire.

Our first video, from teleSUR English, features a discussion about the shifts in German politics triggered by the refugee crisis between Tariq Ali and Leoandros Fischer, who has written extensively on the role played by Mideast crises in German politics:

Global Empire: Where Is Germany Going?

Program notes:

Tariq Ali talks to Leandros Fischer about Angela Merkel’s asylum policy and the effect it has had on public opinion in Germany. In recent regional elections, her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party suffered defeats as voters opted instead to vote for the anti-refugee party, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD).

Next, from Deutsche Welle, an extended interview by Tim Sebastian of Frauke Petry, a business owner with a doctorate in chemistry who serves as Speaker [leader]  the leader of the AfD, the German equivalent of the Tea Party, sharing many of the concerns of the American isolationists:

Conflict Zone: Petry’s AfD: Waking up ghosts of the past?

Program notes:

Frauke Petry, leader of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany, caters to the population’s frustrations. On this week’s Conflict Zone with Tim Sebastian, she refuses to see a correlation between her political agenda and the violence on Germany’s streets.

Our first thought on watching Petry deftly deflect the most potentially damaging of Sebastian’s questions was simple: What if American had such a deftly smiling and sociable face?

Perhaps [shudder] it’s only a matter of time?

Chart of the day: Municipal waste in Europe


From a new report [PDF] from Eurostat:

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More from the Eurostat report:

In the European Union (EU), the amount of municipal waste generated per person in 2014 amounted to 475 kg, down by 10% compared with its peak of  527 kg per person in 2002. Since 2007, the generation of municipal waste per person has constantly decreased in the EU to below its mid-1990s level.

Of the 475 kg of municipal waste generated per person in the EU in 2014, 465 kg per person were treated. This treatment followed different methods: 28% was recycled and another 28% landfilled, 27% incinerated and 16% composted. The share of municipal waste recycled or composted in the EU has steadily increased over the time period, from 17% in 1995 to 44% in 2014.