Libya Is Saving Migrants At Sea Only To Trap Them In Dire Conditions On Land

Libyan forces intercepted over 2,000 migrants trying to flee by boat this week, as European leaders offered the country’s fragile new administration more help to turn back migrant boats. Among them were four boats crammed with 500 people headed to Europe, including three children and eight pregnant women, that were intercepted by Libyan coastguards on Tuesday. […]

Hold The Cellphone — That Cancer Study Isn’t What You Think

Look, the government has not found that your cellphone gives you cancer, as many headlines on Friday would have you believe.  A two-year, $25 million study conducted by the National Toxicology Program found an increase in brain tumors among male rats that were constantly exposed to the same radiation that’s emitted from mobile phones. Some […]

No, This Major Greek Lender Isn't Changing Its Tune On Austerity

Three International Monetary Fund economists appeared Thursday to call on governments to reconsider the value of austerity and openness to foreign capital. The article, simply entitled, “Neoliberalism: Oversold?” is making waves precisely because it came from an institution considered one of neoliberalism’s chief salesmen. Neoliberalism refers to the re-emergence of classically “liberal” ideas about capitalism […]

New Economy, New Media — Same Old Power Relations

On the business pages in recent weeks we’ve learned about Amazon’s “union avoidance techniques” that violate the spirit of the nation’s labor laws (if not the letter); Valeant pharmaceutical corporation buying up the patents on two widely-used heart medicines only to jack up the price 720 percent; and Volkswagen and other automakers violating emissions standards […]

Former Greek Finance Minister: The Swiss Should Vote 'Yes' On Basic Income

Robots are replacing jobs everywhere at an ever faster rate — and Yanis Varoufakis sees Switzerland as the first country with a practical proposal to adjust to this future. The former Greek finance minister recently spoke on the topic during an interview at a conference on the future of work at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute […]