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Nov 11 12:18

New York City Landlords Flout Rent Limits, but Still Receive Lucrative Tax Breaks

As gleaming new housing towers spring up around New York City, thousands of new rent-stabilized apartments are coming onto the market. And in return for following rent limits, developers get a share of $1 billion in property tax breaks handed out by the city.

Nov 11 11:50

Feds may need warrant for web browser surveillance, court rules

When Edward Snowden revealed the NSA secretly monitored Americans’ internet use, officials allayed concerns by explaining “only metadata” was collected. Now a federal court says some URLs fall outside the metadata category, qualifying as content.

Nov 11 11:40

Speech by UNRWA Commissioner to the UN regarding desperate situation of Palestinian refugees

The illegal blockade of Gaza remains in place subjecting Palestinians to collective punishment and denying all but a few the opportunity to lead normal lives, including by interacting with the outside world. Reflecting this, 893,000 Palestine refugees are food dependent, 11 times the number 15 years ago.

Nov 11 11:25

Andronavt humanoid robot for space missions unveiled

A ceremony to unveil Andronaut, a humanoid robot for space missions that will be sent to the ISS as an astronaut assistant after a series of additional tests. A man wearing an exoskeleton can remotely control Andronaut at large distances.

Nov 11 11:20

American Communists rest in peace behind Lenin's tomb

There are more than a dozen European and American communist figures buried in the Kremlin Wall. The most famous of them is John Reed, author of “Ten Days that Shook the World,” the best-known account of the Bolshevik revolution. A journalist who fled to Russia in 1917, Reed died of typhus in Moscow in 1920. The story of Reed, a stylish but controversial icon, and his wife Luisa Bryant was the subject of the 1981 Warren Beatty film “Reds.” Not far from Reed are the ashes of his political rival, Charles Emil Ruthenberg. A native of Ohio, Ruthenberg was a popular leader of the left wing of the American Socialist party and the American labor movement who took part in radical protests against the government and spent numerous stints in jail for inciting riots. He died in 1927 in Chicago, but his remains were brought to Moscow and buried in the Kremlin wall by his comrades... It’s still possible to pay a visit to these revolutionaries and lay flowers at their graves, although few do so.

Nov 11 11:12

Dispersants Did Not Help In BP Spill, Half Of Oil Not Accounted For: Study

By Joe Wright

The fallout continues from the Deepwater Horizon explosion that directly killed 11 workers and ravaged the food chain and the environment more than 5 years ago...

Nov 11 11:11

The U.S. electoral match-up the Kremlin elite would like to see

If Russia’s leaders could vote, they’d probably back Trump for the Republicans and anybody but Clinton on the Democratic ticket. If the Kremlin elite could cast a ballot in a U.S. presidential election, it would probably relish the chance to vote for Donald Trump. In the real world, however, things are far more complicated. What does the current election season mean for future relations between Washington and Moscow? Casual observers could be forgiven for imagining that the United States has a semipermanent election cycle. With still more than 13 months to go before Barack Obama relinquishes the White House, it already feels like the campaign has dragged on for an eternity. Russians can only marvel at the showbiz-style U.S. election process.

Nov 11 11:04

Egypt to Ben Carson: no, the pyramids were not for storing grain

Egyptian antiquities officials have scoffed at claims by the Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson that Egypt’s ancient pyramids were not built as pharaonic tombs but used to store grain.

Nov 11 11:04

A Billionaire, Some Millionaires, and a No-Show Senator Debate How Best to Block Wage Hikes

The first Republican president of the United States was a friend of labor and a champion of working people.
“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital,” Abraham Lincoln told the Congress in 1861. “Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”

Nov 11 10:58

US fighter jets land in Turkey to protect Turkish airspace

The United States decided to send fighters to Turkey to protect Turkish airspace. According to the Pentagon, the US received such a request from Ankara after several fighter jets of the Russian Air Force entered Turkish airspace. According to RBC, the first six of 12 F-15C Eagle fighters arrived at the air base in Turkey to protect Turkish airspace. The request came "on the heels of the incursions we saw by the Russians ... and it's a request we've honored," Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said. Turkey has accused Russia of violating its airspace twice...Noteworthy, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused Turkish authorities of patronizing terrorist groups al-Nusra Jabhat and the Islamic State (both organizations are banned in Russia). According to Assad, the USA and NATO provide full support for Turkey in assisting the terrorists.

Nov 11 10:54

Forty-seven million Americans live in poverty right now

The middle class in America has been disappearing because of the rapid increase in the cost of living in the United States. Indeed, the cost of living in the United States (food, rent, medical insurance and so on) has been growing rapidly. On the federal level, the poverty threshold for a family of five makes up $28,410, although 51% of all American workers make less than $ 30,000 a year at the moment...According to the US Census Bureau, nearly 47 million Americans live in poverty right now. In 2007, approximately one out of every eight children in the US was receiving food stamps. Today, the index has grown to one of every five. Experts point out that there are 1.5 million households in the United States that live on less than two dollars a day. This number has doubled since 1996. Forty-six million Americans use food banks each year. The number of homeless children in the United States has increased by 60 percent in the last six years.