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The Terrible Challenge of Building Resources for Change on a Global Scale

New Orleans      Some time ago there was an op-ed in the Times that caught my eye, even though it was coming at me from a weird and somewhat disturbing angle. Juan Zarate and Thomas Sanderson had written a piece on the challenge that national security interests face in dealing with terrorist and other radical change [...]

Population is Moving to Bigger, Poorer, and Warmer Cities

Delhi, from The Hindu

Kiln     United Nations population estimates for the next five to fifteen years make it clear that in this period of rapid urbanization and increasing inequality by 2030 we will see huge population centers dominated by larger cities with poorer populations in warmer settings.   By 2030 more than one-third of the population [...]

Honduran Violence and Child Trafficking Major Causes of US Border Surges

Tegucigalpa

Kiln     The southern border surge at the US-Mexico line is something ACORN International knows about firsthand through our work with ACORN Honduras in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, often reported as leading the list of the most violent cities in today’s world.  President Obama asked for almost $4 billion in aid to secure the [...]

Walmart Business Model Crashing and the False Claims of Foreign Direct Investment

Kiln     Walmart may be the largest company in the United States in terms of gross sales, but mounting evidence indicates that its business model is collapsing.  The company seems in a near state of panic as return on investment dips and quarterly returns drag consecutively lower.  In a bitter irony the very inequality ravaging the [...]

Banks are Running from Minorities and Hiding Behind Terrorism Regulations

Kiln     There’s no question that there are new regulations governing bank transfers.  Banks are trying to claim that anti-terrorism measures are the cause, though more than a decade after 9/11, it seems unlikely to me.  There seem to be three reasons that some banks are running from money transfers and remittances.

The current cause celebre is [...]

Harris v. Quinn Part 3: The Problem of Creating Employers for Informal Workers

vendors union meeting in Bangalore

New Orleans     Looking at the history of home-based work both in healthcare and daycare and its roots in domestic work going back to USA colonial times and branching directly out from plantation life at the end of slavery, it really goes without saying that the Court’s decision and creation of [...]