If there was ever a clear sign that the leadership of Japan is fully aware that the country is about enter a terminal economic catastrophe this is it. Using the cover of currency devaluation and a rising stock market, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is attempting to make it easier to change the country’s constitution so that they can eliminate freedom of speech and set the stage for a military dictatorship. Reuters reports [...]
2.02million – 50.4% – minority births, says 2011 census
Caps decades of immigration growth that is now slowing
All births down in economic slump, but drop faster for whites
Minority population continues to rise to 114.1million, 36.6% of total
Data released as Supreme Court considers ruling on state’s strict immigration law
For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S., in what has been described [...]
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is moving ahead with education reform–but it isn’t without controversy.
Later this week, on Wednesday and Thursday, education committees in both houses of the state legislature will be considering the governor’s proposed package. The reforms include moving toward a voucher program, eliminating teacher tenure programs, and changes in teachers’ pay.
And so, in response to these reforms even being considered, “at least three school districts are canceling classes [...]
The True Conservative Scandal
By E.J. Dionne
WASHINGTON — Conservatives need to contemplate what the Rick Perry and Herman Cain stories say about the state of their movement and the health of their creed.
Perry’s debate gaffe last week was about something more important than “brain freeze.” Memory lapses can strike anyone, even if they are more awkward when they occur during a presidential debate.
What really matters is the subject that sent Perry’s [...]
The dismissal of Greece’s top military chiefs has the opposition up in arms. With the Greek crisis worsening by the day, PM George Papandreou has been accused of trying to rein in the armed forces before a potential government collapse.
Sweeping changes to Greece’s military leadership were approved by Prime Minister George Papandreou during a meeting of the Foreign and Defense Council in Athens today.
The Chief of National Defense, as well [...]
Did this one just slip under the radar?
Greek Military Leadership Changes Spark Opposition Outcry (November 1, 2011)
“In a surprise development, Panos Beglitis, Defence Minister, a close confidante of Mr Papandreou, summoned the chiefs of the army, navy and air-force and announced that they were being replaced by other senior officers. Neither the minister nor any government spokesman [...]
By Jeff Reeves, MarketWatch
The European debt crisis has been weighing on investors’ minds all summer. And despite the recent stock market rally, the only thing that’s truly known about the euro zone sovereign debt debacle is that it has to be fixed for the market to mend.
Whether it’s fixed or not is not even up for debate. There is decided lack of certainty on the issue. And whether or [...]
“One of the nation’s largest teachers unions is proposing sweeping changes to evaluation and tenure plans, saying “accountability systems are in need of reform.”
The National Education Association today released a policy statement saying that tenure should not be automatically bestowed upon teachers, but earned. And teachers who don’t meet the grade should be counseled out of the profession “or be subject to a swift and fair dismissal process.”
The move comes [...]
A Republican budget plan due to be unveiled on Tuesday would cut $5.8 trillion from U.S. spending over the next 10 years, a congressional aide familiar with the proposal said on Monday.
The plan, which would take effect when the next fiscal year starts on Oct. 1, is expected to propose sweeping changes to the Medicare and Medicaid health programs, as well as hard caps on government spending and tax [...]
From the Washington Post: “Bahrain’s security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets Monday at thousands of anti-government protesters heeding calls to unite in a major rally and bring the Arab reform wave to the Gulf for the first time.” We are currently searching to bring readers a live feed, but don’t hold your breath. As noted above, this country is situated just [...]