The historical place of the US slipping away into oblivion

The U.S. reliance on military force has damaged U.S. national interests at a time when the global community is facing severe economic stress. The Iraq and Afghan wars have cost trillions of dollars and have not made America more secure. The war on terror has created more terrorists than it has eliminated, and recent secretaries of state have failed to question the strategic and geopolitical implications of a wider war in Southwest Asia. The budget of the Department of Defense, exceeding levels reached during the worst days of the Cold War, receives overwhelming bipartisan support.

Source: The Media and the Military Mindset – CounterPunch.org

Our Final Decade to Get Climate Policy Right 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned in October 2018 that we have 12 years to keep global temperatures increases at 1.5 degrees Celsius or less. Now, we have more like 10 years. We have this decade. In the first weeks of 2020, we’ve already witnessed mass evacuations and the death of over a billionanimals More

Source: Our Final Decade to Get Climate Policy Right – CounterPunch.org

The IRS decided to get tough against Microsoft – and then Microsoft got tougher 

Eight years ago, the IRS, tired of seeing the country’s largest corporations fearlessly stash billions in tax havens, decided to take a stand. The agency challenged what it saw as an epic case of tax dodging by one of the largest companies in the world, Microsoft. It was the biggest audit by dollar

Source: The IRS decided to get tough against Microsoft – and then Microsoft got tougher – Alternet.org

Britain: big business panicked as clock counts down to Brexit

Despite Boris Johnson’s “Bung a Bob” crowdfunding appeal, Big Ben will not “bong for Brexit” at 11pm on 31st January. The Parliamentary Standards Committee has put its foot down and blocked the idea. Instead, the Tory government will project a countdown clock onto the wall of 10 Downing Street. So much for taking back control.

Source: Britain: big business panicked as clock counts down to Brexit