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Corporate Greed

Arrrr! Shell Tries to Plunder Human Rights

Katie Redford | Posted 11.19.2012 | World
Katie Redford

Shell's lawyers actually argued to the Supreme Court that a hypothetical company -- Pirates Incorporated -- should not be held accountable for their crimes, because, you guessed it, they're a corporation.

Oversight: Why Congress Needs to Back the Securities and Exchange Commission

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 11.17.2012 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

For the SEC to do its job properly, it needs adequate resources, and for that it needs the support of Congress. To understand why the budgetary issue is so important, and why the SEC deserves more funding, let's look at the trajectory of the Commission since the Madoff scandal.

Make Wall Street the 4th Branch of the Federal Government

Gareth Edmundson | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Gareth Edmundson

If we can't stop money coming into politics then let's at least make sure that we know where it is all the time. And if we know where it is then we can subject it to checks and balances just like the rest of the system. Genius.

It's Criminal, not Ethical

Jim Selman | Posted 10.12.2012 | Business
Jim Selman

If we presume to be a society living under the 'rule of law' then we need our laws to be consistent and enforced uniformly. We need to strip corporate leaders of any 'shield' to their responsibility to follow both the letter and the intent of the law.

Olympics: Britain Mobilizes 20,000 Armed Personnel in Country's Largest Security Operation Since WWII

Democracy Now! | Posted 09.25.2012 | Sports
Democracy Now!

Britain has launched its largest peacetime security operation ever for the Summer Olympics. Nearly 20,000 armed personnel are now providing security -- almost double the number of British troops currently serving in Afghanistan.

Report: Romney's Tax Plan Would Cost 800,000 Jobs

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 07.17.2012 | Business

Mitt Romney's plan not to force companies to pay taxes on profits they bring back from overseas will eliminate jobs, according to a new report by the ...

Just Capital: What the 99% Really Need (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

The frustration over social injustice, inspired by Wall Street's flagrant behavior before and after the calamitous downturn of 2008, strikes me as the most urgent issue facing us right now.

The Real Scary Stories

justin adkins | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
justin adkins

Issues like homelessness, foreclosures, hunger -- these are the real scary stories in the United States right now.

Citizens United: How Ruling Is Greasing Alaska's Fall Elections Already

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

Why didn't Alaska join 23 other states challenging Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission?

God, Money and Planet Earth

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Earth hovers on the brink of ecological catastrophe -- actually, 20 years closer to the brink than it was at the first global climate summit in 1992.

If Corporations Are People, Do They Have Hearts?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.04.2012 | Business
Stuart Muszynski

In the past ten years, American business has been deluged with concepts emphasizing social good that range in name from cause-related marketing to sustainable value and other similar terms.

Business Should Be About Green, Not Blue (Noses)

Marty Robins | Posted 07.17.2012 | Business
Marty Robins

Let's put the focus and accountability on whether CEOs are making good business decisions and not on their resumes and personal behavior.

Fish Gotta Swim, Birds Gotta Fly

Dave Helfert | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Dave Helfert

Why don't Democrats use the same skills that work so well in campaigns to tell their story after election day? It's in their nature to believe they can persuade the public with facts alone. But, if they don't want to become a permanent minority, that nature has to change.

A Prayer To Jesus From An Admiring Skeptic

Allan Brawley | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
Allan Brawley

Jesus, if you are truly divine, all knowing and omnipotent, please do something about these so-called Christians. I know it's a bit presumptuous of me to be petitioning you this way, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Don't Believe the Hype on Corporate Bribery

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 07.02.2012 | Crime
Brandon L. Garrett

Corporations can be prosecuted as criminals and every year some get convicted of crimes. However, over the past decade the government has not stepped up corporate crime enforcement. In fact, the evidence is to the contrary.

Is Walmart Too Big, Powerful, Influential to Obey the Law?

Richard Trumka | Posted 06.26.2012 | Business
Richard Trumka

This week's reports about Walmart's practices in Mexico are breathtaking. The Times found "credible evidence that bribery played a persistent and significant role in Walmart's rapid growth in Mexico."

Why Anyone Should Care That Bill O'Reilly Calls Me a Communist

Robert Reich | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

So many Americans are so angry and frustrated these days -- vulnerable to loss of job and healthcare and home, without a shred of economic security -- they're easy prey for demagogues offering simple answers and ready scapegoats. Take, for example, Bill O'Reilly.

A Winning Message for Sports and Business -- Restore Credibility!

Sanyin Siang | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business
Sanyin Siang

Can we entrust Wall Street with our finances? Are professional athletes really competing and thus deserve their fan's passion, time and money? It all boils down to trust. Here are few steps towards re-building this credibility.

Water Is Life, Deepwater Horizon Is Death, We Create Hope

Jacob Devaney | Posted 06.20.2012 | Green
Jacob Devaney

Corporate greed and systemic corruption must be addressed at all levels of society if we desire to leave a legacy of hope for the next generation.

Corporate Profits or Healthy Babies?

Robert Weissman | Posted 06.13.2012 | Home
Robert Weissman

American society is not sufficiently supportive of breastfeeding, and the everyday realities of many new mothers' lives make exclusive breastfeeding very challenging.

Inspiration as Currency, and Interview With Bret Blevins

Jacob Devaney | Posted 06.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Jacob Devaney

The birth of independent media, and the democratization of the media through the digital revolution is a hopeful sign for the return of art for the purpose of enriching the community, personal expression and shaping the future of our culture in a healthy and inspired way.

My Drug of Choice Is "More": Getting Real About Wealth Addiction

Jed Diamond | Posted 06.09.2012 | Home
Jed Diamond

I've been treating addicts for more than 40 years and when I hear the descriptions of those for whom millions and billions of dollars in wealth drives them to want more and more, I know we're dealing with addiction.

Top 10 Dirty Corporate Tax Dodgers of 2011

Rebecca Tarbotton | Posted 06.09.2012 | Green
Rebecca Tarbotton

Bottom-line, these dirty corporations don't need any more handouts, bailouts, or subsidies. Our country does not have a money problem; it has a priorities problem.

Capitalism's Dirty Secret: Corporations Don't Create Good Jobs Anymore, They Destroy Them

Lynn Parramore | Posted 06.06.2012 | Business
Lynn Parramore

The truth is that unfettered corporations are just about the worst thing for creating decent jobs. Here's a look at why, and where the good jobs really come from.

Whose Corporations? Our Corporations!

Ken Jacobson | Posted 06.05.2012 | Business
Ken Jacobson

Historically, corporations were understood to be responsible to a complex web of constituencies, including employees, communities, society at large, suppliers, and shareholders. But in the era of deregulation, the interests of shareholders began to trump all the others.