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“War is Good for Business”: Contractors Ready to Cash In On ISIS War

Written by Tony Harkén on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. Posted in Left 1, USA, Articles of USA, Left 1

 

Obama pledged that the war against ISIS won’t be fought with U.S. ground troops.

He didn’t say anything about contractors, who see this as “the next big meal ticket.”

Read the report at Global Research

Who are the Happiest Entrepreneurs in America?

Written by Cecilia Helland on Wednesday, 23 July 2014. Posted in Right right 1, USA, Articles of USA, Main 1

According to a new GEM Report from Babson College and Baruch College, the answer is “established women business owners.”

The yearly GEM report provides a comprehensive look at entrepreneurship on a global level over time (15 years thus far.) Other highlights from the report include:

Nearly 13 percent of the U.S. population (an estimated 25 million Americans) was in the process of starting or running a new business—the highest entrepreneurship rate reported among 25 developed economies surveyed from North America, Europe, and Asia.

An estimated 7.7 million of these entrepreneurs projected employing five or more people in the next five years.

Most U.S. entrepreneurs start businesses to pursue an opportunity. Still, rates of starting businesses out of necessity are persistently higher than before the 2008 recession.

Read the report – Who are the Happiest Entrepreneurs in America?

The American Dream is impossible to achieve in this country

Written by Cecilia Helland on Tuesday, 17 June 2014. Posted in Main 4, USA, Articles of USA, Main 3

So say nearly 6 in 10 people who responded to CNNMoney's American Dream Poll, conducted by ORC International.

They feel the dream -- however they define it -- is out of reach.

Read the story - The American Dream is impossible to achieve in this country

US - Small Business Tax Index 2014

Written by Tony Harkén on Wednesday, 16 April 2014. Posted in USA, Articles of USA, Main 2, Right bottom - 8st

Today, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) published its fifth annual state tax rankings: “Small Business Tax Index 2014: Best to Worst State Tax Systems for Entrepreneurship and Small Business.”

The index ranks the 50 states according to the costs of their tax systems for entrepreneurship and small business.

SBE Council's “Small Business Tax Index 2014” pulls together 21 different tax measures, and combines those into one tax score that allows the 50 states to be compared and ranked. Among the taxes included are income, capital gains, property, death, unemployment, and various consumption-based taxes, including state gas and diesel levies.

Optimism is back in the world

Written by Tony Harkén on Friday, 10 January 2014. Posted in USA, Articles of USA, Main 4, Right bottom - 8st

WIN/Gallup International’s annual global End of Year survey shows a brighter outlook for 2014.

Zurich, Switzerland - 30th December 2013 - WIN/Gallup International, the leading global association in market research and polling, has today published, in collaboration with The BBC's Today programme, the results of its annual End of Year Survey which explores the outlook, expectations, hopes and fears of people from 65 countries around the world.

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Despite a year of economic difficulty, almost 50% of people surveyed are more positive about 2014 than they were for 2013;

US, Canada and Australia are the countries where most people would like to live if they could;

US is considered to be the greatest threat to peace in the world, followed by Pakistan and China;

Over a third of those surveyed believe the world would be a better place if there were more female politicians;

Now in its 37th year WIN/Gallup International End of Year Survey finds that since 1989 people in general have a more positive outlook on economic prosperity for the coming year.

Jean-Marc Leger, President of WIN/Gallup International Association, said: “Despite an unstable economic situation, our happiness index is extremely high all over the world except in Europe. Moreover people think that 2014 will be better than 2013. Optimism is back in the world.”

Take a look at Country Results

France wants answers from US over 'shocking' NSA snooping

Written by Cecilia Helland on Friday, 25 October 2013. Posted in USA, Articles of USA, Main 1, Left 2 - 3st

The French government has summoned the US ambassador to respond to revelations of massive data gathering reported by Le Monde.

Read the full story

NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts

Written by Cecilia Helland on Friday, 25 October 2013. Posted in USA, Articles of USA, Main 1, Right bottom - 8st

Agency given more than 200 numbers by government official

NSA encourages departments to share their 'Rolodexes'.

Surveillance produced 'little intelligence', memo acknowledges

Read the full story at The Guardian

Fresh Leak on US Spying

Written by Cecilia Helland on Monday, 21 October 2013. Posted in USA, Articles of USA, Main 5 - 3st, Main 5

The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years.

It hacked into the president's public email account and gained deep insight into policymaking and the political system.

Read the full story at - NSA Accessed Mexican President's Email

Entrepreneurs & IP

Written by Cecilia Helland on Monday, 14 October 2013. Posted in USA, Articles of USA, Main 1, Right bottom - 8st

Out of 131 nations, the U.S. ranked 17th overall on the Global Property Rights Index.

The U.S. finished 23rd in the legal and political environment subcategory, 22nd in physical property rights, and tied for second in intellectual property rights.

At the same time, it was reported: "From 2009 to 2013, the overall IPRI score in the United States decreased by 1.3%. The period 2012 to 2013 was the first time that the IPRI score for the United States improved."

Read more here

The Government Shutdown and Its Impact on the Economy

Written by Cecilia Helland on Thursday, 10 October 2013. Posted in USA, Articles of USA, Right bottom - 8st, Main 8

The federal budget impacts the U.S. economy in many ways.

However, despite a variety of declarations in political and media circles, a partial federal government shutdown simply is not a significant factor for the overall economy or for financial markets.

SBE Council Chief Economist Ray Keating looks at the data and past shutdowns here

Where Poor and Uninsured Americans Live

Written by Tony Harkén on Thursday, 03 October 2013. Posted in USA, Articles of USA, Main 2, Right bottom - 8st

The 26 Republican-dominated states not participating in an expansion of Medicaid are home to a disproportionate share of the nation’s poorest uninsured residents.

Eight million will be stranded without insurance Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered by Health Law

The Healthcare Costs of War

Written by Tony Harkén on Thursday, 12 September 2013. Posted in Right bottom intervju, USA, Articles of USA, Right left

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have cost billions of dollars over the last decade, but the spending won't stop when the fighting does.

Just how much money are we spending on health care because of war?

US Paying for Wars

- In the past, the U.S. paid for wars by:

- Selling war bonds

- WWII cost $340 billion

- Americans purchased $150 billion in war bonds to fund the war effort

- Raising taxes

- The largest tax increase in history provided additional funding for WWII

- The top marginal rate was raised to 94%

- Tax hikes also paid for the Korean war and the Vietnam war

- The Afghanistan and Iraq wars were paid for by borrowing most of the funds

- War-related federal outlays from 2001 through fiscal year 2013: $3,102.85 billion

- Interest payments on Pentagon spending alone: $259 billion

- 2013 discretionary budget for the US Department of Education (including Pell Grants): $68.4 billion

The editors at MBA in Healthcare Management Degrees decided to research the topic of The Healthcare Costs of War

Edward Snowden Whistleblower Award 2013

Written by Tony Harkén on Tuesday, 10 September 2013. Posted in USA, Articles of USA, Right bottom - 8st, Main 6

Address, delivered by Edward Snowden on the occasion of the presentation of the Whistleblower Award 2013.

Donated by Transparency International, the International Association Of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (Ialana) and the Association of German Scientists – Read the full Story

U.S. Military Intelligence Involved in Chemical Attack in Syria?

Written by Tony Harkén on Wednesday, 04 September 2013. Posted in USA, Articles of USA, Main 3, Left 2 - 3st

The situation in Syria is still in focus of the world media. Another U.S.-led “humanitarian intervention” may be unleashed soon.

The Pentagon announced that it is ready to attack Syria in order to punish Bashar al-Assad and Syrian army for the alleged use of chemical weapons against the civilians.

Meanwhile, the new evidence of the U.S. intelligence being involved in chemical attack near Damascus on August 21, 2013 has been leaked to Internet.

Global Research presents Latest News

Pentagon may be involved in Chemical Attack in Syria: US Intelligence Colonel Hacked Emails

U.S. Military Intelligence Involved in Chemical Attack in Syria

NSA leak fallout: LIVE UPDATES

Written by Tony Harkén on Monday, 02 September 2013. Posted in USA, Articles of USA, Right bottom - 8st, Main 6

Former CIA employee Edward Snowden has carried out one of the biggest leaks in US history, exposing a top-secret NSA surveillance program to the media.

Leading tech companies were revealed to be involved in intelligence gathering through PRISM spy tool.

Follow the RT interactive map - NSA-world-map-spy. Showing the countries being spied on, those aiding the US in their surveillance operations.  

Follow the NSA leak fallout Snowden Live Updates

Codename 'Apalachee'

Written by Tony Harkén on Monday, 26 August 2013. Posted in USA, Articles of USA, Left 1, Left 2 - 3st

How America Spies on Europe and the UN.

Read the story at Spiegel Online

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