Ukrainians’ Ratings of Their Lives, Country Hit New Low

Ukrainians’ ratings of their lives reflect the turmoil that has gripped their country in the past year as well as a high degree of uncertainty about their own future and that of their country. Source: Ukrainians’ Ratings of Their Lives, Country Hit New Low

White House releases snapshot of plan to rate U.S. colleges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Friday released a draft of its plan to rate U.S. colleges and tie federal aid to performance as a way to coax institutions to pull up their socks. Source: White House releases snapshot of plan to rate U.S. colleges

Louisville lawmakers approve minimum wage hike

LOUISVILLE, Ky (Reuters) – Louisville, Kentucky officials on Thursday approved an increase to the city’s minimum wage, boosting it from the federal rate of $7.25 to $9 an hour by 2017, becoming the 12th city to approve a hike this year. Source: Louisville lawmakers approve minimum wage hike

Victory! Cuban 5 are reunited and free at last

By Cheryl LaBash Dec. 17 — The government of the United States has done what it repeatedly swore it would never do: It has freed the last of the Cuban 5. Today Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino and Gerardo Hernández were finally released from U.S. jails after more than 16 years of unjust imprisonment. René González […]

With Cuba decision, Obama hands Hillary Clinton a gift

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton knows a political gift when she sees one. Source: With Cuba decision, Obama hands Hillary Clinton a gift

Why We Need an Ecosocialist Revolution

By Adam Ritscher http://systemchangenotclimatechange.org/article/ian-angus-why-we-need-ecosocialist-revolution-socialism-2013 Source: Why We Need an Ecosocialist Revolution

Productivity in an international context

By Patrick Nolan On the 8th of December this year Martin Weale, of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, highlighted concerns with the UK’s recent productivity growth. In the UK total output per worker is now no higher that it was 6 years ago. The UK is not the only country experiencing weak productivity […]