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Congress Begins To Ask If Amazon Is Getting Too Big, Antitrust Hearing Called

Is Amazon getting too big? While that question has yet to be formally asked by the US government, on Friday we got a hint that it may be next on the agenda after the top Democrat on the House Antitrust Subcommittee, David Civilline, voiced concerns about Amazon's $13.7 billion plan to buy Whole Foods Market.

India: Cash Is Back (But The Crisis Has Deepened)

"Big Brother has truly arrived – in India of all places. India’s government inter alia brazenly asserts that 'privacy is not a fundamental right'... [this] marks a fundamental shift in citizen-state relations: from ‘We the People’ to ‘We the Government’. If the rampant misuse of electronic surveillance powers and willful ignorance of the law by the state is any precedent, the future looks bleak..."

Germany Sees Surge In Stabbings And Knife Crimes

More than 1,600 knife-related crimes were reported in Germany during just the first five months of 2017 - an average of 300 such crimes each month, or ten a day. Not only are knife-related crimes surging, but the perpetrators and victims of such crimes are increasingly younger and increasingly female.

Globalization & The Rural-Urban Divide

The playing field was never level: the Neoliberal Corporate-State Order had all the power, and rigged the game to its own advantage. No wonder the rural regions are rebelling--not against the cities, but against the Neoliberal Global Order that has stripped the economic diversity from rural economies.

Abe School Scandal Set For Major Escalation After Donation Receipt Emerges

The Mainichi Shimbun has obtained a copy of a receipt for a deposit of 1 million yen that scandal-hit Moritomo Gakuen claims to have been donated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe, jeopardizing Abe's official denial of involvement,  further eroding Abe's credibility and support, and potentially culminating with Abe's resignation.

Greeks Tried To Blow Up The IMF Too

A Greek return address was on the envelope which exploded in Paris, Greece's public order minister said in Athens. "French authorities just informed us that it was mailed from Greece," Nikos Toskas told Ant1 Television.