Geography of Inequality from Seattle to Baltimore – Winner and loser cities

Famed writer and activist Upton Sinclair published a novel titled “ A Story of Ford-America” in 1937, where he blasted the callousness of a company worth “a billion dollars” that underpaid its workers while forcing them to engage in repetitive and sometimes dangerous assembly line labour. Eighty years later, the market capitalization of Amazon.com has…

Russian diplomats exit out of North Korea by hand-pushed trolley

  A group of eight Russian diplomats and their families made an unusual exit out of North Korea across the border by initially traveling by train and bus before pushing themselves across the Russian border for about 0.6 miles (1km) over train tracks. North Korea has blocked most passenger transport to limit the virus spread,…

A Nations barrier-breaking  vice president

Kamala, the daughter of a Jamaican-born father and India-born mother who met in the 60s Bay Area political activism. In her 2020 Democratic National Convention acceptance speech as Joe Biden’s running mate, she proudly recalled having “ a stroller’s eye view of people getting into what the great John Lewis called “ good trouble”. Her…

Suu Kyi detained as Military coup takes over power in Myanmar

The army has seized power in a military coup in Myanmar as Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior members of her governing party are detained. All authority has been transferred to the top army commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing and a one-year state of emergency has been declared according to a statement on military TV.…

Fading Republican support for Trump impeachment

On-the-record test for support for conviction on impeachment charges that Trump incited his supporters to mount an insurrection at the US Capitol 45 out of 50 Senate Republicans voted to consider stopping the trial even before it starts. After the vote, Rand Paul, who pushed for the dismissal, crowed that the impeachment article delivered by…

Biden signs 15 executive orders

  Joe Biden started dismantling his predecessor’s legacy, signing a series of 15 executive orders including boosting the federal response to the coronavirus which has already claimed over 400, 000 lives in the US, the mandate to wear masks, and practice social distancing on all federal government property,  re-join the  Paris climate change, immigration  –…

Trump leaves White House for the final time.

Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th US president in Washington, Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris- the first woman to hold that position- will take the oath of office alongside Biden. Donald Trump who is expected to leave the White House for the last time bound for Florida, will not attend his successor’s inauguration –…

Verifying, Identifying and Amplifying new evidence  as history  is filmed by losers on their smartphones

Bellingcat, the home-grown investigative unit, the most innovative practitioners of open-source intelligence and online journalism, self-taught internet sleuths end up solving several mega crimes of our time. Their founder, a high school dropout on a kitchen laptop tells the story of how they created a whole new category of information-gathering galvanising citizen journalists across the…

Trump Impeached for inciting the deadly riot at the US Capitol

Ten rebel Republicans voted with 222 Democrats after a day of debate in the House of Representatives. Trump becomes the first US president ever to be impeached twice with the proceedings now set to move to the Senate for trial. The US House of Representatives is preparing a vote to impeach President Donald Trump over…