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US announces plan to ration health care under Medicare

By Kate Randall, 28 January 2015

The realignment of Medicare more directly with the profit dictates of the market will become the model for the American health care system as a whole.

The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2015

The anniversary’s observance was overshadowed by a new drive toward world war and the threat of historic crimes to come.

India, US boost military-strategic drive against China

By Keith Jones, 28 January 2015

US President Barack Obama returns from a three-day visit to India with a series of agreements that dramatically enhance the Indo-US “global strategic partnership.”

Japanese government exploits hostage crisis to push remilitarisation

By Ben McGrath, 28 January 2015

The Abe government plans to introduce 10 new laws lifting restrictions on the dispatch of the Japanese military overseas.

Concerns over Fed tightening as deflation fears grow

By Nick Beams, 28 January 2015

William White, former chief economist at the Bank for International Settlements, declared, “We’re seeing true currency wars and everybody is doing it, and I have no idea where this is going to end.”

Whistleblower who exposed CIA nuclear sabotage operation convicted under Espionage Act

By Thomas Gaist, 28 January 2015

Jeffrey Sterling faces a possible maximum sentence of nearly 100 years for allegedly speaking to investigative reporter James Risen about covert operations targeting Iran.

New figures show continued decline in US union membership

By Shannon Jones, 28 January 2015

The unionization rate in America is at its lowest point in 100 years.

Snowstorm ‘Juno’ shuts down much of northeastern US

By Sandy English, 28 January 2015

The blizzard knocked out electricity for thousands and prompted a shutdown of transportation in major metropolitan areas.

Mass layoffs at northwest Indiana steel mills

By Jeff Lusanne, 28 January 2015

In response to plunging oil prices and falling steel demand worldwide, producers ArcelorMittal and US Steel have announced hundreds of layoffs in East Chicago, Indiana.

Delinquency rates for auto loans hit highest level since 2008

By Douglas Lyons, 28 January 2015

Rising delinquency rates have paralleled the growth of “subprime” auto lending.