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CIA chief hints agency is working to change Venezuelan government | The Independent

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jul 25, 2017 10:58 PM
"The US, which is currently gripped by allegations that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, has a long history of interfering with democratically elected governments in Latin America, from Chile to Nicaragua, and Argentina to Haiti. In Venezuela, it has sought to weaken the elected governments of both Mr Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez, who was briefly ousted in a 2002 coup. Some of the effort has been in distributing funds to opposition groups through organisations such as the National Endowment for Democracy, while some has been in the form of simple propaganda."

Special Report: Herded into default, then hounded to repay student loans | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jul 25, 2017 05:30 PM
"Today, 11 percent of the $1.325 trillion of federal student loans outstanding is severely delinquent or in default, higher than the mortgage default rate at the peak of the foreclosure crisis in 2010, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. ... Consumer advocates complain that the administration of President Donald Trump is making things harder for student borrowers. For example, it has eliminated a 2015 Obama administration guideline that prevented debt collectors from charging high interest rates — some as high as 16 percent — on borrowers in default who quickly resume payments."

Artificial Intelligence versus the Human Mind | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Jul 18, 2017 08:48 AM
The fear of robots taking all the jobs (and the silliness of those arguments) is an issue that has been much discussed, including in What's Left This Week. Are robots replacing humans on production lines? Of course. But, it is important to understand the logic that leads to this happening because the problem isn't that robots are taking peoples' jobs.

Understanding Venezuela | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Jul 18, 2017 08:44 AM
Corporate media reports on Venezuela depicting the current situation make it difficult for casual observers on the left to understand what is going on. While this has been the case even when Chavez was president, it has become harder to get a clear analysis.

Brazil's Lula Sentenced to Prison on Corruption Charges | Bloomberg

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jul 12, 2017 02:04 PM
"The guilty verdict on Lula, one of the most popular presidents in Brazilian history, weakens his chances of leading the Workers’ Party back into power in the 2018 elections. Over the past few months he has consolidated his position in opinion polls as the front-runner for the presidential race, but he will become ineligible if his sentence is upheld on appeal. The conviction of the left-wing leader also ratchets up yet further the political tension in Brasilia, coming as President Michel Temer is battling to avoid a trial in the Supreme Court on corruption charges."
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