Editors’ Picks for Jan 26

Undocumented Immigrants Afraid to Line Up for Clean Water in Flint, An Unacknowledged US Airbase in Syria, The Pentagon’s Expensive Failure in Afghanistan, and More Picks

January 26 is Republic Day in India celebrating the Constitution of India came into force on January, 26 1950. About this photo: Republic Day Parade, New Delhi, India  Photo Credit: Antônio Milena / Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0)
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New Evidence Suggests Flint Water Crisis Was Not about Money (Klaus)

New information has surfaced that indicates the Flint water crisis was not about saving money. Instead, it has been suggested that the actual reason could have been part of a power play by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Undocumented Immigrants in Flint Afraid to Line Up for Water (Gerry)

Fear of deportation is keeping as many as 1000 people, mostly Hispanic, from going to distribution centers for safe bottled water. Many were unaware of the danger in the city’s lead-contaminated water until the flow from their faucets began running yellow.

US Set Up Unacknowledged Airbase in Northeast Syria (Reader Pat)

This is according to Syrian sources. Pentagon would not confirm.

States Defending Gay Marriage Bans Have to Pay $13.5 million (Klaus)

The states that tried to defend their gay marriage ban in the courts have to pony up an average of more than $500,000. The money will go to those challenging the laws.

Sexism Runs Rampant Among GOP Presidential Candidates (Russ)

Stereotypes right out of fifties’ TV are popular not just with Trump, but also Christie, Carson, Bush, Rubio and others.

The Pentagon’s Failed Six Hundred Million Dollar Project to Boost the Afghan Economy  (Ben)

Recent Senate hearing includes testimony on airlifting cashmere goats aimed to boost the country’s cashmere industry.

The Koch Brothers Rebrand Their Image (Ben)

They are doing a lot of good by buying the best image money can afford.

The Failure of Propaganda? (Trevin)

How is it that Sanders polls better against Trump than Clinton when he received less coverage than Romney or Biden after they announced they would not be running?

Meet the “Emerging Market” Superstars of Global Economic Governance (Trevin)

Recent activities of the Indian Economic Times’ “Poster Boy of Banking” and a Mexican the Financial Times credited as having a “Wall Street-sized reputation for financial wizardry” expose a shift in global power, reinforcing a “global economic empire.”

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