Dec 05 2013

Daily News Flash with Arun Gupta on NSA Cellphone Spying, Corporate Carbon Tax, and Fast Food Worker Strikes

Uprising’s guest expert Arun Gupta, Independent Journalist and regular contributor to the Guardian, In These Times, The Progressive, and Truthout, and co-founder of the Occupied Wall Street Journal and the Indypendent, analyzes today’s news headlines:

The Washington Post reports this morning that the NSA is collecting 5 billion cell phone location records a day from around the world. In the latest revelations from whistle blower Edward Snowden and interviews with government officials, we now know that the US National Security Agency is tracking cell phones around the world by “tapping into the cables that connect mobile networks globally and that serve U.S. cellphones as well as foreign ones.” The Post also asserts that “Analysts can find cellphones anywhere in the world, retrace their movements and expose hidden relationships among the people using them.” Phones can be traced even when their GPS signals are turned off. Click here for the Washington Post article about the story.

Major transnational corporations are making allowances for a carbon tax in their long term financial planning – the strongest indicator yet that they acknowledge the reality of global warming and expect to be held at least somewhat financially accountable. A new report shows that such planning is on the books of almost 30 major companies including ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, BP, Shell, Walmart, Microsoft, General Electric, Walt Disney, ConAgra Foods, Wells Fargo, DuPont, Duke Energy, Google and Delta Air Lines. Click here for a New York Times article about the story.

In the on-going wave of labor actions in the US, campaigns for fast food workers say there will be one-day strikes in 100 cities to demand higher pay today. Solidarity rallies will be held in 100 additional cities. The actions mark the largest coordinated response to date over income inequality in this new and growing labor movement. Click here for a USA Today article about the story.

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