05 Mar

Events of Interest and Analyses

Clashes at Jerusalem’s Aqsa mosque
Israeli forces fire tear gas to disperse Palestinian protesters at holy site.


By Omar Chatriwala


By Mike Hanna


By Hoda Abdel-Hamid



Middle East
The colour blue and a new Kurdish voice

Chilcot Inquiry

Iraq war the right decision despite deaths – Brown new

The Prime Minister said today that Britain made the “right decision for the right reasons”

Video: Brown at the Iraq Inquiry

Colonel Stuart Tootal: Brown is responsible for underfunding of troops

Families vent fury at PM over Army cuts

The £4.6m question: Is Tony Blair’s ‘Journey’ worth the advance?

By Zeina Khodr


The McGlynn: This article bears a second posting.

How 12-year-old girl saved her Chilean island from catastrophe

Thursday, 4 March 2010

At 6am last Saturday on an isolated Pacific island, there were few people around to notice as lobster fishing boats moored in the tiny harbour started to bob crazily and crash together.


Levin takes over as Congress’ top tax writer


U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) walks outside the Ways and Means office in the Capital in Washington, March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Benjamin J. Myers
  U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) walks outside the Ways and Means office in the Capital in Washington, March 4, 2010. 

Credit: Reuters/Benjamin J. Myers 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Representative Sander Levin took over on Thursday as top tax writer for the Congress, replacing fellow Democrat Charles Rangel, who stepped down under an ethics cloud. 

“Levin is good, he’s thorough, he’s got a good reputation,” Rangel said of the new chairman of the tax-writing House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. 

A liberal who reflects the pro-union tradition of his home state of Michigan, Levin, 78, has pushed for workers’ rights in U.S. trade agreements. He has also favored increasing taxes on hedge fund and private equity managers, and vowed as chairman to help push the drive to revamp U.S. healthcare. 

One of the biggest items on Levin’s agenda will be dealing with the more than $1 trillion in tax cuts enacted over Democratic objections during Republican George W. Bush’s administration and set to expire at year’s end. 

“A lot of business clients are concerned” what Levin might do on a host of fronts, said an industry lobbyist who asked not to be identified by name.

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