JonRoss,I was not aware that any of the places you mention, Tehran, Beijing, Havana, Pyongyang, Damascus, Cairo, were EVER considered or referred to as "bastions of freedom".??
It appears that you've answered your own question.
The next question is, as a member of the 4th estate,and supposedly a watchdog for the public interest(s),what are you(collectively) going to do about it?
Aint it strange that the anti-semite,racist,neo-nazi crowd,and the evangelical,Israel-firsters, all seem to vote Republican(conservative)?
Day-yam joneses you've figured out the secret plan!
Now all you need to do is get to work informing and educating those poor blacks and hispanics as to what's REALLY going on.
Ike,it seems that TFP has no moderator(s),nor any interest in same.
The Washington Post is surprised by the ‘mysterious’ high cost of gasoline in the US but does not mention in this article that the US government, at the insistence of the Israel lobbies, reduced Iran’s petroleum exports by 40% in 2012 by strong-arming countries to leave it in the ground and not import it on threat of third-party US sanctions.
Two decades of rigorous economic research have found that raising the minimum wage does not result in job loss. While the simplistic theoretical model of supply and demand suggests that raising wages reduces jobs, the way the labor market functions in the real world is more complex. Researchers have examined the scores of minimum wage increases that have occurred at the state and federal level and found that these raises have not cut jobs or slowed job growth.
Minimum wage trends: Understanding past and contemporary research (2006) provides an overview of research on the economic effects of minimum wage increases.
Please note the term "real world".
"There is no place in the United States where a minimum wage worker working 40 hours a week can afford rent on a two-bedroom apartment."
Very interesting FACTS on min. wage if you care to inform yourself,, http://www.juancole.com/2013/02/beggaring-employment-infographics.html
A for-profit school that was hyped by Republican lawmakers as a solution to Tennessee’s education problems recently admitted deleting bad grades to “more accurately recognize students’ current progress.”
A December email obtained by WTVF showed that Tennessee Virtual Academy’s vice principal instructed middle school teachers to delete “failing grades” from October and September.
Read all about it,http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/profit-school-backed-tn-gop-caught-deleting
Where's the TFP coverage of this?
The subsidization of phones began under President Clinton, and has continued under Presidents Bush and Obama.
Over that time, the usage of cell phones rose and the costs came down. Assuming one believes in the Lifeline program in the first place, and remembering that the FCC has mandated the program, it only makes sense to expand the phone assistance program to include cell phones. So, in 2008 the first application of this program for mobile phones began when a company called Tracfone started their Safelink Wireless service in Tennessee.
Aha, some say, that’s the same year Obama was elected! Well, that’s true. But the service in Tennessee was launched three months prior to Obama being elected. And that means the discussion and approval of the extension of the program occurred under President Bush’s watch.
The Bush Phone, anyone?
("Dumb Phone" for sure!)