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For Virginia, Combined Reporting Is a Key Tool to Limit Corporate...

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From the Commonwealth Institute: Combined Reporting: A Key Tool to Limit Corporate Tax Avoidance Next week, the Northam administration will give their annual presentation about the...

“Are Corporations More Powerful Than Countries?”

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Rana Foroohar, an editor and columnist for Time Magazine, asked this question recently in two versions of her column (27 January 2012 online and 13 February 2012 hard copy). Her answer, in part, is that "top companies... are operating in a space that is increasingly supranational," prospering mightily, sitting on a stash of $2+ trillion in wealth at the very same time Western European countries are struggling through a "mess," and economic recovery in the United States is too slow and fragile. Writing from the annual international economic summit at Davos, Foroohar quoted an Apple executive, who earlier had said bluntly "we don't have an obligation to solve America's problems." His sentiments encapsulate the general attitude of executives of the supranationals:  that they are above and ahead of national governments, which they perceive to be "inept and anemic," whereas they, the mega-capitalists, have created jobs and prosperity, not in the failing Western democracies, true, but elsewhere in the world, thus increasing over-all global well-being. This is, like most political and economic questions, ultimately a moral question, but the real point of the statement is actually that a global corporation is just that, beyond the reach of any one country's political government.

The problem with NBC’s Education Nation – where are the voices...

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originally posted at Daily Kos.  Also cross-posted on a number of educational blogs

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 26, NBC will be broadcasting a national "Summit" on education, which it has titled Education Nation.  There will be panel discussions, an exhibit hall, and it will begin with an electronic town hall with Brian Williams, broadcast live at 12 Noon EDT (so much for people on the West Coast who might be attending religious services).  NBC hopes to have several hundred thousand teachers signed up for that town hall.

In theory, one might think what NBC is doing is good -  it is a focus on education as a national priority.  In practice there are some serious concerns which have already been expressed publicly as well as in numerous communications to people responsible for organizing the event.

Perhaps the most significant concern is this -  there are many voices being included, but the voices of parents and teachers are surprisingly not considered a significant part of setting the agenda.  

Please keep reading for more details.