Category: Disability Rights

Colin Jenkins: Coming Home to Roost, Part 1

Any discussion involving American militarism must include the underpinnings of white supremacy

Tim Hunt: Remploy: Factories Floored

'The stakes are high, workers are willing to strike to save their jobs, and they have to because the government simply aren’t listening,’ says Phil Davies, national secretary of the GMB union. He is talking about the thousands of workers battling plans to close 36 of Remploy’s 54 factories this summer, with compulsory redundancies for Read more…

Libby Powell: The Forgotten 15 Percent – Why Has Disability Dropped Off the World’s Agenda?

Over the last decade, international development has hinged on the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Launched by the UN back in 2000, they were designed as unifying goals to prioritize resources for poverty reduction and international development over a 15-year period. They include an ambitious set of targets: reduce by half the number of people living on less Read more…

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David Bacon: The Human Face of Budget Cuts

Oakland, California – Cesar Cota was the first in his family to attend college. "Now it’s hard to achieve my dream," he says, "because the state put higher fees on us, and cut services and classes." Cota, a student at Los Angeles City College, was encouraged by the internship program of the LA College Faculty Read more…

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Jonathan Cook: Israel blocks money to Gaza’s disabled

(Nazareth) — Yunis al Masri was luckier than his two brothers from Gaza. Although the truck that ploughed into their car as they travelled to work in Israel 24 years ago killed Jaber and Kamal instantly, Mr al Masri survived with shattered bones, internal bleeding and brain damage.   Today, aged 49 and after many Read more…

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Stephen Ma: Haiti: The Deluge (Lenin’s Tomb)

The Deluge posted by lenin The global food riots and protests have hit hardest in Haiti. It is to be expected that Haiti, which has struggled for so long to escape the tyranny of external powers and is today struggling under a UN mandate in which civilians are regularly murdered, should suffer the worst of Read more…

Eric Newstadt: The Neoliberal University

Placed neatly in the middle of a global economic maelstrom, it is near impossible to understand or predict what, if any, consequences the strike by 3500 odd teaching and research assistants and contract faculty at York University in Toronto (represented by Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903) will have for higher education in Ontario Read more…

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Gareth Porter: Cheney, Lieberman and the Iran War Conspiracy

I was never one of those who believed the Bush administration was getting ready to attack Iran in 2006 or early 2007. But it is now clear that at least Vice President Dick Cheney is conspiring to push through a specific plan for war with Iran. And Senator Joe Lieberman is an active part of Read more…

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Jack Rasmus: The Trillion Dollar Income Shift, Part 2

P art 1 of this article showed how even conservative estimates reveal that income inequality in the U.S. today has reached extremes not seen since the 1920s. More than $1 trillion a year in relative income is now being shifted annually—from roughly 90 million middle and working class families to the wealthiest households and corporations.  Read more…

Lisa i. Iezzoni: Going beyond Disease to Address Disability

One summer day about 10 years ago, a young woman flagged me down as I was rolling back to my hospital on my scooter wheelchair. An inpatient taking a sunshine break, she sat on a bench, intravenous pole in tow. She explained, tears brimming, that complications from diabetes made walking increasingly difficult. She was a Read more…

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