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 2014
Volume 27
Number 12

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James Petras: The Pentagon and Big Oil: Militarism and Capital Accumulation

There is no question that, in the immediate aftermath, following U.S. military conquests, wars, occupations, and sanctions, U.S. multinational corporations (MNC) lost out on profitable sites for investments.

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Events HUMAN RIGHTS – The10th Biannual Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference (SHROC X) will be held December 12-14 in Savannah, GA. The Goal of SHROC is to bring together human rights organizers to discuss common issues and develop more effective strategies for building a human rights movement in the Deep South. Contact: 250 Georgia Avenue Read more…

Dylan Murphy: Kiev Regime Faces Military Defeat and Economic Collapse

With all eyes focused on the Middle East, it appears to have gone quiet in the Ukraine with a ceasefire announced in early September. However, fighting does continue on the ground and the Kiev junta faces a tough winter in which to keep hold of power.

Mateo Pimentel: A Story Grows in Arizona

The state’s legal landscape shifted drastically in 2010 when voters marginally succeeded in legalizing the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (Prop 203, commonly). According to CNN reports at the time, the Arizona ballot measure—to legalize the consumption of medical marijuana—passed with only 50.13 percent of the vote. Prop 203 was effectively the only ballot to sneek Read more…

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Robert Ovetz: Reviving the Power to Strike

Robert Ovetz reviews Strike Back by Joe Burns. “There is a hidden secret in our union movement and Joe Burns has shined a light on it. Our unions will not recover power until we again embrace worker self-organization”

Olivier Uyttebrouck: The End Of The Line For Chino’s Storied Union

The southern New Mexico mining town of Santa Rita no longer exists, even as a ghost town, except in the memories of Terry Humble and others who lived there. The ground beneath Santa Rita has been blasted, shoveled, and trucked away over the last century to feed the world’s demand for copper,

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Bill Berkowitz: Stealth Evangelism 3.0

In 1990, a young Ralph Reed, newly hired by Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition to oversee its daily operations, told the Los Angeles Times that, “What Christians have got to do is take back this country, one precinct at a time, one neighborhood at a time, and one state at a time.

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Ramzy Baroud: “Islamic State” Sectarianism is Not Coincidental

The entire American nation-building experiment was, in fact, a political swindle engulfed by many horrifying episodes, starting with the dissolving of the country’s army, entire official institutions, and the construction of an alternative political class that was essen- tially sectarian.

The entire American nation-building experiment was, in fact, a political swindle engulfed by many horrifying episodes, starting with the dissolving of the country’s army, entire official institutions, and the construction of an alternative political class that was essentially sectarian.

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Paul Street: When Words Don’t Mean Anything Anymore

Nothing mocks disingenuous, power-serving politicians more than their own past words. President Barack Obama is a remarkable case in point.

Erica Weiland: You Have Already Been Drafted

Rich and powerful people will always find a way to profit from, rather than pay in any manner for, wars. Furthermore, I want to point out that we are already making great sacrifices for our current war. We have already been drafted and we are already paying war taxes. According to the War Resisters League, for the 2015 fiscal year, approximately 45 percent of every income tax dollar paid to the U.S. government will end up being spent on war

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Kevin Zeese: Hong Kong Protests

When protests in Hong Kong exploded people looked for U.S. involvement. It was not hard to find.

William Boardman: Police Go Nuts Over Mumia Speech in Vermont

This year, when Goddard announced that students had invited Mumia to a return engagement at their graduation, Philadelphia police, politicians, media, and Fox News went crazy with angry rhetoric aimed at curbing free speech.

Jon Queally: Election Alert: When Democracy Broken, Progress Impossible

When democracy becomes numb to the desires of its citizens and political campaigns become sporting events for television pundits, the ballot box becomes a sad (if necessary) expression of populist will.

Harry Targ: What To Make Of Electoral Politics 2014?

I am looking at exit poll data and, as in prior election seasons, more Democratic votes came from the young, women, African Americans, Latinos, voters with post-graduate degrees and educational levels at or below high school, and low income citizens. This national polling data comports with results from many individual Congressional and state races. These Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Research This!

A recent study funded by the McArthur Foundation found that in disadvantaged neighborhoods, black women are facing eviction at an “alarming rate.”

Edward S. Herman: Double Standards and/or Hypocrisy?

The mainstream media’s treatment of two cases of alleged aggression illustrates perfectly the propaganda role and service of the dominant media

Ajamu Baraka: ISIS, Double Standards, and the Fight for Kobani

The difference and the reason why the Kurds of Kobani are to be sacrificed stems from the fact that they are the wrong kind of Kurds

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Jack Rasmus: Global Economic Instability, Part 2

Taylan Tosun interviews Rasmus on how the mortgage crisis in the U.S. turned into an epic recession in the real economies of the many advanced capitalist countries

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Linda Gordon: Immigrant Women and Violence

U.S. policy toward undocumented immigrants damages women in many ways—by separating them from children, by leaving them without support, by making it harder for them to earn for their families

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Kevin Zeese: With The Climate March Behind Us, What Do We Do Now?

The climate action weekend built around the People’s Climate March proved that the climate movement has broad popular support and millions are ready to mobilize.

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Seth Sandronsky: Reading Samir Amin

The two books under review study the economy within the parameters of social change.

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Ramzy Baroud: Another Failed War to Rearrange the Middle East

The logic for intervention that preceded the latest U.S. bombing campaign of IS targets is similar to what took place in Libya over three years ago.

Alex Andreou: The Scottish Independence Vote: A Significant Legacy

With an unprecedented voter turnout of 85 percent and a political mobilization that shook the foundations of the United Kingdom, much was accomplished…

Various Contributors: Bureaucracy Consumes One-Quarter of U.S. Hospital Benefits

Health Affairs study says single-payer reform could save $150 billion annually on hospital overhead….

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Alexandra Bradbury: Alarming Trends in Package Delivery

Their employer is the U.S. Postal Service, but a few unlucky Bay Area letter carriers were hired only to find out their job is actually delivering groceries for Amazon…

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Bill Berkowitz: Meet Dr. Willie Parker, Christian Abortion Provider

Parker had what some might call a second “come to Jesus” moment, deciding “to give up his fancy career to become an abortion provider”—for the poorest of the poor and the most needy…

Laura Finley: Sexual Assault is Men’s Problem

Given that 78 American colleges and universities are now being investigated by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, it is clear that the same-old strategies that focus on women’s behavior are not effective

Martha Woodall: Philadelphia Students Strike to Support Teachers

On Monday, the SRC voted to cast aside the expired Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) contract and require teachers to begin contributing to the cost of their health insurance premiums on December 15

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Barbara Garson: Fifty Years Later, Who Really Won the Battle of Berkeley?

the people we beat in Berkeley also had a vision for America. It can be roughly summarized as, “More for me: less for you.” In the decades that followed, they learned to pressure regulators, legislatures, and Presidents far more effectively than they pressured our university Administration.

Marcello Musto: Labor’s Battle Against Exploitation By Capital, 150 Years Ago

On September 28, 1864, the International Working Men’s Association was founded in London. It became the prototype of all organizations of the Labor movement, which both reformists and revolutionaries subsequently took to be their point of reference.

Owen Mccormack: Columbus Day and the Sanitization of History

Upon arrival, the sheer magnitude of gold, which was readily available, set into motion a relentless wave of murder, rape, pillaging, and slavery that would forever alter the course of human history.

Roshan Bliss: A Battle Rages At FSU

“The corporate/political influence on Bense’s PSAC is blatant and unapologetic,” say members of the FSU Progress Coalition, a bloc of students, faculty, and campus organizations opposed to Thrasher’s candidacy and the current search process

William Boardman: Stupid Stuff on Steroids

American hysteria is a wondrous thing to behold. Our hysteria is usually obvious in retrospect, whether the freak-out is over witches, labor unions, or communists. Hysteria is not always so easy to perceive as it happens or, in this case, as it is happening right now with ISIS-centric Islamophobia running rampant

Jeremy Kuzmarov: Celebrating the Life of Peace Hero Fred Branfman

The noted peace activist Fred Branfman passed away on September 24 after suffering the effects of ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease). In 2002, while researching the history of the Vietnam War, I came across Fred’s Voices from the Plain of Jars, in the Brandeis library and the book had an immediate effect on me.

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Events, books, music, video and other items of interest to progressives

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Paul Street: Against Escalation

The United States government routinely tells its subject citizenry and the world of America’s grand commitment to freedom and democracy. Putting aside the inconvenient problem of its own domestic oligarchy and plutocracy, let’s have a look at some of Washington’s “democracy”-loving key allies

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Jack Rasmus: Global Economic Instability, Part 1

Taylan Tosun interviews Rasmus about his forthcoming book, Transitions to Global Depression.

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Seth Sandronsky: A Review of Mercedes K. Schneider’s A Chronicle of Echoes

In all, Schneider hits her target of expanding a national discussion on public school reformers. Hers is a fact-based counter-narrative for Americans upset over the corporatist assault on public education.

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Ramzy Baroud: Recruiting to Kill: It Is Not Just An Israeli War on Gaza

The U.S. is very much involved in fighting this dirty war on Gaza that has killed over 1,050, injured thousands more, and destroyed much of an already poor, dilapidated space that was barely inhabitable to begin with.

Frank Breslin: Standardized Testing and the Third Reich

Teachers are morally conflicted by the utter mindlessness and the coarsening effect of what they are forced to put children through. They cannot even imagine the kind of mentality of an Education Secretary of a modern civilized nation who could inflict such untold damage on a generation of children

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Greg Palast: Crime Scene New Orleans

Katrina killed no one in this town. But it was a homicide, with nearly 2,000 dead victims. If not Katrina, who done it? It wasn’t an Act of God. It was an Act of Chevron. An Act of Exxon. An Act of Big Oil.

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Bill Berkowitz: Bamboozling the Public in the Name of the Troops

One of the group’s earliest activities had little to do with supporting the troops. Move America Forward tried to prevent theater owners from showing Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.

Edward S. Herman: Krugman, Putin, and the NYT

The first and possibly most shocking fallacy in Krugman’s argument is its failure to distinguish between the interests of the elite, on the one hand, and ordinary citizens and society as a whole, on the other

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Kevin Zeese: Ferguson Exposes the Reality of Militarized, Racist Policing

The killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer and the aftermath in which nonviolent protesters and reporters were met with a violent and militarized police force, have exposed something that has been building for years. Many have written about the militarization of the police and the disproportionate impact they have on people Read more…

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Jack Rasmus: Corporate Anti-Union Strategy in America

Corporate strategies aimed at undermining union membership ranks have succeeded in not only wiping out more than 5 million actual union members since 1980, but have prevented the unionization of another potential 15 million.

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

News of events and new progressive publications

Stephen May: Lest We Forget

One of the great American self-trained painters of the 20th century. Ralph Fasanella was a consummate New Yorker and self-taught artist who represented the very best of American ideals

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Norman Solomon: Comments on the U.S. and ISIS

Judging from the New York Times editorial that appeared hours after Obama’s pivotal speech, the newspaper’s editorial board has ditched the concept that the state of perpetual war is unsustainable for democracy

Al Gedicks: A Review of Stuart Kirsch’s Mining Capitalism

Kirsch is uniquely qualified to examine the relationship between mining corporations and their critics—he spent two decades as an anthropologist doing ethnographic research and participating in an indigenous political movement opposed to the Ok Tedi copper and gold mine in Papua New Guinea.

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