Recently, the nations of the world—with two exceptions—instructed their emissaries at the UN General Assembly to tell the world’s self-designated “indispensable” country to end its 54-year-long trade embargo against Cuba.
Betsy Ward, president and CEO of the USA Rice Federation, was fuming recently when the Iraqi Grain Board (IGB) neglected, once again, to purchase American rice from corporate behemoth Archer Daniels Midland and opted instead for more expensive varieties from Brazil, Uruguay, and Thailand.
While NATO regimes celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall as the highest expression of freedom, these same political leaders support, finance, and promote the construction of oppressive walls throughout world
In order to justify its global assassination program, the Obama administration has had to stretch words beyond their natural breaking point. For instance, any male 14 years or older found dead in a drone strike zone is a “combatant,” unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving him innocent…. The one word most degraded and twisted these days, to the goriest ends, is the word “imminent.”
The total amount of U.S. bombings during the Vietnam War was more than twice the size of all the bombings in WWII.
Twelve million acres of forest and twenty-five million acres of farmland, at the bare minimum, were destroyed by U.S. saturation bombing. The U.S. also sprayed over 70 million liters of herbicidal agents on Vietnam.
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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.
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…
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.
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…
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”
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,
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.
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.
Nothing mocks disingenuous, power-serving politicians more than their own past words. President Barack Obama is a remarkable case in point.
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
When protests in Hong Kong exploded people looked for U.S. involvement. It was not hard to find.
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.
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.
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…
A recent study funded by the McArthur Foundation found that in disadvantaged neighborhoods, black women are facing eviction at an “alarming rate.”
The mainstream media’s treatment of two cases of alleged aggression illustrates perfectly the propaganda role and service of the dominant media
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
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
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
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.
The two books under review study the economy within the parameters of social change.
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.
With an unprecedented voter turnout of 85 percent and a political mobilization that shook the foundations of the United Kingdom, much was accomplished…
Health Affairs study says single-payer reform could save $150 billion annually on hospital overhead….
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…
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…
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
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
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.
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.
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.
“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
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
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…
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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
Taylan Tosun interviews Rasmus about his forthcoming book, Transitions to Global Depression.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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…