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July/August 2015
Volume 28
Number 7/8

 

 

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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…

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.

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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.

Matt Ford: Torture Relations

By the mid-1970s a reign of terror was sweeping through Uruguay. Parliament was closed and the country was being ruled by a brutal military dictatorship that held the most political prisoners per capita in the world

Stephen Bergstein: Religious Right Prevails At The Supreme Court

The culture wars returned to the Supreme Court in May-June 2014, as the Justices closed out their term with rulings that upheld the rights of religious conservatives to further impose their values on everyone else.

Colin Jenkins: Undercover in White America: Black Rage is Long Overdue

The rage of the citizens in Ferguson, Missouri is the product of a life full of experiences that have tried to beat them down; that have attempted to “keep them in their place. Like most Black Americans, their collective rage is conscious, justified, and long overdue.

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Paul Street: Oligarchy

The partisan polarization narrative is fundamentally incorrect and deceptive in three basic ways. The first problem is that U.S. citizens are nowhere nearly as divided along “Red” and “Blue” lines as media and political elites tell us.

Eli Cook: Gabriel Kolko’s Unfinished Revolution

A memorial to a historian, author, and socialist who pulled the rug out from under the origin tale of American liberalism. His book, The Triumph of Conservatism was not only a “book of history but of heresy.”

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Ramzy Baroud: Ravaging Gaza

Netanyahu’s war on Gaza means to distract from the slowly building collective sentiment among Palestinians throughout Palestine, and among Palestinian citizens in Israel

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Edward S. Herman: Plane Shootdowns in the Propaganda System

“The U.S. media treatment of the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 follows a long-established pattern of rapid and indignant acceptance of politically serviceable official claims…”

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Bill Berkowitz: Ukraine: the Next Christian RIght’s Anti-Gay Battleground?

Embolden by influencing the appalling anti-gay laws in Uganda, U.S. religious right-wing leaders appear to have set their sights on Ukraine’s gay laws

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Noam Chomsky: Outrage

Disregard for Palestinian life in the West helps explain not only why Palestinians resort to violence, but also Israel’s latest assault.

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Paul Street: Confronting Institutional Evil

“It has become fashionable among some U.S. ‘progressives’ to attribute contemporary social problems to the misbehavior of ‘sociopaths’–people who have no conscience

Naomi Oreskes: A Green Bridge to Hell

Why fossil fuels can’t solve the problems created by fossil fuels

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Seth Sandronsky: For Whom the Bail Tolls

According to the Prison Policy Institute, there are 330,000 people in state or federal prison for drug offenses. The U.S. bail bonds industry does $2 billion annually.

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Events, new books, and other media of interest to progressives

James Campbell: Elbit: Exporting Oppression From Palestine to Latin America

Elbit Systems has made millions exporting surveillance and defense material worldwide

Bill Nemitz: Market Basket Revolt

What’s happening at Market Basket’s 71 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine is nothing short of remarkable. Thousands of workers supported by hundreds of thousands of consumers standing against corporate greed

Craig Hughes: From The Bottom Up

An interview with David Wagner on poverty, homelessness, activism, and social welfare

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David Swanson: Truman and the Memory of Mass Murder

Harry Truman spoke in the U.S. Senate on June 23, 1941: “If we see that Germany is winning,” he said, “we ought to help Russia, and if Russia is winning we ought to help Germany, and that way let them kill as many as possible.” Did Truman value Japanese lives above Russian and German? There Read more…

Ronda Racha Penrice: Remembering Maya Angelou

Throughout her career, writer and activist, Maya Angelou, published over 30 books, including 6 autobiographies, 6 children’s books, 2 cookbooks, nearly 10 volumes of poetry and at least 5 books of essays. Libraries, schools, and other public institutions bear her name

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Norman Solomon: An Assault from Obama’s Escalating War on Journalism

Five organizations—RootsAction.org, the Nation, the Center for Media and Democracy, the Progressive, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), and the Freedom of the Press Foundation—have joined together to start a campaign for protecting the confidentiality of journalists’ sources

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Noam Chomsky: Edward Snowden, the World’s “Most Wanted Criminal”

State power has regularly sought to create the misimpression that it is terrorists we are fighting; throughout, the basic principle remains; power must not be exposed to the sunight

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Edward S. Herman: War is Our Business and Business Looks Good

U.S. dealings with the Ukraine crisis

Winslow Myers: Global Climate Change and Nuclear Abolition Are One Issue

Marshall Island citizens file lawsuit to force action for climate change and total nuclear disarmament

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David Swanson: Mass Murderers Brazenly Discuss Tools of Trade

War has taken 200 million lives in the past 100 years and cost the world $2 trillion a year–and the U.S. half of that.

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Bill Berkowitz: Using Millions to Bully His Way to Political Power

Sinquefield “is one of the top right-wing political funders in the country, and the single top political spender in Missouri, where he has spent at least $31.5 million seeking to reshape Missouri laws, legislators, and policies

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