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Bob Simpson: Marching in Chicago’s far West Side for $15 an hour and a union

On Saturday March 21, several hundred people shut down a McDonalds at Laramie and North Ave on Chicago’s Far West Side and then marched on and through a Food 4 Less store located further east. It was a major Fight for $15 action. Fight for $15 is the national movement of low wage workers whom Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Sure the Emperor’s naked, but only as a legal nicety. He has to be, but it kinda looks bad.

The Economist trotted out a farcical excuse that has become popular among Obama’s apologists – that labeling the situation in Venezuela an “extraordinary threat” to declare a “national emergency” was just a legal nicety: “American law requires the administration to use such language if it wants to impose sanctions on individuals in another country.” Similarly, David Smilde, a Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Fight for $15 joins striking BP oil workers on the picketline

“It appeared as if the whole world was one elaborate system, opposed to justice and kindness, and set to making cruelty and pain.” ― Upton Sinclair from his novel OIL!   When 20th century writer Upton Sinclair’s novel Oil!, (about the birth of the petroleum industry) was turned into a film, it was titled “There Will Be Blood”. The Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Poetry of Sorrow and Hope

David Krieger’s new book of poems―Wake Up!―shows us that poetry engaged with world affairs can be very powerful. In a brief introduction to the book, Krieger―the president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the author of several previous volumes of poetry―remarks that people who write poetry after Auschwitz, as well as after Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters Says Stiffing Elite Bondholders is Cost Free. Who knew?

Reuters’ headline to this article by Corina Pons and Eyanir Chinea claims that “Venezuela puts debt service before food imports as cash dries up: sources” To make Reuter’s bias and double standards more obvious, consider the headlines when an international courts order Venezuela to pay over a billion dollars to Exxon.  They don’t read “Court forces Venezuela to put Exxon Before Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Review: Add Farm Justice to Food Justice and Food Sovereignty

  Introduction This is a page by page review of “What Does it Mean to Do Food Justice?” by Kirsten Valentine Cadieux and Rachel Slocum, Journal of Political Ecology, Vol. 22, 2015, (http://jpe.library.arizona.edu/volume_22/Cadieuxslocum.pdf).  I apply a Farm Justice paradigm to the views presented in the paper. This is an important piece of work, a well Read more…

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John Andrews: Jihadi John vs Beheading Barack

Jihadi John vs Beheading Barack I’ve got a great idea (even if I say so myself) but I don’t have the IT skills to implement it. Remember the front cover of Tariq Ali’s book The Clash of Fundamentalisms? Where George W. Bush morphed into a Muslim. Well how about we morph Jihadi John into Beheading Read more…

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Elliot Murphy: Unhistory: Britain’s Forgotten Indochina Connection

The popular myth concerning Britain’s relation to the Vietnam conflict in the 1960s and 70s – accepted and repeated to the point of delirium – is that parliament did not send troops, and therefore had no involvement at all. In a recent think piece for the BBC News website justifying the logic of austerity through Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Francisco Toro – Self Proclaimed Prophet – Responds to Me UPDATED

UPDATE: Toro has now “responded” again to my piece about his work without actually responding. I guess he wasn’t joking with his claim that I was trying to hide his “winning ugly” blog post by naming its author, title and date – and linking to other posts by him on his site. Great way to hide Read more…

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Ben Norton: The 5 US Colonies

We live in the 21st century. We are often told colonialism is “a thing of the past.” Yet the US still formally has five colonies: Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. These nations are often referred to as US “territories” (there are 16 official US territories in Read more…

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