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Various Contributors: Events, Books, Campaigns

HUMAN RIGHTS – The U.S. Human Rights Network will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the Advancing Human Rights 2013 Conference, December 6-8, in Atlanta, GA. Contact: 250 Georgia Avenue SE, Suite 330, Atlanta, GA 30312; [email protected]; http://www.ushrnetwork.org/. AFRICAN/SOCIALIST – The Sixth Congress of the African People’s Socialist Party USA will be held December 7-11, in Read more…

Marc Becker: Resource Extraction and the Yasuni National Park

At 7:39 PM on August 15, 2013, Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa tweeted “in a few minutes I will speak to the country about the Yasuní-ITT initiative. It has been a long time since I was so nervous.” Correa had good reason to be nervous because he was about to cancel a signature program of his Read more…

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Jack Rasmus: The Great Corporate Tax Shift

For more than three decades, what might be called the Great American Tax Shift has been gaining momentum. Wealthy investor households with annual incomes of more than $5 million and $20 million respectively have been paying less and less in taxes relative to the accelerating growth of their incomes, while the more than 100 million Read more…

Rob Larson: Home Is Where the Empty Investment Property Is

 The unrelenting disgrace of America’s economic inequality has continued to reach new heights of executive pay and new depths of depravity. The numbers are stark. In September, Emmanuel Saez of UC-Berkeley reported that the “Top 1 percent incomes grew by 31.4 percent while bottom 99 percent grew only by 0.4 percent from 2009 to 2012. Read more…

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Kevin Zeese: Fukushima: A Global Threat

The story of Fukushima should be on the front pages of every newspaper. Instead, it is rarely mentioned. The problems at Fukushima are unprecedented in human experience and involve a high risk of radiation events larger than any that the global community has ever experienced. When we researched the realities of Fukushima in preparation for Read more…

Andrew Gavin Marshall: Empire Under Obama

Obama’s global terror campaign is not only dependent upon his drone assassination program, but increasingly it has come to rely on the deployment of Special Operations forces in countries all over the world—reportedly between 70 and 120 countries at any one time. As Obama has sought to draw down the large-scale ground invasions of countries Read more…

Nicolas J.S. Davies: Tragic History of U.S. Military Supremacy

The idea of U.S. national security seems inextricably entangled with the notion of military supremacy. Over the past 15 years, this has served to rationalize the most expensive unilateral military build-up in history. But there is no evidence that having the most expensive and destructive military forces makes Americans safer than people in other countries Read more…

John Malkin: Technology in a Free Society

JOHN MALKIN:The Internet, computers, cellphones, tablets, and social media are changing how we live and having an impact on human thinking, communication, and collaboration. On the other hand, Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks have revealed the ways that new technology is used for surveillance and control. Are the new digital technologies contributing to a more democratic Read more…

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Paul Street: Unreported Resistance

Never underestimate the elitist pessimism and disdain of intellectuals—even ones on the nominal left. Take the eminent British half- or post-Marxist historian Perry Anderson. In a largely informative New Left Review essay on the corporate-dominated state of U.S. politics in the neoliberal Obama years last spring, Anderson offered a chilling take on the majority working Read more…

Andy Piascik: The Struggle to Save Worker Education

As has happened at so many colleges and universities around the country, administrators at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York are moving to eviscerate a program that for years has provided invaluable educational opportunities for working class students. The college’s plan to dramatically scale back the Graduate Center for Worker Education is Read more…

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