Category: Corporations

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Ward Churchill: Suppression of Indigenous Sovereignty in 20th Century United States

Ward Churchill   As the 20th century prepares to take its rightful place in the dustbin of history, the last vestiges of sovereignty among the more than 300 indigenous nations trapped inside the claimed boundaries of the United States are rapidly sliding into a kind of final oblivion. In one of official America’s supreme gestures Read more…

H. kassia Fleisher: Attention Shoppers

  Great news recently from your favorite financial news network: Several U.S. manufacturers have recently announced their intentions to decrease the number of discount coupons they circulate to consumers. Some promised to lower prices as well. Cheaper goods and no more time with scissors. A good deal, right? In her essay "Revaluing Economics," Gloria Steinem Read more…

Genevieve Howe: Nicaragua: Nearly Gone & Almost Forgotten

Genevieve Howe   Henri Lara Gutierrez was born in Esteli, Nicaragua in October 1979, three months after the July 19, 1979 triumph of the Sandinista revolution. This year, Henri, like the revolution, will turn 18 years old. In 1989, at the age of ten, Henri was a slender, curly-haired boy who went to school daily Read more…

Daniel b. Schirmer: Fidel Ramos…. In the Footsteps of Marcos?

Daniel B. Schirmer   The Philippine post-Marcos constitution prohibits Fidel Ramos from running for re-election in 1998 when the next presidential vote is scheduled. But leaders of his party, the ruling Lakas-NUCD, are campaigning for a constitutional amendment to extend his term of office for several years. These leaders claim to have secured more signatures Read more…

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Michael Albert: Natural Capitalism?

Michael Albert I remember debating the potential of the environment as a radical focus back when it was first becoming visible. Most early 1970s radicals felt environmentalism would be the next big spur to activism. Being fried by ozone depletion or gassed by industrial pollutants could certainly yield important activism. But there were skeptical. Elites Read more…

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David Bacon: West Coast Janitors Get Ready to Fight

  On March 17, after seven years of rebuilding their union, Service Employees Local 399, Los Angeles janitors are leaving it. Together with janitors from Silicon Valley, Oakland, and Sacramento, they are joining to create one of the largest building service unions in the country—Local 1877. Rosa Ayala, who’s been through LA’s labor wars as Read more…

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Brian Tokar: Questioning Official Environmentalism

Seven years ago in these pages, we launched an in-depth investigation of the mainstream environmental movement. The occasion was the widely publicized 20th anniversary of the original Earth Day, an event which in many ways helped institutionalize the widespread corporate co-optation of environmental themes. The year 1990 was an auspicious one for environmental activists in Read more…

John Buell: The Politics of Family Leave

  During a state visit to Canada several years ago, President Clinton was asked about the long overtime hours many U.S. and Canadian auto workers are frequently forced to work. He responded fliply: “Where I come from, they call that a high class problem” and went on to suggest that workers should be grateful for Read more…

Christopher d. Cook: The Downsizing of Labor Rights

  Workers were a hot item in 1996. Born-again populists of both parties jostled for votes from the anxious and the downsized. Labor was Big again, elevating workers’ issues—at least ones that contrasted Democrats from Republicans—back onto the electoral stage. But the AFL-CIO’s $35 million pro-Democrat gambit did nothing to illuminate a massive legal crisis Read more…

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Michael Eisenscher: The Fate of Social Security

Donohue     It was a slow news day, just before a major holiday—a good time to release politically sensitive or potentially embarrassing news. Buried in the innards of the December 30 national edition of the New York Times (p. A-9), was a report by Leslie Wayne entitled "Interest Groups Prepare for Huge Fight on Read more…

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