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Nikitas: A Community Union
Oct 31, 2013
In the face of an awful economic climate and labor laws that too often favor employers, Pittsburghers are trying out a new organizing model: a rank-and-file community union
Novak: Slovenia ‘Protestivals’
Mar 24, 2013
Flower-giving has become one of the symbols of nonviolent protest that repeats itself throughout the movement
Needleman: Whose Jobs Are We Bringing Home?
Jul 21, 2012
Our job remains to humanize and build communities among workers across nations, divisions, and differences
Nelson: Who’s Profiting from the Water Crisis?
Jun 02, 2012
Big business sees water scarcity as a money making opportunity. Joyce Nelson uncovers the dodgy dealings of the Aqueduct Alliance.
Naylor: The Stranglehold on Canada's Families
Apr 09, 2012
Debt is being used as a powerful ideological tool to force the austerity agenda down the throats of Canadians
Nevins: Culture of Cruelty?
Oct 01, 2011
A major report paints a frightening picture of what happens to individuals who have the misfortune to fall into the clutches of the U.S. Border Patrol
Naiman: Obey's Afghanistan
Jun 21, 2010
One of the many destructive legacies of the Reagan Era was the effective Washington consensus that wars and other military spending exist on their own fiscal planet. Reagan got a Dixiecrat Congress to double military spending at a time when the U.S. was not at war (unless you were a poor person in Central America.) Meanwhile, Reagan got the Dixiecrat Congress to cut domestic spending - we just couldn't afford those costly social programs. Reagan pretended the two things were totally unrelated, and the Dixiecrat Congress went along.
Nairn: Indonesian Army & New Assassinations
Mar 22, 2010
According to senior Indonesian officials and police and details from government files, the US-backed Indonesian armed forces (TNI), now due for fresh American aid, assassinated a series of civilian activists during 2009.
Naiman: Shorten This War?
Aug 23, 2009
Recently I watched the 2007 Lebanese film "Under the Bombs." The movie tells the story of the U.S.-supported Israeli invasion of Lebanon in the summer of 2006, wrapping the historical events inside a fictional narrative. Watching the movie reminded me of Just Foreign Policy's efforts with Jewish Voice for Peace and others to stop that war.
Naiman: Lessons from AIG
Mar 22, 2009
If you see a camera or microphone, be careful not to be trampled by a politician rushing to shout their "outrage" at AIG, and its brazen scheme to pay $165 million in bonuses to employees at the company unit responsible for driving the company to the edge of insolvency.
Naiman: Guadeloupe Strikes
Mar 11, 2009
On February 12, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair told Congress that the global economic crisis was the most serious security challenge facing the United States and that it could topple governments and trigger waves of refugees, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Nevins: Apartheid's Face
Jun 10, 2008
Fourteen years ago in May, Nelson Mandela assumed the presidency of a democratic South Africa, marking the formal end of the transition from Apartheid. But the shocking reports and images of the recent attacks against immigrants in many of South Africa's main cities that have left about 50 dead-some of them burned alive-show that apartheid lives on: it is a global one, embedded in the very fabric of a world order predicated on nation-states.
Name: Somalia: An Oily ClichÃ©
Mar 25, 2007
Today, it is a reflexive clichÃ© to claim the United States (U.S.) is off on another oil-acquisition conquest anytime they invade an Arabic nation. In the case of Somalia, the clichÃ© may neverless true. While undoubtedly, the U.S. and its Ethiopian proxy conqured Somalia and "liberated" it from the clutches of Al-Qaeda primarily for geostrategic reasons (possible launching point to attack Iran, more friendly territory close to Arabic Sudan, more ports under their control, a possible regional base for the AFRICOM command post, potential launching points to protect the Strait of Hormuz [the primary shipping point of Middle Eastern oil], etc), Somalia is awash in unspoken oil and provides a tantalizing business opportunity.
The House Democratic leadership last night acceded to pressure from conservative Democrats and Members of Congress close to the Israel lobby and agreed to drop a provision from the supplemental appropriation that would have barred a U.S. attack on Iran wi
Naiman: OAS Criticizes US Interference in Nicaragua's Election, But the New York Times and the Washington Post Don't Think It's Newsworthy
Nov 04, 2006
Last weekend, election monitors from the Organization of American States criticized the Bush Administration's interference in Nicaragua's upcoming presidential election.
First, the good news. The expected recommendations of James Baker's "Iraq Study Group" are partial victories for the people of Iraq and for the anti-war movement in the United States.
Across the U.S. political and media spectrum, there was wide agreement yesterday: Name-calling and personal attacks are bad for national and global dialogue. Prompting the unity were Venezuelan President Hugo Chavezâ€™ comments that President Bush was the devil incarnate, â€œEl Diablo.â€
I have spent the past three weeks filming in the hillside barrios of Caracas, in streets and breeze-block houses that defy gravity and torrential rain and emerge at night like fireflies in the fog. Caracas is said to be one of the world's toughest cities, yet I have known no fear; the poorest have welcomed my colleagues and me with a warmth characteristic of ordinary Venezuelans but also with the unmistakable confidence of a people who know that change is possible and who, in their everyday lives, are reclaiming noble concepts long emptied of their meaning in the west: "reform", "popular democracy", "equity", "social justice" and, yes, "freedom".
Name: Boliviaâ€™s Trial By Fire
Feb 03, 2006
After winning a landslide election victory on December 18th, Bolivian president-elect Evo Morales announced plans to nationalize the country's gas reserves, rewrite the constitution in a popular assembly, redistribute land to poor farmers and change the rules of the U.S.-led war on drugs in Bolivia. If he follows through on such promises, he'll face enormous pressure from the Bush administration, corporations and international lenders. If he chooses a more moderate path, Bolivia's social movements are likely to organize the type of protests and strikes that have ousted two presidents in two years.
At the end of August in South Africa, the United Nations will convene the "World Conference Against Racism." News reports say that the U.S. and European governments have opposed efforts by African countries to address demands for "reparations" for slavery