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Solomon: Dems Boost the Right
Jan 21, 2010
In his triumphant speech on election night, the next senator from Massachusetts should have thanked top Democrats in Washington for all they did to make his victory possible.
Schechter: Haiti Disaster Response
Jan 18, 2010
Every disaster plan is built to some degree around the idea of triage-deciding who can and cannot be saved. The worst cases are often separated and allowed to perish so that others who are considered more survivable can be treated.
Shah: Pesticides Behind Die-Offs?
Jan 09, 2010
Originally published in Yale Environment 360, Sonia Shah writes that in the past dozen years, three new diseases have decimated populations of amphibians, honeybees, and â€” most recently â€” bats. Increasingly, scientists suspect that low-level exposure to pesticides could be contributing to this rash of epidemics.
Schechter: Banks Still Rule
Jan 05, 2010
It's a new week, a new year, and some, erroneously believe a new decade. What's not new is the stranglehold the banks have on our economy quietly stashing more billions for more bonuses while still restricting the flow of credit. Bad loans have been supplanted by no loans.
Sharma: India's Starvation Line
Jan 02, 2010
There is something terribly wrong with growth economics. After all, 18 years after India ushered in economic liberalisation, the promise of high growth to reduce poverty and hunger, has not worked. In fact, it has gone the other way around: the more the economic growth, the higher is the resulting poverty.
Schechter: Our Challenge Lies Ahead
Dec 30, 2009
Lets drop all the decade hype. I know we tend to structure history in ten year swallows: The 60's, the 70's, the 80's etc. It is all so neat and so clean but, alas, not quite true.
Street: Fight the Rich
Dec 28, 2009
The following remarks were delivered on Friday December 18, 2009, at 5 PM in front of the Wells Fargo Bank building in downtown Cedar Rapids, IA, after a vigil and march called by the Cedar Rapids branch of Socialist Alternative and Iowa Women for Peace.
Schechter: Congo Communique 2
Dec 18, 2009
After a week in Kinshasa talking about war in Congo, it was time to see it, or at least visit its epicenter in the East. This is where rape is used as a weapon of war, where rebel groups challenge government forces militarily and occupy territory. 1.8 million people have been displaced causing a major humanitarian crisis; territory seems to change hands regularly and, as they say, tension is high.
Solomon: War Is Not Peace
Dec 12, 2009
Eloquence in Oslo cannot change the realities of war.
Schechter: Congo Communique
Dec 10, 2009
I came to the Congo in search of its future and instead found myself marching down memory lane. On Thursday we went to the Museum of Beaux Arts, really a school for teaching sculpture, a subject close to me because my late dad sculpted in stone and wood as a hobby.
Street: Obama's West Point Speech
Dec 03, 2009
War President Barack Obama's Afghan "surge" address from West Point  last night was unsurprising, given the fact that, as Alexander Cockburn has noted, "Obama has...surrounded himself with the same breed of intellectuals who persuaded Lyndon Johnson to escalate the [ Vietnam ] war."  As Tom Engelhardt has pointed out, Obama's "civilian advisors" on Afghanistan include a large number of military men, all predisposed by career background and philosophy to advocate increased force levels. Did it really make sense to be surprised, Engelhardt wondered more than two months ago, that Obama would opt for more troops, money, and war when the president had "turn[ed] crucial war decisions over to the militaryÃ¢Â€Â¦functionally turn[ing] our foreign policy over to them as well?"
Schechter: Fear The Double-Dip
Nov 30, 2009
Today, the same expression is being used to warn us that the recession we are still struggling with could, and is supposedly posed for recovery could fall even deeper into another dip. That d word seems to be a substitute for another-a depression.
Sharma: Biggest Land Grab
Nov 28, 2009
I think the eulogisation of Tata's has gone too far. Behind all the glamour, sobriety and humanitariasm that we read and hear about Tata's, there is a dark hidden side which is kept under wraps. It is time we look at the destructive role Tata's have played over the years in uprooting thousands of poor families, and the resulting destruction of livelihoods and the environment.
Schechter: Hedge Fund Perps
Nov 25, 2009
Danny Schechter Reports On How The Prosecutors Blew The First Big Case
Solomon: The War Stampede
Nov 22, 2009
Disputes are raging within the Obama administration over how to continue the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. A new leak tells us that Washingtonâ€™s ambassador in Kabul, former four-star general Karl Eikenberry, has cautioned against adding more troops while President Hamid Karzai keeps disappointing American policymakers. This is the extent of the current debate within the warfare state.
Solomon: Get Out of Afghanistan
Nov 17, 2009
There's a significant new straw in the political wind for President Obama to consider. The California Democratic Party has just sent him a formal and clear message: Stop making war in Afghanistan
Schechter: The Word In Johannesburg
Nov 11, 2009
There was lots of skepticism when I came to South Africa two years ago to show my film IN DEBT WE TRUST. While my critique of consumer debt resonated, the film's forecast of a financial crisis didn't. Their economy seemed to be doing well and it was hard to tell a society that tends to look inward that they would be affected by a financial crisis in America, l0,000 miles away.
Spannos: Rethinking Exploitation
Nov 06, 2009
A panel presentation given today, Friday November 6th, 2009 at the 7th international Rethinking Marxism conference, held at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Sharma: The Missing Link
Oct 31, 2009
The countdown has begun. The forthcoming UN Climate Change conference (popularly called CoP 15) scheduled to be held at Copenhagen from Dec 7-18 2009 is generating tremendous excitement. Climate change has suddenly become the buzzword. As top political leaders are getting ready to descend on Copenhagen, there is surely a thrill in the air.
Oct 27, 2009
Even as calls for an UPRISING against the practices of the big banks are being made, something else has begun to happen: a DOWNRISING has begun with members of the industry, prominent financial media outlets, and government officials beginning to turn against the banks they have been supporting.