Saturday, September 17, 2011


Obama Co-Opts the Labor Movement
Shamus Cooke, Truthout: "When governments fall deaf to social reality, it's up to working people to get loud. Obama's jobs speech proved that the Democrats - like the Republicans - suffer from massive hearing loss, unable to listen to the millions of people suffering from the intractable jobs depression. After mounting pressure from labor and community groups, Obama promised a paltry $447 billion for his American Jobs Act ... Such an insulting 'solution' to the deepening recession must be shouted down in the streets, but labor and community groups don't seem up for the challenge."
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Georgia Rally to Save Troy Davis Marches for Justice
Kim Severson, The New York Times News Service: "As Troy Davis faces his fourth execution date, the effort to save him has come to rival the most celebrated death row campaigns in recent history. On Monday, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles will give Mr. Davis what is by all accounts his last chance to avoid death by lethal injection, scheduled for Wednesday."
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Mandatory E-Verify Would Overwhelm Social Security Administration, Increase Disability Backlog
Scott Hochberg, Our Future: "The train of threats to Social Security this year keeps on rolling, this time from the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The 'E-Verify' program threatens to undermine the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the millions of Americans who rely on it.... E-Verify would represent the biggest threat to Social Security that is currently on the table – aside from the Republican Presidential Candidates."
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United Automobile Workers Reach Tentative Agreement With General Motors
Nick Bunkley, The New York Times News Service: "The United Automobile Workers and General Motors said late Friday that they had reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract. It is the first new labor pact for any of the Detroit carmakers since G.M. and Chrysler received government bailouts and went through bankruptcy in 2009."
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Can We Increase Gross National Happiness?
Peter Singer, Project Syndicate: "One important question is whether we see happiness as the surplus of pleasure over pain experienced over a lifetime, or as the degree to which we are satisfied with our lives.... We may agree that our goal ought to be promoting happiness, rather than income or gross domestic product, but, if we have no objective measure of happiness, does this make sense?"
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Middle-Class Death Watch: As Poverty Spreads, 28 Percent of Americans Fall Out of Middle-Class
David DeGraw, Amped Status: "The promise of the American dream has given many hope that they themselves could one day rise up the economic ladder. But according to a study released those already in financially-stable circumstances should fear falling down a few rungs too. The study… found that nearly a third of Americans who were part of the middle-class as teenagers in the 1970s have fallen out of it as adults… its findings suggest the relative ease with which people in the U.S. can end up in low-income, low-opportunity lifestyles - even if they started out with a number of advantages."
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Less Work, More Living
Juliet Schor, YES! Magazine: "Millions of Americans have lost control over the basic rhythm of their daily lives. They work too much, eat too quickly, socialize too little, drive and sit in traffic for too many hours, don’t get enough sleep, and feel harried too much of the time. It’s a way of life that undermines basic sources of wealth and well-being - such as strong family and community ties, a deep sense of meaning, and physical health.... But fewer work hours for people with jobs is a key step toward solving the unemployment crisis—while giving Americans healthier lives."
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From Attica to Pelican Bay
Michael Ratner, The Nation: "For me, the story of Attica is also a story about justice - the importance of fighting for it, especially for disfavored people, even against terrible odds. I began working at the Center for Constitutional Rights two days prior to Attica’s uprising, and within days joined with lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild, who fought to defend the prisoners and hold the state responsible. The justice we sought was sometimes deferred, often denied, and occasionally won over nearly three decades."
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Wall Street Goes to School
Tolu Olorunda, CounterPunch: "Public education in this society has hardly ever attracted the enthusiasm of the powerful - any medium through which the disempowered can gain ground on the privileged has always had the tag of 'Communism' or 'Anti-Americanism' hung around its neck. And for this reason, the public school system has been the piƱata of Right-wing politicians and their bosses, whacked to death and drained of all resources that give it life and sustenance. So starved of precious funding are many schools that music, health, and even history classes have been shaved off, narrowing the scope to Math, English, and Science courses, to better prepare a generation for leadership in a hostile and competitive world - or so the apologists bay."
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In Paraguay a Familiar Story is Playing Out
Sean O'Leary, The Council on Hemispheric Affairs: "In Paraguay, the Ayoreo people are fighting for their very survival. These indigenous people are struggling to save their ancestral home in the Chaco region from cattle companies, farmers and religious sects who are moving into the region and clearing the land. New arrivals do this to make the land suitable for farming and grazing cattle. The combination of burning and then bulldozing the land leaves the region barren."
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Crackdown in Syria Kills At Least 46
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Dutch Government Drafts Burqa Ban Legislation
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Minorities Have Been Hardest Hit by the Growing Income Disparity
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Assange to Auction Belongings to Raise Money for WikiLeaks
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Rick Perry: Behold, a Pale Horse! And Its Rider’s Name Was Death
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Rogue Trader Arrested, Shows Ridiculous Nature of Global Finance System
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