By Paul Kahnert - March 11, 2013
Creating legislation that takes away human rights in the workplace, and claiming that it is giving you rights, is deliberately dishonest. What it's really about is greed and low wages...The top 1% love their money. They also love the processes that make them even more money...The only way to get low wages and dramatically increase profits for the wealthy is to get rid of unions.
Today Amnesty International launched an online campaign asking Louisiana Attorney General James Caldwell to not appeal the District Court's ruling to either release or retry Albert Woodfox, declaring: "After decades of injustice, let the Angola 3 ruling stand!"
The Paper of Record's history is longstanding and unprincipled. It supports corporate and imperial interests. It deplores populist ones. It features managed news misinformation. It betrays its readers doing so.
Premier Wynne, it is our position that action speaks louder than words when it comes to addressing issues of social oppression. If it is your intention to tackle systemic forms of oppression such as White supremacy (racism), patriarchy and/or class exploitation, it will have to be by way of relevant legislation and the accompanying transformative policies and programs.
Lynne's 73. She's gravely ill. Obama wants Lynne dead. She's a breast cancer survivor. It reemerged. It's spreading. She's dying. Vital life-saving treatment is delayed or denied. Expert private care can save her. She needs it now.
By Naomi Spencer - 12 March 2013
[A BBC/Guardian] investigative report....links top US officials to atrocities carried out by Iraqi police forces after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. General David Petraeus and Bush-era Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, among others, worked directly with US officials overseeing death squads, secret prisons, and torture practices in US-occupied Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died and millions were displaced as a result of the chaos that the atrocities produced.
Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) President Tibisay Lucena announced Sunday, April 14. Acting President Nicolas Maduro carries Chavez's torch. He'll do it responsibly. Millions of Venezuelans depend on him. He won't them down. It won't be easy. He faces enormous obstacles. So did Chavez.
By Judd Legum - March 11, 2013
On Saturday night, two undercover police officers shot and killed 16-year-old Kimani Gray. According to the police account, the officers approached Gray when he “adjusted his waistband in what the police describe as a suspicious manner”...Although there is no confirmed evidence of wrongdoing by the officers...several witnesses cast doubts on the official version of the incident...
Throughout his tenure, Obama waged war on labor. Perez won't change things. He'll replace Hilda Solis. She resigned in January. She accomplished little in four years. She's the daughter of immigrant union members. She failed to deliver as promised. She pledged to make a difference and didn't. Expect little change from Perez.
By Mike Blanchfield - 6 March 2013
Venezuela has sent a formal protest to the Canadian government for Prime Minister Stephen Harper's "insensitive" remarks on the death of President Hugo Chavez...A statement from a senior Venezuelan government official says a "card of protest" was sent to Ottawa after Harper expressed what he called insensitivity at a time when their country is grieving.
By TANYA GOLASH-BOZA - March 11, 2013
The United States has witnessed a tremendous rise in the number of people detained and deported since 1997...At current rates, President Obama is on track to deport more people in his first six years as President than all deportations prior to 1997...Alongside deportation rates, detention rates have skyrocketed, from a daily average of 5,532 in 1994 to upwards of 30,000 today.
By Julie Hyland - 11 March 2013
Plans for the wholesale privatization of the National Health Service (NHS) were laid bare in statutory regulations published by the Department of Health...Private sector encroachment into the NHS was already well established...but the last year has seen entire hospitals taken over by private companies. Under conditions in which the NHS is being subject to £20 billion of “efficiency savings”, everything has been set in place to transform the NHS wholly into a “for profit” entity.
Police state harshness reflects official Israeli policy. Palestinians are ruthlessly targeted. On March 8, Israeli security forces stormed the Al Aqsa mosque. It wasn't the first time. It won't be last. They did so on International Women's Day. They commemorated it violently.
By JOHN GRANT - March 07, 2013
Asking bright, strong young men...to fight wars like Iraq and Afghanistan — and Vietnam before that — can be like luring an unsuspecting animal into a trap. The bait is the powerful call to do something good for your country, to sacrifice for a larger purpose. The trap, of course, is the fact wars like Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam are never what the drumbeat of homefront-oriented propaganda says they are.
Venezuelans mourn their great loss. Visceral grief pervades the country. Chavez gave so much to so many. He cared. He showed it. He made a difference. He accomplished so much in 14 years.
By Chris Marsden - WSWS
Nineteen years after the fall of apartheid, workers are still targeted for police killings — but now by black police officers under a majority-black government. Moreover, the brutality meted out is hardly a unique event: last year, 720 people died in police custody or because of police action...Most important of all has been the turn to brutal police repression against strikes and social protests.
He and Castro matter most. They don't come any better. They transformed their countries responsibly. Doing so made the impossible possible. They did it against long odds. They won over hearts and minds.
By Sabine Cessou - March 08, 2013
Twenty years after the end of apartheid, South Africa’s whites still earn more than its blacks...There is no national minimum wage...Social welfare — child allowance and old age benefits — is the only source of income for 54.7% of poor households...[O]ne South African in four does not have enough to eat. Several ANC ministers have opposed the introduction of a Basic Income Grant (BIG), a minimum income for physically able adults...which they see as a subsidy for “alcoholism and lottery tickets”.
They're not rebels. They're Western-recruited hired guns. They're heavily armed, trained, funded and directed. They're proxy US assassins. They're death squads. They're cold-blooded killers. They're imported from abroad.
By Alex Kane - February 25, 2013
...[J]ust as the U.S. failed to pressure Israel over the death of Furkan Dogan, they failed to pressure Israel over the returning of property, like electronic equipment, to American citizens who had also taken part in the flotilla. While this narrative is by now well-known, the documents show conclusively how the U.S. treats its citizens who challenge the Israeli government’s rule over Palestinians.