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Michael D. Yates @ Brecht Forum

Michael D. Yates @ Brecht Forum

Michael D. Yates will read from Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate: An Economist’s Travelogue at the Brecht Forum! When: 5 October 2007, 7:30 PM Location: Brecht Forum, 451 West Street (between Bank & Bethune Streets, New York) Directions: Contact: (212) 242-4201; or . BTW, check out Mike’s blog at ! | | Print

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Rick Wolff

Foreign Threat to American Business?

Foreign countries are awash in dollars because they sell so much more to the US than they buy.  Increasingly, their governments use some of those dollars to establish and operate investment funds.  The funds buy shares in companies around the world.  Sometimes they buy companies directly.  Called “sovereign investment funds,” the IMF estimates that they […]

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9-11: The Illusion of a Historic Coup in the Course of Imperialism

The Fairmont Conference In late September 1995, five hundred of the world’s economic and political leaders met in San Francisco’s prestigious Fairmont Hotel upon the invitation of an institution headed by Mikhail Gorbachev.  The conference was financed by some American super-rich, possibly in gratitude to Gorbachev’s “services rendered” in the ex-Soviet Union.  The task required […]

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Ecology against Capitalism

Who Said Marx Wasn’t Green?

“An ecological approach to the economy is about having enough, not having more.” — John Bellamy Foster “For the first time . . . nature becomes purely an object for humankind, purely a matter of utility; ceases to be recognized as a power for itself; and the theoretical discovery of its autonomous laws appears merely […]

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The Rapist Returns: More Lessons from Katrina’s Aftermath

  In the big business media’s “two years after Katrina” coverage, there was one glaring omission — the story of the utter bankruptcy of the so-called Black leadership, in particular, the Black Democratic Party establishment.  Nothing confirms that story better than the brief appearance in New Orleans on August 29 of President George W. Bush.  […]

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U.S. Intentions and Options in Iran: A Response to Stephen Zunes

In a recent assessment, Stephen Zunes affirms the misconceptions of a segment of the progressive community about Iran’s internal politics, the range of U.S. options in that country, and the frequency with which Western powers invent and/or corrupt civil society movements.  After a review of past American interference, he enumerates and rejects Washington’s hostile choices […]

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New York Taxi Workers Strike over Tracking Devices

It was a good day to ride your bike in the Big Apple.  New York City cabbies launched a two-day strike on September 6, leaving the city’s streets quiet and would-be passengers scrambling.  Taxi workers were protesting a plan to install new technology into the city’s yellow cabs, a move they said would hurt both […]

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Professor Finkelstein’s DePaul Farewell

Sept. 5, 2007.  Hundreds of Professor Norman Finkelstein‘s supporters try to escort the fired teacher onto campus of DePaul University in Chicago.  Finkelstein, denied tenure by pro-Zionist administration because of his questioning of Israeli foreign policy, gives a statement (excerpts) after his final meeting with University officials.   Produced by Labor Beat.  Labor Beat is […]

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I Will Salute No More Forever

St. Louis — His government broke his heart but it could not break Air Force veteran Charles Powell’s spirit.  Fighting back tears, the 64 year-old vet stood tall and resolute in front of 400 of his comrades, describing in verse the final steps of a painful disillusionment. Each summer during the national convention of Veterans […]

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Two Sides of Sanctions

Iran and the US both deploy sanctions against each other’s citizens; Iran is criticized but the US seems to get away with it. On a sunny day in Washington, DC, my imaginary American scholar, Hannah Esfandiari, was sitting in her Kalorama-located house, opening a letter she had just received from Tehran, Iran. It was a […]

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Who’s Right about Kaiser — Michael Moore or SEIU?

Thanks to the Watergate scandal, Michael Moore’s documentary SiCKO was able to report some history of the Kaiser Permanente health maintenance organization (HMO).  It’s history that Kaiser would prefer you do not know. Moore included tape of President Nixon and chief aide John Erlichman discussing what would become the HMO Act of 1973.  Based on […]

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Why We Oppose the Indo-U.S. Military Ties

Since the 1990s, the U.S. government made overtures to the Indian Government for a military alliance.  When the Bush administration came to power it wanted India to be a part of its missile defence shield.  Since 9/11, the Indian and U.S. navies and Special Forces have conducted a number of joint exercises in the Indian […]

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Peter Rachleff

We vs. Me in the Days of Lean and Mean

In early August I had the good fortune to attend the 2007 Postal Press Association National Editors’ Conference in Reno, Nevada.  I presented a workshop on “Linking the Past to the Present,” a way to think about what we can learn from the labor movement of the past and how editors can incorporate such insight […]

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