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Archive | September, 2009

Economic Crisis and Political Alienation

On September 15, 2009, New York City’s 3.2 million registered Democrats were eligible to vote in their Primary election.  Only 11 percent of them voted.  Excepting the mayoralty — virtually conceded to Michael Bloomberg, a nominal Republican and real billionaire — all important city posts were being decided since New Yorkers vote overwhelmingly Democratic.  These […]

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A Sit-in at Aetna: “Aetna Is the Real Death Panel”

19 citizens and health care providers arrested, launching national mobilization for health care for all 29 September 2009, New York, NY — Citizens and health care providers today staged a sit-in at the offices of Aetna, one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies, in New York City (99 Park Ave @40th.  The action is […]

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Senate Finance Committee Rejects Any Public Option

  The momentous decision to reject any public option by the Senate Finance Committee today underscores how completely private insurance companies dominate Congressional activity.  The author of the bill for the committee, Liz Fowler, is herself a former VP of WellPoint, the nation’s largest private health insurer.  This highlights the importance of the single payer, […]

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Swaziland: PUDEMO Welcomes COSATU Congress Resolutions

  The recently concluded Congress of COSATU among other things declared to the world that COSATU will campaign for PUDEMO to be recognised as the genuine representative of the oppressed people of Swaziland. Further, that PUDEMO must be given diplomatic status accorded all liberation movements in various countries. This is a bold and very revolutionary […]

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Dems Kill Public Option in Senate Committee

The five Senate finance committee Dems who embraced all 10 Repubs in voting down Rockefeller’s (WV) public option amendment 15-8 were Baucus (MT), Conrad (ND), Carper (DE), Lincoln (AR), and Nelson (FL). Baucus and Conrad also voted against Schumer’s (NY) much more modest amendment that went down 13-10. Michael Munk is the author of The […]

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Iran, Etc.

Hooman Majd Answers the Nuclear Question Question: How do you respond to concerns over Iran’s nuclear ambitions? Majd: Stop worrying.  Don’t learn to love the bomb, but stop worrying.  First of all, Iran is so far away from having a nuclear weapon.  I know there are all these reports, these alarmist reports: Iran has enough […]

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Join Our General Strike on October 1, 2009

  We would like to bring to your attention the decision of the High Follow-up Committee for the Arab Citizens of Israel, the National Committee of Local Authorities, all parties, movements and institutions of civil society of the Palestinian minority in Israel, to declare a general strike on October 1, 2009 to mark the 9th […]

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Job Losses

More Budget Belt-Tightening Means More Job Losses for States

In the current recession, state and local governments are struggling.  As economic activity slumps and tax revenue dwindles, governments have fewer resources at their disposal.  At the same time, there is growing demand for government services during hard economic times.  As more people lose their jobs, there is a greater demand for unemployment benefits.  As […]

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Diplomatic Relations with the US

Iranian Public on Current Issues

RELATIONS WITH THE US 1. Diplomatic Ties Six in ten Iranians favor restoring diplomatic relations with the US.  An equal number favor unconditional negotiations between the countries.  Many favor cooperation on dealing with the Taliban. Thirty years after the United States and Iran broke diplomatic relations, Iranians overwhelmingly support repairing that longstanding breach.  Both governments […]

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Honduras Coup Regime Suspends Constitutional Rights, Closes Media, Threatens Brazil: Will Obama Administration Break Its Silence?

Washington, D.C. – The Honduran de facto regime suspended constitutional guarantees to civil liberties, including freedom of assembly and freedom of the press, for 45 days on the eve of mass protests planned to mark the three-month anniversary since the coup d’etat against President Manuel Zelaya took place.  The regime has also shut down Radio […]

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Germany: The Chancellor Wins; So Do the Ragamuffins

Much of the media complained that the German election campaign was dull; after all, the two main opponents had worked together in a coalition for four years and generally agreed or compromised on most issues.  Dull or not, however, it had three important results. Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) will remain in […]

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Obama Plays Medvedev against Putin and Iran

“Medvedev-watching” graduated from pure science to applied science during the four-day visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to New York and Pittsburgh last week. The Western perception that the famous Prime Minister Vladimir Putin-Medvedev “tandem” in Moscow would inevitably transform and the Russian president would incrementally create his own power center in the Kremlin received […]

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Give ‘Em Hell

  In my video work, entitled Give ‘Em Hell (2008), I abruptly reveal today’s situation regarding migration in the UK.  During the course of several days in the summer of 2008, I positioned protest banners on the streets of London and secretly recorded the unfolding scene with a hidden camera from the opposite side of […]

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