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Growth in Healthcare as Percent of Total Job Growth, 2006-2011

Health Care Employment Drives Weak Job Growth

The Labor Department reported that the economy added 103,000 jobs in September.  This increase, together with upward revisions to the prior two months’ data brought average job growth over the last three months to 99,000 per month, almost exactly the number needed to keep pace with the growth of the labor force.  Consistent with this […]

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Sirte under Fire

Who Protects Civilians in Sirte?

Victor Nieto is a cartoonist in Venezuela.  Cf. Tom Coghlan, “Sirte Civilians Accuse NATO of Genocide” (The Australian, 27 September 2011); “Libyan Children Killed by Rocket As They Rush to Leave Sirte” (AFP, 2 October 2011); Hadeel Al-Shalchi, “Fleeing Gadhafi Bastion, Bitter at the New Libya” (Associated Press, 4 October 2011); Rania El Gamal, “Sirte […]

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The Occupied Wall Street Journal

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"The Market Will Set You Free"

“The Market Will Set You Free”

  The LED sign at the gate of the Temple of Hell: “The Market Will Set You Free” Jorge Alaminos Fernández is a graphic artist and designer in Spain.  This cartoon was first published in Litoral Gráfico on 20 August 2011 under a Creative Commons license.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] gmail.com). […]

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Problems Meeting Expenses in the Past Year by Sex and Race/Ethnicity

Living on the Edge: Economic Insecurity

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) has released not one, but two, major research reports today.  Both analyze rising economic insecurity and draw on the findings from a large survey commissioned by IWPR and the Rockefeller Foundation in the fall of 2010. The first report “Women and Men Living on the Edge: Economic Insecurity […]

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The Terrorist Attack in Syria

Grand Mufti of Syria Sheikh Ahmad Badr Eddin Hassoun On October 2, near the University of Ebla in Idlib province, gunmen shot dead the son of the Grand Mufti of Syria Sheikh Ahmad Badr Eddin Hassoun — Saria Hassoun, a student of the university.  A victim of the attack also was Professor Mohammad al Omar. […]

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Zainab al-Hosni, the “Flower of Syria,” Alive and on TV: Will Human Rights Organizations and Mass Media Issue Corrections?

Zainab al-Hosni, dubbed the “Flower of Syria,” who the Syrian opposition claimed was tortured and murdered, burned and decapitated, by the Syrian government, has just appeared on Syrian TV, very much alive.  Here is the video of the TV interview with Zainab, who says she fled from her family home because her brothers were beating […]

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Germany’s Euro Trilemma: Interview with Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis is a prestigious economist who heads the Department of Economic Policy at the University of Athens.  From 2004 to 2007 Varoufakis served as economic adviser to George Papandreou.  Author of several books on Game Theory, Varoufakis is also a recognized speaker and often appears as guest analyst for news media such as the […]

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Occupy Boston

Occupy Boston: Day One

  My interpretation of the previous two days as a participant and journalist in Occupy Boston does not reflect the views of other members of the “99 percent” movement, or Occupy Boston as a whole. The $64 trillion dollar question, “When will Americans hit the streets like people in other countries?” has been answered.  Over […]

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Egypt: Political Parties in Service to SCAF

Egypt: Political Parties in Service to SCAF

Carlos Latuff is a Brazilian cartoonist.  Cf. Hussein Agha and Robert Malley, “The Arab Counterrevolution” (New York Review of Books, 29 September 2011); Hatem Maher, “Egypt’s Revolution Youth on the Backfoot as Parties Steal Limelight” (Ahram Online, 2 October 2011); “Political parties and movements across the spectrum are deeply divided over the meeting on Saturday […]

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Bank Bailout

Bank Bailout

  “Hands up!  This is a bailout!!” Emma Gascó (from Sevilla, Spain) is a journalist and cartoonist.  She is a co-blogger (with Martín Cúneo) of Los Movimientos Contraatacan.  This cartoon was first published in Los Movimientos Contraatacan on 14 September 2011; it is reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes. | Print  

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Yet Another Syrian Exile Opposition Council

So, yesterday, it was announced in Istanbul that yet another exile opposition group was formed.  It has no head.  There were conflicts among the various constituent groups. But I will tell you this lesson from Arab contemporary history: there has never been a case in which leftists or secularists were aligned with fundamentalists (Sunni or […]

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Class Warfare Indeed

Over the last two decades or more, Republicans have been denouncing as “class warfare” any attempt at criticizing and restraining their mean one-sided system of capitalist financial expropriation. The moneyed class in this country has been doing class warfare on our heads and on those who came before us for more than two centuries.  But […]

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