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Labor Leaders, Obamacare, and the Fate of the Unions

Shamus Cooke

A funny thing happened a couple of months ago: labor leaders finally awoke from their coma and realized that Obamacare was not only bad for unions, but for working families in general. Once the biggest salespeople of the bill’s passage, union leaders are suddenly full of rage and “shock” at the realities of Obamacare. The […]

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At the AFL-CIO Convention, Leaders Ask: What Direction for Labor?

Mark Vorpahl

A version of this article also appeared on Occupy.com. The acknowledgment of Labor’s existential crisis and the recognition that something must be done to resolve it is the key issue at the AFL-CIO’s four-day quadrennial convention in Los Angeles. The urgency of the situation has compelled Labor’s top officials to experiment in a search for […]

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The Egyptian Revolution’s Next Barrier

Reza Fiyouzat and Shamus Cooke

When the Egyptian army first began its offensive against the Muslim Brotherhood, many speculated that such an assault would likely be extended to the same revolutionaries who demanded — in massive demonstrations — that President Morsi be evicted from office. There have been several signs that this has already begun, though most notably the government […]

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Obama’s War Grows as Support Shrinks

Shamus Cooke

Some careful listening has exposed the lie that a U.S. attack (war) against Syria would be, as Obama put it, “a shot across the bow,” i.e. a “tiny war.” But even before the first missile is launched the birth of Obama’s baby war began to grow, and when it’s eventually unleashed it will resemble any other fully […]

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What Can We Learn from 25 Years of Jobs with Justice?

Mark Vorpahl

This article was originally published in Labor Notes. It’s no secret that the last 30 years have seen a brutal corporate assault on U.S. workers. Incomes and union membership rates have plummeted, unemployment is soaring, and the two corporate parties have joined forces to go after our previously untouchable historic gains. This class war has […]

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How the U.S. Left is Failing Over Syria

Shamus Cooke

It’s now painfully clear that Obama’s war on Syria is a replay of Bush’s march to war in Iraq, both built on lies. Zero evidence has been put forth that proves the Syrian government used chemical weapons. On the contrary, evidence has been recorded that suggests the U.S.-backed Syrian rebels are responsible for the attack. […]

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The Lie of “Limited” War Against Syria

Shamus Cooke

The rats are jumping ship. Obama’s strongest allies can’t stomach the stench of lies that are the foundation of the war effort against Syria. Even England, whose entire foreign policy is reduced to asking “how high?” when the U.S. says “jump,” opted to stay grounded for Obama’s war drive.  The Arab League, too, having long been […]

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War With Syria and Its Repercussions

War With Syria and Its Repercussions
Shamus Cooke

A U.S. invasion of Syria could be the first war based on a zero evidence currently exists to suggest this). An extra U.S. warship has already been deployed in response. Instead of responsibly waiting for the UN chemical weapons team — which is already in Syria — to investigate the incident, the Obama administration has already stated […]

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Why Mass Marches Still Matter: 2013’s March on Washington

Why Mass Marches Still Matter
Mark Vorpahl

Co-published with Occupy.com. In terms of the numbers it attracted, the August 24, 2013 March on Washington was an inspiring success. The question remains, however, how politically effective was it?  In the March 20th edition of USA Today, during the build-up to the 50th Anniversary of 2013’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Rick Hampson’s article […]

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A Man on a Limb: A Short Analysis of the Current Economic Crisis

A Man on a Limb: A Short Analysis of the Current Economic Crisis
Brad Forrest

The current crisis of the global capitalist system is shaping up to be one of the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930’s. U.S. Gross Domestic Product grew by an anemic 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2013, and only 0.4 the previous quarter. U.S. capitalists and their political representatives in the Democratic and Republican […]

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A Big Victory For Oregon’s Biggest Union

A Big Victory For Oregon's Biggest Union By Shamus Cooke
Shamus Cooke

After years of painful backsliding, the state workers of Oregon’s largest union, SEIU 503, recently stood firm and scored a big win in their contract negotiations against the state’s anti-union Democratic governor, John Kitzhaber. After again demanding many anti-union concessions, Oregon’s Democratic governor backed down when the union proved organized and ready to wage a […]

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Egypt’s Revolution After the Smoke Clears

Shamus Cooke

In times of crisis people strive for easy answers to complex situations. In Egypt this has resulted in absurdly digestible sound bites, where one side is labeled “good”(the Muslim Brotherhood), the other “bad” (the army), and the revolution as a whole is condemned as an atrocity. But the situation in Egypt is especially contradictory, and untying the […]

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The August 24 March on Washington: Why We Need a New Civil Rights and Labor Movement

Mark Vorpahl

This article is co-published with Occupy.com It could have been left as a relatively small event that would make little impact, but plans for the 50th anniversary of 1963′s March on Washington appear to have taken another course. The Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act and the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the […]

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A Path Forward for Egypt’s Revolution

A Path Forward for Egypt's Revolution Shamus Cooke August 4, 2013
Shamus Cooke

The battle for the future of Egypt is underway, and it’s chaos. There has been violence on both sides of the divide, with the military inflicting the heaviest doses on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. The violence combined with any lack of long-term solution could bode poorly for Egypt’s future, but the situation is in extreme flux, […]

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Why No Revolution Exists in Syria

Why No Revolution Exists in Syria
Shamus Cooke

The era of Arab Spring euphoria is long ended, having devolved into doubt, confusion or wholesale rejection. Libya and Syria put an abrupt end to the Arab Spring celebrations, with the current situation in Egypt adding to the frustration. Part of the problem in deciding whether a particular side in these conflicts deserves support or […]

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Snowden and Latin America Expose Washington’s Impotence in a Changing World

Finian Cunningham

This article was originally published on Strategic Culture Foundation. One of America’s genuine heroes, Major General Smedley D Butler revealed in his memoirs the true, abhorrent nature of Washington’s foreign policy. Butler had led countless military operations in Central America and the Caribbean as a US Marines Corp commander in the era of «gunboat diplomacy» […]

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West Losing on All Fronts in Syria

Finian Cunningham

This article originally appeared in Press TV. Not only are the US, Britain and France losing their criminal covert military war for regime change in Syria, these state terrorists are also caving in on the propaganda front. Such a criminal conspiracy was bound to fail sooner or later. Now, its weight of falsehoods and lies […]

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Zimmerman’s Acquittal and the Call for a New Civil Rights Movement

Mark Vorpahl

This article is co-published with Occupy.com. George Zimmerman has been found innocent of both second-degree murder and manslaughter for the killing of Trayvon Martin. In spite of Zimmerman’s history as a neighborhood watchman employing racial profiling; in spite of the fact that he was armed with a gun and Trayvon was not; in spite of the […]

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Orange Violence, Hangover from British Misrule

Finian Cunningham

This article first appeared on Press TV.  To many people around the world, the violence in Northern Ireland this weekend may seem incomprehensible. After all, it is nearly 15 years since the political conflict in the British province of Ireland was officially declared over, with the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. That agreement was meant […]

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What’s Next for the Egyptian Revolution

Shamus Cooke

Egyptians are making history at a frantic pace. After the largest protests in Egypt’s history initiated the downfall of the first Muslim Brotherhood government, a military-led massacre of Muslim Brotherhood faithful quickly altered the political dynamic. Everything is in flux. The people of Egypt have now deposed of two governments amid one of world history’s strongest revolutionary […]

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Tearing Down the Ivory Tower: a Defense of Vocational Education

Tearing Down the Ivory Tower: a Defense of Vocational Education
Arthur Posey

In 2012, Diane Ravitch wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal that highlighted the many ways in which the over-emphasis on standardized testing has created a crisis in the education system. According to Ravitch, one of the many problems with the No Child Left Behind Act is that since “the law demanded progress only […]

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How Egypt Killed Political Islam

How Egypt Killed Political Islam Shamus Cooke July 5, 2013
Shamus Cooke

The rebirth of the Egyptian revolution ushered in the death of the first Muslim Brotherhood government. But some near-sighted analysts limit the events of Egypt to a military coup. Yes, the military is desperately trying to stay relevant — given the enormous initiative of the Egyptian masses — but the generals realize their own limitations in this context better than […]

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Europe Cravenly Colluding with U.S. in Criminality

Europe cravenly colluding with US in criminality By Finian Cunningham Wed Jul 3, 2013
Finian Cunningham

This article first appeared in PressTV. It is hard to know which is the more outrageous: the US government’s forced landing this week of the Bolivian President Evo Morales’ official jet in Europe; or the European authorities’ compliance with the Americans in their act of international piracy. In the first instance, it is just another […]

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Who Is An Objective Journalist?

Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer

In a recent New York Times article article David Carr questioned whether someone could be both a journalist and an activist, a question that was prompted by the role of Glenn Greenwald, a writer for The Guardian and a political activist, in reporting on Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency leaks. As Carr put it, “The question of […]

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How Edward Snowden and Syria Will Change Obama’s Foreign Policy

Shamus Cooke

When the National Security Agency (NSA) spying scandal broke, so did the illusion that President Obama was significantly different than his predecessor, Bush Jr. Obama’s meticulously crafted image was specifically created as an alternative to Bush: Obama campaigned as a peace candidate who loved civil liberties and wanted to work with the UN instead of unilaterally […]

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Portland’s Austerity Resistance Movement Sparks Changes to City

Portland’s Austerity Resistance Movement Sparks Changes to City
Workers.Action

This article is co-published with Occupy.com. On June 20, Oregon’s Portland City Council unanimously voted to approve a budget that had been one of the most grassroots-contested examples of austerity in recent memory. Weeks earlier, in a vote to approve the framework of this budget on May 29, the City Council’s long-maintained show of consensus […]

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Detroit’s Retired City Workers in the Crosshairs

Detroit’s Retired City Workers in the Crosshairs By Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer
Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer

With Detroit’s finances looking increasingly dire, the city’s creditors are beginning to face off with one another, each trying to minimize their losses. The city’s pension fund, which supports retired city workers, has found itself in direct conflict with a formidable opponent, the bondholders, individuals and institutions that gave the city money in order to […]

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Syria Is Becoming Obama’s Iraq

Syria Is Becoming Obama's Iraq By Shamus Cooke
Shamus Cooke

In perfect Bush-like fashion, President Obama has invented a bogus pretense for military intervention in yet another Middle East country. The president’s claim that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons — and thus crossed Obama’s imaginary “red line” — will likely fool very few Americans, who already distrust their president after the massive NSA spying scandal. […]

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Who Killed the Syrian Peace Talks?

Shamus Cooke

The long awaited Syrian peace talks — instigated by power brokers Russia and the United States — had already passed their initial due date, and are now officially stillborn. The peace talks are dead because the U.S.-backed rebels are boycotting the negotiations, ruining any hope for peace, while threatening to turn an already tragic disaster […]

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Syria’s Fake Sectarian War

Shamus Cooke

The fate of Syria and the broader Middle East balances on a razor’s edge. The western media is giving dire warnings of an impending sectarian war between Sunni and Shia Muslims, a war that could drown the Middle East in a flood of blood. Such a war would be completely artificial, and is being manufactured […]

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Quantitative Crisis: Bernanke’s “Stimulus” For The 1%

Mark Vorpahl

This article is co-published with Occupy.com.  When I heard that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress last week that it was too soon for the Fed to end its extraordinary stimulus programs, I did a double take. “What stimulus programs?” I thought. Where are the jobs programs? Where are the “extraordinary” social services that […]

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How Obama and Al-Qaeda Became Syrian Bedfellows

Shamus Cooke

For a president that is executing Bush’s “war on terror” against Al-Qaeda and “its affiliates,” it seems odd that President Obama has targeted the secular Syrian government for “regime change.” Equally odd is that Obama’s strongest military ally on the ground in Syria — the best equipped and effective fighting force against the Syrian Government — is […]

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SF Labor: Calls on Labor Movement to Mobilize in Washington, D.C. August 24

San Francisco Labor Council

Approved May 13, 2013 In Support of the SCLC and King Center call for a March and Rally in Washington, DC on August 24, 2013 and in Support of the July 2 Northern California Demonstration to Demand a Massive Federally Funded Jobs-Creation Program and No Cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid Whereas, President Obama […]

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Syria Endgame Approaching Fast

Shamus Cooke

The tempo of events in Syria has increased in recent weeks. The government forces have scored significant battlefield victories over the rebels, and this has provoked a number of responses from the U.S. and its anti-Assad allies: a mixture of war provocations and peace offers. With Obama’s blessing Israel fighter jets recently attacked Syria on three […]

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Local Fights Against Austerity Are Growing Across the U.S.

Mark Vorpahl

This article is co-published with Occupy.com Between sequestration, with its damaging impact on workers and the entire economy, and the billions of dollars in cuts to Social Security, Medicare and other necessary social programs that President Obama is pushing, it is evident that the economic policies of both major parties are not intended to promote […]

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