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Economic Justice

February 17th, 2010

Community and Popular Radio in Haiti Today

Sony Esteus is squeezed into an elementary school chair, the kind with the curved piece of wood in front, in a courtyard. Around him are chickens, a fly-swarmed pile of compost, a truck, and a tent. Sony runs his laptop off of an extension cord running out a window. The ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 15th, 2010

Obama and the 'savvy' bankers

In an interview, the US president described the Goldman Sachs CEO as 'savvy'. So how did he and his crew use their wisdom? Last week, when President Obama was asked about the $9m dollar bonus for Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, he described Blankfein as a savvy businessman, adding that ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

February 15th, 2010

Putting 'Humanitarian' Back in 'Humanitarian Aid'

One of the first things that Haitians now living in the streets want to talk about is their disgust over the international food aid program. In such places as the camps in the downtown parks on Boulevard Champs de Mars, residents report, food is given sporadically – last week not ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 15th, 2010

A Mother’s Personal Mission: Healthcare Not Warfare

This week, the Healthcare Not Warfare campaign I help co-chair for Progressive Democrats of America becomes even more deeply personal for me. My son leaves for his volunteer tour of duty in Afghanistan. And I won’t be there to say goodbye. Because I advocate a position of peace, my son ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

February 12th, 2010

Beyond Disaster Aid to Solidarity

People have all kinds of things to say about where Haiti should go from here, and how it should get there. It’s an old story, that of being sure what’s best for the Haitian people, trying to remake Haiti in one’s own image. In this case, we don’t have to ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

February 11th, 2010

Fighting Like Hell

The pioneering labor organizer Mother Jones said, “Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living.” That pretty much sums up the priorities for Haiti today. The fighting like hell has always been fierce in the nation that was once called the “pearl of the Antilles,” the wealthiest ... continue reading

Ellen Brown

Ellen Brown is an author who developed her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles.

February 10th, 2010

AIG-Gate: The Worlds Greatest Insurance Heist

Rumor has it that Timothy Geithner is on his way out as Treasury Secretary, largely due to his involvement in the AIG scandal that is now unraveling in hearings before the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Bob Chapman writes in The International Forecaster:Each day brings more revelations of efforts of ... continue reading

Gail Reed

Gail A. Reed is the International Director of Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC) a non-profit organization working to enhance cooperation among the U.S., Cuban and global health communities aimed at better health outcomes.

February 9th, 2010

From Cuba With Love

Since the tragic earthquake struck Haiti, Cuban-trained Haitian doctors and Cuban medical personnel have been saving lives on the front lines. Now 400-strong, they were already on the ground when disaster struck, serving in 120 communities throughout the country, including the hard-hit capital of Port-au-Prince. The effects of the disastrous ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 8th, 2010

Reframe the Debate: Make Congressional Members Claim Their Dead

Ah, the politics of it all. Healthcare reform may or may not pass through the 111th Congress. President Obama may or may not be successful in crafting further concessions to a Senate or House version of health reform that he dubbed “health insurance reform” in order to step away from ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

February 8th, 2010

From New Orleans to Port-au-Prince

(New Orleans, Feb. 7, 5:00 p.m.) A bald man I just passed on the street sports temporary fleur-de-lis tattoos all over his pate. The streets are loud with “Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints? Who dat? Who dat?”, chanted in that special New Orleans syncopation. Over at Parasol’s, ... continue reading

Emma Kaplan

World Can't Wait

February 7th, 2010

I'm Not Sorry and I Would Do It Again!

[The following is an update to Emma Kaplan's blog, 'Stop Military Spying, Support Port Protesters!']I want to thank everyone for their statements of support and donations to our trial over the past couple of weeks. The Port Military Protest trial ended January 27th with the judge declaring a mistrial due ... continue reading

William Black

Former financial regulator

February 7th, 2010

An Open Letter to Dr. Walter E. Massey, Chairman, Bank of America, President, emeritus, Morehouse College

An Open Letter to Dr. Walter E. MasseyChairman, Bank of AmericaPresident, emeritus, Morehouse CollegeFromWilliam K. BlackAssociate Professor of Economics and LawUniversity of Missouri – Kansas CityFebruary 6, 2010Re: Hans-Olaf Henkel, Bank of America’s Senior Advisor in GermanyDear Dr. Massey,I am writing in my individual capacity. It came to my attention ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

February 4th, 2010

End the Fog of War! Read the Eikenberry Memos!

This new video from Robert Greenwald “Rethink Afghanistan War: The Eikenberry Cables” is a must-view for those who remember the Vietnam War and the difficulty of ending a quagmire that dragged on long after military officials and Presidential Administrations knew it was “unwinnable” and wrong. The actual conversations of despair ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 2nd, 2010

If Terror is the Measure, It’s Healthcare War

Since I was a little child huddled in the elementary school hallway for the bomb drills to the present day when I listen to the reasons my nation must spend more on foreign military actions, the means of securing public support for war in this nation seems to have centered ... continue reading

Katie Robbins

Katie Robbins is the Assistant National Coordinator of Healthcare-NOW! and a firm believer that health care is a human right that must be delivered to all people without financial barriers

February 1st, 2010

Let Him Know

After a sobering loss for Democrats in the special election held to replace Sen. Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts, probing exit polls about health reform show that the win of Republican Scott Brown who pledged to cast the vote that would kill national health reform, didn’t come from people who thought ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

January 30th, 2010

7.0 on the Horror Scale

Following is the log of Beverly Bell during the first ten days after the earthquake in Haiti. January 12, 2010 4:12 p.m. 7.0 EARTHQUAKE ROCKS HAITI. I read this email subject line several times. My brain can’t make sense of it. I blast a note in Creole out to dozens ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 28th, 2010

The State of My Union Isn't So Great

While the media wonks and policy geeks banter about what President Obama will or won’t say in his first State of the Union address, I’d like to offer my own view of the unfolding U.S. health system crisis. I’m a patient in this system, and I am a wife and ... continue reading

Emma Kaplan

World Can't Wait

January 26th, 2010

Stop Military Spying, Support Port Protesters!

On Friday January 27th, Olympia anti war activist Patti Imani and World Can’t Wait Steering committee member Emma Kaplan will be facing trial for participating in protests with Port Military Resistance (PMR) in August 2008. They could face a fine of $200 and 6 months in jail. PMR has been ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

January 26th, 2010

Leveling the Political and Economic Playing Field

The Supreme Court ruled last week that corporations could spend as much money as they want in elections, thereby making most existing restrictions on corporate election spending unconstitutional. This raises the prospect of US politics becoming even more corrupt than it already is. It will now be totally legal for ... continue reading

Hugh Espey

Hugh Espey is the Executive Director of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

January 25th, 2010

The Big Banks Broke Our Economy – Now They Need to Fix It!

We invite you to join us Tuesday, Jan. 26 as we take our message of Enough is Enough! – Put the People First! to the doorsteps of Wells Fargo – one of the big banks that crashed our economy and state budgets. We will demand they change the way they ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

January 23rd, 2010

Say Goodbye to Ben

Bernanke's approval is clearly on the ropes. This has prompted the Wall Street and elite media crew to rustle up all the tricks they used to push TARP through back in October of 2008. First and foremost, they are pointing to the decline in the stock market as evidence that ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 18th, 2010

Sometimes Disaster Breathes Healthcare Words of Truth

Everybody in, nobody out. It’s the battle cry of millions of people throughout the United States who believe healthcare is a basic human right and who advocate for Medicare for All system as an achievable and just answer to that cry. Everybody in, nobody out. It’s the way we are ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

January 12th, 2010

The Case Against Geithner

As we sit here today, Wall Street continues to exploit a policy of government-sponsored giveaways and secrecy to pay themselves billions. Record-setting bonuses due to banks like Goldman Sachs as early next week. Yet instead of acting as our cop, Secretary Tim Geithner has become central to what may be ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 11th, 2010

White House Believes “Liberal Angst” Over Healthcare Will Go Away

Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. – Proverbs 16: 18-19, the Bible My Grandma Delphia used to quote that Bible verse. I wonder if other folks ... continue reading

H. Candace Gorman

H. Candace Gorman is a civil rights/human rights lawyer in Chicago who is representing two Guantánamo detainees.

January 11th, 2010

Eight Years Later and We Are Still Counting

January 11th, 2010 begins the ninth year of America’s Gulag at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Despite the promise made by the brand new President last January 22nd that he would close Guantánamo within a year, the Obama Administration has actually released fewer men from Guantánamo during this past year than the ... continue reading

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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

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