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The economic crisis which has crashed down on society has already had and for a long time will have disastrous consequences for the lives of the masses, as every worker can see in his daily life or her work. The bourgeois economists themselves admit it: they do not know what the causes of the crisis are - satisfying themselves by blaming the greed of the bankers or excessive financial deregulation - and they do not know when it will end and give way to the long-awaited "economic recovery". The current crisis is the crisis of the capitalist mode of production, incapable of stopping itself, forced to produce always more commodities, at a certain point it comes up against the limits of the market.
Indicators of 1918-style virulence so far: rapid death (further down in grafs), high transmissibility, new information on cyanosis at head. Cyanosis means 'turning blue from lack of oxygen,' a characteristic of 1918 flu
Making sense of the recent developments in the automobile industry is a difficult process. If you look to the media or the government for answers, you'll receive a long-winded description of behind-the-scenes deals between Obama and his advisers, their Wall Street friends (the bond holders — big banks and hedge funds), and lastly the United Auto Workers (U.A.W.).
It seems odd hearing the U.S. President combing over the business details of Chrysler: whether or not a merger with the Italian automaker Fiat will happen; whether or not the banks and hedge funds will be willing to relinquish enough of Chrysler's debt; and whether or not labor will make major concessions.
To grasp this odd dynamic one must first understand the motive to "restructure" Chrysler. According to the Obama administration, because Chrysler has produced more cars than people are currently able to afford as a result of the recession, the company has to be turned "inside out."
May Day Rally and March in at the on the State Capitol Steps in Salem today at 11:00am. Join US!
A man's nature is always to seek out what is good. If a man is put in power that has no moral fiber, that man will use his position to accommodate his personal needs, rather than the needs of the people of whom he is sworn to serve. Remember, that not only is 'man by nature is a political animal', but Free Will unchecked is inherently evil.
The sit-lie ordinance may be extended thru summer by city council next week, and bicycle lobbyists in Salem came up empty this session, after organizers were fired at local advocacy groups. Should tenants, transit riders, bike riders and homeless activists form a coalition to be more effective and win?
Wonder how it is that the Cowlitz Indian Tribe got it's recognition from the BIA in 2002? It had lots to do with this person, Jack Abramoff, that's who. If the DOJ was to check out Abramof's travel records they could place Abramoff in Toledo, Washington for November of 2001.
Iran Responds with Mixed Signals to Obama's Offer of a "New Beginning"
Interview with Chris Toensing, editor of the Middle East Report, conducted by Scott Harris
The latest news--that only seven are dead of flu in Mexico-- is deceptive. There are seven dead of swine flu, officially, because seven autopsies have been transmitted to the WHO. What other misapprehensions can we expect from a corporate-owned press corps? And what does the outbreak portend?
The Swine Flu epidemic exemplifies the insanity of our modern civilization, and achieving real change will require alternative strategies outside the realm of technology, ideology and force.
We Americans commonly refer to our system of government as a "great experiment," but we rarely look at our economic system in the same light.
swine flu caused by factory farming
lawyers for poor americans again proposes that america formulate a federal task force designed to investigate every death row legal case in america !!! our inept and underfunded u.s. judicial system can no longer be trusted to execute the proper criminal !!!
If we created a real social safety net to sustain us, people, we would all be far more likely to sustain the environment, instead of behaving desperately and destructively, by chasing wealth, or working at environmentally destructive jobs, out of fear for our very survival and that of our families.
We call on you to provide the leadership necessary to repeal the modern-day slave law that has devastated the lives of so many working people in this country: the Employer Sanctions Provisions. We write on behalf of communities of citizen and immigrant workers who are organizing to improve our conditions. We have seen how even before the economic crisis came to a head, because of Employer Sanctions, conditions for working people in the U.S. had grown worse than ever.
translation excerpt from la jornada, and call for data
An excellent article which explains Obama's real role in the larger scheme of things, and why he can't/won't deliver real change. A must read for anyone who still believes that Obama will save us/the world.
As unemployment ends the recession will deepin.
Energy use will reduce and so with the carbon foot print.
BUT HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?
Socialists and conservatives alike believe bigger government and heavy spending is not the answer to restructuring the U.S. economy; and even though the ideas of socialists and conservatives are vastly different, both groups are opposing the president on his enormous spending proposals that are lacking any clear plans on how to revive the economy and limit an ocean of future debt for the nation.
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is the shining star of the Filipino people. For 40 years, the Party has engaged in fierce struggle and has led the people's revolution paving the way for a just society. The Party celebrates its 40th founding anniversary with far greater resolve to serve the Filipino people to the fullest of its capacity.
There exists a double standard which allows richer countries to use fiscal expansion in the face of recession while poorer nations are forced into stricter economic restraints. Under the guise of helping economic distraught countries, the IMF is really bailing out foreign investors and multinational corporations. They have further fueled chaos and instability in some of the poorest regions in the world.
Here is the text of the Seattle Anti-Imperialist Committee (SAIC)'s agitational leaflet being used to build for International Workers Day 2009. A Spanish-language translation will be available shortly. For more on SAIC, see: http://www.seattleaic.org
Will he stand with us?
At first glance Obama seems to have softened U.S. policy toward Latin America, especially when compared to his predecessor. There has been no shortage of editorials praising Obama's conciliatory approach while comparing it to FDR's "Good Neighbor" Latin American policy.
It's important to remember, however, that FDR's vision of being neighborly meant that the U.S. would merely stop direct military interventions in Latin America, while reserving the right to create and prop up dictators, arm and train unpopular regional militaries, promote economic dominance through free trade and bank loans, conspire with right-wing groups, etc...
Bush Torture Memos Reveal Premeditated Brutality
Interview with Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, conducted by Scott Harris
ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT - Whoever, knowing that an offense has been committed, receives, relieves, comforts or assists the offender in order to hinder or prevent his apprehension, trial or punishment, is an accessory after the fact; one who knowing a felony to have been committed by another, receives, relieves, comforts, or assists the felon in order to hinder the felon's apprehension, trial, or punishment. U.S.C. 18
Many American men travel to foreign countries to obtain quick Islamic divorce. Most often the husband who goes to a foreign country leaves his wife,property and children in the United States. This type of divorce may be valid in the foreign country but it is not necessary valid in the United States.
Join Immigrant and Labor Rights advocates at the Oregon State Capitol on May 1st!
'Fifth Estate' contributor Marie Mason was sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison on February 5 in a Lansing, Michigan federal courtroom, after pleading guilty to two acts of eco-sabotage. Mason is now serving the longest sentence of any environmental activist in the US; an appeal is currently underway. Her sentence was one of the latest in a string of recent arrests and convictions of environmental and animal liberation activists, which has been dubbed the Green Scare.
Mumia writes: "I'm always intrigued when talking heads rush to comfort their viewers with news that the economy is bouncing back because, for that day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average may be performing well."
PORTLAND EVENT FOR MUMIA: Friday, April 24, 7:00pm, at the Bread & Roses Center , 819 N. Killingsworth St. , Portland.
Americans Storm Gun Stores Concerned Congress Will Change Gun Ownership Laws As Violence Escalates On U.S./Mexico Border.
Today, as I was walking near a school in rural Colton, Oregon, I observed several volunteers, out planting trees, and improving the habitat near a stream that meanders through the school ground. Colton probably has more trees (albeit second, third, fourth, and even fifth growth) per capita than pernaps 90% of the country.
Health Care Group Battles Insurance Companies to Include Single-Payer Bill in National Debate
Interview with Katie Robbins, assistant national coordinator, Health-Care Now! conducted by Scott Harris
On tax day, April 15th, "Anti-tax" protests were held all over the nation, with some success. Thousands of people showed up in certain cities to vent their frustration with what was supposed to be a protest against taxation in general. The outcome was quite different.
If one looked at the signs that were carried by the majority of the participants, messages were being sent that were impossible to disagree with: tax money should not be given to banks and corporations. Of course. Ordinary people should not have their taxes raised through higher sales taxes, and additional taxes on alcohol, cigarettes, property, or gas. Right on.
Amnesty International Calls for Review of U.S. Arm Sales to Israel
Interview with Curt Goering, Amnesty International USA, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
In what was billed as a major economic policy speech, President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his administration's multitrillion-dollar taxpayer bailout of Wall Street, claiming it was moving the economy toward recovery. At the same time, he outlined a policy of budget austerity that will hinge on containing health care costs and exacting funding cuts from basic social programs.
These devices are being used in Afghanistan, Pakistan and most recently, in the Indian Ocean to assist in rescuing the Captain from Somali "pirates".
Red Cross Report Documents Torture at Secret CIA Prisons
Interview with Joanne Mariner, director of the Terrorism and Counterterrorism program, conducted by Scott Harris
local company is fast cranking out these things
Quitting your job was about having more time to do what needs doing, not just isolating yourself from the rest of humanity—wasn't it?
If one makes propaganda extolling what is revolutionary about shoplifting, one is not necessarily trying to get would-be revolutionaries to shoplift so they can be "more revolutionary" [obviously a stupid approach if there ever was one]—one might instead be trying to identify for shoplifters what is already insurrectionary in their actions, so they can broaden their analysis of their own lives.
A different slant on the piracy story
It promised to be a revolution in the making.
Death and more Death
The truth is, none of the 20 leaders gathered in London has the slightest idea how to 'solve' the economic problems facing the globe....this is a crisis endemic to capitalism, where markets swallow markets and wealth is made by con games that would make the Mafia blush, by the biggest banks on earth. The latest economic summit was PR, amidst the flames of chaos.
"... the word "nationalization" scares the hell out of people. And so the debate has been opened up now, and that's good. Let's talk about it." Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California)
As Wall Street deludes itself into thinking that the economy has finally "turned the corner," the more intelligent economists continue sounding the alarm bells, pleading for a fundamental change in government policy to avoid a devastating, systemic collapse.
These "radical" economists are not what you might expect. They are well connected members of the political establishment, having worked in some cases for the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.), Harvard, The New York Times, the Federal Reserve, etc.
Iraqi Unions Form New Labor Confederation
Interview with Michael Zweig, professor of economics and director of the Center for Study of Working Class Life at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, conducted by Scott Harris
The responsibility of bringing change is always challenging. Today a foreman considers decisions with regards to balancing layoffs versus making cutbacks for their crew. A small business owner weighs cutting back on his own pay and benefits versus those of his employees. A parent is calculating out how to bring home enough food to feed the family without sacrificing bills.
GreenPeace Targets and Collaborates with Corporations to Combat Global Warming
Except of speech by Gerd Leipold, international director of Greenpeace, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus
Does anyone remember seeing this sign back in 2003 at the M20 demonstration against the invasion of Iraq? How right that person was.
It was nice to see another peace demo in Portland recently... "they can protest all they want so long as they pay their taxes"
12 million unemployed. Foreclosures up 81%. Wall Street has taken over. We must break up the banks and never again let them get so big that they distort our politics and take down the economy. To stop the banks, Americans are planning forceful, creative actions all over the country for April 11. We'll make our voices resound in those closed-door meetings with the bankers. Spread the word!
Judge Rules U.S.-Held Prisoners in Afghanistan Can Challenge Their Detention
Interview with Tina Foster, executive director of the International Justice Network, conducted by Scott Harris
As the worldwide economic meltdown continues, it's becoming clear that the fight against foreclosures is not simply an American issue. As US activists come to terms with the human consequences of the crisis, there is much to be learned from activists elsewhere. This is a letter of support and solidarity from a group of South African activists with considerable experience fighting evictions.
A note to the far right.
For centuries the means of production have been owned by only a few individuals. This has led to spectacular robberies like are apparent at the present time, but also to a quiet, ignored theft of the real value of labor.
A must read article from the Common Dreams website. My question is: How many peace activists will stand up to Obama's military funding and wars for empire? Why is he getting away with this?? Where's the "spine" in the "peace movement" (if there is one)?
The U.S. Patriot Act's mention of "Commerce" permits U.S. federal agencies to read with little or no probable cause, business and other electronic communications.
Twenty years ago governments of the world met for the first ever climate talks.
The talks, then, focused largely on the growing hole in the world's ozone
layer (a hole that still exists today) and the need to eliminate CFC emissions
(which also still exist today though in much smaller amounts). The other
climate item on the agenda was global warming. Scientists warned that there was
growing evidence that the world was warming, possibly due to human activity
much like the root cause of the ozone hole.
Letter #3 No response yet!
Obama has taken money that could have been used to stimulate the real economy and instead has given it to the bankers. He is not looking out for the best interests of American workers, the poor or the middle class. This is a Wall Street takeover. Through all the bailouts and corporate looting, the only path being set forth by which the U.S. economy can recover is through more globalization.
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