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The Arab Slave Trade In Foreign Workers Is Alive and Well by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
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East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
January 2, 2013

Human trafficking

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Recent legal moves by the governments of Ethiopia, Indonesia and the Philippines to protect their nationals working in the Persian Gulf Arab states point to this harrowing fact: the Arab slave trade in foreign workers is alive and well.

Rights groups estimate that there are up to 15 million migrant workers located in the Persian Gulf Arab countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Paid pittance wages and subsisting in dirty, overcrowded dwellings, these workers provide the labour backbone of the Arab oil economies.

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Chris Williams: Hurricane Sandy’s Brutal Wake Up Call–Act Now or Face Catastrophe

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http://www.haymarketbooks.org/event/3663

Quit Coal

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Southern Connecticut State University
December 4, 2012

No longer is the impact of climate change a question of if, but rather a question of when. The New York Times says storms like Sandy could become a yearly event.

Featured Speaker: Chris Williams– author, activist and professor of physics and chemistry at Pace University.

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Latvia’s Economic Disaster as a Neoliberal Success Story: A Model for Europe and the US? by Jeffrey Sommers and Michael Hudson

Old Town HDR, Riga Latvia

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by Jeffrey Sommers and Michael Hudson
Featured Writer
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michael-hudson.com
January 3, 2013

A generation ago the Chicago Boys and their financial supporters applauded General Pinochet’s anti-labor Chile as a success story, thanks mainly to its transformation of their Social Security into Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) that almost universally were looted by the employer grupos by the end of the 1970s. In the last decade, the Bush Administration, seeking a Trojan Horse to privatize Social Security in the United States, applauded Chile’s disastrous privatization of pension accounts (turning many over to US financial institutions) even as that nation’s voters rejected the Pinochetistas largely out of anger at the vast pension rip-off by high finance.

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Compare the 1912 Elections with the 2012 Elections by Ralph Nader

Panel from Diego Rivera's mural at Unity House, depicting class struggle and labor conflict in industry.  Included are representations of the Homestead and Pullman strikes.  Important figures include Daniel De Leon, Eugene Victor Debs, and William Haywood

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Dec. 31, 2012

Before the electoral year of 2012 slinks into history, it is worth a comparative glance back to the electoral year of 1912 to give us some jolting perspective on how degraded our contemporary elections, voter performance and election expectations have become.

One hundred years ago, workers were marching, picketing and forming unions. Eugene Debs, the great labor leader and presidential candidate that year, spoke to outdoor labor rallies of 100,000 to 200,000 workers and their families gathered to protest low wages and working conditions.

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The Stimulator: Anarchy in Puerto Rico

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http://submedia.tv
Jan. 3, 2013

This week:

1. Zapatistas Rising
2. Idle No More stops the flows
3. New year’s eve noise demo
4. Storming Norman Rot in Hell
5. Is Bush Dead yet?
6. Killer Mike – Reagan
7. Anarchy in Puerto Rico

To help make a book about anarchism in Puerto Rico a reality click here.

The clip at the beginning of the film is from “Murdoch Mysteries” Thanks to Pat for letting me know about this.

*This week’s show is called Anarchy in Puerto Rico.
Please note that the latest video will not be available on youtube as those fuckers blocked it worldwide, due to “copyright violations”

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A Political Odyssey: The Rise of American Militarism reviewed by Milina Jovanović

by Milina Jovanović
Guest Writer
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originally published at www.zcommunications.org
January 2, 2013

ANSWER Coalition Peace March on the Pentagon

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Mike Gravel and Joe Lauria. A Political Odyssey: The Rise of American Militarism and One Man’s Fight to Stop It. 2008. Seven Stories Press.

When I finished reading the last pages of this book, I had to sit still and think about several discoveries. It is difficult for me to truly believe that I can actually like a life story, way of thinking, and actions of a high-level American politician. I come from a country, generation, and professional environment that didn’t encourage any naiveté about politics of any country. And we certainly didn’t grow up embracing any myths about the most significant characteristics of the global empire. Continue reading

Michael Ratner: Obama Orders Assassinations with No Oversight

GTMO: Obama's Forever Prison

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TheRealNews·Jan 5, 2013

Michael Ratner: Obama continues model of Presidential fiat, Congressional fiat, no due process, no trials, and indefinite detention.

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