Their plan for low-wage America

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Editorial
SocialistWorker.org
March 28, 2012

If Corporate America has its way, the reviving economy won’t lead to better-paid jobs.

JOBS ARE coming back, but you can forget about a living wage–unless you and your co-workers are organized enough to demand one.

That’s the real story behind the long-delayed rebound in employment that government statistics have been showing for the past several months.

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What is the AFL-CIO waiting for? by Ralph Nader + Obama Spends More Time on NCAA Brackets Than Workplace Safety

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 28, 2012

capitalism kills

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Dear Mr. Trumka,

You have come to your leadership position of our country’s labor federation of unions with 13 million members the hard way. Starting by working in the coal mines, then becoming a lawyer, heading the United Mine Workers, then becoming the Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO before assuming your present position in 2009, who can pull rank on you in the formal labor movement?

Yet, the AFL-CIO’s public leadership in three major areas has been far less effective than one would expect. I am referring to your less than assertive response to President Obama: 1) turning his back on raising the federal minimum wage; 2) failing to advance his card check promise to you in 2008; and 3) dropping the ball on backing long-overdue safety and health responsibilities of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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The mission is the atrocity by Phil Aliff

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by Phil Aliff
SocialistWorker.org
March 28, 2012

Stop the Wars!

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THE LAST few weeks have been catastrophic for the U.S./NATO occupation of Afghanistan.

Days of violent protests against the U.S. military followed the burning of Korans at a military base in late February, leaving scores dead and injured. Then, 38-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales left his outpost before dawn on March 11 and murdered 17 Afghan civilians.

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Save Jeju Island, Save Peace

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on Mar 27, 2012

If you want to know more about what is happening in Jeju island, please visit savejejuisland.org.

제주 강정마을에 대해 더 많은 정보를 원하시는 분은, 다음카페 ‘구럼비야 사랑해’를 방문해주세요.

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Michael Hudson: Federal Reserve System

by Michael Hudson
Featured Writer
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http://michael-hudson.com
March 26, 2012

An interview with Michael Hudson published on the Russian website Terra America (TA).

What is the place of the Federal Reserve System in the American financial and economic structure?

Prior to the Federal Reserve’s founding in 1913, U.S. monetary policy was conducted by the Treasury. Like the Fed, it had district sub-treasuries that performed nearly all the financial functions that the Fed later took over: providing credit to move the crops in autumn, managing government debt, and so forth.

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Ten Years of Torture: On Anniversary of Abu Zubaydah’s Capture, Poland Charges Former Spy Chief Over “Black Site” by Andy Worthington

by Andy Worthington
Featured Writer
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www.andyworthington.co.uk
March 30, 2012

Abu Zubaydah Redacted

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Ten years ago, on the evening of March 28, 2002, the Bush administration officially embarked on its “high-value detainee” program in the “war on terror” that had been declared in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, when Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn (more commonly identified as Abu Zubaydah), was captured in a house raid in Faisalabad, Pakistan.

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Oh Canada! Imposing Austerity on the World’s Most Resource-rich Country by Ellen Brown + Global Economic Crisis and Canadian Austerity

by Ellen Brown
Featured Writer
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webofdebt.com
April 1, 2012

Even the world’s most resource-rich country has now been caught in the debt trap.  Its once-proud government programs are being subjected to radical budget cuts—cuts that could have been avoided if the government had not quit borrowing from its own central bank in the 1970s.

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Monsanto, a half-century of health scandals by Soren Seelow, Translated by Siv O’Neall

by Soren Seelow
Translated by Siv O’Neall
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Axisoflogic.com, Mar 22, 2012
www.lemonde.fr, Mar 16, 2012
Lyon, France
Mar 28, 2012

Seattle's Say no to Monsanto's GMOs Rally!

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This translation of ‘Monsanto, un demi-siècle de scandales sanitaires’ has received the full authorization to be published on anglophone sites by Le Monde and the author, Soren Seelow.

The giant U.S. agribusiness Monsanto was found guilty on Monday Feb. 13, after being sued by a small farmer from Charente who had been poisoned by a herbicide. This event is a first in France. On the scale of the history of the one-hundred-year-old multinational, this sentence constitutes just one more episode in an already long record of court procedures.

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Michael Parenti: Occupy Empire!

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with Michael Parenti
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Michael Parenti Blog
www.michaelparenti.org
Mar. 31, 2012

on Mar 31, 2012

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Israel Shields Public from Risks of War with Iran by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Featured Writer
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crossposted at ISP
March 29, 2012

TEL AVIV, Mar 29, 2012 (IPS) – The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been telling Israelis that Israel can attack Iran with minimal civilian Israeli casualties as a result of retaliation, and that reassuring message appears to have headed off any widespread Israeli fear of war with Iran and other adversaries.

But the message that Iran is too weak to threaten an effective counterattack is contradicted by one of Israel’s leading experts on Iranian missiles and the head of its missile defence programme for nearly a decade, who says Iranian missiles are capable of doing significant damage to Israeli targets.

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An Occupier’s open letter to Chris Hedges by Caleb T. Maupin

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by Caleb T. Maupin
www.workers.org
Mar 30, 2012

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Chris Hedges, a writer for The Nation and former New York Times reporter, spoke at the Left Forum’s closing plenary on March 18 in New York City. [DS added the links.]

As someone who was among the thousands of youth on Sept. 17 when the occupation of Zuccotti Park began; as someone who attended some of the early General Assemblies prior to that historic day; as someone who was arrested as part of the OWS Martin Luther King Day actions; as someone who is currently involved in the continuing occupation of Union Square in preparation for the May 1st General Strike, I must say loudly and clearly that you, Chris Hedges, do not speak for me.

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Moyers and Company: Standing Up For Democracy: The 99% Spring

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billmoyers.com
March 29, 2012

Occupy America - We are the 99%

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American history is rich with stories of social change inspired by the actions of motivated individuals and organized groups. Today’s activists are no different — facing long odds against powerful and systemic special interests.

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The Great “What Ifs?” by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
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March 28, 2012

What if Trayvon Martin was a born again Christian white kid, and Zimmerman was a ‘black as the ace of spades‘ neighborhood watch captain? Does anyone out there think that the chain of events would have been the same? For all those white neighbors of mine who commented on the ‘overactive crowds that rallied recently in Sanford, Florida: What if a sea of evangelist Christians and angry white folks marched and rallied over that same terrain? On the subject of ‘born again Christians‘….

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