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NSA spy campaign against Muslims exposed

By July 17, 2014

On the one hand, the U.S. government, through its Supreme Court, has decided that corporate bosses, if their religious biases are “sincerely held,” can use them to deny fundamental reproductive rights to women workers, namely insurance funding for contraceptives. On the other hand, that same U.S. government continues to wage a non-stop campaign of racist […]


Lac-Mégantic blast victims remembered

By July 13, 2014

Three hundred people gathered July 6 at the Ezra Prentice Basketball Court in South Albany, N.Y., a poor, predominantly Black neighborhood. They came to mark the one-year anniversary of the explosion and fire that killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. That explosion was from a trainload of DOT-111 oil tanker cars carrying thousands of gallons […]


Argentina ruling: U.S. court backs Wall Street vultures

By July 7, 2014

U.S. government actions to promote Wall Street banks, particularly in Latin America, have a long and sordid history. A highly decorated, retired Marine Corps general, Smedley D. Butler, confessed it quite bluntly in a famous article published in Common Sense magazine in 1935: “I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests […]


Casey Kasem kept his feet on the ground

By June 24, 2014
Casey Kasem on the front banner of the Jan. 19, 1991, Coalition to Stop U.S. Intervention in the Middle East protest.

Entertainer and political activist Casey Kasem, 82, died on June 15 after a long illness. Kasem was “more likely to be listening to a speech by Malcolm X on his cassette player than music by Miami Sound Machine,” according to a 1989 profile in the Los Angeles Times. Born Kemal Amen Kasem in Detroit, of […]


U.S. imperialism’s dirty little secret

By May 14, 2014

As World War I broke out 100 years ago, Vladimir Lenin pointed to the root cause of that terrible social catastrophe as “the extreme intensification of the struggle for markets in the latest — the imperialist — stage of capitalist development.” (“The War and Russian Social-Democracy,” October 1914). His words could have been written today, […]


Case of the missing workers

By May 9, 2014

Politicians, pundits and the corporate media are strenuously patting themselves on the back for the new “official” April unemployment rate of 6.3 percent. That is the lowest rate since the Great Recession began six years ago. “The recovery is in full swing!” they all clamor. A study released on May 3 by the progressive Economic […]


U.S. bosses hoard $2 trillion overseas

By April 28, 2014

Hundreds of U.S. corporations’ profits that are held in overseas bank accounts nearly doubled between 2008 and 2013, when the total came to $2.1 trillion, reported Audit Analytics’ blog on April 1. Conglomerate General Electric had the biggest pile of money abroad, at $110 billion. Next is Microsoft at $76.4 billion, followed by drug makers […]


Buying elections gets more expensive

By April 12, 2014

On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the McCutcheon v. FEC case that the wealthy could donate funds to an unlimited number of candidates, party campaign committees and political action committees. Before this ruling, the most that one billionaire could openly give was $123,000 during each two-year “cycle.” Now each can give millions […]


The people protest Albany, N.Y., oil trains

By March 31, 2014

At the urging of Albany, N.Y., neighborhood residents who were joined by several environmental organizations, on March 12 Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy placed a moratorium on oil company Global Partners’ plans to install seven boilers to heat tar sands oil here before loading it onto barges to ship down the Hudson River. At the […]


Behind the coup in Ukraine: Oil and gas as a weapon

By March 20, 2014

What do oil and gas have to do with the U.S.-sponsored crisis in the Ukraine? Lots. But that is barely mentioned in the mass media here. And it’s not the first time. When the U.S. military invaded Afghanistan and then Iraq, the story was that it had to do with “combating terrorism” and “eliminating weapons […]