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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 […]


Free Albert Woodfox now!

By March 14, 2014

“I thought that my cause, then and now, was noble. They might bend me a little bit, they may cause me a lot of pain, they may even take my life, but they will never be able to break me.” — Albert Woodfox ­(angola3.org/the case) More than four decades ago, three young Black men — […]


The Albany, N.Y., oil train: A ticking time bomb

By March 11, 2014

Albany, N.Y. — Thirteen oil-filled tanker rail cars derailed on Feb. 28 at the sprawling CSX rail yard in Selkirk, N.Y., just eight miles from Albany. They were part of a 110-car shipment of highly flammable Bakken oil from North Dakota, on its way to Philadelphia. Each tank car contained almost 30,000 gallons of highly […]


Broad backing for minimum wage raise

By February 28, 2014

Low-wage workers are carrying out a determined and heroic struggle to force giant corporations like McDonalds, Starbucks, Walmart and others to increase their pay beyond the current starvation wages. Many workers have been penalized. Some have been fired. But they have also won important victories. For example, on Feb. 19, Gap Inc. announced that they […]


Leaked documents tell what NSA spy programs do

By February 14, 2014

Revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency spy programs have appeared in German and Dutch magazines.  The articles’ source appears to be former NSA contractor and now whistleblower Edward Snowden. On Dec. 29, the German magazine Der Spiegel published a lengthy article titled “Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit.” The article describes a secret NSA […]


Chilean soccer team supports Palestine

By January 19, 2014

The Club Deportivo Palestino, a first division football (soccer) team in Chile, has found a novel and dramatic way to display their support for Palestinians living in occupied Palestine. The team replaced all of the number “1”s on their jerseys with an iconic map of occupied Palestine. Chile is home to the largest population of […]


‘Affluenza’ & the Marxist cure

By January 10, 2014

People everywhere were shocked and outraged that the son of a Texas factory owner, Ethan Couch, was given probation after crashing his father’s truck into a group of people who had gathered off the highway to help a motorist. Couch, who was drunk, killed four and severely injured two others, one of whom is now […]


Was drone strike’s goal to wreck peace talks?

By November 13, 2013

A missile launched from a CIA drone killed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan leader Hakimullah Mehsud in northwest Pakistan. This Nov. 1 strike occurred just 18 hours before a planned invitation to a conference between Taliban leaders and the Pakistan government. The conference was designed to end the long and bloody civil war in that country. (Inter Press […]