Displaying all posts for G. Dunkel

Capitalism increases Ebola dangers

By August 9, 2014

Aug. 7 — Ebola was identified 40 years ago in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, then called Zaire. Two hundred and eighty people died in this first reported outbreak, on the banks of the river Ebola, out of 318 infected, for a fatality rate of 88 percent. For the next 40 years, Ebola was […]


In Kansas, tax cut means austerity

By July 28, 2014

The state of Kansas is running out of money in its rainy-day fund because it made huge cuts in  income tax rates in 2012. It took in $338 million less than expected in the 2014 fiscal year. Governor Sam Brownback pushed for these cuts, claiming they would pay for themselves with increased economic growth. His […]


France: Thousands defy ban on pro-Palestinian protests

By July 22, 2014
In the Paris suburb of Sarcelles.

According to the French newspaper Le Monde, on July 19 between 6,000 and 8,000 people showed up at a banned demonstration in Paris to support the Palestinian resistance in Gaza. Their main slogan was “Israel is an assassin, [French President] Hollande is an accomplice.” (Reuters, July 19)  Demonstrations, likewise officially banned, also took place in […]


The U.S. dollar: A tool for Washington’s arrogance

By July 17, 2014

It was just another small story on the business pages and in the blogs devoted to economic news: The U.S. got BNP-Paribas — France’s largest bank — to agree to plead guilty to a felony and pay a nearly $9 billion fine, as well as fire some executives and accept some restrictions on its business. […]


Golden Farm workers win contract

By July 4, 2014
WW photo: Anne Pruden

For nearly two years the workers at the Golden Farm Deli in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn have been trying to get a contract. Finally, the Golden Farm owner gave up his attempt to get Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 338 decertified. He gave up trying to provoke the community support organized by […]


Haitians protest Presidents Martelly and Clinton

By June 25, 2014
Outside Cipriani’s restaurant, June 19.WW photo: G. Dunkel

The anger that burst out in the streets of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, on June 5 and June 10 spilled over into the streets of New York City on June 19. More than 100 Haitians and some North American supporters showed up on short notice to protest the “Happy Hearts Fund” special award to Haitian President Michel […]


New York City: ‘Hands off our homes’

By June 19, 2014
New York City: ‘Hands off our homes’

Hundreds of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village tenants came to the steps of New York’s City Hall June 13 in the rain to demand “Wall Street predators keep their hands off our homes.” They want ST-PCV preserved as a community, not turned into a commodity. ST-PCV is a very large apartment complex with over 11,000 apartments […]


Restaurant workers demand justice

Restaurant workers demand justice

A protest was organized in front of Liberato Restaurant in the Bronx, N.Y., on June 10. Workers employed at the restaurant explained a number of grievances, including not being paid a minimum wage, not getting overtime pay, working in an unsafe environment, sexual harassment by male managers and their tips being misappropriated. Community and political […]


Haiti: Protests hit 10 years of U.N. occupation

By June 14, 2014

The United Nation’s Minustah force took over the occupation of Haiti 10 years ago, on June 1, 2004, after the United States, with help from France and Canada, carried out a coup d’etat. They kidnapped popular President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Feb. 29 and sent him on a U.S. plane into exile in the Central African […]


Class struggle and income inequality

By May 31, 2014

Thomas Piketty has become famous because he’s pointed out that there has been a significant increase in wealth inequality in the capitalist world. “Capitalism in the 21st Century” by Thomas Piketty was published in French in 2013, very quickly and ably translated into English, and has created a major stir. Amazon and Barnes & Noble […]