Articles by G. Dunkel

Will big companies make billions off a warmer Arctic?

March 17, 2015

Anchorage, Alaska — Summer temperatures in Alaska have increased by 5 degrees Fahrenheit in the past 30 years, while median winter temperatures have gone up by 10 degrees. Southeast Alaska, during this past January and February, was consistently 8 to 10 degrees warmer than the northeast [...]

Walmart gives up a little — workers fight for more

February 23, 2015

WW photo: G. Dunkel Walmart is the largest private employer in the United States, hiring around 1 percent of all U.S. workers.  Its announcement that it will raise what it pays to 500,000 workers to at least $9 an hour in April and $10 an hour next year has had a major impact. And of course, the [...]

Quebec protest rejects gov’t austerity

February 20, 2015

Thousands in protests in Montreal and Quebec City, Nov. 29, 2014. Around a thousand people protested the Quebec government’s austerity program in front of the National Assembly in Quebec City on Feb. 12, the day the parliament opened its 2015 session. The coalition, “Let’s Refuse [...]

Anti-Islam frenzy in France targets kids

February 6, 2015

In Paris, “United Against Islamophobia.” An 8-year-old boy in Nice, a small city on France’s Mediterranean coast near Italy, was hauled out of school to the police station. The boy’s father was called, television crews were summoned and headlines blared about the boy allegedly not [...]

Greek voters reject austerity

January 26, 2015

Greek workers protest austerity. Voters in Greece’s Jan. 25 parliamentary election rejected the harsh, devastating capitalist austerity program imposed, for the past six years, by the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission on the working class in that [...]

Taxes hit the 99% the hardest

January 22, 2015

The past few years have seen a multitude of protests on income inequality, decrying how the 1% makes so much more than the 99% and how this injustice creates vast inequality, social divisions and growing class anger. Taxes — local, state and federal — fall disproportionately hardest on people [...]

Greece on edge of abyss: What will Jan. 25 elections bring?

January 18, 2015

Striking workers in Athens on Sept. 23, 2014. Every political and economic problem afflicting Europe has a worse case scenario in Greece. Whichever party wins the snap election called for Jan. 25 will either offer a small ray of hope or another five years of failed austerity. The Greek Constitution [...]

Haitians demand relief 5 years after quake

January 16, 2015

Five years ago, after a catastrophic earthquake killed hundreds of thousands of Haitians and destroyed much of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, the people of the world were so struck by the devastation and suffering that they donated billions of dollars to Haiti’s relief. A majority of those [...]

Workers in Germany challenge Amazon

January 11, 2015

The Christmas spirit doesn’t suspend the class struggle. German workers and their union, Ver.di, want a higher minimum wage and better working conditions. Ver.di, formed in 2001, is a union with 2.4 million members, mostly in the service sector. Amazon faced a similar, but smaller and less [...]

Massive struggle to raise minimum wage in Indonesia

January 10, 2015

In December, all of Indonesia’s labor unions led a massive campaign for a much higher minimum wage. Minimum wages in Indonesia vary from province to province and even from city to city. They are set by a local committee consisting of business representatives, local politicians and union [...]
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