Displaying all posts for G. Dunkel

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 […]


Austerity, imperialism & disease

By May 28, 2014

Airport malaria is common in Europe. The region is the destination of travelers from many parts of the world, like Africa, where malaria is widespread. But when local transmission of malaria was reported in Greece in 2012 — the first time in 40 years — alarm bells went off. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]


Petraeus ‘wanted for genocide’

By May 16, 2014
Petraeus a war criminal

Students from the City University of New York and others stood in protest May 6 across from CUNY’s McCauley Honors College on West 67th Street, where retired Gen. David Petraeus was lecturing that afternoon. Petraeus was formerly director of the CIA and prior to that, top commander in U.S.-occupied Iraq and Afghanistan, so there were […]


Workers around the world say NO to cutbacks & austerity

By May 7, 2014

In addition to May Day marches in the U.S., millions of workers all over the world protested and marched on May 1, raising a range of issues important to them — from establishing a minimum wage in Germany to demanding the execution of a factory owner in Bangladesh who had been responsible for the deaths of hundreds […]


Ile à Vache resiste apropiación de tierras

By April 29, 2014

El gobierno haitiano está presionando para convertir Ile à Vache (Isla de Vaca) — en la costa sur de Haití — en un desarrollo turístico con un aeropuerto internacional y cadenas hoteleras. Un decreto del gobierno publicado en el diario oficial Le Moniteur el 10 de mayo de 2013, declaró Ile à Vache “una zona […]


Haiti marchers demand president’s ouster

By April 24, 2014

President Michel Martelly of Haiti was chosen by the United States and has been maintained in power by the United Nations’ military occupation, which is called Minustah. Thousands of people came out in Port-au-Prince on April 15 to say that the time has come for Martelly to turn in the keys to his office and […]


Haiti news in brief

By April 21, 2014

Ile à Vache resists land grab The Haitian government is pushing to turn Ile à Vache (Cow Island) — which is off Haiti’s southern coast — into a major tourist development that would have an international airport and major hotel chains. A government decree published in the official journal Le Moniteur on May 10, 2013, […]


Greece sells bonds, workers suffer more

By April 19, 2014

If workers in the Ukraine want to see what joining the EU and borrowing from the “troika” — the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission — might mean for them, they should look at Greece, Portugal or countries like Spain, which is the same size as Ukraine. Portugal’s unemployment rate […]


Behind right-wing gains in French election

By April 9, 2014

The New York Times and Washington Post in the U.S. and the Guardian in England presented France’s local elections on March 30 as a breakthrough for the French far right, along with substantial gains for the center-right. But the real key to understanding developments in France is the record level of abstentions. Nearly 40 percent […]


Teachers hold national strike in Britain

By April 5, 2014

Teachers across Britain went on strike March 26 over pay, pensions and teaching conditions. The National Union of Teachers got the support of many, but not all, parents. The teachers in London marched on the prime minister’s residence on Downing Street. Tom Davies, past president of the NUT chapter in Ealing, a western suburb of […]