What Obama did and didn’t say

By February 5, 2014

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress was an effort to touch the right buttons to retain the allegiance of millions of people in the U.S. who are suffering from the prolonged economic crisis. In that sense, it was very like the State of the Union speeches made by presidents in the […]


Cuban hero to be released from U.S. prison

Fernando González

After spending 15 years unjustly imprisoned for fighting terrorism, Fernando González, one of the Cuban Five, is scheduled to be released from federal prison on Feb. 27. Fernando will be the second of the Five to be released. René González was released in October 2011 after serving his entire sentence. The Five were sent to […]


Ten arrested in Georgia guv’s office


Atlanta, Jan. 27 – The fight for expansion of Medicaid in Georgia moved directly into the governor’s office inside the state Capitol when dozens of people attempted to see the state’s highest elected official. Ten protesters got through the door before police stopped the crowd and locked the others out. When the group was told […]


CELAC Summit in Havana challenges U.S. domination


The development of countries and regions is an ongoing dialectical process, just as the peoples’ movements throughout the world are. In the Latin American and Caribbean area, the peoples’ participation in political life, with a renewed involvement of sectors of the population who had been excluded for decades, has brought about significant positive changes in […]


Drilling industry tramps on anti-fracking activist’s rights

By February 4, 2014
Vera Scroggins

Northeast Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale is ground zero for the impact of hydraulic fracturing — fracking — on rural communities. The process involves injecting millions of gallons of water and sand laden with toxic and carcinogenic chemicals deep into underground shale formations to release natural gas. Marcellus Shale is typical of many economically depressed regions in the U.S. where fracking has occurred. With […]


Pete Seeger: Folk musician, anti-capitalist fighter

By February 3, 2014
Pete Seeger

World-renowned folk musician and songwriter, Peter “Pete” Seeger, was born in 1919. He came from a wealthy New England family, and both his parents were classical musicians. In the summer of 1936, when Seeger was 17 years old, he went to “Mountain Dance and Folk Festival” in Asheville, N.C. At the festival, Seeger had what […]


Why each $1.3 million GM invests creates just one job


On Dec. 13, General Motors announced with great fanfare that it was going to invest $1.3 billion, mostly in Flint, Mich., to “create or preserve” 1,000 jobs. The company did not say how many of the jobs would be preserved — how many workers would be saved from layoffs — and how many would be […]


Airlines grab billions, leave workers in misery


Airlines profits have been bolstered by billions in government subsidies. Meanwhile, wages for airlines’ contract service workers have dropped up to 45 percent since 2002. Some subsidies are visible, according to a March 8, 2013, Boston Globe article: The federal government provides 30 percent of the budget of $7.6 billion to the Transportation Security Administration, […]


Shale oil train derails in Philly

By February 1, 2014
Derailed train dangles over West Philadelphia.WW photo: Joseph Piette

Philadelphia — On Jan. 20, seven cars of a mile-long freight train operated by CSX Corporation and carrying Bakken Shale crude oil, derailed on a bridge over the Schuylkill River in West Philadelphia. The densely populated area nearest the bridge is home to two major universities, two hospitals, plus thousands of apartment buildings and residential […]


Environmental racism grows in North Carolina


Although African-American communities in North Carolina are already more than twice as likely as others to be burdened with landfills and other solid-waste facilities, chances are, more environmental misery could be headed their way. Lawmakers this year substantially limited the protections for such communities provided in environmental justice legislation that the N.C. General Assembly passed […]