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The attacks on the public domain, particularly public education, social services, and the public sector unions that are linked to these services, are coming in rapid-fire succession, sometimes in an overwhelming barrage where the victims have little time to comprehend what is happening and respond effectively.
America's political process is lawless, corrupt and dysfunctional. Fiscal cliff hype, noise and theater continue. Destroying fundamental civil society social protections aren't mentioned.
Rushed through legislation targeted Iran's growing Latin American influence. On December 28, Obama signed the Countering Iran in Western Hemisphere Act.
It requires the State Department to "address Iran's growing hostile presence and activity." Washington wants the Islamic Republic shut out of the region entirely. It wants it isolated globally.
Form every TV and radio news broadcast, the words, `fiscal cliff' are being mentioned, in a tone and frequency of dread and fear.
Listeners, viewers and readers can sense the dread and faux fear, but little clarity arises from the dust.
What is the fiscal cliff?
It is a political creation made by Congress itself, as a self- made rule to force agreement (but really to blackmail political opponents), or else massive cuts will be automatically made in defense, social services and other government programs.
Akbayan Party-list joins the Filipino people in celebrating our historic victory in the passage of the Reproductive Health bill in the second reading of the House of Representatives. Through Representatives Walden Bello and Kaka Bag-ao, Akbayan reiterated the voice of the people when it voted for life, choice, and reproductive health rights. We join the people in enjoying the fruit of more than a decade of struggle—a long and arduous journey towards the enactment of a law that will uphold and safeguard their right to a better future. Finally, after years of perseverance, the people have emerged triumphant.
Since the 1970s, the Republican Party
has fallen increasingly under the influence of radical ideologues,
whose goal is nothing less than the elimination of the welfare state —
that is, the whole legacy of the New Deal and the Great Society.
Whether we are left with the Fiscal Cliff or a Grand Bargain, workers in the U.S. face massive cuts to programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, unemployment insurance, Food Stamp assistance and other needed social safety nets. This is an example of “austerity” which has largely been pursued in the U.S. until now, on a statewide and local level.
On November 15, thousands in Gaza City residents mourned Jabari's assassination. Israel murdered him the previous day in cold blood.
Score another victory for occupation harshness. Add one to the column of Israeli crimes against humanity. Volumes are needed to list them. Israel lives by the sword of injustice. One day perhaps it will perish for its villainy.
Hamas officials and Qassam Brigades leaders stayed away from Jabari's funeral for their safety.
Is ANYONE doing ANYTHING to protest or otherwise call attention to the latest attacks on Gaza?
Cheering is not enough, Push Congress to vote for policy changes this Lame Duck Session
(Updated version Nov 25) There were some dramatic shifts this November. Instead of waiting for the Social Security fight next year, let's make changes the victors tend to agree on this year. Suddenly fewer people think pot and gay marriage will destroy us, Islam haters lost big. Maybe the unintended consequences of that movie insulting Islam, is the new belief that Islamophobes are baiting trouble not warning about it. Dramatic shift in the Orthodox Jewish community who had a habit of voting Republican.
It’s true that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have many political differences. But they also agree on many essential policies; enough to make the next four years easily predictable, no matter who wins. Here are five predictions based on the most important shared beliefs of the two candidates:
Who benefits when left-wingers boycott the vote? If the left decides not to vote because "the system is corrupt," which side gains from that?
Much is rightly made of the `maverick' character of former Pennsylvania
U.S. Senator Arlen Specter in obituaries and other media coverage since
his recent death.
That maverick streak certainly animated Specter's December 2010 Farewell
Speech from the Senate where he criticized the lack of civility
currently rampant in that body plus assailed both political parties for
perpetuating legislative gridlock and abuses of Senate rules.
When a torrent hits an obstacle that refuses to give, it either flows around or over the obstruction. When workers’ needs for a living wage, fair treatment, and a voice are damned up by an oppressive employer, it is only a matter of time before they find a way of asserting their strength.
Apart from a few exceptions, the entire Turkish press is treacherously rejoicing over Turkey's march to war with Syria.
State of the Republican campaign and the new movie "Won't Back Down."