Lawrence Wittner: Corporate Welfare Fails to Deliver the Jobs: The Sad Case of Start-Up NY

For several decades, state and local governments have been showering private businesses with tax breaks and direct subsidies based on the theory that this practice fosters economic development and, therefore, job growth.  But does it?  New York State’s experience indicates that, when it comes to producing jobs, corporate welfare programs are a bad investment. In Read more…

Peter Bohmer: Another Police Shootings of African-Americans! It Can Happen Anywhere in the United States Including Olympia, WA. It Did Happen Here!

Police Shootings of African-Americans! It Just Happened in “liberal” Olympia, WA   Another Police Shootings of African-Americans! It Can Happen Anywhere in the United States Including Olympia, WA. It Did Happen Here! by Peter Bohmer, May 26, 2015   At 1:15 A.M. early Thursday, May 21st on the westside of   Olympia, Washington, white police officer, Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: The Vietnam War: After 40 Years

Today, 40 years after the American war in Vietnam ended in ignominious defeat, the traces of that terrible conflict are disappearing. Traveling through Vietnam during the latter half of April 2015 with a group of erstwhile antiwar activists, I was struck by the transformation of what was once an impoverished, war-devastated peasant society into a Read more…

Vicki Nikolaidis: Reparations from Germany – Of course

Greece has every reason to negotiate for reparations from Germany based on damages caused during WWII. The evidence exists to apply for reparations from GB and USA as well, but starting with Germany is smart.  The main rub is that after WWII, German behaviors damaging to Greece continued, if not for that perhaps the intensity Read more…

Vicki Nikolaidis: Syriza is not far or radical or anything liberal

Always best to look at what policies political parties put into place before giving them a label. For one example, university education was handily set back in time 20 years by Syriza. Think about a robust graduate student body with professors finding research money for the students (1) to pay the students and (2) to Read more…

Joe Emersberger: A Reuters article on Venezuela I almost can’t nitpick

The headline to this article by Alexandra Ulmer reads “Venezuela parliament leader squeezes media bosses over drugs story” It is about a defamation suit that Diosdado Cabello, the Chavista head of the National Assembly, brought against some media outlets that accused him of being a drug lord. The article notes “Opposition leaders and U.S. officials Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV — The Social Environment: Racism

 Green Time TV The Social Environment: Racism   by Don Fitz   The social environment, including how we are treated and mistreated by others, is as much a part of our environment as green spaces, rivers and climate change. What is it like to grow up in a world where people are as afraid of Read more…

Bob Simpson: When White People Rioted in Baltimore

“The despot’s heel is on thy shore, Maryland! His torch is at thy temple door, Maryland! Avenge the patriotic gore That flecked the streets of Baltimore, And be the battle queen of yore, Maryland! My Maryland!“ This is the opening stanza of “Maryland, My Maryland”, the official state song. You can view  the complete lyrics Read more…

Gerry Mohan: Women in Afghanistan 1978

The pictures below are from Afghanistan in the 1970s, some of them from Kathleen Foster’s film “Afghan Women, a History of Struggle”. The bottom picture is from 2013 If we are to believe current mythology, the U.S. and its willing helpers are busy rescuing Afghanistan from the dark ages. The truth is not far from Read more…

Joe Emersberger: UK Tories win Majority in Parliament despite getting only 36% of the votes

Another outrageous result courtesy of the First Past the Post electoral system. Graphics below show the grim details. Richard Seymour wrote a fine electoral post-mortem. He pointed out that the Tories did much better in terms of winning seats than in 2010 despite barely winning any more votes. Labour’s share of the vote was also Read more…

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