Truthout / Buzzflash 7 February 2013
7 February 2013 – Truthout / Buzzflash
Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian, Metropolitan Books: Once we break out of the framework of national states as unified entities with no internal divisions within them, we can see that there is a global shift of power, but it’s from the global workforce to the owners of the world.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Truthout: Popular solutions to the real crises of poverty retirement and health insecurity exist that would strengthen Social Security and Medicare and spur economic recovery.
Jose Maria Barroso Tristan, Global Education Magazine: Henry Giroux argues that education is concerned with teaching students how to come to grips with a sense of individual and social responsibility, and what it means to be an engaged citizen.
John Logan, Truthout: Union membership declined in 2012, and in spite of many inspiring and creative labor initiatives, there is every reason to think 2013 will be an extraordinarily difficult year for labor, past time to have an active political ally in the White House.
Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: It is unclear, of course, as to what Caslen will actually do at West Point. What is clear is that he incontrovertibly deserves and merits the chance to do it.
Jeffrey R. McCord, Truthout: Recent Supreme Court decisions undermine investors’ interests, and thus, the integrity of the American stock market, allowing corporations to get away with alleged misrepresentations to shareholders.
Ron Nixon, The New York Times News Service: The move would save about $2 billion annually as the agency looks for ways to cut costs, but the American Postal Workers Union said the plan will add to the agency’s financial problems.
Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus: Given that it was Western intervention and militarization of the region that largely created this mess in the first place, it inevitably raises the question as to whether it will actually end up making matters worse.
In today’s On the News segment: The nation’s largest nurses’ union – National Nurses United – has joined the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline; the progressive caucus announced it will introduce legislation known at the “Balancing Act” to reduce the deficit and stimulate the economy; Republicans are promising to block the next nominee to head up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB); and more.
Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, Truthout: Remanding human beings to the end of the line is an even bigger step backward and incongruous with treating migrants as full human beings. Yet, the primary issue here is not about specifics or details regarding the immigration proposals, but rather a mind-set or narrative.
Sarah Jaffe, AlterNet: Tests based on junk science have pushed Seattle’s teachers to the edge, and they are receiving support from educators, authors and activists around the country.
Ozgur Orhangazi, Back to Full Employment: One problem with full employment from capital’s perspective is that it would empower workers, thus potentially threatening capitalists’ control in the workplace (as well as the pace and direction of economic activity, and even political institutions of the society).
Why Does the Cry for Gun Control Become Impassioned Only When White Kids Are Shot?
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: There is an epidemic of gun deaths among urban minorities, but it largely is met with indifference by the national media and the public at large. In the president’s hometown of Chicago, it shows no sign of abating.
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