Truthout / Buzzflash 7 February 2013

7 February 2013 Truthout / Buzzflash

 

Noam Chomsky: Who Owns the World?

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.

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Solve the Real Problems – Poverty Retirement and Health Insecurity – and the Economy Will Recover

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.

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Henry Giroux: The Necessity of Critical Pedagogy in Dark Times

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.

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012 Union Membership Figures?

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.

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Evolution, Revolution and the US Senate Confirmation of Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen

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.

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US Retirement Funds Say BP Managers Repeatedly Lied About Safety Lapses

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.

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Postal Service to End Delivery of Letters on Saturdays

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.

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The Mali Blowback: More to Come?

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.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Largest Nurses’ Union in the US Has Joined the Fight Against Keystone XL, and More

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.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript 

Remanding Migrants “To the End of the Line”

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.

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What You Need to Know About the Seattle Teachers’ Rebellion and the Deeply Flawed Test That Inspired It

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.

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Financialization and Unemployment

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).

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BuzzFlash

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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Keystone XL Inspires Sierra Club to Push for Civil Disobedience

Read the Article at Grist

 

American Crossroads Goes After Ashley Judd With $10,000 Ad Campaign

Read the Article and Watch the Video at Talking Points Memo

 

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Susan Crawford for FCC Chairman

Read the Article at The Washington Post

 

Pentagon Extends Limited Benefits to Gay Couples

Read the Article at Salon

 

Democrats Propose Bill Decriminalizing Pot

Read the Article at The Hill

 

Federal Reserve Hacked

Read the Article at the Guardian

 

Nearly Half of All US Farms Now Have Superweeds

Read the Article at Mother Jones

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Posted 7th February 2013 by InI in category Truthout

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