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The F Word: Crushing Workers in Wisconsin Has National Effects

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

So that's what they mean by from welfare to work. First you force the poorest Americans into the workforce, then you go after their bargaining power. Wisconsin is only the eye of this storm.

The F Word: Obama Should Be Ashamed of His Budget

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

While around 22 million Americans are looking for work, domestic spending will be at its lowest level since Dwight Eisenhower? We should be ashamed to let our president get away with this.

The F Word: Corruption and Inequality Begin at Home

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The U.S. media seems to have found a new language for the economy. There's been talk of "solidarity" and even "class war." The only problem? They're talking about Egypt.

The F Word: Media Miss the Al Jazeera Story

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Laura Flanders

One of the biggest stories of the past few weeks has been the story of Americans discovering Al Jazeera English. It shouldn't have been so hard. As ...

The F Word: Setting the Story Straight on Snow "Slowdown"

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Laura Flanders

It's worth noting: the story of a union-staged work slowdown after New York's first major snowstorm of the year has been debunked pretty thoroughly by now.

The F Word: Protests in Cairo Forgotten by Obama

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Flanders

Why did the president not have anything to say about Egypt -- where thousands of people, inspired by Tunisia, were taking to the streets to protest their own repressive government -- another one the US has backed for years?

The F Word: No Solutions at State of the Union

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Obama will deliver his take on the State of the Union tonight, and while Congress has bickered about bipartisan seating, it doesn't matter where anyon...

The F Word: Obama's Deregulation Dance With Wall Street

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

With a new Republican Congress, it was only a matter of time before some politician vowed to get rid of regulations. We just didn't think it would be Barack Obama.

The F Word: Widening Concern for Public Workers

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

It's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day on Monday, the holiday that celebrates the Nobel Peace Prize winner's birth and life. The Rev. King wasn't assass...

The F Word: The Violence of the Broken Economy

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

A lot of people have talked this week about violent political rhetoric bringing the U.S. to a fever pitch, but there's something else keeping people o...

The F Word: Choosing Care for Haiti, Somalia, Ourselves

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Flanders

If Haitians and Somalis, people with what most of us would call nothing, can take a stand and protect what they hold dear, how about us?

The F Word: Leaving the People Out of the Debate

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

It's not just the unemployed we don't tend to see on U.S. TV. Take public workers. They're in the news every day, but it's not actually them. It's people talking about them.

The F Word: Constitutional Lessons For the New Congress

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The Republican lawmakers who read the Constitution out loud as their very first act in the new Congress better bask in their Tea Party glow -- because they're not going to feel the love from Constitutional scholars.

The F Word: Public Workers Getting Snowed

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Laura Flanders

Non-New Yorkers gloat beware -- the Big Apple's storm offers just a taste of the problems that are likely to be coming your way.

The F Word: Ask, Tell, Don't Kill

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Last Thursday, 131 demonstrators -- many of them veterans -- were arrested outside of the White House, protesting war.

The F Word: Forgetting Bradley Manning

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Today, Julian Assange is out of jail. But let's not forget that without Bradley Manning and many others like him, Assange and WikiLeaks and all our new-found public information would be as in the dark as Manning is right now.

The F Word: Harry Potter and the Bailed-Out Banks

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Laura Flanders

While students in London spend hours in the cold protesting tuition fees, RBS, a bank that took a huge government bailout, throws a party commemorating Harry Potter. It'd be funny except it's exactly what just happened.

The F Word: Remembering Why WikiLeaks Matters

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

It can be sexy to talk about digital direct action, but tech activists and political activists, especially in the US, bring a tremendous amount of privilege to the table.

The F Word: Attacks On Government Workers in Tax Deal

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

A little-noticed provision in the "tax cut compromise" we discussed today with Bernie Sanders might well drain the states' coffers.

The F Word: Shifting Goalposts on Terrorism

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

We've seen so many definitions of terrorist in the last few years, it can be hard to keep them straight. So I suppose it's understandable when someone like Rep. Peter King from New York can't remember what the word means anymore.

The F Word: When Interpol Cares about Sexual Assault

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Julian Assange turned himself in Tuesday -- he's been arrested and is being held without bail in London ahead of a hearing on extradition to Sweden. T...

The F Word: The Big Float's a Big Scam

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Wednesday's mammoth release of documents pertaining to the Fed's bank bail out program could well spark the most outrage, at least among those not fortunate enough to head a firm on Wall Street.

The F Word: WikiLeaks' Economic Warfare

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

If Assange's cyber invasion is to Bankster Street what the civil rights marchers were to segregation, what are Wall Street's water cannons? I can hardly wait to find out.

The F Word: Why Tax When You Can Freeze?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Although that $2 billion Obama estimates he'll save in freezing federal employees' wages sounds like a lot of money, it isn't. Compare it to the $700 billion that we handed over to Wall Street.

The F Word: Profits, Pensions, and the Return of GM

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Today marked the return of automaker GM to public trading on the stock market. All hail the American automakers, returning to profitability in a littl...