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Shared Responsibilities for Shared Problems

Dr. Gabriela D. Lemus and Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Gabriela D. Lemus and Hector E. Sanchez

We cannot allow the swine flu pandemic to cast a shadow on one of the most important civil rights issues of our time -- immigration reform.

Pass the Employee Free Choice Act

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Passage of the Employee Free Choice Act is easy to justify on the basis of guaranteeing the basic human rights of working Americans.

Obama: Beyond Savior or Trickster

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

When Obama takes a progressive step, it has been made possible by progressive activism. When Obama takes an anti-progressive step, it has been facilitated by progressives muting their criticism.

Bad Assumptions Guide US Policy on Day of Obama Visit to Mexico

Ted Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ted Lewis

we need an approach that decriminalizes undocumented workers and prioritizes stabilizing Mexican communities as part of a broader program of economic recovery.

It's the Global Economy (Stupid) -- or Is It?

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

The contemporary idea of the "global economy" is based on a misapplied analogy to the historical development of national economies.

Nafta's Promise To Mexico Still Unfulfilled 15 Years After Taking Effect

nytimes.com | ELISABETH MALKIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

EXICO CITY -- Mexico's former president, Carlos Salinas, used to promise that free trade and foreign investment would jump-start this country's develo...

Mexico Subjects 90 US Products To Tariffs After Trucking Dispute

AP | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MEXICO CITY — Mexico is imposing tariffs of 10 to 45 percent on dozens of U.S. exports ranging from fruit and wine to washing machines in retali...

Mr. Obama, Start Walking Your Bottom Up Talk

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

Bottom up approaches work because they do something different than usual, or because they support bottom up community, cooperation, sharing and community.

Obama Reaffirms Promise to Renegotiate NAFTA

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Carlsen

A war of words has raged over whether President-elect Barack Obama will hold to his campaign promise of opening up the North American Free Trade Agreement for renegotiation.

How Globalization Set the Stage for the 2008 Economic Collapse

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

A good case can be made that the massive globalization of labor and financial markets, coupled with "free markets uber alles" policies, formed a toxic mixture that made the collapse inevitable. Here's why.

Will Barack Obama Commit Industrial Policy?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Obama may soon find that he is committing a big sin against one of the major premises of the reigning ideology, and will create a head-on collision with one of the cherished dogmas of market fundamentalism -- "free trade."

Do Globalist GOP Traitors Intend to Flat Out Kill the USA's Auto Industry?

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

What do you call someone who unnecessarily puts one of America's biggest industries at serious risk and sells out millions of his country's workers abilities to make an honest living?

Obama, Bill Clinton and the Media "Center"

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Norman Solomon

The fog of memory and the spin of media are teaming up to explain that Obama must hew to "the center" if he knows what's good for his presidency.

Palin Calls Bloggers "Kids in Pajamas"

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

I am no kid, I am definitely not wearing pajames and I am living in my own house, thank you! And I am seriously depressed about the prospect of Palin having a political future.

A Lot Of Audacity, But Not Much Hope -- Guest Post From John Laesch

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

John Laesch: "I feel the need to go on the record and state that Rahm Emanuel has been consistently bad for working families."

How Do I Thank Thee, Sarah Palin?

Erica Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Heller

How do I Thank Thee, Sarah Palin? Let me count the ways... (With profound apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

Demand for New Globalization Model Goes Mainstream as Fair-Trade Election Pick-Ups Move Congress' Views Closer to Public's

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lori Wallach

From the presidential race to both chambers of Congress, successful candidates in 2008 election races ran on a platform of fundamental overhaul of U.S. trade and globalization policies.

Brighter Day

Clifford J. Tasner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clifford J. Tasner

If America should elect Barack Obama, we have to be the 'wind at his back.' We have to make sure that our voices are at least as loud as those of the big campaign donors.

The Obama Challenges

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

As President, Obama will need to confront two costly wars, global terrorism, an economy on the brink and a serious energy crisis. Don't expect immediate change.

In A Climate Of Fear, Let's Remember To Breathe

Judy Muller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Judy Muller

As Barack Obama pulls ahead in the polls, his supporters are holding their collective breath, afraid to speculate on the outcome, afraid to say it out loud, lest the polling Gods curse their arrogance and spin this thing the other way.

Who Would Want To Be President in These Times?

Bob Starks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Starks

After all of the cheering and congratulations on Inauguration Day, the new president will have to face the reality of the end of an era of prosperity and American world domination.

One Last Comment about the First Debate

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

Almost everyone has already weighed in about the first McCain-Obama debate, and all eyes and ears are now focused on the Vice-presidential debate tomo...

Women May Be Most Affected By Economic Crisis And Election

Susan Kelley-Stamerra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Susan Kelley-Stamerra

If women aren't looked after in this election, in this economic environment, the losses will be substantial and lasting.

Time to Take a Second Look at Our "Free Trade" Agreements

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

We also have nearly 15 years of experience with NAFTA and it clearly did not deliver on most of its promises. It was sold as a job creator, but the United States has actually lost jobs.

The War on Labor Day

Elana Levin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elana Levin

Bill O'Reilly talks about "The War on Christmas," and while that concept has been widely lambasted I'm here today to sound a different alarm -- that there is truly a War on Labor Day.