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Will Richard Trumka Give Away our Right to Boycott?

There’s an important bill in the U.S. Senate.  It would give federal blessings to state governments that punish groups that advocate a certain kind of boycott.  Now boycotts have been a staple of trade unions for a hundred years.   I … Continue reading

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What the “Newsies” Can Teach Us

I always liked the 1992 Disney movie “Newsies”.  It was a good way to explain strikes and unions to my children and I dug the idea that anti-union Walt Disney was turning summersaults in his grave knowing his studio was … Continue reading

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Not Your Daddy’s “Time” Magazine

Growing up “Time” was just another establishment magazine, part of the Henry Luce empire, obsessed with fighting “Red China” and communism.  It’s different these days   It did pick Trump for “Person of the Year”, but he was arguably the … Continue reading

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Did She Faint Over Obama’s Awful Aleppo Answer?

About 1:30 into Obama’s final press conference an unnamed reporter faints and has to be taken out of the room.  It was just after President Obama answered at length a Bloomberg News reporter’s question over whether he felt “any personal … Continue reading

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Should We Be Surprised “Anti-War” Gabbard Auditions for Trump?

After tens of thousands of young people  rushed to the streets to denounce Trump’s election, “Sanderista” Tulsi Gabbard’s made different kind of headlines.  She answered Donald Trump’s call and went to a vetting meeting. Yes, after the election all the … Continue reading

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How Many Tons of Greenhouse Gas Would be Released in Making Trump’s Wall?

By Stanley Heller Driving I listened to NPR news show.  They were interviewing a contractor who was eager to build Trump’s Mexico wall.  He estimated that it would take 250,000 truckloads of concrete to do the job.  Knowing that concrete … Continue reading

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Demand Things from Obama Now, Too

It’s great that people are out in the streets expressing rage against Trump and vowing solidarity with all the people he intends to persecute, but some of the demands should be right at Obama.  He has power for two months. … Continue reading

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After the Trump Apocalypse – Time for a New Strategy for Labor

by Stanley Heller,  a 40+ year American Federation of Teachers member and former Central Labor Council representative For at least 3 decades now we’ve been putting all our eggs in the Democratic Party basket.  Strikes and serious boycott…just honored things of … Continue reading

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Rage for Aleppo and Syria

By Stanley Heller They say that generals usually prepare for the last war.  This has happened to the peace movement, too.  The anti-war coalitions in the U.S. and UK are acting as if this was 2003 and everyone needed to … Continue reading

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U.S. Green Platform Mentions the Word “Syria”

After five years of revolution, unrelenting savage attacks by Assad’s military, and massive foreign intervention by Russia and Iran (and to a far lesser extent by the U.S., the Saudis and other Gulf monarchies), the Green Party platform has finally … Continue reading

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A Challenge to the Green Party on Syria

by Stanley Heller August 4.  The uprising and fighting in Syria have gone on for over five years and your platform doesn’t say a word about it.  Delegates to this weekend’s convention, how about adding these five sentences? We stand … Continue reading

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Not One Word from Hillary about Syria Either

July 29. As I predicted Hillary Clinton had nothing to say about Syria in her HISTORIC (by law we have to add that adjective) acceptance speech last night.  Not a single phrase of sympathy for the people suffering under siege … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders’ Lousy Speech

By Stanley Heller July 28.  I won’t bother criticizing Bernie Sanders for endorsing Hillary.  He said he’d do it all along, endorse the winner of the Democratic Party primaries.  It was only the willfully blind who thought he was going … Continue reading

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Big Greens and Nuclear Power Embraces: What the WSJ Got Right

by Dan Fischer Writing for the media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), Miranda Spencer leveled strong charges against a June 16th Wall Street Journal article by reporter Amy Harder. Harder’s original article reported that some of America’s … Continue reading

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To defeat Hitler Vote for Hindenburg! –  “Lesser Evil” Voting Then and Now

By Stanley Heller In 1932 in Germany there were four national elections including two for the powerful position of president. The two leading candidates for president of Germany were Adolf Hitler and Paul von Hindenburg. Today when we hear the … Continue reading

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A Generation to the Left of Bernie Sanders?

by Dan Fischer As Noam Chomsky has noted, the social democratic positions of Bernie Sanders are “quite strongly supported by the general public, and have been for a long time.” Chomsky could have gone much further, had he focused on … Continue reading

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The Biggest Revelation in the “Panama Papers”

April 5.  The most important service done by the releasing of the “Panama Papers” is not revealing the names of the big shots hiding money in banks where they pay no taxes. Better it makes very public the fact that … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges on Saudi Arabia and the Elections

Video of Hedges talk CODEPINK last weekend had over 250 at a conference they called the “Saudi Summit” to examine the awful record of America’s oldest Middle East ally. On March 6, Chris Hedges addressed the gathering. Chris Hedges is … Continue reading

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You Can’t Make a Revolution in a Counter-Revolutionary Party – Jill Stein

Video of her talk in Portland, CT 2/13/2016

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Constructive if Harsh Criticism of Parts of Stein’s Speech

Feb. 14. Some observations about Jill Stein’s talk yesterday in CT.  The crowd of about 30-40 was about 1/3 people in their twenties, almost no minorities, no “Middle Eastern” people that I noticed.  She said the Democratic Party officials would … Continue reading

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