The following articles of interest were published elsewhere on the web today:
- Rev. Pinkney – and God – Versus Racism in Michigan
A brief backgrounder on the case of imprisoned Benton Harbor activist Rev. Edward Pinkney.
Categories: racism bentonharbor michigan aclu
- Citigroup bailout blackout: Network news programs featured no one asserting deal is bad for taxpayers
Not surprisingly, the network news coverage of the Citigroup bailout featured no critics of the plan.
Categories: economy media corporation banks
- Seattle WTO Shutdown 9 Year Anniversary: 5 Lessons for Today
A look back at the protests that shut down the WTO on November 30, 1999 and the possibilities for renewing that sense of urgency and immediacy.
Categories: wto protest
- Weapons Come Second: Can Obama Take on the Pentagon?
Frida Berrigan contemplates whether or not Barack Obama can take on the Pentagon and make fundamental changes to its operation and policies.
Categories: obama pentagon
- Madam Secretary Clinton and the Middle East
A detailed look at Hillary Clinton’s positions and votes on the Middle East coupled with an argument that her choice means there will be little “change” under the Obama administration when it comes to foreign policy.
Categories: hillaryclinton media obama middleeast
- Media Cheer for “Non-Ideological” Centrists
The corporate media has cheered Obama’s cabinet picks as so-called “non-ideological” centrists.
Categories: media obama
- The Obama “Dream Team”: Rubin Clones and Other Fakers
An examination of Obama’s economic team and its ties to those responsible for the current economic crisis.
Categories: obama economy
- Obama’s Economic Team: Records of Failure
Obama’s economic team has a record of supporting policies that led to the economic crisis of today, and now they are being charged with ending the crisis?
Categories: obama economy
- Afghans to Obama: End the Occupation
In an interview, a representative of the Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) says that Obama should end the occupation of Afghanistan rather than escalate the war.
Categories: afghanistan antiwar obama
- As Obama Considers Napolitano For Homeland Security Chief, A Look at Her Immigration Policies as Arizona Governor
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano has received Obama’s nomination as Homeland Security head, but she has a somewhat troubling record on immigration.
Categories: immigration obama
- Gen. Jim Jones: What Kool-Aid Will He Offer Obama?
Obama’s pick for National Security Advisor is a strong supporter of the occupation of Afghanistan.
Categories: afghanistan obama
- Why Are We Shocked By Obama’s Centrism?
Writer David Sirota argues that we shouldn’t be surprised by Obama’s centrist picks and that in many ways they are the logic conclusion of an a campaign and “movement” built around an individual.
- Neocons, Republicans and War Criminals Rave About Obama’s ‘Team of Rivals’
The reviews are in, and the right loves Obama’s foreign policy picks. What does this say about his choices?
Categories: antiwar obama
- Hillary Clinton’s Disdain for International Law — Change We Can Believe In?
While others focus on Robert Gates, this articles presents a convincing argument that Hillary Clinton’s appointment to Secretary of State is not a progressive change. The article also includes a good examination of the policies of the Clinton administration, which have tended to be idealized and exaggerated during the Bush years.
Categories: hillaryclinton obama antiwar internationallaw
- Why Robert Gates is a Terrible Pick
Robert Gates has criticized Obama’s plan–however limited it is–to withdraw troops from Iraq. Moreover, he is slated to join a foreign policy team with fairly narrow–and centrist–views. Is this really the best we can do?
Categories: obama antiwar
- Are Long Lines the “New Poll Tax”?
Are long lines at the polls disproportionately occurring in areas with predominately people of color? According to this article, there is an argument to be made that this is the case.
Categories: voting racism elections elections2008
- Monsanto Beets Down Opposition
A critical look at Monsanto’s Roundup Ready sugar beets.
Categories: monsanto agriculture gmo
- Media Putting Too Much Lipstick on that Pig
A critique of the argument that because of the election of Barack Obama the United States has entered a “post-racial” era. Of course, outside the media, it’s rare to hear such an argument.
Categories: obama race elections2008 media
- Ban the Cluster Bomb
“More than 100 countries have agreed to stop using them. Guess which one hasn’t”
Categories: weapons war antiwar
- Assessing the G-20 Declaration
The recent G-20 summit “…gave world powers a chance to coordinate their responses to the burgeoning international financial crisis and accompanying ills in real economies around the globe but produced a long, vague, and telling declaration, devoid of meaningful commitments to change business as usual.”
Categories: g20 capitalism economy
- Not-So-Pearly Gates
A well-argued critique of Obama’s decision to appoint Republican Robert Gates as his Secretary of Defense.
Categories: obama antiwar
- Supporters of “Medicare for All” Prepare for Health Care Showdown
Union advocates of “Medicare for all” are organizing to make labor a united voice on health care reform–and to pressure Democrats to do the right thing.
Categories: unions labor organizing healthcare democrats