The following articles of interest were published elsewhere on the web today:
- Michigan House passes vote to eliminate electoral college
Last week, the Michigan House of Representatives passed legislation that expresses support for eliminating the electoral college and electing presidents on a direct popular vote.
Categories: elections michigan
- Getting Things Done With Obama
A look at the idea that Obama abandoned his true “leftist” or “progressive” leanings in exchange for being realistic and “getting things done.” It’s an interesting piece that looks beyond Obama at the common trope that the left in the US simply isn’t serious or realistic.
Categories: obama left organizing
- What You Need To Know About Ray LaHood
A background piece on Obama’s choice of Republican Ray LaHood to be Secretary of Transportation.
- Antiwar Organizing in the Obama Era
A look inside United for Peace and Justice’s last organizing convention and how the largest antiwar group plans to mobilize in the era of Obama.
Categories: antiwar obama organizing activism
- Faced with Concession Demands, Unions Resist
A look at how unions are fighting back when corporations attempt to use the economy as an excuse to revert labor’s gains.
Categories: unions labor organizing
- Nightmare On Coal Street: The Video
According to the global warming blog DeSmog, Obama’s choice of Steven Chu to head up the Department of Energy means that clean coal will have less support in the federal government.
Categories: obama coal energy
- Remembering Paul Weyrich
A look at the death of Paul Weyrich and his influence on the religious right and the Republican Party.
Categories: republicans religiousright
- Communique from the Occupied Polytechnic University in Athens: Saturday 20/12 Global Day of Action against State Terrorism
A statement from an occupied university in Greece that is in many ways a hub for what is happening in Greece. Also includes some video footage of recent protests.
Categories: greece protests europe
- Hilda Solis To Be Labor Secretary
A piece from West Michigan Rising that contains reaction from organized labor to Obama’s selection of Hilda Solis as Labor Secretary.
Categories: labor unions obama
- What the UAW Made
A somewhat overly laudatory history of the UAW, but an interesting read nevertheless. It looks at the victories that the UAW has been part of over the past century.
Categories: uaw unions labor history
- Obama’s Labor Pick Is Good News for Workers
Obama’s choice of Hilda Solis to lead the Department of Labor stands out as one of the few progressive choices in his cabinet. But has she been appointed too late to make a difference in the economic policy of the incoming administration?
Categories: economics labor unions obama
- On the selection of Ron Kirk for trade representative
Surprise, surprise… Obama’s choice for trade representative is a backer of NAFTA. He’ll fit right in with all the Clinton era economic appointees!
Categories: obama trade globalization
- Obama Cranks Up the Green Revolution
Obama has appointed several scientists who will lead his fight against global warming. This article from The Independent calls it Obama’s biggest break with the Bush administration.
Categories: globalwarming environment bush
- Greece and the Insurrections to Come
A good analysis of what is happening in Greece from an anarchist group based in the United States. It raises a lot of important points worth considering for those who wish for similar situations to emerge in the US.
Categories: greece europe anarchism
- Mumia Abu-Jamal faces US Supreme Court, as supporters mobilize globally
A report on a recent court filing by Mumia Abu-Jamal before the US Supreme Court and global demonstrations in support of Abu-Jamal.
Categories: politicalprisoners mumia courts deathpenalty
- U.S. De-Regulates Factory Farm Pollution
The Bush administration has issued a last minute rule change exempting factory farms from having to report hazardous air emissions to the federal government.
Categories: environment epa farming factoryfarms pollution
- AP Study Finds $1.6B Went to Bailed-Out Bank Execs
“Banks that are getting taxpayer bailouts awarded their top executives nearly $1.6 billion in salaries, bonuses, and other benefits last year, an Associated Press analysis reveals.”
Categories: banks government corporations
- Cheney Defends His Tenure, Administration’s Actions
Vice President Dick Cheney once again took to the media over the weekend to defend his support for torture.
Categories: torture media cheney
- Trying to Redefine Role of US Military in Iraq
An interesting piece from the New York Times that looks at Obama’s Iraq policy and the recently signed US-Iraqi security pact. It focuses specifically on what constitutes “combat troops” and looks at what that means for “withdrawal.” Unfortunately, it makes no mention of contractors.
Categories: iraq antiwar
- ‘Baghdad Clogger’ Suffered Brutal Beating After Arrest
The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush last week has been severely beaten according to numerous sources.
Categories: iraq antiwar media