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What Obama's Trip to Europe Revealed
capitalism.pngDeclaring something a success doesn’t necessarily make it so. We learned this at the Bush-led G-20 summit only four months ago, when global leaders were expected to do something far-reaching in response to the world-wide economic crisis, instead of chatting about it. When nothing came of the meeting, we were told that the summit “succeeded” because it “laid the groundwork” for the next G-20 gathering, recently led by Obama.

The four months between G-20 summits was one of rising massive unemployment and social misery for millions of people, creating an urgency that was unmet by the world leaders in London.

RELATED: Indymedia reporting on the G-20 protests:
http://london.indymedia.org.uk/articles/943
Climate Camp (alternative to G20):
http://www.climatecamp.org.uk/g20
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08 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / International
NorthEast Anarchist Network: "Direct Action = Solidarity. Confront the Bankers in April!"
The NorthEast Anarchist Network is endorsing the "Self Described Anarchist Collective" and Global Justice Action calls for a diversity of tactics, including direct action, to disrupt the Spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, DC. Even in this era of uncontrolled economic retraction and collapse, the IMF and World Bank continue to reach for their misleading, self-proclaimed objective of "eradicating poverty", while paradoxically ignoring the needs of poor and indigenous communities.
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08 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Announcement / Environment : Globalization : Human Rights : International
Boston Activists Protest Wall Street Bailout In NYC
102_0083.jpgNYC-April 4, 2009: About 1000 activists marched on the 41st anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination, to protest the US government's trillion dollar bailout of the banks and CEOs. This was part of 2 days , April 3-4 , of protests in NYC, coordinated mostly by the Bail Out The People and United For Peace movements.

VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcNzissfs30
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06 Apr 2009 | Filed under: News / Politics
Unraveling the Card Check Debate
Sometimes in politics a particular issue strikes at the core of deeper social-economic forces. Card Check - properly named The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)- is such an issue.

No other recent debate has spurred such passions on two opposite poles: the corporate elite versus labor. The cause of the uproar is the effect it would have on the relationship between these two classes: card check would vastly strengthen the working-class at the expense of the employers.
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03 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Labor
BAAM #19 Released!
baam_19.pngThe March Issue of the Boston Anti-Authoritarian Movement Newsletter is now available for PDF download.

This month:
Laid off workers fight the illegal shutdown of their jewelery factory in Providence. By Paul
page 2
Abolish the Stock Market. An essay by James Herod
page 4
Police seek to end sexual exploitation by arresting sexually exploited persons. By Jeff Reinhardt
page 6
A look at a year’s worth of occupations in the US, and their revolutionary potential
page 8
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30 Mar 2009 | Filed under: News / Media
Where Did Government Put Your NSA-Wiretapped Phone, Fax and Private Email Communications?
wiretap.pngIn 2008 Telecoms were granted government immunity after they helped U.S. Government spy on millions of Americans’ electronic communications. Since, Government has not disclosed what happened to NSA’s millions of collected emails, faxes and phone call information that belong to U.S. Citizens? Could those wiretaps perhaps illegal, become a problem for some Americans? Neither Congress nor the courts—determined what NSA electronic surveillance could be used by police or introduced into court by the government to prosecute citizens.
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25 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights
Boston Vigil-6th Anniversary of Iraq War
New_Boston Anti-War 3-21-09 001.jpgBoston, Mass--About 75 people gathered on the Boston Common on March 21 to mark the 6th anniversary of the Iraq War. The names of those killed in the war, both US troops and Iraqis, were read aloud. Sponsoring organizations included the Unitarian Universalist Association and Military Families Speak Out. The event was one of many anti-war actions across the US today - including a large march on the Pentagon in Washington DC.
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27 Mar 2009 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
And So the “Change” Begins
Finally, we have change in Washington, D. C. Entering into this year with the words of my father, “Obama is our new president, and we need to give him a chance,” I am trying to do just that. The problem for me, though, is that as much as I would like to believe we are going to get something we can believe in with President Obama, I know Senator Obama’s voting record. So the question on the table is, will we see change we can believe in, or will it be a replay of the Democratic victory of Congress in 2006? That remains to be seen. As we begin the “Obama Era,” are we seeing the changes we were promised?
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23 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Politics
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