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Commentary :: Labor
The Deeper Origins of the Economic Crisis
29 May 2009
For all the horror the global economic crisis has caused for so many people, one progressive consequence has emerged: many of these people are becoming politically conscious — searching for information to better understand their political and economic system. They want to know how things got the way they did and what can be done about it. Unfortunately, much of the resulting analysis has focused too little on actual causes, and too much on abstract financial details and other consequences of deeper economic problems.

Therefore, the typical explanation of the economic crisis goes as follows: depression-era financial regulations were tossed aside, and banks were allowed to merge into new institutions that then invented ways to transform debts into assets, which were gambled away on the stock exchange to the tunes of trillions of dollars.

All of which is true.

What’s missing, however, is why.
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News :: International : Media
The Shortwave Report 05/29/09 Listen Globally!
28 May 2009
A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio. With times and freqs for listening at home. 2 files- broadcast and slow-modem streaming. Free to rebroadcast. China, Netherlands, Cuba, and Russia.
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LOCAL Commentary :: Social Welfare
U.S. Taxpayers Should Not Be A Pawnshop to Guarantee California Bonds
28 May 2009
How Will California/America Recover Economically If Gasoline Hits Four to Five Dollars A Gallon, As Predicted Yesterday By Major News?
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Announcement :: Organizing
Bowling for Justice!
28 May 2009
Come join us for some bowling, networking, and fun!
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News :: Globalization
The Flor de Caña Boycott Group Extends its Protest
28 May 2009
One month ago a youth group launched a boycott against Flor de Caña, the famous Nicaraguan rum. The boycott is in solidarity with members of the Nicaraguan Association of Those Affected by Chronic Renal Insufficiency (Anairc). They have decided to extend their campaign by sending protest letters to Compañía Licorera de Nicaragua SA (CLNSA), which together with the Nicaragua Sugar Estates Ltd. (NSEL) and Ingenio San Antonio (ISA) belong to the powerful Pellas Group. The protest letter campaign is also aimed at all the companies that import and distribute Flor de Caña rum around the world.
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LOCAL Commentary :: Technology
9/11, Who Benefited Versus Gulag Gitmo?
27 May 2009
Dick Cheney more or less admitted his group’s guilt in his desperate attempt to take on Barack Obama’s sane and necessary policy of closing Guantanamo. To argue that a military machine that spends up to a half trillion dollars a year doesn’t have the where-with-all to guard prisoners already in handcuffs is to argue an extremely weak case. To think that the Republican party would have the jaded audacity to use the NIMBY excuse as a wedge issue is beyond the pale—given the enormous harm their public relations of Guantanomo and Gulag has already affected the world’s perception of Americans and U.S. foreign policy.
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LOCAL Announcement :: Education : Labor : Organizing : Politics
Discussion/Workshop on Organizing and Agitating at the Job and in the Unemployment Line
27 May 2009
Modified: 07:25:50 PM
monkey wrench copy.gifJoin BAAM on Tuesday June 2nd at 5:15pm-7pm at the Lucy Parsons Center (549 Columbus Ave, Boston) for discussion and free pizza! There will be some experienced organizers there to share their tales and advice, but please bring your own stories
and ideas.
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Commentary :: Globalization
Ending Today's Economic Crisis Simply and Easily, in America and Globally
27 May 2009
The solution is simpler than imagined
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Announcement :: GLBT/Queer
Solidarity with Queer Bulgaria: 27 June 2009
27 May 2009
The International Queer Solidarity Network calls for a European mobilization, with support from the United States, that will stand in solidarity with Queer Bulgaria.
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Commentary :: Politics
How "liberal" has become a poisoned brand
27 May 2009
"Where have all the “liberals” gone?
There was a time not too long ago when a North American would proudly refer to him or herself as a small-l “liberal.”
President John F. Kennedy talked about himself as a liberal."
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