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Commentary :: Labor
The Economy's Search for a New Normal
18 May 2009
When the reality of the economic crisis first made itself known, many who realized what was happening dubbed it “the greatest crisis since the Great Depression.” This description was more than bombast; it was a sober analysis of the immensity of the economic problems in the country — problems that had been building up for years.

The mainstream media is now — for political reasons — in a constant clamor for the economy’s elusive “rock bottom.” This is so people will be more hopeful, less agitated, and more willing to let those who destroyed the economy continue running the country un-challenged. Every time a new economic indicator comes out that wasn’t “as bad as expected,” Wall Street cheers and politicians give their “we’ve turned the corner” speeches. Reality is thus turned on its head.
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Commentary :: Globalization
Reviewing Ellen Brown's "Web of Debt" - Part VI
18 May 2009
Federal Reserve plunder Part VI
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LOCAL News :: Human Rights : Technology : War and Militarism
Stop Homeland Security Cameras in Brookline
17 May 2009
Follow Cambridge's lead and oppose 24/7 DHS camera grid in Brookline!
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Announcement :: Education : Environment : International : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
Civilization Collapse and Resistance Conference 6/19-6/21
16 May 2009
We live in the most destructive culture in history. We humans of the civilized world are stoking, rather than extinguishing, the fires that are destroying our home planet. Join us in a weekend-long conference near Millerton, NY from June 19-21. It will be a weekend of camping out in the lush forest, connecting with nature, and thinking proactively about how to stop industrial civilization's environmental destruction. All meals will be provided and there will be games and nature walks to break up the workshops.
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Commentary :: War and Militarism
It Doesn't Matter Whether the CIA Lied to Pelosi
16 May 2009
Don't be distracted by the finger pointing.
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Commentary :: International
Can the US Save the World? by Simon Johnson
16 May 2009
Simon Johnson, a former chief economist at the IMF, teaches economics at MIT.
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Commentary :: Labor
How New York Fought the Budget Defecit and Won
15 May 2009
While nearly every state is facing severe budget deficits, New York State showed how to balance the budget without completely destroying the social safety net. New York took a few progressive steps forward in balancing the budget and painted a more sensible picture of “shared sacrifice” than what the average politician has proposed. Instead of sacrificing social programs and increasing taxes that affect primarily workers, two new tax brackets were created for New York’s wealthier citizens, generating 4 billion dollars in state revenue.

Prior to the new budget, New York’s highest tax rate was 6.85 percent, for anyone making $20,000 or more. The additional tax brackets are 7.85% and 8.97% for those whose income is more than $300,000 and $500,000. These new rates are temporary and set to expire in 3 years. According to the Times-Union, "In broad strokes, the agreement closes the state's estimated $16.2 billion budget deficit through $6 billion in federal stimulus dollars, $6 billion in cuts to an array of programs, and $4 billion in new revenue through an increase in the personal income tax on affluent New Yorkers." The grassroots movement that pushed this “wealthy tax” forward not only asked that new tax brackets remain permanent but also asked for a third tax bracket on New Yorkers earning $1 million or more annually, which would have raised an additional billion dollars.
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Commentary :: Labor
Another New Deal May Offer Arts a Needed Boost
15 May 2009
Correspondent Spencer Michels reports on the prospects for a modern New Deal to help artists weather the recession. This PBS video was broadcast May 13, 2009.
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Commentary :: Globalization
Reviewing Ellen Brown's "Web of Debt" - Part V
15 May 2009
Part V of Federal Reserve plunder
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Announcement :: Education : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Politics
July Delegation to Venezuela: Human Rights, Food Sovereignty & Social Change
15 May 2009
July Delegation to Venezuela: Human Rights, Food Sovereignty & Social Change

The Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of NY invites you to join us in July for a 10-day trip to Venezuela examining advances in food sovereignty and other initiatives for social change.
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