Imperative that rapid worsening of Ukraine crisis is promptly arrested / China Daily editorial

A photo taken on Sept 28, 2022 from an aircraft of the Swedish Coast Guard (Kustbevakningen) shows the release of gas emanating from a leak on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, in the Swedish economic zone in the Baltic Sea. [Photo/Agencies] Another leak has been detected in the undersea pipelines running from Russia toContinue reading “Imperative that rapid worsening of Ukraine crisis is promptly arrested / China Daily editorial”

Cuba and China Exceed US in Life Expectancy, Send Message to the World – Socialism is the Difference / by W.T. Whitney Jr.

Children born in socialist Cuba and China can expect to live longer than children born in the capitalist United States. | AP photos To extend a population’s life expectancy at birth (LEB) requires capabilities that are scarce in the United States. The U.S. LEB has fallen in the recent period, quite abruptly. Meanwhile, life expectancyContinue reading “Cuba and China Exceed US in Life Expectancy, Send Message to the World – Socialism is the Difference / by W.T. Whitney Jr.”

Veteran’s Letter to Biden—Negotiate Don’t Escalate in Ukraine / by Gerry Condon

Members of Veterans for Peace rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial on May 30, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Letter to President Biden from Gerry Condon, former president of Veterans For Peace. Dear President Biden, I am writing you as a proud member of Veterans For Peace and its former president.Continue reading “Veteran’s Letter to Biden—Negotiate Don’t Escalate in Ukraine / by Gerry Condon”

The United States of America as a Sacrifice Zone / by Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

“Fight Poverty Not the Poor.” (Photo: Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Despite the encouraging policy-making that hit the headlines this summer, America remains a significant sacrifice zone with economic policies that justify their painful impact on the poor and marginalized as necessary for the greater good. In the American ethos, sacrifice is often hailed asContinue reading “The United States of America as a Sacrifice Zone / by Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis”

Maine Opinion: LePage’s hateful plot to undermine public education in Maine

Top photo: Former Gov. Paul LePage | Beacon  Originally published in the Beacon, https://mainebeacon.com/ It’s no secret that Paul LePage is no fan of public education. As governor he called Maine teachers “a dime a dozen” and told an audience of business people that “if you want a good education, go to private schools. If you can’t afford it, toughContinue reading “Maine Opinion: LePage’s hateful plot to undermine public education in Maine”

Opinion: A long history of collective struggle in Maine’s restaurant industry / by Andy O’Brien

Photo: Corey Templeton | Creative Commons via Flickr Originally published in the Beacon: https://mainebeacon.com/ High staff turnover rates in restaurants also make it difficult to maintain worker power to establish organizing committees and maintain it through the long drawn out process of getting workers to sign union cards, winning the secret ballot election and negotiating a contract, asContinue reading “Opinion: A long history of collective struggle in Maine’s restaurant industry / by Andy O’Brien”

Opinion: If Democrats want votes, they should rain fury on union-busting corporations / by Hamilton Nolan

Starbucks employees and supporters reacting as votes are read during a union election in December in Buffalo, New York. Photograph: Joshua Bessex/AP Originally published in the Guardian, 8/8/22 We supposedly have the most pro-union US president of our lifetimes. Let’s see him act like it In June, workers at a Chipotle restaurant in Augusta, Maine, becameContinue reading “Opinion: If Democrats want votes, they should rain fury on union-busting corporations / by Hamilton Nolan”

Opinion: Why “vote against fascism”? / by Callum Wilson

“Vote against fascism” is an excellent slogan and an even better strategy. While many of those who I would say are ultra left would decry such a call for action, I ask, why? I am from and live in Pennsylvania. Of the two major candidates running for governor, Josh Shapiro (D) and Doug Mastriano (R),Continue reading “Opinion: Why “vote against fascism”? / by Callum Wilson”

Opinion: How to Stop the GOP From Killing Medicare, Social Security, and Us / by Thom Hartmann

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) in the Visitors Center Auditorium at the U.S. Capitol on July 20, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Jabin Botsford – Pool/Getty Images) The Republican Party is quite literally taking aim at the lives of low-income and working-class people of thisContinue reading “Opinion: How to Stop the GOP From Killing Medicare, Social Security, and Us / by Thom Hartmann”

Opinion: This American For-Profit Healthcare System Would Just as Soon Kill You as Look at You / by Richard Eskow

To this system, it doesn’t matter whether a person lives or dies as long as it gets paid. That’s why our healthcare costs are so high, even though our life expectancy is so low. When I was growing up in the Rust Belt, there was a phrase people would use to describe an unusually vicious orContinue reading “Opinion: This American For-Profit Healthcare System Would Just as Soon Kill You as Look at You / by Richard Eskow”