Racism and Recession in Europe

Racism and Recession in Europe

Of the many undesirable effects of the ongoing — and increasingly policy-induced — recession in Europe, has received relatively less public attention: the resurgence of racist and xenophobic attitudes. This was already something of a problem, especially in...

K Street Showdown in Washington, DC

On May 17, 2010, more than 1,000 people joined a rally on K Street in Washington, DC, organized by SEIU, AFL-CIO, National Peoples Action, and Jobs with Justice. The demonstration fed into coordinated actions in many cities around the world that highlighted demands...

From the Frontlines: May 18th, 2010

The bill for Afghanistan could run into the trillions, as another suicide bomber hits another U.S. convoy. IPS fellow Miriam Pemberton, who studies the military budget, wrote that the era of Bush-style spending isn’t quite over. Noam Chomsky has to settle for...

How the Financial Sector Can Pay for the Crisis

On April 23, finance ministers from the G-20 countries will be meeting in Washington, where they will discuss various options for ensuring that the financial industry pays a fair share of the costs of the global crisis. This forum will highlight proposals for...

2010: Lets Get America Working Again

This op-ed was originally published on The Huffington Post on 1/6/10. It is time to move on from the past and embrace the opportunities and challenges that we face this new year: In 2010 the most challenging domestic issue is high unemployment. In the next month or...
My Cat is No Fat Cat

My Cat is No Fat Cat

It’s a good thing my long-haired calico Hyacinth can’t read the newspaper. Otherwise I’m sure she’d be deeply offended by all the recent headlines about “fat cats.” President Obama used the derogatory term in an interview on...

What Obama is Getting Wrong About Economic Recovery

This past week, President Obama announced the outlines of a new jobs plan for the country. For the first time, Obama suggested that up to $200 billion from the much-hated “bailout of Wall Street” program should go toward jobs creation ideas. Liberals are...

Job Creation: Change Obama Needs to Believe In

Note: This op-ed was originally published on The Root. The White House jobs summit may have provided some good photo-ops for the administration, but it must go beyond that and deliver jobs for the American people. With the unemployment rate still in double digits, it...

Thanksgiving: Time to Consider Native Americans’ Plight

This Thanksgiving season, the nation should finally commit itself to bridging the socioeconomic divide between the descendents of those who came together during the first Thanksgiving: the Native Americans and the white newcomers. More than cranberry sauce and turkey,...

Discussion: Housing Struggles Worldwide

Ashraf Cassiem, the chairperson of the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign will speak about some of the realities of post-apartheid South Africa, the campaign’s organizing efforts in poor communities, obstacles facing social movement-building in Africa, and the...

Clash on Investment: Global Trade and an Opportunity for Civil Society

During the past several months, I spent nearly 30 hours in meetings of a private sector committee tasked with advising the Obama administration on a particular set of international economic policies. My seat at the table was one of many signs of the new opportunities...

Remember the Real Villain–Wall Street

Americans of all political stripes, suffering in multiple ways from 12 months of economic collapse, are looking for somebody to blame. Yet the real culprits, the Wall Street executives who drove the economy into the ditch, have walked away largely unscathed. Indeed, a...

The Virtues of Deglobalization

The current global downturn, the worst since the Great Depression 70 years ago, pounded the last nail into the coffin of globalization. Already beleaguered by evidence that showed global poverty and inequality increasing, even as most poor countries experienced little...

Structural Inequality: News Not Fit to Print?

Last week President Obama spoke boldly about persistent racial discrimination and criticized the “structural inequality” that presents “the steepest barrier” to African-American equality in the 21st century. Speaking before a crowd at the...