I Feel a Political Revolution Coming

by Erica Garner

Common Dreams | 17 April, 2016

(Erica Garner photo)

Four years ago, if you had asked me who I would vote for in this presidential election, I would have said Hillary Clinton. However, in the last four years, my views of Hillary have changed and as I dig into her past and notice inconsistencies. She has been flip-flopping her whole life, and while changing opinions isn’t a crime, someone who is running for the presidency should have unwavering consistency in backing up campaign promises.Read More »

Revolution Is in the Air

by Chris Hedges

Common Dreams | 18 April, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C—The sustained, daily civil disobedience at the Capitol by demonstrators denouncing the capture of our political system by corporate money is part of one of the largest and most important movements for social justice since the Occupy uprising. Join it.

Six hundred of the protesters have been arrested, and I was among 100 arrested Friday.Read More »

‘Our Congress:’ Protesters Say Democracy Is Awakening

by Kathy Kiely

Common Dreams | 18 April, 2016

Washington DC, April 17, 2016. (Photo: Susan Melkisethian via Flickr / CC 2.0)

Chanting “Our Capitol!” and “Our Congress!” in a colorful parade that stretched from the top of Capitol Hill to its base, an unusual mix of demonstrators on Sunday managed to turn the too often esoteric issues of campaign finance and election law into matters worthy of genuine passion.Read More »

‘Sea of Red’ as 40,000 Verizon Workers and Allies March Against Greed in New York

Common Dreams | 18 April, 2016

Verizon workers were joined by city leaders in New York on Monday for the sixth continuous day of their labor strike, with a march that stretched from the Verizon building on West 36th Street to 42nd Street.

An estimated 40,000 workers, elected officials, and other allies marched through Manhattan in “a sea of red” as they called for Verizon executives to settle contract disputes that they say hold tens of thousands of livelihoods in the balance and expressed outrage over the company’s plans to outsource labor to the Philippines, Mexico, and other developing countries.Read More »

300+ Arrests as Pro-Democracy Forces Converge for Final Day of Spring Revolt

Common Dreams | 18 April, 2016

Democracy Awakening demonstrators marched past the U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday. (Photo: Greenpeace/Tim Aubry)

Update: 3:50pm EDT…

More than 300 people were arrested Monday as part of Democracy Awakening, marking the final day of a record-setting week of civil disobedience at the U.S. Capitol.

Among those taken into custody were approximately 60 organization and movement leaders, including NAACP president and CEO Cornell William Brooks, Public Citizen president Robert Weissman, Greenpeace executive director Annie Leonard, radio commentator Jim Hightower, and Ben & Jerry’s co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield.Read More »

Brazil’s Elite Move Ahead with ‘Coup’ as Rousseff Impeached by Lower House

Common Dreams | 18 April, 2016

Brazil’s embattled leftist president Dilma Roussef watched on Sunday as right-wing opponents in congress voted in overwhelming numbers to impeach her, drawing cries of “coup, coup, coup!” from her supporters in the Workers’ Party (PT).

367 of the 513 members of Brazil’s lower house voted to impeach, surpassing the two-thirds majority required to send the proposal to the senate for a vote, which is expected to take place in a few weeks.Read More »

More ‘Boots on the Ground’ as Obama Again Bolsters Endless Iraq War

Common Dreams | 18 April, 2016

Sgt. James Wendling runs during a training exercise at Camp Slayer, Baghdad, in September 2015. There are soon to be over 4,000 American soldiers in Iraq. (Photo: DVIDSHUB/flickr/cc)

Signaling further escalation of U.S. military force in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Monday that 217 additional troops would be deployed to Iraq and that the U.S. will also be supplying Apache helicopters and millions in aid to Kurdish Peshmerga forces in an effort to fight ISIS.Read More »

Saheed Hospital

by Asish Kumar Kundu

Frontier | Vol. 48, No. 40, Apr 10 – 16, 2016

Saheed hospital was born out of a simple dream of Shankar Guha Neogy. “Toiling masses will have their own hospital” was Neogyji’s dream.

The apparent justification of this endeavour grew out of the neglect and indifference shown by the Bhilai Steel Plant Hospital management and staff towards the contractual tribal workers in the BSP’s captive mines though these workers were fully entitled to free hospital treatment.Read More »