Workers, Wages, and Legal Status
On April 9, 1870, Karl Marx wrote a long letter to Sigfrid Meyer and August Vogt, two of his collaborators in the United States.1 In it Marx touched on a number of subjects, but his main focus was the “Irish question,” including the effects of Irish immigration in England. This discussion seems to have been Marx’s most extensive treatment of immigration, and while it hardly represents a comprehensive analysis, it remains interesting as a sample of Marx’s thinking on the subject—at least on one day in 1870.Read More »
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont appeared on CNN Sunday and called President Donald Trump a “fraud”—one who is simultaneously leading the nation in an “authoritarian direction” while also actively betraying many of the working- and middle-class Americans who believed his promises that he would take on powerful interests on their behalf. (Photo: Screenshot/CNN/YouTube)
“I don’t mean to be disrespectful,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told CNN‘s Jake Tapper on Sunday morning, “but this guy’s a fraud.”
The immediate reference was to a meeting President Donald Trump held with Wall Street executives on Friday in which he vowed—in what Common Dreams reported as a “spectacular betrayal”—to repeal key elements of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill enacted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.Read More »
A Journal of People report
Thousands of airstrikes in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria were unaccounted for, and the US Central Command has been misleading the public in its assessment of the overall progress in the war on terror by their failure to account for these air strikes, found a Military Times investigation.
The investigation revealed:
Open source data of US Air Force strikes does not contain all the missiles fired, and the incomplete data continues to be used by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on multiple occasions in official reports and media publications. Read More »
A Journal of People report
A Hong Kong, February 1 2017 datelined Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience,
Domestic helpers and prostitutes are trapped in debt bondage. These women are migrants. The prostitutes work in notorious Wanchai’s red-light district.
Citing a U.S. government report, Trafficking in Persons, the “Ex-pimp helps trafficked women cook their way to new HK life” headlined feature by Sylvia Yu Friedman said:
“About 340,000 migrant women, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia, work as domestic helpers in Hong Kong.Read More »
telesur | 02 February, 2017
Feb. 2, 1999 — the date most people associate with the beginning of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution. This was the day former president Hugo Chavez first took office.
But for Venezuelans, there’s another date that’s just as important to the beginning of their Revolution: Feb. 4, 1992.
On Saturday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his United Socialist Party of Venezuela celebrated the 25th anniversary of a civil-military rebellion of over 2,000 people led by Chavez.
The uprising confronted then-president Carlos Andres Perez. Chavez, then a Lt. Col. in the Venezuelan armed forces, united soldiers and civilians against neo-liberal measures instituted by Perez, which left millions in poverty. His administration was marked by loose restrictions on multinational petroleum companies exploiting crude oil fields and police repression on working class movements promoting privatization. Read More »