US banks fake documents to rush foreclosures

Of course there is only one thing to do about the problem.

It can be safely predicted that the Obama administration and both major parties will take as their primary duty the protection of the banks, as has been their overriding concern since the eruption of the financial crisis two years ago.

Egg recall exposes unsafe US food supply

The egg recall is only the latest in a long list of health, labor and environmental violations, as well as numerous charges of animal cruelty.

The recalls underscore the vulnerability of the population to the most preventable illnesses because of the subordination of public health and food safety to the profit motive. Corporations have been allowed to engage in blatantly unsafe practices, with nominal fines, while the government has rejected even the most basic steps required to improve food safety.

The New York Times and the Afghan documents

I guess they think they should decide what we need to know.

The overriding significance of the tens of thousands of documents posted by WikiLeaks is their detailed exposure of the atrocities carried out by the US occupation against the people of Afghanistan. The cumulative impact of one report after another is a portrait of a ferocious war against the civilian population, the aim of which is neither combating terrorism nor promoting democracy, but annihilating an entirely legitimate popular resistance to foreign occupation.

The Sherrod affair and American social reality

Divide and conquer at it’s finest.

But the real story here says something very different. It speaks to the fact that there are two Americas, divided sharply along class lines. The political and media establishment could so seriously misread the Sherrod case in part because it is insulated by a hundred layers of wealth and privilege from the reality of the working class and the poor, and the sentiments of millions of working people about American life, even if they are not yet fully articulated.

A lie exposed

Is this what you would call progressive social reform?

In fact, Obama’s plan to gut health care was part of the unfinished business of the corporate-government offensive against the working class launched in the 1980s. This was also signaled by the Democratic president’s attack on health benefits for auto workers during last year’s forced bankruptcy and restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler.

Judge sentences US civil liberties lawyer Lynne Stewart to 10 years

I guess everyone is not entitled to proper representation.

It is clearer than ever that this “chilling effect” was precisely the government’s aim in prosecuting Stewart. The prosecution, indeed persecution, of the civil liberties lawyer for nearly a decade, has been bound up from the beginning with the government’s “war on terrorism,” which was launched in the immediate aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Liberal television host Rachel Maddow solidarizes herself with US military in Afghanistan

“Liberals” aren’t so liberal.

Maddow is part of the upper-middle-class liberal left. She is a product of a period in which questions of personal identity, at the expense of social class, emerged as the major component of the American liberal outlook and the orientation of the Democratic Party. The striving for privileges by sections of the African-American and Latino petty-bourgeoisie, the elevation of gender and sexuality to world-historical political importance—these are what formed Maddow. As a result, she is quite indifferent to the conditions of the working population.

Obama’s “jobs program”: Poverty wages and mass unemployment

If this is “the right direction,” I’d hate to see the wrong one.

The administration is impervious to the needs and wishes of millions of workers who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads and their families fed. But Obama jumps to attention when Wall Street speaks.

US anti-immigrant campaign spreads beyond Arizona

The rich and powerful just love to put up scapegoats to turn us against each other.

An extensive 1997 report by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that over their lifetimes, immigrants contribute more to public revenue, with an average of $80,000 in taxes, than all combined benefits received. Additionally, immigrants are far less likely than citizens to use their eligible benefits, such as medical services and food stamps.

Heat wave exposes decrepit infrastructure in US, Canada

I’m sure glad our socialist fire departments aren’t run as for profit organizations.

A major heat wave in the eastern US and parts of Canada has further exposed the decrepit state of infrastructure in North America and the perilous conditions created by private ownership of utilities.

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