“Our Struggle Has Become Reality,” Thousands celebrate as former dictator Ríos Montt is charged with genocide in Guatemala

By Megan Whelan Thursday, January 26, 7:00 am, hundreds of community activists and human rights defenders gather outside Guatemala City’s national court to witness former dictator Efraín Rios Montt testify on the gross military atrocities and human rights violations that occurred during his de-facto presidency from 1982 to 1983. In solidarity, thousands more both in […]

Massive Immigrant Rights March In Phoenix

U.S.: Anti-Arpaio March Reignites Pro-Immigrant Movement Valeria Fernández PHOENIX, Arizona, Jan 17 (IPS) - Over 20,000 people marched in the streets of Phoenix Saturday in the first mass mobilisation of the year, calling for an end to the criminalisation of undocumented immigrants and the passage of immigration reform legislation. Arizona is considered ground zero for […]

Detroit Public Schools: Canary in the Coal Mine of Public Education

What was once a prospering manufacturing city has now been brought to its knees by the policies of neo-liberalism and late stage capitalism. In an article in Time Magazine, September 24, 2009 entitled “Detroit: The death – and possible life – of a great city”, the author, Daniel Okrent states the real problem succinctly: By any quantifiable standard, the city is on life support. Detroit’s treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the barest municipal services. The school system, which six years ago was compelled by the teachers’ union to reject a philanthropist’s offer of $200 million to build 15 small, independent charter high schools, is in receivership. The murder rate is soaring, and 7 out of 10 remain unsolved. Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit, the unemployment rate is 28.9%. That’s worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent

The Greeding of American

I wonder if anyone still gets surprised when they hear about get-rich-quick schemes such as those pulled off by Bernard Madoff and Tom Petters. Junk bonds, the S&L scandal, dot.coms, pyramid schemes, etc. These newly discovered Ponzi schemes are just a continuation of greed in the US (and, of course, we’re not the only country […]