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Job Growth Slows to 20,000 in February, Modest Acceleration in Wage Growth

Job Growth Slows to 20,000 in February, Modest Acceleration in Wage Growth

March 8, 2019

By Dean Baker The index of aggregate hours fell 0.3 percent in February and is below the December level. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the economy added just 20,000 jobs in February. While this is a very weak number, it most likely is a bounce back from the extraordinarily rapid growth reported in…

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Border Security: What and Who is it Good For?

March 8, 2019

By Andrew Levine Robert Frost was clearly on to something when he declared a liberal to be a “man” (sic) too broadminded to take his own side in an argument.”  There is much to be said too for “good fences make good neighbors,” a wise, avuncular pronouncement, not at all mean-spirited. Those words no longer…

Senior democrats scramble to condemn Rep. Ilhan Omar's suggestion that pro-Israeli lobbyists have too much influence in Washington

Senior democrats scramble to condemn Rep. Ilhan Omar’s suggestion that pro-Israeli lobbyists have too much influence in Washington

March 8, 2019

New Congressman Ilhan Omar is catching flak from establishment pro-Israel Democrats over remarks that pointed out that Israel’s lobbying prowess in Washington is formidable. The ironic part is, those saying Israel doesn’t have that much power are proving that it does by trying to crush her.

Rep. Omar's Choice

Rep. Omar’s Choice

March 8, 2019

By Sam Husseini. As a virtual lynch mob moves to chastise Rep. Ilhan Omar over her recent remarks around Israel, the new congresswoman basically has three options before her: (1) Fold; (2) Continue the back and forth of the last several weeks or (3) Get more specific and expand the public critique. Fold: Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Omar herself can…

Ignorance-Inspired Brexit Imperial Nostalgia

Ignorance-Inspired Brexit Imperial Nostalgia

March 6, 2019

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury. IPS News. KUALA LUMPUR & SYDNEY, Mar 5 2019 (IPS) – As the possible implications of Britain’s self-imposed ‘no-deal’ exit from the European Union loom larger, a new round of imperial nostalgia has come alive. After turning its back on the Commonwealth since the Thatcherite 1980s, some British…

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Other Charges: Crimes Against Humanity in Gaza

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Other Charges: Crimes Against Humanity in Gaza

March 6, 2019

By Chiara Cruciati / Socialist project. Benjamin Netanyahu’s bad day Thursday got off to the worst possible start: before the Israeli general prosecutor Avichai Mandelblit officially called for the indictment of the Israeli Prime Minister for corruption, the UN accused him of much more serious crimes. He stood accused of war crimes and crimes against…

To ‘Secure a Livable Future,’ 30,000 Youth Urge Court to Let Landmark Climate Suit Go to Trial

March 1, 2019

By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams. “The Trump administration is doing everything it can to stop Juliana v. United States from going to trial. The youth cannot let that happen.” Calling for an end to years of delays and inaction as global warming continues to accelerate, over 30,000 young people signed on to an amicus…

Democrats ‘Wasting Time While Our Climate Burns’ With Insufficient Resolution

March 1, 2019

By Eoin Higgins / Common Dreams. A scathing response from Friends of the Earth to a climate resolution from Senate Democrats says that moderation is not the answer on the environment. A climate change resolution from Senate Democrats “fails the laugh test” and is insufficient to meet the challenges posed by environmental catastrophe, according to…

The War on AMLO

The War on AMLO

March 1, 2019

Kurt Hackbarth and Colin Mooers / Socialist Project. Ten weeks into the administration of progressive president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), the Mexican right has made it clear how it plans to oppose him: not as an adversary to be defeated, but as an enemy to be destroyed. And in a war of this kind,…

The $32 Trillion Push To Disrupt The Entire Oil Industry

The $32 Trillion Push To Disrupt The Entire Oil Industry

March 1, 2019

By Cyril Widdershoven for Oilprice.com Global oil and gas companies are increasingly facing an uphill battle as global warming policies are taking their toll. Most analysts and market watchers are focusing on peak oil demand scenarios, but the reality could be much darker. International oil companies (IOCs) are likely to face a Black Swan scenario,…