November 26, 2017
By Elvin Aghayev
First, let’s define “drug addiction.” Drug addiction is an out of control compulsion to take a drug without consideration of the consequences. Major drugs to which Americans are addicted are opioids: synthetic forms of heroin often prescribed as pain medications such as oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin), morphine, fentanyl, and codeine. In the United States, more people now die from opioid painkiller overdoses than from heroin and cocaine combined. The United States is in the throes of an epidemic of drug addiction that kills more Americans than car ...
March 26, 2018
By David Macaray
February 9, 2018
By Henry Giroux
Political institutions cannot be subordinated to precepts determined by the clerical elite of any religion or faith. The clergy belongs in temples, churches, synagogues, and mosques, while political institutions are meant to be run by administrators and politicians. Let’s not blur the boundary between these two set of institutions.The political and social upheaval that followed upon the creation of India and Pakistan in 1947 has left legacies that continue to haunt the two countries. The Partition enabled the thunderous forces of violence and displacement to tear the pre-existing ...
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Years ago, when I was president of a fairly militant labor union that represented 700 industrial workers at a Fortune 500 facility, our Executive Board was faced with a classic dilemma: Whether to do what we clearly recognized as the “right” thing, or to open ourselves to charges of cynicism and hypocrisy by doing the “political” thing.The facts: A very talented journeyman electrician, who’d been employed for 14 years, and to whom I will assign the Biblical name “Jeremiah,” had been discharged for “stealing money” from the company. He did it via time-card falsification ...
January 6, 2018
By David Macaray
Last November organized labor received a welcome and, truth be told, largely unexpected piece of good news. The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of the UFW (United Farm Workers) in its protracted battle with Gerawan Farming, Inc., one of the largest growers in California’s Central Valley. The issue in dispute was “binding mediation.” One of the sleazier tactics used by a sore-loser company whose employees “betray” them by choosing to join a labor union is to take an inordinate amount of time at the bargaining table while negotiating the local’s ...
December 25, 2017
By Tom Clifford
For decades, I have challenged the notion that schools are simply black boxes mired in structures of domination. While the early leftist criticism of schooling was correct in challenging the idea that schools were agencies of meritocracy and equal opportunity removed from larger structures of capitalist domination, it lacked, with few exceptions (such as Paul Willis's Learning to Labour), any sense of resistance, and as such lacked any notion of hope. Resistance and hope, coupled with a comprehensive understanding of theory, politics and education, have played a crucial ...
One of the most sacred duties of the president of the United States is to enforce the laws. The Take Care Clause, in Article II, §3 of the Constitution, says the president "shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Yet, six months after taking office, Donald Trump has demonstrated contempt for the rule of law. He has not only refused to enforce certain laws; he has become a serial lawbreaker himself and counseled others to violate the law. Trump is undermining Obamacare, which is currently the law of the land. He is advocating police brutality.
March 6, 2018
By Nyla Ali Khan
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations. The organization was established in 1945, and its headquarters are located in Paris. Consisting of almost two hundred states, UNESCO is an international intergovernmental organization of which only sovereign states can become members. It is one of the UN’s largest specialized agencies in the world, and it is called upon to develop the humanitarian sphere.Recently, the United States authorities announced that the superpower will withdrawal from UNESCO in 2019.
As I contemplate the significance of International Women’s Day, I wonder about the plight of women, not just in the developing world but in the developed world as well, who have been socialized to play second fiddle, demure, passive, and not seek either political or cultural empowerment.I ask myself and my readers the following questions:Can women play an important role in establishing a more inclusive democracy and new forums for citizen cooperation? Can female leaders lead the way by offering new ideas, building broad-based political coalitions, and working to bridge ...
The One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative is not China’s first attempt at global outreach. Before Colombus and his three ships discovered what would become the Americas, China had the greatest seagoing fleet in the world, up to 3,500 ships at its peak. The US navy has 430 vessels in its fleet. In the 15th century Chinese shipyards were building vessels five times the size of those being built in Europe. But by 1525 the “Treasure Fleet” had been destroyed. In one of those fascinating “what if” moments in history the fleet was burned or left for scrap. Voyages to the unknown were halted.
February 20, 2018
By Nyla Ali Khan
January 30, 2018
By David Macaray
January 18, 2018
By Harriet Fraad
December 13, 2017
By Marjorie Cohn
Question: What do the most “successful” countries in the world—i.e., the “happiest,” fairest, most enlightened, most optimistic, and most generous—have in common? Answer: The majority of them have quasi-socialist governments/economies, and highly unionized labor forces. Actually, there’s a third commonality as well. Unlike the U.S., they are unburdened by the largest, most bloated and debilitating military budget in the history of mankind—an advantage that permits them to treat medical care as a “right” rather than a “privilege,” and to offer free college tuition to those ...
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