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Kalpona Akter

Surging union growth and militancy is due to courageous leaders like Kalpona Akter: child laborer at 12, union president at 15, she’s now head of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity.

Children spinning

The country must find the political will to end this national disgrace.

Tar from the tobacco leaves stains the hands of young workers.

Young farm workers are falling ill from “green tobacco sickness” while the industry denies it and government lets it happen.

Michael Steele with a wild turkey he shot in 2012

Under pressure, the Obama administration withdrew rules barring young laborers from dangerous work—a decision with grave consequences for several families.

Homeless

According to many conservatives, the poor have it easy.

Handcuffed

People like Luis Rivera are being locked out of the formal workforce forever thanks to one youthful mistake.

(Shuttershock.com)

The devaluation of “content” is bad for readers and for democracy.

George Mason University School of Law Professor Todd Zywicki.

Academics get paid by financial firms to testify against Dodd-Frank regulations. What’s wrong with this picture?

James Dimon, chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Maybe it’s not too big to face criminal charges after all.

Blogs

This week we continue to bring you the latest coverage on the labor fight in Madison. Plus, Chris Hayes examines the spike in oil prices. Is Wall Street to blame? We welcome guest-blogger Sharon Lerner, and look back over the last 100 days of Wikileaks.

March 11, 2011

Governor Scott Walker has unintentionally created a powerful movement. Now that Walker has got his bill, how will the pro-union forces push back? General strike? Break the banks? Recall? All of the above?

March 11, 2011

Sometimes things fall apart and sometime they flow together. As the Wisconsin State Senate rammed through their union-busting bill Wednesday night, people in the capitol chanted “General strike!” And I heard an echo. Not of 1934, the last time there was a general strike in the US, but earlier.

March 10, 2011

Scott Walker has taken Wisconsin, a state so chock-full of “Midwestern nice,” you need insulin after talking to the locals, and turned it into a place where people are talking General Strike. Seriously.

March 10, 2011

As Republicans game the system to pass Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's anti-union legislation, the senior member of the state senate says: “They have not just bent the law. They have broken it.”

March 10, 2011

It was tax day in 2009 that saw the first Tea Party protests, and the FOX-led media firestorm that's followed has made it seem as though the Tea Party's the only game in town if you want to complain about bailouts.  This year, though, as tax day approaches, a new wave of protest is sweeping the country.

March 9, 2011

Is unrest in the Middle East forcing gas prices off the charts? Or could the oil panic have more to do with Wall Street speculators exploiting fear?

March 9, 2011

The GOP is manipulating the current financial situation to push through unpopular policies that would have never gotten them elected.

March 9, 2011

At the end of "Capitalism: A Love Story," Michael Moore issued a poignant call to action against bankster excess and corporate abuse. In Wisconsin, he got the response he was seeking: Tens of thousands of working people chanting "We have had it!"

March 9, 2011

China’s new economic plan is a relic of the past. It focuses on raising standards of living. How quaint!

March 8, 2011