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With assembly plant shut-downs and a massive layoff of 5,000 workers, GM has seen better days. Those include the 1950s, when GM was in trouble with the Senate for being too powerful, and accused of artificially raising prices and creating a monopoly in Detroit.

Long before oil dominated geopolitics, rum was the original global
commodity, tying Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Caribbean in a
complex web of trade and credit. And Bacardi was the original
multinational.

What motivated director Robert Greenwald to spend a year on a
documentary detailing Wal-Mart's impact on American life, culture and
commerce?

A hard-hitting documentary, an embarrassing leaked memo on healthcare
and abandonment by customers who don't like its politics. It's
getting harder these days for Wal-Mart to put on a happy public face.

As the nation's wealthiest family, the Waltons could be
a force for social good. But when they choose to spend their fortune
lobbying for pet projects, tax cuts and charter schools instead of
providing a living wage for their workers, they are dangerous (and
costly) to the nation.

For once, Wal-Mart is acting like a hero, with speedy
delivery of water and supplies to Hurricane Katrina victims. If it
could only act that way every day.

Sounds like an episode of The Simpsons, but this
is for real: The retail giant wants even more of your money.

Like oil and water, Chinese capitalism and US politics just don't mix.

Last year, labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein organized an academic
conference on Wal-Mart at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Experts held forth on the Wal-Mart phenomenon, and

Wal-Mart is no real friend of civil rights.

Blogs

A new report on excessive CEO salaries underscores the need to restore sanity to pay equity and corporate taxes.

August 31, 2011

Following an SEC review of its downgrade decision, Standard & Poor’s is now facing a Department of Justice probe and lost business from several municipalities. 

August 19, 2011

Revelations about American Legislative Exchange Council project to link corporate interests with state legislators to impose an agenda that protects polluters, privatizes public education, breaks unions and undermines democracy raises questions about whether group is “evading lobbying disclosure laws,” violating tax breaks designed to encourage charitable contributions and doing “an end-run around state ethics laws.”

July 15, 2011

Recently-released WikiLeaks cables reveal that Haiti's self-appointed guardians—the US, EU and UN—supported an election in the country despite obvious evidence that it was severely flawed.

June 24, 2011

Liza Featherstone explains how Wal-Mart systematically discriminates against women, resists unionization and underpays its workers.

June 21, 2011

Wall Street is poised to lose a major battle in Washington today—but only because another enormous industry chose to take it on.

June 8, 2011

Evan Bayh was once a possible vice presidential candidate for Obama. Now he’s a hired gun for big business.

June 7, 2011

US Uncut, the anti–corporate tax dodging group, is now targeting Apple due to its support of an effort that seeks to give corporations that shelter profits overseas a “tax holiday” so they can return their profits to the US without paying traditional rates of taxes.

May 27, 2011

Tea Party–backed House freshmen pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars from the same Wall Street firms they once railed against.

May 26, 2011

President Obama is once again calling for increased offshore oil drilling—despite the fact that key safety issues have yet to be addressed.

May 17, 2011