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  • January 26, 2006

    The Party of Davos

    American business elites in Davos for the World Economic Forum are far more interested in global markets and corporate investors than they are in ordinary Americans' needs.

    Jeff Faux

  • January 26, 2006

    Nick Kristof’s Brothel Problem

    Nicholas Kristof produces a steady stream of titillating reports on child prostitution in the Third World. Better to focus on draconian economic reforms driven by the World Bank that create the conditions for prostitution.

    Alexander Cockburn

  • January 5, 2006

    Harry Magdoff

    The late socialist economist Harry Magdoff read Marx at fifteen and never looked back. A self-educated co-editor of the Monthly Review, he not only fought for a just and humane world; he embodied his politics in the way he conducted his life.

    The Nation

  • January 5, 2006

    Hunger Is Not a Place

    It's not true that only the rich can help the poor. We must work to empower nations like Bangladesh that are addressing the problem of hunger by creating networks of schools, health training and micro-loans.

    Frances Moore Lappé

  • December 21, 2005

    Bolivia’s Home-Grown President

    The election of former coca farmer Evo Morales as Bolivia's first indigenous president appears to be an enormous victory for the left, as yet another Latin American nation turns away from Washington-driven economics. But will Morales be able to live up to his promise of home-grown solutions for this cash-poor yet resource-rich nation?

    Daphne Eviatar


  • November 10, 2005

    The Delphi Oracle

    The cynical restructuring plan for bankrupt Delphi Automotive calls for massive wage and benefit givebacks for 51,000 American workers. Governors of affected states must craft strategies to minimize loss of jobs and income.

    The Editors

  • November 1, 2005

    Rising Prices + Higher Interest Rates = Middle-Class Misery

    Interest rates nosed higher today as the Federal Reserve Board sought to control inflation. But the impact of runaway inflation is already being felt by workers whose wages will stagnate and whose earning power is on a steep decline.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • October 20, 2005

    Gore Vidal, Octocontrarian

    Marc Cooper interviews Gore Vidal about an America that is increasingly controlled by corporations and suggests that the Gulf Coast hurricanes and the Iraq debacle signal the breakdown of an empire.

    Marc Cooper

  • October 20, 2005

    Robbing the Poor

    As House Republicans use the cost of recovery from Gulf Coast storms as an excuse to rip last-minute holes in the social safety net, it's not too late to change priorities.

    Sharon Lerner

  • October 14, 2005

    Goodbye, Mr. Goodwrench

    Delphi's bankruptcy is a marker of a new America in which there is no collective security, no union to make you strong, no government to give you shelter, in which workers stand alone.

    Nicholas von Hoffman