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Cynthia McKinney: Attack on Libya is War “Against Black People”“It is interesting” that some self-styled progressives have decided to support an Obama war “that just happens to be against black people,” says former Georgia congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney. “Libya is in Africa, and Libyans are black, too.” McKinney has led several delegations to Libya in recent years.
Haiti Election is Not a Popular Mandate
Although Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly, the bawdy nightclub entertainer who socialized with death squad members, garnered 67 percent of the vote in Haiti’s recent elections, this did not represent a mandate from the people, says Dan Beeton, of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Turnout was only 25 percent, which means Martelly was supported by less than 16 percent of the electorate. “So, he really doesn’t have a mandate,” says Beeton.
GOP Seeks Total Privatization of Health CareIf Republicans have their way, Medicaid could be “dumped altogether” by states and Medicare would become a voucher system that would fatten private corporations while covering less and less of patients needs, says Dr. Margaret Flowers, of Physicians for a National Health Program. Ultimately, we would “see the end of publicly financed health care in this country.”
Rightwing High Court Justices Want to Kill Women’s Wal-Mart SuitThe more conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court wouldn’t have heard arguments in the Duke vs. Wal-Mart suit “if they weren’t eager to kill it,” says Liza Featherstone, a journalist who has been following the case for nearly ten years. The plaintiffs charge Wal-Mart with discriminating against over a million female employees. Featherstone says, “The real question is: Can you, in legal terms, address institutionalized racism or sexism?”
Obama Ga-Ga over Nuclear Power Because of Emanuel, AxelrodPresident Obama became a nuclear power enthusiast under the influence of former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and political adviser David Axelrod, says Karl Grossman, author and professor of journalism at the State University of New York, Westbury. Emanuel helped put together the giant Exelon nuclear power company, and Axelrod handled the firm’s public relations, said Grossman.
U.S. Suffers from “Robin Hood in Reverse” SyndromeThe rich in America are becoming inexorably more wealthy and powerful, and “unless the middle class and the working class fight back, we really have no chance,” says Bill Quigley, legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Quigley authored the recent article, “Robin Hood in Reverse in the U.S. Seven Examples.”
“65 Million Need Not Apply”Many companies maintain an “outright ban” on hiring people whose background checks reveal criminal records, including arrests that did not result in prosecution, according to a study by the National Employment Law Project. Michelle Natividad Rodriguez, one of the authors of the report, says 65 million people are affected.