“Feature Stories” archives

Sep 30 2014

Two Views on Eric Holder’s Legacy As Attorney General

When US Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation late last week, it came as a shock to many, if only because Holder was on a bit of a roll. After having announced two major investigations into the events of Ferguson, Missouri this summer, he was also fresh from announcing historic …

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Sep 30 2014

Los Angeles Hotel Workers Win Major Victory For Wages

The battle over raising the minimum wage scored a big victory last week as hotel workers in Los Angeles County secured a base rate of $15.37 an hour starting next summer. In a 12 – 3 decision, the LA City Council voted to enact the new minimum wage by July 1st 2015 for hotels …

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Sep 29 2014

US War on Islamic State Remains Muddled, With High Potential for Blowback

Just one week after the US launched airstrikes against targets in Syria, President Obama said on CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday that the US had underestimated the effectiveness and strength of the group of Sunni rebels calling itself the Islamic State. Mr. Obama echoed statements made earlier by National Intelligence Director James Clapper, and …

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Sep 29 2014

Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination

The fight for universal health care has a long history in the United States with many individuals and organizations incorporating the right to decent healthcare into their larger struggle for social justice and human rights.

One such organization was the Black Panther Party. We remember the Black Panther Party today as the most potent …

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Sep 29 2014

Jefferson County, CO, A Flashpoint in the Battle Over Public Education

Forget about abortion, gun control and voter ID, the latest political battleground for conservatives is the school curriculum. A new Advanced Placement History course created by the College Board, for high school students to obtain college level credit has enraged the right wing for placing greater emphasis on the role of women and minorities …

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Sep 25 2014

People Of Hong Kong To China: We Want Democracy and Economic Justice

More than 13,000 Hong Kong students are skipping classes this week in order to protest China’s tight control of their system of government. Demanding free elections, the Hong Kong Federation of Students, which has organized the protests, wants the Chinese leadership to honor a pledge for democratic reform made during its handover from the …

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Sep 25 2014

For Muslims in the US, It’s Déjà Vu on Islamophobia

Starting on Monday, New York City, the cosmopolitan capitol of the world will have one hundred of its buses and two of its subway stations plastered with hate-filled anti-Muslim ads. The ads were created by a non-profit group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative or AFDI which was co-founded in 2010 by blogger Pamela …

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Sep 25 2014

Jane Piper, A Survivor of Rape Confronts Her Rapist In Court

Eleven years ago, Jane Piper had just finished buying groceries for her boss in Brentwood, Southern California and was in the store parking lot, when she was accosted by a stranger while in her car.

The man forced himself in, locked the car and proceeded to brutally assault and rape her. She escaped through …

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Sep 24 2014

Exploring the Muddy Waters of Obama’s Strategy in Syria and Iraq

Up to 20 targets inside Syria were hit by the US and 5 Arab allies kicking off a new phase in the US campaign. The strikes were aimed at the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) but also hit Jabhat Al Nusra, the Syrian branch of Al Qaida. The US also dropped 8 …

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Sep 24 2014

Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of a Disrupted Global Economy

The iconic first family of fossil fuel capitalism, the Rockefellers, shocked the world this week by announcing its plans to divest from oil, gas and coal companies. The announcement was a vindication for the largest climate march in history which took place just as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund decided to move about 7% of …

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