Views for 2014-05-14

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Mary Bottari, Brendan Fischer
The National Restaurant Association Spends Big to Keep Wages Low
A majority of the Senate voted to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour recently, yet the bill failed to clear the 60 vote hurdle necessary for passage -- thanks in no small part to the political...
Read more
Co-founder of reddit, Alexis Ohanian, has put up these ads promoting Net Neutrality in bus shelters around Washington, D.C. (Credit: reddit.com) Michael Winship
Still Time to Speak Your Mind on Net Neutrality
“Occupy Maine Avenue” may not have quite the same zing as “Occupy Wall Street,” but protesters camped outside the Federal Communications Commission’s headquarters on Maine Avenue in southwest...
Read more
In video footage released on May 12, 2014, Boko Haram purported to show dozens of girls recently kidnapped in Nigeria. (Public domain) Glen Ford
Kidnapped Girls Become Tools of US Imperial Policy in Africa
A chorus of outraged public opinion demands that the “international community” and the Nigerian military “Do something!” about the abduction by Boko Haram of 280 teenage girls. It is difficult to...
Read more
Wall Street needs a Financial Transaction Tax. (Credit: Ahmad Nawawi/Flickr) Robert Weissman
The Common Sense Tax
It’s nothing new for Wall Street to work every possible angle so it can squeeze additional profits out of trades. It’s the job of lawmakers and regulators to make sure that Wall Street does not rip...
Read more
The author interrupted the debate because none of all the candidates "have failed the leadership test" when it comes to fracking in Pennsylvania. (Photo source: Loudfastphilly.com) Elizabeth Arnold
The Death-Cycle of Fracking: Why I Interrupted the Democratic Gubernatorial Debate
I’m not particularly brave, I just feel that there is nothing anyone could do to me worse than what they are doing to our planet and to the families who can no longer live in their homes. When I...
Read more
Eric King
My Device Is Me. GCHQ – Stop Hacking Me.
Spy agencies have long sought to turn the technologies that improve all our lives against us. From some of the very first forms of remote communications such as telegraph cables, to modern-day means...
Read more
Richard Eskow
Look Out, Wall Street, the New Populism is Coming
Even as the Campaign for America’s Future prepares for its May conference on the New Populism , attacks on populism keep coming from all directions. One of the latest salvos to be publicized comes in...
Read more
(Credit: SEIU Healthcare 775NW) Shamus Cooke
San Francisco Rides the $15 Wave
It seems that Seattle has officially passed the $15 baton to San Francisco, and they’re running with it. On May 5 th San Francisco had its first public organizing meeting to prepare for a ballot...
Read more
(Photo: flickr/cc/United Steelworkers) Jim Hightower
The Power of Organizing
Hard work, we're told, always pays off. Sure it does — ask a farmworker, a roofer, or a home health aide. In our economy, those doing the hardest work get the worst pay, the weakest job protections,...
Read more
Nato-backed Libyan rebels retreat from the outskirts of the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, in 2011. (Photo: AP) Ajamu Baraka
Why a Principled Left Should Support the Benghazi Inquiry
Seemingly out of nowhere, Boko Haram burst into the awareness of people around the world as a shadowy group of Islamists with the ability to carry out audacious attacks that paralyzed the army of the...
Read more