Shamus Cooke

Shamus Cooke is a social service worker, trade unionist, and writer for Workers Action (  He can be reached at

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Sunday, November 20, 2016
Can a Mass Movement Seize This Anti-Trump Moment?
Change is in the air. Millions of people in the U.S. woke up to the living nightmare of a Trump presidency. The threat and shock posed by Trump jolted hundreds of thousands off their couch and into the street. People of all ages now want to “do something,” joining protests nationwide that the...
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Friday, November 28, 2014
Fight for $15 Shakes Awake US Labor Movement
Something big is happening. The union-led victories for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle and San Francisco have reverberated throughout the labor movement, spawning copycat campaigns across the country. Most notably the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is nationally demanding $15 for its...
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Friday, September 26, 2014
The Unspoken Consequences of Bombing Syria
Now that U.S. bombs are falling in Syria, will Islamic extremism be stopped in its tracks? Such a question is an insult to the intellect, yet it’s the dominant theory in Washington D.C., where years of Middle East war have taught politicians nothing. Bombing yet another Middle East country will...
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Sunday, August 10, 2014
How ISIS Finally Became Obama’s Enemy
Suddenly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has become a threat worthy of American missiles. For almost two years President Obama completely ignored the biggest and most brutal terror group in the Middle East, allowing it to balloon into a regional power. No matter how many heads it severed...
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Friday, July 11, 2014
The Union vs. Corporate Showdown Has Officially Begun
The attack on the U.S. labor movement just sharpened with the Harris vs. Quinn Supreme Court decision, aimed at the heart of concentrated union power — public sector unions. When you add in the Obama-led assault on public school teachers unions and the Koch brother-funded “Right to Work” laws, the...
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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki after a joint press event on Camp Victory, Iraq, April 7, 2009. (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons) Views
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Who Will Save Iraq?
“We gave Iraq a chance” – President Obama Recent events in Iraq are a tiny foreshadowing of the horrors to come. A glance at smoldering Syria reveals Iraq’s fate if current events continue. And while such a crisis demands that something be done, the solutions offered will only expedite Iraq's...
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President Barack Obama greets Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki in the Oval Office on July 22, 2009. (Photo: White House / Pete Souza) Views
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Iraq and the Destructive Sham Called the 'War on Terror'
The fall of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, to an al-Qaeda linked militia elicited a curiously muted response from the Obama administration. Yes, Obama “denounced” the terrorist invasion, but when the Iraqi government asked for U.S. airstrikes to repel perhaps the most powerful terrorist group...
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Friday, May 30, 2014
The Democrats’ New Fake Populism
It would have been hilarious were it not so nauseating. One could only watch the recent “New Populism” conference with pity-induced discomfort, as stale Democratic politicians did their awkward best to adjust themselves to the fad of “populism.”
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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 measure to raise the minimum wage to $15. The Labor movement and broader community organizations were...
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Seattle’s Elite Begin Their Counter Attack
Seattle’s corporations were blindsided, it all happened so fast. Socialist candidate Kshama Sawant’s successful City Council campaign tore through Seattle politics like a tornado, leaving the 1% devastated, unable to cope with a storm they didn't see coming. The Seattle elite had no way to counter...
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