Shamus Cooke

Shamus Cooke is a social service worker, trade unionist, and writer for Workers Action (www.workerscompass.org).  He can be reached at shamuscook@gmail.com

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Monday, March 03, 2014
Obama’s Far Right Foreign Policy
“Show me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are.” — ancient proverb. The conflicts in Ukraine, Venezuela, and Syria have one thing in common: the U.S. government is in favor of the groups who aspire to topple — or who have toppled — the government in power. Thus, U.S.
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Monday, February 24, 2014
The Murky Politics of the $15 Minimum Wage
Seattle now resembles a mini-Venezuela.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The Coming Grand Bargain: 'We're All Neoliberals Now'
After the U.S. government shutdown you'd expect Republicans and Democrats to remain at each others’ throats, so different was their vision for the country, or so it appeared.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
War With Syria and its Repercussions
A U.S.
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Monday, July 15, 2013
What's Next For the Egyptian Revolution?
Egyptians are making history at a frantic pace. After the largest protests in Egypt's history initiated the downfall of the first Muslim Brotherhood government, a military-led massacre of Muslim Brotherhood faithful quickly altered the political dynamic. Everything is in flux.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Syria Is Becoming Obama's Iraq
In perfect Bush-like fashion, President Obama has invented a bogus pretense for military intervention in yet another Middle East country. The president's claim that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons — and thus crossed Obama's imaginary "red line" — will likely fool very few Americans, who already distrust their president after the massive NSA spying scandal.
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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Who Killed the Syrian Peace Talks?
The long awaited Syrian peace talks — instigated by power brokers Russia and the United States — had already passed their initial due date, and are now officially stillborn.
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Monday, April 29, 2013
Obama's Choice on War in Syria
Has Syria crossed the "red line" that warrants a U.S. military invasion? Has it not? The political establishment in the United States seems at odds over itself. Obama's government cannot speak with one voice on the issue, and the U.S. media is likewise spewing from both sides of its mouth in an attempt to reconcile U.S.
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Friday, February 08, 2013
More Austerity Cuts Coming to the States
The Great Recession has quietly devastated public services on a state-by-state basis, with Republican and Democratic governors taking turns leading the charge. Public education has been decimated, as well as health care, welfare, and the wages and benefits of public sector workers. The public sector itself is being smashed.
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Monday, December 03, 2012
Why UN Climate Agreements Fail
History will undoubtedly deliver the harshest condemnations of the UN climate talks currently underway in Doha, Qatar.
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