Nov 232012
 

German reporter goes underground at Patrick Henry College – America’s Madrassa

Published by DIALOG INTERNATIONAL
German-American Opinion: Politics & Culture

Amrai Coen, a writer for Die Zeit, wanted to visit Patrick Henry College, but the college administration refused her visit since the school had “bad experiences with foreign journalists.”  Undeterred, Amrai posed as a prospective student and showed up on campus on “Visitor’s Day”.  Her piece on her experience that day provides a rare inside glimpse of life at America’s Madrassa,   Continue reading »

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Nov 232012
 

Is Target Corporation Any Better for Workers?


By Chris Serres
(First published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in 2005)

It was the fall of 2001, and a chorus of boos erupted at Target’s annual sales meeting when a senior executive at the company flashed Wal-Mart’s name and logo on an enlarged screen.

“This,” he said, pointing at the logo, “is the evil empire.”  For years, Target has cultivated an image of itself as the “anti-Wal-Mart,” a retailer that refuses to sacrifice workplace standards in the pursuit of higher sales and stock prices. Continue reading »

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Nov 232012
 

 By James K. Galbraith

Stripped to essentials, the fiscal cliff is a device constructed to force a rollback of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, as the price of avoiding tax increases and disruptive cuts in federal civilian programs and in the military.  It was policy-making by hostage-taking, timed for the lame duck session, a contrived crisis, the plain idea now unfolding was to force a stampede.

In the nature of stampedes arguments become confused; panic flows from fear, when multiple forces – economic and political in this instance – all appear to push the same way.  It is therefore useful to sort through those forces, breaking them down into separate questions, and to ask whether any of them justify the voices of doom. Continue reading »

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Nov 232012
 

Commemorations are being held across the country this year to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the country’s greatest songwriters, Woody Guthrie. Born on July 14, 1912, in Okemah, Oklahoma, Guthrie wrote hundreds of folk songs, including, “This Land Is Your Land,” “Pastures of Plenty,” “Pretty Boy Floyd,” “Do Re Mi” and “The Ranger’s Command.” While Guthrie is best remembered as a musician, he also had a deeply political side. At the height of McCarthyism, Guthrie spoke out for labor and civil rights and against fascism. In this one-hour special, you will hear interviews and music from folk singer Pete Seeger, the British musician Billy Bragg, and the historian Will Kaufman, author of the new book, “Woody Guthrie, American Radical.” Continue reading »

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Nov 232012
 

Introduction by Ritt Goldstein
Theory by Dr. Bernt Danielsson and Ritt Goldstein
Copyright November 2012

The water damage inside this apartment—typical of countless homes in the stricken area— almost guarantees the onset of mold, unless extreme remedial measures are taken immediately.

As many still struggle to address the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, another facet of this epic battle is underway, though, many remain unaware of it.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many of the people of New Orleans found themselves faced with unusual health symptoms, respiratory problems being the most common and obvious among these.  They coined a name for such airways issues – Katrina Cough. Continue reading »

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