The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported Wednesday on the reduction of the markets of opium, cocaine and marijuana and the expansion of the consumption of amphetamines and ecstasy.
One of the most immediate fallouts from Gov. Mark Sanford's admission today of an extra-marital affair was his resignation as chair of the Republican Governors Association. That speeds up the leadership hand-off of the RGA -- already in the works -- to Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi.
Tel Aviv stands accused of deception by claiming settlement construction in the occupied territories is only continuing to cater for growing families already living there.
One hundred fifty years ago the battle of Solferino left 40,000 soldiers and civilians either wounded or killed. With too few doctors on hand, Swiss civilian Henry Dunant helped villagers care for the victims. Underscoring the direct and dire impact of war on civilians, his experience led him to found the International Red Cross Movement, which celebrates its anniversary on 24 June.
In recent days, we continue witnessing the magnificent demonstration of millions of people from all ages, genders, and national and religious minorities in Iran. They request that their basic human rights, particularly the right to freedom and to choose independently and without deception be recognized. These rights are not only constitutional in most of the countries, but also have been protected against all odds.
The world is shifting its base. In Asia, Latin America and other continents, the devastating effects of this historical crisis of capitalism do not necessarily lead to pessimism, but rather quite the opposite. There are economies that are not only resisting but also innovating in bold new ways. For example, let us consider Vietnam.
The UN refugee agency has said that more than 100,000 Somalis have fled near-daily atrocities including rape, the shelling of civilian areas and general fighting since May.
Studs Terkel was synonymous with the everyman, heart of the hoi polloi. In one of his last interviews he repeated a story he enjoyed telling about encountering a couple of vocally anti-union Young Urban Professionals in his hometown of Chicago. Terkel, then already into his nineties, stared down the latest denizens of the ruling class, profoundly finishing them off in a manner which they probably never forgot. That was Studs.
Wal-Mart organizing efforts are gaining momentum, in spite of the company’s concerted efforts to thwart union activity. In the United States — where the campaign is led by UFCW International — the growing interest to go union is being fed by a number of factors, including Wal-Mart’s dismal record of worker-exploitation; proposed American legislation that could stop Wal-Mart and other companies from intimidating workers who want to join a union; and concrete proof in Canada that Wal-Mart workers can unionize and get a collective agreement.
Nothing beats getting out of a think tank long enough to find out what’s really going on. Seth Freed Wessler, a researcher at the Applied Research Center, did just that, traveling to Michigan where he talked with workers for ARC’s “Race and Recession” report.