By Mark Engler
This summer, Richard James Verone, a 59-year-old man in Gastonia, North Carolina, walked into a bank, passed a teller a note indicating that he was committing robbery and demanded cash. Strangely, it wasn’t very much cash. He asked the teller for $1. Then he told her that he’d wait, unarmed, on the sofa in the lobby for the police to arrive.
Verone, who was unemployed, had a growth on his chest and ruptured disks in his back, but he had been unable to obtain health insurance.
By David Brooks
Almost 50 million Americans – one in every in six – are now living in poverty, according to updated data from the U.S. Census released last week. Suddenly it was discovered that there were 3 million more than initially estimated in September.
New York City recorded the highest number ever of homeless people. According to the latest report from the Coalition for the Homeless, homeless people in shelters numbered 41,000 at the end of October.
By Elsa Claro
Word is being passed from one computer to another about the latest case of administrative corruption recorded in Cuba. Next should come the official announcement of the sentences, in line with the official policy of publishing the sanctions and the names of the culprits in all the media.
By Manuel Alberto Ramy
The topic of the Cuban press certainly motivates great interest, not only among media professionals but also among the people they serve. Progreso Weekly recently reprinted an article by Professor Guillermo Rodríguez Rivera...
“As we speak, the president has raised more money from banks, hedge funds, and private equity managers than any Republican candidate, including Mitt Romney. Let’s name it for what it is: democratic decency defined downward. Politics today – and there are honorable men and women in it – but politics today is little more than money laundering and the trafficking of power and policy, fewer than six degrees of separation from the spirit and tactics of Tony Soprano.”
-- Bill Moyers speaks at gala honoring Ralph Nader’s advocacy group Public Citizen.
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By Saul Landau
In the early spring 1982, I accompanied former U.S. Senator Jim Abourezk to Libya. National Geographic had asked him to get Libyan permission to film several sites of Roman ruins.
He met with officials; I walked Tripoli’s streets. At a coffee shop near the hotel, a group of young men stopped playing with their worry beads, brought their jumping knees into upright positions...
By Bill Press
In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, "It's deja vu, all over again."
Confronted with allegations of criminal activity on the part of its own leaders, a revered institution looks the other way, circles the wagons, maintains its silence – and lets the crime continue.Click to continue reading...
By Max J. Castro
It was Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s former White House Chief of Staff, who, during the 2008 financial debacle, is supposed to have said: “Never waste a good crisis.”
In retrospect, the irony is that that is precisely what the freshly-minted president did. He squandered an impressive electoral victory based on widespread popular support...Click to continue reading...