Benefits and Dangers of North-South Tourism

As a source of foreign currency, international tourism is thirty times bigger than it was 60 years ago, with more than 700 million tourists hopping from one country to another every year.

Swine Flu Season Begins

Flu season is here. And it has brought its nasty cousin swine flu (H1N1) with it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, swine flu began to spread in the US last spring, picked up some steam over the summer and now as the usual flu season begins is expected to spread quickly.

The ACORN I Know

If someone told you that a bunch of low-income people, most of them African American or Latino, most of them women, most of them elderly, had been victimized by a predatory mortgage lender that stripped them of much of their equity or of their entire homes, you might not be surprised.

'We Made them Millions, and they Complain About Insurance'

I was born in Santa Tecla, near San Salvador. My father was a big rig driver and my mother was a stay at home mom. We had a big family – four brothers and two sisters. When I was old enough, I worked in the Armando Araujo coffee and soap factory. We Salvadoreños are hard working people.


The Senate Finance Committee Takes Up Health Reform

At last, the Senate Finance Committee (SFC) has put forth its health proposal and began marking up and debating the proposal on September 22. It is the last of the five committees in the House and Senate with jurisdiction over health care reform to consider legislative language.


US Should not Hamper Global Climate Action

Thomas Friedman has a problem. As he describes in his bestseller Hot, Flat, and Crowded, while many activists advocate a low-carbon lifestyle in his Maryland neighborhood, he had to give up his attempt to install a couple of solar panels on his house because doing so is illegal under a local ordinance.


Justice This Time Around: Will Goldstone's Report Deliver?

'We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of the era of impunity,' Nadia Hijab, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Institute for Palestine Studies, was quoted by IPS in response to the findings of a 574-page report by a four-member United Nations Fact finding mission.


9/15: Capitalism’s Attack on World’s Peoples

It has been a year since the legendary financial giant Lehman Brothers collapsed on September 15, 2008. This global giant had weathered the railroad bankruptcies that rocked the USA in the 19th century and also the Great Depression of the 1930s. On this occasion, it became the first victim as well as the trigger that shot down financial markets globally, causing probably the worst recession in capitalism's history.


Public Option Needed to Rein in Insurance Premiums

While wage growth, impacted by inflation, has eroded steadily over the past decade, the cost of a typical health insurance plan has grown as much as 150 percent, a new report put out by the Obama administration revealed this week.

Wells Fargo Protesters Arrested, Face Day in Court

Four Atlanta activists and a State Senator were arrested during a demonstration which took place on August 31, 2009, at the office of Wells Fargo bank in East Point, Georgia, at 11:00 AM.

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