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Chomsky on Haiti [CounterPunch]

By KEANE BHATT

For
decades, Noam Chomsky has been an analyst and activist working in
support of the Haitian people. In addition to his revolutionary
linguistics career at MIT, he has written, lectured and protested
against injustice for 40 years. He is co-author, along with Paul Farmer
and Amy Goodman of Getting Haiti Right This Time: The U.S. and the
Coup. His analysis "The Tragedy of Haiti" from his 1993 book Year 501: The Conquest Continues
is available for free online. This interview was conducted in late
February 2010 by phone and email. The interviewer thanks Peter Hallward
for his kind assistance.

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What Does $400 Million Buy You These Days?

Labor and the Democrats

By DAVID MACARAY

“I worry that no matter how cynical I become, it’s never going to be enough.”

—Lily Tomlin

The
way the Republican Party, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and American
Enterprise Institute (not to mention the mainstream media) tell it,
organized labor is able to get the Democrats to do pretty much anything
it wants them to do because, as everybody knows, the Democrats are in
labor’s pocket.  That’s how powerful America’s unions are. 

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Haiti's Tourniquet

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Emergency Relief and Solidarity needed for Haiti

A
devastating 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti Tuesday January 12th. Thousands
have been killed, and much Port au Prince leveled. This follows a
series of deadly hurricanes in late 2008, and decades of
foreign-influenced economic terrorism, culminating in a US-led coup in
2004, and continuing UN occupation. Haiti, the poorest nation in the
Western Hemisphere, is the only country to successfully liberate itself
from slavery and the former colonial masters have not let them forget.
Most people live on less than $2 a day, and many on less than $1. In
April 2008 representatives of the ISC participated in an IWW delegation
to Haiti where they met with workers and peasants struggling against
neo-liberal slavery. We pledged our continued support to their
struggle, and FW's donated generously to support their organizing, and
again for aid following the hurricanes. Currently communications with
Haiti are nearly impossible, but no doubt they will need our help again.


The
delegation made a short video about our trip, "Haiti's Tourniquet"
which we're selling for $15 (includes shipping) to raise money for our
comrades in Haiti, and any donations large or small are greatly
appreciated.

You can purchase videos and send donations to:
Nathaniel Miller, PO Box 31909, Philadelphia, PA 19104-- please mark
checks "IWW Haiti Fund," and note if you want a video. Contact

nathaniel@iww.org

to arrange online payment, or for other questions.

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Labor's Beating Heart

By DAVID MACARAY

One of life’s gross inequities is that the people who actually do the work receive relatively little in the way of credit or compensation, while the people in charge of the work—the ones who plan it, assign it, oversee and critique it—receive regular promotions and large paychecks. 

This
discrepancy wouldn’t be so objectionable if it could be shown that the
planning and supervisory aspects of the job were what made all the
difference—that it was the boss’s contributions, the efforts of the
guys in the front office, and not those of the workers on the floor,
that determined the success or failure of a venture, but,
unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

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