Robert Borosage, truthout
Obama gets this. He has eloquently called upon us to rebuild our economy on the rock of a new foundation, not the shifting sands of the old. And the pillars of that foundation are the structural reforms that progressives have championed: new energy for good jobs, comprehensive health care, investing in education from pre-K to affordable college, empowering workers to organize, and immigration reform.
Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendle, IPS
Israel is set to approve a radical new bill which threatens to legalise discrimination against its sizeable Arab minority for the first time. The bill, approved this week by the ministerial committee for legislation, would make it illegal to relate to the creation of the State of Israel on May 15, 1948 as a day of mourning, thereby banning Arab Israeli citizens from marking what Palestinians call the Nakba - their "Great Catastrophe".
Swine flu scare may have receded from the public eye, but the fear of a pandemic still remains. Along with the threat of a pandemic, the issues that have come up include the old one of the implication of patent monopoly for vital life saving drugs and whether the industrial mode of producing meat/poultry products is giving rise to threat of new diseases.
Maggie Fox, 4 June 2009
The United States is embarking on an overhaul of its healthcare system, which is now a patchwork of public programs such as Medicare and employer-sponsored health insurance that leaves 15 percent of the population -- 46 million people -- with no coverage.
Medea Benjamin, The Electronic Intifada, 3 June 2009
The Obama administration has taken a positive stand on the Israeli settlements, calling for a complete freeze. "[Obama] wants to see a stop to settlements -- not some settlements, not outposts, not 'natural growth' exceptions," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently told reporters.
Ziyaad Lunat, The Electronic Intifada, 2 June 2009
Arab states have historically lacked a consistent commitment to the Palestinians. Deeply divided, the Palestinian cause had often been used to distract discontent from problems at home and to advance the populist agendas of Arab dictators.
Seema Mustafa, thefrontpage, 2 June 2009
The government has been finally formed and the portfolios are in place. Interested media channels had been openly pushing for specific individuals, and the excitement of the celeb-anchors was visible as they screamed their way through the days, almost insisting that their favourites be accommodated in key ministries. A guest at one of the entertainment shows that pass for news these days had an interesting fix to the new council of ministers. Sycophancy has been replaced by loyalty, the guest said and was joined by the anchor in pointing out that 'sycophants' like Arjun Singh (thought his probem was hardly that, in fact quite the opposite) and Shivraj Patil had been eased out as the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty preferred straight loyalty instead.
Deepal Jayasekera, thefrontpage, 2 June 2009
India's Congress Party-led government, which won re-election in this month's general election, has rushed to reassure big business that it will do its bidding, accelerating the pace of neoliberal reform and reining in a rapidly escalating budget deficit. No major changes in socio-economic policy will likely be implemented prior to the 2009-10 Union budget, which is to be tabled in early July.
BBC News, 2 June 2009
Cuba, which was expelled from OAS after the 1962 communist revolution, has said it would not accept membership if offered.Cuban Foreign Ministry official Carlos Fernandez said reversing the expulsion would be "a good sign for the Organisation of American States" but that his country had no intention of rejoining the group.
By Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker, 2 June 2009
During his testimony, General McChrystal said that strikes by warplanes and Special Operations ground units would remain an essential part of combat in Afghanistan. But he promised to make sure that these attacks were based on solid intelligence and that they were as precise as possible. American success in Afghanistan should be measured by “the number of Afghans shielded from violence,” not the number of enemy fighters killed, he said.