The Chinese Century

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Reading a fascinating book called “The Chinese Century” by Oded Shenkar (see recommended books). China is already the main global player in toys (70 percent of the world’s output), bicycles …

China’s Booming Trade

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If you wanted any more information about the rise of China as the world’s global economic power of the next century, today’s Wall Street Journal reports: “China’s trade volume was …

Wal-Mart Will Follow You Home

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It’s bad enough that Wal-Mart is everywhere in the economy: largest importer of goods from China; driving other companies like Toys-R-Us to the verge of bankruptcy by driving prices down, …

The Great Jobs Shift

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Took some time off here because of a project that had to be done. But came back to realize that we are just days away from the biggest shift in …

Steve Earle’s Revolution

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I’m just re-listening to Steve Earle’s “The Revolution Starts Now.” Struck me again how this has to be one of the top most political albums in some time. With lines …

Unions in Chinese Walmarts?

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Hard to believe that Wal-Mart has agreed to accept unions in China, no? And, yes, hold the applause. It’s still not clear what this means because the All China Federation …

The Stingy Waltons

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Business Week’s cover story this week is about America’s top philanthropists. Since I figured I’m personally a cause they could consider giving to, I figured I’d read it. Interesting two …

Pensions Close to Collapse?

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There is a drip, drip of stories and evidence that shows how the entire traditional pension system is close to collapse. Back in August, I wrote about Retirement in Peril …

Who Murdered Jose Gilberto Soto? (II)

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Since the first report I posted, I’ve learned a bit more about Jose Gilberto Soto. Also, the National Labor Committee has posted additional information about his murder (http://www.nlcnet.org/campaigns/soto/) This info …

Future of Labor (Part II)

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Today, the AFL-CIO Executive Council convenes for a special one-day meeting to talk about the election results and the future of the Democratic party. But, what is about to burst …

The Future of Labor

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Beginning today, I’ll devote a lot of time, space and energy to help spur the debate over how the labor movement survives. We’re in deep trouble–and it’s not just about …

Battleground Report

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Back from the trenches in Pennsylvania. Will write soon about our future. For now, a link to my report from the Lehigh Valley: http://www.thenation.com/blogs/groundwar?pid=1965

Eminem and Daniels Light a Fire

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Worth checking out these two short films: one from a filmmaker named Stephanie Daniels (stephanie@oh7films.com) and the other from Eminem. Different beats and passion but strong on both counts. For …

Talk About Direct Action!

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Should we nominate this guy for an award? Or chastize him for missing? October 27th– MIAMI (Reuters) – A Florida motorist was arrested Wednesday on charges of trying to run …

Kerry Will Win

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Going out on a limb here but I’m thinking Kerry wins–and does so with a few electoral votes to spare. Bush’s re-elect numbers are still mostly south of 50–a majority …