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Truthdigger of the Week: Michael Paarlberg

After leaving a trail of dead in the private sector, the “long and steady march toward a fully disposable workforce” has turned sharply toward the public sector in recent years, the labor scholar tells us in a column for The Guardian.

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 READ MORE

Union Showdown in Chicago

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges stopped by “Democracy Now!” to talk about the Chicago public school teachers’ strike, “arguably one of the most important labor actions in probably decades,” which “illustrates the bankruptcy of both traditional labor and the Democratic Party.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE

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Let Them Eat Sports

As public sector jobs, education, health insurance and social welfare programs crumble amid the specter of economic austerity, the British government has spent more than $14 billion on preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games—far more than the $4 billion that was estimated a few years ago.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE


More Cuts and Pain Coming to Spain

In exchange for a eurozone bailout of $123 billion, Spain’s conservative government Wednesday slashed $80 billion from its budget over the next two and a half years through a combination of sales tax hikes and spending cuts. That’s in addition to $92 billion dropped by the country’s previous administration.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE

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Public-Sector Banks: From Black Sheep to Global Leaders

Conventional wisdom holds that government bureaucrats are bad businesspeople. But around the world, the many countries with strong public banking sectors generally have strong, stable economies.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE

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2 Million Brits Walk Out Over Pension Cuts

As many as 2 million British public sector workers went on strike Wednesday to oppose the government’s plans to increase revenue by digging into their hard-earned pensions. Just over one-quarter of the civil service walked out, including members of Prime Minister David Cameron’s staff.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE

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Joblessness Hangs at 45% in Blockaded Gaza

In findings that can hardly be expected to generate Palestinian good will for Israel, a five-year Israeli blockade on Gazan exports has contributed heavily to the joblessness of nearly half the population and a sharp decline in real wages, according to a U.N. report.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 READ MORE

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Job Cuts Outpace Hiring

What’s bad? September saw 159,000 public sector employees laid off. What’s worse? A good number of those layoffs were teachers, as private sector hiring failed to keep pace with job cuts by federal and local governments.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE

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Somalia Tops Corruption List

File this one under Dubious Honors of the World: An organization with the fun name of Transparency International has created a list ranking nations according to “perceived levels of corruption in the public sector,” as the BBC put it, and Somalia appears to be the worst of the bunch. 

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 READ MORE

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