Friday, February 12, 2016

If You Are A Democrat, Voting For Bernie Is The Most Pragmatic Thing To Do

By Francesca Rheannon

The Dems will win the general election no matter what, so why not vote  for the "idealist"? It's the most pragmatic thing to do.

As argued by Benjamin Studebaker, the "right nationalists" have captured the Republican Party -- and that means neither likely nominee, Trump or Cruz, can win in the general.

The Sanders candidacy is the best chance to vote in a real progressive who can return the Party to its highly successful roots in the New Deal era. But that’s not why Bernie is so good for Dems. He’s better than Hillary for their employment prospects.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Jubilant Crowd Marches Down Broadway To Start A Political Revolution

NYC, Saturday afternoon around 4:30. I’m walking along Houston Street in Soho with my 11 year old granddaughter Paloma as we make our way home from an outing. Nearing the intersection with Broadway, I notice the normal cacophony of traffic is being broken by the tell-tale rhythm of a chanting crowd, punctuated by cheers.

As we reach the corner, I see a large crowd filling the street as far as I can look northward. At its head a huge banner proclaims “#Feel The Bern.” Under it, a line of people carry another banner that simply says, “Bernie Sanders.” The crowd is diverse: young, old and middle-aged; black, white and brown.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Every Single One of The Top 10 Corporate Tax Dodgers Are Donors To Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders is leveraging the increasing attention his campaign is getting to call out major corporations for shirking their tax responsibilities. In a press release issued Friday, Sanders “pledged to close tax loopholes like a law that lets profitable corporations exploit offshore tax havens to avoid paying U.S. income taxes.”

Some Paid Zero Federal Taxes Despite Huge Profits

Sanders published a list of the top ten “corporate tax dodgers,” among which are some, like General Electric, Boeing and Verizon, that paid no federal income taxes at all between 2008 and 2013, despite racking up huge corporate profits.

Sanders enumerates a tough five point platform to make corporations pay their fair share in federal taxes. These include shutting down corporate inversions, ending tax deferrals on profits of offshore subsidiaries, and making sure companies can’t just claim to be foreign by establishing a P.O. box in the Cayman Islands or other tax haven. (He also wants to end tax subsidies for fossil fuel companies.)

So that’s what a President Sanders would do, if given the chance. How about a President Hillary Clinton? 

Well, not so much. It turns out that all top ten corporations on Sanders’ list also have strong ties to Hillary Clinton, often benefitting from her official positions while donating to her campaign or the Clinton Foundation or giving her huge speaking fees. Here’s the Sanders list of tax-dodging companies — and their connections to Hillary Clinton.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Memories of Xenophobia: What I Learned About Christians, Jews & Muslims in Provence

by Francesca Rheannon


The Jews


“McDO, that's a Jewish business,” my host Michel said contemptuously. I was staying with him and his wife, the lovely Marie-Jo in Apt, an ancient Gallic-Roman city in the south of France. The year was 2002 and I was in Provence to gather research on a book. 

The couple had generously opened their home to me, someone they barely knew, and we had quickly become fast friends. Michel was a private chef; his wife was a nurse who was taking leave from her job to care for her elderly invalid mother who lived next door.

Michel had not always been a chef. He was a man of many sides and a checkered past. He didn’t fit easily into any categories. For one, he had spent close to a decade in prison during his youth. The details were never really forthcoming, but it had something to do with underworld gangs in Marseilles. He would have looked the part, too, with his street tough’s body, all barreled and bandy-legged, were it not for his warmth and ebullient nature.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Helaine Olen, POUND FOOLISH & Les Leopold, HOW TO MAKE A MILLION DOLLARS AN HOUR

Helaine Olen talks about her exposé of the personal finance industry, POUND FOOLISH: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry and Les Leopold discusses his new book HOW TO MAKE A MILLION DOLLARS AN HOUR: Why Hedge Funds Get Away with Siphoning Off America’s Wealth.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Writers Voice Earth Day Special: Amy Larkin, ENVIRONMENTAL DEBT & Katharine Applegate, THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN


It's still Earth Day on Writers Voice! Amy Larkin discusses her terrific new book, ENVIRONMENTAL DEBT: The Hidden Costs of a Changing Global Economy. And Katharine Applegate talks about her new novel for kids of all ages, THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN. Written in the poignant voice of a gorilla, it’s based on the true story of a gorilla held captive for thirty years in a suburban mall.
Listen to this week's episode here.

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign Has Colleges Weighing The Stakes

Today is Earth Day. Yesterday, I attended a screening of the terrific new film Do The Math, featuring 350.org's Bill McKibben and the growing Climate Resistance Movement. 
The film discusses the exciting new fossil fuel divestment movement that is sweeping campuses around the U.S. and elsewhere. I wrote the following post about the movement for CSRwire several weeks ago, but today is a good day to post it here.