WASHINGTON ([ ]CNS) — As part of its continuing nationwide campaign to cut poverty in half by 2020, Catholic Charities USA is ramping up efforts to help people understand the ties between poverty and racism. Continue reading New Catholic Charities Web page examines poverty-racism connection
By Adrianne Appel
BOSTON, Jan 9 (IPS) – U.S. workers are losing jobs in record numbers, scores of businesses are shuttering and hundreds of thousands of families are newly homeless — and Congress just gave itself a generous pay raise. Continue reading U.S.: Economy Goes Down, Congressional Pay Goes Up
Recovery Package Should Include New Housing Vouchers and Other Measures to Prevent Homelessness
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – Sent by Sr. Linda Bessom, SND
by Barbara Sard
New data indicate that the number of homeless families with children has climbed in recent months and continues to mount. Although the recovery package that Congress will consider in coming weeks is expected to include measures to restore several million jobs, an unusually large number of people are still likely to fall into severe poverty and to be at risk of homelessness, due to the depth of the recession. As a result, it is important that the package include funding for effective homelessness prevention strategies. Such measures could be included for a cost equal to just one-half of one percent of the cost of the overall package. Continue reading NUMBER OF HOMELESS FAMILIES CLIMBING DUE TO RECESSION:
By Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (IPS) – The U.S. section of Amnesty International sent an “urgent” letter Friday to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, calling on her to end what it called Washington’s “lopsided response” to the ongoing Israeli air strikes on Gaza that have reportedly killed more than 400 Palestinians, including scores of unarmed civilians.
While the letter also expressed concern about the rocket fire by Palestinian groups that has taken four Israeli lives in urban areas more than 30 kilometres from Gaza during the past week, it called Israel’s campaign air campaign “disproportionate” and accused the Jewish state of violating international law.
“Without diminishing the responsibility of Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups for indiscriminate and deliberate attacks on Israeli civilians, the U.S. government must not ignore Israel’s disproportionate response and the longstanding policies which have brought the Gaza Strip to the brink of humanitarian disaster,” the letter declared. Continue reading U.S. Branch of Amnesty Calls on Rice to Drop “Lopsided” Stance
For: the President-Elect, Mr Barack Obama
From: Uri Avnery, Israel.
The following humble suggestions are based on my 70 years of experience as an underground fighter, special forces soldier in the 1948 war, editor-in-chief of a news magazine, member of the Knesset and founding member of a peace movement.
1. As far as Israeli-Arab peace is concerned, you should act from Day One. Continue reading Dear Barack Obama
The vice president says that the use of waterboarding was appropriate and that the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should stay open until ‘the end of the war on terror.’
Los Angeles Times
by Greg Miller
WASHINGTON – Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that he was directly involved in approving severe interrogation methods used by the CIA, and that the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should remain open indefinitely. Continue reading Cheney Was Key in Clearing CIA Interrogation Tactics
Pentagon’s contractors are looking for help
By Robert Weisman
Globe Staff / December 6, 2008
SOUTH NASHUA, N.H. – Across the nation, companies are lopping off hundreds of thousands of jobs, retailers are shuttering stores, and automakers are tottering on the edge of bankruptcy.
But here in the Merrimack River Valley, and over the state line at several industrial sites around Massachusetts, defense contractor BAE Systems is hoisting “Help Wanted” signs.
BAE develops technology in fields like electronic warfare and cybersecurity, sophisticated systems that are key to combating a new wave of threats around the globe. At a time when 1.7 million jobs have been lost in the United States this year, the company is hiring 200 engineers and manufacturing workers in Nashua, Hudson, and Merrimack, N.H., and Burlington, Lexington, and Marlborough, Mass. Continue reading One thriving sector: The business of war