In The Public Interest

Obama, corporate ‘free traitors’ and you

The pro-big business President Barack Obama and his corporate allies are starting their campaign to manipulate and pressure Congress to ram through the “pull-down-on-America” Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade and foreign investment treaty between 12 nations (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam).

For the conference on the Israel lobby: press blackout

Following the heavy coverage of AIPAC’s (the virulently pro-Israeli government lobby) multi-day annual Washington convention in March, the mainstream media might have been interested for once in covering alternative viewpoints like those discussed at the April 10 conference “The Israel Lobby: Is it Good for the US? Is it Good for Israel?” (www.Israellobbyus.org). Fairness and balance in reporting should produce at least some coverage of such an event.

Letter to President Obama

April 8, 2015

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama,

The balancing tensions of Ashraf Ghani

Ashraf Ghani, the thoughtful new president of Afghanistan, came to Washington last week, and the trip probably met his expectations. He wanted to thank the United States for “defending freedom” in his country, and he did this more profusely than any foreign leader in recent history.

Same old political song and dance

When the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has its annual howling convention in the Washington, D.C., area, the mainstream mass media expands its coverage like an accordion, from the weeks leading up to the gathering to the analysis of the aftermath. Why? Because a demanding CPAC summons all the Republican contenders for the presidential nomination, and woe be the potential candidates who excuse themselves.

Billionaire Hanauer hammers stock buybacks

Self-made billionaire (meaning he didn’t inherit it), Nick Hanauer is not one to mince words, especially when they are backed by facts and principles of fairness. The Seattle entrepreneur, author and venture capitalist, who was the first non-family investor in Amazon, is known for vocally championing Seattle’s staggered increase of its minimum wage to $15 an hour as good for workers and the economy. Any contrary corporatist to debate him on this subject would lose big.

Netanyahu, the other Israelis and Robbie Burns

A part from inadvertently making the case for equal time by his Israeli pre-election opposition, the spectacle of Benjamin Netanyahu’s wild diatribe at the joint session of Congress amidst the feral cheers of his congressional yahoos will be remembered as a textbook case of propaganda unhinged from reality.

New sports exposé: Changes needed in all directions

Make no mistake about it, sports are important.
That’s true if for no other reason than the fact that sports absorb billions of hours of people’s time — at all ages. Whatever you think about sports, they’re clearly important for that reason alone.
Sports are also important because they have become a multibillion-dollar industry, one of the top 10 biggest industries in the country. According to Plunkett Research, the estimated size of the entire sports industry in 2012 was $435 billion. That makes it much bigger than the U.S. auto industry, movie industry and many others.

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An open letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.

80 Wellington St.

Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister:

Many Americans love Canada and the specific benefits that have come to our country from our northern neighbor’s many achievements (see “Canada Firsts” by Nader, Conacher and Milleron). Unfortunately, your latest proposed legislation — the new anti-terrorism act — is being described by leading Canadian civil liberties scholars as hazardous to Canadian democracy.

Letter to Jeff Smisek, CEO of United Airlines

Feb. 13, 2015

Jeff Smisek, CEO

United Airlines, Inc.

PO Box 06649

Chicago, IL 60606-0649


Dear Mr. Smisek,

Two stories have come to public attention about your airline which invites some serious introspection by you and your fellow executives who make millions of dollars a year.