Sunday, January 12, 2014

New Website

Public Good Project has a new website, with a blog on the home page. As such, we will no longer be posting here. We will, however, keep Continuity available as a reference.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Abolishing Prostitution

Abolishing prostitution and associated violence against women is the goal of a law passed December 4 by the French Parliament. Attacking the system of prostitution as a violation of human rights, the new legislation supports prostituted persons and criminalizes procurement and trafficking of humans for prostitution. As the European Women’s Lobby reports, France now joins Sweden, Norway and Iceland with progressive policies to end male domination and violence against women.

Our colleagues at Prostitution Research and Education have more.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Supporting Indigenous Peoples

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Oneidas for Democracy

While it's common knowledge the U.S. Government supports dictators in Asia, Africa and Latin America, it's less well-known that it supports dictators here at home--in particular on American Indian reservations like the Oneida of New York. In this story by Cassandra Harris-Lockwood, we learn how Oneida gangster Ray Halbritter became CEO of the Oneida casino/media empire (owner of Indian Country Today) by selling favors to President Clinton, who in turn had Bureau of Indian Affairs Assistant Secretary Ada Deer appoint Halbritter as leader of the Oneida Nation.

While the intrigue involving former Governor Cuomo, who, along with Halbritter, facilitated the casino -- against the wishes of the Oneida people -- might seem bizarre, in the end it was about money and power. That money and power has brought what the Oneida feared: crime, drugs, prostitution and ruthless retribution by Halbritter's special police when Oneida citizens dare oppose his criminal enterprise.

Oneidas for Democracy has more.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

David Solnit Interview with Paul de Armond

This current article in Popular Resistance includes a 2009 interview by David Solnit with Paul de Armond.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Where Chaos and Bloodshed Rule

As Murray Dobbin reports at The Tyee, Libya -- which prior to the NATO invasion boasted the highest standard of living in Africa -- is now well on its way to becoming a completely failed state, where chaos and bloodshed rule. Before NATO toppled Gadhafi, Libya had the lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy on the continent; now -- thanks to NATO -- it is the biggest open arms bazaar in the world.

So what was the real reason NATO destroyed a country that provided free medicare and education to its citizenry? Gadhafi was the #1 African head of state leading in the creation of African financial and communication institutions--independent of US and EU control.

For that crime, Libya (and Africa) were sacrificed to reckless "humanitarian imperialism."

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nuclear Nightmares

When you can't fix the problem, can the guy who brought it to your attention. That's the message Bechtel sends from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation boondoggle Bechtel has been in on for some two decades now. After all, getting rid of whistle-blowers is easier than getting rid of the most toxic mess on Earth.

At least that's what San Francisco-based Bechtel Corporation thought when having its subcontractor URS can Walter Tamosaitis, the research and technical manager for the nation's largest Superfund cleanup. Tamosaitis' concerns about the nuclear waste processing plant design and safety -- communicated internally -- are now the subject of a lawsuit filed by Tamosaitis against Bechtel subcontractor URS, as well as in discussions at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Given Tamosaitis' concerns are about preventing the release of deadly radiation, one would hope boondoggle dreams don't completely overshadow nuclear nightmares.