Links: SEC and CEOs, Greece, Mexico, Trump, Salaita

 

(1) Greece: In addition to the great video by Alicé Anil embedded above (well worth watching; includes clips with Krugman, Stiglitz, and Rick Wolff!), whose “Know Bullshit!” project looks great, these items were of interest:

(2) Mexico:  The cover story for our Sept/Oct annual labor issue, which is in layout and will be out soon, is on the crisis of labor in Mexico. It’s by Dan La Botz. The issue will also have a beautiful photo essay by David Bacon on the occupation of a public park in Tijuana. So these items caught my eye:

  • Emilio Godoy, Inter Press Service, Mexico’s Anti-Poverty Programmes Are Losing the Battle. One thing that comes out in Dan La Botz’s article is how much wages have gone down over the years in Mexico, and how that is a deliberate strategy of the oligarchs and their bought-and-sold political class.  So this report from Inter Press Service about the failure of government anti-poverty initiatives is not surprising, since government policies are at odds with each other.
  • Steve Horn, DeSmog Blog, Hillary Clinton State Department Emails, Mexico Energy Reform and the Revolving Door. Hat-tip to TM. This is also very interesting given what La Botz says about how elites in Mexico have been pushing for energy-sector “reform” (including union-busting), apparently with help from the U.S. State Dept. under Clinton.

(3) Trump:  Three post-debate items:

(4) SEC ruling on CEO pay:  Some of the coverage of the SEC finally implementing the Dodd-Frank rule requiring publicly traded companies to disclose the ratio of CEO pay to median worker pay:

(5) U. of Illinois, Phyllis Wise, Steven Salaita:  This sequence of events made me happy:

  1. The Nation, Steven Salaita, Professor Fired for ‘Uncivil’ Tweets, Vindicated in Federal Court
  2. Chicago Tribune, After tumultuous year, U. of I. chancellor abruptly steps down. For a while, I wondered why, and then:
  3. Inside Higher Ed, What Illinois Kept Secret. The day after Phyllis Wise resigned, we found out why: a trove of emails was released, including some showing that Salaita had been considered hired, and apparently also that donor pressure was what led them to fire him.

 

Friday Links: Market Basket, War and Climate Change, etc.

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(1) Alejandro Reuss on Market Basket:  I noticed that a Twitter account related to the low-wage worker organizing that is going on now, @LowPayIsNotOk, tweeted about a ridiculous article from Forbes arguing that the take-away from the return of Arthur T. Demoulas as CEO to the Market Basket supermarket chain is that good leaders know how to engage their employees’ volunteerism (Market Basket: The Power of Volunteerism And Employee Engagement).  That inspired me to post the piece on Market Basket by my co-editor, Alejandro Reuss, in our current issue (our Annual Labor Issue): The Meaning of Market Basket: Can Workers and Employers Be “Family”?  When I get around to it I’m going to reply to the tweet and say that although we are fans, we hope the group can get its economic reporting and analysis from somewhere besides Forbes.

(2) David Mihalyfy on university adminiatrators’ looting pay:  Great piece at the Jacobin website: Higher Education’s Aristocrats. We knew that university administrators’ pay was inflated, and that that’s related to inflated CEO pay, but by focusing on one institution (U. of Chicago) and giving concrete data and contextualizing the data, this piece does a great job of showing that high-pay for university administrators is a kind of looting.

(3) Sheila Collins on war and climate change: Great piece at Truthout by Sheila Collins:  War and Climate Change: Time to Connect the Dots.  The piece starts with the juxtaposition of the bombing of Syria and Obama speaking at the UN about the dangers of climate change–with no acknowledgement that there’s any connection between militarism and climate change. The article goes on to document the connections–the ways they contribute to each other. Along the way she talks about how militaries are the biggest polluters–a point Bob Feldman made in D&S with a piece back in 2003, War on the Earth.

(4) MIT study finds greener cement:  Via SolidarityEconomy.net, a press release from MIT about a greener (and stronger) kind of cement, which would reduce by 50% the greenhouse gas emissions that cement apparently gives off.

(5) Grand Rapids ArtPrize festival:  Via our pal Hillary Rettig, the internationally known community art festival in Grand Rapids, Mich. (hometown of Gerald Ford?), ArtPrize, was “surprisingly political!”. It included that traveling “Capitalism Works for Me!” sign/poll that we have covered on this blog (though judging by the photo Hillary sent, maybe Gerald Ford’s ghost still has a grip on Grand Rapids?).

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And Hillary mentions another exhibit:

“”I Am: Money Matters.” In the Fed Galleries at KCAD, 2014-2015 begins with a series of cascading exhibitions relating to the larger theme of identity. “I Am: Money Matters” will kick off our exhibition season by reflecting on themes of socioeconomics, value, currency, consumerism, etc. as they relate to identity.”

That’s it for now.

–Chris Sturr