Peter Costantini ~ Seattle ~ December 3, 2019
One afternoon during the 1999 Seattle Ministerial of the World Trade Organization, the police and the Black Bloc were mixing it up on Pike [...]
Economist John Schmitt interviewed by Peter Costantini
Third article in a series on minimum wages. This is an expanded version of the interview published by Inter Press Service.
Seattle, December 18, 2014
Since his college days, John Schmitt says, he’s been “very interested in questions of economic justice, economic inequality.” He served a nuts-and-bolts apprenticeship [...]
Second article in a series on minimum wages.
Note: This is an expanded, footnoted version of the article published by Inter Press Service.
In 1958, when New York State was considering raising its minimum wage 33% from $0.75 to $1.00, merchants at hearings complained that their profit margins were so small that [...]
Seattle, Washington, United States
Note: This is an expanded, footnoted version of the article published on June 3, 2014 under the same headline by Inter Press Service.
English: Low-Wage Workers Butt Heads With 21st Century Capital. http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/06/low-wage-workers-butt-heads-with-21st-century-capital
“Other readers also suggested that I put the amount in the context of the city budget. $1 billion is actually [...]
In reporting on economic issues, numbers often lie.
Well, OK, let’s not blame the numbers themselves. Let’s not even assume that the intent of those who deploy them is to deceive.
We’re still facing a pervasive problem: numbers and especially dollar figures without context – the fraction of the larger numbers of which [...]
Seattle, Washington, EEUU
El debate sobre la migración a Estados Unidos ¿le extraña? Pues, acuérdese de la Línea Maginot.
Continued from Part 1.
Garments and gold
As Haiti slowly heals, foreign investors are responding to the government’s call. A number of in-progress and proposed projects are upping the ante in the debate over what kinds of development Haiti should pursue.
Two major prospects have made headlines over the past year. At a [...]
Nearly two and three-quarters years after the January 12, 2010 earthquake, Haiti has haltingly moved beyond disaster recovery. But the phase of rebuilding is progressing slowly. As of August, 369,000 Haitians, out of an estimated 3 million in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area, remain stuck in camps for displaced people. Although this number is [...]
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