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Sunday, September 21, 2014
John Light, Charina Nadura
Big Considerations for the US as Climate Change Sweeps the Globe
As climate change ripples across the globe, the regions that will be hit hardest will also often be the poorest — places where developing economies, political systems and infrastructure are the most...
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Eileen Flanagan
Acting Locally and Globally at the People’s Climate March
On Saturday, September 20, one day before the People’s Climate March, over 90 members of Earth Quaker Action Team, or EQAT, conducted theatrical “climate disruption investigations” at two Manhattan...
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Peter Hart
Deep US Concern for Human Rights in Egypt? Time Says So
In a piece about Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to build a coalition to support the attack the Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, Time magazine's Michael Crowley ( 9/18/14 ) made a...
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Eric Margolis
NATO v. ISIS?
NATO has struck in Iraq. Or, more precisely, two French Rafale warplanes bombed a storage depot in northern Iraq believed to be used by ISIS. Washington cheered the French attack as the first wave of...
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Robert Freeman
Why Obama’s ISIS Strategy is Incoherent
If there is a single word to describe Obama’s campaign against ISIS, it is “incoherent.” It doesn’t hold together even on its own terms. And in the context of a larger strategy for the Middle East it...
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Saturday, September 20, 2014
David Swanson
Killed by Congressional Cowardice
We tend to think of war as resulting from an excess of aggression or disorderliness or rebellion. Western academics hunt in the genes of foreigners and study chimpanzees to find the root of the...
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Rebecca Vallas
Disability is a Cause and Consequence of Poverty
Disability is both a cause and consequence of poverty. It is a cause because it can lead to job loss and reduced earnings, barriers to education and skills development, significant additional...
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Jennifer Dalven
A Mother Landed in Jail for Trying to Help Her Daughter, and She Might Not be the Last
Earlier this month, a judge sentenced a Pennsylvania mother to up to a year and a half in prison for helping her 16-year-old daughter end a pregnancy by purchasing abortion medication online. The...
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Justin Haaheim
What the People's Climate March Is Doing Right, and Why You Should Be There
This Sunday 9/21 in New York City, tens or hundreds of thousands of people will be marching through the streets as part of the People's Climate March , a demonstration that's slated to be the largest...
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Pierre Tristam
Gruesome Buddies: ISIS Beheadings and the American Death Penalty
We are going to war again in Iraq and expanding the bombing to Syria, the seventh country in the Middle East to be graced with American bombings since 2001 (not including Gaza-Palestine, where...
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Robert Parry
Blocking a ‘Realist’ Strategy on the Mideast
Just last month President Barack Obama dismissed the idea of arming “moderate” rebels in Syria as a “fantasy” that was “never in the cards” as a workable strategy, but now this scheme has been dealt...
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Sasha Breger Bush
The Corporations in Your Diet
“Native advertising” has recently emerged as an important financing strategy for news publications in print and online. Recognizing that traditional Internet and print advertising is no longer very...
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Christopher Brauchli
Syria and Ukraine: 'Do as I Say, Not as I Do'
Preachers say: Do as I say, not as I do. —John Selden, Preaching Today’s question is what is the difference between what the United States may or may not do in Syria and what Russia may or may not...
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Friday, September 19, 2014
Rachel Smolker
After the Climate March, Then What? Flood Wall Street
This coming week in New York City promises to be interesting. Ban Ki Moon has called for the UN Climate Summit where President Obama and other heads of state will likely call for voluntary measures...
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Lukas Ross
Five Awful Things in the House Zombie Energy Bill
In preparation for Election Day—or maybe Halloween?—the House leadership has assembled a Frankenstein’s monster of bad energy policy. Pieced together from the remains of 13 separate bills already...
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Sarah St. Vincent, Joseph Lorenzo Hall
Five US Surveillance Programs Undermining Global Human Rights
Those of us in the United States often like to think—rightly or wrongly—that our overall human-rights record is in pretty good order. However, even those who view the US as a global human-rights...
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John Hopkins
How the UK’s Establishment Stamped on Scottish Independence
Just a month ago the UK’s London-based political parties looked positively disinterested in Scotland’s independence referendum, being comfortable voters would reject the idea. In fact back in 2012...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Climate Change You Can Believe In
Just as Sunday’s big People’s Climate March and next week’s UN global summit on climate converge here in New York City, the nation and world are experiencing weather of an intensity that should...
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Rupert Read
Scotland Stays, But UK Needs a Constitutional Convention Now
Scotland has voted to stay in the union, a 55% vote in favour. It was a close call and Westminster has been rattled. The ‘Yes’ campaign has played a vital role in throwing open questions about the...
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Chris Soghoian
Apple Throws Down Privacy Gauntlet
Apple made big news today by announcing that they are no longer able to extract data from iOS devices for law enforcement agencies. The company had, for several years, offered a popular service for...
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Janet Redman
While We March for the Climate, Governments Meet with Polluters
I’m going to guess you’ve heard of the People’s Climate March by now. It’s been all over Facebook, the blogosphere, buses, and subway cars—it’s even shown up on network news, which has been something...
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Robert Dodge
Making the Connection: The Peoples Climate March and International Day of Peace
Climate change and world peace will each be highlighted on Sunday September 21, the International Day of Peace. In our nuclear armed, temperature rising, resource depleting world these issues are...
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Ralph Nader
Damaging Our Country from Wars of Choice
The drums of war are beating once again with the vanguard of U.S. bombers already over Iraq (and soon Syria) to, in President Obama’s words, “degrade and destroy ISIS.” The Republican Party, led by...
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Thursday, September 18, 2014
Jenny Brown
Overwhelming Union Win for American Airlines Agents
After many close votes against unionization, American Airlines passenger service agents scored an overwhelming victory September 16, voting 86 percent to unionize. The win covers 14,500 workers, the...
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Richard Eskow
Want to Save the Planet? Flood Wall Street
This is a critical week for the planet. A United Nations conference on the climate will be preceded on Sunday by the People’s Climate March , which is expected to be the largest environmental march...
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Vanessa Cárdenas
New Poverty Numbers Remind Latinos: We Must Grow Our Power
Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released 2013 numbers on poverty in the United States and it is a mixed bag: poverty levels in the U.S. are decreasing—but not nearly enough. In fact, the changes...
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Megan Darby
New York: Where the Carbon Bubble Threat Goes Mainstream?
To tackle climate change, the vast quantities of cash tied up in fossil fuel assets needs to flow into low carbon sectors. For some, the only route to a green economy is the overthrow of capitalism...
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Calum Stuart
Grassroots Campaigning Turns Scottish Independence Vote into a Cliffhanger
Every day, a stream of volunteers approaches the unofficial Yes Scotland office in Edinburgh. None of these people are political activists; they are members of the public who’ve stopped at the office...
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Rebecca Solnit
The Wheel Turns, the Boat Rocks, the Sea Rises: Change in a Time of Climate Change
There have undoubtedly been stable periods in human history, but you and your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents never lived through one, and neither will any children or grandchildren you...
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Robert C. Koehler
The God of War is on the Verge of Another Victory
Barack Obama’s central dilemma last week, when he tried to sell a new war to the American public on the eve of the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11, was to speak convincingly about the wisdom and...
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Helge Luras
NATO: Sleepwalking Towards Nuclear War
New military measures to deter what NATO perceives to be a direct threat from Russia were adopted at the alliance’s Heads of State meeting in Wales (Sep. 4-5). A few days earlier, President Barack...
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Harvey Wasserman
Corporate Personhood Is the Deadly Virus of Climate Chaos
Unrestrained corporate power is the Ebola virus of our global ecological crisis. Rooting it out will demand a whole new level of resistance. The worldwide march for the climate this weekend is...
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Robert Parry
Reported US-Syrian Accord on Air Strikes
The Obama administration, working through the Russian government, has secured an agreement from the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad to permit U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in parts...
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Amy Goodman
A Climate Week to Change Everything
The climate crisis is worsening faster than predicted, by every scientific measure, and is paralleled by another crisis: the failure of the U.N. climate negotiation process. “You have been...
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Chuck Collins
A Real Plutocracy Prevention Act
French economist Thomas Piketty made a sensation with his bestselling book about inequality, Capital In The Twenty-First Century . Piketty’s big solution is for nations around the world to adopt a “...
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Ronnie Cummins
The Carbon Underground: Reversing Global Warming
If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Amanda Ufheil-Somers
The Next Round of an Unwinnable War Beckons
Once again, a U.S. president vows to eliminate an extremist militia in the Middle East to make the region, and Americans, safe. And that means it’s time again for a reality check. Having failed in...
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Peter Van Buren
Obama Was Right the First Time: He Has No ISIS Strategy
Obama said a week ago he did not have a strategy to combat ISIS, and that now he does. He was right the first time. Oh, History The United States ignored ISIS for months. Then out of nowhere a...
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Hina Shamsi
Fear of ISIS Triggers Double Threat to Checks and Balances
Whatever you may think of the harms carried out by the group referred to as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the fear of ISIS is now creating a double threat to our system of checks and...
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John Nichols
Meet ‘the Elizabeth Warren Wing of the Democratic Party’
Suppose an insurgent movement with a sharp critique of Wall Street and a determination to end the Democratic Party’s compromises on core economic issues was taking shape across the country. Suppose...
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Rob Hopkins
There's A Lot More to Transition Than Community Gardens
Ted Trainer’s recent paper, Transition Townspeople, we need to think about Transition: just doing stuff is far from enough! , generated a certain amount of attention at the recent Degrowth conference...
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Sandra Steingraber
Dialing 911 on Climate Change
I was a child in the 1960s. Sometimes I regale my daughter with stories about the changes I’ve witnessed, and, because I’m an ecologist, these trend toward the environmental. When I was a kid, people...
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Rebecca Vallas, Melissa Boteach
Top 10 Solutions to Cut Poverty and Grow the Middle Class
Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual figures on income, poverty, and health insurance. It revealed that four years into the economic recovery, economic insecurity remains widespread...
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Wenonah Hauter
To Save the Climate, We Need a Ban on Fracking
Fracking is an issue that touches on every aspect of our lives — the water we drink, the air we breathe, the health of our communities — and it is also impacting the global climate on which we all...
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Peter Hart
The PBS Left: 'Airstrikes Are Wonderful'
Every week, the PBS NewsHour gives viewers its version of a left/right debate segment. On the right is well-known conservative pundit David Brooks . On the left is Mark Shields, who is not especially...
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Will Bates
Our Collective Drumbeat
I am not much of a writer, but I can’t help but write about what I’m witnessing right now. Both as 350 and as a larger climate movement, I believe we are hitting a new stride – and it is completely...
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Naomi Klein
The People’s Climate March: Meet the Next Movement of Movements
The most important climate gathering next week will not be happening at the UN, but in the streets: thousands upon thousands of us will be sounding the climate alarm, literally, at the historic...
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Susan Sered
Why Can't US Help Solve Ebola Outbreak without 'Waging War' and 'Sending Troops'?
A fact sheet released on Tuesday by the White House outlines an expanded government commitment in response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. “[T]he humanitarian crisis there is a top national...
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Steve Early
Chevron Sounds Alarm Against East Bay “Anarchism”
One of the great things about living near Chevron’s big East Bay refinery—yes, the one that caught fire and exploded two years ago—is its system of early warnings about new disasters about to befall...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Stephen Zunes
US Leadership Against Russia Crippled By Its Own Hypocrisy
The fragile ceasefire between the U.S.-backed Ukrainian government and Russian-backed rebels could help pave the way to a peaceful resolution to the conflict—or simply postpone a worsening of the...
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Tom Engelhardt
American Empire in the Year 2014: The Great Concentration or the Great Fragmentation?
It’s possible I’ve lived most of my life on the wrong planet -- and if that sounds like the first sentence of a sci-fi novel maybe, in its own way, it is. I thought I knew where I was, of course, but...
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Brent Patterson
Harper Will Be a No-Show for UN Climate Summit Next Week
The New York Times editorial board has commented , "The Paris [climate summit in December 2015] may well be the world’s last, best chance to get a grip on a problem that, absent urgent action over...
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Naomi Klein
Whether We Engage or Do Nothing... This Changes Everything
The following is an excerpt taken from the introduction of Naomi Klein's newly published book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate , and appears at Common Dreams with permission from...
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Nick Fillmore
200,000 Climate Protesters Won’t Stop Corporate Agenda at UN Summit
The United Nations will host dozens of governments, corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) during a one-day Climate Summit 2014 in New York on September 23rd but, according to...
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Sandra Steingraber
‘This Changes Everything’ Including the Anti-Fracking Movement
Among its many demonstrations, This Changes Everything , reveals how the grassroots anti-fracking movement is right where it should be—except for decades-old backroom deals between Big Green groups...
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Nat Parry
The Strange, Twisted Logic of the ISIS War
Officials in Washington are inadvertently providing some insight into the strange logic of their nebulous war against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, in contradictory and puerile...
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Immanuel Wallerstein
The United States Heading for a Crash
President Barack Obama has told the United States, and in particular its Congress, that it must do something very major in the Middle East to stop disaster. The analysis of the presumed problem is...
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Monday, September 15, 2014
Yates McKee
After the People’s Climate March, Flood Wall Street
Over the past month, the Mayday community space in Bushwick, Brooklyn, has been a buzzing organizational hub in the lead-up to the highly anticipated People’s Climate Mobilization taking place...
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Tom Kelly, Ricardo Salvador
Investing in a Sustainable Food and Farm Future
This week, state agriculture officials from across the country have gathered on the shores of Lake Champlain for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) annual meeting in...
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Kari Hamerschlag
For the First Time, U.S. Agencies Consider a Diet for a Healthy Planet
If the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee has its way, America’s dinner plates are about to include a healthy portion of much needed environmental awareness. For the first time, the U.S. Department of...
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Lawrence Wittner
US Empire and Nationalist Illusions
After thousands of years of bloody wars among contending tribes, regions, and nations, is it finally possible to dispense with the chauvinist ideas of the past? To judge by President Barack Obama’s...
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Anna Leidreiter
100% Renewable Energy as Centerpiece of a Climate Action Plan
Climate Change is back on the political agenda. On 23 rd of September, Heads of States are meeting in New York to pledge climate action. This is good news as it is about time. The rising economic,...
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Chris Hedges
Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America
Chris Hedges gave this speech Saturday at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo, Wis., before a crowd of about 2,000. His address followed one there by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont...
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Eddie Bautista, LaTonya Crisp-Sauray
Why We March: Stepping Forth for a Planet in Peril
On Sunday, September 21st, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest...
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Sunday, September 14, 2014
Eric Margolis
Giving the Sassenachs a Big Scare
“Ach, the Sassenachs (English) be greet’in and gurn’in (moaning, groaning, wailing) most mightily.” Every so often, the Scots like to rise up and give the Sassenachs a big scare. Next week, they are...
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Robert Freeman
Learning to Live with Common Core
There is much to dislike about the Common Core standards for education. They were not written by educators to promote education. They were written by businessmen to create a single national market...
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Juan Cole
Media, Politicians should stop Letting ISIL Manipulate them
Ever since George W. Bush invaded Iraq and created the circumstances under which al-Qaeda could take root and flourish there from 2003 forward, al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia (which later styled itself the...
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David Morris
Scotland, Sovereignty and Corporations
Since 1945 the number of nations has soared from about 60 to more than 180. The first wave of new sovereign states came with the decolonization movement of the 1960s and 1970s; the second in the...
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Laura Finley
Your Abuse Is Not Appreciated
Much has been written in the last several weeks about men’s physical abuse of women. Former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice’s videotaped knockout of his girlfriend and the initial two-game suspension he...
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Miriam Zoila Pérez
Seven Important Facts About the Violence Against Women Act at 20
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) celebrates its 20th anniversary tomorrow, Saturday 13. In honor of that milestone, I talked with two women of color activists who’ve worked with VAWA—one...
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Saturday, September 13, 2014
Lenora Lapidus
The Fight to Let Pregnant Women Work Reaches the Supreme Court
Peggy Young worked for UPS delivering letters and packages. When she became pregnant, she requested but was denied less strenuous work. She was then forced off her job. We first told you about Peggy'...
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Ali Abunimah
Univ. of Illinois Top Officials Challenged on Pro-Israel Donor’s Role in Salaita Firing
The board of trustees of the University of Illinois voted Thursday to reject the appointment of Steven Salaita as dozens of student and faculty supporters of the professor packed the meeting room at...
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David Morris
The Debate About the Role of Government in The Republican City of Somerset, Kentucky
When two politicians debate the role of government, its almost always Democrat vs. Republican. Which is why it was so refreshing and instructive to read of the debate taking place among Republicans...
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Rev. John Dear
Take the High Road to Peace
Millions of Americans oppose war as a solution to our problems. Millions were opposed to Bush's war in Iraq, and they remain opposed now to war as a way to bring peace to Iraq. War never brings peace...
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Juan Cole
Middle East “Allies” Decline to Commit Forces, Resources Against ISIL
US Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting in Jedda with ten Middle Eastern foreign ministers produced a communique on Friday, but little more. The regional states promised to do more to stop the...
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Dan Beeton
Is the Martelly Government Putting Former President Aristide in Danger?
Fanmi Lavalas leaders report that the police that have guarded former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s residence since he returned to Haiti in 2011 were removed around 1:00 a.m. this morning. It is...
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Friday, September 12, 2014
Jamie Henn
A Climate Movement That Can't Be Ignored
The New York state elections just concluded, and the national midterms are still weeks away, but there is a campaign office in downtown Manhattan that has just gone into overdrive. Volunteers there...
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Mairead Maguire
Say ‘No’ to War and Media Propaganda
While the United States, United Kingdom and NATO are pushing for war with Russia, it behoves people and their governments around the world to take a clear stand for peace and against violence and war...
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Ralph Nader
The Havoc of the Unrestrained Drug Industry
It is remarkable what very profitable drug companies—as they merge into fewer giant multinationals—continue to get away with by way of crony capitalism. Despite frequent exposure of misdeeds, the...
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CodePink
There Is No Future in War: Youth Rise Up, a Manifesto
Once again, US politicians and pundits are beating the drums of war, trying to get our nation involved in yet another conflict. A few years ago it was Iran, with “all options on the table.” Last year...
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Robert Parry
Neocons Revive Syria ‘Regime Change’ Plan
Official Washington’s ever-influential neoconservatives and their “liberal interventionist” allies see President Barack Obama’s decision to extend U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State terrorists...
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Tom Engelhardt
American Politics as a Billionaire’s Playground
Think of this as the year that democracy of, by, and for the billionaires shall not perish from the Earth -- not when we’re on a new electoral playing field in a political world in which distinctions...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Hand in Hand With Kissinger: A Review of Hillary Clinton’s Review
If Hillary Clinton’s latest book, “Hard Choices,” was not an obvious enough sign of her presidential aspirations, then her recent Washington Post review of Henry Kissinger’s new book, “World Order,”...
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Andrew Bacevich
Obama Is Picking Targets in Iraq and Syria While Missing the Point
“We are now living in what we might as well admit is the Age of Iraq ,” New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks recently wrote. There, in the Land of the Two Rivers, he continued, the United...
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Harvey Wasserman
Let’s Bury King C.O.N.G. at People’s Climate March
Above all, the worldwide People’s Climate March on Sept. 21 must bury King C.O.N.G.: Coal , Oil , Nukes and Gas . Which also means abolishing corporate personhood and saving the internet . The fossil...
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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Robert C. Koehler
Fast-Draw Morality: Stalled in a State of Endless Embattlement
“So you want to disarm cops LOL yeah that’s an intelligent thing to do the gang bangers would love that surely they will unilaterally disarm too.” I’m used to semi-anonymous sarcasm by now, like this...
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Tamika Middleton
We Can’t Survive on $7.25
At 6 a.m. last Thursday, a small group of people gathered at the Burger King on the corner of North Avenue and Hunt Street in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. They were fast food workers, home care workers...
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Adil E. Shamoo
Treat ISIS Like an Onion
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a symptom—not the cause—of turbulence in the Middle East. It is a symptom of oppressive, corrupt, and undemocratic regimes supported and manipulated by...
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Deepa Kumar
ISIS, 9/11, and the Terrorism Time Loop
As we mark another anniversary of the attacks in 2001, it seems as if little has changed. We appear to be caught in a time loop where history keeps repeating itself again and again. If it was al...
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Winslow Myers
How to Avoid Being Suckered Into a Third Middle East War
Why must vengefulness be the default strategy for humans—the very thing we dislike and fear most about our adversaries? Mob rule is a temptation we assume we have grown beyond, but have we? The media...
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Kevin Gosztola
Obama’s Deceptive, Ideological, Perilous Case for Escalating War
The neoconservative foreign policy doctrine advanced by officials in President George W. Bush’s administration was defined by the ideological belief that America has a “unique role in preserving and...
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Pierre Tristam
Obama’s Poisonous ISIS Moment and The Snare of Remote-Controlled War
You’ve heard by now of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s latest impersonation of his more hysterical half. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), he told an interviewer last Sunday, is “right now crucifying...
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Danny Schechter
Oh, Ye Masters of War: Marking 9/11 Again With A New Dragon To Slay
When will 9/9, the day of the release of the new iPhone and Watch, replace 9/11 in the consciousness of Americans who put consumption way ahead of civil activism? The wizards of Apple, who will soon...
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Steve Fraser
The Rebirth of Family Capitalism
George Baer was a railroad and coal mining magnate at the turn of the twentieth century. Amid a violent and protracted strike that shut down much of the country’s anthracite coal industry, Baer...
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Amy Goodman
The Climate Marches On
“Unjust laws exist.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” The naturalist and pacifist asked, “Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to...
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Vandana Shiva
Safety in Diversity: Adapting to Unpredictable Climate Change
We are faced with two crises on a planetary scale — climate change and species extinction. Our current modes of production and consumption, starting with the Industrial Revolution and aggravated by...
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William Greider
Obama’s Long War in the Middle East
Do not be misled by White House double-talk: the United States is embarking on another Long War in the Middle East. This one will belong to Barack Obama, and it may extend beyond his presidency...
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Phyllis Bennis
Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS
President Obama is right: There is no military solution. Military actions will not set the stage for political solutions; they will prevent those solutions from taking hold. Escalating military...
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Norman Solomon
Perpetual War Is Fine With the New York Times After All
The editorial board of the New York Times has an Orwellian knack for war. Sixteen months ago, when President Obama gave oratorical lip service to ending “perpetual war,” the newspaper quickly touted...
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Peter Hart
Fracking Away the Climate Crisis
Yesterday the front page of the New York Times told us about an industrial comeback in the America's heartland. Sounds like good news, right? "Boom in Energy Spurs Industry in the Rust Belt" reads...
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