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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Caitlyn Vernon, Peter Lantin (kil tlaats'gaa)
Northern Gateway Opposition Building Steam
On the campaign trail leading up to the May 5 Alberta election, Rachel Notley acknowledged loud and clear that there is a solid wall of opposition facing the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Will Europe’s Leaders Come to their Senses About Greece?
The Greeks have made their choice. Faced with two painful alternatives, they chose to stand with their elected leaders and to reject overwhelmingly the harsh, unending austerity that their creditors...
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Greg Grandin
The Confederate Flag at War (But Not the Civil War)
The Pentagon just can’t let go. In the wake of the Charleston Massacre, Amazon and Walmart have announced that they will no longer sell Confederate flag merchandise. Ebay says it will stop offering...
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Robert Reich
The Choice Ahead: A Private Health-Insurance Monopoly or a Single Payer
The Supreme Court’s recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation’s biggest health insurers to consolidate into two or three behemoths. The result will be good for their...
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Kevin Gosztola
Hillary Clinton Pledges to Defend Israeli Apartheid and Fight BDS Movement in Letter to Mega-Donor
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent a letter to media mogul Haim Saban, a mega-donor, assuring him that she would make countering the global Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (...
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Andrés Cala
Greek ‘No’ Vote Spurs Wider Resistance
Despite an unprecedented fear campaign, brave Greeks plunged the European Union into a moment of reckoning with a deafening “no” to “bullying,” “terrorism,” and “humiliation” – or more precisely, 61...
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Glenn Greenwald
Civilian Victims in Yemen Will be Ignored Because U.S. and its Allies Are Responsible
In Fayoush, Yemen on Monday morning, just outside of Aden, “a massive airstrike” hit a marketplace and killed at least 45 civilians, wounding another 50. Officials told the AP that “bodies were...
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Monday, July 6, 2015
Khaled Beydoun
The Hidden Hazzard of Viral Activism
Last week, a daring young black woman climbed up the flagpole in Charleston and took down the Confederate flag. Bree Newsome's rebellious act at the South Carolina capitol followed a white man's...
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Anthony Barnett
No, Sweet No
The astounding NO vote that swept every part of Greece will take time to digest and understand and its meaning also depends on how the Europeans respond. But here are some immediate reactions. The...
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Nicolas J. S. Davies
America’s Endless Air Wars
U.S. Central Command’s latest figures on its aerial bombardment of Iraq and Syria reveal that this is the heaviest U.S. bombing campaign since President George W. Bush’s “Shock and Awe” campaign...
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Patrick Rael
For All the Hereafter: On the 14th Amendment and Clarence Thomas' Ridiculous Dissent
June 26 was a pretty good day for civil rights: the Supreme Court guaranteed the right for same-sex couples to marry by a 5-4 majority in Obergefell v. Hodges . True to form, the conservatives...
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Yanis Varoufakis
Europe’s Greek Moment
It took German Chancellor Angela Merkel two long years to visit President Obama. She eventually arrived at the White House this June. After considerable pomp and ceremony, the two leaders sat down at...
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John Nichols
Bernie Sanders Speaks
When Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told The Nation last year that he was “prepared to run for president,” he said he would do so only if it was clear that progressives were enthusiastic about a...
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Juan Cole
Is Greece’s “No” on Debt Referendum another Youth Revolution?
During the past 5 years, the old categories of politics– left, right, center or capitalist and socialist– have been challenged by a new one, that of youth. What the Millennials want has begun to...
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Chris Hedges
Corporate Capitalism Is the Foundation of Police Brutality and the Prison State
Our national conversation on race and crime is based on a fiction. It is the fiction that the organs of internal security, especially the judiciary and the police, can be adjusted, modernized or...
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Robert Kuttner
Just Say No
The No vote to austerity by a margin of 62 to 38 is a stunning vindication of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's tactical gamble and political savvy. However, the Greeks and the austerity-mongers...
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Paul Buchheit
Growing Evidence that Charter Schools Are Failing
In early 2015 Stanford University's updated CREDO Report concluded that "urban charter schools in the aggregate provide significantly higher levels of annual growth in both math and reading compared...
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Sunday, July 5, 2015
Robert Naiman
Bernie Sanders Will End the IMF's Economic Violence in Greece and Africa
Many people want to know more about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' foreign policy agenda. Yes, they say, we like what Sanders is saying about reducing extreme inequality, about...
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Kirsten West Savali
Silence Around Who Is Burning Black Churches Speaks Volumes
There is something both sinister and cowardly about trying to destroy Black Jesus. Black churches in North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio and Tennessee have burned in the weeks...
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Brendan Fischer
As Walker Announces, Wisconsin GOP Moves to Gut Open Records Law
On the same day that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced his run for president, the Wisconsin GOP has proposed a virtual gutting of Wisconsin's open records law, long considered one of the best...
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Gareth Porter
US Spin on Access to Iranian Sites has Distorted the Issue
Vienna -- A public diplomacy campaign by the Obama administration to convince world opinion that Iran was reneging on the Lausanne framework agreement in April has seriously misrepresented the actual...
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Eric Margolis
The Grim Reaper Knocks on Greece's Door
PARIS – As the squalid drama of Greece’s bankruptcy unfolds, many alarmists claim the European Union is about to disintegrate. British and Americans are cheering the ills of the EU. On top of all...
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Ray McGovern
Still Waiting for USS Liberty’s Truth
Israel’s chokehold over U.S. politics and politicians has been so powerful for so many decades that this obvious reality is routinely denied, a collective gagging of the truth that is itself a...
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Lawrence Wittner
What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality?
Are Americans disturbed about growing economic inequality in the United States? Numerous opinion surveys in recent years indicate that substantial majorities of Americans not only recognize that the...
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Saturday, July 4, 2015
Deena Guzder
On Independence Day, Celebrate the True Patriots
As the nation marks this Independence day with traditional fanfare—hot dogs, flag-waving, and fireworks—one small community in Taos, New Mexico takes a very different approach. Here in the quaint...
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John Atcheson
Americans Have a Chance to Declare Independence from the Corporate Oligarchy
For the first time in a very long time, a candidate who represents the average citizen appears to have an outside shot at winning the Presidency. Will we have the good sense to elect him? First the...
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Jeff Cohen
Memo to Media: Ask Trump If He’s a ‘Serial Racist’
It’s easy to laugh off Donald Trump’s fact-free comments about Mexican immigrants being rapists. And easy to poke fun, as Jon Stewart did , at Trump’s grudging admission that some Mexican immigrants...
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Miriam Zoila Pérez
What Happens Next is More Important Than Marriage
I came out late, relative to a lot of my peers. I was almost through college when I finally allowed myself to really consider the other half of the population—women—as potential mates. As soon as I...
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Chelsea Gilmour
Jeb Bush’s ‘Transparency’ Ploy
Jeb Bush is campaigning on a platform of transparency. Or so he says. On June 30, he released 33 years of tax returns on his website — more than any presidential candidate in history. The only other...
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Ellen Brown
A Revolutionary Pope Calls for Rethinking the Outdated Criteria That Rule the World
Pope Francis has been called “ the revolutionary Pope .” Before he became Pope Francis, he was a Jesuit Cardinal in Argentina named Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the son of a rail worker. Moments after his...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Three S's: Sodomy, Soothsaying and Scalia
Never in our full life could we hope to do such work for tolerance, for justice, for man’s understanding of man, as now we do by accident. —Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Letter to his son Call it prescience...
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Friday, July 3, 2015
Jim Hightower
Buy Your Way into Scott Walker’s Circle
If you think that none of today’s presidential candidates care about people like you, check out Republican Scott Walker. The Wisconsin governor not only cares, he wants to sit down with you, get your...
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Harvey Kaye
Social Democracy Is 100% American
Appearing late last week on MSNBC’s Morning Joe , Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri insisted that Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont “is too liberal to gather...
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Theodoros Karyotis
Our Responsibility to Vote 'NO' in the Greek Referendum
The decision of the Greek government, late last Friday, to put the proposals of the creditors to referendum caught by surprise even those who, from a grassroots perspective, have been fighting...
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Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., Tom Weis
America’s Zero Emissions Imperative
Last fall, we wrote an article explaining why zero has become the most important number for humanity. Since that time, zero emissions has been embraced as an idea that’s time has come by nearly 120...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
The Fight Over Obamacare Was a Giant Political Charade
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 25 that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidies for health insurance for the poor were indeed constitutional, liberals cheered. The last-ditch attempt by...
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Alex Andreou
How Europe Played Greece
"They have decided to strangle us, whether we say yes or no", said a Greek woman to me yesterday. "The only choice we have is to make it quick or slow. I will vote "oxi" (no). We are economically...
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Thursday, July 2, 2015
Deborah James
Just Before Round of Negotiations on the Proposed TISA, WikiLeaks Releases Updated Secret Documents
Today, Wikileaks released a second batch of the most updated draft texts on the proposed TISA, along with substantive analysis, on each of four massive services sectors: Financial Services,...
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Dale Wiehoff
Greece: No to Austerity, Yes to Democracy
The people of Greece are at a critical moment as the country teeters on the verge of financial default. This is a clear case of the people against global banks and financial institutions. The...
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Adam Johnson
Zero for 40 at Predicting Attacks: Why Do Media Still Take FBI Terror Warnings Seriously
On Monday, several mainstream media outlets repeated the latest press release by the FBI that country was under a new “heightened terror alert” from “ISIL-inspired attacks” “leading up to the July...
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Conor Curtis
The Fight for Jobs, Justice, and the Climate
On Saturday communities across Canada , from Vancouver and Edmonton to Fredericton and St. John’s, will join together in a national day of action for jobs, justice, and the climate. These actions...
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David Suzuki
Now Is the Time to Eliminate Fossil Fuel Energy
If nothing else, the G7 countries' recent agreement to end fossil fuel use for energy by 2100 signals a shift in the way we talk and think about global warming. Previous agreements were about...
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Maude Barlow
California's Drought: The Canary in the Coalmine?
On April 1, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown ordered officials to impose mandatory water restrictions in his drought stricken state for the first time in history. The news was carried around the...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Superpower Conundrum: The Rise and Fall of Just About Everything
The rise and fall of great powers and their imperial domains has been a central fact of history for centuries. It’s been a sensible, repeatedly validated framework for thinking about the fate of the...
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Olivia Alperstein
Flagging Hate Speech
I’ve spent my whole life in the Northeast, but I have Southern roots. My late grandfather came from a long line of sharecroppers who toiled in the fields of Decatur, Georgia for generations. Their...
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Amy Goodman
‘What, to the American Slave, Is Your 4th of July?’
“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” asked Frederick Douglass of the crowd gathered at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852. “I answer,” he continued, “a day that...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Torture of Absolute Power
“The existence of the approximately 14,000 photographs will probably cause yet another delay in the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as attorneys for the defendants demand that all the...
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Medea Benjamin
While the Flotilla Didn’t Make it to Gaza, Israel Didn’t Win
Israel Defense Forces violently intercepted the Swedish boat named Marianne in the early hours of June 29 to prevent it from landing in Gaza, using tasers against unarmed passengers. The 18...
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Peter Dreier
Is Bernie Sanders Too Radical for America?
Now that Bernie Sanders is rapidly climbing in the polls and attracting huge audiences to his campaign events, his opponents are starting to attack him for being too radical. After all, Sanders...
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Juan Gonzalez
Puerto Rico—like Greece—Will Default on its Debts, as the U.S. has Ignored the Island’s Financial Problems for Decades
Obama to Puerto Rico: Drop Dead. That was the message from the White House this week to 3.5 million U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico — our own version of Greece. No one is even considering a bailout for...
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Naomi Klein
"People and Planet First": On the Moral Authority of Climate Justice and a New Economy
Naomi delivered the following remarks at a press conference introducing “ People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course ,” a high-level meeting being held at the Vatican this week to...
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Chris Toensing
Yemen Is Starving, and We’re Partly to Blame
Twenty million people in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, are at risk of dying from hunger or thirst. That’s 80 percent of the country’s population , which according to UN agencies badly...
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Ralph Nader
Where Are the Presidential Candidates on the Minimum Wage?
As the 2016 campaign season gets underway, working families across the country will be very interested in where presidential candidates stand on raising the minimum wage. Currently, the Federal...
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David Michael Green
History Interrupted: Welcome to the 1970s
They say that if you can remember Woodstock, you weren’t actually there. It is therefore with some trepidation that I invite readers to cast their minds back to America, circa 1970. No point in...
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Kevin Gosztola
Fear Alert: US Press Unquestioningly Spread Predictions of ISIS Attacks on July 4th Holiday
A number of US media organizations are spreading fear based on a “bulletin” shared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Department that reportedly warns of possible attacks by...
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Anders Vang Nielsen
Fracking with the Happy People
We are used to hearing about multinational corporations manipulating political systems in the global South to eke out ever more profits from often damaging activities. Current examples include that...
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Joseph Stiglitz, Martin Guzman
Hope vs. Depression: Argentina Shows Greece There May Be Life After Default
When, five years ago, Greece's crisis began, Europe extended a helping hand. But it was far different from the kind of help that one would have wanted, far different from what one might have expected...
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Mark Weisbrot
Are European Authorities Trying to Force Regime Change in Greece?
It’s ironic but not surprising that the European Central Bank decided Sunday to limit its credit to Greece by enough to force the Greek banking system to close. This has pushed Greece closer to a...
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Scott Edwards
Texas-sized Hypocrisy Served Up in Denton Over Fracking Ban
Last February, Texas Governor Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State and made some promising proclamations. “It’s time for property owners – not government – to truly own their property...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Behind the Momentum for Paid Sick Leave
Last week, the Supreme Court upheld a core provision of the Affordable Care Act, quashing the Republican Party’s latest attempt to gut the law through the judicial system. At issue in the case, King...
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Pratap Chatterjee
EuroZone Profiteers: How German and French Banks Helped Bankrupt Greece
Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister of Greece, has called a national referendum this Sunday to call the bluff of the European Union and International Monetary Fund who are trying to force his country...
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Tanya Steele
How Bree Newsome Allowed Me to Breathe (When Nothing Else Did)
On Friday, June 24, I turned on my television to watch the funeral for Reverend Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine people shot dead at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. President...
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Michael T. Klare
Russia vs. China: The Coming of Cold War 2.0
America’s grand strategy, its long-term blueprint for advancing national interests and countering major adversaries, is in total disarray. Top officials lurch from crisis to crisis, improvising...
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Antonis Vradis
Why I Will Be Voting 'No' in Sunday's Greek Referendum
Sunday's referendum vote is not about one fiscal detail or another, a bad agreement or one that is less so. In its essence, Sunday's question is about dignity and our lives from this point on. It is...
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Duncan Cameron
A Gang of Wolves Comes for Greece
The election of an anti-austerity Syriza government in Greece signalled trouble for the powers-that-be in the European Union. Principally Germany which has no interest in rethinking how the EU...
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Trita Parsi
Five Reasons Why an Iran Nuclear Deal Would Be Good for the US
The criticism of the pending nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is intensifying. Opponents of the deal will spend millions of dollars on ads pushing the U.S. public and Congress to kill the...
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Robert Parry
Confronting Southern 'Victimhood'
Unlike the Germans after World War II who collectively shouldered blame for the Holocaust and the war’s devastation, America’s white Southerners never confessed to the evil that they had committed by...
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Kathy Kelly
Before the Dawn
Each year, throughout the Muslim world, believers participate in the month-long Ramadan fast. Here in Kabul, where I'm a guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers , our household awakens at 2:15 a.m. to...
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Subhankar Banerjee
In the Warming Arctic Seas
Following is an excerpt from the article, “In the Warming Arctic Seas,” published in the Summer 2015 Issue “Climate’s Cliff” of the World Policy Journal. To read the full article click here . Arctic...
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Jay Walljasper
Walking Makes Strides Toward Healthier Future For All
Walking is moving fast these days. We may think of it as a slow activity, but travel by foot is quickly being recognized as an effective prescription for health, a convenient means of transportation...
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Monday, June 29, 2015
Doug Norlen
Without Climate Protections, the Ex-Im Bank Shouldn't Continue
The Export-Import Bank is set to expire on June 30, and concerns for its reauthorization have sparked one of the hottest debates in Congress. In a desperate attempt to reauthorize the agency, some Ex...
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Robert Reich
Why We Must Fight Economic Apartheid in America
Almost lost by the wave of responses to the Supreme Court’s decisions last week upholding the Affordable Care Act and allowing gays and lesbians to marry was the significance of the Court’s third...
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Joseph Stiglitz
Europe’s Attack on Greek Democracy
NEW YORK – The rising crescendo of bickering and acrimony within Europe might seem to outsiders to be the inevitable result of the bitter endgame playing out between Greece and its creditors. In fact...
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Peter Dreier
The Warren vs Roberts Courts: Separate and Unequal Views on Marriage Equality
The Supreme Court's ruling Friday to legalize same-sex marriage is a victory for human rights and an occasion to rejoice. The decision follows in the footsteps of the Supreme Court's 1967 decision in...
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Vandana Shiva
Stupidity and Intelligence: Science, GMOs and Our Food
"Science" is derived from the scire – "to know". Each of us should know what we are eating, how it was produced, what impact it has on our health. "Agroecology, not the mechanistic and blind paradigm...
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Alex Andreou
Where is My European Union?
I am a Europhile. Not only that, I am a product of the Union. I have structured my life around the idea of free movement; my identity around the notion that I can be more than one thing: Mykonian,...
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Chris Hedges
The Lonely American
Michael P. Printup, president of Watkins Glen International, one of the country’s largest racetracks, stood with a group of about a dozen race fans at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Next to him were boxes of...
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William Astore
"Hi, I'm Uncle Sam and I'm a War-oholic"
War on drugs . War on poverty . War in Afghanistan. War in Iraq. War on terror . The biggest mistake in American policy, foreign and domestic, is looking at everything as war. When a war mentality...
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Sunday, June 28, 2015
Robert Naiman
#FreedomFlotilla III Exposes Anti-Democratic Extremism of the Israeli "Center"
Supporters of continuing the Israeli occupation of Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem would like global public opinion to believe that the occupation can be maintained and yet Israel can be...
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Genna Reed
What Makes a Poison?
The chemicals that we’re exposed to in our daily lives are often approved by the government under the assumption that they’re safe in small doses, even over a long period of time . For years,...
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Jim Naureckas
ACTION ALERT: NPR Celebrates Fast-Track Victory With an All-Corporate Lobbyist Segment
After the Senate joined the House of Representatives in granting President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate trade agreements, National Public Radio aired one report ( Morning Edition ,...
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Isaiah Poole
On Marriage Equality, Another Bend Toward Justice
Members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, wearing blue T-shirts emblazoned with the name of a popular gay sports bar in Washington, were on a strategic street corner singing “The Impossible...
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Belén Fernández
The Honduran Meltdown: Made in USA
In May 2005, US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick appeared at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington to rally support for CAFTA, a free trade agreement between the US, the Central...
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Peter Van Buren
Five Things That Won't Work in Iraq
In one form or another, the U.S. has been at war with Iraq since 1990, including a sort-of invasion in 1991 and a full-scale one in 2003. During that quarter-century, Washington imposed several...
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Saturday, June 27, 2015
Christopher Brauchli
The NRA and Words of Comfort
Such as do build their faith upon the holy text of pike and gun. —Samuel Butler, Hudibras It is always a good idea to avoid making judgments about events involving guns until the NRA has had a chance...
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Faiza Patel
When Will Surveillance Reform Stop Being Just ‘Cool’?
Last week, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden declared that he was “ cool ” with the recently enacted USA Freedom Act, which reined in government bulk collection of Americans’...
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Georgeanne M. Usova
2 Sneaky Ways Women’s Rights Are Being Threatened Right Now
The House has been hard at work in recent weeks passing spending bills to fund the government — but it's no secret that these bills are about more than just setting funding levels. As has been the...
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Chris Kromm
Charleston Massacre Draws Attention to White Supremacist Backing of Politicians
This week, The Guardian reported that the leader of a right-wing group which apparently influenced Dylann Roof's extremist views on race before the Charleston church shootings had donated tens of...
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David Korten
Obama's Push for Corporate Rule: A Moment of Opportunity
Only a few months ago, President Barack Obama was at loggerheads with Republican members of Congress intent on destroying his administration. With bewildering speed, Obama has since turned against...
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Jessica Namakkal
Re-Naming as Decolonization
There has been an important hashtag — #knowtheirnames — circulating through social media recently that encourages us all to say out loud and remember the names of those murdered by a white...
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Cathy Breen
In Baghdad, Organized Destruction
Two days ago an email came from an Iraqi doctor in Baghdad in response to a brief greeting I sent for the month of Ramadan. “Thanks so much for remembering us…In fact we are the same if not worse...
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Friday, June 26, 2015
Chelsea Manning
Same-Sex Marriage Isn't Equality for All LGBT People. Our Movement Can't End
It wasn’t that long ago – 4 November 2008 – that the US had an election that galvanized a generation of activists to change policies in this country that would have enshrined into law the continued...
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Mark Morford
Love Prevails! Gay Marriage is the Law in America
Antonin Scalia is furious , of course, attacking everyone and everything, including Justice Kennedy’s writing style, hippies, California and fortune cookies . Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is puffing...
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Mathew Rodriguez
I Stand With Obama Heckler Jennicet Gutierrez
At Wednesday's White House LGBT Pride event, Jennicet Gutierrez, a transgender Latina, voiced her opinion about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers and the far-too-common...
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Glenn Greenwald
Today’s Court Ruling, Though Expected, is Still Shocking – Especially for Those Who Grew Up LGBT in the US
By a 5-4 majority, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that laws denying same-sex couples the right to marry violate the “due process” and “equal protection” guarantees of the Fourteenth Amendment to...
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Chase Strangio
Love Wins! Today Is a Historic Day for Equality
June 26, 2015. Twelve years to the day after the Supreme Court struck down bans on sodomy in Lawrence v. Texas . Two years to the day after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act...
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Deepak Bhargava
Fast Food CEO Blames Low-Wage Workers for Poverty
To be “poor” in America isn’t an identifying characteristic or a defining trait, like being forgetful or creative or tall. Being a low-income American comes from being paid a low income. It seems...
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Jim Naureckas
That Most Terrorists Aren’t Muslim May ‘Come as a Surprise’–if You Get Your News From Corporate Media
Since the Al Qaeda attacks on September 11, 2001, the New York Times ( 6/23/15 ) reports, extremists have regularly executed smaller lethal assaults in the United States…. But the breakdown of...
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Jeff Bryant
Lessons To Be Learned From New Orleans-Style Education Reform
As the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, you can count on seeing a lot of glowing stories about the great education progress made in New Orleans since a natural disaster killed...
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Dennis Parker
A Battle Won in the War Against Racial Discrimination
We’re living in a tale of two Americas, where racial segregation and racial disparities in housing continue to plague our nation. A report we released this week outlines just how disadvantaged future...
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