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Saturday, March 7, 2009
Sangita Nayak
For International Women's Day, We Should Get Paid Parental and Sick Leave
March 8 is International Women's Day, and it's shameful that women in the United States are lagging behind in some crucial areas, like work policies. Women here have a much harder time working and...
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Seth Freedman
Hillary in the Holy Land
Hillary Clinton's Middle East visit this week was hailed by many as the latest manifestation of America's new get-tough stance towards Israel. Still left in a starry-eyed daze by the effect of Obama'...
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Glenn Greenwald
Preventing a Judicial Ruling on the Power to Imprison without Charges
After being held in captivity as an accused "enemy combatant" by the U.S. Government for more than five years without charges or a trial of any kind, Ali Al-Marri -- who was a legal resident in the U...
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The Rebirth of Education
The Rebirth of Education
A friend of mine, J.M. Zimmerman, once stated that to revitalize our schools, engage our children and ultimately save our planet will require "the death of education and its rebirth." Sometimes...
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Clive Stafford Smith
Binyam Mohamed: Here But Also There
I took a walk in the countryside with Binyam Mohamed after his release from Gitmo. "I still think I might wake up tomorrow morning and find myself back in Guantanamo Bay," he told me, as we climbed a...
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James O’Nions
Our Friends in The South
As we face increasingly international and interconnected crises around food, finance and climate, we need to know more about our global allies in the South. James O'Nions looks beyond the familiar...
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David Nicholson-Lord
Planet Overload
If you write about the environment you become used to a measure of unfriendly criticism. In the main, it's pretty innocuous stuff - charges of miserabilism and so on. But since concentrating on the...
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Megan Tady
Five Days on the Digital Dirt Road
In North Carolina alone, nearly 5 million residents don't have access to high-speed Internet. According to a July 2007 study , 30 percent or more of the state's population in 21 rural counties did...
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FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting)
Media Blackout on Single-Payer Healthcare
Major newspaper, broadcast and cable stories mentioning healthcare reform in the week leading up to President Barack Obama's March 5 healthcare summit rarely mentioned the idea of a single-payer...
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Margot Pepper
The Costs of the Embargo
On January 1, Cuba celebrated the 50th anniversary of the revolution against the U.S.-backed Batista regime. For 47 of those years, Cuba has suffered under what U.S. officials call an “embargo”...
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Blair Bobier
Broken Elections
On Tuesday, Los Angeles reached a new, all-time low for voter turnout in a mayoral election. Contrary to the claim in a L.A. Times editorial that the abysmally low voter turnout was not "bottom...
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Robert Weissman
12 Deregulatory Steps to Financial Meltdown
What can $5 billion buy in Washington? Quite a lot. Over the 1998-2008 period, the financial sector spent more than $5 billion on U.S. federal campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures. This...
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Jesse Hagopian
The Dog Eats Its Tail: Oversized Classes, Overpopulated Prisons
One in thirty one. As a public school teacher I am quite familiar with this figure—it’s a typical teacher to student ratio in the classroom. But now that proportion has taken on new significance: A...
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Christopher Brauchli
Rush & Joe Assume Command
They be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. — The Holy Bible, Matthew
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Ralph Nader
The Bottomless Bailout
Does anybody in the federal government know or could know “who, what, where and when” of the massive, complex, vertical, horizontal, global collapse of Wall Street and its planetary tentacles in over...
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