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Friday, December 3, 2010
Sarah Laskow
If Cancun Climate Talks Falter, Blame the U.S.
The most recent round of United Nations-led climate change negotiations began this week in Cancun, and although international expectations are muted this year, the stakes are still high. As Mother...
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Jeff Biggers
Minefields, Not Coalfields: Should Big Coal Change For Mountaintop Removal/Strip Mining?
In a new episode of Big Coal Gone Wild last week, coal lobbyists announced their intentions to rebrand mountaintop removal mining as " mountaintop development. " For besieged residents living near...
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John Nichols
After Deficit Panel Deadlock, Progressives Must Promote the Alternative to Austerity
The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform failed to produce a mandate for assaulting Social Security, undermining Medicare and Medicaid and generally balancing the budget on the...
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Danny Schechter
Good Holiday Reads in a Dark and Depressing Time
Back in 2007, just as the markets began their meltdown, I started writing a book I called Plunder to investigate the then emerging economic calamity. I had a well-known agent representing me, and, at...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders
A Real Jaw Dropper at the Federal Reserve
At a Senate Budget Committee hearing in 2009, I asked Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to tell the American people the names of the financial institutions that received an unprecedented backdoor bailout...
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David Krieger, David Krieger
Changing the Climate of Complaceny
Representatives of governments and civil society organizations are gathered in Cancun to take action on the climate change that is threatening our beautiful but beleaguered planet. The changes, which...
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Ronnie Cummins
The Road to Cancún: Good News on the Climate Crisis
Dolores Hildalgo, Mexico - On a beautiful sunny afternoon several hundred campesinos and community activists have gathered in the Alameda or central park of Dolores Hildalgo, Guanajuato. People are...
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Tom Engelhardt
A Financial Neutron Bomb in the Hood
We already know that it’s party time for the financial elite who gave real meaning to the phrase “economic meltdown” in 2008, that bonuses are soaring , that corporate profits for the third quarter...
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Ray McGovern
NYT Still Stalking Bête Noire Iran
From the scary photo dominating page nine of the New York Times of Nov. 29, you can just tell from the look on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s face, not to mention the endless ranks of military officers...
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Francis Njubi Nesbitt
Homegrown Fear Mongering
The recent rash of charges against Somali-Americans on “conspiracy to provide material support” to al-Shabaab, a Somali rebel group on the U.S. terrorism list, seems designed to send a clear message...
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Jane Goodall
Cancún Climate Change Summit: Protect Our Forests to Protect People Too
The rate at which species are disappearing from Planet Earth is horrifying. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) , the rate is between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher...
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Rainey Reitman, Marcia Hofmann
Amazon and WikiLeaks - Online Speech Is Only as Strong as the Weakest Intermediary
The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees freedom of expression against government encroachment - but that doesn't help if the censorship doesn't come from the government.
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