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Thursday, January 20, 2011
Marcy Wheeler
Some Terrorism Scares Are More Useful Than Other Terrorism Scares
Particularly at those increasingly frequent times when our country experiences political violence and terrorism, it’s important to read David Neiwert, not least because his running list of domestic...
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Michael Winship
Court and Chevron's "Crude" Attacks Continue
Joe Berlinger's back is against the wall. Last week the independent filmmaker, already facing crushing debt from legal bills, was dealt a major blow in his continuing fight against the third largest...
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Mark Weisbrot
Aristide Should Be Allowed to Return to Haiti
Haiti's infamous dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier, returned to his country this week, while the country's first elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is kept out. These two facts really say...
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Michelle Chen
Halfway Through Term, Obama Still Hasn’t Earned His Nobel Prize
When President Obama took office, he vowed to repair the damage done to America’s moral standing on the global stage. You may have hoped that human rights would become an organizing principle of our...
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Russ Wellen
Gen. Petraeus Makes McChrystal Look Like a Pacifist
A woman named Paula Broadwell , whose book about Gen. David Petraeus will be published shortly, touched some tender nerves with a couple of posts at Thomas Ricks's Best Defense at Foreign Policy...
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David Korten
Microcredit: 
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
For more than twenty years, microcredit has been widely heralded as the remedy for world poverty. Recent news stories, however, have sullied microcredit’s glowing reputation with reports on scandals...
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Ira Chernus
How the Power of Myth Keeps Us Mired in War
When I try to figure out why we are still in Afghanistan, though every ounce of logic says we ought to get out, an unexpected conversation I had last year haunts me. Doing neighborhood political...
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Russell Mokhiber
Insurance Execs Not Happy with Vermont's Single Payer Ideas
Harvard Professor William Hsiao is a single payer supporter. Twenty years ago, he helped push through a single payer system for Taiwan. And now, he wants to do something similar in Vermont.
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Richard Wolff
Bonuses for Bankers, Bankruptcy for Public Services
So, now we know about the $15bn-plus 2010 pay package for Goldman Sachs partners and employees . The top rungs will get their many millions each , with lesser and lesser amounts going down the GS...
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Laura Carlsen
The Murdered Women of Juarez
Marisela Escobedo’s life changed forever in August 2008 when her 16-year-old daughter Rubi failed to come home. What was left of Rubi’s body was found months later in a dump -- 39 pieces of charred...
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James Ridgeway, Jean Casella
Beyond Bradley Manning: The Lonely Battle Against Solitary Confinement
For the past few weeks, progressive commentators have been burning with outrage over the prison conditions endured by accused WikiLeaks source, Private Bradley Manning. For more than seven months,...
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Tom Turnipseed
Honoring King: Creating a Coalition for Social Justice
The 12th annual King Day at the Dome march and rally at the South Carolina State House on January 17 brought together a coalition of organizations and individuals who are working to fulfill the...
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Michael Parenti
Banksters, Racketeers and the 'Mafioso' We Should Be Worried About
Like many others of Italian-American heritage, I experienced some discomfort when in 1951 Senator Estes Kefauver, a Democrat from Tennessee, launched his highly publicized investigation into the...
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Robert C. Koehler
War, Violence, and Spiritual Death
The easy violence of empire washes over everything. It washes into our psyches.
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Paul Buchheit
The Big Obscenity: A Trillion Dollars a Year to the Richest 1%
If you make less than $114,000 a year (90% of us), you've been financially damaged by the flow of income to the richest 1% of Americans over the past 30 years. Based on Internal Revenue Service...
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