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Friday, June 3, 2011
Robert Borosage
It Takes a Movement
This is a classic "small d" democratic moment. The economy is in deep trouble -- immediate and long term. Washington is oblivious, compromised by moneyed interests, knotted by ideological divides. It...
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Amitabh Pal
A Change to Believe In: US Support for the Nonviolent Arab Spring
The democratic uprisings in the Middle East are at a crossroads, and a couple of U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf region are huge obstacles. In Yemen, the initially nonviolent approach seems to be...
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Tom Engelhardt
Eating Fossil Fuels for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
If you didn’t know better, you might think the planet was simply piling on to make a point. The extreme weather events of the last year have proven little short of biblical. As a start, 2010 had the...
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Julianne Hing
Arne Duncan: With New Rules, For-Profit Schools Need to be 35% Effective
Late may be better than never, but is something always better than nothing? That’s what student advocates are left wondering now after the Department of Education released its final and long-awaited...
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Mona Eltahawy
These 'Virginity Tests' Will Spark Egypt's Next Revolution
There's a thin line between sex and politics, and it is nonsense to keep repeating the mantra that Egypt's revolution "wasn't about gender". What revolution worth its salt can be fuelled by demands...
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Howard Troxler
Florida Cracks Down on Everybody (except Decent People)
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? --Matthew 7:3 Public employees, as we all know, are parasites who should be...
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Rick Salutin
The Strange, and Very Political, Death of Hope
Hope is indispensable in public and private life. I don’t mean brainless optimism in the face of facts. I mean hope that finds a way to persist in honest awareness of how bad things are.
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Zoe Weil
No Controversy Allowed! On Getting Kicked Out of a Middle School
For twenty-five years I’ve been a humane educator, someone who teaches about the interconnected issues of human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection and encourages positive...
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Johann Hari
It's Not Just Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The IMF Itself Should Be On Trial
Sometimes, the most revealing aspect of the shrieking babble of the 24/7 news agenda is the silence. Often the most important facts are hiding beneath the noise, unmentioned and undiscussed.
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Andrew Nikiforuk
How Fish Use Energy Teaches True Oil Economics
Charlie Hall, the outspoken ecologist who charges that neoclassical economists largely write fairy tales, is having a good day in Puerto Rico. The sun is shining and girls in bikinis are walking down...
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Donna Smith
Quiet Fighters for Healthcare Justice
As we continue to advocate for healthcare as a human right, at times I think it valuable to acknowledge those who aren’t in the spotlight or expecting to achieve immortality and personal accolades...
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María Carrión
Camp Sol: Spain's "Indignant" Give Lessons in True Democracy
MADRID, Spain -- The crowd of three thousand sat patiently on the hard pavement of the plaza as the fourth hour of the popular assembly came and went. The issue was whether Camp Sol, a protest that...
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John Atcheson
Puff the Mighty Deficit Dragon: Holding the American Economy Hostage
Republicans are engaged in a dangerous game of brinksmanship over raising the debt ceiling. It’s a game that could end in disaster. The US is a debtor nation, and as such, we are desperately...
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Randall Amster
‘I Want to Be a Farmer’: Food Justice, Out of the Mouths of Babes
“Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.” -- Psalm 8:2 My oldest son recently “graduated”...
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Medea Benjamin
Come Dance with Me (and Thomas Jefferson)
Dancing can be dangerous. In Ceausescu’s Romania I was arrested for dancing without a partner. In newly independent Guinea Bissau, my dancing partner was thrown in jail for boogying before the...
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