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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Jeff Biggers
Arizona's Dirty Lessons: Is Tucson School District Dismantling Ethnic Studies to Appease Tea Party?
In one of the most disturbing developments in the long-brewing Ethnic Studies debacle , a broad alliance of Mexican American Studies supporters is charging that Tucson Unified School District (TUSD)...
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Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers
American and Afghan Slavery Will Soon Be Signed
"The world doesn't have to choose between the Taliban and the US government. All the beauty of the world—literature, music, art—lies between these two fundamentalist poles." -- War Is Peace, by...
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Greg Mitchell
The Crime of Nagasaki—The 'Forgotten' A-Bomb City
Few journalists bother to visit Nagasaki, even though it is one of only two cities in the world to “meet the atomic bomb,” as some of the survivors of that experience, sixty-six years ago today, put...
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T.D. Mischke
Children Are Dying in a Famine as We Go on Blithely About Our Lives
It's 9/11 all over again. Hold your family close. Reevaluate what's truly important in life.Feel that powerful sensation of your fellow citizens coming together as one beating heart, and seek comfort...
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Ted Rall
What I Would Do If I Were Obama
Jobs, jobs, jobs. Throughout the presidency of Barack Obama, Americans have been preoccupied with jobs. Unemployed people need work. The underemployed need more work. The employed want salaries that...
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Laura Flanders
Why I Was Rooting for Diana Nyad
Update: Nyad's swim is over. Early Tuesday morning, marathon swimmer Diana Nyad ended her second bid to swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys . About half way, after a day and two nights of swimming ,...
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Barbara Ehrenreich
Nickel and Dimed (2011 Version): On Turning Poverty into an American Crime
I completed the manuscript for Nickel and Dimed in a time of seemingly boundless prosperity. Technology innovators and venture capitalists were acquiring sudden fortunes, buying up McMansions like...
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Walden Bello
The Crisis of Humanitarian Intervention
Events in Libya and Syria have again brought to the forefront the question of armed humanitarian intervention or the “responsibility to protect.” Our hearts all go out to the unarmed demonstrators...
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Andrew Ranallo
Waiter, There's a Newfangled Technology in My Soup
The U.S. food system has a new bedfellow, and it may already be on your plate. Increasingly, the coatings that keep supermarket produce fresh-looking and the chemicals used in pesticide-intensive...
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Laurie Penny
Panic on the Streets of London
I’m huddled in the front room with some shell-shocked friends, watching my city burn. The BBC is interchanging footage of blazing cars and running street battles in Hackney, of police horses lining...
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Mark Engler
Starving Uncle Sam: Is the U.S. Teetering on the Edge of Bankruptcy?
America the destitute? It’s easy to picture the United States as a Hummer packed full of shopping bags, with supersized sodas in the cupholders and a plasma screen TV poking through the sunroof – a...
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