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Monday, August 15, 2011
Tom Engelhardt
Terrror, American-Style
Back in October 2003, when I posted Noam Chomsky’s “Cuba in the Crosshairs” at TomDispatch, I wrote: “Those of us of a certain age are unlikely to forget ‘the most dangerous moment in human history...
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Brendan Fischer
ALEC: Facilitating Corporate Influence Behind Closed Doors
Through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), corporations pay to bring state legislators to one place, sit them down for a sales pitch on policies that benefit the corporate bottom line...
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Thomas S. Harrington
Tribalism Is Dead, Long Live the Tribe
A month or so back, Americans gathered together with friends and family to celebrate the Fourth of July. Had an anthropologist from another planet been on hand to observe the event, she would have no...
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Norman Solomon
Democrats Must Push Back
The negative trends in the Nation's Capital are mostly due to extreme GOP ideologues in Congress. But they've been enabled by too many Democrats who keep giving ground while Republican leaders refuse...
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Jim Hightower
Illegal Foreclosure Epidemic
Two-year-olds often go running around the house too wildly and crash into something. They get an "ouchie" and fall down crying, but they learn from it.
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Jeff Biggers
Dear Soledad: Appalachian Leaders Respond to CNN's Blair Mountain Special on Mountaintop Removal
With a mounting death toll and a 40-year rap sheet that marks it as our nation's most urgent health and humanitarian crisis , mountaintop removal mining is hardly a new issue.
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Dean Baker
President Obama Joins the Cult of Economics Deniers
A front page story in Sunday's New York Times gave the country the bad news. President Obama is no longer paying attention to economists and economics in designing economic policy. Instead, he will...
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Donna Smith
How Many Dead Children for Profit?
On the right is a photo of a dead child from Pakistan, Syed Wali Shah, 7, that Michael Moore’s site featured when showing the continued prospects of civilian deaths attributable to U.S.
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Martin Lukacs
Canada's PR Work for Tar Sands: Dirty, Crude and Oily
Another climate-related record will soon be broken, but it's not like those you've been hearing about: the heat waves, droughts and torrential floods setting calamitous precedents everywhere. For a...
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Matias Ramos
Diplomas vs. Deportation
When a group of undocumented young people took the stage at an immigration reform rally outside the White House in late July, they had a catchy chant: "Hey, Obama, don't deport my mama!" High school...
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Joel Federman
The World Should Be Watching Tahrir Square
Global media coverage of news from Egypt over the last week was focused on the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. It ignored--or gave only footnote status to--a more important...
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Subhankar Banerjee
BPing the Arctic, Again — Fast Tracking Shell’s Dangerous Drilling
One of the riskiest and most destructive extreme energy oil exploration projects on the planet is moving toward implementation without scientific understanding or technical preparedness — Shell’s oil...
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