Views for 2011-10-11

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Ralph Nader
Rumble from the People
Inside the barricading bubbles surrounding the Wall Street plutocrats and the Washington oligarchs who service them, there must be worry. After three years of disclosed “lying, cheating and stealing...
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Ben Lilliston
The 1 Percent’s Trade Deals
This week, the House of Representatives will consider three pending U.S. free trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. The push to further deregulate trade seems to be one of the few things...
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Heather Gautney
What Is Occupy Wall Street? The History of Leaderless Movements
Occupy Wall Street has arrived. Facebook is all-aflutter, and Twitter is all-atweeter, as news of “occupations” and clashes with the powers-that-be spread like wildfire around the country.
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Heather Brooke
How the US Government Secretly Reads Your Email
Somewhere, a US government official is reading through a list of those who sent or received an email from Jacob Appelbaum, a 28-year-old computer science researcher at the University of Washington...
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Dave Zirin
Dr. John Carlos Raises His Fist With Occupy Wall Street
Last night I had the privilege of introducing 1968 Olympian Dr. John Carlos to the General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street. This morning I had the duty of introducing John Carlos to Sen. Chuck Schumer...
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Kara Newhouse
A Labor Breakthrough: Occupy Wall Street’s Union Connections and the Role of Solidarity in Staying Power
“Labor is up against the wall, and they are looking for means of fighting back,” says Jackie DiSalvo, a 68-year-old union member and activist in Occupy Wall Street’s labor outreach working group,...
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Bill Bigelow
The New (and Improved?) Textbook Columbus
Recently, I ran across an old manual that described itself as “An easy step-by-step guide to obtain U.S. Citizenship.” A page of history and government questions begins: Q: Who discovered America? A...
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Tom Engelhardt
Knowing Your Enemy
At the Occupy Wall Street campgrounds in lower Manhattan, you can find just about anything. Like the sign held by a Marine vet wearing a "Don't Tread on Me" t-shirt (with a "Ban Fracking Now" sticker...
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Bill McKibben
Obama’s Failing Emails: Where Did the President’s Mojo Go?
For connoisseurs, Barack Obama’s fundraising emails for the 2012 election campaign seem just a tad forlorn -- slightly limp reminders of the last time ‘round. Four years ago at this time, the early...
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Gloria C. Endres
'Teacher Evaluation': Real Agenda Appears to Be School Privatization
In an urban Head Start classroom, a 3-year-old has just been dropped off by her father and sits on the lap of a volunteer from the "Granny Brigade." As he leaves, she begins to wail, "Daddy!...
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Hannah Gurman
Ten Years and One Month Later
When I look back on the news cycle over the last two months, I think of 9/11 and floods. On the morning of August 28, I turned on the television and watched as the local newscaster showed the Hudson...
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Dean Baker
David Brooks: Bard of the 1 Percent
David Brooks delved deep into his storage locker of misinformation to tell readers that the idea of blaming the richest 1 Percent for the country's problems is just silly. He told us that the really...
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Patricia Morris
Military Spending Belongs on the Table
The battle over the debt ceiling laid bare the need to cut the deficit while foreshadowing a fierce fight in Congress to make actual budget cuts.
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Laurie Penny
This Is a Class War Disguised as a Generation War
With youth unemployment set to nudge past the million marker, it's worth reflecting on what being out of work means for the 18-to 24-year-olds who have failed to find employment since the crash of...
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Rachel Meeropol
Death Row: America's Torture Chamber
Just over two weeks ago, in a highly publicized event, Troy Davis was executed by the state of Georgia despite global protest and significant evidence of his innocence. Since then, three other men...
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Danny Schechter
As the GOP Blames Obama for Wall Street “Mobs" the Occupy Movement Spreads Nationwide and Is No Friend of the President
Who is behind the Wall Street protests? The Republican minority leader, Eric Cantor, has searched up and down in his usual rigorous manner and found the culprit.
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