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Monday, February 13, 2012
John Nichols
New Mexico Legislature to Congress: Amend Against 'Citizens United'
The Constitution of the United States can be amended in two formal ways : from the top down and from the bottom up. But New Mexico legislators have found a third way and, hopefully, other state...
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Josh Eidelson
Trader Joe’s Caves to Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Signs Fair Food Agreement
On Thursday, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers announced it had signed a Fair Food Agreement with Trader Joe’s, a significant step forward its efforts to bring fairness and accountability to the...
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Robert Naiman
What I Learned in the Airport in Bahrain
Bahrain International Airport - When I came to Bahrain, it certainly wasn't with the intention of spending my whole time in the country in the airport. I wanted to see what was going on in the...
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Bruce Friedrich
McDonald’s and Farm Animal Cruelty: Reason for Cautious Optimism
McDonald’s may have the largest shopping cart in the country, so when McDonald’s talks, the meat, dairy, and egg industries listen.
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Chris Hedges
Occupy Draws Strength From the Powerless
There is a recipe for breaking popular movements. I watched it play out over five years in the war in El Salvador. I now see these familiar patterns in the assault against the Occupy movement. It...
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Robert Weissman
Eric Cantor’s Wall Street Insider Trading Loophole
Sometimes, public outrage bubbles up, and forces Congress to take action to advance the public interest. The Big Business interests who normally count on the legislative process operating according...
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Shamus Cooke
Will Occupy Spring Forward Or Meltdown?
A healthy debate has finally gripped the Occupy Movement: there is now a discussion over strategy. Most Occupiers have learned that raw enthusiasm alone cannot bring victory to a social movement;...
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Adnan Al-Daini
Syria: Beware the Evils of Sectarianism
Ruthless Arab dictators have terrified the people around them to the point of total sycophancy, where praise and subservience to the “dear” leader are the only words the despot hears; this renders...
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Maria Tomchick
States Settle for…a Poke in the Eye
The $26 billion settlement that state authorities wrangled out of the nation’s five biggest banks amounts to peanuts compared to the damage that was done to homeowners across the country. The five...
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Phil Rockstroh
Love, Work, and Dissent in a Time of Hazmat Suits and Political Hypochondria
Recently, discourse, within the free-range pathogen zone of the U.S. political realm, has been infected and inflamed by the use of verbiage (applied both in the metaphoric and literal sense) related...
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Karl Grossman
An Anti-Nuclear Renaissance?
Last week’s granting by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission of combined construction and operating licenses for two nuclear plants to be built in Georgia—both Westinghouse AP1000s—is the...
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Nick Turse
Prisons, Drones, and Black Ops in Afghanistan
In late December, the lot was just a big blank: a few burgundy metal shipping containers sitting in an expanse of crushed eggshell-colored gravel inside a razor-wire-topped fence. The American...
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