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Monday, March 26, 2012
Trevor Timm
New Counterorrism Guidelines Gives Authorities Vast Access to Private Info of Innocent Americans
On Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder signed expansive new guidelines for terrorism analysts, allowing the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) to mirror entire federal databases...
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Jeremy Brecher
Occupy May Day: Not Your Usual General Strike
Last December, Occupy Los Angeles proposed a General Strike on May 1 “for migrant rights, jobs for all, a moratorium on foreclosures, and peace – and to recognize housing, education and health care...
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Sandra Steingraber
Breaking Up with the Sierra Club
No right way is easy. . . .We must risk our lives to save them. —John Muir, Sierra Club’s founder Dear Sierra Club, I’m through with you.
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Michelle Chen
Isolated Incidents: A Hijab, a Hoodie, and an Iraqi American’s Death
As reporters clamored for breaking news about the vicious attack on Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi American mother of five in El Cajon, California, her teenage daughter Fatima turned to the interviewer...
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John Schmitt, Marie-Eve Augier
Affording Health Care and Education on the Minimum Wage
The current value of the federal minimum wage — $7.25 per hour — is often compared to the cost of living, the average wage in the economy, or the productivity of the average worker. By all of these...
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La Via Campesina
In Defense of Food Sovereignty: Stop Water Grabbing!
We, as peasants’ and farmers’ organizations from countries all over the world, members of La Via Campesina, met between the 12th and 17th of March 2012, for the Alternative World Water Forum in...
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Rebekah Wilce
Death by Delay: Obama Team Stalls on Chemical Regulation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has drafted a "chemicals of concern" list to restrict the use of certain chemicals and alert the public to their possible dangers.
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Michael Winship
Congress Takes a Step or Two Forward, Two Steps Back
Watching some of the news coming from Capitol Hill last week, two old music videos started buzzing around in our heads. One was the classic “ I’m Just a Bill ,” from Schoolhouse Rock , in which a...
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Paul Buchheit
Images from the Great Depression: Seems Like Just Yesterday
In March of 1936 U.S. photographer Dorothea Lange , on her way to San Francisco after searching the countryside for Depression-era photos, passed a sign saying "Pea Picker's Camp" in Nipomo,...
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David Macaray
Three Ways Labor Can Fight Back
There’s no denying that slogans are gold. In the world of commerce, a catchy, cleverly written slogan, no matter how illogical or misleading, has an excellent chance of attracting customers. Take...
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Chris Hedges
The Polite Conference Rooms Where Liberties Are Saved and Lost
I spent four hours in a third-floor conference room at 86 Chambers St. in Manhattan on Friday as I underwent a government deposition. Benjamin H. Torrance, an assistant U.S.
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