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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Arun Gupta
How to Rebrand Occupy
By all measures the Occupy movement is a powerful brand. It has thousands of spin-offs such as occupy our homes, occupy money, occupy the hood, occupy gender equality and occupy the food system. It...
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Medea Benjamin
'Shame on You': Why I Interrupted Obama Counter-Terrorism Adviser John Brennan
Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan spoke at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington DC on April 30 to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. It was the...
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Robert Reich
The Tinder-Box Society
The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit 13,338 Tuesday, it’s highest since December, 2007. The S&P 500 added 16 points. Wall Street will remember May 1 as a great day. But most of these gains are...
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Jameel Jaffer
Further Reflections About John Brennan's Targeted Killing Speech
The president's chief counterterrorism advisor delivered a speech yesterday at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. We issued a first reaction here . Here are some...
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David MacDonald
The Big Banks’ Big Secret in Canada
The CCPA today released my report: “ The Big Banks Big Secret” which provides the first public estimates of the emergency funds taken by Canadian banks. The report bases its estimates on publicly...
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Rebecca Solnit
American Dystopia: Welcome to the 2012 Hunger Games
When I was growing up, I ate books for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and since I was constantly running out of reading material, I read everyone else’s -- which for a girl with older brothers meant...
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Charles P. Pierce
Waterboards, Drones, and the Drones Who Love Them
This past weekend in our politics, it was look-how-far-over-to-the-dark-side-we've-crawled time. Just as the various celebrity journalists, celebrity politicians, and celebrity celebrities were about...
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Gary Younge
Bin Laden's Death Has Had Zero Impact on America's Security
Last week, Afghanistan ; two coalition troops were injured and one killed by Afghan soldiers ; the US reached an agreement with the Afghan go
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Stephen King
Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake!
Chris Christie may be fat, but he ain’t Santa Claus. In fact, he seems unable to decide if he is New Jersey’s governor or its caporegime, and it may be a comment on the coarsening of American...
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George Monbiot
Imperialism Didn't End. These Days It's Known as International Law
The conviction of Charles Taylor , the former president of Liberia, is said to have sent an unequivocal message to current leaders: that great office confers no immunity.
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Michelle Chen
Freeing the University: Education Occupation on May Day
Pop quiz: what’s the value of an American education? To some, it’s a booming industry that preys on debt-crippled students. But to the educators, youth and workers who keep the system running, school...
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Mike David
Why Are We Striking? Or to Put it Another Way – What’s Wrong with the World?
Of course, most of us know what’s wrong with the world. We know about the poverty, war, violence and disease. We’re conscious of the injustice, but not fully conscious of it, because frankly, we have...
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John Atcheson
Budgets: The Ultimate Lie-Detector
Budgets have a way of slicing through political rhetoric and revealing the truth. For example, Obama’s budget choices show him to be a right of center politician willing to sell out progressive...
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