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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
David Shapiro
All Dressed Up and No Prison CEO To Debate
Last week, we challenged Damon Hininger, the head of Corrections Corporation of America – the world’s largest for-profit incarceration company – to a debate on the merits of prison privatization...
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Glenn Greenwald
Obama’s New Free Speech Threat
There is substantial opposition in both Yemen and the West to the new U.S.-backed Yemeni President, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
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Ralph Nader
Pompous Prevaricators of Power
A friend who works in Congress and actually reads the Congressional Record suggested that a collection of excerpted falsehoods by Republicans on the floor of the House of Representatives and Senate...
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Vijay Prashad
Why NATO is Bad for the World
The upcoming NATO summit in Chicago will see a lot of protests, as it should. Once constrained to the defense of Europe, NATO has now put itself forward as the world’s policeman. It has fought wars...
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Peter Hart
The Only Beltway White Guy Pundits Too Hot for the Sunday Shows?
Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann are well-known in the Beltway. They work at big-time think tanks (Brookings and American Enterprise Institute), appear on television chat shows, and write books and op...
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Robert Naiman
House Moots Afghan Exit, Iran War, Military Budget, and "Signature" Drone Strikes
On Wednesday and Thursday, the House is expected to take up consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act. Amendments will be offered to expedite military withdrawal from Afghanistan, to...
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Jan Haverkamp
Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Socializing Risks, Privatizing Profits
Last week, the inevitable finally happened.
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Heather Pilatic
What Do GMO Seeds Have to Do With Bee Die-Offs in the Corn Belt?
In the last few weeks beekeepers have reported staggering losses in Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio after their hives foraged on pesticide-treated corn fields. Indiana too, two years ago. What's going...
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Michael Winship
At a Military Hospital, Warriors Are Not the Only Wounded
The weather’s getting warmer in Afghanistan and the war there is heating up again. That means – as it has meant every year for more than a decade -- that the pace will quicken at the Landstuhl...
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Mark Schmitt
Big Idea: To Fight Inequality, Link Worker Pay to Corporate Taxes
With both presidential candidates promising major reform of the federal tax system, we’ll start to hear variations on the phrase, “If you want more of something, tax it less, and if you want less of...
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Roxane Assaf & Michael Lynn
From Afghanistan to Chicago, NATO's Hard Sell
In 1949, shortly after the Soviet Union exploded its first nuclear weapon, the United States and 11 Western European nations formed NATO.
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Jeff Conant
Back to the Land for the Occupy Movement
Author's note: This is an update of an article first written for Climate Connections . When the original was written and published, on May 8, the Gill Tract Farmers Collective was actively engaging...
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John Feffer
America the Serial Killer
Everybody loves Dexter. He’s handsome. He’s helpful. He works at the Miami Metro Police Department, and he’s very good at his job as a blood-splatter analyst. Oh, did I mention that he moonlights as...
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Matt Taibbi
Accidentally Released - and Incredibly Embarrassing - Documents Show How Goldman et al Engaged in 'Naked Short Selling'
It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes God smiles on us. Last week, he smiled on investigative reporters everywhere, when the lawyers for Goldman, Sachs slipped on one whopper of a legal banana peel...
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Richard Gott
Chávez's Economics Lesson for Europe
Some years ago, travelling on the presidential plane of Hugo Chávez of Venezuela with a French friend from Le Monde Diplomatique, we were asked what we thought was happening in Europe. Was there any...
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