Views for 2013-01-29

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Amy Dean
Immigration Reform Must Include Workers' Rights
At this moment, various plans to reform America's broken immigration system are working their way through Congressional debate. On Monday, a bipartisan group of eight lawmakers unveiled a plan that...
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Jody Williams
Keep Dirty Oil Out of New England
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Amitabh Pal
John Kerry’s Conventional Mindset
As his recent confirmation hearing showed, John Kerry won’t think outside the box when he is the Secretary of State.
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Can the Rising Progressive Tide Lift All Ships?
The growing progressive coalition that helped elect President Obama has emerged at the end of a failed and exhausted conservative era. The media now chronicle the flailings of Republican leaders...
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Bryce Covert
Why Are Domestic Workers Ignored in Immigration Reform?
Eight senators released a broad proposal for immigration reform yesterday. One detail nestled within it was highlighted by Seth Freed Wessler at Colorlines: the proposal includes special treatment...
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Mairead Maguire
Stand Up for Julian Assange
Last month, on December 13th, 2012, I visited Julian Assange, Australian founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, in the Ecuadorian embassy, in Knightsbridge, London.
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Jane Martinson
One Billion Rising: 'It's Like a Feminist Tsunami'
Since Eve Ensler launched the One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women she has been repeatedly asked: is it a dance movement or overtly political? A protest or a giant global...
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Robert Borosage
Smart Talk on the Next Austerity Disaster
The United States is in the midst of the most protracted unemployment crisis in modern history, and for vast segments of the population, the recession has never ended. Wages are still sinking; more...
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Bhaskar Sunkara
Why the Ideas of Karl Marx are More Relevant Than Ever
Capital used to sell us visions of tomorrow. At the 1939 World's Fair in New York, corporations showcased new technologies: nylon, air conditioning, fluorescent lamps, the ever-impressive View-Master...
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Steve Fraser
The Politics of Debt in America: From Debtor’s Prison to Debtor Nation
[ This essay will appear in the next issue of Jacobin . It is posted at with the kind permission of that magazine, and re-posted at Common Dreams with subsequent permission. ]
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Renee Parsons
Failed Filibuster Reform Threatens Legislative Agenda
Despite Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (Nev) repeated pronouncements that the Republican stranglehold on the Senate’s filibuster could no longer be tolerated, that is exactly the final outcome...
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Robert Reich
The Non Zero-Sum Society: How the Rich Are Destroying the US Economy
As President Obama said in his inaugural address last week, America “cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it.” Yet that continues to be the direction we’re...
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John Atcheson
Land of the Free? Home of the Brave? Only When It’s Convenient
These days, it’s almost mandatory for public figures to laud our men and women in the military with praise and gratitude. “Thank you for your service,” rolls off the tongues of Republicans and...
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Gerald Taiaiake Alfred
Indigenous Nationhood: Beyond Idle No More
Our collective action in Idle No More has shown that there is support among Canadians for a movement that embodies principled opposition to the destruction of the land and the extension of social...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Setting Sun and the American Empire
The euphemisms will come fast and furious. Our soldiers will be greeted as “heroes” who, as in Iraq , left with their “heads held high,” and if in 2014 or 2015 or even 2019, the last of them, as also...
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