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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Yifat Susskind
How Not to End the War in Syria
As the war engulfing Syria worsens, the Obama Administration must prioritize the needs of civilians and resist the growing pressure for military intervention. Diplomacy and increased humanitarian aid...
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Wen Stephenson
Thoreau's Radicalism and the Fight Against the Fossil-Fuel Industry
On a clear and seasonably cold Sunday morning in March, I made my way through the streets of an old neighborhood in Worcester, Massachusetts, and entered a large, converted brick building from some...
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David Morris
Hidden Power Grab Stops Communities From Deciding Their Own Futures
In his 1996 State of the Union Address Democratic President Bill Clinton famously declared, “the era of big government is over.” And during his tenure he did everything he could to make that true—...
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Anna Lappé
Not Lovin' It: Moms and McDonalds Don't Mix
On February 10, 2012, Ronald McDonald held court in a packed elementary school auditorium. Ronald was visiting the Lexington, Kentucky elementary school as part of his sweep of that state. The visits...
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Ruth Conniff
How School Privatizers Buy State-Level Elections
A fundamental struggle for democracy is going on behind the scenes in statehouses around the country, as a handful of wealthy individuals and foundations pour money into efforts to privatize the...
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Peter Van Buren
Homeland Insecurity: Seven Years, Untold Dollars to Silence One Man
What do words mean in a post-9/11 world? Apart from the now clichéd Orwellian twists that turn brutal torture into mere enhanced interrogation, the devil is in the details.
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Kristen Beifus
Why the TransPacific Partnership is a Scary Big (Trade) Deal
NHK Broadcasting, Japan’s equivalent of the BBC, contacted me last month, wanting a statement on the American public’s reaction to the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.
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Robert C. Koehler
Indefinite Enemies and the Inhumanity of Our 'War on Terror'
You’re strapped to a metal table, unable to move. They stick a two-foot plastic tube up your nose, then down the back of your throat into your stomach. They squirt in the liquid protein. You gag,...
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Norman Solomon
Obama in Plunderland: Down the Corporate Rabbit Hole
The president’s new choices for Commerce secretary and FCC chair underscore how far down the rabbit hole his populist conceits have tumbled. Yet the Obama rhetoric about standing up for working...
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Amy Goodman
Addressing the Epidemic of Military Sexual Assault
Rape is center stage this week after the dramatic rescue of three women from close to a decade of imprisonment in a house on a quiet street in Cleveland. The suspect, Ariel Castro, has been charged...
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