Views for 2013-06-03

Monday, June 3, 2013
Chris Hedges
‘We Steal Secrets’: State Agitprop
Alex Gibney’s new film, “We Steal Secrets,” is about WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. It dutifully peddles the state’s contention that WikiLeaks is not a legitimate publisher and that...
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Clare Coleman
Contraception for All: The Promise of the Griswold Decision is on the Verge of Fulfillment
On June 7, 1965, in Griswold v. Connecticut , the Supreme Court legalized contraception (for married people, at least) and held that women and men have the right to privacy in making decisions about...
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Christa Hillstrom
Pussy Riot’s 'Punk Prayer' Reminds Us to Cherish Freedom of Spirit—Not Just Speech
Uproar. Pogrom. Uprising. That's how Nadezhda Tolokonnikova defines the word "riot" in a new documentary on Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk collective that rattled the world last year when...
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Jesse Hagopian, Liza Campbell
Scrapping the MAP Charts a Course Toward Good Teaching, Not Flawed Testing
In an all-district email sent May 13, Superintendent José Banda wrote, “High schools may opt out of MAP in 2013-14.” The announcement led to celebrations at Garfield High School as students and...
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Ben Kuebrich
Four Numbers That Everyone Needs to Know About Drone Strikes
U.S. support for drone strikes has dropped 18 percent over the last year (see the Washington Post/ABC poll conducted in 2012 and the Gallup Poll released in March 2013), but almost two thirds of the...
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Phil Radford
Why North Carolina's 'Moral Mondays' Matter for Democracy and the Planet
Every Monday for the past month, North Carolina citizens from across the spectrum have gathered at the State House in Raleigh to protest the pro-corporate, anti-rights agenda of the legislature's...
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Ray McGovern
Moral Imperative of Bradley Manning
Although we had to swelter in the Maryland sun on Saturday, I found the pre-trial rally at Ft. Meade to support Bradley Manning particularly spirit-filled. It seemed there was an unspoken but widely...
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Richard Eskow
The 'Truman Show' Economy
A Northern Ireland county made news this week when it literally created a false front of prosperity for dignitaries in town for the G8 conference.
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Paul Buchheit
Post-Recession Piling On
In football terms, "piling on" means jumping on a player when he's down. In the economic new normal described by Bernie Sanders, it means taking most of the wealth and all of the income, moving...
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Raj Patel
On Human Rights, Wendy's Isn't Old Fashioned -- Just Outdated
Wendy's, the world's third largest burger joint, is having a makeover. From being "Wendy's Old Fashioned Burgers" we're now told it's just "Wendy's." The ginger-haired befreckled Wendy remains on the...
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Lewis Lapham
The (Less Than) Eternal Sea
In heavy fog on the night of October 7, 1936, the SS Ohioan ran aground three miles south and west of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, and by noon on October 8th, I was among a crowd of spectators...
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Marjolein van der Veen
Greece and the Crisis of Europe: Which Way Out?
The Greek economy has crashed, and now lies broken on the ground. The causes of the crisis are pretty well understood, but there hasn’t been enough attention to the different possible ways out. Our...
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Gary Younge
Hypocrisy Lies at the Heart of the Trial of Bradley Manning
In 2009 the American ambassador to Tunisia spent the evening at the home of Mohamed Sakher el-Materi, the president's son-in-law. By any standards the dinner was lavish – yogurt and ice cream were...
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