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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Hanni Fakhoury, Trevor Timm
Jeremy Hammond Case Demonstrates the Draconian Nature of Cyber Crime Law
In the months since Aaron Swartz’s death, it’s become clear to the American public that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) has become one of the most dangerous and abused criminal laws...
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Tory Field, Beverly Bell
Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture
“At one point ‘agriculture’ was about the culture of food. Losing that culture, in favor of an American cultural monocrop, joined with an agricultural monocrop, puts us in a perilous state…” says...
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Sam Pizzigati
Let’s Talk Taxes; Let’s Talk Trillions
A hundred years ago, in 1913, Congress wrote into law a federal income tax. Lawmakers have been dotting the tax code, almost ever since, with an assortment of “never-minds” that hand most of us, at...
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Ezekial Edwards
Billions of Dollars Wasted on Racially Biased Marijuana Arrests
Marijuana has become the drug of choice for police departments nationwide. According to The War on Marijuana in Black and White , released today, police made over 8 million marijuana arrests between...
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Anna Feigenbaum
What Turkey Should Tell Us about Tear Gas
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Noam Chomsky
Eve of Destruction (or How to Destroy a Planet Without Really Trying)
What is the future likely to bring? A reasonable stance might be to try to look at the human species from the outside. So imagine that you’re an extraterrestrial observer who is trying to figure out...
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Glenn Greenwald
Reader-Funded Journalism
Many news outlets around the world, in the age of the internet, have struggled to find an economically sustainable model for supporting real journalism. The results, including for some of the largest...
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Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright
Leaving Truth Outside at Bradley Manning's Trial
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Wenonah Hauter
China, Smithfield, and the Fuss over Monolithic Meat Companies
Last week, some people questioned our opposition to China’s largest meat company purchasing Smithfield, suggesting that it could be construed as xenophobia. But prejudice against a particular country...
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Jonathan Cook
Kerry’s "Peace" Plan: Cast Palestinians as Fall Guys (Again)
Under heavy pressure from the US, the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has paid grudging lip service over the past four years to the goal of Palestinian statehood.
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Harold Meyerson
The Ugly (and Bloody) Side of D.C.'s Corporate Bipartisanship
Over the past month, an oceanic divide has opened between European and American retailers on the question of how to respond to the manmade epidemic of deadly disasters in the garment industry of...
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Rocky Kistner
Two Months Later, Arkansas Residents Still Hurting From ExxonMobil Tar Sands Spill
More than two months after ExxonMobil’s 65-year-old Pegasus pipeline burst and spewed a gusher of thick Canadian tar sands oil through Mayflower, AR, and into a marsh on Lake Conway—the state’s most...
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George Monbiot
Is the Lawlessness of Obama's Drone Policy Coming Home?
Did the FBI execute Ibragim Todashev ? He appears to have been shot seven times while being interviewed at home in Orlando, Florida, about his connection to one of the Boston bombing suspects. Among...
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Ajamu Baraka
Syria and the Sham of “Humanitarian Intervention”
I continue to be amazed with the ease with which the dividing line is blurred between what is real and what is fiction in the reporting on Syria by the Western media. The press in the U.S. continues...
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