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Thursday, July 4, 2013
Jim Hightower
Oh Say Can You See... Through the Frackers’ Big Lie?
Big Oil’s frackers are wrapping their shameless profiteering in our flag. In shale fields across the country, you’ll see fracking rigs festooned with Old Glory, and they even paint some of their rigs...
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Joseph Nevins
The Silence of Empire
On the last Sunday of May, I was on the campus of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. I stood in the back of a crowd of a few thousand, one composed largely of graduating seniors, and family...
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Khaled Shaalan
Why the Western Media Are Getting Egypt Wrong
Western media coverage of the massive waves of protests in Egypt over the past two days is revealing of a number of problems that plague knowledge production about the Arab world.
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Laura Gottesdiener
Revolution 2.0 in Egypt
On Wednesday, Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown by millions of protesters and the Egyptian armed forces in what many are calling a “relaunch” of the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
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Rudo Sanyanga
Will Congo’s Poor Benefit from World’s Largest Dam Project?
Africa’s poorest nation, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), plans to build the world’s largest – and most expensive – hydropower dam, Grand Inga, on the Congo River’s Inga Falls. A day before I...
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Karen Hansen-Kuhn
Trade Secrets – Draft EU Documents Reveal Trade Agenda With US
Transparency and trade negotiations don’t seem to go together these days. Recent revelations in Spiegel disclosed that the U.S.
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Sreeram Chaulia
The Roots of Social Rebellion? Social Movements
Historic change eventually comes via small and modest beginnings. The current revolts in Brazil and Turkey actually started in low-key fashion at least one decade ago.
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Elizabeth Schuster
There Is Nothing “Innovative” About Privatizing Our Water
Yesterday, I participated in a meeting hosted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency on financing water infrastructure.
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Adi Kamdar
Twitter Shows Way Forward with Do Not Track
Twitter announced Wednesday a new way of targeting advertisements for its users, including a partnership with three online tracking firms: media6degrees (m6d), Chango, and Adara.
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David Benjamin
The Definition of American Patriotism (ca. 2013)
MADISON, Wis. — According to the “originalists” who currently dominate the Supreme Court, little has changed in American politics and culture since the Fourth of July, 1776. But if you look closely,...
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Amy Goodman
This Independence Day, Thank a Protester
More than 160 years ago, the greatest abolitionist in U.S. history, the escaped slave Frederick Douglass, addressed the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society. Douglass asked those gathered, “What,...
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Juan Cole
Egypt’s “Revocouption” and the Future of Democracy on the Nile
The argument over whether what happened in Egypt on Wednesday, July 3, was a coup or a revolution is really an argument over the legitimacy of the actions taken. If it was a revolution, it was...
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Subhankar Banerjee
Independence from Corporate Terror and the Petrostate
“Within a few years we are going to have more people off the surface of this planet more often, and we’ll have to determine value in that new environment.” —Jill Tarter, chairwoman of the SETI...
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