Views for 2013-10-09

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Trevor Timm
The Government Shutdown is Great News For Those Who Don’t Want NSA Accountability
While many federal employees and the American public have been negatively affected by the US government shutdown , there is one group of people who can probably take solace: those who need to be held...
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John Pilger
More Than Jihadism or Iran, China's Role in Africa is Obama's Obsession
Countries are "pieces on a chessboard upon which is being played out a great game for the domination of the world", wrote Lord Curzon , the viceroy of India, in 1898. Nothing has changed.
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Dreaming With Dignity
Thirty-four undocumented immigrants were detained at the Texas-Mexico border on Sept. 30. That fact by itself is unremarkable—thousands of immigrants are held in detention in the U.S. at any given...
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Chelsea Manning
Statement Concerning a Recent Peace Award
The following is an official public statement from Chelsea Manning, sent from the military prison at Ft. Leavenworth and dated October 7, 2010:
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Mary Bottari
Dear WWII Vets, Forget About the Monument, They Are Gunning for Your Social Security
Apparently the only thing both Democrats and Republicans can agree on in Washington, DC, is that they can't deal with bad press involving Honor Flight vets.
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Jill Richardson
More Food Doesn’t Guarantee Less Hunger
Every October, world leaders and corporate executives gather in Iowa to present the World Food Prize. Intended to celebrate those who make the largest contributions to increasing the world’s food...
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Karl Grossman
Through Fukushima Lense, a Look at Looming US Nuclear Crisis
It started this June in California.
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Robert Reich
Republican Crazy Talk About the Debt Ceiling
"I would dispel the rumor that is going around that you hear on every newscast, that if we don’t raise the debt ceiling, we will default on our debt," says Sen.Tom Coburn, R-Okla. “We won’t. We’ll...
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Stephen C. Webster
Sanders: The Supreme Court May Turn America into an Oligarchy
Speaking outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) warned that the nation’s justices are preparing to cement the power of American oligarchs to influence elections through...
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Richard Goldin
'Facts' and 'Truth' Aren't Enough: Democratic Politics and the Constructions of Inequality
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Fran Korten
Obama: Citizens United Helped Pave the Way to Shutdown
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Ann Robertson, Bill Leumer
United Auto Workers: One Step Forward, One Backward
Trying to rebound off the ropes, where it has been pummeled for the past several decades, The United Auto Workers (UAW) has launched an aggressive organizing campaign in the South, in line with an...
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Richard Eskow
Republicans Are Too Expensive – In Jobs and Dollars – For America
Journalists are understandably captivated by the government shutdown and the looming confrontation over the debt ceiling. Those are certainly dramatic stories. But another, quieter drama has been...
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Bryce Covert
What Should Democrats Demand in the Budget Showdown?
Republicans entered the fights over funding the government and raising the debt ceiling with a list of demands .
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Debbie Chachra
If We Want a Civilized Society, Charities Can't Fill the Void Left by Government
Last week, I made an online donation to the Greater Boston food bank. After doing so, I spent several minutes trying to process how I felt. I didn't feel virtuous. What I felt was intense anger.
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