Views for 2014-01-09

Thursday, January 9, 2014
Robert Reich
Why The Republican’s Old Divide-and-Conquer Strategy—Setting Working Class Against the Poor—Is Backfiring
For almost forty years Republicans have pursued a divide-and-conquer strategy intended to convince working-class whites that the poor were their enemies. The big news is it’s starting to backfire.
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Sasha Abramsky
Why We Need a New War on Poverty
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Daniel Ellsberg
On Secrecy, Oaths, and Edward Snowden
These two pieces, the first by Marcy Wheeler , in part commenting on the second by Amy Davidson in the New Yorker (along with Snowden himself, in http://www.wash
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Ramzy Baroud
Starving Refugees: How We Disowned Palestinians in Syria
A worst case scenario is unfolding in Syria, and Palestinian refugees, particularly in the Yarmouk refugee camp, are paying a heavy price for Syria’s cruelest war.
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Richard Schiffman
Harassment of Climate Scientists Needs To Stop
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Michael T. Klare
Peak Oil Is Dead, Long Live Peak Oil!
Among the big energy stories of 2013, “peak oil” -- the once-popular notion that worldwide oil production would soon reach a maximum level and begin an irreversible decline -- was thoroughly...
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Rachel Stoeve
Movement to Resist Tar Sands 'Megaloads' Brings Together Northwest Tribal Members, Environmentalists
As the sun set in Umatilla, Ore., the temperature plunged. It was December 21. My hands were going numb, but word was the megaload might roll that night, and I wanted to be there if it did.
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Kshama Sawant
I Wear the Badge of Socialist With Honor
Editor’s note: At a ceremonial swearing-in on Monday, Kshama Sawant became Seattle’s first socialist city council member in almost a century. The full text of her inauguration speech is below. My...
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Mike Elk
Obama Administration Stays Quiet as Boeing Strikes Major Blow to Pensions
On Friday, yet another nail was put in the coffin of the defined-benefit pension in America. According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) , the percentage of U.S.
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Elise Gould
Inequality Is the Main Cause of Persistent Poverty
I couldn’t agree more with Paul Krugman’s blog post this morning when he says, “the main cause of persistent poverty now is high inequality of market income.” We looked at precisely this question in...
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John Nichols
Christie’s Access Lane Onto the Presidential Trail Gets Gridlocked
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Jeremy Brecher
Discovering a Legal Tool to Curb Climate Change
On Mother’s Day, 2011 a legal campaign was launched in fifty states and in Federal court arguing that global warming violated the rights of the plaintiffs — young people and their posterity.
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Ruth Rosen
US Republicans and Their “Female Troubles”
Now that it’s 2014, American political analysts, strategists, and operatives are revving up for the November midterm elections . High on the Republican agenda is the goal of convincing women to...
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Robert C. Koehler
Cosmetic Surgery in Iraq Destroyed by US
“In Iraq, al-Qaeda launched an offensive to take control of two cities, Fallujah and Ramadi, that U.S. troops sacrificed heavily to clear of terrorists between 2004 and 2008.”
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