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Friday, May 2, 2014
Comedian Louis C.K. has taken on the Common Core standards and makes a hard-hitting argument. (Screenshot) Diane Ravitch
Louis C.K. Takes Aim at Common Core... And We're All Smarter for It
There is a battle royal being waged across the nation about a set of national academic standards called the Common Core.
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler defended the agency's net neutrality plan. (AFP-Getty Images / April 30, 2014) Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
How to Keep the Internet Open and Free
Barack Obama told us there would be no compromise on Net neutrality. We heard him say it back in 2007, when he first was running for president.
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Tribal leaders gather at Reject and Protect in Washington, D.C., last week. (WNV / Kristin Moe) Kristin Moe
When Cowboys and Indians Unite: Inside the Unlikely Alliance Remaking the Climate Movement
It began with a dream, and a memory. Faith Spotted Eagle slept. In her sleep, she saw her grandmother, lying on a table, wrapped in a blanket with her white braids on her chest. Her sister appeared...
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The comments and behavior of those spewing overt racist comments can make it easier for the society at large to ignore the ways institutional racism impacts us all. (Photo: Twitpic) Dennis Parker
Why Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy Are Not the Problem
In her heartfelt dissent in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action , which upheld a Michigan ballot initiative forbidding schools from considering race as one factor in admitting students...
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(Credit: Flickr / cc / Kevin Van den Panhuyzen) Susan Abulhawa
Palestine Can Be Won in a Street Fight
Palestine has always been the underdog, a country slowly being wiped off the map, a society daily and methodically being dismantled by Israel. As a principally unarmed and oppressed indigenous...
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(Image: flickr/cc/Pete Bellis) Ira Chernus
9/11 Museum Stirs Memories... and Protest
Memories of old conflicts often spark new conflicts. So it's no surprise that there's controversy swirling around the National September 11 Memorial Museum , due to open on May 21 , rising from the...
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(Credit: Flickr / cc / arbyreed) Hanni Fakhoury
Government Plays Fast and Loose with Technology in Supreme Court Cell Phone Cases
The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week heard oral argument in two cases involving whether the police, after arresting someone, can search his or her cell phone without a search warrant. Although...
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Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, Mike Wang and Zorayda Moreira-Smith protest the name of the Washington Redskins in the shadow of FedEx Field on Nov. 25. (Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/WaPo) Ajamu Baraka
Beyond Donald Sterling: American Racism from the "Redskins" to Drone Strikes
The hypocrisy of race discourse in the U.S. is breathtaking. A week after Cliven Bundy, the white supremacist rancher in Nevada, voiced his views on slavery and the current plight of urban-based...
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The US secretary of state, John Kerry, (left) meets the Ukrainian foreign minister, Andriy Deshchytsya, in Geneva last month. (Photograph: Pool/Rex) Ray McGovern
Kerry’s Propaganda War on Russia’s RT
When specialists with a good sense of history insist that war with Russia is “not unthinkable” precipitated by events in Ukraine, one should take careful note. The “not unthinkable” quote is from pre...
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An abortion opponent calls out to patients while clinic escorts secure signs on the front gates to prevent the abortion opponents from visually confronting patients as they enter the Jackson Women’s Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss., last year. (Photo: AP/Rogelio V. Solis) Sonali Kolhatkar
In Matters of Abortion, the Personal Is Political, Especially for Women of Color
Several years ago I accompanied a close friend who was visiting the U.S. to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Southern California. She was terribly unhappy in her marriage but had just realized she was...
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(Public domain) Peter Van Buren
Regime Change in America: This Land Isn’t Your Land, This Land Is Their Land
As America's new economy starts to look more like the old economy of the Great Depression, the divide between rich and poor, those who have made it and those who never will, seems to grow ever...
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