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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
A new report includes a call from some of the world’s leading economists, including five Nobel Prize winners, to end the “war on drugs” and experiment with alternative policies. (Credit: Report cover / LSE) Ellen Brown
In California, Robbing Main Street to Prop Up Wall Street
Governor Jerry Brown is aggressively pushing a California state constitutional amendment requiring budget surpluses to be used to pay down municipal debt and create an emergency “rainy day” fund, in...
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Ukrainian soldiers stand guard at a road leading into Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, May 2, 2014. Ukraine launched what appeared to be its first major assault against pro-Russian forces who have seized government buildings in the country's east, with fighting breaking out Friday in a city that has become the focus of the insurgency. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) Floyd Rudmin
The Crisis in Ukraine: What Can Be Done?
The crisis in Ukraine is serious. At some point soon, reality needs to become the priority. No more name-calling. No more blaming. If there are any adults in the room, they need to stand up. The...
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'Who knows how the young of today are processing the nightmares of our present world?' asks Engelhardt. (Credit: public domain) Tom Engelhardt
The Global Nightmares of the Young
In high school, I was one of those kids you probably loved to loath. You know, the one who grabbed a front-row seat and every time the teacher asked a question waved his hand so manically that he was...
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The number the Washington Post should be giving us is the amount of carbon in the Canadian tar sands. (Photo: Jiri Rezac/Greenpeace) Jim Naureckas
Silly Environmentalists, Getting Upset Over a Little Pipeline
In a report on congressional debates over the Keystone XL pipeline, the Washington Post 's Paul Kane ( 4/4/14 ) opines that "the pipeline's political mythology runs
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Peter Sellers playing Dr. Strangelove as he struggles to control his right arm from making a Nazi salute. Robert Parry
Ukraine’s ‘Dr. Strangelove’ Reality
As much as the coup regime in Ukraine and its supporters want to project an image of Western moderation, there is a “Dr. Strangelove” element that can’t stop the Nazism from popping up from time to...
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Poverty and inequality, not teachers, are the drivers of deficits in education. (Public domain) Diane Ravitch
What Powerful and Greedy Elites Are Hiding When They Scapegoat the Schools
Our economy is changing in ways that are alarming. Income inequality and wealth inequality are at their highest point in many decades; some say we are back to the age of the robber barons. Most of...
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