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Friday, May 23, 2014
Chicago Teachers Union rally in Daley Plaza in 2012. The nation's public schools, writes Peterson, "must become greenhouses for both democracy and community revitalization.' (Photo: pbarcas / cc / flickr) Bob Peterson
A New Teacher Union Movement is Rising
A revitalized teacher union movement is bubbling up in the midst of relentless attacks on public schools and the teaching profession. Over the next several years this new movement may well be the...
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In the United States of America, according to government statistics, there are at least 6 million people whose incomes are composed only of food stamps. Shame on us, writes the author. (Photo: talkpoverty.org) Peter Edelman
We (and This Includes You, Democrats) Have Blown a Huge Hole in the Safety Net
You can count on your fingers, and maybe a toe or two, the number of otherwise progressive public officials and policy experts inside the Beltway who want to talk about the gaping hole in our safety...
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Michael Kinsley reviewed Greenwald's new book, No Place to Hide, for the New York Times Book Review. Glenn Greenwald
On the 'Criminalization of Journalism': A Response to Michael Kinsley (and the NYT)
In 2006, Charlie Savage won the Pulitzer Prize for his series of articles in The Boston Globe exposing the Bush administration’s use of “signing statements” as a means of ignoring the law. In...
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Hazel Henderson
Peaceful Transitions From The Nuclear To The Solar Age
Japanese Buddhist and president of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Daisaku Ikeda’s Peace Proposal 2014 elevated my focus from the daily news to my longer term concerns for more peaceful, equitable...
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William Worthy (July 7, 1921 – May 4, 2014). Amy Goodman
William Worthy and Vincent Harding: Thank You and Goodbye
The world lost two remarkable men in May, two African-Americans who helped shape modern history, yet whose names and achievements remain too little known. William Worthy, a journalist, died at the...
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Ali Muyaid Salaheddin, 8, and his sister, Shahad, 14, rest at their home after being injured by bombing in Baghdad last year. Millions of Iraqis have been killed, injured, or sickened thanks to the U.S. war and sanctions regime waged against them over more than twenty years. (Photo: AP) Claudia Lefko
We Have Not Forgotten and We Believe You: Taking Action on Genocide in Iraq
Samantha Powers, US Ambassador to the UN was in Rwanda last month marking the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. Ms. Powers book, The Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, won...
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Journalist Glenn Greenwald and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Matthew Rothschild
Michael Kinsley Piles on Greenwald and the Free Press
Michael Kinsley goes after Glenn Greenwald in a nasty review that was just published by the New York Times and that will appear in this Sunday’s Week in Review. At stake not only is Greenwald’s...
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Alexis Baden-Mayer of the Organic Consumers Association protesting the corruption of organic safeguards at the National Organic Standards Board meeting in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo: @JennyHops reporting for Politico Pro) Rebekah Wilce
Are Organic Standards in Jeopardy? Watchdogs Say 'Yes'
When organic activist Alexis Baden Mayer of the Organic Consumers Association was arrested after leading a " spirited protest " against watering down organic standards last month, she wasn't at a...
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The Republic of the Marshall Islands knows firsthand the horror and consequences of living in a world with nuclear weapons. (Photo: nuclearzero.org) Jody Williams, Robert Dodge
The Nuclear Zero Lawsuits: Who Will Speak for the People?
The U.N. just concluded the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee with representatives from the 189 signatory nations and of civil society. The meeting was in preparation for...
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