Views for 2014-06-03

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
(Credit: Julie Huntsman and Scott Stringer
In the Name of Local Democracy: Let Towns, Cities Decide on Fracking
On Tuesday, the New York State Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a case that poses a simple question: Can cities and towns in the Empire State fend off potentially devastating environmental and...
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(via CBS News) Juan Cole
Dear GOP: The US Has Negotiated with Terrorists and Amnestied Them All Through History
The GOP talking points in response to the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a trade for five former officials of the 1990s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) focused on a few basic premises. !...
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U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy wearing a yellow helmet and a mask inspects the central control room for the Unit 1 and Unit 2 reactors of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant last month. (Photo: AP /Toru Yamanaka) Harvey Wasserman
News Flash: Fukushima Is Still a Disaster
The corporate media silence on Fukushima has been deafening even though the melted-down nuclear power plant’s seaborne radiation is now washing up on American beaches. Ever more radioactive water...
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Individuals and organizations like Witness Against Torture and the Center for Constitutional Rights have never wavered in their demand that Obama close the offshore prison in Guantanamo and put an end to the practice of indefinite detention. (Image: CCR) Glenn Greenwald
What Excuse Remains for Obama’s Failure to Close GITMO?
The excuse-making on behalf of President Obama has always found its most extreme form when it came time to explain why he failed to fulfill his oft-stated 2008 election promise to close Guantanamo...
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Peter Van Buren
"Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?" and Eight Other Critical Questions for Americans
Last year eight Americans -- the four Waltons of Walmart fame, the two Koch brothers, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett -- made more money than 3.6 million American minimum-wage workers combined. The...
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Marcy Wheeler
As Snowden Leak Anniversary Approaches, Intelligence Community Prepares to Declare Victory
As June 5 approaches — and with it the one year anniversary of the first reporting on Edward Snowden’s leaks — the privacy community is calling supporters to redouble efforts to improve the NSA “...
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(Image: bigstock) Valerie Strauss
6th Graders Seeking Payment for Taking Common Core Field Tests
Some sixth grade students in Massachusetts who spent hours over several days taking practice versions of newly developed Common Core tests decided that they should be paid for their work and are...
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The US Supreme Court has ruled against NYT investigative journalist James Risen. (Photo: Alex Menendez/UCB Graduate School of Journalism/) Matthew Rothschild
James Risen’s Fate Now Unclear
The Supreme Court just refused to hear an appeal by James Risen, The New York Times reporter who has asserted his reporter’s privilege not to testify about a source. As a result, he could be cited...
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Kshama Sawant
People Power Gave Seattle Workers a Raise
The following remarks were made by Seattle City Councilor Kshama Sawant on Monday, June 2, as the council voted unaminously to pass a $15 minimum wage, the highest in the nation: Today, workers in...
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(Credit: Ramy Khalil
How a Socialist Won: A Playbook from Seattle
Everybody knows you have to accept corporate money and work within the corporate-dominated two-party system to get elected, right? Not so with Kshama Sawant. In November, nearly 100,000 voters...
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