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Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The Obama administration's attitude towards Latin America has done little to improve relations and overall U.S. policy in the region looks much like it did under George W. Bush. (Photo: Andes) Mark Weisbrot
Lawmakers Push Back Against Administration’s Failed Latin America Policy
In a remarkable eruption of sanity in Washington, there is finally some pushback from Congress against the far-right and “center” on U.S. policy toward Venezuela and Latin America -- something that...
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In the new public-private surveillance state, we’re so at home with Big Brother that we’re not just passively watched–we actively display ourselves. (Photo: ‘Pong / Flickr) John Feffer
Participatory Totalitarianism
According to the Chinese zodiac, the heavens circle around every 12 years. The Year of the Snake, the creature that sheds its skin to emerge anew, marks a time of great transformation. Indeed, for...
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Sarah Anderson, Frank Clemente
Walmart’s Top-to-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies
Low-income families weren’t the only ones hurt by cuts to food stamps last fall. Top Walmart executives also took a hit. The cutbacks ate into the discount giant’s sales because so many of its low-...
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Stingrays “emulate a cellphone tower” and “force” cell phones to register their location and identifying information with the stingray instead of with real cell towers in the area. Nathan Freed Wessler
Victory: Judge Releases Information about Police Use of Stingray Cell Phone Trackers
A Florida judge has sided with the ACLU to order release of information about police use of “stingrays,” which are invasive surveillance devices that send out powerful signals to trick cell phones...
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 Michael Fleshman Anne Johnson
Guess Who Is Hurt the Most by Student Debt and Higher College Costs
As Americans continue to struggle with the exploding costs of higher education and crippling levels of student debt, one constituency is getting hit hardest: low-income individuals. While student...
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The decision in Harris vs. Quinn is being called "the most important labor law case the court has considered in decades." (File) Mary Bottari, Jay Riestenberg
Who Is Behind the National Right to Work Committee and its Anti-Union Crusade?
As the U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 session comes to a close, one of the major cases left for a decision is Harris vs. Quinn, which could effect some 7 million public sector workers in the United States...
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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not only refuses to recognize the Palestinian's new unity government, he has appealed to the international community not to recognize it. (Photo: Flickr / cc / Abode of Chaos) César Chelala
Netanyahu Is Running Out of Excuses
The formation of a new unity government between Fatah and Hamas, although strongly resisted by the Israeli government leadership, may offer some hope for eventually leading to renewed peace talks...
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Photo by Paul Dunn. Sarah van Gelder
The Boomers "Failed" Us: Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher on Anger, Love, and Sacrifice
On the morning of December 19, 2008, Tim DeChristopher woke up knowing he would somehow protest an auction of oil and gas leases on federal lands in Utah’s red rock country. How he would make his...
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Syrian President Bashar al Assad. (Credit: Flickr / cc / James Gordon) Ajamu Baraka
Elections in Syria: The People Say No to Foreign Intervention
Defying threats of violence, tens of thousands of ordinary Syrians went to the polls to cast a vote that was more about Syrian dignity and self-determination than any of the candidates on the ballot...
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Photo: LDELD/cc/flickr David Suzuki
The Challenge of Sustaining Our Oceans
June 8 is World Oceans Day. It’s a fitting time to contemplate humanity’s evolving relationship with the source of all life. For much of human history, we’ve affected marine ecosystems primarily by...
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Banksy says that every day is PARK(ing) Day. (Credit: Beautiful Trouble) Mark Engler, Paul Engler
Should We Fight the System or Be the Change?
It is an old question in social movements: Should we fight the system or “be the change we wish to see”? Should we push for transformation within existing institutions, or should we model in our own...
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Medea Benjamin, Alli McCracken
So Obama Really Can Close Gitmo
Over the weekend the government of Qatar brokered a dramatic deal between the US and the Taliban to swap five Guantánamo prisoners for Bowe Bergdahl, a US soldier held as a prisoner of war for almost...
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Protesters rally against mass surveillance in Washington DC, on Saturday October 26, 2013. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/ Creative Commons/ Flickr) Cindy Cohn, Nadia Kayyali
The Top 5 Claims That Defenders of the NSA Have to Stop Making to Remain Credible
Over the past year, as the Snowden revelations have rolled out, the government and its apologists have developed a set of talking points about mass spying that the public has now heard over and over...
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