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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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Every State Counts: Support GMO Labeling in Oregon and Colorado
The East Coast has been getting most of the attention lately on the state by state effort to label genetically-engineered food. Vermont recently passed a bill and New York State’s bill is now moving...
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Alex Caputo-Pearl, president elect of United Teachers Los Angeles, takes questions on about the verdict of the Vergara v. California lawsuit in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 10, 2014. A judge struck down tenure and other job protections for California's public school teachers as unconstitutional Tuesday, saying such laws harm students, especially poor and minority ones, by saddling them with bad teachers. (Photo: Damian Dovarganes, AP) Diane Ravitch
Dangerous Court Rulling Is Latest Attempt to Blame Teachers and Weaken Public Education
Judge Rolf M. Treu, who decided the Vergara case, declared that he was shocked -- shocked! -- to learn from Professor Raj Chetty and Professor Thomas Kane of Harvard about the enormous harm that one...
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MPs in the European Parliament rally in 2012. The anti-fracking sentiment is strong and growing in Europe, but that's not stopping a secretive trade deal between the U.S. and EU that would open the floodgates for shale gas. (Credit: flickr / cc / greensefa) Wenonah Hauter
Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal a Field Day for Fracking
U.S. and EU negotiators recently began a new round of negotiations on the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement. Because the talks are happening behind closed doors, the public is left largely in the...
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Republican Dave Brat, a college economics professors who spoke about GOP hypocrisy and railed against Wall Street greed,, unseated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary challenge. (Credit: P. Kevin Morley/Times-Dispatch) Lee Fang
Eric Cantor’s Opponent Beat Him By Calling Out GOP Corruption
“All of the investment banks, up in New York and D.C., they should have gone to jail.” That isn’t a quote from an Occupy Wall Street protester or Senator Elizabeth Warren. That’s a common campaign...
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Juan Cole
The Fall of Mosul and the False Promises of Modern History
The fall of Mosul to the radical, extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a set of historical indictments. Mosul is Iraq’s second largest city, population roughly 2 million (think Houston...
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Photo: Thomas Hawk/cc/flickr David Suzuki
Fossil Fuels' 'Easy Money' and the Need for a New Economic System
Energy giant Kinder Morgan was recently called insensitive for pointing out that “Pipeline spills can have both positive and negative effects on local and regional economies, both in the short- and...
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Tea Party-backed challenger Dave Brat, right, defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, left, in the 7th District Republican primary contest in Virginia. (Photos: AP) John Nichols
Eric Cantor Loses to a Conservative Who Rips Crony Capitalism
The DC-insider storyline about this being a great year for the Republican establishment might need to be rewritten. And the rewrite might even require pundits, Republican chieftains and Democrats who...
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Mamoud Abbas meets with the newly formed Palestinian unity government in Ramallah. (Credit: Middle East Monitor) Ramzy Baroud
What Palestinian Unity Is All About - The Real Task Ahead
Palestinians are yet to achieve national unity despite the elation over the ‘national unity government’ now in operation in Ramallah. One has to be clear in the distinction between a Hamas-Fatah...
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(Credit: flickr / cc / Deepwarren) Ira Chernus
Mental Health vs. Gun Control: A Devil’s Bargain
The tragic death of seven young people in Isla Vista, CA, has sparked renewed calls for gun control, as everyone expected. Less expected: Republicans in the House are leading a push for a well-funded...
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Ethnic Tamil women in Sri Lanka’s former war zones face abuses including sexual violence, trafficking and forced prostitution. Tamil men are not immune either, with many facing torture and sexual violence as well. (Public domain) Bianca Jagger
Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka Deserves World's Attention
The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict begins today, June 10-13, 2014, on the banks of the Thames here in London. The Summit is organized by Foreign Secretary William Hague and Special...
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Vietnamese civilians were terrorized by U.S. soldiers during the war on a mass scale. The Full Disclosure Campaign, organized by Veterans for Peace, represents a clear alternative to the Department of Defense's current efforts to sanitize and mythologize the Vietnam war and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars. (Image: Marjorie Cohn
US Nearly Used Nukes During Viet Nam War
We came dangerously close to nuclear war when the United States was fighting in Viet Nam, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg told a reunion of the Stanford Anti-Viet Nam War Movement in...
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