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Friday, June 13, 2014
Photo: From an anti-war protest rally in Dallas Texas in 2003 (Credit: Dean Terry/cc/Flickr) Tom Hastings
Dear America: It's Over (Rulers of the World Era)
Reinvade, reoccupy, and redestroy Iraq. That's the solution to the inevitable civil war that happens when the US pulls out? Will we do it until either Iraq is remade in our image or until the US...
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(Credit: The U.S. Army/cc/Flickr) John Tirman
The Root of Our Foreign Policy Blunders
And so the inevitable is unfolding: a possible collapse of the U.S.-imposed Iraqi state, the apparent triumph of the most brutal extremists in the world, and more to come in Syria, Afghanistan, and...
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Young men in Baghdad chant slogans against Isis outside the main army recruiting centre yesterday, where they are volunteering to fight the extremist group. (Credit: Karin Kadim/AP) Robert Fisk
Iraq Crisis: Created by Bush & Blair and Bankrolled by Saudi Arabia
So after the grotesquerie of the Taliban and Osama bin Laden and 15 of the 19 suicide killers of 9/11, meet Saudi Arabia’s latest monstrous contribution to world history: the Islamist Sunni caliphate...
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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) Ralph Nader
Can Progressives Learn from Eric Cantor’s Defeat?
The stunning upset defeat of House Majority Leader, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) by Professor David Brat, an economist from Randolph-Macon College, in Tuesday’s Republican Primary has several takeaways...
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A political cartoon by Carlos Latuff depicting FIFA’s destruction of neighborhoods in Brazil. (Carlos Latuff) Marta Molina
A World Cup for Corporations
The World Cup 2014 is set to begin today in São Paulo and end on July 13 in Rio de Janeiro. For this much-anticipated month of soccer, Brazilian citizens have paid a very high price, including the 10...
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At the 2013 Rally Against Mass Surveillance in Washington, D.C. (Credit: Stephen Melkisethian/cc/Flickr) Ray McGovern
How the NSA Can Secretly Aid Criminal Cases
Rarely do you get a chance to ask a just-retired FBI director whether he had “any legal qualms” about what, in football, is called “illegal procedure,” but at the Justice Department is called “...
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Hundreds of people who lost jobs when the freeze hit California Jan. 12-14, 2007, lined up at state Unemployment Development Department offices, including the office in the border city of Calexico, to register for the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program funded by FEMA. (Photo: Michael Raphael / Wikimedia Creative Commons) Dean Baker
The Full Employment Route to Poverty Reduction
Efforts to alleviate poverty are often seen as being separate from the debate on overall economic policy, with the former involving a distinct set of issues that only marginally overlap with the...
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William Loren Katz
The Forgotten Fight Against Fascism
In late 1944 as a high school senior I rushed off to a U.S. Navy recruiting station ready to take on world fascism. Cooler heads insisted I wait until my graduation in June. After boot camp I served...
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Microsoft founder Bill Gates. (Credit: flickr / cc / world economic forum) Jesse Hagopian
Frankenstein Fears His Monster: The Gates Foundation Wants You To Boycott High-Stakes Tests
“…the Gates Foundation agrees with those who’ve decided that assessment results should not be taken into account in high-stakes decisions on teacher evaluation or student promotion for the next two...
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(Credit: flickr / cc / travis blanston) Ricochet Editorial
Enbridge: Not Now. Not Ever.
The Conservative government of Stephen Harper is on the cusp of announcing whether it will approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal, which was conditionally approved by the National...
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(Credit: flickr / cc / Bo Eide) Michael SanClements
Plastic: An Invasive Species We Created and Must Confront
Plastic was created with the best of intentions. In fact, plastic was invented when a billiard company offered a $10,000 reward to find a replacement for ivory in pool balls. Yes, we used to play...
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