Views for 2014-07-02

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court Justices. (Public domain) Robert Reich
Freedom, Power, and the Conservative Mind
On Monday the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Affordable Care Act, ruling that privately-owned corporations don’t have to offer their employees contraceptive coverage that conflicts with...
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Silvio Marcacci
Renewable Energy’s About To Dominate Global Power Investments
Bad news if you’re getting tired of reading new headlines every day about the rapid growth of renewables across the world – they’re only going to keep increasing.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama in this file photo. (Photo: flickr / cc / CSIS PONI) Ray McGovern
The Risk of a Ukraine Bloodbath
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko – by thumbing his nose at the leaders of Russia, Germany and France as they repeatedly appealed to him to renew the fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine – has...
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A 19th-century cartoon skewers British imperialism in the Middle East. The current tumult in the region today is a direct result of the arbitrary boundaries and divide-and-rule tactics employed by the imperial British and French. (Image: Middle East Cartoon History) Conn Hallinan
ISIS: The Spoils of the “Great Loot” in the Middle East
“So far as Syria is concerned, it is France and not Turkey that is the enemy.” – T. E. Lawrence, February 1915 . It was a curious comment by the oddball but unarguably brilliant British agent and...
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(Photo: flickr / cc / Nicholas Eckhart) Peter Hart
The Deeply Held Religious Principle Hobby Lobby Suddenly Remembered It Had
The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case might not have been surprising, but there's at least one aspect of the media coverage of the company that fails in a big way: Few outlets note that...
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Graffiti of a red fist symbolizing Socialism (Photo: flickr/cc/Moud Barthez) Ramzy Baroud
On Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbor’s Beat up Car
When I was a child, I obsessed with socialism. It was not only because my father was a self-proclaimed socialist who read every book that a good socialist should read, but also because we lived in a...
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US soldiers participating in live fire drills during NATO training in Germany. (Photo: flickr/cc/MATEUS_27:24&25) Tom Engelhardt
The Great Exception (That Wasn't)
It goes without saying that the honchos of the national security state weren’t exactly happy with Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations . Still, over the last year, the comments of such figures,...
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(Photo: Free Press) Timothy Karr
Shedding New Light on Dark Money
July 1 was a bright summer day for most of the nation, made even more so by a new tool designed to shed light on the dark money behind political advertising this year. On Tuesday, every major...
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(Image: flickr / cc / AK Rockefeller) Cindy Cohn
Flawed Oversight Board Report Endorses NSA's General Warrants
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) issued a legally flawed and factually incomplete report late Tuesday that endorses Section 702 surveillance. Hiding behind the “complexity” of...
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(Photo: flickr / cc / Rawle C. Jackman) John Buell
Towards Full Employment and the Democratic Prospect
Despite all the talk about economic recovery, the US remains mired in slow growth and persistent unemployment. That we are far from full employment becomes clear if we recall recent history. During...
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Protesters involved with Occupy San Francisco in October of 2011. (Photo: flickr / cc / Glenn Halog) Ann Robertson, Bill Leumer
Does Capitalism Inevitably Produce Inequalities?
In a recent New York Times op-ed article , Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz theorized that capitalism does not inevitably produce inequalities in wealth. Instead, he argued, today’s...
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(Photo: Flickr / cc / Caelie_Frampton) Jim Goodman
"Free Trade" Champions Betray Us All
Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind has apparently never met a free trade agreement he didn't like. Note it is always a “free trade” agreement, never a “fair trade” agreement. Free trade defines an...
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The Supreme Court, led by John Roberts (center), has continued to undermine democracy while backing the supremacy of corporate rule. (Image: DonkeyHotey / cc) Sam Husseini
Stop Calling Him "Justice Roberts"
One of my favorite poems by Rumi is " Who says words with my mouth? " It can most obviously be read as a meditation on the self, the soul and free will. But too often this question can be directly...
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(Image: via Huffington Post) Diane Ravitch
Do Public School Teachers Have Any Friends in the Obama Administration?
We are living in an era when the very idea of public education is under attack, as are teachers' unions and the teaching profession. Let's be clear: these attacks and the power amassed behind them...
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