Matthew Rothschild

Matthew Rothschild

Matthew Rothschild was the senior editor of The Progressive magazine from 1994 to 2014.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012
Overturn Citizens United: Amend the Constitution
I was asked to speak at an “Occupy the Courts” rally outside the federal courthouse in Madison, Wisconsin, yesterday. It was nine degrees out, and it was snowing, but about 85 people showed up to denounce the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. People held signs that said, “Supreme Court plus Supreme Corruption Equals Supreme Calamity” and “End Corporate Personhood.” The Raging Grannies made fun of the decision in song after song.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
McCain says American Citizens Can Be Sent to Guantanamo
U.S. citizens beware: A bill being debated on the Senate floor this week is likely to pass, and if it becomes law, you could be sent to Guantanamo Bay. The bill is the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 1867. Section 1031 of the bill gives the President and the Armed Forces enormous power to detain people they believe were involved in the attacks of Sept. 11 or supported Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or “associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners.”
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Friday, October 21, 2011
Qaddafi’s Death: Barbarism and Hypocrisy
I never mourn the death of a dictator. Good riddance to Muammar Qaddafi, who terrorized his people for 42 years. But neither do I cheer summary executions of anyone, no matter how brutal. Just as the United States was wrong to rub out an unarmed Osama bin Laden, so, too, the Libyan rebels were wrong to murder the captured Qaddafi. You can see the rebels parading Qaddafi around still alive.
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Friday, October 07, 2011
Occupy Wall Street Sparks Great New Mass Movement
The Occupy Wall Street protest is the spark of a great new mass movement for economic justice, for economic democracy.
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Thursday, October 06, 2011
End the Afghan War
This week marks the tenth anniversary of the Afghan War, a war that keeps dragging on and on. Even with Osama bin Laden dead, even with Al Qaeda having, by the CIA’s own estimate, only 100 fighters in Afghanistan, the United States keeps nearly 100,000 soldiers there. And the costs keep mounting. The United States has lost more than 1,700 soldiers there, and August was the most lethal month ever. Things are not getting better for us in this long war.
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Saturday, October 01, 2011
Obama Wrong to Rub Out Al-Awlaki
Forgive me while I don’t cheer the assassination of Anwar Al-Awlaki, the New Mexico-born cleric whom the United States just killed in Yemen. He was a U.S. citizen, after all. He had never been indicted for a crime here, much less convicted of one, much less sentenced to death. Still, the President rubbed him out. We are told that he was a high-ranking member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and there is some evidence that his preachings influenced Al Qaeda terrorists, including a few of the 9/11 attackers and the shoe bomber.
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Friday, September 30, 2011
Protest India’s Ban on David Barsamian
I’m urging you to write a letter to the Indian Embassy in Washington to protest its ban on David Barsamian, a great journalist based in Boulder, Colorado. On September 23, the government of India would not let Barsamian enter the country. For a country that prides itself on being the world’s largest democracy, that is a disgrace.
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Friday, September 23, 2011
Citizens Rise Up Against "Citizens United"
I was speaking in Milwaukee the other night to a great group of peace activists, and in the question and answer period, we started talking about what could be done to change our foreign policy and bring about peace and social justice.
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Sunday, September 18, 2011
We Don’t Need More Drone Strikes Around the World
This weekend marks the tenth anniversary of the Authorization for Use of Military Force—the blank check that Congress wrote to George W. Bush in response to the attacks of September 11th. ( See the op-ed by Michael Ratner, emeritus president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, on this anniversary )
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Friday, September 09, 2011
Obama’s Speech Inspiring and Annoying
Whenever Barack Obama gets around to making an affirmative case for government action, he is at his most inspiring. So it was on Thursday night. He talked about this nation being made up not just of “rugged individuals” but of people who understand that “we are all connected.”
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