Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate and the author of "The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future" (2012). His new book is, "Wrecking America: How Trump’s Lies and Lawbreaking Betray All(2020, co-authored with Mark Green).

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Saturday, July 14, 2007
Bush-Cheney Making Things Worse Day by Day
Thursday, July 12, 2007's Washington Post was another day of well-supported headlines chronicling the lawless, incompetent, wasteful, negligent, bumbling and multiple perils to our nation's security and safety caused by the Bush-Cheney regime. One headline reads: "U.S. Warns of Stronger Al-Qaeda." The report by the Bush Administration's National Counterterrorism Center was titled "Al-Qaida Better Positioned to Strike the West." Safe havens are being established in remote tribal areas of western Pakistan.
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Monday, July 09, 2007
Chinese Imports Highlight Woeful State of Consumer Safety
It has been a long time coming, but now the mass media and even the "look-the-other-way" Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are focusing on a stream of Chinese imports that are contaminated or defective. After years of warnings about farm-raised seafood imports from the Chinese mainland, the FDA's Dr. David Acheson, in charge of food protection, said: "There's been a continued pattern of violations with no signs of abatement." So, finally, the FDA in late June blocked the sale of shrimp, frozen eel, catfish, basa and dace.
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Saturday, June 30, 2007
Summer Reading List
1. A Handful of Straw Blowing in the Wind by Thelma Doak (About Times Publishing, 2007). She reached her 104th birthday, remembering her life in the dust bowls of the nineteen thirties, of seeing the Wright brothers and their flying machine at the Oklahoma State Fair in 1912 and much more served with wisdom, humor and the family passions of decency. (Published by About Time Publishing, 2007).
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Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Michael Moore and Health Care Reform
He sat there dejected and indignant—twenty years ago—in our office. His position as editor of the monthly muckraking magazine, Mother Jones, had broken up. He was looking for a job that would allow him to bring his conscience to work. We gave him a place and support to start Moore's Weekly—a media...
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Is Hillary Clinton A Political Weather Vane or A Political Compass?
Consider her latest detour from the NAFTA and WTO policies of her husband. Last week she announced her opposition to the proposed trade agreement between the U.S. and South Korea. The place for her remarks was a town hall meeting in Michigan organized by the AFL-CIO.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Tax Haven Racket
Lucy Komisar of the Tax Justice Network—USA ( taxjustice-usa.org ) spoke at the Conference on Taming the Giant Corporation last week about "Closing Down the Tax Haven Racket." Her words were so compelling that the rest of this column is devoted to excerpts from her presentation:
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Saturday, June 02, 2007
In Memory of David Halberstam
Anybody who played schoolboy sandlot baseball in Winsted, Connecticut with David Halberstam back in the nineteen forties would not have been very surprised to observe his spectacular journalistic career that took him to the civil rights struggles in the South, the war torn African and Asian continents, and the writing of some 20 books which required aggressive reporting. Young David ran and played the bases with a ferocious enthusiasm. Even then I recall noticing that he loved to skewer any boy whose boasting was not up to his playing performance.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Taming the Giant Corporation
This column heralds a pioneering conference next month in Washington, D.C. But first a little background. Back in the nineteen thirties, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt went on the national radio and declared what the basic necessities were for the American people - a wage that can support a family, decent housing, the right to health care, a good education and future economic security.
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Saturday, May 19, 2007
Why the Current Antiwar Movement is So Impotent
The current issue of the UTNE Reader (May - June '07) carried a short but sensibly provocative article protesting the stagnation and the cul-de-sac nature of street protests that involve nonviolent civil disobedience.Joseph Hart, the author, asks why the current antiwar movement is so impotent, despite "a staggering 67 percent disapproval of President Bush's handling of the war - a level that matches public sentiment at the tail end of the Vietnam War, when street protests, rall
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Saturday, May 12, 2007
Auctioning Journalistic Integrity
T. Christian Miller works hard year after year as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He has reported on topics ranging from gross corporate profiteering in Iraq to the production and use here and overseas of older, dangerous pesticides that are either shunned or restricted for use in this country. Mr. Miller spent months of his life on this latter story. He cares about the well-being of his readers.
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