Rania Khalek

Rania Khalek is an independent journalist reporting on the underclass and marginalized. Her work has appeared at Common Dreams, Salon, The Nation, In These Times, Citizen Radio and more. To see more of Rania’s work visit her blog Dispatches from the Underclass and follow her on twitter @RaniaKhalek.

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Friday, November 23, 2012
Palestinian Funerals Are Not ‘Militant Pageantry’
Palestinians love their children and want them to live just like the rest of us.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Is Cognitive Dissonance Fueling Conservative Denial of Climate Change?
"I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that," were the words of GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in front of about 200 people at a town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire. The former Massachusetts Governor went on to say, "It's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors."
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
For Sale: The Desperate States of America
While we have been frantically playing defense against relentless assaults on multiple fronts, from anti-union legislation to draconian anti-choice laws to the attempted privatization of Medicare, the selling off of public assets to the private sector has received little attention.
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Saturday, May 21, 2011
This Is What A Police State Looks Like
The late Chalmers Johnson often reminded us that “A nation can be one or the other, a democracy or an imperialist, but it can’t be both. If it sticks to imperialism, it will, like the old Roman Republic, on which so much of our system was modeled, lose its democracy to a domestic dictatorship.” His warning rings more true by the day, as Americans watch the erosion of their civil liberties accelerate in conjunction with the expansion of the US Empire.
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Saturday, May 14, 2011
In America, Being Poor is a Criminal Offense
It takes a special kind of bully to target the most vulnerable and neediest families in society, which millionaire politicians like to argue are draining America’s treasury. I am referring to Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), who recently introduced a bill that would require states to implement drug testing of applicants for and recipients of the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. This is reminiscent of Sen.
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Monday, May 09, 2011
Republicans in Liberal Clothing
I can’t understand why the GOP is always so angry at the President. After all, Obama has shown himself to be a committed conservative. What’s that? He is a Democrat you say? Well he had me fooled.
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Thursday, May 05, 2011
With Liberty and Justice for… Corporations?
On April 27, 2011, the Supreme Court of the United States once again ruled in favor of big business. In the highly anticipated case of AT&T Mobility v.
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Saturday, April 30, 2011
News Media Too Busy Covering Spectacle to Do Its Job
Dear Media: Since you have been busy this week with non-stop coverage of the royal wedding and the spectacle that is Donald Trump, I thought I would take it upon myself to fill you in on the less newsworthy items that you missed. Clearly, the royal wedding of a country that is not your own, in addition to the frantic rantings of an ego obsessed real state tycoon, take priority over middle east turmoil, vicious attacks on labor, and deadly tornadoes ripping through the country.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Today Detroit – Tomorrow, Every City in America
If Milton Friedman, father of the free market, were alive today, I imagine he would be jumping with joy at the prospect of the abandonment of public education for private, for-profit charter schools.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Corporate Coup d’état Coming Soon to a City Near You
In her book The Shock Doctrine , Naomi Klein demonstrates how wealthy elites often use times of crisis and chaos to impose unpopular policies that restructure economies and political systems to further advance their interests. She calls these orchestrated raids on the public sphere in the wake of catastrophic events, combined with the treatment of disasters as exciting market opportunities, “disaster capitalism.”
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