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Democracy's New Moment
For a very long time, those of us committed to strengthening American democracy felt we were—if not voices crying in the wilderness—standing on the sidelines, stamping our feet for attention. Fights over the right to vote and other civil rights are as old as the Republic, as are efforts to restrain...
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Greece Is Taking Back Its Democracy, What About the United States?
Recently, Greece’s radical leftist party Syriza claimed victory in their national election. The party vowed to break ties with the European Central bank and roll back the EU’s neoliberal economic agenda. True to their word, they are already implementing some of those changes. From the birthplace of...
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A Lifeline for Families in Somalia Is Hanging by a Thread
At a time where ‘resilience’ seems to be the new buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongue, one of Somalia’s most resilient systems – remittances – is hanging by a thread. The money sent home to loved ones by Somalis living abroad makes up a huge proportion of the country’s economy – estimates put...
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USAID: Helping the Poor or Setting Up Puppets?
In the wake of the 2004 tsunami, the state of Maine under the aegis of The Sahana Project, began a program of reconstruction in the hard-hit town of Kalametiya on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka. The project was funded by small donations - not unlike the ones that turned then Senator Barack Obama’s...
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#FightFastTrack: Coalition Takes Aim at Lawmakers over Corporate-Friendly 'Trade' Agreement
Environmental, labor, and community groups are staging public forums and creative direct actions urging their representatives to say no to a rushed TPP deal
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Holy Schnikes, Who Are These Awful People?
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All Bets Off? Germany Rejects Greek Proposal for Modified Loan Extension
Syriza offers its version of a temporary agreement, but Europe's financial powerhouse says austerity measures must be included or 'no deal'
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The Oil Price Crash is Being Used to Attack the Public Sector
From Anchorage and the Alberta tar sands to the Gulf Coast, the collapse in oil prices is being used as an excuse by right-wing governments to further gut social spending and shrink critical services for the poor. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Louisiana. To be sure, Louisiana’s Republican...
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From ‘Demos’ to ‘Podemos’: Popular Uprisings in Greece and Spain
In ancient Greece, the birthplace of democracy, power derived from “demos,” the people. Well, the people of contemporary Greece have been reeling under austerity for five years, and have voted to put an end to it. In January, the anti-austerity Syriza Party was swept to power in national elections...
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The Pro-Worker, Pro-Growth Experiment in Greece Is Under Threat
While the wealthiest 85 individuals on the planet own more wealth than the bottom half of the world’s population – and when the top 1% will soon own more wealth than the bottom 99% – the people of Greece and the anti-austerity party, Syriza, they elected to lead them are struggling to rebuild their...
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