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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Wendell Potter
Does the U.S. Have the World's Best Health Care System? Yes, If You're Talking About the Third World
A little more than a year ago, on the day after the GOP regained control of the House of Representatives, Speaker-to-be John Boehner said one of the first orders of business after he took charge...
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John Nichols
Wisconsin Recall Drive Surpasses 300,000 Signatures
The petition drive to recall and remove Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has surpassed all expectations in its first two weeks, collecting more than 300,000 signatures. The truly remarkably thing...
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Paul Rosenberg
Under the Growing Influence of the 1%, American Exceptionalism has Become American Deceptionalism
From the dawn of the colonial era, long before they even had a national identity, Americans have always felt they had a special role in the world, though the exact nature of American exceptionalism...
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Steve Fraser
Take Our Children, Please! A Modest Proposal for Occupy Wall Street
In 1729, when Ireland had fallen into a state of utter destitution at the hands of its British landlords, Jonathan Swift published a famous essay , “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Victims the NYT Editors Forgot
In July, 2007, The Washington Post ‘s Richard Cohen wrote a column condemning the prosecution of Lewis “Scooter” Libby on the ground that political officials should not “be called to account for...
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Martha Pskowski
Oil & Natural Gas Frontlines: First Nations Lead the Way
American environmentalists are declaring victory over the announcement that the United States will research alternate routes for the Keystone XL pipeline. While Obama’s announcement was an...
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#NotABugSplat: Artists humanize victims of the controversial U.S. drone program in Pakistan Jennifer Robinson
'Bugsplat': The Ugly US Drone War in Pakistan
It's time for the US to re-examine the consequences of its dehumanizing, deadly attacks in Pakistan.
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Cynthia Schneider, Khaled Abol Naga
Egypt's Elections Can't Be Trusted
"The people and the army are one hand," the chant of Egypt's January 25th revolution on the eve of President Hosni Mubarak's resignation, has yielded in the face of toxic gases, rubber bullets and...
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Monday, November 28, 2011
Dean Baker
Time to Retake Politics From the One Percent in Both Political Parties
The country is still celebrating the inability of the supercommittee to cut Social Security and Medicare, but it is important to move on from this victory to retake control of the political debate...
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Danny Schechter
Occupy Wall Street is All Over The Media: But for How Long?
One of the oldest patterns of media coverage can be summed up this way: First, they ignore you. Then, they ridicule you. Then, they realize you are a story and fall in love. So they build you up at...
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Michelle Chen
Health Workers Deliver First Aid to Protest Movements
Warning: Defending your rights may be hazardous to your health. Potential side effects can include rubber bullets, tear gas, and batons wielded with impunity.
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Barbara Dudley
A Tale of Two Portlands: Occupy vs Subsidizing Developers
Contrast these two stories from The Oregonian: In Saturday's (11.19.11) Business section, "A disgruntled California developer is suing Portland's urban renewal agency (Portland Development Commission...
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Chris Anders
Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window
While nearly all Americans head to family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Senate is gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans. The...
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Trevor Timm
Cablegate One Year Later: How WikiLeaks Has Influenced Foreign Policy, Journalism, and the First Amendment
One year ago today , WikiLeaks started publishing a trove of over 250,000 leaked U.S. State Department cables, which have since formed the basis of reporting for newspapers around the globe. The...
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William Greider
The Democratic Promise of Occupy Wall Street
Regular politics in Washington now resembles an ecological dead zone where truth perishes in a polluted environment. Democrats and Republicans shadowbox over their concocted fiscal crisis, neither...
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Robert Jensen
Occupy Congress: Norman Solomon Sees a Role for Progressive Legislators
Conventional politics in the United States focuses on elections, while left activists typically argue that political change comes not from electing better politicians but building movements strong...
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Peter Van Buren
Thought Crime in Washington: No Free Speech at Mr. Jefferson’s Library
George Orwell, Philip K. Dick, and Ray Bradbury Would Have Recognized Morris Davis's Problem
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Sunday, November 27, 2011
Tom Weis
Now Is the Time to Fight the Keystone Pipeline
Everyone who helped slow down TransCanada's "Keystone XL" tar sands juggernaut -- rural farmers and ranchers, Native Nations, organized labor, elders, faith leaders, youth, environmentalists and...
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Kara Miller
The Uprising of 2012?
Around the world, this has been the year of uprisings - spurred in large part by financial concerns. Athens, of course, has witnessed months of fiery protests. But the disaffected have also crowded...
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Leslie Savan
Pepper-Spray Cop Begets Pepper-Spray Shopper
First we had the Pepper-Spray Cop . Now we have the Pepper-Spray Shopper , an as-yet unidentified woman who allegedly sprayed open an avenue for herself amid crowds grasping for Black Friday bargains...
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Leonard Pitts Jr.
UC Davis Pepper-Spray Video Shows Importance of Civilian Oversight of Police
Video of the Nov. 18 incident tells a different story. It shows a group of Occupy Davis student protesters sitting peacefully with arms interlocked while a UC Davis police officer walks back and...
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Jeffrey D. Sachs
Washington Leaves Millions to Die
The wonder of our world is that scientific knowledge is now so powerful that we can save millions of children, mothers, and fathers from killer diseases each year at little cost. The Global Fund to...
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Julie Matthaei
Occupy Thanksgiving
This Thanksgiving, inspired by the Occupy movement, I have found myself thinking about how my family shares this special meal. When we take a helping of something, we start with a modest serving, to...
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Heidi Hutner
Thanksgiving Victories and Some Leftovers
President Obama put off the Tar Sands and Keystone XL Pipeline decision -- which Bill McKibben thinks will effectively kill the plan. Thanks to the thousands who have worked tirelessly on this issue...
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Saturday, November 26, 2011
Jesse Hagopian
Why I Am Shopping for Handcuffs on Black Friday: Occupy the Capitol!
A premeditated crime is about to take place on November 28, 2011. With police across the country obsessively focused on enforcing camping regulations on Occupy activists, dangerous criminals who...
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Janine Jackson
But You Didn’t Hear It From... Anyone
Anonymity abuse in the corporate press
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Rev. Howard Bess
Would Jesus Join the Occupy Protests?
When the Martin Luther King Jr. monument was dedicated recently in Washington DC, I was reminded that the civil rights movement in America was led not by a politician fulfilling campaign promises,...
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Eric Margolis
Looking Back on the Road to Folly
In October, 2002, I wrote an analysis of the impending Iraq War for “American Conservative” entitled “The Road to Folly.” I observed, “A war that fails to achieve clear political objectives is merely...
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Russell Mokhiber
Richard Grossman 1943-2011: A Long Fight Against Minority-Rule Governance
Last month, Richard Grossman sent me an e-mail. He wanted to let me know of legislation he helped draft that would criminalize the corporate form.
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Hannah Gurman
The Under-Examined Story of Fallujah
Seven years after the U.S. invasion of Fallujah, there are reports of an alarming rise in the rates of birth defects and cancer. But the crisis, and its possible connection to weapons deployed by the...
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Christopher Brauchli
Arms and Bahrain
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice. — Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man
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Friday, November 25, 2011
Naomi Wolf
The Shocking Truth About the Crackdown on Occupy
The violent police assaults across the US are no coincidence. Occupy has touched the third rail of our political class's venality
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Ray McGovern
Ask the Candidates Real Questions — Like These
Ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern says it’s time for citizens to put politicians on the spot with some more pointed questions
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Sam Husseini
An Open Letter to the Ethics Committee of the National Press Club
The Ethics Committee of the National Press Club has asked me to present my journalistic credentials following the controversy of my suspension from the Club because of my questioning of the former...
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Michael Winship
DC as ATM: Newt, the Ultimate Beltway Swindler
You maybe should think twice when even Jack Abramoff thinks you’re beneath contempt. Not that Newt Gingrich cares. Abramoff, America’s favorite convicted influence peddler, told NBC’s David Gregory...
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Ann Wright
Violence on Tahrir Square
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Rick Salutin
Non-Violence is Back and Shaking Things Up
This is a time of rejuvenation for non-violence. The Occupy movements were built on what one writer called “the courage of young people to fly into conflict on Gandhi’s wings.” The Arab Spring won...
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Danny Schechter
Will Shopping Save Us?
Today’s the day. It’s “Black Friday” (“black” as in the day our business supposedly go into the black.) This may not have been such a wise use of language since the Wall Street crash of 1929,...
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John Vidal
At Durban, the Big Emitters Will No Doubt Fail Us Again on Climate Change
World leaders have reduced climate change to a low-grade, backroom discussion. But developing countries are getting angry
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Jon Wiener
Berkeley Faculty: No Confidence in Chancellor Over Campus Police Violence
Berkeley is not only a school with an honored history of campus protest; it’s also our greatest public university, and its faculty include some of the country’s most brilliant and accomplished people...
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Thursday, November 24, 2011
Linh Dinh
Sharing the Turkey
Thanksgiving is the occasion or requirement, not necessarily welcome, that one eats with many other people, while looking at their faces even. As a contemporary American, I take many meals alone...
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John Nichols
Another Helping of FDR, Please
President Obama’s Thanksgiving proclamation for 2011 reprises the boilerplate language employed in his previous seasonal statements.
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Robert Reich
The First Amendment Upside Down. Why We Must Occupy Democracy
You’ve been seeing this across the country … Americans assaulted, clubbed, dragged, pepper-sprayed … Why? For exercising their right to free speech and assembly — protesting the increasing...
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Robert Scheer
Thanks for What?
I love Thanksgiving for its illusion of abundance. It brings back early childhood memories of the one day each year during the Depression when the food on my family’s table was not the leftover...
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Xeni Jardin
The Pepper-Spraying Cop Gets Photoshop Justice
The casual way a policeman pepper-sprayed protesting students at UC Davis has caused outrage but also a mocking response
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Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Thanksgiving as a Day of Atonement
The founding myth of Thanksgiving is the fateful meal shared by the indigenous peoples of Massachusetts with the starving English Pilgrims. The Pilgrims “gave thanks” at that meal for the generosity...
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Jen Schradie
Why Tents (Still) Matter for the Occupy Movement
Last week, I responded to a 4am text and went down to the Occupy Oakland site to support the encampment during yet another raid. I saw the sunrise over various police agencies dismantling Occupy...
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Mitchell Anderson
Weeding Out Corporate Psychopaths
Given the state of the global economy, it might not surprise you to learn that psychopaths may be controlling the world. Not violent criminals, but corporate psychopaths who nonetheless have a...
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Dave Zirin
Two Scandals, One Connection: The FBI link between Penn State and UC Davis
Two shocking scandals. Two esteemed universities. Two disgraced university leaders. One stunning connection. Over the last month, we’ve seen Penn State University President Graham Spanier dismissed...
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Michelle Chen
Washington’s Debt Panic and the Real Social Debt in America
In the wake of the Congressional Supercommittee's collapse, we finally have consensus on both sides of the aisle : the lawmakers orchestrating the partisan drama are, behind the scenes, happy to...
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Ralph Nader
Let Them In!
From New York City to Oakland, and several cities in between, the police, on orders from city officials, have smashed the Occupy encampments and evicted the protestors from public parks and spaces...
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Buffy Sainte-Marie
No No Keshagesh
Keshagesh means Greedy Guts. It's what you call a little puppy who eats his own and then wants everybody else's. * * * * * I never saw so many business suits Never knew a dollar sign could look so...
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Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
How Occupy is Transforming Our National Conversation
In just two months, the Occupy movement has begun to unseat an economic narrative that held sway for thirty years.
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Linda Lye
Police Crackdowns on Occupy Camps are Real Threat
Around California and all over the country, we have been told that Occupy encampments must come down because of "health and safety concerns." But all around the country, we have seen the police take...
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Robert C. Koehler
Saluting Rapists
Remember that awkward silence that fell across the nation back in ’94 when Bill Clinton’s surgeon general used the M-word? Jocelyn Elders, speaking at an AIDS conference at the U.N. about reducing...
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Randall Amster
Tangled Up in Blue: Can There Be Solidarity Between Movement Activists and Police Officers?
Recent days have seen the increasing use of police violence against peaceful Occupy demonstrators around the country, including the gone-viral merciless pepper-spraying of students at UC Davis as...
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Tom Gallagher
Next Stop, Australia: 'We are Here to Stay'
Let’s face it, a decade spent fighting a war in Iraq that had no cause – at least no just cause – and a war in Afghanistan that appears to have no end, made a lot of people think it inevitable that...
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Phil Rockstroh
“The Degree To Which You Resist Is The Degree To Which You Are Free.”
I've noticed a meme beginning to fester among liberal insiders who are positing that the Occupy Wall Street movement is starting to "distract" the citizenry from the wicked machinations of...
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Katharine Ainger
The Spanish Election is a Mandate for the Indignados
For Spain's indignados, last Sunday's election delivered a mandate for struggle and resistance
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Margaret Krome
It Sure Looks Like Rural Wisconsin’s for Recall
I wasn’t expecting the reception I got on Saturday in the small southwest Wisconsin town near our family’s cabin. I walked both sides of a long residential street, taking petitions door-to-door for...
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Peter Hallward
Occupy Has the Power to Effect Change
If the movement can convert its polemical slogan into a political standpoint, no authority will be able to resist co-ordinated action
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Paul Buchheit
Financier, Tax Thyself
It's a brazen show of hypocrisy: while low-income families pay up to a 10% sales tax on necessities, wealthy investors who nearly crashed our economy pay ZERO sales tax on their financial purchases.
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Rebecca Solnit
'You Can Crush the Flowers, But You Can’t Stop the Spring'
Dream big. Occupy your hopes. Talk to strangers. Live in public. Don’t stop now.
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Russell Mokhiber
Italian Prosecution of Asbestos Boss Heads to a Verdict
It’s been twelve long years since a criminal investigation was first opened against Stephan Schmidheiny. Schmidheiny is one of the wealthiest men in Europe. And he was a majority owner of Eternit, at...
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Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans
Obama Must Condemn Egyptian Military
As we watch the Egyptian police and military viciously attack democracy activists on the streets of Cairo, using U.S. weapons, it is outrageous that the Obama Administration has failed to issue a...
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Michael Nagler
Violence and Evolution: Where Do We Stand?
How do we measure violence? The question has come up because of recent studies by Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, featured on TED among other venues, which seem to show that, contrary to common...
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César Chelala
How to Own a Congressman
A widespread perception that Congress people respond increasingly to special interests has received additional support from a person who knows something about it. In a cynical interview with Lesley...
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Linda McQuaig
Occupy Moves Us Into a New Era
When thousands of Egyptian protesters took over Tahrir Square in events widely celebrated as the Arab Spring, I don’t recall anyone being concerned that they were violating local bylaws. Of course,...
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Tony Norman
Police Brutality Hits the Spotlight, Again
When the late Gil Scott-Heron said that "the revolution would not be televised," he spoke too soon. There was no way that the performance poet could conceive of the era of the viral video or know...
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Monday, November 21, 2011
Ann Wright
Protests Fill Tahrir Square, Again
It’s midnight Monday in the Middle East. The streets of Cairo are hopping. Egyptians are angry with the lack of change and the heavy handiness of the Egyptian military and police. I just arrived in...
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Karen Dolan
Thank You “Super Committee!” You Failed, Now The Rest Of Us Can Succeed
Thank you to Super-Committee Republicans who remained intransigent in their insistence of governing by and for the 1%, protecting their self-interest and the interests of the Super-Rich and Wall...
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Allison Kilkenny
Occupy Wall Street and the Importance of Creative Protest
Perhaps the single biggest factor that helped lead to the Occupy movement’s success in capturing the media and public’s attention has been its creativity. Novel protest strategies have served as OWS’...
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Jane Mayer
The Pipeline Protests: Taking It to the Streets
Last spring, months before Wall Street was Occupied, civil disobedience of the kind sweeping the Arab world was hard to imagine happening here. But at Middlebury College, in Vermont, Bill McKibben, a...
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Bob Dreyfuss
Is Egypt Syria?
Egypt, whose revolution in February, was a landmark of the Arab Spring, is looking more and more like, well, Syria.
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Robert Hass
Poet-Bashing Police
LIFE, I found myself thinking as a line of Alameda County deputy sheriffs in Darth Vader riot gear formed a cordon in front of me on a recent night on the campus of the University of California,...
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Jason Benlevi
A Generation Moves from Preoccupied to Occupy
Power Of Physical Presence in a Digital World
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Sarah Anderson
Occupy the Budget: How to Pay for the Crisis While Making Our Nation More Equitable, Green, and Secure
Some lawmakers are trying to give America the cartoon image of a penniless hobo, circa 1932, with holes in his pants and nothing but a cold can of beans for dinner. We're broke, they say, with no...
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John Nichols
40,000 Rally, More Than 100,000 Sign Petitions, to Say 'Recall Walker'
As tens of thousands of Wisconsinites rallied in Madison for a mass signing of petitions to recall anti-labor Governor Scott Walker Saturday, it was announced that the drive had collected 105,000...
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Kalle Lasn, Micah White
Why Occupy Wall Street Will Keep Up the Fight
On Tuesday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg evicted the Occupy movement from its spiritual home near Wall Street. Soon afterward, a longtime Occupier sent us his testimony from the streets of New...
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Chuck Currie
The Christian Spirit Rests with Occupy Protestors
I went directly from the events that occurred on the night of Nov. 12 and early Sunday morning the 13th at Occupy Portland to the pulpit of Ainsworth United Church of Christ to repeat what I have...
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Andy Kroll
How the 99% Won in the Fight for Worker Rights
The Unsung Victors in the Hottest Election of 2011
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Sunday, November 20, 2011
Donna Smith
Power in Numbers: Millions Crowd to Occupy Life
One of the most powerful and interesting things about the Occupy Movement is its reach well beyond Wall Street or even the smallest tent encampments around the nation. The power to bloom and spread...
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Catherine Porter
Occupy Toronto: They Can’t Evict a Conversation
Last time I checked in with the occupiers of St. James Park, word was they were going to fight for their ground. If Superior Court Judge David Brown rules to evict them on Monday, they plan to...
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg: 'Occupy Wall Street' Protests Trying To 'Get Rid' Of Jobs, Hurting Tourism Henry Porter
Odd as It May Seem, 2011 is Proving to be a Year of Rebirth
When New York's mayor, Michael Bloomberg, sent stormtrooper cops – equipped with batons, pepper spray and ear-splitting pain compliance devices – to sweep the Occupy protesters from Wall Street, he...
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Carrie Packwood Freeman
Will You Pardon Your Turkey & Eat Him Too, Mr President?
Each Thanksgiving, the President uses his executive powers to publicly pardon the life of a turkey gifted to him from agribusiness in a celebratory press conference. I believe this rather utopian...
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Abe Louise Young
On "Body Handles" & Occupy Reality
The recent incident of an officer casually deploying his jet of chemically propelled liquid pain into the eyes of peacefully seated students— like he was taking a stroll around the park with his pet...
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Falguni Sheth
OWS, Police Brutality, and the War on Terror: An Empire State of Mind
Over the last week, among the multiple images that horrified and angered the American public, two stood out: One is an image of Dorli Rainey, an 84 year old protester at Occupy Seattle with milk...
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Danny Schechter
Occupy This: Poetry Survives the Trashing of the People's Library
One of the clearest indicators of a fascist mentality is its contempt for ideas it disagrees with. The Nazis staged mass book burnings, and some religious zealots followed in their footsteps, in our...
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Peter Beaumont
It's Not Just Our Leaders Who are in a Crisis. Democracy Itself is Failing
The world's statesmen no longer shape events but merely respond to them, in thrall to market forces
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Frida Berrigan
Civil Disobedience: Do You Pay to Play or Do the Time?
Reflections on Extending Direct Action by Not Paying Fines, Going to Court and Maybe Even to Jail
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Saturday, November 19, 2011
Greg Sargent
How Wall Street Really Views the Protesters
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes just aired an exclusive that provides an interesting look at how some of those being targeted by Occupy Wall Street may really view the protests. He reported that a memo from a...
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Glenn Greenwald
Here’s What Attempted Co-Option of OWS Looks Like
The 2012 election is almost a full year away and nobody knows who is running against President Obama, but that didn’t stop Mary Kay Henry, the D.C.-based National President of the Service Employees...
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Linh Dinh
Banks, Pentagon and Academic Pusillanimousness
“I’m not supposed to know anything about foreign policy.” —GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain Not everything, mind you, but anything, which would put him on par with the dumbest American living...
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Eric Margolis
1914 Déjà Vu in the South China Sea
I've a lovely little painting in my study of Germany's first emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm 1. It was painted soon after the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War and the creation of a united Germany with Wilhelm as...
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Michelle Chen
Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Opens Eastern Front for Neoliberalism
With the U.S. economy stuck in a constant rut and Europe going into a tailspin, President Obama is looking to escape to the East. While the nations of the Asia Pacific rim face strains of their own,...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Coach and the Pope
There is only one religion although there are a hundred versions of it. -- George Bernard Shaw, Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant
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Jordan Luftig
Crashing the Parties: As with God, So with Money
Once upon a time, God was almighty. Throughout the world his word conferred moral authority. In the Western world his body, the Church, held power in society. Then modern revolutionaries like America...
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Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
On Black Friday, a New Target: Occupy the Malls!
What's so effective about the Occupy movement is how it makes creative use of public space to get its message across. For instance, the terrific techno-graffitti unleashed last night in New York,...
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Friday, November 18, 2011
Ed Bruske
Processed Food Industry Shows USDA Who’s Boss in the Cafeteria
First it was potatoes. Now it’s pizza. The processed food industry is reaching out to its friends in Congress to scuttle new USDA guidelines that were supposed to make school meals healthier.
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Father Roy Bourgeois
Standing Against Militarism and Violence: From Haiti to Fort Benning
On November 18, thousands of people will gather outside the gates of the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA, now renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) to stand in...
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