All Views Articles for 2011-headline-2011

Friday, October 21, 2011
Esther Vivas
The Food Crisis Strikes Again
The threat of a new food crisis is already a reality. The price of food began to rise to record levels again, according to the FAO Food Price Index of February, 2011, which does a monthly analysis of...
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Michelle Chen
Mine Workers Struggle for Safety Underground, Justice in the Streets
As thousands take to the streets to protest global corporate domination, the power struggles just below the earth's surface remain outside the media spotlight. But over the past few weeks, turmoil in...
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John Stauber
"Occupy Obama" Could Turn Up Heat on the Democrats
President Barack Obama is no longer running unchallenged in all the major primary states, thanks to activists in Iowa who are focusing their Occupy Wall Street activism onto the headquarters of the...
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Mark Engler
The Future of the #Occupy Movement: Solidarity and Escalation
A month after it began with a few hundred people marching on Wall Street, the #Occupy movement has grown to include tens of thousands of participants throughout the country and has captured headlines...
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Glen Ford
Somalis Under Relentless Drone Attack as U.S. Tightens Military Grip on Continent
A Black Agenda Radio commentary
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Jim Gordon
Go to an Occupy Event. Express Yourself
Letter to the Editor
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Ken Trainor
When Unrest Is a Blessing
I have cast my lot with those who, age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world. -- Adrienne Rich In any democracy, inequality is a sin. The greater the inequality,...
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Andrew Korfhage
Obama: Reject the Tar Sands Pipeline
The seven members of Congress who signed a strongly worded letter to an Obama cabinet official on October 5 raised serious concerns about the administration's cozy relationship with a high-profile...
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Thursday, October 20, 2011
Russell Mokhiber
Five Candidates for the Corporate Death Penalty
One of the most famous signs to come out of Occupy Wall Street stated simply: “I will believe corporations are people when Texas executes one.” That was sort of a joke.
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Robert Reich
The Austerity Death-Trap
Ron Paul’s newly-unveiled economic plan – promising to cut $1 trillion from the federal budget in year one (presumably that means 2013) – is only slightly more ambitious than what we’re hearing from...
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Michelle Chen
It’s NAFTA x3 as Free Trade Deals Sweep Through Congress
One day in September, Isidro Rivera Barrera, a contract worker and labor organizer who was campaigning at an Ecopetrol refining facility in Barrancabermeja, Colombia, was reportedly gunned down...
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Seumas Milne
The Occupy Movement Has Lit a Fire for Real Change
Establishment praise for the Occupy protests reflects anxiety at public anger – which needs to be turned into political pressure
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Laura Carlsen
NAFTA Is Starving Mexico
Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) became the law of the land, millions of Mexicans have joined the ranks of the hungry. Malnutrition is highest among the country’s farm families,...
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Wenonah Hauter
When Some Farm Subsidies Go Away, Will Our Food System Be Healthy?
Every good foodie knows that farm subsidies are the root of all evil and a big reason why obesity rates continue to rise, right? This thinking has become so commonplace among the good food movement...
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Tom Engelhardt
Is the National Security Complex Too Big to Fail?
TARPing War
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Linh Dinh
Resurrection Cities
The 99% will convene a National Convention in Philadelphia, so that’s the good news. Where America was born, they will try to bring her back to life, save her from this deepening degradation. Their...
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Kathy Kelly
The Wrong Occupation
In Kabul, Afghanistan’s beleaguered capitol city, a young woman befriended me during December of 2010. She was eager to talk about her views, help us better understand the history of her country, and...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Abandoned Class
Will Occupy Wall Street hold together long enough to cut to the deep chase? Will it find a voice to articulate not merely the pain of the struggling middle class but the endemic unfairness and racism...
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Ralph Nader
Let Our Farmers Grow
Congressman Ron Paul introduced H.R. 1831, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011" on May 11th of this year. It is a simple bill at just two pages in length, and it would legalize the growing of...
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César Chelala
Subcomandante Marcos Comes to Wall Street
I am sitting at a coffee place in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a misty town in Chiapas, in southern Mexico. I am told that occasionally Sub Comandante Marcos, the famed leader of indigenous people in...
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Richard Gwyn
OWS ‘Angry Mob’ Suddenly Respectable
The big flaw in the Occupy Wall Street movement ever since it began some three weeks ago has been that the actual proposals for action demanded by its members have largely been incoherent, confused...
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William K. Black
Not with a Bang, but a Whimper: Bank of America’s Death Rattle
Bob Ivry, Hugh Son and Christine Harper have written an article that needs to be read by everyone interested in the financial crisis. The article (available here ) is entitled: BofA Said to Split...
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Amanda Marcotte
Anti-Choicers Longing for the Scarlet Letter "A"
Both the activist and political behavior of anti-choicers lately has made one thing excruciatingly clear: shame is the name of their game. The vague principle of “life” has always been a farcical...
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Amy Kroin
How Low Will AT&T Go?
Rev. R. Henry Martin directs the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission , a Louisiana-based ministry that “reaches out to feed, clothe, shelter and provide healing services to homeless men, women and...
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George Lakoff
How To Frame Yourself: A Framing Memo For Occupy Wall Street
I was asked weeks ago by some in the Occupy Wall Street movement to make suggestions for how to frame the movement. I have hesitated so far, because I think the movement should be framing itself. It’...
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Brian Evans
Missouri's Troy Davis
Reggie Clemons is seeking clemency for a crime he may not have committed, just as Troy Davis did until his last breath.
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Jennifer Lynch, Trevor Timm
The Dangers in Classifying the News
“When everything is classified, then nothing is classified…The system becomes one to be disregarded by the cynical or the careless and to be manipulated by those intent on self-protection or self-...
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Amy Goodman
The Arc of the Moral Universe, From Memphis to Wall Street
The national memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. was dedicated last Sunday. President Barack Obama said of Dr. King, “If he were alive today, I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker...
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
John Feffer
The Ungreening of Obama
Barack Obama was green when he entered the Oval Office. He was a relative newcomer to politics. He was also the most successful fundraiser in presidential history, hauling in more green than the two...
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John Nichols
Cheney Family Values: How Liz Cheney is Funding the War on Labor Rights in Ohio
Dick Cheney was once a union man -- after flunking out of Yale, the future vice president worked as an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers lineman in Wyoming -- but now his daughter is...
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David Michael Green
We Are Not Your Human Resources
I was talking with a friend of mine the other day about Occupy Wall Street. She said to me “This is what I’ve been waiting for my whole life”. I told her I feel exactly the same way. The only...
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Ed Bruske
Finally Revealed: Processed Food Rebates Dominate School Cafeterias
When I first started writing about the food being served in my daughter’s elementary school cafeteria, I figured there had to be a reason children were being fed Apple Jacks cereal, strawberry milk,...
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Tom Engelhardt
“I Want My Job Back:” Scenes from a Season of Protest
The other day in my Manhattan neighborhood, a woman passed me in the street.
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Rebecca Solnit
Letter to a Dead Man About the Occupation of Hope
Dear young man who died on the fourth day of this turbulent 2011, dear Mohammed Bouazizi, I want to write you about an astonishing year -- with three months yet to run. I want to tell you about the...
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Robert Reich
The Meagerness of the Republican Debates, the Smallness of the President’s Solutions, and the Need for a Progressive Alternative
Republicans are debating again tonight. And once again, Americans will hear the standard regressive litany: government is bad, Medicare and Medicaid should be cut, “Obamacare” is killing the economy...
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Mary Elizabeth King
The Search for a Message
As the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) phenomenon grows, it has been expressing many truths, even while struggling to find a single over-arching message. The search for captions, slogans, and themes that...
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Bill Quigley, Lauren Carasik
Victimized a Second Time: State-Sanctioned Forced Evictions of Haiti’s Displaced Earthquake Survivors
We stood in a tight group, over a dozen blan huddled together, trying not to obstruct the narrow path between the makeshift shelters of corrugated metal, cardboard, plastic and tin. We listened to a...
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George Monbiot
Millionaires and Corporations Are Using Tax Breaks to Help Sway Public Opinion
Rightwing thinktanks profess a love of freedom, but their refusal to reveal who funds them is deeply undemocratic
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Anne Landman
BP's Gulf of Mexico PR, One Year Later
Finger-pointing over the Deepwater Horizon disaster resumed recently after the U.S.
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Sandy LeonVest
How the Corporate Media Learned to Love the OWS Protests
Americans may not be quick-studies in the art of revolution, and yes, it did seem to take forever for unemployed and underemployed US workers, college students and white collar “professionals” to “...
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Jim Hightower
The GOP Loves the Federal Spending it Hates
Sen. McConnell's tirade about the Solyndra debacle would've had a lot more moral punch if it were not for Zap Motors.
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Monday, October 17, 2011
George Lavender
Why California Prisoners Press On With Hunger Strike
Thousands are refusing food to protest for reform of prison authorities' abusive policy of solitary confinement
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Karen Dolan
A Dagger Pointed at Maryland's Peace Movement
There's nothing in Montgomery County's local, non-binding peace resolution about firing Lockheed's employees or tossing any corporations into the Potomac River. It's "a dagger pointed directly at the...
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Glenn Greenwald
What Are Those OWS People So Angry About?
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Jimmy Breslin
People Rise, Cops Blink and a Human Rights Movement Takes Root in a New York Park
Bell Dobbs went to lower Broadway and Wall Street by his personal transportation. It's a fine ride on his bike that has no name and a lot of years and slams and mileage on it as the worn paint and...
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Shea Howell
Politics in Place
The story is no longer Occupy Wall Street. Now it is the more than 70 cities that are organizing similar actions across the country. With a breadth and depth unseen in decades, people are coming...
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Johnny Barber
Whatever Happened to Women and Children First?
“All wars, whether just or unjust, disastrous or victorious, are waged against the child.” Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save the Children, 1919.
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Lacy MacAuley
What I've Learned Occupying Wall Street and DC
In squares, parks, and plazas all over the country, we're taking the time for true democracy to work.
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Tom Engelhardt
Wall Street’s Second Occupation: The Police Move In
These last weeks, there have been two “occupations” in lower Manhattan, one of which has been getting almost all the coverage -- that of the demonstrators camping out in Zuccotti Park. The other, in...
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Laurie Penny
Across the World, a New Spirit Took Hold – Power Was Taken Back by the People
More than city squares are being occupied. What is being reoccupied is a sense of collective possibility
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Nick Turse
America’s Secret Empire of Drone Bases
Its Full Extent Revealed for the First Time
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Chris Hedges
A Movement Too Big to Fail
There is no danger that the protesters who have occupied squares, parks and plazas across the nation in defiance of the corporate state will be co-opted by the Democratic Party or groups like MoveOn...
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Sunday, October 16, 2011
Kristine Mattis
From Me Culture to We Culture: There IS An Alternative
Cynicism and Incoherence
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Paul Buchheit
Laughing Until It Hurts
With 99% of America standing up to them, the super-rich probably don't feel very funny right now.
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John Nichols
Hey! Supercommittee! Here's the Smart Plan to Save $7 Trillion, Create Jobs, Save Social Security
America is not broke. But America does have broken priorities. Americans are waking up to this reality. That’s why they are occupying Wall Street, that’s why they are protesting in Madison, Columbus...
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Robert Reich
The Rise of the Regressive Right and the Reawakening of America
A fundamental war has been waged in this nation since its founding, between progressive forces pushing us forward and regressive forces pulling us backward. We are going to battle once again.
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Sarah van Gelder
10 Ways to Support the Occupy Movement
There are many things you can do to be part of this growing movement—and only some of them involve sleeping outside.
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Saturday, October 15, 2011
Christopher Brauchli
Controlled Substances: Congress is Not Doing Nothing
The Congress doesn’t run -- it waltzes. Charles Joseph, Comment to Comte Auguste de LaGardeChambonas (1814)
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Ray McGovern
Petraeus’s CIA Provides Grist for Iran Murder Plot
Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, in his accustomed role as unofficial surrogate CIA spokesman, has thrown light on how the CIA under its new director, David Petraeus, helped craft the...
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Michelle Chen
While Washington Dithers, Labor Brings Jobs and Equity Home
The 2012 campaign trail is already littered with silver bullets and peppy slogans about boosting America out of its unemployment slump. But for the most part, the plans that politicians have trotted...
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Lisa Graves
ALEC Politicians Spin Special "Interest" Bill to Protect Corporate Wrongdoers as "Job Creation"
For years, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), has been itching to protect big corporations from high interest rates charged in cases where corporations have killed or injured Americans.
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Robert Reich
The Untimely Death of Long-Term Health Insurance
The Administration’s decision to pull the plug on long-term health insurance in the new healthcare law (so-called Community Living Assistance Services and Support or, as it was known by healthcare...
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Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
We Are the 99%
Being part of the 99% isn't about dominance – it's about universality. The struggling economy is impacting everyone. Well, almost everyone. Americans on the whole aren't getting ahead; they're...
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Benjamin Dangl
Argentina to Wall Street: Latin American Social Movements and the Occupation of Everything
Massive buildings tower over Wall Street, making the sidewalks feel like valleys in an urban mountain range. The incense, drum beats and chants of Occupy Wall Street echo down New York City’s...
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Salena Tramel
Seed Bank on the West Bank
Hebron (Al-Khalil in Arabic) is home to more than 165,000 Palestinians—making it the largest city in the Palestinian West Bank. The city is famous for leather shoes, avant-garde blown-glass vases and...
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Brian Tierney
Amid Possible Strike, D.C. Labor and Occupy Movements March Together
If Wall Street has become the symbolic nerve center for greed and inequality, its political traffic merges onto K Street, Washington DC’s Broadway for deep-pocketed corporate lobbyists.
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Friday, October 14, 2011
Karen Greenberg
The FBI-Style Sting in the Tail of the Saudi Ambassador 'Assassination Plot'
If this counter-terror operation used entrapment techniques, then law enforcement is wagging the dog of US foreign policy on Iran
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Ted Morgan
From Occupation to Democratization: A Global Turning?
From Occupy Wall Street to Occupy (Everywhere) Together and now to Saturday’s Global Occupation protests, the protest moment has spread like wildfire.
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David Suzuki
Occupy Wall Street Reflects Increasing Frustration
I'm not the only one unhappy with economic systems based on constant growth and endlessly increasing exploitation of finite resources — systems that concentrate wealth in the hands of a few while so...
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Frida Berrigan
Little Insurrections of Hope
As I mentioned in this space earlier, I was recently in Barcelona at the War Resisters International’s seminar on War Profiteering and Peace Movement Responses. It was a really interesting time to be...
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Jodi Jacobson
House Passes HR 358, the "Let Women Die" Act of 2011
On Thursday, the GOP-led House of Representatives, with the blessings and encouragement of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops and extremist religious groups such as the Family Research...
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Tracey Barnett
A Word of Warning: The Choice of Deep Water Drilling
So now it gets ugly. Now that we've seen the black sticky globs washing up on to our beaches from the stranded ship Rena, potentially leaching hundreds of tonnes of toxic sludge into our snapper...
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Jean Athey, John Feffer
Community Resolutions Against the Machine
Communities all over the United States are reeling from budget cuts. Military contractors, meanwhile, have remained fat and well-fed on the one part of federal spending that so far hasn’t been...
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Josh Levy
High Schoolers Heart Free Speech
As millions of Facebook and Twitter users know, the Internet, more than any other medium, is dominated by the speech of billions.
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Street Heat Nation
Three years ago, when the banks took down our economy—and people’s homes, savings and lives with it—we wondered, Why aren’t more people out in the streets?
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Michael McCarthy
The Lost Years of Climate Change: Are We Just Going to Talk Our Way to Oblivion?
Did it stir something in the memory, by any chance, the extraordinary heat of a fortnight ago, when Britain met with its hottest-ever October day, and numerous places experienced their hottest day of...
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Phyllis Bennis
The Prisoner Swap
Like so many other diplomatic and political initiatives in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the recent announcement of a new prisoner release is based on the same solution that has been proposed...
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Janine Jackson
Bait-and-Switch Boosterism on Trade Pacts
Corporate media's incredibly uncritical boosterism of so-called "free trade" deals has been remarked on many times, and continues to be remarkable.
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James Turner
New Zealand’s Oil Disaster: Black Swans and Human Errors
A couple of years ago, the writer Nassim Nicholas Taleb invented a new metaphor which describes what he calls low probability, high impact events – the Black Swan. For centuries this creature was not...
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Ken Butigan
Anti-Drone Movement Grows
A friend of mine once called Las Vegas “the Lourdes of America.” People come looking for a miracle, but it’s the casinos that mostly cash in. This doesn’t stop the 36 million pilgrims who travel...
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Michael Winship
Occupy Wall Street Wins Labor’s Love
Early last Friday morning, as the Occupy Wall Street protesters were just uncurling from their sleeping bags, I went downtown for a walkthrough of their campsite at Zuccotti Park, now also known as...
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Jeff Biggers
Occupy Big Coal: Kentuckians to Protest Most Corrupt Member of Congress on Friday
Wall Street and Big Coal corporations have no better friend than Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), the "prince of pork" and powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
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Salena Tramel
Haitian Movements Branch Out
Away from the televised and broken streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti hosts some scenic worlds. Down south, there are remnants of cloud forests that fade into blue skies, and in the north cacti twist...
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Nina Power
Occupy Wall Street Protests Are Reclaiming the Psychic Space
A good slogan captures the mood and acutely articulates a situation: " We are the 99% ", "we are the crisis", or simply "no justice, no peace". As Lenin put it : "Every particular slogan must be...
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Barbara Ehrenreich
The Guys in the 1% Brought This On
At the risk of being pedantic, let me point out that “99% versus 1%” is not a class analysis, not in any respectable sociological sense. Shave off the top 1% and you’re still left with some awfully...
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Phil Rockstroh
Punching a Hole in Bubbles of Denial and Addiction: Late Capitalism and Its Discontents of the American Autumn
The global designs of the neo-liberal agenda have met the living architecture of a larger order -- a portion of which has taken the form of a still coalescing, yet potent, countervailing...
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Steve Fraser
The All-American Occupation: A Century of Our Streets Vs. Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street, the ongoing demonstration-cum-sleep-in that began a month ago not far from the New York Stock Exchange and has since spread like wildfire to cities around the country, may be a...
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Tom Engelhardt
Blowback on Wall Street?
Last weekend, in Washington Square Park in downtown Manhattan at a giant mill-in, teach-in, whatever-in-extension of Occupy Wall Street’s camp-out in Zuccotti Park, there was a moment to remember...
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Robert C. Koehler
Building Community, Building Peace
In our techno-saturated society, we have the casual capacity to capture any unfolding event on film — even an act of shocking violence — and send images of the live action around the globe just by...
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Kristen Beifus, Christa Hillstrom
The Tricks of the Trade Deals
This week, Congress will vote on three free trade agreements that are predicted to kill jobs and solidify corporate power. It's our turn to have a say in how we trade.
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Scott Klinger
Stop the Offshore Piracy
Ships laden with tens of millions of dollars of American treasure pull into beautiful ports in places like the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas every day, offloading profits made on sales to U.S...
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Peter Dreier
Will Occupy Wall Street Be Co-opted?
Much of the recent commentary about the Occupy Wall Street movement focuses on whether or not this radical movement will be "co-opted" by the unions, or the Democratic Party, or other liberal forces...
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Bernie Sanders
Six Demands to Make of Wall Street
The Occupy Wall Street protests are shining a national spotlight on the most powerful, dangerous, and secretive economic and political force in America.
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Mary Bottari
Chicago to Wall Street: Pay US Back!
While the Occupy Wall Street movement is sweeping the country and peaceful arrests are mounting, Chicagoans took to the streets this week to hold the big banks accountable for crashing the economy...
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Michael Nagler, Stephanie Van Hook
Corporations Are Not People: We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident…
When is a Person not a Person? Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PSR) recently answered this absurd question with the obvious and embarrassing answer: when it’s a corporation. According to PSR...
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Julie Hollar
Ignoring Non-Islamic Culprits in Somalia Famine: Hunger From Harmful Aid and Agriculture Policies
As Somalia sank deeper into famine in late summer, with 63 percent of southern Somalia’s population at risk of starvation, U.S. media coverage focused on stories of misery and resilience. Measuring...
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Robert Reich
The Seven Biggest Economic Lies
The President’s Jobs Bill doesn’t have a chance in Congress — and the Occupiers on Wall Street and elsewhere can’t become a national movement for a more equitable society – unless more Americans know...
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Jules Boykoff
Occupy Wall Street: Reclaiming Public Space, Reclaiming Dignity
As the public-space prairie fire known as Occupy Wall Street spreads across the country from New York to Portland, it's becoming glaringly apparent activists are pinging the political target. In the...
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Johnny Barber
The Darkness Approaches, A Light Shines Bright
Today in Afghanistan people feel an unnamable horror lurking just below the surface of their everyday lives. It has been described as a tension, a feeling of pressing apprehension, as if a breaking...
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Amy Goodman
A New Bush Era or a Push Era?
Back when Barack Obama was still just a U.S. senator running for president, he told a group of donors in a New Jersey suburb, “Make me do it.” He was borrowing from President Franklin D. Roosevelt,...
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