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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Linh Dinh
Slouching Towards 2012
For the last two days, Yahoo! has featured an article, “N. Korea alters photo of Kim Jong Il funeral.” Juxtaposing two images, it shows that half a dozen inconsequential figures have been photo-...
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Sarah van Gelder
The 12 Most Hopeful Trends to Build On in 2012
2011 was full of surprises, many of them the good kind. But which ones will matter in the coming year? Here's our pick of trends to watch.
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Clancy Sigal
My Bad Angel: Vengeance vs Forgiveness, This Eternal Struggle
At the close of the year, I am sometimes moved to forgive my enemies. But could I manage it – even if they were penitent?
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Eric Margolis
Seize the Chance to End the Craziness in North Korea
NEW YORK - You’ve got to hand it to the North Koreans, they certainly know how to throw a funeral. I stayed up until two am watching the mammoth funeral of the “Dear Leader,” Kim Jong-il, live on TV...
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Phil Tajitsu Nash
Living Peacefully With One's Neighbors
Imagine that your community and a neighboring community had been at war a half century ago. Many men had been killed, and women and children had been kidnapped. Then, imagine what it would take for...
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Ray McGovern, Elizabeth Murray
Urging Obama to Stop Rush to Iran War
A torrent of war propaganda against Iran is flooding the American political scene as U.S. neocons and Israeli hardliners see an opening for another war in the Middle East
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Friday, December 30, 2011
Occupy the P.U.-litzers!
This year has given us simply too many worthy contenders for FAIR's annual P.U.-litzers--recognizing the stinkiest journalism of the year. A big part of the problem was that so many outlets were...
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Mark Engler
Iowa: The People's Caucus
As caucus craziness reaches its peak here in Iowa, the Occupy movement has not been left out. As the Des Moines Register reported Wednesday in a notably favorable top-of-the-front-page story :
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Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Let Your Life Be a Counter-Friction to Stop the Machine
I believe that we are coming to a crossroads as a nation.
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Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman
Has America’s Stolen Election Process Finally Hit Prime Time?
It took two stolen US Presidential elections and the prospect of another one coming up in 2012. For years the Democratic Party and even much of the left press has reacted with scorn for those who’ve...
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Michelle Chen
Ethnic Studies Ruling Escalates Arizona Schools Struggle
While students were on their holiday break, Arizona issued a disturbing wake-up call to anyone who thought the education system had evolved to reflect America’s diversity.
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Conn Hallinan
2011 "Are You Serious?" Awards
The Golden Lemon Award to Lockheed Martin, the world’s biggest arms company, whose F-22 Raptor fighter has some “performance” problems: the pilots can’t breathe.
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Norman Lear
Fighting the Good Fight
The Occupy Wall Street movement has unleashed patriotic outrage. If you don't want to camp out or protest in the street, find another way to let your voice be heard in the new year.
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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Matt Hern
Someday I Want to Own a Yacht
As year-end reviews for 2011 start rolling in there is the inevitable attempt to rebrand, reinscribe and reimagine the memory of particular events. As banal and trite as many (most?) of these Year in...
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Adnan Al-Daini
The Agony of Iraq, the Country of My Birth
As a seventeen year old, in 1962, I was one of a group of about 10 Iraqi students doing A levels in a college in the UK. The group included three Christians, one Kurd and the rest were Muslims...
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David Macaray
10 Reasons Why Labor Unions Are Going to Win
Yes, congressional Democrats and President Obama have been major disappointments, and yes, the forces arrayed against organized labor have done considerable damage. But despite the damage, despite...
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Bill Bigelow
‘Repeat After Me: The United States Is Not an Imperialist Country—Oh, and Don’t Get Emotional About War’
You may have seen that an administrative law judge in Arizona, Lewis Kowal, just upheld the decree by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction that Tucson’s Mexican American Studies program...
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Jake Olzen
2012: The Year of Nonviolence?
If 2011 was the year of the protester, 2012 may prove to be the year of nonviolence. What’s the difference? It’s as great as between yes and no. A crucial awakening that envelopes humanity’s...
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Danny Schechter
It’s Time to Occupy a New Year
Out with the old. I would say good riddance to 2011 even as I fear 2012 may be worse, given the financial trends, social chaos and political idiocy that we confront every day. Every time I believe it...
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Rebecca Jeschke
Time for Supreme Court to Weigh in on Forced DNA Collection
Can the government force people who are arrested – but not yet convicted of a crime – to give a DNA sample without a search warrant, or does that violate the Fourth Amendment? One arrestee is asking...
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The Guardian Editorial
United States as a Global Power: New World Disorder
The US is struggling with a paradox: while its military power retains global reach, its role as world leader is gradually ending
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Mike Ervin
Why the Payroll Tax Deal Is Bad for People With Disabilities
Hold the applause: Extending the payroll tax cuts is a bad deal for nearly 9 million disabled Americans who rely on Social Security Disability Insurance for survival.
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Robert Pallitto
The Return of Waterboarding?
During the recent Republican presidential primary debates , three candidates said without hesitation that they would authorize waterboarding as an interrogation technique if elected president. In...
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Ralph Nader
Stop the Public University Tuition Spiral
Students of California, arise, you have nothing to lose but a crushing debt! The corporate state of California, ever ready to seize its ideological and commercial hour during a recession, has a...
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Michael Thomas
The Big Lie: Wall Street has Destroyed the Wonder That Was America
Imagine a vast field on which a terrible battle has recently been fought, the bare ground cratered by fusillade after fusillade of heavy artillery, trees reduced to blackened stumps, wisps of toxic...
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Jesse Jackson
Electorate Suffers from a PAC Attack
‘Newt Gingrich has more baggage than the airlines.” Romney is akin to “big spending liberals.” Beware of “smooth talking politicians.” In Iowa, after a breather for Christmas, voters are once more...
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Jen Schradie
Occupy Everywhere – But Not at the Mall
“The state and city pretty much shut us down at the historic ‘public square’ at the Capitol,” said Roger Ehrlich, an Occupy Raleigh activist, “so it seemed reasonable to assemble at the modern,...
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Robert Naiman
Is a Vote for Romney a Vote for War?
Do you remember that time during the 2000 presidential campaign, when George W. Bush made clear to the American people that if he became the next President of the United States, he would take the...
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Rick Chamberlin
Of Keystones & Cop-outs
The backers of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline, intended to carry tar sands crude oil from Canada to the Texas gulf coast, have attempted to sell the U.S. public on the notion...
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Rachel Shabi
Equality Must Be the Legacy of the Arab Spring
If minority rights are not protected, they will be like loose threads that can be pulled to unravel these new democracies
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César Chelala
Trivializing War: Killing At a Distance with Drones
NEW YORK -- Captain Ferguson (not his real name) gets up early in the morning, and has breakfast with his wife and children. At the office, Captain Ferguson sits in front of the computer for almost...
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Thomas Schaller
Ron Paul Disavows…Ron Paul?
Libertarian candidate tries to duck responsibility for racist, homophobic and conspiratorial writings that bore his name
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Amy Goodman
If You Can’t Beat Them, Enjoin Them (From Voting)
All eyes are on Iowa this week, as the hodgepodge field of Republican contenders gallivants across that farm state seeking a win, or at least “momentum,” in the campaign for the party’s presidential...
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Glenn Greenwald
Vote Obama – If You Want a Centrist Republican for US President
Because Barack Obama has adopted so many core Republican beliefs, the US opposition race is a shambles.
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Yifat Susskind
2011’s Big Wins – Brought to You by Women
2011 was a year of transformations.
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H. Patricia Hynes
Women are the Biggest Losers: Reflecting on the War in Iraq
In the third week of December 2011, a confluence of political events profoundly affecting Iraqi and American women took place.
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Lyric Hughes Hale
The Coming Accidental War with Iran
Our attention has been rightfully turned to the stomach-churning photos of women being dragged by the hair through the streets of Egypt and Bahrain, and reports of yet more deaths in Syria. As this...
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John Nichols
Out, Damn Newt: 5 Reasons Why Gingrich is Headed for Footnote Status
For a week or so, Newt Gingrich was riding high in Dubuque, Iowa. His poll numbers were great nationally. In battleground states such as New Hampshire and Florida, he elbowed more credible contenders...
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Tony Norman
Support Attracted by Ron Paul Sends Chills
One of the most bizarre things about the Republican presidential primary contest is the popularity of Ron Paul. The Texas congressman has been a libertarian standard-bearer for more decades than that...
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Roberto Rodriguez
Iraq War: Reaffirmation or the End of US Exceptionalism?
In the United States, the most significant event of 2011 hands down should have been the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops from Iraq. But for most Americans, the end of this illegal and immoral war...
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Brian Moench
Utah Doctors Join "Occupy" Movement
Taking inspiration from the Occupy Movement, last week a group of doctors and environmental groups in Salt Lake City, Utah announced a law suit against the third largest mining corporation in the...
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Paul Rogat Loeb
If You Care About Keystone and Climate Change, Occupy Exxon
It seemed like the afterthought in the payroll tax cut extension fight, a small consolation prize to the Republicans on what should have been the easiest of bi-partisan votes. But the two-month clock...
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Kathy Kelly
Assembly Time
Arab Spring, European Summer, American Autumn, and now the challenge of winter. Here in Kabul, Afghanistan, the travelers of our small Voices for Creative Nonviolence delegation share an apartment...
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Paul Buchheit
Half of America In Poverty? The Facts Say It's True
Recent reports suggest that almost 50% of Americans are in poverty or at a "low income" level. The claim is based on a new supplemental measure by the Census Bureau that includes health care,...
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Medea Benjamin
Ten Good Things About a (Not So) Bad Year
I had the privilege of starting out the year witnessing, firsthand, the unfolding of the Egyptian revolution in Tahrir Square. I saw people who had been muzzled their entire lives, especially women,...
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Monday, December 26, 2011
Russ Baker
Justifying War with Iran
A growing body of evidence points to a concerted campaign to prepare Americans and the world for war against Iran. This is not idle speculation. It fits a pattern that repeatedly preceded previous...
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Jackie Smith, Jules Lobel
Evict BNY Mellon, not Occupy Pittsburgh
Evidence supporting the protesters' claim that major banks have engaged in illegal activities is mounting.
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Wenonah Hauter
Resolve to Keep Science Experiments off Your Dinner Table in 2012
Engineered crops have steadily increased over the past 15 years, despite the lack of independent research on their long-term effects on human health and the environment.
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Wendell Potter
When Medicare Isn't Medicare
Let's say you have a Ford and decide to replace everything under the hood with Hyundai parts, including the engine and transmission. Could you still honestly market your car as a Ford? That question...
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David Sirota
The Season of Fake Outrage
No Virginia, there is no war on Christmas, writes David Sirota. As the year winds down, Sirota looks at the fake outrage that surfaced during the holiday season
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Paul Krugman
Springtime for Toxics
Here’s what I wanted for Christmas: something that would make us both healthier and richer. And since I was just making a wish, why not ask that Americans get smarter, too? Surprise: I got my wish,...
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Fred Grimm
Corporate Education Reform Has Turned Kids into Commodities
Compared to modern school kids, I was a downright worthless student. I don’t mean worthless as a pejorative. (My father would have used a more colorful term to characterize my scholarly pursuits.)...
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Sunday, December 25, 2011
John Nichols
A Conservative Christmas Carol of Scrooge, Marley, Gingrich and Romney
There is something painfully fitting about the fact that the race for the GOP presidential nomination is hitting its peak during the Christmastide.
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Shamus Cooke
Uniting Occupy and Labor Over Health Care
Politicians are attacking Medicare and Medicaid on all sides--Democrats and Republicans alike. Obama's national health care bill will slash hundreds of billions from Medicare over the next decade, an...
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Marjorie Cohn
Bradley Manning: A Hero, Not a Traitor
The end of U.S. military involvement in Iraq coincided with Bradley Manning’s military hearing to determine whether he will face court-martial for exposing U.S. war crimes by leaking hundreds of...
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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Davin O'Dwyer
In the Year of the Protester, Bradley Manning is the Great Dissenter
PRESENT TENSE : IT HAS BEEN an extraordinary year, full of tragedy and tumult: there’s every chance that 2011 will rank with 1968 and 1945 as an era-defining 12 months. Time magazine has nominated...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Intellectual Cowardice of Bradley Manning’s Critics
After imprisoning Private First Class Bradley Manning for eighteen months, the U.S. Army this week finally began the preliminary stage of his court-martial proceeding, and that initial process ended...
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Matt Taibbi
A Christmas Message From America's Rich
It seems America’s bankers are tired of all the abuse. They’ve decided to speak out. True, they’re doing it from behind the ropeline, in front of friendly crowds at industry conferences and country...
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John Harris
The Scale of the Challenge is Shocking Us into Action
Through protest, we are finding a new left politics that can propel glaring iniquities to the center of public debate
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Michelle Chen
Lowe’s All-American Muslim Fiasco and the Politics of Normalcy
Look, ma! Americans! Their slogan is "Never Stop Improving," but lately, "Never Stop Denying" seems more fitting. Lowe's has rebuffed a 200,000-signature petition to reinstate ads on the new reality...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Drone, the Secretary and the Seven Dwarfs
Finder’s Keepers, Losers Weepers. -- A child’s saying I hope Secretary of State Clinton is not too disappointed. If she’d asked me I could have told her how it was going to come out. Indeed, had...
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Rev. John Dear
Christmas and the End of the US War in Iraq
There is much to celebrate this Christmas. The Arab Spring, the millions who marched for justice and democracy throughout the Arab world, and the fall of various dictatorships; the ongoing campaign...
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Norman Solomon
Uncle Sam is Making the Wrong Choices
On a recent day in Petaluma, two very different events spotlighted grim results of upside-down priorities from the federal government. Upwards of 600 people gathered for an early breakfast at the...
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Friday, December 23, 2011
Alex Main, Daniel McCurdy
The US Double Standard on Elections in Latin America and the Caribbean
The U.S. government has a puzzling approach to elections in the hemisphere. Back in November 2009, the State Department considered that elections held under Honduras’s brutal coup regime were “free...
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Amy Dean
OWS: A Protest Against a Broken Economic Compact
During the early months when Occupy Wall Street maintained tent cities in lower Manhattan and other metropolitan areas around the country, the occupations attracted an array of young counter-...
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John Kampfner
How Did Obama End Up Appeasing the Neocons?
The President will continue to mind his conservative flank, particularly on security and law and order
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Ross Caputi
I Am Sorry for the Role I Played in Fallujah
As a US marine who lost close friends in the siege of Fallujah in Iraq seven years ago, I understand that we were the aggressors
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Michael Winship
Happy Holidays, Corporate America – I’d Like to File a Complaint
In the spirit of the season, I’d like to file a complaint – about complaints. Corporate America just doesn’t handle them the way they used to. As in, at all. I grew up in retail. My father owned a...
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Rick Salutin
The Bible and Ethical Economics
I’d like to join the war against the war against Christmas: a cause bravely championed by muffled voices in the catacombs like Bill O’Reilly at Fox News and Rex Murphy on CBC.
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Alexander Cockburn
Loom of the Jackboot: Obama Gives Military Extreme Powers
Too bad Kim Jong-il kicked the bucket last weekend. If the divine hand that laid low the North Korean leader had held off for a week or so, Kim would have been sustained by the news that President...
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David Macaray
Labor Comes Away With a Rare Victory
On December 21, the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) approved rule changes that will help streamline the union election process. Historically, one of biggest hurdles facing membership drives has...
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David Morris
Occupy Giving: Why Do the 1% Give Less Than the Rest of Us?
This is the giving season and we Americans are prodigious givers. Nearly two thirds of us donate to charities each year. This year we will send more than $225 billion to charities. More than a...
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Kathy Kelly
Amid War, Following Yonder Star Towards Peace
Beneath our flat, here in Kabul, wedding guests crowded into a restaurant and celebrated throughout the night. Guests sounded joyful and the music, mostly disco, thumped loudly. When the regular call...
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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Jay Walljasper
How to Boost Biking and Walking Even Further in Your City
After being acclaimed as America’s best city for biking, what can you possibly do for an encore? Well, in the case of Minneapolis, you do even more bicycling—and more walking too.
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Eric Alterman
Governor Cuomo Is Still Governor One Percent
As 2011 slips into history, it appears a safe bet that despite tough competition, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has walked away with this year’s coveted award for “stupidest and most offensive...
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H. Samy Alim
What If We Occupied Language?
When I flew out from the San Francisco airport last October, we crossed above the ports that Occupy Oakland helped shut down, and arrived in Germany to be met by traffic caused by Occupy Berlin...
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Ralph Nader
Recommended Holiday Reading for the Caring, Agitated Mind
1. America Beyond Capitalism by Gar Alperovitz (Democracy Collaborative Press and Dollars and Sense, 2011). If you want to see how community economies are spreading to displace the sales and...
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Mark Engler
Why America’s 99% Have Rebelled
If you haven't seen it yet, you owe yourself a visit. If you're already familiar with it, go back to remind yourself why the #Occupy movement is so powerful.
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Bruce Friedrich
'Ag Gag': Why Whistleblower Suppression Laws Are A Bad Idea
Almost everyone opposes cruelty to animals. In fact, 97 percent of Americans (according to Gallup) say that animals should be protected from harm, and encouragingly, a poll by Ohio State researchers...
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Rebecca Solnit
Compassion Is Our New Currency: Notes on 2011’s Preoccupied Hearts and Minds
Usually at year’s end, we’re supposed to look back at events just passed -- and forward, in prediction mode, to the year to come. But just look around you! This moment is so extraordinary that it has...
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Michelle Chen
Oil Workers Rise Up in Kazakhstan, Face Brutal Crackdown
Every protest movement has its slogan: Tax the rich, we are the 99%. The striking oil workers in Kazakhstan, though, put it a bit more bluntly: “Don’t Shoot the People.” The statement of stark...
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Steve Fine
Time Magazine's 'The Protester': The Eyes Have It
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Japan Times Editorial
Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Far from Resolved
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Dec. 16 declared that the stricken reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have entered the state of "cold shutdown" and that it...
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Robert Scheer
Thomas Friedman: On to the Next ‘Bubble Fantasy’
Few journalists have greater influence on U.S. foreign policy, particularly regarding the Middle East, than New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. But his tortured obit of a column this week on...
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Randall Amster
Prism Break: Seeing Beyond the Shadows on the Walls Around Us
Social movements, when broadly construed and successfully applied, serve as something akin to elaborate filters. By holding a mirror up to society, a movement causes us to reconsider basic...
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Linh Dinh
Christmas Gifts for a Collapsing America
Homelessness Starter Kit, $29.99. For the myriad who were hustled by a bank into an impossible mortgage, then foreclosed upon. For the long-retired yet taxed right out of their own homes. For recent...
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Ray McGovern
Pvt. Manning and Imperative of Truth
When I was asked to speak at Saturday’s rally at Fort Meade in support of Pvt. Bradley Manning, I wondered how I might provide some context around what Manning is alleged to have done. (In my talk ,...
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Mary Bottari
Break Up Bank of America Before it Breaks Us
On Monday, Bank of America (BofA) stocks briefly traded for under $5. Yes, you could buy a share of BofA for less than the noxious debit card fee they tried to force down your throat.
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Amy Goodman
Bradley Manning and the Fog of War
Accused whistle-blower Pvt. Bradley Manning turned 24 Saturday. He spent his birthday in a pretrial military hearing that could ultimately lead to a sentence of life … or death. Manning stands...
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Mark Weisbrot
The United Nations Must Face Up to the Disaster It Caused in Haiti
Despite overwhelming evidence, the UN has still not taken responsibility for the cholera disaster in Haiti
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Laura Raymond
Do Private Military Contractors Have Impunity to Torture?
Unbelievably, in 2011 this question has not yet been settled in the courts of the United States. Human rights attorneys are headed back to court in the coming month to argue that, yes, victims of war...
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Ajamu Baraka
The US Defeat in Iraq and the Persistence of White Supremacy
As the final contingents of U.S. troops withdraw from the Iraqi state that the U.S. created and imposed on the Iraqi people, a familiar narrative is re-emerging in the mainstream corporate press –...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Big Lie Marches On
We must have an honest accounting of the Iraq War.
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Jim Hightower
The Poor Rich and the Scrooginess of Congress
It's at this time of the year that generous, big-hearted Americans reach out to aid the less fortunate among us — like those who've recently been knocked down by the recession and seen their incomes...
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
David Cay Johnston
The Corporations That Occupy Congress
Some of the biggest companies in the United States have been firing workers and in some cases lobbying for rules that depress wages at the very time that jobs are needed, pay is low, and the federal...
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Robert Naiman
Stop the War on Christmas: Cease Fire in Afghanistan
Shouldn't Americans of every faith tradition band together to stop the war on Christmas? Let us call on President Obama to announce that on December 24th and 25th, the United States will observe an...
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Mike Lofgren
Propagandizing for Perpetual War
Are Our Rulers Stupid, or Do They Think We’re Stupid?
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Nick Turse
What a Busted Robot Airplane Tells Us About the American Empire in 2012 and Beyond
The Drone That Fell From the Sky
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Donna Smith
Un-Happy Holidays for Seniors and the Disabled – Here’s Your Donut
It isn’t sugar plums dancing in their dreams for America’s seniors and disabled who are covered by the Medicare program. It’s donuts. Donut holes into which many fall at this time of the year as they...
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George Monbiot
This Bastardized Libertarianism Makes 'Freedom' an Instrument of Oppression
It's the disguise used by those who wish to exploit without restraint, denying the need for the state to protect the 99%
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