All Views Articles for 2011-view-2009

Thursday, September 1, 2011
Ellen Brown
North Dakota's Economic “Miracle”—It's Not Oil
North Dakota has had the nation's lowest unemployment ever since the economy tanked. What's its secret?
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Craig Aaron
For AT&T Merger, Facts Trump Politics
Today the Justice Department filed suit to block AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile. In announcing the suit, Sharis Pozen, the DoJ's top antitrust enforcer, said , "Any way you look at it, this...
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Dave Zirin
Michael Vick and the Forgotten Masses
“All these guys who were saying that we've got it made through athletics, it's just not so. You as an individual can make it, but I think we've got to concern ourselves with the masses of the people...
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Jeff Biggers
Appalachian Coalfield Leaders Join Tar Sands Pipeline White House Protest: Which Side Are You On, Mr. President?
Not quite a year ago, NASA climatologist James Hansen joined hundreds of Appalachian coalfield activists, including Teri Blanton, Maria Gunnoe , Bo Webb,
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Maude Barlow
Water Justice Needed in the Horn of Africa
Recently, I had the honour of speaking at a fundraiser for the victims of the famine in the Horn of Africa, organized by local health-care providers Dr. Farook Hossenbux and his nurse and partner...
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Amy Goodman
Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Dark Art of Propaganda
“When one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it,” wrote Joseph Goebbels, Germany’s Reich minister of propaganda, in 1941. Former Vice President Dick Cheney seems to have taken the famous Nazi’s...
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Leah Bolger
Why You Won’t See Veterans For Peace on the Cover of TIME Magazine
The cover of the August 29, 2011 issue of TIME magazine features five members of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), with the caption “The New Greatest Generation.” The point of author...
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Chuck Collins
CEOs Rewarded for Tax Dodging Gymnastics
As the Super Congress eyes trillions in budget cuts that will undermine the quality of life for most Americans, here's a stunning fact to contemplate: Twenty-five hugely profitable U.S. companies...
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Robert Scheer
Deceit of Shakespearean Proportions
Behold this unctuous knave, a disgrace to his nation as few before him, yet boasting unvarnished virtue. The deceit of Dick Cheney is indeed of Shakespearean proportions, as evidenced in his new...
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Sam Pizzigati
Remembering the Moment Our CEOs Dug In
Forty years ago, U.S. corporate honchos saw their power ebbing away - to a ragtag mob of long-hairs and loony social reformers. So they did what corporate honchos always do. They asked for a memo.
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Thomas S. Harrington
The Doctrine of “Reasonable Doubt”: Universal Principle or Perk of the Powerful?
In Sunday’s New York Times, novelist and lawyer Scott Turow does what all too few commentators on public affairs are willing or--perhaps more accurately and sadly--able to do these days. He looks at...
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Beth Buczynski
Equal Energy For All: Can We Democratize the Grid?
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) recently published an e-book (PDF) advocating complete democratization of the electric grid by abandoning a system that is dominated by large, centralized...
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Matthew Rothschild
Libya No Model
With Qaddafi on the run, we’re now hearing about Libya being a model for future U.S. interventions. The New York Times today reports that Administration officials say the Libyan intervention “may, in...
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Brandy Doyle
Community Radio: People-Powered Media
Community radio is about to undergo an unprecedented expansion.
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Danny Schechter
Oh, The Pain of The Believer: Barack’s Betrayals Offer Lessons We Can’t Deny
Journalists are not supposed to have political opinions, and yet we all do. Our “biases” are usually disguised, not blatant or overtly partisan, and can be divined in what stories we cover and how we...
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Martin Schönfeld
Where Are We Heading?
The events this summer make old warnings by the naturalist Lester Brown ring with meaning. The foreword of his 1996 State of the World report begins as follows: “As we complete the 13th State of the...
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Betsy Hartmann
The Great Distraction: ‘Overpopulation’ Is Back in Town
What’s next to hit New York after Hurricane Irene? If you’re in the heart of Times Square during the month of September, you’ll get the chance to see a scary video about overpopulation playing every...
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Brian Morton
Falser Words Were Never Spoken
BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- In a coffee shop not long ago, I saw a mug with an inscription from Henry David Thoreau: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”
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Ralph Nader
Sun and Sanity
This is the second week of protests, led by Bill McKibben, in front of the White House demanding that President Barack Obama reject a proposed 1700 mile pipeline transporting the dirtiest oil from...
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Monday, August 29, 2011
Glenn Greenwald
The Decade's Biggest Scam
The Los Angeles Times examines the staggering sums of money expended on patently absurd domestic "homeland security" projects: $75 billion per year for things such as a Zodiac boat with side-scan...
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Priyamvada Gopal
Hurricane Irene Could Never Take from Americans What the Banks Already Have
Manufactured hysteria about the storm is all the more disturbing because it underscores the lack of response to preventable ills
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Jordan Flaherty
Battle for New Orleans, 6 Years After Katrina
Political power has shifted to whites, but blacks have not given up their struggle for a voice -- and justice.
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Ray McGovern
The Rise of Another CIA Yes Man
As Gen. David Petraeus prepares to take the helm at CIA in September, he can expect unswerving loyalty from his likely deputy, Michael Morell, who has been acting director since July when Leon...
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Dean Baker
President Obama's Job Creation Mirage
We've heard plenty about Obama's post Labor Day job creation speech, but will it contain anything that might actually work?
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David Sirota
25 Years Later, How ‘Top Gun’ Made America Love War
Americans are souring on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The military budget is under siege as Congress looks for spending to cut. And the Army is reporting record suicide rates among soldiers. So...
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Jim Hightower
Mass-Marketing Goes Platinum
Hawkers of consumer products are embracing the growing gulf between rich and poor Americans.
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Medea Benjamin
Ten Reasons to Move Cheney’s Book to the Crime Section
Former Vice President Dick Cheney was given a multi-million contract to write a book about his political career. According to Cheney’s media hype, the book, called In My Time, will have “heads...
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Valerie DeFillipo
House GOP Renews Misguided Effort to Defund UNFPA, Risking the Lives of Millions of Women
On the heels of Vice President Biden’s recent trip to China , the GOP leadership of the House of Representatives issued a misguided ultimatum to President Obama: defund UNFPA, the United Nations...
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John Nichols
The Chapter That Went Missing From Dick Cheney's Book
Dick Cheney’s hyper-hyped autobiography is short on revelations (it turns out that the “secret undisclosed location” was his house) but long, very long, on excuse making when it comes to the wars of...
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Chris Hedges
The Election March of the Trolls
We have begun the election march of the trolls. They have crawled out of the sewers of public relations firms, polling organizations, the commercial media, the two corporate political parties and...
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Sam Pizzigati
A Tip for Joe the Machinist: Watch Your Back
A Labor Day reflection: Corporate America no longer even pays lip service to the importance of encouraging hard work and skill.
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Sunday, August 28, 2011
Spencer Mandel
Let Them Eat Baklava: Food Prices and the Arab Spring
Did food prices cause the Arab Spring? Will food and water be at the core of future protests against fundamental inequities in the world?
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Barbara Ellen
Sorry, Richard Branson – We Didn't Care About Your Blaze
The British, at long last, are showing a healthy indifference to the ways of the super-rich.
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Simon Balto
Hurricane Katrina, Martin Luther King, and the Violence of US Racial History
Had Hurricane Irene not intervened on events in Washington, this weekend would have seen an expected quarter of a million people on hand in D.C. to witness the official dedication of the memorial in...
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Paul Vallely
There is No Moral Case for Tax Havens
They are the epitome of unfairness and injustice, leaving ordinary citizens to foot the bill for multinational corporations
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Michelle Chen
Migrants in Limbo as Libyan Revolution Reaches Endgame
As the Libyan uprising reaches its climax , gun battles flare, bodies pile up in hospitals, and the capital is paralyzed in fear. And somewhere in the revolutionary endgame, outsiders who have no...
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Ted Rall
9/11: Ten Years Later, Americans Still Stupid and Vulnerable
They say everything changed on 9/11. No one can dispute that. But we didn't learn anything. Like other events that forced Americans to reassess their national priorities (the Great Depression, Pearl...
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Saturday, August 27, 2011
Lizzy Ratner
Welfare as They Know It
Fifteen years ago, on August 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton perched at a podium in the White House Rose Garden and signed the bill that would become known as welfare reform. Flanked by three former...
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Eileen Myles
Class Warfare: School for Witch Burners
I have three or four things I want to put together. First is The Social Network which I resisted seeing for a very long time (“You’ll love it. It’s great!” It wasn’t .) And second is The Rite which I...
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Jesse Jackson
Martin Luther King’s Legacy: Nonviolence is Not Surrender
The memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King opened on the Mall in Washington. Dr. King will take his place with Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The...
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John Nichols
The Democrats' Rural Rebellions
Democrats looking to Washington during the long, hot summer for signs of their party’s renewal got little in the way of relief. President Obama’s approval ratings tanked after he compromised away...
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Donna Smith
The Hurricane’s Eye Wall: Andrew to Irene
As the early rain bands of Hurricane Irene inch into my neighborhood this morning, I am caught off guard by the flood of terror and emotion surfacing for me that is disproportionate to the impending...
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Randall Amster
Saving Sacred Spaces: Make Some Noise to Ward Off an Avalanche of Avarice
You might not be aware of this news from northern Arizona, since the reporting of it in the media has been less than robust, but in recent weeks there have been dozens of arrests at the Snowbowl ski...
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Adele M. Stan
5 Reasons Progressives Should Treat Ron Paul with Extreme Caution
He's anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-black, anti-senior-citizen, anti-equality and anti-education, and that's just the start.
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John Atcheson
Keystone XL Pipeline: Why I Got Arrested
On August 25, I was arrested in front of the White House along with 46 others in an act of civil disobedience protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
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Michael Winship
Rick Perry's Tall Tales of Texas
Although born and raised and raised in a small town in the Finger Lakes region of New York, I'm the hybrid child of an upstate NY father and a mother from Texas -- they met at Fort Hood (then Camp...
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Friday, August 26, 2011
Ken Butigan
Reading, Writing and Reconciliation
Violence plagues our lives, our communities, our societies, and our world. At the same time, a growing movement for nonviolent change is challenging this violence. This movement is marked by four...
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Jeff Biggers
On Eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Arizona Sues to Overturn Voting Rights Act
It took years for Arizona to recover from right-wing Governor Evan Mecham’s disgraceful act to rescind the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in 1989.
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Glenn Greenwald
Secrecy, Leaks, and the Real Criminals
Ali Soufan is a long-time FBI agent and interrogator who was at the center of the U.S. government's counter-terrorism activities from 1997 through 2005, and became an outspoken critic of the...
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Tony Norman
MLK Gets Set in Stone, but the Man Is Missing
Most Americans, even those who hated him when he was alive, adore the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. As with all icons, we love them with all of our hearts once the reality of what they...
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Mark Engler
Dramatizing Obama's Climate Dilemma
President Obama now has a clear choice on climate change. Major energy corporations are seeking to build a 1700-mile oil pipeline from Canada’s tar sands to refineries in Texas. The Keystone XL...
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Rehanna Jones-Boutaleb
The Politics of the London Riots
As England’s cities have burned and slowly simmered to an uncertain calm, the debate over the causes of the country’s latest outbreak of civil unrest has heated up. Sparked by the death of Mark...
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Michelle Chen
To Stop Corruption, Fight the Power, Not the People
Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and in a world where the gap between the powerful and powerless grows wider each day, corruption in political and economic institutions spreads much faster than...
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Katitza Rodriguez
Dangerous Cybercrime Treaty Pushes Surveillance and Secrecy Worldwide
As part of an emerging international trend to try to ‘civilize the Internet’ , one of the world’s worst Internet law treaties--the highly controversial Council of Europe (CoE) Convention on...
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Tom Engelhardt
Would the Streets Have Filled with Demonstrators if McCain was President?
What might have happened if John McCain had won the presidency in 2008? One thing is certain: there would have been a lot more protest from Democrats, progressives, and the left. Take it as an irony...
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Carmen Llanes
A Cooperative Economy: The Time Is Now
I am impressed by the amount of knowledge in our communities. There are countless skills among those who are currently unemployed and underemployed and those who have been laid off during this...
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César Chelala
In Chile, Dissent Has a Woman's Face
In Chile, a 23-year-old woman has been leading students protests against the government of President Sebastian Piñera. Her high-profiled actions are posing a serious challenge to the government and...
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Medea Benjamin
No Way to Honor Dr. King
The ceremonies for the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington DC were kicked off on August 24 at an event billed as Honoring Global Leaders for Peace . But some of those honored are a far...
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Thursday, August 25, 2011
Matthew Rothschild
NYPD and CIA Need to Be Investigated
The CIA is not supposed to be involved in domestic law enforcement. But according to a blockbuster story by the AP , it’s up to its neck in it in New York City, working dirty hand in black glove with...
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Robert Reich
This Labor Day We Need Protest Marches Rather than Parades
Labor Day is traditionally a time for picnics and parades.
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Charlie Cray
The Lewis Powell Memo - Corporate Blueprint to Dominate Democracy
Forty years ago this week, on August 23, 1971, Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., an attorney from Richmond, Virginia, drafted a confidential memorandum for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that describes a...
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Donna Smith
This Un-Labor Day: Disasters Natural and 'Un'
Not earthquake, not hurricane, not blizzard, not dark of night – no, it’s not the Postal Service; it’s the nurses you and I expect to be there for us and with us and among us when health disasters...
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Bryan Farrell
Quality 'Time Served' for the Climate
Since the start of Saturday’s Tar Sands Action in Washington DC, 275 people have been arrested in front of the White House—with nearly 2,000 more expected to follow—as part of an effort to pressure...
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Phil Rockstroh
Idiot Wind: The Eternal Return of the Politics of the1970s
Unpopular wars drag on, gas prices erratically rise and inexplicably fall, as clouds of cynicism, dark as Richard Nixon's perpetual five o'clock shadow, brood over the length of the U.S. At times, it...
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Craig Studer
What Did You Learn in School Today? (The Texas Version)
Millions of Texas students head back to school this week confronted by a dramatically altered, state-mandated social studies curriculum. The contentious hearings of the Texas State Board of Education...
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Jacqueline Marcus
The D.C. Earthquake Makes For an Alarming Case against the Keystone Pipeline
The August 23 rd earthquake that rocked D.C. all the way up to Martha’s Vineyard where the President is vacationing should be an alarming wake up call to President Obama on how easily a crude oil...
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Daphne Wysham
Obama, Earthquake Is a Wakeup Call on Dirty Energy Standards
A 5.9 earthquake — the strongest in over 100 years to strike the East Coast — forced the evacuation of personnel from the White House and U.S. Treasury. Some protesters outside the White House joked...
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Ronnie Cummins
Approaching the Collapse: Don’t Panic, Go Organic
So-called “business as usual” is neither sustainable, nor even possible, for much longer. Out-of-control energy corporations, Wall Street, the Pentagon, agribusiness/biotech corporations, and...
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Sandy LeonVest
The End of the Nuclear Era? Not So Fast …
The August 23, 2011 (5.9 magnitude) earthquake on the east coast prompted no less than 10 nuclear plants in four states to declare “unusual events,” according to the NRC.
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Bill McKibben
Arrested at the White House: Acting as a Living Tribute to Martin Luther King
I didn’t think it was possible, but my admiration for Martin Luther King, Jr., grew even stronger these past days.
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Robert C. Koehler
Common Sense in a Coma
“Then there is the issue of how the Afghans will be able to pay for their greatly enlarged police and military, which by some estimates will require $10 billion a year to sustain come 2014 — 10 times...
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Robin Lindley
Bill Moyers and Robin Lindley: Continuing the Conversation—The Renowned Journalist on His New Book, His Career, His Brushes with History, and Where We Stand Now
Bill Moyers has been my North Star, in his eloquence, his quiet passion and courage, and in the way he presents me and millions of others with the ideals of our nation, from our past to our present...
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Sally Kohn
Profit on Wall Street, Recession on Main Street
In America's deeply dysfunctional economy, unemployment is stuck at a 'new normal' of 9%, while corporate profits race ahead
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Jared A. Ball
The Dr. King Memorial and The Burial of a Movement
A Black Agenda Radio commentary
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Mike Tidwell, Cindy Parker
Going to Jail for the Environment
President Obama can choose between a clean energy future and dirty tar sands oil
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Zoe Weil
Teaching: The Greatest Responsibility and Opportunity
In 1987 I taught several week-long humane education courses to twelve-year-olds in a summer program offered at the University of Pennsylvania. I’ve spoken about the experience of watching those kids...
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Andrew Korfhage
Thrifty, Green Homeowners May Get a Boost
An innovative program is bringing Republicans and Democrats together to boost renovations that would conserve energy and trim electric and gas bills.
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Phil Radford
Koch Industries Lobbying Puts Over 4 Million Americans in Danger
Recent Greenpeace analysis of lobbying disclosure records reveals that since 2005, Koch Industries has hired more lobbyists than Dow and Dupont to fight legislation that could protect over 100...
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Amy Goodman
D.C. Protests That Make Big Oil Quake
The White House was rocked Tuesday, not only by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake, but by the protests mounting outside its gates. More than 2,100 people say they’ll risk arrest there during the next two...
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Ted Rall
American Dogs Count More Than Afghan People
Helicopter Shootdown Story Unmasks Bigoted Media
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Bill Quigley
Wave of Illegal, Senseless and Violent Evictions Swells in Port au Prince
Mathias O is 34 years old. He is one of about 600,000 people still homeless from the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He lives with his wife and her 2 year old under a homemade shelter made out of...
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John Feffer
Governments Kill
We make a bargain with our governments. We pay taxes and expect a set of government services in return. And in return for a guarantee of some measure of security, we grant the government a monopoly...
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Robert Scheer
Amnesty for the Indefensible
They will get away with it, at least in this life. “They” are the Wall Street usurers, people of a sort condemned in Scripture, who have brought more misery to this nation than we have known since...
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Rebecca Smith, Jill Shenker
Domestic Workers Struggle Now Like Women in 'The Help'
The movie “The Help” has attracted throngs of movie-goers, swept up in the story of domestic workers struggling for dignity and respect in Civil Rights–era Mississippi. Viewers might be surprised to...
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Tim Karr
Did AT&T Lie to Your Representative?
Earlier this summer 76 House Democrats were misled by AT&T. They signed on to a letter circulated by Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) that was so packed with AT&T talking points and spin that...
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Lester Brown
Expanding Deserts, Falling Water Tables and Toxins Driving People from Homes
WASHINGTON - People do not normally leave their homes, their families, and their communities unless they have no other option. Yet as environmental stresses mount, we can expect to see a growing...
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Ralph Nader
Dark Horizon for Verizon
It was only a matter of time before the "pull down" NAFTA and WTO trade agreements on U.S. wages and jobs would be followed by "pull down" contract demands by U.S. corporations on their unionized...
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Michael Nagler
Coming Home From Killing
The recent British film In Our Name is a returning-soldier drama featuring a married woman, Suzy, who leaves her husband and little girl to fight in Iraq. Because she’s involved in the killing of a...
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Andy Kroll
The Badger State's Bloody Stalemate
What Comes Next for Wisconsin's Fledgling Uprising
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Mark Weisbrot
No Tarp Relief for Haiti's Homeless
Individual Americans donated a total of $1.4bn after the 2010 earthquake, yet 600,000 Haitians are still living in tents. Why?
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Donna Smith
Nurses Say: Come Join Us on September 1 on Main Street, Don’t Return to DC
Main Street, USA – Nurses call their neighbors and their elected officials to come to Main Street on September 1, even as many of the elected officials continue chiding one another about returning to...
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Phyllis Bennis
Too Soon to Declare Victory
The origins of the Libyan transition emerged very much in the context of the Arab Spring – a popular uprising against a brutal dictatorship. But unlike others in the neighborhood – Egypt and Tunisia...
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Jim Hightower
Dim Bulbs in Congress
Philips, GE, and Sylvania all are ready to market incandescent bulbs that meet higher efficiency standards, while saving money for consumers -- but don't tell tea-partying lawmakers.
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Monday, August 22, 2011
Carol Smith
I Will Be Sitting in Front of the White House
Here in Nebraska, the controversy over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline has largely focused on the danger of an oil spill contaminating our groundwater resources. Nationally though, growing numbers...
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Richard Wolff
Austerity: Why Capitalism Is Choosing Plan B
Across US states, governors are forcing through Greek-style austerity measures. Corporations wouldn't have it any other way
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Amanda Marcotte
Texas, Sex, and Separation of Church and State
Governor Rick Perry of Texas has thrown his hat into the presidential contender ring, and his nascent campaign has quickly came to demonstrate why the blurring of the distinctions between church and...
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Stewart Acuff
A Sad Scene in America, the Past Dishonored and the Future Neglected
Our nation has just been shook by a completely home grown, manufactured and totally avoidable economic crisis--the politization of the USA's ability to pay its debts. This has resulted in the...
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Thomas S. Harrington
Learned Helplessness and the Imperial Mind
As some of you have perhaps noticed, I am fascinated by the Baroque, and, more specifically, with how so much of the cultural production in today's America resembles the fruits of that movement which...
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Paul Buchheit
Why the Rich Should Pay Higher Taxes
Wealthy Americans will recoil at the suggestion, likely responding with the tired mantra that the top earners pay most of the income tax. But two points can be made in response to that: (1) federal...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Libya War Argument
In April, 2003, American troops entered Baghdad and Saddam Hussein was forced to flee; six months later, the dictator was captured ("caught like a rat in a hole," giddy American media outlets...
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