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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Michelle Chen
Too Big to Sue? High Court Thwarts Wal-Mart Gender Discrimination Case
As legions of Walmart workers shuffled into work on Monday, the Supreme Court smacked down a major class-action lawsuit that might potentially have shifted the legal landscape on women's rights in...
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Thomas S. Harrington
Barcelona Chronicle: Last Week’s 'Siege' of the Catalan Parliament
The Catalan Parliament is located in a gated park in the middle of the city of Barcelona, a space that I often cross on my morning walk to work. Last Wednesday, when I got to the entrance I usually...
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Amy Goodman
Japan’s Meltdowns Demand New No-Nukes Thinking
New details are emerging that indicate the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan is far worse than previously known, with three of the four affected reactors experiencing full meltdowns. Meanwhile, in...
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Tom Engelhardt
'Regime Change,' 'Shock and Awe, 'Imperial Presidency:' Missing Words from the Bush Era
Nobody seems to have noticed, but in the nearly two and a half years of the Obama administration at least three commonplace phrases of the George W. Bush era have slipped into oblivion: “regime...
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Laura Flanders
Walmart: Too Big to Sue?
The Roberts court decision to block the class action lawsuit for sex discrimination effectively defines Walmart as 'too big to sue'
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Myles Hoenig
Stop Blaming Teachers for Poor Student Performance
Educational activist says Baltimore City Council should be commended for supporting event that questions high-stakes testing
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Michael Lind
Why the GOP Should Nominate Barack Obama in 2012
A modest proposal stemming from the president's apparent rejection of his own party's liberal tradition
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Nancy Buermeyer, Connie Engel
Convenience at What Cost?: The Connection Between Chemicals and Breast Cancer
After World War II, the United States experienced a chemical revolution. Stockpiles of chemicals developed to fight the war made their way into everyday commerce. Pesticides radically altered age-old...
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Peter Hart
Meet the Press--But Skip the Libya Debate
There is growing Congressional opposition to the Libya war. Two House votes this month sought to challenge the White House policy-- one of which passed by a wide margin . On Saturday ( 6/18/11 )...
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Stuart Trew
A New Perimeter to Expand NAFTA?
The continentalists are out of the cupboard: The United States and Canada are taking another crack at North American integration, this time without Mexico.
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Kim Ives
Haiti: What WikiLeaks' US Embassy Cables Reveal
Conditioned by a century of superpower status, the US still acts as if it may dispose of Haiti as it chooses: as colonial dominion
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Jonathan Schell
Attacking Libya -- and the Dictionary: The War on the Word 'War'
Attacking Libya -- and the Dictionary If Americans Don’t Get Hurt, War Is No Longer War
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Deborah Weinstein
Paving the Road to a Hungrier, Unhealthier, and Less-Educated Nation
Massive spending cuts will make the future bleaker for millions of Americans.
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Liza Featherstone
Dukes v. Wal-Mart and the Limits of Legal Change
The Supreme Court yesterday unanimously slapped down the largest civil rights class action suit in history—on a dry technicality. Justices agreed that Dukes v. Wal-Mart, the ten-year-old sex...
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Monday, June 20, 2011
Sharif Abdel Kouddous
After Mubarak, Fighting For Press Freedom in Egypt
CAIRO, Egypt - Under Mubarak, state-owned media was a propaganda arm of the government, parroting party dogma while dismissing public criticism and political opposition. During the 18-day uprising...
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Gwynne Dyer
Leaving Afghanistan
It’s beyond satire. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, telling the New York Times what he had learned during his long tenure under Presidents Bush and Obama, explained that “I will always be an...
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Chris Hedges
Tim DeChristopher: This Hero Didn’t Stand a Chance
Tim DeChristopher is scheduled to be sentenced in a Salt Lake City courtroom by U.S. District Judge Dee Benson on July 26. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $750,000 fine for fraudulently...
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Zack Kaldveer
The Patriot Act and the Quiet Death of the US Bill of Rights
With the stroke of an autopen from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the once articulate critic of the Patriot Act signed a four year extension of the most dangerous assault on American civil...
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David Macaray
Organized Labor's Ultimate Weapon
The practice known as “union-busting” isn’t limited to goon squads cracking heads, or companies hiring public relations firms that specialize in scare tactics and intimidation. In its broadest sense...
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Antonio Villaraigosa
Time for Mayors to Take the Lead
Today, I am honored to take the reins as President of the United States Conference of Mayors. Founded in 1932 during the darkest days of the Great Depression, the US Conference of Mayors has long...
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Pepe Escobar
NATO, The Ultimate Transformer
Forget about the Hollywood Transformer franchise; as facts on the ground go, the ultimate transformer in real life is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). NATO has just admitted it was "...
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Robert Kuttner
If Only Greece Were AIG
The struggling country hasn’t been bailed out because it’s not a bank—it’s just a country with suffering people.
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Tom Engelhardt
It Just Couldn’t Be Uglier: Annals of the War on Terror
Every time we get a peek inside Washington’s war on terror, it just couldn’t be uglier. Last week, three little home-grown nightmares from that “war” caught my attention. One you could hardly miss...
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Eric Margolis
Turkey: The Mideast's Real Revolution
The revolutions and uprising that have been sweeping across the Mideast are widely believed to have begun in Tunisia. In fact, the first seeds of revolution were planted in 2002 in Turkey, as its...
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R. Andreas Kraemer
The Nuclear Endgame Begins in Germany
Germany may well be regarded as the nation where the endgame of nuclear power began. The conservative and pro-business German government proposed a law to switch off all nuclear power plants by the...
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John Feffer
Jim Webb: A Politician Who Distinguishes Fact from Fiction
Webb would make a great Secretary of Defense.
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Shawna Bethell
Let's Teach About War
At what age are young people emotionally mature enough to discuss war as more than an abstract historical event? Eight? Fifteen? Twenty-one? I teach at a small community college, where the number of...
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James Carroll
A Solstice Approaches, Unnoticed
ONCE, HUMANS were intimate with the cycles of nature, and never more than on the summer solstice. Vestiges of such awareness survive in White Nights and Midnight Sun festivals in far northern climes...
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Tom Gallagher
President Earns Peace Prize: Redefines 'Hostilities'
Nice one, Mr. President – It ain’t war if they can’t fight back, is it? The recent White House Report to the U.S. House of Representatives, “United States Activities in Libya,” tells us we are...
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Sunday, June 19, 2011
Karen Greenberg
Business as Usual on Steroids: The Obama Administration Doubles Down on the War on Terror
In the seven weeks since the killing of Osama bin Laden, pundits and experts of many stripes have concluded that his death represents a marker of genuine significance in the story of America’s...
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Nancy Argenziano
My Fellow Republicans Have Trampled Our Principles
Make no mistake this is not about “liberals vs. conservatives,” or Republicans vs. Democrats, It’s about what is right, and what is wrong. The legislation and policies of Gov. Rick Scott and...
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Ray McGovern
Gaza: Cradle of Killing — Americans Too
Stuffing my backpack before setting out to board “The Audacity of Hope,” the U.S. boat to Gaza, I got a familiar-sounding call from yet another puzzled friend, who said as gently as the words allow...
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Michelle Chen
Palestinians Link Global and Local in Israel Boycott Campaign
In an era of globalization, countries are more linked through economic ties than by international law. So when one government decides to violate human rights with impunity, sometimes the best way for...
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John Nichols
Senate Democrats Should Have Embraced Surtax on Millionaires
North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad does not serve as a Democrat. He serves as a Democrat-Non-Partisan League senator. That’s a recognition of the fact that the North Dakota Democratic Party and the old...
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Patrick Cockburn
Lies, Damn Lies, and Reports of Battlefield Atrocities
Gaddafi is feeding his troops Viagra and ordering them to rape the womenfolk of the rebels ... well, maybe. Or is truth, as usual, the first casualty in this war?
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Saturday, June 18, 2011
Mark Snyder, Mark Schuller
Between the Storms? Thousands of Haitian IDPs Are Still at Risk of Forced Eviction
The rains have stopped, for now. In the past couple of days a ‘tropical depression’ has hovered over Haiti, bringing high winds blowing dust and a slight break in the 100-plus temperatures. But as...
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Mark Weisbrot
Greek Protesters Are Better Economists Than the European Authorities
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Yifat Susskind
Ending War Means Ending Violence Against Women
Rosemary Gonzalez was murdered in 2009, the victim of a war that ended in 1996. One day, 17-year-old Rosemary said good-bye to her mother Betty, walked out of their small house on the outskirts of...
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Christopher Brauchli
Gadhafi and Goldman
Goodness is the only investment that never fails. —Henry David Thoreau, Higher Laws
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Michelle Chen
Palestinian Youth Channel an Old Struggle Through New Media
On the last day of class, we’re unplugging the media revolution. The last session of my social media training program at An Najah University, in the city of Nablus in the West Bank, has been...
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Thomas S. Harrington
Sooner or Later Our Children Will Ask: "How Did This Happen?"
“Sweetheart, I Guess We Just Forgot”
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Ralph Nader
Waging Another Unconstitutional War
The meticulous Harvard Law Review editors should be rolling over in their footnotes. The recidivist violations of constitutional and statutory requirements by their celebrated predecessor at that...
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Michael Winship
Fighting Against Those Who Rape
Devoted fans of the popular cop show can probably recite it in their sleep: "In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated...
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Ter Garcia
How Spain Launched a Revolution
Just a few months ago, Spain was like much of the Western world: quietly struggling with the economic crisis and the social cuts government took to deal with it. But then something changed. The...
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Friday, June 17, 2011
Roger Hickey
AARP Tells Members They Won't Fight Social Security Benefit Cuts
The front page of today's Wall Street Journal features an article [ Key Seniors Association Pivots on Benefit Cut ] reporting that AARP "is dropping its longstanding opposition to cutting Social...
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Zoe Weil
To Solve Education Crisis We Must Refute Faulty Assumptions
Among the biggest challenges we face in “educational reform” are the many faulty assumptions that underlie our efforts to fix the problems we perceive in schools. Because we fail to deeply assess and...
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Bill Ayers
Can Canada Really Be Scared of Free-Thinking?
It's a question I have to ask after being denied entry again – this time, ironically, to give a paper on academics and public debate
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Robert Weissman
Excessive Oil Speculation: Wall Street's Tax on Us
Where are the anti-tax activists when you need them? They should be protesting outside of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, denouncing the agency for failing to take action. And they should...
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Jimmy Carter
Call Off the Global Drug War
In an extraordinary new initiative announced earlier this month, the Global Commission on Drug Policy has made some courageous and profoundly important recommendations in a report on how to bring...
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Simon Jenkins
Eisenhower's Worst Fears Came True. We Invent Enemies to Buy the Bombs
Britain faces no serious threat, yet keeps waging war. While big defence exists, glory-hungry politicians will use it
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Johann Hari
Cheap Meat, MRSA and Deadly Greed
If they aren't stopped soon, the WHO warns we are facing a 'doomsday scenario of a world without antibiotics'
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William Barclay
The Bush Tax Cuts: A Decade of Economic Disaster
This month marks the 10th anniversary of the first of the two tax cuts sought by President George W. Bush. The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act was enacted in 2001 to be followed, in...
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Dave Zirin
Understanding Vancouver's 'Hockey Riot'
How do we understand the riots that exploded in Vancouver after the beloved Canucks lost the Stanley Cup Finals? How do we understand the burning cars, broken glass and injuries that stand as an...
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Danny Schechter
In Spain's Tahrir Square: A Revolution Struggles to Be Born
MADRID, Spain -- Spain is justly proud of the Paella, a distinctive dish that mixes diverse vegetables or seafood into a tasty fusion of delectability. They have now created a political version in...
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David Benjamin
Government: It’s the Magnitude, Stupid!
BROOKLYN — It seems as though everyone in America, right-wing and left-wing, Democrats and Republicans, the Tea Party and the DLC, have all come kumbaya-together on one overarching vision of the...
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Medea Benjamin
Will U.S. Mayors Vote Against War?
Senate Armed Services Chair Carl Levin—a Democrat from Michigan--had just put down the gavel, marking the end of the confirmation hearing for Leon Panetta to be the next Secretary of Defense, when...
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Kathy Kelly
“Don’t Look Away—The Siege of Gaza Must End”
In late June 2011, I’m going to be a passenger on “ The Audacity of Hope ,” the USA boat in this summer’s international flotilla to break the illegal and deadly Israeli siege of Gaza. Organizers,...
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Thursday, June 16, 2011
Peter Rothberg
End the 'War on Drugs'
Tomorrow's 40th anniversary of President Nixon's declaration of the War on Drugs comes amid growing recognition that the policy, and all that it wrought, is a complete disaster.
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Jeff Biggers
Arizona's Next Scandal? Tea Party State Official Says Ethnic Studies Violates Ban
Arizona could have a new Ethnic Studies scandal on its hands, though not with the students or teachers.
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Subhankar Banerjee
Who Is Tim DeChristopher?
From Coal Belt, Through Mountain Trails, On Route To Obama’s Prison Cell
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Karl Grossman
The Big Fukushima Lie Flies High
The global nuclear industry and its allies in government are making a desperate effort to cover up the consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. “The big lie flies high,” comments Kevin...
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Chip Ward
How the West Was Lost: The American West in Flames
Arizona is burning. Texas, too. New Mexico is next. If you need a grim reminder that an already arid West is burning up and blowing away, here it is. As I write this, more than 700 square miles of...
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César Chelala
A Woman Poet Is the Sign of Defiance in Bahrain
Ayat al-Qarmezi, a 20 year-old woman poet in Bahrain, recently condemned to one year in prison, has become the human face of defiance against the regime ruling the country. Her crime, to have spoken...
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Shannon Moriarty
Enough Budget Slashing, Let's Flip
A powerful solution to state deficits is to invert each state's tax structure.
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V. Noah Gimbel
Has the Rendition Program Disappeared?
The day after Barack Obama took office, he signed a series of executive orders mandating the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as the global network of secret, CIA-run "black...
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Harvey Wasserman
Are We on the Brink of Burying Nuke Power Forever?
This may be the moment history has turned definitively against atomic energy.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Glen Ford
How the Corporate Right Divided Blacks from Teachers Unions and Each Other
Back in the mid-Nineties, devious right-wing activists at the Bradley Foundation, in Milwaukee, hit upon a “wedge” issue designed to wreck the alliance at the core of the Democratic Party’s urban...
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Linh Dinh
Fig Leaf Nation
When any man falls, we laugh, and when an upright citizen is exposed as just ordinary slime, we hoot and holler. Glad it ain’t me, we reflect. At least I’m not important enough to be publicly shamed...
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Pat Schneider
Sowing the Seeds: Can Wisconsin Uprising Grow Nationwide Movement?
It may have been a small crowd compared to those that thronged the state Capitol in the winter, but the “It’s Not Over” rally in May drew the kind of numbers that would have been stunning in any...
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Amy Goodman
War on Drugs: Fast, Furious and Fueled by the U.S.
The violent deaths of Brian Terry and Juan Francisco Sicilia, separated by the span of just a few months and by the increasingly bloody U.S.-Mexico border, have sparked separate but overdue...
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Amanda Hitt
America Shouldn't Scrimp on Food Safety
Americans are becoming too familiar with imported foodborne illnesses. Remember the tainted dog food from China and those salmonella-laced hot peppers shipped from Mexico? Now a virulent strain of E...
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Medea Benjamin, Charles Davis
Needed: An Antiwar Movement That Puts Peace Over Politicians
After campaigning as the candidate of change, the man awarded a Nobel Prize for peace has given the world nothing but more war. Yet despite Barack Obama's continuation – nay, escalation – of the...
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Pablo Ouziel
Spain’s ‘Indignant Ones’
While “Europe's slow-motion financial collapse” – as Mother Jones magazine described it in a June 6 th article – continues to unravel, Spain, like other European states continues to implement anti-...
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Rania Khalek
Is Cognitive Dissonance Fueling Conservative Denial of Climate Change?
"I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that," were the words of GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in front of about 200 people at a town hall meeting...
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Robert Reich
Why the Republican War on Workers’ Rights Undermines the American Economy
The battle has resumed in Wisconsin. The state supreme court has allowed Governor Scott Walker to strip bargaining rights from state workers.
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Jay Walljasper
A Simple Idea to Transform the Life of Our Cities
I am perplexed by the almost complete lack of pedestrian districts in North America. Why is it that car-free streets—designed for pleasurable strolling, shopping and hanging out—which have become as...
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Robert Scheer
Seven Republican Dwarfs
They assumed the stance of the Seven Dwarfs, not as a matter of physical but rather intellectual stature. Not one of the candidates for the GOP presidential nomination who debated Monday night rose...
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Tom Engelhardt
Six Wars and Counting
Washington Reaches for the Record Book
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Donna Smith
SiCKO’s 4th Anniversary – Heaven Can Wait, Wall Street Needs a Protest
We were on an airplane returning from the NYC Ziegfeld Theater premiere of Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary film, SiCKO, and I told my husband that if the plane went down and we died, I would now...
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John Feffer
Webb's Parting Shots
To get elected to the Senate, you have to meet certain requirements. You have to be at least 30 years old, a U.S. citizen for nine years, and a resident of the state you represent. Based on Jim Webb'...
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Glenn Greenwald
Yet Another Illegal War - Now in Yemen
Both The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post report today that the Obama administration is planning to exploit the disorder from the civil war in Yemen by dramatically escalating a CIA-led...
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Jessica Opoien
False Flag Operation in Wisconsin's Open Primary
When Robert “Fighting Bob” LaFollette pushed for the creation of an open-primary system in Wisconsin, his intent was to weaken the power of political party bosses beholden to special interests, like...
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Ralph Nader
Fighting for FOIA
The 45th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) next month should remind all who have used this wonderful citizen tool against government secrecy and cover-ups of FOIA’s towering...
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Sarah Vekasi
Appalachia Is Rising: The March on Blair Mountain
This past week history came alive again in the hills and hollows of West Virginia through a successful march to Blair Mountain, WV organized by a coalition of community members, environmentalists and...
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William Astore
Siamese Twins Sharing the Same Brain: How the Military and the Civilian Are Blurring in Washington
I have a fairy tale for you. Once upon a time, a representative democracy was established with a constitution that distilled the wisdom of the ages. Its foundational principles included civilian...
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Jeff Biggers
Arizona's Precious Knowledge: Blockbuster New Film Chronicles Ethnic Studies Battle
As ethnic studies defenders in Arizona prepare for the latest showdown in the state's controversial ban this week , a blockbuster new film chronicling the unknown back story behind the crisis is...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Around the Globe, US Military Bases Generate Resentment, Not Security
As we debate an exit from Afghanistan , it’s critical that we focus not only on the costs of deploying the current force of more than 100,000 troops , but also on the costs of maintaining permanent...
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Daniel J. Weiss, Valeri Vasquez
American Electric Power’s Dirty Trick
Company Threatens Firings to Stop Pollution Controls
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Muhammad Idrees Ahmad
The Magical Realism of Body Counts
The US government, and a pliant mainstream media, are making sure the public remain ignorant of civilian casualties.
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Wendell Potter
Health Insurers Pump Your Premiums Into a Financial Black Hole
Ever wonder what happens to the premiums you pay for your health insurance? You might be surprised to learn that more and more of the dollars you pay for coverage are being sucked into a kind of...
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Jim Hightower
The GOP's Medicare Lies
Understandably, the public is now angry at Rep. Ryan and his Republican cohorts.
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John Reynolds
Children Pay Ultimate Price of Iraq's Poisonous Wartime Legacy
The effects of depleted uranium can be seen among the young in the city’s hospitals, where staff are convinced of its link to cancer and deformities
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Monday, June 13, 2011
Brian Tierney
Taxicab Takeover: D.C. Drivers Organize to Defend Jobs
Amid the sweltering humidity at dusk in Washington, D.C., taxicab drivers line up their cars at a Sunoco gas station on the corner of 15th and U Street. The mostly African immigrant drivers circulate...
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Lacy MacAuley
How the Institute for Policy Studies Helped Release the Pentagon Papers
The Pentagon Papers, top secret Defense Department documents that were leaked during the Vietnam War, are finally declassified . The documents shocked the U.S. public at the time of their release 40...
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Daniel Ellsberg
Why the Pentagon Papers Matter Now
While we go on waging unwinnable wars on false premises, the Pentagon papers tell us we must not wait 40 years for the truth
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Tina Gerhardt
Italy’s Voters Scrap Nuclear Energy!
BERLIN, Germany – As polls closed today in Italy, voters had turned out in droves to scrap nuclear energy and water privatization. Thus far, the 50% hurdle required for the voter turnout to count had...
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Carl Siciliano
Family Rejection of LGBT Youth Is No Joke
Tracy Morgan is rightly facing a storm of criticism for a number of hostile statements he made against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in a recent comedy show in Nashville...
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Amanda Marcotte
"Shoot the Slut:" The 21st Century Backlash Is All About Sex
As Susan Faludi demonstrated in “Backlash,” attitudes about gender and sexuality tend to be cyclical. Women’s success in the workplace, especially, has a tendency to create anti-feminist backlashes...
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Wenonah Hauter
No Fracking Way
In addition to poisoning our water, homes, and bodies, fracking is eroding the quality of life in rural America.
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Chris Hedges
No Justice in Kafka’s America
In Franz Kafka’s short story “Before the Law” a tireless supplicant spends his life praying for admittance into the courts of justice. He sits outside the law court for days, months and years. He...
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