All Views Articles for 2011-view-2009

Friday, November 18, 2011
Sam Husseini
Journalist Questions Legitimacy of Saudi Regime, Is Suspended from National Press Club
On Monday I went to a news conference at the National Press Club, where I am a member, titled " His Royal Highness Prince Turki al-Faisal al-Sa'ud of Saudi Arabia ." I asked a tough question at the...
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Mark Hertsgaard
The Keystone Victory
Victories against climate change have been rare, so it’s vital to recognize them when they happen. The Obama administration’s decision to delay the Keystone XL pipeline is one such victory—arguably...
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Arundhati Roy
We Are All Occupiers
People the world over salute the Occupy movement for standing up to injustice and fighting for equality at the heart of empire
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Mehdi Hasan
If You Lived in Iran, Wouldn't You Want the Nuclear Bomb?
The best way for the US to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons is to dial down the rhetoric and adopt some diplomacy
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Rick Salutin
Should the Occupiers Stay or Go?
The Occupy movements have largely become dramas revolving around the excellent question posed by The Clash: Should I stay or should I go? It’s become a story about a place. Some, like London (Ontario...
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Jose-Antonio Orosco
The Occupy Movement: At Least One Founding Father Would Support Protests
Herman Cain and other conservative politicians are calling the Occupy movement "extremist" and "un-American." But with its message of concern about wealth inequality in the U.S. and the corruption of...
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Caitlin MacLaren, Zoltán Glück
Occupiers: We're Already Changing Politics
The whole world seems to be waiting eagerly for the "next phase" of Occupy Wall Street, or else for the entire thing to dissipate overnight. While the raids on occupations from Oakland to New York...
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Neve Gordon
Is Israel Preparing an Assault Against Iran?
The IAEA report on Iran's alleged nuclear program was surrounded by a media frenzy in Israel supporting an attack.
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Gwynne Dyer
Ceasefire in the War on Drugs?
Like those generals who used to discover that nuclear weapons were not a good thing about twenty minutes after they took off their uniforms and started collecting their pensions, we have had a parade...
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Eric Alterman
Billionaire Media Moguls vs. Occupy Wall Street
Hundreds of police officers, many wearing riot helmets, marched into lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning to clear out the Occupy Wall Street protesters.
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Dave Lindorff
Rebellion is in the Air: Quan’s Quackery and Bloomberg’s Bullshit
The scripted excuses provided by mayors around the country to justify their police-state tactics in rousting peaceful occupation movement activists from their park-based demonstrations now stand...
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Dave Wheelock
Occupy Prepares for the Onslaught
Two months in, and it appears the 1 percent have had it up to here with free speech, free assembly, and probably democracy itself. They're just not accustomed to the concept. Mayor Bloomberg's (“B”...
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Mark Engler
War: The Wrong Jobs Program
More than 40 years ago, long before anyone had ever heard of Barack Obama, before the collapse of Bear Stearns, and before contemporary debates about bailouts and debt ceilings, two authors, Paul...
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Robert Lenzner
"How Wall Street Occupied America"
It is fitting that the very day the Occupy Wall Street kids were driven out of Wall Street– a marvelous piece turning the occupy theme upside down came from the outspoken unrelenting pen of Bill...
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Tom Hayden
Who Will Be the Un-Bloomberg? What Mayors Should Say About Wall Street
After the forcible eviction of Occupy Wall Street protesters in several major cities, the media are aflutter, with the Los Angeles Times asking, “Where Does the Occupy Movement Go Now?” The New York...
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Robert Reich
'Class Warfare in America': Remarks Made at the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture
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Russ Baker
We Are All Rupert Murdoch Now
With the non-stop revelations about Rupert Murdoch and his news outfits, it’s easy to divide the media between the bad guys and everybody else. Except that the good guys don’t look so good themselves.
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Robert Scheer
Michael Bloomberg: The Villain Occupy Wall Street Has Been Waiting For
In the pantheon of billionaires without shame, Michael Bloomberg, the Wall Street banker-turned-business-press-lord-turned-mayor, is now secure at the top. What is so offensive is that someone who...
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Robert C. Koehler
Bomb Iran? Sanity in Exile
Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran . . . Or as Mitt Romney put it, playing the irresponsible-lunatic game convincingly enough to become the leading Republican presidential candidate: “If we re-elect...
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Ted Rall
Our F— You System of Government
Anti-Occupy Crackdowns Highlight Lack of Services
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Amy Goodman
The Brave New World of Occupy Wall Street
We got word just after 1 a.m. Tuesday that New York City police were raiding the Occupy Wall Street encampment. I raced down with the “Democracy Now!” news team to Zuccotti Park, renamed Liberty...
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Glen Ford
Bloomberg Personifies What the Occupation Opposes
New York’s mayor Michael Bloomberg justified clearing the tents and other materials of Occupation from Zuccotti Park, saying the protesters will now “have to occupy the space with the power of their...
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Michael Winship
The Long Shadows of Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover
Edgar Hoover passed away on May 2, 1972. The legendary FBI director lay in state at the Capitol rotunda, the doors kept open all day and night for the convenience of mourners. I remember because I...
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Ha-Joon Chang
Anti-Capitalist? Too Simple. Occupy Can Be the Catalyst for a Radical Rethink
Capitalism has many guises. Pigeonholing protesters will only allow those who are against reform to avoid the issue
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Rebecca MacKinnon
Stop the Great Firewall of America
China operates the world’s most elaborate and opaque system of Internet censorship. But Congress, under pressure to take action against the theft of intellectual property, is considering misguided...
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Thomas S. Harrington
“Keeping US Safe”...From the Task of Engaging and Managing our Own Anxieties
A few weeks back, we had an untimely snowstorm here in Connecticut. When snow falls on trees that still have their leaves, a lot of branches break. And when lots of branches break, power lines get...
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Angela Davis
The 99%: A Community of Resistance
The Occupy movement's exhilarating potential lies in forging a unity that can make a new majority of the old minorities
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Juan Cole
Police Crackdowns on OWS Coordinated among Mayors, FBI, DHS
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan let slip in an interview with the BBC that she had been on a conference call with the mayors of 18 cities about how to deal with the Occupy Wall Street movement. That is,...
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Danny Schechter
The Police May Have Seized The Park But The Movement Moves On
It was strange, after all these weeks, to be on the outside looking in at a new set of occupiers that were there because they have the guns and we don’t. When Mao said that “power grows out of the...
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Kathy Kelly, Hakim
Overcoming Contradictions: When Leaders Ignore the People's Interests
ADELAIDE, Australia – At Tabor House Technical College, 21 young people sit in a semicircle looking curiously at Hakim and me. We’ve been invited to speak with them about the practice of justice...
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Robert Reich
Occupiers Occupied: The Hijacking of the First Amendment
A funny thing happened to the First Amendment on its way to the public forum. According to the Supreme Court, money is now speech and corporations are now people. But when real people without money...
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Jim Hightower
Bank of America: Always Thinking of You
One way you can tell that a bank is in trouble is that it suddenly starts buying full-page ads in newspapers across the country that tell us what great shape it's in and what a fine job it's doing...
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Chris Hedges
This Is What Revolution Looks Like
Welcome to the revolution. Our elites have exposed their hand. They have nothing to offer. They can destroy but they cannot build. They can repress but they cannot lead. They can steal but they...
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Occupy Wall Street PR Team
You Can't Evict an Idea Whose Time has Come
Two months ago, just 200 of us set up an encampment at Wall Street's doorstep. Since then, Occupy Wall Street has become a national and even international symbol – with similarly styled occupations...
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Deborah Fowler
Armed Police Won't Fix Our Schools
Few headlines are more jarring than the one that accompanied a recent front-page Inquirer story on school policing in Houston: "Armed with guns and understanding." The image is at odds with what most...
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Francis X. Doyle
For US Bishops, Economic Justice Isn't on the Agenda
Catholic leaders, meeting in Baltimore this week, fail to put society's main problems front and center
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Ben Dyson
Money has been Privatized by Stealth
The greatest privatization in history has gone unnoticed. It's time to take from the banks the power to produce money
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Birgitta Jónsdóttir
Lessons from Iceland: The People Can Have the Power
As early progress in Iceland shows since the banking collapse, the 21st century will be the century of the common people, of us
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Richard Gwyn
Score One for the Occupy Movement
According to the Paris-based OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), a tougher crackdown on tax evasion by wealthy individuals who stash their money abroad could bring in up to...
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Laurie Penny
Occupy Wall Street: Police Violence Reveals a Corrupt System
Better-off Occupy Wall Street protesters are learning something about the relationship between citizen and state
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Richard Schiffman
Beyond The Occupation: Why the Clearing of Zuccotti Park Doesn’t Matter
It happened, as we guessed it would, at midnight when the TV crews had gone home and the weary activists would put up the least resistance. In retrospect, it seems inevitable. Even before the...
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Phil Rockstroh
The Police State Makes Its Move: Retaining One's Humanity in the Face of Tyranny
For days now, we have endured demonstrably false propaganda that the fallen soldiers of U.S. wars sacrificed their lives for "our freedoms." Yet, as that noxious nonsense still lingers in the air,...
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Monday, November 14, 2011
Rebecca Solnit
Throwing Out the Master’s Tools and Building a Better House: Thoughts on the Importance of Nonviolence in the Occupy Revolution
Violence Is Conventional Violence is what the police use. It’s what the state uses. If we want a revolution, it’s because we want a better world, because we think we have a bigger imagination, a more...
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Daniel McKanan
The Spiritual Heritage of the Occupy Movement
The Occupy protests have much in common with political movements of the 1840s, 1890s, and 1930s—including a spiritual dimension.
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Kit Kittredge
“Freedom Waves” -- Another Challenge to the Israeli Naval Blockade of Gaza and the US Congress
Why I wanted to Challenge the Israeli Naval Blockade of Gaza
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Lynn Stegner
Occupational Hazards of Patriotism
UC Berkeley students will go on strike Tuesday, calling for systemwide solidarity. Touched off by last week's police action, the strike also anticipates Wednesday's UC Regents meeting to discuss more...
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Holly Sklar
Don’t Fall for ‘Nigerian Scam’ on Overseas Profits
Lobbyists are storming Capitol Hill, pushing a tax holiday that would give billions of dollars in tax breaks to less than 1 percent of American businesses – and stick the other 99 percent with the...
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Ann Wright
No Speedy Trial for Bradley Manning; Now in Pre-Trial Confinement for 560 Days
3 of 34 Arrested for Protesting Manning’s Quantico Pre-Trial Conditions Found Guilty of Obstruction of Traffic-$15 Fine
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César Chelala
The Egyptian Military is Lifting Its Mask
The killing under torture in a maximum security prison in Cairo of Essam Ali Atta Ali, a 24-year-old Egyptian, raises concern on the role of the Egyptian military in the “New Egypt.” His death was...
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V. Noah Gimbel
Do Iran's Objections to the IAEA Report Deserve Consideration?
Much of the U.S.
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Brian Moench
Signs of Intelligent Life in the Murdoch Universe
No one accuses the Wall Street Journal, icon of the business world, of devoting excessive column space to protection of the environment or public health. On the contrary, the WSJ has been an...
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Andrew Bacevich
Big Change Whether We Like It or Not; Only Washington Is Clueless
In every aspect of human existence, change is a constant. Yet change that actually matters occurs only rarely. Even then, except in retrospect, genuinely transformative change is difficult to...
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Sunday, November 13, 2011
Winona LaDuke
The Pipeline for the One Percent
President Obama’s pause on the Keystone Pipeline is a victory for the environment, for sure. It is also a victory for the American people. As it turns out, once the advertising, and lobbying dollars...
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Jim Horn
NY Times Continues to Blame Schools and Teachers for Poverty and Penury
The Business Roundtable's Rube Goldberg plan for evaluating teachers in Tennessee (and other venues with RTTT money) has met with almost universal disdain, a response that has brought CEOs running...
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Dave Lindorff
Washington’s Fake ‘Concern’ About a Possible Israeli Attack on Iran
When it comes to mainstream press reports about a possible Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, it’s time to check the bullshit detector.
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Glenn Greenwald
US Takes the Lead on Behalf of Cluster Bombs
Slightly more than two months after he was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, President Obama secretly ordered a cruise missile attack on Yemen, using cluster bombs , which killed 44 innocent...
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Tom Kellar
Occupy Movement: Getting the Message Out
There is much unrest in the world these days concerning the economic status quo and those who govern. The news has been full of uprising and discontent, everything from the Arab Spring to the...
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Bonnie Erbe
Women of US, Arab Spring Share Uncertain Rights
Women trying to secure a foothold for their rights in countries whose governments were upended during the so-called Arab Spring have a lot more in common with American women than one might at first...
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Mitchell Schnurman
Bell Helicopter Wants Tax Breaks but Can Afford to Pay Wall Street
Occupy Bell Helicopter? To get an idea of why people are so angry at corporate America and the political class, consider a local exchange last week. Bell Helicopter negotiated an 80 percent tax...
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Michelle Chen
Making Sex Workers Visible in the Village Voice Media Ad Controversy
In a perfectly “free” labor market, everyone theoretically has the right to exchange work for commensurate compensation. But a free market is not necessarily a just one. And when the commodity is sex...
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Danny Schechter
What Will The Next Phase of Occupy Wall Street Take Us?
A week ago, I produced a TV documentary on inside the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York. It was already somewhat obsolete by the time it aired. The Park, once a buzzing center of debate and...
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Paul F. deLespinasse
Unemployment Not Just a Problem for Returning Veterans
It is hard to disagree with President Obama when he tells us it is wrong for returning veterans to be unable to find work. Even Senate Republicans went along with his proposal to give tax credits to...
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Mike Meyers
Republican Policies Would 'Soak the Poor'
Republicans proudly champion freedom. Freedom from health care. Freedom from clean air and water. Freedom from immigrant potato pickers. The holiest of holies for Republican true believers, however,...
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Jeffrey D. Sachs
The New Progressive Movement
OCCUPY WALL STREET and its allied movements around the country are more than a walk in the park. They are most likely the start of a new era in America. Historians have noted that American politics...
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Saturday, November 12, 2011
Stephen Zunes
'Iran Threat Reduction Act' Actually Enhances Threat of War
Congress is taking up dangerous legislation which appears to be designed to pave the way for war by taking the unprecedented step of effectively preventing any kind of U.S. diplomatic contact with...
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Clancy Sigal
Blair Mountain, West Virginia and Labor's Living History
Ninety years on, the coal seams of West Virginia are a battlefield once more: for working people, the struggle goes on
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Birgitta Jónsdóttir
How the US Justice Department Legally Hacked My Twitter Account
Few realize that foreign governments gain the right to our personal data when we sign up to social media. This must end
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Christopher Brauchli
Immigrants, Visas and Congress
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free; The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, Tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the...
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Randall Amster
Pax Occupata
Decades ago, on the eve of a period of widespread societal upheaval, Bob Dylan famously intoned that “the order is rapidly fading.” For a time, this appeared to be so: around the world people were in...
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Eric Margolis
Iran's Nukes: Old Lies in New Bottles
NEW YORK – The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) long awaited, much ballyhooed report on Iran’s nuclear activities has been thunderously greeted here as conclusive evidence that Iran...
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Friday, November 11, 2011
Ali Gharib
WaPo Ombud In Alleged E-Mail: If Jen Rubin Retweeted Post About Killing Israelis, ‘It’s Quite Possible’ She’d Be Fired
When Rachel Abrams , a board member at a right-wing pro-Israel group and wife of top Bush administration Mideast hand Elliott Abrams , called for Palestinian militants and their children to be made...
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Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Building on the Keystone Victory – from Endless Growth to Steady States
In his Op-Ed in today’s NY Times , Michael Levi, senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, argues that the Administration only agreed to put off the...
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Matt Taibbi
How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests
Much more than a movement against big banks, they're a rejection of what our society has become.
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Glenn Hurowitz
Obama Tar Sands Delay May Put Decision in Romney's Hands
The Obama administration has decided to delay a decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline until after the 2012 election. This is an extraordinary achievement for the thousands of grassroots...
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David Sirota
Why Income Inequality Suddenly Matters
A few weeks ago, as the Occupy Wall Street protests were first spreading, something amazing happened: For 10 whole seconds, the local reporter on my TV screen actually talked about the realities of...
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Ted Rall
Herman Cain and the Criminalization of Poverty
"You Want a Job, Right?"
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Firmin DeBrabander
The Wrath of Ayn Rand
Many have commented on the remarkable callousness fashioned by this Republican presidential field.
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Ira Chernus
Israel’s Defense Chief OK’s Hundreds of Israeli Deaths
“If we take out the Iranian nuke facilities, sure, they’ll strike back at us,” Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said yesterday. “But if every American stays in their home when the Iranian rockets...
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Harvey Wasserman
An 11/11 Masterpiece Cries Out for Peace
As the numerologists note our arrival at 11/11/11, our attention is better focused on this day as the anniversary of the end of the useless, worthless, horrifying war that turned so much of 20th...
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Tina Gerhardt
America’s Pacific Century?: APEC Summit in Hawaii Seeks to Implement Free Trade Agreement of the Asia Pacific Region
HONOLULU, Hawai’i -- As international attention focuses on the economic situation of the EU - the rollercoaster political-economic ride of events unfolding in Greece and Italy and the G20 summit in...
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Madeleine Mysko
Best Medicine for Veterans: Prevention
What veterans need most from us is a commitment to keep them from going to war in the first place
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Thursday, November 10, 2011
Sunita Patel, Scott Paltrowitz
How Far Will the Government Go in Collecting and Storing All Our Personal Data?
New FBI Documents Shed Light on the Answer
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Winslow Myers
Social Psychosis and Collective Sanity
We know from the sad experience of Nazi Germany or Khmer Rouge Cambodia that it is possible for whole nations to become mentally ill, with horrendous consequences. At the time, however, the Nazis or...
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Costas Panayotakis
The Greek Crisis Intensifies
The latest phase of the Greek crisis (a crisis that is only part of the broader European and global capitalist crisis) illustrates the determination of political and economic elites in Greece and...
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David Suzuki
Occupy Movement Demands Fresh Thinking -- For Our Grandchildren
The laws of physics tell us we can't build a rocket that will travel faster than the speed of light, that gravity governs objects on Earth, and that perpetual motion machines are not possible. In...
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Nathan Schneider
Occupy Wall Street Joins an Assembly of Struggles in Athens
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Olga Bonfiglio
Re-imagining Work in the Motor City
It was a serendipitous weekend of soul-searching, collaboration, information sharing, and problem solving as activists “occupied” Detroit, one of the world’s most de-industrialized cities, to re-...
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Robert Scheer
California Refuses to Accept Obama’s Banking Sellout
There is no three-strikes law for crooked bankers, not even a law for a fifth strike, as The New York Times reported in the case of Citigroup, cited last month in a $1 billion fraud case. Unlike the...
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Paul Buchheit
How to Fix 30 Years of Redistribution: Tax the Rich
Redistribution of income has been taking place since 1980, when the top 1% already had a large piece of the pie (7%). Then they took a second piece (7% more). Then they took a third piece (7% more)...
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Lori Sturdevant
Corporations and People
The conventional criticism of the Occupy Wall Street movement – that it is long on complaints about income inequality, but short on proposed remedies – may need revision. A number of “occupations,”...
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Gwynne Dyer
Iran: Here We Go Again?
“We will not build two (nuclear) bombs in the face of (America’s) 20,000,” said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in response to an International Atomic Energy Agency report this week that...
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Robert C. Koehler
Marijuana: Public Enemy #1
“Play faster!” he cried, wildly, over and over. “Play faster!” The dame who was tickling the ivories complied, out of control herself. The music revved to a dangerous velocity — oh, too fast for...
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Russell Mokhiber
Matt Taibbi on Russia, Wall Street and Prosecuting Corporate Crime
As a kid, Matt Taibbi’s favorite writer was Nikolai Gogol. So, straight out of college, Taibbi headed to Russia, where he spent ten years playing baseball in the Russian baseball leagues, playing...
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David Benjamin
John Boehner’s “Job-Creatin’ Fifteen” Bills: An Overview
BROOKLYN — Whenever I see Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) defending GOP obstruction on the President’s jobs package, I notice that he mentions “15 jobs bills” already passed by the...
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Thomas S. Harrington
Anger and Angry People
If you poke around a bit in the emerging body of literature on the Occupy Wall Street movement, you will find that one of the more oft-repeated elements of advice from well-wishers concerns the need...
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Michelle Chen
Tar Sands Protest Shows Unity, Tension in Green-Labor Alliance
Thousands gathered near the White House on Sunday to say no to the Keystone oil pipeline . The human chain the protesters formed symbolized unity among environmentalists, youth, indigenous groups and...
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Tim Karr
Saving the Democratic Internet
Opponents of the open Internet like to portray its guiding rule, Net Neutrality, as "a government takeover of the Internet." They argue that from the day of its inception the Internet has existed...
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Stephen Zunes
Obama Administration Seeks to Resume Military Aid to Uzbekistan Dictator
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, in a move initiated by the Obama administration, has voted to waive Bush-era human rights restrictions on military aid to the Islam Karimov dictatorship in...
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Jim Hightower
Don't Just Salute Veterans, Rally With Them
Here's a surprise that the power elites really hate to see: Many members of the 1 percent are joining the "We are the 99 percent" movement in various Occupy Wall Street protests.
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Michael Parenti
Occupy America
Beginning with Occupy Wall Street in September 2011, a protest movement spread across the United States to 70 major cities and hundreds of other communities. Similar actions emerged in scores of...
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