All Views Articles for 2011-view-2009

Monday, October 31, 2011
Russell Mokhiber
EPA Puts Jon Grand in Prison
Where are the criminal prosecutions of the major corporations responsible for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? Still nowhere to be found. Where are the prosecutors? Where is the Environmental...
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Eleanor J. Bader
Stoking Fire: EPA Not Adequately Managing Risks of Chemicals in Consumer Products
Early in 2009, Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, conceded that “EPA is not doing an adequate job of assessing and managing the risks of chemicals in consumer...
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Thomas S. Harrington
Uniformed Impunity: We’re Probably Closer to the Beginning than to the End
A few days back, two New York City police officers were indicted for fixing tickets for their friends, family members and political acquaintances. Sad to say, the criminal allegations were nothing...
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Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Never Underestimate the Value of Just Showing Up
In response to “Beyond Occupy” in today’s NY Times: Dear Bill Keller,
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Carl Finamore
Is Capitalism Losing the Debate?
A remarkable shift in mass public opinion is occurring right before our eyes. It does not happen often. Normally, only when there is a severe breakdown in public confidence about the future. Now is...
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John Atcheson
It's the 1% Doctrine, Stupid
The Failure of the “I Got Mine – and Yours, Too” Theory of Governance, And What’s Next?
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Deborah Burger
Tax Wall Street to Heal America
The nation's nurses are calling for a tax on financial transactions to begin raising the revenue needed to fix the nation's growing social crisis.
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Chris Hedges
A Master Class in Occupation
NEW YORK CITY—Jon Friesen, 27, tall and lanky with a long, dirty-blond ponytail, a purple scarf and an old green fleece, is sitting on concrete at the edge of Zuccotti Park leading a coordination...
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Tom Engelhardt
OWS at Valley Forge; A (Self-)Graduation Speech for the Occupiers of Zuccotti Park
Once the Arab Spring broke loose, people began asking me why this country was still so quiet. I would always point out that no one ever expects or predicts such events. Nothing like this, I would say...
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Sunday, October 30, 2011
Danny Schechter
The Question OWS Hears Most: 'What’s Your Agenda?'
One of the most frequently repeated, recycled and dismissive questions about Occupy Wall Street is its supposed lack of an “agenda.” The “what do you people want” question has featured in media...
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Frances Beinecke
One More Reason to Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline: Questions about State Department Handling of Review
On Friday, I joined several environmental leaders in calling for the State Department to conduct an investigation into the department’s handling of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
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Matt Taibbi
Another Weapon for OWS: Pull Your Money Out of BofA
My good friend Nomi Prins has a great new piece out that I just caught on Zero Hedge , chronicling 10 reasons why depositors should pull out of Bank of America.
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Ted Rall
US Double Standard: Gaddafi Bad, Karimov Good
The US shows its hypocrisy by accusing "tyrants" of human rights abuses while not owning up to supporting dictators.
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Frank Rich
The Class War Has Begun
And the very classlessness of our society makes the conflict more volatile, not less.
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David Graeber
Enacting the Impossible (On Consensus Decision Making)
On August 2, 2011 at the very first meeting of what was to become Occupy Wall Street, about a dozen people sat in a circle in Bowling Green. The self-appointed “process committee” for a social...
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Eric Margolis
Into Darkest Africa
Wasted $1 trillion in the futile Iraq war? Being defeated by medieval Afghan tribesmen? Can’t pay your bills at home or abroad? Government paralyzed? Worried about China? What’s the answer? Simple. A...
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Carol Schachet
Occupy the Public Forum: 5 Values to Profess Beyond the Protest
While some people are frustrated that the Occupiers haven’t issued detailed policy briefs, they managed to do something arguably more important: open a dialog on values that has been held captive by...
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Eduardo Porter
Wall Street Protesters Hit the Bull’s-Eye
Occupiers of Zuccotti Park and other sites around the country have been criticized for the fuzziness of their goals. Their complaint that the privileged few in the top 1 percent are getting a...
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Robert Freeman
For the Media: The ABCs of Occupy
It would be comical if it weren’t so pathetic, watching the media desperately trying not to understand what the Occupy movement is all about. So, for the aid of the occupationally obtuse bobble-...
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Saturday, October 29, 2011
Robert Fisk
What the Killing of Gaddafi Means to Syria
Two days before Gaddafi was murdered, I was reading the morning newspapers in Beirut and discovered a remarkable story on most front pages.
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Slavoj Žižek
Occupy First. Demands Come Later
Critics say the Occupy cause is nebulous. Protesters will need to address what comes next – but beware a debate on enemy turf
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Allison Kilkenny
Police Disguise Protest Sabotage As Public Safety
The Occupy movements, in addition to being some of the most important activist movements to come along in the United States in several decades, have helped underscore several societal crises. For...
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Zoe Weil
Don't Wait for Supermen, Foster Solutionaries
Educating a Generation of Problem-Solvers and Changemakers
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Matthis Chiroux
Police Violence Against Veterans: A Long and Painful Legacy
When I read the headlines earlier this week, I felt as though I were in a time warp. “Police Fracture Iraq Vet’s Skull Clearing Intersection of Protesters.” But the location was wrong: Oakland, Calif.
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Gar Alperovitz
Occupy the Banks: Strategies for Transformation
Beyond revolution and reform: On how we can fundamentally transform our financial system.
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Christopher Brauchli
Leaving Alabama
All over Alabama the lamps are out. . . .The fields lie there, with nothing at work in them, neither man nor beast. — James Agee, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men Alabama is back in the news. Not that it...
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Michelle Chen
Will the Arab Spring Leave Migrants Out in the Cold?
The uprisings of the "Arab Spring" have been by turns inspiring, frustrating and tragic for activists around the globe. And they are still horribly incomplete—not just because the emerging...
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Mark Weisbrot
Obama Administration Escalates Confrontation With Iran: Why?
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Paul Buchheit
Watch Out America, Some Greedy Companies May Be Headed Your Way
A number of Illinois corporations are threatening to leave the state unless their taxes are cut and state government is reduced in size. Governor Quinn and Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel are...
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Friday, October 28, 2011
Katharine Ainger
Occupy Protests: A Movement Taking Root
Making common cause locally can give Occupiers more staying power than the anti-globalisation protests had
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Robert Costanza
Needed: The Solutions Generation
The Arab Spring and now the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are indications of growing unhappiness with the state of the world, especially among the younger generation. As Paul Krugman has pointed...
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John Nichols
How the Wounding of a Vet Who Dared to Dissent Has Stirred More Dissent
“We Are All Scott Olsen!” was the message of vigils held across the United States Thursday night, held in answer to a call from Iraq Veterans Against the War and Occupy Oakland for “occupations...
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Ruth Conniff
Elizabeth Warren Is Scary!
The Republicans are trying to sink Elizabeth Warren by linking her to the Occupy Wall Street protests. But the nation's top financial reformer is not backing down.
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Jay Walljasper
Why Are Bikes Being Targeted by Congress?
How in the the world can biking and walking be controversial?
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Thomas S. Harrington
One Thing You Can’t Hide…..Is the Authoritarian Inside
You can shine your shoes and wear a suit. You can comb your hair and look quite cute You can hide your face behind a smile One thing you can’t hide Is when you’re crippled inside --John Lennon “...
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Tom Engelhardt
Kneecapping the Environment
If your child has asthma and it’s getting worse, then news about the White House’s recent retreat on ozone (that is, smog) standards for the air over your city wasn’t exactly cause for cheering.
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Amy Dean
Occupy Wall Street and America’s Democratic Tradition
I was recently talking with some friends who work at the Chicago Board of Trade. Hearing the opinions voiced by Occupy Wall Street protesters, the traders agreed that they’d seen disturbing changes...
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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Ralph Nader
Occupy Wall Street on the Move
The question confronting the Occupy Wall Street encampments and their offshoots in scores of cities and towns around the country is quo vadis ? Where is it going?
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Jim Lobe
New Inequality Data Likely to Boost "Occupy" Movement
A major study on income equality by a non-partisan government agency is likely to boost the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, whose standing with the general public appears on the rise, according to a...
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Kim Irish
Promise Me No Harmful Chemicals: Breast Cancer Group Calls for Greater Accountability in Fundraising
How would you react if you learned that a prominent women’s health organization commissioned a perfume that contains chemicals with demonstrated negative health effects? Would you tell your friends...
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Chip Ward
Occupy Earth: Nature Is the 99%, Too
Someone Got Rich and Someone Got Sick
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Zoltán Grossman
Rise of the Planet of the People
I first heard about Occupy Wall Street in August, when I visited my former home of Madison, Wisconsin. Shortly after protesting in the Wisconsin State Capitol rotunda against 13% pay cuts for state...
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Phil Rockstroh
We Shall Not Be Moved: Police Repression, Official Mendacity and Why OWS Has Already Overcome
Until recent events proved otherwise, the hyper-commercialized surface of the corporate state gave the appearance of being too diffuse--too devoid of a center to pose a threat of totalitarian excess...
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Robert Scheer
Thirty Years of Unleashed Greed
It is class warfare. But it was begun not by the tear-gassed, rain-soaked protesters asserting their constitutionally guaranteed right of peaceful assembly but rather the financial overlords who...
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Michael Winship
Motormouth Limbaugh Meets the Machine Gun Preacher
If you blinked, you might have missed a recent movie called Machine Gun Preacher. The film hasn’t burned up the box office and the title may have kept you away from your local picture palace in the...
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Robert C. Koehler
Iraq Syndrome
This won’t be Vietnam, exactly. No helicopter whisking the last remaining Americans off the roof of the embassy. A contingent of 16,000 State Department contract employees — over 5,000 of them armed...
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Trevor Timm
Ten Years After the Patriot Act, a Look at Three of the Most Dangerous Provisions Affecting Ordinary Americans
Ten years ago today , in the name of protecting national security and guarding against terrorism, President George W. Bush signed into law some of the most sweeping changes to search and surveillance...
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Dana Frank
WikiLeaks Honduras: US Linked to Brutal Businessman
Since 2009, beneath the radar of the international media, the coup government ruling Honduras has been collaborating with wealthy landowners in a violent crackdown on small farmers struggling for...
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Glen Ford
FBI 'Mapping': Racial Profiling on a People-Wide Scale
A Black Agenda Radio commentary
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Kate Fried
Is the EPA Selling Out Your Water?
We were disheartened to learn this week that Nancy Stoner, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) acting assistant administrator for water, is an advocate for water privatization. In an...
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Kelly Rigg
The War Against Climate Science Unravels
The skeptic case against climate change is unraveling before our eyes like someone walking away from an old sweater, thread in hand. For those who have ever put the skeptic arguments to the test, it...
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Anna Minton
Private Spaces Are Stifling Protest
Occupy London's struggle to find a public space for protest reflects the increasing private control of our towns and cities
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Conn Hallinan
Pakistan: Reversing the Lens
Since the United States invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, Pakistan has lost more than 35,000 people, the vast bulk of them civilians. While the U.S. has had slightly over 1800 soldiers killed in...
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Dean Baker
The Military Spending Fairy
Faced with the prospect of cuts to the Defense Department's budget, the defense industry is pushing the story of the military spending fairy on members of Congress. They are telling them that these...
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Mark Morford
Magical Seashells of Fun and Horror
"A horrendous slaughter is going on out here." Thus spake one Peter D. Ward, exasperated biologist from the University of Washington, probably not trying to be all that hyperbolic but apparently not...
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Anna Lenzer
Through the Eyes of a Defector: High-Ranking Fiji Junta Officer Talks Nonviolent Resistance
The world has had little reason to pay attention to the intensifying human rights meltdown in Fiji at the hands of the ruling military junta. After all, it hasn’t affected the bottom line: foreign...
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Tom Engelhardt
Obama Keeps His Campaign Pledge …Because a Better Option Wasn’t Available
What if, last Friday, President Obama had stepped to the podium at the James S.
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John Feffer
Target: Africa
An informal competition took place during the Bush years for the title of "second front" in the war on terror.
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Amy Goodman
Globalizing Dissent, From Tahrir Square to Liberty Plaza
The winds of change are blowing across the globe. What triggers such change, and when it will strike, is something that no one can predict.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
John Nichols
Karl Rove 2011 Election Priority: Busting Public-Sector Unions in Ohio
Mitt Romney swept into Ohio Tuesday to talk about how much he agrees with Republican Governor John Kasich's aggressive approach to but issues. He even visited a call center where Republicans were...
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Comrades from Cairo
To the Occupy Movement – The Occupiers of Tahrir Square are With You
In many ways we in Egypt are part of the same struggle, and we are watching in solidarity. Keep going, don't stop, occupy more.
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Anu Kumar
How HR 358, the Let Women Die Act 2011, Violates International Human Rights Standards
In a hospital in Nicaragua, after a total ban on abortion was passed, a woman with an ectopic pregnancy was allowed to languish, waiting for her fallopian tube to rupture before a doctor agreed to...
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Randall Amster
Mic Check: Can You Hear Us, America?
We find these views to be mutually relevant… that all people, by virtue of their basic humanity, deserve the opportunity to live, work, and associate according to the dictates of their own...
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Richard Schiffman
NPR’s Slow Slide to the Right
The timing could not have been worse for the latest in a series of controversies to hit the nation’s scandal-prone public radio network. But the fact that it was pledge week didn’t prevent NPR from...
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Daphne Wysham
Measuring Progress: A Better Alternative to the GNP
Maryland's government is embracing an alternative way to monitor the state's wellbeing called the Genuine Progress Indicator, which brings depth to the analysis of the state's economic growth.
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David Morris
The Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street
Finally, a truly populist uprising
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Linda McQuaig
How to Make Inequality Obsolete
Only a couple of centuries ago, owning another person — slavery, that is — was considered a normal thing to do.
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Stan Karp
Challenging Corporate School Reform and 10 Hopeful Signs of Resistance
About a year ago I was invited to Portland to give a talk about who was bashing teachers and public schools in the wake of the release of the pro-charter propaganda film Waiting for Stupidman . Since...
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Anne Landman
"Horror Hotel": The New Frontier of Junk Food Marketing to Kids
Today's teenagers are probably the most savvy generation yet when it comes to filtering out advertising, but that is no worry for junk food and drink companies who steadily deploy stealthier and more...
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Glenn Greenwald
Immunity and Impunity in Elite America: How the Legal System Was Deep-Sixed and Occupy Wall Street Swept the Land
As intense protests spawned by Occupy Wall Street continue to grow, it is worth asking: Why now? The answer is not obvious. After all, severe income and wealth inequality have long plagued the United...
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Monday, October 24, 2011
Eric Holt-Giménez, Tanya Kerssen
Occupy the Food System!
In the past few weeks, the U.S. Food Movement has made its presence felt in Occupy Wall Street. Voices from food justice organizations across the country are connecting the dots between hunger, diet-...
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Shea Howell
Occupying Questions
The Occupy Wall Street movement sparked global demonstrations of solidarity last weekend. The last such coordinated effort was more than a decade ago, when ten million people surged on to the streets...
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Dean Baker
Trichet’s Rein at the ECB: No Party for Europe
The retiring head of the European Central Bank presided over disaster: fixated on 2% inflation, he missed the housing bubble
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Harvey Wasserman
Where Occupy and No Nukes Merge and Win!!!
The global upheaval that is the Occupy Movement is hopefully in the process of changing---and saving---the world. Through the astonishing power of creative non-violence, it has the magic and moxie to...
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Thom Hartmann
Why OWS Is the Next Republican Boogeyman
The Boogeyman is dead, and Santa is dying. The Republicans have been, since the 1930s, the party of the Boogeyman. They led the fear-based crusades against Communists, first with the Blacklist, then...
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Bill Quigley
Challenging the Old Boys Network in the Vatican
We never thought it would end up on a hard wooden bench inside a police station in Piazza Cavour. Maryknoll priest Fr. Roy Bourgeois, young Erin Saiz Hannah of Women’s Ordination Conference in the US...
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Phyllis Bennis
What's Next for U.S.-Libyan Relations?
With vast oil reserves but a deeply divided country, Libya is vulnerable to outside powers after Gaddafi's death.
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Chris Hedges
Occupiers Have to Convince the Other 99 Percent
The occupation movement’s greatest challenge will be overcoming the deep distrust of white liberals by the poor and the working class, especially people of color. Marginalized people of color have...
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Tom Engelhardt
Who Is Demonizing the Rich?
Obama and Occupy Wall Street
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Sandy LeonVest
The Magnetic Force of the Moment -- Perils and Potential on the Road to Transformation
For all the head-scratching and hand-wringing in the corporate media over the “message” -- or lack of one -- as it turns out, the American people understand exactly what the Occupy Wall Street...
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Sunday, October 23, 2011
Barbara Ehrenreich
Throw Them Out With the Trash: Why Homelessness Is Becoming an Occupy Wall Street Issue
As anyone knows who has ever had to set up a military encampment or build a village from the ground up, occupations pose staggering logistical problems. Large numbers of people must be fed and kept...
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Cindy Sheehan
Justice for Casey Sheehan and Hundreds of Thousands of Others
It was with great sorrow and fear that my family watched the insane and inexplicable rush of our nation to invade two countries that had absolutely nothing to do with the events on September 11, 2001...
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Leonard Pitts Jr.
World's Eyes are on Occupy Movement
"You say you want a revolution?" — The Beatles By one measure at least, the movement that began with Occupy Wall Street is already bigger than the Tea Party ever was. According to a report in the...
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David Sarasohn
In Mud of Occupy Portland, Looking for a Seed
"Thank you for coming to visit what we're doing," beams the cheerful, curly headed 20-something standing at one of the corners of the Occupy Portland encampment Friday morning. "We're glad you're...
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Jonathan Steele
The Iraq War is Finally Over. And It Marks a Complete Neocon Defeat
Thanks to the toppling of Saddam Hussein, Iran's greatest enemy, Tehran's influence in Iraq is stronger than America's
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Saturday, October 22, 2011
Ray McGovern
Plus ça change: Iraq Done; On to Iran!
One not-so-funny fact about Washington is that nearly all the news media stars who fell for neoconservative falsehoods about Iraq are still around to fall for new ones on Iran, even some like Richard Cohen who briefly regretted his earlier gullibility
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Laura Rance
Research Shows Organics are No Longer Marginal
Organic farmers and their customers have had to put up with a lot of crap from their fellow producers over the years. The labels are one thing, such as "crunchy granola set" or "hippie dippies" or "...
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Matt McCarten
Global Protest Shows Way for People Power
The only benefit of having the old Soviet Union around was that some capitalists in the Western world believed it really was a workers' state. The rise of socialist ideas prodded Western governments...
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Jeffrey Bachman
President Obama’s “Unforced Errors”
On January 27, 2010, Rachel Maddow said, “Republicans have been as unanimous as they can be in opposition to every major thing this president has tried to do and they expect to continue to be as best...
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James Zogby
Whether in Egypt or America, It Takes Organization to Win
In 1981, my brother, John Zogby, ran for Mayor of Utica, New York. Like other factory towns across New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-Western states, Utica was in decline. The factories that had...
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Medea Benjamin, Charles Davis
Only 'Success' in Iraq is that US Troops are Leaving
The U.S. occupation of Iraq is reportedly set to come to an end, with most of the roughly 40,000 soldiers currently stationed there set to be removed by year's end. But let's make no mistake:...
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Rose Ann DeMoro
Nurses Call the Question on Obama and Global Financial Transaction Tax – Which Side are You On?
Will President Obama be the main holdout when world leaders, under growing pressure from the occupy Wall Street protests across the world and demand building for a tax on international financial...
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Glenn Greenwald
About That Iraq Withdrawal
President Obama announced Friday that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the year, and this announcement is being seized upon exactly the way you would predict: by the Right to...
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Pierre Tristam
Beyond Qaddafi's Good Riddance
The death of Libya’s Muammar el Qaddafi on Thursday recalls the death of Mussolini in 1945, of Romania’s Ceauşescu in 1989, of Saddam Hussein in 2006, and of course of Osama bin Laden in May . They...
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Eric Margolis
The Gadaffi I Knew
"What's going on, what's happening," a wounded, dazed Muammar Gadaffi reportedly asked just before he was murdered in Sirte, Libya. The “Brother Leader” had once asked me something similar. A year...
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Les Rice
A Song by Les Rice: The Banks are Made of Marble
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Chris Edelson
Herman Cain Accidentally Shines Light On Republican Party’s Abortion Problem
The Republican establishment understandably sees Herman Cain as a problem. Cain has been leading the pack of presidential candidates in some polls, but the former Godfather's Pizza president is also...
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Friday, October 21, 2011
Spencer Ackerman
The Iraq War Ain’t Over, No Matter What Obama Says
President Obama announced on Friday that all 41,000 U.S. troops currently in Iraq will return home by December 31. “That is how America’s military efforts in Iraq will end,” he said. Don’t believe...
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Matthew Rothschild
Qaddafi’s Death: Barbarism and Hypocrisy
I never mourn the death of a dictator. Good riddance to Muammar Qaddafi, who terrorized his people for 42 years. But neither do I cheer summary executions of anyone, no matter how brutal. Just as the...
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Cam Fenton
Separating Oil and State
The Alberta tar sands are not called a giga project for no reason. Their reach extends far beyond a Florida-sized deposit in northern Alberta and inhabit a spider web-like network of expansion...
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