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Friday, December 9, 2011
Benjamin Dangl
Out of the Backyard: New Latin American and Caribbean Bloc Defies Washington
Rain clouds ringed the lush hillsides and poor neighborhoods cradling Caracas, Venezuela as dozens of Latin American and Caribbean heads of state trickled out of the airport and into motorcades and...
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David Solnit
Seattle WTO Shutdown ’99 to Occupy: Organizing to Win 12 Years Later
It’s 3 a.m. on Nov. 30 in San Francisco. Riot cops just raided Occupy Philly and Occupy Los Angeles tonight and the live streams are running on my laptop. We are preparing for a possible raid of...
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Gary Younge
Land of the Free, Home of the Hungry
Nowhere is the chasm between America's political class and its working poor more vast than in the demand to cut food stamps
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Sam Pizzigati
Tis the Season to Be Jolly on Wall Street, Still
Financial industry insiders are grousing about a big downturn in annual bonuses. They should be thanking the rest of us - bombshell new research shows - for their continuing awesome good tidings.
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Betty Yu
Media Justice and the 99 Percent Movement
How net neutrality helped Occupy Wall Street
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Frida Berrigan
A Peaceful Warrior Lives On in Us
My dad died nine years ago this week. Talking about waging nonviolence and little insurrections. In life, as in dying, my dad was a peaceful warrior.
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Karen Hansen-Kuhn
The Sound of Food Sovereignty in Durban
The launch of the African Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) began with rounds of joyous song, specifically a variant of a South African protest song: My mother was a kitchen girl My father was a...
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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Tim Karr
Verizon CEO's Broadband Bunk
A letter to the editor of the New York Times from Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg had us scratching our heads at Free Press today.
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Rudo Sanyanga
Africa Needs Green Energy, Not Grand Inga
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma launched the COP 17 climate meeting in Durban last week with a speech on the potential for green energy to help build economic growth in South Africa. In a land...
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Kumi Naidoo
U.S. Obstructionism Is Hurting Climate Talks
We hope, we wish and we pray that the U.S. team at the UN Climate talks in Durban would set aside its obstructive, destructive behavior. But sadly, listening to U.S. negotiators Pershing and Stern,...
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William Astore
Fighting 1% Wars: Why Our Wars of Choice May Prove Fatal
America’s wars are remote. They’re remote from us geographically, remote from us emotionally (unless you’re serving in the military or have a close relative or friend who serves), and remote from our...
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Gerald Friedman
Public-Sector Workers Under Attack
It’s not about their pay and benefits—it’s about what they do.
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Patrick Meighan
My Occupy LA Arrest
My name is Patrick Meighan, and I’m a husband, a father, a writer on the Fox animated sitcom “ Family Guy ”, and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica.
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Robert Scheer
Government-Sponsored Sinner
Who would have thought that Republican voters would prove so accepting of sin? At least when its committed by a white guy, like the serial philanderer Newt Gingrich, who betrayed not one but two...
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Laura Carlsen
Fiddling on Climate
The image of Nero fiddling as Rome burned—albeit apocryphal-- has stuck as the metaphor for willfully irresponsible government. Government representatives, gathered at climate change talks in Durban...
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Robert C. Koehler
Used-Up Heroes
At a sports bar in downtown Minneapolis called Sneaky Pete’s, “Young men fueled with alcohol begged Boogaard to punch them, so they could say they survived a shot from the Boogeyman.”
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Brooke Jarvis
L.A. and Occupy L.A. Agree: It's Time to End Corporate Personhood
What’s the issue that unites the occupiers and the city they’re occupying? Getting corporate money out of politics.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Ralph Nader
Time to Save the Post Office
The battered national consensus behind a national universal postal service--conceived by Benjamin Franklin--is heading for a free fall due to bad management, corporate barracudas and a bevy of...
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Alex Main
CELAC: Speaking for Latin America and the Caribbean
On Saturday, Dec. 3 – while most of the U.S.
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Michael Winship
Merry Christmas: No More Insider Trading on Capitol Hill?
The other day, a couple of kids up in Kingston, NY, called 911 looking for Santa Claus. Law enforcement arrived to tell them that what they had done was naughty, not nice, but in deference to the...
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Mary Pittman, Kavita Ramdas
Why the International Climate Negotiations in Durban Matter for Women
This has been a year of unprecedented weather-related disasters, at home and around the world. The world’s leading climate scientists have proclaimed these disasters related to climate change , and...
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Margaret Kimberley
Black America at the Bottom
The nation’s economic news is grim indeed, and is the grimmest of all for black Americans. Recently released census data shows that while the median yearly income in this country is $50,000, it is...
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Ronnie Cummins
Put the Fat Cats on a Diet: Stop Buying Tainted Food From Billion Dollar Corporations
It’s time for the Great Boycott of Big Food Inc.
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George Lakoff
Words That Don’t Work
Progressives had some fun last week with Frank Luntz, who told the Republican Governors’ Association that he was scared to death of the Occupy movement and recommended language to combat what the...
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Paul Buchheit
The Conservative Plan To End Inequality: Deny It
As progressives, we must occasionally test our beliefs by venturing into the netherworld of the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, and American Enterprise Institute (AEI). This is a murky world,...
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Maria Hadden, Josh Lerner
How to Start Participatory Budgeting in Your City
Have you noticed all the cuts being made to your city budget? To schools and libraries, fire fighters and social services, and other public spending? Think you could do a better job managing the...
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Phil Rockstroh
"By Imbeciles Who Really Mean It": Lost Verities and Dirty Hippies
Regardless of the dissembling of corporate state propagandists, free market capitalism has always been a government subsidized, bubble-inflating, swindlers' game, in which, psychopathic personalities...
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Amy Goodman
Listen to the People, Not the Polluters
DURBAN, South Africa—High above the pavement, overlooking Durban’s famous South Beach and the pounding surf of the Indian Ocean, and just blocks from the United Nations Climate Change Conference,...
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Michael Moore
The Winter of Our Occupation
And now it is winter. Wall Street rejoices, hoping that the change of seasons will mean a change in our spirit, our commitment to stop them. They couldn't be more wrong. Have they not heard of...
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Robert Alvarez
The Human Face of the Nuclear Arms Race
The pernicious quest for nuclear arms all in the name of a "greater good" - has tens of thousands of human faces, who paid a bitter price, which we should not forget.
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Jules Lobel
The Future of the Occupy Movement
The Occupy Movement, which has already been hugely successful in thrusting issues of inequality and corporate power into the public discourse, faces a critical juncture. As many of the larger...
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Michael T. Klare
Playing With Fire: Obama’s Risky Oil Threat to China
When it comes to China policy, is the Obama administration leaping from the frying pan directly into the fire? In an attempt to turn the page on two disastrous wars in the Greater Middle East, it may...
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Zoe Weil
Localization v. Globalization: A False Dichotomy
The economic localization movement is growing. Locavores have become widespread, with the “100 mile diet” representing the new eco-conscious food trend.
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Duncan Cameron
The Harper Government and Republican Economics
The Harper Conservatives model their economic policies on beliefs held dear by American Republicans: just lower taxes, and reduce government, and business will create the wealth. With this approach,...
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Dean Baker
Will an Incompetent European Central Bank Be Allowed to Wreck the World Economy?
The world is eagerly waiting to see if the European Central Bank (ECB) will take the steps needed to save the euro . Specifically, is the ECB prepared to act as a central bank and guarantee the...
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Randall Amster
Occupy Ourselves: With Peace in Our Hearts and Power in Our Hands
In just a few short months we have reached a point of near saturation in which the modifier “Occupy” has been applied to almost every sphere of our beleaguered political economy. Not every such...
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Henk Hobbelink
Time to Recall the Land Grabbers
Right Livelihood Award 2011 Acceptance speech
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Deborah James
WTO Turnaround: Food, Jobs and Sustainable Development First!
December 15-17, 2011, Trade Ministers will convene in Geneva, Switzerland for an 8 th WTO Ministerial Meeting. After many failed Ministerial meetings and nearly ten years of negotiations, the Doha...
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Monday, December 5, 2011
Chris Hedges
Where Were You When They Crucified My Movement?
Chris Hedges gave an abbreviated version of this talk Saturday morning in Liberty Square in New York City as part of an appeal to Trinity Church to turn over to the Occupy Wall Street movement an...
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Vanessa Ortiz
Hidden in Egypt’s Closet: Virginity Testing’ as a Tactic of Repression
Women’s broad and persistent participation in the ongoing revolution in Egypt has brought a gruesome new tactic to light— virginity testing . This form of repression that specifically targets female...
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Bill McKibben
The Most Important News Story of the Day/Millennium
The most important piece of news yesterday, this week, this month, and this year was a new set of statistics released yesterday by the Global Carbon Project. It showed that carbon emissions from our...
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Salvatore Babones
The Other 99 Percent: How the US Compares
The other 99 percent fare much worse in the United States than in any other developed country.
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Thomas S. Harrington
During the last few days and weeks we have been hearing a lot about technocrats, as in “the technocrat Mario Monti has just been named Prime Minister of Italy” or “the newly-appointed President of...
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Naomi Colvin, Bryn Phillips
Occupy London Is 50 Days Old – Now It's Time to Occupy Everywhere
We're undeterred by recent criticism, and determined to rise to the challenge of accountability – unlike the banks
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Yifat Susskind
US No Help to Afghan Rape Survivors
Two years ago, a 19-year-old Afghan woman named Gulnaz turned to the police after she was raped. For months, she had kept quiet about the attack. She was afraid of the retribution she might face for...
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Jeffrey Bachman
If International Law Existed for US Officials…
President Obama would be an international criminal. He would neither be the first U.S. president to reach such noble status nor would he be the last. He is simply the most recent president to flout...
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Linh Dinh
Endless Needless Deaths
Bush started shooting into Pakistan in 2004, and Obama has continued this bloody practice, culminating recently in the massacre of 24 Pakistani soldiers, with 13 more wounded. The attack lasted for...
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Shiney Varghese
The Water, Energy and Food Nexus
As I flew back from Bonn last week, on my way back from the Bonn 2011 Nexus Conference (16–18 November), one thing was clear to me. Corporate environmentalism is entrenching itself firmly in the...
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William deBuys
Coming to a Theater Near You: The Greatest Water Crisis in the History of Civilization
The Age of Thirst in the American West
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Rev. C.J. Hawking
Taking Back the Capitol: Why I'm Going to Washington
I am one of 300 Chicagoans going to Washington for a three-day convergence of thousands of people from across the country called " Take Back the Capitol ." We will bring the power of the people to...
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Sunday, December 4, 2011
Elizabeth Flock
Why Occupy Protesters Marched from Wall Street to DC
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John Bonifaz
Restore Democracy to the People with 28th Amendment
America is at a crossroads. Shall we be governed by people or by corporations? If you thought we had already answered that question more than two centuries ago, you’re right. The framers of our...
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Joss Garman
Obama Could Save the Durban Climate Talks with a Single Call
The big question in Durban is whether an extraordinarily obstructive Obama administration is days away from killing this long climate process and burying its corpse next to the Doha round of trade...
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Laurie Penny
A New York Spider Gave Me an Insight into US Private Healthcare
Occupy Wall Street is right – a rash of bites showed me how private healthcare keeps Americans cowed and compliant
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Stephen Zunes
Arab Revolutions and the Power of Nonviolent Action
While sitting in a Cairo café just a couple blocks from Tahrir Square recently, I couldn’t help but notice the television in the corner broadcasting the evening news. Traditionally, TV news in Egypt...
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Ray McGovern
Are Americans in Line for Gitmo?
Though the 9/11 attacks occurred more than a decade ago, Congress continues to exploit them to pass evermore draconian laws on “terrorism,” with the Senate now empowering the military to arrest people on U.S. soil and hold them without trial, a serious threat to American liberties
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Bret Weinstein
A Horizontal World? Occupy Can't Win with Utopian Impossibilities
Listen to conversations within the Occupy movement and you will hear an emerging vision of the world’s future.
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Saturday, December 3, 2011
Coleen Rowley
Obama Should Veto Empire Over Republic
The political, military industrial, corporate class in Washington DC continues to re-make our constitutional republic into a powerful, unaccountable military empire. Yesterday the U.S. Senate voted...
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Matthew Cassel
Even Bahrain's Use of 'Miami Model' Policing Will Not Stop the Uprising
Bahraini leaders have hired the architect of Miami's brutal policing methods, showing their disregard for reform
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Pratap Chatterjee
The New Cyber-Industrial Complex Spying on Us
WikiLeaks' Spy Files reveal the frightening scale and ambition of the industry now devoted to surveillance of all our daily lives
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Michelle Chen
Wal-Mart Circles Indian Markets, and Indians Push Back
The marketplace has always been at the heart of India--exuberant bazaars brimming with local hawkers and traditional wares and foods. But the country’s old-fashioned markets may soon be eclipsed by...
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Susan Galleymore
The People versus San Francisco's Wall Street Bull
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Labor Council attracted several hundred protesters to march from the Federal Building on Mission Street to the financial district – with spirited stops outside...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Newest Newt
Democracies cannot dispense with hypocrisy any more than dictatorships can with cynicism. — Georges Bernanos, We French
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Eric Margolis
Dateline: Tahrir Square
CAIRO – December 02, 2011 -- Standing at Tahrir Square, ground zero of Egypt’s revolution, is exciting and intimidating. The explosive anger, pent-up frustrations, and yearning for revenge of tens of...
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Friday, December 2, 2011
Helen Caldicott
After Fukushima: Enough Is Enough
The nuclear power industry has been resurrected over the past decade by a lobbying campaign that has left many people believing it to be a clean, green, emission-free alternative to fossil fuels...
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Janet Redman
Durban Diary: #Occupy the COP
With the Occupy movement spreading faster than wildfire, it's hard not to ask how every issue relates to it. Climate change is no exception. The question is particularly compelling right now because...
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Frida Berrigan
Ten Years of Guantanamo Demands Our Action and Our Outrage
In a world full of injustice—from battered women to clubbed seals to the Club of Europe, from neglected children to nuclear weapons to mountain top removal, from torture at Guantanamo to torture at...
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Dan Froomkin
Suskind's 'Confidence Men' Raises Questions About Obama's Credibility
Barack Obama is heading back onto the campaign trail, running as a champion of the middle class and even hoping to harness the Occupy movement's public anger at Wall Street .
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Andy Worthington
Deranged Senate Votes for Military Detention of All Terror Suspects and a Permanent Guantánamo
Yesterday the shameful dinosaurs of the Senate — hopelessly out of touch with reality, for the most part, and haunted by specters of their own making — approved, by 93 votes to 7, the passage of the...
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Stefan Simanowitz
From Tahrir Square: The Leaderless Revolution Meets the Ballot Box
CAIRO, Egypt -- "Once a nation decides to live, destiny has no choice other than to oblige" a young woman in Tahrir Square says. But destiny’s path is seldom a straight one and as polling stations...
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Robert Fisk
Back to Tahrir Square
When they massed to call for the fall of Mubarak, Egypt's protesters were filled with hope. Now they are disillusioned with the army they trusted – but just as angry as ever
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Indiana Hoover
A Letter of Appeal to the NYPD, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the Occupiers of New York City
The following words were composed in India, thousands of miles, over land and sea, from my home in New York City. On Thursday, November 17th 2011, my partner, in love and life, was arrested for her...
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William I. Robinson
Global Rebellion: The Coming Chaos?
Global elites are confused, reactive, and sinking into a quagmire of their own making, says author.
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Bob Burnett
Occupy Wall Street: The Enthusiasm Gap
The latest polls indicate that approximately 75 percent of Americans agree with the goals of Occupy Wall Street. Nonetheless, only 29 percent consider themselves supporters of OWS. What accounts for...
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Robert Naiman
War-Weary Republicans Rebuke Romney on Afghanistan
On Wednesday night, the Senate adopted by voice vote an amendment introduced by Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley calling on President Obama to speed up U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. This was...
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David Sirota
Celebrating the End of Kids' Wall Street Dreams
Amid fears of high youth unemployment creating a "lost generation," there is suddenly a bright spot: Apparently, fewer young people are going to work in the industry that destroyed our economy. That'...
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Eric Garland
We Are Not Occupying America -- They Are
Americans generally are unused to images from the Occupy protests being domestic ones. Grandmothers and unarmed college students pepper-sprayed with alarming casualness. Reporters singled out and...
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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Tom Engelhardt
He was 22...She was 12...: Lessons From the Dead in a No-Learning-Curve World
He was 22, a corporal in the Marines from Preston , Iowa, a “city” incorporated in 1890 with a present population of 949. He died in a hospital in Germany of “wounds received from an explosive device...
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Arun Gupta
Arundhati Roy: 'The People Who Created the Crisis Will Not Be the Ones That Come Up With a Solution'
The prize-winning author of The God of Small Things talks about why she is drawn to the Occupy movement and the need to reclaim language and meaning
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Ted Rall
7-7-7: Jobless? Face It. Obama's Not That Into You
Forget Herman Cain's 9-9-9. The battle cry for every American ought to be 7-7-7. 7-7-7: for the $7.7 trillion the Bush and Obama Administrations secretly funneled to the banksters. Remember the $700...
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Bill Quigley
Twenty Examples of the Obama Administration Assault on Domestic Civil Liberties
The Obama administration has affirmed, continued and expanded almost all of the draconian domestic civil liberties intrusions pioneered under the Bush administration. Here are twenty examples of...
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Michelle Chen
Is China’s Economic Miracle Hitting the Fan?
If you believe the hype about living in the “Pacific Century,” then the new millennium is bound to be a pretty rowdy one.
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Thomas S. Harrington
Orthodoxies and Adolescents
One day when I was twelve years old, I told my grandmother, born in 1890 and a staunch believer in the Church of Rome, that I had doubts about the existence of God, as well as the idea that her...
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Rev. Dr. Neal R. Jones
Undeclared War: Get Mad, Get Organized, and Get Busy
Text of remarks delivered to the "Common Ground" Conference held in Columbia, South Carolina on November 16, 2011.
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John LaForge
Fukushima Backlash: Radiation Lobby Sees Upside to Reactor Disasters
Since Fukushima’s triple meltdown and radiation disaster began in Japan in March, a sophisticated backlash against nuclear power critics has begun. Public discussion of heavy, widespread...
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Joseph Nevins
Who Killed Joaquin Luna?
Last Friday Joaquin Luna put on a white shirt and black tie—the same ones he wore every Sunday at the church he attended. The eighteen-year-old high school senior then kissed family members, went...
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Robert Scheer
You Can Arrest an Idea
The bankers slept well. Their homes in Beverly Hills were not spotlighted by a noisy swarm of police helicopters, searchlights burning through the sanctity of the night, harassing the forlorn City...
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Paul Buchheit
A Very Good Reason to Tax the Very Rich
A hedge fund manager who makes $5 billion in a year is making enough money to pay the starting salaries of 100,000 firefighters. On a one-year monetary basis, a financial expert is worth 100,000...
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Phil Rockstroh
Amid The Architecture Of Declining Capitalism: Memes, Death Genes And Real Estate Schemes
The recent pepper spraying "incident" at the University of California at Davis represents more than an opportunity to create a cleverly photoshopped, viral meme. The act is part and parcel of a...
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Ralph Nader
Not Made in America
"Here, look at this handsome L.L. Bean catalog and tell me what you want for Christmas," said a relative over Thanksgiving weekend. I started leafing through the 88 page cornucopia with hundreds of...
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Sharif Abdel Kouddous
Turnout High in Egypt's Elections, but Questions About Transition Remain
CAIRO,Egypt -- Hundreds of voters waited patiently outside the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo’s upscale neighborhood of Zamalek early Monday morning for a chance to cast their ballot in Egypt’s first...
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John Feffer
Occupy Foreign Affairs
It's not the topic of George Packer’s latest essay that's particularly surprising. Inequality, he writes, is undermining democracy. Progressives have been hammering home this message for years if not...
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Matthew Rothschild
McCain says American Citizens Can Be Sent to Guantanamo
U.S. citizens beware: A bill being debated on the Senate floor this week is likely to pass, and if it becomes law, you could be sent to Guantanamo Bay. The bill is the National Defense Authorization...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Progressives Don’t Hate Ourselves
Writing in New York magazine, Jonathan Chait joins the chorus of Obama advocates decrying “self-loathing liberals” who criticize the president. Chait writes better than most, but he hews to the...
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Robert Reich
Restore the Basic Bargain
For most of the last century, the basic bargain at the heart of the American economy was that employers paid their workers enough to buy what American employers were selling. That basic bargain...
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Amy Goodman
Cry, the Beloved Climate
The United Nations’ annual climate summit descended on Durban, South Africa, this week, but not in time to prevent the tragic death of Qodeni Ximba. The 17-year-old was one of 10 people killed in...
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Mark Weisbrot
It’s Getting Real in the Eurozone: Self-Inflicted Recession Threatens World Economy
The economic news out of the eurozone is getting worse every day, and so is the contagion to the rest of the world. The OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), the club of 34...
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Jim Hightower
It Takes People Power to Make Clear That Corporations Are NOT People
In the Nov. 8 elections, the national media gave extensive coverage to a proposed "personhood amendment" to Mississippi's state constitution. This was an extremist anti-abortion ballot initiative to...
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Tom Hayden
Why Naomi Wolf's Occupy Conspiracy Theory Can't Explain Occupy LA
Compared with the brutal police crackdowns against the Occupy movement in New York City, Oakland and even the pacific Davis campus of the University of California, the attempted eviction of Occupy...
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Pratap Chatterjee
Should We Allow NATO Free Rein to Attack and Kill People?
The airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers is just the latest in a series of mistakes that raise doubts about NATO's credibility
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