All Views Articles for 2011-view-2009

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Mark Engler
US Military Spending Marches On
How on earth do you get a bipartisan consensus against cuts and for stimulus? Call it the defence budget
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Randall Amster
Morning in Arizona: If at First You Don't Secede...
Progressive eyes have been rightly transfixed on Wisconsin of late, with the en masse display of “people power” directly confronting attempts to erode public infrastructure and eviscerate the...
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Kevin Zeese
Julian Assange: At the Forefront of 21st Century Journalism
How WikiLeaks is democratizing journalism, redistributing power and increasing transparency
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Karyn Strickler
Don't Sell Out the Pro-Choice Movement
“The ‘pro-choice’ brand has eroded considerably,” according to Frances Kissling’s front-page op-ed in the Washington Post’s Outlook section last weekend. Ironically, Kissling, who is the former...
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Hank Edson
The Case Against Bidder 70 Is an Abuse of Prosecutorial Discretion
The trial of an environmentalist civil dissenter who, as a student in 2008, disrupted a government fire-sale auction of oil and gas leases near Arches and Canyonlands national parks began yesterday...
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Tom Engelhardt
Their Rebellions and Our Wars
Two Worlds of Trouble Awkwardly Entwined
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Rose Ann DeMoro
Nurses Offer to Buy President's Shoes to March With Workers
The past two weeks have been a "Where's Waldo" moment for President Obama. He's been largely a bystander while tens of thousands of American workers, joined by students, and community allies, marched...
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Brian Miller
Shifting Political Power: From Citizens United to Wisconsin
Let’s be clear: Governor Scott Walker’s proposed cuts are not about balancing the state budget. It’s a power play aimed at cutting the heart out of what remains of the once vibrant labor movement.
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Monday, February 28, 2011
Conn Hallinan
Raymond Davis Incident Shows How Tangled U.S.-Pakistan Web Is
Was American CIA agent Raymond Davis secretly working with the Taliban and al-Qaeda to destabilize Pakistan and lay the groundwork for a U.S. seizure of that country’s nuclear weapons? Was he...
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Jeff Biggers
Legislators Are Going to Unbelievable Lengths to Gouge Clean Water Laws and Cozy Up to Big Coal
Big Coal's backlash over the EPA crackdown on future mountaintop removal operations went from denial and anger to the outright absurd last week, as state legislatures conjured their own versions of a...
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Brendan Fischer
What Else Is in Walker's Bill?
While news coverage has focused on how Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill attacks the state's 300,000 public sector workers (and by extension, the entire middle class), the law is...
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David Michael Green
The Sole Remaining Stupidpower in the World
I guess I really shouldn’t be surprised at the human capacity for stupidity.
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Chuck Collins
Pay Up, Corporate Tax Dodgers
We're chumps unless we force Congress to stop tax haven abuse.
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Gary Younge
Wisconsin Is Making the Battle Lines Clear in America's Hidden Class War
The brazen choices of the Republican governor shows the real ideology behind attacks on unions – in the US and beyond
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Chris Hedges
No Other Way Out
I have watched mothers and fathers keening in grief over the frail corpses of their children in hospitals in Gaza and rural villages in El Salvador, Bosnia and Kosovo. The faces of these dead...
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Andy Kroll
Cairo in Wisconsin: Eating Egyptian Pizza in Downtown Madison
The call reportedly arrived from Cairo. Pizza for the protesters, the voice said. It was Saturday, February 20th, and by then Ian's Pizza on State Street in Madison, Wisconsin, was overwhelmed. One...
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Sunday, February 27, 2011
Pat Schneider
Wisconsin: Could a General Strike Happen Here? Experts Say Maybe
The confrontation between labor and politics at the Wisconsin Capitol was just starting as workers in Egypt who left their jobs and took to the streets toppled a government, and it wasn't long before...
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Kristine Mattis
Day 13 – On the Ground in Madison: “As Long as It Takes”
Despite temperatures in the mid-teens and a steady snowfall, throngs of taxpaying citizens of Wisconsin assembled at the Madison capitol for the thirteenth consecutive day of the sustained protest of...
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John Nichols
Upwards of 125,000 March in Madison, as Activists Rally Nationwide to Back Wisconsin Workers
It began outside the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union. A few dozen members of the Teaching Assistants Association , the oldest graduate employee union in the world, rallied to object to...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Military/Media Attacks on the Hastings Article
Last June, when Rolling Stone published Michael Hastings' article which ended the career of Obama's Afghanistan commander, Gen.
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Jeff Cohen
Will ABC News’ “Made in America” Series Avoid Their Boss, Disney?
This weekend ABC News is heavily promoting its special “Made in America” series that will run all week. From the promotions, it looks like the series will focus partly on what happens when a U.S...
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Michael Parenti
Profit Pathology and Disposable Planet
Some years ago in New England, a group of environmentalists asked a corporate executive how his company (a paper mill) could justify dumping its raw industrial effluent into a nearby river. The river...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Gratitude in Baghdad
Some praise at morning what they blame at night, But always think the last opinion right. — Alexander Pope, The Temple of Fame One bit news coming out of Iraq suggests that in at least one respect...
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Robert Freeman
The “Deficit Problem” Isn’t Financial. It’s Political.
The federal budget deficit and its cumulative cousin, the national debt, are much more political and media phenomena than they are financial. Which isn’t to say that they don’t exist. Obviously, they...
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Saturday, February 26, 2011
Robert Fisk
The Destiny of This Pageant Lies in the Kingdom of Oil
The Middle East earthquake of the past five weeks has been the most tumultuous, shattering, mind-numbing experience in the history of the region since the fall of the Ottoman empire. For once, "shock...
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Michelle Chen
The Recovery That Wasn’t: Bouncing Back to Lower Standards
To understand America's economic "recovery," think about climate change: at first, it may look like your boat is finally rising again. And then you realize that it's only because the deepening ocean...
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Michael R. Miller
83rd Academy Awards: A Clenched Fist on Every Lapel
Sunday evening, February 27, hundreds of millions of movie fans will watch the 83d annual Academy Awards. These viewers may not be aware of a fact that merits particular attention this year, as...
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Ralph Nader
‘Mad as Hell’ in Madison
The large demonstrations at the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin are driven by a middle class awakening to the spectre of its destruction by the corporate reactionaries and their toady Governor...
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Donna Smith
Cheshire Cat Grins in Arizona, 1.3M Souls on Board
All eyes on Madison. I get that. The whole of the progressive community gets that. But while the cat’s away the Arizona mice are playing – only it’s a deadly game of systemic violence that screams...
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John Nichols
Why Did Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Participate in Discussions About Disrupting Peaceful Rallies?
Embattled Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has now acknowledged in a press conference and in a nationally television interview -- with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren -- that he engaged in...
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George Lakoff
The Real Issues: A Wisconsin Update
The Wisconsin protests are about much more than budgets and unions. As I observed in What Conservatives Really Want, the conservative story about budget deficits is a ruse to turn the country...
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Robert Weissman
On Wisconsin and America
We are now having a major dispute about what kind of society America should be. Right now, the flashpoint in this controversy is Wisconsin, where tens of thousands of people are demonstrating every...
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Friday, February 25, 2011
Ralph Nader
Obama’s Silence on the Achievements of Struggling Nonprofits Is Deafening
President Obama uses his bully pulpit to tout profit-seeking corporations, but he rarely uses it to promote nonprofits that deliver social justice at home and abroad. When Mr. Obama went to India in...
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Michael Winship
Attacks on Unions Barking Up the Wrong Money Tree
"More cheese, less sleaze!" That was the funniest group chant at Tuesday’s rally of several hundred union and other progressive activists outside the Manhattan headquarters of Fox News.
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Allan Lichtman
The Strategy Behind the Budget Battles
Republican responses to budget challenges nationally and in Wisconsin come together as part of a long-standing strategy to destroy institutions that allegedly sustain the American left. Wisconsin...
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Jerome Hunt
Bullying Should Not Be a Teenage Rite of Passage
Five Ways We Can End Discrimination and Harassment Against Gay and Transgender Youth in Schools
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Glen Ford
“We’re Broke,” Say the Rich, and the Poor Must Pay
The American union movement may be headed for its Waterloo, a final debacle that could occur in Republican-ruled Wisconsin, but might just as easily happen at some later date in Democrat-governed New...
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Paul Krugman
Shock Doctrine, U.S.A.
Here’s a thought: maybe Madison, Wis., isn’t Cairo after all. Maybe it’s Baghdad — specifically, Baghdad in 2003, when the Bush administration put Iraq under the rule of officials chosen for loyalty...
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Beverly Bell
In Haiti, "We Will Never Fall Asleep Forgetting"
At the Toussaint Louverture Airport in Port-au-Prince, I spot Ronal’s taptap , pick-up-turned-public-bus, painted to resemble an Argentine flag - a salute to his favored team in last year’s World Cup...
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Sarah van Gelder
Dear Glenn Beck: It’s Not Conspiracy, It’s Courage
Glenn Beck thinks the spread of protests is a little too convenient. But this is what happens when ordinary people discover their power.
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John Atcheson
The Plutocrat's Coup d'Etat, Their Republican Allies and Their Democratic Enablers
For thirty years, now, Republicans have been yammering about small government, deficits, the glories of the free market, and the incompetence and wastefulness of government. It’s all been a big lie,...
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Laura Flanders
Crushing Workers in Wisconsin Has National Effects
So that's what they mean by from welfare to work. First you go force the poorest Americans into the workforce, then you go after their bargaining power. Wisconsin has long been the eye of this storm...
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Robert Jensen
Consciousness Rising, World Fading
Our stories of awakenings -- whether moral, intellectual, religious, artistic, or sexual -- are tricky. Honest self-reflection doesn’t come easy, and self-satisfied accounts are the norm; we love to...
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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Iraq Veterans Against the War to Troops: “We Are Public Employees Too!”
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) calls on all U.S. military service members to refuse and resist any mobilization against workers organizing to protect their basic rights. IVAW stands in solidarity with the multitude gathered in Madison, Wisconsin and many other cities to defend their unions.
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Shiney Varghese
Reflections on Right to Water
This week, the U.N. Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, will visit the United States,...
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Tom Andrews
Fire Lt. Gen. Caldwell NOW and End the "Psy-Ops" War Against Congress
Lt. General William Caldwell needs to be fired. Now. General Caldwell, a three star general in charge of training Afghanistan troops allegedly ordered that the Army’s arsenal of psychological weapons...
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Donna Smith
Fighting for Fair Fights and for Aurora
We try to teach our children to fight when they need to but to fight fairly unless there is no other choice to protect life and limb. At least that’s what my parents tried to teach me and what I...
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Ahmet Dogan
A Father Speaks for His Son Killed on the Humanitarian Flotilla to Gaza
My son, Furkan, was killed in May by the Israeli military while attempting to deliver humanitarian aid by sea to the Gaza Strip. As he was just 19, he asked his mother and me for our permission to...
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Mary Bottari
Koch Brothers “Prank” No Laughing Matter
Embattled Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker came under fire today after news broke about statements he made in a 20-minute phone call from a Buffalo, NY-area alternative news reporter posing as David...
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Tom Engelhardt
All-American Decline in a New World: Wars, Vampires, Burned Children, and Indelicate Imbalances
This is a global moment unlike any in memory, perhaps in history. Yes, comparisons can be made to the wave of people power that swept Eastern Europe as the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989-91. For...
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Jeff Biggers
Why West Virginia Can't Wait
As author/farmer philosopher Wendell Berry settled his 76-year-old lanky frame onto the floor of Kentucky Gov.
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Sharon Delgado
US Uncut: A Progressive Response to Economic Shock Therapy
Around the country, cutbacks are being proposed and pushed through with great speed, as a kind of shock therapy to the economy, as Naomi Klein describes in her book Shock Doctrine . But hold on—...
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Anika Rahman
Poor Women Pay the Price in the Right’s War on Women’s Health
On Friday, February 18, the U.S. House of Representatives dealt a crushing blow to the health and well-being of millions of women across America: in a 240-185 vote, the the House approved H.R. 1 --...
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Jay Walljasper
From Middle East to Madison, Justice Depends on Public Spaces
What happens when people have no place to gather as citizens?
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Robert C. Koehler
The Tunisia Effect
On one weekend in February of 2003, an estimated 10 million people in 60 countries took to the streets to protest the looming Iraq war. Never before in history had there been such massive, public...
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Andy Worthington
The Year of Revolution: The “War on Tyranny” Replaces the “War on Terror”
Ten years ago, in July 2001, 200,000 protestors converged on Genova, Italy, to disrupt the 27th G8 Summit, at which the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the US —...
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Ray McGovern
The Push of Conscience & Secretary Clinton
It was not until Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walked to the George Washington University podium last week to enthusiastic applause that I decided I had to dissociate myself from the obsequious...
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Will Allen, Ronnie Cummins
Local and Organic Food and Farming: The Gold Standard
More and more consumers and corporations are touting the benefits of “local” foods, often described as “sustainable,” “healthy,” or “natural.” According to the trade publication, Sustainable Food...
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Glen Ford
Torturing Detroit's Kids for Racist Fun and Profit
A Black Agenda Radio commentary
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James McGovern and Walter Jones
Out of Afghanistan, Now
No one, it seems, wants to talk about the war in Afghanistan. Last week the House debated a budget bill that is touted as reflecting new fiscal restraint, yet borrows tens of billions more for the...
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David Benjamin
An Open Letter to Public Employees and Their Unions, From Formerly Unionized Private-Sector Workers
Dear Freeloaders: Our lives suck. We want yours to suck, too!
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Lisa Graves
A CMD Special Report: Scott Walker Runs on Koch Money
Madison, Wisconsin -- A new investigation by the Center for Media and Democracy documents the big money funneled by one of the richest men in America and one of the richest corporations in the world...
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Bouthaina Shaaban
As Wave of Liberation Revolutions Sweep the Arab World: No Room for Western Hypocrisy
The West will be surprised by the will, determination and ability of Arab people to change their future and steer it away from those who forced occupation and humiliation on them
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Jim Hightower
Corporate Lawsuit Abuse
Not all of the bullies are in schoolyards these days — quite a few have graduated to the executive suites of corporate America. Take Charles and David Koch, two multibillionaire brothers whose lives...
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John Feffer
The OPEC of Outrage
Rage is an important energy source. It fueled the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, and is powering the ongoing protests in Libya, Yemen, and Bahrain. People in the Arab world have directed their anti-...
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Adam Parsons, Rajesh Makwana
A Global Call for Sharing and Justice
Protesters in the Arab world have much in common with those reacting to austerity across Europe, as well as the millions who have mobilised in support of ending poverty in the South. What we may be witnessing is an emerging public voice in favour of a fundamental reordering of global priorities,...
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Amy Goodman
Uprisings: From the Middle East to the Midwest
As many as 80,000 people marched to the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison on Saturday as part of an ongoing protest against newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to not just badger...
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Vandana Shiva
Climate Change and Agriculture: Biodiverse Ecological Farming Is the Answer, Not Genetic Engineering
Industrial globalized agriculture is heavily implicated in climate change. It contributes to the three major greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) from the use of fossil fuels, nitrogen oxide (N 2...
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Rose Ann DeMoro
Just Say No – No More Cuts for Workers
There should be two lasting lessons to emerge from the heroic labor-led protests in Wisconsin. First, working people, with our many allies, students, seniors, women’s organizations, and many more,...
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Mary Bottari
Who Knew Cairo Was This Chilly?
Madison, Wisconsin -- It's midnight Monday. A quiet snow is falling outside the Wisconsin State Capitol, and clean-cut fire fighters are rolling out their sleeping bags and getting ready to sleep on...
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Jay Walljasper
On Wisconsin!
Donations come in from around the world-- including Egypt-- to feed the protesters in Madison
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Ted Rall
Hope and Change? Not for Americans
Turmoil from Mideast to Midwest
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Chuck Collins
Wisconsin 2.0: Stop the Corporate Tax Dodgers
The protests in Wisconsin could easily spread. While not every governor will recklessly attack collective bargaining, all states are facing major budget constraints. This is the strategic moment to...
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Bill McKibben
Money Pollution: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Darkens the Skies
In Beijing, they celebrate when they have a “ blue sky day ,” when, that is, the haze clears long enough so that you can actually see the sun. Many days, you can’t even make out the next block...
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Allison Cook, Annie Leonard
5 Ways You Can Fight Citizens United
The Story of Citizens United v FEC: How we the people can reclaim our democracy.
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Van Jones
Introducing The 'American Dream' Movement
In the past 24 months, those of us who longed for positive change have gone from hope to heartbreak. But hope is returning to America -- at last -- thanks largely to the courageous stand of the...
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Jim Goodman
This is What Autocracy Looks Like
The Wisconsin State Capitol sits in the center of the Isthmus in Madison, a narrow funnel connecting the East and West sides of town. 80,000 protesters jam things up. I've seen crowds on the Isthmus...
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Dean Baker
Further Fiscal Folly
Before we take deficit hawks' advice on slashing social security, they should explain how they missed the $8tn housing bubble
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Benjamin Dangl
Governing by Obeying the People: Bolivia's Politics of the Street
From across North Africa to Wisconsin, activists are navigating a new terrain of global protest and relationships with their governments. Whether in ousting old tyrants or dealing with new allies in...
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Andy Worthington
Revolution in Libya: Protesters Face Gaddafi’s Murderous Backlash as US, UK Ooze Hypocrisy
“Now people are dying we’ve got nothing else to live for. What needs to happen is for the killing to stop. But that won’t happen until he [Gaddafi] is out. We just want to be able to live like human...
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Amanda Marcotte
Does the Media Finally Get That Anti-Choice Is About Far More Than Abortion?
The mainstream media has always, shall we say, struggled to understand that the anti-choice movement is anti-contraception, anti-STD prevention, and anti-sex education. It just doesn’t fit the...
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Jamal Elshayyal
What Next for the 'Mad Dog' of Libya?
2011 has already proven lie to the idea that the Arab world ever needed foreign help in order to achieve democracy; and now it could prove false the notion that the American administration and other...
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Bill Quigley
Blind Human Rights Lawyer Beaten and Isolated in Chinese Crackdown
Chen Guangcheng, a blind, 39-year-old, self-taught, human rights lawyer in China who was recently released after years in prison has been put in home detention, isolated and beaten by authorities...
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Monday, February 21, 2011
Roberto Rodriguez
What's at Stake in the O'odham Trial
The prosecution of indigenous peoples' activists over protests last year bring into sharp relief what kind of Arizona we want
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Sarah Lazare
Workers Fight Back: The Midwest Unites to Defend the Commons
I’d never been to Madison, Wisconsin before this Saturday, and seeing the city filled with 70,000 people demanding their rights on a cold, late winter day was the best possible first impression...
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Medea Benjamin
From Cairo to Madison: Hope and Solidarity are Alive
Here in Madison, Wisconsin, where protesters have occupied the State Capitol Building to stop the pending bill that would eliminate workers’ right to collective bargaining, echoes of Cairo are...
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Paul Krugman
Wisconsin Power Play
Last week, in the face of protest demonstrations against Wisconsin’s new union-busting governor, Scott Walker — demonstrations that continued through the weekend, with huge crowds on Saturday —...
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Howard Friel
The U.N. Voting Record of Susan Rice on Palestinian Rights, 2009–2010
On Friday, February 18, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution which, upon condemning Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory, had the...
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Harvey Wasserman, Bob Fitrakis
Fighting the 5 Fascisms in Wisconsin and Ohio
The escalating confrontations in Wisconsin and Ohio are ultimately about preventing the United States from becoming a full-on fascist state. The stakes could not be higher---or more clear. As defined...
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Stanley Kutler
What Gov. Walker Won’t Tell You
There is a kernel of truth in Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s claim of a “budget shortfall” of $137 million. But Walker, a Republican, failed to tell the state that less than two weeks into his term as...
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Robert Freeman
When a Country Goes Insane
This must be what it’s like when a country goes insane, when it falls down a rabbit hole and tries to pretend that everything is normal. It can’t tell truths from lies. Hucksters pose as upright men...
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Antonia Zerbisias
Drought, Depleted Food, a Recipe for Revolution
The world is just one poor grain harvest away from chaos, warns renowned environmentalist and agricultural economist Lester Brown. That’s the bad news. The even worse news is that a lot of the world’...
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David Michael Green
Waking Up in Wisconsin
Whodathunkit, eh? Insignificant, backwater, third world banana republics like Tunisia and Egypt pioneering the way for the greatest superpower and richest country on the planet. That’s not supposed...
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Leslie Samuelrich
Tap Water's Budget Bottleneck
Washington is humming with debate about how to trim the debt without stunting our economic recovery. Yet somehow, with all the recent rancor over spending cuts, pundits and politicians have largely...
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Miriam Pemberton
A Military Budget on the Wrong Side of History
The Obama administration is scrambling to get on the right side of history. It has a lot of ground to make up. History is mostly judging the United States these days for launching, and now...
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Subhankar Banerjee
Earth Activism: What We Don’t Want
Recently I watched an old Bollywood classic Sholay during a long flight to India to see my ailing parents. I’ve seen this film before, but this time the familiar macho–masala plot with song–and–dance...
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William Astore
The Cost of Our Wars
On Listening to Our Troops
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Sunday, February 20, 2011
Susan Galleymore
That Moment People say “No!”
Fifty years ago six college students – two African American and four White – went to jail for sitting down at Patterson Drugstore lunch counter in Lynchburg, Virginia. Their plans had been amorphous...
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Immanuel Wallerstein
The World Social Forum, Egypt, and Transformation
The World Social Forum (WSF) is alive and well. It just met in Dakar, Senegal from Feb. 6-11. By unforeseen coincidence, this was the week of the Egyptian people’s successful dethroning of Hosni...
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Silas House
My Polluted Kentucky Home
BEREA, Ky. - Last weekend I joined 19 other Kentuckians in a sit-in at the office of Gov. Steve Beshear. We were there to protest his support of mountaintop removal, a technique used by coal-mining...
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