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Friday, February 11, 2011
Phyllis Bennis
Mubarak's Defiance
After deliberately raising the hopes of millions of Egyptians and millions more around the world, U.S.-backed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak defied the rising demand of the millions of protesters...
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Paul Buchheit
A Diogenic Quest for an Honest Conservative
The goal is straightforward: to find one sensible and factual reason why the richest 1% deserve to have TRIPLED their share of the U.S. income pie since 1980. This amounts to an extra TRILLION...
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Davidson Loehr
Egyptian Irony
On February 8, our Vice President Joe Biden called Egypt’s new VP Omar Suleiman, saying Egypt should cancel the Emergency Law their government has used to suppress, imprison, torture and kill those...
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Tom Gallagher
An Obama Primary Challenge?
The last thing I want to see happen in the 2012 election is a Republican take the White House. But the next-to-last thing is pretty important to me, too: I don’t want to see the President’s military...
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Stephen Zunes
Why Egypt Will Not Be Another Iran
Some prominent congressional leaders and media pundits, in a cynical effort to mislead the American public into supporting the Mubarak regime in Egypt and opposing the popular nonviolent struggle for...
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Mark Weisbrot
This Time, the People of Haiti May Win
The US has overthrown Jean-Bertrand Aristide twice. But now it will encounter a new reality in the Americas
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
Slavoj Žižek
For Egypt, This Is the Miracle of Tahrir Square
There is no room for compromise. Either the entire Mubarak edifice falls, or the uprising is betrayed
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Rebecca Ray
What Wikileaks Teaches Us About Obama and Latin America
President Obama has given little indication of the strategy for his upcoming trip through Chile, Brazil, and El Salvador. Will "the great listener" promote cooperation and understanding, or carry on...
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Chase Madar
Why Bradley Manning Is a Patriot, Not a Criminal
An Opening Statement for the Defense of Private Manning
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Bruce Dixon
2011 Is the Year to Grab the Mic
A Black Agenda Radio commentary
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S. Derek Turner
Barack Obama's Broadband Disconnect
President Barack Obama hits the road Thursday to promote his national wireless initiative, aimed, as he said in his State of the Union address, to “make it possible for businesses to deploy the next...
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Subhankar Banerjee, Subhankar Banerjee
From Toilet to Planet: A Brief Journey of Survival
Today Representative Darrell Issa (R–California), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is starting a series of hearings to deregulate the US. Before I get to his...
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David Elliot
Put a Human Face on Spending Priorities
What are we sacrificing, and at what cost?
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Beenish Ahmed
Egyptian Riot Grrls
Twitter has been aflutter about the very visible presence of women among the protests that have taken Egypt by storm over the last few weeks. But images of women have remained sparse amid the digital...
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Bernie Sanders
Organizing Help Wanted
We must defend America’s middle class before millionaires and billionaires own the entire country.
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Robert C. Koehler
A Truth More Powerful Than an Army
It was just a routine murder.
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Peter Hart
Huffington, Olbermann and Corporate Media
We're constantly told that we're living in a media era where the old rules no longer apply. But one of those old rules--that giant media companies need to get even bigger--is staying put. Just weeks...
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Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith
New Study Reveals the Benefits of EPA Regulation for Labor
You can hear the echo chamber reverberate the talking points: • The Independent Petroleum Association of America complains that drilling permits and pollution are curbing job growth. • The head of...
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Stephen Zunes
The Egyptian Struggle May Be Protracted, But Will Emerge Victorious
With the subsidence of dramatic demonstrations on the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities a few days ago, as many protesters return to jobs and catch their breath, some analysts were arguing...
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Ira Chernus, Ira Chernus
The Myth of “Stability vs. Democracy”
The Obama administration faces an agonizing choice: Should we prioritize stability or democracy in Egypt? Or so the U.S. mass media almost unanimously tell us. But how did our foreign policy...
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Robert Shetterly
The Stink in the Super Bowl
“Part of the main plan of imperialism… is that we will give you your history, we will write it for you, we will re-order the past…What’s more truly frightening is the defacement, the mutilation, and...
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Pat LaMarche
Political Payments Explained
This week, I was copied on an e-mail that a faithful BDN reader sent to about 20 people. A number of the co-recipients were prominent Maine politicians, and several of the other names appeared to be...
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Laura Flanders
Corruption and Inequality Begin at Home
The U.S. media seems to have found a new language for the economy. There's been talk of “solidarity” and even “class war,” and a focus on corruption and inequality like we haven't seen in who knows...
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Robert Scheer
Hey Obama, Read WikiLeaks
After a good start, the Obama administration’s response to the democratic revolution in Egypt has begun to exude the odor of betrayal. Now distancing itself from the essential demand of the...
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Ray McGovern
America's Stay-at-Home Ex-President
As the news broke on Saturday that former President George W. Bush had abruptly canceled his scheduled appearance this week in Geneva to avoid the risk of arrest on a torture complaint, my first...
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Steve Rendall
Pundits Fuel the Right’s Latest Rage
‘Constitutional’ conservatives’ selective love for Bill of Rights
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Chris Toensing
No More Mr. Nice Autocracy
Democrats and Republicans alike have long wished that U.S.-allied Arab states would forever remain docile dictatorships.
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Amy Goodman
Egypt’s Youth Will Not Be Silenced
“In memoriam, Christoph Probst, Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl” reads the banner at the top of Kareem Amer’s popular Egyptian dissident blog. “Beheaded on Feb. 22, 1943, for daring to say no to Hitler,...
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Obama's Scary Budget: Why the Neediest People Should Be the Most Afraid
President Obama will unveil his budget for 2012 on February 14. The administration has so far been guarded about detailing how deeply the budget ax will slice. What is certain, however, is that the...
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Laura Flanders
Media Miss the Al Jazeera Story
One of the biggest stories of the past few weeks has been the story of Americans discovering Al Jazeera English. It shouldn't have been so hard. As the protest movement in Egypt grew, Americans found...
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Helen Caldicott and Dale Dewar
Nuclear Radiation Is Forever
Like most Ontario towns, Port Hope, on the shores of Lake Ontario, has a water treatment plant supplying its drinking water. Incredibly, adjacent to this plant is a huge factory now owned by Cameco...
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Ralph Nader
Time for Democracy in Egypt
Those politically savvy people who thought strongman, Hosni Mubarak would be out before the end of the first week of the Egyptian uprising better rethink the odds. For thirty years Mubarak has...
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Dennis Hans
Reagan’s Third-World Reign of Terror
As the nation pays tribute to Ronald "Dutch" Reagan on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, media coverage is every bit as laudatory as when he turned 90. I wrote in 2001 about PBS's...
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Joshua Holland
It Ain't Just Mubarak -- 7 of the Worst Dictators the U.S. Is Backing to the Hilt
Embattled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, whose regime has received billions in U.S. aid, has been in the global media spotlight of late. He's long been “our bastard,” but he's not alone. Let's...
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Frances Fox Piven
The Real Threat of Glenn Beck's Fantasies
It's harm not to myself, but to American democracy that I fear from the Fox News host's paranoid theories of social collapse
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Jim Hightower
Obama, Inc.
With Daley and Immelt on board, our president is waltzing with the devil.
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Carole Joffe
The "Protect Life Act:" Will There Be a Price to Be Paid?
Here is a story from 2002, as reported by the BBC : Saudi Arabia's religious police stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress, according...
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Katherine Gallagher
George Bush: No Escaping Torture Charges
Sooner or later, Bush will step into a country where he will be prosecuted for authorising the abuses of the 'war on terror'
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Rob Prince
U.S. Middle-East Policy: "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil -- Just Practice It, Then Act Surprised"
A bit of disconnected, but not irrelevant, history
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Monday, February 7, 2011
Dean Baker, Dean Baker
The Real Effect of 'Reaganomics'
Ronald Reagan promoted the idea that conservatives prefer to leave the economy to the market. Nonsense – we've been gulled
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Banking for the People
When you read the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission report released last week, it’s hard to believe that not so long ago banks were downright boring . Citigroups, JP Morgans, Bank of Americas, and...
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Sarah Clark
Public Health Cost of Global (Corn) Trade
Last week Mexico paid a U.S.-based corn processor, Corn Products International, Inc. (CPI) $58.4 million in accordance with a 2009 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) tribunal decision. The...
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Dennis Bernstein
Egyptian Blogger Describes Clashes
To call the ongoing people's revolts in Tunisia and Egypt FaceBook revolutions is certainly overstating the case. In both countries, the time was ripe for revolution and social upheaval. Poverty,...
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Bill Quigley
Swiss Miss Bush – GWB Ducks Geneva Criminal Torture Charges
Justice for George W’s torture violations jumped much closer this weekend. Ex-President George W Bush was supposed to fly to Switzerland to speak in Geneva February 15. But his speech was cancelled...
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John Clark
What Can We Do to Support Egypt?
Address in Solidarity with the Popular Revolution
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Tom Engelhardt
Pox Americana: Driving Through the Gates of Hell and Other American Pastimes in the Greater Middle East
As we've watched the dramatic events in the Middle East, you would hardly know that we had a thing to do with them. Oh yes, in the name of its War on Terror, Washington had for years backed most of...
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Mary Bottari
Banksters Back in the Black: JPMorgan Chase
Earnings and bonus reports are rolling in and the big, bailed-out banks are back in the black. In 2010, total compensation and benefits at publicly traded Wall Street banks and securities firms hit a...
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Dave Lindorff
America's Happy Talk Media: No Jobs Is Good News!
The propagandists in the corporate media are scratching their heads trying to figure out how to paint a rosy picture using the shockingly bad employment news out of the Labor Department last week...
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Allen D. Kanner
Corporate Control? Not in These Communities
Can local laws have a real effect on the power of giant corporations?
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Chris Hedges
Recognizing the Language of Tyranny
Empires communicate in two languages. One language is expressed in imperatives. It is the language of command and force. This militarized language disdains human life and celebrates hypermasculinity...
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Wenonah Hauter
Key Hand Sanitizer Ingredient May Cause More Harm than Good
Triclosan can impair thyroid function, upset estrogen and testosterone levels, and promote problems that could interfere with fetal development.
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Sunday, February 6, 2011
Rethinking Schools Editorial
Every School a Sanctuary
In the 1980s, as refugees from U.S.-sponsored wars in Central America sought safety in the United States—only to be declared “illegal aliens” by the government—progressive churches and communities...
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Robert Fisk
The Wrong Mubarak Quits. Soon the Right One Will Go
Protesters in Tahrir Square are right to be sceptical despite the apparent shake-up in Egypt's ruling party
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Laurence Lewis
Egypt Is the Future
While many have been surprised by the seemingly sudden uprising in Egypt, the real question isn't about how it happened but why it didn't happen sooner. Despite brave and noble opposition efforts by...
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Philip Kraske
The Stasis of the Union --One Last Take
Pundits have summed up the latest State of the Union speech as a rousing call to action short on detail, and I suppose they're right, though I am always puzzled that people expect any more than...
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Robert Lipsyte
You Must Watch the Empire Bowl
It’s Our Last Super Thing
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Peter Dreier
Reagan's Real Legacy
As the nation embarks on a celebration this Sunday of the hundredth anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s birth—with conferences, museum exhibits and lots of speeches—let us not forget that many...
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Medea Benjamin
The Egyptian General and the Gladiola
Our first attempt to buy flowers for the demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir Square was thwarted by a crazed-looking guy with a gun in one hand and a homemade spear in another (pruning shears taped to a...
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Saturday, February 5, 2011
Leonard Pitts Jr.
The Dumbing Down of America
ITEM: Only 28 percent of high school science teachers consistently follow National Research Council guidelines encouraging them to present students with evidence of evolution. Thirteen percent ``...
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Michelle Chen
New Labor Vision Emerges in Egypt’s Uprising
Since the revolution exploded in Egypt, international labor activists have condemned the state's crackdown on protesters and voiced global support for immediate democratic transition. So how is the...
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Michael Winship
For the US in Egypt, Blowback Is a Bitch
Almost seven years have passed since I spent some time in the Middle East. The closest I get to the opinions of "the Arab street" these days is the fellow who runs the delicatessen a block away from...
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Laura Flanders
Army's Mental Health Care Failed Bradley Manning
The uprisings in Egypt have inspired all sorts of people, including Private Bradley Manning, the young man being held in solitary confinement in Quantico, accused of being the source for Wikileaks...
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Beverly Bell
The Right to Housing for Internally Displaced Haitians
While the eyes of the world are on Haiti's illegitimate elections and the return of the deposed dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, about 1.5 million displaced earthquake survivors continue to live in sub...
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Donna Smith
Super Bowl Commercial for the Dead Patients
I'd love to see a Super Bowl commercial Sunday that stated the facts about how many Americans will die on Super Bowl Sunday this year because they didn't have access to the healthcare they needed...
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Christopher Brauchli
Representative Smith Redefines Rape
In Germany, Prussia must make moral conquests through legislation. — Wilhelm I, Speech to the Cabinet (1858)
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Friday, February 4, 2011
Jeff Biggers
Arizona Gone Wild: Does New Bill Give State the Right to Overthrow Federal Government?
How did this latest episode in "Arizona Tea Party Gone Wild" get by the state's attorney general Tom Horne?
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Medea Benjamin
Mubarak Mobs and Street Vendors: Welcome to Egypt
I was in the middle of buying some mints from a street vendor on Cairo’s Talat Harb Street—right off Tahrir Square—when the rocks started flying. I had given a 20-cent coin to the vendor. He gave me...
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Matthew Rothschild
Mubarak’s Thuggery Was OK Off Camera
This is the Hosni Mubarak that the United States has been lavishly supporting for 30 years now. This isn’t new. We in the U.S. are just seeing it for ourselves for the first time. Mubarak’s thugs...
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Jodi Jacobson
Protecting Life? New Bill Says Its OK to Let Women Die
One hundred members of Congress (so far) have cosponsored a bill introduced by far right Congressman Joe Pitts (R-PA) called the "Protect Life Act." (Check here to see if yours is one of them.)
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Manuel Pérez Rocha, Stuart Trew
We Need to Rethink, Not Rearm NAFTA
While Canada and the US get ready to move bilaterally to beef up border security, we wonder who benefits from the proposed "security perimeter."
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Jeff Milchen
5 Ways to Help Your Community Go Local
Buy Independent and Buy Local campaigns have a big effect, according to a new survey of independent businesses. Here’s how you can reap the benefits for your local economy.
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Nathan Schneider
Egypt’s Rhyming Revolution
In the US, our reality shows judge contestants on the skills that we apparently expect our celebrities to have: a rather inhuman body, ruthless guile, some dance moves, and a decent singing voice...
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Robert Alvarez
Food, Egypt and Wall Street
The dramatic rise in food prices is fueling a great deal of discontent in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere. It is a deep under current propelling many of the poor, facing prospects of starvation to...
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Wallace Shawn
Why I Call Myself a Socialist: Is the World Really a Stage?
In most reasonably large towns in the United States and Europe, you can find, on some important public square or street, a professional theater.
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David Sirota
With Democracy or Against It -- There's No In Between
In America, politicians are rarely compelled to turn rhetoric into action. Presidents make public commitments to support legislation while quietly instructing their congressional allies to kill the...
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Ronnie Cummins
Monsanto Nation: Exposing Monsanto's Minions
My expose last week, " The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto: What Now? " has ignited a long-overdue debate on how to stop Monsanto's earth killing, market-monopolizing, climate-destabilizing...
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Subhankar Banerjee, Subhankar Banerjee
Extreme Weather Report From Home: The Thong Will Drop
People across half of the US just experienced unprecedented cold, snow and ice brought in by a record setting winter storm. Climate deniers have been wondering, we thought it's gonna be warm with...
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Johann Hari
We All Helped Suppress the Egyptians. So How Do We Change?
Very few British people would beat up a poor person to get cheaper petrol. But our governments do it all the time. Why?
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Thursday, February 3, 2011
Megan Tady
Will Congress Give Obama the ‘Mubarak Option’?
When millions took to the streets of Egypt last week to protest the Mubarak regime and call for democratic reform, the Egyptian government responded by cutting off Internet access and people's...
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Catherine Traywick
Why Sexual Violence Against Latina Farmworkers Is a Hate Crime
This week, two high-profile trials involving the racially motivated murders of Latinos in Pennsylvania and Arizona are exposing the unsettling implications of growing anti-immigrant sentiment.
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Greg Grandin
White House to Push for Colombia Free Trade Treaty: Expect Body Count to Rise
A federal government insider tells me we should soon expect the Obama administration to push Congress to ratify the stalled Colombia Free Trade Agreement, a treaty strongly opposed by unions and...
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Jeff Biggers
Yes, Virginia, This Dirty Coal Bill Is a Bad Bar Room Romance
Taking their cue from the widely disgraced West Virginia politicos and Big Coal lobbyists, some legislators in Virginia are courting a bad regulatory romance bill that could cost the state dearly --...
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Raffi Cavoukian
Cairo Sunshine All Around
Reflecting on the rebirth of my birthplace
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Katitza Rodriguez
As International Privacy Day Is Celebrated, Governments Continue to Chip Away at Privacy Rights
"Effective data protection is vital for our democracies and underpins other fundamental rights and freedoms." - Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice...
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The 38th anniversary of Roe v Wade Ashley Sayeau
A New Battle on Abortion Rights
Republicans are using healthcare repeal to try to roll back abortion rights. Who will speak up for American women's needs?
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Ruth Conniff
Obama, Mubarak: We Love Pro-Democracy Protesters!
President Obama's speech on Tuesday presenting the United States government's line on Egypt was so carefully calibrated to say nothing it was almost perfect in its meaninglessness. In words so...
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Ted Rall
The New Face of Revolution: After Tunisia and Egypt, the World
NEW YORK--From the British newspaper the Independent: "Like in many other countries in the region, protesters in Egypt complain about surging prices, unemployment and the authorities' reliance on...
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Erik Hoffner
The ‘Greenest Olympics’ Actually an Environmental Catastrophe
Like a downhill skier that crashes right out of the gate, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has a lot of catching up to do if it wants to earn a gold medal for "the greenest Olympics." World...
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Mark Weisbrot
Haiti's Growing Momentum Towards Democracy
The possible return of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and a pushback against the electoral fix give hope
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Bill McKibben
Inspired by a Revolution in Our Midst, Worried About a Revolution in Our Atmosphere
If you were in the space shuttle looking down yesterday, you would have seen a pair of truly awesome, even fearful, sights. Much of North America was obscured by a 2,000-mile storm dumping vast...
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011
U.S. Military Veterans and Allies
In Solidarity With the Egyptian People and the Soldiers Refusing to Repress Them
As veterans and friends and families of veterans and active-duty members of the US military, we stand in solidarity with the courageous Egyptian people and the brave members of the Egyptian military...
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Mary Bottari
Fraudclosure: Will State AGs Step Up to Their Moment in History?
Rumor has it that the 50 state attorney general investigation into the Fraudclosure scandal is wrapping up. It's time for a backbone check. Will the state attorneys general just ask the big banks and...
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Robert Naiman
Democracy in Egypt: The U.S. and Israel Can Adapt and They Will
Democracy is coming to Egypt. People outside of Egypt who consider that inconvenient to their current policies may kvetch, but ultimately they can adapt and they will, because as it becomes...
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Stephen Zunes
Egypt: Lessons in Democracy
Could 2011 be to the Arab world what 1989 was to Eastern Europe?
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Amira Hass
When Israel's Protective Net of Tyranny Tears
We have not yet reached the stage in which the machinery of Israeli repression breaks up into its component parts - the people - who instead of obeying, begin to think.
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Marjorie Cohn, Marjorie Cohn
U.S. Chickens Come Home to Roost in Egypt
Barack Obama, like his predecessors, has supported Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to the tune of $1.3 billion annually, mostly in military aid. In return, Egypt minds U.S. interests in the Middle...
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Dean Baker
The Great British Austerity Experiment
With deficit hawks poised in the US, we watch with great interest UK economic policy. It's not looking an enviable example so far
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Amy Goodman
When Corporations Choose Despots Over Democracy
“People holding a sign ‘To: America. From: the Egyptian People. Stop supporting Mubarak. It’s over!” so tweeted my brave colleague, “Democracy Now!” senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous, from the...
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Jim Hightower
Finally, Washington Frowns on Mountaintop Removal Mining
When the EPA revoked a permit for decapitating West Virginia's mountains, some politicians decided the sky was falling.
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Ahdaf Soueif
Mubarak's Regime Cannot Satisfy the Demands of Egyptians
We hope our popular, young, peaceable, democratic movement is allowed to develop a vision of how Egypt can be run
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