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Monday, January 17, 2011
Susan Galleymore
'Making Things Right by People'
A scene in the film The Good Shepherd shows a conversation between an Italian-American grandfather and Central Intelligence Agent Edward Wilson. "We Italians, we have family. What do people like you...
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Bill Quigley
MLK Injustice Index 2011: Racism, Materialism and Militarism in the US
“We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values… when machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism,...
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Sunday, January 16, 2011
Richard Rodriguez
Corporate Big Guys Winners in War of Words
Jared Lee Loughner may turn out to be certifiably mad. But it bears mentioning that the entire United States of America lately has shown signs of a low-grade lunacy - call it a willful inability to...
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Andrew Fiala
King, Ike, and 20 Years of War in Iraq
This year, two significant anniversaries occur on Martin Luther King Day. On January 17, 1961, President Eisenhower delivered his Farewell Address, warning about the dangers of the military-...
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Coleen Rowley
We're Conflating Proper Dissent and Terrorism
It's both misguided and distracting to direct our homeland security efforts against protesters.
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Jim Horn
Charter Schools: What Would Dr. King Say?
It is unfortunate that the charter school industry now finds itself on the wrong side of educational progress and civil rights history, even as industry spokesmen like Nelson Smith engage in a public...
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President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, leave the home of Tom Fletcher, a father of eight who had been out of work for nearly two years. The president announced his War on Poverty from the Fletcher porch in 1964. Roger Kimmel Smith
Decent Poverty Report: Poverty and Misery
In 1964, Lyndon Johnson launched his War on Poverty, a phrase attributed specifically to the 1964 Economic Opportunity Act and more broadly to his administration's efforts to expand the social safety...
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Michelle Chen
Economic Recovery? Not So Much for Women
The latest employment figures place the economic "recovery" firmly on the Y chromosome. According to the National Women's Law Center, the unemployment crisis declined for men in 2010-but grew for...
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Dick Polman
Talk About Civility is Fine, but Where are the New Calls for Gun Control?
Behold the silence of the lambs. Naturally, I'm talking about the Democrats. One of their own House members has been plugged in the head by a nut job armed with a Glock and a high-capacity magazine,...
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Frank Rich
No One Listened to Gabrielle Giffords
OF the many truths in President Obama's powerful Tucson speech , none was more indisputable than his statement that no one can know what is in a killer's mind. So why have we spent so much time...
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Saturday, January 15, 2011
Romina Ruiz-Goiriena
How Tunisian Facebookers Will Change Newsrooms
PARIS -- When thousands took to the World Wide Web from Tehran to protest the result of the presidential elections the summer of 2009, traditional western media's first instinct was to turn a blind...
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Dean Baker
The 'New Normal' of Unemployment
The American Economics Association held its annual meeting in Denver last weekend. Most attendees appeared to be in a very forgiving mood. While the economists in Denver recognized the severity of...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Annoying Constitution and the Immigrants' Babies
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. . . . -- Inscription for the Statue of Liberty Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has shown that even though he is from mid-America...
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Glenn Hurowitz
Goose Strike! Humans and the Sky
I'll never forget the day the geese turned the sky black. It was a bright autumn afternoon in my favorite boyhood wilderness -- Rockefeller Preserve in New York's Hudson Valley. From a distance, I...
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Robert Naiman
Tunisian Protests Move Hillary's Line on Democratic Reform
Back in 1969, when Secretary of State Clinton was writing her senior thesis at Wellesley on Chicago community organizer Saul Alinsky, she must have come across this line on page 9 of Alinksy's book...
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David Krieger
Remembering Eisenhower's Farewell Address
January 17, 2011 will be the 50th anniversary of President Eisenhower's Farewell Address to the nation in which he warned of the dangers of the unwarranted influence of the military-industrial...
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Friday, January 14, 2011
William K. Black
The Anti-Regulators Are the 'Job Killers'
The new mantra of the Republican Party is the old mantra -- regulation is a "job killer." It is certainly possible to have regulations kill jobs, and when I was a financial regulator I was a leader...
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Greg Mitchell
Why WikiLeaks Matters
Nearly fifty days have passed since the WikiLeaks document release in late November, this one centering on US diplomatic cables and quickly dubbed "Cablegate." At this writing, not even 3,000 cables...
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Robert Naiman
Tunisian Protests Move Hillary's Line on Democratic Reform
Back in 1969, when Secretary of State Clinton was writing her senior thesis at Wellesley on Chicago community organizer Saul Alinsky, she must have come across this line on page 9 of Alinksy's book...
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Michelle Chen
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Call for Peace as Racial Justice Still Rings
I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as one who loves America, to the leaders of our own nation: The great initiative in this war is...
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Stephen Zunes
US Continues to Back Tunisian Dictatorship in the Face of Unarmed Pro-Democracy Insurrection
The regime U.S.-backed Tunisian dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali has been the target of a nationwide popular uprising in recent weeks, which neither shooting into crowds of unarmed demonstrators nor...
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Robert Fisk
Lebanon in Limbo: A Nation Haunted by the Murder of Rafiq Hariri
Soldiers, soldiers everywhere. In the valleys, on the mountains, in the streets of Beirut. I have never seen so many soldiers. Are they going to "liberate" Jerusalem? Or are they going to destroy all...
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Elizabeth DiNovella
Mining for Lawsuits in El Salvador
Friday is a National Call-in Day to Commerce Group
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Capital Times Editorial
Honor King by Defending Public Workers
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was not assassinated at a rally organized by a right-wing talk radio host, or at the inauguration of a conservative Republican governor. King, the Nobel Peace Prize-...
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Adam Kader
Storytelling as Organizing: How to Rescue the Left from its Crisis of Imagination
In an editorial in In These Times' November 2009 issue, reflecting on the right’s success at re-framing the healthcare reform debate in its favor, Kevin O’Donnell wrote, “When it comes to messaging,...
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Tom Engelhardt
A Pentagon 'Belt-Loosening' Operation
Last week, Pentagon budget “cuts” were in the headlines, often almost luridly so -- “ Pentagon Faces the Knife ,” “Pentagon to Cut Spending by $78 Billion, Reduce Troop Strength,” “U.S.
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Naomi Klein
The Search for BP's Oil
"Dolphins off the bow!" I race to the front of the WeatherBird II, a research vessel owned by the University of South Florida. There they are, doing their sleek silvery thing, weaving between...
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Julian Martin
It Isn't Radical to Want to Preserve Mountains
Coal companies are the extremists in this scenario
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Jeff Biggers
Progressive Arizona
The Other Arizona
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Danny Schechter
Is Fascism Lurking?
Fascism is one of those words that sounds like it belongs in the past, conjuring up, as it does, marching jack boots in the streets, charismatic demagogues like Italy's Mussolini or Spain's Franco...
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Mary Bottari
What Does Wikileaks Have on Bank of America?
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is promising to unleash a cache of secret documents from the hard drive of a U.S. megabank executive.
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Donna Smith
Oh, For Civil Healthcare in America
Ah, we must be more civil. No more taunts. No more tirades. No more gun crosshair targets, no matter how innocently placed on our graphics (though I am not sure gun crosshairs are ever really...
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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Dan Froomkin
Donald Rumsfeld Torture Lawsuit Fizzles, Again
WASHINGTON - An American Civil Liberties Union lawyer trying to revive a torture lawsuit against former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and three high-ranking Army officers made no headway in a...
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Debra Cooper
The President's Speech as Consolation: Is That What is Needed?
The president along with many others, like Daniel Hernandez, gave a beautiful, graceful speech last night. It was a eulogy for those who died like the lovely 9 year old girl, Christina Taylor Green,...
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Kristin Wartman
The American Fast Food Syndrome
Working with people as a nutritionist, I’m often met with resistance. I try to explain making healthful food choices without using trigger words like organic, sustainable, or even local. “When I hear...
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Jon Walker
Conservative Activist Grover Norquist Wants Debate on Cost of War in Afghanistan
Small government activist Grover Norquist is calling for Republicans to begin a serious debate on the Afghanistan war. Not surprisingly, Norquist was focusing on the cost of financing our seemingly...
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Sarah van Gelder, Brooke Jarvis
Words Matter: How Media Can Build Civility or Destroy It
The media can, as we know, promote fear, hatred, and extremism. Can it also lead us to greater civility and more productive debate?
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Jim Cason
A Nation of Laws? Or Assassins?
Remote control killings by unmanned drones in Pakistan aren't making our country more secure.
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Ann Jones
Why Peace Is the Business of Men (But Shouldn’t Be)
A Modest Proposal for the Immodest Brotherhood of Big Men
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Robert Scheer
Perps in the White House
While it is widely recognized that the banking meltdown has left enormous economic pain and political upheaval in its wake, it is amazing that the folks who created this mess are rewarded with ever...
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Conn Hallinan
Afghanistan: Killing Peace
In spite of a White House report that “progress” is being made in Afghanistan, by virtually any measure the war has significantly deteriorated since the Obama administration surged troops into...
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Julia Olmstead
A Climate-Friendly Farm Bill
Climate-friendly agriculture isn't just about cutting carbon emissions.
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Robert C. Koehler
The Paradox of Disarmament
Will there be copycats? Will parents let their children attend political rallies anymore? Will Congress ever come to our corner again? We witness another impromptu festival of American violence, this...
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Harvey Wasserman
The Second Amendment Demands Gun Control
The Second Amendment supports those of us who would CONTROL guns---and thus prevent the insane slaughter that compromises our security. James Madison and the Founders of this nation would be enraged...
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Jordan Flaherty
One Year After Haiti Earthquake, Corporations Profit While People Suffer
One year after an earthquake devastated Haiti, much of the promised relief and reconstruction aid has not reached those most in need. In fact, the nation's tragedy has served as an opportunity to...
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Neve Gordon
Israel's Assault on Human Rights
Imagine a college student returning to her university after spending Christmas break at home. At the airport she logs on to the Internet to double check some of the sources she used in her final take...
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
John Nichols
Determined to Stifle Arizona Violence Debate, Palin Claims She's the Victim... of 'Blood Libel'
Echoing the new battle cry of the right, Sarah Palin has come out of hiding to accuse those who suggest over-the-top rhetoric and a volatile political climate might offer some explanation of Saturday...
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Riki Ott
Diary of a Disaster: 6 Months in the Gulf
What it’s like to respond to an environmental and democratic crisis—and where we go from here.
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Bill C. Davis
Words and Bullets
Jared Loughner was like a piece of litmus paper - susceptible to the acidity and power of words as they swirl in a charged atmosphere - words that hang in the air and the air-waves. Certain...
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Wendell Potter
Deadly Spin on Health Care Repeal
Advocates of health care reform who are fearful -- or hopeful, as the case may be -- that Republicans will be able to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) need to...
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Glenn Greenwald
How Propaganda Poisons the Mind - and Our Discourse
Last week, on January 3, The Guardian published a scathing Op-Ed by James Richardson blaming WikiLeaks for endangering the life of Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the democratic opposition in...
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John Feffer
Gun Crazy: From NRA Glocks to Predator Drones
The Pentagon and the National Rifle Association have a lot in common these days. They're in love with guns. They maintain powerful lobbies. They refuse to acknowledge the dangerous consequences of...
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Isabel Macdonald
Haiti: Where's the Money?
After a devastating earthquake killed more than 200,000 people in Haiti on January 12, 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that there could be dire consequences “if the effort to rebuild...
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Amy Goodman
A Tale of Two Sheriffs
The Tucson massacre that left six dead and 14 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, brought into sharp public focus the local sheriff, Clarence Dupnik. He's been the sheriff of Pima County,...
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Pratap Chatterjee
Time to Follow Fields' Example and Quit Afghanistan
The White House should draw a larger conclusion from the resignation of its corruption inspector for Afghanistan
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Christopher Cook
Conference on 'the Commons' Highlights Disparities and Challenges
Two days before the launch of a global commons conference here in Hyderabad, India, drawing more than 600 people from 69 countries, a roomful of activists and scholars from across South Asia found...
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Randall Amster
Healing the Wounds: Transforming Our Culture of Violence
Whatever your political leanings, you’d have to be incredibly hardhearted not to be moved by the shooting in Tucson that claimed the lives of a federal judge and a nine year old girl, among others,...
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Edwidge Danticat
Haiti: A Year and a Day
In the Haitian vodou tradition, it is believed by some that the souls of the newly dead slip into rivers and streams and remain there, under the water, for a year and a day. Then, lured by ritual...
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Mark Weisbrot
Haiti's Election: A Travesty of Democracy
The OAS's attempt to rehabilitate a fatally flawed process would be laughable if it were not a tragic injustice for Haitians
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Tom Engelhardt
From War Profiteer to For-Profit War
As a boy in the 1950s, I can remember my father, a World War II vet, becoming livid while insisting that our family not shop at a local grocery store. Its owners, he swore, had been “war profiteers”...
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Saul Landau
A Lousy New Year for Workers
"What's good for General Motors is good for the country," Defense Secretary nominee--and former GM CEO--Charles Wilson famously told the Senate Armed Services Committee in 1953. These weren't his...
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Laura Flanders
Children Become Collateral Damage
Christina-Taylor Green was nine years old. She was born on September 11, 2001. She died on January 8, 2011 in Tucson, along with a federal judge and four others in a shooting targeting her...
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Eugene Robinson
Gun Crazy
We may not be sure that the bloodbath in Tucson had anything to do with politics, but we know it had everything to do with our nation's insane refusal to impose reasonable controls on guns...
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Nancy Talanian
Close Guantánamo
Two presidents have called for Guantánamo Bay Prison's closure to preserve the safety of the United States, and yet today, nine years after the first load of prisoners arrived there, 173 prisoners...
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Robert Greenwald
Tell Joe Klein It's Stupid NOT to Get Out of Afghanistan
Joe Klein thinks you're stupid for wanting to get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan . Here's what he said on a recent CNN appearance:
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Dean Baker
The Progressive Case Against Obama's New Team
Most reports on the selection of William Daley as President Obama's new chief of staff and Gene Sperling as the head of his National Economic Council included a few lines of criticism from...
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William Hartung
Big 'Corporate' Brother: Is Lockheed Martin Shadowing You?
How a Giant Weapons Maker Became the New Big Brother
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Bill Quigley, Jeena Shah
Million Plus Remain Homeless and Displaced in Haiti: One Year After Quake
One year after the January 12, 2010 earthquake, more than a million people remain homeless in Haiti. Homemade shelters and tents are everywhere in Port au Prince. People are living under plastic...
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Robert Naiman
If Palin Lived in Pakistan, Could She Face a Drone Strike?
Suppose that Sarah Palin lived in Pakistan. Suppose that Jared Loughner, the alleged killer of federal Judge John Roll and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' staffer Gabe Zimmerman, had once traveled to...
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Dana Frank
In Honduras, the Holiday Season Brings Repression
As we settle into our warm winter naps in the United States, a new wave of military repression is sweeping through Honduras, directed at the campesino movement. In December troops moved in and once...
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Alan Nasser, Kelly Norman
A Primer on the The Student Loan Debt Bubble
It was announced last summer that total student loan debt, at $830 billion, now exceeds total US credit card debt, itself bloated to the bubble level of $827 billion. And student loan debt is growing...
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Robert Jensen
The Machine Changes, the Work Remains the Same
When I first got involved in left/radical political organizing in the 1990s, I don't recall any of us referring to our efforts as "phone activism" or calling ourselves "fax activists." A friend who...
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Peter Hart
Violent Rhetoric and Media False Balance
Yesterday in the New York Times Paul Krugman ( 1/10/11 ) suggests that we not pretend that "both sides" are responsible for toxic political rhetoric:
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Monday, January 10, 2011
Ralph Nader
Open Letter to President Obama: Meet with Civil Society Leaders
Dear President Obama: The sentiments expressed in this letter may have more meaning more for you now that the results of the mid-term elections are clear. You have seen what can happen when a number...
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Michael Winship
Hate Speech: The Right’s Magic Bullet
The Russian playwright Anton Chekhov had a rule: if you show a gun in the first act, by the time the curtain falls, it has to go off. For weeks and months, that gun, the weapon of angry rhetoric and...
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Russell Mokhiber
Simon Johnson, Big Banks, and the Populist Moment
The six biggest banks in America? Wells Fargo. Citibank. Bank of America. JP Morgan Chase. Morgan Stanley. Goldman Sachs. Together, they control assets equal to about 65 of GDP. Twenty years ago,...
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Roberto Rodriguez
The Tucson Massacre: After the Cameras Are Gone?
As a journalist/columnist of nearly 40 years, I can tell you what will happen in Tucson in a few days. Better yet, I will tell you what the media will do in the next few days; the cameras will leave...
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Robert Kuttner
Zero Hour for Social Security
As I have previously warned--and I hope I'm wrong--President Obama seems on the verge of needlessly cutting America's most valued social program and the one that best differentiates Republicans from...
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Amanda Marcotte
Giffords Shooting Raises Questions About Mental Health Care
The evidence is thin right now of what motivated Jared Lee Loughner to walk up to a "Congress on Your Corner" meeting outside of a Tucson grocery store, shoot Representative Gabrielle Giffords in the...
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Dennis Martinez
Slow Death by Carbon Credits
Indigenous peoples can suffer from pollution compensation plan
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Dave Lindorff
Meeting a Young Marine-To-Be
At the local YMCA today, I ran into a boy who was a childhood friend of my son's. As my kid goes to a public arts high school in Philadelphia outside of our local school district, I don't see much of...
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Tom Gallagher
Has The New York Times Gone Crazy?
New York Times writer Matt Bai’s article on the shooting of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others (“ A Turning Point in the Discourse ,” January 9, 2011) starts out as a sane and...
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Chris Hedges
Even Lost Wars Make Corporations Rich
Power does not rest with the electorate. It does not reside with either of the two major political parties. It is not represented by the press. It is not arbitrated by a judiciary that protects us...
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Gwynne Dyer
The Future of Food Riots
If all the food in the world were shared out evenly, there would be enough to go around. That has been true for centuries now: if food was scarce, the problem was that it wasn't in the right place,...
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Nick Turse
US Empire of Bases 2.0: Does the Pentagon Really Have 1,180 Foreign Bases?
The United States has 460 bases overseas! It has 507 permanent bases! What is the U.S doing with more than 560 foreign bases? Why does it have 662 bases abroad? Does the United States really have...
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Bill Quigley
Serious Guns and White Terrorism: Two Unasked Questions in Tucson Mass Murder
Question: How does a mentally unstable man who was kicked out of school and had run-ins with the law buy such a serious weapon? The weapon reportedly used in the mass murders in Tucson was a serious...
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Sunday, January 9, 2011
Michelle Chen
Drawing Imaginary Lines in the Constitution: the Economics of Citizenship
Conservative lawmakers kicked off the new legislative session with a grandiose reading of the Constitution in the House this week, and then quickly settled down to shred its most important provisions.
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Keith Olbermann
Violence and Threats Have No Place in Democracy
The political rhetoric of the country must be changed to prevent acts of domestic terrorism
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Caroline Arnold
The Disruptive Drip of WikiLeaks and the Public's Right to Know
This week I've been haunted by an AP Photo by Muhammed Muheisen in the Akron Beacon Journal (1/3/11 -- print edition only) showing a road in Pakistan just outside Islamabad. On pavement on the left...
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Randall Amster
Arizona’s Long Dark Night Continues
Perhaps not since the full-on throes of the Civil Rights era has a single state been so beset by crisis, conflict, and now catastrophe. Chronicling Arizona politics has been a trying and tiresome...
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Karen Dolan
No Ordinary Cross Hairs
Christina Taylor Green might well have made the world a better place someday. According to reports, Christina had just been elected to her elementary school's Student Council. Her neighbor brought...
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Jeff Biggers
Lock and Load and Lost in Tucson Today: What's the Matter with My Arizona?
TUCSON, Arizona--I was 8-years-old in Tucson when I first had a firearm pressed into my hands at a summer camp, and I locked and loaded and fired. I thought about that strange first gun experience...
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Saturday, January 8, 2011
Marty Kaplan
The "Lock and Load" Rhetoric of American Politics Isn't Just a Metaphor
I'm not saying that putting a bullseye on Arizona Democrat Rep.
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Justin Norman
When Manners Get You Nowhere: 30 Weeks of Protesting Torture in 2010
Three years ago, if someone had suggested to me that I don an orange jumpsuit, black hood, and haul a cross down the street in opposition to torture, I would have laughed at them. Yet here I am at...
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Jim Rigby
Our Nation of Weeping Executioners
A recent Los Angeles Times' profile of Rev. Jane Adams Spahr wonderfully captured the loving spirit of one of my few heroes in the Presbyterian Church. This courageous lesbian minister has fought...
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Marc-William Palen
How the Farm Lobby Distorts U.S. Foreign Policy
Thanks to the hard work of the U.S. Farm Lobby, America’s love of cheap food has stretched more than an engorged waistline. It now stretches the limits of American foreign policy.
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Tim Karr
AT&T's Man in the White House
When President Obama said he was going to "bring change to Washington," no one expected William Daley to be his choice to get the job done. Obama's incoming chief of staff is about as corporate...
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Donna Smith
How Many Dead Arizonians?
The budget crisis in Arizona means the Republican Governor Jan Brewer and her Republican legislature have decided some death is preferable to more debt. Human life has a very measureable price in...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Budget and the Republicans
A little wanton money, which burned out the bottom of his purse. — Sir Thomas More, Works [c. 1535] Five hundred million dollars seems like a lot until one realizes that it’s only a small part of an...
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Friday, January 7, 2011
Jesse Hagopian
A Year After the Earthquake, Haiti Still Needs Help
When the Enriquillo fault line shifted at 4:53 p.m. last Jan. 12, our bed was sent across the hotel room, the other side of the building collapsed and, as we would soon find out, Haiti was devastated...
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