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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Ralph Nader
Rumble from the People
Inside the barricading bubbles surrounding the Wall Street plutocrats and the Washington oligarchs who service them, there must be worry. After three years of disclosed “lying, cheating and stealing...
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Ben Lilliston
The 1 Percent’s Trade Deals
This week, the House of Representatives will consider three pending U.S. free trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. The push to further deregulate trade seems to be one of the few things...
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Heather Gautney
What Is Occupy Wall Street? The History of Leaderless Movements
Occupy Wall Street has arrived. Facebook is all-aflutter, and Twitter is all-atweeter, as news of “occupations” and clashes with the powers-that-be spread like wildfire around the country.
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Heather Brooke
How the US Government Secretly Reads Your Email
Secret orders forcing Google and Sonic to release a WikiLeaks volunteer's email reveal the scale of US government snooping
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Dave Zirin
Dr. John Carlos Raises His Fist With Occupy Wall Street
Last night I had the privilege of introducing 1968 Olympian Dr. John Carlos to the General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street. This morning I had the duty of introducing John Carlos to Sen. Chuck Schumer...
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Kara Newhouse
A Labor Breakthrough: Occupy Wall Street’s Union Connections and the Role of Solidarity in Staying Power
“Labor is up against the wall, and they are looking for means of fighting back,” says Jackie DiSalvo, a 68-year-old union member and activist in Occupy Wall Street’s labor outreach working group,...
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Bill Bigelow
The New (and Improved?) Textbook Columbus
Recently, I ran across an old manual that described itself as “An easy step-by-step guide to obtain U.S. Citizenship.” A page of history and government questions begins: Q: Who discovered America? A...
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Tom Engelhardt
Knowing Your Enemy
At the Occupy Wall Street campgrounds in lower Manhattan, you can find just about anything. Like the sign held by a Marine vet wearing a "Don't Tread on Me" t-shirt (with a "Ban Fracking Now" sticker...
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Bill McKibben
Obama’s Failing Emails: Where Did the President’s Mojo Go?
For connoisseurs, Barack Obama’s fundraising emails for the 2012 election campaign seem just a tad forlorn -- slightly limp reminders of the last time ‘round. Four years ago at this time, the early...
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Gloria C. Endres
'Teacher Evaluation': Real Agenda Appears to Be School Privatization
In an urban Head Start classroom, a 3-year-old has just been dropped off by her father and sits on the lap of a volunteer from the "Granny Brigade." As he leaves, she begins to wail, "Daddy!...
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Hannah Gurman
Ten Years and One Month Later
When I look back on the news cycle over the last two months, I think of 9/11 and floods. On the morning of August 28, I turned on the television and watched as the local newscaster showed the Hudson...
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Dean Baker
David Brooks: Bard of the 1 Percent
David Brooks delved deep into his storage locker of misinformation to tell readers that the idea of blaming the richest 1 Percent for the country's problems is just silly. He told us that the really...
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Patricia Morris
Military Spending Belongs on the Table
The supercommittee seems unlikely to make substantial military cuts and instead quite likely to cut spending for the other agencies under the "security spending" umbrella, even though the Pentagon gets the lion's share of that category's funding.
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Laurie Penny
This Is a Class War Disguised as a Generation War
Young people who left education with high hopes have had their ambitions dashed
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Rachel Meeropol
Death Row: America's Torture Chamber
Inmates are locked up for 23 hours a day in solitary confinement for an average of 14 years. That meets the definition of torture
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Danny Schechter
As the GOP Blames Obama for Wall Street “Mobs" the Occupy Movement Spreads Nationwide and Is No Friend of the President
Who is behind the Wall Street protests? The Republican minority leader, Eric Cantor, has searched up and down in his usual rigorous manner and found the culprit.
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Monday, October 10, 2011
Doug Larkin
‘Before Today, I Was Afraid of Trees’: Rethinking Nature Deficit Disorder
The last week of February turned out to be the peak of the maple-sugaring season that winter, and an inch of snow remained on the ground as the juniors in my chemistry class disembarked from the bus...
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Amanda Marcotte
Lies, Lies and More Lies: How Anti-Choicers Are Using "Personhood" to Ban Birth Control
What do you do when all the discourse around a topic is based around a scientific fallacy---or even an outright lie---but pointing that out distracts from the most pertinent issues of a specific...
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Jim Hightower
Big Oil: $135 Million -- School Children: 0
When is it not enough to have too much? Apparently, when you're a giant oil corporation. Big Oil's avaricious honchos are always searching for another dime they can slip into their corporate pockets...
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Paul Krugman
Panic of the Plutocrats
It remains to be seen whether the Occupy Wall Street protests will change America’s direction. Yet the protests have already elicited a remarkably hysterical reaction from Wall Street, the super-rich...
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Wendell Potter
'Occupy Wall Street' Should Also Take Aim at Health Insurance Companies
Health insurers trade group is calling the tune in Washington
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Mark Weisbrot
Like Europe, Americans Waiting for "Democracy In the Streets" to Force Policy Change
The monthly employment report for September, released Friday , shows how far America remains from an economic recovery that might feel different from a recession to most of the public, nearly four...
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Sarah Anderson, Chuck Collins
Job Destroyers Don't Deserve a Tax Holiday
When thinks tanks from the left and the right agree on something, Congress should pay attention.
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Tom Engelhardt
The Warning Occupy Wall Street Has for President Obama
On Wednesday afternoon, we marched out of Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators have bedded down for the duration. Drums were pounding and shouts of “Whose streets? Our streets...
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Chris Hedges
Why the Elites Are in Trouble
Ketchup, a petite 22-year-old from Chicago with wavy red hair and glasses with bright red frames, arrived in Zuccotti Park in New York on Sept. 17. She had a tent, a rolling suitcase, 40 dollars’...
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Shea Howell
Inventing New Politics
It took the brutality of some New York City police to break through the mainstream media silence on Occupy Wall Street. First came the attacks on women exercising their rights to publicly demonstrate...
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Ariel Dorfman
Salvador Allende Has Words for Barack Obama from the Other Side of Death
For the last decade, I have been haunted by voices from the other side of death. In this way, back in 2003 I transcribed the words of Pablo Picasso after a tapestry version of his famed painting...
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Sunday, October 9, 2011
New York Times Editorial
NYT Editorial: Protesters Against Wall Street
As the Occupy Wall Street protests spread from Lower Manhattan to Washington and other cities, the chattering classes keep complaining that the marchers lack a clear message and specific policy...
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Robert Reich
The Wall Street Occupiers and the Democratic Party
Will the Wall Street Occupiers morph into a movement that has as much impact on the Democratic Party as the Tea Party has had on the GOP? Maybe. But there are reasons for doubting it. Tea Partiers...
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David Macaray
Who Can Believe How Far We’ve Fallen?
How many stockbrokers, lawyers, bankers, accountants, or aluminum siding salesmen would turn down a big, fat pay raise if it came with strings attached? What if accepting that raise was contingent...
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Andrew M. Manis
In Memoriam: Fred Shuttlesworth, 1922-2011
Fred Shuttlesworth died this past Wednesday morning. Even if you’ve never heard of him, if you are an American, that news means more to you than you might imagine. Separated by a few years,...
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Caroline Arnold
Losing Hope in Obama and the Prospect of a Humane World
Cleaning up my desk this week I found an Obama ‘08 HOPE button. After a moment’s reflection, I threw it in the trash. Not because Obama lied or betrayed those of us who hope for a more humane world,...
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Saturday, October 8, 2011
Douglas Rushkoff
Think Occupy Wall St. is a Phase? You Don't Get It
Like the spokesmen for Arab dictators feigning bewilderment over protesters' demands, mainstream television news reporters finally training their attention on the growing Occupy Wall Street protest...
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Gary Lehring
Why I Can't Celebrate the End of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Many are applauding the repeal of DADT as an advance for gay and lesbian civil rights. And while any advance in civil rights is difficult to oppose, I am troubled by the celebration and fanfare that...
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Eric Margolis
Afghanistan: Ten Years of Aimless War
Operation Enduring Freedom – the dreadfully misnamed ten-year US occupation of Afghanistan – has turned into Operation Enduring Misery. The renowned military strategist, Maj. Gen. J.F.C Fuller,...
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Carolyn Eisenberg
New Yorkers Find Their Voice
Remarks at Times Square Rally, October 7, 2001 Protesting the Tenth Anniversary of the Afghanistan War This is the week New Yorkers began to hope again. If you were down in Foley Square on Wednesday...
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Chris Nerlien
Our Message is Simple: Only Main Street Can Save America
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota -- As I sit awake this Thursday night, preparing to protest on the steps of the Hennepin County Government Center, I ponder what this protest truly stands for. Throughout the...
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Peter Dreier
Victory! Transforming Occupy Wall Street From a Moment to a Movement
The protesters challenging the big banks and the super-rich won a dramatic victory in Los Angeles on Thursday, as I describe below. OneWest Bank, the biggest bank based in Southern California, and...
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Michelle Chen
Struggling New York School Workers Get Knocked Hard in Budget War
When kids across New York City shuffle into their classrooms next week, they'll discover that a few members of their school community won't be attending, and their absence will be sorely felt.
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Thomas S. Harrington
Preemptive Strikes of the (Pseudo) Progressive Kind
For reasons related mostly to geography and the positive experiences of an uncle and a number of family friends, I attended an undergraduate college run by the Society of Jesus, a Catholic religious...
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Friday, October 7, 2011
Alexis Erkert
“We Are Tired of Living Under Tents”
On Monday morning, October 3, ten women stood across the street from the Ministry of Social Affairs, waving their arms, wailing and chanting. They were calling on Osany, of the pantheon of vodou lwa...
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Robert Naiman
We, the 99%, Demand the End of the Wars Now
After ten years of war, now is a perfect time to act to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Friends Committee on National Legislation has set up a toll-free number for us to call Congress: 1-...
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Bernie Sanders
Rein in Wall Street and Rescue the Middle Class
It's time for us to end the financial oligarchy so destructive to our economy. If a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist
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Matthew Rothschild
Occupy Wall Street Sparks Great New Mass Movement
The Occupy Wall Street protest is the spark of a great new mass movement for economic justice, for economic democracy.
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Alexander Cockburn
U.S. and Saudi Relations on Oil
Pose a threat to the stability of Saudi Arabia, as the Shiite upsurges are now doing in Qatif and al-Awamiyah in the country's oil-rich Eastern Province, and you're brandishing a scalpel over the...
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Malalai Joya
Message on the Tenth Anniversary of NATO’s War and the Occupation of Afghanistan
I would like to thank all supporters and anti-war movements around the world who are marking the dark day of occupation of U.S. and NATO in Afghanistan.
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David Sirota
Stopping the Insanity
Like most people living through this jarring age of economic turbulence and political dysfunction, you can probably recall a moment in the last few months when you thought to yourself that our...
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John Nichols
The Politics of ‘Occupy Wall Street’: Sanders and Progressives Endorse, Ron Paul Sympathetic, Obama Silent
The “Occupy Wall Street” movement’s political breakthrough came Wednesday as leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus joined Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in...
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Tony Norman
Another Great American Died Wednesday: Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
As saddened as we are by Wednesday's death of Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs, we should also note the passing of the Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, a great American and civil rights leader who died early...
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Eric Holt-Giménez, Annie Shattuck
Walmart and the Good Food Movement
Walmart recently created a firestorm of controversy within the 'Good Food Movement' when it donated $1.2 million to Milwaukee-based Growing Power , a national leader in the struggle to get good...
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Christine Ahn, Hyun Lee
Of Bases and Budgets
At 4 am on September 24, an intoxicated U.S. soldier based at Camp Casey in South Korea broke into the dorm of a high school student, threatened her with a weapon and repeatedly sexually assaulted...
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David Morris
It's Labor vs. Capital, Stupid
Now that we're in the streets, what are we asking for?
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Naomi Klein
Occupy Wall Street: The Most Important Thing in the World Now
I was honored to be invited to speak at Occupy Wall Street on Thursday night. Since amplification is (disgracefully) banned, and everything I say will have to be repeated by hundreds of people so...
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Bill Quigley
Report from Haiti: Where’s the Money?
Broken and collapsed buildings remain in every neighborhood. Men pull oxcarts by hand through the street. Women carry 5 gallon plastic jugs of water on their heads, dipped from manhole covers in the...
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Thursday, October 6, 2011
Glenn Greenwald
Execution by Secret WH Committee
Here is what the Democratic President has created and implemented, and what many party loyalists explicitly endorse (when there’s a Democrat in the White House) — from Reuters :
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Robert Applebaum
Here's a Demand: Forgive Student Loan Debt
As US student loan debt nears $1tn, it's time for the banks that stole these young people's future to do the right thing
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Andy Kroll
Flat-Lining the Middle Class: Economic Numbers to Die For
Food pantries picked over . Incomes drying up. Shelters bursting with the homeless. Job seekers spilling out the doors of employment centers. College grads moving back in with their parents. The...
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Lucinda Marshall
Ten Years Later – The ‘Liberation’ of Afghan Women
When the United States attacked Afghanistan ten years ago, we were told that not only were we going after those who had attacked us but also that we would liberate Afghan women from the Taliban. It...
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Tom Engelhardt
Why Lists of Demands Don’t Matter in Zuccotti Park
In some ways, Zuccotti Park, the campsite, the Ground Zero, for the Occupy Wall Street protests couldn’t be more modest. It’s no Tahrir Square, but a postage-stamp-sized plaza at the bottom of...
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Ronnie Cummins
The California Ballot Initiative: Standing Up to Monsanto
"If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it." - Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas...
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Jill Richardson
Los Angeles and Kern County's Epic Sewage Sludge Battle
Kern County has the sad role of being California's toilet. Kern County receives everything that goes down the drain from households, hospitals, and industry, from one of the largest and most densely...
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Dean Baker
Steve Jobs and Alan Greenspan
On the tragic passing of Steve Jobs, while still a relatively young man, it is interesting to juxtapose him to Alan Greenspan, one of the other iconic figures of our time. One made us rich, with a...
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Occupy Wall Street Roger Kimmel Smith
Utopian, Practical: What DREAM Is Our One Demand?
Is the flower of revolution budding on our lawn? Paris ’68 has journeyed by way of Seattle ’99 and made it to New York 2011 as the #occupation of Wall Street appears to have legs.
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Robert Scheer
What Do They Want? Justice
How can anyone possessed of the faintest sense of social justice not thrill to the Occupy Wall Street movement now spreading throughout the country? One need not be religiously doctrinaire to...
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Matthew Rothschild
End the Afghan War
This week marks the tenth anniversary of the Afghan War, a war that keeps dragging on and on. Even with Osama bin Laden dead, even with Al Qaeda having, by the CIA’s own estimate, only 100 fighters...
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Shukria Dellawar, Antonia Juhasz
Afghanistan's Energy War
Violence escalated daily in Afghanistan with the approach of the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion on October 7. At the same time, a little-noted energy agenda is moving rapidly forward that...
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Mark Engler
How #OccupyWallStreet Is Evolving and Gaining Power
#OccupyWallStreet is evolving. Now in its third week, the protest movement not only continues to grow—it is maturing and becoming stronger in impressive ways.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Donna Smith
Protestors’ Message Pretty Simple and Clear: Enough Is Enough
No matter how the media folks seem befuddled by what they claim is a lack of clarity from those at the Occupy Wall Street and its solidarity events throughout the nation, I hear one clear and concise...
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Ali Abunimah
Why the UN Must Abolish the 'Quartet'
It was formed to assist in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, in reality, envoy Tony Blair uses it for personal profit.
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Sara Joseph
Columbus Day Questions
Many of us will never forget that famous elementary school rhyme: "In fourteen hundred ninety-two / Columbus sailed the ocean blue." At the time, it's not likely that we would have sensed any looming...
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Bill Nemitz
Finally, It's a Purpose Both Sides Agree On
Saturday afternoon, right around the time "Occupy Wall Street" sprouted a seedling in the middle of downtown Portland, Pete "The Carpenter" Harring found himself drawn to the unfolding action in...
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Brian Tierney
Look for Working-Class Warriors at Picket Lines, Not Podiums
Should the “class warrior” title be worn as a badge of honor? Wall Street and the super-rich certainly seem to think so – judging by their behavior over the past three decades.
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Robert C. Koehler
Our Overripe Moment
“The Future is calling and has some serious concerns. Please pick up.”
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Jim Hightower
Something Big Is Happening: Occupy Together
To paraphrase one of Bob Dylan's songs of youthful protest, "Something's happening here, and you don't know what it is, do you Ms. Bellafante?"
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Phil Rockstroh
Occupying the Heart of the Beast: Observations, Impressions and Images From Amid the Multitudes in Liberty Plaza
The ongoing exercise in democracy transpiring in and around the Occupy Wall Street site in Lower Manhattan imbues one's heart with resonances of the real. Many reasons factor into the phenomenon:...
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Amy Goodman
Policing the Prophets of Wall Street
The Occupy Wall Street protest grows daily, spreading to cities across the United States. “We are the 99 percent,” the protesters say, “that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1...
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David Korten
Why I'm in Solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet
By the calendar it’s autumn, but for many it is the beginning of the American Spring.
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Bill McKibben
The Cronyism Behind a Pipeline for Crude
Late last month, the Obama administration unveiled a new tool that lets anyone send a petition to the White House; get 5,000 signatures in 30 days and you’re guaranteed some kind of answer. My...
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Brian Terrell
Justice Obstructed at Bagram As at Guantanamo -- Ten Years Is Too Long
Despite ten years of occupation and untold millions of dollars spent on rebuilding Afghanistan’s broken judicial and criminal justice system, the Afghan courts are “still too weak,” the Washington...
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Stephanie Van Hook
Can We Be the 100 Percent?
Occupy Wall Street has signaled the changing weather of a looming “American Autumn” and consequently galvanized the progressive movement. The 99 percent, as they call themselves for the interests...
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Phil Aroneanu
Why Environmentalists Should Occupy Wall Street
"Go Paul!"
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Anne Landman
Synagro's Shiny New Patina
Synagro Technologies is the latest big corporation trying to ditch a scandal-ridden past by re-branding itself.
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Ezra Klein
Who Are the 99 Percent?
“I did everything I was supposed to and I have nothing to show for it.”
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Betsy Reed
Occupy Wall Street: Why So Many Demands for Demands?
Everybody has a piece of advice for the protesters at Occupy Wall Street. They should put their clothes on. They should stop raising their fists. They should fact-check their handwritten signs. They...
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John Feffer
Why 2012 Will Shake Up Asia and the World
Can Washington Move from Pacific Power to Pacific Partner?
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Laurie Penny
It's Easy to Mock, but This Is How Real Change Begins
"This isn't just about America," reads one hand-painted sign among the carpet of placards at the Occupy Wall Street protest. "It's about the whole world." The sit-ins and occupations currently...
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Harvey Wasserman
Will a Failed Solar Loan Guarantee Kill New Nukes?
Republicans up in arms about the infamous failed federal $535 million loan guarantee for the Solyndra solar panel producer are finally tasked to apply the same standards to nuclear power. If that...
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Stephanie Salter
Where Have All the Protest Songs Gone?
A telling moment came during the annual Eugene V. Debs award banquet late last month, when the career protest singer and songwriter, Anne Feeney, implored a huge Hulman Center audience to join her...
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Will Bunch
American Spring? Is Occupy Wall Street a Be-In, or a New Movement?
NEW YORK - It was barely more than two years ago that a boyfriend told Joanne Stocker of Exton that there was more to learn about on Twitter than what baseball's beat writers were saying about her...
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Doyle Canning
Can the #Occupy Movement Be a Turning Point?
As the Wall Street occupation continues, Boston residents are sitting in to save their homes—and providing a lesson in how to sustain the powerful spark of the #Occupy movement.
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Richard Wolff
Occupy Wall Street Ends Capitalism's Alibi
This protest pinpoints how dysfunctional our economic system is: we must refashion it for human needs, not corporate aims
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Michelle Chen
Africa and the International Criminal Court: Is Global Justice Blind?
When several prominent Kenyans appear before the International Criminal Court in the coming days, they’ll be judged by a legal standard that no one, in theory, should be above. But to critics, the...
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V. Noah Gimbel
Troy Davis and al-Awlaki: Two Murders, One Outrage
On Wednesday, September 21, the state of Georgia murdered Troy Anthony Davis by poisoning him to death in front of a small audience. Despite overwhelming doubt about his guilt, his murderers, in the...
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William E. Connolly
Aspirational Fascism
In an earlier post, entitled What Was Fascism? , I responded to a set of right wing pundits who treat social democracy, liberalism and a welfare state as modes of fascism. The logic behind that...
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Chuck Collins
No Tax Holiday for Corporate Job Destroyers
Uncle Sam Should Support Built-to-Last Companies, Not Built-to-Loot Enterprises
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Monday, October 3, 2011
Danny Schechter
Occupy Wall Street Has Been Battling the Cops; Now the Free Marketeers Take Their Shot
By its actions, Occupy Wall Street is puncturing myths like these: l. The Myth that direct action against the center of financial power can’t be sustained.
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Ray McGovern
Israel’s Window to Bomb Iran
Israeli leaders continue to pound the drum about taking out Iran’s nuclear program – and some hardliners may want to strike soon, fearing the window of opportunity will close if President Barack Obama wins reelection and is less susceptible to political pressures, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern...
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Ralph Nader
Putting the Lie to the Republicans
Masters of the repeated lying sound byte, the craven Congressional Republicans are feasting on the health and safety of the American people with gleeful greed while making the corporate and trade...
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Ben Manski
The Protest Wave: Why the Political Class Can’t Understand Our Demands
The protests that began in Wisconsin this year, and which now also fill the streets of Manhattan, Boston, Chicago, and this week, Washington D.C., have gotten the attention of the American political...
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Seth Hanlon, Michael Linden
Ronald Reagan, Father of the ‘Buffett Rule’
Sound Familiar? Conservative Icon Railed Against Loopholes that Let ‘Millionaires’ Pay Lower Tax Rates than ‘Secretaries’
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