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Sunday, September 25, 2011
Michael Winship
The Terrible Post-9/11 Truth: Our Government's Been Hijacked
About a year after the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building, I visited Oklahoma City and went to the bombsite with a friend who had covered the attack as a television news cameraman. No...
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John B. Quigley
America Should Halt the Use of Unmanned 'Killer' Drones
Armed pilotless drone aircraft are the weapon of choice these days in our military forays into the Middle East. President Barack Obama approved use of drones in Libya last spring. He said they have "...
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Myles Spicer
Let's Explore the History of 'Class Warfare'
Recently, Warren Buffett remarked that America was engaged in "class warfare." Conservative reaction was immediate, indignant, and anticipated. When President Obama followed up this week with his "...
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Michelle Chen
What Do Students Learn When Cities Refuse to Fairly Treat Their Teachers?
Schools these days can be dangerous places: a volatile mix of fiscal crisis, ideological tension and impressionable young minds. But our troubled public schools can teach us a lot when they push...
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Rick Wilson
'Zombie Economics' and Undersized Stimulus
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's starting to look as if the United States, like Dante at the beginning of The Divine Comedy, is finding itself in a dark wood, having lost the true path. Nearly four years...
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Jim Lobe
Obama Throws Palestine Under the Bus
WASHINGTON -- The right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu could not be more pleased. Not only did the allegedly most "anti-Israel" president ever repeat, for the nth time,...
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Thomas S. Harrington
Junk Food for the Mind
A small but growing number of Americans have finally realized that much of what the agro-business industry sells them at large food stores is not only not nutritious but, in many cases, a threat to...
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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Kristen Ess Schurr
The Irvine 11: Islamophobia is Alive and Well
Muslim students' arrest for interrupting the Israeli ambassador's speech in California shows discrimination at work.
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Toronto Star Editorial
Edging Toward Anarchy With Drones
They are a lethal bolt out of the blue, and under U.S. President Barack Obama those bolts are coming with ever greater frequency. Since 9/11, strikes by Predator and Reaper drone aircraft have killed...
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Nicholas Freudenberg
Corporations Undermine UN Effort to Reduce Chronic Diseases
While much of the world’s attention focused on the UN debate about Palestinian statehood this week, the General Assembly took up another issue that garnered less media scrutiny, even though its...
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Christopher Brauchli
Legislative Gifts to Guns
Such as do build their faith upon the holy text of pike and gun. — Samuel Butler, Hudibras
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John Atcheson
Reality? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Reality
Imagine you were handed a map, and on that map, right where the Western Hemisphere was supposed to be, you saw a sharp jagged line and a caption that read, “Here, there be dragons.” Probably, you...
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Robert Naiman
Mahmoud Abbas, the Jackie Robinson of Palestine
On Friday, Mahmoud Abbas - backed by more than 80% of Palestinian public opinion in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem - formally requested full United Nations membership for Palestine.
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Claudia Lefko
Children's Art and Children's Rights
We’ve been here before, confronting this question of children’s art, and why it creates such a stir. I wrote about it in May 2006 when Brandeis University cancelled an exhibit of Palestinian children...
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Dean Baker
China's Chance to Be Our Economic Savior
The US is no longer capable of pulling the world out of economic crisis. Only China has the resources – if it chooses to use them
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Robert Fisk
Prayers, Taunts and Weary Resignation in Jerusalem
So there I was, on the Via Dolorosa of course, chatting to a middle-aged guy in a red T-shirt and just a wisp of a beard with a prayer rug under his left arm.
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Jim Horn
Using Federal Power to Resegregate American Schools
Prior to passage of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) in 1965, a savvy Lyndon Johnson, who knew the South would never willingly desegregate schools, crafted the federal legislation so that...
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Friday, September 23, 2011
Nathan Schneider
#OccupyWallStreet is More Than a Hashtag
A lot of what you’ve probably seen or read about the #occupywallstreet action is wrong, especially if you’re getting it on the Internet. The action started as an idea posted online and word about it...
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Shamus Cooke
Obama Taxes the Rich for the Wrong Reasons
President Obama may have opened Pandora's box with his latest tax-the-rich rhetoric, but he'll try to keep the lid half-shut. Truly informing the public about just how rich the rich are — and just...
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Matthew Rothschild
Citizens Rise Up Against "Citizens United"
I was speaking in Milwaukee the other night to a great group of peace activists, and in the question and answer period, we started talking about what could be done to change our foreign policy and...
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John Nichols
Note to GOP Candidates: Obama is No Socialist
Asked whether Barack Obama was a socialist—as Texas Governor Rick Perry, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have all agreed is most certainly—former...
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Michelle Chen
As UN Debates Palestinian Statehood, Palestinian People Still Ignored
Depending on which part of the world you occupy, the United Nations is either a well-meaning but inept political body, or a place where humanitarian ideals go to die. Either way, this week’s General...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel, Robert Borosage
Can a Movement Save the American Dream?
On October 3 activists from across the country will gather in Washington at the Take Back the American Dream conference, in the belief that only a citizens movement can save an American dream that...
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Robert Fisk
A President Who is Helpless in the Face of Middle East Reality
Obama's UN speech insists Israelis and Palestinians are equal parties to conflict
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George Monbiot
A Billionaires' Coup in the US
The debt deal will hurt the poorest Americans, convinced by Fox and the Tea Party to act against their own welfare
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David Olive
The Folly of Scrapping Stimulus
World leaders are now learning the folly of hastily declaring victory over the worst effects of the Great Recession. Turns out we’re not even remotely out of the woods after the worst economic...
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Peg Franzen
Current Crises Should Unite Us
As members of the Vermont Workers Center have worked to dig ourselves and our neighbors out of the thick, toxic mud left by tropical storm Irene’s flooding, we have been inspired by the solidarity,...
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Sharif Abdel Kouddous
Egypt's Educators Carry Revolution Forward
The revolution may have left Tahrir Square, but Egypt's education system is boiling with anger.
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Walden Bello
Why Al-Qaeda Won
With the tenth anniversary of the crime that was 9/11, the question inevitably crops up: who won, the United States or al-Qaeda? According to the politically correct answer, although al-Qaeda has...
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Tom Engelhardt
R.I.P. Camp Victory: An Obituary for a Military Base in Iraq
It was built for... well, not to put too fine a point on it, victory. I’m talking, of course, about the ill-named Camp Victory, the massive military complex, a set of bases really, constructed around...
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Paul Krugman
The Social Contract
This week President Obama said the obvious: that wealthy Americans, many of whom pay remarkably little in taxes, should bear part of the cost of reducing the long-run budget deficit.
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David Sirota
How the Two-Party Duopoly Operates
By now, probably everyone reading this is already sick of America's quadrennial political spectacle -- the one in which politicians and media outlets ask us to believe that there remain vast...
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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Ali Abunimah
A Formal Funeral for the Two-State Solution
How the PA's Statehood Bid Sidelines Palestinians
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Robert Reich
When Will Wall Street Call for More Federal Spending?
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped another 3 percent today as Wall Street metabolized the truth most Americans already know: We’re in a recession. The “double dip” has arrived. Most Americans...
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Marwan Bishara
Palestine and the UN: A History of Double Standard
Failure to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Israel's 40-year occupation, in the words of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, would "continue to hurt the reputation of the United...
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Sophie Walker
Troy Davis vs the US Criminal Justice System: An Unfair Contest
Twenty-two years after his arrest, and three hours after his scheduled execution date, Troy Davis was executed . After two decades of litigation, why, with minutes to spare, where the courts still...
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Ru Freeman
At Long Last: a Voice for Palestine
Mamilla cemetery , located just inside West Jerusalem, contains the remains of several prominent Islamic leaders, including those who fought alongside Saladin to retake Jerusalem from the Crusaders...
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David Benjamin
The End of Economics: Down Reagan's Rabbit Hole
At the end of the Cold War, historian Francis Fukuyama stirred a few months of lively controversy — and eventually embarrassed himself — by declaring the “end of history.” Despite Fukuyama’s example...
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Mark Engler
Elbowed Out of Spotlight by 9/11, Anti-Globalization Movement Endures
Did the attacks of 9/11 end the movement against corporate globalization? A number of reflections written for the ten-year anniversary of the attacks have raised this question. And I think it...
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Apollo Gonzales
A Moving Planet, A Grounded Movement
When I was a kid and things became too fast paced or stressful for me I would go outside, take off my shoes, and stand with my bare feet on whatever piece of earth was nearest me. I don't know where...
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Mike Elk
Troy Davis Executed, While CEO Responsible for Deaths of 29 Miners Sails Free
Last night at 11:08, Troy Anthony Davis was executed in the State of Georgia for the 1989 murder of a police officer.
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Mark Morford
How to Make a Creationist Weep
Do you want to know the real reason Barack Obama is going to win the 2012 election? The big, grinning hunk of overwhelming evidence that has little to do with the not-very-terrific job he's doing and...
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Sandy Tolan
It's the Occupation, Stupid
The State to Which the U.N. May Grant Membership Is Disappearing
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Robert Scheer
Murder Is Good Politics, Bad Justice
I don’t know if Troy Davis was innocent, but I do know that the evidence for demanding a re-examination of his conviction, including the recanted testimony of most of the witnesses against him, was...
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Sarah van Gelder
Dear Big Coal: You're Not Above the Law
How many times can a corporation break the law and continue to exist? Inside the fight to revoke Massey Energy's corporate charter.
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David Michael Green
All the Bad News That's Fit to Print
Sometimes, when certain species (you know who you are) are too utterly daft to recognize the obvious, the Universe sees fit to scream it out in the form of big, bold block letters.
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Kai Wright, Jamilah King
The Long, Murderous Arm of the Law Has Killed Troy Davis
Let us not mince words: The state of Georgia just murdered Troy Davis. The state coroner will list homicide as his cause of death. But he wasn’t the first and, sadly, he won’t be the last person...
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John Nichols
The Execution of Troy Davis Provides Another "Haunting Reminder of Once Prevalent Southern Lynchings"
"I am innocent," said Troy Davis, moments before the the state of Georgia put him to death. The state-sanctioned slaying, which former President Jammy Carter characterized as "a grave miscarriage of...
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Brian Tierney
The Fight for Troy Does Not End Tonight
In just a few hours, if the state of Georgia has its way, Troy Davis will be dead. Despite glaring doubt, extraordinary evidence of his innocence, and the support of millions worldwide calling for a...
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Joel Chaffee
Occupy Wall Street: Fun or Misery, It's a Marvel
The Your Comfort Committee announced with a smile, "I have some good news tonight. I think we have enough blankets." This was greeted with applause and the raising of hands while wiggling and shaking...
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Antonia Zerbisias
Still Camping Out and Attempting to 'Occupy Wall Street'
Lacy MacAuley is on her mobile phone from Lower Manhattan, cold, tired and hoarse from chanting. “I’ve been leading the cheers,’’ she said Monday night, referring to the protests in the financial...
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Jen Marlowe
A Circle of Prayer for Troy Davis—and the Country That Would Kill Him
Motivational posters line the hallways en route to the visitation room. Images of rock climbers, an eagle soaring over clouds, a collection of hands of all pigmentation on a basketball, each with an...
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Gila Svirsky
Uncommon Dream About the UN
Here's what I imagine: Abbas at the podium, dwarfed by the cold marble wall behind him, the quintessential small, gray man, no charisma, no management skills, no bridging vision, not even a modest...
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Jesse Jackson
We Ignore Poverty, But It Is On the Rise
Poor people are invisible in our nation’s capital. Republicans defend the affluent, calling them “job creators,” Democrats champion the middle class and those boldest stand with “working families.”...
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Amy Goodman
99 Percenters Occupy Wall Street
If 2,000 tea party activists descended on Wall Street, you would probably have an equal number of reporters there covering them. Yet 2,000 people did occupy Wall Street on Saturday.
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Shamus Cooke
Should Labor Fight to Revive U.S. Manufacturing?
Every social movement faces countless obstacles by those in power. Although brute force is used to stifle movements when they become especially effective, more subtle methods are typically employed...
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Phil Rockstroh
"Rome Wasn't Burned In A Day": Replacing Liberal Timidity With Leftist Passion
Why is it that self-termed progressives are in full retreat (and have been for decades) from the witless army of angry clowns and hack illusionists of the U.S. rightwing?
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Glenn Greenwald
Jose Padilla, Troy Davis and how American Justice Functions
The story of Jose Padilla , continuing through the events of yesterday, expresses so much of the true nature of the War on Terror and especially America's justice system. In 2002, the American...
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Dave Zirin
Tomorrow, Georgia Murders Troy Davis
It’s with shock that I report that the George Board of Pardons and Paroles on Tuesday denied clemency for Troy Anthony Davis. The 42-year-old Davis is now due to be executed tomorrow, Wednesday...
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Costas Lapavitsas
Greece Must Default and Quit the Euro. The Real Debate is How
A Greek default and exit must be taken in the people's interests – not entrusting the process to the EU, IMF and banks
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Peter Dreier
Protests? Yes. Riots? No.
On his radio show last week, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned that rising unemployment and poverty in the United States are a ticking time bomb that could explode in a wave of riots.
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Sarah Anderson
Obama Supported Financial Transactions Taxes – Before Summers Nixed It
The hot new book in Washington, Ron Suskind’s Confidence Men , shines a bit of new light on the Obama administration’s lack of support for financial transactions taxes.
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Fighting Poverty Now
Last week the US Census Bureau released new data on poverty in 2010. The damaging impact of the Great Recession and weak labor market is stark: 46.2 million Americans lived below the poverty line—...
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Robert Reich
A Good Fight
So the really big fight — perhaps the defining battle of 2012 — won’t be over Medicare. It won’t even be over Obama’s jobs program. It will be over whether the rich should pay more taxes. The...
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Tom Engelhardt
Scamming Washington: Exclusive Letters from the ScamiLeaks Archives
[TomDispatch.com Note to Readers: Who hasn’t received one -- or 100 -- of those “Nigerian” letters offering you, in florid prose, millions of potential dollars and with nary a catch in sight? But who...
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Chuck Collins
A Tax Plan to Rally Around: The Buffett Rule
If you care about the future of the republic, the health of our communities, and the prospects for a transition to a new green economy –the fight over taxation and concentrated wealth is your fight.
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Robert Fisk
Why the Middle East Will Never Be the Same Again
The Palestinians won't achieve statehood, but they will consign the 'peace process' to history.
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Richard Wolff
The Truth about 'Class War' in America
Republicans claim, in Orwellian fashion, that Obama's millionaire tax is 'class war'. The reality is that the super-rich won the war
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Ted Rall
Democratic Party Needs a Democratic Primary Process
What a comedown! In 2008 Barack Obama ran on hope and change. His reelection bid relies on fear (of Republicans) and stay-the-course (lest said Republicans slash even more Medicare than Obama is...
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Roberto Rodriguez
In Arizona: After 519 years, Indigenous Knowledge on Trial
Justice. That’s a word not normally associated with Arizona. With Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his military tank still on the loose, this will not be changing anytime soon. In Arizona, Arpaio is colorful,...
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Neve Gordon, Yinon Cohen
The One-Sided US Veto
The US, arguing that unilateralism is misguided, hypocritically plans to veto Palestinian statehood at the UN.
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Monday, September 19, 2011
Daniel Riemer
Governor Walker's Adversaries Emboldened by Wisconsin FBI Probe
An FBI investigation of two of Governor Scott Walker's top aides may prompt Wisconsin Democrats to launch a recall campaign
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Brendan Smith, Jeremy Brecher
The Keystone Pipeline: Too Dirty for George W. Bush?
The Keystone XL pipeline, recently approved by the US State Department and awaiting President Obama’s declaration that it is in the “national interest,” will carry oil that is too dirty for the US...
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Martha Burk
Does the GOP Hate Women?
Even though they're afraid to utter the W word, it's pretty easy to see what their views are on issues concerning the majority of voters.
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Jamelle Bouie
It's Not "Class Warfare" When the Rich Do It
Last night, the White House released details of President Obama’s plan for deficit reduction: in addition to a $250 billion reduction in Medicare spending on the provider side, and $330 billion in...
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Kung Li
The Extraordinary Movement to Save Troy Davis
Today, Monday September 19, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles meets to decide whether Troy Davis will live or die.
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Vandana Shiva
Resisting the Corporate Theft of Seeds
We are in a food emergency. Speculation and diversion of food to biofuel has contributed to an uncontrolled price rise, adding more to the billion already denied their right to food. Industrial...
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Greg Mitchell
Who'll Be 'The Last Soldier To Die for a Mistake' in Afghanistan?
In the midst of weeks of debate over the economy, jobs, and the deficit, media and public attention have once again drifted from Afghanistan, even as the killing, and the stalemate, go on. I follow...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Geithner Mystery Solved
Reviewing "Confidence Men" -- Ron Suskind's new book critically examining President Obama's management of the financial crisis -- The New York Times ' Michiko Kakutani ponders this mystery raised by...
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Robert Kuttner
Muddled Class Warfare
President Obama will propose a millionaires' tax as part of the deficit-reduction package to be unveiled Monday. This is a great idea, which has already been branded "class warfare" by the...
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Linda Bilmes, Joseph Stiglitz
America's Costly War Machine
Fighting the war on terror compromises the economy now and threatens it in the future.
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Chris Hedges
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Recalls Obama’s Fall From Grace
Barack Obama’s politically expedient decision to betray and abandon his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, exposed his cowardice and moral bankruptcy. In that moment, playing the part of Judas, he...
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Micah White, Kalle Lasn
The Call to Occupy Wall Street Resonates Around the World
We need deeper changes to our financial system, or tent cities of people angry at corporate greed will keep appearing
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Nathan Schneider
Another Liberty Plaza Taken and Held Near Wall Street
When more than a thousand protesters marched on Saturday from Bowling Green, near the southern tip of Manhattan, toward the backup meeting point marked “2″ on their maps, they thought they were going...
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Karl Grossman
Democracy: The Antidote to Nuclear Hegemony
The just-announced decision by Siemens, a major player in the nuclear industry, to withdraw entirely from nuclear power is a significant declaration by a corporation about nuclear power and the world...
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Nick Turse
Obama’s Arc of Instability
Destabilizing the World One Region at a Time
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Sunday, September 18, 2011
Will Hutton
Our Capitalist System Is Near Meltdown
The Ailing Euro Is Part of a Wider Crisis. A 1930s-style crash threatens us and our financial partners. Collective action is the only solution
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Medea Benjamin, Allison McCracken
Congress Sees Middle East Through AIPAC-Colored Glasses
During August recess this year, 81 members of Congress went on a junket to Israel funded by the Israel lobby group AIPAC (well, funded by the American Israel Education Fund, but they are really one...
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John Nichols
Thousands Cheer Bernie Sanders' Appeal to Obama, Super Committee: Make the Rich Pay for Deficits
Declaring that "Social Security is the most successful government program in our nation's history," and decrying threats to Medicare and Medicaid that would punish Americans who did not cause the...
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Clancy Sigal
Divided We Fall
The work of making common cause can be endlessly frustrating, but I've seen enough of the alternative to know it's unthinkable
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Matthew Rothschild
We Don’t Need More Drone Strikes Around the World
This weekend marks the tenth anniversary of the Authorization for Use of Military Force—the blank check that Congress wrote to George W. Bush in response to the attacks of September 11th. ( See the...
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Ernest Callenbach
Sustainable Shrinkage: Envisioning a Smaller, Stronger Economy
In 1987 when the United Nations’ Brundtland Report, Our Common Future , appeared to worldwide fanfare, its slogan of “sustainable development” reassured environmentalists, who focused on the term “...
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Robert Reich
The Election of 2012: Why the Most Important Issues May Be Off the Table (But Should Be On It)
We’re on the cusp of the 2012 election. What will it be about? It seems reasonably certain President Obama will be confronted by a putative Republican candidate who:
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Eric Margolis
No Freedom for Palestine, Thunders Washington
Could we see a great leap forward next week on the Palestinian’s long quest for statehood? Not quite. The Palestinian Authority (PA) says it will ask the United Nations General Assembly to upgrade...
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Saturday, September 17, 2011
David Morris
The Military and the Commons: Why Would We Want the Military to Command the Commons?
A few days ago I received notice of a New America Foundation (NAF) hosted conference in Washington, D.C. called “Beyond Primacy: Rethinking American Grand Strategy and the Command of the Commons.” At...
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Paul Paquet
Wolves Fall Prey to Canada's Rapacious Tar Sands Business
On the pretext of protecting caribou, wolves are threatened with a cull. But the real 'conservation' is of oil industry profits
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Jim Hightower
DuPont's Herbicide Goes Rogue
The company's landscaping weed-killer turned out to be a tree-killer.
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Antonia Zerbisias
Is the Arab Spring Coming to America?
If thousands of protestors start camping out in the financial heart of America on Saturday, New Yorkers can blame Canada. That’s because the move to #OccupyWallStreet — as it’s known on Twitter —...
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Tim Karr
Welcome to Your Hungarian Internet
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the U.S. has sunk to 25th in a global ranking of Internet speeds, just behind Romania. Why? Because our nation's regulators abandoned an earlier...
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Michelle Chen
In Anti-Government Politics, “Time-Out” on Regulation versus Shortened Lives
Seizing upon a reliable “job creation” talking point, conservatives have stoked their war against “big government” by trying to freeze federal actions to protect the public.
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