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Sunday, July 17, 2011
Dave Lindorff
Blowing It: Democrats, Unable to Be a Party of the People, are Sinking Themselves
The smoking ruin that is the the Obama White House, and the rotting corpse that is the Democratic Party, have, incredibly, together been boxed into a corner by, of all things, the certifiably insane...
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Saturday, July 16, 2011
Harold Meyerson
No Class Warfare Here!
Whenever liberals note that the rich are getting richer while everyone else is either treading water or sinking, or that profits are up while wages are down, or, worse yet, that profits are up...
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Michelle Chen
Abuses in Tech Industry in China Exposed
The Information Age once promised a new industrial revolution, in which ugly smokestacks and Third World sweatshops would be overwritten by antiseptic roboticized assembly lines, ceaselessly pumping...
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Adbusters
#OccupyWallStreet: A Shift in Revolutionary Tactics
Alright you 90,000 redeemers, rebels and radicals out there, a worldwide shift in revolutionary tactics is underway right now that bodes well for the future. The spirit of this fresh tactic, a fusion...
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Christopher Brauchli
Syria, the US and the Vienna Convention
Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right. — Carl Schurz, Address at Anti-Imperialistic Conference 1899
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Elisabeth Rosenthal
On Biking, Why Can’t the US Learn Lessons from Europe?
Building bike paths alone will not get people out of their cars in the U.S. and onto bicycles. To create a thriving bike culture in America’s cities, people must begin to view bicycling as Europeans do — not just as a way of exercising, but as a serious form of urban mass transportation.
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Sharif Abdel Kouddous
Liberation When? Five Months of Waiting in Egypt
What Happens When a Revolution Stalls Out?
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James Ridgeway
Mass Psychosis in the US: How Big Pharma Hooked Americans on Drugs
Has America become a nation of psychotics? You would certainly think so, based on the explosion in the use of antipsychotic medications.
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Tom Engelhardt
Are We a Nation of Overheating Ostriches?
These days, even ostriches suffer from heat waves. More than 1,000 of them reportedly died from overheating on South African farms during a 2010 drought. As for American ostriches, the human variety...
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Phyllis Bennis
Hollow Deficit Debate Ignores the Burden of Afghanistan Military Spending
Congressman McDermott's floor speech reminds us that out-of-control Afghanistan spending brought down the Soviet Union.
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Friday, July 15, 2011
Robert Reich
The Rise of the Wrecking-Ball Right
Recently I debated a conservative Republican who insisted the best way to revive the American economy was to shrink the size of government. When I asked him to explain his logic he said, simply, “...
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Jim Robbins
As Alberta’s Tar Sands Boom, Activists Target Project’s Lifelines
The Sand Hills of Nebraska are a unique Great Plains prairie ecosystem. The rolling dunes, rising to 300 feet, cover about a quarter of the state, and because the grasses and wildflowers there are...
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Allison Kilkenny
Budget Cuts and the Pelican Bay Hunger Strike
Prisoners in California’s Pelican Bay State Prison’s Secure Housing Unit (SHU) began an indefinite hunger strike two weeks ago, and the reports coming in are harrowing.
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David Sirota
Why Americans Can't Afford to Eat Healthy
The real reason Big Macs are cheaper than more nutritious alternatives? Government subsidies
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William Hartung
The High Price of US Nukes
As President Obama and Republicans in Congress go down to the wire in negotiations over a package of budget cuts that would clear the way for raising the debt ceiling, we shouldn't lose sight of one...
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Phyllis Bennis
Libya and the Limits to the "Responsibility to Protect"
Some cheer the "Responsibility to Protect" as a breakthrough in international relations, but the dangers of another western intervention in a Muslim Arab country show the near impossibility of peace keeping in times of war.
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Isabel Macdonald
After Damning Report, Clinton Foundation Pledges to Fix Haiti Trailers
Yesterday, the Clinton Foundation pledged to respond to the findings of an Investigative Fund/ Nation magazine investigation that exposed a range of problems with trailers the foundation provided...
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Paul Krugman
Getting to Crazy
There aren’t many positive aspects to the looming possibility of a U.S. debt default. But there has been, I have to admit, an element of comic relief — of the black-humor variety — in the spectacle...
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Laura Carlsen
The Audacity of "Free Trade" Agreements
Congress could vote any day now to strike a new blow against already-battered U.S. workers and the unemployed. Committees in the House and Senate recently marked up the Colombia, Panama, and South...
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Dennis Kucinich
Debt Political Theater Diverts Attention While Americans' Wealth Is Stolen
The rancorous debate over the debt belies a fundamental truth of our economy -- that it is run for the few at the expense of the many, that our entire government has been turned into a machine which...
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Thursday, July 14, 2011
Matt Taibbi
Greed, Excess and America's Gaping Class Divide
Courtesy of good friend and Supreme Court of Assholedom justice David Sirota comes this revolting list of Marie Antoinettoid moments from recent years, in an article called "The New 'Let Them Eat...
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Lisa Graves
Explaining the 'ALEC Exposed' Project
The Center for Media and Democracy has obtained copies of more than 800 model bills approved by corporations through ALEC meetings, after one of the thousands of people with access shared them, and a...
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Laura Carlsen
'Fast and Furious' ATF/Mexico Gun Scandal Heats Up
Operation Fast and Furious, the U.S. government arms sting that allowed guns to walk over the border into the hands of Mexican organized crime, made headlines here in Mexico over the past weeks after...
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Julie Underwood
ALEC Exposed: Starving Public Schools
This article is part of a Nation series exposing the American Legislative Exchange Council, in collaboration with the Center For Media and Democracy. John Nichols introduces the series.  
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Ruth Conniff
ALEC Exposed: How Corporations Are Taking Over Our Democracy
Today the Center for Media and Democracy rolled out a new web site, ALEC Exposed , based on a massive leak of information from the American Legislative Exchange Council, the powerful coalition of...
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Peter Singer
Moral Progress and Animal Welfare
Mahatma Gandhi acutely observed that “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” To seek to reduce the suffering of those who are completely...
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Carl Gibson
Time For Congress to End Big Oil Subsidies
In Mario Puzo’s The Godfather , a character named Don Fanucci is known as a ruthless, greedy black hand extortionist who skims a regular “protection” fee from those who operate in his neighborhood...
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Robert Reich
Why Mitch McConnell Will Win the Day
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s compromise on the debt ceiling is a win for the President disguised as a win for Republicans. But it really just kicks the can down the road past the 2012...
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Robert Borosage
Our Indecent Revenue Problem
“.. Washington doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem ,” says House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). All Republican legislators have been taught to chant this tired Republican...
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Meena Jagannath
Journalistic Betrayal in Haiti
There has been no dearth of commentary of Mac McClelland’s recent piece in GOOD. However, as an advocate for “Sybille” and numerous other victims of rape in Haiti, I find it necessary to cover yet...
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Jon Walker
Calling Obama’s Bluff
Last night the Republicans offered to do a short term increase of the debt ceiling to prevent default and President Obama angrily dismissed it according to the Huffington Post : At issue was Cantor’s...
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Glenn Greenwald
Wired Publishes the Full Manning-Lamo Chat Logs
Yesterday -- more than a full year after it first released selected portions of purported chat logs between Bradley Manning and government informant Adrian Lamo (representing roughly 25% of the logs...
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Bill McKibben
The Great American Carbon Bomb
It’s Yes or No For a Climate-Killing Oil Pipeline -- and Obama Gets to Make the Call
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Donna Smith
Who's Your Doctor's Daddy?
Patients in the United States have known for a long time that they are not the decision makers in matters related to their personal health and well-being. Just as for-profit corporate interests...
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Tom Engelhardt
Magical Thinking on Wonder Weapons
Last week, William Wan and Peter Finn of the Washington Post reported that at least 50 countries have now purchased or developed pilotless military drones. Recently, the Chinese had more than two...
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Michelle Chen
Violence Against Migrant Women Won’t End After DSK Case
The media circus surrounding the Dominique Strauss-Kahn rape case dishes out more drama each day, with a side of lurid fascination. But we basically know how the story ends.
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Robert C. Koehler
Panetta's Iraq Invasion Gaffe
Leon Panetta, on his first visit to Iraq as secretary of defense last weekend, reached for a Bush moment ten years too late.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Jeremy Scahill
The CIA's Secret Sites in Somalia
Nestled in a back corner of Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport is a sprawling walled compound run by the Central Intelligence Agency. Set on the coast of the Indian Ocean, the facility looks...
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Glen Ford
Obama’s “Big Deal”: Wallowing with Pigs in Search of a Grand Center-Right Coalition
Barack Obama is salivating at the prospect of concluding his Big Deal with the Republicans, the one that will move the center robustly – even transformatively – to the Right, where this president...
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Wendell Potter
ALEC Exposed: Sabotaging Healthcare Reform, Single-Payer Efforts
This article is part of a Nation series exposing the American Legislative Exchange Council, in collaboration with the Center For Media and Democracy. John Nichols introduces the series.  
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Robert Reich
The President’s Jobs Plan (Not)
What did the President do in response to last week’s horrendous job report — unemployment rising to 9.2 percent in June, with only 18,000 new jobs (125,000 are needed each month just to keep up with...
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John R. MacArthur
On Murdoch: A Pinch of Sympathy with My Disgust
Rupert Murdoch’s legal, and now political, problems in the U.K. — stemming from the practice at one of his newspapers, the News of the World, of eavesdropping on cell phones and paying police for...
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Jessica Mack
Saudi Women Get Behind the Wheel
The Arab Spring may have largely sprung, but for women in Saudi Arabia, it’s still blooming. Since the announcement this April that Saudi women will, once again, not be allowed to vote in September’s...
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Robert Schaeffer
Atlanta Cheating Scandal Reflects US Trend
The Atlanta cheating scandal is likely the largest in scope in U.S. history in terms of the number of people implicated. But it is hardly an isolated incident. For more than two decades, the National...
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Peter Bosshard
Large Hydropower: Sustainability Without Human Rights?
Dam projects often lead to resource conflicts between governments, private investors and local communities, and have caused a long series of human rights violations. In the most egregious case, more...
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Patrick Cockburn
Attacks Show Taliban are Not as Weak as the US Claims
The killing of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the most powerful Afghan in the south of the country, will reinforce the feeling among Afghans that the Taliban can strike anywhere at any time and are not weakening...
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Amy Goodman
Soldier Suicides and the Politics of Presidential Condolences
President Barack Obama just announced a reversal of a long-standing policy that denied presidential condolence letters to the family members of soldiers who commit suicide. Relatives of soldiers...
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Pat LaMarche
The Faces of Those Obama is Betraying
President Barack Obama lost a vote the hard way this past week. My Uncle Paul died. It might not have been Obama’s vote to lose if my uncle had just lived a few days longer — long enough to see Obama...
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Adam Parsons
The Power of Protest Tactics: ‘Just Do It’
Non-violent direct action is not the most glamorous occupation in the world. Unpaid overtime, long hours, maligned by a biased mainstream media, widely misunderstood by the middle classes and opposed...
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Robert Scheer
The GOP's Sick Priorities
How deceptive for politicians to stress “entitlements” when they talk about gutting Social Security and Medicare, two programs long paid for by their beneficiaries. The Republicans make it sound as...
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Jim Hightower
Tracking US Recession with the RPI (Regular People's Index)
Economists and politicians keep their fingers on the pulse of the Dow Jones Average, following every tick of this narrow measure of Wall Street wealth. But the truer indicator of America's economic...
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Karl Grossman
Rupert Murdoch Media Empire: A Journalistic Travesty
The scandal shaking Rupert Murdoch’s media holdings in Britain could be expected of a global media empire intoxicated with power and lacking any ethical base.
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Michael Winship
Get Mad at Judges, Not Juries
Last week, an HBO film crew was in my Manhattan neighborhood shooting a movie about legendary
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Jeff Biggers
Appalachian Leaders Call for MTR Moratorium Now
"Living in a mountaintop mining area was a bigger risk for birth defects than smoking." -- Dr. Michael Hendryx, West Virginia University
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Robert Fisk
In Tahrir Square the Anger is Growing Again. Where is the Revolution the Crowds Fought For?
Mubarak may be gone, but the new order is floundering. In Cairo, Robert Fisk finds fury returning as people still demand change
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Robert Naiman
Bxxxxxt the Sxxxxxxxxxs! Israeli Knesset Bans Free Speech for Jews
Monday, July 11, was a historic day for the movement to abolish the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. The right-wing dominated Israeli Knesset gave the campaign to boycott...
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David Korten
The Story of a New Economy
We're in the midst of a contest of competing stories—one fabricated to serve the interests of Empire; the other an authentic story born of the experience and aspirations of ordinary people.
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Donald Cohen
Climate Regulations a Job Killer? Quit Crying Wolf
Over and over, the regulations that the Chamber of Commerce says will be catastrophic have become the basic safeguards we take for granted.
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John Nichols
Don't You Dare: Obama Peddles Worst of GOP Thinking on Medicare
If Obama Hikes Medicare Eligbility Age, That'll Be a 12 Percent Benefit Cut
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Dave Zirin
Why I'm Boycotting Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Arizona
Over the last year, civil rights organizations, politicians, sportswriters and baseball players have asked Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to move Tuesday’s 2011 All-Star Game out of...
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Mehdi Hasan
Let Them Eat Doughnuts: The US Response to Bahrain's Oppression
While the west averts its eyes, Bahrain's people are subjected to brutal suppression
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Mark Weisbrot
Why the Euro Is Not Worth Saving
This crisis has exposed the fact that – unlike the EU itself – the eurozone's monetary union was always a rightwing project
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The Gaza Freedom Flotilla builds on decades of Palestine solidarity struggle. ( Nidal El-Khairy ) Ewa Jasiewicz
The Story of the Gaza Flotilla Is Not Over
The story of the second Freedom Flotilla is not over. Israel and the international community have deployed multiple deterrent tactics, falsely accusing participants of terrorism, chemical warfare and...
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Tom Engelhardt
Obama’s Bush-League World: Making Earth a Global Free-Fire Zone
Is the Obama National Security Team a Pilotless Drone?
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Paul Buchheit
Gini's Growing Fast (or How Much Can One Man Make?)
The Gini Coefficient is a measure of economic inequality, from 0 to 1, with 1 representing the most severe degree of inequality. The U.S. Gini, one of the highest among developed countries, has risen...
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James K. Galbraith
Hawk Nation: A Guide to the Catastrophic Debt Ceiling Debate
President Obama’s proposed debt ceiling deal is a disastrous solution to an imaginary fiscal crisis, but the pain it causes will be all too real.
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Linh Dinh
Poor Richards Rise
July 4th, I wandered down to Independence Hall. There were soldiers in dress and battle uniforms, a high school marching band, many beefy bikers and a handful of svelte beauty queens, including Miss...
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Robert Jensen
The Power – and Limits – of Social Movements
Dissidents not only have to be willing to tell the truth about the delusions of the dominant culture, but make sure we don’t fall into delusions of our own.
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Donna Smith
Why Not a Generation of Graft Dodgers?
If ever there were a crime being committed on a massive level in which many of us are being forced to participate, this is it. The funneling upward of money from those who need it most to those who...
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David Morris
Why is the Most Wasteful Government Agency Not Part of the Deficit Discussion?
Republicans ignore incompetence, bloat and corruption at the Pentagon
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Monday, July 11, 2011
Ralph Nader
Corporate Tax Escapees and You
The all-consuming Washington, D.C. wrangling over debts and deficits, spending and taxing is excluding a large reality of how these financial problems can sensibly and fairly be addressed. These...
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Dean Baker
Manufacturing Deficit Fear: On Holding Economic Journalists to Account
Pursuing a plan to kill social security, politicians are relying on a credulous public and compliant media to ramp up debt panic
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Isabel Macdonald, Isabeau Doucet
The Shelters That Clinton Built
When Demosthene Lubert heard that Bill Clinton's foundation was going to rebuild his collapsed school at the epicenter of Haiti's January 12, 2010, earthquake, in the coastal city of Léogâne, the...
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Vanessa Ortiz
'I'm Here to Visit Palestine'
Visit Palestine and declare the truth
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Jennifer Lynch
The FBI's Next Generation Biometrics: Bigger and Faster but Much Worse for Privacy
Last week, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and several other organizations released documents from a FOIA lawsuit that expose the concerted efforts of the FBI and DHS to build a massive...
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David Elliot
The GOP's Honeymoon Is So Over
Voters want an annulment.
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Chris Toensing
Washington's Physics Problem in Iraq
There's a growing bipartisan consensus in favor of a prolonged "residual" occupation of Iraq without any open debate about the merits of this dangerous and expensive plan.
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Julianne Hing
How Fear and Intimidation Led to Massive Atlanta School Cheating
Atlanta Public Schools are reeling from the fallout of a state investigation that confirmed reports of a massive test cheating scandal throughout the district. On Thursday, the interim state...
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Jeff Biggers
Arizona Senate President Pearce Has Been Recalled
Mark down July 8th as a day history was made in Arizona.
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Robert Kuttner
Address the Jobs Crisis, Build a Movement
Does anyone care about the American middle class? The working middle class -- especially its younger members -- now faces a prolonged period of high unemployment, declining wages, and diminished...
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Paul Krugman
No, We Can’t? Or Won’t?
If you were shocked by Friday’s job report, if you thought we were doing well and were taken aback by the bad news, you haven’t been paying attention. The fact is, the United States economy has been...
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James Cypher
Guess Who Didn't Benefit from $2 Trillion Worth of Increased Worker Productivity
Nearly $2 Trillion Purloined from U.S. Workers in 2009
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Ethan McCord
PFC Bradley Manning: Conscience and Agency
The following is a response to last week's New York Magazine article, Bradley Manning's Army of One.
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Barbara Ehrenreich
The Fog of (Robot) War
War Without Humans
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Shamus Cooke
Deficit Reduction vs. Democracy
Listening to Congress debate deficit deduction is like listening to a den of lions discuss the welfare of zebras. In both cases the debate is
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Medea Benjamin
By Torpedoing the Gaza Flotilla, Israel Sunk its Own Ship
Instead of high-fiving each other for their success in thwarting the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Israeli officials should be throwing overboard the propaganda hacks who catapulted the flotilla into...
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Sunday, July 10, 2011
Paul Rosenberg
Reagan Mythology is Leading US Off a Cliff
During Reagan's presidency, the US went from a creditor to debtor nation and marked a take-off for financial inequality.
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Joseph Stiglitz
The Evils of Unregulated Capitalism
Just a few years ago, a powerful ideology - the belief in free and unfettered markets - brought the world to the brink of ruin. Even in its hey-day, from the early 1980s until 2007, US-style...
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Steven J. D'Amico
Trade Deals are No Deal for US
LONG BEFORE 2008, when Wall Street’s unchecked greed brought the world’s economy to its knees, we in the middle class could feel our future slipping away. We knew that we were working longer and...
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Connie Schultz
America Can Relax; The Casey Anthony Show's Over
The FBI reports that 1,494 children under the age of 18 were killed in America in 2008. Of these children, 221 died before their first birthday; 338 were murdered between the ages of 1 and 4. Most of...
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John Nichols
Guthrie’s ‘Land’ is Madison
A week into the struggle to defend the working families of Wisconsin from the assault on their rights by Gov. Scott Walker and his legislative allies, a group of rockers from around the country...
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Pat Byington
On Climate-Change Debate, Just Follow the Scientists
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Dr. James McClintock, a renowned University of Alabama-Birmingham marine biologist who has conducted research in Antarctica for more than 25 years, told me the following story...
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Caroline Arnold
How Much Blame Do We Share for Our Leaders' Failures?
Are we rats or are we humans?
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Eric Margolis
Banking Has Become Our State Religion
In 1922 Greek armies trying to conquer western Anatolia were routed by Turkey’s military leader, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Greeks were uprooted from Ionian coastal areas...
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Saturday, July 9, 2011
Christopher Brauchli
The Advertiser and the Adjustable Rate Mortgage
Worm or beetle-drought or tempest-on a farmer’s land may fall, Each is loaded full o’ ruin, but a mortgage beats ‘em all. — Will Carlton, The Tramp’s Story
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Johann Hari
Would You Trust a Management Consultant with the World's Rainforests?
Our protests stopped David Cameron handing UK forests over to corporations. Now the rainforests are being handed to management consultants
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Amy Goodman
WikiLeaks, Wimbledon and War
Last Saturday was sunny in London, and the crowds were flocking to Wimbledon and to the annual Henley Regatta. Julian Assange, the founder of the whistle-blower website Wikileaks.org, was making his...
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David Sirota
Education "Reform" & The Finland Phenomenon
When I heard the news last week that the Department of Education is aiming to subject 4-year-olds to high-stakes testing, all I could do is shake my head in disbelief and despondently mutter a...
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Gwynne Dyer
Murdoch’s Troika
The troika hurtles across the frozen plain. The wolves are close behind, and from time to time a peasant is hurled from the sleigh in the hope of letting the more important people escape. But nothing...
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Brian Moench
Republican Preachers: Believing What You Know Ain't True
In Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain makes a stinging observation on the overtly religious. “Faith is when you believe something you know ain’t true.” This is a perfect description of the religious asylum...
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