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Friday, July 8, 2011
Cindy Corrie
US Collusion in the Gaza Blockade is an Affront to Human Rights
My daughter's death shows the cruelty of an America that won't protect its own and is complicit in harming Palestinian civilians
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Adil E. Shamoo, Bonnie Bricker
US Needs to Completely Quit Iraq
With U.S. casualties mounting again in Iraq, the Obama administration should not go back on its commitment to pull out. June saw 15 U.S. soldiers die in Iraq, the most in three years.
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Christine Ahn, Gwyn Kirk
Agent Orange in Korea
In May, three former U.S. soldiers admitted to dumping hundreds of barrels of chemical substances, including Agent Orange, at Camp Carroll in South Korea in 1978. This explosive news was a harsh...
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David Sirota
If Obama Cuts Social Security...
The president indicates that funding for the hallmark Democratic program is on the table. Is this the last straw?
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Matias Ramos
Fukushima Aftermath: New U.S. Senate Proposal For Spent Fuel Storage
Will bipartisan collaboration in nuclear storage be possible? The damage of Fukushima should prompt the Senate to act.
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Michelle Chen
The Globe’s Not Only Getting Hotter. It’s More Unjust and Unstable, Too
Over the next few decades, tens of millions of people will be driven from their homes. Braving violence and poverty, they’ll roam desperately across continents and borders in search of work and...
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Marjorie Cohn
Avoiding Impunity: The Need to Broaden Torture Prosecutions
President Barack Obama declared "nobody's above the law" in 2009, as Congress contemplated an investigation of torture authorized by the Bush administration. However, Obama has failed to honor those...
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Robert Naiman
He Gets It, But He Still Doesn't Get It: Reading Ethan Bronner in Athens
If you share in the project of reforming U.S. foreign policy so that it reflects the values and interests of the majority of Americans, then you care about the New York Times . Because of its role in...
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Brent Budowsky
Cut the Crap and Create Jobs
I have recently written a series of columns about jobs with titles such as "An angry dissent," and today's disastrous numbers are a political game changer. All incumbents of both parties are...
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John Nichols
With Rupert Murdoch's Empire in Crisis, What of Fox and His American Project?
Rupert Murdoch’s global media monolith—which includes key players in America’s right-wing media echo chamber, Fox News channel, the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal —is in meltdown.
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Jane Hamsher
Breaking Point: Obama and the Death of the Democratic Party
According to both the Washington Post and the New York Times , Obama is proposing cuts to Social Security in exchange for GOP support for tax hikes. Lori Montgomery in the Post :
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Roger Bybee
Where's the Revolt? Obama’s Dangerous Cure for the Federal Deficit
As of this moment, it appears that President Obama's debt-ceiling proposal—raising it in excange for budget cuts that are six times as large as new revenue raised—will effectively define his...
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Ray McGovern
Gaza and a Liturgy for Justice
We passengers on the U.S. Boat to Gaza represent a cross-section of America. Yet, if there is an emblematic trait that sets us apart from “mainstream” America, it is a common, radical determination...
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Carl Gibson
Tax the Rich. Problem Solved
What if there was a group of terrorists holding your family hostage with a gun pointed at themselves, demanding the account number to your pension fund? Would you negotiate with the terrorists by...
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Kathy Kelly
Gaza Flotilla is Stifled, But Not Spirit of Resistance
It looked like a scene from an opera. Massed in the doorway and second floor balconies of a quaint building in Athens, facing a magnificent view of the Parthenon, Spanish activists hung banners and...
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Thursday, July 7, 2011
Sharif Abdel Kouddous
University Professors in Egypt Stage Open Sit-in, Call for Reform
Hundreds of university professors are staging a sit-in at over a dozen campuses across Egypt to call for the ousting of university administration officials appointed by the former Mubarak regime and...
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Jon Walker
Obama Administration Tries to Tempt Congressional Democrats into Political Suicide
Apparently the White House is back handing out extremely bad political advice to Congressional Democrats to get their support for a big partisan austerity package that includes Medicare and Social...
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James Gustave Speth
Toward a Post-Growth Society
It’s business as usual that’s the utopian fantasy, while creating something very new and different is the pragmatic way forward.
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Glenn Greenwald
Reports: Obama Pushing for Cuts to Social Security, Medicare
This is at once an extraordinary and completely unsurprising headline:
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Chase Madar
Bradley Manning, American Hero
Four Reasons Why Pfc. Bradley Manning Deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Not a Prison Cell
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Invoke the 14th — and End the Debt Standoff
On its current course, the United States is four weeks away from defaulting on its debt for the first time in its history. If that happens, businesses will fail. Financial institutions will fail...
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Tim Karr
Google+ vs. Facebook: Should Human Rights Factor in Your Choice of Social Network?
Question: What would billionaire Mark Zuckerberg lose by refusing Chinese demands that he censor Facebook? What would he and his company gain from being more principled? This came up after reading...
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Jay Walljasper
Why Cycling is More Patriotic Than Flag Waving
On the 4th of July my wife Julie and I were biking through downtown Minneapolis to see fireworks at the Mississippi River when someone shouted at us: “Take your clothes off.” We weren’t sure whether...
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Mark Morford
2050, The Year We All Eat Each Other
Make room. Scoot over. Squeeze in. Get your elbow out of my ribs. Get your toe out of my eye. Get your finger out of my ... well, OK, you can keep it in there if you like, but in some countries that...
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Glen Ford
African Union Says 'Up Yours' to International Criminal Court
The African Union found the spine to reject execution of an arrest warrant against Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi issued by the International Criminal Court, which appears to have an “Africans only”...
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Ramzy Baroud
Yemen Continues to Inspire Amid Great Odds
The Yemeni people are unrelenting in their demands for democracy. Millions continue to stage rallies across their country in a display of will that is proving the most robust out of all the Arab...
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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer
The National Education Association Flunks a Crucial Test
The New York Times coverage of the recent National Education Association (N.E.A.) convention focused on the inconsequential, while paying little notice to what harbored fundamental significance. It...
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David Sirota
Progressives Were Right: Obama's Health Plan Not Solving Crisis
New Data Show Why Simply Having Insurance Isn't Enough
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Michelle Chen
States’ Anti-Immigrant Bills Expand the Law-Free Zone
In tough economic times, life can be hard for employers in America's low-wage sectors. Especially when it comes to complying with labor law. Fortunately, the government ensures that there's always at...
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David Benjamin
For President… er, Emperor in 2016: General Dave Petraeus
BROOKLYN — Right now, he’s seasoning in Langley. But five years from now, America is going to want General David H. Petraeus, overwhelmingly, as next President of the United States. Well, not exactly...
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Roy Eidelson
Worse Than Fiction: America’s Overcrowded Cellar
In a 1973 short story, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” fantasy writer Ursula Le Guin describes a peculiar city where the inhabitants’ prosperity depends entirely upon the endless suffering of a...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Five-Fingered Ways of Knowing
“We are a people who never made singing or dancing an unrespected way o
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz
Yellowstone River Spill Shows Dangers of Even Riskier Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline
Once again this weekend, we saw a clear example of how water and oil don’t mix when an Exxon oil pipeline spewed around 40,000 gallons into the wild Yellowstone River in Montana. The mess is likely a...
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Jim Recht
Improve Medicare and Expand It to All
In honor of its 46th birthday this month, here is a brief history of Medicare: of the bitter controversy surrounding its creation, its subsequent achievements, and its current position at the center...
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Allison Kilkenny
Budget Wars Consist of One-Sided Compromises
The national calls for “shared sacrifice” during these times of austerity presuppose that giant corporations like Goldman Sachs and Exxon Mobil share the same amount of privilege and power as, say,...
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Robert Borosage
Foul Deal: What If Republicans Take Yes For An Answer
Republicans won't take "Yes" for an answer in the debt ceiling negotiations.
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Robert Scheer
The Tea Party and Goldman Sachs: A Love Story
Face it. We live in two nations, sharply divided by an enormous economic chasm between the super-rich and everyone else. This should be an obvious fact of life for most Americans.
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David Cay Johnston
A Cosmic Visitor's Take on Taxes
It is a human tendency to assume the world we are born into is as it should be -- a Panglossian assumption that colors our understanding of the abstract, like tax policy.
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Mazin Qumsiyeh
Challenging Israeli Apartheid – by Plane
This week, hundreds of activists plan on challenging Israel’s apartheid apartheid by flying in to Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv as part of the “Welcome to Palestine” initiative. Heraclitis once...
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Dennis Kucinich
The US Must End Its Illegal War in Libya Now
President Obama has ripped up the US constitution for Nato's ill-considered Libyan adventure. Congress must restore sense
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Mary Bottari
Women’s Groups Call on Judge to Step Down Pending Investigation into Choking Incident
In the wake of allegations that Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser placed fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley in a chokehold in her office, women’s rights organizations and elected officials...
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Robert Shetterly
Embedded Art as War Propaganda
When to Fear Art: Artist + Embedded = Oxymoron
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Jeff Biggers
Arizona All Star Game: Boycott or Knock It Out of the Park?
Interview with Carlos Muñoz
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Donna Smith
If You Had A Stroke Tomorrow: What’s Your Situation?
Wrapped in my own gratitude for my husband’s safe journey through a difficult surgery this week, I listened as another patient and another family struggled with a less favorable course. And my heart...
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Jim Hightower
Massey Energy's Manmade Hellhole
In March of last year, Massey Energy Corp.'s official record book for recording unsafe conditions in its Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia said flatly: "none observed." It turns out that...
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Michael Winship
Bachmann Flunks Canadian History, Too
Travel, they say, improves the mind, a notion once rightly castigated in song by the late, great Noel Coward. It's "an irritating platitude," he wrote, "which frankly, entre nous , is far from ever...
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Jim Naureckas
Losing the Plot: The Afghan War after bin Laden
With Osama bin Laden dead, can the United States finally bring an end to the Afghan War, its longest-lasting foreign military conflict? It’s an obvious question, since the invasion of Afghanistan was...
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Theresa de Langis
Why Women Need to Be Part of the Peace Process
What is wrong with this picture? After all, it looks like a typical photo of world leaders making decisions for their countries. That is precisely the problem. What’s wrong is the total absence of...
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Ralph Nader
Debating Taboos
The first nationally televised debate (C-SPAN) on the subject of mandatory voting, or voting duty, occurred in Washington D.C. on June 27, 2011 (watch it at:
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Wendell Potter
Health Care Debate: It's Time to Get Outraged
One of my favorite bumper stickers reads, "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." That's sort of how I feel about the health care debate. If more Americans paid attention to the fate...
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Andy Kroll
How Racism, Global Economics, and the New Jim Crow Fuel Black America's Crippling Jobs Crisis
Like the country it governs, Washington is a city of extremes. In a car, you can zip in bare moments from northwest District of Columbia, its streets lined with million-dollar homes and palatial...
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Tony Norman
Picture Lennon as Closet Reagan Backer
Imagine John Lennon a conservative. It isn't easy if you try. Filmmaker Seth Swirsky imagines just such a scenario in his new documentary "Beatles Stories." In the documentary, Fred Seamons, Lennon's...
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Tom Gallagher
Why Does Baseball Hate Dodger Owner Frank McCourt?
By now you don’t have to be a fan to know that Major League Baseball doesn’t want Los Angeles Dodger owner Frank McCourt around anymore. The league putting the team in trusteeship and the team’s...
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Taylor Moulton
Years After the Enron Debacle, Traders Still Fleecing Consumers
When Enron collapsed, electricity markets were prone to gaming and corruption. And, it turns out, they still are. Shrewd energy traders are still at it, discovering and exploiting flaws and loopholes...
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Linda McQuaig
Canada: Pomp, Pageantry and Unions
We surely seem to be living in conservative times — with the NDP trying to distance itself from all things socialist and the public apparently unable to sate its appetite for all things royal...
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial
Channeling Cheney, the President Oversteps on National Security
Then there was MERLIN. On paper, MERLIN was supposed to stunt the development of Tehran's nuclear program by sending Iran's weapons experts down the wrong technical path. The CIA believed that once...
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Monday, July 4, 2011
Holly Sklar, Scott Klinger
Real Patriots Pay Taxes
Some of our nation’s biggest corporations are planning a tax holiday and they want you to pick up the tab. Actually, you already pay for their routine tax avoidance through the use of tax havens in...
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Yousef Munayyer
The Gaza Flotilla Embodies the Arab Spring Spirit
As governments sit by idly, civilians from multiple countries challenge Israel's unjust occupation of Gaza.
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Matthew Rothschild
Get Over Ourselves on July 4
This July 4, I wish we, as a nation, would get over ourselves. We are not God’s chosen people. God did not make us a shining city on a hill. There is no God, and we have no special right to lord...
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Chris Hedges
Ralph Nader Is Tired of Running for President
The most important moral and intellectual voices within a disintegrating society are slowly discredited when their nonviolent protests and calls for justice cannot alter intransigent and corrupt...
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Linda Wagner Schmoldt
'We the People' or 'I the Person'?
There is a concerted effort these days by the powers that be to break down the structures that allow people to come together. It is no accident that we see the Supreme Court taking rights and power...
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Leah Bolger
Our Afghan War: Immoral, Illegal, Ineffective... and It Costs Too Much
The Afghanistan War. War itself is inherently immoral, but especially so when the fight is not between two state-sponsored militaries, but rather between a military superpower and a third-world...
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Frank Rich
Obama's Original Sin
The president’s failure to demand a reckoning from the moneyed interests who brought the economy down has cursed his first term, and could prevent a second.
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Adam Bessie
Indestructible! Nothing Can Stop it! The "Education Reform" Bubble
In 1958, The Blob – a gelatinous B-movie creature from outer space – crash landed in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania consuming whatever poor screaming extra happened to be directed into its path.
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Henry Norr
US Needs a Declaration of Independence - from Israel
ATHENS, Greece - 235 years after the American colonies declared independence from Britain, the passenegers on the U.S. Boat to Gaza call for a new American Declaration of Independence, this time from...
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Sunday, July 3, 2011
David Macaray
Massey Energy: When Greed Leads to Manslaughter
Just when we thought Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch (in Montcoal, West Virginia) mining disaster of April 5, 2010, which killed 29 coal miners, couldn’t elicit any more tears or regrets or disgust...
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Paul Rosenberg
Hope Lost, Audacity Found: Obama's Administration has Pursued a Multi-Track Effort to Prevent Americans from Participating in the Flotilla
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Neal Peirce
Seven Billion Souls and Counting: the Perils of an Overpopulated Planet
The dangers are many — from food shortages to climate change and fears of resulting social tensions and economic crises.
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Connie Schultz
An Anti-Abortion Ohio Legislator's Embarrassing Night Out
Last Tuesday, Ohio Rep. Robert Mecklenborg -- a self-described "Catholic boy from the west side of Cincinnati" -- stood on the House floor to champion the most radical anti-abortion legislation in...
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Fran Quigley
Witness to Broken Promises in Haiti
PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI. What if one of our notorious Hoosier storms violently destroyed your entire neighborhood, killing scores, and leaving you and your neighbors homeless and penniless? Imagine...
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Saturday, July 2, 2011
Ray McGovern
From the US Boat to Gaza: A July Fourth Shame on the Founders
Yes, that was I standing before the U.S. Embassy in Athens on the eve of the July Fourth weekend holding the American flag in the distress mode — upside down.
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Foula Farmakides
The Greek Authorities Try to Terrorize, But They are Terrified
Those who gather in Syntagma are being treated brutally by the enforcers of a government that fears the free-thinking on display
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Michael Shank
America's Lawmakers in Libyan Quagmire
With Republicans and Democrats alike split, confusion reigns over two crucial issues: war powers and R2P. It's time for clarity
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John Nichols
What Michele Bachmann and Her Teapot 'Patriots' Do Not Know About America
The unsettling thing about Michele Bachmann’s failed discussion of the founders and slavery is not that the Tea Party “Patriot” knew so little about the birth of the American experiment that she made...
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Chris Genovali
Canada Day In The Petro-State
Just in time for Canada Day, Alberta Finance and Enterprise Minister Lloyd Snelgrove chose to exhibit why Canadian democracy is devolving into something akin to corporate rule ("Ottawa urged to get...
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Peter Bergel
Independence Day Message: We’re Down, but We’re Not Licked
Recently my email brought two items on the same day which, when I put them together, seemed like a strong message for Independence Day.
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Michelle Chen
Pesticides and Farm Labor Yield a Bitter Harvest
Shortly after the group of Mexican “guestworkers” arrived at a Tennessee tomato farm, they realized that their job was killing them, literally. In addition to being crowded into filthy trailers with...
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Robert Parry
Neocons Want War and More War
The neoconservatives remain powerful in Washington in large part because of their continued influence inside leading opinion-setting journals like the New York Times and the Washington Post, two prestige newspapers that have pressed ahead with the neocon agenda despite serious blows to their...
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Jim Rigby
Nero’s Fire
At a gathering on World Refugee Day, we remembered the 1,900 people deported or detained last year from Austin. Friends and family gathered to weep for their missing loved ones. We spoke about the...
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Ananya Mukherjee-Reed
On International Day of Cooperatives: Tagore and the Idea of Cooperation
An idea worth revisiting on the International Day of Cooperatives, which this year falls on July 2
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Friday, July 1, 2011
Joseph Dana
The Battle Over the Gaza Flotilla
ATHENS - On Thursday, the passengers of the Audacity of Hope, the US boat in the “Freedom Flotilla 2” to Gaza—a convoy of ten boats, two cargo ships and some 300 civilians—emerged from their hotel on...
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Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap
Movement to Abolish Corporate Personhood Gaining Traction
In the year and a half since the Citizens United decision, Americans from all walks of life have become concerned about corporate dominance of our government and our society as a whole. In Citizens...
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Subhankar Banerjee
Las Conchas Fire Woke Us Up—Let Us Now Stop The Plutonium Bomb Factory
The Las Conchas Fire in New Mexico is still burning. It is rapidly growing by the day. On June 29, I did a phone interview with Jay Coghlan, executive director of Nuclear Watch New Mexico and his...
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Jenn Ettinger
So Who Really Stands to Benefit from AT&T’s T-Mobile Takeover?
Last week, a group of 76 Democrats made a small splash inside the Beltway after they signed a letter touting the alleged benefits of the AT&T-T-Mobile merger for rural communities and workers...
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Mark Weisbrot
Non-Violent Protest Works – That's Why "The Audacity Of Hope" Is Being Held Up in Greece
One of the most important foreign policy statements of the year came from Ehud Barak, Israel’s Defense Minister, on May 16. Responding to non-violent protests at Israeli borders and military posts,...
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Michelle Chen
Pesticides and Farm Labor Yield a Bitter Harvest
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown's veto of card check legislation underscores the priorities of the powerful
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Chris Kromm
Are Teachers and Police Officers Imaginary People?
Growing up, some children have imaginary friends. Today, many politicians seem to live in a world of imaginary workers.
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Amitabh Pal
Obama’s Latin America Policy Not Too Different from Bush’s
This week is the second anniversary of the military coup in Honduras, an occasion to review the Obama Administration’s disappointing approach toward Latin America. On June 28, 2009, Honduran...
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Sarah Anderson
Europe Taking Lead on Speculations Tax
Out of the ashes of the 2008 financial crisis, an idea that progressives have been kicking around for decades – a financial transactions tax (FTT) – took on new life.
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Karen Greenberg
The FBI's Synagogue Bomb Plot
The ethics of a sting operation to foment a terror plot are dubious enough, but its government-sponsored antisemitism is revolting
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Dean Baker
Deficit Talk Distracts, Employment Works
How to Make Short Work of Unemployment
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Glenn Greenwald
Torture Crimes Officially, Permanently Shielded
In August, 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder -- under continuous , aggressive prodding by the Obama White House --
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Gerald Friedman
Universal Health Care: Can We Afford Anything Less?
Why only a single-payer system can solve America’s health-care mess.
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Anthony Newkirk
Tracking the Saudi Arms Deal
On May 19, President Barack Obama said that “extraordinary change” is sweeping the Middle East. But the president’s silence about signs of counter-revolution in the Middle East is deeply disturbing...
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Ramzy Baroud
US Foreign Policy Invigorated at the Expense of Gaza
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made a series of stern and fiery statements recently, giving the impression that war is somehow upon us once again.
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John Buell
Born on the Fourth of July?
Lately our political leaders talk a lot about borders. It is an article of faith that we must “secure our borders.” But is the concern for secure borders really a matter of our physical safety, a...
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Maura Stephens
Gov. Cuomo: Do Not Lift Fracking Moratorium
Urgent Open Letter to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo: Do Not Lift Fracking Moratorium
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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Charles Davis
Obama Loses His 'Constitutional Law Professor Hat'
As a candidate for president, Barack Obama was a Distinguished Constitutional Scholar. As a president waging an illegal war, he's just some guy who, gosh, isn't really in a position to talk about...
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Michelle Chen
Conservatives’ Seductive, Twisted Logic on the World’s “Missing” Girls
About 163 million female children have gone “missing” in Asia, and the ugly fact is stirring lots of new conversation about where and why they’ve disappeared.
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Robert C. Koehler
The End Times
“All the evidence shows that we are nearing the end of man’s tragic experiment in independence from God.” Wow, I thought. They get it. And suddenly I felt a burst of solidarity with the Jehovah’s...
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