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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Paul Buchheit
Oh Say Can You Seethe..
Another Independence Day, and times are tough for everyone. No, not everyone. Sit back, get uncomfortable, and choose any one of these facts to make you mad. (1) The financial maneuverings of a...
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Joan Baxter
The New African Land Grab
Foreign investors, with the World Bank, are acquiring vast tracks of land in Africa - at the expense of local farmers.
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Stephen Zunes
Washington Okays Attack on Unarmed U.S. Ship
The Obama administration appears to have given a green light to an Israeli attack on an unarmed flotilla carrying peace and human rights activists — including a vessel with 50 Americans on board —...
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Lasse Bruun
Time to End the Chemical War Against Superweeds
Have you ever thought about how your favorite picnic spot in the local city park is managed? Or what happens when herbicides are sprayed on the crops that make up your breakfast cereal? The truth is...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Militarized Surrealism of Barack Obama
Signs of the Great American Unraveling
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Jessica Opoien
Ohio, Wisconsin Reach for Progressive Era Tools to Fight Modern Robber Barons
On the same day that Gov. Scott Walker 's anti-public employee law takes effect in Wisconsin, public workers in Ohio can celebrate a victory in the battle for democracy.
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Karl Grossman
Atomic Energy: Unsafe in the Real World
Nuclear power requires “perfection” and “no acts of God,” we were warned years ago. This has been brought home by the ongoing disaster caused by the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Fukushimi...
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Brenna Norton
Congress Should Reward Farmers Who Are Good Stewards
Oklahoma is facing its worst drought since the Dust Bowl. A historic drought is also gripping Texas and surrounding southern states. Floods have ravaged America’s heartland, and we’re discovering...
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Bill Quigley, Jocelyn Brooks
Displaced Women Demand Justice in Port au Prince
“We women demand!…” sang out a hundred plus voices “…Justice for Marie!” Marie, a 25 year old pregnant mother, was injured by government agents when they slammed a wooden door into her stomach during...
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Kathy Kelly, Robert Naiman
An Open Letter to Illinois Senator Mark Kirk Responding to His Call for U.S. Special Forces to Attack a Flotilla of Ships that Will Sail to Gaza
Senator Mark Kirk 524 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC, 20510 June 29th, 2011 Dear Senator Kirk,
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Brian Tierney
­­­­Activists to Confront Georgia’s Juan Crow Racism this Weekend
The anti-immigrant police-state racism that began haunting immigrant communities in Arizona last year has arrived in Georgia – and it’s rotting the Peach State, both figuratively and literally.
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Sharif Abdel Kouddous
Crackdown in Cairo
Cairo, Egypt -- Over 1,000 people were injured on Wednesday after Egyptian security forces responded to protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square with tear gas and rubber bullets. The crackdown began on...
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Robert Scheer
Yes to Violence, No to Sex
This American life of ours has long been pro-violence and anti-sex, unless the two can be merged so that violence is the dominant theme. The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that historical record on...
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Peter Certo
Three Strikes Against Apple
There's too much blood on its phones, laptops, and tablets.
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Brian Moench
Obesity/Diabetes Epidemic: Rise of the Obesogens
The global obesity/diabetes epidemic is receiving wide spread attention like the June 26, article in the Washington Post by David Brown. One fourth of our national health care bill of $2.3 trillion...
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Paula J. Caplan
Americans Fail To Take Sexism Seriously: The Supreme Court's Wal-Mart Ruling
What's Wrong with the Wal-Mart Decision
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Adam Sanchez
Taking on Big Coal’s Curriculum
For years dirty energy corporations have created education materials marketed to young children in an attempt to shape the discussion around environmental issues.
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Harvey Wasserman
Fukushima Spews, Los Alamos Burns, Vermont Rages and We’ve Almost Lost Nebraska
Humankind is now threatened by the simultaneous implosion, explosion, incineration, courtroom contempt and drowning of its most lethal industry. We know only two things for certain: worse is yet to...
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Amy Goodman
‘Food Terrorism’ Next Door to the Magic Kingdom
Think of “food terrorism” and what do you see? Diabolical plots to taint items on grocery-store shelves? If you are Buddy Dyer, the mayor of Orlando, Fla., you might be thinking of a group feeding...
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Linh Dinh
Mugged then Shot
“The United States has been a leader in the multinational effort to end bribery and corruption in international business practices." --Website of The U.S. State Department
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Jules Boykoff
Why the Insurance Industry Gets Climate Change
Insurance companies understand risk – which is why, unlike our myopic political class, they do not have their heads in the sand
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Norman Solomon
Nuclear Dangers Close to Home
Several decades ago, three expert nuclear engineers told a congressional panel why they decided to quit: "We could no longer justify devoting our life energies to the continued development and...
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John Feffer
Art v. State
In the vast exhibition hall of London's Tate Modern, the installation looks from a distance like a huge patch of gravel. Perhaps it is the first stage of a construction site or the last stage of a...
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Andrew Bacevich
On the Mend?: America Comes to Its Senses
At periodic intervals, the American body politic has shown a marked susceptibility to messianic fevers. Whenever an especially acute attack occurs, a sort of delirium ensues, manifesting itself in...
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Robert Parry
How Greed Destroys America
America’s corporate chieftains are living like kings while the middle class stagnates and shrivels
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Subhankar Banerjee
New Mexico Is Burning With Potential For Nuclear Contamination
My home state, New Mexico is right now burning dangerously with the Las Conchas Fire. And, we have the potential for nuclear contamination. Here is a report from home.
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Laura Leigh
Killing the Old West: The BLM's Strange Way of 'Protecting' America's Wild Horses
You learn many interesting things traveling on public lands following the wild horse issue in the American West. You learn that after standing in sub-zero temperatures, attempting to document winter...
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Beverly Bell
Monsanto in Haiti
HINCHE, Haiti, June 27 – Last week, thousands of farmers and supporters of Haitian peasant agriculture marched for hours under the hot Caribbean sun to call for more government support for locally...
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Kelly McCartney
How to Share Land
When looking through the lens of collaborative consumption or the mesh , it's easy to see how many of our needs can be met through sharing with others to some lesser or greater degree.
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Tim Karr
The U.S. Congress: Where It Pays to Deceive
Why are more than 70 House Democrats helping AT&T lie to you? They just signed on to an industry letter that was so riddled with misinformation about AT&T’s proposed merger with T-Mobile it’s...
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Philip Goff
Our Glastonbury U2 Protest Was a Call for an Ethical Tax Culture
The Bono Pay Up protest was about irresponsible tax behaviour undermining democracy, public services and global development
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Michael Winship
The Rich Are Different from You and Me. They Make More Money – and Lemonade
Washington, DC, is a Potemkin village of alabaster and marble where the perpetually stalled and broken escalators of the city’s subway system are a perfect metaphor for the government’s inability to...
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Jim Hightower
Perry's Prayer-Palooza
I'm fairly certain that God doesn't want anything to do with this goober's show.
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Bill McKibben
If Brazil Has to Guard Its Rainforest, Why Does Canada/U.S. Get to Burn Its Tar Sands?
It was big news in Canada when, in 2008, the country slipped from the top-ten list of the world's most peaceful countries (all the way to eleventh). By this year, it was back in eighth , 74 places...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
29 Miners and Massey's Coal Crimes
It was Easter Weekend 2010 when 33-year-old Gary Quarles —a skilled miner with 14 years experience and a father of two— and an “up and coming” miner, Nicolas McCroskey, 26, were having dinner with a...
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Kay Tillow
One Montana County's Medicare-for-All Coverage
As the Ryan Republicans try to destroy Medicare, here's a prescription to clean up the whole mess.
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Tom Engelhardt
“Unprecedented” World: Climate Change Superlatives and Where They Are Taking Us
Let’s see: today, it’s a story about rising sea levels. Now, close your eyes, take a few seconds, and try to imagine what word or words could possibly go with such a story.
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Laura Flanders
How Corporations Award Themselves Legal Immunity
Whether it's in your employment contract or the paperwork for a cell phone, it's odds on that the small print says you can't sue
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Monday, June 27, 2011
Patrick Cockburn
Don't Believe Everything You See and Read about Gaddafi
Both sides in this conflict are guilty of spreading propaganda – and foreign journalists have on occasion been all too eager to help
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Glenn Greenwald
US, Israel Escalate Threats Against Flotilla, Including US Citizens
A co-founder of the right-wing blog RedState (and former Bush speechwriter) created a mini-controversy over the weekend when he issued a sociopathic endorsement of Israel's possible shooting of his...
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Amanda Marcotte
Anti-Choice Anti-Environmentalism
Anti-choicers have found a new weapon in their mission to drum up more hatred for legal, accessible contraception in larger conservative circles: anti-environmentalism.
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John Nichols
Bernie Sanders to Obama: 'Do Not Yield to Outrageous Republican Demands' on Taxes, Cuts, Deficit Policy
Bernie Sanders went to the floor of the Senate last December to deliver the most important congressional address of 2010 , a nine-hour long, filibuster-style condemnation of economic policies that...
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Chris Hedges
Gone With the Papers
I visited the Hartford Courant as a high school student. It was the first time I was in a newsroom. The Connecticut paper’s newsroom, the size of a city block, was packed with rows of metal desks,...
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Laura Orlando
Pissed at Portland: Uncovering the City's Public Health Hypocrisy
Portland, Oregon, recently dumped eight million gallons of drinking water into the sewer because a man was caught on camera urinating in the city’s reservoir. The Associated Press picked up the story...
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Antoinette Bonsignore
Will the Media Give Leon Panetta the Same Pass Provided to Robert Gates on the Military’s Rape Epidemic?
As Secretary Robert Gates makes his final rounds of adulatory media rounds discussing the U.S.’s ongoing wars around the world, it is truly remarkable and sadly unsurprising that no one in the media...
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Ray McGovern
Spirits of Justice Going to Gaza
For those who engage in the common struggle for Justice, an invaluable grace comes from getting to know new friends similarly engaged — and equally willing to speak with more than words. Thus, it has...
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Maureen Murphy
Criminalizing Palestinian Solidarity
Campaigning against Israeli apartheid has resulted in 23 Palestinian solidarity activists facing US federal grand jury.
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Peter Hart
Tell the People about the People's Budget
There's a good chance you've never heard about the People's Budget, though there's been a mountain of media coverage of the budget mess.
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Michael T. Klare
The New Thirty Years’ War: Winners and Losers in the Great Global Energy Struggle to Come
A 30-year war for energy preeminence? You wouldn’t wish it even on a desperate planet. But that’s where we’re headed and there’s no turning back.
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Reese Erlich
What Happened to Gush Katif Israeli Settlement in Gaza
GAZA STRIP -- In 2004 I reported from an Israeli settlement in the southern part of Gaza called Gush Katif. The ultra-conservative religious settlers living there told me Gaza was part of historic...
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Kathy Kelly
Staying Human: Preparing to Sail to Gaza
Last week, newly-arrived in Athens as part of the US Boat to Gaza project, our team of activists gathered for nonviolence training. We are here to sail to Gaza, in defiance of an Israeli naval...
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Sunday, June 26, 2011
Thomas S. Harrington
Quick! Look Over There!
Like many children of my generation, I ate school lunches from plastic trays lined up tightly against each other on folding tables in the school gym. As we ate, teachers milled about. Their job was...
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Marc Morial
Separate but Unequal Borrowers
A proposed mortgage qualification rule could end home ownership as we know it.
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Anne Landman
Texas Gov. Rick Perry's National Day of Divisiveness
Texas Governor Rick Perry plans to host a "National Day of Prayer and Fasting" on Saturday, August 6 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, in an event is billed as a "non-denominational, apolitical...
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Sarah Anderson, Sarah Anderson and Marlee Blasenheim
“America Has the Wealth to End the Despair”
Nurses come face-to-face with the fallout of the financial crisis every day. Now they've joined the worldwide movement for a tax that would curb financial speculation—and help fill public needs.
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Eric Margolis
Afghanistan: A Real Pullout or a Shell Game?
Far-called our navies melt away On dune and headland sinks the fire Lo, all our pomp of yesterday Is one with Nineveh and Tyre! --Rudyard Kipling “Recessional” NEW YORK - War is waged to achieve...
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Glen Ford
Four Decades of Cruelty and Inhumanity to U.S. Political Prisoners
A Black Agenda Radio commentary
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Medea Benjamin
Is Greece Being Blackmailed to Put the Brakes on Gaza Flotilla?
The 50 passengers and crew on the U.S. boat to Gaza have converged in Athens, Greece, ready to head out to sea to join an international fleet of ships that will challenge the Israeli-imposed naval...
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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Mary Anne Hitt
Outrage: As Mountaintop Removal Linked to Birth Defects, Politicians Gut Clean Water Act
I just can't stop thinking about a new scientific study published this week that found there are "significantly higher" rates of birth defects near mountaintop removal coal mining operations.
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Sylvia Earle
If the Sea Is in Trouble, We Are All in Trouble
The report that the ocean is in trouble is no surprise. What is shocking is that it has taken so long for us to make the connection between the state of the ocean and everything we care about – the...
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Jessica Ritter
Federal Spending: With Regard to Children's Welfare, Bucks Stop Here
Think seniors are the victims in the current federal budget debate? Think again.
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Pierre Tristam
When Florida, Like New York State, Joins the Ranks of the Civilized on Gay Marriage
In the early morning of June 28, 1969—just after 3 a.m.—a posse of plainclothes cops raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar at 53 Christopher Street in Manhattan’s Village. The cops’ pretext: the bar...
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Mark Weisbrot
European Authorities Risking Financial Contagion in Greek Showdown; Where Is the U.S. Government?
The US had better be ready for the economic shock
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Christopher Brauchli
Alabama and Illegal Aliens
And I say that Your Highnesses ought not to consent that any foreigner does business or sets foot here, except Christian Catholics. . . . —Christopher Columbus, Journal of the First Voyage Now that...
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Michelle Chen
Chinese in Japan Caught in Tide of Exploited Labor
They're not what usually comes to mind when we hear the term “Chinese exports,” but around the world, and especially in Asia, a major commodity that China sends overseas is its own citizens. Parsing...
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Robert Naiman
Kucinich: Ensure Safety of U.S. Citizens on The Audacity of Hope
In many arenas of human endeavor, there is no plausible way to convince someone through abstract argument that an endeavor that appears to be incredibly difficult is nonetheless not impossible. There...
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Friday, June 24, 2011
John Nichols
Boehner's Incoherent House Refuses to Authorize Obama's Libya War, But Agrees to Fund It
House Speaker John Boehner, whose incoherent approach to the constitutional mandate that Congress check and balance presidential war-making has so served the interests of the Obama administration’s...
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Eric Augenbraun
America, Land of the Free to Go Hungry
The GOP's Ryan plan caricature of food stamps as a welfare entitlement out of control will tug the safety net from millions
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David Sirota
Is Obama Embracing Unconstitutional Powers?
A recent Hill article on Libya reveals the administration's disturbing disdain for checks on presidential authority
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Joseph Dana
With the Gaza Aid Flotilla: Israeli Assault on the Flotilla is Well Underway
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Peter Prontzos
Greece at a Crossroads
Now that the Greek government has survived a confidence vote in Parliament, the stage is set for further confrontations in the lead-up to next week’s decision on whether to accept the new “austerity...
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Rethinking Schools Editorial
This Is What Solidarity Looks Like
All of us have learned some lessons about the meaning of solidarity from the recent events in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker’s so-called “budget repair bill” was a draconian assault on workers’ rights...
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Robin E. Johnson
Cancer Disparities: An Environmental Justice Issue for Policy Makers
Policy makers must address the disparities in the rates of cancers affecting people of color, ethnic minority, and low-income populations. There is an expanding body of scientific evidence showing...
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Walden Bello
Capital Is a Fickle Lover
"China is today the ideal capitalist state: freedom for capital, with the state doing the 'dirty job' of controlling the workers,” writes the prominent Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek. “China as...
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Grace Lee Boggs, Scott Kurashige
Planting Seeds of Hope: How Sustainable Activism Transformed Detroit
After the death throes of urban decay, what the Motor City can teach us about vision, community, and the power of movements.
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Johann Hari
How to Survive the Age of Distraction
In the 20th century, all the nightmare-novels of the future imagined that books would be burnt. In the 21st century, our dystopias imagine a world where books are forgotten. To pluck just one, Gary...
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Anne Landman
What Happened to Media Coverage of Fukushima?
While the U.S. media has been occupied with Anthony Weiner, the Republican presidential candidates and Bristol Palin's memoir, coverage of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster has...
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Isabel Macdonald
Disaster Capitalism in Haiti Leaves Displaced With Few Good Choices
From the balcony of her second story Port-au-Prince apartment, Mary Ander had a particularly good view of former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s tour last week of Haiti’s soon-to-be-launched “Building...
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Thursday, June 23, 2011
Matthew Rothschild
Obama: Three More Years of War in Afghanistan
Our war president promised more war. While he trumpeted his big Afghanistan speech as the first step in ending that war, Barack Obama essentially told the American people that tens of thousands of...
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Yifat Susskind
Obama Backpedals on Empty Promises to Afghan Women
Last night, President Obama took to the airwaves to announce the “accelerated” withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan: 10,000 troops out by the end of the year and a total of 33,000 out by the end...
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Gareth Porter
Obama Leaves Door Open to Long-Term U.S. Afghan Combat
President Barack Obama's speech announcing that the 33,000 "surge" troops in Afghanistan will be withdrawn by "summer" 2012 indicates that he has given priority to the interests of the military and...
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Michael Ratner, Margaret Ratner Kunstler
Anything Goes: The New FBI Guidelines
The FBI should not be given more power to spy on dissenters in America. In fact, it should not have that power at all. Once upon a time, the FBI could investigate a person or organization only when...
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Patti Lynn
McDiabetes: Top Docs Tell McDonald's To Stop Marketing Junk
One in three kids is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes as a result of diets high in McDonald's-style junk food.
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H. Patricia Hynes
Reflections on Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan
On Wednesday June 22, President Obama announced that 10,000 US combat troops will return from the war in Afghanistan by the end of 2011 and that all troops will be withdrawn by 2014. The news is...
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Robert Jensen
The Anguish in the American Dream
Whether celebrated or condemned, the American Dream endures, though always ambiguously. We are forever describing and defining, analyzing and assessing the concept, and with each attempt to clarify,...
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Tom Engelhardt
Nine War Words That Define Our World: 'Victory' Is the Verbal Equivalent of a Yeti
Now that Washington has at least six wars cooking (in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and more generally, the global war on terror), Americans find themselves in a new world of war. If,...
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Linh Dinh
Sentimental Mass Murderer
When Obama came into power, there were roughly 35,000 American troops in Afghanistan. Within two years, he tripled that number. Now, Obama announces that 10,000 soldiers will come home by the end of...
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Jeff Biggers
FOX and Republicans Rerun Mexicans, Lies and Videotape, As Arizona Becomes Grand Canyon State Again
As Interior Secretary Ken Salazar joined Havasupai tribal elders and Congressman Raul Grijalva for a historic announcement at the Grand Canyon National Park on Monday, Republicans across Arizona...
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Robert C. Koehler
Mohammed at Four O'Clock
What’s so funny about …? Oh, let’s say, a Muslim guy walking through the airport, or the bride of Frankenstein … or saliva. It’s all there — and more! — at an exhibit called “What Makes Us Smile?” at...
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Bill Quigley
Haiti Facts Seventeen Months after Earthquake
Haiti experienced a major earthquake January 12, 2010. Tens of thousands died, estimates range from 65,000 to 230,000 people killed. About 2 million more people were displaced. Haiti was already the...
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Naomi Klein, Wendell Berry, Maude Barlow, Bill McKibben and Others
Environmental Leaders Call for Civil Disobedience to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline
Dear Friends, This will be a slightly longer letter than common for the internet age—it’s serious stuff. The short version is we want you to consider doing something hard: coming to Washington in the...
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Glen Ford
Imperial President Obama Pretends Not to Wage War
President Obama’s contention that the United States is not engaged in “hostilities,” much less war, against the sovereign state of Libya shows him to be fully as sick and arrogant an imperial...
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Mairead Maguire
On US Government's Violence and Revenge: An Open Letter to President Obama
June 22 th , 2011 Dear Mr. President, As you know, on May 1 st , NATO forces tried unsuccessfully to assassinate the Libyan Head of State, Muammar Gadaffi. This attempt to assassinate the Libyan Head...
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Tim Karr
Apple's Pre-Emptive Strike Against Free Speech
So you think you control your smartphone? Think again. Late last week reports uncovered a plan by Apple, manufacturer of the iPhone, to patent technology that can detect when people are using their...
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Dave Lindorff
Journalism with a Smerc: Gullibility and Fiction at the Philadelphia Inquirer
Let me state from the outset: I have no problem with soldiers who inflate their war stories, any more than I am bothered by anybody who likes to spice up the tale of a youthful exploit. It’s...
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Ed Bruske
Wake Up, Parents! Or Let Kids Run the Cafeteria
Suddenly a debate over chocolate milk in school is heating up in the pages of The Washington Post. Or should I say our hometown paper has finally noticed there’s a food revolution going on in D.C.
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Robert Scheer
Bill Clinton’s Legacy of Denial
Does Bill Clinton still not grasp that the current economic crisis is in large measure his legacy? Obviously that’s the case, or he wouldn’t have had the temerity to write a 14-point memo for...
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Medea Benjamin
Setting Sail for Gaza, Armed with Love Letters and a Missive from Dr. King
“I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him,” said Dr. Martin Luther King as he accepted the...
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Al Gore
Climate of Denial: Can Science and the Truth Withstand the Merchants of Poison?
The first time I remember hearing the question "is it real?" was when I went as a young boy to see a traveling show put on by "professional wrestlers" one summer evening in the gym of the Forks River...
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Sarah Azaransky
Wal-Mart Ruling Erodes Rights of Women of Color
The Supreme Court’s ruling to throw out the sex discrimination class action lawsuit against Wal-mart undermines employment rights of women of color. First to the ruling. The Court ruled that women...
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