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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Karl Grossman
"Don't Do Disney..." NASA Readies Nuclear Launch
NASA intends in coming weeks to launch a rover to be deployed on Mars fueled with 10.6 pounds of plutonium. Opponents of the launch in Florida, concerned about an accident releasing deadly plutonium...
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Matt Taibbi
Why Mitt Romney's Entitlement-Privatization Plan is Crazy
David Brooks, the [gratuitous insult deleted], wrote this this morning entitled "Mitt Romney, the Serious One." In it, he explained how Romney’s recent decision to unveil a plan for reforming the...
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Kim Knowlton
The Staggering Health Costs of Climate Change
The extreme weather just won’t seem to leave people alone this year. I’m talking to an arborist to find replacements for beloved lilac bushes and one magnolia tree that just got tall enough to lend...
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Adil E. Shamoo
Bahrain's Courageous Doctors
The United States continues to ignore the thwarted Arab Spring in Bahrain. Recently, a quasi-military court in the small Gulf state sentenced 20 doctors and nurses to up to 15 years in jail. The...
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Ivan Eland
The Risk of the ‘Cheap’ Libya Victory
NATO’s “victory” in Libya has sown many seeds of possible future calamity. But none is fraught with as much danger as providing a new “war on the cheap” model for Western nations that have fallen on...
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George Monbiot
The 1% Are the Very Best Destroyers of Wealth the World Has Ever Seen
Our common treasury in the last 30 years has been captured by industrial psychopaths. That's why we're nearly bankrupt
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Sam Pizzigati
For the Corporate 1 Percenters, a 50 Percent Tax Discount
Corporations have achieved total tax loophole parity with America's individual super rich.
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Kirk Freudenburg
Zuccotti Park, from a Bench in Ancient Pompeii
When I look at the occupiers, I tend to see them through sore old Roman eyes, as an indictment of what American business has become
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Dean Baker
Greece, Home of Democracy, Deprived of a Vote
Armed by Papandreou with a referendum, the Greek people had clout. Now, they're powerless before the troika's austerity plan
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Russell Mokhiber
Time to Take Your Civics Aptitude Test
If you have a high school junior or senior in the house, you know the drill.
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Julie Matthaei, Neil Wollman
Why the Occupy Movement is Good for Our Health
Recently, the Congressional Budget Office released a report on income inequality which found that the incomes of the top 1% nearly tripled between 1979 and 2007, whereas those of the middle class...
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Robert Jensen
The Fire Next Time is Now: On Planetary Patriotism
Angus Wright has a way of saying things we may not want to hear in a way that’s hard to ignore.
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Mark Engler
Bank Transfer: Successful
This past Saturday was “ Bank Transfer Day ,” a day of action in which thousands of people moved their money from “too big to fail” banking titans into credit unions and smaller regional banks.
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Tom Engelhardt
A Patrol in Enemy Territory: Wall Street
It was a beautiful, sunlit fall morning when the patrol, many in camouflage jackets, no more than 40 of them in all, headed directly into enemy territory. Their ranks included one sailor in uniform,...
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Monday, November 7, 2011
Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams
The Devil in the Tar Sands
CAPE TOWN – On Sunday, November 6, thousands of people encircled the White House as part of the ongoing effort to press US President Barack Obama to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. If the nearly 1,700...
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Joseph Stiglitz
The Globalization of Protest
NEW YORK – The protest movement that began in Tunisia in January, subsequently spreading to Egypt, and then to Spain, has now become global, with the protests engulfing Wall Street and cities across...
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Russ Baker
Corporate Media Stumped on How to Cover the Occupy Movement
Conventional journalism is increasingly irrelevant in a time of crisis. We find abundant proof in a recent column from the New York Times’ so-called “Public Editor,” who is supposed to somehow...
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Tariq Aziz (center, second row) attending a meeting about drones strikes in Waziristan, held in Islamabad, Pakistan on 28 October 2011. Three days later, the 16 year old was killed by a drone-launched missile. Photo: Pratap Chatterjee/BIJ Pratap Chatterjee
The CIA's Unaccountable Drone War Claims Another Casualty
If Tariq Aziz, the 16-year-old soccer fan I met last week in Pakistan, was a dangerous Taliban terrorist, let the CIA prove it.
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Kamran Mofid, Jamshid Damooei
The World Is Revolting Against the US Economic and Business Model: A Call to Action
The current economic system has created a massive and widening gap between a wealthy minority and the many people living in abject poverty
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John Nichols
Block the Vote: Ohio GOP Bars Early Voting to Suppress Pro-Labor Turnout
TOLEDO — When Mitt Romney’s dad was a candidate for president back in the 1960s, Republicans competed on the strength of their personalities and ideas. It was the same when Newt Gingrich was an up-...
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Richard Javad Heydarian
Iran Plot: A Pretext for War
For many Iran observers, Washington’s latest accusations against Iran — implicating members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States...
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Gary Younge
Who Knows Where the Occupations Are Going – It's Just Great to Be Moving
As Wall Street wormed its way into everyone's life, so Occupy protests grow everywhere: symbolic for now, but changing debate
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Paul Krugman
Here Comes the Sun
For decades the story of technology has been dominated, in the popular mind and to a large extent in reality, by computing and the things you can do with it. Moore’s Law — in which the price of...
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Jim Horn
New Charter School Study More Bad News for Corporate Ed Reform
The first national charter school study was conducted in 2009 by CREDO at Stanford , and the co-funders of the study (the Walton Foundation and Pearson) were not enamored by the results.
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Bryan Farrell
Entirely Surrounded: Protesters Encircle White House, Close in on Tar Sands Industry
“We don’t know how many people it takes to encircle the White House, but we’re about to find out,” Bill McKibben told a crowd of over 12,000 gathered in Lafayette Square on Sunday afternoon.
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Danny Schechter
Occupy Cross-Roads: What Will Happen If OWS Loses Its Park?
Mic Check: You Say You Want a Revolution?...
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Chris Hedges
Finding Freedom in Handcuffs
Editor’s note: Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, an activist, an author and a member of a reporting team that won a 2002 Pulitzer Prize, wrote this article after he was released from custody following...
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Frances Fox Piven
The War Against the Poor and Occupy Wall Street
The Politics of Financial Morality
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Sunday, November 6, 2011
Nancy Mancias
Drones: Tragedy, Not Comedy!
U.S. drone warfare is the topic of an upcoming dark comedy for FX, focusing on drone pilots in Nevada who commute to war and “bomb the hell out of the Middle East” . Although the description doesn’t...
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Bryan Farrell
Remembering Who Made Today’s Tar Sands Action Possible
Just arrived in Washington DC for today’s big tar sands action. Over 10,000 people are expected to encircle the White House and show President Obama that there will be much to reckon with if he doesn...
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Dean Baker
Bill Clinton, the Person Who Set the Economy on Its Bubble Driven Path, Has Economic Advice for the Country
The Post reports on a new book by President Clinton which offers economic advice to the country.
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Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman
Will the 1% Steal Ohio's Labor Rights Referendum?
Tuesday’s most important vote is the repeal of Ohio’s vicious anti-labor Issue 2. Polls show the repeal winning by 20% or more. But will it---like the 2004 presidential election---be stolen by a 1%...
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Caroline Arnold
Exercise Your Right to Empowerment. Cast Your Vote Tuesday
Alone, each of us is fairly powerless unless we have money or deadly weapons – which goes a long way toward explaining why gun ownership and inequities in wealth are intractable issues in our society...
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Michael Winship
Some Disturbing Truths about Rick Perry's Texas
I’m at sea this week -- literally, for once -- and learning helpful nautical stuff. For example, the old, three-mile limit for territorial waters was established in 1702 as the maximum distance a...
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Saturday, November 5, 2011
Christopher Brauchli
Texas Censors Science
Religious feeling is as much a verity as any other part of human consciousness; and against it, on the subjective side, the waves of science beat in vain. — John Tyndall, Professor Virchow and...
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César Chelala
Israeli Doctors Are Complicit in the Torture of Palestinian Prisoners
Two Israeli human rights organizations, the Public Committee Against Torture (PCAT) and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) have released a report, Doctoring the Evidence, Abandoning the Victim , in...
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Alejandro Reuss
The 99%, the 1%, and Class Struggle
Between 1979 and 2007, the income share of the top 1% of U.S. households (by income rank) more than doubled, to over 17% of total U.S. income. Meanwhile, the income share of the bottom 80% dropped...
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Jessica Reeder
Six Reasons to Move Your Money for Bank Transfer Day
Kristen Christian didn't know she was tapping into a wellspring of consumer discontent. She just knew she was fed up with her "too big to fail" bank's treatment of its customers.
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Fred Wilson
The XL Pipeline Is a Dog That Can't Hunt
As thousands get ready for a big last push on President Obama against the XL Pipeline in Washington DC this weekend, decision makers should remember Elvis Presley's sage advice: "When things go wrong...
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Michelle Chen
Labor Draws New Battle Lines on Iraq and Iran Oil Fields
The Middle East's two key exports these days seem terribly at odds with each other: oil, the lifeblood of the global economic order, and political unrest, in the form of protest movements rolling...
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Gareth Porter
Debunking the Iran "Terror Plot"
At a press conference on October 11, the Obama administration unveiled a spectacular charge against the government of Iran: The Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had plotted to...
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Brian Tierney
The One Percent Scrambles to Maintain Profits – and Order
“The next few months will be crucial for avoiding a dramatic downturn in employment and a further significant aggravation of social unrest.”
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Friday, November 4, 2011
Jeff Biggers
Countdown to AZ Recall: People vs. Corporate Lobbyists
Beyond the bread and butter issues of jobs, education, health care and immigration reform, when voters go to the polls next Tuesday in the historic recall election of extremist Arizona state Senate...
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Sarah Anderson
Emerging Economies Join G20 Coalition to Tax Speculation
The struggle to tax Wall Street moved forward in Cannes.
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Medea Benjamin, Robert Naiman
Jailed for Sailing to Gaza, Challenging the Blockade
Two boats full of courageous passengers were on their way to Gaza when they were intercepted on Friday, November 4, by the Israeli military in international waters. We call the passengers courageous...
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Chris Hedges
No Arrests Inside Goldman Sachs, Though We Were Arrested Outside
Chris Hedges made this statement in New York City’s Zuccotti Park on Thursday morning during the People’s Hearing on Goldman Sachs, which he chaired with Dr. Cornel West.
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Jay Walljasper
Elinor Ostrom Outlines Best Strategies for Managing the Commons
A breakthrough for the commons came in 2009 when Elinor Ostrom won the Nobel Prize for Economics. The first woman awarded this honor, the Indiana University political scientist not only made history...
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Simon Jenkins
America's Itch to Brawl Has a New Target – But Bombs Can't Conquer Iran
A post-imperial virus has infected foreign policy. We've been here before, we know the human cost, and now we must stop
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Desmond Tutu, Michael Mansfield
The Russell Tribunal on Palestine Can Promote Peace, Truth and Reconciliation
The Israel-Palestine situation demands truth and reconciliation. We hope to aid that process
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Paul Krugman
Oligarchy, American Style
Inequality is back in the news, largely thanks to Occupy Wall Street, but with an assist from the Congressional Budget Office. And you know what that means: It’s time to roll out the obfuscators!
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Robert Reich
Washington Pre-Occupied
The biggest question in America these days is how to revive the economy. The biggest question among activists now occupying Wall Street and dozens of other cities is how to strike back against the...
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Mary Bottari
Robin Hood Tax Gains Ground at the G-20
The G-20 meeting in Cannes got underway this week. The sunny beach resort, playground to movie stars and media moguls was an odd choice for a somber G-20 meeting.
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Bill Moyers
How Wall Street Occupied America
Why the rich keep getting richer and our democracy’s getting poorer
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Thursday, November 3, 2011
Hara Kouki, Antonis Vradis
Ordinary Greeks Are Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands
Grassroots refusal to put up with austerity is quickly gaining momentum, as people give up on mainstream politics
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Jane Hamsher
#OccupySupply Launches First Shipment of Cold Weather Gear
Today we started sending out the first shipment of #OccupySupply goods — 500 pairs of UFCW union-made socks made to withstand -40 degree weather. But that’s just the beginning. There’s a lot more on...
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David Shapiro
Stop For-Profit Prisons
Yesterday, the ACLU released Banking on Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration , an in-depth examination of the private prison industry.The report finds that mass incarceration provides a...
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David Heap
Dawn on the Tahrir, Dawn of the Freedom Waves to Gaza
It is our first dawn on board the Tahrir in the Mediterranean Sea. Some delegates and journalists are still sleeping, others gradually waking up. The sea got choppy overnight, with equipment crashing...
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Sarah Anderson
Bill Gates (the .001%) Joins the 99% for Robin Hood Tax
One of the world's richest and many of the poorest agree on something, but the Obama administration is holding out.
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Robert Scheer
Too Big to Jail
Can we all agree that a $1 billion swindle represents a lot of money, and the fact that Citigroup agreed last week to pay a $285 million fine to settle SEC charges for “misleading investors”...
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Ann Jones
One US Citizen’s Misadventure in Securityland
Me and OFAC and Ahmed the Egyptian
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Robert Jensen
Occupy Demands: Let's Radicalise Our Analysis
The crisis we face is caused by failed systems - replacing leaders while keeping the old system intact will not help.
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Brendan Fischer
18 Arrested in Wisconsin Assembly for Using Cameras; Guns Still Allowed
Eighteen people were arrested Tuesday for using cameras in the Wisconsin Assembly gallery, including the editor of The Progressive magazine, Matt Rothschild. Rothschild and others had gone to the...
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Andy Coghlan and Debora MacKenzie
Revealed – The Capitalist Network That Runs the World
As protests against financial power sweep the world this week, science may have confirmed the protesters' worst fears.
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Dave Zweifel
Health Care Solution is Simple: Single-Payer
The answer to the nation’s health care crisis is staring everyone in the face, yet as a country we continue to refuse to come to grips with it. Late last month, the Wisconsin secretary of health...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Human Toll of the US Drone Campaign
The principal reason so little attention is paid to the constant victims of American violence in the Muslim world is because the U.S. Government refuses to disclose anything about these attacks and...
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Robert C. Koehler
The News of Empire
“Mr. Obama and his senior national security advisers have sought to reassure allies and answer critics, including many Republicans, that the United States will not abandon its commitments in the...
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Van Jones
Tax the One Percent -- Make Wall Street Fund America
The giant cries of protest sweeping across the country are starting to reverberate in the halls of Congress. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) are proposing a Wall...
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Ralph Nader
The Road to Twenty One Presidential Debates
No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties secretly Control the Presidential Debates
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Yifat Susskind
Occupy France: Calling for Change at the G20 Summit
This week marks the beginning of the G20 summit in Cannes, where representatives from the 20 richest countries will gather to discuss global economic policy. The G20 has been meeting since the late...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Oblivious Committee
Why the supercommittee should disband
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Immanuel Wallerstein
US Withdrawal and Defeat in Iraq
It is now official. All uniformed U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011. There are two major ways of describing this. One is by President Obama, who says that he is thereby keeping...
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John Feffer
Breaking Down Bases
It has been like a cross between a suspense and a horror movie. If the committee doesn’t come up with a compromise by the Thanksgiving deadline, the axes will come out. Perhaps only Washington...
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Alaa Abd El Fattah
After Egypt's Revolution, I Never Expected to Be Back in Mubarak's Jails
I have been locked up, again on a set of flimsy charges, five years after imprisonment for supporting the judiciary
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Tawakkol Karman
The World Must Not Forsake Yemen's Struggle for Freedom
Yemenis are ready to pay the ultimate price to take on a brutal dictator. Yet the UN can't even bring itself to condemn him
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Tom Engelhardt
Corruption, America-Style
In the U.S., corruption is seldom “corruption.” Take as an example our president, who has been utterly clear: he will not take money for his electoral campaign from lobbyists. Only problem: according...
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Margaret Kimberley
Shaking the System: A Greek Gift to Occupy USA
The Greek government, after months of demonstrations by a citizenry that rejects impoverishment for the sake of the bankers, has promised to submit the bailout plan to a referendum. This should be a...
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Tom Hayden
Heart-Attack Iraq: Lessons From an Antiwar Movement
On October 21, when President Obama announced that all American troops would be withdrawing from Iraq, I learned that I needed surgery on a blocked carotid artery, and soon. Ten years earlier,...
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Bruce Friedrich
Is Sea World a Slave Plantation? Lawsuit for Animals Garners High-Power Support
Carl Sagan, who was the faculty sponsor of Cornell University’s animal rights group, once asked, “How smart does an animal have to be before killing him constitutes murder?” A variation on that might...
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Paul Buchheit
Three Reasonable Demands. And Two Requests.
Occupy Wall Street has been accused of failing to provide specific demands of Wall Street and Congress. But the following three recurring themes are specific and sensible: (1) Eliminate the 15%...
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Amy Goodman
Call of Duty: Veterans Join the 99 Percent
11-11-11 is not a variant of Herman Cain’s much-touted 9-9-9 tax plan, but rather the date of this year’s Veterans Day. This is especially relevant, as the U.S. has now entered its second decade of...
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Carl Gibson
The Corporatocracy is the 1%
In October of 2003 Steve Jobs first learned that he had pancreatic cancer. His doctors and family members urged, even pleaded with him to have surgery, but he opted instead to try alternative and...
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Gabriel Thompson
Tomorrow, a General Strike in Oakland
The details are familiar to many by now.  
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Mira Luna
Local Money Creates Wealth Outside the Bubble
Ever since the crash several years ago, Americans have felt precarious about the nation's economy and the value of its currency.
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Wenonah Hauter
Factory Farming: Not Just on Land Anymore
When most people think of factory farming they typically think of feedlots, hog factories or chicken operations–not massive open net pens growing millions of fish in our oceans. However, factory fish...
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Robert Reich
Greeks' Choice — and Ours: Democracy or Finance?
Which do you trust more: democracy or financial markets?
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Marion Brady
Why I Oppose High-Stakes Standardized Tests
In 1949, I was a self-employed trucker, buying and hauling timber for shoring up the roofs of coal mines in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. A very long United Mine Workers strike put me out of the...
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Kamran Mofid
Global Crises are Spiritual: A Time for Awakening
In modern economic thinking, greed and selfishness are upheld as guiding the ‘invisible hand’ of the market and are therefore exempt from moral consideration. It is time for us to redefine our values and build a just economy for the common good
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Phyllis Bennis
Occupy Wall Street: A Postcard from Amazing Times
The Occupy Wall Street movement claimed a little scrap of earth in Zuccotti Park on behalf of all of us, and created a live-in soapbox from which to challenge inequality.
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Lawrence Weschler
The Great American Shakedown
How Corruption in the U.S. Puts Everyday Corruption in Africa to Shame
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Sharif Abdel Kouddous
Egyptian Military Targets Pro-Democracy Bloggers
Egypt: Press Crackdown, Continued
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Frank Barat
Not Judges, But Witnesses: The Third Russell Tribunal on Palestine Begins
“ We do not represent any state power, nor can we compel the policy-makers responsible for crimes against the people of Vietnam to stand accused before us. We have no force majeure. The procedures of...
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Glenn Greenwald
Middle East Propaganda 101
When it comes to American propaganda about the Middle East, this New York Times article — detailing U.S. plans to bolster its influence in the region after it “withdraws” from Iraq — is a masterpiece...
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César Chelala
Executing the Mentally-Ill is a Crime
Christopher Johnson’s execution by the State of Alabama creates serious doubts about the justice of a measure that is widely criticized by human rights advocates throughout the world. According to...
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Mark Engler
Niall Ferguson, Defender of the 1%
Conservative historian and Harvard professor Niall Ferguson has a funny habit. He asserts himself as a timely political commentator by weighing in on a debate about a hot contemporary problem. But...
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Diane Roberts
The Republican 'Voter Fraud' Fraud
All over the US, GOP lawmakers have engineered schemes to make voting more difficult. Well, if you can't win elections fairly…
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Judy Rabin, Jim Horn
'Teachers Want Corporate America Assessed'
It has been more than a week ago since I stood in Times Square penned in behind barricaded fences in a sea of tens of thousands protesters at the Occupy Wall Street rally.
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Monday, October 31, 2011
Peter Hart
Up Is Down, Down Is Up: Bill O'Reilly Explains OWS
On his Friday night show , Bill O'Reilly took his viewers to a magical place--one where the right-wing Koch brothers have no connection to the Tea Party movement, while
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Seema Rupani
Why the Occupy Movement Inspires Me
Earlier this week, I was tear gassed by the Oakland Police.
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Mary Bottari
Positive Policing From Wisconsin's ‘Original Occupation’
After two tours of duty in Iraq, 24-year-old Wisconsin native Scott Olsen managed to escape unscathed and with seven metals for valor. But Olsen was critically injured in an Occupy Oakland march last...
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Vanessa Ortiz
Women in the Frontline, Women in the Rear: The Revolution in Syria
Bits and pieces of information about the growing uprising in Syria are coming our way through mainstream media sources like Al Jazeera. But dig down deep, and you’ll find a revolution with women...
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