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Monday, October 3, 2011
Ted Rall
America's New Radicals Attack a System That Ignores Them
"Enraged young people," The New York Times worries aloud, are kicking off the dust of phony democracy, in which "the job of a citizen was limited to occasional trips to the polling places to vote"...
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Ben Lilliston
What Does the Occupation of Wall Street Have to Do With Agriculture?
Now two weeks in, the occupation of Wall Street originated from a July call to action by Adbusters to draw a line in the sand on the growing corporate control of our democracy and government—and in...
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Shea Howell
Joy in Education
The failure of the market place view of education should be evident to everyone. In a little publicized announcement the College Board said that SAT scores fell across the nation. The average writing...
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Mardy Townsend
New Rules Will Support Farmers and Jobs
The meatpacking industry, giant poultry companies, and largest food processors have forced more than 1 million American farmers and ranchers out of business since 1980.
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Mark Ruffalo
We Are the 99 Per Cent
Occupy Wall Street is a peaceful stand against the big American rip-off. Support it and regain your dignity
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Peter Van Buren
Chickening Out in Iraq: How Your Tax Dollars Financed “Reconstruction” Madness in the Middle East
Very few people outside the agricultural world know that if the rooster in a flock dies the hens will continue to produce fertile eggs for up to four weeks because “sperm nests,” located in the ovary...
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Sunday, October 2, 2011
Nathan Schneider
Mass Arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge: Is This What Civil Disobedience Looks Like?
Yesterday there were mass arrests of Occupy Wall Street protesters—700 or more—on the Brooklyn Bridge. As over a thousand marchers made their way toward the bridge a few minutes after 3 p.m., they...
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Shea Howell
Joy in Education
The failure of the market place view of education should be evident to everyone. In a little publicized announcement the College Board said that SAT scores fell across the nation. The average writing...
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Maajid Nawaz
US Drone Killing of Anwar al-Awlaki Reinforces Terrorists
In the extra-judicial killing of a US citizen accused of inspiring terror attacks, America has abandoned its own values
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Christopher Brauchli
The Congressional Playground
Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.
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Michael Winship
Why Are the Governors of America Saying Such Dumb Things?
Miriam "Ma" Ferguson was the first woman governor of Texas. Like my own dear ma, she both hailed from Bell County, deep in the heart of the state, and graduated from Mary Hardin-Baylor College (now...
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NYC General Assembly
Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011, with slight adjustments in wording on October 1, 2011:
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Michael Parenti
Class Warfare Indeed
Over the last two decades or more, Republicans have been denouncing as “class warfare” any attempt at criticizing and restraining their mean one-sided system of capitalist financial expropriation.
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Donna Smith
Keep It Simple, Keep It Real – Hundreds Arrested on Bridge as Hundreds Die at Home
Hundreds of Wall Street protestors were arrested yesterday on the Brooklyn Bridge. Even the mainstream media is reporting that. That in itself is a milestone. For many years, groups organized by one...
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Saturday, October 1, 2011
Jen Marlowe, Kung Li
Troy Davis’s Legacy: A New, Deeply Personal Movement
On Sept. 21, at 11:08 p.m., Martina Correia leaned forward in her wheelchair on the grounds of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Ga. Though weak from battling illness, she...
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Matthew Rothschild
Obama Wrong to Rub Out Al-Awlaki
Forgive me while I don’t cheer the assassination of Anwar Al-Awlaki, the New Mexico-born cleric whom the United States just killed in Yemen. He was a U.S. citizen, after all. He had never been...
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Willie Osterweil
The Park and The Protests
It was Tuesday, September 27, at 2:00 PM, and another general assembly is beginning here in Zuccotti Park, a small park at the corner of Broadway and Liberty in Manhattan’s financial district, two...
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Tom Fawthrop
The Curse of Cluster Bombs
Laos, a small landlocked country in Southeast Asia known as “the most bombed country on earth,” fittingly hosted an international disarmament conference in November 2010.
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Barbara Ehrenreich
The Rich Are Under Attack! Poor Things.
The latest group to claim victim status is the rich. Actually the super-rich, whose wealth ordinarily exempts them from pity. While they are not yet subjected to airport profiling (except for early...
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Madeline Ostrander
Keystone XL in the Heartland: Eco-Politics Back on the Ranch
In Nebraska, the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline is no longer about left versus right.
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Danny Schechter
Unions Promise Support As #OccupyWallStreet Enters Third Week
There had been rumor on Friday that the band Radiohead would be dropping by the #OccupyWallStreet encampment.
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Michelle Chen
Georgia’s Anti-Immigrant Politics Overshadow Women’s Struggles
The words "undocumented worker" evoke images we're all familiar with: poor day laborers huddled on a street corner, sun-battered tomato pickers hauling buckets through the fields.
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Kathy Kelly
Gandhi’s Lesson for Today
In a soon-to-be published book entitled Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiments with Truth , Jim Douglass contrasts the deadly machinations of Gandhi's probable killers with Gandhi’s own...
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Frida Berrigan
How Can We Change the Future without Knowing the Past?
I grew up below the Mason Dixon line. In Baltimore, we have Frederick Douglass High School (named for the escaped slave become statesman and abolitionist) and Robert E. Lee Memorial Park (named for...
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Van Jones, Max Berger
Wall Street Protests: Which Side Are You On?
Wall Street has long been the home of the biggest threat to American Democracy. Now it has become home to what may be our best hope for rescuing it.
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Michael Ratner
Anwar al-Awlaki's Extrajudicial Murder
The law on the use of lethal force by executive order is specific. This assassination broke it – that creates a terrifying precedent
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Friday, September 30, 2011
Robert Reich
America Faces a Jobs Depression
Keynes was right: only government can get us out of this jobs slump. And only taxing wealth can restore US prosperity
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Matthew Rothschild
Protest India’s Ban on David Barsamian
I’m urging you to write a letter to the Indian Embassy in Washington to protest its ban on David Barsamian, a great journalist based in Boulder, Colorado. On September 23, the government of India...
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Paul Krugman
Phony Fear Factor
The good news: After spending a year and a half talking about deficits, deficits, deficits when we should have been talking about jobs, job, jobs we’re finally back to discussing the right issue. The...
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Curtis Morrison
Ottawa Action Kills Notion of Ethical Oil
Ever feel like you aren’t where you should be? It’s okay, we all do. Yet, sometimes, we feel, without a single doubt, we are in precisely the right place at precisely the right moment.
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Jeff Biggers
House Committee Censors Testimony of Appalachian Activists
The House Natural Resources Committee has some explaining to do.
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Jonathan Turley
Obama: A Disaster for Civil Liberties
He may prove the most disastrous president in our history in terms of civil liberties.
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Nathan Schneider
Occupy Wall Street: FAQ
Q: I hear that Adbusters organized Occupy Wall Street? Or Anonymous? Or US Day of Rage? Just who put this together anyway?  
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Tim Karr
High Noon for Internet Freedom
As democracy movements worldwide struggle to speak out via the Internet, many here in the U.S. may have overlooked an effort in Congress to undermine this basic freedom.
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Glenn Greenwald
The Due-Process-Free Assassination of US Citizens is Now Reality
It was first reported in January of last year that the Obama administration had compiled a hit list of American citizens whom the President had ordered assassinated without any due process, and one...
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Chris Hedges
#OccupyTogether: The Best Among Us
There are no excuses left. Either you join the revolt taking place on Wall Street and in the financial districts of other cities across the country or you stand on the wrong side of history. Either...
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Arundhati Roy
The Dead Begin to Speak Up in India
Kashmir is one of two war zones in India from which no news must come. But those in unmarked graves will not be silenced
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Bruce Dixon
On Saving the Next Troy Davises
From the standpoint of civil rights lawyers and activists, the case of Troy Davis had everything. It had an attractive and well spoken defendant, and an almost transparently false conviction without...
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Peter Hart
Did the NYT Coverage of Occupy Wall Street Just Get Worse?
Under the somewhat nonsensical headline, "Wall Street Demonstrations Test Police Trained for Bigger Threats," New York Times reporter Joseph Goldstein may have managed to turn in ( 9/27/11 ) a more...
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Robert Naiman
Why Tax the Rich to Pay for More War?
Ordinarily, I think of myself as a card-carrying liberal. But lately, I'm getting the feeling that Liberal America had a meeting to decide on our current priorities and peace advocates weren't...
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The Yes Men
Sorry, But This Trader's Banking Confession Was No Prank
The Yes Men have been blamed for Alessio Rastani's comments on the financial crisis. But sometimes truth outdoes satire
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Robert Scheer
The Men We Trusted to Lead Us
Now he tells us. On Wednesday Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke referred to the nation’s unemployment rate as a “national crisis,” an obvious if depressing fact of life to the 25 million...
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Tom Engelhardt
Terminator Drones and Washington's Field of Screams
The Latest in Guarding the Empire
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Mark Engler
Five Things That #OccupyWallStreet Has Done Right
#OccupyWallStreet protests are now well into their second week, and they are increasingly capturing the public spotlight. This is because, whatever limitations their occupation has, the protesters...
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David Morris
GOP Goes Batty on the Postal Service
Will we let the Republicans destroy this most public of all public institutions?
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Shane Brinton, Britney Schultz
Big Sky Populists Fight Back Against Big Corporate Money
Corporate Attack on Democracy in Montana: Communities Do Battle with Modern-Day “Copper Kings”
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GRAIN
Food and Climate Change: The Forgotten Link
[ CommonDreams.org Editor's Note: Today, the Right Livelihood Award (frequently known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) was awarded to GRAIN (International) “for their worldwide work to protect the...
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Linh Dinh
Banker Brutality: Beyond Tony Bologna
At the Wall Street protest, a young woman carried a sign, “REVOLUTION IS FUN,” and I don’t doubt that she was having a great time, because it can be exhilarating to engage in a just and noble fight,...
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Ramzy Baroud
Ibrahim Zaza: The Gaza Boy Newspapers Omitted
“Both of Ibrahim’s arms were cut off. He had a hole in his lung. Parts of his legs were missing. His kidney was in a bad condition…we need people to stand with us.” These were the words of an...
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Robert Jensen
As the Earth Turns: Going Global with Perennial Polyculture Agriculture
Wes Jackson spent the weekend at The Land Institute’s annual Prairie Festival talking up -- with his usual precision and passion -- the science and strategy behind plans to revolutionize the way we...
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Robert C. Koehler
Beyond the Nation-State
Is there such a thing as a relaxed nation — one that isn’t, you know, obsessed with its borders and sense of identity?
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Alan Grayson
"Job Creators": Luntz Strikes Again
If you have been hearing the term “job creators” a lot lately, it’s because Frank Luntz wanted you to.
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Medea Benjamin
Iraq: 100 Days of Solidarity
This week marks the beginning of what is supposed to be the final 100 days of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. But if U.S. troops are to leave Iraq at the end of this year as promised – repeatedly – it...
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Bill McKibben
The Keystone Pipeline Revolt: Why Mass Arrests are Just the Beginning
Inside the growing movement to shut down the environmentally devastating tar-sands project
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Dave Zweifel
It’s a Lie That Working Poor Don’t Pay Taxes
In this age of afflicting the poor and comforting the rich — a favorite pastime of the tea partiers and the new Republican Party they’ve helped shape — there’s a popular myth making the rounds on the...
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Glenn Greenwald
What's Behind the Scorn for the Wall Street Protests?
It's unsurprising that establishment media outlets have been condescending , dismissive and scornful of the ongoing p
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Sharif Abdel Kouddous
30 Years of Emergency Law in Egypt, and Counting
On October 6, 1981, a state of emergency was declared in Egypt following the assassination of President Anwar El Sadat.
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Fred Wilson
Going over the Fence Against the XL Pipeline
An Act of Conscience
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Arun Gupta
The Revolution Begins at Home: An Open Letter to Join the Wall Street Occupation
What is occurring on Wall Street right now is truly remarkable. For over 10 days, in the sanctum of the great cathedral of global capitalism, the dispossessed have liberated territory from the...
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Ralph Nader
Obama Must Face Meaningful Democratic Primaries
America's two-party dictatorship – a model unknown in any other western country – keeps reinventing the ways it closes doors not just on third party candidates but on any challenges to their...
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Michael Nagler
Neither Victims nor Executioners
The execution last week of Troy Davis by the State of Georgia on the International Day of Peace was a painful blow to all sensitive people—really to all humanity, not to mention our prestige as a...
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Mark Phillips
'American Teacher': A Film on Education That Gets It Right
Every policymaker should be required to see the new film “American Teacher,” which powerfully reveals the huge challenge that the country faces in attracting and keeping the best teachers to help...
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Jack Heyman
Longshore Workers Make a Stand for Labor
Longshore workers on the Columbia River caught everyone's attention three weeks ago when they blocked a move by a multinational grain consortium that threatened their union and their jobs. The media...
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Amy Goodman
Troy Davis and the Machinery of Death
On Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., Troy Anthony Davis was scheduled to die. I was reporting live from outside Georgia’s death row in Jackson, awaiting news about whether the Supreme Court would spare his life.
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Mark Weisbrot
The Eurozone: A Crisis of Policy, Not Debt
The European authorities' doctrinaire decision to use debt issues to force austerity on Greece made the situation so much worse
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Jim Hightower
The GOP Congress Hates (Except When It Loves) Federal Spending
"You saw the House act," Rep. Eric Cantor snapped to a reporter last Friday. Yeah, act like a petulant 4-year-old!
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Sue Sturgis
Nationwide Rallies Aim to Save US Postal Service
Rallies are scheduled for today in every congressional district across the nation in support of the U.S. Postal Service, which is facing a financial crisis because of past congressional action...
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Peter Lehner
GOP Tries to Turn Solyndra into a Climategate, But It Can't Hide Clean Energy's Success
In the absence of a real jobs plan of their own , GOP leaders continue using Solyndra’s demise to attack the Obama Administration’s clean energy and green jobs policies. One bad company, they say,...
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Mark Gongloff
Alessio Rastani Is Not Exactly Saying Anything All That Radical
The Internets are ablaze with amazement over some fella named Alessio Rastani, who left jaws agape on both sides of the Atlantic by going on the teevee and saying scary things. But what he said was...
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Ed Pilkington
Wall Street Protests Reveal Slice of America's Barely Tamed Brutality
One of the hardships of life as a reporter in New York City is that you so rarely get credited with the kind of heroism shown by colleagues in Helmand, say, or Baghdad.
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Peter Van Buren
The Only Employee at State Who May Be Fired Because of WikiLeaks: Me
Freedom Isn’t Free at the State Department
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Russell Mokhiber
Postal Service Board Dominated by Corporate Execs, Lawyers, Lobbyists
The United States Postal Service Board of Governors is dominated by corporate executives, lawyers, and lobbyists. And according to consumer advocate Ralph Nader, that’s a key reason why the Postal...
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Tom Engelhardt
No Fossil Fuel Unburnt
Pepe Escobar, that ever-energetic, globetrotting correspondent for Asia Times , has long been on the Pipelinestan beat, covering the skeletal geography of energy that girds the planet. Today, however...
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Nora Barrows-Friedman
The Irvine 11: Giving Voice to the Voiceless
The sentencing of the Irvine 11 demonstrates how voicing Palestinian solidarity is becoming more risky for activists.
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Lisa Romero
What the Media Aren't Telling You About American Protests
I am lately reminded of an assignment when my metro editor sent me to cover a “gentle protest” over the Gulf War of the 1990s in Jackson, Mich. (Don’t remember that war – or what it was about? That’s...
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Gareth Porter
In Afghanistan, "Semi-Permanent" Bases Equal Fully-Permanent War
Did the Rabbani hit really kill peace talks?
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Matias Ramos
MIA: Obama's New Common-Sense Immigration Policy
I learned the hard way that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field offices are actually becoming even more ruthless than before.
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Peter Bosshard
The Pioneers of Our Climate, Water and Food Security
When the World Commission on Dams reviewed the development effectiveness of dams, multipurpose projects with large dams, power plants and irrigation schemes had the worst social, environmental and...
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Monday, September 26, 2011
Wangari Maathai
Spiritual Environmentalism: Healing Ourselves by Replenishing the Earth
YES! Magazine Editor's Note: Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan activist and 2004 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, passed away on September 25.
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Ralph Nader
As the Drone Flies...
The fast developing predator drone technology, officially called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, is becoming so dominant and so beyond any restraining framework of law or ethics, that its use by...
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Anthony Cody
A Strange Deference to Gates Foundation at Education Nation
Last September, NBC brought us the first Education Nation , programming developed in coordination with the release of the pro-charter school documentary, Waiting For Superman. The network caught flak...
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Robert Reich
Why This is Exactly the Time to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure
Seems like only yesterday conservative nabobs of negativity predicted America’s ballooning budget deficit would generate soaring inflation and crippling costs of additional federal borrowing...
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Jeff Biggers
Coalfield Activists Turn Tables at Mountaintop Removal Hearings
In gut-wrenching testimonies on the devastating economic costs and mounting humanitarian crisis related to reckless mountaintop removal operations, two courageous Appalachian coalfield leaders turned...
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David Sirota
Racism Isn't Responsible for the President's Drop in Popularity -- His Right-Wing Policies Are
Why White Liberals Are (Really) Ditching Obama
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Glenn Greenwald
What Media Coverage Omits about US Hikers Released by Iran
Two American hikers imprisoned for more than two years by Iran on extremely dubious espionage charges and in highly oppressive conditions, Joshua Fattal and Shane Bauer, were released last week and...
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Hannah McKinnon
Why I Will Be Risking Arrest in Ottawa Today
Today I am going to participate in an event that will likely result in my arrest. I will be joining hundreds of other Canadians in non-violent civil disobedience to protest the Harper government's...
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Joseph Kabiru
Farewell Wangari Maathai, You Were a Global Inspiration – and My Heroine
She would talk of complex environmental issues with a hearty laugh and a deep understanding of their impact on ordinary lives
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Paul Kingsnorth
This Economic Collapse is a 'Crisis of Bigness'
Leopold Kohr warned 50 years ago that the gigantist global system would grow until it imploded. We should have listened
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Chris Hedges
The Tomatoes of Wrath
It is 6 a.m. in the parking lot outside the La Fiesta supermarket in Immokalee, Fla. Rodrigo Ortiz, a 26-year-old farmworker, waits forlornly in the half light for work in the tomato fields. White-...
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Allison Kilkenny
Abysmal Occupy Wall Street Coverage: Rubbernecking At The New York Times
Over the weekend, my inbox exploded with angry messages from people who had just read this New York Times article (though it reads more like an op-ed) about the Occupy Wall Street protest.
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Stergios Skaperdas
Greece Needs to Default on Its Debt and Exit the Eurozone
If the current Greek government can't take the necessary steps to do this, it should give way to other political forces than can
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Randall Amster
The Arc of the Moral Universe
Justice May Be Just Around the Bend
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Nathan Schneider
#OccupyWallStreet Bleeds and Leads
A bit after 10 p.m. on Saturday night in occupied Liberty Plaza, there was a celebration around the media tables. Photocopied facsimiles of Sunday’s New York Daily News were being passed around and...
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Jonathan Cook
UN Bid Heralds Death of Palestine’s Old Guard
New leaders will spurn two states
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Linh Dinh
Wall Street vs. Everybody
“Wall Street got drunk […] It got drunk and now it’s got a hangover.” —George W. Bush
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Pepe Escobar
The Decline and Fall of Just About Everyone
The West and the Rest in a One-Model-Fits-All World
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Sunday, September 25, 2011
David Graeber
Occupy Wall Street Rediscovers the Radical Imagination
The young people protesting in Wall Street and beyond reject this vain economic order. They have come to reclaim the future.
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Karl Grossman
Public Officials' Cowardly Game of 'On Background'
The U.S. press has become increasingly accepting of officials speaking anonymously. Having officials identified only as a “a senior department official” or “veteran diplomat” or “high official” and...
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John Nichols
Why Nader, Cornel West, Jonathan Kozol Seek Primary Challenges to Obama
The volume on the ongoing discussion about whether President Obama should face a primary challenge for the 2012 Democratic nomination is constantly being adjusted. When the president compromises on...
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Harvard Ayers
Which Obama Will We Get?
As President Barack Obama tours the country promoting his plans to put Americans back to work and to cut the deficit, he has the potential to reverse his slide in popularity and perhaps to truly...
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