All Views Articles for 2012-04-food

Thursday, April 12, 2012
John Atcheson
The Real Invisible Hand: George Orwell, and Why We Got JOBs not Jobs
When Obama took Office on January 20 th , 2009 the stench of failure hung over the conservative’s economic philosophy like a mushroom cloud. For the second time in a decade, deregulation had produced...
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Lester Brown
Getting the Market to Tell Ecological Truths
Moving the global economy off its current decline-and-collapse path depends on reaching four goals: stabilizing climate, stabilizing population, eradicating poverty, and restoring the economy's...
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Donna Smith
If the Other Shoe Drops, I Want Medicare
Medicare for All, For Life
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Ramzy Baroud
The Logic of Unintended Consequences: The ‘Mess in Mali’
The intentional misreading of UN security council resolution 1973 resulted in Nato's predictably violent Operation Odyssey in Libya last year.
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Chris Calabrese
Making 'Do Not Track' A Reality
The ACLU has stated concern again and again about the new model of internet advertising which relies heavily on tracking users as they move from website to website and creates a detailed profile...
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Charles Davis
The Liberal Betrayal of Bradley Manning
More than three years into the presidency of Barack Obama, it’s almost a cliché now to ask: What if George W. Bush did it?
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Judy Rabin
Arne Duncan, Let My People Go!
Occupy the Department of Education, sponsored by United Opt Out, took place in DC March 30 - April 2, 2012. The quantitative numbers were somewhat low for an Occupy protest but from a qualitative...
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Mark Morford
Homophobes Need (Gay) Love Too
And then came the headline that surprised exactly no one and delighted a great many, even as it openly terrified countless thousands across the deep south and also Utah and Kansas and pretty much the...
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Karl Grossman
Nuclear Power for the Skies Spells Peril for Those Below
The crash last week of a US drone on the Seychelles Islands, ­the second such crash in four months,­ underlines the deadly folly of a plan of US national laboratory scientists and the Northrop...
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Tom Mayer
Not Another War! Why Attacking Iran Would Be Untold Disaster
Do the people of the United States really want perpetual warfare? Just as we are struggling to extricate ourselves from cruel, expensive, and unnecessary wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our country is...
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Bill McKibben
Don’t Frack Ohio
The fracking industry has been causing earthquakes in Ohio. So it’s time we caused one of our own.
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Renee Parsons
Operation Shamrock and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
Despite an idealistic vision of the country's devotion to the Constitution and its Bill of Rights amendments, it may come as a shock to any American who has not been paying attention that the US...
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Robert Naiman
A Contrarian Optimist View of the Upcoming Iran Nuclear Talks
When President Obama nominated global health superhero Dr.
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Paul Buchheit
Ozzie and the Submissiveness Syndrome
Ozzie Guillen may not fit any psychological profile. His outrageous comments coupled with his lofty status in the sports world seem to place him in his own standard deviation. But he's bowing down...
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Matthew Hall
What Gov 2.0 Can Learn from Participatory Budgeting
Last week I attended the International Participatory Budgeting conference held in Brooklyn, NY and picked up several key lessons that the Gov 2.0 movement could learn from participatory budgeting.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
John Nichols
'Anyone-But-Romney' Campaigns Fold; Leave Only Romney Standing
So, It's Romney Then: The GOP Candidate Opposed By 59 Percent of Republicans
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Victoria Bekiempis
America's Prescription Drug Addiction Suggests a Sick Nation
The growing taste for prescription opioids in the US is a concern. What is it about our way of life that necessitates such relief?
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Robert Reich
Why the Buffett Rule Sets the Bar Too Low
Next Monday most Americans will be filing their income taxes for tax year 2011. This year, though, tax day has special significance. If there’s one clear policy contrast between Democrats and...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Countering the Rightwing Policy Machine with a Deeper Progressive Bench
In 1973, a small but powerful group of right-wing state legislators and activists met in Chicago.
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George Lakey
The Right to Self-Defense
We have a moral right to defend ourselves against violation; there’s no doubt in my mind about that. Persons and groups have boundaries for a reason, and integrity generally requires that we defend...
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Murtaza Hussain
The United State's Shameful Bahrain Policy
Behind the walls of a prison compound, the man who helped lead last year’s pro-democracy protests in Bahrain is continuing a lonely, painful battle for freedom away from the media spotlight.
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Margaret Krome
On Keeping Government Out of Our Pregnancies
It used to embarrass my children and now merely amuses them that as their birthdays approach, I find myself reviewing their births in remarkable detail through small hour-by-hour glimpses. I relive...
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Jessica Valenti
Who Cares About John Derbyshire?
After two days of outrage over John Derbyshire’s outrageously racist rant , National Review announced that it was “ parting ways “ with the writer. Rich Lowry wrote in a post this weekend that the...
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Linda McQuaig
Recalling Reagan, Canada's Harper and His Team Have Good 'Austerity' Laugh
There’s a striking photo of Ronald Reagan and members of his inner circle, cocktails in hand, practically doubled over with laughter. A clever wag attached a caption to the bottom of the photo: “We...
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Dave Zirin
Big Trouble in Little Havana: The Perilous Politics of Ozzie Guillen
( Common Dreams editor's note: This morning, Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended for five games by the Miami Marlin because of his comments about Fidel Castro.)
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Tom Engelhardt
Smog of War, Please Meet the 'Afghan Syndrome'
Vietnam Has Left Town, Say Hello to the New Syndrome on the Block
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Mark Weisbrot
Jean-Luc Mélenchon Has What France Needs. Sarkozy and Hollande Do Not
Sarkozy has only made France more unequal, but there is a progressive presidential candidate who hasn't fallen for austerity
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Dean Baker
Obama and Romney Are Politicians, Not Visionaries
There is a dangerously painful story line that is being propagated about a presidential race between President Obama and Mitt Romney. The line is that this will be a contest over competing visions...
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Alex Formuzis
Are Pesticide Sprayers 'Health Experts?' Seriously?
New online videos from a chemical agribusiness front group show conventional growers straining to convince consumers that it's just fine to eat bug killers and weed killers.
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Monday, April 9, 2012
Bill Quigley
Thirteen Ways Government Tracks Us
Privacy is eroding fast as technology offers government increasing ways to track and spy on citizens. The Washington Post reported there are 3,984 federal, state and local organizations working on...
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Matt Taibbi
Why Obama's JOBS Act Couldn't Suck Worse
Boy, do I feel like an idiot.
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Matthew Rothschild
In Defense of Günter Grass
The controversy over Günter Grass’s poem about Israel and Iran only confirms what Grass was saying: That it’s impossible to criticize Israel without being lambasted.
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Verlyn Klinkenborg
The Folly of Big Agriculture: Why Nature Always Wins
Instead of urging farmers away from uniformity and toward greater diversity, the USDA is helping them do the same old wrong thing faster
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Sarah van Gelder
How to Fix Health Care Without the Mandate
Why truly affordable care means single-payer.
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Talli Nauman
High Time to Declare 'Peace on Drugs'
The U.S. drug war on neighboring American countries has been going from bad to worse ever since Plan Colombia and Plan Condor began wreaking untold environmental destruction of herbicidal fumigation...
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Robert Weissman
Corporate Greed or Healthy Babies?
Fact Number One: Exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months is best for infants and new mothers. Fact Number Two: Hospital giveaways of infant formula samples to new mothers reduce the amount...
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Bob Sheak
Fracking Our Way to a Warmer and Less Stable World
Oil and gas corporations, their trade associations, mass media outlets like the Wall Street Journal and Time magazine, and numerous pundits continue to report there is a new day unfolding in the...
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Medea Benjamin
Obama Administration Silencing Pakistani Drone-Strike Lawyer
When is the last time you heard from a civilian victim of the CIA’s secret drone strikes? Sure, most of them can’t speak because they’re deceased. But many leave behind bereaved and angry family...
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Ellen Brown
All Banks Are Not Created Equal
How the people can use public banks to supplant Wall Street greed
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Phil Rockstroh
Living Beyond the 'Folded Lie': On Life Before and After Collapse
Wall Street is again flush with the electronic facsimile of the stuff once known as money. But this is a Botox Recovery: A superficial procedure, accomplished with a nerve paralyzing poison, reserved...
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Paul Buchheit
Who Takes the Gold for Tax Avoidance in 2011?
This is tax time, or in the case of many big businesses, just another time without taxes. These companies deserve to be recognized. With the help of SEC data and the results of several excellent...
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Shamus Cooke
Why Campaigning for Democrats Cripples Labor Unions
As labor leaders across the U.S. shift resources away from defending workers and into Obama’s re-election campaign, millions of organized and non-organized workers remain unemployed and hopeless...
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Peter Van Buren
Left Behind: What We Lost in Iraq and Washington, 2009-2012
People ask the question in various ways, sometimes hesitantly, often via a long digression, but my answer is always the same: no regrets.
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Paul Krugman
The Gullible Center
So, can we talk about the Paul Ryan phenomenon?
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Chris Hedges
The Real Health Care Debate
The debate surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act illustrates the impoverishment of our political life. Here is a law that had its origin in the right-wing Heritage Foundation,...
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Sunday, April 8, 2012
Bianca Jagger
Undermining Human Rights in the Name of Development
When I arrived at Biju Patnaik Airport, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, I was struck by a billboard above the luggage carousel: "Mining happiness for the people of Orissa - Vedanta."
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Danny Schechter
Obama Turns Super-Hawk
Back in the last Century, when Bill Clinton was running for re-election in the "permanent campaign" he, with the advice of the smarmy Dick Morris chose to co-opt Republican positions to pre-empt...
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Mark Ames
Behind Another Rampage Massacre
Work-place and college-campus slaughters have become a regular feature of America’s harsh economic landscape the past few decades, as Ayn Rand-style policies sharply divide the nation into a few heroic “winners” and many hapless “losers,” a factor Mark Ames examines in the latest college bloodbath.
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Pratap Chatterjee
Mining Maverick Resigns from Rainmaking at JP Morgan
Ian Hannam, a senior JP Morgan banker and ex-soldier, who helped finance a number of flamboyant and controversial mineral extraction projects over the last couple of decades, has resigned, after...
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Paul F. deLespinasse
Repudiate ‘Obamacare’?: Here is a Radical Strategy for Obama
No matter how the Supreme Court decides the medical insurance cases, we face prolonged uncertainty. If it upholds the law, Republicans will sabotage implementation and promise to repeal it when they...
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Michelle Chen
Unrest in Indonesia’s Mines: Local Chaos and Global Injustice
Buried in Indonesia’s rich soil is a minefield of brutality, literally. Last year, the Grasberg mine of the Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold, one of the largest such operations in the world, shut...
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Alan Minsky
Would Jesus Occupy?
“Whatsoever you do for the least of My people, that you do unto Me.” --Matthew 25:40 On Easter Sunday 2012, it is important for American Christians, and non-Christians alike, to reflect on Jesus’...
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Saturday, April 7, 2012
Paul Krugman
Job News: Reactions and Overreactions
Hmm. I see that some people are accusing me of overreacting to one bad month of job news. Um, no. What has actually been happening is that conventional wisdom overreacted to four months of good(ish)...
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Dr. Jen Gunter
A Life Without Contraception
My mother was raised in poverty of Dickensian proportions. Crowded public housing, never enough money for coal, and always hungry. One sister spent much of her youth in a tuberculosis sanatorium...
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Donna Smith
Spring Has Sprung and So Has My New Medical Debt
It’s only April – early April at that – and my medical debt is already taking its toll. After surgery in January, the bills started rolling in before I was able to return to work. Yes, I have...
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Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
This Spring, Let Us Commit Ourselves to Life
Both Passover and Easter “celebrate” truly horrendous acts committed by men against men. Passover commemorates how the Jews were spared by the grace of God from the Pharaoh’s evil plan to kill all...
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Alice Jones
What the New Sgt Pepper Cover Tells Us About Modern Britain
Where once stood Marilyn, now stands Delia, in a Norwich City scarf. HG Wells has been ousted by JK Rowling, Marlene Dietrich bumped by Kate Moss. As for John, George and Ringo – they're nowhere to...
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Christopher Brauchli
'Holiday on ICE', Broccoli as Humor
Among animals, one has a sense of humor. — Marianne Moore, The Pangolin
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Anis Shivani
Modern American Politics as Performance Art
At an early Republican presidential debate the candidates all raised their hands like robots when asked if they would veto a ten to one ratio of spending cuts to tax increases to balance the budget...
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Friday, April 6, 2012
Robert Reich
What Today’s Job Numbers Mean
The economy added only 120,000 jobs in March – down from the rate of more than 200,000 in each of the preceding three months. The rate of unemployment dropped from 8.3 to 8.2 percent mainly because...
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Naomi Wolf
How the US Uses Sexual Humiliation as a Political Tool to Control the Masses
In a five-four ruling this week, the supreme court decided that anyone can be strip-searched upon arrest for any offense, however minor, at any time. This horror show ruling joins two recent horror...
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Jonathan Schell
Thinking the Unthinkable on Iran
The question of what to do about Iran’s nuclear program is a policy riddle of the first order for the United States and the world.
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Ray McGovern
Render to Caesar, Extraordinarily
Some of us pause on Good Friday to mark the torture and death of a high-value detainee rendered, extraordinarily, to Roman occupiers. Although the charges against Jesus of Nazareth were trumped up,...
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Bob Burnett
Inside Mitt Romney
It’s clear that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will survive the GOP version of “The Hunger Games” and become their 2012 presidential nominee. The richest and most radical presidential...
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Robert Naiman
Zionist BDS -- Kosher for Passover
History should mark March 18, 2012 as an important date on the road to a just and peaceful resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict. That was the date on which an impeccably-Zionist American Jew...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Where Are Our Jobs Going to Come From?
As scandalous as Stephen Harper’s fighter jet plan has been (and even more wasteful is his $9 billion expenditure on jails we don’t need) there’s a larger issue: The economy is not growing fast...
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Alexander Cockburn
Mitt Romney Flip-Flops His Way to the Top
Mitt Romney will be the Republican to face President Obama in the fall. Tuesday night was the clincher, as the former Massachusetts governor won in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington D.C. He may...
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David Sirota
Where We're Going, We Don't Need New Roads
Interstate 70 in Colorado, one of the nation’s best-known arteries, is the latest thoroughfare to incite an archetypal fight.
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Russ Choma
Two Years After Mine Disaster, Coal Lobby Is Still Growing
Two years ago today, the Upper Big Branch mine exploded, killing 29 miners and injuring two others. In the months after the tragedy, it became clear that the mine's owner, Massey Energy, had flouted...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
The Best Congress the Banks’ Money Can Buy
Here we go again. Another round of the game we call Congressional Creep. After months of haggling and debate, Congress finally passes reform legislation to fix a serious rupture in the body politic,...
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Thursday, April 5, 2012
Frances Moore Lappé
What's the Difference Between Fox News and Oxford University Press?
Eighteen months ago I read a book that changed my life. Yeah, yeah, I know... sounds corny. But it's not what you think. This book changed my life not because of what it said but because of what it...
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Robert Reich
The Fable of the Century
The ending is up to you
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Michael Gould-Wartofsky
A History of Violence: Trayvon Martin and America's Long History of Legalized Murder
At the Million Hoodie March , the name of Trayvon Martin was the first name on everyone's lips. But as the behoodied masses of mourners spilled into the streets of lower Manhattan, I heard other names, too...
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Glen Ford
Strip-Searches: Obama Wants You to Bend Over (Or Squat) and Spread ‘Em
Humiliation is the law of the land. When you fall into the clutches of the police, for any reason, or no good reason at all, you can be compelled to bare your private parts before being placed in the...
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Helena Smith
Greek Suicide Seen as an Act of Fortitude as Much as One of Despair
Pensioner Dimitris Christoulas wanted to 'send a political message' about the inequities of Greece's crushing debt crisis
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Robert C. Koehler
The Alchemy of Forgiveness
“Fifteen men beat us and raped us,” the young woman said. “I was 12. There was one man I knew. My uncle. That man I still see around — whenever I see him I feel afraid.”
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Jeff Biggers
Tucson's Latino Blogger Shut Down by News Site
With the impeccable timing that continues to cement Tucson’s reputation as a hotbed of censorship and intellectual freedom violations, the online Tucson Citizen news site just announced that it has...
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Bill McKibben
Payola for the Most Profitable Corporations in History
And Why Taxpayers Shouldn’t Stand for It Any More
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Sarah Anderson
At Last, Conservative Candidate Supports Wall Street Speculation Tax
The conservative presidential candidate has decided he can't win unless he raises taxes on the financial sector. No, I'm not talking about Mitt Romney, but this isn't a belated April fool's joke...
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Ralph Nader
Obama's Weak-Kneed Regulatory Regime
The Republican Party has a sense of humor, however inadvertently. Its ardent advocates regularly accuse the Obama Administration of heavy handed regulation of business.
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Harvey Wasserman
Are America's Nukes on the Brink of Death?
The only two US reactor projects now technically under construction are on the brink of death for financial reasons. If they go under, there will almost certainly be no new reactors built here.
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Amy Goodman
Black in White Plains: The Police Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain
“My name is Kenneth Chamberlain. This is my sworn testimony. White Plains police are going to come in here and kill me.” And that’s just what they did.
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Robert Scheer
Obama by Default
The Republicans are a sick joke, and their narrow ideological stupidity has left rational voters no choice in the coming presidential election but Barack Obama. With Ron Paul out of it and...
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Melissa Bollow Tempel
Testing Our Limits and Failing Our Students
I walked away from the rest of my class and over to the three computers in the corner of my classroom. Two of my 1st graders, Jasmine and Jayden, sat at their computers with their headphones off,...
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Jules Boykoff
'Celebration Capitalism' and the Real Cost of the Olympics
The cost of hosting the Olympics has skyrocketed while private funders have evaporated
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George Lakey, Max Rennebohm
Social Movements Can Find Strength from Unlikely Allies
Nearly all successful movements need to attract allies in order to win. The U.S. Occupy movement in its first few months attracted widespread sympathy and support in opinion polls; but the function...
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Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Round Up the Chemicals – For Our Children’s Sake
When I was pregnant with my second son, born in 1998, I was living out in the country in a small house next to my parents’ bigger house. My son was born in late August, and all through that third...
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Medea Benjamin, Rae Abileah
Enlisting Michelle Obama—and the American Public—to Stop War on Iran
On Friday, March 30, First Lady Michelle Obama received an unusual request at her San Francisco fundraiser. Instead of “Can I have a picture with you?,” one major donor asked, “Will you use your...
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Sara Jerving
The Fracking Frenzy's Impact on Women
Hydraulic fracturing, or “ fracking ,” has generated widespread media attention this year. The process, which injects water and chemicals into the ground to release "natural" gas and oil from shale...
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Margie Kelly
Glorifying the Fetus While Ignoring the Fetal Environment
Abortion opponents long ago slapped their brand on the fetus, parading giant graphic images of fetuses in marches and now calling for laws mandating pictures of fetuses inside a woman's body via...
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Ali Alaswad
Bahrain's Government Must Stop Killing Its People, and Listen to Them
We in al-Wefaq want only a genuinely democratic constitutional monarchy built on dialogue, not weapons
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Bill Wenzel
Catching up to the Local Food Revolution
Government policies and spending primarily support industrialized agriculture and the giant farms and corporations that profit from it.
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Jim Hightower
Save Wall Street! Congress Passes JO(BS) Act
Hallelujah, Washington has finally heard the people's cries for jobs! In an urgent bipartisan push, Democrats and Republicans have joined hands across the aisle to pass the JOBS Act. In this time of...
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
David Morris
Democracy Under Attack
Did Americans vote in 2010 to make it harder for them to vote in 2012?
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Jay Walljasper
The Boom in Biking Benefits Everyone, Not Just Bicyclists
For the past year powerful voices around Washington have singled out programs to improve biking and walking as prime examples of wasteful government spending.
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Dana Liebelson
Congress: Listen to Lt. Col. Daniel Davis
The 17-year Army veteran risked his career by speaking out about the Afghanistan War
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Jeff Biggers
Arizona Teacher Embodies Educational Spirit of Howard Zinn
Tucson's Mexican American Studies Director Sean Arce Wins National Zinn Education Award
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Randall Amster
Averting the ‘Total Ruin’ of Institutionalized Injustice
As a parent, I tend to keep one eye on the present and another on the future. I also keep one (the third eye, perhaps?) on the past, since we need to know where we’ve been to know where we’re going...
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Tom Engelhardt
Yottabytes, You, and the Infinitely Expansive National Security State
How the Intelligence Community Is Creating a New American World
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Aditya Chakrabortty
Why Do Bankers Get to Decide Who Pays for Europe's Mess?
There were summits about how much misery would be imposed on the Greeks – and no trade unions got a say
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