All Views Articles for 2012-04-pressreleases

Monday, April 30, 2012
Peter Hart
What No One Said About NCLB Profiteering (Except the People Who Were Saying It)
New York Times columnist Gail Collins had a good critique of standardized testing and the No Child Left Behind law ( 4/28/12 ), weighing in on the "Pineapplegate" controversy about a bizarre question...
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Mary Bottari
99% Spring has Sprung: Shareholder Actions Underway Across the County
This spring, in coordinated actions across the country, retirees who lost their pensions, families whose homes are underwater, students with impossible debt, the unemployed and underemployed, family...
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Sarah van Gelder
Why This May Day Matters
This year, the day is about occupying the space and the time to create a different world.
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Firmin DeBrabander
Life Under Constant Watch
The surveillance state expands. Since 9-11, our phones are subject to warrantless wiretaps. Our email and internet transactions leave a trail for some to follow. The police can access our GPS...
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Glenn Greenwald
Dog-Training the Press Corps
Journalists who heap the most lavish praise on the White House are rewarded with the most valuable treats
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Jameel Jaffer, Nathan Freed Wessler
The CIA’s Misuse of Secrecy
In Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere the C.I.A. has used drones to kill thousands of people — including several Americans. Officials have aggressively defended the controversial program, telling...
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Paula Crossfield
Pink Slime and Mad Cow Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Following on the heels of pink slime, mad cow disease (AKA bovine spongiform encephalopathy—or BSE) is back this week after a California dairy cow destined for a rendering plant that makes pet food...
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Mehdi Hasan
Most Israeli Citizens Don't Want a War with Iran
Binyamin Netanyahu and western hawks who seek an early strike are ignoring Israel's security experts and people
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E.L. Doctorow
Unexceptionalism: A Primer
To achieve unexceptionalism, the political ideal that would render the United States indistinguishable from the impoverished, traditionally undemocratic, brutal or catatonic countries of the world,...
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Chris Hedges
Welcome to the Asylum
When civilizations start to die they go insane. Let the ice sheets in the Arctic melt. Let the temperatures rise. Let the air, soil and water be poisoned. Let the forests die. Let the seas be emptied...
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Kathy Kelly, Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers
The UN May Have Silenced the Afghan Public
“Today, Afghanistan and the U.S. initialed and locked the text of the strategic partnership agreement ,” said President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman, Aimal Faizi. “This means the text is closed….”
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Tom Engelhardt
The Obama Contradiction: Weakling at Home, Imperial President Abroad
He has few constraints (except those he’s internalized). No one can stop him or countermand his orders. He has a bevy of lawyers at his beck and call to explain the “legality” of his actions. And if...
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Paul Buchheit
Five Tax Fallacies Invented by the 1%
We hear these claims often, even though they're entirely false. An analysis of the facts should make that clear. 1. The Rich Pay Almost All the Taxes That's simply not true. The percentage of total...
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Sunday, April 29, 2012
Noam Chomsky
May Day
If you’re a serious revolutionary, then you are not looking for an autocratic revolution, but a popular one which will move towards freedom and democracy. That can take place only if a mass of the...
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Cenk Uygur
White House Correspondents' Dinner: A Salute to the Centurions
I was at the White House Correspondents' Dinner tonight. And I loved 85% of it. This makes me somewhat of a hypocrite because I often criticize a lot of the people in that room, and I especially...
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John Logan
And Now Back to the Real Scandal at the NLRB
On Tuesday, the Senate voted down a Republican resolution that would have blocked the National Labor Relations Board’s new election rule, the latest in a series of recent GOP efforts to undermine the...
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Stephen Corry
We Can Save the Awá Tribe
As the successful survival of other Amazon Indian tribes shows, protecting their way of life rather than imposing that of the west is the best way to keep them intact
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Robert Freeman
How to Destroy Education While Making a Trillion Dollars
The Vietnam War produced more than its share of iconic idiocies. Perhaps the most revelatory was the psychotic assertion of an army major explaining the U.S. bombing of the provincial hamlet of Ben...
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Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Stop the Holocaust of Migrating Birds
Lately I have been sitting with the brooding knowledge that at least 7 million migrating songbirds were killed this spring running the gauntlet of 84,000 American communication towers that rise as...
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Saturday, April 28, 2012
William Greider
Predator GE: We Bring Bad Things to Life
If the Justice Department wants to get serious about investigating financial fraud by Wall Street big boys, it ought to drop by the White House and interview Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric...
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Paul F. deLespinasse
Obamacare: How the Supreme Court Could Rule Unanimously
Many pundits predict the Supreme Court will decide the Obamacare case 5-4 along partisan lines. Justices Scalia, Alito, and Thomas and Chief Justice Roberts, they assume, will vote to strike the...
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Michelle Chen
Depression Symptoms: What’s Behind Europe’s Spike in Suicides
The metaphor of suicide has been used to depict the downward spiral surrounding countries bludgeoned by the economic crisis—particularly U.S. and Eurozone communities plagued by epidemic joblessness...
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Mark Weisbrot
Breaking the Eurozone's Self-Defeating Cycle of Austerity
It has become a ritual: every six months, I debate the IMF at their annual meetings , the last two times represented by their deputy director for Europe. It takes place in the same room of that giant...
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Christopher Brauchli
Stripping and Searching
Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child -- Proverb Except for Clarence Thomas, things are not nearly as bleak as commentators would have had us believe after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision...
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Ralph Nader
Recognizing Heroes
The media regularly cover awards for their reporters, editors and producers. They regularly cover award ceremonies for movie stars, athletes, and business leaders. But they regularly ignore the far...
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Friday, April 27, 2012
Jeff Biggers
Tucson High School Blocks Renowned Author Ana Castillo's Visit
Community Hosts Events/Fundraiser
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Kari Lydersen
Keeping the Dream Alive
Undocumented Students Eye Uncertain Future, as Federal Reform Stalls
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Mark Engler
ALEC Retreats, the Right Wing Freaks
Customers should be able to know if companies that they are supporting with their purchases are busy spending money on groups that undermine environmental regulations, attack workers’ rights, promote...
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Richard Schiffman
Scientists Cry Fowl Over the FDA's Regulatory Failure
Overuse of antibiotics in factory farming kills thousands every year, yet the industry is force-feeding chickens pharmaceuticals
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Roger Bybee
Postal Workers Unions Continue Fight to Stop Massive USPS Cutbacks
Senate passes bill ending Saturday service, and focus moves to House
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Amitabh Pal
Austerity is Killing Europe
The austerity fetish of those making economic decisions is killing Europe’s economy. The last few days have provided further proof. “Spain officially slipped back into recession for the second time...
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Antonio Roman-Alcalá
Occupying the Farm: A Model of Resistance
We all know that “Every Day is Earth Day” and many environmentalists feel that their eating habits are their daily affirmation of a commitment to the planet. But what does it look like to take action...
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Pratap Chatterjee
Facebook Lobbies Washington to “Like” Spying on Users
Facebook, the social network behemoth that is about to become a multi-billion dollar company, has been lobbying for a proposed new U.S. law called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (...
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Laura Flanders
The Legacy of Chernobyl
Twenty-six years after the meltdown at Chernobyl, the legacy of the 1986 explosion lives on.
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Randall Amster
Occupy Asteroids? To Boldly Share What No One Has Shared Before
Sometimes the news reads like a cross between a corporate promotional campaign gone haywire and a rejected science fiction B-movie script. The announcement this week of an asteroid mining venture --...
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Robert C. Koehler
States of Fear in a World of Injustice
This was the headline : “Zimmerman, Martin’s parents to face off in court.”
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Robert Naiman
Budget Control Act Military Cuts Will Cover the Social Security Shortfall
A key reason that it's relatively easy to scaremonger about predictions regarding Social Security's finances decades in the future is that the language often used to talk about Social Security's...
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Glenn Greenwald
The Drone-Happy President: Obama Escalates in Yemen – Again
Ten days ago, I wrote about a request made by CIA Director David Petraeus to expand the drone war in Yemen in accordance with the following, as expressed by the first paragraph of The Washington Post...
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Phil Rockstroh
The Big Empty: Eating Cheetos with the Hungry Ghosts of a Corporate State
Due to the consolidation of wealth and privilege into fewer and fewer hands, thus requiring escalating amounts of officially mandated surveillance and brutality to maintain social order, the natural...
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Pepe Escobar
The New(er) World Order? Neoliberal Dragons, Eurasian Wet Dreams, and Robocop Fantasies
A History of the World, BRIC by BRIC
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
The Ghost of Joe McCarthy Slithers Again
We’ve talked at times about George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 , and the amnesia that sets in when we flush events down the memory hole, leaving us at the mercy of only what we know today. Sometimes...
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Renee Parsons
US Hegemony in Latin America
While the 'misconduct' of Secret Service agents with prostitutes in Colombia is a significant, if titillating scandal, most media reports have missed the tectonic political shift that surfaced at the...
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Amy Goodman
The NSA Is Watching You
Three targeted Americans: A career government intelligence official, a filmmaker and a hacker. None of these U.S. citizens was charged with a crime, but they have been tracked, surveilled, detained—...
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Michael Winship
FCC Political Ad Vote Comes Down to the Wire
With the Federal Communications Commission scheduled to vote this Friday on TV stations posting political advertising data on-line, we know pretty much for certain the final tally will be 2-1. What...
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John Atcheson
Splitting the Difference Between Myth and Reality Is Not Good Economics
Told You So – The UK's Double Dip Recession and Ours
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John Stauber
America's Mad Cow Crisis
Americans might remember that when the first mad cow was confirmed in the United States in December, 2003, it was major news. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug...
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Robert Scheer
Halfway Through a Lost Decade
Does anyone care that the economy is floundering and that we are not getting out of this crisis anytime soon? Housing values are in the cellar, the Fed foresees unemployment remaining unacceptably...
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Donna Smith
Profit-Driven Medicine Violates American Patients Young and Old
Though my grandson and I are in two different sections of the country and both facing different cancer scares, we share one thing more prominently than anything else. We are being violated as human...
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Glenn Greenwald
Crime Boasting for Profit
Shielded from all forms of accountability, a CIA official is able to publish a book glorifying his illegal acts
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Doreen Stabinsky
Draft Report on Food Security and Climate Change Falls Short
Climate change will have significant impacts on world food security in our lifetimes. Indeed, we have already begun to feel the impacts from extreme events—droughts, heat waves, torrential rains...
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Jim Shee
The SB1070 Anti-Immigrant Law is a Stain on Arizona's Reputation
I never thought that I, as an American citizen, would be subject to racial profiling: Arizona's SB1070 law must be struck down
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Glen Ford
Private Prison Corporations Are Modern Day Slave Traders
The nation’s largest private prison company, the Corrections Corporation of America, is on a buying spree. With a war chest of $250 million, the corporation, which is listed on the New York Stock...
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New York State Principals
'Racing to the Top' with the Hare and the Pineapple
Unchecked 'school reform' has become a wrecking ball for public education, say principals
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John Cavanagh, Scott Klinger
Bank CEOs Gain as Millions Lose Dreams, Retirement to Foreclosure
Inside and outside of Wells Fargo’s annual meeting in San Francisco yesterday, thousands of angry protesters decried the bank’s leading role in the loss of millions of American homes to foreclosure.
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Tom Engelhardt
Drip, Drip, Drip: The US Disaster in Afghanistan
Call it a mantra, a litany, or a to-don’t list, but the drip, drip, drip of Afghan disaster and the gross-out acts accompanying it have already resulted in one of those classic fill-you-in paragraphs...
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Darcey Rakestraw
Nestlé Targets Developing Nations for Bottled Water, Infant Formula Sales
On Monday, Nestlé announced it had purchased Pfizer’s infant nutrition unit, which will strengthen their ability to sell infant formula in emerging markets, particularly in Asia.
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David Korten
A Plea for Rio+20: Don’t Commodify Nature
Indigenous wisdom reveals a path to the future that does not include a buy-out of the earth’s natural systems.
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Mark Bittman
Wendell Berry: Finding Patience in an Era of Emergency
The sensibility of Wendell Berry, who is sometimes described as a modern day Thoreau but who I’d call the soul of the real food movement, leads people like me on a path to the door of the hillside...
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Robert Fisk
Sayef's Story and the Forgotten Children of Fallujah
The phosphorus shells that devastated this city were fired in 2004. But are the victims of America's dirty war still being born?
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Jim Hightower
Romney's Economic Fix and the Inequity of Private-Equity Hustlers
What are these phantasmagoric money machines that they call "private-equity firms?" They're much in the news these days, because a fellow who was a private-equity magnate is presently running for...
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Mark Engler
Occupy, the 99% Spring, and the New Age of Direct Action
Collaboration or cooptation? Expansion or dilution? Mark Engler on what to make of the 99% Spring.
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Katherine Stewart
School Vouchers and the Religious Subversion of Church-State Separation
Under the pretext of parental 'choice', the right is using vouchers to establish religion in public education – with Romney's blessing
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Nick Turse
Vietnam, Afghanistan, and The Pentagon's Memory Failure
Wars of Attrition: Green Zones of the Mind, Guerrillas, and a Technical Knockout in Afghanistan
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Slavoj Žižek
Occupy Wall Street: What Is To Be Done... Next?
How a protest movement without a program can confront a capitalist system that defies reform
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John LaForge
Sitting Duck? USS Enterprise, in the Persian Gulf of Tonkin
The aircraft carrier Enterprise has moved into the Persian Gulf, although it’s an antique, slow-moving target and a potential lightening rod for war on Iran.
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Robert Reich
The Lesson for Obama of Europe's Failed Austerity
With the US economy still vulnerable to shocks, Obama's re-election prospects are fragile. He must offer a bold alternative
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Saul Landau
Get Serious About Syria: US Entanglement Making Matters Worse
Syrians will pay a higher human toll if the rush for U.S. entanglement does not subside
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Lewis Lapham
Machine-Made News
The Internet as the Toy With a Tin Ear
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Michelle Chen
Labor Action and Inaction in Colombia Free Trade Deal
As the media swarmed over the scandal surrounding the Secret Service’s alleged carousing with prostitutes in Colombia, another questionable financial transaction slipped quietly through the backdoor...
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Laura Flanders
Police Arrest Protesters at Wells Fargo in Iowa
'Break Up This Bank' say community activists before arrests in Des Moines
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Robert Alvarez
Why Fukushima Is a Greater Disaster than Chernobyl and a Warning Sign for the US
The radioactive inventory of all the irradiated nuclear fuel stored in spent fuel pools at Fukushima is far greater and even more problematic than the molten cores.
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Monday, April 23, 2012
Jim Cason
An Exit Strategy for Afghanistan
The United States can't abandon the country, but our troops must leave.
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Abolghasem Bayyenat
The West Negotiates with Iran
The first round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany – concluded in Istanbul with a rare expression of...
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Renata Brillinger
Farm Bill 101: Pick a Food Fight!
Part history text, part socio-political commentary and part call to action, Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill offers something for everyone from the seasoned agriculture...
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Sara Jerving
ALEC’s Vision of Pre-Empting EPA Coal Ash Regs Passes the House
The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment on April 18 to the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 (HR 4348) that would effectively pre-empt the Environmental Protection Agency (...
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Health and Human Rights Clinic Staff and Students
Thresholds of Pain: Assessing the Human Costs of Health Care Reform
As lawyers and law students, we have watched with great interest the recent arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court debating the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...
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Lawrence Wittner
The Shame of Nations: A New Record is Set for Spending on War
On April 17, 2012, as millions of Americans were filing their income tax returns, the highly-respected Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released its latest study of world...
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Gary Younge
Abroad, As at Home, Obama Coasts on a Wave of Disappointment
Significant hope was invested in Obama to repair America's global reputation and reorient its foreign policy - but there's been precious little return
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Chris Hedges
The Globalization of Hollow Politics
I went to Lille in northern France a few days before the first round of the French presidential election to attend a rally held by the socialist candidate François Holland. It was a depressing...
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Paul Buchheit
The Middle Class Hasn't Disappeared. It's Just Sliding Toward the Bottom
It used to be that the average American resided halfway between two extremes:
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Sunday, April 22, 2012
Juan Cole
Earth Day Means Nothing If We Don’t Limit Carbon Emissions
The first observance of Earth Day was March 21, 1970. I was 17, and along with other students at Broad Run High School, went out with garbage bags to clean up the side of the road leading to the...
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William K. Black
'The Only Winning Move Is Not to Play'—The Insanity of the Regulatory Race to the Bottom
The plot of the movie WarGames (1983) involves a slacker hacker (played by Matthew Broderick) who starts playing the game “Global Thermonuclear War” with Joshua, a Department of Defense (DoD)...
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Pratap Chatterjee
Bribing Mexico: Walmart Accused of Corruption
Eduardo Castro-Wright, the former CEO of Walmart Stores USA, has been accused of leading a $24 million scheme to pay off Mexican city governments in return for permission to open supermarkets around...
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Michelle Chen
Apple’s Two Faces: Power Gaps Between Brazil and China Foxconn Workers
Apple presides over a global technology empire, but the economic landscapes it shapes around the world are strangely uneven. With its hundreds of thousands of employees worldwide, Apple’s...
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John Nichols
Not Just Labor Rights; Scott Walker Is Also Dismantling Women's Rights
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has attacked the rights of working people to organize unions and to speak up in their workplaces and the political life of their communities, their state and their...
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Jules Boykoff
Has London 2012 Been Greenwashed?
Sponsorship deals with Dow Chemical and BP threaten to derail the Olympics' sustainable aims. It's not too late to cancel them
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Caroline Arnold
In a Real World of Real People Can True Human Values Prevail?
Republicans seem to have adopted the position that humans act always and only according to cold calculations of how to maximize their personal rewards and minimize their personal costs.
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Saturday, April 21, 2012
Darcey Rakestraw
Trials and Tribulations of a Tea Drinker
I am an avid tea drinker. Green tea, to be exact. Ever since I gave up coffee years ago, it’s been my go-to bitter hot cup of comfort in the morning. But recent events have made me think twice about...
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Peter Rugh
Occupy Earth Day
Earth is melting down like a nuclear reactor. At current rates of warming, Arctic sea ice will melt away by 2030. According to the UN's environmental program, countries' current greenhouse gas...
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Riki Ott
"Making It Right" After BP Oil Disaster Is Up to Us - Not BP
Grand Isle, Louisiana. When I returned to Cordova, Alaska, in December 2010 after my first six-month stint in the Gulf coast communities impacted by the BP oil disaster, fishermen greeted me wryly. "...
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Frida Berrigan
No Fair Share for War Taxes
I am big fan of the post office in general and of my local post office in particular. I go there as often as I can (honestly, I do). But, when I needed stamps on Monday, I was not prepared for the...
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Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Distance Learning and Academic Labor: Promise & Peril
It used to be that a smart, motivated young person could work hard, earn a doctorate, do a good job as a junior professor, and live happily ever after as a tenured professor. It also used to be that...
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Christopher Brauchli
Heart Transplants
“How about my heart?” asked the Tin Woodman. “Why as for that,” answered Oz, “I think you are wrong to want a heart. It makes most people unhappy. If you only knew it, you are in luck not to have a...
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Friday, April 20, 2012
Jane McAlevey
Unions and Environmentalists: Get It Together!
No one wants to dwell on the faults of a successful campaign. Featuring mass celebrity arrests and dramatic images of thousands encircling the White House, last year’s struggle to halt the Keystone...
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Frances Moore Lappé
Free Your (Eco) Mind
Gradually it’s dawned on me: We humans are creatures of the mind. We perceive the world according to our core, often unacknowledged, assumptions. They determine, literally, what we can see and what...
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Kathy Kelly
Afghan Screams Are Not Heard
Last weekend, in Kabul, Afghan Peace Volunteer friends huddled in the back room of their simple home. With a digital camera, glimpses and sounds of their experiences were captured, as warfare erupted...
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Cecillia Wang
Will Americans Tolerate Laws that Encourage Racial Profiling?
S.B. 1070 is Arizona's controversial anti-immigrant law. The ACLU and the Department of Justice filed lawsuits challenging the law, charging that it is unconstitutional and encourages racial...
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Robert Weissman
The Unlearned Lessons of the BP Gulf Disaster
The BP disaster reminded the American people about some essential truths relating to corporate behavior, the need for regulatory controls over corporations, the need for effective sanctions.
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Mark Hertsgaard
Save Earth Day
Celebrated every April 22 for the past forty-two years, Earth Day is showing its (middle) age. Instead of rallying public pressure for far-reaching reforms, Earth Day is becoming, at least in the...
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Mark Weisbrot
Republican 'War on Women' Backfires
The Republicans’ gamble that they could ride a backlash against the Obama administration’s efforts to increase the availability of contraception has gone terribly bad.
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