All Views Articles for 2012-04-reports

Friday, April 20, 2012
Kelly McCartney
Greek Town Taps Bartering for a More Shareable City
As Greece continues to search for solutions to its national economic crisis, the port town of Volos has adopted an old-school barter system to help its citizens muddle through. Five years into their...
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Paula Crossfield
Our Chemical Cocktail Evaluated in New Report
When it comes to the chemicals used in food packaging, there is much we still don’t know. After a recent U.S.
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Ralph Nader
The Prisoners in Gaza – Their Blackout Nightmare
Have you heard much lately about the 1.5 million Palestinians illegally imprisoned by the Israeli government in the world’s largest open-air Gulag?
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Tom Engelhardt
Resupplying an Endless War: Bleeding the American Taxpayer in Afghanistan
Chalk it up to the genuine strangeness of our second Afghan War. Americans, according to the latest polls, are turning against the conflict in ever greater numbers , yet it’s remarkable how little...
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Rebecca Kemble
Arne Duncan’s Misguided Push for Competitiveness
This week U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is on a three-day tour of the Midwest promoting college accessibility programs. On Wednesday he passed through Wisconsin and stopped at Madison East...
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Jordan Flaherty
Two Years After the BP Drilling Disaster, Gulf Residents Fear for the Future
On April 20, 2010, a reckless attitude towards the safety of the Gulf Coast by BP, as well as Transocean and Halliburton , caused a well to blow out 5,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico...
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Robert Naiman
The US and Iran Are Talking: Why Is the New York Times Peddling Iran Islamophobia?
At long last, the United States and Iran are engaged in serious talks about Iran's nuclear program. But instead of celebrating the fact that President Obama is keeping his promise to the people who...
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Kate Gould
Bahrain : United States :: Syria : Russia
A world power equips a dictatorship that kills, tortures, and imprisons unarmed protesters. No, it’s not only Russia’s relationship to Syria. It’s also the United States when it comes to Bahrain.
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Pratap Chatterjee
Greenwashing Walmart
Is Walmart going green? Mike Duke, the company’s CEO, says in a new 126 page report that the company is becoming more sustainable and responsible while “building meaningful, long-term change.”...
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Dale Wiehoff
Earth Day and Tar Sands Oil
In January of 1969 the Santa Barbara Channel was the site of an oil well blowout that still ranks today as the third-largest oil spill in U.S. waters, after the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of...
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Reed Brody
No Real Justice in Guantanamo
Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, wearing white prison clothes, seemed by turns amused and bewildered as he sat in a bright room last week during a pretrial hearing at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay,...
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Douglas Haddow
Did Cartagena Mark the Beginning of the End of the War on Drugs?
Slowly but surely, world leaders are beginning to admit that their war on drugs is not working. Reform is now unavoidable
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Glenn Greenwald
America's Drone Sickness
This headline and first paragraph from today’s Washington Post scoop by Greg Miller speaks volumes about so many things:
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Steve Fraser, Joshua Freeman
Locking Down an American Workforce in the Prison-Corporate Complex
Prison Labor as the Past -- and Future -- of American “Free-Market” Capitalism
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Mary Bottari
Hang onto that Paycheck! ALEC 'Sharpens Focus on Jobs'
This week the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) announced that it would disband its controversial " Public Safety and Elections Task Force " to
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Amy Goodman
Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena
President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign launched its first Spanish-language ads this week, just after returning from the Summit of the Americas. He spent three days in Colombia, longer than any...
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Michelle Chen
Romney-Rosen Firestorm Is Reminder: We Need to Redefine Gender Justice
It’s almost poetic that this year’s Equal Pay Day —the one day of the year when Americans are supposed to reflect on the value (and undervaluing) of women’s work—coincides with the media firestorm...
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Robert C. Koehler
When We Grow Up, We Will Fall in Love with Earth
The AP story on military maneuvers in the Arctic reads like the gleeful report of a mugging.
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
I’m Big Bird and I Don’t Approve This Message
A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about how the media giants who own your local commercial television and radio stations have been striking like startled rattlesnakes at an FCC proposal that would shed...
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Matthis Chiroux
On the War Porn We Don't See
There is a trove of dark documentation of our wars' worst moments
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Brooke Jarvis
ALEC Retreats, Sort Of
Following activist pressure and corporate defections, ALEC says it's dropping its Stand Your Ground and voter ID efforts. So what comes next?
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Ellen Brown
How the Goldman Vampire Squid Captured Europe
The Goldman Sachs coup that failed in America has nearly succeeded in Europe—a permanent, irrevocable, unchallengeable bailout for the banks underwritten by the taxpayers.
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Diane Ravitch
I Don’t Understand Michelle Rhee
I am trying to understand Michelle Rhee . She has allied herself with the most right-wing governors in the nation, yet she claims to be a Democrat. She has worked with Republican Rick Scott in...
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John Feffer
Death, Taxes, and the Continued Insanity of US Military Spending
Military spending combines the two certainties in life: death and taxes. U.S. taxpayers are paying more than anyone else on Earth to support an industry devoted to death.
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Shani O. Hilton
Mitt Romney’s Dismal Racial Justice Track Record
In the run-up to the election, we’ve mostly avoided talking about the Republican horse-race. But with Mitt Romney finally the clear front-runner, it’s time to consider what a Romney presidency could...
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Yannis Palaiologos
Spain's Fiscal Fascism
The country's newly elected conservative government is pursuing austerity with zeal.
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Ted Rall
A President Who Doesn't Even Try
Is Obama Kowtowing to the Right? Or Is He One of Them?
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Kathy Kelly
'For You, a Thousand Times Over': On Facing the Crimes of Our Wars
At the start of The Kite Runner , a novel by Khaled Hosseini later adapted for film, a brave and selflessly loyal Afghan boy runs to help his much wealthier friend, singing out his love for him "For...
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Bill Bigelow, Bill McKibben
Changing the Climate in Our Schools
Maybe you've heard. We are facing a climate crisis that threatens life on our planet. Climate scientists are unequivocal: We are changing the world in deep, measurable, dangerous ways -- and the pace...
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Dilip Hiro
How to Trump a Superpower: Pakistan Makes Washington Pay for Afghan War
The following ingredients should go a long way to produce a political thriller. Mr. M, a jihadist in an Asian state, has emerged as the mastermind of a terrorist attack in a neighboring country,...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Corrupt, Unhelpful "Center"
Washington Elites Push for a Consensus that Ignores Reality
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David Macaray
Union Activists Are Being Murdered
Make no mistake. We had some ugly anti-labor mischief of our own during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, where union organizers, political radicals, suspected anarchists and Bolsheviks were...
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Mark Weisbrot
Argentina's Critics are Wrong Again about Renationalizing Oil
In taking back oil and gas company YPF, Argentina's state is reversing past mistakes. Europe is in no position to be outraged
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Harvey Wasserman
Obama's Atomic Solyndra
The future of nuclear power now hangs on a single decision by President Obama---and us. His Office of Management and Budget could cave to the unsustainable demands of reactor builders who cannot...
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Jim Hightower
The Citizens United Gang Executes a Corporate Coup D'etat
The Lone Ranger was a masked man who was out to bring bad guys to justice. Ed Conard is a masked man who is out to bring bad guys to power. A multimillionaire financier who was a top henchman in Bain...
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Tim Karr
Big Brother Is Not Your 'Friend'
Increasingly, the U.S. government has shown an intense desire to “friend” you, to “follow” you, to get to know your every online move. Now they’re channeling that desire towards legislation that...
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Diane Roberts
The Republicans Who Want Ignorance to Get Equal Time in Schools
Education is the new Republican enemy. No more free thinking and empirical evidence, just the Bible, rumour and Fox News
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Robert Reich
On Tax Day, I'm a Class Worrier (Not a Warrior)
As Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., wrote in 1904, “taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.”
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David Gross
How to Not Pay Taxes
Nine years ago, I started living a more bountiful life by working less, earning less, and spending less.
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Deborah James
Rewriting the Rules of the Global Economy
To start understanding what’s wrong with the international financial institutions (IFIs), we need to look at why we actually need economies to function. The most important economic issues to most...
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Michael Hastings
The Rise of the Killer Drones: How America Goes to War in Secret
An inside look at how killing by remote control has changed the way we fight.
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Tom Engelhardt
Sizing Up the Peace Prize War President
Of course, it wasn’t Barack Obama’s fault. He didn’t nominate himself for the Nobel Peace Prize back in 2009 when he was already on a distinct war trajectory in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Nobel...
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Doug Pibel
No Tax Dollars for Deadbeats
But who are the real drags on society?
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Daisy Grewal
How Wealth Reduces Compassion
As riches grow, empathy for others seems to decline
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Danny Schechter
On Saving the 'Soul' of Occupy
Perhaps my problem is that I live in too many worlds at the same time, while many political eras live in me. That may be why I responded so negatively to a recent polemic wrapped up in a poetic...
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Michelle Chen
The Boss Man Cometh: Through State Tax Breaks, Employers Pilfer Workers’ Earnings
As you file your taxes this week, before complaining about how much you’re forking over to Uncle Sam, bear in mind that the tax man might not be the only one you’re writing a check to: Your boss...
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Monday, April 16, 2012
Ross Caputi
If Tarek Mehanna is Guilty So Am I
On April 12 th Tarek Mehanna was found guilty of conspiracy and of giving material support for terrorism. He was sentenced to 17 years in prison. The prosecution accused Mehanna of translating...
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Jon Walker
Obama Dismisses Latin American Leaders’ Calls for Drug Legalization in Colombia
With the total failure of the drug war causing many Latin American political leaders to publicly question the wisdom of prohibition , President Obama was forced to repeatedly address the issue this...
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Allison Kilkenny
Occupy Unveils 'Spring Awakening'
During the long winter months, Occupy protesters kept reassuring those of us in the media still covering their actions that the spring would prove to be a time of resurgence for Occupy Wall Street.
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Laura Flanders
Raising Kids Is Work? Tell That to Women on Welfare
For all the shameful sucking up to multimillionaire mom Ann Romney after Democratic pundit Hilary Rosen accused her of never having worked “a day in her life,” the reality is neither Republicans nor...
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Sam Pizzigati
Pothole Nation
We can thank inequality for America's inadequate -- and increasingly unsafe -- basic infrastructure.
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Sarah Anderson, Scott Klinger
Six Rigged Rules Corporations Use to Dodge Taxes
As American families rush to complete their annual tax returns, many will have paid more in federal income taxes than some of America’s largest and most profitable corporations. AT&T, Boeing,...
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James Burdick
What About Single-Payer?
The Supreme Court may have divined the solution to America's health care woes that Congress refused to consider
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Donna Smith
Fool’s Gold: US Healthcare System Cheats Patients
In case any one of us needs reminding, the profit-driven healthcare system in America is broken. Driven by its primary motivation to make money, there is little that compels those currently in...
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David Morris
Are GOP Governors Representing Their Citizens in the Health Care Debate?
26 Governors told the Supreme Court that the health reform law is unconstitutional because the federal government is too generous. Huh?
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Mark Engler
A Tax Day without The Tea Party
Over the past several years, few annual occasions have been more symbolic of the direction of political discussion in our country than Tax Day. This year, the IRS due date bears witness to the impact...
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Pat LaMarche
A Dying Man's Last Wish: Change Our Laws
The majority of U.S. states make it illegal for anyone to take their own life or receive assistance in taking their own life. More than 30 of these states have laws on the books specifically...
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Chris Hedges
First They Come For the Muslims
Tarek Mehanna, a U.S. citizen, was sentenced Thursday in Worcester, Mass., to 17½ years in prison. It was another of the tawdry show trials held against Muslim activists since 9/11 as a result of the...
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Ben Schreiner
Punishing Cuba 50 Years On: Caught in a Cold War Time Warp
With the media happily fixated on the sex scandal swirling around the U.S. Secret Service, the Sixth Summit of the Americas held in Cartagena, Colombia over the weekend was left to collapse with...
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Chase Madar
Do 'Laws of War' Simply Legitimize 'War Crimes'?
Do the WikiLeaks War Logs Reveal War Crimes -- Or the Poverty of International Law?
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Paul Buchheit
Five Reasons Why The Very Rich Have NOT Earned Their Money
The wealthiest Americans believe they've earned their money through hard work and innovation, and that they're the most productive members of society. For the most part they're wrong. As the facts...
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Sunday, April 15, 2012
Juan Cole
Egypt’s Saturday Night Massacre and the Presidential Race
The election of Egypt’s new president to succeed deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak, has taken on increased importance and has become more unpredictable because of the intervention of the judiciary and...
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Matthew Rothschild
Stop Obama’s Drone War in Pakistan
The Pakistani government and its opposition parties have just come together in a rare show of unity to demand that the United States cease all drone attacks inside their country. As well they should...
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Jim Hightower
Snarling Banker
Woody Guthrie wrote a song titled "Jolly Banker," a perfect-pitch parody of the propensity of Depression-era bankers to feel good about gouging their small borrowers.
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Devon G. Peña
Welcome to America: Connecting Indigenous Autonomy and Immigration
A recent poster prepared by Michigan State University assistant professor and artist, Dylan Miner , asks that we “decolonize immigration through indigenous and migrant solidarity.” On seeing this...
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Immanuel Wallerstein
Limping Out of Afghanistan
The two candidates for the U.S. presidency seem to be trying to outshout each other concerning Iran, Syria, and Israel/Palestine. Each is claiming he is doing more to support the same objectives. Isn...
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Frances Beinecke
Obama Administration Must Say No to Industry Loopholes in Natural Gas Fracking Standards
Natural gas development is spreading like wildfire across the country. Energy companies have drilled more than 75,000 wells in the past five years, many of them on farmlands, near public schools, and...
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Nick Fielding
A Military Trial for Alleged 9/11 Terrorists is Unlikely to Lead to Justice
Bureaucratic and legal bungles – and torture – have undermined any prospect of a fair trial for the five key Guantánamo detainees
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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Mimi Bekhechi
Canada's Seal Slaughter Must Go the Same Way as its Whaling Industry
The annual bloodbath is outdated and unwanted, the seal fur market having collapsed – but still the government presses on
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Josh Levy
Stop the Online Spying Bill
Want to give the federal government and big companies new powers to spy on you? You’re in luck: There's a bill for that.
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Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers
Protesting NATO in Chicago will be too Late for Afghanistan
Dear friends of ordinary 99 percent Afghans, We thank you for your love and your hands and feet, in organizing for the upcoming Chicago protests! In these killing days, we in Afghanistan do not...
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Greg Kaufmann
America's Safety Net Under Attack
This Week in Poverty: Will Pennsylvania Rip Another Hole in the Safety Net?
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William Greider
The Federal Reserve Turns Left
Washington is lost in a snarl of confusion, cowardice and wrongheaded ideological assumptions that threaten to keep the economy in a ditch for a long time. That prospect is not much discussed in the...
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Cynthia Tucker
Lack of Income and Education Make for Harried Moms
I came to this motherhood business late, after my friends' children were all off to college. My energy, heaven knows, is limited but my resources more plentiful than they would have been had I...
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Christopher Brauchli
Alabama Revisits Immigration and Resurrects Roy Moore
Old Times There Are Not Forgotten Dixie, Old American Song
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Pratap Chatterjee
Vampire Squid Update: SEC Fines Goldman For Huddles
In U.S. sports jargon, a “huddle” is the term used to describe players gathering in a tight circle to plan game strategy. When the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) discovered that Goldman...
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Friday, April 13, 2012
Bernie Sanders, Ryan Alexander
Stop the Nuclear Industry Welfare Program
After 60 years, the taxpayer should not continue to subsidize multibillion-dollar corporations in the nuclear energy sector
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Robert Parry
How Neocons Sank Iran Nuke Deal
Two years ago, Washington’s influential neoconservatives – both inside and outside government – shot down a possible resolution to the Iranian nuclear dispute because they wanted a confrontation with...
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Zoe Weil
50 Words You Should NOT Say on a Standardized Test
In my essay, No Controversy Allowed , I shared a story about having an assembly program cancelled at a middle school because in my first assembly presentation that morning I agreed with a student...
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Laura Flanders
Can 'Caring Across Generations' Change the World?
A new campaign calling itself Caring Across Generations has in mind nothing less than a 180-degree turn in the way that Americans think about themselves, one another, the economy and workers. This...
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Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Time to Give Mothers the Respect—and Financial Compensation—They Deserve
It truly is disheartening to hear a supposedly progressive woman proclaim that a fulltime mother “never worked a day in her life.” Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen deserves all the flack she’s been...
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David Cay Johnston
Corporate Socialism: How Employers Skim Workers' Tax Dollars
Across the United States more than 2,700 companies are collecting state income taxes from hundreds of thousands of workers – and are keeping the money with the states’ approval, says an eye-opening...
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Tom Engelhardt
What We Don’t Know About Washington’s Iran Policy
Negotiators for Iran, the U.S., Britain, China, France, Russia, and Germany are to meet in Turkey today, face to face, for the first time in more than a year. There are small signs of possible future...
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Michelle Chen
Participatory Budgeting Lets Citizens Experiment with Economic Democracy
For many American cities, the budget process is basically fiscal hell, and the politics of plugging potholes and funding schools akin to legislative purgatory. But a tiny miracle just arrived in New...
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Kumi Naidoo
Iran Nuclear Crisis Needs ‘Disruptive Diplomacy’, Not Shock and Awe
LONDON - Disruptive diplomacy may be the only way out of the Iran-Israel nuclear crisis, the only way to pierce the hegemony of hypocrisy dominating the power politics of nuclear weapons control, of...
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Paul Krugman
Cannibalize the Future: Why Chris Christie Typifies the GOP Mindset
One general rule of modern politics is that the people who talk most about future generations — who go around solemnly declaring that we’re burdening our children with debt — are, in practice, the...
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David Macaray
The Campaign to Privatize the World
One of the biggest con games going on at the moment is the sustained attack on the U.S.
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May Boeve, Brendan Smith
Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Are the Real Job Killers
How many lobbyists does it take to defend billions in subsidies for one of the most profitable industries in the world? 786 . That’s the size of the army that oil and gas companies maintain in...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
The Rich Are Different from You and Me – They Pay Less Taxes
Benjamin Franklin, who used his many talents to become a wealthy man, famously said that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. But if you’re a corporate CEO in America today, even they...
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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Mark Engler
ALEC Annoyed at Losing Sponsors? It Breaks My Heart
It is a myth that Gandhi said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” But that old saying nevertheless carries a lot of truth when it comes to social...
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Scott Edwards
Pollution Trading: Making Crime a Commodity
A scheme promoted by industrial interests will help destroy, not save the Chesapeake Bay
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Bill Zimmerman
You Can't Say That: Why the Best Solutions Are So Often 'Off The Table'
The best of today's radical ideas must be allowed to blossom into tomorrow's common sense solutions.
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Harvey Wasserman
A Dying Empire Invades Oaksterdam, Our Privacy & Our Speech
At freedom's core is protection from arbitrary police power and the right to choose one's own medicine, as well as to express one's opinion, however controversial. All three of these rights have...
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Robert Scheer
You're On Your Own, Kids
Who will speak for the rights of the unborn now that Rick Santorum is gone from the race? Let me give it a whirl from the perspective of one whose own unwed mother had several abortions before yours...
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Rebecca Leisher
Watch Us Move Our Millions
Cities, churches, and colleges take steps to move their money home.
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Robert C. Koehler
Chemical Warfare: The US Military's Pill Addiction
To fight our insane wars, we’re wrecking our soldiers’ ability to live with themselves and function in society, then regulating what’s left of them with chemicals, which often make things...
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Juan Cole
Why Washington’s Iran Policy Could Lead to Global Disaster
What History Should Teach Us About Blockading Iran
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Amy Goodman
The Long, Hot March of Climate Change
The Pentag on knows it. The world’s largest insurers know it. Now, governments may be overthrown because of it. It is climate change, and it is real. According to the U.S.
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Gary Younge
In Florida, Zimmerman's Crime Was Preceded and Followed by the State's
George Zimmerman's trial could be as divisive as OJ Simpson's
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Ralph Nader
Media Madness: Promoting Society's Worst, Ignoring Its Best
March Madness comes once a year. Media Madness is year-round. What the mass media choose to cover and feature try to turn the priorities of any sane society upside down. People of vice, war, money,...
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