All Views Articles for 2012-headline-2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Glenn Greenwald
Newtown Kids vs. Yemenis and Pakistanis: What Explains the Disparate Reactions?
Numerous commentators have rightly lamented the difference in how these childrens' deaths are perceived. What explains it?
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Jules Boykoff
Coal Exports Emerging as Major Climate Fight in the Pacific Northwest
In the Pacific Northwest, activists and their allies are ramping up for a full-throttle battle over a proposal to haul coal across the west for export to China. Big Coal’s latest master plan promises...
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Ellen Brown
Fiscal Cliff: Let's Call Their Bluff
The “fiscal cliff” has all the earmarks of a false flag operation, full of sound and fury, intended to extort concessions from opponents.
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David Morgan, Taliesin Nyala, Andrew Stachiw, and Brian Van Slyke
How to Think Outside the Big Box this Holiday Season
Port workers in Los Angeles went on strike last week. McDonald’s and Burger King employees walked off the job and onto the picket line the week before. Last month, Walmart workers made waves with...
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Richard Eskow
8 Deficit Reducers That Are More Ethical—And More Effective—Than the 'Chained CPI'
News reports say the President’s proposed deal includes the “chained CPI,” which would impose drastic Social Security cuts and tax hikes for everybody but the wealthy.
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Tom Engelhardt
The Sort of Country Your Mother Brought You Up to Avoid
On New Year's Eve 2003, Khaled el-Masri, an unemployed car salesman from Germany on vacation in Macedonia, was removed from a bus and kidnapped by the CIA due to a confu
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Seumas Milne
Intervention in Syria Risks Blowback and Regional War
The west's bid to ramp up the war in Syria will simply escalate the killing. Only negotiation can stop the conflict spreading
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Max Blumenthal
What I Learned from My American Gun Show Tour
Gun shows are a popular part of American life, but they are also home to a frightening fringe of weapon-obsessed survivalists
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Robin Marty
Synder Vetoes Gun Bill. Will Omnibus Anti-Choice Bill Be Next?
Michigan Governor Rick Synder is starting to feel the pressure from constituents when it comes to his support of massively unpopular bills, and the criticism is having its intended effect. In the...
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Scott Klinger
Going Over a Cliff Better Than Deal President Has Offered
Latest proposal by Obama would deepen inequality
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Robert Kuttner
Social Security and the Obama Cave-In
The deal between the White House and congressional Republicans includes changes to the cost-of-living formula that amount to needless cuts for seniors.
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Washington’s Revolving Door: As Old as Lincoln
Last week, we talked about the infernal revolving door between government and big business and how one person in particular, Liz Fowler , has spun through it so many times she may need to take...
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Matthew Rothschild
'Giving It Away': Obama Caving on Social Security
President Obama is bending over way too far to reach a budget deal with John Boehner and the Republicans. By tentatively agreeing to changing the formula for calculating the Consumer Price Index for...
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Sarita Gupta
A Grand Swindle: What We Don’t Need Now Is a Bad “Grand Bargain”
In the 2012 elections, the American people voted for strengthening our economy and putting people back to work. “We’re all in this together” defeated “You’re on your own.” Or so we thought.
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Peter Van Buren
Torture: An All-American Nightmare
Why 'Zero Dark Thirty' Won’t Settle the Torture Question or Purge Torture From the American System
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Robert Freeman
The Only Antidote to More Newtowns
We can be horrified at the Newtown massacre. We can be outraged. We can be indignant. But we can no longer honestly be surprised. The shootings in Connecticut are of the same ilk as the ones in...
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Kevin Martin
Towards a Foreign Policy for the 99 Percent
Relief, rather than elation, was probably the emotion most U.S. peace activists felt when President Barack Obama won re-election. While Obama has been very disappointing on most peace issues, Mitt...
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Peter Hart
What If Children Mattered No Matter Where They Lived–and Died?
We do not live in a world that treats all life equally. Not even close. Human beings inevitably feel certain tragedies more deeply, based on proximity to the victims, national identity, the...
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Pierre Tristam
The Soft-Core Terrorism of America's Gun Worship
Gun laws in Florida and throughout the country, and the apologists who defend them, are the source of unspeakable violence
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Richard Eskow
This Is Not America’s Deal
Our leaders in Washington heard from the voters last month. They may need to hear from them again. According to news reports a budget deal is coalescing around some very unattractive and unwise ideas...
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John Atcheson
Let Them Eat Bullets: The Corporate Gun Tyrants
Yet another example of the disastrous rise of misplaced power
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Deborah Burger
Time to Act Now To Restore Our Ravaged Mental Healthcare System
Registered nurses across the country mourn the loss of life marked by the shooting of innocents in Connecticut. This should be a clear wake up call for the White House, Congress, and state and local...
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Monday, December 17, 2012
Glenn Greenwald
New Press Freedom Group is Launched to Block US Government Attacks
Nothing is more vital than enabling true transparency and adversarial journalism, and preventing further assaults on them
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Naomi Wolf
NYPD for Hire: How Uniformed New York Cops Moonlight for Banks
No one begrudges an officer doing security work in his own time, but the Paid Detail Unit creates worrying conflicts of interest
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Michelle Chen
Toxic Train Wreck Exposes Weakness in Federal Chemical Policy
In late November, while other parts of New Jersey were recovering from the superstorm, the quiet town of Paulsboro was blindsided by a very unnatural disaster.
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Chris Hedges
Morsi: Egypt’s New Pharaoh
When Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Iran after 14 years in exile on Feb. 1, 1979, he set out to destroy the secular opposition forces, including the Communist Party of Iran, which had been...
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Amanda Marcotte
Time to Stop Restricting Abortion and Start Restricting Assault Weapons
In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, calls for restrictions on the manufacture and sale of a variety of guns, especially assault rifles such as the Bushmaster .223 used by the shooter in his...
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Bill Quigley
Remember All the Children, Mr. President
Remember the 20 children who died in Newtown, Connecticut. Remember the 35 children who died in Gaza this month from Israeli bombardments.
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George Lakoff
The Price of Our Freedom
Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom? — Barack Obama, Newtown Address, December 16, 2012
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Ken Butigan
Building a Nonviolent Culture After Newtown
The December 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. that left 28 people dead — including 20 children — has sent shock waves through our society. It penetrated the elaborate defenses...
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Tom Engelhardt
How the US Intelligence Community Came Out of the Shadows
Weren’t those the greatest of days if you were in the American spy game? Governments went down in Guatemala and Iran thanks to you. In distant Indonesia, Laos, and Vietnam, what a role you played!...
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Michael Winship
Just a Few Miles from Newtown
We’re spending a holiday season weekend at the home of friends in a small Connecticut town just a few miles up the road from Newtown. Returning from the local store, our friend Emily tells us that...
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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Michael Stewart
I Don't Want to Talk About Gun Control
As nearly everyone in the Western world knows by now, a 20-year-old man took two guns into an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut and murdered 27 people, 20 of them children between the ages of...
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Richard Eskow
A Still, Small Voice
From a tragic weekend, a return to the daily grind of politics. Our hearts may not be in it, but the challenge is undying and the struggle is one struggle: to preserve each other, and our humanity,...
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John Nichols
How ALEC Thwarts Honest Debate About Gun Violence
The first response of any country to violence of the sort seen in Connecticut must be one of horror. And sorrow.
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Liza Long
Thinking the Unthinkable: On Mental Health, My Son, and Gun Violence
In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.
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Frida Berrigan
The Road to Guantánamo and Back
Hard to believe it was seven years ago this week that 20 or so friends and I were fasting and vigiling outside of the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay. It was a dusty and inauspicious place. A very...
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Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Standing Strong Against the Furies
Just as people in places like the Maldives, Bangladesh and Pakistan may have shook their heads at the cluelessness of Americans who suddenly woke up to climate change when Sandy came to town, people...
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Patrick Cockburn
US Stupidity in Syria: This Is No Fight Between Goodies and Baddies
Syria's descent into Holy War
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Glenn Greenwald
Court Highlights the Meaninglessness and Menace of the Term 'Terrorism'
Valuable revelations are often found in unlikely places. Such is the case with a fascinating ruling released last week by the New York Court of Appeals, that state's highest court, in the criminal...
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Peter Schurmann
Gaza Youth: Growing Up in 'The World's Largest Jail'
Nothing 'Post' about traumatic stress for Palestinian children
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Phil Rockstroh
Grappling with Phantoms: A Financial Cliff, a War on Christmas, and Other Dim Tidings of Political Disconnect
“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.” ―James Baldwin As we draw near to...
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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Katie J.M. Baker
Fuck You, Guns
(Jezebel Editor's note: This is Fuck You Week , Jezebel's first annual week of desperate emotional cleansing and unhinged psychic purging. And yeah, considering what happened Friday, we feel weird...
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Peter Dreier
The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Has the Blood of Connecticut Children on His Hands
A resume covered in red
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Gary Younge
If Not Now, When Is the Time to Talk about Gun Control?
With 28, including 20 children, shot dead in Connecticut, it's not 'politics' but basic decency to insist America have this debate
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Lucinda Marshall
A Culture That Condones The Killing Of Children And Teaches Children To Kill
The Sandy Hook massacre isn’t just about the need for gun control laws, it is about a culture that condones the killing of children and teaches children that killing is okay. It is about a country...
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Ira Chernus
Mental Health Reform as Important as Gun Reform
The national outcry for new gun laws is great. Terrific. I’m all for it.
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Harvey Wasserman
The 2nd Amendment Does NOT Equal Random Slaughter
The Second Amendment does NOT guarantee the right of any and all citizens to own any and all kinds of guns.
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Marian Wright Edelman
Dear God! When Will It Stop?
The horrendous news from Newtown, Connecticut has pierced our hearts. Allegedly, a black-clad man in his 20s armed with two semi-automatic handguns entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School and made...
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Gregory Gibson
Why America Lets the Killings Continue
GLOUCESTER, Mass. – My wife and I learned about the Connecticut school shootings on our way home from the cemetery, where we had just finished observing the 20th anniversary of our son’s murder.
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Friday, December 14, 2012
Robert Walker
What? Discuss Gun Laws?
In less time than it takes to fire off two 9 millimeter handguns and kill dozens of people, the politicians, from the White House on down, will be putting out public statements deploring the school...
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Randall Amster
Save the Children: Tears and Tragedy in Connecticut
My eyes fill with tears as I hear the news of the mass shooting in Connecticut, where most of those killed were elementary school children. As a parent with children of similar ages, I can only...
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Glenn Greenwald
Zero Dark Thirty: CIA Hagiography, Pernicious Propaganda
As it turns out, the film as a political statement is worse than even its harshest early critics warned
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Amrit Singh
America Must Finally Apologize for CIA Rendition Program
European court of human rights finds against CIA abuse of Khaled el-Masri
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Michelle Chen
The Young and the Disconnected: How Our Economy Is Failing a Generation
A first paycheck has traditionally been seen as a rite of passage, but these days, that paycheck is often coming later and later. Rather than launching a career, young adulthood is becoming, for many...
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Sarah Anderson
EU's Landslide Vote for 'Robin Hood Tax'
Eleven countries in Europe hope to raise billions of Euros through a tiny tax on financial speculation. This week, a major vote in the European parliament brings that plan one step closer to becoming reality.
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Ralph Nader
Fracking’s Lure, Trap and Endless Damage
Say what you will about Yoko Ono’s art, there is no denying that she is unique. Who else will put several $100,000 full-page notices in The New York Times displaying only the word “Peace” or “Imagine...
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Paul Krugman
The GOP’s Existential Crisis
We are not having a debt crisis.
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Robert Scheer
The Corporate Media's Shameful Exploitation of Bradley Manning
Keep an American soldier locked up naked in a cage and driven half mad while deprived of all basic rights, and you will be instantly condemned as a barbaric terrorist. Unless the jailer is an...
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Tom Engelhardt
2016... Here We Come
It’s barely a month since Election 2012 put Barack Obama back in the White House and Mitt Romney in the Republican doghouse (or even perhaps on the
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Jim Goodman
Monsanto Gets Its Way in Ag Bill
“The Farmers Assurance Provision” is the title of a rider, Section 733, inserted into the House of Representatives 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Somehow, as a farmer, I don't feel the least...
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Ocean Robbins
How the Food Movement Is Gaining Strength
More and more people are realizing that our food chain is in crisis. Agribusiness has made profits more important than your health -- more important than the environment -- and more important than...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Washington’s Revolving Door Is Hazardous to Our Health
We’ve seen how Washington insiders write the rules of politics and the economy to protect powerful special interests, but now as we enter the holiday season, and a month or so after the election, we’...
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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Peter Lehner
Costly Oil Subsidies Drag Us Down; Clean Energy Investments Will Build a Healthier Economy
In the prolonged showdown over the "fiscal cliff," Democrats and Republicans claim to agree on two goals – reducing the deficit, and doing so in a way that builds a stronger economy in the long run...
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John Nichols
Michigan Adopts the ALEC Model for Diminishing Democracy
Michigan legislators did not write the so-called “right to work” legislation that they have enacted in a mad rush of anti-democratic excess . They simply did as they were told.
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Jeremiah Goulka
Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the GOP Titanic
Why the Formerly Grand Old Party Needs to Change and Won’t
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David Macaray
We Lost Michigan
When you examine the history of organized labor—the birth, growth, trajectory—you have to be shocked and mortified by what just happened to the great state of Michigan. They went from being one of...
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Paul Rogers
Syria, Endgame, and Blowback
The pace of the conflict in Syria is accelerating.
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FAIR
Robin Hood Not News? Why Transaction Tax Absent from Obsessive "Cliff" Coverage
If the rhetoric about the so-called "fiscal cliff" is to believed, the United States is faced with monumental budget problems--short-term deficits and a long-term debt crisis.
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Julianne Hing
The School-to-Prison Pipeline Gets Its First-Ever Airing in the Senate
Despite all the outrage the school-to-prison pipeline stirs, it rarely gets the attention it demands in national policy discussions. But after years of aggressive agitating and advocacy, the topic is...
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Michael Winship
Who Really Won the Election? Campaign Consultants
Candidates come and candidates go but campaign consultants live on, no matter the outcome of the election, continuing to cash in even as they look for their next victims.
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Margaret Kimberley
Susan Rice and American Evil
Why does it matter if Susan Rice serves as secretary of state ? That is a trick question, because in fact, it doesn’t matter at all. American foreign policy will be unchanged regardless of who the...
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Robin Marty
Health Groups Urge Synder to Veto Omnibus Anti-Choice "Super Bill"
Michigan's onmibus anti-abortion "super bill" was nearly guaranteed to pass the state senate the moment it was announced it would be up for a vote.
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Ken Butigan
Framing Matters: Lessons from the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign
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Kate Aronoff, Martin Bourqui
Our Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign's Math Is Sound
Christian Parenti checks the math of the growing fossil fuel divestment movement on college campuses in his piece, "Problems with the Math: Is 350's Carbon Divestment Campaign Complete?," published...
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Amy Goodman
The Trials of Bradley Manning
Pfc. Bradley Manning was finally allowed to speak publicly, in his own defense, in a preliminary hearing of his court-martial. Manning is the alleged source of the largest intelligence leak in U.S...
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George Lakoff
Michigan’s New 'Corporate Servitude Law' Takes Away Worker Rights
Michigan has just passed a corporate servitude law. It is designed to take away many of the worker rights that unions have conferred throughout their history: The right to a living wage. The right to...
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Paul Krugman
The Surreal Nature of the Medicare Age Debate
The “Yes, Minister” Theory of the Medicare Age
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Greg Kaufmann
GOP Leadership and Violence Against Native Women
My question for Congress was and has always been: why did you not protect me, or my family? Why is my life, and the life of so many other Native American women, less important?”       —Deborah Parker...
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Miriam Pemberton
Defense Budget: Ripe for Reductions
The pending budget deal must include long-overdue military spending cuts.
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Glenn Greenwald
HSBC, Too Big to Jail, and the US Two-Tiered Justice System
The US is the world's largest prison state, imprisoning more of its citizens than any nation on earth, both in absolute numbers and proportionally .
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Cecile Richards
Memo to Michigan: Did You Not Hear the Voters on Women's Health?
An alarming set of bills is about to move to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's desk as soon as today. Pushed through by lame-duck legislators who are about to leave office, these bills would make...
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Mark Weisbrot
Haiti: More Pressure Needed to Get Clean Water
Haiti is vulnerable to water-borne diseases like cholera because of its lack of clean water and sanitation.
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Sam Pizzigati
The Case Against Taxing the Rich: Still Shaky
The political friends of America’s rich aren’t aiming to convince us that higher taxes on the nation’s highest incomes make no sense. They’re just hoping to keep us distracted.
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Gareth Peirce
Why We Torture
What do we do once we know?
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Jim Hightower
The Mass Media Favorites Fall Out of Favor
Let us address the declining fortunes of today's mainstream mass media. (Yes, I can hear your pained screams of "Nooooo ... we don't want to!" We really must, however, because it's not about them,...
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Bianca Jagger
COP18 Failed to Turn Down the Heat
An appalling abdication of responsibility by world leaders
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Glenn Greenwald
The Revealingly Substance-Free Fight over Susan Rice
Her record of war advocacy and close ties to tyrants is notably missing from the debate over whether she should be Secretary of State
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Lisa Graves
ALEC's So-Called "Right to Work" Bill as Political Revenge in Michigan
As concerned workers come together across Michigan in protest, partisan politicians are poised to make one of the strongholds for America's blue-collar worker rights into a so-called "Right to Work...
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David Callahan
Why Does Obama Want to Spend $8 Trillion on Defense in the Next Decade?
Washington is in a fiscal panic, yet surprisingly few people are asking an obvious question: Why in the world is the Obama Administration proposing to spend $8 trillion on security over the next...
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Ruth Conniff
Right to Work: As Goes Michigan, So Goes The Nation
As the world watches massive labor protests at the state capitol building in Lansing, Michigan, today, Wisconsinites are seeing a repeat of the struggle in Madison two years ago.
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Eric Michael Johnson
The Gospel of Wealth Fails the Inequity Test in Primates
Fairness is the basis of the social contract. As citizens we expect that when we contribute our fair share we should receive our just reward. When social benefits are handed out unequally or when...
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John Buell
Democracy and the Ecology of Transportation
There is no question as to whether New York City and the surrounding coastal communities of the tri-state area will be rebuilt. But will these communities be reconstructed to serve the vast majority...
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Manissa McCleave Maharawal, Isabelle Nastasia
Why Race Matters After Sandy
During the fall of 1962, residents of the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn saw the trash accumulating on their sidewalks and realized that the city didn’t care about them the way it did...
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David Vine
How U.S. Taxpayers Are Paying the Pentagon to Occupy the Planet
Picking Up a $170 Billion Tab
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Jann S. Wenner
Mr. President, End This War
The war on pot is a colossal waste of money and human potential
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John Nichols
John Boehner Has No Mandate
House Speaker John Boehner has grown increasingly belligerent in his “fiscal cliff” fight with the Obama administration.
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John Atcheson
Conservative Myths and the Death of Marlboro Man
It’s Time to Leave Marlboro Country
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Monday, December 10, 2012
Bill McKibben
Hillary Clinton's Environmental Failures Could Become Obama's
Hillary isn't winning many friends among environmentalists with her support of the Keystone Pipeline--and it will be the purest test of whether Obama's second term will be greener than his first.
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Rahiel Tesfamariam
The Threat of Drones Ushering in ‘Invisible Wars’
Obama’s end to the war in Iraq and promises to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan have prevented him from seeming war-hungry. But the increased use of drone strikes during his presidency raises the...
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