All Views Articles for 2012-headline-2012

Monday, December 10, 2012
Allison Kilkenny
Thousands Are Expected to Protest Anti-Worker Legislation in Michigan
Large numbers of Michigan State Police officers have surrounded the Capitol this morning in anticipation of a day of protests in response to so-called right-to-work legislation currently being...
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Jessica Schorr Saxe
The Honest and Just Path to a Sustainable Medicare
In January 2009, at the age of 63 1/2, my friend Carol Bentley was laid off her 10-year job without warning. In a one-two punch, her health insurance ended the next day. She could not afford COBRA...
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Sarah Jaffe
Occupy and the Police Needn't be Enemies – as Sandy Showed
Many activists now appearing in court had organised relief during the storm. Hopefully NYPD officers will remember that
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William K. Black
Why Is the Failed Monti a 'Technocrat' and the Successful Correa a 'Left-Leaning Economist'?
The New York Times produces profiles of national leaders like Italy’s Mario Monti and Ecuador’s Rafael Correa . I invite readers to contrast the worshipful treatment accorded Monti with the Correa...
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Glenn Greenwald
The PSY Scandal: Singing about Killing People v. Constantly Doing It
Americans would benefit from less outrage at anti-US sentiment and more energy toward understanding why it's so widespread
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Roger Bybee
States Need to Stop Giving Subsidies to Corporations
Corporations are playing states for fools. Across the nation, states are now pouring more than $80 billion in subsidies and tax breaks annually to corporations in a futile and counter-productive...
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Paul Krugman
Robots and Robber Barons
The American economy is still, by most measures, deeply depressed. But corporate profits are at a record high. How is that possible? It’s simple: profits have surged as a share of national income,...
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Lewis Lapham
Raiding Consciousness: Why the War on Drugs Is a War on Human Nature
[ This essay will appear in "Intoxication," the Winter 2012 issue of Lapham's Quarterly . This slightly adapted version is posted at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of that magazine. ]
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Paul Buchheit
Some Better Targets for the People Who Hate Government
One of the pleasures of a weekend away from the city is visiting with people who express points of view that are different from my own. A lot of them hate government. Their comments are sprinkled...
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Sunday, December 9, 2012
Jesselyn Radack
What the New York Times Missed in Its 1st Article on Manning's Torture Hearing
[Saturday], the New York Times has its first independently-reported article on Pfc. Bradley Manning's almost cinematic torture hearing.
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Susan Clark, Woden Teachout
Community Response to Disaster
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, one thing is striking: the extent to which many of the best and first responders have been local.
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Matt Taibbi
Jim DeMint: The Fireman Ed of Politics
The fiscal cliff story is a hard one to care about – it feels like a continuation of the presidential election season, in which red and blue pundits screamed at each other and traded insults while...
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Dave Zirin
'It's Not Just Anti-Union. It's Anti-Worker.' NFLPA and MLBPA Join Fight Against Michigan Right-to-Work
Michigan, the cradle of the union movement in the United States, is poised to join the ranks of so-called "right-to-work" states. The Koch Brothers' meat puppet Governor Rick Snyder says that this...
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Matthew Rothschild
Why the Supreme Court Will Affirm Same-Sex Marriage
Here are five reasons why: 1. It never would have agreed to hear both the California case against Prop 8 and the New York case against the Defense of Marriage Act unless it was prepared to knock the...
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Willie Osterweil
Austerity vs. Public Transportation
Barcelona’s Bicing bike sharing program is one of the world’s most successful and famous programs. Started in 2007, it uses a membership system that allows anyone with Barcelona residency, for a...
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Johnny Barber
There’s No Country That Would Tolerate Missiles
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Michelle Chen
At ‘Urban Uprising’ Conference, Activists Reimagine the City Post-Sandy
Disaster has a way of concentrating the mind. And Gotham has always had its share of it: whether it’s a slow-burning disaster like the epidemic of income inequality, the endemic scourge of police...
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Saturday, December 8, 2012
David Wallinga
Thousands Call on FDA to Stop Turning a Blind Eye to Antibiotics Squandered in Animal Feed
A week ago with most of us still digesting election results—and our turkey—a critical deadline passed in the struggle to convince the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to pull back the cloak of...
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Gar Alperovitz
Revealed: Wall Street Journal More Interested in Caviar and Foie Gras Than Employee-owned Firms
Social pain, anger at ecological degradation and the inability of traditional politics to address deep economic failings has fueled an extraordinary amount of practical on-the-ground institutional...
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César Chelala
The High Price of Excessive and Stressful Work
When Luo Yang, who was in charge of research and development on the J-15 carrier-based fighter jet, died of a heart attack on November 25, he was under extreme stressful work conditions. He died on...
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Sarah van Gelder
4 Ways to Leap the “Fiscal Cliff” to a Better U.S.A.
Sarah van Gelder looks beyond the hype about the deficit and finds four ways to balance the books while protecting our health and financial security.
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Mary Bottari
Fracking for Foreigners? New Report from Feds Backs More Natural Gas Exports
How times have changed. Ten years ago the United States was looking at importing natural gas via massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, yet to be built. Now the country appears to be getting...
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Polly Cleveland
Capturing the Multinational Dragons’ Gold
As medieval dragons do, the dragon in the Beowulf epic sleeps on a pile of gold. With magic sword and shield, Beowulf kills the dragon and, mortally wounded, distributes the gold to his grateful...
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Peter Hart
This Time, Trust Anonymous WMD Claims–They've Got 'Specific Intelligence'
The message could hardly be clearer: According to U.S. intelligence, Syrian government could very well be preparing to use chemical weapons to put down the long and bloody rebellion against ruler...
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Donna Smith
Declare Your Human Rights. Demand the Robin Hood Tax
Join in Vigils Lest Your Own Premature Demise Be Mourned
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Friday, December 7, 2012
Peter Rugh
Low-Wage Workers Rising Up in New York City
The line typically forms at the door of this Wendy’s in Downtown Brooklyn during lunch hour. Not today.
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Amitabh Pal
Senate Rejection of Disabilities Treaty Shows GOP Descent Into Irrationality
The Republican Party is fast losing touch with reality.
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John Nichols
GOP, Koch Brothers Sneak Attack Guts Labor Rights in Michigan
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La Via Campesina
A Call to Reject False Capitalist Solutions to Climate Crisis
World's peasant farmers help cool a warming planet
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Paul Krugman
An Invented Crisis Threatens the Forgotten Millions
Let’s get one thing straight: America is not facing a fiscal crisis. It is, however, still very much experiencing a job crisis. It’s easy to get confused about the fiscal thing, since everyone’s...
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Robert Reich
Today’s Job Numbers Show Why Job-Creation Must Take Precedence Over Deficit Reduction
Today’s jobs report shows an economy that’s still moving in the right direction but way too slowly, which is why Washington’s continuing obsession with the federal budget deficit is insane. Jobs and...
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Randall Amster
Cliffs Notes: On the Edge and Over a Barrel
Hopefully you’re enjoying the onset of the holiday season, especially the latest prefabricated crisis coming out of Washington for your yuletide amusement. It seems that we can never underestimate...
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Greg Kaufmann
Older, Eager, and Unemployed: When Even Santa Can’t Get a Job
In May 2012, Richard Crowe was laid off when the steel mill where he had worked for thirty-four years was shut down. He’d worked there since graduating from high school. New ownership filed for...
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Vandana Shiva
Corporate Push for GMO Food Puts Independent Science in Jeopardy
Science is considered science when it is independent, when it has integrity and when it speaks the truth about its search. It was the integrity, independence and sovereignty of science that drew me...
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Ralph Nader
Having 'Skin in the Game'
Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s new tour de force book Antifragile: Things that Gain From Disorder is a frame-of-reference altering work that a Wall Street Journal reviewer confessed he would have to read “...
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Robert Scheer
A Sign That Obama Will Repeat Economic Mistakes
Please don’t tell me that these reports in the business press touting Sallie Krawcheck as a front-runner for chairman of the SEC or even a possible candidate to be the next Treasury secretary are...
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Peter Hart
Corporate Media Gives Up on Factchecking
How even a Time magazine cover story on factchecking can't find a way to tell the truth
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Rania Khalek
Propaganda Deja Vu? Media Uncritically Echoes Unnamed US Officials on Syria’s Chemical Weapons
“All governments lie.” — I.F. Stone
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Robert Weissman
Presidential Inauguration by Bank of America
The 2013 Presidential Inauguration, brought to you by Bank of America. No, we're not going to see that banner next month, when President Obama takes the oath of the office.
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Tom Gallagher
For Whom Do You Lobby, Madame Secretary?
On the same day that we learned Michael Bloomberg would like Hillary Clinton to succeed him as New York City mayor, the Secretary of State was making modest headlines on her own: “ Clinton lobbies...
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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Matt Taibbi
Another Goldman Sachs Creature Given Vital Government Post
Big news yesterday in the United Kingdom, where the citizenry surveyed its domestic banking system and discovered that it couldn't find a single person trustworthy enough to put in the top job at the...
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Rebecca Thiess
An Economy That Works for the Middle Class Won’t Happen on Its Own
A vital goal of economic policy should be to raise the living standards of the millions of American households who have seen their wages and living standards stagnate or decline over the last few...
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Pepe Escobar
Mr. President, Tear Down This Wall: Washington’s Iranian Future
In Election 2012’s theatre-of-the-absurd “foreign policy” debate, Iran came up no less than 47 times .
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David Fenton
A Letter To Chevron’s CEO: Your Business Is Creating A Climate ‘Incompatible With An Organized Global Community’
From: David Fenton To: John Watson, CEO of Chevron Dear Mr. Watson, I’m the one who asked you about global warming at the Council on Foreign Relations last week. I accused you of being in denial. I’m...
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Joshua Brollier
Speechless in Gaza
Doctors and medics operating under fire and siege put painfulness of situation beyond words
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Amy Goodman
A Carbon Tsunami in Doha
DOHA, Qatar—The 18th U.N. climate-change summit is taking place in the small but immensely wealthy Gulf emirate of Qatar, the largest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases in the world. Delegates,...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
FCC May Give Murdoch a Very Merry Christmas
Until now, this hasn’t been the best year for media mogul Rupert Murdoch. For one, none of the Republicans who’d been on the payroll of his Fox News Channel — not Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum or...
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Peter Hart
The Fiscal Hoax
Don't believe the cliff hype.
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Jill Stein
Mother Nature Belongs at the Bargaining Table
Throwing the nation over the climate cliff will make our current fiscal challenges look like a minor bump in the road.
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Daphne Wysham
Why the World Bank Must Divest from Fossil Fuels
The World Bank’s latest report on climate change, “ Turn Down the Heat ,” warns that the planet is on track for a four-degree Celsius temperature rise by 2100. Like many scientists, the bank fears...
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César Chelala
Israel and Iran Are Key to Nuclear-Free Middle East
A recent UN General Assembly resolution renews attention on the need to create a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East. The resolution calls on Israel to open its nuclear program for inspection, and...
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Medea Benjamin
Israel’s Lesson to Palestinians: Build More Rockets?
Eman El-Hawi, a smart and perky 24-year-old business student from Gaza got teary when she told our delegation about what she witnessed during the eight days that Israel pounded Gaza. “I saw the...
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Richard Eskow
GOP Offers to Throw Middle Class, Elderly Over the “Fiscal Cliff”
The Republican Party has a message for the American people: Meet the new deal, same as the old deal. The GOP “counter-offer” to the President’s fiscal-cliff proposal isn’t really an offer at all: It’...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Spoiling for a Filibuster Fight
Perhaps it was inevitable that a parliamentary rule named after pirates would metastasize into an untamed menace.
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John Nichols
The Secret of Bernie Sanders' Success
"We will not accept cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid," declared U.S.
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Sam Pizzigati
For Pete's Sake, What's Happened to Our Democracy?
One billionaire has the wherewithal to totally redirect America's political discourse.
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Glenn Greenwald
Obamacare Architect Leaves White House for Pharmaceutical Industry Job
Few people embody the corporatist revolving door greasing Washington as purely as Elizabeth Fowler
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Mijin Cha
Extreme Drought Continues, Could be Most Extreme Weather Event This Year
It's been overshadowed by other extreme weather events recently, but the extreme drought that plagued the U.S. this summer continues. In fact, according to the Drought Monitor , conditions have...
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Glenn Greenwald
Laptop Seizures by US Government Highlight 9/11-Era Climate of Fear
Whenever I speak about the systematic abridgment of basic rights in the post-9/11 era, there is a point I try to make that is quite elusive yet, in my view, of unparalleled significance in...
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Steve Suppan
Climate Finance Debated While Climate Change Rages
One of the many fierce debates at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (CoP), which opened this year on November 26 in Doha, Qatar is about climate finance...
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Princess Lucaj
Celebration, Sacredness, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
It is the holiday season and in Alaska we have much to be grateful for and much to celebrate. On December 6th we will be celebrating the birthday of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It was on...
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Ray McGovern
Why to Say No to Susan Rice
Though the rightwing attack on Rice is deplorable, the legitimate concern regarding her elevation to Secretary of State surrounds her lack of judgment on the Iraq War and other foreign policy decisions
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Tom Engelhardt
Dreams for Obama: From Community Organizer to Robot President
The updated story of a president in a straitjacket of his own making
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Dean Baker
Wall Street Manipulates Deficit Angst with 'Fiscal Cliff' Fear
Deficit hawks rely on media allies to report budget doom to advance their agenda of cutting Medicare and social security
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Peter Hart
When a Tax on the Rich Is Actually a Tax on the Rich
Meet the Press hosted what David Gregory dubbed a "special economic roundtable" on December 2 that included " CNBC 's dynamic duo,"
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Riki Ott
Unfinished Business: The Unspoken Link Between Dispersants and Sick Children in the Gulf of Mexico
All six of Julie Creppel's young children are sick. Vomiting. Blisters all over their bodies, even in their throats. Boils. Severe headaches that wake them up screaming at night. Nausea. Fevers...
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Martin Kirk
It Takes a Cabal of Willing Governments to Maintain Global Tax Havens
When corporations say what they do to shield profit from taxation is "legal" they're often right. And this is wrong.
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Michelle Chen
Foodies Get Wobbly
Food supply chain workers adopt the IWW’s radical actions to fight abusive employers.
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Monday, December 3, 2012
Jesselyn Radack
Mainstream Media's Sparse Coverage of Bradley Manning Hearings
One of the most important trials of the decade is unfolding just outside of Washington, D.C. at Ft. Meade, MD: the court martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning for allegedly disclosing information to...
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Sharon Lerner
Why Paid Leave Could Pass in Obama's Second Term: Americans Want It
It's widely known that the U.S. is way out of step with the rest of the world in not having paid maternity leave.
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Anjali Appadurai
Ground Reality to World Leaders: Time to Take Action in Doha
As leaders around the world are meeting in the Middle East for the 18th annual United Nations climate conference, media reports on developing and developed country relations have focused on the...
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Wenonah Hauter
How Consolidated Agribusiness Harms The Organic Sector
The pioneers of organic agriculture probably did not foresee the day when consumers could buy organic junk food at the supermarket. But now organic is a $31 billion a year big business and the...
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Allison Kilkenny
Citizens Protest Looming 'Fiscal Cliff' Budget Cuts
For the past several weeks, clusters of citizens have been protesting the opportunistically named “fiscal cliff” budget cut talks. Even though the “fiscal cliff” is really more of a fiscal curb or...
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Christian Parenti
Problems With the Math: Is 350's Carbon Divestment Campaign Complete?
Three critiques and a suggestion
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Robert Kuttner
About Time: Obama Finally Gets Tough
President Obama has belatedly grasped that holding firm on tax increases for the top 2 percent, and defending Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid against needless cuts, is good politics and good...
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Steve Fraser
Debtpocalypse, Austerity and the Hollowing Out of America
Modern US history and the archeology of decline
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Glenn Greenwald
Progressive Media Claims They'll Be 'Tougher' on Obama Now
Given the rationale they have embraced, is there any reason to believe this will happen, or that it will matter if it does?
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Paul Krugman
The GOP's Big Budget Mumble
In the ongoing battle of the budget, President Obama has done something very cruel. Declaring that this time he won’t negotiate with himself, he has refused to lay out a proposal reflecting what he...
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Chris Hedges
Katrina, All Over Again
Avgi Tzenis, 76, is standing in the hall of her small brick row house on Bragg Street in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. She is dressed in a bathrobe and open-toed sandals. The hall is dark and cold. It...
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Shamus Cooke
Why UN Climate Agreements Fail
History will undoubtedly deliver the harshest condemnations of the UN climate talks currently underway in Doha, Qatar.
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George Lakoff
Why It’s Hard to Replace the "Fiscal Cliff” Metaphor
Writers on economics have been talking since the election about why the “fiscal cliff” metaphor is misleading.
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Paul Buchheit
Five Facts About America's Pathological Wealth Distribution
Most people associate inequality with the income gap. As distorted as the distribution of income may be, our wealth distribution is even more extreme. Americans are beginning to realize that years of...
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Sunday, December 2, 2012
Harvey Wasserman
Our Rust Bucket Reactors are at the Nuclear Cliff
In the wake of this fall's election, the disintegration of America's rust bucket reactor fleet is fast approaching critical mass. Unless our No Nukes movement can get the worst of them shut soon,...
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Lucinda Marshall
Finding Strength In The Extraordinary Ordinary
For more than ten years now, I have devoted the overwhelming majority of my work as a writer and activist to shining a light on the many heinous guises of misogyny, especially on the impact violence...
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Janet Redman
For United States and China, Mutually Assured Inaction at UN Climate Summit
Update from Doha, Qatar: As countries (somewhat ironically) gather in the petro-state of Qatar for the annual UN climate summit, it's even more apparent that economic considerations trump concerns about severe environmental disruption, and even survival.
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Laura Gottesdiener
A New Face of the New Labor Movement
For Mahoma Lopez, a long-time restaurant worker in New York City, it came down to a decision between fight and flight. Last fall, his boss at the cafe on the Upper East Side where Lopez had worked...
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Caroline Arnold
Balancing Our Ties to the Past with Responsibility to the Future
The Kent community has been divided as downtown commercial redevelopment orphaned an 1858 Greek Revival house, the Wells-Sherman House. Plans were made to move it to a vacant lot on N. Water St. with...
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John M. Repp
The Wealthy Like Redistribution – Their Way
Republicans and corporate media are always talking about taxing the rich as “redistribution of wealth” as if the capitalist economy is not itself a great redistribution engine. In its normal workings...
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Randall Amster
Manning Up: The Just Actions of a ‘Fan of Sunshine’
Whatever one’s views about his alleged actions, you would need a pretty hard shell not to be moved by the case of Bradley Manning. Hero to some, traitor to others, this diminutive soldier has endured...
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Greg Kaufmann
This Week in Poverty: A Wake-Up Call on Housing and Homelessness
“They tweet and they titter. They chat and they chitter. But the bear snores on.”       —from Bear Snores On
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Ali Abunimah
Badwill Ambassador: Honorary Chair of Israeli Fund for UNICEF Wants Palestinian Children to “Suffer”
Palestinian rights campaigners are demanding the removal of Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes from the position of honorary chairwoman of the Israeli Fund for UNICEF, the United Nations’ Children’s Fund, over...
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Dave Lindorff
US Ending the War in Afghanistan? It Depends on the Meaning of the Word ‘War’
It is amazing to watch politicians trying to weasel their way around their promises. President Obama is providing us with a good illustration of the art.
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Raffi Cavoukian, Sandy Garossino
Cyber Safety by Design: Red Hood Project Demands Action
In October 2012, British Columbia teen Amanda Todd ended her life after suffering intolerable bullying triggered by a sexual predator who found and blackmailed her through Facebook. Millions were...
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Saturday, December 1, 2012
Peter Hart
GOP's Small Business Tax Talking Point
Of all the arguments Republicans offer to maintain Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, one stands out: The tax increase would be a blow to small business owners. This is misleading–but you can't count on...
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Charlotte Vallaeys
Organic: Food Justice for the 99%
Dr. Oz in Time Magazine Slandering Families Who Choose Safe, Organic Food for Their Children — Off-Base/Ill Advised
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Kathy Kelly
Truth and Trauma in Gaza
Dr. T., a medical doctor, is a Palestinian living in Gaza City. He is still reeling from days of aerial bombardment.
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Eric Margolis
Make Diplomacy, Not War
The wicked 19 th century American cynic Ambrose Bierce defined diplomacy in his “Devil’s Dictionary” as “the patriotic art of lying for one’s country.”
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Immanuel Wallerstein
The Latest Palestinian Skirmish: A New Ballgame?
The whole world watched the latest violent conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Everyone held their breath to watch Pres. Morsi of Egypt broker the truce, which for the moment is lasting...
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Roger Bybee and Carolyn Winter
Compromise: A Misnomer for Absurdly Unequal Deal to Resolve Budget-Cliff Issues
Voices of the 1% are dominating the media and congressional discourse regarding the “fiscal cliff” by offering a “compromise” which justifies significant cuts in the safety-net “entitlements” by...
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Christopher Brauchli
2016
Political campaigns are designedly made into emotional orgies which endeavor to distract attention from the real issues involved, and they actually paralyze what slight powers of cerebration man can...
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