All Views Articles for 2012-headline-2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012
Glenn Greenwald
Bradley Manning: A Tale of Liberty Lost in America
The US does nothing to punish those guilty of war crimes or Wall Street fraud, yet demonises the whistleblower
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Friday, November 30, 2012
Joseph Massad
Bitter Irony: UN Vote to Recognize Palestine Legitimizes a Racist Status Quo
There's bitter irony in the UN's recognition of a much-diminished Palestinian state on the anniversary of its 1947 partition plan
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Adam Horowitz
Israel Responds to UN Vote by Approving 3,000 New Settlement Units
Plans include intention to build in strategic West Bank corridor
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Joshua Brollier
Refusing to Acquiesce in Gaza
Observations after Operation “Pillar of Cloud”
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Ralph Nader
Reining in Obama and His Drones
Barack Obama, former president of the Harvard Law Review and a constitutional law lecturer, should go back and review his coursework. He seems to have declined to comport his presidency to the rule...
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Tom Hayden
The Possibility of a ‘Drone Drawdown’ in Peace Talks
The tangled path to ending US drone strikes will be mapped through diplomacy, courtroom challenges, activist protests and pressure on the mainstream media to challenge official secrecy.
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Tom Engelhardt
Fallen Generals and the Image-Managers That Keep Them
He was “an ascetic who... usually eats just one meal a day, in the evening, to avoid sluggishness. He is known for operating on a few hours' sleep and for running to and from work while listening to...
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Julian Assange
Two Years of Cablegate and Bradley Manning Still Awaits Trial
Thursday, November 29th, Bradley Manning testified for the first time since his arrest two and a half years ago in Baghdad. Today also marks the two-year anniversary of the first front pages around...
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Paul Krugman
Class Wars of 2012
On Election Day, The Boston Globe reported, Logan International Airport in Boston was running short of parking spaces. Not for cars — for private jets. Big donors were flooding into the city to...
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Elizabeth Royte
Fracking Our Food Supply
This article was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network , an investigative reporting nonprofit focusing on food, agriculture and environmental health.
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Juan Gonzalez
One-Day Fast Food Workers Strike Is Just the Beginning
The hope is to unionize low-paid service workers, with the goal of a $15-an-hour living wage, coalition members say. Read more:
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Alnoor Ladha, Thomas Pogge
Global Movement Needed to Change 'The Rules' of Inequality
Tax havens are allowing a "tiny global elite" to "extract trillions of dollars" from rich and poor countries alike
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Kevin Roose
'Fix the Debt': How 1%ers Build a Mass Movement for Millionaires
The Fixers: How Fix the Debt Won Over Wall Street and Built a Fiscal Cliff Army
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James Hansen
Climate Change Is Happening Now – A Carbon Price Must Follow
The extreme weather events of 2012 are what we have been warning of for 25 years, but the answer is plain to see
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
César Chelala
At Least at the UN, Palestine Returns Home
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Ezra Klein
It’s Not a Fiscal Cliff, It’s an Austerity Crisis
Washington is not known for the stunning clarity with which it frames and addresses tough issues. But has there ever been a debate so mired in confusion as the one around the so-called fiscal cliff?
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John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
It's The New Economy, Stupid
Most progressives have long embraced a clear alternative to the conservative story that prosperity flows best from a “free market” unfettered by government regulation and taxes. The standard...
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Amanda Marcotte
This Goes Out to All the Ladies
Having won re-election on the backs of women voters, Obama should thank them by reversing last year's disasterous decision on Plan B.
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William Astore
Sucking Up to the Military Brass
Generals Who Run Amuck, Politicians Who Could Care Less, an “Embedded” Media... And Us
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Kumi Naidoo
Any Signs of Life at Doha Climate Talks?
All governments participating in COP18 should put “people and the planet before the polluters and their profits”
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Robert Kuttner
Obama's Fiscal Politics: Snatching Defeat out of the Jaws of Victory
When it comes to the fiscal cliff, the president is in a superb tactical position. Why is he making concessions before he has to?
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Glenn Greenwald
Times Bureau Chief in Jerusalem Will Now Have Her Facebook Entries Edited
The new measure slams shut an important window into a journalist's assumptions, and shows how constricted Israel discussion still is
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Amy Goodman
Burning All the Carbon Will Burn Us All
Our Climate Future and the Doha Summit
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Hanan Ashrawi
Supporting Palestine at the UN Today Is a Vote for Peace in the Middle East
Countries that do not vote with Palestine will be on the wrong side of history, morality and international law
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Michelle Chen
Bangladesh Factory Fire: Workers Burn, Walmart Ducks Responsibility
Perhaps the images no longer have the power to shock. Charred bodies and wailing families appear in the news with grim frequency, giving the numbing impression that industrial fires are simply a...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Cindy Cohn, Rainey Reitman
ECPA and the Mire of DC Politics: We Shouldn’t Have to Trade Video Privacy to Get Common-Sense Protections of our Email
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is marking up a bill that would amend the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) in ways we think are unnecessary and potentially bad for users, giving...
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Dana Brown
Colombian Prosecutor Charging Human Rights Defender is Implicated in Forced Disappearance
After years of enduring threats from paramilitary organizations, David Ravelo, a Colombian human rights defender, economist and founding member of the Regional Corporation for the Defense of Human...
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Bill McKibben, Nnimmo Bassey
Leave the Carbon in the Ground: An Open Letter to Governments and Their Negotiators
To really address climate change UNFCCC-COP18 should decide to leave under the soil more than 2/3 of the fossil reserves
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Michelle Chen
Savita's Case Reveals Narrowness of "Catholic" Law in an Increasingly Borderless World
When the young woman lay in agony in the hospital late last month, there should have been nothing standing between her and an emergency medical intervention. But instead, what stood between Savita...
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Josh Stearns
Five Things You Should Know About the FCC’s Big Media Giveaway
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Sam Pizzigati
To Move Forward, We Must Learn from Our Progressive Past
Yesterday's ideas about curbing the ultra-rich's power remain just as relevant as ever.
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Cat Johnson
The Rise of the Sharing Communities
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Lori Wallach
Can a “Dracula Strategy” Bring Trans-Pacific Partnership into the Sunlight?
A highly secretive trade agreement aims to penalize countries that protect workers, consumers, and the environment. Luckily, the growing opposition goes beyond the usual trade justice suspects.
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Jim Hightower
A Death in the Family -- and the Question Is: Whodunit?
Born in 1930 in Schiller Park, Ill., the deceased was 82 years old at the time of passing, which ironically was the day before Thanksgiving.
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Glenn Greenwald
AP Believes It Found Evidence of Iran's Work on Nuclear Weapons
A primitive graph provided by "a country critical of Iran's atomic program" indicts the news outlet more than Tehran
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Ana Marie Cox
'Fiscal Cliff' Hype and the Future of Grover Norquist's Taxpayer Pledge
The renewal of President Obama's mandate showed Americans favor a more complex solution to US debt than just 'no' to taxes
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Ocean Robbins
Change Is Coming: Factory Farms' Days May Be Numbered
Animal welfare advocates, rejoice
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Rev. John Dear
Why I’m Going to Afghanistan
Peacemaking, to paraphrase Dostoyevsky, is “a harsh and dreadful thing.”
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Isabeau Doucet
Canada, The Surprise 'Pariah' of the Kyoto Protocol
Some Canadians doubt whether their country should have any say in negotiating the second Kyoto protocol after it became the only nation to reject the first one
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Paul McGinniss
The Toxic Legacy of Depleted Uranium Weapons
We all should be aware of the dangers posed by the world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons. The eight countries known to possess nuclear weapons have 10,000 plus nuclear warheads.
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Mairead Maguire
Israeli Assault on Gaza is Murder, Not “Defense"
It was with the greatest sadness, mixed with frustration, and a sense of helplessness, that many people around the world, myself included, watched on television the horrific scenes of death and...
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Simon Butler
The World Bank’s Gross Hypocrisy on Climate Change
The World Bank, which says emissions must be cut quickly to prevent catastrophic global warming, is a major investor in fossil fuel projects that are turning the heat up.
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Sarah Jaffe
Dumping on Low-Wage Workers is Lousy Direct Action
The picket line outside the Secaucus, N.J., Walmart at 1 p.m. on Black Friday was joyous, festive and celebratory. The sousaphonist from the Rude Mechanical Orchestra had the slogan “Stand Up, Live...
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Michael T. Klare
A Thermonuclear Energy Bomb in Christmas Wrappings
World Energy Report 2012: The Good, the Bad, and the Really, Truly Ugly
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Paul Rosenberg
A Grand Bargain is a Grand Betrayal: The Forgotten, Lonely World of Facts
That the United States is center-right and Obama needs compromise on slashing the welfare state is a myth
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John Nichols
A Mandate to Raise Taxes on the Rich? Election Numbers Say 'Yes'
Joe Scarborough asks in his latest comment on the politics of the fiscal cliff: “Mandate? What mandate?”
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CEO Evening News? CBS Turns to Benefit-Cutting Bosses for 'Fiscal Cliff' Commentary
The CBS Evening News has decided the best way to inform viewers about the impending " fiscal cliff " is to let corporate CEOs affiliated with the Fix the Debt campaign recommend cuts to Social...
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Glenn Greenwald
Obama: A GOP President Should Have Rules Limiting the Kill List
The president's flattering view of himself reflects the political sentiments in his party and the citizenry generally
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Robert Naiman
A Reformist Strategy to Downsize the Drone Strike Policy
This is slightly adapted from a presentation given at a Congressional briefing on drone strike policy on November 16, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Kucinich. I want to talk about what Congress could do...
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Mijin Cha
The Climate Fiscal Cliff
Today is the start of the latest UN Climate Conference in Doha. The Doha conference is the 18 th meeting of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and comes at a time when...
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John Atcheson
It's the Physical Cliff, Stupid
We can lead at Doha and address our economic woes
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Monday, November 26, 2012
Gwynne Dyer
Morsi Goes Too Far
"There is no middle ground, no dialogue before (Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi) rescinds this declaration,” said pro-democracy advocate and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammed ElBaradei. “There is...
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Jeff Biggers
With Historic Desegregation Plan, Will Tucson Reinstate Mexican American Studies?
Interview with Co-Founder Sean Arce
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Sorry, John McCain, But Anti-Choicers Are Judged on Actions, Not Words Amanda Marcotte
Sorry, John McCain, But Anti-Choicers Are Judged on Actions, Not Words
This video of John McCain on Fox News Sunday morning is getting a lot of traction, because it seems like he’s telling Republicans to back off their opposition to abortion rights. But as with Bobby...
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Paul Buchheit
Private, Public, Union, or Management: Who Takes All the Money?
It's not public workers.. Start with local government, whose 14 million employees make up almost two-thirds of the public payroll, according to Census Department data . They make up 11% of the total...
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Brendan Fischer
Same Day Voter Registration a "Problem" Scott Walker Intends to Fix
As the final votes are tallied, it is becoming clear that Barack Obama won reelection November 6, 2012 with a higher popular vote than Ronald Reagan enjoyed in 1980, thanks in part to near-record...
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David Carr
Using War as Cover to Target Journalists
The setting at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel on Tuesday represented the height of refinement, but Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief of The Guardian, reminded the black-tie crowd at the annual dinner for...
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Shefali Sharma
What’s at Stake for Agriculture in COP 18?
The biggest threat for agriculture at the 18th Conference of Parties (COP) of the UNFCCC is the certain likelihood (oxymoron intended) of “non-decisions” for setting ambitious emissions reduction...
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Sarah van Gelder
To Change Our Direction, It’s Time to Follow Nature’s Lead
It takes humility to recognize that what we’ve called progress isn’t always for the better. Sometimes nature’s original idea was a better one.
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John Vidal
Time Is Running Out: The Doha Climate Talks Must Put an End to Excuses
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Chris Hedges
Stand Still For the Apocalypse
Humans must immediately implement a series of radical measures to halt carbon emissions or prepare for the collapse of entire ecosystems and the displacement, suffering and death of hundreds of...
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Oded Na'aman
“It’s Mostly Punishment…”
Testimonies by Veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces From Gaza and the Occupied Territories
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Sunday, November 25, 2012
Barbara Garson
Superstorm Sandy: How Soon We Forget
With climate change, eventually more people will be living in blackout zones. How do we fix that when it's disturbingly easy to forget all about them?
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Leslie Savan
The $250,000 Question: Poll Shows Obama’s Tax Plan Is Widely Misunderstood
For the last four years, President Obama has been pushing his plan to raise tax rates on people’s income over $250,000, but a new poll indicates that most people still don’t understand one of the...
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Dean Baker
NYT's Douthat Dead Wrong on Social Security
Ross Douthat Argues that Social Security Would be Easier to Cut If It Were Changed from a Social Insurance Program to a Welfare Program
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Robert Fisk
Latest War on Gaza Proves Netanyahu Leading Israel into Isolation
The Iron Dome kept missiles at bay, but another 'dome' shields the people from reality
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Ian Birrell
Gaza Grabs the Headlines as Congo Once More Descends into Chaos
Conflict in the Middle East is overshadowing the bloody events in central Africa
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Roger Bybee
Workers Strike Blow Against Walmart
“When Black Friday comes, 
I'm gonna stake my claim.” —from lyrics to “Black Friday” by Steely Dan
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Carl Gibson
Solidarity Through Charity: Occupy Evolves and Lives
I know what it’s like to be hounded by bill collectors. And regardless of how I feel about the Tea Party’s politics, if they spearheaded an initiative to abolish the $6,000 in medical debt I had...
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Benjamin Strauss, Robert Kopp
Rising Seas, Vanishing Coastlines
The oceans have risen and fallen throughout Earth’s history, following the planet’s natural temperature cycles. Twenty thousand years ago, what is now New York City was at the edge of a giant ice...
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Saturday, November 24, 2012
Erika Duthely
Race, Class, and Climate Change in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy ravaged much of the eastern seaboard, leaving some dead, many without shelter, and all of us wondering how such an event could happen. What we realized, though, is that we can no...
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Tampa Bay Times Editorial
Tipping Point on Same-Sex Marriage
For 14 years, same-sex marriage proponents lost every popular vote. But the 2012 general election may well be remembered as the day that changed all that when three states — Maine, Maryland and...
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Jim Lobe
Kristol’s Thanksgiving Meditation Makes Central Role of Israel in Neo-Conservatism Clear
For those, particularly in the timid or intimidated U.S. foreign-policy elite, who still pretend or somehow make themselves believe that Israel is not absolutely central to the neo-conservative...
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Eric Margolis
Cairo Bombshell
A year ago, I was mixing with demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square calling for an end to Mubarak’s dictatorship and democracy for Egypt’s 84 million people. Being a natural-born firebrand, I find...
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Yvo de Boer
Why a Global Climate Treaty Remains Worth Fighting For
Governments, businesses and civil society have much to gain from a spirit of determination within the international community
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Jesse Hagopian
When It Comes to Gaza, Don’t Let Obama Speak for Black Americans
‘Like an olive tree planted by the water, we shall not be moved’
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Hesham Sallam
Morsi and the 'Nationalization' of the Revolution
President Mohamed Morsy’s recent decisions to prop up presidential powers and shield the constituent assembly from legal challenges, among other controversial steps, have raised the question of where...
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Josh Eidelson
With Biggest Strike Against Biggest Employer, Walmart Workers Make History Again
HANOVER and SEVERN, MD—For about twenty-four hours, Walmart workers, union members and a slew of other activists pulled off the largest-ever US strike against the largest employer in the world...
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Friday, November 23, 2012
Michael Brick
When ‘Grading’ Is Degrading
In his speech on the night of his re-election, President Obama promised to find common ground with opposition leaders in Congress. Yet when it comes to education reform, it’s the common ground...
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Gypsy Taub
The Naked Truth about San Francisco's Nudity Ban
Scott Wiener (no, I am not trying to be rude: this is the guy's real name), the supervisor of the Castro district of San Francisco , introduced legislation that would ban public nudity city-wide ...
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Michael Nagler
Gaza: A Time to Reflect
This partial check to the mad violence unleashed last week on Gaza, while it comes as a great relief to all of us, should also be an opportunity to refocus our determination that this violence stop...
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Rania Khalek
Palestinian Funerals Are Not ‘Militant Pageantry’
Palestinians love their children and want them to live just like the rest of us.
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Jan Lee
Black Friday: Deciphering the Importance of Buy Nothing Day
For many Americans, Black Friday is a special but important part of the holiday season. A time in which the warm, appreciative glow of a family Thanksgiving is replaced by insatiable deals at...
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Sharif Abdel Kouddous
'People Are Resisting By Existing': Gaza After the Bombing
Gaza erupted in celebration Wednesday night, as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in the wake of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
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Taming the Walmart Bully
Nationwide walkout emboldens America's labor movement.
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Randall Amster
Giving Back to the Future
I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night; he was alive as you and me — although that’s not saying much anymore. Maybe it’s a dose of 2012 cynicism creeping in, but it’s hard to shake the escalating...
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Thursday, November 22, 2012
César Chelala
Gaza Tragedy Has Many Bad Actors
The Israeli attack on Gaza is another act in the human tragedy playing out on Palestinian land. This military extravaganza designed to appeal to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s electoral audience...
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Robert Reich
Why You Shouldn’t Shop at Walmart on Friday (and Why the Strike is Good for the Economy)
A half century ago America’s largest private-sector employer was General Motors, whose full-time workers earned an average hourly wage of around $50, in today’s dollars, including health and pension...
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Rose Aguilar
Walmart and Black Friday protests
Protests against Walmart are about a ruthless capitalist system that exploits workers as MNCs post record profits.
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James North
Washington's Role in the Renewed Violence in DR Congo
At first, the latest awful news from the Democratic Republic of Congo sounds like just another installment of an ongoing saga common in the Western media, “Vicious African Tribal Factions Hate Each...
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Amy Dean
Help Obama Find His Shoes
Progressives need to pressure Obama to stick up for workers as promised.
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Michelle Chen
Immigrant Supply-Chain Labor Struggles Galvanize Walmart Activism
On Black Friday, as Walmart workers across the country stand up against the retail giant’s labor regime , they’ll be in part standing on the shoulders of smaller uprisings that have popped up in low-...
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Jeffrey Bachman
Growing Opposition to US Drones Program
The United States has a long history of violating international law when its leaders believe foreign policy objectives justify doing so.
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Thom Hartmann
Economic Prosperity and the Fiscal 'Speed Bump'
An incredible opportunity is coming for America, starting in just a few weeks. The Bush tax cuts will expire. Pentagon spending will be slashed – although still hugely larger than it was just a...
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Donna Smith
Dead Woman Working: Thankful for Cancer Struggle
It’s Thanksgiving time again, and I do take time to pause and remember the things for which I am thankful. This year, my struggle with cancer tops my gratitude list. There is nothing quite like...
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Amy Goodman
In Gaza, It’s the Occupation, Stupid
“The Palestinian people want to be free of the occupation,” award-winning Israeli journalist Gideon Levy summed up this week. It is that simple. This latest Israeli military assault on the people of...
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Ira Chernus
A Thanksgiving Ritual for '60s-Style Activists
Out here on the left fringe of ‘60s - style activism, we don’t go in much for ritual. We lefties are about freedom, innovation, always finding a new and better way to do things. Still, there is...
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Linda McQuaig
Fight Against Climate Change Blocked by Luddites at Big Oil
In the interest of fighting climate change, most of us avoid buying SUVs — fortress-like vehicles that aren’t necessary unless one intends to take the whole family for a spin through downtown Baghdad...
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Sheila Bapat
Will Senate Republican Women Support the Paycheck Fairness Act?
A record 98 women will serve in the 113th Congress—20 women in the Senate, and 78 in the House. And in this new Congress, the gender chasm between both major parties is even more stark: Of the 20...
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Jillian C. York
Some Things Never Change: Governments Still Present Biggest Threat to Open Internet
Some things change, but others stay the same. While the types of threats facing Internet users worldwide have diversified over the past few years, from targeted malware to distributed denial of...
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