All Views Articles for 2012-headline-2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Mark Morford
No Twinkies Please, We’re Dying
Surely you must see. Surely you must understand. Don’t you know rockets are falling all over Gaza and Israel? Do you not read that more than 100 people have died already in brutal and insidious...
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Glenn Greenwald
The 'Both-Sides-Are-Awful' Dismissal of Gaza Ignores the Key Role of the US Government
The temptation to wash one's hands of the whole conflict is understandable, but US support of Israel is a central force driving it all
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Stephen Zunes
Can U.S. Citizens End Israel’s Legal Impunity?
Each time international law has attempted to censure Israel for its recent violations of human rights, the United States has stepped in to stop the process. If anyone is in a position to do something about this, it's the U.S. public.
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Stop the Drone Attacks! Fouad Pervez
Down with Drone War Silence
The world recently celebrated Malala Day in honor of the young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, an innocent victim of political violence perpetrated by the Taliban. She is rightfully honored as a...
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Frances Moore Lappé
This Holiday, Give Thanks and Get Real (About Our Food!)
Fall is about food. Approaching Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, copious food-rich words are written before we all sit down with loved ones to celebrate food abundance. But in this fall food season...
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Brian Tierney
Labor Needs a Different Kind of “Ground Game”
After suffering almost two years of ramped up union-busting, the labor movement came out swinging in the recent elections. It swung its hardest in swing states like Ohio, delivering the 2012...
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Greg Mitchell
MSNBC's Disgrace: In Five Hours of Prime Time, Fifteen Minutes on Israel-Gaza
Early yesterday, I made this prediction over at Twitter: Based on past performance, none of MSNBC’s five prime-time, liberal, hosts last night or their guests would utter a single word critical of...
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Sharif Abdel Kouddous
Mohamed Morsi in the Middle
RAFAH, Egypt - Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is walking a political tightrope amidst Israel’s assault on Gaza, balancing the need to appease domestic anger whilst keeping foreign relations with...
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Allison Kilkenny
Occupy Walmart: Workers Plan Black Friday Protests
Walmart workers are planning to mark Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and one of the biggest shopping days of the year, with pickets outside of stores and warehouses across the country.
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Ralph Nader
Israel-Palestine: What is the US National Interest?
Israeli elections are coming up in January so it is Palestinian hunting season again. Israeli cynics call it a time “for mowing the grass.”
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Michelle Chen
Coal Communities at the Pivot of Dirty Industries and Clean Energy
To environmentalists, King Coal is headed for ruin, and the country’s old, dirty coal-powered plants symbolize the industry’s last dying gasps. But in an uncertain economy, coal is the only thing...
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Ajamu Baraka
From Syria to Gaza: The West’s Humanitarian Double Standards Exposed
As imagines pour out of Gaza of the dead and wounded; whole buildings and blocks destroyed by Israeli shelling, it might seem incomprehensible that anything positive could come out of this horrible...
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Glenn Greenwald
US Battles Iraq and Afghanistan over Detention Without Charges
The Obama administration fights to spread its own values on the core, fundamental right of due process
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Juan Cole
Gaza’s Health Crisis and Israel’s Crimes Against Humanity
Israeli air strikes for the past 6 days have killed over 100 Palestinians in Gaza, many of them women and children ; one strike deliberately targeted a media building that Israeli government knew to...
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Tom Engelhardt
An Obit for the General: History, Farce, and David Petraeus
The Fall of the American Empire (Writ Small)
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Amira Hass
Gaza's Dead Include Farmers, Water Sellers and the Girl Next Door
Farmers on their way to sell vegetables in the marketplace, vendors of purified drinking water and people who just happened to live too close to the targets of Israeli air strikes were among the 34...
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Annie Robbins
AP’s Matt Lee Confronts US Policy: ‘You’re Staying Silent While People are Dying Left and Right’
At Monday's Daily Press Briefing , Associated Press reporter Matt Lee grilled State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland about US silence over Israel's deadly attacks on civilians in Gaza. He...
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Nora Barrows-Friedman
When Israel Says It Doesn’t Target Journalists, It Is Lying
On Sunday, the Israeli army attacked a building in Gaza City where local and international radio and television outlets are housed.
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Laura Flanders
Austerity: A Violation of Human Rights?
Have you ever wished there was a set of standards by which budgets could be assessed that didn’t have to do with deficit hawks and stimulus sparrows pecking each other’s eyes out in the constricted...
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Monday, November 19, 2012
Heather Mallick
Fiscal Cliff or Austerity Bomb, Time for Obama to Show Courage
The “fiscal cliff” allegedly approaches, as if the U.S.A. spends its days and nights in a Road Runner cartoon. Tax cuts expire but automatic spending cuts kick in, and that just might resend America...
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Dave Zirin
Killing Hope: Why Israel Targets Sports in Gaza
Let's start with a fact. On November 16, the Israeli Air Force bombed the 10,000-seat Palestine Stadium "into ruins." The stadium also headquartered the center for youth sports programs throughout...
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Maira Sutton
Trading Away our Digital Rights: More Nations Join TPP as the Next Round of Negotiations Approach
The next round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement negotiations will take place from December 3-12 in Auckland, New Zealand, and it will be done with the same level of secrecy as the last 14...
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Robert Fisk
Journalistic Cliches: 'Surgical Air Strikes', 'Rooting Out Terror', and 'Cyber-Terrorism' Cannot Conceal Reality
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Lucian K. Truscott IV
David Petraeus: A Phony Hero for a Phony War
FASTIDIOUSNESS is never a good sign in a general officer. Though strutting military peacocks go back to Alexander’s time, our first was MacArthur, who seemed at times to care more about how much gold...
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Amanda Marcotte
Ohio Is The Latest Battlefield in the War on Contraception
This year’s UN Population Fund’s annual report reiterates the long-accepted fact that access to contraception is a basic human right, making women’s rights and women’s health at the center of...
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Paul Buchheit
Ten Numbers the Rich Would Like Fudged
The numbers reveal the deadening effects of inequality in our country, and confirm that tax avoidance, rather than a lack of middle-class initiative, is the cause.
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Tom Andrews
Why Won't Obama Speak Out for the Rohingya?
Why is President Obama meeting with leaders in Burma who are systematically fomenting hatred and violence that has already claimed innocent lives, destroyed entire villages and displaced tens of...
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Ira Chernus
Obama Weaves Web of Deceit on Gaza War
When Barack Obama finally spoke out publicly about the Israeli assault on Gaza, at a press conference , he wove an astonishingly thick web of deception and distortion.
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Chris Hedges
Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All
Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia. The growing divide between the world’s elite and its miserable masses of humanity is maintained through spiraling violence. Many impoverished regions of the...
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Ellen Cantarow
Frack Fight: A Secret War of Activists -- With the World in the Balance
There’s a war going on that you know nothing about between a coalition of great powers and a small insurgent movement. It’s a secret war being waged in the shadows while you go about your everyday...
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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Jamie Henn
Thousands Rally in DC for Major Keystone XL Protest
The next chapter in the fight against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline begins today with a major protest in Washington, DC.
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Richard Falk
The Latest Gaza Catastrophe
Many aspects of the current assault on Gaza pass under the radar screens of world conscience.
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Rajesh Makwana
Imagining the Ultimate Global Sharing Day
There is nothing novel about the practice of sharing; people do it every day and have done since the dawn of civilisation. But on Global Sharing Day , millions of people in organisational networks...
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Lilly O'Donnell
Walmart Strike: Why the Black Friday Protests Matter to the Future of US Jobs
Walmart is notorious for treating its workers terribly, but this year employees are fighting back by hitting the retailer where it hurts: on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year.
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Jennifer Hough
Senseless Death of Irish Woman Exposes Grim Reality for Women
For three days, Savita Halappanavar suffered agonizing pain, asking repeatedly that a 17-week-old dying fetus be removed from her body. For three days she lay in a hospital bed getting sicker and...
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Chuck Collins
Want to Fight Climate Change? Start by Turning to Your Neighbors
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Tamara Draut
Subprime Students: How Wall Street Profits from the College Loan Mess
Five years after Wall Street crashed the economy by irresponsibly securitizing and peddling mortgage debt, the financial industry is coming under growing scrutiny for its shady involvement in student...
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Izzeldin Abuelaish
I Lost My Daughters in Gaza Last Time. Surely the Bloodshed Has to End
Huge courage is needed now to heal historic wounds and cease the killing, abandoning all justifications for war
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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Frida Berrigan
Dystopia and Us: Finding Light in Dark Fiction
“The end is nigh.” It is hard to believe when the sun is shining over green Connecticut grass and Seamus is a slobbering and happy almost 20 pound behemoth in a little bouncy chair just a week before...
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Valerie Strauss
Jeb Bush, Arne Duncan, and the Bipartisan Scourge of Education Reform
Several months ago Jeb Bush publicly praised President Obama for selecting Arne Duncan as education secretary. “I think Arne Duncan has done a good job,” the former Florida governor said in this CBS...
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Eric Margolis
Petraeus' Failures Were in Afghanistan and Iraq, Not Gmail
The US has lost one war and is fast losing a second, yet what really upsets Americans seems to be a juicy sexual scandal; beautiful female general groupies; US brass in Tampa, Florida, living like...
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Dean Baker
Fiscal Cliff Hysteria is Manipulated by Self-Serving Deficit Hawks
Missing the January deadline simply means those who want to preserve Bush tax cuts for the super-rich lose political leverage
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Bruce Vail
Twinkie-Maker Hostess Fires 18,000 People: Blames Long-Suffering Workers
On Friday, the owners of Hostess Brands — the company that makes widely recognized baked goods such as Twinkies and Wonder Bread — made good on a longstanding threat to close down operations,...
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Glenn Greenwald
Stop Pretending the US is an Uninvolved, Helpless Party in the Israeli Assault on Gaza
The Obama administration's unstinting financial, military and diplomatic support for Israel is a key enabling force in the conflict
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Kumi Naidoo
Time to Stand Against Big Oil in the Arctic
Hanging from an oil platform in the Russian Arctic one day last August, I was hosed by a jet of water from above so icy it almost cut through the skin on my face. My hands and feet were blue from the...
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Christopher Brauchli
Soldiers, Sex, and Email
Amoebas at the start Were not complex; They tore themselves apart And started sex. — Arthur Guiterman, Sex
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Ralph Nader
Tax What They Burn Before Tax What We Earn...
As America faces the so-called "fiscal cliff," let's turn our attention to our country's systemic tax problem. To paint a picture, imagine our country as a mine car with its brake lines severed,...
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Charlotte Silver
Western Media Can't Get Palestine Right
Western media still hasn't been able to correct their inherently pro-Israel narrative.
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Bob Dreyfuss
Obama Fiddling While Gaza Burns
In 2008–09, during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead invasion of Gaza that left 1,400 Palestinians dead and no good accomplished, the George W. Bush administration famously dithered and sat on the...
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Raffi Cavoukian, Sandy Garossino
Protect Our Children: An Open Letter to Facebook
To: Sheryl Sandberg COO, Facebook, Inc. Dear Ms. Sandberg, We are a community of concerned citizens in British Columbia, including Amanda Todd’s mother. As you may know, Amanda was contacted and...
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Katherine Gallagher
Damn Right, George Bush Should Face Criminal Proceedings for Waterboarding
Though signatory to the convention against torture, Canada neglected to investigate George Bush. Will the UN now act?
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Dennis Kucinich
Obama Administration Must Account to Congress for Targeted Assassinations
The White House will not even release the legal advice about its drone kill policy. The American people needs full oversight
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Elizabeth Murray
Likening Palestinians to Blades of Grass
In early 2010, one of Washington DC’s most prestigious think tanks was holding a seminar on the Middle East which included a discussion of Israel’s December 2008-January 2009 assault on Gaza which...
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Friday, November 16, 2012
Catherine Charrett
Gaza vs. Israel: Legitimate and Illegitimate Use of Violence in the Western Discourse
We hear news that the Israeli state has called up 75,000 reserves and is planning for a ground invasion. I continue to hear loud explosions of air raids surround our home in Saftawi, Gaza. The...
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Brita Rose
Light After the Storm - Local Churches Partner with Occupy Sandy in Grass Roots Relief Efforts
It was a beautiful sight -- throngs of volunteers lining up outside a local church on Sunday, Day Five of the local recovery initiative spearheaded by Occupy Sandy. The number of willing helpers had...
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Nick Turse
The Secret Building Boom of the Obama Years
America Begins Nation-Building at Home (Provided Your Home is the Middle East)
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Jeff Faux
Election Over, Time For Progressive Dems to Face the Truth
Terrorized by the prospect of a complete takeover of the U.S. government by right-wing reactionaries—progressive Democrats swallowed their unhappiness with Barack Obama throughout the campaign. They...
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Eric Darier
Is the World Heading Towards Another Food Crisis?
Too many countries have in history experienced the devastation of not only failed harvests, but also gross agricultural policy mismanagement.
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Robert Scheer
California: The Land of Milk and Honey Once More
What’s the matter with California? It is a question once asked about Kansas when that state came to be viewed as a harbinger of a more conservative America. But now the trend is quite opposite, the...
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Jesse Hagopian
Scrooge “White Man” Romney and Santa “Gag Gift” Obama: An Election Carol
Failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has his electoral loss figured out.
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Paul Krugman
Life, Death and Deficits
America’s political landscape is infested with many zombie ideas — beliefs about policy that have been repeatedly refuted with evidence and analysis but refuse to die. The most prominent zombie is...
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Belén Fernández
Israel's Terror in Gaza
The assault on Gaza does not constitute, as Israel claims, "retaliation" for an anti-tank missile fired by Palestinians.
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Phil Rockstroh
After The Flood: Requiem for a Friend, Death Knell for a Dying Paradigm
So much has been lost to the hubris and cupidity inherent to the hyper-industrialization and commercial hustler that defines the Anthropocene Epoch. To take it all in, to allow oneself to feel the...
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César Chelala
The Politics and Insanity of the US Embargo on Cuba
An open letter
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Meher Ahmad
How Israel Is Winning the Hashtag War in Gaza
As the war between Gaza and Israel heightens to levels unseen since the devastating Operation Cast Lead, the competing narratives behind the conflict have reached a new platform: social media.
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Mazher Ali
Why is Oprah the Only Black Person on the Forbes 400?
Oprah Winfrey is the only African American on the Forbes 400, a list of the wealthiest people in the U.S. In fact, she's one of only six known Black billionaires in the world, and she's the only...
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Vicente Navarro
The Social Crisis in Spain and Beyond
Today we are witnessing a frontal attack (and there is no other word to describe what is happening) to the welfare states of the countries of the Eurozone, which is especially accentuated in the...
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Slavoj Žižek
Why Obama is More than Bush with a Human Face
Ground-floor thinking can give Obama lift-off. His reforms have already touched a nerve at the core of the US ideological edifice
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Glenn Greenwald
Obama's Kill List Policy Compels US Support for Israeli Attacks on Gaza
The US was once part of the international consensus against extra-judicial assassinations. Now it is a leader in that tactic.
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Ali Abunimah
Death and Tragedy in Gaza: A Timeline
How Israel shattered Gaza truce leading to escalating violence
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Richard Heinberg
Slow Economic Growth? You Can't Say That!
In his November 14 press conference president Obama made a few brief comments about global warming:
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Peter Dreier, Donald Cohen
Obama Won. Now It's Time to Change the System
Despite President Obama’s important, even landmark, accomplishments, by the time November 6 arrived, many Americans were disappointed with his first term. They expected him to be a “transformational...
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Simon Tisdall
Israel's Latest Gaza Attack Could Spiral Out of Control
Past international constraints on Netanyahu are absent, as he looks to impress Israeli voters with a decisive blow against Hamas
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Jessica Valenti
Justice For Savita
This week, the first American study ever to look at what happens to women when they're denied abortions was released.
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Phyllis Bennis
Israel Escalates with Attacks on Gaza
Tuesday’s Egyptian-brokered cease-fire between Gaza and Israel collapsed Wednesday when Israel launched a major escalation. In airstrikes almost certainly involving US-made F-16 warplanes and/or US-...
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David Roberts
There’s Not Gonna Be a Carbon Tax
The idea of a carbon tax is going through one of its regular cycles of hype and excitement. This time, it’s being pitched as part of a “grand bargain” meant to address the long-term debt (which isn’t...
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Ralph Nader
'Grand Bargain' Charade a Scheme to Protect Corporate Welfare
Preserve Benefits: Cut Gouging and Inequities
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Thomas Hedges
How Germany Is Getting to 100 Percent Renewable Energy
There is no debate on climate change in Germany. The temperature for the past 10 months has been three degrees above average and we’re again on course for the warmest year on record. There’s no...
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Amy Goodman
The Growing Global Movement Against Austerity
Amaia Engana didn’t wait to be evicted from her home. On Nov. 9, in the town of Barakaldo, a suburb of Bilbao in Spain’s Basque Country, officials from the local judiciary were on their way to serve...
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Tim Swinehart
Stealing and Selling Nature: Why We Need to Reclaim “the Commons” in the Curriculum
In the wake of superstorm Sandy and a presidential election in which both candidates essentially ignored climate change, it’s time that our schools began to play their part in creating climate...
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Thom Hartmann
It's the "Jobs Cliff," Stupid!
They’re up to it again – this time with what they call the “fiscal cliff.”
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Grand Bargain is the Wrong Solution
Americans, listening to the intensifying debate about the fiscal showdown in Washington, must think they’ve entered an “Alice in Wonderland” world. The lame duck Congress only returns to Washington...
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Jorgen Randers
Hurricane Sandy: An Ominous Guide to the Future
Some fifteen years ago colleagues and I sat in the Geneva offices of the world’s largest nature conservation organisation and discussed how it would be possible to force the United States to adopt a...
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Tania Karayiannis
Why We Strike Against Austerity: 'It's Our Only Hope'
The constant deterioration of the economic crisis in Europe, especially in south Europe and Greece, has stirred a wave of reactions across the continent. The wisdom of the central political options...
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Jeremy Scahill
The Petraeus Legacy: A Paramilitary CIA?
It was the CIA director's relationship with JSOC—not Paula Broadwell—that should have raised concerns.
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Sarah Anderson
The Trojan Horse in the Debt Debate
Dozens of CEOs are running a misleading campaign that would just make matters worse.
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Jim Hightower
Billionaires Crap Out in 2012 Elections
They came. They spent! Then, they limped home, tails between their legs. (OK, they didn't limp; they were flown home on their private Gulfstream jets. But still, their tails were tucked down in the...
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Marjorie Cohn, Jeanne Mirer
Make Obama Do It
President Obama declared in his victory address on election night, “Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated . . . We want our children to live in an America that...
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Seth Freed Wessler
Dust Off Those Old Immigration Reform Deals? Not So Fast
Just 48 hours after the election was called and exit polls had fully confirmed that Romney pulled fewer Latino votes than the Republican candidate in any recent election, GOP congressional leaders,...
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William K. Black
Wall Street Uses "Liberal" Front Group to Lead Its Assault on Social Security
Third Way is not progressive think tank and only represents the interests of the 1%ers
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Michael Winship
On Election Day, Money and Magical Thinking
Forty years ago, as a young, aspiring political operative, I was a staff member on Senator George McGovern’s presidential campaign. We thought we could beat Richard Nixon but famously lost every...
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Brendan Smith, Jeremy Brecher
Do the Math: Invest While We Divest
Do you want your college tuition or tax dollars invested to increase droughts, storms, forest fires, and crop failures -- and an unending series of Katrinas and Sandys? Or do you want them used to...
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Randall Amster
The Real Scandal: Crimes of War, Not Passion
The media blitz is fully engaged around the latest Washington sex scandals, and with it come nascent cheers from some anti-war sectors over the public unraveling of the top brass who have helped to...
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Tom Engelhardt
Mandate of Hell: The Meaning of a Do-Nothing Election
On how not to change the world
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Peter Hart
Corporate Media Lose Their Favorite 'Warrior Scholar'
There's no doubt that the sex scandal that prompted CIA director David Petraeus's sudden resignation late last week is a big story. New details–verified or not–seem to arrive almost by the hour.
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Bill McKibben
Obama Needs to Face Climate Change, Reject Keystone Pipeline
It will be painfully easy to tell if President Barack Obama is going to take a serious stab at doing something about climate change in his second term: The purest, starkest test he faces will be the...
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Adam Parsons
Attention America: Welfare is Not a Dirty Word
It was compelling to read the November issue of In These Times titled ‘ The Welfare State of America '. Over the other side of the pond, the idea of a welfare state is hardly a controversial topic...
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Mark Weisbrot
UN Must Cure Haiti of the Cholera Epidemic It Caused
Unlike earthquake or hurricane, Haiti's cholera outbreak is a manmade disaster – by the very agency supposed to protect it
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Steve Horn
Global Electioneering Industry: The Real Winner of the 2012 Elections
The pundit class has offered a slew of postmortems in the attempt to extract meaning in the aftermath of the 2012 elections. Missing from the majority of these analyses altogether: the real winner of...
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Glenn Greenwald
FBI's Abuse of the Surveillance State is the Real Scandal Needing Investigation
That the stars of America's national security establishment are being devoured by out-of-control surveillance is a form of sweet justice
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