All Views Articles for 2012-headline-2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Philip S. Wenz
Are Superstorms the New Normal?
The answer to the oft-asked question of whether [a particular extreme weather] event is caused by climate change is that it is the wrong question. All weather events are affected by climate change...
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Zack Kaldveer
Prop 37 and Corporate Lies in the Post Truth Era
As a historic vote with profound implications for the future of our food system nears, the question becomes whether a campaign with limitless resources and a disdain for the truth can defeat an...
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Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
The Storm We Can’t Ignore
Lately it seems like no one wants to talk about global warming. The issue has received so little attention from our political candidates during this election cycle that you’d think the problem had...
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Walden Bello
America's Dismal Choice
With speculation now centered on how Superstorm Sandy’s impact may affect the U.S. election result, the final presidential debate, which focused on foreign policy, might seem like a distant event to...
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Christopher Brauchli
Romney's Exegetist
Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought. — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations
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Laura Gottesdiener
After Sandy, Communities Mobilize a New Kind of Disaster Relief
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Friday, November 2, 2012
Damian Carrington
If Sandy Doesn't Destroy Obama's Climate Cowardice, What Will?
Could the backing of Barack Obama by the mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg be "the most important news story of all time"?
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Karen Dolan
Beyond the Jobs Report: A Call for a Transformational Economy
Those job numbers are good for Obama, but don't say whether the economy is truly getting healthier.
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Laura Barrett
Avoiding Post-Sandy Disaster Capitalism: On Rebuilding the Right Way
All around America, we've watched the devastation of Hurricane Sandy with a sense of shock and heartbreak. For millions of people who suffered from the storm, some of the hardest questions seem to be...
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Richard Schiffman
America's Nuclear Safety Under Scrutiny after Oyster Creek's Sandy Alert
US nuclear regulators model risk from seismic activity or flooding based on past history. That's leaving way too much to luck
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Andrew Leonard
Joseph Stiglitz: “Romney’s Plan is Based on Magic”
Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz -- an Obama critic -- says Romney's cuts would be disastrous
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Amitabh Pal
Romney's Extremist Foreign Policy
Which Mitt Romney will we see on foreign policy, if he’s elected? The slightly right of center cautious international consensus builder? Or the reckless neocon sock puppet? These questions have been...
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Ken Butigan
Challenging the ‘Disposition Matrix’ and Its Ever-Expanding Kill List
Last week The Washington Post published a three-part series on the U.S. government’s dramatic increase in targeted killing, and the steps being taken to institutionalize extra-judicial assassination...
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Greg Kaufmann
Romney Declines as Obama Answers Poverty Questions
Three months ago, anticipating that the media and presidential campaigns wouldn’t focus on the struggles of the poor and near poor in a substantive way, TheNation.com kicked off a new campaign: “#...
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Ralph Nader
Waiting for Obama, Democrats Will Lose the House of Representatives
Will the Congressional Democrats recover the House of Representatives from the clutches of the cruelest, most corporately monetized, anti-people Republican Party since 1858? ( see the House...
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Michelle Chen
In Sandy’s Wake, New York’s Landscape of Inequity Revealed
The shock of Sandy is still rippling across the northeastern United States. But in the microcosm of New York City, we can already see who’s going to bear the brunt of the damage.
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Sarah van Gelder
What Climate-Driven Hurricane Sandy Teaches about Cooperation
It's 3 a.m. and the wind’s howling. Do you know your neighbors?
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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Bill McKibben
A Grim Warning from Science
One of the things that makes Sandy different from Katrina is that it’s a relatively clean story. The lessons of Katrina were numerous and painful—they had to do with race, with class, with the...
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Beverly Bell
The Day after the Election in Woody Guthrie’s America
While all eyes and ears are trained on the elections, Woody Guthrie, whose 100 th birthday we celebrate this year, offers up another perspective on politics. In his poem “This Is Our Country,” he...
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Matt Taibbi
Hurricane Sandy and the Myth of the Big Government-vs.-Small-Government Debate
Quite a shock the other day to look out my window in Jersey City, and see the Hudson River rushing over what used to be the street in front of my building.
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Steve Horn
Merchants of Doubt Deny Climate Change Connection to Hurricane Sandy
Many serious, thought-provoking post-mortems have ensued in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which recently tore through the heart of the financial capital of the world .
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Sonali Kolhatkar, Vandana Shiva
Why Monsanto Is Fighting Tooth and Nail Against California's Prop 37
A new poll conducted by the University of Southern California and the LA Times has found that Proposition 37, the GMO labeling initiative has slipped a whopping 17 points since the last poll in...
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Nicholas Kristof
Will Climate Get Some Respect Now?
Democrats have been AWOL on climate change, but Republicans have been even more recalcitrant
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Amy Goodman
We Are Not Powerless to Confront Climate Change
Millions of victims of Superstorm Sandy remain without power, but they are not powerless to do something about climate change. The media consistently fail to make the link between extreme weather and...
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Daryl Hannah
The Battle Against Big Energy's Rush to Ruin Our Planet
The energy industry tries to sell us 'ethical oil', 'clean coal' and 'natural gas', but this extreme weather is mobilising people to act
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Alec MacGillis
Romney’s Tax Secrecy: Did He Get Away With It?
In January, in a South Carolina debate just before that state's primary, Newt Gingrich hit Mitt Romney hard for releasing barely any of his tax returns: “Look, he’s got to decide and the people of...
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Mark Hertsgaard
Hurricane Sandy as Greek Tragedy
Never has a hurricane been more aptly, if tragically, named than Sandy, the superstorm that flooded New York City and battered much of the East Coast.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Yifat Susskind
From Haiti with Love: Words of Support Through the Storm
Here in New York City, we have weathered an overwhelming storm. Throughout the region, streets and homes lie in ruin. Many of us are without electricity and water. The infrastructu re we took for...
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Danny Glover
Why Chavez Won Again
I had the privilege of traveling to Venezuela and witnessing the country's October 7 presidential election and watching the South American country's extraordinarily active and engaged citizenry in...
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John Nichols
Yes, Romney's a Liar, But This Is Getting Ridiculous
It is no secret that political candidates are capable of doing awful things when they are reach the desperate final days of an election campaign.
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David Pomerantz
Global Warming = Sandy. Which Politicians Get It, Which Don’t
Meet Hurricane Sandy, brought to you by global warming.
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Susan Clark, Woden Teachout
In Praise of Slow Democracy
Like the Slow Food movement before it, why not a more meaningful, localized, and vibrant democracy?
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Frances Moore Lappé, Diane Moss
Facing Sandy's Fury, Don't Let Clean Energy Naysayers Deny Us Hope
As a historic storm hammers the east -- signaling the extremes promised by climate change -- maybe we should listen to the wind. Isn't it telling us to celebrate clean energy's potential and push it...
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Aviva Shen
Romney Campaign Staged Donations At Storm Relief Event
As the East Coast and parts of Ohio struggled to regroup in the devastating wake of “Superstorm” Sandy, the Romney campaign hastily transformed a scheduled victory rally in Dayton, Ohio into a non-...
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David Morris
A Stormy Reminder of Why We Need Government
A job well done, from the local 911 switchboard to the White House
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Lizz Winstead
Hey Super PACs, Superstorm Sandy Just Gave You a Great Cause for Your Millions
Since you corporations are people now, too, how about spending that cash on humanitarian disaster relief instead of attack ads?
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Bill McKibben
Sandy Forces Climate Change on US Election Despite Fossil Fuel Lobby
Such is Big Energy's hold on DC, neither Obama nor Romney talk about climate change. But Americans are joining the dots
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Richard Eskow
God's Stimulus? It'll Take More Than Just Money to Recover From Sandy
Hurricane Sandy was the stimulus nobody wanted. It took a terrible toll in lives, homes, and dreams. For the families who lost loved ones the tragedy will never end. And yet, in a bitter irony, this...
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Jim Hightower
The Corporate Mad Dogs of Citizens United
As feared, our people's democratic authority has been dogged nearly to death by the hounds of money in this election go 'round, thanks to the Supreme Court's reckless decree in the now-infamous...
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John Atcheson
The National Voter Qualification Test: A Modest Proposal
Republicans have been concerned about voter fraud. A far more dangerous threat to our democracy is voter ignorance. Maybe it’s time for a poll test to assure that voters know a little about the...
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Bill McKibben
Name Storms After Oil Companies (The Ones Most Responsible for Climate Change)
As gutsy New Yorkers begin the task of drying out the city, here’s one thought that occurred to me last night watching the horrifying pictures from a distance. It’s obviously not crucial right now —...
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William K. Black
The Great Betrayal – and the Cynicism of Calling it a Grand Bargain
Robert Kuttner has written much of the column I intended to write on this subject, so I will point you to his excellent column and add a few thoughts.
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Tom Mitchell
Has Sandy Abruptly Put Climate Change on the Election Agenda?
Last week, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney stressed their commitment to developing oil and gas to improve energy security. Climate chang e was not mentioned. This position is senseless. The U.S.
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George Lakoff
Yes, Global Warming Systemically Caused Hurricane Sandy
Yes, global warming systemically caused Hurricane Sandy — and the Midwest droughts and the fires in Colorado and Texas, as well as other extreme weather disasters around the world. Let’s say it out...
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George Monbiot
When Corporations Bankroll Politics, We All Pay the Price
Letting taxpayers fund parties directly could revive our rotten system – and at £1 per elector, it would be cheaper too
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Kathy Kelly
Survival and Dignity in an Afghan Winter
“Mirwais, son of Hayatullah Haideri. He was 1½ years old and had just started to learn how to walk, holding unsteadily to the poles of the family tent before flopping onto the frozen razorbacks of...
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Ira Chernus
Who Lost the World? The Curious Case of How Libya Became an Election Issue
Who lost Libya? Indeed, who lost the entire Middle East? Those are the questions lurking behind the endless stream of headlines about “Benghazi-gate.” Here’s the question we should really ask, though...
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Tim Dickinson
Helpless in a Hurricane: Mitt Romney's Five Dumbest Budget Cuts
As Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast this week, the so-called "Frankenstorm" exposed the dark underbelly of Mitt Romney's plans to delegate core federal responsibilities to the states and to blindly...
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John Nichols
Mitt Romney Is Just Not That Into Federal Disaster Relief
Who would have thought that a late-season hurricane would sweep up the East Coast of the United States on the eve of one of the closest election contests in the country’s history?
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Kostas Vaxevanis
Greece Gave Birth to Democracy. Now It Has Been Cast Out by a Powerful Elite
The case against me and my magazine, Hot Doc, for publishing a list of alleged tax evaders is a symptom of Greece's corruption
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Daphne Wysham
On Not Scaring Ourselves to Death: Moving Beyond the Adrenaline Rush of a Good Storm to an Energy Revolution
Can we grow up and out of scaring ourselves for the adrenaline rush? Can we move into a long-term push toward the kind of energy future that will not bring real terror to millions around the world?
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Mike Tidwell
We Are All from New Orleans Now: Climate Change, Hurricanes and the Fate of America's Coastal Cities
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Bill McKibben
Hurricane Sandy has Drowned the New York I Love
The subway is more than mass transit – it's the city's very roots. The idea of the metro swamped by cold, salt water is unbearable
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Stan Sorscher
We Don’t Know, Exactly, What the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is, But I’m Against It
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is probably the most important trade agreement you’ve never heard of . Sometimes described as our “21 st Century trade agreement,” its terms are being negotiated...
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Monday, October 29, 2012
Elizabeth Kolbert
Watching Sandy, Ignoring Climate Change
A couple of weeks ago, Munich Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurance firms, issued a study titled “Severe Weather in North America.” According to the press release that accompanied the report, “...
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Sarah Anderson, Scott Klinger
10 Filthy-Rich, Tax-Dodging Hypocrites Pushing Disastrous Austerity on America
The Fix the Debt coalition is using the so-called "fiscal cliff" to push the same old corporate agenda of more tax breaks while shifting the burden on to the rest of us.
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Michael T. Klare
Romney's Extremist Energy Plan and the Systematic Plundering of America
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Phyllis Bennis
Why Elections Matter—and Why We're Still Arguing About It
It’s practically the eve of the election—and I’m still kind of stunned to hear from people who don’t plan to vote, who think voting doesn’t matter. A young writer, 21 years old, wrote to me the other...
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Paul Krugman
Romney-Ryan and the Slashing of Medicaid
There’s a lot we don’t know about what Mitt Romney would do if he won.
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Jamie Henn
Ahead of Sandy, New Yorkers say 'End Climate Silence'
A big crowd of volunteers joined 350.org in Times Square on Sunday to unfurl a giant parachute with the message “End Climate Silence” and an image of a hurricane.
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Gar Smith
Frankenstorms and the Fukushima Factor
As Hurricane Sandy barreled towards the Northeastern US, 60 million coastal and inland residents suddenly found themselves in the crosshairs of climate change.
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(Photo: Jacob Escobedo) Naomi Klein
Geoengineering: Testing the Waters
For almost 20 years, I’ve been spending time on a craggy stretch of British Columbia’s shoreline called the Sunshine Coast. This summer, I had an experience that reminded me why I love this place,...
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Bill McKibben
Why ‘Frankenstorm’ Is Just Right for Hurricane Sandy
Watching Sandy on her careening path toward the Eastern Seaboard scares me more than it would have 15 months ago. That’s because my home state took the brunt of Irene, last year’s “sprawling,” “surly...
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Rebecca Solnit
Naming Our Storms: On Climate and Clarity
Against the Destruction of the World by Greed
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Sunday, October 28, 2012
Lawrence Davidson
Telling Truths about Israel, Palestine
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Juan Cole
Syria Crisis Shakes Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia as Cease-Fire Crumbles
The inability of the Syrian government to crush an 18-month-old revolutionary movement is putting increasing pressure on its neighbors.
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Imran Khan, centre, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, with party's supporters. He has led a high-profile campaign against US drone strikes. Glenn Greenwald
US Detention of Imran Khan Part of Trend to Harass Anti-Drone Advocates
The vindictive humiliation of Pakistan's most popular politician shows the US government's intolerance for dissent
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Tony Norman
And Now, a Word from Mr. Mourdock's God
God's metaphorical ears must be burning these days. On Tuesday night Richard Mourdock, a Republican Senate candidate from Indiana, did something that would have given pause to even the medieval...
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Robert Shetterly
You Can Vote, but Can You Vote for Democracy?
At a recent forum in a school, I asked the audience a simple question, “What are the essential attributes of a democracy? What are the institutions, the behaviors, the ingredients without which we...
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Jim Goodman
Just Label It: Let the People Decide
I've farmed all my life and I have to tell you, all food is not the same. No food or farming system is perfect, but as farmers, as citizens, we should not be forced to accept a globalized,...
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Saturday, October 27, 2012
Juan Cole
Candidates Flee East Coast as Frankenstorm Takes Revenge for their Ignoring Climate Change
Mitt Romney and Joe Biden have canceled campaign events planned for this weekend at Virginia Beach as a massive storm bears down on the east coast of the US. The candidates are fleeing from the East...
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Michelle Chen
World Bank’s Anti-Labor Index Is a Dirty Business
It’s a 2012 campaign mantra: On Day One, the new president will reboot the economy by spurring businesses to grow and thrive.
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Michael Paarlberg
Can the Company Fire You for the Way You Vote?
Very likely, yes. When it comes to employees' political views, the free market, not free speech, is the power that rules America
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Greg Mitchell
It Might Save Obama This Year, but the Electoral College Must Go!
Chances are growing that we may very well see a split in this year’s election, with Governor Romney narrowly winning the popular vote and President Obama taking the Electoral College (maybe by a...
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Steve Horn
Tar Sands South: First US Tar Sands Mine Approved in Utah
The race is on for the up-and-coming U.S. tar sands industry .
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Amy Dean
Lesson From Chicago: We Need Resources and Accountability to Avoid a Two-Tiered Education System
The Chicago teachers' strike may be over, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel may have replaced the Chicago schools CEO, but the underlying issues that caused the rift between teachers and public schools...
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Christopher Brauchli
Voters and Debaters
A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it. — Harry Truman, Memoirs
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Tom Engelhardt
Unintended Consequences and the U.S. Military
It wasn’t an everyday event, the arrival in TomDispatch’s email inbox of a letter of complaint from Colonel Tom Davis, director of public affairs at USAFRICOM. It began, “Greetings from U.S.
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Friday, October 26, 2012
Glenn Greenwald
Journalism in the Obama Age Shows the Real Media Bias
A new Rolling Stone interview with the president shows subservience to power, not partisan favor, is what drives the press corps
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Robert Reich
If You Succumb to Cynicism, The Regressives Win it All
This is for those of you who consider yourself to be progressive but have given up on politics because it seems rotten to the core. You may prefer Obama to Romney but don’t think there’s a huge...
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Michelle Chen
The Formula for ‘Equal Opportunity’: Why Affirmative Action Isn’t Enough
Once again, affirmative action is on trial in the Supreme Court. The pending case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin , challenges U.T. Austin's admissions policy, which aims to bring in more...
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Aura Bogado
Suppression Surges as Election Nears
With a little more than a week before Election Day, grassroots campaigns are hoping to maximize voter participation among often disenfranchised communities. Cuéntame has launched a series of public...
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Matt Taibbi
On Obama and 'Too Big To Fail' Banks: A Brief Response
The new issue of Rolling Stone features an in-depth interview with President Obama . An interview with a sitting president is always an intense experience for any news outlet, but in this case the...
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Katha Pollitt
Ladies, Don't Fall for Moderate Mitt!
Dear Undecided Women Voters of America: It’s been fun watching you force the candidates to pay attention to the stuff men really don’t like to think about—equal pay and abortion and “legitimate rape...
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Harvey Wasserman
Rust-Bucket Nuclear Reactors Start to Fail
The US fleet of 104 deteriorating atomic reactors is starting to fall. The much-hyped "nuclear renaissance" is now definitively headed in reverse.
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Greg Kaufmann
Bigger Than Big Foot: Paul Ryan's Mythological Poverty Policies
“What’s really at work here is the spirit of the Lord,” would-be Vice President Paul Ryan said in a speech on poverty and upward mobility before conservative Ohioan churchgoers on Wednesday.
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Ralph Nader
Capitol Hill’s Rabid, Ravaging Republicans
Has there ever been a more crazed, cruel, anti-people, corporate-indentured, militaristic and monetized Republican Party in its 154-year history? An about-to-be-released list of some of the actual...
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John Nichols
Paul Ryan Takes a Side in the War on Poverty: He's Against What Works
Paul Ryan has a right to be wrong. He can believe that anti-poverty programs don’t work.
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Ross Caputi
The Victims of Fallujah's Health Crisis Are Stifled by Western Silence
To research a possible link between US bombardment and rates of birth defects and pediatric cancer in Iraq is a moral imperative
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David Macaray
Rebooting Our Definition of “Patriotism”
Which is more “patriotic”—to loyally refrain from criticizing your government’s foreign policies, no matter how brutal or peremptory they may be (including those that result in quasi-legal, immoral...
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Rebekah Wilce
Big Ag Ad Blitz Puts GMO Labeling in Jeopardy
California GMO Labeling Supporters Confront $34 Million Opposition and 13-Point Poll Slide
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Robert Naiman
Five Specific Questions Journalists Should Ask About the Drone Strike Policy
Before Monday night's presidential debate, many of us urged Bob Schieffer to ask a question about drone strikes. And, in fact - credit where credit is due - Bob Schieffer did ask a question about...
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Carl Gibson
'We Pay More': US Austerity Well Underway
After I pinned a dollar bill on my jacket lapel with “I PAY MORE” written on it in black marker, I’ve had countless conversations during my travels across the United States that went something like...
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Marion Brady
The Education-Testing Complex of Mass Destruction
Companies that create and administer standardized tests are making a fortune in this era of test-based accountability
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Phyllis Bennis, John Cavanagh
Paul Wellstone, We Miss You
Ten years ago today, the two of us were an hour into the first big coalition meeting to oppose the impending U.S. war against Iraq, surrounded by dozens of leaders of a wide array of movements: peace...
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Rajesh Makwana
Proposing a Vision of a New Earth
The following article is based on a presentation by Share The World’s Resources for the World Public Forum ‘Dialogue of Civilisations’ 10th Anniversary Conference, Rhodes, October 2012:
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Mairead Maguire
Why I Cannot Support the Nobel Prize for the EU
Alfred Nobel was a visionary who believed in a demilitarized peaceful world. In his will, he left his Nobel peace prize to those who would work for “fraternity among nations,” “abolition or reduction...
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Karel van Wolferen
The Disabling Pacific ‘Alliance’
Amid news and pundit references about an alleged ‘tilt’ in American foreign policy toward Asia and the Pacific, it is useful to take a closer look at the badly under-reported story of Washington’s...
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Chloë Cooney
On Women's Rights Worldwide, The 1980s Are Calling…
Global health did not come up in Monday night’s final presidential debate , which focused on U.S. foreign policy. Both candidates, however, made reference to women’s issues, primarily voicing support...
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Paul Muir
CIA Drones Spur Radical Movements in Pakistan and Yemen
The terrifying sight of predators buzzing overhead may soon be a more prominent feature of civilian life in some of the world's most conflict-ravaged places. Despite growing international outrage...
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