All Views Articles for 2012-headline-2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Amy Goodman
Prop 37: California's Fight for GM Labeling Should Matter to All of US
“What is food to one, is to others bitter poison.” —Lucretius, Roman poet (95 B.C.-55 B.C.)
Read more
Nick Turse
America's Failed Formula for Worldwide War
How the Empire Changed Its Face, But Not Its Nature
Read more
David Gutman
Objectivity Does Not Mean Neutrality: The Danger of False Equivalency in the Media
What happens when public officials don’t tell the truth? Traditionally it’s been the role of the media to point this out. It is the role of the media not only to uncover hidden deceit, but also to...
Read more
John Nichols
From Paul Wellstone to Elizabeth Warren
Paul Wellstone was a movement progressive.
Read more
Jessica Valenti
Ending Rape Illiteracy
This week, a DC-based feminist group projected the phrase “rape is rape” onto the US Capitol building. The action was meant to highlight survivors’ stories and bring attention to the way rape is...
Read more
Philip Ackermen-Leist
Bill and Lou: A Parable for Saving our Broken Food System
Our society has become increasingly divorced from agriculture, and our assumptions about food and farming are too often based more on emotion or business interests than those of real, on-farm...
Read more
Rose Ann DeMoro
What’s At Stake When Billionaires Try to Buy Our Democracy
The shameless spectacle of billionaires drowning the airwaves should not numb us to the consequences of what is at stake if the super rich succeed in buying our elections.
Read more
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Glenn Greenwald
Obama Moves to Make the 'War on Terror' Permanent
Complete with a newly coined, creepy Orwellian euphemism – 'disposition matrix' – the administration institutionalizes the most extremist powers a government can claim
Read more
Dean Baker
Why Even President Obama Won't Champion Social Security
Although millions of middle-class Americans strongly support social security, big bucks campaign donors hate it. That's why
Read more
David Suzuki
Canadian Government Continues to Choose Dirty Energy Over Democracy
Why, when so many people oppose the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project , would government and industry resort to such extreme measures to push it through?
Read more
Mark Morford
Frightened Men Love Romney
These are the facts you don’t want to know. This is the hard data that can make you cringe, that can despoil the soul and make you wonder at the sad state of the modern world, and gender politics,...
Read more
Scott Bulua and Stephen Elkind
A Bird! A Plane! Or a Domestic US Drone?
On Tuesday, the ACLU filed Freedom of Information Act requests seeking records related to the federal government’s domestic use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – better known as drones – as well as...
Read more
Jill Schneiderman
Predictably Unpredictable Earthquakes Require Compassion, Not Conviction
Like many scientists, I am aghast at an Italian court's conviction of geoscientists on criminal charges for their judgements made about seismic risks prior to a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that...
Read more
Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
The Cabal Behind the Curtain
It’s hard to understand the kind of person who would be taken in by Mitt Romney’s absolutely unsubstantiated claims that he’ll be able to magically produce 23 million new jobs in the next four years...
Read more
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Paul Wellstone — 10 Years Later
It’s been ten years since we lost Paul Wellstone, a relentless champion, a true public servant and one of the very few social movement senators we’ve ever had. He was the first politician whose death...
Read more
Steve Cobble
Remembering George McGovern and Old-School Campaign Tools
The prairie populist came the closest an actual peace candidate has ever gotten to the U.S. Presidency
Read more
Jonathan Cook
Israel‘s Formula for a Starvation Diet
How 400 trucks to feed Gaza became just 67
Read more
Jim Hightower
Helping Republicans Find Real Voter Fraud in America
Republican officials across the country are having a major problem with their widely ballyhooed claim that they must create new barriers to voting in order to ensure the "integrity" of the ballot...
Read more
Ralph Nader
Solutions Worth Debating
America has some big problems and it needs equally big solutions. In this current media-frenzied presidential race, the American people are looking to the two major party candidates -- Mitt Romney...
Read more
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Stephen Zunes
Bizarro Romney's Foreign Policy
Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the third and final presidential debate of the 2012 campaign was the similarity between the two candidates on many basic foreign policy issues. Part of the...
Read more
Rachel Shabi
The Death of the Israel-Palestine Two-State Solution Brings Fresh Hope
With many Palestinians and Israelis coming round to the idea of a bi-national state, it's possible to glimpse a peaceful future
Read more
Linda McQuaig
Binders Full of Women and the Matriarchy Myth
One of the least scary things about Mitt Romney is that, when he was trying to figure out who to appoint to his cabinet in Massachusetts, he ordered up “binders full of women.” So the rumpus over his...
Read more
Laura Flanders
What a Difference Other Candidates Make
Haven’t read Lee Fang’s excellent expose on the lobbyists controlling the Presidential Debate Committee? You should. Then imagine what these debates would be like if things were very different. For...
Read more
Tom Engelhardt
My Big Fat American Election
How Big Can One Election Get?
Read more
Cherri Foytlin
Keystone XL Pipeline Blockaders Face Arrests, Lawsuits in Texas
If TransCanada has its way, almost 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil -- the world's dirtiest, most toxic, and most difficult-to-clean-up-when-it-spills oil -- will roll down the Keystone XL...
Read more
John Robbins
Monsanto's Lies and the GMO Labeling Battle
You may have never heard of Henry I. Miller, but right now he is attempting to determine the future of food in this country. And he has enormous financial backing.
Read more
Glenn Greenwald
Joe Klein's Sociopathic Defense of Drone Killings of Children
Reflecting the Obama legacy and US culture, the Time columnist says: "the bottom line is: 'whose 4-year-olds get killed?'"
Read more
Conor Friedersdorf
What If Mitt Romney Inherits Obama's Killer Drone Fleet?
Asked about drone strikes during Monday's foreign policy debate, Mitt Romney basically said that President Obama is right to use them. Expect more drone warfare in 2013 regardless of who wins the...
Read more
George Lakey
How to Create a Multi-Level Movement for Climate Justice
The more we hear calls for the urgency of climate justice like that of Bill McKibben’s July Rolling Stone article , the more we confront a strategic dilemma: Where shall we put our energy, on the...
Read more
Khaled Diab
Hopes of Egyptian Women Dashed by Paternalistic Draft Constitution
Egypt's draft constitution leans towards conservative Islam
Read more
Amy Davidson
Kind Hearts and Bayonets (and Battleships)
“The question is not a game of Battleship, where we’re counting ships,” President Obama said in the third Presidential debate. It is a little disappointing that he didn’t go on to construct an...
Read more
David Roberts
Climate Silence: It’s the Right, Stupid
Watch this absolutely extraordinary video from the 1988 vice presidential debate, dug up by Brad Johnson of Forecast the Facts :
Read more
David Smith-Ferri
In Afghanistan, Dreams of Duvets and Nightmares of War
I have spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams. ––William Butler Yeats Haroon has recurring dreams. Haroon whose father was killed when he was a boy and who...
Read more
Gary Younge
Obama Fires and Romney Falters but Third Debate Fails
The president did better than an unconvincing Romney – but it's difficult to imagine this debate changed minds or won hearts
Read more
John Nichols
Foreign Policy Really Is Foreign to Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney’s just not that into foreign policy. The hapless Republican nominee for president spent most of the only foreign-policy debate of the 2012 fall campaign mumbling lines like: “I want to...
Read more
Charles P. Pierce
Nothing Is Foreign to the Liar Willard Romney Anymore
A Report from the Flippy-Floppy Final Debate of 2012
Read more
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sasha Lyutse
Turning “Big Ag” into “Better Ag”
As the stereotype goes, Americans like things BIG. Big cars. Big houses. And big mounds of produce to pick through at the supermarket. But when it comes to where that produce comes from, many...
Read more
Jane Gleeson-White
Is GDP's Reign as the Only Measure of Wealth Coming to an End?
Challenges to the supremacy of gross domestic product, which ignores natural and household contributions, are growing
Read more
Tom Junod
The Lethal Debate: Questions About Killing
The question that should be asked in tonight's foreign-policy debate won't be. The question that should be asked would have to do with the killing of American citizens in the name of foreign policy,...
Read more
Maude Barlow
I Stand with Those Who Stand Against Tar Sands Pipelines
Today, I will be in Victoria to join the many others who, like me, envision a different future than that which the Harper government has set out. We see a world with clean rivers and streams for...
Read more
Lawrence Wittner
Local Governments and National Security Policy
Can local governments influence national security policy? Congress has the power to appropriate funds for military purposes and to declare war. But local governments sometimes have something to say...
Read more
Eugene Robinson
The Candidates Chill on Climate Change
Not a word has been said in the presidential debates about what may be the most urgent and consequential issue in the world: climate change.
Read more
Julia Butterfly Hill
A Report from Tar Sands Blockade in Texas
In January 2012, I, like many other people, thought the Keystone XL pipeline controversy was over. We had won a hard-fought victory in suspending the proposed tar sands pipeline from crossing the...
Read more
Pepe Escobar
Time Is Tight to Produce a Worthy US Dream
LOS ANGELES - It's tight. It's awfully tight. But way beyond demented pollmania permeating every nook and cranny of the multibillionaire election circus - coupled with the torrential vomiting of the...
Read more
Tim Schwab
Of Course Monsanto Says It’s Safe
If you’ve been paying attention to the news about food lately, you’ve probably read about the now infamous “ Seralini study ,” in which University of Caen (France) molecular biologist Gilles-Eric...
Read more
Richard Falk
From Hope to Fear: 2008 vs. 2012
In 2008, Barack Obama rekindled faith in the America electoral process for many, and revived the deeper promise of American democracy, bringing to the foreground of the national political experience...
Read more
Gary Younge
This Presidential Election Show is Lame, But the Outcome Could Be Dramatic
'There are two ways you can interest [the average American] in a campaign, and only two that we have ever found successful," wrote Clem Whitaker , the co-founder of America's first political...
Read more
Karen Greenberg
Will the Apocalypse Arrive Online?
How Fear of Cyber Attack Could Take Down Your Liberties and the Constitution
Read more
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Chris Hedges
McGovern: He Never Sold His Soul
In the summer of 1972, when I was 15, I persuaded my parents to let me ride my bike down to the local George McGovern headquarters every morning to work on his campaign. McGovern, who died early...
Read more
Danny Schechter
US Election Concern: What Is There To Vote For?
As Americans prepare to go to the polls, the airwaves are littered with paid advertising of the crassest and most manipulative kind. Political issues packaged by ad agencies are flooding the arena of...
Read more
Rupert Cornwell
Poverty: The Election Issue That Dare Not Speak Its Name
Neither Obama nor Romney has much to say on the 46 million who live below the breadline
Read more
John Nichols
George McGovern: Touchstone of Liberalism
For the better part of his American century, George McGovern's was America's most prominent advocate for peace with the world and justice at home, a progressive internationalist and prairie populist...
Read more
Haroon Siddiqui
American Bombing of Iraq Left Legacy of Deformed Babies
Remember Falluja? That city in central Iraq was the scene of two furious attacks in 2004 by American Marines. That spring, they went on a bombing, shooting rampage to avenge the murder and mutilation...
Read more
Michael Lind
Hard Times Hardly Hurt the Superrich
Forget the recession - there has never been a better time to be a member of that most exclusive of clubs: the ultrarich.
Read more
Michelle Chen
Pesticide Threat Looms Large Over Farmworker Families
No matter how good your next meal tastes, it's likely it made society ill.
Read more
Karl Grossman
McGovern Was Prescient About America
George McGovern, who died today, was prescient about America. When he ran for president 40 years ago, he well-understood what the federal government of the United States had become, among other...
Read more
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Jeffrey Bachman
Growing Oppostion 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. The belief in the right of the United States to overthrow...
Read more
Harvey Wasserman, Bob Fitrakis
Does Your E-Vote Now Belong to the Romney Family?
Through a closely held equity fund called Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son and brother now have a direct investment stake in the electronic voting machines that may decide the November...
Read more
Robert Borosage
A Tribute to George McGovern
He has lived a life nearly as large as his heart
Read more
Glenn Greenwald
The Remarkable, Unfathomable Ignorance of Debbie Wasserman Schultz
The Chair of the Democratic National Committee is completely unaware of one of the biggest stories of the Obama years
Read more
Eric Margolis
Countdown to Armageddon: The 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
HAVANA - The black, sinister-looking Soviet SS-4 intermediate-ranged missile on display at Havana’s La Cabana fortress looks old, roughly finished, and rather primitive. But this missile, and 41...
Read more
Frida Berrigan
Stories from an Insurrectionary Childhood
Read more
Friday, October 19, 2012
Seumas Milne
The End of the New World Order
The following is an edited extract from Seumus Milne's new book, The Revenge of History: the Battle for the 21st Century , published by Verso.
Read more
Wen Stephenson
Cue the Math: 350’s Roadshow Takes Aim at Big Oil
It was game time. The Saturday night crowd on the Vermont campus was festive, boisterous, pumped. People cheered and whooped when told that one of their heroes, climate activist Tim DeChristopher —...
Read more
Carol Rose
When Police Spy on Free Speech, Democracy Suffers
Psst! Check out this super-secret Boston Police "intelligence report":
Read more
Conor Friedersdorf
On War and Peace, George McGovern Will Die Vindicated
The former presidential candidate, who is nearing death, warned of the folly of the Vietnam and Iraq Wars. Americans came to agree with him -- but only when it was too late.
Read more
Glenn Greenwald
US Justice Likely Coming Soon to Benghazi with Extrajudicial Executions
If the Obama administration identifies suspects in the consulate attack, should they simply be killed without a trial?
Read more
Katherine Sciacchitano
Making Labor Pay and Why We Need Universal Pensions
Recent battles in Wisconsin and San Jose expose challenges of a secure future
Read more
Bridgette Dunlap
A Question for Anti-Choicers: How, Exactly, Would Your Rape Exception Work?
There is much discussion these days of banning abortion with exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother. Setting aside the issue of whether this can possibly be true given the right's...
Read more
Steve Horn
Fracking Your Future: Shale Gas Industry Targets College Campuses, K-12 Schools
In Pennsylvania - a state that sits in the heart of the Marcellus Shale basin - the concept of " frackademia " and " frackademics " has taken
Read more
Sadhbh Walshe
Proposition 36 Promises an End to California's Punitive 3 Strikes Law
Life-sentencing young offenders for petty crimes costs California taxpayers about $3m a time. Is that rational, let alone just?
Read more
Robert Scheer
Meet Romney’s Economic Hit Man
Mark the name of R. Glenn Hubbard, the man who will make your life miserable if Mitt Romney is elected president. Unless, that is, you happen to be one of the swindlers who has profited mightily from...
Read more
Zack Kaldveer
Pesticide Industry Backed Opponents of GMO Labeling Get Criminal in California
The $36 million No on 37 campaign, bankrolled by $20 million from the world's six largest pesticide companies, has been caught in yet another lie, this time possibly criminal.
Read more
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Ralph Nader
Time for Full-Time Town Jesters
There’s an old saying “in humor there is truth.” Until the 18th century, British monarchs, surrounded by sycophantic entourages, retained court Jesters to tell them the truth in the garb of satire...
Read more
Ira Chernus
The Debate: 'So Good Being at Each Other’s Face'
Did you think the second presidential debate was too nasty, that it was sad to see the two lead actors portray such a polarized image of American politics? The third performer up on the stage,...
Read more
Brendan Fischer
On NFIB Conference Call, Romney Urges Employers to Tell Employees How to Vote, Just Like the Kochs
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney suggested to business owners they tell their employees how to vote on a June conference call organized by the National Federation for Independent Business (NFIB...
Read more
Dilip Hiro
Alliance from Hell: Washington's Pakistan Meltdown
How the US and Pakistan Became the Dysfunctional Nuclear Family of International Relations
Read more
Amy Goodman
Binders Full of Women, and Two Women Bound
You may have noticed that the Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, was absent from the “town hall” presidential debate at Hofstra University the other night. That’s because she was...
Read more
Michael Parenti
The Nobel Peace Prize for War
Those who own the wealth of nations take care to downplay the immensity of their holdings while emphasizing the supposedly benign features of the socio-economic order over which they preside. With...
Read more
Janine Jackson
Sympathy for Pakistani Girl Shows Limits of Concern
U.S. media have shown great, and warranted, interest in Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head October 9 by members of a Taliban faction for her outspoken promotion of...
Read more
Jeff Biggers
Clean Coal is a Hoax, Mr. President, So Drop it
Out of all the meaningless slogans bantered around this election season, President Obama's clinging to the " clean coal " banner ranks as one of the most specious.
Read more
Daniel Ellsberg
Defeat Romney, Without Illusions about Obama
Advice to progressives in swing states, vote for reelection
Read more
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Olivier De Schutter
In a World Hungry for Biofuels, Food Security Must Come First
Growing crops for food and fuel together can work but farmers and policymakers must prioritise hungry people and think local
Read more
Jill Richardson
The Risky Business of Eating in America
How can eating too much rice can give you cancer?
Read more
Jay Walljasper
Mitt Romney: What Is This Man Planning for America?
The real sources of rage in the Republican Party
Read more
Jake Olzen
Food Sovereignty Advocates Occupy the World Food Prize
The world’s leading agricultural and food policy experts are headed to Des Moines, Iowa, this week to celebrate the World Food Prize. The annual event heralds the achievements of individuals who have...
Read more
Laura Flanders
Freedom of Beach: Dump 'Citizens United'
With rigged debates, pay-to-play races and a money-mad media that feeds at the same corporate trough as the candidates, what’s a person to do to send a message in today’s America?
Read more
Mark Morford
Swing Voters for Fun and Terror
Mitt Romney and his allies are […] hoping that burying President Obama in ads will give them a crucial edge on Election Day. Ad purchases in the presidential race doubled or in some cases tripled...
Read more
Daryl Hannah
Why I'm Standing Up to TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline in East Texas
Read more
Tom Engelhardt
How We Gained the Ability to Create Our Own End Times
Here was the oddest thing: within weeks of the United States dropping an atomic bomb on a second Japanese city on August 9, 1945, and so obliterating it, Americans were already immersed in new...
Read more
Randall Amster
Blinded by the Light of an Electoral ‘Reality Show’
Coming up next on ‘The Oval Office’: sparks fly as the final two contestants go head-to-head on live TV, while a dramatic surprise will soon be revealed that could change everything — and YOU get to...
Read more
Dave Lindorff
Children Under Attack in Pakistan and Afghanistan
UPDATED (on 10/18): The US is going to extraordinary lengths to pretend it did not target innocent children in this strike, which it now says was done not by a plane dropping a bomb, but by a guided...
Read more
Rajesh Makwana, Adam Parsons
It’s Time to Prioritize the Global Sharing Economy
This following article is based on a new report, Financing the Global Sharing Economy , by the non-profit policy and advocacy group Share the World's Resources (STWR). For references, further...
Read more
Jim Hightower
The Dirty Little Secret of Private Equity Profits
Today, for the first time, I am officially notifying the honchos of Bain Capital, Blackstone Group, Carlyle Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and other big-time private equity funds that I am available...
Read more
Karen Dolan
Rope-a-Dope Revives the Hope
Barack Obama reappeared Tuesday night. He seemed to own Governor Romney on issues of foreign policy, women, immigration, the 47 percent and with a fatal blow regarding the attack on the U.S. embassy...
Read more
George Zornick
Romney’s Seven Biggest Debate Lies
Perhaps the most famous moment to come out of Tuesday night’s presidential town-hall style debate in Hempstead, New York, was when moderator Candy Crowley fact-checked Mitt Romney on the spot on...
Read more
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Glenn Greenwald
The Lame Rules for Presidential Debates: A Perfect Microcosm of US Democracy
Secret collusion between the two parties, funded by corporations, run by lobbyists: all the ingredients are there
Read more
Omar Barghouti
EU Support for Israeli Crimes Makes It Unworthy of Nobel Peace Prize
The European Union is not “merely hypocritical” in its relationship with Israel, it is “complicit in crimes against the Palestinian people.” This is one of the main conclusions of David Cronin’s...
Read more
David Morris
Is It All About Hormones?
From the Boy Scouts to the Vatican to Wall Street, male decisionmakers act far differently than women
Read more
Brendan Fischer
Koch Social Media Policy May Be Unlawful
Employers Still Have Broad Leeway to Limit Employee Speech
Read more

Pages