All Views Articles for 2012-headline-2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Ann Wright
US Joins Israel in Blockading Education to Students in Gaza
As another international activist ship is on the high seas to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza, the United States government has joined with Israel to blockade higher education opportunities...
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Jeff Biggers
The Arizonification of America
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Cause For Hope: Robin Hood Tax Advances in Europe
Here’s a piece of unadulterated good news: At a meeting of European Union finance ministers last week, eleven European Countries agreed to support a financial transaction tax. It’s the latest step in...
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John Nichols
It's Time to Debate Bain Capitalism
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the veteran Democratic leader who mentored a young Barack Obama and remains one of the president’s closest allies, was not planning to be at Obama’s side for today’s...
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Jezra Thompson
All Together Now: World Food Day 2012
One in seven people around the world will feel hunger today. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO ) brings global awareness to this issue every year on October 16 th ,...
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Bernie Sanders
End Polluter Welfare
The Big Energy industries (oil, coal and gas) along with their political allies like Mitt Romney are waging war against sustainable energy and the need to transform our energy system and reverse...
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Laurie Penny
The Golden Dawn: Neo-Fascists Rise in a Greece Mired in Austerity Pain
The economic ethos of European neo-fascism, from the Golden Dawn to the British National Party, has historically been anti-neoliberal and anti-globalisation
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Noam Chomsky
The Week the World Stood Still: The Cuban Missile Crisis and Ownership of the World
The world stood still 50 years ago during the last week of October, from the moment when it learned that the Soviet Union had placed nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba until the crisis was officially...
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Monday, October 15, 2012
Ray McGovern
Libya: Policy Bankrupt, Diplomats Dead
Republicans are making political hay from last month’s killings in Libya of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. But the real blame traces back to Official Washington’s endless interventions in the Middle East
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Justice to the Highest Bidder
When the National Football League ended its lockout of the professional referees and the refs returned to call the games, all across the country players, fans, sponsors and owners breathed a sigh of...
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Kristin Moe
Much at Stake as Possibility of Tar Sands Pipeline Looms
Pumping diluted bitumen to Portland presents the risk of a major spill tainting Sebago Lake or Casco Bay
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Jonathan Turley
Shut Up and Play Nice: How the Western World is Limiting Free Speech
Free speech is dying in the Western world. While most people still enjoy considerable freedom of expression, this right, once a near-absolute, has become less defined and less dependable for those...
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Chris Hedges
Join the Blockade of the Keystone Pipeline
The next great battle of the Occupy movement may not take place in city parks and plazas, where the security and surveillance state is blocking protesters from setting up urban encampments. Instead...
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Vandana Shiva
Giant Walmart vs. the Small Farmer
India is a land of small farmers. According to the United Nations, the smaller the farm, the higher the productivity.
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Jeremiah Goulka
Of Republicans, Race Cards, and Voter ID Laws
Why I Used to Believe That Voter ID Laws Really Were Just Common Sense
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Joseph Nevins
The Privilege of Being Human: Ecological Crisis and the Need to Challenge the Twenty Percent
Although you would not know it from what passes for debate during the ongoing presidential campaign here in the United States, the biosphere is under siege.
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John Vidal
UN Warns of Looming Worldwide Food Crisis in 2013
World grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year, the United Nations has warned.
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Paul Krugman
Death By Ideology: Yes, Mitt, Lack of Insurance Does Kill People
Mitt Romney doesn’t see dead people. But that’s only because he doesn’t want to see them; if he did, he’d have to acknowledge the ugly reality of what will happen if he and Paul Ryan get their way on...
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George Lakoff
Moral Leadership: In a Presidential Debate, and for Real
As Nate Silver, NY Times polling expert put it, “Instant polls conducted after the debate are suggestive of something between a tie and a modest win for Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.”
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Paul Buchheit
Five Ways Deregulation Is Ripping America Apart
Conservatives believe that enriching individuals will eventually enrich society, and that government should not get in the way of the process. This is what happens as a result: 1. The tax loss from...
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Sunday, October 14, 2012
David Smith-Ferri
Sunrise and Sunset in Afghanistan
October 7, 2012, Kabul, Afghanistan. At 5:15 a.m., the main street outside the Afghan Peace Volunteer’s (APV) apartment is quiet, and the first weak rays of gray light filter down through dusty,...
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Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman
Will E-Voting Machines Owned by His Buddies Give Mitt Romney the White House?
Electronic voting machines owned by Mitt Romney's business buddies and set to count the votes in Cincinnati could decide the 2012 election. The narrative is already being hyped by the corporate media...
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Carolina Rossini
Canada-EU Trade Agreement Replicates ACTA’s Notorious Copyright Provisions
The shadow of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is back in Europe. It is disguised as CETA , the Canada-European Union and Trade Agreement. As reported by EDRI , a rather strange and...
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Sarah Anderson
European Victory on Taxing Speculation
The goofy stunts weren't the only game-changers.
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Jean Casella, James Ridgeway
Kids in Solitary Confinement: America's Official Child Abuse
Thousands of teenagers, some as young as 14 or 15, are routinely subjected by US prisons to this psychological torture
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Cecilia Garza
Meet the Crawfish-Peeling Guestworkers Who Inspired Walmart Walkouts
How a few courageous workers in small-town Louisiana sparked nationwide actions demanding better wages and working conditions for those who pick, pack, stock, and sell the mega-retailer’s products.
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Malalai Joya
'The Courage to Say No to Misogyny': Statement on the Attack Against 14-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai remains in hospital after being shot in the head by members of a faction of the Taliban in Pakistan. Only 14, Yousafzai received international notoriety soon after her "Diary of a...
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Saturday, October 13, 2012
Tom Engelhardt
Going Bankrupt on Planet Earth: The Debate Subject for the Ages
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Stacy Malkan
Fighting For Prop 37: The Truth that $36 Million Can’t Hide
The people’s movement for our right to know what’s in our food has hit a critical fork in the road: the moment when it’s time to ask ourselves and each other -- how hard are we willing to fight for...
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Greg Kaufmann
The Streak Continues: 2008–12, Will Anyone #TalkPoverty?
There are 46 million people living in poverty—on less than $18,000 a year for a family of three. 20 million live in deep poverty—surviving on less than $9,000 annually for a family of three. And...
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Tim Karr
The Internet as Political Lie Detector
In a year of misleading political attack ads and distracted television newscasters, the Internet may offer salvation for voters seeking the truth.
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Barbara Miner
The False Promises of “School Choice”
When I hear Mitt Romney’s seductive rhetoric about school choice, I think back to the beginning of Milwaukee’s voucher program — the country’s largest and oldest voucher initiative. In particular, I...
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Christopher Brauchli
Abortions and Contradictions
bq.If men could get pregnant abortion would be a sacrament. — Gloria Steinem, The Verbal Karate of Florynce R. Kennedy, Esq.
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Friday, October 12, 2012
David Roberts
Questions at VP Debate Reveal Bankrupt Beltway Thinking
Thursday’s vice presidential debate ( transcript ) revealed nothing about the candidates’ positions on energy or climate change, but it revealed a great deal about the twisted priorities and...
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Brian Terrell
Murder by Drone Unpunished While Drone Protester Heads to Jail
Editor's note: US District Court Judge Matt Whitworth sentenced Iowa resident Brian Terrell and retired minister Ron Faust this week after finding them guilty of trespassing following a protest by...
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Rose Ann DeMoro
It’s Up to All of Us to Protect Social Security
“One thing I know. Social Security is so firmly embedded in the American psychology today that no politician, no political group could possibly destroy this Act and still maintain our democratic...
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Matt Taibbi
The Vice Presidential Debate: Joe Biden Was Right to Laugh
'You should laugh, because this stuff is a joke, and we shouldn't take it seriously.'
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Peter Dreier
Paul Wellstone: 10 Years After His Death, He Still Sets the Bar for a Politics of Conviction
Shortly before he died in a plane crash on October 25, 2002, Paul Wellstone explained why he was in the Senate: “I don’t represent the big oil companies, the big pharmaceuticals, or the big insurance...
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Mark Engler
Obama: A Better Adversary
At summer’s end, Barack Obama’s campaign has already aired tens of millions of dollars worth of advertisements. You don’t have to believe their promises to think that his re-election would be...
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Glenn Greenwald
Martha Raddatz and the Faux Objectivity of Journalists
Establishment journalists are creatures of a highly ideological world and often cause ideology to masquerade as neutral fact.
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Robin Marty
What Does the Church Think? Women's Rights Framed as Religious Question In VP Debate
Two debates into a four debate format, we have now seen all four members of the opposing campaigns debate the issues most important to the American voters. In that total 180 minutes of debate time,...
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Paul Krugman
Triumph of the Wrong: The GOP's Austerity Plan for America
In these closing weeks of the campaign, each side wants you to believe that it has the right ideas to fix a still-ailing economy. So here’s what you need to know: If you look at the track record, the...
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John Atcheson
Five Simple Realities Missing from the Campaign
The campaign lurches on, the adds stream endlessly into our living rooms, the robo-calls clamor incessantly for our dollars, candidates get bought and sold, the press obediently acts as if there’s...
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Phyllis Bennis
What Went Unmentioned in the Vice Presidential Debate
Once again the drone war, militarization of U.S. policy in Africa... and Palestine, all remain unmentioned.
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Glenn Greenwald
Thoughts on VP Debate (Observations from a Reluctant Pundit)
Biden seemed to dominate the debate, but being immersed in politics likely makes it impossible to know how voters will react
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Thursday, October 11, 2012
Michael Pollan
Why California’s Proposition 37 Should Matter to Anyone Who Cares About Food
On November 6, Vote for the Dinner Party
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Matthew Rothschild
Romney in Denial about Lethal Lack of Health Insurance
Mitt Romney doesn’t understand how deadly our current health insurance system is. “We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance,” Romney said in...
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Stephen Zunes
The Ongoing Attack on Democracy in the Maldives
A political struggle now under way on a tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean has huge implications for the global struggle for democracy and human rights. Western powers which profess to support...
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 A host welcomes guests from the convoy to his compound. (Photo: Katie Falkenberg/23rdStudios, courtesy of Code Pink) Alice Ross
Imran Khan’s March Brings Global Attention to CIA Drone Strikes
US peace activists joined politicians, lawyers and the world’s press on Sunday as they attempted to march into Pakistan’s tribal region in protest at the CIA’s drone campaign.
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Glenn Greenwald
US Supreme Court Finalizes Gift of Immunity to the Telecom Giants
Yet again, the Congress, courts, executive branch and the establishment media work together to protect the nation's most powerful actors
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Michelle Chen
On Both Sides of the Border, Teachers Fight Corporatization
Last month, the success of the Chicago teachers’ strike forced the mainstream media to present a rare picture of public school teachers : as organized, defiant and victorious. But prior to the...
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Peter Van Buren
Don’t Ask and Don’t Tell: Six Critical Foreign Policy Questions You Won't Hear Debated
We had a debate club back in high school. Two teams would meet in the auditorium, and Mr. Garrity would tell us the topic, something 1970s-ish like “Resolved: Women Should Get Equal Pay for Equal...
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Desmond Tutu, Ela Bhatt
Today, A Promise to Girls
Today is our human family's first-ever International Day of the Girl.
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John Nichols
Debate Question for Paul Ryan: Which of Mitt's Many Sides Are You On?
The inconvenient truth about this year’s Republican ticket is that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan disagree. A lot.
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Robert Reich
Memo to Joe, Re: Debate with Rightwing Zealot
TO: VPOTUS FROM: Robert Reich RE: Debate Beware: Paul Ryan will appear affable. He’s less polished and aggressive than Romney, even soft-spoken. And he acts as if he’s saying reasonable things.
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Amy Goodman
Workers Fight for Justice, From Wal-Mart to Chipotle
The great recession of 2008, this global economic meltdown, has wiped out the life savings of so many people and created a looming threat of chronic unemployment for millions.
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Robert C. Koehler
Empire and Its Consequences
Ever notice the way certain basic human values quietly transform into their opposite on their way to becoming national policy?
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Matt Wasson
Big Coal Wins Latest Battle to Blast Historic Blair Mountain
Is nothing sacred to coal companies in Appalachia?
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Pat LaMarche
Stewart Fails to Counter O'Reilly on Mythical Health Care Claims
I love Jon Stewart. I love him in the way a woman loves a man - even if he is a man she's never met. I love him in the way that an historian loves a person with courage. I love him in the way that a...
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Wenonah Hauter
Consumer Choice: As American as a Genetically-Altered Apple Pie
The creation of a new genetically modified apple highlights once again the need for clear labeling of this kind of food.
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Nancy Northup
It’s Time to ‘Draw the Line’ on Attacks Against Reproductive Freedom
As we approach the 40th anniversary of the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade , it has never been clearer what is at stake for women’s constitutional reproductive rights if the...
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Martha Burk
The Corporate Court's War on Women
So far, not so good.
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Dennis Kucinich
Weapons of Mass Distraction: The Big, Long Lie about Iraq Lingers Still
The Iraq War remains with us as long as the lies continue and those responsible avoid accountability
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Matt Taibbi
How the Hype Became Bigger Than the Presidential Election
Blame the media for making whole generations hate The Process
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Jim Hightower
The 1 Percent's Cry for Justice
It's out! This year's list of American success stories has just been published, and according to its compiler, it "instills confidence that the American dream is still very much alive."
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Ralph Nader
Barry Commoner: The Greatest Environmentalist of the 20th Century
Dr. Barry Commoner, equipped with a Harvard PhD in cellular biology, used his knowledge of biology, ecosystems, nuclear radiation, public communication, networking scientists, political campaigning,...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Afghanistan: Killing the Kids that Don’t Need to Die
Matt Sitton knew the war in Afghanistan was going badly. He knew it because he was fighting it. He could see for himself. Twenty-six years old, with a wife and child back home, Staff Sergeant Sitton...
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Sharif Abdel Kouddous
Will Egypt's New Constitution Take the Country Backwards?
The battle over Egypt’s constitution has reached a critical juncture. Before the constituent assembly’s mandate expires in December—and in the face of a pending court case that threatens to dissolve...
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Mychal Denzel Smith
Why America Needs White History Month
Viewing the past through the lens of privilege obscures who got hurt in the process. White America needs saving from its myopia
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Dean Baker
Social Security: President Obama's Biggest Failure in Last Week's Debate
President Obama definitely had a bad night when he faced Governor Romney in Denver for the first presidential debate. However, for many listeners the worst moment was not due to his atypical...
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Glenn Greenwald
Election Year Garbage
Whatever is awful about the US political process is magnified in the election season, and increases each day until it's mercifully over
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Antonio Tricarico
The Financial Enclosure of the Commons
Finance capital is seeking to extend the privatisation of natural resources we hold in common
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Greg Kaufmann
In Between Debates, More Questions from Families for Obama and Romney
How long will moderators allow candidates to ignore poverty crisis in the US?
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"We are not friends," said Susan Collins, turning her back on a constituent. Robert Shetterly
Making the Possible Impossible: A Curious Encounter with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
On the first leg of a trip last week to work at the Maxwell School for Citizenship at the University of Syracuse, I flew from Bangor, Maine, to Washington, D.C. Sitting across from me in aisle two...
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The US peace delegation photographed in Islamabad, Pakistan on October 4th, 2012. (Photo: Flickr / 23rdstudios.com) Medea Benjamin, Robert Naiman
US Delegation's Message of Peace Received Warmly in Pakistan
Citizen diplomacy in Pakistan’s tribal areas: "You are welcome!"
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Tom Engelhardt
American Empire: A Disaster on Autopilot
The discrediting of US military power
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Kay Tillow
Beware the 'Grand Bargain': Post-Election Deficit Deal Threatens Medicare and Social Security
The solution is Improved Medicare for All
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Eugene Robinson
The Romney Doctrine Sounds Eerily Similar to Obama's
Romney channels Obama on foreign policy
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Dorian T. Warren
Go for the Jugular: What a Real Attack on Mitt Romney and the 1% Could Look Like
I agree with Deepak Bhargava that President Obama’s record “is more mixed” than critics and admirers admit, that progressives must refocus our attention on Congress and statehouse elections, and that...
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Matthew Rothschild
Romney’s Foreign Policy Speech: All War All the Time
He denounced “the abrupt withdrawal of our entire troop presence” from Iraq, though he didn’t say how long he would have kept our troops there.
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Dan Gillmor
Facebook's New Business Plan: From Utility to Monopoly
In the wake of its IPO debacle, expect Facebook to leverage its market dominance aggressively – with its billion users hostage
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Monday, October 8, 2012
Joan Walsh
Mitt’s Magical Thinking on Foreign Policy
Romney's VMI speech hints at more war in Iraq and Afghanistan -- and demands that Europe spend more on defense
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Jon Walker
Obama Campaign Makes Sure You Know Obama Plans to Cut Social Security
President Obama’s performance in the first debate has been widely criticized, particularly his answer to a question about Social Security. As a result, the campaign felt the need to put up a blog...
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César Chelala
Russell Tribunal Strongly Condemns US and UN on Israel's Policies
In its last meeting in New York, the Russell Tribunal, also known as the International War Tribunal, strongly condemned Israeli policies towards Palestinians, particularly in the Gaza Strip. In...
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John Nichols
Obama and Biden Need to Get Specific About Social Security and Medicare
Do vague statements on Social Security now set the stage for “grand compromises” in the future?
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Dean Baker
What Price Basic Competence in Economics Reporting?
What chance do policy-makers and the public have if business journalists are so wildly wrong? We need some accountability
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David Smith-Ferri
Against Odds: An Evening with Children's Joy in Afghanistan
Here in Afghanistan, survival – physical, cultural, and psychosocial – is a pressing and inescapable reality, a day-to-day struggle against odds for many people, especially as the harsh Afghan winter...
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Dana Lone Hill
Columbus Day: No Cause for Celebration
I'm proud South Dakota does not honour the originator of the Native American genocide, but not that we're alone in the union
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Robert Fisk
Plucky Little Turkey Standing Up to Evil Syria? It's Not as Simple as That
Turkey is funnelling weapons and armed men across the border into Syria
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Paul Krugman
The Truth About Jobs
If anyone had doubts about the madness that has spread through a large part of the American political spectrum, the reaction to Friday’s better-than expected report from the Bureau of Labor...
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Chris Hedges
The Maimed: On Eleven Years of War in Afghanistan
Chris Hedges gave this talk Sunday night in New York City at a protest denouncing the 11th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. The event, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, was led by Veterans for...
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Paul Buchheit
Five Practical Reasons Not To Vote Republican
There is no shortage of reasons not to vote Republican. The litany includes tax cuts for the rich, cutbacks in government programs, obstructing needed legislation, disregard for the environment,...
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Sunday, October 7, 2012
Jim Horn
Paul Tough, KIPP, and the "Science" of Cultural Sterilizatiion
Paul Tough is touring the country promoting his new book, which is is to say he is on a nationwide tour promoting KIPP. For the book, How Children Succeed:Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of...
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Julianne Hing
The Real Audience for ‘Won’t Back Down’ May Not Have Been Moviegoers
Can life, in fact, imitate art? Organizers leading a controversial new school reform movement are doing their darndest to try. Starting this week, the education reform group Parent Revolution kicked...
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Juan Cole
California Gasoline Crisis Shows Desirability of Hybrid, Electric Cars
The Big Oil lobby is always talking about how unreliable wind and solar energy are. They say the wind doesn’t blow all the time, and the sun doesn’t shine at night. But actually, there are ways, such...
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Michelle Chen
Workers and Activists Look Ahead after Gov. Brown Vetoes Pro-Immigrant Bills
As two critical bills waited quietly on California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk last weekend, immigrants across the state held their breath, hoping that the progressive legislation could affect the...
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Glenn Greenwald
The US Presidential Debates' Illusion of Political Choice
The issue is not what separates Romney and Obama, but how much they agree. This hidden consensus has to be exposed
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Saturday, October 6, 2012
Amanda Eckerson
Independent and Community Media Collectives Prepare for Venzuelan Elections
There is a line running out the door of LaraTVeC, with a microphone attached, so that people can be interviewed throughout the day as they exit the election booth. Over the past few weeks,...
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Amy Goodman
Listen to Third-Party Candidates: This is What Democracy Sounds Like
A few miles south of the campus arena in the Mile High City where Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met in their first debate, "Democracy Now!" news hour broke the sound barrier by expanding their gated...
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Robert Reich
The Politics of the Jobs Report
The White House is breathing easier this morning. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent – the first time it’s been under 8 percent in 43 months. In...
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