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Monday, December 31, 2012
Dave Johnson
Deficits Were On Purpose To Cause This “Crisis”
Before ‘W’ got in and made changes in taxes and military spending we were paying off the debt . Bush said the deficits that resulted from his changes were “ extremely positive news .” (Yes, that is...
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Stefanie Penn Spear
Story of the Year: It’s Global Warming, Stupid
My favorite headline of 2012 was “ It’s Global Warming, Stupid ,” which appeared on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek on Nov. 1, just days after Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast.
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Michael Hudson
The Financial Elite's War Against the US Economy
Today’s economic warfare is not the kind waged a century ago between labor and its industrial employers. Finance has moved to capture the economy at large, industry and mining, public infrastructure...
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Tina Gerhardt
In Praise of Environmentalist Becky Tarbotton, 1973-2012
"We need to remember that the work of our time is bigger than climate change. We need to be setting our sights higher and deeper. What we're really talking about, if we're honest with ourselves, is...
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Daniel Wilson
Putting It In Drive: What's Next for Idle No More
Across the country, in shopping malls and in the streets, thousands are rallying and round-dancing and serving notice that they will be Idle No More (INM). Messages of support from around the world...
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Lawrence Wittner
Gun Control and Arms Control
In a number of ways, gun control issues are remarkably similar to arms control issues.
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Medea Benjamin
Ten of My Favorite Things about 2012
There are many things to be thankful for in 2012, starting with the fact that the world didn’t end on December 21 and that we don’t have to witness the inauguration of Mr. One-Percent Mitt Romney...
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Ivan Eland
Bending to Military Contractors
The strength of the military-industrial complex (MIC) was made readily apparent by President Barack Obama’s latest proposal to House Speaker John Boehner to avoid the fiscal cliff. Other than raising...
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Fran Quigley
How Human Rights Can Save Haiti
Last month, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a new initiative to address the cholera epidemic in Haiti. The plan includes a variety of measures, most notably the building of...
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Richard Eskow
The Top 12 Political Fallacies of 2012
Our nation was gripped by so many fallacies and delusions in 2012 that the whole Mayan calendar end-of-the-world thing didn’t even make the list.
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John Nichols
Social Security Is Off the Table... For Now
Preserving Social Security should never have been all that difficult.
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Paul Buchheit
Why It's a Privilege to be a Progressive in 2013
We enter the new year with a degree of optimism, because Americans, except for Congress and the uninformed, are beginning to realize that cooperation transcends self-centeredness as a means of...
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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Joanne Brookfield
Meet the Woman Battling Japan's Whaling Fleet in Antarctic Ocean
Japanese hunters won't kill a single whale this winter, Sea Shepherd activists vow
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Peter Rugh
Radical Mental Health in an Era of Mass Shootings
The mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 young school children and seven adults (including the shooter himself) has not only reignited the debate over gun control in the United States, but...
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George Zornick
The Guide to Going Off the So-Called Cliff
Congress and the White House are scrambling to reach a deal to avert the expiration of the Bush tax rates, the enactment of deep budget cuts, and several other measures scheduled to take effect on...
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Jim Hightower
A Fracking Surprise in Texas
How ironic: Fracking recently got fracked! This brutish technique for extracting natural gas from deep within the Earth, led by such profiteering giants as Exxon Mobil and Halliburton, has rapidly...
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John Nichols
2012 Outlined America’s New Political Reality
The great lesson from 2012 is that America is no longer an evenly divided country.
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Glenn Greenwald
Who Paid for the Log Cabin Republicans' Anti-Hagel NYT Ad?
The gay GOP group confirms the ad was funded by outside donors, but refuses to identify them or their cause
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Naomi Wolf
Revealed: How the FBI Coordinated the Crackdown on Occupy
New documents prove what was once dismissed as paranoid fantasy: totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent
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Saturday, December 29, 2012
Philip Caper
Deja-vu All Over Again: A Chance to Lead
About a year ago, facing a budgetary shortfall, the Maine legislature had a knock-down, drag out fight over Governor LePage’s proposal to attempt to save $250 million by throwing 65,000 Maine...
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David Macaray
Longshoremen’s Strike Averted as Public, Media Hypocritical on Labor Rights
On December 28, a potential strike by the ILA (International Longshoremen’s Association), representing East Coast dockworkers, was averted when union negotiators agreed to extend the contract for...
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Ralph Nader
Make Civic Engagement a Priority in the New Year
Many people view the New Year as a time for resolutions -- losing weight, exercising more, staying in better touch with friends, taking up a new hobby. Here's something you don't often hear of when...
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Trevor Timm
Congress Disgracefully Approves the FISA Warrantless Spying Bill for Five More Years, Rejects All Privacy Amendments
On Friday, after just one day of rushed debate, the Senate shamefully voted on a five-year extension to the FISA Amendments Act , an unconsitutional law that openly allows for warrantless...
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Peter Dreier
New York Times' Xmas Present to Corporate Lobby Group Fix-the Debt: A Puff Piece
The New York Times should be embarrassed. On December 24 it gave a Christmas present to the corporate-backed lobby group Fix the Debt with its front-page Business section puff piece about the...
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Johnny Barber
Wounded Knee 122 Years Later
December 29th marks the 122nd anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee. It is a story that remains fresh in the lives of many indigenous peoples across America. Each generation is taught to never...
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Laurie Penny
Russia's Ban on US Adoption Isn't About Children's Rights
The row between Russian and the US on adoption ruins lives and leaves both countries looking sordid
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Christopher Brauchli
Slaughters' Solutions
Such as do build their faith upon Holy text of pike and gun. — Samuel Butler, Hudibras, pt.I
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Friday, December 28, 2012
Yifat Susskind
3 Steps to Build Resilience Through Your Giving
You are a person who cares. You see injustice and people suffering, all over the world, and you know it’s not right. You go looking for some way to fix it, but you know you can’t do it alone. So you...
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Matthew Rothschild
Why the “Fiscal Cliff” Bores the Snot Out of Me
Enough already! I can’t take it anymore. I can barely write the words “fiscal cliff” without dosing off. And I’m not alone here. Utter the term to insomniacs and out they’ll go.
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Ralph Nader
17 Solutions for a Better America in the New Year
It’s easier than you think. That’s the way I start discussions and interviews about my new book titled, “ Seventeen Solutions. ” The “solutions” were selected for their long-overdue practicality,...
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Alex Kane
Since When is the Left Embracing Chuck Hagel, a Nationalist, Establishment Figure?
The neoconservative smear campaign against former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel has caused a crop of liberals and progressives to jump to his defense. But others further on the left have questioned...
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Ray McGovern
The Larger Question of Chuck Hagel
The Israel Lobby is hell bent on sabotaging President Barack Obama’s tentative plan to appoint former Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. And – with Obama now dithering about this selection –...
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Liz Ševčenko
Guantánamo Bay's Other Anniversary: 110 Years of a Legal Black Hole
Even if President Obama finally fulfills his promise to close the detention camp, America's ambiguous Cuban dominion goes on
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Krystalline Kraus
'Idle No More' Actions Taking Place Across Canada
There is a rich history of resistance against colonialism in North America-Turtle Island. In Canada alone, there are stories of victories from Batchewana Bay First Nation to the Oka uprising to the...
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Samuel Metz
Why Claiming US Has 'Best Health System' Is a Sick Joke
The 'best' health care depends on your perspective
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Juan Cole
Schwarzkopf and US Hegemony in the Middle East
Gen. Norman H. Schwarzkopf is dead at 78 . He died of pneumonia.
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Paul Krugman
Starbucks' CEO and a Double Shot of Misunderstanding
One of the enduring fantasies of the pundit class – most dramatically demonstrated by the ludicrous Politico piece on What Insiders Know – is that all we need to fix our economic problems is to get...
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Robert Reich
Cliff Hanger: Why Republicans Don’t Care What the Nation Thinks
Are House Republicans – now summoned back to Washington by Speaker John Boehner — about to succumb to public pressure and save the nation from the fiscal cliff? Don’t bet on it.
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Glenn Greenwald
GOP and Feinstein Join to Fulfill Obama's Demand for Renewed Warrantless Eavesdropping
The California Democrat's disgusting rhetoric recalls the worst of Dick Cheney while advancing Obama's agenda
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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Dean Baker
Washington Post Pushes Mayan End of the World Story on "Fiscal Cliff"
Yes, the Washington Post is getting very worried that it will have egg all over its face if January 1 comes with no budget deal and we don't get its promised recession.
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Antonia Montes
Obama Should Grant Amnesty to Immigrants
Before the end of the year, presidents often consider grants of pardon and amnesty. This year, Pres. Obama should grant amnesty to the 11 million undocumented immigrants in America, excluding those...
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Wenonah Hauter
How Big Business Poisons Academic Research
The energy industry and Big Agribusiness are distorting academic research by wielding corporate influence.
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David Macaray
Are We Approaching the Twilight of the Labor Movement?
By now, most people realize that private sector union membership in the U.S. stands at about 7-percent, which means that 93-percent of all private sector jobs are non-union. Which makes those...
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Fran Korten
Four Steps to Less Wasteful Communities
The individual actions we take to reduce waste are important. But to stem the avalanche of stuff, we also need system-wide solutions
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Trevor Timm
Why We Should All Care About Today's Senate Vote on the FISA Amendments Act, the Warrantless Domestic Spying Bill
Today is an incredibly important vote for the future of your digital privacy, but some in Congress are hoping you won’t find out.
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Am Johal
Justice at Stake: Chief Theresa Spence Inspires a Nation
Launched in the shadows of Parliament Hill two weeks ago, the hunger strike by Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence goes on. There is little to be heard from the federal government or Prime...
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Robert Reich
The Only Way Left to Beat GOP Fanatics: Call Their Bluff and Go Over the Fabricated "Cliff"
President Obama is cutting his Christmas holiday short, returning to Washington for a last attempt at avoiding the fiscal cliff. But he’s running headlong into the Republican strategy of fanaticism.
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Ronnie Cummins
New Year’s Revolution: Connecting the Dots, Coming Together and Fighting Like Hell
As a longtime writer and activist campaigning for decades on food and farming issues, most recently Prop 37, the California Ballot Initiative to label genetically engineered foods, I am reminded...
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Amy Goodman
Pull the Global Trigger on Gun Control
While the final funerals for the victims of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre have been held, gun violence continues apace, most notably with the Christmas Eve murder of two volunteer firefighters...
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Lee Fang
The NRA and Gun Companies Stand to Profit From Newtown Tragedy
Last year, shortly after the shooting of then-Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, a financial analyst asked Mike Fifer—CEO of one of the largest gun companies in America—if the incident would lead to a...
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Zainab al-Khawaja
Bahrain, a Brutal Ally
ISA TOWN, Bahrain - EARLIER this month, Aqeel Abdul Mohsen, 19, was shot in the face for protesting against Bahrain’s government. He was covered in blood, with the lower side of his face blown open,...
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Glenn Greenwald
Obama's Gift to Al-Qaida, Support for Tyranny, and FBI Monitoring of Dissent
Numerous individual events from this week alone signify important trends in US government policy
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Jim Hightower
Ballot-measure Democracy a Notable Success in 2012
This being the season of giving, it's worth looking back at some special gifts from November's election that received little acknowledgement at the time.
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Dean Baker
There Is No Santa Claus and Bill Clinton Was Not an Economic Savior
The truth is often painful but nonetheless it is important that we live in the real world. Just as little kids have to come to grips with the fact that there is no Santa Claus, it is necessary for...
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John Atcheson
Christmas, Winter Solstice, A Time of Renewal, and the Beginning of End of the World As We Know It
Scholars agree that the timing of Christmas has more to do with the end of winter than the birth of a savior. The evidence that people celebrated the death of winter is literally everywhere. Five...
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Michael Wolff
The Truth About Zero Dark Thirty: This Torture Fantasy Degrades Us All
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal's film claims to be 'based on a true story' but no non-fiction writer could take such liberties
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Michael Nagler
Newtown: How We Can Heed The Warnings
The wisest man I had the privilege of knowing in my life once said, “There is no nation, no matter how powerful, that cannot be destroyed by hate.”
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Michelle Chen
Flammable Material: How Garment Workers Can Respond to the Tazreen Factory Fire
In a fashion industry where trends change by the minute, the lives of the workers who make the clothes are often valued as cheaply as the products they create. The devastating fire at the Tazreen...
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Ted Rall
Six Weeks After Reelection, Obama Sells Out Liberal Democrats
After the election Kerry Eleveld wrote a piece for The Atlantic titled “ Why Barack Obama Will Be a More Effective Liberal in His Second Term .” “In response to their initial disappointment with the...
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Monday, December 24, 2012
Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, shown in December, 2011. (Sean Kilpatrick /THE CANADIAN PRESS) Naomi Klein
As Chief Spence Starves, Canadians Awaken from Idleness and Remember Their Roots
I woke up just past midnight with a bolt. My six-month-old son was crying. He has a cold – the second of his short life–and his blocked nose frightens him. I was about to get up when he started...
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Muna Mire
Idle No More: Women Rising to Lead When it's Needed Most
Chief Theresa Spence is now on Day 13 of her hunger strike. Too weak to leave the teepee she is living in on Victoria Island, a mere stone's throw from Parliament, she called for a round dance...
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Paul Krugman
When Prophecy Fails
Back in the 1950s three social psychologists joined a cult that was predicting the imminent end of the world. Their purpose was to observe the cultists’ response when the world did not, in fact, end...
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Steve Connor
'Frankenfish' Approval Could Open Floodgates for Other GM Animals
An American license to permit the commercial development and sale of genetically modified salmon could open the door on a new era of GM animals designed for human consumption, although at present...
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Izzeldin Abuelaish
Compassion, Not Anger, Is Best Response to Sandy Hook Massacre
I know what it's like to lose children in violent circumstances, but we cannot support a culture of fear
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Paul Buchheit
The 12 Days of a Capitalist Christmas
On the first day of Christmas my employer gave to me ONE penny for every $3 the richest 130,000 Americans make. It's been a national tradition since 1980.
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Rebecca Solnit
2013 as Year Zero: For Earth and For Us
This last year put the crisis in perspective, this coming year our battle begins
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Chris Hedges
The Final Battle
Over the past year I and other plaintiffs including Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg have pressed a lawsuit in the federal courts to nullify Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization...
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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Richard Eskow
Ask a Democrat: On Social Security, Which Side Are You On?
This is a moment of moral clarity. Right now there are only two sides in the Social Security debate: the side that says it’s acceptable to cut benefits – in a way that raises taxes for all income...
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Robert Parry
NRA Suggests a Police State
The irony of the NRA’s crackpot idea for protecting America’s children by dramatically expanding the use of armed guards is that the proposal would push the U.S. further down the path toward a police state, threatening the “liberties” that the NRA claims it wants to ensure
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Timothy Canova
Not Another Wall Street Puppet
The president should appoint a Treasury secretary who will go to bat for the middle class.
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Laura Finley
Building a Peaceful Future for Our Children
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César Chelala
Russia's Demographic and Public Health Crisis
For the last two decades, demographics and its effect on Russian society and future development prospects have been at the center of the discussions on that country. There is now universal agreement...
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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Jesse Hagopian
Tec-9’s for Teachers? Arming Educators Gets a Failing Grade
Chalk in one hand and a handgun in the other. As a high school history teacher with a Masters in Education, I never imagined some politicians and other cultural “leaders” would be urging me to add “...
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Ralph Nader
The Commercialization of Family
Family is the foundation of our American society. In many ways, the family unit is one of the last bastions of decency holding out against encroaching corporate commoditization -- the corporations...
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Christopher Brauchli
Banks and Persons
My object all-sublime, I shall achieve in time- To let the punishment fit the crime. — Gilbert and Sullivan, The Mikado It was just an unfortunate coincidence that the reports were almost juxtaposed-...
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Michelle Chen
Despite Exemptions, Police and Firefighters Show Labor Solidarity in Michigan Right-to-Work Battle
Michigan’s new right-to-work law has has struck a savage blow to America’s labor movement in its heartland. Unions across the state have thronged to Lansing to oppose the attack, which makes union...
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Robert Parry
The Right’s Second Amendment Lies
A big obstacle to commonsense gun control is the Right’s false historical narrative that the Founders wanted an armed American public that could fight its own government. The truth is that George Washington looked to citizens militias to put down revolts and maintain order
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Friday, December 21, 2012
Cenk Uygur
Obama Will Ride to the Rescue... for Republicans
The Republicans have put themselves in a holy mess with this Plan B debacle. They now have less than zero leverage. They are a national laughingstock. A majority of the country now thinks they are "...
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Mark Weisbrot
US Military Needs to Leave Afghanistan and Stop Widening Drone Strikes
There is perhaps no time in American history when our leaders have fought a war with so little support. More than 60 percent of Americans want out of Afghanistan. Even at the peak of the anti-Vietnam...
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Glen Ford
The Ultimate Logic of a Society Built on Mass Murder
It’s not a sudden madness, but a long history of mass murder come full circle.
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Paul Krugman
Playing Taxes Hold ’Em: 'GOP Crazies' Save Progressives from Obama (Again)
A few years back, there was a boom in poker television — shows in which you got to watch the betting and bluffing of expert card players. Since then, however, viewers seem to have lost interest.
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Ira Chernus
Are the US and Israel Heading for a Showdown?
No One Thinks So, But It Just Might Happen
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Randall Amster
An Open Letter to the Children
Dear Children,
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Rose Ann DeMoro
Washington's Austerity Plan Threatens the 50 Million Americans Already in Poverty
Our nurses see dire need every day in the ER, but the growing gulf of inequality in the US has made such deprivation ubiquitous
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Medea Benjamin
Will Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid Stand Up to the NRA?
When CODEPINK, MoveOn and representatives of other organizations marched into Senator Harry Reid’s DC office on Tuesday, December 18, they wanted a simple answer to a simple question: Does the...
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Jonathan Cook
Murdoch, Petraeus and the US Media Matrix
Carl Bernstein, of All the President’s Men fame, has a revealing commentary in the Guardian today, though revealing not entirely in a way he appears to understand.
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Carl Bernstein
Why the US Media Ignored Murdoch's Brazen Bid to Hijack the Presidency
Did the Washington Post and others underplay the story through fear of the News Corp chairman, or simply tin-eared judgment?
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Ralph Nader
Newtown’s Moral Authority for Action
Po Murray, a mother of four children in Newtown, Connecticut, the location of the shooting rampage that took the lives of 20 youngsters and six adults, met with about forty of her townspeople in the...
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Mary Bottari
To Turn the Tide Against the NRA, Leadership Needed at the Top
You know you are not going to be seeing the brightest bulbs on TV defending America's loose gun laws the weekend after the mass slaughter of children. Even the NRA had gone dark, taking down its...
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Jim Hightower
Welcome to 'Michiganistan'
Michigan is no longer a state. It is now “Michiganistan,” an autocratic czardom in the hands of Emperor Rick Snyder. Formerly the Republican governor, Snyder has been enthroned by the GOP’s lame-duck...
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Mary Grant
Water Is Invaluable
A range of private players in the water arena, including water service companies like American Water, are part of a relatively new corporate effort to coordinate public outreach about the “Value of...
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Angi Becker Stevens
In Search of Solidarity: Vastly Different Responses to Michigan's "Right to Work" and Attacks on Right to Choose
This past Tuesday, I was among the more than 10,000 men and women who descended on Michigan's state Capitol to protest the signing of "Right to Work" legislation that will likely have disastrous...
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Stephen Leahy
At the Edge of the Carbon Cliff
UXBRIDGE, Canada - The most important number in history is now the annual measure of carbon emissions. That number reveals humanity’s steady billion-tonne by billion-tonne march to the edge of the...
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Sadhbh Walshe
Breaking the Hold of Corporate Welfare on America's Incarceration Industry
With stricken budgets, many states have been cutting prison populations. But vested interests are resisting prison closures
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Joe Brewer
What If All the World’s Debt Just Went Away
Just for fun, imagine if all debt were wiped away when the Mayan Calendar ends this Friday…
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Danielle Nierenberg
13 Resolutions to Change the Food System in 2013
As we start 2013, many people will be thinking about plans and promises to improve their diets and health. We think a broader collection of farmers, policy-makers, and eaters need new, bigger...
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David Morris
Should Tax Payers Subsidize Charitable Contributions?
A few surprises about giving in America
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Mark Morford
Death To All Guns
Is it time? Can we just say it outright? Let’s try it: Guns are, socially and ethically, devastating. Worthless. They add nothing of positive, intrinsic value to a culture, a people, a country. They...
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Bryce Covert
In Fiscal Cliff Deal, Don’t Chain Grandma to Smaller Social Security Checks
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John Atcheson
Wanted: A President With Bush's Balls, Obama's Brains and Biden's Heart
Uhmm. Don’t look now, Mr. President, but you’re taking a mandate and turning it into mush. Ordinarily that might not matter much. The importance of the goings on inside the Beltway are notoriously...
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