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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
John Nichols
Steve Scalise’s Problem Is the Republican Party’s Problem
David Duke is vouching for House majority whip Steve Scalise, the Louisiana conservative who is now the third-most-powerful Republican in the US House. As Scalise faces tough questions and criticism...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
‘Broken Windows,’ Broken Policy
The deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and others at the hands of police demonstrate that the “broken windows’’ theory of policing doesn’t work and should be eliminated. The theory that targeting...
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Roger Annis
Social Protest Rising in Ukraine as Government Approves Harsh Austerity Budget
A wave of public protests against the regressive social policies of the Ukraine government is rising in Ukraine. The Christmas season has been punctuated by protest across the country. Simultaneously...
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Peter Van Buren
Did You Know We Won the Afghan War This Weekend?
Winning wars used to be much cooler. But hey, did you know we won the war in Afghanistan this weekend? Or, at least we ended the war in Afghanistan this weekend? It is true. America’s longest war,...
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Maria Margaronis
Will Snap Elections Bring Greece’s Syriza into Power?
Greece is on the world’s front page again. The headlines bristle with words like “crisis,” “instability” and “fear.” After parliament refused to endorse the ruling New Democracy party’s candidate for...
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William K. Black
Greece, the Troika, and the New York Times
As I have explained in prior articles, there is an excellent chance that the Troika’s infliction of austerity on the eurozone’s periphery could, as with the austerity inflicted under the Washington...
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Theresa Shaffer
Nuclear Security: US Government Should Humanize, Not Modernize
Cheating on required monthly exams, low morale, and security lapses are all problems that have been cited in missile facilities across the US. At the third Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons...
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Mitch Jones
Top 10 Misguided Climate Deniers’ Quotes of 2014
Every year climate deniers manage to say some truly misguided things in an attempt to appease their oil and gas industry sponsors. From breathtaking avoidance of the issue to outright denial; from...
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Patrisse Cullors
Black Lives Depend on a Free and Open Internet
In 2012, I watched as cable news stations posthumously put Trayvon Martin on trial for his own murder, and broadcasted his killer’s acquittal, George Zimmerman. Black Lives Matter was born as a...
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Bernie Sanders
Ten Reasons Why the TPP Must Be Defeated
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment and...
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Stan Sorscher
Why We’re Still Fighting the Last War on Trade Policy
The other day, President Obama spoke to 100 top CEOs from the Business Roundtable. He was asked about two huge new trade deals, favored by global companies, known as TPP and TTIP. The President...
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Jesse Hagopian
2014: The Greatest Year of Revolt Against High-Stakes Testing in US History
Top Ten Acts of Test Resistance This Year
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Reese Erlich
The New Iraq War Is Doomed
After years of lies and senseless military conflict, we must oppose US escalation in Iraq
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Harvey Wasserman
Citizen Anti-Nuclear Activism Has Shuttered Vermont Yankee
The Vermont Yankee atomic reactor goes permanently off-line today, Dec. 29, 2014. Citizen activists have made it happen. The number of licensed U.S. commercial reactors is now under 100 where once it...
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Amanda Ufheil-Somers
Doubling Down on Dictatorship in the Middle East
The Arab Spring didn’t stop U.S. support for friendly despots.
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Jo-Marie Burt
Guatemalan Genocide Trial Set to Resume
On May 10, 2013, a Guatemalan court found former dictator and army general José Efraín Ríos Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity . It was an historic decision: the first time a former...
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Robert Parry
Endless War and the Victory of ‘Perception Management’
In the 1980s, the Reagan administration pioneered “perception management” to get the American people to “kick the Vietnam Syndrome” and accept more U.S. interventionism, but that propaganda structure continues to this day getting the public to buy into endless war.
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Mike Rispoli
The Year Governments Struck Back: Seven Things You Need to Know about Privacy in 2014
Going into 2014, there were high hopes for advancing privacy protections and to finally have the debate around surveillance we've been clamoring for. In 2013, the right to privacy was “the right...
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Jenny Brown
2014 Year in Review for Labor: Deep Trouble But Stirring Troublemaking
The year had a spirited and determined feel. Every time we turned around there was another sit-in or strike, ingenious job action or raucous flash mob. Students walked out in support of their...
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Medea Benjamin
10 Good Things About the Year 2014
It’s been a year of fervent activism on police accountability, living wages, climate change, personal freedoms, immigrant rights, an open internet and diplomacy over war. The electoral beating the...
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Monday, December 29, 2014
Bernie Sanders
Fight for Our Progressive Vision
As I look ahead to this coming year, a number of thoughts come to mind. First and foremost, against an enormous amount of corporate media noise and distraction, it is imperative that we not lose...
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Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
Udall Urged to Disclose Full Torture Report
Sen. Mark Udall has called for the full release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture. However, as a still-sitting member of Congress, he has a constitutional protection to read most of the still-secret report on the Senate floor — and a group of intelligence veterans urges him...
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Peter Dreier
Focus on the NRA, Not Mayor de Blasio, for Deaths of NYC Cops
It has been a week since Ismaayl Brinsley, a deranged man with a long criminal record, murdered two New York City police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in cold blood, but so far we haven’t...
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Corynne McSherry
'Fair Use Is Working!': 2014 in Review
Back in January, Congress held a hearing on the state of fair use, as part of a year-long review of all things copyright that, in 2015, may lead to real legislative proposals. Among the witnesses was...
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Sarah van Gelder
10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014 (Yeah, You Heard That Right)
Let’s be honest: It was a brutal year for human rights. But we still have victories worth celebrating.
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Robert Reich
The Republican's Magical Mystery Tour (Coming Soon)
According to reports , one of the first acts of the Republican congress will be to fire Doug Elmendorf, current director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, because he won’t use “dynamic...
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Chris Hedges
The Prison State of America
Prisons employ and exploit the ideal worker. Prisoners do not receive benefits or pensions. They are not paid overtime. They are forbidden to organize and strike. They must show up on time. They are...
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Paul Buchheit
Greed Kings of 2014: How They Stole from Us
The Merriam-Webster definition of 'steal' is to take the property of another wrongfully and especially as a habitual or regular practice . Much of our country's new wealth has been regularly taken by...
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Jerry Elmer
Sea Level Rise, Eniwetok, and Bert Bigelow
The increasingly dangerous legacy of nuclear weapons in the age of climate change
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Sunday, December 28, 2014
Nadia Kayyali, Mark Rumold
What We Learned About NSA Spying in 2014—And What We're Fighting to Expose in 2015
After a banner year for shedding light on the NSA’s secret surveillance programs in 2013, the pace of disclosures in 2014—both from whistleblowers and through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)...
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Brendan Fischer
In Black Lives Matter Protest, Corporate Rights Trump Free Speech
Minnesotans protesting police violence and institutional racism could face "staggering" fees and criminal charges for a protest at Mall of America, with the City of Bloomington announcing plans to...
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Gwynne Dyer
2014: Reviewing the Health Status of the Human Race
The main purpose of year-end reviews, of course, is to hold the ads apart. But they can also serve as a kind of annual check-up on the political health – and also on the economic, demographic and...
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César Chelala
Education: The Global Antidote to Poverty, Disease, and Terrorism
Despite enormous technological advances, humanity continues to grapple with three enormous burdens: poverty, disease and terrorism (both individual and state-sponsored.) Although the policies aimed...
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Gareth Porter
New Pressure to Stop Iran Nuke Accord
The economic pain, being inflicted on Iran and Russia by the Saudi-induced oil-price drop, has fueled a new surge in Official Washington’s “tough-guy-ism” and thus may hurt chances for successful negotiations, especially an agreement to constrain Iran’s nuclear program
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Saturday, December 27, 2014
Jillian C. York
The State of Free Expression Online: 2014 in Review
In the midst of the global surveillance debate, talk of online censorship has often taken a backseat. Yet, all around the world, the inalienable right to freedom of expression is violated on a...
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Zoe Sherman
Are We Better Off Than We Were 40 Years Ago?
In 1980, Ronald Reagan, trying to defeat Jimmy Carter’s bid for a second term as president, asked, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” A conservative turn in American politics was...
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Coleen Rowley, Margaret Sarfehjooy
Selling ‘Peace Groups’ on US-Led Wars
Since the anti-war protests on Vietnam, the U.S. government has made 'perception management' of the American people a high priority, feeding them a steady diet of propaganda about foreign crises—even getting 'peace groups' to buy into 'pro-democracy' wars
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Jim Riccio
One Less Fukushima-type Nuclear Reactor Threatening the U.S.
After a long struggle, the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant near Brattleboro is slowing shutting down and will cease to split atoms on December 29 th . Congratulations to the people of Vermont!...
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Kate Aronoff
Why Movements Should Care About Azealia Banks
In what might be the longest viral video since KONY 2012, New York City radio station Hot 97 last week did a filmed interview with seminal 23-year old rapper Azealia Banks. Banks’ much-anticipated,...
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Christopher Brauchli
A Kim Comedy
The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel. —Horace Walpole, Letter to the Countess of Upper Osory It’s too bad that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg didn’t create a funny...
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Friday, December 26, 2014
Heidi Boghosian
Grassroots Message Against Police Violence—and All Violence—Stands Firm
Just minutes after unfurling a 50-foot banner on the side of the A.J. Muste Building in Manhattan (also dubbed the "Peace Pentagon" for the nonviolent social change organizations it houses) a friend...
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Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
14 Ocean Conservation Wins of 2014
Chances are you’ve come across some ocean news lately. And it may even have been positive! Yes, the ocean is still in serious trouble due to overfishing, pollution, climate change, and habitat...
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Tom Hastings
Shoot Down the Stupid Second Amendment
What country fetishizes, lionizes, valorizes, idolizes, and sacralizes guns as much as does our United States? OK, possibly Mozambique--the only country with an AK47 on its flag, but really, it's...
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Marian Wright Edelman
Pondering the Deeper Meanings of This Holy Season
After all the shopping and preparation for celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, I hope we will stop and sit and think more deeply about their meaning in our over commercialized, trivialized...
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Richard Eskow
Wall Street Had a Merry Christmas. The New Year’s Still Up For Grabs.
They’re calling it a “Christmas gift” for Wall Street. Last week the Federal Reserve announced that it’s giving U.S. banks yet another extension on the “Volcker Rule” provision in the Dodd-Frank...
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Ted Rall
Still No National Healthcare for Mental Illness? That's Crazy
The sister of the 28-year-old man who shot his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore the same morning he killed two New York police officers as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn said her brother had long...
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Krystalline Kraus
'Am I Next?' Campaign Spreads Across North America
In Canada, we have the sad legacy of our most marginalized citizens feeling under attack by the police state, bureaucracies and political leaders such as Stephen Harper who don't care if a First...
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Katherine Paul
Dear Starbucks, Let’s Get Real
Starbucks is taking a lot of heat from consumers lately. Multiple organizations, including OCA, have appealed to CEO Howard Schultz to switch to organic milk. And recently, hundreds of thousands of...
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Thursday, December 25, 2014
Amy Goodman
Mark Udall Can Make History by Releasing the Torture Report
Mark Udall, the outgoing Democratic senator from Colorado, may be a lame duck, leaving office in less than a week. But his most important work in the Senate may still be before him. For the week he...
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Robert C. Koehler
Refusing To Wage War
And so we grieve over another national tragedy. Two New York City police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot — assassinated — as they sat in their patrol car this past weekend. Let the...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Change in Cuba Policy is a Nod to Reality
President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba is a decision to recognize reality. For 50 years, the United States has pursued a policy that has failed. The embargo hurt the Cuban people...
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Elaine Weiss
A Christmas Wishlist From America’s Children to Policymakers
As children across the country send their wish lists to Santa, we put forth our own. Looking back on a year marked both by record-high levels of income inequality, and by increasing recognition of...
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Ralph Nader
Political Rumbas Start in Cuba
Relations between Cuba and the United States have been tumultuous since Castro took control in January 1959 from the dictator Fulgencio Batista. Fidel Castro and Fidelistas won a revolution and were...
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Jim Hightower
Citigroup Becomes Its Own Self-Serving Lawmaker
Congress, which has long been so tied up in a partisan knot by right-wing extremists that it has been unable to move, suddenly sprang loose at the end of the year and put on a phenomenal show of...
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Jo Miles
All Naughty, No Nice: 5 Worst Fracking Industry Moments of 2014
There’s never much chance of fracking companies ending up on Santa’s “nice” list, considering that polluting our air and water and making people sick is a regular part of how they do business. But...
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Meghan Murphy
A ‘War’ on the Police? How About the War on Women and Other Marginalized Groups?
On Saturday, it was widely reported that Ismaaiyl Brinsley “executed” two cops in Brooklyn . The mainstream media and the NYPD immediately tried to link the shooting to the recent protests instigated...
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Nina Bunker Ruiz
An Orange for a Gift? What "A Christmas Carol" Can Teach Us About Cherishing Holiday Foods
Can we find our way back to treasuring what comes from far away while reveling in local, abun­dant foods, whose proximity makes them affordable and sustainable?
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Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch
John Conyers and 76 Other Members of Congress Urge UN to Provide Settlement Mechanism for Cholera Victims and their Families
On October 23 Haiti’s cholera victims finally had their first court hearing regarding their suit against the UN. However, no one from the UN showed up. Since 2011, representatives of the victims have...
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Dave Maass
Eight Stellar Surveillance Scoops: 2014 in Review
Oversight boards and congressional subcommittees can occasionally be effective, but nothing keeps the government in check like investigative reporting. Here are eight stories about surveillance that...
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Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
The 2014 P.U.-litzers
Some of the stinkiest reporting from the past year
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Dave Johnson
Holiday Bright Spots For Progressives
The midterm elections were a wake-up call. Voters had given up on the Democratic party as irrelevant – not really on their side, so they didn’t bother to show up at the polls. But there are end-of-...
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Michael Winship
It’s a Wonderful Life, Comrade
A number of years ago, I was telling a longtime city dweller friend of mine yet another story about the small, upstate New York town in which I grew up. Simultaneously baffled and captivated, he said...
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Ramzy Baroud
Five Reasons Why 2014 was a Game Changer in Palestine
In terms of losses in human lives, 2014 has been a horrific year for Palestinians, surpassing the horrors of both 2008 and 2009, when an Israeli war against the Gaza Strip killed and wounded...
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Alyssa Peterson
Leave No Civilian Behind
This article is cross-posted at BillMoyers.com . Roughly 1.4 million veterans live in poverty in the United States, and, in total, more than 45 million people live at or below the poverty line. These...
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Radhika Sainath
When 'Civility' Is Code for Suppression
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the free speech movement this September, University of California Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent an email to the campus community stating that the right...
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Rebecca Solnit
Everything’s Coming Together While Everything Falls Apart: The Climate for 2015
It was the most thrilling bureaucratic document I’ve ever seen for just one reason: it was dated the 21st day of the month of Thermidor in the Year Six. Written in sepia ink on heavy paper, it...
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La Via Campesina, GRAIN
Food Sovereignty: 5 Steps to Cool the Planet and Feed Its People
How the industrial food system contributes to the climate crisis Between 44% and 57% of all GHG emissions come from the global food system Deforestation: 15-18% Before the planting starts, the...
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Candace Clement
Congress Goes Out With Net Neutrality Bang
Capitol Hill may resemble a ghost-town this time of year, but things are far from quiet on the Net Neutrality front. Late last week, 39 members of the House and Senate sent a letter to FCC Chairman...
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Terrance Heath
Conservative Media And Cop Killers Of A Different Color
On June 8, 2014, white, anti-government, tea party supporters shot and killed two Las Vegas police officers. Conservative media was conspicuously silent. On Saturday, Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and...
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Jim Hightower
Ethics Training for Congress? Dream On
In Washington, anyone can be blatantly unethical, as long as they don’t technically break laws.
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Monday, December 22, 2014
Bree Carlson
Crucial Differences: A Response to Killing of Brooklyn Police Officers
We at National People’s Action offer our deepest sympathy to the families of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos who were shot to death Saturday in Brooklyn, NY. This senseless act of violence is a...
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Pablo Solón
From Bad to Worse: A Roadmap to Global Burning
Notes for Understanding the Lima Outcome
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Naomi Klein
No One Saw Anything: Bearing Witness to the Ongoing Catastrophe of MMIW
Naomi Klein delivered this speech on December 18 at The Opera House in Toronto, at a special production of the Basement Revue to honour Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. Listen to an audio...
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David Morris
Will Pope Francis Put His Institution Where His Values Are?
On December 10th the Vatican released the text of still another vigorous message by Pope Francis in support of oppressed workers. “(M)illions of people today – children, women and men of all ages –...
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Karen Hansen-Kuhn
Supply But No Demand: U.S. Pushes Hormone Beef in Trade Deal
One of the big sticking points in the TTIP talks has been the EU’s prohibition on imports of beef treated with growth hormones. EU officials continue to insist the issue is off the table, but U.S...
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Fran Korten
The New Economy Comes of Age: 7 Steps Toward Shared Prosperity
Democratic ownership, localized food production, and a shift to renewables are key principles in this growing movement to re-envision our economy.
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Chris Hedges
Banning Dissent in the Name of Civility
I had been invited to talk next April 3 at the University of Pennsylvania at a peace conference sponsored by the International Affairs Association , but last week after Truthdig published my column “...
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Greg Grandin
The War to Start All Wars: The 25th Anniversary of the Forgotten Invasion of Panama
As we end another year of endless war in Washington, it might be the perfect time to reflect on the War That Started All Wars -- or at least the war that started all of Washington’s post-Cold War...
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Timothy Karr
Four Ways 2014 Was a Pivotal Year for the Internet
At stake is whether the Internet remains a democratic, user-powered network.
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Paul Buchheit
12 Days of Christmas Apologies
If Christmas magic were real, America's political and business leaders -- the people with power and money -- would speak on behalf of the nation they've debased: 1. To Our Most Neglected Citizens By...
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Sunday, December 21, 2014
Gary Olson
CIA Torture and the Imperialist Toolbox
Last August, our Nobel Peace Laureate, President Barack Obama, admitted that “we tortured some folks,” but then added, this is “not who we are.” At best, his statement was a half-truth. First, it’s...
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Robert C. Koehler
Abolishing the CIA
The shock resonating from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report isn’t due so much to the revelations themselves, grotesque as the details are, but to the fact that they’re now...
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Ray McGovern
Torture’s Time for Accountability
I trust I was not alone in seeing irony in President Barack Obama’s public chiding of Sony on Friday for caving in to hacker demands to cancel distribution of its comedy “The Interview” – about a...
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Bill Fletcher Jr.
The Unfinished Civil War
I n the aftermath of the Republican victories in the midterm elections, some liberals have been asking whether they really “need” the South. In electoral terms, should progressives essentially ignore...
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Maira Sutton
It Doesn't Matter Who Does the Lobbying: Trade Agreements Aren't the Place for Internet Regulations
The Associated Whistleblowing Press released portions of draft text proposed by the United States for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) this week, revealing some alarming provisions that...
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Saturday, December 20, 2014
Ralph Nader
Recommended Holiday Reading for the Agitated Mind
1. The Invisible Soldiers by Ann Hagedorn (Simon & Schuster, 2014). Ann Hagedorn, a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal tells the troubling story of the corporatization of America’s...
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Matthew Dominguez
No Doubt Remaining: Christie Sold Out Abused Animals for Campaign Favors
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie portrays himself as a "straight-talker" who ignores political calculations when it means standing up for his state. But that carefully-manicured image has crumbled over...
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Christine Ahn
Okinawa: The Small Island Trying to Block the U.S. Military’s 'Pivot to Asia'
Last month, the citizens of Okinawa awarded a landslide victory to a governor who wants U.S. troops off the pristine island.
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Jeff Abbott
Mining Interests In Guatemala Challenged By Indigenous Direct Democracy
Conflicts over mining are expanding across Guatemala. According to a recent report by Amnesty International, the Canadian government and Canada-based multinational mining companies have played a...
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Friday, December 19, 2014
Vishwas Satgar
The Climate Is Ripe for Social Change
Forget the UN, social justice movements offer the only viable solution to global warming
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Ellen Brown
Russian Roulette: Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives
The sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and the FDIC could be...
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Jeff Bryant
Education’s Newsmaker Of The Year: Charter School Scandals
Since, it’s the time of the year when newspapers, websites, and television talk shows scan their archives to pick the person, place, or thing that sums up the year in entertainment, business, sports...
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Oscar Reyes
At the Lima Climate Talks, It Was Groundhog Day All Over Again
The latest climate talks were an exercise in futility and delay. But that doesn't mean activists should give up
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Richard Heinberg
The Oil Price Crash of 2014
Oil prices have fallen by half since late June. This is a significant development for the oil industry and for the global economy, though no one knows exactly how either the industry or the economy...
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Robert Parry
The Crazy US ‘Group Think’ on Russia
Congress has voted to up the ante in the showdown with Russia over Ukraine, embracing a new Cold War and the neocon scheme for “regime change” in Moscow. But – amid the tough-guy-ism – there was little consideration of the risks from destabilizing nuclear-armed Russia.
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Craig Aaron
Sunlight ‘Study’ Leaves Net Neutrality in the Dark
The Sunlight Foundation this week put up a post claiming that a “shadowy organization with ties to the Koch brothers” dominated the final round of Net Neutrality comments at the FCC. But scratch the...
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Rachel Shabi
CIA Torture? For the Arab World, That's No Surprise
Torture report confirms what most already knew, that the US is in denial over its hypocritical 'war on terror'.
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Miriam Pemberton
What the US Should Learn from Russia’s Collapse
For US communities dependent on the same industries that have brought Russia to its knees, the time to start planning an economic transition is now.
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Richard Eskow
Hillary’s Choice: “Anti-Gridlock” or “Anti-Wall Street”?
We’re told that Hillary Clinton is spurning something her advisers call the “anti-Wall Street” movement and will run instead on a platform of “working across the aisle” with Republicans. Her camp is...
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Adam Federman
New York’s Fracking Ban is a Major Setback for the Oil and Gas Industry
Activists are now laying the groundwork for a national campaign against "extreme energy"
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