All Views Articles for 2014-05-30

Friday, May 30, 2014
Portrait of Kevin Zeese by Robert Shetterly. Robert Shetterly
Big Tent Activism: On Why I Painted Kevin Zeese
Editor's note: The artist's essay that follows accompanies the 'online unveiling'—exclusive to Common Dreams—of Shetterly's latest painting in his " Americans Who Tell the Truth " portrait series,...
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(Image: Iraq Veterans Against the War) Ralph Nader
Strengthening Memorial Day
Memorial Day – the origins of which stem from Decoration Day in 1868 which recognized the Union soldiers who had perished – is a day of lost opportunities. No, I’m not referring to consumers missing...
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Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk in Kiev on April 3, 2014. Yatseniuk has repeatedly said that "painful" economic measures demanded by the IMF in exchange for billions in loans are necessary for Ukraine. (Credit: Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko) Mark Weisbrot
IMF's Insistence on Economic Austerity Could Derail Ukraine's Chance of Survival
On May 25, the "Chocolate King" handily won the Ukrainian presidential elections in the first round. Billionaire Petro O. Poroshenko is so named because he made his fortune in the confectionary...
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Juan Cole
Mr. Kerry: Why Snowden Can’t 'Make his Case' in 'Our System of Justice'
Secretary of State John Kerry said that Edward Snowden should “return home and come back here and stand in our system of justice and make his case.” Kerry seems to have a high opinion of the...
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Lamont Lilly
Jackson Rising: People Power and the New Cooperative Movement
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Shamus Cooke
The Democrats’ New Fake Populism
It would have been hilarious were it not so nauseating. One could only watch the recent “New Populism” conference with pity-induced discomfort, as stale Democratic politicians did their awkward best...
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This TTIP trade deal is primarily about imposing a set of regulations on both continents, some of which may be improvements, but many of which will be designed to serve the business interests who are in on the negotiations. Dean Baker
Why Is It So Acceptable to Lie to Promote Trade Deals?
It's not polite to use the "L" word here in Washington, but it's hard not to be more than a bit disgusted with the frequency with which trade pacts are sold as great engines of job creation and...
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Last Saturday (May 24th) marked the third anniversary of the murder of husband and wife activists Ze Claudio Ribeiro da Silva and Maria do Espirito Santo. Jason Schwartz
Illegal Wood and Murdered Activists in the Amazon
Although a properly managed and inclusive process of timber extraction could be beneficial to both local communities, extractors, and consumers, the global demand for Amazonian wood has produced a...
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(Photo: by Gnews Pics via Flickr) Eva Prkachin
Crashing Down To Earth: On 21st Century Copyright Extremism
In 2013, Canadian astronaut and all around cool dude Commander Chris Hadfield sang, recorded, and filmed a cover of David Bowie’s stargazing classic “Space Oddity.” The music video was a fitting...
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If we know that nourishing inputs are essential in school lunches, why don't we provide the same kind of advocacy for nourishing education? (Getty images) Jeff Bryant
Education Accountability We Can Believe In
Michelle Obama is very upset. According to reports from CNN , the First Lady finds it’s “unacceptable” that Republicans lawmakers in the House are pushing to allow schools to opt out of nutrition...
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(Cartoon: El Spectador) Katitza Rodriguez, David Greene
Unnecessary and Disproportionate: How the NSA Violates International Human Rights Standards
Even before Ed Snowden leaked his first document, human rights lawyers and activists were concerned about law enforcement and intelligence agencies spying on the digital world. One of the tools...
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Danny Schechter
Where Is the American Spring?
(or Sunshine on a Cloudy Day: A Screed)
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