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Friday, March 27, 2015
Antonia Zerbisias
Look Up, Way Way Up
It's no wonder that, this week, Canadians nervously cracked jokes about an Orwellian future in which drones zip up to highrise windows to spy on citizens going about their daily business. That's...
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Gareth Porter
Sanctions and the Fate of the Nuclear Talks
With the agreed deadline for reaching a “political framework” for a final comprehensive nuclear agreement only a few days away, the fate of the negotiations now hang on closing the gap between the P5...
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Roxane Gay
Indiana Is Not Protecting Religious Freedom But Outright Zealotry
Religious freedom in the United States is protected by the Constitution. It’s strange to have to state the obvious, but the Indiana legislature and Governor Mike Pence seem to need a refresher on...
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Deborah J. Vagins
Half a Century Later, Mad Men's Peggy Olson Is Still Waiting for Paycheck Fairness
Despite the popularity of the show “Mad Men,” we are no longer living in the 1960s, but the current gender wage gap doesn’t reflect that. Ongoing wage inequity should be a thing that’s in the past...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Why Mexico’s Farmworkers Who Harvest Our Food Are on Strike
The green Driscoll’s label on the organic berries that I buy each week are a comforting symbol of a family-owned company that got its start in California. Sometimes the berries are marked “Product of...
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Richard Schiffman
What Lies Behind the Recent Surge of Amazon Deforestation
Ecologist Philip Fearnside has lived and worked in the Brazilian Amazon for 30 years and is one of the foremost authorities on deforestation in the world’s largest tropical forest. A professor at the...
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Glenn Greenwald
Court Accepts DOJ’s ‘State Secrets’ Claim to Protect Shadowy Neocons: a New Low
A truly stunning debasement of the U.S. justice system just occurred through the joint efforts of the Obama Justice Department and a meek and frightened Obama-appointed federal judge, Edgardo Ramos,...
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Juan Cole
What’s Religion Got To Do with It? German Co-Pilot as Terrorist
Once it became clear that Andreas Lubitz, 28, deliberately crashed Germanwings Flight 9525, a reporter immediately asked “what was his religion?” (Parent company Lufthansa said they didn’t know)...
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Michael Moore
Michael Moore for President
This article is part of The Nation ’s 150th Anniversary Special Issue . Download a free PDF of the issue, with articles by James Baldwin, Barbara Ehrenreich, Toni Morrison, Howard Zinn and many more...
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Morten Thaysen
The Gates Foundation vs. the World Social Forum: A Tale of Two Meetings
This week the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID hosted a meeting in London with big agribusinesses to discuss strategies to increase corporate control over seeds in Africa. The location of...
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Isaiah Poole
Senate Budget Votes Reveal The Same Old ‘Party Of No’
The series of votes that will shape the Senate’s version of the fiscal 2016 federal budget won’t be until Friday morning, but we already know how this drama ends, with Republicans keeping true to...
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Jeb Boone
How America and the West Got It Wrong in Yemen
A Saudi-led coalition of several Arab countries launched an aerial assault in Yemen that involved over 100 aircraft engaged in strikes for four hours late Wednesday night. The target? Yemen’s Houthi...
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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Adam Baron
What We Get Wrong About Yemen
Fast-moving developments in recent days reveal that Yemen appears closer to collapsing into a total failed state. Meanwhile the headlines have started to lump the conflict in Yemen—a country that...
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Nick Dearden
If You Want to Know Why TTIP Would Be a Nightmare, Look What Just Happened in Canada
If anyone tries to convince you that TTIP is no threat to a government’s ability to protect its people, just point them to Canada. Last week, Canada’s government was successfully sued for daring to...
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Trita Parsi
Why Iran's Supreme Leader Wants a Nuclear Deal
There are few world leaders as powerful yet mysterious as Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Most of what has been written about him in English only adds to the confusion surrounding the...
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Amy Goodman
The Costs of War, the Price of Peace
What price would you pay not to kill another human being? At what point would you commit the offenses allegedly perpetrated by Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was charged Wednesday with desertion and “...
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Sandra Fulton
Unlikely Allies Unite Against Mass Surveillance
It’s not every day that you find the Free Press Action Fund, the ACLU, and the Committee to Protect Journalists joining forces with libertarian think tanks like the Competitive Enterprise Institute...
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Jeff Bryant
Revisiting A Progressive Education Agenda: What’s Happened Since?
It’s been nearly two years since the Education Opportunity Network, with the Opportunity to Learn campaign and the Campaign for America’s Future, published the Education Declaration to Rebuild...
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Jay Walljasper
A Day in the Life of America’s Most Walkable Suburb
Suburban life has always been synonymous with long hours in the car-- going to work, school, the grocery store, the mall, soccer practice and friends’ homes. Some people even drive to take a walk...
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Robert C. Koehler
Wealth vs. Money
“There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?” The words are those of Jonas Salk, developer of the polio vaccine, speaking to Edward R. Murrow in 1955, as quoted recently in an essay by Paul...
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Eliot Katz
'New Dissector, Democracy Projector': A Poet’s Tribute to Danny Schechter
What I’ll always remember most about Danny Schechter, besides his friendship, was his passionate commitment to democratic principles—in every field from politics and economics to journalism and...
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William Hartung
Your Money at War Everywhere
President Obama and Senator John McCain, who have clashed on almost every conceivable issue, do agree on one thing: the Pentagon needs more money. Obama wants to raise the Pentagon’s budget for...
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Katherine Paul
Sorry, Monsanto. The Science Is on Our Side, Not Yours
A few weeks ago, I spoke by phone with Cathleen Enright, executive vice president of the Biotech Industry Organization. (Long story ). During the course of our conversation, when we touched on the...
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Paul Paz y Miño
Chevron CEO Brings Dishonor Upon an Honorary Award
We just found out that the Commonwealth Club of California – the "nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum" – plans to honor Chevron CEO John Watson as a "distinguished global citizen" who...
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Juan Cole
Washington’s Two Air Wars: With Iran in Iraq, With Saudis (Against Iran) in Yemen
The United States is now involved in two air wars in the Middle East, not to mention more widespread drone actions. US fighter jets have, at the request of the Iraqi government of Haydar al-Abadi,...
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Wenonah Hauter
Monsanto Wants to Keep You in The DARK
In the absence of a federal requirement to label GMOs , food activists have taken matters into their own hands, passing labeling laws in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut and putting the issue on the...
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David Morris
The Politics of the NCAA Sweet Sixteen
When television cameras zoomed in on Kansas Governor Sam Brownback in the middle of the Kansas-Wichita State NCAA basketball game a thunderous chorus of boos broke out. Viewers gained a rare glimpse...
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Isaiah Poole
House Democrats Will Be Measured By Their People’s Budget Vote
Politics isn’t always the art of compromise. Sometimes, it is the imperative of standing up for principle. Sometimes, it is the refusal to accept the boundaries of the politically acceptable and,...
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Neema Singh Guliani
Unchecked Government Drones? Not Over My Backyard
On last Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration gave Amazon the green light to begin testing drones While you aren’t likely to be getting your Amazon order delivered by drone anytime soon, as...
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Marge Baker
Shining a Light on Corporate ‘Dark Money’
If 2014 was the “ Year of Dark Money ” in elections, then 2016 is likely to be the “Year of Way, Way More Dark Money” — that is, unless something big changes soon. One of the most troubling aspects...
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Patrick Woodall
A Mega-Merger Too Far: Kraft Foods-H.J Heinz Announce Merger
Do you like ketchup with your mac and cheese? H.J. Heinz and Kraft sure appear to. This morning, processed food powerhouse Kraft Foods and ketchup kingpin H.J. Heinz announced a merger that will...
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Rachel Rye Butler
The Smithsonian’s Koch Problem
Two of our most celebrated natural history museums have a serious Koch problem. David Koch sits on the board and is a major donor for both the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History...
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John Baglow
Harper Plays His Election Cards and Chooses Fear
Politicians—and governments—are usually far smaller than the issues that plague us. Take the economy, for example. A good economic situation, by which I mean one where large profits are made, is a...
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Nadia Kayyali
White House Confirms: If Section 215 Expires, So Does Bulk Phone Records Collection
There’s some good news coming from the White House today that deserves repeating. Reuters is reporting that Ned Price, a spokesman from the President’s National Security Council , has unequivocally...
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Rebecca Vilkomerson
Change in Israel Will Only Come from Outside Pressure
Israel's recent election was a clarifying moment. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's appeal to Israelis' worst racist instincts worked. Between Netanyahu's declarations during the last week on the...
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Hannah McKinnon
TransCanada’s Other Massive Pipeline Plan
TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has been front and center in a heated continental energy and climate debate for over four years now – and President Obama is sounding more and more like...
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John Hanrahan
Whistleblowers and the Press Heavyweights
Following the late January guilty verdicts in the espionage trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, more proof emerged — if any more were needed — that many elite mainstream journalists abhor...
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Ajamu Baraka
Netanyahu’s Victory Is a Victory for Palestinian Solidarity Movement
The cover of respectability that obscured the brutal and immoral reality of the Israeli colonial project may have been permanently ripped away by Benjamin Netanyahu’s angry declaration that if re-...
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Kevin Martin
Which is the Most Responsible Nuclear Nation – Iran, Israel or the United States?
The U.S. and five other world powers – Russia, China, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, known collectively as the P5+1 for the permanent United Nations Security Council members plus Germany –...
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Liliana Segura
A Prosecutor Seeks Redemption. Can We Allow Prisoners the Same?
BY NOW MANY have read and been moved by the extraordinary mea culpa published in the Shreveport Times by a man named Marty Stroud III, who more than thirty years ago sent Glenn Ford to die for a...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Mallory Morken
Six Ways Forward to Reform Our Democracy for a Better Food System
We may not see it in the mainstream news, but we surely see the costs to our communities - corporate spending in food and farm politics has detrimental effects on our health, environment, our farmers...
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Richard Eskow
Hillary’s Challengers – and the Anti-Wall Street Wave
Former governor Martin O’Malley and former senator Jim Webb spoke at a firefighters’ union event earlier this month. Both are the subject of renewed press interest as they contemplate entering the...
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John Feffer
Iran, North Korea, and the Congress that Says No
Negotiators are rushing to meet an end-of-March deadline to reach a nuclear framework deal with Iran. The Obama administration and its P5+1 partners (the five permanent members of the UN Security...
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Howard Zinn, Paula Giddings
"I Plead Guilty" (to Insubordination)
Introduction by TomDispatch.com editor Tom Engelhardt: It gives me a double pleasure to have today’s double-barreled post -- an excerpt from a 1960 Howard Zinn piece on the young women of Spelman...
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Julia Harumi Mass
FBI Ordered to Disclose its Surveillance Tactics on Communities
On Monday, a federal district court in San Francisco issued an important ruling for government transparency and accountability. Judge Richard Seeborg disallowed the FBI’s attempt to use a “law...
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Michael Winship
Netanyahu’s “Us or Them” Is Nothing But Trouble
For a long time now, American political consultants have benefited from a lucrative sideline, selling their alleged expertise to politicians in Israel. (It was Democratic strategist James Carville...
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David Gray-Donald
Thousands in Montreal Unite Against Austerity and Petro-Economy
Called by the Comité Printemps 2015 (Spring 2015 Committee), the "Popular Protest Against Austerity and the Petro-Economy" in Montreal on Saturday, March 21, was the spring's first major...
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Dave Johnson
Fast-Track Fight Accelerates As Vote Approaches
As Congress prepares to consider fast track legislation to essentially pre-approve (without reading) the still-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) opponents are working to get the word out and...
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Winnie Byanyima
Another World Is Possible, Without the 1%
Activists from around the world will defy the terrorists to attend the World Social Forum in Tunis on March 25, determined to make the occasion a beacon for free speech, justice and equality. I am...
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Robert Naiman
Will Democrats Back Obama's UN Push for Two States in Israel-Palestine?
The Obama Administration has broadcast that since Benjamin Netanyahu announced that there will never be a Palestinian state so long as Netanyahu remains Prime Minister of Israel, the US may end its...
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Monday, March 23, 2015
Scott Faber
GMO Labeling Will Not Increase Food Prices
Tomorrow morning, the House Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on the impact of GMO labeling on food prices. Several witnesses will raise their hands and give sworn testimony that a simple...
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Brittney Cooper
We Treat Racism Like It’s Going Extinct. It’s Not
When 28-year-old George Zimmerman killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on a residential Sanford, Florida, street in February 2012, after trailing the hoodie-clad, iced tea-carrying youth through the...
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Kate Aronoff
Swarthmore Students Launch First Indefinite Occupation for Fossil Fuel Divestment
In 1630, aboard a creaky wooden ship bound for the coast of what would later be known as New England, English settler and future Massachusetts Gov. John Winthrop gave an address to the vessel’s weary...
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Juan Cole
All the Wars and Coups of President Ted Cruz
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, one of three Cuban-Americans in the Senate, is throwing his hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential race today. Cruz has made a career out of slamming President Obama for...
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Ian Fitzpatrick
Secretive and Seedy: How Aid Donors are Opening the Agribusiness Flood Gates
A secretive conference, co-organised by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), one of the world’s largest donors, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) takes...
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Robert Kuttner
Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing
Our current political situation is unprecedented. The vast majority of Americans keep falling behind economically because of changes in society's ground rules, while the rich get even richer -- yet...
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Farea Al-Muslimi
Welcome to Yemen, Where Only Violence is a Certainty
I had only been back in Yemen for a few hours. Until then, I had been lucky enough to escape the recent round of violence, having been abroad for medical treatment. But that January morning my alarm...
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Rebecca Gordon
Can You Say "Blowback" in Spanish? The Failed War on Drugs in Mexico (and the United States)
They behead people by the hundreds. They heap headless, handless bodies along roadsides as warnings to those who would resist their power. They have penetrated the local, state, and national...
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Chris Hedges
Journalism as Subversion
The assault of global capitalism is not only an economic and political assault. It is a cultural and historical assault. Global capitalism seeks to erase our stories and our histories. Its systems of...
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Paul Buchheit
How Privatization Degrades Our Daily Lives
The Project on Government Oversight found that in 33 of 35 cases the federal government spent more on private contractors than on public employees for the same services. The authors of the report...
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Robert Fisk
Stephen Harper Should Arrest Himself
Is Stephen Harper off his rocker? Forget his trip to Jerusalem last year when the Canadian prime minister said that criticism of Israel was a “mask” for anti-Semitism. Ignore his utter failure to...
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Sunday, March 22, 2015
Maude Barlow
This World Water Day, a Recovery Plan Is More Important Than Ever
Twenty-two years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 to be World Water Day. In a world is facing a severe and growing water crisis without a roadmap, this day is more important...
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Sandra Lovelace Nicholas
Growing Number of Aboriginal Women in Canada Ask: 'Am I Next?'
Following the first-ever national roundtable on missing and murdered indigenous women , it is with a heavy heart that I am writing about this ongoing tragedy — a national epidemic of violence that...
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Doug Hertzler
Billion Dollar US-funded 'New Alliance' Forcing Communities Off their Land in Tanzania
Launched with great fanfare at the Camp David G8 summit in 2012, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition was supposed to inject much-needed money into rural communities in Africa. But three...
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Juan Cole
Obama with Drama: Translating his comments on Israel’s Netanyahu from the Vulcan
Now that Leonard Nimoy is most unfortunately no longer with us, Barack Obama is the primary exemplar in American popular culture of the maddeningly calm, excruciatingly logical way of speaking that...
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Rand Wilson
A Smart Strategy to Defeat 'Right to Work'
Wisconsin is now the 25th state to adopt a so-called “right-to-work” law, which allows workers to benefit from collective bargaining without having to pay for it. It joins Michigan and Indiana ,...
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Katherine Cirullo, Ryanne Waters
Ten Ways to Protect the Human Right to Water on World Water Day
“Water is a commons, a public trust, and a human right.” — Maude Barlow “No water, no life. No blue, no green.” – Sylvia Earle Water is an essential common resource that nobody, and no thing, can...
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Saturday, March 21, 2015
Phyllis Bennis
Jim Crow in the Holy Land
The last days of the campaign sounded an awful lot like the Jim Crow South, when African Americans had officially won the right to vote but still faced massive discrimination. On election morning, a...
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Brandon Toy
Drone Warfare: Death Delivered From a Location Near You
On April 7th, my Family and 20 or so other people protested drone warfare in front of the main gate of the Battle Creek Air National Guard base in Michigan. In 2013, the base was named a Reaper Drone...
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Claudia Center
How Police Can Stop Shooting People With Disabilities
Hundreds of Americans with disabilities die each year in police encounters, and many more are seriously injured. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case about one of these...
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Jonathan Rapping
Mississippi Judge Bars Public Defenders from Representing Clients
Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) is asking the Department of Justice to investigate recent events in Hinds County, Mississippi, where a judge is refusing to allow public defenders to represent...
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Ross Jackson
Is There a Viable Future for Greece?
Greece’s ruling political party, Syriza, is experiencing an unexpectedly inflexible response from the Troika—European Union, International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank—concerning partial...
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Friday, March 20, 2015
Cindy Cohn
Twenty-four Million Wikipedia Users Can’t Be Wrong: Important Allies Join the Fight Against NSA Internet Backbone Surveillance
Last week, the ACLU filed a welcome additional challenge to the NSA’s warrantless Internet backbone surveillance (aka “Upstream” surveillance) on behalf of Wikimedia and a number of other media and...
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Harold Jordan
As Awareness of the School-to-Prison Pipeline Rises, Some Schools Rethink the Role of Police
As talk of law enforcement reform continues to swirl in the aftermath of the Department of Justice’s Ferguson report , some communities have quietly made progress in addressing how police interact...
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Danny Schechter
Where Is the American Spring? (or Sunshine on a Cloudy Day)
[ CD Editor's Note : While we mourn Thursday's passing of our friend and longtime contributor Danny Schechter , we celebrate his life and work today by offering this selection as a testimony to the...
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John Nichols
Danny Schechter Was Our News Dissector
It is impossible to fully explain media criticism – and media understanding – as it exists today without recognizing the remarkable contribution of Danny Schechter . Two years before Ben Bagdikian...
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Rajesh Makwana
From Basic Income to Social Dividends: Sharing the Value of Common Resources
Few debates highlight the many complex issues around how governments should share a nation’s wealth and resources as much as the current discourse on basic income. Also referred to as a citizen’s...
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Wenonah Hauter
Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors
You may have heard that popular scientist Bill Nye has mysteriously revised his outlook on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Several years ago, the children’s show host advocated for the...
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Dan Kennedy
Remembering Danny Schechter
One of my proudest moments as a journalist took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in the spring of 2009, when Danny Schechter and I both spoke out on behalf of Yevgeniya Plakhina, a young reporter who was...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
To Solve California’s Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation’s Food System
The bold headline of a recent Los Angeles Times editorial by the hydrologist Jay Famiglietti starkly warned: “California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?” The write-up quickly...
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Kathy Kelly
Crosscurrents
By the time I leave Kentucky's federal prison center, where I'm an inmate with a 3 month sentence, the world's 12th-largest city may be without water. Estimates put the water reserve of Sao Paulo, a...
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John R. MacArthur
Obnoxious Chicago Mayor Faces Threat
Detested by the black voters of Chicago and unloved by the Democratic machine to which he owes his political career, Rahm Emanuel might conceivably lose — a previously unthinkable notion — in his bid...
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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Peter Hart
Palestine Solidarity…Censored?
Tonight, the Missouri History Museum was supposed to be hosting an event called “Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine: Solidarity and Collaborative Action.” The discussion was organized by the...
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Jeff Bryant
The Education Spring Goes To College
A nationwide rebellion to K-12 education policies that emerged in the spring of 2013 brought to the fore widespread grievances that students, parents, teachers, and citizens have with top down...
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Anthony Cody
When Will “Progressives” Defend Public Education?
This morning I opened my email to find a message from “Bold Progressives,” who exist to rally support for Democratic Party candidates willing to fight for real change. The message was a survey from...
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Glenn Greenwald
US Threatened Germany Over Snowden, Vice Chancellor Says
German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel (above) said this week in Homburg that the U.S. government threatened to cease sharing intelligence with Germany if Berlin offered asylum to NSA whistleblower...
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Ralph Nader
Going Along with the Donkey as Long as the Elephants are Worse
When the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has its annual howling convention in the Washington, DC area, the mainstream mass media expands its coverage like an accordion from the weeks...
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Tom Engelhardt
The New (Deplorable) American Order
Have you ever undertaken some task you felt less than qualified for, but knew that someone needed to do? Consider this piece my version of that, and let me put what I do understand about it in a...
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Alexander Main
Vice President Biden, More of the Same Won't Work in Central America
Vice President Biden is a man on a mission. Over the last few weeks, the White House's go-to guy on Latin America has made every effort to persuade Congress to approve a $1 billion aid request for...
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Medea Benjamin
Iraq, Libya...Iran? US Activists Mark War Anniversaries with Spring Rising
March 19 marks two gloomy anniversaries: the 12th anniversary of US invasion of Iraq and the 5th anniversary of the NATO intervention in Libya. Both overthrew Arab dictators; both left the local...
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Martin Kirk
Us and Them: On Understanding Climate Denialism
So we’re in the midst of another round of climate-change related mud slinging. The latest issue of National Geographic , “The War on Science”, was seen to sneer at the 130 million American who don’t...
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Robert Parry
Netanyahu Unmasks Israel
Desperate to win reelection, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stripped off Israel’s mask and exposed the ugliness that has deformed his country over the past several decades. He abandoned...
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Jim Naureckas
Forgiving Al-Qaeda in Pursuit of a New Enemy
The New York Times had a story ( 3/14/15 ) about CIA money ending up in the hands of Al-Qaeda, an incident the paper described as just another in a long list of examples of how the United States,...
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Robert C. Koehler
Rocka My Soul
And suddenly the glass case shattered. You know the one, perhaps. I’d been agitated by it for the past hour or so, sitting as I was maybe 25 rows back from the stage at Chicago’s ornate Auditorium...
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Ramzy Baroud
‘Islamic State’ as a Western Phenomenon? Reimagining the IS Debate
No matter how one attempts to wrangle with the so-called ‘Islamic State’ (IS) rise in Iraq and Syria, desperately seeking any political or other context that would validate the movement as an...
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Kumi Naidoo
Is This a Blip or a Tip in Humanity's Onslaught on the Climate?
Reports that the growth in carbon pollution paused last year should give heart to climate campaigners and clean energy investors around the world. The figures, from the International Energy Agency,...
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Michael Winship
'Downton Abbey' Congressman Aaron Schock Resigns
As they say at Downton Abbey , things seem to keep happening that nobody could imagine just a short time ago. And so it is with today’s announcement of the resignation of Illinois Republican...
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Isaiah Poole
Fair Trade Is a Racial Justice Issue
The work of repairing the racial fissures that broke wide open in Ferguson, Missouri last year goes beyond the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. It also goes beyond ending the...
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Rinku Sen
On Talking About Race: An Open Letter to Starbucks and USA Today
The conversation on race in our country is changing. Once a subject left to be discussed by civil rights leaders, organizers and a few non-profits, race is now a topic for many. Names like Renisha...
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John Nichols
Oregon’s Radical Innovation: Make Democracy Easy
Here is a novel notion: Why not make democracy easy? Why not take the trouble out of registering to vote—and out of voting? It can be done. Other countries, where voter turnout is dramatically higher...
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