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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Vijay Prashad
The Nuclear Club: India Welcomed, Iran Shunned
The language is white hot. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tells the US Congress to reject any deal with Iran. The red line for him has been crossed a long time ago – namely, when Iran...
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Robert Zarr
The Obamacare Challenge We Need? Improved, Expanded Medicare for All
As a primary care pediatrician who sees children of low-income families in Washington, D.C., I am reminded every day of the vulnerability of our children’s health to the ill-informed whims of our...
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Michael Lerner
Benjamin Netanyahu's Fantasy World
" If you take out Saddam, Saddam's regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region. " –Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu urging the US to invade Iraq in 2002...
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Diane Ravitch
Texas: Senate Leaders Lay Out Plan to Destroy Public Education
Texas Republican leaders in the state senate unveiled their ambitious plan to enact the ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) agenda for privatization of public education. With the help of...
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Victor Pickard
How the Internet Was Saved... and Why the Battle Continues
Last week's historic decision by the FCC to pass strong net neutrality protections is both closure to a 13-year-long struggle and an opening salvo for battles to come. In one of the most important...
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Marjorie Cohn
Netanyahu, 'Censored Voices,' and the False Narrative of Self-Defense
On March 3rd, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an impassioned plea to Congress to protect Israel by opposing diplomacy with Iran. Referring to “the remarkable alliance between Israel...
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Peter Van Buren
More on Hillary Clinton’s Use of Personal Email Account at State Department
That sound you hear? That’s Republicans dancing a merry jig, and Benghazi investigators sharpening their subpoenas, because 2016 just got a lot more interesting with the revelation that as Secretary...
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Subhankar Banerjee
Arctic Nightmare: Obama, Shell, and the Fate of the Far North
Here’s a Jeopardy!- style question for you: “Eight different species of whales can be seen in these two American seas.” Unless you’re an Iñupiaq, a marine biologist, or an Arctic enthusiast like me,...
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Sharon Kelly
Internal Documents Reveal Extensive Industry Influence Over EPA's National Fracking Study
In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched an ambitious and highly consequential study of the risks that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, poses to American drinking water supplies...
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Robert Naiman
For Peace, We Must Defeat Netanyahu on Iran Diplomacy
Peace and justice advocates in the U.S. are fighting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his U.S. amen corner on two fronts. The first front is the fight over Iran diplomacy, which Netanyahu is...
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Phyllis Bennis
Netanyahu Threatens War In Speech to Congress
This was a speech threatening war. Realizing he has insufficient clout to stop the negotiations, Netanyahu demanded a back-up position: If not "no" deal, then we can have a better deal. His vision of...
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Marcy Wheeler
David Petraeus Gets Hand-Slap for Leaking, Two Point Enhancement for Obstruction of Justice
As a supine Congress sitting inside a scaffolded dome applauded Benjamin Netanyahu calling to reject a peace deal with Iran, DOJ quietly announced it had reached a plea deal with former CIA Director...
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Marcy Wheeler
James Clapper Admits Phone Dragnet Data Retention Is about Discerning Patterns
In the Q&A portion of a James Clapper chat at Council on Foreign Relations yesterday, he was asked about the phone dragnet and Section 215 ( this starts after 48:00 ). He made news for the way he...
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Ted Fertik, Dan Cantor
Eight Lessons for Progressives Inspired by Syriza
You can't watch what is unfolding in Greece and not marvel at the clarity, fortitude and nerve of the new government there. In fact, we're pretty sure that many progressives across North America are...
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Richard Eskow
Real-Life Frank Underwoods: Netflix, ‘House of Cards’ and Third Way
Frank Underwood is known for deceiving people into acting against their own best interests. (We’ll miss you, President Walker.) Now we learn that this trait may extend to the series that features him...
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Robert Parry
Playing Chicken with Nuclear War
The United States and Russia still maintain vast nuclear arsenals of mutual assured destruction, putting the future of humanity in jeopardy every instant. But an unnerving nonchalance has settled...
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Andy Rowell
What Climate Crisis? Sales of SUVs Booming in Europe
If you thought that growing awareness about climate change, coupled with years of austerity and recession, would mean that European drivers would be buying small fuel efficient cars, you would be...
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Ted Glick
Constitution Pipeline: ‘The Keystone Pipeline of Natural Gas’
“This Constitution pipeline is about enriching a few billionaires by impoverishing the people of New York State,” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. told Ed Schultz on MSNBC’s The Ed Show . “And the bullying...
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Juan Cole
4 Things More Dangerous to Israel Than Iran’s Civilian Nuclear Enrichment
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s strident and continual harping on the alleged dangers of Iran to Israel’s security. Netanyahu has raised this issue repeatedly over the past 20 years,...
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Monday, March 2, 2015
Mark Fischetti
How Climate Change Hastened Syria's Civil War
Climate change can make storms stronger , cold spells longer and water supplies drier. But can it cause war? A new study published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says...
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Alex Main
Will Biden's Billion Dollar Plan Help Central America?
On January 29, the White House announced that $1 billion in assistance to Central America would be included in its budget request for fiscal year 2016. The goal of this aid, as Vice President Joe...
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Rena Steinzor
Bad Feds, Deadly Meds
In December, the Department of Justice indicted 14 people who worked at the New England Compounding Center. The company manufactured drugs in insanitary conditions that produced a fungal meningitis...
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David Sirota
Chris Christie Backed Law That Lets Him Divert ExxonMobil Settlement From Environmental Cleanup
Only three months before New Jersey agreed to accept $250 million in cash from ExxonMobil to settle claims the oil giant sullied public land, Gov. Chris Christie was still signaling a hard line. The...
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Zephyr Teachout
The Path to Freedom From Corruption Goes Through My State — And Your State
The system is rigged and broken. A small number of people have far too much political power in America. There is a clear way out, and it starts in the states. In the past, quick anti-corruption...
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Jonathan Logan
Scott Walker to Sign Anti-Union bill That Will Make Inequality Worse
Wisconsin will soon become the nation's 25th "Right to Work" (RTW) state. RTW prohibits employers and unions from negotiating agreements that require non-members to contribute to the cost of...
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Trita Parsi
To Netanyahu, Peace Is an Existential Threat
To Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, peace between the US and Iran is an existential threat. By now, it should be clear to all: It's not an Iranian nuclear bomb he fears, but a US-Iran deal...
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Katherine Paul
Consumers Want GMO Labels, Not Barcodes
On Wednesday last week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack once again floated the idea of consumers using barcodes to identify foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as an...
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Paul Buchheit
Four Reasons Young Americans Should Burn Their Student Loan Papers
'Hell No, We Won't Go' — 1967 'No Way, We Won't Pay' — 2015 Fifty years ago students burned their draft cards to protest an immoral war against the people of Vietnam. Today it's a different kind of...
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Chris Hedges
The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution
PRINCETON, N.J.—Tariq Ali is part of the royalty of the left. His more than 20 books on politics and history, his seven novels, his screenplays and plays and his journalism in the Black Dwarf...
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Tom Engelhardt
My War on Terror: Letter to an Unknown American Patriot
Dear American Patriot, I wish I knew your name. I’ve been thinking about you, about all of us actually and our country, and meaning to write for a while to explain myself. Let me start this way: you...
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Sunday, March 1, 2015
Mark Weisbrot
The Buck Stops Here – Greece is Fighting to Save Europe
Greece has been dragged through a lot of mud in the media over the past few years because previous governments overborrowed, and that contributed to the initial crisis that -- we should remember --...
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Bradnee Chambers
War on Wildlife Crime – Time to Enlist the Ordinary Citizen
It is no exaggeration to say that we are facing a “wildlife crisis”, and it is a crisis exacerbated by human activities, not least criminal ones. Whatever our definition of wildlife crime, it is big...
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Thomas S. Harrington
Another US “Success Story”: The Creation and Abandonment of Kosovo
Kosovo is falling apart at the seams, with it thousands of its citizens seeking desperately to escape life there by any means possible. Haven’t heard about that one? Perhaps that’s because the US is...
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Carl Finamore
Five Years In – How’s the Affordable Care Act Doing? A Diagnosis
Hard to believe it’s been five years since Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on March 23, 2010. The bloviating, vein-popping right-wing still goes ballistic at mere mention of the word...
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Mehnaaz Momen
Culture of Immunity: The Death of a Bangladeshi Writer and the Complicity of the Democratic System
A pair of glasses, a pen, and blood and brains surround the limp lifeless body of Abhijit Roy, clad in a red Punjabi, the body of the curious and courageous mind attacked and hacked, left for dead in...
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Saturday, February 28, 2015
William E. Spriggs
'Right to Work'? Right-Wing Origin
Mark Twain famously noted, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” The current efforts to roll back the ability of working people to counterbalance the corporate domination of America's...
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Antonio Negri, Raúl Sánchez Cedillo
Democracy Today Is Wild and Constituent. A Spanish Example.
The comrades who have given life to Podemos say: we have managed to move past the limits of the horizontality of the movement, so rich yet often ineffective. We managed to do this with a political...
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Rudolph Giuliani Christopher Brauchli
Jewels from Giuliani
Quick, send in the clowns, Don’t bother they’re here. — Stephen Sondheim, Send in the clowns We are in Rudolph Giuliani's debt. He has given Republican wannabe- presidents something of substance to...
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Eric Margolis
Fascism is Coming Alive Again
The wildly exaggerated threat of so-called Islamic terrorism is being shamelessly used by some western governments to boost their flagging fortunes at a time of economic malaise. Marketing fear is a...
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Friday, February 27, 2015
Thea Paneth
The Old AUMF and the New: Peace Activists Still Protesting Endless, Pointless Wars
Just in case anyone out there reads this, I want you all to know that there are still people standing out for peace. We protested in Boston in the frigid cold on a recent Saturday that recalled the...
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Maira Sutton
Congress Is Poised to Introduce a Bill to Fast Track TPP So It's Time to Act Now
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks are stalling while the White House assures its trading partners that this secret trade agreement won't be amended when it comes back to Congress for...
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Michael Winship
"A Red Letter Day" at the FCC – Net Neutrality Wins
There was snow in Washington, DC, Thursday morning, which always throws the federal capital into tailspins. So the marching band that the media reform group Free Press had hired to throw a parade for...
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Glenn Greenwald
Why Does the FBI Have to Manufacture its Own Plots if Terrorism and ISIS Are Such Grave Threats?
The FBI and major media outlets yesterday trumpeted the agency’s latest counterterrorism triumph: the arrest of three Brooklyn men, ages 19 to 30, on charges of conspiring to travel to Syria to fight...
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Medea Benjamin
10 Reasons To Pray for AIPAC’s Decline
As a secular Jew, I don’t do much praying. But this week, as the powerful pro-Israeli government lobby AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) holds its annual policy meeting in...
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Ali Abunimah
For Suffering Palestinians, the Obama-Netanyahu "Rift" Is a Side Show
Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress next week has led to much talk of a rift between the Israeli prime minister and the US president, and even between their two countries. Tuesday,...
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David Morris
When Politics Is Local, Who Decides?
Who decides? Conservative Republicans in Texas are split on the issue. Darren Hodges, a Tea Party councilman in the West Texas city of Fort Stockton, fiercely defends his town’s recent decision to...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Our Anti-Immigrant Racism Is Rooted in History
When actor Sean Penn asked, “Who gave this son of a bitch a green card?” in reference to Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s winning the best-picture trophy at the 2015 Academy Awards,...
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Patrick Hiller
TPP, Peace and Conflict: It’s Not about Trade, It’s about How We Trade
Let’s get one thing straight to begin with. Trade is good. We do it all the time. Trade has been pretty much part of recorded human history and evidence reveals prehistorical trade routes in many...
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Thursday, February 26, 2015
Robert Weissman
End Big Money’s Chokehold on Democracy. Amend the Constitution.
The American political system is facing an existential crisis. Do we aim to be a democracy – meaning a system of rule by the people – or do Americans stand down and permit a very narrow elite class...
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Michelle Chen
What You Should Know About Walmart’s Raise
Remember when Walmart got panned for running a Thanksgiving food drive for its own employees—overlooking the irony of demonstrating noblesse oblige by asking customers to subsidize the workers the...
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Marjorie Elizabeth Wood, Nick Galasso
8 Ways to Reduce Global Inequality
Extreme economic inequality is corrosive. It makes poverty reduction harder, hurts our economies, and drives conflict and violence. Reversing this trend presents a significant challenge, but one...
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Michael Schwartz
The Great Game in the Holy Land
Guess what? Almost all the current wars, uprisings, and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by a single thread, which is also a threat: these conflicts are part of an increasingly...
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Robert C. Koehler
Peace Behind Barbed Wire
As media ownership converges and technology “unites” us, the concept of national identity grows ever easier to exploit — and therefore, I fear, increasingly, and dangerously, simplistic. This is the...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Being Stupid in the Endless War on Terrorism
The West is at war with Muslim terrorists, not Muslims, let alone Islam. That has been the mantra of the states waging war on terrorism. But much of the Muslim world doesn’t buy that, believing...
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Laura Flanders
The Incredible Whiteness of Clinton
Hillary Clinton effectively entered the 2016 presidential race this week with a major speech to a women’s conference in Silicon Valley . Word is, she’s decided to make gender even more central to her...
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Ben Lilliston
Obama’s Trade Agenda Smacks Down the Climate
President Obama, like the Bushes and Clinton before him, is all in on expanding the type of free trade multinational corporations love. Unfortunately, these trade agreements fuel an extractive form...
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Craig Aaron
How We Won Net Neutrality
This is what democracy looks like. That's not something I thought I'd ever say about the bureaucrats at the Federal Communications Commission. After years of cronyism, corruption and cowardice,...
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Ralph Nader
New Sports Expose: Changes Needed In All Directions
Make no mistake about it, sports are important. That’s true if for no other reason than the fact that sports absorb billions of hours of people’s time – at all ages. Whatever you think about sports,...
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Rashad Robinson
Net Neutrality Victory Is Civil Rights History in the Making
Net neutrality is a civil rights issue – and it appears the FCC will soon implement real net neutrality protections, thanks in large part to civil rights activists. Media and communications...
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Amy Goodman
TV Meteorologists Should Say It Loud and Clear: Climate Change Is Here
President Barack Obama issued the third veto in his more than six years in office, rejecting S.1 (Senate Bill One), the “Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.” This was the new congressional Republican...
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Mark 'Coach' Smallwood
The True Root of Hunger: The Economics of Organic Farming
It may surprise many readers to know that producing enough food is not responsible for world hunger — we already produce enough food to feed 10 billion people. Hunger is caused by economic inequality...
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Robert Shetterly
On Truth, Shoes, and Upton Sinclair
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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Norman Solomon
CIA Evidence from Whistleblower Trial Could Tilt Iran Nuclear Talks
A month after former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was convicted on nine felony counts with circumstantial metadata , the zealous prosecution is now having potentially major consequences — casting...
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Jim Lobe
Forget Bibi: Let’s Hear More from Our NATO Allies
As a framework deal for a comprehensive nuclear accord between the P5+1 and Iran becomes more likely by the end of the month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (“Bibi”) Netanyahu and his U.S. allies...
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Kelly Stone
Counting the Cost of the Global Biofuels Boom
Currently, there are 64 countries in the world that have mandates for the consumption of biofuels. That’s a lot of countries, and a lot of biofuel. Countries have many shared goals and similar...
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Dave Johnson
Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership Promises Echo Clinton’s On NAFTA
NAFTA – the North American Free Trade Agreement – was sold with promises of jobs and prosperity on all sides of the border. What really happened was that an increased trade deficit sucked demand and...
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Jeff Bryant
Dumb And Dumber In The Republican House Education Bill
For sure, there is a lot for Democrats to dislike about the current version of No Child Left Behind federal education legislation steaming toward approval in the US House of Representatives. The bill...
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Paul Pillar
Get Over It: There’s No Better Deal Coming on Iran’s Nuclear Program
The best chance to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program remains peaceful is imperiled because of mistaken notions about what real alternatives the West has. There certainly is an agreement to be had...
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Robert Parry
Ready for Nuclear War over Ukraine?
A senior Ukrainian official is urging the West to risk a nuclear conflagration in support of a “full-scale war” with Russia that he says authorities in Kiev are now seeking, another sign of the...
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Julia Wright
Only Agroecology Can Tackle the Global Food and Health Crisis
The current global food crisis is simple and complex at the same time. Simple because all we need is sufficient, healthy food to eat and to share, for our medicine and to commune with nature, simple...
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Patrick Cockburn
ISIS Is Proof of the Failed "War on Terror"
Today al-Qaeda-type movements rule a vast area in northern and western Iraq and eastern and northern Syria, several hundred times larger than any territory ever controlled by Osama bin Laden. It is...
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Tom Engelhardt
Predator Drones for Sale! (Human Rights, International Law Optional)
My drone is yours, compadre ! Or so Washington has now decided. The latest promise of good times in the arms trade comes from an administration that has pioneered a robotic assassination regime...
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Ramzy Baroud
US Spin on Middle East Violence Must Be Changed
Truly, US President Barack Obama’s recent call to address the root causes of violence, including that of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) and al-Qaeda was a step in the right direction, but still...
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Sara Goldrick-Rab
Free College Plan Will Help, Not Hurt, Low-Income Students
President Obama recently introduced a proposal to make two years of community college free nationwide. This is a bold effort that might not have been necessary twenty years ago, but today it is...
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Chase Strangio
Chelsea Manning Fights for Her Right to Exist. She Shouldn't Have To
We shouldn't have to keep d efending our right to exist . From inside the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she is serving a 35-year prison sentence, that is...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
A National Cry for Criminal Justice Reform
On the heels of the Michael Brown , Eric Garner , and Trayvon Martin tragedies — and in light of more recent injustices like the fatal shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes , an unarmed Mexican...
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Alfred W. McCoy
The Real American Exceptionalism
"The sovereign is he who decides on the exception,” said conservative thinker Carl Schmitt in 1922, meaning that a nation’s leader can defy the law to serve the greater good. Though Schmitt’s service...
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Asad AbuKhalil
How the US Can Really Combat Radicalism
The US government held yet another conference on how best to combat “Islamic radicalism.” It is interesting that radicalism — even without adding the Islamic adjective, as the Obama administration...
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James K. Galbraith
Reading the Greek Deal Correctly
View image | gettyimages.com On Friday as news of the Brussels deal came through, Germany claimed victory and it is no surprise that most of the working press bought the claim. They have high...
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Michael Winship
The Awesome Life of an American Congressman
We could go on about the inherent contradiction of “Downton Abbey” as the biggest hit on public television – that a series about a fading, genteel (and Gentile) British aristocracy and its servants...
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Monday, February 23, 2015
Shefali Sharma
Big Meat Lobby to Attack New Dietary Guidelines
The North American Meat Institute , national beef and pork associations and other corporate lobbies of the powerful meat industry are seething at the historic new scientific report by the 2015...
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Robert Reich
Why We’re All Becoming Independent Contractors
GM is worth around $60 billion , and has over 200,000 employees. Its front-line workers earn from $19 to $28.50 an hour, with benefits. Uber is estimated to be worth some $40 billion , and has 850...
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Seth Freed Wessler
ACLU-Obtained Documents Reveal Breadth of Secretive Stingray Use
The ACLU has now released records today obtained from law enforcement agencies across Florida about their acquisition and use of sophisticated cell phone location tracking devices known as “...
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Tom Walker
No, Syriza Has Not Surrendered
Surrender! Capitulation! Betrayal! Syriza hasn't even been in office for a month, but already the obituaries are being written. Some on the left, of course, had written them long before January's...
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Marta Daniels
Justice is a Black Woman: The Amazing Constance Baker Motley
You may not know her name, but you have been affected by the legal battles she won and the precedents she set that helped shape civil rights, women’s rights and human rights. A brilliant lawyer and...
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Pepe Escobar
Year of the Sheep, Century of the Dragon? China and a Brave New World Order
BEIJING -- Seen from the Chinese capital as the Year of the Sheep starts, the malaise affecting the West seems like a mirage in a galaxy far, far away. On the other hand, the China that surrounds you...
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Adam Johnson
US Backing for 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels: Long Reported, Continually Forgotten
That the US is arming and training Syrian rebels has been well-documented for over two years , yet Western media have historically suffered from a strange collective amnesia when reporting this fact...
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Meghan Byrd
The 'Corinthian 15' Take A Stand By Not Paying Their Student Loans
Many students graduating from universities face a mountain of student loans so large, escaping its shadow seems almost impossible. But a group of former students today is taking matters into their...
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Paul Buchheit
The Corporate Debt to Society: $10,000 Per Household, Per Year
The Corporate Debt to Society: $10,000 Per Household, Per Year That estimate is based on facts, not the conservative-style emotion that might deny the responsibility for any debt to the American...
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Haidee Swanby, Mariann Bassey Orovwuje
Manipulate and Mislead: How GMOs Are Infiltrating Africa
The most persistent myth about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is that they are necessary to feed a growing global population. Highly effective marketing campaigns have drilled it into our...
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Amy Davidson
Why 'Citizenfour' Deserved Its Oscar
“Thank you to Edward Snowden for his courage,” Laura Poitras, the director of “Citizenfour,” said as she accepted the Oscar for best documentary. Neil Patrick Harris, the award show’s host, noted...
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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Christian Christensen
After Paris and Copenhagen, Let’s Not Forget Corporate Censorship
It has been a bad and bloody few months. From the brutal mass murder at the offices of Charlie Hedbo to the tragedy in Copenhagen, the purportedly cherished Western values of freedom of speech and...
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Ken Johnson
Solar Industry Prepares for Battle Against Koch Brothers’ Front Groups
Mark Twain said it best, there are “lies, damned lies and statistics.” It’s hard to tell which is which after closely reviewing the latest hatchet job on solar energy by the Koch brothers’ front...
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Gareth Porter
How US Diplomatic Strategy Gave Netanyahu Leverage
The latest public spat between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government centres on Israeli leaks of details of the US negotiating position in the Iran nuclear talks and the US...
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Amanda Goad
Not One More
Her name was Lamia Beard . She was from Virginia. Her name was Taja DeJesus . She was from California. Her name was Penny Proud . She was from Louisiana. Her name was Ty Underwood . She was from...
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Elise Gould
A Glimmer of Positive News: Wages Rose for Bottom 10 Percent (Unlike for Everybody Else)
In a report released this week, I found that 2014 continued a 35-year trend of broad-based wage stagnation. Real, inflation-adjusted hourly wages stagnated or fell across the board, with one notable...
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Christopher Brauchli
Alabama Supreme Court: More Moore
Old times there are not forgotten. — Dixie, Old American Folk Song Alabama is back, represented by Roy Moore, the Chief Justice of its Supreme Court and by the W.F. Burns Middle School in Valley,...
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Saturday, February 21, 2015
Brian Gilmore
Malcolm X as Relevant Today as 50 Years Ago
Fifty years ago, on Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X was brutally murdered in New York City. With his assassination, the United States missed a chance to fully address some of the racial issues that persist...
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Tracey Ross
REACH: Stories of Black Men and the Communities that Shaped Them
After the killing of Michael Brown last summer, the nation’s attention turned towards Ferguson, Missouri – a small town with a history mirroring that of many communities across the country. Over a...
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Glen Ford
The U.S. Empire and ISIS: A Tale of Two Death Cults
President Obama is a master of military supply and demand. His operatives and allies supply jihadists with enough weapons, financing and, in the case of Libya, a Euro-American air force, to plunge...
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