Friday, July 3, 2015
Jim Hightower
Buy Your Way into Scott Walker’s Circle
If you think that none of today’s presidential candidates care about people like you, check out Republican Scott Walker. The Wisconsin governor not only cares, he wants to sit down with you, get your...
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Alex Andreou
How Europe Played Greece
"They have decided to strangle us, whether we say yes or no", said a Greek woman to me yesterday. "The only choice we have is to make it quick or slow. I will vote "oxi" (no). We are economically...
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Harvey Kaye
Social Democracy Is 100% American
Appearing late last week on MSNBC’s Morning Joe , Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri insisted that Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont “is too liberal to gather...
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Theodoros Karyotis
Our Responsibility to Vote 'NO' in the Greek Referendum
The decision of the Greek government, late last Friday, to put the proposals of the creditors to referendum caught by surprise even those who, from a grassroots perspective, have been fighting...
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Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., Tom Weis
America’s Zero Emissions Imperative
Last fall, we wrote an article explaining why zero has become the most important number for humanity. Since that time, zero emissions has been embraced as an idea that’s time has come by nearly 120...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
The Fight Over Obamacare Was a Giant Political Charade
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 25 that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidies for health insurance for the poor were indeed constitutional, liberals cheered. The last-ditch attempt by...
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Thursday, July 2, 2015
Deborah James
Just Before Round of Negotiations on the Proposed TISA, WikiLeaks Releases Updated Secret Documents
Today, Wikileaks released a second batch of the most updated draft texts on the proposed TISA, along with substantive analysis, on each of four massive services sectors: Financial Services,...
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Dale Wiehoff
Greece: No to Austerity, Yes to Democracy
The people of Greece are at a critical moment as the country teeters on the verge of financial default. This is a clear case of the people against global banks and financial institutions. The...
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Adam Johnson
Zero for 40 at Predicting Attacks: Why Do Media Still Take FBI Terror Warnings Seriously
On Monday, several mainstream media outlets repeated the latest press release by the FBI that country was under a new “heightened terror alert” from “ISIL-inspired attacks” “leading up to the July...
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Conor Curtis
The Fight for Jobs, Justice, and the Climate
On Saturday communities across Canada , from Vancouver and Edmonton to Fredericton and St. John’s, will join together in a national day of action for jobs, justice, and the climate. These actions...
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David Suzuki
Now Is the Time to Eliminate Fossil Fuel Energy
If nothing else, the G7 countries' recent agreement to end fossil fuel use for energy by 2100 signals a shift in the way we talk and think about global warming. Previous agreements were about...
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Maude Barlow
California's Drought: The Canary in the Coalmine?
On April 1, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown ordered officials to impose mandatory water restrictions in his drought stricken state for the first time in history. The news was carried around the...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Superpower Conundrum: The Rise and Fall of Just About Everything
The rise and fall of great powers and their imperial domains has been a central fact of history for centuries. It’s been a sensible, repeatedly validated framework for thinking about the fate of the...
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Olivia Alperstein
Flagging Hate Speech
I’ve spent my whole life in the Northeast, but I have Southern roots. My late grandfather came from a long line of sharecroppers who toiled in the fields of Decatur, Georgia for generations. Their...
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Amy Goodman
‘What, to the American Slave, Is Your 4th of July?’
“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” asked Frederick Douglass of the crowd gathered at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852. “I answer,” he continued, “a day that...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Torture of Absolute Power
“The existence of the approximately 14,000 photographs will probably cause yet another delay in the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as attorneys for the defendants demand that all the...
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Medea Benjamin
While the Flotilla Didn’t Make it to Gaza, Israel Didn’t Win
Israel Defense Forces violently intercepted the Swedish boat named Marianne in the early hours of June 29 to prevent it from landing in Gaza, using tasers against unarmed passengers. The 18...
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Peter Dreier
Is Bernie Sanders Too Radical for America?
Now that Bernie Sanders is rapidly climbing in the polls and attracting huge audiences to his campaign events, his opponents are starting to attack him for being too radical. After all, Sanders...
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Juan Gonzalez
Puerto Rico—like Greece—Will Default on its Debts, as the U.S. has Ignored the Island’s Financial Problems for Decades
Obama to Puerto Rico: Drop Dead. That was the message from the White House this week to 3.5 million U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico — our own version of Greece. No one is even considering a bailout for...
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Naomi Klein
"People and Planet First": On the Moral Authority of Climate Justice and a New Economy
Naomi delivered the following remarks at a press conference introducing “ People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course ,” a high-level meeting being held at the Vatican this week to...
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Chris Toensing
Yemen Is Starving, and We’re Partly to Blame
Twenty million people in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, are at risk of dying from hunger or thirst. That’s 80 percent of the country’s population , which according to UN agencies badly...
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Ralph Nader
Where Are the Presidential Candidates on the Minimum Wage?
As the 2016 campaign season gets underway, working families across the country will be very interested in where presidential candidates stand on raising the minimum wage. Currently, the Federal...
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David Michael Green
History Interrupted: Welcome to the 1970s
They say that if you can remember Woodstock, you weren’t actually there. It is therefore with some trepidation that I invite readers to cast their minds back to America, circa 1970. No point in...
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Kevin Gosztola
Fear Alert: US Press Unquestioningly Spread Predictions of ISIS Attacks on July 4th Holiday
A number of US media organizations are spreading fear based on a “bulletin” shared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Department that reportedly warns of possible attacks by...
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Anders Vang Nielsen
Fracking with the Happy People
We are used to hearing about multinational corporations manipulating political systems in the global South to eke out ever more profits from often damaging activities. Current examples include that...
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Joseph Stiglitz, Martin Guzman
Hope vs. Depression: Argentina Shows Greece There May Be Life After Default
When, five years ago, Greece's crisis began, Europe extended a helping hand. But it was far different from the kind of help that one would have wanted, far different from what one might have expected...
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Mark Weisbrot
Are European Authorities Trying to Force Regime Change in Greece?
It’s ironic but not surprising that the European Central Bank decided Sunday to limit its credit to Greece by enough to force the Greek banking system to close. This has pushed Greece closer to a...
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Scott Edwards
Texas-sized Hypocrisy Served Up in Denton Over Fracking Ban
Last February, Texas Governor Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State and made some promising proclamations. “It’s time for property owners – not government – to truly own their property...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Behind the Momentum for Paid Sick Leave
Last week, the Supreme Court upheld a core provision of the Affordable Care Act, quashing the Republican Party’s latest attempt to gut the law through the judicial system. At issue in the case, King...
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Pratap Chatterjee
EuroZone Profiteers: How German and French Banks Helped Bankrupt Greece
Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister of Greece, has called a national referendum this Sunday to call the bluff of the European Union and International Monetary Fund who are trying to force his country...
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Tanya Steele
How Bree Newsome Allowed Me to Breathe (When Nothing Else Did)
On Friday, June 24, I turned on my television to watch the funeral for Reverend Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine people shot dead at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. President...
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Michael T. Klare
Russia vs. China: The Coming of Cold War 2.0
America’s grand strategy, its long-term blueprint for advancing national interests and countering major adversaries, is in total disarray. Top officials lurch from crisis to crisis, improvising...
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Antonis Vradis
Why I Will Be Voting 'No' in Sunday's Greek Referendum
Sunday's referendum vote is not about one fiscal detail or another, a bad agreement or one that is less so. In its essence, Sunday's question is about dignity and our lives from this point on. It is...
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Duncan Cameron
A Gang of Wolves Comes for Greece
The election of an anti-austerity Syriza government in Greece signalled trouble for the powers-that-be in the European Union. Principally Germany which has no interest in rethinking how the EU...
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Trita Parsi
Five Reasons Why an Iran Nuclear Deal Would Be Good for the US
The criticism of the pending nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is intensifying. Opponents of the deal will spend millions of dollars on ads pushing the U.S. public and Congress to kill the...
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Robert Parry
Confronting Southern 'Victimhood'
Unlike the Germans after World War II who collectively shouldered blame for the Holocaust and the war’s devastation, America’s white Southerners never confessed to the evil that they had committed by...
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Kathy Kelly
Before the Dawn
Each year, throughout the Muslim world, believers participate in the month-long Ramadan fast. Here in Kabul, where I'm a guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers , our household awakens at 2:15 a.m. to...
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Subhankar Banerjee
In the Warming Arctic Seas
Following is an excerpt from the article, “In the Warming Arctic Seas,” published in the Summer 2015 Issue “Climate’s Cliff” of the World Policy Journal. To read the full article click here . Arctic...
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Jay Walljasper
Walking Makes Strides Toward Healthier Future For All
Walking is moving fast these days. We may think of it as a slow activity, but travel by foot is quickly being recognized as an effective prescription for health, a convenient means of transportation...
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Monday, June 29, 2015
Doug Norlen
Without Climate Protections, the Ex-Im Bank Shouldn't Continue
The Export-Import Bank is set to expire on June 30, and concerns for its reauthorization have sparked one of the hottest debates in Congress. In a desperate attempt to reauthorize the agency, some Ex...
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Robert Reich
Why We Must Fight Economic Apartheid in America
Almost lost by the wave of responses to the Supreme Court’s decisions last week upholding the Affordable Care Act and allowing gays and lesbians to marry was the significance of the Court’s third...
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Joseph Stiglitz
Europe’s Attack on Greek Democracy
NEW YORK – The rising crescendo of bickering and acrimony within Europe might seem to outsiders to be the inevitable result of the bitter endgame playing out between Greece and its creditors. In fact...
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Peter Dreier
The Warren vs Roberts Courts: Separate and Unequal Views on Marriage Equality
The Supreme Court's ruling Friday to legalize same-sex marriage is a victory for human rights and an occasion to rejoice. The decision follows in the footsteps of the Supreme Court's 1967 decision in...
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Vandana Shiva
Stupidity and Intelligence: Science, GMOs and Our Food
"Science" is derived from the scire – "to know". Each of us should know what we are eating, how it was produced, what impact it has on our health. "Agroecology, not the mechanistic and blind paradigm...
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Alex Andreou
Where is My European Union?
I am a Europhile. Not only that, I am a product of the Union. I have structured my life around the idea of free movement; my identity around the notion that I can be more than one thing: Mykonian,...
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Chris Hedges
The Lonely American
Michael P. Printup, president of Watkins Glen International, one of the country’s largest racetracks, stood with a group of about a dozen race fans at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Next to him were boxes of...
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William Astore
"Hi, I'm Uncle Sam and I'm a War-oholic"
War on drugs . War on poverty . War in Afghanistan. War in Iraq. War on terror . The biggest mistake in American policy, foreign and domestic, is looking at everything as war. When a war mentality...
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Sunday, June 28, 2015
Robert Naiman
#FreedomFlotilla III Exposes Anti-Democratic Extremism of the Israeli "Center"
Supporters of continuing the Israeli occupation of Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem would like global public opinion to believe that the occupation can be maintained and yet Israel can be...
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Genna Reed
What Makes a Poison?
The chemicals that we’re exposed to in our daily lives are often approved by the government under the assumption that they’re safe in small doses, even over a long period of time . For years,...
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Jim Naureckas
ACTION ALERT: NPR Celebrates Fast-Track Victory With an All-Corporate Lobbyist Segment
After the Senate joined the House of Representatives in granting President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate trade agreements, National Public Radio aired one report ( Morning Edition ,...
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Isaiah Poole
On Marriage Equality, Another Bend Toward Justice
Members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, wearing blue T-shirts emblazoned with the name of a popular gay sports bar in Washington, were on a strategic street corner singing “The Impossible...
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Belén Fernández
The Honduran Meltdown: Made in USA
In May 2005, US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick appeared at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington to rally support for CAFTA, a free trade agreement between the US, the Central...
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Peter Van Buren
Five Things That Won't Work in Iraq
In one form or another, the U.S. has been at war with Iraq since 1990, including a sort-of invasion in 1991 and a full-scale one in 2003. During that quarter-century, Washington imposed several...
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Saturday, June 27, 2015
Christopher Brauchli
The NRA and Words of Comfort
Such as do build their faith upon the holy text of pike and gun. —Samuel Butler, Hudibras It is always a good idea to avoid making judgments about events involving guns until the NRA has had a chance...
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Faiza Patel
When Will Surveillance Reform Stop Being Just ‘Cool’?
Last week, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden declared that he was “ cool ” with the recently enacted USA Freedom Act, which reined in government bulk collection of Americans’...
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Georgeanne M. Usova
2 Sneaky Ways Women’s Rights Are Being Threatened Right Now
The House has been hard at work in recent weeks passing spending bills to fund the government — but it's no secret that these bills are about more than just setting funding levels. As has been the...
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Chris Kromm
Charleston Massacre Draws Attention to White Supremacist Backing of Politicians
This week, The Guardian reported that the leader of a right-wing group which apparently influenced Dylann Roof's extremist views on race before the Charleston church shootings had donated tens of...
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David Korten
Obama's Push for Corporate Rule: A Moment of Opportunity
Only a few months ago, President Barack Obama was at loggerheads with Republican members of Congress intent on destroying his administration. With bewildering speed, Obama has since turned against...
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Jessica Namakkal
Re-Naming as Decolonization
There has been an important hashtag — #knowtheirnames — circulating through social media recently that encourages us all to say out loud and remember the names of those murdered by a white...
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Cathy Breen
In Baghdad, Organized Destruction
Two days ago an email came from an Iraqi doctor in Baghdad in response to a brief greeting I sent for the month of Ramadan. “Thanks so much for remembering us…In fact we are the same if not worse...
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Friday, June 26, 2015
Chelsea Manning
Same-Sex Marriage Isn't Equality for All LGBT People. Our Movement Can't End
It wasn’t that long ago – 4 November 2008 – that the US had an election that galvanized a generation of activists to change policies in this country that would have enshrined into law the continued...
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Mark Morford
Love Prevails! Gay Marriage is the Law in America
Antonin Scalia is furious , of course, attacking everyone and everything, including Justice Kennedy’s writing style, hippies, California and fortune cookies . Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is puffing...
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Mathew Rodriguez
I Stand With Obama Heckler Jennicet Gutierrez
At Wednesday's White House LGBT Pride event, Jennicet Gutierrez, a transgender Latina, voiced her opinion about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers and the far-too-common...
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Glenn Greenwald
Today’s Court Ruling, Though Expected, is Still Shocking – Especially for Those Who Grew Up LGBT in the US
By a 5-4 majority, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that laws denying same-sex couples the right to marry violate the “due process” and “equal protection” guarantees of the Fourteenth Amendment to...
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Chase Strangio
Love Wins! Today Is a Historic Day for Equality
June 26, 2015. Twelve years to the day after the Supreme Court struck down bans on sodomy in Lawrence v. Texas . Two years to the day after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act...
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Deepak Bhargava
Fast Food CEO Blames Low-Wage Workers for Poverty
To be “poor” in America isn’t an identifying characteristic or a defining trait, like being forgetful or creative or tall. Being a low-income American comes from being paid a low income. It seems...
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Jim Naureckas
That Most Terrorists Aren’t Muslim May ‘Come as a Surprise’–if You Get Your News From Corporate Media
Since the Al Qaeda attacks on September 11, 2001, the New York Times ( 6/23/15 ) reports, extremists have regularly executed smaller lethal assaults in the United States…. But the breakdown of...
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Jeff Bryant
Lessons To Be Learned From New Orleans-Style Education Reform
As the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, you can count on seeing a lot of glowing stories about the great education progress made in New Orleans since a natural disaster killed...
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Dennis Parker
A Battle Won in the War Against Racial Discrimination
We’re living in a tale of two Americas, where racial segregation and racial disparities in housing continue to plague our nation. A report we released this week outlines just how disadvantaged future...
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Laith Shakir
Think California’s Drought Is Bad? Try Palestine’s
California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in the state’s history, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to declare a water “state of emergency.” Ordinary Californians are bearing the brunt of...
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Michael Gerrard
America is the Worst Polluter in the History of the World. We Should Let Climate Change Refugees Resettle Here.
Toward the end of this century, if current trends are not reversed, large parts of Bangladesh, the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Egypt and Vietnam, among other countries, will be under water...
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
Ralph Nader
King Obama, His Royal Court, and the TPP
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a global corporate noose around U.S. local, state, and national sovereignty – narrowly passed a major procedural hurdle in the Congress by gaining “fast track”...
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Jamil Dakwar
100 Groups From Around the World to UN: Demand Accountability for CIA Torture
This Friday, the world will mark International Day in Support of Victims of Torture . This day is commemorated every year to reaffirm the universal commitment to the total eradication of torture,...
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Diana Bulgarelli
Old, Disabled People, and Social Security: A Study in Depression
Editor’s note: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a safety net program that provides a very basic income to older adults and people with disabilities who have either no or very limited other...
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Sarah Anderson
Six Ways TPP Opponents Have Won—Even as Fast Track Advances
I tried to stay emotionally distanced from this one. It didn’t work. When the White House and Republican leaders got the votes they needed in the Senate to advance “fast track” Trade Promotion...
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Peter Van Buren
What If There Is No Plan B for Iraq?
In one form or another, the U.S. has been at war with Iraq since 1990, including a sort-of invasion in 1991 and a full-scale one in 2003. During that quarter-century, Washington imposed several...
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Robin Bronen
The Arctic Is Speaking Truths About Climate Change. Is Anyone Listening?
The Arctic is screaming. Can you hear her in the floods of Houston, the drought in California and the epic snowfall in Boston this past winter? In Alaska, the only Arctic state in the United States,...
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John Nichols
Green Jill Stein Is Fighting for Open Debates and Real Democracy
Dr. Jill Stein has some great ideas about how to create “deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and...
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Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
Justice After Charleston
A deeper meaning of forgiveness in the Christian nonviolent tradition reveals a critique that knows when the perpetrator has been caught but the killer is still at large. There is a scripture that...
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Bill Quigley
Fifteen Most Outrageous Responses by Police after Killing Unarmed People
Police kill a lot of unarmed people. So far in 2015, as many as 100 unarmed people have been killed by police. Here are fifteen of the most outrageous reasons given by police to justify killing...
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Amy Goodman
‘The Perpetrator Has Been Arrested, but the Killer Is Still at Large’
The massacre of nine African-American worshippers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., has sent shock waves through the nation and could well blow the roof off the...
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Robert C. Koehler
His Soul Wrapped in a Confederate Flag
At the bond hearing, grieving loved ones forgave Dylann Roof. This was reported as news, but it was so much more than that. It was the light embracing the darkness. And white America absorbed this...
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John Hanrahan
Assessing the Candidates: Obama’s Whistleblower War Leaves Dangerous Legacy for Future Presidents
Here’s the thing about President Obama’s war on whistleblowers: In bringing espionage charges in nine cases involving disclosures or alleged misuse of classified information, the current...
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Norman Solomon
Would Jeffrey Sterling Be in Prison If He Were White?
Last week CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling went to prison. If he were white, he probably wouldn’t be there. Sterling was one of the CIA’s few African-American case officers, and he became the first...
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Judnick Mayard
It's 2015 and the Dominican Republic Is Ethnically Cleansing Itself
Last April, during a two-week vacation back in Haiti, where most of my family comes from, my uncle and I discussed taking a road trip to the Dominican Republic. As he lamented what a crime it was...
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Nick Galasso
Message to Congress on Trade and Inequality: Wake Up, 'Trickle-Down' is Dead!
The debate over trade is red-hot these days. Proponents in Congress are revving up this week to push through their ‘Plan B’ after a grassroots uprising took them by surprise earlier this month and...
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Margaret Kimberley
US Pushes Russia Towards War
This columnist recently said that “ Russia Wins ” in its handling of America’s attempt to eviscerate its influence and its economy. At the time those words were written Secretary of State John Kerry...
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John Kiriakou
What Caused the Charleston Massacre?
The recent mass murder of worshippers in an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina raises troubling questions for all Americans. First among them: How could this have happened? I think...
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Ajamu Baraka
Closing the Historical Circle: White Terrorism at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church
“…It is time for you and me now to let the world know how peaceful we are, how well-meaning we are, how law-abiding we wish to be. But at the same time we have to let the same world know we’ll blow...
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Reza Marashi
On Clearing the Final Hurdles of the US/Iran Nuclear Deal
As officials from Iran and the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) negotiate around the clock in Vienna, the self-imposed June 30 deadline steadily approaches...
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Dorothee Benz
Cops Raid Gay Bar. What Happened Next Changed History.
On the night of June 27, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a seedy mob-controlled gay bar on Christopher Street in New York City. It was one of thousands of such raids that routinely took place...
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Tavis Smiley
5 Lessons Charleston Can Teach Us About Race, Guns and Healing
After last week's massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, there should have been no question of guilt, or motivation. Dylann Roof made it clear what he did, and why, long before his confession. And...
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Heather Mallick
Austerity Advances on Us Like a Shark
People don’t learn from economic hardship because looking back is too painful. They quietly put away memories of the last recession, the cold fear of missing a mortgage payment, the layoff, and then...
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Jacob Swenson-Lengyel & Jessica Juarez Scruggs
Democrats Are Selling Out Both People and Planet
On Tuesday, the Senate narrowly advanced a bill giving President Barack Obama—and the next president—"Fast Track" or Trade Promotion Authority to ram through the Trans Pacific Partnership with almost...
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George Zornick
The Fast-Track Fight Is Effectively Over: It’s Happening
The Senate narrowly invoked cloture on fast-track trade legislation Tuesday morning, setting up a final vote Wednesday that will surely send the bill to President Obama’s desk for his signature. In...
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Thor Benson
Government Wants to Improve Its Cybersecurity and Weaken Ours
Since the most successful hack ever launched against government servers compromised the personal information of more than 4.2 million government employees, the government has been scrambling to...
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Dave Johnson
Wall Street And Big Corporations Got What They Wanted – This Time
Fast track passes. Our Congress – the supposed representatives of We the People – voted to cut themselves and us out of the process of deciding what “ the rules ” for doing business “in the 21st...
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Fred McKissack Jr.
Drawing the Right Lessons from Charleston
Pulling down the Confederate battle flag on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol is a step in the right direction. But our country’s problem with race won’t be solved by one long-overdue gesture...
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Sonali Kolhatkar
How Politicians, Media, and the Gun Lobby Enable Racist Terror
On September 15, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed, killing four African-American girls. The incident shocked people around the nation and galvanized the civil...
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Robert Parry
The NYT’s Dangerous and Orwellian View of Ukraine
In George Orwell’s 1984 , the leaders of Oceania presented “Two Minutes Hate” in which the image of an enemy was put on display and loyal Oceanianians expressed their rage, all the better to prepare...
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