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Thursday, May 8, 2014
(Image: Institute of International Education) Ann Jones
How to Lose Friends and Influence No One (The State Department Way)
Often it’s the little things coming out of Washington, obscured by the big, scary headlines, that matter most in the long run. Items that scarcely make the news, or fail to attract your attention, or...
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(Photo: Rueters) Paul Rogers
War and Disease: The Case of Polio
Sixty years ago smallpox was endemic across much of the world, killing two million people each year. In 1959 an international programme to eliminate the virus was started, not least because it was a...
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(Image: Free Press) Craig Aaron
Two FCC Commissioners Question Plan to Kill Net Neutrality
The furor over Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to kill Net Neutrality and allow rampant discrimination online has reached the halls of the Federal Communications Commission. On Wednesday, Mignon Clyburn...
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A Pakistani police officer stands guard as a health worker marks a child after giving her the polio vaccine in Lahore. (Photo: ARIF ALI / AFP/GETTY) Julie Hollar
The CIA Aided Polio's Comeback, But Media Have Forgotten the Story
Polio had been battled to near-extinction after decades of effort, but this year the WHO confirmed 68 new cases and declared it an international public health emergency. Nearly 80 percent of those...
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Glen Ford
Jail the Bankers? Obama Has Been Their Staunchest Defender
The Obama administration is in a makeover frenzy, cosmetically cleaning up its corporatist act for the sake of the lame duck president’s legacy and endangered Democrats in Congress. Evils must be...
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(Photo: flickr/cc/AK Rockefeller) Nadia Kayyali
The Way the NSA Uses Section 702 is Deeply Troubling. Here’s Why.
The most recent disclosure of classified NSA documents revealed that the British spy agency GCHQ sought unfettered access to NSA data collected under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. Not only...
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(Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) Dave Johnson
Shouldn’t Giant Corporations Pay Taxes They Owe?
A huge, huge giveaway of tax money to giant corporations is rolling down the tracks at us. If it happens, this tax giveaway would be second only to the bank bailouts on the list of schemes to give...
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NSA headquarters in Fort Meade. (Credit: Trevor Paglen) Glenn Greenwald
Keith Alexander Unplugged: On Bush/Obama, 1.7 Million Stolen Documents, et al.
The just-retired long-time NSA chief, Gen. Keith Alexander, recently traveled to Australia to give a remarkably long and wide-ranging interview with an extremely sycophantic “interviewer” with The...
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In Ukraine, a war looms that few understand. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) Robert C. Koehler
The Wars to End All War
“Peace, as we have seen, is not an order natural to mankind: it is artificial, intricate and highly volatile. All kinds of preconditions are necessary.” — Michael Howard, The Invention of Peace And...
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New York Times Pulitzer Award-winning journalist James Risen appearing on Meet The Press in this file image. Matthew Rothschild
Obama Threatens Pulitzer Prize-Winner
James Risen, a Pulitzer Prize-winner at the New York Times, may face jail time on a federal contempt of court charge if he doesn’t release the identity of one of his confidential sources. The Bush...
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A wind farm outside Cape Town, South Africa. A new African energy initiative in the U.S. Congress promotes an “appropriate mix of power solutions” in Africa, but it leaves the door wide open to fossil fuels. (Photo: Warrenski / Flickr) Janet Redman, Emira Woods
The Moment for Climate Justice
This week, the House will vote on the Electrify Africa Act. This bill directs the president to draw up a multi-year strategy to strengthen the ability of countries in sub-Saharan Africa to “develop...
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Anthropocene artifacts. (Photo by Garrett, on Flickr) Richard Heinberg
The Anthropocene: It’s Not All About Us
Time to celebrate! Woo-hoo! It’s official: we humans have started a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene . Who’d have thought that just one species among millions might be capable of such an...
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