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Friday, May 16, 2014
(Photo: flickr/401(K) 2012) Mark Taliano
Privatization Is the Problem, Not the Solution
Canadians are forever being informed, explicitly or implicitly, that the solution to the crisis of the day, or decade, is a freedom-sounding word called "privatization." This, the free-marketeers...
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The final tally on Thursday was 3-2 along party lines, Democrats vs. Republicans, setting the stage for what will be, as Michael Weinberg, vice president of the media law public interest group Public Knowledge calls it, “the summer of Net neutrality.” Michael Winship
The Battle for the 'Open Internet' Has Just Begun
The vote was taken at the Federal Communications Commission Thursday morning, as drums pounded and hundreds of demonstrators supporting Net neutrality chanted outside FCC headquarters. In a packed...
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Roberto Savio
Global Inequality and the Destruction of Democracy
ROME - Not a day goes by without news on the growing inequality that is the telling indicator of the kind of economic model in which we have put ourselves, following the neoliberal binge unleashed by...
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Rally to support teachers and parents boycotting the Illinois Standards Achievement Test. (Photo Credit: More Than a Score/Facebook) Rethinking Schools Editorial
The Gathering Resistance to Standardized Tests
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan touched off a torrent of criticism last November when he told a group of state school superintendents that opposition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS...
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In this photo taken on Jan. 2, 2014, a medical doctor, left center, shouts out as he loads off a female Congolese soldier after she and others were attacked during a patrol, near Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo: AP/Joseph Kay Sonali Kolhatkar
Why Don’t We Care About Congo’s Dead?
Is it true that atrocities in Africa garner little international attention because the victims are black? The recent kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls has generated empathy and outrage...
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Just as the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 did not end the Vietnam War, the leaks from a world of questionable "intelligence" has only made our Spymasters more determined. (Public domain) Danny Schechter
Can We Stop America’s Surveillance State?
With the publication of Glenn Greenwald’s new book on Edward Snowden and the NSA, the state surveillance issue is back in full force as if it ever went a way. Purloined formerly top-secret NSA...
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An AFRICOM beach assault training exercise in Toubakouta, Senegal. (Credit: Lance Corporal Timothy Solano/public domain) Joeva Rock
Militarized Humanitarianism in Africa
WASHINGTON - As the world remains transfixed by the kidnapping of almost 300 Nigerian girls, there have been increasing calls for international intervention in the effort to rescue them. But what...
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Men look at wall graffiti depicting a U.S. drone along a street in Sanaa, Yemen. November 9, 2013. (Photo: Reuters) Ramzy Baroud
The Bloody War that Doesn’t Exist: What the Media Not Telling Us about Yemen
“In Yemen today, the US embassy is closed to the public. Officials telling CNN there is credible information of a threat against Western interests there,” a CNN news anchor read the news bulletin on...
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During his stint as a lawyer at the Department of Justice, David Barron was able to manipulate constitutional law so as to legally justify killing American citizens with drone strikes. Medea Benjamin
Drone Lawyer: Kill a 16 Year-Old, Get a Promotion
If you think that as a United States citizen you’re entitled to a trial by jury before the government can decide to kill you–– you’re wrong. During his stint as a lawyer at the Department of Justice...
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