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Monday, May 19, 2014
Living in constant poverty, writes the author, makes your "soul feels like a bottomless pit." (Photo: philly.com) Sherita Mouzon
My Poverty, My Trauma
I have lived in Philadelphia, in poverty, for most of my life. I remember the smell of mold and mildew. I would watch as my most valuable possessions were destroyed by them. The smell of decay was...
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If you want better service at more affordable prices, this is a boondoggle deal, says Turner. (Credit: Common Dreams / cc) S. Derek Turner
Why The AT&T-DirecTV Deal is the Dumbest, Most Wasteful Deal Ever (at Least Since Comcast–Time Warner Cable)
Well, the rumors were true. On Sunday, AT&T announced that it’s buying DirecTV , the nation’s top satellite-TV company, for a total transaction value of $67.1 billion (that’s $48.5 billion in...
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A member of CodePink protests as Director of the National Security Agency Gen. Keith Alexander, right, breaks from a hearing before the House Select Intelligence Committee on October 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Mark Jaycox
A Deep Dive into the House's Version of Narrow NSA Reform: The New USA Freedom Act
NSA reform is finally moving in Congress. Last year, Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner introduced the USA Freedom Act , one of the first comprehensive bills to address...
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A rebel checkpoint Saturday as Ukrainian troops pressed their assault on separatists in the east. (Credit: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times) Howard Friel
Ukraine and International Law: The Double Standard at the New York Times Editorial Page
“A dirty dog will not have justice by the court.” I did not invent these words, although I wish I had. The honor belongs to the British satirist and legal commentator, A.P. Herbert, as spoken by his...
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Members of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement celebrating the recent Jackson Rising New Economies Conference about rebuilding the city’s economy through worker-owned cooperatives. (WNV/MXGM) Grace Davie
A Radical Seed Grows in Jackson, Miss.
When Iya’Falola Omobola first crossed the Mississippi state border 10 years ago, she felt uneasy. A friend told her that she was “feeling the energy from all those bodies hanging in the trees.” Yet,...
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The Philippines government, a close ally of the United States, has been accused of widespread human rights violations. Melissa Roxas
Five Years After My Abduction and Torture, Still No Justice
Dear President Obama, I write to you, Mr. President Obama, on the five-year anniversary of my abduction and torture by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. On May 19, 2009, while conducting health...
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Paul Buchheit
Evidence that the Meritocracy is Made Up of Poor People
Many wealthy Americans believe that dysfunctional behavior causes poverty. Their own success, they would insist, derives from good character and a strict work ethic. But they would be missing some of...
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Cecily McMillan. (Photo by Lucy Parks CC-BY) Chris Hedges
They Can’t Outlaw the Revolution
RIKERS ISLAND, N.Y.— Cecily McMillan , the Occupy activist who on Monday morning will appear before a criminal court in New York City to be sentenced to up to seven years on a charge of assaulting a...
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China is building its own pipeline networks to help deliver Russia's resources to its people and for export. Pepe Escobar
The Birth of a Eurasian Century: Russia and China Do Pipelineistan
HONG KONG -- A specter is haunting Washington, an unnerving vision of a Sino-Russian alliance wedded to an expansive symbiosis of trade and commerce across much of the Eurasian land mass -- at the...
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