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Workers of the World Show Who’s Boss

Across Europe and even in the U.S., a new wave of direct action to “rebuild the economy from the ground up” is rising. Some workers are responding to layoffs and workplace shutdowns by ousting their bosses and seeking to run things their own way. Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis report on the state of worker-control movements today in light of the current economic crisis.

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Chalmers Johnson on the Cost of Empire

Author, scholar and Truthdig contributor Chalmers Johnson passed away Nov. 20. In his honor, we are reposting this 2009 book review, which, like much of Johnson’s work, remains relevant to this day.

Posted on May 15, 2009 READ MORE


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One Step Closer to Harvey Milk Day

Friends and admirers of the late San Francisco supervisor and gay rights activist have been rallying to establish an annual commemorative day in his honor, and on Thursday, the California Senate approved a bill that would officially make Milk’s birthday, May 22, Harvey Milk Day in the Golden State.

Posted on May 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Donald Trump Spares Miss California

Looks like Carrie Prejean’s opinions about gay marriage, as well as various and sundry racy snapshots in a state of undress, aren’t going to end up costing her the Miss California title. On Tuesday, Donald Trump announced that Prejean was going to continue her reign—and, shockingly, that he thought some of the photos were rather fetching.

Posted on May 12, 2009 READ MORE


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Hate Groups Losing Face on Facebook

A debate over freedom of speech on Facebook has shaken up the Web this past week. The controversy centers on use of the social media site by such entities as Holocaust denial groups. In an interview, Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt expressed the site’s desire “to be a place where people can discuss all kinds of ideas, including controversial ones,” but drew the line at groups that incite violent behavior.

Posted on May 11, 2009 READ MORE


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Brit Scores ‘Best Job in the World’

On Saturday, 34-year-old Ben Southall became the luckiest son of a gun in the world. As of July 1, Southall will become the guardian of tropical Hamilton Island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Duties include swimming, relaxing and blogging as part of a $1.7 million tourism publicity campaign for the area. Sorry ladies, he’s already taken.

Posted on May 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Farrow Passes Darfur Fast to Branson

After nearly two weeks of subsisting only on liquids, actress Mia Farrow has ended her hunger strike for Darfur, passing the proverbial torch to another member of the Celebrity Darfur Fasting Network, British mega-mogul Richard Branson.

Posted on May 8, 2009 READ MORE


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Tom Hayden on Mark Rudd

Forty years after he helped destroy SDS, Mark Rudd condemns his role in Weatherman as “the greatest single mistake of my life … a historical crime.” How did it happen and what did it mean? Why did peaceful protest give way to violent resistance? What lessons are to be learned from the failure to spurn the seductions of charismatic cults?

Posted on May 8, 2009 READ MORE


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Vatican Paper Gives ‘Angels & Demons’ a Pass

It wasn’t exactly “two thumbs up” material, but despite the Vatican’s vested interest in pooh-poohing certain conspiratorial notions presented in “Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown’s oeuvre, the official paper of the Holy See didn’t quite pan director Ron Howard’s cinematic treatment of Brown’s prequel, “Angels & Demons,” either.

Posted on May 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Miss California to Lose Her Tiara?

Over the course of a couple weeks, Carrie Prejean—model, Miss California and marriage moralizer—has kicked up her fair share of controversy, and now she could be in danger of losing her title for taking her crusade against gay marriage past the parameters set by her pageant contract and for posing seminude four years ago.

 

Posted on May 5, 2009 READ MORE


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