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Are Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Fooling Us All?

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A writer warns against “progressives” who support “war and empire” and cower rather than condemn Israel’s actions in Gaza; with Jeff Bezos as its owner, The Washington Post has started adding “Buy Now” buttons that link to Amazon; meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is criticized for her lavish demands at speaking engagements. These discoveries and more below.

Let’s Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders
Let’s not be fooled by “progressives” who can’t find their spines when the colonial regime in Israel bombs the crowded ghetto of Gaza.

Bezos-owned Washington Post Now Inserting Gross Amazon Affiliate Links into News Articles
There’s something creepy in a Washington Post piece about Penguin’s new “adult” cover for the 50th anniversary edition of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

“Peak Water,” Methane Blowholes and Ice-Free Arctic Cruises: The Climate Crisis Deepens
We begin this month’s climate disruption dispatch with comments from NASA’s Earth Observatory about the extreme juxtaposition of temperatures we are experiencing in North America this summer.

Jet-Setting Hillary Clinton Makes Royal Demands On Event Organizers
According to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Hillary Clinton lives the pampered life of a presumptive president — traveling to and from speaking engagements by private jet, staying in presidential suites at hotels, and pulling in six figures per speaking engagement.

Productivity or Sexism?
In discussions about the gender gap among tenured professors at research universities, there is little dispute that there are far more men than women with tenure in most disciplines.

MLA Letter to the Chancellor of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
The members of the Modern Language Association’s Executive Council strongly urge you to reconsider your decision to revoke Professor Steven Salaita’s appointment to a tenured position in the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

A Movement Grows in Ferguson
In the eight days since Michael Brown, an eighteen-year-old, was killed by a police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, what began as an impromptu vigil evolved into a sustained protest; it is now beginning to look like a movement.

The Case for Undergraduate Law Degrees
The legal profession is in flux, and law schools are struggling to respond as globalization, low-cost online legal products, and outsourcing of legal services to nonlawyers are reshaping the profession.

There Is Only One Real Way to Prevent Future Fergusons: End the War on Drugs
At times like this, with the raging protest in Ferguson, an implication hangs in the air that these events are leading somewhere, that things are about change.

Dreaming and Organizing After the World Cup
As the dutiful daughter of soccer-crazed immigrants from Latin America, the World Cup was, and will always be, a sacred time of year for me.

Amazon’s Russell Grandinetti: Kindle Champ Takes on the Books Trade
Why are some of the world’s most widely read authors now at daggers drawn with Amazon? The answer lies in Jeff Bezos’s chief lieutenant, now the most powerful man in publishing.

Piketty Envy: What the Left Gets Wrong About the French Economist
One expects the resistance of many on the right to Thomas Piketty’s conversation-setting book about economic inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Harvard University Press, 2014). But Piketty’s spectacular success has also been an unwelcome surprise for some of his fellow leftists.

Why Palestinians Yes, Kurds No?
Can we not ask in the same vein, why Palestine should be a state and the Kurdistan Regional Government not?

The Great Chinese Exodus
Many Chinese are leaving for cleaner air, better schools and more opportunity. But Beijing is keeping its eye on them.

How We’d Cover Ferguson If It Happened in Another Country
How would American media cover the news from Ferguson, Missouri, if it were happening in just about any other country?

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