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Obama’s New Normal: The Drone Strikes Continue

There has been yet another violent attack with mass casualties. This was not the act of a lone gunman, or of an armed student rampaging through a school. It was a group of families en route to a wedding that was killed.

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Federal Judge Legalizes Gay Marriage in Utah

Utah is the 10th state to get gay marriage this year—and the second this week—but it’s an especially significant one considering that voters in the state have not followed public opinion.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Collapse of the Eighth Continent: Shangri-La Meets Global Capitalism

Madagascar’s graceful society and unique natural wonders developed over thousands of years; it has taken less than a decade to put it all on life support.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE



Obama Wrongs the Bill of Rights

Adopted on Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights comprises the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. While praising it last week and ticking through “our most fundamental rights,” President Obama failed to mention the Fourth Amendment.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Invitation for America to Go Home Is Inevitable

The Ukraine crisis and the German-American dispute over American intelligence and National Security Agency practices are without much doubt the beginning of the end of the American-dominated Europe we have known since the collapse of Communism.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Progressives on the Take

The Podesta brothers are the faces of the so-called progressive wing of the Democratic Party that, like the president himself, will talk a good game of reducing income inequality, while catering to the interests of the very corporations that have initiated the problem. 

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 READ MORE



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The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy

C. Wright Mills argued 50 years ago that one important measure of the demise of vibrant democracy and the corresponding impoverishment of political life can be found in the increasing inability of a society to translate private troubles to broader public issues.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE



Mandela: The Man and the Movement

Nelson Mandela’s passing last week at the age of 95 has been met with a global outpouring of remembrance and reflection.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Your Boss Is a Dick (A Glossary of Labor Terms, Translated)

To help out my friends in organized labor, here is a glossary of key union terms, translated for everyone else.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



Poverty Wages in the Land Of Plenty

The holiday season is upon us. Sadly, the big retailers are Scrooges when it comes to paying their staffs.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Heroic Diplomacy: How Barack Obama Finally Earned That Peace Prize

The deal with Iran is potentially an international game changer comparable to Richard Nixon’s opening to Mao’s Red China and Ronald Reagan’s overtures to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Kshama Sawant

By winning a seat on Seattle’s City Council this month, the socialist has given her fellow citizens one of the best opportunities in living memory to determine their individual and collective futures. Will city residents make good on it?

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 READ MORE



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The Legend Will Never Die

Professors and pundits are downgrading President Kennedy’s legacy these days, seeing him as an ordinary, even ineffective leader. The people, three-quarters of them, according to polling done this month by the Gallup organization, rate him as the greatest of modern presidents.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



Corporate Lobbyists Flood Warsaw Climate Talks

This year’s climate meeting has a new feature: corporate sponsorship.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Goliath’s’ Missing Pieces

Cowardice. That’s the reason why I, a Jewish journalist, avoid writing about Israel.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE



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The Kennedy Myth? The Kennedy Legacy?

This month alone, at least 140 books about our 35th president have been or will be released.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE


How Big Money and Big Media Undermine Democracy

Reporters John Nichols and Robert McChesney spoke with Bill Moyers about the dangers of “money and [the] media election complex.”

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 READ MORE



Election 2013: A Grass-Roots Resurgence

The political chattering class is abuzz with Chris Christie as the GOP’s great hope to retake the White House in 2016. But they miss a vital and growing undercurrent in U.S. politics: grass-roots movements at the local and state level that are challenging the establishment, and winning.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Reading ‘Goliath’: Inconvenient Truths

Doorstop. That’s what publishers call 400-page books like Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.” But as I read it the term that came to mind was heart stopper.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE


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The Noise Around Obamacare

The ace political and baseball prognosticator Nate Silver titled his book about prediction and statistical mastery “The Signal and the Noise.” Rarely has it been more important to distinguish between the two than in the uproar over the launch of the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE



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The Rising Resistance to Obama’s Drone Wars

“I wasn’t scared of drones before, but now when they fly overhead I wonder, ‘Will I be next?’” That is the question asked by 8-year-old Nabila Rehman, from northwest Pakistan.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Our Invisible Revolution

The old ideas that justified global capitalism and the oligarchic elites are being discredited. At some point the battle occurring below the surface will explode.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Revolution a la Russell Brand (Video)

The actor-comedian-turned-revolutionary tells Jeremy Paxman of the BBC’s “Newsnight” that a massive change is on the way in a 10-minute interview that will have you up in arms about the current state of democracy.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE



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How the Wealthy Wage War on Democracy Itself

The Supreme Court considers brushing aside the final vestige of campaign finance laws.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



Police Brutality, Mental Illness and ‘The Memphis Model’

Elsa Cruz filed a federal lawsuit in New York this week, months after police shot her husband dead.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE


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Let’s Get This Class War Started

If we had paid attention to history we might understand the imperative of battling the rich.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Did Popular Science Can Its Comments Section?

The editors of the science magazine’s website last month announced they would no longer accept readers’ comments under new articles. Why? Because studies suggest Internet “trolls” don’t just spoil the chance for intellectual debate, they create doubt where there should be none.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE



Oil, Azerbaijan and the Strange Case of Rick Bourke

Oil is the source of so much pain in the world. Around the globe, wherever oil is extracted, people suffer a constellation of injuries, from coups and dictatorship to pollution, displacement and death.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Democrats Raise Their Ante

A crazy thing is happening in shuttered, dysfunctional Washington: Democrats are pushing back.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE


Corporate Leaders Bemoan Tea Party Default Crisis Created by Their own Donations

The frightened corporate leaders surely know how this happened—because their money funded the tea party candidates and organizations responsible for the crisis.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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The Heartbreak of Extremism

The only thing keeping our country from being its growing, innovative and successful self is genuinely and unnecessarily stupid politics.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



Single-Payer Prescription for What Ails Obamacare

The for-profit health-insurance industry in the United States is profoundly inefficient and costly, and a sane and sustainable alternative exists—single-payer, otherwise known as expanded and improved Medicare for all.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE


Edward Snowden’s Email Provider Explains Why He Refused the Government

Lavabit founder Ladar Levison chose to blow up his own company rather than turn over his 400,000 users’ data to the feds. Here he explains why to Amy Goodman.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE


The GOP ‘Sabotage of Democracy’

“Despite what they say,” journalist Bill Moyers says in his weekly essay, “Obamacare is only one” of the targets of the Republican-led government shutdown.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



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The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government

The federal shutdown fits seamlessly into the long ideological war to reduce Washington’s role to little more than defense, internal security and the protection of property rights.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE


Let Go of the Car, Mr. Speaker

Republicans in Congress are like a dog that chases cars and finally catches one. There is a fleeting sense of accomplishment, followed by sheer panic.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE


Next GOP Move: Impeach Obama!

If the Republicans in Congress are unable to prevent the United States from paying its bills later in this month of shutdowns and deficit limits, I assume their next move will be an attempt to impeach President Obama.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Herman Wallace, Free At Last

After close to 42 years in solitary confinement, Herman Wallace is free.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Health Care for All: Why We Need a New Prescription

The right-wing assault on Obamacare is a distraction, but the “progressive” (or rather party line) defense of the Affordable Care Act is also a dead end.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE



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The Sparks of Rebellion

The tinder for revolt will not be the same as in past industrialized societies. Guided by the revolutionists who came before us, we will have to create our own forms of resistance out of the wreckage of the corporate state.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



Climate-Change Protests Heat Up

Last week, far out in the Arctic Ocean, the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise approached a Russian oil-drilling platform and launched a nonviolent protest, with several protesters scaling the side of the platform.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE


The Fire of an Impassioned Academic

A series of excerpts from a summer talk given to the Ontario Common Front—an effort to build a broad resistance to the policies of Canada’s conservative government—show the zeal and precise theoretical insight of McMaster University professor and American cultural critic Henry Giroux.

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 READ MORE



Americans Say No to Another Middle East War

The likelihood of peace in Syria remains distant, as the civil war there rages on. But the grim prospect of a U.S. strike has been forestalled, if only temporarily, preventing a catastrophic deepening of the crisis there.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 READ MORE



Kerry, Kissinger and the Other Sept. 11

As President Barack Obama’s attack on Syria appears to have been delayed for the moment, it is remarkable that Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting, on Sept. 11, with one of his predecessors, Henry Kissinger, reportedly to discuss strategy on forthcoming negotiations on Syria with Russian officials.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Cornel West and the Fight to Save the Black Prophetic Tradition

Verbal attacks largely by black supporters of President Obama are attempts not only to silence the activist but destroy a historical movement that exposes the president as an ideological heir of the “accommodationist” Booker T. Washington.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



Obama and Putin: Time for Diplomacy on Syria

“Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.” So said Pope Francis, addressing the crowd on Sunday in the Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Square.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Syria and the Return of Dissent

The mood of the public and of many in Congress is summarized easily: “No more Iraqs.”

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE


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