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Andrew Bacevich

Historian/Veteran

February 19th, 2012

Scoring the Global War on Terror

Crossposted from TomDispatchWith the United States now well into the second decade of what the Pentagon has styled an “era of persistent conflict,” the war formerly known as the global war on terrorism (unofficial acronym WFKATGWOT) appears increasingly fragmented and diffuse.  Without achieving victory, yet unwilling to acknowledge failure, the ... continue reading

Ari Berman

The Nation

February 19th, 2012

The .0000063% Election: How the Politics of the Super Rich Became American Politics

Crossposted from TomDispatchAt a time when it’s become a cliché to say that Occupy Wall Street has changed the nation’s political conversation -- drawing long overdue attention to the struggles of the 99% -- electoral politics and the 2012 presidential election have become almost exclusively defined by the 1%. Or, ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

February 18th, 2012

Why Students Are Hunger Striking in Virginia

Twelve students at the University of Virginia on Saturday began a hunger strike for a living wage policy for university employees.  They've taken this step after having exhausted just about every other possible approach over a period of 14 years.  I was part of the campaign way back when it ... continue reading

Noam Chomsky

Linguist/Activist

February 18th, 2012

The Imperial Way: American Decline in Perspective, Part 2

Crossposted from TomDispatch In the years of conscious, self-inflicted decline at home, “losses” continued to mount elsewhere.  In the past decade, for the first time in 500 years, South America has taken successful steps to free itself from western domination, another serious loss. The region has moved towards integration, and ... continue reading

Mira Dabit

Palestinian activist

February 18th, 2012

Hungry for Freedom, Starving for Justice: a story of hunger striker Adnan Khader

Sometimes when I ponder about being a Palestinian, my mind travels towards the direction of responsibility, a heavy load of existence, survival, humanity and freedom. A life where everything seems to be somehow a beautiful disaster. When people ask me how I view myself, I answer that I'm a Palestinian ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 17th, 2012

What Politico’s ‘Wisconsin 1848’ Union Screw-Up Reveals

Crossposted from the In These Times Working blog The scene of the journalistic mishap, in Masterlock's Milwaukee plant.   Yesterday was a red letter day for labor journalism, as Politico inadvertently revealed a fundamental truth in one of the most embarrassing screw-ups in recent news. Covering President Obama’s visit to ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

February 16th, 2012

How Does the 1% Exploit America? Find Out in 1 Minute (VIDEO)

Even in an Occupy world, most Americans don't know exactly how the 1% does what it does. The mainstream media hasn't explained it, and the 1% likes things that way. That's why we've created a new video series unmasking those in the 1% who are exploiting the 99%--name by name, ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

February 16th, 2012

“The Super Bowl of Disasters”: Profiting from crisis in post-earthquake Haiti

By Deepa Panchang, Beverly Bell, and Tory FieldAs Americans were gearing up for last week’s Super Bowl championship, Haiti’s president Michel Martelly was on a plane to the World Economic Forum to recruit players interested in what one businessman dubbed “the Super Bowl of Disasters” – Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake.[1] ... continue reading

John Feffer

Foreign Policy in Focus

February 16th, 2012

Letter from Okinawa

Dear Mom: I haven’t written much from Okinawa. I’m sorry about that. I guess maybe you were expecting lots of exciting war stories from your son the Marine. But honestly, the most exciting thing we’ve done is put in a sea wall over by the Torii Beach shoreline and then ... continue reading

Noam Chomsky

Linguist/Activist

February 15th, 2012

“Losing” the World: American Decline in Perspective, Part 1

Crossposted from TomDispatchSignificant anniversaries are solemnly commemorated -- Japan’s attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, for example.  Others are ignored, and we can often learn valuable lessons from them about what is likely to lie ahead.  Right now, in fact. At the moment, we are failing to ... continue reading

Mira Dabit

Palestinian activist

February 15th, 2012

From Occupied Palestine to Occupy DC

I am 26 years old and I’m a refugee from Palestine. I grew up in Ramallah until I was 22.  Then, I traveled to Ireland and worked on peace and reconciliation issues.  Then, I ended up in the States. Growing up in Palestine is a struggle for survival.  My father was ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 15th, 2012

Labor Reporting in the Face of Danger

Crossposted from In These TimesThe use of scab workers is a sore on the labor movement. And, as I recently discovered, scabs can also pose a danger to labor reporters. That doesn't stop me or In These Times from getting the real story. But in order to continue to reveal ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

February 14th, 2012

Occupy Freedom Plaza

I’ve been occupying at Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C. since the beginning of October.  A couple months ago, as storms blew down tents, the homeless population living in our community grew and rats found safe harbor under the pallets raising some tents in an effort to stay warmer and a ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 14th, 2012

Policy Follies in the Housing Market: The First-Time Homebuyers Tax Credit

The right is very good at making progressives pay for their mistakes. They still trot out failed programs from the '60s as a warning of the risks of wrongheaded liberalism. Unfortunately, the left cannot hold a grudge the same way; otherwise the folks who started the war in Iraq and ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

February 13th, 2012

This Just In, insurers Required to Speak Plain English

HHS stiffens spine and requires health insurance companies to clearly explain their policies. All the attention paid to the debacle about coverage for contraceptives over the past several days obscured a broader, undisputed win for all consumers, including those who are pregnant or about to be pregnant. While the media ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

February 13th, 2012

The GOP's Little Father Coughlins

Last week, after his sweep of three minor Republican nominating contests, right-wing radical Rick Santorum spoke the next day in a church.  Behind him, were an altar and stained-glass windows.  He looked live Reverend Lovejoy on the Simpsons. On Friday, after President Obama offered a face-saving  "tweak" on birth-control coverage ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 12th, 2012

An Anniversary – Heart-Sick and SiCKO

Just a few years ago, my dad died on February 13.  It was just one day short of he and my mother’s 49th wedding anniversary.  Just three weeks prior, Dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Though he was 75 years old, he was still working, and he was a force ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

February 12th, 2012

Pillow Talk with Mitt and Anne ...a sketch by Joan Wile

SCENE:  Hotel bedroom, on the campaign trail.  MITT and his wife, ANNE, are talking. MITT:  How in hell am I going to stop this infernal yapping about our dog riding on top of the car? ANNE:  Mitt, you mustn't swear -- you know the Church forbids it. MITT:  What the hell do I ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

February 12th, 2012

450 Bases and It’s Not Over Yet

In late December, the lot was just a big blank: a few burgundy metal shipping containers sitting in an expanse of crushed eggshell-colored gravel inside a razor-wire-topped fence.  The American military in Afghanistan doesn’t want to talk about it, but one day soon, it will be a new hub for ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 12th, 2012

NYT on Future of Government Safety Net, Misses Growth and Health Care Stories

The NYT had a thoughtful piece on the public's greater reliance on Social Security, Medicare and other benefits. While the piece provides many useful insights into the increasing importance of these programs in people's lives and their attitudes toward them, it does miss a few key points. First, it implies ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

February 11th, 2012

A 75th Anniversary for the American Dream, a 25-Year Anniversary for Me

On this day 25 years ago, in 1987, I became a filmmaker. It was around ten in the morning and the first-ever roll of Kodak 16mm film for my first-ever movie was loaded into my friend's camera to shoot the very first scene of 'Roger & Me.' I had no ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

February 10th, 2012

VIDEO: Lobbyist Poses as Mechanic in Anti-Union Super Bowl Ad

America just got rickrolled. There we were last week, innocently partaking in the annual testosterone-fest that is the Super Bowl, when we were treated to an ad featuring a group of supposed auto mechanics lamenting that they never voted for the union they’re in. But look closely. One of these ... continue reading

Peter Van Buren

Author, 'We Meant Well'

February 9th, 2012

Silent State

Crossposted from TomDispatchOn January 23rd, the Obama administration charged former CIA officer John Kiriakou under the Espionage Act for disclosing classified information to journalists about the waterboarding of al-Qaeda suspects. His is just the latest prosecution in an unprecedented assault on government whistleblowers and leakers of every sort. Kiriakou’s plight ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

February 8th, 2012

The Battle for Vermont's Health -- And Why It Matters for the Rest of the Country

You can't see them. They're hidden from view and probably always will be. But the health insurance industry's big guns are in place and pointed directly at the citizens of Vermont. Health insurers were not able to stop the state's drive last year toward a single-payer health care system, which ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

February 8th, 2012

An Election We Should Be Following

For progressives and populists around the country who take an interest in Congressional races there are always a few good challengers we might hope to send to Washington.  Incumbents, we assume, can take care of themselves.  But in Northern Ohio, redistricting has thrown two incumbents into one district.  It's a ... continue reading

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My father, Francis (Frank) Moore, passed away this morning a few months shy if his 93rd birthday. He was a great dad I am blessed to have had him in my life. I...

Apr 20th
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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

Apr 18th
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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
8:27 PM
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
3:55 PM
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
10:13 PM
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
5:41 PM
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
4:48 PM
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
5:56 PM
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
4:20 PM
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